Sunday, December 26, 2021

EP 35 Free Joseph Previews a new single "Leave Me Alone"

 EP 35 Free Joseph Previews a new single "Leave Me Alone"

Reggae musician Free Joseph has been planning for a US tour and the launch of his new CD "Believers and Non-Believers" and its been challenging trying to hit a moving target as he prepares. Nevertheless, the confusion over travel in the midst of a pandemic has not slowed his creative juices. He is currently preparing a video and launch of a new single "Leave Me Alone". Wayne King speaks with Free about the genesis of the sing and Free provides a sneak peak (Listen) to the song.

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Dusk Impressions in Roseau Harbor, Dominica

Free Joseph is a singer, songwriter, producer and musician with a history in New Hampshire. In the 1990's Free lived with his partner Wini Dean who was a well-known figure in the Capital city as the owner of "Isis" a women's boutique on Main Street in Concord. His first CD, "He is Here" was produced in New London, NH by Cedarhouse Sound and Mastering during the period in which Free was a New Hampshire resident.

Born on the island of Dominica in the West Indies, Free's musical life was launched in 1969 when he began to express himself with the guitar, bass, melodica, bamboo flute, and piano. He twice won the highly coveted first prize of a national music competition in Trinidad and Tobago, while in the Caribbean.

In 1981, Free brought his musical wherewithal to the United States where his talents were immediately utilized as a gig musician. He performed from New York to California as a solo artist at venues with Joe Higgs, Burning Spear, The Wailing Souls, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus and the legendary Augustus Pablo.

Despite these stellar creds, Free Joseph is most fulfilled when he can use all his creative talents and that means singing and playing with his band - The I Science Band. Free Joseph's overriding interest is to "give mankind soul searching music that can help heal the wounds of tribulation".

He has two critically acclaimed CDs and is hard at work on a new one at this very moment.

"Speaking in Tongues" is Free's instrumental album - a fusion of jazz and reggae. Here's what Chuck Foster of KPFK-LA Radio said about it: "Free's flute soars and floats, creating a gentle genre-bending style all his own. Relaxed & relevant, far-reaching and restful, peaceful and powerful music. New age? Smooth jazz? We call it reggae." 

Free's "He is Here" is more classically Reggae born of his roots and powered by life experience and years on the road, joyfully playing music of all sorts but always returning to where he knows he belongs. Order "He is Here" right here.

He is currently finishing work on his third CD "Believers and Non-Believers" due out very soon. It is a companion piece to Speaking in Tongues with lyrics to the instrumental stylings of Tongues.

To listen to songs from both "He is Here" and "Speaking in Tongues" visit Free's YouTube channel here.

If you would like to arrange for Free Joseph to contact you about performances in your area, please contact Free by email at You can also request to be added to his notification list for scheduled performances.

Free Joseph in the Banyan
Edition of 100 signed originals

Portrait of Reggae musician Free Joseph leaning against the roots and trunk of a Banyan tree on his native island of Dominica.

Printed as a signed limited edition original of 100, 16" x 24" on fine art rag paper

Also available as an affordable open edition print here:

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Ep 34. "Stories from the Rolodex" - A Conversation with Beverly Stoddart and Ann Welch

 EP 34 "Stories from the Rolodex" - A Conversation with Beverly Stoddart and Ann Welc

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Beverly Stoddart 

Ann Welch

Take a trip back into history with your kids, your students, your friends and neighbors with this fantastic collaboration between Author Beverly Stoddart and educator Ann Welch as they describe their collaboration built upon the extraordinary stories of journalists from United Press International in the latter half of the 20th century.

In the final days of the Boston office of UPI , Beverly Stoddart who was working for the Boston Herald wandered into the offices of UPI to satisfy her curiosity. She was captivated by a huge Rolodex still among the detritus of the quickly vanishing equipment and memorabilia and she inquired what was to be done with it.

When she was informed it would be thrown out Beverly immediately asked if she could have it, thus beginning a 20 year journey to "Stories from a Rolodex" where Beverly becomes investigative journalist to some of the most consequential investigative journalists of their time reporting on everything from integration and busing in Boston to the largest mass murder in New Hampshire history.

Finally, as if sharing these life-altering stories with us were not a generous enough act, Beverly teamed up with Ann Welch a curriculum development specialist (among many other things!) to build a study guide around the book and to offer it at no cost to teachers, parents and schools at no cost so that their work could serve as a template for experiencing the thrill of journalism and history first hand and learning to discern between real news and the fake news that now lurks in every corner of the Web.

Beverly Stoddart

Author, Writer, Speaker

Ann Welch, M.Ed.

Educator, Consultant, Speaker


United Press International

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Stories from the Rolodex Full Length REV

‘Stories from the Rolodex’ Is A Book Like No Other

Stoddart interviews people she found in the Rolodex she happened on when United Press International was shuttering its business in the space it rented at the Boston Herald minutes before midnight on December 3, 1982.

