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Birdie
Birdie | Tracey Lindberg
Monkey Beach meets Green Grass, Running Water meets The Beachcombers in this wise and funny novel by a debut Cree author Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Mollys Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected. With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.
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Bertha_Mason
Birdie | Tracey Lindberg

"Sometimes Bernice thought mean thoughts and didn‘t take them back. Other times she thought good thoughts and let them powder the room–just in case there was a running count on them. Also, it gave the ugly thoughts a soft place to land."

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Bertha_Mason
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"Lola was pretty fond of Cher. And Sonny, for Pete‘s sake and what that meant. Liking Sonny told Bernice something about Lola that Bernice couldn‘t quite figure out. It wasn‘t good, though."

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Bertha_Mason
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"If she moves too much, she knows, people will start to ignore her."

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Bertha_Mason
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"She becomes aware of her physical self because the emotions pain her."
Mood.

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Kazzie
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Pickpick

Challenging, good

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meagankc21
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Making my re-debut on litsy. Starting birdie by Tracy Lindberg for the #bookbingo I'm participating in throughout the year with my cousin and her friends. This one is for the book by an indigenous author category. #halfbloodbingo #diversereading #ebooks

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DreesReads
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February wrap-up! Not a great month for me, but I do have 2 quarterly reads going too. I got 3 ARC/galleys read as I work through my backlog, yay! Favorite book of the month is tagged. #februarywrapup

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DreesReads
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My first 5-Star read of 2019! Birdie is a half-Cree woman who grows up in northern Alberta. This novel touches on many themes of native life as well as themes common everywhere. This book focuses on her strength and the strength of her aunt, sistercousin, and friend as they all fight to bring her back from the brink. Excellent writing and engrossing story. #canadianlit #nativelit #diverselit

RealLifeReading Sounds great! 12mo
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candority
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In 2018, I read several incredible #ownvoices Indigenous memoirs, poetry collections, and novels, including Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (All books tagged in the comments ⬇️).

I haven‘t read the pictured books yet, but supporting Indigenous authors is something I strive to do. #24in48 #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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academiconbreak I finished The Break today, started Birdie a little while ago, and just received Green Grass, Running Water today! Eden Robinson is on my radar but will have to wait a bit considering my current TBR list! Do post thoughts about Green Grass Running Water as you read... I have heard it is thick with allegorical reference and I hope I will be able to understand it on more than a superficial level-- will help to have others'thoughts. 12mo
candority @academiconbreak Did you like The Break? I definitely will post about Green Grass, Running Water! I‘ll probably read it at some point this month 😊 12mo
academiconbreak @candority Yes, I did like The Break! The structure of the crime mystery pulls you forward into the book without it really being about the crime mystery. It's really about the lives of these women supporting each other through cycles of abuse. It treasures the small moments and that is what brings it alive. 12mo
candority @academiconbreak Sounds great! 12mo
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elizabethlk
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Day 9 of #riotgrams so here are a few #indigenousreads from my tbr.

Augustdana The inconvenient Indian was fantastic and so was there, there! Gotta check the other ones out! 1y
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Vagablonde
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Pickpick

Such a satisfying book, a book about healing, about family and found family, and about the connection between memory and self.

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BookHermit
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A subscription box for indigenous literature!

https://ravenreads.org

gossamerchild That is too cool. Thanks for sharing! 🤩🤩 2y
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cleoh
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Lo, and behold! My required reading for the term 😁 haven‘t read any of these before, and some sound very dark, but I‘m excited!

Aims42 What class is this for? I‘d love to re-read Little House on the Prairie 2y
DreesReads What are your classes? Maggie is a classic for history classes! I read it years ago for class... 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee is supposed to be excellent although I haven‘t read it. 2y
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cleoh @Aims42 Little House is for a colonization course, and then I also have American Lit and something called Fashioning the Nation (reading Birdie for that one)! 2y
Aims42 @cleoh Very cool!! They all sound really interesting 👍🏻 2y
cleoh @AudreyMorris Western Colonization, the American Sitcom, American Lit (reading Maggie in that one!), and Fashioning the Nation (still unsure what it‘s about) 2y
cleoh @Aims42 I‘m excited! Very different from what I usually read! 2y
cleoh @ElishaLovesBooks that one‘s for my Colonization course! I‘ll let you know how it is when I finish it! 2y
Tamra House of Mirth!💜👏🏾 I‘ve meant to read Bury My Heart and have never gotten to it. Anxious to read what you think! 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Bury my heart at wounded knee just opened my heart up. I just sank! I‘m Native American & had no idea some of the stuff that went on in history (I knew something‘s but nothing compared to the knowledge in this book). I hope you don‘t cry as much as me. It will be with me forever. 2y
cleoh @Tamra @ForeverNerdy I have no doubt Bury My Heart will be devastating 2y
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Bengali.bookworm
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I have the cutest #elfintheshelf! I am ready for the holidays. What are you guys upto?

