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Season 2: Episode 16: Radical Forgiveness

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As Archer’s temperature rose dangerously in his ICU room, Louise was rushing to get ice to pack around him. At the sink next to the ice machine, she ran into someone she didn’t expect to see: the nurse responsible for the medical error that contributed to a cascading sequence of what seemed to be irreversible events. Listen in on what transpired in Season 2: Episode 16: Radical Forgiveness, where Louise ponders this moment and the nuances of medical care for spinal cord injury in an ICU environment full of trauma and pressure.  We all mess up. Is forgiving part of healing? 

In this episode you will hear interview excerpts from:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who called Louise with a warning to move her son out of AtlantiCare immediately. Louise and Bernadette reflect 5 years later on the nuances of caring for spinal cord injury patients and the medical errors that can happen due to lack of knowledge among staff about complications of SCI.

Dr. Ray Talucci, former Chief of Trauma at Atlanticare, and one of Archer’s main doctors during his time in the Trauma ICU. Louise and Dr. Talucci speak about the specific medical error that caused Archer’s blood pressure to spike and the nuances of medical errors and forgiveness in environments like the ICU.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Meditate With Nature  by chilledmusic

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7638-meditate-with-nature-

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 16: Radical Forgiveness.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 15: Moving Towards the Pain

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On Day 24 of Archer’s stay in the AtlantiCare ICU, Louise received a phone call from an unknown number. The voice on the other line said: Get your son the hell out of AtlantiCare now. Louise listened carefully to learn and discern a new course. While Archer felt crushed with excruciating physical pain from procedures to water board his system and then sear the lining of his chest walls, Louise felt the weight of unbearable emotional pain. In Season 2: Episode 15: Moving Towards the Pain, Louise reflects on various approaches to help Archer deal with a bout of intense, searing pain and the sudden, earth shattering phone call.

In this episode you will hear excerpts of an interview with:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who called Louise with a warning to move her son out of AtlantiCare immediately. She called off the record initially in response to multiple inquiries made by others on Louise’s behalf from her college days. But she was a wise font of information about Spinal Cord Injury and rehab choices to help Louise discern the next step just when there seemed no other options for Archer to be transported out.  Louise and Bernadette reflect on that call 6 years later and how it changed Archer’s course — for the better.

Victoria Vox created the theme music. Sound effects in this episode are from freesound.org

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 15: Moving Towards the Pain.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 14: Low on Options, Full of Community

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_12_6pmw4.jpgAfter Louise returned to Cape May from the rehabilitation visits in Baltimore, it felt as if both she and Archer’s medical team at AtlantiCare were running out of options to stabilize Archer enough that he could be transported.  Louise interviews the chief pulmonology surgeon as they look back on this medical dilemma. But while the medical team was low on options, the community was not. Join her to hear about the news of a prayer vigil for Archer at Friends School, the creation of Archer’s Army t-shirts, Archer’s tree, and Louise's special encounter with an attendant at a gas station. In Season 2: Episode 14: Low on Options, Full of Community, Louise reflects on our dual nature during crisis. 

In this episode you will hear excerpts of an interview with:

Dr. Edward Hamaty, Chief of Critical Care at AtlantiCare Hospital, Head of Pulmonary, and Archer’s chief lung surgeon, who met with Louise one-on-one in the Trauma ICU and performed Archer’s pleurodesis surgery and other lung surgeries in the 30 days he was at AtlantiCare. He and Louise reflect on the staggering odds that Archer was still alive from all that went wrong from his injury and trying to minimize secondary harm. 

Victoria Vox created the theme music. The full news clip of the prayer vigil from WBAL can be found here:

www.wbaltv.com/article/community-rallies-around-paralyzed-student/6938403

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4837-horizon-flare

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Here are some of the photos Louise mentioned in the episode:

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Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 14: Low on Options, Full of Prayers.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 13: Establishing Ties

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_9_at8as.jpgLouise had almost too much on her mind as she drove from Cape May, New Jersey, to Baltimore, Maryland to check out rehabilitation facilities for Archer close to home. Join her with an inside look at the mind of a worried mother, and what she was haunted by for her son’s future, including the memory of a young couple and their baby and plans to tell the essential truth and why.  As she drove, she dictated notes on her phone, capturing her wandering thoughts in real time. Hear these exclusive notes and more in Season 2: Episode 13: Establishing Ties as Louise reflects on her web of support, her return to Baltimore and the sobering experience of visiting rehabs with her son Pete.

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from Louise’s interview with:

Cathy Lobo, School Nurse at Dutch’s school, the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. She and Louise talk about the development of a statement that went out in the school community bulletin about Archer and the creation of the Archer Strong wristbands and why they mattered. 

