WaterFire’s 100 Days of Inspiration and Connection

Connections Live Where We Make Them

During this time of crisis, we created a program of daily emails to inspire and connect our community. Sharing inspirational quotes, WaterFire stories, and unDistancing Resources from arts/culture organizations as well as economic relief programs and opportunities for our followers to boost our local economy.

Day #1 Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

A.A. Milne

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Day #2 Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Day #3 Friday, March 27, 2020

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“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”

John F. Kennedy

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Day #4 Saturday, March 28, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jen Bonin

“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”

Roy T. Bennett

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Day #5 Sunday, March 29, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Day #6 Monday, March 30, 2020

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

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Day #7 Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“Knowledge belongs to humanity and is the torch which illuminates the world.”

Louis Pasteur

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Day #8 Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Laura Paton

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

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Day #9 Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Day #10 Friday, April 3, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Aquinnah Crosby

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”

Buddha

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Day #11 Saturday, April 4, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jared Winslow

“Just the two of us

We can make it if we try”

Bill Withers

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Day #12 Sunday, April 5, 2020

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“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

Confucius

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Day #13 Monday, April 6, 2020

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“I believe art is a connection, like passing on a flame.”

Wangechi Mutu

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Day #14 Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“Hope is a waking dream”

Aristotle

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Day #15 Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jeff Meunier

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway”

Emory Austin

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Day #16 Thursday, April 9, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Laura Paton

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

J.K. Rowling

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Day #17 Friday, April 10, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Day #18 Saturday, April 11, 2020

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“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

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Day #19 Sunday, April 12, 2020

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“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła)

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Day #20 Monday, April 13, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Matthew Huang

“Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone”

Oscar Hammerstein II

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Day #21 Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jared Winslow

“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”

Stanley Kubrick

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Day #22 Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Matthew Huang

“The creation of the work of art is the creation of the world.”

Wassily Kandinsky

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Day #23 Thursday, April 16, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

Maya Angelou

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Day #24 Friday, April 17, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Kevin Murray

“Act as if What You Do Makes a Difference. It Does.”

William James

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Day #25 Saturday, April 18, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Matthew Huang

“Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Day #26 Sunday, April 19, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

Dalai Lama

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Day #27 Monday, April 20, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jen Bonin

“If you’re craving a reminder of your connection to everything, look at your reflection in the night sky. You are home.”

Jennifer Williamson

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Day #28 Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

Abraham Lincoln

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Day #29 Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.”

John Lennon

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Day #30 Thursday, April 23, 2020

Photograph by Thomas Payne

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

Oscar Wilde

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Day #31 Friday, April 24, 2020

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“All that we see or seen is but a dream within a dream.”

Edgar Allan Poe

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Day #32 Saturday, April 25, 2020

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“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Day #33 Sunday, April 26, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, John Nickerson

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”

Beau Taplin

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Day #34 Monday, April 27, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Erin Cuddigan

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

Neil Gaiman

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Day #35 Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jeff Meunier

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”

Bob Marley

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Day #36 Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Francis of Assisi

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Day #37 Thursday, April 30, 2020

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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

Jane Howard

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Day #38 Friday, May 1, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jennifer Bedford

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Edith Wharton

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Day #39 Saturday, May 2, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Erin Cuddigan

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

Mark Twain

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Day #40 Sunday, May 3, 2020

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“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Day #41 Monday, May 4, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Max Dowgiallo

“In union there is strength.”

Aesop

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Day #42 Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Matthew Huang

“Someday all you’ll have to light the way will be a single ray of hope and that will be enough.”

Kobi Yamada

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Day #43 Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

Dr. Seuss

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Day #44 Thursday, May 7, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Erin Cuddigan

“Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel.”

James Taylor

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Day #45 Friday, May 8, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, James Turner

“Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.”

Leo Tolstoy

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Day #46 Saturday, May 9, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, James Turner

“Give light and people will find the way.”

Ella Baker

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Day #47 Sunday, May 10, 2020

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“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”

Winnie the Pooh

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Day #48 Monday, May 11, 2020

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“Someday I wish upon a star Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.”

E.Y. Harburg, “Over the Rainbow”

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Day #49 Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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“Someday I wish upon a star Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.”

