Freedom

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  1. Amy , hello! How are you?
    These shots are amazing! I love looking at birds too and observing them in their natural habitat. It’s such a pleasure to see them. You really make my day with your amazing photographs! Btw , that video was unavailable. Dunno why🤷 Anyways , I really smiled automatically on seeing that picture of yours smiling😄 Kudos to the photographer for capturing such a moment 😃
    Stay safe and well💙💫
    Xoxo

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    1. Thank you for telling me, Shruti, about the video. I just took it down. Darn it! It worked yesterday for me. Glad you enjoyed not only the bird pictures but my “gotcha” pictures that hubby got of me. He snuck up on me! LOL And no I’m not always washing dishes. Teehee ….. Much love to you and your Maa!! (((HUGS))) xo

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      1. You’re most welcome 😊
        Must be some technical glitch. No worries ✌
        Haha..they were totally amazing!
        Thank you! Much love to you and yours truly as well!

        Love , love💙💫

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  2. Firstly, no, I will never again take any liberties for granted, those simple pleasures that we seemed to fritter away. Secondly, how did you know what I’ve been thinking? Honestly tonight, I said to my husband how much I miss contact with other people. You’re right, as much as we love our families, too much of a good thing well you know! I’m ready to embrace the world! But I’ll be patient if I have to be lol 😊
    You look great Amy. I love all your pics too and I’m looking forward to checking out that link and looking back at posts of yours I’ve missed. I’ve no doubt that, like me, you’ve been out walking and immersed in nature.
    Take care my friend. Sending hugs and lots of love xxx 💚🌹

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    1. Miriam, just meeting people on my walks is pure joy who are more then willing to talk of happy subject matter. I think we are all realizing what we just took for granted, we will never again do so. There are days that I could just cry missing contact with people so much.
      As for looking great, thank you! This era we find ourselves in has aged me and despite that, I’m still willing to show my face and my hair, refusing to hide. Do check out the link. It’s about factual world stats.
      I do attempt to get out of the house between doing my gardens which are taking forever this year, getting into the parks with my cams, and just going for walks. The air is so fresh, so clean and I am enjoying every moment of this as I can. I hope that this fresh air stays when the world again begins to move forward.
      You take care too!! Hang in there, dear friend. We all are feeling the constraints, the stress of this unimaginable event that is unfolding in our lives. Sending you much love!! xoxoxoxo

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    1. Kamal, I am ever so grateful for your incredible words of praise towards my photography. Thank you and bless you! I’ve seen those sparrows in our backyard for years, never getting a picture until this year. I knew these birds only stay here very briefly until they continue on the migratory journey, so finally curiosity got the better of me as I shot a few frames.
      No matter what happens, I refuse to loose my smile. May you have a truly wonderful day today!! I know I will! Much love to you! xo

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    1. Dan, I believe that hawk is the very same one I encouraged last year to hunt when he was crying desolately for his Mom. When these birds of prey come out of the next, Mom feeds them and then begins to back off until one day she no longer comes when they cry for her. She stops feeding them. It is heartbreaking to witness. But these birds must learn how to hunt for themselves or they will not survive. All last Fall I talked to this hawk, encouraging him to hunt telling him I had every confidence in him that he could do it. When he finally stopped crying, noticing how thin he had become, I began to pray. Days later I saw him swooping down and I in turn began to shout with great joy knowing this bird did learn how to hunt. He’s not even one year old in this picture. He’s definitely got a piece of my heart!! So glad you enjoyed this post today! Have a great day! Sun is out, temps are in 50’s and I’m going to continue in my gardens. It was between going out with my cams or my gardens. For some reason my heart chose gardens. I dunno. I just follow. (smile)

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    1. Aw, Rob, thank you regarding my smile. I was just so in that moment washing dishes and dreaming upon the birds in our backyard that hubby really startled me. When I am in the in-between state of here and there, my smile is a bit goofy. LOL I tell you true when this darn lockdown is finally lifted I will be hugging strangers. And probably crying. Almost 2 months now and that is just wayyyyyyyy too long for anyone to maintain “isolation”. You are welcome for the uplifting post. We all need it!! Much love to you! (((HUGS)))!! xo

