Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Renewable Energy, article


-- Quote of the Day -- 

“Regardless of the new technologies that come and go, strategy is the one thing that will remain constant and knowing how to formulate, create a strategy that is long term – not just something that generates income in the short term. …Researching demographics and buying patterns and knowing who the audience is and being able to pinpoint who a potential customer may be 
…[Todays] marketing really is so much more than just putting an ad together it has to take into consideration the features and benefits of the product, the pricing strategy, how it is being distributed. 
...A common definition of work ethics – a trainable set of values and behaviors – The seven values and behaviors are: positivity, reliability, professionalism, initiative, integrity, respect for authority, and gratitude ”

~ Joshua Casto
Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Business Work Ethics


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




Feasibility of Renewable Energy

* Today's article comes to us from Liz Karschner, who writes for the SEPCO – Solar Electric Power Company’s blog and is active in the renewable energy and green movement here in the US and Worldwide.






I've had this same comic on my poster board here at work for almost 5 years now and it makes me laugh every time I look at it. "Solar and Wind isn't feasible"...says who? Other countries are investing a ton on money into renewable energy every year and it is paying off not only with the environment, but financially as well. So why let big oil keep telling us that renewable energy such as wind and solar are not feasible?

Is solar and wind power still expensive? Yes, the initial purchase is more expensive than just staying on the grid and using cheaper, non-renewable forms of energy. But what is that going to cost us in the long run. Clean water? Clean air? Good food? I mean really, if we are not able to get clean air and water, our crops and farm animals will get the same dirty water and air that we get, making the produce and meat dirty just the same.

What about the payback period? Without the help of state and federal incentives, the payback period can be long, up to 10 years or more. If you are one of the lucky ones that get one of the incentives, your payback period is much shorter, but there is a still high out-of-pocket expense. So what can you do to make this more feasible?
  1. Supply and Demand - Supply is there, but demand is still low, driving prices down. Hopefully soon there will be that perfect medium where prices make solar more affordable and keep the supply going.
  2. Financing - There are a lot of companies out there providing financing for alternative energy. Instead of paying the local utility company for the next 10 / 15 / 20 years, take that money and roll it into a loan for the solar or wind energy. In the end you will own your own power source.

  3. Switch to Efficiency - By implementing the most efficient appliances and lighting options available, the amount of solar and wind power will be less, lowering the price in the end. Even installing better insulation and enclosures such as windows and doors will improve the overall efficiency of your business or home.
  4. Use Less - Become more efficient in your daily life. Purchase only what you need, use task specific lighting instead of lighting the whole house or room, only run items that is currently needed and cut the power to those that are needed, and use items for multiple purposes if possible like charging your smart phone while sitting at the computer from the USB.
In the end, we can take some of the money out of big oil's pockets, put it back in our own, and prove them wrong on their theory of how renewable energy isn't feasible. What other ways can we take back out power?



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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What Makes A Successful Author?





 -- Quote of the Day --





"The key to succeeding at anything in life,
  is to focus on the small victories." 

~ Mark Black


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--> Did you know that almost 1million books were published in the US alone last year? Several million were submitted, and millions more never got that far. With the reach of the Internet and international English speaking readers out there – just how are we to get our work noticed among such a snowstorm of published books? Book developer, publicist, media coach, publishing guru  - Antoinette Kuritz is here to speak about the changing ways that we are reading. Antoinette is also the founder of the LaJolla Writers Conference. Today, she’ll offer an insider’s view as to the process of getting a book noticed, and how we can avoid getting ripped off by the sharks in the waters out there




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Monday, October 29, 2012

Contest! Get Bookmarks!



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“…There is a fine line between asking them to be their best and asking them to be the best. So try and be more compassionate and help them recognize their unique gifts, their unique skills… their decision making, an action they took on their own. …one of the most effective tools for recognizing self limiting thought patterns is to write down a dream – something you really want to do and on one side write down all the things that you can think of that will never make that dream happen; and then read what you have written. And then rewrite those negative beliefs to be more positive. …Every second of every day is a new start. Let go of those who have hurt you, forgive yourself for the mistakes you have made, give yourself a new slate as often as you can – be the person you want to be today and live in the present. ”

~ Maggie Steele

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on titled: Helping Youth CreateFulfilled Lives

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-- Contest ! -- 


 Yes it is time for another contest for our blog readers! We'll be doing a draw for a package of two different styles of 6 eco-friendly bookmarks. See samples of what these bookmarks will look like via the "portfolio page of our site: http://www.brummet.ca/portfolio.html

These bookmarks are printed on between 50 and 100% recycled content material, with all veggie inks (some soy inks still contain petroleum oil). They are designed by Dave Brummet using images from his nature photos of the Kootenay region of BC, Canada.

