Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Writing Tips


 -- Writing --

We have a very special guest appearing on our blog today - Darren Chow offering tips for writers:



Three English Language Writing Tips: 


Writing in the English language is pretty straightforward but very difficult to be good at. In order to improve your English writing, you have to put in lot of time to practice writing. Here are some useful tips that will help you improve your English writing.

Tip 1: Build on Your Vocabulary

Writing is a form of expression. And in order to express yourself better, you need to have the words to express what you are thinking or feeling. If you are limited by your vocabulary, your writing will never be able to communicate fully what you want to convey.

There are many ways you can improve on your vocabulary. You can study the works of other writers. You can listen to tapes or enrol in English classes. You can even sign up for online English lessons if you prefer the convenience. Some people like to learn from free resources on the Internet. As long as you are exposed to the English language on a daily basis, your vocabulary will improve.

Reading and listening can only do so much. To really improve your writing, you must put in the effort to practice. That means you must apply what you have learned. Knowing the words and actually using them are two different things. Your writing will improve when you have figured out how and when to use different words.

Tip 2: Putting Sentences Together

Sentence construction is the basic building block of all writing. First, you have your words. But words do not mean much until you are able to put them together into meaningful sentences. This is where some English writers run into problems.

Avoid run-on sentences that ramble on and on. Sentences that are too long tend to contain mistakes. When readers read your writing, their breath actually follows the rhythms of you writing. For instance, the reader will pause when there is a comma. If you use a period, the pause is a little longer. When you write very long sentences, your readers will find there is no time to catch their breath!

In addition, long sentences also tend to contain more grammatical mistakes. It is more difficult to check for correct tenses in a long sentence. The answer is to write in short, clear and concise sentences. A simple passage that contains messages that are easy to understand is much better than a long one with lots of errors and mistakes.

Tip 3: Be an Avid Reader

Reading and writing are closely tried together. You writing can not become better until you have seen how a good piece of writing looks like. And you will not be able to tell good writing from poor one until you have read numerous amount of good writing.

Reading is something that can be cultivated into a life long habit. Pick any subjects that you are interested in and start reading. It does not matter if you pick up a book, a magazine, or a newspaper. As long as you are reading and writing consistently, your writing will eventually improve.
 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Changing the World



 -- Quote of the Day --



We give away our power to create the world we desire when we blame others for our actions or our inactions.  
Believing we are not responsible for our actions is denying the power we have to influence our world and understand how our choices, beliefs, and actions draw people and events into our lives which mirror our beliefs.

~ Gary Spinell, It Was You All Along





-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --


Join us today @ 10-11 AM Pacific for a live discussion with our special guest of the day to learn about how You Can Change the World



Gary Spinell is joining us to share his passion on helping others realize the ability to change the world lies within themselves. Author of – It Was All You, All Along – shares more than 25 years of researching the components of a successful life – and he has found that it begins with understanding that we have always had the power to create change, to take responsibility for our action or inaction and to move forward knowing that we have the power to create changes with every moment we live. 

Drop in the live chat room... and you can access the archive of this episode at your convenience as well.


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Monday, August 29, 2011

Conscious Business Tips



-- Quote of the Day --



"Sit down before fact as a little child, 
be prepared to give up every preconceived notion;
follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads,
or you will learn nothing."

~ Thomas Huxley


-- Conscious Business Tips --


We featured the topics of in-house business eco-programs and offered some suggestions in the past, since then we’ve come across some great tips from INiKA Small Earth.Org– in their late Aug newsletter – and I want to share those tips with some of my own elaborations on them today:

During a slow period of the day have a member of your staff or two conduct waste audits… what waste is going in which baskets, what kinds of waste are generated by the business. Developing a simple chart is helpful for the staff to do this audit, with categories for different types of recyclables, returnables, e-waste, organics… and so on. Once you have this information you can more easily determine the kinds of waste receptacles to have on hand and the best location for them – which will increase participation.  This audit may have to be an ongoing project for a week or two – so that you are able to get a clear picture of the day-to-day waste generation.

