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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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J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center turns 40

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

History of the J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center, a refuge for many children and teenagers in the Hilltop, a community on the West Side of Columbus, Ohio. Story from in the Columbus Messenger Newspapers for April 29, 2002 by staff writer Shawn Olson.

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Junk Food won’t make you Chuck

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

A review of musical group Chuck's Junk by Shawn Olson, originally in the Westside Messenger.

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A bankrupt soul

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

A poem on inner emptiness that comes with a single-minded obsession with materialism.

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Everything Fades

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

A poem on losing someone close. I wrote it in memory of my Grandfather Clarence Himes.

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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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He Whom I Know

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

Poem on personal identity and the paradox between our inner self and the persona we share with the world around us.

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Exhausted Melodies

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

A poem about the repetitive nature of human nature. We all share certain core elements that repeat over the ages, linking us to humanity.

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These Wants Infernal

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

A poem on human lust and primal urges.

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The Storm Within

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

A poem sparked by an exceptionally reflective and intoxicated night.

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Void of Desire

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

A poem on shallow activities inspired by my participation in photographing rock concerts.

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