Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nature's Healing Power


-- Quote of the Day --

Example sheds a genial ray 
Which men are apt to borrow, 
So first improve yourself today, 
And then your friends tomorrow 

~ Anonymous



 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --



Our guest today is: Clare Marcus - here today to speak about her love of nature, of the Scottish Island known as Iona in particular, and how her pilgrimage there helped heal her troubled heart. We will be talking about writing memoirs and the healing power of both writing and of nature. She is also the owner of Healing Landscapes, a consulting firm that specializes in the analysis of outdoor space in health care settings.  – She is recognized internationally for her work on the social and psychological implications of urban house and garden design.   Check out the live interview from 10-11 AM Pacific this morning, or access the archived show at your convenience via the  hyper-linked show title: Nature's Healing Power


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Conservation & Fun Gift Ideas


-- Quote of the Day -- 

It is about recognizing the reality of limits – coming to terms with our population limits, and human economic – recognizing that if we are going to make any headway on conservation or preservation matters.” 

~ Joel Curzon 


Today's quote originated from the Plight of the Everglades discussion that aired on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show back on Oct 10, 2010. Click on the hyper–linked show title to access this interview -  Visit our site, www.brummet.ca, for a full list of archived shows going back to early 2007 that you can access for free, or look to the sidebars on this blog for recently aired episodes. 


-- 5 Fun Eco-Friendly 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. Today's post will share some tips that could help you accomplish all of these things.

Gather the family, youth group or craft-loving friends, around a sturdy table to create puzzles, ornaments, gift tags, bookmarks or fridge magnets. They can make them for their own use, or as gifts throughout the year - not just for the upcoming holidays. You can also use the ideas to create gifts for senior's centers, women's centers, children's centers or classrooms, and support centers for the poor. 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.

Materials:
Start by sorting used gift, thank-you, birthday and holiday 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.

How To:
By gluing 2 cards within a similar theme together so that there is a picture on either side, you can easily create 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. Once the glue has cured you can and insert a loop of ribbon through a little hole at the top; make sure that the loop of ribbon is long enough to fit over the tree’s stem. These can also be decorated 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 service providers or via 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. If you have a lamination machine it might come in handy for this project, making the magnets washable.

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!



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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Recycling & Sustainability

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --


As you might already be aware, Positive Eco-News segments air every two weeks or so, usually on Sundays, on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Today’s episode will cover information on recycling & sustainability…  the impact that recycling has on the planet, sustainable living information and quotes to inspire you – as well as some helpful resources. 

What is a "Chat Room"? - I am glad you asked. When hosting the live radio show, I always open a chat room for the live listeners. This is where people can post comments, questions and suggestions via their keyboard - and I interact with them both during and after the live broadcast. People gain access by clicking the little green button that leads to the chat room. After accessing this, people can type in your thoughts and see what others are saying as well.

Airs live @ 10-11 AM (pacific)  & will be archived for those who cannot make the live broadcast. *A chat room will be available for live listeners :)

 -- Chatter --

This next week or so I'm busy crunching away at the editing and proofreading process for the second book in the Trash Talk - It's Easy to be Green series. This involves a lot of rewrites and sometimes reorganization of entire paragraphs - and is an exhausting process. We expect to have this installment available by January 2011, about the same time that we expect to have all the changes done to our site. 

Speaking of changes... Did you notice this blog has a slightly different look? I've changed the color of the links, and some of the sidebar fonts, altered the heading and the profile, and slightly changed the size of the blog itself. Hopefully the subtle changes will appeal to our audience here... (let me know what  you think).  

Like many of you, I am also in the middle of holiday baking - having done two recipes so far, and three more to go. I tend to give out trays of an array of baked goods to friends, family and those who provide exceptional services to us (like our vet, the pet supply retailer, our dentist's office...) - rather than a wrapped gift. By baking ahead of time, I can spread out this chore to a more managable activity and then freeze the baked goods. This way I can build the trays all at once with the frozen treats, allow them to thaw for an hour or so before delivering. 