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spanda84
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Karat, a Hahn's Macaw, is my favorite #Animal! Catching up on #ReindeerReads posts 😊

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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

Much to admire here, but I was not enjoying the prose enough to continue past the 35% mark.

LeahBergen Oh oh. This is a book that is well-loved by many. 😬 I haven't read it yet so I'll still be your friend. 😂 (edited) 2y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Indeed! I was looking forward to joining that club, but it was not to be. Have you read it? 2y
LeahBergen Oops! Just edited my comment to not sound too "judgy". ? 2y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen "I want to be judged by you just you nobody else but you..." ? 2y
JazzFeathers Oh. That such a pity 2y
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saresmoore 😊 2y
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shawnmooney
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Really enjoying this so far!

#QuoteOfTheDay

NerdyRev This was a great book 2y
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shawnmooney
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#QuoteOfTheDay

Bailed on the Chinese novel Soul Mountain I was hoping to use for the "person of color on a spiritual journey" reading task; let's give this novel by an indigenous Canadian writer a whirl, shall we?

Abailliekaras Ah interesting, I have been stuck on this task! Look forward to your updates on this one. 2y
bookwrm526 I bailed on that one too, which is something I almost never do, but I read about half of it and I just couldn‘t do it. 2y
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shawnmooney
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Another work of indigenous Canadian fiction, this one a novel and fairly well known, on Mom's TBR and then on mine!

DeborahSmall Ooh like the look of this 💕 2y
Kosugi I liked this one. So did @Ange44 2y
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Manieschaef
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I wanted to read a book by an Indigenous author while visiting Alberta, and I definitely made a great choice. This novel was magical, lyrical, heartbreaking, inspiring. I simply loved it.

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Lindy
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#BestofJuly: I gave 10 (out of 28) books 5 stars in Goodreads. Two of these were favourites that I reread: Birdie, and The Summer Book #JanssonBuddyRead. Only bailed on one book in July: Wanderlust.

Bibliogeekery Wasn't Birdie such a great book? 2y
Lindy @Bibliogeekery Yes, and I appreciated it even more on the second reading. 2y
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Lindy
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When they found her, Bernice was sleeping in a dumpster behind a Lebanese place on Whyte Ave. The owners of the place had seen her there upon occasion but had decided to let her sleep. After a while, when they thought she had not changed position for some time, the owners called the fire department. That they should do this instead of calling the police was understandable. Homeless people had been set on fire in their dumpsters before.

Libby1 😢 3y
Lindy @Libby1 Even more tragic is that this novel alludes to a true crime which happened in Edmonton. (edited) 3y
Libby1 You've convinced me, @Lindy . Into Mount TBR it goes! 3y
Lindy @Libby1 It's not an easy book, but it is really good. The power of women. 3y
BkClubCare Oh. !! 3y
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Lindy
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Other times she thought good thoughts and let them powder the room—just in case there was a running count on them. Also, it gave the ugly thoughts a soft place to land.
It came to her that she was losing her touch. Not with reality—a place where she was often a visitor—but she was actually losing her sense of human feeling.

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Lindy
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Bernice remembers with particular delighthorror the silver sparkly two-piece bathing suit that her auntie wore with the pride and assurance of someone wearing a buffalo robe.

MaryAnn1 How did you get my photo? 😁 3y
Lindy @MaryAnn1 Hahaha. (Nothing is safe on the Internet.) 3y
shawnmooney See? I told you you look younger than me! 😍😂 3y
Lindy @shawnmooney Nah. I'm too squeamish to ever get a belly button piercing. 3y
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Lindy
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The skin, which she peeled and let thicken, looks nothing like new skin from a fresh cut now. It resembles a peeled section of grapefruit, with the layering of tissue organized and neat. As the blisters spread she feels, instead of alienated from her skin, more at home in it. Like it is starting to look like she feels inside of it.

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Lindy
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Pickpick

I loved this when it first came out, and planned to do a quick skim before my book club yesterday. I ended up absorbed, once again, cover to cover, within Birdie's internal voyage. I felt less lost than I had the first time—feeling lost, however, is entirely appropriate because Birdie herself is lost. She has strong women around her for support. This story of transformation also changed something in me, both times. It's powerful. #IndigenousBooks

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Lindy
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It's been two years since I read this and my book club will discuss it tomorrow. Time to start a speedy reread!

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DaydreamingBookworm
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Another book read for my #ReadHarder challenge. Birdie was a Canada Reads finalist so it made its way onto my TBR. This #IndigenousRead compelled me with its beautiful cover art. The prose and focus on missing and murdered Indigenous women broke my heart. The story is written fluidly which may deter some readers. Lindberg's final words explaining how she presented Birdie's story allow the reader to understand the focus on healing versus trauma.

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DaydreamingBookworm
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Here's my #LibraryHaul from last week. Two new releases and #IndigenousReads in honour of National Aboriginal Month in Canada. Birdie was amazing (I'll review it soon) and I absolutely cannot wait to pick up Lee Maracle.

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DaydreamingBookworm
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I started Birdie a couple of days ago. Very powerful dedication. The difficulties in implementing an inquiry into the 1200+ missing and murdered Indigenous women breaks my heart.

