Friday, November 30, 2012

Interviews !



-- Quote of the Day -- 

“I had the misfortune of a stroke and then cancer – one of the things that happened to me was that I couldn’t find a job, and I was quite discouraged. We found Max and adopted him, and he really ‘recycled’ me. …What I’ve come to realize that while maybe the things I did seemed important – I was totally replaceable. But when I walk in the door and Max looks at me – I know that I am not replaceable. …The human companion gets so much more back than what we can give to the dog. …We believe there is a connection between a person who litters or people who don’t think about their animals is that they leave their mess for someone else to clean up. …5000 dogs a day in the US alone are euthanized; the good news is that there is more awareness about this problem and more organizations and tools available. …The majority of dogs and cats that are put down is simply because there are not enough resources and they don’t have a home. …A puppy mill might breed a son and a sister, or a mother and a son – they don’t care.”

~ Keith Sanderson


Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Dog-gone Hero

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


 

 -- Brummet's In the Media --

Friday. Nov. 30th. 
Live: 4-5 pm Eastern (2 PM Mountain/1PM Pacific)
Location:  Vaishali's program


* Listen live by clicking the “Listen Now” Red button in the right hand  column on all pages in the CTR website. http://ctrhotspot.com
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Alternatively: Listeners are welcome to call in at 877-230-3062. They can listen to the show stream live from  www.PurpleV.com. Just click on "enter site" when it flashes in the center of the screen, then click on "Listen Live Friday ~ CRT" and "V's chat" if  you would like to join us in the chat room.
 
* Today's interview will air live, but will be archived soon after the live broadcast via: 
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Professional Resumes


-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
 
“No vision – and you perish; 
no ideal – and you are lost. 
Your heart must ever cherish some hope, 
Some dream to cling to some rainbow in the sky,
 Some melody to sing to, 
Some service that is high”

~ Harriet Du Autermont





-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --
 

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Certified resume expert Melanie Denny joins us to offer tips and techniques she’s learned from owning a small business for the last 4 years and her services. Melanie is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, and has a passion for helping job seekers reach their goals with modern techniques. She also has a book out titled: The Job Seekers Secret Guide to LinkedIn. We’ll learn about resume construction, how to do a mini resume, cover letter writing tips, interview guidance, and much more. 



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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

World of Writing, Interview


 -- World of Writing, Interview --

How do you handle a situation when you know someone hasn’t told the truth? What do you do when you see a little girl without a coat in the cold of winter? Where do flowers go when they disappear? What do you do when your feet don’t reach the floor?  


Author Mary Adkinson – a.k.a. Gma Mary – has, as a mother of 6, with 17 grandkids and 6 1/2 great-grandkids, a lot of experience in reading to and teaching children. Prior to retirement, Mary worked as a Doctor of Optometry, but upon retirement she felt the time was right to delve into her passion – writing. The Growing Up With Princess Lizzy stories were originally written for one of her granddaughters. The spark for producing those stories in a published book came from her son who felt it was important for Mary to share them with other young people, and, those just young at heart. You can follow Princess Lizzy and her new adventures via: http://GrowingUpWithPrincessLizzy.com


Q: When you started your book, did you plan on writing it as a series, or did it just grow into one?
A: When I started writing these stories for my granddaughter, Lizzy, I quickly came to realize that the subject matter was endless. Every day with a child is a new adventure. The first book contains 12 stories; the second and third books (due out next year) will contain even more.

Q: What age group did you write for? Why did you write for this particular age group? Why did you feel this book needed to be written?         
A: The stories are written with the four to eight year old in mind. Children at this age soak up everything around them, good and bad. Princess Lizzy gives them a positive role model to learn things like kindness, friendship, compassion, and respect for parents and teachers. Princess Lizzy’s oldest fan is almost 90 years old, so you just never know!

