I am sitting here awaiting my 5 PM class when I just realized that it was seven years ago today, in a fit of something-or-other, I started WaterWired. I clearly recall my biggest fear: that I would not have enough material. Hah! That concern has long since dissipated by virtue of almost 2,700 posts - slightly over one per day.
I am fond of saying that this blog has done more for me and for humanity (as if...) than all my humble academic efforts. I am not being facetious. So thanks to all of you, who have kept me energized and focused.
Special thanks to the wonderful Mary Frances, who understands, tolerates, and nurtures my addiction to all things freshwater.
What a ride it's been! And boy, have I learned a lot - far more than I would have learned without this experience.
My first post follows.
Thanks for stopping by and reading the initial post of WaterWired.
My objectives in establishing this blog are:
1) Providing my perspective on today's water and related issues, regardless of where they may be - the Pacific Northwest, the rest of the USA, or the developing/developed world;
2) Illustrating the many facets of water - as a life-giver, commodity, resource, nuisance, weapon, vehicle for cooperation, instigator of conflict, subject matter for literature/art, etc.;
3) Soliciting and listening to your perspectives on water;
4) Satisfying my desire to be a "writer" (gees, I guess "blogger" is the proper term);
5) Educating and entertaining my readers (and myself!); and, above all
6) Stimulating thought and generating controversy (though never for its own sake!)
Again, thanks for visiting, and I hope you will return frequently.
"In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
there is nothing that can surpass it."
--Lao-tze, 6th century BC
Time to do some teaching!
"Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." - Confucius
"So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key." -- Already Gone by the Eagles, written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund