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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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Voting with the ego.

Posted on Oct 13, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

Egoism may not be popular, but it's what's getting my vote.

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Voting, Egoism, Kerry, Bush

The animalism of our species

Posted on Sep 28, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Response to the Eugene Armstrong beheading. Humans are not as civilized as we presume; we are sometimes more barbaric than animals.

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eugene armstrong, beheading, terrorists, terrorism, human nature, war, barbarism

All there is

Posted on Aug 31, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

A poem written by Jennifer Pugh about all there is.

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wait, patience, love, poetry,

Crazy World

Posted on Aug 26, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Essay on the turmoil of our world today and the current trend of escalating hatred, nationalism and xenophobia.

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xenophobia, nationalism, hatred, crazy world, political essay, society

Seamless Tear

Posted on Aug 24, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Poem by Shawn Olson about relishing in the moment and looking forward to the future.

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seamless tear, time, healing, cycles

Reflections on the precariousness of life

Posted on Aug 8, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Philosophical essay on life and death sparked by a family trip where a pigeon collided with the car and we had a flat tire.

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life, death, tragedy, rights

Season Finale

Posted on Jul 25, 2004 | Last Updated Aug 7, 2009

The one where one door closes and another opens.

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Love poetry, tv analogy

The Death of Courtesy

Posted on Jul 25, 2004 | Last Updated Jul 26, 2004

A poem about modern sensitivity

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Poetry, courtesy, chivilry, sexism

Hive - Chapter 1 - The Hangover

Posted on Jul 25, 2004 | Last Updated May 18, 2006

Sometimes you just don't know what you're getting into...

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Hive, Chapter 1

A New Beginning

Posted on Jul 23, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

For my one and only.. a promise to give honor and respect.

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love, eyes, lover, wife, friend

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