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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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chris himes, photos

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Tweeners

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

A story of a school's persecution of students.

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tweeners, the out crowd in school

In the Wake of a Good Night's Sleep

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

A Chalboard Column by Shawn Olson on waking up.

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sleep, morning, coffee, fatigue

Insurance Fraud: The True Story

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 10, 2014

While lawmakers are worried about prosecuting insurance fraud, are they looking in the right places?

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insurance fraud, insurance companies, corporate charlatans

The idea of love

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

A philosophical look at the human emotion of love, originally printed in the Messenger.

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love, self respect, relationships

The ephemeral soldier

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

A poem about veterans. Dedicated to my grandfather Clarence Himes.

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veterans poem, soldier poem

Gun Issues

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 27, 2011

Looking at the gun control issue in America.

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gun control, gun debate

Bruce Lee's Philosophy

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 27, 2011

A review of Bruce Lee's philosophical outlook.

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bruce lee philosophy, bruce lee legacy

The nature of apathy

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

To be apathetic is to invite entropy, says Olson. How do we deal with it?

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apathy, entropy, progress, decay

Veterans

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

A poem for veterans.

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veteran poem

Muckraking in the New Millenium

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

Muckraking habits are still here as much as ever.

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muckraking, politics

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