Saturday, August 31, 2013

Refurbish & Repair to Save Money



Refurbish the existing building and reap benefits


You are facing problems with an old building? Don’t worry the answer is easy. Refurbish the existing building and reap heaps of benefit. It will improve performance and  add to the beauty of décor and aesthetics. Often upgrading the existing unit is far better than demolishing it and constructing a new one from the point of view of expenses, effectiveness and time.  The appearance from the age of the building can actually  retain its grace and antique value. 

Refurbishment will often include repairing the ceiling, glass panes and spraying the front of the building. How to start it off? Starting is easy. In this Internet Age you will not have to trudge from one address to another,  just sit in front of your computer in the privacy and comfort of your own corner and do a search on "architectural spraying", "ceiling restoration", "commercial spraying", "industrial spray painting", "onsite repairs", "shop front refurbishment", "shop front spraying" and so on. 

As time marches on suspended ceilings fade in quality and do not have their appeal anymore. Smoke, dirt, fingerprints and moisture stains prevent proper light reflection.  Accidental minor fires also damage the ceilings and tiles. You naturally want to get back to your work place as quickly as possible but replacement of ceiling and tiles eats up time; moreover while the work is proceeding, normal schedule is disrupted. But if you opt for ceiling restoration you will not only avoid these hassles but you will help the environment by avoiding dumping of metal, fiberglass etc – something that is usually done in these instances. 

Just like the windshield of your car,  the glass pane of your home or office building can get  chipped or cracked. Glass repairing is the answer – it’s cheaper than replacing the entire sheet. Even long shabby scratches are removed with the help of glass repairing. 

If you want to give a new look to your retail shop with ceiling restoration, repairing and or replacing glass windows, you might want to consider spraying the shop front and exposed sides or trim with a fresh coat of paint (or stain) You may want to try for something a little more eye-catching by going for something arty (such as a mural) - and don't forget things like awnings and shutters. The spraying can be done during non-working hours. A modest number of trained professionals will work after business hours and complete the job within few days. The spraying could be powder coated or bare aluminum. 

Refurbishment benefits are plenty. Upgrading will overcome previous snags and problems. It will add to the value of the property, increase durability and this in turn will increase its longevity. The work environment will be improved and the owner can ask for increase in rent. The expenses are much less when compared with demolition and reconstruction anew, and you can hire local services that suit your needs, stimulating the local economy.


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Referral Corner



-- Quote of the Day -- 


“Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.”

~  Benjamin Diraeli



-- Referral Corner -- 


Yep - it is time for another brief list of some of our favorite sites, great resources for you to follow up on when you have the time:


Jane Goodall Institute: a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Reaching out to youth is a priority in their mission - passing on a passion for and curiosity about animals, and inspiring courage and steadfast hope for a better world.
Info: http://JaneGoodall.org

350.org - Creating a more sustainable planet with online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions through thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.
Info: http://350.org

Oceana: founded in 2001, this is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe and they are as important to us as they are vast. Not only do they control our climate, they are an essential source of protein for nearly half the people of the world. They drive our economies, and the ocean ecosystems can be protected and restored to their former glory while sustaining the world.
Info: http://Oceana.org




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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Carrying Burdens

 
-- Quote of the Day -- 


“I couldn’t forgive, until I became sick and tired of being sick and tired. …There will come a point in your life when you just feel angry and things begin to happen and you have to start an inner self-evaluation. Once you do that you are able to make connections – and then you have to make a decision to forgive. …You may not know how you will make that happen, but you have to make that decision even when you don’t know how. …Then you begin to seal the deal in your heart – you have to come up with ‘why’, because the why is going to be what holds you to the process. …Once you have that why – you have to find the ‘what’, what you have in mind will be the result, what the future will look like so that you are not carrying a burden that is bigger then you.”

~ Sahrisa Robertson

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on April 11th… titled: Forgiveness and shame

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-- Positive News -- 

Did you know?