Later today, or tomorrow, I'll be working on the Xmas cards... Dave let me put up the holiday decorations early this year. The lights went up before our snow came down and the rest of the decorations went up over the last few days. Usually we do this on the first of Dec, so it's a treat to have them out early this year.

It is also a sad time for us as this is the time of year when my parents took their life only one year ago... (they were chronically ill) - so I find myself searching for things that bring me joy... and perhaps some distraction. Well, I couldn't be MORE distracted with another book being released in just a couple of months. :) lol 

....Hope you can join me live today on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show, and if not... check out the archived show :)




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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Recycling News

 -- Quote of the Day -- 

"The Significant problems we face,
Cannot be solved by the same level of thinking
That created them."

~ Albert Einstein
   

-- Positive Eco-News --

 Have you heard of RecycleBank yet? I learned of this organization a few months ago; apparently there are some Canadian cities looking to work with the organization in the near future - which I think is a really interesting idea.

Once a RecycleBank program is put in place for a city, the residents begin receiving awards for recycling. The city benefits from savings in garbage and recycling services, and landfill costs. The local businesses are receiving more traffic due to award points being cashed in at local retailers, grocery stores and shopping centers.  The system has successfully been employed in more than 300 locations throughout the UK and the US, where they have experienced increased recycling rates by as much as 130%, and savings of over $100,000 within the first few months of being put in place. 

Offering incentives like this makes a lot of sense to me - look at the success we have had with the returnable bottles and cans, which often end up supporting the homeless and financially strained, or used to support charities, school functions and youth group activities.

So rather than being charged a collection fee to have curb side service for our recycling bags or bins, participants in this program will be rewarded with club points that they can then spend locally when shopping. Therefore, the more one recycles - the more points you'll get...  It's really a great idea and we hope to see this implemented not just in individual cities, but internationally as a standard way of living. 


Here's some stats on the impact this can have:

Since 2005 RecycleBank has...
- recycled more than 284,291 tonnes of "waste"
- and by doing so, they saved 131 million liters of oil and 4.2 million trees
- leading to a reduction of 866,811 metric tonnes of carbon emissions

(*Source: Recycling Product News)

Find out more about RecycleBank via: www.recyclebank.com


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Making a Difference

-- Quote of the Day --


Ethically Sourced means to us human rights violations, …forced labor…. Working conditions …the effects on the land… But retailers will use the term very loosely. …Consumers need to ask questions like “How do you know it is Conflict-Free?” and “Where did the jewelry come from?”. …Recycled content is important too. So Ethically Sourced should mean… socially responsible practices, fair labor practices, environmentally responsible practices. Unfortunately the terminology is not standardized and so it is up to the consumer to determine the origin of the jewelry they buy.”

 – Brilliant Earth Org – Beth Gerstein

Today's quote originates from the Brilliant Earth Organization's interview on Oct 7, '10 - via Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Check out the archived interview by clicking on the hyper-linked title above, or look to the sidebars of this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions episodes.



-- Brummets in the Media --

Check out Lillian's article re: Time Management for Authors which was published today on the NFY Authors Blog: http://bethhull.com - host Beth Hull


-- Recommended Resources --
Global Giving - www.GlobalGiving.com - This organization connects individuals to a list of causes in a variety of countries to learn about, choose what you want to support, make tax-deductible contributions, and get regular progress updates - so you can see how your gift is making a difference.

Divine Children's Home - www.DivineChildrens.com
This children's refuge started soon after the death of Alice Thomas's child. She was looking to fill the void when a desperate mother handed her a child. Soon after that she found herself accepting an ever increasing number of street children and others from destitute or abusive situations. Today her efforts have grown into the Devin Children's Home, a non-profit located in India.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Green Living, Today


-- Quote of the Day --

"Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition
Is not only a waste of energy,
But the worst habit you could possibly have."

