My coworkers walked on eggshells in my presence, so I did my best to make them feel comfortable around me so that I would be included. They let me in on the jokes they made about our only other teammate who refused to assimilate and was ultimately ostracized for it. I was “one of the guys.”When I left that job and hightailed it across the country to Atlanta, I landed in one of the most diverse workplaces I’ve experienced to this day: The Home Depot Corporate Headquarters (Store Support Center). I suspect THD’s diverse environment had something to do with being in Atlanta, a city that is 54% African-American.
I laughed at their terribly racist and sexist jokes, I co-opted their negative attitudes, I began to dress as they did, I brushed it off when they made passes at me. It’s hard not to be diverse when the local demographics force you to be.
When his brother Regan comes to town to help sell ...
In Alaska, Susannah Stanton and Jesse Stanton divorced two years ago.
They have two daughters, the teenager Bridget and the young girl Hannah, and a young son, Sam, and they are good friends.
Up until then, I’d mostly documented social issues and life in conflict zones.
This is very different—it’s a lifestyle, not life-and-death—but I am drawn to authentic human stories within extreme circumstances, which is exactly what mushing is about.