Homeschooling with Hurricane Florence

First off, let me just say, “I survived Hugo”!Hurricane Hugo damage totals.

Hugo was scary. It was loud. It was confusing. And it was destructive.

I remember following it’s path. Noting what it was doing in each town it touched. My parents did everything they could, from boarding up the windows, getting tons of supplies, and even waiting in a gas line for 3 hours only to get 5 gallons. As it was the limit per car.  Then Hugo hit. We all slept together in our parent’s bed and oddly enough, we siblings fell asleep till the next day. That morning we woke up to many disasters. Starting with a big hole in the roof of our back porch and a fallen tree in the front yard. My dad wanted to go out to see what damages occurred in town.  And boy it was a mess!! Our little town of Hemingway is still recovering. From that experience, I’ve learned to be mindful but not fearful.

So when I heard about hurricane Florence, I knew what we needed to do, and what nonessentials to remiss

My husband purchased a generator months ago. That was the best investment yet. We purchased 2 cases of water, fruit, rice, beans and ordered pizza. We knew we wouldn’t get over a category 1 effects of Florence and that wasn’t enough for us to leave our home.    https://www.facebook.com/clt.stories/videos/729447094062156/

So it’s Sunday and Florence has done her damage, as she approaches Charlotte!!!!! Screenshot_20180916-102307.png

Florence weakens to a tropical depression but flash flooding is far from over

Although flooding is still possible, I can take the rain. Heck, I LOVE the rain and wind flow. No problem there. But the kids are a whole different story. Sure we could have just cuddled up and watch movie galore and played a few cards games but we’re extra. lol

  1. We did container gardens with our worn out Nike sneakers.
  2. Played card games.
  3. We cleaned up our closets
  4. Researched hurricanes. We learned what causes them, what it is, and how they end.

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My message is this, you control their world. Make it scary or make it empowered.  The difference is information and creativity. Neither of them are expensive. Okay, gotta go hide and take a nap. (((Hopefully)))

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Florence Notes:

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Check out these checklists while you have power/ WiFi -( click here! https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan  )1537109464577_411.JPEG

 

And we have a little stupidity (opportunist) Just read it.

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Making a Isicholo: 4 Simple Steps

You may not be African, or plan to wear this ceremonial hat, but the sheer ingenuity in knowing it’s easier to make than it looks should be enough to get excited about this South African – Zulu woman’s hat.

 

 

 

 

So I have a wedding in less than 48 hours. I just p aid and picked up my hat a local seamstress created from the fabric I purchased. I was hoping I would eventually fall in love with it once I got home….. but I didn’t. It looks like a pope’s hat. I couldn’t even get my daughter to make it for me. So I decided to bite the bullet and make it myself.

After much research and the awareness of limited time, I choose to create a simple hat.  To me it looks like a mixing bowl with the bottom cut out. Yes, genius right? It’s the gift of being left handed. But the question is…. will it work?  Here are my steps. I’ll post the picture below to share the results.

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I’m using Gorilla glue. beautiful African fabric, scissors, a ruler, and a regular plastic bowl from a local discount store.  –) So far the cost is low. The fabric will be the most expensive item.—)

See the magic in the slide show below.

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During my research, I came across Beyonce with a similar hat on and said to myself, ”

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Self, you may need a cape too!’ I quickly snapped back into reality, because sewing, crafting is not the plans for my Friday.

I can’t lie. I really think I’ve done something fancy here. Next up on my to do list is the entire collection below. Of course you can check out the designer for these online. Her link is in the picture.  If you like what I did, leave a message. I may do more videos.more zulu life

Wednesday Wow: Male Rasta Models

I want my boys to model. Not JUST because I think they are cute,but because they have loads of personality and one day, they’ll need college tuition.  Makes sense right?  They are homeschooled so we have literally nothing to stop us from going for it.

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I have been researching for a while now and what I have learned I’m sharing now. Enjoy! Now, if you know something that I don’t please share. I’m sure there are others that would love to get their kids into modeling as well.

 

1. Follow submission guidelines
Some agencies requests submissions via snail mail, but submission guidelines vary between agencies. Submissions should include accurate measurements of your child and current photos, no: hats, bows, sunglasses, food on the face, face paint, etc. Snapshots by mom or dad will suffice.

Every single submission is reviewed, and if the agency is interested, they’ll follow-up with a phone call to discuss the next step: an in-person interview. If you don’t receive a response, wait six months and try again. Whatever you do, resist the urge to follow-up with phone calls or emails, which are strongly frowned upon.

