Monday, September 30, 2013

Humor and Education


Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband Dave :)

== Quote of the Day ==


 “You need enough insurance in place to cover your assets. …It is when the person doesn’t return phone calls, ignores the person or makes comments under their breath - and that is when people get upset, they get angry and that prompts a lot of claims against the individual or company. …Training your employees how to address that situation, how to look out for the customer, this goes a long way in the potential of that customer making a claim down the line. …No matter what your employee does or when they do it, it will always reflect on the business. If they are not in the place or scope of business and are on their own time, in their own vehicle – their actions will still reflect on the business and the other people they work with. …Keep in mind that sometimes the best rate is not the best rate. Sometimes the coverage with one carrier is cheaper but the value of the insurance is not there. …Have a good operations manual that is shared in the office so the staff know what to do in various situations, what the hierarchy or chain of command is… have those discussed once or twice a year – when you do that you ensure yourself that your staff can react appropriately, and if there was a claim against you, you may have to give a disposition they will ask you about your policy and whether you were prepared, and that you did everything you could.”  

~ Joseph Lowman

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on April 23, 2018 … titled: business & liability insurance

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 -- Referral Corner -- 


On a lighter note I'd like to point you to a few entertaining and interesting videos:

You've probably heard of the effects of playing positive music and speaking positively to plants - how they grow healthier, more robust and produce more... this video is about how thoughts affect water molecules, dramatization of an interesting scientific study:


I couldn't figure out how to post these here on my blog, from the FaceBook  site, but there are two videos posted on my facebook as well - A humorous look at technology woes for those with heavy accents - and a second one that will have pet lovers giggling for days... check them out at: http://www.facebook.com/lillian.brummet


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

World of Writing

-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.


~ Napoleon Hill
 
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World of Writing segment episodes air every 2-3 weeks on the Conscious Discussions Talk radio show and today we have the pleasure of featuring author Ken McAlpine, again. Ken been published in numerous national publications and he has earned three Lowell Thomas awards, the top award in the industry for travel writing. For those of you who aren’t already aware we did a interview with Ken back on June 2nd …feel free to scroll through the archives there to find the first part of our discussion with today’s guest, or go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2013/06/02/world-of-writing-with-ken-mcalpine

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Recommended Reading

Today's article was submitted by:
William Yatscoff. William is a writer for Bookkaholic Magazine. If you are interested in finding more post-apocalyptic novels, dystopian novels or anything else you should come swing by Bookkaholic Book Magazine.

Best Dystopian Novels for Enthusiastic Young Adults


According to research reports from Good Reads, the popularity of dystopian-themed books is at its peak—the highest since 1960s. This resurgence of dystopian literature can be attributed to the enormous mass appeal of the Dream Caster, Hunger Games, Divergent and many others in this sub-genre. Given below is a list of best dystopian novels for avid readers who love turning pages packed with intrigue, futuristic settings, war, oppression and hope.  These best dystopian novels are being read by young adults across the world with equal zest.


Dream Caster - Najeev Raj Nadarajah (2013)

Set in the grim environs of the post-apocalyptic era, Dream Caster by Najeev Raj Nadarajah is a must read for its novel and innovative concepts. Weaver, a newly commissioned night guard is on his first day of duty when he finds a survivor coming his way. Weaver’s settlement is destructed by creatures with abnormal powers and he finds himself fleeing with the survivor. They go on to build themselves a new home. Weaver develops some super natural powers that give him the courage to fight back his newly found foes. His wit and powers keep readers engrossed in this fast paced a novel—right until the last page. 

Partials by Dan Wells (2012)

The story revolves around engineered beings that have a strange resemblance to humans (“partials”). A deadly virus is on the strike and has killed most human beings on the planet. Kera, one of the few survivors, decides to take up the challenge of finding what triggered off the war with “partials” and the long path to salvation. 

Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin (2012)

Araby has just one mission in life. She wants to learn ways to forget. She indulges in various night-club adventures to forget the devastations caused by the plague and her fears of the population being wiped out in future. Maybe her meeting with Will, a dashing aristocrat and owner of this club will change things for Araby and give her the courage to fight back.

