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Shannon Hayes

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.

The Radical Homemaker Turns 40 The Radical Homemaker Turns 40
by Shannon Hayes
I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.
Wild Eats, Resilient Farms, and Freedom From Money: 3 Holiday Reads for the Radical Homemaker Wild Eats, Resilient Farms, and Freedom From Money: 3 Holiday Reads for the Radical Homemaker
by Shannon Hayes
Books should light up our lives—especially during the dark days of winter. Here are a few to pass along.
How I Got My Husband to Take Care of His Body (Even Though He Just Wants to Take Care of Me) How I Got My Husband to Take Care of His Body (Even Though He Just Wants to Take Care of Me)
by Shannon Hayes
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.
Getting Past a Knitting Freak Out: Why I Didn't Let My Daughter Quit Getting Past a Knitting Freak Out: Why I Didn't Let My Daughter Quit
by Shannon Hayes
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.
3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid) 3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)
by Shannon Hayes
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.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks
by Shannon Hayes
Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.
When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing
by Shannon Hayes
I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.
Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt
by Shannon Hayes
It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.
How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid
by Shannon Hayes
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.
Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted
by Shannon Hayes
Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed
by Shannon Hayes
Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.
What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship
by Shannon Hayes
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.
Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision
by Shannon Hayes
Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.
Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm
by Shannon Hayes
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.
How Afternoon French Lessons Turned Friends into Family How Afternoon French Lessons Turned Friends into Family
by Shannon Hayes
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.
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