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.
Good Memories from the Badlands
Photos from my trip to Killdeer and Medora in Western North Dakota.
The Barack Obama Presidency
Some observations on American politics and culture in the wake of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States of America.
Infection of the Heart
Poem about despair and the false questions that can lead us into the darkest areas of the human heart. A poem for Vince Kingrea, who sadly took his own life.
Promoting Interest in the Classroom
An essay about the role teachers play in making subjects interesting, valuable and relevant to students. Prompted by an Open-House visit to Westland High School.
The Phantom Dollar
Essay on American debt, credit abuse and the lies of economicists and politicians.
Ambitions and Weekends
Essay on being self-aware and realizing that the human psyche has some hardwired contradictions and paradoxes.
A personal conversation about the challenges facing educational and cultural progress in the face of overwhelming ignorance and myopia.
A Trip Down Hoopty Lane
An American Hoopty adventure to fix a van that turns into a car hater's nightmare.
Greg Oden, Buckeyes and Basketball
Commentary on collegiate basketball, American colleges and professional sports.
Return to Norton Middle School
Short essay recounting a day I spent at Norton Middle School with Gary Sigrist.
Stalling Court Murders and Media
Two people were murdered in Stalling Court and the media is swarming it.