This process will also help to save a few dollars for the company because you can then determine the right sized waste collection service packages that you sign up for.

Do you have a staff coffee room, meeting area, smoking area, or cafeteria? These areas are likely to have high amounts of organics. Therefore you’ll want to have the appropriate containers there to catch all those organics. Make a deal with a gardener (who might just be a member of your staff) or farmer who could really use your organic waste… For instance, let’s say your business produces canned fruit – the organic waste may be ideal for a farmer who has pigs or chickens, as these types of animals love fruit and the farmer saves money on feed. Or if you do a lot of baking and have a lot of egg shells, gardeners love these as soil amendments (crushed egg shells have lots of minerals in them). And don’t be afraid to put up a poster notifying your clients that you have this or that waste item available for free… you can also list it in the classified ads section of the newspaper.

Have the staff search out and identify lapses in the recycling – for instance, by knowing exactly what the local system accepts you might be able to increase the recycling rate. Perhaps there are take-back programs or mail in programs for some of the waste your business generates.

Have the staff walk around and review areas where things are plugged in that needn’t be because the machine or lamp, or whatever isn’t on or in use every moment of the day. Have the staff install socket insulation kits (little foam inserts for light switch and socket areas).

Perhaps the staff will come up with ways for altering the transportation involved in the day-to-day operations, or energy or water use.

And this project can also be applied to in-house purchasing department as well. They can do similar evaluations in regards to purchasing options, material and product or shipping options.



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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Taking Responsibility


 -- Quote of the Day --


"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility
is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority."

~ Stanley Milgram 




-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's Positive Eco-News segment will feature a discussion on e-waste, water, and vehicles... helping all of us embrace our individual responsibility to participate in this global wave toward conscious, proactive living.

Join in the live chat room if you can, while listening to the live show, which airs at 10-11 AM Pacific - or access the  archived show at your convenience. Make sure you have a pen and scrap of paper handy, as we'll be offering resources for you to check out as time allows. 


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday Chatter


 -- Chatter --

I want to thank everyone for their patience while I took a few extra days off this month as "sick days". I caught something and it took a few days to get rid of it. I was back in the office on Saturday (today) dealing with a huge volume of messages, getting some guests booked on the radio show, and confirming appointments with the media. I finally have a few moments to visit the blog and offer my apologies for my absence.

The end of August is always a busy time of year as harvests come in from the garden in the form of canteloupe, tomatoes, chard, beets and so on. The earlier potatoes look like they are ready for harvesting and I've already harvested, dried and processed our garlic harvest from late July. It's time to plant the new garlic for next year's crop, mow the lawn (again) and harvest some more Seabuckthorne berries (the best crop ever!) as time allows. Yeah, it'll be another busy week, but worth it all the same. And with our house on the market, well - let's just say there isn't much time to spare in our lives right now... which is a good challenge for me to hone those organization and multitasking skills.

We have three fantastic radio episodes set up for you this week and a couple blog guests lined up as well.  You should see the line-up we have for October and September this year! I think you'll really enjoy what we've set up for our blog readers and radio listeners... and the next issue of the Brummet's Muse Newsletter goes out on August 30th, offering some details on what we have lined up for you. 

In the meantime - here's a quote that I thought you might enjoy:


-- Quote of the Day --

“…You can reach more people with the power of the pen. When I write I feel like I am releasing myself to my purpose. I detest deadlines; however I love writing and it enables me to have a passport to the world. Anything I want to know I can call a person up and say ‘I can see that you are an expert in – such and such – a field’ – and then I can interview them and they transfer their knowledge to me. 
…Often times people think that writing is just sitting at a desk and the writing comes pouring out of you, but if you really strive for excellence and …to reach a lot of people - you have to learn the craft, learn good word choice, have a good mentor, and attend writing conferences, which can really be eye-openers.”   


