Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Fresh Start & Positive News



-- Quote of the Day --
"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, 
a fresh try, one more start, 
with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning."

~ J. B. Priestly, English author


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

 Wildlife, Family and Fossil Fuel will be our focus in today's Positive News episode. Keep a pen handy - we'll be offering lots of resources and information today!

Join us live from 10-11 AM (pacific) & drop in to the live chat room, or access the archived episode at your convenience later on:



Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store - every sale raises funds for charity as well!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Referral Corner



-- Quote of the Day --


"If you are distressed by anything external, 
the pain is not due to the thing itself 
but to your own estimate of it; 
and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." 

~ Marcus Aelius Aurelius



-- Referral Corner --

It is time for us to share more recommended resources for you to check out as time allows:


The National Association of Voluntary and Community Action
This charity's action is rooted in communities, bringing  local people together to campaign, volunteer and provide services. Working with over 160,000  support and development charities across England, they provide members with networking opportunities, advice, support, and training.


Waste Away
This organization offers tools, resources, products, projects, green energy solution and a variety of ways to create zero landfill growth. Check out their product called: Fluff - which is said to be similar to wood pulp and can be used in a variety of applications from agriculture to creating synthetic fuels. 




Check out Bob Sly’s YouTube Channel where he offers snippets of conferences and lectures on sustainability and zero waste: 




Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store - every sale raises funds for charity as well!

 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Being human...



-- Quote of the Day --

"To insult someone we call him 'bestial'. 
For deliberate cruelty and nature, 
"human" might be the greater insult.

~ Isaac Asimov



 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show --

Apologies, today's scheduled guest, Patrick Dati, was a no-show... and we weren't able to offer a different programing for your listening pleasure. However I do encourage you to check out the archived episodes instead :)


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store - every sale raises funds for charity as well!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

World of Writing



-- Quote of the Day -- 
"Words are sacred.
They deserve respect.
If you get the right ones, in the right order,
you can nudge the world a little." 
~ Tom Stoppard


 -- World of Writing --

It is time for another World of Writing interview! 

Mary Hitchcock Cone is a fiction writer specializing in short stories and mystery novels. She began writing in mid-life while on staff with the Trust for Public Land and Nature Conservancy. In 1997 Mary joined a Marin County–based writing group inspired by author Anne Lamott, whose members met weekly to share and critique their original fiction works.
Mary was married for fifty-three years to the late Russell Cone, a journalist for the San Francisco Examiner, and raised two daughters. She instilled in her children the idea that living a life of meaning is an art. Mary currently resides in Sacramento, California. Moose Mash and Other Stories is published by FolkHeart Press, http://www.moosemash.com/

Q: Why don't we start by having you tell us about the writer's group you belong to? 

A: I was very fortunate to belong to a writing group in Larkspur, California, for almost eleven years. The members — students of author and writing teacher Anne Lamott — were very enthusiastic about Ms. Lamott’s honest approach to writing. We focused on bringing stories to life and supported each other to get our work into print.

Q: How long did you belong to this group, how did you find them, why did you join, and what was the process of becoming a member? 

A: I was a member from 1997 to 2009, until I moved to Sacramento, California. The members had been students in a writing course taught by author Anne Lamott. When the course ended, Ms. Lamott advised them to form a writing group, which they did. Shortly thereafter, I met one of the members at a writing conference, and was invited to join. I was thrilled and it turned out to be a significant experience.

Q: Where did you meet? How often? What did you do there? 

A: We met religiously every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the local bookstore called Book Passage. We eventually arrived at a format that worked — taking turns reading and editing ten pages each week. I think we lasted so long, as my writing buddies would say, because of “our love of writing and the intricate process of working a piece to its fullest incarnation, along with a willingness to leave egos at the door.” When a member had a big work, like a novel or collection of short stories, we would meet for a longer working session.

Q: What was your path to publication?

A: I had just finished getting feedback on a collection of my short stories from the writing group, when a family friend, Karen Pierce Gonzales (who owns a small publishing company called FolkHeart Press) said she was looking for new material. She asked me to send her my short stories, liked them, and produced my first book in December 2011. It was a team effort: my daughters Chris, a book editor, and Lucinda, an artist, prepared the manuscript and book cover design, a family friend and prepress pro formatted the book, and Karen is handling promotion and distribution. The book is called Moose Mash and Other Stories, http://www.moosemash.com/

Q: What advice would you give for aspiring authors? 

