Sunday, November 30, 2008

Events happening during the 1st week of December:

1st – World AIDS Day
2nd – Together We Can Change The World Day
3rd – International Day of Disabled Persons
4th – National Cookie Day (USA)
5th – Senior’s Day
5th – International Volunteer Day
7th – Teacher’s Appreciation Day

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Alternatives & news


-- Quote of the Day --


"Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted counts." Albert Einstein

-- Wood Alternatives --

Some of you may remember that on Nov 20th I interviewed John Vere on the topic of wood stoves, burning responsibly, how to cure the wood, how to purchase wood from suppliers, and how to reduce contributions to global warming. During that interview we also discussed some amazing innovations for reusing things like fruit pits (cherry, apricot, etc) and other waste products (grain hulls, etc) to create pellets - an alternative burning resource for woodstove owners.

I would like to mention today that there has also been a new innovation for wood alternatives, not for burning but for construction! Waste wood and recycled plastic fibers along with a few other patented additives – are now being used to create a product that has the appearance and workability of wood but is stronger, water proof, warp-free, and also mold, pest and rot free. Anything wood is used for, this product can be used for. From what I’ve been able to determine, this new composite material contains 98% recycled content – now that is ingenious!


-- Updates --

Perhaps you are already aware that I now use our myspace site's blog to announce upcoming guests on our two radio shows and also where I'll be appearing on other radio programs - one week at a time. This week's new announcements have been uploaded this morning. If you'd like to view this go to: www.myspace.com/CanadianAuthor

Also, to see our upcoming events a month at a glance go to: http://booktour.com/author/lillian_dave_brummet


P.S. - There is still time for you to add one of our books to your shopping list this holiday. Provide a gift of hope, understanding, inpsiration... and support 3 amazing charities at the same time!

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

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hear Lillian reading poetry!!!


-- Authors Read --


Today's guest on Authors Read was unable to attend for some unforeseen reason. Instead, I read from my book - Towards Understanding - and played a song that was based on a poem from that book by the band - Grooveyard . The poems I read today depicted a nightmare I had about a child that was falling and crying out for rescue but no matter what I did I couldn't reach her... then as she faded from view I realized the child was me. Another poem I shared today was written at a time when I truly understood that the healing process had begun and I would one day be able to leave the pain of an abusive childhood behind. I also shared a poem about deciding to live; rather than waiting to die and feeling shame because I didn't have the guts to end my life. The final poem that I read today was written an attempt to express the feelings of being separated from life of feeling insignificant, that many people with inner issues experience when dealing with society.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy today's reading on the Authors Read radio show. To access the archive of today's broadcast simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right of this screen for the link to the radio program... either of these will get you there. Alternatively, click on the image below:

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Friday, November 28, 2008

green holidays, tolerance & understanding - green technology

-- Innovative Green Technology --

An article by Trey Granger at earth911.com site shared interesting recycling endeavors by the city of San Diego. Apparently they are offering free surfboard recycling to keep obsolete surf-boards out of landfills. The city will sort the surf-boards and any that are reusable are donated to various Los Angeles nonprofit organizations - while broken boards will be ground up and used in mixing concrete. According to the article: “Over 750,000 surfboards are produced each year. Because modern surfboards are made of polystyrene (which you may know as #6 plastic), finding recycling options can be a challenge.” Now of course there may be concerns with this new innovation such as the possibility of contaminating the concrete, a relatively benign material. Leaching pollutants into the air or water table could be another concern. However, I found this innovative approach to a growing landfill problem quite interesting and it is possible that these concerns have already been addressed by the creator of this exciting technology.

-- Green Family Holiday Activity Tips --

As we near December, the joy of the holidays is making its way into our homes and offices. There are a lot of people out there on constrained budgets, while others want to instill conscious living patterns in their children. Families are aching to spend time together, but sometimes, they just don't know what to do that would be fun for everyone.

Here are some tips that could help you accomplish all of these things:

Save all of your old birthday or other holiday cards - these are great craft items! Consider all the cards you've received or those that you've made wrong entries in and don't want to send it out with a big scribble in the inside :) .

Create beautiful bookmarks & Gift Tags: These are extremely easy to construct and depending on the size, shape and type of scissors you are using - they can be made into very creative craft projects. Those little bits of ribbons that you've been saving will come in handy now too. If you don't have any, visit your local wedding and flower shops to see if they have any bits and ends for your projects. Bookmarks are a lovely gift and are even more meaningful because they were handmade by someone they love. Consider a set of bookmarks in 2's, 4's or even 6 per recipient.


Those same cards can be very useful for creating unique gift tags, which can extend your budget by reducing the number of gift wrapping items you need to purchase. These unique gift tags can also be a wonderful gift - consider creating a package of a dozen or so per recipient.

For either of these craft ideas simply look for interesting images and make sure there is no writing on the reverse side. Cut those out into the desired shape and - voila ! - you have your bookmark or gift tag. Smaller images work best as gift tags, while long, narrow images work best as bookmarks. Use a hole punch on the top of the bookmark or gift tag and attach a tassel or ribbon.

-- Tolerance - Understanding --

“…we were part of what is called today as the 60’s scoop… another process of assimilation. We ended up off reserve with a non-native family… I became a goalie (hockey) for local teams…and then for the Detroit Redwings… the road to get there was full of bruises & cuts & emotional exhaustion. …at the end of my hockey career, before I knew it I was in Toronto …& ended up on the streets… there is a false feeling of family on the street but it isn’t really there because no one can really trust each other. …in the workshops for youth I give today, I talk about life on the streets, the native culture… I think they really need to hear that someone will be there waiting for them when they hit bottom & come back. …we tell stories & have fun, …sharing native culture …& giving them a sense of identity… a sense of respect for life…” ~ Michael White 02/10/08

I chose this quote because recently we celebrated Tolerance day and Michael's interview reminded me of experiences I had when growing up. You see, I was on my own when I was 14 due to an unstable home and an abusive past. I was lucky in that I was already working at nurseries doing odd farm work so I was able to pay rent on a small apartment. I tell the full story in my book Towards Understanding. Anyway, while in that position I had a lot of people staying with me from time to time. Run-aways from angry parents who hit, or divorcing parent that fight. There were rich kids, poor kids - each had their own individual chains to over come in life. And looking back, I am honored to have been able to provide a safe place for them, even if only for a night or two. The interview with Michael shows another side of people on the street.... without means to support themselves or without the emotional strength to carry on. According to Michael - the street is an equalizer. You'll find lawyers, doctors, housewives... people from all walks of life. Very few are there just because they didn't want to abide by rules. I encourage our blog readers to visit the Conscious Discussions Talk radio show to hear this incredible interview.

