08 April 2020

[Ryan Ralston] - A RETURN

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”Ralph Waldo Emerson 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Being outdoors, taking a walk in a park or a hike on a local trail, can have a powerful impact on our mental state. The intent is to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and immerse yourself within a more natural environment. 
We exert great pressure on ourselves, sometimes unnecessarily, and as a result, our physical health and mental well-being suffer. Making good decisions about our overall health requires thinking more deeply about how we treat ourselves and others. Taking into consideration our personal beliefs will help clarify priorities. Focusing on our well-being is crucial as we contemplate the future and answer the question, where do we go from here? 
An ethos that does not take our health seriously, will itself not be taken seriously, moving forward.  
How much time spent outdoors is enough?

INCONGRUENT  
Our relationship with nature has historically been one of imbalance.  
As society grew, more and more resources were consumed for expansion.  This shift from rural to urban life led to a distancing from nature. While many remained connected with the environment, the need for additional resources began to change our regard for how we viewed our natural resources.
The growth of cities brought disparity between us and nature, and an obsession with convenience, that signaled a changing point of view on the environment.  With technological and industrial advancements, nature became something we no longer felt a part of, rather, something we could control. We removed ourselves further from nature, as cities became the primary place of residence, allowing the population to remain ignorant of the workings of our natural resources. We understand our impact on nature but tend to ignore its reaction to our presence.  This reasoning is a cause for the further division between man and nature.  
There are several ways in which we must reconsider a balanced relationship with nature, all require effort.  It is possible to encourage people to consider themselves as part of a larger picture through education about ecology. 

R.W. EMERSON 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 19th century philosopher, author, and poet, maintains the position that the scholar is one who is educated by nature, books, and action. Nature is the first in time (a constant) and the first in importance (due to its consistency). Within nature, according to Emerson, is concealed the law of the human mind: know thyself, study nature, and become one. 
Emerson believed that conformity is a vice, the opposite of our need for self-reliance. We conform when we pay undeserved respect to things manmade and other status symbols, we show “the foolish face of praise.” Emerson criticizes conformity, even to our own past actions. Thus, his context for stating “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” There is both wise and foolish consistency, and it is foolish to be consistent, if it interferes with becoming one with our natural environment. 
Power is a common theme in Emerson’s early work. It is related to action, where Emerson writes a “true scholar grudges every opportunity of action passed by, as a loss of power.” Power is celebrated by the “bruisers” of the world who express themselves rudely and get their way. The power in which Emerson is concerned is more artistic and intellectual than political or military. For Emerson, nature is universal, like God or justice. Therefore, deserving of respect.

AGRARIAN 
During the past two centuries, America’s farms have expanded, with equipment and chemicals replacing the manual labor of farmers. 
The embracing of industrialization and “factory farming” practices has not yielded fiscal independence for most farmers. In fact, the opposite has occurred. Most American farms are taxpayer subsidized. 
Responsible agriculture requires good stewardship of our natural resources. We can not presume there will always be enough healthy soil and clean water to meet our demands. Our resources are finite, and we must learn to live on nature’s terms, not ours. 
Soil erosion and degradation, polluted waterways from toxic chemicals, the elimination of small farms, the decimation of the farming culture and their communities, and overproduction are all contributing factors. 
No foreseeable solution is possible until we begin operating within the limits of nature, and it must start locally.  The federal government has convinced farmers that hardship is inescapable, diminishing their optimism for the future, while limiting their opportunity for self-reliance and financial independence. 
Compounding these issues, is a cultural prejudice against those who chose a profession rooted in manual labor and technical work. Our economy has written them off as those who hold little-to-no economic value. 

ENTER COVID-19 (AND AN UNEXPECTED OUTCOME) 
While the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on our lives have been largely disruptive and negative, there exists one unexpected result to what we have been experiencing. 
A return to nature. 
The crisis will act as a burning catalyst to encourage more to rethink their approach to urban life. It will force us to consider alternative forms of living our lives, minus the trappings of expediency, technology, and industry.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rate of change necessary to move us from a society dependent on modern conveniences, to the controlled rhythmic ebb and flow found in nature. 
Hopefully {we} will avoid the harshest impacts of COVID-19 and again find balance with our natural resources. 
When hypothetical, worst-case situations become reality, one’s perspective on life becomes exact.

DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER
Life is short. Be more fearful of a life never lived. 
Invest in yourself. Find something to be passionate about. Be bold. Surround yourself with family and friends to love. 
Tomorrow is a long time away. Be engaged in the moment. Put down your damn phones! 
This too shall pass. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. Embrace this fact. It’s necessary. It’s how one grows. 
Be willing to alter how you respond to a situation, this gives you control of what is happening. 
Keep a good attitude. Be patient. You don’t need the answers to all your questions immediately. 


PARAGRAPH ONE, REVISTED
Nature is a great healer. It restores and revives. To benefit from its healing capabilities, you must connect and allow yourself to be healed. Whatever the reason for your stress, nature offers the opportunity for quiet contemplation.
There is something therapeutic about nature – the beauty of the untouched, the solitude, the simplicity – an atmosphere inviting you to look within.
It stirs emotions and induces a reflective state. It cleanses your mind.
Anyone who has spent time outdoors, especially in the mountains, understands the healing qualities found there, unavailable in urban life. They may not be able to explain it, but instinct tells them it’s good for the soul. 
The healing found in nature begins with respect for your surroundings and the natural order at work. One must observe without upsetting the balance, walk without harming, and accept the notion of their insignificance. 
John Muir wrote, “…over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home…”
We have lost touch with nature; we have willfully alienated ourselves from it.  
Nature is a source of inspiration. The more time spent outdoors, even if it’s only in your backyard, the more attuned to life you become. 
Being outdoors will not make your problems go away. However, it does allow a unique perspective on the world. The simple act of being in a natural environment, affords the opportunity to view a stressor differently. 
The average adult spends three hours a day on their phone and another five hours watching television. 
So, how much time spent outdoors is enough? 
There is not a “one size fits all” answer, but the scientific consensus says two hours a week is the minimum needed for our bodies to experience the rejuvenating qualities found in nature. 

TIME SPENT IN PERSPECTIVE (WHILE SHELTERED IN PLACE)
During this time imposed upon us by a virus, we must deliberately choose to disrupt the cadences of life and engage in reflection. We need an honest appraisal of our lives, as individuals and as a community, and reevaluate a return to “normal.” 

We must ask ourselves:
Is what we considered “normal” life before this pandemic worth returning to? 
Should we have ever considered those ideals normal? 
Why return to the infectious rhythm of self-indulgence? 
Do we continue to tolerate salacious headlines about immoral government behavior?  
Perhaps, for far too long, we pretended to be immune from these illnesses, and now, contending with COVID-19, we realize how vulnerable we are. A wound left unattended welcomes infection. It demands attention. You either address it holistically or accept the reality of your decreased survival rate. 
We are not bound by our old definition of normal. Our new mandate should be to disrupt it and build a new normal. 
Story after story is being published about the importance of those engaged in manual labor and technical work, the once forgotten, are now being hailed as heroes, the ones sustaining a failing economy. 
Before we make hasty decisions, let us step outside and use this time for honest reflection. 
With a unique background, body of work & first hand look at the inner workings of society & the justice system, as well as an appreciation for the arts & literature, Ralston is a True Friend to Freedom in the GA Piedmont.



Georgia's State of Emergency Extended to May 13, 2020

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Kemp, Duncan, Ralston Announce Plans to Extend Public Health State of Emergency

