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“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It “Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
by Christopher Zumski Finke
To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.
7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet 7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet
by Sarah van Gelder
The starting point is to realize we have choices—like meaningful work, authentic relationships, and gratitude.
An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community
by Shannon Hayes
I love my solitude. I also love my community. But my independent nature has never been unusual in this town.
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
How to Pickle Almost Anything How to Pickle Almost Anything
by Doug Pibel, Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Kali Swenson
Why ferment? It’s practical magic. Here are a few basics to get you started.
Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid) Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid)
Brought on by the sound of a screaming child, I reflect on my past, my community, and how we can become our true selves without fleeing our roots.
Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm
by Erin McCarley
Gaskin had a talent for thinking through ways to combine simple living with social engagement. He died on July 1, 2014.
Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them
by Christine St. Pierre, Kali Swenson
The messages may be eternal, but T-shirts aren't forever. These DIY projects can give them new life.
How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayes
A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine
by Shannon Hayes
A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.
Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me? Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me?
by Shannon Hayes
I made the choice to give up a career in law and return to my family farm. Now, I wait to see if my daughter will do the same.
10 Things Creative People Know 10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It
by Linnea M. Paton
Four ways to have an equitable, earth-loving, and awesome wedding.
How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together) How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together)
by Roman Krznaric
The Empathy Library is a new digital archive where people can point to the books, movies, and other media that help us learn to understand one another.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life How Cooking Can Change Your Life
In this powerful RSA Short, Michael Pollan shares some real talk about the difference between home cooked food and food made by corporations.
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