Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cancer Recovery - & - new super plastic created from C02 !!!

-- Quote of the Day --

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
~ Rachel Carson

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Cancer survivor, mother of 4, Julie Silver is with us today. In her profession as a physiastrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) she has helped patients recover from a wide variety of injuries and ailments. In today's interview, Julie explains how each and every one of us can become a part of a solid support system for those who are diagnosed with Cancer.

She is the author of 2 books: What Helped Get Me Through – Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope. - & - After Cancer Treatment: Heal Better, Faster, Stronger. Her children are also authors, and have created 2 books titled: Our Mom is Getting Better. - & - Our Daddy's Getting Better. All of these are published through the American Cancer Society. Julie has been on the medical board of Harvard for about 10 years - and offers writer's workshop courses at www.harvardwriters.com

To access today's fascinating interview click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for the link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Cancer Resources --


-- Positive Eco-News !! --

A brand new plastic (polypropylene carbonate) has been invented that is created mainly from Carbon Dioxide! Testing and research on this product has been going on for some time, but it was recently announced that consumers will soon be seeing this product on our shelves. Creating plastic from Carbon Dioxide is expected to help prevent global warming and reduce dependence on petroleum based products.

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

Monday, March 30, 2009

Poetry & writing

-- Quote of the Day --

"Poetry has to be something more than a conception of the mind. It has to be a revelation of nature. Conceptions are artificial. Perceptions are essential."
~ Wallace Stevens

-- Authors Read Radio --

Come listen to poet Lillian Brummet sharing excerpts from Towards Understanding on Authors Read today. Towards Understanding is a collection of 120 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons and finally growing towards understanding of her value & purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding. The reason behind the book was to show other victims of abuse, violence and neglect that they can live a wholesome life without baggage from the past. Second to that Lillian wanted to provide a road-map that showed the healing process that victims go through, letting others know they are not alone. People who are involved with victims can learn what that person is going through or will go through and therefore they might be able to provide a better support system. www.brummet.ca/towards.html

Simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for the Authors Read radio show and click play on today's episode or scroll through the archives to hear others share excerpts from their published work.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2009

society, free solar e-book & more!

-- Quote of the Day --

“…People no longer have to suffer in silence… if you look at the state of the social internet today there are 3 main pillars: the oldest - forums, then blogs, then the behemoth sites like myspace, facebook, etc. The Experience Project is placed right in the middle of these. …Blogging (like journaling) is very therapeutic, I’ve seen studies that show huge benefits… but the blog is public. I’ll use myself for an example: I had a blog, loved it, but then I found out that my mom was reading, then my boss’s wife was reading it and I found myself really curtailing and editing what I was sharing there. But at the Experience Project our members are anonymous so they can really be themselves. You can talk about the things that make you who you are – some of those are triumphs and some of those are challenges …Sometimes we might be lucky enough to have a circle of friends of family who are helpful to a certain extent, but there are a lot of issues that would be taboo to discuss or may lead to gossip, judgment and people treating you differently. Or they’d try to help you and end up not helping you at all. You may be a mother who has Multiple Sclerosis or your husband is deployed in Iraq, or you may be starting a new college… People find a lot of comfort at the Experience Project”
~ Armen Berjikly – Feb 17, 2009

Find this interview Re: the Experience Project Org. with Armen Berjikly via the Conscious Discussions talk radio show link to the right - or via the hyper-links here.

-- Eco - Resources --

- www.freesolarebook.com offers a free solar e-book! From the site: "Thinking about solar power for your home or business? Want more information on how solar power works? Interested in what you can do to help the environment? For a limited time you can get all the answers you are looking for with FREE information from the Real Goods Solar Living Source Book."

- www.bemoreeco.com From the site: "BeMoreEco is the chatty arm of MoreEco.com, the green shopping gateway. We’re interested in all things eco-green, good and ethical for this cosy little planet of ours. What we like best are clever ideas, anything that’s innovative, unique or just plain smart."

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

Friday, March 27, 2009

Eco-events, literacy events & environmental solutions in progress

-- Quote of the Day --

“ …As a business owner you have a responsibility to your shareholders in regards to properly manage the business not only top line revenue but also the costs and part of the costs is waste management. …(Businesses) should engage in a waste management/waste reduction program not because it makes you feel good but also because it has a positive influence on your ability to manage not only your business but your profitability. …The (Renovos) program takes waste from the coffee industry – coffee is the 2nd largest next to oil in the world! Many of these roasters bring in pallets and pallets of these burlap bags of beans. …The main roaster that we have today discards 4-8 tones of burlap a month. So we work with that material (to create products that) …promote the use of reusable products.”
~ Douglas Farquhar – Feb 5, 2009

This interview, with Douglas Farquhar, aired on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on Feb 5, 2009. We focused our discussion on The Business Side of Trash and the Renovos Org. To find the interview simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the radio show's website.

-- Impressive Reforestation Project --

I was intrigued by a notice in the Weekender Newspaper for Forests for Tomorrow 2009 Program (www.forestsfortomorrow.ca), which rehabilitates damaged and threatened forest regions has at least nine projects this year from clearing invasive brush to evaluation programs to tree-planting. I was thrilled to see their ambitious plan of planting more than 700,000 tree seedlings throughout the Kootenay, Boundary and Okanagan regions of BC (Canada).

Thank you Forests For Tomorrow!

-- Conscious Living Events This Weekend --

28th of March:
Location: Global - Earth Hour @ 8:30 PM
More info: www.earthhour.org

30 March - 2 April:
: Florida, (USA) - Annual First Coast Writer’s Festival
More Info: www.fccj.edu/wf

March 31st - April 3rd:
: San Diego, CA (USA) - Arrow Metal Recycling Inc. hosts a free E-waste Collection Event

-- Writer's Resources ! --



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

Thursday, March 26, 2009

another busy day :)

-- Quote of the Day --

"No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking."
~ Ruth Benedict

-- Lillian on Green-T Hour Radio ! --

Dave & I were invited to appear on the Green-T hour radio show with host, Guy Chapman, which airs at 7 PM (Pacific): www.blogtalkradio.com/Green-T-Hour
"Toboa Radio is operated via the Toboa Energy Resources LLC - a renewable energy company with focus on private and commercial electric power resources through the application of wind and solar power. ...Our goal is to help others by empowering the right of life, liberty, and self determination through self reliance and personal awareness." - http://toboaenergy.com

-- Today on Conscious Discussions Radio --

Legally blind from birth and a two-time breast cancer survivor - Donna Hill is a writer, speaker, singer and has 3 albums of original music so far. Her volunteer efforts and speaking engagements help others persevere and understand the importance of breast exams and also the life of a blind person in the US. Donna is also the head of Media Relations for the Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind; and this will be the focus of today's discussion.

