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I’m a storyteller.  I tell stories of my home in France.  Exactly and precisely this minute and for the next few months I am in New England but home is really le Cantal, between the two great mountain ranges of the Massif Central – Les Monts de Cantal and Le Massif de Sancy which dominate the Auvergne region. I tell of my travels, of the people I meet, of their lives, of their animals and of the land.  The stories are all real so all I actually do is observe and translate.  My role is l’étrangère fitting in and trying to merge into the background like David Attenborough so as not to startle but rather to witness reality.  Not journalistically, you understand.  I binned the idea of being a journo back in 1980 when as a higher muck-a-muck PA on The Daily Telegraph with delusions of being a reporter it was pointed out to me that I needed to cut my teeth with the rest doing flower shows and funerals for the Toadswallop Gazette or the Bartchester Mercury …. being a gal-about-town on a fast-track to greatness I quickly moved on from THAT idea.   More like a mediaeval raconteur.  Without the lute or the mismatched tights.

When I started this blog it was to give me a space to write those stories.   Over time, things inevitably develop and alter.  I published my first book in France, ‘Russians Love Their Children Too’, in early 2015 .  And the next will be in print in the next year.  So the stories are being hoovered up for the books and the blog needs to take on an altered face.  Hey presto!  Renamed it is now a little more lifestyle – a little more ‘Eat Pray Love’ meets Gertrude Stein on the set of ‘A Year in Provence’ with the cast of ‘Allo Allo’ skulking and bickering in the background … each week you can expect some food (often prepared for one because I face the daily challenge of cooking just for me which is far harder than feeding the 5,000 ever was), at least one photographic post with lyrical or poetic commentary, a bit about buying houses in France and renovating them which are hot topics in world of me, a random spritz of the actuality of  living in a Foreign land by yourself with no buoyancy aids in a place where no-one speaks your native tongue and you speak theirs ‘comme une vache Espagnole’ and occasionally something about the realities of loving across 3,000 miles of Ocean.  I will still spin a story or two  your way – old habits, die hard  …. now there’s an idea – Maria von Trapp morphs with Bruce Willis.  By George!  I think she’s got it!

So welcome!  Let the feast commence.  You can find a little more about me here

One thing!  Photographs.   I only use my own (occasionally those taken by friends and family when they are with me and always credited).  I don’t use stock photographs however tempting it might be to gussy the blog up with a fantastic professional picture that is vaguely in context.  Good, bad or indifferent I prefer authenticity.

I am trying to discipline my inner metronome to blog twice each week …. some weeks I do much more some weeks I only do that but you can tune in to that cadence with some confidence.

Words and photographs are Copyright © Osyth and may not be reproduced without my permission, which I am happy to grant for non-commercial purposes, provided I am credited as the writer and or photographer, with a link to this blog.  To discuss commercial rates use the contact information in the footer.

 

 

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  1. All in good time … I’m just off to Wegman’s for my exciting rendez-vous with a superbmarket. I may be some time!!

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    February 4, 2016
  2. Shameless is good – I’ll take a look. Catcching up because we’ve been powerless for most of the day. BUT you need to know that my second daughter was only ever calmed with ‘the chicapea song’ which we invented, natch. Then I gave our third daughter the middle name of Channa (which means chickpea in Hindi though I was actually referencing an Italian fairy tale princess) … the chickpea is entwined in my fabric!

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    February 5, 2016
  3. I’ve nominated you for the 3 day quote challenge!🙂 x https://lifewithmollyblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/quote-challenge-1/

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    February 9, 2016
    • Thank you Molly – that is most generous of you🙂 I will give it some consideration and get to it a little later in the week when I have more than half a fried brain🙂

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      February 9, 2016
  4. Fresh eyes, fresh breath generally helps. Bonne Courage my friend🙂

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    February 9, 2016
  5. Stubbornness is a prerequisite of greatness🙂

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    February 9, 2016
  6. Hope you are having a good stay in New England, well, except for the ticks.🙂

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    March 10, 2016
    • Hi Judy … Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. I am feeling nicely settled after 2 and a bit months which bodes well for the rest of the year. It is such a lovely part of the world and I have so much to squooze in and experience. The ticks just add a different note to the mix😉

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      March 10, 2016
  7. I really like your writing style. You have a very appealing voice. Looking forward to read more of your posts.