2. Have the look and personality of the moment
Blonde hair and blue eyes may have once been the look du jour. But Not ANYMORE!! As The world diversifies so will the need for diverse models.

Wallflowers need not apply; outgoing, independent kids do best on set. “Photographers love the confident children that walk in the room and take charge,” says Vernon. If your child is selected for an interview, let their personality shine, keeping the interview as casual and natural as possible.

3. Flexible schedule
Last-minute jobs are standard in the business. The Kim Dawson Agency employs homeschoolers and kids from private and public schools. Agencies prefer talent that lives nearby, where most of the work will take place. Even a town over might be considered too far.

4. Well-behaved parents
While kids are being courted, so are their parents. Agents can smell a stage mom a mile away — a deal breaker for most. From following directions during the submission process to knowing how to act on set, agencies want to know that parents are going to play by the rules should their child get signed. Vernon says turn-offs include: “the parent that always talks for their child, tries too hard to convince us that her child is perfect or over exaggerates her child’s abilities.”

Should your child get signed, she warns to practice caution on social media. “I had a child almost lose a part in a movie due to the fact that somebody posted on Facebook that she got the job prior to the movie getting to release it.”

5. Stay away from scams
Unfortunately, scams are prevalent in the modeling world. A basic rule of thumb is that agencies shouldn’t make money unless their talent makes money. Steer clear of lesser-known agencies that request a signing fee or push young children to participate in costly modeling classes or workshops.

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  TOP BABY MODELING AGENCIES

Once you’ve decided to take the agent route, the next question is what are the top baby modeling agencies? Take a look at this guide from The Bump to find the right one for your aspiring baby model.

John Casablancas Modeling & Acting Agency. Established in 1987, John Casablancas is the premier modeling agency in Connecticut.

Pros: The agency has ongoing relationships with more than 400 Connecticut companies. Clients have been featured in Target ads as well as ads for Eastern Mountain Sports and Eblens.

Cons: If you’re looking for an agency that is strictly for baby models, this is not the one. The agency also serves teens and adults.

Contact: For more information on getting your child to become a baby model, you can fill out an online form or call the agency at 860-563-5959.

Future Faces NYC. Future Faces NYC has an excellent reputation as being one of the top children exclusive agencies for baby modeling.

Pros: Future Faces is a “boutique agency,” meaning it carefully hand picks each model with the certainty of success.

Cons: Because of its reputation, the agency receives hundreds of submissions daily, so competition is fierce!.

Contact: For more information, e-mail Future Faces at info@futurefacesnyc.comor call 212-203-6898.

Model Scouts. With decades of experience, Model Scouts of New York City has placed clients with big name companies like Vogue and Marie Claire.

Pros: There are a lot of success stories to come out of this agency like placements for the winner of America’s Next Top Model.

Cons: Besides receiving a high volume of applicants, this agency does not specialize in baby models, but still places them frequently.

Contact: To get started you can fill out an online form and upload photos. The agency can be reached at 888-888-0512.

Wilhelmina Kids & Teens. Wilhelmina’s routes can be traced back to 1967 when it was founded by Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper. Wilhelmina Kids & Teens in New York City represents newborns to teenagers, making it a good choice for baby modeling.

Pros: Wilhelmina is a big name and carries a lot of prestige. Being repped by this agency is a big deal.

Cons: Everyone wants to be represented by the best, so competition is fierce. Bring baby’s A-game!

Contact: Your best bet is to submit online. You could always go the snail mail route, but why waste time?

Paloma Model & Talent. A family-owned and operated business, Paloma Model & Talent is run by two sisters in Southern California.

Pros: The agency is on the smaller side, providing more personalized attention. Even better? The owners are mothers who can relate to many parents’ concerns about baby modeling.

Cons: The agency is rather new, having been established in 2011. Some parents looking to get their babies started in the industry may see this as a drawback.

Contact: Paloma Model & Talent is extremely eco-friendly, so nearly all submissions are done electronically through an online form.

 

For more information —-> (HERE and HERE !)

For a complete list of agents in the Atlanta area and

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more information on professional acting opportunities, visit www.backstage.com/resources! Here’s more in Atlanta.  And more!

