Monday, April 30, 2012

Referral Corner



-- Referral Corner --

It is time for another list of recommended resources...

The Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust helps protect the critically endangered Yellow-Eyed penguin in New Zealand.  This very rare penguin (there are less than 5,000 Yellow-Eyed penguins left) could become extinct in the next few decades without help.


From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, their work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.


Green-Centre Canada is a national center of excellence for commercializing early-stage green chemistry discoveries generated by academic researchers and industry.  It is funded by the governments of Ontario and Canada, and industry, and it is a member of the provincially funded Ontario Network of Excellence - a network of organizations that help entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas into jobs. Green Centre Canada is dedicated to developing environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional chemical and manufacturing products and practices. It is governed and operated with the assistance of industry members from across the chemical value chain.



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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Employees - Happy Lives


-- Quote of the Day --

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, 
but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. 
In a word, each man is questioned by life; 
and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; 
to life he can only respond by being responsible”

~ Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning



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While expenses continue to rise for most American families; salaries have remained stagnant. Top business book author and chairman/ CEO of the Milestone Brand Inc - Derrick Miles - is here to share insider’s tips on what we need to know and do, and how to interact with others to get that raise and/or promotion that we dream of.  Derrick is also offering a gift for our listeners…

Derrick also offered several prizes for our listeners and blog readers with a 4 day deadline - so head to these websites listed below right away!

Free eBooks:

Free Marketplace Gift Assessment:

Access the archive of today's episode at your convenience:
 


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Interviews


-- Quote of the Day --


“…You can find a lot of information about the company online, but I suggest that you also watch the business news to see what is going on that affects that industry. …Most people overlook the fact that the front-end personnel often report to the CEO, so ask them what their name is and call them by their first name, ask them what they feel about working there. …get to know the team players and maybe take them out to lunch and get the inside scoop of what it is like and tips on what you can do. …Establish a file; sometimes you get a boost in salary or you get nice complements or people you can use as a referral – then you are well prepared to ask for that promotion. …Never be afraid to apply to a job, don’t listen to people who are telling you that you’ll never get that job.”

~ Elinor Stutz

* Excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode titled: Job Search/InterviewSkills



-- Tough Interview Question -- 


* Source: from Fun Pape Newsletter (Creston, BC – Canada)

A Moral dilemma that was once used as a part of a job application:

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night when you pass by a bus stop and you see 3 people waiting for a bus:


1) An old lady who looks as if she is about to die

2) an old friend who once saved your life
3) the perfect partner you have been dreaming about

The dilemma is knowing yo only have room for one passenger, what would you do?


You could pick up the old lady because she is going to die, and thus you could save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However you may never be able to find your perfect mate again if you let the opportunity pass you by.


The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer: "
I would give the car keys to my old friend and ask him to take the lady to the hospital first, and I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."


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Friday, April 27, 2012

battery recycling


-- Quote of the Day -- 

 “When you get things out on paper and you take a look at them – first of all you get that clarity and secondly it gets it out of your head and when you see it on paper …it doesn’t seem so overwhelming, because when you keep things in your head they can get bigger, cause more stress, more anxiety. We can look at things on paper and realize they are not as bad as we thought. …Go back into present moment – What are you happy with now? What are you grateful for now? What do you have now? …My best friend had colon cancer and passed away at a very young age and so that really put things in perspective for me – we need to cherish who we are and what we have now – rather than beings so focused on what we don’t have and what is in the future, this empowers us – right now is when we have the power to create the life we really want. …Step out there; whatever it is that you are called to do - do it. …All of us can all learn what it is that we want to do if we don’t know how.”

~ Michelle Phillips

*Excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: True Beauty



-- Positive News -- 

We'd like to celebrate the increased awareness about recycling batteries by North Americans - Call2Recycle released results stating there was a 13% increase in battery recycling in 2011 over the previous year. This organization collected more than 7.6 million pounds of this material - Canada experienced the greatest increase in participation, a 17% increase with the province of BC having the highest increase in participation (157%).  In the US three states stood out as leaders in the charge for recycling batteries, with municipal collections outpacing the retailers. 

