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Grass Miracle from the Earth

Grass Miracle from the Earth (Hearing Others’ Voices) by [Campbell Callender, David]

You may never really give much thought to the ground you walk on. To you, it is simply earth. You may not think about the grass covering it. However, there is a lot to that grass. That grass’ origin, history and even etymology are interesting. You might be wondering, what is there to be intrigued about. Grass plays a significant role in human life. Grass Miracle from the Earth presents a compelling bank of information about grass and everything related to it.

For a book about grass, this one is surprisingly interesting. Most people’s extent of knowledge about grass ends with the green color. Not many know that there are 10,000 grass species on earth. You will even find out that cats use grass for digestive reasons. Therefore this book, if nothing else, is incredibly informative.

After I started reading this book I found myself enjoying it more than expected and even looked forward to the next bit of information. The title evokes this sense of excitement and wonder as well as a tinge of curiosity. The information is engaging accompanied by pictures that support the content and make it wonderfully gripping. The author terms grass as ‘clothes for the earth’ right at the beginning, which is adorable, apt, and is an example of how this book is colored with quirk. Thoughtful information is conveyed in a friendly and informal tone. The language is simple with mild refrain from scientific jargon. The print is well structured with special attention to relevance thus keeping it short.

Ideally, this book is for educational purposes, and is written in a way that suggests that it is aimed at children. However, as an adult, you will find the information interesting enough to hold your interest. However, at times it breaks from the easy flow of information and reads more like a textbook. For example, page 28 discusses seed maturation and vasculature. The reader is directed to research these word, but I hoped this was presented in a simpler way. Understandably, this part is paramount to understanding the essence of grass.

Grass Miracle from the Earth is a brief but informative book that delivers a comprehensive overview of grass and inspires you to learn more about the thing many of us take for granted. This is an unassuming book that is informative and surprisingly absorbing.

Pages: 111 | ASIN: B082KYD8W9

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MADZOOK

Joe Jekel Author Interview

Joe Jekel Author Interview

Best Is Temporary – Be Better is a guide to help people become better every day. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this book?

As a Sport and Performance Psychology Consultant, I have had the pleasure to work with many levels of competitive people. I have witnessed the positive aspects of seeking mastery as an individual and I have witnessed the doubt, fear, apathy, and hesitation to work on improving or controlling one’s own mastery. I realized that the competitive element was not the primary influencer. A position that many in my field would argue against. I wanted to write a book that advanced the idea of individual responsibility practices for becoming that which you choose to become. Most so called self-help books these days focus on emphasizing trauma recovery and continue to identify with the victimization mentality. I wanted to offer something that allows people to recognize their own worth, and how to take control of their own personal advancement through a four-pillar approach of personal development; Martial – Cognitive – Spiritual – Physical. One where guilt, shame, regret, fear, doubt, apathy, or limitations are not required!

This book puts an emphasis on self-discovery and personal development. Why are these important?

I believe that if a person is to choose who they want to become, the person must first recognize who they are. Thus, self-discovery is the precursor for any personal development programming, practice, or activity – and the next step being that only through personal development participation and recognition will one find their potential expansions of performance enhancement(s) or foster skill acquisition to occur.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I hope that readers understand the importance of personal development as it relates to individual participation requirements and depth expansions. I want people to be more informed on the three domains involved – Affective (feelings, emotions), Cognitive (thinking, and logical examinations of empirical relevance), Physical (the importance of how functional body integrations influence the plethora of correlated realities). I want people to understand that if they wish to live in a “Better World”, that they themselves must also become better and that by doing so each of us influences the World to become a better place for all of humanity. Want a better humanity? Then become a better human, individually, and create a better environment anytime that you enter the time or space with the capacity to do so. Competence, communication, candor, and caring are the keys! I want people to care so much that they take action rather than telling others that someone else should take an action!

