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SECOND HAND GLOWS by Linda Wood Rondeau
Saturday, May 2, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Second Helpings

AUTHOR:  Linda Wood Rondeau

PUBLISHER:  Elk Lake Publishing House, Inc

GENRE:  Short, humorous contemporary novel

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Standalone

TARGET AGE:  40-65 women

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR LINDA WOOD RONDEAU TO PATTI’S PORCH. LINDA PROBES THE QUESTION OF WHERE WE OBTAIN OUR KNOWLEDGE AND THE VALIDITY OF OUR SOURCES.

 

 

 

LINDA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR READER’S CHOICE OF AN EBOOK FROM LINDA’S AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE.

 

 

SECOND HAND GLOWS

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Linda Wood Rondeau

 

 

 

Which do you think is more rewarding? To see a movie for yourself or to experience the cinema from a friend’s viewpoint? Most of us would opt for the first-hand experience.

 

 

 

Can we truly know a person without a personal encounter? Without real-time, “getting-to-know” that person, we will make assumptions based on what someone else thinks. Without personal knowledge that comes from one-on-one encounters, we are unable to truly know the object of our inquiry.

 

 

 

With infinitesimal knowledge virtually at our fingertips, we prefer to glean our information from the research of others. We skim through our Facebook posts and “share” articles that we have only skipped through or determined we know what’s in the article by simply scanning the headline. We fail to check the source of the article and spread the information as if indeed fact.

 

 

 

Sometimes we are corrected because someone has taken the time to verify the veracity of what we have spread as “gospel.” We are embarrassed because once again we’ve succumbed to “fake news,” an embarrassment that might have been avoided if we had taken the time to dig deeper for ourselves instead of relying on rumor and innuendo.

 

 

 

Second hand knows.

 

 

 

I am reminded of the commercial where the young girl was certain her date was “French.” After all, she met him on the Internet. Whatever was on the Internet had to be true.

 

 

 

With the vast knowledge virtually at our fingertips, we expect to become “experts” without putting forth a lot of effort. Yet, Mayo Clinic online, no matter how much we glean, will not make us a reliable doctor.

 

 

 

Perhaps this dependence upon others for our knowledge has seeped into our spiritual lives as well. We settle for knowledge about God rather than do the difficult work of developing a personal relationship with Him.

 

 

 

We become content with Second-hand Glows.

 

 

 

The story is told how Henry Ward Beecher, one of the most popular preachers in the United states during the 19th century, grew his church attendance into thousands. On one occasion when Reverend Beecher was away, the substitute preacher, aware that Reverend Beecher was the bigger draw than true worship, addressed the crowd: “All those who came to worship Dr. Beecher may leave. All those who came to worship the Lord may stay in their seats.”

 

 

 

In our modern culture, we still tend to place our spiritual development into the hands of a best-selling author than place our trust in The Author of the Universe.

 

 

 

Sheila Walsh says in Women of Faith Devotional Bible, “I think we Christians have become lazy. We would rather read a book about Him or how someone else became closer to God than spend time alone with Him ourselves. We would rather listen to someone else’s interpretation of the Word of God than read it for ourselves. And yet we alone are accountable for what we believe.”

 

 

 

While God has used many prophets in the past and in the present to help us learn about Him, there is still no substitute for a knowledge coming from a contrite heart that seeks His glorious presence. Only He can provide the peace that passes understanding. To achieve such blessing, we must encounter the Living God.

 

 

 

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God - Ephesians 3:17b-19 (NIV).

 

 

 

Back Cover Blurb for Second Helpings

Today is Jocelyn Johnson’s 45th birthday. Unhappy with her marriage of 22 years, the parenting talk show host has planned a noonday tryst with her cohost. A phone call from her college daughter, a peek into her teenaged son’s journal, a sick preschooler, a Goth daughter’s identity crisis, a middle-school son’s prank, and her husband’s inflamed suspicions, not only interfere with her hopeful birthday plans but throw her family into more chaos than a circus on steroids.

In desperate need of counsel, Jocelyn invites a Christian to dinner, her guest from her morning talk show segment. However, the evening holds little promise of calm. In the midst of bedlam, a forgotten faith rekindles causing Jocelyn to rethink her life and her marriage.

You will laugh and you will cry from the first page to the last as you journey through the day’s events and Jocelyn’s search for Second Helpings.

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A veteran social worker, Linda Wood Rondeau is also a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is no stranger to family bedlam. Her stories of encouragement and hope come from the heart. She resides in Hagerstown, Maryland with her husband of over forty-years. When not writing, the author enjoys the occasional round of golf. She also enjoys theater and is actively involved with her local church. Find more encouraging words in her blog, Snark and Sensibility, found on her website, www.lindarondeau.com. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  

Connect with Linda:

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Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/lindawoodrondeau/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authorlindawoodrondeau/

Twitter  https://twitter.com/lwrondeau

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Comments

Kathy From Colorado At 5/3/2020 12:53:48 PM

Thanks for the reminder that our own personal relationship with God is vital.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathy. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Linda. Have a blessed Sunday!

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 5/3/2020 9:38:19 AM

We need to read and absorb the Word of God daily. Begin the day with Him. His Word never changes and there is much to be learned by reading His Word.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Melissa. This is so true. God's word serves as a light to guide us through the day. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed Sunday!

Cele LeBlanc From North Georgia At 5/3/2020 8:19:37 AM

Great reminders! Thanks!

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Cele. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment for Linda. Have a blessed Sunday!

Angela From Athol At 5/3/2020 2:07:54 AM

We must encounter the Living God. A thousand “Amen”s!!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Angela. Thank you for stopping by. I agree. Amen and amen! Have a blessed Sunday!

Linda Wood Rondeau From Hagerstown, MD. At 5/2/2020 12:34:56 PM

thanks for having me on your blog today.

Reply by: Patti Shene

It’s a delight to have you here, Linda. Thank you for sharing this insightful post with my readers.

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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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