Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Kudo's



Kudo's


Today we are thrilled to bring this project to our readers' attention today :)

Amber (of LearningHaven.org ) told us about this amazing youth group project... well let's have her explain it:

"Right now we’re teaching some of our youth members about senior safety (more important now more than ever due to COVID). The kids loved learning about all the different things that involved taking care of their elders they did not know about. In fact, one of our students (Amber) asked me to pass this page along to you..."

And how could we resist supporting such an awesome achievement. Kudo's to the teachers, school and students who are working to make the world a better place. The impact of writing is profound. One article, one post online, can have a positive affect on hundreds, perhaps thousands of readers... and I can't celebrate this project enough. 

The group put together a wonderful resource for seniors, helping them stay safe at home, with great advice and resources as well:




So let's also talk a little about the Youth Development and Education Initiative ( learninghaven.org ) that Amber works - it is a site proves a child friendly environment for learning for homeschooling, or for holiday, backyard, and vacation activities. 




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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

announcements


-- Announcement -- 


A big shout out to Adele Park of QuirkyAudio Books who recently published our article titled: Social Media for the Self-Employed. This article offers some good tips, ways to avoid issues in the future, how to manage staff, your posts and more. 

http://adeleparkquirkyaudiobooks.blogspot.com/2021/03/social-media-for-self-employed-by.html 

And...

We are thrilled to also announce that our book of poetry was featured over on Vinny's website: 
 

Please do check out these wonderful websites as they are offering a real nice service for the world of writing, for which Dave and I are quite grateful for. 
If you like what you see, please share it with your circles :)


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Monday, March 29, 2021

recommended resources




Recommended Resources


Friends of the Earth: This organization started in 1978 with just a handful of volunteers and has since grown to a national, recognizable non-profit. focus on various environmental campaigns including bees, climate change, energy, environmental justice, water, plastics, and more. 


Friends of the Killbear - these volunteers work to protect, clean, manage and stewardship of the Killbear Provincial Park. This park was once hunting grounds for the Ojibway natives who called it Bear Point (Mukwa Naosh) but it was mistranslated and has since kept this, uh, unusual name for a protected park :)


Fun Society: this organization focuses on creating a fun, holistic educational opportunities for children.




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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Controlling Greenhouse Humidity

Controlling Greenhouse Humidity Levels 

* This article was written by Shalini M. who posted it on one of the article distribution site I utilize occasionally. Her bio didn't have any information so unfortunately I cannot pass on her website etc. However here is her excellent advice:


If you want your plants to grow well in a greenhouse, make sure the humidity level is in the desired range. Excessive humidity can kill the plants because of mold and mildew growth. It can cause fungal infection in the roots, stems, and leaves of the plants. Let's find out about the effects of greenhouse humidity and how you can control it. Read on.

In a greenhouse environment, excessive humidity can result in the accumulation of condensation on the glass walls. These water droplets fall on the leaves of the plants and may cause fungal infection. If you have a lot of plants placed next to each other in the greenhouse, the spread of fungal across the plants can cost you a lot of money, and you may have to suffer a lot of loss.

Elements That Affects The Humidity Level

Primarily, three factors can have a great impact on the humidity level in any type of greenhouse. Let's get a deeper inside into the three elements. These traditional methods were widely used a few decades back to achieve the same goals.

1. Temperature

It is important to moderate the temperature at all times as it affects the relative humidity in the house. The evaporation of moisture from the soil increases the relative humidity in the environment. By controlling the ambient temperature, you can control the humidity levels in the greenhouse.

2. Ventilation

Proper ventilation is also important to control ambient humidity. If you don't have proper air ventilation, humidity levels inside the house will continue to rise, which may have a negative impact on plant growth. Therefore, you can install air movers inside the house to control humidity levels.

3. Water Management

Excessive water can encourage the growth of fungus and mold in addition to cause root rot. Therefore, you can perform water management by installing an automatic irrigation system, especially if you manage a big greenhouse. Although these systems will cost you a considerable amount of money in the beginning, they will save you a lot over the long haul. Therefore, proper water management is of paramount importance.

Make sure water does not collect around the base of your plants. It is better to water in the morning as it helps plants get rid of the excess water through evaporation by the end of the day. Besides, make sure you don't plant a lot of plants in a small area as it can impede air circulation.

