Friday, October 30, 2009

Small Things Have Big Impact

-- Quote of the Day --

We were really astonished to see how many books …that are not printed on recycled paper, and for us – that was something we were not really willing to do. …I’m hoping that more book publishers and authors will do more to take a stand and not cut down virgin trees to produce their books.
~ Corey Colwell-Lipson Oct 15, 2009

I really enjoy this quote of the day because it highlights that everyday simple things that can make the largest impact. Corey Colwell-Lipson appeared on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show just 2 weeks ago on the Oct 15th episode - Greening Holidays & Events. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-links here or by looking to the right side of this blog for links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


-- Recommended Resource --

The Stand for Less blog has a very inspiring video about people finding the “ah-ha” moments that made them take the road to a greener lifestyle. I loved it and hope that you find the time to check it out!
* Today’s recommended resource was sent to me from Jim B. of the Zero Waste San Diego Group – Thanks Jim! :)

-- Conscious Living Event --

Halloween Spirit Fest
Date: Oct. 31, 2009
Location: Newmarket Community Centre - 252 Main Street, Newmarket (USA)

-- Greening Your World --

I recently received a guest query application and media kit from the publicist for author Sally Bingham - Love God, Heal Earth (a non-fiction report on a wide variety of religions and their take on one's responsibility to the health of this planet). While we decided not to feature her on our Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show I was intrigued by her subject and those who are interested in what religious leaders are saying about caring for the earth should definitely check her work out. In the media kit Sally suggested eight things that a person can do right now to help the environment – and I’d like to share those with you now:

1) Do a home energy audit
* This can sometimes be expensive so price out the service before taking this on. Some common sense use of the second half of Sally's suggestion in #2 should be a high priority for those on a fixed or limited budget.

2) Use thermostat settings & insulation to conserve
* We did this in our home that we bought only 3.5 years ago - the automatic thermastat control we have now is really convenient. The house is warm when we get up and I don't have to remember to shut it down when we go to bed - the control does it for us. It also measures other things like humidity levels, which is helpful in the winter months. Insulating the doors, hot water pipes, hot water tanks, windows, wall outlets, and light switches can save a huge amount on the winter and summer energy costs. Kits for these projects are readily available at hardward supply centers and are not expensive.

3) Sign up for renewable energy from local utility companies (if possible)

4) Buy energy efficient home appliances & vehicles
* It took all 3.5 years but we have now replaced the fridge, laundry machines, freezer and hot water tank in this house. Whew! Still a couple more appliances left to do! But we have seen a noticable decrease in the energy bill.

5) Improve efficiency at home and work – curtailing unnecessary energy use.
* Consider these simple things: turn off the computer and unplug it unless it is on a power bar. Don't even turn on the printer/scanner, or other periphrials until you are going to use them - then turn them off immediately after use. Digital phones do not have to be in the cradel unless they are charging. Unplug recharger centers (for batteries, drills, etc). All of these items will continue to draw energy, even when not in use.

6) Use alternative transportation rather than your car
* My favorites - a bicycle or my own two feet! :) But not just in town, think about when you are on vacation or just day activities. For instance going snowshoeing for a day activity has little to no impact on the environment. (as opposed to downhill skiing, snowmobiles...)

7) Communicate to your elected officials on behalf of the environment by calling them, or sending emails or letters

8) Stay informed
*During the long winter months I'd like to remind you all to consider visiting the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show and scroll through the more than 240 hours of interviews and discussions on green and conscious living, literacy, and more! It is a great way to be entertained and educated while wrapping gifts, cleaning house or other such mundane chores!


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today we feature TK Reed who will share an excerpt from her children's book - Quasar and the Eye of the Serpent. Tomorrow, I'll be sharing an excerpt from my book - Towards Understanding. Check out these live - or archived - Authors Read episodes by clicking on the hyperlink here or looking to the right side of this blog for links to recent episodes of the Authors Read radio show.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Thursday, October 29, 2009

-- Interview --

I am thrilled to let you know that I will be interviewed this evening on the Speaking of Everything show with Jeff Bushman (professional blogger, radio host and author) -
Date: Thursday, Oct 29
Time: 8:20-9 PM (Pacific) * show will be archived for those who can't make the live episode.
Location: http://blogtalkradio.com/Jeff-Bushman


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's guest on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio is Myra Lewin. She has over 30 years experience in nutrition, holistic treatments and energy management and is the author of Freedom in Your Relationship with Food: An Everyday Guide. She owns a therapy center called – Maui Yoga and Ayurveda – based in Hawaii, USA, where she has assisted many people towards a healthier, more fulfilled life. Part 1 of the Wholesome Relationship with Food discussion featuring Myra aired on Sept 8/2009. Part 2 airs today at 10 AM (Pacific) and will be archived for those of you who are unable to join us live. By the way, if you do join us live - sign in and drop in to the chat room where you can interact with other listeners and the host (me) - Lillian Brummet. :)

-- Prize Draw Reminder --

We only have one entrant so far in this week's prize draw, which is a shame when we have such great prizes up for grabs! There is still plenty of time to make the Sunday (by 12 PM - pacific time zone) deadline. Here's what we have for you:

Susan Finelli's family saga novel: Behind the Shadows (BehindTheShadows.com) - & - Mila Bernadkin (AttitudeGirlBook.com) is also offering a copy of her novel The Attitude Girl & a magnetic note pad.

