Five of the World’s Most Unusual, Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings

With all this talk about taking care of the Earth, and learning to efficiently use the world’s resources, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some inventions that are little known to the rest of the world. There are plenty of us who religiously and meticulously separate our waste materials. But it seems that there are organizations who are taking the “green” movement a little bit farther than the average consumer. In my quest for life’s most interesting conversation pieces, I lucked up on a several different mind-blowing home decorating options (most of which are made of recycleable materials). Mind you, each and every one of these are fully-functional, and in most cases, some of the most beautiful pieces of home art you’ll ever find…

 

  1. A FIREPLACE IN YOUR TABLE – Those not fortunate enough to have a cozy spot in the house for gathering around a toasty fire are finally in luck. Schulte Design is marketing a line of furniture called “Fire Furniture”, with one of the more popular pieces being a small coffee table which has a fireplace integrated into the center of its structure. In case you’re worried about pollutants, do not be. The fire is created with a liquid that is emission and smoke free.
  2. BOOKSHELF…OR COFFIN? – The Shelves for Life, which made their debut at the [Re]Design 06 exhibition in London, are perhaps the most functional bookshelves ever invented. After you’re finished using the shelves to hold your most precious literary items, you can use them to hold your most recently deceased. Yes, the contemporary, multi-slat shelves can be dismantled and re-assembled into a fully functioning coffin.
  3. THE KITCHEN CHAIR– I know what you’re thinking. There isn’t any thing strange about a chair being in the kitchen. But what about a chair that actually doubles as a kitchen? Vestal Design has developed a home décor solution for those with extremely limited space. The DoubleSpace Kitchenette is essentially a chair which can be flipped over (via an internal swivel mechanism) and used as a fully functioning stove.

    The “kitchenette” contains a countertop and two stove burners. It was also designed with a safety feature which will not allow the stove to be operable when the unit is used as a chair. Furthermore, the device is mobile, and can be rolled around at your leisure. Under the assumption that one will never cook and sit at the same time, this unit was developed to conserve both space and energy.

  4. DINING ROOM IN A BOX– This isn’t a reference to a bucket of chicken, or any variation of “boxable” fast food. The MealBox, created by Igland Design is actually a complete dining room set which fits neatly into a cube measuring almost a 1 ½ feet high.

    The furniture itself consists of several jigsaw puzzle-like slats which fit snugly together to form a low coffee table or mini-dining table. The six “chairs” are simply stackable seats which closely resemble foot stools covered in “tush-sensitive” Neoprene rubber seating. This dining room can be taken literally anywhere.

  5. AN IV FOR YOUR HOUSEPLANTS – Green thumb? What’s that? Everyone who has attempted to grow houseplants and failed understands that these lovely greenies need water, sunlight, and lots of happy conversation. Sometimes, we forget to supply the first ingredient.

    But if you happen to have Vitamin Living‘s I.V. Plant Pot, then you shall fear no more the imminent death of your beloved household plants. This contraption is a real I.V. which continually provides your plant with its necessary nutrients. When the clear I.V. bag goes a bit flat, you’ll know that it’s time to fill up your plant’s water supply once more.

As I combed the internet and browsed various sites, I was amazed at exactly how many different kinds of companies there are which are solely dedicated to providing innovative solutions to space and energy conservation. By taking a closer look at how we use our square footage and energy, it’s possible to discover brand new ways of conserving the earth’s resources.…

Beliefs of Methodists

Methodism is a Christian movement which makes up 70 million of the some 2.2 billion Christians in the World. The Methodist movement was started in the mid 18th century mainly by the works of John Wesley. Many Christian denominations have the same core beliefs but are very different in other ways. Methodists like any other Christians follow the readings of the New and Old testament of the Bible. They believe in an all knowing loving, God. They believe that after death in the afterlife there is a Heaven and Hell and your actions on earth determine whether you join God in Heaven or Satan in Hell. They believe that Satan resides in hell and tries to do ban on Earth.

Methodists believe in free will. Which means they believe that people make their own decisions and have, “free will,” in their lives, they do not believe that God makes their decisions or has a great plan for them. Another one of Methodists core beliefs is one shared by most Christian denominations and that is they believe in the trinity, and that means that they believe that God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They believe that God the Son and God the Father have the same nature and being. They believe they are all three ever loving and omnipresent.

