The Texture of Water
Mindful paddling for a healthier mind and body
Let your body find its stroke:
Do you have physical challenges that you feel would make it difficult to paddle a kayak? Please read this short article. You can develop the techniques you will need to safely bring the freedom and joy of paddling into your life. First, a little setup:
I have been paddling across this magical bay in Panama 5 days a week for over five years. The title, the texture of water, comes from the view of the water as I paddle on a calm day. Looking across the bay at water level, you see what looks like many rivers running parallel to each other. Each holding water of a different texture on top.
Each year, the coming of Thanksgiving and the Holidays signal a reminder to reflect on what we are grateful for and what we can do to spread that good feeling. Today, we look back on a season of programs packed with fun, adventure, and positive action. All to foster a community centered around a commitment to environmental stewardship, equitable access to water activity for youth in Annapolis, and serving the people who have so bravely served for us – our military Veterans.
Tiffany Butler is a homegrown Annapolitan from the community of Parole. She is a lover of all things outdoors, and a self-described ‘water baby’ -- a trait she affectionately says she inherited from her father. “I’m always water-adjacent in one way or another,” says Tiffany.
She is also a career academic. Currently conquering both a post-master’s certificate in administration supervision at Loyola University and a PhD program in education from George Mason University, Tiffany is also in her fifth year as a biology teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in upper Fells Point, Baltimore.
The Bay Paddle for our President Brian Meyer, simply put, was the best water-based accomplishment of his life. The statement says a lot because Brian has pursued the Waterman lifestyle for all of his adult life and has been fortunate to be involved in some incredible water experiences. He grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, frequenting the Chesapeake Bay from his childhood home on the Wicomico River.
We are thrilled to welcome our new Live Water Foundation board member, Jeremy Dublon! Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Jeremy studied neuroscience at the University of Scranton, and went on to graduate with honors from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he obtained his Doctorate. Jeremy completed his residency in New Jersey and is now serving his final year in the Army as a surgical podiatrist at the Walter Reed Medical Center.
It's always exciting to get publicity from the media, especially the local news which reaches our core community. The Live Water Foundation's Vice-President Mary Howser wrote a letter to the Capital Gazette, Annapolis, MD's news organization asking for the local community to rally around local non-profits that are bettering our community and to supporting them as we lead into a new year.