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline Sunday at noon, Nov 1st.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Eco Roof Technology

-- Eco Sky Roof --

Source: www.japanfs.org

The Seven Ryoju Estate Group Companies, including Ryoju Estate Co. of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group, recently announced that they have developed a rooftop unit called the "Eco Sky Roof," which combines photovoltaic generation and solar heat recovery, in cooperation with OM Solar Co., and will start selling it from the middle of October 2009.

The product combines a tandem solar panel and solar system, which secures an air-flow path between the solar panel and the roof surface. Using the flow air, it recovers heat from the solar panel side, generating electricity and hot air. By recovering the heat, it can then be used for household heating and hot water supply. The rise of temperature at the back of the solar panel is limited, and generating efficiency is likely to be reduced very little.

Considering that the use of solar heat at the installation space for the solar energy generation unit, which has an output of three kilowatts, the product can supply the energy equivalent of four kilowatts of solar battery and improve the use efficiency of solar energy. During the test, it was verified that 65 percent of energy consumption in each household could be replaced by solar energy.

The group has designed the unit so that housing contractors can easily install the Eco Roof system, and they aim to expand the sales to 500 households, mainly to new homes during fiscal year 2010.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Tuesday, October 27, 2009



-- Quote of the Day --

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people"
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Michelle Atha was our featured guest of the day. She holds two graduate degrees in education and has 13 years experience teaching in public schools within the US. In our discussion we learned about the power that comes from friendship and from giving time or energy to worthy causes. Check out the Volunteering & Friendship show by clicking on the hyper-link here or look to the right for recent episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lots going on today!!

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Fostering is a wonderful thing to do, I highly encourage it to anyone who has time or patience. …Generally the organization you are fostering for will pay for medical costs but food and toys and whatever else the dog (or cat) might need will be up to you. …Fostering is a huge help to shelters, and there are different organizations one can foster for. …Knowing the general breed characteristics is helpful, but if you are a person that doesn’t care what breed you foster a local shelter is a good idea. And each organization will have training programs too.”
~ Kyla Duffy Oct 1, 2009

Today's qoute was chosen to help highlight today's featured guest on Authors Read and the concept of adopting, rescueing and fostering animals. This quote was taken from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interview with Kyla Duffy that aired on Oct 1, 2009 - on the The Happy Tails Animal Rescue show.
Check out the archived interview by clicking on the hyper-links above, or look to the right for recent Conscious Discussions episodes.


-- Prize Draw --

Announcing our upcoming prize draw contest... Starting on Oct 26, Ending on Nov 1st - we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

Susan Finelli's family saga novel: Behind the Shadows
- & -
Mila Bernadkin is offering a copy of her novel The Attitude Girl & a magnetic note pad

Deadline will be Nov 1st - noon (pacific)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line.

* Last week's winners are Ms. Eastwood & John W. Congratulations!


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today on Authors Read we featured firefighter & nationally recognized fire-safety expert Dayna Hilton and her critically acclaimed children's book: Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Check out the archived show to hear this author read an excerpt from her book by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right for links to recent episodes of the Authors Read radio show.


-- Brummet's Muse --

The Brummet's Muse bi-weekly E-newsletter is due to be sent out on Oct 30th - If you'd like to receive a copy of our newsletter simply sign up via the widget on this blog or on the www.brummet.ca website.


-- Conscious Celebrations --

International Trade Fair for Recycling Managmement and Environmental Technology
Date: Oct 27-30
Location: Cologne, Germany

Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
Date: Oct 28-29
Location: Vancouver, BC (Canada) @ Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Center
Info: www.cwre.ca

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Celebrations all day Saturday

-- Conscious Celebrations --

Today is a busy one for most of us because of the incredible conscious celebrations happening across the globe. During Make A Difference Day we can look at some of the older posts I've done recently on homeless, peace and poverty, or perhaps the challenge I put forth to our blog readers earlier this week. According to the USA Weekend site (www.usaweekend.com) "Make a Difference Day is the most emcompasing national day of helping others --A celebration of neighbors helping neighbors."