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Currently, I am working on creating multiple seminars, evaluating and connecting with speaking positions, and attempting to put together online courses under my personal development brand MADZOOK. I have two books in the outline phase as of this moment in time – one is about effective leadership, and the other is a book on multicultural educational practices, raising competency in educators for more effective globalized standards. I am not sure on the availability of a second book just yet – I am happy to have completed this first book and want that experience to sink in for a little while as I learn the process of getting a book from the mind to the paper to the public consumption steps. As a first-time author I can attest to the complexity of the whole process.

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Best Is Temporary - Be Better by [Jekel, Joe]Best is always temporary. Becoming better as an individual is possible every day. The collective of humanity only rises when the individuals within that collective take personal responsibility to become better each day. Living with a platitude such as live your best life, or do your best, historically, sets up more failed attempts than successful accomplishments.

Results require action, not platitudes or soundbites. Knowledge and individual participation are critical for longevity and quality. Best is Temporary; Be Better is a guide to learning the importance of self-discovery and personal development influencers on all performance enhancement. Enhancements that create a better person.

Anyone can become better each day if they participate. Learn how to ask better questions, understand proximity to greatness, control environments and set boundaries, increase communication skills, improve your health and wellness, think, do, and become by your own design. Opening your full potentiality, not another fortune cookie, or Lao Tzu quote on Instagram! Make the choice to be better every day – it is your choice to make, but you can always use a guidebook! Here it is, that guidebook that you are looking for.

 

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Literary Titan Book Awards January 2020

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

Gold Award Winners

The Modronovich Incident (A Thomas Spaulding Mystery Book 1) by [Dean, R.L.]

U-10: The Most Ingenious Technology in the Galaxy by [Miller II, Sam B]Not Dead by [Dickason, Anita]Wind Across the Prairie by [Easterlin, A. E. ]

Crocotta's Hackles (The Incarn Saga Book 3) by [Wibell, Katharine]Best Is Temporary - Be Better by [Jekel, Joe]The Mendelian Protocol by [Finkle, Raymond]

Kill Crime: A Jeff Case Novel-Stunning crime thriller full of twists with an unpredictable ending. Book 1 by [Slavin, Mike]Tree of Souls (The Blood Dagger Book 3) by [Hayes, Misty]Duty and Betrayal: The SS Brotherhood and the NASA Connection by [Oliver, Toby]

Honeycake: Special Magical Powers by [Kalantar, Medea]

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Murtairean. An Assassin's Tale: A Novel in the Dal Cruinne Series by [Lees, Jenn]The Revenged Queen (The High School Queens Trilogy Book 2) by [Ryan, Zachary]Experiment X: Revolt by [Haase, Nikki]

Marley Faces Reality by [Mooney, Lesley J]Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Raji: Book One: Octavia Pompeii by [Brindley, Charley]Hannibal's Elephant Girl: Tin Tin Ban Sunia by [Brindley, Charley]

 

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Is This the Life You Imagined: What if you were wrong? – Trailer

In this sometimes funny, but moving and compelling story, Randy Kolibaba will share intimate details about his life, both as a child growing up facing adversity including, many incidents he was involved in during his career as a police officer with Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). His story includes having to take a man’s life in the line of duty. Randy will also discuss the personal impact it had on him witnessing first hand the horrific acts of genocide in war torn Kosovo, Yugoslavia.This interactive journey of self-exploration is about learning to understand what creates the physical and emotional obstacles that we foster in our lives—the ones that ultimately stifle our happiness. It’s about overcoming adversity and still being able to enjoy a successful and happy life. Imagine for a moment if you found out that you could dramatically change your life and be able to manifest happiness, health, and abundance. What if you could change your life by merely changing how you think? Would you do it? If you would, when would you do it?This self-help memoir will demonstrate in a very simple step by step method that life is truly a gift not to be wasted. It will encourage readers to realize that there are no “do-overs” or “rewind” buttons and that everything we experience in our lives is, in fact, what we’ve chosen to experience. Life is truly all about the choices we make.One of the biggest misconceptions we face in life is believing that we have time to wait for and, create that elusive “Someday”…. We don’t!

