Writing~~With a Stroke of Her Pen....

There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.

— Diane Setterfield

Carried away to lands, imaginings, wonderings, wanderings, words envelope this enchanted writer who longs to express those feelings and ideas and beliefs that may otherwise lie dormant.

Tiny words, simple and unpretentious, and not-so tiny words flow onto the screen, the notepad, the journal pages, giving voice to our longings...

Seated on the window seat, gazing occasionally out into the darkness of the evening, she patiently awaits the flow of ideas to continue.

Just within her view is one of her flowerbeds that never fail to offer food for her thoughts.

She has been in this place more times than she can count...it is a place of solitude, comforting and reassuring, away from that which would distract her from composing a new piece to share with others.

With a flourish and a few strokes of her pen, the new ideas birth themselves and take on a new life of their own.

She must allow it to occur so she simply steps out of the way and lets the magic begin.

What Mysteries Lie Just Beyond the Edge of Her Yard?

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Calling Out to Her

Each book she reads is filled from the book jacket to the cover page to the very last entry on the last page which may be an addendum or index with intriguing, tantalizing, and sometimes confrontational...words, words, words.

A seemingly endless stream of them have fallen into her view.

For her this profusion of words keeps her mind in constant flux.

What to do with them???

Constantly calling out to her even when she is reading the works of others, these impatient words await their turn on the page.

That causes her to wonder how these same words can be used time and time again in the creation of a totally new piece into which a breath of fresh air has been breathed.

Words are like that, they deceive, they pile up, it seems they do not know where to go, and, suddenly, because of two or three or four that suddenly come out, simple in themselves, a personal pronoun, an adverb, an adjective, we have the excitement of seeing them coming irresistibly to the surface through the skin and the eyes and upsetting the composure of our feelings, sometimes the nerves that can not bear it any longer, they put up with a great deal, they put up with everything.

— Jose Saramago

A Walk Down a Garden Path Opens New Doors to Her Mind

In His Words...Quotes from Mr. Saramago

By reading some of these statements of it is easy to understand why he received the Nobel Prize....

A few quotes that reveal some of the secret to his talent...

  • Inside us there is something that has no name, that is what we are.
  • I think we are blind. Blind people who can see, but do not see.
  • I do not just write, I write what I am. If there is a secret, perhaps that is it.


Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago has said so beautifully what I have been stumbling around so clumisly trying to say. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

It was as if, in finding this, I found he is inside my head.

He would understand what I have tried to say: it is a wondrous, transfixing experience to explore the possibilities of words and where they take us each time we take the time to explore new ways to combine them in our speaking and writing.

So Many Questions....

And then I ask myself:

What are you searching for hidden in among these resplendent words cascading down through the gray matter of my head bone?

Answers?

Affirmations?

Food for my soul?

Laughter?

Information?

Inspiration?

Comfort?

For that matter, what are you trying to say??

Color and Texture Open a New Palette for Expressoon

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Words Serve So Many Purposes...

Perhaps words of apology...

Words to soothe the raw edges...

To uplift

To offer hope

To remind someone that she is much more than she believes she is...

To share words of encouragement

To amuse

To entertain

To challenge....

Ad infinitum....

Kenny in the Background is Always Food for the Soul...Songbird...ahh perfection

Words Can Hurt YOU....

Brittle, sharp biting words may pierce the soul as surely as if a machete were wielded.

Hate-filled destructive words flow forth destroying whatever sense of self-worth the individual may have.

Turning a lovely person into a despondent, hopeless person who, to that point, has always felt comfortable within her own skin can be accomplished with a few, well-chosen crushing critical words that are hurled thoughtlessly at her.

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.

— Patrick Rothfuss

Words Can Bring Crushing News

O, the power of some words to hurt with a searing pain unlike others

These words are often very small words that embody a meaning far greater than their size.


"NO, I do not love you."

"I am so sorry but...."

"We did everything we could."

"There was an accident and ..."

Short and concise messages aimed right at our heart...bringing news no one wants to hear.


Upbeat, Positive Words Bring Joy ...

On the flip-side are words that bring joy and comfort and that make our hearts sing.

"It's a boy!!"

"I love you, Nini!"

"I got an A!"

"I'm getting married!!"

"We won!!!"

"She's going to be okay."

"I'm here for you."

"Anything you need just let me know."


