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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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I Endorse This Message

Posted on Nov 1, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011
I endorse this Message

Have you noticed that politicians no longer have ideas... but they sure endorse a lot of other peoples' messages.

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politics, voting, endorsement, approve

Pursuit of Happiness

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011

Essay on natural rights with a focus on the Pursuit of Happiness.

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natural rights, happiness, philosophy

Ohio 2006 Campaign Websites: Blackwell vs. Strickland

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 | Last Updated Oct 15, 2006

How do the candidate for Ohio Governor use thier websites? Facts, fiction, and mud.

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polotics

All Worlds

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011

Poem about the universe, life and chances.

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Understanding Statistics

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011

New tool to demonstrate how the range of answers affects the probability that a correct answer will be randomly guessed.

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Something Got Lost

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011

A poem remembering my dear mother.

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The MySpace Generation

Posted on May 23, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Thoughts on the social media phenomenon and its effect on the current young generation. Originally written with MySpace in mind, but valid for other sites like Facebook.

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Crab Cones - Leftover Chef

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 | Last Updated May 17, 2006

How to make a meal out of random ingredients in your pantry.

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"Leftover" Philly Cheese Steak

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 | Last Updated May 17, 2006

The Leftover Chef shows you what to do with leftover steak.

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The Fairness Mentality

Posted on Jan 1, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Essay about our skewed perspective on fairness.

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fairness, justice

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