Thursday, April 30, 2009

Events, Business Initiatives & Interviews!

** Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw! **
We are looking for 5 winners: 3 bottles herbal migraine/arthritis pain relief, personalized coaching program & set of inspirational cards...Email: with “prize” in the subject line. Deadline: Sunday morning - May 3rd.

-- Bragging Rights --

I’d like to brag a little and let you know that a new book is out that includes an interview and information about our 2 radio shows and this is called: Talk Radio Wants You – An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited
Visit: or

-- Important Eco/Conscious Events --

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (Canada) - April 26 to May 2, 2009 "An opportunity to raise awareness about victim issues and about the programs, services and laws in place to help victims of crime and their families. Communities across Canada will be hosting activities to raise awareness and to promote services available locally for victims of crime and their families."

1st annual Mother Earth Celebration - Saturday, May 2nd, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Pacific) Location: YogaWorks, Costa Mesa, CA - "An evening of music, art, food & refreshments, yoga and massage - all ages welcome."

Cultivating Food Justice Conference - Saturday May 2 starting @ 8 am Pacific
San Diego City College, Park Blvd & A St, San Diego CA
A FREE conference for everyone! A full day of hands-on workshops and discussions to empower local communities to build sustainable and affordable food systems that maximize self-reliance and social justice. Everything from food production, waste reduction, rain water harvesting, and solar alternatives will be presented. Free food, kid's activities & entertainment - Register @

-- Interview with Lillian airs today ! --

Rape Declaration Forum Radio Show, hosted by Rebecca Myles - "This month we talk to Lillian who took her rage and hurt about rape and wrote it into her poetry. We will include three of her poems in the broadcast." Rape Declaration Forum is a call-in live radio broadcast, which allows the abused to freely relate their stories to a wide and diverse audience over the airwaves in the New York region, and globally on the internet. Airs live on April 30 @ 99.5 FM WBAI (New York City) and will be archived online -

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's Conscious Discussions radio show focuses on how businesses and homes can utilize Positive, Proactive, Conscious Eco-News The live broadcast airs today @ 10 a.m. (pacific) and will be archived for your convenience. Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions radio show.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

quote & updates :)

-- Quote of the Day --

"For the sake of future generations, we must collect and study the wild and weedy relatives of our cultivated plants as well as domesticated vegetables. These sources are dangerously neglected. The future will not be so tolerant. We cannot afford to ignore any source of the gene pool."
~ Jack R. Harlan, Professor Emeritus

-- Up-Dates & Chatter -

I have just updated our myspace blog which gives you our schedule one week at a glance, which you can find at:

My newsletter - Brummet's Monthly - just went out yesterday: check out all the prizes we have in May! I hope that some of you can join me at the interviews throughout May and June :) Brummet's Monthly is an opt-in e-newsletter that goes out during the last week of every month. Simply email me asking to be on the list if you'd like receive the newsletter:

Our 2 radio shows have recently had all of May's episodes available for our listeners to browse through to see what is coming up. Simply click on the links to the right to find the sites for these 2 shows.

Now, yesterday on Conscious Discussions, we had some slight sound issues - a ticking sound - that was likely caused by the weather system in our area. We do apologize for any inconvenience. Similar technical issues kept us from airing Sunday Gardening segments recently. Such is the way with technology :) The next Sunday Gardening segment airs on May 3rd.

Tomorrow I'll likely get to our Book Tour site to register all the happenings that are going on in May.

Well, I'm off to the garden :) Thanks for dropping by - and don't forget to enter this week's draw for 5 great prizes! Scroll below for info on this week's contest...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

recycling tires, save the frogs day & eco-vacations

-- Eco-Event ! --

Save The Frogs Day - April 28th, 2009

Frog populations have been declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and up to 200 species have completely disappeared in recent decades. In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of frogs, the scientific community has declared April 28th, 2009 the 1st Annual 'Save The Frogs Day'. Please get involved and help spread the word! Save The Frogs Day is a perfect time for teachers and students to focus on amphibian conservation, learn about amphibian extinctions, and discuss ways that we can all contribute to amphibian conservation efforts.

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's episode focuses on Eco-Vacations & Clean Green Spaces: Sheryl Kayne – is a syndicated columnist, radio & TV personality, travel workshop facilitator & consultant and the author of 4 books. Today we will be learning about Leave No Trace ethics to employ when enjoying green spaces, we’ll hear about immersing our lives into experiencing new things, and discover terms like Immersion Travel and Volunteer Tourism. Discover some insider’s tips on the world of writing, and more!

Catch the show live at 10 a.m. (pacific) or access the archive at your convenience, simply click on the hyper-link here or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

* Don't forget to enter this week's draw for 5 winners:
We have 5 prizes this week ... 3 prizes offered by - Wolfgang's Oleo MenthaTM: a distilled etheric oil, kills ARTHRITIS PAIN AND MIGRAINE PAIN in minutes. 3 winners = total prize value of $60 (US Funds). One winner for a full set of 75 Inspirational Cards from Journey 2 Joy~Personal Development For Busy People, from Sheila Steplar; a $35 value (US Funds). --- AND --- one prize of a personalized business or personal coaching program: 90-day "Hit the Mark" program - a $748 value (US Funds). from Joe Palmer.Listen to Conscious Discussions intro to find out how to enter to this draw.

