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Journal Writiing Project-Andy Wolter


Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Columnists

I was sitting in the computer lab, idly tapping the keys, trying to generate ideas for an article I had to write. I had procrastinated for days thinking up a decent topic to write about. Now I had two days left to write, revise and edit a piece on something I hadnít even thought up.

ďWhat should I write about?Ē I asked a student sitting next to me.

ďWrite about eating donuts in the computer lab,Ē he said, sliding a package of powdered sugar donuts out of his pocket while furtively glancing at the teacher.

I laughed, there was an idea, one of many suggested to me over the past week.

Although he wasnít serious, I did consider writing about eating donuts in the computer lab, and other impediments on school rules - in the name of fun. Decent enough topic, I thought so I started writing, enjoying my break from the writerís block that had been hindering me. I was happy; I had a good idea, and a fun topic.

A good idea.

I had tried hard during the previous days to think of a good idea. I am generally a pretty laid back person, but even I was wary of the deadline for the article, slowly encroaching.

Two weeks, a week, two days.

If I didnít think of a good idea within the next 24 hours, completing the assignment could be tough.

Then suddenly, from a source I wouldnít have thought of- came a good idea.

Right out of the sky, two weeks of fruitless searching for an idea, and finally one sneaks up on me while I wasnít looking.

Thatís the funny thing about good ideas, you canít seem to find them when you're looking for them. Good ideas have minds of their own; you canít find a good idea, they come to you. You canít rush good ideas. Itís like an egg, the chicken wonít hatch just because you tell it to, it happens when it happens.

Then, about half way through the article, I lost my idea.

I had left the idea overnight, and when I came back, it was gone. I re-read my article, several times, but I couldnít put any more words on the page. I was stuck on the day before it was due, and I was only halfway done.

Thatís another funny thing about my good ideas, they have a tendency to leave me about half way through whatever Iím doing.

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Notes From a Country Kitchen

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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Last month at Circle we had roll call and the question was "What job do you hate the most?" I believe almost everyone, including our Pastor, said it was washing windows. I remember years ago it was hard to get the men folks to help get the st ..... 
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Prairie Notes-On the Road

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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Turn down any country road in Fillmore county. Choose one that you have driven often in the past, though it may have been awhile since you passed that way. If you happen to choose that road early in the morning, say 6:30 or 7:00, or later in the afte ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Jamie Howe

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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When you open those glorious high school doors for the first time as a freshman, you feel it. You feel the power, the responsibility, the status, the freedom, and you feel the real life as a teenager. Or should I say, the artificial life you lead for ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Mon, Oct 21st, 2002
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Fall is my time of the year, pretty leaves, nuts on the ground, smell of burning leaves and weather . . . sometimes raining, sometimes beautiful , and sometimes really windy. We see all the big combines harvesting the corn and beans, neighbors gettin ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Kyle Anderson

Mon, Oct 21st, 2002
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Deadlines are like rainy days. They show up everyone once in a while and nobody likes them. Deadlines make people sweat, make them nervous, and make them shake in their boots, but they also give people order. Deadlines are those unpleasant reminders ..... 
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Township Roads-This old tractor

Mon, Oct 21st, 2002
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A tractor followed me home a couple weekends ago. It wasnít exactly a stray. It was a tractor that I had known for a long time.

The tractor that rode on the trailer behind my pickup was a Farmall H. My dad bought it new back in ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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I just looked up the word "cooperation" and this is what it said, "a joint action or undertaking," and that it was for us out at Big Spring on our Chicken Dinner on Sept 29th. Everybody knows we all have to work together as our membership is getting ..... 
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Journal Writing Project

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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Over 1000 years ago, on a cold, windy day (all days are cold and windy on the North Atlantic) a lone wooden ship landed on the coast of North America, probably somewhere on Newfoundland. The men who disembarked were expert sailors and explorers led b ..... 
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