Friday, July 31, 2009

-- Prize Draw Reminder ! --

Email Lillian at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com * Remove the spaces before sending *
...with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes:


Melissa Van Rossum's nonfiction books: All You've Ever Known -&- Their Way Home

...&

Dawn Menge's children's book: Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains

...&

a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time


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

giving back

-- Quote of the Day --

"All the joy the world contains comes through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains comes through wanting pleasure for oneself."
~ Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva



-- Brummet's Fund-raising Efforts --

Lillian and Dave Brummet are known for their volunteer work with school theater productions, art presentations, fund-raising events, participation in green initiatives and donations of thousands of books over the past 10 years to the following organizations: 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.

When the Brummet's became published authors they decided to make sure that some of the proceeds were given to charity. While there are so many worthy causes the Brummet's would love to play a role in - realistically they must limit their efforts to only a few. But you can help too!

Help the authors, who donate 30% of the royalties they receive from book sales, raise funds for the Society for Prevention Against Cruelty to Animals, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Seeds of Diversity Organization simply by purchasing your very own copy of one of their books:

* Purple Snowflake Marketing - a fantastic book promotion guide available for only $10! - http://www.booklocker.com/books/2949.html

* Just released, revised edition of Towards Understanding (poetry re: finding value & purpose in life) in e-book format, only $8.95! - http://www.booklocker.com/books/4179.html

* Hard & soft cover 1st editions for Towards Understanding & Trash Talk (environment/reuse/reduce) are available via most online retailers (i.e. www.barnesandnoble.com or at a discount from the publisher: www.publishamerica.com ) or by ordering in through your favorite local retailer.

-- Positive Eco-News --

Sanyo Electric Co., one of Japan's leading electronics manufacturers, began construction of a new plant for HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar cells on February 17, 2009, in order to meet an increasing demand for solar power generation. The new production facility is being built in the Nishikinohama Factory, the company's HIT solar cell production base in Osaka, and is planned to be completed in October 2009.
~ Source: Japan for Sustainability Org. (www.japanfs.org)


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

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Being green & having fun / Talking writing


-- Quote of the Day --

"It’s very unfortunate that although everyone is said to have hidden talents,
some hide them away for a whole lifetime.

If we could do all the things we are capable of doing,
we would probably astound ourselves."

~ Unknown


-- New Interviews with Lillian Brummet - Today!! --


- Poetic Monthly Radio, hosted by Martin D. White, has invited Lillian to join in their July 30th broadcast airing at 3:30 PM (Pacific) to discuss the world of poetry and her book, Towards Understanding. For more information visit: www.poeticmonthly.com This interview is archived and ready to listen to at your convenience. Incidentally, Lillian is a writer for the Poetic Monthly Magazine! Go to: www.poeticmonthly.com

- July 30th: Yvonne Perry's blog features an informative interview with Lillian on her experiences in the release of the 2nd edition of Purple Snowflake Marketing. Visit this site at your convenience to find the interview that will be posted on July 30th at: http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today on Conscious Discussions talk radio show, host Lillian Brummet shares Positive Eco-News :) Come join in the live chat room while listening to the live broadcast, which airs at 10 AM (Pacific) - or access the archived interview anytime that is convenient to you, simply by following the hyper-links here.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Raising a green family - summer fun

-- Quote of the Day --

A perfectionist is someone unable to enjoy music by Tchaikovsky without being able to spell his name. - unknown


-- Growing Green Kids! --

The Internet is a wonderful place and a powerful tool for today’s society to teach children about the environment. Please feel free to check out the recommended sites for teachers, parents or caregivers of today’s youth.

http://www.earth2kids.org
http://www.earthforce.org
http://www.edugreen.teri.res.in
http://www.planetpals.com
http://www.nwf.org/kids
http://www..nwf.org/earthsavers
http://www.epa.gov/kids
http://www.greenscreen.org
http://www.kidlink.org
http://www.kidsforsavingearth.org
http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity
http://www.inspectorgreen.com
http://epa.gov/epaoswer/education/index.htm
http://epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/k00-001.pdf
http://www.wattsnew.com
http://epa.gov/globalwarming/kids/index.htm
http://www.howstuffworks.com/landfill – an educational site on how landfills operate.

In schools, there are programs dealing with recycling, environmental health, litter and other ecological programs. Younger children and arts classes make use of free materials that were formally considered waste. Schools, day care centers, kindergarten, preschool classes and other children related facilities often accept items that they can turn into craft projects for the kids. For instance, old rolls of gift wrapping paper or wallpaper can be donated for children to use as drawing or craft paper. Boxes, paper bags, buttons, greeting cards, wrapping and ribbons, tiles and many other items can be used for art and craft supplies.

The sites below will provide plenty of craft ideas that involve using items formally destined for the trash.
http://www.bashthetrash.com – how to build musical instruments from trash.
http://antiques.about.com – many trash-to-treasure ideas.
http://familycrafts.about.com



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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recommended Eco-resources

-- Fantastic Resources --

Today's recommended resources come from author Robert Williamson, founder of the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation.

www.greeneducationnetwork.com
http://lettersfrom2030.blogspot.com
www.greenhouseneutral.net (Australia)
www.greenhouseneutral.org (US)
www.Sealthedeal2009.org
www.350.org

Check out Robert's book: Zero Greenhouse Emissions ... ebook @ www.elequentbooks.com & hardcover @: www.strategicbookpublishing.com

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

Greenhouse Neutral Foundation

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's featured guest: Founder and CEO of Greenhouse Neutral Foundation – Mr. Robert Williamson. Bob and his family’s environmental activities over the last decade has brought them recognition and awards from a number of environmental, business and science organizations. Today we are going to speak about his non-fiction book, Zero Greenhouse Emissions, and the foundation’s important work to broaden understanding through environmental education of our collective actions. We’ll also discuss some of the incredible people and supporters of the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation.