Anne Jones


Today's quote originates from the July 19th Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode titled: Volunteering - Writing & Youth

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Poetry


- World of Writing -- 

We have a special guest dropping in today, Criss White, offering thoughts on the world of poetry in the article below. Criss enjoys writing poetry just for fun, but also writes in the genres of babies, parenting, baby shower ideas and writing new baby poems.  

When are poems useful in life?
By Criss white


Poetry sounds great and romantic, yet it appears to be a somehow archaic way of expressing thoughts and emotions. Many people believe that poetry can no longer be used in real life. It was something great during Shakespeare's age but today's busy and hectic world has left no room for poetry.
The truth about poetry is that it adds something extra special to everyday occurrences, parties and special moments. Verses can be easily incorporated in real life activities. These lines will be even more special, if you have attempted writing on your own.

Does it sound impossible to weave poetry into real life? Read on to find out when it can be used and how it will add a bit of sparkle to a simple, routine day.

When You Fall in Love
Love and poetry go hand in hand. Classic love poems can turn into the most romantic and beautiful ways to express sentiments and to reveal emotions. You can have a poem written on a card or recited to a favorite person.

Love poems can also be used when proposing to someone. Lovers are poets by heart and they become very sensitive to such gentle messages.

Many people start writing poems when they fall in love. Though these verses are very often far from literature masterpieces, they have the power to move deeply a lover. If you want to make a romantic evening extra special, you should have a poem card written for the person that you love.

When You Want to Make Someone Feel Extra Special
Taking the time to write a poem or to discover a beautiful verse for someone will make that person feel extra special.

You can use poems to improve the mood of someone or to show that person your love and appreciation. It does not have to be presented in any special way. A poem sent via e-mail will be just as effective as the poem written on a card.

Use poems to make loved ones feel better. These can be sent or written for no occasion whatsoever.
Setting the Mood and Decorating a Home

Poem posters or framed words of wisdom can be used to decorate your home and to set the mood in each room.

Some words of wisdom or beautiful verses can be written in a beautiful manner and framed to turn into decorations. These poems show what you believe in and how you feel. They will affect the energy and ambiance in your own home.

The manner in which the poem is written and framed can turn the poster into a wonderful accessory that makes your home look even better.

Making People Laugh
Funny poems can make people laugh. Use those as jokes and in order to become the heart and soul of the company.

Poems can be easily turned into something hilarious and enjoyable. Na├»ve rhymes or little clever verses will get people rolling on the floor with laughter. If you want to make others feel happy and amused, you should begin looking for and memorizing funny poems. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Care for You, First



-- Quote of the Day --





“…Whatever you are saying, add the words ’For Now’ at the end of any sentence. So: ‘This woman is making me crazy, for now’ - and this is a reminder that this is just a moment in time. …We talk about health and wholeness and peace on earth – but the best thing that we can do to create a healthy environment is to look at everyone as if they are just where they should be. …You must care for YOU first. …Starting a gratitude practice helps us realize that there has got to be something good, and shift our balance to the positive.  …The best thing you can do for YOU is to choose happy thoughts, to play, to list the good things about your day… The only way to care for anyone else is to care for YOU first.”

Today's quote originates from the July 14th episode of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show with – Erika Oliver – when our topic was: Simple Steps to Happiness.

*Click on the show title to access the full interview
-- Conscious Living Event -- 

Today, August 23 - thru to Aug 25th, people can check out the Waste Con Events happening in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Exhibits, lectures... all kinds of stuff to check out!





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Monday, August 22, 2011

Advancements in Solar Technologies



 -- Quote of the Day --

"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say - 'I was wrong'."

~ Sydney Harris


 -- Advancements in Solar Technologies --

Some fantastic news about paint came from a recent program on the CBC radio station which discussed a new solar cell that can be painted on roadways, rooftops, building siding and more – this is a new technology that is, like most alternative energy sources, needing some way of storing the captured energy. But the idea of using the surface area of the road infrastructure on this planet (said to equal the surface area of the US) to produce at least 20% of the world’s energy needs is a pretty cool prospect.

