Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
Why It's OK to Be Angry on Thanksgiving
by Shannon Hayesposted Nov 26, 2014
- Quite often it is our darker side that illuminates the best part of us, that brings us to where we need to be.
When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude
by Shannon Hayesposted Nov 07, 2014
- I had grown up identifying joblessness with shame and failure. But here we were, on the other side of the employment equation, and for the first moment in my grown-up life, everything felt … right.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive
by Shannon Hayesposted Oct 15, 2014
- Rather than feeling guilty for not giving each child everything they deserve, I will feel gratitude for the grace with which they accept my limits.
A Wall Street Equity Firm Evicted My Family. We’re Still Searching for a Home
by Michael Donleyposted Oct 03, 2014
- Our experience strengthened our resolve to fight for housing as a human right.
My Chicken Became a Cat—And Taught Me to Imagine a Happier, Healthier World
by Shannon Hayesposted Sep 22, 2014
- If there is one key to making it in a family farm—or in any business that thwarts the trend toward relentless greed and destruction of the planet—it is the ability to believe.
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.