Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gardening :)

-- Quote of the Day --

"Worms are the missing link that makes sustainable agriculture a reality".
~ Sherrel Hall of the Vermiculture Firm, Environmental Recycling Systems - Alpine, CA

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's Sunday Gardening segment of Conscious Discussions radio focused on the importance of keeping organics out of landfills, building healthy soil, vermiculture and humus, increasing micro/macro biological life & more - Click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right to find the Conscious Discussions

-- Prize Draw !! --

This week's prize draw (June 1-7) is for a copy of Alice Shapiro's book of poetry: Cracked: Timeless Topics of Nature, Courage and Endurance - 2 packages of science-fiction posters signed by author, Richard Risch (Beyond Mars-Crimson Fleet).

Email: LDBRUMMET@YAHOO.COM with “prize” in the subject line for a chance to win.
Deadline: Sunday morning - June 7th.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

quote & events

-- Quote of the Day --

The patient has to realize that they are going through an emotional and physical challenge, they’ve got to be more patient with themselves and accept what’s happened. …With that they have to understand that some of the medications are affecting the way they think, they way they sleep, the way they feel. …To be aware of what is going on and be in good communications with the team of specialists. …Progress can be made in baby steps at a time. It is not always the big gains – it is the little things that we do every day to enhance our success and achievements. …Lower your stress, and lower your expectations of other people. What is patience? It is the true understanding of the way things are, for now. …Allow time. …we have an immediate and urgent need, when we are in pain we want it to go away.”
~ Rosemarie Rossetti - April 14, ’09

Today's quote was taken from an interview with Rosmarie Rossetti on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show focusing on the topic of Taking Back Your Life. Click on the hyper links here to find this interview.

-- Upcoming Eco & Conscious Living Events --

May 25- 31: Safe Kids Week

The first few days of June - which is officially Bicycle Month - offer us:

1st Sunday – Canadian Forces Day
1st week – Canadian Environment Week
June 2nd – Clean Air Day

-- Authors Read --

Today's guest Dianne Ascroft read from her first fiction novel: Hitler & Mars Bars - check it out at Authors Read radio by clicking the hyper links here.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

A legacy of global kindness

-- Conscious Discussions --

CJ Scarlet, appeared on our radio show on Dec 4, 2008 to discuss her Kindness Cure Campaign and the Healing Tree Foundation. Today, we continued this earlier conversation on A Legacy of Global Kindness - to hear about the progress of the campaign and how individuals can create personalized stimulus packages and regain control over their lives. We’ll also talk about her new book Neptune’s Gift and her experiences in the world of writing.

To access today's interview simply click on the hyperlinks here or look to the right for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Announcements --

* The June issue of the Brummet's Monthly newsletter goes out today! We have over 500 opt-in subscribers and are always interested in hearing from new subscribers. Simply visit our site, click on "contact" and let me know you'd like to receive the newsletter - it is as simple as that :)

* New contest begins on Monday (June 1st!)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

lawn mowing

-- Eco-Event --

Recycling Council of BC Zero Waste Conference
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort,
Whistler, BC - Canada

-- Spring into Lawn Mowing --

Ahh. Spring arrives with the beautiful twittering of birds preparing their nests for the unborn. What - can't hear them? The low rumble of lawn mowers not only drowns out natures' symphony, but also disturbs skittish wildlife and sleepy neighbors.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some older gas-powered lawn mowers produce in one hour as much air pollution as a new car does in eleven hours. Lawn mowers newer than 1996 have to comply to new exhaust emission standards, which is a fantastic place to begin. However, these standards are not yet satisfying for the health of the world.

Gasoline-powered mowers produce a cut that results in greater water loss and increased disease problems in lawns. Although many are now made with four-stroke engines (much less polluting than two-stroke engines), they still produce emissions.

There is a returned interest in push mowers due to environmental awareness of gas engine pollution and electricity use. Typically, crowded cities are resulting in smaller lawns, reducing the need for large, heavy mowers. Push mowers are usually, but not always, lightweight and easy to operate. Because push mowers are much smaller, they take up less storage room. The most obvious benefit of these mowers is, of course, that there no pollution is created when they are operated. These mowers are actually quite cheap and many stores are rising to meet the increased consumer interest.

We read that seven-blade models are considered better than five-blade models, and purchased one of these seven-blade push mowers for our fairly large lawn... only to find that our grass variety here is not your typical "lawn" grass and the model we purchased was not able to cut it properly. So we reverted to an electric one just last year.

There are other choices on the market than electric, push and gas lawn mowers. There are solar-powered models, too. We read of one featured in Omni magazine that operated on its own, traveling the entire lawn area during the day and resting at night. It looked to be about the size of a vacuum power-head. Apparently, a special fence is used to keep it within the lawn boundary and there is a built in alarm to prevent theft. Alternatively one can consider the battery-powered lawn mowers, but consider this option carefully. When shopping around last year we found that rechargeable battery powered mowers are convenient in that they are cordless, easy to operate, and relatively pollution free - the rechargeable battery may not be recyclable, the machine itself may not even be serviceable and the warranties/guarantees that come with many models did not have us feeling confident about purchasing the models we had found. That said, things can change greatly from one season to the next - our point here is to check things out before making the purchase decision.

Old defunct lawn mowers that are not operating still have some use. Remove the blade, motor, cords, wires and gas tank, leaving the four-wheeled caddy and its push handle. Secure a box to this and create a wheeled cart that is perfect for harvesting or toting material around the property. we have met several individuals who have created yard wast collection bag supports on the old lawn mower frame, which enables them to fill a bag with fall leaves for instance without having someone there to hold the bag open. When it is full, they can wheel it to where they want to store it without the back breaking work. A similar idea can be done for wood stove owners and gardeners.