Being Saturday we might be able to find a few precious moments to go through a closet, a cupboard or perhaps a couple storage boxes to see what we have stored away that others could benefit from today. If you don't have the time for deliveries consider hiring a local delivery, haul-it, or handy-man company to take the load of materials to the designated sites. Consider missions for the poor, churches that offer thrift shops or meals, women's support centers and many other organizations out there working to make a difference - every day. They will love your pantry cupboard excess, your fridge/freezer clean-out days, your old mattress... even old and worn towels and stuffed toys can find a happy home at pet shelters. ...Volunteering is another alternative to making a difference today, and every day.

Today is also United Nations Day, a very important celebration that commemorates the founding of the United Nations in October 1945.

And let us not forget that we are also celebrating the International Day of Climate Change. According to the Green Packs website (www.greenpacks.org) "On Saturday, October 24, people in 181 countries are coming together for what many are describing as the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. They’re gathering to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis."


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca


Friday, October 23, 2009

Interview !

-- Quote of the Day --

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
~ Confucius


-- Interview News --

I am excited to announce that Part 2 of our interview with Conversations with Writers owner, Ambrose Musiyiwa, is now published on his blog. Check it out by clicking on the hyperlinks above or visiting: http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com

Part 1 is an interview with Dave; Part 2 features questions fielded by me (Lillian) - I hope you enjoy both! :)



Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Thursday, October 22, 2009

contests - events - & more



-- Quote of the Day --


“…Well I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer 7 years ago and following the surgery; I realized that this would be something I would be living with forever – this is an indeterminate prognosis and you never know when the treatment you are undergoing will no longer work. And for a while I got into a tremendous funk and just didn’t know how to get out of it. So one day I went to a party and met someone with had a partner in hospice care who had a stroke and had difficulty speaking. …I felt compelled to go – I was surprised to find that it was a happy environment, people were happy! – And there were 27 people there dying, but there was something going on there, it was just so uplifting. As I sat with the partner consulting him on what the staff can do, I saw these people walking from bed to bed; they weren’t wearing uniforms, just street clothes. And they had this incredible look of peace on their faces. I asked who those people were and they said that they were volunteers. I realized whatever it is that they were experiencing, I wanted some of that too, and started volunteering.”
~ Stan Goldberg Sept 17 – 2009


Today's quote was excerpted from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview that aired on Sept 17, 2009 - titled: Life Lessons from the Dying In this interview Stan bravely shares an honest look at his journey with cancer, his career as a speach therapist and the spark that started his volunteering work at hospic centers. He then shares wonderful, heart-warming stories of his experiences as a volunteer, which he continues to do today. Check out this interview by clicking on the hyper-links above or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


-- Fun Writing Contest for Youth! --

Sandy Humphrey sent me some information the other day about a wonderful contest she is hosting for youth. She encourages our blog readers to participate: "If you know any kids who like to write, please invite them to check out the ongoing essay contest on my website - http://www.kidscandoit.com"


-- Eco & Conscious Living Event --

Bright Green Future: Global Challenges, San Diego Solutions

Dates:
Friday October 23: Government & Business Sessions
Saturday October 24: Public & Community Sessions

Location: At the Price Center, UC San Diego - California (USA)

Info: "Bright Green Future is a two-day conference bringing together experts on San Diego's regional energy, natural resources, transportation, green business, job training, sustainable living and building, and much more." http://www.brightgreenfuture.net


-- How You Can Support the Brummets --

Help Dave & Lillian continue to offer fun prize contests every week, fresh interesting content in their daily blog, bi-weekly newsletter & their 2 radio shows by purchasing one of their three books that are available in hardcover, paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.


-- Don't forget to enter --

Enter to win: a signed copy of Beth Fehlbaum's book: Courage in Patience - & - Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book, Towards Understanding.
Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Oct 25 - noon (pacific).


-- Jewelry News --

I just received a notice from my brother who has started a new business importing hand made jewelry. Although I am not prone to wearing jewelry myself, I did find several pieces appealing especially the carved bone and wood pieces.

My brother Gary came back from China last year (after 3 years there!), and his new wife, Wang Hui, immigrated from China to Canada just 2 months ago. She is a great shopper, is great at finding great bargains, and has a good eye for fashion, so they are starting up a new little venture of importing Chinese and Tibetan jewelry for sale.

www.shangrila-jewelry.com

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall's Resources Improve Soil

-- Positive Eco & Conscious Events --

Marketing on a Shoestring (workshop)
Date: Oct. 21, 2009
Location: East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce -18947 Woodbine Ave. Sharon, ON (Canada)

RCO 2009 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards
Date: Oct 22
Location: Toronto ON (Canada) - Atlantis Pavilions
Info: www.rco.on.ca


-- Eco-Tip for Friendly Fall Actions --

According to the Project Laundry List Organization (www.laundrylist.org): “Leaf blowers may be small, but in a year's time that little engine pumps out as much smog-forming pollution as 80 cars, each driven 12,500 miles, according to a government air quality management agency in California

Consider using your leaves for mulch around tender perennials or those that are over-exposed during the cold season. Try placing bags of this dry mulch by the compost pile for layering with fresh kitchen waste in the winter months. The bags will keep the leaves dry and contained in a handy manor, ready for use right next to the compost bin.

