On a Water Collaboration

Water – it flows, trickles, falls, splashes, floods, cascades, freezes, condenses, and evaporates

Water – it has tides, waves, ripples, and currents

Water – it refreshes, renews, quenches, purifies, quenches, heals, renews, cleanses

Water – it serves as a symbol and a metaphor

Water – it forms springs, creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, bays, sounds, gulfs, seas, oceans, clouds, rain, snow, hail, sleet, steam, fog, vapors, glaciers, aquifers, and polar ice caps

There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet)

Water – it acts as a border and an obstacle

Water – it dissolves, reflects, refracts, and transports

Water – it is the identifier of the universal solvent and The Blue Planet

Water – a coolant in industrial processes and an energy source

The sound of water escaping from mill dams, etc., willows, old rotten planks, slimy posts, and brickwork, I love such things. (John Constable, artist)

Water – for drinking, washing, shaving, bathing, cleaning, cooking, irrigating, and growing our food as well as many, many other things

Water – for fire fighting, street cleaning, fountains, toilets, parks, industry, hospitals, laundries, golf courses, hotels, car washes, beauty shops, barber shops, health clubs, and more

Water – for processing food, industrial processes, cooling, diluting, and processing food, beverages, drugs, shampoos, cosmetics, cleaning aids, and more

Water – for recreation as fishing boating, sailing, swimming, skiing, kayaking, diving, and snorkeling

Water – for dairies, livestock, crops, grasses, trees, shrubs, and flowers

Water – to transport ships, boats, and ferries with people, supplies, and goods

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. (Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man)

97 percent of Earth’s water  is salt water and only three percent is freshwater; slightly over two thirds of freshwater is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining unfrozen freshwater is found mainly as groundwater, with only a small fraction of freshwater’s presence being above ground or in the air.

Fresh water is a renewable resource, yet the world’s supply of groundwater is steadily decreasing, with depletion occurring most prominently in Asia and North America, although it is still unclear how much natural renewal balances this usage, and whether ecosystems are threatened.

The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home. (David Suzuki, Canadian scientist)

 

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

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Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 369

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I’m sorry to report that I didn’t win the latest huge lottery drawing … and I was so sure my ticket would be the winner!

Cheers to the great start for Pronouns: The Musical. Act 2 features songs with “You” in the title. Curtain raises this Saturday at 1:00 am (Eastern US). Did you noticed that I placed the next act’s theme below the opening act’s video.

Thanks for the unexpected encouragement for a post about cutting the cord! I can report good so far.

Ever had an unexpected treat? We hosted out-of-town friends earlier this week. As my wife and I were waiting at the Reds box office, a stranger approached us, then gave us four tickets to a private area that included food and drinks … and for free! What a great treat for our friends!

Did anyone watch (PBS) 10 Modern Marvels that Changed America? Cheers to a Cincinnati landmark making the list. Here’s a link to the show. For anyone interested, the Cincinnati piece is early in the program (the second marvel).

We’ve started watching The Americans (via Amazon Prime). Interesting. Have you seen it?

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I find it interesting that the rise in the price of gasoline is getting so little press. Maybe the lack of coverage is one of the effects of someone sucking all the air out of the room.

Because of the swath of thoughts about ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement), here’s a nonpartisan article about the agency.

I finally figured out something about loyal Trump supporters. Even though The Bloviator lies, blames, exaggerates, takes credit for everything while avoiding responsibility, Trumpians simply justify anything with this fill-in-the-blank statement: “What about ____?” (The blank being anything from American history)

There are many things that anyone can say about President Trump, but I don’t think anyone is more succinct that the one that I call The Great American Orator. Click here for the 5-second summation.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides timely tips for back-to-school shopping.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Embittered raisin won’t shut up about how it could have been wine
Index finger rips into toilet paper package like Velociraptor claw
Bee wishes it could hang around open soda can without everybody freaking out
Every driver in roundabout just winging it
Flight attendant demonstrates proper technique for eating fellow passenger in event of crash

Interesting Reads

Netflix: from pioneer to powerhouse
Rome’s subway expansion and discovered artifacts
Chinese mega-machines
Poland and democracy
Your mind while sleeping
(Graphic) Cosmic history
(Photos) 1988: A look back
(Photos) World Bodypainting Festival

To send you into the weekend and continuing the summer theme, here’s a song from my youth. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On the Approaching White Death

Death is upon Cincinnati’s doorstep. For the past few days, local weather forecasters have been discussing an impending winter storm. Monday started with a calm and a sense of daily certainty, but now, it’s Monday night and going into Tuesday, the White Death is nearing.

Grocery stores are mass mayhems. Bread, milk, and water are gone with no return in sight. People are fighting over spam, beanie weanies, and rutabagas.

Looting is across the metro area. People are selling their kids to parents in warmer countries in order to preserve their future of prosperity. Attorneys are inundated with will updates.  Bengal ownership is threatening to change their ways. Others are running through the streets while invoking the name of Al Gore. Oh my – the tyranny of it all!

Meanwhile, local media are readying for the school closing list, scheduling film crews to ride with road crews, and positioning reporters to all corners of the city – to the west and to the east – to the north and to the south – all in the name of foregoing national, world news, and pre-empting programming for the fear and pestilence that lies ahead … the predicted 2-to-5 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, on this day I must leave early to be amongst the hardworking Cincinnatians who pledge without fear to uphold the local work  ethic, as I embark on the slow drive to the dentist to receive the prep work to replace a crown.

Oh God – why do you forsake us! I never blamed the weather on Speaker Boehner! Oh, the music …