Monday, November 30, 2009

Positive Impact This Season with Conscious Gifts


-- Conscious Holdiay Tips & Ideas --


As promised, I'll continue to offer wonderful eco-conscious gift and celebration options for you to consider over the holidays - and for any upcoming holdiay season, be it a birthday or an office celebration. I'll probably continue this until mid/late-december, so keep dropping by for fun craft and other tips!

- As I mentioned before houseplants make wonderful gifts, but this holiday let's purchase a living, potted Christmas tree (it removes carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, ozone and nitrogen oxides). A living Xmas tree can be donated to individuals, the city, schools or parks when the season is over. Alternatively, plant it in your own yard for privacy, shade or erosion control.

- Dehydrated, canned or preserved foods - especially those you have grown - make excellent gifts. Alternatively look for locally produced jams and preserves. Frozen homemade meals are treasured gifts for time-suppressed or physically limited individuals.

- Brazil or cashew nuts are a wonderful, healthy gift option since they promote a living tropical forest, increasing its value while supporting local peoples and preventing the clearing of rainforests for soybean and cattle production.

- Books; i.e. Trash Talk which teaches how to save money by looking at waste as a resource – by Dave and Lillian Brummet.


-- New Prize Draw Contest! Enter Today! --

New prize draw (Dec 1-20th) is for the following:

Cathy Nesbitt is offering a copy of her DVD "Squirm"
&
a stainless steel water bottle (www.cathyscomposters.com)

-- Nora Weston has offered a copy of: Paranormal Pleasures Digest (www.noraweston.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline: Dec 20th @ noon (pacific).


-- Previous Prize Draw Winners --

Congratulations to Lizanne E. Judy K. & Ruth M. who won a copy of Backyard Bones by Nancy Jarvis along with the "Mysterious Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe; Susan Finelli's novel Behind the Shadows -&- Lillian Brummet's e-book - Towards Understanding


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's Authors Read radio show featured a long-time online colleage of ours Thomas Riddell - Tom presents a very intenst topic - overcomig chronic depression - in Pieces Of My Path. We made today's show extra special and extended it by about 10 minutes in order to do this special episode for your. I hope you enjoy the show! Check it out by clicking on the hyper-links above or look to your right on this website to find links to recently aired Authors Read episodes.



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

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Conscious Holiday Tips, Authors Read & more!


-- Quote of the Day --

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. "

~ King Whitney Jr.


-- Conscious Holiday Tips --


Today, as promised, we continue to offer more conscious holiday tips, ways to green your events and green eco-gifts that benefit the planet and the gift recipient. Consider the following

- Dimmer switches or compact fluorescent bulbs; don’t forget those 3-way CFL bulbs for lamps, the smaller ones for chandeliers and outdoor lighting. The gift recipeint benefits by having a convenient way to reduce energy consumption. Some retailers and power companies continue to offer rebates, so be sure and keep the receipts for these purchases and you might be able to save a little money too!


- For the gardener on your list a subscription to an organic gardening magazine or a membership to a seed organization might be appropriate.

- There are lots of gifts to consider for the nature-lover. If they are handy around the workshop perhaps bird, bat and butterfly house kits, books or patterns. Or buy the premade versions of these instead. Solar heated bird baths, various types of bird feeders, or perhaps a bird feeder station (a pole with places to hang feeders from). A
membership with an environmental group might also be appropriate..

- A home owner might enjoy a composting bin, whereas a condo or apartment dweller would benefit from a three-tier worm bin or one of the many other composting alternatives available for people who do not have access to a yard.


- Alternatively: Tickets to a performance, season tickets to a theater or sport of choice.


--Contest Reminder--



This week's prize draw (Nov 23th - 29th) is for the following:

-- Nancy Jarvis offers an autographed, inscribed copy of Backyard Bones & the "Mysterious Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe - standard or large print available.(www.goodreadmysteries.com)

-- Susan Finelli's family saga novel: Behind the Shadows (www.behindtheshadows.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Nov 29th @ noon (pacific).



-- Authors Read Radio --

Vaishali Vashi joined the Authors Read radio show to share another excerpt of her 4-CD compilation titled: Wisdom Rising. The excerpt we heard today was "Lucid Dreaming" - check it out by clicking on the hyper-links above or look to the right side of this site to find links to recently aired
Authors Read episodes.


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

*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 paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.*

Friday, November 27, 2009

Announcements & More :)

--Quote of the Day --

"Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value"

~ Albert Einstein


-- Announcements --

The Brummets have recently been featured on two wonderful sites.

Brandi Drury has opened up a great opportunity for readers and authors via BK Walker Books: http://bkwalkerbooks.weebly.com - She has decided to feature our work there and also on her blog:
http://bkwalkerbooksetc.blogspot.com/2009/11/triple-book-feature-by-dave-and-lillian.html


Gathering Authors owner Jeannine Morales also featured our work on her site - http://www.gatheringauthors.com - Gathering Authors offers authors an opportunity to join in and share thier written work (stories, articles, books...). Check out the Book Palace page on this site where you can find us featured and our 3 books listed.