A: What they say is true: Write about what you know. And I would add: Write about what you love. Writing is really about chipping away the lies and half truths to get to the heart of a story. Being honest and patient with yourself and working with a trusted group of fellow writers are key to discovering a story that rings true to the reader. 

Q: Tell us a bit about your passions in life. 

A: My greatest passion was my late husband Russ, to whom I was married for fifty-three years. We were lucky to be in love all our married life. I am passionate about my two daughters and feel blessed to be a parent of such remarkable people. Writing is, of course, a great passion; I’ve always been fascinated by the compelling humanity within seemingly ordinary lives. I also love to travel, swim, and play music.


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Animal Rescue Heroes



 -- Quote of the Day --

"Until justice is blind to color, 
until education is unaware of race, 
until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, 
emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact." 

~ Lyndon Baines Johnson


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Our guest today is Glo Rod; the Executive Producer of the award winning organization: A Variety Of Pets Media (Texas, USA), which focuses on celebrating animal heroes including volunteers for rescue groups, foster pet parents, feral cat trappers, feral cat feeders and responsible pet parents. 

Join us live @ 10AM-11 (pacific) / 11AM-12 (Mountain) ...or access the archived episode at your convenience.



Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Organics


-- Quote of the Day --

The measure of success
is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, 
but whether it’s the same problem you had last year."

~ John Dulles


 -- Conscious Living Event --

Jan 26-29
31st Annual Guelph Organic Conference
Location: University of Guelph, University Center Building - Geulph, ON (Canada)


-- Of Composts --

Did you know that 30-50% of the waste sent to landfills is compostable organics? 

Being that we’ve lost up to 50% of the organic components in soil on this planet – we can now see the importance of large scale composting systems. 

One BC Canada company is working hard to establish efficient ways of doing this: check out – Transform Compost Systems LTD www.transformcompostsystems.com


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Non-profit Orgs


 -- Conscious Living Event --

Jan 23-27
World of Concrete 2012
Location: Las Vegas, NV (USA)

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio  --

Join us live @ 10AM-11 (Pacific) / 11AM-12 (mountain) for a look at two wonderful charities and their founder. Or access the archive later on via the link below.

Author Mal Duane built a multimillion dollar real estate company from scratch, has a dream marriage, and, as a certified Professional Life and Recovery Coach. But more importantly, she is deeply involved with helping others discover and use their own power. Her life experience, including recovering from a decades-long struggle with alcoholism, has provided her with extensive hands-on, in-the-trenches experience for taking hold of a life and bringing forward the potential that lies buried beneath the scars and hurts. In 2007, she built the Katherine Holly Riley School in Mali, West Africa, which educates 100 children annually. She is also the Founder of “Holly’s Gift”, an educational assistance fund for women.
 


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store

 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Moving to a Rural Location?


 -- 10 Tips for Making a Tree Change --


* Today's article about moving to rural locations was submitted by Sachin




Tips for making a tree change include knowing what to do in the fire season, being wary of snakes, knowing to adjust for country driving and get involved with your local community.



If you have decided to make the big move out to live in the country then there are a few things you should be aware of.  Other than finding a reputable removalist company to transport all your possessions and furniture to your new home, you should also be aware that living in a rural area can be very different from living in the city.  Don't forget that your new home will need to have home and contents insurance.



Fire season



You need to be aware that when living in a rural area the fire season can be a potential threat to your property.  If you live near bushland or even if you are on a farm, you can still be susceptible to bush fires.  Protect your property by getting ready for fire season.  Have a plan, clear all flammable materials away from around your home and pack an emergency survival kit.



Snakes



Snakes are a common sight in the bush and on rural properties.  They will tend to get out of your way, so you don't usually see them much, but you can come across them unexpectedly.  There are many poisonous snakes in Australia, so if you see one stay right away.  Careful when going through long grass and avoid having things like piles of wood close to the house, as well as leaving water around, which snakes are attracted to.



Water supply



Sometimes you can be on town water when you live on a rural property but sometimes you are too far out and need to have your own water supply.  Having as many water tanks as you can afford is a good idea.  Try and have a tank for each building, so that you get the maximum catchment off roofs, such as the roof of your house, any sheds or other buildings.



Gas bottles



You won't have access to gas services either in a remote area so if you want to have gas you will need a large gas tank, which the gas company will send around a gas tanker to fill every so often.



