One of my favorite questions from a reader was how to write an argumentative essay about water. Since lots of people argue about water these days, there are lots of topics to choose from. Here is how you would turn such an argument into an essay.
Let's say you've been assigned to write about water. You get to choose your own topic, but when you try, you're completely stymied. What is it possible to write about that hasn't been written already? Here are 20 main topic areas, with subtopics you can pick from.
An early near-drowning experience in the ocean started years-long experimentation with the art of telepathy, and provided an increased understanding of dolphins too.
Why do we shed tears? How is it that nature somehow seems to relate to sadness as well as joy? This is a heartfelt article about what tears mean to us.
Every home improvement article having anything to with water at some point talks about caulk. Whether you know what caulk is or not, you are bound to learn something new from this article.
It's one thing to read about hydroponic gardening in your home, and quite another to actually do it. Here are instructions for how to build a vertical indoor vegetable garden using hydroponics.
Some people like handheld showerheads, some prefer wall mounts. Others want both. This article shows how to convert one to the other when life's circumstances change.
Are you having problems with your showerhead? This do-it-yourself article shows how to extend your shower head pipe and improve its overall location.
Before rushing out to buy a new showerhead, try fixing the problem yourself. It's easier than you think to clean a clogged or rusted showerhead. If you need to replace it, you can do that yourself too.
When purchasing supplies for a DIY irrigation project, knowing who makes the parts you need and where you can find them is critical. Ewing, Orbit, Rain Bird, Valley, and more are covered here.
Explore what life is like for mermaids to live in the oceans of today, if mermaids do exist. Read about what they eat and where they live and play.
Major plans are afoot to turn the Los Angeles drainage ditch into a real river. One section has already been restored and the city has funding for the rest. This could be a cool tourist spot soon.
There have been too many recorded sightings and too many cave drawings and legends of mermaids to just dismiss their existence as fantasy. Here are four possible reasons for why belief in them persists.
You'd be surprised at what a critical role water plays in a healthy pregnancy. Not only can drinking more water relieve common pregnancy problems, like morning sickness and headaches, but it will also increase the health of your baby. This article shows you how.
The practice of cloud seeding (weather manipulation) for rain has spread throughout the world during the 50 years since its methods were first discovered. What does it look like now as an industry?
With all the water and technology there is on this planet, there's no reason anyone should go without. Here are ways you can help supply healthy water for the world.
You've heard that our bodies are vessels, with water constituting 60% of it, but have you ever wondered where all that water is or what it does? This article shows why the human body needs so much.
A teapot is a vessel in which you steep tea leaves or tea bags prior to drinking tea from tea cups. Some teapots can be used for other things, and other more infamous teapots have stories attached.
Giving a facial steamer to a loved one can be tricky. Although using one can do wonders for the face, gifting someone with a facial steamer can be construed as an insult, if you're not careful. Here's how to buy and present one as a gift.
If you've been looking for a unique place to hike around Los Angeles, the Devil's Punchbowl may be it. This canyon is filled with interesting formations carved out by earthquakes and water erosion. It's one of my favorite places to hike.
Have humans negatively affected the earth's water cycle? If so, what can we do to reverse it? Here are some interesting facts about the water cycle you may not have learned in school, some of which might help you answer.
The Wall Street Journal says that most sushi restaurants source their fish from the same places, but other factors than food can make a sushi restaurant stand out. Such is the case with A'Float Sushi in downtown Pasadena CA.
The cover page of a business proposal creates a first impression that can encourage or discourage an evaluator from continuing. This article shows how to design an attractive proposal cover page.
Have you been wondering what kind of software to use for brochures, booklets, reports, and newsletters? This will help you compare MS Publisher with other popular desktop publishing software.
In Orange County, CA a water utility joins with Disneyland to produce the nation's largest Children's Water Education Festival. It's a successful corporate partnership and a fun field trip for kids.
Many factory, hospital, and home environments need specific levels of humidity for ideal work or health. Hygrometers play a crucial role in maintaining the right levels, as this article shows.
Moisture meters are calibrators that measure the amount of moisture within a solid or semisolid, like concrete or cheese. There are many different kinds for different types of work.
Water meters are used in all sectors of society - manufacturing, construction, weather detection, and at home. Here is a list of the types and uses of different water meters.
Experience is showing that wise water management is key to the success of a civilization. This article shows what a career in this field could entail and how to get training.
We have manipulated two key watersheds, one tiny and one huge, to make them work better for humans. How have the Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles) and the Mississippi River (New Orleans) really benefitted?
When buying a home, purchasers look at construction, aesthetics, convenience, and weatherability. Seldom do they notice the geology. But in the wrong location, you could lose your home to floods.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market sells indigenous village arts and crafts to increase economic well-being worldwide. Here we describe the fair, showcasing crafts with water themes.
Being "in the flow" is being "in the zone" or "in synch." It's having a natural high, a Zen moment, being mindful, operating at peak performance. It's one of the best feelings life offers.
Companies with large landscapes can often save water and money by irrigating the landscape differently. This article shows how to hire a private consultant to carry out a comprehensive water audit.
Hydroponic gardening was first developed by scientists for growing food in space ships. Using a similar technique you can grow vegetables and herbs in an apartment window indoors.
Many first-time renters are uncomfortable with houseplants, although they long to have them. Using them for decor is one thing, but how do you water and care for them?
Drinking water plays a crucial role in good health. Most people don't know or think about the amazing benefits water brings to our bodies, but here they are, along with tips for getting your quota.
