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Intermission

December 5, 2013
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Intermission

Take a deeeep breath!! Fatigue is a factor.  I have to say, though, that my Thanksgiving holiday was amazing. My father-in-law was here, along with my two kids (!) Lenny and Alex, and my grandson.  I feel terrible that I don’t have pictures of my lovely daughter-in-law Lynzee Lynx, but needless to say, we...

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Hat Attack With Judith

December 1, 2013
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Hat Attack With Judith

It’s always interesting to plumb the archives.  Since it’s time for another Hat Attack with Judith, aka the Style Crone, I couldn’t help thinking about all the various hats I’ve worn in the past, many of which I’ve featured on this blog. I’ve always loved hats. I wish I still had some of the...

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Unexpected Pleasures

November 24, 2013
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Unexpected Pleasures

Some days all those disparate elements come together in a happy way.   I didn’t see this one coming. It started off with this crazy top from Goodwill.  Next came the Free People bellbottoms that I customized with trim up the side. Add to the mix a black rayon poncho, my upcycled cashmere cowl...

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Can This Garment Be Saved

November 18, 2013
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Can This Garment Be Saved

If you’re like me, you have a whole bunch of stuff in your closet that you never wear.  Maybe you like the color but the fabric is itchy, or perhaps it’s a tad too tight or long etc.  I decided to take a good hard look at all of my “almost” pieces. This black...

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Making Waves

November 6, 2013
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Making Waves

Once upon a time I had wavy hair.  It was unpredictable and therefore troublesome.  Some days it looked good and other days it was inexplicably awful.  It seemed to require a lot of attention; straightening it just seemed easier.  If I straightened it, I could go for several days without worry.  As I’ve gotten...

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A Ride Out

November 1, 2013
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A Ride Out

About an hour or so away, the countryside beckons.  There aren’t any quaint villages or ancient ruins, just some pretty fields and low mountains.  There are farms, little convenience stores, and some rundown chicken coops alongside rusty cars.  There are small homes with toys on the porch, and giant overgrown trees that provide shade....

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Lunch Date

October 17, 2013
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Lunch Date

One of the nice things about working from home with Joey is that we can occasionally carve out time for a spontaneous lunch.  We enjoy trying new restaurants mid-day because we know we’ll spend less money, which is comforting if we’re not sure we’ll like the food.  It also gives me a reason to...

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Retail Therapy

October 10, 2013
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Retail Therapy

It was a gorgeous day today, warm and breezy, and my afternoon was free.  Like many of you, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the time than by doing a little thrifting.  Due to some seasonal closet purging, I had a few things to sell.  I picked up Alex and we...

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A Little Post

October 1, 2013
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A Little Post

There doesn’t seem to be much time these days for leisurely sewing or posting. I’m mostly packing and unpacking, with laundry in between.  However I managed to squeeze in a very simple upcycle that has given me a lot of pleasure.  I found an oversized cotton sweater at Goodwill and customized it with leather...

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On the Road Again

September 14, 2013
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On the Road Again

Well, the Yellow Skirt is on the road again and so am I.  I’m off to visit family and the Yellow Skirt is winging it’s way to artist Anne Bray, aka Spy Girl.  If you haven’t seen her site and her fabulous style sketches, you should.  I’m excited to see what she does with the...

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Le Freak C’est Chic

September 5, 2013
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Le Freak C’est Chic

It’s time for a party, y’all!  In case you missed the ’80’s on the first go round, I figured I’d throw a little soiree, like back in the day.  However, in order to get past the door you MUST: Click on the soundtrack.  Make sure you check it out! Next, click here for some...

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Green Day

August 24, 2013
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Green Day

A silk shirt from the ’80’s sang it’s siren song to me as I combed the racks at Goodwill.  I almost left it behind, but then I did an “oh what the hell” toss into my cart.  It was senior citizens’ day so I got a 25% discount, bringing the price down to roughly...