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    March 11, 2016
    • Thank you so much Maria … it’s just what comes out like any good pictures I accidentally take are of the point and shoot variety – no skill intended! Welcome to my strange ramblings and I will take time out to explore your blog over the weekend and am fairly sure I will be following you too🙂

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      March 11, 2016
  8. Hello, it’s nice to be introduced to you by Robin. I hope that you enjoy my blog photos and writings. I don’t recall ever visiting Cantal, but we pass the volcanos of Massif Central fairly often, and admire the region very much. We have plans to visit one day soon. I too, will enjoy following your blog. Your photos are lovely, and you certainly write with ‘joie de vivre’.

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    March 16, 2016
    • Well hello again! I’m so glad you enjoy my nonsense as much as I am enjoying your not-nonsense. In my case, I have a firm belief that we only get one stab at life (if I’m proved wrong at the moment of my demise, it’s a bonus) and that I need to find the value in the way things are. It’s not hard when you are surrounded by beauty, have the love of a good man (finally – it took me too many false starts to admit to) and a litter of bonkers daughters who have inherited their maternal exploring gene and aren’t too damn dependent, I’m fortunate to be able to find that value pretty easily🙂 Bring on the dancing horses and let the fun commence. Bienvenue🙂

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      March 16, 2016
  9. mcnerneyblog #

    Love your blog! ❤️
    Pleasure to meet you.

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    March 22, 2016
    • Thank you so much ! I’ll take a look at yours and I’m sure I will love it too🙂

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      March 22, 2016
  10. It is, the airport had more TV reporters than passengers today. Security is always very high in the aftermath of an attack so prepare for long delays but try not to worry. Most people still die of cancer or heart disease, not terrorism.

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    March 22, 2016
    • I’m flying with my husband who is very calming and The Bean who isn’t! Hopefully somewhere between the two I will find some balance🙂

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      March 22, 2016
      • Pan #

        I haven’t heard the news in a few days.. I’m glad you asked Kerry !
        Osyth, you, Two Brains and The Bean are in my thoughts 💛
        This is such an unpredictable world anymore 😦

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        March 22, 2016
  11. Pan #

    😂 You get snockered all the way across the great pond ! Does this mean that Two Brains sees quadruple 😨 ?

    😮 How does he deal with 4 of you at once !?!?!!!

    We miss you but you already know that 💜💛💚

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    March 30, 2016
    • It’s nice to be missed. The Bean flew like a pro this time. Two Brains flies back with just her Saturday – he thinks he will need all the alcohol they can muster to survive😉

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      March 30, 2016
  12. lol glad someone is being treated like a princess!!!!

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    March 30, 2016
  13. Cezane & Michelle #

    Glad to have known more about you, the setting to your blog tells me that i am bound to enjoy my time here. I absolutely love your title URL! Half Baked in Paradise! Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Cheers to new friendship🙂 – Cezane

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    April 21, 2016
    • Hi Cezane! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for following my Half Baked blog. I’m just back from my travels and about to set about some catch up so I will be sure to check out your wonders too … In the meantime bienvenue and I will try not to disappoint🙂

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      April 21, 2016
      • Cezane & Michelle #

        Thank you, I hope you enjoy reading through the posts🙂

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        April 21, 2016
      • I’m sure I will🙂

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        April 21, 2016
  14. Hey Osyth. I love the picture of the dog, very cute indeed, but we have a blog at Gastradamus and we are really looking for people all around the world to comment. When you have the chance, let me know what you think about our topics.

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    April 27, 2016
    • Hello Gastradamus – thank you for the compliment about The Bean … she does LOOK cute though she may not always act so! Of course I will happily take a look at your blog. In fact, I shall hop over there right now. 🙂

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      April 27, 2016
      • Please if you can share your opinion as many of the stories at possible. We love dogs at Gastradamus omdeed.

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        April 28, 2016
  15. Nice photos!

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    May 28, 2016
    • Thank you Ellen – it is most kind of you to take the time to browse. I will certainly take a look at your blog too in the next couple of days …. I’m certain I shall enjoy it!

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      May 28, 2016
      • Agreed. My own attitude is much akin to being in a vast gathering of people … Those that start a conversation with me, I take some interest in.

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        May 29, 2016
  16. Aki #

    Hello, first of all thank you for visiting my site. it is really nice to read about you!🙂

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    June 3, 2016
    • It was my pleasure and I’m glad you enjoyed my ste but the point was that you posted something I enjoyed … selfish to the end, I am!

