Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Gardening


-- Quote of the Day -- 


“There are only 2 days that you can’t do anything – 
yesterday and tomorrow.” 

~  unknown
 

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Sunday Gardening episodes air every 2-3 weeks from March - October annually featuring topics like bio-dynamic, sustainable, organic gardening and landscaping using square foot, inter-planting and succession crop methods, permaculture and layering in landscaping practices.Today's topic: Common Chores in March
We always welcome questions from gardeners around the world – if you are having problems or questions pertaining to the topic of the day simply call in or drop in the live chat room. If your question is outside of the topic of the day, just send your question our way via www.brummet.ca  and we will make sure to cover it in an upcoming segment. 

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

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/03/31/sunday-gardening-51



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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Alternative BioFuels and Rainforest news

-- Quote of the Day -- 


“Rainforests are very unique in that they are very diverse – you may find in a mid-western forest a 15-20 tree species in a couple of acres, but in a rainforest you will find 4-500 distinct tree species. …Rainforests cover about 2% of the surface on the planet but they may have in those forests 50-60% of the species on the planet. They circle both sides of the equator. They are parallel to most of the corral reefs on the planet, so if you have a situation where the rainforests are being removed and loose the filtration they do, you may find that the corral reefs along the equator (which is where most of the species in the ocean come from the corral reefs) may start to disappear as well. …They are coupled together so if you lose one, you lose the other. …There are so many species yet undiscovered. …It is about overcoming and embracing the challenge – not to shy away from the challenge. …Those challenges stretch you and make you a better person. …it is like climbing a mountain; you don’t look up, you don’t look down you just put one foot forward and eventually you’ll reach the top. …You can’t just think about it – you have to actually do it. …Really become educated and verbalize your stance on the position – social media today is a huge opportunity for people to get involved. There are numerous blogs addressing environmental issues we can follow. …Our consumption is critical to these issues - understand where what you consume comes from… consumption is really what this is all about. Avoid fast food products – in general fast food products come from stripped rainforest lands that are not sustainable… and those areas become savannas. …Reuse, recycling and consuming less impacts portfolios, and you can put your money in sustainable investments.”

~ Lucian Sparato
 





Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on January 10 … titled: Protecting the Rainforest

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-- Positive News -- 
 
I learned from Huffingtonpost.com that in Fresno County (California, USA) there is a new test project for growing beets which will be created into ethanol. The beets will be inter-planted with existing almond orchards and grape fields utilizing soil space more efficiently. Beets can actually yield more than twice the ethanol of corn; additionally corn requires a lot more fertilizers, richer soil and needs a lot more water to grow. The reason why this test project is so exciting is that ethanol, as a bio-fuel, burns cleaner then petroleum fuels - and can help reduce our dependance on foreign oil and harmful oil extraction practices like Fracking. If successful farmers will be able to inter-plant these energy yielding beets and still run a sustainable, profitable business. Bio-fuels can also be produced from food processing and harvesting waste, spoiled hay or straw, manure and wood pulp.


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Book Review, Business tips



 -- Quote of the Day -- 



“{Relationships} Event plus your response to it will deliver the outcome. There are certain events that we have no control over, what we do have control over is our response. So if you want a different outcome you have to change your response. You are never going to change a person or situation, but you can choose your response to those events and get a different outcome. …It is up to you, you have more control than you realize – you control it all.”

~ Robin Jay

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on January 8th… titled: Building and MaintainingBusiness Relationships

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-- Book Review -- 




We received a lovely little review on the first book in our trash talk series… and I wanted to share this with you today:


Trash Talk takes us through the 4 Rs of sustaining our planet - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It starts off by sharing some facts, such as the mere act of recycling can reduce the waste you personally contribute to landfills by up to 30%. Then we're given helpful and often fun ways we can cut down on our waste and reuse or recycle those things we're tempted to toss in the trash.

The issues covered here are things everyone should be thinking about. We only have this one planet, and we're all borrowing it from our children. It's about time we started taking better care of their legacy.



