Sunday, October 31, 2010

Youth & the Arts, Making a Difference


-- Quote of the Day --

"They always say that time changes things,
But you actually have to change them yourself."

~ Andy Warhol


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show I'll be hosting another Positive Eco-news segment - which airs once every two weeks or so... The topic of the day will be Youth & the Arts - including Writing. Join me live at 10-11 AM (pacific) & drop into the live chat room as well, or access the archived episode at your convenience if you can't make the live broadcast.
 
-- Chatter --

Apologies for the short post on this blog today - I'm in a rush to get things ready for the radio show this morning and have a full day ahead of me. Can you believe it is Halloween day already? How this summer flew right by! Well, most of the fall garden and yard work has been done except the pruning of the raspberries. So we will soon be able to put more time into the office, which desperately needs our attention! We have so many projects on the go that I'm dying to announce, but we have to finish them first. :) 

Let me sign off today with a note of appreciation to our blog readers - thanks so much for dropping in and visiting us. Feel free to scroll through the archived posts via the hyperlinks on the blog's sidebar.

Dave & I wish you all a safe and healthy Halloween day...


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Writing & Book Promotion



 -- Quote of the Day --

"Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving,
    and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of
        stones, demands great patience and strength
            

of purpose and particular skill."
      ~ Edmund Morrison

-- Brummets in the Media --

I am excited to be invited to appear as a featured guest on the Rhymes, Views and News Talk Radio show today at 5 PM (Eastern) / 2 PM (Pacific) - where I will be speaking with the host,  DuEwa Frazier, about book marketing. DuEwa, herself, is an impressive marketer - I've personally witnessed her efforts in promoting this particular interview and her professionalism as a host behind the scenes shines through as well. I look forward to this discussion with her today.  Click on the hyper-linked show title (above) - or access the interview through the link below: 




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Friday, October 29, 2010

Secret to Long Relationships

 -- Quote of the Day --

" A person who wears armor
Is his armor's slave. "

~ Anonymous



 
-- What's the secret to a long lasting relationship? --



Dave and I have been together for just over 20 years and are still going strong, despite many life obstacles from physical injuries to work-related or financially-related stress and traumatic grief. 

Many people are impressed by the number of years we've been together, but more are impressed by the fact that Dave and I also work together. All this time we've shared one office, one vehicle and up until this last year - we shared one computer. Being writers and working different schedules, this often felt like we were performing a juggling act. 

There are several secrets that I learned from my mother's mishaps in relationships. She used to remind us to "Start how you mean to continue." - this was meant to include most areas of our lives from money and balancing chores to relationships. 

Dave and I did not conform to the pressures of "When are you going to get married?" ..."When are you going to start a family?"  and on and on... Instead we took our time. You see, I was really naturally wary since my mother had 3 failed marriages before she found the love of her life. For instance, I didn't meet his family until about 7 months after we were dating seriously. We moved in together and lived that way for 7 years before considering marriage... Did we take things slow - you bet! I feel you don't really know a person until you've lived with them for at least one year. That is when they've stopped trying to impress and their true selves come out. 

If you love someone, you are willing to do the little things that make them happy, just because it makes them happy. For instance if he knows that you can't stand it when he leaves the water jug on the counter instead of putting it back in the fridge - and he does it anyway, then he's saying quite a lot just with the little action. Whereas if he mentions that he prefers the toilet paper roll to unwind forward, instead of backwards, and so you place the new rolls on just so since that pleases him. When we love someone, acts like these are not a sign of subservience, it is showing love with little everyday actions. 

If we are already whole persons, we will not look for another to magically fulfill a need for us. Therefore that person that we love can now be themselves, live for themselves and love freely - rather than feeling weighed down. Look to fulfill your own needs so that you will be a pleasure to be around. People are individuals, they cannot be who you think they could be - they must develop themselves in their own way, in their own time. Their journey is not our responsibility. Ours is the pleasure of joining and sharing with them, not making them into something they are not. 

Now there is no way I can sit back and tell you that Dave and I have never, ever had a row of any kind. We have, but they have never escalated to yelling or name calling. Twice, and only twice in 20.5 years together, we've come  close to feeling too exasperated to carry on and each time our dispute was repaired within 48 hours - or less. So what I've learned is this - Expect that there will be times when you will agree to disagree. We can learn that it is okay to disagree, when our emotions or energy levels do not jive. We don't have to see things the same way, but we do need to respect one another. Getting angry at someone because they doesn't see something the way you do is pointless. 