Conscious Discussions airs at 10 AM (pacific) and can be found via the hyper-linked show title here, or on the right of this page you'll find a link to the show as well.

-- Support the Brummets --

With Easter just a few weeks away and mother’s day looming just around the corner from that I’d like to remind everyone that if you feel you have enjoyed our radio shows (Conscious Discussions & Authors Read) our blog, newsletter or articles - to please consider our books as a gift for those on your list over the upcoming holidays. By doing so, you are not only supporting the work we do - you are also helping us support some amazing charities.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Our Health directly connected to the Health of this Planet

-- Quote of the Day --

“…The bottom line is there are no guardians. Period. …There is nobody watching over us. We have been lulled into this sense of security… What controls our countries is the almighty dollar; …people are concerned with making larger profits. …You cannot rely on other people to tell you that a product is safe because it is not… Out of 100 products on lining a shelf …I have to plan ahead when I go on vacation so that I can go to a natural health store and by a safe brand (of sun screen). …We don’t have to change our life, we just have to change our brands …Take bread for instance, bread has a lot of chemicals in it. …They’ll have things like potassium bromate, I even saw parabin recently; there is crap in our bread! …You have to go through the whole bread isle read every ingredient and pick the brand that is safe …and that will be your brand. …That’s going to keep you much safer and healthier, just by switching brands - not necessarily mean overhauling your life. …I have a saying that goes: ’2, 4 or 5 and stay alive’; and that refers to plastics. …If you buy say a gallon jug of water – the cloudy jug is made out of a numbe 2 plastic, the clear one is made out of a #1 or #3 – water can only sit in those plastics for 20 min before it has toxins throughout. So it is nice to know that if you buy a jug of water in a cloudy container you might not be killing your kids. ”
~ Teresa Holler – Feb 12, 2009

This quote was taken from an interview with Teresa Holler on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on Feb 12 this year focused on "toxins in everyday products". Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right to find the radio show link.

-- Eco-News --

Re: Cancer – According to an article by Raymond Emsleck in the Weekender newspaper :

The Stop Cancer Now organization has found that toxins in the environment are likely the cause of the increase of cancer across globe. A little research on the internet and one can quickly determine that automobiles, and smoke stacks from industrial, oil and incineration plants are all considered to be top toxin producers. Organics in the landfill are another top concern.

According to the Prevent Cancer Now website (www.preventcancernow.ca) : “Incinerators emit hundreds of pollutants, including carcinogens, into our air, land and water every day. Health Canada says the biggest source of dioxins and furans come from the burning of municipal and medical waste.” This site has a list of resources, action alerts and a newsletter among other informative mediums available there. I encourage everyone to check it out.

-- Eco - Gardening Resource --

Today I'd like to recommend a great resource for learning about the micro and macro biological life in soil:

www.soilfoodweb.ca for Canadians

– or –
www.soilfoodweb.com for the US.

According to their site they "encourage the growth of life in soil, setting free currently unused, profit-making potential. By testing the soil and providing a wide range of detailed lab analysis reports, Soil Foodweb can show you which organisms are present in your soil, how many are present, and whether you have the right kinds working to release the benefits latent in your soil."

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

abandoned dogs & horses - animal rescue

-- Quote of the Day --

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
~ Carl Jung, psychologist

-- Water, Water - Everywhere??? --

Ok, I promise this is the last post that I will do to help honor the World Water Day awareness celebrations that occurred recently. In this short post, I'd like to offer dates to you of special episodes on the Conscious Discussions radio program that focused on water.

July 10, 2007 - Rain Collection Systems
Aug 7, 2007 - Water Conservation in Summer
Jan 10, 2008 - Clean Water-ways
Jan 31, 2008 - Flushable/compostable Infant & Adult Diapers
Feb 26, 2008 - Composting Toilets
July 27, 2008 - Wye Marsh Wildlife Center
Jan 22, 2009 - Desalination Plants: Answer to Water Woes?

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's featured guest: Kristi Jones operates a ranch for abandoned dogs & horses in Southern Missouri (USA). Her book, Stories from Black Dog Ranch, depicts her life with the animals & how everyone needs to know the unconditional love from that comes from wholesome relationships with animals. We will discuss how to choose a rescue dog & how to rehabilitate an emotionally or physically damaged dog. Kristi will explain how the ranch has affected her life & we’ll learn about her book as well.

Airs live today at 10 AM (pacific) - however the interview will be archived and available on our show site for downloading, or listening to. Click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions show link.

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

Monday, March 23, 2009

volunteer, summer conditioning with winter's snow

-- Quote of the Day --

I chose the quote below due to last week's blog posts on conscious eco-travel and stay-cation alternatives:

“…And you don’t have to be a trained teacher by any means… you just need to speak the language. …Whatever you are good at they may branch out to include that, but typically there is very little training involved [in volunteer adventure travel]. …Most of these organizations know how important safety is – in many cases they provide insurance for you. …They are going to lean over backwards to make sure that everything is prepared; you are in their hands. Now it is different if you do your own solo volunteer adventure. I would check the travel safety warnings online, follow heath precautions – you know take the necessary shots, take malaria medication with me, etc. …I tend to go to developing countries where the value of a dollar goes a lot farther. I find them more interesting also. …I am not into buying souvenirs, but I do try to bring back some memory-provoking item such as a shell from a beach, a fossil or something that caught my eye… I have taught travel courses and I being ACE travelers – Adaptable, Curious and Enthusiastic. Because things are never going to be the same as they are at home. …Leaving your preconceptions at home because no matter how much you read up on an area you go there with thoughts in your mind. …Bearing in mind that it so important to try and see things from the eyes of the people there (i.e. arranged marriages). ”
~ Dorothy Conlon – Dec 18, 2008

This Conscious Discussions radio interview with Dorothy aired on December 18, 2008 and focused on Volunteer Adventure Travel To access this interview simply click on the hyper-links in this post, or look to the right for a link to the show.

