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A Summer of Writing: Minutes to A Better Book

I write books as a hobby, and last month I had to push that hobby to the side.

The school year was ending, and I spent the first two weeks of June wrapping up loose ends and taking trainings. 358 more words

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Shoppers in frenzy over toy sale

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