Saturday, June 30, 2012

World of Writing, interview



-- World of Writing -- 

Today we will be featuring Susan Finelli - author of the novels: Behind the Shadows and Fading Shadows. Susan also works as a Manhattan Neighborhood Network public access television producer of the talk show, Behind the Shadows, a program where Susan and her guests explore what goes on behind what meets the eye. 



Q: How have your books gotten published?

A: Perseverance. When writing my first novel I was naive to the publishing process. However, as my collection of rejection letters grew, so did my passion and determination to be published. People told me that I should self-publish, but I wanted to know that my novel could stand on its own two feet and gain the confidence of a publisher. Finally, when I least expected it, I received an acceptance letter from Publish America. My second novel, Fading Shadows, was accepted immediately by the same publisher.

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A: I often write in the middle of the night with my dog Riley sound asleep, snoring on my lap. I have a habit of talking out-loud to my characters, often arguing with them. Sometimes I wake Riley up and he looks up at me, and then around the room to see who in the world I am talking to.

Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?

A: Although a writer’s life can be a lonely, I was surprised how writing has enriched my life, opened my mind, and exposed my soul for all the world to see.

Q: How many books/stories have you written?

A: I have two published novels, Behind the Shadows and Fading Shadows and I have begun my third novel. I have written numerous short stories and several poems.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?

A: It is important for writers to read.  Before I begin a new novel I take a break from writing and read novels of different genres and to reread the classics. I also find it helpful not to force the writing process. Sometimes your mind needs the time to process the story and get acquainted with your characters, or to just take a break from the concentration.

Q: Do you hear from your readers? What do they say?

A: I often hear from my readers. A few of them have thanked me for their sleepless nights because they could not put the book down. Others have asked when Behind the Shadows will be made into a movie or mini-series, and several are hounding me for the sequel.



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Friday, June 29, 2012

Media event


-- Brummet's in the Media --
 
Hi Everyone - just a quick note here to let you know that one of our articles on time management was published via Elinor Stutz's blog:


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Green Institutions, Colleges, Businesses


 -- Conscious Living Event -- 

Date/Time: Friday, June 29, 2012 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica College HSS Room 165 Santa Monica, California (USA)

North Carolina State University and Santa Monica College are pleased to announce "Mid-Scale Vermicomposting," a one-day seminar and tour. The seminar will demonstrate how businesses and institutions can save costs by
using earthworms to convert "waste" into a valuable soil amendment. Learn about vermicomposting, types of vermi-technologies, and details about how vermicomposting is saving money at schools, universities, prisons, military
bases, and businesses. You'll also gain knowledge of how vermicompost and extracts (tea) can be used, and their effects on plant growth and disease suppression.

Santa Monica College started their vermicomposting operation in 2000. Over 300,000 earthworms process ncafeteria food preparation scraps nand cardboard in a 16-foot long, temperature-controlled continuous-flow vermi-system.

For details and to register, go to
http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/santa_monica/



-- Local Business Increases Green Efforts --

We'd like to celebrate today a local business won environmental awards – “Recycling Council of BC 2012 RCBC Environmental Award” - for their incredible work to become a more sustainable company. According to the Creston Valley Advance newspaper article: “Columbia Brewery has slashed water consumption by 20%, cut fuel usage by 16.9% and reduced electricity use by 7.1%, while recycling 99.4% of the waste and byproducts created by the industry”. The company tied for top spot in the brewery sector (over competing firms like Cocoa-Cola and other big wigs in the industry). We are so proud of their work and are thrilled to celebrate their achievements today.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sustainable Harvests - Ethical Business



 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

 
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Born to parents of the Great Depression, Bruce McMullin has always exhibited the drive to succeed and to also lend a hand to those in need. After graduating from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business he pursued numerous successful global entrepreneurial endeavors, created a prominent and award-winning home building company, and served as CEO of Gateway International.  His numerous philanthropic efforts included holding a board position for Choice Humanitarian. Bruce is also the founder of Sibu LLC – focusing on the promotion of sea buckthorn berry. His company’s premium sea buckthorn berries are harvested sustainably in the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains through a fair-trade agreement; which empowers local women, an effort that was blessed by the Dalai Lama.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Repurpose Plastic Bottles


-- Quote of the Day -- 

 
“…There are about 200 Silesians species, 800 newts and salamanders, and 6000 frogs and toads, (currently known about). …Frogs are really neat because they have a lot of different parental strategies, some may lay 3000 eggs and they are left on their own, but a lot of the species only lay 100 eggs, so in order to have a greater survival rate they will have different parental strategies. …Males will hold them in their mouth, in their vocal sacs, or the female will swallow the eggs and shut down production of her gastric juices until they hatch and then she will spit them out. …There has been about 200 frog extinctions in the last decade.  …Atrizine is one pesticide that we are working on getting banned, one of the most commonly used pesticide on the planet – but it is illegal in the entire European Union. …it doesn’t decay very well at all, and it causes immune-suppression, hermaphitism, and even complete sex reversal in frogs – and this is just one of 18,000 pesticides used in North America.” 