Q: Did you find it difficult to choose the right language, images and writing style for reaching this age group?    
A: The language and speaking style of Princess Lizzy is that of an early grade school child. Much of the book a child will be able to read on her own, but some words will need Mommy’s or Daddy’s assistance. The stories provide opportunities for discussion about topics that cross children’s minds, but they don’t yet fully understand; such as telling the truth or the loss of a pet. The stories and adventures are all written at a young child’s level of understanding. The world would be a better place, if we all could see through the eyes of a child.
The illustrations were created mostly from geometrical shapes; triangles, circles, stars, and squares. This makes it easy for a child to duplicate the characters with some accuracy. There is a FREE coloring book of the characters that can be downloaded from the website, no purchase necessary.

Q: How do you plan to promote this book (or series)?     
A: A reading tour is currently being planned at libraries and local bookstores. I can introduce Princess Lizzy to new friends she hasn’t met yet and they can meet her. The website has several stories that rotate from time to time. There is even a video clip of Gma Mary reading one of Princess Lizzy’s adventures for your child to enjoy. The book is currently available at online retailers, such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. For retailers, “Growing Up With Princess Lizzy: little life lessons” is available through the major wholesalers and the direct from the publisher. If you want a signed copy, those can be requested directly from the author on the website.  

Q: Is there anything in your book that is based on a real life experience?
A: The stories discuss some of the situations that come up in children’s lives. While they can seem very humorous to adults, they are very serious and real to children – some are based on true events. Our granddaughter, Lizzy, actually did lose her pet kitten. It was with great care that I addressed that particular subject, but felt it was necessary since that is a situation that happens and needs to be dealt very kindly and gently.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Create a fulfilled life



-- Quote of the Day --


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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy – they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

~ Marcel Proust



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

* Airs live @ 10-11 AM (Pacifc)  - all episodes are archived indefinitely within moments after they air live, and are available for you to listen to later on at any time of day.
 
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Best of Conscious Discussions segments offer us a way to highlight some of the best discussions we have had over the years. Today were featuring 2 experts who offer tips on how we can create a more fulfilled life.  Hands-on healer, author Traci Slatton will discuss what mid-life means to people in this generation as compared to generations of the past. We’ll see the trends that are happening today and what this means. Barbara Holstein is a psychologist, author of several books and a happiness life coach. Learn about positive psychology, her work as an author, and some tips on living a more fulfilled life. 
 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/11/27/best-of-conscious-discussions-31




-- Conscious Living Event -- 


Nov 27-30

Pollutec 2012

Location: Lyon, France




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Monday, November 26, 2012

Of Media and Animals


-- Quote of the Day --


“…There was a while where I thought I’d never blog – I was a freelance writer, and felt there was no money in blogging. After 9-11 the journalism market really took a hit, but I wanted to keep writing every day – so I thought …I could come up with an endless supply of animal story ideas. …The focus I felt was most important was to highlight the people who are making a difference in the animal world. …I’m in touch with people all the time who are involved with rescue and those, to me, are my heroes. …The first thing is to get your pet from the local animal adoption or rescue center. …The other thing is to spay and neuter your pet. …you can call the local hotel or look in your own closet to see if you have some old towels; or drop into the center and see if you can spend time with the animals – you know, pet some cats. It really does make a difference. ”

~ Michele Hollow


Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on Sept 18th, '12… titled: Animal Advocacy

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





 -- Brummets in the Media -- 

Check out the article published today on the Expression Express blog which focuses on offering an Insight on the Life of Media.   By learning what media contacts go through on a daily basis you can tailor your queries and submissions or communications in such a way as to reduce rejection. 


 You can find the full article via the link below:
 

www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com


* Incidentally, Tracy was also a guest on our blog for a Q&A interview:  http://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.ca/2012/11/world-of-writing-interview_17.html
  

-- Conscious Living Event -- 

Buy Nothing Day!
Mon, 26th – Tue, 27th

According to Wikipedia - Buy Nothing Day was started as a protest against consumerism back in '92 and has been picked up by consumers across the planet in growing numbers since then. People will celebrate in different ways - cutting up their credit cards or department store cards, offer and attend free events and activities, etc. Rather than shifting the shopping to another day, this awareness day is meant to help us recognize the shopping frenzy in our society and slow down consumerism.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Positive News !


