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6 months ago

Writing Made Simple (According to Charlie Chaplin)

Robert Cormack · Start by avoiding elephants. · “In the end, everything is a gag.” Charlie Chaplin · Charlie Chaplin once told a reviewer that words were cheap. “The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’,” he explained. It took me a minute to get the wisdom of that. Then it made all the sense i ...

1 year ago

Ivan and June.

Robert Cormack · A short story about advertising (sort of). · I once worked with a former mercenary. His name was Ivan and he still wore camouflage pants, Wellco boots, and a field jacket with a bullet hole. He said he got shot in a place called Kisangani, somewhere in the Congo. Ivan wasn’t your ...

1 year ago

What I learned about racism as a child...

Philippe Collard · Our most formative and profound experiences come from what we live as children. Once the imprint of life has been left on our childhood, it cannot be erased, is seldom forgotten and will drive our behavior and our perception of the world for as long as we live. · I was raised th ...

4 years ago

How do we define old age?

Royce Shook · The only constant is change. As we change, we have to make many adjustments, and these may be unsettling. So, I started thinking about age and wondered how we in the world, define old age. · From the United Nations I found this: “Most developed world countries have accepted the c ...

4 years ago

The history of storytelling. The very first story ever told…

Philippe Collard · Tens of thousands years ago, somewhere in Africa (most probably) a primate almost human proceeded to tell the very first story ever told. May be around a fire in a cave. The recipient(s) of this “story” was/were other almost human primates. I can only guess as to the exact way th ...

4 years ago

The fight for change

Royce Shook · The following is based on a book by Professor Robert Cialdini of Arizona State University entitled, Influence: Science and Practice. · Human behaviour developed over time based on our need for survival. As humans departed from Africa on the journey around the world, survival has ...

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