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Brain Breaks: An Important Tool for Every Parent!

Brain Breaks: An Important Tool for Every Parent!

Brain Breaks can be just what you need to help wake up the brain and body! Information plus an book with tons of ideas to get blood pumping and improve focus!

A year and a half ago while working with my oldest on spelling dictation, he started to get restless and completely incapable of focusing on the work at hand.  In frustration, I found myself launching into a long-winded lecture. Blah, blah, blah… As my monologue progressed, I noticed that he was zoning out even more.  It was time for a change of tactics.  I paused and in my very best army sergeant voice ordered my son to stand up and give me 10 jumping jacks.  A look of surprise washed over his face.

He giggled.  I gave my best over-the-top army sergeant glare and barked the order again, fighting back giggles of my own.  He responded with a puny flailing armed set of jumping jacks.  I mustered composure, told this ‘private’ that his performance was unacceptable and ordered two laps around the kitchen island before returning to spelling duty.  He giggled again and complied.

Since then, I’ve introduced a number of fun little breaks that get pulled out at random times to wake up lethargic brains and bodies!  We call them ‘brain breaks’.    What I didn’t realize is that I had read about something similar years earlier in Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head.   This educational psychologist recommended short movement breaks as remedial exercises to help with bilateral integration in struggling students and eventually as break for the entire classroom.  As I reread the book last year, I had an aha moment.  What I was doing just to save our sanity was actually waking his brain up by activating the vestibular system, bilateral integration and giving the brain a fresh boost of oxygen!

Brain Breaks can be just what you need to help wake up the brain and body! {Great ideas to get blood pumping and improve focus! Check out the book, The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks that details 60 fabulous activities - perfect for homework time, homeschooling and in the classroom!}

Brain Breaks can be just what you need to help wake up the brain and body! {Great ideas to get blood pumping and improve focus! This book details 60 fabulous activities - perfect for homework time, homeschooling and in the classroom!}

So here is my little tip for the day!  When you are doing some of the necessary seat work and you see that the lights are on, but nobody’s home, declare a ‘brain break’.  A quick 2-5 minutes will work wonders to lighten the mood, get oxygen pumping and wake their brain up for diving back into the learning process!  The key here is to make it light-hearted and fun!

Breaks like these work to wire the brain to learn, focus and perform better!

Thank you Heather.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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Learning and development, Mindset, Psychology

To Achieve Anything

  • Being mentally powerful is always better. Worse circumstances, Lack of financial condition, and Criticism can never be a reason for failure. A man is capable, to do more than his limits. If he has a strong desire to achieve, then he is unstoppable. All the circumstances that come in your life make you stronger. So be thankful for them and concentrate on life’s coming happiness. Learn to face your problems, grow beyond them and make your dreams come true. Nothing is more powerful in this world than your desire. Have a burning desire, believe in your goals and believe you will achieve them, Affirm and visualize your goal, feel you’re already in possession of it, dig deep in your field, be a master of that field, work hard and success will come to you because you deserve it.
  • I know one thing in my life that success is in my blood. I have suffered through a lot of pain and worse circumstances, but I never gave up because of them. I know that problems outside me are not stronger than the desire inside me. I have a strong desire to be successful, to help the world. Go and find out your burning desire. A burning desire is like a magic shield, a shield which will eat all excuses, negativity, problems, and will lead you to reach your goal. Do you know guys what Elon Musk says, ‘A failure is an option.’ It’s so true. Failure is necessary for you to grow. It will teach you, build you, and prepare you for the next hunt. Accept your circumstances, poor financial condition if you have so, criticism if you’re getting, problems you’re facing, and keep going. Maybe on the way to success, you’ll face many barriers but don’t stop until you reach your destination.
  • If you often feel you’re stuck between the stubble fields of life, then there could be a reason, “either you’re not obsessed with your goal, or you don’t have a goal.” If you’re living a life without having a purpose, then this feeling of stuckness will stay forever. But you have a goal, and still feels something like this, then the reason could be not having an obsession with work. If you’re not obsessed, don’t like your job, and still doing it then it’s all waste. You’ll never feel excited to work, to put extra efforts, and it will result in low performance. You guys must know, “If you want something, you should give something.” In return for success, give your time and efforts. And the solution to get rid of this feeling is to be committed to your goal, be obsessed with them.
  • The biggest powerful thing you have is an ability to read. All the highly successful people are obsessed with reading. Bill Gates read one book a week, Warren Buffet read for five hours a day, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk are great readers. Elon Musk is a self-taught programmer, a self-taught rocket scientist, can you believe it?
    Books are the medium for happiness, health and wealth. There are so many great books out there which can change your life. And those books are written by those who have been successful in their own life. Books share real-life experiences they teach you the things that you didn’t learn in school or college. Read books and gain wisdom. Helping yourself to grow is the best work you’ll ever do. So read, read, and read.
  • Affirm and visualize you are happy and are in possession of what you want. Say thanks and be grateful for those things. All the hard work and time you have invested in the work will pay off in the end. Be faithful to your dreams, have patience and everything will be good. Your efforts, time will not go waste. You will reach your destination because you have proven that you deserve it by working hard.

