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Buchtel originally moved to Guangzhou after receiving a music degree to play the French horn in the Guangzhou Orchestra. While he was a student, he worked as a freelance medical interpreter and translator, and some of the Traditional Chinese Medicine books and articles he translated have been published in China and England. During his clinical internship at the busy hospital affiliated with the HUTCM, Buchtel was responsible for new patient intake and acupuncture treatments for the bed I.

He administered an estimated treatments over two years. Though he said he loved living in China, Buchtel has always intended to return to Ann Arbor and is glad to be back. Henry Buchtel can be reached at henry. If you would like to submit information to be considered for this column, please email communitynews crazywisdom. The firm deadline for submissions for the next issue September thru December is June 30, Continued from page 19 Energy healer Tammy Braswell recently channeled a new activation called Awakening the Core Essence and will offer this activation via teleconference.

As the economy in Michigan has begun to slowly improve, there are still brave souls who have taken the leap of faith to open their own businesses here, and others who have revitalized their older businesses. What follows are profiles of two interesting businesses that are thriving despite the odds. Unique arts and crafts work, and much more. The shop offers one-of-a-kind fine-art objects created on a commission basis as well as a line of custom-made furnishings and architectural fixtures that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Claudette had an early introduction to metalworking — her father owned a Michigan-based precision ball and bearing business, with branches in California and New York, from the s through the s. She started a small press called Lemon in her early twenties while she was living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Claudette explained that, when she was younger, it seemed to her as though all these things in her life were completely different and totally unrelated. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Claudette was excited by how two such different people with completely different abilities would be working together.

Drew, who had a previous relationship with Claudette and John, had been a full-time blacksmith for ten years. However, in some cases, she said, all design and production may be done by METAL, with shipping and onsite installation done by another party.

The main idea, she said, is finding the best way to serve their clients on each project. In addition to hosting concerts and poetry readings, METAL has also offered arts and crafts demonstrations on blacksmithing; custom object design and fabrication; operation of the METALbuilt gas forge that is used to create the accent pieces for a new line of tables; and tintype making, in which students learned how to shoot, process, and cure photographs on tin plates, the way it was done in the early years of photography.

Making ourselves available for relationship with various groups and encouraging more than the making of money and the selling of goods is exciting because we open ourselves to a multitude of opportunities…. We still plant in pots and boxes… but we try to be a little more creative for weddings and events. It was just so lovely working outside every day, and working with plants.

Lisa decided after that third season that she wasn t going to return to her hometown after finishing college. She then attended classes in horticulture and landscape design at Michigan State University for three years and later attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Her initial intention was to go into environmental studies and, with her love of nature, to help change environmental laws to expand protection of the natural environment. Her first class at Evergreen was in nature writing, and she loved it. Lisa said living in the Pacific Northwest gave her more opportunities to garden. Wanting to experience more year-round gardening as well as warmer temperatures and more USDA growing zones, she moved to Hawaii for a year.

Rather than returning to Petoskey, however, Lisa made Ann Arbor her home. She took a job waiting tables at the Ann Arbor restaurant Jerusalem Garden, and eventually planted their box gardens. I loved doing it! And oftentimes, when the businesses are booked tightly with orders for wedding bouquets, they help each other out by literally working side by side.

Lisa has spent more time in Detroit over the last few years. She has become completely smitten with the city and has come to the realization that she wants to move and work there. As part of a plan for advertising the new shop, Lisa has purchased an old ice cream truck that she will use as a mobile flower shop. But my business has done well, and I have the community of Ann Arbor to thank for that. I love to find a more organic connection with people.

Journey through the intimate pathways of these soulful songs and ancient mantra chants, enlivened by soaring piano arrangements and the rich textures of the Macedonia Symphonic Orchestra.

This is my current favorite new recording. Shelved with Chant Music. The acclaimed master of the Native American flute helps create a sacred, relaxing space with his calming, restful music, accompanied by Peter Kater on piano. Shelved with Native American Music. Shamans Dream invites us to let go and lose ourselves in this infinite rhythm.

This cd is an amazing soundtrack for dancers, yogis, movement artists, and anyone in passionate spirits. Shelved with World Music. Celtic Fire cd By Govannen This is an upbeat, exciting, powerful new album of rhythmic instrumental Celtic music featuring jigs, reels, and new music from the hugely talented Govannen band. Blazing fiddle, Irish whistles, bodhran, and percussion plus a host of exotic instruments feature on an album that will warm your heart and make your feet want to move.

Special guests Bridget and Adele McMahon on vocals. Shelved with Celtic Music. This remix collection is the groove-laden fruit of what became a highly successful and personal chemistry, and a heartfelt and intoxicating offering that exudes innovation and spirit. Step back in time to Paris of the s and 60s with classic French chansons by both legends and contemporary artists. Shelved with Putumayo Music. Semi-ambient with traces of beats and the soft touch of Domonic Breaux on flutes, sax, and harmonica conjures the gauzy sensation of late night or early morning hours.

He has become one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in L. Yogabeat cd By Black Swan Artists Undulating rhythms, positive lyrics, and high vibrations drive this flowing mix of beats, dub, and devotion. Combining elements of folk songs, hip-hop, and traditional Native American singing, Joe shares his true nature through the interconnectedness and synergy that shines through in this musical mosaic.

There are a few musicians that help me be a better person after I listen to their music, and local artist Joe Reilly is one of them. His music is a gift. Every weekend local musicians play to a full and sometimes packed house. He looks younger than his age, yet carries an aura of someone with wisdom beyond his years. His songs combine elements of folk, rock, and even funk, and he possesses a powerful and expressive voice that ranges from a smooth tenor to a penetrating falsetto, using both to great effect.

Like any good songwriter, he writes the kind of songs that ask one to listen closely. His lyrics are more than clever rhymes; they unfold intricate stories.

The song has many changes in tempo and mood, starting out slowly, evoking an idyllic setting and a fragile peace. The gentle tones he began with reemerge at the end slightly heavier, changed by the tragic aftermath of war. His music is sometimes whimsical, with songs about childhood toys and French daredevils. This yin and yang coexist in his work with ease. After having listened to his music, seen him perform, and spoken to him, it seems the term Renaissance man, which is sometimes overused, certainly applies.

