Monday, October 31, 2011

Conscious Events & Shopping Habits


-- Conscious Living Event --

Oct 31-Nov 2

11th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

-- Conscious Shopping Habits --

Nov/Dec is traditionally a time of higher shopping habits due to the holidays, so we thought we'd put together some conscious shopping habit tips for you to consider.

First - don't idle your vehicle, shut it off. Park somewhere central where you can walk to a number of different shops. Keep a few lists going on the fridge where you can jot down things for the grocery store, gift items, and hardware store items... making your shopping experience more efficient. And consider using public transit when possible. 

Interesting studies were done in our town where they evaluated the busiest days and least available parking time:

The busiest being Tues & Wed, with the peak parking time between 12-1:10 PM. So one could hypothesize that communities elsewhere would also experience similar high traffic times. Therefore one might want to consider doing the town activities on Thurs, Sat or Sun instead – and avoid lunch hour traffic. Areas with a higher number of families might want to avoid time frames of just before or after school hours. This will help you spend less time circling around and around in search of parking stalls and wasted time standing in longer lineups.


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Law of Movement


-- Nothing's Static --

Today's post comes to via Petricia Verdes who sent us a couple of submissions for our blog on behalf of her client: 

Author Ilie Cioara was an enlightened mystic who lived in Eastern Europe that penned 16 books describing the experience of meditation and enlightenment. In particular, the book – Silence of the Mind – offers a unique message on meditation and enlightenment. Ilie believes that by practicing the silence of the mind, through an all-encompassing attention, we discover and fulfill our innermost potential of becoming one with the divine spark that lies dormant within us. Silence of the Mind is the first volume in a series of his books that will be published by OBooks (http://o-books.com). Find out more via the blog (http://thesilencebook.blogspot.com)

We hope you enjoy the following, by Ilie Cioara:


In the whole Universe, there is nothing static, dead or frozen. Everything, but absolutely everything, is in eternal movement. Even within the so-called still nature reigns the same intrinsic law of movement.

Movement and newness, in perfect interconnectedness, affirm themselves as uniqueness. In this context, the moment represents the hand of the clock, used by Infinity in order to record the movement of Eternity. It is always new, as well as creative and transformed, in an ascending manner, progressively.

In order to be able to encounter the newness of the aliveness in its movement, we must come out and greet it the same way. Thus, we don’t return to the past, to what happened, nor do we project ourselves into the future, in pursuit of an imaginary purpose or ideal to fulfill.

With a completely empty mind, we simply watch life as it unfolds. Nothing comes between us and the movement of life, in the form of images, opinions etc. Such a simple and direct meeting with the moment transcends us spontaneously from the finite world into Infinity.

And just as quickly, like lightning, we detach, in order to be free again, and therefore completely available to encountering the next moment. Nothing is anticipated and nothing is accumulated from the lived moment.

The purity, innocence of the mind is our constant companion, as each moment becomes an opportunity of creative Being. Through this way of “being” – as pure Consciousness – we ourselves create a new world in which love, beauty, compassion and kindness become a reality positively influencing the whole of humankind.

******


The Power of Emptiness



The “void” or “psychological emptiness” is a strange phenomenon,

It appears spontaneously, in the pause between two thoughts;

As the old thought ends its course and disappears,

Its end is the gate, natural silence ensues.



Insist in being with it, as much as you can,

The mind is completely silent, we are attentive – a clear consciousness,

All meanings, boundaries disappear – us and the Infinite are “One”;

Practically, we have a new mind – always fresh.



Being in the pause – I become infinite!

It separates two worlds. I leave the limited world

And enter Boundlessness, through total melting;

The whole being is calm – a constant sparkle.



There is no time, no space – just everlasting Eternity;

I move in direct contact with life, in a permanent present.

I am Pure Energy, without motivations,

The simplicity of existence integrates us completely.




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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Success...


-- Quote of the Day --

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. 
Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” 

~ Jim Rohn



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Thought of the day...


-- Quote of the Day --

“The person who knows how to laugh to himself will never cease to be amused."

~ Shirley MacLain


 -- Did You Know ? --


The recycling industry has contributed to the creation of more than 125,000 new jobs in the state of California in the last 20 years. This equates to just over 6,250 new jobs per year.



