Monday, May 31, 2021

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:

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 Corner 

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 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 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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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

New Revised Edition of the Brummet's marketing guide for authors !!

Purple Snowflake Marketing 
- How To Make Your Book Stand Out In a Crowd -

Dave and Lillian Brummet are proud to announce that their popular writer's guidebook has been completely revised and was released once again this May (2021). Originally written in 2012, Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In a Crowd was already jam-packed with quality information that saves both time and money while helping the reader avoid common pit-falls and mistakes. It starts from the beginning - how to set up the office, book keeping, record keeping and taxes. It explains how to create a business plan and set up a succession plan, while keeping in mind possible contingencies for situations that business owners or self-employed entrepreneurs will experience. Most importantly, this book offers a step-by-step guide to create a long-term, effective marketing plan. As both writers and members of the media since 1999, the Brummet's have gained a reputation as specialists in finding and carefully utilizing free and frugal marketing opportunities. 

Purple Snowflake Marketing offers a realistic view on what an author can expect upon publishing a book and how to make a memorable first impression. What makes this advice book different from others is it is highly informative, no words are wasted, there's no white space making the book look bigger than it is. The information is organized in such a way that it becomes a step-by-step guide for the author to follow every time a book is published. Learn from the experience of seasoned writers, be inspired by other authors, helpful advice and quotes from experienced professionals, and know that this information contained in these pages can be used to promote any service, product or book that you produce in your career. 

"When I looked at your book I said - 'This is extremely well organized'. And to me it laid out a pathway. You spent your life gathering this information, and to be able to give it away at the price that you are doing, I think that is absolutely wonderful. As a member of the media I read hundreds of books a year... They might have a shiny cover, and the author might be well known, but they are a lot of fluff relating to marketing and PR. With your book, I can't say that. Your book would run circles around the books I've read about marketing. It is just so systematic and so well thought out." ~ Radio host and publicity expert Linda Leon 

"...One of the best guidebooks any writer could have on the journey of guiding their work to its final destination. ...Sound knowledge of how the market works and what it takes to reach the reader. Their advice is invaluable. The information you'll find here is exhaustive." ~ Author, educator, writing and editing consultant Lois J. Peterson

TITLE: Purple Snowflake Marketing
SUBTITLE: How To Make Your Book Stand Out In a Crowd
AUTHORS: Dave & Lillian Brummet
GENRE: how-to, non-fiction, writer advice
PAGE #:  349 pages
Available at:
ISBN-13: 978-1475204315

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"You know when you have found your prince

 because you not only have a smile on your face

 but in your heart as well." 

~ Author unknown

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It is with pleasure that I am able to announce that I was featured over at Rita Lee Chapman's Guest Authors !! 

Please do check it out and leave a comment or reach out to Rita, or share it on social media :) **Scroll Down to April 4th 2021 to find the interview. 

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Recommended Resources

Recommended Resources

North West Eco Building Guild: consists of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners and individuals concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest region. Check out the ton of open source learning materials available on their site!


North East Sustainable Energy Association: Here, members enjoy sharing, collaborating, brain-storming, advising, and learning about sustainable building and energy topics. 


Green Peace Canada: Beginning back in 1971, this organization has evolved to have a global reach campaigning on the world's most current pressing environmental issues.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Bald Eagle populations are recovering !

Lower 48 Has 4 Times as Many Bald Eagles as a Decade Ago 

* from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the latest population estimate for Bald Eagles, and the news was heartening. 

Some 316,000 eagles now cruise the skies in the Lower 48—more than four times the previous estimate, from 2009. 

See how the most accurate eagle count in history was partly powered by 180,000 eBirders plus sophisticated eBird Science models.

Dig Deeper: Explore the latest Bald Eagle distribution models, including colorful animated maps that show where eagles go throughout the year.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Easier Gardening, Part 2

Easier Gardening

* Today's article was written by Siman Ballard, who kindly posted this on an article distribution site I sometimes use. Thanks Siman for making this available to the media :) The article was a bit large, however so I have opted to split it into 2 parts. The first part was published on May 3rd... today it continues....

Gardening is no easy task, especially if you have put quite a lot of effort into it. It won't take you long before tending to the flower beds, pruning and doing all sorts of other gardening chores starts to feel tiring and overwhelming. The purpose of gardening is to make you feel happy, not super tired.

To achieve this, you can adopt a few clever tricks that will make the workflow easy. The following techniques aim to keep you sharp on the gardening jobs while helping you conserve your energy.

Use only ergonomic tools

There is a wide variety of tools available out there, and you can make a choice to get more convenient ones. For instance, there are tools with smaller handles and such that come with braces to protect your wrists. 

Some tools feature special handle design with curved handles and indentations for fingers. If you feel the handle of a tool doesn't feel as comfortable as it should use pipe insulation or tape to make it such.

Invest in a pulley system for hanging baskets

If you find hanging baskets too heavy to move, remember that you can always get a pulley system for them. This reduces the weight by half at least and is quite convenient. 

You can lower the baskets when you need to water them or tending to plants there and then return them where they need to be with ease.

Tailor the watering can to your ability

If you cannot lift heavy, perhaps a standard watering can prove a bad decision. What you can use is a smaller can that is easier to lift and carry around.