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston announced plans to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under state law, the Governor may renew the public health state of emergency, which was otherwise set to expire on April 13, 2020. Lt. Governor Duncan and Speaker Ralston agree it is necessary for the public health emergency to be renewed and will not be requesting a special legislative session, which was tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2020.
“To ensure the health and well-being of Georgians, I will extend the public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020. This measure will allow us to continue to deploy resources to communities in need, lend support to frontline medical providers, and keep preparing as we brace for potential patient surge in our healthcare facilities. We deeply appreciate the hard work of Georgians who are sheltering in place, using social distancing, and helping us flatten the curve. We are in this fight together,” said Governor Kemp. “I appreciate Lt. Governor Duncan and Speaker Ralston continuing to work with us to ensure resources are available to proactively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I thank them for their support of an extended emergency declaration. In these unprecedented times, we ask Georgians for their continued patience and prayers, especially for first responders, law enforcement, and the healthcare workers caring for the medically fragile. They are going above and beyond to keep us all safe, and we will never be able to repay them for their sacrifices.”
“We must continue our aggressive fight against COVID-19,” said Lt. Governor Duncan. "By extending the public health state of emergency, we can ensure Georgians have access to every available state resource during this crisis. Together, Speaker Ralston and I are working closely with Governor Kemp to do all we can to make sure we are meeting the needs of every Georgian. The General Assembly will continue to remain vigilant and available to assist our citizens in any way possible."
"The entirety of our state government is working to protect the health and safety of our citizens, and I appreciate the work of our state personnel and first responders during this challenging time,” said Speaker David Ralston. “While we have difficult days ahead, we continue to coordinate with both local and federal partners in responding to needs as they arise. As Georgians, we will persevere and emerge stronger on the other side.”
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07 April 2020

[Perrin Lovett] - Headlines From The Future

Meet “Sarcasto,” The Galactic Herald, Page A1, April 10, 7020 AD

On a cool autumn afternoon in 6995, two ditch-diggers happened upon what they thought was a large rock. The rock turned out to be a massive door composed of steel, tungsten, and ceramic materials. When, with moderate difficulty, explorers opened the door, they made the archeological discovery of the millennia. Inside a bunker-like cave, hunched over a primitive word processing machine, were the semi-frozen remains of the shabbily-attired man who lived and died at the beginning of the last ice age. Today, after two decades of study, he has a name: Sarcasto.

Sarcasto lived in the disputed area of Eastern Georgiflorilina, a slave province of the ancient Obese States of Israel. He stood 7.754 telemaros high and weighed nearly 4,000 mixidepils. It appears he lived on an exclusive diet of coffee and tobacco. Despite being found alone, signs of premature aging suggest he was at some point married. Sarcasto’s body is the best-preserved cadaver of the Lostfaithicene Period. His manifest higher intelligence, normal BMI, and lack of tattoos suggest he was probably an outcast. He was likely a dissident hermit, a failed novelist who subsisted by foraging for twigs. 

The numerous cigars found all around Sarcasto had caused a major stir, demonstrating conclusively that mankind possessed advanced leaf technology and rolling skills thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Doctor Cubano Esteli said, ‘It’s the equivalent of opening the casket of an old man and discovering therein a cigar!’ Most exciting of all, researchers have at last decoded the cryptic etching Sarcasto left on an aluminum plate. The Galactic Herald herein produces Sarcasto’s final words, verbatim (with one explanatory annotation):

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To Whomever In The Distant Future Finds This Plate:

Greetings! I am Perrin Lovett [What Sarcasto meant by “Perrin Lovett” is unclear. These words, possibly an imprimatur, have never been successfully deciphered though they appear at the beginning of all recorded accounts of the great leader, Thomas Ironsides, a blessing be upon him. It is possible that Sarcasto was a follower of the Prophet or even a relative. We may never understand this mystery.] and I may be the last survivor of the Coronavirus Hoax of 2020. It wasn’t the flu bug that did us in.

Every winter season, millions of people, in my dead nation and around the world, were afflicted by numerous bacterial and viral infections. Tens of thousands died every year. This was nothing new. The COVID-19 was merely a cold virus with a slight ACE2 gene expresser suppression or latching mutation. It was easily defeated by Vitamins C and D, UV radiation from sunlight, Chloroquine, and Albuterol - that is, if any medical care was required at all. Some ninety percent of “victims” were asymptomatic and never even knew that they had the disease. The great majority for those who did show symptoms readily recovered at home without issue. Aside from initial greater-than-average affliction among East Asian males, global fatalities were only common in three predominant groups: 1) those elderly persons in poor health; 2) fat people with pre-existing disorders, and: 3) coprophagic sodomites with naturally compromised immune systems. While the late-stage United States Empire swarmed with all three demographic cohorts, the death rate was still relatively low.