From our book Trash Talk: "Leaves break down quickly and are excellent for amending garden soil. Cellulose-based leaves are packed with calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. They also create the much needed loam (organic matter that is responsible for retaining water) in the soil."

Friends, family, neighbors, schools... these are great resources for gathering free fall leaves. Alternatively contact your local landscaping companies and handy-men/women services to see if they could deliver some to you. These companies are often inundated with fall clean up chores and would love to have somewhere close to drop leaves off to. Keep these services in mind for times when you are personally not physically able to perform tasks like raking leaves, rather than purchasing a noisy, polluting machine. Alternatively, consider hiring local youth in your neighborhood to do the job for you.


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Monday, October 19, 2009

-- A 2-Part Interview with the Brummets ! --

The Conversations with Writers blog owner, Ambrose, just wrote me to let me know that Part 1 of an interview with Dave and I is now live on Conversations with Writers and is accessible at http://bit.ly/1GuvF2

According to Ambrose's site, the blog features conversations that are presented with a view to promoting reading, writing, and small press publishers.

Feel free to leave comments on her blog - or this blog too!

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Radio & Eco Events

-- Radio News --

Every day at Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show, you'll see that I feature a new archived episode. Today's episode is from August 2008 when we had a discussion on How Thoughts Affect Our Lives. We have over 240 archived shows for listeners to scroll through, going all the way back to May 2007. You can also scroll through the archived shows by looking to the right side of the Conscious Discussions talk radio homepage (click on hyperlinks here) where the archived shows are listed according to the month in which they aired. Alternatively head over to our main site: www.brummet.ca - go to the Conscious Discussions talk radio page there and discover FAQ's and other news, and a list of all of the archived shows.

Today on Authors Read radio show I have Katie Gates joining in to read an excerpt from her novel: The Somebody Who. Check it out by following the hyperlinks here or look to the right side of this page for links to recent episodes of Authors Read radio.


-- Eco-Events --

Grass Roots Recycling Network's (GRRN) National Recycling & Zero Waste Conference
When: Oct 18-21
Learn cutting edge information in municipal recycling, zero waste, producer responsibility, as well as the latest on the Recycling/Zero Waste/Climate Change connection.
Where: Devons Commons Center - 27 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA (USA)
Info: www.grrn.org

Waste Reduction Week
When: Oct 19-25
The purpose for this annual event is to inform and engage Canadians about the environment and social ramifications of wasteful practices.
Info: www.wrwcanada.com

-- Prize Draw --

As many of you are already aware - I have random prize draw contests every single week. Entrants names are put in a bowl and are randomly drawn. *Names are never shared or added to a mailing list of any kind.

Last week's winners are Liz & Judy - who will receive Dayna Hilton's children's book Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog & Lily Stephens 3rd volume of The Third Verse Trilogy : The Twelfth Age


This week's prizes ( Oct 19 - 25 ) are: An Author signed copy of Beth Fehlbaum's book, Courage in Patience (www.bethfehlbaum.com) - & - Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book, Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Oct 25 - noon (pacific).


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Positive Eco-News!

-- Positive Eco-News --

Today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio I share information about wildlife rehabilitation, new geo-engineering technology, solar breakthroughs, recycling news, greening efforts by individual businesses, and more! Check out the Positive Eco-News episode by clicking on the hyper-links here, or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio.

** Last chance to enter this week's prize draw! Scroll down for info on the weekly prize contests.


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hunger & Poverty & Events


-- Quote of the Day --


On average there is a death from hunger around the world every 3 seconds of every day. During the course of the World Hunger Strike campaign there will have been 1,756,800 people around the world that will have died of hunger.”
~ Bob Williamson (founder and chairman of the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation)

-- Hunger & Poverty --

As you may already be aware, I've been sharing information, tips & resources on green & frugal living & calls to action in celebration of the homeless, poverty & peace awareness holidays being celebrated at this time of the year. In honor of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty events happening today I'd like to extend this topic just a little more to share a couple of interesting discussions I was a part of & some events that are happening this weekend.

Interestingly, I was listening to a radio show last night (www.blogtalkradio.com/aprilsims) which was having a discussion on homeless issues, poverty & in the chat room some of the listeners and I were talking about ways we can give that can help the issue.

