The ghost of my father lives in Silicon Valley

[Father's Day, 2015.  I added a few thoughts at the end.] Father's Day.  A time to reflect on my Dad and the three years since he passed. You can read about that here. About a year ago, I relocated from Prague to Silicon Valley.  One warm sunny afternoon, I was in the backyard chipping some golfs … Continue reading The ghost of my father lives in Silicon Valley

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Food is Travel, Travel is Food (part two in Tokyo)

Japan has been weighing on my mind lately for obvious reasons.  So why not write about Japan in Part Two of this series of posts? Before I go there, I have to confess.  After writing the first post of this series, my wife asked me, "What about my cooking?  Don't I rate in your memories … Continue reading Food is Travel, Travel is Food (part two in Tokyo)

A silver lining to the Japan earthquake?

My heart is heavy over the destruction and loss of life in Japan following the earthquake;  Japan is one of my favorite places on earth. However, there might be a (small) silver lining in the face of such bad news.  The massive capital expenditures required to re-build the country may help Japan reinvigorate economic growth … Continue reading A silver lining to the Japan earthquake?

Food is Travel, Travel is Food (part one)

To me, food is perhaps the most significant manifestation of a culture.  What else has the potential to express a culture's values three times a day, every day? And the consumption of food is highly ritualistic, an integral part of defining how families interact, how business is done, how communities function. To test my assumption, I thought … Continue reading Food is Travel, Travel is Food (part one)

The Christmas that was – then wasn’t – then was

Beyond the need to vent about the experience my family and I just had, I suppose I write this in empathy for the thousands of other families who suffered a similar fate this week. Of course, I'm writing about the epic failure of the European airline system, and the untold numbers of families who weren't … Continue reading The Christmas that was – then wasn’t – then was

San Francisco days and the “failure stigma”

I just wrapped up a week-long trip to Silicon Valley.  Despite traveling here probably 70 times or more over the years, I always feel the special energy of the place.  And it energizes me in turn. Lots has been written about Silicon Valley's culture of innovation and the appreciation of good ideas and smart people.  … Continue reading San Francisco days and the “failure stigma”

Awkward times at the RSA Conference

I was at the RSA Conference in London this week.  As a recently-departed employee of the company that hosts the conference, it was a bit awkward.  On the one hand, these people were my colleagues and friends.  It was great to see them and have a beer. On the other hand, both I and they … Continue reading Awkward times at the RSA Conference