It began as the GODFATHER OF MATH, evolved into the GOODFATHER OF MATH. Now this. Go figure...


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The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes = G. CARLIN...Stain glass, engraved glass, frosted glass
–give me plain glass = JOHN FOWLES...Music is the mathematics of the gods = PYTHAGORAS... Nothing is more fluid than language = R. L. SWIHART
I cannot live without the oxygen of laughter = DAWN POWELL + + + But please be sure to season that with the hydrogen of gravitas = PAUL OLIVERIO
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

CC: Carbon Paper

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The carbon paper of my fears
had rolled itself up into a creature
that moved stealthily in the wind.
Startling me with its rodent gait.

Its looking glass contents
are concealed within its new body.
Its ribs of foolscap contain my name.

The Saints have abandoned me
on orders of God who mocks me.

The artful black ball plays a game
scurrying past me to my past.

Mrs. CarPeo
             
           
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Footnotes
CC: CARBON PAPER is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.

The image of Mrs. CarPeo is also the copyrighted property of LCSoL.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

The People Of The Dawn (Whoever They Might Be)

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The quote is from
The Wicked Pavilion 



You have to jump 
when they whistle
but on the other hand
you don't want them
to stop whistling.

Dawn Powell











 The next Dawn Powell page is  here.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Poem From An Anonymous Poet

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Can You Figure Out What I Meant? I Can't

The Sun created a shiny skin
A natural plastic wrap to sell the
Kurim of happiness wfiqd gux smek
Abc
Def
Ghi
Jkl
Mno
Pqrs
Tuv
Wxyz

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Footnotes
A POEM FROM AN ANONYMOUS POET is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.

The image is from  here.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

The 63rd Bullet: Change One Letter, Find One Antonym

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To be out on a job ≠ To be out of a job
  
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 Footnotes
THE 63nd BULLET  is the copyrighted property of  LCSoL.   ________________________________________________________________________________________________


Sunday, April 24, 2016

John Lennon On Top Of The Top Ten Club In Hamburg (1961)

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This  photograph is from  here
and the Beatles' song,
BABY'S IN BLACK,
is from  there.

And somewhere else
is where you can find
the next Beatles' page. 
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The YouTube Existential Dilemma

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Or is it a Zen Riddle
with a self-portrait?
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Quoting The Woodworker

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I hate reality but where else
can you get a good steak dinner?    
For a preview 
of his next film,
click  here.
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Footnotes
Woody Allen's 2016 film is entitled  CAFE SOCIETY
and it features this exchange between characters:

"Socrates said The unexamined life is not worth living."
"But the examined life is no bargain."

I hope the film features  this song  with the same title.
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Exclusive Real Estate (Comic Relief #1111)

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Peter Steiner
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Photoverio © (#185): The Sky Loves Linda

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                           The  L  in the sky caught the eye
 of  the staIrway to heaven
one  mile North of a 7/11
 where  Dawn sipped 
  A  slurpy
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Gratitude For Mr. Getty And Gratification For Paul's Ego

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This week...
Queen Elizabeth 
Celebrated
90th Birthday 
by posing
with 3 Princes.
     
Clinton and Trump 
Celebrated winning
New York Primaries.
        
However,
Getty Images
gave TOP BILLING
on planet Earth
to make a rap video
of the COMPLETE
Pythagorean 
Theorem.
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Theodore Roethke And Photoverio

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IN A DARK TIME

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;  
I hear my echo in the echoing wood—
A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
I live between the heron and the wren,  
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.
 

What’s madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day’s on fire!

I know the purity of pure despair, 
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall.    
That place among the rocks—is it a cave,  
Or winding path? The edge is what I have.
 
           
A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,  
And in broad day the midnight come again!  
A man goes far to find out what he is—
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,  
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.

Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire.  
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,  
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.  
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,  
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.

        
Theodore Roethke








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Footnotes
The first photograph is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.

Highly recommended readings of Mr. Roethke's poems can be found  here. ________________________________________________________________________________________________


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Priorities Of A Political Analyst From The Washington Post

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If you believe, as do I, that God created baseball
as a relief from politics, I herewith offer, 
as a public service, a column not about Trump, Cruz, 
Sanders and Clinton but about Harper and friends.
 

We all have our ways of marking the seasons. 
I know it’s spring when in early April
I start my morning by skipping The Post front page

and going right to the sports section.
It’s not until I’ve fully savored the baseball box scores
that I resignedly turn to politics.

Charles Krauthammer

 
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Footnotes
The first image features Bryce Harper
greeting his friends, a/k/a,
his Washington Senator teammates.

A page dedicated to the graffiti watermark
on that image is  here.
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The 62nd Bullet: The 3 + 3 Syndrome For The Hoodwinkable

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When someone shares three facts
that you did not know,
there is nothing to stop them
from creating three more facts.
  
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 Footnotes
THE 62nd BULLET  is the copyrighted property of  LCSoL. 