E.Y. Harburg, “Over the Rainbow”

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Day #50 Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Day #51 Thursday, May 14, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Armin Kososki

“Fight for your dreams, and your dreams will fight for you.”

Paulo Coelho

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Day #52 Friday, May 15, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Erin Cuddigan

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow [wo]men.”

Herman Melville

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Day #53 Saturday, May 16, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jen Bonin

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow [wo]men.”

Herman Melville

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Day #54 Sunday, May 17, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Erin Cuddigan

“It will be imagination and innovation that gets us all to the other side.”

Steven Spielberg

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Day #55 Monday, May 18, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, John Nickerson

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must also be present.”

Shakespeare

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Day #56 Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Erin Cuddigan

“The earth has music for those who listen.”

Shakespeare

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Day #57 Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Andy Warhol

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Day #58 Thursday, May 21, 2020

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“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

Seneca

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Day #59 Friday, May 22, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Matthew Huang

“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”

Roy T. Bennett

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Day #60 Saturday, May 23, 2020

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“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

Sarah Williams, The Old Astronomer

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Day #61 Sunday, May 24, 2020

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“To reach a port we must set sail.”

Franklin Delanor Roosevelt

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Day #62 Monday, May 25, 2020

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“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

Joseph Campbell

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Day #63 Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everyone.”

Jane Jacobs

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Day #64 Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Erin Cuddigan

Day #65 Thursday, May 28, 2020

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“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Dolly Parton

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Day #66 Friday, May 29, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and WaterFire Intern, Emily Chadwick

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”

Maya Angelou

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Day #67 Saturday, May 30, 2020

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“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”

Barack Obama

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Day #68 Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Day #69 Monday, June 1, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Jake Perrone

“Only in darkness can you see the stars.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Day #70 Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Luis Andrade

“Sometimes, the embers are better than the campfire. It’s strange, but it’s true.”

Stephen King

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Day #71 Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Day #72 Friday, June 5, 2020

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Day #73 Monday, June 8, 2020

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Day #74 Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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“An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.”

Hafiz

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Day #75 Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Day #76 Thursday, June 11, 2020

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“Art finds a way to be constructive. It becomes heat in cold places; it becomes light in dark places.”

Barbara Streisand

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Day #77 Friday, June 12, 2020

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“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

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Day #78 Monday, June 15, 2020

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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

Desmond Tutu

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Day #79 Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Day #80 Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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“When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

RuPaul

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Day #81 Thursday, June 18, 2020

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“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Day #82 Friday, June 19, 2020

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“It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.”

Ralph Ellison

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Day #83 Monday, June 22, 2020

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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix

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Day #84 Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, David Dobrzynski

“If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.”

Askhari Johnson Hodari

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Day #85 Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”

Erma Bombeck

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Day #86 Thursday, June 25, 2020

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“Live as intensely as possible, burn your candle of life from both ends.”

Osho

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Day #87 Friday, June 26, 2020

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Day #88 Monday, June 29, 2020

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Day #89 Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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“Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of the reflection.”

Jean-Luc Godard

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Day #90 Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

Plutarch

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Day #91 Thursday, July 2, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Todd Monjar

“Any order is a balancing act of extreme precariousness.”

Walter Benjamin

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Day #92 Friday, July 3, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer and Intern Alum, Ariana White

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

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Day #93 Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, John Nickerson

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”

Edward Bulwer Lytton

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Day #94 Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Tom Backman

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we just get stronger and more resilient.”

Steve Maraboli

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Day #95 Thursday, July 9, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Luis Andrade

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”

Margaret J. Wheatley

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Day #96 Friday, July 10, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jeff Meunier

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

Leo Tolstoy

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Day #97 Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Matthew Huang

“When you possess light within, you see it externally.”

Anaïs Nin

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Day #98 Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jeff Meunier

“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.”

Rupert Brooke

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Day #99 Thursday, July 16, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Kevin Murray

“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”

Laura Esquivel

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Day #100 Friday, July 17, 2020

Photograph by WaterFire Volunteer Photographer, Jen Bonin

“Art is the only place you can do what you like. That’s freedom.”

Paula Rego

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