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UIQX000Z I want to push you, swiftly and hard.

Not in the way that bruises knees and pride but in the way a mama bird nudges her lovies out of the nest.  She knows they’re capable of doing so much more, that they only need a little encouragement.  Mama knows they’ll soon find out she wasn’t being mean after all, that she just wanted them to experience Great Things, Wide Open Spaces…and what they were designed to do.

It slays me to know I’m created in the image of God; I can barely think on it.  I don’t think it’s even possible to comprehend fully all it means. 

If we’re called to be imitators of Christ, to look like the One whose image we bear, what does that mean?  What are the first qualities that come to your mind?  To love lavishly and without condition?  To forgive freely even when you’ve been wronged?  To serve sacrificially and to consider others’ preferences above your own? 

 

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  • http://countrymouseclaire.blogspot.com/ Claire

    Oh, I will play! Here’s to creativity…I am off to haikuise. Is that even a word?
    Cxx

  • http://themanyfacesofsarahhankins.blogspot.com/2010/01/winter.html Sarah

    So, I’ve done a lot of typical art “stuff”, but never tried to write Haiku….So thought I’d give it a whirl just for fun. Thanks for such an awesome post, and I agree that everyone has a creative bone, it’s just a matter of finding it. Just because you don’t paint or draw or sew doesn’t mean you can’t write, scrapbook, do crafts with the kiddo’s, or make music…..give it a try, it’ll be worth it, I promise….

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Ok, NOW its official, Claire….I have a mad crush on you!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Sarah, THANK YOU for chiming in!

  • Deb Sehorn

    you have been such a blessing, I so look forward to sharing your words everday and putting them way down in my heart…may the Lord richly bless you and your family for everything to the abudance for giving this encourgement to others.

  • http://jeniallen.blogspot.com Jeni

    Robin, I think this is a fantastic idea! I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately, and about the fact that we were made in God’s image, and our God is a Creator God, so…we have creative potential built into us! I’m going to try to do something creative every day – whether it’s cooking a special meal, figuring out how to organize the bookshelf, coloring with my 3yo, knitting, or sketching. Finding time for creative expression is important!

  • http://www.thehallahans.blogspot.com Kelly

    Oooh- count me in! Time is at a premium… perhaps all the more reason to pause, connect with Creator, and craft some word-beauty… excited to see what will happen! Thank you for your inspiration- a little nudge goes a long way!

  • http://www.thehallahans.blogspot.com Kelly

    Oooh- count me in! Time is at a premium… perhaps all the more reason to pause, connect with Creator, and craft some word-beauty… excited to see what will happen! Thank you for your inspiration- a little nudge goes a long way!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Awww, Deb, youve BLESSED me greatly with your words.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Awww, Deb, youve BLESSED me greatly with your words.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Youve nailed it Jeni!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Youve nailed it Jeni!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Kelly, your comment-song just made my heart happy dance.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Kelly, your comment-song just made my heart happy dance.

  • http://www.kristinasnowblog.blogspot.com Kristina

    I’m in. I’ve been thinking I need to stretch myself and this is a step in that direction. I’m not good at poetry, but I will use my dusty creative bone!

  • http://www.kristinasnowblog.blogspot.com Kristina

    I’m in. I’ve been thinking I need to stretch myself and this is a step in that direction. I’m not good at poetry, but I will use my dusty creative bone!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Darlin, Ive already read your offering…and I am blessed.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Darlin, Ive already read your offering…and I am blessed.

  • Corie

    I don’t have a link but would like to contribute. I really love this site and it never fails to touch me deep within. I’m from the “pre-computer” age and don’t understand the links, blogging, etc so I will post my Haiku here.
    I long for solice
    an opening of my eyes
    to the heart of God.
    I’m really in a inbetween phase of my life. Seems what I think I need isn’t in my Heavenly Fathers plan for me. Working really hard to “let go” of my sense of what I need and concentrating on being washed in His Love and Rest. Paramenopause doesn’t help either! LOL So thankful for you all!!