Speaking of pretty cool – I was watching an environmental DVD and learned that part of the issue with Urban Greenhouse Effect is that we have so many dark roofs, dark sidings and dark roadways – all of which absorb the solar heat and contribute to warmer cities. We can easily reduce the heat in a large city by 5 degrees simply by painting these dark surfaces a lighter color – perhaps a cream color, since white is so reflective and would contribute to Urban Glare issues.

There are lots of rooftop paints now available that not only extend the life of your roof, but offer some insulation factors as well. Different types of paint are available for different surfaces, however in researching paints for our own roof I’ve learned that if you have a metal roof, you can paint it with an elasticized paint (choosing a light, creamy color if possible) that will extend the life of the metal roof by a minimum of 7 years.  This would cover flaws, rust and repairs that have been done, while giving the house a “new” look  - which would benefit anyone looking to put their house on the market anytime in the near future.

More news about advancements in the world of paint came to us from the Japan For Sustainability org: Kansai Paint Co., a Japanese manufacturer of paints and coatings, announced that it has developed a new type of paint with high solar reflectance called "Alescool." Simply applying this paint, the company says, can help cut electric power cost of air conditioning by 40 percent during summer in Japan. The paint will go on sale across Japan through Kansai Paint's affiliated sales company.


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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Interviews & Kids


-- Quote of the Day --



“…I love my work; I’m a physician and I integrate meditation in my work. Almost a third of the population (suffers from chronic pain) and most situations of chronic pain are learned pathways – which can cause insomnia and other things. …Chronic pain will ruin your life, it takes it over – it is a serious issue because it takes over your identity, your personality, the things that you can and cannot do, your relationships – and because of this the search for a cure is frantic. Our medical model is: if you have this pain; try these drugs. But in fact this model can create more fear, more frustration because people are not getting better.”

 Today's quote was excerpted from the July 7th episode of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show with – Howard Schubiner – Topic: Unlearn Your Pain


*Click on show title to access the full interview.




-- Referral Corner --


This section of the blog is where we offer some recommended resources for you to check out as time allows: 

Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) - In the last twenty two years, the Trust has helped thousands of children come off the streets and into a safe and nurturing environment. Today SBT provides a holistic safety net of services catering to the individual needs of street children in Mumbai, covering the entire area of child development from physical and medical needs to encompassing the educational, creative, cognitive, social and vocational needs of the children.   



An alliance of the nation's leading educational and environmental associations in pursuit of a common mission: to provide every child in America with a green school.




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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Water & Success


 -- Quote of the Day --

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons, and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded

~ Ralph Emerson


-- Recommended Resources --

Water is on everyone's mind this time of year - getting it, mostly. The search for good clean water, water that is not poisoned or tainted in some way, for our children and families to drink. Here in North America we are fairly rich in water, as are some areas in Europe, but places like Africa and Australia are really suffering. Water conservation is finally becoming the norm in North America with water saving appliances, faucets, and sink aerator attachments... not to mention things like waterless and low-flow toilets. People are becoming very proactive about this resource and it is great to see so many organizations and individuals making huge advancements for the planet. 

Today I'd like to share two resources within the water genre that I hope you'll take the time to check out:

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) addresses the declining state of the world's supply of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water services by the world's poorest people. It brings together the talents and experiences of seven leading international organizations—Action Against Hunger—USA, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, International Union for Conservation of Nature, International Institute for Environment and Development, Oxfam America and SOS Sahel UK—to work out effective solutions.

The creation of the GWI comes at a time when more than 1 billion people lack access to improved water sources and more than 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation.



The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s largest global environmental network, with more than 1,000 members and 11,000 volunteer scientists. The IUCN Water Program seeks to bring together this extensive network to support and develop sustainable solutions and initiatives for our planet’s most precious asset, fresh water. Their efforts reach out to more than 30 countries offering help on mainstream environmental issues in water resource planning and management, for the benefit of both people and nature.  