The traditional methods described above are not efficient enough in maintaining the optimal humidity level in a greenhouse. Therefore, a much better alternative is to use a dehumidifier designed for greenhouses. These units enhance ventilation and maintain humidification for the best plant growth.
In short, if you want to maintain an ideal humidity level in your greenhouse. We suggest that you try out a quality humidifier. These units can help you control the climate inside the plant house. Hopefully, these tips will help you make an informed decision.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

quote of the day


-- Quote of the Day -- 




"How glorious a greeting 


the sun gives the mountains!" 



~  John Muir




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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Announcement



-- Announcement -- 

Rahul Miglani of My Magic Jobs invited us to write an in-depth piece on How Entrepreneurs Can Make The Best Out of Social Media, which was published today! 

I'm very excited to share this link today because it offers valuable advice for businesses to use a more advanced approach to managing social media. 

Let me know what you think of the article! 


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

recommended resources



Recommended Resources


Looking for resources to find support, advice, resources and caregiving options for parents??

 Well... Look no further. 


Every community should have a site like this one... Serving Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, this site offers events, resources, a thorough directory and more:


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Monday, March 22, 2021

announcement


-- Announcement -- 


Members of the media has been very friendly to us as of late and we are so very appreciative of that. 

Today I'm just so honoured to have been featured on Blogger Interviews run by Rahul Miglani. 

In this discussion both Dave and I were asked questions and we cover topics like the behind-the-scenes view of what a writer's life looks like, how we have learned to work together as spouses and co-writers and more.





*. If you are curious about where we've been appearing (newspapers, blogs, radio, etc) and are interested in learning more about us via these interviews etc. then here is the link that will take you to the list of the most recent media events and appearances, places that have given us exposure, interviewed us, published an article etc. 




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Sunday, March 21, 2021

quote of the day



-- Quote of the Day -- 




"Look at the trees, look at the birds, 

look at the clouds, look at the stars... 

and if you have eyes you will be able to see

that the whole existence is joyful. 

Everything is simply happy. 

Trees are happy for no reason; 

they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents 

and they are not going to become rich 

and they will never have any bank balance.

Look at the flowers — for no reason.

It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are." 


~ Osho



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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Home-cooked Pre-made Meals


Home-cooked Pre-made Meals 

Whenever someone follows me to our pantry they inevitably utter amazement at our preserves and pre-made meals and say: “How do you find the time?” Actually I find this activity saves me a lot of time and a heck of a lot of money. Here I'll share some tips to help make this activity a lot more efficient and do-able.

Don’t be intimidated by the size of some recipes – most are freezer friendly. And remember, it is just as much work to double or triple a recipe as it is to do just one batch. You have to wash the same dishes, clean the same kitchen and use the same heat. Having packages of meals ready to go is a great help to a busy and budget-minded household.

Divide very involved recipes into steps. For instance, you might make the sauce on Monday, the filling on Tuesday and put it all together for the freezer the next night. Breaking it up into steps like this helps the work fit in with tight schedules and makes the recipe more do-able. 


Save all take-out foil containers and purchase a few so you always have some on hand. Likewise, save as many plastic clamshell containers from berries, salads or baked goods. Also, have a box or two of large sealable bags, or a lot of clean bread bags that you can reuse. All these bags and containers can be washed and reused dozens of times, and are recyclable when they have reached their end-of-life.

Try making at least one large recipe every week during peak garden harvest season. For instance you might make 8 small lasagnas, keep one meal out to serve that day, and perhaps leftovers the following day, but prepare the other 7 meals for the freezer. Before you know it you will have prepared dozens of meals varying from different types of pasta and lasagna to enchiladas and chili.





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Most desserts can be baked in advance, stored in a freezer and taken out whenever you need something to serve or take with you on a trip. We like to have several different kinds of cookies frozen, a few loaves of bread, buns, flat breads and muffins so that we each have a choice of desserts and snacks available in the freezer. Having snacks on hand, and meals ready to pop in the oven, helps ease the chore of creating homemade meals and reduces the urge to buy fast food.










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Friday, March 19, 2021

quote of the day


-- Quote of the Day -- 






"The small truth has words

 that are clear; 

the great truth 

has great silence."



