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Gift of Water

By Charlie West If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”  This is the first line from one of the chapters in Loren Eiseley’s The Immense journey.  Eiseley goes on to write of coming upon the Platte River after miles of walking hot and dry.  Stripping down to lie in the […]

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By GlenEllen Lehmberg From the time I was very young, water and the Great Lakes have been important in my life. I grew up in Marquette on a quiet, beautiful street on the East Side, just a few blocks from Lake Superior. I was able to take advantage of living near the Lake, and I […]

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Gift of Water

I recently visited an 850-year-old Cistercian Catholic monastery in lower Austria, just outside the city of Zwettl. The site, located on a small river, was chosen for its remoteness as well as for the fertility of its fields and forests, which provided the monks with a livelihood. At the heart of the complex was a […]

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The Gift of Water

By Scott Emerson, MD “Just when I think it can’t rain any harder or longer than this; and I can’t get any wetter than this; it does, and I am.” — personal log, Bagua Mountains wilderness, Peru, July 8, 1978 The most powerful experience I’ve ever had with water occurred in the months I spent […]

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By Tim Clancy Even though, biologically speaking, water is essential to our existence, we too often take it for granted. And for those of us who live where it’s plentiful, available and under control, it’s easy to see why. Along with drinking it, bathing in it and using it to grow and process food, we […]

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The Gift of Water

by Marie Barry “Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone, must become available to all people now.” — Jean Michael Cousteau Raised in the Upper Peninsula, I found myself living years ago in a rural area in Southern Illinois. I was land locked—a thousand miles from my beloved Lake Superior. The […]

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By Nancy A. Auer Have you ever thought deeply about the perfection of our planet Earth?  It is perfectly placed in the solar system to receive the perfect amount of sunlight to keep life thriving and balanced.  All life requires water—from the the deepest sea vent organisms living in total darkness in water temperatures reaching […]

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By Rachel Holman Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist. — Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe activist In our time, social activism is vital to the continuing health of our species. Our situation and […]

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by Jon Magnuson Praised be my Lord, for our sister water.” — St. Francis of Assisi, “Canticle of the Sun” Not along ago, I sat one morning in a kitchen over a cup of coffee with the father of my son-in-law, on the edge of the sleepy town of Pueblo, Colorado. We were talking about […]

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by Frannie Belton “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” –– John Muir Above, John Muir describes the interconnectedness of our natural world.  As humans, we are but one constituent part in the web life. This means that human actions always hold consequences for […]

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by Ken Kelley At age 80, having entered my ninth decade, I have many years to remember. My memory tells me that none of these decades has been as environmentally dramatic as the most recent decade. Spring storms now bring a kind of fierceness with them never before witnessed. Worldwide, we have witnessed increasing amounts of […]

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“Dip him in the river who loves water.” — William Blake

The William Blake of the above words was a kind of holy fool. He was a 19th century British poet, and in him, madness and wisdom seemed to have commingled. Blake’s wisdom—exemplified, I would say, in the above words—eclipsed his madness, and the result is that we’re still reading William Blake two centuries later. I […]

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The Gift of Water

This morning I’m sitting in front of a glass of clear, clean water from the headwaters of the Great Lakes—Lake Superior.  I’m bowing my head, giving thanks. On this same morning, 700 miles west of here in North Dakota, dozens of Standing Rock Sioux tribal members on horseback are blocking a Texas company’s oil pipeline […]

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