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Water, Water, Everywhere and Only a Few Quintilian Gallons to Drink

Our bodies can do without water for a short time. Deprived of H2O, dehydration takes over, we dry up, then die. Down through the ages, if you put it in a nutshell, the way we gathered water is a bit of a misnomer.

When we were hunter-gatherers, we drank from pristine streams originating in the mountains. As we became more civilized and built cities close to rivers, we drew water from the river in the same place we emptied raw sewage. We have names for periods of time such as Cenozoic, Mesozoic, Jurassic and so on. I like to call this water retrieval period, “Stupid in Reverse.”

Today most of the population drinks bottled water. Not so many years ago, I would have laughed had someone told me  I would be paying for it. The funny thing about this is, when I tested my tap water against the brand of bottled water we were drinking at the time, the tap water tested superior to the bottled water and by a significant difference. I even wrote a novel, Rising Tide, about a world inundated by water. There was land available but it was definitely at a premium. What it boils down to (no pun intended), is there’s water everywhere–in the ground, the air, oceans, rivers, streams, creeks, mud puddles and pretty much anywhere you can think of (except the arctic which is actually the most arid place on earth with deserts running a close second). So the next time you pick up that cool, clear glass of water, be thankful you’re not drinking from a municipal source a hundred years ago.

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Did You Know Forty Percent of Bottled Water is Actually Tap Water? In Fact, I Tested a Sample of Bottled Against My Home Tap Water and My Home Water Was Superior. I Got Me an Idea $$ Cha Ching $$

imagesMy grandfather built his house in the fifties. He had two men hand dig his well. At about twelve feet in-depth, the volume of water entering the well was too great and they were forced to stop digging. They set the concrete curbs in place and capped it off.

When my mother and father married, my granddad (owned around forty acres) gave my parents a couple of acres to build on. This plot was right beside my grandparent’s so our houses were close together. Once our house was completed, for whatever reason, we tapped into the same well.

That well has never gone dry and still remains just as productive today still supplying two houses.

The down side to having a well that shallow, every now and again, we had to place a ladder into the hole, climb down and remove tree roots. Once I was of age, guess who this task fell to?

I remember the top of the well fractured and fell into the abyss. Death by blunt trauma entered my mind as I would tie a rope around large chunks of concrete and my father and grandfather would pull them to the surface. I had a vested interest in properly tying the rope as I watched the concrete ascend, knowing that if it slipped from the rope, the next contact it made would be my cranium.

I made it through that experience and continued to drink well water for years to come, never giving a thought to actually paying for water. When bottled water became the “thing,” I thought how ridiculous. Now, to make a long story short, I filter my bottle water…how crazy is that? Please remember that was a rhetorical question and no answers will be accepted.

If you want to find out how crazy I can be, then pick up one of my books and that will give you proof positive. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust and wherever it applies, nuts to nuts.

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Water, Water Everywhere…and There Seems to be Quite a Bit to Drink

6782242-cool-mountain-stream-wallpaperAs a writer constantly looking for ideas, especially in nature, God gave us a beautiful world to enjoy and in the case of an author, a plethora of ideas to explore when writing a story.

I am a great believer in the fact that we are to be stewards of this God-given gift which includes conservation of our natural resources.

Now don’t misunderstand what I am about to say, but I have always wondered about conserving water. In the case of a drought, I believe that conservation is a necessary action, but only on a temporary basis.

Let me explain. Water is something we all need to survive, but when water is used does it really go away never to be seen again?

Water is cyclical (by that I mean it gathers in lakes, oceans, rivers…you get the idea). The sun causes it to evaporate; it falls again as rain, keeping ground water and aquafers full. The water drains through the ground filtering as it flows through sand, rocks and other formations. We dig wells to access this clean H2O while most of it travels once again into the lakes, oceans and so forth, beginning where it left off.

So the water we use actually never leaves the Earth; it just travels around seeking new adventures, new bodies of water to explore until it ends up back into a glass quenching our thirst once again.

Kind’a makes me want to take a shower. Maybe it’ll be the same water Hemmingway slurped down after eating a conch in Key West.

Talk about a load of ideas for a novel. I think I just hit a gold mine.

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Watch that Dirty Mouth!

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s consider the four basic elements, earth, air, water, and fire. Have you noticed that I start a lot of my posts with the word “consider?” Well here goes another one. Sorry, but it’s my favorite word.

What do we really know about these four mysterious elements? I’m glad I asked that question, for we shall perform a comprehensive in-depth examination on each in turn starting with fire.

Fire, it’s hot. Simply amazing, and no we’re not stopping there. Let’s continue, shall we?

Water, it’s wet. …fascinating stuff, just fascinating.

Air, it has the unique quality that we all wish we possessed at one time or another. It’s invisible.

And finally earth, it’s dirty.

Now consider (there’s that word again) the end result if these elements were to interact with each other. First, if you expose fire to water contained in a vessel, the water will boil. If you expose fire to water without the containment vessel, the water will sizzle and the fire will undergo a dramatic change I like to refer to as, “going out.”

Air, what can we say about air that hasn’t already been said? Well, since we haven’t said much so far, probably quite a bit. If air mixes with water, you will have bubbly water, which by the way is great for hot tubs. Air and earth will produce dirty air. Fire actually needs air in order to properly operate. And we mustn’t forget the all important fact that life would not exist without air.

We will now examine last but not least, earth. Without earth we would have nowhere to stand. If you mix earth and fire, you get hot dirt. And finally, we come to the end of this scientific journey of discovery. If you mix earth and water, you have mud. Mud, you say?

You brought us on this magnificent exploration of the basic elements of life and end with mud? I understand your disillusionment, but look at the usefulness of mud down through the ages.  It was used to build housing and hold bricks and stones together. Jesus used it to restore sight to a blind man. It’s been used for wrestling and for a spectator sport as trucks tried to make it through massive mud holes called bogs.

If you apply this concept as you write, you will find that you will be able to keep your reader in suspense until you choose to cut through the mud and expose clearly the path you led them down. Just make sure the uncertain areas which they travel through in your writing are not so muddy as to confuse but muddy enough to maintain curiosity.

So clean yourself up, you look a mess…and don’t forget to wash behind those ears!

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The Beginning or the End?

As I stare into a blank computer screen, the idea of a world all but covered in water, my only thought, I begin to pen the book that would one day be called, “Rising Tide.”  My biggest fear was that this in some way would be misconstrued as another “Water World”  even though that was far from the reality.

Imagine if you will, as I have said earlier, a world covered mainly in water but with land still available.  The Appalachian range was now the east coast; the Mississippi River had become a tidal basin; the Great Lakes was now one huge body of water referred to as the Great Lake; and the area between the Sierra Nevada’s and the Rocky Mountains now formed Grand Canyon Bay.  World wide only cities built higher than 2000 feet above pre-twenty-first century sea level survived the deluge.  In the Bay of America, only one drilling platform remained in the world simply because it could supply all the crude the world needed.

Chaos ensued until the pollution from underwater cities and tank-farms could be cleaned not by man but the regenerative powers of the Earth. The economy settled into a “have” and “have-nots” scenario causing an economic nightmare for most of the population.  As the two sides settled into their respective roles the silent but treacherous struggle for power began.

A world on the brink of civil war…

Can the growing supernatural power rescue this world …or is all lost?

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