-- Eco-News --

When a tire is recycled, we see rubber, steel, fiber and sometimes fuel as resulting materials. Recycled tires are a wonderful and desirable material for companies who create soaker hoses for irrigating gardens and landscaping or roofing tiles, curb stops, and mats for playgrounds or industrial applications. The residuals of the tire recycling industry are often sent to waste to energy plants or bio-refineries. According to Recycling Product News magazine, tire recycling residuals might provide a solution to oil and gas spills – tire fibers from the recycling industry have been incorporated into a special filter that has proven to be effective at soaking up the waste from these types of spills. The used filter is then steamed, to remove excess water or soil, and is then used as a replacement for sand and gravel in the production of a lightweight concrete product that can be colored and pre-cast into many different finishes for a variety of applications.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

-- Quote of the Day --

Re: equality & a healthy society
…These (Super-Sized Cycles brand) bikes can hold up to 550lbs. …The tricycles are great for older clients (and those with physical limitations) they might have had a stroke or something… so these are very safe, you don’t have to worry about balance. …Electric assist bikes means that there is a motor to carry the rider, but you also peddle. It is more of a regular, consistent workout – and you ride faster. …1/3 of the United State’s population is obese, another 1/3 are overweight – and this is similar to most English speaking countries… even in countries where you wouldn’t necessarily think because they are not necessarily well off. …There is a huge problem with the overweight in this world …I am concerned with assisting these people to live the life that they have got. …I think it is so important for us to be able to do what a non-heavy person can do. …I think people don’t realize the ways in which fat people are discriminated against – unless you live it you won’t see it. …I just decided that bikes needed to be out there – People should be able to do whatever they want to do. Bike exercise is one of the best exercises non weight bearing, takes pressure off joints and allows the person to travel fast – and it is fun!
~ Joan Denizot – March 10, 2009

-- This Week's Prizes --

We have 3 prizes this week offered by Wolfgang Schmidt of - Wolfgang's Oleo MenthaTM: a distilled etheric oil, kills ARTHRITIS PAIN AND MIGRAINE PAIN in minutes. 3 winners = total prize value of $60 (US Funds).

Enter the draw by emailing me via - put prize in the subject line.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009


I'd like to just let our radio listeners and blog readers know that the Sunday Gardening segment for this morning was canceled - due to my not feeling well. One must look after ones health... For the same reason I am keeping the blog post brief today. Please do feel free to visit my site and find excerpts from our books, information about our radio shows, more than one hundred free resources & articles at

-- 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

Saturday, April 25, 2009

eco-events this week & featured radio guest of the day

-- Eco-Events --

This week we have been asked to share a number of Eco-events with our readers:

April 26-30: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Convention and Exhibition Location Mandala Bay Resort & Casino - Las Vegas, NV -

April 27-30 - biocycle conference, sandiego at Town & country resort. -

April 28-May 1st: Annual Carpet America Recovery Effort Conference Location National Conference Center; Lansdowne, VA -

-- Prize Draw Deadline --

This week's prize deadline is tomorrow. See previous posts for more information on how to enter to win nearly $800 in prizes!

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's featured guest on the Authors Read radio show is Sheila Steplar, author of Journey to Joy - which she shares an excerpt from today. The show was originally scheduled to air at 9 a.m. (pacific) this morning but we had some technical issues that delayed the show. It will air live at 11 a.m (pacific) and will be archived for anyone who can't make the live reading. Simply click look to the right for the link to the Authors Read radio show.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

bio-fuel, positive eco-news & today's marketing opportunities

** There's still plenty of time to enter this week's draw - scroll through previous posts for more info...

-- Quote of the Day --

Mark Tewart joined us in December, 2008 to discuss his views on today's marketing opportunities:

“I think it is tremendous, even more so in today’s economy, because people are thinking they don’t have a budget, that there is too much out there and that people are not going to listen right now. …The first thing is to acknowledge that there is a vast market out there for your product. Business people are bombarded by news of the economy and are wanting to cut, cut, cut – but the reality is that if you want to grow you cant cut your way there. Especially now - and you have to think of terms of growth and that involves marketing in a effective, responsible manor. …They are practicing “one stage marketing” – meaning radio commercial, display ad that says: ‘Come buy from me’. What we like to do is to do is 2-5 stage marketing… I might run a much smaller ad, maybe even a classified ad, offering a free special report – outlining how that report will help them. Or maybe the ad will direct them to a 1-800# recorded message line that offers free information and directs them to your site to get the free special report. …This is a much cheaper, but very effective and highly targeted way of marketing. The old school way of advertising is incredibly dead right now.”
~ Mark Tewart – Dec 23, 2008

To access this archived discussion on how to Explode Sales Responsibly - simply click on the hyper-linked show title here, or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Positive Eco-News --

Poland has come up with a very interesting recycle system that can turn waste grass such as wet straw and moldy hay into a biomass fuel. Several units have been operating in Poland successfully garnering them interest from all over the world. There are also applications in place for turning grasses into a cellulose material that would be converted into paper products.

Interestingly there is a bio-harvester recently designed to simultaneously feel, chip and collect small diameter woody biomass - which can be used to produce bio-energy or fuel for wood stove pellet production, among other uses. The applications of this harvester include fire control, field edge control from wild species, creek and river bed clearance and also trail maintenance.

Canada is also looking at bio-fuel inventions as an opportunity to use waste wood more efficiently from the forest and wood processing industries, but also from the damage caused by the Pine Beetle that has been devastating large portions of evergreen forests.

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries recently announced that it has chosen Akita Prefecture from among applicants as a location to conduct a model project utilizing soft cellulose. The model project aims to conduct verification tests to establish a technology for production of bio-ethanol made from soft cellulose biomass, such as rice straw and husk, that do not compete with food supply.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today, I've put together a 1/2 hour episode full of inspiring environmental news, new technologies, positive actions being embraced by communities around the globe & more! Join me today live at 10 a.m. (pacific) and stop into the chat room while you are there. Or access the archived episode at your convenience. Find the Conscious Discussions show via the hyper-link here or look to the right for a link that will take you to the show.

...And don't forget to enter our contest this week! The deadline is Sunday :)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

plastic-eating mold?

-- Quote of the Day --

"See simplicity in the complicated.
Achieve greatness in little things."
~ Lao-Tzu

... don't forget...

Enter this week's draw for 2 prizes (estimated value totals nearly $800, US funds) by emailing me ( and tell me any eco-activity you have done during a vacation or day off... cleaned up a trail, helped in a community green space creation project, took reusable containers full of food and refreshments to the beach... chose earth-friendly picnic ware etc. Details about the prizes can be found in yesterday's blog post, or on the Conscious Discussions radio show.

