ADD Poster Girl Day today!


November 29th is
a VERY important day!
Okay, so it’s my birthday —
but it’s a good day to remind everyone that I don’t write these posts
from a lofty perch in some well-appointed ivory tower.

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Happy Birthday to ME

The older I get, the more important it becomes to take time OFF to honor the reality that I have been granted another year on this earth.

So I am taking the rest of today t-totally OFF – and may well not return to respond to comments until Monday.

WOW! – an entire long weekend away
from my computer!

HOWEVER, I would like to leave you with a little present (besides the links to Related Content I always give you at the bottom of my posts, and this December’s Awareness Calendar, already set to autopost on Friday).

Below you will be able to listen to and watch a TED Talk I found recently – the totally serious commentary from a relatively young Canadian mother, Guidance Counselor and education advocate who it RIGHT ON about everything she says.

For my Birthday

If anybody would like to give me a present, what I would like most in the whole world is that each of you would take the entire 15 minutes and 25 seconds it will take to listen ALL the way through — with an open mind — ESPECIALLY if you are a parent or an educator.

Pay CLOSE attention to her brief comments about

  • medication
  • misdiagnosis, and
  • the dearth of physician education
    (not just true in Canada, I promise you!)

AND PASS IT ON!

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Have a great weekend everybody!!!
I certainly plan to.

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

94 Responses to ADD Poster Girl Day today!

  1. darsword says:

    I just got to the email that told of this and your birthday. But obviously, we Sag’s need to celebrate at least a month just to get our just desserts for being born near Christmas. Happy BirthMonth!

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    • I am SO with you on that one! When I lived in NYC (and bartenders were likely to give you a free drink on your birthday) I told people that every single day in November was my birthday! Except Thanksgiving, of course. Happy Birth Month to you too.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • darsword says:

        Thanks!

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  2. Christy B says:

    I know we touched base back on your birthday but I never did get this special post. Now is my official time to say I am so glad to know you and that you are a wonderful spirit in our world ♥ May this new year bring you much joy and continued insights xo

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    • What a sweet comment, Christy. Thank you. I hope the New Year brings you joy, love and wonderful success.
      xx,
      mgh

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  3. tmezpoetry says:

    Now I feel downright awful! I missed your birthday 😦 Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Madelyn, Happy Birthday to you 🙂

    Mine was the 5th but I didn’t announce it. Next time I’m gonna bring the party snacks.

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    • Happy Birthday to YOU too, Tammy. And please don’t waste a heartbeat feeling bad about “missing” it.

      I mostly announced it because I wanted to explain that I was taking the weekend off so nobody would wonder why I wouldn’t be responding to comments for a few days — which means I wouldn’t have seen your birthday wishes until the weekend was over anyway.

      But I LOVE getting them today – and I hope you love getting mine four days late as well. ❤
      xx,
      mgh

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      • tmezpoetry says:

        Thank you 🙂

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  4. dgkaye says:

    Oh M. I’m so sorry. I’ve been going absolutely nuts throughout November with many glitches while in publishing mode. I am only now just catching up after launching my newest labor of love this past weekend. Go figure the one post I miss and it was your birthday 😦 So I am here now and wishing you a belated Happy Birthday girlfriend!!!! I hope it was fabulous. I hope you did something, ate something, or found something fabulous for your special day. ❤ ❤

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    • My dear friend, do not EVER feel guilty for being too busy with your own life to pop over here! 🙂 Truth to tell, even *I* wasn’t popping in on that day (or most of the following weekend). So it is lovely to trip across your belated birthday wish “late” on Monday nite. Thank you. ❤

      The fabulous thing I did was to spend practically the entire day in my jammies- napping, reading in bed, watching weepy Christmas movies to kick off the season — and staring at my Christmas tree! Sooooo relaxing I chose to keep it up all weekend! 🙂

      Hope your November glitches have resolved — I’ll be over tomorrow to see what you’ve been up to while I’ve been fuffing around in my jammies. 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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      • dgkaye says:

