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Alpha Mom

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My husband recently went away for a weekend with a bunch of his guy friends. He sent me a photo from the trip – out gallivanting with all his buddies.

I was tempted to send him a photo back… me with a bunch of kids and laundry.

But I didn't. Because the truth is – I was really, really happy he went. My husband works hard and dedicates himself to his family. So if he can get a few days away with some of his closest friends – to talk, laugh, drink (maybe in moderation) – then he should absolutely [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

My husband recently went away for a weekend with a bunch of his guy friends. He sent me a photo from the trip – out gallivanting with all his buddies.

I was tempted to send him a photo back… me with a bunch of kids and laundry.

photo source: Kelcey Kintner

But I didn't. Because the truth is – I was really, really happy he went. My husband works hard and dedicates himself to his family. So if he can get a few days away with some of his closest friends – to talk, laugh, drink (maybe in moderation) – then [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

We recently received a sobering question from a teen, and what I really want to do is give her a big hug, but since that's impossible (and would probably be construed as creepy, even if it wasn't), I'm just going to answer her question here. She writes:

Hello, I have recently found out that my friend has an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts. She has been going to residential and daily hospitals, so I never get to see her. I want to let her know that I am thinking of her because she needs it. Could you help me figure out [...]

Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

We recently received a sobering question from a teen, and what I really want to do is give her a big hug, but since that's impossible (and would probably be construed as creepy, even if it wasn't), I'm just going to answer her question here. She writes:

Hello, I have recently found out that my friend has an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts. She has been going to residential and daily hospitals, so I never get to see her. I want to let her know that I am thinking of her because she needs it. Could you help me figure out [...]

Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom
Teacher Appreciation Badges DIY by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Are you looking a teacher gift, something easy and fun for your kids to give to their teachers during Teacher Appreciation, as a thank you, holiday, or for the year-end? Flowers and school supplies are are nice but a Best Teacher badge and ribbon is even better!

Supplies you will need Our Teacher Appreciation Badge printable (click here) scissors tape (double stick and regular tape) paper doilies card stock (optional) sticky-backed pins (or you could use regular safety pins too) ribbon

Directions to make your Teacher Appreciation Badges

First, cut the Teacher Appreciation circles. Pick the one you like best or make them all like [...]

Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

Catholic Icing

"The icing on your Catholic cake! - Info & Crafts for Kids"

If you're looking for ways to observe Lent with your kids this year, you've come to the right place! Browse all my Lenten resources for families by subject below. Click on the link for full directions or printables. Be sure to save this link- I update this post every time I come out with new Lenten resources for kids.


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Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

Lenten Planning Pages– an 18 page pack to help you lay out your Lenten and Easter plans for a smooth journey [...]

Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Source: Catholic Icing
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I made a printable book that tells the story of Holy Week for children. The story is adapted from the book of Matthew, and the story is illustrated by your child and his or her handprints.

Each handprint picture is designed to be loads of fun, and easy to replicate! Even the youngest of children can participate in a handprint craft, and the craft also becomes a keepsake to be treasured. Imagine pulling this book out for years to come to read it to your children and grandchildren, saying things like “look how small your mommy's hand used to be!”

Each [...]

Thu, Mar 03, 2016
Source: Catholic Icing

You can see all of my Lenten Posts by clicking here, or browse the links below.

Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

See all the Ash Wednesday Posts Here.

Preparing for Lent With Children– are you ready?

Bury the Alleluia

Pretzels for Lent

Sacrifice ideas for kids

The Lent Song for Kids

Counting Down the Days of Lent:

Print this Lenten Countdown calendar– this is by far the most popular Catholic Icing post of all time!

Make a crown of thorns

Easy Crown of thorns craft

Giving Alms– a coin every day!

Check out all the Lenten [...]

Thu, Jan 28, 2016
Source: Catholic Icing
Honoring Mary in May with kids

Here's my post from a few years ago about honoring Mary in May. I have links to all of my May Crowning resources at the bottom of this post. I hope your family is blessed with some ideas.

Since the month of May is dedicated to Mary, it's a great time to honor her with your little ones!

Some years, our family has a May crowning or makes a May altar for Mary.

This year, our family… moved across 3 states, had a case of the shingles, completed a police academy, delivered a baby 12 minutes [...]

