Adult Education

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I swear, it’s just like that Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School–except that I’m not the wealthy owner of a bunch of Tall & Fat men’s clothing stores. Plus I’m not throwing hot tub parties in my dorm room. . .or accidentally crashing a sorority house. . .or getting the dean to name a business school after me. Come to think of it, it’s not really like that movie at all–except in the sense that I’m the oldest ...

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Texas Twisters

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The kids and I have started a new tradition in the Giller household. After dinner’s all done and the dishes put away, and after we’ve all been on our walk and gotten cleaned up, Lexie and Christian settle in with dear old dad and watch a bit of a movie before going to bed. I have to admit, it’s become a bit addictive as I get lots of good cuddle time–and who could resist such a thing with these two ...

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Old Dog, New Tricks

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Welcome to 2007! Man, that still sounds weird. If you’re anything like me, you spent the better part of the 80s calculating how old you’d be when the year 2000 rolled around and what life might be like–and now here we are, getting close to a decade past that. Remember all the hysteria over the whole Y2K thing? It seems like a long time ago–and not just because most of those cheesy predictions turned out to ...

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Advice for the Young at Art

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It only took a year or so, but I’ve finally got a new essay posted on the Write Turns page! If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to finish a novel–or why someone would ever want to tackle such an Quixotic undertaking in the first place–feel free to kick the tires, start the engine and take the article for a spin. Just make sure you have it back before curfew, eh?

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eBay that iPod?

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One of the things that fascinates me as a writer is the difference between perception and reality–or, as things seem to be going these days, the increasingly fuzzy line between the two.  Take, for instance, the recent furor over a Forrester Research report that extrapolated some profit projections for Apple’s iTunes download service.  Well, apparently some media outlets decided to cherry pick a few of the findings and then rushed out breathless headlines that stated, “iTunes sales plummet ...

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Wacky Wiki

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Back in late 1970s Hollywood, it was said that you had “arrived” as an actor if you were offered a guest spot on The Love Boat. I’m not exactly how accurate that line of thinking was (Charo, where are you now?), but it seems to me that the modern-day equivalent–at least for geeks like me–is getting your own mention on Wikipedia.

Well, I must be slowly seeping into the pop-culture zeitgeist, because I actually found myself listed there. ...

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