Saturday, February 27, 2010

Free Eco-friendly Webinar

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today we featured co-authors, Marilyn Suttle & Lori Vest who read sections from their book: Who's Your Gladys? - which shares real-life stories for how to deal with, or prevent, difficult customers - on Authors Read Radio:

-- Free Webinar on Pay-As-You-Throw --

The Econservation Institute is providing free assistance through international webinars, workshops and "hands-on" consulting to communities in their region (USA). If your community is interested in finding out about new options for recycling and diversion including PAYT (Pay-As-You-Throw) and how they can help you reduce costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase jobs, and help citizens recycle, then this program is for you!

PAYT (Pay-As-You-Throw) is not just practical in the landfill-costly East coast or in the "green" West, but in all kinds of areas, even the desert / mountain west. There are PAYT lessons for urban, suburban, rural, and remote areas with all types of collection systems.

Register for the free webinar and learn from a panel of the best-known national experts and guest speakers on PAYT- how it works, the known and potential impacts, pros and cons and real-world experience with the key ways to implement PAYT:

… After registering you will be notified about instructions for the webinar and you'll get a follow-up email by March 8th for reply to get fully-registered on "gotowebinar" .

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Recommended Resources

-- iTunes & Conscious Discussions Radio --

Sign up via iTunes for the Conscious Discussions Radio show:

-- Recommended Resources --

IMEC: - - serving doctors and nurses in developing countries by providing them with donated medical equipment and supplies to advance the standard of health care for their nation's poor. Three great world causes, three great reasons to help them: Independence, Education, Healthcare.

Climate Manual: - 2 manuals available here (downloadable) for free regarding climate management for businesses and cities.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bio-Gas News !

-- Quote of the Day --

"The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."

~ Vince Lombardi

-- Positive Eco-News --


A major Japanese gas supplier (Osaka Gas Co.) in Kobe City has recently embarked on a test project to purify bio-gas generated in a sewage treatment plant for city use. The project is the first attempt of its kind in Japan. The group plans to produce approximately 800,000 cubic meters of bio-gas per year, which will cover about 2,000 households' annual usage of gas and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 1,200 tons.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's Conscious Discussions show features another Positive Eco-News segment filled with inspiring quotes, topics ranging from determining what conscious living means to plastics and recycling industry news. I also touch on the book industry, celebrate sustainable business endeavors, and more. Check out today's broadcast live at 10 AM (pacific) this morning and drop into the chat room if you have time. Alternatively you can catch the archive at your convenience.

-- Book News --

One of our publishers is changing primary wholesalers, from Ingram to Baker and Taylor. We are told that anyone wishing to order paperback editions of Trash Talk or Towards Understanding via Amazon, Chapters or Barnes & Nobel to expect vendors to need a few weeks to process the change in their databases. While this is an inconvenience, it is unavoidable for us and we ask for your patience. Of course you can get paperback copies via: order direct from the publisher - In the meantime, check our the e-book versions of Towards Understanding and Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Organics & Composting

-- Quote of the Day --

I think when you find your passion, and my passion is the environment and protecting it, you really sing along. While I was in the corporate world as a secretary …and needed a lot of variety, but it wasn’t until I discovered being an entrepreneur and having my own business, one that I could be so proud of, that I am able to enjoy life fully. I was sort of attached to the negative energy, and it was a hard struggle. …For applications on the farm there is also the added bonus of manure management worms can reduce the volume of manure piles by 80% and eliminate ground negative bacteria (e-coli, salmonella) …so worm composting of manure actually makes the product safer for handling and processes it more so it makes the nutrients more accessible to the plant. …Cows produce 66 pounds of manure per cow and this can be a big problem where cities are encroaching on the farming areas and there is a lot less tolerance for farm odors – and raw manure is becoming a big issue.”

