Hugs

When is the last time you hugged someone? Earlier this week, I read about a study conducted at the University of North Carolina that found that people who hug are more likely to experience reduced anxiety and increased bond strengthening. It’s recommended that couples should engage in 20-second hugs. My wife and I hug several …

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and Clyde

Years before “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day” was a thing, my dad took me to work with him during the summers, beginning when I was 11. Back then, my dad’s office was on the second floor of the old City Hall in north San Jose. I still remember walking into the room …

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Ride Sharing

If the numbers 22, 70, 71, 81, or 63 don’t mean anything to you, my guess is that you probably haven’t spent any, or much time on our local buses, like I have. Today I rode the 27, 64, and 81. When I was 15 years old, I caught bus 63 at 6:45 a.m., and …

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Ed Corney

While some believe that Mr. Universe is the top honor in the sport of bodybuilding, the winner of Mr. Olympia is generally recognized as the world’s top male professional bodybuilder. Schwarzenegger retired with seven Mr. Olympia titles. During my freshman at Branham High School, the film that would become Schwarzenegger’s first box office hit, Conan …

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First Born

Twenty one years ago I took the longest walk of my life — carrying with me a baby girl whom I could not take my eyes off of. (Back then, hospitals allowed you to carry a newborn to the maternity ward.) Heel. Toe. Heel. Toe. Heel. Toe. Don’t slip. Don’t fall — is all I …

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3.0

Running sucks.So why do it? Well, because as Ultra-marathon Man, Dan Karnazes, says, “There is magic in misery.” No, not the Kathy Bates wielding a sledgehammer type of misery. More like the misery you feel when your legs are cursing you for bringing them out … again! My love affair with distance running began when I …

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Chew On This!

Chewing gum burns fat! Wait! Before you check your purse, pockets, or run to the store, here’s something to chew on: People have been chewing gum for over 5,000 years (not the same pieces). Aztecs and Mayans chewed gum. Chiclets has been around since 1869! Gum is not sold at Disneyland parks. And gum is …

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Gone Girl

If my wife went missing, the first place I’d look is at the Target near our house in Santa Clara. The second place I’d look is at the Target on Coleman in San Jose. She and I recently went on a date to see Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck. (Thankfully it wasn’t our first date, otherwise my …

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Chiclets

Would you buy gum from this girl? I suspect the answer is yes. Because my wife doesn’t speak Spanish, when we visit Mexico she habitually nudges me to ask vendors how much items cost–even when I’ve equipped her with two simple words: Cuanto cuesta? But when it comes to these kids, she neither nudges nor …

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