Archive for ‘Health’

November 5, 2006

“Green tea are good! Enjoy!”

The first time I heard these words Dr. Yun Chun Chiang had just finished demonstrating the art of brewing tea during a break in the Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong class that I was taking from his wife, Professor Hui Lui. Dr. Chiang had learned English in his 40’s, and his idiosyncratic grammar served as a kind of poetic emphasis to what he was saying. Drinking the tea and these words started me down the path of tea and, as it turned out, an appreciation of Chinese art and poetry as well.

With the popularization of all things herbal, the use of green tea itself or as an ingredient in drinks, supplements, cosmetics, etc is increasingly widespread. Finding good tea, though, is not easy.

So I offer this recommendation. To learn, perhaps learn more, about tea from a traditional perspective and for a source of high quality tea, explore Teance, founded by one of Sifu Chiang’s long time Tai Chi students.

“Green tea are good! Enjoy!”

October 8, 2006

Social intelligence

We are connected in many ways. Now, Daniel Goleman, the author of Emotional Intelligence, tells us in his new book, Social Intelligence, that we are wired to connect.

Neuroscience has discovered that our brain’s very design makes it sociable, inexorably drawn into an intimate brain-to-brain linkup whenever we engage with another person. That neural bridge lets us impact the brains and so the body of everyone we interact with, just as they do us.

Listen to an interview about the book with Goleman on KQED’s forum with Michael Krasny.

It debuted at number 13 this week on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s not a stretch to predict it will be an extraordinarily influential work.

August 12, 2006


Where I used to run for an hour a day, now I walk. Here’s the best book I’ve found on walking as exercise. Not racewalking, but aerobic walking. I’ve looked at / read several over the years. I find this to be the single best book on the single best (so some would say) exercise.

Walking: A Complete Guide to the Complete Exercise by Casey Meyers