January 9, 2021 |

Author Bev Stoddart Talks ‘Stories from the Rolodex’ in Virtual Event Jan. 11

Beverly Stoddart joins Gibson’s Bookstore virtually to present her new book, Stories from the Rolodex: Important Figures of Journalism in Their Own Words, in conversation with author Dan Szczesny.

December 29, 2020 |

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

"Own Your Work" A life-Journey toward a Low Carbon World - A Conversation with Green Energy Pioneer Paul Popinchalk



"Own Your Work"

A life-Journey toward a Low Carbon World

A Conversation with Green Energy Pioneer Paul Popinchalk

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While this podcast features a conversation with sustainable energy pioneer Paul Popinchalk, you cannot help but notice that every step along the way has been beside his life partner and wife Nancy, whom he mentions regularly. It's fair to say that the journey he has been on is nothing if not a collaboration between two remarkable people who have had one another's backs through thick and thin.


Early in their professional careers Paul and Nancy - after the birth of their first child, Seth - discovered that the waste from the nuclear plant where Paul was employed had leaked from 3 of the 10 massive storage tanks where it had been stored, contaminating more than 50 miles of the Columbia river basin so completely that it was unsafe to even disturb the soil for fear of exposure to high levels of radiation. This and other cascading events caused a sea change in the lives of Paul and Nancy and set them on the path that has placed them in the vanguard of those working to create what Amory Lovins called the "Soft Path" to a low carbon future.


In a candid and soul-searching conversation, this Podcast brings us a rare look at the "ground-level" experience of scientists who chose to take a risk that they could help bring about a better future for their son and the sons and daughters of all of us. 


WPI Counterpoint Commencement Address

WPI Counterpoint Commencement - 04 - Paul Popinchalk


Paul was the "counterpoint" to a graduation speech by Rex Tillerson of Exxon.







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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Our Class - Their Song: A Conversation with Chris Hedges

Our Class - Their Song: A Conversation with Chris Hedges
"Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison"

Chris Hedges, Wayne King & Kodi relax after a hike in Acadia National Park

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, war correspondent, and author of 14 books. His latest book, "Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison" chronicles his experience teaching in a New Jersey prison an intense, at times, heartbreaking and joyous journey.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Episode 53: ​​Energy Innovation, Choice and Risk Management for a Sustainable Future - A conversation with Clifton Below



​​Energy Innovation, Choice and Risk Management for a Sustainable Future

A conversation with Clifton Below


Clifton Below

Assistant Mayor, Ward 3 

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Ever since his father took him on tours of a hydroelectric dam and a nuclear reactor as a young child Clifton Below has had an outsized interest in technology, electricity and energy from both a scientific perspective as well as a public policy one. As a result of this Clifton Below has become one of the foremost thinkers and policy innovators in the country. New Hampshire’s good fortune has been that “Cliff” chose to live here and to grow and think here - instead of somewhere else. Over the course of 30 plus years that has led Cliff from election to the NH House, the NH Senate and then an appointment to the state Public Utility Commission.

Working, often with Republican Senator Jeb Bradley, the two friends have not only bridged the partisan divide but together have developed some of the most progressive, bi-partisan legislation anywhere in the US including one of the first “net Metering” laws, as well as the relatively-newly-enacted Community Choice Aggregation law that provides the opportunity for cities, towns and other legal jurisdictions to create an alternative to the investor owned utility energy supply system to aggregate the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts.

Today, after 3 terms in the NH House, 3 in the Senate and 6  years on the PUC Cliff has found his “spot on the porch” where theory and innovation come together to create meaningful change at the community level in his home city of Lebanon.


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What is DISTRIBUTED GENERATION? What does DISTRIBUTED GENERATION mean? DISTRIBUTED GENERATION meaning - DISTRIBUTED GENERATION definition - DISTRIBUTED GENERATION explanation. Source: article, adapted under license. Distributed generation, also distributed energy, on-site generation (OSG) or district/decentralized energy is generated or stored by a variety of small, grid-connected devices referred to as distributed energy resources (DER) or distributed energy resource systems. Conventional power stations, such as coal-fired, gas and nuclear powered plants, as well as hydroelectric dams and large-scale solar power stations, are centralized and often require electricity to be transmitted over long distances. By contrast, DER systems are decentralized, modular and more flexible technologies, that are located close to the load they serve, albeit having capacities of only 10 megawatts (MW) or less. DER systems typically use renewable energy sources, including small hydro, biomass, biogas, solar power, wind power, and geothermal power, and increasingly play an important role for the electric power distribution system. A grid-connected device for electricity storage can also be classified as a DER system, and is often called a distributed energy storage system (DESS). By means of an interface, DER systems can be managed and coordinated within a smart grid. Distributed generation and storage enables collection of energy from many sources and may lower environmental impacts and improve security of supply. Microgrids are modern, localized, small-scale grids, contrary to the traditional, centralized electricity grid (macrogrid). Microgrids can disconnect from the centralized grid and operate autonomously, strengthen grid resilience and help mitigate grid disturbances. They are typically low-voltage AC grids, often use diesel generators, and are installed by the community they serve. Microgrids increasingly employ a mixture of different distributed energy resources, such as solar hybrid power systems, which reduce the amount of emitted carbon significantly.



