Monday, December 31, 2012

Green living advice



-- Brummet's In the Media -- 

 Check out my article on green living over at damesofdialogue.wordpress.com   Shortened direct link to blog post will be: http://wp.me/ptCd3-2d7 which will go live today -  Monday, Dec 31, around 7 a.m.

Please feel free to leave a comment on that blog, or here, and let me know what you thought of it, or any other input you may have to share. If you like what you read there, please do share it with your circles on social networking sites :)




-- Positive News --  


Here are 6 different ways that anyone can easily make a positive impact on waste management:

 Recycling pizza boxes is a real issue – the greasy bottom half can, at best, be composted – but the other half that has not been tainted by grease can be recycled. Try to purchase pizza from eateries that use a liner on the bottom of the box increasing recyclability. If you favor one restaurant, try speaking to staff about this issue to see if the business can start implementing this strategy.



Disposable drink cups from coffee shops and fast food outlets will often come with a wax coating or a plastic liner. These can actually be composted – when the pile is ready for turning you’ll find little plastic liners but no cup. Be sure to recycle that cardboard sleeve, and plastic lid though.


Paper plates from group events, festivals and family picnics can also be put in the compost pile.


Consider getting your local newspaper online instead of in print – you’ll reduce all that advertising and junk mail inserts saving up to half your household output of recycled paper on the curb.



Keep two small bags in the vehicle – one for recyclables, and one for garbage. It makes it easier to sort out the recyclables this way, and you’ll be less prone to toss out the garbage on the go.



Drink and food cans (soda, juice, iced tea, tinned pineapple, tuna, soup, beans…) put in the bin today can actually end up back on store shelves as a new can in as little as 60 days! It takes the equivalent of 1 cup of gasoline in energy to produce a new can; recycling one can really does make a difference.





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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Writing advice


-- Quote of the Day - -

 
 
“The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, 
but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality 
and hope where others have resigned; 
it enables a man to hold his head high, 
to claim the future for himself 
and not to abandon it to his enemy” 

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer



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Best of Conscious Discussions episode #33 airs today featuring 2 experts on how writers can obtain grants and how to market your work.  Tee Morris, co-author of the book Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies, and author of numerous other publications, is also the prolific host of several podcasts over the years. Discover tips on how to incorporate podcasts in marketing plans, query tips for those who would like to be a guest on podcasts and advertising opportunities. We are featuring the best of highlights of that discussion today. ... Funds-for-Writers is an online resource created by author Hope Clark. Find out how you can access money to make writing a realistic career, the services the organization can offer, learn of helpful resources and lots of information for writers.

 Access the live (10-11 AM Pacific) or archived episode:


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/12/30/best-of-conscious-discussions-33


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

World of Writing, interview




-- World of Writing, interview -- 



Born and raised in New Jersey, Patricia R. Blumhagen, now lives in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. An Interfaith Minister and mid-wife for birthing the soul, Patricia has been on a spiritual quest for many years. As a spiritual coach, her work is healing with words to awaken the Divine within. She listens with the heart to understand the deeper meaning of the words that are spoken. With compassion and acceptance she gently guides others towards understanding what might be preventing them from experiencing their true self. Patricia also enjoys teaching about the health benefits of herbs, while managing a herb garden in the Berkshires. Patricia is the author of: Winter’s Mystery-Time to Go Within: Spiritual Journeying. Today she’ll speak about her passion for writing, and poetry in particular.    Visit Patricia via her site: http://www.reinventinghealthpublishing.com
     

Q: What is your writer life philosophy?
                       
“Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies-it remains just a grain...” if I do not experience life in all of its ups and downs I shall die. When I let go of the false self and embark upon the hero’s journey I experience wholeness. “Into each life some rain must fall”...but after the rain the sun shines and the seed’s potential comes forth. This process of the soul’s growth through darkness towards light is essential for seeking the meaning of life and why I am here, more it offers hope to another in their dark night of the soul.

       
Q: Would you consider self-publishing options?

Yes, I would and have self-published my collection of transformational poetry. I feel traditional publishing is too confining for me and being an out of the box person it would suppress my creativity. I prefer to follow my inner guide rather then the roadmap of another. The process of going within to seek out my own authority is more empowering and yes, it is difficult and requires courage and endurance, but it is well worth the effort.


Q: Do you feel you can do more with poetry then prose?

Yes, I can do more with poetry - it is a natural gift that I discovered later in life. It was the words attached to a feeling that created an image and the words followed. I was transforming my loss identity into the new beginnings and the words set me free to express deep felt feelings of unworthiness, not lovable and helplessness that were the secret forces buried for years that became transformed into worthy, lovable and capable.


