AMBAR by Coert Steenberg Engelbrecht

He stands in a dark corner pensively, staring as if he was looking at the night sky trying to count all the stars. His body absolutely motionless, his face stark, almost like a predator fixated on it’s pray. But there is softness in his blooding eyes, something in direct contrast with the rest of his tough, rugged body. He absorbs the bacteria into his system and it frantically attacks his body. For the bacteria its only defense is attack, but it’s no match for Ambar, he has fought and won a lot of battles much worse than this. For a moment he becomes nauseous and unsteady as his body reacts to the attack, and then it’s over. Ambar wishes he could just reveal himself to the man and scare the living daylight out of him, but instead he crouches down on one knee and folds his wings around Caythlen. She tries to stay as quiet as possible as she hears the footsteps getting closer. It feels as if her heart is going to burst right out of her chest.

Ambar jumps into the car and grabs hold of Caythlen she is sitting directly behind the driver, on the side where the oncoming car is about to hit them. There is nothing Ambar can do to avoid the colision; he can just try to protect Caythlen from the impact. He pulls her close against his chest and wraps his wings tightly around her, forming a protective cocoon. He looks over his left shoulder, staring at the oncoming vehicle, as if he is thinking; try yout best!

 

Coert Steenberg Engelbrecht

 

Born: 1975-02-18

 

Place: Standerton – Mpumalamga – South Africa

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CATS FOR REAL by Charmaine Ann Gaynor

Four beautiful cats tell their story, as only they can.

Crystal is a kitten bought from a pet shop by a young girl as a gift for her mother.               She is a feisty little cat that experiences her new world with these two special people. Her loves and heartaches are profound.

Baloo is also bought from a pet shop, but this time it is the mother who buys the cat. She is a very tiny kitten and is insecure. She struggles to befriend Crystal. Most people never see her, as Baloo is always hiding away.

Rescue also comes from a pet shop, and is three months old. It doesn’t take him long yo befriend Bella the dog. He is very vocal and likes to meow a lot. He has a wonderful nature and loves everyone.

The fourth cat is Starshine, a naughty feral kitten that finds a home. She is extremely mischievous and looks for trouble with everyone except the guys in the family.

All cats have personalities, just like people. This charming book is a real story that will appeal to cat lovers of all ages.

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ABOUT THESE FARM CATS by Charmaine Ann Gaynor

Set in the 1950s, farmer Josh adopts two kittens left motherless. This is unheard of on his farm, as the folk there know that the boss prefers dogs. He appoints his housemaid to care for the kittens and become their mommy. She reacts badly because she is only fifteen and is scared of the little bundles of fur. But she overcomes her fear and takes good care of them, despite the fact that they can be very naughty.

 
Life on Josh’s farm is interesting, as something new happens every day. The kittens grow into young cats, exploring the farm and getting to meet new animals. They also finally make friends with their “poor relations,” the barn cats.
Farmer Josh is a wise man and has many stories to tell his grandchildren who come to visit him from the city. The children learn about farm life, and when they leave with their mother, they have a greater understanding of the differences between life on the farm and life in the city.

 
In the end, Josh comes to believe that he is finally ready to meet a new woman,one who can be his friend and perhaps ….. his new wife.

 

This is the second book by Charmaine Ann Gaynor of Johannesburg, South Africa. She was inspired by her grandfather’s farm and her great love for her family and animals, specifically cats. “A large part of my childhood is in this story.

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BYWONER deur At Kruger

Hoekom Bywoner as die Meyers stinkryk is? Waarom boer hulle op ʼn koopplaas ver van hulle erfgrond? Skud u leesvere reg vir ʼn storie, geskilder met nostalgie oor plaaslewe, hede en verlede. Vreugde, teleurstelling en angs.

Versmelt met die lewens van ʼn rotsvaste boer, Wyn Meyer en sy eggenote, Alexis: briljant en mooi; die spil waarom die storie draai. Word grootmens saam met hulle vier kinders: Tobias, Blanche, Aldo en Vicky. Altyd Vicky.