The metal frame from most lawn mowers is recyclable and its wheels are often prized by workshop-creation and craft lovers. The motor and remaining parts might also be appreciated at a repair shop where they could be reused.

There are alternatives to traditional grass, from wildflower mixes to low-growing ground covers, which rarely need mowing. Landscaping a portion or the entire area with drought tolerant, wildlife supporting plants is a very environmentally active engagement that either eliminates or reduces mowing needs. And really, who couldn't use a little more time on their hands?

So get your exercise, reduce air and noise pollution; save yourself some money and have a healthier lawn. Or let the sun run the mower for you. Either way, the world will breathe a little easier and maybe your neighborhood will hear a songbird or two.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Clean spaces

-- Quote of the Day --

“…I always tell people that, you know, we get these glimpses of magic and wonder and wonderfulness and it is really important to keep them alive and take them with us. …Whenever I went anywhere I didn’t want to just visit, I wanted to get involved. …Leave no Trace is a passion of mine, when our family goes out our goal is to find a bag we can use to clean up the trail and fill it up. We can also ask the ranger if there is anything we can do in the office or something that we could do to help. …Leave no Trace behind should be our standard wherever we are, whatever we are doing. …It is amazing you can volunteer for an hour, a day, a week - whatever you can do.”

~ Sheryl Kayne - April 28, ’09

Today's quote of the day comes from an interview with Sheryl Kayne on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show that aired on April 28, 2009 - in which we discussed Eco-vacations & Clean, Green Spaces
Check out the archive when you have time :)

-- Announcement --

We've had a lot of fun giving away more than $1500 (US funds) in valuable prizes to 9 lucky winners to date - Find out more about these prizes each week here on the blog. Next prize draw begins June 2nd. :)

-- Eco-Event --

Saturday, May 30th, The 4th Citywide Conference for the City of Los Angeles' Zero Waste Plan 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in downtown L.A. check out the continental breakfast, exhibitors, displays and the recycled art fashion show!
Contact Tony Torres at (323) 349-0661 or tony(at)victorgriego(dot)com

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Monday, May 25, 2009

contest winners... quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day --

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after."

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

-- Contest Winners --

This last week's winners are John and Agnes who will receive a copy of Dianne Ascroft's fiction novel: Hitler & Mars Bars & a copy of Laurie Cameron's book: The Journey from Fear to Love

The next contest begins on June 2nd so keep an eye on this blog for details on what we'll have available.

-- Note --

* I am out of the office for the day - taking some time to catch up on the garden and yard chores, Tuesday is filled with appointments but I will drop in the blog to leave a brief posting... like today's. All communications will be replied to, please be patient with me over the next few days while I play "catch-up" :)

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

reuse in the workshop

-- Reuse in the Workshop --

The workshop is a great place for reusing items formally destined for the landfill. Even if you do not have a shop or craft area you can always donate the items mentioned in the following paragraphs to friends, schools, shops, youth centers… The concept of reusing is as limitless as your imagination.

Screws, bolts, picture hooks, plant hangers, curtain hooks, and hinges are common hardware items used in most homes. Although not overly costly when purchased a few pieces at a time, they can add up over the years. Salvage any reusable hardware and parts from old cabinets, furniture or mechanical items before discarding. These can easily be organized and stored in plastic containers of different sizes. Shop with this in mind and purchase items like peanut butter or mayonnaise in clear plastic containers. These are our favorite as they are recyclable, sturdy and you can easily determine the jar’s contents at a glance. When buying screws and bolts avoid the small plastic packages and try to find a store that sells these items out of bulk bins. You save money and packaging too.

Strong plastic jugs from juice, milk, or detergents make excellent storage containers for tools, rags or parts in the workshop. At a section near the top of the jug remove all but a flap of plastic to attach it to a wall or post. Any rough spots can be filed off or covered with tape. Drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage and use in the same way outside in the garden and for storing clothespins.

Any clothing or towels too ragged to donate to a thrift store still have value. Cut the material into squares of different sizes to use as cleanup rags. Many garages, cabinet shops and backyard mechanics will gratefully accept excess rags. Sewing groups would gladly accept the buttons and zippers gleaned from the clothing. Children’s programs and daycare centers also use buttons for crafts.

Small household appliances that are no longer working can be salvaged for parts. If you are not familiar with this type of operation don’t attempt it - you can always donate them to handymen types that you may know, or appliance repair classes in your community. Handles from pots and pans can come in handy for fashioning custom tools, or they can be used to make a storage box easy to carry. Old utensils can be bent and made into various picks and scrapers.

The workshop can become a veritable stew pot of reuse ideas. As it is not a place commonly viewed by guests or neighbors it will not matter so much if the look is compromised by the reused items. Of course, the most important thing is the fact that you are reducing your landfill contribution by taking the matter into your own hands and making a difference!

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Composting Hotels, Universal Design & Eco-resources!!

-- Quote of the Day --

(Universal Leadership Energy Environment Design): It began with coming home from the hospital and realizing that 80% of the two story home was inaccessible to me. …We began designing a universal design home – a ranch style without stairs or elevators… accommodating our home offices and lifestyle. …We started thinking ‘why don’t we share what we’ve learned with other people with disabilities? ’. …The breakthrough was through a Master Mind group – it was at that moment that they told us ‘Why don’t you build a national demonstration home and get corporate sponsors? ’ …Universal design needs to be addressed, so that the home is usable by all people, without the need for adaptation or any special design. So think of a house for people of all abilities no matter what their physical limitation – they can get into the house without steps, the hallway and doors are wide enough… the kitchen is set up with various heights of countertops and space for someone seated to move around. …I’m four foot two in a seated position, but my husband is six foot four. So a universal design will be set up so that everyone is comfortable. …The intent is to save money from health care systems, and from insurance programs and private investments… if you need assistance you can stay at home and hire that. …It is much cheaper to stay in your own home verses going to a care facility
~ Rosemarie Rossetti - April 14, ’09

This quote was chosen today from a Conscious Discussions talk radio show with Rosemarie Rossetti - during this interview we discussed how anyone of us can Take Back Your Life. Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right to find the link for the
Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

*Don't forget to enter the weekly draw for prizes! See previous blog posts for information on this week's prizes & how to enter the draw. Deadline - Sunday morning, May 24.