Michael's interview aired on Feb 10, 2008 - Look to the archives on the right side of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Click on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog or click on the link on the right side of the blog's page... either will get you there ;)

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www.brummet.ca

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Celebrating Paramedics - & - Greening the Holidays

-- Conscious Discussions --

We often see news reports and specials in other media for the success stories, or demands and stresses for Doctors, hospitals and Nurses – but we rarely see support and celebration of the amazing individuals involved in the field of paramedics. Today on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show we had that opportunity… I had a wonderful discussion with Morgan Lawrence - his tribute to paramedics is unique and we had the opportunity to find out more about the impact saving or losing lives has on the paramedic, the legacy these workers leave behind, acts of kindness and relationships gained or lost in this career. This is an insiders, behind the scenes in-depth interview into the life of the paramedic. Today’s guest is author Morgan Lawrence – his book – the Streets Ran Red – was also discussed.

Find this interview by clicking on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog, click on the link for the Conscious Discussions show on the right side of this site or click on the image below - either of these will get you there :)

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-- Holiday: Keeping it green, keeping it safe ---

Consider purchasing a set of large, sturdy square bottomed reusable bags. There are a lot of varieties to choose from, but may I suggest those that are created from recycled plastic bottles – these are fantastic, very strong and a great way to support the waste-to-resource system that feeds a sustainable planet. Plastic litter is a huge concern. Consider this stat quoted from an article by Marine Debris Campaign Manager Danielle Miller: “In 2007, 9,316 plastic bags were removed from San Diego beaches, communities and our bay during twice-monthly beach cleanups, weekly boat patrols and Coastal Cleanup Day. Although these bags were removed, countless others made their way to our ocean contaminating our water, degrading our precious marine ecosystems and harming marine animals. An estimated 60–80% of all marine debris and 90% of floating debris is in the form of plastic, which is highly toxic and does not biodegrade in the environment. …It takes more than 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags consumed in the United States each year. The production of plastic carryout bags is polluting the air we breathe and contributing to the challenges of global warming.” I’d like to take this opportunity here to thank the zero waste san diego group for keeping in informed of interesting articles like these.

Just how many bags? Well, personally we own a dozen different kinds of reusable bags, but prefer the square bottomed ones created from plastic bottles. You can find these at nearly every retailer these days – grocery stores are especially becoming more supportive of this movement towards sustainability. 12 bags will likely cover most of the shopping activities for a family of 3. 6-8 bags may be appropriate for an individual…

Alternatively consider gifts that encourage activities such as renting bikes for an outing or giving dance lesson gift certificates.

… if you feel you have enjoyed our radio shows (Conscious Discussions & Authors Read) our blog, newsletter or articles - please consider our books as a gift for those on your list over the holiday season and whenever gift giving holidays arise. By doing so, you are not only supporting the work we do - you are also helping us support some amazing charities. Check out our site for more information: brummet.ca


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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Little Action=Big Impact


-- Quote of the Day --

“(re: Making Peace Conference) I do remember that they were really interested in getting a youth organizer …so at the age of 16 I was given a lot of responsibility and freedom and got to set up a bunch of workshops for this conference. …this was a really interesting event because there is a big problem of racism …and this event culminated on a round dance with people of all different backgrounds and cultures …and I remember thinking that this just didn’t happen. …I think that people, even nonpolitical people, if you ask them what some of the pivotal moments in their lives have been, they’ll usually site a concert or something like that – that inspired them …gave them a sense of what is possible. …(re: We Are Many Festival) …I started to think about how frustrating it is that what makes sense for the individual is destructive for society. As an individual, we cannot clean the bubble of air above our own head; therefore we decide to keep driving and continue to heat our homes inefficiently. …I thought maybe there is a way to get people to decide collectively to make a big enough difference at once that you could see the results – and that was the kernel behind the We Are Many festival. …We had people take a button that stated ‘I signed the WAM Pact’ – and people don’t like to be hippocrates and people ask questions too – people ask me about my button about. Also by signing the pack among thousands of others who are doing the same thing is inspiring.
~ Ellen Quigley 09/23/08

This quote above ties in nicely with the Eco-News topic that I discuss a little later in today's post. So few of us realize the incredible impact that seemingly tiny actions on a daily basis can actually have on our family, our community - and in fact, across the globe. Our book Trash Talk has 192 pages filled with information on how the individual can leave a lasting positive legacy, while enjoying benefits like leading a more fulfilling life and reducing financial strain.

There is still time to add Trash Talk to your holiday shopping list; and remember - 30% of the royalties we receive from book sales go to charity: The Canadian Wildlife Federation, The Seeds of Diversity Organization and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. So when you purchase one of our books, you not only provide a gift of hope to the recipient you are also helping amazing charities and supporting all the work Dave and I do here on the blog, on our radio shows, newsletter and so forth. Dave and I sincerely appreciate your support. :)

The quote above was taken from an interview with Ellen Quigley on Sept 23rd
, 2008at the Conscious Discussions talk radio show - For those of you who are interested in hearing the full interview with Ellen Quigley simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in this blog or click link for the radio show on the right side of this blog.

