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How to Lose a Customer in Ten Minutes

4 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

Until very recently, I was a very loyal ATT customer. I took my membership across multiple moves, I used ATT for both phone and internet services, and I used the company as my primary telecommunications service provider for over fifteen years. If ...

How Hipsters are Like Christopher Columbus

3 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

It might seem odd to compare a constantly-mocked social group with a 15th century ‘explorer,’ but the similarities are closer than you think: Both seemed to specialise in charging rampantly into territories they boldly claimed were ...

Attacking People for Femininity is Sexist

2 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

Taylor Swift appears to be a controversial figure on many axes; in terms of her music, her feminism, her very person. I think my Taylor Swift Position, were I forced to adopt one, is neutral; I like some of her music, I think she’s probably a ...

In the garden: Where’s my rain?

1 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

Personally, I’m all for lovely weather, which is a good thing, because we had a lot of it in February. Despite a storm early in the month that was brisk enough to knock out the power for a few days, most of February looked like someone had ...

Chocolate Shortages and Food Shortages

26 February, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier this year, I noted that due to monocropping, climate change, and political factors, we are facing a chocolate shortage. The much-beloved dessert (and sometimes savory, depending on the context) item is facing the chopping block, leading to ...

The Way We Mourn Now

25 February, 2015 // 0 Comments

A friend of mine died late last year. I’m not telling you this because I want your expressions of sympathy, but more as a statement of fact: She was alive, and now she is dead. She died because she had cancer and it metastasized and she chose ...

Caring for Our Elders with Respect

24 February, 2015 // 0 Comments

The state of elder care in this country is reprehensible. Like people with complex medical needs, our elders are locked away in grim institutions, treated like so much luggage to be held until its convenient to pick them up, rather than like the ...

When to Talk and When to Listen

23 February, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the most difficult things for me to balance as someone who wants to work in solidarity with communities I don’t belong to is when to speak, and when to listen. It’s a challenging tightrope act, and it’s one that I, along ...
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