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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Crystal Pond A Young Girl’s Journey Through Imagination by Alvin M. Stenzel

TITLE: The Crystal Pond
SUBTITLE: A Young Girl’s Journey Through Imagination
AUTHOR: Alvin M. Stenzel
GENRE: Young Adult
AGE / INTEREST LEVEL: 10 and up, young women
PAGEs: 175
PUBLISHER: Independently Published

The Crystal Pond A Young Girl’s Journey Through Imagination by Alvin M. Stenzel

THE REVIEW:

The Crystal Pond is a beautiful modern day Fairy Tale. It is filled imagination and
inspiration and enchantment. It draws the reader to the desire to do better, to create better, to
love better, to be better. As with all brilliant fairy tales, it weaves its teachings and gifts within a
beautiful story. I can highly recommend this as more than just a mere story, but truly as an
inspiration.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
NAME OF REVIEWER: Susan Carrier
ORIGINAL PLACE THE REVIEW WAS PUBLISHED: Amazon.com
PERMISSION NOTICE: Permission for use granted

INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alvin Stenzel is a retired CPA living in The Villages in Florida. He spent most of his life working in the DC area and living in suburban Maryland. He is the author of several other motivational books, as well as poems and articles for newspapers and magazine. This is his first novel.

The first section of The Crystal Pond was written many years ago as a Christmas present for an eleven-year-old young lady who lived down the street. For her next birthday, it only made sense to write a sequel. It quickly became clear that there would be five parts.

The real beauty of the story is that the young lady eventually became his step-daughter. She is now a mother of her own with two beautiful daughters.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Emily Jane Hills Orford Reviews Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection Series V




TITLE: Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection - Series V


SUBTITLE: Stories of Turning the Page 


SERIES TITLE: Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection 


AUTHOR: Anthology of authors of contest winning inspiring stories


AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: https://www.tales2inspire.com 


GENRE: Inspirational, non-fiction personal stories 


AGE / INTEREST LEVEL: 21 + 


PAGE COUNT: 236


PUBLISHER: Independently Published


PURCHASE LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Tales2inspire-Diamond-Collection-Moonstone-Collections/dp/B09MBVRB2S/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Tales2Inspire+Collection&qid=1649016550&s=books&sr=1-3


REVIEWED BY: Emily Jane Hills Orford

REVIEW LINK: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/tales2inspire


Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“Change is the current that drives our lives.” Janet Rice wrote these poignant words in her creative nonfiction story, Bygone Brooklyn. Change is also what makes our stories so empowering, so sensitive and compassionate, and so important. Life is all about stories; it’s what defines us as humans. Stories reveal our history, but stories also heal, nourish, and make us whole, make us complete, like the protective powers of the moonstone. Stories like a father hearing for the first time from an adult daughter he never knew existed; a woman who explores her connection to Holocaust survivors after attending a talk given at her grandson’s school; a child who blends in well with children of different races and doesn’t experience her own sense of alienation until her comfort zone, her home, changes; a teacher struggling with the pandemic-infused new teaching format and, stressed to the limits of endurance, seeks another path to follow. Powerful stories and there are many, many more that will open your hearts and minds to the depth of the human spirit and the strength to survive against all odds.

Lois W. Stern’s book, Tales2Inspire – The Diamond Collection - Series V, is a compendium of stories from the two Moonstone Collection anthologies. The stories collected cover a number of topics, from grief to love, from family tragedies to triumphs, and so much more. The binding theme of these stories is the ability of the author of each story to overcome the trials, the challenges, and to find another way forward, to accommodate the change that life presented. Like the heartwarming stories of Chicken Soup for the Soul and many others like Trisha Faye, these stories will have you laughing and crying and often cheering on the author, as we all can relate to these life-changing, challenging moments. Coupled with photographs, these stories are meant to be savored and enjoyed, one at a time.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Award-Winning Author C. C. Harrison Interviews Five Authors on Seeds of Book Ideas That Grew to Fruition

C. C. Harrison, author of the Colorado Humanities Book Award Winning "Death by G-String,"  interviews five well known authors about how seeds of ideas grew into an actual books. They are Roger Johns, Margaret Mizushima, Jenny Milchman, Michael Ritt, and Scott Graham. Each one had an interesting story to tell. I it will give readers insight into the development of novels and inspire authors who frequent The New Book Review! 