Mon, Apr 27, 2015
Source: Catholic Icing
montessori lent lessons for kids

For anyone who's been following along, you know about my printable Passion set of peg dolls, and my Easter set of printable peg dolls. Well, it's time to bring those peg dolls full circle, my friends.

I absolutely love the Montessori method of telling Bible stories. Catholics have a program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Orthodox people have a version, and the Protestants have a version called Godly play. They are all extremely similar, and I think it's because they're all based directly off of Maria Montessori's work. Serious Disclaimer Coming* [...]

Thu, Apr 02, 2015
Source: Catholic Icing

Carrots for Michaelmas

Carrots for Michaelmas: "My little spot of the web to discuss faith, motherhood, literature..."

I was so excited when my daughters were old enough to take ballet classes. Dance was such a precious part of my girlhood. I studied ballet from elementary school through high school, performing in ballet companies and musical theatre productions. I rediscovered ballet after my oldest child was born when I started teaching at my former studio and working as a rehearsal assistant for the ballet company.

The opening notes of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker raise my blood pressure as years of memories of waiting in the wings ready to emerge as a toy soldier, a party guest, or Clara rush back to [...]

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

When life is crazy, do you reach for certain titles on your bookshelves? I definitely do.

During the year that we sold our house and moved from Florida to Texas so we could live on a farm and Daniel could switch careers and start a livestock internship, I struggled to read anything new. But I did re-read all of L.M. Montgomery's Anne books, Jane Austen's complete works, and the entire Harry Potter series.

Those are some of my comfort books–part of my self-care. They make me feel safe, happy, and sane even when life is throwing me for a loop and is [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Two years ago we were living a life we didn't want. It included an unfulfilling office 9-5 for Daniel that required too much overtime and didn't leave enough hours for family time. We just weren't thriving.

Now we're both doing good work that fuels our creativity. Daniel is working at a non-profit faith-based training farm–putting on farm-to-table dinners, directing farm sales and marketing, making value-added products like goat's milk soap/canned goods, and partnering with the local community with programs like the Veggie Prescription plan that allows doctors to prescribe farm fresh veggies to patients who would benefit from them. He loves [...]

Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

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If you're a parent, you definitely understand the whole parenting perfectionism phenomenon. It tells us, don't EVER take your eyes off your child. Interact with them every day 24/7 –no breaks for laundry, sending a text message, or talking to your spouse! Sacrifice your health, your sanity, your passions, and everything else in order to make their childhood perfect.

Everything from food choices to traveling sports teams to owning only wooden toys to teaching them multiple languages before kindergarten should consume every second of your life. You need to go out to dinner sans kids? What [...]

Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Welcome to This Week's Miscellany, the occasional round up of Carrots family updates, photo dumps, books I'm reading, links I loved, and big news.

It's Eastertide! We survived another Easter Vigil with three kids. It gets a little easier every year and it's totally worth the effort because of how much they love it. Even though it's three hours. I mean, it starts with a giant fire and candles so that's a big crowd pleaser with the 8 and under crowd. Then if they can make it through an hour of Scripture readings then the baptisms and confirmations of all [...]

Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Catholic Mom

Catholic Mom: "We celebrate all things Faith, Family, and Fun from a Catholic perspective."

Today's Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 – Third Sunday of Easter

The little girl asked, “Was that Jesus?” as they passed the old woman limping as she pushed her grocery cart. The old lady had asked, “Help me?” Her mother shook her head.

They passed the smelly old man who lived under the bridge. He had no teeth, but he smiled as they rushed past him. “Was that Jesus?” the child asked. “Of course not. He just wanted some money.” She pulled her child close and held her tightly. She wanted to go home [...]

Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Welcome to the Getting Past Perfect Book Club! We're reading Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood, by Kate Wicker.

I got a phone call from my mom this morning, like I do most every morning. “I saw the family picture you posted on Facebook. Mary's dress was a bit short. Your father is upset. Someone else even made a comment to me about it. They were surprised.”

Surprised at what? That my 19-year-old daughter has free will and pushes the “nothing above the fingertip” boundaries? Good grief, she has [...]

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom
Shalom World TV "WOMAN" programs

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Woman: Strong Faith, True Beauty” opened its first season on Shalom World TV in Fall 2016.

