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Silent Spring at 50

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring at 50 years of age is on my short list of things to mention at Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Her creative genius lay in wedding her passion for biology with her desire to write. While she is remembered most vividly for sparking the...

Honoring Resilience

  I would love to live Like a river flows Carried by the surprise Of its own unfolding. – John O’Donohue     I would love to flow like a river, yet I am tossed mercilessly by a mighty storm surge.  Hurricane Sandy has unleashed suffering and loss,...

In Praise of Darkness

photo credit: Luis Argerich/Flickr 1/23/12 UPDATE: Now a new documentary, The City Dark, looks into the science on environmental and health effects associated with lighting up our cities and suburbs. With a rack of awards already received, The City Dark may well be...

Radiant Gifts

Thanks to President George W. Bush and his positively brilliant idea to sign into law in 2007 a federal energy bill establishing energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs, inventiveness in the lighting sector has been unleashed, and manufacturers are on fire with...