Thursday, February 28, 2013

Creating Positive Change

 
 -- Quote of the Day -- 

 


Presence is a noun, not a verb;
 it is a state of being, not doing. 
States of being are not highly valued in a culture 
that places a high priority on doing. 
Yet, true presence, or ‘being with’ another person 
carries with it a silent power – to bear witness to a passage, 
to help carry an emotional burden, 
or to begin a healing process.”   

~ Debbie Hall
 
 

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Best of Conscious Discussions series offers highlights from some of the best discussions we've had in the past. Today is our 37th episode in this series – Featuring 3 experts offering advice on: Authors Creating Positive Legacy
First Guest:

New Jersey based author James Martin II is a passionate family man who became environmentally aware when he was 37 after getting involved in a tree planting adventure. He is here to discuss fun ways to go green with your family, and we’ll also hear about his children's book, William is Going Green.
Second Guest:
  Diane Tegarden, president of FireWalker Publications Inc., and accomplished author, has a huge passion for the gardening, the environment, animals and water conservation in particular.

And Third guest:
Award-winning writer Barbara Quinn originally came in to represent the Rose & Thorn writer's support group & newsletter – which no longer exists. However we have some highlights of that discussion where she offered tips for writers, what writers can face in this industry, and showed us what members of the media will go through on a day-to-day basis which can help writers learn how they can make the job easier for the people they want to work with. 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/02/28/authors-creating-positive-change




-- Conscious Living Event - 




Webinar: Environmental Learning & Multiculturalism


When: Thu, February 28, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Where: http://multiculturalismandenvironment.eventbrite.com


Description: What are the potential relationships between environmental learning and multicultural education? What are the similarities and differences between these two areas of practice and inquiry? Through dialogue and case studies drawn from field schools around the world, David will lead participants through a process to consider how multicultural issues can inform our practices in environmental education. 

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Green Games Registration Closes!

When: Friday, Mar 1, 2013

Location: http://www.bcgreengames.ca

Info: Registration for BC Green Games is now open until March 1, 2013. This province-wide competition for K-12 students is designed to encourage action, enable sharing and reward and celebrate the green efforts of schools in BC. 


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Solar - doing good locally & nationally

-- Announcement -- 

 New email... 
Unfortunately my Yahoo email address was hacked, after following Yahoo's suggestions in their help page I found that the problem wasn't clearing up and so I went online to learn more about the issue. That is when I found out that yahoo email addresses were commonly hacked and they have a security problem... it was suggested to me to move my email over to Gmail. So I have done this and am in the process of setting up the changes for this. If you email the old address you should receive a message with the new address. My website also has updated contact information. I'll send out messages to our contacts as soon as I can - Hopefully I won't miss any of you during this transition. 
 
-- Conscious Living event --

Green Teacher Webinar
info: Cbeen.org
Tuesday Feb 26 6:30-8:30 PM (Eastern) 

http://waterthinkinggloballyactinglocally.eventbrite.com/#
 


--  Solar Power -- 

Today's article was submitted to us via Anthony Fahey of Bright Eye Solar - and was written by Jim Noden, the founder of Bright Eye Solar, LLC, a solar installation company based in Lancaster, PA (USA). He is passionate about the impact of solar at a local and national level. Learn more at Brighteyesolar.com
 



Solar Electric – How It Does Our Environment and Economy Good. Locally. Nationally.


Before making the decision to install solar electric systems, home and business property owners naturally have a lot of questions centered on the benefits that they'll provide. Of course, the energy cost-savings that property owners will realize over time is usually first and foremost top of mind, but there are other advantages to solar systems as well. Both environmentally and economically, solar energy benefits communities locally and nationally.




Environmental Benefits

Solar energy is without a doubt one of the most sustainable ways available for powering our homes and businesses. Unlike other sources of energy, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels produce electricity while creating no pollution. And while other alternative energy technologies such as hydroelectric dams and nuclear reactors present legislative and environmental challenges to communities, PV solar gives a straightforward, ecologically-sound option for generating electricity.  



