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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On a Transition Weekend

How was your weekend?

Mine was not normal. Rise-and-shine time Friday was 5 AM for an early morning flight from Pisa (Italy) – keep in mind that’s 11 PM Thursday in Cincinnati. No glitches on the return flights, so I was in my house around 4 pm Friday (but remember when I got up). Then again, I only slept, at most, 2-3 hours on the flights. (Do you sleep well on airplanes?)

I arrived home to an empty house because my wife is on a 7-day girl’s trip. Because I didn’t want to fall asleep watching television early Friday evening, you guess it – it was off to the ballroom floor. It was fun being a bit of a social butterfly, but I sat with a friend who also was attending without his wife.

Dancing with about 10 different ladies gave me a chance to concentrate on my lead while observing the response their response. I also had to be aware of my partner’s ability. Nonetheless, I did not get home until a bit after 11 PM, thus completing a full day that started thousands of miles from home.

Believe it or not, Saturday afternoon I attended a 2-hour dance workshop on Night Club 2-Step. I spent the rest of the time unpacking, sorting, visiting as many bloggers as I could, and trying to adjust back to my normal time zone.

My wife safely returned Sunday mid-afternoon, but that created a bit of a whirlwind for the rest of the day. We managed, yet both of us still have so much to tell.

Your weekend probably was not like mine, then again, mine was not normal for me – but I hope you tell me about yours. So, do you sleep well when flying?

To send you into the new week, I dedicate this song from my college days to those affected by the latest snowstorm. Have a good week!

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 …

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 10

On Politics
The more Minority Leader John Boehner talks, the more pathetic he gets. As for Speaker Pelosi, she’s on a mission to achieve the party’s agenda. Unfortunately for her mission doesn’t match the public’s wants and needs! Since Pelosi and Boehner were elected by their peers, so what does that say about the peers? Throw the bums out!

By the way, the second ranking Republican in the House is Eric Canter (R-Va); and his record lately on PolitiFact Check hasn’t been very good.

Interestingly, the Republican National Committee elected a new leader: Michael Steele, the most moderate of the candidates. Now this is going to be interesting.

Three nominees with tax problems, two step aside, but one makes it through. Hmmm … should Secretary Geithner step down?

Let’s subject all members of Congress to a tax audit!

On President Obama’s Mistakes

  • The vetting process for the cabinet positions was touted for being thorough … so was it the process or the nominees withholding information?
  • Citing he won the election was a mistake; considering that President Bush boosted about his “political capital” didn’t keep it long.
  • Taking votes in his own party for granted.
  • Grabbing the bait tossed by Rush Limbaugh.

On the Economy
Even if the Senate passes a revised bipartisan stimulus bill by a 100-0 vote, chances are it won’t fit my parameters.

On the stimulus bill, see Cleaner and Faster by columnist David Brooks.

It’s interesting to see the U.S. Chamber of Commerce being against the “buy American” portion of the bill.

Mr. President; If Congress doesn’t get it right (and chances are they won’t), use your veto.

On Snow
Snow is nature’s way of creating a white wonderland. It also causes me to shovel the driveway so local government can block my driveway and my mailbox – thus, giving me more work and getting another government agency (USPS) to require me to clear the mess by my mailbox that the local government created.

On a Sermon
My pastor used 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 to preach about old and new Christians groups in Corinth debating on what to do with the newly sacrificed meat. Afterwards, I asked him, “What about the Corinthians who were vegans and PETA members?”

Thanks
I’m honored to receive three recognitions within a week: the Permio Dardos Award, honorary membership in the American Heartland Party, and a debut on BWE Throwdown. Although very diverse, but I’m touched.