Paige Wolf writes about parenting, activism, and sustainability for dozens of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Grid, MindBodyGreen, Prevention, Philadelphia Magazine, and Organic Life
Can sustainability be convenient?
Over the past 75 years, Americans have relentlessly pursued liberation from household tasks. How we eat has been at the heart of this movement. Fast food, TV dinners and microwaves have all promised more free time—no more food shopping, cooking or, for the most part, cleaning.
Jason Forrester grew up on a farm in Chambersburg, PA. The family originally grew a variety of vegetables, but like many peers, transitioned to planting mostly corn and wheat.
After his father passed, Forrester elected to forgo those 2,500 acres and buy his own piece of land. He began by cultivating conventional crops alongside a tractor-selling business, but he was disappointed with the results from using pesticides. Then a neighbor asked him to consider growing organic feed to supply their ...
At over 11,000 residents per square mile, Philadelphia is among the most densely populated cities in the country. And those miles offer a rich history of community, shared spaces, and pooled resources. From thriving open markets to urban gardens and a wealth of public art, the metropolis has vast resources to help residents make do without the need for car ownership, large homes, or mass personal consumption.
Here are eight examples of the city’s bustling sharing economy:
1. A growing bike-sh...
by Paige Wolf, Author of "Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parents Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt"
I remember when my son was an infant, back in 2009, I caught wind of a study that said lavender oil could cause “man boobs.” As a new mother concerned about literally everything, I started scouring bath products for lavender on the label and considered switching everything to a “safer scent.”
But then as I started doing the research for my book, I realized I wa...
Sponsored Content: After the days of diaper-changing have long past – and even well into report card conferences and beyond – some things about the early days of parenting don’t ever seem to get back to the way they were. And we’re not just talking about full nights of sleep or avoiding 4th grade math. We’re talking about our bodies.
I haven’t always been an activist.
When I was younger, I did the bare minimum. I voted in elections and wrote vaguely political columns for my college newspaper. But I never actually tried to do anything about injustice.
Things changed in my late 20s as I discovered more about the world around me. Learning about some of the injustice in our world opened my eyes to a Pandora’s box of troubling information, and I became determined to use my voice for as much good as reasonably possible.
Family Business, Amplified: Babson’s Amplifier Course Prepares Students for A Future Role in Their Family’s Enterprise
Started in 2018, almost 100 years after Babson opened with a founding mission to educate the next generation of family business leaders, the IFE launched to better serve the numerous students with family business backgrounds. Among Babson’s undergraduates, approximately one-half hail from families with businesses.
The institute’s latest offering is its Amplifier course, a unique program designed to prepare students for a future role in their family enterprise.
Several years ago, Katrina Shafer of Bala Cynwyd was afraid to date. ¶ Suffering from fever, hot flashes, painful cramping, fatigue, extreme mood swings, joint pain and depression, she was nervous about embarking on intimate relationships. ¶ She had been diagnosed with a vaginal bacterial infection and treated with three different antibiotics, but her symptoms did not improve.
Recent legal and organizational efforts have propelled the state forward in family planning.
From the contraception access organization assisting thousands of women statewide to legislation expanding access to birth control and in vitro fertilization (IVF) insurance coverage, Delaware is leading the way in coverage for family planning.
In June 2018, Delaware became the 16th state to mandate fertility coverage and the fourth state to cover fertility preservation when Gov. John Carney signed SB...
"The Devil We Know" examines the company's manufacture of Teflon and its effects on a West Virginia town.
A new documentary film shines a light on lawsuits against DuPont, revealing a history of employee and consumer dangers, cover-ups and important questions about corporate social responsibility—and potential hazards lurking in our everyday products.
"The Devil We Know" takes aim at DuPont and 3M, following the story of a West Virginia community and its legal battle against the health and en...
The state's legislature saw a surge in diversity with significant wins for black, Latina and female lawmakers.
Among the national wave of upsets in the midterm elections, women and people of color led the headlines.
The local races in Delaware were no exception, with significantly more black and female lawmakers elected across the state. In a year when one-quarter of its members did not seek re-election, Delaware's legislature now will be far more diverse, with the most black and female membe...
Here is what you need to know about starting a Buy Nothing Group in your community.
Having a rare chronic illness – in my case primary immune deficiency – is more than just physically exhausting. It is an emotional and mental drain, rife with conflicting advice, misinformation, frustration, and financial strain. If I adhered to the advice of every doctor and health professional I’ve seen in search of a remedy for my illness, all of the following must be true:
When your head starts hammering, it’s easy to reach for a pill bottle for relief. But conventional and prescription drug medications aren’t for everyone, and they don't need to be used for every headache. (Here are six more natural cures and home remedies.)
The Junior League of Wilmington Celebrates 100 Years: Now led by president Angela Gustavsen, the league continues its mission to improve the community through women-led action and advocacy.