Friday, August 31, 2012

Save Money, recycling, biofuel, social networking



-- Energy saving tips -- 

 *Source: Fortis BC Power-sense Newsleltter

Set your air conditioner to 25˚ C – and only cool the rooms you are currently using. Close the doors to other rooms that have low traffic use and keep the air moving with fans. Turn fans and air conditioners off when leaving the home for more than 10 min. And don’t run the conditioners at night unless you absolutely have to. Try opening windows and running fans at night instead – besides, it is quieter! Keep blinds and curtains closed on windows that have direct sunlight, and open them only when the sun is hitting another side of the house instead.

Clean the air conditioner filter or replace it every 2-6 months depending on how much you use it.

Don’t heat your pool at night, let the solar blanket warm it when you can.

Use a clothes-line instead of the dryer in the heat of the summer. 

Get a free laundry line if you live in BC by visiting fortisbc.com/laundry. Other energy supply and green energy companies and organizations might want to visit this site to see how they might emulate this program themselves.




 -- Positive News --

 
* Source: Recycling Product Newsletter: http://rpn.baumpub.com

Kudo’s to Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) - where they have committed to reaching a 90% reduction rate with a new recycling facility and an efficient biofuel facility, enabling them to process a lot of materials that would normally be sent to the landfill such as treated or painted wood, carpet, underlay, and siding.
For more information on this project visit: Edmonton.ca  & also SpartAway.com


-- Brummet's in the Media --

I'd like to invite you to join Wiser.org.

Wiser (WE) is the social network for sustainability, connecting the people, nonprofits and businesses working toward a more just and sustainable world.

I hope to see you there!

Lillian Brummet

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Conscious Eco-Adventure Travel



-- Quote of the Day --

"There is no comparison between 
that which is lost by not succeeding 
and that lost by not trying."

~ Sir Francis Bacon


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

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Jeff Rasley - author of several books (including Monsters of the Doorway, Light in the Mountains, a thriller titled False Prophet, Islands in My Dreams, and Bringing Progress to Paradise) about combining adventure travel with philanthropy. Jeff practiced law in the Indianapolis (US) region for 30 years and is currently the partner of Knowledge Capture Publishing and Editing as well as the president of the Basa Village Foundation. Amazingly he is also able to act as a liaison for Adventure Geo-Treks LTD, while teaching students.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recycling, Conscious Business




-- Quote of the Day -- 

“Our consciousness is always creating - so if you are beating yourself up if you are hard on yourself, giving things away – or feeling that unless you do more (or suffer) you are not get what you need …and this shows that you have a sense of lack, and showing that you are not valuing yourself. …It is so difficult to get out of this because that energy doesn’t allow for positive thinking. ..It is a habit really – this became your way of interpreting the world. It becomes your go-to reaction as to why you don’t have what you want. – So give it space, and consider if it is really true, and what are the other possibilities that might be true. It is going to take some effort. But as you open up the possibility of other explanations then you’ll realize that maybe your thoughts are not true.”

~ Nat Couropmitree

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Conscious Creation for Business Owners

 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)




-- Conscious Living Event --

2012 Resource Recycling Conference
When: Aug 28-29
Where: Austin, TX (USA)
Info: http://Resource-Recycling.com



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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Conmmunication; Conscious Citizens




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Bill Patti of YourVoiceProfessor.com is a longtime award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent. A graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis with a degree in Radio/TV, Bill has taught speech and broadcasting courses at the University level for more than 15 years. Bill is a well-known and respected speaker who advises, talks and teaches communication skills to numerous organizations nationwide.


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 -- Reader Referral - 

One of our readers - Corrin - wanted us to share an interesting site and contest that you might want to check out. *It appears that this site is for a US audience.

Quoted from the site:

As a country, we do pretty well , but we are far from perfect. We've got our share of problems, and we think that you have the answers. Fix*us is a campaign about giving you the platform to weigh in on some of the biggest issues our country is facing. You can read other users' solutions and vote on the opinions you believe in. At the end of the campaign 5 winners will be selected and LiveCitizen will award a total of $5000 to the winner's charities of choice.

