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10/15/20–eNews #109

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Episode 1020::Scott Klinger: Maximizing Justice Over Profits Is Possible

Episode 0920:: So Much We Learn from Outsiders: Immigrant Advocacy

Pandemic Series: Ep. 0820 // Ep. 0720 // Ep. 0620 // Ep. 0520 // Ep. 0420 

Big Oops! Due to a technical glitch, the Show Notes for episodes 0720 and 0820 were linked to an earlier episode. That glitch has been corrected. So, please do a little catch-up and listen to those two episodes soon.

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10/15  |  International Day of Rural Women
10/16  |  World Food Day
10/17  |  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Read and use this Advent–“The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Perils” by Lee Van Ham. Read more here. // Hear more here.

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

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Latest UPDATE from Jubilee OneEarth Economics

Well worth a read!

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The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town

Peace Podcast from John Dear
on Apple and Google.
Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges

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  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 9-12*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

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Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

PRODUCTION NOTE: SLW! Blog/Nudge/eNews has become a monthly, released on the 15th.

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

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

9/15/20–eNews #108

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Episode 0920::So Much We Learn from Outsiders: Immigrant Advocacy

Episode 0820::Leaving Superpower Ways for Earth-Size Living

Episode 0720::As This World Ends, the Light at the End. . .

Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

Ep. 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Ep. 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Ep. 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

Big Oops! Due to a technical glitch, the Show Notes for episodes 0720 and 0820 were linked to an earlier episode. That glitch has been corrected. So, please do a little catch-up and listen to those two episodes soon.

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Read and use this Advent–“The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Perils” by Lee Van Ham. Read more here. // Hear more here.

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

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Latest UPDATE from Jubilee OneEarth Economics

Well worth a read!

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The Shift Summit & Music Festival taking place ONLINE 9/18-21, is an FREE epic 4-day gathering of changemakers who are helping us light the way to a better future.

This virtual event features over 300 world-renowned visionaries, thought leaders, and musical acts… plus some of your favorite teachers at The Shift Network!

It all begins Friday, 9/18, 8am Pacific, and culminates on Monday, 9/21, the International Day of Peace.

What Is the International Day of Peace?
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, it’s a globally shared event for all of humanity to commit to peace above all differences, and to contribute to building a culture of peace.

The Shift Summit & Music Festival will be celebrating “Peace Day” with a full day of peacebuilding programming featuring celebrated leaders and luminaries, including Deepak Chopra and Jane Goodall.

We’ll also be bringing you hours of special events from around the world: a moment of silence for peace held on the hour… a Yoga Mandala with Shiva Rea… a livestream peace broadcast from Jerusalem… an interfaith ceremony to set a collective intention for peace… and much more!

You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event, featuring 110+ hours of content shared over four exciting days in our VIRTUAL VENUE.

Part music festival, part conference, and part mobilization event, The Shift Summit & Music Festival is your opportunity to make your greatest positive contribution… and to do it with 1 million fellow changemakers from around the globe… ONLINE, AT HOME. Get your FREE pass now!

P.S: Here’s the link for you to join us in our virtual venue.

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The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

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9/19-27–Campaign NonViolence Action Week: A Project of Pace e Bene NonViolence Service

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town

Peace Podcast from John Dear
www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.
Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 9-12*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

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Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

PRODUCTION NOTE: SLW! Blog/Nudge/eNews has become a monthly, released on the 15th.

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

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

8/15/20–eNews #107

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Episode 0820::Leaving Superpower Ways for Earth-Size Living

Episode 0720::As This World Ends, the Light at the End. . .
Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

Ep. 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Ep. 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Ep. 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

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Read and use this Advent–“The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Perils” by Lee Van Ham. Read more here. // Hear more here.

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town

Peace Podcast from John Dear
www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.
Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges–

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  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8* // Months 9-12*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

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Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

PRODUCTION NOTE: SLW! Blog/Nudge/eNews becomes a monthly, released on the 15th, beginning this month.

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

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

7/15/20–eNews #106

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Episode 0720::As This World Ends, the Light at the End. . .

Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

Ep. 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Ep. 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Ep. 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 7*: Money & Goods // Week 1: Green Business // Week 2: Green Investing // Week 3: Green Products // Week 4: Personal Finance, Credit & Debt

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  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Free Speech, Not Hate Speech

A lot of noise is being made lately about social media “censoring.” Twitter is putting up cautions for questionable tweets. Facebook is refusing to stop posting anything.

The constitutional guarantee of “free speech” does not guarantee “hate speech.” Free speech does not mean anyone can say anything at anytime. That’s the extreme libertarian view — I can do whatever I want whenever I want wherever I want.