~ Dec 22nd Cathy Nesbitt

Today's quote from Cathy Nesbitt was excerpted from a recently aired Conscious Discussions episode titled Vermiculture, which aired on Dec 22nd, 2009 -- Click on the hyper-linked show title here to find this interview, or look to the right side of this page for recently aired episodes of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Recommended Resources --

RecycleMania: RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Room to Read: providing the developing world with libraries, local language children's literature, schools, and education to girls.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

E-waste News

-- Quote of the Day --

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

~ Jack London

-- E-Waste --

What to do with the electronic waste? This is a common question - and I've decided to share an article today on the subject that I received from Associated Press:

A first-in-the-nation law went into effect recently in Maine, requiring makers of televisions and computer monitors to pick up the tab to recycle and safely dispose of their products once they are discarded.

Under the law, which mirrors the approach taken in Europe and Japan, manufacturers must shoulder the cost of sending electronics to recycling centers where toxic materials such as lead and mercury are removed.

"It's time to bring them out of the attics, out of the garages, out of the closets, out of the basements," said Jon Hinck of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, which lobbied for the new law.

The Maine recycling law is the first to bill manufacturers directly for the cost, Hinck said. A California law requires customers to pay a disposal fee when they buy a TV or computer monitor, while Maryland imposes registration fees on computer makers and disburses the proceeds to municipalities for use in recycling old hardware.

Up until now, Maine communities charged people $15 to $20 to dispose of their electronic gear. Under the new law, consumers can drop off their TVs and computer screens for $2 apiece.

Maine has approved five consolidators that will gather and sort the e-waste, send it to recyclers and bill manufacturers for the cost according to the amount of waste they originated, said David Littell, acting commissioner of environmental protection.

Disposal costs for "orphan units" whose manufacturers are no longer in business will be shared by the other companies in proportion to their overall costs.

TVs and older computer monitors each contain between four and eight pounds of lead, along with an array of other toxic materials, and newer flat-screen monitors contain mercury, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

The primary purpose of the law is to keep those materials from being released into the environment from incinerators or landfills. But it is also intended to encourage manufacturers to use less lead and design products that lend themselves to recycling.

Cities and states across the country are considering electronic waste legislation designed to address what the Environmental Protection Agency has called the nation's fastest-growing category of solid waste.

The Electronic Industries Alliance, a trade group representing manufacturers of computers and televisions, expressed concern about the Maine law, suggesting that the state may have difficulty holding some foreign and small generic manufacturers to the same standards imposed on makers of brand-name equipment.

"We clearly want to see this addressed at a national level. We think that's one way to avoid some of those loopholes," said Rick Goss, the association's director of environmental affairs in Arlington, Va.

-- Authors Read --

Authors Read radio features Richard Schenkman who will read an excerpt from his book: The Girl From Atlantis. Access today's episode by clicking the hyper-links here.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Green Resources & Healing Pain

-- Quote of the Day --

“…The way I define sorrow is that it is pain that you carry around with you, that you feel alone in. …It is understandable that you’d want to stuff the pain away and never feel it again – but folks can trade that sorrow, they don’t have to carry it around with them. …People need to take an honest look at themselves and their patterns of thinking… look at those times when they react to something that is out of proportion - those are usually clues to what is deep inside of you. …You also need the deep desire to rid yourself of the pain that you carry. If you don’t have that deep desire, you are going to run from the pain as fast as you can. I used to refer to it as the core that I was afraid to touch because I felt that if I opened it up everything would pour out and I would never be able to stop. …Keep moving through the pain – it will lessen and you will get through to the other side. …And celebrate; celebrate that you are on the journey, that you have made the commitment, that you want to know and love yourself, and that the answer is inside of yourself.

~ Dec 3, ’09 - Cynthia Primm

Today's quote of the day was excerpted from the Trading Sorrow for Something Greater interview on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show - which aired back in Dec 2009. Check out this archived interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title... or look to the right side of this site for recently aired Conscious Discussions radio show episodes.