-- Eco-Resources --

Green & Save: "One of America’s leading free ‘Green’ home and office remodeling resources for anyone that wants to save money and the environment as well as create a healthier property and overall lifestyle."*Highly Recommended* Location:

Eco-Canada: "Reaching participants of the environmental sector including employers, practitioners, educators & students." Location:

-- Positive Eco-News --

The Weekender Newspaper had an article this spring about the Hume Hotel located in Nelson, BC (Canada) and their recycling program for each room (glass, cans, paper, cardboard, etc) that reduced their waste production by a small amount. Inspired by this successful endeavor and dissatisfied with the remaining waste the hotel generated, they participated in an organic recycling system that reportedly saves the hotel $100 per week and diverts 120 liters of organics from their waste stream every single day. Other businesses from cafes to co-op stores and market places are joining in this organic program being implemented in Nelson, BC and similar programs can be found in many communities around the planet.

The most obvious benefit from this organics collection program reduces the volume of waste sent to the landfill, extending the life of the landfill and helping to curb the release of methane into our atmosphere. Participants have the organic material sent to local farms, which convert it into humus (a term for the finished composted product) and use it to build healthy soil. This helps ensure a strong and nutritious local food supply and a sustainable community with a strong economic relationship between businesses and farmers.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

radio episode today & eco-event

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's Guest: Sheila Radha Conrad is a writer, speaker, psychologist, author of the Life Mastery Skills Book & the founder of the Life Mastery Skills program. Her work focuses on helping people thrive in life’s set-backs – be it financial, professional, health; we all face these challenges many times in life. Sheila the role we have to play as to the type emotional response we experience, and using the challenging times to explore ourselves, re-evaluate our passions and goals for the time we have on this Earth.
Look to the right on this page for a link to take you to the Conscious Discussions radio show.

-- Positive Eco-News --

Around this time last year, if my memory serves correctly, I recall reading about the Regional District for the Kootenay Boundary Region, volunteers and partners working together to plant hundreds of trees near the City Landfill to help clean our air and nurture the soil. Numerous volunteer teachers got together this year, in May, at the Grand Forks Senior Secondary planted a shade park on the playing fields at the high school with a grant that allowed them to purchase 40 trees for the project.

We love to celebrate these inspiring actions by conscious individuals here on our blog :)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gardening, an interview & environment initiatives

-- Quote of the Day --

"I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest, a continued one thro' the year. Under a total want of demand except for our family table. I am still devoted to the garden. But tho' an old man, I am but a young gardener."
~ Thomas Jefferson

-- Announcement --

I am honored to announce that I was approached by Chelle, the author of the Women In Charge blog, for an interview on her site. We had a lot of fun doing the interview a few weeks ago, and I felt that Chelle did a wonderful job in creating today's article from that conversation.

Find the interview here:

-- Municipal Environmental Initiatives Can Make All The Difference --

A letter to the editor in the May 6 issue of The Gazette (servicing the Boundary region of BC, Canada) – a fellow brought up a very good point about the ironic environmental laws reducing plastic bag use. His point was that as a consumer, he is paying 2 cents more per liter of gas for environmental fees to drive to get this groceries (there is no public transit alternatives here and very few, intermittent bike lanes) – where he buys groceries that are already over packaged and then he’s charged another green fee at the till for the plastic bags. He saw this as a bit ridiculous and that the system could be improved. In this view I tend to agree.

Take water restrictions for instance. There is a water restriction bylaw in most communities and often metered water taps as well – some places will impose fines on those that abuse the water system, others will just charge you for the extra water you use. The problem with this is that they think money will fix the issue.

While charging people fees will help enforce the consumption issue in a small and restricted manner, and would certainly be necessary to encourage people to look at alternatives -- providing alternatives like subsidized rain collection systems, subsidized or tax incentives for underground and drip irrigation systems and other incentives for people to create a real, long term change for the environment.

Some regions have also looked at incentive programs for waste management, offering options from paying only for what you throw out by incorporating different sized containers/service packages. Recycling, yard waste and sometimes organic pick up services are made available. Other regions have focused on providing subsidized worm and compost bins for people to manage organic waste on their own.

What I am saying here, and what I think the fellow who wrote the letter to the editor is saying - is there is no doubt that there are environmental issues to be faced head on, but as a society we can't simply impose yet another tax, or fee and continue thinking that money is going to fix the problem. What we need, what will really spark the change our world is to provide viable, affordable alternatives. For instance, we know that rain barrels exist in the world... but have you seen the prices in the retail stores? We are talking about anywhere between $115 to over $200 for one barrel that can only store 35 gallons at one time. So as a home owner, we'd look at that and think - perhaps, that if there is any available money it would be better spent elsewhere. I mentioned a short time ago on this blog a community who has offered rain barrels to their residents for less than $25. Now this is the kind of thing the average individual can get behind!

**Reminder - this week's Prize Draw Contest: (May 18-24th) Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win a copy of: Dianne Ascroft's fiction novel: Hitler & Mars Bars -&- a copy of Laurie Cameron's non-fiction book: The Journey from Fear to Love **

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Conscious Living Tips & Positive Eco-news

-- Positive Eco-News --

According to Recycling Product News magazine; spring 2009 issue, a recent study showed that discarded electronic circuit boards can be processed into an asphalt modifier that makes high-performance paving material that is cheaper, more durable and more eco-friendly.