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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sustainable Business



-- Quote of the Day -- 





“Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. 
For yesterday is but a dream. 
And tomorrow is only a vision. 
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness. 
And tomorrow a vision of hope. 
Look well, therefore, to this day! 
Such is the salutation of the dawn”

~ Kalidasa
 


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 
 

* Sadly today's guest was a no-show... So I've taken the liberty of taking the morning off for myself... it's been a long while since I had a day off, and I'm going to take this as a sign that it is time for one.  

Thank you for your understanding.

Do feel free to browse through those archives, however and access other amazing interviews we've done.





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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Water, Precious Water

-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. 
There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. 
It is the minority that have stood in the vain of every moral conflict and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.”
~ John Bough  
 
 

-- Water for Africa -- 
 
 
* Article by: Damien Higgins writes for Eden Springs, which has partnered with People Help People to support three drinking water projects in Tanzania, Africa, which will help around 1,000 children get access to clean water. Eden plumbed water coolers supply clean water for home and office. 
 
While the Western world wastes water, it's left to charities to help those who lack this basic necessity.
Surely it is common sense that governments or private enterprises should supply safe drinking water to everyone around the world? Nevertheless, over 100 years after many major countries around the world installed their first plumbing systems, one in every eight people across the globe still do not have any access to safe drinking water.



These children pictured above are fetching water for their school, 
carrying it on their backs. 
 
About 20% of all deaths under the age of five are related in some way to a lack of water or water diseases. In developing nations, around 80% of illnesses are caused by poor water and terrible sanitation conditions.

Charities have found that for around the cost of £15, one person can have access to safe drinking water. It is the charities and not the governments that are collectively trying to change the fact that 90 million people in the world do not have daily access to a good quality water supply.

Water is scarce, yet it is wasted

When you are told that there might be a water shortage and that you might not be able to water your garden, people quickly start to save shower water in bottles so that they know they’ll have enough to water their favorite plants through the summer season. There is still plenty of water coming out of your tap for you to be able to drink and eat healthily, yet in other parts of the world water is extremely scarce and those people will wonder why people in developed countries throw away so much water and pay so much money to drink it from plastic bottles.

People in developed countries often do not understand the difficulties that some people have every single day by not having access to safe water. People may argue that their country has given money in aid to the governments of the under developed nations, but charities will be able to show you that sometimes the money doesn’t get released from governments to benefit the people that need a consistent water supply.

 Drinking precious water purchased in a plastic bag in Guinea, Africa


Understanding water scarcity

Water scarcity means that there is either a lack of enough water or a lack of access to safe water, not something that is easily understood in the Western world. In some parts of the world, the ways of finding reliable sources of safe water are both time-consuming and extremely expensive. This then causes an economic water scarcity as the water can be found, but the cost of raising the water to the surface is too much for the local people and presents a physical scarcity.

Charities and action

Charities are prepared to do more than simply raising money and sending it to a far-off country. Charity leaders have found that only by devoting their resources of skilled people backed by the money that has been raised, can they go into the areas where water is scarce and find different ways to supply it to the local people. In some countries it is only through the work of charities, that water is reaching villages that have never even seen a safe water supply before.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

myths, legends, culture, meditation




-- Quote of the Day -- 


“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.” 

~ Norman Peale
 

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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 38th episode in this series – Featuring 2 experts offering advice on: Myths, Meditation, Legends and Culture
First guest will be:   Dr. Steven Hairfield, author of several books and a CD series, is well versed in mythology, legends & various cultures & has had a vast array of experiences including the Vietnam war where he was introduced to a Buddhist monastery – inspired by what he learned from that experience, Stephen was inspired to continue a search for inner truth through touring other countries, psychology studies through university & with Zen, Tibetan & Ishaya Monks, as well as Cree & Blackfoot Native traditions Followed by:  Dyan Garris is an author, composer, author, psychic clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient and much more. For many years Dyan has been counseling clients, helping them move forward in their lives. She created a CD series of music and meditation for self-healing, body and spirit. Today she explains meditation, using music as a therapy, tarot card use, the law of attraction, chakra… and more.  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/03/26/best-of-conscious-discussions-39



