The Town Dance

About the Author




Nikki Skies is an accomplished poet, author, and playwright living in Atlanta, GA. Skies is the author of the short story book, “Mississippi Window Cracks” and the published collection of poetry and prose, “Pocket Honey, Wind & Hips”. A firm believer in the power of education, Skies studied for her BA and MFA in Theatre and Screenplay Writing and uses her art as a teaching tool to encourage an interest in literacy. “The Town Dance” is the dramatic debut novel from Skies.






About the Book

Lorna Simon has plans to diminish her resume of safe journalism and be known for reporting trendsetting stories. Certain that she can persevere her impressive family lineage within her carefree lifestyle as a social butterfly, this notion is put under fire after a night of partying thrusts Lorna into being a newsmaker instead of a news writer. Lorna alleges she has become the victim of a sexual assault crime committed against her by a woman, Trista, who is a promising event planner and an associate of Lorna’s mother.

Paralyzed with the humiliation of having to publically defend her sexuality as a heterosexual, Lorna must decide to believe in her bouts of memory loss and forego the incident or rekindle her passion for journalism to protect her livelihood and uphold the integrity of her family.

More about Nikki Skies: 
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Talking about The Sisterhood interview by Keisha Howard, founder of Sugargamers.



The SISTERHOOD by Nichol Bradford

Nichol Bradford is an extraordinary human being. If you haven’t yet heard of her, get ready, because here at Sugar Gamers, we will be speaking to her a lot! We’ve even made her an honorary member. Nichol is not only the author ofThe Sisterhood, but has had a career in gaming that has spanned over a decade. She is also an entrepreneur and currently CEO of Willow Group, a company that is using transformative technology to elevate the psychological wellbeing for the masses.

Let’s start our conversation with The Sisterhood!

The Sisterhood is a tale about a highly impressive and successful female run organization that has grand ambitions to change the world. While working toward that end, they are have to contend with enemies that seek their demise while coming up with solutions for the devastation caused by the very addictive drug, Cocanol. To do this, nine leaders of the organization must use all of their respective resources and talents to not only survive, but succeed in their objectives.

Reading The Sisterhood I was entertained, motivated, inspired, and felt renewed in my creativity toward how to accomplish my goals. But more than that- I started to really appreciate my “Sisterhood” that are part of Sugar Gamers and in my life as a whole. I couldn’t wait to tell them about the book. Beyond the amazing story, the action, the espionage, the battle of wits, and the interesting romantic developments between the characters- there are several reasons this book is compelling.

1. Women, particularly women of color get to save the world!

2. The women of The Sisterhood are not only highly intelligent, but excel in business, tech, science and engineering

3. These female characters are strong, but also human and experience a variety of emotions making them very relatable.

4. The Sisterhoods motivations are always rooted in freedom and empowerment

5. The book is effectively written with the underlying goal to give the reader a blue print for a positive life-action plan

6. The book is a fictional account of an incredible philosophy

These are just some of the reasons I had to learn more about author Nichol Bradford.
 




Nichol Bradford attending the Collision Conference 2015

Looking at her from across the table, I am already beaming with a sense of pride. Since Sugar Gamer’s creation six years ago, I’ve met many amazingly talented women, however, I never actually met a woman of color that has held an executive level position in the gaming industry. Hearing about the exceptional challenges of being a woman and a minority in this field, I was almost expecting to detect a cynical tone when speaking with her. Contrary to my expectation, Nichol’s eyes sparkle with enthusiasm, warmth, and passion as she tells me about every project she’s ever put her energies into. She’s an individual who’s actions come from the heart. Which is why her book The Sisterhood has in some ways changed my life.

K: Tell us about the sisterhood. What inspired you to write it?

N: The Sisterhood is the literary version of what I’m doing now. In the sense that I’m very interested in freedom. Mental freedom. “None but ourselves could free our minds” right? Freedom is a tough word to use because people bring a lot different connotations to it, but for me, it’s freedom to choose. The Sisterhood is very much about a group of women who endeavor to become mentally free and to free every woman, child, and community member. They can touch lives by providing the tools and spaces to think for yourself.

