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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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The knock at the door

Posted on Dec 1, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

Mom used to pull pranks on us as kids... so I couldn't help pulling pranks on her too.

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The root of educational failure

Posted on Nov 17, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

The reason public education suffers is because the primary participants (students and parents), do not share a love for learning.

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The loving neighborhood – For Residents Only

Posted on Nov 5, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011
For Residents OnlyKeep Out

Communites want to stop teenage crime, but continue to take away legitimate outlets for youthful activities.

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Cracked Pebbles

Posted on Nov 5, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

Poem on a relationship in trouble.

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Where are you now?

Posted on Nov 5, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

A poem on emotional fatigue and self-doubt.

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Columbus Messenger, Me and Unprofessional

Posted on Oct 29, 2003 | Last Updated Jan 4, 2012

The Columbus Messenger Newspapers and why I don't work there anymore.

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The Pumpkin Patch

Posted on Oct 27, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

An ancient horror lurks in the night time pumpkin patch.

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Posted on Oct 25, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

A horror story about an intruder in the night.

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Lady Beetles

Posted on Oct 15, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

Lady Beetles didn't swarm us this year, but next year they might!

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