 ~. Rabindranath Tagore


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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Author Interview


World of Writing -- Author Interview


Today we have an interview with Felix Holzapfel - a successful entrepreneur and thought leader in digital transformation. While he has published several books about technology, trends and the shift in our media landscape, Catch-42 is Felix's first novel, one that offers a mind-blowing glimpse into what our future could look like. Check out his links below, when you have time, to learn more about this author. * And a shout out to Leslie Barrett of PRbytheBook.com for sending Felix our way :)

LINKS
catch-42.com (book website)
felixholzapfel.com (author website)



Q: It is great to have you here today, Felix. Why don't we have you start by sharing a little about your writing career - beginning with what inspires you, keeps you going, makes your heart skip a beat? 

A: In my old life—running a digital marketing agency—I needed to find new inspiration almost every day; usually, everything needed to happen asap. I learned that I could find inspiration pretty much everywhere—often at places or opportunities you wouldn't imagine. That's why I try to explore the world with my eyes wide open, absorbing as much as possible of everything around me—knowing that the next inspiration is only one thought away and can strike any second. Whenever it hits me, so I don't lose it, I try to write the inspiration down and use it appropriately.



Q: 
You seem like someone who has experienced a great deal and has seen a lot in this world. As such, how do you determine or evaluate success?

 
A: Success can have many different faces. When people look at my bio, they often perceive me as a successful person. A self-made man who successfully founded, built, grew, and sold a company. Somebody who already wrote a couple of books. Wow. Of course, I'm delighted and grateful that life provided me the opportunity to write my own little success story. But that's just the surface of success. If you have the time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, things might look slightly different. 

That's a process I went through after selling my business at the end of 2018 to take a one-year sabbatical to travel the world with my wife and our two children. During this time, I thought a lot about what I want to do in my "new life." Instead of thinking about success, I thought more about happiness and fulfillment. What are the things I enjoy doing the most? Who are the people I want to spend my time with? How can I make the best use out of my time and talents? Finding the answers to these questions is an ongoing process. As long as I continuously ask myself these types of questions and answer them honestly–without caring too much about what others may say and think – I believe I'm on the way to the sort of success that really matters for me.


Q: You've written several books in the past... How do you come up with ideas for your writings and why do you feel you chose some over others?

A: In the past I have written professional books about technology, trends, and the shift in our media landscape. Creating ideas for these books was quite simple. Either a publisher pitched me with the idea for a book and asked if I would be interested in writing about a specific topic, or I wrote about the issues our clients asked me about the most.

Catch-42 was my first novel and a completely different ballgame.

Three main elements inspired me to write my first novel:

First, my having worked for two decades in the IT and digital marketing industry.

While explaining the latest trends to an elite audience, I thought that parts of IT are knowledge everyone should have—especially in our day, when technology is omnipresent and about to change some of humanity's fundamentals.

Second, after selling our company, I took a one-year sabbatical to travel the world with my wife and our two children. I visited creative hotspots and benefitted from fascinating conversations with industry experts, entrepreneurs, and other inspiring people. Many of these inspirations found their way into the book.

Third, we returned home in February 2020, just before Covid-19 changed the world. This extraordinary stroke of fate influenced what I had been thinking about and added new ideas to my initial concept for this book.

Finally, how do I choose some over others? Honestly, until today I didn't do any professional research to see which idea could work the best. I simply trust my experience and gut feeling for the right timing for the right idea. But a data-driven person like me should consider combining these two approaches in the future. A better balance of qualitative and quantitative parameters could probably optimize my decisions.



Q: Do you use any set formula when writing a book? (i.e. how you work, use an outline, general work ethic/research style…basically how you go about a new project).

A: While creating Catch-42, I realized how much I benefit from my old life, running a digital marketing agency when writing a book. Project management skills, agile software development elements, lean start-up methods, design-thinking techniques—all were beneficial in handling a complex project like imagining, writing, editing, and publishing a book.

We often advised our clients: Please integrate us at an early stage, best-case during the product development phase. Usually, the opposite happened. Companies first built their product, then thought about marketing it. This approach was something I could do differently—and what I believe also was beneficial. I was already thinking about marketing the book while writing it. 

