“Under the banner of diversity, racialized people are told to bring ourselves and our perspectives. But, if we bring too much of them, we get held back.”
Mental health care is pricey and inaccessible. Online astrology is rising to take its place.
“Non-Natives like to think that the Mayflower had Wi-Fi, that the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María brought with them consumer goods, Facebook, and nuclear medicine. In reality, they brought very little from Europe that Natives wanted beyond weapons and metalwork.”
Canada is a leading exporter of maple syrup, oil, and bacon. Wine? Not so much. A French transplant in British Columbia is trying to change that.
“There have literally been screaming matches and fist fights over parking spots,” she says. “It can be like a shopping mall at Christmas.”
“The World Wide Web hasn’t felt this supportive since it was invented. Why did it take a pandemic?”
“Barely five feet two inches tall and wearing a too-big dress shirt and braces, I looked more like a Catholic schoolchild lost on a field trip than the newest employee of Lovecraft sex shop.”
Digital convenience is beating out the store, but “What we keep losing are those social relationships that we built on food being so central. And, if we’re not building those connections, then we’re losing a part of being human.”
A network of amateur programmers is transforming the illness with a DIY app.