Thursday, December 30, 2010

Obesity, Self-improvement


-- Quote of the Day --

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, 
And that's your own self.

So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people.

That comes afterward, 
When you've worked on your own corner."


~ Aldous Huxley


-- Chatter -- 

Dave and I have been working like little chipmunks in the office, getting all kinds of activities, projects and publications ready for the New Year. Less than one week away from making some major announcements about the changes and opportunities we have been working on for the beginning of '11. As you may already be aware the first editions of Trash Talk and Towards Understanding are going out of print and we have arranged to have them released in 2nd editions for 2011. So far, 3 of our books have been revised and made available as e-books... but this is just the start of things. Check out the site for the changes as they are happening: www.brummet.ca

In between these projects, we've been taking a few hours every-other-day to play in the powder on the mountains. Our favorite winter activity is to snowshoe, and we go as often as we can. We were talking about this the other day, Dave and I, and we both agreed that we have learned to love winter - because of snowshoeing :)

A lot of people out there, though, are forgetting that winter conditions change how we need to drive and walk around. Some people tend to walk on the main roads, rather than the sidewalks, endangering the traffic. Others are trying to use bicycles beside burms of plowed snow, this combined with narrow icy streets can lead to hazards. In our travels we've seen a lot of signs where vehicles have gone off the road and experts are saying through the media that most of these incidents were preventable simply by driving for the conditions. We need to remember that just because we might have a 4-wheel drive, or a big vehicle, or good tires  - that we are not able to just whip around like we would in summer. Yesterday on the highway, a person ahead of us was turning right and slowing down to do so - as they should. But the big speeding truck behind us was not wanting to give them (or us) any space and Dave had to squeeze past the vehicle ahead of us. Really. Is it so necessary to push and shove with our vehicles like that? So today, I urge everyone - be patient, allow a little extra time for driving, and slow down. Be safe :)

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's show is all about the World of Writing - check out the archive via the links on the sidebars of this blog :)


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eradicating Poverty, Vulnerability & Preventable Disease


-- Quote of the Day --

  "The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”  

~ Voltaire


-- Lillian's Referral Corner --

Check out these wonderful non-profit organizations via the sites listed below. If you can, perhaps you would like to send them a message of support - perhaps you might be able to share their information with your friends on social networking sites. Their work is definitely important, and we appreciate what they do.

Vasavy Mahila Mandali (VMM) established forty years ago with Gandhian ideology as a not for profit secular voluntary organization is working in the rural as well as urban areas of Andhra Pradesh. VMM works with a vision to promote comprehensive social, economic and political development for women, children and youth in vulnerable situations, there by empowering communities in A.P to improve their quality of life, and build a better civil society in India. www.vasavya.com 

One Campaign to End Poverty: www.one.org ONE is a grassroots campaign of more than 2 million people committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. ONE and its 2 million members, along with ONE's predecessor organization DATA and other non-profit partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of those programs, today nearly 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 people in 2002. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in countries across Africa in less than 2 years and 42 million more children are now going to school.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Changing Perceptions



-- Quote of the Day --

"There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail."

~ unknown



-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Changing Perceptions is our topic of the day - with guest  Barbara Joye : “I have always been a coach whether in my position in business or as a friend and mentor, so becoming a belief coach was an easy transition”, she says. Barbara continues to be a prolific writer, publishing articles in online magazines and a blog: Shifting with the Shift Guru. As well as hosting 2 radio show programs, she also facilitates workshops, seminars, and private sessions - assisting others to challenge their perspectives or beliefs, and in so doing, live the life they deserve. Her book, The Creation Formula is now available. 
 

Join us for the live episode (& drop in the live chat room) at 10 - 11 AM (Pacific) today... or access the archive at your convenience via the hyper-linked show title above... or via the links on the sidebar of this blog. 

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Monday, December 27, 2010

author interviews & volunteering


 -- Quote of the Day --

It is just so frustrating to sit back watch the news every night and think – ‘there are some really awful things going on out there’. But I can’t really do anything about it - you know, I still have to drive a car! And so it is difficult to just sit there and watch. And I was so happy to be able to go out there even just for a day and make a difference. …No matter how challenging or aggravating the day had been you always feel like it was worth it in the end because it was for such a good cause. …There are so many [volunteer] opportunities, even if you are not able to leave your house. …There are several great websites that serve as databases – where charities can put up posts on volunteer job posts.” 

