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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 six 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 two decades now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines, for the website Shadow Poetry, and for Poetry Soup. 

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 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 was published in eight chapbooks (no longer sold online). 

Since coming to Poetry Soup, Ms. Dietrich has been both contest sponsor and winner of numerous contests. In 2010, her poem "Cinder Girl" was first place winner of Soup's International contest (these contests are no longer held).  A song was created from her lyrics "Honeymoon Serenade" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDWxc4cpHDc) and two movies have been made featuring the poetry of Andrea Dietrich: "A Tale of Fire and Ice" (a 4 min. Z-Film Fest Project, 2014) and the full length movie "Six Days of Sistine" in which 20 poems of Ms. Dietrichs serve as the thoughts of two characters played by Jamie Campbell Bower and Elarica Johnson (directed by Richard J. Perry, 2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7710360/


I am Shocked and Greatly Saddened: My Dear Friend Connie M. Passed Away

Blog Posted:9/13/2022 1:12:00 PM

Just now, Connie Marcum-Wong's daughter Jennifer found me on FB and wanted me to let PoetrySoup know that her dear mother died last night at about 11 p.m Hawaii time. At first I could not believe it because I had sent her a link to some information she considered very important and I got her reply email this morning with the time marked 11:03 pm. Since Hawaii is four hours behind my time, she must have answered my email around 6 p.m her time and suffered her massive heart attack four hours later.

I feel so sad because I have now lost the friend in poetry whom I have known the longest and with whom I have been the closest in a span of some 20 years or more. Just yesterday I got my birthday gift she sent me! She always gave the sweetest gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Also, she sponsored a poetry club which used to honor many of its members with certificates that she printed out and sent through the mail. She was so gracious, and she truly loved poetry and being a support to the poetry community. Connie was the most generous loving soul I know in the poetry world, and she was giving me so much exciting news about her life recently and her desire to publish a poetry book, something she had been putting off for a long time. OH MY, I can hardly believe she is gone from this world.

Her daughter wants you all to know that Connie was missing her late husband Mike, who passed away already. As soon as I get information on her obituary, I will let everyone know. Jennifer also wants me to show this poem of Connie's that shows Connie's  lingering longing for her husband. It was written just last month. I am not able to copy/paste it in a way to do it justice. Please go to the poem and read what she wrote in the last days of her life. Maybe you can leave notes there for her. I am sure she can read them from heaven.My condolences to the family members that have survived her. LOVE YOU, CONNIE. You were, and you ARE a one of a kind!

https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/my_love_1478379

 



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Date: 9/19/2022 4:37:00 AM
A really shocking news for me, Andrea, she was a dear heart with love and kindness profusely overflowing from her to all at soup.. Will miss her love, friendship and poetry...
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Date: 9/18/2022 10:00:00 PM
Greetings Andrea, I appreciate how you and the many others, including Connie, spread the Aloha here. This site went from a seed, to taking root, to blossoming into a beautiful tree that it is today much to the community builders like yourself and Connie. I read Connie's first listed poem, here, back in 2010. It was a few days into the New Year and Connie wrote a poem titled New Year, Past Years. It was a great poem. And you were the very first respondent, offering warmth, welcoming and encouragement. You were there for Connie then as you are here for Connie now. It was truly heartbreaking to read of Connie's passing but it also heartwarming to read your reflections and love for Connie.
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Date: 9/17/2022 11:22:00 AM
Andrea I thought Connie was getting stronger in The flesh, however she is fully with the Lord now Unparalleled reality is her reward, I could sense Her great understanding; Connie I believe you Will be wishing us below all the best; I make You this promise, I will try my utmost to raise My efforts, as a mark of respect to your Memory, I am sure Jesus is pleased at your Works done here, because of His concern and sacrifice For you, Thank you; Thank you Thank you.'
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Joe Maverick
Date: 9/18/2022 7:32:00 AM
She was such a freedom fighter too I will miss all the insights.'
Date: 9/16/2022 2:35:00 PM
I am sorry to here of Connie's passing and wish for for you and her family peace in knowing she is with her husband once again. I always loved reading her poetry here on the Soup.
