The entire industry has a reckoning coming

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Photo by Anna Dziubinska on Unsplash

I’ve been working in customer service since I was 16 years old- starting at a fast food restaurant (as most do), I then worked in retail through and out of school, first as a shift lead at a photography store that went out of business, then at a museum boutique, and finally at a large chain bookstore.

In many ways, I enjoyed it. I liked how many different types of people I met, I liked creating visual displays, I liked the challenge of matching people with what they were looking for, I liked the quick math of it, and I…

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1. Reactivity versus Receiving

I have had to take a break from social media these last few weeks, and take a step back. Part of me felt guilty in doing so, but it felt necessary. I could feel the frustration building in my body- not so much at what those that I follow post but rather at the comments, the disagreements, and the arguments.

I’ve found this time to be very helpful. I’ve been reading, books like adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy and Joyful Militancy by Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery. …

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It’s the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and many of us are stuck inside, physically distanced from each other and in many cases, from Nature itself. On one hand, it’s a prescient time as the pause on “regular” life has lowered current climate emissions as very few people commute to work, factories slow their production, and travel plans are cancelled.

Still, boredom and unease do not mix well with modern technology, which offers us very easy opportunities to spend our money in the name of near-instant gratification. It makes sense- if you’re feeling lost at sea, what better…

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Image created by Guilherme Santiago. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives — help stop the spread of COVID-19.

In a week’s time, I will turn 25 years old in the midst of a global quarantine.

I can’t say I could have predicted how this year would unfold when I made my resolutions only 4 months ago. Even two months ago, COVID-19 was only a word and an international news story, far removed from Canada.

Now, there is a stillness in the city. The normally busy street in front of our home is silent, so that birds’ calls and children’s voices carry in place of rumbling engines and irritated honks. …

K Swackhammer

Unabashed idealist; radical love & imagination towards liberation. Queer & genderqueer.[]

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