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Another small, unqualified, obnoxious voice in the crowd.

Open Me (courtesy of Signature Montana Magazine’s Winter 2015 Issue)

I’m not going to drool over a new flavor, or wax poetic about some gimmicky feature. This ain’t about the contents. This is about the friggin’ BOX. Whether we twist off a cap, peel back the foil, or tear into … Continue reading

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Have You Found Philomena?

Philomena is the perfect Catholic film for atheists. Or maybe it’s the perfect atheist film for Catholics. This story of a dejected journalist and an unwed Irish mother searching for her stolen son is gripping in a way that action films … Continue reading

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An Unfinished Book: Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind

LaPlante’s story didn’t germinate in my fertile mind. That could be because my brain is already partially composted. Click on the link for the full review (it’s short). http://baizblogger.hubpages.com/hub/An-Unfinished-Book-Alice-LaPlantes-A-Turn-of-Mind  

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forever, a book by Pete Hamill

forever is a loaf of a book, six hundred slices in all. Read my review here: http://hub.me/aj5c4 .

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A Time of the Signs

A Time of the Signs Great Falls is in full bloom. From law office liberals… to “Any Republican will do”…   until November 4th, rectangular biennials abound on Great Falls’ boulevards. Some homeowners mix tulips with roses: this yard touts … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons to Retire in New York City, at my Hubpages Blog!

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Confessions of a Chocoholic (courtesy of Signature Montana magazine)

“What are you doing?” I’m licking the chocolate off my iPhone, that’s what I’m doing. Okay…I may have a worse problem than a melted mass inside my purse. I’m not talking about an occasional craving for milk chocolate, the inferior … Continue reading

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Blue Jasmine Blooms at the Angelika in NYC

Blue Jasmine opens with Windsor EF Elongated lettering, white on black. It’s the Woody Allen Font.           There are other signs of the neurotic master: interlocking abrasive family dynamics, New York City as a supporting character, … Continue reading

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Your Salsa is from New York City? My New Yorker Comes from Boone, Iowa.

  The first letter came without a threat last May, in a plain white envelope. It was from the subscription department at the New Yorker with a return address in Boone, Iowa. I felt like one of those cowboys around … Continue reading

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Movie Tickets as Tacit Endorsements or How to Review a Movie You’ve Never Seen Check out my hubpages blog for a commentary on Zero Dark Thirty. www.http://baizblogger.hubpages.com/hub/To-See-or-Not-to-See-Movie-Tickets-as-Endorsements-Zero-Dark-Thirty  

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