-- Recommended Resources -- - a commercial and institutional general "green" contractor for mechanical contracting, commissioning, estimating, project management, education and training. - affordable, eco-friendly products from a wide range of different non-recyclable waste materials.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's featured guest is: Lori Titus - Managing Editor for Flashes in the Dark, and Short Story Editor for Sonar4 E-zine. Lori Titus has a collection of short stories called Green Water Lullaby, with 5 of her best short stories within the horror genre, which she will be sharing with us today on Authors Read Radio show check it out by clicking on the hyper-links above, or look to the right for links to recently aired episodes.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Events to Ponder

-- Conscious Living Events --

Event: COG Conference - Your Food, Your Choice: Grounds for Change
Date: Feb. 20, 2010
Location: University of Toronto Conference Centre - 89 Chestnut St. Toronto (ON, Canada)

Event: Vermicomposting Presentation @ Richters Herbs
Date: Feb. 21, 2010
Location: 357 Highway 47, Goodwood, ON (Canada)

Event: Zero In On Zero Waste - Don't Let Your Bottom Line Go To Waste (business conference)
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Marina Village, San Diego (CA, USA)

-- Did You Know ?? --

By volume, polystyrene foam (a.k.a Packaging Peanuts or Styrofoam) is the largest contributor to landfills.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

recognizing a stroke


* This message below was sent to me via email:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - at 6:00 pm Jane passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.


Effects from a stroke can usually be reversed within 3 hours, but this depends on people knowing how to recognize, diagnose and get medical care for the victim in time.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently).

(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

T - * Ask the person to STICK OUT THEIR TONGUE. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,that is also an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediatelyand describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Compost Programs & Reuse Centers

-- Quote of the Day --

"Now in the 21st century, separating food scraps and soiled paper, along with grass clippings and leaves, for centralized composting has emerged as a key activity households can do to stave off global warming."

Peter Anderson, Executive Director for the CENTER for a COMPETITIVE WASTE INDUSTRY

-- Recommended Resources --

Easily recycle and properly dispose of toxic materials by using our convenient database. Almost anything can be recycled. This extensive database includes items ranging from cans and bottles to appliances and construction materials.

Clothes2U distributes clothes, diapers, linens, books, footwear, as well as personal and household items FREE to those in need, at organized events held regularly from Surrey to Abbotsford. Examples of personal items would be shampoo, soaps, etc. and household items would include small kitchen appliances. Check out the website at

-- Positive Eco-News --

Peter Anderson, Executive Director for the CENTER for a COMPETITIVE WASTE INDUSTRY sent me a press release regarding the new findings for composting food and soiled paper. Here's a little excerpt from the release:

One-hundred and twenty-one cities across North America were found to have already embarked on this expansion beyond recycling bottles, cans and newspapers, which exploded in the 1990s in response to the landfill crisis.

The press release goes on to list some of the benefits of this new recycling program:

* A major reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
* A significant reduction in threats from groundwater pollution
* An increase in overall diversion rates by up to 75% of food, soiled paper and yard trimmings

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lasting Legacy & Recycling Plastic

-- Quote of the Day --

“When you are doing what you are meant to do there is this feeling of flow – that you are doing something that is so second nature to you that hours can go by and you don’t even realize it. …The thing that small business owners will always be able to do a thousand times better than larger ones is relationships with customers. …One of the things that happen for everybody is that we try something and feel it failed, but we need to see it as feedback. …We can learn from and adjust our business based on the feedback. …The thing that makes people fail in business is psychological, not knowledge. Knowledge can be found, support can be found. …It is also challenging psychologically to bounce back from something that you really wanted to work and didn’t. …To run a business you really have to understand what part is your part - we can do the footwork, but we can’t control the results. So let me do my footwork and then let go of what happens.”

~ Dec 15, ’09 – Christy Strauch

Today's quote comes from the Passion, Plan, Profit episode of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show that aired on Dec 15, 2009. Check it out, if you like, by clicking on the hyper-linked show title above.

-- Reusable & Recyclable Packaging --

Dave and I have been eating out a lot over the last 6 weeks, or when we do eat at home we've been choosing pre-made options at the grocery store due to time constraints and exhaustion due to the recent family tragedy. Despite the growing trend to use recyclable content or recyclable packaging - we've been seeing a huge increase in our waste generation and most of this is, in fact, packaging. This issue could be completely avoided if service sectors were educated about the environmental options they could choose to use instead of the traditional packaging.