-- Eco-News --

I was reading in an article by Michael Jessen in one of the local newspapers – The Weekender – that the “average Canadian home has 25 or more products that use standby power”. Stand by power is known by several other names including phantom power, vampire loads and others. Basically it means that little lights and charge wires are kept actively energized even when the product is not in use. The article goes on to give the example of a microwave oven which sits idle 99% of the time, running the clock, and therefore spends more energy over its lifetime in running that clock than it does heating food. That is certainly some food for thought! Think of all your electronics including: office and entertainment areas, unnecessary electric clocks, digital devices, chargers, radios, exercise equipment, kitchen appliances – including blenders, toasters and coffee makers, cable and satellite receivers… the list goes on and on. But really we can make a huge difference on our family budget - doing this one act alone can save the average household about $200/annually! According to Natural Resources Canada – it is estimated that standby power is responsible for 10% of the annual electric bill in the average home. According to the Home Home Magazine’s Winter 2008 issue, if we all did this one seemingly simple step in our homes and offices just in Canada alone we could save enough energy to power 400,000 homes for one year. The emissions that are saved are equivalent to closing down one coal power plant.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

inner voice

-- Quote of the Day --

“Beyond all the pain and tortures of love, a peaceful harmony rises above..
A song so soothing – yet vengeful alike; a song of such emotion can make it seem all right.
When I’m feeling down – either high or out of control,
I hide deep inside the songs and the music feeds my soul.”
~ Lillian Brummet – Towards Understanding




-- Conscious Discussions --

Wendy Victor joined me today on Conscious Discussions talk radio to discuss her insights into seeking the inner voice, learning how to trust and listen to it, and how we can use this to forward our everyday life. Wendy is an educator, historian, preservationist and a certified Feng Shui ( pronounced "fung shwey" professional. In the past, she has also worked as a research associate and as a curator for various museums. Wendy is also the author of “The Luminous Heartbeat,” and we touch on this as well during our discussion.

To access todays archived interview simply click on the link for Conscious Discussions on the right of this site, click on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog itsef, or click on the image below - either will get you there :)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

quote, authors read, hero award... :)

-- Quote of the Day --

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“…if you have a passion – you have a business. With today’s economy, with the layoffs and difficulties finding jobs… with technology, there is no reason why …you cannot start a business in the comfort of your home …combining the talents with the people in your household to generate the income that you need, not just to survive, but also to have the freedom in life that is just so valued and also to be able to help others at the same time.”
~ Donna-Maria Coles Johnson 12/18/07


I chose this quote for today because I think we all need that little reminder, letting us know that we can make a difference, that we don't have to conform to the limits we perceive in this society, that we can get out of the box we have put ourselves in and pursue a passion that can change the world.

We've featured many experts in business development, and support for both "greening" a business and creating a business from a "green" idea. I encourage you to browse through the archives to find those that appeal to you. We have created a user-friendly list on our main site, look for the "Conscious Discussions page" and scroll to the bottom of that page to find the list.

Alternatively go to the archive section on the Conscious Discussions website, look to the right (under the links). There you will find archives listed according to the month that they aired in... So to access the interview that the quote of the day was taken from, you'd need to click on Dec. 2007 and then look to the center of the page where the interview will be listed.


-- Community Hero Award ! ---

Some of you may recall that Dave and I were featured as Community Heroes of the Week in the Grand Forks Gazette (newspaper) and the Boundary Weekender (newspaper) back in Oct 15, 2008. This event is sponsored by Live Smart BC, which has an amazing website: Livesmartbc.ca Prize: Live Smart BC eco-kit, value $50 (*we haven't received it yet though! lol)

Anyway, just recently we were notified that we will again be featured as Community Heroes, this time as the monthly grand prize winner and they will be doing a nice article for the Grand Forks Gazette (newspaper) & Boundary Weekender (newspaper) - Prize: $100 cheque mailed by the Premier of Canada!

From what I understand, as a monthly grand prize winner we are now entered into a contest that goes all across BC... all the community heroes of the month will compete for the grand prize :)

What a thrill !!! :) :) We are so excited by this !


-- Authors Read Radio --

My guest today on Authors Read radio show was Eris LeBeau reads an excerpt from her novel Lost Souls and Source Code. She can be found at www.authortree.com/erisrlebeau
To find this authors reading, simply click on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog, click on the image below, or click on the link to your right for the radio show. Either of these will get you there :)


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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wow - There's a lot going on this week!

-- Announcement --

Later today, - Nov 22nd - I'll be interviewed by the host of the Free 2 Live 2 radio ! Here's the details:
@ 10:30 AM - (pacific): Trevor Carter is a UK life Coach and Motivational speaker, with a passion to help disadvantaged individuals to take more control of their lives. Each week, he shares powerful testimonies, motivational sessions and special guests with you. Today's guest is Lillian Brummet - Topic: the business side of writing as a career.
Location: www.blogtalkradio.com/free2live2 @ 10:30 AM-Pacific

-- Quote of the Day --

Yesterday, I mentioned a quote from one of our guests on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. In keeping with the interview I'll be taking part of later this morning I'd like to share another quote from that same interview, where we were discussing predators in the publishing industry:

“…if you are getting hounded by a sales person and that you are losing if you don’t do something now… or if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …For example… One company buys the back page of the New York Times Book review, a lot – and they put about 12-14 books (on that one page)… but anyone who knows anything about advertising knows that first of all you are on the back page of the New York Times Book Review where people have already gone through this entire thing reading book reviews by major publishing houses … the results are going to be: you just threw away $2500. I mean you have an ad for your book in a publication time after time after time to get any kind of traction. And it is those kinds of things that can be so misleading to people.”
~ Mark Levine 10/2/08


To find this interview simply click on the hyper linked Conscious Discussions show title, click on the link located on the right side of this blog for the radio program, or click on the image below - either of these will get you there. * archives are listed according to the month that they aired in and are located on the right side of the Conscious Discussions website, under the links.

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-- Conscious Living Events This Week --

Nov 23 – Buy Nothing Day (North America)

Nov 24 – Buy Nothing Day (International)

Nov 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Writer's resources, Small Business & Global Warming...


-- Writer’s Resources --

Some of you may already be aware of this, but if you look to your right on this screen you'll notice that I have a number of links there for authors, poets and readers to enjoy under "Favorite Blogs". You'll also find links to our radio shows which feature authors, storytellers, poets, playwrights, reviewers, publishers, publicity agents and more.

“…Marketing fiction and marketing nonfiction, I think, require a lot of different things. Being self-published and hiring a book publicist for fiction is not a great of a way to spend money. I would use that money to create a viral buzz online. …Where as if you have a nonfiction book, and it is a reference book like mine, having a publicist may have some benefit to the author. …Online advertising does not work well for fiction; the conversion rates just don’t work...”
~ Mark Levine 10/2/08


That is the kind of information that you'll find in our interviews - realistic, effective advice that you can employ in your career right away. This interview, with Mark Levine, aired on Oct 2, 2008 and can be found in the archives on the Conscious Discussions website - look to the right of that website, under the links.