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A Ray of Sunshine

August 22, 2013
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A Ray of Sunshine

A trip to Buffalo Exchange (a buy/sell/trade store) recently brightened my spirits.  I met a lovely young lady who is as fascinated with clothes as I am, and I got the best hug from another friend who works there.  I was reminded again that this whole style journey really is about community and sharing;...

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Looking Back

August 18, 2013
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Looking Back

t It’s that time.  Time to look back, reflect, marvel, and cry while laughing.  I think Judith of Style Crone said it best when she called them “laugh-tears”. From a style perspective, I have to marvel that I’ve always loved hats and silver bracelets. My weight goes up and down, and my hair goes...

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Home

August 11, 2013
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Home

For almost a month and a half I’ve lived out of a suitcase.  When I arrived home a few hours ago I was greeted with a cacophony of color and pattern.  I hadn’t planned on posting; in fact I really couldn’t imagine how I was going to resume. As I was starting to unpack,...

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Dancing Through Roses

July 26, 2013
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Dancing Through Roses

Her transition is imminent.  We don’t know how many hours from now but we sit quietly, waiting and reflecting.  The early part of this week was filled with gifts, moments of profound tenderness and whispered I love you’s.  She spoke of seeing her mom and her older brother.  She said she could hear the...

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Change is the Only Constant

July 14, 2013
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Change is the Only Constant

There are times when it becomes apparent what is essential.  All the rest falls away, dream-like.  Then, as change settles into a new rhythm, what’s essential is once again embellished with plumage, hopefully with greater wisdom and beauty.  I believe that Love is the Essential. I’ve sat by two hospital beds for the last...

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Dress Rehearsal

July 7, 2013
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Dress Rehearsal

In theater, it’s essential to have a dress rehearsal before the actual show.  This way you know if your costume works or needs another fitting, plus it gives you a chance to be totally in character, among other things.  Joey’s got a show this weekend and I have to make sure I’m ready for...

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Silver Linings

June 27, 2013
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Silver Linings

The past two days have been a comedy of errors.  For example, I missed a medical appointment yesterday because I was given the wrong address.  However, once my blood pressure was back to normal, I decided to explore the area a little.  I found a thrift store that just happened to be running a...

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Counting the Ways

June 22, 2013
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Counting the Ways

It was Elizabeth Barrett Browning who said in Sonnet 43,  “How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.”  That’s how I feel about this top. First of all, I had no idea what I was making when I started cutting up t-shirts, so I love the way this creation evolved. Secondly, I love...

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Gilding the Lily

June 16, 2013
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Gilding the Lily

Some days you just want to layer it all on, you know?  Today was one of those days.  I’ve been trying to style this thrifted tunic for awhile.  I fell in love with the colors and vibrant pattern, and I’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike. I didn’t have to wait too long. I...

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Some Things That Make Me Happy

June 14, 2013
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Some Things That Make Me Happy

   One of the lovely things about having a blog is that you can do whatever you want with it.  Today I felt like sharing a few things that make me smile.  For example, every time I glance into our tiny powder room, I feel happy.  Joey painted it and Alex created the “mean...

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Proportions

June 3, 2013
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Proportions

It occurred to me the other day that one thing I enjoy about high fashion is the exaggerated proportions.  A hat might be larger than the dress, a long sleeve can go to the knee, and an oversized coat can fit several people inside.  I love the theatricality, bending my eye in unexpected directions....

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Flip the Script

June 1, 2013
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Flip the Script

There comes a point in time when style boredom sets in, as least for me.  I don’t have huge pendulum swings like many of the bloggers I admire; Melanie of Bag and a Beret comes to mind, brilliant in her many guises.  However, I’d like to experiment more with proportions and styles, but the...

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Heaven’s Scent

May 26, 2013
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Heaven’s Scent

There’s a very small amount of tired soil in a pot on my balcony. It seems impossible that it could sustain the display of jasmine that bursts forth each year, and yet it does. I water, give an occasional dose of plant food, and marvel at the heady fragrance and tenacious tendrils curling around...

