REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER

Reflections of a Shopkeeper - Black Lives Matter - 6 June 2020

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPEROh the wonderful world of Facebook land. Where 'evidence' dredged from an out of context Google search is a rather shady Kingpin, and where every Tom, Dick and Karen thinks that their right to put words on a screen 'entitles' them to spew racist pseudo-intellectual BS under the supposed banner of free speech.I've found this week mentally and emotionally exhausting and so I cannot even begin to imagine the drain that my BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) siblings have faced.But I have also been so proud to see how many people have listened to the...

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - Intersectional Environmentalism and Anti Racism - 1 July 2020

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER Over the past few weeks I have spent a lot of time reflecting and educating myself. Reaching out to Black friends, reading more, learning, thinking, and amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Even though I come from an International Development background it has been a learning curve. One of the things which made me feel deeply uncomfortable when I worked for international NGOs was the way that issues would become siloed. They would often be clumped into themes and each project would work on a problem to be 'solved' by the intervening...

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - Nurture comes in many forms / Unsilenced Woman- 27 August 2020

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPERWhat a wonderful reminder this post is that nourishment comes in so many different forms and it's not all about food. Living sustainably comes in a variety of ways. Plastic reduction and reducing our carbon footprint are some of them. But living sustainably is also about respect. For ourselves, for each other, for our environment, for the principles of human rights, for positive stewardship of our resources. Through kindness and sharing we can nourish each other physically, but also mentally and emotionally. After months of isolation and remote connection it's incredible to see how nourishing those reconnections...

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - We are Not in the Same Boat- 24 April 2020

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Not our words but a very important reminder: WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT ... I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it's not like that. We are sailing in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa. For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis. For some that live alone they're facing endless loneliness. While for others it...

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - Covid 19 and Collective Grief - 25 March 2020

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I've lifted this article below from the Harvard Business Review because it's an important thing to acknowledge. Grief. We usually think about it in the context of a person or animal that we have lost. We rarely consider it in other areas. When I was training as a lawyer I did a seat in family law, and it was there that I recognised palpably the manifestation of grief in situations not associated necessarily with death. When I started practising commercial law as a litigation specialist I noticed the same attributes and behaviours manifesting themselves. I was intrigued that even in...

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