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  3. More magic Amy, did you get a license for it 🤣
    That hawk is a ripper of a shot, and surprise, surprise…he was looking straight at you…again. That energy of yours must be near singing all through the parks lol 😂 🤣
    Even the moon was focused up beautifully, that takes some serious focus 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. Mark, I believe this is the Juve I reached out to last Fall when he was crying for his Mom. These birds of prey must learn how to hunt for themselves but before they really get the hang of things, they are so forlorn and scared. I kept talking to him, encouraging him, telling him I’ve every confidence he can hunt. Well, it certainly looks like he made it through the winter to me. He’s only a baby, not even one year yet. Did you notice his tail? The markings are just beginning to emerge. His face is yet a baby’s face too.
      That moon picture I wasn’t sure would come out clearly. My hands were shaking so badly due to my thyroid med being too high. I was amazed I did get a clear shot.
      You have a great evening, dear friend. And I will have a great day today! The sun is shining here! YAY!! Much love to you! xo

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      1. No I did not notice the tail (if I remember correctly they get multiple dark bars on the tail feathers?), but as you said, he was a bit soft and fuzzy still around the head (plus he felt young 😀).
        And if that’s a shaky shot of the moon I’ve yet to see a good one then dear lady 😂 🤣
        Thank you for sharing my friend, it brings a smile with each picture you share xo 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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      2. You are correct about the tail, Mark. And you are ever so welcome. As you as well saw, I’m not hiding despite that this phase of my life has aged me. If this event in everyone’s life has not made some type of “mark” on them, they must be very young. Good to know you are still smiling!! xo

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      3. It will take a lot to remove this smile dear lady, mind you, it is 11.15pm here, if I don’t get my beauty sleep it may slip a tad 😂 🤣
        Have a great day Amy, may Mother Nature keep singing to you 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  4. Great post Amy! Red Tailed Hawk – beautiful!!! People will miss people, as some of them are finding out. It’s part of how we all are connected and when removed – we don’t realize what we had. There have been some positives, as you just reported on – which is really cool! Lots of doctors and virologists are speaking out now, more disclosure regarding the big picture os good too!! Time for humans to embrace our own humanity and feel the love!! Have a lovely weekend!! Much love to you!! Donna

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    1. Donna, I encourage you to look at the link I provided on world stats and come to your own conclusion about this “virus”. More and more people are coming forth (thank God!) that things just don’t add up. There was a lot more to this post but I deleted it. I did not want to get pulled into debates and whatnot due to “my views”. People must come to their own conclusions regarding everything that is unfolding. A few questions I did have: Why is air traffic here increasing if we are still in lockdown? Why are no newscasters or politicians wearing a mask when on TV? Hmmmm … Even someone I know who is in a traditional medical position said just yesterday, his words, this is “BS” regarding the lockdown. Yep. People are beginning to THINK. YAY! And yes there are positives coming out of this travesty. It is time for humans to embrace their humanity and feel the love. I couldn’t agree with you more!! Have a great day!! (((HUGS)))!! xo

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  5. People wanting and needing to talk to others face to face: so true. It reminds me of the blizzard of 1978. I was farming at the time, single, and snowed in for five days with a barely functioning party line telephone as the only means of communication. After I was able to get to the feed mill on day six, everybody there was talking all at once. LOL, there was such a need to converse with fellow humans. Oh, the Red-Tail hawk shot is magnificent. Stay safe and healthy!

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    1. I remember the blizzard of 77. That was only a couple of days compared to weeks and weeks present day. Oh yes there is desperation in people right now to talk to basically anyone. Not all however. There are those who are so afraid and so bundled up that they won’t even give eye contact. But I don’t focus on them. I focus on those people who light up the sky with their smiles and conversations. I thank you regarding my friend, the Juve. He made sure I knew he was OK and thus allowed me to take his picture. I love the way he posed for me. Have a great day today! xo

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  6. That’s a great shot of the baby red-tail. Wonderful moon and sparrow shot. Your hubby did a great job on his shots of you, Great expressions.

