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Seven Legacy Reflections from Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? by LINDA-MARIE DELLOFF, plus weekly services by Karl Lehman

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*GRAPHIC -Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #3-A527.

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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

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2-A3867To maximize fun and minimize travel for a family that lives in California, Iowa and Arizona, we celebrated a five-in-one holiday this fall – Thanks-a-weenie.

My spouse Rita’s favorite holiday is Halloween, so we added in Thanksgiving, our wedding anniversary, son Pete’s birthday and son-in-law DJ’s birthday – all at the end of October. Each special event received its own meal or day, except Halloween, which got pumpkin carving on Halloween eve, then Trick-or-Treat night.

We couldn’t possibly afford to get everybody together for each worthy event, not even for two of them, so this marathon approach worked well. And as devoted environmentalists, we couldn’t possibly justify all that travel.

This gives us a chance to be together and experience the Life Standard “Nurture People” from Living More with Less. Throughout the year we Skype or Hang-Out once a week with the other two families.

We spend two months in the fall and two months in the spring with our Iowa Family and several times a year with our Arizona family. Thanks-a-weenie is the rare occasion when all three families, plus some additional relatives, can spend a crazy week together.

What new celebration might work for you to maximize community and minimize travel?

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*GRAPHIC -Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #2-A3867

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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

3-A523colorSeven Legacy Reflections from Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? by historian JUSTO GONZALEZ, plus services by Catherine Gonzalez and activities by Jackie Smith. Enjoy them now. Share them with your family and congregation face-to-face and through your website, newsletter, study group. . . .

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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

4-A1016I received an offer from DAV – Disabled American Veterans – for a wall calendar in exchange for a donation. I receive many such offers. You probably do too.

In checking through the calendar I noticed that besides standard holidays it includes many military commemorations. One problem. It only included “victories.” It didn’t include important other military events, such as the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan – the only use in history. This date is commemorated by many as Hiroshima Day, but not by the DAV. I declined to donate.

I find it annoying that we are expected, even pressured, to help take care of veterans when the bloated ”Defense” Dept. budget consumes almost half of the discretionary spending of the annual U.S. federal budget. Yes, veterans deserve care – medical and educational, for examples – but not at additional citizen expense. The Bible directs us the care for orphans and widows and visit prisoners. Soldiers are not specifically mentioned.

Having lived in Iowa for 35 years, I am greatly disappointed with one of our US senators, Chuck Grassley, who at one time worked to identify and reduce overspending in the “Defense” Dept., such as the $400 hammer. During the past six years, however, he has abandoned that worthy effort and has worked lockstep with his fellow GOP obstructionists.

This Veterans Day I plan to wear my “Adopt-A-MineField” t-shirt to remind folks that we still need to clean up all the landmines in Southeast Asia (and elsewhere) that continue to kill and maim, especially children. The t-shirt was produced by the Johnson County, Iowa, United Nations Association.

And I will continue to urge our church council not to place the pictures of our military members in the lobby of our church. I feel sorry that so many patriotic men and women have been deceived to put their lives and the lives of others at risk in violent conflicts to protect the egos of some blood-thirsty politicians. Let’s also put up pictures of our teachers and medical workers as people who make important contributions to our society. Those jobs are not without serious risks too.

How might you celebrate an alternate Veterans Day?

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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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Legacy WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway?

Reflections by author Marjorie J. Thompson, including Services and Activities by Larry J. Peacock and Kathleen Connolly. Enjoy them now. Share them later with your family or congregation through your website, newsletter, study group. . . .

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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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SLW! shares resources this Advent-Christmas-Epiphany in many ways.

1. The WHOSE Birthday? four-part podcast series includes reflections and activities by Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin, Meg Cox, Betsy Taylor and many more from edition #18. Episodes 32-35 will be released in iTunes and Stitcher Nov. 1 & 15; Dec. 1 & 15. Or you listen to any/all of them at your leisure on the SLW! site.

2. The new online edition of Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? #26 is ready. You can still contribute a Biblical Reflection or Family Activity .

3. Once or twice a week we’ll highlight a series of reflections from a past edition in this blog, as we did in 2013. The first set, “Make Ready the Way of the Lord…” by Tom Hall, also includes Services and Activities by Julie Peeples and Paul Davis. All three are ordained ministers and have been affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. (To find the 2013 offerings, skim through Nov. and Dec. in the Archives in the right column of this blog.) Enjoy them now. Share them later with your family or congregation through your website, newsletter, study group. . . .

All three offerings — text, podcast, new, past — are different content. Also see “What’s Now,” “What’s Coming” and “What’s Happened” below.

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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

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For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

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Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

3-A524The SLW! plan to share resources this Advent-Christmas-Epiphany — or A-C-E — is multi-faceted.

1. The WHOSE Birthday? four-part podcast series includes reflections and activities by Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin, Meg Cox, Betsy Taylor and many more. Episodes 32-35 will be released in iTunes and Stitcher Nov. 1 & 15; Dec. 1 & 15. Or listen to them at your leisure on the SLW! site.

2. The new online edition of Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? #26 is almost ready. You still have time to contribute a Biblical Reflection or Family Activity .

3. Once or twice a week we’ll highlight a series of reflections from a past edition in this blog, as we did in 2013. The first set appears below. (To find the 2013 offerings, skim through Nov. and Dec. in the Archives in the right column of this blog.)

Enjoy them now. Share them later with your family or congregation through your website, newsletter, study group. . . .

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Make Ready the Way of the Lord…

by Tom Hall

Plus Services and Activities by Julie Peeples and Paul Davis

Tom Hall, former Director of Affiliate Education at Habitat for Humanity, is now deceased. Julie Peeples and Paul Davis have served as chaplains at Habitat for Humanity. All three are ordained ministers.

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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

*GRAPHIC – “Whose Birthday?” #4

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.


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