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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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cancer, lymphoma, chemotherapy, hope

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A Yahoo Speaks Out

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

An unpublished editorial where Shawn Olson responds to a crankpot reader.

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yahooism, censorship, prudish critics

These Wants Infernal

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

A poem on human lust and primal urges.

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human lust poem, barbaric soul, primal

The Price of Learning: Gradecard Dilemma

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

There is a paradox concerning a parent's push for good grades. The kids don't care about learning.

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misplaced values in education, gradecard dilemma

Pet People

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

A Chalkboard column by Shawn Olson about regulars at a pet store.

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pet owner habits, peculiarities of pet owners, pet store, pet people, anima

Using the Internet

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

This editorial on education was printed as a Chalkboard column in the Messenger.

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how people can use the internet, internet value

The Storm Within

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

A poem sparked by an exceptionally reflective and intoxicated night.

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internal turmoil poem, apostasy, self doubt poetry

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

Void of Desire

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

A poem on shallow activities inspired by my participation in photographing rock concerts.

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loneliness, crowd

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