Steek u kop in ʼn miernes karakters; sienlik en onsienlik. Japan en Bharat Naran. Twicey en Blinde Dries, en vele meer. Ook moordend jaloerse troeteldiere, mensvreter krokodille, lastige bobbejane en rondloper seekoeie. Husse met lang ore, tokkelossies, trolle, voorvaders en engele.

 

At Kruger is op die eerste dag van Februarie 1953 in Springs gebore. Hy het tussen die koekepanne en mynhope halfwas geraak, verkas na die Noorde – Dendron – en daar verder grootgeword. Hy het aan die Hoër Landbouskool Kuschke matriek geskryf en hom aan die Universiteit Pretoria bekwaam as landbouwetenskaplike. Sy vrou, Annelize, destyds ʼn nooi Swanepoel, het hy op die dansvloer by ʼn Mopanie Manskoshuis bokjol ontmoet. Van die trouery het twee kinders gekom, heelwat later het daar ʼn skoonseun en -dogter bygekom, asook vier kleinkinders. Augustus 1980 ʼn lappie aarde Noord-Oos van Pretoria gekoop. Weeksdae gewerk, Saterdae geboer en Sondae gerus. At hou van kos op die tafel uit eie hande, stroomaf in sy kano, dans, lees en skryf.

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PADLANGS deur Swerwer

“SWERWER” belee ʼn prominente posisie in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing en verkies dus dat die publikasie onder die skuilnaam “Swerwer” uitgegee word.

Die skrywer het vir baie jare, as gevolg van sy werk, ʼn swerwersbestaan gevoer en in die alledaagse handel en wandel met baie mense in aanraking gekom. Daar het baie situasies en voorvalle oor sy pad gekom wat hy graag met lesers wil deel en wel by wyse van hierdie kortverhale. Baie van die verhale kom uit eie ondervinding waarin ‘n gesonde verstand en ʼn vrugbare verbeelding ook ʼn baie groot rol speel.

Waar verhale ware situasies en gebeure beskryf, is die name van persone en plekke dan ook uiteraard fiktief en op geen wyse het enige naam wat gebruik word hoegenaamd enige verwysing na, of toepasssing op enige ander persoon of plek wat toevallig dieselfde naam mag dra nie, aangesien dit bloot toevallige gebruik van ʼn bestaande naam sal wees.

Die hoofkarakter is ʼn persoon met die naam “STOFFEL” en die verhale word soms in eerste persoon en soms in derde persoon vertel, om geen ander rede as om bietjie afwisseling te verskaf nie. Die skrywer poog om verhale beskrywend, tog nie vulgêr of aanstootlik aan sy lesers oor te dra nie. Elke verhaal bevat dan ook ʼn agtergrond storie, sodat die leser hom- of haarself in die toneel kan plaas en dan saamleef in die verhaal. Dit is nie net ʼn klakkelose beskrywing van die “daad” nie.

“SWERWER” deel in hierdie publikasie ʼn aantal kortverhale waarmee hy graag ʼn groot aantal lesers wil bereik wat aanklank gevind het by gewilde erotiese publikasies soos “BLOOTS”, “SKARLAKEN KOORS” en “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”. As gevolg van die groot belangstelling en navrae wat die skrywer op sosiale forums soos Facebook, Twitter en ander gevolg het, blyk dit asof daar wel tog ʼn plek vir hierdie tipe “stout” verhale bestaan, wat die leser aan die dink sit en party mense se saai lewens ʼn hupstoot in die regte rigting kan gee!

Die skrywer het jare gelede vir die eerste keer met hygromanse en/of erotiese verhale te doen gekry, toe hy sy oë op tydskrifte soos ‘PLAYBOY’, ‘PENTHOUSE’ of selfs ‘LOSLYF’ kon slaan. Tog was dit nie die naakte fotos wat sy andag getrek het nie, maar wel die erotiese verhale wat daarin verskyn het. Deur die jare het die skrywer self sy hand aan ʼn paar verhale gewaag, maar nooit daaraan gedink om dit te publiseer nie.