Growing up there was music all around him. His father played flute and guitar, while his mom and maternal grandmother were both great singers.

His love of singing came from listening to his family sing together when he was a kid. His youthful musical tastes were very eclectic, including everything from The Beatles to Elton John to Metallica.

He especially loved Michael Jackson, whom he admired for a percussive singing style that seemed to mirror his dancing. At first he was self-taught, practicing four to six hours a day, but when he was 17, he took guitar lessons and really began to hone his craft.

After high school he went Western Michigan University to study music and creative writing. While he was there he taught guitar at Marshall Music to as many as 30 students per class, which planted the seed for his role as a music educator down the road. He also began to write and play his own music. It was around then that he and some fellow Marshall employees founded a promising band, but it soon broke up, much to his disappointment.

After that, he was disillusioned with bands altogether and worked only as a solo act for many years. It was also around then that he discovered Jeff Buckley. He felt a kindred spirit in Buckley — both of their parents split up when they were young, and through him, Michaud heard much of his own youthful pain and disorientation. His admiration for Buckley bordered on obsession. He performed at the open mike night at T. Around that time he took songwriting and music business courses at Washtenaw Community College.

Local jazz guitarist Johnny Lawrence instructed his music business course and encouraged him to find other ways to make money in music besides performing. Eventually Michaud applied to Washtenaw to teach songwriting classes and landed the job. He found teaching was a natural extension of his performing self and added that he often learned as much from his students as he taught them.

When he started writing songs, he wrote mostly from personal experience, but over time he learned to be a keen observer of the world and a musical storyteller. One thing that helps ground Michaud is being a good parent to his daughter. He said children are defenseless in this world, so one has to be vigilant and caring for something beyond themself. For him, this means being a good role model and trying to pass on sound values. Part of his example is living a sober lifestyle, preferring natural ways of getting high, such as meditation, which he practices regularly.

Over the years he has studied many religious traditions and their symbols and is fascinated by how they can be used to connect people, much like music can. His spiritual and philosophical ideas are not merely ones he thinks about in the abstract, but ones he embraces in his everyday interactions with the world. He once told me, "Wisdom is when you take a vision into reality.

He said he wanted a backup band to both expand the sound of his songs and increase the possibilities of getting gigs. Michaud said they average about a gig a month, but, like most musicians, wish there were more. Having a shared experience with the audience is therapeutic for him. And as a live performer Michaud certainly delivers.

He uses two microphones, one for regular vocals, mixed with a healthy dose of reverb, and an extra mike with echo effects to create ethereal vocals, which add great dimension to his songs. Besides playing his own songs, Michaud occasionally throws in covers. Michaud did a commendable balancing act of paying homage to the original tune and making it his own — a hard trick to pull off for any performer. While Michaud has been performing to accolades for years, he has never had a recording for his fans to own, but that is about to change.

He and his band have been working on a four-song EP with local producer Jim Roll, a noted songwriter himself. In addition to his band, he has also enlisted Erin Zindle from The Ragbirds on violin and Zach Nichols from Frontier Ruckus on trumpet and the musical saw for the project. He said that experience taught him not to overextend himself. This time around he feels more confident in his process, adding that he plans to finish the opera someday.

Michaud admits that when he was younger he struggled to find a balance between internal and external pressures, sometimes losing himself in his music while neglecting his relationships. Nowadays he takes a healthy approach to creativity, nurturing it while trying not to own it too much. Make your spring appointment today www. Incredibly shy, I sat back in my chair. But my soul, swayed by the rhythm and swirl of black leotards and pink slippers, peeked forward, utterly captivated — perhaps hoping that, one day, I too would move like the other little girls.

I must have talked about this experience for a long time because, that year on Christmas morning, there was a box with my own leotard, slippers, and tutu. Instead of smiling, I started to cry. Fear washed over me and my soul receded behind my shyness.

I begged my mother to return the items to Santa Claus at the North Pole. Much to her dismay, she did. But I could never forget dancing, simply because rhythm lived with me constantly. The television was rarely on, but the stereo always seemed to be. My mother cleaned the house to a beat. Her younger siblings, between my age and hers, introduced me to their music and dance moves.

My confidence grew and when I was 16, I felt emboldened to sign up for a dance class. That turned out to be a mistake. My teacher was younger than I and, rather than teach, she humiliated the students by laughing at them and gossiping loudly with her friends.

Angry, I quit the class. But I kept dancing. To commercials. To the hum of the dishwasher. And, several years ago, my workouts changed from the monotony of the treadmill to the ecstasy of dancing.

In the privacy of my basement, using videos and connecting to the earth with bare feet, I came to intimately understand the delicious freedom of being able to move my body. I raised my arms in celebration while doing bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance. I laughed and sweated through the choreographed dances of Bollywood. Through belly dancing, my hips opened me to the infinity of my strength, sensuality, and sacredness that is my feminine being.

For at least one hour a day, I surrendered completely to the dance. I knew joy. Joy is addictive. I wanted more. And with the wisdom that comes from knowing who I am — as well as being in my forties and no longer caring what other people think — I decided to try another dance class. I chose English Country Dancing. This formal style of partnered dance began as a way for courtly ladies and gentlemen during the reign of Elizabeth I to socialize and continued in popularity into the early ninteenth century, during the lifetime of Jane Austen.

I must admit that I am more a fan of British murder mysteries than of Austen, so choosing to learn this particular style seemed incongruous to me. But it was because of the passion of my guide and aptly named Joy Coach, Bronwen Gates, that this style of dance that grabbed me. When Gates described a move called gypsy, in which the partners circle each other by holding only their gaze, I found the idea of that flirtatious tension beautiful and somehow earthy, despite the formality.

I could also relate: when I belly dance in the basement, my eyes are very much a part of it. I was sold. A few hours before the class began, however, I met with Gates in her home to learn some basic moves. In the class, each dance begins with a short lesson and then a caller would literally call out the moves in time for us to perform them to the music.

There was a whole new vocabulary to learn. I learned to cast off by using one shoulder to turn away from and around my partner. Gates talked about how the dances progress. When a first couple makes it to the end, they stand out one turn of the dance, but then rejoin the progression as either a first couple or a second couple and move back up the line toward the band.

Gates assured me that, in person, it would make more sense. Not for quite a while, anyway. Then again, when I arrived to the clubhouse, my nerves were ticklish.

