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Another small, unqualified, obnoxious voice in the crowd.

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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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Katharine Hepburn!

When I set the table for that woman in the mirror, she wasn’t the guest of honor. She was (gulp) somebody’s mother. My husband and I recently watched the 1965 classic Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn/Sidney Poitier classic Guess Who’s Coming to … Continue reading

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FlatBrain

Reference skills?  They’re dead. The desire to find anything beyond a couple of clicks?  If it doesn’t pop up on the first page of Google, Bing or Wikipedia, well, uh…never mind. I haven’t checked Facebook in the last few hours. … Continue reading

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MATH SUCKS and Spits me Out: Pttoey!

As lousy as I am at the subject, I admit it: everything is math. Great battles of brains and brawn involve occupied territories as small as an office cubicle or as large as The Middle East. The language of conquest? … Continue reading

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Claire Baiz’s Ten ‘No Brainer’ Blog Traffic Drivers–in under 200 words

JUMPSTART / REV UP YOUR BLOG! (a post with no literary, social or political merit) 1. Get a bitly URL shortener and tracker. http://bit.ly/a/sign_up This is an easy way to allow you to track the number and location of visitors … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Real (Estate) Loser, Part I

Happy property owners. How insipid. After months of dissecting listings, catching open houses and getting outbid, I was tired of opening the Sunday New York Times Real Estate section to see those fairy tale grins. Back home in Montana we … Continue reading

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Pick up your PEN for Free Expression (and Free Seminars)

Sometimes I’m tempted to lay my pen on the table and demand that it do tricks.  That’s me, the crazy lady at Cafe Grumpy’s  berating my writing instrument out loud. “How tough can this be? There are only 26 letters, … Continue reading

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