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Journal Writing Project - 4/4/11


Mon, Apr 4th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Have you ever wanted to tell somebody something in the worst way, but you simply couldn't? Have you ever heard the saying, "Some things are better left unsaid?" What if these "things" were better off being heard? Heart pacing (thump thump thump), thoughts uncontrollably racing, palms drenched in sweat and knees becoming unbearably achy. This may be a hideously uncomfortable, yet familiar feeling for many of us. You may be the type of person that tenses up when put on the spot with a serious, in-depth conversation. If that is the case, why not write a letter?

The word "letter" is defined as "a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail" (Webster's College Dictionary, 2005). Bear in mind, however, that letters do not necessarily need to be sent via mail. I believe a shorter, yet more accurate vernacular of "letter" should be "documented memories." After all, this really is what a letter is/does. Are memories truly documented if we are using the internet and pages such as Facebook and MySpace to carry on conversations? Some of you might say, "Of course they are." In reality, this may not be the correct answer. Don't get me wrong; I am not degrading social websites. I am as much of a Facebook "fanatic" as the next person. Will technology (these sites) be around forever though? That is a question that is up in the air; we may never know the answer, at least not in this lifetime. If that is the case, why are so many people using technology to communicate?

Whatever happened to writing a good, old-fashioned letter? You know, with a pencil/pen and paper (in case you have forgotten). This is a surefire way to guarantee that the "memory/message" of the letter will be there forever. Granted, its words may not be instilled in your "internal hardware/drive," but we will at least have something to refer back to - a memory, a letter! Historically, this was the only means of communication from one party to another.

Aside from technologically advancing, we have advanced in other ways. If we were living in the mid-19th century, we would have to rely on the Pony Express to communicate with our "cousin Bob" on the west coast. Saddlebags of mail were carried by horse across many miles of terrain. Waiting for a letter to arrive in the mail today is literally nothing compared to the 19th century wait. Perhaps today we can describe our use of the internet to communicate as our increased laziness .....
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The Stolen Generation

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

If you haven't heard about the "Stolen Generation," you aren't alone. I only just heard about it when my teacher was giving me ideas on what to write for this column. I've been reading all the other students 'articles, and it seems that most of them ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - A great opportunity

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
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Many of you have probably lived in Preston for a majority of your life and may not have known about the Preston Area Community Foundation, or PACF. PACF is an organization that serves the Preston area by supporting programs and projects that help im ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Eat right with color-you are what you eat

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Maybe one more piece of cake, just another serving of pie, or perhaps just one more scoop of ice cream to go with our dessert. Sure, when making this decision we remember we've heard it more often than not-eat healthy, be active. Except whe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Step out of the box - 2/28/11

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
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When I was younger, I was a shy little girl. I never wanted to leave my parents' side or adventure on my own. Several events in my life have made me change my outlook, from my dad committing suicide to my brother being in Iraq. These life-changing e ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Making a difference - 2/21/11

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

By Katie Ristau

Saving lives, what a great thing! When you donate once, you can save up to three lives. Four and a half million Americans would die each year without your donation. A donation is needed every two seconds. More than 38,000 dona ..... 
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Journal Writing Project "Straight" discrimination

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Sexual orientation. It is something that has become a huge issue both nationally and state-wide, and commands a great amount of attention. However, I can't make it through a single day without hearing the terms gay and homo being used among my peers ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - "Straight" discrimination

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Sexual orientation. It is something that has become a huge issue both nationally and state-wide, and commands a great amount of attention. However, I can't make it through a single day without hearing the terms gay and homo being used among my peers ..... 
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Journal Student Wring Project - I Go Back

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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Being a senior this year makes me reminisce my childhood years, and there is only one place that comes to mind, my grandparents' farm. My hot summer days were usually spent with my grandma and grandpa, and if I wasn't with them, I was begging my par ..... 
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