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Friday, August 19, 2011

World of Writing




-- Brummets in the Media --

Apologies to everyone expecting me to appear on the Grand Haven Talk Radio - we had some intermittent power issues here that kept me from calling in to the show. I'm hoping the hosts will understand and reschedule us for some future date... and I do apologize, once again, for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

I hope you enjoy the interesting discussion below:


-- World of Writing --  

As many of our readers are aware, we enjoy featuring World of Writing interviews quite regularly. ...Here's today's installment... Oh, First - I’d like to start with a shout out to Kat Sanborn, Editorial Associate with Cleis Press and Viva Editions  (VivaEditions.com) for sending a query our way for today’s featured guest.



Dr. John Duffy is a clinical psychologist and the author of: The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens. He has been working with families in a very busy practice for about 15 years. “It took me a while to identify my vocation. I worked as an accountant for several years before retuning to grad school.” He says of his work. John currently resides near Chicago, in the US – along with his wife and teen-age son. 

Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in writing?
My two best friends from childhood are both writers, one an editor at GQ magazine and the other a successful freelance writer. They are both major inspiration. About four years ago, I started reading some of Wayne Dyer’s work, and found that it affected my life profoundly. I decided I wanted to write about topics that would touch lives in that way.

Q: How does writing help you make a difference in the world?
I have a very specific message for parents, and I have found myself repeating it over and over again, one-by-one, in my private practice. I decided to write about it, in a colorful and entertaining way, to help a lot of people in a far more efficient manner. The result has been incredibly gratifying.

Q: Can you tell us what editors typically look for in a query letter or project proposal?
 My editor was looking for a project that was clearly derived from a sense of passion, not a piece written just to get published. She liked that my work was based directly on my experience as well. Finally, she wanted to be sure there would be a need in the population at large that the work would meet.

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?
I maintain a very full private practice working with families. I protect time to be with my family – practicing what I preach! I also like to take a run every day I can, and play the guitar. I find that these activities clear my mind for writing, and my best ideas often arise when I’m engaged in them.

Q: What gave you the idea (inspiration) for this book?
Teenagers I’ve worked with actually provided the idea for my book. They taught me that, though it may appear that the teens themselves are seen as unavailable to parents, parents are often unavailable first. It was quite a revelation to me. In the end, I’ve found the concept to be highly empowering to parents.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in writing your non-fiction books?
First off, I found it tough at times to protect time to write. I also wanted to capture the core concepts in writing as best I could. I also have a desire to write fiction, even music, so I had to really focus on my non-fiction work.
 
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Recognize Your Worth


-- Quote of the Day --

 
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."

~ Moshe Arens


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 

Today - Aug 18th - Wendy Kay is our featured guest of the day! She dropped in to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show to help us master the art of feeling good, starting with learning how to recognize our own worth. When we realize our own worth we discover some other things too such as personal accountability, the power making choices, discover new passions. In doing so we are filled with the knowledge of the incredible power we have as an individual and the fact that we can have a positive impact on the world with small, moment to moment choices.  

Drop by and access this discussion at your convenience via the link below:



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Business Advice


-- Quote of the Day --


“…If you stay on your shore, you will never discover other shores. …Why is it that you want to go into business? ...It is during these times of times of economic changes that we see an increase of self-employed businesses. …You might need to test the waters while you work full or part time. …Don’t wait until everything is just right; it will never be perfect - there will always be challenges and cycles. …You just have to take the step and let go of the fear.”  

~ Victor Kwegyir

Today's quote comes from an interview that aired back on June 9:  From Dream to Self-Employment

*Click on Show Title to access the full interview and while there, scroll down to the "comment" section for this episode to find related business advice discussions.


-- Referral Corner --

In keeping with the topic of "business advice", I'd like to pass on to you a resource that may come in handy one day, especially if your office is relocating, upgrading or remodeling in some way. 

