Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category
11th hour, 11th day, 11th month of 1918. Suddenly the shelling stopped. Silence. Peace after more than 4 years of the “War to End All Wars”.
Now we call it Veterans’ Day in honor of those who served in all wars. They put their lives at risk for the sake of their nation. Many came home with wounds that never fully healed, including the nightmares. Some failed to come home at all, except in a box.
I served in the medical corps. I salute those who served on the line. And I thank them for their sacrifice. To all members of the military past and present: Thank you for serving!
Jar Ginther, MD
Sunday, 10 November at 3PM at G-B Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “To Be Certain of the Dawn” by Stephan Paulus is an acknowledgement of Krystalnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust. First Jews, but then Gays, Gypsies, Trade Unionists……and eventually Practicing Christians were marginalized, then eliminated.
On the 75th anniversary of Krystalnacht, WCF Symphony, Met Chorale, Children’s Choirs, and others will perform this cathartic composition, which passes through darkness, despair, and horror to the most difficult Commandment of all: “You Should Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”.
The trees are alive with the colors of autumn. Different colors of maples lead the pack. Ash, beech, birch, poplar (aspen), locust, sumac, hickory, horse chestnut, redbud, and others chime in with differing nuances of texture as well as color.
Savor the world around you. Enter the Blue Zone of leaf-peeping, pumpkins, apples and cider. The Upper Mississippi Valley, where I live, is beautiful. Where I grew up, New England-NY-NJ-PA, is even more spectacular every fall. There is no part of the world without natural beauty. You must take the time to enjoy it.
12 years later I remember 9-11-2001. The vivid proof that the ideals of democracy and personal freedoms are violently opposed by some in the world. The conflict between the ideals of radical Islam and Western democratic ideals is more obvious and widespread today.
My country is far from perfect. There are many things I would change. Yet I firmly believe that “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” We know that human beings are imperfect, but we should strive to do our best.