        Now, sounds like my kind of good time! Seriously, if I lived near you I’d join you for a weekend of couch and sappy movies and lots of gabbing! In our pajamas no less! 🙂 ❤ xx

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        • And WINE – don’t forget that part. 🙂
          xx, mgh

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          • dgkaye says:

            Of courseeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! 🙂 🙂 ❤

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            • bodeeohdee! ❤

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            • dgkaye says:

              🙂 🙂 ❤

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            • 👍🏼😊❤️❤️

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  5. Sorry, for loosing contact. Lets apologize for this! Retroactively the best congratulations. I hope you had a great day.
    Wish you a good week. Michael

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    • Never a need to apologize, Michael. My birthday was VERY relaxing, and I’m still celebrating, thank you very much (in between bouts of catch-up – LOL). Wishing you a wonderful week as well.
      xx, mgh

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  6. Reblogged this on Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung – Aus und über Eslarn, sowie die bayerisch-tschechische Region!.

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    • SO glad to see this reblog, Michael – more for the video than for additional b’day wishes (those those are always good too!). {{hugs}}
      xx, mgh

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  7. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Madelyn.

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    • Thanks, Robbie. It was quiet and introspective. What was WONDERFUL about it was taking a break from the computer ad spending time on a thinking and BE-ing – lol.
      xx,
      mgh

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  8. paulandruss says:

    Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Madelyn and only good things for you in the coming year PX

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    • Thank you, Paul. From your lips to God’s ears — for BOTH of us!!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • paulandruss says:

        and SHE betta Listen! XXXX

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        • LOL – you took the words right out of my mouth!
          xx,
          mgh

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  9. A belated Happy Birthday Madelyn. Enjoy those lovely days of rest. 💚

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    • Thanks Brigid – I DID (if, by “enjoy” you mean “spend plenty of time snoozing”) lol. VERY nice to relax and ignore the to-dos for a bit. HIGHLY recommend it.
      xx,
      mgh

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  10. -Eugenia says:

    Happy Birthday, Madelyn. Live it up a little – okay?!

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    • Live it up? Oh no, my friend — thanks for the lovely thought, but my plans were to ramp it DOWN.

      If I could have figured out how to feed myself and Tink and some way for both of us to go to the bathroom without getting out of bed, I wonder if we would have stirred at all for the entire long weekend. LOL.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • -Eugenia says:

        I hope you had a peaceful weekend.

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        • It was won-der-ful, thank you very much!
          xx,
          mgh

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  11. Shocking! And we thought Canada was more forward than that……Happy belated birthday! 21 again! Cheers,H

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    • Shocking is a great word for it, Helen. Also discouraging, disheartening, depressing, and – actually – shameful – given that I’ve been ringing this bell for THREE DECADES now.

      The USA is not much better, btw.

      It BREAKS my HEART to wonder, on this particular birthday, if I might have wasted my time and my life.
      xx,
      mgh

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  12. Clive says:

    A belated happy birthday to you for yesterday. I hope you had a wonderful day! xx

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    • Thank you so much, Clive. I spent much of the 29th sleeping late and snoozing off as I read, tucked under a down comforter on my couch – lol – VERY relaxing. I am taking the entire weekend off, but wanted to drop in for a moment to say thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes. They warm my heart. ❤
      xx,
      mgh

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  13. Carol says:

    Happy, Happy born day and a sparkling and happy weekend away from everything …I wish you good health and chocolate ❤ x

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    • Thank you so much, Carol. I am extremely grateful for the good health part of your wish – and must pay closer attention to the chocolate part in the upcoming year. LOL
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Carol says:

        As we know good health isn’t a given to some… bodily or mentally and that does make huge difference to so many lives…Chocolate is another board game and yes one which we should explore as the best chocolate has so many benefits…hehe ❤

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        • Sadness in my awareness of the truth to that, Carol – yet good health is a WONDERFUL nudge that can lead to gratitude in action: stepping up when we can because we CAN (fueled by just a bit of chocolate, of course – LOL). ❤
          xx,
          mgh

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  14. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday dear Madelyn – and many happy returns! Im watching the video! thanks! 🙂

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    • TRULY appreciate your taking the time to watch the video. She is RIGHT ON – and pulls no punches. (edited your nickname for me because I REALLY don’t want it to catch on 🙂 )
      xx,
      mgh

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  15. mistermuse says:

    Happy birthday! May you live to be at least as old as I…..assuming you don’t mind losing your mind — ha ha.