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Jolynne
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Pickpick

This book is about the strength of women, often, because we don't have a choice.

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BookishFeminist
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Book Outlet had a sale on their scratch and dent books, so I got a huge book haul!! 😍 I've been looking forward to reading some of these for SO LONG and can't wait to dig into them. I especially can't wait to read Nothing Ever Dies, Birdie, and Borderline. 📚

LeahBergen Wow! I've always wondered about the "scratch-and-dent" books but I've never ordered any. These look in good condition! 3y
Bibliogeekery Birdie is so good! 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen Some are a *little* beat up but for the most part they just seem to have shelf wear. All readable. Totally worth it! I got this whole stack for $35 with the sale. 3y
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BookishFeminist @Bibliogeekery can't wait to read it!! 3y
LeahBergen Good to know! 👍🏼 3y
Beachesnbooks I recently got Borderline from bookoutlet too, hoping to pick it up this summer! 3y
Mariposa_Bookworm I love Book Outlet and ThriftBooks! You know they have free shipping for orders of at least $10. 3y
2BR02B Sounds like you got lucky! S&D is always a roll of the dice with Book Outlet. Often it's just minimal cover wear, but I ordered a paperback copy of The Shining Girls from them that arrived with half the front cover torn off. 3y
merelybookish Read Birdie in a day last summer. ❤️ 3y
Leftcoastzen I loved Last Love Song! 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Healing ❤❤❤

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Bibliogeekery
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#Ibelievesurvivors NO ONE deserves this!! Such a powerful moment of self-soothing around sexual abuse. ❤

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Bibliogeekery
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This book is a profound and powerful story about sexual trauma, intergenerational trauma, and healing written by a Cree woman about a Cree woman. It was so intense I had to put it down several times but I'm so glad I kept coming back to it and made it to the end. It is complex and the narrative unwinds slowly but ends up being such a nourishing, challenging, healing read. I'm really blown away by this book. I will read it again! #NativeBooks

BookMusings Yeah this one was super intense for me too. So heartbreaking but touching as well. 3y
shawnmooney Great review! 3y
brilliantglow I absolutely loved this one! So heartbreaking and wonderfully written 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Love2Read1
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"Art? Al? She remembers his name had only one syllable - about all she could manage by midnight. Come to think of it maybe that was why she went home with him, instead if his two-syllabled friend."

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Kerouacthedog
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@TheKidUpstairs thank you so much! I'm super excited to add these to my collection and deepen my knowledge of Canadians and First Nations culture. 🎉😝🙌

shawnmooney The Break was one of my best reads of 2016! 💜 3y
TheKidUpstairs I'm glad you liked them! 3y
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Yamich49
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Last night in Palm Springs. 😒 Consoling myself with some beer, yummy food and this fantastic book. 🌴🍺📚

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Bibliogeekery
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Bedtime reading 😍📚

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Bibliogeekery
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Real talk - about commitment and facial hair 😆❤!

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Bibliogeekery
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I'm still just at the beginning of this book but I LOVE that Bernie is on a quest to find and connect with Jesse (Pat John) from the Beachcombers. I love it because her reasons are so tender and also because I used to watch this show with my dad when I was a kid. Any other #Canlittens with me? 😍

Dragon Relic and Constable Constable stole the show 😀 😀 3y
Lindy @Dragon Relic! And I remember Jesse too. 😀 3y
mcctrish Before I read your 'blurb' I was like " what is Bruno doing on litsy?" I have to read this #canlittens for the win 3y
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Lindy @Bibliogeekery Thank you for that link to a blast from my childhood. 😀 Now I'm going to google The Log Drivers Waltz. 3y
Bibliogeekery @Lindy Haha! No problem! A few years ago my brother-in-law was the Log Driver for Halloween, complete with an NFB name tag. Suffice it to say most young people did NOT get it!! Now I have to go Google it too! 😂 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Awww, thanks for the memories. I used to watch this show as a kid too. So much fun. 😊 3y
LeahBergen Yes!! 😂😂 3y
Tanner Oh yeah, I watched this with my parents! 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Starting this one tonight! #NativeBooks

monalyisha Great cover design! 3y
Bibliogeekery @monalyisha It's lovely, isn't it? 3y
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rach_simone
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#FeistyFeb I have to admit that I had no idea what a #DeckleEdge was, so I waited to see what other people posted! Learn something new everyday! #TBR (the bottom book is The Daughters by Adrienne Celt)

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CarolynOliver
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#riotgrams #tbr #onewordtitle --- Looking forward to this one very much!

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brilliantglow
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As she entered her teens and really started to gain weight, her room felt less like a cupboard-turned-bedroom and more like a jacket that she slipped into when she needed warmth. She believed that if she got big enough there would be no room in there for anyone but her.

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brilliantglow
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Bernice thought mean thoughts and didn't take them back. Other times she thought good thoughts and let them powder the room - just in case there was a running count on them. Also, it gave the ugly thoughts a soft place to land.