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Leaving A Legacy Vidya Sury

My original intention was to present some of my blogger friends’ books that inspire me on a daily basis and are leaving a legacy. They have become personal friends over the years.  I admire, love and cherish them. They encourage me and motivate me to be my best self through our interaction on a regular basis via our blogs, email and Skype. I am deeply grateful to them.

I started compiling the list. Then, I had a brainwave. I thought, why not ask each of these fabulous bloggers for a quote? I posed the following question, simply because I know they are all leaving a legacy of love, happiness and faith. I asked,

“What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for?”

And the answers were overwhelming. I also requested you, dear readers, to answer this.

Now, here is my compilation. I invite you to be inspired. I know this is a long post. I urge you to check out these books (some are free downloads). Think of it as a library of inspiration to help you live your best life. Bookmark it if you like.

And enjoy!

“I want to be remembered as a good father, loving husband, inspirational writer and a kind person.” Alex Blackwell at The BridgeMaker

Alex’s book: Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change

I had the privilege of interviewing Alex when he launched his book
Leaving A Legacy Say yes to change

Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change is a heartfelt recounting of Alex Blackwell’s best advice on building healthy relationships, learning to love yourself and being a positive force in the world.





I’d like to be remembered for demystifying intuition and bringing into the realm of everyday life as another sense with which we are able to navigate our reality. Angela Artemis Powered by Intuition

Angela has this uncanny ability to connect with me exactly when I need it. I’ve had the pleasure of featuring her here more than once.
Her book: The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of
Powered by Intuition Leaving a legacy

The Intuition Principle is the key to finding your purpose, living with passion and joy, and heightening your success. By learning to listen to your intuition you will not only discover your passion and unique mission, but live a happier, more meaningful, fulfilling and successful life. Here is my review



I would like to be remembered for making a difference in people’s lives. For most of my life, I used to think that being skinny was the way to live and to be remembered. Silly, I know. Now, I know that spreading joy, positivity and love is the ultimate way to not only live, but also impact other people’s lives. I want to be remembered for living my truth and facing every challenge with a smile and an open, positive heart. Anne-Sophie

Anne-Sophie’s book: Love Your Body The Way It Is
Leaving a legacy Love our bodyIt does not matter if you are overweight, underweight or anywhere in between, you can always benefit from radically falling in love with your body and this is exactly what this guide will help you to do.




The one thing I would like to be remembered for is for living my truth through a life of service, bringing people together on a global scale through my books, coaching and fun events, and having a ball at the same time!” Arvind Devalia at Make it Happen

Arvind’s book: Get the Life You Love and Live It

Leaving A Legacy Arvind


This book will help you become clear about what you want in your life, make changes in your life, Clear the clutter from your life, Create fulfilling relationship,  Take practical steps in every area of your life, Become fitter and healthier, Become confident and full of high self esteem


I would like to be remembered for being a great teacher, mother and wife who made a difference in people’s lives. Betsy McKee Henry The Zen Mama

Leaving a legacy Zen Tips

Betsy’s book: Zen Tips Daily Meditations for Happiness and Fulfillment  is filled with inspirational quotes, color photography, meditations and “I Am” affirmations. Start your day with this book. Incorporate these meditations with your daily breathing, yoga or a cup of tea or coffee.  Read my review here.



I’d like to be remembered for being understanding, compassionate and available when someone needed support. Cathy Hull Taughinbaugh at Treatment Talk

Cathy’s blog is a rich resource where people can gain the support they need as well as find valuable information about addiction and recovery. Her book: 101 Natural Highs for an Amazing Drug-Free Life

Leaving A Legacy CathyThis is a simple reminder of what is out there waiting for you as you reach and continue your journey in recovery. Motivating activities are listed with links for more information in eleven different categories to build a healthy, interesting and creative life.




I’d like to be remembered for someone who “listens with understanding and does what he said he would do. David Stevens, Life Coach

David has the unique knack of packing in potent wisdom in short posts and is passionate about helping you to discover and then clarify what’s truly important at this stage of your life and which is in sync with your values, getting you headed in the right direction, set and achieve meaningful goals, bring your dreams closer to reality. Please do check out David’s 60 second coaching videos. You are in for a treat!

