Saturday, April 30, 2011

* * * * * * My 100th Follower * * * * * *

I Just Reached My
100th Follower


Vanilla Mama

I sent you an email. 
I have a small gift I'd like to send
to you as a Thank You!

Sleep My Sweet One

My sweet little one
Before you know it
We’ll see the sun

Sleep, Sleep
My sweet little one
Before you know it
You’ll have some fun

Sleep, Sleep
My sweet little one
Before you know it
My poem will be done

Six Word Saturday


I can no longer feel my right hand!

My Selections for Best of the A-Z Challenge

There were so many wonderful posts for the A-Z challenge.
These are just a few of my favorites from A-Z.

Z is for Zedd - Zzzzzzzz

Sleeping is the ultimate activity!

Sleep is clearly a waste of time!

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© Lisa N ~ 4/30/2011

This form is called a Zedd Poem. Zedd poems form the letter “Z”. The first line states a truth about the title. Followed by single word couplets. The last line states what the title is not.

I'm VERY excited to announce that with this post I will have reached my goal of "100" posts for April! Now if I can just get the last new follower I need to break 100. I've been sitting at 99 all week long.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Fill In we go!

1. I love to eat ice cream right out of the container!
2. Nothing makes people more paranoid than when you give them a wink and a smile.
3. It's how you love that leaves a legacy.
4. If it's bad news, just don't tell me!
5. Well, would you just fill up with water already!  Get it "well" - a deep hole with water in it.
6. "Jeepers Creepers" - a brand new line of spring peepers.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having a glass of wine, tomorrow my plans include Zumba class followed by addressing, stuffing, and preparing for the mail 80 + graduation announcements for my College graduating Son and my High School graduating daughter and Sunday, I want to relax - I NEED that soooooo bad!

Y is for Yoda - Youthful

Yearning, no longer you are!
Yellow-bellied, attitude you have!
Yo-Yo, stable you are not!
Yammer, you always do!

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© Lisa N ~ 4/29/2011

This form is called a Yoda Poem. Yoda poem begins with a title word and predicts the future. Couplets using inverted speech like Yoda used.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Friday Flash 55

When Is It Enough?

When 55 is a struggle to post
and the words just won't come out.

When all you want to do is cry
but instead you decide to shout.

When doing what is perceived as right
is an expecation that is unfair

When treating others well despite
it appears no one really cares.

My Favorite Words and Thoughts - NaPoWriMo #28

Be ACCEPTING – embrace differences
Seek BALANCE – it keeps you level headed
Genuine CARING – honest compassion
True DEVOTION – keep your commitments
Always EMPATHIZE – supportive not sympathy
Deep FAITH – the LORD is always the answer
Practice GRATITUDE – remember to be thankful
Be HUMBLE – someone else is more important than you
INSPIRE others – be an example
Act JOLLY – laughter is contagious
Treat KINDLY – payback will be tenfold
LOVE deeply – give 100% of your love
Expect MIRACLES – they happen every day
NURTURE others – then watch them grow
Act OPTIMISTIC – it is easier then negativity
Speak POSITIVELY – spread happy thoughts
QUIET introspection – look into yourself
Be REMEMBERED – make it for the right reason
SMILE always – you might make someone’s day
Give TRUST – even when it is difficult
Seek UNDERSTANDING – before leaping
VALUE moments – too soon they are gone
WARM hugs – share these with those in need
Find XANADU – keep looking for happiness
YIELD control – avoid rigidity
ZEALOUS living – life is short so live it

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© Lisa N ~ 4/28/2011

NaPoWriMo #28
Make a list of your favorite words today.
Write a poem that uses 90% of the words you wrote down.

X is for Xenia Epigram - Thankfulness

My simple words of thanks
Are often very quiet
They may come across as pranks
That sometimes spark a riot

Yet if I really focus
Keep the sarcasm felt at bay
Without the crazy hocus pocus
I’ll just apologize for the delay

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© Lisa N ~ 4/28/2011
 This form is called a Xenia Epigram. The form represents a thank you of sorts and ends with an apology.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Born Again Haiku Heights #40

Born Again In Christ
Ensures Your Destination
Souls Reservation

A Man (Three Word Wednesday)

A foolish man
Wanders through life
What Could Have Been?

