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The Essential Guide to Using Plant-Based Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare

Introducing Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Plant-Based Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare, by Amy Galper, a long-awaited resource for those who are ready to harness the power of plant-based energy to maintain their natural beauty and promote health and well-being. The book includes over 50 easy-to-follow recipes to make their own plant-based skincare and beauty products. With tips and guidance from two aromatherapists and natural beauty experts, authors Amy Galper, the Co-Founder of New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, and Christina Daigneault, her former student, also show readers how to deconstruct beauty labels, parse ingredient lists, make informed decisions about the products they use, and better understand how their skin works. Galper says, “I want to continue to educate and celebrate plants as well as use them for health and wellness purposes. We can become better people by having a better sense of smell.”

The benefits of essential oils include:

Increase Productivity & Improve Focus 

The sweet smell of success! Interested in founding out what and how essential oils raise levels of norepinephrine, a brain chemical linked to executive decision-making and motivation? In this immersive workshop, we’ll dive into the essential oils that provide an instant boost in productivity and focus. From relaxing an overactive mind, to improving memory retention and clarity of thought, participants will explore what oils make us laser-sharp.

Reduce Stress

Looking to banish stress and anxiety the natural way? Take action to relieve stress for good health and well- being and learn what essential oils immediately induce the feeling of peace and relaxation, bringing a sense of calm to whatever challenges you might face. In this hands-on experiential workshop, participants will learn and explore how the simple act of smelling can reduce our stress and promote mind-body healing.

Expand Creativity

Have the desire to create, but experiencing that all-too-familiar writer’s block? Aromatherapy can help get the creative juices flowing and increase clarity and vision. Even Leonardo da Vinci is thought to have used them to induce inspiration! In this applied workshop, learn what essential oils stimulate the brain and enhance relaxation and positivity to conjure a mental environment where imagination can flourish.

Sleep Better

Not getting enough shut-eye and feeling even more tired in the morning? Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of issues such as a weakened immune system, cognitive impairment, increased risk of accidents, and poor work performance. In this workshop, learn which essential oils can help get you back to feeling energized and refreshed from a great night’s sleep, so you can tackle that big project or presentation as a renewed you!

MORE ABOUT AMY GALPER: 

Amy Galper, the pioneering educator, entrepreneur, and advocate behind the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, now rebranded as the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies; has provided third-party consultation in aromatherapy and natural beauty for over 10 years. Having worked with many of the top media outlets, Amy lends her expertise to beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands who need an unbiased specialist for media interviews, desk- sides, and events about wellness, essential oils, natural beauty, and ingredients. Amy has appeared as a featured speaker at the Indie Beauty Expo, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Conference, and EcoSessions. She has been a guest lecturer at NYU, and is currently part of the Visiting Faculty at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. She has been featured on FOX NEWS, CUNY TV, and FAT MASCARA, and has been quoted as an aromatherapy expert for dozens of articles and posts about essential oils as seen in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Dr. OZ, Prevention, Well and Good, Mind Body Green, People and many more. Her book, “Plant Powered Beauty,” launched March 2018 with great response.

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Teaching Kids #AdoptNotShop with Hand-Painted Book

Companionship and the importance of adopting rescue animals are the main themes in author and artist Donna Carr Roberts’ adorable new story, “The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears.” The first installment in a series, “The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching for a Furry Friend” tells the story of a furry small dog called Mr. Fuzzy Ears, who is lonely in the house by himself and goes looking for a companion to play with.

Mr. Fuzzy Ears begins his search in all the wrong places and finds animals that aren’t quite right for him until his owners finally take him to the Humane Society. There, he meets a variety of animals and listens to their stories about how they came to live at the society. In the end, Mr. Fuzzy Ears gets to go home with not one, but three new friends to play with at home. The book is based directly on Roberts’ own pets at home—the main one being Scamp the dog, who inspired the character Mr. Fuzzy Ears.

One of the most intriguing parts of this book are the traditional watercolor paintings it boasts, which were hand-painted by Roberts herself. “Unlike most children’s books today, I created all the artwork in this book in original watercolors,” says Roberts. “I hope these bring back an old-fashioned feel to the story that will enchant young and old alike.”