-- Positive Eco-News --

Now here is an interesting eco-discovery for you! - Japan's National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences announced on October 22, 2008, that it had discovered a variety of mold that lives gramineous plant that can effectively decompose biodegradable plastics. This mold, isolated from barley leaves, excretes a highly concentrated splitting enzyme into its culture fluid. The institute observed that 91.2 percent of multi-purpose agricultural film made of biodegradable plastic (by weight) was decomposed within six days after the produced enzyme liquid was sprayed on the film.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

contests & prizes... & meaningful vacations

-- Eco Events this Week --

April 19-26 – 20th annual EarthFair traditionally held in Balboa Park, the largest free environmental fair that attracts 70,000 people or more.

April 20-25th - Paris-France Intermat 2009 at the Paris-Nord Exhibition Center:

April 23rd – between 10 – 2 p.m. (pacific) there will be an Earth Fair held at the Gorton Quad building (center of campus) located at the center of the San Diego City College – this event is sponsored by the City College Environmental Stewardship Committee… & will have lots of activities from art and photography contests, garden demonstrations, tours, yoga and meditation workshops, dancers, live music and more.

-- Win a Copy of Trash Talk !!

Castilla, owner of SMS Book Reviews Blog, will post a review of the Brummet's book Trash Talk on Earth Day, April 22nd. The blog will also host a contest for their readers for Trash Talk as well - Dave & I wish all the contestants luck in the contest & are thrilled to play a role in the SMS Book Reviews Blog Earth Day celebrations! For more info click on the hyper-links here or visit:

-- Conscious Travel Opportunities --

On today's Conscious Discussions episode, I will be sharing information on how to prevent harm to wildlife, preserve green spaces and accelerate the "greening" of the hospitality industry. Learn conscious travel and vacation alternatives, discover the meaning behind terms like: eco-vacation, eco-tours, volunteer tourism, or stay-cation. Tune into the live broadcast this morning at 10 a.m. (Pacific) for an hour of positive and proactive information; call in and share your ideas or join in the live chat room to share your thoughts there. Alternatively, you can easily access the archived episode any time of the day simply by clicking on the hyper-links here or by looking to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions radio show.

-- This Week's Prizes !! --

We have 2 prizes - a set of 75 Inspirational Cards (an estimated $35 value) from Journey 2 Joy ~ Personal Development For Busy People from Sheila Steplar:
Sheila appeared on the Authors Read radio show on April 25th for the Journey to Joy episode.


A 90-day "Hit the Mark" Program (an estimated $748 value). Discover key issues that may be blocking your success, prompt positive changes that have a lasting effect, define tangible goals and pursue who you were meant to be. This program comes with personalized assignments and email support from a professional coach - Joe Palmer:
Joe appeared on the Conscious Discussions radio show on April 2nd for the Be Who You Were Meant 2 Be episode.

Find out how to enter the draw for these prizes by listening to either Tuesday or Thurday's broadcast on Conscious Discussions talk radio show this week.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

writing, literacy, poetry & green publishing...

-- Quote of the Day --

“…There are one billion adults in the world who cannot read at all… not even a simple sentence that involves things in their daily life – we want to help those adults learn new ways of farming or to learn how to take care of their children’s health. …The skills that people take away from school (in developed countries) are not matching the demand for the jobs available today. …So our standards have gone up here in Canada and the US, but the education has not. …We have designed the Literacy Bridge device so that it comes in four plastic pieces and a circuit board with 3 screws holding it together – we’ve made it so that someone in a very rural area can …develop a business and service these devices by swapping parts. …The content can come from large organizations far away… but really what is our focus is content that is created locally with local language. …These areas have no electricity, no running water, and very bad roads…That’s were we go, we find out who are organizations that are serving these areas the best… for instance it might be someone from the health clinic who teaches …how to prevent malaria. We know that it is very expensive to reach these remote areas, the costs of fuel and damage to the vehicle and when they get there not everyone is able to be present – and those that do attend might forget later …so we approach them and share our device’s ability to share this information – or in the case of literacy, allowing people to learn how to read by pairing up the audio with the text.”
~ Cliff Schmidt – Feb 24, 2009

Today's quote was taken from an interview on the Conscious Discussions radio show with Cliff Schmidt as the featured guest - during this discussion we focused on the Literacy Bridge Organization. To access this interview simply click on the hyperlinks here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions homepage.

-- Recommended Resource --

Poetic Monthly Magazine has a staff of over 30 writers and book reviewers. The magazine welcomes poets & writers to submit short stories, poetry or query the hosts of their radio show with your work or find a reviewer for your published poetry book. Subscribers can enter to win on of as many as ten draws per month to win copies of books the magazine has reviewed. Go to:

-- Positive Eco-News --

In keeping with the topic today, I thought of this bit of information that I've been saving to share with you here:

Toyo Ink Mfg. Co., a leading Japanese printing ink manufacturer, recently announced that it had developed a "rice ink" - a printing ink using rice bran oil, for practical use.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009


-- Quote of the Day --

“…If I don’t write, things just don’t feel right. I love being immersed in words, I’ve always had an overactive imagination and find myself asking “what if…?”. Which can get me in trouble sometimes, I’ll send stuff to my agent and she’ll say ‘No-no, no’. (she giggles). …When I was first starting out as a writer the people around me were not very understanding. …It can be very difficult when you have to explain that you can’t bake 250 cupcakes for the PTA and you are in the middle of a book. …And I still get that after all this time - from family members even: ‘Well Michael’s home all day, sitting around doing nothing’ (she laughs). Re: Finding a balance: It is always a daily struggle for me; the meals suddenly become simple, and my hair is lucky to get combed and I may not shop for groceries as much as I should.
~ Michael West – Feb 3, 2009

This quote of the day was taken from an interview with Michael West on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, Feb 3 2009 - in this interview we focused on The World of Writing. The archived interview is easily accessed by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the show...

