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My Secret Identity???

Monday, November 03, 2014

As a part of this week’s WEC we are to write a blog about “What is your secret identity?” (That’s right, TWO blogs in one WEC!! Yikes!)

This was a hard one for me – at first I was completely stumped. I’m very much a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of person. For many years in my younger life I tried to be what everyone else wanted me to be, but in my late twenties I decided I couldn’t please everyone so I’d just please myself by being me.

BUT as I read a blog by one of my teammates a light came on in my head!! There IS someone inside me who wants to come out! She is organized – really a minimalist! She wants to live in a home where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. She wants to give away the things in her home she doesn’t REALLY need – because there is almost certainly someone in the world who DOES need those things.

Do I have the courage to let her out? I am not sure – I’ve been TRYING to let her out for almost two years now. Sure I’ve made progress, but NOT enough. More on this project to follow (if I allow her out)!!

  
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WILLOWSHIBORI 11/11/2014 9:02PM

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Great Blog!
I want to let my inner minimalist out as well! But she hides into the deepest recesses of my being whenever I wonder where do I begin?!
Best wishes on your excellent journey.

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KANOE10 11/5/2014 8:22AM

    I would like to do that also. I have too much junk in my house!

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JENROSE1973 11/4/2014 5:54AM

    Letting go of things are always tough because we hold memories to those items and are afraid our memories will be lost once we let it go not realize that it is material and our memories are forever.

You got this my friend!!!

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JENNIFERKCM 11/3/2014 10:26PM

    emoticon I have a neat girl trying to get out too! I had to emoticon Surely someone somewhere want all my great stuff? I just want to undig! I am a perfectionist at heart, and so often I just leave be. I have so many project going on. emoticon I'm convinced this is something I can do! I know YOU can too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Another one of these questions I ask myself, what exactly I am I holding onto? emoticon emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 11/3/2014 9:58PM

    If you do let her out, your children will bless you when they are able to go through your estate without feeling overwhelmed with your vast amount of "stuff."

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/3/2014 6:57PM

    I am the same way, but what holds me back is my husband. He's the exact opposite - a "you never know when you might need this ...." type of guy. emoticon

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Super Hero – ME? Yes I guess I was!!

Monday, November 03, 2014

As a part of this week’s WEC we are to write a blog about a time we exhibited ‘super hero strength’ we didn’t know we possessed. I thought long and hard about that one and decided a time I did that was when I ran my first marathon. The year was 1987 – the date was January 17. I remember that because it was my 39th birthday!!

I’d trained to run the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day 1986. That day I met a new friend who had just moved back to Atlanta from France. I invited her to join a little running group I was a member of (just some friends who trained together) and she did. A couple of weeks later she asked if I’d like to go to Savannah with her on January 17th.

She was running the Savannah Marathon, but she said they also had a half if I didn’t want to do the full (she knew I’d never done a full) . I agreed and we continued to train together. Long story short, after a few more long runs I decided I’d run the marathon too. We had planned to get in an 18 mile long run (the longest before that was 15) and I figured I’d be able to run at least 20 on race day and I could walk the last 6. As if happened we cut short the 18 mile run because Holly began having leg cramps and I was having some knee issues (an ongoing thing).

I did it!! I was so blessed – it was a small marathon and I was DEAD last!! A volunteer, riding a bike, kept checking on me, encouraging me. He’d say, how about running until that street light (or signal tree or something is the distance) then you can walk? When I got there he’d say, think you can run a little more? Sometimes I’d walk a while first, but often I’d say, “Yes, I CAN run a little further!” I finished that race in 5 hours 15 minutes – at the time I thought it was slow but I ran slower ones later LOL.

He gave me a quote I’ve NEVER forgotten: “Winners finish and Finishers win!” I still draw inspiration from that quote!!

Did I hate being the LAST runner to finish the race? NO!! I was high as a kite when I crossed the finish line!! My friend had told the other runners and officials that it was my birthday and they all sang Happy Birthday to me as I crossed the finish line!! What a day!! And YES I felt like a Super Hero!!

ETA: I forgot to tell you a fun fact - I WON third place in my age group!! Huh? When I was DEAD last? YEP - because only 3 of us in my age group ran! I still treasure the cup/stein that was my award!!

