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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe


Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The other day I was sitting in class minding my own business when I overheard a student proclaiming to another student, “Why aren’t you normal? Can you be normal for just one day?” My mind quickly wandered from my studies and I concentrated on these words that were spoken so easily; yet they offended me so much. Even though they were not intended towards me, a pain in my heart sprang out for all who are considered “not normal.”

First, and foremost, what is normal? Is there really a single person out there that is completely, assiduously, entirely, and perfectly normal in the human eye? And if there was, would everyone on this planet have to imitate every movement and word of that person to be considered normal?

All my life I have been taught to be my own person, to build up my character, heart, and soul from what I want, believe, and care for. I can not base my whole life on someone else simply to be accepted as normal. So does that make me “ not normal” or “less” a person? It probably does to some people. Yet, I have also been taught to build up what I have in my life and always strive to make myself a better person. I should be a superb individual as a whole, and that makes me different and sincerely dissimilar from everyone else.

This is why I don’t understand why there are people out there that think they are normal! Honestly, if I had the choice, I wouldn’t want to be normal. How boring would it be to live the same life someone else does just to be normal, like everyone else! On my eleventh birthday I received a birthday card from my uncle that said, “Life’s too short to be ordinary.” I have that card in a frame hanging in my room to remind me every day that I am and want to be extraordinary and an individual.

Is there someone that is that powerful in our creation to say that you are not normal? Absolutely not! The only person in this world that has the power to change or personalize yourself is you. You are the only one: not the most popular guy or the homecoming queen, no one can except you.

One of my close friends has a senior quote that relates to this and I would like to share it with you. It goes as follows: “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors...but they all exist very nicely in the same box.” We all are sharp, dull, colorful, and have weird names, which .....
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I’ll be home for Christmas

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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I'll be home for Christmas;   You can count on me […]  I'll be home for Christmas   If only in my dreams

I’m going home for Christmas! I am finally going ..... 
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Township Roads: The mystery dog

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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A new dog has come to live with us. We think she is a Jack Russell terrier, but we’re not sure if that brand of terrier has light gray spots like this one has. Her pedigree doesn’t seem to matter to her and it doesn’t matter to us. She is just a litt ..... 
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Journal launches book project

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Journal has launched a book project that will gather the stories from area readers. The theme of the book is “Stories that Tell Who We Are”.

Fillmore County Journal writers Bonnie Flaig Prinsen and John Torgr ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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The exact origin of chess is uncertain, but what is certain is that the game of Chaturanga, a precursor to chess, was being played in India by the time of Alexander the Great. (320 BC) Chaturanga spread quickly, becoming popula ..... 
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Of People, Places & Things: The Year of the Sheep

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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2003 is the year of the sheep in the Chinese zodiac. People born under the sign of the sheep are said to be wise, gentle and compassionate, characteristics that many of our world leaders may need to find more of in the coming year.

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At Home in the Woods: Project Wild

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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When I arrived at the Depot building in Lanesboro one day last October, Don Ward, Lanesboro historian, was already talking history with Carrol Henderson, Supervisor MN DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, and Adele Black, curriculum collaborator on the Proj ..... 
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