I’d like to be remembered as someone who lived consciously and generously, filled with praise and encouragement for everyone. Elle Sommer Reflecting A Life

Elle wrote a fabulous guest post here.  She believes we can do amazing things and live amazing lives when we all come together. Each week, she shares actionable wisdom along with all the other stuff she’s learning and living, the good, the bad and the less than pretty.  I am in love with her sign off line “Encourage one another”.  Please watch Elle’s beautifully made free prosperity video. And don’t miss her page on Motivation for instant inspiration.

The one thing I like to be remembered for is that I lived with passion, and I did everything to empower others to do the same. It took me a long time to give myself permission to live my own truth so my hope is to inspire you not to wait!!! 🙂 Farnoosh Brock at Prolific Living

Farnoosh is an artist in everything she does. Her writing, her videos, her photography, her inspirational posters on Facebook, everything. I’ll soon be posting a detailed review of her book: The Healthy Juicer’s Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live Long

Leaving a legacy with FarnooshFarnoosh Brock shares her knowledge, discoveries, best tips, and lessons learned from her years of green juicing so you can make smart and informed decisions as you learn how to heal your body and return it to harmony along with nutritional information and details on the benefits of juicing for life!


For inspiring others to love themselves unconditionally and to accept themselves completely.  Self-love paves the path to greater abundance, deeper fulfillment and more joy. Evelyn Lim at Abundance Tapestry 

Evelyn’s book: Self Love Secrets – How to Love Yourself Unconditionally

Leaving a legacy self love secretsEvelyn’s book covers all three mind-body-spirit aspects of the practice.  It gets your questions answered, helps you to flip your negative self-talk to a positive one, equips you with strategies and facilitates spiritual awareness  and find true self-love.



I’d like to be remembered as a loving and kind person. Fran Sorin at FranSorin.com

Fran recently guest posted here. Her book: Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening

Leaving a legacy Digging deepA motivational, practical, and ‘how to’ guide that gives you tools on how to be creative in the garden and life, encouraging creativity, spirituality, and transformation and helping you bloom along with your flowers.




I’ll share with you the epitaph that my daughter suggested for my headstone:”She was never bored!” I laugh every time I think of it and if that is how I’m remembered, so be it! says Galen Pearl of 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There)

Galen is one of the reasons my day begins on a serene note, with her wonderful notes on A Course In Miracles. Her book 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There).

Leaving a legacy 10 stepsMany of us hold our happiness hostage to some future circumstances. But happiness is, as they say, an inside job. If we choose repeatedly to be happy, it becomes a habit, our default position. This book shows how to create these joyful habits. Here is my detailed review





I would like to be remembered as someone who loved fully, embraced life completely, showed up authentically, and helped others do the same. Jodi Chapman at Soulful Journals

Jodi’s book: Soulful Journals

Leaving a legacy Soulful journalsEach Soulful Journal contains writing prompts – gentle, positive reminders that will inspire you to live your best life with topics ranging from the law of attraction and gratitude to relationships and life transitions.


I would hope that I am remembered for being one who sees, amplifies, reflects and celebrates Light, in each space, with love and gratitude. Joy Holland at Facets of Joy

Joy’s book: Pearls of Peace.

I love Joy. We’ve enjoyed conversations, collaborations and lots of email laughter.

Leaving a legacy Pearls of Peace


Pearls of Peace by Joy and various authors  is a beautiful collaborative project and I am honored to be a contributor. Joy has a habit of weaving magic with words. Her gentle presence inspires positivity and she has a knack for asking the most amazing questions, and  finding the answers opens your heart and mind.


What I want to be remembered for even more than being an influential teacher that touched and transformed lives, more than being a decent guy, more than an extension of my blog and a revolutionary happines.s movement instigator, more than any particular book or books or even for my ideas, I want most to be remembered by my family as a good dad. Ken Wert at Meant to be Happy

Ken wrote about the nuts and bolts of happiness here last year. I love his attitude and writing style. He is the king of metaphors.  His book: A Walk through Happiness

Leaving a legacy Happiness

Ken’s book is the product of a love affair with happiness, a commitment to joy. In this book, you can expect to learn to live with passion and purpose, and discover the keys to an amazingly happy life.
Please join The Happiness Movement – by simply liking the page on Facebook.