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Let’s Dive In More

We all want to get success in life, but we also know that it demands some qualities. Qualities that you must possess, if you don’t then maybe success will never come to you. Qualities like Strong mindset, positive thinking, success-oriented, commitment toward work, dedication toward work, willingness, and faith in yourself. As Napoleon Hill said in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” The success comes to those who become success conscious. While being success conscious, means your mind should be fed by success thoughts. You must believe that success will come to you, you must have a vision, desire, and enough courage to achieve that desire.
Let’s discuss some steps which should be implemented.

Steps

  • Know Your Why: I was going to write this point, As ‘having a goal but later I changed my mind because having a goal is not as motivating as knowing the why. It means why you want to achieve your goal, what are the reasons behind it, why are you so willing to do it, and answers to this question will be a “beast mode” button for you. Because whenever you’ll get distracted, you can remind yourself of your why and this why will get you go back to work. This, “why” will work as a “beast mode” button for you. Remember, this why must be strong, true and faithful.
    What is your why?.
  • A Clear Goal Setting: Have a clear goal-setting. Write down everything about your goal. In addition to that write this list too.
    1) What you exactly want.
    2) How much you want to earn.
    3) How much is required to satisfy you?
    4) How much time and efforts it will take?
    5) Are you able to give what it takes?
    6) And in return for success, what you intend to give?
    Answers to all these questions should be honest. I’d say “The clear the goal you have, the easy it will be to accomplish.”
  • Planning And Taking Actions: In my blog, How To Get Back To Work When You Are Feeling Tired. I have told almost everything about planning and taking actions. So please go and read this. In addition to that, I’d say, both planning and taking actions, are vital points. They both carry equal importance, so do them wisely. Study your work carefully, organize it, and divide into small parts.

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  • Credits go to Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat that frog.”
    Start taking actions on your goals. Hope this infographic will be helpful.
  • Self-Discipline: Pay attention to the point, it’s not that discipline that we had to follow in our school or our elders has been telling from childhood. It’s the discipline to work on your goals, set priorities, be committed, work with dedication, invest your time and efforts, in short, do and give whatever the success demands. If you do so, then only you deserve to be called a Self-Disciplined person. Remember a Self-Disciplined person always wins because he knows what success wants. Don’t forget that time is money, respect your time and do your work.
  • Have Faith: Have faith in yourself. Believe in your dreams, goals, plans, actions, and trust the process. “Success will come to you because you have given your best, do not worry just trust the process.” Keep hopes with you, and those hopes will bring satisfaction. Trust the words of “Napoleon Hill” that he mentioned in his book that, “Faith is the head chemist of mind.” Thanks to science, there is a scientific formula to develop a strong faith and that is, “Repetition of thoughts.” Feed your mind with positive and successful thoughts, and success will come to you as you start working on your goals.

helpingisforever.com/2018/04/01/why-motivation-matters-and-facts-about-success/

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Believing

Atheists are frequently challenged to explain why they are so critical of religious and theistic beliefs. Why do we care what others believe? Why don’t we just leave people alone to believe what they want? Why do we try to “impose” our beliefs on theirs?

Such questions frequently misunderstand the nature of beliefs and at times they are even disingenuous. If beliefs weren’t important, believers wouldn’t get so defensive when their beliefs are challenged.

We need more challenges to beliefs, not less.

Even after several very hard a freezing cold bikerides

through severel days of snowstorm,

I still believe it will be summer again.

What is Belief?