I smiled bigger than I normally do and laughed a bit harder than I meant to. I thought I would be able to mingle more, settle in, and shyly watch a few dances from a chair, getting a feel for both the music and the movement. I kept dancing. Another Chance to Dance …When I arrived to the clubhouse, my nerves were ticklish. I was wrong. When Bronwen Gates described a move called gypsy, in which the partners circle each other by holding only their gaze, I found the idea of that flirtatious tension beautiful and somehow earthy, despite the formality.

I shook my head and found myself blushing, which caused me to blush even more. Despite knowing that only our hands or arms would briefly touch in the dance to come, being asked to partner by someone other than my husband was an unexpected and almost unbearable intimacy. My reaction freaked me out. A visceral, protective need averted my gaze. Then, my third partner opened up an old wound: a feisty elderly woman seemed to be the incarnation of my teenaged dance teacher.

Who does she think she is? But then, I realized: I was standing in my own way. All of my discomfort belonged to me and me alone. I forgave her — and myself — instantly. After all, I was no longer the young girl easily embarrassed, and she certainly was not my immature dance instructor.

She was just trying to help. Step back a bit. She smiled her approval. And finally, I began to relax. I learned a lot from her, as well as many of the other dancers. I danced the simple dances.

I struggled and swore mildly through the more complicated ones, sacrificing all sense of rhythm for technicality. I even managed a gypsy or two without looking away. I sat out only one dance. And by the end of the class — exhausted, humbled, and smiling true — I understood the passion for this English Country Dancing. I long for more…but, because I live near Grand Rapids, I am prevented only by distance from attending the class more often.

As soon as I returned home, even though it was after midnight, I showed all of my new moves to my husband.

We fell out laughing at my long-armed, baby deer awkwardness. Laughing at myself — not out of embarrassment, but joy — felt pure and cathartic.

When I dance in the basement now, I play with my eyes more than I ever did, flirting and captivating an imaginary audience. And, in my daily life, I no longer avert my gaze for any reason. I gypsy everyone! Parts of me — the old, useless habits that have no place in my life today — wanted to. I allowed myself to look silly, to feel incredibly vulnerable, to make mistakes, and to take missteps. More importantly, I allowed every fear of mine to wash over me — not to suck me down into myself, as in the past, but to leave me cleansed with the pure joy of moving my body and soul in new and challenging ways.

I struggled and swore mildly through the more complicated ones, sacrificing all sense of rhythm for technicality…And by the end of the class — exhausted, humbled, and smiling true — I understood the passion for this English Country Dancing. Secretary General Last year was recognized by the United Nations as the international year of the co-operative.

By definition, co-operatives are enterprises owned and controlled by the very members they serve. Their member-driven nature means that decisions made in co-operatives are balanced by the pursuit of economic success and the needs and interests of members and their communities.

With a billion members worldwide, co-operatives have a tremendous economic impact. They are also recognized for their cultural contributions, the values they promote, and the communities they develop. The International Co-operative Alliance has high hopes for cooperatives. I like that idea and, as a local resident and co-op enthusiast, wanted to share an overview of the cooperative scene in Ann Arbor.

I sat down with a number of cooperators to talk about their co-ops and why co-operatives matter to them. Their co-ops include housing programs, grocers, credit unions, artist collectives, and schools, and each contribute uniquely to shaping the character of our town. Most of the houses offer group living.

On average, each house has just less than 30 people living together and sharing meals and household chores. Many have their own unique character; for example, three houses are vegetarian, one is a graduate student house, and one house identifies as substance free.

Jim is a tall and trim, easygoing guy. He speaks deliberately with a voice you imagine has the slightest hint of Texas drawl, perhaps picked up during the eight years he spent organizing co-ops in Austin. For over 50 years Jim has been involved with student housing co-operatives. What does he like about co-ops? When they do, they can gain confidence and an understanding of how they can make a difference.

Of course, gaining control in a co-op is something done alongside others, and Jim pointed out how group living also helps people grow. He came to embrace the co-op model a few years later in an argument with a libertarian. Jim realized the co-operative worldview allowed for altruism, interpersonal co-operation, and mutual benefit. What are those mutual benefits? According to Jim, there are three reasons why people get involved in co-operatives, what he calls the three C s: cost, community, and control.

People like all three of these benefits but tend to favor one more than others, depending on their situation. Dealing with other people creates opportunities to step out of a role.

Other times people are drawn to cooperatives for the element of community. For most people, the issue of control is more of a learned benefit. Co-ops work better, he said, when people learn about democratic participation just as things are getting set up, at the start of co-op membership.

In the early seventies, Jim attended graduate school in art education at Michigan State and lived in an independent co-operative house there. During that time, he found himself at a meeting to discuss linking together a handful of co-operative houses that existed in East Lansing. Though he attended the meeting just to say hi to Luther Buchele, a man who used to run the ICC, he left the meeting president of a new organization.

For three years he helped to organize and run the East Lansing student co-ops, launching his career as a student co-op organizer. Jim has a passion and a talent for developing new co-operative houses.

Perhaps this is where his art background pays off. A great story about his creative wheeling and dealing marked the first purchase he helped the ICC make in The deal involved placing an early bid that was honored in spite of later bids for more money; selling a dysfunctional co-operative house to a fraternity that had limited collateral; refinancing a federal loan with a 50 percent discount; lawyers flying from DC in the midst of a hurricane to close a deal one day before a federal deadline; and passing a plan to gradually raise co-op member fees so that members would tolerate the change.

The deal succeeded with a mix of creativity and serendipity. Refinancing the federal loan then freed the ICC to purchase another six buildings while Jim was the executive director.

He started the organization Allen Creek Consulting to help NASCO with housing development, and has since branched out to offer broader co-operative support services. He is working on a movie with his son about the strength of the co-ops in the Austin area. He just helped a group of people close on a co-operative house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he has started a statewide co-operative networking organization.

What keeps him going? The ICC was started 75 years ago. You may not know the people who started a co-operative; you may not know who will live there in the future.

He said we need a movement that asks, how do we see ourselves as a forward thinking community and how we can work together to solve our problems? Certainly co-ops are part of the answer. Eppie Potts Co-ops can be divided into two types: consumer co-ops, where the owners are the consumers, and producer co-ops, institutions owned by people who are producing something. The Potters Guild first formed in when about 10 people hired a teacher to offer them private ceramic lessons.