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      June 3, 2016
      • Aki #

        🙂 That’s great you liked my post😀

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        June 3, 2016
  17. Very,very,very ,very nice blog:)

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    June 13, 2016
    • Thank you so much! That is the nicest compliment🙂 And thank you for gracing me with your following presence. Hopefully I won’t let you down😉

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      June 13, 2016
  18. Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. Its nice to meet you here online🙂 I love your photographs, amazing blog🙂

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    June 13, 2016
    • You are much too kind, Petra … I will take a closer look at your blog but I have a feeling you have a new follower because any girl that understands the power of the Unicorn has my vote.

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      June 13, 2016
  19. congratulations to your blog!
    many regards

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    July 7, 2016
    • Thank you Antonio …. that is really kind and I will be visiting yours in the next few days as soon as I find a moment to really do some justice to finding new blogs to engross me🙂

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      July 7, 2016
  20. I love authenticity as well and do the same with my own photographs. France? Oo la la! Je suis Cdn., the English kind, who lived in Montreal and studied French in school. Your life sounds interesting enough to write about…will be glad to be a fly on the wall. Thanks for sharing..and liking my photo too.🙂

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    July 11, 2016
    • France has my heart. Canada is on my bucket list and since I am currently in Boston not a difficult wish! I loved your picture and will be looking more closely at your blog – I love finding new treasures🙂

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      July 11, 2016
      • I can understand why! One of the 2chicks is off to France on her honeymoon in near future. We will cover. Thank you…I do too.😀

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        July 11, 2016
      • How extremely exciting – I look forward to the coverage🙂

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        July 11, 2016
      • 😀😀😀

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        July 11, 2016
  21. I liked your blog, I invite you to my blog:
    http://dishdessert.wordpress.com

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    August 20, 2016
  22. Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog

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    August 20, 2016
  23. Thanks for following OMBH… I’m going to enjoy reading about your exploits! I’ll son post a few “boats” on the Liffey… just for you. I do hope you find a smile or two when you visit!😉

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    August 24, 2016
    • My rule is to always find the smile even if it takes a long time to turn it up 😊

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      August 24, 2016
  24. Looking forward to reading more – you have me hooked LOL

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    October 2, 2016
    • Carol it is lovely of you to stop by and comment! I look forward to taking a look at your blog also … I’m sure you’ll hook me just as well!

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      October 4, 2016
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    October 9, 2016
    • Many thanks – that is most kind Skye🙂

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      October 20, 2016
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    October 9, 2016
    • Thank you so much – it’s so kind of you to take the time to comment. I only just found your note as it had gone into my Spam for reasons best known to WordPress. Now I shall take a look at your creations …. I’m looking forward to it🙂

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      October 20, 2016
  27. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

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    October 11, 2016
    • The theme is a wordpress one called Linen which we have customised ourselves within the confines of the theme. Thank you so much for your kind words – it really does mean a lot when people take the time to stop by and comment and makes me smile broadly!😀

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      October 20, 2016
  28. I loved this post and meant to reply long before now. I should explain that I have an ancient phone which doesn’t tolerate the wordpress app very well. I read your posts but can’t reply until I manage to turn a child off our single, shared desktop computer.
    Anyhow; Husband and I went on a dolphin watching trip in the Shannon Estuary 25 years ago and I still count it as one of my most treasured experiences. I could have sworn those dolphins were telling me the secrets of the universe and I was just too dumb to understand. It was truly wonderful. I would love to see whales in the same way. You describe the experience beautifully.

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    October 12, 2016
    • Please don’t apologise … I love to hear from you when you are able to take turf rights on the PC. Here I am fine but when travelling it’s another matter – my phone is not ancient but is entirely hopeless. It was my spare until I cleverly left my 4 year old iPhone on a plane. That was in July and I’m still struggling without it. But I refuse to pay the price for a new one. So when I travel I have a wifi only iPad and this thing that perports to be a phone. And I’m erratic. So I would never curse anyone for not being en point! Now the dolphins – how I would love to see them and wonder at the secrets they keep. I hope you will see whales one day too. I found myself wishing I was a mermaid so I could stay with them ….

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      October 12, 2016
  29. I savour, result in I found exactly what I used to be having a look for.

    You’ve ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have
    a nice day. Bye

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    October 16, 2016
    • Thank you – that is most kind 😊

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      October 16, 2016
    • This makes me smile …. thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment🙂

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      October 20, 2016
  30. you have a lovely blog…… keep it up…..