The Furniture Reuse Network is a UK-based organization that may be able to help find a new home and support people in need with your unwanted computer stands, phone stands, desks, chairs and so on. They accept both home and office furniture: www.frn.org.uk

Or, perhaps you might want to inspire your staff to bond as a team and feel good about their workplace through getting involved with a non-profit. Here's one that may interest you:

Oxfam America is a member of Oxfam International, a confederation of 14 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. They work directly with communities and seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.



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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Writing for Therapy



-- Quote of the Day --

"Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand – a business as safe and commendable as making soap – or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand… something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.

~ Willa Cather


Lately I've found that I have this real need to write this last year - not for publication or promotion or for sharing on this blog - but just for me. It has been an amazing experience. Those stolen moments with the pen gives me a yearning for more, and more time and head space for this process.  33 pages of journaling later, and only a half dozen poems have been written this year - but it is more then I've done in quite a while. Dealing with the chronic illness, and end of life planning of my parents, the grief of their passing really wiped me out and it took over a year before I could do many things. Drumming, writing, and things like this lost their meaning for me ...and perhaps became too powerful for me, in that too much emotions were released at once when I tried them. But lately I've been finding this real urge to get back to these passions full force. At the same time I've felt a real pull to take a lot of time just to zone out in nature... at the cost of my office, and business life. A cost I've been willing to pay, but not without some regrets. I plan to take a few hours today and tomorrow just for me... to explore with the pen and release tensions. I hope you are able to do the same this week - taking just a little time for ourselves is so important.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Solar Water Heaters



 -- Solar Water Heaters -- 

Today's article is written by Henry Wills who is passionate about solar water heaters, and like any technology or innovation - it's success is entirely dependent on the culture and location of each country. Here, he compares China and India. Personally, we have several friends who have solar water heaters with an electric backup system and they seem to be very enthusiastic about them.

It is a well known fact that solar water heaters are immensely popular all over the world these days. In India too, they are popular but their popularity isn’t as much as in other countries of the world. Hence it can be said that there is a slow yet steady pickup of interest in the installation of solar water heaters among the Indian citizens but because of the lack of enthusiasm in investing in this kind of product there is a difference between the cost of solar water heaters in India and those in other countries of the world.

In India individual orders, i.e. orders consisting of a single unit only can cost anywhere between Rs 13000 and Rs 28000 while the cost of bulk orders can range from Rs 9000 to Rs 12000. However these are just approximate figures because the prices of these solar water heaters may vary depending on the type of usage.


Even though India may have a sunny and warmer climate in comparison to China which has a comparatively colder climate, but the price of solar water heaters in China is much lower than that of its Indian counterpart. This is because of the fact that there is more production as well as installation of solar water heaters in China in comparison to that of India. At present China is considered as the country with the largest solar water heating market. In comparison to the present foothold of China, India is lagging far behind even though the weather conditions in India may be more favorable for the purpose of harnessing solar energy. However the good news is that things are beginning to look up on the solar water heater front in India.


Solar water heater is a natural way of heating up water in India. There are a lot of advantages of using solar water heater. Generally speaking, this kind of water heating system is used mostly for domestic purposes. A solar water heating system usually comprises of solar collectors and storage tanks. The principle behind the functioning of these heaters is very simple and straightforward - the collectors or solar panels are installed onto the rooftops of homes or open places where plenty of direct sunlight can be obtained. So the heat collected by these panels is transferred into pipes which contain water and thus the heating process begins. After that the hot water is stored inside the storage tanks for direct usage whenever required.


If you have the desire to install solar water heaters at home then the first step which you need to take in this aspect would be to find out the basic functions of such heaters and see whether they appeal to you or not. You also need to do some research work and see which type of heater would be best for your house. Also consider the geographical location you are in before you install such a water heater.


The size of your house also matters when it comes to purchasing a solar water heater because if you have a big house then you will require plenty of panels. Likewise, in case you have a small house then you will need to install lesser number of panels. To purchase these panels one can visit online stores or contact some suppliers of solar water heaters. Even though the installation charges of these water heaters may be expensive but they are considerably affordable in comparison to the cost of operation of electric water heaters or even the gas operated versions.

