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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at Shadowpoetry.com.


My Favorite Soup Feature/ Do you Know How it Works?


Blog Posted:6/14/2014 1:51:00 PM
    I was surprised to learn recently that some new poets are not aware of certain Soup features that for me are priceless. My favorite is “Forms,” which allows us to view all the different forms we enjoy the most written by our favorite poets. This feature comes in quite useful, for example, if you like how someone writes and you want good examples how to write in a certain form that you know they will have lots of examples of. Everyone should be aware of this feature also for him/herself because it enables you to search for poems you have written when you cannot remember titles or dates they were posted! You can find them by Form!

    Here is what you do: go to poetry comments and click on the name of one of your poet friends who has commented to you. Go down to the blue box that lists all their poems' titles. Some poets have more than one page. Click on a number to see a different page. Look in the box and see four rows of categories: Date posted/    Poem title/   # views (this just means how many clicked on your poem. Whether or not it was actually read is sadly something we can't know!)/  and finally you will see FORMS.

    This is such an interesting category. Once you click on Forms, you will see that the poet's poetry has magically transformed to a list of titles according to form alphabetically listed. Since I was motivated to do this blog by being asked by my new friend Robert Nehls how to use this feature, I will use Robert's poetry as an example. I have gone to Robert's page and clicked on his page of poetry titles. I can see he is very new from the Date Posted column, telling me he came here May 28. I can see already that he has only one page of poetry and only two forms. When I click Forms, his one lyrical poem comes up first because it is first in the alphabet. All his rhymes are now listed from most recent down to first one posted.

     Now I will go to the list of a member who has tons of forms: Debbie Guzzi. I click on her name and see right away that she has more than ten pages of poetry . You will see three dots . . . appearing after the number 10, which tells me she has more than ten pages of poetry. So I click on the dots and I discover she has seventeen pages of titles (same as me I think!!) By clicking on Forms, I can see every form she has ever used by alphetical order. Her first page has the following forms: ABC, Acrostic (many of these), Ballad, Bio, Blank verse, Canzone, carpe diem, chant royal, chastushka, choka, and one lone cinqku. So I click page two to find more cinqku plus lot of other forms from C to E.

    So now I would like to know how many sonnets Deb has written and posted here. I know she has more than ten pages of poetry, so I click on the three dots. I would guess S forms might begin on page 14. I click page 14. I was wrong. I'm not quite there yet, but I am close. Page 14 had different S forms on it. So I try page 15 and Voila! There it is. Not only that, but I can count how many she has (I have a lot more, Deb. Hahaha, but you have me way beat in free verse category I am sure). I can see that her very first sonnet, at the bottom, was Above Desire, posted 9/4/08.

