Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gratitude; Celebration of Life & Literacy

:) -- Quote of the Day -- :)

"Feeling gratitude & not expressing it is like wrapping a present & not giving it."
~ William Arthur Ward



-- Updates --


Okay, the newsletter (Brummet's Monthly) went out yesterday to our list of opt-in readers, offering information about upcoming episodes on the two radio shows and media appearances, and more. If you would like to receive this monthly newsletter (your email will not be used for other purposes) simply go to our website - www.brummet.ca - and click on "contact", let me know from there that you'd like to be on the mailing list for the newsletter.

Our myspace site has been recently upgraded with new information and an updated schedule of events as well. Check out the "Comments" section on the main page of the myspace site and also the Blog there - which offers a glance at the upcoming schedule one week at a glance.

Finally, I've just completed most of the upgrades to our Book Tour site - which offers our schedule, media appearances and also the schedule for the 2 radio shows, one month at a glance.


-- Authors Read --

On Jan 30 & 31st we featured Ali Marsman, author of 5 books & motivational speaker The first novel (Sporadic Memories) to her trilogy was read from on Jan 30, while the second (Because of Grandfather) was read from today. This trilogy, according to the author, is about death and loss but with a focus on the celebration of life - rather than grief or lamentation.

Find the archived episodes featuring this author read an excerpt of her work on the Authors Read website - simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right of this screen for the link.

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

Friday, January 30, 2009

Green Business & Sustainable Management Practices


-- Eco-Event ! --

Jan 31 - Feb 2: Climate Summit in Canberra, Australia - www.climatesummit.org.au


-- Quote of the Day --

“When I began to have a more open relationship with my employees and I understood I have the opportunity to manage holistically, I can manage to the whole person. Which includes whatever the energies are that you bring to the workplace. Understanding that we can tell people to leave your emotions at the door and whatever your personal problems are – but that doesn’t happen. …Creating an environment that allows people to grow; I now have an opportunity to create a whole person who is not leaving the workplace stressed – who now is in a better position to parent, who now is in a better position to contribute to the community. …When I hear business who want to manage with negative energy (harassment, restriction, dictatorship management mentality) it is actually counterproductive to where you want to be. …All organizations are energy systems and this is dependant on the energies of the individuals that make up that system.”

~ Victoria DePaul – Dec 9, 2008


This quote was excerpted from an interview with Victoria DePaul that aired on Conscious Discussions talk radio show. To access this archived interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title here, or look to the right of this screen for the Conscious Discussions link.


-- Green Your Business --

Greening the business can involve very simple actions that can have immense impact on the financial stability and sustainability of your company. Consider some of these ideas when looking at ways you can immediately have an impact on the planet:

Replacing travel with video or teleconferencing will have a huge impact on the budget and the fossil fuels your business generates. Reducing paper waste by using digital documents rather than printing copies out has saved companies millions - literally. Staff who are on the go and out of the office can incorporate hand-held devices which allow customer signatures to be recorded, among other things. Businesses can also choose to print double sided and creating an office rule of re-using paper that is only printed on one side as draft paper for the printing machine or for scrap paper for note-taking. Technology improvements can save the business a lot of money such as updating a data-center to use less power, or setting up racks in the data-center to reduce heat waste. Streamlining the supply chain to reduce fuel consumption is another consideration. Purchasing supplies with the environment in mind, everything can be greened – even the bathroom paper products and cleaning products.

According to the Info-world website (www.infoworld.com): "activities required to collect, store, and distribute products or services {should also be considered by business owners} One example here is UPS: The organization has a flow software program that helps delivery trucks eliminate left-hand turns from their routes. "In 2007, it saved 3 million gallons of gas -- equivalent to $8.4 million (using the 2007 average retail price of gasoline of $2.80 per gallon) and 32,000 tons of CO2 emissions."



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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Informative eco-resources & writer's interview

-- Eco-Resources !! --

* Check out Al Gore’s Repower America project - www.repoweramerica.org - where you will find informative videos & articles, campaigns that Americans can join to add their voice to the millions looking for positive, green change.

* In keeping with the interview we had last week with Diane Tegarden regarding desalination technology and Ocean Thermal Energy Technology, I'd like to pass along another fantastic resource about water. http://h2opodcast.com/great.html#dgl
This site is run by Barbara Spring, a former guest of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, has put to gether a couple of educational podcasts about the Great Lakes. Barbara is a teacher, author and speaker – her passion for the water on our planet fuels her daily endeavors.


-- Conscious Discussions --

Today’s guest Ali Marsman is the author of 5 published books - Her first 2 books, Heal with Me - and - Our Journey goes On, were quite successful in schools, group homes, shelters and various other organizations and societies across Canada. She has also written a trilogy that celebrates life. Today's discussion focused on Ali's experience in the World of Writing. Several live listeners in the chat room had excellent questions and we discussed a variety of aspects including contracts, choosing the right publisher and Ali's marketing experiences.

To find today's interview, simply click on the link to the right of this screen and look for the most recent broadcast from that site. There will be a little play button beside today's show, or you can download it or subscribe to the show via the links on the Conscious Discussions website. Also, you'll find some of the upcoming shows listed there. If you would like to be reminded about an upcoming show - click the "remind me" button, which will send you a single email notice for that episode.


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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

literacy

-- Literacy --

Jan 25-31st in most regions across US and Canada are celebrating – National Family Literacy Week (Canada) and National Literacy Action Week (USA)

In honor of this, I’d like to remind our listeners that we have featured several literacy experts in the past:

Rich Levy and the In-Print Houston Literacy organization based in Houston Texas (USA) on Nov 5, ’07

Lizanne Eastwood of Grand Forks & West Boundary branch of the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy… on Dec 11, 2007

Upcoming discussions on literacy:

Feb 24 – Literacy Bridge Org.
Feb 26 - Books All Around literacy for youth.