Find today's guest at: www.greenhouseneutral.net

To access today's interview (airs live at 10 AM - archived thereafter: click here - Conscious Discussions radio


-- Prize draw ! --

Email me at: ldbrummet@yahoo.com with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes:

Melissa Van Rossum's nonfiction books: All You've Ever Known -&- Their Way Home
...&
Dawn Menge's children's book: Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains
...& a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time


-- Reminders --

Just released, revised edition of Towards Understanding in e-book format: http://www.booklocker.com/books/4179.html (poetry re: finding value & purpose in life).

Awesome, free & fun poetry prize contest for the revised edition of Towards Understanding (poetry/e-book) at: http://budurl.com/WinPoetry

Fantastic book promotion guide available for only $10! - http://www.booklocker.com/books/2949.html


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

Monday, July 27, 2009

New poetry book release! Forgiveness & Peace

-- Quote of the Day --

…Forgiveness is something that you do for yourself. …Sometimes we think that in forgiving a person we are giving them power. But it is actually the other way around; you are giving your power away if you never forgive. …You need to take your power back and forgive it and that is the only way you are going to move past it. …It is simply saying ‘I don’t need this anymore, I am bigger than this and I want to take my power back and not have this person taking space in my head.’ …If you don’t – you are going to be the one that is hurting… You will not be the happy empowered, beautiful soul you were meant to be, but it will make you physically sick to. …It takes a very long time to heal deep wounds, and that is ok – but at some point there needs to be forgiveness.”
~ Sandee Sgarlata - July 9, 2009

Today's quote originated from the Inner Peace thru Forgiveness interview that aired on the July 9th broadcast on Conscious Discussions talk radio show. It was a really interesting discussion that I hope you can make time for. The archive is available free, anytime of the day - simply click on the hyper-links here to get to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Announcement !! --

I am so very excited to let you all know that the newly revised edition of Towards Understanding is now available as an e-book via Booklocker.com

Towards Understanding (revised edition) is a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons & finally growing towards understanding of her value & purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding.

The reason why I wrote the book originally was to show other victims of abuse, violence & neglect that they can live a wholesome life without baggage from the past. Second to that I wanted to provide a road-map that showed the healing process that victims go through, letting others know they are not alone. People who are involved with victims can learn what that person is going through or will go through and therefore they might be able to provide a better support system.

The original version of this book is still available in paperback & hardcover by ordering through most online or your local retailers. This new revised edition offers 5 new poems, creating an ending that I am much more comfortable with, & updated author information - among a few other revisions.

More information about the book, in it's various formats, & excerpts are available via: www.brummet.ca/towards.html

Check out the new e-book (only $8.95 - US funds) at: http://www.booklocker.com/books/4179.html

-- Closing Thought for the Day --

Remember – when you are about to ask someone if he can keep a secret, you’re about to show him a person who can’t.

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

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gardening

-- Quote of the Day --


"For the sake of future generations, we must collect and study the wild and weedy relatives of our cultivated plants as well as domesticated vegetables. These sources are dangerously neglected. The future will not be so tolerant.
We cannot afford to ignore any source of the gene pool
."
~ Jack R. Harlan, Professor Emeritus

-- Conscious Discussions --

Common issues with water conservation, watering techniques for patio, balcony and backyard gardens, the benefits of mulch, different types of mulch and even some questions on growing tomatoes were all covered in a short half-hour session on the Sunday Gardening episode of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Drop in to hear the archive by clicking on they hyperlinks here... Drop me a line with your questions or comments on gardening and I'll be sure to address them in the upcoming Sunday Gardening episodes - or call in to an upcoming live show to ask your gardening questions.


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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Take some time for yourself

-- Quote of the Day --

A smile is understood around the world - unknown


Why does an inspiring sight such as a sunrise always have to take place at such an inconvenient time?

Today I had the opportunity to just do some relaxing for the morning. It was amazing. Dave and I had a leisure breakfast late in the morning, walked and ran the dogs and had a nap - lol !
This afternoon I've been busily putting away laundry and scrubbing down the kitchen stove and fridge and cupboards (inside & out), tidying the house and running the vacuum. But the morning was amazing. I sat out by our little fountain by the patio and stared at it mindlessly until I realized I was sipping cold coffee sludge on the bottom of my cup. It was perfect! The birds were singing, the dogs were snoring, the sky was gray and a little wind was in the air. There is nothing like the amazing, refreshing feeling after having a day like today, I urge all of our readers to go ahead and take a few days a month just for you - even a half day can change the way you feel, brighten the mind and ease stress. Reading a book or doing a puzzle can be great exercise for the mind while distracting it from the day-to-day pressures in life. But staring mindlessly at the clouds in the sky, the playful activities of the birds or gazing at the butterflies flitting from blossom to flower... is the most effective at clearing away the mental cob-webs and setting you up for the week to come.