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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hidden Costs of Laundry, Con't

-- Laundry Lint --

I’d like to take some time today to respond to a few questions sent our way after a blog post earlier in October about dryer lint…

First of all, front loading high efficiency washers use less water than standard washers – only 20-66% of the water is used with these newer models... depending on the settings that are chosen and the size of the load.

I have learned that they are more gentle on clothing and fabrics, therefore the clothes will not wear out or stretch as easily as with other washers. And because the spin cycle is so efficient, one doesn’t need the dryer to work as hard (when the clothes line is not in use).

October, being Fire Prevention Month is also a time of year traditionally when we experience a rise in the number of house fires. Dryer vent cleaning is so important… installing the dryer vents properly is key as well. So take a look at your dryer vent and see  if you have a coil plastic pipe leading to the exterior dryer vent. If so, you’ll want to  replace that with a solid metal venting system, or an extendable metal one, although a solid metal pipe is most recommended because the fewer ridges and corners in your venting system will actually increase the efficiency of your machine and prevent lint buildup. 

All dryer vents will need cleaning, usually annually – because lint can build up in the ducts inside the dryer and make the machine work harder due to improper air flow, and this is a fire hazard. Lint is really the perfect fire starter – literally. Check out our book Trash Talk to learn ways of turning lint into a campfire or emergency kit amendment. 

In the original post on this topic, (Hidden Costs of Laundry) we offered some simple suggestions to help prevent synthetic lint from polluting beaches, harming wildlife, and accumulating in our oceans. However we had some people looking for more information on this... so I did some research and found the following:



Prevention:


Lint from the dryer, not the washer, will often end up in the garbage or in composting systems. Now if you are using organic fabrics – that lint is probably safe for the compost… in fact our lint always goes to the compost. What concerns me, though, is if this synthetic lint causes problems in the ocean… what is it doing to our soils and possible food chain?

Add ½ cup white cleaning vinegar to the laundry wash cycle and this will reduce the amount of lint produced… but also will act as a fabric conditioner since it softens the water. Pet hair too, will not cling to the fabrics as easily when using this method.

Sorting the laundry from synthetics, delicates, and mixed cotton and denim loads is a great way to run the laundry room more efficiently. Sweaters, towels and track pants or sweatshirts tend to produce a lot of lint – so you may want to wash these in one load Synthetics should be washed in a separate load with a gentle, cold water cycle. Polyester, the experts say, is especially a problem – when it comes to synthetics.
Be sure to close all snaps, zippers etc so that these items to not cause more friction in the load.  And be sure to check all the pockets, each and every one, for loose change, paper receipts and lists, or paperclips and miniature lint balls. 

Give the items a bit of a shake before putting in the washing machine – by putting in loose, rather than balled up, items the machine will run more efficiently and it reduces the friction on your clothing. 

Make sure the load is sized appropriately for your machine – if it is too full then there won’t be a proper water-to-clothing ratio… and more lint will form.

Most modern washing machines have a lint filter – your manual will let you know where it is located – be sure to clean this periodically. And make sure that the dryer lint screen is cleaned each and every load.  If you clean the inside of the washer machine and dryer drums, it can help to prevent excess lint production.

Those of us who purchase used clothing are enjoying a hidden lint benefit – since new clothes and fabrics will have loose threads, etc, that will come off in the first few loads.

Because of these options – there is less lint produced, our clothes last longer, we pay less to run the laundering machines... and less synthetic fibers will leak into the water systems and eventually into the ocean.


 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

mid - week !



-- Chatter --

We are finally settled into the Creston Valley (in the Kootenay Region of BC, Canada) and now have our office up and running.  Still, we expect to delay full office hours until Dec 1st, when we hope to have the last of the boxes unpacked and the drum studio set up. We changed internet servers and web providers as well - so Dave's been busily making sure the transition goes smooth. Whew! 

In the meantime we arranged to have our radio show air once a week and the blog here to keep running as well. I've been watching the comments, and really appreciate the feedback from our readers. I'll respond to your questions soon! :) ...and will be preparing new blog content for you to enjoy over the next few days.

