The Last Sunday Before Christmas Eve

Jenny of Reading the End has a terrific meme idea for Sundays. The idea is to share good things. To Quote Miss Gin-Jenny, “to talk about things that kept me moving forward or gave me some joy.”

Impassioned by:  Pie. SO, here’s what I did:  I gave away a gift certificate for a pie of choice for my work department’s Yankee Swap. The person who won was confused but once explained, she seemed quite thrilled by the idea. She asked for Dutch Apple Pie. “Great!” I said. “Yay!!” I thought, as I rushed home to pull out all my pie books and look for a good Dutch Apple Pie. But then I got confused because some have raisins, some have egg in the crust, some have pastry topping when I thought the Crumb Topping was what made it ‘Dutch Apple’. Sigh, what IS a Dutch Apple Pie? I did some #scientific-based research (I posted a poll) and then just asked the recipient what she expects for Dutch Apple. That should clear up this confusion. I know it will have apples and butter and cinnamon and sugar. All good.

Happy about: I found my Pecan Pie recipe! I have this crazy loose leaf recipe collection barely stuffed into a three ring binder and the sugar-splattered copy of my Cook’s Country Pecan was missing. Is missing still. But the husband has a digital copy (it’s his favorite and he never fails to remind me that I didn’t make it for his birthday last year for whatever reason I can’t recall) and I also found it in my emails to my friend Karen many years ago. I wonder if she ever made it?

And if you want to see my Old Fashioned Pecan Pie recipe, I’ve loaded into Google Docs.

(Jeanne helped me out with a link lookup request which has been fixed by the above sentence… Thanks NonNecromancer!)

Super charmed by: My friend Heather asked me about Christmas Pie and we had a lovely FB-Messenger chat about Pumpkin (Dec 25 has been designated “Pumpkin Pie Day”) and Apple and a Crustless Cranberry. Let me know if you, too, would like me to post this recipe. I think I best start creating my resource online. Might as well be here at Care’s Books and Pie, right?

Excited for: Winter Solstice is coming. The shortest day of the year. Which means the days start to get longer. and longer and LONGER! and then it will be spring!

Enjoying: I’m enjoying researching and searching for where to give some of our charity dollars most needed, most effective.

and pie. This WILL be a pie-riffic week!

 

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Something for the First Sunday in December 2017

Jenny of Reading the End has a new blog idea for Sundays. The idea is to share good things.

Touched by: The color blue. I just read Percival Everett’s So Much Blue and gave it 5 stars and question why I rated it so high. Oh, I do know what and why I did, but am not confident I can debate it as ‘reasonable’. Whatever. AND THEN! I was reading an article in The Guardian of authors who share their best reads of 2017; one of the authors cited Bluets – a book of poetry I almost purchased! but didn’t. Why did I not? oh well, I didn’t and now I want it more.

Happy about: That I made it home for Thanksgiving and saw so many loved ones and happy that I made it back home to where home is NOW.

Inspired by: Anyone who can be calm and rational and hopeful.

Proud of: Myself that I didn’t say things to loved ones that I would be sad and shamed to have said and equally sad that I didn’t have the courage to say things I might have should have said. Sigh.

People are so damn complicated.

Enjoyed: Husband cooked so many amazing meals tonight and day before yesterday and for Thanksgiving! such yummy food. MMmmmmm

Charmed by: Chip and Joanna Gaines. I won their book  at a holiday party today. Love their show.

Giggling over: Esther talking in her sleep. I really missed my pups while we were away.

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Care’s Classics News – August 2016 Edition

Classics: A Meme, an Announcement and Updates

classicsclub1  <– Links to this month’s Classics Club Meme

GerminalButton2 <– Links to Melissa’s Announcement Post

August Meme: Question #44: A meme rewind from November 2012: What classic piece of literature most intimidates you, and why? (Or, are you intimidated by the classics, and why? And has your view changed at all since you joined our club?)

War and Peace would be the one that most intimidates me because I’m really not a fan of the old dead Russian author books. I struggled through Anna Karenina and have been warned off of the Brothers K. I’m truly not that interested. There are SO many books out there, I think I can be allowed to skip one or two. I also feel like it is a show-off book which isn’t a nice thing to say, I suppose, but I’m trying to resist that impulse to be a book snob. [It’s hard, actually!]

I had been intimidated by Moby Dick and managed that – and enjoyed it a lot! I seriously recommend the audiobook if anyone else needs a gentle push.

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READALONG TIME!  We will be tackling Zola’s Germinal and to be totally honest, if I had any clue about this book, I probably would skip it. It doesn’t sound very heartwarming and uplifting… But I put it on my 50 list so I might as well. People have claimed it to be their favorite book EVER! so it must be good, right?

