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Journal Writing Project The importance of being Earnest


By Sam Stocker

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

“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.” It seems like a fairly good trait to have. In fact, I would list it right up there with honesty, respect, and integrity.

But why is it that true earnestness in people is so hard to come by? Doesn’t it seem like a fairly simple concept? Why is it that our race can invent and develop machines, technology, and weapons of mass destruction more easily than we can master concepts like honesty, sincerity, and loyalty? It seems like we have learned quite successfully how to destroy relationships and lives, but have we ever learned how to build them? If someone is a long-time friend for many years, are we willing to throw away that relationship after a few days, months, or trials? Do you have the sincerity/dedication/intense conviction that there will be a positive outcome?

Honestly, I cannot answer that question. I cannot say everyone will chose to embrace life with a honest and earnest passion. However, I will not say that people do not make this decision. God has created too much goodness in His world for me to condemn it. And with people being made in God’s image, I believe we have reason for a lot of hope.

So while it is guaranteed that you will meet people in this world who do not value these characteristics, and sometimes you may feel isolated, you are not alone. Call me the eternal optimist, but I do not believe that most people are mean-spirited or evil.

I guess what I am asking you, the reader, is this: are you willing to see the importance of being earnest? If so, are you willing to act on it? I know I have.

Sam Stocker 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 Thinking of spring

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

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
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

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
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

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
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

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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Times have changed

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Times have changed over the years as we know, the most obvious being the rise in gas prices from just 36 cents in 1970 to about four dollars. In 1970 the most viewed TV shows were Marcus Welby M.D., and The Flip Wilson Show. Now-a-days it's all abou ..... 
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