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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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Donald George Olson died at 72

Some memories and thoughts about my Dad
Posted on Mar 24, 2013 | Last Updated Apr 27, 2013
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My Dad, Donald George Olson, died on March 18, 2013... just four days shy of his 73rd birthday.

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Latest Articles

J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center turns 40

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

History of the J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center, a refuge for many children and teenagers in the Hilltop, a community on the West Side of Columbus, Ohio. Story from in the Columbus Messenger Newspapers for April 29, 2002 by staff writer Shawn Olson.

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Psychics and Statistics

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Sep 26, 2015

What happens when a Carl Sagan fan meets with person with psychic ability.

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paranormal ability, psychics, pseudoscience, statistics, logic

Society's sentiment towards evolution

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

People argue against evolution all the time when they've never read about it.

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anti-evolutionism, evolution, evolutionary misconceptions

Junk Food won’t make you Chuck

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

A review of musical group Chuck's Junk by Shawn Olson, originally in the Westside Messenger.

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The Public Disdain for Science

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

An essay about common public opinion towards science.

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My feelings on God

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

My personal views on God.

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Role Playing Games

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

The fear of role playing games is ridiculous. Many people think that role playing is evil. I think it is a great outlet that can encourage kids to think and analyze and be creative.

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The mind and body

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

Why we need to exercise both mind and body.

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mind body, dualism

My Experience at Westland High School

How an honor-roll student can lose heart and drop out
Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An overview of Shawn Olson's experience at Westland High School.

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Some observations on smokers

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

You can't argue with people who are addicted to cigarettes.

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