Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Unavailable via office for few days




Apologies to all blog readers... however over the next few days I will not be in the office much - due to a terrible family tragedy. My terminally ill parents committed double suicide and we are conusmed with the loss and the official things one must do at this time. Please be patient with us over the next few days. We'll be back to work as usual as soon as possible.


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

Monday, December 28, 2009

Volunteers & Positive Eco-News!


-- Quote of the Day --



Volunteers, like I do, find deep joy and meaning in this work. We require volunteers to be 12 years old… some of the work is very heavy, such as in the barn – you know, bales of hay can weigh 40lbs. But there are a million and one things that people can do to help. …Some of our older volunteers will write thank you notes, a lot of the men will help with carpentry and vehicle maintenance and road repair. ...People sign on a 4-hour shift for the same day each week. …What I’ve had to learn (as director) is have my eye on a bunch of things at once. We now have 6000 members in 48 states, members in 18 different countries; we have up to 150 volunteers and 10 staff. I find the very best person for the various roles – my job is to support them, clarify the expectation and support them, be encouraging be there for them – and to ensure that everything that we do is in line with the focus. …We have a 9-page waiting list because of the economy – so who is going to die if they don’t come here? …We also help people understand about what they eat and where it comes from.”

~ Dec 8, ’09 – Kathy Stevens

Today's quote was excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interview that aired on Dec 8, 2009 - when we learned about the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-link above, or look to the right side of the blog for recent Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.

-- Recommended Resources --


The MatrixRadio.com site has some excellent environmental information and resources: http://www.thematrixradio.com/environ.htm

Recent episode of Missa's Urban Home Radio titled - Recycle Your Christmas Trash:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missadxon/2009/12/27/missas-urban-home

Spiral Gardens focus is to create healthy, sustainable communities by prooting a strong local food system and productive use of urban soil: http://www.spiralgardens.org


-- Positive Eco-News --


Mikuni Construction Co. in Kitakyusyu City, southern Japan, announced that it would be launching a business that focuses on renting goats for weeding/mowing services starting in April 2010. This unique service does not require any machinery, and therefore reduces both air and noise pollution.

I would imagine that one would have to fence off areas where you would want the goats to stay out of, like landscaping and garden areas. Perhaps the goats are tethered... also, I imagine some concern could be raised about goat waste. Perhaps the waste is compostable like rabbit and chicken manure or small enough to break down quickly with the power of water spraying from a hose. The cleanliness and friendliness of the individual animals may also be a concern to some. However, this seems like a very eco-friendly idea and a very unique business opportunity for others to join in on.

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


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pet Loss; Metal Recycling News

-- Metal Recycling --

According to a recent press release: “The latest figures from APEAL (the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging) show that 70% of steel packaging are recycled in Europe.” Over 2.5 million tons of food and drinks cans and other steel containers were recycled in 2008, which is a much higher return rate than any other packaging material (plastic 29%, beverages 33%, glass 62%), saving 3.9 million tons of CO2. Belgium attained the highest recycling rate for food and drink cans at 93%. The fact that steel is magnetic makes it the easiest and most cost effective material to sort and recover. Steel does not lose strength or inherent qualities in the recycling process.


-- Recommended Resources --

Information on the fascinating world of recycling:
Recycling International: www.recyclinginternational.com

The Worldwide Orphans Foundation - http://wwo.org - transforming the lives of orphaned children by helping them to become independent, productive members of their communities, including ensuring HIV-positive orphans receive an education.


-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


Today's featured guest is Sid Korpi - our topic is Pet Loss; the Journey of Grief and Loss.
Sid has decades of experience as a professional writer, editor, journalist, teacher actor and animal lover. We will learn about the grieving process, how to help those we know who have lost a fur-kid and how to plan for your pet after you have passed on. This is a positive discussion, not a depressing one... tune in at 10 AM for the live show (pacific) or access the archived show at your convenience by clicking on the hyper-link above, or the links located to the right side of this blog.



