Tuesday, April 30, 2013

World of Writing - Poetry Month


-- Quote of the Day -- 
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength." 

~  Arnold Shwarzenegger



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World of Writing series episodes air every 2-3 weeks here on this radio program - today we are offering inspiring and helpful tips, resources, quotes and advice.... and because April is poetry month I thought I'd close today's show with a few poems.
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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/04/30/world-of-writing



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Monday, April 29, 2013

World of Writing, Interview



-- Quote of the Day -- 

 
“…No one can tell your story but you; not brothers, mothers, sisters – it is your story from your unique point of view. So I encourage everyone writer or not, to write often… keep a journal… read as much as you can.”

~ Lynn Goodwin

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode:   http://tobtr.com/s/4660317



-- World of Writing, Interview -- 

Yes, it is time for another installment of our World of Writing interview series... Today we are featuring:  Sandy Bothmer who became interested in writing when her children were young. She tried her hand at picture book writing attending conferences, writers’ groups, and sending out manuscripts but only received the “better rejection letters” saying her story didn’t fit the publisher’s needs but asking her to submit another piece. A move across country and the heavy load of teaching third grade brought her writing to an end for a while until she received the gift of being asked to consider making her educational conference workshop into a book. That workshop became her book Creating the Peaceable Classroom: A 21st- Century Wellness Guide for Teachers, Students and Parents. Sandy is passionate about helping others learn techniques to create a climate of inner calm and vitality so that they can live healthier, happier lives and function better in their worlds. www.peaceablepathways.com





Q: What was your path to publication?

A: My path to publication was unusual. I came home from a vacation and received a letter from the original Zephyr Press asking me if I had ever considered taking the material from the workshop I was to be presenting, “Creating a Healthy Classroom Community,” at the University of Connecticut’s summer conference on gifted education, and making it into a book. The thought had never occurred to me, as I hadn’t presented this workshop before. I spoke to the acquisitions editor and mentioned that some of my techniques were out of the mainstream to which she replied, “It’s all in the way you present it.” Agreeing with her, I completed the book proposal form she sent me, and a couple of months later, heard back that they were interested. After a feasibility study, they offered me a contract (What a gift!). Some years later, Hobblebush Books agreed to publish the new, revised edition (Yet another gift!).

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A: I guess it would have to be that when I get stuck and the words aren’t flowing, I just sit quietly, close my eyes, and silently ask that the best words come to me. Most often this works and the words begin to spill out with ease.

Q: How many books/stories have you written?

A: I have had several child related articles published in parenting magazines some time ago and Creating the Peaceable Classroom: A 21st-Century Wellness guide for Teachers, Students and Parents has been published now in two versions; the new version is richer and fuller than the first. I have a picture book out right now that incorporates some of the material from it. I’m crossing my fingers that it will be accepted for publication!



Q: What is your proudest writer moment?

A: My proudest moment is definitely getting a call from my publisher on December 17, 2012 telling me that he had donated 15 books to the Newtown, CT school district for their K-6 grade teachers, and that an anonymous donor bought 160 more copies so that each of the teachers would have one. This happened because an OT in the district had been using my first edition for nearly 10 years with her students and their teachers, finding the techniques very helpful. I was amazed and very grateful to think that the content of my book might be helpful to those who had experienced such great loss in their community.

Q: What has been the best compliment you received as a writer?

A: The purchase of my book for the Newtown, CT K-6 grade teachers and the invitation to work with them offering techniques to create greater peace and calm within is, without a doubt, the best compliment I have received to date or perhaps ever will receive.





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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Slowing Down, Enjoying More


-- Quote of the Day -- 



“The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person” 

~ Norman Vincent Peale





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As a passenger a speeding vehicle driven recklessly, you might feel anxious, out-of-control, even terrified. Similarly, when going from employed to unemployed, people can feel nervous, powerless, confused, embarrassed, and at a loss for words. IT professional, publisher, and co-author of Getting Beyond the Day - Your Guide to Surviving a Job Layoff Nicole Antoinette is here to offer tools to help you manage future career moves, families, and your personal life.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/04/28/layoffs-and-job-search


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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Green Pest Management





Today we are featuring an inspiring article written by Tiffany Olson, Communications Manager for Optimize Worldwide. Tiffany  is a passionate blogger who writes for small businesses in order for them to increase their online presence. This article was inspired by Killroy.com and their work with termite inspection in Union City.




What Is Green Pest Management And Can It Solve My Termite Problem?



