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Three Ways To Fall into Fashion this Season

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Be the first to comment
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By Hannah Hager

You’ll know it when you feel it. It’ll be a hazy day in late August that melts into a breezy evening and you’ll take note that sweater weather is upon us.

New York storefronts are already headlining the seasonal transition. While Labor Day weekend is the official end of summer, high-end department stores such as Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor aren’t on the same timeline. Their store windows already boast mannequins with shearling coats and wool snoods (infinity scarves). Some trends aren’t so easy to embrace, however, such as some low-end retailers displaying diagonal zippers and exposed ankles – on men. … Continue Reading

Taking Your Sleeveless Dress from High Summer to Early Fall

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Be the first to comment
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By Sarah Nearis

There is nothing easier to wear than a simple – short or long – sleeveless dress. A casual number with spaghetti straps, a linen shift that takes you from a workday into evening, a cool, belted shirtdress. Add the right sandals, flats or pumps, a dash of jewelry, and you’re set.

With temperatures soaring and the dog days of August upon us, it’s hard to imagine adding anything more to that simple hot-weather mix. But, the sleeveless dress is extremely versatile, even as cooler temperatures arrive. Here’s how to make that great little dress work for you as summer transitions into fall. … Continue Reading

Five Must-Have Spring Fashion Trends

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Five Must-Have Spring Fashion Trends
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By Hannah Hager

“Flowers? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” You may have heard this eponymous quote from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada that implies florals in fashion for spring are, in fact, not groundbreaking.

Designers disagree. New York Fashion Week has concluded and the designers have spoken: It’s full-on for florals. It might be hard to see the end of winter, but spring is just around the corner. It’s time to refresh your wardrobe with these five fashion trends: … Continue Reading

Make Like a Daffodil … Think Like a Bluebird

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Make Like a Daffodil … Think Like a Bluebird

By Sarah Nearis

Designer Prabal Gurung, known for his daring yet timeless fashions, has said that the inspiration for his spring 2015 clothes is to allow women “to be caught in motion.” Another designer, Lie Sang Bong, favors fashion that celebrates the body. His spring 2015 collection will, he says, “evoke optimism.” And designer Wes Gordon, known for luxury and sophistication with a youthful edge, has said that his spring 2015 line is inspired by “the colors, atmosphere, and freshness of morning light.” … Continue Reading

Romantic Tips from the Red Carpet

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Romantic Tips from the Red Carpet
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By Sarah Nearis

Hollywood is right in the middle of award season – the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the upcoming Academy Awards. In terms of fashion, this is a time of dreams and of pushing envelopes.

For many years one of the most prominent fashion themes in red carpet hair, makeup and dress has been how to weave a little romance into a woman’s look. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are some of the little romantic touches I’ve found to be most appealing this award season.
Each is subtly and easily worked into your own personal style. As fashion icon Alexander McQueen said, “romance is more about how a woman expresses herself than the label or trend she wears.” … Continue Reading

It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy

January 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy
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By Sarah Nearis

It’s 2015. A time for renewal, a time to take a fresh look at that thing called “your wardrobe.”

Many women don’t see the things in their closet as a wardrobe. But, they do know how their clothes, shoes and accessories make them feel. It’s OK to miss the mark once in a while. But, they want to go for that good feeling – something on their body that allows them to enjoy the moment by making a good impression, on themselves.

So, as you begin the New Year, consider this novel idea – shop your own closet. Set aside some time took through it just like you were stepping into your own personal boutique. Select the things that work, that make you feel good, and discard the rest. … Continue Reading

Get The Frizz Atta Here

July 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Get The Frizz Atta Here

– By Tony Salahi

There is a huge amount of great hair products on the market. Every now and then, though, something comes out that truly stands out from the rest. For me and my staff, that product is CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. It’s a win-win product for clients and stylists. CEZANNE is for anyone who wants a long-lasting treatment that gives straighter, smoother, frizz-free hair without formaldehyde or any other dangerous ingredients. Stylists benefit from it by not being exposed to the health dangers of excessive formaldehyde usage over time.
So what is the CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment or CPF? CPF is a transformational, long-lasting and safe salon treatment that brings hair to its ideal condition without damaging or harmful chemicals. It reduces frizz and produces straighter, smoother, stronger, healthier, and more manageable hair. The bonus – it will last for months, depending on your hair type, hair texture, and maintenance routine. CPF is not a Japanese straightener or relaxer and will not produce perfectly straight hair. The results achieved with CPF are similar to formaldehyde-based keratin treatments, without the formaldehyde or risks. No masks – no fumes.