Kirkus Reviews describes “Mr. Fuzzy Ears”: “A beautifully illustrated, informative tale with a plucky, likable protagonist… Roberts aptly weaves the important work of the Humane Society into a sweet, engaging story.”

Readers are sure to fall in love with the characters in Mr. Fuzzy Ears’ adventures and eagerly await their new adventures in future books.

“The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching For a Furry Friend”

By Donna Carr Roberts

ISBN: 9781532061707 (softcover); 9781532061721 (hardcover); 9781532061714 (electronic)

Available at the iUniverse Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author

Donna Carr Roberts is an award-winning, classically trained artist in residence at the Slane College of Communications and Fine Art, Bradley University. Her work includes life portraits and still life images. Roberts regularly works with some of the nation’s best artists developing new techniques and perfecting her style to keep her work fresh. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and a Member with Distinction with American Women Artists. She splits her time between Peoria, Illinois and Indianapolis. To learn more about the book please visit https://mrfuzzyears.com. To learn more about Roberts’ art, visithttp://donnacarrroberts.com.

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Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration — the perfect portable resource for art on the go!

Whether you’re traveling abroad or exploring near home, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, publishing in May from Bay Area artist Betsy Beier, shows you how to employ creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your memories, and dream of new adventures.

With the approachable instruction and contemporary approach to drawing featured inAnywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, aspiring creatives of all backgrounds can learn how to make illustrative art on the go using pencil, pen, colored pencil, and more. 

Learn how to make art inspired by your immediate surroundings, wherever you are—whether traveling abroad or exploring at home. Use your art and creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your travel memories, and dream of new adventures.


After an overview of the suggested tools and materials, explore essential drawing techniques, such as mastering line art and gesture drawing, making quick on-location sketches, and working with color media to complement illustrations. Helpful tips include information for packing and traveling with art supplies, drawing in the open air, and working from photographs. Finally, easy-to-follow and customizable step-by-step projects show you how to creatively express yourself by combining color, pattern, texture, typography, and cultural experience with a variety of projects.

Packed with a plethora of fun and creative exercises, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration is the perfect portable resource for creative types on the go.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781633226999
Illustrations: 271 color illustrations
Size: 6.5 in x 9.5 in / 165.1 mm x 241.3 mm

In Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration you’ll find:

  • 12 fun and creative projects to tell the stories of your adventures at home and out in the world
  • Instruction for a variety of media including graphite, watercolor, markers, collage, and more!
  • Tips on creating “on-the-go” including how to pack and carry your supplies and how to stay comfortable while sketching.

The author

Bay Area-based artist Betsy Beier creates illustrations, patterns, and lettering that celebrate places, people, experiences, foods, and cultures from around the world. Her career as a designer has allowed her to explore a wide variety of artistic opportunities, from creating interactive games, software, and museum installations to illustrating puzzles, books and home products. She has worked with clients that include HarperCollins Publishers, Budweiser, Apple, Shutterfly, and ABC Studios. Learn more about Betsy at www.wanderlustdesigner.com.

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Travel with My Travel Journal

Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether you do it for pleasure or business, there’s no denying that part of the joy of traveling is thinking back on your memories. Travel journals are a great way to not only plan your trip, but look back on your memories with.

With summer around the corner, I’d like to introduce you a lovely book which you want to pack in your traveling bag –  MY TRAVEL JOURNAL, launching in May from Quiet Fox Designs. Part trip planner and part travel journal, this traveling companion includes a day-by-day log that prompts you to preserve your most memorable experiences.

My Travel Journal keeps track of everything today’s traveler needs to know—in one handy place!

Keep note of your:

  • Most memorable experiences (with a day-by-day log)
  • Reservations
  • Departure times
  • Vaccinations
  • Emergency contacts
  • Prescriptions
  • Packing list
  • Trip budget
  • Destination bucket list

Inside My Travel Journal, you can archive all the essential information you’ll need before your next trip.

Keep track of your reservations, departure times, and vaccinations. Record emergency contacts, prescriptions, and phone numbers. Plan your packing list and trip budget, and check off your destination bucket list.

