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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, August 25, 2016

country n news-beesmarizing


sometimes here at the country n while i am out working
things will happen
that make you pause
to absorb
to take it all in

this seems to happen all the time
this summer eg
a quail landed on our fence
i havent seen a quail around here for 15 years
i know i had heard some this spring
in fact
i used my bob bob white whistle to call them

in fact
i used it on this guy that day
he answered me
he stayed around for several minutes

made living out here all worth it

then yesterday
as i was working to clear off my fence line
i walked up to the fence where the tree
called flame sumac was located
here is what it looks like in the fall
a brilliant red that stands out in the landscape

though the blooms were all out on the tree
as i go closer and closer to the bloom
it sounded like a concert was going on
i took out my iphone and recorded this concert

i stood there for a long time
taking it all in
watching those bees almost in a frenzy
this moment of my personal connection with nature

thank you country n for this moment 
i must say it was
the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

pop the top

this week a friend said meet us at the new house
i would like to drink a bottle of wine to celebrate
the building of the new house

we and another couple met her there
the house is a few miles from the country n
not in some subdivision in town
you have to be wanting to go there
if your car passes by the nearby houses
the neighbors keep an eye on it
people just dont pass through this road

we looked around at the house
talked about its location
the  potential for landscaping etc

we got out the bottle of wine
from a local winery nearby
got out the paper cups to sip it from

wheres the wine opener
oh i think its in the truck
well i usually have one in our car
i thought why would you have one in your car
nope it wasnt there

here we are in nowhere land
with no wine opener
now we live 3 miles away
we got three at our place
a 20-30 minute trip would bring it back

i looked at one of the guys
hes a researcher at a university

lets put on our mcgiver hats i said

you know
i saw this video once where you put the wine
in the heel of your shoe or boot
beat the heel on a post or wall
the cork will come out

we even pulled up the video on line
it was in some language i couldnt recognize
but the video was easy to follow

he looked at me
i looked at him
why not i said
i peeled off the top wrapper
put the wine bottle in my tennis shoes heel
banged it hard against the new post on her porch

i sure hope this wine bottle doesnt break in my hand
that would be fun to explain to the er doctor

the cork barely peaked out the top
bam bam bam i went
harder and harder each time
it barely peaked a little more

i thought to myself
nothing good is going to come of this if i continue this

with a mcgiver look to the researcher
lets think of something else

do you have a screwdriver he said
luckily the electrician had left his there

do we have a screw somewhere

so i found a roofing screw and a sheet rock screw

the researcher with that mcgiver grin
screwed the screw into the cork
leaving a small amount sticking up out of the cork

do you have some pliers he said

he left some here

he grasped the screw with the pliers
pulled and wiggled that screw and cork
kapop the cork came out
he raised the wine bottle
cheers he said
poured each of us some wine
we tapped the paper cups together

to the new homeowner

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

dear ms b-eat what you sow


ms b
what i have found in helping school kids
even high school kids
if you get them to plant veggies in the garden
they will eat them
since they are actively involved in farming the produce
this happened at your gmas school where the high school
kids would dig in the dirt plant the carrots or onions or
tomatoes or swiss chard or spinach or kale
you would see them out in the garden pick off a leaf
eating it

things they would have never eaten before
once when i was helping an elementary group plant their garden
we had spinach and swiss chard that we were planting
most of the kids had never tasted swiss chard
most did not like spinach
when they planted their own spinach and their own swiss chard
i said here taste it
they would pinch off a leave
chew it
i like it they would say
i bet if their mom gave it to them in the kitchen
they would refuse it

so ms b
this summer when we were visiting
your dad and i
worked on a square foot garden for you and your mom and dad
adding compost and fertlizers
planting veggies
watering them in with that seaweed molasses fish emulsion mix
to jump start them

so ms b
in that picture above
your aunt is holding you
you are helping me pour that mixture on the new plantings
two months later
you are eating what you sowed

i saw that picture of you sitting in that wagon
holding that little cherry tomato
actually its a big cherry tomato
chopping on it
all that tomato juice was running down your face
onto your pretty little dress
you seemed so happy
to be eating your first harvest of tomatoes

so heres hoping
that there will be more harvests for you
your own organic tomatoes

indoctrination has begun

the organicgreen doctor