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National HomeSchool Spirit Week

We have been homeschooling for 13 years now! It works for us! Right now we have four boys homeschooling and I recently (get this) started teaching again out side of the home. For  three years I taught SES in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system with MasterMind and Centipede Math tutoring companies. And even now, I tutor privately (moonlight) with Wyzant.  (I know- what don’t I do- right?) But get this, it’s at the local YMCA and it their African american homeschool  group. And it’s something we do here for our class study, Urban Horticulture. { Growing produce, flowers, and other plants in small spaces scientifically and aesthetically}  I make a little change AND my boys get to attend other classes at a big discount! It’s a when win as I see it!

Now, my question to you is – have you heard about National Homeschool Week? Neither did I, but that’s okay. Here’s what it looks like:  National HomeSchool Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort to support homeschooling families, share homeschool resources, and to amplify homeschooling parents voices. Granted, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states now. Yet, the battle for public opinion is where we have more work to do.

It is celebrated September 17th – 21st each year.

Monday-> Selfie With Your Favorite Teacher-  Dress alike, move alike, Ask her/him to                                                                                   look like you. Just take a really nice                           picture    and share it Use hash tag —>                                                                                                                       #HomeSchoolersBeLike

 

Tuesday -> Make A Law            No Written Homework on Thursdays, All A’s reward of                                                         5 day beach vacation. Pizza for your birthday week.                                                               You get the picture. Take one for the team and Think                                                             Big !

Wednesday -> Create It!           Get your sibling together and make an obstacle                                                                      course. Create an outfit out of colorful duct tape or                                                             your old graded homeschool assignments, make                                                                       some fun jewelry from old fabric, paint your own                                                                 selfie. Design your own ‘spirit wig’ with ribbon from                                                            the local Family Dollar store

Thursday –> Go Green.                    Recycle your stuff, Reduce your waste,—find a                                                                          smart a fun way to reuse your school supplies! 

Friday –> Give Back Friday             Visit a senior living center, go read to shelter                                                                             pets, deliver needed supplies to the homeless. 

Those are just a few example of what to do on those days. Make those days yours. You maybe lucky enough to get a nonprofit to work with you or a few donations from local businesses if you need financial support.- Kelle Pressley

I love this daily missions.

They all reflect the quality, and progressive education we parents provide in a fun way. As you see homeschooling is slowly buy surely gaining credibility, traditional traditions and performance standards. Our goal is to create options that make it easier for all parents. Help us show some of the faces of homeschooling–and homeschool groups.

Join us and even tell someone about this upcoming fun week!

 

 

Lyrics of Guantanamera (A Girl From Guantánamo)

Celia Cruz was absolutely incredible!!! No one or nothing has ever had me so interested in learning Spanish! I’m thinking that I need to take those two Spanish classes over a Johnson And Wales University.In this blog, the famous song Guantanamo is translated! SWeeeeeet!

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Hmm I heard this since I was a boy, and only lately I understand that its one of the most
widely known Cuban song. Which is also turn into a patriotic song in Cuba as well..

This version that I am sharing is not revolutionary.. hence its more loving type of lyrics
I also decided to translated Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera as with reference to a girl from Guantanamo instead of the patriotic meaning.

Title: Guantanamera (A Girl From Guantanamo)
Singer: Celia Cruz

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Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas.X2
Y antes de morir yo quiero
cantar mis versos del alma.

Guantanamera Guajira GuantanameraX2

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En junio como en enero.X2
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.

Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera X2

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmn encendido X2
Mi verso es un ciervo…

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Wednesday WOW- AAU, USBA, and the TBT

I need a vacation! This basketball life is a beast!

My four guys are determined to follow in their big brother’s path and who am I to refuse them? Jervon plays overseas and when he comes home he plays on a ProAm team. It helps keep him in shape and secures our family and friends the opportunity to see him play in the U.S.

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It seems like the season never ends because of all the traveling and tournaments. But each year, there are certain games, that can’t be missed. I’m gonna tell you about them right quick.

TBT- Image may contain: one or more people They’ve been around since 2014. It’s the highest stakes basketball played anywhere in the world. Single elimination. A multi-million dollar prize. Winner takes all. TBT brings out the best in everyone. TBT champions have won $5.5M, including $5M by back-to-back-to-back Champions, Overseas Elite and $500,000 by the original TBT Champions, Notre Dame Fighting Alumni.  This years pot is $2 million dollars!

AAU-logoAAU-  is the largest sport in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) the oldest and one of the LARGEST non-profit sports organizations in the US since 1888. We have been involved in this organization since 2005. Jervon played on Team United and the boys started with them. But now they are on Grind Academy’s roster.

The USBA tournament  is an upper class, high quality basketball tournaments for youth travel teams throughout the United States sine 2006.)

