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November 30, 2010 12:38 IST

As the Congress closes ranks and tries to dismiss the Jagan factor in Andhra Pradesh, the rebel Reddy is in Kadapa district with his mother, Vijayalaxmi, and will visit the YSR samadhi there to pay respects to the former chief minister. Jagan Mohan Reddy quit the Congress and as the Kadapa MP on Monday. (Jagan’s resignation letter to Sonia: Full Text)
The party has a tricky task ahead and leaders insist that Jagan’s exit will have no impact on the Congress in Andhra Pradesh.  Consolidation is key as the party works out a new cabinet that will please as many people as possible. The crucial cabinet formation exercise will take place on Wednesday and there are fears that those left out will gravitate towards YSR’s son. (Who is Jagan Mohan Reddy?)
Jagan has publicly asked the MLAs who support him not to resign from the Congress. He would need 53 MLAs to split the party and at the moment sources in his camp say they do not have the support of more than 30. They do hope that number will increase after December 1. 
Because of Jagan’s pro-unified-Andhra stance, only one of the 50-odd Congress MLAs from the Telangana region supports him. His support base is essentially drawn from the other two regions. 
If Jagan were to manage to the split the party, the Congress could then look to the Prajya Rajyam Party (PRP),  Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) for outside support to the government.
There was talk of Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party, with its 18 MLAs, filling the Jagan void, but the actor-turned politician has decided to stay out of the government for now, with talks falling through on ministerial berths. Sources said Chiranjeevi wanted four ministries, but the Congress was loath to give him that many.
There are also doubts over whether Chiru can deliver the 18 MLAs en bloc. At least four of them are openly with Jagan.
The next bit of action is now expected on Wednesday, when the new Andhra Pradesh cabinet of Kiran Kumar Reddy will be sworn in.  Jagan will be watching the proceedings from Kadapa district, where he shall remain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Jagan Mohan Reddy was born on December 21st, 1972 according to
December 21st, 1972
12 + 21 +1+9+7+2 = 52 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Keen.  Perseptive.  Astute.  Shrewd.  Astrology.  Horoscope.  Jyotish.  Gossip.  Rumors.
December 21st
12 + 21 +2+0+0+9 = 44 = his personal year (from December 21st, 2009 to December 20th, 2010) = Introspection.  Self-awareness.  In touch.  Having your finger on the pulse of what’s happening.
44 year + 11 (November) = 55 = his personal month (from November 21st, 2010 to December 20th, 2010) = Insight.  Clarity.  Brilliance.  Using your mind.
55 month + 29 (29th of the month on Monday November 29th, 2010) = 84 = his personal day = Abandoning work.
55 month + 30 (30th of the month on Tuesday November 30th, 2010) = All we are is dust in the wind.
55 month + 1 (1st of the month on Wednesday December 1st, 2010) = 56 = his personal day = Choosing.  Deciding.
“Free to make your own decision.
 Do it now with fine precision!”

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Minoru Yanagida, file pic from 2010
21 November 2010 Last updated at 21:40 ET

Japan’s justice minister says he is resigning after causing outrage for joking about how easy his job was.

Minoru Yanagida said the only two phrases he had to remember in parliament were: “I won’t comment on individual cases,” and “I’m acting in accordance with the law and the evidence.”

Opposition conservatives said he deserved to be fired for the gaffe.

The move may make it harder for Japan to pass a key budget, analysts say.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan gave Mr Yanagida a severe warning for the remarks, which were made earlier this month during a private gathering in his home constituency in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Falling supportMr Yanagida announced his resignation at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday morning.

The opposition had called his comments an insult to the legislature, and was preparing a censure motion against him.

Plenty of Japanese politicians have been felled by gaffes before, says the BBC’s Roland Buerk in Toyko, including a tourism minister who resigned just four days into his job for saying the Japanese did not like foreigners.

But the latest resignation comes at a bad time for the prime minister, adds our correspondent.

There is widespread public discontent with the struggling economy.

Falling support for the centre-left government has complicated efforts to enact the crucial $61bn (£38bn) stimulus package, which the government hopes will stimulate the economy.

Support for Mr Kan has also been undermined by criticism of his handling of territorial rows with China and Russia.



Minoru Yanagida was born on November 6th, 1954 according to

November 6th, 1954

11 + 6 +1+9+5+4 = 36 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Abuse of power.  Weighty responsibilities.


November 6th, 1954

11 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = his personal year (from November 6th, 2010 to November 5th, 2011) = Censure.  Punishment.  Retribution.