If we think about the issue that is really upsetting us, and look at it in perspective. It might be helpful to ask yourself a few questions in the heat of your anger: Is that one thing really worth the stress and anger you are putting into it? If your partner died today, would you regret fighting with him about it? Does it really matter to you that much? Or are we taking our own stresses out on someone else? If it really matters to us and we feel slighted by the action, than it must be discussed and resolved in some way - discussion is important.

Also we need to expect the other person to have faults. Yes, we all have them - even me. (ha, ha) - So we need to understand that each person will have moments of being unpleasant, tired, striking out verbally in anger or being unreasonable about an issue. People are emotional creatures and once we've calmed down, that is the time to talk about how it affects us - not when emotions are high. Rather, walk into another room or go out for a while if you must. Say nothing and stew for a while... It is better to wait and refocus before starting out on communication, speaking when we are ready to share our thoughts without striking out. I am sure that when you look back on your own experiences, you'll agree that things escalate wildly when we say things we will regret and can never take back. 

Dave and I have tried to maintain a mutual respect and support for one-another and when working together we try to think of how to make the job easier for the other. By doing so, chores and obligations are  handled much more smoothly. But we also make sure to take time out of the office and other work to spend time in nature at least once, if not a few times, per week. 

We have learned to celebrate our differences and work with them - I desire a clean house and he loves to cook,; I love to garden and he has the skills to build whatever we need; I have talents in research and transcribing and marketing, whereas he has talents in audio, graphics, web maintenance and editing. 

So I guess the key to a long relationship is this:
Look for how you can compliment each other, rather than for things that make you different - and your relationship will bloom. 


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Donations via Organization

-- Quote of the Day --


Getting rid of clutter really isn’t about trying to achieve some sort of magazine-cover perfection, but about freeing up time for priorities. …It is functional living – not perfect living. …Getting rid of clutter is a process… and it can sometimes be hard for people to cut down their clutter… we get emotionally attached to our stuff. …Creating a sustainable community is win-win for everybody involved; when we reduce our excess, we help other people. As well, less needs to be produced and there is less waste. We gain by having greater peace of mind and getting rid of clutter opens our lives up to new hobbies, new relationships.”  

~  Barbara Tako ~


Today's quote came from the Living Clutter-free interview on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show that aired back on Aug 31 this year - You can access the full interview via the hyper-linked show title above.
 

 -- Chatter --

Today finds me inundated with a heavy list of to-do's an appointments so the post here today will be short and sweet. Dave and I put a solid roof on our greenhouse frame this weekend and cleaned up some of the fall debris around the yard - leaves, pulling the scarlet runner beans down, etc. Dave rented some movies for us for the last couple of nights and it was a lovely treat. We've finally seen Avatar - which was pretty cool - and the Clash of the Titans, gotta love Greek mythology! ...It is very wet and cloudy the last few days have been the same - which kind of wears me out. I often feel a bit low, with less energy when the weather is like this... How about you?

I neglected to take any time off this month (I'm supposed to take at least 3 days off a month) so tomorrow and Saturday will have to do. I have one interview booked for Saturday, so I'll be able to steal a little time between now and then for me, ah ... Won't that be lovely? :) ...a cup of strong coffee and a book to read - what more could a girl ask for a day off? ...But that is tomorrow. Today, I have a long, long list of obligations - lol - and I'd best get started. ...Have a great day everyone!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Clean Energy & Homelessness

-- Quote of the Day --

" Hard times build determination and inner strength.
Through them we can also come to appreciate
The uselessness of anger. "

~ Dali Lama


 -- Lillian's Referral Corner --

This section of our blog is useful for me to share resources for our readers to check out - Places that are striving to make a huge impact on the international movement toward conscious, sustainable living. Today, I would like to highlight homelessness and clean energy.

Focus the Nation is a national non-profit headquartered in Portland, Oregon that works toward building a clean energy economy within the USA region. Info @: www.focusthenation.org 

Stop Homelessness has an ambitious goal of eliminating homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region (BC, Canada) through inspiring leadership and coordinated action plans.  Check them out @: http://stophomelessness.ca
 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Holistic Business


-- Quote of the Day --

"One can learn a great deal
About a person
By what they say about others."

~ Anonymous



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --


This morning @ 10-11 AM (pacific) I will be interviewing Jeff Gitterman, our very special featured guest of the day - on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Jeff is an award-winning financial adviser and partner of Beyond Success - a consulting firm for holistic business and wealth management.  Drop in to the live show, where we'll have a live chat room open for you as well, and learn about Holistic Business and Wealth Strategies

As with all our episodes, this interview will be archived for those who cannot make the live broadcast. Check it out via the hyper-linked show title above, or look to the sidebars on this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episodes.



