Follow-up - Pure Water...

Thanks to all of you with the positive comments on the holiday greeting from this Christmas. One of you pointed me to the site Pure Water for All which is doing a fantastic service in developing countries. Check it out.

Posted by tim on Sun - January 1, 2006 | 12:09 PM | |

Happy New Year!

Hope all of you survived a safe and sane new year's. We stayed home (the kids do SO enjoy the loud noises) and had a nice time watching movies and the exciting crowd in NYC.

Posted by tim on | 12:06 PM | |

Holiday Greetings

I sit here gazing out over the ice and snow that still remains substantial from a storm a fortnight ago. I contemplate the sentiment of the season so swiftly passing that I myself - a lover of this time of year - have not even fully embraced this special time. Looking back over the past year since this holiday in 2004 I am struck with the most simple yet profound irony - the awesome power of the most abundant molecule on this earth - water.

Now those of you who know me well will read on, acknowledging my fascination with science, interest in the simple yet profound, and intrigue with the extraordinary. Trust me - this is not a compilation of Chambers family events - for that you can check our website. For the rest of you I beg your patience and your kind attention. Bear with me for the next few paragraphs while I try to demonstrate relevance.

Over this past 365 we have experienced tremendous loss of life and livelihood from tsunami, hurricane, ice and flood. These so-called "natural disasters" make the man-made destruction of our far from peaceful political and religious alliances pale in comparison. Hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters are not here to share this holiday with us as a result of the power of a molecule to transform a landscape. Countless thousands of others have been uprooted, homes and mementos displaced and destroyed. All this as a result of a molecule so critical to sustaining our lives that 7 days without it would surely cause our personal demise.

We enjoy this incredible chemical in liquid, solid and vapor form. From the glass in front of us on our holiday table, to the cubes of ice that float (yes - incredibly - FLOAT!) in that glass and stretch the life-giving fresh duration of our food on that sunny summer picnic day, to the vapor in our air that we crave on this humidless winter day, and disdain so much during the oppressive heat of a Mid- Atlantic summer. We "tame" this chemical by building elaborate water systems to keep it out (the North Sea) or keep it in (the huge California Water System that nourishes the riches of the crops in an otherwise arid environment). It envelopes our clothes while they wash, embraces us during a cool refreshing dip in the heat of summer, and delivers our lattes fresh and hot - so much so a caution is required on the container to quell the litigious nature of these recent years. We sail across it to find new routes to riches, end up discovering new lands and immediately look for a fresh source of it. And yet we take water for granted.

This holiday I reflect back on the impact of the Southeast Asian tsunami of 2004, of the many hurricanes that brought destruction to the families in the US Gulf Coast region, and irony of the droughts in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas so near that same coast. This devastation was founded on the same physical matter that is sacred to a certain faith in the form of holy water, vital to rehydration during sports events like the Tour de France where a dedicated man who beat cancer and came back time after time to win would not consider riding that race - not without a 'miracle drug' - but rather requiring an adequate supply of water. With such mere common properties that it comes to us in all it's various forms sans color, yet is the required ingredient for a brilliant rainbow under the right light conditions, and makes our clear skies a deep blue. A phrase foretells the riches to be found at the end of that rainbow, yet that rainbow could provide advance warning of a devastating storm. Such complexity in something so simple.

So what you ask does this have to do with the Holiday Season?

Let me connect the dots for you. Water represents such a common ingredient in our lives that we take it for granted. And yet it carries the power to sustain or destroy. Likewise we carry within each of us another vital ingredient - the power to care. The power to be cognizant and aware. Cognizant of the plight of our fellow humans and animals on this planet. Aware, sensitive and caring to that which we may otherwise take for granted - that they are sheltered, nourished, protected and most of all loved. Each and every one. At all times. Let us not take that for granted. Not for a day, an hour or a minute.

My conjecture is that "recognition" is humanities' challenge. When we "recognize" a situation we respond, as can be seen by the tremendous outpouring over this past year to help those affected by "nature". When we "recognize" others during the holiday seasons, in all it's politically correct monikers, we do so principally because of a calendar. When reminded of our fortunate situation relative to others we as humans reach out. It is our very nature to do so - we may only need a tiny reminder.

Let me offer a suggestion for you to consider in the coming days, weeks , months and years. Each time you raise a glass to your lips, each time you feel wetness on your skin, each time you hear the hiss of steam, or feel the chill of ice, let it trigger a thought about your family, your friends, your fortunate situation, and your fellow companions on this earth. Ask yourself what kind things have you done - and can you do - to make this world more peaceful and comforting, happier and healthier for them. Use the most common, most encountered, most destructive yet sustaining force on this planet as your reminder. Use WATER as your reminder.

It is our hope that this message finds each of you sharing time with loved ones and safe and secure this holiday. We wish for you a Happy New Year whatever wonders it may bring! And drink from the fountain of life.

Merry Christmas,
Tim and Susan, Dochko and Lika

Posted by tim on Fri - December 23, 2005 | 11:07 AM | |

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! Susan's in California visiting her family and friends and I am enjoying personal time with the kids. Had a small snowstorm (< 1 inch) on Thanksgiving morning - the first of the season, but we won't count it as Susan is not here to witness and enjoy it. Have a great "rest of the long weekend". Safe travels wherever you may be.

Posted by tim on Thu - November 24, 2005 | 08:19 AM | |


As we went to the vet today Susan said to me she was hoping for a little miracle. I told her we already have one, and his name is Madison.

Madison has gone over the Rainbow bridge today. It was - in simplest terms - time for him to go. 15 years is a long time on this earth and his weren't always easy. But he was always happy.

What did I learn from Madison?

- When someone strokes your head and pauses follow their hand with your head.
- Wag your tail when you hear your name or someone looks at you - they will know who to pet.
- When someone sits down jump in their lap - they will be happy to have you after they get their breath back.
- When someone brushes you it means they love you. Don't let them stop - either one.
- Don't eat the stuffing out of your toys. It will go in but won't come out.
- Leave the big dogs alone - play with the little ones.
- A warm bed with a soft blanket requires a good long squirm to make the best dent.
- Enjoy every meal. And order extra cilantro.
- If your hind end looks like Earl Sinclair's wag your tail.
- Stand up straight when confronted, don't let them see how meek you are.
- A ride in the car is the simple joy of life. You go fast without any work at all.
- A really good bark makes your front feet airborne.
- And last but really first - People are wonderful, always greet them like they are the most important thing in the world.

Madison, we will miss you. Tell everyone - Dacquiri, Shadow, Steffie, Maple and Brandie - we love you all.

The first 7 years he had a tough life, purportedly in a pen with dirt floors, and little attention, neither physical nor emotional. When we got him from Norcal Golden Rescue, he had already been through significant medical care and was on the mend. The emotional care was up to us. When we got him he would not look us in the eye - he would always look away. And he was afraid of Steffie, which eventually got better but he never liked larger dogs. He however got the love and attention - all we could provide, and through many trials and tribulations got to today. He was ready to go, and we needed to say goodbye. We love him, and will cherish the last half of his life he gave to us. He created many memories.

Posted by tim on Thu - September 15, 2005 | 04:07 PM | |


Saw this signature on a post the other day:

I love deadlines. I like the wooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Posted by tim on Tue - April 19, 2005 | 08:36 AM | |