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

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Reducing Waste & Eating Well

-- Quote of the Day --

“…If we take a step that is away from who we are then our energy is drained away… we really only feel overwhelmed when we think it all has to be done at once and it really is a matter of …shifting perspective so that you can start to go in the direction of your well-being. …For social occasions, I like to serve a sweet potato or sweet pumpkin pie; you don’t want to cook honey, because cooking honey actually causes it to change into a toxin for our system. But you could use something like a maple syrup as a sweetener… or applesauce …when we choose food that has a lot of life force in it in the first place, it doesn’t need sweeteners.”
~ Oct 29, ’09 – Myra Lewin


Today's quote was taken from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview that aired on Oct 29, 2009. This discussion focused on a Wholesome Relationship with Food - check it out by clicking on the hyper-links here :)


-- Zero-Waste Navigation --

Source: www.japanfs.org

The "Zero-Waste Navigation," program conducted by international environmental NGO "A SEED JAPAN," has long been active at concerts and other outdoor events held in Japan. The NGO was founded in 1991 mainly by Japanese people in their twenties who felt responsible for the well-being of future generations of Japanese. The program is a participatory-style of environmental activity at outdoor events, getting people to pick up trash and garbage in order to reduce the amount thrown away. The key idea is not to bring in volunteers to do the work, but to get the actual participants at the events involved in cleaning up.

Triggered by the sight of enormous quantities of rubbish left behind at events, this approach was started in 1994, dealing with separating trash, distributing trash bags, recovery and recycling of resources, and a system to reuse dishes. As 70 percent of rubbish at these events is disposable dishes, the organizers of the program decided to lend out reusable dishes.

In 2008, all of the efforts helped to reduce 5 tons trash!


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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Conscious Holidays


-- Quote of the Day --


I believe the greatest gift you can give to your family – whether it’s your family at home or your work family – is your time. Not just to have the time, but “real “time. What I mean is that you’ve got to be present and in the moment… one of the definitions of “being” is “conscious existence”. We need to be consciously awake, alive and present when we are spending time with our loved ones

~ Randy Cohen’s book: Ticket to the Limit


-- Conscious Celebrations --


Candle Night Summer & Winter Solstices 2009
Turn off the lights, take it slow.
December 22, 2009
8:00p.m.-10:00p.m.

http://www.candle-night.org/en/


Today, the 22nd of December, is officially the – First Day of Winter with Christmas Eve just 2 days from now... how time flies.

Dave and I wish you all a Warm & Relaxing Holiday Season!



-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


Conscious Discussions Talk Radio welcomes return guest Cathy Nesbitt to discover the fascinating role that worms play in managing organic wastes and in creating healthy soil. Some of our listeners may recall that on the 28th of in august back in 2007, Cathy joined us to give an introduction to vermiculture: Wiggly Worms Eat Our Waste. Cathy is very active in her passion and is a member of numerous organizations, has an informative newsletter and website, offers speaking and lecture appearances and she has won a number of environmental awards. Today we delve farther into the discussion of Vermiculture.




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Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Exhaustion

-- Quote of the Day --

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

~ Albert Einstein



-- Chatter --



I'm exhausted - Are you? After weeks of baking and delivering of most of the xmas gift trays of goodies - appointments, interviews and traveling for business purposes... dealing with my parent's farm sale and their needs, along with their escalating illnesses... Whew - I really do feel exhausted. Yesterday, after returning from two day's of travel, we bathed the dogs and filled the fridge for the next week's worth of meals and did a pile of laundry - some day off! (ha, ha) Today, once my office-do's have been attended to, I have a long list of phone calls and a house that needs cleaning.

I do wish to send out apologies to all our blog readers who expect me to be posting every single day - as I normally do - however this last month has been a little less consistant due to our schedule constraints.

Dave and I wish all of our blog readers a warm and relaxing holiday season!


-- Author's Read Radio --


Sandra McLeod Humphrey - retired clinical phsychologist, the award-winning author of seven children’s & young adult books presented Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, ad Put-Downs - a collection of 26 vignettes depicting various forms of bullying with thought-provoking questions following each vignette. Check out today's archived Authors Read episode by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right side of this blog for recently aired Authors Read Radio episodes.


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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Interview with Authors for Authors

Authors Nanette Buchanan, Lillian Brummet, and Lorraize Elzia offer insight to inspiring authors who are taking that step toward being a published author: 5 PM - 6 PM (pacific) tonight! Dec 19th... archive will load soon after the show's conclusion and can be accessed at your convenience:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/asa-blog-talk/2009/12/20/write-that-book


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

Compost

-- Composting --

Last night we went out to a new restaurant in town and though it was not one of the best meals we had, it was presented well and filled the empty holes in our stomachs just nicely. One thing I found of interest was the waitress, Karen, said that the restaurant's organic waste goes to a pig farm! Very cool.