-- Eco News!! --

The Tokyo Regional Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has undertaken a project to cool airport buildings using the cold water of melted snow at the New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido by 2010. According to the bureau, a mound of snow measuring 100 meters long, 200 meters wide, and 8 to 15 meters tall will be made on site by collecting plowed snow and covering wit insulating material for storage until the following summer. Plans are in now place to create the snow mounds for storage in the winter of fiscal 2009 for the operation to get started. The project is expected to result in a reduction of about 2,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually at the New Chitose Airport by using stored snow for air conditioning, as well as reduction of up to 30 percent of the energy currently used to cool both domestic and international terminal buildings.

How Cool is that !?!

-- Authors Read Radio --

Lisa Mininni is best-selling author, entrepreneur, and cancer conqueror. She is the President of Excellerate Associates, an organizational consulting and developmental coaching company; and Founder of The C Club, that helps individuals reclaim, reshape and renew their life after cancer (the C stands for Conqueror.) – Today on Authors Read, Lisa will be sharing an excerpt from her nonfiction, self-help book: Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change

To access this author's reading simply click on the hyper-linked show title here, or look to the right for a link to the show.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Earth, Water - Health

-- Quote of the Day --

"Our primeval Mother Earth is an organism that no science in the world can rationalize. Everything on her that crawls and flies is dependent upon Her and all must hopelessly perish if that Earth dies that feeds us."

~ Viktor Schauberger

-- World Water Day continues... --

World Water Day happens annually in March on this weekend, some regions celebrate it all week, others celebrate the holiday for one day, usually just Saturday or Sunday. Here, as I mentioned yesterday, we are celebrating this important day of awareness all weekend long.

There are a number of activities we can do to honor of this important day of water awareness. Here’s a great resource that offers numerous tips for reducing wasteful consumption of water: http://lighterfootstep.com/2009/03/weekend-project-reduce-water-waste

It can sometimes be difficult to visualize the importance and direct effect simple conservation efforts can have when we are bombarded with negative information regularly. Lets take a look at what a few changes in the activities around the kitchen sink can do.

Rather than running the tap when cleaning vegetables, use a bowl of water. Later, reuse it to water outdoor plants. Reusing water from rinsing out the coffeepot for outdoor plants, the compost or lawn is something we do all the time. Rich in nitrogen as well as some trace minerals, coffeepots should be diluted with water before using. Choose a different group of plants every day and you may find you no longer have to water or fertilize them very often at all. Cooking water (pasta, steamed vegetables, boiled potatoes etc.) can be used in the same way – just let it cool first. All of these water sources contain extra nutrients that will aid your gardens immensely. Very hot cooking water can be used to kill weeds – simply pour it directly on the weed and around its roots.

After meals, scrape your dishes into the compost bucket before rinsing. While rinsing, place other soiled dishes, jars and utensils underneath while you work; it will begin the presoaking process – reducing labor and water use. Anything caught in the sink basket can be contributed to the compost, too.

Save about 5 gallons of water per washing by doing dishes in a few inches of hot soapy water. It may seem funny to do this - but by turning the hot water tap on to rinse the dishes into the sink the level will slowly increase and will maintain a hot temperature. This way, another sink full of water solely for rinsing is no longer necessary. We sometimes use rinse water to pre-soak stuck on dishes as well.

In the winter, the water from washing or soaking dishes should be left to cool. This way it releases its valuable heat into the home, rather than the sewer. Dishwashers, that are not built-in, allow reuse of the water for pre-rinsing heavily soiled dishes because they drain into the sink. The water can be trapped in the sink, or a soiled pot, where the heat is slowly released into the home, saving energy costs in the winter. Of course, the opposite applies in the summer, when extra heat is not desirable.

Very hot water is not always necessary for all washing and rinsing needs. Usually, by the time we are finished washing our hands, the water is just beginning to warm up – so really, all we have done is heat up our pipes. We can conserve water easily by turning off the tap while lathering hands. The running water is really only necessary for initial wetting, then rinsing – so running water in between is really a waste.

Now, if you measured the amount of water saved each day by those simple methods we just described - there would be dozens of gallons of pure, drinkable water left untouched in the reservoir. By reducing hot water consumption, our energy bills are a little bit smaller. If you are metered for water consumption then you have even more incentive to reduce wasted water.

For more water conservation, and energy reduction, tips – refer to our book Trash Talk. You can see a link on the right that will take you to Barnes & Noble to purchase the book, remember – 30% of the royalties we receive from book sales go to charity.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Water, Water... & authors too!

-- Quote of the Day --

“…That is why it {water} comes down to armed conflict in the end… People feel that strongly about it. And it becomes an ethics issue; deciding if this is an issue of who can afford the water or a basic human right… Everyone has the right to a clean environment and the right to life. And without food, water & shelter you loose your right to life. …It becomes a class verses human rights issue. That is why I advocate Desalination technology - it is not just people along the ocean that can use the technology, people inland can use it too. …Desalination plants take up a lot of area. …It involves the removal of salt from seawater. They can also clean brackish ground water. …One of the oldest {methods of desalination} is simply solar evaporation, which is what they used to use on ships in the old days. Around the world there are at least 1500 that use the distillation (a.k.a. evaporation)… this is a longer process, but …is one of the simpler methods that does not cost much. Reverse Osmosis pumps water with high pressure through membranes. …One of the downsides with desalination methods is the left over salt, and deciding what to do with it. …O-Tech – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion – which uses the warm surface waters for steam and then using the deep, cold currents to condense the steam… which creates clean electricity; in the meantime, the water it is using – it desalinates it; and it creates this rich mari-culture where shrimp and other critters that love those conditions thrive.”
~ Diane Tegarden – Jan 22, 2009

This quote was taken from an interview with Diane on Jan 22, 2009 at the Conscious Discussions talk radio show - our discussions focused on "Desalination Plants - Answer to Water Woes?". Click on the hyper-links here to find Diane's interview or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions radio show link.

