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The beginning for a writer is the journal. I say this because it is the testing grounds for all your styles and ideas. If you do not keep a journal, it will be hard for you to be a good writer in almost any field.

You should write a little every day if you want to cultivate your literary skills. That's the beauty of a journal... because you don't need a revolutionary idea or original thought to write a successful entry into your journal. Other types of writing are not as forgiving; when you write poetry when you don't feel poetic or a story when you don't feel inspired, you will likely not turn out highly artistic words.


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Adventures with Chris

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 | Last Updated Apr 26, 2019
Catan at Chris'Chris at DeskChris on BeachThanksgiving 2018.

Slideshow of Photos and a little about my cousin and dear friend Chris Himes, who died on April 26, 2019.

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You want my time

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on possessiveness in a relationship.

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Blood of unshackled love

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem by Shawn Olson.

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Steps beyond me

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poetic advice from father to son to be brave, good, kind; to make something out of life.

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The Great American Hoopty

Posted on Feb 5, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

My advice on used cars. If you can't tell... I hate cars. Their only redemption is that they offer something to talk and write about.

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How to get better teachers.

Posted on Jan 27, 2003 | Last Updated May 31, 2007

There is only one way to get better teachers. Pay them more.

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Chapter 4: Faceless Clues

Posted on Jan 26, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Investigators find a terrible scene on the wrecked Rogue 5... and a mystery threat is born.

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Lover of Hate

Posted on Jan 23, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

A poem on the dark side of humanity known as hatred.

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Clean Sweep

A look at the dirty business of keeping our neighborhoods clean
Posted on Jan 21, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

An overview of the history and services of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).

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Unavoidable Night

Posted on Jan 20, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

A poem on nihilism by Shawn Olson.

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The art of judging

Posted on Jan 9, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

The art of judging has been undermined by misinterpretations of historic flaws in judging.

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