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The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayes
All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.
3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season 3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season
by Fran Korten
Last year, YES! publisher Fran Korten shared her efforts to move more stuff out of her house than into it. With the season of “stuff” upon us again, here’s what she’s learned about unstuffing her life.
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van Gelder
This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Connect With Your Family Across the Table—and the Political Divide Connect With Your Family Across the Table—and the Political Divide
by Joan Blades
Is it possible to gracefully navigate the potential minefield of political discussions at family gatherings? Suspending judgment, looking for common ground, and speaking from the heart can help. After all, these are people you love.
Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping? Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping?
Video: This Black Friday, celebrate your favorite non-shopping activity with this invitation from The Story of Stuff Project.
Book Review: “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara Book Review: “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara
by Corey Hill
From Activist to Zapatista, this “children’s book for the 99 percent” infuses the alphabet with the energy and consciousness of Occupy Wall Street.
Keeping the Farm Safe (and Sacred) as Hurricane Sandy Looms Keeping the Farm Safe (and Sacred) as Hurricane Sandy Looms
by Shannon Hayes
The Hayes family gathers in prayer and gratitude for the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marks the beginning of winter and the new year. But this year’s beginning will be unlike any other.
As Parents Learn More About Health, Will Doctors Listen? As Parents Learn More About Health, Will Doctors Listen?
by Shannon Hayes
Many doctors and nurses refuse to respect the knowledge of parents about their kids’ health. Shannon Hayes explains why they might be missing a lot.
Breastfeeding Moms Boot Nestlé from Maternity Wards Breastfeeding Moms Boot Nestlé from Maternity Wards
by Elizabeth Ben-Ishai
If breastfeeding is healthier for babies, why are hospitals pushing corporate infant formula? How a growing number of states and cities are banning marketing in the maternity ward.
Notes from the Frontlines of Bringing Up Girls Notes from the Frontlines of Bringing Up Girls
by Tomas Moniz
What I really want to tell my daughters about autonomy and sex, in the midst of a war on women.
What Bullies Can Teach Our Kids—And Us What Bullies Can Teach Our Kids—And Us
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes on having a child face a bully and come away stronger and more self-aware.
Standing with Troy Davis in His Final Days Standing with Troy Davis in His Final Days
by Jen Marlowe
A year ago today, the state of Georgia executed a man whose guilt was widely contested. Jen Marlowe, friend and journalist, on what it was like to stand with the Davis family on the last day.
A Graceful Exit: Taking Charge at the End of Life A Graceful Exit: Taking Charge at the End of Life
by Claudia Rowe
How can we break the silence about what happens when we’re dying?
A Mothers’ Movement for Future Generations A Mothers’ Movement for Future Generations
by Heidi Hutner
Cancer survivor Heidi Hutner worried about how to raise a baby girl in an increasingly toxic world. Why she, and others, are convening the Women’s Congress for Future Generations to make the earth safe again for our children.
Visual Learning: Gauze for Concern Visual Learning: Gauze for Concern
This Visual Learning activity will get students thinking about the foreclosure crisis in this country and what it might feel like to lose your home.
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