A small town kid just living the dream.

Me in front of the Statue of Liberty pre-pandemic

My Medium Story


Yes, that Mark Twain.

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Huck Finn Took a Break


Start making yours today.

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Write Every Day


You just have to keep working for it.

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Write What You Want


They’re some of the best books I’ve read.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


They’ve changed the world, and led the way for others to do the same.

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  • 24 Nobel Prize winners
  • 28 Pulitzer Prize winners
  • But it doesn’t stop there
  • YouTube
  • Tesla
  • PayPal
  • Oracle
  • Playboy
  • Baskin Robbins
  • The Disney Channel
  • The Weather Channel
  • National Football League
  • Chicago Bears
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • And so much…


You will be so glad you did.

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  • Taking a walk
  • Enjoying a cocktail
  • Meditating
  • Attending a live concert
  • Eating your favorite meal

You’ll Be Happy


A poem

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And a few honorable mentions too.

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1. “Love Story”


They’re as fun to know as their parents.

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1. Robert Todd Lincoln

Noah Nelson

UIUC journalism major| Daily Illini Senior Columnist| Author of “Life: A Collection of Short Stories”| Featured Writer on ILLUMINATION (23x).

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