Wrong! One’s freedom stops at the end of another’s nose. The same with speech. Hate speech threatens, causes, incites or promotes violence — no matter now cleverly veiled or contrived.

The issue with Facebook is, of course, not “free speech.” It’s advertising revenue. Several major advertisers have dropped Facebook, most notably the big cell phone provider Verizon. This change has been caused recently largely because of our renewed cultural awareness that Black Lives Matter.

Yes, we have to be concerned about backlash from white nationalists because those crazies have and use guns. Some people are joining “prepper” groups, even “liberal preppers,” to be ready for social upheaval. What might that mean? Stocking up on supplies, not hoarding.

As the November national election gets closer, and the desperate Trump supporters ramp up their number one political tactic — fear — more people will become “preppers.” Our neighbors, for example, have a multi-month supply of “astronaut food” in their garage. We have a month’s worth of drinking water on hand.

For the sake of others, we have increased our donation to our local mutual benefit organizations. One of our relative’s families has ordered passports for their young children in case they need to go to Canada for awhile till possible disruptions by armed white nationalists settle down. Another friend is investing in silver coins in case paper money becomes worthless.

Some of these efforts seem drastic; others, minimal. We’re dealing with this “new abnormal” in our own various ways. Hopefully, most of us will grow as community through this ordeal, not as self-seeking individualists.

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MEDIA ALERT!

I appreciate so many of the independent programs on RT-America that I’m sad to report that the new “Eat the Press” is not worth your time. Drawing on the easy and deceptive “liberal vs. conservative” media myth, the host tries to point out the hypocrisy of the media over both important and trivial inconsistencies. Until he understands and explains the difference between commercial and non-commercial US media he will continue to do us a disservice.

See lists of worthwhile media below under “Why We Podcast.”

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Who Are the “Looters”?

A recent progressive radio program host referred to “riots.” I responded that demonstrations are not riots. Privileged people show hypocrisy calling protesters “looters,” even if some protesters harm and steal property.

Borrowing from a recent article in CounterPunch.org: “The act of looting is a long-standing American tradition, dating back to the theft of Native lands and African enslavement. And today, while wealthy people don’t loot strip malls, they are adept at looting natural resources and labor, from the coalfields of West Virginia to Jeff Bezo’s Amazon warehouses. The poor, exerting their nominal power—even in a destructive and violent manner—display an entirely natural reaction to a continually powerless state of being. For them, looting is a cry for help, an expression of hopelessness.”

Without condoning looting by protesters, we who are committed to peace and non-violence can work to prevent further looting by the privileged.

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This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
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A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works!–and its founding predecessor, Alternatives–have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

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SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

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Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

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Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

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Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away.
Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity to keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

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Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. Share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

PRODUCTION NOTE: SLW! Blog/Nudge/eNews becomes a monthly, released on the 15th, beginning next month.

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

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

7/1-15/20

Free Speech, Not Hate Speech

A lot of noise is being made lately about social media “censoring.” Twitter is putting up cautions for questionable tweets. Facebook is refusing to stop posting anything.

The constitutional guarantee of “free speech” does not guarantee “hate speech.” Free speech does not mean anyone can say anything at anytime. That’s the extreme libertarian view — I can do whatever I want whenever I want wherever I want.

Wrong! One’s freedom stops at the end of another’s nose. The same with speech. Hate speech threatens, causes, incites or promotes violence — no matter now cleverly veiled or contrived.

The issue with Facebook is, of course, not “free speech.” It’s advertising revenue. Several major advertisers have dropped Facebook, most notably the big cell phone provider Verizon. This change has been caused recently largely because of our renewed cultural awareness that Black Lives Matter.

Yes, we have to be concerned about backlash from white nationalists because those crazies have and use guns. Some people are joining “prepper” groups, even “liberal preppers,” to be ready for social upheaval. What might that mean? Stocking up on supplies, not hoarding.

As the November national election gets closer, and the desperate Trump supporters ramp up their number one political tactic — fear — more people will become “preppers.” Our neighbors, for example, have a multi-month supply of “astronaut food” in their garage. We have a month’s worth of drinking water on hand.

For the sake of others, we have increased our donation to our local mutual benefit organizations. One of our relative’s families has ordered passports for their young children in case they need to go to Canada for awhile till possible disruptions by armed white nationalists settle down. Another friend is investing in silver coins in case paper money becomes worthless.

Some of these efforts seem drastic; others, minimal. We’re dealing with this “new abnormal” in our own various ways. Hopefully, most of us will grow as community through this ordeal, not as self-seeking individualists.

# # #

MEDIA ALERT!