Both of these were fun experiences; Dave & I are grateful for the opportunity to network with Brandi and Jeannine.


-- Authors Read --

Today on Authors Read radio Lillian (me) will be sharing excerpts & information about Purple Snowflake Marketing, a wonderful e-book guide that shows authors how to make their book stand out in a crowd like a purple snowflake. Check out today's show via the hyper-links above or look to the right side of this page for recent Authors Read episodes.


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

Thursday, November 26, 2009

More Eco-Friendly Gift & Event Ideas to Consider


-- Quote of the Day --



…There are so many ways to go green, one of the tenancies for going green is reusing and for the holidays there are so many ways to reuse whether its decor or cloth wrapping – we don’t feel it is boring to reuse – we call it ‘tradition’. …One of the most beloved piece of d├ęcor was kind of like an advent calendar, but was a cloth and felt calendar that my mom made with 25 pockets. And behind each pocket she put in little activities that the family would do together each day leading up to the holidays. Whether it was baking gingerbread cookies or going ice skating – it now hangs on my wall and I bet my girls would say it is their favorite thing about the holidays.”

~ Corey Colwell-Lipson Oct 15, 2009

The quote today originates from the Greening Holidays & Events interview that aired on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show back on Oct 15th, 2009. Check out the archived interview by clicking on the hyperlinks here or look to the right to find other recently aired episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


-- Eco-Holiday Gift-Giving --

As promised Dave and I are offering eco-friendly, conscious living gift options for you to consider over the holidays - you can make a difference by your shopping habits, but the person who receives the gift continues to reap benefits by saving time or money, or by reducing their impact on the planet.

Consider the following:

- Family recipe book with elderly or long-distant family members contributing favorite recipies. Consider including small poems and photographs of the family making the recipes, being in the kitchen or even of family outings & pets.

- Give or purchase a living tree (it removes carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, ozone and nitrogen oxides). A living Xmas tree can be donated to individuals, the city, schools or parks when the season is over. Alternatively, plant it in your own yard for privacy, shade or erosion control. *Norwegien Pine plants resemble tiny trees but are actually living houseplants.

- Toys and games with few plastic parts and offer positive education values. Favored items, for instance, might emphasize cooperation, exploration or creative thinking.

- For the new homeowner: a perfect gift here would be a eco-home kit package that you put together for them. Items to consider for this are a thermostat control that automatically turns the heat down at night, tubes of caulking or weather stripping, hot water tank and hot water pipe insulation kits and door cozies (usually placed against the bottom of entrance door areas to seal out drafts).

- Help your loved ones save water and energy costs with a low flow shower head attachment, timers for exterior taps, soaker hoses for landscaping irrigation, or a rain barrel.

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

*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 paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.*

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Eco-Holiday Gift Giving

-- Eco-Holiday Gift Giving --

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing tips on how to green your holiday season this year. Earlier this week I shared some eco-friendly craft and gift ideas that your family or any adult or youth group could participate in.

Over the next week I'll be sharing suggested holiday gift giving items that can save the recipient time and money while allowing them to make a lasting difference on the planet - What could be better than celebrating Green on such a holiday as this?

* Gift certificates are an exceptional gift option due to the lack of wrapping, time and energy involved, but also because the purchase of these certificates helps keep the local economy strong. Consider the following outlets when looking for gift certificates this year: wine or beer making shop, a new or used bookstore, music lessons, restaurant, recreation centers often offer gift certificates to their programs and courses, exercise/dance/craft classes... some colleges also offer gift certificates that the recipient can put towards any course they want to take. These are just a few suggested outlets to consider in your region, however do ask around to see what other shops may offer these certificates - you may be surprised to find that pet shops, hair salons, music teachers and many others offer these great gift options.

* Another excellent option to consider are memberships with organizations or groups; such as: golf, gym, spa, massage therapy, craft groups, and environmental groups.

* Alternatively consider purchasing services for the recipient such as 2 weeks of dog walking, babysitting, cloth diaper cleaning services, housecleaning, carpet cleaning or lawn care services.

* Baskets of healthy food and snack items are a wonderful gift to share with others. You can consider supporting local growers by selecting choice jams and goodies made by locals. Alternatively, select preserves from your own pantry shelves that you have created yourself. This is especially useful for gardeners who are often dehydrating and canning excess garden harvests.

* Light up the gift recipients life with energy-efficient LED or CFL light bulbs. Yellow CFL’s are exceptional for exterior lighting, because the color reduces the number of bugs around entrances or seating areas.

* Slippers, sweatshirts, fleece clothing and sweaters are great gift ideas; the recipient is less likely to turn up thermostat.