One of the ways we, as consumers, can help reduce this waste is to bring our own "to-go" containers from home for those leftovers at the restaurant rather than asking the server to package it up for you there. However, the downside to this option is that one has to remember to bring an appropriately sized container!

Just recently I was reading an article (from ) and learned of a UK company - Greenstar WES - that was, apparently, the "first in the world to produce food-grade plastic from waste materials by developing a process that was unique at the time, less costly and that is now being followed by others in the industry." The efforts of this award-winning company has actually increased the variety of plastics that can be recycled in the industry today. They are responsible for utilizing more than 2,000 tonnes of baled plastics every single month in their 40 facilities and employ about 1,450 people.

According to the article: Greenstar's "annual processing capacity of about 25,000 tonnes of plastics will save an estimated 37,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, as well as helping reduce the use of fossil fuels and virgin materials." There is encouraging speculated growth in this industry, and these numbers will increase annually.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Eco-friendly bio-plastics & safe Internet Use

-- Quote of the Day --

“Small business owners, professionals and really everyone – need to remember is that 67% of people are searched online. …What happens is that the person viewing the comments online are not going to decipher whether the comment is fact or fiction, they will just move on to someone else. …The importance of your virtual presence is so critical today. …People can be stalked online and it can be truly scary and is becoming more prevalent online.”

~ Dec 10, ’09 – Sue Scheff

Today's quote originates from a Conscious Discussions talk radio show interview with Sue Scheff that aired in December 2009 - titled: Internet - A Dangerous Asset

-- Bio-Plastic ?? --

While the term "bio-plastic" might seem new to many of us, they have been in use for many years but have not been able to supply a "highly advanced flame retardant" product for electronics, vehicle and other high-energy applications - until now.

A new flame-retardant bioplastic
(polylactic acid composite) has been released by NEC Corp. and Kao Corp. - which they call: Nucycle. According to the news release we received, Nucycle is "composed of more than 75 percent plant-based material ...emits only half the carbon dioxide during its life cycle ...achieved high flame retardancy".

More Info @:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Conscious Discussions & Holidays Abound!

-- Announcements --

Lisa Haselton's blog ( features part-2 of a 3-part interview with Lillian Brummet - on Jan 13, Feb 10, and Mar 10.

-- Recommended Resource -- - Discussing the in's & out's of interviewing/being interviewed.

-- Conscious Celebrations --

There is a lot going on in the next 2 weeks!

During the 3rd week of February we celebrate Multicultural Week (BC, Canada)
On Feb 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday (USA)
Feb 14 – ST. Valentines Day
Feb 14 - Chinese New Year
Feb 15 - Heritage Day (Canada)
Feb 15 - National Flag of Canada Day
Feb 17 - Ash Wednesday

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Teaching Green to Youth

-- Quote of the Day --

"The drudgery of being a professional writer comes in
trying to make good days out of bad days and in
squeezing out the words when they won't just flow."

~ Benjamin Cavell

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Todays featured guest on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show was Therese Tappouni who shared information on techniques to Teach Green to Children.

Check out the archived interview by clicking in the hyper-links above... or look to the right side of this page for recently aired Conscious Discussions episodes.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Conscious Living

-- Quote of the Day --

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain!

- Vivian Greene

-- Conscious Living Event --

Date: Feb. 10, 2010
Event: Guiding you through the marketing jungle
Location: Glenway Golf Club, 470 Crossland Gate Newmarket

-- Positive Eco-News --

Today's Conscious Discussions episode featured another Positive Eco-news segment which covered a variety of inspiring information and resources that will encourage listeners to participate in recycling programs and help them run efficiently, while stimulating the local economy.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Reviews, the how's & why's

-- Quote of the Day --

“…I was able to apply my back ground in music and theater as a therapy …to help people where they are shut down to find out how they want to open up and connect with the community. …There are so many benefit that music has to our entire being. …We are educated through logic and reason – the left brain is dominant and we marginalize the importance of the right side of the brain, which is the side of the brain recognizes patterns, metaphors, connections between things. …When we hear (or play) music our brain is responding with both sides of the brain. …It makes their memories sharper, math scores go up… music helps us deal with change, helps us learn faster… respond quickly with an agile mind that can grasp many things on multiple levels. …All the arts are beneficial in this way, but music has this unique feature …of lighting up the brain in many, many ways.