  
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KANOE10 11/5/2014 8:21AM

    That was a great blog and so inspirational. You were so happy and you are a hero!

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JENROSE1973 11/4/2014 5:58AM

    I love this story!!! OMG you are such a SUPER HERO! That is what I called "Digging Deep" my friend.

You are awesome!!

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BETZYGIRL 11/3/2014 11:28PM

    This is such an emoticon memory! I'm am glad I decided come check out some Violet's pages before I go to emoticon . This blog is an inspiration to all of us and such a wonderful memory for you! emoticon emoticon

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JENNIFERKCM 11/3/2014 10:23PM

    That is so fun! emoticon What a way to celebrate your birthday! emoticon I can't imagine doing that! You rock! emoticon Don't you just love emoticon memories you can wear like a hug, and that motivate you! Were you singing I am champion?! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 11/3/2014 9:51PM

    What a great memory! Doing a marathon when you'd only planned for a half was quite a feat of determination!

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STEPH-KNEE 11/3/2014 8:59PM

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If you chew gum while you run/work out, READ THIS!!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I don't chew gum while working out but I do have several friends who do, so I decided I'd put this article into a blog so my SparkFriends will (hopefully) see it.

Here is the article: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=the_hidden_exercise_risk_no_one_tal
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and here is the paragraph that truly shocked me:

"I certainly didn’t know, and would have remained unaware if it hadn’t been intentionally brought up one evening in class. In fact, during this particular lecture on the dangers of chewing gum while exercising, Dr. Abbott (the president and chief instructor of the school) informed us that while discussing this topic in the past, three of his students admitted to having witnessed someone choke on their gum while working out in the gym--and all three died."

In this ONE class THREE students knew someone who DIED from chewing gum while working out?? WOW - I read all sorts of articles on exercise (and have been doing so for years and years) and this warning is new to me!

So if this is a habit of yours, PLEASE read the article and discontinue the practice!! I need ALL my friends!! Hugs, Marilyn

  
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JENROSE1973 10/12/2014 8:12AM

    emoticon for sharing this article!! I can safely say I have never chewed gum while working out. I only chew gum at work and sometimes that is scary because I can't tell you how many times I have swallowed it by accident. So now it makes me rethink myself for chewing gum in general. I might just buy mints. Hmmm. Food for thought. Which would be safer to have a mint or chewing gum while your at work/or home?

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GODZDESIGN95 10/4/2014 10:59PM

    opppss I chew gum.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/13/2014 8:33AM

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 9/8/2014 10:31PM

    Wow, that's scary! I'm glad that I don't have any desire to chew gum now. emoticon

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SUNSHINE5268 9/2/2014 12:03AM

    thank you for sharing that insightful article emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/10/2014 2:24PM

    That's amazing because I just read an older article on Spark about the dangers of chewing gum while working out and choking on it! Twice in 2 days! I have done it a few times because my mouth gets so dry. I won't anymore except when walking.

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KANOE10 8/10/2014 12:50PM

    Yikes. Good article. I don't chew gum, but this is good information for everyone.

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AMARILYNH 8/9/2014 5:02PM

    Happy to help, Nanette!

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AMARILYNH 8/9/2014 5:01PM

    Kelly, someone in a comment on the article mentioned that - Ever-Hopeful said: "did you also know that you havbe a 54% chance of getting bacteria in your blood by chewing gum". I had no idea of that!! So this is some good info for us to have!!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/9/2014 4:58PM

    Hey, I DO chew gum while working out but I guess I'll be stopping that now! Thanks for the link to the article -- I doubt I would have seen it otherwise. emoticon

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GUNNSGIRL91303 8/9/2014 4:47PM

    I can't imagine why anyone would chew gum while exercising but I'm really glad you posted this article because obviously a lot of people need to read it!

I used to chew a lot of gum but in the naturopathic medical community we are learning more and more how unhealthy chewing gum is, especially the sugarless variety.

Thanks for posting this great blog Marilyn!

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The Mix 'N Match Workout

Saturday, June 28, 2014

emoticon I know several of my SparkFriends (along with me) are trying to increase our ST - I just found a great article to help us not do the same old home workout every time:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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I love this so of course I wanted to share it with you!!