In the meantime, here's a quote you might enjoy - excerpted from a recent Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview... (click on the link below to access the full interview):

 
“…The theory across the board… is there are 3 phases of health: the first is to get rid of the things that do not work. …The second thing you want to do is put back the things we need that we are not getting – whether it is vitamins, exercise… The third is the other stuff – like surgery, herbal supplements and prescriptions. …The system is just so over worked – the great thing about the Internet is that you can find anything… but I think this is both a plus or minus to our society. …You really have to look at multiple sources. …There is just so much information out there. …it is a matter of distilling the information. …But we are bombarded with conflicting information so this is when you find a professional.”





-- Conscious Living Events --

October 27, 2011 to October 28:
 

Coast Waste Management Association Annual Conference



5th Asphalt Shingle Recycling Forum



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Monday, October 24, 2011

Loving Mother Nature With Logo Printed Environment-Friendly Products

* Today's article comes to us from:
Remy LeBeaux is a marketing promotions consultant on Earth-friendly promotional products & Green Promotional Golf Packs.



The planet Earth is repeatedly being attacked by damaging forces. Different forms of pollution such as air, water, and even noise pollution are rendering it beaten and powerless. Man, who initiated this abuse, must also be the one to end it. Right now many non-government organizations have already started campaigning for a healthier, greener environment. You can help in your own way by using customized eco-friendly items in your next campaign.

There are many ways of saving Mother Nature from entire destruction. Recycling, reusing and reducing are just three of the methods people can follow so garbage accumulation may be lessened. Some car and oil companies are also trying to fabricate a good option to gasoline, so air pollution may be prevented in the future. People, especially the youth, are motivated to plant trees to restore those which have been cut down. Besides these, there are even more strategies employed by concerned individuals who would like to help in redeeming Mother Nature.

Customized eco-friendly items may be used as an alternative to the traditional products. You may avail of these and employ them in your trade shows so you can back nature awareness and advertise your business as well. Provide these products to your customers and clients and even to your own employees.

Here are other benefits of trade show eco-friendly items:

- Highly Practical - Eco-friendly item are items which may be used in your regularly lives like pens, notepads, and even kitchen utensils.

Your customers will definitely want to use it everyday. - Excellent Printing Quality - Custom imprinted eco-friendly products have optimum printing space for your company name or logo.

You may even add a simple message that will encourage people to take part in taking care of the environment. There are a wide array of styles to choose from. They will absolutely complement your business name or logo. And they're highly affordable - since they are made from recycled products, these goods are a lot cheaper. You would be able to save a lot of money which you can employ for other purposes.

If you're now all set to make a pro-environment stand, here are some tips first to help you begin your publicity items shopping:

- Choose Recycled Plastic - Since most of the items are made of plastic, make sure sure that you buy those which are constructed from recycled materials. This way, you're already performing your part in saving the environment.

- Recycle Materials - If you have leftover goods from a previous trade show or launching day, employ them in your next event. Try to maximize their use so you can avoid having to throw them out unnecessarily. Old items can still be repaired and used again.

- Match Items with Your Logo - Be watchful of the aesthetic value of your campaign as well. Match your items with your company logo to fabricate a more meaningful and solid look. 

- Budget Your Resources - Try to work within your means so you'll stay away from the risk of being bankrupt. Aspire for a effortless but high quality presentation.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Adobe, Cob, Straw-bale, Stack-wall...


-- Quote of the Day --

 “…Natural construction involves materials that can be harvest right off the building site in most cases. When you consider that the average home built now, the materials travel about 1500 miles, and some as far as 6000 miles… and you think about how much fuel it takes to transport that. …Natural buildings involve hardly any shipping. Adobe really is just clay, sand and straw that is shaped into bricks that are baked in the sun first. …Cob is pressed into the house as you go, so the wall is all in one piece. With adobe, the wall is stacked with these weak points in between the joints. Straw bale is a very sustainable alternative… Stack wall can involve earth bags… the advantage is that there is more thermal mass… and there is a cord-wood stack wall… I prefer not to use concrete because concrete is one of the biggest polluters in the industry.”