Award-Winning Author C. C. Harrison Interviews Five Authors on Seeds of Book Ideas That Grew to Fruition


WHEN THE LIGHTBULB GOES OFFAn Idea is Born

Five by C. C. Harrison

 

Where do your ideas come from

 

All authors are asked that question in some form or another. The scientific answer to that is the frontal cortex of the brain.

 

But did you know that different areas of the brain are utilized during plotting and brainstorming depending on whether you are a novice writer or an experienced one? In an experienced writer's brain, the speech area is highly activated as though an inner voice is reading a story to them. In a novice writer's brain, the visual processing center, the occipital lobe, is stimulated, and they see visual scenes like a movie in their head. 

 

If you're interested in the scientific explanation for that, see "Creative Writer's  Brain. What Happens To Your Brain When You Are Brainstorming a Plot or Writing a Story?" https://bit.ly/3pTZjZX

 

But for those of us more interested in the practicalities of idea generation, I asked some highly accomplished, award winning writers to talk about their lightbulb moment, how their seed of an idea grew into an actual book.

 

Margaret Mizushima said the idea for her hugely popular Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series came from brainstorming at the kitchen table with her veterinarian husband. He told her that a client who trained police and protection dogs had made an appointment for a health exam for a narcotics detection dog that he'd sold to the Forest Service. The dog was going to be used to detect drug trafficking in Colorado national forests.

 

"Wow! Suddenly I had the premise for my series," she said. "Merchants and ranchers from a small mountain town would pool their resources to purchase a narcotics detection K-9 for their local jurisdiction, the Timber Creek County Sheriff's Department."

 

It was an idea that grew beyond fiction into real life. Months after her book was published, she read an article about a police officer in rural Colorado who had approached his city council and asked if they would approve a local K-9 unit if he raised money to purchase the dog. His purpose was to combat local drug trafficking in his town. "I am certain that law enforcement officer did not read my book," said Margaret.

 

Sometimes, though, it helps to think like a criminal if you're a crime writer.

 

Roger Johns is the author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries, River of Secrets and Dark River Rising. But before that, he was a college professor teaching international business transactions. One day on his way to class, he began to wonder why the cocaine cartels conducted their business as they did, because he had an idea about how to make their enterprises more profitable, easier to conduct, and a lot less vulnerable to law enforcement. 

 

"That got me thinking about what such an innovation would look like as it hit the streets," he said. "There would be conflict between the old way and the new, so how would it look to a homicide detective trying to figure out where the wave of unusually brutal crimes plaguing her city were coming from." 

 

When he began writing the book, his protagonist was male, but the story wasn't working. When he made the lead character female, he said the book practically wrote itself.

 

Author Jenny Milchman uses the "what if" method to come up with plots. Her ideas come from everyday moments when suddenly things go wrong, the dial gets turned, or a situation is cleaved into the before and after. 

 

"For me, almost any situation can go like that. You know that moment when you stand at the top of a mountain and think what if someone came up behind me right now. Or on a subway platform and you see a sketchy character and wonder if he's ever pushed anyone onto the rails."

 

She's currently working on a book that grew out of a family vacation she took as a college sophomore. "I have a much younger sister and she and my mom stayed behind while my dad and brother and I went down by rope to explore this awesome cove at the bottom of a cliff. When we got back up to the road, they weren't there. Luckily the real life situation turned out well. In my new book—not so much."

 

Real life was the inspiration for the characters in author Michael Ritt's new book, The Sons of Philo Gaines. The idea came to him as his mind wandered while performing repetitive tasks at his job.

