Salsa, Tortillas, Dulce de Leche, and now Hugs

Read how Latin hugs are moving into the American business culture.


Published in: on October 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Moving this blog

Update 2013 – SInce Posterous is no longer a platform, I’ve moved to  The blog is still at (although I must say I haven’t been active for a long time).  I’ve started a new wordpress blog which will focus on qualitative research techniques in market research. The blog is in its infancy but I plan to populate it with lots of stuff.  Check it out at if you are into MR or qualitative research techniques.

2011 – Moving to Posterous platform.  See the blog at

Published in: on August 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

The comfort of dogs

This past week my dog, who already has health issues, was diagnosed with non-malignant skin cancer.  It was a “good” diagnosis because non-malignant cancer is better than the malignant kind.  It was also good news to hear that the cancer is localized to the tumor and has not spread to the bone (that would really suck).

While my dog being sick is a horrible thing, it made me think of all the years he has been in our family.  My wife and I have had him longer than we have had our kids and a few months short of the time we have been married.  Our dog has shared our pain and our happiness, our joy and our sorrow. He had shared the birth of our children and the purchase of our house.  He undoubtably has helped make our house our home. He has been our companion in times of loneliness and sorrow as well as shared the happy times we spend with friends and family.

I specifically remember having to go out and walk the dogs (yea, I have 2 of them) on the days following 9/11.  This was before we had kids and I recall enjoying these walks even more than usual.  The dogs provided a sense of normalcy during those restless days in NYC.  It was a potent form of therapy that helped me cope with the events.  The beauty of dogs is that they seem to sense when us humans need a little extra love.  Their calmness and tenderness can go a long way; maybe that is why they are so often used in therapies.

Like many dog owners do, I regularly take my dogs for granted.  Sometimes it take an illness to see the true meaning of things, but it is these ordinary things in daily life, like my dog napping by my feet, that makes life worth living.

Thanks for reading.

Picture of my dogs on flickr


Published in: on April 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pizza, the park and spring in NYC

It has been a tough beginning to spring in New York City.  The temperature is cold and rainy; there is even a chance of flurries for tomorrow (April 1st).  A few weeks back, still in winter, we had a week of just beautiful weather- mid 60’s, clear skies, sunny.  I am not one of those that usually takes a full lunch hour during work, but on that Friday, the yearning for spring made me take a walk during my lunch hour.   I walk over to Eataly and got myself some focaccia pizza.  Not being able to find a seat in Eataly, I crossed the street to Madison Square Park and found a spot on a bench and sat down.

The park was jumping.  You would have thought it was a summer’s day.  The dog run was full and the benches were packed.  The line at the Shake Shack was as long as it would normally be in the summer.  There was Frisbee playing, breast feeding, lunch hour gossiping and three people doing Tai Chi.  I opened my bag and slowly enjoyed my pizza and enjoyed one of the best NYC past times – people watching.  Being a fast eater by nature, I recall consciously eating slow and enjoying the moment.  This is NYC at it’s best, good street eating food and good parks to eat it in while you watch people go about their day.  The people you watch are both mundane and fascinating at the same time.  It is one of those ordinary things in daily life that makes life so wonderful.

Eataly Go to the bakery or the focaccia area

Madison Square Park A spot near the Shake Shack by the sand is a great people watching spot

Shake Shack Yea hard to comprehend the wait but you just have to try it.

Published in: on March 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Time to get this going

After a long hiatus, I am giving this another try.  Additionally I am on twitter and on tumblr  You can also see many of the same posts at

Published in: on October 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nothing going on here folks

Right now and for the foreseeable future I will not be writing on this blog.  You can see what I am up to on:



Published in: on December 10, 2009 at 11:52 pm  Leave a Comment