They set up a little ceramic studio that they ran as a co-op and have been producing pottery ever since. The Guild now has about 40 members and offers classes to 30 students. For most people the issue of control is more of a learned benefit. Asked about his thoughts on the Ann Arbor area today, Jim said there is a need for more co-ops -- for the spirit of co-ops to be an integral part of the zeitgeist in the coming years.

The Potters Guild first formed in when about 10 people hired a teacher to offer them private ceramic lessons…The Guild now has about 40 members and offers classes to 30 students. She is very enthusiastic about the Guild and is also engaged in a lot of activities around town. Eppie was the first person to ask the original Guild members if she could be involved with them.

It was and she asked if they offered public classes. At that point they didn t, but it was a provocative question, and so they decided to start. They were extremely helpful. Tucked between Fingerle Lumber and a row of residential houses, I almost missed the attractive vine-covered ceramic studio.

Originally a foundry, the building was purchased in with funds raised through Guild members contributing half of their proceeds from pottery sales. Two additions have been built onto the original building. Eppie showed me their two electric kilns and two gas kilns and the place out back where they do Raku firings, a traditional Japanese technique that involves open fires.

Eppie acknowledged that Raku firings always make the folks at Fingerle Lumber a little nervous. She tells me it developed around the question, what is the one thing everybody wants? The answer: access to the kiln. This includes everything from being on committees to maintaining the building to firing kilns.

Different jobs are apportioned a different number of points based on their popularity. For instance, unloading clay into the storage area is heavy lifting and gets a lot of points. Although Eppie doesn t tell me directly, I later learn that she was on the three-person committee in the early s that developed the labor points system. This covers the cost of all the clay they can use. Most members generally don t make their living by making pottery at the Guild. Eppie estimated that some members might make as much as several thousand dollars a year in income, but that s on the high side.

Those ceramicists who do make a living from their work might have a separate studio. She has a studio in her house and sometimes teaches ceramics at the University. The Guild studio is limited on space but because the building is paid for and built out to the extent city permitting will allow it is unlikely to expand.

This limits the number of members who can participate. New members are usually students who have taken Guild classes. She told the story of a potter who came from another town and joined the Guild. She had been coming in at night and, one night, Eppie was there and tried a few times to strike up a conversation. The oldest of these was founded in Although there are small differences between them, these co-ops are all structured fairly similarly.

Typically, the programs have hired teachers but also count on volunteer help from parents. Programming includes classes for three-year-olds and four-year-olds, and occasional fill-in programs for five-year-olds who are too young for enrollment in kindergarten.

Programming is two or three days for any given age group. Parents are expected to volunteer a certain amount each semester. With the volunteer involvement, co-op schools are more affordable than other daycare programs. While the programs don t meet the needs of families seeking full-time childcare, they typically work well for families with a stay-at-home parent or two parents working part-time. Leticia Valdez is a parent of two young children, ages seven and four. Although she is new to Ann Arbor, Leticia s family is not entirely new to this nursery school.

Her husband attended there when he was a child. She has also served on the board of directors for three years and as the chair of the publicity committee. The committees are comprised of groups of parents who get the work done.

The member board is in charge of running the operations of the school and meets once a month to decide on everything from school policy to how to get sand for the sand box. Parents also volunteer as classroom assistants. Still, they welcome families of all religious backgrounds and encourage the sharing of different cultures and religions.

Although the curriculum is fairly secular, thank you prayers are offered before snack time. If you include the program for young five-year-olds, this daycare has nearly 70 students. FUMCN has a staff of six teachers and assistants. When I talked to the president of the Stone School Co-operative Nursery, another co-op nursery in town, she also said they have many international families who are part of their co-op.

Leticia moved to Ann Arbor with her husband for his residency program in She works part time doing Information Technology work for the University. Before moving here, she felt that as a mom with young children moving to Michigan from California it would be challenging to connect with the Ann Arbor community. Kids develop friends and then you find other parents with similar values.

Once every other month the parents go out for a couples date night. The daycare also has an informal email list that is used for barter and exchange, impromptu gatherings, and referrals. Today it has over 50, members. A credit union is a financial co-operative. There are over 7, credit unions in the United States, and nearly a million members. Nationwide their assets exceed one trillion dollars, which is about seven percent of the total financial assets held by financial institutions.

A handful of credit unions have local branches in Ann Arbor, but the University of Michigan Credit Union is based in Ann Arbor and is probably the best known around town. The University of Michigan Credit Union started in with 12 members. In , Elgin Batie, Jr. He was also working for the county sheriff as a reserve deputy. His wife insisted that no guns should be in the house once they started having children. That kind of nixed the deputy job. Elgin thought he should get a job doing computer work to find out if that was the right career for him.

He didn t know anything about co-ops or credit unions at that time, but he applied for a job as a computer operator for the University of Michigan Credit Union. It turned out that the position was part-time and he was looking for a full-time job, so the Credit Union gave him a full-time position as a teller, which he did for three months until a full-time computer operator position opened up.

This was at a time when computer networking was just getting started. Elgin grew with the position, getting certified in networking. He became an assistant manager for I. While in that position he was also in charge of security, and this evolved into his present position as the security and fraud manager. As he put it, working in security and fraud felt like coming back around to his early days in law enforcement.

It s hard to imagine a more jovial manager of security and fraud. He is quick to laugh and there is a warmth about him and an appreciation of fun. Ford is a relatively recent C. There is support and training, lots of training. Elgin told me his friend who works at a bank is always stressed because she is expected to open a certain number of accounts daily.

Alternately, most credit unions aren t trying to sell you something but are there to assist their members and not to make a sales quota. Credit unions are about people serving people. We strive to live up to that philosophy. The program included a community outreach day when credit union managers spent the day fixing up homes of people in need.

People were so moved by the experience that many of them came back in tears. Like many credit unions, University of Michigan Credit Union did not get caught up in the mortgage crisis of and it never needed TARP bailout money. Although Elgin acknowledged differences between the Credit Union and conventional banks, he expressed that he prefers to focus more on the strengths of credit unions.

