Monday, November 30, 2020

World of writing - Author Interview



Author Interview

* A note of appreciation goes out to Leslie Barrett, publicist at PRByTheBook.com, who pointed today's guest our way. 

Today we are joined by author Tinita Kearney for yet another author interview on our blog. (We try to schedule one interview per month). Dr. Kearney is a speech pathologist who has recently released Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures, a fun book that teaches kids aged 2-6 critical language skills through an enchanting, 22-page adventure. Check out her newest children’s book series at lolakoala.com and subscribe to get weekly communication tips and tricks.




Q: What is your education/career background?

I have had a desire to work with young children since high school and have done that for every job I've had since that time. I am now a paediatric speech-language pathologist and I take great joy in helping little ones improve their speech and language skills both in my private practice and in the public school system that I work with. It is this love of children and my vested interest in their progress that drove me to create the Lola Koala's Travel Adventures book series.

Q: What inspired your story?

School year after school year, I am met with a caseload of unique, eager-to-learn elementary-school-aged students with not-so-unique speech and language issues. And while a percentage of these students have difficulties that require intensive therapy (plus the dedicated involvement of the family and school team), a good portion requires much less involvement from me. It's this group that I aim to help with my books -- by empowering their families to build their language skills at home with consistent, fun practice and resources!

Q: What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

My third-grade teacher, Kristen Potter, played a crucial role in teaching me that I could achieve anything that I could imagine. She was one of those teachers from the storybooks -- patient, kind, encouraging, fun -- the kind you think don't really exist! I wish every student in the world could benefit from the amazing effects of having an awesome teacher who sows greatness into your future. I just love that lady!




Q: What was your favorite book as a child?

As a child, I loved the A Wrinkle In Time series. I also loved the American Girl: Addy book series (and all things 'Addy') by Connie Rose Porter.

Q: What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

Rhyming! It was so much harder than I anticipated -- coming up with rhyming words that naturally fit within the story was a huge challenge in and of itself!


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Sunday, November 29, 2020

quote of the day


Quote of the Day



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"You can argue all day about whether one person using straws or going vegan will make a difference. 

The point is the mindset. 

We need to change our thinking from this idea that the earth is a bottomless pit of resources and start acting like what we do matters. 

Changing the philosophy of cultures and societies starts with individuals changing their own hearts and minds. 

That’s the importance of grassroots action. 

It’s not that my composting will empty landfills of food waste buy my changed mind and heart may influence others. 

And that could spread and change the world."

~ Olga Evans




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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Recommended Resources



-- Recommended Resources --


Yup - it's time to post 3 more resources that we recommend to our readers ;) The first comes to us from Mari Williams (Junior Researcher @ Wilkes Institute for Environmental Sciences and Sustainability). I'm thrilled to share it today because it encourages frugal and environmentally friendly tips for young people heading off to college or university. 


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Energy For All - a non-profit  that focuses on providing clean water and renewable energy through environmentally sustainable means. Ranging from solar power to biogas digesters, this organization reaches communities around the world. 

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Environmental Defence - works at the municipal, provincial and federal level on behalf of the environment - creating lasting change by reducing toxins, tackle climate change, build a sustainable eco-friendly economy and more. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Gift Ideas


 --  Gift Idea --


The holidays are fast approaching and now that people are spending a lot of time indoors it is, perhaps, a good time to consider giving books for Christmas and upcoming holidays over the winter season. As such I'd like to suggest this book below for several reasons. First of course, book purchases support our work. Second, this book will make a real and measurable difference for the recipient. 

Towards Understanding


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Beginning with her childhood trauma and leading into her journey of finding healing and self worth, the author takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions through 125 poems, in chronological order. 

Lillian Brummet writes with words as an artist paints with colours and explores various poem-structures - uncommon amongst modern poets.
 
...Check out the fantastic reviews from our wonderful readers: http://www.brummetmedia.ca/towardsreviews.html


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Monday, November 23, 2020

quote of the day


Quote of the Day


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"Across the range of diverse experiences and traditions 

that have been written into our Nation's story, 

family has remained a steadfast and common foundation. 

Every day, families offer comfort and support to one another 

with enduring and unconditional love 

and they contribute to their communities and our country. 