Catch-42 covers a wide variety of demanding topics. Thus, it was challenging not to get lost in all the details, not only for my finishing the book but also for staying with one of the book's core ideas: to explain demanding topics as simply as possible. In addition to traditional research, I explored what really mattered to my designated target audience. What were they searching for on Google and Amazon? What topics were trending on Twitter? These insights found their way into the book from my whiteboard and countless Post-its on my office walls.

The final example is the core principle of the Lean Startup Methodology: The sooner you get the first prototype of your product into the hands of potential customers, the better.

In my case, this core principle was a fifteen-page document that outlined my initial ideas for the book. The outline was rough, and the boring title only included the fundamentals of the plot. But the first feedback significantly helped me order my thoughts and improve the story at an early stage. I repeated this approach every hundred pages, thereby continuously improving the characters, the plot, and storytelling.

 
Q: Was it worth all that effort?

A: Absolutely yes! I have no idea whether people will like my book, but I know that I produced the best product possible in the most efficient way in the given time. As with every product, once it finally enters the market—which in this case means publishing a book—you learn the hard way. However, I realized that the difference between writing a book and fashioning products (like the websites, apps, or creative campaigns that I built in my former life) is smaller than you think.

 
Q: What difference do you hope to make with the time you are given?

A: I'm fortunate and very grateful for the privilege to experience many exciting things. Although I'm "only" forty-three years old, I'm at a point in my life where I'm thinking a lot about how to make the best use out of my time and talents to give something back and make a difference.

Of course, It starts within my family–my wife and especially with my two little children. I hope I'll be the best husband and father possible and always take care of my family and enable my kids to make a difference to the world one day.

People often tend to think that they can't make a difference. I'm the opposite. I believe that there are many things that every one of us can contribute to turning this world into a better place–every day. Often, it's nothing big. It's about many tiny steps and things that make a difference. A simple smile, listening instead of talking, offering a helping hand when needed.

But I'm also a person who loves to think and dream big from time to time. My current dream is to inspire people with my book Catch-42 to learn more about some converging technologies like AI, biotechnology, quantum computing, or robotics that have the potential to turn our world upside down in a brief period. A small step forward in one field might lead to a breakthrough in another. Suddenly things could move very, very fast. It's not just me who is worried that our world, economy, and society are not prepared for the challenges and questions ahead of us. Many other experts believe the same. 

Best case - I inspire people to become an active part of the decision-making process that has already started.  
 

Q:  Outside of your spouse, circle of close friends and family members, who would you say was the one that stands out as far as helping you get where you are?

I used to work for an IT service company while still attending school. The founder and CEO, Mark Daniel Kaspers, taught me some essential and priceless lessons—not only for founding and running a successful business but also for life in general. I'm grateful for everything he did for me, and we continue to have a good relationship today.


Q: What impact do you hope this book will have on the reader? 

Don't ever think you're not capable of influencing the bigger picture. If everybody felt that way, a few would paint the bigger picture for all of us—a picture that's not likely to match our expectations. If we each contribute our little piece, the bigger picture of our future will become more significant, more colourful, and more beautiful than we can imagine. Contributing is up to all of us.

With this book, I want to encourage as many people as possible to think—from radically new perspectives—how humanity, technology, the economy, and our society might develop in the future. Even better, I want people to think about how they would like our world to change and how each of us can become an active part of the decision-making process that has already begun.






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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Announcement



-- Announcement -- 

How cool!!! 

How kind of Chris Graham of The Story Reading Ape who published a lovely author feature over on his blog! 

Thanks Chris for setting this feature up 🙂 ! 

We sure appreciate it 

- Check it out at:  



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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources


Looking for resources to find Canadian dental services and surgeons?

 Well... Look no further. 

* You'll notice I don't have every province listed, as I didn't have that information, however most of Canada is covered here:

Looking for Canadian optometrists?:



How about Canadian Naturopaths?: 



And here is where you can find Acupuncture specialists in Canada:




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Monday, March 15, 2021

Announcement



-- Media Event -- 



 We are thrilled to announce that our cookbook was featured on this site along with a mini-interview with us was featured on the Book Goodies website! So cool! Thank you, thank you, Book Goodies :)

Here's the link for you to check out when you have time:

Book Goodies Interview:





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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Announcement



Announcement


I am so very grateful for our former neighbour who not only purchased one of the first copies of our new cookbook, From One Small Garden, but she also wrote a wonderful review.  

