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Dana and the Skunk

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 Jul 10, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

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Posted on Jul 8, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

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Don't Go

Posted on Jul 8, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on forseen loss. I wrote this for my mother shortly before she died.

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The Cringe Phenomenon

Posted on Jul 4, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011
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Interview with Cringe that appeared in Now It's Dark Magazine.

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Posted on Jun 18, 2003 | Last Updated Dec 7, 2014

What happens when someone tried to sell a sweeper to a tightwad asshole for $1600.

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Posted on Jun 11, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Looking for a get-a-way to someplace quiet?

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

An analysis and critique of modern educational values and formal academics.

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

Tales rooted in horror or the weird.

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

A collection of often unorganized yet always stimulating thoughts by California-based screenwriter Chris Webb.

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