This piece below was sent to me in an email and I wanted to share it with you today:

Why Composting holds the key to solving four critical problems facing our planet:

1) Global climate change
2) The depletion of soil of key nutrients
3) Unemployment, especially in large cities
4) Energy conservation

1) Global Climate Change. By sequestering carbon in the soil, it reduces the global warming which would be otherwise caused by the carbon dioxide, released rapidly when this material is burned, or the methane that is more slowly released in landfills. Also, in as much as the addition of compost to soil, reduces the need for topsoil, derived from other sources like peat, and from energy intensive synthetic fertilizers, it further reduces global warming impacts.

2) Soil enrichment. It goes without saying that composting on a massive scale will replenish the depleted soils of vital minerals and other nutrients and therefore is of critical importance not only to agriculture but also to human health.

3) Unemployment. Once the organic fraction is removed from domestic waste the remaining material is far easier to store, handle and mine for its reusable objects and recyclable fraction. Once cities have removed organics from their discard stream it is a relatively easy task to use large warehouse type facilities to recover glass, metals, plastics, wood, ceramics etc and create both large and small businesses and a large number of jobs in the process. In Brescia, Italy the city leaders spent over 300 million Euros to build a giant incinerator that only produced 80 full-time jobs. In Nova Scotia (a province of Canada) spent far less money on a curbside collection program for compostables and recyclables, and created 1000 jobs collecting and handling the discarded materials and another 2000 jobs in the industries using those secondary materials for re-manufacture.

4) Energy conservation. By expediting the recovery of more objects and materials for reuse and recycling, far more energy can be conserved (the embedded energy) when these materials and objects go back into commerce. Recycling reduces the energy involved in extraction and shipping primary materials around the globe; reuse of objects reduces both extraction impacts and manufacturing impacts. ICF, a Canadian consulting company, indicates that about 10 times more energy is saved recycling plastics than obtained by burning them to produce electricity and for one particular plastic, PET, 26 times more energy is saved. Overall Jeffrey Morris indicates that 4 times more energy is saved by recycling the total domestic waste stream than obtained by burning it to produce electricity. A report from Europe indicates that a combination of recycling and composting reduces the emissions of global warming gases as much as 46 times more than incineration producing electricity.



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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Prize draw, E-cycling

-- Quote of the Day --

"The true measure of a man is how
he treats someone who
can do him absolutely no good"

~ Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)



-- Reminder: Prize Draw Contest! Enter Today! --



Prize draw (
Dec 1-20th) is for the following:

Cathy Nesbitt is offering a copy of her DVD "Squirm"
&
a stainless steel water bottle (www.cathyscomposters.com)

-- Nora Weston has offered a copy of: Paranormal Pleasures Digest (www.noraweston.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. *We never use email address for anything outside of this contest. Deadline: Dec 20th @ noon (pacific).



-- Positive Eco-News --


The Weekender newspaper
(serving the Boundary region of BC, Canada) reported that Teck E-cycling a company based in Trail began by recycling televisions computers and a few other electronic items on a trial basis in 2006 and has since grown to process 25,00 metric tones of e-waste and currently handles about 40% of the e-waste generated in the province of BC. Today they now accept televisions, fax machines, computers, monitors, desktop printers, keyboards, mice and other peripherals (speakers, cords, etc) and expect to grow their production line by 40% in the upcoming year. With 20 people currently employed by the company, they fully expect to hire new employees to help them grow to meet this demand.

-- Announcement --

Lillian's brother, Gary sent her a notice about an article he and his son were interviewed for regarding the family's work with Free Geek - a non-profit e-waste organization:


"Kado and I were interviewed for a Vancouver Courier article about Free Geek, where we volunteer. The article is also online:

http://www2.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=f7c0ef6d-116f-4267-b83e-6152734f35e4

There is also a video of the Free Geek in Portland, which is the model for the Vancouver based one... titled "Helping the needy get nerdy!" at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=625LPUACix0 "

We are so proud of Gary and his family for the work they do to make the world a better place. I certainly appreciated Gary's comments about how participating in programs like this is a great way to bond with family members, by doing an activity that has no relation to their household issues. You can find Lillian's brother at: www.shangrila-jewelry.com & Free Geek at: www.freegeekvancouver.org

** Kudos to Gary, Kado & family!



-- Little Known Fact --

Did you know that Dave's uncle, Tony Brummet, was once an environment minister in Canada?
We did some research on his work during his tenure in office and were very impressed to find the incredible impact Dave's Uncle Tony has had, including the creation of parks in our region - one of which we had the pleasure of visiting several years ago! I think his actual title was: B.C. Minister of Lands, Parks and Housing wa& has been in the world of politics from 1979-1991 according. Uncle Tony is more like a distant relative to us, however just living his life the way he has, the effect is that he has influenced our work as well. He is credited for this influence in our upcoming Trash Talk - Its Easy to be Green! e-book series.


