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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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Reflections and Infections

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 | Last Updated Jul 10, 2018

An essay about the need for more philosophy (love of wisdom) in an age of growing xenophobia.

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Protest and Support

Posted on Mar 25, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

War protestors and supporters both have serious flaws in their arguments.

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The Blue Van

Posted on Mar 22, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

The Blue Van produced scorn from bystanders, but was a superb piece of machinery.

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Numb Memory

Posted on Mar 15, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on pessimism about the future.

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Fuel Tank Safety Measures

Posted on Feb 27, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

An overview of the safety measures fuel distributors take to minimize accidental disasters.

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My Phantom Greed

Posted on Feb 27, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on selfishness disguised as faith and charity.

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Educational Drop-Outs

Posted on Feb 9, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Observations on high school drop-outs and society.

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Age of Drunken Gods

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on the greed and mania of our age.

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Music Ceased

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on lost inspiration, passion and motivation.

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You want my time

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on possessiveness in a relationship.

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Blood of unshackled love

Posted on Feb 6, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem by Shawn Olson.

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