So you want to kill all the bugs... but nicely? You’ve decided that toxic pesticides are a no-go and anything synthetic should be kept off your property. But you still want to murder all those dirty, dirty termites that virtually eliminated your favorite wall yesterday. Fair enough. A few decades ago, if you told that to the pest control guy that just arrived at your house, he would laugh and proceed dumping gallons of bio-hazard into your lawn until everyone single one of those horrid little bite-sized devils were lying belly up, six feet under (can somebody say “figure of speech pun combo!”). But we live in a different time, a time where being environmentally friendly is socially acceptable. Options exist for you to protect the little slice of heaven you call home. One of these options is Green Pest Management.



Green Pest Management (GPM) is a pest control strategy that sets pest action thresholds, monitors pest levels, takes steps to prevent pest problems and uses control methods that are organic (plant based) materials or materials of natural origin.” Basically, it’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with an organic twist. But you may don’t know what IPM is either, so we’ll start from the beginning. After World War II, scientists decided that having a short-sighted view of pest control just wasn’t cost efficient anymore, so they began researching more efficient ways to approach pest control that would have the desired effect on any targeted pest while delivering minimal damage to the surrounding environment. They succeeded in revolutionizing pest control with IPM. IPM is centered on six basic components. IPM’s green counterpart GPM shares these components with the only exception being GPM’s strict use of solely organic pesticides. We’ll just go ahead and jump right in.



1) Acceptable Pest Levels

IPM seeks to take a broad based, long-term approach to pest control. Accordingly, under this approach we are willing to accept that certain pests are impossible to eradicate entirely, and instead, should be contained. So effectively, we are going to decide how many termites are allowed to ambush your antique furniture at any given time. If they make too many babies, we go to war until their numbers fall below our determined threshold.



2) Preventative Cultural Practices

As the name would imply, this component is all about taking preventative measures. If your farm is home to cannibals, you don’t plant any humans. This could also look like designing your 500 acre strawberry farm for the purpose of isolating, quarantining, and eradicating any outbreak of strawberry-eating mutant grasshoppers.



3) Monitoring

This is the cornerstone of IPM, and consequently GPM. It may not involve hiring a tiny man to perform daily termite inspections, but keeping detailed records of your area allows for quick identification of intruders and, consequently, efficient administration of (in our case) organic consequences.



4) Mechanical Controls

So what do we do when the pests are engaging in furiously efficient baby making? The same thing teachers do in high school: we break it up! Common methods for mechanical destruction of bug copulation include placing barriers, setting traps, tilling or breaking up the nests, and vacuuming.



5) Biological Controls

At this point, we consider bringing in something that eats termites. While termites don‘t really provide the greatest analogy for this component of IPM, the idea is to introduce a natural predator, eliminating the need for pesticides.



6) Responsible Pesticide Use

This final component is where the main difference between IPM and GPM comes into play. With IPM, the number one priority is keeping the pests below the acceptable threshold. If toxic biohazard is the only way to make that happen, fire away! With GPM, keeping all methods organic supersedes successful eradication, and only organic pesticides made from naturally occurring materials will be used.



So basically, if you must be green, you might just have to put up with a few more termites and a bit less furniture than you’re used to. In all seriousness, GPM will typically achieve the same results as IPM in most situations. Hopefully, your termite issues aren’t one of the exceptions!



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Friday, April 26, 2013

Master of My Fate



-- Quote of the Day -- 

“Perpetual consciousness is always being present in your life; never looking ahead nor looking backward - because when you are present all heaven breaks loose and you are living in divine circumstances in all moments. The future and the past are totally irrelevant for in the moment for which you reside.”

~ Steven Hairfield


Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on March 26, 2013… http://tobtr.com/s/4553257

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


 -- Poetry Month --

In honor of Poetry Month I've taken the liberty to share a couple of my own poems this month and today I'd like to share one of my late-mother's favorites:

Invictus


* author unknown


Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the full clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced, nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeoning of chance,
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears,
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years,
Find and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the Scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Green Living Non-profits & our anniversary

-- Our Special Day -- 

Today is our 23rd Anniversary - this day 23 years ago Dave and I started dating. Wow - time certainly does pass along quickly. I can still remember those awkward first moments when I felt like my insides turned to gooey wet moss and I replayed everything I said critically after seeing him. lol - He remembers finding ways to "accidentally" meet up where he thought I might be going and striking up conversations. And here we are today some 23 years later still in love, still holding hands, still spending our days together and preferring each others' company over anything else. :)


-- Brummet's In the Media -- 

Check out the short interview with me about how I got started with blogging, how it helps me achieve my personal goals, and leave a positive legacy. http://anovelquest.com/passion-series-the-brummets/



-- Conscious Living Event -- 



ACEE Earth Matter Environmental Education Conference

 Apr 25 – 27, 2013

Location: Canmore, Alberta (map)

Info: This conference will provide you with many opportunities to learn, share, celebrate, and develop a community of practice that will support you in your work – because the ‘Earth Matters.’ Register now to receive the early bird registration rate of $250, which includes the meal package! Canmore, Ab.
  