The series is hosted by the author of True Radiance, Lisa Mladinich and her co-hosts, Andrea Vasquez and Christie Young. The show brings the vocation, spirituality and dignity of woman to the forefront with relatable topics and stories of accomplished Catholic women from around the world.

WOMAN highlights vocation, spirituality, dignity of women. Hosted by @lisamladinich
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Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

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Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Today's Gospel: John 6:16-21 – St. Catherine of Siena

Fear can be paralyzing. It can cement us to the very spot that terrifies us because with fear often comes an inability to make a decision. We are so afraid we don't know what to do. I have felt that fear. A few years ago my husband was seriously ill, in a health crisis that could have gone either way. I was very afraid. I can remember standing next to him while he lay in the hospital bed and praying, “God help me, I [...]

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Dads

Catholic Dads

Catholic Dads: "This is a site to help build community among Catholic Dads."

Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Paul Thigpen
Tan Books
ISBN 9781618906533
ASIN B00SZDHHJ6

Like it or not, you are at war.


This book is excellent. To be honest I had no idea where to begin with writing a review. So I went back to the book and copied my highlighted texts from the introduction and first chapter to give you a taste. To begin with we have: “First, belief in Satan's existence and activity is today widely dismissed as an outdated superstition. As a result, most Catholics hear very little about him, leaving them unprepared to understand and defeat him. They need to [...]

Tue, Feb 24, 2015
Source: Catholic Dads
marines1

It's a new year, gentlemen. So what does that mean for us? Maybe you are on this site because you feel that itch. Something telling you that you can be better. Something deep inside of you wanting to be better. I found this website about a year ago in the same position. I didn't like where I was as a husband, a father, or a child of the Most High God. I resolved to change how I approached everything in life to position myself to be what God created me to be. I am still not there but I must [...]

Sat, Jan 03, 2015
Source: Catholic Dads
Freeing Tanner Rose Faith and Kung Fu Book 1 T.M. Gaouette Createspace ISBN 9781494305062 This is the second novel I have read by T.M. Gaouette and I have enjoyed both immensely. However the pace and intensity in this story was gripping. I barely put the book down and read it in two extended settings. When I finished this novel, I was really wishing for more. It was only when I went to do some research for the review that I discovered it is the first in a series called Faith & Kung Fu. This story was a very intense read. From [...]
Mon, Dec 29, 2014
Source: Catholic Dads
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As Christians we must always speak the truth in justice but treat one another with mercy.

In today's climate, many tell others not to judge. Often what they mean is “leave me alone” or, “leave him/her alone.” Sometimes people use it as a reason to not speak, after all, “who am I to judge.” For too many it is an excuse. What they really mean is that “I am so glad I don't have to say anything.” Used in these ways, it is a way to let everyone stay comfortable. It is also used in political and social contexts [...]

Thu, Nov 06, 2014
Source: Catholic Dads
michael_archangel

I subscribe to a lot of different email lists that I find can be a positive influence in my life. Most of them are faith-based and some are health-based. One of the lists I subscribe to is by a health and fitness guy who is also a Christian, Shaun Hadsall. I read one this morning that got me thinking. I have an evil twin. Do you?

There are two distinct versions of me. When I was younger, I would frequently party, drink, engage in behavior and act in a manner that was doing nothing good for me. I was an [...]

Tue, Oct 07, 2014
Source: Catholic Dads

Doctor's Notes

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Dr. Sears

Young Athletes Need a Diet Rich in Omega-3s and Antioxidants

My friend, Dr. Michael Lewis, Director of the Brain-Health Education and Research Institute, recently publicized what we Little League coaches and parents have long known – heavy training and sports competitions can stress the immune system. Dr. Lewis made the point that athletes tend to have lower levels of omega-3 fats in their bloodstream because their bodies use them more quickly than non-athletes. To maintain good immune strength, young athletes need to “go fish!” I tell my Special Olympics team: “Eat at least three fistfuls of wild salmon at least three [...]

Fri, Apr 07, 2017
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
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Does Your Family Have Diabetes?