Don't forget to browse the media, about us and writing pages of our main website, Brummet.ca, where you can find book excerpts, interviews, discussions about the world of writing and more.

-- Small Businesses & Global Warming --

The size of the staff that encompasses a business is not the determining factor on the impact that business can have on the planet. Each business owner needs to take some time to evaluate their activities and consider how the business can be run in such a way as to create the least amount of waste. Simply looking at alternatives when placing orders can make all the difference; such as choosing take out containers that are made from biodegradable food starches opposed to Styrofoam containers is a huge step in the right direction.

I was reading the November issue of the Alok Holistic Health Newsletter, which you can find at: www.alokhealth.com - and I thoroughly enjoyed the story about a mechanic’s garage he visited one day. Apparently the business offers bicycles to their customers to use while their vehicles are being repaired or serviced. The business also employs recycling as much as possible. What a great way to stimulate conscious thought and proactive action within the community!

By telling others, posting notices around the business and putting releases in local or in-house publications, the business will benefit by increased media attention, educating their consumer & find a way to help the business stand out from others. At the same time, the ripple effect of this kind of activity will be that other businesses in the community will realize that they better step up and show how they are trying to make a difference or else they might risk losing some of their profits to the conscious businesses in town!


-- Authors Read --

This afternoon, at 4 PM (Pacific) I have Dr. Mel Waldman coming in to Authors Read radio show to share excerpts from 2 of his books of poetry. Mel is a licensed psychologist, a poet, artist and a singer/songwriter - you might have seen him on TV discussing issues such as: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, therapy, the healing process, depression, adolescent depression, mental illness, Judaism, therapy, religion and spirituality. Mel was featured on Conscious Discussions talk radio show on Oct 23rd - which you can find in the archives.
Come hear this wonderful poet reading in his captivating voice - poetry from his books I Am A Jew -&- Dark Soul of the Millennium... just click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to your right on this screen for the link to the Authors Read radio show.


P.S. - there is still plenty of time to purchase one of our 3 non-fiction books as a holiday gift for those on your list this year! Visit our site for more information...

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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wood stoves & global warming

-- Conscious Discussions --

These days, with fossil fuel costs rising and alternative’s like solar and wind still beyond the average consumer’s budget, many are returning to wood to heat their homes. Often, this can be a huge benefit to the family budget – especially if they are able to get the wood themselves. Unfortunately, there are huge environmental costs if this heat source is not handled consciously. Today's guest, John Vere, is the Woodstove Exchange Program Coordinator, and we discussed the program, some of the behind-the-scenes activities in running the program and why it is so important to educate the public. Learn how to save money this winter and reduce contribution to global warming – at the same time, learn some tricks in starting fires and types of wood to use for specific situations.

To find this interview on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show simply click on the hyper-linked show title, click on the link on the right, or click on the image below - either of these will get you there.

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While the Grand Forks area Woodstove Exchange Program does not have a website of it’s own there is some info at the City’s site: www.city.grandforks.bc.ca on the program. There is also information on this region’s exchange program at: www.wetbc.ca

John Vere also provided this list of resources for anyone interested in following up on the information we discussed today:

Information about the program is available at the Province of BC website
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/woodstove/faq.htm

The Environment Canada site has info as well
http://www.ec.gc.ca/cleanair-airpur/Campagne_chauffage_au_bois-WS69573E19-1_En.htm

And this site is very informative Wood heat org.
http://www.woodheat.org/technology/woodstoves.htm

If you have a burning question about wood stoves go to this site.
http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums



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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What Sort of Impact Do We Want To Make???

-- Quote of the Day --

"We cannot live through a day without impacting the world around us – and we have a choice: What sort of impact do we want to make?”
~ Dr. Jane Goodall

Imagine what the world would be like if each of us looked for very small and seemingly pointless acts of kindness and selflessness that we could do every single day, with every interaction... imagine what that world would be like. We can start right here - right now; with ourselves.


-- Green Holidays --

Many of you are already aware that throughout Nov & Dec I will be giving occasional green holiday and conscious family activities and gift ideas for you to consider over this upcoming holiday season…

According to Home Home Magazine’s winter 2008 issue, it is as easy as switching to LED lights – they are very energy and cost efficient, have a long life and are “increasingly affordable. Many municipalities offer light exchange programs to encourage the switch to this more energy efficient holiday lighting”. Besides saving money, this choice is also a safer one in that these lights stay cool and therefore reduce the chance of fires. The downside to this new technology is that LED lights are permanently in place and that means we cannot replace burnt out bulbs. However, the life of the string of lights is so long – at 200,000 hours of use - that this concern is nearly obliterated. Also, you will enjoy a 90% reduction in holiday lighting costs.

Keeping it safe over the holidays is always a top concern. When using any light strings it is always wise to use a power cord adapter or surge protector, and also consider placing a timer on the outlet you are using so that those lights are not accidentally in use when it isn’t necessary. For instance we have our timer set from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm – this is when the lights are enjoyed by the greatest number of people.

Communities are also looking at decoration alternatives such as compostable cedar garlands and wreaths tied up with reusable ribbons and lights. Other regions are offering recycling and composting programs for trees, or incentives for live potted trees. Your municipality’s website will likely have more information on the steps they are taking this holiday season to encourage a more conscious community.


--November is National Novel Month--

...if you feel you have enjoyed our radio shows (Conscious Discussions & Authors Read) our blog, newsletter or articles - please consider our books as a gift for those on your list over the holiday season and whenever gift giving holidays arise. By doing so, you are not only supporting the work we do - you are also helping us support some amazing charities.