  
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NINETOZE 8/22/2014 9:43AM

    Thanks for the link! I'm always looking for variety! I've saved the article in my favorites so I can come back to it when I need a change.


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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/29/2014 2:10PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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PEGGYO 6/29/2014 7:12AM

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DOLLFACEDX 6/29/2014 12:40AM

    Great article - thx for sharing.

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KANOE10 6/28/2014 7:51PM

    That is an excellent article. I like the mix and match approach. I tend to keep doing the same old things.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/28/2014 6:48PM

    It is SO easy to get in a rut! That's why I like the classes -- oh boy, do they push me!! Thanks for the link.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/28/2014 4:59PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MRSP90X 6/28/2014 4:14PM

    Good article. That's why I am LOVING P90X!! I also just bought an adjustable dumbell set like my DH's as I out grew my set. Now I am really pumping some iron! The program is working wonders for me and healing my rotator cuff tendonitis. Exercises I couldn't get through the range of motion without a weight, I can now do with weights!! ST really does make a huge difference!! Plus, I just quit taking AdvilPM's to sleep through the pain at night for over a year!! Cardio is good but ST works wonders!!

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LJOYCE55 6/28/2014 3:50PM

  Thank you.

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How to Exercise Your Resiliency Muscle (By Ellen G. Goldman, Health & Wellness Coach)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Every now and then I come across a SparkPeople article that is SO good I want all my SparkFriends to read it. This is DEFINITELY one of them! If you are short on time, this link will take you directly to page three, where you will find "6 Keys to Resiliency".
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1943&page=3


But if you have time, start at the beginning:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1943


Reading this paragraph on the second page really resonated with me (many of my SparkFriends have heard me say something very similar):

"Weight loss is never a straight path. Seldom, if ever, do you hear about an individual who makes the decision to lose weight and does so without ever having setbacks. You might lose three pounds one week, and be up one the next. You do a fantastic job sticking to a healthy diet throughout the holiday season, and then lose your job and start the new year soothing yourself daily with ice cream and cake. You were exercising consistently five times a week, and then realize you haven't been to the gym in months because you're overwhelmed taking care of a sick parent.

When you make a decision to try again, to get back on track after a setback or even start over, that's resiliency! You proclaim and you believe, "I've done it before and I can do it again!"


Intrigued enough to check it out? I hope you will - but even if you don't, now I'll be able to find it again when I need it. And sooner or later I WILL, because life DOES happen. That's why two of my favorite mantras are: "Never, never, NEVER give up!" (Winston Churchill) and "Its hard to beat a person who never gives up." (Babe Ruth) That is how we succeed at weight loss - by NEVER giving up!!

  
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CELIAMINER 7/14/2014 8:47AM

    Great links, thanks!

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DSJB9999 7/14/2014 1:17AM

    emoticon emoticon Marilyn, so true
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MJREIMERS 7/11/2014 6:51PM

    So true! This is why I love Spark! People sharing information and giving lots of support. emoticon

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CHSHULER89 7/11/2014 5:08PM

    Awesome! I soo needed both of these ... !!!! I have lost the weight(not at goal, but close enough), have gained a tad. Still trying to figure out and keep changing what needs to work. Thanks for your great words and sharing! This is what I love about life and Spark people and friends!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/11/2014 11:53AM

    emoticon great article.

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MOMMY445 7/11/2014 9:11AM

    thank you for sharing the article! i fully agree,too!

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SUSIEMT 7/10/2014 9:21PM

    Well said! Thank you for the reminders!

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NJJAZZ 7/10/2014 9:10PM

    very good visual............................ thanks for sharing

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MOODYKEYS 7/10/2014 7:55PM

    thanks for the blog its great.

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LOGOULD 7/10/2014 4:52PM

    Thanks for reminding us that perfection is not the goal. I need all you spark friends to help me keep me head on straight and to keep lifting me up when I struggle or fall down. Thanks for the hand.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/10/2014 3:32PM

    thanks for a great blog.

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ADRIENALINE 7/10/2014 1:42PM

    Thanks! Truly motivational

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_LINDA 7/10/2014 12:39PM

    I remember that article well! Thanks for pointing it out again, exactly what a lot of people need to read!
Keep up the great work, you are doing fabulous!

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AY_BEAUTIFUL89 7/10/2014 11:28AM

    Thank you. Many of us needed to read this!

