Living in Color 

Autumn is a yearly reminder of the circle of life. In our northern state of Michigan, broadleaf trees and some conifers like the Tamarack are deciduous, which means as opposed to evergreens, their leaves die annually and fall to the ground.

People migrate to the woods on “color tours” to observe brilliant displays of gold and red, to witness, photograph, and otherwise create memories, and to reflect on the seasons of their own lives.

Harvest rites include honey gathering, apple picking, and pumpkin carving.

Garden hoses, lawn mowers, and bicycles go to storage. Somebody turns down the dimmer switch on the day and sunsets occur before the workday ends. Daylight savings drops the curtain of darkness earlier.

Leaf cleanup reminds us that fall has to yield to winter. Emptied of energy, each leaf that had just been dressed in its finest plummets to the earth in a “farewell” swirling glide to the ground.


Covers for Ostomy Bags Keep Out Cold

Winter feels lonely and cold. Indoor sedentary activities rule and the sun is reclusive. Sanity is a bridge between melancholy slow motion and daydreams of a possible flight south. December starts the most difficult season for many in the North. Health issues seem more magnified. Without covers for ostomy bags, they feel cold to the ostomate. Outdoor activities and cardiovascular exercise chase away the blues…

“It is only the farmer that faithfully plants seeds in spring who reaps a harvest in autumn!” B.C. Forbes

In spring, the fallen leaf’s fragile shell becomes fertile dust that cradles the next developing sprout.

Hope your winter is full of good memories of the color season, dreams of seed planting, a cozy StomaCloak, and trips to the gym!

By Dr.Joseph Salisz, MD A Urologist with an ostomy

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