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Blog Archives

A spicy posole of all things Canelo

Stories from the Canelo Project and the handcrafted building movement; tales and imagery from the U.S./Mexican border; dispatches from international friends; local food and music; ideas and plans for the post petroleum age.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Interns of Community Rebuild

Looking back at our project with Community Rebuilds, it’s obvious that the program would in now ways be the same without the interns. Each...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Community Rebuilds – Moab, Utah

We’re back in Utah once again, this time in Moab. If you don’t know Moab this is red rock country. It’s where you find...

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Monday, May 6, 2013

European Teaching Tour – June and early July, 2013

Over the past year or so I’ve been trying to juggle/understand the process of how one manages the digital world of the internet, social...

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Visiting Counter-Culture Icons, Lloyd Kahn and Lesley Creed

Lloyd Kahn is one in many million when it comes to the fascinating people we have met In the course of our lives.  Our...

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Return of White Sonoran Wheat

“The abandoned flour mills throughout Sonora,” said the Mexican anthropologist Guillermo Nuñez Noriega, “are the equivalents for Sonorans of the pyramids in Central Mexico.”...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Artistry with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Photography has gone through a major change.   With the arrival of the iPhone, almost overnite, it became possible to capture high quality images, process...

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Dispatch from Sonora

I’m sitting on the town plaza in Banamichi, Sonora, the temperature couldn’t be any more perfect, I’ve got my laptop and it seemed like...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Spring, Summer, Etc.

I started this blog post back in early July, my thought was to write something that would catch up on our spring and early...

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Friday, May 11, 2012

“Old Style Organic” – Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico

Since childhood, when my parents took me along with them to visit Santa Clara Pueblo in northern New Mexico during summer vacations, my life...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Heirloom Tomatoes, Garlic and Chiltepines – 36 Hours in Northern Sonora

Why go to Mexico?  For me, the reasons vary and mostly have to do with encountering and seeing things I don’t come across here...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dirt-O-Rama – Intriguing Tales Beneath Our Feet

From July 14th through the 29th, Athena and I will be at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum participating in their summer program entitled “Dirt-O-Rama –...

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

iPhones on the Rio Sonora

Through much of November and December my attention was focused on an iPhone photography course we sponsored in Banamichi, Sonora and that was held...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

To Bluff and Back

I was being overtaken by recurring thoughts reminding me that I should write something for my blog.  Athena added a few of her own...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Transitioning at 15 – “The Quinceanera”

We’ve been back about a month from Europe, hosted the Xunutzi dance group for Tucson Meet Yourself, been to Minneapolis to line up work...

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Grupo Danza Xunutzi, Big Jim Griffith and Tucson Meet Yourself

I thought I’d be done with my European posts by now, but apparently, I came home more tired than expected.  One more remains about...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

France and Camera Thoughts

We’re home in Canelo, 6 pretty hard, but fun weeks on our European tour.  My blogs dropped off after Finland, the pace always seems...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Marvelous Mud on the Baltic Sea

Our Finland workshop took place at the edge of the Baltic sea on a small island just outside the center of Helsinki. The location...

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Forests, Forests, Mushrooms, Mushrooms and the Sea

Something very beautiful about the rain in Europe is that it can be raining and you don’t see until you feel it, then you...

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Clay Plaster Workshop in Denmark

We’ve completed our stay and workshop in Denmark and are now in Finland, just outside of Helsinki staying with Irish transplant Paul Lynch, his...

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Welcome to the New Canelo Chronicles via the Rio Sonora

Welcome to our newly redesigned Blog and our website should you decide to have a look there as well, both long overdue for change....

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Denver – Around the Edges

This is primarily a piece about photography.  The subject in this case, is the context in which we worked.  When I was immersing myself...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Denver Art Museum – The Final Chapter

Once in a while, you get a project where everything seems to come together seamlessly.   Such was the case in Denver.  From the accommodations...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Morning – Denver

Our first weekend working at the Denver Art Museum is behind us. I think I like Denver, our experiences here over the last year...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Canelo Dispatches

Denver Art Museum News This weekend begins our program at the Denver Art Museum and their summer program “Marvelous Mud – Clay around the...

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Monsoon News and a Little Bit More

Scattered rains around us, norther Sonora got a great soaking the other night, some decent rains to the east of us, Tucson even got...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flowers in the Dirt

Right now, there’s a whole lot one could say about drought, lack of rain, fires to the right, fires to the left, there are...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

iPhone Photography Course on the Rio Sonora

Provided this part of the world, Arizona and the state of Sonora to the south, doesn’t dry up, burn up or disappear by the...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Upcoming New Mexico Magazine Article – Athena’s Mother’s Adobe House

Last year we did a post on Athena’s mother’s house in Santa Clara Pueblo just north of Santa Fe in New Mexico.  It’s almost...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Our Summer Schedule-Marvelous Mud and European Tour

Marvelous Mud Program – Denver Art Museum – July 9th thru July 24th In July we go back to the Denver Art Museum to be...