20 year + 11 (November) = 31 = his personal month (from November 6th, 2010 to December 5th, 2010) = Scandal.  Controversy.

31 + 21 (21st of the month on November 21st, 2010) = 52 = his personal day = Sarcasm.  Smart mouth.

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(08-13) 19:19 PDT

Backup running back Glen Coffee left the 49ers on Friday, making him the second player to leave training camp this week.

That could be seen as a sign of a deeper problem within the locker room. Just don’t tell that to 49ers coach Mike Singletary.

“This has been one of the best weeks that we’ve had,” Singletary said Friday after Coffee joined defensive end Kentwan Balmer as players who walked away from the team.

“The reason why is because we have adversity. When you have to deal with adversity, it allows you to focus.”

If that’s the case, the 49ers should have 20/10 vision come Sunday’s exhibition opener at Indianapolis. The second edition of Camp Singletary has been that adversity-prone with a bucket of unpredictability on top.

Balmer remained AWOL for the third straight day at a cost of $16,000 in fines a day. Coffee, entering his second NFL season, did not practice Thursday afternoon and told Singletary he was leaving football before Friday’s practice.

Yet Singletary acts like all of this is a good thing.

“It would be very easy to go through the entire offseason and go through training camp without facing any adversity at all,” Singletary said, “Go into the season and you have one setback and think, ‘Oh my goodness, how are we going to deal with that?’ We can deal with anything.”

General manager Scot McCloughan disappears into the March night with no explanation for his sudden predraft departure? No problem, team officials say.

Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin refuses to sign his franchise-tag contract and report for camp? Not a distraction, everyone insists.

“The thing that we’re trying to do with the 49ers, we’re trying to find 53 men that love the game of football and that’s going to help us get to where we need to go,” Singletary said Friday.

Coffee won’t be one of them, not after deciding it was time to leave the sport after one season. He told Singletary his heart wasn’t in the sport as far back as college, one reason he left for the NFL early.

“This has been a tough decision for me to make, but at this time in my life, I feel it is best for me that I move on from football,” Coffee said in a statement.

Balmer has, since Wednesday, told reporters he would be coming back, but there remains no Balmer in sight, with all absences unexcused.

“If Balmer wanted to be back, he’d be back,” Singletary said.

It’s not as if Singletary is running players into the ground this summer. Last year’s camp was described by players as the toughest of their career. No one is saying that these days.

The fearsome “nutcracker” drill has been watered down to a blocking and technique exercise. The team took an unannounced field trip to the Monterey Peninsula last week. Team drills are played to the soothing sounds of jazz, soul music and Motown hits over loudspeakers.

Singletary even canceled Friday’s afternoon practice.

For players to be quitting in this atmosphere, well, the players left behind just don’t get it.

“I’ve seen it happen in college, but I have never seen it happen at the pro level,” said Michael Robinson, who went from special teams player to backup running back overnight. He’ll compete with rookie Anthony Dixon for the right to back up 1,000-yard rusher Frank Gore.

“You have to move on,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “Different things happen to every team.”

Perhaps, but the 49ers aren’t usually one of those teams.

The team on the other side of the Bay monopolized the training camp drama in years past, whether it was assistant coach Randy Hanson accusing coach Tom Cable of assault or former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell staging the longest holdout by a No. 1 overall pick since Bo Jackson.

Now, it’s the Raiders who are a portrait of stability while the 49ers are on the other sideline learning how to deal with adversity.

If the 49ers go on to win the NFC West, they can look back at times like this and laugh. If not, perhaps looking back to August in Santa Clara would be a good starting point for an explanation.

“I’m looking high and low to try and find those 53 that really love being here,” Singletary said. “So, that’s where I’m at.”

Briefly: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree missed a second practice with a sprained neck. Singletary said “It’s possible” Crabtree will play Sunday. … Robinson had three rushes for 2 yards last season. His best year running the ball was his second, 2007, when he gained 121 yards and averaged 4.7 per carry. He had career receiving highs of 17 catches and 202 yards in 2008.

A brief career

— Glen Coffee announced Friday that he is retiring, at age 23, entering his second NFL season.

— Coffee, a Florida native, went pro out of Alabama after a junior season in which he ran for 1,383 yards with an average of 5.9 per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns.

— The 49ers drafted him last year with the 10th pick of the third round.

— He carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown as a rookie and was in contention to be Frank Gore’s primary backup this season.

— In a statement released Friday, Coffee said, “This has been a tough decision for me to make, but at this time in my life, I feel it is best for me that I move on from football.”