To enter the draw:

Simply leave a comment here on this blog post, along with your email address so that we can contact the winner. i.e. {ldbrummet(at)yahoo(dot)com}
Your email address will be used only for this contest.
*Entrants must be residents of North America - due to shipping costs. Deadline: Nov 4th.

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Feel free to tell others about this contest... anyone visiting our blog can enter. 


 -- Conscious Living Events -- 

 
Oct 29 – Municipal Waste Association Fall Workshop
Location: Barrie ON – Canada

Oct 29 – CCOHS National Health & Safety Conference
Location: Halifax, NS – Canada
Info: ccohs.ca

 
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Green & Positive Living


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“I like being part of the green movement and being able to make a living. …The industry really has grown by leaps and bounds. …It is too bad that so many people refer to recycling as a dirty or nasty thing but when you go to scrap yards it is a very clean and neat place – where they are very environmentally conscious places that are very conscious of making sure oil is going in the right place and water quality is protected. Just recycling aluminum that has already been made saves 80% of the energy that would have been used to make new aluminum from raw ore. …we’ve gotten things in my scrap yard that is 100, 300 years old. …Any type of scrap metal that you have is recyclable, it doesn’t matter what kind you have. In fact, the rustier the better - because it will have a higher quality of steel. …For us it is all about the green movement – what can you do to help the green movement? To make your generation better than the one before? And one of the biggest things we have to do now is recycle, reuse and promote all the good things that are going on.”

~ Tom Buechel 

Today's quote was excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show that aired back on August 9th titled:  Scrap Metal Recycling

* Click on the show title to access the full interview with Tom.







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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Spouses - Family & Being Prepared



-- Quote of the Day --

 

“…What I have learned is that both spouses should have knowledge about the finances – what you have, where the resources are, how to pay bills, and what to do about taxes. It is a good idea to have a financial advisor – elder care lawyers can help you with basic wills, advanced living wills, advanced directives, powers of attorney… pay for or plan a funeral ahead of time. …When you’ve got too much on your plate you have to pace yourself - You have to store up your energy for a more stressful time later on in the day. Prioritize, you don’t have to get everything done; pick out the most important thing. Try to focus on one thing at a time rather than thinking of everything at once. Slow down; and savor the good moments. ”

Terry Corcoran

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Spousal Caregiving

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




 -- Importance of Family --


Today we are featuring the final installment of a 3-part article series produced by Steve Brannon, a teacher, ex-military (US Air Force and US Navy) and former management consultant at Vanderbilt University. Currently, Steve offers support groups for those suffering from mood disorders and their families. This work is done through DBSA Jackson - his not-for-profit organization (501 c-3) which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Steve is also the author of the book: The Two Agreements.
To connect with, or learn more about, Steve visit:  http://dbsajackson.blogspot.com/


Family is a vital element that I include in my inspirational approach. Many consumers lose close relationships they had before a major episode occurred; they may have even intentionally broken off relations with family and friends in order to become well. These folks often come to group with few strong relationships.  That’s why I foster an environment for group members to become each others’ “family”. As such, they express understanding and acceptance for each other. Members are expected to use their talents of hospitality, their education, and even their work skills, in the functions of the group. Some individuals can help by providing transportation; other, higher-functioning members are encouraged to create mentoring relationships with lower functioning members.  In short, the group/network is presented as a safe place to practice creating healthy relationships, as ironic as that might sound to the outsider. I take it as an indication of success when group members spontaneously meet for lunch or a cup of coffee.

Another element is faith. The expression of faith, as I define it, is a way of showing reverence for the mystery of life. A major mental health crisis often leaves patients devoid of faith in anyone and anything, including themselves. That’s why we begin every meeting with a moment of silence (humorously referred to as our moment of sanity).  We often use that moment of silence to remember those suffering in isolation, without the benefit of such caring support. We do this by stating, “Let’s remember those family members we’ve yet to meet.”  As many members are “spiritual but not religious”, we structure the group around acceptance and understanding so that we may rebuild everyone’s faith in self, others, the world, and a Power greater than themselves. This collective plurality of faiths, all showing respect and love for one another, is one of my favorite aspects of the group.