Call2Recycle is the only free battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1994, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 70 million pounds (32 million kilograms) of rechargeable batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 recycling drop-off locations.  Learn more at www.call2recycle.org



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fairy Tale Blog Hop Contest



-- Fairy Tale Blog Hop Contest --






We are thrilled to participate in another blog hop contest along with more than a hundred other bloggers who are also offering prizes. This contest will be going on from April 26th - May 1st (midnight)

To find other bloggers offering contests for a variety of prizes during this time frame go to:
I've decided to offer a set of 6 bookmarks as a prize this week since we don't personally write in the fairy tale genre and most readers can find a use for bookmarks :) These bookmarks are printed on 100% recycled content paper stock and with 100% veggie inks. They were printed by a company that is only 8 hours away from our city (by car) and were delivered to us by Greyhound. The bookmarks feature photography, and were designed by graphic artist - Dave Brummet.

We will start by offering a package of 6 bookmarks for this contest, however we may offer this to 2 winners if we get a lot of interest. The last contest we held for bookmarks resulted in 72 entries, and so we chose 2 winners. So depending on the results we might do the same for this contest. 

 

Simply enter a comment below on this post. Be sure to leave your email address in the post so we can contact the winner and arrange to send you an e-book version of Towards Understanding. 

* If you have difficulty leaving a comment you can email your entry to: ldbrummet(@)yahoo(dot)com
Q: Why do you choose to spend more on promotion materials like bookmarks, rather than going for a cheaper option?
A: It is important for us to stand up for what we believe in with ever purchase or action we take. By purchasing eco-bookmarks we are ensuring that we are supporting a conscious printer and reduce the impact our work has on the environment. The bookmarks we chose to produce are of high quality and will last for quite a number of years - and this long life is also very important to us.

Q: What is the impact these bookmarks have had?
A: By choosing to order a batch of 2000 bookmarks (the # we order each time) from this conscious printer, over other printers, we have saved .15 trees, .42 lbs of water-borne waste, 62.34 gallons of water use, 6.91 lbs of solid waste, 13.58 lbs of greenhouse gases prevented from entering the atmosphere, and 104K (BTU) of energy saved as well. 

Q: Do you believe that authors can have a "green" impact on the world of writing?

A: Absolutely. We feel that every dollar we spend is a vote on the future of our society - and so we only purchase things that we believe in. We also donate copies of our books to school libraries, and to non-profit fundraiser events as well as local literacy groups. Whenever we work with a publisher, printer, magazine, or go to advertise with any print publication - we look at their recycled content, and how conscious they are before deciding on whether to work with them or not. This has a ripple effect in the industry, creating higher demand for conscious ethics. 

Q: Who is your favorite Fairy Tale creature?

A: I have this really worn, old book that was given to my mother when she was a child by her aunt. I inherited this when my mother passed away a couple Xmas's ago and I cherish it for so many reasons - one of these is that I have fond memories of reading it when I was very young. It is about a young lady chicken who lived near some foxes - the husband fox was nagged constantly to find food and he tried to capture the chicken, but she got away by using her brain to come up with an escape plan. The book's title: The Little Small Red Hen



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eco-Conscious-Meals


-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“In a world with an ever-growing population, it is imperative for us to
work towards a fundamental solution to poverty and other social problems,
while promoting the construction of social infrastructure 
in developing countries.” 

~ Japan for Sustainability Newsletter


-- Positive News --

 There is a new phone app (via Apple App Store) that was created by the non-profit Table for Two organization, which was created by researchers at the University of Tokyo, the advertisement agency known as Dentsu and its affiliate Dentsu Rasorfish Inc. The purpose is to analyze meals based on color, texture, caloric energy, nutritional balance from over 460 restaurants and cafeterias. When purchasing meals at these places - people can help raise funds for charitable efforts such as meals for school children in Uganda and Ethiopia, among other countries.
 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Self-publishing - Writing


-- Quote of the Day --

“You are the only hero of your story 
and only you and no other 
can make the narrative of your true destiny.