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

Friday, July 24, 2009

Conscious Communication, prizes & hybrid cars


-- Quote of the Day --


When we speak we speak, we speak from our own world, and the person listening is hearing it from their world. …A lot of times when the conversations are emotion filled – it is at those times when we need to stop and …consciously think about how we want to come across. So I if I give off a lot of negative behavior they will see this and not hear what I am saying. …85% of what we believe is what we see not what we hear. So when we are speaking we need to have the body language that supports our words. …Many times you’ll hear ‘It is not what you say but how you say it’. …Taking the time to reflect on how I can best tell this person what I need to say so that our relationship is not destroyed. …There is a tendency for us to believe that two monologues is a dialogue – but it is not. A dialogue is when each person understands that there is a vested interest in the relationship, in the message that is being sent, the response and in how we are both going to feel when we walk away from the conversation.
~ Kim Barnes - July 2, 2009

Today's quote was taken from a Conscious Discussions interview that aired on July 2, 2009 - In this interview we learned about body language, choosing words, how to redirect a conversations or set the rules for a debate and much more. Check out the Conscious Communication episode by clicking on the links here, or look to the right to find links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


-- Positive Eco-News --

Quoted from Japan for Sustainability Newsletter (www.japanfs.org):

"Mazda Motor Corp., a major Japanese automobile manufacturer, commenced on March 25, 2009, commercial leasing of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, a hydrogen hybrid vehicle that offers substantially improved performance thanks to the addition of a hybrid system. Mazda is the world's first automobile manufacturer to begin commercial leasing of a hydrogen hybrid vehicle."

The Brummets would like to send out a round of applause to Mazda and their staff for making this possible!

-- Prize Draw: July 20 - Aug 2 --

Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw - we have 4 prizes to be won! Including two nonfiction books by Melissa Van Rossum (All You've Ever Known -&- Their Way Home), a children's book by Dawn Menge (Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains) & a copy of Grooveyard's rock music CD (Place in Time).

Enter by emailing me @: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com **remove spaces before sending :)
Put the word "PRIZE" in the subject line - I'll send you a confirmation for the receipt of your entry.


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


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Interviews!!! Poetry & writing, publicity & tips

Wow what a hugely busy day. Garden harvests, weeding, dealing with the fur-kids, watering day, garbage day... whew! Between all this I've been in the office answering emails :) I love all the emails, though - I really do! So keep 'em coming :)

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's Featured Guest: Isabella Michon
Isabella Michon is the president and founder of ImMedia, Inc. An independent publicist and media consultant, she is a former TV and radio producer with 25 years publicity and promotion experience. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors including Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, and Clive Barker. Isabella is most famous for her workshops and guest speaker abilities on how to promote books most effectively.
Tune in live to the Publicity for Writers episode today at 10 AM (pacific) or access the free archive anytime of day. But if you do tune in live, drop in to the Conscious Discussions chat room where you can interact with other listeners and myself during the live show! :)

-- Poetry Contest Reminder --

Awesome, free & fun poetry prize contest for the revised edition of Towards Understanding (poetry/e-book) at: http://budurl.com/WinPoetry



* Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw (scroll down for details in previous posts)


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

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2 new interviews & info 4 drowning prevention

-- Radio Interviews --

Today - July 22nd: 5:30 PM (Eastern) / 2:30 PM (Pacific)

Host Lillian Cauldwell will be interviewing Lillian Brummet on the Internet Voices Radio Station about the world of writing - Free live show; donations from archived shows aide charities for soup kitchens & migrate workers & disadvantage children. To access the archive simply click on the link for Lillian Cauldwell :)


Tomorrow - July 23rd broadcast airing at 3:30 PM (Pacific)

Poetic Monthly Radio, hosted by Martin D. White, has invited Lillian to join the show to discuss the world of poetry. Incidentally, Lillian is a columnist for the magazine, The Poetic Monthly: www.poeticmonthly.com

This interview will also be archived and ready to listen to for free at your convenience.

-- Drowning Prevention Week --

The 4th week of July has been traditionally the time of year when we honor Drowning Prevention Week around the globe - this year it falls on July 19-26.
Common causes of drowning range from lack of supervision and lack of skills, to health issues and recreational drugs or alcohol. To find out more about this week's events and tips on preventing harm while cooling off in the water this year, visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.htm

http://www.lifesaving.ca (Canada)
http://www.lifesaving.com (US)



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

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Emergency Preparedness & Review/interview Announcements

-- Announcement --

I am excited to share the following recent media appearances with you:

- Glenda Davis of the Roots and Branches book review blog has just produced a mini-review for our recently released e-book, Purple Snowflake Marketing, and of the revised edition of Towards Understanding (soon to be released), check it out at: http://rootsandbranches.webs.com/reviewsbyglenda.htm

- Cherie Burbach of Working Writers & Bloggers has recently posted a fantastic interview with Lillian on her blog, check it out at: http://workingwritersandbloggers.com/2009/07/20/interview-lillian-brummet


-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's guest was unable to call in. Instead I went ahead with the topic of the day - preparing for emergencies. In this episode, I hope to provoke some thoughtful discussion on the types of emergencies & dangers that may exist in your region & with your lifestyle in mind. I also shared thoughts on placement, size and application of such preparadness kits... & contingency plans for co-workers, fur-kids & family. Simply click on the hyper-links here to access the Emergency Preparedness episode of the Conscious Discussions radio show.

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


Monday, July 20, 2009

Prize Draw Announcements

-- Prize Draw --

Congratulations to Nicole and Virginia - last week's prize draw winners!



