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Pineapple Perspectives: Welcoming Voice & Vision

January 5, 2017

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The humble pineapple—a staple of feasts among Taino and Carib tribes—was prized for its exotic rarity in colonial times when a pineapple dressing your table or entry was a luxurious sign of ultimate Welcome and Hospitality that grew to be recognized the world over. The word “pineapple” is a composite of “pine” (taken from the spiked shape of a pinecone, once revered in many ancient cultures as symbolic of the intuition, or third eye—the “pineal” gland in the center of the forehead is named with the same root word) and “apple”, to epitomize fruit.

Pineapple Perspectives: Welcoming Voice & Vision re-imagines the ubiquitous tropical pineapples as an icon of Welcome to our innate Creativity, Imagination, and Intuition—sacred gifts available to all as Artists of Everyday Life, regardless of our field of endeavor. Intuitive creativity helps us to find ways to embrace different perspectives, to walk in each other’s flip flops, to make music of the mundane, to take good notes when the heart speaks, to shine light on our best and worst impulses, and to surrender to a deeper dance of natural grace in every aspect of daily life. To glimpse a pineapple anywhere and be reminded to simply pause and quietly ask ourselves about one creative dream—and any small small step we can start taking toward realizing it—begins a valuable dialogue.

More awareness of our intuitive powers in these challenging and oh-so-spiky times re-opens the doors of hospitality to the sweet satisfactions of creative process in the many ways we grow and celebrate our shared humanity within this multi-layered and ever changing collage of life.  — Paula Boyd Farrington

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Creative Nourishment: Curiousity, Gratitude, Awareness, Childlike Wonder

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The American Dream & Experiment: Held Together With Safety Pins (There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen)

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Sea Fan: Respect & Honor for the Ocean–A Prayer for Protection from Overfishing

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Creative Currency: Time … A Nickel’s Worth To Start Then Time Flies

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Sacred Geometry | Creativity: The Basic Shape of Things

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Flowering Empathy: Walking In Each Other’s Flip Flops (close up detail)

I am humbled and thrilled to have this mixed media work on view as part of the NE8 (National Exhibit 8) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in Nassau through April 2017.  The exhibit is beautifully curated by NAGB Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe, and the amazing array of 50 featured contemporary works has been presented with incredible polish, panache, and heart by her super-talented staff (rock on, Team Ninja!!).

It’s a show worth seeing. Very grateful to be part of this conversation on art and culture that happens every two years in The Bahamas. Was fortunate to get to hear some terrific Artist Talks from Bahamian artists all over the world following the Opening Night event. Loved getting to be there opening night to see the message of making our own intuition, imagination, and creativity more welcome in our everyday lives so warmly received. Small gold pineapple icons were handed out on opening night in bestowing greater awareness and reminders to pause and ponder the power of our combined sacred intuitive gifts.

108 Double Stitches

November 3, 2016
Dear Fellow Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaches +  Creativity-Loving Friends,
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I am still in the thrall of that AMAZING 2016 World Series Game 7 that I got to watch last night between two of the best-matched and incredibly talented give-it-all-you-got baseball teams: the Chicago Cubs & the Cleveland Indians. WHAT A GAME!!! I’ve never seen anything like it.  It had all the elements of an epic movie:  action, mega-suspense, dramatic pauses, laughter, tears, heroic perseverance in the face of fatigue, big league Pressure with a capital P—plus—an unforgettable ending … it was all that and more. Beyond WOW.

Both teams had a lot on the line.  Both teams have been a long time between bringing home the pennant.  Both teams played their hearts out.  I wanted to give each of them a trophy, but having lived in Milwaukee many years ago (and been a frequent visitor to Chicago), I was also cheering for The Cubs to break their 108-year ‘losing’ streak … I wanted them and their fans to be like Bill Murray in that wonderful Groundhog Day movie and wake up to a new day.  To see either of these teams win felt like it was somehow an homage to the sheer joy of playing the game, of going about the day-to-day business of throwing and catching and hitting the ball and running the bases … and having a damn fine time doing it.  That’s what any game is about.  Including the game of Life.