~ Nov 5, ’09 – Judy Treder-Wolff

This quote was excerpted from the Conscious Discussions interview with Judy Treder-Wolff that aired on Nov 5, 2009 titled: Speed of Life

-- Reviews: The How's and Why's --

Lillian Brummet reads a brief excerpt from Chap. 3 of Purple Snowflake Marketing (book promotion guide) today on Authors Read radio. Click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right to access recently aired Authors Read episodes.

-- Positive Eco News --

Eben Bayer is co-founder of Ecovative Design, an initiative that transforms low-value agricultural byproducts into strong biological composites that can be used as biodegradable alternatives to conventional plastics, foams, and packaging materials…. Made from seed husks, i.e. cotton and buckwheat and hazelnut husks, and mushroom roots.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Green Legacy

-- This Week - Leaving a Legacy as a Final Act --

Tuesday - Feb 2nd:

Did you know that over one million people in the world die by suicide every year leaving millions more bereft? The partners, children, parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and caregivers left behind are often plagued by a corrosive sense of guilt and shame. And the stigma associated with suicide commonly causes survivors to hide the truth and suppress their anguish.

Harvard psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport, author of the memoir In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide helps us understand suicide and the way it affects others. We will learn how to identify depression, and how to talk as a family about the tragedy. Discover language you can use to help your children deal with tragedies like this.

Our featured guest on Tuesday's Conscious Discussions episode was Nancy Rappaport who shared information on Surviving Suicide.

Thursday - Feb 4th:

A recent AARP poll asked: Which type of burial is most appealing? Only 8% polled wanted a traditional cemetery burial and only 18% chose cremation. 70.4% of those polled through the AARP website chose Green Burial. In Europe green burial and natural burials are all the rage, here in North America we seem to be just catching on to the idea. Although green burial is a hot topic, the public is not too familiar with what it really means. So what is this all about? – We’ll find out today through our very special guest Elizabeth Fournier of Cornerstone Funeral Services & Cremation. She works as a green mortician, educator and advocate who is always ready to lend a hand, or a shovel. She is the voice of the autopsy exhibit in the forensic wing at the United States National Museum of Medicine, and recently published her memoir, All Men Are Cremated Equal: My 77 Blind Dates.

Elizabeth joined us on Feb 4th's Conscious Discussions episode to discuss Green Funerals.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

backyard wildlife habitat

-- Quote of the Day --

"It's about where we are in this time of life... It's about looking back without remorse about the things that escaped your grasp. And out of that comes this great acceptance about being happy about where you're now at."

~ Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo)

-- Announcements --

Our three books are now listed in the Coalition of Independent Authors website, check out the links (below) to find numerous interesting authors, besides us!


Dave & I were awarded the Backyard Habitat Certificate from Canadian Wildlife Federation in recognition for "outstanding effort in helping wildlife through the creation of habitat".

This is an exciting and rewarding experience for us, being recognized for the work we have done over the years on this property. When we moved here, the property was pretty sparse - even the grass was hard-put to grow. Now, however, we have a fully fenced property that is completely surrounded by landscape beds holding hundreds of different types of plants with different sized flowers, heights and winter habits (including night-blooming plants) that feed and house a multitude of insects and wildlife. We've created 7 large raised garden beds for food, but as always even there we have biodiversity in mind. We created a small fountain/pond which provides many drinking areas for all the insects and bees. We also planted several trees and shrubs and fruiting vines (raspberries). On top of this we installed several different bird feeders and 7 bird houses. We did this by growing our own soil (from composting for the neighbors & our own organic waste), increasing worm population and used organic amendments only and watering these beds with soaker hoses (which use 1/5th the water that overhead sprinklers use). Every year we do something new to the yard - This year, for instance, we'll be planting several types of perennial grasses and installing an underground sprinkler system to reduce water consumption even more.

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