Think Differently About Shopping
What did you buy this week? What does your shopping history reveal about you? Almost everything you buy says something about who you are. What you’re willing to pay for defines your want and needs, even if it doesn’t always satisfy them.
Shopper Tales brings together life stories told from the shopper’s perspective.
Recent Shopper Tales
The Great Recession started in December 2007. But for me, disaster hit earlier in the year, when my then-husband and I had to tell our middle-school-aged son that we were getting divorced. We’d promised him that would never happen, and he immediately called us out for breaking that promise. His sense of betrayal and impending […]
I love music. I love Music by Madonna. I love “I Love Music” by the O’Jays. Rock, pop, R&B, hip hop, disco, new wave (now middle-aged wave), I love them all. I love almost all the music stations on SiriusXM. They help me avoid the horrifying news that seems to dominate every damn day. Plus, no commercials. […]
Finding yourself single after 20 years as half of a couple can be like a rebirth on the level of Venus emerging from that giant shell. As devastating and family-shattering as divorce can be, it’s also freeing. You’re independent again for the first time in years, maybe decades. Divorce shifts your identity, to put it […]
William Kunstler wasn’t my hero. I spent most of my childhood in a liberal New York town, but was raised in a Republican bubble. My parents indoctrinated their kids with pro-Nixon dogma, and told us that “the other side” – most of my friends’ liberal parents – wanted to raise taxes and create a welfare state. […]
Which childhood books haunt you? I can call up scenes from dozens of books that affected me: Mary Poppins, Harriet the Spy, The Pink Motel and on and on. They made my childhood and preteen life fuller. The memories I hold from them are more vivid than many from my own life. In 1997 and I was the mother of a […]
In 1997, the tech firm I was working for failed and I left the corporate world. Like some before and many more after, I became a “consultant.” My son was a preschooler and I sought a flexible schedule. My first client, ironically, was a jobhunting site. The site aggregated help-wanted ads from the classified sections […]
Share your Shopper Tale! Pick one item you purchased – last week, last month, even years ago and tell us about it. Check out the guidelines on this page to see what we’re looking for. Some ideas for what to write about: Something that has played an important role in your life Something you regret […]
A vacation in a fire zone: not recommended. In August 2018 I went to Oregon and northern California. I knew my drive would take me near several wildfires, including the Carr fire, and ordered this protective mask before I left. I spent almost a week in Oregon with one of my oldest friends. My family had […]
In 1997, I ordered the complete transcripts of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Hearings from 1991. I ‘d been riveted by the hearings for Clarence Thomas’ lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, and was still enraged six years later. Why I wanted to relive that rage, I’m not sure. God knows, I haven’t enjoyed reliving it 37 […]
When I found out my husband was cheating, my first reaction was to save my marriage. It surprised me that the reflex wasn’t to scream and lawyer up. Somehow I’d always seen myself as a zero tolerance type. But instead of anger, I felt shock and disappointment. I was vehemently against divorce, having lived through […]