Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Newsletter News & Composting Innoventions

-- Chatter --

Well I am officially back in the office as of yesterday and spent the last 2 1/2 days dealing with all the communications received during the few days off that I was out of the office.

Those of you who are on our mailing list have already received the newly designed newsletter, which was just sent out yesterday. The Brummet's Muse is now a bi-weekly newsletter and will be released around the 1st and 15th of each month. The newsletter will continue to share information on the upcoming featured guests and topics on our two online radio shows, where Dave and I are appearing next and inspiring quotes. I am currently learning all the new tools we have available for this newsletter format and as our knowledge of this program we are using improves, so will the newsletter.

We have new sign up widget inviting people to subscribe to the Brummet's Muse on this blog (upper right), on the first page of our site: www.brummet.ca - and on our myspace site - www.myspace.com/canadianauthor


-- Composting Technology --


Composting technology continues to come up with some amazing alternatives. Recently a machine called the Ecorect was announced to the public. This new invention is a high speed food waste recycling machine that rapidly dehydrates food and compostable wastes, grinding it to a powder and creating a soil amendment without the composting process.

Another composting system called HotRot is a controlled, odor-free composting machine that can process up to 100 tonnes per day of any kind of organic material by way of heat and microbes.

While these two new inventions have been tested and re-tested, they are now busy promoting the products to the public. I think these alternatives are very useful for today's society. I have also seen mini-composting systems for the condo or apartment dweller and for those with physical challenges that prevent outdoor composting. These systems vary widely and can operate with a combination on a low wattage, worms or microbiological activity and are designed for attaching to the side of a kitchen cupboard or to go in a cupboard or closet. An Internet search will reveal numerous variants on these ideas, each has merit and suits a particular situation.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

polystyrene recycling & solar technology

-- Recommended Resource --


http://www.solarbotanic.com - SolarBotanic’s work focuses on artificial trees that make use of renewable energy from the sun and wind, they are an efficient, clean and environmentally sound means of collecting solar radiation and wind energy. SolarBotanic Nanoleaves are able to pick up any light, from the visible spectrum to the invisible spectrum, Infrared light, while producing millions and millions of Pico watts day in day out.


-- Polystyrene Recycling --

Of course the best way to reduce or consumption of polystyrene (commonly referred to as "styrofoam" and "packaging peanuts") is to avoid the use of it all together. There are many packaging alternatives that are light and affordable for shipping needs, we can choose to use reusable or compostable disposable cutlery, plates and drink cups, we can bring our own container from home when visiting restaurants - rather than asking for their "to-go" container you can use your own... Yet there are times when we still come across this product and while the recycling of this material is not yet mainstream there are some options available to consumers.

A good resource to check out is - Earth 911 (www.earth911.com). They have a special report on their website, “360: Recycling #6 Polystyrene” that has good references about polystyrene recycling, and where to get more information on specific recyclers and programs.

Alternatively, do a simple Internet search from your office by using the keywords: “polystyrene foam” or “Styrofoam” and your location, it will connect you to the nearest recycling facility.

Dart Container Corporation (www.dart.biz) operates polystyrene foam drop-off locations for recycling at two locations in California (USA):

- 150 South Maple Street, Corona, CA 92880, tel: 951-735-8115; and

- 1400 Victor Road, Lodi, CA 95240; tel: 209-333-8088


There is also quite a bit of information available for anyone interested in plastics and polystyrene food service products at: www.americanchemistry.com/pfpg


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Supporting Literacy & Writers

-- Prize Winners --

Last week's winners are:

Lian Gouw's book: Only A Girl goes to Ms Kriz

Ms Eastwood the grand prize winner of two books by Robin Marvel: a copy of: Awakening Consciousness - a boy's guide, Awakening Consciousness - a girl's guide

-- New Prize Draw --

Announcing our new prize draw contest…we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

Myra Lewin's Audio Book (audio): Freedom in Your Relationship with Food
...&...
A signed copy of The Somebody Who (paperback) by Katie Gates

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


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Friday, September 25, 2009

Ahhh... days off!

Today is the first day of the three to four days that I am able to take off from work per month! Whew! I do look forward to my "days off"! lol

Wish me luck - it is so hard for me to take days off, I love what I do and have soooo much of it to do! But this is a promise I made - to take 3-4 days off per month... so here I am.

I've company for the last few days, it has been an incredible visit and I'm so pleased my Aunt & Uncle could make it out our way yet again.

Today's post is really just to let everyone know that I'll be away for a few days - out of the office at least - so any communications between now & then will be dealt with on Monday.

I encourage our blog readers to scroll through previous posts, and to also check out the archived broadcasts of our two radio shows - look to the right for links to our various sites, radio shows, etc.

Don't forget to enter our prize draw this week! (see previous posts for information on this week's contest).

Until Monday ...


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

Thursday, September 24, 2009

-- Quote of the Day --

“ The aim of life is to life, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
~ Henry Miller

-- Eco-Events --

Sept. 24 – National Punctuation Day (USA)

Sept. 26 - Second Annual Sustainability Fair
Location: Evergreen Brick Works - 550 Bayview Ave. Toronto

-- Announcements --

Dave and I have visitors for the next few days and as such we have decided to cancel the Positive Eco-News episode that was scheduled to air today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio.
We do encourage you to scroll through the archived broadcasts, however, and listen to any that appeal to you. There are well over 200 broadcasts to choose from with discussions on everything from waste management, composting, gardening, living a fulfilling life, overcoming trauma/illness/loss and much more!