Despite inspiring this bullet, I hope that
Keith Olbermann  returns to MSNBC. 
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Photoverio © (#184): JFK Airport, 5AM

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© Oliverio
Moving Sidewalk
With Soundtrack
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

......... Competence Is Neither A Job Creator Nor An Enabler .........

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For an office to function effectively,
competence must spread
through the rank and file.

Competence must be contagious 
but that which is "contagious"
is a disease.

And anything related to a "disease"
breeds sick days and non-productivity.

Therefore, incompetence 
is its own reward:

It enables another job 
to be created to clean up its mess.
  
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Footnote
COMPETENCE IS NOT A JOB CREATOR
is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.
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Two Guys At Starbucks Ordering Cappucino and Dialog

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Sok Ray Tease:
Why are we here?

Kirk A Gurd:
Because we are not elsewhere.

S. R. Tease:
What if we were there?

K. A. Gard:
Then we would not be here.

S. R. Tease:
Absolutely.

K. A. Gard:
Posiltivity.

S. R. Tease:
Posiltivity?
Why the slang, Kirk?

K. A. Gard:
Slang is the sledgehammer that breaks through
the concrete wall of Polysyllabia.

S. R. Tease:
Without Polysyllabia, there is no illiteracy.

K. A. Gard:
Without Polysyllabia, communication 
between people can be genuine.
The Real Truth would be
accessible to all... Ray, do you remember
what you said about Zeus?

S. R. Tease:
I said many things about him,
could you be more specific?

K. A. Gard:
Certainly.
You said that when
Zeus created the Lie,
the seekers of Truth
were up in arms.

S. R. Tease:
Now I remember. Zeus told them
that without the Lie, the truth would
have no place to hide.

K. Gard:
Making life an extended game of Hide and Seek.

S. R. Tease:
Absolutely.

K. A. Gard:
Posiltivity and TBC.


S. R. Tease:
TBC?

K. A. Gard:
To Be Continued.
         
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Footnote
TWO GUYS AT STARBUCKS ORDERING 
CAPPUCINO AND DIALOG
is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.
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...............................................Bi-Coastal................................................

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I am here 
and she is there

I need to go there
to bring her back here
where

we belong
it is not wrong
to long

for that day
not faraway

when she and me
will be a we

with one zip code



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Footnote
BI-COASTAL is the copyrighted property of  LCSoL.
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Photoverio © (# 183): Good Morning, America

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© Oliverio 
Junipero Beach, 6AM
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Photoverio © (# 182): The Right Track

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© Oliverio
The Light Track is the Right Track
(Inversion Therapy)
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What The Hell Does That Have To Do With This?

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They could not 
afford a room
at the hotel

That will not be a problem
said the clerk

We have a royal suite
in that price range.

They could not 
afford to eat out.

They ate all their meals
in their suite with 
room service
provided by
the clerk.
  
How is the THIN MAN?
asked the clerk.

Almost finished, Nat
he was told.

The clerk's name was  Nathanael West.

The man's name was  Dashiell Hammett
and the hotel clerk was referring to the novel
that would be completed in the royal suite.

Years later, the woman would say
that Nathanael was writing Miss Lonelyhearts
while they were staying at the hotel.
      
The woman's name was  Lillian Hellman
but that is not her in the photograph.
 
In 1934, Hammettt's book would become a best seller
and  Miss Lonelyhearts would become a worst seller–
selling no more than a handful of copies
when it was first published.
  
But history would be very generous
to Nathanael West:  Miss Lonelyhearts
has achieved the status of a literary classic. 
    
However, unlike  THE THIN MAN,
it was never made into a movie.
    
Nick and Nora Charles,  the main characters 
of Dashiell Hammett's novel, were famously
portrayed by William Powell and Myrna Loy.
    
While watching  THE THIN MAN,
my camera got up front and personal
with the TV screen.
    
That is the closest I ever got to  Myrna Loy.
     
There would be  five sequels  to the film, 
a radio show plus a TV movie 
and Broadway production 
but it all began with 
a starving novelist
in a free hotel room on  Sutton Place  
in New York.    
The same photograph of Myrna Loy
appears South of the Border of this blog
and links to an appropriate song.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Prometheus: Four Theories from Kafka + One From Oliverio

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There are four legends concerning Prometheus: 

According to the first, he was clamped to a rock 
in the Caucasus for betraying the secrets
of the gods to men, and the gods
sent eagles to feed on his liver, 
which was perpetually renewed.

According to the second, Prometheus, 
goaded by the pain of the tearing beaks,
pressed himself deeper and deeper
into the rock until he became one with it.

According to the third, his treachery was forgotten
in the course of thousands of years, 
the gods forgotten, the eagles, 
he himself forgotten.

According to the fourth, every one grew weary 
of the meaningless affair. The gods grew weary, 
the eagles grew weary, the wound closed wearily.
There remained the inexplicable mass of rock.--
The legend tried to explain the inexplicable. 
As it came out of a substratum of truth it
had in turn to end in the inexplicable.

Franz Kafka
 ************

Prometheus was re-created to protect
the skaters at Rockefeller Center.

Prometheus also provided entertainment
for some of them, such as
nine-year-old  Linda Oliverio,
a very adept skater in 1956.