Alan Kaufman – The Journeyman


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Ami Blackwelder is a dedicated blog manager and inspiring writer, who loves networking with others and is very active in promoting her self-published books. Her work tends to focus on romantic suspense within the paranormal, scifi and historical genres. She tells us that she always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was working as a teacher in Thailand. We’re going to dip into some of her experiences today, gleaning tips on self-publishing options available for writers to choose from.  
 
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Synthetic Dye

 

Synthetic Dye and Its Impact on the Environment

Since the accidental discovery of the first synthetic dye, mauve, made from coal by William Henry Perkins in 1856, the use of natural dyes begin to phase out. And why not? Synthetic dyes are more colour fast, have a wide spectrum of colours that can be easily and accurately reproduced, cost less and can impart qualities such as making the cloth wrinkle free or even having a permanent, fashionable crease. It does seem quite the novel invention but have you ever paused to think; just what you are wearing actually harms the environment?
Let us take a look at the ingredients used for manufacturing synthetic dye. Synthetic dye is usually made from aniline or chrome. While dyes made from aniline are less poisonous than aniline on its own, we need to think how aniline can impact not just the environment but the workers involved in the manufacturing process. Aniline's level of toxicity is not known but it does disrupt the oxygen distribution process in the body. Are we going to let innocent workers become unsuspecting lab rats by exposing them to a known poisonous compound?
Chrome is easily found in the land, air and even water but is most attracted to the land. Once soil is contaminated with high levels of chrome, it stays there as chrome does not enter the water easily, therefore its molecules cannot move around once it is in the soil. It stays. Workers in industries which utilize chrome have been prone to nasal irritations and have a heightened chance to develop lung and respiratory cancer. Imagine having organic cotton dyed with synthetic dye that has endangered the health of people. That will completely ruin the concept of having an eco-friendly piece of cloth.
During the manufacturing process of such dyes, strong acids, alkalis and solvents are used along with certain heavy metals to get a particular compound. Besides posing a health hazard, it also generates a great amount of toxic waste. Plus, they usually need high temperatures to produce a certain compound. For example, creating a dye known as Mordant Blue 23 in the Color Index, part of its production includes combining a few ingredients with sulfur to produce Sulfur Trioxide (S2O3 )at a temperature of 1300C. It strains the environment because industries still depend on un-renewable energy sources such as petroleum and coal, especially since most dye mills are located in poorer regions of the world such as India and China. With a greater demand for synthetic dye, a greater carbon footprint will be left on our environment due to the depletion of coal and petroleum as well as the fumes emitted.
Even after the dye has been completed, there is wastage that gives a negative impact on the environment. For example, the grinding of materials or the dumping of dry, powdered materials; these actions can pollute the air, making it toxic to anyone who inhales it. Between each batch of materials processed, the equipment needs to be cleaned as well for quality control purposes and this uses a great deal of water. The water that is flushed from this process is not safe as it contains lots of chemicals such as the dye itself, remnants of dye intermediates (ingredients that kick start certain chemical processes) and minute solids. These are all highly toxic and till this day, not many companies treat this wastewater properly before disposing of it.
Due to the unavailability of an efficient waste disposal system, cases such as the Fuan textile factory in Guangdong which deals primarily with export textiles of brands such as Gap, Target and Walmart; dumped its dye waste into the Maozhou River, contaminating not just a direct water source but the underground water source as well. Underground water contamination lasts for many years which endanger the health of the current and future generation. This is just one of the many illegal cases of dye waste dumping in China; though it may be hard to fault the dye mills alone for doing so. American apparel companies which forms the largest customer base for China's dye mills demand lower and lower prices and to keep up with demand, the waste water is not treated to cut costs.
Synthetic dye and various clothing finishes have also been known to be a trigger for clothing dermatitis, which is a skin condition resulting in an allergic reaction from synthetic dye or any additives in clothing. This is commonly present in heavy-set and or individuals who sweat easily and is normally concentrated in the armpits, groin and the waistband area. Natural fibres such as angora, cotton and linen have never caused this condition though treated or starched cotton can be a trigger.
Going for natural dyes
Why should you?
So, how do we choose clothes that are eco-friendly? The best choice would be to go for raw, undyed clothes but that might seem too drastic. We all need colours in our life. The other solution that can be taken would be to go for naturally dyed clothes. To be fair, natural dye does have its share of toxic affluents such as the mordants used. Yet, why is it we should go for natural dyes?
For practical reasons, natural dye would be the optimal choice as it greatly reduces the risk of skin allergies. As we constantly have clothes on a part of our body, our skin can absorb any poisonous components in the synthetic dye. These chemical compounds can irritate our skin, causing skin conditions such as eczema and clothing dermatitis.
Babies are extremely susceptible to environmental changes as they are still growing, causing their cells to be active enough to absorb any carcinogenic matter from the synthetic dyes in their clothes. With subsequent exposure to such substances, it increases their risk of developing health problems that can last a lifetime.
For aesthetic reasons, natural dyeing is a way of getting back in touch with the roots of your ancestors. Dyeing is an ancient art. In search for the most modern piece of technology, we still need a keepsake to remind us of our roots; and why not with naturally dyed clothes? Naturally dyed clothes have a dazzling variety of shades that not only look good but when they fade, they still look good as well. Any hand dyed product reigns far superior compared to its machine made counterpart because when something is made by hand, the maker would want that product to be his or her masterpiece. Besides, naturally dyed material is dyed in small batches which give various shades to the intended dyed colour. For example, dyeing a piece of cloth with natural red dye might make it crimson, vermilion, cochineal red or a pinkish red. This imparts a sense of exclusivity to a piece of naturally dyed clothing.
On the plus side, there is only one toxic factor to deal with, which is the excess mordanting liquid. But unlike the harmful toxic sludge that synthetic dye produces, most mordants are easily neutralized. With proper waste management and an awareness towards the conservation of our own environment, we will be able to reduce the damaging effects dyeing has on our environment and still wear colourful clothes as well.
There are challenges faced in the world of eco-friendly dyeing such as the availability of natural dye and naturally dyed products. However as consumers, we need to remember we are in charge of the market and not the other way round. With demand, there is supply. We are the ones who will make a difference. We need to show a high level of eco-friendly consumer awareness not only towards the product itself but also towards the entire manufacturing process. It may seem like an uphill struggle, but the ball is in our court to change the environment for the better. Starting by using naturally dyed clothes is beneficial not just for us but for the environment as well.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Green Events & Gardening



