Waiting for Spring – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “clouds” to “shroud,” and I left the word “spring.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

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Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

Waiting for Spring

Winter winds beckon –
as gray mists shroud the mountain,
nature springs anew.
Just when I think it’s over
Mother Nature throws a blow.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Use these hashtags to tag your post and to Tweet each other’s poems#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Tanka, #poem

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: CLOUDS & SPRING, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions from the photo above.

STAY TUNED FOR NEXT TUESDAY’S POETRY CHALLENGE.
MY POETS HAVE GRADUATED, AND WE WILL BE STARTING SOMETHING NEW…

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 25 – Clouds & Spring

Happy TANKA Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

It’s worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time). 
That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon)
Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

As time permits, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA

If you add these hashtags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines

If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 24th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – FIRE & RAIN: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – FIRE & RAIN/Two on a Rant

Fire & Rain – Playing with words

Tanka: Fire & Rain – Jane Dougherty Writes

Soul on Fire – Reena Saxena

When Nature Muse (Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

“FIRE & RAIN” – Mick E Talbot Poems

Promise | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire and Rain | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Untouched by the Rain (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Fire & Rain | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka //Poetry Challenge// Rain & Fire – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Fireflies | The Syllabub Sea

Coming of Spring: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

When the Cold Wind Blows | method two madness

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire & Rain/Deepikas Ramblings

A #Colorado Spring – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Method Two Madness (Kerfe & Nina). Excellent imagery in her words and make sure and play the song while you are reading her Tanka.

Read the fourth line! The description is excellent.

If you see fire, if
fire is spilled, smothered by rain,
stolen from the sun–

are bridges burned, rivers run
dry?  A cold flaming.  Unquenched.

©2017 Method Two Madness

James Taylor released his album “Sweet Baby James” in 1970, the year I graduated from high school.  It was a constant in my life for the next few years and remains a touchstone for remembering that time.


When Colleen titled her tanka challenge this week “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor’s song immediately began to play in my head.  Almost all the songs on “Sweet Baby James” talk about the sun, yet there’s a touch of melancholy in every word.  Colleen’s prompt photo, too, seems to reflect these contradictory feelings.  Endings, beginnings:  fire and rain.  My tanka is an imagined conversation with the album and the song.

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CLOUDS & SPRING

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the prompt words don’t Inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo BELOW:

Image credit: Pixabay.com

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Contest open to the U.S, Canada, and in the U.K

There are three ways to win: Sign up for Colleen’s Monthly Fairy Whispers Newsletter and/or follow Colleen Chesebro – Fairy Whisperer on Facebook, and/or follow @ColleenChesebro on Twitter. Once you have completed these steps, you are entered into the contest.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this contest runs from March 12, 2017, through March 18, 2017. 

This is a random drawing using the Gleam Competitions App. On March 19, 2017, I will announce the winner on my blog: colleenchesebro.com.

The winner must notify me by email at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com and provide me with their address NLT March 22, 2017, so that I can mail their signed copy to them. Please allow two weeks after the end of this contest for mailing time.

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The Seasons – Hugh’s Photo Challenge

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, who is being hosted by the ever fabulous, Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, we are to show what “Season” means to us.

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

I love the four seasons and that is one of the reasons we moved from Florida to Colorado… I know one extreme to another. It does make for some interesting weather, though! Here is a quick pick of the seasons as I have know them the last couple of years!

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Winter

This is a photo of our oak tree last November. It was our first Colorado blizzard. (This tree has no signs of growth this spring. I believe it has passed on to the great tree heaven up above)

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My granddaughter’s Azalea – first spring bloom in Florida

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Summer in Montana – a gently rolling stream back in the woods

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Fall in Colorado – Better pictures coming this year!

Here’s to hoping for a fabulous day where ever you are! TGIF!

Is it Friday yet

Awaiting Spring – A Haiku

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The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #94 words are: “Diamonds & Pearls.”

The poetic opportunities presented by these two words are endless. The most logical assumption is that “diamonds and pearls” are a girl’s best friend! At least we can all hope.

For me, it is really hard not to link these words without a romantic notion slipping into my thoughts. Instead, I will concentrate on the arrival of spring to the Rocky Mountains. It has to be coming soon… I am told the magic day is Mother’s Day!

On my daily walk today with Sugar and Spice, I felt the cold fingers of the north wind blowing down from the towering mountains into the plains far below. I shivered and watched as black clouds billowed and formed taking turns hiding the sun. I can tell rain is coming, and that is a good thing.

Colorado Spring Time

Snow diamonds gleam –

beneath the pearly moonbeams,

spring still has not sprung.

Happy Day

Silver is still waiting for spring!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #90 Friend & Shiver

This week’s haiku challenge prompt words from Ronovan are “friend and shiver.” Friend = ally and Shiver = quake. Since I missed last week’s challenge, I thought I had better get this up early. I am in the full flush of spring fever!