~ Megan Hill

Check out the archived discussion where this quote originated via the hyper-linked show title here: Service is Power. or look to the side bars for more recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio
show episodes





-- Brummet's In the Media --

Dec 27 & Jan 2: Lots of chances to catch a pre-recorded interview due to air on the Creative Cafe radio show on Dec 27 @ 2 PM Eastern on http://www.wwnnradio.com and then later that day on the Shift Guru... where it will be played again on Sunday, Jan 2nd: www.blogtalkradio.com/shiftguru

* Scroll down the last couple of posts to find two other interviews that  you may want to check out. One of which has a e-book contest going on right now :)

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saving Time in the Office

-- Quote of the Day --

"Envy eats nothing but its own heart.

~ unknown


- - Brummets In the Media -- 

We are proud to announce that one of Lillian's articles has been released through the Taking the Mystery Out blog, managed by Linda Faulkner... This article on time management for writers offers tips that will you save time and reduce frustration in the office. Check it out via this link: Time Management for Writers


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Acts of Kindness


Dave and I wish all of our readers a warm,

relaxing and fulfilling holiday season :)

-- Quote of the Day -- 

There have been some interesting studies of the act of giving… and how it is tremendously healthy for the giver, as well as the recipient. …Volunteering is sometimes more personal than just writing a check, however both are good for the soul. …you get more out of life by giving than you ever could by receiving – giving in a meaningful way to organizations you believe in is a great way to really feel and see what it is you are getting involved in. …It gets people out and builds communities. These days with the ability to connect to the world can cause a separation from the community - so volunteering is a way to balance a person’s life. …It is you that has to do it; each of us have to make the time to get involved in the community.” 


Land Conservancy of BC – Bill Turner – Oct 19

  Check out this interesting interview with the director of the Land Conservancy Organization of BC via the hyper-linked show title :)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Attract a Publisher or Editior's Attention


 -- Quote of the Day --

You may little suspect the fullness of someone’s character just from reviewing your memories. Your fathers character, say, goes on unfolding and you go on learning about him, from him. He returns to mind in flashbacks and reveries. As you age, and you become more like him, he often feels nearer. A glimpse in the mirror, a dish in the restaurant, a joke in an old movie and traits of his light up never having been noticed before. Under scrutiny, the images reveal more and more …teaching still."

~ James Hillman

Today's quote was chosen for all of our readers today who are experience memories, and loss, during the holiday season. Loved ones are especially missed during these holidays... even if we never celebrated the season with them. It is the frame of mind this holiday season puts us in, I think. We just feel closer to, and want to connect with people we are close to. Both my mother's birthday and the anniversary of her suicide is here - in just a few days she will have been gone a full year... She passed on the 27th. So this is a particularly emotional time for us. Missing others from my step-father to Dave's mother to our many friends and other family members, and beloved pets who have passed on over the last 9 years. Yet we recall each of them fondly, remembering their personalities, smiles... laughter... and coming to terms with issues from the past. 

Since this is the frame of mind that I am in today, I wanted to express it to our readers in hopes that it brings some comfort and connection to your holiday season. Earlier this week we had a guest post on grief over the holidays... this might help you as well. And you might want to check out the many interviews we've had with experts in communication, forgiveness, dealing with in-laws, greening the holidays and more - via the archives on the: Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


-- Interview --



Please check out this fun and interesting discussion:
Linda Clarke interviews Lillian to learn about what a writer needs to do to attract the attention of potential publishers, some insights that will help you understand what a publisher/editor's world is like and more @:  http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com ...where it is scheduled to be featured December 23, 2010 - Jan 4, 2011.



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rainy Weather & Stadium Energy


-- Quote of the Day --

The great lesson . . . is that the sacred is in the
ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily

life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in

one’s backyard.”
    Abraham Maslow



 -- First Day of Winter --

Today is the official first day of winter - just when rain is predicted for the xmas season! -lol- Well, I suppose this means there will be lots of snow... in the mountains. Having dogs, when it rains they also get wet - and muddy - and bring that into our house, increasing the work load. However, they are both really patient and will stay by the door to get toweled dry and have their feet wiped off... most of the time!

I'd like to encourage our readers to download any of the nearly 400 archived interviews and educational discussions from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show in preparation for the 2011 season. Many of our listeners tell us they enjoy downloading the shows to their listening device of choice and they take that with them when traveling, commuting to work, walking the dogs and so on. It is a great way to feel connected to what is going on in the world, and access helpful resources, information and personal insight. 