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Date: 9/15/2022 7:09:00 PM
Hi Andrea, I did not get the chance to know Connie that well and I'm saddened to learn of her passing. But we can take some comfort in knowing she is happily reunited with her husband. She was a lovely soul and had so many friends here. My deepest condolences to you Andrea and all her other friends here on the Soup. Hugs Anne xox
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Date: 9/15/2022 12:59:00 PM
Andrea,I feel so sad with such news,and I can only imagine how heavy your Heart is.May God comfort you and Connie's loved ones in such difficult moments.May Connie rest in peace.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/15/2022 1:08:00 PM
Thanks for coming here and giving your thoughts, Charma. The responses to the blogs and poetry tributes for Connie are amazing!
Date: 9/15/2022 10:45:00 AM
Andrea, thank you so much for letting us know about Connie's passing. I am in shock. It happened so quickly. Like you, I was blessed to be called friend and to share many conversations. Her poetry was a gift to the world - an amazing legacy. With all of her health problems, and the stress of her mounting loses, we were indeed blessed to have her gentle soul with us as long as we did. Godspeed dear Connie!
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Date: 9/15/2022 1:07:00 PM
We were indeed blessed, Sam. Thanks for being such a good friend to her.
Date: 9/15/2022 8:31:00 AM
She was indeed a gracious lady and I will miss her. RIP Connie
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Date: 9/15/2022 1:06:00 PM
Thanks for your comment, Suzette.
Date: 9/15/2022 1:28:00 AM
I was very saddened to learn of Connie's unexpected passing tonight. The interactions I had with Connie here, were extremely kind and sensitive. My thoughts and prayers with her grieving family and close friends. God speed Connie, into the arms of your much loved husband. With much Love and respect, Leanne.
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Date: 9/15/2022 1:06:00 PM
Love all that said here, Lady Labyrinth. She is receiving all the love and gratitude in death that she deserved in life.
Date: 9/15/2022 12:25:00 AM
I consider Connie as a "poetry/poetic" mentor to me (like you). So... I will surely miss her. Thanks for informing us about this... It is my prayer that the Lord will keep on comforting her family and loved ones... and to comfort you as well for the loss of a great friend. God bless you.
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Joe Maverick
Date: 9/17/2022 11:48:00 AM
Amen Beata, And blessings to you.'
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/15/2022 1:05:00 PM
Thank you, Beata. God Bless you
Date: 9/14/2022 7:55:00 PM
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Connie. Connie was so sweet, supportive and encouraging to me and so many other here on PS. I loved her poetry, and her beautiful words will live on in our hearts. I kept her in my prayers when her husband passed away a few years ago, and with other family health issues. May God gather her into His arms in heaven. Will pray for her daughter and family as they deal with this sudden loss.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:33:00 PM
Beautiful wishes for her. thanks, Laura.
Date: 9/14/2022 6:41:00 PM
Rest In Peace, Dear Connie … thank you for always being so kind, sweet, and encouraging to me … you were one of the bright spots at Poetry Soup, and I shall never forget you or our late-night chats. May angels’ wings carry you peacefully to slumber, My Sweet-Souled Friend. Love You Always, - the bard (Thank you, Andrea - beautifully said)
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:32:00 PM
Thank YOU, Greg! It's so nice seeing you here even if under such sad circumstance.
Date: 9/14/2022 5:48:00 PM
Hi Andrea, I, too, am saddened by Connie’s passing. I have not been active in the soup as much as I used to be, however, Team Poetry Soup emailed me the tribute piece in honor of her. I never met her in person, but I felt like I knew her. I cried when I read that she passed; I will miss her presence on the Soup tremendously. She is now reunited with her dear husband. I send my condolences to her family and friends-Alexis
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:31:00 PM
You are so sweet, Alexis. I am sure her family will appreciate your condolences. Hope they are reading what everyone says.
Date: 9/14/2022 2:30:00 PM
OMG! I had no idea she was even ill. Granted I haven't been much in tune of late, but this is indeed tragic. She will be greatly missed.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:31:00 PM
thanks, Dale. She had blogged a while back about a heart problem but I was hearing nothing else about it from her and I am as shocked as you are that it was her demise. She had other things that made life difficult, so as much as I will miss her, I am glad she can enjoy bliss and the end of pain
Date: 9/14/2022 2:02:00 PM
I am in total disbelief...Connie had suffered so many horrific losses recently. The one ray of light in all of this is that she is now with her loved ones who recently left before her. I admired and loved her dearly. I will continue too, and will never forget her, her wonderful kind spirit and beautiful poetry.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:29:00 PM
Thanks, Elaine. You got that right. A huge ray of light for her this night!!