*Today is the 2nd of 3 days that I am supposed to be out of the office... an office holiday. I am still, obviously, maintaining the blog with brief daily bits of info... all will be back to normal on Tuesday. :)

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

quote of the day :)

-- Quote of the Day --

"Extinction does not only apply to giant pandas or tigers or exotic species that dwell in the Rainforests. Vegetables can go extinct too and when our food goes extinct then we follow."
~ The Henry Double Day Research Association, England

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Friday, April 17, 2009

garbage, planting trees, being a hero

-- 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

The quote above was taken from a Conscious Discussions interview with Darius Graham that aired on Feb 26, 2009 - In this interview we focused on the topic: "Celebrating Heroes In our Midst". To access this archived episode simply click on the hyperlinks here or look to the right to find a link to the radio show.

-- Chatter --

This is a very busy time of month for me as this is when I concentrate on getting all the outlines & final details together for the following month's schedule. In May, we have 9 featured authors appearing on Authors Read radio - 9 featured guests & 1-3 prizes offered for our weekly prize give-away on Conscious Discussions radio. So far I'm about 1/2 way through the completion of all these details. -- Whew!

I'm so pleased and honored to have had a rash of new interest from radio shows (& some print media as well) that we have not yet had a chance to appear on as guests... without really trying. I've been holding off on heavy marketing the last few months due to schedule constraints & a changing publishing schedule for the 2nd, revised, edition of Purple Snowflake Marketing. Yet these opportunities still come in to us... & I am so grateful for that.

From the 18th to the 20th I’ll be out of the office on a vacation of sorts… a vacation from the office. So any emails or messages will be dealt with after Tuesday next week. Thanks for your patience in this regard.

-- Earth Week's Coming Up! --

In honor of Earth Week (April 19-25) - Dave & I plan on purchasing between 2 & 4 trees to "donate" to the city. What we are doing is planting them outside our property along the boulevard, keeping in mind the future of the city by accommodating room for sidewalks, etc. The holes were dug last year & the soil was replaced with good garden soil, then let to sit fallow for a season. Planting trees or increasing green space in a community is one very positive way to provide shade & mediate moisture in the air around the immediate area & provide homes for the wild-critters. We are choosing varieties carefully so that as they mature they will not infringe on possible future city infrastructure or existing power lines.

-- Garbage Day???--

Please, please put your garbage out in secure containers only an hour or so before the garbage truck comes through your region. Way too many people put out their garbage the night before, or even several days in advance of the garbage pick-up scheduled time, & this leads to all kinds of pollution & health issues.

Restless humans & wandering animals (both domestic & wildlife) will tear into the garbage & drag it around the neighborhood where the wind picks up light plastics & continues the migration of the trash for miles & miles - often ending up in our precious water-ways (streams, bogs, lakes, etc). Few of us realize that 80% of the waste in water-ways is carried there from natural & traffic wind.

This horrible human habit entices innocent animals & birds to neighborhoods, habituating them to harvesting meals from our waste & encouraging them to hang out where vehicle traffic can easily destroy life. These additional "road-kill" animals - everything from skunks to raccoons and domestic cats or dogs - is a horrible waste of life... but it also increases the chance of scavengers coming to the "feast".

Sadly, many humans see this increased animal activity as "cute" & some people will actually encourage it purposely by placing cut up fruit, compost and even bales of hay for the animals to eat or bed down in. This is a great way to attract disease carrying rats and mice to your homes and offices, increasing traffic accidents & loss of life - all for the joy of seeing the pretty deer or raccoons... It really is sad, isn't it?

So Please Please PLEASE keep your garbage sealed & kept in containers - and only put the bags on the curb JUST BEFORE the garbage truck comes through your area.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Healthy Planet - Healthy Selves

-- Quote of the Day --

Re: health of the planet....

"The change of mind I am talking about involves not just a change of knowledge, but also a change of attitude toward our essential ignorance, a change in our bearing in the face of mystery. The principle of ecology, if we will take it to heart, should keep us aware that our lives depend on other lives and upon processes and energies in an interlocking system that, though we can destroy it, we can neither fully understand nor fully control. And our great dangerousness is that, locked in our selfish and myopic economies, we have been willing to change or destroy far beyond our power to understand."

~ Wendell Berry, A Continuous Harmony

-- Prize Winner This Week! --

Congratulations to Kathy H. from Oklahoma who is this week’s prizes: a hardcover children’s illustrated book titled: Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River signed by Kunle Oguneye - & - Lisa Saunders humorous novel – Anything But a Dog.

We have prize contests every single week… the format will change a little so that our archived listeners have a greater chance of winning… we’ll be doing the draws every Sunday as of next week… so keep listening and you might win too! There’s no limitation to the number of times you can win from our show and we never, ever use your email or mailing address for any other means than this contest.

Next week we have 2 prizes available :)

-- Announcement --

From the 18th to the 20th I’ll be out of the office on a vacation of sorts… we'll be home and still working around the place, but I am taking a vacation from the office itself - for my own sanity. So any communications will be dealt with after Tuesday next week. Thanks for your patience in this regard.

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's featured guest on Conscious Discussions talk radio show is Linda Thompson - an internationally recognized writer, actor, singer, and owner of a world-renowned consulting firm. She is the author of two non-fiction self-help books. Today, we are going to learn how to ask ourselves the right questions to determine if we are really living our lives, or just going through the motions. Join us on the I Am My Own Dragon episode either live today at 10 a.m. (pacific) or listen the the archived interview at your convenience simply by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right for the link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wasted Energy, Youth Violence & Eco-resources

-- Quote of the Day --

“I think we need to be more family oriented; be a part of our children’s lives. …Find a way to get the kids involved in a recreational center or something positive more than once a week… set a loving environment for the children.”
~ Patricia Yarbrough (Dec. 20, 2007)

I chose this quote today from Patricia Yarbrough's interview on Conscious Discussions radio, where we discussed Youth Violence - What Can We Do. Simply click on the show title here or look to the right for the radio show link... This interview aired on Dec 20, 2007.

