Saturday, July 31, 2010

Radio News...

-- Quote of the Day --


I am appalled at the amount of waste in these department stores I’ve seen what they throw out. I understand they cannot re-sell it for many reasons, but they should be donating it to someone who can use it – like Clothes2U.ca – For instance, they might have an open package of something like diapers, or underwear …or one of the items is missing from a package and into the garbage it goes. It just shouldn’t be. …[When stores donate their items to non-profit organizations] it helps them get rid of un-sellable merchandise, cuts down on their waste, gives them a green alternative to landfill [contributions] and provides them with an opportunity to help the less fortunate.”
~ Ernie Janzen (April 15, 2010)

Today's quote comes from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interview that aired back on April 15th with the founder of the Clothes2U Organization. Check out the archived interview at your convenience by clicking on the hyper-links above, or visit the show homepage and scroll through the archives listed for April 2010. 


-- Authors Read Radio --


1) At 9 AM (pacific) - author Gerry Renert reads an excerpt from his children's book: Nathan Loves Summer

2) At 9:30 AM (pacific) - Host Lillian Brummet says farewell to Authors Read

Authors Read Radio will be closing its doors as of July 31. We will no longer be accepting applications on the program - See our site for more info: www.brummet.ca


However, all of the archived episodes of Authors Read Radio will remain online indefinitely for those who would like to sample those previously aired shows.


It is with some sadness that we let this radio program go, as it was such a wonderful experience supporting other authors in this way. Our other endeavors including the newsletter, blogs, media ad exchanges, and Conscious Discussions Radio show, etc, - will all continue as usual.  As such, we continue to welcome networking, ad exchanges and so on.
 
Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.ca
* Support the Brummet's work by telling your friends, or purchasing a book - each book sold raises funds for charity as well!  
 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Advertising, Authors Read Radio


-- Authors Read --
Authors Read Radio, today live at 9 AM, we have as our guest: Weston Locher, author of a humor book titled: Musings on Minutiae, which contains 50 hilarious essays and anecdotes about life with frenetic felines, crazy childhood memories, tales about life in an urban apartment complex, and everything in between! He’ll be sharing 2 essays with us today on Authors Read - remember, if you can't make the live show today there will be an archive made available for you to access at your convenience. (To access the show: click on hyperlinks above, or look to the sidebars on this blog)


-- Business; Advertising --


I read some interesting stats on advertising that I wanted to share with our audience today:

According to BIGresearch Simultaneous Media Usage Study, magazines continue to rank the highest for influencing consumers to go online and search out more information. Over the last 5 years print and online magazine subscriptions and readerships have continued to increase and seem to attract people between the ages of 18 and 34. In fact, 4 out of 5 adults spend an average of 43 minutes reading issues of magazines - this might be due to high availability in waiting rooms, cafes and of course business or individual subscriptions. According to a study done by McPheters & Company, the magazine sector delivers more ads than the internet or television, and despite the growing trend for online activity magazines have actually attracted more than 1 million young adult readers. Simons Multi-Media Engagement Study reiterates the findings of both Dynamic Logic and McPheters & Co. saying that magazines are considered to be a trustworthy and inspirational media with a readership that reacts to ads positively.

A
n article by Jack Marshall that I read online somewhere,(sorry I can't remember where) titled US Users Don’t Mind Ads; but Don’t Click on Them Either had some interesting things to say about advertising online: 
...According to the author, he found that 81% of us don’t mind ads when doing online activities, but 77% of us ignore them. Interestingly between 35-42% of us say we rarely, if ever, click on the online ads. However, he also found that 49% of us are more likely to visit a site if we’ve previously seen an ad for that site or company. 

So what this means to me is that while advertising may not bring direct sales - it will increase awareness about the company, has great potential for increasing Internet searches and website traffic, and also has the potential of reaching a viral audience via word-of-mouth activities online.

What are your thoughts on this?? Leave a comment & let us know...

 

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Living with Purpose

-- Quote of the Day --

"This is our purpose: 
To Make as meaningful as possible
This life that has been bestowed upon us;
To live in such a way
That we may be proud of ourselves;
To act in such a way that 
Some part of us lives on."

~ Oswald Spengler

 -- Positive Eco-News --

*Source: japanfs.org
 Mitsubishi Estate Co., a major real-estate company, opened a model condominium for Park House Komagomesomei, and introduced a combined system for collective access to high-voltage electricity and solar power generation on February 20, 2010. The solar power generation system is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30,000 tons per year.
Under the system of collective access to high-voltage electricity, the condominium association collectively receives high-voltage electricity from power companies, and then transforms it to low voltage electricity for distribution to individual households. In addition to saving residents money on electric bills, the system contributes to reductions in construction costs.

The condominium was the first project for Mitsubishi Estate's proposal to promote a combined system of collective access to high-voltage electricity and solar power generation for condominiums, which was approved as a new environmental business model to reduce greenhouse gases by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The combined system can reduce the electric bills for common spaces by using generated solar power to offset the initial costs of the solar power generation unit. The company plans to advance the development of condominiums that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions from the residential sector.

 -- Radio Shows --

I was part of a panel of speakers this morning at 7 AM on the TejaVuTeresa Radio Program - we discussed "what perseverance means" to each of us. Check out the discussion at: www.blogtalkradio.com/tejavu_teresa

Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.ca
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interviews & Aluminum Recycling


-- Brummets In the Media --


Starting with Women's Recreation Radio show at noon (pacific) I'll be joining host Tami Principe for a 1/2 hour discussion to complete the 2-part interview. The first segment aired back on July 15th. This radio show offers a chat room for the live listeners to drop into and visit with each other or share thoughts and comments on the discussion. As an added bonus the episodes are all archived, so if you cannot make the live show the archive will be there for you to access at your convenience. Visit: www.blogtalkradio.com/womensrecreation




 -- Positive Eco-News --

One of my favorite magazines in the waste management scene is the Recycling Product News Magazine - I've found 2 website addresses for them: www.recyclingproductnews.ca  & http://rpn.baumpub.com. Their editor Keith Barker has been part of our networking circle for years now, and I've always seen his editorial comments as a highlight to the reading experience. Keith has allowed us the privilage over the years to share eco-events and some of the fantastic information in his magazine here on this blog, and also on our Conscious Discussions Radio show. Today, I'd like to share some information on the aluminum recycling industry:

*Source: Recycling Product News Magazine

Aluminum Association - "The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today’s market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide".  www.aluminum.org/lca

This association did an extensive study which confirm major reductions in the aluminum can’s carbon footprint and energy use Major findings of the study include:
·  A reduction in overall carbon footprint of the aluminum can by 44 percent
·  30 percent less energy usage
·  A reduction in package weight of 15%
·  68 percent total recycled content, the highest of any beverage package material 

Basically what these numbers mean is that the recycling industry has become much more efficient. In fact, an recycled can has the potential of being re-processed, refilled and back on the grocery shelf within 2 months. We also know that the aluminum recycling system reduces the amount of energy and greenhouse gas emissions by 95% (compared to obtaining virgin ore, and refining a new product).  Here's another interesting stat that I learned from the Recycling News magazine: just 1 pound of aluminum produces 34 new cans.


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.ca
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moving to the Positive



-- Quote of the Day --

"Any fool can make things bigger,
More complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius,
And a lot of courage
To move in the opposite direction."

~ Albert Einstein


Moving to the positive, that is where I am aiming to go today. I have found that when I really pay attention, and watch what is going on, it is amazing how many negative thoughts come into the mind. It is so easy to fall into the trap of negativity, and it takes more effort to be positive sometimes - yet life is so much more enjoyable. I find myself regularly refocusing my thoughts and restarting my "computer" so that I can stay with this positive program. My energy reserve often runs low, and refilling with nature or playing with the dogs, or in the dirt (gardening)... or both - helps me fill that tank back up. Sometimes, when a new obstacle arises I find I am tired just by the thought of taking on something else. And yet when I am in a positive frame of mind, the idea of another challenge is exciting to me because I get to learn something new. So today, I am in the "restarting my computer" mode - getting back to that refreshing, positive program.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --
Today on the Conscious Discussions radio show we will have a very important discussion that can help children deal with bullies and special needs by increasing self-esteem. We will also learn about using animals as therapists – Author Claudia Broome uses her handicapped dog (Rugby) to help in many of the events she participates in. Her work is all about overcoming adversity, acceptance and tolerance... Click on the show title  - Put an End to Bullying - or look to the sidebars on this blog to access the live, or archived broadcast.   


-- Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month --

 
As promised, this blog will be celebrating Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month (July) by sharing poetry from published writers. Submission guidelines can be found on the July 3rd posting on this blog. (scroll down to find previous posts). Today is the final installment for July's poetry celebrations on our blog - I've had a wonderful time featuring numerous poets and sharing my own poetry as well.  

Our featured guest is: Mary Muhammad, who describes herself as "a mother, sister, aunt and friend". She is the book review manager for Poetic Monthly Magazine and published her first book, Echoes of an Era, in 2007. Her first young adult novel was nominated for the 2009 Cybils Award and her latest book, Journeys of a Soul, is now available as well. Check out Mary's blog at: http://mhammads.blogspot.com and her site at: www.marsbookplace.com

Love Understanding
 
 
Although she embarks

On this village of no love

And joins with him

From the life of old
 
She’s still in awe of

The words spoken

From his fingers
 
Sounding sirens

As if stroking the

Paths of her life

Once was and now
 
Visions of love nearly

Crushed

From days gone by
 
Still a seedling of hope

Lingers in a distance
 
Her heart trembles

From thoughts

Of its rebirth
 
Yet needing to flourish

Under sun rays

And showers of

Rains joy
 
She’s left in doubt
 
 So many obstacles

 Pulling her

 From trusted love
 
 Yet yearning the hand

 Of love

 Understanding

 

Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.ca
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Making Choices; Patterns in Life

  
-- Quote of the Day --

"Patterning your life
Around others' opinions
Is nothing more than slavery."

~ Lawana Blackwell


-- Brummets in the Media --


Author J.A. Laughlin has a generous list of other books that he is recommending to his audience - as well, he has a section for fellow PA authors. I sent him some information and a few images and he put them up within hours. It was really cool of him to do. Check it out, and if you like, send a request his way to see if he'd like to give you all a promotional link on his site as well. I noticed that he also has a small forum there, that you may want to check out too.

http://www.cage-den.com -- click the "booklink" tab 



-- Authors Read Radio --


Today's Authors Read Radio episode features Viki Kind:  author of - The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making - Making Choices for Those Who Can't, helps families and health care professionals making the difficult decisions for those who are losing or have lost capacity. The author, Viki Kind – will be sharing an excerpt from this book with us today.
 



-- Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month --

 
As promised, this blog will be celebrating Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month (July) by sharing poetry from published writers. Submission guidelines can be found on the July 3rd posting on this blog. (scroll down to find previous posts). * We have 1 more guest poets lined up before the end of July rolls around. Today I'll be sharing an excerpt from my book: Towards Understanding.  


LOVE of a MANY FACE



Love of a many face,

I shy from your disgrace.

Love of a many hill,

I won’t let go of my will.

Tumbling, falling

Just tired of stalling.

Can’t let it fade away,

Yet won’t allow myself to beg.

My heart means so much more.

Yes, I step harder...than before.

Why jump blinded, headfirst,

Into the never ending thirst.

Slowly, I watch and sigh.

Silently, I smother my cries.

Trying to hold onto what, I don’t know.

But never - no never, let it show.

My eyes see danger up ahead.

Threatening to leave my heart stone dead.

Tonight, I caress my greatest fear.

To love you always, and hold you near.



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

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Living Consciously








-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show --

The topic of the day is Living Consciously - Living consciously means not just being willing to absorb new information, being tolerant or accepting of others, and putting some items in the recycling bin. ...While that is a great start, there is so much an individual can do in life. The guest of the day is Mikaya Heart, author of numerous books and counselor for people looking for themselves.  Our discussions revolved around dealing with childhood abuse, the power of writing and living consciously. Click on the title above or look to the sidebars on this blog to access recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes. 