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (2012)

Ranking amongst the best dystopian novels published in 2012, this book narrates the story of Gene. As a human Gene has a problem on hand. Creatures around him boast of lightning-fast reflexes and have a fancy for human blood. Gene has to strive hard to keep his identity a secret and survive. His problems increase when he is asked to trace all the surviving humans in the group and tries not to fall in love with an attractive human girl who comes his way. 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (2012)

One of the best dystopian novels by Diana Peterfreund, the book reveals the growth of the Luddite nobility--an anti-technology community which has emerged after failed genetic testing. Elliot, part of the elite crowd is shattered to see things changing around her. Elliot witnesses the fall of the old class system courtesy the efforts of a group of rebels. The plot thickens as she strives hard to maintain her family estate. She must also find ways of facing Kai, her childhood sweetheart and now a famous explorer. 



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

positive living





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Author, speaker, consultant, columnist and radio host Leesa Myers joins us today – she specializes in helping people create positive change. Interestingly she has also served on several non-profit boards, and has over 19 years experience in running businesses. Are you feeling like you are just not good enough, that you don’t deserve success, that you cannot reach your goals because of your background, circumstances or culture? We’re here to tell you that you can reach for that goal, that you can improve your life and that you don’t have to repeat what has been going on all these years. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In Honor of Household Managers



Society has grown so 'advanced' that we look down on those of us who choose to be nurturing Household Managers. Somehow this work force is seen as slothful folks who live off the work of others, or are incompetent in the workplace altogether. Society then contradicts itself by acknowledging the growing strain on the medical, policing and financial support systems due to increased stress, pollution and poor nutrition in today's civilized world. Worried politicians view our ever-growing need to import food as a potential disaster in the event of worldly catastrophes - and scientists tell us their numbers indicate we are actually overdue for a catastrophe.

Society will 'tsk-tsk' at the children who have been raised by non-family members (including televisions and computers), because no one has the energy or the time to raise them properly. We have the audacity to be bewildered at the drop out rate in our cold and sterile public schools. We 'tsk-tsk' again at the poorly behaved pets when they are only deprived of proper training and attention.       

When itemized like this, there seems to be little to wonder at that our society is as distressed as it is! It is also understandable why so many households have hired help to handle such a workload.

What we need to do is realign society's view on the importance of Household Management positions.
 
For starters, far from being a drain on the budget, choosing this position can actually save money. Consider the work-related costs such as transportation, which can include tires, increased vehicle maintenance, gas, insurance and perhaps a second vehicle. Then there are supplies, upgrade classes, clothing, childcare, prepared meals, outsourcing yard care and housecleaning services and so on. Many households have evaluated their situation and found that they were getting no further ahead by having a second person work full time. And their days off work were spent in a whirlwind frenzy trying to fit everything in.

Taking on the chore of managing the household budget is often left for the Household Manager, as is the menu planning and meal making. Making meals at home, from 'scratch', (meaning not a prepared meal from a can or a box), is an effective way to cut most food budgets in half. Cut that by up to 1/2 again if you have a home garden. In 2002, our 3000sq.ft. garden brought in over $1600 of a wide variety of organically grown, highly nutritious, fresh foods. And we are ensured that no matter what happens in the employment sector or any disruption in food distribution, our family will not go hungry!

The frugal manager is conscious of menu planning around seasonal produce, (which is fresher and therefore more nutritious), and locally grown crops, (which are environmentally friendly and cheaper due to reduced transport). Sales, bulk foods and coupons can be determinants for the menu plan development, as long as one is buying the item that is normally consumed, rather than just because it is on sale. We have been able to cut anywhere from $10-$40 off every shopping excursion every week simply by considering sales and coupons when planning the menu. That is just one more thing we didn't have time for when we both worked outside of the home.

Far from being slothful, a serious manager can spend over 20 hours a week just cleaning! Nearly 2 hours every day is needed just to keep up to daily tidying and washing, 5 hours a week are spent doing the deeper household cleaning, and another hour to wash the vehicle every couple of weeks. Then tack on at least 3 hours for laundry and clothing care. Wise managers also periodically clean and maintain the home's appliances and machines, prolonging their lives and reducing the need for future repairs.

Pets are not simply a pleasure or a hobby in our home. They are family, companions and protectors. Always a joy, these critters promote relaxation and playfulness. Still, they need someone to groom them, feed and water them, gather their wastes and give them baths. Then there are other pet-related chores like exercise and training. With only 1 cats and 2 dogs, this can involve 2 hours every day - or 14 hours a week. The end result being very content, happy and well-behaved animals.