 

"I was thinking about my own sons and what they might have been like if they had been living in the late 19thcentury. My book is about three brothers, each as different from the other as they can be, who are trying to make a place for themselves in the Old West. One brother is a school teacher, one is a carefree gambler, and the other is a gunman. 

 

"I used the qualities of my own sons to develop my three fictional brothers. There are a couple of subplots in the book that I was originally going to use in some short stories I was considering, but once I had the characters in place, the story seemed to form around them."

 

Each book in author Scott Graham's National Park Mystery series is driven by an existing national park, and an environmental or social justice issue specific to that particular park. That combination makes developing story ideas for his books a fairly straightforward process, he said. He doesn't have to search for story ideas, rather he needs to narrow them down. He picks a park to write about, and chooses an issue to address in that park.

 

Canyonlands National Park is the setting for his book, Canyonlands Carnage, scheduled for release in August by Torrey House Press. "I've visited the park regularly since I was a child, so I know it well. I love the magnificent red-rock beauty of Canyonlands as well as its remoteness, and I wanted to share those qualities with my readers."

 

Water scarcity is a critical issue in the American Southwest and Scott drew inspiration from those concerns and conflicts. "As climate change intensifies and as the region's desert cities grow, that issue stood out as one deserving of discussion in Canyonlands Carnage."

 

That led directly to his decision to set the primary mystery during a whitewater river rafting trip involving two conflicting groups—water policymakers and corporate water representatives. "Deaths piled up as the trip progressed."

 

My ukulele themed mystery,  Death by G-String, a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club Mystery, was the natural result of learning to play that instrument and joining the Phoenix Ukulele Club after I saw how cute Zooey Deschanel looked when she played her ukulele during an opening monologue of Saturday Night Live. On the other hand, my book Sage Cane's House of Grace and Favor came to me whole and complete from beginning to end.

 

Sorry, writers. Don't expect that to happen more than once in a lifetime, if at all.



 

More About Author and Interviewer C.C. Harrison



Mystery author C. C. Harrison has won national recognition for her writing. Her books are available in print and as ebooks, and can be found on Amazon and at fine bookstores everywhere. Harrison herself can be found in the desert, the mountains, or some far flung corner of the Southwest. Learn more about her at her website, www.ccharrison-author.com and www.christyhubbard.com. Writing as Christy Hubbard, she also wrote Sage Crane's House of Grace and Favor pictured above. 


 



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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dr. Bob Rich Reviews Loving Healing Press Book on Shared Humanity

Title: Demystifying Diversity
Subtitle: Embracing our Shared Humanity
Author: Daralyse Lyons
Genre: Nonfiction: Self-Help, Inspiration
• Publisher : Loving Healing Press
• Language: : English
• Paperback : 178 pages
• ISBN-10 : 1615995331
• ISBN-13 : 978-1615995332
Purchase B&N or Amazon
Kindle $6.29
Paperback $14.34

Reviewed by Dr. Bob Rich 

This review is for two books, not one, because they form one unitary whole. Daralyse has written a powerful book that may change your life, and an accompanying workbook that forces you to convert intellectual understanding into a changed perception of yourself and your world.

If you want one sentence to summarize the book(s), it is “Dehumanizing anyone dehumanizes everyone.” (p 92) My attitude is that we are all family, going right back to the Rift Valley. Demystifying Diversity implicitly applies this concept. Successive chapters examine different sources of discrimination including race, religion, sexual orientation, body size/shape, and disabilities. Each is in effect a case study for applying the message of all the great religions and philosophies: the power of unconditional love. As Daralyse reports her connection to a wide variety of inspiring people, bringing each to life within these pages, she demonstrates that human nature is basically cooperative, compassionate and decent. She invites the reader to identify with this view, and to proactively apply it to everyone.

We learn from doing, not from reading, and so setting exercises is a good teaching device. I enjoyed the exercises in the workbook, and although I was reading because the publisher requested a review, I found myself spending time and mental effort in thinking about the tasks she’d set. Some of the exercises will take you months, such as learning a new language, or a whole lifetime, like becoming friends with people from a culture now foreign to you.

