YES! Magazine Blogs

Powerful ideas, practical actions from the YES! community.

What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship

Shannon Hayes at Jul 18, 2013 03:10 PM |

Heather and I were like oil and water. We made polite conversation but couldn’t find a single thing in common. But slowly over time, a friendship has grown.

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It’s a “Story Problem”: What’s Behind Our Messed-Up Economy

David Korten at Jul 18, 2013 10:50 AM |

The peoples of earlier times prospered from the guidance of simple stories that offered answers to their deepest questions. We need those now more than ever.

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Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision

Shannon Hayes at Jul 05, 2013 01:55 PM |

Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.

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A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water

Robin Broad at Jun 26, 2013 08:55 PM |

A delegation of activists from 12 different countries on the fight to stop gold mining in Central America.

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Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious

Chuck Collins at Jun 19, 2013 01:05 PM |

The Jamaica Plain New Economy transition town has found that pie parties are a good way to get more people interested in disaster preparedness.

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Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm

Shannon Hayes at Jun 19, 2013 03:00 AM |

Selling food in the freezing rain is not my favorite thing. But seeing my customers come out in the bad weather reminded me of why of do this work.

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How Afternoon French Lessons Turned Friends into Family

Shannon Hayes at Jun 12, 2013 04:03 PM |

I was afraid of being judged by a neighbor who began giving free French lessons to my kids. But the worries melted away as our friendship grew deeper.

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Why Sticky Cabinets Have a Place on My Dream Farm

Shannon Hayes at May 29, 2013 11:25 AM |

When we visualize the lives we desire, we often leave out the difficulties and frustrations. But they’re inevitable, and in the end they make the rewards of life more satisfying.

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The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?

Shannon Hayes at May 14, 2013 11:50 AM |

There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.

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A Tax System for the 99 Percent

Robin Broad at Apr 17, 2013 01:55 PM |

Feeling like taxes are more unfair than ever? Three ways corporations, banks, and individuals exploit an unjust system—and three ways the people are pushing back.

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What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?

Shannon Hayes at Apr 11, 2013 02:55 PM |

Using young children as political props is problematic, to say the least. But when they do form their own opinion, it’s important to let them express it.

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What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over

Shannon Hayes at Mar 15, 2013 01:35 PM |

Children’s future happiness is not tied to how well they behave or whether they will be able to hold a job. It is tied to their ability to create with their minds and their hands.

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Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants

John Cavanagh at Feb 25, 2013 10:50 PM |

Review: More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.

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Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself

Shannon Hayes at Feb 20, 2013 03:10 PM |

We know about the ecological problems that follow when farmers are asked to “feed the world.” What would happen if they just tried to feed their neighbors instead?

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Radical Investing: 4 Ways to Live on a Tight Budget

Shannon Hayes at Feb 02, 2013 01:25 PM |

How to live a fulfilled and happy life without going broke.

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4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm across Generations

Shannon Hayes at Feb 01, 2013 12:10 PM |

Breaking our families into nuclear units has an ecological and emotional cost. Could the multigenerational farm remind us where to turn for a viable future?

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Food or Ethanol? Why Farmers Shouldn’t Give in to Monocrops

Shannon Hayes at Jan 25, 2013 05:45 PM |

It’s a good time to be in farming if you like to grow corn. It’s a tough time if you see yourself as a steward of the land. Shannon Hayes on why growers pressured by corn-heavy markets should hold out for crops that nourish the Earth.

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Married with Children? It’s Not the End of Individuality

Shannon Hayes at Oct 17, 2018 10:22 AM |

Sometimes Shannon Hayes finds herself missing the days before she was a mother. But the circle of familial give-and-take love makes the trade-off worth it.

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9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013

Sarah van Gelder at Jan 02, 2013 10:05 AM |

2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.

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The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Shannon Hayes at Dec 17, 2012 09:20 PM |

All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.

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