    I hope those of you that did not know of or understand this feature will now GO there and try to make use of it. It is AWESOME!!!!
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  1. Date: 6/14/2014 5:46:00 PM
    Good post. In fact, clicking on any column header re-sorts the list using that column as the first sort criterion. If you click again, it will re-sort in the opposite order. This is standard database sorting behavior. So if you want to find Sonnets (which are closer to the end of the alphabet), click on the Form column on any page to sort by Form, then click again to reverse the order. This will put Villanelles first. Then you can page forward to find all the Sonnets.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2014 7:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, I had noticed that too, roy. I didn't want to overwhelm with info, but it's great that you added it down here. Thanks!!
  1. Date: 6/14/2014 5:32:00 PM
    yur awesome!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2014 7:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I really hope people are glancing at my blog. I fear many people just don't care about these things, but they are so useful to us when we are organizing poems for contests, etc. At one time I was going to make an anthology of clerihews with a member here who left forever. It was a huge disappointment to me when she left me because we had collected so many clerihew by seeing them at people's poetry pages and we were gonna ask for permission to use them.
  1. Date: 6/14/2014 3:06:00 PM
    You are such a sweetie Andrea for posting these kind of blogs which are helpful...Have a lovely weekend.I am trying to remain awake to watch the world cup game between England and Italy.Its at midnight Malta time : ).We re very fond of soccer [futbol] here.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2014 7:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Keep having a great time, sweet lady!!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Happy Thanksgiving: BEST Sweet Potato Casserole I ever tasted
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 2:41:00 PM
My Yummy Epulaeryu Winners & Nette's Poem (Not seen for a glitch)
Date Posted: 11/14/2014 11:58:00 PM
MY LATEST WINNERS' LIST & NEW CONTEST Has begun!
Date Posted: 10/25/2014 1:42:00 AM
My Most Amazing Contest Entries Ever
Date Posted: 10/12/2014 12:12:00 AM
Syllable Counters/ something disconcerting to me
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 9:45:00 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THE ABSENT POETS: Kashinath & Frank
Date Posted: 10/7/2014 9:04:00 AM
Remembering Lucilla Tonight
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 10:22:00 PM
Tell Me Your Number Part II: What Your Numbers Mean
Date Posted: 9/16/2014 12:28:00 AM
A Lovely Alouette Contest Finalized/ The #1 Flawless Example
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 12:20:00 AM
Tell Me Your Number!
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Check your Alouette & a little ChitChat
Date Posted: 9/13/2014 8:30:00 PM
My Awesome Footle Winners
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 1:24:00 AM
New Footles Contest/ Some Suggestions for Footle Writing
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 8:15:00 PM
The Shells Have It!
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 12:56:00 PM
My Latest Contest & A GREAT new movie BOYHOOD
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 8:04:00 PM
Prayers for Lucilla
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 6:30:00 PM
Winners of Let's Get Technical Poetry Contest
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 11:50:00 AM
TALKING TUNAS, DISNEY, Planet of the APES. WASSUP tonight?
Date Posted: 7/24/2014 9:20:00 PM
What a SMALL World. This is a Mystery to me!!
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 11:34:00 PM
IT'S "WEIRD AL" TEACHING GRAMMAR: You have to see this!!!
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 4:47:00 PM
Awesome Acrostics/ Congrats to all my winners
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 12:03:00 AM
PLEASE check your acrostic poems/ Tidy up spelling, etc.
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 11:41:00 AM
An Actually Interesting thing I Found in the ADS of Soup
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 10:01:00 PM
WHO WANTS TO SEE ME DANCE (My new favorite YOUTUBE video)
Date Posted: 6/29/2014 12:31:00 AM
1 In 4 is Judged: LOVED READING THEM!!!
Date Posted: 6/28/2014 10:22:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/26/2014 The Gracious Ethereeflower,
11/23/2014 To Dance With Mary Jane Blank versesocial,
11/22/2014 Oak Alley Crystallinetree,
11/21/2014 Earth Glow Rhymeinsect,
11/17/2014 In This Elegant World Coupletdance,love,
11/15/2014 A Stone Age Transport Woe Limerickcharacter,funny,
11/13/2014 A Good News Story Tankababy,
11/11/2014 The Two Foods Diamantefood,
11/10/2014 Shadows Versechildhood,night,
11/9/2014 Sequence Cinqkuholiday,
11/7/2014 The Nail Biter Sonnetpets,
11/6/2014 The Moth Sonnetlost love,
11/2/2014 Cowboy Hoe Down Quatraincowboy,dance,romantic,
11/1/2014 Carpe Diem Carpe Diemday,sun,
10/31/2014 Waterfall Verseromance,water,
10/30/2014 Yesterday's Joys Quaternjoy,
10/28/2014 Old Boyfriends - A Trilogy Sonnetboyfriend,
10/26/2014 A Housewife Unmasked Free versewife,
10/24/2014 The Fighter Sonnetdeath,heaven,
10/23/2014 The Pathway I Will Lay For You Versefor him,romantic,
10/21/2014 Queen Sea and Her Three Paramours Personificationnight,sea,sky,sun,
10/19/2014 Lucilla Smiled Rispettopoetess,tribute,
10/18/2014 Around the Corner Pantoumlife,
10/17/2014 A Dog Gone Tableau Verseage,dog,friend,
10/16/2014 Poor Peter Pumpkin Coupletfantasy,funny,holiday,
10/14/2014 A Tri-Pie Epulaeryu Delight Epulaeryufood,
10/13/2014 Time Heals Versetime,
10/11/2014 The Queen on Emerging From Her Refuge Sonnetwar,wife,
10/11/2014 Short Bio Poem Biome,
10/10/2014 Monsters Sonnetevil,
10/8/2014 Expenditures Rhymeage,
10/6/2014 Her Sustenance Free versesensual,
10/5/2014 FALL IN LOVE Acrosticautumn,love,nature,
10/4/2014 City Lights on Waking Up Sonnetlight,
10/3/2014 AUTUMN Acrosticautumn,
10/2/2014 Kaleidoscope Eyes Rhymehappy,
9/30/2014 Serenity's Last Serenade Sonnetnature,
9/29/2014 Twerked Rhymeparody,
9/29/2014 True Friend Rhymedog,
9/28/2014 For the Love of Words Sonnetwords,writing,
9/26/2014 Pinnacle Sonnetbody,
9/24/2014 The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria Sonnetgrief,
9/23/2014 The Non-Proposal Sonnethusband,
9/21/2014 The Rush Haikufirst love,
9/21/2014 My Saddest Day Chokadog,
9/19/2014 Tantalizing Love Ethereefeelings,
9/18/2014 My Time of Worship Divine Ethereefirst love,romance,
9/16/2014 In the Desert Ethereeallegory,
9/13/2014 How Poetry Began Quatrainnature,poetry,
