Speak ill of the dead Respectful mourning isn’t a problem, selective mourning is
Mar31

Speak ill of the dead Respectful mourning isn’t a problem, selective mourning is

If one more person tells me to posthumously respect Rob Ford I’m going to lose it. Even if we disregard him lying about smoking crack, he was objectively a bad mayor. He was accused of drinking in his city hall office, verbally and physically abusing his staffers, and frequently missing work. This is a man who said that he felt sympathy for cyclists, but stated that their deaths were “their own fault at the end of the day.” He claimed...

The customer is always wrong Don’t expect employees to bend over backwards for you, dealing with unreasonable demands is not part of our job description
Mar24

The customer is always wrong Don’t expect employees to bend over backwards for you, dealing with unreasonable demands is not part of our job description

When I’m not busy being your friendly neighborhood opinions editor, I work retail. I adore my job. I work at a little independent clothing store selling dresses I love, and working for employers that I respect. As far as sales work goes, it is the best case scenario. However, even in the best of retail environments, there is always one problem: the customers. Despite what you may think, retail and food service jobs are difficult. At...

Turning the colour back on Recovering from an eating disorder has taught me some important lessons about my health and body
Mar17

Turning the colour back on Recovering from an eating disorder has taught me some important lessons about my health and body

Hating your body is NOT normal You do not have to hate yourself. It is not normal, even if it is common. Often, our negative thoughts about ourselves become habits and we don’t even notice how much they have taken over our lives. It is perfectly OK to love your body as it is, or even just to come to terms with it.  Disordered eating is pervasive, and bodily self-hate is everywhere, but it doesn’t have to be. The mantra of “every body...

Soy vey! Soylent is marketed as a shelf-stable meal replacement containing all the nutrition you could ever need. You should be afraid
Mar10

Soy vey! Soylent is marketed as a shelf-stable meal replacement containing all the nutrition you could ever need. You should be afraid

On Saturday I decided I was going to bake bread. Lately I have been buried under my workload, and my time in the kitchen has suffered. As someone who tries her hardest to eat wholesome food, being faced with the prospect of pizza and takeout during my essay writing extravaganza is a personal tragedy. The solution? I was going to do some therapeutic baking. Well — spoilers — my bread was crap. I lacked patience and time. “So much for...

How to create a unique wardrobe
Mar10

How to create a unique wardrobe

Don’t overspend at thrift stores Sometimes we can be enthralled by the mediocre because it is surrounded by the totally uninteresting. Something that works is not the same as something that you will wear regularly. Don’t get overly excited, because those “cheap” finds can add up really quickly. My general rule of thumb for thrifting is that I only buy something if I’ll wear it once for every dollar it costs. If I want that ten-dollar...