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The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer
The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer
While making the season's tomato sauce at three in the morning, I mull over the origins of my desire to farm.
Posted Aug 28, 2014
When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It
When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It
No matter what age we are, the challenge of telling others "no" never really goes away.
Posted Aug 21, 2014
Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker
Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker
"There are times when I question whether I was a fool to walk away from a conventional career."
Posted Aug 15, 2014
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
“What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
Posted Aug 15, 2014
Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)
Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)
For the sages of ancient India, sex and romance were just the first few steps in a more expansive process of learning to love.
Posted Aug 13, 2014
The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation
The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation
Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.
Posted Aug 08, 2014
Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof
Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof
“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
Posted Aug 08, 2014
The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts
The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts
Each year I take a week-long break from radical homemaking to take my kids to camp. It's never easy—and this year was no exception.
Posted Aug 06, 2014
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
Posted Aug 06, 2014
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
Gaskin had a talent for thinking through ways to combine simple living with social engagement. He died on July 1, 2014.
Posted Jul 31, 2014
This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
A private person by nature, Robina Asti stepped into the limelight after her benefits were denied. Years later, her work helped change the Social Security Administration's policy toward transgender widows.
Posted Jul 25, 2014
Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
What at first seemed like a disturbing reaction to an article was all about my kids finding something they could relate to in the story.
Posted Jul 23, 2014
Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them
Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them
The messages may be eternal, but T-shirts aren't forever. These DIY projects can give them new life.
Posted Jul 22, 2014
Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
The city's mayor says the move will boost cycling in decades to come, creating a greener and more sociable city.
Posted Jul 14, 2014
Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe
Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe
To get people on bikes in big numbers, cities are finding that it's essential to separate bike lanes from traffic.
Posted Jul 10, 2014

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