  • Corie

    I don’t have a link but would like to contribute. I really love this site and it never fails to touch me deep within. I’m from the “pre-computer” age and don’t understand the links, blogging, etc so I will post my Haiku here.
    I long for solice
    an opening of my eyes
    to the heart of God.
    I’m really in a inbetween phase of my life. Seems what I think I need isn’t in my Heavenly Fathers plan for me. Working really hard to “let go” of my sense of what I need and concentrating on being washed in His Love and Rest. Paramenopause doesn’t help either! LOL So thankful for you all!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Corie, well, hon, you know how to COMMENT!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Corie, well, hon, you know how to COMMENT!!

  • http://hisfirefly.blogspot.com HisFireFly

    Thanks for the challenge to stretch Robin. I’ve linked up to share my love of words and a heart broken for Haiti.

  • http://hisfirefly.blogspot.com HisFireFly

    Thanks for the challenge to stretch Robin. I’ve linked up to share my love of words and a heart broken for Haiti.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    And THAT you did… I dont know why exactly, but your little Haiku really touched me.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    And THAT you did… I dont know why exactly, but your little Haiku really touched me.

  • http://theperch-sheryl.blogspot.com sheryl

    always up for a challenge. hope it’s okay to just write it here. here goes, we’ll see what comes out…
    cold self wandering
    cold and yet in the desert?
    Lord meet me quickly

  • Faran Hearyman

    I loved the Winter theme to give some direction to this “assignment.” I LONG for creativity and feel like I don’t have time for more than a 17 syllable burst. Thanks for the challenge. Here goes:
    The thaw in my heart
    Starts with the warmth of Your grace.
    Cold snap now over.
    I love when He gently and persistently calls me out of myself and into something Higher, Better and Eternal.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oh, Sheryl…I hear your prayer.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Lovely point and in just 17 syllables :) (cookies for you!!).

  • Sarah

    Hi Robin,
    I teach piano so my haiku is in that vein!
    Cold fingers flexing,
    Anticipate the music,
    Lord, I will worship.
    Hope the use of “cold” counts for a winter theme! My prayer for the children I teach is that one day they will worship the Lord in music.
    Thanks for reminding us that God our Creator is the author of creativity.

  • http://bahava.wordpress.com Katy

    wonderful! this is such fun and I LOVED taking a little time to be creative and come up with something and see what others came up with. thanks for the prompt!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Of course it counts…I think subtlety speaks beautifully; word choice doesnt always have to be obvious to convey your thoughts.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oooo, my pleasure…popping over to (in)courage now to catch up on reading links! :)

  • http://www.nebraskagraceful.blogspot.com Michelle at Graceful

    Okay, I have to admit, this was fun! I never knew I had a poet within me (well, that might be a stretch, but still). Thanks, Robin, for offering this opportunity and a bit of a nudge for me to exercise my creativity. I am in the next time you do this!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    You hit it out of the ballpark, girlieQ.

  • Sarah

    Thanks, Robin, for your kind words. Can’t wait for worship in Heaven face to face with the Lord!
    Love your Haiku too, Faran and appreciate your prayer, Sheryl.

  • http://www.forthebirdsblogspot.com Dawn Mulroney

    Loving you, Robin
    In Winter
    My man in slippers
    kids sleeping late in flannels
    dogs find a spot in the sun

  • http://www.todaysrandom.blogspot.com Shannon

    Oh dear, I haven’t done haiku since high school! Well, here goes nothing!
    Faith in the darkness
    Love to keep make warm Decembers
    Turn my face to You.

  • http://forsakenforlent.blogspot.com deb @talk at the table

    I just wanted to say that I loved reading your words this morning,Robin. You do have a way when you share like this. I think I’ve told you before…
    I scrolled to the end to see who was posting.
    I love poetry, and “write” and share on my site , but have never tried this format.
    I do look forward to reading everyone’s contribution. Thanks

  • http://holley.dayspring.com Holley Gerth

    Robin, lovely friend–
    full of life, words, laughter, grace…
    I thank God for you.