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    • THANKS Muse – but it might already be to late for that mind part 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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  16. Happy Birthday and best wishes for many more, in good health and sparkling spirit! You are not getting older; you are only getting wiser while getting younger at the same time!
    I wish I were there to make you a chocolate cake (totally dietetic, I assure you!), but for want of that, I hope Tink is baking one for you.
    Have a great looong Birthday Weekend!
    All my love,
    Dolly

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    • Tink has been extremely generous with the puppy kisses since the 29th but, alas, he is much too small to reach the counter or the stove — or any of the ingredients on the pantry shelves. So no cake.

      As long as we are both healthy, have a warm roof over our heads with working electrics, healthy food in our bellies, and a working computer with a decent internet connection we feel fortunate indeed. There are SO many who do not have those blessings – and we do not take them for granted – especially during the holiday season.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Totally agreed! I hope you enjoyed your birthday, cake or no cake!

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        • Oh yes – VERY much. It’s always wonderful to step back and take an intentional vacation from “responsibilities” that others are only too willing to “should” us into. LOL
          xx,
          mgh

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          • I know what you mean! LOL

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  17. ckennedyhola says:

    Happy Birthday!

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    • Thank you – it’s a wonderful kick-off for the end of year holiday season to take some time to reflect.
      xx,
      mgh

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  18. ghostmmnc says:

    Happy Birthday! Have a lovely long weekend. 🙂

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    • THANKS! Just stopping in for a brief bit to say thanks for birthday wishes – still not officially “back at work” – lol.
      xx,
      mgh

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  19. mike2all says:

    Happiness on your Birthday.

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    • Thanks, Mike. It was quiet and introspective, and the remainder of the weekend remains the same (besides taking some time to watch a few Christmas Movies on Amazon Prime – lol)
      xx,
      mgh

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  20. colinandray says:

    Hi Madelyn – I cannot watch the video today for internet connection reasons however, I will this coming weekend! Have a wonderful birthday ……. get spoiled as much as possible. 🙂

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    • colinandray says:

      A great post/presentation Madelyn. I just forwarded your link to my son and his partner as they are currently trying to come to terms with the realities of ADHD. Great timing! Regards. Colin.

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      • Thank you, Colin. I hope your son and his partner will allow themselves to ignore ALL of the ignorant comments they will find around the ‘net as they explore the FACTS that will allow them to work with and around Challenges that *most* people don’t think about (or believe exist) until they are facing cognitive and Executive Functioning struggles themselves.

        Interesting to me how many Boomers are now writing books and articles about “overcoming” late-life struggles they pooh-poohed for years as “simply” a matter of some bizarre form of lack of will power.
        xx,
        mgh

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    • Thanks, Colin – the speaker pulls no punches. It is my birthday wish that SHE, perhaps, might get through to the world where I seem to have failed to do so (for reasons I guess I will not understand until I am dead and “looking down”).

      Step ONE is awareness – so I will be quite pleased if people a least LISTEN to what she has to say.
      xx,
      mgh

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  21. Chuck says:

    I”m sorry — I missed it. Happy ‘belated’ Birthday.

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    • LOL – you didn’t miss it. It was still my birthday here where I live when you left your comment. I’m sorry I only now found it to say THANKS!
      xx,
      mgh

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  22. Happy Birthday, Madelyn – I hope you enjoy your day off!

