Tuesday, March 30, 2010

E-books, an economic way to go

Well, the Brummet's Muse bi-weekly newsletter just went out this morning. I hope you all enjoy the information we have in this issue. :) For those of you not already on our list, simply add your name via the widget here on this site or on our Brummet.ca site.

-- Quote of the Day --

(For e-books you need to) convert it for the right format, sign up to the right retailers and you are set to go. Most of the retailers are non-exclusive, and there are a lot of easy ways to get your e-book available. …The biggest formats are MobiPocket and Epub… E-books give people much more capability than ever before… and are a very good way of getting your content out there with out spending a lot of money.

~ Jan 19th – Joshua Tallent

You can access the full archived interview with Joshua Tallent that aired on Jan 19th on the Conscious Discussions talk radio by clicking on the show title here: All About E-books

-- Recommended Resources --

Earth Zone, home of Planet Pals is an interactive web site for children offering lots of freebies and lots of fun, including a planet pals card game, recycle kit, coloring book...


The Feasta Organization aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose:


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

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reading / Writing...

-- Quote of the Day --

This one's for the writers out there:

“…writers are always wishing they had more time to write. …What I have learned to do is to set aside my writing time at the beginning of my day, because if I don’t set aside that 2 or 3 hours then with all the other activities in my writing life I wouldn’t have the time. …The rest of my day is sending stories out to publications, sending out copies of my books to magazines or other outlets I think might be interested in them - and I do at least a couple hours a day reading other young writers submissions or talking to schools or literature groups. I definitely spend some time each day reading – recharging my imagination. I have a submissions log where I keep track of what I send out, I go to the post office at least once a week with packages to mail, …I’ve learned that there are always other things to do. ”

~ Jan 12th - Dallas Woodburn

Today's quote was excerpted from the WriteOn Literacy Foundation interview that aired on January 12th, 2010 on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. Check out the archived interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title above.

* iTune listeners can subscribe to the Conscious Discussions radio show here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id262138144

-- Authors Read --

Yesterday, on March 27th (Saturday) broadcast of Authors Read radio, I continued a reading from the chapter: Reviews in our book: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand out in a Crowd.

Check out the reading by clicking on the radio show title above - to find out more about this book visit: Purple Snowflake Info

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

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gardening, the joys of...

-- Quote of the Day --

"There is no failure, only feedback"
~ NLP presupposition

-- Sunday Gardening --

Today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio, we are featuring #23 of the Sunday Gardening episodes offering seed suppliers, compost and watering tips for conscious gardeners.

Some of the resources offered in today's episode were:

Seeds of diversity’s ( www.seeds.ca ) site offers many lists of seed suppliers and organizations that offer organically produced open-pollinated varieties and responsible farming that provides gene-pool security. Today I will share a few of my favorites:

Rare Breeds Canada – Conserving Heritage Livestock… Join this org. to help conserve the genetic diversity of Canada’s poultry and livestock. www.rarebreedscanada.ca

Seed Savers Exchange: www.seedsavers.org

Organic Seed Alliance: www.seedalliance.org
High Mowing Seeds: www.highmowingseeds.com

Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes: www.seedpotatoes.ca

Salt Spring Seeds – www.saltspringseeds.com
And the Seed Sanctuary for the Salt Spring area: www.seedsanctuary.com

Two Wings Farm has been in the business of organic, heritage and heirloom vegetables since 1986. www.twowingsfarm.com

Heritage Harvest Seed specializes in rare & endangered heirloom vegetables, flowers & herbs – www.heritageharvestseed.com

Hope seeds – offering unique, organic seeds and garlic varieties: www.hopeseed.com

Greta’s Organic Gardens offering over 100 varieties of certified organic seeds – www.seeds-organic.com

Urban Harvest: www.uharvest.ca

Heritage Seed & Produce – www.heritageseedandproduce.com

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

Friday, March 26, 2010

Taking Action

-- Quote of the Day --

"The temperature of the Earth's inner core is about 6,000 degrees Celsius (C) -- almost the same as the surface of the Sun -- and it is estimated that 99 percent of Earth's volume is at a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees. Thus, there is an enormous amount of geothermal energy in the planet's interior that could potentially be tapped"
~ * a direct quote from: japanfs.org

-- Taking Action --

People can make a huge difference in so many areas in their lives, and may not realize the impact they can have with simple actions.

