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Sharing New Year Wishes ..

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

From Our House to Yours.. May Your New Year be Filled with Much Happiness, Great Health, Joy & Love .
May Your Joys be many & your troubles few!!

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
~ William Arthur Ward

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true”
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“New Year's Day is every man's birthday.”
~Charles Lamb

Irish toast
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.

New Year’s Wishes from Pope Benedict
Dear friends, we have reached the end of this year and stand at the threshold of the New Year. My wish is that the friendship of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, will accompany you each day of this new year. May friendship with Christ be our light and guide, helping us to to be people of peace, of his peace. Happy New Year to all!

  
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BELLACUDDLES 12/31/2009 1:52PM

    Love it, my friend........Happy and blessed NEW YEAR to you and your family!

Hugs,
Barbara

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LESSOFMOORE 12/30/2009 7:03PM

    Thanks for sharing! Wishing you and Jack a happy and healthy New Year!

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CHRYS13 12/30/2009 7:01PM

    Beautiful! Thanks so much! Best wishes to you for a wonderful 2010! emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/30/2009 4:37PM

    Just wonderful! Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year, my friend :)
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POOH_BEAR_69 12/30/2009 3:31PM

    Wonderful and beautiful!!! Thanks so much to sharing. Best wishes to you and yours in the New Year!!!

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MR.NET1 12/30/2009 3:29PM

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And many, many more to you, Sweet Donna* emoticon

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SHIITAKE 12/30/2009 1:48PM

   

This is a wonderful blog, Donna ! But knowing who wrote it, how can it not be anything but
wonderful !!! May you and yours have a Healthy and Happy New Year, my friend !!!
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PJSTIME 12/30/2009 1:10PM

    Happy New Year to you also. It will be a great year. PJ emoticon

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An Open Letter to you all/sorry it is long

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This time of year we get to reflect on what has happened over these months.
We sometimes become sad and other times rejoice in the wonderful finds we made over these past 12 months. Not only we found a wonderful program that has given us the opportunity for a better chance of good health. We found friends, supporters, encourager's and listeners with helping hands.
This is so very true for me.
There are people who come and go in our lives and leave an impression on our hearts. There is not one person I can really say that has not done that to my heart.
Kind words, helping hands even though they are far away and we can not really touch. But in actuality. touching hearts have such an impact.
From My Heart to all of yours who read this, here is my wish..
MAy your Joys be Many and Your troubles be few. May you find the sunshine on even the cloudiest day and may God's Strong arms always hold you close to His loving heart.
May His watchful eyes always be upon you.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!!!
You all are an Inspiration for me on this still struggling journey. I know you are there and it makes each day easier!!
Heart Hugs
Always.
Donna

What Do We Love About Christmas?
What do we love about Christmas;
Does our delight reside in things?
Or are the feelings in our hearts
The real gift that Christmas brings.
It's seeing those we love,
And sending Christmas cards, too,
Appreciating people who bring us joy
Special people just like you.
By Joanna Fuchs

Christmas Magic
Are we too grownup to feel a thrill
As we light the Christmas tree?
Are we immune to cookies,
Christmas cards and Christmas glee?
Are we too adult to "Ooh" and "Aah"
At the Christmas candle's glow?
Are we blasé about our gifts;
Do we shun the mistletoe?
Are we too mature for carols,
For merry or for jolly?
Do the decorations leave us cold,
The ornaments and holly?
Fat chance! We'll never grow too old
To love the Christmas magic.
A year without a Christmas
Would be boring, even tragic.
So bring it on! The candy canes,
The feasting and good cheer;
O Christmas, lovely Christmas,
You're the highlight of the year!
By Joanna Fuchs
www.mrbrecords.com/thefirstchristmas
gift.hs.html


members.shaw.ca/cybernana/funpage/do
minick/dominick.htm

  
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WATERBABY4 1/5/2010 11:00AM

    HI DONNA. YOU WERE A GREAT SUPPORT TO ME THIS YEAR AND I AM SO THANKFUL THAT THERE ARE FRIENDS LIKE YOU ON SPARKPEOPLE. WISHING THE A WONDERFUL, BLESSED, FULFILLED YEAR. CHERYL

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SHIRLEYAMES 12/29/2009 5:57PM

    Thank you so much Donna, for taking time to post your Christmas message. It was so thoughtful and showed your caring nature.
May you have a wonderful, happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hugs
Shirley

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SMILINGEYES2 12/28/2009 11:57AM

    Thank you Donna for such a wonderful greeting. May you and those you love have a joyous new years.

