A Totally Disinterested Recommendation

I regret to inform you that I tried reading The DaVinci Code — twice!– and bounced off it –hard!– a chapter in each time.

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(And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.)

I just want to say that the latest episode of the No Story Is Sacred podcast — only coincidentally produced by my four offspring — takes on The Da Vinci Code, and is an absolute hoot.

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Tri-State Magic Auction

tri-state magic auction

Maine/New Hampshire/Massachusetts Auction


Sunday, April 19, 2020

BJ Hickman, MC and Auctioneer

LOCATION-The Chill Function Hall

580 US Highway 1 Bypass, Portsmouth, NH

It’s in the back of The Roundabout Restaurant and next door to the Holiday Inn

Time: Sellers Set Up 8:30 am

Auction Viewing 9:00 am

Auction 9:30-4:00

Lunch Break 1:00

Admission $7.00

To be a Seller – Contact Mike Aranda, Auction Chair ( jediwakko@msn.com ) to let him know that you wish to sell. Sellers will be placed in the order that you contact Mike.

Questions: Contact Mike or Nancy Frankel ( corkysmagic@gmail.com )

NOTE: Everyone read the fine print please:

PARKING: The entrance to THE CHILL is at the right of the building. Sunday morning is a very busy time for the restaurant. Sellers may unload at The Chill entrance but there is NO PARKING in front of the restaurant. Everyone must park at the Holiday Inn next door or in spaces not labeled for restaurant customers!!

FOOD: We are not allowed to bring food into the function room. The lunch break is scheduled for 1:00 when The Roundabout Restaurant will not be crowded.

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Dammit, CNN

I think they call them “content providers.”

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How am I supposed to respect you as a news source if you can’t even get your grammar right?

From this article:

TV and film adaptations of dystopian literature has dominated recent popular culture, from Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy, to Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, to the upcoming HBO version of Emily St. John Mandel’s ‘Station Eleven.’ Each is set in a future society that has devolved into a worse-case-scenario. In utopian fiction, on the other hand, the writer creates a world based on a set of ideals and values they deem important. Both utopian and dystopian fiction matters, as each can be used as a tool to prompt change by pointing out how things could go right — or wrong — in a society.

Do I really need to point out that it should be “TV and film adaptations have dominated” and “Both utopian and dystopian fiction

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Somebody Else’s Train Wreck

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As a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (a famously contentious organization that once took six months of vicious internal debate and a nonbinding poll of the membership to decide how to abbreviate its own name†), I’m watching the current explosions over at Romance Writers of America with a connoisseur’s eye.

The thing that boggles me is that the so-called “ethics complaint” that their ethics committee (or maybe — it’s confusing — not the official ethics committee, but some sort of double-secret private ethics committee) brought against Courtney Milan boiled down to “Courtney Milan made mean comments in public about another member’s book.” To which all I can say is, if that were an ethics-complainable offense in SFWA, there wouldn’t be more that three or four of us who weren’t thrown out of the club for it.

Back in the pre-Web days, when the romance writers and…

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Happy Holidays!

Doyle and MacdonaldFrom December 25rd through January 1st all of our back-in-print E-books and stories will be half-off to free over at Smashwords.  Complete your collection!

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O Sing Unto the Lord

08DEC19 Chorale PerformanceMusic Institute Chorale

Daniel Wallenberg, conductor
Gergory Shifrin, pianist


O Sing Unto the Lord

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 3:00 PM

$10 general admission

Nicols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois

Music Institute of Chicago

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Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll

Come see the Granite State Magicians (including your handsome young friend, me) at the Holiday Stroll this Saturday, November 30th, in Nashua NH.Jim Macdonald, Magician

We’re putting on a free magic show as part of the festivities at 30 Temple Street, Lower Level, between 7:10 and 8:10 pm.  The performers will be Lord and Lady BlackSword, Wayne Harmon, Jim Macdonald, and Corky the Clown.

I promise you a good time! (And don’t forget all the rest of the events at the Winter Holiday Stroll….)

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Magic Near Boston

Northeast New England Magic ContestIf  you aren’t doing anything this weekend, you might head over to the  Second Annual Northeast New England Magic Contest, 2:00 pm Sunday, November 17th.  Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St, Wellesley MA.

I’ll be there!

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Happy Official Start of Leaf-Peeping Season Day!

A beautiful crisp day today. Blue sky, white puffy clouds.

And if you’re in the North Country, drop by Vulgar Display of Poutine in Island Pond, VT (4-10 pm Thursday and Friday, 2-10 pm Saturday and Sunday). All they serve is poutine, but it’s the best you’ll find.

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Hey, if we’re going to continue with the grand renaming of everything, I might as well plump for my own candidate.

This date has long been the time when the New England autumnal colors start to peak, up here at the northern end of their range.  A dedicated leaf-peeper can start up here and follow the colors southward to finish up in Connecticut, by which time we up here are looking at bare trees and starting to fret about the first snowfall.

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Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire Map

Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire

Come on down! (Or up, depending on your starting point.)  13 Templeton Turnpike, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire 03447.  Tons of vendors, shows, demos, and other fun.  Saturday the 5th.  9:00 am-3:00 pm.

If you see me, say “Amaze me!” and I’ll do my level best.


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