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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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Adventures with Chris

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 | Last Updated Apr 26, 2019
Catan at Chris'Chris at DeskChris on BeachThanksgiving 2018.

Slideshow of Photos and a little about my cousin and dear friend Chris Himes, who died on April 26, 2019.

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Educational Inflation

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

A critique of the value of educational diplomas.

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Going bald like a man

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

An amusing editorial by Shawn Olson, originally published as a Chalkboard column in the Messenger.

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male pattern baldness, bald humor, hair loss

My failed faith

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

The evolution of Shawn Olson's views on faith, religion and ethics.

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He Whom I Know

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

Poem on personal identity and the paradox between our inner self and the persona we share with the world around us.

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The Life of Clarence Himes

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

A biography of Clarence Himes by his grandson Shawn Olson.

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Hirsch shoulda did his homework

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

A stab at E. D. Hirsch's misplaced criticism of John Dewey.

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e.d. hirsch, john dewey, educational debate

Empty is as full as it gets

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

Humorous piece by Shawn Olson about cars, originally printed in the Columbus Messenger.

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Cringe Photos 1

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011
Corbin - CringeBecky Fontaine | Tom Cline - CringeButch and Corbin - CringeRyan Wilder - CringeButch and Corbin - CringeMat Marcum - CringeCringe

Photos of Cringe at the Alrosa Villa on August 23, 2002. This was my first encounter with the band that became one of my favorite bands of all time.

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Exhausted Melodies

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

A poem about the repetitive nature of human nature. We all share certain core elements that repeat over the ages, linking us to humanity.

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