A belief is a mental attitude that some proposition is true. For every given proposition, every person either has or lacks the mental attitude that it is true — there is no middle ground between the presence or absence of a belief. In the case of gods, everyone either has a belief that at least one god of some sort exists or they lack any such belief.

Belief is distinct from judgment, which is a conscious mental act that involves arriving at a conclusion about a proposition (and thus usually creating a belief). Whereas belief is the mental attitude that some proposition is true rather than false, judgment is the evaluation of a proposition as reasonable, fair, misleading, etc.

Because it is a type of disposition, it isn’t necessary for a belief to be constantly and consciously manifested. We all have many beliefs which we are not consciously aware of.

There may even be beliefs which some people never consciously think about. However, to be a belief, there should at least be the possibility that it can manifest. A belief that a god exists often depends on numerous other beliefs which a person hasn’t consciously considered.

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Belief vs. Knowledge

Although some people treat them as almost synonymous, belief and knowledge are very distinct.

The most widely accepted definition of knowledge is that something is “known” only when it is a “justified, true belief.” This means that if Joe “knows” some proposition X, then all of the following must be the case:

  • Joe believes X
  • X is true
  • Joe has good reasons to believe X

If the first is absent, then Joe should believe it because it is true and there are good reasons for believing it, but Joe has made a mistake for believing something else. If the second is absent, then Joe has an erroneous belief. If the third is absent, then Joe has made a lucky guess rather than knowing something.

This distinction between belief and knowledge is why atheism and agnosticism are not mutually exclusive.

While atheists can’t typically deny that a person believes in some god, they can deny that believers have sufficient justification for their belief. Atheists may go further and deny that it is true that any gods exist, but even if it is true that something warranting the label “god” is out there, none of the reasons offered by theists justifies accepting their claims as true.

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Beliefs About the World

Brought together, beliefs and knowledge form a mental representation of the world around you. A belief about the world is the mental attitude that world is structured in some way rather than another.

This means that beliefs are necessarily the foundation for action: whatever actions you take in the world around you, they are based on your mental representation of the world. In the case of theistic religions, this representation includes supernatural realms and entities.

As a consequence, if you believe something is true, you must be willing to act as if it were true. If you are unwilling to act as though it is true, you can’t really claim to believe it. This is why actions can matter much more than words.

We can’t know the contents of a person’s mind, but we can know if their actions are consistent with what they say they believe. A religious believer might claim that they love neighbors and sinners, for example, but does their behavior actually reflect such love?

Why are Beliefs Important?

Beliefs are important because behavior is important and your behavior depends on your beliefs.

Everything you do can be traced back to beliefs you hold about the world — everything from brushing your teeth to your career. Beliefs also help determine your reactions to others’ behavior — for example, their refusal to brush their teeth or their own career choices.

All this means that beliefs are not an entirely private matter. Even beliefs you try to keep to yourself may influence your actions enough to become a matter of legitimate concern for others.

Believers certainly can’t argue that their religions have no impact on their behavior. On the contrary, believers are frequently seen arguing that their religion is critical for the development of correct behavior. The more important the behavior in question is, the more important the underlying beliefs must be. The more important those beliefs are, the more important it is that they be open to examination, questioning, and challenges.

Tolerance and Intolerance of Beliefs

Given the link between belief and behavior, to what extent must beliefs be tolerated and to what extent is intolerance justified? It would be legally difficult (not to mention impossible on a practical level) to suppress beliefs, but we can be tolerant or intolerant of ideas in a wide variety of ways.

Racism is not legally suppressed, but most moral, sensible adults refuse to tolerate racism in their presence. We are intolerant: we don’t stay silent while racists talk about their ideology, we don’t stay in their presence, and we don’t vote for racist politicians.

The reason is clear: racist beliefs form the foundation for racist behavior and this is harmful.

It’s difficult to think that anyone but a racist would object to such intolerance of racism. Yet, if it’s legitimate to be intolerant of racism, then we should be willing to consider intolerance of other beliefs as well.

The real question is how much harm the beliefs might ultimately cause, either directly or indirectly. Beliefs can cause harm directly by promoting or justifying harm towards others. Beliefs can cause harm indirectly by promoting false representations of the world as knowledge while preventing believers from subjecting those representations to critical, skeptical scrutiny.

