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Simple Living Works! eNews #48 – Sept., 2015

In This Issue:

  • Do-It-Yourself “Whose Birthday?”
  • Kristina’s “Alternative” Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Free Fall Festival Resources
  • What Others Are Doing – So much help!
  • More!

Hi! We are planning to do an alternative Christmas workshop at our church next month and would like to have copies of “Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? #27” for participants. Please let me know when these will be available and how we can obtain them.

Thanks so much. Barbara

Greetings, Barbara,

Glad to hear from you. “Whose Birthday?” 2010 was the last edition distributed on paper. Since then I have published it on the internet. The 2015 ed. is scheduled to be on our website in Sept. When it’s ready, I’ll announce it in the Simple Living Works! weekly blog and monthly eNews.

You’re welcome to assemble and copy a version that meets your local needs. All of our resources and service are now free of charge.

Keep in touch.

Peace, Gerald

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Yes, YOU can have our own customized, DIY Whose Birthday? Click here for tips to CREATE, PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE and PROMOTE your do-it-yourself version.

The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs.

Whose Birthday? #27 is a new, free online collection. Use as much as you need in print or online. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW!

Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a multi-part SLW! podcast series in late fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” #27 for Advent/Christmas. All past editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed.

The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. Submission Guidelines

Read past editions in the archives.

What’s NOW with SLW!

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You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” #27 for Advent/Christmas. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, it is published online since 2012.

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

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

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

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

Read past editions in the archives.

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

Thanks!

What’s NOW with SLW!

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Clean Stream Team. Steve Beumer on far right. His T-shirt: “God’s Work. Our Hands,” the motto of the ELCA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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SLW! Podcast Episode 51 :: Steve Beumer, White House ‘Champion of Change’ Honoree: People of Faith Acting for the Climate

What’s NOW with SLW!

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See. . . Hear. . .Tell*

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What’s NOW with SLW!

NorthWest Earth Institute‘s newest discussion course ebook,  Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions

The OneEarth Project (Lee Van Ham)

Upcoming Alternate Celebrations

NEW – 9/11
Autumn begins, Sept. 21, 22 or 23

What’s Happened

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Simple Living Works! eNews #47 – August, 2015

SLW! Podcast #50 Joyce “Earth Mama” Rouse — Read her bio, philosophy and resources at her NEW Website. Also, NEW Songbooks! NEW Whole Enchi-Mama on a USB Thumbdrive! NEW Standing on the Shoulders music video! NEW sheet music offerings!

EarthDay.fm is a 24 hour internet station that plays Eco or Earth music—and has listeners in over 120 countries.  Joyce was one of the founding members of the board of MUSE (Musicians United to Sustain the Environment).

Her music is streamed in many places—Spotify, Amazon Cloud Drive, iTunes Radio and iTunes Match, XBox, Rhapsody, EarthDay.fm and more streaming and internet radio. You can listen to some full cuts at https://soundcloud.com/earthmamamusic
Her “Enough Is as Good as a Feast” is in Alternatives’ Stories and Songs of Simple Living — Introduction, Audio and Lyric sheet.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • So Much Help!  I’m glad to pass along many links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. I’m not suggesting that you read them all. Skim through them. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.
  • July 15 — SLW! Podcast #49: Laird Schaub, Exec. Sec., Fellowship for Intentional Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture. Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution, including ecovillagescohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values. Since its beginning in 1987, FIC works in a number of ways, including the Communities DirectoryCommunities magazine, Community Bookstore, community-focused Events, Classifieds, the Blog, and more. FIC’s passion is promoting cooperative culture and sustainable living. That means providing the information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, struggling with the challenges of community, and those who want to develop a greater sense of community where they are.
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – AUGUST
  • 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 Others Are Doing

Upcoming Alternate Celebrations

What’s Happened

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback@SimpleLivingWorks.org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

IMAGE: EarthMama.org

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

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

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

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

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

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Non-conform Freely, the fifth Life Standard of “Living More with Less”

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Some Unsubscribers say they’re unsubscribing to simplify their life. This is a mystery to me. Why cut yourself off from a terrific source of help and inspiration for simplifying? I honor their request and then send an invitation once or twice a year to re-subscribe. Most don’t.

I’m glad to pass along many links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. I’m not suggesting that you read them all. Skim through them. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate. You may want to subscribe to those that are helpful to you and yours.

I will continue to share each week what others are doing that is helpful. Some faith-based, some not. As usual, I’ll repeat some items for awhile and add new items from the same source. I’m dating each item with the hope that that bit of info is helpful.

Your feedback is welcome.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • July 15 — SLW! Podcast #49: Laird Schaub, Exec. Sec., Fellowship for Intentional Community. FIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture. Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution, includeing ecovillagescohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values. Since its beginning in 1987, FIC works in a number of ways, including the Communities DirectoryCommunities magazine, Community Bookstore, community-focused Events, Classifieds, the Blog, and more. FIC’s passion is promoting cooperative culture and sustainable living. That means providing the information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, struggling with the challenges of community, and those who want to develop a greater sense of community where they are. However community touches your life, FIC’ll try to help you find what you’re looking for. In turn, you can help by becoming an FIC member.
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • July 1 — SLW! Podcast #48: Mike Mercer, Exec. Dir., Northwest Earth Institute || NWEI on Wikipedia // NorthWest Earth Institute‘s newest discussion course ebook,  Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions, is a brand new five-session discussion course on climate action that will help your community or organization to do just that – take action to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Presented in an interactive ebook, this new discussion course experience integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans.
  • SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – AUGUST
  • 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 Others Are Doing

Coming

Aug. 1–SLW! podcast Joyce Earth Mama Rouse (complete preview)

Upcoming Alternate Celebrations

What’s Happened

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback@SimpleLivingWorks.org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

IMAGE: “Non-conform Freely,” the fifth Life Standard from Living More with Less. Art by Kathy Klein in “Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art.”

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

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

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

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

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

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Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

July 15 — SLW! Podcast #49: Laird Schaub, Exec. Sec., Fellowship for Intentional Community (complete preview)

FIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture.

Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. “Intentional communities” include ecovillagescohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values.

Since its beginning in 1987, FIC works in a number of ways, including the Communities DirectoryCommunities magazine, Community Bookstore, community-focused Events, Classifieds, the Blog, and more.

FIC’s passion is promoting cooperative culture and sustainable living. That means providing the information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, struggling with the challenges of community, and those who want to develop a greater sense of community where they are.

However community touches your life, FIC’ll try to help you find what you’re looking for. In turn, you can help by becoming an FIC member.

SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Sorry, the SLW! web site was down for a few days last week, so the SLW! Podcast was inaccessible through the site. Ouch! It took awhile for the techies at my site host to correct the problem. Although the SLW! blog functioned normally, I didn’t want to publish new posts if the links to the podcast didn’t work. Subscribers through iTunes, Stitcher, etc. were not effected. Thanks for your patience.
  • July 1 — SLW! Podcast #48: Mike Mercer, Exec. Dir., Northwest Earth Institute || NWEI on Wikipedia // NorthWest Earth Institute‘s newest discussion course ebook,  Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions, is a brand new five-session discussion course on climate action that will help your community or organization to do just that – take action to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Presented in an interactive ebook, this new discussion course experience integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans.
  • SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – JULY
  • 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

Upcoming Alternate Celebrations

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback@SimpleLivingWorks.org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

IMAGE: New course from Northwest Earth Institute

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

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

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

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

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


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