Circuit boards do contain toxic metals such as lead and mercury but today’s recycling industry can easily separate these from the valuable glass fibers, plastic resins and other components.

-- Conscious Living Tips --

Occasionally here on the blog I offer tips like these to help inspire our readers & help them realize just how easy it is to make a difference. Our book, Trash Talk, is loaded with tips & information on reuse, recycling, reducing, refusing & gardening, among other things.... see the link for this book on the right side of this blog - by purchasing your own copy at Barnes & Nobles or your favorite book supplier, you are helping me keep this blog, our newsletter & two radio shows alive.

Today's tips include:

- Keep blinds closed on hot sunny days, open on cold days.

- Plan your garden & landscaping around seasonal changes.

- Pay bills online & have companies send bills via email, rather than mailing to you.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Author Ruby Abrahams is joining me today on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show to banish all thoughts in our listener’s minds in regards to negative emotions associated with the aging process. We will learn to refrain from denying our aging process, and embrace it instead. Join us by clicking on the hyper-link here - or look to the right for a link that will take you to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.
*Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw (see Monday's post).

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Eco-events & a Peek into the World of Writing

-- Quote of the Day --

Freelance writing is really like being an independent contractor. …Just as if you were a general contractor, you are getting your own gig …and then doing all the work that it takes to get that assignment finished for someone. …It’s very time consuming. It is important to check your facts. …I would say that the one common thread with all the genres of writing is that they are all a craft; they all require attention to detail and continuous pursuit of excellence. If I am going to write I want to write well. …The different genres ARE different, each with their own demands – some require more fact checking than others.
~ Joan Scott - April 9, 2009

I chose this quote for today from the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, because writing is foremost on my mind at the moment. I have 2 projects currently in the hands of an e-book publisher, another book revision project coming up & 2 projects that have been waiting for me to get to them for far too long. Therefore, I've taken another break from book review projects due to schedule constraints for the foreseeable future.

The last two weeks alone has gone something like this: A few articles just were accepted by another publication, which I'll be telling you about later in May - closer to publication date.
I have recently taken on another column, this one being for the Poetry Monthly Magazine starting next issue. I still have to get a new author photo together for that. On top of all of this, I've been involved in marketing opportunities nearly every day, dealing with writer friendly sites, blogs & giving interviews for future publication. This time of the month (usually around mid-month) I tackle the upcoming month's schedule, confirming dates & creating outlines,etc for the 2 radio shows that I host.

My day's start by checking my two main email addresses & I respond to as many as possible before starting the agenda of the day. Then I head over to the two blogs - here & on the Myspace site - where I do any maintenance required & respond to communications/comments. Then I head over to the two radio show sites to do similar chores. After dealing with any guests of the day & live broadcasts, I follow up any remaining communications & announcements for those segments before moving on.
In between the daily grind, I drop into Twitter at least 5 times a day and the other social networking sites between once a day to once a week, depending on the situation.

So that is a sample of the start of every day in my office... of course my days also include seeking writing markets, book & radio publicity, & the writing itself. :)

I encourage anyone interested in learning more about the world of writing to drop by & listen to the archived interview: World of Writng with Joan Scott. Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link that will take you to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show website.

-- Prize Draw Info --

Congratulations to last week's prize winners. This week we have 2 prizes for our weekly prize draw: Dianne Ascroft's fiction novel: Hitler & Mars Bars -&- a copy of Laurie Cameron's book: The Journey from Fear to Love. Email: LDBRUMMET@YAHOO.COM with “prize” in the subject line by Sunday morning - May 24th for a chance to win!

-- Eco-Events --

- May 17-19:
2nd Annual Waste-to-Fuels Conference & Trade Show
Location: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, in San Diego, California (USA)
"...providing a forum for informing the public & private sectors of the economic & environmental benefits of converting waste materials to alternative fuels such as bio-diesel and ethanol as well as energy recovery. ...excellent networking opportunities & a chance to visit with exhibitors."

- May 17-22:
Impact Assessment and Human Well-being - 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
Location: Accra, Ghana (Africa)
"...assess the relevance of human well-being in impact assessments. ...discussions with experts from around the globe focusing on how impact assessment assures: healthy environment, human well-being, sustainable development, protected ecosystems and quality of life."

-- Authors Read --

The featured guest on today's broadcast of Authors Read radio shares an excerpt from his debut murder-mystery intrigue novel - Murder Of An American Nazi which takes readers on a ride through secret CIA atrocities and deceptions.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

the value of an individual

Recently I have had a lot of messages from our blog readers and radio show listeners regarding their appreciation of the work Dave and I do, the information we share and the support we give to others who are making the world a better place. This has motivated me to focus on the concept of the value of the average individual - as I often say on Conscious Discussions radio, the hero that we are seeking in society is no farther away than the closest mirror.

*** Prize draw deadline this Sunday, May 17th:

Email: LDBRUMMET@YAHOO.COM with “prize” in the subject line by Sunday morning - May 17th for a chance to win one or more of these prizes:

Richard Risch's book: Beyond Mars, Crimson Fleet (science -fiction)
5 science-fiction posters signed by the author
Timothy Fleming's historical-fiction CIA thriller: Murder Of An American Nazi

-- Quote of the Day --

I think there is also a big misconception among people; there is a lot of apathy out there and there is a lot of people may want to help but just don’t know how. And really right now the best thing that we can do is just talk about it, just communicate. You know I may talk about it with someone who goes and makes a movie out of it. …We just need to realize that, something as simple as communicating to as many people as you know can, that alone can change the world. …It is also a consciousness thing. If we know that we can make a difference, we really can. …That’s how we got into this situation. A lot of people sat back and said ‘its not my responsibility, someone else is supposed to do it – I’m not a member of the government’. But the fact of the matter is we are the government but we’ve moved away from that and I’m hoping that we can get back to that so that we don’t keep getting in this mess.
~ Brook Kelley - April 7, 2009

Today's quote was taken from a Conscious Discussions talk radio show interview with Joe Palmer - To access this discussion on Photo-journalism & the Unify Organization simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions show and select the archived episode from there.