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Monday, October 25, 2010

Interviews today!!


-- Quote of the Day --



RE:  Saving Race Horses

 “We give them a transition between that athletic lifestyle and learn how to be a horse again – preparing them for the next phase. … I found it very surprising that there was a need for something like what we provide. And once I realized that I think I was just humbled that I could make a difference… For me, these horses are just so inspiring – I feel like they have brought out the best in me. I feel that they give me so much more than I can give them.”

~  Lynn Reardon ~ Aug 24 2010




 Today's quote originates from the Saving Racehorses interview that aired back on Aug 24th this year on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Check out the hyper-linked show title to access this interview or look to the sidebars on this blog for more recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.




-- Brummets in the Media -- 


I am so excited to be speaking with Robert Rose, host of the The Complete Teacher talk radio show on Monday, Oct 25th @ 9 AM (pacific). I am hoping that my co-writing husband will join us as well Smile

Please join us live, or access the archived recording of the interview... comments are welcome!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icdrrose

9 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific

topics will include:
- the business of Writing
- Saving Money by Reuse
- Poetry
- Developing Media Skills
- Managing Blogs, a Newsletters & a Radio show

---

How cool is this??

I've been notified that our work will be featured on Oct 25 via the Walker Muse Blog:
http://walkermuse.blogspot.com

Manager Brandi Drury has kindly offered us a featured spot there on her blog, in "acknowledgment" of people she knows and respects. Brandi tells me this will be an interactive experience and as such readers can post comments and interact with the host and myself.

Please check it out on Monday, Oct 25 :
http://walkermuse.blogspot.com




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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Youth - Making a Difference

 -- Quote of the Day --

"Assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment 
Is exactly the right situation you need 
To ultimately be successful. 
This situation has been sent 
To help you become better, 
To help you expand and grow."


 ~ Brian Tracy



-- Conscious Living Events --

Did you know that today is both United Nations Day and Make a Difference Day? Here's something that may help you celebrate both:

 It's getting Hot in Here - is a youth movement on global health. According to the site it was "originally created by youth leaders to allow youth to report from the International Climate Negotiations in Montreal in 2005, It’s Getting Hot in Here has since grown into a global online community with over 300 writers from countries around the world." Click on the hyper-linked title above or go to: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org



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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Proactive, Positive Living



-- Quote of the Day --

Before we get to the edge of the waterfall we need to stop and think about how we need to live… We have all these debates about whether there is global warming and so we don’t pass legislation. ...Russia had a huge heat wave and lost most of their grain harvest, and so they are exporting zero now. And then you get a country like Egypt who is their biggest customer, and they give bread to their poor – last year they couldn’t give out bread so they had rioting. …One might say 'well that might happen there, but not where [countries] are more developed.' But remember the truck strike in London when in just 4 days the grocery stores ran out of food – that strike got settled pretty quickly.  …Then comes the day you go to the market and there is no fish - well we can’t wait for that day.”   

~ Stuart Rose ~ Aug 17 2010


Today's quote comes from an interview with Stuart Rose who dropped in to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show to talk about the concept of Net Zero Construction. During this interview Stuart stressed the importance of acting now, before it is too late - to protect the planet in every way we can and to change our current behavior to reflect a sustainable lifestyle. Check out the archived episode via the hyper-linked title here - you can also find more recently aired episodes via the side-bars on this blog. 


-- Positive Eco-News --
 
Here is an interesting excerpt from a recent press release via: Friends of the Earth's Europe branch resources campaigner, Dr Michael Warhurst: 

Our research shows that a 70% recycling target would create more than half a million new jobs by 2020, a significant contribution towards the 3 million green jobs that President Barroso has called for by 2020. …Europe must stop throwing valuable resources - and the potential jobs that come with them - in holes in the ground or sending them up in smoke in expensive incinerators.”


 Thus stresses the importance of how recycling has a direct effect on our local economy through job creation alone. If we could educate more people about this then they might just see that returnable bottle or recyclable can as something valuable and make that extra little step. 

It can be frustrating when working at a place that doesn't have one recyclable or returnable box for their staff - or if they do it is located in a very inconvenient spot. Often businesses will fail to mark on those collection boxes exactly what is accepted. For instance, instead of marking a box "recyclables", one could put in brackets "cardboard and paper only" - for instance. This makes the process easier because the staff then do not have to sort the box's contents. Some businesses use the "returnable cans & bottles" box for raising funds for staff events. Others use the small income from the returnables as a donation to local charities. 