K: What experiences from your life that motivated you to turn this book from an idea to a reality?

N: I was Miss Black Houston and don’t remember what year it was, I think there were dinosaurs you know! But the reason why I was Miss Black Houston is that I was entering my fifth year of college which took me five years to complete because I was working at various jobs the whole time. I didn’t want to rely on my parents and was financially emancipated at seventeen. So, I was in a situation where I was about to start my fifth year of school, my scholarships had finished and I didn’t have any money. I was walking in the mall I worked at and a woman came up to me and she said “Hey would you like to enter a beauty pageant?” In my head I was like “Are you out of your mind”! Really, beauty pageants had never ever appealed to me EVER! But then she said there’s a scholarship. This is what completely changed my decision.

My first beauty pageant was very much like the story Stone Soup. The fable where you know the whole town puts in something and they end up making soup. This is exactly what the mall I worked at did. The salon did my hair, makeup and nails. Another store in the mall let me borrow a dress and so on and so forth. Without their help, I wouldn’t have had a chance at winning the pageant.

K: With everything you’ve done with your life, I can’t believe you had the time to add beauty pageant winner to your list!

It had never ever crossed my mind to do something like that. It was not in my D.N.A. I come from a very long line of very hard core women. But, I felt that as long as I have this tiara. I might as well make it mean something. So I started volunteering and doing workshops with girls and young women about how to be successful.

I was giving my standard workshop. And this is the one that really struck me. There were seventeen or eighteen high school seniors standing in a circle at one point in the workshop. I would talk to them, give advice, then we would do different exercises. The last exercise I had them do was take turns focusing on one girl and each person would tell this girl directly and honestly, “You’re smart. You’re beautiful and you can have anything that you want.”

It was so powerful . The low number of people who could handle that….without crying was incredible. I think no one in the group truly, truly believed these things about themselves.
 
It was tearful. And I knew the work wasn’t done. I had the realization that I haven’t even really helped these girls. You can’t change someone’s life in a moment. I mean you can sometimes but it takes more. I’m gone and they’re back to their lives. So I began thinking of ways if how I could have a have a LASTING impact.
 



The SISTERHOOD Sugar Gamers Cosplay

We will continue discussing the “Sisterhood” and how you can become a part of it! We are in love with this book and what it means for us! We were even inspired to do our own cosplay campaign which you will be seeing more of soon! In the mean time, to learn more about Nichol Bradford and The Sisterhood please visit the links below! We would love for you to join the conversation.
 
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Enter the Moon and Howl at the Moon by Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson




About the Author

Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson has been writing and publishing fantasy stories since 2003. Publishing credits include short fiction, writing contests and novels.

She attended the Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a B.A in African American History and promptly went to work with AmeriCorps on a literary initiative. She went to the University of Michigan and got her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2008 and while she finished writing her thesis, also got a Masters in English – Composition and Rhetoric in 2009. She recently is working on her PhD at Michigan State University in the field of Writing and Rhetoric. She has been teaching collegiate and community writing classes since 2003 and loves the variety and inspiration her students bring.

She currently is finishing her trilogy and dutiful writes on her blog space about her journey. She is excitedly expanding her ever developing world and looks forward to the new adventures waiting to be written.


About the Books

Book 1:Enter the Moon




Enter a world where chance encounter changes a woman’s chosen path.

Enter a world where, in the dark of Central Park, a hidden society fights to exist.

Enter the Moon where Her fluctuating phases irrevocably intertwine two lives.

With wealth, beauty, and a voice like liquid gold, life was right on track for Kama DeKosse; then she met Jack and, for once, decided to toss caution to the wind and see where it would take her. The world of romance gave her new encounters and the chance to flirt with the mysterious.

Jack Twist enjoyed his orderly life of power and control. Being pursued was an intriguing challenge and, following instinct, he enjoyed the chase. In a twist he would have never expected, Jack found an amazing passion that ran wild and crazy as Kama brought something new to his life, something that neither of them knew how to control. Unable to resist the attraction, he joined the game as Kama turned his world upside down and made his inner wolf howl with desire, consequences be damned.

