Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category
Leonard Katoski Greenbelt bluebells should be at peak on Mother’s Day this year. Already we have quite a spring show. Thousands of spring beauties and all colors of violets are in full bloom. Trout lillies on high ground are out. Tens of thousands of bluebells are blue with pink buds following. A few spring phlox are starting. Take a hike and enjoy.
A mile from Blackhawk Creek, my yard has different soil and wildflowers. Bloodroots are finishing. Rue anemonies are peaking. The grey dogwood is starting. The redbuds are opening. Prairie and Grandiflora trilium are up but not quite open. True and false Soloman seal will come later, as will bellworts, wild ginger, and a host of may-apples. And, of course the daffodils, scilla, crocus, and tulips.
Life is good if you take the time to enjoy it.
Jay Ginther, MD
Yesterday was a Blue Zone Day. I had stayed overnight in Minneapolis after speaking there on Friday. Grandson RJ was waiting for Papa J first thing Saturday morning. We went to the park, where we hunted for pine cones for him to throw, and robins for him to chase on the vacant soccer fields. Then I walked, while he ran, to the playground at the other end of the park. Last year, at only 2, he could do some of the ladders and slides. Now he is king of all ladders and slides!
In nature, green things are springing from the dead earth. Jews celebrate Passover, the rebirth of the Jewish people as a nation instead of laborers in Egypt. Christians celebrate Easter, and Jesus rising from death. Other religions have similar festivals of rebirth and renewal.
“The Blue Zones” and “Thrive” both documented that religious beliefs and practices are associated with longer and happier lives. Whether people focus on Jehovah, God, Christ, Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, or another human explanation of the devine is apparently less important than the fact that they do believe and lead their lives accordingly.