Jill Badonsky knows this. And she brings this same wholehearted “joy of the game” to life in everything she does—including her new Finding Über Bliss program coming up in Delray, Florida, January 19-22, 2017   I am so looking forward to this. It will be a terrific chance to be with Jill in person and experience this work for yourself as a participant. You can deepen your game and adapt it to your own individual playbook—or—put yourself in Spring Training to get to be one of the first coaches to share this lighthearted, centering, and inspiring work with your very own creativity group!

It’s also one of the most reasonable investments you can make in learning new techniques and creative exercises that will serve you in any group you’re putting together, or in your one-on-one coaching.  Or just in letting you feel firsthand, in a memorable and deeper way, a fuller engagement of the creative principles that can lead to having more fun along the way, more home runs or base hits, less crankiness in general. (to borrow one of my favorite Jill-phrases! 🙂 )

Talking all these baseball metaphors also has me thinking about another favorite movie, A League of Their Own.  It’s about another set of teams that played their hearts out. I love movies. And sitting in the stands. And being out there on the field, athletic or not. This one makes you want to get out on the field more. Or take a road trip. And so does Jill.

If you’ve been thinking about getting out there more for yourself or for your coaching, I hope you’ll look at the information here and join this new team of Finding Uber Bliss guides that’s coming together. There’s a few spaces left and a whole lotta fun to be had. And some warm-winter days to enjoy in Florida!

Delray Beach is close to either the West Palm Beach International Airport or Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The retreat will be held at Duncan Center, which is tucked into a quiet corner with a pool, labyrinths, zen space to breathe and meet and be, lodging and meals included (except for an outing to one of the many lovely restaurants in a jazzy little shopping area that’s just a 10 minute drive away). A beach jaunt, smart phone camera techniques, no-pressure drawing, creative writing, creative rejuvenation among kindred spirits, and the whimsy and mojo experience that are part of Jill’s stadium of wisdom and wonder, are also doing a little crowd wave to you in hopes you’ll join us!

It took The Cubs 108 years to win a World Series pennant. I read this morning that there are 108 double stitches on a baseball.  There’s a certain magic in baseball.  There’s a certain magic in all the ups and downs of playing the game and finding more joy and Uber Bliss along the way. Mox nix if you’re a baseball fan, just wanted to say I hope to see you in Florida with Jill, Team KMCC!!!

with ramped up survived-hurricane-mathew-and-just-got-internet-and-power-again renewed gratitude for the basics, and a little happy dance,

Paula
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Finding Über Bliss: A Wildly Creative Journey to the Present Moment

June 21, 2016

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Excited to announce that this January 19-22, 2017, I’ll be collaborating with one of my most favorite, brilliant, and fun-loving mentors, the inspirational humorist/author/illustrator/yoga teacher and Founder of the Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching Training program— Jill Badonsky—to offer a warm-winter retreat and joy-centered learning experience in beautiful Delray Beach, Florida: Finding Uber Bliss … A Wildly Creative Journey to the Present Moment.  It’s an amazing opportunity to hang out with Jill in person and discover more ways to deepen your own imaginatively-inspired life as an Artist of Being Alive. You’ll be guided through stories of wisdom, creative adventures & writing, smart camera art, drawing, painting, brushes with the absurd & sublime, and enlightened contemplation … all in a gentle, non-pressurized, rooted-in-playfulness environment.

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For KMCC coaches, it’s an ideal chance to ground yourself and learn in-person as you become certified to lead your own Finding Uber Bliss groups or classes. And for any creativity-loving attendees (artists, writers, gardeners, non-coaches, musicians, spiritual-seekers, everyone welcome!), it’s a wonderful way to amp up your awareness, more fully embrace your own distinctive creative thinking, deepen peace-of-mind practices, meet more mirth, and enhance the ongoing layers & blending of your own daily collage-of-life.

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Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” ~Giacomo Puccini

Anyone at all who is known for having found a path to consistent, recurring joy — cites staying present as the essential teaching.” ~David Cain, Author of You Are Here

Living creatively, you don’t constantly manufacture a future, you grow the life that is present.” ~Thomas Moore

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each MOMENT. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”  ― Henry David Thoreau

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” ~Henry Miller
 
“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

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Why the name “Uber Bliss”?