Date: 9/14/2022 1:38:00 PM
I see that many more of the Poetry Soup family have come forward to respond to my blog and also to Soup's above. Thanks so much, everyone. Right now I have to get home to my recovering hubbie, but hopefully I will find time to comment back to the rest of you who left your words of love and condolences to Connie's family. Thanks to all of you for caring so much.
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Date: 9/14/2022 12:22:00 PM
Andrea, thank you so much for sharing this sad news about Connie, you have lost a dear friend and fellow poet. She was the kindest of people, I will miss her forever, now I will go to the poem, blessings ~
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:28:00 PM
Thanks and also for saying you would go to the poem. her daughter really wanted folks to see it.
Date: 9/14/2022 12:15:00 PM
Connie was a lovely person - so sorry to hear this sad news. May she rest in peace x
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:28:00 PM
thanks, dear jack
Date: 9/14/2022 11:30:00 AM
I am deeply and desperately heartbroken at hearing this sad and completely unexpected news. She was a wonderful poet and person who I considered a dear friend on this site. I am virtually speechless. She will be missed as much as her beautiful poetry. Rest peacefully my friend.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:27:00 PM
Oh, I so rarely see you , chris. Thanks for coming here and saying this.
Date: 9/14/2022 11:16:00 AM
Hello Andrea, oh my goodness! I went to the blog and I read Sandra Haight's blog. I was shocked to read of Connie's death. I was the first to comment on Sandra's blog. I feel for her family's loss. At least she is with her husband and son. She was one of my fav. poetess. I will miss her. Darlene Hugs.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/15/2022 1:05:00 PM
Angel poetry!
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 9/15/2022 10:37:00 AM
Hello Andrea, I sense she is creating poetry from Heaven. I cried. I miss her. Hugs.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 9/15/2022 10:35:00 AM
Hello Andrea, I sense she crting poetry from Heaven. I was so up so up set I cried. I miss her . Hugs.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:26:00 PM
I'm glad she was one of your fav poetesses. She was one of mine too. I should say IS. I bet she is now writing poems about heaven.
Date: 9/14/2022 11:02:00 AM
It is with a sad and heavy heart when I heard the news of Connie this morning. Connie has been a poetry friend for many years and a lovely person to know. My deepest condolences to her family on their loss. God bless them at this time. May she rest in peace.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:25:00 PM
thanks, Phyllis and for your being such a good friend to me yourself.
Date: 9/14/2022 10:48:00 AM
Dear Andrea, I too am so distraught to learn of this sad news. Connie was so very kind and supportive to everyone. She will be missed for sure. My deep condolences to her family and special friends like you, Andrea. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:25:00 PM
thanks so much, Sandra. God bless you
Date: 9/14/2022 8:07:00 AM
It is with a heavy heart to have learned of such a loss. This was such sad news, and her light will be missed sorely. At the beginning of my Poetry Soup journey, she was one of my dearest friends here, and always had an encouraging word, a kind remark to brighten the day. Connie and I often shared family news, and a commonality that I will miss. Her gracious generosity, and lack of ego defined a lovely friend. God Bless her loved ones
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:24:00 PM
Lovely words, Carrie. Those were the good old days when you were going so strong here and I brought Connie on just shortly after I arrived myself. I love what you said about "lack of ego defined a lovely friend"
Date: 9/14/2022 7:50:00 AM
So very sad and heartbreaking, Connie always left kind words of encouragment with her comments, My deepest condolences to her family, my thoughts and prayers go out to them during this difficult time...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:23:00 PM
I hope her family reads all these comments like yours, Joseph. thank you
Date: 9/14/2022 7:32:00 AM
This news has left me in tears. Connie was my friend and I shall miss her every day. She was a shining example of humanity at its best, may she rest in eternal peace. God bless her soul.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:23:00 PM
Thanks, Emile, and I feel especially sad for YOU that you did not have the opportunity to help Connie put together the book that she was just going to start finally preparing for publication of her poems. She was so fond of the style of your own books. you would have given her excellent advice.
Date: 9/14/2022 6:00:00 AM
Oh, this is sad news. Connie was a lovely person and a talented poet. Her comments were always kind and tender. I feel a vacuum within on hearing this. Sending prayers for her soul’s onward journey in God’s domain of boundless love and light
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:21:00 PM
yes,, a vaccum within . very well put, unseeking seeker.