In early April of 2020, there were approximately 300,000 diagnosed cases of (or with…) COVID-19; around 7,500 of these cases resulted in death (95-97% of the deaths within the three primary demographics, particularly among the old and infirm). At the same time, there were some 330,000,000 people within the porous borders of the Empire. The math:

Death rate among the known infected: 7,500 / 300,000 = 0.025 or 2.5%.

Death rate among the greater general population: 7,500 / 330,000,000 = 0.000227 or .00227%.

The people had elected as their leader a lesser evil known as Orange Man. Orange Man’s unconfirmed Twitter scare-tactic death rate among the greater population: 240,000 / 330,000,000 = 0.00073 of .073%.

Orange Man’s henchmen’s utterly idiotic worse-case scenario death rate among the greater population: 2,200,000 / 330,000,000 = 0.0067 or .67%.

For further reference and scale: every year during the early 21st Century, around 600,000 Americans died from preventable obesity-related illnesses. This was thought (if we can call it that) to be the low price of fast food and cheap sodas. Anyone attempting to raise an alarm about this phenomenon was labeled a body-shamer. Every year, during the preceding four and a half decades, around 1,000,000 tiny children were brutally murdered in America for reasons purely selfish and satanic. Those who objected to this genocide were deemed Nazis, woman-haters, or opponents of moloch.

Back to the Corona hoax pandemic, the rate of death, mostly among people who were already dying or who would soon die of something else was 2.5%. The “sum of all fears” potential death rate, which never materialized, was less than 1%. However, math and critical thinking being lost arts among the wicked, 93-IQ, television-loving populace, the concurrent hysteria was large and terminal.

From the very outset, I declared the pandemic a hoax. When all of modern life became an endless series of pitiful hoaxes, they were each in their order rather easy to identify. It was also a cover for the pre-existing collapse of the monetary and financial economies. Worse, the government used the hoax as an excuse to virtually imprison the newly unemployed, if uninfected, masses within their own homes. All domestic life immediately and inexplicably ground to a halt. And the people loved it. This collapse in civilized morals and intelligence caused me to retreat into my doomsday shelter. 

Before sealing myself in, on April 3, 2020, I made one final venture among the people. At a place called Walmart (originally a discount retailer, then having become a holding pen for retarded, gelatinous five-hundred-pound women who waddled about while screaming into electronic communications devices), I learned that many of these doomed creatures were reduced to eating toilet paper and that, driven by feminists, Walmart had ceased selling ammunition. 

Worst of all was the gleeful way in which putative Christians quickly abandoned the churches and the way the churches sealed their doors to the Christians. At once, Marx’s abolition of “illusory happiness” was accomplished. If they could be bothered, the people, even the allegedly faithful, cheered. Yet, they found not nor demanded their “real happiness.” Rather, they lived and starved in perpetual fear behind silly masks, closed doors, and unemployment checks. Orange Man spoke on television for six hours each day.

I had long closed myself off from the insane world before the heavy bombing started. Well, I assume there was war; there always is. The rumbling I heard above might have come from a passing Walmart herd, but I doubt it. In the end, the majority who were not blasted by high explosives must have succumbed to malnutrition and real pandemics. You know this outcome better than I.

In parting, I can only advise you of a few things. Keep the faith in God, not in men and their institutions. Take care of the young. Maybe consider cutting back on the technology as it has a way of dehumanizing us. Do not under any circumstances avail yourself of usury. Dispense with the evil of warfare. Democracy is the worst tyranny. Stop the hoaxes.

Your ancient friend,

-P

PS: Please do not assume me to be a crackpot hermit. I once wrote for the most highly-respected online newspaper in the Georgia Piedmont region!

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Editor’s final note: the preceding were the thoughts of an ancient crackpot and hermit. The primitive mind was given to obvious mental hallucinations.