A lot of the resistance to recycling can be avoided with numerous tidy collection sites around the home, office, carport and other areas where human traffic might flow. Have the staff, or family members, vote on which charity this month's returnable collections will support. Keep a record of how much "waste" was collected and celebrate this with occasional announcements, i.e.: "Did you realize that this year alone, just from returnables, we were able to donate a total of $150 to three different charities - helping families on the run, people in poverty, and abused animals?"

You see, the concept of Zero Waste begins with redesigning our waste collection system to encourage participation in current recycling and returnable programs. Once this is established collection areas for take-back programs and e-waste should be put in place. The third step would be looking at every item that is purchased and considering what alternatives can be found that suit your budget. Look for companies that strive to better the planet in some way, seek out suppliers that have in-house recycling programs and take-back programs, and finally - consider how their products are made. It really is as simple as choosing a manufactured product that produces less waste and is recyclable upon end-of-life.

 

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Resources, Laughter & Inspiring Eco-news


 -- Quote of the Day -- 


"Any day is beautiful,
When it has been touched
By laughter."

~ Author Unknown

I started out pretty awful this morning... not feeling 100% and waking up feeling more tired than when I went to bed, I started the early morning chores - making lunches, doing dishes, taking care of the dogs, and early office work. During these early morning chores it seemed everything I touched hit the ground, at least once. I must have given myself a half-dozen bonks from not watching where I was going or hitting my hand on a partially opened kitchen drawer... *sigh* - But as today's quote states, I found some laughter and it washed all the misery away. My best-loved fur-kids (the dogs) are a sure fire way to inspire a smile and a laugh or two... Especially Skyla - who is such a goof! ...thank goodness for the loving animals in our lives. :)


-- Lillian's Referral Corner --


Here are some recommended resources for you to check out when you have some time:


The Mark Costello Co. manufactures medical waste autoclaves and complete medical waste disposal systems, selling them worldwide. Check out their solar powered units!

The 1Sky Organization has a large membership of a wide variety of individuals campaigning for clean energy solutions. This organization has engaged a panel of scientists and economists to help create a guide to follow, while they continue to search for new opportunities for a sustainable planet. 



-- Positive Eco-News --


*Source: Japanfs.org

36 students and their teacher pooled their efforts together and came up with a plan to raise awareness of things we can do to deal with global warming. Their project was called "The Sunflower Project", which involved growing over 2000 sunflower plants and harvesting the seeds for oil. That oil was used at a doughnut stand and the waste oil was converted to a bio-diesel fuel. This must have been an exciting and fun project for the youth involved, but the most amazing thing is the worldwide coverage they were able to bring to the project. As well, their doughnut stand served the people passing by, while educating them along the way.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Volunteering


-- Quote of the Day --

Observation,
Not Old Age,
Brings Wisdom.

~ Author Unknown


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

This morning at 10-11 AM (pacific) I have Megan Hill, manager of the See-Write-Live blog, joining us on the Conscious Discussions Talk radio show. She is a prolific freelance writer, a non-profit consultant and a passionate volunteer. We will be discussing the concept of volunteering and giving services to others. Join us live at 10-11 AM (pacific), and drop in to the live chat room... or access the archived interview at your convenience: Service is Power


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Doing More with What We Have



-- Quote of the Day --

Animals have a tremendous healing power – they don’t judge, they don’t care what you look like. …Animals have time to just be, and this is incredibly appealing when your mind is filled with chaos. They taught me how to get quiet. …When you have been abused, trust is a real issue – you really don’t trust humans. With animals it is different story - the worst they can do is bite or scratch a bit; they are not going to create searing trauma in me. {So in therapy} one can start with trusting animals and eventually transfer that over to humans.”   

~ Kelly Meister ~ Aug 19 2010

Today's quote originates from the Nurturing Nature & Wildlife Woes interview that aired back on Aug 19, 2010 on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. To access the archived interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title above - To access recently aired Conscious Discussions episodes, look to the sidebars on this blog. 