New attendees often arrive feeling as though they can never laugh again, much less pursue their dreams. Hope for the future is so important in the healing process; that’s why I often encourage members to address the question, “If you had plenty of money, where would you live and what would you want to do?”

The meeting-after-the-meeting always makes me smile. In fact, there is nothing that encourages me more than when I see our members going from the support meeting to a local restaurant. There, they can spend a couple of hours cementing their bond in a social situation.  

I have been blessed with a steady turnout for the meetings, and I attribute this in part to friendly reminder calls. The callers are those who have experienced a remarkable change in their health because of the group’s emphasis on wellness and support. The recipients of the calls take them as a sign of genuine concern, and they often voice their appreciation at the meetings. These calls are priceless.

The remaining elements of my approach to facilitating an inspirational support meeting are enthusiasm and belonging.  Enthusiasm is contagious! That’s why, in addition to those making the weekly reminder phone calls, members post flyers and tell others about the boost in health they received from attending group. I refer to this as “personal campaigning”, and it keeps newer members motivated. It is a fact that individuals who regularly attend our meetings are much less likely to be hospitalized in that year.

Everyone needs to feel as though they belong; however consumers often feel like they are on the outside of life, looking in. Nothing can take the place of the comfort that comes from being a part of a larger group. The support group experience meets that need for individuals who, in many cases, lack the support of biological family members. In order to meet that need, the inspirational meeting and network reaches deeper into the recovery and wellness experience. The wellness approach I designed addresses to two basic needs of the consumer (and the rest of humanity as well). Straight on, I address actual “needs” (vital, necessary for happiness and fulfillment) versus “wants” (as in, something nice, pleasurable). The first need is to feel that at least one other person loves us, demonstrating caring and acceptance. The second need is to feel that at least one other person understands us, “gets us”—no matter what is going in our life. 

In our understanding family, members and new attendees feel the acceptance and understanding attitude that are tangible in the group interaction.  Thus, the inspirational support meetings assist in the recovery of health and wellness for some members to avoid another hospitalization and remain on their job, keep their family together, and dream of a better tomorrow.   



* Find Part 1 of this article series via the Oct 6th archived post; Part 2 via the Oct 13th archived post. 



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Friday, October 26, 2012

Referral Corner


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“When you can go from a place of pain to a place of renewal – and this will take some time, it won’t happen overnight – but when you do get to that place you realize how strong you are and what you survived. …We are a loss-denying society – the problem is if we don’t talk about it, it is still boing to happen to us and we will be ill informed.  So we hurry it along, we don’t necessarily make the right decisions and then feel like something is wrong with us. …Your happiness is not dependent on the presence of another person. …If you need any part of the healing journey get some help – it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help to move through the grief process. …It is so important to understand that the heart expands infinitely to embrace love. …Your past shapes you; it does not define you – don’t live a destiny that you didn’t choose.”

Carole Fleet

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Beyond Grief

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



-- Referral Corner -- 

The referral corner section of our blog is reserved to occasionally share information about a few of the amazing resources and non-profits that are available online. We hope that you'll take the time to click on their URL's and check out their work.


Shelter Box Canada - is a non-profit organization that responds to either manmade or environmental disaster areas, providing immediate relief to the people there in the form of a box. Each box supplies up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.


The Gathering PlaceThis organization offers safety, hope and a sense of community; Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender indivudals, and those who are experiencing homelessness and poverty.


Environmental Defense Fund - a powerful organization that focuses on preserving natural systems, on which all life depends. Through science and an understanding of economics, their aim is to find lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems facing the world today. 
 


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Power of Music





 -- Quote of the Day --




“ Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. 
Those who listen to us are the ones we move toward. 
When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. “
~ Unknown




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Konnie Hoffman Ellis born 3 minutes apart, these female twins have never known site - but that didn't stop them from getting out and fulfilling their dreams. Konnie is here to tell us about growing up in a family of blind children and the book she wrote about these experiences. One of those siblings – Rory – became a very famous musician, and he is one of the main characters in Konnie’s book. We are going to learn how to behave around people who have physical challenges, we’ll learn about the wonderful childhood experiences she had and so much more today.  






