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How to Find an Affordable Home in Today’s Market
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(StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with affordable housing issues may find factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need.

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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Office for Greater Productivity
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(StatePoint) If you work from home, you likely spend a lot of time in your home office, which makes its design just as important as the rest of your home. If it’s not up to par, it’s time to bring new life to the space.

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Smart Home Savvy: 6 Ways to Add Technology to Your Living Spaces
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(StatePoint) A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers.

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How to Be More Creative in the New Year
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 (StatePoint) Those with creative or artistic aspirations know that consistently staying motivated and inspired is easier said than done.

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Celebrate History with Port Wine
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(StatePoint) During its long and rich history, Port has earned an army of enthusiasts, who have discovered many ways to enjoy this fortified wine, from serving it with dessert to using it as a base in elegant cocktails.

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5 Rules for a More Organized Home in the New Year
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(StatePoint) After the hectic holidays, it’s no surprise that many people commit to getting better organized in the new year.

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Resolve to Better Organize Your Medical Information in the New Year
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(StatePoint) A fresh new year presents a great opportunity to reorganize your medical information and files as part of a greater effort to prioritize your health and wellness in the coming year.

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Your House is More Attractive Than You Realize!
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(StatePoint) Beyond keeping your refrigerator art in place, you may not think about magnets all that often, but, magnets are the driving force behind many products you use every day.

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Think Like a Designer to Update Your Home Like a Pro
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(StatePoint) Inspiration is everywhere. From a field of yellow sunflowers to unique geometric patterns in the tile of a train station, the littlest things can spark the innovation behind some of the world’s most iconic products and designs.

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How to Incorporate Learning into Your Child's Daily Routine
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(StatePoint) Young children don’t need to be in a classroom to learn important skills. And the earlier you get started, the better. Here are some great ways to incorporate fun learning experiences into your child’s day.

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5 Overlooked Items for Your Family’s Emergency Supply Kit
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(StatePoint) If you prepped an emergency supply kit for your family, you most likely have the basics covered: batteries, first aid and non-perishable foods. Here are five often overlooked items that can help keep your family safe, comfortable and informed should the unexpected occur.

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How to Find the Right Home Mortgage So You Don’t Overpay
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(StatePoint) Ample bedrooms and bathrooms? Check. A roomy kitchen? Check. A nice-sized backyard, storage space in the attic and just the right amount of curb appeal? Check, check and check.

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5 Ways to Create Ambiance in Your Home
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(StatePoint) If your home interiors lack charm, don’t worry. These five simple additions and updates can add ambiance and character to your home.

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Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies
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(StatePoint) It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling.

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5 Game Day Tips for the Ultimate Tailgate
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or a viewing party at home, a true football fan is always prepared for game day fun.

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Weatherization 101: 4 Ways to Get a Warmer Home this Winter
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(StatePoint) Dreading the cold drafts and rising heating bills that come with winter? You’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in homes that need to be weatherized to improve heating efficiency and maximize comfort, but many still don’t take the time to do so, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll for Duck brand.

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Festive Tips to Set a Holiday Mood at Home
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(StatePoint) It’s the most festive time of the year. Be sure to fill your home with the classic scents, sounds and sights of the holiday season in the following ways.

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Tips for Keeping Your Busy Family Organized
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(StatePoint) When it comes to busy families, things have a habit of becoming scattered quickly. Here are five ways to keep everything and everyone organized, all the time.

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5 Reasons to Consider a Home Theater System Now
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(StatePoint) When it comes to entertaining ourselves at home, there are more options than ever before. Whether you are looking to upgrade your family’s existing movie night experience or you are just getting started in assembling a home theater system, here are five reasons to consider doing so now.

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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

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Tips for Taking Care of Your Winter Wardrobe
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(StatePoint) It’s time to find that box marked “winter” at the back of your closet and rediscover all of your favorite layered looks. But, it’s important that you know how to treat your winter wardrobe so each piece stays comfy, stylish and warm throughout the season.

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Holiday Budgeting Tips for Savvy Consumers
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(StatePoint) Sticking to one’s budget is important all year long, but doing so during the holiday season can be especially tricky, when expenses run high and festive cheer makes it difficult to put the brakes on over-spending.

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Tips to Avoid Scams After Storms and Natural Disasters
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(StatePoint) As if the damage from a natural disaster isn’t enough, consumers trying to rebuild after a natural disaster often face a different danger: a flood of fly-by-night contractors -- ultimately raising the risks of sub-par repair work and outright scams.

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Great Ideas for Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving
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(StatePoint) The holidays come and go so quickly, and while many tokens of love and friendship are enjoyed and then forgotten, this year, consider items that make a more lasting impact.

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies
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(StatePoint) The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to outfit foodies with all the tools they need to make cooking more efficient and delicious. Not sure where to start? Here are a few smart ideas.

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How to Save Time and Money this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) From decking the halls to hosting the perfect party, holiday-time expenses can add up quickly.

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Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
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(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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Coffee Table Books for Holiday Gift-Giving
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(StatePoint) While book lovers sometimes turn to digital for their literature fix, when it comes to coffee table books, print rules. Coffee table books are not only sources of knowledge, but also high impact art statements. For this reason, they make great holiday gifts.

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Smart Home this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) You can make this holiday season a bit merrier by giving your family the gift of a smart home. A gift that keeps on giving, connected devices can add security and convenience to your home easily. Start with a few basic smart home products and add to or change your tech over time as needed.

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Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
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(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

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Are You Financially Prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster?
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(StatePoint) Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery.

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4 Things Vets and Service Members Need to Know When Buying a Home
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(StatePoint) If you’re a veteran, reservist or active duty service member, it’s important to know that there are special benefits you may be eligible for when buying a home.