Some of the ideas were:
- Donate one dollar, send out challenges to peers for fundraising/donations…
- Habitat for Humanity, Whispers of Hope & other similar city-wide organizations will pick up appliances & deliver them to the needy.
- Women's transition houses accept clothes for women and children of all ages - they often leave with little more than the clothes on their back & every spoon, every shirt can help.
- Non-profit thrift stores raise funds for community causes including hospital equipment, food banks & homeless support services – these places vary in what they accept but generally you can offer clothes and accessories including footwear and books.
- Handing out "book-bags" with zippers, backpacks or reusable canvas bags to the homeless
- Handing out
smaller containers, i.e. travel size, of personal products
- Collecting restaurant, cafĂ© & other food service industry's left over foods at the end of the day & have volunteers to delivering them to the homeless. *Now you've got to know that this idea really appealed to my passion for Zero Waste – I mean what a great way to divert organic waste from the landfill, by feeding the hungry! Of course organizations that collect the food work closely with the food service industry because no one wants to make anyone sick. Food banks are also taking things like donuts and breads from bakeries – anything that isn’t perishable… things that are perishable are rarely accepted, although some food banks will accept excess garden harvests.

Interestingly, poverty and homelessness can come in many guises. It can mean living without your own apartment or house, living in your car, staying on a variety of friend's couches or using their spare room. There are employed individuals living in horrible low-rent conditions, or in their car, simply because they can't afford better housing. Did you know that there are an estimated 1.4 million children who are caregivers in the United States alone? And how about the other working poor, couples who are barely able to pay their bills and feed themselves, elderly who have to choose between medication and food, or parents who cannot fill their cupboards with nutritious food. So you see - there are many guises to this issue. One of the experts on peace (Debbie Jordan; Oct 13) that I featured recently on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show shared how these issues add up to horrible frustrations, emotions like shame and rage and this can easily lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits, drug use or releasing the rage in some damaging way. Thus the connection between poverty, hunger and peace.

-- Conscious Celebrations & Events --

Event: Copenhagen Climate Change World Hunger Strike
Date: The Greenhouse Neutral Organization is hosting a campaign from Oct 18 – Dec 18 to raise awareness for an important climate conference in Copenhagen that is coming up in the near future.
Information: Check out their site for more information - www.greenhouseneutralfoundation.com


Event: Organic Magic with Worms - Workshop
Date: Oct. 18, 2009
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens - 680 Plains Road West, Burlington (Canada)

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's featured author - Dr David Robinson reads excerpts from his non-fiction self-help health book: Transforming Body, Mind and Spirit - Check it out by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right to find links to today's Authors Read radio episode.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Friday, October 16, 2009

quote, prizes & marketing info

-- Quote of the Day --

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom.”
~ Sogyal Rinpoche


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today on Authors Read Radio host Lillian Brummet shares excerpts from Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd. Click on the hyper-link above, or look to the right side of this blog, to access recently aired Authors Read Radio episodes

Hear other excerpts from the newly released 2nd edition of the Purple Snowflake Marketing e-book via archived broadcasts below: August 15th, September 12th & today's broadcast, Oct 16th

More info about this e-book can be found at: www.brummet.ca/purple.html

-- Prize Draw Reminder --

Oct 12-18

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, by Dayna Hilton (Children's Book)

---&---
The Twelfth Age, by Lily Stephen (fantasy, book 3 of trilogy)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com *** Be sure to remove spaces before sending *** with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Oct 18 - noon (pacific).

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Positive News of the Day :)


-- Quote of the Day --
“Without passion, you don’t have energy – without energy you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
~ Donald Trump


-- Blog Action Day --


In celebration of Blog Action Day (Oct 15) the 350.org and Brighter Planet organizations have put out a call to green bloggers to help spread the word about their upcoming initiatives. Blog Action Day. In honor of this I have selected this excerpt from the announcement for their latest initiative:

"Leaders... are not planning to do enough to to avert the climate crisis. But we can change that -- with one number, and one day. The number is 350, and it's now the most important number on the planet. 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, measured in parts per million. Since we're at 390 ppm now, it's a tough number, and getting back to it will require remarkable efforts. The good news is that people all around the world are mobilizing around 350 in a unique and beautiful movement to solve the climate crisis. On Oct 24th, the International Day of Climate Action, people from over 150 nations will come together in creative climate actions to take a stand for 350 and a safe climate future. All of this is designed to drive the 350 message into the human imagination -- and help our leaders realize we need a real solution that pays attention to the science. Today - Blog Action Day - thousands of bloggers will be doing what they do best; spreading vital information to every corner of the planet, efficiently and passionately."

As many of our blog readers are already aware, Brummet's Conscious Blog has been actively sharing environmentally conscious information since the day it began. I encourage readers to scroll through the archived posts here in this blog to find resources, tips, real-life stories and examples of the growing conscious movement across the globe.

And if you have time, I encourage you to scroll through the archived interviews we have had with amazing individuals from across this planet on the Conscious Discussions radio show, where you can download to your favorite listening device, subscribe via itunes or simply listen to the show you are interested in via your computer.