The whole month of September:  hashtag #GerminalAlong

Why, you ask, did I put it on my 50 list?!  I don’t know…   I probably heard somebody gushing all over it and I had never heard of it.

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My Classics Club 50 Update List shows I’m on pace with classics but not with the original list. And I’m OK with that. The rules allow…  I’ve read 22 out of 50, 13 from the list.

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Book List Revisits

Back in 2009, I posted this list (and then forgot about it?):

My updates (and corrections) are in PURPLE.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien X

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (only one and I think it was the 2nd one…) FINISHED! Started at the beginning in June 2012 and finished in October 2013 ; still need to see all the movies.)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X

6 The Bible – X

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X?

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (only the Golden Compass)

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens X

Total: 8  ADD 1 = 9

 

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X

12 Tess of the D’UrbervillesThomas Hardy  APRIL 2011 for book club

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller X

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier X

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger X

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

Total: 6 ADD 1 = 7, cumulative 16

 

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X (reread January 2013 in order to see the movie starring Leo)

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens YES! Loved it AND the BBC miniseries Dec 2012

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – CHECK: August 2014

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh –  January 2014

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X (actually not sure I really read this, but … maybe)

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Total: 3 ADD 4 = 7, cumulative 23

 

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (only about 1/3 of it!) – took listening to the audio. November 2012

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens X

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis XXXX (loved these)

34 Emma-Jane Austen X

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen X

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein X

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden X

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X

Total: 9 ADD 1 = 10, cumulative 33

 

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X (just last month!)

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins  X DECEMBER 2012

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – March of THIS YEAR!  SQUEEEE

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood X

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan X

Total: 7 ADD 2 = 9, cumulative 42

 

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel X

52 Dune – Frank Herbert (attempted it a looooong time ago and never finished it)

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen X

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafo X

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon X

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 5

 

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov X – October 2009 (never reviewed; just couldn’t)

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt – I do have the audiobook in queue…

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold X

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (own it, on the tbr pile) – YES YES YES Oct 2014 Audiobook – SO FUN.

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding X

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (abt 1/3 of this one, too)

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville – Another via audiobook which I highly recommend March 2013

Total: 3 ADD 3 = 6, cumulative 53

 

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – Got this done in April 2011

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce – attempted only; still wonder if someday… May 2011

76 The Inferno – Dante – considering this on audio, thoughts?

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Total: 0 ADD 1 = 1, cumulative 54

 

80 Possession – AS Byatt – YES. Fabulous (and loved the movie, too.) May 2013

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – CHECK! March 2013 thanks to a readalong

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker X

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro X

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I read one of these… The Sign of the Four in March 2014

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

Total: 4 ADD 3 = 7, cumulative 61

 

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – DONE June 2014

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams – SWEET; so glad I’ve read this. June 2010

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas –

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X (wait a gosh darn minute – Bills entire works is in the first ten listed?!)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X

Total: 3 ADD 2 = 5, cumulative 66

 

Grand Total: 48 add 18! ~66. YAY ME.  Not bad… (I have no idea where this list originated.)

 

 

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I was Meme-Tagged.

I was tagged or nominated to answer a few questions. I usually do what I am told. I rarely put up much argument. Whatever.

(Thank you Trisha!   smoooooooches!  I appreciate the being included, I do! I have always wanted a sister. xoxoxox)

THE QUESTIONS
1. What time of day do you typically read/do you prefer to read?
2. What is your strangest book related obsession?
3. Like which author do you wish you wrote?
4. Who do you think is the most over-rated author?
5. What do you think is the most over-rated book?
6. Which two authors would you like to see go head to head in a word-off (like a dance-off)?
7. I’ve always wanted to read Lord of the Rings in a cabin in the mountains or Nora Roberts in an Irish inn or The Woman in White in an abandoned asylum. What book-location pairing do you wish for?
8. Describe your bookish self in three words.
9. Name one of your favorite characters and what you would do with him/her if you had one day together.
10. If you had one extra day in the week, that nobody knew about and didn’t count, what would you with it?