Kama can’t deny the overwhelming pull towards Jack, even when she is forced to make a choice that could cost all her hopes and everything she has ever worked for. And just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, life takes her up on the challenge. Kama learns a secret that not only threatens her family and Jack, but also her very life.


Book 2:Howl at the Moon



Kama DeKosse thought the most exciting thing about her senior year would be a solo recital at Julliard. That was before she found out her werewolf lineage and was forced to take a Rite of passage to stay with her pack in Central Park. Kama began to feel the constraints of trying to simultaneously live in both the human and Loup worlds. In the human world, she was still a child with little choice. In the Loup, she became an adult, and with that title, the expectations to fully participate as a member of the pack.

Jack Twist reveled in the success that allowed Kama to stay with him. Just when he relaxed, his Park was attacked and he was forced to take a Spirit Quest that tested him and subjected him to pain he thought left behind. He is forced to make decisions that might save his pack but would mean leaving the woman he loves.

Kama traveled to learn about her heritage from the family she had never known existed. This only caused more tension with a Pack who questioned her loyalty and with her loved ones who don’t understand all that being Loup entails. Only the threat of war called her back and she prepared to go into a battle, uncertain if this was a fight she could win.

More about Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson:
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Two books: Cold Serial and Cold Crazy by Barbara Grovner



About the Author

I love a good mystery! Writing, as well as reading stories with intriguing and interesting plots are my favorite things to do. The thing about a good mystery is that they're entertaing and they feed the senses in a huge way...at least for me, anyway. I get so wrapped up in a good mystery, spending an entire night absorbing and devouring every word is a pretty regular thing in my world.

The best mysteries get my blood coursing through my veins at a high speed while my heart rate struggles to calm itself. I guess I'm a mystery junkie. lol! The part that really gets me going is the mind of the killers in these stories and how in the world do they have whatever it takes to kill another human being! Gives me the willies just thinking about it! But it's very interesting as well. Can you imagine having a mind full of swirling thoughts ending the life of another? Whew! Before you begin thinking I'm capable of murder, let me say this:

"I write murder mysteries, not because I enjoy the act of killing, but because I'm fascinated by the audacity of it". ~ Me



About the Books

COLD SERIAL


She noticed the thousand-dollar suit, the diamond Rolex and the BMW almost immediately, and decided she must have him; after all, she's a diva and deserves nothing but the best. Harold Masterson smiled, but only because he anticipates what will come later. He knows she'll be impressed when he tells her he owns Masterson's Gems in downtown Boston and when she gets an eye-full of his two million-dollar condo on Beacon Hill, she'll immediately begin working on a plan that will get her a spot in his bed. She has no idea what he's really after.

He is sick to death of women who think of themselves as divas. They have no idea what it means to be a true diva, nor do they have what it takes, with their knock-off shoes and purses, believing the world can't tell the difference. Well, he can tell the difference from across the street! He's tired of the pushy attitudes and the demanding tones in their voices. They remind him of his mother; she'd treated his father like a servant, always insisting he treat her as if she was some sort of royalty. All Harold wants from that type of woman is to seduce her, use her body, and then strangle her to death.

Women are coming up missing in Boston, Massachusetts and the families of the victims are demanding answers. Lead detective, Craig Barnes is convinced this has the smell of a serial killer’s work and he is determined to apprehend him. After losing his wife to the hands of a serial killer that had stalked the streets of Boston many years ago, the case has him rattled and stressed. With Raayna by his side, keeping him grounded, he finally stumbles on information from a homeless man who tells him what he saw in the park on a dark, rainy night.




COLD CRAZY


COLD CRAZY is a story of love and loyalty and about the times in life when the bond of friendship can overstep its bounds. It’s about a group of friends that push their long-lasting relationships to the limit. Unexpected and startling affairs ignite, and friends and lovers become suspects in a senseless, premeditated murder. Boston’s trendy South End is the backdrop for this sexy tale, where the drama rises to a suspenseful climax, and souls are bared for the world to see.

Kara and Makai were truly happily married, at least for the first couple of years before Makai begins thinking he can’t possibly get all he needs from just one woman. Kara had heard about his indiscretions from her younger sister Raayna, but it wasn’t until she found evidence of his cheating (on her own) that she realized Raayna had been right all along. Kara finally confronts him and kicks him out of their home, and then the unexpected occurs.