For instance, did you know that by refraining from driving 2 family cars, and sharing one instead –along with public transit or cycling options – just by doing that one thing a family can reduce CO2 emissions by 6.4 tons?

Try going camping or vacationing locally instead of booking a flight to another country – and save 2.4 tons of greenhouse gas emissions this year.

Consider eating less red meet – cutting out beef from your daily diet (we are not talking about the occasional hamburger here, but we are talking about your regular meal planning…). Just cutting out beef from your regular menu planning can save 1.4 tons of C02!

Take cool or cold showers in the summer and reduce your personal production of greenhouse gases by at least .6 tons per year.

Small actions like opening the blinds to utilize daylight and shades to control the degree of sunlight you receive from each window can greatly reduce the amount of electricity spent on lighting. Mirrors, wall coloring and placing of furniture can also have a huge effect on the lighting. Closing the blinds to block out the sun in the summer greatly reduces the need for running fans and conditioners.

Here are a few other simple little things that we can consider using in our daily life:
Take the stairs – you save the energy it would have taken to run the elevator. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use, and turn off the lights when you are not in the room.

All of these actions have a positive impact on the planet.

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

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's Easy Being Green!

-- Earth Hour --

Earth Hour is an initiative that anyone can participate in - All we need to do is turn off all our lights for one hour at 8:30 PM - (pacific) - on March 27th.

Earth Hour is a global event that is organized by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF: http://earthhourcanada.org/earthhour ) and is held on the last Saturday of March.

According to earthhour2008.com, "the first Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia in 2007 ...more than 2 million residents switched off their lights." By 2008 more than 50 million people across the planet took the time to participate in this amazing event. Today, there are hundreds of millions of participants.

So why is it so popular? - This initiative not only increases awareness about the issue, but measures the results and allows people to see the direct result of their action.

Shaw Cable sent out an email notice celebrating this opportunity for the average individual to make a huge difference on the planet, and in this notice they stated that they will "save more than 250 lbs in greenhouse gas emissions by shutting down all non-essential building lighting and... signage".

-- Recommended Resources --

- Betty Jones sent me this link to an interesting blog that recently offered 100 UPCYCLE ideas! (reusing “waste” as a viable product at home or in the office).

Earth Matters Foundation : www.earthmattersfoundation.com
- Founded in 2000 the society works to inspire people to care about the planet.

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

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Green Buildings & Burials

-- Quote of the Day --

“Green burial is when a person is buried in a biodegradable container, or nothing at all, and being returned to earth’s soil. …Being buried without metals, plastics, chemicals or concrete …without toxic glues and varnishes. The main way people choose to do this is through an earth friendly casket crafted out of wood, or bamboo, banana leaves or willow.”
~ Feb 4th – Elizabeth Fournier

Check out the interview, where this quote came from, by clicking on the show title: Green Funerals, which aired on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio back on Feb 4th, 2010.

-- Curbing Rising Temperatures --

If we as humans want to have a fair chance at curbing the current trend of rising temperatures across the globe we must reduce our emissions by 80%.

Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption, yet building efficiency can be improved by 80% with cost-effective energy savings improvements, such as new insulation.

The Canadian province – Ontario has been recognized as a world leader in conservation as well as the production and distribution of renewable energy – the province has recently passed the Green Energy Act which requires a home seller to provide the buyer with an EneGuide Rating for the home. This provides the buyer with the right knowledge to weigh out the pro’s and con’s of that property based on rebates available for improvements.

In 2009 the Canadian government provided an economy stimulus budget to provide funding to help stimulate the housing sector and improve building efficiency. The US had a similar program, but offered the additional benefit of providing more help to those with a lower income.

According to a booklet put out by Roxul Inc. (a rockwool insulation company) titled Climate & Environment 2009 - stated that in the United States alone, buildings account for 72% of electricity consumption, 39 percent of energy use, 38 % of CO2 emissions, 40% of raw materials used, 14% of potable water consumption, and 30% of waste output (construction results in 136 million tons of waste annually in the US).

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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Relationship with the World

-- Quote of the Day --

…You’ve got to take care of yourself. There is a lot of talk about boundaries and I’m not a big fan of that word because I believe that if we are taking care of ourselves we don’t need these boundaries. We don’t have this impenetrable border going up, but we are really protected – and we are making decisions that are more uplifting for ourselves and other people. …we can take a breath and stop the resistance to who they are or what they are doing. If we are not strong enough we don’t have to put ourselves in harms way.

