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Canada Book: Our Canadian Flag

Do you want a neat little book to help you understand Canada's Flag better?   Well.. have I got the book for you!


Written by Maxine Trottier and Brian Deines, this picture book brings you the story of the Canadian Flag.  From how the maple tree drew in the hearts of the Canadian people (despite all the other trees around) through the making of the flag and it's approval by the queen. 

This symbol of Canada is flown at important functions, printed on our faces, and endeared to our hearts.   May the leaf fly above our homeland forever!  :)

You will find simple text along with boxes with further information on each two page spread.
The larger font text is simple enough for a child to read.

 Whereas the small text box is geared at adults for increased learning and talking points.
The full colour pictures that illuminate each two page spread will delight the eye of any child or adult viewing them.  It might even inspire some to display a maple leaf in their own way.  :)

But seriously, this is a great book to introduce children to the Flag of Canada.

Where can you get it?
Well you can buy my copy from me for a couple of bucks as we're done with it OR you can go to Amazon.ca for it.  You'll find the link: Our Canadian Flag

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Hymn Study: Seed to Sow


Looking up that Michael W. Smith song the other day reminded me of this song that I thoroughly enjoy listening to. I used to beat out the song when swimming. Hot summer days with music dancing in my head and playing out in the water. Ah.. it was fun and good! But seriously if you think about the words of the song, you will see the church in action. How everyone is different in the church, with different skill sets that make the church what it is. Helping the church to grow, and God's truth to be seen. So many different people to reach with the gospel, and so many different people God can use to help them see the way. Michael W. Smith's video


Lyrics

 (chorus in Lugandan)
Kimu nkimaanyi
Buli muntu alina ensiigo
Omutima gwo gukulung 'aamye
Buli muntu alina ensiigo

Some people quietly reveal
In the manner of the meek
Some people shout the way they feel
To a radical degree
Some people sing it to express
While others hear another call

Some people speak with subtleness
Some don't rely on words at all
But let me tell you 'bout...

(chorus)
One thing I know
Everybody's got a seed to sow
Let your heart of hearts
Take you down the road
Everybody's got a seed to sow

We all are pieces of the whole
With different feelings to evoke
Giving distinction to the role
Different players-different strokes
But let me tell you 'bout...

(chorus)

Some people walk
Some people race
Some people vary in their pace
But God can use what you can give
Within the mystery of His ways
Don't underestimate...

(chorus)

Kimu nkimaanyi
Buli muntu alina ensiigo
Omutima gwo
Gukulung 'aamye
Buli muntu alina ensiigo

African Children's Choir


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Highlights of the Week May 14-20

 In no particular order, some of the highlights of the week

Hubby preached a sermon in this church again.
New roof put up on one of the rabbitry buildings.   I had gone into the rabbitry on Wednesday or Thursday this week to do something and spotted one of my girls panting, so promptly removed the winter covering tarp.  This necessitated a building of a wooden roof.   We've done tarps one them for the past few years, and found last year the tarps were ripping.  This one was the worst so we did it first, I hope to do the other in two weeks.   I put the lattice sides on it last year and it greatly improved airflow which was a good thing.    Good to have the rabbits cooler again. We worked as a family to put it all together... cutting, drilling, moving etc.  busy hard work.  Hubby put up a "thing" to help with taking the bed off the truck as well...that was hard work man...digging post holes...he has way too many blisters.

My buttercups are blooming!!!!
We've been working our way through the human body and we often add videos.  Currently we are on the teeth.  So we watched what the lad said "this was a good video mom, I learned a lot and do a bunch of things wrong".  We totally ignored all the product placement stuff.

Working on our Physics STEM kit.  We learned about plumb lines and the center of gravity.   It was rather neat to teach about how a person's center of gravity changes how they move and how that affects doing things like Karate, adding stability and such like.   Seeing the practical use of science in everyday life was a "wow" moment for the lad and provoked great discussion.
Have you seen my beautiful lilac bush?
Working our way through the Hawaiian Frog from ArtAchieve.  Next week we are going to add colour to him.  Hopefully he'll turn out well, I'm a bit concerned that I made him too small.  The lad wasn't ready for me to take a picture of his rendition.

