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Jennifer Langston is a news editor for Sightline Institute a nonprofit research and communications center for the Pacific Northwest. She co-edits Sightline's daily news service and is a former reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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The Berzins outside their 168-square-foot, mortgage-free home.

When my husband and I bought our first house, its 800 square feet of living space was perfect for two. It was what we could afford, and it suited us. We fought rarely, lived within our means without too much trouble, loved living within easy walking distance of restaurants and parks, went away many weekends, divided up the two closets, and dumped all the extra stuff in the basement.

Then we had a kid.

Jennifer Langston

Daycare bills made us broke, we argued 400 percent more often, and we spent more time inside. We moved our one living room chair to make way for the baby swing. We moved the desk into our bedroom, with one inch to spare. I invented a complicated system of labels and garbage bags headed to the consignment store, full of out-of-season clothes that were too big or too small, the acres of unwanted things that people give you, and toys that I could not stand to store in my living room. This Christmas, I provoked the familial equivalent of an international incident by limiting the presents that grandparents could send.

To be clear, my family does not live in a tiny house. People raising c... Read more

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    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.

  • Better Eating Through Engineering

    I’ve been interested in efforts to improve school lunches ever since my days as a reporter at the Seattle P-I, and here’s one of the coolest ideas I’ve run across: the “smart cafeteria.” Despite our best efforts to get kids to love jicama sticks or broccoli spears, you can’t really force them to eat something […]

  • Statistics help a mom cut the car seat tether

    I rode the Seattle streetcar today with my nearly two-year-old daughter. It was her first “school” field trip, and her classmates had been excited about it for weeks. There were lively debates in the Rainforest Room about whether the streetcar would be purple or orange. Edie, who wore her lavender shirt for “trolley day,” picked […]

  • Cashed Coal Plants

    As the US struggles to agree on an energy policy, Canada is telling energy providers that they’ll have to gradually close their coal plants when they reach the end of their commercial life, which in most cases is 5 to 15 years from now. As a weekend story in The Globe and Mail explains, the […]