I love spring! Today, on my walk with Sugar and Spice, I saw my first forsythia bushes starting to bloom. These are some of my favorite spring blooming bushes. The warm sunny yellow blooms shine through the draping of snow that wraps around the base of the bushes like a collar of lace.

Forsythia buds –

quaking through the Ides of March,

April rains friend blooms.


Happy Spring, my friends!


RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #86 Flash & Dance

Ronovan’s words for this week’s haiku inspiration are “flash and dance.” I used ‘glimmer’ for flash and let the word ‘dance’ stand by itself. I really had to pause because I immediately got a vision of a flash dance in my head…

O.K. well, maybe not! Anyway, here is my contribution for the week called,

“A Glimmer of Hope.”

A glimmer of hope –

nature’s last dance with winter,

brings balmy spring rains.

I am patiently waiting for springtime in the mountains. Our lawn is mostly brown but I see a hint of green at the roots. Rain is predicted for Sunday! I am excited to see how our Colorado blooms in the spring! BRING it ON!

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing you all!

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Ephemeral Fairy Swamp

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Fairy Swamp is changing quickly here in Pensacola, Florida, as emerald leaves frame this image in time.  The bright green leaves of spring will soon give way to the cool darkness of the summer swamp.  The leaves and vines will soon be thick, making it near impossible to see into the murky waters, that today reflect the blue sky above.

I could hear frogs with their deep rumbling croaks welcoming me to view their world.  Mockingbirds, cardinals, and blue birds flitted about in the almost naked limbs of the trees.  The fragrance of wild flowers danced on the breeze, while swamp fairies disguised as butterflies drank dew from the vines in the trees.  Click here to see the latest adventures in Fairy Swamp.

Thanks for popping in to see my ephemeral Fairy Swamp for this week’s photo challenge with The Daily Post!  I look forward to seeing you all again!

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Fresh–The First Blooms of Spring

This week, The Daily Post Photo Challenge asks us to portray something “fresh.”  Spring has burst forth here in Pensacola, Florida in a variety of ways from the emerald green grass of our lawns to the flowering trees in bloom.  Azaleas are ablaze with color.  Everywhere the fragrance of ‘new’ wafts in the gentle breezes blowing onshore from the south bringing warmth and humidity to the area.

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Wild flowers blooming at Fairy Swamp

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Fairy Fire

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Delicate pink azalea

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Fairy Swamp is springing to life with new green growth

file (3)  Click on this photo on my blog to see more great photo challenge images

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  I enjoy seeing all of you!

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Word Snap Weekly–Spring in Fairy Swamp

One of my favorite events of the week on WordPress is Word Snap Weekly hosted by the lovely Amanda, of Unique Art Chic.  Click here to find out more about this event.

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Today, I would like to share a photo and an excerpt from my story, The Swamp Fairy – The Gift of Spring.  The swamp was alive this week bursting forth with bright green leaves and wild flowers in brilliant shades of red, pink, and creamy white!  I stood in the road watching the beauty of spring unfold around me.  Crimson cardinals and rosy-breasted blue birds flew about in the bushes and the trees.  Large fat bumble bees hovered about the new blooms, as the sweet nectar beckoned to them.  The fragrance from all this new life was intoxicating.  Welcome to spring in Fairy Swamp.

Spring in Fairy Swamp

“As quickly as it all began, the Swamp Fairy released the butterflies, and they immediately flew off into the sky. However, they did not look like butterflies anymore. Instead, they had taken on their true appearances. They were tiny swamp fairies wearing the colors of the spring swamp, clothed in brown, and a brilliant green, the color of new leaves. Wild flowers of every color were twisted in their flowing hair. Golden flecks of light bounced around them like glittering stars in the night.”

An excerpt from: The Swamp Fairy – The Gift of Spring

Amanda and I  Amanda and I LOVE Word Snap Weekly and we know YOU will too!  Join in and have some fun!

Thanks for stepping into Fairy Swamp for a bit of springtime.  I enjoyed seeing you all!

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One Word Photo Challenge–Melon

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Jennifer Nichol Wells and I are loving the One Word Photo Challenge with the color this week: melon!  Spring has finally arrived in Florida!

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Melon

This melon color is a tab more pink than we normally think of a melon color, although I do have an azalea that is close to this color.

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My grand-daughter Alexandria, and I planted this azalea last year. It is not blooming yet, but soon it will.

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Here is a photo from last year.  A bit more pink than the melon color we are after, I am afraid.

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I have no other melon colors, so I am forced to share with you (once again) a photo of my strawberry daylily from last summer.

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Thanks for coming by for a visit!  I love seeing all of you!