A person who brings their own reusable bag uses 93% fewer resources and produces 67% fewer greenhouse gas emissions! 

(study report: Plastic Shopping Bags -- Analysis of Levies and Environmental Impacts, Final Report, Environment Australia, 2002).



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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Better, Wiser Role Models

-- Quote of the Day -- 


“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, 
then what to think – 
rather to improve our minds, 
so as to enable us to think for ourselves,
 then to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” 

~ Bill Beattie

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 



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Joining us today: Ray Arata who had gone through his share of life struggles on his path to finding his true self and becoming a whole person; his family’s addictions, divorce and remarriage, being a father, and career transitions. Today he offers therapy sessions for individuals, couples and families and facilitates workshops on leadership development, life planning, and money management.  Ray is here to help us define healthy male relationships and to offer advice for our male listeners who are looking to become better men, wiser fathers and inspiring role models  

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Recycling Rare Materials

-- Quote of the Day -- 


“Delegating is a huge success strategy; if you are not willing to delegate you can only get to a certain level of success – you have to be willing to open your hand and hand off some of the things in it otherwise your hand is always full and you aren’t able to take on anything else. …We began giving the staff a bonus if they could keep me off the floor, so that I could run the business from the office. …It is critically important that you continue to grow because what worked 5 years ago is not likely going to work now. …With the cycle of success, how life works: setting a goal and making progress toward the goal the likely hood is that we are going to get stuck along the way. …The process is progress, progress, stuck and unstuck again. So if you can shorten the process between stuck and unstuck it will increase your production in life, you’ll be happier, and provide a better service to the public.”

~ Marnie Sweberg

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

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


-- Positive News -- 

*Info found via Japanfs.org


 An area in Western Japan have begun a new program that allows for the recycling of rare earth metals obtained from fluorescent light bulbs and tubes - the first program of its kind in the country.  They also will extract fluorescent powder, collecting it in containers and then extracting incredibly rare elements such as yttrium - and expect to be able to supply up to 12% of the demand for rare metals and elements like this for Japanese manufacturers. They hope to be able to refine the process to be more efficient and increase recycling facilities for the public - enabling them to produce more recycled materials in the future.



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Sunday, August 25, 2013

World of Writing

-- Quote of the Day -- 





“The person interested in success has to learn to view failure
 as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.”

Dr Joyce



* We had some internet issues this morning - so I was unable to host the radio show today. Apologies...
 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Product Review


-- Reusable Straws -- 

Andy and I started communicating about a review project for stainless steel drinking straws sold by the Eco-Straws Company (www.eco-straws.co.uk) back in early July and due to shipping delays we received the sample by the 23rd of July, which arrived by airmail in a small padded envelope. In the package there was a scoop straw (for things like smoothies), a straight straw and a curved straw. I was thrilled to see that the sample also came with a cleaning brush – it looks like a stiff, short bristled narrow bottle-brush on a wire handle that is about 19 cm. or 7.5 inches in length. 





The first thing my husband said when he saw these products – “these are fantastic, we have to buy some!” What I really liked about these stainless steel straws is that they are dishwasher friendly - we tried out the dishwasher option but found only the straight straw would work in our silverware section of the dishwasher, the other two items would fall through the grating. Interestingly, because these straws are stainless steel, they can be frozen or chilled to help keep cold drinks cold... but can also be served with hot drinks as well. So we’ve decided that we’ll purchase the thicker straight straws, which are a bit larger in diameter inside as well.




I’m personally a big fan of straws – I use them all the time and have been reusing plastic straws that come with soft drinks, smoothies and shakes at restaurants for some years now. I simply wash them with a small cleaning brush in hot soapy water after each use and air dry in the silverware bucket on the dish rack by my sink. However if the plastic straws aren’t cleaned right away liquids can dry inside them and this often results in an inability to keep them sterile. Sadly they cannot be placed in the dishwasher, and even with careful cleaning they can only be reused about a dozen or so times before they start to crack and then have to be recycled. I’d often wondered why no one had come up with a sustainable reusable straw product, so when I saw this company’s review request I was thrilled!