-- World Water Day --

Celebrations for World Water Day - officially March 21st this year - are held on this weekend... & we will be celebrating this awareness day all weekend here on this blog. Today, I'll share two fantastic resources & some of the information I gleaned from them. Tomorrow, I'll share some tips anyone can do around their home or office to conserve water & point you to some interviews with experts in this field.

From - http://www.worldwaterday.net :
"In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as "World Water Day" to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide… more than 1 billion people around the world lack clean, safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation services… Sign up to find or start a Walk for Water and to meet others who are passionate about this cause – a strong, symbolic act to demonstrate your support for Action on the world water crisis. We hope you’ll help spread the word and take a moment to lend your voice to this important issue. … The world water crisis is one of the largest public health issues of our time. Nearly 1.1 billion people (roughly 20% of the world’s population) lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of clean, safe drinking water is estimated to kill almost 4,500 children per day. In fact, out of the 2.2 million unsafe drinking water deaths in 2004, 90% were children under the age of five. Water is essential to the treatment of diseases, something especially critical for children. This problem isn’t confined to a particular region of the world. A third of the Earth’s population lives in “water stressed” countries and that number is expected to rise dramatically over the next two decades. The crisis is worst in developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The world water crisis is created by a confluence of factors including climate and geography, lack of water systems and infrastructure, and inadequate sanitation, something that 2.6 billion people (40% of the world’s population) lack access to. Some of these countries have additional problems, including high levels of arsenic and fluoride in drinking water Many women and young girls in rural areas in Sub-Saharan African and other parts of the world must trek as much as six miles everyday to retrieve water for their families. Due to this manual labor, such women and children are prevented from pursuing an education, maintaining their households or earning additional income."

From www.unwater.org: "The world’s 263 trans-boundary lake and river basins include the territory of 145 countries and cover nearly half of the Earth’s land surface. Great reservoirs of freshwater also move silently below our borders in underground aquifers. With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, some foresee a future filled with conflict. But history shows that cooperation, not conflict, is the most common response to trans-boundary water management issues. ...Over the last 60 years there have been more than 200 international water agreements and only 37 cases of reported violence between states over water. We need to continue to nurture the opportunities for cooperation that trans-boundary water management can provide.”

... Be sure to check out their calendar of events at www.unwater.org - for things going on internationally… its very inspiring to see so much going on.

-- Authors Read Radio --

David Michael Slater has always believed in the magic of the written word and has used his own experience as a teacher and scholar to create worlds where children are everyday heroes. David is a highly sought after speaker as well. His writing career began with the production of a one act play - to date he has published 10 books, with at least 6 more in the future… David shares an excerpt from the most recently released book - THE BOOK OF NONSENSE (a finalist for the Association of Booksellers for Children's Best of 2008 list and Cybil Award nominee) on today's broadcast of Authors Read radio.

To access this reading, simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for a link to the show. Then all you have to do is click the play button beside today's segment. :)

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

Friday, March 20, 2009

Stress, Vacations & the Environment

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Being a busy person doesn’t necessarily mean that you are stressed… But when you are living for the next task in the future, you approach your busyness with a loose mind, …you are distracted, you are an inattentive listener, you feel guilty taking time out for yourself – Now we are talking about someone who is stressed. And there is a reason for all this busyness – it means you are escaping the deficits of your own personality. It is an unwillingness to sit quiet because then you would have to confront things like: ‘Why am I not unhappy?’ - ‘Why am I escaping with all this business?’ …I think that society now is facing a change because we are in this recession/depression and it is a terrible thing for people to loose their jobs - and so their identity. But this adversity is here to teach us something – to get back to the core personality. How much do we really need? Is that what defines us?”
~ Debbie Mandel – Feb 10, 2009

This quote was taken from an interview re: "De-stress Your Life" on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. To access the on-demand archived show simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the show.

-- Conscious Travel Ideas (2) --
* as promised here is part 2 of our earlier discussion on eco-vacation alternatives:

With summer sun and greening hills the urge to explore and break away from the mundane redundancy of life settles into our hearts, and we long for that one word “vacation”. Sadly many of us are really suffering from the economic times, which forces us to look closer to home for our time away from work. Those of us who can travel are much more discriminating than we used to be. Where our money is spent is truly a vote as to the direction that we want to see our world go. Here are some easy, eco-friendly and frugal options that anyone can consider while engaging in lots of activities without guilt.

When making any plans for you or your loved ones, consider choosing activities that support responsible ecological and environmental development in that area. Places you might want to explore are orangutan rescue organizations, preserved park-lands and eco-tours.

Be conscious when tossing food out when traveling! You might be conscious of throwing non-organic garbage out the window when traveling, however few people realize the potential consequences of throwing out that apple core or banana peel out the car window. Guilty of this ourselves… up until about 8 years ago, when hiking we would leave the apple cores, watermelon skins and banana peels in the area by tossing them into the forest or placing under a rock, not realizing that we may be attracting bear and other animals to the trail where other people frequent.

According to the Go & Do visitor magazine for the West Kootenay region (2008 issue) foods tossed out of travelers windows can lure animals to the road where they could be hit by cars, potentially causing accidents or damage to vehicles. Their bodies can then attract larger predators and scavengers and the problem then just gets bigger and bigger - all because of one little apple core.