I’d like to be remembered as an instigator of passion and freedom, and that I have life my all! At the end of my life I want people to say, “She lived with passion and gave it her all!” Mostly I want to be remembered for being a champion for freedom, and I do that through The Freedom Sessions. Sandi Faviell Amorim at Deva Coaching

Sandi Amorim is a Deva-Lutionary, a coach and writer committed to liberating you from limiting beliefs and ‘someday thinking.’ When she works together with you, it is like deep tissue massage for your spirit.

Leaving a legacy Freedom SessionsCurrently, she is offering “Freedom Sessions”  five conversations that will change your life and who you know yourself to be.



Taking advantage every single day of the possibility to love, truly live and show up to each moment as my true self. Sibyl Chavis at Possibility of Today

Sibyl encourages you to live today better than yesterday.
Leaving a legacy Stop complainingHer ebook is How to Stop Complaining & Start Living: The Best Way to Instantly Improve Your Life, Your Career, Your Relationships & Ability to Succeed.
This free Ebook provides a step by step approach to how you can become complaint free and absolutely improve your life forever.


The one thing I want to be remembered for is being the love and the inspiration that created positive ripples of change and made a difference in the world. Suzie Cheel Love You, Love Your Life

Suzie radiates light and happiness. Her book: Emergings: A Meditation on the Emotions of Change

Leaving a Legacy“Emergings” is for anyone who has set out on a path of self-discovery, anyone who wants to live their life on purpose, anyone who wants to make a difference, anyone whose emotions are challenged by facing the challenge of change, and anyone who aspires to realize their own magnificence.


I would like to be remembered as a generous and loving person Tess Marshall at The Bold Life

Tess’s mission is to help you make fear your friend
Her book: Take your fear and shove it

leaving a legacy TessThis course provides you with the tools and techniques you need to push fear aside and live a life of more beauty, humor, playfulness, and meaning. It includes action oriented steps to improve your mental, emotional, and physical state.


And what I’d like to be remembered for?  As an awesome dad who taught his daughters how to live happy and fulfilling lives. Victor Schueller, Professor of Positivity and Possibility

I have a special soft spot for Victor.I had my first live radio interview  with him, and it was such fun.
His book:Mediocre No More

leaving a legacy VictorBy implementing five simple strategies in this book, you can conquer the mediocre mind and get started on the road toward more happiness, health, prosperity and success, and learn how to unleash your personal greatness today!




I want to be remembered as a person who shed light & made a positive impact on the lives of others. I want to be good and loving. I want to make people good, loving and healed by example. Zeenat Merchant-Syal at Positive Provocations

Zeenat’s book: Positive Living Handbook with 50 Soulful Ways to be Positive Today & Everyday!

Leaving a legacy Positive ProvocationsAlmost 50 pages of pure positivity for all your days. To quote Zeenat, “My intention for creating this handbook is simple: To help YOU positively heal. For in healing everyday lies true happiness and contentment.”




And now, some beautiful reader answers:

“Having time for people and making them feel that they mattered”. Carolyn Hughes at The Hurt Healer

“I would like to be remembered for touching a heart, making a difference and leaving behind a smile!” Privy Trifles at Memories of Me. A girl after my own heart.

“My Authenticity” Ruchira at Abracadabra

“You know, I don’t want to be in any particular way. Just being remembered is an honor”. Claudya at UnknownMami who stole my heart all over again with her wisdom and made me cry.

I am linking up with UnknownMami for Sundays In My City, my favorite meme.

“The mission of life: Live; Love; Learn; Leave a Legacy.”Stephen R. Covey


Some of the book links are affiliate links. Income, if any, from affiliate links is for my local welfare home and other charities I support.

What is your favorite pick from this list, dear friends?

What area of life do you strive to improve?

And again, what would YOU like to be remembered for?

Thank you for your presence here today.