This past tournament with USBA was super fun and affordable because it was in Charlotte. This year  Allen Iverson, Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets guard, LeBron James (he was there to support his son Bronny)

 

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The Basketball Tournament album: TBT 2018 Midwest Regional.

If you are in Atlanta this weekend, come hang with us this Friday!

Game Days (HERE!)

Next game Super 16 in Atlanta, G.A. at the Georgia State University.  Prime Time plays Friday at 9 p.m.

In closing, Jervon prayed for one brother, and was given 4. They all share the same love of the game and with his guidance basketball will continue to rule in this household.  Because he’s been through these  experiences, it help the boy navigate smarter towards their goals.

Raw Truth-> This didn’t happen over night. It didn’t happen without help from others. And it surely wasn’t cheap! We constantly use our creativity to save money and enjoy local activities when available. But it works for us. Our goal is to get all of our children free higher education.  And for us, basketball and tennis has been the key. Anything above that is a blessing.

FAVOR Please?—–> If you learned anything from this post, type ” #4MoreThanMe “. It’s a family hash tag! Thanks!

Friday Four: Cow Day, to the G.A. – We did It All!

This was yet another great week for the books! And I compiled it in the tidy little 4 pack! Ready?

 

Like all first Saturdays of the month, we made

 it to Home Depot! Kids Workshop. Each month

it’s something different. And did I say it’s free?  This time our little diva friend  Leyla joined us. S

he is incredibly brilliant and cute!

 

Sunday, 3 of my sons left out on for Orlando FL. It was AAU Basketball Nationals tournament and 2 of my sons were playing. The trip was long…..eight hours one way! My oldest son came in handy this weekend! He did the entire trip alone!  My husband and I stayed in Charlotte to work and catch up on little jobs throughout the house.

 

Monday came and we returned the borrowed items from the Ellis Island celebration in Druid Hills. Did you miss it on the news? here’s the clip from that. ( here  ) and here are some pictures from our 7/4/18 day in the park—> (Click Here)

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  1. If you want to see the other 4 cities besides ourself who won Most Patriotic Neighborhood in America from NextDoor, click { here}  for the whole story.

2.  This year, we downscaled our dress up game for Chick Fil a Cow Appreciation day. Did you go? My sister got her treats early that morning, I shared mine, and a sister-mom from Queen City Stay At Home Moms shared theirs too. Drop a picture below if you went.

3.  Have you ever seen a siser loc instal? I did this week, and I think I could do them on myself. Can you think of all of the money I would save? It could possibly be another flow of income and yes that is never a bad thing.

(See it here)     Sisterlock Install on Short Thick Hair…….it’s beautiful! My daughter got her install earlier today. I’ll share her results on  my  facebook. @QCSupermomLoc Extensions Neat, properly installed, and maintained by Sankofa @www.iamsankofa.com in Inglewood CA 90305.

I gotta say, having just two little ones is completely different than having all four of them together. It’s much less work.

These two guys are aggravating without their brotherly set. They are bored more often and I have less time and attention to focus on my other tasks.  I just had to send them outside with their dad to smell the air and clean the yard.

4.  I just got the update that one of my son’s team won the AAU Basketball Championship for his class scale but the younger one didn’t for his. To celebrate both of their hard work my oldest son took them both to Bush Gardens!

Well, that’s our week so far. Think you can keep up with us? Find out for yourself at

Queen City Stay At Home Moms

 QC Supermom

 

Good night from my tribe to yours,

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Pirates Voyage Review

The best dinner and show family date EVER! Family dinner is important….but add in live entertainment with live animals and a fantastic story line-totally priceless!

 

 

I still can’t believe it. I grew up near Myrtle Beach and never went to a dinner and show! But that’s ok, I making up for it now. Being a parent has really allowed me to enjoy my childhood again!  Which brought us to  the Pirates Voyage!

We didn’t plan to go to the show, but our baby boy turned 6, my husband loves the beach, we got a unbeatable deal……so why not?

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The night started with a ice breaking pre-show. It was a mix of karaoke, trivia, and a mini meet & greet kinda thing. We even got to meet Salty, the sea-lion! Talk about one smart sea-lion, he can wave hello, stand on his fins, run, and even say goodbye!

(Of course we had a mini home-school lesson too. Turns out these animals can get up to  500 lbs and 6-7ft tall. Mother sea lions are pregnant for 12 months, and give birth on land.)