~ Dale Carnegie



 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --


Today's topic: Green Living - Guest: Meredith Cagen - Venue: Conscious Discussions Talk Radio
Time: 10-11 AM Live... with a live chat room - Show will also be archived for your convenience.

Meredith was featured on this blog back in August, and since then our communications led to this interview on my radio show today. We will be talking about her life as an author, mother, freelance writer and registered nurse... we'll learn about multitasking and  most importantly... we'll learn about green living.





-- Brummets In the Media --



I'll be appearing on the Passionate Internet Voices World Radio show at 12:40 this afternoon (Pacific) - or 3:40 Eastern - for a 10 min spot today. Come check it out via: Passionate Internet Voices World Radio, with host: Lillian Cauldwell, Location: http://www.internetvoicesradio.com





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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Environmentally Conscious Gift Ideas


-- Quote of the Day -- 

"One of the secrets of life
Is that all that is really worth doing
Is what we do for others."

~ Lewis Carroll



-- More than 20 Environmentally Conscious Gift Ideas --

 Have some fun with the list of ideas below for stocking-stuffers and gifts that can have a positive impact on your local community, and society as a whole. Don't forget to check out our e-book - Trash Talk, It's Easy To Be Green via www.brummet.ca - which offers tips for greening every day. 

- Gift certificates: wine making shop, used bookstore, music lessons, etc.

- Membership: golf, gym, spa, massage therapist.

- Baskets of healthy foods.

- Services: Dog walking, babysitting, housecleaning, etc.

- Yellow CFL’s for exterior lighting that is energy efficient and reduces bugs around entrances or seating areas.

- Slippers/sweaters (the recipient is less likely to turn up thermostat).
- Family recipe book (w/photos of family).

- Give or purchase a living tree (it removes carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, ozone and nitrogen oxides from the air). 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. 

- Toys and games with positive environmental or education values and those that emphasize cooperation, exploration or creative thinking.

- For the new homeowner - thermostat control that automatically turns the heat down at night and tubes of caulking or weather stripping. Hot water tank and hot water pipe insulation kits are another good option.

- A low flow shower head attachment, sink faucet aerators, timers and soaker hoses for landscaping irrigation, a rain barrel. 

- A draft cozy (placed in front of doors to prevent drafts).

- Dimmer switches or compact fluorescent bulbs; don’t forget those 3-way CFL bulbs for lamps. 

- For the gardener - subscription to an organic gardening magazine or a membership to a seed organization. Bird, bat and butterfly houses, baths and feeders – or the patterns to build them. A composting worm bin or a membership with an environmental group.

- Tickets to a performance, restaurant gift certificates or services such as lawn care and tree pruning, cloth diaper laundry services, house cleaning, music lessons, exercise or dance classes, dog training classes, tune-up or tire rotation services.
 
- Dehydrated, canned or preserved foods, especially those you have grown, make excellent gifts. Frozen homemade meals are treasured gifts for time-suppressed or physically limited individuals.

- Brazil or cashew nuts as they promote a living forest.

- Inspiring or educational books (i.e. Towards Understanding or Trash Talk (1st edition, paperback – by Dave and Lillian Brummet)

- A reusable coffee filter and whole organic coffee beans.

- If you choose to purchase electronics, consider those powered by solar or rechargeable batteries.

- For holiday photo memories, avoid disposable cameras. Instead use a digital camera and load directly to your own computer and CD burner. Alternatively, use a normal camera and have the pictures put on CD’s at the development outlet. By choosing CD’s you reduce chemicals, paper and cost associated with printing. For non-digital cameras,  use 36-exposure film rolls and reduce both packaging and waste.

 


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Literature & Tire Recycling


 -- Quote of the Day --


"You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming."

~ Jim Rohn


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

I am very excited to present today's featured guest to you:

Leonard Rosmarin is a Canadian author who has written at least 10 books as well as 100's of papers and articles on various aspects of francophone literature from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Fully bilingual, Dr. Rosmarin writes in both English and French. He has been decorated twice by the Government of France for outstanding service in the cause of French letters, and was Visiting Professor in the School for Doctoral Studies at the University of Perpignan in the South of France from 1992 till 2002. 

