Top secret

When I was young I created a long list of things to do and places to visit. I also created a set of skills which I thought would greatly benefit me to live a fulfilling life. Finally I also promised myself that whatever happens I don’t want to live a life which is just ordinary. This is the place where I will tell you what extraordinary things are happening around me. Those could be meeting amazing people, visiting great places or having a crazy idea. You are more than welcome to take these words/images away and make your own, just a word of acknowledgement will make my day.

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366 thoughts on “Top secret”

    1. Many thanks for coming over to mine. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚ it will be good to have you around, just follow my blog and you will get all updates automatically πŸ™‚

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      1. hello thanks for always liking my post. i do so enjoy having likes, but your comments would too be welcome. if only once in a while… thank you again. eve

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      2. thanks. It takes me a long time to write the posts, and for some odd reason, I don’t have comments often. I am wondering why not… I see most others have copious comments.. What is the secret? I really would like to know.. Tell me pleassse…..;) eve

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      3. You are answering your own question. Long post are difficult to read, message could be conveyed in a shorter condensed version and people will respond. One post one message, this will increase your frequency and presence. πŸ™‚

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      4. I have tried many a short post thinking the same thing. – But, still many speedy likers and well, not many comments.. (I am going to offer a post on this sore subject later next month..) The post today is not long, mostly just short poems.. The post about the Sacred Grail, (not written by me) was long, but certainly seemed to be appreciated by readers… Thanks so much for taking the time to give advice. eve

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      5. Interesting, leave space in your post for a conversation, i.e. relatable thought, event. Apologies if my comments are not getting you anywhere…and do what you are currently doing…make friends πŸ™‚ know people behind blogs πŸ™‚

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      6. thanks again.. I thought I was doing that. Will have to further think on it.. Today, rather busy with house and packing to go away… appreciate your thoughts.

        eve

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      7. Hi! When you don’t like a post then don’t “like.” I am not asking you to like every post I write.. Word press is the only one gaining when we dishonestly “like” something we have not read or does not appeal. No need for that. Best to find just a few blogs that really appeal and like and comment upon those.. This is not a numbers game. Myself, I love photos, and I like many a blog with photos uploads. I do not much like personal blogs with rants, especially about how awful life is today… I already know life is rough for most of us.. Thanks for the truth.. eve

        p.s on the comments section of the post you commented upon is a link about what is really happening on word press with likes ect. It is an interesting read.. eve

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      8. I agree with you, however my point is not about liking or disliking it is more about comments which is what you asked me initially πŸ™‚

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      1. Just wanted to take a moment and let you know that your blog has made me think, challenged me in some way and I want to say thank you by nominating you for the Liebster Award. Congratulations! You will find all the directions back at my blog. See you there!

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      1. I am so sorry that I never replied to this amidst the holiday rush and some travel – but just want you to know I am so honored that you penned a thought for me! Your blog is an escape into magic and inspiration. I always enjoy lingering here!

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    1. That is just flattering for me, thank you so much for taking the time to read my humble words, I am truly ecstatic when someone enjoy these simple missives to myself and find something interesting in them πŸ™‚

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  1. Thank you for dropping by. πŸ™‚
    Your blog title reminded me of Douglas Adam’s ‘Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy’ (which is always a good thing).
    While Douglas’s answer to ‘The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything’ wasn’t the most satisfactory, I’m glad that instead of offering an answer you’re attempting to give a perspective. πŸ™‚
    Cheers

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    1. I really like that book, BBC radio play and the movie πŸ™‚ yes inclined to title this blog as 42 but probably that would be in another fifty thousand years πŸ™‚ let’s see where my journey takes me, it is a pleasure to have you around, thank you πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi,
    Thanks for dropping by and deciding to keep tabs on my ‘experiments’…I too have a looooong list of places I want to go to…will enjoy following your posts. Keep blogging and stay blessed!
    Preeti

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    1. It is a pleasure πŸ™‚ I hope you can go everywhere, I end up going as a necessity (work) and some times pleasure, but it is more than enough every year, so quite content with my travels πŸ™‚

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  3. Hello. I’ve enjoyed discovering your blog. Your poetry is wonderful, thank you. But….I am really curious to hear about the set of skills that you thought would make your life more fulfilled? What is on that list, and did it?

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      1. How strange. What I wrote was that I am curious to hear more about your list of skills for a more fulfilling life. What are the skills, and did they work?

