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Larry Gibson is an environmental hero. He didn’t ask for the “job” of bringing attention to the Appalachian tragedy of mountaintop removal. It came to him, his family, his backyard. It came to his mountain in West Virginia.

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Some say that work-life balance is about integrating your work with what really matters to you in life. This is close to the way I think about it. Others say that work-life balance is a myth.

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Here I go – jumping into the fray on year-end retrospectives…

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Have you seen anything in the past two weeks on the front page of the New York Times, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times about the climate change talks? No? Neither have I. This is somewhat curious since all three of these cities are at sea level and can anticipate...

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In Vermont, there’s an old expression. “Welcome to Vermont, now please go away.” I think it was taught to me by my grandfather, a gruff longtime resident of Jericho. He espoused the same attitude about visitors to his property, even towards his young “uncivilized” (his words) grandsons.

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I love the holiday season. Where I grew up, Christmas was the major family holiday with a concentration of visits to the pub followed by overeating and naps. The holiday itself was centered on gift giving surprises, food preparation, more imbibing, and attempts to find batteries which were not included...

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How does a fast-moving high-tech company keep its feet on the ground? One way, for us at NRG Systems, is to plant them firmly at that intersection where science and technology meet the humanities – literature, the arts, history, philosophy, and the social sciences. The humanities aren’t just academic disciplines.

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I recently had the opportunity to participate in two protests in Washington, DC to raise awareness about the Keystone XL pipeline and the dangers this project presents to the environment and climate change. The protests were organized by 350.org, whose mission is to build a global grassroots movement to solve...

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