Tromping in Tokyo Humidity

Hey y’all- After a loooong hiatus, I’m back to blogging. Since I last posted from a far-away country, a lot has changed: I’ve begun a career in Corporate Finance at the fabulous Salesforce and packed my bags and cat to move to San Francisco. Flash forward a year and some change after the move and…

Silicon Valley’s hottest new career: the Chief Revenue Officer

Authored by yours truly and originally posted on accompany.com (March 15, 2017) Chief revenue officers’ popularity with SaaS companies in Silicon Valley is quickly catapulting the position into mainstream corporate culture. This growth oriented role emerged thanks to a rising need (especially in hyper-growth environments) to center anything to do with revenue on one superhero:…

Solnit’s Blue of Distance

I’m reading about getting lost right now, and it makes me yearn to break apart, to be recreated, to be reborn. There’s this constant push and pull in the air, and it is a state of shifting molecules; the weft and the weave of the world drifts apart. These are sparse but prolonged moments I’ve…

The Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennial

originally published on Spoon & Tamago This year marks the 60th anniversary of Japan’s presence at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennial. The Venice Architecture Biennial, curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, is organised into themed pavilions from around the world. The Japan Pavilion drew a bustling and curious crowd, including the attention of the President…

Chortling New Mexico

Hi everyone- its been quite a while since I last posted. Why? Well, I’ve been off the grid in New Mexico on a 25 acre property, courtesy of the Anagram Artist Retreat near Gila National Forest, kitty corner to a little town called Glenwood (where we 9 artists stocked up on internet, library books, and…

Roma in Auschwitz

“The genocide of the Sinti and the Roma was carried out from the same motive of racial mania, with the same premeditation, with the same wish for the systematic and total extermination as the genocide of the Jews. Complete families from the very young to the very old were systematically murdered within the entire sphere of influence of the National Socialists.” -Roman Herzog, Federal President of Germany, 16 March 1997

Part Two: Grandfather’s Story

Before the war I was an avid hunter. An incident after I got home changed that. I was standing pressed against a tree with my 30-30 rifle hanging from my right hand. It was fall and the first day of deer hunting season. It was my first hunt. It was a beautiful day. The fall…

Grandpa’s Story

My grandfather Dave Freda is an incredibly strong human being who has led an inspirational life despite hardship and war. At 87 years old, he is currently recuperating from chemo and throat cancer in a nursing home in Portland, Oregon. This is part of his story.

The Fredas Go to the Painted Hills

This weekend, for the first time ever, some of the Freda family cousins went on a road trip. Joey is visiting from Florida, where he is training in the Navy, so we leapt on the chance to get together for a summer adventure. Representing three different branches of the Freda family, Wyatt, Karen, Joey and…

it is him again

how how does he navigate between who he once was, who he now is, who he will become, who he wants to be there is ketchup between his thighs a black mood beset him at 11:30 and he drove to the mcdonalds on powells sat in the parking lot, car with the lights on, staring into the black windshield, enjoying the…

A semblance of artistry

Dear lovelies,   I write I write and the harp strums It is an other way of thinking I’ll all about criticising societal norms these days My knee proves it. After I fell, I felt and wept emotions down my face beside the trashbin. Downtown Portland: interim home. The skin blisters anew on my knee, a…