This is a passionate book, a program with the intention of reforming an insane, hating, greedy culture into a sane, loving, generous one. Daralyse is always on the side of the victim — but rightly considers the perpetrator, the abuser, to be also a victim of the abusive behavior: “Trauma is cyclical. Standing for human rights requires us to develop our capacity for empathy and to search out the causes that create conditions of violence and victimization. If we don’t intervene in restorative and reparative ways, hurt people are likely to hurt other people.” (p xii)

Another way I have connected with Daralyse is her distinction between a person and an action. She writes, “Confronting the human capacity for evil doesn’t mean losing sight of the beauty and resilience within each of us. In fact, acknowledging both is the only foundation from which to begin the process of repairing the world.” (p2)

I can’t do better than to finish this review with another quote: “So many of the people I came to know and love since embarking on the Demystifying Diversity initiative are people I would never have crossed paths with otherwise. By connecting over our shared humanity, I have forged lasting friendships and learned a lot about the importance of empathy. Some of the people who have enriched my life the most are people with whom I don’t share much on the surface. Yet, we have connected deeply. They’ve taught me so much and I consider our relationships to be sacred. I could never have figured out the lessons they’ve taught me without them entrusting me with their stories.” (p 140) This is why Daralyse invites you to reap the same benefits through this book.


More About the Author

Daralyse Lyons, aka the Transformational Storyteller, is a journalist, an actor, and an activist. She has written more than two dozen full-length books, a handful of short stories, and countless articles, performed in various plays and in improv comedy shows. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a summa cum laude graduate of NYU, with a double-major in English and Religious Studies and a minor in History, she is passionate about exposing the painful side of history, the side that is not written by oppressors. Through her studies, she has come to see the beautiful and overlapping philosophies of Judaism, Islam and Christianity and wonders why people so often use religion as a battering ram, instead of a source of solace and support. As a Biracial woman, she has made it her mission to stand for a more integrated world. As a sexually fluid person who has had relationships and experiences with both men and women, she has had to find her place amidst a multitude of communities that attempt to erase her orientation and has been a voice within the darkness. 

After writing an award-winning children’s book (I’m Mixed!) about embracing her multiethnic heritage, Daralyse found her passion and her purpose educating others about the need to embrace all aspects of themselves. Since then, she has written and spoken extensively on the subject of diversity. Her perspective is one that looks to acknowledge the past while refusing to become incapacitated by it. As a Biracial, multiethnic and sexually fluid woman, she is uniquely empowered to use her seemingly disparate background as a catalyst for cross-cultural understanding.

More About the Reviewer

Dr. Bob Rich knows all about prejudice and discrimination, having been a Jewish child in a culture where “You Jews murdered Jesus!” was a customary prelude to physical violence, then “I fought for this country! You foreigners are coming to take it over. Go back to where you came from!” was a sequel. So, like Daralyse, all his life, he has been on the side of the underdog. As he matured, he also developed compassion for the abuser, and now the whole of humanity is his family: he cares for you even if he hates your actions. That’s why he is a Professional Grandfather. If you want to know what that implies, visit his popular blog, Bobbing Around, at https://bobrich18.wordpress.com Learn more about him at http://bobswriting.com. Tweet with him @bobswriting. His newsletter is "Bobbing Around" at https://bobrich18.wordpress.com. His mottos are:
Commit random acts of kindness
Live simply so you may simply live

Dr. Bob Rich Reviews Loving Healing Press Book on Shared Humanity


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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Tales2Inspire® Book Collection


If you enjoy 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' stories, these are the books for you!  Chiseled to perfection, each story even includes original photographs to further engage you and prove its authenticity.


Designed by Carolyn Wilhelm

Each Tales2Inspire® book contains a collection of contest winning stories from Lois' annual competition.

 

If you are a writer and are interested in participating in her free "Authors Helping Authors" project/contest, check out all details at: http://www.tales2inspire.com/contest-2. 

She welcomes skilled authors and serious newbies alike. 