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


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Recycling #'s & The 3-P's in Life


-- Recycling Numbers --


Recycling By The Numbers, an article written by Michael Gardner & Mike Lee, shared these interesting US recycling stats:

5 cents: The minimum California Refund Value, or CRV, for cans and bottles

74 percent: Bottles and cans recycled in California

21.9 billion: CRV bottles and cans purchased statewide last year

$1.2 billion: Annual CRV money collected by the state

1,200: Recycling stations near shopping centers statewide

160: Estimated recycling stations closed statewide since July

The last number there is a little scary because it shows that there are some infrastructure & financial issues in the recycling system. Widespread closures of recycling centers would hurt, for example, middle-class families who rely on recycling revenue for small luxuries & homeless people who count on bottles & cans for pocket money.

Dave raised the point this morning, when we discussed this issue, that situations that cause these shutdowns could result in a shock to consumers who have paid a deposit fee for those containers at the till & then discover that they will not receive a rebate.

However these returnable containers are still recyclable – even if your area no longer has a place to give you a rebate, you can still place the items in your existing recycling collection system along with your paper, glass & other recyclables…. plastic pop bottles in with the plastics, glass wine bottles in the glass bin… & aluminum cans in the same bin as soup cans, or metal collection bins, etc.



-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Our guest today is small business coach, author and owner of Clarity to Business - Christy Strauch. The focus will be the 3-P's in life: Passion, Plan & Profit - we will cover common obsticles and how to overcome them, inner issues that may be holding us back from reaching our dreams, comparing business plans with book marketing plans, what is involved in starting a business & much, much more.

Join us for this hour-long discussion live at 10 AM (pacific) this morning - or access the archived interview at your convenience by clicking on the hyper-links located above, or to the right side of this blog's page.


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

Monday, December 14, 2009

Interviews, interviews !

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Sometimes the best way to find out about true friendships is when something bad happens. …And I think you just have to realize that if you are always trying to have a positive impact on someone then your energy isn’t wasted. …If you do grow apart – that is OK… Don’t get upset about it; just think about it as something that needed to be there at the time. …One thing I do with my students is to teach them how to give back, such as writing a letter to the veteran’s hospital or care packages for the soldiers. The most important thing I can do right now is to teach the little ones that they can give back and they get so excited and look forward to what they can do next and then the parents get involved. …We can look at our neighbors to see how they are doing and if they need any help. …Don’t just hear a story and say “oh that’s sad”; we need to do something about it… be a mentor, a tutor or fill some need.”
~ Oct 27, ’09 - Michelle Atha

Today's quote originates from the Strength from Volunteering & Friendship interview that aired on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show on Oct 27th - check out the archived interview by clicking on the hyper-links here.

-- Announcements --

I just received an announcement from Ranga, an Author Success Manager at BookBuzzr.com, that our book Purple Snowflake Marketing is featured in the "Story Behind the Book " page today on their fReado home page. You can check it out at www.freado.com - the big box at the top is where you'll find us, use your mouse to scroll to the 4th page there to find our work featured.

I will be interviewed later this morning @ 10 AM (pacific) by Hugh Reilly - host of the Liquid Lunch Show, based in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). This will be a one-hour interview that airs live, however it will be archived for those who cannot make the live broadcast. http://www.thatchannel.com

-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest on Authors Read Radio will be Yvonne Perry - a very good writer-friend of ours that we met many years ago and have had a wonderful networking relationship with. Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer, author and keynote speaker who enjoys assisting people. Yvonne is the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services - a team of freelance writers and editors. She is the author of The Sid Series ~ A Collection of 12 Holistic Stories for Children, that build self-esteem and empower young ones to follow inner guidance and overcome fear. Today, she will be reading "Sid's Fairy ~ Learning About Inner Guidance" from the Sid Series book. Click on the hyper-links here or look to the right to find recently aired Authors Read Radio episodes.

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

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Climate Change


-- Vodcast: Limit Climate Impact --


The following announcement was sent to me by Cathy Mitchell, consultant to APEX Public Relations Inc. through the San Diego Zero Waste Group. Please take the time to view this vodcast (a new term to mean a podcast with video - which from what I can see is actually more like a online video).