Leonard will be hear to discuss the World of Writing on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show... Airs live from 10-11 AM, Pacific - As always, a chat room will be available for live listeners... and the show will be archived for those who cannot make the live air time. Click on the hyper-linked show title above or look to the sidebar on this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio... episodes.


 -- Positive Eco-News --


Here's an interesting note for those who are curious about playground construction and the tire recycling industry:
 
Liberty Tire Recycling did some testing earlier this year and found that a 6 inch layer of recycled tire rubber mulch will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet – making this an ideal ground-cover for playgrounds.
 

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Monday, November 22, 2010

World of Writing, Interview #34

 -- Chatter --

Well, I'd like to start off today by saying thanks for letting me take a few days off this month - I feel much better. My house is clean, laundry mostly done and my head is relatively clear and ready for the next bout of To-Do's in the office. It has been snowing lightly the last few days - although it is a bright sunny morning right  now, there is almost 2 inches of white covering the ground right now. Not quite enough to break out the snowshovels ...just yet.


-- Brummet's in the Media --

 http://www.keybusinesspartners.com/blog - drop by this blog to find the interview with Lillian Brummet about the World of Writing! - host Terese Morrow
 
 
-- World of Writing --

We love to feature other writers on our blog - today is the 34th World of Writing Interview that we have done so far. Our featured guest of the day is Kirstin Roisin - a very happily married, stay at home mother, who has two little boys. Kristin has been writing since junior high, loving all forms of the written word, including poetry, short stories, scripts and even music, but only in the last 6 or 7 years, has had the inspiration, and support, to actually have her works published. And now, that dream is coming true! Find today's guest at: www.kristin-roisin.webs.com


Q: What is your proudest writer moment?

A. My proudest moment as a writer, to date, has to be the moment I closed the last wire-bound notebook. I still hand write my books, before transferring them to the computer. I remember sitting there, and as I closed it, my then boyfriend, asked, “What’s the matter? Why are you stopping?” and all I could do was smile and say,  “Its done.”

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A. When I’m writing, especially about this particular series of characters that I’m focused on now, when I’m doing their dialog, I have to talk it out. If I can’t portray the emotion I’m looking for through the spoken word, then I can’t portray it in my writing. There have been many a times, when I’ve been writing, and talking through the dialogs, and I’ve been asked by various people, “What? Who are you talking to?”

Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?

A. Amazingly enough, I’ve learned to believe in myself even more than I did before. There are always nay-sayers, when you strike out to pursue whatever dreams you might have. And even though I loved the stories, and the characters I’d created, there were moments when I thought, maybe I’d be the only one who’d love them. Afterall, I am a bit biased. But I pushed through, and shoved aside those thoughts, and realized that this was -my- dream. And if I only ever held one copy of my book in my hand, that was all I needed to see it through.

Q: How many books/stories have you written?

A. I have 1 published book, as of right now, and I’m currently working on the second book of that series. I wrote a lot of short stories, plays, poetry and music while I was in school.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?

A. Read what you write. After you finish a chapter, read it. You’ll find sometimes, your brain works faster than your brain. I would paragraphs with half a description missing, because I was busy trying to catch up to my thoughts. And find someone you utterly trust, and read it outloud to them. I found two things would happen. First, as I read, I would find typos, or grammar errors that I’d missed just reading it to myself, or that spell/grammar check would miss. Second, I could get their take on things. Just because it sounded good to me, or made sense to me, doesn’t mean it will come across the same way to others. Afterall, I already know how the story ends, or why my characters are doing what they’re doing.

Q: Do you hear from your readers? / What do they say?

