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How time does fly

My apologies, friends, for not completing my series on health issues through time, but with a show about to open and wedding work consuming my free time I've been more than a little busy. I'll finish those shortly when I've had more to time to do the research. In the meantime I leave you with a favorite quote..."Post Tenebrus Lux (After the darkness, light)"- Motto of the city of Geneva

Happy holidays to all!

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