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paulfrankspencer

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I write a little, but read a lot - bgfg77.com
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas

"Danglars alone felt no pang of remorse or restlessness... He was one of those calculating men who are born with a pen behind their ears and an inkpot in place of a heart. He went to bed at the usual hour and slept peacefully."
Reflecting on this very unique quote... Anyone care to offer some analytical perspective?

Velvetfur Ummmm......possibly the description of a psychopath....? (I'm no expert on these kind of things and I haven't read that book!) 2d
paulfrankspencer @Velvetfur I figure it's something of the sort. It's just such a curious metaphor. I'm not sure what to make of the depiction. 2d
Velvetfur @paulfrankspencer It sounds like someone who isn't trouble by deep thoughts on an emotional level, hence the lack of trouble sleeping - nothing's bothering him in an emotional sense. So, a psychopath then! 😊 1d
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A beautiful depiction of the cost of love. I'm not sure if I'd agree with Mr. Courtney's theology, as he expresses little of it in this book. Preemptive Love is about God's love, expressed through the life of Christ and the Word of God. Iraqis deserve love as much as we Americans do. God does not forget this, though our prejudices might.

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Tyler WS presents a vision of peace in light of the victory already gifted to us through Christ. Because the Kingdom of God is at hand, we don't have to toil under the weight of global responsibility, but can instead work joyfully and dutifully in pursuit of human flourishing. A refreshing, practical, and uplifting analysis of Christian activism.

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"The contours of the coming kingdom call to us from the future, like the memory of a reality that doesn't yet exist. When we respond to this call, the present is shaped as an echo or shadow or trace of what will be."

This is poetry. And deals with a topic I studied in depth for my book, Marvelous Light. Just as scientists understand in the quantum realm, in the Kingdom of God we are entangled with our future.

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"Our situation and its two consequences - we cannot individually fix problems in which we are complicit, and we must steward and manage a world that we cannot fix - seem to leave us in a terrible bind. We feel a responsibility that we cannot discharge. We all want to save the world, but we can't. So what do we do?
We begin by telling the truth."

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"In real life, however, heroes are often distorted figures whose outsized commitment to making something happen carries a cost paid by someone or something else - family, community, conscience and so on. Christians are not free to make such sacrifices. There is nothing God needs us to do so badly that it warrants neglecting some aspect of Christlikeness in our lives."

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"There is no contradiction in laboring as Christians to serve the Kingdom that is 'at hand' and 'near to us' while believing that such efforts are distinct from its final consummation."

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The Man in the Iron Mask | Alexander Dumas
Mehso-so

Some beautiful writing, but the intrigue of the beginning peaked early and gave way to a long resolution which was much less interesting. Good continuation of characters of The Three Musketeers (if my memory serves me well enough). Overall, an enjoyable read that I wish had a more engaging plot in the second half of the book.

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The Man in the Iron Mask | Alexander Dumas

"And remember well what I say to you. In this world, all - men, women, and kings - must live for the present. We can only live for the future for God."

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Hey guys, my sister is super famous!!!
Well, maybe not super famous. Not yet, anyway. I bet she'll enjoy being a celebrity author, though. Someday...
https://triblive.com/local/hampton-shaler/hampton-grad-authors-childrens-book-ab...

QueenJen That's very cool! Congrats! 2w
paulfrankspencer @QueenJen Thanks! It was a lot of fun getting here. 2w
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Parables | Sapphira Olson
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I posted a review on Parables, exposing the fact that Sapphira Olson is a pseudonym. Whoever manages the Sapphira accounts and email address contacted me and requested that I delete the review to protect the pseudonym, on the understanding that he would delete the social media accounts. I agreed. But the accounts are back up, so my review is back up.
Read my review of Parables: https://www.bgfg77.com/2019/04/16/review-of-parables-sapphira-olson/

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The Man in the Iron Mask | Alexander Dumas

"After having talked reason with older heads, one loves to talk nonsense with youth."

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The Man in the Iron Mask | Alexander Dumas

"I returned home, and then my wife began to quarrel with me."
"In real earnest?"
"Yes, in real earnest; she threw a loaf of bread at my head, a large loaf."