To access any of these archived or upcoming interviews simply click on the link located on the right for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

...& in keeping with this week of celebrations for literacy I'd like to share this quote with you from one of the interviews that aired on our Conscious Discussions talk radio show:

-- Quote of the Day --

“…People don’t realize there are grants out there for writers. …There are grants ranging from state fellowship – and every state has them and those are general fellowships based on your submission, publication history or application … Then you’ve got retreats – most retreats that you see have a scholarship or fellowship program. You can get away from a few days to a year and they are everywhere, from the state, to France… to Porto Rico… …and then there are conferences and a good many of them have fellowship or scholarship programs available. If you want to go to a retreat or a conference, pick up the phone and ask if they have any kind of financial assistance…”
~ Hope Clark 06/05/08


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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Green business & homes

Positive Eco-News was the topic of the Day on Conscious Discussions - Our guest of the day was unable to call in for his interview today so we shared information on how to save money on heating and cooling costs; we also shared some information on how to look at waste as a resource around your home and office. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here, or look to the right to find the link for the Conscious Discussions radio show.

-- Eco-News --

According to the Japan For Sustainability Newsletter (www.japanfs.org)
"...Kyocera Corp. created "green curtains" of plants climbing the outer walls of five factories in Japan. The green curtains of climbing plants, such as morning glory and goya (bitter gourd), absorb carbon dioxide and at the same time help reduce the need for air conditioning by providing a cool covering of the buildings and keeping the heat of the summer sun out. Thanks to the shady green curtains, the factories rarely needed to use the air conditioning in the mornings between May and September, when the plants were in full growth. The harvested goya vegetables, which taste like a bitter cucumber, were served in lunch meals at the plants' cafeterias and distributed free of charge to employees. After noticing the green curtains' energy saving and positive aesthetic effects, quite a few employees started similar projects at their homes as well. ...According to Kyocera's calculation, the living green curtains at the five sites absorbed approximately 1,600 kilograms of carbon dioxide in the summer of 2008 -- equivalent to the amount absorbed annually by 115 Japanese cedar trees... "


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Monday, January 26, 2009

For Writer's today & those who love summer children's books ;)

-- Authors Read Radio --

Do you remember that special time with your grandfather or grandmother: the walks, the talks, the bonding between child & grandparent? Nine-year-old Brylee & her grandfather had special times each Sunday together as they bonded while exploring the outdoors & discovering the secrets of nature. - The author, Tommy Batchelor was born & raised in Georgia (USA) and after a career in the US Army, he is now exploring the world of writing more seriously. According to Tommy’s site he started writing years ago for himself and his family but when he wrote Sunday's With Papa T, he said let's give this one a shot! With the help of a excellent illustrator, Ted Clements, this book came alive!!

Come on over to the Authors Read radio show to hear this author share and excerpt from his book: Sunday’s with Papa T.

Simply click on the hyper-linked show title (above) or look to the right for a link to the show.


-- Announcement --

Start At the Beginning Blog is owned & operated by Nikki Leigh - features Dave & Lillian's first two books, Trash Talk & Towards Understanding:
http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2009/01/excerpt-from-trash-talk-by-lillian.html
http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2009/01/towards-understanding-by-dave-lillian.html


-- Quote of the Day --

“Keep at it (writing), keep trying – if you set it aside for 6 months, that doesn’t mean it is over. …You can sit down and start writing 10 minutes a day; get up 30 minutes early in the morning and write. It will take a while, but you will get there – and really, it is important to persevere.”
~ Bruce Cook 7/3/07

I love this quote taken from an interview I had with Bruce on the Conscious Discussions show back in the summer of 2007. Bruce is a very encouraging person to be around if you are a writer. The advice he shared that day is incredibly valuable and I encourage anyone interested in the world of writing to check this interview out. The archive is easily accessed by visiting the Conscious Discussions website (click on the hyper-linked show title here, or look to the right for a link to the show). When you get to the site, look to the right where there is a list of archives - according to the month that they were aired in. So to access Bruce's interview you need to click on July 3, 2007.


-- Eco - Event !!! --

Jan 26 - Houston, TX (USA) - At the Westin Galleria : US Composting Council 17th annual Conference & Trade Show - www.compostingcouncil.org

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

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Youth, children, kids

-- Quote of the Day --

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
~ Hans Christian Anderson


-- Authors Read --

Children's author Darcie Mae is joining us today to read from her book, Sammy & Robert's Animal Adventures. Darcie Mae has been writing children's stories since 2001. She has completed The Peablys series - which includes 6 books, as well as other children's stories. Some of our listners may remember Darcie appearing as a featured guest on Authors Read in the past to share excerpts of Mother Mouse and the first installment of the Sammy and Robert series on Oct 10th & Nov 10, 2008. So if you enjoy today's episode, I encourage you to check out the archives to catch these other segments highlighting today's featured guest. Today, we have the pleasure of hearing Darcie Mae read from: Sammy & Robert’s Animal Adventures.

To access today's episode of Authors Read, simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to your right for a link to the show.


-- Eco-Resource --

-- http://www.dekoposh.blogspot.com : “To empower all Very Important Teens/Tweens to make positive changes today for a better tomorrow by volunteering, giving back, becoming leaders and teaching others to do the same".

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

Friday, January 23, 2009

Writing resource; Environment & the food industry

-- Quote of the Day --

“…It takes quite some time to write the book… and over time as you get more feedback you start seeing what you need to do with the book. …When we start out, we are very nervous of putting our work out… and it stings to get comments or rejections, but you learn to have a thick hide – you must have as an author. I learned to listen – my way was not always the right way… and I started going to writer’s courses. …it is hard for a lot of people, me included, to keep getting rejection but in time you learn to accept it and you keep going…”

~ Barbara Quinn 06/19/08

This interview with Barbara aired on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on June 19, 2008. In this discussion we discovered what it takes to run a writer's support organization like the "Rose & Thorne" We discussed the ezine, their various programs and supportive efforts for writers, the publication opportunity for authors and poets that is offered here and much more. Barbara gave some insightful tips for people interested in writing as a career. To hear this archived interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog, of look to the right of this page for the link to Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Eco - News --