Date: 9/14/2022 5:42:00 AM
Her comments used to make me miss my own grandmother. Her and Paula always brightened up my day with their uplifting comments and I sure will miss her. May her soul rest in peace and as for you Andrea, may you heal in due time. I'm truelly sorry for your loss.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:20:00 PM
thanks for all you said and for remembering me as well. I have been told that I cannot be healed. Well at least not by modern medicine. Connie has gone to the place where pain is now erased. She must be in such great peace.
Date: 9/14/2022 5:34:00 AM
Dear Andrea: This news is so unbelievably sad and I feel devastated by it. Connie was the reason I grew as a poet because of her encouragement at Poetryforthought for many years, but due to my own hubby’s health problems I had stopped posting there however we stayed in touch here and I sent her a special card when Mike died. She loved her family very much. My heartfelt condolences to them all. She is with her dear husband now right where she wanted be. You will be greatly missed dear friend. Loving sympathy. Suzanne.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:18:00 PM
Yes through her club, I think you may be the second oldest friend I have in poetry!! Can you think of anyone else other than yourself that is still around like you and I are??
Date: 9/14/2022 5:33:00 AM
Just learned through a poem on another page. I always enjoyed reading her work. Thanks for sharing. Sara
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:17:00 PM
you are welcome, Sara. thanks for sharing your sentiments with us.
Date: 9/14/2022 5:25:00 AM
Wow, I feel such soul-crushing sadness:-( She was one of the nicest, sweetest person/poetess I've ever seen here. Always super kind and supportive with her comments with each visit to my poem page. I knew she was sick but thought she'd recover. This news is an absolute shock. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends---I'm so sorry, Andrea--- and family. She will be terribly missed. RIP, Connie Marcum-Wong
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:17:00 PM
I thought she was recovering too, Ed. She felt good lately. Maybe she said a few little things a while back, but generally speaking, I had believed things were looking up for her and that's why it's such a tremendous shock. thanks for your words.
Date: 9/14/2022 4:16:00 AM
Thanks for letting us know, Andrea. I am so sorry to hear this; shocked to hear that you were in communication only four hours before that. How tragic that she lost her son last year and her husband the year before. Sweet Connie is gone but never forgotten.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:15:00 PM
Gone but not forgotten. I think they have made songs about her already, maria. And all the songs about earth angels as well!
Date: 9/14/2022 4:11:00 AM
Dear Andrea. Good Morning. Oh My Goodness. I am so saddened at this great loss. Connie was such a woman of substance who was beautiful with a beautiful soul and heart not to mention she was an extraordinary beautiful poetess in all her entries. Thank you for sharing this information of Connie. May she rest in peace physically and emotionally too as she has been through so much with both. Blessings to all.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:14:00 PM
you are welcome, Lisa. Thank her daughter jennifer for bringing ME the news . I was so shocked when I got the FB message from her daughter!!
Date: 9/14/2022 4:04:00 AM
This is so shocking and sad to hear. Connie was a very special person. She offered genuine support and she wrote beautiful poetry. This is a big loss for Poetry Soup. Blessings to her family and friends. Rest in peace Connie. You will be missed.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:13:00 PM
She certainly will be missed. Always when I did my emails, she was top of my email list for forwards, etc. and you are always there too!
Date: 9/14/2022 3:53:00 AM
So very sad to hear of this sad news. Connie was a beautiful person and as genuine as they come. My heart goes out to you, Andrea and her family & friends. The world and poetry world lost a special soul...R.I.P. Connie.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:12:00 PM
so true, Charles. Thanks for commenting here.
Date: 9/14/2022 3:45:00 AM
This is so sad, what a wonderful person she was, one of the first to comment on my poetry and made me feel so welcome, so sorry to hear this x
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:12:00 PM
thanks for your words, Angela. I really hope her family is seeing all the outpouring of love.
Date: 9/14/2022 3:18:00 AM
This is heartbreaking, Connie was a most beautiful person with such a kind and compassionate heart. A very talented poet who supported so many here. I do feel for her daughter too, who has lost a father, brother and now a mother.... My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:11:00 PM
thanks for your kind words at my blog, Silent One.
