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What is this odorless, tasteless, colorless liquid called water?

Is it a mere provision for quenching thirst or is there more?


From its abundance, it forms the seas, lakes, rivers and oceans.

It falls from the sky as rain and nourishes all living things.


Water can reveal our soul and is where our dreams reside.

It is a glimpse into the feelings and emotional state of one’s mind.


Oceans reveal the limitlessness of the spirit, peace and meditation.

Rivers are life’s journeys being either supportive or hindering.


Often a symbol of sadness, Rain can also be grace and forgiveness.

How odd that this giver of life can also bring such destruction.


Floods and hurricanes demonstrate water’s anger and wrath.

Was it abuse and neglect that brought about this fury?


Will it show forgiveness with mirror-like calmness once more?

Or will it hold its grudge until all is gone forever?


Water can present itself in variegated forms and substances.

An expert shape-shifter, constantly changing appearance and mood.


From freely flowing water, to frozen tundra, and delicate snowflakes.

To a forceful element powerful enough to supply energy to the earth.


Yet it is beautiful enough to arouse the passions of those in love.

It inspires some of the greatest works of art, music, poetry and dance.


How does one define something as mysterious as water?

One cannot, it laughs at the hubris of humankind to do so.


Immortal, water is a regenerator from the beginning of time.

It was here before we came; it will be here when we are gone.


Ⓒ 2013 Sylvia Van Peebles All rights reserved


Short Story Collection is Out!

My short story collection, “Looking for Butch” is out with CreateSpace!  I’m really excited. It’s a short collection but I think you will like it. You can see a preview and even answer some questions.

What to Eat after Bariatric Surgery

draft_lens19361301module158336345photo_1334041423aa-It is essential to follow specific bariatric eating guidelines after bariatric weight loss surgery. Doing so will ensure that you properly heal and obtain adequate nutrition. Not following the post-bariatric surgery diet prescribed by the bariatric surgeon or dietitian is the number one reason for failure of bariatric surgery.

To get you into the habit of eating more protein, eating less and eating healthy. Immediately after your bariatric surgery, your diet should have changed before your surgery. There will be immediate and drastic changes that will affect your lifestyle for the rest of your life. It usually takes about 9-12 weeks to gradually progress to eating solid foods.

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The Plight of Our Honey Bees

Photo: Rufus Isaacs

Honey Bees

According to a Cornell University study, the value of honey bee pollination to U.S. agriculture is more than $14 billion annually, Crops from nuts to vegetables and as diverse as alfalfa, apple, cantaloupe, cranberry, pumpkin, and sunflower all require pollinating by honey bees. Pollination can be a grower’s only real chance to increase yield for fruit and nut crops.

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First Signs of Menopause You Should Know

That Forbidden “M” Word

Why do you want the air conditioner on when the rest of the household is in coats and sweaters? Why does your face resemble the ‘comedy’ and ‘tragedy’ masks because your moods change so abruptly? And, why do you go on crying jags for no reason? If you are a woman from 40 to 61 years of age, the answer is simple. You are experiencing the first signs of menopause.

There, it’s out. Take a deep breath. Believe it or not, menopause is not a death sentence nor does it mean you are no longer a complete woman; quite the contrary. It means you are moving into the next stage of womanhood. Think about the freedom that you will feel not to have to bother with monthly periods again. Many women feel even sexier after menopause for that very reason. You no longer have to worry about getting pregnant. Because of these reason, many women form an even closer connection to their husbands. You can also focus more attention on you now that you have raised the kids.

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How Osteoarthritis Affects You

Originally published in The Wellspring Collective

What it is

Arthritis is the general term meaning inflammation of the jointsOsteoarthritis is the most common kind, and is commonly known as wear-and-tear arthritis. Occurring in almost any joint in the body, osteoarthritis is identified with the breakdown of cartilage in the joints.

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Laughter is Nature’s Antidepressant

Originally published with Wellspring Collective.


Have you ever noticed how infectious laughter is? When you see someone laughing, you don’t even have to know why they’re laughing before you start laughing, too.  You can be having a bad day but a good laugh will restore your mood. Laughing with another person, or group of people, increases an invisible bond between you of happiness and affection. Did you know that having a sense of humor and laughing gives your immune system a boost? It can lessen pain, increase energy, and protect you from stress and its effects. The best thing about laughter is it’s free, you get a kick out of it, and you don’t need an owner’s manual to use it.

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Why God Didn’t Make Men Mothers

It Was Adam’s Fault!

Have you ever wondered why men weren’t the ones to give birth to human offspring? After all, according to them, they are the bigger and the stronger of the two sexes. They have a higher pain threshold, and after all, they were created first. Thank God, that in his infinite wisdom, he chose woman to be the birth vehicle. Had he not, the Bible would have been a short story.

Even in the beginning, man was full of hot air. Adam, the big, brave, name-all-the-animals man couldn’t even stand up to a stupid snake, and let Eve take the blame. He was standing right next to her, and all he had to do was say, “No thank you, Eve,” when she offered him the apple. But no, he had to take a bite! We have Adam to thank for pain in childbirth, ladies!

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Personal Finance in a Relationship

Whether you are married or in a committed relationship, personal finance plays a huge role in the relationship’s quality and longevity. Lack of communication and not having an upfront understanding of how each partner values money will likely lead to problems down the road.

So many times couples make the mistake that their inappropriate spending and personal finance habits have no effect on their spouse or significant other. If they are employed, then they may feel that it’s their money and they can spend it any way they want. However, when you are in a relationship, everything that is done affects both partners. When money is mishandled, it causes tension and stress in the relationship, and ultimately destroys trust. In worst-case scenarios, it can cause total financial collapse for one or both partners, and the relationship as a whole. It is almost impossible for a relationship to survive, let alone recover from this kind of financial damage.

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What I Learned From My Dad

By Sylvia Van Peebles

He Taught Me Well

I am my father’s daughter, of that I am sure. Oh, it’s not because I look just like him, because I don’t. And it’s not because we have the same personality, because we don’t. I am like my dad in heart. We generally see things in black and white, with very little room for gray area. He’s a very no-nonsense kind of guy, and has zero tolerance for stupidity. That is me to a “t”. The biggest difference between us is that I have a sense of humor.

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