  • Mary Warner

    A friend saw your challenge to write a Haiku and sent the challenge on to me. I haven’t written a Haiku since grade school, but I just can’t resist the challenge!
    Dark cold lonely place
    Hidden growth yearning for grace
    Winter of my soul.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    How can I not smile with the image of Joe in slippers?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Wow…faith in darkness brings Light.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oooo, does that mean youre gonna try?
    I had to smile about you reading down to see who writes…cause I wonder how many do that and see my name and say, Robin WHO??

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Thank you for those things in spite of myself.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Mary,
    A souls Winter implies Spring is just around the corner…how thankful I am to have that HOPE!

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    Winter
    Laid bare, trees so tall
    nature covered brown and dull
    yet sun touches all.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    OOooo, I thought of a play on words for yours……and Son touches all.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    OOooo, I thought of a play on words for yours……and Son touches all.

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    HEY! that’s great pensieve!

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    HEY! that’s great pensieve!

  • Paula Jean

    Fun! Here’s a try:
    an icy shimmer
    dances across morning snow
    dressing up the day

  • Paula Jean

    Fun! Here’s a try:
    an icy shimmer
    dances across morning snow
    dressing up the day

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    Oh, I get it! “Pensieve”, AKA Robin!!

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    Oh, I get it! “Pensieve”, AKA Robin!!

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    (cue–dorky snort!)

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ Tammy@If Meadows Speak

    (cue–dorky snort!)

  • Natalie

    I haven’t written poetry for so long, yet it is something I loved doing. Thankyou Robin for inspiring me to be creative again.
    In England, we have had the coldest and snowiest winter for over 30 years. God has opened a door for us to return to Australia so this is our last winter here, hence my haiku…
    glossed red door dusted
    whiteness unseen for so long
    we make memories

  • Natalie

    I haven’t written poetry for so long, yet it is something I loved doing. Thankyou Robin for inspiring me to be creative again.
    In England, we have had the coldest and snowiest winter for over 30 years. God has opened a door for us to return to Australia so this is our last winter here, hence my haiku…
    glossed red door dusted
    whiteness unseen for so long
    we make memories

  • Elaine Wiley

    Hi Robin, Good thing to know that the brain is still on the move. Here is my Haiku:
    “My Cat And I”
    Too cold to go out
    Especially when snow falls
    Think I’ll take a nap.
    Deb, I agree that Robin’s words go way down in my heart.
    Corie, Creativity opens the soul to give glory to the Lord.
    Foran, What a great weather report!
    Paula Jean, Great word picture.
    Thanks Robin for the motivation. Had to link onto the meaning of Haiku and then to the dictionary for a High School reminder of syllables. What fun to read and participate.
    In HIS love, Elaine Wiley

  • Elaine Wiley

    Hi Robin, Good thing to know that the brain is still on the move. Here is my Haiku:
    “My Cat And I”
    Too cold to go out
    Especially when snow falls
    Think I’ll take a nap.
    Deb, I agree that Robin’s words go way down in my heart.
    Corie, Creativity opens the soul to give glory to the Lord.
    Foran, What a great weather report!
    Paula Jean, Great word picture.
    Thanks Robin for the motivation. Had to link onto the meaning of Haiku and then to the dictionary for a High School reminder of syllables. What fun to read and participate.
    In HIS love, Elaine Wiley

  • Kate

    I also don’t have anywhere to link to, but I’d like to join in. I’m in Australia and it’s currently Summer, but the recent loss of my dad has brought something of an internal winter.
    Bleak, dark and lonely.
    Ice wind shocks me back to life –
    Waiting for the spring.
    Thank-you for your blog and this invitation to creativity. :)

  • Kate

    I also don’t have anywhere to link to, but I’d like to join in. I’m in Australia and it’s currently Summer, but the recent loss of my dad has brought something of an internal winter.
    Bleak, dark and lonely.
    Ice wind shocks me back to life –
    Waiting for the spring.
    Thank-you for your blog and this invitation to creativity. :)

  • http://ladybayou.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    Loved this challenge. Keep them coming Robin. It was nice to get the ‘thinking bone’ working again. I try to challenge myself creatively, but have been ‘stuck’ lately. Can’t wait for the next challenge…. =)