More Ways to Express Sadness...

Sorrowful exchanges ....

of loss

of disappointment

of love lost

love unrequited

bereft and sometimes alone in a desert of sorrow

the words expressing a longing for what might have been, at times, can be found.

Losing Myself in Kenny's Music Allows My Mind to Fill with Unwritten Thoughts

Words Take Over...

With a flourish of the pen, springs an avalanche of ideas, thoughts and beliefs, woven into a delicate tapestry connecting each new element into a complex pattern left untold until now.

With no direction, each new word appears on the stage, takes its appointed space, standing ready to be acknowledged and hopefully not to be found in need of improvement.

Settled into a comfortable place the new members of this piece calmly arrange and rearrange themselves after close introspection in order to insure the finished work will be the most expressive arrangement possible.

Pausing to Rest ...

The darkness settles all around her now as the wee late hours of night envelope her and she begins to become weary.

Laying her pen aside, she snuggles into the pillows in the corner of her window seat to doze for a while.

Her resting time is filled with wonderfully delicious dreams which carry her away into more spectacular arenas that will, upon awaking, become new fodder for her writing.

Too soon, the sun's rays awaken her. The rumblings and ramblings of those very same words that eagerly fell onto the page the night before now call out to her...

We have done our part. We have come and arranged ourselves just so...

Now, does this meet with your approval?

Do we need to be strategically moved as in a game of chess?

Would this word or that word be better in a new location? Or, perhaps eliminated altogether?

Excluding the Unwanted

With a flourish of a pen, whole lines of words disappear.

Gone, deleted, removed, to be forever forgotten.

Broad dark strokes of ink slice through what once were carefully chosen words.

No longer do the voices of those words resonate. No longer do they hold their heads proudly above the others who have not met an untimely demise.

No longer will the meaning established early on be quite the same...the nuances of the wording will shift to a gentler tone, perhaps, staving off hurt and sadness, perhaps.

These newly chosen expeditiously selected terms will carry new meaning, new weight as the composition continues.


A New Look

She settles back once again into the soft, down pillows, clasping her laced fingers behind her head and considers these new changes.

It is much more fun when all of the writing is done for me by the words as they spill in a flourish onto the page.... she thinks.

Taking the time to consider and assess what lies before her, selecting more important, expressive words comes without undue agonizing.

Sentences take on new shapes with only the slightest flourish of her pen and new life is breathed into the passages that lie before her.


It is a Journey, After All...

Not too bad ....she finds herself thinking.

When I began, I was not sure how the writing for these few days would unfold. Each new time is a journey....-she thought.

A journey into self-discovery and exploration of the power that words possess.

New moments to allow seemingly unrelated terms to come to rest side by side.

New opportunity to open areas of her mind to the unlimited possibilities that await as each part of speech bumps into another on its way to becoming the star of the new piece.

What fun it is to allow this to happen....

And satisfying too to take a hard look at what lands on the page and decide how to use each phrase or punctuation mark that has found its way into being during this process.


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pstraubie48 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Peggy. This one hub is one of my most favorite ...it wrote itself....love love to share thoughts...love more the process of sharing them as the words tumble around and try to be the ones to fall onto the screen.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Peggy W 2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

The quotes along with your writing...using words...is wonderful. So many ways to express ourselves! Enjoyed your photos as well as your musings. Sending prayers your way. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right....thanks for stopping. Angels are on the way. ps


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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi RH Yes, we paint so many pictures and take others to many undiscovered places via the words that show up on our pages.

Thank you for stopping....Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping O.....I apologize for the delay in responding....much going on with my family ....

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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RandaHandler 10 months ago from USA

Love the quotes and enjoyed the read! Just like painters and their brushes, writers bring to life many worlds with their pens!


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ocfireflies 10 months ago from North Carolina

pstraubie48,

Greetings and Thank You for taking me with you on this journey filled with insight and beauty. At present, the most powerful words circling inside my head and my heart derive from one who has captured my heart and soul with many words, but especially these words: "I will wait for you."

Blessings,

Kim


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Genna...it is always so humbling to me to have other writers find my writings worthy of a comment.

I am so enchanted by words that each time I sit down to share my thoughts I find I am bubbling over with the excitement of it all.

So nice to see you visiting---your visits are always appreciated

Angels are once again on the way ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Rachel. Hurtful words hurled thoughtfully can wound so very deeply.