~ Feb 18th – Sarah Anma

This quote originated from an archived interview with Sarah, that aired on Feb 18, 2010. Check i out by following the hyperlinked show title - Art of Relationships

-- Clean the World --

By joining Clean the World organization’s Hospitality Recycling Program spas, hotels and resorts can now recycle unused portions of personal products like soap and shampoo – these products are sterilized and redistributed to the individuals in need around the globe.

This seemingly small action has incredible impact on the planet – consider the fact that in 2009 alone the organization was able to distribute over 230 tons of hygiene products to countries worldwide. Clean the World is based in Orlando, Florida (USA): http://cleantheworld.org

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

Monday, March 22, 2010

Celebrating Proactive Actions & Poetry

-- Quote of the Day --

"Failure is not falling down,
It is remaining where you have fallen."

~ Author Unknown

-- Recommended Resources --

The Canadian Environmental Network facilitates cooperation and networking among non-profit, non-governmental environmental organizations internationally: http://cen-rce.org

Eco-Equity focuses on developing and promoting climate solutions: www.ecoequity.org

-- World Water Day, today! April 22nd --

Check out the many interviews with water experts on Conscious Discussions archived episodes: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions

-- Businesses Creating Sustainable Communities --

We love to celebrate businesses that take on initiatives to make their service or product a more environmentally friendly one. Just recently I stumbled on an article that spoke of 39 local businesses and organizations that were recognized this year with awards from Fortis-BC for their leadership in completing energy efficiency projects. In total, their efforts will result in an energy savings of over 100,000 kilowatts per year. Seven of these businesses saved enough to power 430 Canadian homes annually.

-- Authors Read --

Award-winning poet David Moolten has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and reviews and his literary recognition continues in influential literature circles. David is also a physician specializing in transfusion medicine, and in spite of the intense demands of that occupation, has pursued poetry with at least as much vigor. David has penned 3 published books to date - which we will be featuring here on the Authors Read radio show - Today David will be sharing an excerpt from Especially Then.

Check out today's episode (live at 9AM Pacific) by clicking on the show title above or look to the right for links to recently aired episodes on the Authors Read radio show.

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

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Positive News to Celebrate

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's episode of Positive Eco-News will discuss issues with packaging and poltstyrene foam (a.k.a styrofoam); we'll also discuss alternatives for the food and packaging industry to consider, information on experiements with compostable food and drink containers... and more!

As always, the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show airs at 10 AM - Pacific Time. Every single episode is archived as an audio file for anyone to access at their convenience with a click of their mouse they can choose whatever show they are interested in, or subscribe via itunes, or download the files to their portable listening device of choice, and other options as well.

To subscribe via itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id262138144

-- Announcement --

Regular listeners already know that Conscious Discussions airs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 AM (pacific) - however I'd like to forewarn our listeners that over the Spring/Summer seasons, we will be missing several days per month due to schedule constraints. So what this means is we may miss one day per week, and air twice a week instead of three times... however in the fall we will be back on our full-time schedule with the radio show. We appreciate your patience with us while we deal with our heavy schedule.

-- Conscious Living Events --

March 24-26
Event: GLOBE 2010 11th Biennial Conference & Trade Fair on Business and the Environment
Location:Vancouver Convention Center - Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Info: www.globe2010.com

March 28-30
Event: Construction & Demolition Recycling Annual Meeting
Location: LasVegas NV Rio C&D World – Rio Hotel & Casino
Info: www.cdrecycling.org

-- Exciting News for the Brummets --


Our local newspaper (which includes the Grand Forks Gazette and the Boundary Weekender, covering several smaller and mid-size communities) is doing an Earth Day contest, with a signed copy of our book Trash Talk as the prize.

The coverage will begin the last week of March, with an article and then subsequent announcements reminding people to enter the contest.

The signed book will be on display in the main office branch in Grand Forks, BC - and bookmarks will be made available for their patrons as of tomorrow. Incidentally, I make our bookmark displays out of a paperboard cereal box, using a little glue and tape - then cover it by gluing an old recycled map over it (using a glue stick to hold the map in place). It looks professional, doesn't cost us extra promotional dollars and shows that we "practice what we preach".

