Sunday, May 10, 2009


We took the short drive to the Davis, California, yesterday morning to visit the annual Whole Earth Festival held on the quad at the University of California. I love festivals: the people (mostly young), the colors, the music, the movement, the food. I come away smiling and energized.

Check out the roaming "Free Hugs" guy. Odel got a good hug from him, then I put away the camera and got one, too. :) He stayed very busy, walking all over the quad lawn and giving hugs.

I know that hugs are good for you, and when I got home, I googled, looking for research on the health benefits of hugging. Guess what I found? The Free Hugs Guy is part of a world-wide movement. I found this interesting, touching, inspiring video on YouTube about the guy who started it, Juan Mann (click here to visit the Free Hugs website and learn Juan's story). Take a look - and be sure to give out several hugs today (and everyday).

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