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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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Obama's Health Care Reform

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

A skeptical view on the political debate on health care reform in America. This article questions the entire premise of forcing health care insurance on the public.

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Jack Buckingham Retires after 31 Years in SWCS

Posted on May 30, 2009 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
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Jack Buckingham was one of my teachers at Westland High School. This is a short feature on Buck.

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The Barack Obama Presidency

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Some observations on American politics and culture in the wake of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States of America.

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Infection of the Heart

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Poem about despair and the false questions that can lead us into the darkest areas of the human heart. A poem for Vince Kingrea, who sadly took his own life.

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Promoting Interest in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

An essay about the role teachers play in making subjects interesting, valuable and relevant to students. Prompted by an Open-House visit to Westland High School.

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The Phantom Dollar

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Essay on American debt, credit abuse and the lies of economicists and politicians.

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Ambitions and Weekends

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Essay on being self-aware and realizing that the human psyche has some hardwired contradictions and paradoxes.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

A personal conversation about the challenges facing educational and cultural progress in the face of overwhelming ignorance and myopia.

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A Trip Down Hoopty Lane

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 | Last Updated Dec 7, 2014

An American Hoopty adventure to fix a van that turns into a car hater's nightmare.

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Greg Oden, Buckeyes and Basketball

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 11, 2011

Commentary on collegiate basketball, American colleges and professional sports.

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