THE ANSWERS (with the question rephrased as part of the answer like they try to teach in school.)
1. The time of day that I prefer to read is during the day. I like best to read outside in temperate weather with my dogs basking in the sunlight near me. I like to read on the boat, on a beach. I like to read in the tub with lots of bubbles and a glass of white wine that my husband refills as needed. I like to listen to audiobooks while walking the dogs and when driving around town. I do not  like to read in bed before sleep. I don’t think the posture of sitting in bed is ideal for me and I don’t like wondering where I was when I was so tired that I turned page after page without my memory keeping up the pace.
2. I can’t think of any book related obsession that I might have. Does keeping track of pie references while I read count? Or squealing with delight when my Twitter friends share pie references from books?
3. I wish I could write like Tracy Kidder. His narrative nonfiction is fabulous.
4. The most over-rated author in my opinion is…. Diana Gabaldon and/or  Ken Follett.
5. The most over-rated book is The Pillars of the Earth.
6. It could be interesting to see Kurt Vonnegut word-off with Haruki Murakami; if Vonnegut was available, that is.
7. A book-location pairing that I would wish for is to read anything by Virginia Woolf (but specifically a reread of To the Lighthouse) with a view of the ocean from St. Ives, Cornwall, England. In summer.
8. My bookish self in three words: Chatty, thoughtful, excited.
9. Liesel the Book Thief is one of my favorite characters and if we could have one day together, we would break into rich peoples’ libraries and steal their books then read them by the river while eating apples. But alas, the war would crowd ever-so closer and I’ll start to cry if I don’t figure out how to stop thinking about this book right now.
10. If I had one extra day in the week, that nobody knew about and didn’t count, I would watch movies.

 

FEEL FREE TO PLAY ALONG! How would YOU answer these questions?

 

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A to Z: It’s All Me & My Books

Thank you Trish for posting on this and I know I saw it somewhere else and they deserve credit but am not sure … Maybe MELISSA at Avid Reader? Post on/about her, soon… Trish credits the original source so go visit her if you haven’t already.

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Author you’ve read the most books from:  Wow, I just might have to admit Stephen King because, like Trish, we got totally swept up in a King-Twitter-Mania last year and I read so many I almost wonder if I overloaded and developed a reaction. An ADVERSE like, overdose, reaction. I really need some space from his books.

Best Sequel Ever: Going with a tried and true series from my youth:  The Chronicles of Narnia.

Currently Reading: Well, I started The Great Santini by Pat Conroy based on a recommendation of the author from a new friend after I admitted that I really didn’t know this Conroy she spoke of. 

Drink of Choice While Reading: Probably wine or beer. Or coffee. Or water. I never really pay attention to this link-up.

E-reader or Physical Book? I prefer a physical book but am not opposed to an e-reader. In fact, I’m trying to justify getting a Kindle when I have an iPad. But it’s the ol’ read-in-the-sunshine issue…

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Dated in High School?! What’s that? I was studying. But… I could have a crush on most male characters in any/all John Green book.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:  The Book Thief. I can’t recall what I really expected of it before I started but having read it twice now, I love love LOVE it. And I probably should give IT by Stephen King a shoutout because I was on the Oh-God-King-Writes-Horror-Oh-Yuck bandwagon and I seriously LOVED the story and the story-telling of this interesting and crazy novel.

Hidden Gem Book: Gosh, NOTHING is coming to mind. Hidden Gem… Hmmmmmm. I am reaching here back to my High School days… I read Les Miserables and don’t have any memory of why I chose that book – other than it being foreign, classic and long. I wanted to show off – ha! And I adored it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:  My fifth grade teacher read us The Hobbit. It was a BIG book; it was not considered a CHILDREN’s book. It was an “AHA” moment when I realized I was ready to move out of the little kids’ section of the library and so I fell head first into Agatha Christie. Funny, I never got to anything else by Tolkein but I did find The Chronicles of Narnia (yes, maybe ‘kids’ books – it wasn’t that I didn’t still read my age level) and counted them as faves for many many years.

Just Finished:  Uh, I’m in a non-reading phase at the moment. The last book I ‘read’ was actually the audio of Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:  Suddenly, I keep finding the term Urban Fantasy popping up everywhere for me and since i have zero clue what genre this is, I will put it here. (Likely, somebody will challenge me to read and I will.)

Longest Book You’ve Read:  The Stand?  It?  Les Miz??  I have no idea.

Major book hangover because of: I don’t understand this. What is a book hangover?

Number of Bookcases You Own:  Two.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Book Thief – twice. Don’t think I have ever read any book three times.

Preferred Place To Read: Anywhere when the book is good. Probably could say my boat since I don’t have to get too specific with WHERE on the boat, right?

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:   

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” 

This is from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Happy sigh.

“A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.”
“That’s only three.”
Alvis finished his wine. “You have to do disappointment twice.” 

And this is from a lovely book that I thoroughly enjoyed THIS year, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

Reading Regret:  Huh? Twilight? nah, I don’t mind having said I’ve read that. I have no reading regrets that come to mind.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):  Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Dragon Tattoo, Twilight, Pullman’s Dust series, the really oh-so-pretty colorful ones about the girl chemist who solves mysteries. Obviously, I don’t read series! It would be a lot easier to list series I have actually completed:  Lord of the Rings.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: The Book Thief, The History of Love, Mountains Beyond Mountains

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:  No idea. I don’t keep up with what’s coming because I’m overwhelmed with wanting to read the ‘already here’ list.