NO FEES, NO KIDDING!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Review for Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection - Series III

Review for Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection - Series III



TITLE OF YOUR BOOK: Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection Series III (a double header 

combining all the stories from the Pearl and Garnet Collections)


NAME (AUTHOR OF BOOK): Anthology of short stories written both by Lois W. Stern (Publisher) and winning authors of her 2019 contest)


GENRE OR CATEGORY: Anthology of Non-fiction, inspiring short stories


ISBN-10 : 1695618165

ISBN-13 : 978-1695618169

ASIN: B07YLX8C72


FORMATS: Paperback, Kindle


PAGE COUNT:  238


AMAZON LINKhttp s://www.amazon.com/Tales2Inspire-Diamond-Collection-III-Feathers/dp/1695618165/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Tales2Inspire+Collection&qid=1582728148&s=books&sr=1-8


BEST REVIEW:

Perennial Inspiration - Right on Time

Over the ages, a diamond has been viewed as a love-crystal which is 'dependable in its virtues when given as a gift'.

Half of this lovingly-compiled collection is written by and about some 'Awesome Kids', with the remainder focusing on the 'tails' of animals. As a longtime lover of theTales2Inspire series, The Diamond Collection - Series 3 is my absolute favorite. Each of these 31 stories is a perennial reminder that miracles can happen with all ages, sizes, and species.

If you need an infusion of optimism, healing, and love, this timeless book is 'right on time'. Consider sharing with a special child in your life as well. Inspiration is infectious in the best of ways.



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AUTHOR/PUBLISHER BIO:

Lois W. Stern is a multi award-winning author whose work has been featured in The New York Times, on Local Access TV, and in live presentations in many varied venues. She has now published ten Tales2Inspire books of her contest winners' stories. Fans of Chicken Soup for the Soul are particularly enamored of Tales2Inspire books, because aside from their dynamic inspirational themes, they are filled with original photos to enhance the power of each story. Lois invites interested readers to get a FREE Tales2Inspire sampler book at: www.tales2inspire.com/gifts and to learn more about entering the next Tales2Inspire contest at: http://tales2inspire.com/enter-author-contest/. 

She is also a regular contributor to this blog. 


E-MAIL ADDRESS: tales2Inspire@optimum.net


FAVORITE LINKS: 

 http://www.tales2inspire.com,

 www.twitter.com/tales2inspire2, 

www.facebook.com/tales2inspire.com


REVIEWER’S BYLINE: Maria Couchara-Jordan, MSN, RN

Author and Nurse Instructor


MORE ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Maria Jordan lives near historic Valley Forge, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two dogs. Throughout a thirty five year nursing career, she has served a number of clinical, consultative and administrative roles in the field of Mental Health and Community Nursing. Maria currently works as a professor in a local university where she has developed a course on “Safety and Recognizing the Signs of Potential Workplace Violence”.

Check out more of Maria’s books and writing at: www.marcoujor.com

Friday, May 1, 2020

Carol Smallwood Interview Poet Jaylan Salah



Print Length: 67 pages
Publisher: PoetsIN, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07YMZVDGL
Purchase on Amazon


Interview by Carol Smallwood

Award-winning Jaylan Salah is a Writer, Poet, Translator, Content Expert and Film Critic.Workstation Blues is a collection from the cubicle which resonates with white-collar workers worldwide passing the time between meetings and computer screens. The poems blur: monsters are replaced by monitors, flame-throwers by LED lights and swords by client comments. Cristina Deptula, executive editor of Synchronized Chaos Magazinehttp://synchchaos.com
commented: “With energy and spunk, Jaylan Salah celebrates imagination, beauty, and most of all, freedom through her poetry and prose.” 

Smallwood: What is your educational, literary background and when did you begin to writeprose and poetry?

Salah: I graduated in the faculty of Pharmacy at a prestigious private university in my hometown Alexandria, Egypt. You see, being a pharmacist and learning all the drugs in the pharmacopeia have nothing to do with literature or poetry, but it all started with school years at Sacred Heart Catholic School when the Sister senior encouraged me to be the next William Wordsworth and my mother told me to write the book I wanted to read.

