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It’s so encouraging when someone uses or re-issues some of Alternatives’ resources. World Vision Canada has repackaged our Simply Enough DVD of Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne as Choose Justice with an extensive Conversation Guide.

Wood Lake Books – publisher of The Alternative Wedding Book and Treasury of Celebrations – has included The Christmas Game in their popular curriculum Seasons of the Spirit.

Now Paul Canavese of The Pastoral Center has incorporated some of Alternatives’ Advent/Christmas resources in its new Simply Advent eResource series. (Or see all of their Advent eResources.) Although their market is primarily Catholic, their four inserts for the Sundays in Advent are quite ecumenical. Their goal is to continue including Simple Living into future resources.

How an eResourse works. You pay a small amount for the right to copy a resource for your family or congregation. You make as many copies as you like. Yes, you could create your own resources for free using Alternatives’ art and text, either the original combination or your new combination. Or you could add your own text to our art or visa verse. For example, we use Alternatives’ art each year for our family eNews Christmas letter from Spirit of Simplicity or Worship Alternatives. (Some examples of finished designs)

You may ask, “Why are these folks selling these items when they are available for free on SimpleLivingWorks.org?” They received permission to incorporate them into new resources. They are people we have worked with before and we trust. Almost all of Alternative’s resources are now covered by the Creative Commons license to save them from abuse. That allows them to be used free of charge, but not sold without permission.

I’ve scheduled an interview with Paul Canavese, also the head of GospelLiving.org, for a SLW! Podcast in Oct. Paul and spouse Ann have contributed to the supplement to Wedding Alternatives. They also hosted Rita and I on a speaking tour. Read the notes of that visit at Post #58. As an internet security expert, he also brought our colleague organization, Jubilee Economics back to health after we were hacked.

So, you have the choice — if you have the time and inclination — to design your own resources using Alternatives’ elements, or to pay someone else a bit to use their Alternatives-inspired eResources.

Yet another option: get copies of Alternatives’ originals on paper, CD or DVD from the ELCA Archives at nominal cost.

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  • Tony and Shane Uncut Finale — Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts. To LISTEN visit the Episode Index. The topics are different for each episode. Complete Endorsements by Jim Wallis, Author of God’s Politics & President of Sojourners; Aiden Enns, Geez magazine, BuyNothingChristmas.org; Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary; Justo L. Gonzalez, Author of The Story of Christianity; Tom Sine, Author of The Mustard Seed Conspiracy; John de Graaf, Co-Producer and Co-Author of Affluenza: the All-Consuming Epidemic
  • Simple Living Humor? What’s That?  A problem with simple living is that we’re so serious. We don’t even know what to call ourselves. “Simple Livers” seems so anatomical. I mean our heart is really in it, but our livers? We might as well call ourselves Simple Kidneys. • Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art cartoons: Christmas #’s 3-A001-A004 (cartoons by Dan Livdahl) | Earth Care #’s 5-A028-A038 (cartoons by Steve Babbert) | Economics #’s 7-A026, A035 (cartoons by Steve Babbert) • PostConsumers.com: Get Satisfied Gallery (cartoons & short video by Mike Swofford) • Bob Sitze’ Simple Enough blog is often humorous in a sophisticated way. Six algorithms I’d like to see is especially funny.

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  • Tom and Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates — SLW!Podcast, Sept. 1

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*GRAPHIC – GospelLiving.org

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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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IMG_4450The response to my blog “Why Are Danes So Happy?” has been AMAZING. Thank you!

PHOTO: Elysha and I discover that street machines return deposits on plastic cups and bottles in Copenhagen to reduce clutter and promote recycling.

Why Are Danes So Happy? The Danes are considered to be the happiest people on Earth. Outwardly they don’t appear especially happy. That’s because their happiness is not a shallow veneer. It is an inner contentedness. And why? READ MORE

The responses to my other blogs and podcasts are collected HERE.

Recent ADDITION: Stop Complaining about Big Government & Embrace It – Thom Hartmann: The Big Picture, Aug. 20, 2014

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I especially enjoyed this blog/email update as I too come from Danish stock and used to live in Copenhagen while I was young. Incidentally, my father (Bob McNamara) served as the pastor at the International Church of Copenhagen in the 1980s. Fun to notice the small world of connections we live in! I was able to visit Denmark again a few years ago with my family and was so struck by the quality of life there.

Thanks for your good work and I always enjoy the updates!

Warmly,

Deborah McNamara, Northwest Earth Institute // www.nwei.org  // Blog // Facebook // 720/361-2686 // Voluntary Simplicity!

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Unsubscribe. Too political.

Barb Reinhardt

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Wow! Hurray for the Danes!

Thanks for posting this, Gerald! I’ll be reposting. I find this inspiring in the otherwise consistently sad news about human society, the environment & the rich-poor divide.

Rick Zemlin

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The one European city all my immediate family has been in, though not at the same time. I have observed something similar in the neighboring socialist state of Sweden – nowhere did one see outlandish homes that put other ones to shame. There was an observed evenness in the culture and communities.

