Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Media Appearance

Brummet's In the Media 

After 25 years in the #writing industry, when I'm pleasantly surprised by unusual and challenging #interview questions the experience becomes so much more enjoyable for me.

**Thank you Ashley for putting so much effort into making the interview so special.

I like the stock photos she chose... none of those are of us or our family, however the imagery does suit the interview and I'm so glad she chose them.

Please do check it out., leave a comment... share on your social networking channels :)

It was so much fun, for both Ashley and I, and we both really hope that you all enjoy it too.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"A baby is born with a need to be loved 

and never outgrows it."

 ~ Frank A. Clark

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Media Appearance


Today I am thrilled to announce that The Writer's Digest Network has published our article about the local Growing Fresh project,  which involves many nonprofits and volunteers helping people learn about gardening and then how to utilize that bountiful harvest. 

I hope you enjoy reading it :) Feel free to leave a comment on the Writer's Digest blog and be sure to browse their awesome site!

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Garden pest: cabbage moth

Getting Rid of Cabbage Moth

 * Today's article was offered by Richard Haigh, and had some minor editing done by Lillian Brummet before publication here. Richard writes regularly at http://the-organic-grower.blogspot.com/ and invites you to read more of his articles about organic gardening there.

You do everything possible to have healthy growth and 'bang' your plants get slammed by some critter or another. This time it is cabbage moth that is causing trouble...

What do you do?

As more and more of us are concerned about climate change from chemicals and the like, we turn to the old ways of control. This means, in general, natural control for all those bugs that help themselves to our crops.

Cabbage moth layers its eggs on the leaves of cabbage, and caterpillars are the result. Rapid loss of leaves from your crop, is the consequence of this.
The best and sure way of dealing with this is to take a bucket of hot water and go round your plants daily and pick the caterpillars off and drop them in the bucket. This is takes time and is unpleasant.

A better way is to trap the month before the eggs are laid. You do this by placing a small board ( beer mat size is ideal ) around the crop area, smear a little treacle on it and you will catch quite a few months.

If you have a large patch of rhubarb, use the discarded leaves to make a strong tea, leave it to cool and pour over you crop, giving them a good soak. The idea here is that the smell that is given off confuses the moth and it will go else where. This must be done every four to five days, more often if it rains.

I have tried this and it does work, only trouble is you need a big patch of rhubarb.
Now this is the stuff that cabbage moth fear because it kills them dead. It is called Fire Spray. It really works well on most bugs and plants.

Fire Spray:

4 garlic bulbs
6 big hot chilli peppers or 3 tablespoon hot chilli powered.
4 squirts of liquid detergent
1 big spoon full of vegetable oil
35 fluid ounce of water ( 7 USA Cups )

Put the whole lot in a blender and then sieve through a coffee filter or some such.
Store in a jar in you fridge with a label.
If your blender is not big enough to take all that water; put in as much water as you can and add the rest after blending.
Put the mixture in a garden spray and do a little trail with it first to see what effect it will have on your plants. Spray it on both sides of the leaves and anything that you are unsure about, spray it on the ground around the plant. I spray it down rat holes and find that they soon move out and set up house somewhere else.

It was my neighbour on my allotment who gave me this recipe; it comes with a warning.

Always wear gloves and eye protectors. Wash your hands after use.

Spray your crop every three to six days or more often if there is rain.
When the cabbage moths have gone, I switch to a much lighter deterrent, preventative spray:

 4 ml natural liquid soap in a two pints of water 

Spray around crops once a week, on both sides of the leaves to keep most pests away.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Recommended Resources

Recommended Resources

Green Saver: Ontario (Canada) based not-for-profit organization, helping homeowners, renters, small business and housing providers reduce their energy use and look for alternative conservation and energy solutions.

Grizzly Bear Foundation: Grizzly Bears are said to be an "apex species with a keystone role in enriching resilient biodiverse ecosystems". A quick search online reveals that "apex" refers to the bear being a predatory species, at the top of the food chain. Their site shows that this organization works with all levels of government toward better conservation, planning, monitoring and law enforcement. This includes long term stewardship, sanctuaries, species at risk laws, wild salmon conservation, and more.

Habitat Acquisition Trust works in the Vancouver Island area, working to increase and maintain natural areas, create community partnerships and an array of community projects.


