Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category
All three kids were home this weekend along with both grandkids. That put us in a Blue Zone.
One year old Gwen was showing off that she can walk by herself – especially when she had an audience to cheer her on. Three weeks ago she could manage only a few steps at a time. Now she can walk across a room. Amazing difference! Until you realize that she took 5% of her lifetime to learn that new trick.
Almost 4 year old RJ is a perpetual motion machine. Saturday he went out with his uncles (both starting sweepers in high school) and came home with a complete soccer outfit for his classes starting Monday. He tore around the yard with them kicking the ball ahead of him. Under duress he took off the cletes and shin guards for bed. More running at the family picnic today with his cousins. He is sleeping in the car heading back to MN in the entire outfit. Good thing his car seat is in the back and downwind.
Engagement party last evening, for son Greg and his fiance Erika, gave them the opportunity to see our friends who knew him in HS. He is certainly not a kid any more. In fact he and his siblings are all in their thirties. When did I get old enough to have kids that old?
Family is a Blue Zone.
Jay Ginther, MD
July 4th 1776 saw the publication of a Declaration of Independence from the Britain, written and approved by radical idealists in Philadelphia. The ideas and ideals expressed were revolutionary then, and still are today.
Each human being is endowed with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of individual success. Those rights come not from King, or Parliament, or President, or Congress. Those rights come from the Creator and are an essential fact of human existence. Incredible!
The freedoms and privileges we take for granted have not been free. Our fellow citizens who have served in the military have paid a price. Some lost their lives. Some were maimed. Some acquired nightmares that last forever. Their families also paid and still pay.
Today we remember those we sent to war. We asked and they went. In my day, many of us were encouraged by the draft. Today we rely on a few dedicated volunteers. We (through our elected officials) still ask, and those serving us in the military still go.
To all who have served, living and dead, Thank You For Serving.
Jay Ginther, MD
Katoski has added Yellow Bellworts, White Toothworts, a few Buttercups, and of course more Bluebells. At home the Prairie Trilliums are fully open, as are our Toothworts, Bellworts, and Jacob’s Ladder is almost there.
Green Scene has been active in Waterloo – Cedar Falls for 3 decades. Originally dedicated to planting more trees in public parks and along streets that had lost elms, it continues to encourage plantings everywhere. The major fundraiser is the sale of donated plants of all sorts this weekend.