Q: What is the main focus of your poetry?

It is transformational. Knowing that there is a way, even when none seems available. The hero’s journey towards becoming it authentic self flows from each poem and offers hope through the darkness of upheaval. It invite the seeker to trust its inner guide and follow with fortitude its own inner wisdom that speaks within its heart.


Q: Do you still have your first poem that you wrote?

I have a poem from 1960 that I wrote when I was going to become a nun, I was delighted and filled with joy that I was going to become the bride of Christ. The feeling overcame me and the words flowed and the feelings slept for many years until the word vocation expanded and I no longer remained trapped in the word.


Q: What is your typical workday like?

I do not sit down and plan to write a poem at a certain time. How it works for me is that it just flows and I give it my attention. The clue is what am I feeling and what is the images that comes up to describe the feeling and then I find the words to express the feeling. Sometime I struggle to find the right word but it is not a mental activity but rather a creative activity for me.





Ancient Grandmother

You hold for all
The secret of abundance
You offer to the seed
New possibilities
Your presence stirs
Deep inner knowing
Long forgotten
Grounded in the Eternal Now
Pulsating rhythm of all

I call to you
To learn your medicine
Enfold me in Your mantle of perception
Imparting your lessons of Ancient Wisdom
Give the food to still this inner hunger
Put an end to my starvation
I long to sit near you
Learning to feast upon
 Your Mother wit
Birthing silence and growth
Where all is known.


                 
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Music affecting waste management and families



 -- Quote of the Day -- 

“…I learned that I could do more then I thought – Whenever there was a hurtle, I just always found the answer in time. …One of the things I was wondering about was how I would go about going through my editors proofreading because they had a lot of marks they would use like strike-through’s and different colored fonts – but when I got to that point I did a little research and found that my screen reader can be set in such a way that it would identify all that. It taught me to go for your dreams, don’t let anything stand in your way if you really feel that you should do something.  …Try to have a positive attitude, and go for your dream. If there is any disability that you are going to be around, educate yourself about the disability, most people don’t mind answering questions in fact we welcome the opportunity to teach you more about the disability.”

~ Konnie Ellis


Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Music Bonding Families


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


-- Positive News -- 

 
The topic today - music - offers me a chance to share two links to some amazing, uplifting ways of using music to affect waste issues:

A  mini-documentary about a small community built basically on a landfill. The people living there make an income from the trash they recycle and reuse – but this video shows how a music program and performing orchestra was created from the waste found in the landfill. An amazing, uplifting video that will have you thinking again about the “waste” in our world.


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This next link was sent to me from a member of the ZeroWaste San Diego group and will take you to “a 2 minute music video was created by one of the students going through the Recycling & Resource Management program at Santa Monica College.”

 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Preserving Nature


-- Quote of the Day -- 

“A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself”

~ Franklin Roosevelt



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Best of Conscious Discussions vol 32 airing today - featuring 2 guests who will discuss different ways of Preserving Nature. Bob Wildfong has been an important part of the Seeds of Diversity organization for more than 20 years and currently holds the position of Executive Director within the organization. We will learn about the importance of gardening, saving seeds and interesting tips for the individual. ... Marvin L. Zimmerman, author of The Ovum Factor, is a life-long environmentalist. As a world traveler, he has witnessed first-hand the destruction of the environment and man’s insatiable appetite for growth over the well being of the planet. We are going to hear all about his passion for the environment, what he does to make a difference as an individual and his experiences as an author.

 Access the live (10-11 AM Pacific) or archived episode:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/12/27/best-of-conscious-discussions-32



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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Interviews & Garden Advice



 -- Brummet's In the Media -- 

Join me for the live interview over at Dr Ande Radio, which offers inspirational and educational information, strategies and tips in the realm of small business, nonprofit, entrepreneurship, writing, music and more. Today we'll be focusing on the world of writing.

Today: Dec. 26th, 8 AM (pacific) or 9 AM (central), etc. The show will be archived so you can access it later on at your convenience

Location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dranderadioshow/2012/12/26/dr-ande-radio-books-business-entertainment



-- Consciously Gardening --

This time of year we gardeners are actively drooling over garden and seed catalogs as they arrive in the mailbox, or viewing them online. Planing so early might seem a bit over-excited to some, but there are a lot of varieties of flowers that are started in January (think flower baskets) and greenhouse crops that can be started in late January for an early spring harvest before the ground is ready to plant in outside. We have a wonderful gardening expert joining us today to offer some gardening tips:


