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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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Donald George Olson died at 72

Some memories and thoughts about my Dad
Posted on Mar 24, 2013 | Last Updated Apr 27, 2013
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My Dad, Donald George Olson, died on March 18, 2013... just four days shy of his 73rd birthday.

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Chapter 3: Arrival at Jadus

Posted on Dec 30, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

The Orion was sent to Jadus to find Rogue 7.

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Posted on Dec 26, 2002 | Last Updated Jun 4, 2003

The second installment.

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Posted on Dec 16, 2002 | Last Updated May 17, 2006

The First Installment of Free World.

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The Mask of Rogue 7: Chapter 2

Posted on Dec 16, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

Chapter 2 in the Mask of Rogue 7 science fiction series.

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The Mask of Rogue 7 - Chapter 1

Posted on Dec 9, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

Part one of the Mask of Rogue 7 science fiction series by Shawn Olson.

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A Day at the Dentist

Posted on Nov 25, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

A weird and horrific story about a trip to the dentist gone wrong.

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The Call for Religion in Schools

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An unpublished editorial on religion in the classroom.

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Her Shadow Walks On

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

A poem about a lost love.

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The Forgotten Philosopher: A Look at John Dewey

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An essay delving into the educational philosophy of John Dewey.

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The other end of life

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An emotional editorial by Shawn Olson about old age originally printed in the Messenger.

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