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8 Tips for Maximizing Garage Storage
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(StatePoint) Most people are pressed for garage space, regardless of the size of their house, from DIYers overwhelmed with tools to moms searching for places to store holiday decorations.

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Steps to Save Energy in Your Home
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(StatePoint) Reducing your energy use at home is a win-win for your wallet and the planet. Not only can it save you money on your bills now, but it could also improve your home’s resale value, if you know which steps to take.

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Pet Owners: Tips to Maintain a Beautiful Home
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(StatePoint) For all the companionship pets provide, it’s fair to admit that they can mess up a clean, tidy home pretty quickly.

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Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever
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1. Know your audience. Will it be a family-friendly night? Will the movies screened have a theme -- such as all being by one director or set in the same city? Know who your audience is and select movies that best fit the bill.

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5 Home Maintenance Projects Everyone Should Tackle
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(StatePoint) If you’ve been putting off chores, you’re not alone, but it could cost you. In fact, a national survey from Erie Insurance shows many Americans are putting themselves and their homes at financial risk by delaying important home maintenance tasks.

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Top Things to Consider When Selecting After School Activities for Kids
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(StatePoint) Parents seeking positive, meaningful extracurricular activities for their children may struggle to identify the right programs for their kids, especially if busy family schedules limit options. While many youth programs help children socialize and learn new skills, some go further to help shape who kids may become as adults.

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Yesterday's Factories Could Be Tomorrow's Offices and Homes
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(StatePoint) To counter generic new construction projects, many cities and towns are converting older structures into vibrant tech offices, loft-style residences and even art institutions -- a process known as “adaptive reuse.”

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Home Cleaning Do's and Don’ts
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(StatePoint) Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore. You take a look around, notice all of the surfaces that have gone untouched for far too long, then sigh as you pick a day dedicated to cleaning from top to bottom.

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Quick DIY Plumbing Tips for Parents of Teenagers
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(StatePoint) No one ever said parenting teens would be easy, however you may not have considered the beating it can put on your household drains.

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How to Optimize Your Home Office
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(StatePoint) The old 9-to-5 isn’t what it used to be. As more companies embrace telecommuting, a growing number of employees are finding that even in the professional realm, there’s no place like home.

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How Smart Home Technology Can Eliminate Stress for Parents
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(StatePoint) Many parents have worries about kids who are home alone in the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus.

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3 Home Projects to Transform Your Yard into a Refuge for Birds
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(StatePoint) Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally.

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Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency?
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(StatePoint) When it comes to emergency and natural disaster preparation, clean, uncontaminated water should be top-of-mind. Being prepared ahead of time is essential to make sure your household will be able to hydrate safely throughout the duration of an emergency.

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3 Mini-Makeover Ideas to Refresh a Room
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(StatePoint) Looking to bring new energy to a space? Hoping to update that outdated décor? These easy tips can help you revitalize any space in your home with minimal time and effort -- utilizing color, accessories, accents and more.

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3 Beautiful Ways to Add Pops of Color to Your Kitchen
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(StatePoint) If your kitchen is bland or boring, it’s time for an update. Consider those home projects that add pops of color and beauty, inspiring you to do your best culinary work.

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10 Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal to Your Home
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(StatePoint) Want to give your home a dash of curb appeal? Focus on color, say experts.

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Design Tips for Small Living Spaces
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(StatePoint) Achieving a Pinterest-perfect setting in not-so-spacious quarters can feel like a challenge. However, decorating a small space doesn’t have to mean limiting your style or personality.

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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics.

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Top Down Tips for Enhancing Your Home’s Curb Appeal
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(StatePoint) The power of curb appeal should not be underestimated. A whopping 99 percent of National Association of Realtors members believe it’s important in attracting a buyer.

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5 Easy Ways Families Can Go Green When Packing School Lunches
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(StatePoint) While packing lunch for the kids can seem like a daily grind, you can use the task as an opportunity to help kids form great lifelong habits.

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Soothing Tips for Fussy Babies
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(StatePoint) Parents dealing with a fussy baby -- especially one that has been recently fed, changed and loved -- are eager to find ways to soothe them.

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Tips to Furnish Your New Home on a Budget
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(StatePoint) Moving into your first apartment? Ease the transition and save money in the process by helping decorate personal spaces using these DIY tricks. Instead of buying new, you can turn used furniture into stunning and sophisticated statement pieces.

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Win the Battle Against School Germs
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(StatePoint) Did you know that, on average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? By following some healthy habits, you can avoid getting sick.

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Top Organization Tips for Busy Families
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(StatePoint) Hectic mornings, piles of homework, endless events, practices, games and school conferences; when you’re a busy parent, day-to-day tasks can consume your thoughts and energy. Stay organized and sane by following these simple tips to beat the rush.

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Tips for Moving Away from Home for the First Time
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(StatePoint) Moving into your own place is a milestone that makes you feel like a grown-up. Before you sign that lease for your first apartment, here are some important tips to consider:

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Tips to Bring Your Home from Bland to Bold
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(StatePoint) Feeling uninspired in your space? Bring bright, cheerful feelings into your home with these DIY décor tips that won’t break the bank.

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Updates to Transform Your New House into Your Dream Home
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(StatePoint) Congratulations, you’ve purchased a home! Now what? You’ve saved a million ideas on Pinterest and you’re ready to start making improvements. But how do you prioritize to make the most of your money? Consider these simple upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home.

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Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
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(StatePoint) Slips, trips and falls that cause injury and death are all too common, and they disproportionately affect older people. Indeed, one-third of older U.S. adults suffer falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, a fear of falling can alter habits, negatively impacting one’s quality of life.

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