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More Articles by Sarah van Gelder

Audrey Watson at Jun 01, 2017 12:00 AM |

Recent articles and columns by Sarah van Gelder

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People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining

Robin Broad at Mar 12, 2014 01:55 PM |

If the governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador can resist the mining industry, maybe we all can.

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The Radical Homemaker Turns 40

Shannon Hayes at Mar 04, 2014 12:53 PM |

I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.

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Wild Eats, Resilient Farms, and Freedom From Money: 3 Holiday Reads for the Radical Homemaker

Shannon Hayes at Dec 10, 2013 05:30 PM |

Books should light up our lives—especially during the dark days of winter. Here are a few to pass along.

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How I Got My Husband to Take Care of His Body (Even Though He Just Wants to Take Care of Me)

Shannon Hayes at Nov 27, 2013 04:35 PM |

If it takes being a "controlling wife" to make my husband value his own health over his love for his family, I'm going to do it.

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Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

John Cavanagh at Nov 22, 2013 03:50 PM |

The profits of corporate giants that crash our economy and corrupt our politics deserve your outrage. But the efforts to curb them need your creative energy.

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Getting Past a Knitting Freak Out: Why I Didn't Let My Daughter Quit

Shannon Hayes at Nov 01, 2013 03:25 PM |

Stepping into the realm of creativity can be scary for little ones. But reward for sticking with it is the powerful feeling of making something beautiful with your own hands.

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3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)

Shannon Hayes at Oct 16, 2013 04:59 PM |

Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.

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Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy"

Chuck Collins at Sep 24, 2013 05:05 PM |

From gated communities in outer space to graphs about who owns the wealth, two new films are giving Americans a window into the issue of income inequality

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The Real Cost of Gold in the Philippines

John Cavanagh at Sep 13, 2013 03:05 PM |

We think of gold as a sign of prosperity, but the farmers and communities most affected by mining just want their rivers and land back.

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Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods

Jay Walljasper at Sep 11, 2013 04:55 PM |

To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.

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The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks

Shannon Hayes at Sep 04, 2013 02:15 PM |

Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.

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Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood

Jay Walljasper at Aug 27, 2013 02:05 PM |

Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.

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When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing

Shannon Hayes at Aug 26, 2013 04:50 AM |

I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.

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Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt

Shannon Hayes at Aug 20, 2013 08:45 AM |

It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.

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A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities

Jay Walljasper at Aug 16, 2013 03:00 PM |

Americans who’ve enjoyed the vibrant public places of Europe and Latin America are bringing the idea back to the cities and towns of the U.S.

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No Time for Volunteering? 4 Policies that Can Help

Jay Walljasper at Aug 09, 2013 02:11 PM |

To truly encourage widespread volunteerism, we’d need to make sure that everyone (not just the well-to-do) have the time to do it.

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How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid

Shannon Hayes at Aug 06, 2013 04:25 PM |

I never expected to develop such a strong connection with another person’s child. But once it happened, I had to learn how to let her go.

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Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted

Shannon Hayes at Aug 02, 2013 11:45 AM |

Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.

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It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed

Shannon Hayes at Jul 24, 2013 01:12 PM |

Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.

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