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People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining

People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining

Posted by Robin Broad at Mar 12, 2014 01:55 PM |

If the governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador can resist the mining industry, maybe we all can.

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The Radical Homemaker Turns 40

The Radical Homemaker Turns 40

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Mar 04, 2014 12:53 PM |

I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.

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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

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Dec 10, 2013 05:30 PM |

Books should light up our lives—especially during the dark days of winter. Here are a few to pass along.

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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)

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Nov 27, 2013 04:35 PM |

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.

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Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

Posted by John Cavanagh at Nov 22, 2013 03:50 PM |

The profits of corporate giants that crash our economy and corrupt our politics deserve your outrage. But the efforts to curb them need your creative energy.

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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

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Nov 01, 2013 03:25 PM |

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.

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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)

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Oct 16, 2013 04:59 PM |

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.

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 Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy"

Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy"

Posted by Chuck Collins at Sep 24, 2013 05:05 PM |

From gated communities in outer space to graphs about who owns the wealth, two new films are giving Americans a window into the issue of income inequality

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The Real Cost of Gold in the Philippines

The Real Cost of Gold in the Philippines

Posted by John Cavanagh at Sep 13, 2013 03:05 PM |

We think of gold as a sign of prosperity, but the farmers and communities most affected by mining just want their rivers and land back.

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Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods

Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods

Posted by Jay Walljasper at Sep 11, 2013 04:55 PM |

To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.

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The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks

The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Sep 04, 2013 02:15 PM |

Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.

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Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood

Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood

Posted by Jay Walljasper at Aug 27, 2013 02:05 PM |

Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.

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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

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Aug 26, 2013 04:50 AM |

I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.

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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

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Aug 20, 2013 08:45 AM |

It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.

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A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities

A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities

Posted by Jay Walljasper at Aug 16, 2013 03:00 PM |

Americans who’ve enjoyed the vibrant public places of Europe and Latin America are bringing the idea back to the cities and towns of the U.S.

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No Time for Volunteering? 4 Policies that Can Help

No Time for Volunteering? 4 Policies that Can Help

Posted by Jay Walljasper at Aug 09, 2013 02:11 PM |

To truly encourage widespread volunteerism, we’d need to make sure that everyone (not just the well-to-do) have the time to do it.

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How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid

How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Aug 06, 2013 04:25 PM |

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.

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Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted

Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Aug 02, 2013 11:45 AM |

Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.

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It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed

It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Jul 24, 2013 01:12 PM |

Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.

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What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship

What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Jul 18, 2013 03:10 PM |

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.

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