 -- Quote of the Day -- 


“Just because the solutions of problems are not visible at any particular time does not mean that those problems will never be alleviated – or confined to tolerable dimensions. History has a way of changing the very terms in which problems operate and of leaving them, in the end, unsolved to be sure, yet strangely deflated of their original meaning and importance.”

~ M. Abramowitz
 

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

* Airs live @ 10-11 AM (Pacifc)  - all episodes are archived indefinitely within moments after they air live, and are available for you to listen to later on at any time of day.
 
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Positive News segment airs every 2-3 weeks on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show offering inspiring news, positive information, helpful resources and quotes and more.
  
This week we'll be focusing on how recycling stimulates the economy, inspiring city initiatives, and several recommended resources.
 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/11/25/positive-news


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Conscious Holiday Activities



Laura Chapman joins us to share ways of reducing the footprint of travel and vacation. You can read more about the future of green travel here: http://www.iglucruise.com/travel-technology/eco-travel-tech.

Tips to Minimize the Impact of Your Holiday

The world’s a very big place, so it’s no surprise that we want to explore at least some of it. However, with most countries now accessible to us and with the influx of tourists to previously untouched places, this has implications for the local environment and its communities. The issue of responsible travel is something that we all should be thinking about before we even book our holiday. Whether you choose to travel with a company who prides itself on its eco-friendly principles and approach, or choose to go it alone, the following suggestions can help to reduce your impact.

Consider travel options
Everyone has heard about the importance of reducing their carbon footprint, but unfortunately air travel is probably the biggest contribution towards carbon dioxide emissions that any of us will make; for example a return flight from New York to Costa Rica generates 0.7 tons of carbon dioxide. Consider whether you could holiday closer to home, allowing you to take the bus or train to your destination; there are usually many places within a few hours of your home, which have a lot to offer, but to which you have never been. A cruise ship is another lower carbon emission option for travel and can represent a completely different type of holiday. If however you have your heart set on a destination that you can only fly to, consider offsetting your carbon footprint through a company that invests in environmental schemes; though this option is often available to you directly when you book your airfare. While you are away try to avoid using cars at all cost; use public transport, hire a bike or take short journeys by foot.

Watch your rubbish
If you’re travelling in a country where the safety of the water supply is questionable, although the official line is to use bottled water, if you are there for a week or so, just think about how many plastic bottles you will get through. Not all countries are able to recycle waste, so the chances are your plastic bottles will end up in a rubbish dump. To avoid this problem you can sterilize your own water; all that’s needed is some reusable bottles and either a filter, iodine tablets or a water-purifying pen. Again, avoid using plastic bags while you are away, as they will end up with the same fate. Your best bet is to buy a canvas shopping bag or two when you arrive at your destination. When you next buy any gadgets for travel, avoid those which don’t have rechargeable batteries for the same reason; you’ll keep them out of landfill and it’s cheaper for you too.

Use environmentally friendly soap
It might not cross your mind, but in some countries the water that you have used to wash and shower drains straight back into the local water system to be used by others without any processing. For that reason, choose a soap that is biodegradable, so will naturally break down after you have used it. Particularly useful are those that can be used to wash your hands, body, hair and clothes, as these save space in your luggage into the bargain. 

Respect the local culture
Before you travel ensure that you learn about the history, culture and customs of your destination, to provide a greater understanding of the people that you will be meeting during your stay. Additionally make the effort to learn basics in their language beyond “hello”, “please” and “thank you”; the locals will really appreciate this gesture. While there observe any rules about dress and avoid any behaviors that you know will appear offensive to that culture.

Buy local
Only take as much as you really need away with you on holiday; not only will you avoid excess luggage charges at the airport, but it allows you to support the local economy – something much needed in less economically developed countries. Buying handcrafted souvenirs also helps to keep small cottage industries going and these make a much nicer gift than one that has been produced en masse. You might also like to take the opportunity to become more involved with the local community; your keenness to participate will mean a lot to the local community.

Keep to the path
It might only seem like a small thing when you stray from the main trail when out walking, but in doing so you can cause all manner of damage. Sensitive habitats can be disturbed, unnecessary erosion can be caused and you may damage crops or the irrigation channels that they rely on, potentially harming someone’s food supply and source of income.