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SHIITAKE 12/27/2009 11:53AM

   

This is such a wonderful post, Donna.....may we all enjoy the love, peace and joy of
Christmas; every day of the year !!!! God Bless you, my friend !!!! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/26/2009 8:07PM

    Donna, Thank you for this wonderful post. What a blessing you are to all who know you, especially me. I love you, my dear friend. Wish you could have enjoyed our white Christmas with us...hope your Christmas was filled with the love of Jesus!
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/26/2009 8:06PM

    Donna, Thank you for this wonderful post. What a blessing you are to all who know you, especially me. I love you, my dear friend. Wish you could have enjoyed our white Christmas with us...hope your Christmas was filled with the love of Jesus!
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/24/2009 10:50AM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!!S.Sis.

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MR.NET1 12/24/2009 4:08AM

    emoticon*Sweet Donna*...Paul emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 12/24/2009 12:26AM

    Donna......you are something else........a great blog. Have yourself a merry little Christmas....

Hugs,
Barba
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LESSOFMOORE 12/23/2009 9:17PM

    Donna,


Don't apologize for the long post. It was well worth it. I am happy to be your Spark friend. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!

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WILLOW49 12/23/2009 9:16PM

    What a marvelous post! Thank you, Donna :) May your holidays be merry & bright!

Hugs,
Willow

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PJSTIME 12/23/2009 7:35PM

    Thank you for this wonderful post and your friendship. Have a wonderful and happy holiday and new year. PJ

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BIGDAD1211 12/23/2009 7:11PM

    Thank you my friend! This is a great post. As I have told you before, you are a blessing to me too. I thank God that we met.
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
In Jesus Name
Greg

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Sharing a Christmas Poem

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our wish for you all.. May Your Christmas and New Year be filled with Love Laughter, Happiness, Good Health and Above all Peace!!

It's Christmas Time Again
(by Bob Lazzar-Atwood)

Put your problems on probation
Run your troubles off the track,
Throw your worries out the window
Get the monkeys off your back.
Silence all your inner critics
With your conscience make amends,
And allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

Call a truce with those who bother you
Let all the fighting cease,
Give your differences a breather
And declare a time of peace,
Don't let angry feelings taint
The precious time you have to spend,
And allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

Like some cool refreshing water
Or a gentle summer breeze,
Like a fresh bouquet of flowers
Or the smell of autumn leaves,
It's a banquet for the spirit
Filled with family, food and friends,
So allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

  
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SMILINGEYES2 12/23/2009 12:09PM

    Well said, thanks for sharing. Wishing you and those you love a blessed holiday. Linda

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CHRYS13 12/22/2009 10:02PM

    Thanks so much! Wishing you "a time of happiness"!

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WILLOW49 12/22/2009 6:57PM

    Great poem; thanks for sharing :) Merry Christmas to you and your family! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/22/2009 5:31PM

    Thank you for posting this, Donna. It's beautiful.
Wishing you and Jack a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with much success on your journey!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/22/2009 5:30PM

    Thank you for posting this, Donna. It's beautiful.
Wishing you and Jack a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with much success on your journey!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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BELLACUDDLES 12/22/2009 5:22PM

    Amen!!

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TEDDYBEAR662 12/22/2009 3:20PM

    Nice poem, thanks for sharing.

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    What a great poem. Have a wonderful and happy holiday season. PJ emoticon

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SHIITAKE 12/22/2009 2:10PM

   

Your poem is just wonderful, Donna ! May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas !
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THORNBIRD1 12/22/2009 1:09PM

    Thanks for posting it.

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FREDDY1232 12/22/2009 12:52PM

    Thank you. And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours... emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/22/2009 12:46PM

    That's a beautiful poem. Thank you!

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MSWEEZER 12/22/2009 12:42PM

    Thanks! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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ALICIA214 12/22/2009 12:41PM

 



Lovely Thank you

A very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

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ALICIA214 12/22/2009 12:40PM

 



Lovely Thank you

A very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

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Just wanted to share

Monday, December 14, 2009

Since We Communicate by internet. this seemed like a great thing to share.
Enjoy. Can not remember where or when I received it. Feel free to pass it on..
Hugs
Donna


TO: God.Com

Dear Lord,

Every single evening
As I'm lying here in bed,
This tiny little Prayer
Keeps running through my head:

God bless all my family
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm
And safe from harm
For they're so close to me.