Part trip planner and part travel journal, this traveling companion includes a day-by-day log that prompts you to preserve your most memorable experiences.

Printed on acid-free archival paper in a convenient 6×8 size that fits easily in purse or carry-on bag, My Travel Journal is the perfect gift for the road warrior who has everything!

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Create crafty cuteness with three new books from the Quarto Group

It is always great to have cute art books for your kids or as gifts for other kids. Here are some very lovely books I recommend. Let kids learn art in a fun way.

If you love anime and chibi, you’ve got to try Chibi Art Class: A Complete Course in Drawing Chibi Cuties and Beasties by Instagram sensation and anime artist Yoai. Chibi Art Class teaches how to draw and color charming chibi people and their signature features and props. You’ll find step-by-step instruction on drawing, coloring, and shading these vertically challenged, baby-faced characters and their kawaii little companions.

Chibi Art Class by Yoai

On-Sale Date: March 26, 2019  · $19.99 US · $25.99 CAN · 144 pages · Paperback · ISBN: 9781631065835

Race Point Publishing

Soap carving has gained huge popularity online, but while most online videos are of cutting or carving soap bars into shavings, Ultimate Soap Carving offers instruction on creating cool and adorable designs, as well as how to use shavings to make new bars and other simple body care products – author Makiko Sone (aka Mizutama Soap) even shows fun ways to gift your carvings once you’re done!

Ultimate Soap Carving by Makiko Sone

On-Sale Date: March 26, 2019  · $19.99 US · $25.99 CAN · 128 pages · Trade Paperback  · ISBN: 9781631597244

Quarry Press

If you like to draw and are drawn to all things adorable, you’ll love Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cuteby Heegyum Kim! Kim leads us step-by-step in sketching dozens of charming creatures from bees to whales. Each project begins with easy-to-follow visual steps to build the animal, ending with variations you can try as you practice. Perfect for beginning artists or those looking to shake up their routine with a blast of cuteness.

Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cute by Heegyum Kim

On-Sale Date: March 26, 2019 · $19.99 US · $25.99 CAN · 128 pages · Paperback · ISBN:  9781631596759

Quarry Books

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Come to the Communal Table for Health and Happiness

Sharing meals is a way of life in the Mediterranean region, but most people in the U.S. are missing out on this beneficial (and tasty!) tradition. Just in time for National No One Eats Alone Day on February 15, Amy Riolo shares insights about enjoying meals together and some delicious recipes too!

I definitely enjoyed sharing foods with family and friends as I grow up in a traditional Chinese family. It brings a lot of happiness and interaction when you are eating. You know, it is not only about foods, but also a very great experience.

Most of us treat mealtimes as an afterthought. We grab breakfast on the go, inhale fast food lunches at our desks, and squeeze in evening meals amid a flurry of activities. We’re lucky if we find time to sit down for Sunday dinner or meet friends for a midweek catch-up meal. But overall, communal eating is the exception, not the rule.  

Best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator Amy Riolo says this needs to change for the sake of our health and our happiness. And since February 15 isNational No One Eats Alone Day (an initiative to help middle school students feel included, valued, and accepted by their peers), now is the perfect time for us all to embrace more shared meals.

“Eating alongside other people has many proven health and social benefits,” says Riolo, author of the American Diabetes Association’s The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook and its new and improved second edition, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $19.95). “Communal eating is a long-upheld tradition in Mediterranean communities, where people live longer and enjoy great health. Americans can greatly benefit from adopting these practices and enjoying the foods eaten in this region.”

You’ve likely heard of the Mediterranean diet, which was just named best overall diet of 2019 and is linked to preventing heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes; longevity; and reducing inflammation. This eating pattern focuses on seasonal produce, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy, and small amounts of meat and sweets.

When combined with lifestyle choices like communal eating and physical activity, the Mediterranean diet is believed to contribute to remarkable longevity in the region. For example, residents in Sardinia are ten times more likely to live past 100 than people in the United States. Researchers attribute this to daily communal eating and the psychological security of being surrounded by loved ones. But every country and culture in the Mediterranean region has its own way of encouraging people to plan meals and eat together, and this tradition also has been linked to improved digestion and eating less overall.