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SPIRALLING deur Daleen Coetzee

These whispers, feelings, longings, hopes, love given to you in the following was/is a long process of growth. Becoming aware of the amazing creations that are on this planet with us is a precious journey. Nature, according to humans, has come into its own, with science confirming what man has long ago sensed. These are condensed thoughts, facts, of a personal view on nature, especially trees. The drawings are in pencil and are trees that called and asked to be drawn, because they had a message for man.
Magdalena Janson was born in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, and grew up among the mammoth trees and nature of the equator. Lives in Pretoria now, doing things that there was no time for earlier. She wrote this book under the soul name of Sunrada and thanks all and everyone whose books or papers she perused and apologizes sincerely if maybe she used their thoughts.

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LIFE UNRAVELLED deur Shaun Dreyden

Most people live their lives with many unanswered questions. Stabbing in the dark, and feeling unfulfilled, making their existence feel empty.  They hunger for fulfillment, but cannot identify the need, as they struggle in frustration through life, directionless, while making … Continued

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SPATSELS UIT MY LEWE deur Paula Paxton

Elke tree in my lewe, het eers begin met die wete dat ek alleen die pad moes baan, maar met verloop van tyd besef ek dat elke hartseer en blydskap op my lewenspad gedeel is met my Skepper en Heer. Hy het my opgetel en groot wysheid geleer. So is elke gedig in hierdie bundel, n spatsel uit my lewe. My hart en my siel is verweef in elke woord.
Paula Paxton (nee Mitchell) gebore 18 Maart 1974 in Krugersdorp in die Wes Rand. Ek word groot in Rand­fontein, ‘n myndorpie net duskant Krugersdorp. In my volwasse lewe verhuis ek na die mooie Natal met my eerste man, maar na n hartseer egskeiding vestig ek weer my wortels in Randfontein. Ek het twee pragtige, uitdagende kinders, Herman en Marli Fourie wat my lewe versier. Tans weer getroud met Karel Nico­laas Paxton en my lewe is een fees. Van tienerdae af verdraai ek my hartseer en vreugde in gedigte. Ek put genot daaruit om die lirieke van my hart op papier neer te pen.

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ONOMASTICS deur Bertie Neethling

Onomastics entails the study of names and naming systems. The discipline is derived from the Greek word onoma meaning ‘name’. In most languages of the world names are written with a capital letter. All of these form part of onomastics. The categories are manifold and some of the most important ones are following: anthroponymy, i.e the names of people. This may include first names, surnames, nick- or bynames, as well as ethnic names. They are all strongly linked to identity. The next prominent one is toponymy, i.e place names. All places whether streets, towns and landmarks carry names. Names in the economy, i.e brand names that include sponsors, as well as business names, also form a strong category. Then there are names inliterature, i.e. literary onomastics, as well as shipping names and wild animal names. Onomastics is an impressive multidisciplinary field of study as this book outlines.

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DIE DE ZALZE MOORDE deur Jaap Rabie

HIERDIE BOEK WORD TANS TERUGGEHOU AS GEVOLG VAN ‘n MOONTLIKE REGSGEDING. BOOKS-AFRICA VRA OM VERSKONING. DIT IS BUITE ONS BEHEER EN DIE SAAK MOET EERS AFGEHANDEL WORD. DIE INLIGTING IN DIE BOEK VERVAT IS UITERS SENSITIEF EN BOOKS-AFRICA BELOOF OM DIE BOEK SO GOU MOONTLIK WEER BESKIKBAAR TE STEL.

 

Die indiepte ondersoek en die verhaal gelaai met feite wat elders nie beskikbaar is nie beloof om lesers regop te laat sit.

