Bystander Effect


Here’s the scene: The camera pans over a neighborhood at dusk. There’s the ice cream/coffee shop, the community garden. There is the neighborhood god, which isn’t a boy making perfect three-pointers in the pocket park, but the Greek god painted on the side of a building in a swirl of blues and purples. There is […]

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Why People Should Stop Saying Homeless People Have an Entitlement Problem


CW: Homelessness Someone I know recently called people who are experiencing homelessness “entitled.” Context: A person wearing business casual was walking down a crowded outdoor mall in the middle of the day. A person experiencing homelessness interacted with Business Casual in some way–and then attacked Business Casual with a bear hug from behind as the […]

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How Biking Opened My Heart


[T]he world will come at you with knives anyway. You do not need to beat them to it. – Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl I became a bike commuter in 2008, when I moved to a place where the roads were wide and shouldered. It felt like I could see forever, because the […]

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