-- Prize Draw Reminder --

Just a quick reminder to everyone to enter our prize draw this week for Lian Gouw's book: Only A Girl & two books by Robin Marvel: Awakening Consciousness - a boy's guide, Awakening Consciousness - a girl's guide.

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be Sept 27th - noon (pacific).



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

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pursuit of Happiness & the Planet's Health


-- Quote of the Day --


(People) don’t know that they are actually causing these feelings, they don’t know how to manage them… and so they become victims of their own feelings. …Inner Bonding Facilitators help people learn how to take responsibility for their feelings, what they are doing to cause their pain and how to manage their feelings so they can move into personal empowerment. …They have to get beyond their conditioning. …Our left brain is the Wounded Self – the part of the mind that absorbs our fears and false beliefs, we have to move into the right brain which can access love and truth. …The wounded self’s intention is to try and be safe through some kind of control, where as when we move into the Loving Adult we are learning to be safe through taking loving action.
~ Margaret Paul – Aug 18, 2009

The quote above was excerpted from a recent interview that aired on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show where Margaret and I talked about Healing Fear and Pain. To access the archived show simply click on the hyperlinks above, or look to the right side of this page for links to Conscious Discussions Talk Radio.


-- Living One's Passions; Pursuing Dreams --

Today on the - Embracing My Journey Blog - owner: Caryn Gottlieb FitzGerald interviews Lillian Brummet on living one's passions, pursuing dreams... www.embracingmyjourney.com



-- Car Sharing --

I was recently reading an issue of the Japan for Sustainability Newsletter (www.japanfs.org) and was intrigued by a major parking service company's new project. The company, Park 24, and their partner, Mazda Car Rental Corp., launched a car sharing and car rental business in downtown Tokyo - starting with two stations that began operating on May 29, 2009.

*Look for Monday's post for our weekly prize draw!


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Conscious Commerce & Chatter :)

-- Chatter --

Well this last couple of weeks have been insane as far as the schedule goes... between early fall yard and garden chores, lawn maintenance, October radio show outlines and other behind the scene activities, weeding and processing harvests - it has been a lot of work to balance the office and house work in with it all. WHEW! Finally a bit of a break in the crazy pace we've been keeping! :)

My Aunt & Uncle are visiting later this week, and I expect that it will be an all-consuming visit when they are here. I so look forward to speaking with them... my Aunt had a health issue recently and to see her again will be an amazing gift.

Today finds me in the office for most of the morning before I go out to finish painting the shed (last coat!) and the last few touch ups with stain on 2 boards we had to put on the fence recently. After that - another garden harvest. Sometime inbetween all this I'm to do the yoga excersises & walk the dogs, bake cookies and clean the kitchen - lol. Yeah - this is actually a LIGHT day - believe it or not :)

-- Eco-Event --

Long Beach CA (USA) - Wastecon 2009, located at the Long Beach Convention Center - www.wastecon.swana.org

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's broadcast of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show features a discussion on Conscious Commerce with Judith Sherven & Jim Sniechowski. This husband & wife team successfully combines their skills as psychologists & writers & have worked together for many years. Together, they have published six books & have made it their business to educate others on conscious commerce. We’ll learn about selling techniques that can advance your business while supporting your idea of a legacy & leaving your clients with a warm feeling about your services.

To access the live show that airs at 10-11 AM Pacific or to access the archive of the interview simply click on the hyperlinks (above). Remember, if you are able to join the live show to check out the live chat room where you can ask questions, interact and network with other listeners & the host :)

**Don't Forget To Enter This Week's Prize Draw Contest! (see yesterday's post for details)

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Monday, September 21, 2009

New Prize Draw, Authors Read Radio...

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


-- Prize Draw Winners --

Congratulations to Liz & Judy who won a copy of She Wore Emerald Then (poetry on mother-daughter relationships) by Carolyn Howard-Johnson & Magdalena Ball - & - a copy of Shawna Stewart's suspense novel about a woman that is kidnapped, Twisted Lessons



-- New Prize Draw Contest Begins Today!! --

This week - Sept 21-27th - we have 3 books offered as prizes:

Lian Gouw's book: Only A Girl (www.liangouw.com)

&

2 books by Robin Marvel: a copy of: Awakening Consciousness - a boy's guide -&- Awakening Consciousness - a girl's guide (aurasenseguide.com)

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 Sept 27th - noon (pacific)


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today on Authors Read Radio we featured Lily Stephen who read an excerpt from the 3rd book in her trilogy: The Twelfth Age
Check it out by clicking on the hyperlink here or accessing the links to the right on this page. :)


-- Promo Blurbs --

As many of our radio show listeners are aware, Dave has recently created brand new 30 second and 3 minute sound bites to promote our work for use on the radio shows we host. We hope to have these available on the appropriate pages on our site soon (www.brummet.ca).
Dave will be creating several more of these audio files and some new videos in the future as well. When our schedules allow us to complete this project in the near future, I'll make sure to release announcements :)

