Montclair diet guru to read from latest book

Ed Abramson at home with his new book


Ed Abramson isn’t your everyday diet guru.

Yes, he writes books and gives lectures, talks and advice. But this Montclair psychologist is a regular guy — part couch potato, part gym rat. In fact, sometimes he even has a doughnut after Sunday morning walks with the guys.

What’s his secret to staying healthy? First of all, dump the diet. Continue reading


Oakland Private Investigators launch friendship on the field

HILLS NEWSPAPERS: March 25, 2011

You can learn a lot about trust on a rugby field. It may sound simplistic but it’s the foundation that forged Spencer Elrod Services, a new private investigation partnership in the hills.

Mike Spencer and Jeremy Elrod first met as teammates for the Walnut Creek Gaels in 2000. Elrod had just graduated from Piedmont High and Spencer was a private investigator — a field he got into after leaving the newspaper business for a job as a workers’ compensation investigator in 1994. It didn’t take much time for the two men to recognize that they had each others’ backs. Continue reading

Piedmont author discusses life after Oprah


She’s a daughter and mother and author and wife. Piedmont writer Kelly Corrigan has a schedule that makes you marvel at how it all gets done — yet she makes it work.

Sitting in her gracious Piedmont home looking as relaxed as a woman coming out of a weekend yoga retreat, the author of “Lift” and “The Middle Place” talks about life after Oprah (the full page review that O Magazine did on “The Middle Place” in 2008) and her upcoming benefit for Children’s Hospital: Continue reading

Alameda’s real-life Mr. Sandman aids the sleep-deprived

OAKLAND TRIBUNE: January 21, 2011

It’s been said that a good man is hard to find. But the man of my dreams is more elusive than most. With his bedroom eyes and quiet disposition, he literally sweeps me off my feet. I call him Mr. Sandman.

It turns out I’m not alone. Millions of Americans are looking for a restful night’s sleep. But the good news is there’s a hotbed of local research that can help. Continue reading

A little bit of country comes to Oakland

HILLS NEWSPAPERS: January 14, 2011

The three guitars resting on her living room couch tell the story. “These are the girls” says Oakland hills singer/songwriter Caren Armstrong — each instrument poised to be played by an artist who can make the strings sing.

Mention the name to any local guitarist and you’ll find Armstrong has a big following. The free-spirited redhead with hair the color of warm cherry wood teaches as many as 25 lessons a week in her cozy hills apartment and is a regular in acoustic clubs around the Bay. But her monthly songwriter’s showcase may well be her signature event. Continue reading

Boy plays piano to help children around the world

OAKLAND TRIBUNE: January 6, 2011

For many kids, playing the piano is a rite of passage that ranks somewhere between breaking a bone and getting braces. But for 13-year-old Omar Abdul-Rahim, the piano holds the key to helping other children.

On Sunday, this eighth-grader at Corpus Christi School in Piedmont will play a benefit concert for the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, a hospice for terminally ill children. It’s his second fundraising performance in a year, and it underscores how even a child can make an important contribution in the world.

Omar’s epiphany came after hearing a speaker in church make a plea for donations for children living in the slums of Calcutta. After Mass, he went up to the representative and said, “I don’t have any money, but I can play the piano.” Continue reading

The Six Questions

OAKLAND MAGAZINE: January/February 2011

Who: Terry Sendgraff, 77, Oakland

What: She’s a retired performer who pioneered a type of aerial dance called Motivity using trapeze bars, hoops, harnesses and slings. She’s also the founder of the first women’s trapeze dancing troupe in the nation, Fly By Nite, and the first women’s stilting troupe called Women Walking Tall. Continue reading