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December, Tetra Pak launches the first in a series of vodcasts that examine some of the key issues and challenges for both governments and industry if we are to make an impact on climate change. The films contain presentations and comments from participants during a panel discussion at a Tetra Pak media event on climate change, held in Sweden in October.
The series tackles various areas of environmental performance and includes comments and analysis from a wide variety of sources including WWF, The Coca Cola Company, Carrefour Group and Tetra Pak. “Only by working together can we affect real change in the way the world acts on the dangers of climate change,” said J├Ârgen Haglind, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Tetra Pak.
In the first vodcast, Lasse Gustavsson, Secretary General of WWF Sweden sets out the context for the UN Climate Change Conference and examines some of the ways we can make a difference and looks ahead to the challenges facing world leaders in Copenhagen if they are going to reach a workable deal.
Please go to www.tetrapak.com/climateimpact to view the vodcast and to www.wwf.org for more information on WWF.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's Positive Eco-News segment of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show will share an article written by a fellow environmentalist: Dana Visalli - some great quotes and more! This same article is available for the public to view at: www.methownaturalist.com along with interesting pictures and other information on sustainable culture. Join me today at 10 AM (pacific) to hear the live show - or access the archived discussion at your convenience - by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right for links to recently aired
Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episodes.

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

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Word About Media & Reducing Xmas Waste


-- Authors Read --

Today's Authors Read episode offers an insider's brief introduction into defining media and free filler material for the new author - Lillian Brummet shares an excerpt from Purple Snowflake Marketing's 9th Chapter, A Word About the Media

To access the show click on the hyper-links here or look to the right side of this screen for links to recent Authors Read episodes.



-- Reminder: Prize Draw Contest! Enter Today! --


Prize draw (
Dec 1-20th) is for the following:

Cathy Nesbitt is offering a copy of her DVD "Squirm"
&
a stainless steel water bottle (www.cathyscomposters.com)

-- Nora Weston has offered a copy of: Paranormal Pleasures Digest (www.noraweston.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline: Dec 20th @ noon (pacific).




-- Reduce Waste this Christmas --


Christmas is responsible for more waste and consumption than any other holiday. North American’s trash increases by 25% over Christmas - which equates to 25 million extra tons of garbage going to the landfill. By recognizing the incredible waste that is generated the urgency to do something becomes apparent. A truly useful or environment friendly gift, using eco-friendly wrapping is a better ecological choice.

Scroll through the Brummet's Conscious Blog's previous posts to find interesting eco-friendly gifts and activities for the family, group or individual over the holiday season... Or head over to www.brummet.ca/trashtalk.html to find the Trash Talk book which lists common items found in waste and recycling bins and offers ways you can reuse them as a valuable, time-saving and money-saving product. Learn how to see waste as a resource, discover the incredible power of every individual's action. Learn the effect of participating in the recycling system, how the materials are handled and what they are made into. Discover gardening and water saving techniques and learn about composting! All in one book! - check it out at www.brummet.ca


-- Recommended Resource --


Canada World Youth – (ages 15-29) - unique international educational experience offering a wide selection of volunteer placements for 2 weeks and up to 6 months in inter-culterual exchange programs. Find out more @ www.canadaworldyouth.org



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


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Internet Safety, Shopping Safety

-- Conscious Discussions --

Sue Scheff joined me today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show to talk about the Internet - A Dangerous Asset.

In this interesting discussion we explored common terms like: cybyer-sticks and cyber-stones, cyber stalking, hacking, social networking, & email spam. We also learned some tips on how to make sure you know what is happening with your name, business or product online.

Just recently I was listening to an interview with an amazing blogger who created a full-time business out of his blogging efforts within a year of starting out… with no prior experience. Tales like this are enticing more and more traffic online with hopes of networking, creating friends or getting the word out about their products and services. Yet there is also a lot of fear.

We often hear about Facebook and Myspace horror stories, even a Twitter site from a writer-friend of mine was hacked for a short time… We might also have concerns about shopping online, providing information online… So today’s guest helped answer some of these questions. Check the interview out by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right to see links to the Conscious Discussions recently aired episodes.


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


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Human Rights & Climate Change Events


-- Quote of the Day --

"It is our duty to ensure that these rights are a living reality -- that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists -- and that it exists for them."

~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


-- Conscious Events --

Today is Human Rights Day - which is celebrated annually across the planet since Dec 10 1948 when the date was chosen to honor the first global recognition of human rights by the United Nations General Assembly and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


According to the UN website (www.un.org):
"This theme for 2008, “Dignity and justice for all of us,” reinforces the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a commitment to universal dignity and justice. It is not a luxury or a wish-list. The UDHR and its core values, inherent human dignity, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality, apply to everyone, everywhere and always. The Declaration is universal, enduring and vibrant, and it concerns us all.

Since its adoption in 1948, the Declaration has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for national and international efforts to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms."

