That Fabulous Snow

Hail Brave Hearts

It’s an awesome day in wonderland.  The winter snow is fresh and soft, calling us to our great outdoors.  Adventure again, into the wilderness, for a day or two of winter play, winter fun and the joy of the playground of white.  Sliding skis push us past the open potholes of water.  We squeeze along narrow snow bridges that keep us out of the drink.  Along, along to a fine destination of winter backcountry fun in an isolated, remote chalet, ours for a couple of days.

The pristine great wild, in it’s outstanding winter splendor, welcomes us to fresh snow and warm winter temperatures.   A balmy -5 in mid January is a bit too warm for this time of year, but we welcome the change from the deep chill.  It’s selfish though.  Those days of -30 kill off overwintering bugs and larvae that ruin the forest and the forest itself is part of this great adventure.

We have the good fortune of seeing a female moose and her calf, three ptarmigan in winter white plumage and dippers flying under the snow bridges along the river.  We feel blessed.  Blessed for a Canadian holiday in one of our wild, protected places and blessed for the foresight of mountain pioneers who loved to roam the snowy slopes and who placed a fine chalet in it’s midst for our safety and enjoyment.  This is rare and the historical archives serve us well, in keeping these small huts open.

The day is warm and sunny and sun tanning in snow pits is an eternal joy.  The fabulous white blanket  covers the land and we happily try our best ski moves in this fun filled adventure.  Never too old, never too tired.  Die hards are we, and we relish the good fortune of years of practice for these special moments in these special places. Luckily, someone else has the responsibility for the maintenance of these isolated huts.  Tucked away in hard to find places, obscure locations that are hard to find, the upkeep is a chore but the reward for us is fantastic!

We meet other enthusiasts, heading up into the high powder bowls for a day of ski touring   Perfection!  Winter at it’s best.

This is the winter that we long for, the winter that we crave.  So many sports, so much activity, so many ways to enjoy a beautiful winter’s day.  The bright, shiny, clean snow.  The marvelous wildlife, the fun filled sports and enthusiastic company of humans who live to enjoy this annual promise of snow.   But with this unusual warm spell, brings another environmental concern, global warming.  It’s only -5 today in January.  An unheard of mild winter warm spell that lets us play for hours outdoors is also an unfortunate detriment to our winter wonderland.  The play is fabulous, but the winter won’t last during warm temperatures like this and rain will arrive sooner to wash it all away.

What is Climate Change? Crash Course Geography #14 – YouTube

Take the precautions to save us, oh great human.  There is still time.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

 

Medicine the Marvelous

Hail Brave Hearts

To the magnificent almighty man, whose mind and aptitude cures us in times of dire despair.  Heal us, oh masters of medicine, of cures, of health.  Heal us of a disease so rampant it’s world wide.

UNESCO abounds in Earthly wonder, either planetary marvels or the brilliance of human education.  Technology and engineering bring us great feats of structure worthy of awesome praise.  Their skills and the magnificent of creative works last for eons on the planet.  These marvels tell of the might of the mind of human existence throughout history.  Fabulous human with magnificent monuments to exult the glory of Gods and kings.  Masters of architecture and engineering to carve palaces, roads and habitations from rock and to erect statues and buildings to last forever.  Praises to the minds of mathematicians and builders who construct fantastic premises and fortresses, many of which are impossible to replicate today.  Fabulous human, who carves a history of wonder and splendor into the fabric of the Earth.

These are the exalted ones, the famed.  Their lives lived for the everlasting brilliance of their age.  People who ensured that their societies would live forever in the miraculous wonder of their feats of engineering.  People who devoted their existence to art, governance, construction, even agriculture, are all praised for their contribution to the legacy of brilliant mankind on this earth. These are the masterminds of creative wonder, who are remembered forever.

But now, in our times of trouble, we look into the minds of the healers, for a solution to our despair.  In our time of dire need, when plagues erase communities, when viruses raise the death toll to the thousands, when disease runs rampant throughout society, now we look to medicine to be the praised almighty ones who have the cure.

 

“Importance of immunization

Immunization is one of the most important public health measures used to protect the health of Albertans. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions.

Immunization helps your body to build immunity, or resistance, against certain diseases before you are exposed to those diseases. Vaccines are used for immunization.

Vaccines are very important to public health and their use has significantly contributed to the prevention and control of infectious diseases.”

 

Virus and flu needs to be controlled.  Our good fortune lies in the persistence to find a cure. Vaccines are commonplace, to resolve the spread of deadly disease.  Be safe, be healthy, take the vaccine.  Common childhood illnesses vanish with the presence of a dosage of a vaccine which prevents the dangerous disease form infecting the body.  A small prick of a needle, for a lifetime of cure.  Thousands of hours of research for this small dose of wellness, that will save you for the rest of your life.  Praises to the healers who are so overlooked, as we admire the temples of the great, the  magnificent marvels of construction to feast our eyes upon.

At earthly levels we beg to stop the pain, the ravages of disease, the poverty that overwhelms us as our bodies cripple, and our minds depart.  When we are well and healthy, medicine vanishes to nutrition, proper diet, the food supply, exercise and general health and well being.  The focus is on being well, being in charge of your life, your vitality, your success.

When we are ill, the focus is on healing.  Now all around us, is the potential for disaster.  A disease so deadly it’s called a pandemic.  Our natural defenses may not be enough.  The transmission levels are high, the death toll rises, a vaccine is needed, demanded, called for.  A year in the making and still so slowly, the vaccine is being dolled out carefully.  But it’s there.  Finally the dose of cure, the medicinal marvel to overcome your weaknesses is here.  At last, at long last, we will be saved.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario

Written by Dr. Louise Hayes

January 26, 2021