The headline on March 10, 2016 in the Los Angeles Times read: “Almost half in the state are at risk for diabetes.” While many have always thought those “granola-fed Californians” are a bunch of health food nuts, researchers from UCLA have recently determined that 55 percent of California adults either have diabetes or pre-diabetes. This reminds me of a startling statistic from the Centers for Disease Control in the year 2000, in which health experts predicted: “Unless American families change the way they eat and live, one-third of American children are destined to become diabetic.” [...]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
Mommy Brain

“Mommy brain” is for real – so is “daddy brain.” A must-read article in Scientific Mind, October 2015, explores the reality that we have always written about, birthing a baby and parenting a child changes all the brains involved in this wonderful process: mommy, daddy, and baby – for the better. Once upon a time writers of baby books downgraded “mommy brain” to a spacey stage of foggy brain and forgetting where you put the car keys. That was old school. While there is some truth to this forgetfulness – we believe that it's the brain's way of [...]

Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
Diaper Size

One of the first things you learn as a new parent is how to change a diaper, and before long you become a diaper-changing expert. The next type of diaper change you should be aware of is changing diaper sizes.

You may have noticed your little one has gotten a bit bigger and you're wondering when is the right time to move from newborn diapers to size one, two, three and above. Here are a few signs I recommend parents look out for to help them know when it is time to move on up:

Butt Coverage: Are you noticing your baby's [...]
Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
Baby Proofing

Before giving birth, parents often feel a strong natural urge to provide a safe environment for their baby – often called “nesting.” Of course, your baby won't be mobile for several months, so don't feel too pressured to get all the baby proofing done right away. But once baby begins to kick, roll and eventually crawl, you must take the proper precautions to ensure their safety. Baby proofing an entire home can sometimes seem a bit daunting, especially if you are a new parent, so here are some tips to make sure your home is prepared for your [...]

Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Source: Ask Dr. Sears

New Evangelizers

New Evangelizers

If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God! (Acts 5: 38b-39)

Ever find yourself fighting against God? I have. It makes no sense.
• God is all-powerful. Things will turn out the way he wants. It's inevitable.
• God's will is for ultimate good to triumph. Why resist?
• God is all-knowing. Do I really think I know better than God?

Besides, when I fight reality, reality always wins.

Unfortunately, self-will is sneaky and dies hard. A few years ago I attended [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

St. John the Evangelist can certainly be classified as one of the first Christian evangelists. St. John is given many titles, the Beloved, the Apostle, the son of thunder, of Patmos, the Presbyter. It is argued that he had so many names and experiences and has written so many documents that he is probably several different people. There is no convincing evidence, so far.
St. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome. He was the younger brother of James, implied by James always being listed first . Zebedee had a fishing company, with several boats and hired men. Both sons [...]

Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

It's no wonder that devotion to Divine Mercy continues to grow in popularity. After all, who wouldn't be attracted to a Jesus who is depicted as “love and mercy itself”? Let's face it, hearing that there is no one and nothing that is beyond God's mercy seems almost too good to be true. But that pretty much is the truth about God, isn't it? God actually is that good, that loving, that merciful.

Most of us take a cue from the Sunday after Easter and focus on receiving God's mercy in our lives. We recognize the ways in which we resonate [...]

Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

Don't take what's not yours.

This is a principle that most of us learn in kindergarten. And for the most part, I would imagine that many of us are not law breakers who engage in theft. So what does this commandment say about us?

In the modern world this includes taking the intellectual property of others. Those ads and warnings about piracy of movies and music are not just notices about breaking the law but also about breaking the commandments. “But everyone does it,” is a common response. However, that is never a justification before God. [...]

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God: with Christ I am nailed to the cross. And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me. Galatians 2:19-20

We have just finished celebrating 40 days of Lent and we walked with Christ through his Holy Passion. We have celebrated Easter in many different ways but I can safely assume those celebrations included a great [...]

Sat, Apr 22, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

Brandon Vogt

Brandon Vogt - blogging, writing, speaking

St. Josemaría Escrivá once said that, “Reading has made many saints.” But reading what? Magazines? Cereal boxes? Escriva surely didn't mean reading the stream of breathless news articles on your Facebook feed. He meant to encourage spiritual reading, a special discipline by which we grow closer to God through slow, meditative journeys through the Bible and other holy books.

I've seen this in my own life—not that I'm anywhere near a saint, but I've experienced real spiritual progress through reading. My daily spiritual routine involves setting aside time to not only pray and go to Mass, but also to read [...]

Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Brandon Vogt

Today we continue our regular series called “Learning from the Saints.” Our guide is expert Bert Ghezzi, a dear friend of mine and the author of numerous books including Voices of the Saints, Saints at Heart, and Discover Christ: Developing a Personal Relationship with Jesus.