-- Positive Eco-News --
Check out this interesting experiment for alternative energy sources:

I'm sure you've heard of energy experts being able to capture the energy from the braking systems of vehicles and bicycles - well, another breakthrough is being experimented with right now. This one involves a power-generating floor system - The system, which converts the vibrations caused by fans jumping during the game into electricity, has been installed beneath 24 seats in one stadium so far as an experiment. This system has been refined and can now detect more vibration because of enlarged piezoelectric elements in the floor units. Now that's innovation!


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bio-fuels & Changes in 2011


-- Quote of the Day --

"Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are."

~ Chinese Proverb



-- Updates & Announcements --

* We will be slowing down a little bit for the holiday season and to mid-January as well, in that I won't be hosting the radio show as frequently and there will be a few less other things going on. This is due to the holiday season - of course - but also due to the many changes we have planned for January 2011. 

* We now have a new widget for our blog readers... by entering your email address in the green widget (look to the upper left sidebar on this blog), you will receive the bi-weekly newsletter - Brummet's Muse - and a copy of an e-book (12 page) titled: Jump Start 4 Writers. You will also be given the opportunity to sign up for writing or environmental tips and articles.  

* Raise funds for your favorite charity, community group event (i.e. a seniors gardening group), or support your own services - Become an affiliate now by visiting our site, www.brummet.ca , and clicking on the e-book store. The Purple Snowflake Marketing e-book is now set up for affiliates - find articles, banner ads and other promotional aides, as well as instructions on how to be an affiliate on the page for this e-book. (Our 3 other books will be have this affiliate program in place in January, 2011).


 -- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today, live at 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific, we will be featuring a discussion on alternative bio-fuel energy, specifically - Oil from Algae. Author Ron Brown is our guest of the day. He is the founder of RS Brown Technical Services, which was sparked by his interest in biochemistry back in the early '70's. Ron founded the Aquatic Resource Farming Inc. Company - with a focus on growing  algae as a source of green energy. Join us for this interesting discussion live, and drop in to the live chat room as well where you can interact and network with some other listeners and the host - Lillian Brummet. ...Or - you can access the archived interview at your convenience - Just click on the hyper-linked show title above to access the live or archived interview.


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Alternative Energy


-- Quote of the Day --

"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."

~ Mark Caine

-- Alternative Energy --

Wind power definitely holds promise as one of the leading alternative energies being employed across the globe. There have been all kinds of innovations from learning how high they should be, what color they need to be, and how fast the blades turn - in order to have a safe co-existence with flying creatures and the voracious human need for land. Just recently I learned of a wind turbine that can fold as much as 90 degrees - preventing damage from strong winds, such as typhoons. A few weeks ago I had a discussion with an inventor on our radio show who was saying that this kind of damage, depending on the area, might be prevented with redesigning the shape of the blade, and having it automatically turn sideways, rather than facing a strong wind. 


-- Did You Know?? --

Did you know that a single toad can eat up to 1000 insects per day? 

 

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Giving Back, Being Calm, Holiday Voices

-- Quote of the Day --


When we are calm, we can be clear – Sometimes there are dangers, but we have to be calm to decide what to do. …We all have expectations – how we think something will turn out; often there is a huge difference between our expectations and what is really going on. …Be really in the present moment, embrace the present moment – don’t fight it and hate it because it isn’t looking like what you expected. …So, we are not reacting to what is actually happening, we are reacting to what we imagine might happen. …Even when we are facing a difficult prognosis, just stay in the moment, stay with what is happening right now, in the room… and you can handle it. …We don’t know how anything is going to work out – so it is very wise to stay in the moment. …This world is endlessly fascinating and beautiful and the more you are able to not fear it, the more your life is filled with possibility.” 


Today's quote was derived from the Fearless Living interview with Brenda Shoshanna that aired back on Oct 14 this year via the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show. Access the archived interview via the hyper-linked show title or look to the sidebars of this blog to find links to recently aired episodes of our talk show.


-- Lillian's Referral Corner --



We love celebrating others who are making a difference in the world, and sharing their information with you here through the "referral corner" (formally called Recommended Resources). 

