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Life Begins at 80...on the Internet
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INTRODUCTION

It's an ever-expanding collection of stories that make us think, laugh, and learn.
Wordsmith Anu Garg, mastermind of A.Word.A.Day Seattle, Washington, USA.

"Life begins at 80 ... on the Internet," proclaims Eric.
And ever since his hi-tech epiphany, he has been celebrating his
new-found obsession with this eclectic collection of writing.
Nick Galvin checks out some of the newest destinations on the Net
(Sydney Morning Herald)

I don't read your articles because you are "the oldest."
I read them because you have interesting things to say.
"The Boy on a Bicycle", Denver, Colorado, USA.

I thought that I would never see
My father grasp technology.
Now his thoughts rush 'round the world
A brain let loose like flags unfurled.

Ian Shackle, Frog Rock, New South Wales, Australia

Click here for an explanation of "Copyboy"...
Cartoon and verse copyright 2004 Stewart McCrae

Like most of my generation, I used to regard the Internet as a fearsome monster rapidly devouring the world we knew. Then at the age of 79, I bought my first computer, studied David Pogue's hilarious book The i-Mac for Dummies, and began a new life. Captivated by the magic of the World Wide Web, I began writing freelance articles about my discoveries. Some of them have been published by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), the Straits Times (Singapore) and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) plus other newspapers and magazines around the world.

You can read my stories on a dozen Web sites, including the China Daily and the Bangladesh Star. Just follow the links assembled on this page, generously set up by Barry Downs, my South African "mousemate" (a useful term he invented), of Kimberley. I hope this eBook will inspire other retirees to join the world's largest library, and share with us its magical allure.

After you have read the stories on subjects that interest you, I suggest you search other pages of the various Web sites that you are about to visit. By reading the diverse offerings of people around the world (many of whom have become my good friends) you'll catch a glimpse of that magic.

Senior citizens may enjoy reading Frank Laubach's inspiring letter.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
weep, and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919).

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either
write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born
at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Writers are a little below clowns and above trained seals.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
 

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