Saturday, August 31, 2019

Beat the Blues


Beat the Blues 

Many of us dream of attaining a simpler lifestyle and it is easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed in today’s world, but one sure way to break the blues is to make someone else's life a little brighter.

Do you have a relative or neighbour that finds it difficult to wrap gifts? Help them with the task or purchase some reusable gift bags and boxes for them to use. Go a step further and volunteer around the community, if only for an afternoon; check with the local volunteer office if you are looking for places that need a hand.

If you can’t find a resource for volunteers – make one. We created a page of non-profits in our area for volunteer enthusiasts, people with a little to donate, and for the non-profits to network with one another. You can find it here: https://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/p/creston-bc-orgs.html

Families now are going back to earlier traditions of making gifts by hand rather than buying them (plates of goodies, crafts, art, dried arrangements, dehydrated tomatoes or fruits, jars filled with dried herbs or preserves made from their gardens, home-made frozen lasagne, etc.). Some are making the most of family fun during the holidays by creating treasure hunts (as opposed to wrapping the gifts) thus reducing some waste. Others are taking on eco and environmental friendly themes in their holiday gift giving by choosing gifts that can benefit the planet.

Occasionally look through your closets, pantries, library shelves and storage areas for things that have not been used in the last couple of years or items you longer wish to own. Choose one section of the home at a time if you have a lot to go through. There’s no hurry – one closet, one shelf, one drawer at a time. Donate these items to the less fortunate through food kitchens, shelters for the homeless and women's support centres. Send books to the library and literacy programs - and don't forget to drop off items to thrift stores that raise funds for charities or hospitals.

Alternatively, raise funds for a charity by selling your unwanted items through your local FaceBook buy/sell group. Another way to easily raise funds is to take the family, or a friend, and head down to some area of town that you noticed had garbage along the roadside. Make sure it is safe to do this of course (take a few bags with you – so you can separate the trash from returnables as you go) and begin cleaning on one side and then crossing over to work your way back to your vehicle. Taking all the bottles and cans in to the depot can really add up.

If you have a few dollars to spare, even $20 would do, take the family down to the local grocery or pet shop and try to get as many healthy, sustainably produced items as you can for that money. Go down as a group and donate to a food bank or animal shelter. If you can, try to purchase one item per family member as a donation every time you go shopping. Even one item donated once a week can make a world of difference to those in need.

Some families have taken on the task of repairing broken toys and bicycles purchased at garage sales and thrift shops, which they then donate or sell back into the community. Perhaps you have a talent like this that you can use to benefit others.

Creative ideas like these are guaranteed to eliminate the blues. They are responsible for more vitality, adventure and kindness - and they create memories and legacies that will last beyond our lifetime. Family and friends witnessing what you are doing will become inspired to be more involved in the community. These activities get us out of our depressing routines, out of the house, and into some fresh air. Organizing and downsizing our belongings has a profound impact on how our home or office feels to us. Meanwhile, and most importantly, we are able to make a measurable difference in our community.


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

quote of the day




Quote of the Day 







"Unselfish and noble actions 

are the most radiant pages 

in the biography of souls." 



~ David Thomas





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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Recommended Resources


Recommended Resources



Animal Alliance of Canada is a non-profit that strives toward animal and wildlife protection laws.


Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary rescues orphaned and injured wildlife and returns them to the wild or provides long term care for them - depending on the situation. 


Atlantic Coastal Action Program (Sydney, NS - Canada) is a charity that strives for clean air and water, protected habitats, properly managed waste, and a healthy community. 


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Monday, August 26, 2019

sustainable gardens



Sustainable Gardens  



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

These unique seeds are becoming rare and will eventually face extinction if we fail to keep them alive and growing. Two surveys between 1900 and 1981 revealed that 7,000 fewer apple varieties were grown within that time period in North America. Yet even now, after losing so much diversity there are estimated to be around 2,000 varieties of beans and 6,000 kinds of tomatoes. Every single one has a particular history, a particular DNA sequence, and a particular set of nutrients, colour, shape, size and texture. For example, tomatoes variants offer red, pink, yellow, orange, black, green, white or purple colours with rippled, cracked, smooth or fuzzy skin.

Scientists use DNA and genetic material to create hybrid varieties that may help us face all kinds of agricultural issues from malnutrition and weather extremes to pests and disease. Some people, however, view genetically modified crops as a Frankenstein science because the science also looks at alternative genes from animals, insects and chemicals.

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

You can make a difference, starting right where you are simply by passing on the information and sharing links to events and organizations on social media. Choosing open-pollinated varieties from your favourite seed catalogues is a great way to support biodiversity. Growing crops that your grandparents, or great-grandparents, can remember from their youth can be quite an experience for the whole family. Seeing the exotic array of colours, shapes and flavours on your kitchen table that cannot be found in grocery stores, is a thrill on its own. Go one step farther by saving seeds and sharing them with others. If you can, drop in to farmer’s fairs, markets and seed exchange events. As a final note, please visit seed saving organization websites (i.e. www.seeds.ca) where you can find a variety of ways to help save seeds from extinction.

Incidentally, that organization (above) has an excellent seed adoption program where donations can save seed varieties forever. Dave and I have had the pleasure of contributing and helping to save 5 different seed varieties over the years through our annual donations. It is because of your support of our business - people who have taken drum lessons, attended drum workshops, people who have purchased our products and books, etc. We appreciate every one. Thank you.

* Curious about Brummet Media Donations? 

Your support of our work is appreciated. To this end we donate 10% of Brummet Media Group earnings annually to numerous pet rescue, garden, literacy and wildlife non-profit organizations over the many years... Including:Canadian Wildlife Federation, Pollinator Partnership, North American Butterfly Association, Seeds of Diversity, Creston Valley Wildlife Management Fund, Creston's Pet Adoption And Welfare Society, Granby Wilderness Society, SPCA, and the National Wildlife Federation... among a few other causes and charitable events, school music and music therapy causes that we have donated product, time, services and art to. *Shout out to all the wonderful musicians over the years sharing their excess drum and percussion odds and ends that have enabled Dave to donate his services to public and private school classrooms!




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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Quote of the Day




Quote of the Day 









“No matter how dark and gloomy it looks 

in your life right now, 

if you’ll release the weight of those burdens, 

you will see the sun break forth.” 


~ Joel Osteen




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