9/12/2014 This Autumn Day Rhymeautumn,
9/11/2014 How Easy Are Earth Girls Sonnetbio,
9/11/2014 Boy at the Fair - Well, I Declare Narrativechild,
9/9/2014 I Leave You a Kiss Trioletdaughter,
9/8/2014 Words From a Dandelion Chastushkafunny,
9/8/2014 This Autumn Night Rhymeautumn,
9/6/2014 My Prayer Free verseprayer,
9/6/2014 The Mirror in the Other Room Rhymeage,
9/4/2014 Nuts for the Fall Haikuautumn,
9/3/2014 A Legendary Love Rhymelost love,
9/1/2014 The Miller Girls: Now Presenting Sonnetsister,
8/30/2014 The Best of Edutainment Versehumorous,technology,
8/27/2014 On the Paseo Del Rio Haikuromantic,
8/26/2014 The Superb Comment Limerickhumorous,
8/25/2014 Where Once We Played Kyrielleplaces,
8/24/2014 Through the Mist Ottava rimanature,
8/22/2014 Do I Have to Say It Free versewrite,
8/21/2014 Summer Reveries - More than Dreams Rhymesummer,
8/21/2014 The Mark Triolettrust,
8/18/2014 Tale of a Witch - Modern Day Quatrainwoman,
8/17/2014 Ah, Wanderlust Rondeautravel,youth,
8/15/2014 Sweet Pea Footlefood,
8/14/2014 Oh Goddess Moon Versemoon,
8/12/2014 Balancing the Load Rhymeclothes,
8/12/2014 The Wife with Flavored Eyes Sonnetwife,
8/11/2014 Sweet Sonnet Bird Sonnetwriting,
8/10/2014 In the Reflection of the Shadows Free versedeep,nature,
8/9/2014 Trucker Joe's Lament Kyrielleloneliness,
8/7/2014 Now Vanished Verseyouth,
8/5/2014 The Lovely Cruise Lyriclife,love,
8/2/2014 The Aha Moment Haikudeath,
7/31/2014 The Sky Lark Versebird,
7/30/2014 And Then Are Times - Verselove,
7/29/2014 In the Clouds entry Haikunature,wind,
7/27/2014 Thinking of Turtles Free verseanalogy,boyfriend,
7/26/2014 Passion's Flower Verseflower,passion,
7/26/2014 Kind Haven Rondeauhome,
7/25/2014 Above the Clouds Sonnetlife,love,
7/23/2014 Mall Shysters' Magic Senryuwomen,
7/23/2014 Early Bird's New Motto Coupletadventure,animal,
7/21/2014 A Poem in Paradise Sonnetpoetry,
7/20/2014 Stripping the Dream Haikudream,
7/18/2014 The Door to Wayra Versemagic,places,
7/16/2014 The Scent of Water Trioletromantic,
7/13/2014 Rio De Janeiro Free verseculture,
7/12/2014 The Third Wish - A Charm Versebaby,
7/10/2014 That Evening On the Pier Versefriendship,nostalgia,
7/9/2014 The Most Beautiful Sijobeautiful,
7/8/2014 Wind Alliterationwind,
7/6/2014 Freya's Peace Sonnetpoets,
7/5/2014 Goethe's Path Verseappreciation,nature,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Stone Elegydeath,love,
A Winter Night Lyricimagination,nature,
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Just wait and see Free versenature,science,space,
My White Lace Tablecloth Narrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) . Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAY Rhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate Jay Light Poetryanimals,
Divine Splendor Blank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLY Narrativebrother,childhood,family,
Umbrella Personificationconfusion,devotion,life,l
You played me Personificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of Time Free versenature
JINGLE Free versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSE Narrativemysterylight,light,
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
My Partner, my Life Free versehusband,loveme,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
December Sun . Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the Wind Free versenature
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy world Haiku 
Borrowed Sweetness Senryugirlfriend-boyfriend
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
Aquatic Mood Senryudepression
Where The Sycamore Grew Free verseautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativelovesweet,garden,love,ros
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
Love's Echos Free verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
Fading Grandeur Haikuloss,nature
For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,sea,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2 Light Poetryfunny,love,wifeme,me,time
Pretty orchids Free versecaregiving,happiness,hope
Even a Sparrow Soars Free verseanimals
My Piano Knows Versedevotion,happiness,holida
Dancing with the Stars Free versenature,scienceblue,
The Unrequited Mantra Free versedevotion,hope,lost love,l
Dreaming for Reality Free verseintrospection,lifeme,me,s
FIG TREE, NEW YEAR'S DAY Narrativenaturewinter,winter,new y
Poets At-Large Free verselife,
to know you Free versedevotion,husband
Moved to Tears by Josh Groban Versemusic,on writing and word
sequence-SONNET Lanternelife,love,on writing and
Reflections Free versehappiness,life,lovesun,
Memoriver Free versehope,life,loss,nature
Somber Is the Color of The Day Free verseday,light,me,winter,words
A Winter Rose - A Sonnet Sonnetrose,winter,
The Word Weaver Free verseintrospection,lifeme,
Each Day a Gift Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Contrary Kisses Free verseinspirational,introspecti
She Waits... Free verseart,hopelonging,
Blue Heaven Haikunature
A DEATH IN THE SUN Free versehope,seasons
My Reason For Living Free versehusband
Terra Firma Haikunature,science,time
How Could I have Known Free versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion? Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in Time Free verseseasonssnow,snow,
FORGOTTEN TREASURE Light Poetryadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
Desire Light Poetrylife,lost love,love,
Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
More Than A Dream Free versededication,holiday,intros
Foreboding Haikumystery,nature
A Song at Sunrise Coupletfaithsong,song,
BEAT OUT THE RHYTHM Rhymefunny
WHAT DO THE STARS TELL A LOVER'S HEART? Free verseadventure,fantasy,girlfri
The green checkered face Free versefood,happinessheart,heart
Play It Free verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight's Fading Light Free verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on Green Coupletbrother,daughter,father,h
I Will Be Strong Free verseangst,husband,lossme,
The Beauty of Yore Free versenostalgia
Wandering Soul Free versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34) Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATION I do not know?allegory
If You Are Lonely Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Time Out Free versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter Promise Free versenature
The Man on Brunswick Drive Free verseintrospection,people
the grass Haikunature
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george). Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
Brown Sands Lyricintrospection,lifemystery
Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
Tea For Two Free verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
A Letter to Lord Byron I do not know?dedication,inspiration,in
NINE O'CLOCK Limerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's Voice Free verseseasons