~ Chuck Hall


Today's quote comes to us from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show episode that aired back on Sept 1 - titled: Alternative Sustainable Buildings  (*Click on show title to access the full interview)


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Caregiving for the Planet & its People


-- Caregiving --

When I was dealing with some caregiving issues myself, and had the honor of speaking with some experts on our radio show about the subject I learned of some shocking statistics. For instance, did you know that there are estimated to be 1.4 million children in the US who are caregivers? Can you imagine the responsibility they feel, the guilt they carry, the fear that weighs them down and they have to balance this while growing up, dealing with school and peers and all the other adversities in a child's life? There are an estimated 50 million unpaid caregivers in the US alone - according to Sheila Watson, who sent us a fantastic resource: Caregiver Village. These adults have to balance caring for their own children, their marriages and other relationships and somehow pay their own bills while caring for at least one elderly person in their lives. ...Not an easy task. Sheila tells us that it is: " ...an online community designed exclusively for caregivers needs. ...Connect with friends, participate in book clubs, play mystery games, solve puzzles, learn valuable information about caregiving ...and raise funds to support caregiving organizations." 


Find several discussions on caregiving by scrolling through the archived online radio episodes listed on: www.Brummet.ca 

-- Recycling -- 
One of our Brummet's Conscious Blog readers (Sandy) left a comment on a post we wrote about recycling... and had a great resource to share as well. Check out the lighthearted recycling videos at this site and submit your own recycling photos for consideration as well:



& then visit the org's main site at:


http://greenopolis.com

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Laughter - and - Love


-- Quote of the Day --

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge;
That myth is more potent than history; 
That dreams are more powerful than facts;
That hope always triumphs over experience;
That laughter is the only cure for grief...
And I believe that love is stronger than death."

~ Robert (last name unknown)

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

fun eco-friendly craft ideas


Fun and Eco-friendly Crafty Gift Ideas


The joy of the holidays is making its way into our homes and offices, but there are a lot of people out there on constrained budgets, while others want to instill conscious living patterns in their children. Families are aching to spend time together, but sometimes, they just don't know what to do that would be fun for everyone.

Here are some tips that could help you accomplish all of these things:

Save all of your old birthday or other holiday cards - these are great craft items! Consider all the cards you've received or those that you've made wrong entries in and don't want to send it out with a big scribble in the inside ... they are all useful.

Gather the family, youth group or craft-loving friends, around a sturdy table to create puzzles, ornaments, gift tags, bookmarks or fridge magnets for their own homes or as gifts to their friends, class mates or loved ones. These can also make wonderful projects to create gifts for senior's centers, women's centers, children's centers or classes and support centers for the poor.

These are extremely easy to construct and depending on the size, shape and type of scissors you are using - they can be made into very creative craft projects. Any of these ideas would be a lovely gift - even more meaningful because they were handmade by someone they love. Consider a set of bookmarks in sets of 2, 4 or 6 per recipient, ornaments in sets of 4, 6 or 8, magnets in sets of 2 and gift tags in sets of 8, 12 or 24.

Start by sorting the cards into themes and then sort them from large to small in size. Those little bits of ribbons that you've been saving will come in handy now too. If you don't have any, visit your local wedding and flower shops to see if they have any bits and ends for your projects. You will also need glue, scissors and a craft knife on hand.  *Some of the ideas below call for a few extra items so keep an eye out for those.

Gluing 2 cards within a similar theme together so that there is a picture on either side easily creates puzzles. Place the cards under a weight like a large book to make seal the seam completely. Once the glue has cured, cut the cards into puzzle pieces of a variety of shapes and sizes using a sharp craft knife.

To create unique ornaments use the same process for the puzzles, only choose smaller images and before you glue the two images together, trim so they are the exact shape and insert a loop of ribbon in-between them. Make sure that the loop of ribbon is long enough to fit over the tree’s stem. Then allow enough time for the glue to cure prior to decorating with trim, glitter or ribbon.

To make fridge magnets simply choose interesting images, cut them out and glue a small piece of magnet to the back. Strips of very thin magnets can likely be found at your local craft or "dollar" store. Alternatively reuse those unsolicited fridge magnets you have received from pizza places, realtors or junk mail. These are very thin and easy to cut with a pair of scissors and because the magnets are very light, only a small section of the magnet will be necessary.

Used cards can easily be crafted into unique gift tags; look for interesting images ranging in size from 2-3 inches in diameter and make sure there is no writing on the reverse side. Cut those out into the desired shape and - voila ! - you have a gift tag. Use a punch hole on the top or side of the gift tags and attach a tassel or ribbon, if you like. Decorate with glitter or leave plain.

