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“Tax the Rich” is probably the quickest, most direct way out of our economic woes. FDR did that and it worked, in combination with an amazing jobs program, such as the Youth Conservation Corps, and raising the minimum wage.

Now I see that greed of the really rich – the 1% — may accomplish what decades of encouragement have failed to do – to get Americans to adopt voluntary simplicity as an effective and satisfying lifestyle.

Now rampant social inequity is forcing millions into INvoluntary simplicity, something familiar to 2/3rds of the world, the majority in the “developing” world. In their case they live from one day to the next without choice.

I say this with no delight. The transition will be long and painful. The really rich few will continue to grow richer thanks to their lap dogs in D.C. and many states, who continue to crank out laws that favor them. And the majority of the rest of us are too short-sighted, too gullible, too controlled by right-wing religious “leaders” to vote in our own interests.

Sadly, this forced adoption of simpler living will be good practice for the implosion of the Earth’s environment which is scheduled to begin about 2050. Our children and grandchildren of today will be ready for the truly harsh realities of the second half of this century. No technology, no wishful thinking will save us from the Great Implosion. We cannot count on God to rescue us.

Voluntary simplicity is not about deprivation. INvoluntary simplicity IS.

The best we may be able to do is to change our personal lives so that the Great Implosion happens more gradually and with less negative force. We can vote for those who have a vision of caring for the Earth and NOT of economic “growth,” which just continues to devour the Earth. The Green Party has the vision but currently not the infrastructure to do what needs to be done. Anyone who votes for a libertarian or Tea Party candidate has no one but themselves to blame for the misery of their grandchildren.

No, I am not proposing Survivalism, where we hoard and arm ourselves. I’m preaching COMMUNTARIANISM — no, not Communism – wherein we work for the benefit of our community before our own personal “rights.”

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  • The Second Half of Tony and Shane Uncut has begun – 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.
  • Jerry’s Excellent Adventure in Social Media complete. READ MORE
  • The response to my blog “Why Are Danes So Happy?” has been AMAZING. Thank you! The responses to my blogs and podcasts are collected HERE.
  • 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.

What’s Coming

  • Tony and Shane Uncut part 7 – Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts.

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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.

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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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Final Installment of Jerry’s Excellent Adventure

Choose the strategies that you think will work for your project or event, AND THAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH in terms of time, money and people. You will rarely use all of the following strategies, though we did for the Earth Day 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert. READ MORE

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    TOPICS #5: Beyond Borders group urged to buy supplies and pay workers, not build for the Haitians; instead, spend time with them, which is unsettling, humbling and ultimately gratifying. St. Francis — jester of God — knew how to party, invented the marionette. The poor are sacramental, meet Jesus in them, here or overseas. Matt. 25 is about interactions (interruptions), not charity. Charity insulates us; church becomes a broker, not a community. Positive examples: hugging a bum, ice cream in Calcutta — it’s too good to keep to myself!
  • The response to my blog “Why Are Danes So Happy?” has been AMAZING. Thank you! The responses to my blogs and podcasts are collected HERE.
  • 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.

What’s Coming

  • Tony and Shane Uncut part 6 – Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts. 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.

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

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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 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.

SimpleWay0533The Second Half of Tony and Shane Uncut has begun – Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts.

PHOTO: Jerry Iversen, Executive Producer of Simply Enough DVD; Jason Fileta, Recording Assistant; and Shane at The Simple Way community.

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.

TOPICS #5: EAPE’s beyond borders group urged to buy supplies and pay workers, not build for the Haitians; instead, spend time with them, which is unsettling, humbling and ultimately gratifying. St. Francis — jester of God — knew how to party, invented the marionette. The poor are sacramental, meet Jesus in them, here or overseas. Matt. 25 is about interactions (interruptions), not charity. Charity insulates us; church becomes a broker, not a community. Positive examples: hugging a bum, ice cream in Calcutta — it’s too good to keep to myself!

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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 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_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.

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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.

What’s Coming

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). 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. Episode Index

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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 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.

#9. Internet Radio

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My initial plan for reviving Alternatives as Simple Living Works! included an Internet Radio program. Afterall, I had been a professional beggar for public radio for 18 years and raised millions of dollars!

Numerous radio and TV programs — over-the-air, cable, satellite, commercial, non-commercial — are now released as podcasts. Some of them are call-in shows, which gives them the connectedness of social media. In some cases, radio hosts invite response, like Tony Campolo’s ‘Across the Pond,’ but he rarely if ever reads or responds to listener comments during the show. (Tony’s broadcast in UK, South Africa and Australia, but not the U.S.) Other shows, like TheCommonGoodPodcast.com and Simple Living Works! Podcast, both of which I host and produce, invite listener response and we read and respond to the comments on future programs. Unlike a call-in show, the response is delayed, not immediate.

Internet radio has numerous outlets — several networks each of which include numerous channels that have many programs.

The reason I haven’t gotten into internet radio yet is that in most cases the programs have to be an exact length to fit into a time slot.

