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Journal Writing Project: Andy Wolter


Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Summer seems like it might finally be back, weatherwise at least we see some days crawling up to 80 degrees. School is getting close to being out, again, and I can’t say if that’s a good thing or not (again). When ever summer comes around I always manage to find myself with too much time on my hands, and I always end up wasting it, so I figure, if I didn’t have so much time, I wouldn’t have so much to waste. But you can’t exactly raincheck time. Wouldn’t that be something though, if you could “roll over” hours? Think about good times that are over too fast versus every time you’ve watched TV for more then an hour. (I only use TV because in lieu of anything else, I can’t help find myself in front of it sooner or later)

Call me cynical, but I don’t like it when overly enthusiastic people tell me to “live each day like my last” because you can’t possibly live each day as if it were your last. I mean, what would you do if you knew it were your last day on Earth? I can only tell you what I wouldn’t do. I wouldn’t go to school, I wouldn’t work, I wouldn’t clean, I wouldn’t worry about anything at all. As if anyone lives each day like their last; no one has nothing to lose. If people lived every day like it was their last, nothing would ever be accomplished.

Think about it. “Live each day like it was you last” is a Catch 22, too. In literal terms, every one does live each day like it was their last, because (for most of us at least) you never quite know when your last day is, so you almost inevitably end up living just as you did yesterday, which generally is exactly how you lived the day before, right? Thought so. What people fail to see, is that they are living each day like their last, but they say they aren’t because if they suddenly found out they spent their last day waking up for a day that wasn’t outwardly any more exciting then every yesterday, they’d be disappointed. Disappointed enough to want to make up an ideal “last day” but not disappointed enough to actually change.

I am a hypocrite, but I try not to be. If I lived up to half the things I think about, I’d be a much more productive person, but I think there are a lot of people who could relate to me on a point like that, if doing something was easy, it would get done a lot faster.

Now, in a round about way, my article is going in a big circle (no pun intended): If it were easy it would get done a lot faster, but .....
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Township Roads: Gopher Mine

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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They say that all wealth comes from the earth and I was reminded of that early last Sunday. Against my better judgment I got up early. I ground some coffee beans and set our high-tech coffee maker to do what it does best – noisily boil water and slos ..... 
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Prairie Notes: Take me home, country roads

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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Last March, my older sister Jenni called, wondering what to do about our mother’s dilemma. Mom’s recently diagnosed osteoporosis left her unable to bend or lift meant no spring cleaning without help. On a mutually agreed upon weekend, I drove to my s ..... 
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The Commute: "The Bachelor"Bangladesh-style

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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An old student came back to see me this week. He had some big news: he’s getting married this summer. He’ll return to his homeland, Bangladesh, for the wedding. The exact date is not certain, but he knows it will be in July. Here’s the interesting pa ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Howe

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

We are off to somewhere greener, somewhere warmer. We have waited four long years to get on that motorcoach in the spring. But it’s finally here. The Class of 2003 is bound for Washington D.C.!

Ever since our freshman year we h ..... 
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Of People, Places & Things: Hong Kong, a city under siege

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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I was driving home from work a few days ago when I heard a friend of mine being interviewed on the radio about the impact severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was having on Hong Kong.  “There have been more than 22,000 ca ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Kyle Anderson

Sat, Apr 5th, 2003
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March has always been an exciting time of the year. Old Man Winter seems to lose his touch. New breeds of athletics mark the calendars in high schools. Baseball, Track and Field, and Golf teams gear up for the months to come. People pack away their w ..... 
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Township Roads: Spring Fever

Sat, Apr 5th, 2003
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By Wayne Pike

Another beautiful day. It is just barely spring, but today’s weather was a complete relief from winter and an introduction to what we might hope is seven straight months of comfortable weather. Although we have had ..... 
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