Monday, January 31, 2011

battery recycling


 -- Quote of the Day --

The past may rob the present of much joy and much mystery.

~ unknown


-- Brummets in the Media --


Our colleague Mr. Tim Corrimal has a wonderful radio show called Progressive Political Radio - which he co-hosts with Dave Von Ebers. This radio show "combines a humor with dead serious, inanity with politics" ...sprinkled with bits of breaking news topics. Tim invited me to join in for the first 10 min or so of his show. Check out these links to find the interview: Episode 153 : TimCorrimal.com


 -- Referral Corner --

Call2Recycle, North America’s only free battery and cell phone collection program, announced in December, its heightened commitment to diverting batteries from Canada’s landfills… has collected rechargeable batteries throughout the country since 1997. Earlier this year, Call2Recycle also began collecting all household batteries, including alkaline, at thousands of collection sites throughout British Columbia and Ontario.   

Since 1994, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 27 million kilograms of batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 recycling drop-off locations. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is Canada’s most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of batteries and cell phones. Call2Recycle is operated by the non-profit RBRCC. Learn more at call2recycle.ca or 877.2.RECYCLE. 



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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Keep Moving Forward


-- Quote of the Day --

I’m delighted to say that the most extraordinary things happen – even when times are extraordinarily difficult. …I see everything as an initiation – it is transformational. …I’ve learned a lot about allowing and patience and tenacity. …There will be people that won’t get your work, but you keep moving forward. Things take time. In our culture, it seems that we are focusing on how many and how fast, and I’ve come to calm down and say that it is about quality – not quantity.”


~ Janine Kimmel

Today's quote comes from the Contributing Creatively interview that aired on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show back on Dec 9, '10. Check it out via the hyper-linked show title (above) or find more recent episodes via the sidebar on this blog :)


-- Chatter --

Well the Brummet's Muse Newsletter was sent out to our list this morning - in this one, I shared some updates on what's been happening on our end of things and some of the exciting changes and upgrades to expect. After I received my copy, however, I noticed a silly error - right near the top... which said the next newsletter is due March 15. Oops! (Where did that come from?) So I just wanted to remind everyone here that the newsletter will continue to go out every 2 weeks on the 30th/or/1st and 15th of each month. :) Therefore the next newsletter will be due for Feb 15th. 

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Alternative Transport & Writing

 -- Quote of the Day --

"Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that
  it is always something of a shock to him to look back
  and realize the heights to which he has climbed."

   ~ P.G. Wodehouse


-- A Review! --

I am thrilled to announce that a review of our e-book: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd, was published on a writer's blog yesterday. I hope you have time to check it out :) - Visit My Writer's Blog to access this well-written review by someone who's been in the writing industry a long time - prolific author and internet marketer, Nick Daws. His points out that the book can be used to market e-book and self-published (or vanity) authors... it can also be used to promote audio books. The concept of a marketing plan for these various ways of producing a book will remain the same - it is up to the author to tweak the guide we've provided to suit their unique situation. The information in the book, as Nick mentions, was affected by the many interviews I've conducted - and also from the many years of conversing with fellow authors, however the book is based on our own experience in the writing industry for 12 years. It has everything we learned in that time listed there for you to dip into. This book is available at the introductory price for a limited time, so take advantage of that now while you can... before the price goes up. :)
- MyWritingBlog.com/2011/01/review-purple-snowflake-marketing.html

-- Positive Eco-News --

I've been hearing a lot about bike and car share companies sprouting up in many metropolitan areas. Businesses, too, are starting to get on board with this - offering incentives for their staff who are car-poolers or choose to take alternative transportation to work.  Companies that service cars (i.e. tire shops and mechanic shops) are now offering bikes for their clients to borrow while work is being done to the car. These are excellent steps in the right direction - just choosing to live more sustainably with the tools and resources we already have... it can, and will, be done. We are seeing this all over the world. 