Some key points on the environmental advantages of solar:

·      Clean energy source

·      No noise

·      Reduces reliance on our earth’s limited and dwindling supply of fossil fuels

·      Reduces greenhouse gases

·      The solar energy hitting the earth each day yields enough power for the entire earth’s electricity needs for an entire year.

·      According to data run through solarestimate.org, an average-sized PV solar system for a residence eliminates 263 tons of carbon dioxide from being released in our environment. To get that same result, you would have to plant 1,315 trees or reduce our driving by 526,000 miles!



Plus solar electric systems conserve real estate because PV solar panels are usually affixed to rooftops of existing structures. Even ground-mounted systems generally don’t take up usable space because they can be installed in areas that wouldn’t otherwise be used – and when removed, they leave no trace so the land can be re-used as needed.





Economic Benefits



The solar energy industry’s environmental benefits lead to an important economic benefit as well; by installing more solar electric systems, we reduce our reliance on other countries for fuel. With readily available energy here, we can direct our U.S. dollars to building our own national, state and local economies.



That means more jobs and a healthier employment landscape. According to the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census  report released on November 14, 2012, the U.S. solar industry currently employs 119,016 Americans. Over the past 12 months, the solar industry saw a 13.2 percent employment growth rate and added 13,872 solar workers. That report also points out that, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the economy as a whole increased at only 2.3 percent during that same period of time.



Both independent solar installation businesses and utility-scale solar projects bring much needed jobs and tax revenues to the communities they serve. Solar businesses hire installers, engineers, administrative staff – and they stimulate job growth in the manufacturing and transportation sectors as well.




Certainly the promise of saving on energy costs remains an important selling point for individual home and business owners to go solar, but other benefits reach far beyond the structures holding the PV panels. Environmentally and economically, PV solar electric systems have positive impacts on our communities at the local and national levels.





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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blended families

 
 -- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“There is no beautifier of complexion or form or behavior 
like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us”

~Ralph Emerson
 
 
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There is no “One Size Fits All” when it comes to today’s families but we can definitely have goals and visions in place to help us build stronger families. Too often step-parents and grandparents just are not prepared for the struggles they will face over the years with their new family members. Age, generation gaps and  gender based thinking patterns can all play a role in messing with communication to the point that it destroys family relationships. Claudette Chenevert – the Stepmom Coach – is here today to offer tips that can help today’s mixed and blended families adjust and communicate successfully with one another.


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Photography Inspired Writing


Today's post comes to us from Hank Kellner - a veteran of the Korean War and retired educator who has served as an English Department chairperson at the high school level and an adjunct Associate Professor of English at the community college level. Hank is the creator of many photographs and articles that appeared in publications nationwide; the author of extensive reading comprehension materials for a publisher of educational materials, and a former contributing editor to Darkroom Photography magazine. He is the author of  Write What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing and, with Elizabeth Guy,  the co-author of Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing. Born in New York City, Kellner now lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit his blog at hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com.



Inspiration from Photos and Paintings


Show a photograph to a child and the youngster will point to it, trace its image, and respond with a variety of emotions. Show another to an adult, and you get a frown, a smile, or a gesture—rarely will you draw a blank. Then show a photo, or a series of photos, to people at any level, and you’ll have more responses than you can handle. 
 
Why do people respond so enthusiastically to graphic images? Here’s one theory. Early humans drew pictures on the walls of caves. That’s visual orientation, the kind of communication that doesn’t depend on the written word. Then along came paper and ink, and along with them, word orientation. Meticulously copying texts, monks labored for centuries with this kind of mindset. True, they also embellished these works with colorful designs and images, but the text prevailed and the visual orientation of the cave was slowly being edged out by attention to the written word.

Then came the printing press, followed by machines that could set type and reproduce images that would have astounded the medieval monks who labored in their cells. Later, during the 19th Century, innovators discovered how to capture images on film, and still photographs and motion pictures were born. During the 20th Century, images transmitted by television captivated viewers of all ages worldwide. Finally, the digital revolution created a tsunami of images that floods the senses and is virtually impossible to ignore.