-- Positive Eco-News --

According to the Project Laundry List’s ( newsletter Hanging Out there have been recent studies that underline the importance of turning office equipment off when they are not in use. One study revealed that there is an estimated 2.8 billion dollars in wasted energy in the US alone – that equates to 20 million tons of carbon dioxide. So if everyone practiced green office habits just in the US alone we would save enough to remove 4 million cars off the road. From a business perspective this means that if you have 1000 PC’s in your building’s cubicles and offices, and your employees obeyed the new green office rules – you could save as much as $28,000 per year in reduced energy costs.

-- Eco-Resources --

- = This is a blog: "A little bit green, a little bit frugal, 100% useful. Find information on repurposing items you already own."

- = Learn about solar power on this site, great information, links and products: "...providing clean, reliable, renewable energy to people all over the planet for 30 years. "

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

recycling, organics & taking back your life

Welcome back everyone :)

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Our weekend was crazy busy, but a lot of fun. We had a full mix of bright sun and warm weather moving to wind and even a rain storm - all in one weekend :) Today, we have bright sunshine, crystal blue sky and singing birds :)

* Win a prize: this week 2 books available! Listen to the introduction to today's interview (see below for more info) to learn the question you need to answer, and then email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (*remove the spaces before emailing). Prizes: Young adult book - Anything But a Dog! by Lisa Saunders & Children's Book - Sikulu and Harambe by Kunle Oguneye

Something to think about:

The average NA car driving 10,000 miles per year releases 5.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere!

Scientists are now saying that ice in the ocean in the summer will soon be something found in the history books.

Fear and feeling overwhelmed are keeping some of us from doing all that we can in our lives to make a difference, to contribute to this global movement toward positive change, greening businesses and our homes. It can be scary and some of the "green" technology is way beyond the budget for most of us.... However, the little things, the every day things are what really add up to huge change.

Recycling alone is a huge step toward change. By participating, you are creating jobs for your community, for your nation. Businesses benefit from a reliable source of materials, in fact businesses are sprouting up all the time with new innovations that reuse "waste". We also prevent further damage to the planet from mining raw resources. It is win, win, win - and you can save money too! Many regions are able to keep down their garbage collection costs because of recycling efforts - landfill contributions are getting more expensive for municipalities, especially if they are looking at finding new landfill sites. Did you know that recycling can reduce your contributions to the landfill by at least 30%? In some regions, depending on the recycling system available, this number can be much higher.

Landfills have about 42% organic content... content that is so very valuable to keeping our soil healthy if it would have been composted properly instead. Content that could have been recycled when it was still clean and released back into society as a new product, creating jobs along the way. Instead it rots anaerobically in the landfill, releasing toxic waste and methane - which is said to be anywhere between 22 and 70 times more destructive than carbon dioxide.

So PLEASE recycle every single scrap of paper, every tin can, every plastic bag... those from our homes, offices... stuff we've cleaned up around our property - anywhere we are... whatever we are doing, we can keep this in mind.

Organics - well you know I could go off on organics for quite a while, being a passion of mine - but organics is so valuable to our soil... to the nutrition in our crops. It is so easy to compost. There are units available for condo dwellers, apartment dwellers, and homes... there are also units available for restaurants and cafes. For businesses, this would be a great way to get exposure in the community; press, schools and environmental groups would love to hear about green initiatives and perhaps inquire about touring the site or write about it in their publications. For the those with homes and yards, composting can be as easy as having a couple small wooden bins that you turn once in a while with a shovel or a fork. These can be harvested up to twice a year. The compost can be placed in your gardens or landscaping or hanging baskets - or given to someone who has these items. Alternatively, spread the compost on your yard and around your trees. By composting alone the average individual, can reduce our own contributions to the landfill by another 30%.

So between these two simple acts we can easily reduce our waste by 60% simply by using the systems that are already in place. What if we added water conservation, energy conservation, green consumer methods, gardening or reuse on that list... can you imagine now the impact you can have? It really is amazing when we think about it... and it doesn't cost you anything at all - in fact you'll SAVE money!

Pick up a copy of our book Trash Talk - in this book you'll find information about the recycling industry, you'll see just how much of an impact you can have as an individual, and you'll learn hundreds of ways to reuse items before placing them in the recycling or garbage bin. If you have a hot water tank, a furnace, or pay for your water - this book will help you save money. Have appliances? Learn how to run them more efficiently and what to look for when purchasing new appliances. We also offer 140 resources at the end of the book for you to look up on your favorite browser for more information about crafts involving reuse, composting, organic gardening and more.

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's featured guest and I will be discussing how to Take Back Your Life.

Rosemarie Rossetti (Ph.D) is an internationally known speaker, trainer, consultant, writer, and publisher who walks her talk. On June 13, 1998 Rossetti’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crushing down on her. Her life was changed in that instant! Paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, Rossetti looked deep within herself and found new strength and new resolve. In her keynote speeches, she shares the lessons she has learned since that fateful day, and demonstrates how to rise above misfortune and live life with conviction. Rossetti is the president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc., founded in 1997, and Fortuna Press LLC, founded in 2003. She has been in the speaking and training arena for 27 years, has 8 years of experience in sales and marketing as vice-president of an interior landscaping company, is a Certified Interior Horticulturist and has written for numerous publications and books. In fact, between ’91 and 2000 she was president of Rosewell Publishing Inc.