Fav Poets

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Grace EunSong Lee Korea (South) Flag Korea (South) Read
Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
James Foulk United States Flag United States Read
Rick Parise United States Flag United States Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Mac Donald Canada Flag Canada Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
wala na Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
Margaret Foster Australia Flag Australia Read
Nick Bagnall United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
Edwin Baldwin United States Flag United States Read
linda milgate United States Flag United States Read
Kris Walters United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Travis Tapley United States Flag United States Read
Timothy Brumley United States Flag United States Read
Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Rauwolfia van Raaij South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Sharon Tideswell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Tahera Mannan India Flag India Read
Carol Fillmore Canada Flag Canada Read
Jerri Ward United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Sidney Beck Russian Federation Flag Russian Federation Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
Gwendolen Rix United States Flag United States Read
Tony Lane United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
gautami phookan India Flag India Read
Black Eyed Susan United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Matt Hunt United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Yesha Shah India Flag India Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Judy Ball Canada Flag Canada Read
Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
Mandy Tams The Golden Girl United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Lizzie Treetop Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Ludden United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Heather Ober Canada Flag Canada Read
Christine Ueri South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Leonora Galinta Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
Painted Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Victoria Anderson-Throop United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Keith Bickerstaffe United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Phyllis Babcock Canada Flag Canada Read
sharon Winter United States Flag United States Read
Sue Mason United States Flag United States Read
Gert W. Knop Germany Flag Germany Read
Sean Kelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Steven Mossburg United States Flag United States Read
iolanda Scripca United States Flag United States Read
Rollo West United States Flag United States Read
Therese Bacha Canada Flag Canada Read
Laura Breidenthal United States Flag United States Read
Jeremy Martin United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Leo Larry Amadore United States Flag United States Read
Ruby Honeytip Australia Flag Australia Read
Red OMara Australia Flag Australia Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
manel gunatillake Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka Read
richard ferry United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Jon A Cavanaugh United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Adams United States Flag United States Read
Bindu Vijayan India Flag India Read
Kelly Deschler United States Flag United States Read
Michael Ainsley United States Flag United States Read
LINDA JACKSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Peter Duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Roger Horsch United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Stephen Kilmer United States Flag United States Read
DARREN WATSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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