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Illustrated water, such as a river, with blue and green tones. Still and reflective water with large, smooth brown rocks scattered in the foreground showing that the water is shallow.

Water Ways

By Ann Zlotnik

Getting out there

For many people, summertime activities center upon water: kayaking down a winding stream, splashing in salty ocean waves, finding a lakeside fishing spot or floating in a neighborhood pool. A body of water — even one flowing from a garden hose into a kiddie pool — can be the source of a fun-filled day with family and friends.

Staying hydrated

When it is simmering hot outside, nothing brings relief like a big glass of ice water. Add some lemons and a bit of sugar for classic lemonade. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, we had a constant supply of Kool-Aid packets in the cupboard. Choosing the flavor you were feeling at the moment, then mixing it with 2 quarts of water and 1 cup of sugar made the whole day a little (actually a lot) sweeter. Speaking of sweeter, how about some sweet iced tea?

Feeling artsy

Inspired by all that water is and does, I found a variety of artworks in the Marian Library’s collection that, like summer activities and refreshments, are centered on water. They remind me that water is a symbol of life and renewal. We literally cannot live without it — physically or spiritually. 

— Ann Zlotnik is a graphic designer and the communication and creative coordinator for the University Libraries and the Marian Library at the University of Dayton.

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