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Skirting the Issue

May 16, 2013
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Skirting the Issue

Much to my delight I recently received a preview copy of Altered Couture, a magazine that I adore.  It’s full of beautiful creations made by upcycling/refashioning enthusiasts like me.  I was honored once again to have a few of my pieces featured, including this burgundy jersey skirt.  I thought it was totally cool that...

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Please Stay Tuned!

May 6, 2013
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Please Stay Tuned!

It’s Monday and the pedal’s to the floor!  The weekend flew by as a dear friend visited from out of town.  We talked non-stop, did a little shopping, enjoyed some great food, and reflected on our lives in general.  It was wonderful.  I went to my jewelry making class last night and can’t wait...

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The Tea

April 28, 2013
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The Tea

It’s become an annual tradition; we pick a day in Spring to don hats and meet up for an elegant tea.  This year we decided on the Ritz Carleton.  It was a lovely day, not too warm or cold.  I picked up a friend who is new to our group and we arrived just...

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Feeling Floral

April 21, 2013
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Feeling Floral

After temperatures in the low 80’s last week, today was a breath of fresh air with a high of 68.  It might be one of the last times I can pull out my beloved leather jacket until next October. However, given the fact that heat is imminent, I decided it was imperative to work...

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Instant Gratification

April 10, 2013
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Instant Gratification

Here’s a look at the bracelet I made at the end of my first metal smithing class!!  It was simple to do, using brass wire and basic equipment. We covered the fundamentals of handling an acetylene torch in preparation for the next project, a bangle that requires simple soldering.  After that will be a...

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Miscellaney

April 8, 2013
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Miscellaney

It’s been a busy time, what with events to attend, eggs to dye, or classes to take.  Never mind being awarded a Versatile Blogger award by the incomparable Veshoevious!!  This was particularly exciting since her blog was an early inspiration for me, with her exceptional style sense and intelligent writing.  (THANK YOU!!!) One minute...

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Going Green

March 31, 2013
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Going Green

  According to the color forecast by Pantone, the color for 2013 is emerald green.  On their website they proclaim it to be “lively, radiant, lush…a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”   The notion of proclaiming a color “The Color of the Year” is intriguing...

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My Stand In, Please

March 24, 2013
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My Stand In, Please

This was one of those weeks when I didn’t feel like posing for blog pictures; all I wanted to do was sew.  I finished a few projects for work so I could focus and have a significant block of time to create.  I loudly announced my intention numerous times to anyone within earshot (usually Joey),...

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Birthday Gifts

March 16, 2013
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Birthday Gifts

This was not a year for a huge party or a lot of fanfare, although I had all the opportunity in the world.  Instead I took the day off, and chose the luxury of doing exactly as I pleased in any given moment, relaxing and enjoying the company of Alex and Joey.  The day...

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A Simple Saturday

March 9, 2013
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A Simple Saturday

Today was reserved for all that running around that doesn’t quite get done during the week. Unfortunately it wasn’t warm enough to put the top down on the Miata, although the forecast for later this week looks promising.  Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to grab lunch and listen to music while we rode around....

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Aphorisms and Adages

March 3, 2013
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Aphorisms and Adages

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  These sayings resonate with me. You see, this is the post I didn’t plan.  I actually shot photos for two different posts and ended up with this one.  I had no idea what to...

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Northern Exposure

February 25, 2013
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Northern Exposure

My week has been full of travel, family, and SNOW!  I live in the South now, something I never imagined.  I miss my chilly days, wrapping up in layers and breathing on my hands to keep them warm. This day was almost temperate by New England standards, so I’m probably a little delusional.  “Cold”...

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A Bill of Rights

February 17, 2013
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A Bill of Rights

Article #1: Always reserve the right to change your mind.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve sung the same song for years, if you suddenly hear another tune, sing it.  You have the right to change your mind or your tune. A few years ago when I started thinking about turning 60, I began to...