Announcing our new prize draw contest... Between July 20 - Ending on Aug 2nd, we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

Two non-fiction books by Melissa Van Rossum: All You've Ever Known -&- Their Way Home
-&-
Dawn Menge's children's book: Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains
-&-
A copy of the rock music CD: Place in Time, by the band Grooveyard

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be Aug 2nd - noon (pacific).

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

Saving Frogs & Expressing Appreciation...

Well the time has come again for me to fulfill my promise to my husband and take a few days from the office. I will occasionally check my email and will dropin on this blog once in a while over the next 3 days off. Thank you for your understanding in this regard. Feel free to scroll through the archived posts here in this blog if you have time, or head over to our main site - www.brummet.ca - where we have lots of information, resources, articles, book excerpts, etc...

-- Quote of the Day --

“When I had to do my PhD I knew I had to pick an organism to study, I liked hanging out on streams so I started thinking about the animals that live on or near streams… Frogs have more personality, and I realized that frogs were rapidly disappearing and no one seemed to know why – so it was the conservation issue that appealed to me. So then I started looking for who around the world was working with frogs. …I wanted to start Save the Frogs because what I noticed about being a scientist is that scientists make recommendations on what should be done, but most often these things were not being implemented. So I decided to take the charge and get these things implemented. …There are a lot of non-science activities that need to be done as well. …Humans have used frogs for a long time. Food is one thing; frogs have meat on their legs, but these days there are 6 billion humans but not enough frogs to feed them. …America is actually the world’s second largest importer, after France. …10% of the noble prizes in medicine come from research that depended on frogs – the first animal we successfully cloned was an amphibian, the first modern pregnancy test came from frogs… When a frog species disappears there goes all the potential uses with them as well. There are lots of research on the chemicals in frog skin from killing HIV to a natural mosquito repellant.”

~ Kerry Krigger - June 28, 2009

Today's quote came from the Save the Frogs interview on the Conscious Discussions radio show that aired on June 28, 2009. Check out the archive of this fascinating discussion on amphibians simply by clicking on the hyperlinked show title above or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show :)


-- Review Announcement --

Glenda Davis of the Roots and Branches book review blog has just produced a mini-review for our recently released e-book, the 2nd edition of Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd - check it out at: www.rootsandbranches.webs.com

-- Note of Appreciation --

- A big thank you goes out to all of these wonderful people and organizations below who have recently been recommending our books, blogs or radio shows through their channels: Castilla from SMS Book Reviews (http://smsbookreviews.blogspot.com), Aaron Lazar of the Murder By 4 blog (http://www.murderby4.blogspot.com), Suzanne Lieurance of Working Writer's Coach and Book Bites for Kids radio show (http://www.workingwriterscoach.com), Richard Ho of Green Culture (http://greenculture.com), Subtle Tea's Dave Herrle (http://www.subtletea.com), Helen from Writer's Success (http://www.writerssuccess.com), Marcus Reidner of Sharing Books (http://www.sharingbooks.com), Carol Denbow's A Book Inside Blog (http://abookinside.blogspot.com), Lillie Ammanne of A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye (http://www.lillieammann.com/blog), promotion expert Nikki Leigh (http://www.nikkileigh.com), Yvonne Perry of Writers in the Sky (http://www.writersinthesky.com )... Amber Grosjean of Writing for All (http://writingforall.com)Thank you all so much for your support!


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

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Child Abuse, Quote & Celebrating Parks Day

-- Quote of the Day --

"Helping a child ends generations of illness; past, present and future. Help a child today, including the one within yourself."
~Dean Balderston


-- Recommended Eco-Resource --

Refuse-Reduce-Reuse Blog: This is a wonderful place to learn about green living, check it out at: http://refusereducereuse.blogspot.com

-- Authors Read --

Today's featured author queried us by saying: “You've seen the ads where two people are at a lake and one person is drowning and the other is standing on the shore and the caption is, 'Would you just stand there and let someone you know drown?' …If you don't know how to swim and don't have any idea as to how to help, what do you do? That's what it's like for thousands of children who are either being abused themselves or discover that a friend is being abused." Dean is a licensed Mental Health Practitioner since 2006 and has written a wonderful book addressing this issue titled: "The Real Life Adventures of Anna and Saddie; book Christina” Dean is presenting us with a brief reading of his book today… on Authors Read radio - simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right of this site for a link to the Authors Read radio show.


-- Celebrate Parks Day, Everyday this Summer! --


Canada’s Parks Day occurs every July and is a great time to give back to our communities in a green way. First celebrated in 1990, Parks Day is an opportunity for individuals to participate in hundreds of unique and fun events taking place in sites from coast to coast. Events are organized in national parks, national historic sites, provincial parks, and territorial parks, as well as in community and regional parks across the country.

Increasingly regulated and restricted, the dwindling islands we like to call parks are more precious than we could possibly realize. Although having a special day to honor them is fantastic, there really should be a year-round awareness to maintain and keep them clean and garbage free. When we make an effort to keep trails and waterways clean we see measurable results in a healthier and safer environment for wildlife and humans alike to enjoy. Many communities rely on tourism and a clean pristine park will entice tourists to return and mention it to others.

Parks and trails with trash bins are less likely to have litter lying around the grounds. Get in the habit of always packing a supply of bags to pick up any stray litter you might find along the way. Rather than walking by trash and fretting about it – pick it up and be proactive! It is surprising how good it begins to feel when you make a difference.

Eighty percent of the waste found in waterways (streams, creeks, rivers, swamps, lakes and oceans) originates from inland sources. Rivers act like a vortex pulling in debris through air and water currents and can carry it thousands of miles further along its path. Cities on or near these waterways have a responsibility to be even more diligent of pollution as they are more likely to ‘share’ with unwilling populations downstream of them.