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      2. The list gets updated every year πŸ™‚ with new additions and yes the plan has worked, very content with my life so far πŸ™‚

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    1. Et vous aussi πŸ™‚ thank you, we all have uniqueness in us, enjoyed your poem, I read a lot of poetry so apologies left without commenting πŸ™‚

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  4. AB, Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my poem! You have an amazing gift for words. Beautiful. I can’t see the pictures, but am sure they are as thought provoking and lovely as your writing. Keep doing what you’re doing. A fellow citizen of the world.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness and generosity, it is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to my humble jumble of words. My photos and words are ordinary, the readers make them
      special.

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  5. AB,
    Thank you for your β€œLike” on my image β€œThe Wagon”. The Alcoholic: Dark Side, from my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    May this post help some family, somewhere in our world.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we invite other interested folks to join us on our journeys.

    Best Regards,

    Harold

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    1. Dear Harold,

      That was an amazing post (just went through your blog – in awe), what you do is absolutely brilliant, it is a pleasure to know you and definitely count me in joining your journey and being around you and your friends πŸ™‚

      Kindest regards
      AB

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      1. AB,
        Your kind thoughts went right to our hearts.
        Mr. SLR Nikon is bouncing around with glee and click, click, clicking away.
        Mr. Pen Pal is singing a song of love as he is sharpening all of his pencil.
        Thanks again,
        Best,
        Harold

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    1. And I am really thankful for your company D πŸ™‚ good to have you around and this journey is easy with all of you on my side, a big thank you to you πŸ™‚

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    1. Ideas plenty
      A farmer’s woe
      A young man moustache won’t grow
      Hockey team morale was low
      Millionth year of pain
      Someone caught with a lipstick stain
      On his collar
      Mad scholar
      Too many silly things going though my brain
      Insane πŸ™‚

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      1. Wow…just wow!!

        How you think of all the ideas I don’t know…

        Here’s a haiku I’m thinking of right now…

        zipping around with a speedy clicks
        He starts worring about that again
        will there be a new like

        No, it’s fully done
        There will be no more comments
        No no more, no more

        Not sure if I did it right, but it’s a good shot considering I’m quite tired.

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  6. YouΒ΄r a smart man, making a bucket list since a young age and if you acomplished everything youΒ΄re the man! And those are some cool places youΒ΄ve been too, also a lucky man.

    By the way, where the hell are the tags, and what exactly are tags! IΒ΄m not that good in internet widgets gadgets social media things…..But I know there is something called twitter!

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    1. They are underneath every post, so on the top of the post you should be seeing categories and at the end of the post just before comments and after like button (with bloggers list who liked a particular article) you should see tags. I am assuming you are using PC or MAC are looking at these posts through a web browser.

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  7. Hello there, internet friend! πŸ™‚

    I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for following my work and liking…well…almost everything I’ve posted! You seem to have a very romantic and positive perspective – quite refreshing and inspiring. Keep up the great work!

    -JT

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    1. John
      It is a pleasure, I definitely like your work, and I read, scan and skim a lot, unable to comment most of the time, it is a pleasure to have you around, my words are quite a jumble and much less thought has gone into them to call it proper poetry but I survive, really appreciate your feedback πŸ™‚

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  8. You seem to speak your thoughts and feelings very clearly and honestly. That alone is a rare gift. Learning to turn those words into a beautiful bouquet of flowers takes time, practice and plenty of experimenting with words and the typical perception of language and form. I find reading helps just as much as writing. You will find things in the pieces that resonate with you that will help you find your own form and style. I don’t think I would be the same writer if I had never read Henry Miller, or Fyodor Dostoyevsky, or Kurt Vonnegut – and countless other authors.

    There’s really no such thing as proper poetry. Keep writing and sharing your thoughts – even if it only ever touches one person, it was worth it. πŸ™‚

    I agree with the commenting. It’s very hard – or impossible – to find the time to comment on all the work I am following. A simple like is always a great way to give feedback and recognition. I thank you for your kind words and am glad you take the time to like the pieces that touch you.

    Cheers!

    -JT

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    1. John
      Many many thanks for such wonderful advice and taking time to respond comprehensively πŸ™‚ stay blessed with abundant muses and inspirations, just read your latest post (late valentine day poem), brilliant and beautiful as ever πŸ™‚ Kindest regards AB

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    1. It is a pleasure, thank you, these are simple words to my own amusement and apparently bloggers like yourself seem to like them πŸ™‚ absolutely see you around πŸ™‚

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  9. Hey.. Thanks for following me.. And your continued interest in my works.. πŸ™‚ I was just going through your poems.. Very nice ones… The recent ones at least.
    Just a random comment. I noticed one great difference though in my style from yours.. I’m more focused on rap verses and unable write like you can. And despite continued efforts failing to do that well.. Any piece of advice on that?