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Avid gardener, digital marketer and writer Lucas Barnes 
manages a very helpful blog ( http://www.plantdex.com
where he covers topics ranging from a variety of garden projects, 
how to deal with common pests and weeds, growing guides for specific plants 
and more. To learn more about Lucas and find samples of his work visit his blog 
(above) or drop by: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110737022582012761136
 



Conscious Gardening, Easy Tips for a Sustainable Garden

Gardening is a great physical and mental activity that helps many people feel more connected with their environment and even their food. Gardening can be more than a simple hobby; it can be a strong passion that is carried over into many aspects of people’s lives. Gardening connects you with your food’s growing seasons, cuing to when you might see different fruits and in the grocery store like a Gala apple or even a pomegranate (one of my favorite). One great thing we can learn about sustainability we can learn from gardening is it gives us insight to how it’s possible to live sustainably, everything from how we get our food to how we dispose of our waste.  A properly maintained garden should have very little to no actual waste, and with a few simple changes to how you garden you can dramatically reduce the need for artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides while increasing your harvests.

Mulch is one of the single best practices you can implement to improve not only the sustainability of your garden but even just improve the quality of your harvests. There are a variety of materials used for mulching, but they all help in 3 fundamental ways.  Mulching increase soil fertility and holds moisture which in turn reduces the amount of water needed. Secondly mulch increases the soil temperature which aids in plant’s root development and increase the length of time your plants spend growing. Finally mulching helps keep weeds, and pests down like slugs while preventing soil erosion from wind or rain.

Raised bed gardens are a great way for people with less time to garden to still grow large tasty crops of fruits and vegetables. Raised beds help plant growth in many ways that mulching does; raised beds keep the soil warmer, help retain water, make weed management easier and even allow you to plant your crops more densely using up less space. Raised beds give your plants a lot more fertile soil to grow into and can feed them so that they grow much larger in a short period of time.

Additionally because the beds of soil are raised above the ground the sun can warm the soil your plants are growing in throughout more quickly than it can warm the entire ground. Besides increasing your yield from healthier more densely planted fruits and vegetables the dense plantings allow you to use less water per plant than you would have to in a non-raised bed because less is wasted in surrounding unplanted ground. Implementing mulch, and raised beds in your garden can help you both garden in a more sustainable way and actually increase your plant’s health resulting in higher yields.




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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Steel Recycling News


Wishing all of our readers and supporters a very warm and relaxing holiday season!

* We are taking the day off from hosting the radio show :) 

 -- Quote of the Day -- 


“We live in the present, 
we dream of the future, 
but we learn eternal truths from the past.” 

May-lin Chiang



-- Positive News -- 

 
We were thrilled to read a report by the Steel Recycling Institute showing that recycle rates for steel has reached an “all-time high of 92%”. In fact steel is the most recycled item in North America, beating recycle rates for aluminum, paper, plastic, glass (with recycling rates increasing to 34% over all those items). Auto recycling is at 94%, appliance recycling is at 90%.


 


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Referral Corner



-- Quote of the Day -- 


“…Pack some stuff up that you can hide (from the abuser), that you can grab and go, and never look back. You need to have someone to call, even if it is the hotline. …You have to talk about it, I know you don’t want to talk about it, but you have to or it will just build up inside you and you’ll end up staying or never getting out alive. Believe in yourself; there is something else out there for you. …There is no excuse for abuse; it should not be tolerated by anyone. Nobody has the right to put their hand on you; to harm you. Love yourself and know that you are worth something; respect yourself. …Believe in yourself – that you can do anything. …Seek out help and talk about it… and get out.”

~ Susan Dean


Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Domestic Violence

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




-- Referral Corner --

 This section of our blog offers us a chance to celebrate just a few of the millions of amazing organizations out there that are actively, every single day, working to make this world a better place. You'll find that we publish these posts every 2-3 weeks, or as time and space allows; so feel free to scroll through the archives for similar posts. Please do drop in to the sites via the links below, let them know you heard of them via this blog and how much their work means to you.

 
Mentor: For more than 20 years, Mentor  has been the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. Through working with more than 5000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers, serving more than 3 million children - the organization helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
Info: www.mentoring.org 

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Volunteer Match: This incredible organization strengthens communities by connecting millions of people with generous hearts to more than 90,000 non-profit organizations.
Infowww.volunteermatch.org 

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Idealist: Connecting people with organizations and resources to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems in the spirit of generosity and mutual respect. 
Info: www.idealist.org 

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HummingBird Blog  This is the personal blog of a Vancouver (BC, Canada)-based environmental educator, writer and artist. He has some wonderful content there that you may want to check out in the archived posts. From what I understand he will be taking a hiatus from blogging for a while due to schedule constraints, however you can access his archived posts at your convenience.
Info: http://hummingbird604.com 


 
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