Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to the Wonder of Science
by Shannon Hayesposted Sep 10, 2014
- I have lived for 40 years, gathered 10 years of higher education, and never before this moment understood the foundation of science.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Friendship and Chocolate Cake
by Shannon Hayesposted Sep 04, 2014
- Sure, life goes on even if it is devoid of buttercream. But when it is there, life just seems so perfect—even if you only get to eat buttercream once or twice in a year.
The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 28, 2014
- While making the season's tomato sauce at three in the morning, I mull over the origins of my desire to farm.
When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 21, 2014
- No matter what age we are, the challenge of telling others "no" never really goes away.
Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 15, 2014
- "There are times when I question whether I was a fool to walk away from a conventional career."
The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation
by RISD FAVposted Aug 08, 2014
- Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.
The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 06, 2014
- Each year I take a week-long break from radical homemaking to take my kids to camp. It's never easy—and this year was no exception.
This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
posted Jul 25, 2014
- A private person by nature, Robina Asti stepped into the limelight after her benefits were denied. Years later, her work helped change the Social Security Administration's policy toward transgender widows.
Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 23, 2014
- What at first seemed like a disturbing reaction to an article was all about my kids finding something they could relate to in the story.
Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
by Yessenia Funesposted Jul 14, 2014
- The city's mayor says the move will boost cycling in decades to come, creating a greener and more sociable city.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide To Telling Your Kids "No"
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 08, 2014
- As a mother, I have made life choices that can’t always include everything my children want—like hiking the Adirondacks. Here’s how I learned to overcome the guilt.
Learning From Debt: How It Strengthened My Dreams and Brought My Family Closer
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 02, 2014
- The experience of debt can guide us toward different ways of living—like having extended generations share a household—that are both cheaper and more fulfilling.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Love, Loss, and Lucky Socks
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 27, 2014
- Moments of sadness are inevitable in a life filled with deep connections to other people.
When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 13, 2014
- After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.
How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 04, 2014