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As announced in my conversation with Valerie Weaver-Zercher, editor of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Living More with Less, Herald Press is updating its World Community Cookbooks.

Now the new Extending the Table is out! The series of cookbooks is based on the Life Standard “Learn from the World Community.” We learn through our bellies as well as our brains.

Cook with neighbors from around the world as you prepare flavorful dishes and feel the warmth of their kitchens. This revised edition of Extending the Table simmers together the best-loved recipes from the first edition of this global cuisine cookbook with the enticing flavors of new recipes.

Extending the Table, edited by Joetta Handrich Schlabach, contains stories, proverbs, and recipes from more than ninety countries. Extend your table in the spirit of the More-with-Less Cookbook by experiencing the gratitude, hospitality, and foodways of friends near and far.

What is New in the Revised Edition:

  • Colorful photographs of people, cultural settings, and mouthwatering dishes from around the world.
  • Recipes and stories from places like Afghanistan, South Sudan, Thailand, and Cambodia.
  • Labels and indexes for gluten-free and vegetarian recipes.
  • Regional menus to help cooks plan special meals from a particular country or continent.

Part of the World Community Cookbook series along with Simply in Season and More with Less Cookbooks. (More with Less Cookbook actually predated Living More with Less.) Royalties fund global relief, peace, and community efforts.

Paper $20; hardcover $25.

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  • What Might a Prophet Look Like? Prophetic ministry shows people the logical consequences of their life choices. It is quite different from pastoral ministry, which focuses on worship, education and outreach. Pastoral ministry tends to avoid controversy. Prophetic ministry embraces controversy. Pastoral tends to be general; prophetic, specific. Prophetic ministry is also called in some denominations “lifetyle” ministry because it shows the faithful how their lifestyles affect people around the world. Extravagant American lifestyles – by global standards – have a negative effect of people in the developing world. This is particularly relevant to my current conversation with BOB SITZE on the latest SLW! Podcast #31. Prophets speak up. Bob has a reputation for that. Although lifestyle ministry is largely prophetic – urging and equipping people of faith to walk their talk – it focuses on two of the five Life Standards of “Living More with Less” – “Do Justice” (#1) and “Non-conform Freely” (#5). More about the Five Life Standards.As we all personalize our faith life, I have over the years personalized those Life Standards. For example, I have vowed never to leave the house without wearing a Message Shirt. For the reasons why and several more examples, read the entire blogRELATED:What Might a Christian Life Look Like? articleLiving More with Less Intro blog
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  • Is Simple Living Libertarian?
    SLW! promotes is COMMUNITARIANISM, that is, the community needs are more important than the individual “rights.” No, it is not Communism.We really have only one planet though we live as if we have several. Jubilee Economics believes in OneEarth Economics for the Common Good.
  • Anyone can use our online Leaders’ Guide and Participants’ Manual to UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop at no charge. No one is allowed to sell copies of these. We no longer sell anything, so bulk/discount orders of the UNPLUG book are available at independent book sellers, locally or online. Please let me know whom you choose and how your event goes so I can share your story with others.
  • Submit now to “WHOSE Birthday?” 2014. Contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” for Advent/Christmas, now published online. All 25+ editions are available on the SLW! site. Article Index.
    • ART (line drawing, photo) that depicts the tension between faith and culture, especially at Christmas.
    • PERSONAL EXPERIENCES (especially intergenerational ones) related to simplifying Christmas or finding meaning and happiness in relationships instead of stuff.
    • FAMILY ACTIVITIES, rituals or worshipful ceremonies for Advent, Christmas or Epiphany.
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – October
  • Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

What’s Coming

Coming SLW! Podcasts

  • Nov.-Dec. – new “WHOSE Birthday?” Podcast series. Podcast Index, including “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.

What’s Happened

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

*GRAPHIC – Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #2-A2046

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.

2-A2046I’ve served as an Associate in Ministry (AiM) in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) for over 25 years. I served as a professional church musician for 25 years. Then in 1995, I was hired to head up Alternatives. I began transitioning from pastoral ministry to prophetic ministry when I got a nasty case of carpel tunnel syndrome. I said,”OK God, I can take a hint.” After two masters degrees in music and two national certifications, I retired from my music career and haven’t looked back.