Anyways, those are the highlights of MY week, what were the highlights of yours?


Reviews
Secrets and Sequences.    A graphic novel with an interesting approach to coding.
Stick it To 'Em.   A fun book teaching about stickers and how to make them.  Sass and Style.
Tournament of Champions.   A Rip and Red basketball story.

Everything Else:
Truth - a five minute Friday word prompt post, a poem.
All are treated the same, sharing the inheritance.   Ezekiel 47 devotional.
Cherry Jello Cheesecake.. mm.. YUM!!!
R is for Raving, Rabid, Rabbits.   An alphabet blogging post. 
Keep Living a Life of Faith.  Ezekiel 47 Devotional. 
Taking your camera to Canada.   A fun book on Canada.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.  A hymn Study.
God's Continued Protection.  Devotional on Ezekiel 46.


Linking up at the Following:

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Review: Secrets and Sequences

Do you want a painless way to interest your students or children in coding?   Secret Coders has come out with a series of graphic novels to intrigue and entertain.   Mystery mixed with coding.  It's a good thing eh?   Last year I reviewed another Secret Coders book, and today I have Secrets and Sequences to share with you.   Learn coding through reading a graphic novel!   Neat Idea eh? 

Hopper and the gang have a mystery to solve.  What's going on with Professor Bee, who is one-zero and still.. where is Hopper's Dad?   Will they get closer to figuring this out?

As the gang works through the mystery they make new friends (who would have thought!) but danger does make for strange bed fellows.  :)   They learn how to code better (even Josh) and before you know it, they have worked out more of the mystery's answers!  WOOT WOOT!!!

They learn to work together all the better, though sometimes it's not so easy.

I love how the graphics are simple and not hard on the eyes like the graphic novels of old.   These are clearly legible, with simple colours that don't detract from the storyline.
This graphic novel does what many do well... leave you hanging so you want to get the next book so you can solve the mystery.   Will they be able to see it through?   Will the gang solve the code?
Do I recommend it?
For sure.  It's an easy read that introduces coding to your students AND if they decide they are interested, they can visit the secret coders website and learn more!  Pretty cool that!  :)

Title: Secrets and Sequences
Author: Gene Luen Yan
Illustrator: Mike Holmes
Series: Secret Coders
Publisher: First Second Books
Pages: 112
Age: 8-12 years
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books



 Where can you find it?
 Amazon.ca - Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences

 Amazon.com - Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences

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Truth, a Poem



Truth

Truth rolls off my back
like water off a duck.

Finding places to sit in,
Places to lead others to query

Chasing away the dirt and grime
Making one be like new.

Truth

Easily discernable from a lie
Most of the time

But sometimes truth is hidden in a lie
A lie that needs light shone upon it

and suddenly.. there it is ... revealed

Truth

It demonstates a man honest
It shows a child's integrity
It displays a woman reliable

Truth

It's part of the Godhead
Seen ultimately in his son Jesus
God declared he knew how to make us right with him
And so it was done.

Truth was spoke
Truth revealed.
A people saved.

 Truth

copyright Annette V May 2017
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This is a five minute Friday post. the word prompt is brought to us by Miss KateWhat is Five Minute Friday?  Well it's a party of a group of like minded folks who gather on Friday to do a five minute free write around a singular word.  AND THEN (and this is the most important part) we take the time to offer up encouragement to each other on this writing journey.  It's fun, though it's not always easy, but it is always good.   Come join us won't you?  You are always welcome.

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Art Series: Stick It To 'Em

Do you like having fun with doodling?   Have you ever considered turning that art form into sticker art?   Bailey Fleming has put together a book to help you explore the sticker side of you!  :)   It's a bright, quirky, fun book that I think you will enjoy!


 Bailey Fleming is an Arkansas born lass whose sister introduced her to the world of stickers.  She claims not to be an artist, but rather a person who likes to show some sass  in her stickers and to encourage others to not let their awkwardness or cynicism from stopping their creative expression.