All of this is available for free, so please be sure to share the posts or interviews that you enjoy with your friends.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Lynn Colwell will be our featured guest today at 10 AM (pacific) on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show to discuss Greening Events. Lynn is the co-creator of Green Halloween® - and have a mission to “change the world one celebration at a time”. For many years, Lynn was in public relations and corporate communications and for the last three years, was a life coach with clients around the U.S. and Canada. Today, Lynn will be sharing their experiences in helping others to green celebrations at home, in their offices, at schools and everywhere in life through their book, blog and organization. Come join us live and drop in to the chat room to interact if you like - or access the archived interview at your convenience... Simply click on the links above, or to your right to access this interview, or any other episode.


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Green Resources & Events

-- Eco-Event --

Recycling Council of Alberta - 2009 Waste Reduction Conference
When: Oct 14-16
Location: Calgary AB
Info: www.recycle.ab.ca


-- Recycling in Canada (2004) --

*Source: Recycling Product News Magazine - www.baumpub.com

Statistics Canada’s 2004 Census numbers show that across the country about 27 % of waste is recycled – about 112 kilograms per capita.

British Columbia has always been a leader in Canada – the 2004 Census found that 37.7 % of waste was diverted in B.C.

The largest city in BC, Vancouver reached more than 50 % diversion from the landfill through waste reduction efforts.

I would love to see a new Census with recent recycling numbers and compare them to these 2004 waste diversion rates, as I'm certain that the numbers have climbed in the last 5 years with a lot more items accepted in the recycling stream now.


-- Recommended Resources --


http://www.promotionalcodes.org.uk/frugal-blog - a frugal living blog


http://blog.industrialgreenchem.com - a professional or inventor’s green blog



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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Peace


-- Quote of the Day --

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."

~ Ivy Baker Priest


-- Peace --


Today's featured guest on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show was journalist Debbie Jordan - author of The World I Imagine: A Creative Manual for Ending Poverty and Building Peace, in which she offers solutions to many social issues such as poverty. She is an active volunteer and has been involved in the world of writing since the 1980’s.

Regular listeners may remember hearing Debbie’s name before – That is because she appeared as a featured guest on May 12, 2009 – the interview (in which we discussed today’s educational & health care systems, peace & poverty issues & some insider’s insight into the world of writing) was titled: Ending Poverty; Building Peace.

In today's interview we define "poverty", why it plays a role in creating peace, and the three buzzwords that politicians and sociologists tend to use when discussing this issue: systemic, holistic and systematic. We also learned how education, health and consumerism all play a role in peace.

Check out the Peace in this Lifetime interview by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right for links to recent Conscious Discussions Talk radio episodes.

When you are there, scroll down the page to the "comment" section where you'll see a list of related archived interviews that may interest you as well.


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Food, Business Savvy Tips & Friendly Challenges


-- Quote of the Day --


My relationship, for years, was making it very difficult to have peace in my life and that is what lead me to this direction. …I have tried a lot of extremes and found they did not make me happy. My relationship with food was very significant; if I was not running away from it and not feeling well, I was thinking about food all the time - but most of all these things kept me from living in the present. We are a part of nature and keeping a balance is the key. …So I started looking at myself as a part of nature. …Food is almost a work of art as well as science.
~ Myra Lewin - Sept 8, 2009

With the feasting and celebrating over the Thanksgiving season, I felt this quote was an appropriate choice for today's posting here on this blog. Myra Lewin appeared as a featured guest on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio program and we discussed the concept of having a Wholesome Relationship With Food - learning how to feel which food is good for you at that moment and more. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-links above or look to the right to find links to recent broadcasts of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


-- New Prize Draw Contest This Week --
Oct 12-18
This children's book will be pawed by Sparky & signed by the author, Dayna Hilton - Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog (www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com)
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To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Oct 18 - noon (pacific).


*Remember, the more weekly prize draws you enter - the more prizes you can win! :)
Anyone can enter the prize draws.
Entrant's information is never shared or abused in any way.

-- Conscious Celebrations --

This week we celebrate Homeless Action Week & having just come out of Fire Prevention Week, we can really appreciate the tragedy of losing a home due to catastrophe, going bankrupt or unable to find affordable housing. Tragically the churches, missions for the poor, food banks... all the support systems are already being heavily relied upon this year - with more people needing help than ever before. I heard a report on TV recently that stated these support systems expect that in the colder months they will see three times the number they are seeing now.

Winter is a very good season for looking at ways we can downsize our belongings to help others. Toys, clothing, food, schools supplies, blankets and sleeping bags... coats, sweaters, mitts... anything that you have can really help these support centers attend to the huge number of people who have faced incredible tragedies over the last year or two and can no longer support themselves, feed thier kids, or stay warm.

So I would like to send out a friendly challenge to our blog readers - Take one cupboard, one closet or one box in your storage room at a time and slowly work your way around your home or office to find things you no longer need. Think of it this way - if you haven't used the item in the last 24 months, you probably won't use it in the future either. If the items you have are a little on the high-end side of things (brand names, etc) you might want to consider donating these items to non-profit 2nd hand thrift stores that raise funds for your local hospital or foodbank, etc.

