Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category

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

Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014 @ 8:47 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Today we are thankful for what we have.  We take time to cherish family and friends.

We tune out the frantic dash of Black Friday Sales.  We reflect on the human values that make life worth living.

We and our world are far from perfect.  But we do have more material wealth than ever before.  We have greater opportunity for advancement than ever before.  The Pursuit of Happiness is available to all.  Catching up with Happiness is as elusive as ever.

Read “The Blue Zones” and “Thrive” by Dan Buettner.  (Use the link to the right.)  Incorporate the traits he observed in those living longer, happier lives.

Pause.  Contemplate.  Realize how blessed we are compared to any time in history.  Give Thanks.

Jay Ginther, MD