-- Conscious Celebrations --

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - which is followed by Thanksgiving (USA) on the 26th of November. This is a perfect time to express your gratitude in life by sharing your extra items, time or donations with women and peace initiatives in your region. Consider the Women's Transition House in your community, missions for the underprivileged and other wonderful organizations in your region.


--Contest Reminder--


This week's prize draw (Nov 23th - 29th) is for the following:

-- Nancy Jarvis offers an autographed, inscribed copy of Backyard Bones & the "Mysterious Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe - standard or large print available.(www.goodreadmysteries.com)

-- Susan Finelli's family saga novel: Behind the Shadows (www.behindtheshadows.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Nov 29th @ noon (pacific).




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

*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 paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.*


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Music & Book News - An Artful Day :)

-- Weekly Book Promotion Tips Available for Authors! --

Dave & I are very excited to announce a wonderful new writer's tip service that AllBooks Review will offer as of today! These tips are excerpted from our author's marketing plan guide (e-book) Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd.

AllBooks Review is the review source for published authors - with at least six blogs, an extensive main site and a strong social-networking system online via twitter, etc. this organization is a huge asset to any author and comes highly recommended in the resource section of our e-book.

According to the AllBooks Review sites: "We do not discriminate between TRADITIONAL AND POD PUBLISHERS. Shirley Roe is an author and Managing Editor for AllBooks Review. As a freelance writer,she spends time between Canada and the USA. Her published work, including inspirational articles and award winning poetry, has appeared in magazines, anthologies and daily newspapers. She writes a syndicated column for 21 news outlets in North America including World News. Winner of the Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry for 2002 and 2004 as well as recipient of the Freelance Writing Org. Int. first place award in 2003 for Business Articles, she excels in several genres.AllBooks Review website has been chosen one of 101 Best Websites for Writers two years in a row by Writer's Digest Magazine. Shirley is a regular reviewer for Foreword Magazine, Midwest Reviews,Mystique Books, Poetic Voices and several other prestigious review publications and sites. Her reviews are included in an interactive CD, "Book Review Index", which is distributed to libraries, corporate and academic sources. She speaks to Literary Guilds and Writer's clubs on a regular basis. As a member of Ryze Business Network she has contact with people of many industries and interests. Shirley is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bookconnectors. As a judge for Tweener Time international Chapter Book Competition and an active member of Alliance for Children's Enrichment, Shirley pursues her interests in World literacy for children and teens. ...Allbooks reviews books from North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, South Korea, China and Great Britain as well as several other International countries. Allbooks Reviews is listed in several prestigious Reviewer databases. Member of Freelance Writing Organization International and Reviewers International Organization, Mystique Books as well as Author's Den and Ryze Networking. A member of Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and several other blogging and networking sites. "


To access these great writer's book promotion guide tips or to learn about AllBooks Review visit:
http://www.allbookreviews.com
http://allbooksreview.wordpress.com

Find out about Purple Snowflake Marketing via the Brummets' site: www.brummet.ca



-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


Today's featured guest on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show is Craig M. Cortello, author of: Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, is here today to talk about the role that early music lessons can help in the world in business. We’ll discover little known benefits of music lessons, tips on saving money, finding resources and we’ll learn about these organizations: The Fender Music Foundation - & - The National Association of Music Merchants. Craig is a 20-year veteran of business, most recently serving as National Sales Manager of a successful environmental consulting firm with 28 offices in the U.S. and China.

Join in the discussion live at 10 AM - 11 AM (pacific) ... or access the archived show at your convenience. Today we'll discuss school budget cutbacks and music programs, the importance of art in one's life, how a background in music affects our success in business and why.. and much more.

To access the show simply click on the hyperlinks above or look to the right for direct links to the most recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.


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


Monday, November 23, 2009

Interviews & Great Xmas Gift/Craft Ideas



-- Sharon Klein Show Interviews Lillian Today!!! --

I am very excited to share with you all that I will be interviewed on the Sharon Kleyne Radio Program - interview airs 10 AM (pacific) this morning, however I believe it will also be archived for listeners convenience. Click on the hyper-link above to access the show, or copy the URL listed here: http://www.modavox.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=1384



-- Last Week's Prize Draw Winners --


Judy won a copy of Tom Riddell's nonfiction book: Pieces of My Path - while Miss Jane won a copy of Lillian Brummet's e-book of poetry - Towards Understanding.



-- 5 Fun and Eco-friendly Crafty Gift Ideas --


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

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

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

Gather the family, youth group or craft-loving friends, around a sturdy table to create puzzles, ornaments, gift tags, bookmarks or fridge magnets for their own homes or as gifts to their friends, class mates or loved ones. These can also make wonderful projects to create gifts for senior's centers, women's centers, children's centers or classes and support centers for the poor.

These are extremely easy to construct and depending on the size, shape and type of scissors you are using - they can be made into very creative craft projects. Any of these ideas would be a lovely gift - even more meaningful because they were handmade by someone they love. Consider a set of bookmarks in sets of 2, 4 or 6 per recipient, ornaments in sets of 4, 6 or 8, magnets in sets of 2 and gift tags in sets of 8, 12 or 24.