In Japan for instance, there was a pilot bicycle rental project started in September 2010 for several of their largest metropolitan cities - among these are: Tokyo, Saitama and Fujisawa. Of course city infrastructure and bike lane route implementations would be necessary to make something like this work in a safe manor. Here locally in our city (Grand Forks) the city staff have created a chain of paved and crushed gravel paths, that is lit (not a fan of that) with tall lights, and is wide enough for 4 scooters to pass by each other without issues. Most people have been using them to walk their dogs, but I've seen several people using them regularly to get to work using their scooters. 

We no longer see garbage and debris from people hanging out in those path areas, where they used to have little fires and hang-outs. However, the city neglected to clean up their own debris and the old waste that is down the banks of the path... some of this is down in a delicate bog. Hopefully they will consider this in their upcoming maintenance. There's also no garbage or recycling bins on the entire chain of paths leading to, and through, the city park (except in the park itself). So if they did this, more pedestrians would be willing to put the waste where it belongs - instead of along the river, down the banks or in the ponds. 

Unfortunately most of the side-roads (in our area) are full of pot-holes and are difficult to drive if you have a little car - and very few of the roads have bike lane space of any kind. So there is still a lot of room for improvement - but the point is that we are making headway toward a more sustainable community.


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Understanding the Human Condition


 -- Quote of the Day --

I think that words have always helped me nail down the significance of an experience that I was living. I feel that words help you understand what you are, who you are, what you have lived through, what your relationships are with others … because words are concepts. And these concepts refer to elements of your experience that you are trying to structure into some kind of meaningful coherent pattern. …And so I have always used words to help me to understand myself… and I have loved literature because literature offers you a particular authors view of a human experience… so that you can see it much more sharply than you can when you are living in a particular time. …You live the experience and when you write about it you stand aside so that you can assess it much more clearly. Literature helps me understand the human condition.”

~ Leonard Rosmarin


Today's quote originates from the World of Writing interview that aired on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show back on Nov 23, 2010. Check out the archived discussion via the hyper-linked show title (above).

* An updated list of the archived ...episodes has been recently uploaded on our website: www.brummet.ca


-- Referral Corner --

A shout out to our supporters below:

Check out Diane Tegarden's Firewalker Publications website, her Fire Walker Flare talk radio show (focusing on environmental and renewable energy solutions), and her Inkwell Newsletter:

Brandi Drury is an active networker and loves to hear from other writers. She offers several blogs including the VBTC Blog and Immortyl Cafe Blog -  and owns The Virtual Book Tour Cafe service (see her banner on the lower-right sidebar of this blog), which is used to help her fundraising efforts for charity.

For both writers and those who are interested in how-to genres - you may want to check out Nick Daws - a prolific author of 80 books and internet marketer extraordinaire - one of which is highlighted on our Brummet Store's Other Products section. Nick also offers several correspondence courses, multimedia tutorials, articles and short stories, resources and tools... and a newsletter @: NickDaws.co.uk


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Alternative Energy & Innovations


-- Quote of the Day --

The littlest good deed
Is better than
The biggest intention.

~ Unknown



-- Positive Eco-News --

It is wonderful to see so many big companies jumping on board with the Zero Waste Initiatives:

Kudos to the company known as "GM"...who now has 76 landfill-free facilities - meaning these zero waste facilities do not produce any garbage that is sent to a landfill. In total, this company has about 145 of these facilities and have reached its 2008 goal of converting 50% of their plants to zero waste. Reuse and Recycling have been the focus of their waste reduction. 

Chevrolet, too, is reaching toward a more sustainable business by their plans to invest forty million dollars in clean energy projects with the end goal of reducing 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

We celebrate these efforts and encourage our readers to look for ways that they too can improve the "green" efforts at their own desks.


