Honored ghosts & the southern cross – a Mississippian on the rebel flag

Honored ghosts & the southern cross - a Mississippian on the rebel flag
There is a shrine in Japan called Yasukuni. It’s like many other Shinto shrines in the region in appearance and purpose, aging but well maintained wooden structures honoring a relationship between the living and the spirit worlds.

Low risk green investing with Robinhood for stock market novices

Low risk green investing with Robinhood for stock market novices
Let me temper this post by saying that there is always risk when investing. But there are ways to mitigate risks–and when it comes to mission based investing, I like to consider my investment in a company more of a donation. Like putting money into a future you hope to see.

Leelah Alcorn and the “ambiguous abuse” of queer and trans youth

Leelah Alcorn and the
As a human being, the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn upsets and angers me, but as a trans person her loss devastates and enrages me. While there are many aspects to her story and her suicide that took place in late December of 2014, I’ve chosen to focus on the role that “ambiguous abuse” ...

IKEA, green tech, and the V-word

IKEA, green tech, and the V-word
There was a flurry of posts on my Facebook feed recently featuring the seemingly oxymoronic phrase “vegan meatballs”–but it’s no joke! In early 2015, IKEA announced¬†it would be rolling out a plant-based version of the furniture giant’s classic cafeteria food. This isn’t the first time in recent years that IKEA’s menu has been in the ...

Investing vegan – going beyond a green ROI 1

Investing vegan - going beyond a green ROI
On my previous post on investing in a plant-based future, I mentioned a few different companies on the rise in the vegan meat alternative production business. Of course you can support and “invest” in these companies by buying their products and promoting them to your friends and family. But what if you’re looking for more ...

Is your Smart Card “smart” enough?

Is your Smart Card
My first interaction with the now ubiquitous Smart Card was through Seattle’s ORCA card system. It was just rolling out when I moved to the city in 2009, and transit staff were handing out free promotional cards with a few free rides to encourage folks to use them. I enjoyed the convenience of not having ...

Gray Thursdays and Black Fridays: Should you support businesses open on Thanksgiving?

Gray Thursdays and Black Fridays: Should you support businesses open on Thanksgiving?
It’s Thanksgiving 2009 and I’ve just taken my first fifteen of the day. When I volunteered to work on Thanksgiving for the time-and-a-half pay I was also told we would be fed. Lo and behold there’s a pile of snacks from the vending machines and some CostCo muffins sitting on the table in the break ...

Canadian musicians stir controversy in Japan

Canadian musicians stir controversy in Japan
It hasn’t been a great week for Canadian musicians in Japan. On April 23rd, Justin Bieber shared a photo on his Instagram of his visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Yasukuni is dedicated to Japan’s war dead, which includes those convicted of war crimes following the conclusion of the Pacific War. It’s a popular place ...

3 years since the Triple Disaster: link round-up

I’ve collected a link roundup of some articles published today on the 3rd anniversary of the triple disaster that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011. “Tohoku kids stressed, haunted by trauma” from The Japan Times The Japan Times examines the impact of 3/11 on some of its youngest survivors. “Tohoku 3 years after the 3/11 ...

Vegan future and fortune: investing in plant-based foods 4

Vegan future and fortune: investing in plant-based foods
Can you call food “environmental technology”? When it dramatically shifts our environmental impact, I think you can! That, and some recent new forays in my own personal diet inspired this post on the future and fortune of plant-based food production. In 2013, Microsoft-founder Bill Gates published an infographic style feature on his site entitled “The ...