Die skrywer het nie net dag vir dag die hofsaak bygewoon nie, maar het inligting direk van familie en vriende ontvang wat nie elders beskikbaar is of met koerante gedeel is nie. Die verhaal is dus nie slegs ‘n veslaggewing van gebeure nie, maar word uit die binnekringe van die mense direk geraak deur die afgryslike moorde vertel.

 

Jaap Rabie

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UITERS GEHEIM & ANDER ANEKDOTE deur Kobus de Villiers

Uiters Geheim en ander Anekdote:

 

Elke seun wil op een of ander stadium ʼn brandweerman, vlieënier, Rugby Springbok of renjaer word. Baie selde word die drome bewaarheid.

In die laat sestigs is Rusland en Amerika in die ruimtewedloop en daar stap ʼn man op die maan. Dit is die Koue Oorlog en nuwe vliegtuie en ruimtetuie word ontwikkel. ʼn Kaalvoet seun in die Vrystaatse myndorp, Welkom volg elke stap in die nuus en wil vir NASA en Boeing werk maar ook ʼn renjaer word. Met ʼn draagbare radio wat hy self ombou kan hy luister na die gesprekke tussen Houston en die ruimtemanne. Sy kamermure is beplak met prente van renmotors, vliegtuie en ʼn kaart van die maan gemerk met moontlike landingsplekke. Hy leef in sy komplekse verbeeldingswêreld, maak sketse en teken planne van vuurpylenjins en vliegtuigvlerke. Hy bou ʼn vuurpylenjin wat hy aan die loop kry op die trekker se kragparafien. Hy leer ook gou dat Suid Afrika se onaanvaarbare politiek dit nog meer onmoontlik maak vir ʼn Vrystaatse plaasseun om dié drome te kan beleef.

Hy gaan skool by Welkom Volkskool en Goudveld Hoërskool. Doen sy diensplig in 6 SAI en 2 SAI en studeer Ingenieurswese by Tukkies. Hy begin werk in Suid Afrika se jong lugvaart industrie en sy eindelose verbeelding lei daartoe dat hy die geleentheid kry om in die buiteland te gaan studeer en werk.

Dié storie is ʼn versameling anekdote van hierdie epiese reis vanaf die stowwerige gruispaaie van die Vrystaat tot die Autobahn na Stuttgart, die Golden State Freeway verby Caltech se Jet Propulsion Lab kampus en nuwe ontdekkings van vreemde plekke en nuwe tegnologieë. Hy woon en/of werk in Italië, Duitsland, Frankryk, Peru, Israel, Pakistan, Maleisieë, Singapore, Japan en die Emirate. In Rusland woon en werk sy span in Leonid Brezhnev se Dacha op een van die mees ongelooflike lugvaart samewerkingsprojekte. Daarna is hy in Kanada en die VSA en neem deel aan nuwe baanbrekers besoedelingsvrye tegnologie en ander lugvaartprojekte. Iewers langs die pad ontmoet hy ook ʼn ongelooflike mooi en slim Franse meisie. Projeksekerheid se mense is oortuig sy werk vir die Franse geheime diens. Weens die geheimhouding van dié soort werk het familie en vriende geen werklike idee van wat hy gedoen het nie. Nou dat alles lank gelede gebeur het en voor die herinneringe verlore gaan moet hy sy stories vertel. Sy versameling anekdote van vreemde lande en gebeure, ervarings en selfontdekking.

Dit is ʼn lang en ongelooflike pad van Welkom in die Vrystaat tot by Einstein se kantoor…

 

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TWENTY EIGHT by Daniel D

What if Madiba was never released?   The interesting concept of the book is that it starts off in 2017 in a small town on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal, but ends up in the early 90’s at the Union … Continued

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DIE BOKKE SPEEL RUGBY deur Petra Ferreira

Skrywer:  Petra Ferreira

“Springbokrugby op sy beste,” dit is wat mens kan ver-wag as die Bokke die stryd aansê in ‘n wedstryd teen die gedugte Wildebloues. Maar watter span gaan dié wedstryd wen? Uil weet hoe om ‘n rugbyspan af te rig en reël ook die wedstryd. Tarentaal is ‘n eersteklas omroeper  en Aap glad nie so dom soos almal dink nie.  Hy woeker met sy vele talente. Olifant werk hard om homself te bewys en Seekoei is soos gewoonlik op haar eie missie. Hierdie verhaal is ‘n moet vir alle rugby- en diereliefhebbers van ses tot ses en negentig.

