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Journal Writing Project: Andy Wolter


Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

You’ll never figure everything out. That’s life, no matter how much you hope and plan, there is nothing to guarantee anything will ever work. I guess that’s what makes life worth living, the fact you will never figure everything out, and the fact that it could change drastically or end at any moment. Think about it, you could’ve crashed your car on the way to work this morning and now instead of reading the paper at the end of the day, you could be in intensive care, or worse.

That is how much a life could change in a matter of hours, (or minutes or seconds) and that isn’t even too drastic in the big swing of things considering people are hurt or killed in car crashes all the time -- it just won’t happen to us we all think, right?

Not that I am pessimistic most everything goes two ways, for all I know, you could’ve got a lottery ticket on the way to work this morning, and now you never have to worry about work again if you know what I mean, but that doesn’t happen to us right?

I guess death and winning a hundred million (or so) dollars could be considered extreme examples of bad and good luck, but luck might be something so sublime -- to a point where you could never notice it, most people don’t think about it at all. Luck could be being randomly late enough to avoid a drunk driver who could’ve potentially killed you, that’s good luck most people seem not to notice.

Examine the intricacy of life some time. Everything you know as familiar and standard is the product of millions of random occurrences that could’ve been altered by nearly anything, at least I think so. We’ve all heard the term “I was in the right place at the right time” we all could be at the “right place” at the “right time” considering we’ve all been to a lot of places and a lot of “times,” unless you’ve managed to skip reality somehow.

Thinking about intricacy, try looking at it on a genetic level. How unique one person can be, in reality, is staggering. Has anyone ever called you “one in a million?” They aren’t doing justice to reality, I’ll tell you “Here’s something to think about: one human couple can produce 70,368,774,177,664 (70 trillion) variations of offspring. That’s only combining two people. Take into consideration that there are more than 6,000,000,000 people on Earth anyone want to figure out how many different ways you could pair 6,000,000,000 people? The odds of you .....
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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Eighteen years I have experienced life here on this planet. In this world there is hunger, wealth, poverty, divorce, terrorism, hate, and love. I’ve experienced eighteen years of it, of pure...life. And as I approach graduation, it gets more and more ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: For the birds

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

One morning in early February, I saw a sharp-shinned hawk perched on one of our bird feeders. The sharp-shinned is a small agile woodland hawk whose favorite food is small birds. The feeder birds immediately disappeared into the nearby bushes. [Read the Rest]

The Commute: Katie’s Swim

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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Like so many people, I’m grappling with a certain amount of anxiety these days about the world situation. By the time this is published, our country could be at war. More locally, we worry about a state budget over four billion dollars in the red. Wh ..... 
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Township Roads: Go ahead! Wreck my day!

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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I try to look on the bright side of things. There’s a silver lining to every cloud and all that. I may be unreasonably optimistic. That’s why I don’t usually allow little things to disrupt my day.

Maybe this is from having live ..... 
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Prairie Notes: What will they do?

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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Lately, conversations with friends revolve around the same economic thread. What will happen now that gas prices fluctuate by ten cents in a day? What will happen to retirement accounts that had seemed such a good investment two years ago? What will ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Kyle Anderson

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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From moles to millionaires, and survivors to idols, television is becoming a reality show slugfest. Networks and producers are cooking up shows for America to fall head over heels for. The question is, when and where will they draw the line? < ..... 
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