Anyway, last year we experienced a great deal of support from fellow hosts at the BlogTalk Radio Station who have become friends overtime and with whom we have arranged promo exchanges. Once we sent out announcements about the new promos over the last few weeks, the positive and supportive responses from fellow hosts have been heartwarming! I'd like to send out a round of Thank You's! to everyone involved :)

One of these radio shows on the BlogTalk Radio Station focuses on evaluating audio blurbs by authors promoting their work. We had the opportunity of having one of our blurbs critiqued here by two professionals in the industry.. Check it out by clicking on the link below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blurb/2009/09/18/BUSINESS-BOOK-SHOW-Blurb-Weekly-Winner-Announced

Their critique was quite helpful and will help us refine the audio files Dave has already created, but also those he will create in the future - both for our own works, and for others as well. Yes, Dave does provide this service to other authors and hosts - If you are interested in discussing this with Dave simply go to our site and click on "contact": www.brummet.ca

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

What a day!

-- Interview with Lillian Brummet --

Wow! I am so excited to share with you today an interview that was recently published by AKG Magazine, check it out via the link below:

http://www.akgmag.com/article/Dave_and_Lillian_Brummet____Conscious_Writing_Inspires_Change.htm

-- Recommended Resource --

Learn about composting here: http://www.thegreengirls.com/blog/?tag=/compost

-- Authors Read Radio --

Featuring Shelley Seal today, who will be reading from The Weight of Silence - check it out at: Authors Read Radio


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

Friday, September 18, 2009

Solar Technology Advances & Eco-Resources

-- Don't forget - Prize Draw Reminder --

A copy of She Wore Emerald Then (poetry) by Carolyn Howard-Johnson -&- Magdalena Ball - a collaboration on the subject of motherhood
&
A copy of Shawna Stewart's book suspense novel, Twisted Lessons

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 Sept 20th - noon (pacific).


-- Recommended Resource --


StopWaste.Org is a wonderful public agency that provides waste reduction assistance to mid-sized and large businesses in their region - click on the hyperlink above to find the org.


-- Positive Eco-News --

*Source: Japanfs.org

Tokyo Gas Co., a major natural gas utility servicing the Kanto area, installed a solar energy system at its branch office located in Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture, and initiated its operation in July 2009. The system utilizes heat captured by a solar energy collector to operate
heating and cooling systems, as well as a water heater. Compared to the previous system, which employed models of an absorption chiller-heater and a commercial water heater, this one is expected to cut primary energy usage by approximately 32 percent, and reduce carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions by around 29 percent.

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


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Healthy soils, setting standards & leading a fulfilling life


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --


Today's featured guest is Stan Goldberg who has a vast amount of volunteer experiences working with those who are dying and he is here today to share with us how he has learned to live more fully by working in this venue. Stan is the author of 6 published books including: Lesson for the Living - a compassionate and inspiring memoir of this journey. Professionally, he is a Professor Emeritus of Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University with a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology, a Masters in Political Theory, and a Bachelors in Philosophy. For over 25 years he taught, provided therapy, researched, and published in the area of learning problems and change. Dr. Goldberg has written numerous articles and delivered over 100 lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Latin America and Asia. In 2009 he was named by the Hospice Volunteer Association as Volunteer of the Year.

Join us for this valuable, informative and touching discussion on how to live, how volunteering can enrich a community and more... The show airs live this morning at 10-11 AM (pacific) however, you can always access the archive simply by clicking on the links to the right on this page, or on the Conscious Discussions talk radio site.


-- Eco - Celebration --

Yesterday (the 16th) was International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

Each of us can play a role in creating a healthier planet for all - here at home, here in our office, there in our yard or here at work... where ever we are, what ever we do, we have an impact - it is up to us to chose what that impact will be.

Here is a good example of a company stepping up to create positive change, and in doing so they inspire their competitors to meet or beat their efforts.

Officials at the Costco Wholesale in Livermore estimate that their green business initiatives over the last 4 months alone has diverted 55 tons of “waste”.

One of the most exciting things that could come about because of the positive results of this initiative is that it may very well set a standard for Costco's 500-plus warehouses worldwide to cut their landfill contributions by 80 % as well.

According to the article I read, approximately 75% of the 65 tons of waste generated each month was organics. As most of you who read our blog, articles, books or listen to our radio show - you are already aware that keeping organics out of the landfill is the key to reducing contributions to global warming. The bonus of course is that Livermore branch of Costco creates a viable product from these organics by-way of a local vermiculture outfit and then distributed to local farmers. If history has taught us anything it would be that building healthy soils is key to a healthy society.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

quote today !

