My dad (above) had two stents put into his heart last month. We all sent him our good wishes and prayers and sighed big time when things went smoothly. Interestingly, leading up to the operation, Bo Gia (old Daddy in Vietnamese) emailed me about growing ginseng. He sent photos and directions on how to cultivate it at home, insisting that we could do it in Santa Cruz. I think the thought of cultivating something in the garden helped him take his mind off his health.
Bo Gia recounted how he got hooked on growing ginseng: He has a 96-year-old buddy in Wisconsin who up to a few years ago when he had bypass surgery, used to drive himself from the Great Lakes to California for reunions with my dad and other men of their former military promotion in Vietnam.
The vitality of the man impressed my dad, who queried the gentleman and found out that among his secrets to longevity was growing and eating ginseng. The man gifted my dad seeds years ago, and the roots at below represent three (3!) years of cultivation.