John Herrmann

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Nice piece on Danish happiness by my friend Gerald “Jerry” Iversen!

John de Graaf, co-founder of the Global Happiness Initiative; producer and author of the Affluenza series

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I like the fact that you point out it’s about contentness not happiness. Happiness is experienced briefly, contentness is a state of the mind the majority of the time.

Ruth Knagenhjelm

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I think the most important point you make is the need to shift from consumerism to contentedess. We will never find happiness in constantly striving for more goods and services.

Kate Pendergrass Norlander

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  • Tony and Shane Uncut – Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts. To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the Show Notes, or visit the Episode Index. NOTE: You can listen to each episode as it is released the 1st and 15th of the month, May-Aug. Or listen to several or all episodes at Preview/Back-up. The topics are different for each episode.
  • Let’s Learn About RAMADAN, June 28-July 27, 2014 – Life Standard: Learn from the World Community from Living More with Less — RAMADAN: Month-Long Fast for Muslims
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – July
  • Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

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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.

IMG_4691Rita and I are proud to be Danish-Americans. Both of us come from Danish stock, so we paid tribute to The Motherland by visiting Copenhagen with daughter Elysha for a week this spring.

[Photo: We three share an ice cream with Ron Rentner, a school mate of mine at Concordia, Oakland, Calif. in the '60's. Ron -- in the black shirt -- serves as pastor of the International Church of Copenhagen.]

The Danes are considered to be the happiest people on Earth. Outwardly they don’t appear especially happy. That’s because their happiness is not a shallow veneer. Their’s is an inner contentedness.

And why? Largely because Denmark is a Socialist Democracy. They have little of the gross economic inequality that America has. They willingly pay high taxes and it really works. Copenhagen is on track to be the first carbon neutral capital by 2020!

Prices seem higher there than in the U.S. They pay a 25% VAT (value added tax) on everything. Ouch! you may think. The VAT is already in the price, not added to it, as our sales tax is. We in the U.S. also pay additional fees that they don’t pay. An obvious example is tipping. Here we pay 15-20% for service. Tipping is not expected in Denmark because SERVERS ARE PAID A LIVING WAGE.

I recommend my interview with John De Graaf, co-author and producer of the Affluenza videos and books. He is co-founder of the Happiness Initiative. Though he focuses on Bhutan, his insights are relevant to Denmark as well. (Read my blog posts on The Geography of Bliss and Global Happiness Initiative.)

Why be concerned about happiness? One big reason would be that we Americans need to redefine happiness, away from consumerism toward contentedness. Why? Human civilization will go through immense trauma (some say extinction) by 2100. Let’s prepare ourselves, our children and grandchildren for the change now. Yes, we can mitigate some of the worst effects through simple, green living but we cannot reverse the inevitable through geo-engineering or magical, wishful thinking. (See my blog post Vision of the Future.)

Recent ADDITION: Stop Complaining about Big Government & Embrace It – Thom Hartmann: The Big Picture, Aug. 20, 2014

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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

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 Giving. Give 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 2. We 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.

Tony-and-Shane-Eastern-271x300 Two of the most important voices of the 21st Century church. This is a conversation you do NOT want to miss.

- Jim Wallis, Author of God’s Politics & President of Sojourners

This should challenge anybody with a heart.
Aiden Enns, Geez magazine, BuyNothingChristmas.org

In an ocean of self-indulgent consumerism, an island of sanity and realism. A powerful resource in the move toward well-being.
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

Theologically sound, intellectually enlightening, and morally engaging.
Justo L. Gonzalez, Author of The Story of Christianity

Practical, creative ways you can live more simply in ways that make a real difference for our poorest neighbors and God’s good creation.
Tom Sine, Author of The Mustard Seed Conspiracy

Profound and humorous, full of touching stories, compelling testimonials.
John de Graaf, Co-Producer and Co-Author of Affluenza: the All-Consuming Epidemic

Tony and Shane Uncut Finale — Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts. To LISTEN visit the Episode Index. The topics are different for each episode.

 Complete Endorsements

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  • Simple Living Humor? What’s That?  A problem with simple living is that we’re so serious. We don’t even know what to call ourselves. “Simple Livers” seems so anatomical. I mean our heart is really in it, but our livers? We might as well call ourselves Simple Kidneys. • Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art cartoons: Christmas #’s 3-A001-A004 (cartoons by Dan Livdahl) | Earth Care #’s 5-A028-A038 (cartoons by Steve Babbert) | Economics #’s 7-A026, A035 (cartoons by Steve Babbert) • PostConsumers.com: Get Satisfied Gallery (cartoons & short video by Mike Swofford) • Bob Sitze’ Simple Enough blog is often humorous in a sophisticated way. Six algorithms I’d like to see is especially funny.

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  • Tom and Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates — SLW!Podcast, Sept. 1

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*GRAPHIC – Eastern University / World Vision Canada

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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.