To put this into perspective, down in the southern section of BC – Canada’s western most province - the Wild animal Rehabilitation Center, 80% of the animals treat have injuries sustained from human activity. I learned that information during an interview with a representative from the Wild ARC org Sara Debois on March 27, 2008 on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. (blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscusssions)

Another way we can reduce this tragedy is to reduce speed in areas where wildlife caution signs are posted or near water sources. Create a game with the family and have them keep an eye on the sides of the road to increase the safety. In the evening the eyes of the animals are likely going to reflect the light from the road and will glow a red color. If you see two - or even one glowing dot, you’ll want to slow down right away and be prepared for anything. When you see one, keep in mind that animals will often travel in groups of two or more, so there may be a few more critters lurking around somewhere. Dawn and dusk are particularly dangerous due to the lack of visibility.

Finally, if you do happen upon a deceased animal along a road be sure to call the local conservation officer or drop in to the closest chamber of commerce and let them know so that they can clean it up and prevent a chain of deaths.

-- Authors Read Radio --

* A shout out to Jill Daniel who recommended today's featured guest. :)

Raphael Cushnir author of The One Thing Holding You Back is in to share a portion of his published work with us today. The One Thing Holding You Back is about the power that individuals have to accomplish goals and reach for passions when we use emotional connection within ourselves and in relationship to others. To hear today's featured author share an brief excerpt of his published work click on the hyper-linked show title, or the Authors Read radio show link on your right, and then click on the play button beside today's episode.

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

* support the Brummet's work by purchasing their books & remember, 30% of the royalties from book sales go to charity! (Seeds of Diversity Org., S.P.C.A. & Canadian Wildlife Federation)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Simplify, Green & Write Your Way to Bliss

-- Quote of the Day --
Re: Emotion
"The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity. We have a tendency it seems to over complicate our lives and forget what's important and what's not. We tend to mistake movement for achievement. We tend to focus on activities instead of results. And as the pace of life continues to race along in the outside world, we forget that we have the power to control our lives regardless of what's going on outside."
~ Robert Stuberg

-- Interviews with Lillian --

I was invited to appear on the Toboa radio show on March 26th with host, Guy Chapman, which I believe airs around 7:00 PM (Pacific):

"Toboa Radio is operated via the Toboa Energy Resources LLC - a renewable energy company with focus on private and commercial electric power resources through the application of wind and solar power. As a provider of wind generator and solar systems, Toboa Energy Resources can outfit your farm, home, or business to become less grid energy dependent. Toboa provides system modeling, selection help, site planning and a wide range of unique wind and solar products. Our goal is to help others by empowering the right of life, liberty, and self determination through self reliance and personal awareness." - http://toboaenergy.com
A Writers Journal staff member, Jen Nipps, interviewed Lillian for an advice piece she is doing that focuses on the techniques involved in writing non-fiction, how-to articles. We are not sure when this will be released but are honored to play a small role in this. www.writersjournal.com

-- Why 4 Parts in Trash Talk ? --

I was asked by a reader of our book, Trash Talk, why we chose to divide the book into 4 parts - which I thought was a good question and wanted to share my response here as well.

Part 1 covers Reuse actions that see trash as a resource – we list items commonly found in the trash or recycling bin, list them alphabetically and show reuse ideas for them. Part 2 covers alternative products and activities like organic gardening and water conservation. Part 3 is devoted to every aspect of trees, planting and growing them, and many of the products derived from trees are discussed here as well. Part 4 offers inspiring information and offers hope for this planet. It also shares more than 140 resources. Currently avail as a paperback book for anywhere between $17 and $24 (US), depending on where you go. Personally - I have a preference for our local smaller book store or the Barnes & Nobles online bookstore.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio Show --
Today's guest was unable to make it in so the host, Lillian Brummet, shared positive eco-news that will give listeners hope for the planet. Click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for the link to the Conscious Discussions show.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

eco-travel tips, quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day --

"To the Earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breates on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't got the humility to try. We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us. Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves."
~ Michael Crighton of Jerassic Park

I struggled a bit with the quote of the day - as most of our readers are already aware, I make an effort to use quotes that are uplifting, inspiring or motivational... and this quote is a little on the darker side of things. However, Michael's "powerful rhythm" of crafting the words in this quote really strike a cord with me.

-- Conscious Travel Tips --

In these times of ecomomic strife and environmental concerns, it is no wonder that eco-tours, volunteer travel and stay-cations (staying at home or within their borders) are becoming more popular. JTB Corp., a leading Japanese travel agency, released results of its survey on environmental awareness while traveling. According to the results, 70 percent of respondents are conscious of eco-friendly activities on their trips. There are dozens of things the average individual can do to perpetuate this green travel movement.

When browsing the tourist stations, map or brochure racks refrain from taking too many brochures. Decide which ones you truly want to know more about and leave the rest where they are for others to enjoy. When you have read the materials that you have taken with you, consider leaving them in hotel or restaurant lobbies, waiting rooms or on one of their tables to extend life of product. If, for some reason the material was ruined, be sure that you do place them into the recycling system - it only becomes trash when we send it in the landfill.

Many hotels offer personal products in little baskets throughout their rooms. If you do consume some of these, take the container with you if there is anything left in it that is still useful, because the staff has to throw out anything that has been opened, even if it is barely used. In fact, some fancier hotels are obligated to remove the items whether they were used or not! So in this situation it may be wise to take them and donate them to a homeless shelter, where people can benefit from the smaller sized containers.

Those plastic cups in hotel rooms are both reusable and recyclable… however, you can easily prevent this waste by bringing a reusable cup with you. That same reusable cup can prevent a lot of take out drink containers from ending up at the landfill during any road trip.

Be sure to ask questions when traveling, such as whether the restaurant has environmentally friendly take out food containers & purchase local food or does the hotel use recycled content in their products, if there is in-house recycling available for guests, whether their restaurant employs organic recycling programs, or whether you can rent a hybrid car instead of a regular gas guzzler.

These kinds of actions will inspire businesses and fellow travelers to make more conscious decisions because they see interest in this movement towards positive change.

