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Denise Emanuel Clemen

And...when you have an itch, scratch it?


Ah, such good advice.

Loren Stephens

I like this better than Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten. much more adult and easy to remember. Thanks Barbara, Bob and Ruth. Loren


Denise - That's wonderful!
Elizabeth - Thank you.
Loren - And thank you too!

Laura B.

This is wonderful especially accompanied by the photo of Ruth and puppies. I love lists!

Barbara Force

Great picture. Also one should play, run and enjoy life!


hey at least this woman is trying!!! she is a sproespeoskn for you so get off your pedistal and try to do the same write demand peacefully reform, they added a new gold law to your new healthcare thats sneaky do they care no they dont wake up and the french say in france the government is afraid of the people in usa people are afraid of their government! at least these people are involved what do you do? I personally write, sign care2 petitions, one petitions and tea party please help!! help pls

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