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Uncle Tom’s SERE

Was Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by a feminine hand? No, it was written by Harriet Beecher’s toe. For years, pretty much all I knew about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the novel, was that it existed.  Important in the social history of … Continue reading

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An Early Opportunity

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
In honor of Nanowrimo, and of the onset of the winter heating season,† I’ll be running a seasonal sale on editorial and critique services from now through the end of Thanksgiving weekend.? My…

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A Not Entirely Disinterested Public Service Announcement

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Fantasy writer Jo Walton is running a Kickstarter for Scintillation, a small convention to be held – provided the Kickstarter succeeds — in 2018 in Montreal. Jo (who deservedly often has Homeric epithets…

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Magic in Vermont

Where to find me this weekend:   Friday I’ll be in Bradford, Vermont, for the Midnight Madness.  I’ll be doing street magic from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Saturday and Sunday I’ll be doing walk-around at the Vermont Steampunk Expo … Continue reading

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Health Insurance

The sad fact is that people who don’t have medical insurance don’t get medical care. Today is the first day of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment program.  Go sign up.  Today. See also: Doing My Part for ACA Open … Continue reading

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Mars Attacks!

Due to the recent storms in the northeast and massive power outages, the scheduled Podcast UFO for tonight has been delayed.  I’ll let y’all know the rescheduled date as soon as I know it.   UPDATE 02NOV17: New date will … Continue reading

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Keep Watching the Skies

This coming Wednesday, November the 1st 2017, from 8:00-10:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, I’m going to be a guest on Podcast UFO. The subject is going to be Betty and Barney Hill.  Those who want to prepare might read this … Continue reading

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Doubling Down

All too often these days we read or hear in the news, “[Name of politician] doubled down on his earlier remarks…” So what does it mean to “double down”? The term comes from the world of gambling, specifically from the … Continue reading

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A Brace of Peeves

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Because sometimes they come in matched sets. Peeve One:  Criteria is a plural, dammit.  The singular is criterion.  (The word is Greek in origin – the –on ending is a clue.) Peeve Two:…

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Some Useful Thoughts from Outside the Field

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Eric Owyoung is a composer and musician who performs with his band as Future of Forestry.? Like many another creative type, he also does teaching gigs (hey, my co-author and I have done…

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