There are a number of cafes, restaurants, and schools that are coming up with innovative ways to decrease their impact on the environment simply through their purchasing choices. Recently the Live-Smart BC program highlighted a local cafe (Jogas; Grand Forks, BC) for their choice of biodegradable to-go containers made from organic materials. This topic has me recalling an article I read earlier in 2008 that explained the excitement over the UBC (university) There are plenty of organic materials for companies to choose from; materials range from grain hulls and coconut fiber to bamboo and corn starch,( among other sources) are currently being experiemented with. Styrofoam and plastic, two of the principal sources of waste in the ocean and other water-ways can be virtually eliminated if every community required the use of these alternatives. This next bit of information I'm going to share with you today comes directly from a message I received from the Zero Waste San Diego Group:

“From the shuttles fueled with hydrogen to dinner plates made from sugarcane, the 10 theme parks owned by Busch Entertainment Corp. of Orlando Florida ...are launching initiatives to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges in waste, food and fuel. All of the seafood served to guests, even the salmon fed to the Shamu the Whale, is now purchased from sustainably managed fisheries that promote the environmentally responsible stewardship. The environmental revamp extends to the parts' food utensils and plates. While these items have the look and feel of plastic, they are actually made from renewable sources such as sugarcane and vegetable starch. The company worked for more than a year to find eco-products that could meet the volume needs of the parks, which serves millions of guests each year, while staying in tact under the rigors of microwaves and freezers.”

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Interviews, interviews :)



-- First Chapter Project --

...a site owned & operated by Marti Talbot that "lets you read the first chapter before you buy a book" - Lillian & Dave's three books are listed here; click on the titles: Trash Talk, Towards Understanding, or Purple Snowflake Marketing to view the 1st chapter of each of these books - http://sites.google.com/site/firstchapterproject



-- Conscious Discussions --

Desalination Plants, Answer to Water Woes? - Diane Tegarden is returning to Conscious Discussions to discuss her passions for alternative power, specifically her knowledge of desalination technology, which removes the salt from seawater. According to our guest today, this technology could very well be the answer to future water issues.

To access today's interview - which airs live at 10 AM Pacific - click on the hyper-linked show title in today's blog post or look to your right for the link to the show. Today's episode will be archived indefinitely so you can refer others to listen to the show at their convenience -- Any time of day, no matter where they live on the planet - people can access our show free.

-- Interviews this Week with the Brummets --

Jan 22: Author Interviews by Marsha Coles... www.mcolesworks.webs.com - Marsha interviews Lillian about the world of writing.

Jan 24: Host Trevor Carter and Lillian Brummet will continue their discussion on the business side of the world of writing. Join them in Part 3 of "Help I am a Writer; Need to Get My Book Seen" - at 10:30 AM (Pacific): www.blogtalkradio.com/free2live2 *This interview was previously scheduled for Jan 18, however due to technical issues the show was rescheduled for this upcoming Saturday. Part 1 aired on Nov 23, 2008 and Part 2 aired on Dec 2, 2008.


-- Looking for a unique, lasting gift for Valentines? --

Please consider supporting the work that Dave and I do with this blog, our newsletter, 2 radio shows and our other endeavors by purchasing one of our 3 published books as a gift for those on your list this Valentines Day. Remember 30% of the royalties we receive from book sales go to charity! Towards Understanding would be perfect for anyone who enjoys poetry, Trash Talk would be ideal for anyone who wants to live more consciously and save money too; and Purple Snowflake Marketing is a guide for authors to develop an effective marketing plan. For purchasing information visit our website: www.brummet.ca

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

quote: resume & youth; New upcoming interview


-- Quote of the Day --


“…Helping parents develop resumes (or child activity briefs) with their children - number one it praises your child’s talents, their gifts – their abilities; it affirms them. It lets …mom and dad, auntie and uncle, grandma and grandpa say ‘hey what you do is important to us; we know it is important to you. It is important to us to document what you do.’ …It assists in their growth in development. Another thing this can do for them is boost their self-esteem… letting them know that what they do has some worth… and another thing is that is shows others that your child is more than what their academic report card says they are; how well balanced he or she is outside of that academic arena…”
~ Kris Manley 07/31/08

To access the interview that this quote was taken from, visit the Conscious Discussions talk radio show via the hyper-linked show title or via the link on your right, and look for July 31, 2008 - The interview with Kris Manley will certainly empower youth, improve family bonding and create understanding between generations at the same time.


-- Announcement --

The interview I was supposed to be a part of on the 18th of January experienced technical issues that kept the host from accessing his switchboard. We have rescheduled the show for Jan 24 at 12:30 PM (Pacific)

Details: Host Trevor Carter and Lillian Brummet will continue their discussion on the business side of the world of writing. Join them in Part 3 of "Help I am a Writer; Need to Get My Book Seen" - at 12:30 PM (Pacific), Jan 24: www.blogtalkradio.com/free2live2


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

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

positive economic climate? Alzheimers & Caregiving...

-- Conscious Discussions --

Jim Greenwood, a former journalist, pilot and aviation executive, has held top management positions in the federal government, as well as in the aircraft manufacturing and operating industries. Jim is an award-winning author, with four books and numerous magazine articles, mostly on aviation topics. Today we are discussing Jim’s experience caring for his wife for the 13 years that she endured Alzheimer's disease. Learn practical, useful advice on how to provide care for anyone suffering from dementia.

To access today's interview click on the hyperlinked show title or click on the link located on your right for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

--Eco-Resource--

One of our former featured guests on CD contacted me to share information about a wonderful site he is a part of: Change.org… this is a social activist network where you can learn about causes, connect to like-minded people and nonprofit organizations and learn how to take proactive action for positive change in a variety of issues.
Alexander Lee appeared on…July 8, 2008 - to discuss the concept of using laundry machines more efficiently – we talked about the benefits of various models, safety issues such as how to prevent house fires and green alternatives.

-- Positive Economic Climate? --

Encouragingly… in today’s economic climate, some people who are looking at re-education and want to work in a field that makes a difference: ‘zero waste’ movements, soil improvement, erosion control, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction have great potential for growth. These careers are sustainable for the foreseeable future and offer youth and today's unemployed a positive option.