SailorMoon Ciao! Thanks for looking up for me on my page last week, it was really nice hearing from you! I have a lot going on at the moment and I kind of isolated myself... but I've been reading quite a lot, I can't wait to talk about these new books ad soon as I feel okay to come back! How have you been doing? 2w
paulfrankspencer @SailorMoon Ciao, bella (happy to co-opt this greeting from an old roommate). I'm well, living life as usual, and excited for my sister's book we just published together. I hope your time away has been relaxing and has given you the chance to reorient yourself. It's very good to hear back from you and good to hear that your reading at least has been good. Hoping your whole life is just as happy and productive. 2w
SailorMoon Ciao!!! You used to have an Italian roommate? ;) Sorry for my late reply! I'm really excited about the book you and your sister just published!!! Such great news!!! Can I easily find it on Amazon or any other website? I'd like to take a look and see what it's about... if you don't mind. Good luck on this amazing adventure you're on! Talk to you soon! 18h
paulfrankspencer @SailorMoon My roommate of 7 years liked to think he was more Italian than he actually was. Though he did study for a semester in Florence and tried his best to pronounce Italian foods with the proper accent. I've tagged my sister's book 16h
paulfrankspencer @SailorMoon You should be able to find the book online easily. It's a pretty great way to introduce kids to science and to get them asking good questions. I'd recommend it to any of the kids in your life. 16h
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The Girl on the Train | The Girl on the Train
Mehso-so

Quite a thriller. Very entertaining.
But all the gaslighting, lost memories, and constructed confusion was a little exhausting. I suppose that's what it takes to produce a good thriller.
Not my normal read for a reason, but a good way to detox from the heavier lit I have been reading.

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Not sure if it was this anthology or if it's 20th century poetry in general, but overall I did not especially care for this. I have read beautiful and nuanced modern poems, but so often there seems to be no theme or central image to hold modern poems together. I like to think of myself as a decent reader, but it seems like there is not much to be gleaned from this poetry, and not even meter or rhyme to entice.
It's probably my failing, though...

QueenJen I have a hard time enjoying poetry in general. The exception would be poetry geared toward children, the silly poems. What do you suppose that says about me? 😉🥃 3w
paulfrankspencer @QueenJen I imagine most people fall on your end of the spectrum. I'm the type of person who enjoys reading what he doesn't enjoy reading just to say he has read it, to become more "well-read". I think it says more about me than it does you. Anyway, even approachable poetry, if it's worth its salt, should still be hard work. Not everyone likes to work while reading. Many are just trying to enjoy the levity of getting lost in another world. 3w
QueenJen True! I'm completely in it for the fun. 3w
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"These are the first days of fall. The wind at evening smells of roads still to be traveled, while the sound of leaves blowing across the lawns is like an unsettled feeling in the blood, the desire to get in a car and just keep driving"
- Stephen Dobyns

My feelings on fall exactly. I love driving. I love fall. I adore driving in fall.

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Marvelous Light | Paul Frank Spencer
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1) My family watched Jeopardy and WOF every night before bed! Didn't have cable @BarbaraTheBibliophage
2) I went to a show at Red Rocks a couple years ago. It was all that was on my list @Melissa_J
3) I finish the last and then judge on feeling. Often I choose something to mix it up. Sometimes finish an author on my shelf @emtobiasz
4) oof. James Joyce is a mixed bag @youneverarrived
5) What's your favorite smell?
#friyayintro
@howjessreads

xxjenadanxx Men‘s cologne, or leather 3w
AsYouWish Baking smells-vanilla, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc. 3w
DebbieGrillo Lilacs 3w
KathrynElise The sea 🌊 3w
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"There is a privacy I love in this snowy night.
Driving around, I will waste more time."
-Robert Bly

How I feel about the rain. The lovely, lovely rain.

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I'm very proud of my sister and feel honored to have helped her publish this book. She wrote from her experience as an engineer and her heart for her children. Releasing a week from today, Physics Fun is available for pre-order now. If you have kids or know some in or approaching elementary school, this is a great way to introduce them to surprisingly advanced physics concepts.
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DoahAH
Website: https://bit.ly/2DuZEfr

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Jesus talked about no subject as much as 'The Kingdom of God.' For followers, skeptics, and opponents alike, if you don't understand this message, you don't understand the man.
On this Easter Sunday consider the nature of this kingdom, God's sovereignty, and the means by which he expressed his glory, namely by being led like a lamb to slaughter only to rise on Sunday and begin a movement that can only be explained by what he said about himself.

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"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in."
"I should have called it
Something you somehow haven't to deserve."
-Robert Frost

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Marvelous Light | Paul Frank Spencer
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Who here considers lyrics to be literature? Cause I do. Good songs are nothing short of poetry.

Check out my review of some poetry I love:
https://www.bgfg77.com/2019/04/11/review-of-towrs/

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The Deerslayer | James Fenimore Cooper
Mehso-so

The plot was a little repetitive and narrow, when it had so much room to explore the American wilderness. But it was manly and chivalrous, with enough complexity of character (or humorous simplicity) to make it a worthwhile read. It's been so long since I read Last of the Mohicans, but I remember it being equally as entertaining.