Highways and roads are also convenient corridors for loose garbage to travel upon. Natural wind and breezes caused by traffic can pull in a vast amount of junk. We can take action and help to decrease this. Starting in your own yard, do you see loose garbage along your street and alley bordering your yard that needs to be cleaned up? Also, encourage friends, neighbors and businesses to keep garbage bin lids securely closed to prevent litter escaping to the wind. When carrying loads in vehicles, make sure the load is covered so debris does not fall out along the way. Another pro-active option to consider is stream and swamp clean up projects in urban areas. These are often supported by businesses and cities through the donation of garbage bags, supplies, media coverage, trash removal and occasionally, volunteers.

Maybe if there were enough of us continually cleaning up the areas we inhabit, the whole world would resemble a park.

Happy Parks Day, everyone!



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

Friday, July 17, 2009

eco-resource, quote, chatter

-- Quote of the Day --

"Words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks behind on the brain, which in the twinkling of an eye become the footprints of history. One ought to watch one' s every word."
~ Franz Kafka


-- Recommended Eco-Resource --


http://standforless.com/blog

I heard of this blog through the San Diego Zero Waste Group & just visited it this morning. I was pleased to see a few mover's & shakers in the eco-world that I recognize & was pleased to see that they are being acknowledged for their incredible work. Check out the blog when you have time to find articles on interesting topics!

-- Chatter --

Ah... I reach a little break in the office after pulling 8-12 hour days in the office for a few weeks straight now, with only two afternoons & one morning off.

The rush of preparing & registering August's featured guest episodes on our two radio shows is over, & the Brummet's Monthly newsletter is just about ready to send out during the last weekend of July. Sign up for this newsletter by clicking on the "contact" button on our site (www.brummet.ca) & ask to be on the mailing list for the newsletter.

I've nearly completed the initial release announcements for Purple Snowflake Marketing's second edition - & now, we are working on the preparations for the release of the revised edtion of Towards Understanding for e-book format.

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing sites that are featuring interviews and articles on our work - the support for the release of these two new e-books has been incredible & we are so grateful! So it is a relatively light day in the office - I forsee taking the late afternoon all to myself... maybe curl up and read in the shade, or if it is too hot, it the living room. Ah... Well, if I keep talking about it here, it'll never happen :) ...Back to work I go...

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

Thursday, July 16, 2009

-- Don't forget to enter the Draw --

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com **remove spaces before sending!!** & place the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes:

Susan Hoekstra's book: The Service Journey - & - Dean Balderston's children's book: The Real Life Adventures of Anna and Saddie - & - a copy of Grooveyard's rock genre CD, Place in Time

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Conscious Discussions radio guest of the day

Just a brief blog post today, due to schedule constraints - I'll have more for you tomorrow, but do drop by my site to find lots of resources, articles, information on green & conscious living... www.brummet.ca
-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Life Coach Rain Fordyce is an advocate for home-school and unschooling families and is on a personal mission to create confidence and understanding between home-schoolers and schooled children, parents and grandparents. She is the author of a children’s book titled I am Learning All The Time. Rain is also a speaker and professional editor for other authors and coaches, as well as the editor and writer for AuthenticTimes.com her online community and magazine for evolving women in their 30’s 40’s 50’s and beyond. Find today's interview by clicking on this link: Homeschooling, A Viable Option


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Conscious Living Resources

-- Conscious Living Resources --

Today's post comes graciously from:

Shelley Seale (www.shelleyseale.com)
Check out Shelley's Weight of Silence blog for regular updates and more ways to help: http://weightofsilence.wordpress.com


The Miracle Foundation: www.miraclefoundation.org

Little HEARTS Orphanage: www.globalgiving.com/pr/1200/proj1131d.html

Divine Childrens Home: www.divinechildrens.com

CHES Community Health Education Society: www.pbase.com/maciekda/ches_aids

Vasavya Mahila Mandali: www.vasavya.com

CCD – Centre of Communication and Development: www.ccdftcindia.org

Oasis India: www.oasisindia.org

Akanksha: www.akanksha.org

Heroes Project: www.heroesprojectindia.org

Salaam Baalak Trust: www.salaamstreetkids.org

The Naz Foundation: www.nazindia.org

Pratham Mumbai Outreach: www.pratham.org

World Vision India: www.WorldVisionIndia.org

One Campaign to End Poverty: www.one.org

Child Slavery Action Blog: www.stopchildslavery.com

Global March Against Child Labor: www.globalmarch.org

Namaste India Children's Fund: www.NICFund.org

The Better World Shopping Guide: www.betterworldshopper.com

Child Haven International: www.childhaven.ca

Global Volunteers: www.globalvolunteers.org

Global Vision International: www.gvi.co.uk

Voluntourism.org: www.voluntourism.org

Stuff Your Rucksack: www.stuffyourrucksack.com


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Human Rights, Environmental Consciousness & Water Conservation


-- Quote of the Day --


“…I am a mom, and I’m a normal person that just decided that I was getting really tired of the doom and gloom about the environment. ….I just decided that I wanted to make a difference; having my own children that are young, I wanted to hopefully leave the world a better place for them by making my small difference. …As a mom, sometimes you feel like you are not making a difference. But you really are, as hard as those days are, you know, when you are changing diapers and changing laundry. …a lot of people out there are cynical… a lot of people don’t want to change because they are so used to their lifestyle. …The children have power, they have choices, and they can make a difference. They are the ones who are going to be running the country for the next generation. …Animals are so in tune with the universe, whereas humans make everything just so complicated. …They teach us what true love is. …Ghandi used to say that if you want to see a change, you need to be the change in the world. …You can’t really make someone do something, but if you lead by example they will want to make the change.”

