WATWB – One Man’s Trash…

One Man’s Trash

There’s an old adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and we know that’s true, otherwise flea markets, yard sales and antique stores would not enjoy the popularity they do, but trash or treasure, the benefits of reuse and recycling are grand, and Craigslist has the statistics to prove it.  In fact, areas where Craigslist is active have seen a decline in “the volume of consumer-generated waste” of between 3 and 5 percent.”  Clearly, Craigslist is a forerunner of a circular economy where “the goods of today become the products of tomorrow.”

Imagine if we reduced our waste stream to such an extent that we didn’t need landfills anymore.  That kind of pie-in-the-sky thinking may get you laughed out of a boardroom, but there’s money in recycling and an entirely new business model developing around circular economies and upcycling.  One of my favorite EPA slogans is “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and upcycling is the epitome of that.  Waste, what waste?  With the right mindset, we can convert almost anything into something useful.

Here are a few examples of what my sister and brother-in-law are doing with the old wood they find in their backyard and the odd outdated, yet convertible, treasure.  (To be clear, she’s the mastermind of their upcycling foray, but he’s the creative genius.)

 

Cool, right?  All of it was reclaimed, even the metal rectangular blocks inside the table which were once CD holders.  New life all around!

It’s December, the season of over-consumption in the early part of the 21st century, the era of “take, make, dispose.”  How about taking stock of everything you desire and finding a way to acquire it that results in a smaller carbon footprint.  The planet and future generations will thank you for your efforts.

“No resources have been lost in the making of this material.”

 

[photo reproduction of a pack of napkins my friend gave me for my b-day, sold at  www.erinsmithart.com]

 

Welcome to the WATWB, our monthly blog hop to foster good-feeling news, love and positivity!  This month’s cohosts are:
Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena and Damyanti Biswas

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1. Where possible, keep your post to below 500 words.

2. Link to a human news story, one that shows love, humanity and brotherhood (no proselytizing, please).

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Have a terrific weekend!

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Fallen Princeborn: Stolen

Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen

       Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen, Jean Lee’s breakout YA novel, was eight years in the writing, eight years in the creating, eight years in the honing; and eight years in the suffering — through her postpartum depression; through past breaches of trust rearing themselves in the present; through invalidation of the self that can only be understood by others similarly situated — and in the end, Jean Lee would probably say it was worth it, for every drop of her experience, sweat and tears made it onto the pages of Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen, showcasing her raw talent, and the strength of will and character it took not just to survive, but thrive.

First, the back story.  Jean Lee wrote a series of standalone shorts encapsulated under the common banner of Tales of the River Vine, the precursors to Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen, and an exposé of the characters we’ll meet there.  The stories are like bursts of mouth-watering flavor, a small, delicious taste of what is to come.  Tales of the River Vine introduces us to:  The Boy Who Kept a Forest in His Pocket, where we first see The Wall, a malevolent force all its own; The Stray, and the strange cat known as Captain Whiskers; Dandelion of Defiance, and the beautiful Ember, a hunter from the fairy world who pays a large price for her insubordination; No More Pretty Rooms, and the cruel and insouciant prince who once ruled indiscriminately over River Vine; The Preservation Jar, about the same prince, now repentant, and his wise teacher who hope to change the course of the evil forces plotting to overtake River Vine; and Tattered Rhapsody, and the feisty Miss Charlotte, the indomitable heroine who would give up all, even her beloved music, to keep her sister, Anna safe.  By the time you’ve finished Tattered Rhapsody, you’re primed to dive into Fallen.  Oh, and the shorts are all free on Amazon Kindle so no excuse not to read, eh?

Tattered Rhapsody begins with Charlotte performing on the piano for her teacher and a few college recruiters, the scrappiest pianist ever to grace a stage.  Her hands are raw, cracked and painful looking, but her demeanor is pure steel and musical genius.  Her teacher praises her to the recruiters, angling for a scholarship.  The same teacher later tries to convince Charlotte why she should take the scholarship, but Charlotte refuses to leave her sister behind and under the “care” of several less than competent adults.  You don’t need to have read the back stories to start in on Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen, but it will prime you for the novel and launch you into a magical and most unsettling world of fairy magic where grudges rarely die, but humans often do.