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Monday, March 25, 2013

Product Review


 
-- Product Review --

Dave and I have a huge passion to explore nature; just being in the presence of nature is such a healing process for us. Thankfully we live in Southeastern BC (Canada) where we are surrounded by parks, lakes and mountains. In addition to this most of the old railway tracks that are no longer in use have been converted into trail systems – having old tracks and most of the boards and debris removed, they are hard packed and easy for bicycles to travel on. Sometimes a little bumpy, occasional sections of loose gravel, but mostly they are easy to peddle on and have very little grade variance. The stunning views are certainly worth it. Being passionate about green living we also try to walk or use our bikes to do small shopping trips or quick stops in town. So when we were approached by E-Cycling Store to review some of their fantastic cycling wear I was absolutely thrilled. In fact, I was in need for padded shorts this year, so the timing was perfect.

Eliathah Boda contacted us back in mid February, and after some back and forth communications on this project and obtaining our sizes she sent a package our way on Feb 22nd… and it arrived here on March 15th – taking 21 days to arrive through regular mail. The packing was quite minimal – arriving in a padded plastic envelope with each item contained in a thin plastic bag, along with a small tag – all of which is recyclable in our area.

In total we were asked to review a cycling jersey (retail $54.99 - US) and padded cycling shorts (retail $39.99) for me, and cycling socks (retail $9.99 - US) for Dave. Ecycling is simply a retailer of the products, they are not in any way affiliated with the brands, however they should certainly be proud of the products they sent us.

The World Jersey brand cycling jersey was made in Mexico and is surprisingly light, is soft and comfortable to wear without any binding or pinching or tightness in any way. The front of the shirt has a small 19” hidden zipper that one can adjust for personal comfort and also air flow. I found it interesting that the jersey also had 3 small but fairly deep pockets lining the back waist area – perfect for storing the iPod, cell phone, keys or wallet. It has a comfortable elastic waste, accommodating to changing positions of the body. The instructions suggest that for this fabric (100% polyester dry sport wicking) hand washing in cold water and air dry or hang to dry are the best laundering options. I loved the look of this jersey – imprinted with park like nature scenes with trees and large recycling symbols – this means whenever I am seen in this jersey people will be reminded about recycling and of nature… a walking billboard for the things I care about.



The green colored cycling socks reach just above the ankle and are created from a poly cotton blend that provide a more comfortable experience because the fabric is specially designed to increase wicking and breathability, so unlike Dave’s old sweaty gym socks – these will keep his feet cool and dry while riding. The heel and toe area of the socks also feature extra padding for additional comfort and durability, and are decorated with a recycling symbol on the ankle. 


The eCycle Womens 6 panel bicycle shorts are made within the US and are a very economical option for price savvy shoppers to consider. Black in color and made with a blend of 82% nylon and 18% lycra fabric (a type of synthetic elastic or spandex type of fabric invented in 1959 that was embraced by rock band musicians since the ‘70’s) these shorts are well padded and super comfortable with the elastic waste and cuffs.  These shorts are the most comfortable cycling shorts I’ve ever had! Normally I have worn pieces of skin with bruised sensations after a long trip – but didn’t experience any of this with these shorts. I highly recommend them. *Care instructions suggest machine washing on warm and low dryer settings.



The Ecyclingstore.com offers a discount cycling gear website shopping experience listing everything you need for the cycling experience be it a short trip or a long excursion. You’ll find a wide array of top quality clothing options from shorts and pants and socks and jerseys and more, and all kinds of accessories for both the bike and the rider as well. Special deals from reduced shipping costs to amazing sales can be found here and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to their customers. I think shoppers will especially appreciate the gift idea page and the information link that offers a history on some cycling gear, such as where jerseys originated.


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Better Living




-- Quote of the Day -- 


“What lies behind us 
and what lies before us
 are tiny matters 
compared to what lies within us.” 

~ Ralph Emerson
 
 

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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 38th episode in this series – Featuring 2 experts offering advice on: Better Living
First guest will be:  Author, Life Coach and Spiritual Psychologist, Jaia Lee will discuss changing thought patterns to create a better life are quite interesting. Followed by: Melissa Zollo is an imagist, author, consultant and an inspirational speaker about overcoming, surviving and living one’s passions. Melissa will explain how our thoughts can affect our lives.  


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


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/03/24/best-of-conscious-discussions-38






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