Who: You, and anyone you know who is passionate about making a difference!
What:
Fix*us Campaign, voicing your opinions, coming up with solutions, and benefitting charities.
When:
August 13th - October 31st
Where:
www.livecitizen.com/top/fixus
Why:
Because this is OUR country and we don't think that politicians should be the only ones who have a say on how to run it.


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Never Lose Hope



 
Never Lose Hope
In Dealing With Your Fears and Anxieties 

* Written by author Stan Popovich: http://www.managingfear.com


When your fears and depression have the best of you, it is easy to feel that things will not get any better. This is not true. There is much help available in today’s society and the best way to deal with your fears is to find effective ways to overcome them. As a result, here are some techniques a person can use to help manage their fears and anxieties.

You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. These factors can change everything. Remember that we may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.

Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you feel fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, your afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location.

Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the mornings. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things.

Be smart in how you deal with your fears and anxieties. Do not try to tackle everything all at once. When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, break the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice.  The more you practice, the better you will become.



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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gardening; Green Business


-- Quote of the Day --

Don’t worry that children are never listening to you; 
worry that they are always watching you.”   

~ Robert Fulghum


 -- Reader Comment --

One of our readers – Alissa Alvarez – sent us a lovely comment about the features we’ve done recently over the last few weeks on green business and green jobs. She wanted to offer our blog readers a link to an article listing the Top 25 Green Business Blogs for you to check out:

 

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

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Join us for another fascinating Sunday Gardening segment today with special guests - Joey and Holly Baird, of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener - here today to speak about organic gardening, the best use of small spaces, composting, rain water collection, reuse, preservation of garden harvests and so much more. 

Join us live (10-11 AM Pacific) and drop in the chat room - or access the archive of today's show at your convenience:  

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/08/26/sunday-gardening-with-holly-joey-baird


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

recycled plastics


-- Quote of the Day -- 


If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.   

~ Chinese Proverb


 -- Positive News --


Recycling Product News magazine reports that due to Canada’s increased recycling availability for plastics, they have seen a 15% increase in plastic packaging between 2009-2010. 

A total of 217 million kilograms of plastics were collected for recycling, or about 70% of the plastic packaging consumed in Canada. (bottles, tubs, containers, lids, buckets, etc).

Between 2009 and 2010, we saw an increase of 13% bottles, 36% increase in plastic bags and outer wrap – from households. While there was over 50% increase in plastic film and bags from the business sector.


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Environmental Efforts & Drumming




-- Quote of the Day -- 

(re: drumming) People are looking for fun and easy opportunities to relieve stress – and a drum circle is a perfect way to connect with people. Every single drum circle is different; it is always interesting and surprising and gratifying, and being able to drum out stress - there are so many health benefits to it. …You can reduce exhaustion job burnout and boost your immune system. …Music therapy is able to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation

~ Judith Pinkerton

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on May 2nd titled: Music for Therapy
 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)


-- Positive News -- 
* Source: JapanFS.org

We'd like to take the time here today to celebrate the "Read Books and Protect Forests" project sponsored by Sony Corporation and their efforts toward forest conservation on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) in partnership with the  World Wide Fund for Nature

Sony will now also donate part of the revenue from sales of e-books at its e-book store (Reader Store) to the Read Books and Protect Forests project, supporting activities like:  planting 5000 trees in the first year, the Elephant Patrol program, and strengthening communication. It will also continue efforts for an online library "corner" with more environment-related e-books at Reader Store.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Contest & Interview



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show --

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Author and publisher Caroline Shearer, joins editor Sarah Hackley to talk about their work in the realm of publishing and their latest project  - the book: Women Will Save the World. Caroline is the founder of Absolute Love Publishing, which was born out of a mission to create and publish projects promoting goodness in the world. Sarah is the editor for Absolute Love Publishing, and its imprint, Spirited Press. Through both, Sarah provides individualized, comprehensive editing services to authors seeking to bring light and inspiration to the world. She is passionate believer that the written word can change lives.
 