Words spoken cannot be unsaid as we know.

I guess it behooves us to think more carefully before speaking, doesn't it?

Angels are once again on the way...it is always so nice to see you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Ann for the link...

There is just a magic and wonder about writing...how the words assemble themselves just so to make our thoughts become a reality.

It is always nice to see you stopping in from across the pond....

Angels are on the way to you this morning once again ps


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

This is enchanting and exhilarating, Patricia! It's strange because I'm in the process of writing a similar hub regarding accent and accentuation of words, how we portray who we are. You've said much here which mirrors my thoughts!

This is poetic and I like the way you tell it as a story. The words do write themselves don't they? How exciting is that?!

Excellent writing! Shared.

Blessing to you from across the pond.

Ann

PS Will include a link to this in my new hub


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Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, this is a very thought provoking subject. Yes, words are very important. Hurtful words get into the heart and stay there. I if you get hurt by a knife wound, it will eventually heal, but not hurtful words. Our mind doesn't forget. The same with loving words as you so aptly put it. If people would just think before they speak, this would be a lovelier world to live it. Thanks again for a great hub, Pat. Again, we do think alike in many ways.

Blessings to you.


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Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Pat, your words have given illumination and substance to the beautiful and thought-provoking quotations of Diane Setterfield, Jose Saramago, and Patrick Rothfuss. This is exquisite.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Absolutely Deb....when it all comes together just so it is divine.

I hope another happens along soon

Angels are on the way to you this morning ..thank you for visiting ps


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

And isn't it wonderful how an idea suddenly comes to fruition when the elements are correctly aligned? Nothing is sweeter than this...


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for the follow Rabadi...this hub was one that allowed me to be an onlooker as the words fell onto the screen. How much I enjoy that when the words do the work for me.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

Great hub I enjoyed it! You earned yourself a new follower :)


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, bravewarrior....all of those things and much more...what a wonderful thing that we have so many tantalizing words at our fingertips to shout to the universe what we feel at any given moment. I appreciate your meaningful comment...

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

Patti, you've put the writing process to beautiful music. At times we struggle, but there's a story hidden within that struggle. The words come together at the direction of our muses, just as an orchestra led by its conductor receives a standing ovation for the beauty that penetrates the soul.

Words spark emotions. They have the ability to take us to far away places. They soothe. They make us laugh, cry, and yes - they can sting.

Without words expression would be difficult. Whether spoken or written, words can bind or destroy. Words are very powerful indeed.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, DDE, for your comment.

It was indeed a hub that came together with the help of my Muse and the many words I had who did the work for me :D

Hoping all is good with you.

Angels are on the way to you once again this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

What a compliment from you, drbj....You are one of my most favorite writers here who have a gift to turn the ordinary into the spectacular...what a gift that is, indeed.

I enjoyed being the vessel to get the words into print for this hub.

Hoping all is well with you and yours...blessings and Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Wow...I am so humbled by your comment ...it keeps me wanting to write more to know that some come and find something in my work they enjoy reading.

Angels are on the way to you, Brian....ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Mary, How kind you are.

Discovering the power of words gives me a new reason to sit down and try to send a message out to the universe.

And I am so grateful for those like you who come to read and leave a comment that gives me even more inspiration.

Know that blessings and Angels are on the way to you and yours this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, MsDora....one great adventure after another we find ourselves in with words. It is a fascinating experience to discover the writings of others and become immersed in their ideas and sharings.

Just know that blessings and Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much, Venkatachari for stopping to read and leaving such a kind comment.

What a joy it was to be a part of having this hub come together.

Blessings to you as well.

Angels are on the way to you and yours ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Audrey. How kind of you to share such lovely thoughts with me.

I adore writing. It has been a passion of mine since I was a wee bit of a girl. And if only one person comes and enjoys as much as you say you did, then I have "DONE" good.

Angels are on the way to you and yours this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Frank I think it is interesting that you find reading my work exhausting ...fortunately for me, this one did not exhaust me to write it. Clearly all I had to do was step back and the rest is history.

thank you for stopping to read...

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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DDE 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Extraordinary! You have such an interesting mind in writing.


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Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

ps.. I always find your hubs exhausting.. but I love reading them.. this one is no exception.. bravo!!!