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The problem with simple living is that we’re so serious. We don’t even know what to call ourselves. “Simple Livers” seems so anatomical. I mean our heart is really in it, but our livers? We might as well call ourselves Simple Kidneys.

The other option is Simple Lifers but that sounds so incarcerated. We might as well call ourselves Simple Solitary. But we know it’s not true. Simple Living is freeing. It feels so great to get that burden of stuff off our shoulders!

I mean, we go into debt to buy it. Some of us take two jobs to get a starter castle but then we have less time with our family. Then we have to maintain all this stuff — dusting it and shoving new batteries into it. Then we have to secure it to make sure nobody steals it. Good grief. Who owns whom?

There are five — count ‘em — five Life Standards of Christian voluntary simplicity. The one I really like “Non-conform freely.” That means thumbing our nose at advertisers who try to convince us that we are so undesirable, so inadequate that we just MUST buy their new gismo. It also means not following for the less obvious but not so subtle Peer Pressure. You know the routine. “Say, Janice, that’s a lovely blouse. Was Good Will having a sale?”

So I have little rituals to help myself resist the pressure and instead to Non-conform Freely. I wear RED SOCKS. They’re gloriously ugly!

Living simply is not simple. Simple Living couples are forced to make compromises. For example, after years of negotiation, Rita and I have agreed that ONLY on weekends will I wear socks with holes in them.

I developed a sense of justice at an early age. My sister, who was five years older thought she was smarter. Our mom required us to do the dishes after supper. One would wash, the other would dry. Even to this day I don’t mind doing chores. Thanks, mom. Well, anyway, when it was my turn to wash, my sister would inevitably decide she had to go to the bathroom. As teenager, even back in to the fifties, she would take a long time! Well, if I waited till she got back, the dishes would have dripped dried themselves. My sense of fairness wouldn’t allow that to happen. So, as I washed, I would pour water on the clean dishes to keep them wet until she came back. I never could figure out why she got so upset!

• Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art cartoons

Christmas #’s 3-A001-A004 (cartoons by Dan Livdahl) | Earth Care #’s 5-A028-A038 (cartoons by Steve Babbert) | Economics #’s 7-A026, A035 (cartoons by Steve Babbert)

• PostConsumers.com: Get Satisfied Gallery (cartoons & short video by Mike Swofford)

• Bob Sitze’ Simple Enough blog is often humorous in a sophisticated way. Six algorithms I’d like to see is especially funny.

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

*GRAPHIC – Mike Swofford – PostConsumers.com

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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.

8-A4190In the advertising industry, there is a technical, scientific term for each time we are exposed to a commercial message. And that term is a HIT. So, guess how many hits does the average American experience on an average day?

Before you guess, I want to put this in context. I have heard that some grocery stores, when you push your cart down the aisle, have ads on the floor in front of you. Some places now have TV monitors on your cart selling you products as you go down the aisles. As you walk down the mall, all these colors, all these slogans, all these things are calling out to you, “Buy me. Collect me. You deserve me.” So, you have the big ads – the billboards and TV commercials – and you have the little ads – commercial logos, swishes, jingles.

In this context, how many hits do you guess the average American experiences on the average day? What would you guess? 2,000? You’re almost barely lukewarm. 10,000? You’re getting warmer. 15,000? Yes, you’re very close. 16,000 hits a day! And you think, Not Me! That’s because we have become desensitized to all these messages. We are swimming in commercial soup.

This cautionary blog for the beginning of the school year and the upcoming onslaught of political ads for the fall election. See the fifth Life Standard: Non-Confirm Freely text or video.

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

*GRAPHIC – Spirit of Simplicity Quotes & Art #8-A4190

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust back from ten days on the road to Seattle and back.

*PHOTO: Visiting Alpacas at Lone Ranch, near Medford, OR (from left) Grandniece Meya Hedrick, Gerald, Kimaree and Rita

As well as meeting Glen Gersmehl, Exec. Dir. of Lutheran Peace Fellowship, in Seattle, Rita and I were interviewed briefly by Christine Sine for her Godspace blog.

I interviewed Tom and Christine Sine and plan to issue that as a SLW! podcast in Sept.  I’ll publish the notes I took of our group discussion (Post #293) at Mustard Seed Associates as a blog soon, as I did with the notes from my speaking tours through 40+ states (including my first visit to MSA, post #168).

Tom is the author of the best-seller Mustard Seed Conspiracy. He gave me a copy of his recent The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time. +Tom’s blog. He also wrote a series of Advent/Christmas reflections for Alternatives. Christine wrote The Search for Meaning: Beyond a Commercialized World (available in text or podcast).

Also on this trip I reconnected with one of my influential college instructors, Gerald Stolp, in Eugene, OR; we met several interesting couples through our home-stay clubs; and we taxied my grandniece Meya to visit her grandmother (my eldest sister) in Auburn, Calif.

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