Start by sorting the cards into themes and then sort them from large to small in size. Those little bits of ribbons that you've been saving will come in handy now too. If you don't have any, visit your local wedding and flower shops to see if they have any bits and ends for your projects. You will also need glue, scissors and a craft knife on hand. *Some of the ideas below call for a few extra items so keep an eye out for those.

Gluing 2 cards within a similar theme together so that there is a picture on either side easily creates puzzles. Place the cards under a weight like a large book to make seal the seam completely. Once the glue has cured, cut the cards into puzzle pieces of a variety of shapes and sizes using a sharp craft knife.

To create unique ornaments use the same process for the puzzles, only choose smaller images and before you glue the two images together, trim so they are the exact shape and insert a loop of ribbon in-between them. Make sure that the loop of ribbon is long enough to fit over the tree’s stem. Then allow enough time for the glue to cure prior to decorating with trim, glitter or ribbon.

To make fridge magnets simply choose interesting images, cut them out and glue a small piece of magnet to the back. Strips of very thin magnets can likely be found at your local craft or "dollar" store. Alternatively reuse those unsolicited fridge magnets you have received from pizza places, realtors or junk mail. These are very thin and easy to cut with a pair of scissors and because the magnets are very light, only a small section of the magnet will be necessary.

Used cards can easily be crafted into unique gift tags; look for interesting images ranging in size from 2-3 inches in diameter and make sure there is no writing on the reverse side. Cut those out into the desired shape and - voila ! - you have a gift tag. Use a punch hole on the top or side of the gift tags and attach a tassel or ribbon, if you like. Decorate with glitter or leave plain.

Bookmarks require longer, larger images than gift tags but the process is the same. You’ll want to find an image that does not have writing on the reverse side. If it does you may want to consider finding a similar image and gluing the together, much like the process outlined for the ornaments and puzzles. I wouldn’t recommend decorating the bookmarks beyond a simple trim, due to the wear they will go through – the recipient will not want bits of glue and glitter in their books!



--This Week's Draw !!! --


This week's prize draw (Nov 23th - 29th) is for the following:

-- Nancy Jarvis offers an autographed, inscribed copy of Backyard Bones & the "Mysterious Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe - standard or large print available.(www.goodreadmysteries.com)

-- Susan Finelli's family saga novel: Behind the Shadows (www.behindtheshadows.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Nov 29th @ noon (pacific).




-- Authors Read Radio --


Today's featured guest on Authors Read Radio is Darcie Mae who is dropping by to read an excerpt from her children's book: Mother Mouse Shares a Thanksgiving Tale. Check out this show by clicking on the hyper-links here or looking to the right side of this screen for links to the Authors Read Radio show.



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


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Depression, Prizes & Buy Nothing!



-- Quote of the Day --

“…It (Chronic Depression) can be very difficult to recognize if you don’t know what to look for. Depression is basically a long period of feeling hopeless with extreme sadness and despair. Chronic Depression also comes in many forms - as insomnia; people with chronic depression are preoccupied with thoughts or feelings of guilt or regret and many times self-hatred. In my case I had very poor self-confidence and poor concentration and memory as well as the anxiety that started out in me grew into a depressed state. …As far as children, I find it interesting that… depressed children often display an irritable rather than a depressed mood. And this is often not noticed until many years later. …For me my anxiety level rose so high it inhibited my ability to concentrate and this was what then sent me into clinical depression.
~ Tom Riddell Oct 20, 2009


Today's quote of the day originates from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interview that aired on Oct 20, 2009 with Tom Riddell titled: Overcoming Chronic Depression. To access the full interview simply click on the hyper-link here or look to the right side of this site to find links to recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.



-- Prize Draw Reminder --


Just a quick reminder everyone - our contest for this last week ends at 6 PM this evening, Sunday November 22nd - and the winners will be announced tomorrow morning on this blog. Enter now, or before 6 PM today, for a chance to win prizes including: e-book - Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca/towards.html) & ...Tom Riddell's nonfiction book: Pieces of My Path (www.tomriddell.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.


-- Conscious Celebrations --

On November 23rd, this upcoming Monday, we celebrate Buy Nothing Day (North America) and on the 24th we also celebrate International Buy Nothing Day - both of these holidays were set aside to help people become more conscious of their consumerism & taking another look at their spending habits. *Some areas may combine these two holidays into one day, the 25th of November.



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

*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 paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.*


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Writers Issues & Joys

-- Authors Read Radio --

On today's broadcast: host Lillian Brummet shares information about the work she & her husband do... Awards they've won for their work in the media to make the world a better place, including the Community Heroes Award along with a letter of acknowledgment from the Premier of BC, Canada. Learn how to support their efforts to make the world a better place... & more.

Yesterday's Authors Read episode featured CL Talmadge - syndicated columnist & author of the Green Stone of Healing Series. CL shares an excerpt from the fourth book - Outcast.

To access either of these archived episodes simply head on over to Authors Read Radio & use your mouse to access any archived show that appeals to you.


-- Join Lillian on Authors Supporting Authors Radio --

Join Lillian on a wonderful radio program this evening at 5 PM (Pacific) - Authors Supporting Authors - Host Linda Hermin will be grilling Lillian about the world of writing. Simply click on the hyper-link above or head over to: www.asanetwork.webs.com



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

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Poverty, Peace, Green Building & more!


-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


Today's Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show takes into consideration the conscious celebrations happening today and I will be covering issues from poverty to hunger. Join us live at 10 AM (pacific) & drop in to our live chat room if you can - or call in with your thoughts on the topic of the day. Alternatively, you can access the archived interview later today simply by clicking on the hyper-links here or those located to the right side of this screen.


-- Conscious Celebrations --


Many regions around the globe will be hosting events and lectures in honor of International Men’s Day (Nov 19th). According to the internationalmensday.com website - "Objectives of International Men's Day include a focus on health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to highlight discrimination against them and to celebrate their achievements, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care."

Today is also World Philosophy Day, which according to the UNESCO.org site - This is an "annual event instituted by UNESCO that for the academic and public spheres with the objective of making philosophy accessible to all, creating more spaces for reflection, debate and fruitiful exchange."

-- Green Building --

Source: Japanfs.org

Taisei Corp., a major Japanese construction company, has adopted its new sunlighting system, T-Soleil, to Minato Mirai Center Building, which is now being constructed in Minato Mirai Area, Yokohama City. The system, which was released in March 2006, allows sunlight to be taken into the building from the rooftop.

Through this system, natural sunlight taken in at the rooftop is transmitted to the other floors using an automatic sunlight tracking mirror and multistage mirrors placed within an 80-meter high stairwell (spanning the fourth floor to the roof) in the central part of the 21-storey building (height, ~100 meters). In combination with other energy-saving technology, including heat-blocking technology and lighting control, this system is expected to cut electricity use and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 32 percent from current levels.

This building received the highest "S" rank certification of the Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency in Yokohama (CASBEE Yokohama). In addition to the use of sunlight, a variety of features of this building scored highly, including greening of building surfaces, use of rainwater, durability improvements and consideration toward city appearance and landscape. The building is scheduled to be completed in May 2010.


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

*scroll down to Monday's post for Prize Draw information!!!

*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 paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.*




Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Review & Celebrations!

-- Quote of the Day --

"Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished."
~ Og Mandino

-- Towards Understanding, Reader Review! --

I received this note recently by one of the Towards Understanding readers:

"...I always look forward to discovering inspirational things throughout the day. The inspirational discovery I found within your book was simply uplifting and wonderful. With the world in its current condition, it may be hard for the person who is hanging off the edge of life to find hope. I believe your book is that hand that reaches out to such a person and gives them every reason not to give up. As I read about your life, some of it felt so familiar--not only in my life, but in the lives of people I know. It is easy to relate to, which is why I believe it will comfort many people, especially young women..."
~ T.S. Wilkins

What a lovely thing to hear from a reader! Thank you T.S. Wilkins for your kind comments! For those of you who are curious - check out the Towards Understanding book @ www.brummet.ca/towards.html


-- Conscious Celebrations --

November is filled with conscious celebrations and calls to action - Currently we are in the middle of both National Addiction Awareness Week (Canada) & National Family Week (USA) - you will likely find many articles and events based around these topics in your region throughout the week and weekend. I encourage our readers to participate in their local events if they can.


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

Monday, November 16, 2009

Conscious Celebrations

-- Quote of the Day --

If we could see that everything, even tragedy, is a gift in disguise, we would then find the best way to nourish the soul.

~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D


-- Prize Winners for Last Week's Contest --

Congratulations to last week's prize draw winners - Judy K., T.Wilkins & Lizanne E. - who will receive Michael Hanson's short story collection Sha'Daa, Tom Riddell's nonfiction book Pieces of My Path & Lillian Brummet's e-book: Towards Understanding. Thank you for participating everyone!

*Check out this week's prize announcement and enter before Sunday!


Prize Draw Contest for Nov 16-23:

Enter to win a copy of Lillian Brummet's e-book Towards Understanding - info @: www.brummet.ca

& a copy of Tom Riddell's nonfiction book: Pieces of My Path (www.tomriddell.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 on Nov 23 - noon (pacific).



-- Conscious Celebrations --

November 15th (yesterday) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. - www.recycleday.org -

Today, November 16th, people around the globe are celebrating the International Day of Tolerance. According to the Time & Date website (http://www.timeanddate.com):

"The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Tolerance is annually observed on November 16 to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance. ...It is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others. It is also a time of reflection and debate on the negative effects of intolerance. Live discussions and debates take place across the world on this day, focusing on how various forms of injustice, oppression, racism and unfair discrimination have a negative impact on society."