Smallwood: Please share with readers what motivated you to write Workstation Blues? How long did it take you to write it?

Salah: A grueling, awful year of being bullied while working at a corporate. I faced multiple difficulties and threatening situations. A tough tooth to pull. I didn’t expect the worst when I first applied to the job as a medical copywriter of course. But the experience overall was demanding, abusive and emotionally-draining. I wanted to cope with the toxic work environment so I wrote a poem a day until I had a notebook containing 200 poems. It took me one year to quit the job and have my manuscript ready for publishing.

Smallwood: How do you decide if something should be prose or poetry? Please include apublished sample of each kind of your writing:

Salah: There are texts that you plan before sitting down to write. But others drag you into a mud fight and leave you breathless at the end. 
Workstation Blues is the sample of poetry which requires inspiration but the planning and editing processes are heavily sought out. This piece of prose on the other hand, is a real trip:

Smallwood: In a poetsin.com interview, you shared: “My first heartbreak, pain was so demanding and incomprehensible. The only way with which I overcame its heaviness was through drafting my first short story collection which went to win a major national literary prize.”  What was the major national literary prize and what are some awards have you won?

Salah: I won 2 major prizes in my home country, the Young Talents National Competition for my short story collection titled “Thus Speaks La Loba” and 2nd place in the Organization of Cultural Palaces Competition for my novel titled Bogart…Play a Classic for Me.
I also won the “Bleed on the Page” Competition for Poetry and Prose organized by theProse.com for my poem “Poof, Vagina”.

Smallwood: Please tell readers about your work as a translator, content expert, film critic:

Salah: My translation career started with Goethe Institute where I translated articles, press releases and booklets. I became specialized in film criticism translation from various English and French publications to Arabic through my work with the Jesuits Cultural Center Publication, El Fim, in addition to Cinematograph Online Magazine. My big break came with Cairo International Film Festival when I translated prolific film critic,Mahmoud Abdelshakour’s book, Mohamed Khan: Searching for A Knight. My work as a content creator started in 2017 when I started my fulltime career at medical companies creating, curating, editing and translating content. 

Smallwood: What do you think of the role of women today?

Salah: I think women have a long way to go, especially if they are not White or Western.

Smallwood: What are some magazines in which you’ve appeared?

Salah: My writings were featured in multiple national and international publications such asAl-Ahram National NewspapertheProse.comSynchronized ChaosGuardian Liberty VoiceCinematographEye on Cinema, ZEALnyc,Africin├ę, Elephant Journal, Vague Visages, and Cinema Femme Magazine.

Smallwood: Please share something about your love of animals:

Salah: I have always had a spirit animal, even way back before I fully understood the concept. My dream job is anything related to the care and rescue of animals; dog trainer, wolf reservation intern, cat hugger. I find myself in the company of animals—dare I say—more than that of humans. I have not known a love beyond my family that is stronger, purer and more earthly than that of my feline, canine and feathered buddies. You can read this to reflect on what I mean: https://theprose.com/post/26944/we-need-to-talk-about-the-frog

Smallwood: Has your writing appeared in audio? 

Salah: Yes, some of my articles have audio versions:



Smallwood: What are you working on now and what is your writing schedule?

Salah: Currently I am working on a writing project, for which I have not yet decided a description nor a solid genre. The preliminary title is “Zorro”, it will be in Arabic and contains 4 main characters; 3 women and the titular male protagonist. I am also preparing my second English poetry collection. My writing schedule is not as you would expect. There is daily writing involved of course but it is not consistent. I do not have a certain time of the day where I am more productive. I also invest heavily in the creation, preparation and research processes which include meditation, self-care and talking to strangers. 

Smallwood: Please list links for readers to learn more about you:

Salah: Interviews with me can be found herehere and here.


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Carol Smallwood, MLS, MA, Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, is a literary reader, judge, interviewer; her 13th poetry collection is Thread, Form, and Other Enclosures (Main Street Rag, 2020). 

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