To wit, she created a book to encourage that exploration.

 I like how she started off her book.   Explaining her thinking.  Doodles .. into stickers... equals making others smile.   So have fun in your doodling.



The first 31 pages are dedicated to teaching and training.   From what type of materials to use, to how to draw some of the artwork seen throughout the book. I really appreciated this section.  To see the different steps you need to create the end product, and the full colour pictures in the tool section, just marvellous! 

The remainder of the book is divided into
Coloured stickers:

Black and white outline Stickers.  Wouldn't they be fun to fill in, stick on a card and send along to make someone's day?

Make your own stickers. Each box makes it own sticker for you to share with other and hopefully bring about smiles on your friends faces.   Discover your own sass and style.

You see...that's the point of the whole book.  Not just for an artist to show off her work, but seriously... to help people be inspired and create their own work.   

More than 275 stickers, divided by rough estimate into a third each.  Give them to your friends, your family and even your frenemies.  Share the joy and the sass with everyone.  :)

AND you get lots of stickers that are full colour so you can share them on cards or notes, others that you can fill in and start to discover your own style, and then spread your wings and fly, sharing your style with those around you and bringing smiles to their faces. 

 Title: Stick it to 'em - Playful stickers to color and create.
Author: Bailey Fleming
Publisher: Walter Foster 

Reviewed for The Quatro Group






Where can you find it?
 Amazon.ca - Stick it to 'Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies

Amazon.com - Stick it to 'Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies

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All are treated the Same, sharing the inheritance.

Keep Living a Life of Faith was the theme of yesterday's passage.  Today we learn from Ezekiel 47:13-23.


13 Thus says the Lord God: “This is the boundary by which you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions. 14 And you shall divide equally what I swore to give to your fathers. This land shall fall to you as your inheritance.
15 “This shall be the boundary of the land: On the north side, from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, and on to Zedad, 16 Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 So the boundary shall run from the sea to Hazar-enan, which is on the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This shall be the north side.
18 “On the east side, the boundary shall run between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; to the eastern sea and as far as Tamar. This shall be the east side.
19 “On the south side, it shall run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea. This shall be the south side.
20 “On the west side, the Great Sea shall be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This shall be the west side.
21 “So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord God.

The land is to be divided.  The portion for Joseph to be doubled. 12 sections of land as per the 12 tribes of Israel. The travellers who live among them are to be counted among the inheritees.   They are to be treated no differently among the tribes than any native born individual.

Hmmm... What can I take from this?
God does not differentiate  between people who grew up in the church, the natural born offspring you could say and those who came into the church from the outside.   To him.. they are all his children.  All his children share in the inheritance of the Lord.    No one gets anything more than another.  All share equally as those "naturally born". 

Pretty cool that eh?   Best to not forget it.

 

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Recipe: Cherry Jello Cheesecake

Hubby made this delightful dessert for supper tonight.  I'm not a big cheesecake person, but for some reason I like it when he makes it like this. Go figure.  :)   Anyways, give it a whirl, I'm sure you'll like it too!

Ingredients and Instructions:

One package sugar free jello
1 boiling cup water.
Dissolve the jello in the water.
Cut in one package cream cheese, just keep smoothing it out until it a creamy mixture.  Do not whip with beaters as you don't want a bunch of air bubbles in it.
Place in a graham cracker pie crust.
Chill

Optional:
Before serving cover with pie filling (we used cherry, about 1/2 a can)..


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R is for ... raving, rabid, rabbits...

So how do raving, rabid, rabbits fit into a Canadian theme?

Did you know that they are working hard to eradicate rabies from Ontario?   At least from SOUTHERN Ontario?  

We've had flair ups of rabies...due to dastardly hitchhikers coming up from the States, but the ministry is very aggressive in maintaining a 100 km rabies free zone from the US border.
How?
Helicopters and Twin Otter aircraft pepper hectares of forest with vaccine-laced bait traps. Teams of hardened trappers patrol the backcountry to inoculate thousands of skunks, raccoons and foxes — and neutralize the hundreds more that can’t be saved.  NO RABIES!  NO RABIES!!!!!   (save us from New York rabid wild critters!)

