The Elder~ Renewal and Regeneration Part 2

 Part One can be found Here

Wisdom comes in all shapes

Wisdom comes in all shapes

The woman stood up from her half-finished painting  and saw woven between the roots more shapes of animals. She would explore these in more detail when she painted them in later. But for now, she concentrated upon the trunk of the Elder, and the huge hollow, a Void within its belly.

 Her pencil had spiraled out around and around when she was drawing it and she was reminded of the first spirals and the Nautilus shell. She thought of the Golden Ratio  as her mind then flew  to Leonardo Da Vinci.  Argh, how easily our thoughts flit from one thing to another she thought as she picked up her brush and started to allow it free rein as she decided to fill in the hollow.

Heartbeat

Heartbeat

 

Her thoughts flew the Tree and how like a giant Mother its limbs were outstretched in all directions as if embracing all the elements. It reached up to the sky, and all four corners of the compass, as well and reaching down. And she thought of the wonderful Oaks she visited along her walks.. ‘How mighty Oaks grow from little acorns’ crossed her mind. ‘Yes, she thought, great things often come from small beginnings’

Her thoughts took her to the acorn and the seeds. ‘Which came first? as she thought of the chicken and the egg’.. The hollow looked egg-shaped, as her pencil kept working.  She brought herself back to what she was creating and the shape of a Human fetus almost fully formed had been created within the womb of the Elder.

“It is Good to begin today with the creating of New Life” said the Elder. “For today we speak of Renewal and Regeneration. This time period you are now in like any other time period upon your planet has always been about Change.

The Standing Ones know all about Renewal. Have not their roots stood fast while all around them Change is constant?”

The woman thought on the wonderful Oaks she loved so much which were hundreds of years old and thought on what changes these Standing Ones had witnessed.

The Elder picking up the tread of the woman’s thoughts  continued. “Throughout your centuries, we the Tree Tribes are Life Givers. Yet you humans have taken and not thought of giving back. Do we not give you the very Air You Breathe? Have we not supplied you with your Timber to build your homes, for shelter and for warmth?

Were not your Empires conquered and continents discovered by the giving of our lives, as you cut Thousands of our Oak Tribe to build ships and to build your cities? Without our giving, you would not have had your carts and tools or great sailing vessels to fish and travel to prosper and trade”.

The woman looked down at the paintbrush, its handle made of wood now in her hand as she mixed the watercolour to paint in the fetus which was developing at a faster rate than she had realised as her mind came back to her painting.

“You would not have had Paper upon which to write, books to read by which you educate yourselves.” continued the Elder. “Let us not forget what else the Tree Tribes have given you humans”

Art-books

Art-books

The voice of the Elder faded as the Woman looked about her small room she used for painting. She looked at the many books upon the shelves, the wall paper upon the walls, the printer loaded with paper and her oak desk full of her art papers, card and tissue.  She paused, and looked to what she was creating as she painted the fetus, she was one with the Elder.

Tick-tock of life

Tick-tock of life

The woman was cast in that moment back throughout time, she saw the first carts, the galleon ships and the weaving looms. She saw the carpenters and their craftsmanship her attention was caught as  she looked at the old grandfather clock that had long-lost its tick  which stood in the corner of her study. ALL gifts of Giving from the Standing Ones and the Tree Tribes.

The sound of the Elder’s teachings came back into her mind as the Elder continued. “We have also given you Medicines, and Nutrition, Rubber from our bark, Cork for your wine bottles, Berries, Nuts. We are the Givers of Life!

Our Tree Tribes know all about Renewal and Regeneration For hundreds and Millions of your years we have thrived unhindered.  We not only have provided humans with shelter, but we provide millions of other species with food and shelter from those who creep, crawl, climb, slither and fly.

We teach about the importance of renewal as we shed our leaves, drop our seeds, and spread our pollen. We teach about Stillness, and Contentment, and letting go of attachments. We also teach how to be steadfast and ground yourself as our roots hold firm within our Earth Mothers soil. We bind her together for when we are removed her foundations are washed away by the rain.

You Humans are now washing away the very foundations beneath your feet and yet you do not see how each time you hurt another or scar our Mother, you are also wounding yourselves”

The woman dipped her brush into the crimson paint as the Elder stopped speaking. She looked down seeing the Fetus now finished, she added the paint to the opening blossom of a flower that had appeared from the Ivy bound around the trunk of the tree. She was puzzled. The flower did not belong she thought to the ivy. Her mind then thought of the Lotus Blossom.. How strange to paint a flower here within the womb. Yet as her mind explored more she thought why not. For did not the Lotus represent Rebirth also

elder-mother-the-tre-of-life-1

Life Givers~  Partial Painting Magnified

Her mind thought of the placenta and the blood that flowed from Mother to unborn child. She thought of the birthing of her own children and the spirit from which we all came.