And God, there is one more thing
I wish that you could do;
Hope you don't mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it's unusual
To Bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to you, Lord.

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them
By the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew.

Please take an extra minute
From your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That's filled with so much love.

Wherever else this prayer may reach
To each and every friend,
Bless each e-mail inbox
And each person who hits 'send'.

When you update your Heavenly list
On your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer
Sent up to GOD.Com
Amen

  
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CHRYS13 12/19/2009 6:27PM

    This is great! Amen!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/18/2009 7:39PM

    Amen, Donna. Thank you for posting this great blog with us...your spark family!!!
Blessings and hugs, my dear friend!!
Helen

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LESSOFMOORE 12/14/2009 10:05PM

    Thank you, Donna. I adore my Spark friends. I would love to meet you in person some day. Meanwhile, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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CHARLIESANGEL10 12/14/2009 9:10PM

    Yes! Each who hits send!

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GRANNY1972 12/14/2009 8:29PM

    Thanks for sharing with us!!

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FREDDY1232 12/14/2009 8:03PM

    I love this. I have so many friends whom I communicate with on line. I have really come to think of my computer as something I couldn't live with out..Thanks. emoticon

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SHIITAKE 12/14/2009 7:26PM

   

This is wonderful, Donna ! Thanks for sharing with us all !!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/14/2009 5:51PM

    That is so true! I actually feel I have more support, especially for weight and some other issues, with my online friends who go through the same thing. Not that I don't love interacting face to face with people, but my computer is my lifeline I think. Thanks for this thought.

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BELLACUDDLES 12/14/2009 5:16PM

    Just lovely~!~~~!!!

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PJSTIME 12/14/2009 4:26PM

    I love it thanks for sharing with us. PJ

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WILLOW49 12/14/2009 12:42PM

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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Sharing from an email.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I received this in an email and I really thought it is worth sharing. Not just for moms but for those who feel unappreciated. A bit long but really worth it.
Hope you like it as much as I did.
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Donna


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Long, but worth the read!



Invisible Mother.....

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response,

the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone

and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see

I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or

sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because

no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days

I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie

this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a

clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer,

'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around

5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the

eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude

-but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be

seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of

a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous

trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was

sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well.

It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling

pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped

package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great

cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me

until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the

greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would

discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after

which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great

cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave

their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made

great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building

was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the

cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a

tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man,

'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that

will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it. And the workman

replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was

almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I

see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you

does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake

you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are

building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will

become. At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is

not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease

of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn

pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As

one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see

finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The

writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever

be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to

sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend

he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4

in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a

turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That

would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him

to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to

his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if

we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world

will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that

has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women .

Great Job, MOM!

Share this with any Invisible Moms you know...

I just did.

The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not

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JANLEEW 12/14/2009 12:22PM

    Loved it, my Mom is somewhere in the universe around us. Mom's do build we sometimes forget.

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POOH_BEAR_69 12/13/2009 10:34PM

    Beautiful and inspirational!!! Thank you so much for sharing it, Donna!

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WILLOW49 12/13/2009 8:28PM

    Thanks for sharing, Donna :)

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VANDOSMOM 12/13/2009 8:26PM

    Thank you so much for your post....I needed it today! emoticon It gave me alot to think about.

Jan

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LINDAKAY228 12/13/2009 8:14PM

    That is so beautiful!! Thank you

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MSWEEZER 12/13/2009 7:02PM

    Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/13/2009 6:41PM

    As always, very inspiring. thanks!

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LESSOFMOORE 12/13/2009 6:19PM

    Donna, thanks for sharing!

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SHIITAKE 12/13/2009 4:21PM

   

This e-mail is absolutely wonderful......it reminds us to never take anyone for granted ! We
should recognize today what loved ones do for us, not wait until it is too late !

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CHRYS13 12/13/2009 3:59PM

    Oh, how beautiful! My Mom has been and continues to be a master builder! I think I'll phone her and tell her so now!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Chrys

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FREDDY1232 12/13/2009 3:59PM

    This is very touching. I sent it to my daughter. She is a working Mom and I know shw will enjoy it Thanks

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 12/13/2009 3:56PM

    Love it makes all of think about our own mothers and how busy they were or are still.

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PJSTIME 12/13/2009 3:45PM

    A beautiful post. Thanks for sharing it with us. PJ

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DIANE7786 12/13/2009 3:44PM

    This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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