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UITGELEWER deur Ria Richards

Skrywer:  Ria Richards

Wanneer die 16-jarige Elsina se ma sterf kom sy voor baie uitdagings te staan. ’n Bababoetie en twee jonger susters het ’n opvoeding en leiding nodig. Haar onbetrokke pa se oplossing lewer hulle uit aan die hande van ’n monster.

Sal hy tot sy sinne kom voor dit te laat is?

 

Ria Richards woon in Gauteng aan die Oos Rand en is al sedert 1975 getroud met Jerry. Hulle het vyf kinders en ’n klompie kleinkinders vir wie sy almal baie lief is. Sy is ’n tuisteskepper en hou van mense. Sy het nie, soos die meeste skrywers, die een of ander universiteitsgraad nie. Sy kry haar inspirasie deur te luister na stories uit mense se verlede en alledaagse insidente. Daar het ook reeds vyf ander boeke uit haar pen die lig gesien, nl. Maanligliefde, Liefdesvrug uit die paradys, ’n Knippie Liefde, Liefde met permissie en Vier magiese woorde.

 

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DAAGLIKSE LIG deur Nicky Schoeman

Skrywer:  Nicky Schoeman

Na elke donker tonnel is daar altyd lig…

Die bemoedigende digbundel, “Daaglikse Lig” bevat 50 waardevolle gedigte, met

teksverse as verwysings wat oorgenoeg lig verskaf vir elke dag. Dis ‘n herinnering

aan God se beloftes in sy Woord. Dit laat jou besef hoe kosbaar elke oomblik van

die lewe is, en hoe maklik enige struikelblok oorkombaar is.

Onthou, dagbreek is net na die donkerste van ‘n nag.

 

 

Nicky Schoeman, gebore te Prince Albert, Karoo-dorp anderkant die Swartberge.

Tans woonagtig te Oudtshoorn, en getroud met ‘n baie ondersteunende vrou,

Karen. Hy is ‘n Mediese Noodsorg Redder in die Eden distrik. Deeltyds in skilderkuns

en houtwerk, waarvan gedigte al vir jare in sy hart opgeskryf was, en hy

glo dat die Woord van God hom nou daarvan laat oorloop. Sy eerste digbundel

van aard, met bemoedigende vermoëns en begrip rondom die daaglikse lewe.

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STRUISBAAI TOE deur Vincent Charles Bastiaan

Skrywer:  Vincent Charles Bastiaan

Struisbaai Toe, gaan oor `n messelaar, Aaron October, wat op 29 – jarige ouderdom van sy ouerhuis in Bredasdorp na Struisbaai wegloop om `n visserman te word.  Na `n stryery en amper bakleiery met sy oudste broer, Sêm – voor hulle ma – besluit hy dis genoeg en loop die volgende oggend baie vroeg weg.  Op pad Struisbaai toe gaan soek hy koffie by `n plaashuisie nadat hy rook uit die skoorsteen sien trek het.  Daar ontmoet hy vir Pop en Sofie Mintoor.

Na `n kort romanse tree hy met Sofie in die huwelik.  Sy was egter in `n ongewensde verhouding met Christo Toerien – Kitoe – `n uitsmyter en geweldenaar.  Dit lei tot groot probleme vir Aaron en uiteindelik tot `n geveg tussen twee groot en sterk manne.

Daar is ook skaapstelery en die uitsetting van visser-manne uit hul huise ter sprake, asook die onnatuurlike dood van Pop se geheime minnaar.  `n Lekker Overbergstorie oor die wel en wee van vissermanne, plaaswerkers en dorpsjapies.

