Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

After I read Zero Waste Home” by Bea Johnson, my main takeaway was that new, eco-friendly habits are only helpful if they’re sustainable. I wanted to immediately make a hundred changes to the way I shopped, cooked, dressed and cleaned, but I knew that such an overhaul would be too disruptive for my family and my budget. We’re doing things differently a little at a time, and so far, it looks like our reduced reliance on plastic is building good long-term habits. The massive scale of the global waste problem can make our individual efforts seem so trivial, but don’t get discouraged. We can all work together to make a difference.

When it came to the pandemic and my two young adult children, I had to make a tough decision. Was it right?

I brought home my daughter but left my son at university

I’m finishing my senior year at home — and taking the opportunity to revisit formative stories from childhood

I realized these stories can help me navigate an uncertain future

My parents and I both live in coronavirus epicenters — but we’re separated by thousands of miles

We’re trying to have hope in Seattle and Italy