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

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Events & Discussion with renowned author

-- Events this Week --

- Last night on Desert Rose radio I had some very unexpected support and was invited to join in the live discussion. It was a fun experience... The host and her crowd there was so excited about Dave's work as a percussionist & his band's CD - it was quite unexpected. They were looking up our main site and discussing it on air! It was really cool. This is a 2 hour radio show and I appear on it around 90 min into the live show... www.blogtalkradio.com/DesertRose

- Nov 18th: Poetry Readings, airs live at 2:30 PM (Pacific), but will be archived for your convenience as well. Several poets (including me!) are joining to share their work based on the theme: Loneliness - www.internetvoicesradio.com

- Nov 20-21st: Location: Brussles, Belgium Event: International Conference on Organic Waste in Urban Environments - www.acrplus.org

- National Addiciton Awareness Week (Canada)

- National Family Week (USA)


-- Conscious Discussions talk radio show --


Renowned author Robert Flynn has had 14 books published to date and has received many awards over the years and is a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Robert is best known for his work in the genre of Western Novels, however he has written a memoir, essays and short story collections. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Malayalam, Arabic, Tamil, Hindi, Kanada, and Vietnamese.

Listen to his amazing experiences by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog, click on the link for the Conscious Discussions show on the right side of this screen or click on the image below - either of these will get you there.

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During the interview we discussed several charities that Robert and his wife fully support and I was really impressed with those he chose to talk about today. Heffer - is a wonderful organization that provides farm animals to those in distressed and destitute situations. Doctors without Borders - cross borders despite wars or government tyrany to provide health care to those who need it most. Habitat for Humanity - providing housing to those who cannot afford it. Robert told us that this organization also has something called "sweat equity" to help young families come up with their first down payment.

You can find Habitiat for Humanity at: www.habitat.org
Doctors without Borders can be found at: www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Heifer Project can be found at: www.heifer.org



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

Monday, November 17, 2008

holiday activities & Radio interivews

-- Quote of the Day --

“…This is one time that you can get involved… 37 years I wasn’t green, and now I am. …I feel like I am making a difference in my families life, other families’ lives through the book… it gives you a sense of accomplishment and a sense of being a part of trying to make a change. …Children are going to be the biggest force of changing the way we do things. …I created the book with my eldest son because of his love for garbage trucks – he used to sit there at the window and watch them; he was pretty much my focal group. …All the things I’ve done in life, I’m having the most enjoyment now. …It is a thrill. …I’ve had parents coming up to me saying ‘James, you are getting me in trouble – my son is giving me heck because we don’t recycle’…”
~ James Martin 08/03/08


The interview with children's author James Martin was one that most of us can relate to. Most adults today did not grow up with the recycling and reuse mentality that our children now experience. We began making small changes in our lives as we learned to live more consciously and as programs grew to meet today's challanges, we participated in them making them viable. Some of us tried to influence the speed of these changes because we see the need and the value of creating a sustainable society. By doing so, we begin to influence others - including upcoming generations.

To access this interview which aired on August 3, 2008 - simply click on the hyper-linked show title: Conscious Discussions, click on the link to your right for the radio show, or click on the image below:
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-- Holiday Activities --

This winter we can look at many ways that as a family, an individual or with a group of friends can make an amazing impact on society. Consider the following example...

According to the Japan for Sustainability newsletter, which you can find at: www.japansf.org - A group of volunteers in Japan that repairs toys and then redistribute them, mainly in Mie Prefecture, established the Mie Toy Hospital Network in April 2008. The group aims to coordinate activities between toy " hospitals" by supporting public relations activities through their websites, exchanging skills and information among toy "doctors," and helping to organize new toy hospitals.

This is a fantastic example of reuse and creating a sustainable society by helping the underprivileged extend their budget or have access to things they would not have had otherwise.

Dave and I met a retired couple who did a similar thing in our area (BC, Canada). What they did was glean garage sales and made deals with thrift stores and others who might receive broken toys. Sometimes it is a simple matter of cleaning, oiling and repainting the toy so that the parts will move and the child receives a shiny new toy. Parts can be gleaned from several toys to make one that works.

Another amazing story along a similar vein was from a neighbor of ours who we met briefly about 12 years ago or more. He took scrap lumber, bits of boards left over from construction, and made wooden toys for charity.

I think this is amazing and I applaud all of you out there that are doing similar things. You extend the life of a material and find another use for it. You prevent overwhelming contributions to the landfill and you help your community be a more brighter, happier place to live by helping others.


-- Authors Read Radio --

Children's author Krissy Smith read from her holiday book - Jingles - today on Authors Read radio. To access today's reading click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or click on the image below:

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

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Youth - what are we doing for them?

-- Quote of the Day --

“…I think we all have a responsibility to the youth… and the youth understand that there are problems and that climate change is there… and a lot of times they feel helpless; this is a huge issue to them. And what we have to do is make sure the youth get inspired to each do something small – because if everyone can do something small and make one decision to help the environment, the synergy from that will just grow and grow. …They may be small, and they may be young, and they may not think they have any power – but we have to change that thinking because they DO!” ~ Laurie Shutt 07/27/08

I love this quote - it originated through a discussion with author Laurie Shutt on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show in July, 2008. It was prominent in my thoughts lately due to some discussions in our local newspapers in the Letters to the Editor sections where the issue of youth is raised. Often what happens is "children" get all the attention - meaning if you look at organizations, support groups, activities and events... they are geared towards families with children... not youth. Unfortunately this group is being forgotten and as such they begin to see themselves as not mattering in society - when this is so far from the truth. We need to embrace the youth in our regions. Supply them with a safe place to socialize, provide activities that they enjoy and offer amenities for this age group. By inspiring them and getting them involved with various charities, fund-raising drives and other community events we can provide them with the proactive, positive activities they crave.

Winter is a particularly depressing time of year for a lot of folks out there who find themselves locked in their houses hiding from the cooler weather. This is so sad. Our bodies crave movement, sunshine... our minds crave interaction and stimulation.

So I challenge all of our readers to change their thinking from looking at the restless and bored youth as trouble makers and "little adults" - WE are the problem, not them. It is our lack of response to this need that causes the issues our communties face today. We want our youth to love our communities, to come back to them and raise their families there... How do we plan to do this? By ignoring them and leaving them to their own devices?

To access the interview with Laurie Shutt simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right of this screen where I have a link for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


-- Community Heroes Are Being Celebrated

The BC government has provided LiveSmart BC & Eco-energy Retrofit programs that offer rebates, special loans and other incentives for people looking to live a greener life. To find out more about these incredible programs visit:
www.livesmart.bc.ca
www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca

Some of you may already be aware that Dave and I were acknowledged as "Community Heroes" through the Live Smart BC program - you can find out more about this on the Writing page of our website (www.brummet.ca) via the Media link. At that location, we have placed a media release regarding this event and the award we won.