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Author Interview

World of Writing - Author Interview

* Shout out to Leslie Barrett of PRByTheBook.com for sending today's guest our way. Joining us is Sherri Rose, to speak about her experiences in producing a children's book. ​Sherri L. Rose grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a retired pediatric and family nurse practitioner, as well as a hospice and palliative care nurse, she recognizes the critical importance of helping children understand what is happening during the pandemic that is currently sweeping the globe. She has 6 children and 7 grandchildren and sincerely hopes that her book will help families stay safe. Visit her at SherriRoseBooks.com & on FaceBook

Q: What is your education/career background?

A: I initially acquired a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), then took my “boards” to become a Registered Nurse. After working for a year on a pediatric unit in the hospital, I left, took a couple of months off. I was not that fond of acute care. I then attended the PNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) Certificate Program at MCV/VCU, now VCU Health System. I completed a Master’s in Nursing (MSN) in 2005 at the University of Virginia and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Later in my career I joined a wonderful hospice agency and became certified as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. I’ve essentially nursed through the entire life cycle along with mine (I’ve grown old with my patients).

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: Or what first inspired you to write? I started writing papers while in college and found that I enjoyed not only the writing, but the research was so fascinating. Remember, this is before computers! I began working on my memoirs (Memoir #1; I need to write three to get all my stories included) in 2017 pulling from my many journals that I’ve written over the years I’ve had an unusual number of life experiences.

However, in early July 2020, when I lay in my bed to go to sleep, I desperately yearned to give my precious youngest grandson a hug. I had tried doing so through lots of saran wrap one day, as well as a blanket all over me – however it was very confusing to him and unsettling for me. It was so hard. Hence – I decided that if all else fails, I needed visuals and audio to explain to this little one what in the world has been happening! So, I wrote this book, dedicated to him, to help us all understand in simple terms what has been occurring and why our world has been turned upside down.

Q: Where/When do you best like to write?

A: We have a little room upstairs that used to be the “game room.” Since no grandchildren could visit, I’ve turned it into a little office for me. It worked well with my husband, as he has a small business working with clients with tax issues. This little room has also become my “recording studio” for zooming, reading my book and singing the song. It’s been a great way to reach out to libraries, an alumni reunion and more. My little room is quiet, serene, has some of my favorite family pictures, a great window and it promotes positive thinking and writing.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

A: I love to spend time with our family and friends, play with our young grandchildren and talk with our older ones, play the piano, sing, garden (especially roses), bike, read, and spend time and play Scrabble with my husband. Relationships are truly what creates happiness for me.

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

A: The business of writing. I love to write, however I had no idea, whatsoever, how I would essentially have to work “full-time” again to get everything done. Keeping a record of expenses, coordinating numerous contracts – and the passwords with all of these agencies was amazing. I am supposed to be retired! But I’ve had a great time.

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

A: My most outstanding mentor was my supervisor in Roanoke, VA. Elizabeth (Willie) Nelson, BSN, RN, was such an amazing nurse and community figure. She guided me and supported me through an important job as a PNP. I was the first NP to be placed in one of the twelve Child Development Clinics in VA to identify young children that might require early intervention and special education services from the schools. I remained in touch and close with her until the day she died.

Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

A: How important an editor is! I was unaware, despite my extensive “paper-writing” in undergraduate and graduate school, of my errors in the tense of my verbs and mixed up my pronouns! I certainly learned a lot.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, 

and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. 

The trail has strung upon it, 

as upon a thread of silk, 

opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. 

It has given me blessed release from care 

and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. 

It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. 

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life 

thins my blood 

and benumbs my brain, 

I seek relief in the trail; 

and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, 

my cares fall from me — 

I am happy." 

~ Hamlin Garland (1899)

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Media appearance


Today I am thrilled to announce that The Writer's Digest Network has published our article titled: Back Links - What They Are And How To Use Them

I hope you enjoy reading it :) Feel free to leave a comment on the Writer's Digest blog and be sure to browse their awesome site!

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Media Appearance

Media Appearance : 

I really enjoyed this interview, Nina did a fantastic job of presenting it on her blog. I do realize I had a couple errors (typos) in my responses but I think they are forgivable 🙂 

The interview in fact mentions a book (Purple Snowflake Marketing) we are revising and will have the new revision updated on Amazon in a couple of weeks.  

