Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
The Benefits of Gratitude
by Ocean Robbinsposted Feb 06, 2012
- 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
by Caryn Mirriam-Goldbergposted Dec 30, 2011
- 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
by Seth Bidermanposted Dec 30, 2011
- 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
by Shannon Hayesposted Dec 21, 2011
- Shannon Hayes: Can you take on consumerism without being a Scrooge?
Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients
by Jen Hortonposted Dec 20, 2011
- Two seventh-graders set out to save orangutans—and ended up changing the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.
Occupy Moves to the Home Front
by Nathan Schneiderposted Dec 08, 2011
- 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
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 01, 2011
- 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
by Lily Yehposted Nov 18, 2011
- 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
by Katherine Gustafsonposted Nov 10, 2011
- 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
by Susan Smartt Cookposted Oct 19, 2011
- Review: Ina May Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery, calls for a return to woman-centered birth culture in her new book.
Standing on the Side of Peace
by Jen Marloweposted Sep 21, 2011
- How one man’s journey changed everything I knew about the Middle East conflict.
The Roommate Revolution: Why Living Alone is Overrated
by Leilani Clarkposted Sep 19, 2011
- At 37, Leilani Clark thought she was too old and too independent for roommates. But she soon found herself loving the sharing life...and she’s not alone.
10 Tips for a Zero-Waste Household
by Bea Johnsonposted Sep 14, 2011
- A year’s worth of solid waste from Bea Johnson’s home fits in a quart-sized jar. Here's how you can reduce yours.
Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibelposted Sep 07, 2011
- Corporations aren’t hiring, and Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.
Work Less, Live More
by Juliet Schorposted Sep 02, 2011
- Working fewer hours could help save our economy, our sanity, and the planet.