Date: 9/14/2022 3:18:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Connie's passing, may she sleep in heavenly peace… Belle
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:11:00 PM
It's cool for me to think of her with her husband again. She was talking about him a lot lately . I think there was some meaning in that!
Date: 9/14/2022 2:32:00 AM
It is truly a sad day to learn of Connie's demise. She was always popular and her verse of the highest quality. She will sincerely be missed not merely as a poet but also as a friend. May she rest in peace.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:10:00 PM
So true all that you say, Victor. Thank you
Date: 9/14/2022 12:45:00 AM
I can't believe this news, Andrea! Connie, Our Dearest friend, is no more! She was the sweetest and kindest person on earth - in two years I became her friend, and loved her so much! No words to express my grief! Just now I saw your message on FB. Dear Dear Connie, I will miss you so much! My prayers and condolences to her family.
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Date: 9/14/2022 9:09:00 PM
Thanks for all your kindness, Mala. Glad yo got to know our sweet Connie.
Date: 9/14/2022 12:31:00 AM
This is unexpected news! I too am devastated. Connie and I have been very good friends since we met on Soup 8 years ago, and had a sincere admiration for each others work. We shared family news and comforted one another when the need arose. She will be dearly missed, so will her positive and kind character. She loved poetry... ""The sun cannot set without a poem being born!" (her quote). May she rest in eternal peace. My condolences to her daughter Jennifer and other family members.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:07:00 PM
I'm so glad she comforted you. She always had so many kind words and also lots of great ideas and suggestions for people I did not know her quote. Thanks for that.
Date: 9/13/2022 11:37:00 PM
Dearest Andrea, You were in my thoughts and mind today and I texted you to learn of this tragic news. What a beautiful soul Connie is..so filled with love and gratitude for simple pleasures in life. So gracious in her friendship and love which she gave to others. I loved reading her poems. Her comments always kind and filled with an understanding of the spiritual soul. I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and to her entire family. I know she was deeply missing her husband. Sending hugs and blessings to you my friend. Love, Susan
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:08:00 PM
You are so kind and I am glad I got to meet you in person. I always kind of thought maybe one day I would meet connie in person. then the pandemic came and there was no way I'd go to Hawaii with those mandates they had on people. Connie hated the mandates. I feel like she and I agreed on so many things. Will really miss that.
Date: 9/13/2022 11:13:00 PM
I'm so sad to hear of Connies passing, but happy that she is with her husband and son again. Thank you, Andrea for being a dear friend and sharing this news with all of us here on PoetrySoup. My prayer are with you, her family, and the others here that have known her for years. She has been such a blessing to my life over the last 11 months that I've followed her poetry and she's followed mine. A wonerful poetess and helpful and encouraging friend to me. I went back and read her poem again and others over the last few months she wrote. It's hard to believe this news. I can't imagine what you're thinking and feeling right now my dear friend. Bless you, Hugs, Bill
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:04:00 PM
Bill, don't worry for me. Connie and I talked about the end days, etc. I think she is in a very good place to be right now. Thanks for your caring for her family, and for mine and for all Connie's friends.
Date: 9/13/2022 10:49:00 PM
Andrea, I know how much Connie meant to you and how hard this news has been on you. We share your grief. Connie was very special, wasn't she? She touched us with her beautiful poetry, her love of nature, her friendly comments... knowing Connie liked our poems felt better than a contest win or POTD. She had this way of making each person feel special and loved. She went through so much suffering and loss in the last two years but never lost her faith or optimism or love of life. So gracious and SO inspiring. She will leave an empty place in my heart. Thank you for sharing this sad but important news, dear friend. Hugs ~ John
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Date: 9/15/2022 3:51:00 AM
Andrea I feel the same way about John and Connie...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:05:00 PM
Such sweet things to say, my friend. You are very inspiring to the poets here as well. Thank heavens for the "Connie's" and the "John Watts' " of this world.
Date: 9/13/2022 10:48:00 PM
Andrea, Condolences to you and all here, who knew her well. Her family must be devastated.I always felt an angelic presence…..when I read her comments, to me…or to any poet. Connie was the “real deal!” She never identified herself as a “friend.” It was so obvious she was just that! And a gifted poetess……Glad you were close friends. Hugs, Pangie xx
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:06:00 PM
thanks for your kind words, Pangie. The "real deal" that's a good one.