How do rabbits fit into this picture? 
Well 
1. I raise rabbits and think they are a rather cool critter.   and
2. Rabbits cannot get rabies.  Go figure.  :)   All the more reason to have more of them around eh? (okay... they MIGHT be able to get rabies, but the chances are so small as to be unimportant).

This is what one comes up with at 1142 at night when one realizes they have done the WRONG letter for the week.  I had a great post for the letter S (you'll have to read it next week).

So today you get to learn about about raving, rabid, rabbits.  :)
See.. THREE R's!   

Normal rabid animals: Rats, skunks, foxes, raccoons (the normal hitchhiker),  deer, mink, and such like.

So anyways, welcome to week "R" of blogging the alphabet.  I'm hoping you'll forgive my tired ramblings (see look a FOURTH R) and join Amanda and I anyways.

Rock on Week R!!!   (see see.. A FIFTH!!!)   :) 
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Keep Living a Life of Faith.

Yesterday, God's Protections in the Kitchens, today Ezekiel 47:1-12.



  Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.
Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 10 Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. 12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

In today's passage we find water, water that becomes a river that becomes a what???  A lake?   A lake that will be teeming with wildlife and plants and trees.

This water stems forth from the temple and flows to the east. Becoming deeper and fuller the farther out it goes. 

Can you see how the temple is a source of life and hope?   People working, thriving, wildlife thriving, trees growing and being a good food source.   

All because of the temple, the sanctuary of God. 

Can you picture it?

The people bring in the sacrifices.
An aroma pleasing to God wafts from the temple.
And out of the sanctuary flows life-giving water, so abundant that it in turn brings life to all those around it.   Birds, fish, wildlife, plants, trees, and the people who harvest it all.  Fresh water except for the marshlands. 

God's special place brings life to the land.
  
I dunno about you, but the imagery of this boosters my faith.   It shows me a real picture of what God does.   How our sacrifices, our living for him brings forth life that we don't always see it?  This water that pours out from God's people that sustains so much.... 

When you see how churches who follow  after God can change communities, how a person following after God changes the folks that are around, and sometimes even beyond.  We can't always see how we influence and change the world for the better by our faithful actions.  

4,000 cubits the man walked...one cubit is 45 centimetres or a foot and half.  That's quite the distance you know....   To those right next to the sanctuary it would have looked like an insignificant trickle... but further out... a mighty river!   Flowing out of the sanctuary, sustaining so much.   It boggles the mind eh?  (just a bit).   To see this as God's people, changing the world in ways we don't always see... every little bit matters. 

This gives me hope!   It makes me take heart it does!  :) 
Let's keep living our lives as a sacrifice of praise to God... it makes a difference. 

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Canada Book: Taking Your Camera To Canada




Today for my Canada Books I have a small book about Canada, the lad and I read it over the course of three nights I think?  

It's written for perhaps grade 2-4 what this book does is give a good overview to Canada.
Each chapter is only a couple of pages long with tons of images.

 It's a fun, quick read with more information than you would think. I was actually impressed!  32 pages in this thin, softcover book.  Maps, religion, science, school, all the different things that will intrigue children from different walks of life.   The close of the book leaves us with quick facts about Canada. 

You can find it here: Taking Your Camera to Canada Sb.  

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Hymn Study: Praise to the Lord the Almighty



Just wanted to share this song by Fernando Ortega. Another of my favourite minstrels. He changes the words abit from the original hymn, but overall it's similar enough to remind me of this hymn. To see the lyrics that Mr. Ortega uses go here



Lyrics: 

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

The verses in red are new to me, but they fit don't they?   For a more traditional approach you may like this version. 


Joachim Neander wrote this song originally in German, it was called  "Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren", and was published in 1680.  It was translated by Catherine Winkworth.   He died young (age 30) from Tuberculois, writing 60 hymns before he died.  He was a pietist in his faith, and was often at odds with the established Lutheran church.