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Leopard Dreams

February 9, 2013
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Leopard Dreams

Do you ever wonder if style bloggers really wear the clothes they post?   I’m guessing they do for the most part, but I have to believe that sometimes they’re just playing dress up.  We all know fashion magazines are mostly fantasy, which is fine with me.  I like some fantasy every now and...

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Borrowed Wisdom

February 2, 2013
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Borrowed Wisdom

Throughout history, wise people have cautioned against borrowing and lending.  In Hamlet, for example, Polonius exhorts, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for a loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry“.  My question is, does it count when it’s family?  How about immediate family, like your...

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A Whole New World

January 27, 2013
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A Whole New World

It was about time.  After years of drug-store glasses (for closeup) and complaining that I couldn’t read street signs (far away), the final straw was not being able to read the labels on the grocery store shelves (middle).  Clearly an intervention was in order.  I love them…I think. It’s just weird to have something...

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Fringe Element

January 19, 2013
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Fringe Element

  Today has been a good day.  I didn’t have to set my alarm or look at the time.  I ran into a wonderful friend whom I hadn’t seen in a long time.  I had the opportunity to browse in my closet and meditate on what I felt like wearing and blogging about. The...

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Sunday Best

January 7, 2013
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Sunday Best

  Here’s a quick view of how I styled my upcycled jacket yesterday.  If you scroll to the bottom of the linked post you’ll see more pictures and details.  This was it’s debut, however! I’m having a little trouble uploading the pics, but you get the idea.  I didn’t plan on going anywhere or...

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Rocky Mountain High

January 4, 2013
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Rocky Mountain High

AMS, otherwise known as Acute Mountain Sickness or altitude sickness, often afflicts people traveling to higher elevations.  The symptoms frequently mimic a hangover: headache, fatigue, upset stomach etc.  Drinking lots of water seems to help.  I was lucky on the first day, with only a headache to contend with.  After that, however, the story...

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And All Through the House

December 24, 2012
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And All Through the House

It’s quiet and raining here.  Even though it’s mid-day, it’s dark enough that the string of lights around my front door is visible, adding a touch of color and festivity.  Although I’d love a little snow, it will be easier to run my last minute errands without it, especially since people here generally don’t...

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Just Breathe

December 20, 2012
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Just Breathe

Once upon a time I thought I was in control, you know, if I just set my mind to it.  Any problem I had could be solved by being more industrious or diligent.  Maybe if I researched the issue a little more, or was somehow more insightful.  Maybe if I did “this” because I’d...

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I’m on Another Call Right Now

December 12, 2012
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I’m on Another Call Right Now

Sorry I haven’t been available!  What with a laptop in the shop, a milestone birthday to attend to, relocating a family member, all on top of the usual obligations, something had to give.  I’ll be back, though, presumably by the top of next week.  In the meantime, please know I miss you!!  I can’t...

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Gratitude

November 25, 2012
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Gratitude

Gratitude and loving kindness.  I find they’re easy to forget when I wake up in the middle of the night, worrying about the people I love, thinking about the chaos in the world, feeling guilty about things I said or did in the past, gnawing on the brittle bones of hurt and betrayal.  Stop,...

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There and Back

November 19, 2012
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There and Back

Some places are hard to leave.  Kiawah Island, off the coast of South Carolina, is one of them.  Fortunately for us, it was the location for Earl Klugh‘s Weekend of Jazz, a spectacular jazz festival with a variety of artists and events.  With an all-star line up (including Joey) and a luxurious setting, it’s about...

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Small Things

November 11, 2012
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Small Things

It’s been a hectic week and I’m guessing that’s true for a lot of us.  I’m thinking of those folks who are still impacted by the effects of the storms on the East coast and hope their lives return to normal soon. My sewing room has been singing it’s siren song and I managed to...

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