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Spanish or C++ — Which Most Belongs in School?

DON'T GET ME wrong. I'm not a language snob. I know there are worlds to visit outside of my English-speaking homeland, and I'm impressed by those who can order a meal in French or interpret for a Spanish speaker at a diner in Idaho. I love the sound of the Romantic languages, and I'm fascinated by the guttural sounds of Arabic and Hebrew. If I had the money and time, I would love to ... [Continue Reading]

Earth from space photo

Comes a Time

WHEN I WAS a young man -- in my twenties, let's say -- I figured my generation would change the world. I hope every generation feels like that. Had you asked me what would be different in the 21st century, what current practices would be be changed when the boomer generation took over, I would have predicted things like this: We would have stopped the deforestation of the ... [Continue Reading]

Applachian poetry

From the Heart of Og Mandino

It's the 4th of July -- Independence Day in the USA -- and I can't think of a better message to hear, or a better person to present it. Og was on the streets, drunk, homeless, and near despair ... when a library and a new way of thinking changed his life. The same can happen for you and me. Miracles still happen, and you aren't whipped for good until YOU say so. ... [Continue Reading]

VanderSloot jet

The Rich Man and Me — Introduction

 In the beginning Demian's Farnworth's autobiographical story, "The Education of a Writer," begins with The Year of Falling Apart. He takes us to a specific time when the pain was great enough to force change. Demian pans the camera, opening the door and baring his soul, as he moves on to jump back in time, then ahead, traveling on towards the writer he is now. I'm captivated by ... [Continue Reading]

Writer, Gurney Norman

Demian Farnworth, Gurney Norman, and You

Demian Farnworth says he got the quote from Cory Doctorow. Cory says it came from Tim O’Reilly. I didn’t chase it back any further. Any way you cut it, though, the thought rings true – besides, Demian and I were speaking about a different twist to the idea anyway. In 2002, O’Reilly, in a remarkably succinct treatise on file sharing said, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors ... [Continue Reading]

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