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Fear vs. Reality

There is a fear out there, balanced by a countervailing reality. The fear is that our workforce is aging and knowledge skills are being lost and all efforts should be made to retain mature workers and ease them into retirement only when well into their geriatric years. The reality is that whenever there is a …

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Writing Awards

A writer John B. tried for years to get noticed in the field of literature. Alas, there was so much content floating about in the literary world at the time that he could not attract anyone’s attention. Then he went silent and dropped out of the scene, and the few readers who had read his …

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The Age of Fear

When I was a child in my native Sri Lanka, if someone on the street looked up at the sky, within moments, many pedestrians followed suit, even though there was nothing up there. We used to play jokes on people by stopping suddenly in the middle of the street and looking skyward, knowing that in …

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The Age of Personality

Politicians in North America are duking it out on personality, on this fall’s election trail. Down south, we have Obamamania pitted against the wizened war hero and the evangelical working mom against the tough Amtrak supporter. Closer to home, our own dour politicians are getting facelifts too, being portrayed as gentle family men or rugged …

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The Part-time Writer

I used to follow the “three•pages•a•day” maxim as a writer and thought I was doing okay. Most wannabe writers average that quotidian output (at least, that’s what I hear from writer’s circles and other groups that I haunt for company and when my battered authorly ego needs emotional, unconditional hugs). I had a day job …

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The Collaborative Novel

People are collaborating everywhere these days • in building software (Linux, Apache), in virtual project teams, playing virtual games with players spread out across the universe. They say that the reign of superior proprietary intellectual capital is coming to an end; that (1+1+1…to infinity) is better than solitary (1+none =1). So why not write a …

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On Aging

So we’ve cracked the code on DNA and life expectancy is racheting up greatly in the developed countries. Will we all end up a bunch of geriatrics in our nineties or past the century mark dealing with a host of other issues our predecessors did not have to concern themselves with: losing control of bodily …

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The House of Words

I enter the House of Words every day to find the appropriate ones that describe my stories. These stories come as pictures in my head, snapshots that fade no sooner they appear, like dreams. My job is to run after these illusive images with a quiver of memory arrows and shoot them down, sticking them …

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Why I read

I read to reach beyond myself; to tap into the collective consciousness of writers greater than me. I read so that their ideas, techniques and styles will rub off and enleaven my own writing. I read to discover new words, and for new ways of employing words. I read for my own education, with the …

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