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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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Good Memories from the Badlands

Posted on May 31, 2021 | Last Updated Jun 1, 2021
Shawn Hiking in Killdeer

Photos from my trip to Killdeer and Medora in Western North Dakota.

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killdeer, medora, badlands, north dakota, photos, animals, landscape

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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

Don't Stand Too Close

Posted on Jul 18, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

A poem about lost hope in love and anger.

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poem, lost love

Undivided in a Divided Scene

Posted on Jul 17, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011
undivdedundivded

Photos of Undivided at Newport plus interview.

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undivided columbus rock band

All Days Pass

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Poem on the futillity of life. It's not really what I believe naturally... but it's how I feel on certain days.

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human vanity, poem

Turn Away

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Poem on keeping an eye on the good things in life in bad times.

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turn away, poem, positive thinking, good perspective

A gift to our idol

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

A poem on the feeling of angry pride.

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angry pride, anger

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