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Journal Writing Project: Jacob Grant


Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The other day I was resting in my car awaiting the end of my lunch hour. As I sat there I was thinking about the things that flustered me that morning and how they carried on to a rather disheartening lunch. I wished I could have moved to Australia. While I pondered my thoughts I listened to the radio. After a while an interesting and amusing tune started to play. Feeling the pulsing beat, I began to tap my hands to it. The song helped to rouse my spirits when it suddenly knocked me out with a lyrical punch. The poetic words "Music is the Great Communicator" filtered through my brain giving them great meaning and a profound impact on the rest of my day.

It all just made so much sense to me. Music really is the great communicator of thoughts, feelings, memories, stories, visions, and experiences. Our minds and bodies can quickly change just by hearing one song. It has the capability to give your body goose bumps, make your spine tingle, and captivate your mind all in one breath. The song I heard really reminded me of all the possibilities a song can create for someone.

Itís always great to know that just one song can take your troubles and fade them all away. You are able to form a connection with the song so that you donít feel so alone. Itís almost funny how a song can carry on with you throughout a day coming out through your personality.

Not only is one song capable of jumpstarting someoneís day it can pass on a very important message or story. Items of historical importance can also be passed down through a song expressed with emotion. Sometimes it is nice to hear a song from years ago and reflect on the good old times. Bringing back good memories never hurts.

A songwriter may also wish to pass on a message and it is easy to do through a song. Putting a catchy sound behind your words can really allow for more people to hear a message. Whether you want peace or job equality music can help people do it.

Songs are also the best tone setters we have. When someone is ready to play a big game they often times get pumped up through a song. Movies are also a great example of this. And who throws a party with out good music?

So the next time you donít feel quite ready to take on the world, just pop in one of your favorite songs and sing away. If thatís not possible, a small hum and the words in your head should suffice.
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Another One from Flaherty: Can't Sleep

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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When I read and hear about hip and knee replacements I wonder what they do with all of the hips and knees that have been replaced. Can they be re-cycles or rebuilt? Over the years I have had my cars repaired with re-built alternators, clutches, engin ..... 
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A dream takes a hit

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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I am just a little too old to be a true "Sputnik-baby", but not by much. Growing up with spaceflight, I was just old enough to appreciate the thrill of the earliest successes. I believe I was too young and maybe we were all too sheltered to have thor ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: The Fillmore County 10

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Many of you have probably heard of the big to do on the streets of Preston on Tuesday. It was reported in Wednesdayís Pioneer Press under the headline: Sheriff hits the street for jurors.  The story was eventually picked up b ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: Home Improvement

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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The severe frost of last night had not damaged the pump as the check now seems to be sufficient to prevent any pumping and filling of the pump-head with water."  Former Lanesboro physician, Johan C. Hvoslef,  &nbs ..... 
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Are You Game? Super Bowl & more

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Remember the Super Bowl triumph one week ago. Tampa was clearly the best team on the field. For Oakland fans the most offense on Super Bowl Sunday was the Bud commercial with the guy trying to score with a lobster crawling into his ear. Heck, even th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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What is wrong with us? How far will we stoop? It has often been thought that our society was governed solely by our outward physical appearance. Now it has been proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

During the Super Bowl, inclu ..... 
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