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Earth Floor – Diamond Mountain Buddhist Community

This past weekend I spent a day helping/teaching three young folks installing an earth floor in a 400 sf straw bale cottage belonging to...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

A Long Overdue Post

I keep thinking I should post something to my blog, our past 3 months have been ridiculously busy.  However, I’m poised to fill in...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Odds and Ends from Home

Here’s a few items that I thought I’d share with you, mostly this post was driven by people requesting the recipe for the “coctel...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Photo Dispatches from Sonora

Looking back, March seems little more than a blur.  Our life was consumed by the state of Sonora.  Either we were there or it...

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Connecting Some Personal Dots

“Connecting People, Culture and Nature,” was the phrase we chose when we created The Canelo Project. To this day, I think it describes our...

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Distilling the Rio Sonora – a Great Weekend

Several weeks ago, we took 13 friends along with us on a trip to Mexico.  Many of them had never met. Our idea was...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Denver’s Urban Folklore – Random photos

One of the fun things for me when working away from home is the opportunity for different kinds of photos whether it be people,...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Drywall Plaster Notes from Denver

For those who are interested here are some notes about the plaster we applied to the drywall panels behind the sculpture. The museum mounted...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mud Woman Continues – Part 2

So much for trying to post photos on a daily basis while working in Denver. I knew it wasn’t likely, but I thought I...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mud Woman Continues

We returned to Denver yesterday to begin working with Athena’s sister Roxanne on her sculpture piece “Mud Woman Rolls On.” Our presence coincides with...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Grupo Danza Xunutzi Video

The one thing we have been lacking in our writings about this lovely group is video footage other than a few short clips that...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Music, Dance and Astronomy

This beautiful article/speech was sent to me recently, I thought it absolutely brilliant. It gave me words and a means to express what I...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Other Border

Last summer I got an email from friends who live in Washington D.C. and were planning to visit us over the Christmas holidays. They...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Mud Woman Begins to Roll

Funny where the world takes you at times. A desire to upload this blog before going to Mexico tomorrow and trouble with the internet...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Love Stories

My great grandfather came to Mexico from southern France in the mid 1850s in search of opportunity and a new life. When he arrived...

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Song and Dance of Mexico in Arizona

Once again we find ourselves in that time of year when a handful of individuals manage to spend a lot of other people’s money...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Rio Sonora Dance Group – Tucson Meet Yourself

This is basically an announcement or reminder for friends in Tucson, Arizona. A few blog posts back we featured several videos of a folkloric...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sieben Linden Ecovillage of Germany

Last Summer (09), while traveling from Denmark to our next workshop in Slovakia, we were given a tornado-like tour of the well-known German ecovillage,...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Revisiting Slovakia – The Straw Bale Dome Project

One of the highlights of our European tour last summer was getting to know the country of Slovakia – the landscape, the people, it’s...

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mud Woman Rolls On

Driving from the airport to the downtown metro area of Denver, the first thing that got my attention last week was how dry the...

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rio Sonora – Regional Folkloric Dance

Back in March I posted some photos of a folkloric dance performance on the plaza in the town of Banamichi on the Rio Sonora....

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Friday, September 10, 2010

More Monsoon Driving

I’ve gotten several inquires since my last post about the roads we traveled. So I thought it a good idea to post a map...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Driving Southeastern Arizona’s Monsoon

The monsoon summer of our part of the world has begun winding down, perhaps a little slower than usual. Here in Canelo, our rains...

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Southwestern Monsoon

Our blog has been quiet for the last several months for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to the arrival of warmer weather...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Great Blog on the Rio Sonora Valley

It’s spring in Canelo, our April workshops have finished and I’ve been here at home, taking the time to work on various odds and...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Arizona Immigration to Music

In case you haven’t noticed, and it’s kind of hard to miss, the state of Arizona’s recent immigration legislation SB1070 has caused somewhat of...

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Fast Changing Southeastern Arizona Weather

If you saw the straw bale photos from last week you would have noticed participants wearing short sleeve shirts, shorts and the like. Thought...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Artistry with Clay and Lime

Someone reminded me that it might be a good idea to post announcements about any upcoming workshops that we’re having. I thought, “Geez,” perhaps...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Canelo Project – Straw Bale Comprehensive Workshop, April 2010

Spring for us typically means workshops, this year is no exception. As you know from previous posts, much of winter was spent traveling in...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Images from Ranchito La Martina

I have been fortunate, a large part of my life over the past 25 years has taken place along a straight line that runs...