(A note from Jill Badonsky about Finding Uber Bliss beginnings)

“Über” is a German word meaning “over”, “above” or “across”. 
 
“Uber” crossed over from German into English in 1883 when German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche coined the term “Ubermensch” to describe the higher state to which he felt men might aspire. Mensch means “man” in German.
 
The name of this program, “Uber Bliss”, was a spinoff of an explanation Dr. Seuss gave when people asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” He invented a fictitious account involving a hamlet in Switzerland called Über Gletch where he claimed he went every August to get his cuckoo clock fixed and while waiting, strange people would give him his ideas. It turned out to be an explanation that was as absurd as the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”
 
“Where do you get your ideas?” is a confounding question to most artists and writers because the genesis of ideas is elusive; there often is no explanation that the conscious mind can grasp. Because he was so imaginative, Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), was frequently asked this question and rather than get annoyed, he invented a description, which showed us his tongue-in-cheek resourcefulness, his ability to rise above predictability, and his comfort with being imaginatively absurd. (All handy elements in the creative process as well as in life.)
 
The Greeks, who were known for inventing myths to explain the unexplainable, invented Muses to justify where ideas come from. So you see, Muses and Uber Gletch have a common theme—not to mention, the reference to “uber” as aspiring to a higher state.
 
When the transportation network, Uber, created a new association to the word, I was concerned people would be think Uber Bliss was related to a taxi service and considered changing the name. Instead, my inner Dr. Seuss helped me get resourceful, which was easy since both the Uber transportation network and Finding Uber Bliss, “transport” people to places that will make them happy.
 
Consider that you are about to get a lift to a new way of existing in your world. – Jill Badonsky

 

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Uber-Bliss will be held in a five-acre wooded retreat center (Duncan Conference Center) in warm-winter Delray Beach, Florida, where peace and serenity abound alongside delicious and nutritious food, two labyrinths, a heated swimming pool, and state of the art meeting space.

KMCC grad, artist Victoria Bronfman, who lives close by to the conference, will be guiding us to some extras at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, and a nearby Greek restaurant where we can allegedly dine AND dance on the tables if so inclined. (Opa!) www.victoriabronfman.com
 
Fort Lauderdale International Airport is the closest major airport to the conference retreat center.
Register with the links below for an Uber-Wonderful experience that includes Duncan Center lodging, and most meals. Choose Option A to be Certified, or Option B to simply come and go through the Journey to unleash your creativity for more joy and peace of mind.
A. Certification Cost with the Journey
Early Registration $1285
After November 19, 2016 $1385
Option One
Deposit: $400 (receive early registration cost when balance is paid off by November 19, 2016 ) (ask for a payment subscription)
Option Two
Paid Full Balance Early $1285
After November 19, 2016 $1385
Rate includes a private room with private bath and free wifi.  All meals are included except Saturday night’s Greek Taverna outing.  Sunday breakfast and lunch included. Also includes license to use the Finding Uber Bliss name and materials, promotions and goodies related to Finding Uber Bliss, and a hard-copy manual with step-by-step instructions on running classes, workshops, logistics and marketing. Also, inclusion in the Finding Uber Bliss network.  
B. Florida Journey Experience of Uber Bliss Without Certification:
Option One
Deposit: $400 (receive early registration cost when balance is paid off by November 19, 2016 ) (ask for a payment subscription)
Option Two
Early Registration $985
After November 19, 2016 $1085

Includes all the above except no license, Hard-Copy, or network.

Sign up for Uber Bliss with a friend and share a room together to each save $100 off your registration! Email Jill at the address below for that arrangement.
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Duncan Conference Center Room

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Limited Enrollment for this in-person training! If it fills, we’ll put you on the waiting list for the next training. This Finding Uber Bliss training will be offered through Zoom Teleconference in 2017. However, I highly recommend the in person experience—the off-time socializing and bonding is rich and a lot of fun.
Any questions, please contact Jill Badonsky at info(at)themuseisin.com
Jill and I hope to see you there; oh-what-fun!!
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Uber-jazzed,
Paula

 