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    1. Simple advice..don’t push yourself to do something you are not comfortable with…it will be difficult for me to go your way πŸ™‚ why not push boundaries in your genre and experiment there…I do all sort of experiments with my words. I am a humble being who knows nothing about poetic form so please don’t think about my poem conform to any particular type. Good luck and keep writing πŸ™‚

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      1. Okay.. I guess I can try that… push the boundaries Thanks πŸ˜€
        Neither do I know anything about poetry, just an amateur on here putting up my soon-to-be-exhausted collection of works. I found out I wasn’t too comfortable sharing my works with my friends or those I know, anonymity makes me feel brave enough to publish them all here. Will keep writing, sure. Thanks πŸ˜€

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  10. AB,

    Thank you for β€œLiking” the post β€œAngel In The Sand”. Streets Of Our World. on my photography blog http://throughharoldslens.com/2014/02/18/angel-in-the-sand-streets-of-our-world/

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys. Β 

    Best Regards,
    Harold

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  11. This is the first time I read this “You are more than welcome to take these words/images away and make your own, just a word of acknowledgement will make my day.” What a great way to share and network with other bloggers. Giving permission in advance makes me want to do it – share more…so I added you to my sidebar links Its called On LIFE. Hope you don’t mind. Jackie

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    1. I don’t mind at all πŸ™‚ thank you for coming over, reading, thinking and writing these wonderful words πŸ™‚ it is a pleasure meeting you πŸ™‚

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      1. AB – I am glad I found you. I added you today to my blog links on sidebar, it’s easier to click daily to see what you wrote and took photo’s of. Thanks for coming here today and may you be richly blessed.

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    1. Thank you so much, yes AD is dear friend and I got to your blog through her πŸ™‚ welcome to my humble home on the net, you wrote a wonderful post on her, thank you πŸ™‚

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  12. β€œYou are more than welcome to take these words/images away and make your own, just a word of acknowledgement will make my day.”

    i have to say AB that this is the way i feel about my work as well, but was never quite sure exactly how to phrase it. i would like to use some variation of it, if you don’t mind. it has been a pleasure spending some time in this beautiful space you’ve created, and i just wanted to visit a bit to ty for following my poetry and artwork. encouragement is always really appreciated.

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    1. Go for it, use the exact words if you want πŸ™‚ and for these there is no need for acknowledgement πŸ™‚ Really pleased to know you, humbled by so many likes πŸ™‚ thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  13. Greetings! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I have just looked around yours, and your photography is candy for the eyes. Colorful, atmospheric, gorgeous. Your words are pretty fine, too. Nice work.
    Kate

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    1. Thanks Kate for the return visit, it is a pleasure to have you around and many thanks for your wonderful comments for my humble words and images πŸ™‚

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  14. Hello!
    Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: β€œTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer

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    1. It is a pleasure to follow. Many thanks for a detailed comment, I am also new to this place so we are all discovering blogging as we go along :-)0

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  15. Dear AB, thank you for following my blog. I’m touched by the list you made for yourself as a kid. I too promised myself when I was kid to live a free, fulfilling and unscripted life. I’m glad our paths crossed. Wishing you the very best.

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    1. Dear Monia, thank you, yes about the list, just when I saw you doing one I said I can do the same…:-) pleasure is all mine to follow you and knowing you little bit πŸ™‚

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  16. its a journey…….a calling and a very beautiful one
    I do wish you well…we seem to have similar perspectives..so im quite enjoying your works..
    kind regards
    rhona

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  17. hey, I think iv commented on your poetry before, but your pictures? do you take them your self? what is this style of photography called? Iv never studied photography so I don’t know. How or why is there so many bright and vivid colors? Do you do something to the pics or is it the camera? I know its not your M.O and your poetry and pics tell a story in a way but could you do a short bio or tell some stories form your travels? If I didn’t mention it before your site is one of my favs and im just a little courious about the author… and the colors πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to go through more than 50 of my posts today. Most Grateful and appreciate the admiration shown. Re your question about my images, yes all photos on this blog have been taken and processed by me. Re how I make these colours vivid, you can do that by editing a photo, sometimes I don’t have to, for example, in my recent post ‘Lazy’ all images are unedited. πŸ™‚ once again appreciate your time. AB

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  18. hi there thanks so much for taking the time to read a poem of mine yesterday. I really like your poems and some of them stuck a chord with me, particularly the line

    “Death is easy, life scares”

    Thanks again. Take care.
    Leroy

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  19. Hi…I visited your Blog…very beautiful and colorful! Inspiring and true…I also want to thank you for subscribing to my Blog D.A. Lavoie. I think we’ll find some things gracious to share! Have a great Tuesday. Delvi.