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John Stark: Maverick General – Trailer

Author Ben Z. Rose brings to life the legendary hero of the New England Militia during America’s War of Independence. Born in Colonial New Hampshire to Scotch Irish immigrants, John Stark survived Indian captivity, and later fought alongside the British in the French and Indian War as part of Rogers Rangers, the legendary militia company which pioneered the tactics of today’s U.S. Army Special Forces. Stark’s first-hand exposure to second class citizenship in the British army fueled his desire to enlist in the Continental army and prevent a humiliating defeat at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Later, his surprise attack against British hired mercenaries at the Battle of Bennington turned the tide in favor of the young American army.

Ben Z. Rose focuses on a handful of people in John Stark’s life in an effort to gain insight into his motivation and character. These include his wife, Elizabeth “Molly” Stark, who hailed from a prominent Puritan family; his oldest son, Caleb, who enlisted in the Continental Army at the age of 15; Robert Rogers, founder of the colonial ranger force that bears his name; Seth Warner, captain of the Green Mountain Boys who fought for Vermont’s independence; fellow New Hampshire General John Sullivan, and General Horatio Gates, who rivaled George Washington for leadership of the Continental Army.

John Stark inspired the phrase “Live Free or Die—Death is not the greatest of evils” in a letter to the citizens of Vermont. Stark’s sentiment at the time was clearly intended to warn against another British invasion, which occurred a short time later when the British burned down the US Congress during the War of 1812. As we live in an age when the pendulum swings between concerns over government intrusion into our lives and the necessity to confront our overseas enemies, Stark speaks to us today with the same relevance as he did more than two-hundred years ago.

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Best Is Temporary – Be Better

Best Is Temporary - Be Better by [Jekel, Joe]

Anybody will stagnate if they stop trying to make themselves better. It is important to always seek ways to make ourselves and each other better. Best is Temporary- Be Better is a road-map towards being better. It is the kick in the butt that you need to ask yourself important and pertinent questions. Can you truly police your expectations, choices and thoughts successfully enough to enhance yourself?

The author dives deep into the quintessence of the human being. Joe Jekel shines a light on the building blocks of self-development in simple language and an encouragingly engaging tone. It is clear right from the beginning that this is not a motivational book. This is not a book that will give you affirmations and quotes to live by. This is a recipe book for making yourself better. Most books about self-improvement fail because they only tell you that you should be better. However, this book will completely debunk that by showing that personal development is an active process. You do not merely chant affirmations and wait for change.

Joe Jekel has good command of the language. He crafts and constructs language in a way that makes it easy for the reader to understand the complex process of self-betterment. You also get to understand the true meaning of all those philosophical quips. Speaking of which, the philosophical backing of this book is vast and quite enjoyable.

The section on questions will definitely be a favorite for most. It shows the reader how they need to question their own self, actions and attitudes. The section speaks of the right questions to ask. You may question yourself but it is not effective if you are not asking the right questions. There is another part about communication too. This part will be helpful to anyone as it will impact relationships with every other person. It also shines a light on the possible failures of communication and how to not fail at communicating. Then there is another section on personal responsibility. Many people fail on this section. Basically, the book is a break down on people, their interactions and everything in between.

Best is Temporary- Be Better is a complete guide on how to audit yourself and then take steps towards being better in every aspect of your life. Individual efforts towards self-improvement add up to a better world. Thus making this book quite possibly one of the most essential books of this generation. It is indeed more important to strive for better rather than compete for best.