The Elder picked up again on her thoughts. “ Yes, each tree also has a spirit, a Dryad of Energy which radiates outwards. We have our Seasons too. Times of darkness and rest through the winter storms, but we never stop growing as we grow from the centre of our Being adding rings to our Earth years.”

The Woman looked down at her own ring upon her hand and skin, like the bark of the trees as they grew older they were looking worn and showing signs of ageing.  Yet she also knew her skin regenerated every day.. She looked now at what she had started to paint the scales of several snakes around the tree trunk. She thought of the dead and dying cells of her skin, and all the dead and dying trees upon the earth.. Each connecting like a huge skin around Mother Gaia .

The time for renewal was also a time for shedding and letting go. She saw how Mother Earth was also speaking to us and yet we were not listening. Renewal and Regenerating meant all things changed.. They had changed in the past, thousands of years before and the planet was changing now and the Humans were also changing with her. For we were One.

The woman put down her paintbrush as she studied the snakes she had created upon the Elder Tree. She thought of the prophecies of the Black snake across our Mothers land. And she saw again the Standing Ones strength had held stronger when linking together holding the fabric of the Earth together with their roots. Were we going to have to go back to our roots she thought? Like the Tree Tribes she saw much suffering through great changes.

 It was now  time for many skins to join together as One!.  

 © Sue Dreamwalker 2017

To be continued.

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  1. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 17:31:13

    This was a wonderful post, Sue. Tweeted it on @bakeandwrite.

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 17:35:10

    Delightful words and paintings Sue. There is so much love, wisdom and creativity here. I hope we can find more ways to join in community and learn the lessons from tree and nature. Thanks for starting the renewal process….

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  3. rabirius
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 17:39:51

    Excellent.

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  4. IreneDesign2011
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 19:47:25

    Lovely story Sue and beautiful pictures. You are very talented 😀 ❤
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  5. Tom Merriman
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 21:07:30

    Excellent thought processes, Sue, and very true words. Looking forward to the next part as the picture becomes clearer!
    I hope this comment posts – I’m getting a ‘waiting for public api.wordpress’ message which is causing me no end of trouble at the moment. I’ve clicked ‘like’ on your post twice and that doesn’t seem to have taken either! Ah well, Gremlins! My issues aside; another great post from you!

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  6. lavendermoongirlblog
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 21:48:00

    I can’t wait for the next part of the wisdom of the ‘Elder’ story and painting. It is so beautiful Sue. Trees in winter bare their souls, I have so much respect for them. Xxx

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  7. The Poetry Channel
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 22:21:51

    Not comparing mine to this wonderful story. Not by any means, but I thought you might find my poem interesting. I hope you’ll read it.
    https://thepoetrychannel.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/sojourn-of-my-soul/

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  8. Val Boyko
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 22:24:53

    “The time for renewal was also a time for shedding and letting go. She saw how Mother Earth was also speaking to us and yet we were not listening. Renewal and Regenerating meant all things changed..”
    Amen.
    Thank you for continuing your thoughtful and moving story and images Sue. 💛

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  9. inavukic
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 00:38:25

    Simply wonderful, all around, Sue – what great creation and efforts ❤

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  10. Jennie
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 00:51:58

    Wow!

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  11. Brenda Davis Harsham
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 02:44:57

    Here: “birthing of her own children” was thinking of my births. I love this tale of birth, rebirth and love.

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  12. dgkaye
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 02:49:32

    Oh wow Sue, this was magnificent. I love the messages from the Elder, almost a play on words ‘elder’ trees. Loved this, “we the Tree Tribes are Life Givers. Yet you humans have taken and not thought of giving back. Do we not give you the very Air You Breathe? Have we not supplied you with your Timber to build your homes, for shelter and for warmth?” So much knowledge and reminders to all in your passages, neatly coupled with the fetus wombed inside the tree.
    Sue, I know I keep harping to you, but if nothing, this series alone is a beautiful book, complete with the paintings. Please consider. ❤ 🙂 xoxo Big hugs!

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  13. Heartafire
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:10:43

    A delightful series Sue. ❤

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  14. Barbara Franken
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:28:13

    I love your painting and your beautiful story… what do we do? Much love barbara x

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  15. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:59:20

    Stunning and very thought provoking Sue.. thank you.

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  16. derrickjknight
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 10:04:17

    A wonderful continuation of an important fable

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  17. Beverley
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 11:51:11

    As I was sitting, waiting to gain enough strength and coughing, to venture homeward, i had gone to a local supermarket, a man came and sat by me. He listened to me coughing and said ‘what you need is to get outside and walk under the trees, every day’ as our conversation went on, he told me he was 89 and had been a postman in his working life, but even now, every morning, he goes out for a walk. We are connected.