During National Family Week, we uplift and honor the families that 

give so much to forge a brighter future for themselves and for

 America.... As we reminisce on warm memories and share in the

joy and love family can provide, let us also pledge to lift up our

 loved ones and recommit to the family bonds that have 

strengthened the fabric of our Nation".

 ~ Barack Obama, 2015 November 23rd, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary




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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

gift idea


 --  Gift Idea --


The holidays are fast approaching and now that people are spending a lot of time indoors it is, perhaps, a good time to consider giving books for Christmas and upcoming holidays over the winter season. As such I'd like to suggest this book below for several reasons. First of course, book purchases support our work. Second, this book will make a real and measurable difference for the recipient. 

Trash Talk - Book 2





The second book in the Trash Talk series goes beyond the many R's of reducing waste, and looks at other green activities that individuals can easily apply anywhere in life.


Find topics like:

- Reducing and Reusing Water

- Conserving gas and electricity

- Improving air quality

- Organic gardening

- Composting techniques

- Alternative energy
 
...Check out the fantastic reviews from our wonderful readers: http://www.brummetmedia.ca/trash1reviews.html

This second book in the Trash Talk series offers proactive, positive information on numerous conscious living topics that can help you save hundreds of dollars a year. 

You will find more than 200 environmental resources, along with their links or contact information. 

Discover great tips for eco-friendly party planning and easy ways to support local schools and nonprofit organizations. 

Find discussions on where to start when you feel overwhelmed and learn about some inspiring zero waste projects.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Recommended Resources



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Electronic Recycling Association is a Canada-wide recycling program for all things electronic and digital. 


Elder Dog focuses on providing care, assistance and homes for senior dogs. 


Emanuel Foundation provides relief for the poor in a variety of ways. Keeping items from the landfill, volunteers refurbish decommissioned playgrounds and setting them up for children to play on in parks and schools where they are needed. They also ship up to 20 containers per year filled with much-needed items from medical supplies to educational equipment. Their members also participate in safe water projects, nutrition, and school construction. 


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Monday, November 16, 2020

Quote of the day



-- Quote of the Day --




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"If civilization is in danger today... 

it will do so with the enthusiastic assistance of credulous people. 

They seem to me more dangerous than the most brazen leaders, 

because everything is done with their cooperation."


~ A. Anatoli Kuuznetsov

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Green gift guide



-- Green Holiday - Green Gift Ideas -- 


Holiday gift giving has changed quite a bit over the last few years, as people have less money to spend and are more aware of the impact their purchases have on both the environment and society… and there are a heck of a lot of holidays to consider from birthdays, secretary day, anniversaries, and Halloween to Valentines. The collective impact of these special days can be huge. 

Christmas alone is responsible for 25% more waste being sent to landfills. By recognizing the incredible waste that is generated the urgency to do something becomes apparent. With this in mind, we are offering several Green Gift related and Green Events related articles (Look for them between: late Oct-mid-Dec). this is the 4th article in the series, so far. 

People are now embracing practical, ecological gifts that can provide some form convenience or financial benefit. At the same time, it is nice to find ways to alleviate the guilt felt during special days due to the high consumption and travel activities. Here is a brief list of frugal and environmentally sound ideas to inspire your gift-giving purchases this year. If some of these seem too small, consider combining some of these items into an eco-gift basket.

Books - Most of us realize the benefits of literacy and supporting local businesses. You can do both by choosing to purchase books as gifts this year. 

However, you can also leave a legacy with your own book. This could be a journal, a collection of poetry, a family tree that you've researched or even a family recipe book. Perhaps you might consider including quotes from family members or people you admire and possibly a few favourite family photos.

Random Alternative gifts
A reusable coffee filter and whole organic coffee beans makes a nice gift for coffee lovers. 
Consider slippers and sweaters as the recipient is less likely to turn up their thermostat. 
Choose toys and games with positive environmental or education values and those that emphasize cooperation, exploration or creative thinking. 


The Tree
Give or purchase a living tree, or sponsor a non-profit that will plant one in honour of your friend. If you have purchased a live xmas tree, it can be donated to individuals with space on their land, the city, schools or parks when the season is over. Alternatively, plant it in your own yard for privacy, summer shade or soil and water erosion control. Trees are so beneficial to pollinators and birds, and are very effective at removing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, ozone and nitrogen oxides from our air.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Recommended Resources



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Edmonton & Area Land Trust works to protect and steward natural areas and donated land, utilizing it to educate the public and protect nature for future generations. 


