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International Water Day Ode to the Waterways

I’ve been blessed by a life on the water that stretches from Michigan’s Keweenaw to the Florida Keys. Today, I join the world community in focusing on the essential water supplies and water purity required to maintain a healthy planet. I know I am lucky to live on land near the largest freshwater sea in the world, Lake Superior. The water from my tap here tastes so good that whenever I’m away I always look forward to returning for that first cold, clear gulp of home water. I’m also grateful to travel by sea through some of the most enchanting and endangered waters on Earth, including the Florida panhandle, which along with its neighboring states continues to be severely impacted by the BP oil spill and other lesser advertised violations. Lake Superior has also seen its share of polluters and toxic dumpers over the years. Inspired by the way my friend Deborah did not give up in reporting the slick left by a sunken boat near her Superior homewaters. It was mind-boggling how long she had to go on asking for help before someone finally responded. Someone less stubborn and less passionate would

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Gulf Shores National Seashore is a windswept series of achingly beautiful barrier islands.
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The fleet docks at Apalachicola. Life has changed and not for the better since the BP oil spill and its decimation of the oyster beds.
The water calls as Chip Ahoy and a fleet of outbound sailors head their cruising vessels into the Gulf of Mexico for an overnight passage to Clearwater-Tarpon Springs on Florida's west coast.
The water calls as Chip Ahoy and a fleet of outbound sailors head their cruising vessels into the Gulf of Mexico for an overnight passage to Clearwater-Tarpon Springs on Florida’s west coast.
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A procession of boats heads out during slack tide on Apalachicola Bay bound for warmer places on Florida’s west coast and beyond.
Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico
Crossing the Gulf is always a rush.

have given up. While much has been done to protect the lake, it’s clearly an ongoing issue. I’m working on a magazine feature about how to contact authorities and expedite action.

Thank you, water, for all you provide! I will do my part to speak up for your protection and purification. Hurray for H20!

Bonus Inspiration: A yoga water flow sequence to hydrate mind, body and spirit

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