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

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It Takes A Village

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

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Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Articles hilighting when other sites have mentioned, listed or used my sites.

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Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Poems dealing with uncertainty and hopelessness.

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Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Jan 6, 2018

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Notes From Cali

Posted on May 27, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Words from a friend absentia.

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too far behind

Posted on May 27, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on staying focused on goals, keeping high standards and avoiding drift.

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John Hart Dies at 69

Posted on May 19, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Former Prairie Township Trustee John Hart died on May 14, 2003.

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A lesson in flight

Posted on May 13, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

The kids and I take a crash course in flying paper airplanes--with the Ultimate Paper Airplane.

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Monster of Despair

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

A poem by Shawn Olson on keeping life in perspective in rough times.

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Posted on Apr 27, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Putting human struggles and value into perspective.

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