-- The Valuable Individual --

How can we, as individuals, participate in waste management? Because some of us are so overwhelmed with Earth’s problems, we feel that our contributions have no real consequence in the end. For others, social barriers can be an issue. A lady we once knew confessed that she did not want to be seen buying used items or being concerned with power use. She was worried people would see her as cheap – a scrooge – when the family was so affluent. Yet, she was very careful to be seen with recycling bins out on the curb on pick-up day, because that was thought to be the thing to do socially. Now is a good time to put an end to these negative thoughts and feelings of false pride. Waste reduction is not about ego - it is about the health of the planet and of our nation.

Communities would be wise to look at Nova Scotia’s waste reduction success and try to emulate it in their area. With the highest waste reduction rates in Canada, Nova Scotia has reduced landfill contributions by 46% - saving about $31 million per year - simply by making the most of the organic and recyclable materials. Curbside recycling service (Blue Box) is available to 99% of its residents and 76% now enjoy curbside organic service (a.k.a. Green Box).

With better management of organic and recyclable waste, we will find we do not have to put the trash out as often because the odors and volume are greatly decreased. As a fiscal incentive, many garbage collection companies offer discounts to homes with reduced waste.

We can also help the waste management industry run more efficiently. For instance, when only full garbage bags and Blue or Green boxes are put out on the curb, the garbage truck does not have to stop as often and burn fossil fuels inefficiently while idling. (Incidentally, vehicle idling is responsible for 3% of the air pollution problem.) Similarly, by collapsing boxes before recycling we are ensuring that space is used more efficiently, thereby reducing the number of bins needed for transporting materials.

Recycling, alone, has a huge impact on the environment. A study of a 100-unit apartment building practicing maximum recycling found it would save 21.93 thirty-foot trees, 26.86 cubic yards of landfill space, 8,389 kilowatts of electricity, and 77.4 pounds of air pollution in just one year!

So you see, these seemingly small choices and efforts towards waste management really do make a difference.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Freelance writer / editor, Scotti Cohn joins us today on Authors Read Radio. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; her debut children's picture book -- One Wolf Howls -- was published by Sylvan Dell Publishing in March 2009. However, Scotti is far from new to the world of writing, as she is the author of six non-fiction adult titles published by The Globe Pequot Press. Scotti reads her new book on our radio show today! Access the live broadcast at 9 a.m. (pacific) or the archived episode at your convenience, simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for the link for the Authors Read Radio show.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Eco-events, positive eco-news...

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Coaching is not therapy, advice or counseling. It is about accountability – walking hand in hand to the place that you have defined for yourself. …Drive to the place that is waiting for you to arrive – and guess what you have to manage the wheel too! …when your awareness has you looking at the warning lights, when it says you need new brakes we want to be aware of that. But sometimes we can’t see that and don’t realize we are in overheat mode. So a coach will help you through that and help you determine whether you will be fooled by that in the future. Some people just leave their car by the side of the road! Wow – there goes your life, your dreams that have now become nightmares! …You don’t need to know any more than you already know – let’s go and and get what you want.”
~ Joe Palmer – April 2, 2009

Today's quote was taken from a Conscious Discussions talk radio show interview with Joe Palmer - To access this discussion on how to Be Who You Were Meant To Be, simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions show and select the archived episode from there.

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-- Positive Eco-News --

According to Recycling Product News magazine; spring 2009 issue:
The World Steel Association recently announced that 7.2 million metric tones of steen cans were recycled in 37 countries during 2007 – which is the highest recorded recycling rate. Belgim and Germany lead the way with a 98 and 91% recycling rate, closely followed by japan, China, Korea, Canada and then the US, which has a 65% recycling rate.

-- Eco-Events & National Holidays --

- May 16th - The city of Sand Diego in partnership with Development Services Department Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency and the California Integrated Waste Management Board – are inviting their residents to bring unwanted tires to these several free events. Transportation of 10 to 20 waste tires requires a FREE hauler permit.
Southwest High School
1685 Hollister Street
San Diego, CA 92154
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

- May 16th-17th - Armed Forces Day (USA) - According to Wikipedia, this holiday is celebrated by dozens of nations, each with their own specific day of the year. For Canada it is the first Sunday of June, for the US it is this upcoming Saturday. "In the United States...the first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May, and Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May. The purpose of Armed Forces day is to honor Americans serving in the five services - the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard."

- May 18th - Victoria Day (Canada) - this Canadian holiday is held on the 3rd Monday of May and is also celebrated by the Caman Islands and Britain, and is in honor of Queen Victoria's Birthday.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Publicity, recycling tires...