~ Kerry Kruger


Today's quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode titled: Save the Frogs Org. (*Click on the title to access the full interview)



-- Reuse Idea -- 

Now here is an interesting reuse / repurpose idea that was forwarded to me from Larry Towne - I'm not sure where he got the information from, but thought it was a great example of how innovative people are becoming in waste reduction.

Find a clean plastic bottle and cut off the neck and a bit of the shoulder off using strong, sharp scissors. ... or a razor knife if you are really brave. 




Pull the top of the plastic bag through the neck, and screw on the cap to seal it securely - as shown in the image below:







 


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mastering a Healthy Self Image



-- Quote of the Day -- 

“Your past is not your potential, 
for potential has no bounds. 
Choose to break free from your self imposed limits. 
Use your imagination,
To create a life of endless  possibility.
 Experience your magnificence first hand.”

~ Frankie Picasso


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

 
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Why do you write? What is your purpose, your passion in this endeavor? What is your idea of "success"? Today we speak about these topics and also how finding ourselves, understanding ourselves plays a vital role in the World of Writing.


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-- Conscious Living Event -- 

Date: June 26-27

Event: 1st National Zero Waste Business Conference

Details: The Conference will be highly focused on Zero Waste business operations, economics and policies for professionals from all business sectors. Professionals will gain practical knowledge, explore new business opportunities, and learn how to create healthier, more productive and more efficient businesses. The Conference also will provide educational resources and tools for businesses to use immediately to get started, or complete, their efforts to pursue Zero Waste.





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Monday, June 25, 2012

Referral Corner; Being Self-less



-- Quote of the Day -- 

 
“…Your life becomes more self-less and there is this overwhelming feeling – the knowing that you’ve done something great that no one can take away. …There are so many scenarios, but basically – some of the kids have parents in the prison system or were raised with no guidance. People fail to understand that this generation may not have had instruction or opportunities that you and I have had. They may live in a neighborhood where they never saw someone who graduated. – Just knowing that they can do it and that someone cares can take them a long way. …we need everyone to work together to build stronger communities. No one person, no one group can do it alone; we all can make a difference. …There is always something that you can do. Do something to make a difference, and let’s change this world together.

~ Chantay Bridges 

Today's quote was excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview titled:  Volunteering with Youth (*Click on the title to access the full discussion.)


-- Referral Corner --

Well, it is time for us to release a few more recommended resources for our blog readers, please do feel free to check the links out when you have a chance:


Hopkins Breast Center: Every year in the United States, close to 260,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. They are women of all ages and all types: young women, older women, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends and loved ones.  There are many types of cancer however there is a growing understanding of the disease and support systems have greatly improved. This is one of the many resources that might help you or someone you know that is on this journey.


Dream Foundation finds ways of making dreams come true for adults who are facing the end of their life. It brings families together and helps bring joy to those who need it most, providing peace and closure for them. Working with hundreds of hospice and health care organizations and volunteers, they are able to improve thousands of lives every year. 


World Wildlife (WWF) has been protecting nature for over 50 years in 100 countries by combining a global reach with a foundation in science, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.


 

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Positive Living


-- Quote of the Day -- 

One person 
with a belief 
is a social power 
equal to 99 
who have only their own interests.” 

~ John Mill


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

 
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Today's Positive News segment of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show will focus on: Resource Consumption 


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-- Positive News --

Check out this fantstic article about volunteering - I learned some new and exciting tips about volunteering that you might enjoy as well. Check out the stats they offer, and the encouraging advice for people graduating from college. 




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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Of Animal Rescue & Bio-Energy



-- Quote of the Day  -- 


“…When we first walked into the rescue center it was just surreal, because there were nearly 19,000 oiled penguins in this massive warehouse that had been set up as a temporary animal hospital in only 3 days time. …The volunteers that came were from every walk of life and everybody was so earnest, so eager to do what they could to help. …We had the largest animal rescue ever taken and the highest success rate – a wonderful tribute to the 12,500 volunteers that showed up to save them. …There are tens of thousands of ships – many of them from WW2 – lying on the bottom of the ocean, and there are recreational and fishing vessels. And what happens is there is oil and fuel in these ships and some of this is released during the sinking, but over time as corrosion takes its toll and metal begins to break down this oil is released. And so these mystery oil spills have an impact on the environment as well.” 

~ Dyan DeNapoli 

Today's quote was excerpted from a recent Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show episode titled:  Penguin Rescue (Click on title to access the full interview)


-- Positive News -- 


Natural gas is a better alternative to coal power energy sources as there is a much lighter environmental footprint with Natural Gas… however renewable natural gas comes from gases collected from composting organic waste in landfills, farm sites and composting facilities. 

Collecting this gas prevents it from entering the atmosphere which eliminates the impact on the planet those gases would have had, and also converts it to energy – reducing our dependence on other energy sources. 

Because organics and landfills will always exist, it is a renewable energy and is one way we can become a more sustainable society.


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Business & the Environment

 * We hope you enjoy today's submitted article by Wayne Thompson:

Can Businesses Save The Environment?