~ Jeanne McNaney ~ June 16, ’09

Today's quote of the day originated from the Environmentally Conscious Children discussion on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Click on either of these hyperlinks to find your way to the radio program or look to the right for links.

When you have time, tune in to today's episode of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, which airs at 10-11 AM (pacific) this morning, & will be archived for anyone who can't make the live show. As always I will have the chat room, so join me there if you are able to drop in to the live show. Our featured guest of the day is Shelley Seal and our discussion involves: Writing & Human Rights


-- Don't forget to enter the Draw --

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com **remove spaces before sending!!** & place the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes:

Susan Hoekstra's book: The Service Journey - & - Dean Balderston's children's book: The Real Life Adventures of Anna and Saddie - & - a copy of Grooveyard's rock genre CD, Place in Time

-- Water Conservation at the Kitchen Sink --

It can sometimes be difficult to visualize the importance and direct effect that simple conservation efforts can have when we are bombarded with negative information regularly. Lets take a look at what a few changes in the activities around the kitchen sink can do.

Rather than running the tap when cleaning vegetables, use a bowl of water. Later, reuse it to water outdoor plants. Reusing water from rinsing out the coffeepot for outdoor plants, the compost or lawn is something we do all the time. Rich in nitrogen as well as some trace minerals, coffeepots should be diluted with water before using. Choose a different group of plants every day and you may find you no longer have to water or fertilize them very often at all. Cooking water (pasta, steamed vegetables, boiled potatoes etc.) can be used in the same way – just let it cool first. All of these water sources contain extra nutrients that will aid your gardens immensely. Very hot cooking water can be used to kill weeds – simply pour it directly on the weed and around its roots.

After meals, scrape your dishes into the compost bucket before rinsing. While rinsing, place other soiled dishes, jars and utensils underneath while you work; it will begin the presoaking process – reducing labor and water use. Anything caught in the sink basket can be contributed to the compost, too.

Save about 5 gallons of water per washing by doing dishes in a few inches of hot soapy water. It may seem funny to do this - but by turning the hot water tap on to rinse the dishes into the sink the level will slowly increase and will maintain a hot temperature. This way, another sink full of water solely for rinsing is no longer necessary. We sometimes use rinse water to pre-soak stuck on dishes as well.

In the winter, the water from washing or soaking dishes should be left to cool. This way it releases its valuable heat into the home, rather than the sewer. Dishwashers, that are not built-in, allow reuse of the water for pre-rinsing heavily soiled dishes because they drain into the sink. The water can be trapped in the sink, or a soiled pot, where the heat is slowly released into the home, saving energy costs in the winter. Of course, the opposite applies in the summer, when extra heat is not desirable.

Very hot water is not always necessary for all washing and rinsing needs. Usually, by the time we are finished washing our hands, the water is just beginning to warm up – so really, all we have done is heat up our pipes. We can conserve water easily by turning off the tap while lathering hands. The running water is really only necessary for initial wetting, then rinsing – so running water in between is really a waste.

Now, if you measured the amount of water saved each day by those simple methods we just described - there would be dozens of gallons of pure, drinkable water left untouched in the reservoir. By reducing hot water consumption, our energy bills are a little bit smaller. All this, just from the kitchen sink!


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Monday, July 13, 2009

Conscious Tips, quote & radio guest of the day ;)

-- Authors Read --

Today on Authors Read radio we are featuring: Susan Hoekstra - an experienced senior manager and consultant who spent the past 25 years working with multi-sized, fast-paced, highly volatile companies in the manufacturing, distribution, membership services, franchise and financial services industries. Over the years, she has developed a penchant for developing strategic service initiatives that drive growth and value to clients, employees and shareholders. Susan is the author of the book “The Service Journey” and she’ll be sharing an excerpt with us today.

-- Quote of the Day --

"Books are portable pieces of thought" – unknown

-- Conscious Living Tip --

As many of my blog readers are aware, I occasionally share ideas & tips for concerned individuals who are looking to create positive change. You'll notice on the right side of this blog I've placed a link that lists new conscious living tips each time you visit the blog :)
Today's tip:

- Kitchen waste disposal units tend to put unnecessary pressure on overtaxed sewage plants. A much better option is to practice compost or vermiculture (worm composting) methods instead.


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

-- Prize Draw Winners & New Draw ! --

Congratulations to last week's winners:

Radine who won a copy of the book "Construct Your Conversations" by Kim Barnes
Lizanne who won a copy of the book "The Weight of Silence" by Shelley Seal


This week's prize draw is now active; email me at: ldbrummet@yahoo.com with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes::

Susan Hoekstra's book, the service Journey
- & -

Dean Balderston's children's book (teaching children the tools to deal with abuse) titled: The Real Life Adventures of Anna and Saddie

-&-
a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time


-- Conscious Discussions --

Join me, Lillian Brummet, in delving into the world of conscious gardening. Listeners with garden questions can email, use BTR's message center for future shows. I'll be discussing water conservation, trail use and more today.