*Later on next week I'll offer more eco-travel tips on this blog :)

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Eco-events, survey & quote of the day

* Happy ST. PATRICKS DAY, everyone ! :) *

...This year, instead of wearing green, live green ;)

-- Quote of the Day --

"We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view."
~ Mao Tse Tung

-- Eco-survey Results --

"MM Research Institute Ltd., a Japanese marketing research company, released the results of a survey on user's attitude toward green action on October 30, 2008, focusing on consumer monitors of goo Research, the national biggest internet questionnaire service company (1,052 people throughout Japan). Each respondent cited one to three company names in response to the survey. Toyota Motor ranked the highest (24 percent) as a company focusing on the green action. Panasonic Corp. was ranked second (8 percent), and a major Japanese retailer, Aeon Co., was third (7 percent)." * Source: Japan for Sustainability Organization's newsletter

-- Events This Week --

... There is a lot going on this week from the London Book Fair Week (UK), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Regional Trade Show events this week and ST. Patrick’s Day (today). In fact being Small Press Month, you are likely going to see an increase of smaller book and writer related events in your community, so be sure to keep an eye on your local newspaper for announcements.

March 20th is the official first day of spring here in Canada, and as such I feel it is time to start up the Positive Eco-News and Sunday Gardening segments of our Conscious Discussions show... Starting in April we will begin scheduling these broadcasts once again. Watch for announcements in our next issue of Brummet's Monthly (our opt-in newsletter). To sign up for the monthly newsletter simply send us an email - which you can find via: www.brummet.ca - and request to be added to the mailing list for the newsletter. * Next issue will be sent out between March 27th & 30th.

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's featured guest on Conscious Discussions talk radio show was unable to call in - which opened the opportunity to provide a Positive Eco-News episode instead. :)

Host, Lillian Brummet, award winning poet & author, shares inspiring environmental news, new technologies, positive actions being embraced by communities around the globe & more!
Simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions radio show.

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

Monday, March 16, 2009

eco-survey & chatter :)

-- Quote of the Day --

“(Writing and film) have something in common, which is they have the concept of a story line there is a narrative. …You can’t really describe it to people who don’t get it. One of my favorite quotes is: ‘Do you hear the music?’ It is something you cannot describe to someone who is not a writer innately. …You have to have something to say and you have to a strategy about how you are going to say it and strategy has to be something other people will be interested in. …One of the things about the documentaries I did – I wanted to KNOW, I really wanted to know. …When you interview people you realize that they were saying so much more than with words, with their body, with the way their eyes moved…there were voice inflections… but I think inherently it takes a writer to see there is a story.”
~ Nancy Fulton – Dec 11, 2008

Check out the interview with Nancy Fulton re: "Transition from Writing to Film" on the Conscious Discussions archived interviews under the heading "On Demand Episodes" - by clicking on the hyper-linked show title in this blog or via the link located on the right side of this page.

-- Chatter --

Well, I'm busily putting the outlines for April's Conscious Discussions radio show's line up and have just completed Authors Read radio's line up for April. Once I finish this, hopefully today or tomorrow, I'll put together April's newsletter - which will be sent out to our list of opt-in readers somewhere between the 25th and the 30th of March.

Being tax season, Dave is stuck with the chore of getting everthing ready for our accountant - hopefully we can file this week. Dave has had some health issues which has affected his ability to go to work, however by having him around the home office for a few extra days he was able to get a some paperwork, editing and reviewing done - in little bouts since staying in any one position is excrutiating for him at the moment. He is doing better however and we expect that he'll be back working for the "man" in a few days.

Today is housecleaning/office tidying day so between that, today's radio show & taking care of our two dogs, most of the day is already gone. I will be contacting my publisher for Purple Snowflake Marketing today to see how the new edition's publication status is coming along - The last I heard the book would be coming out before the end of this month, so as you can probably imagine I am getting pretty excited... and nervous ! lol So hopefully I'll have an announcement for you soon :)

I hope to receive a confirmation of interest from another publisher who has expressed interest in doing audio and e-book formats of our first two books - Trash Talk & Towards Understanding... so I'll let you all know as soon as I find out. I am very excited about the opportunity to have these in e-book format in particular & on Amazon.com's kindle program as well. I can hardly wait to announce their availability in this format. Until then, however, all three of our books can be purchased in their first edition format via the links on the right hand side of this blog, or see our site for ordering info. ...And of course, no matter what format the books are in, we still donate 30% of the royalties we receive from booksales to charity (see our site for more info: www.brummet.ca)

-- Authors Read Radio Show --

Poet Stephen Redic has a new book called Out of the Rain. It is a collage of stories about nature, war, and even the greatness of McDonalds. His work comes alive when read out loud. Stephen tells me that poetry gives him a sense of solitude and excitement. He enjoys questioning life and taking leaps of faith, however he will not hesitate to retreat to his secluded home in the forests of New Hampshire to ponder life experiences. Out of the Rain: Conversations with spaces between leaves is Redic’s first book. Stephen is supported by his devout wife, Pat; and they reside in New Hampshire where he is surrounded by trees and the sounds of wind. We have the pleasure of hearing today’s author reading about a dozen poems today – click on the link to your right to find today's broadcast :) or this one here: Authors Read

-- Scout Organization's Silent Auction --

Timothy Snow - Assistant Scout Master - in Santa Clarita, CA (USA): invited us to participate in their silent auction fundraiser event happening on March 27, 2009. Dave and I are proud to participate and support the organization's wonderful legacy by donating a copy of our environmental book: Trash Talk to the silent auction fundraising event.

-- Forum for European Journalism Students --

From 2-7th April journalists from 25 different countries will come to the University of London (UK) to learn techniques in new technology from the likes of the BBC, Press Association, Northcliffe News & more. Both local and national press following the event along with delegates & speakers, this is sure to be an exciting event for writers & members of the media.

Dave & I are proud to support this event by donating 150 bookmarks as contributions to the "Thank You" gift bags that will be distributed to the participants who make the event possible. *Dave designed the bookmarks based on his award winning photography collections - They are created from 100% recycled content materials & printed locally (here in BC, Canada) with all veggie inks (most soy inks still contain some petroleum product). The bookmarks measure 2X7 inches & have a background imagery of Canadian nature along with covers for our three books & our website address.