  • http://ladybayou.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    Loved this challenge. Keep them coming Robin. It was nice to get the ‘thinking bone’ working again. I try to challenge myself creatively, but have been ‘stuck’ lately. Can’t wait for the next challenge…. =)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Paula Jean,
    Do I dare say this is one of my favorites?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Paula Jean,
    Do I dare say this is one of my favorites?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Thanks, Tammy :).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Thanks, Tammy :).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Natalie,
    Good for you for being intentional about memory-making…thats important.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Natalie,
    Good for you for being intentional about memory-making…thats important.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Elaine–youre channeling a cat!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Elaine–youre channeling a cat!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oh, Kate…hon…Im so sorry for your loss.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oh, Kate…hon…Im so sorry for your loss.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Ive found I often write better with some sort of prompt (whether prose or poetry).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Ive found I often write better with some sort of prompt (whether prose or poetry).

  • http://www.jeanklinger.blogspot.com Jean Klinger

    Robin, I just want to say Thank you for posting this challenge…not only was is fun to stretch the other side of my brain, but all the comments from people have been so uplifting…again Thank You!

  • http://www.jeanklinger.blogspot.com Jean Klinger

    Robin, I just want to say Thank you for posting this challenge…not only was is fun to stretch the other side of my brain, but all the comments from people have been so uplifting…again Thank You!

  • http://countrymouseclaire.blogspot.com/ Claire

    Robin, thank you so much for this! I loved writing my haiku!
    Cxx

  • Dorie

    Here’s my contribution, but I wrote it before I read the other beautiful ones here…so now I’m not so impressed with mine! Ladies, the ones I’ve read so far are amazing! I appreciated the nudge to step outside my comfort zone and create, so here goes:
    Dormancy surrounds
    Bleakness, darkness, but new life
    Lingers underneath

  • Paula Jean

    Robin – thank you for this challenge & for the nice compliment. I’m in next time, too, I’m in. :)

  • Paula Jean

    Kate, thanks for sharing your haiku. It brings me right to feelings of loss that are real & raw. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings!

  • Corie

    Thank you so much Robin for the words of (in)couragement!! I used to write poetry alot but have lost all of my writings. I’ve desired to get back into writing but have lost some confidence in my ability. Maybe this is what I need to jump start my creativity.
    I would like to know where I could go to start a blog. I hope to find an outlet to express myself and share. The one thing I desire the most is for God to be able to love people and touch their lifes through me.

  • Tasha Toms

    I am not a poet by any means but here it goes:
    Winter
    White hand creeps over
    Icy fingers reach for me
    Still warm in God’s light

  • http://aspiretoleadaquietlife.blogspot.com/ A Simple Country Girl

    gentle breezes blow
    covering us with blankets
    of fluffy white snow
    Thanks for the prompt! You helped to open up a part of my heart, and in doing so, I penned and posted additional “broken heart” haiku poems here.
    http://aspiretoleadaquietlife.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiku-hearts-bleed-part-2.html
    Blessings.

  • http://www.denesewrites.com/blog/ Denese B.

    Love the idea of an artistry challenge. Sometimes it’s just that little “kick” we need to take the time to do something really fun : )
    Thanks Robin!
    sparse naked cold still
    HE is HERE rest trust pray wait
    His BREATH of LIFE comes

  • elizabeyta

    This is about the growth and learnings my husband and I are going through this winter.
    All Is Good
    Seek towards the light
    Enfolded hands in the cold
    Growth in the silence

  • http://www.tothinkistocreate.com To Think Is To Create

    Bursting at the seams is right. Here’s my very first ever (can’t count school, right?) haiku:
    From dark of winter
    Life waits with quiet hoping
    God’s love will rain down
    xoxo
    Arianne

  • Ashley

    This is so funny. One of the women I write with encouraged us to do a haiku sometime this month, so your nudge really helped me do it. I wrote these while feeding my baby today, so they are what they are, I guess. So great to read all the expressions of creativity. We are made in the image of an amazingly creative and poetic God.
    soot black crows squawk land
    on unclothed branches, pale sky
    frames day unfurling
    and
    backyard wet leaf brown
    play structure in basement brings
    forts ships snuggling glee