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

Monday, January 19, 2009

Horror novelist reads live; & - gardening consciously

-- Authors Read --

Ty Schwamberger and I originally met on a writer’s forum where he sent a brief query our way regarding his horror novel - Night School. According to his website, he has enjoyed writing, reading and watching scary tales since childhood. He currently resides in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
To hear today's featured author on the Authors Read radio show simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or click on the link for the program located on the right of this blog.

-- Quote of the Day --

"In the past 3 years (1991-94) 950 varieties of vegetables have become extinct and of the survivors 74% - or almost 4,000 varieties - are endangered."
~ Ann Rodes article: 'The Seed Savers', Canadian Gardening Magazine


As individual back yard gardeners we can choose to order from seed suppliers that focus on rare or endangered varieties - or at least those that are open-pollinated. Heritage and Heirloom seed organizations exist for each country around the planet, simply do an internet search for those in your region. In Canada we have an organization known as Seeds of Diversity - www.seeds.ca - which offers a seed catalogue list for gardeners looking to find suppliers that suit their needs. They also offer international membership opportunities and with that you get a magazine, or you can look for the links to seed organizations in other countries listed on this one site as well.

For those of you who are interested in pursuing research in this direction - we had an interview with the director of the Seeds of Diversity organization on the Conscious Discussions show on April 22nd, 2008. To find that archived interview simply click on the hyperlinked show title (or the link on your right).

While you are scrolling through the archives you'll find we've done a lot of shows on gardening, soil and composting - all of these are available to listen to at your convenience - and all of this is available for free.

Incidentally, 30% of the royalties we receive from our books go to 3 different charities - one of these is the Seeds of Diversity organization. So by purchasing a book of ours, you are not only supporting the work we do & helping to keep this blog and our 2 radio shows running - you are also supporting amazing charities like this.




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

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Writing: benefits of e-publishing; authors reading

-- Quote of the Day --

“…as long as an e-book is selling fairly well, I will go back once a year and review it. I also have a proofreader and bless her heart she has seen a lot of stuff. I will update a book once a year and send it to her… we try to weed out the old links that are no longer operating and put in the new material that we found about once a year in our e-books.”
~ Hope Clark 06/05/08


During this interview with Hope Clark on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on funds for writers, Hope mentioned one of the main benefits of today's electronic publishing is that the author has much more control on the material - the ability to keep the information updated. To find this interview, simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in today's post or look to the right for a link to the
Conscious Discussions talk radio show. * Hope Clark's interview aired on June 5, 2008.

-- Authors Read --


Interestingly I’ve been getting a lot of guest query applications and wonderful comments from listeners via social networking sites, especially in the later part of 2008 - and today’s guest is a prime example of this. I first heard from Carl back in the summer of 2008 via his query through Facebook.

Carl David is the author of a wonderful book, Bader Field, which is published by Nightengale Press. Carl tells me that Bader Field is a memoir about his father, Samuel David, a legendary art dealer, who passed on way too soon. The story unfolds as the third generation in the family business struggle to regain stability in a very difficult economy while giving our mother the will to live. There is a wonderful blend of art, love, tragedy and spiritual offering in this compelling story.

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

Friday, January 16, 2009

Conscious living tips; guest & quote of the day

Whew what a busy day it has been - here it is 7 PM and I am only now able to get here and manage the blog. I do apologize for that - I know most of you are used to me being here before noon !

-- Quote of the Day --

“If peace is what every government says it seeks, and peace is the yearning of every heart, why aren’t we studying it and teaching it in schools?”
~Colman McCarthy


-- Authors Read --

Authors Read radio show featured C.L. Talmadge earlier today - the author of the Green Stone of Healing series, an epic fantasy that is filled with romance, action, and intrigue. To hear the archive of today's featured author sharing an excerpt from the 3rd book in this series, The Scorpions Strike, click on the hyper-linked show title here in this blog post or look to the right of this page where you will find a link to the Authors Read radio show.

-- Ideas & Tips for concerned individuals looking to create positive change--

- Old towels and old rugs can be donated to the local animal shelter - even those with holes in them can be used by shelters in a variety of ways. Consider cutting the towels in large square rags - and hem the edges to avoid fraying - even if you do not need the cleaning rags, your local support centers for the underprivileged or an animal shelter sure could. Mechanics and those with workshops can also make use of your rags - especially those without hemmed edges since these places tend to use them only once. Those old rugs I mentioned earlier can also line the bottom of your cat's or dog's sleeping basket (and they are easily washable).

- Old fleece jackets can be made into hats and mittens. You can find simple patterns at your local sewing or craft retailer; alternatively look online for patterns. This is a great way, too, for thrift stores to extend their stock by taking fleece clothing that is not sellable, and creating these hats and mittens with them. If your local thrift store has these types of items donated regularly, but doesn't have the volunteers to handle them in this way, consider taking it upon yourself. By taking their unsellable items you help them extend their budget, and you obtain a valuable product that you can use to create hats and mittens as a fundraiser, for people you love or for the local support centers for the underprivileged in your region.



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

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ethnic Animosity Redefined - writer's info !

-- Quote of the Day --

“When successful and confident a person relaxes a little and enjoys his life and in this way he becomes vulnerable. When successful he fears losing his position of power. When confident he fears losing control. When relaxing he fears the necessity of returning to work. Alternatively those who are unsuccessful have little time to relax and live in fear of everything their whole life – Neither can appreciate the moment.”
~ submitted by Joanne Siewert

-- Conscious Discussions --

Donald Greco, a former professor from the University of Toledo, was the featured guest of the day on Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Donald joined me in a discussion about ethnic animosity – why it existed, where and why it still exists – how it has changed. Donald’s background is coming from an Irish Italian genetic pool, which the America of that time disliked intensely. He has written a fiction novel with a message about this time in America’s history and how we can apply it to today’s intensely multicultural world. Donald has a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of education and a Doctor of Philosophy – He has served as a mathematics professor at the University of Toledo for more than 35 years. As such, he has seen a lot of change in society’s through the youth that pass through his classes. During his tenure, Donald acted as the president of the faculty senate and was a member of the American Association of University Professors and served as a rep for the Ohio branch of the American Federation of Teachers. What a wonderful opportunity we have to tap into his incredible pool of knowledge and experiences today!

