For Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge for the past weeks we have discussed topics that add to our well-being – nutrition, hope, faith, exercise. Starting this month we are going to switch to a new series of topics that are more seasonal. We start with summer. Check out my page for the rest of the month. So much has changed since the Summer of 2020 as we tiptoe past the restrictions of COVID 19.

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Remember to join in #WQWWC, the only rule is that you must include a quote in your post. Respond any way you want. Make a meme, write a story, philosophize for 2,000 words, or write a Haiku with 8 syllables.

My #WQWWC Post for Summer

First Summer in Prescott, AZ

Here in Prescott, it seemed that summer would never get here. Suddenly, the nineties have arrived, leaves are fully out, gardens planted in pots to keep the rabbits away, neighbors stop to visit as they go in and out, kayaks are loaded onto car roofs, bikes onto bike racks, pickleball abounds from 7:30 to 9:30 am, then comes to an abrupt end as people head to the pool. Prescott draws adults escaping the Phoenix and Tucson heat to play in one of our four lakes, and hike on our mountain trails. It’s Disneyland for adults.

Sadly for me, most of you don’t live in Prescott, AZ. This is your chance to tell what’s going on in your world. Or are you leaving your world to take a vacation? Maybe your world is upside down from mine and you are in the deep throes of winter. You’re going to have to dig into your archives and remember the warmer days.

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”

Sam Keen
Nutter Butter chasing lizards.
summer all year long
sage and kelly leaves waving
ripe fruit bursting forth

© 2021 Marsha Ingrao Haiku

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”

L.M. Montgomery

Wonderful Summer Remembered

June – a Time to Learn New Skills

Lady Lee Manilla introduced me to a new form of poetry, and I wanted to try it on you this week.

Dress for Joy in Summer

Dress for joy in summer
shorts and t-shirts, not sweats
swimming suits, flip flops, hats
scarves, coats, boots, socks all packed
sunscreen, Off - spray for gnats

Dress for joy in summer
smiles and laughs, not frowns
face scrunched up with giggles
snorkels, kayak, paddles, 
crayons, book of scribbles

Dress for joy in summer
trikes, bikes, scooters, skateboards
walking sticks for hiking
roller blades and knee pads
helmet fit for biking

Dress for joy in summer
glass jars for lightning bugs
to watch and then let go
camera, cell phone - SNAP
selfies, landscape photos

© 2021 Marsha Ingrao Monchielle

Monchielle – is a poem that consists of four five-line stanzas where the first line repeats in each verse. Each line within the stanzas consist of six syllables, and lines three and five rhyme. The rhyme pattern is Abcdc Aefgf Ahiji Aklml. created by Jim T. Henriksen

Shopping Center for Summer Quotes

Bing or Google do equally well to take you to the quote malls quickly. Favorites quotes and obscure quotes abound. If you don’t want the joy of window shopping, here are a few more of my favorites.

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”

Langston Hughes

“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.”

Bryan Procter

Visit the #WQWWC Community

Visit two or three or more + me and see how fast you make good friends. 🙂

Don’t forget to leave your link with a comment in addition to the pingback so I don’t miss you.

Now it’s your turn

What’s going on with you this summer?


89 responses to “WQWWC #28: Summer 2021”

  1. #WQWWC #35 Exciting – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] past few months you have shared about freedom, hope, healing, summer, vacations, exploring and relaxing, all of which can trigger this week’s topic – […]

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  2. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love your poem💖💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I was experimenting with a new form. Glad you liked it, Cindy. I had a lot of fun with it. 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        It was great fun and good to practice something new🌷

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’re quite the poet yourself, Miss Cindy. 🙂

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            oh you’re kind.. it is fun💖

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  3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    oh that nutter butter so cute

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I took a picture of him lying on my computer keyboard last night as I hurried to get my post ready. I had to peel him off several times. Today he’s just lying beside the computer, not making a nuisance of himself. 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        that is sooo funny the little rascal💖

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          He’s a mama’s boy for sure. 🙂

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  4. #Sunday Stills: China Doll in Pink – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] time to write a response to #WQWWC #28 Summer until Tuesday at 5:00 pm Phoenix […]

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  5. Sunday Stills Color Challenge: A Portland Summer in #Pink – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives Avatar

    […] I begin sharing examples of pink, I’m joining Marsha from Always Write for her weekly feature WQW Writer’s Challenge. This week’s quotes focus on summer. Nothing says summer like the image above, or this […]

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  6. Erica/Erika Avatar

    Hi Marsha, “The Glass Castle” was one of my favourite books. I appreciate the quote you share. It is interesting to learn how Arizona has diverse areas. Your description of Prescott, the lakes and areas to play is enticing. A great phrase “Disneyland for adults.” You also remind me of friends that are in the throes of Winter (upside down).