Edmonton Humane Society helps needy animals connect with welcoming people. Their programs include spay/neuter programs, training classes, grooming & day-care helping people keep their dogs, and finding homes for animals looking for homes. 


Edson Animal Rescue focuses on helping homeless animals find a forever home. 


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Green gift idea


 --  Gift Idea --


The holidays are fast approaching and now that people are spending a lot of time indoors it is, perhaps, a good time to consider giving books for Christmas and upcoming holidays over the winter season. As such I'd like to suggest this book below for several reasons. First of course, book purchases support our work. Second, this book will make a real and measurable difference for the recipient. 




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Dave and Lillian Brummet share their individual writing styles that express their passions and real life experiences. While Lillian experiments with various styles of poetry, most of Dave's poems in this book were in fact initially written as song lyrics.

You'll find that the poetry in this book reflects on the emotional turmoil of ailing parents and the grief of their passing. Some will speak of the strange emptiness left behind when old wounds are healed and others celebrate life, love, animals and nature with a good share of humour as well.



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Monday, November 9, 2020

quote of the day


Quote of the Day 





"Music imprints itself

In the brain

Deeper than

Any other human experience...

...Music brings back

The feeling of Life

When nothing else can."



~ Dr. Oliver Sacks 



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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Green Gift guide



-- Green Holiday - Green Gift Ideas -- 


Holiday gift giving has changed quite a bit over the last few years, as people have less money to spend and are more aware of the impact their purchases have on both the environment and society… and there are a heck of a lot of holidays to consider from birthdays, secretary day, anniversaries, and Halloween to Valentines. The collective impact of these special days can be huge. 

Christmas alone is responsible for 25% more waste being sent to landfills. By recognizing the incredible waste that is generated the urgency to do something becomes apparent. With this in mind, we are offering several Green Gift related and Green Events related articles (Look for them between: late Oct-mid-Dec). this is the 4th article in the series, so far. 

People are now embracing practical, ecological gifts that can provide some form convenience or financial benefit. At the same time, it is nice to find ways to alleviate the guilt felt during special days due to the high consumption and travel activities. Here is a brief list of frugal and environmentally sound ideas to inspire your gift-giving purchases this year. If some of these seem too small, consider combining some of these items into an eco-gift basket.

Give Services

Rather than giving an item that must be wrapped, consider purchasing tickets to a performance, restaurant gift certificates.

Certificates for services such as lawn care, cleaning, music lessons, exercise or dance classes, tune-up or tire rotation services. 

Don't forget to look at dog walking, babysitting, and massage, spas or gyms when looking at gift certificates. 

All of these ideas will help you support local businesses that you believe in while giving something that the recipient can truly benefit from.


Give Food

Home preserves such as dehydrated or canned foods make excellent gifts. 

There are a lot of people that find cooking cumbersome and they treasure ready-to-cook frozen meals like lasagne, pasta and casseroles. 

Snack foods and deserts are appreciated by most anyone. Keep in mind that purchasing Brazil or cashew nuts supports tropical rainforests. 

Baskets of healthy foods are another wonderful idea to consider - especially if it contains samples from local producers. 

Plants - 

Indoor gardening can improve the mood and health of those stuck inside, as such plants can be a welcome gift. If you have plants, perhaps consider rooting slips or taking divisions and creating new plants to share with your friends.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Kudo's. !!!!


Kudo's

Despite the cultural misconception that cities are horrible environments where no wildlife can thrive, in a world where more than 1 million species are at risk of extinction, we are seeing that larger corporations are now embracing more than energy and resource efficiency endeavours. Cities are creating more green spaces, residents are participating in a variety of ways, business are rising to the challenge and schools are jumping on board too. 

Green roofs, green screens, green walls, backyard gardens, indoor gardens, hanging baskets, tree planting and balcony gardens all play a huge role in nature coming back to the city. These little green islands have helped butterflies, birds and pollinators survive, and in some cases - recover and thrive.

