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Read Arvid Huisman's column
January 28, 2013 - Carrie Olson
There are a few people that I can count as writing mentors in my life - one of them is Arvid Huisman.
He is a columnist for the Daily Freeman-Journal and is the development director for The Salvation Army in Des Moines.
I always make sure to read Arvid's column Country Roads each Monday - whether it be about childhood memories, funny stories about his family, or his creative writing pieces. When I was able set up the opinion page of the Monday paper, I was always happy to open up the attached word document from Arvid with his latest column. The topics were always relatable and full of heart. He wrote a piece in the past year about his father dying – it was one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I had ever encountered.
We would sometimes write to each other back and forth over our writing topics, and it was wonderful to hear from such a kind voice.
Arvid has always been willing to write to the public with such honesty about his personal life, and this week's was no different. His wife passed away last week, and he has poured out his heart into words for all to see.
Thanks Arvid for always writing from the heart.
My prayers are with Arvid and his family.
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