- - Quote of the Day - -

“That intuition voice popped in my mind and said ‘Jill the world doesn’t have to work that way’ and it was at that moment I realized that I wanted to be somebody who showed everyone to love and embrace who they are and how to look for the beauty in everyone. …Love is the ultimate energy, and that we are all built with certain energies for a reason, and we all can be incredible communicators. …We all have the ability to enter a room and light it up and make everyone feel excited. …We are all so energy-sensitive; we pick up on each other’s energy. …Your thoughts dictate an energy that either disconnects people from you or draws people to you – we are human and we need to feel the full spectrum of our emotions. …So don’t ever stop your feelings but when they come up you can examine them, talk to them and work with them to develop your highest self.”
~ Jill Speigel - June 29, 2009

This quote above comes from an interview that aired on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio showon June 29th with Jill Speigel - to access the discussion on Connecting With People simply click on the hyperlink here or look to the right for recent episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Greening your world, one step at a time

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today’s guest – Allison Huke – has a wonderful "green Mom" blog for eco-tips & positive living and because of Allison’s willingness to stand up and be the change she wants to see in the world, we just had to have her on the show! You know we love celebrating individual heroes from across the planet! She refers to herself as “granola on the inside” – Meaning: you don’t have to look like a tree-hugger to be one. Allison believes in taking small steps to green living, adopting one new practice or product at a time. Check out this archived interview by clicking on the hyperlinks here or look to the right for links to the most recent episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

-- Eco-Event --

World Resources Forum 2009
Date: September 15-16, 2009
Location: Davos, Switzerland
For further details, please check the following websites.
http://www.worldresourcesforum.org
http://www.r2009.org/

-- Reduce Carbon Emissions by Gardening --

*Guest article by: Mike Podlesny, author of Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person (www.AveragePersonGardening.com)

* Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_C_Podlesny

Long before the "green" movement became cool, us home vegetable gardeners were already taking steps that reduce carbon emissions, add less to landfills and contribute to a more healthy lifestyle. Now that you have taken the step to go a little more green yourself, you can relax and know that you can small things without breaking the bank.

Before you drop a hundred grand on solar panels, or decide to erect a wind farm in your backyard, or go out a buy that two door spec that gets fifty miles to the gallon, let's start with what you can do right now to reduce your carbon footprint without spending any extra money that may not have. Most of the time the best solutions, are the simple ones that are right in front of you.

Start with the basic recycling of your food waste. This is about as basic as it gets. You simply take your food waste and bury it about 18 inches below the surface in your garden. By doing this you are replenishing your soil with nutrients by feeding the underlying ecosystem with organic material. They ingest your food scraps and turn it into compost. Second, by not putting your food scraps in the trash you are eliminating landfill space being taken up. Total cost to you, zero, so you are ahead of the game and the benefits of recycling your food waste is tremendous.

Next, grow your favorite vegetables. It doesn't matter if you have a traditional garden, a raised bed garden or you simply grow plants out of pots. By growing the vegetables you love to eat it and having that ability to prepare them in your own kitchen at a moment's notice has been shown to reduce drive time to restaurants and supermarkets. That helps reduce the amount of fuel you use in your car. Far fetched? Hardly! Studies have shown that if people have food on hand they are less likely to go out. Throw in learning the art of canning or preserving your vegetable harvest and you can have vegetables all year round grown right from your own backyard.

You can also harvest rain water through the use of a rain barrel eliminating the amount of water you use to water your vegetable plants. A rain barrel can be anything that holds water. It can be a plastic container, a garbage can and so on. Just make sure you drill a hole to add a spigot so you can use the water by filling up a watering can or getting even more advanced and attach a garden hose. All you do is divert the water from your homes down spouts into your barrel and Everytime it rains you reduce the amount of water your are taking from the municipal supply.

Home vegetable gardeners have been using green techniques for years and long before the "green" revolution. So before you spend a lot of money on trendy "green" things, start off small with the things you can do in your own backyard to reduce your carbon footprint.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Prize Draw Winner Announcements & This Week's Prizes

-- Prize Draw Announcements --

As promised I found some time this evening to post the winners of last week's prize draw. Mrs. Eastwood and Ms. Kriz have won a copy of Jane Stanfield's nonficition: Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation (www.janestanfieldwish.com)-&- an e-book, the recently revised edition of Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

--This Week's Prize Draw --

A copy of She Wore Emerald Then (poetry) by Carolyn Howard-Johnson -&- Magdalena Ball - a collaboration on the subject of motherhood (www.HowToDoItFrugally.com)

---&---

a copy of Shawna Stewart's book, Twisted Lessons

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

Irrigation Techniques for Your Gardens

-- Quote of the Day --

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

-- Sunday Gardening --

Join Dave & I on the Sunday Gardening segment of Conscious Discussions radio today from 10-11 am (pacific) or catch the archive at your convenience. Today we'll share information on irrigation techniques and fall gardening chores. Simply click on the hyper-link above or look to the right for links to recent Conscious Discussions episodes.

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

*Prize draw winner & this week's prize draw contest will be announced later today.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Radio, radio! & Eco-Landfill Initiatives

-- Across The Pond Radio --

Barry Eva of the Across the Pond Radio show interviews me - Lillian Brummet :) - about the world of writing. We talked about handling contacts, dealing with emotions, managing friends/family/coworker & spouses... We discussed the importance of setting aside time for your creation process and having the self-discipline to follow through with your goals. We also talked about e-books, audio books and more! check it out via the hyper-link above, or the URL below.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/09/12/A-Book-and-a-Chat-with-Lillian-Brummet

-- Purple Snowflake Marketing --


I'm so pleased to share with you that I read an excerpt on an online radio show this morning a few moments ago... from the 2nd edition of Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd. The archive should be available in a few moments - do check it out! I'm excited to share an excerpt of my book in this way!

www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread


-- Green Landfill Initiatives --

Initiatives to completely eliminate compostable organics out of the San Diego Area Landfill have been in discussion and are hoped to be in place by 2012...