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Glen Coffee was born on May 1st, 1987

5 + 1 +1+9+8+7 = 31 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Controversy.


May 1st

5 + 1 +2+0+1+0 = 9 = his personal year (from May 1st, 2010 to May 1st, 2011)

9 year + 8 (August) = 17 = his personal month for August 2010

17 month + 13 (13th of the month on Friday August 13th, 2010) = 30 = his personal day = Thanks, but no thanks.

17 month + 14 (14th of the month on Saturday August 14th, 2010) = 31 = his personal day = Controversy.

When his number (31 ( 5 + 1 +1+9+8+7 = 31)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So this is HIS day!!!

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11:38 pm EDT August 17, 2010

Talk show host Laura Schlessinger says her desire to talk freely without having affiliates and sponsors attacked led to her abrupt decision to end her “Dr. Laura” radio show later this year.

Schlessinger said she is walking away a week after apologizing for saying the N-word 11 times on the air while talking to a black woman with a white husband, then saying “if you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race.”

She apologized a day after the Aug. 10 remarks, but Media Matters for America called for her removal from the talk show. The group encouraged its members to contact show sponsors and affiliates and urge them to drop “Dr. Laura.”

Schlessinger said Tuesday on CNN’s “Larry King Live” that her daily talk show will end when her contract expires this year, with the last show probably around Christmas. She said she was wrong to say what she said, was sorry for it, but “there are people who won’t accept my apology.”

“When I started in radio, if you said something somebody didn’t agree with and they didn’t like, they argued with you,” she said. “Now they try to silence you … My First Amendment rights have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don’t want to debate. They want to eliminate.”

Media Matters’ Ari Rabin-Havt said the apology wasn’t accepted because his group was concerned about Schlessinger’s overall attitudes toward race, more than just the N-word. And those attitudes weren’t addressed in the apology, he said.

For Schlessinger to portray herself as a First Amendment “martyr” is an outrage, he said.

“She has the constitutional right to make her statements, and I have the same right to assemble people to challenge the statements,” he said.

Corinne Baldassano, an executive with Schlessinger’s production company, Take on the Day LLC, said the talk show host plans to pursue opportunities through her website, books, podcasts and a YouTube channel.

It was not immediately clear how many sponsors had pulled out of her radio program. Baldassano said Motel 6, owned by Accor SA, had pulled out. Schlessinger said the show had also added sponsors.

Mark Masters, head of the Talk Radio Network, which distributes Schlessinger’s show, did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

Previously, Schlessinger’s negative comments about homosexuality on her television show in 2000 inspired gay activists to campaign to get her off the air.

The flap recalled radio host Don Imus’ firing by CBS Radio and MSNBC in spring 2007 for referring to members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed.” Imus apologized and eventually rebuilt his network of radio affiliates for a weekday show also telecast on the Fox Business Channel.

Michael Harrison, publisher of the industry trade journal Talkers, said he doesn’t quite believe Schlessinger will leave a show she appears to love doing.

He said her announcement “came from her emotions, not figuring it out. Four months from now, it might be a different story. There are inconsistencies in what she’s been saying. That makes me believe that she’s stressed.”

The controversy comes during a particularly heated political era, with interest groups from different sides closely watching what public figures say and springing into action when they believe something offensive is said.

Fearing political trouble last month, the Obama administration pressured Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod to resign. Conservative websites were spreading stories that Sherrod, who is black, had talked about not helping white farmers who sought her assistance in a previous job. Instead, Sherrod’s comments had been taken out of context.

“We live in a time when society and the media and politics is searching for a victory rather than seeking truth,” Harrison said. “All sides want to prove the other side wrong. Not just wrong, but bad.”

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Laura Catherine Schlessinger was born on January 16th, 1947 according to

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Laura Catherine Schlessinger




her primary challenge (LS) and her salvation/undoing number (CS) both = 31 = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Contestant.  Runner-up.  Competitor.  Contender.  Opponent.  Scrimmage.  Sparring.  Practice.  Training.  Scramble.  Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Risk.  Controversy.  Contention.  Provocateur.  Provoke.  Instigate.  Tease.  Taunt.  Ruckus.  Noise.  Dissonance.  Cacophony.  Disturbance.  Struggles.  Strife.  Squabbles.  Quarrels.  Altercation.  Brawl.  Donnybrook.  Feuds.  Antagonism.  Rivalry.  Agitation.  Rowdy.  Wild.  Troublemaker.  Disorderly conduct.  Havoc.  Riot.  Scandal.  Outdoing yourself.  Rising to the challenge.  Stirring things up.  Stirring the pot.  Provoke a reaction.  Getting a rise out of someone.  Raising a ruckus.  Things get out of hand.  Prove you wrong.  I’ll show you.  In your face.  Bring it on.  C’mon.  Here comes trouble.  It takes two to make a quarrel.  Stepping into the ring.  Throwing your hat into the ring.  Gettiing into the mix.  Out of spite.  Getting your goat.  I can’t compete with you.  Working at cross purposes.  Riot starter.  Free-for-all.        