Pages: 286 | ASIN: B07XFLW1FC

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Clear and Healthy Guidelines

Doug Hammack Author Interview

Doug Hammack Author Interview

Rethinking Sex Ed is a forward thinking approach to sex education in contemporary society. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I’m the minister of a congregation full of people who almost gave up on religion. We found the old narratives, rules, and instincts off-putting at best. However, we had a deep hunger for spiritual community. So we spent a decade stripping religion down to the bare bones, trying to unearth the principles of spiritual community that are essential, beautiful, and universal.

Part of that journey was the deconstruction of religious ritual. We couldn’t use the rituals we inherited so we just stopped doing them all together. However, after a few years we realized how deeply meaningful rituals are. So we gathered a group to write new ones. Looking into several religious traditions, we wrote rituals for several stages of life—birth, puberty, going to school, leaving home, marriage, and death.

When we were writing the puberty ritual, we realized that when our community pledged to help our young people get ready for healthy lives, it would be pretty meaningless if we didn’t help prepare them for healthy sexual lives.

However, since like everybody else, folks in our community were deconstructing and reconstructing our sexual norms, we weren’t sure exactly how to fulfill that pledge. So our ritual team came to me. “Figure it out and let us know!”

The book is rooted in our own community’s need for clear and healthy guidelines for preparing our young people for their sexual journeys.

In this book you discuss the societal forces that have changed our perception of sex. What do you think is a major contributing factor to this?

I think primarily, it’s how complex society has become.

For most of human history, we lived in agrarian or industrial worlds. Young people could be ready to contribute to society by their late teens. In that context, we developed a simple rule of thumb that captured a great deal of wisdom about healthy sexuality—Don’t have sex until marriage.
But as society has become more complex, young people aren’t established in their careers until their late twenties. Also, puberty happens earlier. The time from sexual maturity to readiness for marriage has moved from three or four years to fifteen to seventeen years. Of course the old rule stopped working.

But when it did, the tendency has been to throw out both the rule—and the ancient wisdom it once captured. I wrote the book to articulate that wisdom and suggest some ways we might apply it in our new social context.

I found this book to be un-biased and informative. What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I guess it would be this.

When it comes to sex, religion and society have been at odds for a long time. Unfortunately, that’s mostly our fault (religious folk).

The world started changing quickly in the 60s. When the old sex norms stopped working, and when people stopped coming to us for sexual instruction, we got frightened. And frightened people tend to get reactionary. We did. We got rigid, rule-driven, and a little bit repressive. We fell back into the sexual craziness that infected Western civilization way back in the second century.
But just as damaging, when society threw out religion’s rule, it also abandoned a great deal of wisdom it once captured.

So the first thing I’d like readers to take away, is an apology on our part. We got that badly wrong. I’m sorry.

But if you’ll forgive us and allow us into the conversation, before we got all reactionary we had accumulated a lot of understanding about how human sexuality works. My hope for the book is to offer our best insights to the job before us—rebuilding healthy sex norms.

And the second thing I hope readers take away, is an understanding of what that ancient wisdom is, and how we can apply it with our young people.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The craziness that infected religion around sex has infected religion in general—our narratives, our practices, our core instincts. I wrote a book earlier about rethinking our religious narrative: Rethinking our Story: Can We Still be Christian in the Quantum Era?

Just now I’m working on a follow-up to that book, rethinking how healthy religion works in a local setting. I’m rough-drafting it on my blog right now.

How do we rebuild in the ruins of organized religion?

How do we rethink our stories, practices, and institutional instincts?

I believe religion can once again benefit society—can help us become better people, creating a better world. The next book will be about the experience of our own community working that out over the last twenty-five years.

If history is an indicator, the blog-rough-draft process will take about a year, and then several months after that to turn it into a book.