In This Morning’s Herald:

CULTURE: Pastor Says Babies Inconvenient (See: D8)

FINANCE: Cohen-Goldsteinberg Says ‘Borrow Now!’ (B1)

WAR: Bomb Mars … Again! (C2)

POLITICS: Robots Vote In Record Numbers, Edge Transvestites (A4)

WEATHER: No Global Warming, But It’s Just A Matter Of Time




06 April 2020

Bess Tuggle's Memoirs of Surviving Children: Home Schooling the Grandboy

I’ve been pretty slack with my writing lately.  In my own defense, I’ve been busy home schooling a 4 year old.  Mr. B.  Most of it’s been really fun, but I’ve learned some important lessons.

We work on learning letters on the ‘fridge. 

Did you know those magnetic letters can suck up dog hair?  Seriously -suck- it up!  We have two big house dogs.  I now have a big towel in the kitchen to place on the floor when we study ‘cause I don’t want to scrub dog hair out of plastic letters  again.  Ever.  

Mr. B can now kick anyone’s butt at the card game “War” (basically flipping cards, and the one with the greater number wins).  I took the face-cards out of a deck of cards, and he knows his numbers 2 through ten, and also greater and lesser.  He -loves- to beat me, and no, I don’t stack the deck.  I do turn a blind eye when I flip a card and he searches through his cards to get a bigger number.

He also knows the number one, too.  Ticks him off when he only gets -one- gumball out of the machine.  (We count those and discuss colors).  His favorite number is five, but he has to brush his teeth before we spin the gumball machine again..

We took a “field trip” from studies one day.  We watched Spider Man in bed, complete with popcorn, strawberries and PB&J sandwiches (which he makes on his own now).  Those sheets are now in the wash pile.  Crumbs are one thing.  The dogs clean them up.  Our big dog trying to lick the PB&J out of the sheets is a whole different story.

I dug out puzzles that I bought for his sister’s.  I have 3 100-piece puzzles.  I chose “The Lion King” for Mr. B.  That’s when I learned his sisters weren’t too conscious when putting up their puzzles.  The pieces are all mixed up.  I got called a “butt crack” over arguing about the piece for the monkey’s face.  That was an automatic time-out.

But the best was explaining to my visiting Marine why I had Cheerios in the bathroom.     Aim control, Baby.  Aim control!   

I almost forgot one other important thing.  Boogers come in many colors.  Crayola crayons don’t match any of the colors, but our puppy will eat them regardless.  

- Bess Tuggle 






05 April 2020

[Fred Wheeler] - A Nightmare Scenario

Oh no,

Over the last several years we have heard bandied about references to the 25th Amendment. I believe it will play an important part in American history, but not as you would expect.

President Trump is in an impossible position. No matter how the Wuhan epidemic plays out he will be blamed for all of the deaths. But, he also will be blamed for the economic depression that the shutdown will cause.

By November, the Democrats and Media will have a large portion of voters believing that Trump was late recognizing the virus for the true risk that it was; he was incompetent in reacting to it; and his overaction of closing down the economy caused all the financial dislocation to so many individual Americans. Additionally, the governors of several Rust Belt states, e.g. Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, using the virus as an excuse,  will allow mail-in ballots. This will allow widespread fraud like vote harvesting. Thus, the Democratic ticket will win in these tossup states giving the Democrats victory. They will also carry the House and the Senate.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, will have chosen carefully  between the following for his vice presidential nominee: Elizabeth Warren, Gretchen Whitmer, Amy Klobuchar and Stacey Abrams. It matters little because they all are leftist radicals, but he chooses Abrams because she will help bring back blacks to the Democratic plantation. Trump has been successful in attracting some black support and the Democrats can't allow their dependence on identity politics be undermined.

So, Joe Biden becomes president with Democratic majorities in both houses. By now, Pelosi has retired and Adam Schiff is Speaker of the House. By inauguration time it is quite obvious that Biden is senile. He finds it hard to read a teleprompter and he does not hold press conferences. His press secretary, Jim Acosta, handles all briefings and communications. It's an open secret that a small group of advisors made up of Acosta, Rham Emmanuel, John Kerry and John Brennan actually make policy for the government.