Then the show began. It was a fun filled – epic battle between the crimson and sapphire pirates that takes place inside of a large ship! (YES, it looked that authentic!)
The dinner and live show included a spectacular acrobatic competition, live animals and original music scores by the one and only Ms.Dolly Parton!
Psst, here, watch our family videos here on Youtube–>
(Warning- turn the volume down; I’m kinda loud)
Tip: Go to Myrtle Beach SC.. Stop at a Welcome Center (just about any of them will have the discount offer)! Arrive early for great pre-show seats. Enjoy!
Here’s some more information for you.
Dinner and Show Details–>   
  • Show Lasts Approximately 1.5 Hours
  • Pre-show, Dinner & Show Are All Included
  • Appropriate for All Ages
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Non-Flash Photography is Permitted
Address: 8907 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: (843) 497-9700
Reservations: piratesvoyage.com

 

They have a list of do’s and don’ts. here one below. See the rest at  show information 

  • Mate, for the safety of our live animals and pirates, we request that no video recording or flash photography be taken inside the facility.

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Have you registered for Imagination Station yet? Do it here.  Dolly Parton is doing great things for our tiny readers. Check it out here!

 

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The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ ends on a cliffhanger!

“WoW!” That’s all I can say. The story lines, and all the way up to the thigh grabbing  ending was just……..WOW! Nothing was predictable or dull about this movie! This blogger life granted two of my daughters and myself the opportunity to see the movie before it was open to the public.  So we grabbed our cozy covers, some quick in and out snacks and ventured out. Any reason to spend time with my girls are enticing to me but come on……. “The Avengers?” My husband side eyed us the entire time as we got ready to go!

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So the movie picked up the story from Wakanda  and infused other powerful Marvel characters —including Bucky, Black Panther, Groot, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Mantis, Drax, Star Lord, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man. Needles to say it was action packed, funny, heartbreaking and left us with a sense of defeat.

I will not deliver any spoiler alert to you but definitely recommend that you go see it.

DISCLOSURE: I did not grow up following the Avengers so all of this is new to me. However, if you grew up in this time or is currently a fan of the collection you already knew how and what happened.  And for you I have just 4 (four) words for you; “Free Comic Book Day! ” Yes On The Same Weekend!!!

 Free Comic Book Day 2016


Free Comic Book Day, takes place on the first Saturday of May, it’s an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores

Here’s what’a happening in the Queen City-
Join the Beatties Ford Road Library on May 5th for our 5th Annual Free Comic Book Day.
From 10 am-4pm, come pick up some Free New/Used Comics, strike a pose in our superhero photo booth, play video games and so much more.

*Hickory Grove library will also hold its 1st Free Comic Book Day event

also –>  on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) Spandex City in Charlotte, NC is your must-visit family-friendly destination!  Doors open at 10:30 am! This year, there are 50 different Free Comic Book titles! Each family will receive a grab bag of Free Comic Book Day comics, plus a Free Marvel Comic and a Free DC Comic!*

Those of you, like myself who only pick comic books up only to place them on the book shelf – venture out to a local celebration. Not only can you get a free comic book, you may also be lucky enough to see a few animated friends while there!

I’m sure you’ll see a bunch if you are planning to attend the Comic Con at the Convention Center. and not to mention…… FREE BOOKS –  (You can’t really go wrong with free comics featuring DC and Marvel superheroes, right? But remember to check and ensure your little ones choices are age-appropriate. )

Speaking of Heros, the founder, is also hosting a family fun event at his store Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find.

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If these events aren’t close to you, use this link to find a closer bookstore. Use this FCBD Store Locator. Sweet right!  Have fun!

 

“Free Comic Book Day is a great event for the whole community. Bringing everyone together, finding books for everyone to enjoy, and seeing people of all ages-children, teens, and adults-sharing our passion for comics is incredible,” 

 

Black Men Rock! Tickets Give Away

 

This event honors black men. 

It especially addresses how black men view themselves after centuries of negative imagery and drives the message that black men are in control of their own destiny and can transcend the limitations some want to put on them because of skin color.

Buy tickets here CLICK HERE

“We want fewer young men in jail; we want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets; we want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it’s possible if we’ve got the kind of team that we set up today.” – President Barack Obama

Now, here’s how to win them. Be sure to like our other pages –> use QCSupermom on

Twitter,    Facebook,   Instagram  and Periscope. On one of the tag a friend and list your favorite song that uplifts the black man. That’s it! Easy right?

  1. Like /follow at least 2 of our social media pages.
  2. Tag a friend  (from our page)
  3. On our page, list your favorite song that uplifts the black man.

See you there!!

 

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