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Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category

Fireflies are a Blue Zones Memory

June 15, 2020 @ 10:08 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Fireflies are back!!  That part of the world is old normal.

All 4 grandkids are in California and we are in Iowa and will not be seeing each other in June as we have in the past.  I’ll miss helping the younger ones carefully catching fireflies.

The upside is that with much less busy lives all around, we have used FaceTime and Zoom at least weekly with both pairs of grandkids.  That’s a new normal Grammy and I like.

Jay Ginther, MD

NOF Tip for 18 May – Happiness is a Choice

May 18, 2020 @ 6:51 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Getting old is not for wimps.  We have little choice about getting older.  Life happens.  However we do have a choice in how we age.  Happiness is a choice we can make.

Choosing happiness improves our health, including our bone health, and extends our lifespan.

NOF has posted an interview with John Leland, author of “Happiness Is A Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old”.  Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts at

I heard John Leland speak at NOF and I read his book.  Time well spent.

Jay Ginther, MD

Bluebells at Katoski Greenbelt 2020

April 28, 2020 @ 10:40 am
posted by Dr Ginther

The parking lot on the south side of Ridgeway just east of Blackhawk Creek is fairly empty due to Covid guidelines.  Social distancing is easy on the more than mile long trails through the woodlands.

Spring Beauties are everywhere this early.  Virginia Bluebells are nearing their peak of tens of thousands of blooms.  Trout lilies are at peak although less common.  Blue, white and yellow violets and buttercups are blooming as well.  False Soloman seal are just starting to bud.

Katoski Greenbelt is a springtime Blue Zone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Spring Wildflower “Blue Zone”

April 21, 2020 @ 8:37 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Over age 70, I am sheltering at home until enough patients come to the office that I am needed.  I am fortunate to live in Iowa where I can freely wander in my backyard and practice social distancing while walking our much quieter streets.

Spring wildflowers have started blooming, oblivious to Covid-19.  Scylla, various daffodils, blood root are in full bloom.  Dutchman’s breeches and rue anemone are starting to open.  Huge hardy amaryllis leaves foretell a bumper crop of “naked ladies” this summer.

I walk in a “Blue Zone” amid spring wildflowers.  Read The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner.

Jay Ginther, MD