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-SHOREIDO- 7/10/2014 11:22AM

    Great blog!

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MEXGAL1 7/10/2014 10:26AM

    Awesome blog. Thanks for taking the time to write.
I love the first visual. Really hit home.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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FELINA 7/10/2014 10:03AM

    Great blog!

Thank you for the link to the article. I had read it before but it's an excellent article that still applies and I read it again.

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HOLLYM48 7/10/2014 9:53AM

    What an awesome blog! I will check out that article for sure. Thanks for the wise words. I am maintaining now and it requires as much work as losing did. I am on vacation this week and going to Chicago for a short trip next week and it is different that a few years ago when I wasn't on this lifestyle. We would have been eating out several times a week and not even caring what I consumed. Now the meals are planned carefully and I track calories regardless of vacation. There is no vacation from good health and maintaining!
Well done! KEep up the great work!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/10/2014 8:45AM

    emoticon blog! emoticon for sharing the link with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon We all many days where we want to throw in the towel, but I just keep pushing on because I know there are greater horizons ahead! emoticon emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/10/2014 8:38AM

    I love love love the graphic! Time and again I see people get so frustrated because they don't see instant/fast results. But success is not a straight path and we need to accept that because as you said, LIFE HAPPENS! Thanks for sharing!

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JANCARD 7/10/2014 8:17AM

    Thanks for sharing your blog & the article! I plan to share it with some of my SP Friends. Wishing you continued success on your journey! -jan

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MICKEYH 7/10/2014 7:31AM

    This blog came right in time for me. I am experiencing set back from July 4th followed by grand son's birthday party and so on. But since yesterday, I'm got back up again and running my resilience. Thanks for your writing this blog and your encouragement. Best wishes for all of us who never gives up!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2014 7:19AM

    That "resilience" article is terrific and so is your blog! Congrats on your sustained success! I certainly agree that accepting the inevitability of setbacks with the confidence I'll get back on track is key to sustaining weight loss.

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SANDICANE 7/10/2014 6:22AM

    Super blog. Especially good for "new" maintainers b/c I think all newbies expect it will be easy now. I'll read the link soon and thanks for sharining!

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TORTISE110 7/10/2014 5:46AM

    Running to read the link! You R inspiring. And boy, don't we know that success is not a straight line. We definitely do.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/10/2014 5:41AM

    Great stuff to keep in mind when "life happens"

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BESSHAILE 7/10/2014 5:26AM

    Hey girlfriend - thanks for the link. Off to read it now.

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NUOVAELLE 7/10/2014 2:48AM

    What a great article! And it really hit home with me today! I've been thinking about the resiliency subject a lot these days and the article was really helpful. Thank you so much for sharing!
We've weathered storms before. We can do it again when needed.
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SLENDERELLA61 7/10/2014 2:37AM

    Great blog! Thanks so much for writing it. I'm really glad it has been highlighted by the At Goal &...... Team. And BIG congrats on all your success.

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LORAS67 7/7/2014 6:24PM

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing so much.
I did not know we were in the Transition group together also.

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 6/27/2014 9:11AM

    So glad I came across your blog today. Just read the entire article via your posted link and I LOVED IT! Thanks for your wise and encouraging words.

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/22/2014 5:01PM

    Thanks for sharing the articles!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/14/2014 12:03PM

    Great reminder blog. Thanks!

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KANOE10 6/11/2014 9:51AM

    I loved that article. It has excellent ideas for staying on track and developing resiliency. It was good to read this am. Thanks for sharing!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/10/2014 8:57PM

    Thank you for sharing the article! I could not agree more. I have many, many bad days but I always try to do some things right, to mitigate the damage. And eventually I get back to being 100% on program. This is the way I live now, some days 100% compliant some days 0%, but I'm always trying to do the best I can. Giving up isn't an option! Thank you again for the links.

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JAVAFLOWER 6/10/2014 7:52PM

    Thanks Marilyn!

onward, ever onward!

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MINEA999 6/10/2014 5:13PM

    As you know, I am CURRENTLY exercising my resiliency muscle. It's sore and angry at me though. HAHA

Thanks for the article!!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/10/2014 4:25PM

    Thanks for sharing the link and article Marilyn, I did not see this one but it is so true!

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