--


The majority of the world's governments believe that climate change poses a threat to human society and to the natural world. Successive scientific reports, notably those from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have come to ever firmer conclusions about humankind's influence on the modern-day climate, and about the impacts of rising temperatures.

Let your voice be heard. Join fellow Sierra Club members, environmentalists and concerned citizens in urging leaders of the United States to work towards a treaty to fight Global Warming in San Diego, California (USA).

Candle Light Virgil
Friday, December 11
6:30- 7:30 pm
Balboa Park on the Prado
Bring your candle to join others.

Phone Call Drive to Secretary of State Clinton
Saturday, December 12
11am -- 4pm
Horton Plaza
Bring you cell phone and make a personal call to Secretary Clinton.


-- A Note of Appreciation --

Thank you to Marty Roark who included our website in his list of recommended author links on his site: http://fishforchrist.webs.com


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

* Don't forget to enter the prize draw! (scroll thru blog posts for info below) *

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Animal Rescue

-- Quote of the Day --

"If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make The Change You Gotta Get It Right, While You Got The Time 'Cause When You Close Your Heart Then You Close Your...Mind!..."

~ Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today we have a very special show lined up for you… Kathy Stevens, founder & director of a wonderful animal sanctuary known as: Catskill Animal Sanctuary - whose focus is to end cruelty by fostering compassion. Learn about the volunteers, the staff and all the work they and sponsors do to keep this organization afloat. Learn about their campaigns and upcoming events, issues they are addressing and how you can help.

Find the interview via the hyper-link above or look to the right side of this screen for links to recently aired broadcasts of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

*Help Dave & Lillian continue to offer fun prize contests every week, fresh interesting content in their daily blog, bi-weekly newsletter & their 2 radio shows by purchasing one of their three books that are available in paperback or e-book formats - visit www.brummet.ca for information.*



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

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Conscious Holidays


-- Chatter --


Wow, I had an amazing time last night speaking with November on the Voice of the People Radio Show - she's a really talented host and I had such a wonderful experience. I just finished listening to the archive which you can find at: http://www.paranormalradionetwork.org

Today I am to finish the last of my xmas baking... WHEW! One more big batch of goodies and that is it for the season. We had to break out the snow-shovels this morning as we had about 2 1/2 inches of snow fall overnight. I know, that isn't much of anything to speak of, but we celebrate just the same! I love the snow, winter is a wonderful time for reflection, reading, cuddling, training the dogs, writing, marketing and studying. It is also a great time to get those projects around the interior of our homes completed from organizing and donations to cleaning and craft projects. We'll be talking more about some great ways to beat the winter-blues after the xmas season, so stay tuned to our blog :)

-- National Bereavement Day --

Today, Dec 6, is the National Bereavement Day here in Canada and this is when organizations like Compassionate Friends, churches and family support organizations gather forces and share skills so that we can all provide a better support system for those who have lost a loved one.

Just the other day we had featured a discussion on Trading Sorrow for Something Greater on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. And coming up in a few days on the 17th we have a discussion on Pet Loss, Grief & Growth. We also have another related upcoming show on Green Funeral options will air on Jan 7, which is not yet registered on with the station.

Here are a few other archived shows you may want to check out: *just click on the titles to access the archived show:

Life Lessons from the Dying
Inner Peace thru Forgiveness
Hospice & Caregiving
Cancer and Death: A Love Story in Two Voices
Helping children deal with traumatic life issues


-- Conscious Holiday Tips --

Green, conscious gift ideas can be as simple as considering those that encourage activities such as renting bikes for an outing or giving dance and music lesson gift certificates. These gifts support your local community by encouraging sustainable service-oriented businesses that do not create much waste. A gift within this genre is really a gift of an experience, rather than a tangible item that may never be appreciated. In addition, a gift certificate is usually printed on recyclable paper; whereas gift cards consume plastics that are not readily recyclable.

Wrapping paper options include scarf, towel, or a reusable gift bag, cloth bag or gift box. Choose non-reflective wrapping paper, since this type is not recyclable. Unwrap gifts carefully so that the paper and decorations can be reused.


A great way to reuse wrapping paper and paperboard boxes is to create beautiful, and reusable, gift bags and gift boxes. The term "paperboard boxes" refers to cereal, cracker or pasta boxes and the like. To make seasonal gift bags, simply using a cereal box as a template, wrap paper around it as you would a package, leaving the top open. For a strong top edge, fold the top over about an inch and glue in place. Punch two holes at the top of the sides for the string handles. Leave the box in if you would like a stronger bag. This craft reuse idea can apply to any paperboard box.