Victoria Vox created our theme music. Sound effects are from freesound.org. 

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Establishing Ties.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 12: Mounting Pressure

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When Louise and family convened with Archer’s medical team, one of Archer’s pulmonologists said something that threw everyone for a loop: he wouldn’t make it through pacemaker surgery in the state he was in. The reply from Dr. Talucci, another of Archer’s doctors? “We are stuck in between a rock and a hard place.” In Season 2: Episode 12: Mounting Pressure, Louise walks listeners through the meeting and the moments leading up to it. You’ll also hear about how friends continued to be a sustaining force for Louise among the pressure-cooker environment of the hospital and more about how to advocate in complicated medical situations. And you’ll hear two new look back interviews with members from Archer’s medical team at the time.

In this episode you will hear excerpts from Louise’s conversations with:

Dr. Edward Hamity, Head of Pulmonary at AtlantiCare and Chief of Critical Care during Archer’s time in the ICU. He and Louise reflect on the cascading and serious complications Archer faced while in the ICU.

Mary Jo Determan, friend of Louise and mom of Mike Determan, friend of Archer’s. She and Louise reflect on the grief that comes with great loss — even when someone has not passed away but is instead catastrophically injured.

Dr. Mohamed Hany Elnahal, Medical Director, AtlantiCare Physician Group and Head of Pulmonary during Archer’s time in the ICU. He met with Louise one-on-one and performed Archer’s pacemaker surgery. He and Louise reflect on the impact of their Family Meetings and how the medical system has changed to better serve patients in more patient advocacy oriented ways. 

Victoria Vox created the theme music. Sound effects are from freesound.org. 

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Mounting Pressure.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 11: Seeking Answers

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As Louise was culling through her emails and text messages from August 2015 for this episode, she stumbled upon a gift, something she had completely forgotten about: a half hour recording of a real life bedside conversation with Dr. Mohammed Hany Elnahal, Head of Cardiology at Atlanticare, about potential pacemaker surgery for Archer.  So, in Season 2: Episode 11: Seeking Answers, we’ll air the conversation just as it was from 2015 — in Archer’s healing sanctuary. Tune in to learn not only about the heart but about how you too can engage medical professionals by asking questions to seek answers. You’ll hear some surprising learnings about ways to seek answers, neutralize trauma and advocate for collaborative decision-making.

In this episode you will hear a never before heard conversation with:

Dr.  Mohammed Hany Elnahal, Medical Director, Atlanticare Cardiology Group, who helps Louise decide the next best step for Archer’s recovery. They talk about the reasoning behind the suggestion for pacemaker surgery and how exactly the heart works, among Louise’s other concerns about Archer’s condition.

Victoria Vox created the theme music. Sound effects are from freesound.org. 

Music in this episode is: 

Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4837-horizon-flare

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Seeking Answers.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 10: Little Breakthroughs

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So much was going on, so much was uncertain and uneven as Louise mulled over the decision for Archer to have permanent pacemaker surgery and experienced collaboration with the medical team for the first time. There were tough decisions to make as the Senft family's community surrounded them with love and support in tangible ways. In Season 2: Episode 10: Little Breakthroughs, Louise takes a look back at the effort to move Archer to a larger room  — with help from his high school friends — and the other ways in which collaboration buoyed Louise, Archer and perhaps the medical team as well. 

In this episode you will hear interview excerpts from:

Dr. Ray Talucci, former Chief of Trauma at Atlanticare, and one of Archer’s main doctors at the time. He and Louise speak about the impact of their collaboration on the hospital years later.

Ned Insley, Louise’s friend and the father of Jeffers Insley, one of Archer’s good high school friends from McDonogh School. Ned works in manufacturing for Marine Enterprise International in Baltimore. 

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is: 

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Afternoon by DreamHeaven

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6242-afternoon-

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4837-horizon-flare

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Join Louise for Season 2 of Blink of an Eye: August 23. Day 19.

Here are some of the photos from the moving effort in this episode:

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Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Little Breakthroughs.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

 

 

Season 2: Episode 9: I Don’t Want To Talk About It

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_1_8b0jv.jpg“We are not out of the woods,” Louise thought to herself in the aftermath of another near cardiac arrest. Billy had gone to pick up their son Dutch, and when they came back and saw Archer, Louise continued to realize the ramifications of Archer’s accident on her youngest son. In this episode, Season 2: Episode 9: I Don't Want To Talk About It, Louise and Dutch reflect on a specific trauma response: shutting down, locking things out, avoiding. 