To access today's archived interview whenever it is convenient to you - look to the right on this page for the link for the Conscious Discussions show or click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog.

-- Announcement --

I’m very excited to announce that the final manuscript for the 2nd edition of our 3rd book – Purple Snowflake Marketing - is in the publishers hands. Dave, my partner and husband, has been busily putting together the various images for the book and the new Purple Snowflake Marketing book cover (front/back/spine) – which looks fantastic so far. That will be the last item before the new edition goes into the printing process. I am told it will be available in numerous formats including e-book, print and others in early March 2009. Until the 1st edition is still available as an e-book. ... I'm so excited!!!

-- Writers! --

...please mark this Sunday on your calendar:

Jan 18: Host Trevor Carter and Lillian Brummet will continue their discussion on the business side of the world of writing. Join them in Part 3 of "Help I am a Writer; Need to Get My Book Seen" - at 10:30 AM (Pacific): www.blogtalkradio.com/free2live2


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

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

writing, creative reuse ideas & quote of the day

-- Announcement --

Join Lillian on the Quips and Tips for Freelance Writers blog:

http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting

The blog is a fantastic writer’s resource – I recommend it highly to our listeners who are interested in writing. The official title of the blog is: Quips and Tips For Freelance Writers Blog & my interview there was published on Jan 14th – http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting

--Ideas & tips for concerned individuals who are looking to create positive change--

- Reuse soft plastic netting bags, such as onion and orange produce bags, to sort things like pantyhose.

- Tablecloths can be sewn to make great curtains. If you can sew a straight hem, you can make simple curtains that slide over a rod. I remember when I was very young, our mom purchased tablecloths from a thrift store and created simple, but very nice kitchen curtains that lasted for years.


-- Quote of the Day --

“…Over the last decade there have been numerous strandings of whales and dolphins due to low sonar frequency testing from navies around the globe. Since the year 2000, there have been many documented cases that prove that the pitch sound, especially in whales, is very traumatic - it causes their ears to bleed and they strand themselves, heave themselves out of the ocean to get away from the horrific sound. …sadly, the supreme court ruled against environmentalist since it was done in the name of security… Dolphins use sonar to locate food, and whales use sonar along with clicks and beeps and so on to communicate. Because it is below the surface of the water, people just don’t know about it… and I would love to help people understand this better.” ~ Linda Ballou 11/13/08

This quote above was taken from an interview with Linda that aired on November 13, 2008 - To access this archived interview, simply click on the Conscious Discussions link on the right of this site, or click on the hyper-linked show title here in today's post. Look to the archived interviews on the Conscious Discussions site, located on the right, and click on November 2008 to access Linda's interview.

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Does WASTE have VALUE?


Join Lillian as she celebrates turning 39 this week, on the most recent Positive Eco-news segment of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

Discover her passions for making a difference in the world and her solid belief that we all have value in life.

Does WASTE have VALUE? What the heck is FREE-CYCLE anyway? How can you break the WINTER BLUES and teach your children that they are heroes, no matter their stature or age.

Find all of this on today's Conscious Discussions broadcast; the archive is available any time of the day for your convenience. Simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog - or click on the link you'll find on your right.

* My schedule will definitely be lifted enough to be back to "normal" by the end of the week. I appreciate everyone's patience for this last week and allowing me extra time to respond to their messages while I deal with an overloaded schedule.

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

Monday, January 12, 2009

poetry... and the world of writing

-- Authors Read --

Joan Gelfand’s work has been published in over fifty national and regional publications. Currently, Joan works as an arts administrator, organizing panels and readings at colleges and writer’s conferences around the Bay Area. She has authored 2 published books of poetry – Earlier on Nov 14th we had the pleasure of hearing Joan read an excerpt from the first of these books: “Seeking Center” – which you can find in our archives here at the Authors Read website. Now, I do want to let you know that Joan appeared on the Consicous Discussions talk radio show on Jan 6, 2009 – you can find out more about that radio show at www.brummet.ca Today, Joan read from “A Dreamers Guide to Cities & Streams”.

To access Joan's reading click on the hyper-linked show title here in this post or click on the link we have for Authors Read on the right hand side of this blog.

-- Quote of the Day --

“ …Writing is very difficult, it is an extraordinarily complex task that demands every bit of us & also that most of us have not been trained in. Even people who have training have to deal with all kinds of problems that come up in their writing. …Writing is a creative act, & there are no hard & fast rules. ”
~ Cindy Barilleaux 11/02/07


This quote was taken from an interview with Cindy on the Consicous Discussions talk radio show on November 2, 2007 This interview consisted of Part 1 of our discussion on the World of Writing. In this 2-part discussion we uncovered the behind-the-scenes activities of what it takes to run your career in writing as a business. To access this interview simply head over to the Consicous Discussions show via the hyper-linked show title in this post or the link on the right of this blog. Look for the archived episode that aired on Nov, 2 - 2007 for Part 1. Part 2 of this discussion aired on Jan 4, 2008.


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


Sunday, January 11, 2009

eco-resources & positive eco news on air today :)


-- Eco Resources --

www.takebackthelight.ca - the first comprehensive fluorescent lamp recycling program in Ontario - Canada. Working with sellers and consumers they hope to recycle the 30 million fluorescent lights disposed of annually from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector. Ontario resident consumption of fluorescent lighting accounts for 312kgs of mercury annually, polluting our air, water and soil. 98% of the materials in each lamp is recycled including glass, aluminum, mercury and phosphorus.

www.calltorecycle.org - Recycling used rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today on Conscious Discussions talk radio show, I have put together a special episode where I'll be sharing positive eco-news. Join me live at 10 AM (pacific) or catch the archive by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in today's blog post or look to the right of the screen for the link that will also take you to the site. Just click on PLAY button when you get there for any episode you are interested in listening to. *The chat room, as always, will be open for our live listeners.