-- Conscious Living Events --


 Green Week 2012: April 22nd – April 29th 

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April 22nd

EarthFair 2012  
 
Zero Waste San Diego, Southern California’s largest nonprofit dedicated to resource management initiatives with a focus on Zero Waste principles - formed to educate the public and implement programs designed to reduce wasted resources in the region. It does this through workshops, education, outreach, event greening, community organizing and film festivals, among others.

Location: at Balboa Park - San Diego, CA (USA)

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April 23-29

Join in a variety of events happening that week including: compost workshops (24th &  28th), view films (26th)e-waste drop offs (28th) , used oil filter exchange event (29th) a beach clean up (28th), a fair (28th) where eco-boots will be set up and family activities, live music and food will be available, and an art contest (28th). * Funded and organized by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Green Oceanside Org




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Vol 42 of the Sunday Gardening series today! We'll be focusing on common chores and problems that gardeners often face in April  *Sunday Gardening segments air every 3 weeks or so during the garden season for zone 5. Questions are welcome!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Recommended Resources


-- Quote of the Day -- 

…We can create a habit of thinking more positively in our life. …When we focus our attention on our heart, and then think about someone we love or something we appreciate – these emotions shift the heartbeat; the heart sends a signal to the amygdala. Science has proven that we can change our physiological state by practicing this new habit. …This is also an anti-aging gift to yourself… it increases a hormone in our body called DHEA that helps us feel and look younger. …Taking care of yourself means you actually have more to give. If we take time out for ourselves we can accomplish more, we will be more energetic, more effective and function more efficiently.