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Brenda Barnes to resign
Aug 9, 2010 10:29 AM CT

Sara Lee Corp., the maker of Ball Park hot dogs and Senseo coffee, said Brenda Barnes is resigning as chairman and chief executive officer, focusing on her health after taking leave in May to recover from a stroke.

Marcel Smits will continue as interim CEO and James S. Crown will remain chairman during the search for a successor, Sara Lee said today. Smits and C.J. Fraleigh, head of the North American retail and foodservice operations, are both contenders for the job, D.A. Davidson & Co. analyst Tim Ramey said.

The successor to Barnes, who led Sara Lee for more than five years, faces the task of reviving sales that have stagnated or dropped for six straight quarters. The new chief may pursue purchases, using proceeds from asset sales, to keep up Barnes’s efforts to fuel revenue from packaged foods, according to Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at Oakbrook Investments.

“Barnes had started the process of paring down the company to focus on foods, but it is going to take time,” said Jankovskis, who helps manage about $2 billion, including Sara Lee shares, at Lisle, Illinois-based Oakbrook. “Once they’ve sold enough assets, perhaps they’ll make an acquisition. That seems to be the right strategy.”

Search firm Egon Zehnder will work with Sara Lee’s board to find a successor, according to a person familiar with the situation. Jill Totenberg, a spokeswoman for Egon Zehnder, declined to comment.



Brenda Czajka Barnes was born on November 11th, 1953 according to

November 11th, 1953

11 + 11 +1+9+5+3 = 40 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Be gentle.  How can I help?  At your service.  Pitching in.  Helping out.  Doing your part.  For the good of my fellow human being.  Brotherly love.  Brothers and sisters.  Grandchildren.  Good Shepherd.  Every little helps.  The biggest help is help, and even the smallest help is help.  Well tended.  Do me a favor.  Help me out.  Help me. 


November 11th

11 + 11 +2+0+0+9 = 33 = her personal year (from November 11th, 2009 to November 10th, 2010)

33 year + 7 (July) = 40 = her personal month (from July 11th, 2010 to August 10th, 2010) = Be gentle.  How can I help?  At your service.  Pitching in.  Helping out.  Doing your part.  For the good of my fellow human being.  Brotherly love.  Brothers and sisters.  Grandchildren.  Good Shepherd.  Every little helps.  The biggest help is help, and even the smallest help is help.  Well tended.  Do me a favor.  Help me out.  Help me. 

When her number (40 (11 + 11 +1+9+5+3)) comes up, that’s when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience.  So this is HER month!!!

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August 06, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

President Barack Obama lost a second member of his economy team as economist Christina Romer decided to return to teaching on the eve of an employment report that highlighted the administration’s struggle to spur job gains.

Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, is returning to a post at the University of California at Berkeley, the White House said yesterday. She is interested in heading the Federal Reserve’s regional bank in San Francisco, according to a person familiar with her plans who requested anonymity.

The resignation follows the July departure of Peter Orszag as director of the Office of Management and Budget in July. It creates another opening at a time when Obama is seeking to highlight the administration’s record on restarting growth ahead of November congressional elections.

“The economics team in the Obama administration is in a difficult spot, and losing another person is a little bit worrisome,” said Julia Coronado, senior U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York and a former Fed staffer in Washington. “The team hasn’t been very vocal in discussing what should be done in light of recent weakness in the economy, and in taking a forceful stand.”

Obama also yesterday saw one of his nominees to the Federal Reserve Board hit a parliamentary snag in the Senate.

Peter Diamond, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor who once taught Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, had his name returned to the White House before the chamber left for a summer break. Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said “it is expected that the president will renominate him.”

Stimulus Advocate

Romer, 51, pushed last year for Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as unemployment rose from 7.7 percent. She quit as a U.S. economic recovery propelled by government spending and financial bailouts show signs of slowing, and unemployment exceeding 9 percent persists near a 26-year high.

“What Obama’s team has been doing so far has not worked and voters are going to be going to the polls very unhappy, even distressed, with the economic situation,” said L. Randall Wray, research director for the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, a nonpartisan institute at the University of Missouri in Kansas City studies macroeconomic and monetary policy.

