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Meet ‘the Minimalists’ — two guys who had it all, and gave it up

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus spent years amassing the trappings of a “successful” life. Then they decided success wasn’t all it was chalked up to be.

Climate & Energy

Newtown: Tragedy, empathy, and growing our circle of concern

Our hearts are shattered by the tragedy at Newtown. Going forward, our empathy must extend out even further, to the children of the future.


Will 2013 bring more rights for farmworkers?

Obama has named immigration reform a top priority in his next term. But big farmers and farmworkers have very different ideas about how that reform should look.

Business & Technology

Markese Bryant: From the mean streets to the green economy

When he was 20, Bryant was arrested for selling crack cocaine. Today, he's fighting to give African American youth opportunities that he never had.


Foot forward: Walkability is the key to fixing cities

Urban planner Jeff Speck's Theory of Walkability posits that cities designed for people, not cars, will be centers of growth in the 21st century. But he's not opposed to gassing up the car in the event of zombie attack.


Better than Pop-Tarts: Blood orange galette [RECIPE]

This creative dessert utilizes one of the most memorable winter fruits. Bring it to your next holiday party.


A million and one ways (at least!) to simplify the holidays

We asked Grist readers for suggestions for how to rock the holidays without partaking of the shopping madness and materialism. Boy, did you deliver.


Immigrant farmers grow against the odds

As the majority of American farmers near retirement age, immigrant and minority farmers are stepping up in the face of adversity to take their places.


Ask Umbra: Stop giving me musical cards

A reader wonders how to tell family and friends that their cards are making him crazy. Umbra offers one of her hallmark replies.

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