A smart man
Forges a new path
Relishes Each New Day

A worthy man
Shows others mercy
Relief from suffering

You Are Like

You are like a gentle rain
Filling my life like a water main

You are like a blustery breeze
Swinging in like on your trapeze

You are like a sunny day
Forming me from dark and gray

You are like the green of spring
Raising my pulse like a growing thing

You are like a butterfly
Touching and making me liquify

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© Lisa N ~ 4/27/2011

NaPoWriMo #27
Write a poem with 10 metaphors

W is for Wrapped Refrain - My Journey from A-Z

Complexity this journey held
For a challenge I felt compelled
Taking the easy way to me
A cop out that would surely be
While I often experienced perplexity
The chosen forms gave my blogging complexity

Astonishment abounded here
Often stymied by real fear
Kept on trudging diligently
In time became confidently
This journey found me writing with abandonment
My confidence growing strong with astonishment.

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© Lisa N ~ 4/27/2011

This form is called a Wrapped Refrain Poem. 2 or more stanzas
Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12   Rhyming: aabbcc
In each stanza the first 4-syllable word in the first line
must be the last 4-syllable word in the last line.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When My Clock Strikes Before Stopping

When My Clock Strikes Before Stopping

I read this writing from an amazing blogger Kim.

Check it out if you have time! So Profound!

ABC - Letter "O"

The Rule of Oct
If you have eight points you are octactinal
and that is factual

If you are recurring every eight days you are octan
and of that I am a fan

If celebrating the eight hundredth anniversary it is an octingentenary
a time to truly make merry

If you have eight eyes you are octonocular
you must look quite peculiar

If running a government of eight you have an octarchy
quite different from a monarchy.

So, following the rule of eight set up by men
Why, oh Why is October the month of ten

V is for Villanelle - Guiding Light of Love

Your love has become my guiding light
The past took its toll each day
I think of you and all seems right

My adoration grew strong at first sight
Who would think it could be this way
Your love has become my guiding light

The past left me scarred with an ugly blight
To ease the pain that now comes my way
I think of you and all seems right

Filled with angst I’ve learned what might
Become of me if I give control away
Your love has become my guiding light

Anxiety had kept me up at night
Who knew peace would come someday
I think of you and all seems right,

When my life’s adrift and feels uptight
You’re a lighthouse keeping fear at bay
Your love has become my guiding light
I think of you and all seems right

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© Lisa N ~ 4/26/2011

This form is called a Villanelle Poem. It is a 19 line poem,
Very specific rhyming pattern of aba aba aba aba aba abaa
The first and third stanza a repeated in alternating order.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kaleidoscope of Life

My life is a kaleidoscope
With each twist and turn

The foundation

Yet if you look closely
A new view has been created

The structure

U is for Ubi Sunt - Where Are?

Where are the moments of peace and quiet?
Where is my sleeping in?
Where are blogging opportunities?
Where is my happy again?
Where are Saturday and Sunday?

Well, anyway it’s MONDAY!

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© Lisa N ~ 4/25/2011

This form is called Ubi Sunt.
Series of Where are and Where is questions.
Finished by sentence “Well, anyway it’s …….”

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Asking for Forgiveness (For OSI and Sunday Scribblings)

I come to this hallowed place
Knowing that it’s a start
Asking for forgiveness
For the hardness in my heart

Look to you for guidance
After so much pain I’ve felt
How dare I try to question
The hand the Lord has dealt

I’ve been a poor example
Of a Christian woman’s role
The anger and resentment
Eroding at my soul

It’s time to try again
Let hurt and anger fade
Find the shine of love again
Instead of a masquerade

When The One Whose Hand

When the one whose hand you’re holding
Is the one who holds your heart
The life you share together
Will be magical from the start
By cherishing one another
And nurturing it as it grows
Love will blossom before your eyes
Like an innocent and pure white rose

Monday's Child #43 - Master Master

Illustration: Clara Burd

Master Master
What do you ask of me?
I’m ready for adventure
Please tell me what it will be

Will we climb a mountain
Or frolic in the field
Or will we fight a battle
A magic sword for you to wield

Will we search for rainbows
or chase foxes on the run
Or will we join a grand parade
With you it will be fun.

Master Master
What do you ask of me?
I’m ready for adventure
I wonder what it will be

LOVE the Beauty of Nature - NaPoWriMo #24 Challenge

Beauty is allover I am realizing
As I sit among the field of clover
Hidden amongst are foxglove flowers
Looking to the left is see cloven-hoofed deer
In the distance the killdeer plover take flight
At the edge of the field paloverde shrubs reside
Up high in the sky gentle clouds rollover the horizon

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© Lisa N ~ 4/24/2011

NaPoWriMo #24
Write a poem that has the word “love” hidden in it somewhere.
But you cannot use the word “love” by itself, it must be hidden

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Six Word Saturday


Don't get to see my college student son very often.  He's busy student teaching and graduation is quickly approaching. 