A. Actually, I do get feedback from my readers. So far, it’s all been very positive. They love the characters, and the world I’ve created for them. One of the best comments was about how one reader was nervous about the book, because it’s not their normal genre. At first, they didn’t understand a lot, but they pushed through a few chapters, and suddenly, everything clicked into place for her. Before she knew it, she was telling people that if they couldn’t find her, she was probably hiding in the bathroom, so she could read in peace.



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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chit-chatter



-- Quote of the Day --


Reaction is something that happens automatically, you are not thinking about it. …You can change that and it is really not that difficult but first we must become aware of it. Before we can improve our life and really live it to the fullest we really need to become aware of the area we are not happy with… and we need to take full responsibility for ourselves – and only ourselves.”

Striving for Purpose - Barbara Hofmeister –Oct 3

Today's quote was taken from the Striving for Purpose interview that aired back on Oct 3 via the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show - click on the hyper-linked show title to access this interview, or look to the sidebars on this blog for recently aired episodes.


-- Chatter --

As many of you are already aware, I try to take 3 days in a row off from the office each month... - not an easy task when the office is located in the home. So today is one of the two days that I can afford to take off, the first in nearly 45 days! During these two days that I'll be away - feel free to scroll through the archived posts here on this blog, visit our website to see some of the ongoing activities and changes happening there... and scroll through the many links, resources or interviews on the blog or on our site. :)

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Plastics in the Recycling System

-- Quote of the Day --

Trees are very important as well, so when I say that 70% of the oxygen that is produced on the planet comes from the ocean – it is not the ocean itself, it is the phytoplankton. …40% of the world’s supply is dependent on the oceans. ...what is being done today? The garbage is still being open-burned in an open pit. …All of that garbage ends up in the landfills where it leaks out and ends up in our food supply, in our lakes and streams… and where does it end up after? The ocean is the lowest water table - so everything flows there.  …The key is education.”

Reef rescue Foundation – Dirk Beckman, sept 30
 
This quote was taken from a Conscious Discussions Talk radio show interview that aired back on Sept 30th, 2010... check out the Reef Rescue Foundation interview via the hyper-linked show title - or check out the list of archives on our site: www.brummet.ca - or look to the side bars on this blog for more recently aired episodes.  

-- Positive Eco-News --

According to Recycling Product News: “… Natural State Research Inc. (NSR) recently announced the discovery of a unique formula to make liquid fuel from waste plastic. Dr. Sarker and his team of research chemists have developed a formula to take most types of plastic and turn them into liquid fuel. 95 % of the plastic is turned into liquid fuel while the remaining 5 % can be used as a substitute for coal with a higher BTU value."  


This is a really interesting concept that may help to keep plastics, especially those not yet accepted in recycling systems, out of the landfill - saving valuable space. The fuel, which could be produced locally, could also fuel city, airport and other vehicle fleets in the area.

A report titled "Life Cycle Inventory of Post-Consumer PET and HDPE Recycled Resin..." has proven that recycling plastic saves energy. To produce clean recycled resin uses about 71 trillion BTU less than what is required to produce the same amount of virgin resin. This energy saved is enough to power 750,000 American homes for a year!

One must also consider that most of the major markets for recycled plastic materials are located in China, India and Indonesia, which currently have the highest demand for this material. This means there is a lot of shipping and handling involved for recycling this material.

Here's an idea as to what happens to the plastics once they hit the recycling system (from the Zero Waste San Diego Group):

PET plastics are made into new containers, trays, fiber fill for jackets or as a component in making fabric material.
HDPE & Polypropylene plastics are created into pipes, parts or blown into film. They are used to make rigid containers: laundry baskets, pots, and trays, totes and so on. 
LDPE plastics are made back into tubes for caulking, glue and so on.
Styrenes (such as yogurt containers) can be used as a component in making TV sets and other electronics.
PVC recycled plastics are turned into pipes and window extrusions, among other things.
Injection plastics (items created via molds: toys, etc) are used to again and again for the same purpose. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Appropriate Technology

 -- Quote of the Day --


Example is not the main thing
in influencing others.
It is the only thing
.”