Anyway, Dave & I are pretty excited about this wonderful opportunity to reach so many people to encourage them in their efforts to make the world a better place. I hope the newspaper office receives a lot of feedback and entries for this contest. :)

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

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tired Tires

-- Tired Tires???---

Apologies to all our readers - I've just been so inundated with to-do's that this blog was neglected for a few days. I am sooooo tired today... may even lie down for a while. :)

According to the Recycling Product News (www.baumpub.com) article titled Green is for Retreads:

“Retreaded tires are one of the most environmentally friendly of all recycled products. They contain one of the highest post consumer contents, since the actual tire itself is being recycled. In fact, according to Harvey Brodskey, managing director of the California-based Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB), retreading was "green" before the word was ever used for recycling, and the retread industry has been green for nearly 100 years!

When a tire is retreaded, the worn tire – with the exception of a very small amount of old tread that is removed – is reused in the retread process. And even the small amount of old tread that is removed (referred to as buffings) is recycled and can be used on playgrounds, highways, rubber mats and a myriad of other products. Additionally, every time a tire is retreaded there is one less tire to go to our already overcrowded landfills.The oil savings with retreads is also very significant since tires are basically petrochemical products. It takes approximately 22 gallons of oil to manufacture one average size truck tire. Since most of that oil is found in the tire casing, which is re-used in the retreading process, only about 7 gallons of oil are needed to retread that same tire. A fleet using as few as 100 tires a year can help save 1,500 gallons of oil annually.”

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

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Poets Sharing & non-Profits Building Communities

-- Recommended Resource --

Today's recommended resource is an inspiring example of seeing a genuine need in society, finding a way to fill that need, developing the funding for the project and helping the planet be greener at the same time.

* I received this information recently from a fellow member of the SanDiego Waste Management Group:

"Green Beach America http://www.greenbea chamerica.org/green-beach-exchange is a non-profit, 501(c)3 dedicated to providing barrier-free homes for disabled Veterans. Green Beach homes use energy efficient methods and sustainable building materials to maximize energy conservation and provide a clean environment.

The exchange is an outlet store that sells donated goods for resale. Local contractors, retailers, and private individuals have donated a variety of home improvement items (new as well as used) such as furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the exchange.

The exchange sells these donated goods to the general public at a fraction of the retail price to help fund the construction of our Green Beach America homes. The exchange provides an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the waste stream while providing funding for Green Beach’s mission."

-- Announcement --

In honor of Poetry Month (April, 2010) hosts of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show (Dave & Lillian Brummet) decided to set up a special day for poetry readings on April 13. Published poets are welcome to call in and read their poetry; poetry readers are welcome to come in to share their favorite published poem. Feel free to spread the word...

Date: April 13th
Time: 10 AM (pacific) - 11 AM
Details & call-in # can be found at: www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions
*Poets can also call in via SKYPE; Live listeners will have access to a chat room managed by the host, Lillian Brummet
Show guidelines: No religion, erotica/sex, swearing... (keep it clean)

* No registration necessary.

-- Book Tours & Radio Interviews --

Book Tours & Radio Interviews for April are now registered at:


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

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Musical Benefits

-- 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 --

March 21-23
Location: Las Vegas, NV – National Demolition Association Convention @ Mirage Hotel
Info: www.demolitionassociation.com

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Mark Romero, known for his beautiful music and the therapeutic benefits of the frequencies within his work, was our guest of the day on Conscious Discussions radio. With the completed studies by one of NASA's former top consultants, Dr. Ronald Jones PhD, it was proven that Mark's music carries frequencies that actually put listeners into a higher state of consciousness and helped them to live healthier, stronger and more vital lives. Drop in to the Musical Therapy interview to learn about the benefits of music on our mental and physical health.

-- Did You Know?? --

In Cairo, Egypt up to 80% of the garbage gets reclaimed and recycled…

That's more than the vast majority of cities and towns in the U.S. where in 2008, the national average was 32.5%!!

*For info on this check out the trailer for Garbage Dreams at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b26dBL5tQPk

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

Monday, March 15, 2010

Green Kids & Glass Recycling

-- Quote of the Day --

Children are bombarded by movies and television about the terrible stresses on the world. They hear that the polar bears are disappearing or the ice shelf is melting… and there is a lot of fear around sustainability. It is really important that children feel empowered, rather than threatened. We need to help them realize that change can happen, that they can do it on their level, with their resources. …The earth is healthy in many ways and can be healthier and we can all be a part of that, no matter how young we are.”