So much of AM radio has been taken over by right-wingers, that it’s mostly an intellectual desert. Most channels of internet radio have quite specialized subjects, so, as with podcasts, they have limited, niche audiences. Many of them focus on health, especially alternative health, and on New Age themes.

Most of the internet radio networks are commercial. In some cases, the show host pays for his/her time but in most cases, the channels carry ads that are not related to the show content. In some cases, the various channels carry the same ads, so that the advertiser gets a variety of listeners.

Many internet radio channels and shows are regular over-the-air radio programs also carried on the internet. You can get thousands — yes, 14,000 at latest count — of radio stations of many types — mostly music but some talk — from around the world on iTunes. I love classical music and get over 200 channels there, some commercial jukeboxes, some public radio.

If you’re interested in internet radio, which you can listen to on your computer or smart phone, try BlogRadio.com, VoiceAmerica.com and HealthyLiving.com. I’m not recommending any of these. I prefer podcasts, which rarely have commercials, except a few hosts pitch for funds to keep their show going. If they do have commercials, I fast-forward through them.

You can try internet radio for your cause. But remember: 1. You must first qualify to get a time slot, which may be lousy, though with an international reach, midnight is noon somewhere, and in most cases, your show is repeated; 2. You must produce a show every week on time, either live or pre-recorded; 3. You have to develop an audience. Yes, some listeners may stay tuned from the show preceding yours, and the channel will usually run promos, but it’s up to you to use your other social media to build an audience. 4. If you want call-ins, you may have to line them up ahead of time or be embarrassed if you get none, especially early-on.

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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 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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Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts.

Photo: DVD Producer Pete Iversen and Shane

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 Show Notes are similar for each episode, though the topics are different.

TOPICS Part 4

Advertising – Cornel West and stealing sneakers, seduction of everyone; selling counter-culture; Amish peculiarness; Willow Creek – living out a concern for poor and oppressed; sharing shoes, as learned from Mother Theresa; rich folks don’t KNOW poor folks; so little time to talk to our kids; problems of the American Dream; impossibility of loving global neighbors as self; Rev. 15: Babylon consumer culture collapses, contrast of merchants and angels; use of sexual imagery; toward a new society; Papa Fest – People Against Poverty and Apathy – gathering with theological and hands-on workshops.

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  • 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

  • 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? 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! 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.)
  • Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists – Jerry’s Excellent AdventureeNewsletters and Email Lists. Read MORE

  • Frances Moore “Frankie” Lappe’ Shares Her Co-Creative Way to Ecological Healing - TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 48.

  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – June
  • 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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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 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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Life Standard: Learn from the World Community

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RAMADAN:
Month-Long Fast for Muslims

June 28 – July 27, 2014

Ramadan, commemorating the revelation of the Koran to Mohammed, is the most sacred celebration in the Muslim world. The observance begins on the eve of the ninth month of the lunar year. Since the lunar year is eleven or twelve days shorter than the solar year, the incidence of Ramadan moves through all the seasons of the year in cycles of approximately 33 years. (In 1987 Ramadan began on April 29; in 2000 on Nov. 27; in 2010 on Aug. 11; in 2015 on June 18, etc.)

Celebrated for 30 days, the observance affects a large portion of the Third World. According to Islamic law, fasting from sunup to sundown is required of every able-bodied Muslim.

The fasting is meant to 1) help keep the observance in mind, 2) encourage spiritual discipline, 3) create an identification with the poor and 4) remind people of their ultimate dependence on God.

Popular celebrations of Ramadan sometimes involve lavish feasts after the sun goes down, but this custom does not represent the holiday’s true spirit, to bring about inner strength through austerity.

Tabletalk for Ramadan

Learning About Our Neighbors

Because Islam is a religious tradition little understood by most Westerners, perhaps during this fast, non-Muslims can use this time to learn more. During dinner one evening, identify popular stereotypes of Muslims. Then do some reading. Search out not only nonfiction, but also poetry and fiction written by Muslims. Make the acquaintance of some Muslims in your community. Then, at another family meal one evening, try to go beyond the stereotypes to real people.

You may wish to invite Muslim people to a community gathering as guest speakers. Find out if your religious community has an interfaith council and learn about interfaith gatherings in your community.

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  • 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? 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! 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.)
  • 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.

    Topics for Part 3: Urban farming / guerilla gardening; recovering from Tony’s stroke; our meat problem; integrity in farming; dangers of piety; In what way am I living economically a lifestyle as Jesus wants me to live? The lesson of Ananius and Sapphira – pretense; being close to the poor; First John 3:16; redistribution in love; free enterprise, not capitalism – meeting needs, not manufactured wants; manipulated by advertising; Who owns the pond? Stories from sweatshop kids; Where do we shop? Paul’s wrestling with ‘principalities and powers’ (forces of evil) in church (Ephesians 6:12)

  • Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists – Jerry’s Excellent AdventureeNewsletters and Email Lists. Read MORE

  • Frances Moore “Frankie” Lappe’ Shares Her Co-Creative Way to Ecological Healing - TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 48.

  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – June
  • 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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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 GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

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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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