Septic tanks



Your sewerage will also not be connected to the main services that they have in a town so you will need a septic tank.  These will need to emptied every now and then, which you hire a professional company to do.



Driving



Driving in the country is very different to driving in the city.  There are no street lights and often roads are narrow.  You could find that you need to do a lot of driving on gravel roads.   Adjust to your new conditions, being extra careful until you become more used to country driving.

Post service



Note that some rural areas don't have a postal delivery service for properties in more remote areas.  You will need a post office box at the closest town, which is where you will have to go and collect your mail.



Rubbish bins



Unlike city dwellers you will find that you might not have the luxury of a rubbish collection service.  Little things that you do take for granted are sometimes no available so don't be surprised if you have to dispose of your own rubbish.  This could mean having your own tip, which is basically a large hole that you throw your rubbish in and eventually bury it.  If you have a larger property you would make your tip a distance from the house.



Get to know your neighbours



The best thing you can do when living in the country is make friends with your neighbours.  It is good to have your neighbours there when you need help, plus if you are a long distance from town it is good to have the extra company. 



Community



Another great thing to do is become a part of the community.  Volunteer, attend community events and become involved in what goes on around your local town.



Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store





Sunday, January 22, 2012

True Love


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Carmen Allgood, of Colorado (USA), has devoted most of her adult life to penetrating the mysteries of love. She has produced more than 50 events, benefits, and festivals to raise money for various non-profit organizations, and is a guest speaker at numerous functions.  
Join us for an in-depth discussion on True Love... Live @ 10-11 AM Pacific (chat room will be available for live listeners) ...or access the archive later on:

Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store


 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Of Music, Water & Writing


-- Quote of the Day --

“...I was a professional musician for most of my life and so for me when I sit down to write, it is like playing music – 
I hear the rhythm and the sounds of the words… 
for me is is about the whole visceral impact of the words… 
how they sound; how they move. 
…so when I sit down to type it is like playing piano or playing keyboard. 
Writing feels like singing, it is like music coming out.”

~ Lynn Serafinn 


Today's quote is a passage from a recent Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode -  Show Title: Is Marketing Making Us Ill?

*Access the full discussion via the link below:




-- Positive Eco-News --

I read (on the japanfs.org newsletter) that a heavy machinery manufacturer - Kawaski Heavy Industries Ltd - has been focusing on tidal power generation systems and was selected as one of the companies contracted to do research into ocean energy power generation via New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization

Wave power has been around for quite some time - friends of ours once had a cabin on some property with a small creek that was used to power some of their electricity needs via a small machine that sat in the creek, absorbing the energy stored in the flow of the water itself. A few years ago we had a green energy expert come on our show to talk about desalination plants and wave energy plants. It is a low impact energy source that could very well supply most of the energy needs for coastal and river communities. Here in BC (Canada) a lot of our energy is generated from hydro power plants placed strategically along our fast moving rivers and some lake systems. 


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store 


Friday, January 20, 2012

Of Drums and Freedom



-- Quote of the Day --

"By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what on has recognized to be true. It is evident that any restriction on academic freedom acts in such a way as to hamper the dissemination of knowledge among the people 
and thereby impedes national judgment and action." 

~ Albert Einstein

-- Drum Workshops -- 

For those of you interested in our hand drum workshops... we have started up after a 3-month hiatus due to a relocation to Creston, BC. Our first workshop in Creston is scheduled for Jan 28th and is already booked solid. However we will be offering future workshop dates, and are now taking reservations for these:  Feb 11 & Feb 25. Reservations are necessary. Email: ldbrummet@yahoo.com 
* Dave (instructor) is also now accepting individual lessons, private and family workshops. You can also contact him for drum repairs.


Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca 
* Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Passion, Balance & Philanthropy



-- Quote of the Day --

If you have health, you probably will be happy;
and if you have health and happiness, 
you have all the wealth you need… 
even if it is not all you want.” 

~ Elbert Hubbard



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

It is time for another Best of 2007 episode, Vol 13 today will focus on Passion, Balance & Philanthropy with two wonderful guests - Margaret Cecconet and Nancy Reid. Join us live (10-11 AM Pacific) and drop in the live chat room if you have a chance... or access the archived discussion later on via:



Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio program, newsletter, blog, and more at: www.brummet.ca * Support the Brummets by telling your friends, or visiting the Brummet's Store - every sale raises funds for charity as well!