Join the live chat room to ask questions during the live show this afternoon at 4:30 PM (pacific) at: Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Authors Read's Featured Guest & Celebrating Household Managers

-- Celebrating Household Managers -


Society has grown so 'advanced' that we look down on those of us who choose to be nurturing Household Managers. Somehow this work force is seen as slothful folks who live off the work of others, or are incompetent in the workplace altogether. Society then contradicts itself by acknowledging the growing strain on the medical, policing and financial support systems due to increased stress, pollution and poor nutrition in today's civilized world. Worried politicians view our ever-growing need to import food as a potential disaster in the event of worldly catastrophes - and scientists tell us their numbers indicate we are actually overdue for a catastrophe.

Society will 'tsk-tsk' at the children who have been raised by non-family members (including televisions and computers), because no one has the energy or the time to raise them properly. We have the audacity to be bewildered at the drop out rate in our cold and sterile public schools. We 'tsk-tsk' again at the poorly behaved pets when they are only deprived of proper training and attention.

When itemized like this, there seems to be little to wonder at that our society is as distressed as it is! It is also understandable why so many households have hired help to handle such a workload.

What we need to do is realign society's view on the importance of Household Management positions.


For starters, far from being a drain on the budget, choosing this position can actually save money. Consider the work-related costs such as transportation, which can include tires, increased vehicle maintenance, gas, insurance and perhaps a second vehicle. Then there are supplies, upgrade classes, clothing, childcare, prepared meals and so on, to purchase. Many households have evaluated their situation and found that they were getting no further ahead by having a second person work full time. And their days off work were spent in a whirlwind frenzy trying to fit everything in.

Taking on the chore of managing the household budget is often left for the Household Manager, as is the menu planning and meal making. Making meals at home, from 'scratch', (meaning not a prepared meal from a can or a box), is an effective way to cut most food budgets in half. Cut that by up to 1/2 again if you have a home garden. In 2002, our 3000sq.ft. garden brought in over $1600 of a wide variety of organically grown, highly nutritious, fresh foods. And we are ensured that no matter what happens in the employment sector or any disruption in food distribution, our family will not go hungry! But even without a garden, the Household Manager can easily spend a couple hours a week weeding, trimming, mowing, and watering existing landscapes.

The frugal manager is conscious of menu planning around seasonal produce, (which is fresher and therefore more nutritious), and locally grown crops, (which are environmentally friendly and cheaper due to reduced transport). Sales, bulk foods and coupons can be determinants for the menu plan development, as long as one is buying the item that is normally consumed, rather than just because it is on sale. We have been able to cut an average of $9.75 off every shopping bill (or nearly $40/month) by considering sales and coupons when planning the menu. That is just one more thing we didn't have time for when we both worked outside of the home.

Far from being slothful, a serious manager can spend over 20 hours a week just cleaning! Nearly 2 hours every day is needed just to keep up to daily tidying and washing, 5 hours a week are spent doing the deeper household cleaning, and another hour to hand wash the vehicle (except in winter) every couple of weeks. Then tack on at least 3 hours for laundry and clothing care. Wise managers also periodically clean and maintain the home's appliances and machines, prolonging their lives and reducing the need for future repairs.

Pets are not simply a pleasure or a hobby in our home. They are family. Always a joy, these critters promote relaxation and playfulness. Still, they need someone to groom them, feed and water them, gather their wastes and give them baths. Then there are other pet-related chores like exercise and training. With only 2 cats and one dog, this can involve 2 hours every day - or 14 hours a week. The end result being very content, happy and well-behaved animals.

Outside of cleaning, gardening and yard work, pet care, child care/schooling, shopping, menu planning and meal making, Household Managers are also called upon to handle any required paper work or research, phone conversations, letter writing, banking and bill paying. Then there are garbage pick up days, recycling trips, and special calendar dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc) to manage as well.

It is important to keep in mind that some households operate home-based businesses as well. Having one person at home is ideal for such arrangements as office work, appointments, receiving deliveries, interviews, research, filing and more.

It still amazes us how our family performed all this labor during our days off work before we realized we needed a full time Household Manager.

It is unfortunate that this position is not held in high regard in this society. Far too often Home Managers are seen as people with a lot of time on their hands and folks tend to assume they are available for them. Badgered by family member who are guilty of continually piling on more and more chores for the Manager to handle, the Household Manager must become a master of mulit-tasking. As a result Household Managers do not work a 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. shift; but rather more like a 7 a.m-to-11 p.m. shift. A full day off or even a vacation rarely exist in their lives. Understandably many Household Managers become depressed and stressed, often feeling under-appreciated.

Yet, Household Managers who take their jobs seriously can take pride in their contribution to society, regardless of whether appreciation is expressed adequately, because their efforts result in healthier, happier people who are less likely to be a drain on society. Doing the many household chores takes quite a load off the working partner, which creates more time for their loved ones to do other things, and family relationships become more loving and people are more willing to do things for one another. So today, at least for this one day, let's celebrate the incredible behind-the-scenes contribution this work force provides in our society.

-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest is Lily Stephen - who began writing poetry and prose in 1969. Her poetic work includes facilitating a regional author’s guild called The Well Versed, and directing the cooperative publishing of The Well Versed Anthology in 1996. She was culminating a 20-year period of writing, editing and revising her first full-length novel, and arrived at an epiphany in 1999. Lily tells me that she has been influenced by Joseph Campbell, the famed mythologist who understood how we interpret the world through story. Campbell pointed to myths as clues to our deepest spiritual potential. To date Lily has published The Third Verse Trilogy… and today, the author shares an excerpt from: Volume I, The Tenth Muse. To access this show simply click on the hyper-linked show title or look to the right for links to the Authors Read radio show.