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

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Overcoming trauma, abuse or deceit


-- Quote of the Day --

“…the first thing (to overcome traumatic events in life) is that you have to be allowed to go through the grieving process. …At the end of the process you can either decide to be a victim and to go around the rest of your life being ‘the mother who lost her child ‘– or you can say ‘What can I find here’ ‘What can I see here? What can I do that is positive, that will change the energy and can honor my child’s life?’ …otherwise you walk around with this hole…”
~ Therese Tappouni 05/01/08


This quote was taken from an interview on the Conscious Discussions radio show with Therese Tappouni that focused on overcoming traumatic events in life. I chose this quote to partner with today's guest on Authors Read (see below). To find this archived interview with Therese Tappouni - simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right for the link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Authors Read --

Today’s guest, Grace Heyward, holds a Master degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling and works full time as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Today, Grace shared with us an excerpt from her book The Kiss to Betrayal. Click on the hyper-linked show title, or look to the right for a link that will also take you to the Authors Read show.

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

Friday, January 9, 2009

quote & guest of the day :)

-- Authors Read --

Marlene Caroselli is the award-winning author of 55 business books and is an international keynote speaker and corporate trainer. Our regular listeners may recall that Marlene joined us here on Authors Read in August 18 & Sept 26th (2008) to read excerpts of two short stories from one of her books "The Argument" & you can find these archives listed on the right hand side of the Authors Read website. Marlene shared a humorous short story, titled "Fix Your Own Supper!"with us today. To access this archived author's reading simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in today's post or look to the right of this site for a link to the Authors Read radio show.

-- Quote of the Day --

“…If you are the kind of person that is still wondering what you want to be when you grow up and you are 50 (she laughs), I would say to mix it up a little bit; major in reality – minor in dreams; do something every day that scares you. …We expect that some change will happen, but really if we keep doing things the same way nothing really happens. …Objects in motion stay in motion; objects at rest stay at rest. People tend to make these either or situations in their life and that is where the major in reality – minor in dreams comes in. …Anytime something makes my heart rate increase I try to walk into it rather than walk away from it. …a lot of times {people} will think ‘oh my gosh I have to climb Mount Everest today’. (she laughs) …But it is those simple things that add up and I think they change you almost molecularly and over time you become a bolder person.”
~ Prill Boyle 08/19/08

I thought it was appropriate, with starting a New Year and all, to share this particular quote with you today. This quote was excerpted from an interview with Prill that aired on August 19, 2008 at the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. This interview focused on "blooming beyond ourselves". To find this interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title, or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions link.


-- Announcement --

* Please be patient with me over the next few days; I am currently completing the final touches to the manuscript for the revised, 2nd edition of our 3rd book - Purple Snowflake Marketing. (new edition release: Late Feb 2009)

Next week I'll be crunching away at getting the outlines for February's radio show guests (there are 17 or so to put together) and then I should be back to normal. I've been inundated with guest applications and have both shows booked into May, 2009 - which is a wonderful feeling.

I will try to respond - at least briefly - to all of the emails, comments on our sites and other communications that come our way - but please do be patient with me for the next week or so. I'll be back to "normal" by the 3rd week of January.

In appreciation,
Lillian


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

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Caregiving, Breast-cancer & Water issues

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today we had the honor of having Amy Blackburn as the featured guest of the day on the Conscious Discussions show to discuss her incredibly touching experiences as a caregiver to a woman who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. We learned about the role of a caregiver and how caregiving can involve many people. We discovered what a caregiver finds is expected of them when a loved one is diagnosed with a chronic and terminal disorder or disease. Amy shared advice on how to support the patient, the medical staff and the caregiver. We also learned a little about breast cancer along the way.

To access this hour long interview click on the hyper-linked show title here in today's blog post or look to the right where we have a link for the Conscious Discussions show available for you.

-- Quote of the Day --

“(people)… no matter where they live, they have an impact on ocean health because the water in local ponds, streams, creeks, rivers and lakes eventually flows out to sea.”
~ Canadian Wildlife Federation Bulletin Vol.12


I chose the following quote based on the information I shared in the introduction of this mornings Conscious Discussions show :
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According to the Home Home magazine’s summer 2008 issue, “Canada’s renewable water supply – the water that falls as snow or rain to replenish standing groundwater and lakes – is increasingly being used faster than it is replaced.” The average person flushes a toilet as many as 12 times every single day - which equates to 60 gallons per day, per person. There are toilet alternatives now available from 3-.5 of a gallon per flush to none at all. Some of these no-water alternatives include composting and vacuum models; some use septic microorganisms, Japanese bran yeast or electricity to deal with the bathroom waste in an ecologically responsible manner. In fact, we’ve interviewed a major company that is helping to lead the world in this direction. Interview: Feb 26, 2008 with Ulrich Westergaard… composting systems have been around for some time and employed by the military, camping parks, barns, pool cabanas, RVs & boats, and exterior buildings from a studio to a stable and also at worksites and in relief camps in war torn regions around the world. Today’s technology has taken this industry into a whole new realm and it is now common for green builders, architects and contractors to include this option in their buildings.
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I read an article in the local newspaper – the Grand Forks Gazette, which often highlights conscious living individuals in our community - I learned of a golf course – Granby River Golf – the article states that they are 100% organic – they use things like proper maintenance & irrigation, & organic amendments including bone meal, blood meal kelp and humate, compost tea sodium bicarbonate and garlic extract. What a great way to influence the surrounding community simply by sharing their story.


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

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Standing up and being that hero in a variety of ways...

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Most people find that there is one thing that they spend most of their time on is rooted to something in their youth …a lasting impression. So when you talk about standing up and being that hero …it is really all kinds of steps that we do, and the effect that we have on children of all ages …is somehow implanted in their mind and what they may be able to later do to be great heroes. …”
~ Cindy Katz 08/14/08

The quote above was excerpted from an interview with Cindy on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on August 14, 2008. Access the archived interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right where there is another link for the show.

