Category Archives: Ethics

Plasticky July

I am not participating in Plastic Free July. I make reasonable efforts to reduce plastic in my life. But I need plastic and I have lots of it. My computer, printer, tablet, phones, TVs, speakers and cameras are made with

Plasticky July

I am not participating in Plastic Free July. I make reasonable efforts to reduce plastic in my life. But I need plastic and I have lots of it. My computer, printer, tablet, phones, TVs, speakers and cameras are made with

Admirable Decisions

I admire people who make big life changes – with reason and wisdom. I have known a few people who have balanced work, partner relationships and children in dramatic ways. Most of them have faced judgment, and some, ridicule. There

Admirable Decisions

I admire people who make big life changes – with reason and wisdom. I have known a few people who have balanced work, partner relationships and children in dramatic ways. Most of them have faced judgment, and some, ridicule. There

Calling Names

What’s in a name? A lot. When I first visited the UK in 2008, I was shocked to hear British people referring to anyone not UK-born as foreigners. I heard frequent references in the news to foreign countries. Listening more

Calling Names

What’s in a name? A lot. When I first visited the UK in 2008, I was shocked to hear British people referring to anyone not UK-born as foreigners. I heard frequent references in the news to foreign countries. Listening more

Be an Upstander

Ever since the US election, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the differences between liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans. It is impossible to describe either group without resorting to stereotypes. I’m so entrenched in my own side of

Be an Upstander

Ever since the US election, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the differences between liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans. It is impossible to describe either group without resorting to stereotypes. I’m so entrenched in my own side of

Dear Old Lady

My mom is in her mid-70s and has recently developed two major health problems. She has significant hearing loss which is not corrected by a hearing aid. She has arthritis in her hip and is on a waiting list for

Dear Old Lady

My mom is in her mid-70s and has recently developed two major health problems. She has significant hearing loss which is not corrected by a hearing aid. She has arthritis in her hip and is on a waiting list for

Paying Full Price

“I never pay full price for anything,” is a popular humble-brag: I am declaring myself a whiz at negotiating, or using the marketplace in my favour. I am saying I have the best research skills or I know all the

Paying Full Price

“I never pay full price for anything,” is a popular humble-brag: I am declaring myself a whiz at negotiating, or using the marketplace in my favour. I am saying I have the best research skills or I know all the

Everyday Ethics

I just finished reading Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, a compilation of New York Times “The Ethicist” columns by Randy Cohen. I was interested for two reasons: I like to look at my own decisions and

Everyday Ethics

I just finished reading Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, a compilation of New York Times “The Ethicist” columns by Randy Cohen. I was interested for two reasons: I like to look at my own decisions and