-- Quote of the Day --

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
~ Mark Twain

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Publicist Julie Shoerke joined me today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radioto delve into her knowledge of the world of publicity. We learned what a publicist will look for in new clients, when and why a publicist is used and how a new marketing plan might begin. We touched on common errors in dealing with the media, insider's tips in getting noticed, what to expect when facing a tour, virtual book tour, blog tour, contests and more. To access today's episode, Publicity - A Pro's Advice, simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

-- Announcement --

Dave & I were are pleased to share that Victoria Athen’s Featured Authors site highlighted our work and our first book, Trash Talk @

-- Positive Eco-News --

Used tires has been discussed several times on our blog, you can find a chapter of this in the 1st edition of Trash Talk as well... Today, however, I'd like to expand on this information that we've provided already by sharing some information that I received from the San Diego Zero Waste Group:

The Ontario Tire Stewardship Organization is breaking new ground in Canada with an industry-funded program to deal with more than 12 million used tires generated by that province annually. The program expects to divert 91% of car and truck tires into the recycling program as well as utilizing an estimated 3 million used tire stockpiles, which are breading grounds for mosquitoes and are a fire hazard as well. For more details about the program, see Ontario Tire Stewardship' s backgrounder and tire program at

Tires can have their life extended with proper care, air pressure and storage (for regions that switch from summer to winter tires seasonally). They can be retread and this can increase their life as well. Once they've reached their end of life, tires are a hot commodity. They contain a high BTU value and as such are highly sought after by waste-to-energy incinerator plants, however this raises obvious air quality concerns. Innovative individuals have used them to build houses, garages, barns and to retain river banks. Large trees in family yards often have tire swings for entertainment, or hoops for ball practice. In the recycling industry, however tires are an incredible resource that can be recycled into a variety of products including: soaker hoses for irrigation, industrial work station mats, playground equipment and surfaces, athletic field turf and running tracks, rubber flooring products, surfacing for walking trails, interlocking patio bricks, roofing shingles, parking curbs and speed bumps, livestock feeders and troughs, landscape mulch, belts and guitar straps, parts for new vehicles and rubberized asphalt to pave streets and highways.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

bio-fuels, eco-news & events, caring for the chronically ill or injured

-- Quote of the Day --

Re: When someone becomes ill or injured...

“…Almost anything that you do will help. …Figure out what you can do and offer something specific – such as ‘Can I come by on Thursday afternoons and mow the lawn?’ …Appoint a Captain of Kindness so that when people come up to you and say ‘What can I do to help?’ you can say, well Joan Smith is my Captain of Kindness, so you can contact her if you’d like to help. …The Captain of Kindness can ask for things that the patient may not be comfortable asking for – like money. …(Patients) appreciate getting a card from someone, but they really appreciate the person who gives them many cards – it means that person is continually thinking about them. It is hard to support someone long term, and that is why it is more meaningful. I would say, just do what you can do. …My job is to… help cancer survivors function at their highest level. I’m working with hospitals to …provide the kinds of services that survivors really need and are worthy of. …It is our job to make sure that people do not live with more fatigue and disability and pain then they have to.
~ Julie Silver – March 31, 2009

This quote was taken from a Conscious Discussions talk radio show interview titled - Cancer: Hope from Survivor's Wisdom. I encourage our blog readers to check out this archived interview by clicking on the hyper-links here, or via the link on the right.

* * This week's prize draw includes the science fiction novel Beyond Mars - Crimson Fleet, AND 5 science-fiction art posters - all signed by the author - AND, Timothy Fleming's historical-fiction CIA thriller novel Murder Of An American Nazi.

Email: LDBRUMMET@YAHOO.COM with “prize” in the subject line. Deadline: Sunday morning - May 17th.
- an estimated value of $80(US)!!!

-- Eco-Event --

Where: NATURES EXPRESS, 2949 5th Ave. at Quince St . San Diego, CA (USA)
When: May 13, 2009, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: FREE - discussing renewable energy, water, food & sustainable communities.
Contact: Kai Peetoom – 619-843-1664

May 10-16 – Bike to Work Week (Canada): Here in Canada there are all kinds of activities and events promoting bicycle transportation. Some businesses have been getting on board with this by offering bikes for loan while their vehicles are being worked on. Locally our recreation center is offering discounts to people who bicycle to the arena regularly. I saw at least a half dozen events this week in our little city to promote bicycling, I'm sure your area has similar things going on. To find out about events that might be happening in your area check out the local community notice boards or local publications.

-- Positive Eco-News --

The Weekender Newspaper (serving the Kootenay/Boundary regions of BC, Canada) reported on innovative bio-diesel fuel powered buses in Oslo, Norway. Apparently 2.1 gallons of fuel can be generated per person annually from gasses collected from sewage treatment plants. The goal is to power all of the city’s public transportation vehicles with bio-methane. What this means is all that methane is no longer being released into the environment – let us remember that methane is said to be between 22 to 70 times more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide. Oslo’s initiative would reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their city by 30,000 tonnes.

Lille, France – Stockholm, Sweden – and Vancouver, Canada are all experimenting with this fuel for their bus fleets. According to the article I mentioned earlier, the proposed and highly controversial Gregory Canyon Landfill is currently working with companies that are known renewable energy and fuel facility industry experts to convert the methane gas generated by the disposal of municipal waste and bio-solids on-site vehicle fuel - this fuel could potentially be supplied to the solid waste collection trucks and would certainly be a huge savings for the city and waste management teams as well as providing an excellent way to reduce greenhouse gases. The controversy with this landfill, as with many other proposed landfill sites, is finding the correct location - one that has the least possible impact on the environment. According to Ted Griswold (of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP ) the proposed location for this particular landfill site is a delicate river bank habitat: "The river is habitat to several endangered species including the Arroyo Toad, Least Bells Vireo and Southwest Willow Flycatcher. ...over an aquifer that is a significant water source for local Indian tribes, farmers and downstream municipalities."

So obviously there needs to be some serious consideration for each new landfill site. However the point being, there is no reason why a new landfill cannot capture methane gas with today's technology and power city and public buildings - ensuring a local energy supply and creating local jobs. There is no excuse for landfills these days, in my opinion - of course, for the lack of alternative opportunities for waste management such as on-site reuse centers that offer any item that might have reuse potential from demolition and construction projects to carpets, planting pots, bikes, parts and furniture. Organic composting facilities should be available on-site as well and there are so many ways to encourage participation from restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, staff rooms and households. But of course I stray from my topic...

