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Look Out Spring Here I Come! Spring Cleaning

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sometimes when I listen to my SP friends, I want to help but to be honest, I just don't quite understand when someone stresses over and over about the same issues! Then I realized that I too can have the same problem maybe it is just not food. WOW! Open your eyes, Jean! Duh!

Now I learned long ago how to pick myself up! I know the old adage is to learn then profit by mistakes.... But sometimes a pity party while loaded with pitfalls will open your eyes! Case in point! Yesterday I wanted to do some cleaning and think spring to see if I could get off the “dreary winter” syndrome. So sit back and I'll share the experience with you!

Spring Cleaning By Kathy Armijo

Spring-cleaning …
Gets rid of the mustiness
All of winter’s dreariness
A fresh coat of paint
Wash the curtains and blankets
Remember to clean the closets
A time-honored tradition
Whose idea was it to do this spring-cleaning thing?
It sure wasn’t me.  It had to be some ding-a-ling!!
“IF” I get started, today …
Maybe it will be done by June.
Nah, not starting today.  Think I’ll go outside and with nature commune.
I can find special projects to fill my time …
Soon it will be fall …
Shuuuush … No one will know that I did no spring-cleaning at all!

So how do I handle stress?

I go look for inspiration in positive places!!

Laughter has a way of creating positive change in any tense and stressful circumstance. But, as Mark Twain said, laughter is the greatest weapon that we humans possess and it’s the one we use the least. Daily, we have countless opportunities to use the power of laughter to make a positive difference.

My inspiration, Steve Goodier for laughter has some wise words for all of us:

If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on. For often, achieving what you set out to do is not the important thing. Let me explain.

Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole behind their house. As they were working, a couple of older boys stopped by to watch. “What are you doing?” asked one of the visitors. “We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!” one of the brothers volunteered excitedly.

The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole all the way through the earth was impossible. After a long silence, one of the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the scoffing visitors. Then he said quietly and confidently, “Even if we don’t dig all the way through the earth, look what we found along the way!”

Their goal was far too ambitious, but it did cause them to dig. And that is what a goal is for – to cause us to move in the direction we have chosen. In other words, to set us to digging!

But not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavor will be completed. Not every dream will be realized. But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say, “Yes, but look at what I found along the way!

Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do
something!” It is in the digging that life is lived. And I believe it is joy in the journey, in the end, that truly matters.

Maybe you have seen this before but that is the strength in inspiration. . . it guides us to do over and over until we get it right!

Hope your day is special!

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NASFKAB 2/22/2013 5:28AM

  thanks for sharing

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LOLABLACK69 2/22/2013 5:07AM

    Oh! Spring cleaning! Almost forgot! emoticon I'll wait for nicer weather, though! I really liked the story. emoticon
Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/21/2013 8:37AM

    emoticon for sharing! I love it. Have a GREAT day! emoticon Chelsea

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SANDRALEET 2/21/2013 8:19AM

    What words of wisdom my friend I learned much from the end of your message

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A Woman Of Words

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today I want to share a poem with you that has guided me along life's path. It was written by Faith Elizabeth Brigham, a poet that I learned about some time back. I ran into her writing because we share love for many of the same poets. (e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson).  Hope you find her work as meaningful as I do!

i am a woman
of words and
though you can not
hear me speak them
you can listen to
my writer's voice
and know that
this is me speaking
that my words spring
from my heart

i am a woman
who thinks much
and cares deeply
for all mankind
one who fights
for justice and peace
who places a high value
on life itself

some have mistaken
my meekness
for weakness
for they lack
an understanding
of the components
of true strength

i have been wounded
and yet i have survived
and overcome
many obstacles 
i have
through God's grace
come a long way
from where i've been 

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LOLABLACK69 2/21/2013 2:51AM

    Really beautiful poem! Seems like you have endless source of them. emoticon I've never been much of a poem reader, but I like to come across a nice poem like yours every once in a while. emoticon

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BLUESMAN1 2/21/2013 12:45AM

    I really liked that. My wife would like it too.

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DJ4HEALTH 2/20/2013 5:18PM

    We come through only with the strength of God who guides us

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/20/2013 3:59PM

    Beautiful poem and I really like some of the pictures. Thanks for sharing! emoticon Chelsea

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MEXGAL1 2/20/2013 10:08AM

    very, very nice!
Have a terrific day.

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PATRICIA441 2/20/2013 6:35AM

  I personally think that us woman are getting stronger every day. We learn from our mistakes not let them rule us. If we are sick we keep going do not lay in bed moaning and groaning but do what must be done. We are woman, we are strong! Watch out world! emoticon

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Good Morning Friend!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I got up this morning thinking about my day. You see I have come to love the morning because I love creativity and this blog allows me to think and share my love along the way. In other words be positive!