Kara is found dead from two bullets to the head, in the parking garage at the Boston Hospital where she worked as an oncology nurse, and things immediately begin to heat up. When police begin digging around, searching for a cold-blooded murderer, truths unfold and secrets come tumbling out. Lives begin to unravel, revealing jealousy and raw rage, and most disturbingly, pure insanity at its most dangerously evil depth rears its ugly head and somehow, someway, justice must be served.

More about Barbara Grovner:
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Darkest Europe and Africa's Nightmare



About the author

Akinyi Princess of K'Orinda-Yimbo was born on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, the capital city of Luoland, Kenya; at a very young age (when she was too small to say "sod off!" as she puts it), she was sent to private school in Yorkshire, England. She is a graduate journalist of the Nairobi and the London Schools of Journalism as well as an economics graduate of the London School of Economics (1981-1987).

She moved to Bavaria, Germany, where she studied Germanistics and Germanspecific economics (1993 to 1997). She has been writing as a freelance journalist since 1980, serving as a columnist with various dailies and monthly magazines in Africa and Europe. She gives lectures and seminars in various German universities, colleges and high schools on topics ranging from socio-economy in Africa, Business English, Intercultural Communication, African literature and the socio-ethnological conflicts in the traditions of Africans and Europeans in particular, and the West in general.

In 2012, she got her Doctor of Philosophy In Sociology and Geo-Politics from the Heidelberg University.

She was the CEO of her companies Eur-AfrAsia Association for Quality Management & Intercultural Communications Training, and PAKY Investment Holdings Ltd. She gave up both posts in order to devote her time to her passion: writing. She is now only Chairman on the Board of Directors. She has written and published articles, papers, and a novel in German: Khiras Traum, and five novels,Bound to Tradition: The Dream; Bound to Tradition: The Initiation; Bound to Tradition: The Separation; Secret Shades Book 1: Aroused; Secret Shades Book 2: Revealed.. Her nonfiction book Darkest Europe and Africa's Nightmare: A crtical Observation of Neighboring Continents was published in 2008 by a New York publisher. She is also a columnist with The African Times (Times Media, Berlin).

In 2010 her short story, The Proposal, won the Cook Communications first prize. In 2012 she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to the Western society in various papers, theses and lectures. In 2012 her book was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In addition she won the Achievers Award for African Writer of The Year 2013 in the Netherlands.

In 2014 she started the publishing company, AuthorMePro Press, to assist aspiring writers - especially from the developing world - to get published.

She speaks seven languages, is married to a German politician of aristocratic descent, has a son, two grandsons, and lives in Bavaria. They also have homes in France, Cyprus and Greece.




About the book

A Critical Observation of Neighboring Continents

If the United States is based on the principle that all men are created equal, why, the author asks, does the West treat Africa and Africans differently? Just what kind of democracy is being exported, when only the West's interests are served? In an incisive view of the relationship between Africa and the West, a London-educated Kenyan princess suggests that the aid machinery hurts Africa more than it assists. Westerners (and successful Africans alike) perpetuate the negative image of Africa to assuage their consciences as they continue to rip off a rich continent, while deploring the poverty they themselves help to keep in place.

Probing the human causes of Africa's continuing travails, the author examines the result of official policies that were sold to the public as "aid programs," while poking fun at Western hypocrisy and greed, and African vanity and passivity, as well. Western citizenry have been schooled to think that their countries are wealthy because they are smarter or work harder - a belief fostered to support hegemonic delusions. Just as artificial, she argues, is the notion that Africa's alleged poverty and the West's staggering economic and military might could be related to skin color or the scientifically preposterous notion of "race." The truth, the author maintains, is that they are rich because they have robbed and still rob their wealth from the rest of the world, creating "poor countries" precisely where the greatest natural wealth is found. American and European corporations, and now Chinese as well, whisk away Africa's resources to enrich their own economies and peoples.