I Will - NaPoWriMo Prompt

NaPoWriMo #23
Write a poem where the last word of the first line begins with the first letter of
your name, and the last word of the second line begins with the second letter of
your name until you have spelled out your first and/or your last name.


Work at my…Listening
Strive to be….Inspiring
Always be…...…Supporting
Willingly be...Accepting

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© Lisa N ~ 4/23/2011

T is for Tyburn - Life Is . . . .

Enjoy your life as Blissful, Peaceful,
Remember to be Hopeful, Grateful

This form is called a Tyburn Poem.
A six line poem of 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9.
The first four lines are rhyming and descriptive words.
The last two lines rhyme and incorporate lines 1 – 4 as the 5th-8th syllables.

© Lisa N ~ 4/23/2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap - Check This Out

I came across this challenge and had to share it with my friends.

Here's an overview of the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap:

WHO: Artists in any medium. Photography, painting, poetry, typography, jewelry, sculpture, knitting, cooking, illustration - you name it. If you can have an image of your art printed on a postcard, you are in! If you want to share a blog or website address, I'll have a list of participants posted on the Liberate Your Art page so you can find each other.

WHAT: You will send 5 printed postcards of your original art to me, along with your address and return postage. I will then swap them around and you'll receive 5 postcards from different artists mailed back to you over a period of a few weeks. (The email you receive once you sign up will have all of the details on what to do.)

WHERE: You don't have to go anywhere, and participants from all over the world are welcome! You will send your postcards to me in the US (I'll be moved back by then) and I'll mail them back out from there. Details for international participants will be included in the email.

WHEN: The postcards will need to arrive at my US address between July 5 and July 15.

WHY: To liberate your art into the world, where it can do the most good!

I've set a personal, crazy-big goal for this swap - I would love to have 200 participants from all over the world. Can you imagine, 1000 postcards of wonderful art, winging their way around the world? I can! But I need your help. Please share about this swap on your blog, facebook page, tweet it and get your friends to sign up too. If we reach this goal, I am going to do something crazy too - send a personal post card to each and every person who participates. I get excited (and a little scared) just thinking about it!

Show Not Tell Fiction Challenge

In 300 words or less, write a passage that shows (rather than tells) the following: you're scared and hungry, it's dusk, you think someone is following you, involve all five senses and include these random words: shimmer, saccadic, substance, and salt.

Wandering aimlessly down Beach Parkway, my stomach emitting sounds that I don’t remember hearing before. Gazing out toward the Bay, the vastness of the horizon holds my attention. The grandeur of the yellow ball of fire as it dips into the blue watery horizon is breathtaking, as shimmering streaks of light glide across the water. For just that moment I am transported to another time and place and the hunger is almost forgotten. The salty breeze begins replacing the otherwise calm sky and its remnants can be felt as a burning on my sunburned cheeks. Enough time spent dreaming of a simpler time and place, especially a life that is not destined for me.

My journey takes me to the familiar confines of a small cove. I slow my pace, as the hairs on the back of my neck begin standing on end. A pit forms in my stomach and I recognize the acidic taste of fear in my throat. Spinning around slowly I gaze from left to right. If someone were close enough to see my eyes the saccadic sight would give me away. Chuckling to myself at my own paranoia, I miss the telltale snap and crackle in the distance. My nose crinkled at the intensely sweet scent only seconds before the cloth soaked substance covered my mouth and nose. Then nothing, the world faded to black before I was even acutely aware of what was happening.

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© Lisa N ~ 4/22/2011

Simpler Time and Place

Images of days gone by
Of a simpler time and place
Reminds of how we should try
Life moving at a slower pace

Remembering times we united
Together after our eating
Conversation was ignited
A constant family meeting

Then we adjourned to another space
For wholesome family viewing
Someone in the catbird place
In case of rabbit ear redoing

Shackles of Fear for OSI

What are your shackles?
Are you held back
by fear?
by guilt?
by anger?

Ready to break your bonds?
Are you willing
to believe?
to forgive?
to be happy?

Friday Fill In

1. Pardon me, do you suppose you might hang up the cell phone while you are checking out?

2. You choose to make you life a good deal.

3. I was surprised to find that I really like growing my garden plants from seeds.

4. Stage shows are one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

5. Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm a serial blogger.

6. Nothing beats lazy summer afternoons.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to some time with my husband, tomorrow my plans include spending time with my son and Sunday, I want to go to Easter Service!

Easter (PC - Acrostic Only)

Eggs Are Hidden
All At Ready
Sound The Start
There They Go
Each Child Gathering
Rewards For Finding

Ebb Acrostic Haiku (AH- Acrostic Only)

Each Wave Coming In
Beauty Unseen Before Now
Back Again It Goes

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© Lisa N. ~ 4/22/11

Good Friday Off - Flash 55

Good Friday finds me off of work.
A wonderful thing indeed.
No plans are made just relaxation
It is something I desperately need

Hoping to do some reading
Writing on my blog as well
Maybe some gardening in the yard
Only time will tell.

Good Friday finds me off of work.
A wonderful thing indeed.

S is for Septet - Silly Sally

Sally Sue

Singing Silly Songs

Superbly Sharing Sunshine

Shamelessly Sharing Stupidity

Scattering Snippets Sweetly

Such Shenanigans

Spreads Smiles

© Lisa N ~ 4/22/2011

This form is called a Septet Poem.
Syllable Count by Line is 3, 5, 7, 9, 7, 5, 3

Thursday, April 21, 2011

R is for Rondel - Journey from A-Z

This journey from A to Z
Coming Quickly to an End
Much energy I did Expend
Yet Worth It All You See

I hope you learned from me
New things to comprehend
This journey from A to Z
Coming Quickly to an End

I’m confident we all agree
This journey we recommend
At the risk I might offend
Where is this much fun “free”
This journey from A to Z

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© Lisa N ~ 4/21/2011

This form is called a Rondel Poem. Written in 13 lines.
Two quatrains and a quintet, rhyming as follows:
ABba abAB abbaA.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I Come To You Lord

I come to you Lord
Looking for you to cleanse me
To rid me of that which
is unpleasant for you to see

I come to you Lord
Opening myself to you
Knead my life with your hands
Allowing me to shine through

I come to you Lord
Basking in light from above
My heart melts
From your unconditional love

I Got a Stylish Blogger Award - YEA

I was awarded the Stylish Blogger Award by

To accept the award, you have to do the following

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award.
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.

Seven (7) Things about Myself

1) I have only been seriously blogging now for 2 months.
2) I have “serious” issues with crunchy bugs (i.e. crickets, waterbugs, etc.). I’ll take a snake or rat over them any day.
3) I have major OCD tendencies. Items (such as M&M’s, Skittles, etc) must be separated by color and then eaten in even numbered pairs. Don’t look at me like you think I am weird. LOL
4) I am a Mom and a Stepmom.
5) I dream of publishing a fiction novel someday.
6) I was in Trafalgar Square in London on the day of the riots in 1990.
7) I LOVE Chocolate. It must be made into the newest Food Group.

Paying It Forward

DodgeWrites at
I'm a poet at heart and love to learn. I really enjoy prompting the imagination in others and seeing how they see the world.

A Piece of my Mind at
Champion of the Arts – I write historical and paranormal fiction, as well as poetry. I love to showcase creative works by artists of all stripes. Blogging from Nova Scotia, Canada

Wicked Stepmom at
Lose mind, find mind. Repeat.

Catherine Denton at
Story has the powerful ability to change us. It changed me.

Coming down the Mountain at
I love to read and I believe in the power of books to change lives. My passion is to empower authors and promote literacy. Editor, WiDo Publishing. Co-founder, I blog (excessively) about writing, editing, and publishing issues. I tweet a lot. My published works are Farm Girl, a memoir, and Uncut Diamonds, a novel. House of Diamonds is scheduled for 2011 release by WiDo Publishing

Conversations with Laurie at
I created this blog so I could express my feelings and share them with you. I am full of gratitude for the wonderful life I have now because I went through a lot of painful experiences in early adulthood. I hope to share my inspiration and pass it on. Life is good- live it. Share with others your joy. God bless.

Rogues Home Cooked at
Nothing but home cooked goodness.

Encouragement for Christian Writers at
Devotions to uplift and inspire fellow travelers on the writing path.

Poetry Wellspring at
Poetic journey and analysis of poetry, in our family view, from the Classics to Medieval, Romantic to Restoration, Victorian to Modern poetry.

Snakesmom Crazy Cartoon at
Just all around great blog site

Q is for Quinzaine - Ode to Feet

Ode to abused lovely feet
How do you survive
all the pain?

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© Lisa N ~ 4/20/2011

This form is called a Quinzaine Poem.
Written in 3 lines. Line 1 is 7 syllables.
Line 2 is 5 syllables and is the beginning of a question.
Line 3 is 3 syllables and is the end of the question.