Bio-methane can be produced from human sewage, animal manure and composting organics among other materials, and results in very little land use (compared to traditional fossil fuel production), using materials that do not require fertilizers or pesticides, and the process rarely needs additional water resources.

Bio-fuels are less expensive than traditional fuels, and tend to have reduced emissions - as 73% less nitrogen oxide, 98% less fine particulate matter and can result in a 92% noise reduction. Of course these numbers might vary depending on the type of bio-fuel.

Bio-refineries, those that burn waste materials such as trail debris, yard waste, tree trimmings, wood chips and construction debris – are another interesting issue for bio-fuel enthusiasts to debate. One can look at the side that advocates waste reduction, energy production that reduces dependence on fossil fuels, or the job creation aspects of this –or- one can look at the transportation issues, fuel material choice and clean burning issues. The Internet is ripe with debates about both bio-fuels and landfills.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Green Living Tips; Guest of the Day

-- Green Living --

Dave and I were honored to be invited to participate in SMS Book Reviews contest recently and there were so many entries for our book Trash Talk - Thank you all for participating. I was very impressed with the positive attitude regarding greening homes and offices. Some of the entries offered some tips that they have used in their own lives and I thought our readers might find that interesting * The names of the individuals have not been included to maintain their privacy:

- conserve water
- use CFCs instead of incandescent light bulbs
- compost our green waste
- recycle
- own one car
- buy locally, support local farmers
- work close to home
- use reusable bags
- garden without chemicals
- use a reusable metal water bottle
- use reusable shopping bags
- use high efficiency appliances
- use clothesline in the summer
- share college textbooks
- use rags and cloth napkins insted of paper towels/paper napkins
- use cloth/compostable diapers
- plant a garden
- use natural and biodegradable products
- buy organic
- be a vegeterian
- buy used products/cloths

Here's one that I found very inspiring: "On Earth day, we plant a tree for every friend and family member we have lost..." - What an incredible legacy, and a wonderful way to celebrate having known those individuals!

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

I’d like to send a quick note of appreciation out to publicist Elaine Krackau who sent a query our way for today’s guest. Journalist Debbie Jordan is the author and co-author of several books, her most recent being: The World I Imagine: A Creative Manual for Ending Poverty and Building Peace, in which she offers solutions to many social issues such as poverty. She is an active volunteer and has been involved in the world of writing since the 1980’s. Today we will discuss today’s educational & health care systems, peace & poverty issues & some insider’s insight into the world of writing. To access today's discussion: Ending Poverty/Creating Peace, simply click on they hyper-links here or look to the right for a link to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

* don't forget to enter this week's draw! See Monday's post for details...

-- Guest article --

Who Are Soft Sell Marketers and How Do They Differ from Hard Sell?

To understand whether or not you’re likely to be a soft sell marketer—think of it this way. It's all about the difference between ROI and ROE.


If someone buys your product or service and they expect that the amount of money they pay you will return to them plus a profit, that's a Return on Investment or ROI transaction.

The intent on both sides—the seller and buyer—is an increase in money. So it’s fundamentally a
money-for-money exchange.


Now imagine that you are a parenting counselor and a young couple brings you their 5-year old. She’s having difficulty adjusting to school. You give them guidance and it works. The child begins to enjoy school.

When they hand you their check, do they expect the amount of the check to return to them plus a profit? Of course not. That’s not the nature of the exchange.

The young couple wanted the quality of their life to be different and you helped them make that happen. That’s why they’re paying you.

For that kind of life-change transaction we use the term Return of Experience or ROE. Soft sell marketers, for the most part, specialize in ROE transactions.

You’ll find more information about soft sell marketing in The Heart of Marketing, the most recent book by best-selling authors Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski. Just go to:

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Eco-news, events, children's author...

-- Positive Eco- News --

You may recall an earlier post on May being Youth Month. In honor of this I'd like to celebrate a project through The Ecocap Movement, a Japanese nonprofit organization that focuses on donating polio vaccines to children in developing countries. The most intriguing aspect of this program for us, because of our passion for celebrating the concept of seeing "waste as a resource", is that they finance this operation through the collection and sale of plastic bottle caps to recycling companies. Who would have thought that plastic bottle caps could prove to be so valuable? According to the Japan for Sustainability newsletter ( "Every 800 caps pay for one vaccination, which costs 20 yen (about U.S.$0.20)." To date, this organization and their partners have collected over 396 million caps.

Those of us who are avid recyclers will know that when we take our plastic bottles (milk, juice, pop, water, iced tea and other beverages) to the depot we are asked to remove the plastic lids and recycle them separately. This procedure is most popular in bottle return depots, where people receive refunds for certain returnables (liquor bottles, pop cans, etc). Sadly far too many of these caps are mixed with other garbage and in time, they will release carbon dioxide and contribute to soil contamination. Caps are most often sold to companies who see this waste as a resource and turn them into into a variety of products including concrete panels, ballpoint pens and chopsticks.

-- Prize Draw This Week !! --

We are looking for 3-4 winners this week!! - * This week's prize draw includes the science fiction novel Beyond Mars - Crimson Fleet and 5 science-fiction art posters - all signed by the author. Also we are offering another prize for Timothy Fleming's historical-fiction CIA thriller novel Murder Of An American Nazi.