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The Deerslayer | James Fenimore Cooper
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
1) Deerslayer
2) No Country for Old Men followed closely by Fight Club. Both are closely faithful to the original. I just like No Country way, way more.
3) I know nothing of "grams" or any other social media. Twitter as a professional, but I am loathe to claim any more...

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The Deerslayer | James Fenimore Cooper

I understand the racism and sexism of the age. I'm not judging. But using descriptions that simply boil down to "like a woman" and "like an Indian" is lazy writing. I want better descriptions. The descriptions of nature are beautiful. Cooper is not lacking as a writer. He just felt comfortable taking some shortcuts...

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The Deerslayer | James Fenimore Cooper

An argument against gossip and undue interest in the affairs of others:
"You wouldn't get him to confess there was another in the tribe so much the greater than himself, as to become to subjects of his ideas, and to employ his tongue in conversations about his movement, and ways, and food, and all the other little matters that occupy a man when he's not employed in his greater duties."

But maybe pride isn't the best replacement for gossip...

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Deerslayer | James Fenimore Cooper

"On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has traveled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity. In no other way can we account for the venerable air that is already gathering around American annals."
An excellent way to begin a earthy American novel set in the late 1700s.

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This book had some good research and cultural observations, as well as a pretty comprehensive introduction to bare bones orthodox Christianity. Honestly, I feel that Lyons is probably better informed than most culture commentators to tackle these issues. But from his anecdotes and examples, he was able to draw much more optimism than I can. I hope he's right. I hope the next Christians will revolutionize our world. I would love to be a part of it.

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1) USA - Pittsburgh, PA
2) good question. Canada is an easy choice... my girlfriend says Ireland is where it's at.
3) non-fiction research primarily about US (tagged)
4) Pittsburgh is known for Polish pierogies and kielbasa and for putting fries on things.
5) I love how international Litsy is. Love meeting people from across the globe. Also, thanks for speaking English, everyone. It's important for us ignorant Americans...
#frideas @SailorMoon

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 you guys are not ignorants... you have an advantage on language you can always use in your favour! It's a great thing!!! If you wanna pick another language to study, I'd suggest Italian though!!! 2mo
paulfrankspencer @SailorMoon It's a wonderful blessing, but can make us lazy and complacent about language. I ought to do more myself. Someday I'll crack into my Rosetta Stone Spanish package... someday... probably... 2mo
SailorMoon Sorry for my late reply! I know what you mean, even though I tried to make it sound less heavy by putting light to the bright side of it! I wish I could speak more languages myself... it's amazing to be able to understand people everywhere and to make yourself understood. Plus, every language is part of our history: I studied ancient Greek and Latin and now I am fascinated by the words I use everyday because they all come from those two languages! 2mo
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Marvelous Light | Paul Frank Spencer
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It is a humbling honor to have graduated high school with Kevin Garrett. He's miles ahead of me as an artist, and I look up to him as an example of hard work, dedication, and success. Buy his debut LP, Hoax, releasing at midnight.
https://www.amazon.com/Hoax-KEVIN-GARRETT/dp/B07N3VYTZR

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Panpan

This book reads like a bad sermon at a good church. I didn't disagree with any of it, but it could have been defended better. And without a more developed argument, it could have been about 20 pages long. I was expecting more.

SailorMoon You acted like a conscience on me, I deleted my post. I don't wanna sound like a cold hearted lady 🤣 I knew the meaning of the quote I posted wasn't the one I gave it... I liked it though because it was so different and realistic and distant from me. I wanted to clarify that I totally understood it... I also wanted to read something from you as I told you, and I don't want to seem like I can't understand what I read 😱 Thanks really, it's always a pleasure! 2mo
paulfrankspencer @SailorMoon oh no! That wasn't my intention at all. You can post things that I disagree with. And things that you disagree with too. It was a great quote. I hope you repost it! It broadened my thinking to hear that perspective and I'm glad to have encountered the quote. Seriously, thank you. 2mo
SailorMoon LOL I was joking about you being my conscience. But it made me think and reconsider it all... That's why I was thanking you 😉 I'll repost it maybe, once I get to it! Sleep tight! 2mo
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Don't worry. I'm gonna read the whole thing. I don't need pull-out quotes. I've never understood why non-fiction books do this. Blog posts and online articles, maybe, but books should assume their readers are actually reading.
Why is this a feature in books?

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As one who has grown up in the church as a millennial, I've thought a lot about the content of this book. Nothing hit me as especially revelatory. But for those less experienced in the modern Christian landscape, this book could really shift your perspective on the role of the church and your own faith. Either way, the book did convict me in various ways and will make me reflect on my own life for days to come. We all have more growing to do.