-- Prize Draw Winners --


Winners to last week's draw are Lizanne & Alan - two of our regular entrants in our weekly prize draws. Interestingly there are 6 or 7 people who enter nearly every week's draw and they have won hundreds of dollars worth in prizes. Our prize draw contests have been happening every week since April 2009 and we have had the honor of sharing prizes offered by conscious and proactive individuals - a total value of more than $1,600, so far.

Last week's prize draw winners will receive a copy of Jude Treder-Wolff's book Possible Futures - Creative Thinking for the Speed of Life & a T-Shirt (medium, large or xlarge sizes) from author Lisa Watson


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's featured guest was Drew Whitman who read an excerpt from his nonfiction book: Ca$hvertising. If you have a business, a product you are selling or intend to create ads of any kind - you don't want to miss Drew's interesting presentation. I learned several techniques that Dave and I intend to employ from now on. In fact with the potential 3rd edition of the e-book Purple Snowflake Marketing intended to be released in mid-late 2010 - and the upcoming release of our e-book series based on the original edition of the book Trash Talk, I am certain these new techniques will be very useful. Check out today's episode by clicking on the hyper-link above or visit one of the links to recent Authors Read broadcasts on the right side of this blog.



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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Growing News...

-- Growing Communities --

Looking for a way to get your youth group or young family members involved in the community and learning about growing food in their own back yards... or balconies? Here's a great way to do this and at the same time support food banks, missions for the poor or churches that feed the hungry.

Check out the www.growarow.org site where you can learn about a junior vegetable gardening & sharing initiative for children and their families – sponsored by the Garden Writers Association, Food Banks Canada and the Composting Council of Canada – Learn how you can get your kids involved in this project for the upcoming growing season simply by following the hyper-link above.

-- Conscious Composting Innovation --

Cavendish Farms, one of North America's leading producers of potato products, have recently installed a bio-gas facility that converts solid potato waste to energy for the processing plants located on the farm site - resulting in 30% less greenhouse gas emissions produced by the farm, a reduced dependence on fossil fuel, fewer trucks to bring the fuel to the plant and the elimination of transport needs for the potato waste… and the byproduct is a natural soil amendment that reduces their reliance on fertilizers.


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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Talk About Recycling...


-- Conscious Celebrations This Weekend --


Wow, what a weekend we have ahead of us with Oct 12th being Thanksgiving Day (Canada) and Columbus Day (USA) and today, Oct 10th, being World Day Against the Death Penalty

This is definitely a good time to evaluate our live, lifestyle and this society or community we are living in. Take the time to appreciate the positive movements towards conscious living that you have seen in your lifetime. Consider all the volunteers in your community and businesses that make an effort to better your community. View the trees that clean the air, and the clouds that grace our sky with renewed respect and joy. If you can take stock of what you appreciate in your own life on a daily basis, you will find that each day will seem a little brighter.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's scheduled featured author was unable to attend today, instead I read from pages 64, 65 and part of 66 from our book Trash Talk on Authors Read Radio Check out the archived show when you have time simply by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here, or look to the right side of this blog for links to recent episodes of the Authors Read Radio show.


-- Recycling Reduces Costs & Volume at Landfills --

Source: San Diego’s Zero Waste Group

In the city of San Diego - “City residents and businesses are keeping nearly two-thirds of their trash out of landfills largely because of bolstered recycling laws, financial incentives to keep construction debris out of dumps and consumers trying to save every penny by reusing more products and redeeming recyclables for cash. ...At 64 percent, San Diego's recycling rate for last year is up 12 percentage points from 2005 and above the state average of 59 percent."

Waste officials expect San Diego's rate to rise further next year, with the new recycling ordinances & the increased size of the green-waste facility at Miramar Landfill.

California has been a longtime national leader in recycling partly because its local governments face hefty fines if they don't meet the state's minimum threshold (50% recycle rate minimum). California recycles almost twice as much as the national average, and its lawmakers debate whether to raise the bar even more — perhaps to 75 percent.


US City Recycling Rates (2008)

• Carlsbad ... 61%
• Del Mar ... 73%
• Encinitas ... 61%
• Escondido ... 55%
• Los Angeles … 65%
• Oceanside ... 67%
• Poway ... 63%
• San Diego ... 64%
• San Franciso …72%
• San Marcos ... 67%
• Santee ... 61%
• Solana Beach ... 66%
• Vista ... 57%


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Friday, October 9, 2009

Just One, then...



-- Quote of the Day --

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
~ Mother Teresa


This featured quote can be applied to one's life in a thousand ways, but it really boils down to starting where you are, with what you have and playing a proactive role in creating a healthier planet.

