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Journal Writing Project-Jamie Howe


Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

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 the next four years.I recall the times when I was a freshman and I tried to fit in and be normal and wear the right clothes and talk to the right people. I remember as a sophomore and even as a junior trying to be the “best” the “coolest.” Yet who really says you’re the “coolest” or you’re the “most popular?” And when we graduate, is being the coolest or the most popular in your grade going to get you a full ride to the University of Minnesota, or Florida State? Is it going to get you a job at the Mayo Clinic or the St. Paul Police Department? Is being the most popular king or queen of the school or person who wears expensive clothes and only talks to certain people going to pay for college? Character, will, respect, responsibility, knowledge, personality, and generosity will get you farther in high school, college, and life than being the most popular or the coolest in high school ever will. This is why high school is an artificial life.From the time we are freshmen to the day we graduate, teenagers believe that their social life is the most important or will have the most impact on their life after high school. However, it is their academics that have a better influence in the long run. If you had a 4.0 GPA and had four friends in high school, you will probably be successful in life! And if you were the most popular in high school but ended up with a 2.0 GPA, you probably will not succeed much in life. Teenagers do not see the big picture until their senior year rolls around, then some students realize there is so much more out there in life. And there are some seniors that don’t realize this until college and then they are lost because they have no one else to try to imitate and they don’t even know who they are. So during their eighteenth or nineteenth year in life as a person, they are finally trying to figure out who they really are without someone to follow or be like.Our choir teacher told us “High School is an artificial life! Don’t fall into the traps of being an immature teenager.” I am very pleased she told us this or else a few of us would have never been ready for the real world and the real life as an adult. An old saying by Mark Twain fits this propo .....
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Mon, Oct 21st, 2002
Posted in Columnists

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
Posted in Columnists

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 wasn’t 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
Posted in Columnists

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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Of People, Places and Things- The Journal's Birthday

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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Overheard at Wheelers Bar & Grill in Harmony a few weeks ago:  Two older men are having lunch. One of the men asks another man who has just come into the restaurant what he has been doing all morning.  [Read the Rest]

Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Today my column is dedicated to the gentle man whose body was found Saturday evening Sept. 21st in a ditch just north or Prosper. Isn't it terrible we wait till someone is dead before we can say something good about them. Kris Olson director of Sunri ..... 
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The Commute

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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When I was a child, we had portraits in our home of the Pope, former president John F. Kennedy, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins. So it should be no surprise that I hold baseball players in high esteem.

Th ..... 
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