In this episode you will hear interview excerpts from:

Dutch Senft, Louise’s youngest son and Archer’s youngest brother, four years apart. He and his mom talk about the first time he saw Archer post accident when he was 13 years old.

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is: 

Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4837-horizon-flare

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Join Louise for Season 2 of Blink of an Eye: August 22. Day 18.

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: I Don't Want To Talk About It, where Louise takes a closer look at healing from avoidance and blockage, with a special look at boys.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

Here is a photo of Archer Louise sent with one of the updates in this episode:

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To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 8: Lollipops and Laughter

unnamed.jpegIs it possible to laugh amidst the tragic reality? In Season 2: Episode 8: Lollipops and Laughter, Archer is beginning to stabilize and his humor shows through, prompting Louise to experience sweet and even funny moments in the bitter environment of the ICU.  It’s likely you’ve heard the cliche  “Laughter is the best medicine.” There is some truth to it and that is what they experienced with the medical team too after a surprise. Join Louise as she revisits the specific ways friends, like Mary Jo Determan, Mary Lou Healy, and Noreen Kane Gant, contributed to raise the healing vibration in Hospital Room 3117.

In this episode you will hear interview excerpts from:

Mary Jo Determan, mom of Mike Determan, Archer’s friend, and Louise’s friend by proximity to Mike.  Mary Jo is a commercial lender in Baltimore, Maryland, who was in regular contact with Louise during these three life and death days in the ICU. She and Louise reflect on these conversations.

Mary Lou Healy, teacher at Cathedral School in Baltimore, Maryland who taught Archer and friend of Louise, who sent a card with the Prayer for a Creative Miracle for Archer. She and Louise reflect on Mary Lou’s discovery of that prayer.

Join Louise for Season 2 of Blink of an Eye: Episode 8: Lollipops and Laughter. August 19-21. Days 15-17. 

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Lollipops and Laughter, where Louise takes a closer look at the healing power of focused attention.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod  Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is: 

 

Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4837-horizon-flare

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Here is the prayer read in today’s podcast:

Prayer for a Creative Miracle

God of all creation, you who spoke a simple command and brought forth light from the darkness, we call upon you now to send forth your miracle-working power into every aspect of Archer’s being. In the same way that you spoke unto the dust of the ground when you created humankind in your own image, we ask you to send forth your healing power into Archer’s body. Send forth your word and command every cell, electrical and chemical impulse, tissue, joint, ligament, organ, gland, muscle, bone and every molecule in his body to come under complete and perfect health, strength, alignment, balance and harmony.

It is through you that Archer lives and moves and has being. With every breath he takes, he lives under your life-giving grace.  We ask you to touch Archer now with the same miracle-working power that you used when you fashioned him inside his mother’s womb. As surely as you have created him in your image and likeness, you can also recreate him now and restore his complete health.

Please fill Archer with your healing power. Cast out all that should not be inside of him. We ask you to mend all that is broken, root out every sickness and disease, open all blocked arteries and veins, restore his internal organs, rebuild his damaged tissues, remove all inflammation and cleanse him of all infections, viruses and destructive forms of bacteria.

Let the warmth of your healing love flood his entire being, so that his body will function the way it was created to be, whole and complete, renewed in your perfect health. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Substitute the name of your loved one who could benefit from this focused prayer for the human body. 

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 7: Don’t Settle For Less

 

Self-advocacy looks different for everyone. That’s what Louise Phipps Senft realized when her husband Billy asked for time alone with Archer at the hospital, and what she has continually been reminded of throughout her marriage. Some people need space and time as a result of trauma, and some people need immediate, warm connection. In Season 2: Episode 7: Don’t Settle For Less, Louise recounts her advocacy for a meeting with 3 of Archer’s doctors and Billy’s advocacy for his own needs, like time with his son and a solid plan to pick Dutch, their other son, up from camp. She also reflects on how past childhood trauma and generational trauma impacts a marriage, and she shares with us an approach she calls the The Positive Frame based in neuroscience findings that helped her navigate to help others see what was possible. 

In this episode, you will hear excerpts of interview conversations with:

Steve Lepler, director of West End House camp, where Dutch Senft, Louise’s youngest son, was spending the summer when Archer was injured. Steve and Louise speak about their decision to tell Dutch what happened and how his summer went while at camp.

Join Louise for Season 2 of Blink of an Eye: Episode 7: Don’t Settle for Less, August 18. Day 14. 

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Episode 7: Don’t Settle for Less.

Victoria Vox created the theme music. Other music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Mourning Song by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4086-mourning-song

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter @blinkofaneyepod.  Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

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