Happiness

Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe
by Madeline Ostrander
Heather Purser set out to win gay marriage rights within the Suquamish Tribe and found herself on a personal journey toward self-acceptance.
How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)
by Ella Jenkins
Photo Essay: Don’t think you know how to build your own house? Neither did 23-year-old Ella Jenkins before she picked up the tools and started.
6 Ideas for Sensible Homes
by Heidi Bruce
Small, supportive, affordable, recycled—and you can build your own.
Is Owning or Renting Better For You?
by Dean Baker
How to know when it's smart to rent.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance
by Shannan Stoll
Bringing personal warmth and serious scholarship to advocacy for marriage equality in Orthodox Judaism.
A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood
by Kathryn Clark
How have foreclosures transformed the layouts of Detroit, Las Vegas, and other cities? Artist Kathryn Clark’s mapped it—in quilts.
Radical Homemaking … In the South of France?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: Do radical homemaking and foreign travel mix?
A Dakota Way of Life
by Kris Kolb
Diane Wilson’s new book asks, how do you raise beloved children and break the cycle of self-destruction in native communities?
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
by Laura Gottesdiener
Closing down banks and holding up families, the fight against unjust foreclosures takes off.
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?
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
by Oliver Lazenby
Heirloom skills for sustainable living.
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: The Heartbreak and Hope of 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.