-- "Trash Talk’s Best Tip Picks for 2005"--

The article excerpt that I'm sharing with you today was originally titled "Trash Talk’s Best Tip Picks for 2005" - Let me explain this first. Back in 2004 & 2005 we had an online website service called "Tip of the Month" - this article was based on the best of the 2005 tips. This article is followed by quite a few interesting resources for our readers to considre following up on:



Tip #1:
Cardboard works great for weed control in the yard or garden. Lay out the flattened cardboard first making sure to overlap it by at least six inches. If the weeds are very established or if your weeds are more like small shrubs, do a double or even triple layer to ensure nothing grows through. We found that it is best to wet the cardboard with a sprinkler to soften it before applying the top layer of bark mulch or gravel so the cardboard will settle in and smother all the weeds completely. In as little as one year the cardboard will have composted into a rich loamy soil while the weeds have been killed off by lack of sunlight and air. Simply top off the bark mulch periodically as it too breaks down over the years.

Tip #2:
Vinyl shower curtains reused make good drop cloths for painting projects. In the garden they can be used as row covers for tender spring plants (when a cold night threatens). Like costly landscape fabric use curtains to control weeds in garden beds. Cut an X at each plant location, plant, then close the X around the plant stem. Cover the entire sheet with rocks, gravel or bark mulch.


Tip #3:
Promote reading in your community, reduce clutter around your home and your contribution of waste in the landfill, save a buck or two and benefit a charity while you are at it. Just how are you supposed to do all this?


Management of used books and magazines is a very environmental and community conscious thing for people to participate in. Extending the life of books and magazines is easily accomplished by taping the binding and edges of the covers.


Go through your closets and bookshelves and look for all the used books and magazines that you no longer read. Any library, shelters for the disadvantaged, hospitals and missions are all places to consider for donating. Use the key words ‘book donation’ in a search engine to find places to donate to. Here are just a few sites:

http://www.betterworldbooks.com/
http://www.asiahousinternational.org
http://www.sabre.org/books/bookorg/bkdn_toc.htm
http://www.loc.gov/rrr/amed/afs/alc/bkdncte.html
http://www.ala.org – lists contact information for organizations that distribute used books.
http://www.nationalbook.org/bookdonations.html – lists places that accept book donations.



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

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

hope, violence, infertility, poetry, legacy

-- Quote of the Day --

“It’s not enough merely to exist. It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m earning enough to live and support my family. I do my work well. I am a good father. I’m a good husband. I’m a good churchgoer.’ That’s all very well, but you must do something more. Seek always to do some good somewhere. …even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.”
~ Albert Schwitzer

-- Conscious Discussions --

- Today: Jan 6 - Hope, Violence & Environment with Poetry - Joan Gelfand was our featured guest of the day - Her work has been published in over 50 national and regional publications. She currently works as an arts administrator, organizing panels and readings at colleges and writer’s conferences around the Bay Area of California (USA). She has authored 2 published books of poetry. We discussed writing poetry for one's self as opposed to writing for an audience, the differences between song lyric writing and poetry, managing speaking events and much more. Today's guest passed along a few resources for our audience including a poetry publication (www.strangeroad.com) and a writer's organization (www.wnba-book.org) that has branches in India, USA and Canada among other regions.

To find today's Conscious Discussions episode, click on the hyperlinked title here in today's post or click on the link on the right of this page for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


-- Interview --

Jan 6-8 (date unconfirmed): Quips and Tips For Couples Coping with Infertility Blog interviews the Brummets: http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogbaby

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Finding happiness with small daily actions...

--Eco-Resources--

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: "To secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper". www.defra.gov.uk

Lets Recycle brings you a daily news service, a directory, price indicators, clubrecycle, newsletters and more. www.letsrecycle.com

-- Authors Read --

First time author, Vernelle Nelson, uses down to earth everyday language to help guide readers to inner peace, balance & self confidence. Vernelle resides in Southern Florida – her experiences range from teacher to head of On-Air Promotions at National Public Radio headquarters, radio disc jockey, as well as being a television & radio producer. She has published poetry, human-interest stories & news articles in the past. Vernelle was featured today on the
Authors Read radio show to read from her debut non-fiction self-help book: Favorable Conditions. The author tells me that the book is a great tool for individuals as well as classes & home study groups – & is designed to help readers maintain a focus & balance in life.

To find this authors reading simply click on the Authors Read radio show title here in the blog or click on the link for the show on the right... either of these links will get you there. While you are there, take some time to browse through the archives to see if there is anything you would like to listen to - or would like your children to listen to... we have lots of children's authors reading thier stories on
Authors Read as well :)

-- Quote of the Day --
In keeping with the genre that was featured on Authors Read this morning, I'd like to share with you the following quote of the day:

“…I was feeling really negative about things, I just curled up and was just waiting to die, I was so negative and depressed. And then I met with a Buddhist lama …and he told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and start focusing on the happiness of other people - and I was a little bit offended at first. I thought, you just don’t understand… but the more I did, the better I felt. …(examples of random acts of kindness) inspiring messages on people’s windshields at the cancer center where people are getting treatment …buy a person’s lunch …we’ve taken flowers into the hospital and asked the nurses to give them to the patient who needed them the most… we complement clerks to their bosses… Plant a tree, call an old friend, send a thank you note, send a Christmas card to a seniors center for a senior who doesn’t have relatives … there are so many free, simple and low cost things we can do that can make a huge impact on peoples lives…
~ CJ Scarlet Dec 4, 2008


This quote was taken from an interview that aired with CJ Scarlet on the Conscious Discussions talk radio program on Dec 4, 2008 - to access the full interview click on the hyperlinked show title here in the blog or look to the right of this page for a link to the
Conscious Discussions radio program.

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

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Read a Novel Month

-- Just Read a Novel Month --

Did you know that January is a writer's haven? Not only are the winter months more conducive to the task of writing, this is also a time when many people are increasing their reading habits while enjoying the comfort and warmth of the indoors. Libraries and bookstores will notice an increase of traffic during the cold season and many writing events are traditionally held around this time of year.