    This is the first time I have heard of this style of poem. Your poem is great, Marsha! We have been off the grid camping on the West Coast. It turned into more of an adventure than we had planned. Ultimately fun. Thank you for your kind and generous spirit sharing new blogs for me to visit. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great! It sounds like you are having fun, though, Erica. Be safe, and if you get to AZ, be sure and give me a shout either by email or by my contact page. I’ll give you my phone number if you think you will be anywhere close to us. 🙂

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  7. LAPC #152: Shades and Shadows Dilute the Car Show – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  8. Sheetal Avatar
    Sheetal

    Love your summer quotes Marsha , especially the one that says more light to read . Except the heat here makes you curl around quite like your cat and sleep. Prescott sounds lovely and your poem too conjured beautiful images of a fun summer. Finally, thank you for the shoutout. Much appreciate it.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for your many kind words. Prescott is lovely, a little cooler than most of Arizona, so enjoyable. Each week I create a list of everyone who participated in #WQWWC and link to their post from the prior week. I think it makes it easier to visit other participants and for new people to find you. 🙂

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  9. […] post is also responding to Marsha’s Wednesday Writing Challenge. I invite you to not only visit Marsha and those linked in her comments, but to […]

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  10. KL Caley Avatar

    I got there in the end Marsha – https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2021/06/11/my-days-with-you/

    A bit of romance. I hope you enjoy it.
    KL ❤

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  11. My Days with You – New2Writing Avatar

    […] written in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) now hosted by Marsha Ingrao at Always Right. I know, it’s Friday but I was a bit behind. I […]

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  12. Sadje Avatar

    Hi Marsha, here’s my post;

    WQWWC #28: Summer 2021


    Thanks

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome post, Sadje. Thanks for sharing you thoughts. Your thoughts are always insightful. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        It’s always a pleasure Marsha 😍

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          For me, too. 🙂

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            🙏🙏🙏

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  13. Debbie Avatar

    I love all your quotes Marsha and as we are entering winter, we had our first snow flurries the other night, your summer photos, poems and words make me feel warmer already! Love the ‘Disneyland for adults’ description 🙂
    I might just join you one day soon as I love quotes too!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That would be awesome, Deb. I just published a little Story Chat teaser. https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/06/10/june-story-chat-comments-are-already-out-of-this-world/ This is a sampling of what is to come with the summary. I’ve just started doing this, and it brings in quite a few of our wonderful authors and others back to comment. 🙂

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  14. WQWWC #28: Summer 2021 – Keep it alive Avatar

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  15. Jim Borden Avatar

    Prescott sounds wonderful! And great job with the Monchielle. That seems like a fun style of poetry…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I had fun with it. Prescott seems to be a playground for active retirees and tourists especially in the summer and fall.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        the warm weather sounds very appealing… 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s perfect now.

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            it’s nice here today as well, but I don’t have lake close by, let alone four…

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You have an ocean not too far away, though. We are not close to that! 🙂

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          3. Jim Borden Avatar

            yes, we do have the Jersey shore – a national treasure… 🙂

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            There you go. That sounds heavenly to me.

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          5. Jim Borden Avatar

            it’s 90 minutes away; close enough for a day visit, but far enough away that we do not do it frequently

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            We went 90 minutes south to Scottsdale yesterday. It was a refreshing 102. 🙂

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          7. Jim Borden Avatar

            I thought Scottsdale was a wonderful city. We particularly liked the library…

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            I haven’t been there. I have a lot to explore in AZ. 🙂

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          9. Jim Borden Avatar

            I’ve yet to be to the Grand Canyon, so I’ve got a lot to explore!

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            In due time, Jim. You’ll get there. 🙂

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          11. Jim Borden Avatar

            that’s the hope!

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          12. Marsha Avatar

            You will. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I hope you got my comment on your blog. I’m on my phone. I love the post. Great quotes and photos.

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      1. Elizabeth Avatar

        Yes, I did! Thanks so much!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Great! Thanks for joining in. It’s fun having you. 🙂

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  16. WQWWC :: Summer – Tea & Paper Avatar

    […] WQWWC – Summer […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for linking, Elizabeth. 🥰🥰

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  17. ladyleemanila Avatar

    great post, Marsha 🙂 thanks for the mention and I love your Monchielle ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Lady Lee. It was fun.

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  18. the eternal traveller Avatar

    This is the perfect day to read about summer, because here it is icy cold today. A huge Antarctic polar blast has moved north, freezing the southern states and sending a frigid wind our way here in Queensland. It’s not usual for it to be so cold here and they are even predicting light snow down on the border. Brrrr. So I’ll enjoy your warm weather photos. Your tomato looks okay to me.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m so sorry. That’s how our winter was Las year. Long timers said it was the worst winter in 25 years. I hope next winter will be better. At least your house is cozy and you have lots of lovely blankets!!! I’ll be thinking warm thoughts. Wish you were here. It’s perfect right now.

