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Olson Brothers in Killdeer

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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Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

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

A Chalkboard column by Shawn Olson about regulars at a pet store.

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Using the Internet

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

This editorial on education was printed as a Chalkboard column in the Messenger.

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

A poem about veterans. Dedicated to my grandfather Clarence Himes.

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Muckraking in the New Millenium

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

Muckraking habits are still here as much as ever.

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Tweeners

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

A story of a school's persecution of students.

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In the Wake of a Good Night's Sleep

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

A Chalboard Column by Shawn Olson on waking up.

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Insurance Fraud: The True Story

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 10, 2014

While lawmakers are worried about prosecuting insurance fraud, are they looking in the right places?

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The idea of love

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

A philosophical look at the human emotion of love, originally printed in the Messenger.

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Veterans

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

A poem for veterans.

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