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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Margaret O'Neil

Margaret O'Neil is a student at Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colorado. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Margaret's essay about replacing her worry with gratitude.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Literary Gems

We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.

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Happiness

Forget Dystopian Fiction: This New Novel Explores Being a Modern Teenager Waiting for the End Times

In Bryan Bliss' debut novel, 16-year-old Abigail's family follows a charismatic preacher to San Francisco, where they live in a van to wait out the apocalypse. But if you believe completely that the world is coming to an end, what do you do when it doesn’t?

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Planet

Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?

So many older women are inheriting farms that some experts believe training them in land conservation may be society's best bet in protecting the food supply.

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We're Young, Passionate, and Bent on Justice: Why #BlackLivesMatter Is Irresistible

The people dying are moms and dads, kids and teenagers, nerdy, quiet boys and girls. This movement is showing what wholeness looks like and demanding an uncompromised justice.

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New Economy

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.

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New Economy

These Cities Built Cheap, Fast, Community-Owned Broadband. Here's What Net Neutrality Means For Them

Publicly owned broadband lets local communities from Iowa to Louisiana control a vital economic resource—rather than leaving it in the hands of a few monopolistic corporations. The outcome of this week's FCC vote could either help or hinder the path forward.

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New Economy

Students for Economic Pluralism, Unite! How College Kids Are Taking on the “High Priests” of Money

After years of work as a climate activist, Keith Harrington decided to get a degree in economics. Now, he’s working to transform the field.

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From Warrior Cops to Community Police: A Former Chief on How We Can Turn Back the Tide of Militarization

Police in America belong to the people—not the other way around. Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper on how we can turn militarized cops into neighborhood-oriented officers, responsive to community needs.

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People Power

“We've Known What Police Brutality Feels Like”: Pussy Riot’s Tribute Song to Eric Garner

In a new music video, two members from Russian punk band Pussy Riot get dirt shoveled over their faces and are buried alive. It's powerful and disturbing to watch.

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New Economy

Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System

This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of compete with one another.

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Why We Need a New—and Old—Relationship With Our Living Earth

More and more people have come to understand that behaving as if they hold all rights to Earth’s bounty amounts to an eighth deadly sin.

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People Power

Is the Maker Movement About Hacking Society—Or Just Hardware?

At feminist hackerspaces, members are less interested in digital trespassing than in developing a safe community for experimenting, creating, and collaborating.

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Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion

We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.

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Will the Elder Boom Spur a Caring Revolution? Ai-jen Poo’s Inspiring Vision

We need to shift the stories we tell ourselves about the value of elders, the care they need, and later life itself.

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Letting Go of Worry

What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?

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About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine

Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.

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Digital Empathy

What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?

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Restorative Justice

Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?

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Support for Veterans

Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?

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Simple Living

If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?

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Genetically Modified Food

Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?

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Seeing the Unseen

What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?

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Your Dream House

If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?

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Eating Together

Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?

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The Ethics of Hunting

Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?

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Bridging Differences

How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?

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Your Unique Gifts

We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?

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Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.

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Peace and Justice

Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them

Fifteen years ago, the Portuguese had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. So they decriminalized drugs, took money out of prisons, put it into holistic rehabilitation, and found that human connection is the antidote to addiction.

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What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy

A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?

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People Power

Musicians From Egypt to Rwanda Are Blending Musical Traditions and Building Unity to Protect the Nile River Basin

The Nile Project is made up of musicians from different countries, musical genres, and traditions. Their purpose? To promote cooperation and cultural understanding as the diverse peoples of the Nile face threats from water scarcity and climate change.

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People Power

What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek

Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.

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Happiness

A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now

For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.

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Happiness

Sharing Music Builds Trust, Empathy, and Cooperation—Here Are Four Ways Science Proves It

There is something about listening to music, or playing it with other people, that makes you feel connected to those around you. Even science says so.

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Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year

After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.

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Happiness

Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone

Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.

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Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid

In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.

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