The author looks at contemporary political, humanitarian and economic trends, assessing the World Bank, WTO, G8 and the IMF to be the long arms of the world oligarchies, primarily the USA. She considers NGOs a menace to Africa while serving as a job-creation blessing to the rich nations. She suggests the aid industry does more harm than good, dissuading Africans from defending their turf while foreign corporations scoop up all the resources. At the same time, the author equally reprimands not only the predator politicians and elite of the African continent but all Africans for their passive resignation to a fate they can change through affirmative actions.
 
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Apples & Oranges




About the Author

Author D. Elaine Fields is a member of Richmond, VA's thriving creative community.



About the Book

Lashonda Price is young, beautiful, and successful and Robert White can’t wait to wrap himself in her honey brown skin. At first a thirteen year age difference and the hassles of negotiating race give them pause, but it isn’t long before the long simmering heat between them ignites a passionate fire that threatens to consume them both. Can their love survive the objections of friends, family, and community in the same old South? Join the RVA characters you love for another tale of love in the River City.

The Choice Series-Weighted Letters.



About the Author

Bio-Born in Birmingham, Al, Audrey always exhibited a love for words. After writing her first book, The Definition of Sexy, Audrey took a leave from the writing scene until 2014. She released book one of The Choice Series-Weighted Letters.
 


About the Book

It is two short stories that follows the lives of Cheryl and Keith (The Promise) and Austyn and Kayla (The Bridge). With a mix of poetic scenes that shine a light on the love shared by Cheryl and Keith to a promise made as children warranting to be fulfilled before Keith dies. In the story the bridge- Austyn saw Kayla time and time again during his daily run. After being convinced by his best friend Mike, he asked her out and a fire was ignited between the two. That was not the only fire burning in Austyn’s life.

From My Mind To Your Eyes



About the Author

Yulonda enjoys writing poetry, children's short stories, & realistic fiction. Besides being a self-published author Yulonda is an encouragement speaker. Yulonda currently resides in southern California with her family.



About the Book

Come take a ride with Yulonda Madden through pieces of her mind to tour her inner thoughts of sensuality, injustice, love, spirituality, & humor. All viewed through poetry.

For the Love of Black Men



About the Author

Ayin M. Adams, PhD. Msc.D., is a native New Yorker. She is also an International Metaphysician, spiritual director, and intuitive therapist. Adams is a holistic teacher of self-development and consciousness. Adams utilizes her gift of words to heal, educate, and entertain. Adams is the author of more than eight books. Adams has been published by “Women in the Moon” publishing, Bum Rush the Page, In the Family, and Quiet Mountain Essays.

Adams is the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist for her book, African Americans in Hawai`i: A Search for Identity, the 2015 Bronze Medal Illumination Book Award winner, 1998 winner of the Pat Parker Poetry Award, the 1999 Audre Lorde Memorial Prose Prize, the 2001 President’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Award. Adams documents our passage in time using her writings and tonality of voice to help one break out of the current constraints and fragmentation of daily and habitual life. She assists and facilitates individuals to co-create their futures, especially as many of the established structures of society may be falling apart.

Adams lives with the intention of suiting up, showing up, and following through. Adams embraces a firm belief that everything is in Divine Order. Ayin M. Adams organizes and leads spiritual retreats geared towards the transformational transcendence of mind, body, and soul. She makes her home in Maui. You may visit her at www.ayinadams.com.




About the Book

For the Love of Black Men is a triumph…filled with power, with poems reflecting the rich traditions and complexity of today’s black society. For the Love of Black Men is a thought-provoking, hard-hitting book of poetry that offers renderings of past and present indignities, self-introspection, spiritual commitment, forgiveness and the necessity of solutions. It probes areas that are not openly discussed.

More than just a book of poetry For the Love of Black Men addresses issues credibly, compassionately, and directly, with a minimum of soft edges. For the Love of Black Men transports the reader on a personal and private tour into a realm where some Black men have had to wrestle and confront their own challenging questions concerning their wholeness. Many of the concerns these men have had to face may be similar to all men. However, because of the legacy of slavery, their obstacles are more.

