Valentine's Day Magic. . .

Red hearts dangle from a classroom ceiling.  Kids huddle over desks covered with cardboard and coloring pens, busy at work making V-Day cards for their mom or a special friend.  Valentine's Day is around the corner and couples the world over are thinking of ways to celebrate their love.  

The origin of Valentine's Day is shrouded in mystery, but legend has it that Saint Valentine sent the first Valentine's card while locked away in prison after trying to help Christians escape the brutal Roman prisons.

Can Weather Affect your Mood?

Bay Area Weather Forecast: Rain, winds on the way next week.  As most of northern California suffers through one of the wettest winters on record, people are asking the question of how exactly does weather impact our mood.  For example, does rain make us sad?  Do cold temperatures lead to depression, hibernation and isolating ourselves from others?  How about the converse, does life seem better on a sunny day?

1. Seasonal Affective Disorder Is A Real Thing

Write your chapter wisely in 2017. . .

"New Year -- a new chapter, new verse or just the same old story?  Ultimately we write it.  The choice is ours"  --Alex Moritt

A New Year brings infinite new possibilities. A clean slate.  A reason to erase past mistakes and start afresh. We all know that resolutions don't always stick. But for a shot at real happiness, try penning a set of personal commandments (an idea borrowed from best-selling author Gretchen Rubin).

I would suggest writing them down and keeping them handy. This may make you laugh, but I have mine scribbled on a post-it note stuck to an ancient, long-expired Bed & Bath coupon. Anytime I'm stuck in traffic, listening to Justin Beiber’s 'Love Yourself' repeat itself for the 4th time in a 60-minute window, I find myself pulling out my handy-dandy list and ruminating on what's important.

Here's my list. . .to help you get started on your own:

  1. More adventures.
  2. More creating.

LOOKING BACK . . .

The memories of my family outings are still a source of strength to me.  I remember we’d all pile into the car – I forget what kind it was – and drive and drive.  I’m not sure where we’d go, but I think there were some trees there.  The smell of something was strong in the air as we played whatever sport we played.  I remember a bigger, older guy we called “Dad.”  We’d eat some stuff, or not, and then I think we went home.  I guess some things never leave you. 

 

-       Saturday Night Live “Deep Thoughts”

There was a time in my 20’s; that was America in the 1990s.

NEVER ANY END TO DELHI. . .

My girlfriend and I have been on a whirlwind trip covering three countries; Spain, London, and a hop, skip and jump to New Delhi, India, where my folks live.  When you go back to your hometown almost every year as I do, how do you keep the visit fresh and novel?  No problem, there. . .Delhi is a vibrant city known for providing visitors exactly what they're looking for.

Nightlife

After partying non-stop in Tenerife and London (think Novikov; Sexy Fish; Annabel’s) we thought we’d hit a road bump when we reached Delhi.  Not so.