Next is their views on Jesus Christ. They believe that he came into the world through the virgin birth of Mary. They believe that he was crucified and three days later resurrected. Which means they hold Easter as a holy holiday. They also believe that he was the Son of God and at the same time God himself in another form.

Methodists like other Christians believe in spiritual salvation. Spiritual salvation is the belief that god saves people from biological death and spiritual death by giving them eternal life in Heaven. Methodists however unlike other Christian denominations, believe that the only way for you to make it to Heaven and get eternal salvation is by Accepting Jesus Christ into your life. They believe good acts alone cannot get you into Heaven but that you must worship, love, and accept Christ into your life while living on Earth. They show their denotation to Jesus Christ by getting baptized and accepting Christ into their life. They try and do good deeds in Jesus’ example however when their good deeds go wrong due to sin they ask him for forgiveness for their sin. This is not to be confused with the practice in Catholicism where they admit their sins to the priest.

Methodists, unlike Catholic denominations, do not worship saints or hold them in any high regard, they seem them merely as people and not saints. They believe Mary gave birth to Jesus and was a very important lady but not that she was a Saint and someone you need to worship and look highly upon.

Source(s): 
Wikipedia

Religious Tolerance

Associated Content…

Way to What?

Yesterday morning as I was reading a comment left by a friend on an article that I had written awhile back, I was overwhelmed by sadness. This friend does not believe in Jesus or in salvation or in the Creator God. The ending of my article said, “When I step from this life, I will step into eternity and into the presence of Jesus.”

My friend’s comment was, “Hey, when it’s over, it’s over! LOL”

Sadness. I didn’t see any humor in her comment because I believe when this life is over eternal life is just beginning. I have had these conversations with unbelievers before and I have even had conversations with God on which words to use. I am a firm believer that we should be salt and light – but I also believe that being too salty or too bright can be a turn off rather than enlightenment.

I tweeted a simple sentence recently, “one sun, one moon, one heaven, one earth, one exit, only One entrance. Do U know Jesus? He is the Way.”

I received a private email response that said, “Way to what?”

My initial thought was to just write back, “Into Heaven.” But what does that say to someone who doesn’t believe? It doesn’t say very much. I waited, I prayed, I remained still waiting upon Him to answer me.

On an unrelated matter, my husband is using his unique gift of cooking as his ministry this weekend. He is the Head Chef for the Kairos prison ministry. My gift is prayer, so I signed on to be a prayer warrior at 6 am this morning to pray for the team that will be ministering to the female prisoners. As I was doing the devotionals for my husband and the team, I came across the answer that I was looking for to give to the question, “Way to what?”

The Way to the Creator God.

Look around you, God’s fingerprints are everywhere. Psalm 19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God…Day after day they pour forth speech.” The Creator God provided a Way to return to Him through His Son, Jesus. You can dwell in His presence for all eternity or you can dwell in hell. You have a choice.

Source:

Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David, “The Lord is my Shepherd”

http://creation.com/is-jesus-christ-the-creator-god…

New York Radio Station WFAN Advertising Illegal Fireworks

WFAN is among the most popular radio stations broadcasting from New York City. Its sports talk format gives it a large male demographic of listeners who tune in to hear the latest news and opinions on their favorite sports teams. It is perfect for a company looking to sell fireworks for the Fourth of July. The only problem is fireworks are illegal to possess by most, if not all, of the radio station’s listening audience.

I am an avid listener to the WFAN radio station as I have a two-hour commute each way to and from work each day. I am a sports fan who enjoys the banter between the various hosts and the listeners mostly over the numerous professional sports teams that play in the New York/New Jersey area. While many times I will tune to another station at the first hint of a commercial, occasionally I will just sit through them as I navigate traffic.

It was during one of these times that I was a little shocked to hear a commercial for Pocono Fireworks. While I am not naive enough to think that fireworks are not obviously sold somewhere, I also know it is illegal to possess fireworks in the states of New York and New Jersey without special permits. Those permits are only issued to professionals in most cases.

Fireworks are banned in four states, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Massachusetts. New York laws state the possession of fireworks are illegal with a maximum fine of up to $250. However, if the fireworks are valued over $50 the offense is upgraded to a Class B misdemeanor with a $500 fine.

New Jersey’s laws are even tougher on the possession of fireworks. If you are caught using them the penalty is up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. An individual convicted of possession of fireworks with the intent to sell faces a fine of up to $7,500 and up to 18 months in jail.

Pocono Fireworks certainly knows fireworks are illegal to possess in New York and New Jersey. The lawyers for the WFAN should know the product being offered to their listeners is illegal. Yet the commercial is running on their airwaves.

Should we believe then with what everyone knows, and the fact that the audience of WFAN are primarily residents of states which ban the sale of fireworks that Pocono Fireworks is running the commercials in hope of luring these listeners to cross state lines into Pennsylvania for the possession of an illegal product. In addition does this make the radio station complicit in promoting an illegal activity?

The advertising dollar is not as easy to come by as it once was, but one has to wonder if a radio station as popular as WFAN really needs to run commercials from companies with a questionable motive. I just hope no one gets hurt from a firework bought from Pocono Fireworks by a listener of WFAN.…

So

Here is the last song

I will sing tonight,

My hands and eyes betray me,

To finish and complete

That last stanza.

I have lived long enough

To place my voice

In that garden

Where tomorrow is poetry

And prose for that supposed love.

The universe is universal

In our ever constant restraint,

So we say.

But in the after-thought of you

I will remain in the exigency

Of tomorrow-until

I remember the cruelty of want.…

How to Live a Green Life: Four Books to Help You Get Started

As the call goes out for industries, businesses and the all important consumer to become more eco-conscious and live green lives you may find yourself wondering, “What Can I Do?”. In fact it’s a very good question I am surprised to hear more and more often from those interested in going green. If you did not have the advantage of say, growing up in a huge scouting family where the organization’s appreciation for nature and conservation practices trickled into everyday family life then you might need some help getting started.

Just changing a few ways we do things each year really does make a difference. Some of my friends start small, making a couple changes that do not fit into their everyday lives, and when they cannot directly see the results they stop. Other friends of mine have noticed big changes right away and gone completely fanatical annoying even me, a self proclaimed flower lover and occasional tree hugger. So, rather than starting your new green life by adopting a panda (which is admirable if this is your passion) or by installing a new roof entirely made from solar panels try changing fours to six ways you live and I guarantee you will notice the results while your new habits become second nature.

To help you decide what changes are right for you and your lifestyle check out some new great reads, all available from amazon, that offer more than the usual recycle/reuse story. A couple books offer new innovative ways to go green and clean up your act while others are full of inspiring stories to make this planet of ours cleaner, safer and better off.

 

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide To The 21st Century

At first glance I thought the only types that would enjoy this book were the fanatical friends of mine installing solar panels that I mentioned earlier. After thoroughly reading through the many sections of this book I have found that there are simple as well as huge ideas for helping you live a green life. In fact using this book you could design an entire house from the ground up using eco friendly materials in eco friendly ways. Along tith the more ambitious projects are simple everyday things we can do in our lives to help curb our impact on the planet.

365 Ways To Change The World: How to Make a Difference One Day at a Time

I like this book for the variety it has giving the reader tasks to do every day of the year allowing you to directly notice change or inspire you to create your own changes. Not every day calls for a new project or a change in the goods and services we use. There are days you simply meditate and others asking you to talk to others about a global crisis.

The Rough Guide to Shopping With a Conscience

The information presented in this book will change the way you as a consumer shop forever. At times thinking back on the way we have shopped in the past may lead to feelings of guilt, do not let it! Put that energy and thought into positive change that the author helps you achieve.

The Business of Changing the World

The stories offered in this read are not so much ways to change how you life but stories of how others have changed the lives of others or the world around them. This book describes big businesses at their best, detailing the ideas and actions taken by company leaders and employees. Some of the stories are truly inspirational and give you a new appreciation for the companies and the fundraising efforts they support.…

How to Make Your Kids Environmentally Conscious

What better way is there to create more environmental activists than by educating them from a young and tender age. However if you haven’t done this yet, it is never too late to start. There are many ways in which to do this. Here are some ideas.

