corpus et animam meam
I started doing market research when I was 8. Once I invested in Yahoo! in the fake stock market that year and became an early adopter of that technology in the 5th grade, I transitioned into doing internet research primarily on clinical psychology, music, and marketing trends in the emerging pre-teen girl U.S. demographic. In middle school I spent each summer reading the classics, as well as contemporary existential and feminist philosophy. I also read part of Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Dante’s Divine Comedy. In high school I read several of Shakespeare’s greatest works, cover to cover, as a favorite pass-time when I wasn’t studying film and writing poetry that I was often recognized for by broad communities. At that time I simultaneously taught underrepresented African American children how to read and taught art to elderly women living in a rest home in Vallejo, CA.
My intimate understanding and devotion for those who are unseen derives from my close relationship to my grandmother who helped to raise me. My grandmother was relocated to the US by her family and made to endure back breaking farm labor – she ended up in California to pick grapes and cotton. This was at a time before a law was passed that prevented garden hoes from being under a certain length and work done with them prior to that could be considered slave labor. I cannot count related stories to this on one hand.
I was baptized catholic and feel close to my grandmother’s preservation of traditional values in our Latino culture. At 4 I practiced Native American sweat lodge, at 13 Buddhist Meditation, by 16 began doing Yoga, by 19 began a cultural conversion to Judaism, and became a devoted Yogi by 24. I am all of those, still.
This is all a sum of my mind, spirit, and soul.