To access this interview (either the live show at 10 a.m. Pacific, or the archived episode) simply click on the hyper-linked show title or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

eco-news, life-skills, writer tips & author reading

-- Quote of the Day --

For more than 30 years I’ve been writing books, and more often than not publishers will approach me to write on a particular subject. …I’ve had as high as what they call ‘four-book deals’ …So I worked by contract for many, many years. …And that can also be frustrating because I have things I would like to also unfold (creatively). …I think the 70th book, Re-think Your Life, is my defining book. …The concept is Mind by Design – the essence is to eliminate mental junk food and move to right-thinking. I feel that all of us are in a state of information overload. …Most of us are in mental fatigue. …“Fix” – challenge your mind, you have to decide that the buzzards are circling but they are not going to get me down. …”Filter” – you have to influence your mind, you have to compartmentalize those things that you can do now and those that are beyond your control that day. “Form” – form positive relationships …I don’t want to be around people who brighten the room as they leave it… I want to be around people who brighten the room when they are in it. And “feed” – stop learning and you stop leading. So I have a goal every week to read three books, I don’t always get it accomplished, but I do read a lot of books, blogs and information on the Internet. …it is our challenge in life to shine the light on what is right. I think we can be purveyors of light and life no matter what our position is in an organization. …Replace ‘Negative’ with ‘Positive’; ‘Grumbling’ with ‘Gratitude’; ‘Sadness’ with ‘Happiness’. Do a media inventory and make media your friend – that it is moving you to the positive, not the negative.
~ Stan Toler – Mar 5, 2009

Personally, I really enjoyed this quote taken from Stan Toler's interview, "Rethink Your Life" on the Conscious Discussions show - which aired on March 5 2009. I encourage our blog readers to check this interview out, he offers a lot of very inspiring, proactive life-skill information and writers will learn several tips to help them along in their projects as well.

-- Positive Eco-News --

Wow! I was amazed when I learned of this:

Composting toilets can also include the use of worms… at least in Auckland (New Zealand) – the Auckland Regional Council approved a wormorator system that can replace traditional septic systems. The studies reveal that the worms are healthy and happily breeding when employed in this manner.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's featured guest, Lisa Saunders is author of several books and is currently a full-time writer for the State University of New York. She wrote "Anything But a Dog!" to share the unusual story of how a big, homeless dog came to join her family. Lisa refused canine ownership for years, fearing a dog might accidentally harm her disabled daughter Elizabeth. But she did make a promise to her other daughter, Jackie, that she thought she would never have to keep: "If God brings a dog to our door, then you can have it." As fate would have it, a dog did find his way into their door--one that became a faithful companion to a little girl who could not walk and could not talk. To hear today's featured author read from her work simply click on the show title, or look to the right for a link to the Authors Read radio show.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Writing as a career; events &

* Today is your last chance to enter the draw
for this week's prize.
Entry deadline is noon on Saturday, April 11th.
This week’s prize: hardcover children’s illustrated book titled: Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River
*Signed by the author, Kunle Oguneye.
Retail value between $12-15 depending on where you shop!
Email me at ldbrummet-at-yahoo-dot-com (* replace the "-at-" with "@", and the "-dot-" with ". ")
To enter: tell me the name of the featured guest and the topic for the April 2nd broadcast of Conscious Discussions radio.
Draw will be on Saturday Afternoon…April 11th.

-- Quote of the Day --

“…If I don’t write, things just don’t feel right. I love being immersed in words, I’ve always had an overactive imagination and find myself asking “what if…?”. Which can get me in trouble sometimes, I’ll send stuff to my agent and she’ll say ‘No-no, no’. (she giggles). …When I was first starting out as a writer the people around me were not very understanding. …It can be very difficult when you have to explain that you can’t bake 250 cupcakes for the PTA and you are in the middle of a book. …And I still get that after all this time - from family members even: ‘Well Michael’s home all day, sitting around doing nothing’ (she laughs). Re: Finding a balance: It is always a daily struggle for me; the meals suddenly become simple, and my hair is lucky to get combed and I may not shop for groceries as much as I should.”
~ Michael West – Feb 3, 2009

This quote of the day was excerpted from an interview with Michael in which we discussed her experiences in the world of writing. I encourage our blog readers to dip into the knowledge Michael shares in her interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title, or look to the right to see the link for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Celebrations this Week --

Well, this weekend - as most of us are already aware - is the Easter holiday. For some it is a great time to spend with the family, get involved in community events, attend fairs, festivals or parades and join in reading groups at the library. Yesterday, the Jewish holiday - Passover - began and this will run through to the 16th. Today is both Good Friday and the birthday of Jack Miner - one of the founders of Canada's conservation movement, and therefore an important day to Dave and I. National Wildlife Week ends on the 11th, so we still have today and tomorrow to participate in awareness celebrations or family activities that celebrate wildlife - one of my favorite times of the year.

If you thought there was a lot going on this last week - just wait until next week! There is so much going on and so many opportunities to get involved, have fun and learn something new... and you can rely on this blog to help bring awareness to events happening around the planet! :)

-- Eco-Resources --

- - "For Hydrogen Advocates" website is run by Greg Blencoe, CEO of Hydrogen Discoveries, Inc., which is a hydrogen pipeline start-up company that is based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA)

- - "Climate Progress - An Insider's View of Climate, Politics & Solutions" - Climate Progress is dedicated to providing the progressive perspective on climate science, climate solutions, and climate politics. It is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Kunle Oguneye was born and raised in Nigeria. He has lived in the United States for the last thirteen years. He gave up a career in technology in order to pursue his love for children's story-telling. According to the author's publicist, there is a serious lack of African culture and history in the marketplace. The result is his new, swiftly selling (both in the U.S. and abroad), vividly illustrated, children's African folktale: Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River.

Drop by the Authors Read radio show to hear this author read from his book on air. Simply click on the hyper-linked show title, or click on the link to your right on this screen.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Positive Eco-News & Writers' Advice

-- Quote of the Day --

"The one small garden of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a realm; his own hands to use, not the hands of others to command."
~ Sam McGee of 'Lord of the Rings' by J.R. Tolken

-- Positive Eco-News --

From Japan for Sustainability Newsletter:
Japan's Toshiba Corporation announced on December 3, 2008, that it will accelerate the development of its carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) technology by building a pilot plant at Sigma Power Ariake Co. Ltd.'s Mikawa Power Plant, in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture. CCS is a technology that separates and captures CO2 emitted by thermal power plants and many other industrial sites, and then stores it underground. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2009, and a demonstration test using real flue gas is expected to begin in August.

