Finding Comfort in Water…


Water’s edge. Work in progress by Gwen Frankton

“Most of my recent paintings have been about the water’s edge,” says eco-artist Gwen Frankton. “To this end I have been reading a great deal about water,” she adds. She then shares that she reads a little of my book “Water Is…The Meaning of Water” every day…

…For inspiration.

Water inspiration…

I’m heartened; this is exactly how I like to think that people are reading my book: in bite-sized pieces of wonder, inspiration, curiosity, knowledge, surprise and revelation.

In her blog post, “Something learned about water” Gwen writes:


“Graham Creek” by Gwen Frankton

“From today’s reading, this quote: ‘there are a hundred times as many water molecules in our bodies than the sum of all the other molecules put together,’ writes biochemist Martin Chaplin of London South Bank University.” (“Water is…”)

Gwen finds the notion that we are water compelling.

“I find myself thinking of the comfort of water,” she writes. “Today, I have been by the river…choosing to walk that way rather than another, to take my good dog along the water’s edge trails. It helps me to feel better. Maybe my watery self feels safer, more at home.”–Gwen Frankton





Nina MunteanuNina Munteanu is an ecologist, limnologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit for the latest on her books.

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