-- Authors Read Radio--

Tonight on Authors Read we have a special guest lined up for you. Non-fiction author, Amy Potts, has written an emotional and inspirational book based on the experiences she and her son went through when he was diagnosed with cancer. Title: Sponges Reading: 4 PM (pacific) Location: Authors Read radio

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

Friday, November 14, 2008

radio, interview & holiday tips


-- Authors Read Radio --

Our guest this morning (9 AM - PST) on the Authors Read radio is Joan Gelfand – and we had the pleasure of hearing Joan read an excerpt from the first of these books: Seeking Center. Now, I do want to let you know that Joan will be appearing on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on Jan 6, 2009 – you can find out more about that radio show at www.brummet.ca

To find this authors reading simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog, click on the link on your right here on this screen for the
Authors Read show or click on the image below:

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-- Holiday Tips --


We appreciate your support… if you feel you have enjoyed our radio shows (Conscious Discussions & Authors Read) our blog, newsletter or articles - please consider our books as a gift for those on your list over the holiday season and whenever gift giving holidays arise. By doing so, you are not only supporting the work we do - you are also helping us support some amazing charities. Check out our site for more information: brummet.ca

And on that same site we have several articles on green living including one that lists more than a dozen gift ideas to consider. Check that out on the Writing page – via the Media link where new articles and press releases are made available. Alternatively click on the “sample articles” link there at the media page for more articles. Feel free to use these articles on your blog, newsletter, e-zine or other publications as free filler material.

Ok, so here are a couple ideas for you:

Consider, instead of purchasing a gift – bake one. Personally decorated cookies and even a mix tray of various kinds of deserts are a wonderful gift. You can make the recipes well in advance and keep them in the freezer until the very last minute – so that the recipient is able to pop them in their freezer right away if they want.

Old plastic food containers with slightly ill-fitting lids, scarred interiors or warped lids… these work as perfect containers for protecting your xmas ornaments, ribbons and also to hold things like gift tags or bows. If the lid is not secure enough for your liking, secure it with a rubber bands.



-- Conscious Discussions talk radio --

Yesterday we had a very interesting discussion on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show: Linda Ballou - a well-published travel writer and photographer. We discussed the messages she has for readers inside the book: "Wai-nani - High chiefess of Hawaii; Her Epic Journey".

Learn about Hawaii's history and folklore, and Linda's experiences as a travel writer and photographer… what it took to get there, the kinds of assignments she has done and where she sees herself going in the future. Discover some insider’s tips that may help travelers or artists avoid obstructions along the way. Linda also shared some information about low frequency sonar and the effects this is having on the environment.

To find this interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog, click on the link on your right here on this screen for the Conscious Discussions show or click on the image below.

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


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

can you hit the "off" switch?

Its a little strange to be here this morning in front of my monitor with a clear agenda for the day. Usually I can barely keep up to it all - today, I'm actually in a position to Choose what I'll do next. Hmmm.... Even with a fairly light schedule ahead of me, I find myself anxious to get started. My husband is often asking me things like "just how much time have you spent in there today?" - and sometimes... he's right. Still, I find myself so passionate about what I do and I often wake up thinking about how I can improve or enrich the radio shows, blog and so forth. This particular time in our lives is a very difficult time to hit that "off" switch since we have so much going on in regards to creating promo sound bites and getting the website finished in time so that we can dedicate our energies to the new edition of Purple Snowflake Marketing - coming out around Feb 2009. ...Dave, too, is very passionate about what we do... he just has an easier time hitting the "off" switch than I do. :) This reminds me of an interview I had with a wonderful fellow by the name of John Barrie -
“…I design things for people who make less than 2 dollars a day. I feel compelled - one of the ways I get design inspiration is by working with communities such as in Guatemala where a village …was relocated up at a 8500 location and I worry about those guys… you know they are up there freezing. So when I get up in the morning my feet are moving fast.”
~ John Barrie 02/12/08
John is really an amazing person who's done such incredible work across the globe that it is more than inspiring - it is AWESOME. Of course you can easily find this archived interview via the Conscious Discussions talk radio show by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or looking to the right of this screen for the link to the Conscious Discussions radio show. The archives are listed according to the month in which they aired - and are located on the right hand side of that website, just under the list of links.

Eco-Family Activity !!!

Looking for winter-friendly family activities? Here's one resource you don't want to miss out on:

Kids' "Create Your Future" website is organized by the Japan for Sustainability Organization to encourage children all over the world to take an interest in environmental issues, think about what they can do to help, and put their ideas into action. www.kidsforfuture.net



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


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

greening the publishing industry

-- Greening the Publishing Industry --

Elizabeth Eagan Cox was featured as the guest at Conscious Discussions radio today - Topic: the green aspects of today’s publishing industry.


Elizabeth has a passion for animals and the environment - she has penned dozens of corporate histories for some of America’s most prestigious companies, and she has been a columnist for Old California Gazette and a school librarian. With all of this experience, Elizabeth certainly knows her way around the world of writing.


Green Publishing - what is that? Why is e-publishing so incredible? What choices are available and how can we as authors help influence the publishing industry? What questions should we ask when looking into the publishers green activities and choices? How can we use this information to promote our books? Why is this change important?

Learn insider’s insights in dealing with publishers, publicists and marketing books or articles. Discover the various green publishing alternatives that are available and how the individual can help influence and escalate a green publishing industry.


To access this archived interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title or click on the image below:

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-- Resources --

www.epicauthors.com -
a professional organization for published and contracted e-book and print authors. It was established to provide a strong voice for electronic publishing.

www.borealiscentre.org -
a leading international research organization for the non-profit sector focusing on environmental impacts through the chain of production, as well as financial and political mechanisms.




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

Monday, November 10, 2008

Events & children's author

-- Events this Week --

* Remember: November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month (USA)

11th – Remembrance Day (International)

12th-14th -
Southeast Recycling Development Council Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Location: Point Clear, Alabama; www.serdc.org

15th - I Love To Write Day - Founded in 2002 by Delaware author John Riddle, I Love To Write Day is now celebrated in over 20,000 schools all across the United States.