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    October 17, 2016
    • Thank you so much and thank you for following my blog – I will try not to disappoint. I will catch up with yours in the next few days and in the meantime I wish you a beautiful day 😊

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      October 17, 2016
  31. I love this blog. Thanks!

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    October 18, 2016
    • That is really kind and hugely appreciated – thank you so much🙂

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      October 20, 2016
  32. Hey friend… Feeling a little low at the mo… Thanks for being you always, it means a lot to me…

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    October 20, 2016
    • This makes me sad. I send you warm hugs and smiles to cheer you and a promise that I shall be here whenever you need me. If you want to speak offline, do please feel free to email me. 😊

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      October 21, 2016
  33. It’s nice meeting you. I’m stopping by from Bernadette’s blog. https://amanpan.com/

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    October 21, 2016
    • Well how lovely to meet you … I make a point of taking time out to look at new followers’ blogs once a week – I shall very much look forward to yours when I do (normally its a Sunday treat for me)

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      October 21, 2016
  34. Very interesting!

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    November 4, 2016
    • Thank you Lana-Shon … that is very kind!

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      November 4, 2016
  35. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature #

    This looks like a wonderful site! I will be back often. Thanks for visiting mine.🙂

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    November 7, 2016
    • You will be most welcome. I hope to see you soon🙂

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      November 7, 2016
  36. munchkinontheroad #

    I just nominated your blog for the Mystery Blogger Award❣️
    https://ontheroadcooking.com/2016/11/08/mystery-blogger-award-nomination/

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    November 8, 2016
  37. Really great! I love your post.

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    November 14, 2016
    • Thank you so much Lana_Shon … it is so kind of you to stop by and comment and I am thrilled that you enjoyed it!

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      November 14, 2016
  38. Hi Osyth! It´s strange, through reading a lot of your comments on dear Terry blog (spearfruit) I have the feeling to already know you a little😉 I always admire what you have to say to him and am really thankful that he has such a good friend in you😀 And I´m sorry to have not been following your blog earlier!! Best wishes, Sarah🙂

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    November 22, 2016
    • It wasn’t compulsory! I’m so fond of Terry and I am so glad he has a good crowd of friends like you and I helping him steer through the challenging waters life has cast him into.

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      November 22, 2016
      • Of course not, but I really wanted too!🙂 I´m a bit slow when it comes to meeting new friends here, I try to keep up with everybody´s lovely blogs so hard that I sometimes forget to look out for new ones😉
        Terry is such a sweetheart and Ì´m so glad to have met him (and Gary and Roxy😉 ) here on WordPress! You´re helping him soooo much and I have to say that I just love you for it😀 xxx

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        November 22, 2016
      • Relief! I don’t think I’m very good at this blogging thing at all but I do enjoy being in touch with people and reading and seeing their work – it’s such an infinite and wonderful library that I can sit in and lose myself. In the case of Terry he is indeed a total sweetheart and I just speak as I find. It makes me happy if it helps him. I think he is a rare person.

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        November 22, 2016
      • I couldn´t have phrased it any better! I can get totally lost around all those wonderful blogs and all those truly amazing people!🙂

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        November 22, 2016
  39. Fabulous introduction, Osyth!

    I look forward to reading more of your stories.

    Regards,
    M

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    November 23, 2016
    • Thank you so much …. I’m delighted that you have joined me and hope I won’t let you down!

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      November 23, 2016
  40. I forgot… I have two sites. I slapped a temporary Title and Theme on it to get it started. It will be private and when I’m done you will have the only access besides myself. Actually you do now. Are you comfortable with this? YES OR NO.
    LET ME KNOW IF THIS URL TAKES YOU TO THE ROLE PAGE? IF YES, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT EMAIL ADDRESS TO USE.
    https://wordpress.com/people/new/1sthumanityisaction.wordpress.com

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    December 1, 2016
    • You would be the editor

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      December 1, 2016
      • I just realized that I’m probably crowding you again. So… scrap it and I’ll let you know when I’m done. That’s the ‘get the project done’ side of me. When working it was an advantage, but I’m not working. If you could erase, thank you. It will be a minute before you here from me. 🎆🎇✨🌠🌞🌝🌚🌛🌜🔅 WAY🆒!

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        December 1, 2016

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