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    1. Yes I dared to show those pics of me, Tim. LOL I wasn’t quite all “here” as I was daydreaming while looking at the birds in our backyard doing dishes. And thank you regarding my bird and moon shots.

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  7. Loved your photos. We have been taking way too much for granted. This lockdown has most certainly made us aware of that. Things are almost returning to normal. We still have a curfew from 7pm to 7am. But we are allowed to go out and work, provided we have masks and maintain social distance. How are things over there, Amy? Stay safe. Take care. ♥️

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    1. SO happy you loved my photos, Shweta. Oh yes we have taken far too much for granted, things we didn’t think twice about. That no longer is true, is it? Nothing has changed here and people are being pushed to their absolute limit. This is just too long we’ve been forced to live like this. Many are taking the masks off, walking freely outside, yet maintaining social distancing. Let me tell you! I will be hugging strangers when people are no longer afraid to touch others. And I honestly could cry over my hair. 12 weeks now it has been and lately my roots have looked so bad. Like my gym workouts I worked a long time at, getting my hair to look as it did took a long time too. So much of my life has been undone, yet, I must and I will stay focused on good and happy. I’ve been angry too many days to continue that.
      Trust me, I am safe and will remain so. I have a higher chance getting cancer then I do getting this virus. There are no guarantees in life. Much love to you! xo

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  8. Really beautiful photos! Yes we do need people but I don’t want anyone jeopardizing my health because they don’t take precautions. I’m too old to take chances! Others smoking cigarettes around me would an illustration.

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    1. Nico, I’ve been out walking in parks all along as much as I possibly can, weather permitting. Everyone with a very few exceptions, are very respectful of the social distancing. I’ve also noticed how much more people are willing to talk with some beginning to act desperate to talk with anyone and everyone. No one is jeopardizing my health. I am in command of who comes near me. Of course being a photographer, which I learned the hard way, I now have to be ultra careful regarding folks coming up behind me. Many blessings!! xo

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  9. You look adorable, Amy. No wonder you attract people who want to bask in your light. I can imagine that people are desperate for social interaction. I’ve actually found myself quieter when I’m out. I smile, but I’m just not interested in talking. I’ve had several very deep shifts since this all started and often feel as if I’m not here anymore. Feeling so incredibly peaceful. I would love to hear about others’ personal shifts, though.

    The hawk is magnificent. I caught the image of a very cheeky chickadee a couple of days ago. Funny how the little ones are the least shy.🙂 Take care, dear one.💕🧚‍♀️

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    1. “I’ve had several very deep shifts since this all started and often feel as if I’m not here anymore.” Julie, I could hug you! I too no longer I am really here. It’s so hard to describe. Even when I am talking it is almost as if I were observing as well. I’ve felt weird, and a lot of times much quieter as well. The noise my hubby makes just being in the same room I’m teaching him to quiet that down. VERY sensitive to sound lately. I’m feeling tired all the time yet when I do go I am tireless. I dunno. I’ve no idea anymore exactly where I am. If you saw my face in photo one, I was not quite in 3D reality. I was so absorbed watching the birds in our backyard I did not even hear my “noisy” hubby as he snuck in with the camera.
      I’ve been very drawn to birds lately, more so then ever. I cannot explain any of the changes in myself. All I know I’m just changing. Much love to you!! xo

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      1. I can’t explain the changes in myself, either, and being able to explain it isn’t even important anymore. I know exactly that feeling of talking/interacting, but being an observer of it. I am now very mindful of what/who I let in my personal space. If someone wants to talk to me to fill a void and/or unload their stuff on me, I cut it off. I will no longer allow myself to be used, especially on an energetic level. I will no allow others to make me feel as if I’m a bad person for taking care of myself first. This has been the core of this massive shift. So much heaviness has left and now I’m letting it settle. It’s so good to know you and some others who are going through similar changes. It could very easily be alarming, because our reality is literally changing.

        I’ve been paying a lot closer attention to birds lately, too. I never used to pay much attention to them. Now I’m mesmerized.🧚‍♀️ So much love to you as well.

