Dear Abby

In our hotel lobby in Mexico, while my wife and I were deciding our next move, I said something like, “It’s fun to people-watch in places like this.” She agreed and added that the likelihood of running into any of those people is just about as remote as running into people who live near us, …

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The Good Doctor

In the summer of 2008 I received an urgent call from my dad. He said that he had just gotten back from seeing a doctor, and he urged me to go see him, too. Before I could ask why, I got the news: “Dr. Hyatt is retiring, and is moving out of the area, so …

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I Got a Name

I ain’t gonna lie, I hadn’t heard of Nipsey Hussle until he was shot and killed in Crenshaw. Since his passing, I’ve watched a few videos and interviews on YouTube. And like so many others, I learned how much he meant to so many people – inside and outside of his community. Nipsey was a …

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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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Yo Jay!

Today I caught up with an old friend from high school, Jay Castro. He and I talked about kids, family and career. It’s the longest conversation I’ve had with him since 1985. Back in those days, we were conjugating verbs in high school Spanish class. Outside of class, we were casual friends, greeting each other …

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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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