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Referral Corner




-- Quote of the Day -- 


“What are we passionate about? What brings us Joy? What is going to make us happy? …So for all of us the answers will be different. …I am very strong on the side of giving people the opportunity to look at and list what they are up against and take that into account when they set their goals. …Some people will give up – they take what they have got as their lot in life. – Rather than paint the picture as an all or nothing, you know ‘I failed’ or ‘there must be something wrong with me’ is to do a clinical diagnostic: ‘what about this still matters to me; what really went wrong here; was there something I could have done differently’. …You are not doing this to beat up on yourself, but so that you can learn something. Look at this as a source of information. …I try to eliminate the word balance because it feels like we are taking time away from something in order to do something else. …Instead it should be more prioritizing what is most important to you right now; where we want to allocate the time that we have.”

Beverly Flaxington

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Reaching for RealisticGoals

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



-- Referral Corner -- 

This portion of our blog enables us to share recommended resources that we hope our readers will take the time to check out. 

 
Columbia-Kootenay Foundation:
This organization invests donations and using only the dividends, improves the efficiency and effectiveness of other registered charities and provides grants to offer relief of poverty; educational needs; social welfare and health issues; programs for the aged, the disabled; preservation and protection of the environment; advancement of the arts; heritage appreciation; prevention of delinquency and substance abuse. 
Info: http://ckfoundation.com






 
Janis Friesler notified me of this resource - AssistingAuthors.com - where an author can send her a jpg of the book cover, their Amazon sales page link, the genre, and the website or blog link, and she will promote the book on the page for no cost.  The only thing they need to do is if anyone requests to review their book, they must choose any book from the page that interests them and review that book, putting the review on Amazon and Goodreads.  So it acts like a hub for authors to do cross promotions and cross book review projects. The advantage of all this is that the authors receive established backlinks to their site, which will help with their Search Engine rankings. The authors can use the published reviews or cross promotions as fodder for their social networking and blog posts as well.



This organization offers self-funding volunteers a unique opportunity to work abroad at leading wildlife conservation, rehabilitation and research programs in South Africa and Namibia. 





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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Writing, Creativity


-- Quote of the Day -- 


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

~ Steve Jobs



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

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Best of Conscious Discussions segments offer us a way to highlight some of the best discussions we have had over the years. Today we're focusing on the world of writing with 2 experts:

Suzanne Harrison - from Australia - represented a writer's organization known as Writer's Central.    Yvonne Perry is an experienced freelance writer, operates a writer’s newsletter, manages a blog and provides marketing services for authors or business owners as well. Drop by and learn of some wonderful resources and advice for authors.


 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/11/22/best-of-conscious-discussions-30




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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

responsible, sustainable society


 -- Quote of the Day -- 


“Have the children put down their goals academically, socially and what they want to accomplish and then put down detail plans as to what they are going to do to make those things happen. …Without actual detail plans those goals are just daydreams. If they don’t succeed – so be it – but at least they had a detailed plan for their goals and they tried to reach them. It is very important to be honest with themselves and be willing to adjust (reach out for help) constantly. …Listen before you speak; sometimes you have to walk out of the room… or count to ten or thirty before responding. Realize that teenagers especially are going to fly off the handle – you have to not react… don’t try to diffuse the tantrums when they are in that state of mind, it just won’t work. …Let them know that mistakes are good – that is how you learn in life – have an open dialogue and listen to what they are not saying, this is just as important.”

~ Michael Leppo

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Positive Parenting Tips

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



-- Positive News --

 *Source: Japanfs.org

I learned of another city-wide initiative for helping citizens make the move towards a sustainable society that I just had to celebrate here with you today. Kyoto City has decided to implement a local currency that they call "eco-money" this year. Citizens earn this eco-money through doing small sustainable daily activities - like bringing their own reusable cup to coffee shops, donating reusable clothes, and so on. For every 10 points they earn, the citizens can receive fresh local seasonal vegetables, or a pass for public transport. 

Yet another phenomenal way to encourage proactive lifestyles!


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