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  18. Hariod Brawn
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 12:15:35

    Thanks for the story-weaving, dear Sue; you have a stylistic manner all of your own. 🙂 I think your grandfather clock is wonderful, by the way! — I assume it is yours? H ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:49:28

      Thank you dear Hariod.. for your lovely compliments.. It means a lot.. and yes the books and Grandfather clock sit in my spare room I have converted to where I paint.. It long ago lost its tick, but I often look at the face of it and wonder upon the many eyes that once gazed upon its pendulum swing 🙂 Thank you Hariod xxx

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  19. giselzitrone
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 14:47:22

    Was für ein schöner Beitrag ich wünsche dir liebe Sue ein schönes und sonniges Wochenende ich hoffe es geht dir gut alles liebe von mir und Umarmung Gislinde

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:28:04

      Vielen Dank lieber Gislinde, ich hoffe es geht dir gut heute? Heute ist es kalt und regnet, so ein Tag drinnen heute .. Senden Sie viel Liebe und Heilung für Sie mein Freund .. Sue xx

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  20. Eugenia
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 15:12:06

    This is lovely, Sue. Beautiful and meaningful thoughts complimented by stunning pictures.

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  21. Eddie Two Hawks
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 15:57:02

    You continue to make clear the Elder’s ways. Everything we possess is a gift. It is in our life because it’s presence enhances our life in some fashion. We need to use it wisely.
    Thank you Dreamwalker for your wise words. sending many blessing, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:23:01

      Eddie, having you reading and having your blessings mean the world to me my friend.. Thank you.. Our hearts will always be one as we both connect with our Earth Mother.. Many thanks dear friend.. ❤ ~ Dreamwalker~

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  22. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 17:38:12

    What is better; the way you think, the way you express our ideas or your truly good spirit? There’s no need to choose, because you excel at all of the above!

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  23. Tina Frisco
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 20:38:13

    Beautiful paintings and brilliant writing, Sue. There’s a book in you just dying to be written, published, and shared. The world needs all the beauty we can give her right now. You are awesome … 💖

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:39:40

      Tina.. You and Debby are slowly between you convincing me, there may well be a story needing to be shared with the world and this one is sitting right with me right now.. So I will be giving this most serious attention.. ❤ xxx Thank you my dear friend xx ❤

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  24. From the Desk of MarDrag
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 23:10:49

    Absolutely Beautiful! Have you thought of doing your own deck?? 🙂 Wishing you a lovely peaceful weekend. Blessings!

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  25. balroop2013
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 01:03:17

    Wonderfully woven thoughts around beautiful paintings…you are so right Sue! We have to learn a lot from Mother earth but only if we realise how much we owe to her. I love that symbol of the ‘Elder’ showering blessings 🙂 Love and hugs dear friend for so many pearls of wisdom. Keep it up!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:46:21

      Many thanks dear Balroop.. coming from your own wisdom I am flattered by your compliments my friend.. We have SO much to be grateful for and yes so so much more yet to learn from our Earth Mother..Sending love and Blessings right on back. xxx

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  26. litebeing
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 01:28:47

    I will come back to read further but read a post of Leigh’s that I know you would enjoy: https://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/part-2-peace-oneness-and-you/

    love, Linda

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  27. stephensmustang1
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 03:49:46

    Wonderful as always.
    Renewal and regeneration–ah just the thought brings peace. 😉
    love and hugs.

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  28. mariewilliams53
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 06:22:19

    There’s a lot here to think about Sue. I must confess that I’ve always loved trees and I think that there is a spiritual connection there for me. I always feel something akin to friendship – I can’t really explain it better than that at the moment. Almost as if they are human. There are many lessons here to be learned re renewal, growth, re-birth, shedding what doesn’t serve us, appreciation of the gifts we are given, respect. I could go on. Thank you for this because it has made me think. Hugs and kisses, Marie
    My favourite trees are Willows and Silver Birches – so beautiful! Just thought I’d share that with you! It seems a bit random.lol

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  29. insearchofitall
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 16:10:04

    I loved reading every word of this. So much wonderfulness it’s hard to pick what stands out most. We take our trees for granted and should never. They are truly the life of everything here. Thank you for reminding us how much they give. Wonderfully webbed story and painting.

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  30. Paul Handover
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 17:20:14

    We are so interconnected with Nature. From it, of it, and always in it!