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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

World of Writing, Interview



-- Quote of the Day -- 


“…It is really about what works for the writer first, what really gets you going and producing content. A lot of people do it backwards – they worry about who the audience is and what they want to read and it often ends up as some of the driest reading ever. …There is this misconception out there that in order to be a professional writer you have to have a certain type of degree; and that is not necessarily true. I know lots of people who have degrees who are not necessarily talented …but I know lots of writers who don’t have professional training but are very creative. …If you want to be a successful writer you have to open yourself up to technology, you need to take control of your author’s platform and need to understand how to put work out there that is not ‘spamy’, that speaks to people in a real way and taps into their creativity.”

~ Emily Breder

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Writing,Volunteering, Networking


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


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Happy United Nations Day everyone :)

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 -- World Of Writing --

It is time for another World of Writing interview - today we are featuring New Jersey based (US) author Vicki Solá - her long-running radio program Que Viva La Música www.wfdu.fm provides the New York metro community with Salsa and Latin Jazz music.

 
Vicki has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and her articles have appeared in internationally circulated periodicals. Her new, laugh-loaded SciFi Fantasy, The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press), was written for young adults aged 12 and up.  When away from the office, she can be found spending time with her son Frank, and rescued canine Cookie (a shepherd-hound)  Find Vicki @: www.Gneeecey.com


Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Brain surgery never did appeal to me—too messy. But I did aspire to be an astronaut, President of the United States, and a disc jockey. I suppose I’ve fallen short of a couple of those goals.

Q: What makes a good story? 

A: I’ve heard it said, a good story is always about trouble. Conflict and tension. Also crucial:  characters that the reader cares about, individuals, flawed to some degree, who grow as they deal with internal and/or external struggle. It’s important to know how to pace and break tension—in my case, the latter, with comic relief—and when and where to end scenes and chapters.   
A story must have a good balance of description (that engages the five senses), plus dialogue and action. Establishing setting is critical—it can really stop a reader when he or she is wondering: "Gee, are these murder-planning characters still hiding in the boss’s bedroom or are they in that underground parking lot underneath his ex-wife’s office?"   
Too much description or action, or use of any one element at the expense of the others, has the same effect—it frustrates the reader. Sparse use of adverbs and adjectives, and reliance on active verbs are also important, as is using the least amount of words possible.
Q: What makes you write in certain genres?

A: Throughout the years, I’ve published mainly non-fiction—covering mostly Latin music and culture for various periodicals—but have always loved writing humorous short stories. When I began crafting The Getaway That Got Away, it was not my intention to write a SciFi Fantasy novel. I thought I’d start an informal newsletter—to entertain my friends and family—detailing the zany, other-worldly adventures of my feisty Chihuahua-terrier, Dr. B. Gneeecey. When I sat down at the typewriter (yes, it was that long ago), it all came pouring out of me—one hundred pages of a story that wrote itself, complete with characters that seemed to develop themselves and write their own dialogue. As those first six chapters grew to a total of forty-four (92,000 words), I merely went with the flow (before the editing process, ha, ha), and ended up creating the bizarre world that is Perswayssick County—a dimension somewhere between New Jersey and outer space, inhabited by a mix of canine-humanoids, humanoids, waxy-faced Jersey gangster-style aliens, overgrown mice and limo driving ducks.

Q: Do you insert your own characteristics in your writing?

A: The Getaway That Got Away is most definitely my autobiography, set to SciFi Fantasy. The story is told in first person, through the eyes of protagonist Nicki Rodriguez, an aged-down version of myself. She is all me, from attitude to wardrobe! The twenty-something workaholic—an underpaid, overworked Latin music radio deejay—experiences a dramatic change in outlook when fate transports her to an even lousier place—Perswayssick County, where she must reside with and work for a greedy, tail-wagging leader - Dr B. Gneeecey. Gneeecey is a mix of people I’ve dealt with—especially some of my past employers! My story is targeted at the Young Adult market, but I think young adults ages twelve to two-hundred will enjoy it. Anyone who has slaved away for pennies should relate to it.   
Q: What are your favorite publicity activities?

A: Even when I don’t sell many books, library readings are my favorite activity. They keep my presentations sharp. I find interacting with audiences and answering questions about my story and the writing process itself energizing.

Q: Who are your favorite authors/poets?

A: I like Douglas Adams, whose classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is comparable to my novel, Lewis Carroll, Laurence Sterne, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote, Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver are all favorites.  Lately I tend to read non-fiction—especially historical, philosophical and metaphysical works. It’s my contention that whatever we read and experience goes into that subconscious “mix,” only to come out in some convoluted form when we sit down to write. I’ve always loved the following definition of art (can’t remember who said it): "Taking apart reality and piecing it back together in a different way."



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