Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share
by Doug Pibelposted May 24, 2012
- Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?
Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green
by Doug Pibelposted May 23, 2012
- With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.
North Carolina’s Fight for Marriage Equality Continues
by Sue Sturgisposted May 15, 2012
- In the wake of North Carolina’s new amendment banning same-sex marriage, couples across the state are protesting by requesting marriage licenses.
Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe
by Madeline Ostranderposted May 10, 2012
- 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 Jenkinsposted May 10, 2012
- 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
posted May 09, 2012
- Small, supportive, affordable, recycled—and you can build your own.
Is Owning or Renting Better For You?
by Dean Bakerposted May 02, 2012
- How to know when it's smart to rent.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance
by Shannan Stollposted May 01, 2012
- Bringing personal warmth and serious scholarship to advocacy for marriage equality in Orthodox Judaism.
A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood
by Kathryn Clarkposted Apr 24, 2012
- 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 Hayesposted Apr 18, 2012
- Shannon Hayes: Do radical homemaking and foreign travel mix?
A Dakota Way of Life
by Kris Kolbposted Apr 06, 2012
- 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
posted Apr 02, 2012
- 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 Gottesdienerposted Mar 19, 2012
- Closing down banks and holding up families, the fight against unjust foreclosures takes off.
Smart Like You
posted Mar 14, 2012
- 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 Hayesposted Feb 27, 2012
- When and how should we talk to kids about the dangers of climate change? One mother's take.