Here is the interview, please share it if you enjoy reading it 🙂 

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Uncommon Ingredients Explained

Uncommon Ingredients Explained 

Clear Jel is a refined cornstarch that reacts better for freezing and canning recipes in particular; cornstarch tends to go cloudy in these situations. Clear Jel is used in the same proportion of cornstarch (1:1) in baking recipes. Like traditional cornstarch and the health store alternatives - arrowroot and potato powder - this product needs to be combined with the sugar (or flour) prior to adding to any other ingredients in order to reduce clumps from forming.  

Sea salt is healthier than regular table salt; with its reduced processing it also has a smaller ecological impact. It is a natural source of iodine, which, among other nutrients, is essential for a healthy sex life. A local herbal consultant once told us that sea salt can also be used in place of Epsom salts in your bathwater. 

Tamari is considered to be less salty than soy sauce and is often stocked in health food stores. You can find low-salt versions of both tamari and soy sauce. Tamari sauce, however, has enzymes that aid digestion and promote healthy intestinal bacteria. 

Orange Zest, citrus zest or citrus powder are all terms referring to a similar product - to simplify we personally call it ‘citrus zest’. It is used to bring out other flavours and to condition flour. Chop lemon, orange or lime peel and allow to dry (or use a dehydrator) - turn this into a powder using a blender or grinder, and store in the cupboard as you would any spice or herb.

"Never be bored again with your own home cooking armed with the proper collection of recipes. You will be making food that is better than restaurant fare and much cheaper when you own a copy of From One Small Garden".

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Media Appearance

-- Media Appearance -- 

I'm thrilled to announce that the Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA) has published our article !

Here - we are offering networking tips to help entrepreneurs navigate and perfect the social marketing aspects of their business. 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. 

Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, 

a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, 

based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; 

that any limb you climb out on will still be there later 

for you to climb back."

 ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook (1960)

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Power of Poetry

The Power Of Poetry

Today we are joined by Elise Brooke, who tells us: "My parents moved to NZ from England and South Africa. I now live in the beautiful east coast Gisborne.  I have written and published two autobiographies in my book series "The New Zealand Dream,” by Sheila - my pen name. I wrote these books to inspire and give hope to others. I use my pen name Sheila for my autobiography series".  Elise has been in the world of writing for more than 2 decades and continues to hone a true passion for writing: "Writing is a very powerful healing tool, sharing your story can give help others and help yourself on your healing journey.  I am a writing mentor who can help people write their own story and with any writing project they are creating.  I have mentored students working for Wellington polytechnic." Her blog offers an opportunity for other authors to submit guest posts and query for author interviews. She can be found on most of the common social media sites and her main website is: https://www.mynzdreamblog.com

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us.  Poetry’s strength lies in it’s ability to shed a sideways light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you, poetry teaches us how to live.

Poetry triggers our emotions, strengthening our brains, and gives us space for self – reflection. Our brains process poetry similar to music.

Poetry can affect all generations, and make people consider anything from love to loss. It can inspire…a poet speaks to the reader intimately and exclusively giving an insight into their inner minds, their loves and hates.

Poetry is the highest form of literature, it influences us because it shows different shades of human beings.  It is one of the most ancient arts and also the product of human imagination.

It is for these reasons The NZDream blog has put together a Poetry Corner. The NZDream blog is all about finding healing and the healing journey through writing.  We want to give poets of all ages and kinds a space to publish their works free of charge and be read by many, and a place to connect and read other poets works.
So if you are a poet and enjoy poetry please join us in The Poetry Cornerhttps://www.mynzdreamblog.com 

Here are a couple of my early poems to enjoy.

Love is Timeless and Ageless

One does not measure love in time

I one must measure love, measure love as a transformation

The longest connections may yield little growth

While the most of encounters, can change everything.

The heart has no watch or calendar

Therefore love is timeless and ageless.

Love doesn’t care if you had a 60 year anniversary

If there is no juice in your connection

What the heart cares about is resonance.

A stable, fussed connection to enliven it

Resonance that’s called home.

See you Later

I had not been home for so long

I finally felt at home, at peace, at last.

Our deep bond will carry on through eternity

I will never forget you.

My soul will always recognize you

If our paths should cross again.

That is what true connection is

A bond creates a part of who you are

That is now you always.

Come find me again, as I’ll be looking for you

Eyes and soul wide open.

Lock away the memories in your heart

Keep them close.

