Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2018’


Water. To most of us in the…

Water. To most of us in the developed world, it’s something we take for granted. Turn the right tap, cold, clean water comes out. Turn the left, hot, clean water comes out. Sprinklers click on automatically, spraying potable water on our lawns even when it’s raining. Water scarcity, while a growing concern, is generally just an occasional annoyance for the vast majority of us. But, what if that bounty changed? What if our abundance turned suddenly to scarcity – as in Capetown and many other places – and the taps stopped flowing? We’d find ourselves abruptly tossed into the difficult reality of some 860 million globally who live without consistent access to safe water. For nearly 1 in 7 inhabitants of the globe, days are spent in a continual struggle for water, that most basic foundation of life. Women and children bear most of the brunt, foregoing gainful work or critical schooling to haul water from the nearest water source back to home. Countless millions are sickened by unclean water, and vast numbers die from waterborne illness. Can you imagine your world without safe water? Like me, probably not. So, please join me today – #WorldWaterDay – in not only celebrating water, but also in helping others around the world get access to it and empower them to change their lives for the better. While there are many great organizations to donate to, I’ve chosen to send my support to @water, who’ve impacted some 10 million people already with their innovative water equity financing, and will do much more in the years to come. Water is a given to so many of us… Let’s help it be the same across the globe. #waterisaright #waterequity #liveyouradventure #water #Rwanda

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And, we’re off! Heading back to Nepal…

And, we’re off! Heading back to Nepal with two other families for some fun adventures in Langtang and to connect with old friends nearby as well. Amazed that we’ll have 7 kids, ages 7 – 13, tromping through the hills. Fortunately, with @miahwatt on board as well, we adults won’t be outnumbered anymore. Good times ahead! #liveyouradventure

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In 1895, bacteriologist Ernest Hanbury Hankin was…

In 1895, bacteriologist Ernest Hanbury Hankin was working on the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India, and was to see no evidence of major cholera outbreaks amongst the populace even when millions flocked to bathe in the rivers during festivals. His later tests found something mysterious, especially in Ganges water: in standard Ganga jal, cholera was killed off in less than 3 hours. The same water, if boiled first, had no ability to kill the cholera bacteria. Hankin would later hypothesize about his findings in an 1896 paper for the Pasteur Institute, suggesting the presence of some organism in the Ganges water that was remarkably adept at killing cholera. Years later, in 1917, Felix d’Herelle helped shed more light on Hankin’s findings, finding an “invisible microbe” that was “parasitic on bacteria.” Herelle called it bacteriophage, or bacteria eater. While treating disease through phages soon began, it was abandoned in much of the world in favor of seemingly-simpler antibiotics. But now, with the rise of super bugs, phage therapy is again gaining interest from the medical community, as shared on last week’s @scifri (link in profile). Herelle and Hankin’s early discoveries have promise in fighting modern disease, and it all began on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna 123 years ago. | In this photo, a boat makes its was downstream on the Yamuna in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. #liveyouradventure #bacteriophage #Vrindavan #gangas2s #gangaaction @eddiebauer

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