Environmental issues cover an entire range of problems. Climate change, pollution, land degradation and ozone depletion all add up to the weakening of the natural world. The industrial revolution and the ever evolving modern globe have resulted in an uptake in the use of electricity. We use it every day and it would be difficult to live without it. Most of our daily needs and essentials require some form of energy to function. I would defy anyone to try and live without electricity for one day without struggling. It just goes to show that electricity is a necessity and whether we choose to like it or not we have to use it in one way or another.
In today's society almost everything is powered by electricity and fuel. Homes, cars and businesses all need some sort of energy to keep going. But what impact is this having on the environment? The use of too much electricity is beginning to ruin our natural surroundings and our environment is suffering, we are slowly running out of resources that provide us with the fuel we need. It may not appear as though there is a problem now, but in the future it may be a major environmental issue that the future generation will have to deal with. So what is the resolution to this problem? Well it starts with us. We all need to do our bit to save the world in which we live in.
There are many ways in which we can lower their carbon emissions and be greener. Just by making a few simple changes we can all help towards lowering our carbon footprint. You do not have to give up your essentials such as your car, home appliances or any of your conveniences to contribute towards a greener earth. Those who own homes, cars and businesses can still help towards saving the planet. Here are a few tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint.
• Recycle. Throwing rubbish away will result in more waste being dumped on land fill sites.
• Turn off lights and electrical appliances when they are not in use. You will save money and cause less fuel to be used.
• Car share. Sometimes only one car is needed for multiple people. This will allow less Co2 to be emitted.
• Try to walk if you can. Cars are notorious for polluting the atmosphere.
• Send emails rather than printing documents. Less paper, electricity and ink will be used.
Follow these tips and you are well on your way to creating a greener company. There are even courses available on how to save energy within a business and effectively deal with waste management at a business level so that the company is more responsible for the waste it produces. This can then be deal with in an environmentally friendly way to help preserve our world.
Wayne Thompson is an experienced online marketer with many years in the web marketing industry. While this experience has made him an expert in most things web related, he also has interests in Technology, Business and Management. All websites referred to have been personally researched and are authentic. If you like this article follow him on Twitter


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Relationships & Composting



-- Conscious Living Event --

Date: June 21, 2012
Event:
Organic Magic with Worms at The Big Carrot
 
Location: The Big Carrot - 348 Danforth Ave. (room 212) Toronto, ON (Canada)

Info: A fun and entertaining evening featuring Cathy of Cathy's Crawly Composters. Learn all about worms and vermicomposting - a viable solution for your organic waste.


--

Dave and I entered a photo of Skyla, our Shephard-Malamute cross, in Second Acts' fundraiser for rescued animals. This photo contest is a lot of fun and I hope you'll either enter your own pet photo or vote for one of the photos people have submitted. The one we submitted was taken a couple years ago when Skyla was a puppy-teenager - she had just woken up and was about to yawn. That's why she looks like a drunk - lol - it's a funny image that we thought others might enjoy. Check it out at:

Info: http://www.secondactsfoundation.org/id20.html 
 

 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

 
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Jim and Marsha Walker Eastwood - of Ohio, USA - join us today to help us deal with anger management. These two work together as Financial and Relationship Coaches and are also the owners of Emy Baker's Originals, LLC; manufacturers of biodegradable eco-friendly fresheners for cars, shoes and living areas. They are visionaries who are committed to making a difference both socially and environmentally. In addition, they are motivators who provide a media platform that educates small business owners and authors enabling them to promote their works and services. We’ll try to cover some of this as well today, but our focus will be on anger management.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pet Photo & Blog Hop Contest


-- Blog Hop Contest --

Check out the Midsummer's eve giveaway hop contest we are participating in - along with hundreds of other blogs - between June 20th and June 26th!  * This contest is hosted by http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.ca





For this contest we will be offering a copy of our e-book: Towards Understanding...
Available in the following ebook formats: HTML, JavaScript, Kindle (mobipocket), Epub, PDF, RTF, LRF, Palm Doc (PDB), and Plain Text.
 

3rd edition 2012
info: http://www.brummet.ca/brummetStore/TowardsUnderstanding.html

E-book List Price: $3.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781476309682 (Epub)
Words: 20,356


Print List Price: $8.99 (US)
ISBN-13: 978-1475221701
ISBN-10: 1475221703
Page Count: 152
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Publisher's Link: https://www.createspace.com/3855266

This book is a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons and finally growing towards understanding of her value and purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title: Towards Understanding. ...Available in Print and E-book formats through a variety of online stores as well as the publisher links (above).

** To enter, simply leave a comment here on this blog. If you experience issues with this then email us your entry via: ldbrummet(at)yahoo(dot)com

Find other participating blogs offering prizes for this contest via this link below:



 == Pet Photo Contest == 


Join us in the Cutest Pet Photo Contest through Second Acts Foundation (http://secondactsfoundation.org)

Contest begins Wednesday June 20 - ends on Tuesday June 26 @ 9 PM

Drop tbe the site and vote for the cutest photo ever... or enter your own photo.... and help raise funds for the one of the most amazing pet rescue support organizations out there. 

Info: http://www.secondactsfoundation.org/id20.html




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