I'd like to start by sharing some information about a musically talented woman that we had the honor of meeting many years ago: Deborah Lee. Dave has worked with Deb in the former "oodomango" - a Grateful Dead tribute band. He also recalls her work at a dinner theater - apparently she is a talented performer, as well as being a singer :) She has a couple of new songs available on her site (below) - one of which has a Holiday theme, so if you'd like to check them out visit: 
 Gather and Give - this non-profit charity works with over 80 other organizations, and numerous individuals.  They are a religious organization, but their focus is to provide the bare essentials for underprivileged people based in the Vancouver area of BC, Canada. This might include beds and kitchen wares, or clothing and soap. Check them out at: http://gatherandgive.org

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Uplifting with Encouraging Words

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward 
Are those who encourage more than criticize."
 
~ Elizabeth Harrison
 
 
 -- Chatter --


Whew! The day is already well on the way and I feel like I am dragging along behind the ticking of the clock. ...Well, at least I'm not throwing a tantrum - yet. :)

I kid, of course, and actually feel blessed that there is so much to do. So many other writers continue to struggle to build a strong networking team, to develop a strong contact list, to have outlets like a radio show and a blog to manage - and so, I am blessed. Today finds me under a mountain of emails, and January show outlines to develop. I was hoping to get back to the last of the first edits of the second book in the Trash Talk series - but that will have to wait for another day or two. I'll be all too happy to hand that project over to Dave for the final proofreading and formatting stages. This project is due to be published in late January 2011 or perhaps early February.

We should have the finishing touches on website for the updates on the Purple Snowflake Marketing book completed this next weekend - which means we can do the same things for the website pages that deal with the other 2 books. Hopefully this project will be completed at the same time (or before) the book release in early 2011. Once 2011 arrives we'll see all 4 books come out in print before Spring, we'll begin a new marketing plan launch, as well as working on the next book project.

So as you can see, the office is just flying right now. Lists upon lists of "to-do's"... :)  Honestly, though, it is one of the most exciting events in our writing career so far.  As such, I'm begging your forgiveness for today's post... I have to get back to the work load, but I do hope that you'll scroll through the archived posts, or look through the links on the side-bars of this blog - there is a lot of information and resources there to check out :)


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

World of Writing: Poetry, Book Promotion :)


-- Quote of the Day --

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you,
But by what you bring to life;
Not so much by what happens to you,
But what happens to you through the way
Your mind looks at what happens."

~ Lewis Dunnington


-- Brummet's & the Media --

Media and print producer Linda Leon, is  also the host of the Book That Author talk radio show devoted to authors, editors and other book professionals in the writing industry. Lillian is excited to be invited to participate in this radio program today as their featured guest. Check out the Marketing Experts interview via the hyper-links here in this post. * The show airs live at 9:30 (pacific) and will be archived as well for those who cannot make the live broadcast.


-- Conscious Discussions Radio -- 
Conscious Discussions Radio airs live today at a slightly different time, due to the interview scheduled this morning... Today's discussion on the World of Writing will talk about a lot of things, but primarily we'll be covering the topic of poetry. Check it out today live at 11:00 AM (Pacific) and drop into the live chat room as well... or listen to the archived show at your convenience via the hyper-links above. 


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Make Your Own Gift Bags & Boxes

-- Christmas Wrapping Paper Woes --

A great way to reuse wrapping paper and paperboard boxes is to create beautiful, and reusable, gift bags and gift boxes. 

The term paperboard boxes refers to cereal, cracker or pasta boxes and the like. For the suggested gift-box project you can also use shoe boxes or any similar box with a lid. Alternatively you can build your own boxes simply by taking a larger box, undue all the folds and lay it flat on the working surface. Simply design the box according to the dimensions that you require – all you need is a little know-how, a ruler, pencil and a sharp craft knife or scissors and some glue. Be sure to allow the glue to cure, once the box is constructed, before going on to the next step.

To make seasonal gift-bags, wrap a paperboard box as you would a gift, except you need to leave the top open. Fold the top inch or two of the wrapping paper over the edge of the top of the box, and glue in place. Punch two holes at the top of the side panels of this wrapped box for the handles. You can use strong ribbon, or thick yarn or anything like this for the handles. When I am wrapping these gift-bags, just like the gift-boxes below, I like to use a craft sponge and some glue to paste the wrapping paper on, rather than relying on tape. This prevents wrinkles and tears, making the home-made gift-bag more durable against the test of time.

Paperboard boxes are a fantastic material for creating gift-boxes of any size to suit any occasion.  Take a little craft sponge (a little sponge on a stick) and pour some glue into a recycled lid from one of old mayonnaise jars or something like that. Then, using the sponge, spread glue evenly on one side at a time - covering it with sheets of reused wrapping paper, comic strips or art that you or your children have created… – or new wrapping paper if you must. Do only one side at a time or you will find yourself having some potential issues with this.