Looking at photographs in books is a great way to figure out what you want in an outdoor pool or spa. Once you've decided, different books can show you how to design, construct, and maintain it.
For eons agriculturalists have been fighting what they call "bacterial speck" on tomatoes and other crop plants, without anyone realizing that the same bacteria is at the heart of rain and snow.
The SODIS (SOlar DISinfection) system shows developing countries how to put plastic bottles of water in the sun to kill bacteria. The lives of millions of people around the world have improved, as a direct result.
In Pakistan the Hunzas live to be 120 years old, using humanure (without drugs) to enrich their crops. In the west we are just beginning to realize it's value. Compost toilets help us create it.
Why stress out and get sick, when you could prevent it by treating yourself nicely? Here is a special weekly treatment that will save you the misery: Music, candles, a hot bath, meditation.
A high school project that started teaching teens how to grow food morphed into a CSA and summer job training in irrigation repair. Now low income teens are growing and selling food like experts.
The water cycle—,floods, droughts, and fun on the water—have all been popular in music, expressed in different styles. Here are five compositions, from oldest to most recent, with water as a theme.
The right kitchen water filters can net you many years of healthy and good-tasting drinking water. This article can help you decide which kind of filter would work best for your home.
Water mega-projects, built for agriculture or manufacturing, are costly and nearly always destabilize the environment. We need to think smaller. How can individuals supply their own water?
Facilities Maintenance is responsible for maintaining the function of a building's mechanical systems. If your water bills suddenly spike, you can engage them to help find the problem.
A ballooning stomach is an indication of chronic constipation, which means your colon needs cleansing. Since the colon breeds bacteria, many diseases can be prevented by cleaning it regularly.
For a typical homeowners association, there are three main areas where water use can be monitored and money saved: The landscaping, HOA managed facilities, and the individual units.
Water leaks can cost you thousands of dollars on a large landscape, so they need to be discovered and fixed as soon as possible. This article will teach you how to find irrigation leaks.
Building new water sources costs billions of dollars that most governments don't have, but reusing wastewater can help relieve that need. This article covers home greywater and blackwater systems.
Heating water can be one of the most expensive hidden costs a homeowner has. One way to reduce it is to install a solar water heater that uses the sun's energy - which is free - to heat your water.
What if every household in the world could thrive on only the water they received via rainfall? Could you use that water to grow food and herbs indoors? It's possible!
Is it possible to make it rain wherever the need is? The U.S. military has made it rain, as have the governments of China and other countries all over the world. It is possible and often desirable, but what is the best way?
Water is directly related to the three roles that kidneys play. This article discusses those roles, shows what happens when we don't drink enough, and gives tips for how to keep kidneys healthy.
One of the biggest fears travelers have about an unknown place is what it will do to their health. It's a valid fear, since 20-50% of travellers contract diarrhea per year. The water you drink is key.
What can be done to change people's minds about tossing trash in the streets or industrial waste in our rivers? We can start by looking at our own behavior and asking ourselves some key questions.
Viable solutions to the water pollution messes we've made already exist. Here are some interesting examples of cleanup projects that are currently being carried out.
Leaky outdoor spigots can be easy to fix for DIYers. If you don't like to pay others to do things you can do yourself, check out these simple steps to replace your outside faucet.
What role does water play in life and what would happen if we were to lose it or it didn't exist? There are already parts of the world where we can see how life would change, if there were no water. This article explores it further.
Have you ever wondered what water does for plants? How do they absorb it or why do they need as much (or little) as they do? You'd be surprised at some of the ways in which water helps a plant.
As more and more swimmers and homeowners become uncomfortable with the health risks of swimming in chlorine, alternative sanitizers are being developed. One of those is the saltwater pool. Learn about the advantages of salt water pools.
There are three main health hazards that Westerners unknowingly contend with every day in their water: Chlorine in shower water, plastics in bottled water, and waterborne diseases from the tap.
We're using far too much water, especially in drought areas like the southwest U.S. Although we can't control corporate use or government laws, everyone can conserve water at home. Here is how.
Tourists go to East Africa primarily to see wildlife, which can be exciting and also dangerous. A more insidious danger, one that also needs protection against, is the water.
If you are a landscaping company and want to expand your business, offering irrigation auditing services can help customers conserve water. Try contracting with water suppliers.
With our building practices, we have seriously disturbed the rain cycle in numerous ways all over the world, not the least of which has been disabling earth's aquifer storage system. How is that?
Water pollution continues to be a major crisis worldwide. Here, we show how (and with what) we pollute the world's waters, whether deliberately or unconsciously, and preventive actions we each can take.
Irrigation controllers direct the timing of your sprinklers. When you program them correctly and attach weather sensors, you can improve your landscape health and lower the water bills too.
Living rich comes from having more money than you really need. Try these tips to spend smart and cut your expenses in half.
Using the right kinds of sprinkler heads can have a big impact on how healthy your landscape is. There are three main kinds of sprinkler heads, each with a different purpose.
All over the country officials are urging us to use less water. Many offer free water use audits like this one that show you how to lower your average water bill.
Dishwashers have become more efficient in the way they use water and electricity, but how can you tell the good from the bad? This article explores the nature of dishwashers to help you choose.
Installing a high efficiency washing machine is a good way to save water, electricity, and money. This article compares top loading vs front loading machines and shows how they work.
There are simple, low-cost moves that can help you save on your water bill right away. Read on about water-efficient showerheads and low-flow faucet aerators.
One of the biggest users of water inside the home is old toilets. Toilets built before 1992 use way too much water to flush with. Replacing them is a quick way to get solid water savings.