in this heat wave
thinking back to the time
when i decided to
slip ‘n slide with my daughters
waited my turn
zoomed up to it
head first, arms ahead
ready to slide for miles
balked at the last second
backside first, head followed
slammin’ instead of slidin’
didn’t end up cooled down and filled with joy
did end up concussed and filled with regrets.
“you always say, ‘i’ll quit when i start to slide,’ and then one morning you wake up and realize you’ve done slid.”
-sugar ray robinson (american professional boxing champion)
back at the lake for the first time this spring
“this is a wonderful day, i have never seen this one before.”
irish hills, michigan, usa – spring 2022
that moment when you discover
your sandbox has turned into a frozen lake
you understand the difference between liquid and solid
and realize your toys are not going anywhere until spring.
“it’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
the design i imagined i would be a part of
more what my part looked like
it was a last-minute impulse decision
my friend who was on our high school swim team
said she was going to join our new synchronized swim team
(now known as artistic swimming in the olympics)
i thought it sounded like fun
so i followed along ready to become an aqua artist
not sure at all why i made this choice
as i clearly remember my p.e. teacher
just weeks before
(after a 10-minute treading water test)
that i resembled someone who had been shipwrecked
thrashing around just trying to survive
(quite accurate really)
i jumped into the water
where my vision of grace and being a mermaid
quickly blurred into reality
and one reason why you did not see me in the recent olympics.
“sometimes you are in sync with the times, sometimes you are in advance, sometimes you are late.”
image credits: google images
perfect day for a waterpark visit
action, sun, squealing
and lots and lots of water
i’m at my best in the lazy river area.
“as a group, we’ve been banned from two water parks, one bar, and a dog-grooming salon.”
-j.a. rock – author
just a short walk to the river – always full of power and light
(and the power and light have returned to the land!)
thank you to the community for keeping everyone going
“one thing you can never underestimate is the power of water.”
water from air
Two billion people on earth are without clean drinking water, and this problem will only be exacerbated by the climate crisis.
Fortunately, independent businesses are working on a myriad of differing solutions. One Israeli company, Watergen, has taken advantage of the fact that the Earth’s atmosphere contains 13 billion tonnes of fresh water and developed technology that filters water vapor out of the air.
Michael Mirilashvili, the leader of Watergen, told BBC, “A big advantage of using atmospheric water is that there’s no need to build water transportation, so no worries about heavy metals in pipes for example or cleaning contaminated water from the ground or polluting the planet with plastic bottles.”
The technology works by quickly drawing air into the machine and using condensation to produce fresh water at the low cost of seven to 15 cents per liter. The machine does use electricity, but if this can be supplied via renewable sources, the machine would have a very little environmental impact.
Water gathered from the atmosphere still faces the issue of condensing air pollution. Although lead was banned in 1999, it is still found in UK air in 2021. However, partner researchers from Tel Aviv University proved this to be a small obstacle when they were able to extract the water to a quality set by the World Health Organization.
Watergen’s technology can provide up to 1,585 gallons of water per day and has already been used at hospitals in the Gaza Strip and villages in Central Africa.
“water is the driving force of all nature.”
-leonardo da vinci
source credits: BBC news, Natalie Lisbona, Optimist daily
“on water and light she runs.”
ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021
early evening in the park on the river in spring
crew teams have returned with the birds.
“all were merged into one smoothly working machine;
they were, in fact, a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”
-Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: 9 Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold at the 1936 Olympics
argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021
nothing like the feel of
walking on a lake of solid ice
remembering how it felt
swimming in its warm water
“in the arctic, the inuit say water and land are the same;
they’re an unbroken unity.
in the winter, you travel on the ice because it’s the linkage and the easiest way,
and in the summer, you move around on the water.”
*-john ralston saul
*John Ralston Saul (born 1947) is a Canadian writer, political philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is known for being thought-provoking and ahead of its time, leading him to be called a “prophet” by Time and to be included in Utne Reader’s list of the world’s leading thinkers and visionaries.