Net Metering

Net metering (or net energy metering, NEM) is an electricity billing mechanism that allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated. This is particularly important with renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which are non-dispatchable (when not coupled to storage). Monthly net metering allows consumers to use solar power generated during the day at night, or wind from a windy day later in the month. Annual net metering rolls over a net kilowatt-hour (kWh) credit to the following month, allowing solar power that was generated in July to be used in December, or wind power from March in August.

Net metering policies can vary significantly by country and by state or province: if net metering is available, if and how long banked credits can be retained, and how much the credits are worth (retail/wholesale). Most net metering laws involve monthly rollover of kWh credits, a small monthly connection fee,[note 1] require a monthly payment of deficits (i.e. normal electric bill), and annual settlement of any residual credit. Net metering uses a single, bi-directional meter and can measure the current flowing in two directions.[1] Net metering can be implemented solely as an accounting procedure, and requires no special metering, or even any prior arrangement or notification.[2]

Net metering is an enabling policy designed to foster private investment in renewable energy.



Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), also known as Community Choice Energy, municipal aggregation, governmental aggregation, electricity aggregation, and community aggregation, is an alternative to the investor owned utility energy supply system in which local entities in the United States aggregate the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts.[1] The CCA chooses the power generation source on behalf of the consumers.

Power Transmission

By aggregating purchasing power, they are able to create large contracts with generators, something individual buyers may be unable to do. The main goals of CCAs have been to either lower costs for consumers or to allow consumers greater control of their energy mix, mainly by offering "greener" generation portfolios than local utilities. Eight states in the United States have enacted CCA enabling law. They are: Massachusetts, Ohio, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Collectively, they serve about 5% of Americans in over 1300 municipalities as of 2014.[2]



What is a Community Power Aggregator?


Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), also known as Community Choice Energy, municipal aggregation, governmental aggregation, electricity aggregation, and community aggregation, is an alternative to the investor owned utility energy supply system in which local entities in the United States aggregate the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts.

Community Choice Aggregation - Wikipedia



Stinson Brook in Winter

Microgrids:  This webinar was part of the Clean Coalition's 2019 series on the Clean Coalition's North Bay Community Resilience Initiative (NBCRI), a groundbreaking initiative to provide local governments, developers, and residents in disaster-affected areas with the information and tools they need to rebuild their communities with resilience. John Griffiths of CONTECH-CA presented.



Flying into a Gathering Storm

The Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire

On Friday October 1, 2021, thirteen municipalities and one county joined together to incorporate Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire. The nonprofit Joint Powers Agency was created to assist cities and towns in launching Community Power programs.


Cloud Abstract


NH Saves Website

NHSaves has all kinds of tips, rebates and incentives to help homeowners to reduce their energy bill and be more environmentally friendly.



What’s a Negawatt?


(From Technopedia) A “negawatt,” which literally means a negative or an inverse megawatt, is a hypothetical unit of power for measuring the amount of energy saved (in megawatts) because of efficient power consumption.


The term was a typo of "megawatt" and was popularized in 1989 by environmentalist Amory Lovins, who is also the chairman and the chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO, USA), after seeing the typo in a Colorado Public Utilities Commission report.


(From Renewable Energy World) A tremendous amount of energy is wasted every day all around the world. If we are going to tackle global warming, air pollution, water pollution, and energy poverty, it is absolutely critical that we tackle the issue of energy waste and become much, much more efficient. The US wastes 61% to 86% of the energy it generates. In other words, it wastes more of the energy that it generates than it actually uses. And that’s without taking into account energy wasted in homes and businesses! The US may “lead” the world in that category, but other countries also waste a great deal of energy. Energy waste needs to be cut all around the world.


We need a lot of renewable energy in order to turn off dirty energy and cut global warming emissions. But we also really need to stop wasting energy in order to cut these emissions. I think that putting energy savings in terms of negawatts helps people to better understand the value of energy efficiency and energy conservation. Hopefully it will help us save more energy all along the value chain. Clever thinking by Lovins.

Clifton Below

Assistant Mayor, Ward 3

Phone: 603-448-2519


25 Perley Avenue

Lebanon, NH 03766



Maple Ablaze at Sunset - Stinson Mountain





Flames Reaching for a Painted Sky