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

Senor Saramago had best look to his laurels, Patricia. There's a new kid on the block who writes of words and their creation in an ingenious and imaginative manner that is a pleasure to read. Very, very well done, m'dear. Enjoyed every single pearl.


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B Brian Hill 14 months ago from Long Island, New York

Hi Patricia,

I enjoyed every moment of this piece. It is so intelligently and creatively written. I've bookmarked it to read again. There are too many ideas here to read at one sitting....


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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York

Only a true writer can capture the beauty that is words! Well done my friend. Each paragraph had me shaking my head in agreement. Words are more powerful than any other force in the universe and you have captured that here as well. A joy to read this morning.

Sending hugs your way.


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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

You illustrate your ideas on words very well in this unique article. Words do carry us somewhere--sometimes somewhere we've never been before. I like Saramago's quotes. Thanks for an interesting read.


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Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Wonderful! Amazing strokes of pen. You are so great a writer producing so beautiful piece of work with your words. So natural in putting your thoughts on paper or keyboard. Enjoyed a lot. Thanks for this wonderful piece. And my blessings.


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brakel2 14 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This piece is so outstanding and flows like a river. It moves so nicely from each selection to the next, and does remind me of the flow of water. Each word and section has its place, and the pics make it complete. I am so envious of your thought flow that makes a complete piece. My brain jogs and jumps around and needs to borrow your expertise. Sharing, Patricia. Superb work. Blessings, Audrey


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, MizBejabbers....words can lead us to all kinds of adventures for sure..some of them quite unexpected.

I appreciate your visit.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Emese It was one of those pieces that made me feel redundant. The words came together with little direction from me.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon...thank you for stopping by ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Wow...thank you so much, Sheila.....It was one of those that I did very little composing on....the words actually kept me out of the way and it seems they were able to get the job done....the more I write the more in love with writing I become.....

thank you for visiting....Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I guess it really does, bill....I find so much of how I believe about writing in your work....it seems to be a common thread....getting out of the way and letting the words do the work for us....

Always glad to see you stop by....and know the Angels are busy this week...they are watching over you and your family, all of my other hubbing friends and me as I travel to New Orleans and then back to Florida...busy little Angels for sure...

blessings and hugs to you and yours ps


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MizBejabbers 14 months ago

What a nice little break it was to read something besides the thousands of words I find myself editing each day. This piece has real beauty. Isn't it funny how all those little symbols (letters) can fall into place and create beauty, or misery, even boredom). You put them together so well. Now it's time to return to my mundane world.

1. Lienholder not possessed. (Note to attorney: archaic language. I'm glad the lienholder isn't possessed. Is there not a better way to say the lienholder is not in possession of the land?)

Yes the break was nice. Have a great day Patricia!


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dahoglund 14 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

You do capture some of the allure of using words in a variety of circumstances.


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Emese Fromm 14 months ago from The Desert

Beautifully written. I enjoyed every word you shared.


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sgbrown 14 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is an absolutely beautiful piece!


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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

That pretty much sums it up for all of us, doesn't it? I am energized after reading this. We really are quite lucky, aren't we? I sure feel that way.

Thank you, PS, for a beautiful piece of writing. Sending hugs, blessings and the love of friendship your way

bill


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Absolutely, whonunu, I so agree. Writing is such an adventure is it not?

What a lovely experience it is for us to be entangled in!!

thank you so much for stopping....Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Louise, for stopping by. It was another opportunity for the words to take over and get the job done!!! I was incidental to this process....I love to see that happen....it is exciting and keeps me coming back to try again and again.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Manatita.....I have to say...I am deeply humbled by your kind words. To have another writer express praise for my writing gives me the courage to continue to share what I am thinking and feeling. thank you for being one of them!!!

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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manatita44 14 months ago from london

An extremely brilliant piece. More than worthy for the eyes and pen of the Nobel writer that you quoted.

Patricia, this is a piece of sheer inspiration and I love you for this. Totally awesome, in my book!

You're already an excellent writer, and yet continues with the spirit and certainty of self-transcendence. A sublime piece!


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whonunuwho 14 months ago from United States

As an artist paints a picture on his canvas with a brush...we as artist write and paint a picture with our words...though picture may paint a thousand words...a thousand words may paint ten thousand pictures..I enjoyed your painting...whonu


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louise-barraco 14 months ago from Ontario

I absolutely loved reading this

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