Fallen picks up right where Tattered left off.  Charlotte has agreed to take the scholarship on the condition that Anna go with her, and the girls are on a bus headed to their Aunt Gail’s where they will live while Charlotte attends school and follows her musical aspirations.  We get early on that there is trouble in the girls’ home, a father who’s died, a mother left grieving and unable to cope, and an aunt and uncle that are more foes than friends.  The particulars are unraveled slowly, like pulled taffy, the nefarious and horrific nature of the girls’ situation worse than hell, and Charlotte refuses to leave Anna to face that alone.  For her part, Anna seems a bit vapid and you may find yourself questioning why Charlotte has remained so loyal when she receives so little in return.

So off to Aunt Gail’s the girls go with everything maybe working out for a change, but then the inevitable snafu:  the bus breaks down and the passengers are rescued by another bus, but this one smells funny, like death and decay under everything shiny and new — in addition to being a good fighter, Charlotte’s super power is her sense of smell — and the driver and his helper are more than a bit odd.  Before the next 24 hours are up, Charlotte will have crossed over into a land that defies logic.  “Charlie” will fight anyone and anything that preclude her from keeping Anna safe, but if she needed to be badass before, here in River Vine Charlotte and Anna’s lives depend upon it.

If you enjoy stories about magic, good versus evil, and the fight for justice, then Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen guarantees hours of reading pleasure.  I think you’ll agree with me that Miss Charlotte may be the gutsiest, most combative heroine to ever to burst the shackles of your heart. 

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From Grass Roots to Groundswell — and a Happy Thanksgiving

 

From Grassroots to Groundswell — and a Happy Thanksgiving

We all have priorities, agendas to push, deeds to do, and wrongs to right, but where it used to be you could do your thing and go about your business, today the nation works more like a house divided where priorities have been bumped in favor of prejudices with nary an agreement in sight.  Agreement results in action, Agreement results in advancement, Agreement results in success.  Everything good that ever came about in the history of man was by agreement.  Heck, even linear time — which is actually not linear, but everywhere, all at once, as Einstein pointed out — is by Agreement.

So how do we reach Agreement?  Perhaps the secret lies in being open to how we view the world?

Here’s an example.  Look at the picture above.  Some people may see a drone, but it’s actually a blown up photo of a dragonfly that I took at a magical place in Kilnaboy, County Clare, Ireland.  Prejudice is a result of how you were taught to see the world and your choice creates your reality.  Prejudice wraps your POV in a vice-grip and forces you to choose:  it can be as simple as choosing your right hand over your left, or it can spark the first stramash that leads to WWIII, but the choice doesn’t need to lead to strife.

A couple of weeks ago we chose our elected leaders.  I never thought the mid-terms would be over, but here we are, still getting up and going to work (unless you’re Jeff Sessions), no longer obsessing about the caravan overtaking the country or the angry mobs that will burn down the streets if the Democrats win.  So much fear churning and burning in our guts with every news cycle.  Why are we letting others think our thoughts, literally choosing our reality for us?  My nominee of choice, Jess King, did not win her congressional district, but she ran a campaign of high integrity, never once taking the low road despite many such jabs and smear tactics practiced by the incumbent (who was also a distant relative of hers).  She ran an honest grassroots campaign and didn’t take a dime of PAC (political action committee) money — which has become synonymous with big business — a hometown hero and mother of two who ran because she wanted a better world for her daughters and the county.  She was an inspiration to everyone who watched or helped her campaign.  I even canvassed for her, something I never thought I would do for anyone.  While she has no plans to run again, she created a real groundswell of support in our community.  It wasn’t enough to unseat the incumbent, but she got people’s attention.  