Often maligned but never out of sight, these visual images captivate us. For those who recognize the potential photographs have for inspiring writing, the rewards are great.  Show a group of people an image of waves beating against the shore and you’ll be amazed by their responses. Some will recall memories of seaside childhoods; others will visualize sea stories, shipwrecks, mysteries of the deep, and more. Still others will venture into the abstract—the world of simile, metaphor, and personification—perhaps transcribing a bit of themselves.

Of course, images other than photographs can offer many possibilities for stimulating creativity and inspiring writing. A teacher of English, drama, and creative writing at Lake Forest High School in the suburbs of Chicago, Karen Topham has been indulging in her passions for writing and the arts for thirty years. Here’s how she responded to Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting, The Scream.



Scream (after Munch)


what rawness then
what orange blue intensity
what whirling winding nightmare
infests your soul
when like a man possessed
you turn your back on
the sweetness of the day—
the harbor rich with spreading sails
the sunset rolling waves across the sky—
and staring into empty space
or at some demon gnawing at your mind
you lift your hands to your face
hold tightly to your melting
frameless form
and wait to hear
the heavens
when they scream

 Munch’s painting and Topham’s poem provide an excellent example of the power of images to trigger creative responses. Whether you’re seeking inspiration for your own writing, teaching students at any level, or conducting workshops or seminars for others, you’ll find that photographs and other images are powerful aids to eliciting creative responses and inspiring writing. 

(Scream originally appeared in Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing by Hank Kellner and Elizabeth Guy (Prufrock Press, 2013). See sample pages and buy now at http://www.prufrock.com/Reflect-and-Write-P1752.asp.  

 


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Positive News




 -- Quote of the Day -- 
 
 
“Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources - 
even when we are reduced to mobility. 
In life’s ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.”

~ Henry Miller
 
 
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As you are probably already aware, the Positive News segments air every 2-3 weeks or so and started a few years ago as our little way of celebrating the positive proactive information, news and technology… and to highlight the work that numerous non-profits and proactive businesses are doing.
In our last Positive news episode we were talking about greening the business and I ran out of time before being able to offer the other information I wanted to share that day… so I’d like to carry on that discussion in the first part of today’s episode and we'll close with inspiring technology and advances in alternative energy.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Positivity and Solar Power News




-- Quote of the Day -- 

 
“{Re: positive living} Just be conscious of how much negativity has been allowed in our lives. Erase those negative thoughts and speech and actions - and replace them with something positive. And smile – the default is to frown and even if we are not in a bad mood it looks that way and people respond to that - so simply smiling can have a huge result. Negativity is simply a bad habit that we’ve allowed to manifest in our lives. The average person has between 40-60,000 thoughts a day – 95% of those are negative… but the good news is that we can all make a dent in this by making these easy steps to turn things around to a more optimistic, happy lifestyle.”

~ Sally Marks




Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on Dec 4… titled: Erase Negativity From Your Life



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








 -- Positive News -- 

I love the concept of solar panels and often wish that I could afford to invest in covering my roof in them myself. At a cost of some 35,000 to do that, however, it is just out of my league... even with the rebates that exist. However prices are continually coming down and more companies are sprouting up making it more affordable then ever before - we hope to see this trend continue.


It is especially inspiring to see countries like Canada, the US and Japan that are experiencing a rising interest in solar panel roof systems, but sadly a large portion of the population just cannot afford to set this up on their own even with incentives in place such as rebates offered by the government or power companies. 

To meet this rising demand, however, we are seeing a rise in services ranging from renting roof space from individuals and companies - where power companies pay for the use of individual roof space or solar companies who are renting photovoltaic panel systems to individuals, providing set up services, and maintaining the system. 

These are both fantastic options for people who don’t want, or can’t afford, the responsibility of maintaining and upgrading systems.




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