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      2. DITTO regarding my personal space. Can you feel my jaw dropping? LOL I “read” people first before I begin a conversation or allow one to commence. I will no longer tolerate low level energies. The moment a turn in an ongoing conversation dips, I say goodbye. I will NOT talk politics, I will NOT talk C. I will NOT even type that word. I will talk birds. I will talk life. I will talk love. Other then that, natta!

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      3. Ha! Ditto for not talking about politics or any media fueled subject. People pushing politics on me ( and telling me I’m not a good person for not “being informed”)is one of the very few things that can still piss me off. We have the right to focus our energy wherever we please.

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      4. I SO agree! We do have the right to focus our energy on what WE want. I am informed for I am guided by what I am told via my heart. No one, especially after this, will push anything on me that I do not want. Oh yeah, my anger is for real. I no longer push it down and it is seen when someone attempts to tell me my ways are wrong. Politics anything is not in my world! I depend on Mother to keep me “chilled”. Really.

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      5. Welcome to your awakening dear Amy, you are ‘letting go’ this world with all its ‘worry bits’ and just ‘being’. Yes the world is still here and you will interact with it, but as time goes by you will become more unconditional and just be you 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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      6. LOL I feel rather floaty as if I’m not really here, Mark. Thanks for adding to this conversation. I’m actually rubbing off on hubby who is a worry wart. He’s been more laid back and laughing more to the extent that I’ve never witnessed. Perhaps it is the “general energy” he is feeling as well. Floaty. LOL
        I still have my quirks believe me so whether or not I’m becoming more unconditional is still out with the jury. Teehee ….. xoxoxoxo

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      1. I hope to work on it during these next few days while the COLD weather returns, again. I’ve had really bad migraines the past few days, so I haven’t been able to do much of anything. Hopefully I can have it done by the end of the month.

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      2. Sighs. Yep. Cold here too, Julie. I’ve only been trying to open my gardens since the end of March. They still are not finished. Between rain, wind hail, and snow I’ve had not many opportunities to get in them. I am really trying to walk as much as I can though. You are in my prayers and heart regarding your pain. Migraines OH I know that pain! Is that normal for you or something new? Just wondering …. I’ve had my share of “pains” with these changes. BIG (((HUGS)))!! xo

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      3. Unfortunately the migraines have been with me for most of my life, though they have changed. My body is going through a lot lately, too. Leaden heaviness, then effervescence. It seems to be balancing out💕

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      4. Oh thank goodness I’m not the only one up and down like a yo-you. LOL I’m driving me nuts! I don’t know from one moment to the next what will come out of my mouth or how I will act. Yikes! And the best thing about all this, I don’t care! What is IS!
        Let me give you a wee hope about your migraines. After the big M, I no longer had them. I was on medication, the only thing that helped me. I got them bad to the point I could not open my eyes or get out of bed. Today, migraine free. I wish that for you, dear friend. Let’s both hope that after all is said and done, effervescence is here to stay for both of us. We just have to work out the kinks first. Grrrrrr ……

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    1. SMILING, Eliza! Oh yes he got me all right. I was seriously daydreaming while watching birds in our backyard. My first expression HUH? says it all. LOL No one knows where this world is going. It’s enough to get through just one day lately. Hang in there!!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. Your words are crucial to all of us, Colleen. I will not stop creating a world that is based on love and I encourage all to do so. It depends on our survival. Fear will kill. I just today dissociated with the group of women I used to walk with who are extremely fear based. It is also so important that what we believe, we stick to that and not only that, we surround ourselves who believe the same. Bless you, my friend. Stay strong of mind and body! Much love!! xo

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  10. I am glad you can enjoy a little more freedom Amy, not so much for us here yet. I just want to be able to travel up to the Blue Mountains again and where ever else I choose to go. I do love your first image of that gorgeous bird, and those photo’s of you are so lovely, I can see a kind and gentle nature in those shots. Best wishes for you Amy, and have a wonderful day!

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    1. I feel so badly for you, Karen. OMG! If I did not have the opportunity to go outside, I’d be nuts by now. I don’t understand why you cannot go outside. Sun and fresh air are some of the best things you can do for yourself to strengthen your immune system. Thank you for you comment, friend. I so appreciate it! Much love to you! xo

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      1. We can go outside Amy, but we can’t really go anywhere outside of our suburbs. If I couldn’t get out of the house I really would be nuts by now.