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-- Blog Hop Contest -- 
We are pleased to participate in another blog hop contest - this one titled: "Feed Your Reader e-books" (sponsored by 2 blogs -  I Am A Reader Not a Writer and A True Story)
** To enter the draw for the e-book listed below simply subscribe to our blog (optional) and leave a comment on today's post. If you experience any issues with trying to leave a comment on the blog post then email us your entry instead: ldbrummet(at)yahoo(dot)com

And to find other blogs that are also offering prizes for this contest visit this URL: http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=154743


Today we will offer an e-book copy of Trash Talk - It is Easy To Be Green vol 1; a family friendly green living book listing ways to reduce, reuse, recycle "waste" items that are commonly produced in offices and  homes. Great craft projects, reuse ideas that will save you money, learn more about the recycling industry itself, and how to refuse to accept manufacturers standards.





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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fundraiser !

  I received the following information about a fantastic fundraiser by a writer friend of ours - Karin Fabian. So far, she says, "We have raised $234 (not counting book sales)"

Here is some information about the fundraiser, written by Karin:
 

"We’ve had an upsetting number of forest fires in the West, and Colorado Springs has been especially hard hit, with over 35,000 people evacuating their homes and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged by the flames.  People have come from all over the nation to assist in fighting the fires, and so many are going to have to rebuild their homes from scratch.

I want my story to help them.

Coyote Fires is now up in a serial format at http://coyotefires.karinafabian.com.  I have a donation button on the site, and I’m asking that if you enjoy the story, you help me help others by donating a little to the cause.  You can donate as little as $1.  For every $10 I earn (from one to ten donors), I’ll put up another episode.  I’ll take donations until - September 1.  At that time, I’ll send all the proceeds to the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Red Cross. I also have a deal, where if you donate over $25 dollars, I’ll send you an autographed copy of Magic, Mensa and Mayhem.  (Your entire donation will go to the ARC.) 

In addition, between now and Aug 31, the publisher, editors, and I are donating all our profits from the Coyote Story: Perfect Ten and the Dragon Eye novel: Live and Let Fly(Thanks to Penny Ehrenkranz, Lea Schizas and Chris Steeves Speakman for donating thier share of the profits, too!).

Coyote Fires it's a short mystery involving Coyote the Native American trickster god, and Vern and Sister Grace of my Dragon Eye, PI world. Who would want to kill Coyote--and why are they setting fire to the mountainside to do it?
I'm posting it in serial as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to help the victims of the Colorado fires, since Vern and Grace make their home in Colorado. People can read the story at http://coyotefires.karinafabian.com/ and donate if they are enjoying it. "

 Good luck Karin with your admirable fundraiser :)

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Reader's Thoughts on Conscious Living

 

Today's blog post is all about our readers here on this blog :)  - We've received several emails from our readers who wanted to share some interesting points about discovering happiness, and also realizing the environmental impact we can all have by taking on simple activities like carpooling. I thought I'd share highlights from a couple of these, along with the link to the full articles for you all to check out when you have time.

 
 -- Happiness --

I was reading an article that was sent to me by one of our readers (http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/08/13/the-top-10-happiness-experts-of-all-time) and was moved by some of the tips shared by 10 experts in helping people become more satisfied in life.

Some of their tips include:

- Happiness is about accomplishing something worthwhile with your life.

- Happiness isn't something we are born with , we can learn to find happiness.

- Personal perception plays a big role in the level of happiness we experience.

- Finding challenges in our every day activities that encourage us to reach for the very best in ourselves, helps us realize the impact we can have and develops confidence in our abilities.

- Money and possessions don't create happiness; it is the relationships we develop along life's journey that bring us happiness.

- Creating a pattern of being grateful leads to happiness, because we realize all the wonderful things in our lives rather than focusing on the negatives.

 
-- Effects on Carpooling -- 

Another reader of our blog here offered a really interesting article about car-pooling (http://www.officespaceforrent.org/blog/6-reasons-to-consider-carpooling-to-the-office)... and  I've broken down some of the main points here below that I thought were the most compelling reasons to take on carpooling as part of an every-day activity.

- Save on how much you pay for gas; even by pitching in and offering a few bucks a week to help cover the costs that the driver will face, you'll save a lot of money. In fact, everyone saves money in the end.

- You'll have less costs involved in maintaining the vehicle your family owns, less wear on the tires and so on.

- Carpoolers (except for the driver of course) experience less stress and have more time to do other activities such as learning new skills via listening to our online radio show (lol) or audio books, or catching up on work and family by being able to have more time to use their laptop or hand held device.

- Fewer cars on the road mean fewer emissions. 
 



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