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Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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The Attitude Of A Believer

For children, believing comes naturally. Their hearts and minds are open which allows them to feel things that are often ignored by adults. Because of this, children are resilient. They are the most loving, forgiving, hopeful, joyful group of individuals on the earth. They are able to see the goodness in everything and everyone. And above all, they truly believe all things are possible.

Unfortunately, as we grow older, we somehow lose a bit of our faith and our ability to believe becomes clouded with doubts and concerns. What once was faith is overrun by fear.

An American educator and religious leader, Jeffrey Holland said, “Hope on. Journey on.” Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns, but first and forever, fan the flame of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe.”

What is the importance of believing? Here are six certainties we gain by believing.

Companionship, Peace, Joy, Strength, Hope and Love.

Belief makes people do the impossible. It is the belief that makes people kill each other mercilessly. They believe that it is going to take them to heaven. Hence, they are able to do it. You can’t. I can’t. But they can. because they believe in it.

It is the belief that helped Arunima Sinha climb Everest. She was handicapped and despite being handicapped she believed she could do it. And she did it. And you think it is impossible?

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It was Arjuna’s faith in Krishna that helped him win against Kauravas. If he had not believed in Krishna, he could never have won the war.

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

– Henry Ford

You can’t be a millionaire in crypto – If you believe it, you are right. But if you believe that you can, you are still right. You decide what you want to put your faith in it. The choice is yours.

I will tell you there are many who have become millionaires. You do not become a millionaire in one day. Believe it and keep working, you will definitely become, someday.

And if you believe you can’t, you already lost it there.

Stay around positive people and you will achieve it. Stay around people who tell you that you can’t, you will never going to achieve it.

The biggest difference I’ve noticed between successful people and unsuccessful people isn’t intelligence or opportunity or resources. It’s the belief that they can make their goals happen.

James Clear

To put yourself on the track to success, you need to understand that your brain always plays against you. It doesn’t care about your big goals, the only thing it wants is to keep you alive. Therefore, we experience procrastination, self-doubt, negative thinking, anxiety and so on. The sure-fire way to overcome these obstacles is to not believe in them and truly believe in yourself.

1. If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?

Honestly, if you don’t believe you’re going to succeed, then how on earth would anybody else do? Let’s say you want to build a successful business and you need to convince the investors that your idea is the one worth putting funds into.

The first thing is to absolutely believe your concept is going to succeed, otherwise no one will trust in it. You won’t either.

Imagine living a life without arms and legs. This is the reality of Nick Vujicic. Most people including himself doubted his ability to live a normal life. He even attempted suicide. The moment he found belief, however, was the turning point.

Now, Nick lives a life without limitations, traveling the world and inspiring millions of people to believe in themselves, regardless of circumstances.

2. You build self-confidence

If you are not confident enough, you’ll break like a twig the first time you face an obstacle. Whatever you want to achieve, there will be countless barriers questioning your competences. The only way to get through them is by being confident enough that you can and will.

This confidence comes from within, from the deep belief in yourself and your abilities.

3. You are one step closer to winning and succeeding

There’s that one goal you have in mind for a long time. You know what it takes to get there and you know the examples of people who did it successfully. Now that the path is clear, what you need is to believe that you can do it as well, and then take action.

By creating that positive attitude, you realize that what separates you from accomplishing your goal is just the matter of time and work. This feeling of being closer to your target drastically increases your chances of hitting it.

4. You inspire yourself to take action

Once you literally see yourself arriving at the desired finish line, you are highly motivated to work toward your goal. You know it’s doable and within your reach, so you attempt until you finally get there.

Michael Jordan failed countless times. As he admits, he missed thousands of shots and lost hundreds of games. However, he realized that’s part of the process so he used it as a driving force to work even harder. He also emphasizes it’s failure that enabled him huge success.

Jordan’s attitude is something everyone should borrow. When you fail over and over again, be aware that you are just getting closer to a triumph.

5. You form positive attitude required to success.

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Being negative and visioning the worst scenario is the easiest way to never achieve your goals. Due to self-belief, your attitude becomes the right one. There’s no way to convince a man with the wrong mindset that he can. Same goes for telling people with a positive attitude that they can’t. It’s like water off a duck’s back, they don’t hear the negative talk from the naysayers.

6. You realize failure is part of the process and temporary

Niklas Hed together with his mobile game development team created 51 games and all them were failures. This, however, enabled them to build Angry Birds, an app that dominated the app store and became a world wide phenomenon.

