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How a chat about sardines took me off autopilot

Costco is a great place to people-watch and slow down a bit

Open can of sardines on a plate

Image by Lola Rudolphi from Pixabay

Every time I go to Costco I feel like an ant.

Thousands of us descend upon our local big-box store every day, find parking spots, grab shopping carts in orderly fashion. Forage for food, inspect labels, fill carts. As if with a collective consciousness, we pick up on cues, movements, stay in . . .

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May 21, 2019

What’s wrong with declaring my occupation as stay-at-home dad?

I am the economic equivalent of a zero

Dad and boys at BMX park

This essay originally appeared in The Globe and Mail.

As a stay-at-home dad, I am the economic equivalent of a zero.

This revelation came to me at my local Costco where, upon checkout, I am often asked to apply for their new cash-back credit card. Usually, I politely decline, preferring to leave the crowded store . . .

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December 10, 2015

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