Blue Happiness

April 18, 2013
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Dominica Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Sharing art makes for extra happiness. Especially when the wonderful ARTchix Studio encourages us to “Create Art. Share Happiness” with their blue-themed Artist Trading Card swap. I made three series’ of artist trading cards last month celebrating the color blue with a combination of ARTchix images & goodies and stamps on top of a background made from a larger one-piece layered “masterboard” that I’ll show you in a moment … first, here are the rest of the Blue/Bleu/Bleue cards:

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Cuba Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

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Bhutan Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

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The next three cards included painted blue “doilies” and Endangered Floral vintage postage stamps:

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Hawaiian Wild Broadbean Endangered Flora Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

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Wallflower Endangered Flora Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Dunes Evening: Endangered Flora artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

The background “masterboard’ was made on a sheet of 8.5″ x 11” letter-sized paper covered in snippets of recycled printer sheets, paint swatches, wrapping paper scraps, bits of an old calendar page, and colored with various blue “gelato” pigment sticks (smooth color which mixes with water beautifully, in the same way that watercolor crayons do):

beginning of making "Masterboard" to be cut into artist trading card size background pieces

beginning of making “Masterboard” to be cut into artist trading card size background pieces

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… and another “Masterboard” of blue paper scraps and paint swatches to make the backs of the artist trading cards

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artist trading card masterboard background muted with gesso

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… and then cut into artist trading card-sized pieces to be adhered as backgrounds onto the eco-artist trading cards (found in ARTchix Studio packaging … or you can make your own out of recycled cardboard!)

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another look at the blue backgrounds cut into pieces to give the backgrounds a cohesive look although each piece is unique (this one I made for the backs of the cards)

The Blue Swap asked for six Artist Trading Cards to be sent, but the masterboard cut into nine background pieces and I found so many fun images and ARTchix blue bits to use, so I kept going and created one more series celebrating “Bleu”:

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Bleu de Carte artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

 

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Étoile Bleue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

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Bleu L’Aventure artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

"Bleu" series of winged artist trading cards by Paula Boyd Farrington

“Bleu” series of winged artist trading cards by Paula Boyd Farrington

Thanks to Helga Strauss Stevens of ARTchix Studio for all her cool stuff, and for the idea of making a masterboard (she’s talked about that before in her blog)—and to mixed media artist Nikki Smith for hosting the swap. How wonderful that so much Blue Happiness is winging its way through the post offices to everyone who signed up. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more photos of all the lovely Blue Bleu Bleue artwork on ARTchix’s Facebook page!

Enjoy & Tra-La …

all images © Paula Boyd Farrington

all images © Paula Boyd Farrington

 

 

 

The Muse Is IN: An Owner’s Manual For Your Creativity … A High Octane New Book by Jill Badonsky

January 17, 2013

The.Muse.Is.In.coverIf you’ve ever wondered how to get your creativity running like a well-oiled machine, Jill Badonsky’s just-released book is like having an ace mechanic by your side helping you power up your genius and re-engineer common creative malfunctions such as procrastination, perfectionism, self-sabotage, and overwhelmed thinking.

I was lucky enough to run across Jill Badonsky’s solidly lighthearted approach to the creative life a few years ago, and have been on the bandwagon of her powerfully playful philosophies ever since. She’s the reason I became a Kaizen Muse™ Creativity Coach. She’s also the reason I’m having even more fun with all my jazzbo projects, and helping others find more va-va-voom with theirs.

I’m delighted Jill has stopped by here to talk about her fabulous new book—The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual For Your Creativity.

Hi Jill … This new Owner’s Manual seems to provide the missing instructions we all needed growing up … is creativity something innate we’re all born with?

Yes, I believe we ALL have the ability to “create” according to the definition with which I operate and encourage others to go by. We create our work, our relationships, our experience of life using the modalities of attitude, perspective, and even grace. Many people associate being creative with being artistically talented. Anyone can forge into the world of writing, art, music, and dance.  
 
From my book:

“Some people think we are either born with creativity or we’re not.

Many people are indeed born with an innate talent.  When they cultivate that talent through many, many hours of practice, amazing works of art, literature, music, what-have-you are brought into existence.  But really, do you need to BE that person in order to discover the bliss, benefits, and rewards of creativity? No.

