Monday, March 9, 2009

Gratitude & Children's Author

-- Quote of the Day --

A lot of people are doing stay-cations (staying at home for vacation time) or touring within their country's borders, rather than facing the larger expences involved in international vacation travel, and the environmental impact that incurs. Today's quote is in regards to "Volunteer Travel" - meaning using the vacation time to volunteer in a important organization to delve deeper into the culture, learn incredible new things, experience things from the hands-on level and leave a lasting legacy at the same time:

“Volunteer tourism involves a wide array of options. If someone wants to hammer nails… become a part of a conservation effort – they can do that. But you can also do things like teaching English to little kids, they can give bottles to little kangaroos or do what I did recently (in Bali with volunteering in Sumatran Orangutan Society’s office) which was all office work and didn’t involve hard labor at all. You don’t have to have experience – you just need a desire to help. …I took a year and went to 10 different countries to volunteer on really varied projects …so I decided to tell my tale and see if I could encourage people to go out and follow their heart dream, to learn new things about themselves and to help. …Being a (volunteer) reporter in Ireland opened the door for me to do the job that I just did in Bali, to understand how much I love writing, and also gave me a chance to write before taking on the book. …Writing about things like animal conservation, restoration projects in Italy and elephants in Thailand… But it is really fun for me to have people read the book and go – ‘ I didn’t know! I didn’t know I could do this… to go out in the world and travel this way’. So hopefully it will inspire people to take a volunteer tourist trip ”
~ Joyce Major 09/30/08


To access this interview with Joyce, simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in this blog, or look to the right for the link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. When you get there, look for September, 30 2008; and then click on the play button.

-- Authors Read --

Jef Benedetti’s writing career began in the mid-1980s in the computer trade press in Chicago and has previous experience was a frequent speaker at industry trade group meetings and conferences. He is also a drummer for the rock band Gary Burns and The Ashes. Today on the Authors Read radio show, Jef read from his children's book: The Cactus that Saved Ashleyville - the story of Eduardo "Lito" Sanchez, who is in the fourth grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Ashleyville, a mythical small town in America. The book tells the story of Lito's struggle to identify with his Hispanic heritage while still maintaining an identity in his little rural world.

To access today's radio episode simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right on this page for the link to the Authors Read radio show.


-- Eco-Event --

Check out the Compost Use and Water Conservation in Agriculture Workshop presented by the California Integrated Waste management Board & UC Cooperative Extension Partnership with Mission Resource Conservation District. Seating is limited for this free workshop and pre-registration is highly recommended. March 11 – 9 am – 3 pm @ Fallbrook Public Utility District Office in Fallbrook, CA – USA. All I have for this one is a phone number for you and that is (951) 827-5804.

-- In Gratitude --

I feel a real need today to express just how grateful I am to all of you out there in cyber land who continue to show interest in all that we do. Recently I learned that our listing with Green People Organization has received 1620 hits. (The URL for this listing is: http://GreenPeople.org/listing/Drumit_Percussion_23502.cfm )

In the last year we have seen a huge increase of interest in our presence online, from our newsletter growing nearly 80% in subscriptions, to our new blog location here where it has grown 70% and has received several honors and awards just in the last few months ! Our first blog on myspace continues as a week-at-a-glance schedule announcement that continues to be very popular.

Our Authors Read radio show celebrated the 100th episode on March 6th and our Conscious Discussions show will celebrate the 2nd year anniversary in May 2009, marking the 200th episode. It is a real thrill to reach so many people with important issues and informative advice. The incredible array of guests from all walks of life come in from across the planet - it has been a true honor to speak to them all and dip into their pool of knowledge and experience. Dave and I would also like to express a 'thank you' to the Blogtalk Radio station's staff who excell at personal service; and also to the advertisers and those that have purchased our books who help keep our programs on air.

Dave and I are so grateful for all the individuals out there that have expressed so much interest in our work !!! :) Go ahead and "google" us and see the dozens of pages that come up with helpful resources for anyone looking to live a more conscious lifestyle and leave a lasting legacy.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

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