    ~ Albert Schweitzer



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's special guest on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show is Mr John Barrie -  Some of you may remember John Barrie from an earlier interview that aired back on Feb 12, '08 - titled: “Sustainable Building” John Barrie edits Sustainable Design Update. He is also a contributing writer for EcoGeek - one of the top 10 ecologically themed websites. John is an experienced architect; he conducts eco-workshops regularly as well. His life purpose has led him to dedicate his time to a group called Appropriate Technology Collaborative, which encourages scientists, youth and locals to work together on an international level to help impoverished people. Topic: Appropriate Technology
 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Eco-friendly Holidays


-- Quote of the Day --

Re: helping impoverished or traumatized communities (from war, drought, deforestation, etc).

We look at what the assets and talents the community has and help them prioritize their needs. …Women’s empowerment is a big part of this and a financial incentive. …Giving people the economic freedom so that they no longer have to sell firewood for a living and they can put some of their energies instead into reforestation… attending meetings and learn [biodynamic gardening], sustainable agriculture, etc. …The poor become agents in their country… they have planted something like 5 million trees to date. …They are taking the leadership in environmental renewal.” 

 ~ Scott Sabin, of Plant with Purpose Organization

Today's quote of the day originated from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview that aired back on Sept 23 titled: Plant With Purpose Org
Click on the hyper-linked show title to listen to the interview, or look to the side bars on this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.



-- Eco-Friendly Xmas Ideas --

Looking for alternative ecologically friendly gifts this year? Consider purchasing a set of large, sturdy square bottomed reusable bags. There are a lot of varieties to choose from, but may I suggest those that are created from recycled plastic bottles – these are fantastic, very strong and a great way to support the waste-to-resource system that feeds a sustainable planet. Plastic litter is a huge concern.

Consider this stat quoted from an article by the San Diego region’s Marine Debris Campaign Manager, Danielle Miller: 

In 2007, 9,316 plastic bags …were removed, (however) countless others made their way to our ocean contaminating our water, degrading our precious marine ecosystems and harming marine animals. An estimated 60–80% of all marine debris and 90% of floating debris is in the form of plastic, which is highly toxic and does not biodegrade in the environment. …It takes more than 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags consumed in the United States each year.” 
(*Resource: Zero Waste San Diego Group)

Just how many bags per recipient? Well, personally we own a dozen different kinds of reusable bags and this takes us through most of our shopping, but we could probably do with a few more. I certainly prefer the square bottomed ones created from recycled plastic bottle materials, recycled coffee bags or heavy canvas. You can find these at nearly every retailer these days – grocery stores are especially becoming more supportive of this movement towards sustainability. 12 bags will likely cover most of the shopping activities for a family of 3. 6-8 bags may be appropriate for an individual.

Alternatively consider gifts that encourage activities such as renting bikes for an outing or giving dance and music lesson gift certificates. These gifts support your local community by encouraging sustainable service-oriented businesses that do not create much waste. A gift within this genre is really a gift of an experience, rather than a tangible item that may never be appreciated. In addition, a gift certificate is usually printed on recyclable paper; whereas gift cards consume plastics that are not readily recyclable.




-- Unique Gifts that Give Back --

Happy Tails Books publishes books full of stories from rescue volunteers, fosters, and adopters that raise awareness and funding for rescue organizations. Visit their website to pick up great books, stationary, and ornaments for animal lovers or to submit your own stories about adopted pets. They offer a premium selection of dog and cat books, stationary, and ornaments, and from every sale through their website, they donate no less than 25% of net profits back to rescue organizations. They also have hand-crafted holiday ornaments can be customized to include any name or pet image - a perfect way to honor or memorialize a favorite pet. Check out Happy Tails Books gift guide at http://bit.ly/d8yLMz.