When you need just close your eyes and you will see me.

That is what I will do

When I am low, when I miss you

I’ll remember fondly.

When I am happy and reminiscing 

When I am alone, or just because.

No one can take that from us

You are engraved upon my heart

It is not goodbye

Only, see you later

In another place.

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Author Interview

World of Writing - Author Interview

Today we are pleased to offer an author interview with Sherra Aguirre - an articulate health enthusiast, environmentalist and food security activist. She founded and led a successful business for three decades, winning national awards for entrepreneurship, innovation, and service excellence. She sold the company in 2016 to focus on sharing her passion for healthy diet and lifestyle. * A shout out to Leslie Barrett of PRByTheBook.com for sending her client our way. ...Sherra invites our readers to visit her at:

Q: What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives?

My short-range goal is to get this book in the hands of as many people who can benefit from it as possible. I particularly want to empower African Americans, and others who are on the front lines of the battle against heart disease, with the tools for prevention, reversal, and good self-care. Long-range I would like to contribute to changing our food culture to one of compassion and respect for our bodies, our animal populations and for Earth itself. 

Q: How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

Writing and publishing Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease was a big step for me. I actually wrote it three times over a period of several years because I was learning as the science of plant-based nutrition quickly evolved. It was important to keep an open mind as new information challenged old assumptions, even as I dealt with my own cardiovascular issues. My next step is using what I have learned to inspire others through blogs, social media platforms, and mainstream media. I look forward to direct outreach to organizations and groups to promote whole food plant-based solutions to diet and lifestyle related diseases. And to keep learning!

Q: What inspires you?

The human body, starting with my own, amazes me in countless ways. It is resilient, intelligent and patient. It endured my poor choices, nutritional neglect, and indifference to the critical work it did for me day in and day out for decades. And still it stood ready and responded when I made the positive changes to provide what it needed to reverse the damage. I am equally inspired by the power of our connection with the natural world into which we were born, even though we sometimes lose sight of that. 

Q: When you look back at the whole of your life, what do you hope to leave as a legacy, your contribution to society?

We are at a very tricky place in human evolution, the “human experiment” as some call it. Never in our history have our choices been more critical to our survival and yet we seem to think that we can resume business as usual.  If I could make the world a healthier and more compassionate place, by example and by advocacy, I will depart as a very happy person. 

Q: We have learned that diet has a huge impact on the health of the environment. Have you learned this as well in your journey…that diet affects not only your health but the planet?

Absolutely. And sadly, I only realized the extent to which that is true in the last few years. Like many I focused on reducing reliance on fossil fuels as the main problem to be solved. I was stunned to learn that modern industrial food production is arguably the biggest source of methane gas emissions, and deforestation, two of the main sources of global warming. Yet our government (when not outright denying a climate crisis) and even many environmental groups hardly mention it, although changing what we eat is something we have the power to do. 

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?

Just start where you are and allow yourself to be imperfect, even afraid. Write, reflect and ask for feedback. It was not easy for me, and I would not have the pleasure of giving this interview if I had not done those things.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in your topic?

Plant-based eating is a great food adventure with endless possibilities to enjoy your favorite tastes and textures in healthier versions, and it easily adapts across all cuisines. It’s also the one change that will make the biggest impact on the health and future of our families and life on our planet.

Q: What is the wisest thing anyone has said to you?

The best things happen when we hang out in the unknown.” It reminded me that some of the best things in my life were not planned. It gave me courage. 

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Solar Power News


 -- Solar Power News -- 

One of our readers directed us to this fantastic solar energy article put out by PV-Magazine.com that inspired me to write this post. The article was celebrating "the world's biggest solar/storage project" located in Northern Australia. Apparently the vast solar farm will also send energy to Singapore via a "submarine transmission link".  

This is the largest current solar farm of our time, at 12,000 hectares in size. While powering more than 3 million homes annually, this project also brings 8 billion dollars to the region and creates about 1500 jobs for the area. 

Dave and I once fantasized about winning the lottery and besides securing our future, helping family pay off their debts, and donating to cherished causes, we dreamed also of giving solar power to any one on our street that wanted it. Helping to create jobs, sustainability and both neighbourhood value and pride. Oh to dream - right? :)

Here in the Kootenay Region there are several solar power service providers, but I know of only two at this time:

Empower Energy Solar

Kootenay Solar

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