In an era of abundance and access, it's easy to lose sight of the vitality of household things. An author looks back in order to look forward at the humility of thrift and the humanity of objects.
What if we stopped focusing on scale so much, stopped equating size with success? Courtney Martin looks to a new better off where we invest in people and businesses within walking distance for a more stable economy and community.
As the Occupy movement wanes, its protestors brought issues of economic inequality to the forefront of our national political discourse. On Being looks back at the protestors driven out of Zuccotti Park in November and the faces that look like you.
Debra Dean Murphy recalls a New Testament story of Jesus and questions whether we in the U.S. have given appropriate attention to the vulnerable poor.
Try your hand at this game from the Public Insight Network. Designed to engage the American public in a conversation about the tough decisions necessary. How would you raise or lower taxes, cut Medicare benefits, maintain military spending or farm subsidies and balance the budget with a moral/ethical lens in mind?
A poet reflects on the choices her family has made to live a simpler life in NYC.
The former first lady talks about the responsibility of being raised in a privileged society.
A provocative post about the nature of development.
The vulnerability of revisiting this conversation reminds Krista to embrace "dark times as expressions of human vitality."
We’ve been talking a lot more about poetry here lately, thanks to the recently increased involvement of Larissa, APM’s Poetry Producer. I have to say, I can’t complain about the fact that I now have poetry arriving in my inbox on a fairly regular basis.
Thinking more about poetry has reminded me of a message we received from a listener when we rebroadcasted “A History of Doubt” in January. In the message she mentioned, “As a poet, I’ve long embraced doubt, which Keats conceptualized and praised as Negative Capability.”
An essay on frugality's new trendiness and old roots in Christian teaching.
A Buddhist teacher provides methods for coping with uncertainty, and our senior editor finds community and respite in music.
A search for stories about the relationship between children and grandparents revealed words of wisdom for current economic times.