16th – International Day of Tolerance




-- Authors Read Radio --

It was a sincere pleasure to have children's author and substitute teacher Darcie Mae join me today to read from her book, Mother Mouse, on the
Authors Read radio show. Darcie Mae has been writing children's stories since 2001. She has completed The Peablys series - which includes 6 books, and has recently released the first installments of 2 other children's series including Sammy & Robert, and Mother Mouse. Some of you may remember Darcie appearing on Authors Read on Oct 10 to read the first book in her Sammy and Robert series. Today, Darcie read an excerpt of Mother Mouse.

To access today's show simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or click on the image below:

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

Sunday, November 9, 2008

holiday ideas, author interview, thoughts on peace

-- Quote of the Day --

“The earth is too small a planet - and we too brief visitors - for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace.”
~ Colman McCarthy


-- Holiday Gift Ideas --

If you feel you have enjoyed our radio shows (Conscious Discussions & Authors Read) our blog, newsletter or articles - please consider our books as a gift for those on your list over the holiday season and whenever gift giving holidays arise. By doing so, you are not only supporting the work we do - you are also helping us support some amazing charities. Check out our site for more information: www.brummet.ca

And on that same site we have several articles on green living including one that lists more than a dozen gift ideas to consider. Check that out on the Writing page – via the Media link where new articles and press releases are made available. Alternatively click on the “sample articles” link there at the media page for more articles.

Some of you may recall a previous post where I mentioned I will be offering holiday tips, gifts, resources and crafts.

So here are a few ideas for you:

Living plants are always an excellent gift idea. For one thing, they provide a wonderful ambiance, beautiful colors and sometimes fragrances as well. However, they also provide healthy oxygen, clean the air of pollutants and release moisture into our enclosed winter dwellings.

Another great gift idea for "stocking stuffers" is rechargeable batteries of any shape and size. The most commonly used are AA’s and AAA’s. Include a battery charger if the individual doesn’t already have one. This will save the recipient a lot of money in just one year a person can easily spend 20-50$ in batteries! And you are helping to reduce the amount of toxins in our environment, by encouraging reuse.

-- Conscious Discussions talk radio show --

Lanaia Lee, who just released the first installment of a 5-book suspense-filled fantasy series that begins with life on the Continent of Atlantis, was featured on Conscious Discussions talk radio this morning. Today, Lanaia (sounds like: la-nay-ya) and I discuss her career as an author, how she manages the office work along with the marketing and dealing with publishers and publicists and the creation process that she uses. Learn business marketing advice and tips that will help writers of all genres avoid pitfalls.

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

To access today's broadcast simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or click on the image below:

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

education, literacy & Children's author


-- Influencing through Education --


The Japan for Sustainablility Newsletter (www.japanfs.org) shared some interesting innovations being put forth by that region:

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced on May 29, 2008, its selection of the winning design for its Uniform Green Energy Mark. By affixing the logo to a product, manufacturers can advertise that their products are made using green energy under the green power certification system. The ministry aims to increase public awareness of its certification system and provide consumers with confidence when buying products made with green power.

Isn't this a wonderful and supportive measure? It could really increase the effectiveness and growth of the green movement all over the planet, because it will educate and influence consumers around the globe.

Education is so important and literacy is THE most important tool for an individual to increase knowledge and find empathy, sympathy... This is one of the main reasons why I began doing book reviews - I wanted to support authors, help them get their work noticed and at the same time I wanted to encourage reading locally. It has benefited me as well, because I've been challenged as a writer to keep these book reviews unique, fresh and interesting. I have had the honor of donating over 1000 books into our community over the last 5 years, most of these were through review work, but some were also from friends & family passing along their reading materials to us, knowing that we are such voracious readers.
It's been a sincere honor to support these organizations locally:
Grand Forks and West Boundary Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy - Women's Resource Center - Whispers of Hope Org. - Grand Forks Public Library - Community Futures Resource Center

For the same reasons I listed above, I was inspired to then start up the Authors Read radio show earlier this year. Never, in all my wildest dreams, did I realize the impact that these small actions have had on the planet... and the ripple effect continues. Consider this quote from one of the guests on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show:

“…Can you imagine not having a library in your life? When I was a child we spent so much of our summers there especially. What a wonderful and safe environment to be in – it doesn’t matter what you read; you are improving yourself. …you, Lillian, are amazing I know about your donations In fact I want to tell you a story about how you have inspired me. Shortly after the Katrina disaster I contacted several organizations about restocking the libraries …but I kept getting the run-around …I heard about your efforts to support the libraries and charitable organizations so I decided to dig a little harder. …the reason why we can’t restock the libraries is because there is no place to store thousands of books… until then, there is another way that authors can donate books …the Friends of the Library organizations will sell donated books and the funds will go to the Wish Lists for those libraries. …Cedar Rapids, Iowa was affected by flooding a couple of months ago …just look on line under Friends of Library in the branches (affected by disaster) …and these books that I’ve donated and others have donated was inspired by what you do… ”
~ Carol Denbow 09/04/08 (who through writer’s forums gathered authors together in supporting libraries in disaster affected areas)


I don't think there are any words in the English language that are adequate enough to describe the incredible feeling that fills my heart from these experiences... but I will try. Thank you - we appreciate all of the heroes out there working to make a difference every single day. I'd also like express my gratitude to our readers and listeners... and all the authors out there who are doing such incredible things like those who got involved with Carol's library support program.

To access Carol's interview and learn about her fantastic work as an individual that inspired so many to stand up and help those in need, simply click on the hyper-linked Conscious Discussions show title here in the blog or click on the image below. All archives are listed according to the month in which they aired - Carol's interview aired on Sept 4, 2008.

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-- Authors Read Radio Show --

AJ Rodriguez, children's author and storyteller, joined us today on the Authors Read radio show. She currently has three children's books available for the public to purchase in the wonderful Theodore Da Baer series. AJ was featured on the Authors Read radio show earlier in Nov when she read a wonderful story excerpted from the first book in this series. Today AJ shared the story, "Why Canaries are Yellow" – a tale of a tiny bird that saves the world, which is excerpted from her book: Theodore Da Baer-Wizards & Other Tales. She is a wonderful story teller and I am certain that your family will enjoy this segment on
Authors Read radio.