Worst Bookish Habit: Or best, depending on if you’re trying to get my attention and I think you are annoying: My ability to zone out EVERYTHING and focus on my book.

X Marks The Spot:  Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel and I have had this on my tbr for what seems like forever. The first blurb on the back says “A tall tale, fairy tale, sopa-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one.” and makes me curious about whether or not I can count this for #Diversiverse. IS it FANTASY enough? If you are unfamiliar with the #Diversiverse Initiative, please please PLEASE visit my friend Aarti at BookLust and see her wonderful explanation. Find a book and read it. Participate!!

I also want to read this because it is on the 1001 Books to Read Before I Die list.

Your latest book purchase: The Great Santini by Pat Conroy – not too fond, to be honest. Macho military guy who beats on his kids. Yuck. I was a third of the way in when I just couldn’t be inspired to pick it up again. I know, I know, I am sure I’m missing “the something” and sure, the writing is good but I really don’t have the stomach to see how the kids prevail and the guy gets his  come-uppance or a change of heart.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):  I really liked Where’d You Go Bernadette? Though, I am not one to read at night because I can’t stay awake and then have to re-read pages that never made it out of my sleep-brain to be remembered.


Ready to play along?

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Instagram and Photos Every Day

I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s tweets and photos for the monthly Photo-A-Day prompts and so I asked SuziQ about it. Turns out she posted earlier today how to get involved and what the plan is for August. So I’m in.

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CREDIT:  fat mum slim has the how-to-play here.

This might also be a good writing prompt for my year of letter writing. I wasn’t very diligent in July. Let’s hope August is better.

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Musings about Clouds and Such

“Then what do you love, you extraordinary stranger?”

“I love clouds . . . drifting clouds . . . there . . . over there . . . marvelous clouds.”

-Charles Baudelaire, 1862

Mailbox Monday? Nope. the only books I got in the mail, I’ve already told you about or are gifts that I will wrap and send on. Wouldn’t want to ruin a surprise.

Library Loot?  Yes, I should look for that meme… YES!  FOUND IT.  I still have time to participate. (Looks like it starts a new week tomorrow.)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

From the library; inspired by my current reading of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell:

 The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn

The Invention of Clouds is the true story of Luke Howard, the amateur English meteorologist who in 1802 gave the clouds their names — cumulus, cirrus, stratus. He immediately gained international fame, becoming a cult figure among artists and painters — Goethe, Constable, and Coleridge revered him — and legitimizing the science of meteorology. Part history of science, part cultural excavation, this is not only the biography of a man, but of a moment: the cultural birth of the modern scientific era.

Oh, I thought it was a memoir – WRONG, it’s a biography. Cool. Not sure I will do more than flip through and skim around but it captured my imagination in some way so, here it is.

I am enjoying Cloud Atlas very much! It is just screaming to be finished and I’m showing tremendous restraint not devouring it right to the end. I just finished the second Timothy Cavendish section.

But I have decided to put it down, not rush it and see if I can finish Byatt’s Angels and Insects. JUST found out this morning that a movie was made of the first novella “Morpho Eugenia” but was titled Angels and Insects and I so want to get my hands on it!

So far this month, I have yet to finish a book. Egads.

Letter writing is going well, though. I’ve slowed to down or returned to my goal of one a day so it seems more relaxed than February. Now that I’m receiving more letters, I have a list that includes my new penpals and not so many family members. Though, glancing at the calendar, I need to put a birthday card for my cousin in today’s mail or it will be late.

Happy Monday!  What are YOU reading?

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Mailbox Monday 3.12.12

Monday Mailbox Hosted by Anna at Diary of an Eccentric.

So a week or so ago, I saw that Kailana was going to check out Molly Peacock’s HOW TO READ A POEM… book and so I wanted to do that, too!

If I consider that the EMAIL from the library telling me it was ready for pickup was sent to me e-MAIL inBOX, then I can participate in this meme, right?

On the audiobook front, I have news. I laundered my cellphone last weekend and decided the iPhone would be be best replacement so I now get to explore audio books!!! I haven’t yet. It’s on the to-do list.

I’ve already joined Audibles and downloaded their FREE offer and then CANCELED my membership because I wasn’t happy with the whole situation (downloaded book, couldn’t get it to work on my mp3 player, blahblahblah, etc.) so now I’m wondering, what is the best way to get audiobooks?  Library?  Yes, I will explore the Overdrive app first and see what happens – but I will GLADLY take advice.

HAPPY MONDAY

Don’t forget – Pi Day is Wednesday!  Make a pie or eat a pie to celebrate and get your math on.

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