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Friday, July 10, 2009

Prizes, Prizes 2 Be Won !!

-- Brummet's Conscious Living Prize Draw Deadline Sunday, July 12th --

Don't forget to enter this week's Conscious Living Prize Draw!

*Deadline, Sunday - July 12th (noon, Pacific)

* Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one of these 2 prizes:


Self-help book by Kim Barnes: Construct Your Conversations: Strengthening Relationships

- & -


Shelley Seal, book: The Weight of Silence, about the plight for children in India


-- Win a Copy of Towards Understanding (revised edition) --

Check out this awesome contest hosted by Sharing With Writers Blog (by Carolyn Howard-Johnson) for Lillian's revised book of poetry - Towards Understanding in e-book format - which has a new cover designed, as always, by Dave. The new revision includes five additional poems provides an ending that Lillian feels more comfortable with.

Towards Understanding was originally released in paperback format in 2005 & was recently released as hardcover format in 2009. This new e-book version will be officially released in August, 2009. It is a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order depicting a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons and finally growing towards understanding of her value & purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding. The reason behind the book was to show other victims of abuse, violence & neglect that they can live a wholesome life without baggage from the past. Second to that Lillian wanted to provide a road-map that showed the healing process that victims go through, letting others know they are not alone. People who are involved with victims can learn what that person is going through or will go through and therefore they might be able to provide a better support system.

To enter this contest simply send an email with "Towards Understanding" in the subject line to the blog owner.

Info: http://budurl.com/WinPoetry Deadline: Sept. 30th

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Random randomness :)


-- Chatter --

Well, I am starting the outlines for August's 14 or so featured guests on the Authors Read and Conscious Discussions radio programs, and will be consumed with this chore for about a week or so. The release of Purple Snowflake Marketing's 2nd edition is going very well, although it would be even better if I could somehow split myself into 10 people! - lol - A gorgeous day here in BC, Canada - I've already walked the dogs and did a training session with them. Earlier I was able to clean the kitchen, answer some emails and did my yoga for the day. Now the office calls for my attention until around noon when I plan to take my first break of the day. Whew!

Therefore I am keeping today's blog post brief, please understand my schedule is a bit constrained - or I'd have more here for you today. Do feel free to browse the archived blog posts here, follow the links we've made available on this blog or head on over to my site (www.brummet.ca) where you can find hundreds of free articles, over a hundred conscious living links, press releases, book excerpts, interviews...

-- Quote of the Day --

“…I always had an infinity with animals, I think it is something that is just innate in some of us. I also had a heightened sensitivity at a young age of seeing animals on the street that I perceived as being homeless. …One day I decided that I wanted to start my own organization and help in my own way. …We believe there can be a second act for the homeless dogs and cats throughout the world. We help out very small, volunteer run groups who are going into the shelters and rescuing animals. …There are older pets that are often overlooked …and pregnant animals. These groups will spay and neuter the animals and adopt them out. …What I recommend to anyone starting an organization is to test market it like a business. …Get ideas and input from people you trust. With any grass roots organization is go out into the community – local fairs, festivals, the farmers market… It is a way for people to learn about us. The people we help are those that go into shelters to rescue animals, many times they need medical care or have reached the end of their stay there… Shelters have to destroy them because it is too expensive to shelter them.
~ Michael Brown – June 4, ’09


Today's quote originated from a Conscious Discussions interview that aired on June 4th, 2009 - in this interview our featured guest was Michael Brown and we discussed animal rescue organizations and the Second Acts Foundation.

To access the archived episode, simply click on the hyper-links above or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio program.

** Don't forget to enter this week's contest (see previous blog posts for info)

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Peace, forgiveness & gardening


-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


Today’s featured guest: Certified life coach - Sandee Sgarlata, author of The Day After Tomorrow – the 1st novel in the Julia Monroe Series & a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction. Today we will be talking about finding inner peace through forgiveness, also we’ll learn about the non-profit organization – Alliance 4 Peace Foundation. She also co-founded the 4give4peace organization. Sandee also has a radio program titled: Teens 4 Peace, which we will touch on if time allows.
To access today's discussion on Finding Peace thru Forgiveness simply click on the hyperlinks here or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Conscious Gardening --

Gardening season is upon us and soon we will be dealing with hot summer days and, in some areas, drought. An excellent water conservation alternative that gardeners can utilize is soaker hoses.

Made from recycled tires, they can be laid directly on raised beds, or along the row if you don't garden in beds. Soaker hoses use 1/5 of the water then traditional overhead watering techniques. They reduce soil born pests and diseases, while the crop remains clean of debris.
We install flexible black pipe, lightly buried below the surface, with a tap above ground that we plug the garden hose into when necessary. This works well for permanent beds, and eliminates having to drag hoses around.

We also found that they work well under plastic covered beds (like those used for tomato & pepper crops) or along landscaping under various mulches or fabric. When employed this way, watering can be done even during the day without fear of much evaporation. However, soaker hoses are not meant to be buried underground, but if they get dirty the water pressure seeping out will clean them nicely.

Speaking of water pressure, the water should seep/or/drip - not stream - out of the pores. The pressure is left on for several hours, sometimes all day if necessary, until the entire bed is watered deeply.

The oldest section of soaker hose we have has been actively used for about 9 years and is still working just fine. We have read that if soaker hoses develop mineral deposits from hard water, simply soak them in a container of vinegar solution. A container that might work well for this would be a plastic kiddy-pool.



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