This morning was special for many reasons as I awoke thinking about each of you! And as I was thinking about you I realized that I could reach around the world with hugs three times over and that would not be enough, but then it came to me that trying to hold all of this friendship is like trying to pour the ocean into a tiny shell! If a friend's love is real you give it in so many ways and most is given so quietly that it may never ever be noticed!

It's A Brand New Day
Leave back all your worries and troubles of yesterday,
Make yourself a silent promise to make today a better day. 
Now my dear friend, a brand new day lays ahead of you,
Face it with pride, because it is a gift and is totally new. 
May all your goals and ambitions for the day be set,
I wish you have an amazing day and a night without regrets.
Good morning buddy. Have a grand day! 
- poem by

So I started thinking of what I had to give that was a part of me! I didn't have to think long though as I recognize that I didn't make it on my own and some of the best gifts couldn't be wrapped at all. These are the gifts that make a difference! So I decided to pass along some of my well used keepsakes that I keep all over my home. Each in it's own way has helped me live life to the fullest while reaching the goals that I have set for myself:

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. 
-Michael Jordan 

The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails. 
-William Arthur Ward 

You cannot dream yourself into a character; 
you must hammer and forge one yourself.
-James Anthony Froude

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
-Henry David Thoreau  

The more difficulties one has to encounter, 
within and without,
the more significant and 
the higher in inspiration his life will be.
-Horace Bushnell 

The greatest discovery of my generation is that 
a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
-William James 

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! 
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

Don't count your success just on what you have, count it on how many lives you've changed from sadness to happiness, crying to laughing, falling to rising, boring to cheering, hating to loving, disgusting to embracing and above all dying soul to living soul. Then you can say I'm successful.
-Blaze Olamiday

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die.
And the next morning, when I wake up,
I am reborn.
-Mahatma Gandhi

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is
to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Emperor Marcus Aurellius

Always be the first to say good morning.
-H.Jackson Brown

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
-Gary Grant

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SNUZSUZ 2/20/2013 3:43AM

    Great blog!

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LOLABLACK69 2/20/2013 3:43AM

    Thank you for this beautiful post! We have another gray winter morning here, and I don't handle them well lately. It's been a long winter, and I can't wait for the sun to shine again. But thanks to you, I decided tell the day "bring it on!" and just enjoy it as another life's gift.
You inspire me so much. emoticon emoticon
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CELLOPLAYER1 2/19/2013 7:12PM

    Thanks for sharing. It makes you think how blessed we all are.

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    So many good things to remember. The first picture on this blog less the hearts I have that tattoo on my calve a red rose and the other a yellow rose.

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ANGELBELIEVER 2/19/2013 10:36AM

    Another beautifuil blog to read this morning. I do so look forward to your writing. Thanks for your friendship and your wondereful words of wisdom.

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PATRICIA441 2/19/2013 6:50AM

  Where oh where do you get all these wonderful positive sayings. It truly is all about our attitude in life. Waking up and saying Alright World, bring it on. I am ready for you with a hugh smile emoticon on our faces. Go Girlfriend ! Enjoy the day to the fullest just like I plan to do! You ready, lets go! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/19/2013 6:45AM

    Thank you for sharing! I usually sleep poorly and get up later but since I am sleeping a little bit better, I was able to get up early, see the sun come up and hear the birds. And I was thinking, "what a beautiful day!" and then I saw your blog. Thanks! We are in tune this morning. emoticon Love, Chelsea (in Florida, US)

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Happy Presidents Day!

Monday, February 18, 2013

When you get to be my age and you can remember how you were taught things. . . . Yes youngsters I can remember....though it seems soooooooo long ago! You have to wonder at times when everything changed!

I can remember when February rolled around, all of our classrooms displayed bulletin boards (no computers in those days!) and celebrated two Presidents each together and each separate, but they stayed in place for the whole month because we celebrated on separate days.

I have to admit that Abe Lincoln has always been one of my favorite Presidents and I had never considered that he would not have a place! He has inspired me in one way or another throughout my life and he is still doing it today! As when I want to feel sorry for myself I remember these famous words and carry them in my heart:

“Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.”

So my curiosity got the best of me when I was trying to remember when it changed so I looked it up. So here is the evolution of President's Day.