~ Therese Tappouni

Today's quote was excerpted from the Teaching Green to Children interview that aired on Conscious Discussions talk radio show on Feb 9, 2010

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today I read an excerpt from Trash Talk, our book on saving time and money through looking at "waste" as a "resource". In this section, I read from pages 48-49 from the chapter: Glass. Click on the show title: Glass - to access today's episode.

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

Friday, March 12, 2010

-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest on Authors Read Radio was Gumersindo Vidot and his book: You Only Live Twice about his days growing up in the Spanish Harlem and South Bronx; the racism, violence and poverty he endured – This is a real survival story. Gumersindo was born in Puerto Rico to a poor family, who later became a boxer and moved on to a great many other things including armored car driver, police investigator, school police officer, citizen safety awareness instructor, security site coordinator and private investigator. This author is a proud father of 3 and grandfather to 2. Sadly Gumersindo has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, however this has strengthened his resolve to leave a lasting, positive legacy with a young adult organization that helps youth survive today’s world: Youth Survival Project.

Check out today's reading by clicking on the book title: You Only Live Twice.

-- E-Waste --

Electronic waste contains valuable resources such as metals that can and should be recycled. This can include steel, glass, copper, aluminum, plastic and rare or precious metals from bronze and brass to gold. They also contain hazardous waste materials that pose problems for landfill sites and developing nations where unregulated electronic waste is often processed without concern for workers or the environment. This can include things like lead and mercury, batteries, alkaline, acids, polychlorinated biphenyls and flame-retardants, which need to be recycled safely.

The term “end of life” refers to used items – in this case, electronic items – that are no longer in use due to being obsolete or inoperative. This means the item cannot be upgraded, repaired or donated to a worthy cause for reuse. When donating used electronics it is important that you erase any data they may contain – some centers, like FreeCycle.com promise to do this for you. While the recycling center will likely make every effort to ensure the privacy and security of personal information, it is always in your best interest to erase data prior to recycling.

Businesses, office and industry are often able to arrange pick-up for large contributions – but if they are delivering a large number of items the business should call first and arrange for deliveries of large quantity.

Here in Canada, consumers pay an environmental handling fee ranging from 5-18 dollars every time they purchase new products in the designated categories and this is used to finance e-waste programs. Producers, retailers and distributors also lay a role in the recycling of electronic products.

Most e-waste collections programs will start with desktop computers and the peripherals involved including keyboards, cables and so on – monitors, televisions and flat panel displays, notebook computers (a.k.a laptops or tablet PC’s), printers and fax machines (but not their cartridges). Once the programs have been in place for a while the residents will likely see an increase in the variety of items they can recycle from phones, and car dash components to hand held devices and speakers.

According to the recyclingbizz.com article titled: Global Ewaste Grows… electronic waste grows by about 40 million tons per year on this planet.

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

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Earth friendly Living

-- Quote of the Day --

"The more confident you are in your own truth,
the less it matters whether or not anyone agrees with you

~ Anonymous

-- Recommended Resources --

Canadian Association for Renewable Energies was federally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in March '98, with a mandate to promote feasible applications of renewable energies.
Info: www.renewables.ca

Earth Energy Society of Canada represents the domestic earth energy industry (ground-source / geothermal heat pump) and promotes quality installations of earth energy technology as a viable economic alternative for Canadians.
Info: http://imby.org

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

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Impacts of Choices

-- Quote of the Day --

“The impact of suicide is that people are haunted by the question of Why. Even though you can say there is a big connection to mental illness, addictions, depression and hopelessness leading to suicide. Still survivors are left wondering “what if…” There are a whole host of questions that can preoccupy the survivors. In the case of adults, usually the intense anguish gets better after a 2 year period. However there can be physical symptoms, where you can have trouble sleeping or concentrating, a feeling numb, a sense of wondering about the meaning of your own life - and it is so incredibly important to be gentle with yourself and to reach out for help from others. …Often when you say someone committed suicide, people will migrate to how or why it happened – but what can be very helpful is to ask the grieving individual to tell you about the person and have them come alive across time and not have the event being the definition of who that person was. …We all have our own ways of coping; we need to honor each person’s method of managing overwhelming feelings… give each person room to sort through the many feelings and emotions they may have.”
~ Feb 2nd – Nancy Rappaport

Today's quote originates from a Conscious Discussions interview that aired on Feb 2nd, 2010. Check out the archived Surviving Suicide interview at your convenience by clicking on the links above.