 “It can be difficult given our demanding work schedules,” says Riolo, “but the benefits are truly worth the effort. Even when it isn’t possible to be with someone else (in my case, when I am writing at home and am alone), I will send a message to a loved one and arrange to call—often via Facetime or Skype with them when I’m eating. It has become a ‘thing’ with my family and writer friends—and it makes me feel great that I can both catch up with others and my work at the same time.”

Starting your own tradition of eating with friends and family is easy to do. Here are a few simple ideas to help you enjoy more meals with others:

Schedule meals with others into your weekly planning. Just as we plan going to the movies, working out, carpooling, the theater, or spectator sports with one another, we should also plan our meal times and physical activity. Even if you start with just one meal a week, it is worth it to pencil it into your schedule so you can plan accordingly.

Remember, communal meals don’t have to mean dinner. Many people have the most interaction with others during their work day—so lunchtime is a great time to eat together. Ask your coworkers to join you for your midday meal or invite a friend to lunch. 

Make breakfast the new dinner. You can bond just as easily over breakfast as you can over dinner. Busy couples and families are taking advantage of a communal breakfast to enjoy a bit of time together before their hectic days begin.

Allow cooking to be part of the communal eating experience. Some people refrain from entertaining because they believe that they have to have everything “ready” for whomever they’re eating with, and busy schedules don’t allow for prep work. If you can relate, keep in mind that it can be fun and efficient to work as a team. Assign one person the responsibility to pick up the groceries—or order them online—and cook together. It allows for morecommunal time in the kitchen. 

Now that you’re ready to sit down and enjoy a healthy and delicious meal with others, keep reading for a few of Riolo’s favorite Mediterranean recipes:

Valencian Seafood Paella (Arroz en paella)

Gluten-free

Serves: 8

Serving size: 1 cup

Prep time: 10 minutes, plus 10 minutes resting time

Cook time: 40 minutes

Paella is known as arroz en paella in its homeland of Spain. Original paella recipes consisted of rabbit, chicken, snails, and beans. The paella pans were rubbed in ash and cooked over orange wood. This “party in a pot” is said to be a descendant of Arabian kabsah, a similar dish originating in the Arabian peninsula. Arabs introduced rice into southern Spain in the ninth century, along with spices like saffron. 

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1/4 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined*

1 lb baby squid, cleaned and sliced into rings

1/2 lb boneless white fish fillets, such as cod or swai

1 1/2 cups medium-grain Spanish rice

1/2 lb frozen lima beans, thawed and drained

Pinch high-quality saffron

2 tsp sweet paprika

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

5 cups Homemade Seafood Stock (p. 37)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 cup jarred pimiento peppers 

Heat oil in a large, wide skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Add shrimp, squid, and fish to pan. Cook until barely opaque. Add rice and lima beans, and stir in saffron, paprika, garlic, and parsley. Pour the stock over the top of the mixture and add salt. Increase heat to high to bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and stir. 

Cook paella, uncovered, for 30–40 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. When paella is done, allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Garnish with pimientos, and serve warm. 

*If possible, use fresh (never-frozen) shrimp or shrimp that are free of preservatives (for example, shrimp that have not been treated with salt or STPP [sodium tripolyphosphate]). 

Choices/Exchanges

2 1/2 Starch, 2 Lean Protein

Calories                      280

Calories from fat        40

Total fat                      4.5 g

Saturated fat               0.8 g

Trans fat                     0.0 g

Cholesterol                 145 mg

Sodium                        240 mg

Potassium                   360 mg

Total carbohydrate      39 g

Dietary fiber                  3 g

Sugars                            1 g

Protein                         20 g

Phosphorus                220 mg

Corsican Prawns with Chickpea Cream

Gluten-free 

Serves: 8 

Serving size: about 1/3 cup purée plus 3 shrimp

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: approximately 5 minutes

Prior to becoming a French island, the beautiful Corsica was ruled by Italy for centuries. By combining both Italian and French country-style cooking with local specialties, Corsica developed a cuisine as awe-inspiring as its scenery. Traditionally this recipe is made with fresh langoustines, which are shellfish that resemble miniature lobsters. In this recipe, colossal or jumbo shrimp can be used.