-- Referral Corner --


Cyclone Power Technologies - a research and development company focused on helping solve two of the great problems of our time: our dependence on fossil fuels, and the resulting unsustainable consequences to our environment. These technologies are very flexible in the fuels they can use from "fuels derived from orange peels, palm oil, cottonseed oil, algae, used motor oil and fryer grease, as well as traditional fossil fuels.  ..also burned propane, butane, natural gas and even powdered coal." Learn about Fossil Fuels and modern Cyclone Motor technologies, including a new snow mobile that doesn't emit any pollution at all!) at: 

Marathon Equipment - this company now offers an interesting solar powered trash and recycling bin alternative, this one comes with a flashing light, offers bear proofing and sends a signal to the staff when the bin is full. This is a great alternative for rural and park facility applications, since the trucks have a long trip to go out and check to see if a bin needs to be emptied. Reducing the number of trips that trucks make help the system run more efficiently, while reducing fuel consumption and related air pollution. 


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

World of Writing, Interview #38


-- World of Writing --

Today's special guest on our blog is: Tommy Batchelor

Growing up in central Georgia gave Tommy many outdoor adventures either in
the woods or along the banks of the Flint River. Lost on Spirit River, is Book 1
of the Spirit River Trilogy and Tommy’s first Middle grade fiction for ages 9 - 14. Tommy’s first published book, Sunday’s with Papa T, A River Adventure, for ages
5 - 8 is a 28 page Picture Book. He resides in Middle Georgia with his wife, Cathy,
and can be found via his site at www.tommybatchelor.com


Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
 
A: Growing up in Middle Georgia, I took to the fields and forest as my playground. Playing along creeks and battling enemies in the tall grasses of open pastures near my home. Obtaining a license at sixteen, spreading out to the rivers, camping out under the stars. There’s nothing like waking up in the early morning before the sun rises on the river. I thought nothing would stop me from being a Wildlife Ranger, but things do change and I never got to be that Ranger. It doesn’t stop me from what I love most, that’s exploring the outdoors.
 
Q: What makes a good story?
 
A: To me, the characters make the story. The characters have to make the plot convincing. It could be the best plot in the world for a book, but you cannot convince me unless the characters can pull it off. When I begin to read a book no matter the plot, if I can’t get into the main people in the story, I have to lay the book aside.
 
Q: What makes you write in certain genres?
 
A: My first book, Sunday’s with Papa T, A River Adventure is a picture book for ages 5 and up. This book was done for my younger Granddaughters. I tell you, picture books are some of the hardest books I’ve tried to write in my life. Lost on Spirit River is my first attempt at Middle Grade. Once I started this project, it flowed through me with so much ease. I really enjoyed writing this type of book.
 
Q: Do you insert your own characteristics in your writing?
 
A:  I would like to say no I don’t, but that would not be the truth. I used some  characteristics of Papa T in my picture book.... As you read Lost on Spirit River, you'll find that Tony is one hardheaded young man. When he has his mind made up about something it’s the way it is.
 
Q: What was your path to Publication?
 
A:  I tried the old path to start with, sending in submissions to all the "Big Houses". The letters of rejection begin to arrive just as fast. I did have some interest in Lost on Spirit River, but they were talking publishing in 2012 or 2013. Well, I might be dead by then and every author wants to see their baby in print.


I wanted more control that’s why I published with Mirror Publishing. I picked my illustrator, Kim Reale, this is her first Illustration for a book and she did an awesome job. My cover by Laura Redmond was my choice, because of her great skills at cover design. The profit is better (with this publisher), so I can spend more on marketing.
 
Q: What is your proudest writer moment?
 
A:  Mine is the same as a million other writers, when you get the word, your book is on its way. It’s like an operation; you cut off parts and reinsert new ones. You nurse it back to health and you keep repeating this process, over and over. The day arrives… a new book is born!


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valiant Effort...


-- Quote of the Day --


"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

-Theodore Roosevelt
 


-- Brummet's In The Media --

"Join Barbara Joye on her podcast as she talks with Lillian about her life story of overcoming incredible challenges and engaging with life in a dynamic and amazing manner. ...This is Lillian’s story of abuse and neglect and the resulting process she has engaged in to become the amazing individual she is, bringing joy and value to a world of victims and despair."