There's a hotel I want to mention (I've forgotten the name of it now) located in Singapore, where they have built a huge, beautiful tiered outdoor garden space that their staff and clients enjoy in person or by viewing it from their rooms. It sets this hotel apart from others and their action may just inspire other hotels to follow suit. I recall a hotel in Vernon (BC, CA) where they installed an indoor garden space including a running creek - this green space ran like a ribbon between dining areas and was such an attractive place to visit; it was quite popular. Kelowna (BC, CA) also had a falcon rehabilitation project via habitat creation, bird houses and monitoring systems, with promising success. 

Schools and businesses are embracing small food production gardens to supplement what their cafeteria serves, sharing the excess with the staff. Restaurants too are using their own gardens, or local farmers' harvests, and this brings a great deal of flavour, variety and interest to what they can serve while supporting local farmers. 

Citizen Science projects are definitely helping improve the impressive rebound in the health of cities. Community programs and residential efforts ranging from bat/bird/butterfly house projects to pollinator gardens are bringing back these endangered creatures. 

The city of Austin (TX, USA) has an impressive number of wildlife habitats, monarch butterfly rehabilitation efforts while Atlanta (GA, USA) has focused their efforts on urban, residential and commercial green-spaces and tree planting projects.

Other cities like Seattle (WA, USA) are focusing on restoring former or neglected green spaces and protecting rivers and creeks. Here in Creston (BC, CA) we are seeing restoration of existing park areas, increased community garden spaces, downtown plantings, trail and recreation areas featuring green spaces, water conservation and wetland protection projects in place. 

Today, I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the many efforts taking place every day and to celebrate the impressive comeback we are seeing because of these changes. 

Thank you - everyone - for every little thing you do to make the world a better place :)

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Green Gift guide



-- Green Holiday - Green Gift Ideas -- 


Holiday gift giving has changed quite a bit over the last few years, as people have less money to spend and are more aware of the impact their purchases have on both the environment and society… and there are a heck of a lot of holidays to consider from birthdays, secretary day, anniversaries, and Halloween to Valentines. The collective impact of these special days can be huge. 

Christmas alone is responsible for 25% more waste being sent to landfills. By recognizing the incredible waste that is generated the urgency to do something becomes apparent. With this in mind, we are offering several Green Gift related and Green Events related articles (Look for them between: late Oct-mid-Dec). this is the 3rd article in the series, so far. 

People are now embracing practical, ecological gifts that can provide some form convenience or financial benefit. At the same time, it is nice to find ways to alleviate the guilt felt during special days due to the high consumption and travel activities. Here is a brief list of frugal and environmentally sound ideas to inspire your gift-giving purchases this year. If some of these seem too small, consider combining some of these items into an eco-gift basket.

For the homeowner
A thermostat control that automatically turns the heat down at night
A low flow shower-head attachment 
Tubes of caulking (and a caulking gun) and weather stripping supplies. 
Dimmer switches, energy efficient lighting (CFL’s or LED’s); yellow bulbs are perfect for exterior lighting because they attract fewer insects. 
Hot water tank insulation kits and hot water pipe insulation kits are also excellent ideas. 
Consider tossing in a few electric socket and light switch insulation kits too (little foam inserts that go behind the plug and switch covers that are located on exterior walls).

For the gardener
A subscription to an organic gardening magazine
Save a seed variety from extinction in your friend’s name
A membership to a seed organization, environmental or pollinator organization
Bird, bat and butterfly houses, baths and feeders - or the patterns to build them - are a wonderful gift. 
Alternatively consider composting bins, worm bins
Gift certificates to a local nursery


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

author interview



-- World of Writing -- 


Today we are joined by author Ericka Clay, a novelist who just released A Violent Hope, and is working on her next book: You Once Were Darkness. She has been awarded by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, she has written four novels and has had the privilege of sharing her craft, teaching writing classes and holding writers workshops in the South Texas area. Ericka tells me that she resides in the Northwest Arkansas area with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and an insatiable need to push buttons, both figuratively and literally. http://erickaclay.com or http://facebook.com/erickaswriting and http://twitter.com/erickaswriting
Q: Where are you from? 

I’m from a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas called Maumelle. I lived there until I was ten and then we moved around a bit. I’ve lived in Texas and actually graduated high school in Massachusetts. Talk about culture shock!