2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, or canned no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 1/2 lb colossal or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined*

Dash crushed red pepper

2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil in a food processor. Purée, adding 1/4 cup water, or enough to make the purée smooth.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add prawns or shrimp, crushed red pepper, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes per side or until prawns or shrimp turn pink.

Evenly spoon chickpea purée onto small plates. Flatten with the back of a spoon. Place prawns or shrimp on top and serve immediately.

*If possible, use fresh (never-frozen) shrimp or shrimp that are free of preservatives (for example, shrimp that have not been treated with salt or STPP [sodium tripolyphosphate]).

Choices/Exchanges

1 Starch, 2 Lean Protein, 1/2 Fat

Calories                      190

Calories from fat        70

Total fat                      8.0 g

Saturated fat               1.1 g

Trans fat                     0.0 g

Cholesterol                 90 mg

Sodium                      180 mg 

Potassium                 290 mg

Total carbohydrate     15 g

Dietary fiber                 4 g

Sugars                             3 g

Protein                        16 g

Phosphorus               200 mg 

Lamb, Kale, and Pomegranate Salad

 Gluten-free

Serves: 8  

Serving size: 3 oz lamb with 1 1/2 cups vegetables

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus overnight marinating time and 15 minutes resting time

Cook time: 25–35 minutes 

This colorful salad looks as good as it tastes. The addition of lamb lends a “special occasion” feel to this otherwise straightforward dish, while the pomegranate amps up the flavor.

 Marinade 

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 Tbsp ground ginger

1 Tbsp organic Ceylon cinnamon

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp unrefined sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 (4-lb) leg of lamb, deboned, butterflied, and trimmed of visible fat

Dressing

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp pomegranate balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

 Salad

 5 cups baby kale

2 bulbs fennel, thinly sliced

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, or sliced red grapes

4 cups blanched green beans

2 Tbsp crumbled gorgonzola cheese

1/4 cup walnut halves, toasted

Combine marinade ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag. Add lamb and place in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

Remove lamb from marinade, pat dry, and set on tray. On gas grill, turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat until hot, about 15 minutes. Scrape grates clean and brush with oil.

Grill lamb, fat-side down, over medium-high heat for 25–35 minutes total depending on desired doneness, turning halfway through cooking. Aim for an internal temperature of about 145°F for medium-rare and 160°F for medium. Remove from grill and loosely cover with foil. Let rest about 15 minutes, then thinly slice. While resting, prepare salad.

In a large bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Season with salt and pepper (if desired). Add kale, fennel, pomegranate seeds or grapes, and toss to coat. Arrange dressed salad on platter and top with sliced lamb, green beans, gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts.

Choices/Exchanges

1/2 Carbohydrate, 2 Nonstarchy Vegetable, 4 Lean Protein, 2 1/2 Fat

Calories                      380

Calories from fat        190

Total fat                      21.0 g 

Saturated fat                 5.1 g

Trans fat                       0.0 g

Cholesterol                    95 mg

Sodium                        240 mg

Potassium                   830 mg

Total carbohydrate       16 g

Dietary fiber                   5 g

Sugars                                         6 g

Protein                          32 g

Phosphorus                 295 mg

            “Even though it can be difficult to arrange more shared meals, it’s totally worth it when you think about all you will gain,” concludes Riolo. “So, plan a group brunch for you and your friends, or invite the whole family to your place for dinner and a movie, or help your kids plan a fun and healthy food-themed party. You’ll be starting your own tradition and gaining a lifetime of health and happiness.”

About the Author:

Amy Riolo is the author of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $19.95). She is an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator.

A graduate of Cornell University, Amy is considered a culinary thought leader who enjoys changing the way we think about food and the people who create it. Amy is a food historian, culinary anthropologist, and Mediterranean Diet advocate who makes frequent appearanceson numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad, includingFOX TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Hallmark Channel, Nile TV, the Travel Channel, MarthaStewart Living Radio, and Abu Dhabi Television.  

For more information about Amy, please visit www.amyriolo.com.

About the Book:

The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $19.95) will be available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers.

About the American Diabetes Association:

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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