 

The first and most important step is to lead by example. Show your children how you separate your trash and recycle, avoid littering, save electricity by not leaving unnecessary lights on, support green efforts and generally care for the environment. Let them see how you make your own green cleaning products. Get them a pet or pets like goldfish, which should be their responsibility to take care of.

Make environmental activities fun. Plant your own organic vegetable garden and let your kids help you with this. Involve them by getting their input on what to plant, let them plant the actual seeds and encourage them to care for the garden by watering it everyday.

Go on nature outings. Take them to nature reserves and game parks if you can, where they can see animals in their natural habitat. If you don’t have one near you, take them to the zoo, as well as aquariums, bird parks and aviaries. Take them for nature walks, pointing out interesting plants and birds en route. Give them disposable cameras and encourage them to take pictures of the interesting things they see.

Education is paramount. Read stories to your kids about Earth Day and saving animals and the environment. Let them see documentaries on saving the environment. Talk to them about environmental issues, like oil spills and endangered animals, and mention extinct animals like dinosaurs and dodos by way of example. Ask them for their ideas on how to save the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

On rainy days, get your kids to make items by using recycling discarded items like egg cartons, plastic bottles, corks, bottle caps, toilet roll holders, grocery bags and popsicle sticks. They can even make a bird feeder or bird house. There are lots of ideas on the Internet on how to make these things.

Celebrate environmental days like Earth Day by going to a public park and picking up litter. 

Spend some environmentally conscious quality time together. Have an outdoor picnic (weather permitting) with healthy, green foods. If the weather permits, have a night party. Gather everyone, get some warm blankets, lie on the lawn and look up at the stars! You can play a game of Spot the Stars. This way they learn about astronomy too.

Together, we can save the planet, by making a difference, one by one.

Source: National Geographic Kids…

How to Have a Clean Environment for Successful Work

If you are like me, it’s hard to sit down to get anything done if your desk is cluttered with trash, empty plates or cups, and other items that are not necessary to being productive. Today I set to clearing the clutter.

 

You can view photos of the process here.

Separation of Work and Play 
Since I am returning home from college and using freelance writing as my summer job, my bed room has become my office. To separate work and play, my desk faces away from my bed, books, and stereo. I’ve learned that even looking at the items will distract me. Oh how tempting naps are.

For many, the situation is much different. If possible, it would be best to set aside an office space (another room, large closet, etc.). For me, dedicated on half of my room to a space to write.

Clearing the clutter 
I always begin cleaning by throwing away all of the trash. This leaves you only the items that need to be sorted. From there you can organize your belongings, put them in storage, or donate them if they are no longer something you need.

Since the space I use is also my bedroom, I disposed of trash, put all my clothes away, and organized the necessary items for writing such as pens, pencils, sticky notes, etc.

Beware getting distracted 
When you begin to sort items you can get side-tracked in many ways. For instance, I came across some of my possessions that held significance with me, when placing them in their correct location, I found other things of significance. My items of significance were old year books, which I spent nearly two hours looking through. It’s great to have these moments, but not when you should be working. So set a time frame on cleaning and stick to it.

Tips 
– Decide where you are going to work and what environment you work best in. 
– Separate work and play as much as you possibly can. 
– Clear away all unnecessary items like trash, plates, or anything that will distract you. 
– Set a realistic time limit on preparing this space and keep track of that time.

Once you have a clean environment to work in that is specific to you, you will feel much more productive. And, everything you need will be within an arm’s reach.

Other projects lead to restoring the environment, such as conservation of coral reefs, or rain forests, this can often lead to eco-tourism opportunities.

For other projects such as land restoration, soil remediation, we have seen mining companies and land developers working together with environmental companies to restore the lands and develop new projects.

But overall, some of the new opportunities such as carbon credits, water rights and biodiversity are new financial instruments that you should certainly consider in your revenue model, and you maybe surprised of the upsides they can bring to you.

Question 3: Do CleanTech / Environmental Investors invest in these projects?

