Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category

Close Encounter of the Planetary Kind

June 29, 2015 @ 7:27 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Venus and Jupiter will be only one degree apart on the 30 June 2015 in the evening sky.  That is the 2 brightest “stars” in the night sky as close as they ever get (conjunction).

Shortly after sunset look for the first “star” well above the western horizon.  Soon a second “star” will appear just to the left.  A small telescope will show Venus to be a crescent and Jupiter to have 4 moons which change position every night.

Connect with Nature.  Enter the Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD

An End to Polio – Within Sight

June 26, 2015 @ 9:58 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

When I was a child, summer was a season to be feared.  Polio virus stalked the world, killing and crippling tens of thousands every year in the USA alone.  FDR was a polio surviver who wore baggy pants to hide his leg braces.

Tropical Africa, Asia, South and Central America were hit the hardest. Virtually every villiage had gimping polio survivers.  Orthopedic surgery in those days was largely treating the disabled victims of polio, making their lives a little less hard.

60 years ago a miracle!  A vaccine.  Many people feared vaccination, but most feared polio more.  Within 20 years polio was a rarity in the USA, but children throughout the rest of the world still fell victim to the killer and crippler of millions.

In 1979 Rotary vaccinated 6 million children in the Phillipines, starting a world-wide campaign to eradicate polio from the entire world.  But how do you do that?  You have to vaccinate EVERY child in the world.  And keep repeating as more children are born.

Blue Zones – Balloons !!!

June 14, 2015 @ 9:50 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

A wonderfull Blue Zones Saturday evening.

We had just finished eating when we heard the whoooosh of a hot-air balloon directly overhead.  There it was, just clearing the trees.  And another behind it, higher up.  And then 2 more drifted by, competing in the My Waterloo Days precision landing event.

21 balloons all together drifted over our house and neighbors.  Many cleared the tall oaks by mere feet as they steered for Byrnes Park.  Nearly an hour of enjoyment.  Light clouds, light breezes, mid-70s, family and friends together.  Blue Zones!

That was evening, and then morning, shortly after sunrise….

Yardwork in the cool of early morning was accompanied by the entire fleet lifting off barely half a mile away.  One by one the balloons rose above the trees.  Some soared high, others skimmed the treetops as they drifted away.

Scattered clouds, a gentle breeze, upper 60s, birdsong, and the distant whoosh of balloons rising.  Tough to be grumpy while transplanting and weeding before showering and starting the day.

Look around you and find your Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD

Blue Zones Spring Break

March 15, 2015 @ 7:53 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

RJ and Gwen are spending Spring Break with Grammy and Papa.  Grandchildren are Blue Zones for us.  Also a challenge: can we tire them out as quickly as they tire us out?

Three days into Spring Break, they have hit many highlights.  They have enjoyed the Phelps Youth Pavillion at the Arts Center and the Imaginarium (Children’s Science Center) at the Grout Museum.  RJ saw a very good “Illusionist” at the Waterloo Rec Center.  Papa could not figure out the stunts either.

RJ and Gwen both drink milk at every meal.  They want to grow strong bones.

Today they and Grammy watched Papa sing in the church choir.  After “second breakfast”, we all set up RJ’s Thomas the Train set he had brought from home.  Gwen helped by repeatedly setting off the noismaker in the crossing guard.

This afternoon RJ attended a Waterloo Blackhawks hockey game with his Uncle Alex.  He liked being close to the ice.

It is barely dark outside and they have crashed.  We are about to too.  Nearly a week of Blue Zones left.

Jay Ginther, MD