Finally, Biden's inability to carry out his duties is so obvious that Vice President Abrams convenes the cabinet and invokes the 25th Amendment. She becomes president. She selects Bernie Sanders to be vice president.

Even with both houses under Democratic control Biden and Abrams find it difficult to push through their agenda of open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, removal of voter ID laws, single payer medical care, elements of the green new deal and higher taxes. They are able to appoint two justices to the Supreme Court (Eric Holder and Lori Lightfoot) and scores of liberal judges to the federal bench.

In the off-year elections of 2022 the Republicans win a 50-seat majority in the House and  make the Senate 55-45 in their favor. The next two years are pretty much a stalemate. Of course, the big winner is the deep state. But, in 2024 the Republicans sweep the presidency and both houses. They spend the next four years undoing all the damage inflicted on the country by the radical agenda of the Democrats.





02 April 2020

[MB McCart] - Ezell, Palms Up, Gets a Cool $165K; Covington News Further Gelds Itself; The Grove in the County

USA, GA, Newton Co., C-Town 



Howdy, friends, it's just the Marshman here (AKA: M.B.)!

So the home county had an emergency meeting last night purportedly, solely, for the Newton Co. Sheriff, Ezell Brown, to do another one of his patented shakedowns. 



Per usual, it worked.

From our friends at Citizens for a Better Newton:

Sheriff Brown claims he needs an additional $165,000 PER MONTH in additional funding because of the corona virus epidemic. And, of course, the BOC approve the new funding at a special called on-line meeting this afternoon (April 1). Despite questioning by Commissioner Stan Edwards, who cast the only NO vote, Sheriff Brown did not provide much justification for the additional money. Maybe that was provided in writing to the BOC ? Lets hope so but there is reason to be skeptical because Sheriff Brown has a history of wasteful spending (remember he employs Tommy Craig).
On a more positive note, the BOC also voted to provide some additional funding ($10,000) to help provide lunches to those school children who no longer have access to free lunch because school is not in session.
There was also lengthy discussion about updates to the county's shelter in place ordinance. The BOC plans to wait before extending our ordinance until after Gov. Kemp's decision about state level action which may come tomorrow (April 2).


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And the good ole Covington News - telling THEIR story of your lives since 1865 - was the first one to break the story, w/out nary a mention of the six-figure payday for Ezell.

I took it upon myself to comment on the thread of their story, talking about how legal organ status works in Georgia, etc.

Hey, folks, I'm just happy to help! Really, I am...

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And as many of us just found out today, the City of Covington never annexed Settler's Grove, thereby leaving a very small stretch of road on Hazelbrand/John Williams Hwy under the sole purview of the NCSO (& the GSP).

Interesting times, no doubt...

Best,

MB McCart 

01 April 2020

The Month of March at TPC - A Report by the Editor



[State of GA]
[Newton Co.]

(North Covington | 1 April '20) -

Greetings, Fearless Readers, and welcome back to The Chronicles.



In between the last monthly report & this one, we've sure seen a lot of changes, haven't we?

For starters, we've got this Coronavirus going on; also, no March Madness, no MLB, no Wimbledon, etc.

It sucks.

Oh well, nobody said life was fair.

March 2020 @ TPC 

Well guys, the month of March was a real winner here at the ole newssite. The best month of the year, and the 2nd biggest month ever in the history of The Piedmont Chronicles. And for that - we thank you.

Certainly the current situation probably played a role in that, but hey, that's just the way it is.

The Road Ahead

Da's Baseball piece is coming, I assure you. After some technical difficulties are remedied, we'll have that for your reading pleasure. Can't Wait!

And if things continue like they are, definitely count on lots of pieces from our CFF Floyd Feature Writer, Perrin Lovett, and also your semi-esteemed, humble editor - Yours Truly.  Likely look for a guest piece or two from Mr. Fred & Bobby Lee, and I understand Ryan Ralston is working on a couple more of those piece de resistances. Good Lord Willing, both the ladies will have some pieces as well.

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As always, we appreciate you reading & washing your hands. You zany kids stay safe & well (& 6 ft apart) & we'll catch you on the flip side.

Most Sincerely Yours,

MB McCart

P.S.