Yes, they do, and there are specialized investment funds dedicated for these projects (see our report Global CleanTech & Environmental Capital Providers Guide for more details) ‘” there are certain investment funds investing in forestry managements and eco-tourism projects, even though they are not usually mentioned on their website as part of the mandate.

In terms of locations, our research has shown that investment firms in Australia, Canada, US, Switzerland, Germany and UK are particularly the ones worth investigating. There are also different Government grants and incentives available ‘” some are available in Asia Pacific and Middle East (if they relate to water management and soil remediation). You should certainly look at international opportunities when comes to capital raising.…

Go on

 

 

Go on, God says,
Don’t turn your back
Stand firm and stay on track
You’ll reach the goal if you don’t slack.

The world will fight 
With all of its might 
But God shall be there; 
If you keep Him in sight.

Go on, God says to me 
When all seems lost and while my endurance shall flee. 
Yet God is not blind, indeed, He does see.

He restores me with His hand. 
Despite this woeful and troubled land, 
A thing to remember as we tread the valleys and the sinking sand

“I can’t proceed,” thou says, “All is lost and gone.” 
But God says to thee-Go on. …

How to Become an Advertising Freelancer

There are essentially three kinds of businesses in this world: Those that can afford to have an advertising agency handle all their advertising; those that can’t, but can do their own advertising and marketing in-house; and finally, those businesses that can do neither. That’s where an advertising freelancer comes into the picture.

 

A freelancer works on a project-by-project basis. No case too small. The benefit to the business is that they can have the freelancer work with their relatively low ad budget. The freelancer charges either by the hour or per project for their services. In doing so, they can provide professional advertising campaign management with a budget far lower than advertising agencies can feasibly work with. It’s becoming a better option for more and more businesses that simply don’t have the ability to do it on their own.

This creates an outstanding opportunity for advertising professionals who want to break out of the corporate conundrum, and get out on their own. Freelancers enjoy a greater amount of independence and self-determination than advertising professionals who work in a firm. They can take on numerous businesses as clients and have multiple streams of revenue. This means better financial stability for the freelancer.

So, say you’re an advertising pro and ready to cut the agency apron strings. Here are some simple, logical steps to get going:

1. Come up with a marketable name. Some freelancers make the mistake of working as a single person, (“Jane Schmo, Advertising Freelance”). This tends to “shrink” the freelance’s abilities in the eyes of a prospective client. Instead, come up with a professional company name (more like “Schmo Advertising and Marketing”). Present yourself more in the light of a project manager-type that will produce, supervise and manage a company’s ad campaign with the aid of other creative advertising professionals if needed. This will go a long way in projecting your image as an advertising professional who can take on any kind of campaign.

2. Once you have a name, have professional materials made up to build your image. This includes the obvious: business cards, stationery, brochures, etc. But also be sure to include other items such as advertising premiums – such as pens, key-chains, notepads, personalized calendars, and other “schwag”. You want to get your name and image out there and on the desks of the very business owners you want to work for. Image and name recognition is everything in advertising more so than any other segment of business. Get your name out there.

3. Produce an impressive info-pack – Be sure to include a detailed resume and history of past campaigns that you have worked on in your professional career. Be sure to highlight your more successful campaigns, the ones you think your prospects may have come across.

4. Put up a website – This is non-negotiable if you want to be taken seriously as a professional. You MUST have a website with a good, easy to remember domain name. Make sure ALL your materials have your web address. Your website will be your living, breathing resume. Don’t skimp on it, and update it regularly. Put up nothing less than a professional, clean and slick website and be sure to have your burgeoning portfolio on-line for your prospects to peruse at their leisure.

5. Determine your rates – Research your competition and see what the going rates are for the kind of services you will be offering. Price yourself somewhere in the middle. According to most advertising trade publications, freelance copywriters get anywhere from $350-450 per billable hour. Keep in mind that many business owners like to have a good idea of what the total cost of the project will be from the get-go. Look into pricing an entire project to get their business. Just make sure you don’t price too low and end up working way too much for too little.

6. Nobody can do everything great, so make sure your prospects understand that you have other professionals at your disposal. Such as, graphic artists, web designers and other creative specialists, to make their campaign a well-packaged success.

7. Know the ins and outs of on-line advertising! This is the future of advertising, and …