-- Chatter -- 

I wanted to send out a quick explanation for my absence on the blog for the last couple of days... I've had a heavy schedule, including a presentation in Kelowna at Chapters Bookstore in the Orchard Park mall this Saturday. If you ever come to this blog, which is maintained daily (usually), and find I've missed a day or two - it is only because my schedule got too heavy. ...I encourage all our readers to browse the numerous links on the sidebars here and also the previous posts on this blog as time allows. There is a lot of information here for you to enjoy :)

-- Lillian's Referral Corner --

www.westernsustainabilityexchange.org – advancing “sustainable choices that enhance economic opportunities which preserve open space, wildlife habitat, farm and ranch lands and quality of life for future generations”



Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.com
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Water, Compost...


-- Quote of the Day --


"Sometimes I go about pitying myself;
And all the while I am being carried
On great winds across the sky."

~ Chipppewa Saying


 -- Brummets In the Media --

Join us on the 24'th in Kelowna BC (Canada) at the Chapters Bookstore in Orchard Park Mall where Dave and I will be appearing for a couple  hours -  starting at 10 AM pacific - to talk about the 4 R-s of waste management and the importance of keeping compost out of the landfill. 


-- Water Awareness --

Water use awareness is likely to be a hot topic this time of year. Reservoirs may be getting low, cities are issuing warnings to people abusing the times they are allowed to water... people are flocking to the lakes and enjoying the growing beaches, as the water recedes. 

We now understand water reuse like never before, and there are some very interesting programs in place. Check out this one:

The University of Connecticut sets a precedence in the US with their waste water reuse programs, which go as far as using effluent from the treatment plant. The collected "waste" water undergoes a series of microfiltration and a reverse osmosis programs before it is reused for non-potable purposes such as feed-water for the Central Utilities Plant, (which uses modern boiler and cooling tower technology).  Use of ultraviolet and chlorine sterilizing methods are employed for the holding tanks as required, depending on the results of the constant testing for quality. 

Isn't that cool?!



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

* * Support the Brummet's work by telling your friends, or purchasing a book - each book sold raises funds for charity as well!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Poetry & Interview news

 -- Quote of the Day --

"The applause dies. Awards tarnish.
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried
with their owners.
The people who make a difference
In your life are not the ones
With the most credentials,
The most money,
Or the most awards...
They are the ones who cared."

~Charles Schulz


-- Brummets in the Media --

July 22nd Interview with Leslie Kohler on the Diva's Tool Box Radio: Writers Inspiration - " a place where creative people can gather and listen to writers of fiction on how, and where they find their inspiration."  Today Leslie and I will be focusing the discussion on my poetry book: Towards Understanding and also on how writers can use blogs in their marketing plan. Please join us tomorrow morning at 11 AM - Pacific - or access the archived show at your convenience via: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/leslie-kohler


-- Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month --

 
As promised, this blog will be celebrating Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month (July) by sharing poetry from published writers. Submission guidelines can be found on the July 3rd posting on this blog. (scroll down to find previous posts). * We have 1 more guest poets lined up before the end of July rolls around. Today we'll be featuring a poem written by Anca Vlasopolos:

Award-winning author Anca Vlasopolos has released a number of books already in her career: a novel, a memoir, and 3 poetry collections.  She is also the associate editor of Corridors Magazine. She was born in 1948 in Bucharest, Rumania. Her father, a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Rumania, died when Anca was eight. After a sojourn in Paris and Brussels, at fourteen she immigrated to the United States with her mother, a prominent Rumanian intellectual and a survivor of Auschwitz. Anca is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is married to Anthony Ambrogio, a writer and editor; they have two daughters.

*She didn't tell me which book this particular poem was excerpted from, however you can find out more about her work at: www.vlasopolos.com


Calls to Passage

* Authors Note: In American Midwestern suburbs, some people decorate their porches with cement geese that they costume according to holidays.

