I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.
The author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, Shannon lives and works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York.
Books should light up our lives—especially during the dark days of winter. Here are a few to pass along.
If it takes being a "controlling wife" to make my husband value his own health over his love for his family, I'm going to do it.
Stepping into the realm of creativity can be scary for little ones. But reward for sticking with it is the powerful feeling of making something beautiful with your own hands.
Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.
Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.
I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.
It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.
I never expected to develop such a strong connection with another person’s child. But once it happened, I had to learn how to let her go.
Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.
Heather and I were like oil and water. We made polite conversation but couldn’t find a single thing in common. But slowly over time, a friendship has grown.
Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.
Selling food in the freezing rain is not my favorite thing. But seeing my customers come out in the bad weather reminded me of why of do this work.
I was afraid of being judged by a neighbor who began giving free French lessons to my kids. But the worries melted away as our friendship grew deeper.