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  23. Happy Birthday Madelyn Xx I watched every second of Tracey’s talk and it is very interesting. Thank you for sharing. x

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    • Thank YOU Jane, for taking the time to watch it. I promise you that, based on 25 years of non-stop advocacy and research, she is RIGHT ON – and pulls no punches.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Hugs for you Madelyn ❤

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        • Thank you – I’ll take every hug aimed my way!
          xx,
          mgh

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  24. Happy, Happy to you Madelyn ! A fellow Sagittarius lady. Some of the best people I know were born at this time of year. My mother shares your day on the 29th…I miss her dearly.

    Enjoy your brief WP break and take time to celebrate ! Hugs to you.

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    • Thank you, Van. I’m still technically “off” for the long weekend and will be until Monday the 4th here, but am checking back every once in a while to say thank you for all the wonderfully warm wishes left for me – like YOURS!

      We Sag’s are Seekers of the highest order, according to the astro-sages – so I’ll bet your mother was a fascinating conversationalist, well-versed in many interests. Since you were both born under this sun sign, I’m guessing you two had quite a few adventures together. I’m sure, had I been lucky enough to have known her, I would miss her dearly as well.

      AS for “taking time to celebrate” – I am SO enjoying relaxing during my long (and rare) weekend break that getting dressed to get out the door seems more like work than fun – LOL
      xx,
      mgh

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  25. Happy Birthday, Madelyn! ❤ xo

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    • Thank you, Bette. t has been so marvelously relaxing I’m having a bit of trouble getting motivated to get back on the horse – lol. Good thing that my Monday post is already queued to post all by itself, huh?
      xx,
      mgh

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  26. Marvelous Madelyn — go celebrate, all weekend! Happy birthday, and many happy returns. Hugs!

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    • Thank you so much, Teagan. Slowly easing my way back online – but not planning to actually go back to “work” until Monday.
      xx,
      mgh

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  27. foodzesty says:

    Happy Birthday my sweet lady!!! 🙂

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    • It WAS a happy one, thank you very much – and all the more so because of all the birthday wishes left by wonderful people like YOU!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • foodzesty says:

        I am so glad you had a lovely birthday. 🙂

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        • Thank you so much. And NOW we play catch-up – LOL.

          Life is a like a perpetual treadmill, or so it has always seemed to me. Even when we enjoy the walk, sometimes we simply need to hop off to gain some perspective. Most of us probably need to do it more often than we do – true for me, anyway.

          My birthday is one of the times I jump off each year. I highly recommend the practice.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • foodzesty says:

            Good for you..It is an absolute must! 🙂

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  28. Jennie says:

    Happy Birthday, Madelyn!

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    • Thank you, Jennie. Very relaxing few days. This “weekend off” concept might catch on – lol.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Jennie says:

        😀👍

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADELYN ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Chris. It has been a wonderful few days totally OFF! So THIS is what many folks do with their time on weekends and vacations?! What a concept – greatly recommended – lol. 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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  30. Lucy Brazier says:

    A very happy birthday, my darling friend! I hope you don’t see this message until after your well-deserved weekend off, but know that I am thinking of you and raising a glass in your honour, this side of the pond. Love & hugs to you and Tink 🙂
    xx

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    • Just taking a quick peek – not really BACK to work until tomorrow evening, but I want to take a moment to say a hearty thank you for your wonderful birthday wishes, my dear and soon to be famous friend!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Lucy Brazier says:

        I hope you had a wonderful – and restful! – birthday!
        xx

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        • Sooooo restful, Lucy (barely left a horizontal position all day – lol!)
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Lucy Brazier says:

            Perfect!
            Xx

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  31. Sue Vincent says:

    Happy birthday, Madelyn, from me and the small dog (currently making me laugh at her snoring on the sofa) xx

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    • Thank you, Sue. Judging by all the puppy-kisses, my even smaller dog Tink rather liked the increased attention on the fur face in the office and the decreased attention on the electronic one – lol. (And NOW, Mom plays catch-up.)
      xx,
      mgh

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  32. HAPPY Birthday to you and MANY more! ❤

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    • Thank you, Annette. May we ALL have many, many years of health and happiness spread out before us like the Yellow Brick Road — *after* the Wicked Witch of the West had been melted, of course.
      xx,
      mgh

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