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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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Cancer

Posted on Dec 14, 2019 | Last Updated Dec 15, 2019
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My fight against cancer.

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Latest Articles

The Forgotten Philosopher: A Look at John Dewey

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

An essay delving into the educational philosophy of John Dewey.

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The Happy Worker

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

An essay on the coomon person's role in the workforce.

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Discipline in School

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

A strict look at the need for strong discipline in the classroom.

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The Hurry-Stop Syndrome

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

This editorial was the last Chalkboard editorial Shawn Olson wrote for the Columbus Messenger.

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The other end of life

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

An emotional editorial by Shawn Olson about old age originally printed in the Messenger.

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A bankrupt soul

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

A poem on inner emptiness that comes with a single-minded obsession with materialism.

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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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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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Everything Fades

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

A poem on losing someone close. I wrote it in memory of my Grandfather Clarence Himes.

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