-- New Writer-Related Interview --

I have had such a wonderful experience with this blog (below), where the owner created a three-part interview with me. The third, and final, installment went up on her blog today! I just read it and I am so excited... What do you think of it???

I loved it, I hope you do too. It was longer than I thought... we were able to cover a lot of ground in this interview including how our third book was written, the research process, some of the harder things we have done as writers, childhood memories, and then we talked about some of the other things we do - like hosting the two radio programs, and so on.

Please check the interview out and let me know what you thought ( leave a comment on this blog, or on Lisa's blog...)

Can you tell I'm excited???? lol

-- Eco-Business Initiatives --

I tend to celebrate when I learn of conscious, eco-business initiatives that happen regularly around us.

Just recently Sanyo Electric Co. announced that it would start full operation of a project - the Smart Energy System. This system combines the company's technologies for energy creation (photovoltaic system), energy storage (rechargeable battery), and energy saving
(commercial equipment, etc.), with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and lowering the operating costs of facilities such as factories, schools, and stores.

Another interesting finding for me was when I went to purchase a couple of new Nyla bones for our dogs at the pet store…on the back of the packaging, which was recyclable – I spotted a small logo stating that part of the power used in the production of that product was supplied by solar energy.

Initiatives like these are very encouraging to see – so many companies are getting used to the idea that we, as consumers, care about these things. And THAT is something to celebrate :)

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

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Today's Happenings...

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today on Conscious Discussions we are speaking about everyday pets becoming volunteers and therapists for humans - Barbara Techel, our guest of the day, is the award-winning author of the Frankie children’s book series based on a real-life story of the author's dog who had a spinal injury. This courageous little dog of hers ended up enabling the author to encourage children to be the best they can be while learning that no matter what life challenges we face, we can still give back to the world. Today we will talk all about this, and Barbara’s experiences in working with Frankie as a volunteer therapy team at hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers and the occasional visit to children’s classrooms as well. Drop in to hear this fascinating interview on Animal Therapists by clicking on the hyperlinks here - or look to the right for recently aired episodes.

-- Conscious Living Event --

March 10-12: Waste & Recycling Expo
Location: CIEC World Trade Center, Mexico City (Mexico)
Info: www.wasterecyclingmexico.com

-- Chatter --

Whew! Today will prove to be another day on the run - keeping busy is better than being idle, I suppose. :) I'm busily putting together my gardening plan for this season, figuring out which vegetable should go where, and so forth. Once this is completed I can go through my seeds and get started. I know - I'm a little behind and will have to purchase some transplants this year, but it's been one of those years where things kept happening to set us behind. Well, today is the day. I do look forward to it.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Yesterday on Authors Read Radio show we featured Heather Kuel who dropped in to read from her horror-fantasy story: Promises to Keep. Check it out by clicking on the hyperlinks above... or look to the right for recently aired episodes.

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

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A thousand fibres connect us

-- Quote of the Day --

"We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men."

~ Herman Melville

-- Interview --

Drop by for the Affordable Landscape Makeover interview with hosts Douglas & Annette Johnson, while they ask Lillian Brummet how to build healthy soil, get seeds and plants, water and maintain a garden on a strict budget and very little time. Find resources & more gardening info on our site: www.brummet.ca

-- Conscious Living Events --

March 8-9: Gatineau, QC. – Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety Forum – Leading Workplace Change @ Hilton Lac-Leamy www.ccohs.ca

March 7-13: E-book week is just around the corner @ http://www.ebookweek.com

-- Even A Font Can Make A Difference! --

*Source: Japanfs.org

Nis Co., a Japanese firm which develops character fonts for PCs, started selling its Ecofont series in August 2008. The Ecofont, named for ecology and economy, has been a major hit as its outline characters require less ink, leading to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The company's in-house research shows that Ecofont can reduce toner or ink by 25 percent in terms of printing area.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

