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Journal Writing Project What would you do?


Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kiah Halvorson

Almost everyone knows Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” In the song, the man is diagnosed with cancer. And he’s thinking about the fact that he only has a month to live. While thinking about his life, he makes a list of what he wants to do with his short time left on earth. So, what would you do with only a month to live?

If I were diagnosed with some sort of horrible disease and my doctor told me I only had one month to live, I would make the most out of those thirty days. A month is not long at all. I would have to fit a lot in to a short amount of time. The first thing I would do would be to say my goodbyes to all of my family and friends. That would be the hardest part; telling them you love them and you don’t want to go. By letting them know that it’s okay and telling them that they should go on with their lives the mood may be lightened.

The next thing I would do is to accomplish everything fun and exciting that I’ve always wanted to do. I would begin by traveling. I’ve always wanted to go overseas: Norway, England, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, and maybe Africa or Australia. I’d love to take in all of the culture, but with such little time, I’d only get to spend maybe two days in each country.

I also think it would be amazing to skydive! If I had only a month to live I would totally do all of the high adrenaline sports: skydiving, racing, things of that nature!

The last thing that I would do after all of the fun, would be to get on a motorcycle and drive. Just drive, with no place in mind, no specific time to be there, no instructions to follow. Being on a bike really helps you think about everything. Your head is completely empty and you have time and space to think. Think about your life. Think about your family. Think about what you’ve done and what you didn’t get finished. Time to analyze your good and bad decisions. Being on the back of a bike really lets you think about what you’d do if you only had one month to live. So what would you do if you only had a month to live?

Kiah Halvorson is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteenth year.

Journal Writing Project The importance of being Earnest

By Sam Stocker

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
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“Earnest,” when used as an adjective, is defined as “resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.” A list of synonyms include “devout,” “sincere,” and “dedicated.” Antonyms include “frivolous” and “halfhearted ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Thinking of spring

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
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Baseball fans are wondering what’s happening in spring training, football fans are wondering who’ll be drafted in which round, and golfers are wondering when they’ll be able to get out on the course again. As a high school senior, I’m also w ..... 
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Journal Writing Project No Escape

By Katie Wolter

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
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I wasn’t fast enough. All those years of running track, and they were still gaining on me. To be honest, it was an unfair chase. They had titanium steel legs, and I had only my human legs. The year was 2102. They called themselves the Control. Sin ..... 
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The good old days

By Colin Richert

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
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Do people remember the good old days? I’m 17, and I remember when I could go to town without seeing some moron wearing pants five sizes too big for his behind, hanging below the designated area they were made for. I think all the hope for any good ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A Little ‘More’ Political Insight

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
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Every morning when I wake up, I usually follow my routine. Generally, that includes switching on the television to view what is happening in the world. Over the past several months, the news has been plagued by stories of the latest details ..... 
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Journal Writing Project What I’ve learned so far

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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By Kiah Halvorson If I were to give a commencement address on the things that I have learned over the past seventeen years, it would have a lot of quotes that I have heard that have all had significant meaning in my life in some way or another. ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Part of the family at Judy's

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Beeeep! The cash register angrily tells me that I hit the wrong button.

Riiing! "Lenora, can you grab the phone for me?" I ask.

"Can we have some more water?" a customer at table three asks.

The shuffling of chairs, frying ..... 
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Journal Writing Project My 2012 New Year's resolution

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
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Maybe it's just my generation, but I've realized that nothing seems very personal anymore. When I want to talk to someone, I send them a text message. If it's really important I might call them, but I never get in my car and drive to someone's house ..... 
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