Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend Grandparenting

Karen and I took care of our two granddaughters from last Thursday until Sunday evening.  We stayed at my daughter's home in Salmon Creek.  We talked, played, and entertained ourselves for many hours.  We attended two soccer games.  It was an enjoyable experience.  

Doing Yang style Tai Chi, qigong, and yoga indoors because of the steady rain.  Such Taiji activity requires some readjustment in the form work, but that also makes it more interesting in some ways.  I did not feel strong enough to go to the workshop on Wuji this past weekend. 

I read a fascinating book this weekend about the the history of the medical, pharmacological and technological improvements in the treatment of heart disease in the last 100 years.  "The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives."  This book was written by the renowned cardiologist, Dr. James S. Forrester.  (St. Martin's Press, 2015, 388 pages)  The individuals and teams of innovators, their dedication and creativity, their risk taking, and their hope to improve the lives of their patients are interwoven with the advances in medical science during this period.  Biographical insights into the personal lives of these creative physicians, bio-tech researchers, and scientists was very revealing.  

Personally, my advancing heart disease was likely slowed by the innovations and inventions of these great men and women: diagnostic methods, drugs, angioplasty, pacemaker, stents, etc.  

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