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

When Abraham Lincoln became president and helped reshape our country, it was believed he, too, should have a special day of recognition. Tricky thing was that Lincoln’s birthday fell on February 12th. Prior to 1968, having two presidential birthdays so close together didn't seem to bother anyone. February 22nd was observed as a federal public holiday to honor the birthday of George Washington and February 12th was observed as a public holiday to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

In 1968, things changed when the 90th Congress was determined to create a uniform system of federal Monday holidays. They voted to shift three existing holidays (including Washington's Birthday) to Mondays. The law took effect in 1971, and as a result, Washington's Birthday holiday was changed to the third Monday in February. But not all Americans were happy with the new law. There was some concern that Washington's identity would be lost since the third Monday in February would never fall on his actual birthday. There was also an attempt to rename the public holiday "Presidents' Day", but the idea didn't go anywhere since some believed not all presidents deserved a special recognition.

Even though Congress had created a uniform federal holiday law, there was not a uniform holiday title agreement among the individual states. Some states, like California, Idaho, Tennessee and Texas chose not to retain the federal holiday title and renamed their state holiday "President's Day." 

So what follows is my personal tribute to these two great men who though long ago still lead!

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Wikipedia

Born: February 12, 1809, Hodgenville, KY
Died: April 15, 1865, Petersen House
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Spouse: Mary Todd Lincoln (m. 1842–1865)
Children: Robert Todd Lincoln, Tad Lincoln, William Wallace Lincoln,Edward Baker Lincoln
Vice presidents: Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

A great poem about Lincoln:

A Farmer Remembers Lincoln by: Witter Bynner (1919)

Well, I was in the old Second Maine,
The first regiment in Washington from the Pine Tree State.
Of course I didn’t get the butt of the clip;
We was there for guardin’ Washington—
We was all green.

“I ain’t never ben to the theayter in my life—
I didn’t know how to behave.
I ain’t never ben since.
I can see as plain as my hat the box where he sat in
When he was shot.
I can tell you, sir, there was a panic
When we found our President was in the shape he was in!
Never saw a soldier in the world but what liked him.

“Yes, sir. His looks was kind o’ hard to forget.
He was a spare man,
An old farmer.
Everything was all right, you know,
But he wasn’t a smooth-appearin’ man at all—
Not in no ways;
Thin-faced, long-necked,
And a swellin’ kind of a thick lip like.

“And he was a jolly old fellow—always cheerful;
He wasn’t so high but the boys could talk to him their own ways.
While I was servin’ at the Hospital
He’d come in and say, ‘You look nice in here,’
Praise us up, you know.
And he’d bend over and talk to the boys—
And he’d talk so good to ’em—so close—
That’s why I call him a farmer.
I don’t mean that everything about him wasn’t all right, you understand,
It’s just—well, I was a farmer—
And he was my neighbor, anybody’s neighbor.
I guess even you young folks would ‘a’ liked him.”

George Washington

George Washington was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, serving as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Wikipedia.

Born: February 22, 1732, Westmoreland County
Died: December 14, 1799, Mount Vernon
Full name: George Washington
Presidential term: April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797
Buried: Mount Vernon
Children: John Parke Custis, Martha Parke Custis

George Washington by: James Russell Lowell (1875)

   A fragment from the ode for the centenary of Washington’s
    taking command of the American army at Cambridge

Soldier and statesman, rarest unison;
High-poised example of great duties done
Simply as breathing, a world’s honors worn
As life’s indifferent gifts to all men born;
Dumb for himself, unless it were to God,
But for his barefoot soldiers eloquent,
Tramping the snow to coral where they trod,
Held by his awe in hollow-eyed content;
Modest, yet firm as Nature’s self; unblamed
Save by the men his nobler temper shamed;
Never seduced through show of present good
By other than unsetting lights to steer
New-trimmed in Heaven, nor than his steadfast mood
More steadfast, far from rashness as from fear,
Rigid, but with himself first, grasping still
In swerveless poise the wave-beat helm of will;
Not honored then or now because he wooed
The popular voice, but that he still withstood;
Broad-minded, higher-souled, there is but one
Who was all this and ours, and all men’s—WASHINGTON.

Have a great holiday if you have it! For those of us who don't, we will enjoy the thoughts!

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SNUZSUZ 2/20/2013 3:48AM

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NASFKAB 2/19/2013 5:08AM

  I admired Lincoln & words are an inspiration thanks for the posting

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LOLABLACK69 2/19/2013 4:44AM

    Nice insight in some of your country's history! Thank you for the info! emoticon
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CORTNEY-LEE 2/19/2013 2:18AM

    Thank you for the info!

I too have always been a fan of Honest Abe. I am currently reading a book called "Manhunt - The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer"

It promising to be very interesting.

I am also on the list for "Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter" at the Library - I hear it is a very fun take on history and actually ends up being very informative (and entertaining)

Happy Monday Friend!