Q: When did you consider yourself a writer? 

Sixth grade. We were given a poetry project, and I was the only person in class who didn’t groan about it. I loved it! I had never written poetry before, and I felt an instant connection. I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 

Q: Do you use more than one voice in your writing? 

Oh, I absolutely do. I always admire people who can write in third person omniscient the entire time. For me, it’s different. I feel like the entire book is a tapestry, and there are different layers, and switching voices allows me to give a little more colour and depth to the entire piece. First person is my favorite way to write. I love getting inside my characters’ heads.

Q: What is your profession and educational background? 

My degree is in English and Creative Writing. I had always planned to use my degree full time, but life happened, and I ended up getting an upper management position. I was there two years when we decided it was best for me to come home to home school my daughter. Now I get to spend more time with her and write in my spare time. It’s definitely an ideal situation!

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses? 

I think I’m very strong when it comes to character development. I think I write to the point that you feel my characters standing right beside you. Plot? That’s definitely something that I have to work at. But I will say I think I’ve improved greatly in that area – thankfully!

Q: How have your books gotten published? 

At one point, I had an agent and a publisher. It was a surreal experience, and I of course figured it was my big break. But it definitely wasn’t the turning point I thought it would be, and I ended up going back to work and not writing for awhile. This go round, I sent off my manuscript to a few agents but I knew what I was writing was so niche, it probably wouldn’t get a second glance. I figure my work is too “Christian” for the secular publishing world and maybe a bit too “secular” for the typical Christian publishing crowd. No worries. I’ll just publish the book myself and cut out the middle man which is what I’ve done. And I love it! I love the creative control and the support I’ve received in writing my books. The whole process just seems more organic and real.




Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

Probably how I write my novels. People talk about being a pantser (writing from the seat of your pants) or being a plotter (someone who takes the time to carefully plot out their book before sitting down to write). I’d say I’m a pantsing plotter, that is I start out writing from the seat of my pants, but then slowly but surely I start to see the plot unfold and jot down a quick outline that I begin to flesh out on paper. 

Q: How many books/stories have you written? 

I’ve written three novels but have only published two of them (A Violent Hope and Unkept). I’m working on my fourth right now called You Once Were Darkness. It’s about two gang members who are cousins, one named Douglas (a former member who’s cleaning up his act) and the other named Travis (a brand new initiate). The tumultuous story of their relationship involves a woman who has struggled raising her defiant daughter, and how through her journey, she’s able to point Douglas to God. I also wrote and published a novella called Dear Hearts. It’s interesting to me how I was searching for something greater than myself in that book and eventually ended up finding it.



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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources


Ecology North, based in Yellowknife (NWT, CA), has a wide focus from food production and waste reduction to environmental education and community projects. 

ecoSource offers fun youth programs offering hands-on civic action and habitat creation experiences, empowering youth through environmental actions. 

EcoTrust Canada works with rural, remote and indigenous communities in balancing a conservation-based profitable economy with a sustainable community. 
Info: https://ecotrust.ca/

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Quote of the Day


Quote of the Day 





"Rivers do not drink their own water; 

Trees do not eat their own fruit;

The sun does not shine on itself, 

and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves.

Living for others is a rule of nature.

We are born to help each other.

No matter how difficult it is...

Life is good when you are happy; 

But much better when others are happy

Because of you."


~ William S. Browning
 


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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Pollinator Steward Webinar Series


The Pollinator Steward Webinar Series

Now that winter is settling in I'm sure our readers are looking for educational resources to enable them to continue their valuable efforts to make the world a better place. This particular series is run by Pollinator Partnership Canada with Habitat Acquisition Trust, Saanich Native Plants and Parks Canada.


Pollinator Steward Webinar Series Modules:

Introduction to Pollinators: 24 Jun 2020. Watch Recording

Selecting Plants for Pollinators: 8 July 2020. Watch Recording

Beautiful Butterflies: 23 July 2020. Watch Recording

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators: 28 July 2020. Watch Recording

Creating Meadows for Pollinators: 5 August, 2020. Watch Recording

Indigenous Stewardship of TENEW (land/water) in W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen Territories: 11 August, 2020. Watch Recording

Creating Wetlands for Pollinators: 2, September 2020. Watch Recording


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