The Hidden Benefits of Animals

-- Quote of the Day --

Some kids find it very hard to read and write – if you can read and write you can teach yourself and do anything you want to do. Literacy is extremely important… and kids won’t learn unless they want to, and it is my job (as a teacher) to make them want to. I am a catalyst. …(as a young person) my husband had a passion for falconry but was failing high school English and a very wise teacher had him write about falconry – Now he’s a writer himself, and more than that he is a publisher. …I had to bring 4 cougar cubs to school one day (no one was at home to look after them) and it was just a wonderful reaction. The cougars were particularly what turned more students on. …There was none little boy who was put into my class (because no one wanted him) and he just sat in the back of the class room and he just would not do anything, he just defied me to teach him. But after school I noticed that he talked to dogs and cats in people’s yards on his way home so I gave him the little runt of the litter – and they connected, and the little 8-year boy flowered. He wrote about the cougars in a different way than the other children – and then he began to write about himself. And if you analyzed that poetry, far beyond his years with rhythms and connotations and illusions, and he revealed his problems – it was like bibliotherapy. …You know, the last I heard he was publishing magazines!”

~ Jan 14th – Lyn Hancock

The quote of the day was excerpted from the Animals Inspiring Kids to Write episode on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, on Jan 14 2010. Drop in to hear the show by clicking on the hyper-linked show title above.

-- Announcement --

We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Doing The Right Thing Right talk radio show had technical issues with their switchboard today and we were unable to air the interview there this morning. I am in the process of communicating with Phyllis (the host) to reschedule the interview.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thoughtful Living

-- Quote of the Day --

"If we are flexible and pragmatic, if we can resolve to work tirelessly in common effort, then we will achieve our common purpose: a world that is safer, cleaner and healthier than the one we found; and a future that is worthy of our children"

~ Barack Obama

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Cheryl Kerr has published columns, essays and articles in newspapers and periodicals. She has also published a book on employment law.

To access today's broadcast of The World of Writing with Cheryl Kerr, click on the show title here or look to the right to find recently aired episodes of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Thoughtful Consumerism --

Last Xmas my sister-in-law handed me a xmas card that was made in such a way that at the end of the season the recipient could tear it into two bookmarks and reuse the card for many more months as bookmarks. It was also printed with soy inks and on FSC paper. I still remember that card several months later, and have been using the bookmarks as well… that is the kind of impact these initiatives can have.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alternative Transportation & Interviews

-- Interesting Eco-Interview --

The Greenhouse Neutral Foundation (based in Australia) sent me a link for an interview they did with Joanne Luke - host of the Healthy Planet Healthy People Show. In this interview they talked about the seemingly unending consumption in a finite world of resources.
Location: http://bit.ly/bgxVNc

-- Bike Sharing --

*Source: www.japanfs.org

Japan's first full-scale bicycle-sharing service, billed as a novel eco-friendly form of public transportation, is set to start on March 20, 2010, in downtown Toyama City – operated by Cyclocity, Inc. While bike-sharing services are becoming more common in major cities in Europe and the U.S., Toyama will be the first to introduce such a full-scale system in Japan.

A total of 150 bicycles will be installed at 15 self-service stations in the central part of the city. Pre-registration is required to use the service, and registered users can pick up and return bicycles at any time at any rental station.

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

March 2nd: Today's Conscious Discussions Radio episode, Inner Growth, features Jeff Brown as our guest of the day. A former lawyer, turned author - we are focusing on finding peace, passion and comfort in this life through understanding ourselves and growing as individuals.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Poetry, Composting & Events

-- Quote of the Day --

"Only those who will risk going too far
Can possibly find out how far one can go."

~ T S Eliot

-- Conscious Living Events --

March 3-5 - International Automobile Recycling Congress
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Info: www.icm.ch

March 3 - Guest Post!
Tony Eldridge's Marketing Tips for Authors blog features our article on book reviews.
Location: http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com

-- Positive Eco-News --

According to a press release by Tom Fudge, San Diego's Miramar Landfill is now experimenting with compostable cups, plates, stir-sticks and cutlery in their composting program. Apparently these items, depending on their composition, can break down in as little as one week. These items can be made from bamboo, corn, potato, wood and other renewable resources.

-- Authors Read Radio --

Poet, writer and artist April Chartrand dropped into Authors Read radio today to share an excerpt from her debut poetry collection titled: Angel’s Destiny. In this book, April transports the reader into the life of a multi-cultural woman living in the United States who is attempting to overcome violent adversities and finally embraces self-love.

To access today's show simply click on the hyper-links above, or look to the left of this page.

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