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring on the Rio Sonora

Moonrise over Banamichi, Sonora Spring along the Rio Sonora Valley brings the first signs of the fierce summer heat that will peak during the...

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Tribute to our Boys and to Family

Looking at our children, it’s becoming obvious that their capacity for workand to accommodate the vast amount of information coming their way, far exceeds...

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Northern New Mexico in August

Last August, we traveled north of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Santa Clara Pueblo, one of New Mexico’s Eight Northern Pueblos, where Athena’s mother,...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

The Rio Sonora Valley Continued

There are a number of topics that I would like to write about before warm weather, workshops, gardening and such things begin to compete...

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Mescal Bacanora of Rancho Tepua

Bacanora, the regional mescal that comes from the state of Sonora, is a topic that could easily make for a long drawn out narrative,...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Return to the Rio Sonora Valley

Tacos with Martin’ (prn:Marteen} – A Story of Contrast We just returned from our second trip to the Rio Sonora Valley in northern Mexico....

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Arizona Travel – The Apache Trail

This is a piece that I wrote after we finished our project at the ASU Ceramic Research Center, I just never got around to...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Rio Sonora Valley

Recently we spent a week in a somewhat remote area in northern Mexico known as the Rio Sonora Valley. It has little to do...

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

December Guests from Japan to Canelo

Thinking back over the past year, I thought about writing a summary of all that we’ve done and for a number of reasons that...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Canelo Winter

This winter has kept us busy enough to make it difficult to find the kind of leisure I enjoy when it comes to creating...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The "How To" of Native Confluences

Since writing about our project at Arizona State University’s Ceramic Research Center I’ve had a number of requests to talk in a little more...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Native Confluences: Sustaining Cultures

During the early part of November we had the opportunity to participate in fall program of Arizona State University’s Art Museum entitled “Defining Sustainability.”...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Slovakia – The Workshop

Our workshop compound in Bucany, Slovakia as sketched by architect Radoslaw Barek of Poland.Traveling south from Denmark, where half of our workshop had been...

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Touristing Slovakia – Pre June Workshop

This posting goes back to the month of June when we were in Slovakia for one of our European workshops. This will tell you...

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Straw Bales and Mariachis

What have I been doing for the last month in that I’ve made no posts to this blog? Without going into detail, here’s a...

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Clay Ovens in Ireland

While I’m catching up on Germany and the Slovakia blogs, I thought I’d post these photos of ovens built during workshops in Ireland by...

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Straw Bales, Clay and Mariachi Music – San Jose, CA

My account of our Europe trip got temporarily shanghaied due to our recent trip to New Mexico. We were there for the annual Santa...

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Tadelakt in France

Our workshop in France had an additional workshop within our workshop. Two Moroccan/French masons were there to teach “tadelakt,” a method of burnishing or...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Travels through France

While in France we had a few days before and after the workshop and I thought I would share some images with you from...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Our Workshop in France

For the sake of ease and recent memory, I’m going to leave our travels through Germany and Slovakia for later, instead I’d like to...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Home from Europe

Wheat field and red poppies – Slovakia We arrived home in Canelo Saturday evening after a long flight from London to Tucson with a...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

From Slovakia to France

Other than two brief opportunities to check email we have not had internet access since leaving Slovakia which made updating this blog quite impossible....

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Denmark Workshop

Getting ready to start another workshop in Slovakia this evening looking at a weather forecast that has rain predicted for each day of the...

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Denmark – Part 1

Our location for the Denmark workshop was about one hour north of the town Arhus, Denmark in the small village of Feldballe.   Thatched...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Estonia – Bits and Pieces

We’ve been in Denmark for about a week now, in the small village called Feldballe, near the town of Arhus.  Took that week to...

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Part 2 – Estonia Workshop and Weekend Conference Our Estonia stay began with a two day conference at the Esna Manor where a variety...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Before we left for Europe we attempted a small amount of research via the internet on the countries we would visit just to get...

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Friday, May 22, 2009

We’re landing in Tallin, the capital city of Estonia, the sun is just setting – it’s 11 PM. We spent the first week of...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Off to Europe

Today we leave for a two month teaching tour of Europe.  This trip will take us to 5 countries including England, Estonia, Denmark, Slovakia...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Always Becoming Goes to Mexico

This being the first post to this blog, I (we) find myself recently back from a quick trip to the state of Sonora, Mexico....

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