Landfilling of biodegradable waste (including food, paper products, garden & yard waste, agricultural waste) is a huge contributor to global warming. Recent studies show that methane gas which is created from organic materials in the landfill, is as much as 72 times more destructive than CO2.

According to the Zero Waste San Diego Group - Landfills are the number one source of human-caused methane in the United States and emit the greenhouse gas equivalent of 20 percent of our country’s coal-fired power plants every year. These organics are a valuable resource that build healthy soil, rather than using petroleum-based fertilizers & pesticides to aid unhealthy crops and forcing them to produce inferior fruits, we need to grow healthy soil first… providing everything the plant needs naturally. And let us not forget that healthy soils are capable of holding twice the carbon stocks of plants. Meaning this can be a big resource for governments in the form of carbon sinks.

Composting, whatever the method we might choose as a community, individual or as a society – it is truly the quickest and cheapest way to immediately reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of soils.

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

Friday, September 11, 2009

Green Business Initiatives

** Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw to win a copy of my e-book: Towards Understanding or a copy of Jane Stanfield's book, Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation - Enter by emailing me with the word "prize" in the subject line: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (*remove spaces before sending)

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today on Authors Read radio we have Lian Gouw coming in to read an excerpt from her novel - Only A Girl - at 10 AM (pacific). To access this author's reading simply click on the hyper-link above.

-- Positive Eco-News --

Source: Zero Waste San Diego Group

I received an article recently that described the actions of a single business who has made a huge step to making the world a better place:

"The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, which owns Harrah`s Rincon Casino & Resort, broke ground on a solar field that will generate one megawatt of clean energy. "We have a responsibility to join our neighbors in reducing greenhouse emissions. As a government, we have a responsibility to our tribal members to plan and prepare for a sustainable future," says Tribal Chairman Bo Mazzetti. ...The resort has diverted over 400 tons of recyclables, reduced Styrofoam use by 25% and cleaned up over eight miles of San Diego County beaches. These conservation efforts are the result of the employee driven Green Committee. ... Over
10,000 light fixtures were retrofitted with energy efficient lamps, reducing energy demand by 3.1 million kilowatt-hours per year - the equivalent of taking 511 cars off the road. ...The lighting retrofit reduced the property`s annual lighting cost of $32.86 per square foot to an average annual cost of $0.59 per square foot."

The article also mentioned the resort's initiatives in other areas:

* Recycling: diverting over 400 tons of recyclable materials from landfills since March 2008. A food waste compost program, which started in 2009, has diverted over 6,000 pounds from landfills and turned it into reusable compost.

* Recycling for Habitat for Humanity: Harrah`s Rincon Casino & Resort donated assorted furnishings and constructions materials valued at over $46,000 to Habitat for Humanity for their San Diego Regional projects

* Reforestation Project: Employees planted over 200 trees and shrubs in an area destroyed by the 2007 Poomacha Fire

* Reclaimed Water: The Rincon Tribe is using reclaimed water from Harrah`s Rincon to irrigate the tribal sports complex

* Beach Clean-Up: Employee volunteers have donated over 200 hours cleaning more than eight miles of beaches in San Diego County

* "Bring Your Own Cup" Employee Program: In 2009, Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort launched the "Bring Your Own Cup" program, which encouraged employees to bring a reusable cup and helped to reduce the amount of Styrofoam being used in the Employee Dining Room by 25%

* In-Room Programs: Harrah`s Rincon cleans the resort`s 662 guestrooms with Green certified or environmentally preferred products. In addition, the property participates in the CodeGreen "set back the stat", the "uncool" refrigerator program and a linen exchange program which saves thousands in energy costs and hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each month. Guests are also asked to request their complimentary daily newspaper which has helped to reduce the number of newspapers being used.

* Sustainable Garden: Employees planted an organically sustainable herb and
vegetable garden that is used by the culinary team in the Employee Dining Room.

* Shipping Containers Returned to Vendors: Shipping containers are returned to vendors for reuse or recycling, diverting approximately 150 pallets and containers per month from landfills

* Creation of Carpool Parking Lot: Employees who carpool to work have access to a special "green" parking lot, ensuring front-row parking.

* PC Power down: All property PCs automatically power down after 10 minutes of non-use

* "Put a Little More `Off` in Your Office" Program: Bright green faceplates have been installed on light switches in administrative areas, reminding employees to turn off the lights when they leave

* Green Corner Recycling: The resort set up a recycling collection center for employees to drop off items such as batteries, computer Equipment, cell phones, and other small appliances and pays the fee to have them recycled.




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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Time Management & Solar Energy

-- Time Management --

Today's Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show features Karen Leland, a partner of the Sterling Consulting and Marketing Group – an international management consulting firm. Her knowledge of the world of marketing and time management will definitely appeal to small business owners and entrepreneurs, parents ...and really anyone who wants to manage their time better.

The show airs live from 10-11 AM (pacific) and we'll have the chat room open for our live listeners, as always. The archive of today's interview will load shortly after the broadcast airs, and will be available for anyone around the globe to listen to at their convenience.

