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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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wisdom, philosopher, leaders, tyrants

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Nature and Education

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

Shawn Olson calls for more inclusion of nature in education.

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nature education, natural curiosity

A Yahoo Speaks Out

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An unpublished editorial where Shawn Olson responds to a crankpot reader.

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yahooism, censorship, prudish critics

Void of Desire

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

A poem on shallow activities inspired by my participation in photographing rock concerts.

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loneliness, crowd

Gun Issues

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 27, 2011

Looking at the gun control issue in America.

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gun control, gun debate

The Price of Learning: Gradecard Dilemma

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

There is a paradox concerning a parent's push for good grades. The kids don't care about learning.

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misplaced values in education, gradecard dilemma

Pet People

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A Chalkboard column by Shawn Olson about regulars at a pet store.

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pet owner habits, peculiarities of pet owners, pet store, pet people, anima

Using the Internet

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

This editorial on education was printed as a Chalkboard column in the Messenger.

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how people can use the internet, internet value

The ephemeral soldier

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

A poem about veterans. Dedicated to my grandfather Clarence Himes.

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veterans poem, soldier poem

Muckraking in the New Millenium

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

Muckraking habits are still here as much as ever.

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muckraking, politics

Tweeners

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A story of a school's persecution of students.

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tweeners, the out crowd in school

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