-- Chatter --

Watch the sidebars of this blog for resources that may interest you. Also, watch the Brummet's Store where we will be offering products and resources that may help you on your life journey in the realm of writing and positive living. *These areas are brand new, but will be growing every week - so keep an eye on them to see what we'll be sharing next :)

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Monday, January 24, 2011

World of Writing

-- World of Writing --  

As many of our readers are already aware, I truly enjoy offering featured interviews on the world of writing with a wide variety of people in the industry from all over the planet. Today we have Linda Faulkner joining us: 

Putting words together has been Linda's lifelong passion. She's constantly writing: fiction, non-fiction, magazine articles, educational texts for the insurance industry, and other materials for a variety of professionals and business organizations. Linda’s mystery novel, Second Time Around, was nominated for a 2010 EPIC Award in the Best Mystery/Suspense Fiction category. Her non-fiction book, Taking the Mystery Out of Business: 9 Fundamentals for Professional Success was released in January 2011. You can visit Linda at http://www.lindafaulkner.com.

Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in writing?

A: ...It was more a combination of my love for reading and an awe of people who could verbally express themselves so well that they elicited strong emotions from me. As for pursuing a “career” in writing? I fell into becoming a professional non-fiction writer because I combined my love for writing and my love of my “day” job.  

Q: How does writing help you make a difference in the world? 

A: When I write, I share my perspectives, opinions, personality, and experiences. As other people read my work, their own perspectives, opinions, personalities, and experiences are either confirmed or challenged. It’s great if we agree; but I’m making a bigger difference when the reader is challenged as he or she filters and sorts through the varying angles and perceptions. 

Q: Can you tell us what editors typically look for in a query letter or project proposal? 

A: I’ve found that editors and publishers seek several things:
  •  a strong marketing plan and vision for promotion of the book
  • a topic that will be welcomed by, and beneficial to, a particular target audience
  • a professional tone and presentation
  • excellent writing   
     
    Q: What do you do when you are not writing?

A: I sleep, commute, and work. In my “spare” time, I read, hang out with my husband and pets, chat with my three grown children and two granddaughters (who live 2,700 miles away), and go on an occasional hike. I’m in the process of cutting back on some of my work activities; I hope to be less boring in six months or so.

Q: What gave you the idea (inspiration) for this book? 

A: My husband prompted it. He (who loves to watch science fiction on the TV) believes that reading (and writing) fiction is a waste of time. He suggested that I write a series of business books because my professional background as an entrepreneur includes the establishment of three businesses and a writing career and he believed writing non-fiction pays better. The rest, as they say, is history!  

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in writing your non-fiction books?

A: I didn’t have many - because I’ve been writing for so long, and have my writing life so organized, the process went smoothly. My biggest challenge is time. I sold the book on proposal and, when I offered a deadline to my publisher, I should have allowed myself a bit more time to complete it.

 
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

plastics...

-- Quote of the Day --


re: You have the choice:

"Refuse to engage in, accept, or allow into your personal life,
Attitudes and behaviors that do not promote 
Overall health, wellness and growth. 
You have a choice."

~ Danielle Pierre


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today is another Positive Eco-News segment on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show, and our focus will be plastics. Ever wonder what those numbers mean in those little recycling triangles... you'll find out today. How about what happens to the plastics once it hits the recycling system... Find that out too :)  Airs live today at 10-11 AM (pacific), and as always a chat room will be open for our live listeners. Of course you can always check out the archive at your convenience if you miss the live episode. Check out today's Positive Eco-News segment via the hyper-linked title here or look to the side-bars on this blog for recently aired radio show episodes.


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Technology & Books


 -- Quote of the Day --

Appropriate Technology encompasses technologies that can be created and repaired in the area that they will be used. …We design exclusively ‘green’ products, those that can provide the basics for starting or supporting small businesses, and improve the quality of life for the people who design the technology and the people who use it. …We focus on developing products for the developing world …and we make a point of bringing our clients into the process. …People ask us, periodically, to come and give workshops on how to make our products. …I noticed that the houses and products are not designed for low-income people. If you look at the economic distribution – it is a pyramid. There is a whole bunch of people designing for the rich people at the top of the pyramid but not too many designing for the poor. Most people have some skill to alleviate poverty, to make the world a better place. Everybody has something to offer.” 


