Sunday, October 5, 2008

w is for water

Life is a bath. All paddle about in its great pool.
seneca (4 b.c. - 65 c.e.) roman philosopher, statesman, playwright

water is critical for survival. thus it is not too difficult to understand how the belief that submerging oneself in water can be therapeutic. a few years ago e and I had the good fortune to visit the site of the ancient roman baths in bath england. I remember clearly that while we were touring the ruins of this magnificent site I remarked that I was born in the wrong era.

a couple years before this trip e and I took another trip. that time we visited iceland. while we were there we went to the blue lagoon a geothermal spa. now there was some wonderful water! I do hope one day I'll be able to go back - definitely one of the best soaks around.

on july 6 I posted a vid of one of my favorite traditional songs, the water is wide. the version was sung by the brilliant june tabor. since the letter of the day is w and the word is water, I thought it would be only fitting to post another version of this beautiful song. this version is by niamh parsons whose voice, like tabor's, is able to transport me far, far away. and you know how much this mouse likes a good wander!

w is also for worry - there was a good bit of that at the beginning of the week. but I tried to concentrate on the wisdom of one of my favorite sayings:
That the birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot
change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.
we got through the week and the things I worried about never came about. thank goodness. thank god. and thank all you who had my family in their thoughts and prayers. (sorry to be mysterious, the source of my worry, although it concerns someone near and dear, isn't my story to tell).

w is also for wellness and that's the w word that we are focusing on now.

this just in, based on junk's comment I thought I'd add this about water. coming to cleveland on october 16 to Cleveland Cinematheque the documentary flow - sounds great, I look forward to checking it out, hope it also makes it to a theater near you:
Water is the sleeping giant issue of the 21st Century and we all need to wake up about it. FLOW opens our eyes about the greatest threat of our time - the global water crisis. It is a compelling and passionate film. Its engaging narrative will grip the viewer."
Robert Redford

"FLOW exposes the efforts of a few rapacious corporations to exploit the world's water for their own profit. It illuminates the responsibility we who consume that water at $9 a gallon bare for the devastation that ensues. It is a clarion call to action to all those who care about the future we leave our children, to oppose and end this usurpation of our planet's life blood. It is brilliant and not to be missed."
James Cromwell

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis

photo: the roman baths, bath uk, march 2003.


R.L. Bourges said...

best to you, petite souris. much wellness to you and all your loved ones.

gorgeous pic. Merci for the intro do niamh parsons, love her voice and her accent.

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R.L. Bourges said...

oh and the walk-through in Bath is simply grand!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Hope all will be well with you and yours soon, Mouse.

Water, wisdom, wit, worry, wellness and winter :-) Such a lot of w choice!

Lovely, lovely shot of the Roman Baths - such a lovely city too.

tut-tut said...

I'm glad your worries did not come to fruition!

You and e are the gadabouts, though, aren't you? I've always wanted to go to Iceland. I hope you have a few pictures to post . . .

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

And be sure to see the film FLOW when it comes to Cleveland in a couple of weeks. I'll send you details soon.

Merle Sneed said...

What a beautiful voice! Here in the desert we worry about water, but not as much as we should.

d. chedwick said...

water is so nice. i had a groovy looking antique water ouzel once upon a time. water coolers and water drinking fountains are almost as old fashioned as the ouzel now. this made me think of the ritual water in the book "stranger in a strange land" and the photo of bath made me think of mitzvah tanks. So many associations with water. astrologically speaking I am mostly water, physically too. In ancient Egypt it was said that water is given (to the soul) in compensation for the sacrifice of taking on a bodily form (suffering etc...)

Barbara said...

Water brings with it so many conflicting adjectives. While it is absolutely NECESSARY, it can be absolutely DEVASTATING. I think water management is one of our next big hurdles in trying to heal our planet.

I hope I am reading between the lines correctly to see that you and yours are doing just fine. I'm glad to hear that the time for WORRY has passed.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Thanks for plugging FLOW (or is that floating FLOW?). It's a good film and raises some important but disturbing issues.

Megan said...

Sorry you had the worry, but glad it was for naught.

"Oh, the water. Oh oh the water. Oh the water. Hope it don't rain all day."

I used to think spas were for dummies, but then I went to one...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb-merci for the wishes (they are always most appreciated) and the into to parsons. we loved visiting bath. along with the ancient site the town had some lovely architecture and wonderful pubs.

av- with such things it's patience and going day by day and inch by inch. thank you so very much!

tut - doctors are required to give one the whole list of possible complications and the worst case scenerio and thus those worry birds are frantically flying over one's heads. oh e and I do love being gadabouts. and I am so lucky that my daughter enjoys hangin' with her old ma and we do so well on trips. in the spring we hope to do another trip together, but it will be within north america.

junk - thanks and you are welcome.

merle - everyone - especially in the u.s. - no matter where they live needs to worry and act when it comes to protecting our water resources. I can't wait to see flow and hope it comes to hooterville!

ched - coincidence - we are reading 'stranger in a strangeland this year for bookgroup! when I had my chart done water signs ruled heavily.

barbara - you reading between the lines is quite good. the road to full recovery is being traveled. it will be a long trip, but such trips always teach much. thank you for your thoughts.

megan - the only spa experience I had was at the blue lagoon - which I think is atypical. but I wouldn't turn down a trip to another type of spa if someone gave me one! I have friends right now at a spa in new mexico and it sounds divine! I bet it is very therapeutic!

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm so glad all the potential bad stuff did not materialize! I am a Mighty Worrier, though I wish I weren't! Cuz I'm also very superstitious and believe I call in bad things just by way of my worrying.

Worrying about worrying? Maybe I should go take a nice hot bath. Yeah!!

WAT said...

W is for WAT!

Junk Thief mentioned FLOW already. IT scares me.

bitchlet said...

This is so beautiful. Is it hot, the water?

jenclair said...

I loved the graffiti on the walls of the baths in Bath! Thinking about the Romans including curses for thieves and the sort of thing found in bathroom stalls struck me as so funny, so human.