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Word Snap Weekly–A Pensacola Spring

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If it’s Sunday, it’s Word Snap Weekly with my adorable friend Amanda, from Unique Art Chic.com.  I enjoy this event each week, because it gives me the opportunity to share some of my photography and poetry in a creative way.

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This week, I am sharing a “shape,” or “concrete” poem that I created in the shape of a flower.  I took this photo last spring of the azaleas that grow wild here in Northwestern Florida.  The pops of color are amazing.  I added my poetry using PicMonkey.  Although we are quite warm, the late frost we had two weeks ago may have stalled any brilliant blossoms from showing up this year.  We will have to see what nature has in store for us.

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Thanks for stopping by on this fabulous spring day.  I enjoyed seeing you all!

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Word Snap Weekly–Fickle Summer Love

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Many thanks to Amanda, from Unique Art Chic for hosting this great challenge each week.  You must visit her blog and see the fabulous spring/fairy creation she fashioned this week!  It is absolutely spectacular.  Amanda and I decided that we are Bitstrips/blog sisters, as we both have the same hair style!  Join us in Word Snap Weekly!

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Colleen and Amanda celebrating Word Snap Weekly

Summer Berries

Sweet auburn berries –

turn tart during autumn’s veil,

fickle summer love.

I had to share some summer memories because most of us in America are still under the influence of Mr. Winter.  Cheer up!  Spring is on its way and will be here soon!  Thanks for stopping by to see what’s up in my neck of the woods!  It was great seeing you again!

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The Clinic-Photo Rehab 21

Lucile De Godoy’s Photo Rehab is the perfect place for me to share my photos of my creative room garden.  The violets and Christmas/Easter Cactus burst forth this morning in glorious bloom after several days of dark and cold here in Pensacola, Florida.

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The colors are vibrant and intense and are surely foretelling the future of spring, right around the corner.

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Happy Friday Friends!  Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

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The Clinic: Photo Rehab #8–Grey Dawn

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Fairy Swamp is slowly starting to come to life after the dry winter.  Rainfall has begun to fill the slough.  The sounds of birds and frogs could be heard, as I slowly walked past.  Crickets were starting to chirp.  It won’t be long now…

This is my entry for Lucile De Godoy’s Photo Rehab for this week.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I always look forward to seeing you.

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One Word Photo Challenge–Strawberry

Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo color for the week is: strawberry!

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Strawberry is one of my favorite shades of pink for flowers in the garden.  The deep rosy shade brightens even the dullest of days.

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Here are some azaleas in a strawberry color from last spring.  I always look forward to the brilliant shades of pinks and reds from the azaleas in Pensacola.  The whole city is awash in color.

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Here is my Granddaughter Savanna, who loves strawberries.  She planted these last summer.  They have overtaken the entire flower bed now.  We should have a great feast this summer.

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This is my flowering crab apple tree from my house in Montana.  I picked this tree because of the spectacular ‘strawberry’ colored blooms.

Thanks for stopping by today.  It is rainy and cool.

Have a magnificent Wednesday!

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Pink Fairy Slippers

Pink Fairy Slippers

The first sign of spring –

as pink fairy slippers bloom,

winter grieves the cold.

I had a lovely walk this morning.  The air was crisp and laden with moisture from the approaching rain.  Not far from Fairy Swamp were these delicate tiny, pink blooms hanging from the bushes.  I do not know their real name, so I have chosen “fairy slippers,” to be their name until I learn what they really are.

The clouds are grey now, and the rain has begun to fall.  A warm southern breeze is blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, chasing the cold back to the northern latitudes.  Spring is slowly showing its beauty.  WOO HOO!

Many thanks to Amanda, from Unique Art Chic, for hosting her fabulous, Word Snap Weekly, where we writers can share our photography and poetry!  Join in! It is fun and addicting too!

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Thanks for visiting with me today.  I will see you again soon!

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RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #29 Fret&Chill

January Winds

After a stupendous day yesterday with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees F., today a cold front blew into Pensacola, Florida with a vengeance.  I suppose it is payback for yesterday’s glorious temperatures.  Sugar and Spice, the Pomeranian sisters, have spring fever, and they are true Floridians now… they do not appreciate January’s winds blowing them around the yard.  In fact, Ron and I have spring fever too!

Many thanks to Ronovan Writes for hosting this excellent Haiku challenge.  Join in! Haiku is fun!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.  I always enjoy seeing all of you!

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Word Snap Weekly–Emerald Grasses

 

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It’s Sunday and that means it is time for the Unique Art Chic Weekly Word Snap Challenge, hosted by the lovely, Amanda!  Is anybody ready for spring?  I know I am!  I could not believe how spectacular the new spring grasses were growing alongside the road.  My haiku is a perfect fit to welcome warmer temperatures.  Come on Spring! I am ready for you to get here!

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Thanks for stopping by this Sunday.  I will see you all again!

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