His more recent books are The Power of Daily Mass and The Heart of Catholicism. You can learn more about Bert and his work at BertGhezzi.com.

Today, Bert profiles St. Vincent Ferrer, the patron saint of builders, construction workers, and plumbers.


Vincent Ferrer was an activist. He was renowned [...]
Wed, Apr 05, 2017
Source: Brandon Vogt

Hopefully you're subscribed to “The Word on Fire Show,” the weekly podcast and radio program we produce at Word on Fire.

Each week, I sit down with Bishop Robert Barron for half an hour to chat about all sorts of topics, ranging from movies to books to prayer to theology. We've done around 70 episodes of the show and they've been download over 1.5 million times.

But out of all the episodes, I think the most recent one is the best. It was on the topic of hope, and how it differs from mere earthly desire and attachment.

While I [...]

Fri, Mar 17, 2017
Source: Brandon Vogt

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” — St. Augustine

Since I've built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached. Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

Today I'm giving away TEN copies of a newly reprinted Fulton Sheen book, Justice and Charity. Learn more and enter below!

Justice and Charity

by [...]

Fri, Mar 03, 2017
Source: Brandon Vogt

Today we continue our regular series called “Learning from the Saints.” Our guide is expert Bert Ghezzi, a dear friend of mine and the author of numerous books including Voices of the Saints, Saints at Heart, and Discover Christ: Developing a Personal Relationship with Jesus.

His more recent books are The Power of Daily Mass and The Heart of Catholicism. You can learn more about Bert and his work at BertGhezzi.com.

Today, Bert profiles St. Katharine Drexel, the patron saint of racial justice and philanthropy.


Contemplation and generosity vied for first place in Katharine [...]
Fri, Mar 03, 2017
Source: Brandon Vogt

The Catholics Next Door

"Living Out Our Catholic Faith in Today's World"

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Make Prayer a Practice

As enthusiastically as we accept a close friend's invitation to a backyard picnic, we need to model to our children to accept God's invitation to share yourself with him in prayer. God is with you always and everywhere and you can most certainly model and pray whenever and wherever you want! If you pray daily together, you will build the practice of daily prayer for yourself and set that example for your child.

How do you build this practice? We build practices simply by doing something over and over again...until they become second nature. (The regularity is more important than the length!) Prayer is not a chore to complete, but rather a gift. Remind yourself that this is actually good for you, like a plant that needs sunshine and water, you need spiritual enrichment. Designating a special time and place is helpful. Make a sacred space in your home, a little oasis. Have your children help to decorate it by including their own pictures and notes to God, a Bible, a flower in a vase, a candle, a crucifix, your rosary, etc. Remove the pressure of trying to "impress" God with the "right words". You don't have to prove yourself to God. Just be present...let God do the work! Make sure every special occasion includes family prayer...birthdays, family meals, the loss of a pet, the birth of a baby, an illness, both joyful and sad. Say grace before meals...even in restaurants.

Children learn from their parents. One of the best things we can teach is the practice of daily prayer. The family is the first and most important "teacher"...where children not only learn to pray, but to worship God, to love, to forgive, and to work together.

-- Mrs. Sandy Robertson
Principal Mother Teresa Catholic Academy
The Diocese of Joliet
Crete, Illinois 

 

Dear Parents With Young Children in Church

Jamie Bruesehoff 

Blogger, 'I Am Totally *That* Mom'

Posted: 09/14/2013 10:03 am

You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.

I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.

And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper. I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone's eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way...(read more)

 

When satan steals your motherhood

  Christie Elkins  Blogger, 'Letters from the Nest'

It is there, and it creeps up like a silent killer. Maybe it is the wet underwear that you found floating in the hallway bathroom. Or the cat food that has been flung out on the floor like tiny marbles waiting to trip up a passerby. Or the loud thumping and yelling and tantruming as if we live in some sort of primal age where roaring and beating your chest were the only way to get other’s attention.

And all of that madness and anger? It wasn’t the kids. It was me.  The mother. The one who left a pair of Superman undies in a bathroom we rarely use for days, fed the cat without my glasses after someone else forgot, and the loud, obnoxious, downright scary human being I can be when I have just had more than I can handle...(read more)

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