Paperboard boxes are a fantastic material for creating gift boxes of any size to suit any occasion. Simply design the box according to the dimensions that you require – all you need is a little know-how, a ruler, pencil and a sharp craft knife or scissors and some glue. Once the box is constructed and the glue has cured, take a little craft sponge (a little sponge on a stick) and pour some glue into a recycled lid from one of old mayonnaise jars or something like that. Then, using the sponge, spread glue evenly on one side at a time - covering it with sheets of reused wrapping paper, comic strips or art that you or your children have created… – or new wrapping paper if you must. Do only one side at a time or you will find yourself having some potential issues with this.

Decorate with a little ribbon, tiny pine-cones, glitter, bows or whatever you wish, and you have just created a reusable gift box for the recipient to pass along to someone else whenever they are handing out presents. If you’ve been saving all your bits and pieces – decorations & wrapping paper - from gifts you’ve received in the past, they will come in handy now. Reusing that shiny foil wrapping paper you’ve been saving works best for this – especially since it is not recyclable. Scraps of wrapping paper work well for these crafts too, so don’t throw away those little 4-inch bits of wrapping paper anymore!

These boxes can be used as decorations in your home of office, or you can make very small boxes as tree ornaments using the very same applications as we described above, but on a miniature scale.

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

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Interviews, Resources & Conscious Holidays

-- Announcements --

Owner Jennine Morales interviews award winning author Lillian Brummet today at Gathering Authors: Interview Pit this weekend. Gathering Authors is a place where authors join with their written works of art to introduce to the world.


Between 6 and 8 PM (PST) tonight (Dec 5th) Voice of the People Radio host November Hanson will interview us (Dave & Lillian Brummet) for the full two hours! This is going to be a very indepth discussion about the world of writing and making a difference as an individual. Check it out by clicking the links here. http://voiceofthepeopleradio.com



-- Recommended Resource --

An online writer friend of ours, Barbara Spring, has a new water-related podcast that we would like to recommend: The Dynamic Great Lakes

Stuff Your Rucksack (www.stuffyourrucksack.com) a site that enables travellers to help other travellers to give practical assistance to people who have the least, but often give the most.


-- Conscious Holidays --

Today is International Volunteer Day, which has been celebrated since 1985 with the goal of showing appreciation to volunteers for their efforts and increase public awareness on their contribution to society. The day is celebrated in a majority countries of the world.


Stats Canada reveals that 6.5 million volunteers were active last year, averaging 152 hours per person annually. People say it can be addicting once you start. I think this is because volunteers enjoy a more complete social life, enjoy activities and events that they may not have taken part of otherwise.

I was listening to a radio show recently where I learned that when we give, the "feel good" feeling we have is similar to the "runner's high" or that "feeling good" sensation after a hearty workout. This is because the same hormones that are released when working out, are also released when we are giving of our selves

Volunteers benefit in many ways including learning new skills. Often organizations will have training sessions ranging from a few minutes to several weeks depending on what the volunteer would like to learn next. There often a wide array of interesting volunteer positions for anyone of any skill level and any age. You could learn Falconry or earn specialty training certificates... and let's not forget that volunteering is a form of work experience and is a great way to build content for a resume.

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Individual heroes never start out their lives or careers by saying – ‘I want to be a hero’. They saw a problem, or had an experience they wanted to change; an area that they wanted to make a difference. …They just said ‘I want to make a difference – I want to help this group of people’ – and they did it. I think that often we look to people with money or people with ‘power’ - but really the people with the ‘power’ are us. You know, if we all said here’s this problem in my community I’m going to get my neighbors or family together and we are going to do something about it. …If everyone said I’m going to spend an hour a week going to the church or the community center or going to read to a child – having you in their lives can make such a big difference. Anyone can make a difference, it is a matter of deciding what you can do. Can you spare one hour a week or ten hours a week? Do you want to work with children? …You just have to have a belief that you can do something about a particular problem.”

~ Darius Graham – Feb 26, 2009

This quote was excerpted from a Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview that aired on February 26, 2009. You can access this archived discussion about Celebrating Heroes in Our Midst simply click on the hyper-linked show title (above).


-- Reminder: Prize Draw Contest! Enter Today! --


Prize draw (
Dec 1-20th) is for the following:

Cathy Nesbitt is offering a copy of her DVD "Squirm"
&
a stainless steel water bottle (www.cathyscomposters.com)

-- Nora Weston has offered a copy of: Paranormal Pleasures Digest (www.noraweston.com)

-- Lillian Brummet's poetry e-book: Towards Understanding (www.brummet.ca)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (**remove spaces before sending**) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline: Dec 20th @ noon (pacific).