Bookmarks require longer, larger images than gift tags but the process is the same. You’ll want to find an image that does not have writing on the reverse side. If it does you may want to consider finding a similar image and gluing the together, much like the process outlined for the ornaments and puzzles. I wouldn’t recommend decorating the bookmarks beyond a simple trim, due to the wear they will go through – the recipient will not want bits of glue and glitter in their books!

~ Written by Dave and Lillian Brummet based on the concept of their book, Trash Talk. A guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment, Trash Talk offers useful solutions for the individual to reduce waste and better manage resources. (http://www.brummet.ca)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sea Water Horticulture


-- Quote of the Day --

 " It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the liit of our power of perception is also the limit of all ther is to perceive." 

~ C.W. Leadbeater

-- Positive Eco-News --

I've been learning about something called sea-water horticulture... Have you heard of it before?  Apparently it is very promising, especially for some of the poorest communities in the world. Desalination is one way of using ocean water, so is fish-farming - however there have been cultures in the past who have created floating islands of crops, keeping it safe from predators and raiders. But many modern scientists are experimenting with all kinds of interesting aspects of getting food from water - including the cultivation of seaweed and algae as a potential worldwide food source for future generations.

Here are a couple resources on using ocean waters for horticulture:




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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Conscious Discussions Radio



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 

Today, we offer you another installment of the Best of 2007 series... Vol #6 offers interesting insider's thoughts on the World of Writing. Check it out via:




-- Referral Corner -- 
It's time once again for a few more recommended resources... where we celebrate fantastic, proactive endeavors happening all over the planet:

Directory of Social Change: Running courses and publishing charity and volunteer books is the focus of this unique charitable organization. They also have a strong networking team involving over 20,000 charities.



Graffiti Life Company: Now I'm a big fan of murals and art in the city. I've seen some stunningly beautiful art in some cities (like Creston, BC) where one can wander the streets in awe. Others towns may have only one or two featured prominently - like Greenwood, Christina Lake and Trail (BC Canada). Personally I'd love to see much more of this. Artists need to be encouraged, and this organization encourages graffiti artists. They inspire through talks and media events ad all the youth and young artists they work with.



 Namaste India Children's Fund: According to their site - "375 million children live in India, more than in any other country in the world. An estimated 18 million of these children live on the streets. Some are orphans; some have parents unable or unwilling to care for them. Often, these children’s daily lives consist of begging and digging through trash for scraps of food before searching nightly for a safe place to sleep on the street. Many inevitably turn to crime or prostitution to survive..." and this organization is dedicated to making a difference for these children.



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Monday, October 17, 2011

Waste Reduction Week



 -- Quote of the Day --

Here's something to lighten up your day :)

"Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it's time to get up."

~ Author Unknown




 -- Conscious Living Event --

This week - Oct 17-23 - is Waste Reduction Week !

is a good time to reflect on how we, as individuals, can participate in waste management. Because some people are so overwhelmed with Earth’s problems, they feel that their contributions have no real consequence in the end. For others, social barriers can be an issue. A lady we once knew confessed that she did not want to be seen buying used items or being concerned with power use. She was worried people would see her as cheap – a scrooge – when the family was so affluent. Yet, she was very careful to be seen with recycling bins out on the curb on pick-up day, because THAT was thought to be the thing to do socially. WRW is a good time to put an end to these negative thoughts and feelings of false pride. Waste reduction is not about ego - it is about the health of the planet and of our nation.

Keeping organic waste out of the trash can be considered on of the most important steps we can make. When organic waste is covered in the landfill, it is deprived of oxygen, which creates an anaerobic environment that reacts with other waste materials, producing leachate and methane - a threat to ground water and a producer of greenhouse gases. Start a compost or worm bin to convert organics into nutrient rich compost instead. 
 
People will find that they do not have to put the trash out as often, because both the odors and volume are greatly decreased. Many garbage collection companies offer discounts to homes with reduced waste as a fiscal incentive. Businesses, such as restaurants and coffee shops could reduce their waste removal costs by a huge amount simply by recycling their organic waste.

We can also help the waste management industry run more efficiently. For instance, when only full garbage bags and Blue or Green boxes are put out on the curb, the garbage truck does not have to stop as often and waste fossil fuels inefficiently while idling. (Incidentally, vehicle idling is responsible for 3% of the air pollution problem.) Similarly, by collapsing items like cardboard and paperboard (cereal or pet food) boxes before recycling we are ensuring that space is used more efficiently - thereby reducing the number of bins needed for transporting materials.