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Cellophane Anyone?

June 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Cellophane Anyone?
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By Tony Salahi

Shiny, soft hair – we all want it, but how do we get it? Smoothing your hair cuticle is the answer. The smoother the cuticle, the more light it reflects. When a cuticle is damaged, light gets absorbed into cracks and crevices, making your hair look dull. Enter the Cellophanes, a 1970s invention by Sebastian that rocked the hair color world. Cellophane is a pure, transparent, semi-permanent color that contains no ammonia or alcohol and uses heat, not peroxide, to infuse color into the hair. The result is healthy, natural looking hair with incredible shine. Cellophanes come in many colors and clear if all you want is a glossy mane. If you have dry or coarse hair, a cellophane treatment is ideal as it seals the hair cuticle and controls frizziness. If you are a swimmer in chlorinated water, cellophanes can help to protect your hair. Expect your cellophane to last three to six months depending on how you treat your hair. Like all color services, you need to be kind to your hair to see long-term benefits. Always use sulfate and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners! … Continue Reading

Hair Color 101

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Hair Color 101
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By Tony Salahi

Thinking of coloring your hair? You’re not alone – more than 75 percent of American women do (and plenty of men, too). It can be a very daunting decision to make if you’ve never done it before. Do you color it yourself, ask a friend to do it, or go to a salon? Permanent or semi-permanent color? Organic or ammonia-free color? What color will look best on you – platinum blond, mocha brown or auburn red? The colors are endless! … Continue Reading

Spring Is in the Hair

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Spring Is in the Hair
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By Tony Salahi

This spring, what’s old is new.

“What’s new?” Is the first question most clients ask when they sit in any stylists chair. They expect us to know (and we do) everything from new styles, new color, new trends to new products.

This spring all over the country, we’re seeing the classics being reinvented – from big and sexy Hollywood hair to short and sassy pixie cuts. The ever popular flat-ironed, straight hair is beginning to show more volume, height and texture. This can be accomplished with braiding, crimping, curling rolling and salon products. A great product to use for volume is Hair Mill’s no nonsense mousse. … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New

November 8, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New
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By Shirley Lyle Volberg

I love to entertain. In my world no entertaining is better than the Thanksgiving and December holidays, including Christmas.

I love the anticipation of it. The warmth of welcoming friends and family into my home. The menu planning and the list making.

I love getting lost in it. Scouring the grocery store (and the internet) for the best ingredients. Opening up my old attic boxes and trunks to revisit my favorite holiday table linens, decorations and centerpieces – and sprucing them up with fresh flowers and greens. For me it’s always fun to unearth the pumpkin shaped candles, big Italian platters and the pewter gravy boat. I hope my daughter catches the bug because she will inherit all of my finery. … Continue Reading

Baileywyck Shoppes: Off the Beaten Track, a Standout for Antique Lovers

March 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Baileywyck Shoppes: Off the Beaten Track, a Standout for Antique Lovers
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Grinning like a kid in a candy shop, my first step into this antique wonderland was a lesson in self-control. I’ve seen my fair share of antique shops in my life, but this is a standout!

Baileywyck Shoppes is an antique treasure trove owned by siblings Lisa and Jim Vella and located in a 4000 square foot converted barn tucked behind Lisa’s home at Baileywyck Farm outside of Middleburg. I had passed their shop sign a million times on the back roads between hither and yon, but I never had the time to stop before. On this day, I drove past the sign at the end of Lisa’s driveway once again– but this time I stopped, turned around, and went back. I was alone—had nothing on my to-do list– and thought I’d finally check it out. … Continue Reading

Wedding Styles

June 13, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Wedding Styles
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See the 2011 wedding styles that appeared in our June issue.

Award-winning photographer Sarah Huntington does bridal portraits on location and in studio …
“It’s about the couple,” says Sarah.

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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