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Place, community, and the people we love.

Reclaim, Recycle, and Reimagine Your House Reclaim, Recycle, and Reimagine Your House
Just because a 2x4 isn't straight doesn't mean it can't be used. Meet a contractor who would rather raid the dump than the lumber aisle.
Occupy’s Front Line Moves to the Front Lawn Occupy’s Front Line Moves to the Front Lawn
by Laura Gottesdiener
Closing down banks and holding up families, the fight against unjust foreclosures takes off.
Smart Like You Smart Like You
Comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan learns the value of a good education, the importance of Seinfeld, and most of all, how to be a good teacher.
When It Comes to Kids, Is Climate a Four-Letter Word? When It Comes to Kids, Is Climate a Four-Letter Word?
by Shannon Hayes
When and how should we talk to kids about the dangers of climate change? One mother's take.
Book Review: Urban Homesteading Book Review: Urban Homesteading
by Oliver Lazenby
Heirloom skills for sustainable living.
The Benefits of Gratitude The Benefits of Gratitude
by Ocean Robbins
There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. It turns out this isn’t just a fluffy idea.
Love Leads Into Mystery: Raising a Child With Asperger’s Love Leads Into Mystery: Raising a Child With Asperger’s
by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
My son was not like other kids. But he taught me to drop my expectations about what life and parenting are all about.
War and Peacemaking in Liberia War and Peacemaking in Liberia
by Seth Biderman
Former soldier Christian Bethelson’s only job skill was killing—until a chance meeting on a muddy road transformed his life, and many others through it.
Reclaiming Christmas, Radical Homemaker Style Reclaiming Christmas, Radical Homemaker Style
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: Can you take on consumerism without being a Scrooge?
Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients
by Jen Horton
Two seventh-graders set out to save orangutans—and ended up changing the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.
Occupy Moves to the Home Front Occupy Moves to the Home Front
by Nathan Schneider
Why the attempt to take on foreclosures directly is our clearest glimpse yet of what Occupy Phase II will look like.
Let’s Unstuff the Holidays Let’s Unstuff the Holidays
by Fran Korten
I longed for simpler surroundings. So I made a resolution: Each week I would move more stuff out of the house than came in.
Creativity Blossoms in the Great Migration Creativity Blossoms in the Great Migration
by Lily Yeh
On the industrial outskirts of Beijing, the transient children of the world’s largest migration taught artist Lily Yeh about finding healing and rootedness in creative power.
Emotional Learning Brings Real Hope to Schools Emotional Learning Brings Real Hope to Schools
by Katherine Gustafson
A little-known movement helps kids understand the connection between the brain and heart, and improve their behavior (and test scores) too.
Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta
by Susan Smartt Cook
Review: Ina May Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery, calls for a return to woman-centered birth culture in her new book.
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