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  11. I loved that you were caught off-guard, you look so happy and thank you for sharing that happiness with us Amy 🙂 I completely understand that need to look at someone, or have a conversation with somebody outside home! I guess when the new normal is here, a good number of us will cherish every minute of it while there is a good number just waiting to pounce upon earth. Sigh!

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      1. Yes a few more days and life should be better! This summer I was supposed to be at New York and now I don’t when will that happen. But I am hoping for the best; that life comes back to a good normal soon 🙂

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      2. My brother lives in a state that has reopened and he told me things are progressing slowly. Don’t get your expectations up. People have been through so many shocks and it will take a while before things slowly get back to a form of normal. I pray life gets back to normal with improvements with all we globally have learned during this excruciatingly difficult situation. xo

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      3. You are right. It will take a long while for things to come back to a new normal. And while things may open up, movement may begin but we’d be quite sceptical and only let the normalcy envelop us over many more months. You take care and be well 🙂

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  12. Just another brilliant post Amy.. Such wonderful photos and loved that link you embedded.. Wow those figures! the food one surprised me..
    As for your Hubby taking those surprise clicks.. LOL… The second one says it all…. He was Forgiven and loved.. 🙂 ❤
    Mega Hugs your way ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Aw, Sue, thank you! That link …. you are the very first person for mentioning it. If you really look at it, what we are being told does not match up with the truth on this site. This site is legit. I checked it out. Thank you for looking at it.
      Hubby was in a good and playful space that day. I was seriously daydreaming looking out my window at the birds while washing dishes. I honestly didn’t know where I was until I heard, “Amy”. HUH? Mega Hugs your way right back!! xo

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    1. Bless you, Wendi, for what you wrote here. Bless you! You’ve put tears in my eyes, honestly. I love to share what I am so passionate about and especially is these times, I will not allow anyone to take my special love away from me. I walk fearlessly despite those who come against me in an attempt to get me to bend my knee to fear. I am honored to be the bringer of beauty. Thank you for being a part of my life! Much love to you!! xoxoxo

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  13. Sublime photography, dear AmyRose. The young red-tailed hawk looks so regal and a little haughty too. How very cute is that sparrow! I want to hug him. ❤ We are always so happy to be greeted by people when we are out walking. We really do need human contact and I miss it so much. The grocery store where everyone is masked and gloved up, is quite a hostile environment which I no longer enjoy. When all is back to normal, I hope we appreciate of every minute of our freedom as we happily go about our daily business. Hugs to you. xx

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    1. Hubby does the shopping, Sylvia, so I have avoided that nightmare called grocery shopping. Even whilst out walking I am seeing what I call zombies, people so wrapped up I can only see eyes, eyes that will not even look at me. For you see I do not wear a mask but prefer to drink deeply the FRESH air God has given to us instead of breathing my own germs. I have been meeting such nice people regardless of the zombies. People (some I’d say most) are desperate for conversation.
      That hawk I believe is the JUVE I encouraged last Fall to hunt when his mama stopped giving him food. If you have ever witnessed a Juve predator just after mom no longer feeds it, it is heartbreaking. When I saw him finally swoop down to make a kill I shouted and danced for joy!
      I refuse to allow anyone to take my freedom from me! No I cannot go to the gym nor get my hair done nor go to my acupuncturist but I will NOT allow those things to steal my life from me as I continue to live as best I can freely choosing to live the way I want. How I pray this insanity is over soon. SO many people have begun to say ENOUGH!!
      Much love to you!! xo

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      1. People here generally only wear a mask when it’s mandatory, although I have seen some masked drivers around our neighborhood. Go figure. 😅 I can imagine you dancing for joy. That must be quite the spectacle. 😍🤗

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      2. I honestly don’t remember when a mask has become mandatory, Sylvia. I know we have been told to wear a mask from every source possible, yet don’t we still have the freedom to choose what we want to do? We do live in the USA. Last I heard it was “recommended” to wear a mask, etc. MANY contradictions with this virus. If you but see and hear, you’ll know them.

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