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  20. Glad you like my blog post–it is not a very happy week. This horse was same age as my grandson and they grew up together. On the bright side, my book of poetry should come out within the next two weeks or so.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind feedback, I certainly enjoy having friends like you around πŸ™‚ who keep encouraging me to write more πŸ™‚

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  21. Looking through your archives is like taking a truly eclectic whirlwind trip around the world. Your curiosity appears boundless. Thank you

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  22. I like your blog a lot and this comment. it reminded me of one of my favorite quotes:

    “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
    -jack kerouac

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    1. That is so kind of you, I am honoured and humbled. Thank you for the visit and I hope to read your contributions soonish πŸ™‚

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  23. I see my future here *blink*blink* this is exactly the life I want to live…. very very glad that I came to this page… just my style… the best blog in my 2 days journey of finding a good blog to follow….. *happy*happy* πŸ™‚ plz continue to update and pass ur passion πŸ˜€ Bon Voyage πŸ˜‰

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    1. A beautiful cute wonderful comment, I am delighted that I will see more of you πŸ™‚ please continue to visit and I will try my best πŸ™‚

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  24. What a beautiful beautiful blog. Possibly the most stunning blog I’ve come across, and so inspirational. You, sir, are brilliant : )

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  25. Hi AB, your blog is truly awesome. You have woven in your poetry multitude of feelings, emotions, pain, joy, and they truly touch the heart. Kudos to you and your writing style. True to what you have written – you are living an extraordinary life and giving us a glimpse of it too. Thank you for sharing your talents and experiences. πŸ™‚ I wish I could too write like you. πŸ™‚ God Bless You

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    1. Hi Shibu, you have been too kind with your words, certainly made my day. Thank you so much appreciating my most humble words and images. Kindest regards, AB

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  26. Dear AB,
    Your poems are wonderful and I love all the pictures you choose to go along with them. I enjoy your blog more and more each time I come to visit. Thank you, for continuing to read my post. I appreciate the time taken.

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    1. Love’s tests
      creation of fools
      beauty in flesh
      they drool
      and they drool
      such pure notion
      requires no proof
      when eyes meet,
      tongues talk, lips kiss,
      souls smile
      that is enough
      fail and pass
      who gives a toss
      losing you
      his immense loss
      fly free, tender heart
      a simple slow finish
      and a bold new start

      Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts and visiting my humble page. It is a pleasure to read your poems πŸ™‚

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    1. I will certainly try, by the way on my travels to Seoul, I also met an English teacher with a Korean wife on the tube 😊 I just can’t recall his name!

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    1. Sam, meant to go through your blog, each time something came in the way, apologies, beautiful prose and poems, our food tastes are similar (except for Candies) and certainly like Stephen Fry πŸ˜€

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  27. Hello AB thank for the follow it is always a pleasure to recieve one! Lake a wave or an unexpected smile it brightens the day. You seem to great ideals and hopes and I shall look forward to reading your blog!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Certainly there is no magic bullet, I guess this is a community and you need to reach out to people once they start knowing you and find your work interesting they will certainly like it πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Objects, subjects,
        ideas, inspirations,
        fleeting, fleeing,
        musings pleasing,
        and I am lost,
        in single most,
        baffling,
        beautiful thought,
        that is you,
        and time passes,
        angel crosses
        and embosses,
        arrival of the day,
        have nothing to say,
        just a long smile,
        happiness drool,
        unknowingly,
        now for a while,
        stare, glare,
        one object to
        admire,
        my moment dire,
        when you ask,
        How are you,
        and I lie πŸ™‚

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  28. You’ve got an awesome blog ryt here!! N the best part is ” awesomeness” “top secret” and “wizardry” …unique names to the pages of an unique blog!
    N lol…are AB your initials? If yes then they’re the same as mine haha!

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