This evening, late September, light halves the visible.
The vault still rosy and blue and gray, though pierced
through by a quivering point of star, the sidewalk
so dark that streetlights wind leaves already act out
their shadow play.
And this small mass on lawn?  A fallen migrant, a rodent
frozen at footsteps?  or, sigh relief, just a crumpled
leaf.  Of a sudden honks tumble from on high, honk
honk, as if breaking entrance to that other sky, of light,
of place where suns set so much later.  The V passes in a blink,
itself only a denser gray of wavering air, vanishes long
before the shattering calls.  In the silence of their wake do you not hear
first the rustle of the unsnapping, the shedding,
the letting go, then don't you see it, the stupid concrete
mold made to bear our caprices as uniforms--witch's hat,
Easter basket and flowery dress, et cetera--to fit our seasons?
Look, can you see in our obscure below,
how it stretches stone wings, unwinds long neck, from a puddle
of premature orange and black clothes,
takes off




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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Animal Rescue & Poetry


-- Quote of the Day --

"Fear less, hope more;
Eat less, chew more;
Whine less, breath more;
Talk less, say more; 
Love more;
And all good things will be yours."

~ Swedish Proverb



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today Live at 10 AM (pacific):
Healthy life, fresh water and good food, along with shelter from the elements and the freedom to explore a piece of ground… This is the life a domestic cat should have – but doesn’t always. Drop by your local animal rescue center to see lines of cat cages, cats who have been in homes but were abused or neglected, or the owners just were not able to care for them anymore. And worse – there are animals on the streets, being punished by the elements, poor nutrition, and reproduction. Today we have a very special guest lined up for you… Rosie Sorenson is passionate about helping homeless cats and has written an award-winning book about her fifteen years of caring for a colony. 

Join us live at 10 AM (pacific) this morning for the Kitty Rescue & Colony Aide interview on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show (click on these links to find the show), and if you can - open up the chat room to see what's happening there. This show will also be archived, and made available for anyone to listen to at their convenience.  



-- Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month --

 
As promised, this blog will be celebrating Buy Poetry For Your Significant Other Month (July) by sharing poetry from published writers. Submission guidelines can be found on the July 3rd posting on this blog. (scroll down to find previous posts). * We have 2 more guest poets lined up before the end of July rolls around.
Today I'll be sharing a poem with you from my book: Towards Understanding, revised edition, is a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons and finally growing towards understanding of her value and purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding

CHERISHED MOMENTS


The friend you could count on.


The neighbour who was kind enough to care.


The stranger reaching out with his palm.


The giving beggar who was blind.


The warm car that gave a ride.


The one who was there just when you need.


The child’s simple, thoughtful deed.


The sun shining on a rainy day.


The peaceful harmony a song once brought.


The hidden lessons in every moment of every day…


Moments conveniently there when they are sought.


* I was reading a lot of self-help books during the period of the writing of this poem, and it was at this time that I learned to look at the positive, enjoyable aspects of life – something quite new to me at the time. It is a brief record of moments that are frozen in time for me, moments that had profound impacts on my life.

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

* * Support the Brummet's work by telling your friends, or purchasing a book - each book sold raises funds for charity as well!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Promotion, Consumerism, Advertising

 
-- Quote of the Day --

"Too many people spend money
They haven't earned,
To buy things they don't want,
To impress people they don't like."

~Will Rogers


-- Authors Read Radio --

Drop by the Authors Read radio show today to hear me read a random sample from: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd, is a reference guide for self-marketing authors who want to be noticed in a snowstorm of writers. With 19 chapters and 25 appendices, this book is a means for authors to design an effective marketing plan and utilize frugal promotional tools with the click of their mouse. Whether it is utilized by order of chapters or randomly at the reader's discretion the book is a marketing plan in itself. Accelerate your marketing efforts far beyond your peers with the more than 900 resources available with the click of your mouse! Purple Snowflake Marketing provides reassurance to authors along with ample advice for avoiding pit-falls and setting a pace for marketing endeavors. Details at: www.brummet.ca/purple.html **Click the links above to access today's episode.

-- Newspaper Advertising Stats -- 

* Source: www.naa.org

- 80% of newspaper readers report looking at advertising when reading the paper.

- 41% say newspapers are the medium used to check out ads, more than electronic media (TV, Radio, Internet)

- 77% of the readers in this survey (covering a 30 day period) took action after reading an ad: 59% of these clipped a coupon; 52% bought the item advertised; 45% of them visited a store.

- 60% of newspaper readers followed up on the online site after reading an ad: 44% went to the website, 28% did online research.



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