To access the show simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in this blog or click on the image below:

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Friday, November 7, 2008

drive smart & children's author

--Cool Eco News--

Some of you may have already learned of the website I’m about to give you now, I saw it several times on TV commercials and finally I found the time to visit the site – I was so impressed. Take a drive smart quiz, learn how to save hundreds of dollars every month! Check out the amusing, yet educational, videos - I thought these were really well done. www.drivesmartsavegreen.com


-- Authors Read radio show --


Our guest today on the Authors Read radio show we enjoyed Maria Andrada's presentation of an excerpted chapter from her children's book: Youngen Finds Her Song, An Inspiring Adventure from the Heart of Nature. Maria has written several other books, with new releases in the future, and tells me that her work focuses on respect for self, community and earth stewardship. Maria is a counselor by trade and her skills played an important role in conveying important issues through her writing for adults and children between ages 7-12.

You can easily access today's broadcast by either clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog - or click on the image below:

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

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Composting on a Grand Scale

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show --

I am still all hepped up after speaking with Dan Noble today on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Most of our readers and listeners are already aware of my passion for composting. Today, however, we learned about composting on a massive scale. What are municipalities doing to create compost? What about waste-to-energy plants? Why do we need to keep organics out of the landfill? How does municipal composting play a role in healthy soil and how does composted biosolids affect "organic certification"?

Mr Dan Noble the executive director of the Association of Compost Producers (ACP) organization. He is also the owner of a consultation business called: Noble Resources Group. He is also associated with Inquiry Consulting and Ecobonds. According to the ACP website – www.healthysoil.org – they are “dedicated to increasing the quality, value and amount of compost being used”.

I encourage everyone to visit Conscious Discussions and listen to this fascinating discussion with an expert in large scale composting. Simply click on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog or click on the image below:

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Listeners who enjoyed today’s broadcast will be pleased to know that we have interviewed several experts in the field of organic waste management. Going back as far as August 28, 2007 with Canadian business owner Cathy Nesbitt re: worm composting. We also interviewed children’s author Larraine Roulston regarding teaching vermiculture to young people on Oct 23, 2007. On January 29, 2008 we discussed waste issues in Africa including their tendency for open burning and the lack of understanding the benefits of composting. We even discussed composting toilets with Ulrich Westergaard on Feb 26. More recently on Aug 19, 2008 I interviewed Rachel Borgatti about the composting programs at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation… and there have been others as well that you can find in the archives on the conscious discussions home page.

To access archived shows simply scroll past the links on the right side of the Conscious Discussions website and click on the month you are interested in viewing. Archives are listed according to the month they aired. Alternatively you might find the list that we have on our site (brummet.ca) easier to use and that can be found at the bottom of the page for this show on the brummet.ca website

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

a special note of appreciation & quote of the day

Whew! This day has simply flown by. I found myself only able to spend a few hours in the office this morning. Appointments and engagements kept me out of the office until... well, here it is 4 in the afternoon already!

-- Quote of the Day --

“…(re: illness) It is like the old story about the toy on the top of the stairs – if you know it is there, you can take the extra steps to avoid it. If you don’t know it is there, you are going to go down those stairs at a velocity you really don’t want!”
~ Richard Diaz 06/26/08


This couldn't be more true! I feel that though Richard Diaz was originally referring to the health of our bodies, that quote can easily be applied to the health of our planet as well.

Consider the seemingly small and fairly harmless Battery...
Electronic waste and batteries contain toxic substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium, yet are illegally dumped in landfills at an alarming rate. In 2005 in San Diego alone, 2,237,570 pounds of batteries were sold but only 790 pounds were collected to be recycled.

Safe and free recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) materials, such as monitors, cell phones, televisions, computers, and batteries, is being promoted in communities around the globe. Look to the retailers as well for recycling programs including packaging, batteries, electronic items and various lighting products including CFL and florescent bulbs.

If you are curious about the interview with Richard Diaz, author of the quote above, simply visit the Conscious Discussions talk radio show's website - where you can find the archives listed according to the month in which they aired (archives are located under the list of links on the right side of the website). Richard's interview aired on June 26, 2008. To access the Conscious Discussions talk radio show simply click on the hyperlinked show title here in this blog or click on the image below:

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* and a special note of appreciation for everyone who is currently supporting our work by purchasing a copy of our books! We've seen the sales increase recently due to the holiday gift giving season and we certainly appreciate this. As well, you are helping us to support 3 wonderful charities: SPCA, Canadian Wildlife Federation & Seeds of Diversity - see our site for details on this.

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

eco event, technical woes & quote of the day !

-- Quote of the Day --

--
“…success is from within. …It really is how we show up in this moment. …We are all ‘successful’ because we are here in this moment, the question is: are we successful in fear or in freedom? …What if there is no ‘failing’? Who determines ‘failing’? …”
~ Daved Beck 09/04/08


The interveiw with Daved Beck, that this quote was derived from, aired on Sept 4, 2008 on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. This was a wonderful discussion on what a legacy is, the meaning of "success" and insightful advice on how to clear the clutter in our minds.

To access this interview simply click on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog or click on the image below:

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-- technical woes & radio changes --

What a stormy day it ended up being in our area - lots of rain and some strong winds. Unfortunately, this weather movement might have caused the technical issues we experienced to day on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Unfortunately, our discussion with the featured guest of the day was postponed. We are currently working on rebooking with this guest.

Instead, what I will do is put together a show for our listeners this afternoon. I know, this is a different time for the show to air, but we did want to make sure there was a fresh show at least twice a week. So today at 4:00 pm I'll share some positive eco-information that will both inspire you and lighten your heart. Learn some ways of saving some cash around the home and office, while creating a more sustainable planet.


-- Eco - Event ! --

Wednesday, November 5, 2008- 12 Noon -1:00pm
Jim Bell, Ecological Designer – www.jimbell.com - will be giving a presentation to the SDSU Green Love Sustainable Advisory Board this Wednesday, 11/5. This group is mostly made up of Students of the SDSU College of Business. The presentation is FREE.
Location: Council Chambers, Aztec Center – San Diego, California (USA)


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