I’m thinking more about what I consume and its long-term effects — from both local/personal and global perspectives. Here, I’ll list some small actions and a little bit about my motivation for each of them.

1. Purchase Music From The Artists Directly

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I’ve been a little intimidated by closing and unsubscribing from Spotify because it feels like I use this service on a daily basis. I’m not a big podcast listener, so whenever I’m in the car I almost always have Spotify pulled up. At the same time, month after month, I watch my premium subscription hit my credit account — and while the $9.99/month fee is…


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When I was in chemo five years ago, I did a good bit of staring at the walls. Natural light used to flood our California apartment and I could see every bit of detail and texture. “Shadows and reflections are all that I see,” I wrote in a blog post. I recall this sentiment because living during the coronavirus seems to reflect that time, yet the effects of chemotherapy are casting long shadows into today’s landscape.

During treatment, I engaged with time in a different way than my friends and co-workers did. When they endured “work weeks” to relax on…

Drew Pineda

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