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today featured guest: Joan Scott – Topic: "World of Writng with Joan Scott"

Today we discuss the world of writing; behind the scenes activities in managing a freelance writing career; beating writer's fatigue; finding resources; marketing and dealing with publishers/publications. We also discussed the changing world of publishing, greening options and more.

Click on the hyper-linked show title above or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show link.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

gardening for life !

-- Quote of the Day --

"In the past 3 years (1991-94) 950 varieties of vegetables have become extinct and of the survivors 74% - or almost 4,000 varieties - are endangered."
~ Ann Rodes article: 'The Seed Savers', Canadian Gardening Magazine

-- Gardening for Life --
article © Lillian Brummet

Have you ever noticed how happy and centered gardeners tend to be? Could it be from communing with nature, sharing nutrient-rich harvests with others, or knowing that every increased amount of greenery helps battle the environmental problems our world faces? For me, playing in the dirt - as I often refer to gardening - is just that. Play time, time for meditation and to listen to the birds. Yet, gardening can mean so much more.

For many years, my family has been dedicated to preserving rare and endangered garden seeds. We tried the hybrids, but after a while we realized they were just not performing like the old varieties. Whether it was small yields or poor tolerance to heat waves there always seemed to be something wrong with them. About 22 years ago we became members of Canada's Heritage Seed Program - now known as Seeds of Diversity Canada - and have never looked back.

Thousands of Seeds of Diversity members play a critical and rewarding role in saving plant genetic diversity. The program works with many other groups and governments around the world to preserve a vast seed bank. Canadian members, usually backyard gardeners, agree to choose a few varieties from a vast array of crops, grow them out for seed and re-offer some to members the following year.

Terms like 'Heritage', 'Heirloom', 'Open-pollinated', 'Hybrid' and 'Genetically Modified' used to describe seeds are confusing enough all by themselves, but are made even more so by people using the terms interchangeably.

What is Heritage, Heirloom and Open-pollinated?
Heritage varieties, (known for at least 300 years) and Heirloom varieties (known for at least 50 years), are both open-pollinated crops. Open-pollinated means the pollination duties are left to insects and wind, so seeds and crop variants are produced naturally - providing a large gene pool of disease resistant and environmentally compatible traits. To be environmentally compatible the plant must have the ability to thrive in each area's unique growing situations (microclimate), such as varied climates and soil conditions, pollution and wind exposure.

Because seed savers pick from the best of the crop, the plant is continually improved and its compatibility with the microclimate increases. Certain aspects - like hardiness, early ripening, larger or sweeter fruits - can be encouraged by saving seeds from those with the desirable attributes. When food crops are not weakened or stressed, the plants are not compromised resulting in a nutrient rich food.

Only a few generations ago every little valley, every little hillside had its own plant varieties. When people migrated they often took their family's seeds with them. Today, when our elders move into retirement homes or discontinue gardening due to physical restraints, much of their plantings are allowed to die out. Without realizing it we are losing varieties on a regular basis.

These unique breeds are becoming rare and will eventually face extinction if we fail to keep them alive and growing. For instance, two surveys between 1900 and 1981 revealed that 7,000 fewer apple varieties were grown within that time period in North America. Yet even now, after losing so much diversity there is estimated to be around 2,000 varieties of beans and 6,000 kinds of tomatoes. Every single one has a particular history, a particular DNA sequence, and a particular set of nutrients. There are more distinctive color, size and shape variants available in heritage seeds. For example, some tomatoes are red, pink, yellow, orange, black, green, white or purple. However, only a few types are grown commercially, while the others are slowly being forgotten and lost over time.

And the great danger here is when the few varieties that are grown become prone to diseases. Remember the Irish potato famine of 1845 that caused the death of a million people and forced another million to emigrate? There was a similar occurrence in 1970 where corn blight infected some American states by as much as 50%. By growing only a few related varieties, these epidemics can, and will, occur again. By the time we realize that our crops are failing and the only way to save them is to find an old variety; it may be too late. That is the fear.

About Genetically Modified and Hybrid seeds:
Hybrid seeds are created when two unique parents are mechanically cross-pollinated resulting in greater uniformity. But because the process must be repeated each year to produce desirable seed, hybridizing is an effective way for companies to control the seed trade.

Introducing foreign genetic material on a molecular scale produces genetically modified (GM) crops. Big agribusiness sectors are excited about GM crops that either reduce crop-spraying costs or increase marketability. GM foods, they tell us, are essential in order to more safely use pesticides and continue to grow in an unnatural manner. Yet, the use of monoculture (fields of one crop) increases susceptibility to pests, droughts, diseases and soil deficiencies. Organic, biodynamic growers know there are other ways to handle these problems. Growing the appropriate variety for the microclimate, incorporating mulch, attracting beneficial insects and inter-planting to improve soil fertility are some of the methods we employ.

In some cases, it can actually be illegal to save GM seeds. A registered trademark indicates genetic manipulation and that is the legal property of the labs that designed it. Biopiracy, or bioprospecting, occurs when companies purchase patent rights over the development of certain gene combinations. In some cases, they have incorporated terminator genes (a.k.a. suicide seeds), which will not germinate.

Usually, gardeners can legally save hybrid seeds, but when these seeds are grown, they are shocked to find the seeds did not produce true to form. Instead, it will begin to revert to one or another of its parents and its seeds will be different every year thereafter. But heritage seed will always produce true to form as long as proper seed-saving procedures are followed.

Biotechnology promises to feed more people with foods "enriched" with vaccines, antibiotics, nutrients, flavors and chemicals. These altered fruits and vegetables are bred for tougher skins that prevent damage during shipping and reduce moisture loss, resulting in a prolonged shelf life. Here lies the very real possibility of altered nutritional values and flavors. These foods give the illusion that they are fresher than they are, but because foods lose their nutrients as they age, the consumer could be fooled into buying a nutritionally compromised product.