According to an Internet search on this topic straws were originally made from natural sources like rye up to 1888 when paper straws coated with wax became in use as the forerunner to today’s plastic ones.

Modern society often uses millions of disposable plastic straws when they visit corner stores, fast food and other restaurants – some families purchase them by the box – and sadly very few end up in the recycling bin even though the plastic (polypropylene #5) is recyclable. Plastics take a long time to break down on their own, and when they do break down they are just smaller bits of plastic still polluting the environment. If left on the ground they end up injuring animals via mistaken food particles that don’t digest or pass through their system. Large numbers of straws are left on beaches, or carried there by the water after being dropped by yachters, ferry users, boaters and cruise ship travelers. Straws can also mistakenly be carried to street runoff drains, or fall down a domestic drain causing havoc on route to their final destination – septic treatment centers or rivers and oceans

If the straws do get put in a trash bin, they only contribute to the plastic waste in landfills (which equates to an average of 25% of the volume in landfills). Besides this, plastics are a petroleum product that increases our dependence on foreign oil supply or unsustainable oil extraction like fracking and oil sand industries. Also consider the hidden environmental costs in the production of plastic straws from manufacturing to packaging, shipping, retail distribution and then (hopefully) recycling of plastic straws.

Because of the growing interest in healthy blended drinks, people are now taking the initiative to save money by making their own drinks… and buying those boxes of disposable straws – in fact stats show that there are hundreds of billions of plastic straws discarded annually in the US. With the growing zero waste initiatives across the globe there is also a growing awareness that even the smallest item can contribute to threats to the environment. In fact I have heard of several straw-free sustainability initiatives in Virginia and Arizona (US) and also in many London UK restaurants.

But straws are also essential for people who have physical challenges in regards to holding cups, and for people like myself who do a lot of interviews a straw prevents sounds coming through the microphone when taking sips of water. Females tend to love using straws because they prevent damage to lip gloss and other makeup. Also useful for people worried about staining their teeth with certain beverages, sensitive teeth, or damaged teeth and for people worried about the affects of acidic and sugary drinks.

Now I had read of glass straws that are reusable, but being glass, they’re breakable if dropped on a hard surface and can cloud over with frequent cycles in the dishwasher. For these straws it is recommended that people boil their glass straws occasionally to sterilize them. I’ve also heard of bio-friendly plastic free straws made of bamboo or corn, but have never seen them and I’m not sure if they’re as recyclable as traditional plastics. Most “biodegradable” plastic simply have starches in between plastic particles and break down more quickly (as opposed to estimated 180 years when buried in a landfill), but still result in those tiny plastic particles in the environment. (Interestingly, my cat loves plastic straws – she thinks they are the greatest toy ever!)

This company is justifiably proud of the products they provide their customers, and they offer them at such an attractive price point, too. You'll find everything from stainless steel ice cubes to sandwich picks to straws, cups and more there on the site (www.eco-straws.co.uk) Stainless steel is one of the most eco-friendly materials out there today – it has a long life and it is totally recyclable and can be recycled indefinitely (as opposed to plastic or paper fibers which loose integrity after awhile). I totally believe in investing in the future – so while one might pay a few cents more for a product like this, but a product like this will last them for their lifetime and in the end they’ll save money in reduced straw purchases and all the other hidden costs involved in producing and disposing of plastic straws. 