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        The good news for us is that the cold weather will only last a couple of days and then we’ll be back to our normal winter days of maximums around 20 degrees, which is about 75 for you. Perfection. Can’t say the same for the southern states. They have winter for months on end. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Your area is perfect for the winter months. It’s pretty hot in January. But you guys travel so much you can enjoy all kinds of weather.

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          1. the eternal traveller Avatar

            You did strike a particularly hot summer the year you were here. It’s not always that hot. 🙂 But yes, we can pick and choose where and when we go away now.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Remember the day it rained in Brisbane? I hadn’t seen rain that hard or HOT since I lived in the Midwest. It was so exciting watching the rain and the people trying to navigate their way through it Why I didn’t take pictures is beyond me. 🙂

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          3. the eternal traveller Avatar

            We were too busy trying to stay dry.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            True that! 🙂

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  19. Cee Neuner Avatar

    I adore your photo of Nutter Butter. Another great post from you. 😀 😀
    Here is my entry.
    https://ceenphotography.com/2021/06/09/pick-me-up-and-wqwwc-28-summer/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Cee, Isn’t he just adorable. Am I prejudiced? He gets cuter every day and all he has to do is sleep. How fair is that? 🙂

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  20. Pick Me Up and WQWWC #28 Summer – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

    […] Here is my entry for Marsha’s WQWWC (Writer’s Quotes Wednesday) #28. […]

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  21. Kirstin Avatar

    Loved your post Marsha and that poem and format are great. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’m not really up on poem styles. I’ll have to look into it more. I LOVE lightning bugs and wish we had them here. I loved the quotes you chose too.

    Here’s my link:https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2021/06/wqwwcjune-9-theme-summer.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Kirstin. I was taken with her poem, so it was a trial run for me. Form poems are a little more work than the Haiku. So now, I’m off to see what you have to say. 🙂

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  22. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Summer days drifting away
    To, oh, oh, the summer nights
    From a musical a long time ago. It sounds like you are enjoying your summer in Prescott. We’ve been “in the neighborhood a few times, but never in town. We’ll have to visit your city and capture some of those granite mountains!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, they are lovely, John.

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  23. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    I had to chuckle at how everything stops after 9:30 as the heat rises. I’ve never been a huge fan of deserts, especially after my mom complained endlessly on our roadtrips to Yosemite as we drove the back roads of 395 from San Diego. After hours in the heat in 1970s AC, we would arrive to Tuolumne Meadows via the Tioga pass inhaling the cool pine scented air at 9500 feet elevation. Now you know why I live in the pine forests of Washington, Marsha, lol! What a cool new poem, even I could get into that! Thanks for your inspiration. You even have all your prompts for the year!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, but I’m adding an author’s choice each month. I love the mountains, too. I think you are right where God wants you and so are we!

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Oh that’s right! Thanks for the reminder!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Going forward I may add more reader choices, but when I started, I wanted to have a framework. I’m going to start building a framework this week for a new photo challenge next.

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          1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            Ohh, how exciting. BTW, you know how hard it is to find quotes with summer and pink in them? LOL!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            At the same time???

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            Hmm. The obvious color combo would be green and summer, but pink and summer flowers?

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          4. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            I managed to make it work 😁

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          5. Marsha Avatar

            Yay!! You’re good. I can’t wait to read it! 🥰🥰🥰

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  24. Elizabeth Avatar

    Laughing now! 🙂 I like to check out the view of the others to get inspiration. Thanks for linking and the comment!

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  25. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Good job welcoming summer … and thanks for a bit more of Prescott. BTW – my beach walk about summer will go live Saturday, which will link here.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great. I’d love to read it. Don’t forget to mention #WQWWC, and find a great summer quote or feel free to use one of mine. Have a great summer week, Frank. You really should visit the West Coast beach. My favorite is Avila Beach in CA – not too crowded, nice restaurants and a few shops, beautiful beach, no dogs between 10:00 – 5:00, warm, but not hot all year long, (kind of a micro climate) You would love a summer week here as a relief from the hot muggy weather of the Midwest. 🙂

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  26. KL Caley Avatar

    Oh, what a beautiful sunny post :). I love that poetry form you used in Dress for Joy in Summer. It felt musical somehow? Ooh a nice lake sounds lovely about now, and four to pick from, lucky you!

    I’ve started reading through the other participants’ great entries, then I’ll make a start on my post. I’ve picked my quote (fell in love with it instantly, I hope you like it), I just need a bit of time to pull it all together.

    Thanks for another great prompt.
    KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      KL, thanks for the kinds words. I enjoyed writing it. I’m trying to talk my husband into a trip to Goldwater Lake right now. I look forward to your post! 🙂

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  27. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Of course, Sadje. I should put a big key icon next to your name! You have the honor of being the first regular. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thank you so much! I’ll be posting my WQWWC today.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I can’t wait!

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Thanks 🙏

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