Warm up before initiating work and take breaks

Treat gardening work the same way you would as going to the gym. To prepare your body, you will need to start off easy, as a warm-up before the actual workout. Another important thing is to give yourself regular breaks so that you don't grow tired quickly after you begin. Take a seat for a few minutes or stand up to stretch your legs if you are working something on the ground.

Succession gardening

If you are planting crops, you should try out succession gardening. What this means is planting crops at staggered dates. That way they will ripe at different times, which means you won't feel greatly overwhelmed.

All of these practical tips can greatly help your gardening efforts. Remember to implement them and you will find the work is not that difficult.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Grand Forks Writer's Guild !

-- Announcement -- 

I have some great news.  The Creston Valley Food Action Coalition have decided to use our recently published cookbook as a fundraiser for their amazing ongoing projects in the area. 

During the first 2 weeks of their booth at the local Farmer's Market, we held a draw for one free copy of the cookbook. A winner was drawn and the group will continue to sell the cookbook at their booth all season long.  


The Grand Forks Writer's Guild has featured the cookbook and this project on their site... and their blog too: 

 ...After networking with  the Kettle Valley Food Coop is now influenced by these projects and may end up emulating some similar programs as the food coalition does here locally. 

How amazing it is to play a very small role in all of these amazing projects ! 

** Dave's cousin Heather (Greylin) Brummet (also a writer, by the way) made some of this possible by opening the doors for us, making introductions and even donating copies of our books around her community. She's awesome!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"There's sunshine in the heart of me,

My blood sings in the breeze;

The mountains are a part of me,

I'm fellow to the trees."

~ Robert W. Service; "A Rolling Stone" (1912)

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Gardening Tips

 - Gardening Tips - 

The National Wildlife Federation has recently published their annual April–May special issue focused on gardening for wildlife. 

Enjoy learning about the benefits of growing food for both wildlife and human health. 

Be inspired by efforts in Philadelphia to transform empty lots into havens for people and pollinators. 

Learn how to safely control mosquitoes and spot invasive jumping worms—and more.

Access this free resource here: April–May special issue 

You'll have to sign up, it is free. 

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Sunday, May 16, 2021



It was such a pleasure to learn that my book of poetry Towards Understanding was reviewed again recently... I can't tell you how nice it is to hear from readers or see their reviews... people who have actually bought the book, took the time to read it, and then were inspired enough to leave a review. You know, that really does mean a lot. Anyway I found that this reader posted on both:

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Just For Writers !

Just For Writers !!   

Today is the first installment of this new series of posts Just For Writers ! Watch for a new post in this series around the middle of every month !!

-- Inspirational - Motivational - Writer Quote -- 

“…If you don’t have a marketing plan or a sales plan with all these different aspects that will have some synergy then it is going to be hard to sell. I picked a magazine and wrote an article a month, but then I went to another magazine and wrote an article a month and then I went to a third magazine… so it was a decent amount of work – the difference between writing for three magazine verses once in response and recognition was tremendous, it was night and day – one you got some business, two you got some more, three it exploded. 
Because you became the dominant face, you were everywhere they looked and you became the go-to person in that industry.”

~ Mark Tewart, author


Here is an archived episode from our old radio show (no longer published) where we interviewed Shelley Seale. She talked about conscious traveling, child slavery and human rights. Shelley has a degree in Writing & Cultural Psychology and is the author of: The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India.  * these old broadcasts share our old website... ignore that. 


Next is an interview with 2 authors... myself and also Beverly Golden, author of Confessions of a Middle Aged Hippie. Host Tony Gambone takes us through some interesting aspects of the world of writing. 



Here's a great article offering tips and exercises to develop expressive writing techniques - written By Caroline Macrory: 

-- Recommended Writer Resource -- 

This site offers monthly giveaways, writer's resources and articles, author interviews and more. 

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Friday, May 14, 2021

helping you reduce energy costs

Often the largest heat and cooling energy loss in homes comes from the exterior doors themselves. Door weather-strips and sill-plates need to be inspected for air leaks and replaced if necessary. 

Perhaps a storm door that doubles as a screen door, would be appropriate for your situation – this seals off your entrance door from extreme temperatures.

Check the damper for the fireplace, if you have one, to ensure it fits snug, so that when the unit is not being used it will not let in cold air. 

Sometimes the suction from a forced air heating system can pull cold air down through the electric range hood above the kitchen stove. Try blocking this off with a piece of corrugated plastic attached with magnetic strips. As a reminder place a post-it-note over the fan button on the range hood so that it is not accidentally turned on without removing this cover first.

Keep the hot water tank thermostat at 51-55˚C (125˚-131˚F) and insulate any hot water pipes you can readily access. If you can afford to, upgrade to a tankless or solar hot water system. Otherwise, install a tank insulation kit; these kits are super easy to install and are very affordable.

These are just a few inexpensive ways for you to save some money every year . You can feel pride in that you are a conscious and responsible consumer of resources. You will also feel more comfortable in your warm, draft-free environment. 

To learn more simple changes that can have a big impact on your budget and the health of the planet check out our Trash Talk book series

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Thursday, May 13, 2021



How lovely to discover that Kootenay Business Magazine found some space to publish the press release for our new CookBook! 

Kootenay Business Magazine is a part of the Koocanusa Publications Inc network which publishes several magazines including MyGolfWest, and . 

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