How to Be a Merry Environmentalist

How to Be a Merry Environmentalist

Here’s something to consider this holiday season: Stop sending greeting cards. I know this sounds like a tip from the Grinch, but this well-meaning tradition causes very real environmental consequences. Americans mail over 1.6 billion holiday cards to each other...
They’ve Got the Red Cup Blues

They’ve Got the Red Cup Blues

‘Tis the season to bicker about Starbucks coffee cups. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a chill in the air, Christmas songs in every store, and anger about a phony “War on Christmas.” Clearly, love for one another, world peace, and the...
Stop Shopping, Start Living

Stop Shopping, Start Living

Imagine if retailers held a nationwide super-spectacular sales day — and no one came. I don’t mean customers. Picture sales staff, cashiers, and even managers not showing up to open the doors for the usual frenzy of mass, crass, crazy consumerism. Maybe it’s...
The Three F’s of Thanksgiving

The Three F’s of Thanksgiving

When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about family, food, and firsts. The first person in my family to eat a Thanksgiving feast was William Brewster, my 13th great-grandfather. He was also one of the first people to celebrate this tradition at all. After coming...
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