Decorate with a little ribbon, tiny pine-cones, glitter, bows or whatever you wish. If you’ve been saving all your bits and pieces – decorations, cloth, wrapping paper - from gifts you’ve received in the past, they will come in handy now. Reusing that shiny foil wrapping paper you’ve been saving works best for this – especially since it is not recyclable. Scraps of wrapping paper work well for these crafts too, so don’t throw away those little 4-inch bits of wrapping paper anymore!

These two fun projects allow you to make the holidays more special by offering handmade, interesting gifts - ones that come with a reusable bag or box that the recipient can pass along to someone else whenever they are handing out presents. These craft ideas do not only apply to this holiday, but can be done for any celebration throughout the year. The bonus is that at same time as saving up to $130 in wrapping and decoration costs every year- you increase the life of the "waste" by finding a new purpose for it. The gift bags and boxes can be used for many years, and when they finally reach the end of life - they are recyclable.
 

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Easing Animal Anxiety


 -- Quote of the day --

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that 
we are all different in the way we perceive the world 
and use this understanding as a guide 
to our communication with others."  

~ Anthony Robbins 


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Our Guest today:  Dr. Sophia Yin is a veterinarian, applied animal behaviorist, speaker and author of numerous scholarly articles and books about pets and their training. I found it quite interesting that among her numerous educational achievements, Sophia also studied vocal communication in dogs and worked on behavior modification in horses, giraffes, ostriches and chickens. Her work today involves making house-calls for behavior consulting, teaches dog training and kitty kindergarten classes, works at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (www.SFVS.net), writes for several veterinary and popular magazines and facilitates workshops on animal behavior and low stress handling.  

Click here: Diffussing Pet Anxiety interview, or look to the sidebar of this blog to find recently aired Conscious Discussions Radio episodes.

 

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Monday, December 13, 2010

World of Writing, Interview #35


-- World of Writing Interview # 35 --

 Joining us today on the Brummet's Conscious Blog is our featured guest of 
the day: Teresa Morrow. She is an Editor at Large at WE Magazine for Women ™ (http://www.wemagazineforwomen),contributes a weekly post on  
Successful Blog titled, "Social Media Book List" and is a monthly blogger
for BookBuzzr (http://www.bookbuzzr.com). She combines her three passions: 
writing, reading and networking in her business, Key Business Partners, LLC. 
She manages online promotional campaigns for authors to ease the stress of 
doing it all by themselves.  Teresa is passionate about her work as she helps
bring her clients unique message to the world.  She is available for 20 minute
free consultation. Find Teresa @ Key Business Partners


Q: Did you take any writing classes?

A: No, I didn't take any writing classes, however, I have joined some writing
groups which helps to gain support, ideas and keep me accountable.

Q:  What are some of the tools you use for marketing?

A: There are several...my blog, social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), 
YouTube, guest blog posts and article marketing.

Q:  What are some of your favorite websites for writers?

A: Writers Digest - http://www.writersdigest.com

Authors Den - http://www.authorsden.com

Women on Writing - http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com

Writers Market - http://www.writersmarket.com


Q: How much time do you devote to marketing your book? And what kind of 
marketing do you recommend? 

A: My book(s) are not out yet, however, I am starting to market them now.
I am spending about 5 hrs a week marketing my book. I recommend authors 
and writers use the tools readily available to market; social media , blogging,
guest blogging, radio show interviews, book reviews and article marketing.

Q: Where do you hope to take your writing in the future? 

A: My plans are to write a few more business books and also a women's fiction
book as well. I would like to write more business books relating to different 
aspects to help writers and authors on their  journey with their books. I have
a 80% completed women fiction book based on a personal experience  where
the main character, Heather, finds true love with a man that her family and
friends don't approve of for various reasons--religion, race, age, just to name
a few. This book shares Heathers journey of not only finding true love with 
someone else, but finding love for herself to stand up for what she knows
is right. 

Q: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? Any special 
memories that you would like to share?

A: I love what I do---I get to work with writers and authors to help them spread 
the message of their books. And one of my books coming out in early 2011, is 
about sharing my knowledge about marketing/promotion for authors. This book 
will be a tool for me to use in future classes and programs for authors and 
writers. One of my books slated to be out Fathers Day 2011 has allowed me 
to strengthen my relationship with my dad, better than it has ever been. That
has been one of the best things that was come out of writing my upcoming
book, You are No Longer My Daughter!