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

Sunday, March 15, 2009

unemployment - an opportunity ... & reuse tips that save money

-- Quote of the Day --

“I don’t know if our parents can truly understand [employment downsizing]. …I think it is very interesting to see how my kids react. …They know they will be switching companies, to them it is a fact of life. For my parents generation – that thought just didn’t happen. For our generation – the boomers - it is really a mixture; I think we thought we were going to stay with the same company and in fact it does not happen like that. So I think we are kind of a combination of those. …This is the time when the universe is hitting you upside the head…to do what you are meant to do on this Earth. What I am doing now I am very happy with even though I am not making as much money as before, I am much happier and more myself. …It is a way of rediscovering yourself. …I looked at what I was doing that I enjoyed without getting paid for it, and worked with that. …Fear is the biggest thing that puts you down, in fact I think everything is driven by fear and once we let that go life can be very rewarding.”
~ Steve Mayfield – Dec 16, 2008

This week I have been finding myself exhausted by around 5 or 6 PM and have been breaking my own rule and started watching the news and ET - simply out of wanting something to stare at and not think for a while. It is no surprise to find that the news hour continues to perpetuate depressing topics... and the other show, well it is nothing short of ridiculous. But back to the original thought - the news has been reporting a huge increase in unemployment. Now much of this is due to seasonal jobs which start up again in just a few months, so traditionally we would see an increase of unemployment this time of year with a better outlook in the Spring. With that in mind, we all know there is a shift going on in society and as with any shift there will be a period of upheaval as we all settle into the change.

Already we are seeing a vast increase in demand for green technology, medical and environmental sciences and service sectors (for the elderly). Single proprieter businesses (owner is the only employee) are popping up regularly offering the individual control over their schedule and security. Each of these fields offer numerous opportunities to have an positive impact with our careers - rather than being another number that punches a time card - and this opens a whole new life of meaning, a feeling of having value and purpose in life.

So we can look at these changing times that we are facing as a horrible, heartless event... or we can embrace the change and use the opportunity to pursue our dreams and follow our bliss (as Joseph Campbell, reknowned mythologist, so often said).

I encourage our blog readers to check out the interview with Steve Mayfield, the author of the quote of the day, which aired on December 16, 2008 on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Simply click on the hyper-linked show title here and look for the archives listed according to the month that they aired - OR - click the link for December 16th's interview with Steve Mayfield here: Downsizing is Rebirth.

-- Conscious Living Tips --

- Bring a few soap pieces into the shower with you, when they are softened, they can be pressed together forming a new bar of soap.

- Both the uses of digital cameras and getting film on CD rather than printed reduce chemicals, paper and cost. Digital cameras reduce the use of flashes and extends the life of the batteries in the camera.

- Donate any used magazine, periodicals and newsletters to the library, office waiting rooms, shelters, laundry mats, staff coffee rooms, hospitals and hotels. Once the address label for subscribers is peeled or cut off, anonymity is guaranteed.

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

Saturday, March 14, 2009

eco-resources, quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day --

“…We do need to switch the way we produce energy… but what resonates about our message is that we can spend all our time yelling and arguing about what we can do to produce energy – or we can do things that give our life a richer tone and also take less energy so that we do not need to produce that energy in the first place. …You know, you wash with cold water, you can save as much as 80% of your washing bill, because heating water is so energy intensive. Hang laundry on a line and you save even more money. …The dryer is an incredibly energy intensive appliance, the second biggest in the household – only the refrigerator is higher. …The dryer is responsible for as much as 10% of North America’s energy consumption. …Generally the commercial washing outfit, where someone is in business to make money by washing someone’s clothes, they are going to purchase the most energy and water efficient model available, because their machines tend to be in use 5-10 times a day. …For sure, it is more efficient to do your laundry at a commercial outfit, as long as the transportation involved in doing this doesn’t negate the savings. …In the US alone 99 million dollars of property dollars from dryer fires every year.... So that is a pretty high economic toll in terms of carbon footprint and also in terms of dollars and lives…”

~ Alexander Lee 07/08/08

I adore this quote that was gleaned from an interview with Alexander Lee who was on Conscious Discussions talk radio show to represent the Project Laundry List organization. I encourage you to check out this very informative archived interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here or looking to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. When you get there, simply look to the right for the archives, choose September, 2008 and click the play button beside Alexander's interview. It really is as easy as that - and it is free! :)

-- Positive Conscious Living Resources --

Urban Green Girl
is a wonderful site managed by Carmen (a.k.a. "urban green girl") that offers readers a way to learn about green lifestyle options for urban dwellers - This blog aims to tackle the everyday problems we face at an individual level, from the products we buy and the food we eat, to the ingredients we put on our body, how we consume and how we clean. www.urbangreengirl.com

Lions Led By Sheep is a fantastic blog managed by Steve Lee exploring environmental, conservation, and human rights issues - www.LionsledbySheep.com

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

Friday, March 13, 2009

Green business & renovation tips - writing tip...

-- Quote of the Day --

March is Small Press Month and as promised I'll be sharing writer-related quotes and tips throughout the month of March here on this blog; Today's is taken from an interview with Katherine Scherer on the Conscious Discussions Show, which aired on March 17, 2008. The focus of this interview was embracing the power of gratitude in our lives, however as a published author Katherine was able to impart the following tip for writers:

“…What will the final cost of the book be? If they (publisher) cannot answer that question I would be hesitant to go ahead. Because books are priced by how many pages, etc and if you get your book priced to sell you are never (going to make a profit)… It doesn’t matter who publishes it, you will be the one responsible for marketing the book….”
~ Katherine Scherer 03/17/08

To access this interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title or click on the link on the right side of this page for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show... when there, click on the archives listed for March 2008 and go from there.

-- Conscious Living Tips --

When you are doing renovation or construction - and this applies to your business especially - be sure to post the environmental aspects to your project where the public can see them. By doing so you are stimulating discussion on green construction and interest in your business will accellerate - People really want to support businesses that are making efforts for a healthier planet. Because people are talking about your efforts, they will then be more inclined to consider green options in their own renovation projects... But most especially you will be directly influencing your competitors and others in the business community.