~ Elizabeth Manuel ...on: Finding Happiness

Find the full discussion with Elizabeth via this link below: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/02/05/finding-happiness



-- Referral Corner --

It's been a while since we put together a Referral Corner for our readers - where we offer recommended resources to check out when you have time.

I'd like to start with a resource on composting:

Cool 2012 has a fantastic site, and their focus is to create positive change today with easy solutions to some of the world's environmental problems. "While we work toward longer-term, challenging solutions like shutting down coal-fired power plants and taking cars off the road, the easiest, first step that can produce significant climate results RIGHT NOW is to STOP landfill-produced methane. Simply by getting COOL — Compostable Organics Out of Landfills — by 2012, we can prevent potent methane emissions AND build healthier soils. Taking the COOL step replenishes carbon stocks and supports sustainable agriculture, yielding healthier foods for our population. The technology exists, the need is certain and the time to act is NOW.



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The Penguin Foundation on Philip Island in Australia rescues and rehabilitates oiled and injured Little Blue (Fairy) penguins.  This facility is connected with the world famous 'penguin parade' site.


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 The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Center works tirelessly to promote volunteerism and increases the pool of volunteers, connect volunteers to volunteer needs, build capacity for effective volunteerism, and offer leadership & advocacy for volunteerism. They are committed to building a vibrant community by connecting people through meaningful involvement.

Info:
South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Center
760 Main Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 5E2 (Canada)
Phone: 778-476-5661, Toll Free: 1-888-576-5661


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Contest! - and animals


-- Quote of the Day --

“…An (animal rescue) hero to me is a volunteer who is using their precious time to save an animal… a person goes to the shelter and walk dogs as a volunteer, or they are out there feeding feral cats every day… or they transfer pets to one area or another, or make a donation like used towels to an animal rescue shelter… or a person who takes their furry family member to get spayed or neutered because they know that population control is important. …People can be what they call a part of the leg; they have organizations where they are looking for people along the way for transport… so it is kind of like passing along the baton, and they are always looking for people to drive an hour or more to be part of the journey (for the transport of the animal). …There are rescue centers pay for the costs of fostering, but a lot of centers have a limited budget and will only supply medical costs… however (in the US) foster parents can write off all the expenses and their mileage as a tax right off because it is for a non-profit.”

~ Glo Rod

* Excerpted from the Celebrating Animal Rescue Heroes episode of our radio show... check out the full discussion via the link below:




-- Contest -- 



 We are proud to participate in another blog hop  - Showers of Books contest is from April 20th to April 25th (midnight)

*visit the site below to find chances of winning hundreds of other prizes: 


Since April is Poetry Month, and we had such a long list of interested people in our last poetry contest - I've decided to offer a copy of Towards Understanding as our prize for this week's contest.

 I've posted a little information about the book below, and if you'd like to win a copy - simply enter a comment below on this post. Be sure to leave your email address in the post so we can contact the winner and arrange to send you an e-book version of Towards Understanding. 

* If you have difficulty leaving a comment you can email your entry to: ldbrummet(@)yahoo(dot)com


Towards Understanding
A Collection of 125 poems written in chronological order - Beginning with her childhood trauma and leading into her journey of finding healing and self worth, the author takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions through verse. In a style reminiscent of an artist painting with colors she explores various poem-structures - uncommon amongst modern poets.
Learn more about the book: 
Excerpt from the book:
 
EDUCATED LIES

I grieve for this world, as it fights its wars;
Where humans, all slam their doors;
Here, people starve, knowing only pain...
While others, rich, stake out their claims.
Sad to see...such emptiness I feel.
This world can't last forever;
Life's just a one-time deal.
Man - thinking ourselves unbeatable,
Tried to conquer with knowledge we lacked.
Now, so far destroyed, earth takes her final stance,
While we pray for just one second chance.
We watch, knowing what our children will see.
Helpless, we can't undo this awful disease.
So watch, my people, my educated men...
Just watch your ancestor's victory descend,
While you sit at your desks & thunder your speeches...
Cry, for your child's child will live to die,
Because of educated men...educated to lie.




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