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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

human & animal rights



-- Conscious Living Events --
Today is the annual celebration of the International Day for Tolerance, which began back in 1995, sparked by the creation of the United Nation's Year for Tolerance, and celebrations officially began in 1996. This day was set aside to promote awareness of the dangers of intolerance. The importance of this awareness day is explained by the following excerpt from the UN's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance

"Resolving to take all positive measures necessary to promote tolerance in our societies, because tolerance is not only a cherished principle, but also a necessity for peace and for the economic and social advancement of all peoples." 

Education seems to be the key to peaceful living and includes understanding our rights, developing empathy for others, and countering hateful information that influences fear, judgment or violent behavior.

Drop by the link I've supplied here and scroll down that page to find resources for homeschoolers, family activities and class room projects that will help introduce the concept to your young ones: http://www.hrea.org/index.php?doc_id=914

  Appropriately enough, we are also celebrating National Addiction Awareness Week, until Nov 20th. 


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today @ 10-11 AM I'll be interviewing Joel Thomas  – our topic will be: understanding and developing healthy relationships with nature, as a society. With over 30 years of experience as a naturalist, animal keeper, wildlife rehabilitation, shelter worker, and licensed veterinary technician, we will certainly have a lot to talk about. Joel tells me that his main goal is to get people to see the world through his eyes and those of the animals.

Check out today's interview live, or whenever you have the time by clicking this hyperlink: Creature Comfort  ...Or look to the sidebars on this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.
 

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Poetry, Donations & Eco-events


 -- Quote of the Day --

By stepping outside my personal situation, I was able to reflect and see the truth of it. …I learned to conquer my fear by embracing and understanding that life is difficult and challenging, but there is beauty in the difficulties because it makes us stronger.” 

~ Brenda Shoshanna, author of Fearless
 


-- Conscious Celebrations --


Drop by the Fresh Outlook Foundation's events happening between Nov 15-18 in the Kelowna, BC (Canada) region: www.FreshOutlookFoundation.org  

**We donated 8 copies of first edition of our book Trash Talk to these events - so if you are able to participate, you may just win yourself a copy! :)



-- Poetry --

As many of you are already aware, we love to feature thought provoking interviews, articles and poetry from fellow writers in the industry. Today we have Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of Tracings (poetry) and several how-to related books and articles for those in the writing industry. Carolyn and Magdolena Ball have co-authored Celebrations, a series of poetic chapbooks -  include She Wore Emerald Then with a mothers theme; Imagining the Future with a fathers theme; Cherished PulseBlooming Red, a chapbook with a Christmas theme. They are now working on a chapbook for folks to give to the independent women in their lives. 
 
Carolyn and I have been networking for a few years now and we are pleased to have her here with us today to share her top 12 tips for poets. Learn more about Carolyn via:  www.howtodoitfrugally.com , and you can also find her @ www.Twitter.com/FrugalBookPromo




Perfecting Poetry: 12 Tips for the Beginner

1.    Try free verse (no intentional rhyming).

2.    Write dense, poetic prose, then divide it into lines—or not. If you don't, you'll have a prose poem.

3.    Break lines after important words. If you scan down the last words in each line of a poem, you should get a good sense of what the poem is about.

4.    Eliminate as many adjectives and adverbs as you can and strengthen your verbs. You poem will be more powerful.

5.    Eliminate as many of the clutter words as you can. Articles, conjunctions, even some prepositions.

6.    Try making different pictures on the page with the words. Your poem can be in triplets, couplets, indented unusually, even be set up in shapes. Try to make the design fit with the subject of your poem.

7.    Avoid long, Latinate words.

8.    Use images rather than explaining.

9.    Know metaphors, similes, assonance and alliteration. Play with them. Don't strain.

10. If you want to rhyme, try to use uncommon ones. No moons and Junes.

11. Read and write poetry even if you don't think you want to. You may be surprised at how much you like it. It’s changed a lot since your high school English Lit days.

12.   Buy a poetry book or chapbook at least once a year. It’s a way to support the arts. That gesture supports your learning curve and the arts!


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!