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

Friday, November 13, 2009

Just a reminder...


-- Prize Draw Reminder --



Michael Hanson - Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse ...& ...Tom Riddell's nonfiction book: Pieces of My Path ... & Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding :)

To Enter the Draw and Win Prizes from the List Above:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Nov 15th - noon (pacific).

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

*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.*

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Plastics, Book Excerpts & Creative Workplace Tips


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Do you love your job? Recent Gallup polls show most Americans don't, and yet 98% of U.S. Cellular employers not only say they love their jobs but report that their jobs actually make them better spouses, parents, and citizens. Today’s featured guests, Myra Kruger & Dave Esler, have studied this issue thoroughly and are here today to share their knowledge, tips and resources with you. Learn how to create a competitive advantage, how to relate to others and much more on today's Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode: Create a Positive & Productive Workplace


-- Great Tool For Authors --

I was invited by the owner of Bookbuzzer to join their site and promote my books using their tools. I flagged her email and then proceeded with the huge list of to-do's in the office for a couple of weeks. She sent me a reminder and I decided to try it out today.

Man, oh man - I love it! What a fun and interesting way to promote the book...

How it works is this, you create a 160X160 px jpg of your cover and an excerpt of the book in pdf format for each book you want to promote in this way.

The program takes this information, along with other information you are prompted to enter, such as why you wrote the book and the synopsis, etc. - and makes a virtual sample of your work in a virtual book format!

Really - you see pages & they turn with a click of a mouse... it is really cool.

Check out the two that Dave and I created yesterday afternoon on my site: www.brummet.ca/towards.html
www.brummet.ca/purple.html

We plan on creating one for each of the upcoming Trash Talk - Its Easy Being Green e-book series.

And if you like what I have done, or are curious as to what you might want to do, check out the site:
www.bookbuzzer.com


-- Eco-Resource --

Preserve Gimme 5 promotes and enables recycling of #5 plastics like yogurt cups, hummus tubs and other food containers.

Products packaged in #5 plastic are sold widely, but #5 is not recycled in most communities. By recycling your #5 plastic through the Gimme 5 program, you are saving plastic from being sent to landfills, keeping the plastic local by recycling it here in the USA, and you are powering Preserve by helping us transform your recyclables into new Preserve products. www.preserveproducts.com

Send #5 plastic shipments to:

Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS Rte 13
Cortland, NY 13045


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

Success & Honey Bees


-- Quote of the Day --


“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”

~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


--The Ginza Honeybee Project --

I have taken excerpts from a very long article about an amazing and inspiring project happening with honeybees to share with you today.

*Source: www.japanfs.org - original article written by Yuriko Yoneda


Ranked with the Fifth Avenue shopping district in New York City, Japan's Ginza district in Tokyo is one of the world's leading downtown districts, complete with high-class department stores and designer shops. Today, bee honey collected from hives there is starting to attract people's attention. Ginza honeybees are nicknamed "Ginpachi" (short for "Ginza bees" in Japanese), and recently they have become somewhat of a new mascot for the district.

This outstanding project is administrated by a non-profit organization called the Ginza Bee Project, which is run by volunteers of Ginza Shokugakujuku, a group that regularly holds seminars on food sources and diet, and those of the Ginza Town Study Group, a group focused on studying the history and culture of the area.

The aim of the project is to interact with the local environment and ecosystems in Ginza through beekeeping. Although Ginza, which is located in the middle of Tokyo, has some small green areas, these groups are trying to learn more about how a sustainable society and the local
environment operates by working with honeybees and using the honey they produce.

At the beginning of the project, in late 2005, some people had concerns that it might be dangerous to keep honeybees in the densely populated urban district, because they thought the bees might attack people, but honeybees are generally gentle creatures, and they never attack unless suddenly surprised. After thoroughly explaining the nature of honeybees to the tenants of the building where the hives were to be installed, in March 2006, the project members placed three hives on the building's rooftop, and the bees began flying into the sky above Ginza.

Is it really possible to keep honeybees and collect honey in an urban area such as Ginza? Many were suspicious. Honeybees are said to fly within a three- to four-kilometer radius from their hives to collect nectar. Fortunately, parks rich in green space are located within two kilometers, such as the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, and Hama-rikyu Gardens. Furthermore, many roadside trees are also good sources of nectar. The amount of honey collected has been increasing steadily, growing from 160 kilograms (kg) in 2006, to 290 kg in 2007, 440 kg in
2008, and over 700 kg in 2009.

The honeybee is said to be an environmental indicator species because it is extremely susceptible to pesticides, which are used on vast areas of farmland in Japan, and are causing the survival rate of bees to drop. Meanwhile, in Ginza, which is in the central part of metropolitan Tokyo, the use of pesticides is avoided because of the growing number of people with allergies. So Ginza has ended up being a bee-friendly environment, and the high-quality honey-producing Ginza bees have made people aware that the district has a rich natural environment.