Simply click on the hyper-linked show title (above) or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

-- Solar - A Hot Topic --

I first heard of this project (below) through a Twitter acquaintance; article location: http://solar.coolerplanet.com

"...According to a Bloomberg News report, Mitsubishi and IHI Corp. are participating in a $21 billion project that aims to place a solar power facility in orbit within the next three decades that will then beam energy back to earth. ...The effort reportedly involves at least 16 companies and is aimed at generating one gigawatt of electricity with help from four square kilometers of photovoltaic panels. The news provider notes that a gigawatt would be sufficient to power about 294,000 homes in the Tokyo area."

The article goes on to say that a Californian company (USA), Solaren has plans to "develop an orbiting solar energy station that would beam energy to a facility in the state." This posting has me recalling an interview I heard a few months ago regarding space solar collection technology and the incredible advances with solar technology. Panels for individual homes, Recreation vehicles and equipment, and tools for a variety of trades are becoming both more affordable and more efficient - at the same time the surface area required has greatly reduced making this technology less cumbersome.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kudo's to the Literacy Bridge Org!


- - Congratulations to Literacy Bridge Org - -


One of our eco-friends, Forrest Carman, sent us the press release (below) about an incredible achievment for a fantastic organization - Literacy Bridge. Those of you who are regular listeners of Conscious Discussions Talk Radio might recall hearing about this organization in the past. Click on - Literacy Bridge -or head over to the radio show and look through the archives from there. This particluar interview aired on Feb 24, 2009.


Literacy Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides children and adults with tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning, today announced the receipt of a $25,000 grant award from Amazon.com. The grant will primarily support Literacy Bridge’s ongoing pilot program in rural Ghana, and will help the organization conduct user experience testing and impact evaluation for its Talking Book program.

Since January 2009, hundreds of Ghanaian school children have used Literacy Bridge’s audio computers, or Talking Books, to improve their reading skills including pronunciation, vocabulary building and reading comprehension. Designed to cost $10, Talking Books enable learners to record individualized lessons and notes, adjust playback speeds for different rates of learning, skip ahead or backwards within and between lessons, define vocabulary words, and engage in multiple-choice quizzes and other interactive applications.

As in many communities around the world, thousands of classrooms throughout rural parts of Ghana have no electricity, 70 to 100 or more students per trained teacher, and few, if any, teaching and learning materials. Talking Books enable educators to maximize the impact of their existing programs using interactive learning opportunities available inside and outside the classroom.

“Literacy Bridge’s program is exciting because it is an innovative and affordable technology for those who need it the most. We look forward to watching the Talking Book’s impact on literacy, health and agricultural practices,” said Jon Fine, director of Author & Publisher Relations for Amazon.com.

In addition to literacy learning, Talking Books enable the rapid and free distribution of essential audio information via device-to-device sharing. Literacy Bridge has partnered with local agriculture and health officials to create targeted lessons. Highlights include:
Talking Books are providing traditional birth attendants with training and emergency procedures. This is especially crucial in remote rural areas, where hospitals are inaccessible.
Talking Books are teaching subsistence farmers, which make up the majority of Ghana’s work force, how to identify signs of sickness in their animals so that they can be isolated to avert the spread of disease. Farmers who gather their livestock together at night for protection have learned how disease can quickly spread from one animal to an entire herd if left unchecked.
Farmers are using Talking Books to learn new planting and fertilization techniques, such as sowing seeds in rows of raised soil. This method is recommended over planting seeds in single mounds, a common practice in Ghana and other developing countries.

Participants in the pilot program are not only learning from their Talking Books, but they are also applying what they learned -- changing their traditional methods to align with expert guidance. Within the first six months of the program, farmers were witnessing improved results, such as significantly greater crop yields.

Amazon.com’s contribution will significantly help us expand and learn from our ongoing pilot,” said Cliff Schmidt, executive director of Literacy Bridge. “We have already seen some exciting results. This contribution will help us continue to evaluate the program’s net impact, long-term viability, and applicability to other communities and cultures.

About Literacy Bridge
Literacy Bridge is a nonprofit organization which empowers children and adults with affordable tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning as an effective means towards advancing education, health, economic development, democracy and human rights. To serve this mission, the organization has developed the Talking Book, a low cost digital audio player and recorder for people in the developing world to gain access to information. Literacy Bridge collaborates with local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to develop a network of locally relevant content. For more information please visit http://literacybridge.org

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Celebrating Diversity, Conservation & Eco-inventions

-- Quote of the Day --

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter
.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

-- Celebrating Diversity, Conservation & Eco-inventions --

September is Biodiversity & Conservation Month !!

Recently a Twitter-friend put out some information on a great article that was posted on Planetizen - www.planetizen.com

"A new study from the UK Royal Society has determined that geo-engineering techniques are technically feasible approaches to address high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the resulting global warming. ...The group did, however, caution that the viability of these techniques should not dissuade governments from other policies aimed at cutting emissions and energy use... or divert governments away from their efforts to reduce carbon emissions."

Apparently the group is looking at a variety of inventions from equipment that can scrub the air clean of CO2 and space equipment that can reflect the sun's rays or gather energy from the sun, among many other technologies. The possibilities are very exciting and I can hardly wait to see what the future holds.

** Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw to win a copy of my e-book: Towards Understanding or a copy of Jane Stanfield's book, Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation - Enter by emailing me with the word "prize" in the subject line: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (*remove spaces before sending)


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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wildlife Programs, Healthy Food & More!