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An engaging read that is historical, personal, psychological, political, and extremely engrossing the whole way through. I was aware of South Africa's history of apartheid only incidentally, really, so I learned a ton in the reading of this book. A fascinating and unsettlingly modern look at the costs of pursuing true justice.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#friyayintro Saturyay edition.
My selfie camera sustained a crack about a year ago. But I never take selfies, so it doesn't matter. Until now...
Spending Saturday morning like I spend most. Reading in my coffee shop. Planning on taking advantage of the little extra warmth to play disc golf this afternoon.
Get well and feel better @howjessreads

Velvetfur Great pic, and that sounds like a great Saturday morning too 👍 2mo
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Mostly Harmless | Douglas Adams
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The last of the Hitchhiker's Guide series, and stands with the first as the most enjoyable. The hijinks introduced in the first get repetitive and boring through the series, but this last novel has the most cohesive plot and a little more coherent philosophy than the others. Left a good impression as I was beginning to suspect Adams had totally lost me. A fairly easy read that was worth it in the end, I suppose.

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Panpan

Much like Adams' other books in the series. Clever at moments, but the disjointed plot fraught with deus ex machinas (dei ex machina?) disguised merely as improbabilites doesn't exactly encourage much interest in continuing along the plot. But by golly, I'm gonna finish. So there.

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Mehso-so

These books are written in a particular disinterested style that is uniquely appropriate for the content. Few books can be as unabashedly ridiculous and slightly cliche and get away with it like Adams'. I can't tell if it's the author's failing or success, but regardless, in this series it works really well. It's kind of the cornerstone of entertainment for the Hitchhiker's Guide.

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Panpan

Honestly, I suppose this series is entertaining, but the whole point of the book is to say none of it matters. Hard to get invested with that as a premise. But then, I'm not a nihilist. I suppose certain people go in for this type of thing. And either way, I'll probably finish the series because for some reason I think it matters, if even just a little.

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Mehso-so

The book is thoroughly absurdist and possibly nihilistic. It's entertaining enough if you're into that kind of thing, but the plot and disinterested philosophy didn't offer much for me.

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Marvelous Light | Paul Frank Spencer

I know I don't have to convince you guys, but I figured I'd share. Reading is better than TV and Netflix.

@melissachu/how-books-and-television-affect-your-brain-differently-according-to-science-34ca8be1493" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@melissachu/how-books-and-television-affect-your-brain-differ...

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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A little different from his other novels. Gets into just enough stream of consciousness to not be burdensome on the reader. Plot still moves the narrative forward from various 3rd person points of view. Overall, good war novel with love and philosophy and practical wisdom. Would recommend to pretty much anyone.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway

Augustin stood there looking down at him and cursed him, speaking slowly, clearly, bitterly, and contemptuously and cursing as steadily as though he were dumping manure on a field, lifting it with a dung fork out of a wagon.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway

If we no longer have religion after the war then I think there must be some form of civic penance organized that all may be cleansed from the killing or else we will never have a true and human basis for living. The killing is necessary, I know, but still the doing of it is very bad for a man and I think that, after all this is over and we have won the war, there must be a penance of some kind for the cleansing of us all.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway

"Go to the unprintable," Augustin said. "And unprint thyself."

How you swear in print in 1940.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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"Men. It is a shame to us women that we make them."

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Mehso-so

The writing was good and simple and genuine, but it's hard to feel good about a book like this. The end just leaves you not knowing what to do. Hemingway is a great writer, but the story was just hard.

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A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway

"It might be fun. I'd like to see you with a beard."
"All right. I'll grow one. I'll start now this minute. It's a good idea. It will give me something to do."
The dialogue between lovers in this novel is so honest. Simple and silly and honest. I love it.

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A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemongway
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"And if you ever become devout pray for me if I am dead. I am asking several of my friends to do that. I had expected to become devout myself but it has not come." I thought he smiled sadly but I could not tell. He was so old and his face was very wrinkled, so that a smile used so many lines that all gradations were lost.

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Marvelous Light | Paul Frank Spencer
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#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

Twitter: @P_F_Spencer
Goodreads: Paul Frank Spencer
Blog: bgfg77.com

I do not like social media, but I love books, and as an author, I have to have some sort of public presence. So Litsy, Goodreads, and Twitter is all I've got, and I refuse to do any more. Follow me if you'd like. I'm trying to figure out social media again after being off it for years.

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 💜 3mo
wanderinglynn I followed you on Twitter, but couldn‘t find you on GR. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
paulfrankspencer Goodreads search function is terrible if you're trying to find users. Sorry. 3mo
wanderinglynn It is terrible! I had to post the link too. 👍🏻 3mo
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