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Halfbaked N’ Bothered: 5 Nights at Bradbury’s

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In May a pair of second graders asked me if I would copy off coloring sheets for them of something called Five Nights at Freddy’s.  Thinking it must be the latest Disney movie, I agreed.  When I summoned up the images of the Freddie characters on my HP crystal ball, however, there was something not […]

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HALFBAKED N’ BOTHERED: MY FUNNY VALENTINE.

By: LBSPY / Category: HALF-BAKED N BOTHERED, Margaret Baker

February. The month when we are encouraged to give our romantic entanglements an upgrade.  I believe there is nothing that quiets the red rash of a thorny relationship like laughter. So as you ponder something to delight your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day you might consider forgoing the candy in papery petticoats and the fleeting flowers […]

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HALFBAKED N’ BOTHERED: LICKING OUR WOUNDS. BY MARGARET BAKER

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, HALF-BAKED N BOTHERED, Margaret Baker

Did anyone else feel like they woke up on November 9th to find themselves in an episode of The Hunger Games?  A place where people with funny colored hair and a dystopian world view are in charge? Did anyone else feel pummeled nearly to death by the You Tubing of democracy?  Our recent  attempt to […]

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HALFBAKED N’ BOTHERED: MUCH ADO ABOUT POO

Seriously. We have a terrorist attack a month. A near daily massacre of innocent citizens by someone who bought an assault rifle at a flea market, a self medicated jobless populace and a presidential election that George Orwell might have imagined, yet we are fighting about where we lay our turds. I could not have […]

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HALFBAKED N’ BOTHERED: GREEN MAN. BY MARGARET BAKER

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When I was around seven years old my parents decided to turn our attic into two small bedrooms for me and my big sister. I was thrilled. Not that sleeping in the catch-all room with the sewing machine, chest freezer, ironing board and baby pictures didn’t have a certain cachet. The barely toxic aromas of […]

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HALFBAKED N’ BOTHERED: BIG BANG THEORY. BY MARGARET BAKER

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, HALF-BAKED N BOTHERED, Margaret Baker

I knew we had turned a corner when I heard a chh chh instead of a pow pow. I had been teaching drama for years and was accustomed to children picking up a stick, a pencil or even their finger and pointing it like a gun and saying bang. When sometime in the mid 90s […]

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HALFBAKED N BOTHERED: FUZZY FEELING METER. BY MARGARET BAKER

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, HALF-BAKED N BOTHERED, Margaret Baker

Binoculars in hand I’ve done some shopper watching over the years and have identified a few species you may recognize. Though they vary in plumage and cash flow, Christmas consumers all pursue the same prey, the fuzzy feeling that comes with giving a gift. Too freaked by flu germs, glitter inhalation and musical loops of […]

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HALFBAKED N BOTHERED: POP UP. TUNE OUT. BY MARGARET BAKER

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, HALF-BAKED N BOTHERED, Margaret Baker

It’s a purple iron weed, blue aster, yellow leaf Fall day. Perfect for a bike ride on the Greenbrier River Trail. Wait. Let’s check the weather first. See if this Indian Summer sunshine will last. I wait for the computer to boot, burping and grinding its seductive white noise, lining up its sweet cybernothings to […]

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Half Baked n’ Bothered: Bomb Sniffing Bees by Margaret Baker

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, HALF-BAKED N BOTHERED, Margaret Baker

As if honeybees weren’t distressed enough with pesticides hastening their extinction, now they are being asked to risk life and proboscis to pick up the scent of land mines, a job dogs no longer want. Croatian researchers give the sacrificial nectar nippers a sugar water reward for finding buried explosives. Buzzed on TNT, the bomb […]

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Halfbaked N’ Bothered: Notes From The Pigeon Hole by Margaret Baker

Photo Credit: snappedshot.com/ghost/kwx Because I watched a thriller called “Sea of Love” with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin, Netflix has decided that I am a ‘steamy midlife crisis serial killer’ sort of consumer and sends me movie recommendations reflecting my ‘steamy midlife crisis serial killer’ tastes. I’m not entirely comfortable with that profile. I decided […]

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