Prophetic ministry shows people the logical consequences of their life choices. It is quite different from pastoral ministry, which focuses on worship, education and outreach. Pastoral ministry tends to avoid controversy. Prophetic ministry embraces controversy. Pastoral tends to be general; prophetic, specific.

Prophetic ministry is also called in some denominations “lifetyle” ministry because it shows the faithful how their lifestyles affect people around the world. Extravagant American lifestyles – by global standards – have a negative effect of people in the developing world.

This is particularly relevant to my current conversation with Bob Sitze on the latest SLW! Podcast #31. Prophets speak up. Bob has a reputation for that. Once while standing in chow line at a church convention, I was speaking to the Presiding Biship of the ELCA – know fondly as “Super Bish.” I was praising Bob’s work. The bishop replied, “You never know what that guy’s going to say.”

Although lifestyle ministry is largely prophetic – urging and equipping people of faith to walk their talk – it focuses on two of the five Life Standards of “Living More with Less” – “Do Justice” (#1) and “Non-conform Freely” (#5). More about the Five Life Standards.

Over the years I have personalized those, just as we all personalize our faith life.

  1. I have vowed never to leave the house without wearing a Message Shirt. Some are secular some are faith-based. I want people to know what I stand for. I get some responses, usually positive. You might wonder, “What good is that?” It doesn’t just confront opponents, it comforts allies. Simple livers – shy or bold – need support.
  1. I recommend new titles to my local public library. They have purchased over 100 of my recommendations in the past three years. But I don’t just let them gather dust. I publicize those new titles in my monthly regional eNewsletter – Siouxland Social Justice eNews.
  1. Prophetic Message stickers are part of this Advent’s “WHOSE Brithday?” podcast series this Nov. and Dec. Use them on packages and letters. Send a Message! Try distributing fliers, applying stickers to letters and packages, inserting thought-provoking quotations and art in emails, blogs, etc.
  1. By reaching out through the internet instead of publishing resources on paper, CD’s and DVD’s, I save trees and oil. Blogs, podcasts, eNewsletters and social media tend to reach a young adult audience. If you want to try some of these, read Jerry’s Excellent Adventure in “Simple Living 101.”
  1. I check out charities on CharityNavigator.org. Then I give only if the organization has at least four (of five) stars and reasonable administrative salaries.
  1. We “Learn from the World Community” (#2) by promoting Fair Trade, primarily through SharingTheDream.org. We host several display/sales of handicrafts each fall in our congregations and tell the stories of the indigenous Mayan artisans.
  1. We “Nurture People” (#3) by funding the Iversen Family Fund through InFaith Community Foundation. Our hope is that this fund will make life more tolerable for our grandchildren’s generation during the Great Implosion of the natural environment beginning about 2050.
  1. Since we now live largely in a desert (California), we “Cherish the Natural Order” (#4) by using creative was to save water – xeriscaping and ultra-low flush toilets – and encourage others to do the same. We’ve installed solar panels on our home to greatly reduce our use of coal-fired and nuclear-generated electricity — and encourage others to do the same.
  1. We “Non-conform freely” (#5) by avoiding the compromised commercial media and trust alternative media, such as FreeSpeech.org and LINKtv.org and selective podcasts.
  2. What would you add to this list from your life? Be prophetic!

RELATED:

What Might a Christian Life Look Like? article

Living More with Less Intro blog

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  • Nov.-Dec. – new “WHOSE Birthday?” Podcast series. Podcast Index, including “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3).
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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

*GRAPHIC – Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #2-A2046

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.

4-A321There are several flavors of faith-based Simple Living.

The Libertarian Simple Liver is basically a hermit. S/he may be married and have a family and socialize, but basically believes that what s/he does and how s/he spends her money is her decision. Everyone for themselves. You get what you earn in life.

The Spiritual Simple Liver spends a lot of time in prayer. These folks resemble the monks of old.

Combine the hermit with the spiritual and you may get a person who has made a lot of money and wants God to justify their selfishness and their greedy work.

We may find it hard to feel empathy for people who go into debt, live beyond their means. But we are not survivalists, not doomsday preppers.

The brand of Simple Living that SLW! promotes is COMMUNITARIAN, that is, the community needs are more important than the individual “rights.” No, it is not Communism.