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Betsy/Zen Mama August 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thank you so much for including me in your very inspiring post.
I loved reading everyone’s thoughts on their legacy.
I’ll check out everyone’s blog and book.
Thanks so much!
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Jyothi Nair August 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

I guess I missed bring on this list. 🙂 But I will be back here to check on these titles later today. 🙂
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Galen Pearl August 12, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thank you for including me. I was inspired by the self-giving legacies that people want to leave. It was generous of you to provide information and links, and even more, to invite people, participants and readers alike, to consider the legacy we leave. You are a treasure.
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Suzie Cheel August 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

What a joy, thanks for including my book and for your uplifting words
I will share this with love
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Fran Sorin August 12, 2013 at 10:56 am


The words of my colleagues/friends swept me away. They are food for the soul and a deep reminder of the importance of staying focused on how we want to live our life – and ultimately what our legacy will be.

Thanks for including me in this group. Only you could have made this happened. With gratitude and love ~
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Cathy Taughinbaugh August 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thank you Vidya for being included on your list. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books. The quotes are so inspiring. Wonderful that you took the time to put this together. You continue to amaze me!
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BLOGitse August 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What a collection of books. I used to read this type of books years ago…today I try to practice what I’ve learned…but we need to try every day, we’re never ‘ready’.
Have a good week!

Evelyn Lim August 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thank you for compiling such an amazing post! I am honored that you asked me to participate. It’s really great to see some of my favorite books featured here 🙂

I celebrate you for being the light that you are!
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Jodi Chapman August 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

This is such a beautiful and inspiring post, Vidya! Thank you so much for including me! XO
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Dorothy August 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What a great list! I’d like to be remembered for always standing up for the things in which I beleive!
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Vaisakh Venugopal August 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

This was a great idea! And that’s quite a list of books! I am spoilt for choice now.. 😀 Thanks Vidya, for this treat.. 🙂
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Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker August 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm


Thanks so much for featuring my book and for sharing the legacies of so many inspirational people.

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Leovi August 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thank you very much for choosing these books and share interesting …!

Elle August 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I’m totally inspired and uplifted by this post Vidya. Not to mention the fact that I’m honoured to be included here with such amazing and bright souls. The brightness shines off your page and as Fran said, it took you Vidya, to make this happen.

Just beautiful.

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Leah August 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Great post Vidya! So many of my inspiring friends on this list. We are all so beautiful!

Farnoosh August 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

What a super duper wonderfully inspiring post with lots of familiar names and faces. Vidya you are a sweet heart and you are leaving a beautiful legacy yourself! Thanks for including The Healthy Juicer’s Bible in this list!
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Jyoti August 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

What a wonderfully inspiring post with lots of familiar books.I’m totally inspired by this post. This is such a beautiful and inspiring thing to do.And that’s quite a list of books! I will try to read all this books because I love reading. Thanks.

Morgan Shamy August 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Ohhh… this is a lovely post! Thank you for these thoughts and for the wonderful list of books here. So nice to meet you, Vidya!
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Sandi Amorim August 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

A truly remarkable gathering of people and resources! Vidya you have outdone yourself, and I see I have some buying and reading t do 🙂
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Joy August 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Thank you for including me on this list. I loved scanning the names and guessing what they’d like to be known for, then being ‘right’; their lives mirror their intentions – *love* that!

I don’t have a favorite on this list; each shares an empowering message in a way that resonates depending upon what external you are in and what it is you would like to create. Lovely. Thank you!

vanita August 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

This is a wonderful list Vidya. And I have many favorites on it. Fran’s book, Elle’s post, Betsy’s book, and a few more. I’m looking forward to your review of Farnoosh’s book since hubby is so into juicing and it would great if we made these concoctions with results in mind.

what do I want to be remembered for?
i’d like my kids to remember me as being a great mom.
I’d like hubby to remember me as being the best decision he ever made though my cooking is barely edible.
i’d like friends to remember me as someone who’s always there for them.
i’d like my community to remember as entrepreneur who helped other female entrepreneurs by giving them the tools to succeed online.
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Terri Sonoda August 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Wow. So many books to choose from! I’m anxious to check some of them out. Thanks for sharing this with us, Vidya. XOXOs
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ruchira August 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Lot of effort put into this Vidya.

I liked the various compositions of many prolific authors/writers.