And that’s how change happens, from grassroots to groundswell, one person, one mind at a time, growing, until critical mass takes over and we reach Agreement, not through fear or loathing or corrosiveness, but simply Agreement. 

 

Time to try heart-based listening instead of listening to special interests; to ditch tribal mentality and become us and them instead of us vs. them; to put down the remote and ask your neighbor to lunch; to look one another in the eye and, to quote James Cameron’s Avatar, saying, “I see you,” and maybe then, Agreement will be ours once again.

As for today, be grateful for each and every one of the things in your life, blessings and other, for it’s the difficult road that often gives way to the smooth one and leaves you with that delicious feeling of peace in your soul.  I see you, and I hope that we can all find the commonalities of our humanness so we can one day also say, I agree with you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Virtue

Virtue

If you read my original post about The Twelve Virtues of the Merchant Priests, as suggested in the book, Sacred Commerce, my goal is to reflect upon and write about these  12 virtues — honor, loyalty, nobility, virtue, grace, trust, courage, courtesy, gallantry, authority, service, and humility — one a month for an entire year until I get through the list of twelve.  Well, it’s been 5-ever since my last post and at the rate I’m going, it’s going to be more like three years,  but I think we’ve already determined that time isn’t linear so why hold so tightly to such outmoded concepts, i.e., why sweat the small stuff?  Since the 12 virtues of the merchant priest “automatically lift us to a higher octave of being,” we’ll take our higher love where and at the pace we can get it.  It’s election season.  Fervor, fever, are they much different?

This month’s virtue is, oddly, Virtue.  Here goes:

 

Virtue has many traits:  moral excellence, integrity, purity, and stick-to-itness, to name a few; yet virtue doesn’t strive to be anything but kind.  Virtue spends her days in a blanket of quiet confidence although sometimes she wears a disguise — a funny hat and glasses, or maybe a wig — because even the most confident are, at times, rattled by life.  Afterwards Virtue visits hospice, flitting in and out on a ray of sunshine to hold a hand, hum a song, or even play the harp or violin.  The patients love her because she is a good listener who appreciates the value of silence.  In that way, she sprinkles their last days with dollops of joy and they remind her how important it is to be present.

Virtue wasn’t always happy.  Back in the day, she experienced some hard times that gave her a broader perspective on life’s big and little troubles.  Now she doesn’t take much of anything very seriously.  She knows life is cyclical; with the right attitude, a person can overcome anything.  

Goodness, righteousness, integrity, dignity — these are all adjectives people have used to describe Virtue.  Each time she receives a compliment she smiles and ducks her head a little because she’s kind of shy.  Also, she doesn’t believe what she does is such a big deal since everyone can do it. 

 

Sometimes Virtue sits on a camping chair in the field out back and watches the stars, losing herself in the counting of them.  On each, she makes a wish for someone she knows and sometimes for someone she doesn’t.  She hopes her small blessing is carried on the wind and the wishee will feel it like a lover’s kiss.  In this way, Virtue touches more people than her physical body could ever hope to do.

When Virtue gets weary about the state of the world and why no one seems to care that much anymore, she walks on the beach and breathes in the negative ions from the ocean — the ones that restore the body — and listens to the sound of the waves with her whole self.  That’s when Virtue realizes that people care too much, not too little, and that makes them afraid.  Virtue’s witnessed incapacitating Fear.  He can really be a jerk when he wants.  Virtue makes a mental note to double down on her efforts to spread more joy where she can, like lighting a candle in the darkness.

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#Halloween2018 is here. Fallen #Princeborn: Stolen is here. #FREE. #onedayonly. Enjoy a little #trickortreat, #readers, with some #adventure & #romance in this #darkfantasy #BookLaunch!

Neil Gaiman, move over. Jean Lee is here!

Get your copy of “Fallen Princeborn: Stolen” today! A first novel from what surely will be one of THE most compelling voices in the dark fantasy genre. Go for it. You know you want to read it.