Earlier in the week I wrote a post that got a lot of responses from our readers - and I do appreciate all the wonderful comments I receive from the blog readers! So anyway, I thought I would share a few more interesting tid-bits that I found from the greenofficemakeover.com website:
- · American consumers receive 41 pounds of junk mail per year.

- · More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail * our book, Trash Talk, shows ways on how to eliminate junk mail in a very short time.

- · Paper usage is rising by around 20% every year, with the average office worker using approximately 50 sheets of paper every day in the typical office.

-- Authors Read --

Today's guest, Dr Joan Hangarter, is the founder of The Miracle Makers Club - and the author of The Miracle Makers Club, Live The Prosperous and Soul Free Life That You Deserve Today, which she shared a portion of today on Authors Read radio. Simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for the link to the Authors Read radio show.

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

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Consicous resources, quote & interview about law enforcement

-- Quote of the Day --

"Every walk to the woods is a religious rite, every bath in the stream is a saving ordinance. Communion service is at all hours, and the bread and wine are from the heart and marrow of Mother Earth."
~ John Burroughs

-- Conscious Discussions --

An award-winning, nationally published journalist, Daniel P. Smith left his career as a high school teacher behind in 2004 to pursue the writing life. Less than five months removed from the classroom and 23 years old, Smith teamed with Lake Claremont Press to pen On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department, his first book and one inspired by his roots in a Chicago Police family. On top of all of this Daniel is also a noted speaker and is presently working with photographer and fellow Chicagoan Brian Palm to share the stories and images of Chicago's fading buildings. Daniel also serves on the Chicago Writer Association's board of directors. It was a sincere pleasure listening to all the advice and technical know-how that today's guest shared for the world of writing.

To hear today's archived interview, simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in this post or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. When you get there simply click on the play button to hear today's interview.

-- Conscious Living Resources --

Your Green Friend - this blog offers new innovative technology for greening the planet; everything from low-flow showerheads and downspout rain pillows (instead of rain barrels), to US tax credits and eco-electronics.

In Line Behind Me - Jesse (owner) has created an inspiring site that shows us that "sometimes it just takes a cup of coffee to change the world". You'll want to make time for this site, and perhaps bookmark it so that you can share your own story.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Finding peace & leaving a legacy: It's your choice

-- Quote of the Day --

“You have faced the worst; you have had cancer – now prepare for the best. Get on with your life! …The whole thing is don’t wait for tomorrow. …Make the best of the day,
get on with it and prepare for the best.”
~ Bobbie DeCordova-Hanks 03/20/08

Today's quote was taken from an interview on Conscious Discussions on March 20, 2008 with Bobbie DeCordova-Hanks. During this interview we discussed how we can overcome adversity, finding peace with chronic illness and making the most of our remaining days on this planet. To access this interview simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. From there look for the archives in March, 2008 to find this interview.

-- Positive Eco-News --

There is nothing worse than seeing garbage blowing down the street of your neighborhood, or finding broken shards of glass at the local swimming hole where children play. Wildlife is just as vulnerable to garbage and many have lost their lives after becoming tangled in waste or mistaking garbage for food. It is up to each of us to make an effort to minimize this unsightly, and sometimes hazardous, problem.

Animals, wind and traffic breezes put legs to loose garbage and are able to distribute it great distances from the original source. The first thing that we can do to prevent this is to ensure trashcan and dumpster lids are secure. Metal and plastic trashcans are more preventative than bags - leaving a bag out over night or even for several hours, is an enticing invitation for stray animals to wreak havoc. When taking a load to the dump, be sure that it is securely covered by tightly tying a tarp over the load with some rope or bungee cords.

Carry plastic shopping bags on your walks to clean up litter that you find along the way. Often, people are rewarded for their efforts by the deposits returned from bottles and cans. Many recycling depots offer donation opportunities - the value of your returnables can go to any charity including the SPCA, Victims of Violence, the local food bank and more. And remember that anyone noticing your efforts will tell others and may also begin taking up the same habit once they realize the impact it has.

Report any dumping you witness, whether it was done illegally or accidentally - just get the license number and leave the rest to the officials. Also, report any site where garbage has been left by others. These problems can be reported to the local city, highway, public works or conservation office. Ask them to arrange for it to be cleaned up.

By doing these relatively small actions, we prevent contamination and injuries to people or wildlife in the area. When separating recyclable items, we keep a valuable resource out of the landfill. In addition, we maintain a pristine environment for citizens, tourists and wildlife to enjoy. We can all take pride knowing that by keeping garbage in its place, we are making the world just a little better for everyone.

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Brain Awareness Week & Bicycles for Plus-Size People

-- Conscious Discussions --

President of Super Sized Cycles, Joan Denizot, shares how plus-sized people now have the opportunity to access bicycles that easily support heavier weight, while providing a comfortable and safe ride - encouraging healthy lifestyles rather than undermining their efforts. Did you know that 1/3 of the US population is obese... and another 1/3 is overweight? Similar numbers can be found for the UK, Australia and Canada. Super Sized Cycles allows bicyclists of all sizes and physical abilities to do their part to improve the environment and save money on commuting while spending time with their family and friends and improve their health.

Find out more by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for the link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Click "play" beside today's episode...

-- Events this Week --

This week we are celebrating - Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an international campaign that began in 1996, this week is dedicated to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

Writing and reading are two simple activities that play a large role in brain health. Stretch your mind by reading a book that focuses on a genre you don't usually read - the change alone can challenge the mind to think differently. Alternatively, try evaluating the book by writing mini-reviews (which can range anywhere from one-to-a-dozen sentences in length). You can post these on various bookstores (like Barnesandnobel.com for instance), or join a book club online (like goodreads.com) and share your opinion of the book there.

Journaling is yet another great way of challenging the mind... and it has been proven that journaling can measurably improve one's immune system. Try writing little poems instead and gradually increase the poem's size as you gain comfort in your ability with the pen. Crosswords and puzzle magazines, or those that can be found free online or in newspapers are very challenging for the mind as well. In keeping with this week's Brain Awareness celebrations I've chosen the quote below for today's post...

-- Quote of the Day --

"Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill."
~ Edmund Morrison

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

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