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We religious folk have to change how we teach our kids about sex. The statistics are in. What we’re doing isn’t working. In fact, our whole society must rethink sex education. Nobody’s approach is working well. Social and economic forces have forever changed the context in which our sexuality plays out. Families are whipsawed by a blistering pace of historical change. After thousands of years of gender, sex, and marriage working one way, in just a handful of decades, everything has been upended. No wonder it’s so difficult to talk to our kids. If you have a young person you love, this book can help. When religion is at its best, it accumulates and transmits the wisdom of the ages. At its worst, it devolves into rigid rules and inflexible craziness. Rethinking Sex-Education explores religion’s accumulated wisdom about human sexuality . . . and the crazy that has to be dismantled to create a healthy and helpful curriculum for our young people. Hopelessly divided, religion and society don’t talk about sex. Religion can’t imagine it’s time to rethink the old ways. Society can’t imagine religion has anything to offer. The book explores what we can learn from one another. Drawing from religion, history, biology, anthropology, and economics, Rethinking helps us think both broadly and practically. It helps grownups rethink our own sexual framework, and then imagine practical sexual conversations with our young people. It’s a book for religious people who realize the traditional approach isn’t working. It’s a book for non-religious people who realize our no-norm social norms aren’t working either.

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The Emotional Truth

Nan Sanders Pokerwinski Author Interview

Nan Sanders Pokerwinski Author Interview

Mango Rash is a memoir of your time in American Samoa as a teen in the mid-sixties. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this memoir?

I started writing bits and pieces of my Samoa story when I joined a writers’ group in 2004. That was almost forty years after my time in Samoa, and for all those years I’d struggled to convey what it was like living on a tropical island as a teenager in the 1960s. All I could come up with was, “It was beautiful . . . It was a blast . . . “ and other generic responses that didn’t begin to capture the essence of the experience. So I started writing about that year as a way to not only fill in the details, but also tease out why living in Samoa made such an impression on me—something I’m not sure I completely understood until I finished writing the memoir.

Was everything you wrote from memory, or did you have to do research like dig through old photographs and letters?

Some events and conversations were so deeply etched in memory I could write them off the top of my head. Others surfaced as I looked through old photographs, played music from the time, and read letters and diary entries. One very good friend from high school days had saved all the letters I wrote her from Samoa, and those filled in so many details, including entire, verbatim conversations and descriptions of people and places. As I was revising the manuscript, a cousin unearthed letters my parents had written to her parents from Samoa. Those letters corroborated my accounts and provided even more details.

I appreciated the candid nature of your book. What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer for this book?

Interesting question! I think my main goal was to dig beneath the day-by-day recounting of events, extract the most pivotal events, and ferret out my reactions to those events, both at the time and forty to fifty years later, as I was writing about them. And then to keep making sure I was telling the truth, not only the factual truth, but also the emotional truth.

This is a lovely coming of age story that superbly captures a whirlwind of emotions. What do you hope readers take away from your story?

Thank you! I hope readers take away several messages from my story.

First, that even though our individual life stories may be very different, we all experience similar emotions at key points in our lives—adolescence, for one, but also other points along the way.

Second, that change is inevitable—nothing is permanent—but it’s good to consider which changes are beneficial and growth-promoting and which ones are destructive. Neither resisting change nor forging ahead just for the sake of change is the best path.

Finally, I think the most important message is that we all can learn so much from cultures other than our own if we open ourselves up to what they have to offer. Given all the mistrust and misunderstanding among different groups of people these days, this message can’t be stressed too often.

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Mango Rash: Coming of Age in the Land of Frangipani and Fanta by [Pokerwinski, Nan Sanders]

Moving to a South Pacific island from small town Oklahoma, sixteen year old Nancy Sanders trades cruising Main Street in search of tater tots for strolling sandy shores with islanders who feast on sea worms and summon sharks with song.

With a dash of teenage sass, MANGO RASH chronicles Nancy’s search for adventure—and identity—in two alien realms: the tricky terrain of adolescence and the remote U.S. territory of American Samoa. Against a backdrop of lava-rimmed beaches, frangipani-laced air, and sensual music, Nancy immerses herself in 1960s island culture with a colorful cast of Samoan and American expat kids.

