Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category

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

Blue Zone Rush Hour

February 15, 2015 @ 9:03 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Today before noon it was rush hour in my yard.  Black-oil sunflower seeds, niger thistle seeds and suet were the big attraction.  Everyone was there at once.  I was Blue Zoned out in the warmth of my house and sweater.  Outside it was close to zero Fahrenheit (17 below C) with a brisk breeze.

Chickadees, house finches, juncos, pine siskins, goldfinches, downy woodpeckers, redbreasted woodpecker, cardinal, blue jay, a stray house sparrow, and 3 pesky squirrels, all in 10 minutes.  Our nuthatches and hairy woodpeckers avoid such crowds.

Enjoy the natural world around you.  Enter the Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD

Enjoy the Life Around You

January 11, 2015 @ 5:25 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

The sky is clear blue.  Sun sparkles off the snow covered ground.  It is cold – below zero Fahrenheit.  This is winter in Iowa.

Humans huddle indoors.  Wildlife flourishes around the black oil sunflower seeds, black-niger thistle seeds and suet.  We have invaded and displaced their natural habitat.  We owe them a little help.

Chickadees are a constant.  House finches, juncos, goldfinches, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, and red breasted woodpeckers make their daily appearances.  Squirrels and house sparrows are nuisances.  I have not seen our hairy woodpeckers, pine siskins, or sharp shinned hawk yet this year.

Nature has a sense of humor.  The red-breasted woodpecker industriously take sunflower seeds from the feeder and packs them into hollows in the redbud tree.  Minutes later the downey woodpecker steals them.

Take time to enter the Blue Zones of the natural world around you.  Life is more than the latest video games.

Jay Ginther, MD

Christmas with Grandkids

December 26, 2014 @ 6:48 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Christmas with your grandkids is a blue zone.  So are all family gatherings regardless of season.  We spent the Christmas holiday with extended family.

Read “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner.

Savor the good times.

Jay Ginther, MD