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KERRYG155 2/18/2013 9:31PM

    Thanks for the extra info! I just never could understand this moving of birthdays and I think both or actually all presidents have been lost in the celebration as it's become just a big shopping day.

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ANGELBELIEVER 2/18/2013 2:00PM

    What a wonderfuol blog and tribute to those Presidents. Lincoln has some wonderful quotes. What a man to look up to..both he and Washington. Thanks for the mempory of the holidays. I remember just what you were talking about. Our school did the same thing.

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PATRICIA441 2/18/2013 11:56AM

  One of our granddaughter's is doing a paper on President Truman. With her it is about getting the information and getting a good grade. For me it is finding out what he was all about. Why is it that we have to be older to truly enjoy learning. Those times were good because God was honored and revered not being taken out of schools and businesses. I remember a wonderful speech President Regan gave to Congress about God and country. Ah, those were the days.

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ALASKABRED 2/18/2013 8:39AM

    Thanks for the great blog!


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DAWNDMOORE40 2/18/2013 8:13AM

    emoticon for sharing stories about two great presidents! I have not been in history class in so long I actually forgot their stories! We need to remember them because they did teach us so much! I wished the presidents we had now days could teach us as much! Have a great President's Day! emoticon emoticon

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Balancing Our Priorities

Sunday, February 17, 2013

As I was thinking about what I needed to do in the coming week, I decided that it would be my best bet to make a list of both things that I had to “worry” about and then a list of all the good things. I planned to call this a “weekly planning list”. I would start with the worry list first. I thought that this would be the way to go because it would be the longest but easiest....after all I did visit the oncologist and the results were not good.... So I started to write but nothing would come. So I decided to . . . .

And to make the list of what went right because when I look into the mirror I do want to see the good. . . . not the bad!

SO I started on my “happy” list. And I wrote it down!!!! All without recognizing just how great my week has been.

Being loved.  
Laughing so hard your face hurts. 
A hot shower. 
No lines at the supermarket. 
A special glance. 
Getting email. 
Taking a drive on a country road. 
Hearing your favorite song on the radio. 
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside. 
Hot towels fresh out of the dryer. 
A bubble bath. 
A good conversation. 
Running through sprinklers. 
Laughing for absolutely no reason at all. 
Having someone tell you that you're beautiful/good looking. 
Laughing at an inside joke. 
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you. 
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep. 
Making new friends or spending time with old ones. 
Playing with a new kitten. 
Having someone play with your hair. 
Sweet dreams. 
Hot coffee. 
Road trips with friends. 
Swinging on swings. 
Making eye contact with a cute stranger. 
Making chocolate chip cookies (for others...!). 
Sending your friends heartfelt wishes. 
Having your friends send their heartfelt wishes. 
Holding hands with someone you care about. 
Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change. 
Watching the expression on someone's face as they receive a much-needed word from you. 
Watching the sunrise. 
Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day. 
Knowing that somebody misses you. 
Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply. 
Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

OH my! How little did I realize!

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/20/2013 3:13PM

    How beautiful! emoticon

I am sorry about your bad news. Keep up your excellent outlook and no matter what happens, you will make it. It was Bernie Siegel, MD, (the cancer doctor who founded ECaP) who said, "We are all going to die. What's important is how you life your life." So, you go girl!! You can do it and you will. emoticon

Love, Chelsea


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    Beautiful blog thanks so much for sharing your list. I need to start making on of those to. I love the butterfly with the flowers. emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 2/18/2013 5:38AM

    Makes me wonder what slips under my radar... So many beautiful things you've listed! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA441 2/17/2013 4:41PM

  Love your positive list. I often do this also but not a worry list. I have worked long and hard on giving my worries to God trusting in Him to see me through giving me the strength I need. You are such a sweetie girlfriend. Have a wonderful week!

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ANGELBELIEVER 2/17/2013 4:23PM

    What a wonderful list. You are such a motivator and a huge inspiration to me and I know so many here on Spark. Thanks for being emoticon you.

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AY_BEAUTIFUL89 2/17/2013 10:16AM

    This was such a beautiful blog. We so easily glance over all the joyful things that happen in our lives and focus on the negative. I am going to try to make a list like this once a week. Thank you! emoticon

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JUDITHANNIE 2/17/2013 10:04AM

    loved it I'm going to try it, thanks

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KLMEIRING 2/17/2013 8:47AM

    Very cool! I could feel myself getting happy just reading your list. There is so much in this life that is good! I have so many reasons to be grateful! Thank you for sharing your list! emoticon

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LYNNA1968 2/17/2013 8:22AM

    Great blog!!! Maybe you shouldn't even write the worry list, just keep this list. LOL there will always be something to worry about and you won't forget them so why make it a priority? Keep happy, smiling and positive!!!

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