In fact, January is "Just Read a Novel Month", the goal being to encourage people to read one novel during the month of January. I did some research online on this interesting concept, apparently only novels count (memoirs, short stories, essays, poetry, non-fiction... do not count) and it must be something you have not read before - and it must be read within the 31 days in January.

This is a great opportunity for writer's groups of all sizes, ages and varieties to consider participating in. Many have taken this concept to heart and are now endeavoring to read one novel for each month of the year!

-- Quote of the Day --

“ (Re: e-books and e-book readers) They are a real boon to anyone who travels, or does a lot of waiting – because you can switch back and forth between literally dozens of books. I know that many people who are visually impaired prefer to read books on their computer. …In fact Simon & Shuster recently …launched an electronic program… replacing photocopied manuscripts. Simon & Shuster estimates that this initiative can reduce the number manuscripts reproduced by 20,000 per year. So it is not just a convenience factor, giants such as Simon & Shuster are recognize that e-publishing is eco-friendly and has the huge potential of eliminating the eco-footprint of the publishing industry. …When it comes to the traditional printing publishing industry… before the wood pulp is made into paper, 62.7% of the negative ecological footprint comes from getting the timber to the mill. Another 26.6% happens during the paper production at the paper mill. Another 8.2% comes from the landfill release of the methane gas from the books that are not purchased. …The energy used in transporting and storing printed books is another 12.7%. …I realize that e-book reading is not for everyone, but it is catching on in such phenomenal numbers. …e-books have gone up 55.7% in net sales (between 2002 & 2007). …They are also available for often 1/2 to 2/3 the price.”
~ Elizabeth Eagan-Cox 11/11/08


The quote above was taken from a discussion with Elizabeth Eagan-Cox on Conscious Discussions Talk radio show on November 11, 2008... To access the full interview with Elizabeth simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right of this website to find links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


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Friday, January 2, 2009

Electronics Excess... & Authors Read radio guest of the day

-- Xmas Excess Getting You Down? ...What to do with those electronics you no longer use --

According to the Recycling Product News Magazine’s Oct 2008 issue (www.baumpub.com):

The United Nations pegs the total amount of e-waste generated globally between 20-40 million tones annually. Thankfully recycling programs are slowly sprouting up and their successes are inspiring countries across the globe. In Canada we are responsible for about 160,000 tones of e-waste annually and that is expected to grow another 30% by 2010. In some areas, handling fees are used to process the items either upon taking it in for recycling or upon purchase – depending on the region.

Now many of you have heard me discuss the aspects of Urban Mining and the valuable components that are hidden inside electronics. Today I’d like to touch on plastics. Now the Recycling Product News Magazine, who I mentioned earlier, states that there are several different types of plastics being used for each item – to further complicate matters, they are treated with flame retardants. The one positive aspect of these plastics is that they have a very high BTU rating (which is how much energy they contain) and that means when they are used as a fuel in the waste-to-energy industry an incredibly valuable energy level is released.
One of the most exciting things that has happened recently is a partnership with the Waste Management Recycle America with both Sony and LG Electronics in striving to create a recycling center within 20 miles of 95% of the US population. This is a very ambitious endeavor and we celebrate their actions here!

For those of you who would like to follow up on this topic I encourage you to check out the interview with Alda Nicmans, which aired on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on May 6 2008 - see this interview listed in the archives, located under the links on the right hand side of the Conscious Discussions website. Click on the hyper-linked show title here in today's blog post or click on the link I have for this radio show on the right side of your screen - either o these will get you there :)


-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest on Authors Read, CL Talmadge - the author of the Green Stone of Healing series - did a wonderful job of reading an excerpt from The Vision. Mrs Talmadge is a syndicated columnist and her series - The Green Stone of Healing - is an epic fantasy that is filled with romance, action, and intrigue. To hear this author's reading, click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog, or look to the right of this site for the link to 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, January 1, 2009

Conscious living is a legacy in itself...

-- Conscious Discussions --

This morning's Conscious Discussions broadcast (Jan 1) was another Positive Eco-News segment, where I shared inspiring environmental news, new technologies & positive actions being embraced by communities around the globe ! 2 more Positive Eco-News segments are scheduled in January (11 & 25th) :)

Find the Conscious Discussions show by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in this blog or click on the link to the right of this page for that radio program.

-- Quote of the Day --

“…We thought another way to teach people (to live with loss and die with dignity) was to write a book about (cancer). Because we were both professors of communication we were very open about it. …She had a bald head and would walk into her classes and smile! …We taught our students more that year than in the previous 20 years of teaching. …What you need is support – even just an email to say they are thinking about you. …Some people would come over and want to do our dishes or clean the bathroom, and I turned down those offers initially. And then I realized that they had a need to support us … so I would suggest that they take Leah to a movie, or sit with her and read. …and to be there throughout the process. In terms of grief… A bunch of people called me after the first couple of weeks after her passing, and then not a lot of people called 2 months from then, but the grief process takes a long time. …Some people just disappear and you think they would be there for you. …They do this for all kinds of reasons – some were too sad, too shocked themselves, others didn’t want to feel like they were putting an extra burden on us …So I started reaching out to people, some of whom I’d never called, they were Leah’s friends. …When you are going through this, don’t be alone.” ~ Nick Trujillo 09/25/08

I felt this quote was appropriate for us to start the New Year with the idea that we don't have to do amazing endeavors to leave a lasting legacy - simply by living the lifestyle you want to see in the world you influence others in a deep and profound way. This is exactly what Nick Trujillo and his wife discovered - the way his wife handled her terminal cancer became an incredible legacy. To hear this touching tale visit Sept 25, 2008 broadcast of Conscious Discussions (click on hyper-linked show title to get to the website).

*Archives are located under the links, on the right hand side of the Conscious Discussions website. Click on Sept, 2008 to find Nick Trujillo's interview.

Happy New Year !!!

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