Since the bees were brought to Ginza, cherry blossoms that had previously not been pollinated began to produce cherries. People began to see birds eating the cherries, and small insects began rejuvenating the environment around the area.

The extraordinary combination of Ginza and honeybees has attracted attention from the public and media since the start of the project, and more and more people are enjoying Ginza honey. People began thinking of not only the bees and the honey they produce in Ginza but also the
natural environment around the whole region.

The project's objectives are not only to produce honey but also to reduce the negative impacts of the urban heat-island effect, by which concrete and roads retain heat from the sun and increase local temperatures. The aim is also to realize a "grow local, eat local" ethic in the true sense by collecting the honey that Ginza bees produce from local nectar sources, and making food and sweets using the honey harvested from the rooftop plot. It also aims to encourage
person-to-person relationships among people who many have otherwise been complete strangers.

Today, 30 employees from Matsuya and its partner companies are helping with the rooftop garden as after-work volunteers. According to spokesman Yukio Oki, employees other than members are also starting to care about how the vegetables are growing, which proves the company's success in raising environmental awareness. Matsuya often gets words of encouragement from its customers about its activities on the rooftop, which is open to
the public. The company plans to sell sweets and bread using the herbs grown on its rooftop to achieve the goal of growing locally and eating locally.

Japanese honeybees have generally been considered to be pests, and are often exterminated when they build beehives in street-side trees or in residential areas, but in 2007 the Ginza Bee Project started an initiative to conserve Japanese honeybees by rescuing them from extermination and raising them in Ginza.


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

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Job Search & Marketing Savvy

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

In this devolving job market & evolving social media landscape, the bottom line is you need to know how to network. Here's where most people make a critical mistake. What is it? Find out from today's Conscious Discussions Talk Radio featured guest Thom Singer, the man who was invited to give his motivational & instructional networking talk 47 times in 2008 & 38 times so far in 2009. Singer has nearly 20 years of sales & marketing experience, has authored 6 books to date, is an expert in branding, positioning & networking, & has trained thousands of professionals in the art of building professional contacts that lead to increased business. Join us for the live or archived episode (live listeners are welcome to drop into the chat room) & learn about social networking, book production, the writer's world, workplace competition, resume & interview tips & more! The show airs live at 10 AM Pacific & will be archived for those who can't make the live show. Simply click on the hyperlinks above or look to the right for recent episodes on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


* * - - Prizes - - * *

** Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw! ** Deadline is Sunday the 15th, at noon.

Michael Hanson - Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse & Tom Riddell's nonfiction book: Pieces of My Path & Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding.

* There’s no limitation to the number of times you can win from our show & we never, ever use your email or mailing address for any other means than this contest. Anyone around the globe can win a prize if they enter before the deadline.

Email me at ldbrummet @ yahoo.com (*remove spaces before sending*) with the word “prize” in the subject line - Easy eh?

* We welcome prize offerings that promote conscious living from businesses or individuals. If you have a product ( a book, green beauty or health product, service, coupon, CD, …etc) that encourages conscious living we’d love to consider it as a prize :)


-- Wishing everyone a warm, relaxing and memorable Remembrance Day (Canada) & Veterans Day (USA) tomorrow - Wednesday, Nov 11th --


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


Monday, November 9, 2009

Chatter & Social Networking

-- Quote of the Day --


Forgiveness does not erase the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
~ Paul Boese


-- Social Networking --

One of the unexpected benefits for me with online social networking is running into old friends, people I haven't seen or heard from in more than 20 years. My friend Brenda was in one of the circles of people I knew back when I was 16 (I had been on my own at this point for 2.5 years) and we stayed in contact until I was 19. Just a little over a year ago - Brenda found me online via one of the social networking sites and we started our friendship anew. Its been great fun catching up with her. Since then I've met numerous old acquaintances and family members, and am still finding people today. Just the other day I met up with another one of my best friends and look forward to bridging the gap between us. For me, when I started with social networking, it was all about finding contacts and networking with like-minded individuals in the fields of environment, writing and poetry. While I knew that some people used social networking for chatting among their friends, I had no idea that social networking would end up sparking memories and renew dozens of old friendships.


-- Authors Read --


Today's featured guest on the Authors Read Radio show:
Vaisali Vashi shares an excerpt from her 4-CD compilation, Wisdom Rising: Personal Introduction to Emanual Swedenbor. In this segment Vaishali introduces her favorite 18th Century Swedish Mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg. A man Vaishali affectionally refers to as her "boyfriend." If you have never heard of Swedenborg, you are going to greatly enjoy this personal introduction and if you already have heard of him, you may learn some things you didn't know. Check out the live, or archived show, by clicking on the hyper-links here - or look to the right side of this blog to find links to recent Authors Read Radio episodes.