-- Events & Celebrations --

I hope that everyone had a relaxing long weekend ;) For those of you who are not already aware, here in Canada we just celebrated Labor Day - which is a time when we honor those who strove for a better workplace, better rights and health care for workers. In this time of economic strife, especially here in BC where we have the highest cost of living AND the lowest minimum wage in Canada - we can use this time to re-evaluate where our nation is right now and where we are heading in the future.

September is National Prevention Month and National Ovarian Cancer Month - you will likely be seeing many articles in your favorite publications in the next few weeks dealing with these topics.



-- Bringing Back Wildlife --


* Source: Japan For Sustainability Organization www.Japanfs.org

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo (Hokkaido, Japan) launched the Steller's Sea Eagle Program in autumn 2008 under the Wildlife Restoration Project, with the aim of protecting the environment and biodiversity in the Maruyama area.

As part of the Steller's Sea Eagle Program, the Zoo seeks to utilize its breeding techniques in the restoration of rare species, such as Steller's sea eagles in Hokkaido. The zoo is carrying out this program in cooperation with other research institutions and organizations. Eventually, the eagles will be trained using falconry techniques in preparation for their eventual return to the wild.

The zoo plans to release the eagles into the wild in Russia, which is where the eagles breed, in about five years. The designated observation site will be Poronaisk Wildlife Reserve (located in Sakhalin), which will begin operations as an observation site in the summer of 2009. Breeding cages and training bases will be built there with the goal of increasing the population of Steller's sea eagles.

In addition, the zoo has implemented the breeding of great purple emperor, golden-ringed dragonflies and Japanese crayfish in Sapporo City, which will be the venue for related events and seminars.


-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio we are featuring Myra Lewin who has over 30 years experience in nutrition, holistic treatments and energy management. She owns a therapy center called – Maui Yoga and Ayurveda – based in Hawaii (USA) where she has assisted many people towards a healthier, more fulfilled life. Today we will learn how to develop A Wholesome Relationship with Food. To access the live show (10-11 AM Pacific) or the archived interview click on the hyperlinks above - or look to the right for links to recently aired episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.



-- Eco-Event --

On Sept 9th (Wednesday) from 6-8 PM (pacific) at the Sonoma Restaurant & Bar (223 Pennsylvania Ave, SE Washington DC – USA) the Project Laundry List is hosting an event, part of the Clotheslines across America Tour (www.clostheslinesacrossamerica.org) info at: www.laundrylist.org

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Prize Draw Announcements

-- Congratulations! --

Congratulations to last week's prize draw winners
- Virginia, who will receive a copy of Grooveyard's CD Place in Time
- Judy, who will receive an autographed copy of Lily Stephen's novel The El-eventh Hour
- Dawn, who will receive a signed copy of Susan Finelli's novel Behind the Shadows


-- This week's prize contest has begun! --

Announcing our new prize draw contest... Between Sept 8 - Ending on Sept 13 we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

* Jane Stanfield's nonficition book Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation Info at: www.janestanfieldwish.com

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* a copy of the recently revised edition of Towards Understanding. Genre: Poetry, e-book format, 125 poems in chronological order. Info at: www.brummet.ca/towards.html

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 Sept 13th - noon (pacific).


-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest Lisa Watson had a very interesting urban fiction novel to share with us titled Watch Your Back. Check out the archived show to hear this author read an excerpt from her novel by clicking on the hyper-link here or look to the right for more links to recent Authors Read episodes

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

writing resources & discussions


-- Quote of the Day --

“This is the fun of writing, being able to investigate all different arenas. …I love the fact that I have to go do research and discover whole new areas. …Quality of product, to me, is an assistant to marketing – it is so much easier to market a book that you feel good about. …I had to learn so much; I had to figure out the distribution… how to get into stores and do book signings, where to do releases and how to get reviews on line… The best advice I could give out there is to enter awards. I think entering awards is paramount. …the doors that awards open up are amazing… it gives it the seal of confidence – so it says to the reviewer, blog owner, etc that “you are not wasting your time in taking this guy/or woman seriously”. …Don’t think you’re just going to send blog owners a letter to blog owner (etc) and say “hey I have a book out there, take a look at it”. You have to have a whole distribution system in place to get them a copy to them and work with them. …The whole industry is changing – people who are online will not have to reinvent their whole network… I think being online is where the future lies.”
~ Ara 13 – Aug 13, 2009

This quote was derived from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show that aired on August 13, 2009. Ara shared a wealth of information on the world of writing during his interview on "Defining Metafiction"... Check it out when you have time by clicking on the hyper-links above or on the right side of this page.


-- Poet's Tongue --

Poet's Tongue is launching its new business with a first-ever program that teaches how to get and give a successful poetry reading at home or in the community. This program manager, Alice Shapiro, had approached me a while ago asking permission to recommend one of our radio show programs to her students... which of course, we agreed to! Thanks, Alice, for this :) Anyone interested in Poet's Tongue will benefit from a special sale during the month of September. http://aliceshapiro.com/poets-tongue


-- Raising Voices --


Calling all you storytellers, poets and bards to raise your voices, on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month with the "Storytellers, Poets and Bards of the World" as they join Diane Tegarden's Poetry Readings Radio Show - or sign up for her wonderful newsletter - at: www.firewalkerpublications.com



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Friday, September 4, 2009

writing, worms & books :)



-- Writing Article, by Lillian Brummet --


I was invited to provide a guest posting for this writing blog: http://howtogetthinandfamous.blogspot.com - My article shares tips about the practical and organizational side of running a writing business of any kind. In this article, "Common Courtesy & Strong Organization Skills Accelerate Publicity Efforts", I discuss how to manage your files, the importance of common courtesy and more. Check it out by clicking on one of the links above.

