INNOCENCE: LOST AND FOUND

My oldest daughter Lena is 19 months now.  She goes to a very nice day care three times a week and she loves it. The advantage of day care is she has developed social skills and is learning words which we may not have thought of teaching her.  The disadvantage of day care is that…

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA

Where will US healthcare be in 20 years? I know, the title sounds very serious and imposing, but in reality, it is one person’s opinion…mine.  However, I would like you to file this blog somewhere and re-read it in 20-30 years and see if I am right!  Now that the election is over, here are…

HAPPINESS IN A FISH BOWL

A few weeks ago, I was listening to KCRW (89.9 FM) during their excellent 10-12 Sunday morning programming and an expert on happiness was talking about the secret to being happy.  In a nutshell, to be happy, he said, it is essential to have modest and realistic expectations. Almost all experts on this topic agree…

THE MOTH

As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I am a big fan of KCRW (89.9 FM) radio.  They have great programming from 10-12 on most Sundays.  One of these programs is called The Moth Radio Hour.  In this program, people (both famous and non-famous) go on stage and talk about an event which has…

FATHERHOOD-ROUND TWO

My second daughter, Shylee, is now more than one month old, and I am glad to say things are a bit smoother than my first round as a father! Unfortunately, Shylee is just like her older sister Lena.  She is colicky and wakes up every hour or so at night.  She makes noises which sound…

BEETHOVEN’S 10TH “THE ANGRY” SYMPHONY

Those of you even faintly familiar with classical music know Beethoven wrote only (only!) nine symphonies.  I hope the title makes sense as you read on. As of have grown older and more mature, I have found a new interest in Jazz and classical music. As an intermediate-early advanced classical guitar player, I have always…

THE PRIDE AND SHAME OF BEING A HUMAN

I meant to write this blog right after the Olympics opening ceremony, but was busy with life and work.  I apologize for the delay. I was on call on the day of the opening ceremony, and had to go to the hospital to repair a complex laceration on a patient’s leg. I was fortunate to…

BIGSBY March 18,2008-July 14, 2012

No, our dog Bigsby (pronounced Bigzbee) did not pass away on July 14th. This is the day we gave him away. This is the story of Bigsby. My wife, a previous dog owner and lover, always visited Russo’s Pet Store in Fashion Island when we went there and we both played with puppies for a…