Date: 9/13/2022 9:50:00 PM
Oh My.... ! It is such an awful news.... so heart shattering . She has been so active till recently after a stint of hospital stay for a few days. Her sweet presence and her lovely poems, we will all miss. I don't generally read blogs. Seeing Michael Tor's poem on Connie, which I didn't read, I knew some sad news was awaiting and hurried to the blog expecting to hear more. Her smiling face is before me. Recently she has been very happy with her grand children.Express my heartfelt condolences to her dear ones and every member of the Soup family. Andrea, I know how grieved you are, as you were more close to her than any of us. Sending prayers for the repose of her soul.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/15/2022 1:04:00 PM
sorry I somehow missed replying to you the other day, Valsa. thanks so much for your kind thoughts, Valsa.
Date: 9/13/2022 9:44:00 PM
Dear Andrea I was so saddened to hear of dear Connie's passing, what a dreadful shock. She was always so generous with her lovely and inspiring comments and I will miss her kindly soul. God bless her dear heart - she will be so sadly missed by all at Poetry Soup, but her poetry will live on... now together with her true love. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:02:00 PM
yes, such a shock. And I echo your sentiment, God bless her. HE WILL.
Date: 9/13/2022 9:29:00 PM
Oh my, am so saddened by this news Andrea... I just can't imagine she has left us all because it was most unexpected... I have read her comments to poems even last week and can't think that she is no more... She was such a beautiful soul, so kind to everyone... She used to be so generous in giving her genuine comments to poets in Soup. I know what a great friend you are to her. My sincere prayers and condolences to her family. I will leave my comment in the above mentioned poem and as you said, am sure she will read it from Above... May her soul rest in peace! ~ Ani
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:01:00 PM
thanks so much, Ani. You are like my little sister to me and I appreciate all the kindness you show to others, same as Connie did.
Date: 9/13/2022 8:36:00 PM
Dearest Connie, you loved speaking different languages, Mandarin your beloved husband's, you even wrote a poem in French, I'll always remember “The Mother Tree” a trophy win. Your last reply to my poem "How the master poets still inspire us Anaya." You were always graceful and elegant; She was a master poet. I will miss her comments and presence here on Poetry Soup…Rest In Peace. ~With love, Anaya.....I am so sorry Andrea
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 9:00:00 PM
thanks, Anaya. Lovely memories!!
Date: 9/13/2022 8:19:00 PM
Can't believe that Connie has gone Andrea, such a lovely person she was. May she rest in peace. Tom
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/14/2022 8:59:00 PM
Everyone is in disbelief I think. Thanks for your words, Tom.
Date: 9/13/2022 8:18:00 PM
Oh how awful Andrea….she seemed like such a beautiful soul…I am so so sorry to hear this. Sending love …..Debx
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Date: 9/14/2022 8:59:00 PM
thanks, Deb.
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My Past Blog Posts

 
Remember September is Judged; New Tribute Contest to be Posted
Date Posted: 9/23/2022 8:53:00 PM
I am Shocked and Greatly Saddened: My Dear Friend Connie M. Passed Away
Date Posted: 9/13/2022 1:12:00 PM
How is it Possible?
Date Posted: 9/5/2022 5:54:00 PM
Why I Cannot Comment Much This Week
Date Posted: 8/31/2022 10:14:00 PM
IF you entered my JUST AUGUST contest with Tanka
Date Posted: 8/8/2022 8:16:00 AM
Geoffrey Brewer , one of our own, has passed away
Date Posted: 5/20/2022 4:02:00 PM
My Valentines Contest is Finalized: Loved Reading the Entries!
Date Posted: 2/13/2022 4:40:00 PM
Advice for Those who Entered My Limerick Contest (ONE limerick ONLY)
Date Posted: 12/18/2021 8:20:00 AM
Our Sick and Suffering Poetry Members
Date Posted: 11/5/2021 9:18:00 AM
Update of Blog for Connie
Date Posted: 10/15/2021 4:30:00 PM
My latest Tribute Contest list posted: Celebrating Carolyn's Poetry
Date Posted: 9/19/2021 10:43:00 AM
Curious: Are you not able to copy/paste a person's poem for my contest?
Date Posted: 8/22/2021 12:19:00 PM
Carolyn Devonshire's Poetry: In Memoriam
Date Posted: 8/4/2021 2:22:00 PM
Rest in Peace, Carolyn
Date Posted: 8/4/2021 7:22:00 AM
HAPPY FATHERS DAY, Soup Dads!