  • http://www.joyinthisjourney.com Joy at Joy in This Journey

    I’m so bummed. The Linky closed before midnight. :(
    Thank you for the challenge, Robin. I enjoyed working on this over the weekend while we were out of town. I thought I would be back in time to link up, but I’ll just leave this in the comments.
    My haiku is here: http://www.joyinthisjourney.com/2010/01/winter.html
    Winter is tougher for me since the death of my daughter in 2008. But at the same time, the cycle of winter to spring reminds me that we wait with hope for the resurrection and the return of our King.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Jean, thank YOU for your participation; this little challenge has blessed me tremendously.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    yaaaaaeeee!!! :)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oh, Dorie….how I love the imagery of new life lingering just below the surface.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Corie,
    My advice is to begin with a free service like blogspot/blogger.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Tasha, I dont believe you for a second…I think you ARE a poet (your words creeped me out before warming me up!).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Blankets of snow…perfect!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Yes…HIS breath of life!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Hmmm, that sounds like another blog post.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Hon….because I know so much more, THIS is precious.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oh, my…Ashley.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Joy, yuck…I have no control over when the Linky closed, but Ive got your post pulled up to read later.

  • Beth

    Snowflakes drifting down
    Each day brings Father’s love-gifts
    Wrapped in silver light.

  • http://mindigetzphotography.blogspot.com Mindi Headrick

    On Pascal’s Avenue
    lace that sparkles bright
    fog horns bellow near at night
    memories take flight

  • http://mindigetzphotography.blogspot.com Mindi Headrick

    On Pascal’s Avenue
    lace that sparkles bright
    fog horns bellow near at night
    memories take flight

  • http://togetherforgood.wordpress.com Erin

    I’m so sad the Mcklinky is closed already! :( My post is here: http://togetherforgood.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/knowing-part-2/

  • http://togetherforgood.wordpress.com Erin

    I’m so sad the Mcklinky is closed already! :( My post is here: http://togetherforgood.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/knowing-part-2/

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Oh, sweet mercy, Beth–Fathers love-gifts??

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Mindi, lace that sparkles?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Mindi, lace that sparkles?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pensieve Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Shoot, Erin…me, too (Im sure that was for the $25 giveaway cut off).

  • Kayla

    Here is mine. A special moment spent with my little girl on a chilly Saturday morning. God is good!
    Tiny fingers reach
    Warm cup of tea with Mommy
    Precious moment shared

  • Kayla

    Here is mine. A special moment spent with my little girl on a chilly Saturday morning. God is good!
    Tiny fingers reach
    Warm cup of tea with Mommy
    Precious moment shared

  • http://www.thisrestlessheart.com/ Kelly Langner Sauer

    I know I missed the deadline. I missed the post, to be honest. But I can’t resist the invitation. So here’s a link with a poem for you.
    Fun fun!

  • http://www.thisrestlessheart.com/ Kelly Langner Sauer

    I know I missed the deadline. I missed the post, to be honest. But I can’t resist the invitation. So here’s a link with a poem for you.
    Fun fun!

  • http://www.thisrestlessheart.com/ Kelly Langner Sauer
  • http://www.thisrestlessheart.com/ Kelly Langner Sauer
  • http://www.faithbarista.com FaithBarista Bonnie

    “Start the New Year with me exercising not just your body, but your soul!..”
    Last time I wrote a haiku was in high school english class ;).
    Reading this post, I felt inspired to pray for God to pour some of His creativity in me. I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me that I could ask for this.
    Hmm… I can’t wait to see how He’ll answer it. This is a fun new idea for me in prayer. Thanks, Robin.

  • http://www.faithbarista.com FaithBarista Bonnie

    “Start the New Year with me exercising not just your body, but your soul!..”
    Last time I wrote a haiku was in high school english class ;).
    Reading this post, I felt inspired to pray for God to pour some of His creativity in me. I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me that I could ask for this.
    Hmm… I can’t wait to see how He’ll answer it. This is a fun new idea for me in prayer. Thanks, Robin.

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