~ John Barrie 

Today's quote originates from the Nov 18 Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled:  Appropriate Technology Check it out by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the Conscious Discussions home page to scroll through the archives... 


-- Chatter --

Apologies for the late start this morning, our Internet connection is sssllllllloooowwww! Not sure why, except perhaps they are just overloaded with traffic at this time of day perhaps. At least it is working now, though. I am privileged to have the afternoon off today - plan on curling up to this interesting book I'm reading right now that we had passed on to us from Dave's Dad... by William Diehl. Just finished reading a book by Stan Toler about getting along with our relations, and another one about rescued dogs... which I'm to do a book review on soon. As you can see, I love to read a wide variety of books, magazines etc. :) Dave often teases me about standing over the stove with a book in hand. (I guess I multitask a little too much.) 

-- Eco-Conscious Event --

Date: Jan 24-27
USCC Annual Conference & Exhibition
Location: San Jose, CA - USA


-- World of Writing --

Here is some interesting news about the world of writing... A recent study shows that there are about 6.4 million e-book reading devices in consumer's hands this year, and e-book sales also rose by 350% in the first few months of last year. Most of the consumers that are interested in e-books tend to be people over 55 - and they like the fact that they can change the size of the font. Most e-book readers enjoy the fact that they are so portable and being able to download books right away, as opposed to waiting for things to be processed and sent through the mail system. 


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Recommended Resources & Recycling News



 -- Quote of the Day --

"Those who are lifting the world
Upward and onward
Are those who encourage
More than criticize."

~ Elizabeth Harrison


-- Referral Corner --

Check out these recommended resources listed below:

 Solar & Wind Energy Blog - a blog that promotes awareness of alternative energy, offering lots of tips and resources... and a free e-book as well: AltSolarAndWind.com

Terra Nova Sharing Farm & Richmond Fruit Tree Projects - Now this is an interesting project... food and trees are sold to raise funds for giving produce and fruit trees, and providing space for community gardens for anyone living in poverty. The orchards are used for community events as well, courses are taught in the gardens on sustainable living: RichmondFruitTree.com  




-- Positive Eco-News --

I read of an interesting study that was held in the San Diego area, where there is a maximum noncompliance recycling fine of $1000 in place. This fine was initiated not so much as to punish those who were not participating in the recycling system, but to encourage people to become proactive. After the fine was in place for a while, the study was held to evaluate what the effects have been. They found that there was a 76% increase in the volume they were seeing in the recycling system, however the landfill itself only saw a 10% decrease.  So obviously people are participating more due to the education and incentives the area has put in place, however there is also a lot of room to grow.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Raising Teens & Helping Youth



-- Quote of the Day --

"Brightening up the life of someone else will put a fresh shine on your own."

~ Author Unknown

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's guest is David Simonsen, and our topic will be of benefit to anyone who has contact with today's youth. Raising Teens is our focus today - we've already received several questions sent in by listeners who won't be catching the live show, but are going to catch the archive after work. We appreciate this input and will be sure to address those questions :) - Anyone else joining us live can either call in with their questions, or join in the chat room that I'll have open for live listeners. Feel free to network away in the chat room, we welcome networking there. 

Join us live for the Raising Teens discussion to learn about helping families, parents and their teens overcome personal issues and addictions - "to become unstuck so they can flow through the river o flife again".  We are going to talk about Dave's work with families, as well. (He has a masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, a licensed practitionar and is currently attaining a PHD in Family Psychology. )

Access the live or archived episode via the hyper-lined title above, or look to the side-bar of this blog for recently aired Conscious Discussions Talk Radio shows.