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


Friday, December 4, 2009

Showing Apprecition...& Short Story Author

-- Quote of the Day --


"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,
so love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't,
and believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance, take it.
If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said that it'd be easy,
they just promised it would be worth it.
"

~ Bob Marley


-- Authors Read Radio --

Today we feature Nora Weston on the Authors Read Radio show - fiction writer & poet within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Today she will read from Adevar - a short story that depicts the journey of Nathan Hawkins who enters an unearthly realm to find his destiny is something only dreams are made of.

Access this live show at 9 AM (pacific) today with just a single click on the links here (or on the right side of this page) - of course you can also access the archive of todays episode at your convenience.

-- Conscious Holidays --

December is AIDS Awareness Month and you've likely seen many articles in the print media or coverage on TV. If you can, please do try and participate in the local organizations awareness activities. Ironically, Dec 2nd was "Together We Can Change the World Day" and in the case of the health issues that face the population on this little marble we call a planet - we can, we can all contribute and make this world a healthier place.

Today is National Cookie Day (USA) and this is a perfect time to consider those gifts we talked about earlier on this blog - goodie trays make for an exceptional gift option that people really enjoy. Later today, or tomorrow, in fact I plan on finishing the last of my baking duties as well. This is a great time to get together with your group (family, church group, recovery group, youth group, etc.) and have everyone do a double batch of one variety of their favorite xmas tray treat and share equally. You can then all have an amazing array of gift trays for any cause you want to raise funds for - or just to show appreciation to the amazing individuals in our lives. Consider fire crews, vet offices, paramedics, hospice workers, senior centers, the local hospital staff... charities that serve the under privileged, etc. There are all kinds of places around your community that would really love to feel appreciated and, hopefully, help rejuvinate the passion for what they do.

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

Thursday, December 3, 2009

2 hours of listening & Eco-tips!


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --


Back on Tuesday this week we offered Conscious Discussions Radio listeners a Positive Eco-News segment that discussed e-waste and lighting innovations like CFL's and LED's.

Today we featured Cynthia Primm - to discuss how we can Trade Sorrow for Something Greater. *Our Skype connection was giving us a little trouble so please forgive the minor sound issues for the host's line.

-- Domestic Solar Panel Sales Rise --

Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) released its statistics for the shipping of solar panels during the first quarter of fiscal 2009, which it collected by surveying 24 Japanese manufacturers.

According to the statistics, domestic sales accounts for 29.3 percent of the total sales in that country… and this sector has increased by 82.5 percent over the last year.


-- Conscious Holiday Gifts & Celebrations --

- A reusable coffee filter and whole organic, shade-grown coffee beans. Shade-grown coffee is a method of growing the coffee berry crop with little damage to rain forests and surrounding terrain.

- If you choose to purchase electronics, consider those powered by solar or rechargeable batteries.

- For holiday photo memories, avoid disposable cameras. Instead use a digital camera and load directly to your own computer and CD burner. Alternatively, use a normal camera and have the pictures put on CD’s at the development outlet. By choosing CD’s you reduce chemicals, paper and cost. Choose 36 exposure film rolls and reduce both packaging and waste.

- Conscious jewelry choices such as: www.shangrila-jewelry.com

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Positive Legacy - Every Day

-- You Have A Voice --

Below is an excerpt from a press release article that was circulated to the Zero Waste San Deigo Organization members

... In the past few years, new online tools have revolutionized the way that people can get involved in the world around them, connect with the things they care about, and even organize others to truly make a difference. Of course, traditional media like TV and newspapers are still an important way we communicate. But most of us can't just go on TV or get published in the newspaper when we have something that we want to say.

That's what makes The Wall so unique. The Wall is powered by your support for clean energy and enabled by an online platform that brings together your messages from across the country in a powerful, visual display. We then amplify your messages by putting them in mass media ads targeted for your state or community. These ads are uniquely positioned to have an impact on the elected leaders who are deciding now how soon we'll take action for clean energy and climate in this country.

The Wall represents a resounding sense of urgency shared by diverse voices from across the country. It gives us the chance to organize and connect on clean energy and climate in a whole new way.

As our leaders debate issues of timing and scope related to clean energy policies, The Wall is more important than ever to make our voices heard in the fight for strong energy and climate policies.

Add your voice and grow a movement for clean energy that our leaders can't ignore:

http://acp.repoweramerica.org/wallform



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