Living

Grains of truth

Ask Umbra Book Club: Did Paleolithic hunter-gatherers eat healthier than we do today?

Corn of plenty? Maybe not so much.Photo: Big Grey MareDearest readers, Welcome to the second day of our conversation of At Home: A Short History …

Home is where I want to be

Ask Umbra Book Club: What makes a home?

Home is where the art is. And the war too.Photo: Stefano ADearest readers, Welcome to February’s book club conversation. I hope you’ve gotten some good …

You Don't Have to Grow Up

On eco-architecture and urban farming: Are you kidding me with your f-ing farm skyscraper?

Find a place, do some work, grow some stuff: it ain’t rocket science.Photo: Tracie LeeJust last summer, Broke-Ass was invited to speak on a panel …

CYBERSEXUAL HEALING

TreeShagger: Do all green dating sites suck?

Computer love.Photo: Jeremy BrooksWelcome to TreeShagger, our new column on green dating. If you’ve got green dating questions, send ’em our way! The internet wants …

DIRTY TALK

Pre-Valentine’s live chat with Ask Umbra and TreeShagger

Even in French, they still taste like chalk. Photo: KatLevPhotoIn a live chat today, Grist’s Ask Umbra and TreeShagger answered all of your Valentine’s Day …

Bob job

The (not so) New Agtivist: Organic movement leader Bob Scowcroft looks back

Bob Scowcroft in 2008, in one of his signature shirts.Photo: Bart NagelAfter nearly three decades at the center of organic food and farming world, Bob …

ray of hope

Keep the Solar Decathlon on the National Mall!

The Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in 2009.Photo: NREL Solar DecathlonThe National Mall has long served as the nation’s front yard, a place where …

Ok, cupid!

Ask Umbra’s 5 surprising things to make you a lover like no other

Send your question to Umbra! Dearest readers, It is said that only amateurs wait for Valentine’s Day to express their love. Readers of this column, …

LOVE FOR THE GLOVE

6 things you didn’t know about condoms

Rock and unroll.Photo: OhMiBod It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: time to gird your loins. Here are some wacky prophylactic facts …