Winkworth was a forerunner of hymn translators.   Born in English.  She translated many hymns.  She never married and spent her life in demand as a companion, business and secretarial assistant, housekeeper and babysitter.

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God's Continued Protection

Last time we met we learned about the sacrifices and protections God set in place. Today we are going to discuss Ezekiel 46:19-24.


 19 Then he brought me through the entrance, which was at the side of the gate, to the north row of the holy chambers for the priests, and behold, a place was there at the extreme western end of them. 20 And he said to me, “This is the place where the priests shall boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the grain offering, in order not to bring them out into the outer court and so transmit holiness to the people.”
21 Then he brought me out to the outer court and led me around to the four corners of the court. And behold, in each corner of the court there was another court— 22 in the four corners of the court were small courts, forty cubits long and thirty broad; the four were of the same size. 23 On the inside, around each of the four courts was a row of masonry, with hearths made at the bottom of the rows all around. 24 Then he said to me, “These are the kitchens where those who minister at the temple shall boil the sacrifices of the people.”

You know, I never thought about that.
About where the sacrifices were taken care of once the people brought them.
Also never thought about how God would want to be careful about where they were prepared for the sake of the people.
God took care of that detail.  Protecting them from what the message says as " endanger the unprepared people out there with The Holy.”   God wanted to keep his people safe.  The priests were set apart by God for the work they did, so they could handle the holiness of God.  The common people were not.  So God set apart a special area for his sacrifices were his holiness wouldn't endanger them.

God made all these little kitchens for the cooking of his sacrifices and the protection of his people.

God still does this you know?   The watching out for his people. 
We often aren't truly aware of it.
At least that's what I bring away from this passage.  What about you?


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Review: Tournament of Champions

Rip and Red are at it again, basketball is the name of the game and these two boys, one autistic and the other from a single parent home, are full into the spirit of the game.   Oh the joy of it!   They are going to part of a basketball Tournament of Champions.   My son and I were eager to read this newest book in the Rip and Red series since we enjoyed A Whole New Ballgame so much.

Challenge one: Can Rip get Red to be part of the tournament?
Challenge two: How will Rip handle the person from the past?
Challenge three: Can they win the tournament?

Team Motto: We will rise to the occasion which is life. 

The tournament they are to be part of is called the Jack Twyman Spring Showdown.   I thought I would see if Twyman was an actual player and learned that he was.  According to Wikipedia, he took guardianship of a fellow basketball player who became paralyzed and cared for him until his death. 

16 teams are invited, Clifton United is one of them and they have only two weeks to prepare. The tournament will be played single elimination style.   The boys are totally stocked with bams, booyahs and high fives all around.

The chapters are short and laced with a lot of communication.   I actually found all the communication with little scenery, or setting made for a less interesting read.  It seemed to me that every other work was "bam" or "balling" or "booyah".  I used it as a read aloud with my 11 year old and he commented on it as well saying "it's not as good as the first book mom".
That said though, it was interesting enough to keep us reading it, we wanted to know if Red would actually play in the game, or if Clifton United would do well, and later on, to see how Rip would do with a situation that popped up in his life.

The chapters are short, short enough that we frequently had time to read two or three chapters  instead of just one. Those short chapters are what help to carry the book along.

Illustrator Tim Probert adds to the story with his great illustrations.
My Recommendation:
 If you have a sports minded child living in your house, this is a book well worth getting.
Short chapters.  Oodles of dialogue, real players discussed, and two active boys in the midst of a big tournament.  It makes for interesting reading.  The side stories add intrigue and what ifs which make the book all the better.

Title: Tournament of Champions
Author: Phil Bildner
Illustrator: Tim Probert
Pages: 235
Age: 8-12 years
Series: Rip and Red
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux 

Reviewed for: Raincoast Books


Where can you find it?
Amazon.ca - Tournament of Champions

Amazon.com - Tournament of Champions (Rip and Red)




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