It doesn't have to be a lot - Here's a small example of some of the little things we have done over the last few weeks:

We took our excess magazines, local maps (and some bookmarks) to the busiest laundromat in our city. We shared several bags of eggplant, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, herbs and tomatoes to a variety of friends and co-workers. We have more than 90 pie-pumpkins (exceptional for pies and soups/curries, etc), of which we will only need about 30 at most, so we'll be sharing most of the harvest with a few friends and the Whispers of Hope Mission (which feeds the hungry) or the church around the corner from us that often holds feasts for the underprivilaged and working poor during the holidays. I have a box of 28 used and like-new books for donation to the local literacy organization, waiting for pick-up. Dave wrote 3 short stories about dog adoption for 2 different animal rescue organizations to help in their fundraising efforts. And I've promoted at least a dozen different positive and proactive organizations via word of mouth (...also on this blog and the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show).

So - okay - these contributions are not "huge", "great", "wonderful"... but they may inspire you to consider what you have that is extra, what skill you have that you can use on a daily or regular basis to help create a healthier, conscious world.

Never mind how "small" a single contribution might feel to you & don't let the negativity bring you down - celebrate your every action for you are the hero society is seeking.

-- Authors Read --

Beth Fehlbaum joined in today's radio show episode to read from her novel: Courage in Patience... Check it out by either clicking on the links you'll find on the right side of this blog, or via the Authors Read Radio show hyper-link here.


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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mythology & Culture, Prizes & Reforestation

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show --

World traveler, writer, former teacher and librarian Elsie Sze (pronounced “see”) is here today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio to share information on how world culture attracts today’s readers, the growing interest in history & mythology… We’ll also talk about world peace, bettering humanity and what it means to be human. Elsie will share writing and traveling experiences along the way that influenced wonderful books like Hui Gui and Heart of the Buddah - Join us for our discussion on World Culture's Influence on today's society.

-- Reforestation --

Guest Article - Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=T_Sons


Reforestation is the rebuilding of existing forests and woodlands which have been depleted. There has recently been an increased demand for reforestation. Whether it is due to global warming, endangered species, or supplies needed in everyday life, such as houses, paper, furniture, etc., reforestation is quickly becoming a reality. The term reforestation can also be referred to as afforestation which is the process of restoring and recreating areas of woodlands or forest that once existed but were once removed or destroyed at some point in the past. The resulting forest can provide both ecosystem and resource benefits such as pollution and dust control.

Reforestation of large areas can be done through the use of rope for measuring the accurate spacing of plants and the use of augers for making the hole in which a seedling, plant or tree can be placed. Indigenous soil inoculants can be also used to increase survival rates in hardy environments.

An issue that has been widely debated in managed reforestation is whether or not the succeeding forest will have the same biodiversity as the original forest. If the forest is replaced with only one species of tree and all other vegetation is prevented from growing back, a monoculture forest similar to a field of agricultural crops would be the result. However, typically reforestation requires that seedlings taken from the area be replanted. More frequently multiple species are planted as well. Another important factor is that natural regeneration of a wide variety of plant and animal species can occur in an open area. In some areas the suppression of forest fires for hundreds of years has resulted in large single aged and forest stands with single species. The logging of small areas and prescribed burning actually increases the biodiversity in these areas by creating a greater variety of trees and ages and species.

Reforestation can be used for more than accidentally destroyed forests. In some countries, such as Finland, the forests are managed by the wood products and pulp and paper industry, where trees, like other crops, are replanted wherever they are cut. In such circumstances, the cutting of trees can be carefully done to allow easier reforestation. In Canada, systematically, the wood product and pulp and paper industry replaces many of the trees it cuts, employing large numbers of summer workers for planting trees.

Reforestation, if several native species are used, can provide other benefits in addition to financial returns, including restoration of the soil, rejuvenation of local flora and fauna, and the capturing and sequestering of many tons of carbon dioxide per year.

There are still some drawbacks and risks resulting from climate mitigation through the uses of forests. There is always the risk that, through a forest fire or insect outbreak, all the stored carbon could make its way back in the atmosphere. By reducing the harvesting rates and the amount of fire suppression, there has been an increase in the forest biomass in the western United States over the past century. This has caused an increase of a factor of four in the frequency of fires due to longer and hotter dry seasons. These new disturbances patterns are changing the view held in the past that vast forest resources anywhere would always play a major role in climate mitigation.

~ http://www.tnnursery.net - Tn nursery is a state certified tree nursery specializing in native plants and trees,shrubs,fern and perennials as well as pond plants and wetland mitigation species.


-- Don't Forget, This Week's Prize Draw --

The Contest this week is for the following prizes: Jude Treder-Wolff's book - Possible Futures: Creative Thinking for the Speed of Life & a Watch Your Back T-Shirt (medium, large or xlarge sizes) from author Lisa Watson. *See Monday's post for details.

How to enter the random draw: Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Oct 4 - noon (pacific).

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