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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

affiliates info


-- Quote of the Day --

When you allow your partner to be who he is and allow events to take place naturally you become centered and clear, and it’s easy to see what’s happening and know what to do.” 

– Brenda Shoshanna, from the book: Fearless



-- Affiliates --

Dave has been working hard at getting our site re-vamped... The Brummet Store is now completed! We will soon be offering more pages, fancier buttons, and more products there, but check it out to see the new look and what we've done! - www.brummet.ca

We've had a lot of people interested in being affiliates with us send us some questions so I decided to place this announcement here in hopes it will help ease the way for others:


Once you sign up to be an "affiliate" through the ClickBank site...

Our Hoplink is:


Or to find our products via their search engine:


Visit the ClickBank MarketPlace and then use their Search Engine:

Select the category: Self-help, General - enter our nickname 'Brummbooks'.

Dave has placed support for affiliates in one "toolbox" (such as banners, images, reviews, etc) look to: 


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Plastic Bags & Living Free of Limitations


-- Quote of the Day --

Everybody believes in heredity - 
Until their kids begin making fools of themselves.

~ Unknown

:) - Something light to start the week with :)



-- Conscious Discussions --

Today, live at 10-11 AM (Pacific): – Steve McAllister – This multi-talented individual’s passions range from film, to performing to writing. Despite having been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Steve has earned degrees in psychology, and film production technology; Steve has produced several films and documentaries and has written 3 books. Our topic today: Free of Limitations   Click on the hyper-linked show title here, and join in the live chat room as well - or access the archived interview anytime it is convenient for you. Alternatively look for the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show area on the sidebar of this blog to find links to recently aired episodes.

 -- Positive Eco-News -- 

Thoughts on Plastic bags: 
  San Jose became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags with an ordinance that supporters said was the most far-reaching in the country aimed at encouraging shoppers to bring reusable totes. This does not include the sales of garbage and recycling bags, or sandwich bags – and only affects retailers who hand out plastic bags to their shoppers. Nor does it include restaurants (meals can be messy) and second-hand stores (who often reuse plastic bags). 

Retailers will offer paper alternatives, but will charge 10 cents per bag – because paper is not as durable (especially in moist weather) people will become accustomed to bringing their own cloth bags instead. This ban is meant to become a motivational tool, but also will eliminate the clean up issues involved with plastic bags. 

The Bay Area in California uses 3.8 billion plastic bags a year and about 1 million end up in San Francisco Bay, where they harm birds, fish and other animals. This move comes after a strong recycling program that failed, having collected only 5 % of the bags that are distributed. This is unfortunate, since recycled bags end up as new bags, shopping carts, totes, composite lumber for decking or park benches, and other items as well. 

Large retailers often have big metal bins with heavy lids for their waste collection system - those lids need to be securely in place, or the wind will pick up and carry loose plastic for miles in any direction. City garbage trucks can often spread bags around – it is important that people transporting waste ensure that it is securely stored away.  

Here in our area, South-western BC, many grocery stores are now charging for plastic bag use (about 10-15 cents per bag) and sell reusable bags near the cashier area in the store as well. The reusable bags may cost .75-$1, however they are washable and therefore are a sanitary option. A family of four will need 12-15 reusable bags, a one-time investment.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Inspiring People thru Knowledge & Celebrations



-- Quote of the Day --

"Be thankful for what you have;
You'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
You will never have enough."

~ Oprah Winfrey


-- Chatter --

Ok, I really am - honestly, truly - taking the next two days off from the office. As most of you already know I try to take 3-days off in a row - by closing the doors to the office and not breaching them. Not an easy task with a home office! - So today, Sat, and tomorrow, Sun - are mine :)  I'll be back again on Monday, answering emails and back to work diligently as always... In the meantime, please feel free to scroll through the archived posts, and look through the links on the sidebars of this blog. ...Your probably grinning at the ironic situation here: of this blog post during my "day off", but I wanted to let y'all know since this is a daily blog. :)