Did you know that recycling alone, has a huge impact on the environment? Studies have shown that if 100 apartment units practiced maximum recycling, it would save 21.93 thirty-foot trees, 26.86 cubic yards of landfill space, 8,389 kilowatts of electricity, and 77.4 pounds of air pollution in just one year!

So you see, these seemingly small choices and efforts towards waste management really do make a difference.



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Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Mysteries of Plants


-- Quote of the Day -- 

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead...
- his eyes are closed."

~ Albert Einstine


--  Greener Farms --

Passion-fruit, a vining plant of the passion-flower family, has subtropical origins  and is becoming more popular as people with land realize the impact they can have on the environment. Passion fruit crops are grown vertically which produces green walls, producing fruit and seedlings. An additional benefit may come from using the leaves as a raw material. These green walls not only use less land to produce more food, with possible bio-fuel fodder as a waste product, but also create a living carbon sink that releases moisture into the surrounding air - cooling the temperatures down a bit. An additional benefit is because the vertical walls, the rows can be walked along more easily and therefore more children and seniors have access to tours and farm-based classroom activities


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Realizing Obsticles and Strengths



Once you have started the first few steps in your writing career it is time to list potential resistance in the market, the reasons for each point of resistance, and how to combat the problems with a proactive action plan. 

This resistance list may include: a publisher's no-return policy, the lack of an advertising budget or personal marketing skills, limited availability for events, travel and mobility limitations and any other major or minor thing that may impede your efforts.

Then make a list of your strengths. Your personality will play a large part in the making of this list. For example, some authors may be comfortable speaking to very large groups, some may prefer intimate settings and others may not be able to leave their home (i.e. illness).

Enhance this list with other aspects about yourself that may get you in the door of a media outlet. For instance, you might write down: woman, mother, caregiver, gardener, and pet-lover. If for instance you are writing after retirement, you can target retirement groups as an audience. Perhaps you are a confident speaker and can host workshops on writing. If you have a green thumb you could host events such as giving away sapling trees for your environmental book event or tender rose plants for a romance theme.

Media tend to have highly targeted audiences, and this is where the key word lists come in handy - so by doing the right research, for example, you may open a door simply by being a female writer. These kinds of personal touches may be the key that gains access to the limited space in print media or gaining the attention of terrestrial and online radio programs.

Additionally, getting to know yourself through this list creation process will
not only reveal your strengths and weaknesses, but also shows how you can effectively market your book.



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Friday, October 14, 2011

Changing Yourself


-- Quote of the Day --

“…If you are missing something, what happens is the energies that we radiate doesn’t connect …it is like you don’t show up on the radar. …Your energy has to change to bring that person (or situation) to you. …At the same time you need to treat people right, be honest in your dealings. And you can require that of other people, you can say ‘I want you to be respectful’, but I have to be respectful of myself. …If you respected yourself, you wouldn’t allow [bad situations] to exist in the first place. …The first thing we do when we reach a challenge is to wonder ‘what if’. And we create all that fear, but if we just face that fear it melts away and it ends up being not anywhere near what you thought it would be. … We always want validation along the way. 
But many things in life, you just don’t know [what the results are] until the last second. Yet we love validation and when we don’t get validation we start to push… or quit. So stop looking for validation since it is born out of fear.” 

~ Gary Spinell

Today's quote originates from the Aug 30th episode of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show with special guest: Gary Spinell 

Title: You Can Change the World (see link below)




 

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Humus As A Fuel Source?


-- Quote of the Day --
"The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of the successful experiences behind you. Destiny  is not a matter of chance - it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for - it is a thing to be achieved."

~ William Bryan



-- Positive Eco-News --

I learned from the Japan for Sustainability Organization  (japanfs.org) that the Ajinomoto Co., a major Japanese food and seasonings manufacturer, produces a lot of wast humus – a pulp-like waste product from processing soybeans.  This humus is dried and can provide the same BTU as coal, but the bonus lies in that is it carbon-neutral. Therefore the company decided to make arrangements with the Kawasaki Biomass Power Station, who are now using this “waste” item as a valuable fuel source.



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