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WAANSIN, WOELGEESTE EN WONDERS deur Daniel Coetzee

Skrywer: Daniel Coetzee

Die boek is `n versameling van die merkwaardige werkinge van die mens se brein en psige.  Dit handel oor o.a. reïnkarnasie, massahisterie en massawaan, ernstige gevalle van kultuurskok; visioene van die dooies; blikke op die toekoms en van verstommende gawes.

Dit bepreek poltergeists, doppelgängers en fastasmes; ervarings buite die liggaam, hipnose telekinese en levitasie, meervoudige persoonlikhede; blitsberekenaars, superslimmes, psigiese chirurgie en sluit af met die wonderwerke van Satja Sai Baba.

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My Health. Are my Grandparents to blame?

Author:  Gert Maritz

This book is to inform you of the impact of a wrong lifestyle on the future health of your children and grand-children.  Often the lifestyle decisions of grand-parents and parents are ill- informed because of a lack of knowledge.

As the title of this book indicates, it addresses the importance of grand-parental and parental lifestyle on the health later in the life of their children and grand-children.  It is important to note that the effect of, for example, eating habits, or smoking, or drinking, or using dietary supplements by the grand-parents and parents during pregnancy and lactation, can be inherited by their children.

As a consequence their children are “programmed” to become more susceptible to diseases such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, even if the children themselves adopted a healthy lifestyle.

This “program” is carried over not only to one generation, but rather several generations.  This implies that the descendants of the parents that were living an unhealthy lifestyle, will be suffering from that lifestyle for generations to come.  There is growing evidence that the obesity and diabetes “epidemic” that the developing worlds are experiencing at present, is largely due to this “programming” effect.

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Boertjie (English)

Author:  Hannes Deetlefs

Dear Reader, this is a book to enjoy, to remind, and to ponder in reflection thereof.

The story of the people from South West Africa and partly from South Africa from yonder years is portrayed as accurately as possible. The facts and choice of themes and events are based specifically on the accurate details found in the diaries and abundance of letters and photos, of Hermann Deetlefs and Elisabeth Deetlefs-Reimer. Painstaking effort was put into recording the facts of events and emotions, concerns and confusion which reigned during that difficult era to depict them exactly as they happened. Today it is easy to confirm or verify the mentioned facts by using the internet facilities. Of course there are always multiple versions of the same historical realities: The scientific approach, neutral, and then also politically enhanced versions.  As far as it was possible, the neutral approach was selected, also pointing out when the neutral version did not suit any of the parties involved. A lot of the mentioned issues are no longer acceptable in the norms of today, but that is exactly the contrast we aim to accentuate. The ‘mini’ as an example, and so much more the ‘bikini’ was big news in those days, whereas today they hardly validate a mentioning. It is furthermore a fact that not all implications of the day can be projected as the Gospel truth. A lot of it is thus based on hearsay and speculation passed down through generations. Often it was merely conversations in the presence of the son and own diary notes where information was collected from.

Persons mentioned by their first names and surnames, or where their surnames are indicated with a capital letter, are politically correctly depicted as far as was possible. Persons just mentioned by their first names are people who did exist or a combination of actual persons represented by that person. This is also true with reference to the autobiographies of Hermann and Elisabeth Deetlefs self. Only the unimportant events in their lives were excluded. The well documented parts of their history are already story-like, but yet true from beginning to end.

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Bourgeois Spiritualiteit onder die soeklig van die profeet Amos

Skrywer: Izak C. Potgieter

Die oorgrote meerderheid van die lesers van hierdie boek sal hulself waarskynlik, soos hierdie skrywer, beskou as middelklas (bourgeois) mense. Wat beteken spiritualiteit vir ons? Handhaaf ons deur God se genade ‘n veel gemakliker lewe as miljoene armes in ons eie land en oor die wêreld heen? Indien wel, wat sê dit oor die God wat ons bely en die soort spiritualiteit wat ons beoefen? Wat sou Amos se opinie oor ons soort spiritualiteit wees?

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