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Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 26, 2012
- The individual actions we take to reduce waste are important. But to stem the avalanche of stuff, we also need system-wide solutions.
Want to Find Holiday Joy? Start by Lowering Expectations
by Christine Carterposted Dec 26, 2012
- Video: Christine Carter offers three tips to avoid holiday stress and experience the joys of the season.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
posted Dec 24, 2012
- A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
Animal Odd Couples
posted Dec 21, 2012
- Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smithposted Dec 21, 2012
- Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneiderposted Dec 20, 2012
- Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War
by Greg Barrettposted Dec 19, 2012
- In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.
5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun
by Laura Beans, Fabien Tepperposted Dec 19, 2012
- Spoons, sardines, telephone charades, and other activities to put a boost in your get-togethers.
Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”
posted Dec 18, 2012
- To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayesposted Dec 17, 2012
- 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.
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoyposted Dec 14, 2012
- Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 13, 2012
- 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
by Sarah van Gelderposted Dec 12, 2012
- 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.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
posted Dec 06, 2012
- Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
Pete Seeger: “You Stick Together ’Til It’s Won”
by Kim Ruehlposted Dec 04, 2012
- Book Review: Gleaned from letters, essays, and articles, “Pete Seeger: In His Own Words” reveals how the celebrated folk singer has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is deafening.