The only drawbacks I found with the products are that the scoop straw, while useful for shakes and smoothies, the straw portion is a little smaller then I'd prefer. Also the bent straw may end up causing issues for cleaning later on because of the bend in the straw itself. This is another reason why I personally prefer the straight straw. ...and one final comment - I did notice that if one isn't careful you could bump your tooth or pinch the lip between the straw and a tooth and because the straw is metal, it could be a bit uncomfortable. Regardless, I loved the product and fully intend to purchase a set of the straight straws for my family.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

World of Writing, interview



-- World of Writing --

Yes, it is time for another World of Writing interview here on our blog... today we are enjoying hearing from Jerry Nelson:

Jerry Nelson is an American freelance photojournalist now based in South America. His newest book, Journey America: Behind the Image, is collection of stories about the images highlighted on the homepage of his website, www.JourneyAmerica.org
Nelson has visited all 50 states and over 50 countries working as a traveling photojournalist, an adventure and travel photographer and a curious writer. The tagline on his website sums up his mission: “I see it. I Shoot it. I Live it. Join the adventure”

Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in writing?
Jim Arrendel.  Jim is a good friend in Asheville, North Carolina.  Several years ago Jim and I were talking and I was complaining about how everyone with a camera thought they were a photographer and this mindset was making it harder for legitimate photographers to find work.  Jim had been a follower of my blog, www.JourneyAmerica.Wordpress.com, liked my writing style and suggested I see if I could make it as a writer as well as photographer.

Q: How does writing help you make a difference in the world?
Along with the images, writing helps me to move from the task of telling someone about a social justice issue to showing them.  I try to use my writing and photography to compliment each other combining these tools by using the images to show the story as if for a deaf person and the words to tell the story as if for a blind person. I get emails frequently from people who tell me that they feel they are living vicariously through my work and, I guess, that does make a small difference — at least in that person’s world.

Q: Can you tell us what editors typically look for in a query letter or project proposal?
Brevity and appeal.  Editors are busy people and don’t have time to wade through a ‘mini-version’ of a story, yet, whatever you write had better catch their attention.  Brevity and appeal are two opposing goals until you try this exercise.  Take your latest story idea and reduce it to one paragraph.  Then reduce the paragraph to one sentence.  Then reduce the sentence to 140 characters — or the length of one tweet.  When you can Tweet your story idea in 140 characters and get people to respond, THEN you have a great query letter!

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?
Wow.  Great question.  It sounds trite, but when I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing.  I refuse to go anywhere without the camera so I’m also always taking images of what I see and my mind rolls around captions, extended captions and stories to go with the images.  Someone once said, “Find a job you like and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”  That’s what I’ve been blessed with.  My job is to capture images, write stories and share the world with others.  Three things that I would gladly do for free, except I get paid to do them; so, I really don’t ever stop ‘working’.

Q: What gave you the idea or inspiration for this book?
Over 5,000 Facebook friends and 14,000 followers of my blog continue to inspire me.  I’ve been writing stories for media outlets for quite a few years and the stories behind the picture were usually saved for late night bull sessions with other photographers; I never thought anyone would be interested in hearing how a certain image came to be.  Then one night after I got caught in a buffalo stampede I was talking to my wife (then fiancé) Ale, telling her the story and she suggested that I really start to write the stories “behind the image”; so that’s how the title and the seed of the book was planted.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in writing your non-fiction books?
This will be the ninth book I’ve done, but it will be the first where the words were as important as the images.  The other books had prose, but it was mainly in the form of extended captions.  This is the first to really give “equal billing” to both.  The challenge in this book was to find the ‘sweet spot’ in each story; the balance of giving the reader enough information so they could feel as though they were with me behind the lens when I pushed the shutter, yet not so much information as to bore them.  I’ve tried in the writing to remember that less is really more and allow the reader’s mind to connect-the-dots and fill in the pieces of the story that are untold.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Healing Sorrow; Experiencing Joy




-- Quote of the Day -- 



“To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy not respectable, and wealthy not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly… to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages with an open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never – in a word… to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common – this is to be my symphony.”

~ William Channing

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 



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Entrepreneur, consultant, community activist, lyricist, award-winning poet, and author Mali Phonpadith is here today to explain her efforts to heal deep sorrow and experience joy for herself, and her clients.  

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/08/22/healing-and-comfort-through-business-and-creative-arts



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