We really have only one planet though we live like we have several. Jubilee Economics believes in OneEarth Economics for the Common Good.

What does this mean? We are convinced that without significant and rapid changes in attitude and practices toward the Earth, a huge die-off within human civilization and among all living species will accelerate throughout the 21st century. We cannot expect to be rescued by God or by technology.

We discover and promote ways that all may live in joy, peace and enough (abundance) — both big picture and small, both theoretical and practical, both physical and spiritual, using both biblical and scientific models of economics — for individuals, corporations and governments. We promote communitarianism rather than capitalism; cooperation over competition; imitation of nature (biomimicry) rather than control of nature; voluntary simplicity instead of consumerism; wisdom of indigenous people, not constant growth; and many others. We use many forms of communication – from one-to-one to mass.

SLW! is guided by the five Life Standards of the classic Living More with Less. We present them in numerous ways.

A Christmas Speculation by John Michel Greer speaks to the Biblical implications of libertarianism.

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

*GRAPHIC – Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #4-A321

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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Good afternoon!

I’ve recently just discovered – and read – the UNPLUG the Christmas Machine book.  I visited your website and read the archived information with the workshop leader guide and participant guide.

Is permission still granted for others to use this material to lead workshops?

Also, are bulk/discount orders still available for the book?

I am the Director of the Welcoming Ministry at my church as well as an HR/Training and Development professional.

Thank you so much for your help!

Beth Cooper, Mason, OH (suburb of Cincinnati)

So good to hear from you, Beth.

Yes, anyone can use our online Leaders’ Guide and Participants’ Manual at no charge. No one is allowed to sell copies of these.

We no longer sell anything, so bulk/discount orders of the UNPLUG book are available at independent book sellers, locally or online. You may resell the book at your workshop. Please let me know whom you choose and how your event goes so I can share your story with others.

Peace,

Gerald

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Latest SLW! Podcast #30 – Paul Canavese, head of GospelLiving.org. Paul and spouse Ann contributed to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement. They hosted Rita and I on a speaking tour. Read the notes of that visit at Post #58.

New Simply Advent eResources. It’s so encouraging when someone uses or re-issues some of Alternatives’ resources. 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.)

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  • Submit Now to “WHOSE Birthday?” 2014. Contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” for Advent/Christmas, now published online. All 25+ editions are available on the SLW! site. Article Index.
    • ART (line drawing, photo) that depicts the tension between faith and culture, especially at Christmas.
    • PERSONAL EXPERIENCES (especially intergenerational ones) related to simplifying Christmas or finding meaning and happiness in relationships instead of stuff.
    • FAMILY ACTIVITIES, rituals or worshipful ceremonies for Advent, Christmas or Epiphany.
  • Feeling Bullied by Consumo? Ask Slim. I’ll give my reply to questions that are broadly about simpler living and invite you to add yours.
  • Simple Living MUSIC. Earth Mama’s music is fun and enjoyed by all ages, while teaching important messages about sustainable living, recycling, and eco-activism. Perfect for teachers and Cultural Creatives, Earth Mama music spreads the word about sacred ecology and simple living. John Pitney’s complete “Live Simply So Others May Simply Live” (closing podcast theme) | websiteMUSIC CollectionsSing Justice! Do Justice! | Carols with Justice | more
  • Who is Brian “Wolt” Wolters? And what is the  Overflow Project? Plus blog and resources | 50-Day Challenge | my blog SIMPLIFY + GIVE + CHANGE = WATER || Also in This Episode: Why Ares Danes So Happy? blog | Response to Danes blog | Recent Responses to all SLW! media with links
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – October
  • Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

What’s Coming

Coming SLW! Podcasts

What’s Happened

  • I interviewed Tom and Christine Sine at Mustard Seed House for SLW! podcast #28. Tom’s author of the best-seller Mustard Seed Conspiracy.
  • 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. Endorsements

What Others Are Doing

Podcast Reminder

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Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

*GRAPHIC – Christmas Campaign Kit

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.