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Anyta August 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Wonderful and insightful post Vidya!
Searching for and discovering the truth (in my opinion) is the mother of all challenges! I would like to be remembered as someone who couldn’t resist one.

Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition August 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Dear Vidya,
Thanks so much for the wonderful post of exceptional authors. I’m honored to be included.

You are leaving your own indelible mark on this world for sure!
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Vidya Sury August 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

Thank you, dearest Angela! It is such a privilege to know each one of these authors personally – and I thought it was the ideal way to celebrate my ten years of blogging 🙂 I am blessed to have you in my life!

Robyn Engel August 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

You poured a lot of sweet inspiration into this post, Vidya. Thanks for bringing such beautiful books and quotes to us. I need to revisit. There’s so much to appreciate.

Thank YOU. You’re leaving a beautiful mark in the world and in blogland through it all.


Vidya Sury August 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

It was brewing in my mind for a while, Robyn. Then I decided to just do it! The response I received was my biggest reward. 🙂 Thank you so much for coming by!

Anne-Sophie August 13, 2013 at 12:03 am

Such an inspiring group of people. Thank you for putting this together. Honored to be part of this post. You are a wonderful person, Vidya and have a heart of gold. xxx
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Vidya Sury August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thank you so much for being a part of this, Anne-Sophie! Hugs!

Roshni August 13, 2013 at 2:50 am

This post is truly a labour of love, Vidya!
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Vidya Sury August 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

A very happy labor of love, Roshni. I was almost sad when it was ready to publish!
Your post on the Write Tribe is a gem!

jaishvats August 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

Loved the one by Claudia at UnknownMami . simple yet strong . As long as one is in someones good memories it’s good to go 🙂
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Vidya Sury August 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

Yes, Jaish! My eyes just brimmed over when she responded! 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

Jake @AgnelWellness August 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hey Vidya,

Neat post. Was looking through your list of book recommendations and came across the book Mediocre No More. I’ve read the book a while back and it really inspired me to get out of the rut I was in and to look at life as a new challenge. I can’t recommend the book enough.

Also, I will be checking out the book Digging Deep.. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the useful links. It would be great to have these books on my bookshelf.
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Vidya Sury August 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

Hi Jake! How wonderful that you’ve read Victor’s book! I love how there are so many dedicated people who spread their wisdom in the best way possible.

Fran’s book, Digging Deep is excellent. You’ll love it.

Thank you for your presence here today!

Rahul August 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

Very happy to come across a post full of positives Vidya:)

Sibyl August 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

Vidya – I love this article. What an amazingly thoughtful idea:) Thank you so much for including the Possibility of Today. You inspire me and so many other people every single day. Thanks Vidya. xoxo

richmiraclefiles August 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Hi Vidya,
Thank You so much for inspiring all of us with your extremely creative approach.
I like the idea of permitting so many people to contribute actively to your blog.
Your blog is a rare one,with so much of participation.Ideas flowing back and forth….
Well about all the books now.The selection is good ,to say the least.Yet i could suggest The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles;it’s a timeless classic.

Ken Wert@MeanttobeHappy August 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

What a great idea, Vidya! And thanks for including me on the list! I haven’t read all the works posted, but a handful of them are treasures.

I’ll be returning to read more as I finish my current reading list.

Love you!
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Corinne Rodrigues August 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Wow! This is surely one power packed post, Vidya. So full of wonderful resources!
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My Inner Chick August 14, 2013 at 12:34 am

—I love how you love!!! xxx
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Unknown Mami August 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

Wait, did I miss your answer to the question?

Arvind Devalia August 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Vidya, wow! What a terrific collection of inspirational people, life-changing books and words to remember.

Thanks for including me in this illustrious list – what an honour:-)

And keep up the great work you are doing with your charity commitments.
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Pixie August 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Very inspiring Vidya. Thank you for sharing..
I am bookmarking this post, so that I can keep coming back to it.
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Anchal August 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

Hi Vidya
Loved the way you have presented the review. 🙂
I have already read ” The Intuition Principle” . This book has so much positive vibes.
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Kho lạnh April 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

This is a amazing list. Thank you so much.


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