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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Concept of Zero Waste


-- Quote of the Day --

"This one moment – NOW – is the only thing you can never escape from, the one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens, no matter how much your life changes, one thing is certain; it’s always NOW. Since there is no escape from NOW, why not welcome it, become friendly with it?”

~ Eckhart Tolle



-- Food Production --

I'd like to start off today's post with some thoughts on food production. While at the grocery store I had a heck of a time finding a brand that was produced in our province, BC – and once I found the 3 brands, I chose the jumbo size due to the kind of baking I was intending on doing. Anyway, upon bringing it home I realized that the packing, the egg carton itself, was produced in Washington, USA – while the eggs were farmed in BC. Interesting… Well inside the packaging it stated that recycling polystyrene cartons is possible – we can mail them to 

Dolco Packaging 
1029 S. Columbia Street 
Wanatchee, WA 
98801 - USA

Stats show that the average household consumes 50 doz eggs per year – that’s a lot of cartons! For the last four years we've been taking all of our empty egg cartons to the foodbank where they saw them into half-dozen sizes and portion out eggs they bought in bulk or had donated by farmers.  Prior to that, we lived near a corner store that accepted empty cartons on behalf of the egg farmers that supplied the store with eggs. Find other reuse and re-purpose options in our book, Trash Talk.
  
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Experiencing Loss over the Holidays


 -- Quote of the Day --

“Don’t cry because it’s over, 
Smile because it happened." 

~ Dr. Seuss


-- For the Bereaved --



A shout out to Skye Wentworth who sent a query our way for today's featured guest on this blog. For many of us, the holidays can be bitter-sweet with memories of those we've lost. I am honored to present to you this article by Elissa Al-Chokhachy, which may help us all through some difficult emotions at this time of year. Elissa (MA, RN, CHPN, FT) is a certified hospice nurse with Merrimack Valley Hospice in Massachusetts and the author of Miraculous Moments: True Stories Affirming That Life Goes On. Find today's guest at: http://miraculousmoments.com

  Holiday Hope and Miracles: A Time of Remembrance

By Elissa Al-Chokhachy

Winter holidays are filled with joy and celebration.  During this time, millions of 
people reverently pay homage to the miracles in their faith traditions and 
heritage.  Others celebrate meaningful relationships with loved ones, family 
and friends.  From festive gatherings, thoughtful exchange of cards, notes and 
presents to charitable gift giving, these activities bring much hope, anticipation 
and promise.  Holiday music magically transports us back through time to 
cherished moments and memories.  And, for those who have lost loved ones, 
this season is a time of remembrance.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate the
special loved ones in our lives who have died.  
 

Holidays often evoke sadness for those who are bereaved.  Deceased loved ones 
are noticeably missing, and their absence trigger palpable grief, loneliness and
sometimes despair.  Some grieving individuals need to talk about what they 
are feeling.  Others prefer to grieve privately.  Respecting the needs of each is
important.  Rather than getting over a loss, the bereaved need to learn how to
live differently in an altered world.  Things have changed.  Providing a supportive, nonjudgmental environment encourages the validation of thoughts and feelings. 
Working through the feelings of loss and grief is a necessary step in the healing 
process.   

During this holiday season, look for ways to honor beloved family members and
friends who have died.  Light a candle in remembrance.  Say a prayer.  Share 
funny stories.  Look at photographs.  Listen to favorite music.  Hang a stocking 
and invite guests to place messages inside.  Make a charitable donation.  Visit 
special places where memories were shared.  Journal thoughts and feelings.  
Offer thanks for blessings and lessons learned.  If needed, ask for forgiveness 
or say “ I’m sorry.”  Give thanks for your loved ones’ presence in your life.

Never be afraid to cry.  Tears are good.  They are a physical release of grief and

sadness.  Remember, it is important to work through the pain of loss in order to
return to happiness again.  Take it one day at a time, one hour at a time or one
minute at a time, if necessary.  Pray for strength, guidance and clarity.  Be gentle
with yourself.  Get plenty of rest.  Don’t forget to laugh and have fun. 

According to Robert Frost, “
Hope does not lie in a way out, but in a way through.”
Enjoy this season as an opportunity to move deeper into emotions where the
miracle of hope can be found.  May the warmth and caring of others bring you 
comfort.  May the winter bring you rest and renewal.  May the miracles of this 
holiday season bless you with healing, hope and peace.
 



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!