Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

The Hill Case — Part 2

What We Know and How We Know It, Part 2 What we know: Betty and Barney misidentified the aircraft warning light on the top of Cannon Mountain as a flying saucer. How we know it: When Betty and Barney arrived … Continue reading

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The Hill Case — Part 1

What We Know and How We Know It, Part 1: What We Know: Betty and Barney were sleep deprived on the night of 19/20 September 1961 How We Know It: They were on the back side of a twelve-hundred mile … Continue reading

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I For One Welcome Our Alien Overlords

Why are they grey?  Perhaps because Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) was in black-and-white…. Check out PodcastUFO, where I’ll be talking about my take on Betty and Barney Hill’s abduction, on Wednesday, 29 November.

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Nashua, This Weekend

The Nashua Holiday Stroll will take place this coming Saturday, 25 November 2017. So why do I care?  I live at the entire other end of the state from Nashua.  Well, because Granite State Magicians will appear (poof!) at 30 … Continue reading

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Nanowrimo’s Almost Over

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
And so is my Thanksgiving/Winter Heating Season quickie sale, which ends at midnight on Sunday the 26th of November. As always, you can make the purchase for yourself or as a gift for…

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Mental Health

Mental illness.  It happens, just like physical illness.  If you had the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, you’d get help.  If you had the signs and symptoms of diabetes, you’d get help.  We’ve gone to a lot of … Continue reading

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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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