OverflowProject_TakeTheChallenge

Who is Brian “Wolt” Wolters? And what is the  Overflow Project? Plus blog and resources | 50-Day Challenge | my blog SIMPLIFY + GIVE + CHANGE = WATER

Also in This Episode

Why Ares Danes So Happy? blog | Response to Danes blog | Recent Responses to all SLW! media with links

Coming SLW! Podcasts

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (window #3). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Submit Now to “WHOSE Birthday?” 2014. Contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” for Advent/Christmas, now published online. All 25+ editions are available on the SLW! site. Article Index.
    • ART (line drawing, photo) that depicts the tension between faith and culture, especially at Christmas.
    • PERSONAL EXPERIENCES (especially intergenerational ones) related to simplifying Christmas or finding meaning and happiness in relationships instead of stuff.
    • FAMILY ACTIVITIES, rituals or worshipful ceremonies for Advent, Christmas or Epiphany.
  • Feeling Bullied by Consumo? Ask Slim. I’ll give my reply to questions that are broadly about simpler living and invite you to add yours.
  • Simple Living MUSIC. Earth Mama’s music is fun and enjoyed by all ages, while teaching important messages about sustainable living, recycling, and eco-activism. Perfect for teachers and Cultural Creatives, Earth Mama music spreads the word about sacred ecology and simple living. John Pitney’s complete “Live Simply So Others May Simply Live” (closing podcast theme) | websiteMUSIC CollectionsSing Justice! Do Justice! | Carols with Justice | more
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – September
  • Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

What’s Coming

Fall Festival Resources

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3).
Episode Index
Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

*GRAPHIC – OverflowProject.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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You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” for Advent/Christmas. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, it is published online since 2012.

All 25+ editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed.

The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. An item may be new or not, original or not. (If it’s by someone else, include a complete description of the source.) We prefer items of 250 words or fewer (one page double-spaced). We reserve the right to edit.

  • ART (line drawing, photo) that depicts the tension between faith and culture, especially at Christmas.
  • PERSONAL EXPERIENCES (especially intergenerational ones) related to simplifying Christmas or finding meaning and happiness in relationships instead of stuff.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITIES, rituals or worshipful ceremonies for Advent, Christmas or Epiphany.

We reach many through our website, blogs, podcast and other media. Sorry, we cannot pay for any submissions. All of our original resources are free of charge.

Read past editions in the archives.

Please send your submissions by email to SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo.com. If you need to send something by US mail, email us and we’ll send you a mailing address.

Thanks!

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Coming: new “WHOSE Birthday?” Podcast series.

Podcast Index, including “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (window #3).

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*GRAPHIC – Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Christmas #3-A0888.

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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.

!CONSUMO

Feeling Bullied by Consumo? Ask Slim.

Slim made his first appearance in the skit Consumo Must Go! There Slim was the common sense character, the antidote to the anti-superhero Consumo, the Overlord of Overconsumption.

A recent question from college classmate John Herrmann prompts me to start the hopefully interactive blog “Ask Slim.” I’ll give my reply to questions that are broadly about simpler living and invite you to add your responses.

John wrote:

Gerald, Does Simple Living have any accumulated wisdom on necessity of Cable/Satellite TV and Internet/Smart Phone — where to stop etc.? Seems like it takes a chunk of change, and increasingly so, to keep all this stuff. A lot of it seems to be habit that one has gotten used to and now “can’t live without.” But surely there is an alternative . . . John

Slim says:

Several simple living propositions apply here.

  1. Needs trump wants. If you really need Cable/Satellite TV, Internet and/or a Smart Phone, get one. If you just want them, don’t get them. Simple living is not about deprivation. It is about conscious living, being aware of our real needs and their consequences for us and the Earth.
  2. If you decide to get it, consult Clark Howard. He has a daily radio show, also available as a podcast. Clark’s motto is “save more, spend less and avoid rip-offs.” He’s goal is thrift, not the large view of voluntary simplicity. ClarkHoward.com has many cost guides – travel, for example – which his staff keeps updated. In this case, I’d consult his site about recent cell phone plans.
  1. Life Standard #5 of Living More with Less is “Non-conform Freely.” This pertains to many things, such as fashion fads. I use it primarily to avoid the lure of advertising on commercial media, especially TV (and the internet, which has become so targeted).

Now it’s your turn. Post comments, ideas, questions and confessions on this blog or email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com. Yes, my blogs are moderated by me.

Yes, Slim is an acronym for “Simple Living Is More.”

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SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

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Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

*GRAPHIC – Consumo: Spirit of Simplicity Quotes and Art #1-A501

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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