Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

With Regard to the Recent Email to Nominees for the Hugo Awards

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Science Fiction’s Hugos would not be what they are without accompanying periodic outbursts of controversy. This year’s topic is the email sent out to nominees for the award, “encouraging” them to dress professionally…

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Forward to the Past

If you’re looking for me this weekend, I’ll be at the Vermont Ren Faire in Stowe. In addition to doing walk-around magic, I’ve got four performances scheduled, two per day (at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm), on the Merchant’s Stage. … Continue reading

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For Lo, the Winter is Past

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And of course, everything is blooming, and the landscape is full of road repair personnel. This particular winter, which showed up early around here and then overstayed its welcome, and which included a…

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Where I’ll Be Tomorrow

I’ll be at the Granite State Magicians’ benefit performance for the Merrimack (NH) CrimeLine.   Come out on Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the Merrimack Police K9 Program. Meet Dallas, Merrimack’s new K-9 officer … Continue reading

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When First I Came to Town; or, Some Families are Like That

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
One of my favorite folk songs is “Katy Cruel,” a cheerful ditty from the point of view of a young lady who has run completely out of [bleeps] to give: Our Ms. Cruel…

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Marching in Lancaster

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
A couple of scenes from the Lancaster NH March For Our Lives (let it be noted that Lancaster, while the county seat for Coös County, only has a population of 3,507): “More Bears,…

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A Sonnet

While streaking in my rocket ship through space, Galactic empires seeking to destroy, Subsonic signals hailed me with “Ahoy! O spaceman launched from secret lunar base! Turn back your craft at once!”  Sour was my face. Switched off the signal; … Continue reading

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Today’s Bit of Linguistic Amusement

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
From Texas Monthly online, a discussion of the phrase “fair to middlin’” (as in, “How’re you doin’?” “Oh, fair to middlin’ – can’t complain”), which wanders through the Texas cotton patch, the Texas…

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‘Tis the Season

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
December 21st — nineteen minutes old as I type this – is the Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, and then the sun comes back.  At least, it always has so far,† and we celebrate…

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