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The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to the Wonder of Science The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to the Wonder of Science
by Shannon Hayes
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 The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Friendship and Chocolate Cake
by Shannon Hayes
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 The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer
by Shannon Hayes
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 When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It
by Shannon Hayes
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 Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker
by Shannon Hayes
"There are times when I question whether I was a fool to walk away from a conventional career."
The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation
by RISD FAV
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 The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts
by Shannon Hayes
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 This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
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 Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
by Shannon Hayes
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? Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
by Yessenia Funes
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" The Radical Homemaker's Guide To Telling Your Kids "No"
by Shannon Hayes
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 Learning From Debt: How It Strengthened My Dreams and Brought My Family Closer
by Shannon Hayes
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 The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Love, Loss, and Lucky Socks
by Shannon Hayes
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) When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayes
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 How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayes
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