NaPoWriMo #20 - Write a poem about your feet.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday's Child #42 - Goosey Lucy

Illustration: Elizabeth Webbe

Sunday Morning
Chores Abound
Goosey Lucy
Runs Around

Breezes Drifts In
Curtains Blow
Strawberries Flapping
To and Fro

Sash of Blue
The Wrinkles Gone
Goosey Lucy
Moving On

ABC Wednesday - Letter N

Never Doubt
Expect Success
Value Moments
Enjoy Life
Realize Worth

Stop Negativity
Avoid Obstacles
Yield Fear

Never Stop
Evaluate Life
Vindicate Self
Endure Change
Respect Options

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© Lisa N ~ 4/20/2011

I Dreamt

I dreamt a dream
and wondered.
What can it mean?

I dreamt a dream
and believed.
What can it mean?

I dreamt a dream
and achieved.

Eggs - Ugh

Eggs With Runny Yokes
An Allergic Reaction
Poised To Make Me Sick

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© Lisa N ~ 4/19/2011

Stress - 15 Words or Less

Self Induced
Allowing Over Commitment
Unrealistic Expectation of Self
Creates Inaccurate Picture of Life

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© Lisa N ~ 4/19/2011

YEA! I Got An Award

I got this award from
Thanks so much!!!!!!

P is for Pensee - Poetic Muse

Patient Artist

Regally poised, pen in hand
Clear mind that is free of clutter
Come now elusive muse

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© Lisa N ~ 4/19/2011

This form is called a Pensee Poem. A modern form with syllable count 2-4-7-8-7 but further line 1 is the subject, line 2 gives description, line 3 action, line 4 the setting, line 5 a final thought.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Small Minded Limerick

NaPoWriMo #18
Write a poem about something that is small that is only 5 lines long.
For those who are small minded
By arrogance you are blinded
Selfish attitude
Your comments are rude
Might help if you are reminded

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© Lisa N ~ 4/18/2011

O is for Ottava Rima - Opinion on Easter

It is true that Easter means so many things
If you will indulge I would like to share
It is much more then eggs the bunny brings
To me it is important that there is prayer
Remember Resurrection on angel wings
Just my opinion, making you aware
While the eggs and baskets are in season
Please don’t forget the ultimate reason

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© Lisa N ~ 4/18/2011
This form is called a Ottava Rima Poem.
Written in 8-line octives. Each line is of 10 or 11 syllables.
Rhyming sequence is abababcc.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cranberry Confusion

NaPoWriMo Prompt #17  - Write a poem that includes these words:  bamboozled, bludlust, bibliography.  Have the title include on of these words:  contradiction, constellation, cranberry
A simple small red berry
With such a lovely taste
Bamboozled me when freeze dried
It seems like such a waste

I search across the internet
Looking for an explanation?
Bibliography on wiki
Gave no explanation

It continues to raise my hackles
Berries treated to a bloodlust
Yet knowing what the reason
Is no longer such a must

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© Lisa N ~ 4/17/2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

N is for Nonet - Spring Is Coming

Gusting winds in front of the rainstorm
Leaves and flowers on the pear tree
Crocus blossoms popping out
The Seedlings taking root
Sprinkles coming down
Dogs sunbathing
Birds in Trees

This form is called a Nonet. A Nonet has nine lines.
The first line has nine syllables and each line decreases to one syllable.

NaPoWriMo #16
Write a poem about 10 things I’ve seen in the last 24 hours.

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© Lisa N ~ 4/16/2011

Six Word Saturday


I need to be up in about 6 hours. 

What am I doing still awake?  

Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Mirror Refrain - Mystified at the Zoo

A Monkey and His Muffin
From Branch To Branch They Sway
It Was Quite The Sight To See
When I Went To The Zoo Today

A Hippo and Her Hamburger
She Swam Away From Me
When I Went To The Zoo Today
It Was Quite The Sight To See

A Lion and His Licorice
Caused The Crowd To Shout Hooray
It Was Quite The Sight To See
When I Went To The Zoo Today

An Otter and Her Oranges
Tossed Up High Right Near A Tree
When I Went To The Zoo Today
It Was Quite The Sight To See

This form is called a Mirrored Refrain and is rhyming poetry written in quatrains.
Within the quatrain are the “mirrored refrain”. The rhyming scheme is xaBA,xbAB,xaBa,xbAB.
x does not rhyme within the poem. A and B represent the refrain.

NaPoWriMo #15
Write a poem about the wallpaper on your computer.

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© Lisa N ~ 4/15/2011