Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

Hidden Figures – Almost a Review


A few weeks ago, I read the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  I really liked the book and can’t imagine the movie covering one tenth the ground it did.  There is so much context and background in the book, and yet I know the author was still only scratching the surface.

This is not a review of the book (review = excellent.  Read it).  I just want to say something about the book, something that I thought about as I read it but that is even more relevant after the recent events in Charlottesville.

A lot of this book is about racism at its ugliest, but also how some people were able to rise above it, or perhaps “rise in spite of it” would be a better phrase.  A little background about how hard it was for people of color, and blacks in particular, to get ahead in the pre-World War II era was needed to place the events of the book in context.  There were black professionals back then, but for the most part they were segregated, dealing with the black community at much lower pay than their white counterparts.  The idea brought out in the book that they had to accomplish twice as much to achieve half of the recognition, unfortunately, is still with us to some degree to this day. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of August

Coffe on the Road

Hello!  I can’t come to the blog right now.  Please leave a message at the…

Oh, hi!  I’m sorry, I’m not home.  I’m traveling.  Yep, I am far from home and have a full agenda so I don’t really have time to talk.  We can sip some coffee and such, but…

Where am I?  Well, I have no idea since I am writing this on Wednesday, but i do know it is someplace in Colorado.

Don’t worry, there will by photos to come!! Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 5th of August 2017

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welocome!  Come in our of the rain and I’ll grab you a large mug of Cafe Domingo, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It has been hot and steamy here the last few days, but not quite a heat wave.  yesterday was a little cooler, “only” around 85 F/30 C (it had been hovering just under 90), but it was much more humid.  Some intense “pop up”, heat/humidity induced thunderstorms rolled through in the afternoon, cooling it down for about an hour, but then it grew uncomfortable again.  After today’s rain it should be nice.  And where are we?  Some of you in the know can tell by the photo at the top that we are in New Hampshire this fine Saturday morning.

I can hear some of you mutter, “Cafe Domingo, what?”  I’ve been experimenting with coffee lately.  I’ve tried a few supposedly “craft/local style” Caribbean and Latin American style coffees.  Not bad, but I think I’ll stick with my dark roasts.  In fact, I’ve grown very found of Sumatra Roast.  It is very rich, yet silky smooth.  I’ve been enjoying it even more than my typical French Roast, though a blend of the two is great as well. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 22nd of July

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of French Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  Let me know if you want something cool.  I’m a weird person nad like warm drink when it’s warm, but I know not everyone does.  Currently it isn’t too warm, but it is very humid so sticky.  It will get hot later today, perhaps in the 90s F (32+ C).  It’s been hot all week, which is good after the cold end to last week.  And were are we?  Some of you may recognize the coffee cup at the top of the page as being up in New Hampshire.

It’s been a very busy week.  I felt I haven’t stopped, yet I can’t really say a lot about what I did.  I did play some music (I mean with my fingers, not recordings).  In fact, i hadn’t been doing much music for a while, but doing the video for my up coming book, The Fireborn, has put me back in the mood again.  I seem to go through cycles of different arts and I guess music is coming up once again. Continue reading

A Profile of a Four Month Old Boxer

Three years ago today – Elliot was just 4 months old. He has grown so much since then! But wasn’t he cute?

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This is Fiyero, Fiyero Hoffman McDonald. My wife named him after the lead in the musical Wicked and the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is about four months old. Fiyero is our third Boxer. Here is a little bit about life with a bouncing baby Boxer.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of July!

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a very strong French Roast.  Or is it Sumatra?  I think, actually, it’s a mix of the two, but it is still good!  or a cuppa tea or something else.  It has been an almost perfect week weatherwise.  OK, yesterday was rainy, and the week started off hot and humid, but most of it was what summer days are supposed to be like.  Cool at night (58 F/14 C) and pleasantly warm during the day (85 F/29 C).  The house stays perfect in the 60s, getting up into the 70s some days (last weekend it was almost 90 F (30 C) in the house.  With the 100% humidity….  Anyway, it is great now!  And where is this nice, summer weather occurring?  Some of you may know that the picture at the top was taken in New Hampshire.

It was a weird week.  I returned to work on Monday, only to have Tuesday off.  I spent a lot of time catching up and the rest of the time trying to get my mind back into work mode.  Ouch.  That is difficult.  But I did get quite a bit done. Continue reading

Created Equal



Here is something that is interesting.  In many ways the country The United States of America was created by it’s Constitution and yet we consider our “birthday” the day that we publicly declared our independence, over a decade before the Constitution was created and many years before that independence was won militarily.   (Regarding my wording – Independence was declared on the 2nd of July, but they spent two day nitpicking the wording of the document and such.  On the 2nd, John Adams wrote Abigail that the 2nd of July, the day independence was declared, would be a huge national holiday.)

A lot has been said about this document, but these days we often focus on this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Continue reading

Looking for Something to Read ;)

It’s a been a while since I’ve done a post about my short story collection Season of Imagination.  I know, I know, people really don’t go for books of short story written by unknown authors.  But, sometimes it’s nice to read fiction and know you don’t have to commit days to it.  Here is a bit about it, for those who don’t know:

Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of stories covering many places, times and even different genre, yet they all hold one thing in common, they are all about people.

Be they silly, serious or speculative, all of the stories are about us.  What makes us tick?  Why do we say the things we do?  Why do we react as we do?

So whether it seems the stories are exploring outer or inner space, in reality they’re always exploring the human space.

Here is an invitation to open the page and come with me to explore the

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The Weekly Smile 78 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I have a lot to smile about this week – I’m on Vacation!  Of course, that means Cape Cod as usual, but still!  Despite all of those smiles, I’m going to do a very small smile that gets to the heart of what these posts are all about.

On Monday, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items.  There were two “express” registers open, and one had no line.  So I unloaded my stuff and put my bag out to receive stuff.

The casheir said, “hi” but didn’t really seem to mean it.  She wasn’t mean, or rude or anything else, she just didn’t seem happy.  Again, not depressed or anything, more like it’s been a long day at work and she’d rather be at the beach.  Or home reading.  Or… anyplace else in the world than work.

I also noticed, but didn’t notice, that she had a strong accent. Not surprising as a lot of the “help” on Cape Cod do have accents.  Not a big deal.

When she handed me the receipt, she looked up at me for the first time.  I caught her eye, smiled warmly and said, “Thank You.”  It was amazing.  It was like the sun came out.  Her face blossomed with a large, genuine smile.  She told me to have a good day like she really meant it. Continue reading