Countless failures seemed to be the secret to succeeding. Some could think that creating 51 unsuccessful games means the failure is inescapable. But it turned out to be just temporary.

Now, when you experience nothing but constant failure, don’t give up, maybe the next attempt is your pivotal moment.

7. You let the negative thoughts fade away

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How many times did you tell yourself you can’t? I used to do it way too often. Finding an excuse that seems reasonable is incredibly easy, since our brains love to rationalize.

By feeding your brain with positive thinking and self-belief affirmations, you create no space for pessimistic thoughts. And even when they arrive from time to time, your confident attitude beats them instantly.

Love, Health And Wisdom
Brian

 

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Nature, Psychology

Can´t Stop The Feeling – Spring Is Here

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The wind is finally turning and coming from the south.

Over the meadow
And under a log
Lived some little black bugs
And a big green frog.

Over in the meadow
And in a tree
Lived some baby blue birds
And busy yellow bees.

Over in the meadow
Where wildflowers grow,
Orange and purple butterflies
Flutter to and fro.

Over in the meadow
Where white cows graze
Little red ladybugs
Up and fly away!

Jean Warren

The spring feeling is strong. You can feel the electrical energy in your whole body. So let´s dance…….

I got this feelin’ inside my bones
It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flyin’ up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone
I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can’t take my eyes up off it, movin’ so phenomenally
Room on lock, the way we rock it, so don’t stop
And under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine
Nothin’ I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance
Feel a good, good creepin’ up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
All those things I shouldn’t do
But you dance, dance, dance
And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
Ooh, it’s something magical
It’s in the air, it’s in my blood, it’s rushin’ on (rushin’ on)
I don’t need no reason, don’t need control (need control)
I fly so high, no ceiling, when I’m in my zone
‘Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can’t take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally
Room on lock, the way we rock it, so don’t stop (stop, stop, stop)
Under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine
Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance
Feel a good, good, creepin’ up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
All those things I shouldn’t do
But you dance, dance, dance
And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’ (yeah)
So keep dancin’, come on

 

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Saudade – The Strong Word of Longing

longing is a strong feeling of need or desire for someone or something. If you’re stuck in detention and all of your friends are outside enjoying a sunny day, you might be looking out the window with longing.

A longing describes an unfulfilled desire. The days might feel long as long as you are longing to see someone you love, if that person is far away. You might be longing for your mother’s home-made chicken soup, if you are sick and far from home. Or perhaps you are a pregnant woman, wide awake and longing for pickles and ice-cream at four in the morning. Let’s hope there’s a twenty-four hour deli open somewhere to help satisfy your longing.

is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. One English translation of the word is missingness, although it might not convey the feeling of deep emotion attached to the word “saudade”. Stronger forms of saudade might be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

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Saudade was once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one’s children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings altogether, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling.

“Memory of something with a desire for it.”

Duarte Nunes Leão

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I’ve always been fascinated that there are certain words with no direct equivalents in other languages. It goes to the idea that life is so varied and complex, it will spawn words as distinctive as snowflakes.

The natives of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina have the word mamihlapinatapai for a look shared between two people when both are wishing the other would do something neither wants to. In Thai there is greng-jai — when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a bother for him or her.

Perhaps my favorite of these elusive words is saudade, a Portuguese and Galician term that is a common fixture in the literature and music of Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde and beyond. The concept has many definitions, including a melancholy nostalgia for something that perhaps has not even happened. It often carries an assurance that this thing you feel nostalgic for will never happen again. My favorite definition of saudade is by Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo: “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.

Since it comes up so frequently in the music we listen to on our show, we decided to dig deeperJoining us to explain the concept are two musical masterminds: jazz singer Luciana Souza and producer Beco Dranoff. Both do a great job of explaining what saudade means playing some of their favorite tracks.

I hate winter and the cold. I look outside in my garden and I see snow and it is freezing cold. The winter has been way to long (it is every year). I LONG so much for summer and my thoughts and passion are so much directed to the memories of the hot burning sun, wunderful beaches and a lush nature. Here below you can see some of my strong SAUDADE.

Summer please come soon

The winter is holding me like a cocoon

The passion for the heat is strong

It has been cold far to long

 

Love, Summer and Lush

Brian

 

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