Date Posted: 6/20/2021 11:22:00 AM
TANK-A-CROSTIC Contest Closed
Date Posted: 6/6/2021 12:57:00 PM
THANKS FOR THE CUTE CHASTUSHKA POEMS/ MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL
Date Posted: 12/24/2020 6:15:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Winter Solstice Baby "John"
Date Posted: 12/21/2020 9:06:00 AM
A poet will perform in Vegas?? Wins million dollars
Date Posted: 9/24/2020 6:10:00 PM
So Shocked to Learned ONLY TODAY of a Fellow Soup member's death
Date Posted: 7/18/2020 5:51:00 PM
Sorry I can't Judge my Contest yet
Date Posted: 5/17/2020 7:44:00 PM
YOU Still have time to edit for The I AM contest/ contestants please read
Date Posted: 5/13/2020 3:10:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Connie Marcum Wong -May 3
Date Posted: 5/3/2020 6:57:00 PM
Abraham Lincoln quotes and poetry. Tell me your favorite quote of his!
Date Posted: 2/15/2020 7:48:00 PM
About My 3-cubed Christmas Contest/ Chance to Edit, many done wrong!
Date Posted: 12/25/2019 9:43:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
10/2/2022 In the Land of Sheep Rhymeanalogy,
10/1/2022 Last of Cats - Footles Footlecat,
9/30/2022 We Dance Quatrainlife,
9/29/2022 Empathy Monokufeelings,
9/28/2022 Bird Footles Footlebird,
9/25/2022 june collection Haikujune,
9/25/2022 HESITANT Versedog,
9/23/2022 Come, Fall Ottava rimaautumn,
9/22/2022 Fall - Sweet Lass Rhymeautumn,
9/21/2022 I Wandered Lonely As a Twig Rhymelonely,
9/20/2022 Take Me To Nirvana Quaternlife,
9/19/2022 Candy - typos edited Narrativeconflict,mystery,
9/17/2022 The 27 Club Should Be Renamed Blank versemusic,
9/15/2022 A Hodgepodge of Cat Footles Footlecat,
9/15/2022 A Haunted Hayride Pantoum- edited for typos Pantoumhalloween,
9/12/2022 Of Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit Rhymewisdom,
9/10/2022 Our Perfect Autumn Drive Free verseautumn,
9/9/2022 My Comfort and Delight Quatrainpets,
9/8/2022 a mid-autumn scene Haikuautumn,
9/7/2022 Dear Brother Shadormabrother,
9/5/2022 The Dear Three Haikupets,
9/4/2022 Happy Sixtieth Acrosticanniversary,
9/3/2022 Captain America and His Mighty Shield Rhymehero,
9/2/2022 A Jolly Fisherman - title edited for A Rhymechildren,
9/1/2022 Collie Dog Footles Footleanimal,
8/30/2022 I Never Did Foresee When Young Sonnetwrite,
8/28/2022 Mom and Daughter on Back to School Limerickschool,
8/27/2022 The Rose Rhymeflower,
8/27/2022 Harold Shipman, Known as Fred Clerihewmental illness,
8/26/2022 Useless Tankacreation,
8/26/2022 Where is God Hiding Ethereegod,
8/24/2022 I Think About You Coupletlost love,
8/24/2022 Of Fatalism Didacticfate,
8/23/2022 I Think of Summertime Villanellesummer,
8/21/2022 Love Is Listlove,
8/21/2022 Poetry Soup Namepoetry,
8/20/2022 A Love Song Lyriclost love,
8/18/2022 Feeling Free, Being Me Rhymemotivation,
8/18/2022 It's a Pickle Party Rhymefood,
8/16/2022 My Poetry Epiphany Sonnetme,
8/15/2022 A Hint of Autumn Quaternseasons,
8/13/2022 of larks and larkspur Haikusummer,
8/13/2022 Scrooge Diamantecharacter,
8/13/2022 On Grandpa's Farm Tankachildhood,
8/13/2022 Schnauzers and Shepherds Footledog,
8/10/2022 God's Water Kyriellewater,
8/9/2022 Oh, Wind Rispettolost love,
8/8/2022 Dog Footles Footledog,
8/6/2022 Blackberries, Blackberries Rhymefruit,
8/6/2022 A Sleuth Self-made Rhymemystery,
8/5/2022 Oh, Mighty is the Sword Rhymehero,
8/3/2022 Listless as a Lazy River Rhymesad,
8/2/2022 Deplorable Dejection Villanellesad,
7/29/2022 Practice NDA Rhymespiritual,
7/25/2022 JOY Coupletjoy,
7/25/2022 When You Arrive Free versehello,
7/23/2022 Christmas in July Rhymebirthday,
7/21/2022 The Pale Moon Emerged from Dark Clouds Quatrainlost love,sad,
7/20/2022 An ONOMATOPEIA Song Rhymesound,
7/19/2022 A Talented Philanderer Terza Rimawind,
7/18/2022 Too Far Gone Quaternsad,
7/17/2022 Love Song to my Rose Rhymelove,
7/17/2022 Tears of a Valiant Soldier Rhymeboy,
7/16/2022 PURRING Rictameterlove,
7/14/2022 Shelly Gorde Limerickfun,
7/13/2022 Tabby Cat Footles Footlecat,
7/9/2022 My Seasons and Their In-Betweens Rhymelife,
7/8/2022 Sloth Rhymepeople,
7/6/2022 One Summer Eve Quintain (English)nature,
7/4/2022 Be in the Place Ethereeinspirational,
