"Hands On Water," my commentary on our moral and ethical responsibility to the planet's finite supply of fresh water is featured in the Center for Humans and Nature's website, and is the top story in the Center's recent newsletter. Here's how it begins:
When I was young and idealistic, I lived a back-to-the-land existence in a one-room log cabin in Wyoming. The cabin sat in a sea of sagebrush at the edge of town, its lone connection an electric wire. No phone, no natural gas, no running water.
I pumped water by hand from a well, carried it to the cabin, and heated it on a wood stove. When I was finished bathing or washing dishes, I carried the dishpan outside and carefully emptied it.
The essay, about returning rituals of mindfulness and gratitude to our everyday consumption of water as I return my dishwater to the earth and the cycle of water, evolved out of a shorter piece I originally wrote for High Country News. Its evolution reflects my relationship with the tiny urban creek I have lived alongside and worked to restore over the past two decades. And also deepening belief that spirituality must inform even our most quotidian actions, and especially our relationship with those resources we have come to take for granted, like clean water.
Give "Hands on Water" a read and leave a comment!