Jean Lee's World

Good morning, folks!

Pretty sure I’m not going to be breathing much today.

Today, from sunrise to sundown this Halloween, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen is yours.

Free.

Copy of We have all of us had our bloody days, Charlotte. For many it is easier to remain in them than to change. To change requires to face a past stained by screams.

What’s particularly awesome about this release of freeness (new word!) is that the platinum edition includes “Tattered Rhapsody” from Tales of the River Vine as well as an excerpt from the second novel, Chosen. 

Not sure you want to snatch it up? Check out what these amazing writers and readers have to say about it:

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The rich sensory images and tight POV kept me so tangled in the story that I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Charlotte and her sister, Anna- the love and pain and frustration that can only come from family. Charlotte’s determination to protect Anna, whatever the personal cost, endeared her to me. The dark world beyond the Wall…

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WATWB

We Are the World Blogfest

Okay, I’m a lawyer (don’t hold that against me) and an environmentalist, so this month’s entry for #WATWB is about the New York Attorney General’s office and their lawsuit against Exxon Mobile for fraudulently advising investors about the risks of climate change regulation and the methods by which Exxon was preparing for it.  Hmmm, a story about a lawsuit doesn’t sound so feel good happy, you say?  Well, read on.

According to the New York Times (fake news in some circles, but in my humble opinion, a newspaper with the highest, most reputable journalistic standards in the world) article, the lawsuit alleges that:  “[Exxon Mobile] engaged in a “longstanding fraudulent scheme” to deceive investors, analysts and underwriters “concerning the company’s management of the risks posed to its business by climate change regulation.”   In essence, Exxon did a little dance with the books, i.e., two sets, one with the projected real-time costs of climate change on the company’s bottom line, and another that it trotted out to investors.  According to the New York Attorney General, the differences were significant.

By focusing on the company’s misleading information given to investors regarding the cost — ultimately to them — of climate change, rather than focusing on any number of environmental laws that may or may not have required Exxon to do something to help curb climate change, the Attorney General was able to use a century old securities law to assist in the fight rather than try to push something through the quagmire of current environmental policy that is as politically charged as a lightning rod and not at all likely to carry the day.

Sheer brilliance.  And the lawsuit involves attorneys general from other states, too.  This is the kind of checks and balances on power that the framers of the Constitution intended.  The wheels of justice do turn slowly, but they turn.  And the possible side-effect of slowing down the rate at which climate change could eventually change the face of the planet as we know it should make us all happy, too.

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Once again, here are the guidelines for #WATWB

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2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

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Jean Lee’s World

 

I’ve heard people say that Tony Bennett is a singer’s singer, the consummate performer, the pitch, the tone, the tempo, the clarity, the inflection, all always spot on.  The same can be said of writing and Jean Lee, a woman I know solely through blogging (although no doubt we’ve hung out on the astral plane), and am now happy to call friend; she is the equivalent — a real writer’s writer.

Jean Lee is a Wisconsin born and bred writer excited to share her young adult fiction with those who love to find other worlds hidden in the humdrum of everyday life. Her first novel, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen, debuts, Halloween 2018 from Aionios Books. She also blogs regularly about the fiction, music, and landscapes that inspire her as a writer . You can find Jean on her site, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the handle @jeanleesworld. She currently lives in the Madison area with her husband and three children. 

Synopsis for Fallen Princeborn Stolen

In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.

Escaping from an abusive uncle, eighteen-year-old Charlotte is running away with her younger sister Anna. Together they board a bus. Little do they know that they’re bound for River Vine—a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shapeshifters feed, and where the seed of love sets root among the ashes of the dying.

Fallen Princeborn: Stolen is the first in a series of young-adult dark-fantasy novels by Jean Lee. Watch for book 2 in March 2019. Read Tales of the River Vine, a collection of FREE short stories based on the characters in the Fallen Princeborn omnibus.

        

And now, the questions:

Do you use a pen name and if so, why?

I do! I grew up in the Midwest, where many people knew my parents and therefore knew me by default. When I started writing three years ago, I wanted to earn respect for my skills based on my skills alone, not because of whom I was related to or where I had come from. Writing under a pen name has also allowed me to work through some very raw, bloody pieces of my life I couldn’t otherwise share because of other individuals involved.

How long have you been writing?  

Writing’s always been a part of me. I started doodling picture books before I was school-age. I still distinctly remember drawing a monster kidnapping a kid, forcing him to make giant peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and then Superman flying in to tie the monster up and save the day. I kept writing stories and plays all through elementary school, high school, and college. I went on to study creative writing in graduate school, which…okay, I didn’t really learn what to do so much as what not to do. I still consider those years worthwhile, as they taught me to handle peer criticism with grace. But I also learned that what I wanted to write—genre writing—isn’t “important” like literary fiction is. Bah, I say! You write what YOU want to write, forever and always. If you can’t write with a passion, then what’s the point?

What’s your routine?  Do you take breaks, or write until you fall asleep at your keyboard?

My routine is eternally in flux because of children. I stole whatever writing time I could when my children were infants, often early in the morning or during nap time. Once my children started attending school part-time, I divvied that time between writing and teaching. Now that the kids are in school full-time, I actually have several hours to budget!

However, as amazing as having a contract is, it also means I’m now divvying the hours not only with teaching and writing, but also marketing, reviewing, corresponding, commenting, and editing. Some days I’m up from four in the morning until midnight; other days I’m off with the kids all day. So long as I follow the list of what’s got to get done and when, I just take a deep breath and pray it all gets done. 

What is your favorite genre of book to write?  to read?

As far as writing goes, I LOVE to write fantasy. It’s the perfect blending genre. You can stick a murder mystery in there, a family drama, a coming-of-age quest, a romance, a horror. It can all fit into a fantasy when done right.

Reading-wise, I’ll usually reach for either a cozy mystery by the likes of Agatha Christie or P.D. James, or a fantasy by the likes of Diana Wynne Jones or Peadar Ó Guilín.

All author’s I’ve never read — although I do have the Diana Wynne Jones book on writing on my Kindle which is on my shortlist of what to read next.  BTW, what’s your favorite book and who’s your favorite author?

Diana Wynne Jones, hands down! Her stories are always a joy to read—I’m not ashamed to giggle like a ninny no matter who’s around me when I read them.

No way can I pick a favorite novel. There are just too many good ones in every genre! I can say that Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite Jones novel, with Deep Secret running a close second. As far as craft books go, I’d recommend Jones’ book Reflections on the Magic of Writing. It is both instructive and insightful into her life, the publishing process, and the development of strong storytelling. 

Do you think writing is a form of therapy and, if so, has it helped you work through anything in particular?  

Oh heavens, yes. I suffered very, very severe postpartum depression when my twin sons were born. Alone in the house with three tiny ones always needing, never sleeping, colic screaming…plus, I was teaching from home, and my husband’s hours kept him gone for many of the children’s waking hours, so I was more or less a single parent for three years. I lived one day at a time—on bad days, one hour at a time. Writing helped me face my demons, and battle back against the anger, fear, sadness, and regret.

Today writing continues to be one of the greatest tools I wield against depression. It’s also a way for me to maintain perspective in the highs and lows of parenting. “Use your words,” I always tell my children when they’re frustrated or upset. 

Such advice is good for us all.

Do you work outside of writing?

I teach remedial composition online for an American university. It’s about as exciting as it sounds.

What’s your best time of day to write?

Because I teach online—and the kids are in school—my time to write can be in the morning or early afternoon. It all depends on my mindset, on the marketing to-do list, and on the ever dreaded grading pile.

What inspires you?

I’ve always found inspiration in powerful instrumental music from composers like John Powell and James Horner. Inspiration also used to be the bizarre dreams I’d have on 1-2 hours of sleep in the midst of nursing children. Nowadays it still comes from music, but also the adversities my children face…and create. So there’s nooooo end of inspiration to be found in this house.

Pantser or perfectionist?

Both, which is likely the worst possible combination.

I often have a rough idea where the story needs to go, with a moment or two in dew-drop level of detail. But bringing light to the story around the moments is a long process, often requiring anywhere from three to eight rewrites to complete. It needs to be just right. And I can’t make it just right by forcing it with a rigid plan.

Ah yes, totally agree on this.  Being both spontaneous and a stickler for detail can result in some really great fiction.  So tell me about your other books.

Middler’s Pride is a serialized young-adult fantasy novel available through the subscription service Channillo. I also currently have a number of short stories available for free download under the collection Tales of the River Vine. My young-adult dark-fantasy novel, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen, will available starting Halloween 2018.

Congratulations!  I’m looking forward to reading Fallen Princeborn: Stolen.  I just finish the Tales of the River Vine stories, a wonderful set!  So, what do you think?  Indie or traditional publishing?

Hmmm. I think small press publishing fits snugly between the two. There’s a good deal you need to help with through every stage of the editing and publishing process. While this means you’ve got a lot of creative say on the technical side of things, you also have to complete many tasks that aren’t related to storytelling. It’s tough, but worth that creative power.

Tell me about your family.

I’ve been married over ten years to someone who doesn’t like to read or watch fantasy anything. Yes, we somehow make that work.

Three: firstborn daughter Blondie, our geologist and Inventor of Puppy-Helping Devices, and the twins, Biff and Bash. Biff’s our reader and Devourer of All Things Cosmic, while Bash is our prankster and Snuggling Storyteller.

Have you included your own stories in your writing, some small details, or do you completely make everything up?  Either way, how do you interpret the phrase, write what you know?

Yes.  It’s rather like re-using fabric: I cut out pieces from my own experiences and stitch them onto characters to find the emotional color of the scene. Most recently I did this with the short story “The Preservation Jar”: there’s a moment when the main character, utterly alone, comes into a room still littered with articles other characters have left behind. I pulled upon that experience of coming to my parents’ house the day my father died, and finding his work coat, books, and notes scattered about the kitchen as if all was a normal day.

You don’t have to know an experience to write it. You have to know the feelings of that experience to write it.

I love the metaphor of fabric.  And yes, if you nail the emotion, you can make most anything work.  What about research?  How much do you do before you begin a writing project?

Ew, research, what’s that?

I kid. Seriously, I tend to do very little research—as I once explained on my website, I tend to “Google as I go.” This stems from writing in the midst of motherhood; writing minutes should be WRITING minutes, not reading minutes! So long as I can get a few facts and a few visuals in my head, I can pants my way through the rest.

Same same.  I think we might be split aparts!

So much fun this has been!  But I’ve got to get it posted if it’s going to help get the word out about your new book so the final question is:  do you think writing can save the world?

YES. I tell my students this all the time. So much of today’s problems revolve around misunderstanding and misconception. Everyone’s quick to jump to the soundbytes and react out of context, which creates more reactions and more soundbytes and more reactions to the point where all is completely distorted from the original issue. If people took the time to read completely, and to write their thoughts completely, so much anger and pain could be avoided. Sure, not everyone’s going to agree and bring about world peace, but there’d be a clearer understanding. That’s way more than we’ve got right now.

Thanks, Jean Lee, and best of luck with the book launch for Fallen Princeborn:  Stolen!

Want to stay in touch with Jean Lee?  Well then, have a look at her contact info:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012373211758 Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeanleesworld                                                      Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-Lee/e/B07DPP2RV6/ website: https://jeanleesworld.com/                                                                    Publisher site: https://aioniosbooks.com/jean-lee                                        Instagram @jeanleesworld                                                                                             Email: jeanleesworld@gmail.com

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