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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 41st episode in this series – Featuring 2 experts offering advice on: 2 wonderful non-profit organizations

--> First guest will be: Author Cindy Katz representing the Plant a Tree Organization - an ecologically friendly reforestation organization that aims to plant over 18 billion trees... Second guest will be --> Ellen Quigley, founder and General Coordinator of the We Are Many festival, has spent her life working to make the world a better place. 
 
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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/04/25/best-of-conscious-discussions-41



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

World of Writing, interview


-- Quote of the Day -- 

 
“{Marketing, as an author,} is all about getting people to be interested enough in what I have to say to want more. 
I don’t believe in hard selling – 
I want people to have an experience of me and what is inside the books 
and then if they feel that what I have to offer them is going to help them, 
then they can go ahead.” 

~ Mark David Gerson 

Today’s quote originates from the Best of Conscious Discussions segment of our  talk radio show featuring highlights of interviews with 2 experts in the realm of writing: http://tobtr.com/s/4660317




 -- World of Writing, Interview -- 

Today we have the pleasure of featuring yet another world of writing interview installment, and the topic today will be on writers making a difference with author: Doug Rose.


Albert Einstein said, “Once you accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” Doug “Ten” Rose has metaphorically worn stripes and plaid all his life. He has thirty years experience raising funds at street level for various causes, often while working under very adverse personal circumstances. He has invented and directed charity projects involving rock stars, pro sports teams, a governor, mayors, and senators. These projects raised awareness and large sums of money for others. He has recently written two books, Fearless Puppy on American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense. True to Ten’s form, ALL author profits from these books will be donated to sponsor Wisdom Professionals. Find out more on Doug Rose at: http://www.fearlesspuppy.org

Q: How would a good friend describe you?
A: I think that’s pretty much covered in the intro above that my good friend and editor wrote. There are too sets of opinions. Folks who knew me earlier in life thought I was crazy. I was voted “Most Likely to Die,” which was an awe-inspiring title in the 5,000 student Lafayette HS of 1968 Brooklyn, New York. On the other hand, people who only know me for only the last decade or two think I’m a lot wiser than that, and appreciate my altruistic nature.

Q: What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives? How do you plan to accomplish your goals?
A: My goal/objective is to raise enough money to sponsor a one percent increase in the number of Wisdom Professionals on Earth, beginning with but not exclusive to Tibetan Monks, Nuns, and causes. It seems, according to what folks tell me, that I’ve accidentally written a couple of great books. I’m not an author. I’m a broke-ass altruist. The only reason these books were ever written was to sponsor this charitable cause. It seemed the odds of sponsoring the project would be slightly better on the author route than trying to hit the Powerball numbers.

Q: How do you determine or evaluate success?
A: I determine success by how happy I am and how many other folks I can make happy. I’m told that my writing has made a lot of folks happier and mentally healthier. If I can accomplish the purpose of sponsoring a massive increase in Wisdom Professionals, I’ll help make the whole planet happier. It isn’t about money, friends. I know several rich folks who are living miserably, and others who have died of early heart attacks. If you are doing what you love, and it hurts no one and helps someone, that’s happiness.

Q: What inspires you?
A: You do! Any person who reads, does the research, strives, examines and eventually learns that they can make a difference with their knowledge and concern inspires me. Even more admirable is the person who then develops the skillful means, courage, and determination to transform their knowledge and concern into wisdom and functional positive action.

Q: What is your opinion of the world today?

A: It sucks, and it’s great. There are greater methods of destruction and cruelty than ever before. There are also technological advances that make it possible for us all to be a lot more communicative with and helpful to each other. Technology allows us access to wisdom that was previously unavailable. We’re on the teeter-totter. How is it going to work out? Which way will the see saw dip? That’s up to each and every individual. Where will you put your efforts—damaging selfishness or constructive universal concern?

Q: What is your contribution to society?

A: My very first contribution is to make continuous effort to not be a jackass. People have enough problems without some jackass adding to them. I try to helpful and nice to everyone. Even the most disagreeable people are just like us. Everyone wants to be happy. No one wants to be miserable. It’s only because some folks have had so many layers of crap piled on to their happiness that they act disagreeably. So I try to be nice, and if I can’t, I try to shut up. Then of course, there are the charity projects described in About the Author at the website--and this current project. There is also the information in the books, which many readers tell me has been very helpful to them.



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