The Brummet's Muse Newsletter went out this morning - and I noticed an error: the first announcement is repeated... this was totally unintentional and I do apologize for the error... as you can see, I do need my days off! -lol-


 -- Positive Eco-News --

The powerful impact that community events, fairs and expos were hoping to have can now be proven. A study was recently completed by Japan's Global Environment Outreach Center (an environmental research center) on the sixth annual Eco-Volunteer Day that was held back on July 10, 2010. What they found was that there were 41 organizations participating in some way for the event from ten different environmental field (agriculture, city planning, conservation, recycling, etc). That is pretty powerful in itself since those 41 organizations had a wonderful opportunity to network and learn about each other. Beyond that, however, more than half of the people who met and spoke with organization staff wanted to volunteer or join as a member with that organization... many of whom had not volunteered before, or were not aware of the issues. So this shows us that organizations can become more powerful by joining together; they gain volunteers, members and a strong networking team of other organizations that they can call on for future projects. But more importantly, citizens are motivated to commit time, energy, and finances by the inspiring knowledge they gain.
 

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Animal Adoption


-- Quote of the Day --

I encourage people to come to an animal shelter with idea of not adopting right away… come and see what it is all about, what the animals are like and go through the approval process while you are there if they have one.  …And speak with the animal counselors if they have them. …But even before this we should have a family meeting on this – often what happens is that one or two people make the decisions and then already we are starting off on the wrong foot. …Verses settling for an animal when its behavior is not suited for your lifestyle …already we are going into this with it not really set up for success. …We get out of pet relationships what we put into them.”


~ Joel Thomas

Today's quote originates from the Creature Comforts interview with Joel Thomas that aired back on November 16, '10... on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Click on the show title to access this discussion, or look to the side-bars on this blog to find recently aired episodes. 

There are many homeless animals in need, many shelters who need support... if you can spare the time and resources to adopt an animal or two - this is an amazing contribution to the world. ...Providing ample love, healing old wounds, providing shelter and medical care to someone in need... these are wonderful contributions. 

But not everyone can offer this - instead perhaps you can consider donating spare change to collection boxes around town for an animal shelter or two. Maybe your returnable bottles/cans are not something you count on as part of your budget, so perhaps you can donate these to the shelters in your area. 

Or is it possible to take the family or a dear friend with you? - Develop a deeper relationship with while volunteering a half hour to walk the dogs, or socialize the cats... From arranging or participating in fundraisers, to offering tradesman skills (i.e. painting or pen construction), or donating some paper towels, cleaning products, used blankets, toys and towels... we can all help in some way.




-- Chatter --  

Well, I didn't get my 3-days off  in last month... and I'm wondering if I'll get them this month too! I was supposed to have yesterday off, but ended up working all day anyway!  - lol - With the Conscious Discussions show outlines (for February) due for completion tomorrow, and the Brummets Muse Newsletter also scheduled for tomorrow... I can't break away from the office just yet. Fortunately (?) I had a prerecorded interview scheduled today that the host canceled due to real estate goings-on on their end of things. However, this actually comes as a relief to me - since I can focus more energy on the deadlines today.

We've had more snow as of late and hope to get out to snowshoe very soon! There's nothing like freshly fallen snow in the mountains. Of course, down here in the valley we hardly have any at all - just a few inches. But up there - Oh my... it is amazing.  

I've been turning on the xmas tree lights every morning and evening, enjoying every last bit of this season before I start dusting and packing all the ornaments away again. So many of these have memories... ornaments made by our siblings wives, ex-wives or ex-girlfriend, items crafted by friends' hands, Dave's parent's old ornaments... Things we've bought or made together over the last 20 years - such as the tiny drum ornaments. They have all come to mean so much and when I bring them out or put them away again it almost has a ritual feel to it.

Dave continues to work on the website upgrades as time allows and the site will reflect some of this in 4 days or so... when he next has a chance to focus on this project. From what I've seen, it looks fantastic and I can hardly wait to have others be able to see it too!

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