This Sustainable Life


320: Confronting doof

Ep. 320

I got a taste of what I believe leads people to tell me they can't avoid packaging or buying fresh, local produce.

Living in a semi-rural area led me to shop in a large supermarket for the first time in a year or two. They carried only doof and stuff shipped from across the country and world.

I share the story and the uplifting results.

Here are the notes I read from:

  • When I talk about taking over a year to fill a load of trash, people often say "You can but I can't."
  • I'm staying outside the city and shopped with my stepfather in a supermarket for the first time in at least a year
  • Onions
  • Everything packaged, almost nothing loose
  • Produce out of season, can't tell from where
  • Pears from Argentina
  • Bulk food section
  • All doof
  • Realized why people say they can't do it
  • But I don't accept
  • Plan to talk to manager about bulk foods
  • Researched farmers market
  • June start
  • Emailed people, they responded
  • Mom and stepfather knew one
  • Visited
  • Learned about Hub
  • Ordered Hub yesterday
  • Living by environmental values always leads to joy, community, connection
  • If you just accept what they offer, you're bull with ring in nose
  • Result is obesity, dependence,

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534: Mom, part 2: Opportunity and oppression: race and religion in my childhood

Ep. 534
I recorded my second conversation with my mom about my childhood and before during the pandemic, in the spring of 2020. Shortly after recording our first conversation, which covered race, George Floyd was murdered. You know the rest. I knew we had spent years as white minorities in India and in a black neighborhood in Philadelphia, at least part time.I was curious to learn more of the time she would have remembered better. In this episode we talk about being redlined, being the victim of race-based violence and objectifying, as well as the access to opportunity to resources for our skin color. Also friends who narrowly escaped Hitler, why my mom converted from Lutheran to Judaism, and bringing classes of her black students from Chicago in the 1960s to where she grew up in South Dakota, where the students declared the Native Americans had it worse.I've never understood the world people describe me coming from. I'm curious to hear the white experience from suburbs, never having lived as a minority, little crime or violence, never mugged, or whatever it's like. I presume it's no easier for them than anyone else, but it's foreign to me. I think if I learned it, I'd understand what people see in me.Anyway, my mom took a long time to agree to post this episode. I'm not sure her reasons, but I think America has so polarized talking about race that non-partisan mainstream people fear the consequences from those who benefit from polarizing from even simply sharing their personal experiences. I hope this episode helps defuse.