Austan Goolsbee, who is currently deputy on the three- person council, will likely serve as the interim chair, according to two people familiar with the matter. Obama has separately nominated Jack Lew, a former budget director under President Bill Clinton, to replace Orszag.

Typical Tenures

Heading the Council of Economic Advisers hasn’t typically been long-term employment for those who have held the job.

Bush’s five CEA chairs lasted an average of about 1 1/2 years, ranging from Harvey Rosen’s 3 1/2-month stint in 2005 to Ed Lazear’s almost three years of service from February 2006 until Bush left office in 2009. The four chairs in the Clinton administration served an average of about two years.

Republican lawmakers such as Representatives Jo Bonner of Alabama and Kevin Brady of Texas have criticized Romer for saying last year that Obama’s stimulus would keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.

“Everybody who pushed for the federal stimulus as having a meaningful impact on the unemployment rate was wrong,” said Anthony Danaher, president of Guild Investment Management, a Los Angeles-based investment adviser that manages about $150 million in assets. “So she’s not alone.”

Decline in Payrolls

Companies in the U.S. added workers in July for a seventh- straight month at a pace that suggests the labor-market recovery will be slow to take hold. Private payrolls that exclude government agencies rose by 71,000 after a June gain of 31,000 that was smaller than previously reported, Labor Department figures in Washington showed today.

Romer “has provided extraordinary service to me and our country during a time of economic crisis and recovery,” Obama said in a statement in Washington.

The news came as a surprise to Gerard Roland, chair of the economics department at Berkeley.

“I thought it was a rumor,” Roland said in an interview. Because Romer has been on leave from the university, “she doesn’t have to clear it with anybody,” he said.

If selected for the San Francisco position, Romer would succeed Janet Yellen, who is awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the Fed’s next vice chairman.

San Francisco

“We will not comment on the change at the White House and we’ve said that we would be making no comment on the search process until its conclusion,” said San Francisco Fed spokeswoman Carol Eckert.

As chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in January 2009, Romer called for “immediate action” in the form of stimulus to respond to a contracting U.S. economy. She told lawmakers on July 14 that the economic stimulus package is “on track” to saving or creating 3.5 million jobs.

More than 8 million U.S. workers have lost their jobs since the start of the recession in December 2007. Seven of 10 Americans say reducing unemployment should be the federal government’s priority, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted July 9-12.

Should she become San Francisco Fed president, Romer would participate in the central bank’s policy discussions, and would vote on the interest-rate setting Federal Open Market Committee once every three years, taking her next turn in 2012.

Research Record

Romer “would be an excellent person to be running” the San Francisco Fed, said James Hamilton, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego. “She has a very solid record of research and proven herself to be very effective in the public-policy sphere.”

John Williams, the district bank’s chief researcher, also has qualifications to be a candidate for the post as president, according to Bradford DeLong, a Berkeley economics professor.

“It would be extremely strange if John and Christina Romer were not among the leading candidates” to lead the San Francisco Fed, he said.

Romer would bring “a great deal of sophisticated understanding on how to use economic theory to make economic policy,” he said. “What Christina has that Janet does not have is an immense focus on the historical record, and immense understanding of how economies have responded to recessions and bouts of inflation in the past.”

National Economy

The San Francisco Fed represents nine western U.S. states that include California, Nevada and Arizona, which were at the epicenter of the collapse in U.S. housing prices. Its district accounts for about 20 percent of the national economy, more than any of the Fed’s 11 other regional banks.

The district is also home to companies such as Apple Inc., Chevron Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. Sixty-five banks in the region, most of them supervised by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., have failed since 2004, for losses totaling about $28 billion.

Romer, born on Dec. 25, 1958, in Alton, Illinois, earned an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1981 and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.

From 2003 to 2008, Romer served on the committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research that dates the beginning and end of recessions.



Christina Romer was born on December 25th, 1958 according to

December 25th, 1958

12 + 25 +1+9+5+8 = 60 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = It’s complicated.  Sever ties.  Going your separate ways.


December 25th

12 + 25 +2+0+0+9 = 48 = her personal year (from December 25th, 2009 to December 24th, 2010)

48 year + 7 (July) = 55 = her personal month (from July 25th, 2010 to August 24th, 2010)

55 month + 5 (5th of the month on Thursday August 5th, 2010) = 60 = her personal day = It’s complicated.  Sever ties.  Going your separate ways.

When her number (60 (her life lesson)) comes up, that’s when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience.  So this was HER day!!!

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