The wholeness that is being sought is always present, even in the most desolate of times. Trusting one’s inner source sometimes gives clarification to dilemmas that appear inconceivable. Many times silence or solitude are means by which answers are revealed. The fast-paced survival atmosphere in which most black men live does not provide such opportunities. In communities where there is a predominance of black men, the constant din of helicopters, fire-engines, sirens and other disturbances does not grant much contemplative time. For the Love of Black Men offers hope and the possibility of alternate choices.

Ayin Adams’ poetry addresses the Black Man from a potpourri of issues. A gentle and compassionate rumination shared in the loving description of The Eyes of Father while the contrast of Sometimes I feel like a Fatherless Son and the brutally truthful concerns addressed in Hostage or Husband offer objective assessments.

In more recent times, approximately fifty plus reported cases of unarmed black men have been murdered by policemen which is a continuation of the 1857 original statement concerning Dred Scott had no rights to sue, because the white man said that the black man has, “No rights which the white man was bound to respect.” Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin were some of the victims who have given their lives…is an unsolicited martyrdom the ultimate reward for a Black Man, the final recognition that one never could have achieved on minimum wage or selling individual cigarettes with a second-class citizen mentality? The answers are always within, and the way in which we confront them will determine our happiness or unhappiness.

For the Love of Black Men awakens us to a black man’s world in today’s American Society with searing poems that stretch from the street to the healing power of family and love. From the chilling immediacy of I Can’t Breathe (for Eric Garner) to the horrific truth of Unarmed, Adams tells apocalyptic moments in the Black community. Adams also encompasses the love, compassion and humor that connects the black man to the black community and to the world. Fortunately for all of us, Adams verses actually become a legitimate shelf reference of America’s shameful history of the slayings of unarmed black men.

For the Love of Black Men exposes readers to an expansive reassessment of some of the issues that have prevailed since slavery which have produced myriads of confusion. Ayin Adams permits readers, participants, victims and those who have a genuine desire to rectify the problems, the hope that the offerings she has presented will illicit questions and perhaps provide some solutions. Poetry reaching universal experience is fundamental to understanding human life and Ayin Adams connects the individual and the larger society. This book must be in everyone’s library. Contact: ayinadams@ayinadams.com
 
 
Releasing: April 11, 2015

Ruffled Feathers Hard Truths



About the Author

Butterfly Ingelozi® is an Illinois born native of the United States. A military veteran and college-educated, she lives her life through her experiences. Extremely analytical, she focuses solely on the purpose of every situation and every individual. Growing up in a close-knit family, Butterfly learned the value of character, integrity, loyalty and love (the action word). Writing came as second-nature to Ms. Ingelozi, though not her passion. She began writing as a means to disseminate information throughout her mother’s extended illness. Writing then became therapeutic, allowing her to express her innermost thoughts, inadvertently revealing a uniquely spiritual and sensitive side, full of inspiration and encouragement, with an uncanny ability to uplift and educate.

She writes from her heart and, unknowingly, finds a way to touch others through her words. A kindred spirit; kind, caring, giving, loving and trusting. But, don't be fooled, Butterfly Ingelozi® speaks her truth and aims from the hip. A gentle person, Butterfly sails into your heart, melodically and humbly, with her truth and wisdom.




About the Book

What began as a means to disseminate information to close friends and family, all at once, became a legacy and a testament to an undying and unselfish love for family and life. This story is multi-layered. If you read and embrace it with an open mind, you will be amazed at what you take away. This story is about all of us, because each of us will pass through this storm some day (if you haven't already).

This is a story of two people saving each other’s lives, fighting through some of the toughest battles and winning many of them. One was left to pull together, what they thought were the broken pieces of their life, while growing in understanding and acceptance. The war, it’s ongoing. It is our story. "If I hadn’t lived it, I would have thought it was fiction."

This book is for all of us. "Had I known to expect the unexpected many years ago, I wouldn’t have been so desperate, stressed, under duress or surprised. Had so many things not been family secrets in too many households for far too long, we all could have long ago helped each other with our experiences. Had I had access to the forthright experiences of others, I could have been better prepared to stage wars." And certainly, this book would not have ever been relative. Although we all aren’t the same, nor will our experiences necessarily mimic one another’s, it is important that we share information and efforts when we encounter trials and endure tribulations in life.

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