I appreciate so many of the independent programs on RT-America that I’m sad to report that the new “Eat the Press” is not worth your time. Drawing on the easy and deceptive “liberal vs. conservative” media myth, the host tries to point out the hypocrisy of the media over both important and trivial inconsistencies. Until he understands and explains the difference between commercial and non-commercial US media he will continue to do us a disservice.

See lists of worthwhile media below under “Why We Podcast.”

# # #

Who Are the “Looters”?

A recent progressive radio program host referred to “riots.” I responded that demonstrations are not riots. Privileged people show hypocrisy calling protesters “looters,” even if some protesters harm and steal property.

Borrowing from a recent article in CounterPunch.org: “The act of looting is a long-standing American tradition, dating back to the theft of Native lands and African enslavement. And today, while wealthy people don’t loot strip malls, they are adept at looting natural resources and labor, from the coalfields of West Virginia to Jeff Bezo’s Amazon warehouses. The poor, exerting their nominal power—even in a destructive and violent manner—display an entirely natural reaction to a continually powerless state of being. For them, looting is a cry for help, an expression of hopelessness.”

Without condoning looting by protesters, we who are committed to peace and non-violence can work to prevent further looting by the privileged.

# # #

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

COMING–Ep. 0720::As This World Ends, Let’s Work on the New.

Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

# # #

Current “Non-Conform Freely” Celebrations

7/4-Independence Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 7*: Money & Goods // Week 1: Green Business // Week 2: Green Investing // Week 3: Green Products // Week 4: Personal Finance, Credit & Debt

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
# # #
A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works!–and its founding predecessor, Alternatives–have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away.
Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity to keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. Share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

6/15-30/20–eNews #105

Who Are the “Looters”?

A recent progressive radio program host referred to “riots.” I responded that demonstrations are not riots. Privileged people show hypocrisy calling protesters “looters,” even if some protesters harm and steal property.

Borrowing from a recent article in Counterpunch.org: “The act of looting is a long-standing American tradition, dating back to the theft of Native lands and African enslavement. And today, while wealthy people don’t loot strip malls, they are adept at looting natural resources and labor, from the coalfields of West Virginia to Jeff Bezo’s Amazon warehouses. The poor, exerting their nominal power—even in a destructive and violent manner—display an entirely natural reaction to a continually powerless state of being. For them, looting is a cry for help, an expression of hopelessness.”

Without condoning looting by protesters, we who are committed to peace and non-violence can work to prevent further looting by the privileged.

# # #

LATEST from Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

CoronaVirus is revealing breakdowns and lack of resilience in our food supply systems. Which links in the chain are broken? Rather than fixing them, what are new and

better choices for us in how we bring food from soil to savory, healthy eating? 

This is the third successive podcast episode in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. Over 100,000 people have died in the U.S.—a horrific, emotional and spiritual wrenching of lives, hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are hurting, grieving. Surely, this experience of death and suffering—the largest in our lifetimes—is releasing the commitment to new life in enough of us to take leaps in the direction of change—the changes that our planet says we must make in this decade of the 2020s. Not to do so will form calluses on our souls and decay in who we are.

Covid-19 is fracturing the fragile food supply system we’ve been depending on. The system that’s breaking down is driven by industrial agriculture, global markets, trade breakdowns and corporate control.

In recent Museletter #326, “Fraying Food System May Be Our Next Crisis,” Richard Heinberg summarizes flaws in the current system and offers solutions.

Be sure to listen!

# # #

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

# # #

Current “Non-Conform Freely” Celebrations

6/20–First Day of Summer

6/21–Father’s Day

7/4-Independence Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 6*: Alternative Giving // Week 1: Contributions // Week 2: Volunteering // Week 3: More Alternative Giving // Week 4: Planning Christmas Festivals Early

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
# # #
A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works!–and its founding predecessor, Alternatives–have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus https://oneearthjubilee.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away.
Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity to keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. Share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

6/1-15/20

LATEST from Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

CoronaVirus is revealing breakdowns and lack of resilience in our food supply systems. Which links in the chain are broken? Rather than fixing them, what are new and better choices for us in how we bring food from soil to savory, healthy eating? 

This is the third successive podcast episode in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. Over 100,000 people have died in the U.S.—a horrific, emotional and spiritual wrenching of lives, hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are hurting, grieving. Surely, this experience of death and suffering—the largest in our lifetimes—is releasing the commitment to new life in enough of us to take leaps in the direction of change—the changes that our planet says we must make in this decade of the 2020s. Not to do so will form calluses on our souls and decay in who we are.

Covid-19 is fracturing the fragile food supply system we’ve been depending on. The system that’s broken down is driven by industrial agriculture, global markets, trade breakdowns and corporate control.