7/4/2022 Thanksgiving Crystals Crystallinethanks,
7/3/2022 The Tale I Tell Quintillafantasy,
7/3/2022 feline Footles Footlecat,
7/3/2022 the art of peace Monokupeace,
7/2/2022 When Heart Takes Flight Sonnetboy,
7/1/2022 Toddler's Thrill Rhymechild,
6/28/2022 A Lost Earring Sonnetlost,
6/26/2022 Life Through a Child's Eyes Haibunchild,
6/25/2022 respite Haikubeach,
6/23/2022 Women In My Family Rhymefamily,
6/23/2022 Greed Quatrainevil,
6/22/2022 In the Oak-Heath Forest Rhymefantasy,
6/22/2022 Strawberry Ice Cream Tankafood,
6/21/2022 Catty - 5 Cat Footles Footlecat,
6/17/2022 The Three-Fold Flame of Christ Ethereespiritual,
6/15/2022 With Life in Tune Rhymenature,
6/13/2022 Beauty Diminished Hexaversehome,
6/12/2022 Nocturnal Forest Free verseanimal,
6/10/2022 Split Wide Open Acrosticfruit,
6/9/2022 Rondeau Redouble - It's Good to know Rondeau Redoublewriting,
6/8/2022 The Several Mysteries of Stanley Meyer Ethereework,
6/7/2022 I Wait For You Personificationdog,
6/6/2022 LILACS Pleiadesflower,
6/5/2022 Kitten' Around Footlecat,
6/4/2022 TIME Versetime,
6/4/2022 to Fly Sonnetflying,
6/3/2022 Potato Salad Epulaeryufood,
6/3/2022 A Wish for the World Ethereeworld,
6/2/2022 The Dating Joker Limerickhumorous,
5/31/2022 Steven Rogers - AKA Captain American Limerickcharacter,

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Fav Poems

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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 Verseanimals,
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,univer
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
December Sun . Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy world Haiku 
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
Where The Sycamore Grew Narrativeautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativegarden,love,rose,sweet,
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
Love's Echos Free verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,planet,sea,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2 Light Versefunny,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
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,
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 Verseadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
Desire Light Versebutterfly,flower,life,los
Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
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,happine
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
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,
NINE O'CLOCK Limerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's Voice Free verseseasons
Lazy Day Free verselife,nature
I Was Me Biolife,
The First Kiss or That Darn Ann Landers Lyricme,nostalgia,song,travel,
Crimsom Beauty Dramatic Monologueangst
Red Geraniums Free verse 
ZOO FRIGHT Limerickfunny
As I hid Monokumuse,
Three Messengers Narrativeanimals,faith,inspiration
Stretchy Neck Lyricanimals
A ROUND TUIT Shapefunny

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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
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
kabuteng P.iNk k. 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
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong 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
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman Australia Flag Australia 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 Ra 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
Gwendolen Song 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
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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
Len Gasun Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
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Victoria Anderson-Throop United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
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Jeremy Martin United States Flag United States Read
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richard ferry United States Flag United States Read
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