She was thoroughly entertained
by her six-year-old brother,
a most inept skater.

He set a rink record by falling on his ass
thirteen times within a half-hour.

The boy refused his mother's entreaties
to stop skating.

He much preferred making his sister laugh.

Sixty years later,
that is still his preference!

The next GoFather/Kafka page is  here.   

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A Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY To My 2nd Favorite Living Pope

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Pope Benedict  was born on April 16, 1927
The real reason he stepped down
from his Papal title
is explained  here.
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This Is Not...This Is (TIN/TI #26)

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  ⬆ 
THIS IS NOT 
Magnus Zeller's
The Orator


THIS IS
Magnus Zeller's
The Orator
 

   

The first image is from a 1946 book entitled
From Caligari to Hitler:
German Cinema
In The Age Of The Masses

I photographed that image
while watching a documentary film
based on  Siegfried Kracauer's book.  


Magnus Zeller  painted The Orator
in 1920, three years before
Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch  _______________________________________________________________________________________________


1971: The Hot Couple Of The Year (26 Years After Hitler)

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Mick and Bianca Jagger
photographed by Leni Riefenstahl
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Onion News Gets Under The Wire

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To Wear Wire During Clinton
Fund-raising Dinner
In an effort to gather evidence 
in their investigation 
of the presidential candidate’s alleged misuse
of her private email server 
when she served as secretary of state,
members of the FBI reportedly
convinced actor George Clooney
to wear a hidden listening device Friday night
while attending a campaign fundraising dinner
with Hillary Clinton.


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Eva Does This Because...

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Eva  does this
out of concern for him

She wants Adan
both alive and slim

The cigaret out 
of his mouth
she taked

He doth not
protest because
he is naked
@ Adan and Eva's next page is here. ©
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Friday, April 15, 2016

The Captain Of His Soul

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INVICTUS 

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul. 
 
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

The 61st Bullet: Getting Religion

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Getting religion is a good thing
as long as you do not wear it on your sleeve
and do not tear off someone else's sleeve
just because their religion 
is different from yours.
  
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 Footnote
THE 61th BULLET  is the copyrighted property of  LCSoL.           
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......................................A Motley Street Scene......................................

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Archibald Motley
Getting Religion
(1948) 
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Photoverio © (# 181): Vertical Parking Space

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© Oliverio
JT's Parking Lot Blues

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jeopardy Question #857142

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WE  gave a free concert, 
rushed into being in just a few months. 

There were no seats, no refreshment kiosks 
and only a handful of rusty metal portable toilets. 
With no turnstiles, estimates of the crowd size 
were largely guesswork.
Some said 200,000. 

Others more than half a million.
All [an] observer can report is that 
it was dense, stretched in all directions 
as far as the eye could see, 
and was extremely good natured.



Who are the Rolling Stones? 

Havana
3/26/16
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Photoverio © (#180): The Hour Of Not Quite Dawn

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© Oliverio
7th Street 5AM 
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Photoverio © (#179): Parking Lot Patch Blues

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© Oliverio (2x)

A companion image is here.  
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Edward Steichen's Heavy Roses (1914)

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Heavy roses
in languid poses
stacked like 
forgotten dreams
or so it seems
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This Is Not ...This Is (TIN/TI #25)

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  ⬆ 
THIS IS NOT 
Tom Waits



THIS IS
Tom Waits
 
   


The first image is  Ward Bond
from a 1938 film entitled
Born To Be Wild
written by  Nathanael West.

In a thirty year acting career,
Mr. Bond appeared on screen
as three hundred different characters.

In a forty-plus year music career,
Mr. Waits has written songs about
nearly three hundred different characters.

The next Nathanael West/GoFather page is  here. 

The remaining pages of 
This Is Not ...This Is
can be found by entering 
Oliverio (TIN/TI #
in your search engine.   
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Her Sentiments And Mine

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

I Love Ducky McPink But...

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Looking at a pink canvas
with that color in over-drive
is the visual equivalent of being stuck 
at a traffic light next to an Escalade
with rap music blasting at a sonic volume!

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The Wet And Whimsical World Of DUCKY McPINK

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Ducky McPink felt no pain
when it did rain
with  chapeau
and without nose
she smelt like a rose

An existential wiz
because that is what she is

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Footnotes
THE WET AND WHIMSICAL WORLD OF DUCKY McPINK
and this un-numbered Photoverio image
are the copyrighted property of LCSoL.

Ducky McPink is also our trademarked property
but is available for usage by contacting this website.
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Friday, April 8, 2016

A Poem With A Newsworthy Hyperlink

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But always, 
it can fill the hole
between your eyes
and your heart
and soul.


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Footnote
A POEM WITH A NEWSWORTHY HYPERLINK
is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.
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The 60th Bullet: Your Inner Boogie-Woogie

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All music is dance music
if your inner child
has an inner dance floor.  


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 Footnote
THE 60th BULLET  is the copyrighted property of  LCSoL.           
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Photoverio © (# 178): PepperMates

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© Oliverio (3x)
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