The Credit Union has grown slowly since Elgin first was hired. Its number of employees has grown from around 80 to nearly In , there was only one branch. Today there are six branches in Ann Arbor and one branch in Dearborn. With a focus on service, credit unions tend to be more cautious than banks. Peer-reviewers' fest of altruism Developing self-trust in one's own understanding of objective morality--and living it! Deism and Freedom by Robert L.

What is fear? Punished for disobedience--the ties between Parents and Governments If we lived with our governmental oppressors Which is worse: tyrannical parents or tyrannical employees of government? All political punishment is local Attila and the Witch Doctor Getting to the root of the problem Is depression increasing in society?

A Foundation for Panarchy by Michael S. Run for your life whenever you hear a governmental "official" talk about your safety and happiness Does the Jeffersonian rhetoric hold water? Government's "securing rights" is a non sequitur Because ideas are bulletproof, it's important to understand their origin and influence, particularly authoritarian ones How does one provide one's "consent" to the government, while maintaining one's rights?

Death By Government by R. Journalists' individual sacrifices Where people get their collectivistic fears Recognizing the difference between coercion and voluntary trade "It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. Are Obama and McCain your typical Nazis?

Without responsibility there is chaos, i. Meaning of complete liberty L. Neil Smith's inspirational discussion of the future of freedom The race to the bottom with governments Unanimous consent and the utopian vision by L. The contradictory "we" and illogical "public property" A New Covenant by L.

Run miles in the desert? Environmental grains of truth by an Objectivist The Danger of Environmentalism by Michael S. What it's going to take for Americans to make this to happen again Hell, free America!

Can you trust the media? Military survey says The U. Doomsday clock Rational defense in a voluntary society The memes of war promoted by "new atheists" "Religion, Politics and the End of the World So sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks. This is the closest link I could come to finding it used to be available for free download at the old mp3. In this episode we pick up where we ended in chapter two about the US constitution Article 1 Section 8 Clause 7, which is in the chapter's last section titled "The Constitutions Problems: Article I Section Sadly, A Template For Disaster.

This particular remix doesn't seem available for free on their site I got it from the old mp3. We pick up with Clause 7 in the third episode. Btw, I downloaded all of them freely from the old mp3. Visit the book's website at www.

Basically, governments and all they entail are the problem, not the solution. Voluntarism or market anarchism, or anarcho-capitalism and customary law principles, in accordance with reason and dignity, spell the solution.

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You can stop in and talk to Gigi and Ellen, ask them some questions, tell them what your growing goals are, and let them direct you down the right path. Gigi would like to spread this knowledge to even more of the Ann Arbor community. There are all kinds of things to learn and talk about on the topic of gardening. The photos on these pages were taken at Quest. What is one thing we all have in common? What are three things that trouble each of us?

What are the nine ways to resolve these quandaries? In my practice of ninjutsu over the past couple of decades, I have had the opportunity to explore these questions and find some answers. Ninjutsu is the year-old martial art of the ninja. It is a full art that encompasses body positioning, striking, joint locks and throws, and ground defense. But the truly valuable aspects of the art are the parts that cannot be seen. This includes psychology, energy work, and mind and spirit training.

Ninjas practice control and focus to make targets go flying The truly valuable aspects of ninjutsu are the parts that cannot be seen. Can we feed ourselves?

Do we have a place that can shelter us? Do we have other people around us for safety and comfort? So, the three things that trouble each of us are food, shelter, and community.

Virtually everything the ego does is focused around these three things — fundamental survival considerations. We need food, a place to be safe, and people around us to create relationships and to increase the feeling of safety. There are many of us who operate from a too humble perspective.

Ninja students improve their posture Ninjutsu is the martial art year-old of the ninja. Having said that, there are infinite varieties and variations of what it means to be human. Height, weight, complexion, hair color, skin color, mental status, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, a vegetarian or meat eater — the list goes on. The commonness of being human means that we all have an ego. And it is designed to protect us and keep us safe. The ego operates on its own software.

Its purpose is survival, so it looks at each situation as a potential threat to be dealt with fear. It also looks at each situation as a potential opportunity for getting more of what it needs to be safe now and for increased potential to be safe in the future selfishness. Students work on their weekly topic: balance There are infinite varieties and variations of what it means to be human.

The Solution is Enlightened Selfishness One of the many principles we learn through the practice of ninjutsu is Enlightened Selfishness. Enlightened Selfishness is the practice of having all you want while, and this is the critical point, making the world a better place.

This principle addresses the issue of the ego trying to protect itself from danger and accumulating more to protect from future threats. None of us exist in isolation or a vacuum. In many ways we exist only in relation to the world around us. If you are trying to become the most perfect version of yourself possible, then you need to see other people in the world Basically, you have an assumption and you plan to take an action.

You take that action. You check the results of that action to see if they are in line with your original plan and if they are taking you in the correct direction. Then you take actions based on what you discovered.

The cycle repeats. This model is a good model to apply to your spiritual development. If you are trying to become the most perfect version of yourself possible, then you need to see other people in the world around you as a reflection of yourself.

Enlightened Selfishness actually requires you to have more. More resources. More money. More social connections. More knowledge.

More authority. You see, the more you have, the more you can share with others. The more resources you have, the more good you can do in the world. The more money you have, the more people you can employ or invest in. The more social connections you have, the more you can connect other people with the things they need. Enlightened Selfishness completely supports the ego. It protects you because it enables you to have more people around you who are connected to you and feel an affiliation with you.

And the more people you can help in your community, the more those people will feel safe, secure, and less apt to be violent. Father and daughter apply their self-defense knowledge The commonness of being human means that we all have an ego. Two brothers commit to earning their Black Belts and rely on the support of the Quest Community Enlightened Selfishness is the practice of having all you want while, and this is the critical point, making the world a better place.

From a spiritual point of view, you are cultivating compassion and service to others. You are also learning that differences between people are just opportunities for personal growth and leveraging each other's strengths. Nine Ways to Resolve the Quandary 1. It could also resolve the problems facing our nation and help the world wake up to the possibilities of truly supporting one another.

Instead of seeing conflict, we could embrace cooperation and collaboration. He also runs an organization development and personal development practice in which he guides individuals and businesses to find their greatest efficiency and effectiveness, thereby creating value through their right livelihood.