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  31. smilecalm
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 22:42:37

    beautifully expressed, Sue!
    i’m grateful to have lived
    amongst those on Reservations
    who still revered and were guided
    by elders 🙂

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  32. Sageleaf
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 14:31:52

    Part 2, revealed! And I LOVE it! The part where you said “her mind flitted from one thing to the next,” well my mind flitted with excited energy: at the idea of a Tree of Life, sacred geometry, and even The Giving Tree. The trees. Ahh, they are so beautiful and intricate and connected and give so much back. My mind always wants to know HOW to infuse the human spirit with the gift of compassion and empathy so that we can speed up healing. And it’s no accident there was a flower next to the fetus: the flower is a symbol of the feminine and, in this case, I would even say, The Divine. There is so much love and symbolism here my mind is just awash in lovely thoughts and hopes for the future. I can’t wait for the next piece to come out and I can’t wait to see the final painting…how you’ve weaved a tapestry of love and symbolism together.
    Sending you so many hugs on this Sunday and wishing you peace and harmony, too. xox

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 30, 2017 @ 09:27:57

      I can not begin to express my deepest thanks for your wonderful understanding of this painting Cynthia, its so good to know you understand totally the depth of what these symbols are portraying here.. And I am so delighted that my narrative is expressing what the Elder wants all to come to understand.. We may be living through these dark roots at this particular moment within our evolution, but does not every embryo , seed, start out their beginnings in the dark..
      But they Push through to the light..
      We are pushing through, reaching that point of pain perhaps, as we labour our way through those contractions of confusion and insecurities.. But we are also the Pathfinders, making new roads into our future..
      Love and Blessings and thank you so much again for your generous feed back.. Love and Hugs Sue xx

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  33. New Earth Paradigm
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 17:12:35

    Hi sue, Each of these Elder pieces has touched me deeply. I appreciate the clarity and warmth of your writing style, drawing me into the dialogue between artist and elder. Here on our property we have some mighty White Oaks — they stand alone, usually — grand trees, who knows how old? Now they are bare in their renewal season. I look forward to seeing the leaves return and the acorns drop — a full season with the oaks. Thank you for sharing your expression, combining words and art, Alia

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 30, 2017 @ 09:17:52

      Oh thank you Alia, for taking both the time to read both stories, I appreciate that greatly. Yes Oaks I confess are among my favourite trees and I love nothing better than walking among a wood and sitting by and hugging trees, especially the Oak.. They are continually steadfast in their teachings and wisdom, if only we take the time to blend with them and listen to our hearts . Thank you again Alia .. Much Love ❤

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  34. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 18:32:25

    Sue, loved how you have used the depiction of the fully formed fetus within the womb of the Elder tree to symbolize the nurturing nature of trees. Yes, for centuries together, trees have given us the air we breath, the food we eat, clothes we were, the wood we use, papers we write on, and so forth. This story reminds us that we have always been the receivers and have exploited the resources but never thought of replenishing them. May the souls like you grow in tribe while there is still time.

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  35. michnavs
    Jan 30, 2017 @ 14:23:42

    It amazes me to read your story because you are such a brillian story teller….add to that the fact that there is always something to learn from each of your posts..i am happy at how everytime i finished reading i would have a sigh of relief..and say “ohhh i get it”….”indeed she is right”..or “now i know that”…

    And the icing to the cake so to say is your artwork…always visually stunning…

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  36. Maria Wind Talker
    Jan 31, 2017 @ 18:51:24

    We the trees are life givers. Absolutely. Love womb pic too, so apt to read this today after bout Rite of the womb ceremony on Sunday ❤😁❤ xxx

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  37. MrsCraft
    Feb 01, 2017 @ 23:14:56

    Brilliant, so well put and such a lot of food for thought. A beautiful post x

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  38. summerrain63
    Feb 02, 2017 @ 07:32:31

    Wow…what a picture you paint in words and drawings….smiles…I don’t like snakes so I am not sure if I can handle those but I love the story…made me think of the saying I say to my daughter when she does things that remind me of myself–I say to her well….the acorn sure don’t fall far from the tree…

    Cant wait for more….waves and smiles….good storytelling Sue..

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 04, 2017 @ 00:08:25

      Hi Summer.. 🙂 how wonderful to know you are reading this story.. And if your daughter takes after you, I am sure she will make a fine sapling and wonderful next generation of Summerrains.. 🙂 lol.. Many thanks for your feedback.. I am hoping part 3 will be arriving shortly xx Much Love xx

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  39. aussieian2011
    Feb 05, 2017 @ 08:29:48

    Your writing is purely amazing Sue, you are not writing from this world, your writing is the floating thoughts on creation, long before the Birth of time…..That is the only way I can describe it.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 05, 2017 @ 10:47:48

      Ian.. thank you I think that is the most beautiful of compliments one could ever have.. 🙂 And you know a bit about those thoughts too that are passed down from the beginning of Time yourself.. 🙂 We are so much more than we know.. 🙂 Many many thanks Ian. 🙂 ❤

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  40. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    Feb 06, 2017 @ 17:41:51

    Nurturing and beautiful ❤️🦋

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  41. Maria F.
    Feb 20, 2017 @ 02:14:54

    This is so interesting, fascinating!

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