-- The Book Cubby --

Yesterday, I was sent a notice by Zetta Hupf, owner of The Book Cubby to let me know that our radio show, Conscious Discussions, is featured on her site. She invited me via email to send some information about us for her site and I thought she might be looking at putting a link to one of our books... but instead she did this lovely featured spot that sits on the left hand side of her site where everyone can see it. You can view it by clicking on the hyper-link above.


-- Why You Need A Composting Bin --

*Guest article by Chris Daily

Most people understand the concept of recycling. Many know about the concept of compost and the process of composting. What many people do not know is that these 2 concepts are directly related, especially if you are a gardener that is using a composting bin. Here are a few reasons why you need your own worm composting bin.

Did you know that thousands of tons of organic waste is thrown away each and every day. If you know anything about the process of composting, you know that by using your organic scraps from the kitchen table, along with a bin of red worms and some dirt, you can create a compost producing factory all generated by your worm bin.

There are many types of worm bins that you can buy and make. Some of the more high tech worm compost bins are able to separate the worm compost from worm castings using a quick and easy vibrating system. If you don't have the money, it is easy enough to do with a simple screen.

The most important thing when making your worm bin is to make sure that it is not air tight. If it does not have good air flow, the worms will die and the waste you are putting into the bin will begin to rot and smell due to decomposition.

Another by-product of this process is what is called worm tea. It is a liquid that is formed from the worms processing the organic material in the bin. It makes for a great spray fertilizer that can be used on the leaves of the plants. Just make sure that you continually rotate your composting bin and you will be on your way to a healthier garden this year.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Chris_Dailey

Note by blog owner, Lillian: There are instructions on how to build your own 3-tier composting system on our site via the link page: www.brummet.ca or look for archived interviews on Conscious Discussions radio with vermiculture (worm composting) experts and retailers.

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


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Eco-events & Greening the Planet !!

-- Quote of the Day --

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today’s featured guest, Joseph Malki, is the co-founder and partner of Seven-Star, Incwww.sevenstarevents.com - located in Asheville, North Carolina (USA). Seven Star Events is a global leader in greening the entertainment industry and has recently been honored with the EPA Waste Wise Award – no small feat, to be sure.

Joseph and I had a wonderful discussion about how to the organization is run, the work they do and so much more. We discussed: Greencitiesmedia.com, GlobalExchange.com, Green Festivals, Green America, Coop America, SustainableWaves.com, Mother Earth News, Better World Telecom,...World Wildlife Federation... and others. Learn how willing volunteers are to participate in green events, how to market the green event and educate the patrons. Discover alternative products, power, sound systems, food, sponsors...

I was so inspired by this interview that I will be emailing all the festivals in the province of BC (Canada) and getting them to tune in to hear this exceptional advice.

To hear this archived interive simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for links to the recent episodes on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

Check out these related archived interviews: Bagless Communities, May 29/07 --- A Musical Business from Trash, June 5/07 --- Reduce the Use in the UK, June 12/07 --- Inner City Youth - A Safe Place to Socialize, Nov 22/07 --- Sustainable Business, Nov 27/07 --- Composting Toilets Feb 26/08 --- Sustainable Waves – Alternative Powered Festivals, March 19/08 --- We Are Many Organization, Sept 23/08 --- Renos Org. – The Business Side of Trash, Feb 5/09 --- Greenhouse Neutral Foundation, July 29/09


-- Positive Eco-News --

According to the Japan for Sustainability Org: (www.japanfs.org)
Japan's office equipment supplier Ricoh Co. set up an eco-powered sign in Times Square in New York City (U.S.) for a lighting in December 2008. With its hybrid power generator and batteries for power storage, the billboard will be powered entirely by the sun and the wind, needing no electricity supplies from other sources. The sign (14.3 x 38.4 meter) bearing the company's logo will be equipped with four wind turbines and 63 solar panels.


-- Recommended Resources --

- www.highimageconsulting.com - offers environmental legal and educational consulting services

- www.whisperpoetry.com - anyone with an interest in poetry will find this site a valuable resource


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

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

prizes, social networking...


-- Quote of the Day --


“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drop of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio we are featuring a pre-recorded discussion with a self-proclaimed Social Networking expert - Mike Volkin. Mike is the author of numerous successful books including – Social Networking For Authors. Today we learn about Friendfeed.com, Tweetbeat.com, tweetdeck.com, monitter.com, tweetlater.com and stumbleupon.com among others. Find out how to use social networking sites today by clicking on the hyperlink here or look to the right for links to our recent broadcasts on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio program.

-- Few days left to enter our prize draw!!! --

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo.com (*remove spaces before sending*) with the word "prize" in the subject line before OCT 6th - for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes:

- signed copy of Behind the Shadows, by Susan Finelli
- a copy of Lily Stephen's autographed myth-fiction book, Vol 2 of a trilogy: The El-eventh Hour
- & 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