Nirmala Nancy Hanke There is, of course, the need to make retirement plans particularly financial before one can decide upon a retirement date. There are retirement calculators online and financial planners eager to help with this task. Friends were supportive, and colleagues at work had varied reactions: happy for me, sad I was leaving, and excited or anxious about their own upcoming or long distant retirements.

As the time got closer, everyone wanted to know: What are you going to do? Any goals? I told them: Jammies and going with the flow. Many also wanted to know about plans for travel. Since I have traveled a lot already, I have no burning desire to travel more except, of course, to visit my son in Oregon and my daughter in New York. Really, the only travel I am interested in now is inner travel. Day One and Beyond I was quite excited for day one, the first Monday in years I was not on the road to work at a.

There I was in my jammies at a very civilized a. All set! After I finished The List, I worked off of it till noon, then had lunch and took a nap for three hours! With The List in hand, my marching orders as it were, I began to incorporate it and the newly available odd hours per week into a retirement lifestyle. This did not mean becoming a totally new person, magically changed from Type A to Type B. No way. Now past day one, I am still gradually relaxing into having all this free time to get things done, have fun, and continue down my spiritual path, a path I have been on the last 30 some years.

This includes a daily meditation and yoga practice, yoga classes at Yoga Focus, Reiki healing as part of my psychotherapy practice, and participation at the Lighthouse Center, Inc. I am involved there with many activities the center has to offer as well as teaching meditation classes and presiding, for now, over the Board of Directors. Milne Your life is a grand adventure. Take risks. Explore the unknown. Journey forth into the great wide open without preplanned outcomes.

One of my friends, who retired three years ago, checked in with me recently to see how retirement is going. I told her I loved it, and she said she thought I would. I am inspired by how well she is able to go with the flow of whatever life brings. Every day a new adventure, indeed. Retirement is a new platform, a new vantage point from which to view ourselves. An opportunity to launch ourselves on a new trajectory, one that integrates our life until this point and opens us to the possibilities of who we would still like to become and what will happen to us.

Approaching Retirement I began my retirement countdown two and a half years out — first counting the months, then at one year changing to weeks, and in the last month counting the days. There are retirement countdown apps online, or you can just keep track on paper. This was a great inspiration and comfort to me as I wound my way slowly toward the magic day of retirement. You can start your own countdown at any time my hairdresser just started hers at five years out.

Whether we are retired or not, we all have a need for structure i. When some people think of retirement, they get uneasy or anxious about all the time they will have on their hands. Some people then schedule up every free minute of vacation and come back home not refreshed or rejuvenated at all. The same can happen with retirement — staying so busy, or even busier than we were when we were working.

One of my good friends warned me of this, insisting that I would be busier than ever. I ended up goofing off, reading, answering emails, doing some Reiki, seeing a patient, even doing a load of laundry clearly not all goofing off, but then again, this was just my first attempt at it.

Now, Type B people already have learned this lesson, the value of doing nothing. On the other hand, they may worry about becoming too easy going or lazy, or not accomplishing anything. Our already fast paced culture just keeps getting faster. How much more can be crammed into every day? How many texts, emails, phone calls, and even faceto-face encounters can we handle along with all the work, outside interests and obligations, and tasks of maintaining our lifestyles?

We all know about burnout and feeling overwhelmed. Retirement is sometimes seen as an oasis, a refuge from all this frenzy. But one can easily carry his or her habits of speed at all costs right on into retirement. Or end up somewhere in-between? There are some cries in the wilderness about slowing down: downshifting, the Slow Movement, living simply. In fact, there is an American tradition of slowing down, beginning perhaps with Henry David Thoreau, in Walden. He proposed and lived out two principles: self-reliance and simplicity, both economic and spiritual, which he detailed in his two-year sojourn at Walden Pond.

Downshifting is a strategy for moving toward a simpler life. Moving out of the rat race of obsessive materialism, perfectionism, and stress.

Finding a balance between work and play. Choosing what is meaningful, breaking the work-and-spend cycle, decreasing wasteful spending and accumulation. Must we all strive to be King Midas? How important really is collecting more and more things? Do these things make us happy? The Slow Movement is a cultural philosophy advocating a slower pace of life. Honore compares a Slow lifestyle with a fast one: Fast is busy, controlling, aggressive, hurried, analytical, stressed, superficial, impatient, active, quantity-over-quality.

Slow is the opposite: calm, careful, receptive, still, intuitive, unhurried, patient, reflective, quality-over-quantity…. The Slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word: balance. Be fast when it makes sense to be fast, and be slow when slowness is called for. Whether on a spiritual or secular basis, living simply involves being satisfied with what we need rather than what we want.

We can begin with steps like these: Whether we are retired or not, we all have a need for structure i. This is easy to say, hard to do. There is the illusion that once retired, with all the attendant pressures, deadlines, and expectations from the full time job gone, one can naturally just do whatever one wants to, whenever. Just like that. What I am discovering, however, is that a lifetime of internalized pressures, deadlines, and expectations do not so easily retire.

Our already fast paced culture just keeps getting faster…. Going with the flow takes a conscious effort to gradually let go of these Type A habits and cultural expectations.

I consciously make a daily exercise of balancing work and play, working with The List and going Off the Grid. Do I want to get things done this morning, or do I want to laze about? What is going with the flow anyway? What is the right thing to do, at any given moment? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? Sometimes the right action arises easily. Like the morning I woke up at , just in time to see Obama eulogizing Mandela at the memorial service in Soweto. Afterwards, I felt like writing about it.

So I did. Also join any or all of our Sunday programs, including 2 types of guided meditation, and time for chatting over snacks and tea. Sunday Mornings with Essence of Tibetan Buddhism are also available as live vidcasts at www. Across the globe we tuned in, Watched and listened. I am who I am because of you You are who you are because of me We are all in this together. Mother and child, Father and son, Sisters and brothers, All in this together.

As he in that cell all those years Did not give up Did hold on to faith in himself And in his jailers So we too hold on Do not give up Do not lose sight of the fact That we define and are defined By each other, See and are seen By each other In our thoughts Our words Our actions Our feelings toward each other. We ride the wave of life together Holding on Through thick and thin. We will find a way. I am because you are. You are because I am.

Sometimes the right action is not at all clear. We get stuck, out of the flow. This is when a spiritual practice, such as meditation, prayer, contemplation comes in handy, helping us to find our way. In western culture we are at once longing for retirement and afraid of it.

