10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)
by Sarah van GelderDec 29, 2014
- Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother
by Kayla SchultzDec 26, 2014
- Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."
I Can’t Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe
by Gerald MitchellDec 26, 2014
- The late Maya Angelou said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” When it comes to injustices like those we saw in Ferguson, we’re all part of the problem—and the solution.
Walking: The Secret Ingredient for Health, Wealth, and More Exciting Neighborhoods
by Jay WalljasperDec 25, 2014
- It's been called "America's untrendiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet.
Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version
Dec 24, 2014
- In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."
Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All
by Liz PleasantDec 24, 2014
- How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
by Abby QuillenDec 24, 2014
- In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas
by Shannon HayesDec 23, 2014
- Tired of the spending that goes along with the holidays? The gifting frenzy? The stress? Maybe this is the year to blend a few new ideas into your holiday routine.
What the Classics Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods, From A Christmas Carol to Moby Dick
by Nina Bunker RuizDec 22, 2014
- Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abundant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?
When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out
by Kate AronoffDec 22, 2014
- This year’s most popular movies and TV series can be a tool to work your way out of a particularly bad conversation.
Black Lives Matter Protest Shuts Down Mall of America on December’s Biggest Shopping Day
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 21, 2014
- This weekend, thousands converged on one of the world's biggest malls, chanting "Black people cannot breathe while you have a shopping spree." Check out our play-by-play.
Winter 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Letting Go of Worry
by Jing FongDec 20, 2014
- Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
by Lindsey WeedstonDec 19, 2014
- Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.
“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 19, 2014
- 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.
Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism
by YES! EditorsDec 19, 2014
- A new documentary, "Hollywood Beauty Salon," lets people who struggle with mental illness and addiction tell their own stories in unexpected ways.