We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

Ray Bradbury

Town Meeting Day

And now for something completely different. Of late I’ve been writing an increasing amount about fiction on these pages. This is the first time in a very long while that I’ve offered up any of my own. Town Meeting Day — the first Tuesday in March...

Writing and Reading Notes

I have no idea how Matt at Enter the Octopuss compiles his daily masses of links — but I’m glad that he does! The new Tor Dot Com site — it’s a blog, and a new home for original fiction — has lots of promise. Like many publishers,...

A Brief Program Note

Let me paint you a picture… As I sit here in my favorite club chair, I am wearing a day-glow yellow motorcycle helmet on my head. This is because: a) I am extremely concerned about an impending hard drive crash. b) I am taking this whole Internet privacy issue...

Science, Magic and Starbucks

So this weekend I’m catching up on a collection of blog essays — continuations and corollaries on the never-ending debate of what constitutes science and magic in the world of, er… speculative fiction1 — when what to my wondering eyes should...

Everything Old is New Again

In which I take one for the team. Ya know… for the the environment. Back in the 80s (remember the 80s?) I used to scoot around town on a Honda Elite 250. Why? Well… ’cause it was easy on the pocketbook and got me where I wanted to go. Fast forward 20...

I Can’t Hear You!

It reads like an episode of The Office. Turns out, it’s your government at work. From the New York Times: “The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be...

Happy Birthday, Bro

Lo those many (many!) years ago, Donald Neil was loosed on the world. (I can’t be certain that’s his coffee cup,...

On This Memorial Day

It’s odd to feel so self-conscious about flying the flag on a national holiday; to feel conflicted about being genuinely proud — honestly grateful — to be an American, and at the same time saddened and angry about what’s been done in our...

Memorial Weekend Home & Garden Report

On weekends like this, it’s a good opportunity to take stock, and enjoy life’s simpler pleasures: good company, glorious weather, and a little bit of Kansas City style barbecue. Yeah… in Vermont. As the old saw goes, if you want something done right,...

New Entries in the Coveted List of Links

I’ve two new blogs to add to the short list of links I keep over — thataway. [Imagine a disembodied hand waving toward the rightmost column of the page you’re looking at. Thank-you.] The first of these — Daniel’s Coffee Blog — by...

MoveOn’s Open Source Politics

MoveOn has focused some of the grassroots energy behind the Obama campaign with it’s ObamaIn30Seconds video contest. The premise is simple: submit what you’d like to see in ad about Obama’s “new kind of politics.” Be positive. Be upbeat....

It’s Groundhog Day (Again) in Pennsylvania

It’s Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Hill has climbed atop her dais and proclaimed to have seen a shadow of a chance of pulling this thing off. What it means, of course, is that we’re now faced with another two weeks (at least) of discontented,...

It’s a Fabulous Eco-Friday

The birds are singing, the trees are budding, and the snow is all but a dirty-white memory. The crocuses that herself planted last fall which are not blue or purple, but yellow — Yellow! Scott, I blame you — are blooming. By golly it must be mud season...

Your Politics Don’t Mean Beans

It was inevitable, really, what Farm Coffee has done: THEY’RE ROASTING presidential candidates on Bill Hill, which is not nearly the same as grilling them. Ashlawn Farm Coffee has introduced an Obama Blend, a “sweet, balanced” combination of “dark and light...

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