After sending me the review article, I asked if it would be ok if we used it, and she is thrilled. 

Today, I'm proud to announce that the review was published here:




Please check it out - Arlene was so thoughtful and enthusiastic about our book - :)




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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Quote of the Day


-- Quote of the Day -- 








"I am odorous of the pine forest,

The scent of pine-cones is in my hair.

I smell of wild mint, and the tamarack swamps.

The juice of alder-berries is on my lips, and the brown stain of hazel on my fingers.

I am flecked with the dust of moth-wings, 

and powdered with the pollen from the hearts of calla-lilies.

I am wind-tawned and sun-browned.

Wearing the marks of the open.

I reek of freedom."


~ Muriel Strode; At the Roots of Grasses (1923)



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Friday, March 12, 2021

Dealing with Rejection


Dealing With Rejection As An Actor 

* Jason Rosas Itumay is the author of this helpful article, however it lacks a bio and so I cannot tell you more about him. Regardless, we are grateful he made it available to members of the media - like us :)


Rejection is part and parcel of being an actor, even the very best have dealt with it. Being able to deal with rejection is an important skill you must master in this extremely competitive environment. You should understand that rejections are normal and it's how you come back fighting after that can shape your career.
To help you move forward through rejection, here are a few handy tips to consider:

1. Don't take things personally.

Acting is a serious business. No matter how trained or experienced you are as an actor, you should always come to an audition prepared. Remember, you can't just come to an audition room and sit pretty. You have to act and perform to the best of your ability.

In the event that you don't get a callback, it does not mean that the casting director does not like you. It could probably be because there is a candidate who better suits the role. Just accept the situation and focus your energy on other auditions.

2. Look at things from another perspective.

Casting directors often have a pre-defined idea of a character's traits. They already know what the character looks like, how they act, and how they behave. This is why you should try to bring the character to life in a way the director had imagined.

3. Talk to a friend.

Rejection may sting and that is completely normal. So, if you are having a hard time getting rid of negative thoughts, do not hesitate to talk to a family member or a friend. Make sure you are surrounded with positivity and a good support network that can help bring you back up.

4. Ask for feedback.

Regardless of whether it's positive or negative, feedback is always good. Not only does it give you a better idea about yourself. It also allows you to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses. After your audition, ask the casting director or producer for feedback. This way, you know what aspects of your acting needs improvement.

5. Enroll in an acting course.

Enrolling in an acting course will give you an edge over other actors in an audition. It does not matter if you are a seasoned actor already. A little education and hands-on experience will help increase your chances of landing that dream role.

Therefore, we always know that rejection is not easy. Being confident is not enough. Take your time and slow. There is a best time for everything and for every situation. Enhance skills first before anything else, in that way being an actor will be at your doorstep.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources


Looking for resources to find Canadian dental services and surgeons?

 Well... Look no further. 

* You'll notice I don't have every province listed, as I didn't have that information, however most of Canada is covered here:

British Columbia:                 bcdental.org

Saskatchewan:                    saskdentists.com

Manitoba:                           manitobadentist.ca

New Brunswick:                  nbdent.ca

Nova Scotia:                       nsdental.org

Prince Edward Island:          dapei.ca

Newfoundland & Labrador:   nlda.net





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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Authors and Media, networking


-- Author & Media Networking --


I've come across this really cool service for authors and members of the media, called Author Bookings managed by Pattie Crane of StoryMonsters.com. 

After clicking the link below, scroll down that page just a little bit and you'll find a list. Here's where authors and also members of the media can network and learn about opportunities.  

Pattie was kind enough to list our Conscious Discussions blog there as well because we offer guest spots here.

Anyway, do check it out and I'm sure you'll find it a valuable resource:




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Monday, March 8, 2021

Eco-Event





Eco Event

Coming up on Saturday March 18 at 9 AM there is a free virtual event put on by the Columbia Land Trust:

One of the Columbia River Gorge's most adorable inhabitants is the American Pika. We'll learn all about pika and how they are coping with climate change and habitat loss from Steven Clark, Professor of Biology at Clark College. 

Register for the free event at: 


https://www.columbialandtrust.org/virtual-event-places-of-pika/


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