Cheap shrimp

Brain things

Confession: I watched a startling video today and I’m not sure what to think about it. After a six-month study by The Guardian, the video was released to reveal the fact that cheap prawns (shrimp to Americans) come at a high price: human trafficking and slavery. Burmese immigrants pay brokers to bring them into Thailand […]

June 11, 2014

Crash landing

Out and about

Confession: I don’t have an answer to the question. Sometimes I think I don’t even know the question. To any of you who felt jerked around in this story—“Where is this girl at, anyway? First this and then that–” Remember there’s a reason. I’m feeling jerked around too. I like to imagine, in my fonder […]

April 14, 2013

Flight attendants, prepare for takeoff

Out and about

Confession: I recently broke my year-long Walmart fast. On purpose. I woke up one morning and said “Today is the day.” I got on my shoes and my courage, drove to Walmart, and bought these items: Two pairs of black dress pants Two Oxford shirts Three leather belts Two votive candles I made this purchase […]

April 13, 2013

Fasten your seatbelts

Out and about

Ah. More information has been discovered about our test-tube stores. Store A is the largest store in town, and nine times out of ten offers the lowest prices. Store A is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Handy! The aisles are clean, the workers efficient. Store A extends forgiving return policies, matches […]

April 12, 2013

Boarding now

Out and about

Question: Do you think where to shop is an ethical matter? Example— Store A sells a dozen eggs for 99 cents. Store B sells an identical dozen for $1.49. Should I consider any factor besides price and proximity when I make my purchase? What do you think?

April 11, 2013