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Above you see a picture of the water’s edge in Galveston, Texas. I took this picture a few weeks back.

The water’s edge is where a lot of stuff began when whatever creature it was left the water to live on the land.

I had a friend say a few days ago that “Everyday is a do-over.” I like that thought.

The water is both where we came from and where we go back to look for a fresh start.

The past and the future are one.

I’m having a busy day today.

But at the least, I can take a brief break from what I’m doing to consider the big picture and to consider the chance for a fresh start in aspects of life that might merit review.

October 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Where The Ohio River River Flows Into The Mississippi River At Cairo, Illinois Is My Point Of Creation—Since Beginnings Are Inexplicable, You Can Create Your Own

Above is a picture of where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi is on the left and the Ohio is on the right. The town between the rivers in Cairo, Illinois.

I took this picture from an airplane last month as I flew from Houston to Cincinnati.

Most times when I fly between Houston and Cincinnati, the plane passes over Cairo.

I’ve decided to make personal creation myth or story.  I’ve picked this spot as the place where I began.

You can pick your own place.

Beginnings are at bottom line inexplicable. We can create any story that fits our needs and what we feel the facts to be.

Here are three things that define me—

1. I was formed when the elements were formed for the first time. So were you.

2. I’m as American as they come.

3. I’m the person I am in day-to-day life. Everyday life is of great value.

Everything you need to understand the world is around you each day. These things are accessible with effort and imagination.

Cairo is all the things that I am.

Cairo is a place with both land and water.  It is a place I’ve often seen from the air. It is where two big rivers combine to make an even bigger single river.

It is a place where the elements are present and where something is created. It is a mini-Big Bang of rivers.

There is little more American than the Ohio River and Mississippi River.

And while I value the New England and Texas aspects of who I am, I’m Midwesterner at core.

I can’t think of a better place for things to have begun than where two great American rivers meet in Illinois.

Not only all that, but Missouri and Kentucky are also in this picture.

Missouri is on the left, Kentucky is on the right, and Illinois is the peninsula in the center.

In addition to passing over Cairo in the air, I’ve also driven to where the rivers meet.

When my wife and I drove from Cincinnati to Houston in 1998 while moving to Houston to live, we stopped in Cairo to see where the rivers met up.

As I fly over this point twice each year to go back to Cincinnati, I think of how the wife and I where there, and I think about our good life of the past 14 years in Houston.

My existence as someone formed at the very beginning, as an American, and as an individual—These things all come together at Cairo, Illinois

I can’t speak for you—I have no interest in speaking for you—but Cairo, Illinois and where the Ohio River and Mississippi River merge is the place where I began.

Create your own place of origin and make the best use possible of your talents.

September 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What Are Our Options When Troubled Water Swamps The Bridge?

I’m sorry to offer what may seem a pessimistic thought, but sometimes it is simply the case that troubled waters sometimes swamp the bridge.

It is so that there might be other ways around. Or maybe you have time to wait for the waters to recede.

You might decide it is okay for you to stay where you are.

Yet it may also be so that you simply have to cross and you are not able.

A core belief of liberal and progressive thought is that sometimes circumstance gets the better of a person.

At this point we can possibly offer a way across if we have the means to do so.

We might even be able to help build a better bridge across for the next time.

At least we might be able to do so if the funding for bridge construction has not been not cut off.

It could also be though that we have nothing to offer other than consolation and support.

I took the picture you see above a few hours ago in rainy Houston.

Here is Johnny Cash singing Bridge Over Troubled Water. 

July 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Classic Shopping Cart In Water Photo

Here is your classic shopping cart in the water photo.

I’m a traditional person.

I’ll look for a mattress or couch by the side of road photo to also post on the blog.

That shopping cart is in Brays Bayou in Houston.

I took this picture in the very nice Mason Park in Houston. 

Here is a history of shopping carts.

Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino 

December 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Water Use Restrictions In Houston—Chair Of Council Water Committee Opposes Enforcement Even During A Drought

The City of Houston has mandated that people conserve water.

( Above—Houston this past Sunday.) 

This is because it never rains and it is very hot every day.

Here is what the city is requiring of folks—

As you may be aware, due to persistent drought conditions and declining combined reservoir storage, Stage Two Water Conservation Measures went into effect for the City of Houston earlier this month. Customers must follow the irrigation limit and schedule which was originally voluntary during the Stage One measure, i.e., limit irrigation to the hours between 12:01 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. or between 8:00 p.m. and midnight on no more than two days per week in conformity with the following schedule:

 • Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even‐numbered addresses

• Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd‐numbered addresses

It may reach 105 in Houston this upcoming weekend.

So far people have not quite been fully on board with the water restrictions that the city has imposed.

Houston also has a problem of water main breaks caused by the drought conditions.

I wonder where any money will come from to address this infrastructure issue as the drought continues. I think this would be a good use for some of the Renew Houston money given that the public was misled on the cost of this initiative.

Houston Republican City Councilman Mike Sullivan does not think we should be ticketing homeowners for water issues.

From the Houston Chronicle

“I don’t think we can penalize and cite homeowners when we’re behind in fixing our water leaks and also talking to business and industry about reducing water consumption,” said Councilman Mike Sullivan, chairman of the Council’s Water Resource Management Committee.

I guess we should only obey the law when it suits us to do so.

How long will we be “talking to business and industry about reducing water consumption?”  The drought has been going on for many weeks and months already.

Aren’t you glad that the chair of the so-called Water Resource Mangement Resource Committee is going around saying we should not enforce water use restrictions during a drought.

Some project that the drought in Texas could last for another year.

Here are some specific questions and answers for the mandatory water restrictions in Houston.

While this idea is not under consideration in Houston, some water policy experts suggest that the best way to limit water use during a drought is to raise the price of water.

There is no way to know for certain that the current drought has anything to do with global warming.However, it is a possibility.

The water use restrictions are likely going to be with us in Houston for some weeks and months to come. Let us make an effort to comply.

Here are some water conservation tips from the City of Houston.

(Below—Discovery Green Park on Sunday 8/21. Parched grass and no crowds.)

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Though Only 3% Of Water Is Fresh Water, We Can Still Make A Go Of It

This afternoon I came across the fact that only 3% of the water on Earth is fresh water.

I’ve seen that number before, but forgotten about it. 

It’s amazing that so many people and so much life is sustained by 3% of all water.

Sometimes, I feel that only a small percentage of my time is really useful to me and to others.

I know it is important that we sleep, go to work and go grocery shopping, but those things are not really what I want to be doing with so much of my time.

This is so even though sleeping, working and grocery shopping are not always that bad. And I am sometimes of use to others at work. ( At least I hope I am.)

And no matter what else, I know how lucky I am to have time with my wife, time with friends and family, and time to read, think, and work on my blog.

Still, I get frustrated once in a while that life is not fully what I wish it was.

Yet if six billion people can live off of just 3% of the world’s water, I suppose I can make a good go of things with the limited resources of time I have in my control.    

Here is the link to the UNESCO fresh water resource page. Water, like time, has great value.

The photo above is of Lake Laddjujaure in Sweden.

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments