Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Musicians Making a Difference & Book Promo Interview

 
-- Quote of the Day -- 

 



“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world… 
The world changes according to the way people see it and if you alter, even  by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” 

~ James Baldwin



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Our guest today, Josey Milner, is a 17-year-old former rodeo star from Kansas City, MO (US) who traded her spurs for a career as a country singer. Her new single, Not Pretty Enough, is receiving international play. Josey has also partnered with a national anti-bullying charity - Angels and Doves, acting as a spokesperson. We’ll learn about her experiences as a musician and also her work with the non-profit organization today



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Monday, July 29, 2013

Expressive writing

 

-- Quote of the Day -- 

“…If you don’t have a marketing plan or a sales plan with all these different aspects that will have some synergy then it is going to be hard to sell. I picked a magazine and wrote an article a month, but then I went to another magazine and wrote an article a month and then I went to a third magazine… so it was a decent amount of work – the difference between writing for three magazine verses once in response and recognition was tremendous, it was night and day – one you got some business, two you got some more, three it exploded. Because you became the dominant face, you were everywhere they looked and you became the go-to person in that industry.”

~ Mark Tewart

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on June 11… titled: Sales & MarketingAdvice
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Expressive Writing - Tips and Exercises


Anyone can benefit from Expressive Writing. Many people keep a journal in their teens, which isn't surprising given that this is a time of huge change and adjustment. However returning to (or picking up) Expressive writing as an adult can be equally beneficial.
If you love talking, you might discover that writing provides you with a more objective and balanced perspective. If you find it hard to talk-in general or about something particularly sensitive, you might find that you are more comfortable exploring this through writing. In a nutshell, it's easier to write something than to say it.
Did you know you can hugely improve your health from writing? Writing can lead to a reduction in stress, better sleep, a stronger immune system, improved relationships, better academic results, improved performance at work and even a better memory! Research also shows that writing can also improve overall psychological well-being, and assists in the management of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

So, you probably want to write in a way that helps you get all of the benefits we've just talked about. Below are our 'Top Tips' to make sure you get the most out of your writing experience. Follow these guidelines and begin writing your way towards a healthier, happier you.

Our Top Tips for Expressive Writing
  • Find a time and a place where you are comfortable and won't be disturbed.
  • Write about something personal and important to you.
  • Include your feelings and emotions.
  • Re-read your writing if you can (sometimes this can feel uncomfortable, in which case you may like to leave it for a while).
  • Reflect! Ask yourself: Did anything surprising or unexpected come up in my writing? What new insights have I gained?
  • Do whatever you like with your writing afterwards - carry it around with you, store it somewhere safe, or throw it out. Each action will make an impact on how you mentally 'tag' the piece of writing. Is it to be cherished? Is it important? Do you want it out of your life?
  • If you're worried about someone finding your writing-don't be afraid to destroy it afterwards. Simply knowing that you'll be doing this can allow a whole new level of freedom and authenticity with your writing.


Don't:
  • Worry about spelling, grammar or style of writing - this isn't the important part.

    Write for someone else - this is just for you.

    Censor what you're writing.

    Include only factual information.

    Critique your writing or try to rationalize it - sometimes it's OK to just get it out, even if it makes no sense.

    Write about a difficult or emotionally charged topic before you're ready. If it's too much, leave it for another day.
  • So, now you know how to get the most of out your writing, but where do you start?
  • If you know what you'd like to write about, just jump straight in! However if you feel you need a bit of inspiration to get going, check out our top exercises below.


Writing Exercises


  • Spend two minutes writing about your favourite hot drink. What is it? Why do you like it? How often do you drink it?

  • Spend two minutes writing about the weather. How is it today? What does the sky look like? Are there clouds?
  • You might be surprised with where these initial exercises lead you. If you want to write for longer, keep going! They could bring up particular memories or feelings. Let your writing go wherever it takes you.

  • Write continuously for 8 minutes about whatever comes into your head. Don't put your pen down until the time is up. If nothing comes to mind just repeat the sentence before.
  • Employ a simple mindfulness exercise. Turn inwards for a moment and focus on your feelings right at this instant. Write about how you feel physically (notice tensions in your body), what your emotions are and what your thoughts are. Write it all down.

  • Write about a difficult relationship in your life. This could be a relationship that still exists or one that has ended. Write about it for 5 minutes. Now do this again, but from the other persons perspective. Finish by re-reading both pieces of writing and noting down any new insights. How do you feel about it now?
  • Write a letter to someone who you have struggled to communicate with - either at the present time or in the past. Write down everything you want to say to them. Be open and honest, and do not hold back. You can throw this letter out if you like.

  • One of the benefits of writing is that it allows us to shift our perspectives and maintain this for a period of time-something that is harder to do when thinking or talking; however it can lead to incredible changes in how we see and understand a situation.
  • Whether you are a novice, established or experienced writer, there is a writing exercise for you. After you've mastered these, there are endless more to explore. All you need to do now is take the plunge and begin writing!
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Water & Energy

 
-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“What really distinguishes this generation in all countries
 from earlier generations 
is its determination to act, 
its joy in action 
the assurance of being able to change things 
by one’s own efforts.” 

~ Hannah Arendt
   

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 In Your Corner Radio, with host Lois James... 3:30pm to 4pm pacific time 30 minutes.  We will be discussing healing estrangement relationships
 Link: http://spreaker.com/user/irocradiofm
Topic: family estrangement.
I grew up in a broken family life where both my older brothers left before they were 16 years old and I was on my own at 13.5 years of age. I didn't speak much to my mother between the time I was on my own to the age of 16... when I was caught living on my own and sent to a foster home for a year or so. The foster mother tried to help my mother and I get on speaking terms... but it took several more years before I could deal with all the past issues. In my mid 20's she and I became friendly and best of friends (as good as we could be) in my 30's. She committed suicide (chronically ill) just 2 xmas's ago. Since then my two brothers and I have developed stronger relationships with more frequent visits despite living a few days drive apart and often communicate online. My Aunt (mother's sister) and Uncle have also reached out and we have an amazing relationship now. It is very interesting to have a family connection, something I didn't even know that I needed - but now that I do, it is highly important and cherished.
 

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I wanted to reserve this date to share some very exciting and promising information on: Water and Energy

Make sure you have a pen and scrap of paper beside you because I’m about to share a few positive, conscious living resources, tips and news that some of our listeners may wish to make a note of.
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.
Feel free to scroll through the hundreds of the Conscious Discussions archived episodes via our site: www.brummet.ca Just follow the links to the radio show when you visit the site.  And remember to click on the “like” and “share” buttons or the Facebook and Twitter buttons – to share our information with your friends on social networking sites. This really helps us reach a wider audience, and we do appreciate your support in this manner.
 


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Referral Corner

 -- Referral Corner -- 

Well, it is time for another batch of recommended resources that we hope you'll take the time to check out. 


Feel Good: A youth movement committed to ending world hunger in our lifetime.The organization offers a sense of community, hunger education, a diverse network of youth and young professionals, fundraising events and more.
Info: http://www.feelgood.org


BC Sustainable Energy Association: A network of citizens, businesses and governments working to put innovative sustainable energy solutions into practice - from safe distribution to solar power systems, home and condo retrofit programs, education programs for youth and more.
Info: http://www.bcsea.org


The Wilderness Land Trust: A small, highly specialized non-profit organization established to buy and protect wilderness land. Since it was founded in 1992, the non-profit organization has preserved more than 344 parcels comprising of more than 31,000 acres of wilderness in 76 designated and proposed wilderness areas.  The Wilderness Land Trust is a 1% for the Planet Non-Profit Partner.  Visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org for more information 
Info: www.wildernesslandtrust.org




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Friday, July 26, 2013

Green Technology



-- Quote of the Day -- 


“One man scorned and covered with scars 
still strove with his last ounce of courage 
to reach the unreachable stars; 
and the world will be better for this.” 

~ Miquel de Cervantes


-- Positive News -- 


Have you heard of the Hydroinfra technologies yet? This new technology neutralizes common pollutants on site, helping to clean the earth. 

Most of us are already aware that pollution comes in the form of Carbon Dioxide, methane, sulphur dioxide, nitro oxide, particulate matter (often called dust, soot, fly ash), mercury from coal plants, and toxic heavy metals.  These pollutants cause increased global warming, poor air quality, smog and all kinds of health issues for any living being = be they animals, plants or human beings.

This new technology utilizes HydroNano Gas that is said to neutralize pollution emissions on contact and increase oxygen levels. It is touted as very safe, cost effective and easily deployed into power plants, ships and any industrial plant with a smoke stack that emits pollution. I think this is a very interesting new green technology that certainly could change the face of this planet for the better.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Writing, literacy, the realm of publishing and marketing

-- Quote of the Day -- 
 



“It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie withing the human spirit- enable them to see visions and dream dreams.”

~ Eric Anderson
   
 


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World of Writing segment episodes air every 2-3 weeks focusing on offering insightful quotes, resources and topics to help writers and those interested in writing inprove their understanding of the industry. ... feel free to drop by our blog where we also have occasional posts in this topic ranging from articles to small Q&A interviews: http://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com -&- you can find our main site @: http://Brummet.ca - you'll find there a list of our books via the Store page, where we have two helpful writer genre how-to books for you to consider.



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Making A Difference As A Writer



-- Quote of the Day -- 

“You have to plan ahead. …Christmas in July is a real thing; you have to be writing Christmas articles in July. …I’ve also had it happen where the magazine would contact me and say we aren’t going to publish this piece until the next issue, or the next year. …You have to definitely keep a spreadsheet or calendar – you have to keep track of everything. It is not their job to keep track of that for you. …I know what my kill fees are, because sometimes the publisher decides they have too many or limited space or something and I got bumped. But that is fine because I still have the piece and I know the rights are mine. You need to keep track of your rights as well –if you sign away your First North American Rights then you can’t use that work for the time specified in your contract. And contracts are very important; you need to know what your contract says, what you can use and what you can’t use. If you use one article and you find another market for it then you can use that research and content and spin it another way or reprint it or write another article entirely.

~ Rosemary O’Brien

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on April 2nd …titled: World of Writing

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Making A Difference As A Writer


Writing, for me, is a way to feel like my life had some kind of value, that the fact I existed meant something positive. Back in ‘99 I started with the Trash Talk column - talking about easy ways to go green and reduce waste around the home and office. That developed into a book about 4 years later, and is now in a revised edition with 2 volumes in the series. I wanted to focus on teaching people how to green their life and save money at the same time, helping readers helping lead a more proactive life and leave a positive legacy. Book One discusses the 4-R’s of waste management and the proper order for them. This series offers ways to reuse, repurpose waste, inspires through education about recycling, offers tips on reducing, refusing and rethinking "waste" issues. The second book discusses more advanced information from energy awareness to indoor/outdoor gardening alternatives, and water conservation.

Coming up with the title - TrashTalk - was easy... as I was talking about trash, although at the time I had no idea that within the US the term 'trash talk' is also used for saying bad things about someone... so maybe our book will end up putting a positive twist on the commonly used term. 



This genre came to me because they are what I have been living in my own life. I live and breathe this subject, and so it was easier for me to make the book projects happen. I'm passionate about making a difference and the easiest way for a person to make a difference is to look in their own office, their own cubical and their own home and yard - reducing waste, refusing to accept manufacturers standards and conscious shopping habits, composting and growing some of their own food... all of this means a great deal to me because of the amazing and powerful impact actions like these can have on the world.

North Americans account for less than 10% of the world's population, yet we produce 50% of the world's garbage and consume more than 33% of it's resources.!

How can we, as individuals, participate in waste management? Because some of us are so overwhelmed with Earth’s problems, we feel that our contributions have no real consequence in the end. For others, social barriers can be an issue. A lady we once knew confessed that she did not want to be seen buying used items or being concerned with power use. She was worried people would see her as cheap – a scrooge – when the family was so affluent. Yet, she was very careful to be seen with recycling bins out on the curb on pick-up day, because that was thought to be the thing to do socially. Now is a good time to put an end to these negative thoughts and feelings of false pride. Waste reduction is not about ego - it is about the health of the planet and of our nation.

Communities would be wise to look at Nova Scotia’s waste reduction success and try to emulate it in their area. With the highest waste reduction rates in Canada, Nova Scotia has reduced landfill contributions by 46% - saving about $31 million per year - simply by making the most of the organic and recyclable materials. Recycling, alone, has a huge impact on the environment. A study of a 100-unit apartment building in the US that had set up a system to take advantage of all the recycling programs available in their area found it would save 21.93 thirty-foot trees, 26.86 cubic yards of landfill space, 8,389 kilowatts of electricity, and 77.4 pounds of air pollution in just one year!

So you see, these seemingly small choices and efforts towards waste management really do make a difference.

The first thing we can all do is to take advantage of the recycling system available in our communities. By recycling alone each individual can reduce their waste by a minimum of 30%. They can reduce their contribution to the landfill by a further 30% simply through the act of composting. We need to rethink how we view waste, which is actually a resource, and reconsider the kind of impact that we can have for the environment and the local economy. Reducing consumption comes in the form of sharing, donating, buying used, and buying quality so that you don’t have to keep replacing the item. Reuse and repurposing items can not only save the home and office a lot of money but it can also have a huge impact on the waste management system.

The important thing is to start right where you are. With every decision and action think about the consequences and impact it can have and consider alternatives that would leave a lighter footprint on the Earth.




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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

On Grief

-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. 
If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, 
since everyone suffers. 
To suffering must be added:
 mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness 
and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”

~ Joseph Addison


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Internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and coach Zander Sprague is here to speak to us about dealing with grief. Zander has had his share of loss starting with losing his sister to murder many years ago, and more recently the death of his Sister-In-Law. He has written a book titled Making Lemonade to help people through this difficult process to help sibling survivors define their loss, choose a positive pathway and fully participate in their life. 


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