-- Conscious Living Events --

We are in the middle of Waste Reduction Week and there are a lot of celebrations and events happening to honor this awareness holiday. Here are a few:

Oct 20-22:
Coast Waste Management Association Annual Conference
Location:Parksville, BC (Canada)
Info: www.cwma.bc.ca

Oct 20-23:
Automotive Recyclers Associations 67th Annual Convention & Expo
Austin, TX (USA)
Info:www.araexpo.org

Oct 21
Recycling Council of Ontario; Waste Minimization Award Ceremony
Location: Toronto, ON (Canada)
www.rco.on.ca


-- Blog Guest --

Robin Cain joins us today with a lovely article on how authors can do more for the planet - She lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband, daughter, three dogs, three horses and an adopted donkey named Sophia. As a novelist and regularly contributing columnist for The Examiner, she spends her days searching for the perfect words to amuse, enlighten and touch her readers.

An excerpt of her book, When Dreams Bleed, can be found on her website,http://www.robincain.com. ** A portion of the sale proceeds of this novel will be donated to the American non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), which aims to present hope and find help for people struggling with problems such as depression, drug addiction, self-injury and suicide.
 
 
Let’s Do More Than Toot Our Own Horn, Shall We?

Those of us who have spent a lifetime with the goal of becoming a published author know that, like any goal, it doesn’t happen overnight. And anyone familiar with the goal knows the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to get there – or even try to get there. The rules, requirements, formats, procedures, qualifications and politics are all clearly spelled out for those who want to play the game. To rehash them here would be both redundant and tiresome. Any would-be author worthy of the prize should know all about fonts, formats, margins, plots, arcs, character development, queries, agents, royalties, etc, but how many know about the social responsibility that comes with being in the public eye?

Nowadays, more and more authors spend their days writing and self-promoting. They gain their audience through places like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon, dotspots, blog posts – what have you - and then they often use their ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ to stand up and shout their own name and accomplishments – “Look what I did! Send your money my way!

Some would argue that this is just what an author is forced to do in our economic times, given the ever-expanding competition vs. the ever-shrinking book buying public. Others, like myself, believe that a captured audience (however large or small) provides an opportunity to focus on something greater than self; something more important than book sales. Yes, the game is about selling books, but shouldn’t making the world a better place in the meantime also be one of our goals?

Whether a Super Star or a Rising Star, an author (or anyone in the public eye, for that matter) has an obligation to use his/her platform as not just a tool for self promotion, but as a means of promoting social consciousness. The single unifying trait of an audience – any audience – is that they are willing to listen (if even for a short while). Aren’t we (as people in the public eye) being remiss if we don’t share our spotlight with some of the people or causes who don’t have that same audience? If we can convince even one reader or one book buyer to contribute, volunteer, donate, or even think globally, haven’t we then just doubled our personal wealth and contributions to society?

There are needy and deserving organizations and causes all over the world – some of which you’ve maybe never heard. They don’t expend all their efforts and funds tooting their own horn. Instead they choose to focus on those who need their help the most.

Isn’t it about time more of us did the same?

© 2010 Robin Cain



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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Land Conservancy Org & Poetry


-- Quote of the Day --

"I believe the truly enlightened beings are those who refuse to allow themselves to be distressed over things that simply are the way they are."
  
~ Wayne Dyer 


-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


I originally learned of the Land Conservancy Org. through an article in the local newspaper that was highlighting some of their programs. I was definitely intrigued by their work and approached them to come on our Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show to inspire our listeners. Bill Turner, one of the founders and the current Executive Director of the Land Conservancy Org., has agreed to join us today.

Join us in the live chat room for the live broadcast at 10 AM (pacific) by clicking on the hyper-linked show title above - Use the same links to access the archived interview... or look to the side-bars of this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episodes.  


-- Conscious Living Events --


Canada's Citizen Week is celebrated from the 18-24th this year... and was set a side as a way to encourage Canadians to reflect on the value of citizenship. This is a good time to sit with a scrap of paper with your family, or by yourself, and consider questions like:
- What does it mean to you to be Canadian? 
- What do you feel are the responsibilities of citizenship? 
- How would the ideal citizen behave? 

--


I was asked by the director of the Grand Forks Writer's Guild to place the following announcement on this blog today:
For one brief hour of poetry and fun, come to the Grand Forks Library on Thursday, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m. The Writers’ Guild is happy to announce its sixth Poetry Café, for everyone from students to seniors.

It’s another chance to read aloud poems that you’ve written yourself, or selections of your favourite poetry written by the great and famous poets throughout history. You can also just sit back, listen and enjoy. After all, what’s a Poetry Café without an audience?

For more information about poets and poetry, check out the website of the League of Canadian Poets, at
www.poets.ca. The League established this event in Canada , to honour poetry and its vital place in our culture.  Another fascinating website is www.youngpoets.ca, the place to inspire young poets and their teachers.

* Refreshments generously provided by the Friends of the Library


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Monday, October 18, 2010

A Few of Our Favorite Writer's Resources...


-- A Few Favorite Writer's Resource Sites --

I just finished a fun, extended interview with ...Authors Articulating radio host - Jo-Anne Vandermeulen...

You can find the archived interview via this link below:

During the interview, the host asked me to list my favorite writer's resources (websites) here on my blog this evening for our listeners:

www.writersjournal.com
www.writersunlimited.com
www.bewrite.net
http://writersmanual.com
www.oncewritten.com
www.absolutewrite.com
www.writer2writer.com
www.firstwriter.com
www.writersandbeyond.com
 www.writercrossing.com
www.writersgazette.com
www.wizardsofwords.com
www.coffeebreakforwriters.com

*I do have many more favorites, but these should keep you busy for a while :) Hundreds of more resources can be found via Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd 



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Youth, Literacy & Being Green


-- Quote of the Day --

…I have always been attracted to working with young people – they have great ideas, they are an incredible resource, they have tremendous energy and they are also conflicted. I have been working with teens using theater and poetry… and in many cases film making, to teach the principles of conflict resolution and how to get along with each other. We support and inspire each other …Some of these teens are doing amazing things – In Argentina there is a train that separates two communities, acting as a physical barrier. So {a 17-year-old teen} began to renovate the train cars… and now the communities share the train as a community center, and the doors are open on either side. …Another teen in Africa worked to get people to think more about recycling – {Others} are working to educate women and adults, {including} providing sanitary napkins, so that young girls can go to school.”

~ Robert Galinsky  

The quote of the day originates from a Conscious Discussions Talk radio show that aired back on July 8 2010 titled: Teens & Community Gardens - check it out via the hyper-linked title ...check out recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk radio show via the sidebar on this blog :)


 -- Conscious Events --

October is both Library Month and Women's History Month - a great way to combine the two is to visit the local library branch and take out historically great women's writers and women's stories. :)


-- Positive Eco-News --

*Source: japanfs.org

Youth in Japan have launched the Green Explorer Project back in '09 and has continued annually ever since. This 3-month project is an environmental project for students all over the world, inspiring global cooperation by having the youth send messages about efforts and thoughts on building a sustainable society.   


-- Brummet's in the Media --


I will be interviewed live this evening on the Authors Articulating radio show - with host, Jo-Anne Vandermeulen.

LIVE interview airs at: 7 PM (pacific), a chat room will also be open

Direct link to the interview:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prempromotions/2010/10/19/authors-articulating-with-jo-anne-vandermeulen

This interview will also be archived for those who cannot make the live show 
 

Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blogs, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or purchasing a book - each book sold raises funds for charity as well!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eradicating Poverty

-- Quote of the Day --


"Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty"

~ Joseph Wresinki (1917-1988, founder of ATD Fourth World 
 

-- Conscious Living Events --

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed annually on Oct 17 since 1993 - even though the day was officially set aside in 1992 by the UN and the first day was actually celebrated back in 1987 in France. This day was created to promote "people's awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.", according to timeanddate.com. We are asked to consider supporting various non-government organizations and community charities that help eradicate poverty, or offer relief in the form of food and shelter. We can also sign petitions that might be going around today - or write officials asking for more participation in ending poverty. Did you know that world leaders committed to cutting the number of people on this planet living in poverty in half by 2015? This year's theme emphasizes the need to work together and that every person's contribution counts.

We are also in the middle of Canada's National Science and Technology Week (Oct 15-24) - which according to science.gc.ca: "a celebration of the significance of Canada’s science and technology history, the importance of science and technology in today’s world, and Canada’s ongoing role as a world leader in innovation."



--  Brummets in the Media --

Websites, Wisdom, & Whimsy
Sue Collier

Sue had a “number of requests from readers of my blog to include Case Studies about the experiences of other authors.”  I am honored to be the first of these Case Studies – published  via Sue’s newsletter (which you can sign up for at: SelfPublishingResources.com)


-- Book Review --

Some of you may remember, that I had worked as a book reviewer for several publications up until about 2 years ago. Since most book review gigs are on a volunteer basis I had to make the call and reduce my schedule load, and while I rarely do book reviews now - I felt compelled to do so with Light Fading by Joel Curzon. You can find the book review here: http://www.curledup.com/lightfad.htm -
 


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blogs, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or purchasing a book - each book sold raises funds for charity as well!