This occurs physically, whether we want it to or not, but it also occurs emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. In all these spheres we still have choices we can make: whether to work to maintain our physical health or become a couch potato, exercise our mind or let it drift, withdraw from others or keep up family and social connections, follow a spiritual path or not. So we can think of retirement as a new platform, a time in our lives to launch ourselves every day on a new adventure that will bring us sooner or later to going with the flow, and letting go.

Nirmala Nancy Hanke is a practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and she recently retired as medical director at Monroe Community Mental Health Authority.

She has a private practice in Whitmore Lake for psychiatry, meditative psychotherapy, and Reiki healing.

She has been meditating the last odd years, first in the Zen tradition, and the last 20 years in the Jain mantra tradition. She can be reached at ; for more information on the Lighthouse Center, see lighthousecenterinc. Darren Schmidt For many years now, reports have shown that the American medical system could be doing more harm than good.

One study even found that conventional medicine was the leading cause of death in the United States. For many years, it has been the biggest cause of personal bankruptcy. My purpose in life is to help reverse this by bankrupting drug companies by getting lots of sick people well. This pattern is true for basically all conditions.

We have stopped allergies by restoring proper organ functioning. Here are some examples of what has worked: using fenugreek an herb , cleaning out the liver with supplements, using detoxifying footbaths, getting rid of parasites in the sinuses, stopping dairy in the diet, or eating dried radishes. We have fixed the function of the heart by clearing out arteries with whole food vitamin C, low carb diets, increasing or adding healthy fats to the diet, eliminating parasites, or supplementing iodine.

Symptoms that go away include heaviness of the extremities, heartburn, fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, and swelling. While a chiropractic student, I went to two seminars a month for two years outside of school.

Using pills to manipulate how our body functions is the current state of disease and symptom care. Working with the body to help it heal is the smarter approach.

Now as a chiropractor who focuses on nutrition, I do what the body needs to get healthy. I find the cause of the problem and fix that. This is the proper way to address long-term health problems rather than trying to erase symptoms with chemicals, which is what our conventional medical community does.

Medications are needed to save lives after trauma and in emergency rooms, but for a condition that lasts more than three months or a non-life threatening condition, nutrition is the best tool to get rid of it. Ideally, all of us would do a little bit every day to improve our health, so there would be a large buffer between ourselves and disease.

There are many ways to potentially return the body to proper functioning. Below are three subjects in natural healthcare that make a huge difference in how the body functions. Getting rid of symptoms is actually an easy thing to do with nutrition. When you feed the body the nutrients it wants, it starts to heal itself. The body is always trying to heal itself.

When we remove these barriers, we improve function. Barriers include toxins or the deficiency of nutrients. We want to help the body function the way it was designed. Proper functioning leads to less stress, less inflammation, less immune challenges, and less toxicity. Happiness is a result of being able to cope and adapt to the world without breaking down. What we are trying to establish or re-establish with nutritional healing is functionality.

What we do is investigate: we look for what the body is doing compared to what it is designed to do. We look for the barriers to recovery, for the breakdown in function, and then we look for the quickest path back to proper function. The body was designed to be healthy and be able to adapt to the stress it encounters in life — whether that stress be chemical, emotional, or structural.

Any breakdown in function breaks down our adaptability. And adaptation to the stress we encounter in life is our truest measure of immunity.

We are feeding bodies, and they feel better without drugs. Take depression for instance. Conventional healthcare uses drugs to treat it, but there are dozens of causes of depression that may be alleviated with nutrition. Usually, there is not just one cure but rather a combination of new choices that allows the body to function better.

Salt is essential to have in your diet. However, there are two kinds of salt — refined table salt and unrefined natural salt. In table salt, all the nutrients have been removed and aluminum has been added, which has been linked to imbalances and disruptions in normal body functions. Real, unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals. It is highly nutritious and has been known to lower blood pressure.

It is essential to eat unrefined salt regularly. Unrefined sea salt can actually reduce blood pressure. In other words, the life has been taken out of that water. Ions, electrolytes, minerals, and unrefined salt equal life, so drink good filtered water that has minerals, and even add healthy salt if you want.

Another key nutrient that helps improve and maintain health is iodine. Iodine is one of the most fascinating, intelligent, powerful, and sometimes finicky nutrients I have worked with. When your body is replete filled up with iodine, it blocks the poisonous elements bromine, chlorine, and fluorine. You can get iodine from ocean fish, seaweed, and iodine pills.

I have seen it raise I. The third key subject is herbs. Herbs make your body smarter and positively affect your DNA. Herbs also get into our DNA to make changes. The field of study is called epigenetics. Native Americans had access to and used hundreds or thousands of herbs in the wild. We seem to only have two herbs: ketchup and catsup. Use more variety!

Nutrition is a crucial part of healthy living. To decrease our reliance on the medical system, it is important to work daily at improving health. Spend money on good food and supplements now or pay insurmountable medical expenses later. Take the smart approach and work with the body to help it heal and function at its best each day. Darren Schmidt has been in practice since He is a chiropractor who specializes in nutrition.

He has specialized training as an advanced trained practitioner and teacher of Nutrition Response Testing. Liberty Road, For more information visit, www. Namaste, Roshani, Thank God, April showers are over! Or are they? After months of sulking from the excessive snow and rain we experienced this year, I find that my shoulders are caving forward and my heart is still feeling heavy. What would you recommend I add into my regular routine? I look forward to hearing from you, Jocelynn C.

After reading your question, it sure feels like it. Trust me, you are not alone. When your body is out of sync with your emotions, it feels like having one foot stuck kneedeep in a puddle with galoshes, with the other one free and ready to roam in flip-flops!

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts! To help you with your at-home practice, here is my favorite winter-to-spring Asana: Camel Pose. Break out your short-shorts and get ready to open your heart! Placing your knees, shins, and feet on your mat, come up to a kneeling position, with knees about hip-width distance. As you inhale, lift your right arm and rotate it all the way back, so you can place your right palm on the sole of your right foot.

Stay here for a few moments and exhale. Then, inhale your opposite left arm all the way back and place your left palm on the sole of your left foot. Really activate your glutes, your core, and your quadriceps.

