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Shawn's First Birthday with Mom and Dad

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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Problems with American Freedom

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

A reaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, shortly after the events.

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paradox, american freedom, terrorist element

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 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

Mabi Ponce de Leon, Artist and Teacher

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

Bexley High School art teacher Mabi Ponce de Leon report was Olson's last article for the Columbus Messenger Newspapers.

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mabi ponce de leon, art, teacher, paint, bexley high school

Houdini & Thurston

A short contrast of Howard Thurston and Harry Houdini
Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

Comparing America magicians Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston.

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harry houdini, ehrich weiss, howard thurston, magicians, skepticism

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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