Unfortunately, GM crops can also contain foreign genes from animals, like fish and pigs, (bad news for the vegetarian), or from substances used to control pests, such as Bt and 'Round-up'. These crops are developed to support commercial growers that desire the convenience of being able to spray, killing the weeds or pests without harming the crop. Yet, pests and weeds build up a tolerance over time and these altered crops have proven to kill indiscriminately. In Thailand, 30% of their bee population died in areas where Bt cotton was being tested and in North America Bt corn proved toxic to monarch butterflies. Sadly, because many plants are pollinated by the wind, an organic grower can be contaminated by these kinds of crops and lose his certification as well as his crop sales for the year.

There is also the issue of genetic engineering resulting in new recombinant compounds. Consider the now infamous case of the GM Brazil nuts that were modified with soybeans and resulted in numerous and severe allergic reactions in human consumers.

No matter how you weigh in on this issue, genetically altered crops are a part of our future. To blindly reject, or accept, a new technology is not wise. Already successes have been attained in places like Eastern Kenya where disease-free GM bananas saved people from starvation. Yet in order for any hope to be had, a huge genetic bank is necessary.

It is vital to understand that we are being robbed of bionutrients every time we lose a species. We have no idea what kind of benefits, medically speaking, these endangered plants may have. How do we know if a particular variety may hold our only hope of dealing with acid rain or global warming? We could already have lost the cure for cancer without even knowing it.

What can you do?
"The thing is, to start where you are", says Joanne, my wise and aging mother. "You can pass on the information. Make a difference by way of example. Choosing open-pollinated varieties is a way you can support biodiversity. Choosing to grow them using organic methods is a way you can preserve the environment from contaminated ground water and poisoned plants."

Growing crops that your grandparents, or great-grandparents, can remember from their youth can be quite an experience for the whole family. Seeing the exotic array of colors, shapes and flavors on your kitchen table that can not be found in grocery stores, is a thrill on its own. These are the benefits of growing non-hybrid crops. Going one step farther by saving the seeds and sharing with others is a way you can help preserve genetic diversity.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

photography, writing & prizes!

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today’s guest has a lot of information to share… Brook Kelley has been a professional writer/researcher for 8 years, 4 years as an editor for magazines and books, 15 years of photography work with prestigious magazines as Elle Girl and Glamour. In her 10 years experience as a speaker she focuses on inspiring and motivating others to make a difference in the world. We are going to talk about all of this, and a wonderful organization that fights injustice on human rights across the planet – known as the Unify Organization. Tune in by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Announcement --

Check out the interview with the Brummets via the Author Interviews link at:

-- Prize Contest!! --

You may recall that we’ve been putting out announcements for prizes every week on Conscious Discussions. Well, as promised we are starting off with a prize today: Hardcover Children’s Illustrated book titled: Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River - An African version of the Good Samaritan Story This week’s prize is offered by the author - Kunle Oguneye – which currently retails between $12 and $15 (US funds), depending on where you shop - All you will need to do is listen to Tuesday, April 7th’s episode and email us according to the instructions we offered during the introduction of that broadcast.

-- Positive Eco-News --

AirCycle Corporation, based in Illinois (USA), has created several recycling opportunities through their EasyPack Pre-Paid Recycling Program for items that are difficult to find recycling facilites for such as fluorescent bulbs. Interestingly they are now working here in Canada, so it is exciting to see that these recycling systems are being made available to more and more people.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Garbage in its Place!!!

-- Quote of the Day --

Freedom is not doing what you want to do, but in becoming what you want to be
~ Ardis Whitman

-- Authors Read --

Elizabeth Eagan Cox appears on Authors Read radio this morning to share and excerpt from book two of the Shannon Delaney Cozy Paranormal Mystery series - A Ghost From the Shadows.
*The reading for book 1 of this series aired on : Oct 17, 2008
To access the Authors Read radio simply click on one of the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the website.

--Garbage in its Place --

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. Those who have noticed your efforts will 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.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Eco-resources; Volunteering & show update

-- Quote of the Day --

…Once {a person has} learned that one of their close community of friends or one of their loved ones has been diagnosed with a potential devastating diagnosis such as cancer - there is a real powerful way to be about it. Rather than walking into that space of ‘I don’t know what to do; I don’t know what to say; I am helpless and surrounded by uncertainty’ - there is a real powerful way to be. And those people need to find the power to overcome those normal ways of being, which are helplessness and uncertainty… and to understand that even if they say nothing but just their simply presence alone in the house with the person after they have been diagnosed is a tremendous support. No one should underestimate of the extent that they can positively affect a person’s life simply with their presence…
~ Amy Blackburn – Jan 8, 2009

-- Find this interview with Amy by clicking on the link for the Conscious Discussions radio show, look to the archives listed according to the month in which they aired.

-- Eco-Resources --

- "The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-partisan effort to bring citizens together to declare that global warming is here now and that it is time to demand solutions. Global warming is the most urgent issue of our time, and while the problem is of worldwide significance, we recognize that the United States is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, responsible for 40% of the industrialized world's emissions, and doing the least about it. The necessary first step must be to encourage Americans to take action. This online grassroots movement is about change -- as individuals, as a country, and as a global community. We are all contributors to global warming and must all be part of the solution. With the support of leading scientists, political, religious, cultural and business leaders, the Virtual March is creating one, loud collective voice that will be heard around the world. By spreading the word, we are building a movement to stop global warming. " Find tips for classroom activities, individual and group actions towards a healthier planet.

- Composters is a retail site run by GREENCulture (based in Lake Forest, CA - USA) that offers products "for an enlightened planet."

*Note: Today's Sunday Gardening Segment of Conscious Discussions radio was not able to air today due to technical issues. Watch for the next Sunday Gardening segment in the 3rd week of April (19th). Don't forget - Prizes are offered on Tues & Thurs broadcasts of Conscious Discussions, find out what you might win by listening to either Tues or Thurs broadcasts and also by visiting this blog to find out who the winner was.

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