Roll your shoulder blades close together, feel your heart opening up. If your neck allows it, try dangling your head and keep your gaze backwards. Keep thrusting your pelvic area forward and stay strong in your core. Hold for just a few breaths or else you may run the risk of feeling light-headed. If your knees experience any discomfort, make sure you double-up on your mat to provide extra cushioning.

You can use your fingertips to reach back to your heels. Most importantly, if you have had any low-back issues, place your palms on your sacrum with your fingers pointing toward the ground. Aim to roll your shoulder blades close together, but avoid a deep back-bend. Whichever variation you choose is sure to leave you feeling lighter and more open for the new season! Chances are your posture will also look and feel a bit taller. Namaste, Roshani, I started hot vinyasa yoga classes two weeks ago and I love them!

The only thing is, while I feel energized during the classes, I feel totally depleted afterwards. Dave B. Visit crazywisdomjournal. Rebecca J. To begin, I suggest you try a supported Shoulderstand. Place two or three folded blankets neatly underneath your shoulder. This slight elevation should provide a soft cushion for your shoulder, but more importantly, offer your neck a bit of wiggle room. When in a Shoulderstand, you always want to have both your shoulders and the crown of your head pressing into the ground — never your neck.

If there is no gap, that explains the pain. You are correct that Candlestick is also effective in getting your blood flowing in the opposite direction, and a less complicated posture to choose. However, most yoga instructors encourage the Shoulderstand for its myriad benefits. These include calming the nervous system, easing insomnia and fatigue, and eliminating common colds and general nasal issues.

My personal reason for practicing the Shoulderstand is a bit vainer. Scientific studies have proven that if you hold Shoulderstand for just three minutes a day, you can avoid varicose veins! At the end of the day, your yoga practice is a very personal matter. Find what works for you and enjoy your yoga journey every step of the way. Heather is also a Life Coach and Massage Therapist and incorporates elements of both to help clients reach their goals and improve their overall wellness.

She has lived in Ann Arbor for 10 years with her husband and now three dogs. Heather Glidden: The Gyrotonic method was developed by a man named Juliu Horvath, a former dancer whose career ended as a result of several debilitating injuries. In his search for healing, he discovered the circular and wavelike movements that eventually became the Gyrotonic system. Bill Zirinsky: Is Gyrotonic a movement therapy modality, or an exercise modality, or a form of dance, or what? The movements are flowing, rhythmic, and playful.

They look like a combination of dance, swimming, and Tai Chi. They are built around fundamental spinal motions: arch, curl, spiral, side bend, and wave.

Most people come to it for only one or two of those aspects at first. The system is very flexible so it can be adapted for people with a wide range of goals. We did very slow, gentle work to start.

As they became stronger, they transitioned into doing more challenging and fitness-oriented workouts. Some of them have also gone on to explore more of the esoteric aspects of the work, such as meditation and energetic awakening.

Bill Zirinsky: I know that it is difficult to convey experiential movement and bodywork. Even so, can you try to describe to our readers what Gyrotonic is, what it consists of, and what kind of movements or exercises or stretches it encompasses? Heather Glidden: The movements are flowing, rhythmic, and playful.

Many of them look like movements that you might see in nature, such as a cat stretching or a long blade of grass blowing in the wind. As practitioners become familiar with the Gyrotonic movements, the experience of doing a workout is like a moving meditation. In Gyrotonic sessions we use a large piece of equipment called the Gyrotonic tower. Sessions are generally either private lessons or duets lessons with two people.

The equipment is designed to support and guide the body fluidly through the exercises in a way that allows for decompression of the joints and release of tension held in the soft tissues. It may also be used to add resistance to exercises, both to stretch and strengthen the muscles.

The goal of Gyrotonic movements is to create a balanced structure, allowing freedom of movement in every direction at every joint while simultaneously creating the strength to support that range of motion. There is also a version of the movement called Gyrokinesis, which one practices while seated on stools, on the floor, and standing.

We generally practice Gyrokinesis in group classes. The movements are based on the same principles and look similar to the movements practiced on the Gyrotonic tower. Gyrokinesis classes follow a regular format so that over time, students can learn the format, allowing them more freedom to explore the effects of the movement in their own bodies.

The rhythmic nature of the movement makes it really fun to practice in a group. As the students start to learn the movements and breath patterns, a supportive feeling develops by among the group from practicing those patterns together. My experience of Gyrokinesis classes is that they bring a deep sense of peace and joy to participants.

What does it stand for, or mean? BZ: What do you love about Gyrotonic? Heather: The aspect of Gyrotonic that I love the most is that there is always something more to learn, something deeper to explore. The system is endlessly layered so that every time I master one lesson, I discover a deeper mystery. Some of the learning comes from working with other people, but a lot of it comes from learning more about myself — about my own body, mind, and spirit. Beyond that, the movement feels great to practice, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally.

I feel like I have so much more freedom in my life as a result of my Gyrotonic practice. BZ: Where were you raised, Heather? Where did you go to college? BZ: What brought you to Ann Arbor, and when? Heather: I met my husband in college, and we started dating during our senior year. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, so after we graduated, we decided to move here.

Originally, we had only planned to live here for a year — I wanted to move somewhere with warmer winters — but I sort of fell in love with it. BZ: When you were young, were you into dance and movement or gymnastics or other activities like those? Heather: I was a dancer growing up — I studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern … anything I could get my feet on. But in my teen years, I began having severe abdominal pain that went unexplained for a long time and caused me to give up dance.

BZ: Could you have predicted as a teenager that you might end up doing work in a field like Gyrotonic? Looking back now, I can see how my experience with debilitating pain, combined with my love of movement, offered me the perfect preparation for the work that I do now. BZ: Tell us about your path to Pilates.

I know you started with Pilates at a very young age. The intention of the Gyrotonic system is to move and stimulate every part and system of the body muscular, skeletal, nervous, energetic, and so on so that the whole organism can have a greater expression of life.

In essence, the goal is to be more alive. Can you elaborate? Heather: Movement is a fundamental sign that we are alive — movement of breath, the pumping of the heart to circulate blood.

Thus when an area of the body becomes blocked and is unable to move, it is stagnant, less alive. BZ: What is the process for certification as a Gyrotonic instructor? Heather: Gyrotonic certification involves four courses and an apprenticeship totaling about hours of study.

The process generally takes about a year to complete.

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