You can develop skill with practice, but the process is what makes life more wonderful.  Talented people are not necessarily happy;  the ones who are also happy, know how to create joy within themselves. 

Passion,  curiosity, healing, need, problem-solving, angst, joy, amusement, reckless abandon – these are ALSO drives that result in creativity.  Everyone has the ability to be creative in these ways. 

Everyone gets to be creative.”

That’s such a great fine-tuning way of looking at creativity … as something we all get to be in life. What about maintaining our creativity? I read recently that the word “maintenance” is from the French word maintenant, which means now. Can you talk a little about the best practices for maintaining a high creative output without giving sway to burnout or overwhelm?

  • Everyone is different in this regard. Asking yourself, “What works for me” is a good place to start. 
  • But what works for many prolific creative people is: making creative time a habit rather than forcing through resistance every time you want to show up, asking small questions, taking walks, exposure to works that inspire, making sure you take a break to let ideas incubate, fooling around,  meditation and just allowing the process to take you places.

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How did you keep things fun for yourself while doing all the wonderful writing and colorful art for this book?

  • Writing and art just are inherently fun for me. I stay in a mode of childlike curiosity about the flow of surprises that emerge when you make time to just explore ideas.
  • If my writing gets too dry I just remember that one of my favorite voices is the irreverent one and it’s a lot of fun for me to go back and tweak what I’ve written to make it more entertaining. 
  • One of the favorite parts of my thinking is how quirky I am so I’m always surprised with what I come up with. I think everyone can approach their work in this way.

 I love that — remembering to embrace the quirkiness and keep a childlike curiosity about what emerges. It seems to me this book is like the ultimate GPS … mapping out the best routes and scenic stops—and helping you find your way if you get lost.

Yes, as an Owner’s Manual it’s packed with tips, gizmos, conditions for best operation, care and maintenance and troubleshooting. There’s lots of little pieces of added humor in both the illustrations and the writing, making it playfully practical. Start your engines!

Jill, thanks for stopping by the lane-less-harried here at Paula’s Paradise, and for writing such a beautiful and incredibly helpful book that fuels you with creative inspiration on every page.

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Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., is an illustrator, humorist, nationally-recognized seminar leader, and creativity consultant. As the founder and director of Kaizen-Muse™ Creativity Coaching, she consults with filmmakers, comedians, artists, writers, business leaders, and anyone who is experiencing procrastination and other blocks to positive change. She is the author of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard), and The Awe-Manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder. She lives in San Diego, CA. Visit her at www.themuseisin.comwww.kaizenmuse.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

AweManac.9ModernDayMusesWe love comments. Tell us about what keeps your creativity revved. Or stalled. If there’s more than 10 comments here, Jill will do a drawing and giveaway one of her new books to a lucky commenter. We’re all lucky to have Jill’s expertise and entertaining encouragement as we go along life’s highways and byways … thank you, Jill!!

On creative wings

August 16, 2009

The current ARTchix art challenge at their cool blog inspired this salute to creative thoughts that take flight in the face of bright, beautiful, and whimsical ARTchix goodies. This postcard-sized piece of art uses images from a “masterboard” of art bits created by Helga Strauss, as well as images from Chixies Hat Affair, Tangerine Travels, the Romantic Keepsakes Kit, a just-the-right-size clipping from Helga’s printed newsletter, and paper from a pretty floral gift bag in the background. Hats off to all the talented and creative artists out there who lift us up on the wings of their wonderful ideas & playful thoughts!

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Turquoise Thoughts

August 4, 2009

My friend, Helga Strauss, (who has marvelous images, art bits & fabulous supplies at ARTchix Studio), has recently returned from a vacation along the shores of my favorite Bahamas paradise where crystal clear turquoise waters surround and inspire. She hosts a weekly creative challenge and asked everyone to make a piece of art with turquoise as the main color. Here are my ATC (Artist Trading Card) size collages (shown here front and back) to add to this beautiful tide of turquoise!

Here’s a link to Helga’s blog if you want to follow her weekly art adventures:

http://www.myartisticlife.typepad.com/

Have extra fun … make lots of art!TurquoiseATC.Cards


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