There are many advantages of using solar water heaters. First off these are extremely cost efficient in comparison to other conventional water heaters since these are powered by the sun, which is a gigantic and natural power station up in the sky. Also, these water heaters are completely environment-friendly.



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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Gardening for Colder Seasons


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We are having a special guest return to share more information on gardening consciously – Sheri Ann Richerson joined us back on May 8th   earlier this year - for a fascinating discussion in the realm of gardening and of course we just had to have her back to talk about her experiences and recommendations for winter gardening. Sheri “lives and breathes” gardening -  is the author of some 28 books, most of these are within the gardening genre. One that I’ve had a chance to read is: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Year-Round Gardening – which she co-wrote with Delilah Smittle,and have grown to be a fan of Sheri’s work. In the earlier discussion with Sheri back on May 8th, we learned about plant-a-row for the hungry, and how gardeners can have a direct impact on the local economy and community health issues.  We also learned about micro-climates and touched on succession crops – which leads us to our discussion today: cool season and winter gardening. 

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Communication Stats


The Research-scary statistics



Rosemary J Osborne, our featured guest of the day, is editor at The Writing Shed: http://www.thewritingshed.com.au where she focusus on ensuring each document shines and is not only error-free, but says exactly what you want it to say. Today, Rosemary shares here thoughts on communication stats.


The majority of email senders and email receivers believe that their email information is interpreted correctly. In fact, only half of emails received are interpreted correctly and half of email recipients have a lot of trouble interpreting emotion in emails. There is a suggestion that this overconfidence in emails links to a difficulty detaching oneself from your own environment. This theory is supported by the rapid emergence of social media where the communication is fast, "off the cuff" and not always thoughtful.

Furthermore, three quarters of email is opened within 6 seconds of its arrival in the Inbox and there is a significant recovery time for the worker to return to their previous task because the email task is prioritized over the planned task. Impact on business It appears that emails influence business life in multiple ways. They increase the workload; affect the prioritization of task completion and impact on staff stress levels. It seems timely to review email etiquette and workplace email communication strategies. Communication processes Interaction and communication on a personal level is complex and part of a process that is negotiated between two people depending on the level of their interpersonal skills. In email communication and interaction, these process communication tools are not present and so the written word is the sole communicator.

Attitude, personality and intent are expressed in emails in tone and voice. A poorly written email immediately sets a bad tone and projects attitude. Some examples include poor grammar and punctuation, jargon or cumbersome works, discriminatory language or unclear language that allows assumptions. Non-business typology speaks loudly of unprofessional behavior and includes blocks of bold or italic font, stylized fonts, no capitals or overuse of capitals. Review of email etiquette It is important to remember that emails are a business format and therefore require infrastructure with titles, a clear sense of purpose and a length of no more than two paragraphs.

The subject description should be precise and match the content in the email and this content should be clear in the opening sentence of the email. Avoid burying an unfavorable message in the middle or end of the email, as this only tends to aggravate a reader. Tone should be conversational, polite, respectful, approachable, and written from the viewpoint of the company. Curt and demanding tones are not helpful and sometimes, just changing one word can alter the tone of the email. 

A useful way to monitor email tone is to email yourself. You can then proofread it. The rules of proofreading are simple.
• Put some distance between yourself and the email.
• Read the text aloud or get someone to read it to you.
• Consider each sentence separately.
• Remember the basic rules of grammar and punctuation.
• Check spelling using a dictionary and do not rely on spell check.
• Listen to the voice and tone of the email and consider the choice of words.



Some useful email management strategies could include turning off email alert sounds, allocating certain times of the day to check emails or set your email application to display in the inbox with the sender and subject, so you can determine urgent issues. Do not respond immediately to emails, but prioritize the required work of the email into your jobs list. Reduce your response emails by considering if the sender is expecting a response. Restrict a response to a group email to the person directly involved and not to the group. Email communications-Proofread them! Email communication is here to stay. Proofreading of workplace emails has to be a useful strategy to not only enhance communication but also improve workplace productivity.
 


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