But life is not one big beach party, Nancy soon finds, when she clashes with her parents over forbidden boys and discovers double standards in the expat community. Samoa, too, is experiencing growing pains as ancient customs collide with 20th-century ways. In the midst of all this, a hurricane shatters the peaceful paradise, delivering lessons in attachment and loss, strength and survival.

Like Nancy, readers of this unforgettable memoir will fall in love with Samoa’s biscuit-tin drum serenades, its mountains like mounds of cut velvet cushions, and its open-hearted people, who face adversity with grace. And just as Nancy does when her own health crisis thrusts her into a very different kind of unfamiliar territory, readers will draw strength from fa’a Samoa: the Samoan Way.

In language as lush as the island landscape, MANGO RASH enchants, entertains, and, ultimately, inspires with its message about embracing and learning from other cultures.

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Rethinking Sex Ed: The Wisdom of Religion….. Without the Crazy

Rethinking Sex Ed: The Wisdom of Religion..... Without the Crazy by [Hammack, Doug]

Sex and sexuality have changed quite a bit in the last decade. It is therefore only natural that the approach to sex education be changed to fit with the times.

Dr Doug Hammack’s book, Rethinking Sex Ed, is a guide to help parents bridge the generational gap that tends to stand in the way of effective sex education. He suggests that a symbiosis between religious and societal teachings on sexuality would be most beneficial. The book details the progression of sex education and shows the reader how and when teachings ceased to be effective.

The book is well written and delivered in an even tone that seeks to inspire the reader to change their stance on their own sex education approach. The book is diplomatic, not fully supporting one approach to the detriment of another. The author acknowledges the importance of all approaches. This book only advocates for amendment of sex education to make it more palatable to the current generation. The author has a very good grasp of the material and is well versed in this subject and speaks from a point of expertise. It would therefore be safe to say that this is a reliable guide book for anyone willing to keep their mind open.

This book is very short which is wonderful, because this could be heavy material with an important message. Dr. Hammack has the ability to keep the reader well engaged and on track with the message. It takes special skills to write a book about sexuality that does not pin point and focus on a particular orientation. The basis of all love and sexuality is the same. We are all inherently the same. In that sense, this book is suitable for anyone regardless of their sexual orientation. It is not even specific to parents either.

Rethinking Sex Ed is an important book that I think is especially important in this time of so much sexual confusion. Children are growing up lacking the appropriate sexual curriculum and therefore never really attain that maturity. This is a recommended read for educators, young adults, and parents.

Pages: 186 | ASIN:  B07JK5H6B5

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Literary Titan Book Awards December 2019

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

Gold Award Winners

Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days by [Wilson Woods, Andrea ]RUNAWAY by [Simonson, C.A.]Tellus (The Thanatos Trilogy Book 2) by [Hackett, Tyffany]

Mango Rash: Coming of Age in the Land of Frangipani and Fanta by [Pokerwinski, Nan Sanders]

Amulet's Rapture (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 3) by [Tanner, Linnea]Spectre: A Kirk Ingram action thriller by [Misquita, Douglas]Harvest by [Werby, Olga]

His Name Was Ezra by [Moody, Craig]The '49 Indian by [Moody, Craig]The Stars of Locust Ridge by [Moody, Craig]

The Fate of Wolves (Legends of the Pale Book 2) by [Smith, Tarrant]

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

XHOSETI: FIRST CONTACT by [STEPHENS, ROBERT J]JUMP!: An epic travel and soul adventure by [Louw, Lenerd]

Talon, Come Fly with Me by [Sedlmayer, Gigi]Beloved Mother by [Hunter, Laura]Heart Land: A Novel by [Stuart, Kimberly]

The Progeny: A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory Book 1) by [Lee, Tosca]The Mars One Incident by [Curtis, Kelly]

PALE FACE & THE RAVEN by [Dighton, Stacey]

Journey to Children of Bwola Dances by [Amaya]

 

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