Outside of cleaning, gardening and yard work, pet care, child care/schooling, shopping, menu planning and meal making, Household Managers are also called upon to handle any required paper work or research, appointments, phone conversations, letter writing, banking and bill paying. Then there are garbage pick up days, recycling trips, and special calendar dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc) to manage as well.

It is important to keep in mind that some households operate home-based businesses as well. Having one person at home is ideal for such arrangements as they can, like I do, split their time between running the home and working the business.

It is unfortunate that this position is not held in high regard in this society. Far too often Home Managers are seen as people with a lot of time on their hands and folks tend to assume they are available for them. Badgered by family member who are guilty of continually piling on more and more chores for the Manager to handle, the Household Manager must become a master of mulit-tasking. As a result Household Managers do not work a 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. shift; but rather more like a 7 a.m-to-11 p.m. shift. A full day off or even a vacation rarely exist in their lives. Understandably many Household Managers become depressed and stressed, often feeling underappreciated.

Yet, Household Managers who take their jobs seriously can take pride in their contribution to society, regardless of whether appreciation is expressed adequately, because their efforts result in healthier, happier people who are less likely to be a drain on society. Doing the many household chores takes quite a load off the working partner, which creates more time for their loved ones to do other things, and family relationships become more loving and people are more willing to do things for one another. So today, at least for this one day, let's celebrate the incredible behind-the-scenes contribution this work force provides in our society. 


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Green Living


-- Quote of the Day -- 

“My favorite definition of permaculture is that it is about building sustainable communities powered by the sun. …Converting that solar energy into something we can use and grow more. …Gardening is important because it is a place where we can make a difference in our own lives immediately – even if it is on an apartment terrace or balcony, you can grow your own food and create a habitat that supports other life. There is a lot we can do as gardeners to help issues of climate change, soil fertility. …Permaculture divides our land into 5 zones: Zone 0 would be our home and zone 1 would be the vegetable gardens, from there we have zone 2 such as sunflowers, grapes, and some dwarf shrubs like blueberries, zone 3 would be less managed pasture or flower sort of landscape with larger trees like nut trees, zone 4 would be a little more wild and zone 5 would be a wild area. …You can go to restaurants and get organic materials, you can go to a grocery store and ask for their cardboard, shipping pallets can be obtained for construction projects, tree trim companies have shredded tree material available, and so on. …Permaculture looks at the physical and temporal layering for what we can do with our land. So you might have tall plants, short plants, mid layer crops, understory trees, dwarf or semi-dwarf trees and canopy trees… and vertical layers (like grapes, and other vines). …Interplanting and using more space and getting additional yields by doing so.” 

~ Scott Man


Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on April 2, 2013 … titled: Sunday Gardening With Scott Mann

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-- Conscious Living Event -- 
 

Green Connections
A business group with a green attitude.
Green Connections is now incorporated as a Non-for-profit organization.

Next meeting:


Sept. 25, 2013 (8:45 am)
Sharon Hope United Church
18648 Leslie St. Sharon, ON.

 
www.green-connections.com

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Poetry



As you are likely already aware I like to occasionally share poetry with you... So here are a few for you to enjoy. These are both excerpted from my book of poetry: Towards Understanding 



GO AHEAD AND CRY

 

You give love with all your heart,
Until you endure no more.
Now things start to fall apart,
You have used all you had in store.
The tears begin to fill the brim,
And you start to softly cry,
For bygone years and how they dim.
Long ago, when laughter came easy,
It was so simple to believe
In fairy tales, romance, and magic
But now you can only grieve.
You ask what happened to that child,
Full of laughter and innocence.
Life then seemed so exciting and wild
Until you were forced to learn defense.
I know that sometimes you want to run from life;
And sometimes you just can’t be that strong.
Love and hate tangles you in strife.
So now, pour out your mournful song.
Cry now, for all those illusions that fooled,
And your wasted summer nights,
For because of them, your heart has cooled,
And become cynical, demanding rights. 




MUSIC FEEDS MY SOUL

 

Beyond all the pain and tortures of love,
A peaceful harmony rises above
A song so soothing - yet vengeful, alike;
A song of such emotion, can make it seem alright.
When I’m feeling down - either high, or out of control,
I hide deep inside the songs and the music feeds my soul.

- Music was a grounding tool for me; I was influenced and comforted by so many lyricists, too many to mention – this is my small note of appreciation to them.


 
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