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”.
Friday is the Go Red For Women in Waterloo, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Heart Disease is now recognized as a major health issue for women, as well as men. Prevention of heart attacks and strokes gets a lot of attention. Breast cancer is also well recognized. These are worthy causes, but…..
Fractures from Osteoporosis are twice as common in women as heart attacks. Fractures are more common than heart attacks, breast cancers and strokes combined. More women die from complications after hip fracture than die from heart attacks. This is also a big deal, but Osteoporosis gets no respect.
Aunt Henrietta looked like half a raccoon with her entire left eye blackened. She dismissed her looks as not a problem saying, “I fall all the time, but I don’t break anything.” This is a change on both counts. Five years ago, falls were infrequent. Even so, she broke one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder.
Two wrists, one shoulder, and half a dozen vertebral fragility fractures indicated Very Severe Osteoporosis. That was before she took the Anabolic, Forteo, for 2 years. She was the ideal patient for serious measures to stop her fractures. And it has worked!!
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.