Email: LDBRUMMET@YAHOO.COM with “prize” in the subject line. Deadline: Sunday morning - May 17th.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Darcie Mae has appeared on Authors Read sharing excerpts from the Sammy & Robert’s Animal Adventure series and her Mother Mouse series on Oct 10, Nov 10, 2008 and Jan 24, 2009. Today, Darcie will be reading from her latest installment in the Mother Mouse series... which comprises of 2 main stories, she'll be reading: Mother Mouse Teaches Opposites.

-- Eco-Event --

Between May 11 and 14: SWANA Northern Lights Chapter Conference @ Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Lots of events happening!

-- Quote of the Day --

I think I was meant for this since the beginning of my time… Through the years I just had this burning desire to do something to make a difference because there are so many out there and so many that need a second chance. …I started a few years ago writing stories… reaching the next generation of people who would give these animals a second chance… There I nothing else like it out there like a relationship with a dog or a horse or a cat or any other animal that you give a second chance to – they will be loyal and loving, unconditionally, for the rest of their lives. …so incredibly grateful that somebody loves them and cares that they are there… if people would just give a shelter animal a second chance, they are making such a difference and it is just incredible what they would get in return.
~ Kristi Jones – March 24, 2009

Hi all! I realize I was unable to post on the blog yesterday - occasionally my schedule is just to tight. I've been busily putting together some writing projects, finalizing other writing projects, dog training, compost turning and transplanting, and dealing with the house and yard chores that have gotten way too far behind. However, I did have some comments sent my way that said they've been browsing through the archived posts on the blog and really enjoying that... which is awesome! I do encourage the Brummet's Conscious Discussions Blog readers to take advantage of the time they have while visiting this site to scroll through the archives, you'll find a lot of resources, family activities, interesting eco-news and more.

Today's quote was taken from a Consious Discussions Talk Radio interview on March 24 this year regarding the world of writing and giving Abandoned Dogs & Horses the loving care they deserve and desire so very much. Dave and I have, as you know, adopted and rescued several animals in our nearly 20 years together. Currently we have two fur-kids that we adopted from the SPCA, both came from a difficult past and are totally renewed dogs now. Oh, they are far from perfect and we are still helping them along while constantly stimulating their minds so they don't get bored or filled with apathy. They are such a joy to us, they make us laugh and play, they take us for walks every day :) - they are our constant companions... and like family we argue at times, but we love each other deeply. :)

-- Eco-Events --

May 9th is International Migratory Bird Day!

There will be an Electronic Waste Drive in Newport Beach, California (USA) on May 9th, 9 am - 1 pm (pacific) Info @:

May 10th is Mother's Day, World Lupus Day & Move for Health Day !

Move for Health Day is a resolution for the development of global and national strategies on Diet, Physical Activity and Health within an integrated approach to noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and health promotion. "Move for Health" is the responsibility of each Member State. Info @:

World Lupus Day began in 2004 with 13 nations joining to call governments to increase their financial support for lupus research, awareness and patient services. This day has grown to include activities and events that are happening across the globe. Info @:

-- Authors Read --

Richard Risch was born to poor parents and struggled through much of his earlier existence with the common problems associated with urban life. After putting in 4 years of active duty with the U.S. Army, he earned his Electronic Engineering degree under the GI Bill along with several other academic achievements. Richard has always had a love affair of reading and books, which has opened him up to new possibilities and opportunities. However, he is hardly to be considered a typical “bookworm.”

The story he will be sharing today was built around real people and real events to not only give it fidelity, … but the ring of truth. Richard tells me that his novel, Beyond Mars – Crimson Fleet, is an action-packed thriller from cover to cover.

* Don't forget to enter the contest this week! See previous posts for more info... *

Prize draw: Richard Risch's book: Beyond Mars, Crimson Fleet (science -fiction) & 5 posters signed by the author – view at: - Email: with “prize” in the subject line. Deadline: Sunday morning - May 10th.

-- Winner Announcement! --

Congratulations to Liyana, who won a copy of our book Trash Talk which focuses on helping individuals realize their incredible value and the measurable impact they can have on the environment. This book discusses the 4 Rs of waste management: reuse,reduce,reuse,refuse - gardening, energy and natural resources. Dave and I would like to thank Callista from SMS Book Reviews who have sponsored this contest and reviewed our book, Trash Talk.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Eco-news & Relationship Illiteracy

-- Eco-News --

Selkirk Eye-Care Optometrists – located in the communities of Nelson & Castlegar in BC (Canada) - is joining in the trend for eye-care specialists raising awareness & getting their customers to bring in their old glasses to be donated to 3rd world countries. Lens Crafters (located in Canada & the US) and the Lions Club International created a similar program in 1988 that continues today, called Give the Gift of Site. We'd like to take a moment today to celebrate these wonderful positive, proactive actions :)

What happens in these programs is:
Volunteer optometrists and technicians take hundreds of thousands of use the parts from donated glasses to create new ones that will suit a variety of needs, shapes & sizes. Then a group of specialists travel to developing countries to provide free eye examinations & distribute the glasses where they are needed the most.

This is an incredible example of seeing "waste" as a resource that helps people across the planet. Can you imagine giving the gift of literacy to someone who can now see? Or allowing a mother to see her child's face for the first time? The impact that these seemingly small actions is amazing, & inspiring.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today’s guest, Laurie Cameron, has a passion for breaking the cycle of Relationship Illiteracy by empowering women to create a sustainable culture of compassion at home, at work & in schools – this will be the focus of today’s discussion. Laurie is the founder of and the The Fear to Love Project National Wake Up Tour. She is also a coach, speaker, trainer and the author of The Journey from Fear to Love, and of The Sage & Scholar’s Guide to Coaching Singles, as well as the ezine: Wake Up Call.

This interview airs live at 10 a.m. (Pacific), & will be archived for you to access at your convenience. Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link that will take you to the Conscious Discussions radio show.

*Don't forget to enter this week's draw ! *

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