 In recent Museletter #326, “Fraying Food System May Be Our Next Crisis,” Richard Heinberg summarizes flaws in the current system and offers solutions.

Be sure to listen!

# # #

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

# # #

Up Coming Non-Conform Freely Celebrations

Pentecost Season Begins, 5/31 (Ordinary Time)

6/14-Flag Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

6/20–First Day of Summer

6/21–Father’s Day

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 6*: Alternative Giving // Week 1: Contributions // Week 2: Volunteering // Week 3: More Alternative Giving // Week 4: Planning Christmas Festivals Early

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
# # #
A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet. And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus https://oneearthjubilee.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away. Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity and keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog. Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. *We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

5/15/20 – eNews #104

In This Issue — Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episode 0520–Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World // Chemical Shenanigans // Live Generously // A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

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Ep. 0520–Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

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Chemical Shenanigans

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.

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Up Coming Non-Conform Freely Celebrations

Pentecost, Sunday, 5/31 (Ordinary Time)

5/27–Memorial Day

6/14-Flag Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

6/20–First Day of Summer

6/21–Father’s Day

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Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

LATEST–Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420:: CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 5*: Earth Care // Week 1: Reduce // Week 2: Reuse // Week 3: Recycle // Week 4: Restore

Month 6*: Alternative Giving // Week 1: Contributions // Week 2: Volunteering // Week 3: More Alternative Giving // Week 4: Planning Christmas Festivals Early

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  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us.

The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously

We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away. Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.

This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity and keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.

I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military.

Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics. It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

Michael Moore’s new documentary “Planet of the Humans” is available free on YouTube. Be prepared for a difficult view of the future. If you’re concerned about “returning to normal,” this video is well worth 1-3/4 hours of your time. It will help keep us from falling victim to the everything’s-going-to-be-fine smiley faces from politicians seeking our votes this fall.

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

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

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

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

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

5/1/20

In This Issue — Live Generously // A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

Live Generously

We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away. Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.

This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity and keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.

I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military.

Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics. It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

Michael Moore’s new documentary “Planet of the Humans” is available free on YouTube. Be prepared for a difficult view of the future. If you’re concerned about “returning to normal,” this video is well worth 1-3/4 hours of your time. It will help keep us from falling victim to the everything’s-going-to-be-fine smiley faces from politicians seeking our votes this fall.

# # #

Pentecost, Sunday, May 31 (Ordinary Time)

http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/Articles/WorshipAltItems3.php

# # #

LATEST Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0420:: CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

# # #

A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us.

The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # ## # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 5*: Earth Care // Week 1: Reduce // Week 2: Reuse // Week 3: Recycle // Week 4: Restore

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges

Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 1-4*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Celebrating the Easter Season with Covid-19

During the pandemic responsible churches plan to celebrate the Easter season in new and different ways, mostly online, despite calls from crazy fundamentalists and the White House to the contrary.

One congregation is waiting until they can worship together, face-to-face again to celebrate Easter, another resurrection of sorts.

Some see the virus as Mother Nature’s corrective to human overpopulation and overconsumption. If we care for Creation, we will learn from this terrible experience and not repeat our wasteful ways.

SLW! has been producing non-consumerist resources for individuals, families and congregations for the Easter season for several decades. Those many resources are available free of charge at Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?

(If you find this title a bit too clever, it’s an extension of the very popular Advent/Christmas/Epiphany series “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” They’re both attempts to put the emphasis on what’s really meaningful and parody their commercial extravagances.)

 * * *

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

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

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

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

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

4/15/20 — eNews #103

In This Issue — Time for INvoluntary Simplicity // Celebrating the Easter season despite Covid-19 // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

LATEST Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0420:: CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

# # #

Time for INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us.

The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

Celebrating the Easter Season with Covid-19

During the pandemic responsible churches plan to celebrate the Easter season in new and different ways, mostly online, despite calls from crazy fundamentalists and the White House to the contrary.

One congregation is waiting until they can worship together, face-to-face again to celebrate Easter, another resurrection of sorts.

Some see the virus as Mother Nature’s corrective to human overpopulation and overconsumption. If we care for Creation, we will learn from this terrible experience and not repeat our wasteful ways.

SLW! has been producing non-consumerist resources for individuals, families and congregations for the Easter season for several decades. Those many resources are available free of charge at Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?

(If you find this title a bit too clever, it’s an extension of the very popular Advent/Christmas/Epiphany series “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” They’re both attempts to put the emphasis on what’s really meaningful and parody their commercial extravagances.)

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

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Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 4*: Earth Care–Voluntary Simplicity Life Principle #5: Cherish the Natural Order–Week 1 Water || Week 2: Energy || Week 3: Chemicals & Waste || Week 4: Consumables

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Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

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