-- Chatter --


The new MyspaceBlog post went up yesterday offering upcoming radio show and media appearance schedule - a week at a glance. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-link and feel free to network with us there on Myspace as well.

Monday is cleaning day for me - a day when I try to balance housework with office work & caring for the 2 dogs :) Dave bought the dogs a couple of yummy bones for them to gnaw on and we expected the bones to last a week... but just like last time, the dogs had the boned gnawed down to little nubs by the end of the day! Too bad, I was hoping the bones would entertain them while I scrubbed down the house.

When I am doing chores like housecleaning I try to utilize the time well by listening to my own radio show broadcasts to learn how to better the show or to glean quotes from the interviews or to learn from the topics covered that day. I also enjoy listening to a myriad of online talk shows on a variety of stations that offer topics that can help me in life or in the office. In doing so, the chores become so much less mundane and bothersome - I learn more and get things done at the same time! Ah - the beauty of online radio!

Many of our radio show listeners have written us to say they like to download the shows to their listening device of choice and listen to them when commuting to work or doing their exercises - which I think is really cool. So... this is what you'll find me doing today - working and listening :)


I wish all of you a wonderful start to the week... Don't forget to enter our prize draw (we already have 3 entries!) - scroll down for entry information.


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


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Busy Day! Check out all that is going on this Sunday::



-- Quote of the Day --

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."

~ M A Radmacher



-- Prize Draw Announcements --


Last week's prize draw winners are Lizanne, Robin and Dennis!!
Congratulations to you all!


This week's prize draw (
Nov 9 - 15th) is for the following:

Michael Hanson - Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse (www.shadaa.com)

& ...Tom Riddell's nonfiction book: Pieces of My Path (www.tomriddell.com)

& Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Nov 15th - noon (pacific).


-- Announcement --

Steaven Snow's Books website recommends the Brummet's work on the Emerging Authors Page: http://www.linavenpublications.com/id72.html -- View the covers of our 3 books, read about the topics we cover and follow the links from there. Also, you can discover other authors' published works, and submit your own published work for Steaven to consider for his site.

-- Conscious Discussions --

Join me, Lillian Brummet, while I host the Positive Eco-News segment of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.
Positive eco-news segments air every two-weeks (on average) and offer inspiring information about the world of "green"! Today's segment focuses on organic waste, land management, I'll be offering numerous resources, discussing "styrofoam", recycling rates in the US, and much more! Join me in the live chat room if you can - the show airs live at 10 AM (pacific) today. Alternatively, you can access the archived show at your convenience.


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


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Recycling & Green Events


-- Quote of the Day --


I’m 64.5 years old and I meet a lot of people who say, ‘I can’t change, I’ve always done this…’ and I think of myself as a perfect example and say, ‘Of course you can change! As long as you are alive, you can make choices and decisions based on what you think is right.’ … I get to be out there and show people that you can be 60, 70, 80, or 90 and still change and grow. …The first step for greening any event is the the 3- R’s, which sounds so basic. …Think about how you can reduce – maybe the party can be done with less food, less packaging. …And Reuse, How can we do this and make it fun? Perhaps everyone can bring their own plate for food. …and of course for recycling make sure that you have the recycling bins and compost bucket ready for use. …If you took one item with reduce, one with reuse, one with recycle – you would be so much farther down the road (of greening your world)

~ Lynn Colwell Oct 15, 2009

I chose this quote today to go along with the events going on this week (see below). Lynn Colwell appeared on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show on Oct 15th along with her daughter to discuss how individuals can green any event - be it a birthday party, an office meeting or an all-out-bash. Check out the Greening Holidays & Events interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title or looking to the right side of this blog where we have links to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio


-- Conscious Living Events --

GARBAGE TO GOLD: A public talk on Zero Waste Management and environmental conservation

TOPIC: How to recycle 100% of rural & urban garbage sustainably while generating employment & revenue?
WHEN: Saturday 11/07/09 at 2PM
WHERE: La Jolla Public Library,7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA

--
Mayor Jerry Sander's staff is conducting a series of free information sessions to present San Diego's (CA, USA) Clean Generation Program, which provides financing for renewable energy installations and energy-efficiency retrofits. All meetings are scheduled for 6-7 PM (pacific) and are held at different locations throughout the city.

Nov 9
Kearny High School Auditorium
7651 Wellington Way

Nov 10
Serra High School Auditorium
5156 Santo Road

Nov 12
War Memorial Building
3325 Zoo Drive

Nov 16
Scripps Miramar Ranch Branch
10301 Scripps Lake Drive

Nov 18
Valencia Park Performing Arts Center
5148 Market St.

Nov 19
Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Drive



-- A Notice from the America Recycle Day Org. --

America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Through America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) support local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteer America Recycles Day coordinators are positioned throughout the country and work to organize recycling awareness events in their schools and communities, and in conjunction with their local municipalities.

On November 15 each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment.

If you are hosting an event and you want to advertise it or if you need posters and/or logos we have that all available online at www.recycleday.org


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