Simple Living Works!

Episode 4 : Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle -1

Posted on: September 3, 2013

978-1-55145-088-9-lBrief Show Notes for episode #4 of SLW! Podcast:

Break Forth Into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle, part 1 + Simplifying Fall Festivals with Treasury of Celebrations

Hear the first part of Alternatives’ award-winning program Break Forth into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle, and then hear about a big resource for simplifying fall festivals, like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Advent.

Break Forth Into Joy! itself is 15-minutes. In the next episode hear three additional 10-minute bonus segments of people featured in this part. These additional sections have themes of freedom and possessions, family and children, and taking action. Though not specifically about Christmas, it is very relevant to Christmas. It has a free study guide when you’re ready to use it personally, with your family, at your church or in your group.  Video Version (on YouTube)


Treasury of Celebrations is the last edition of a long-standing Alternatives staple, The Alternate Celebrations Catalog, first publishing in 1973, the year Alternatives was founded. Here’s a quick history overview.

This last edition, a compilation of the six earlier editions, is called Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum).

QUICK OVERVIEW: Treasury of Celebrations

Part 1: Making Choices
• Simple Living
• Gift Giving
• Food and Celebration
• Getting Started

Part 2: Gifts

Part 3: Celebrations – rites of passage, like birthdays and weddings

winterspring and summer celebrations (later episodes).

I will bring some of them up again in future episodes at appropriate times. If you’re eager, you can read them now or anytime for free online in the archives of SLW!

In the fall, September-December:

• Labor Day
• Autumn begins
• Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year)
• Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
• Sukkot (Festival of Booths)
• Thanksgiving
• World Food Day
• United Nations Day
• Halloween
• Remembrance Day: see Memorial Day
• Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication)



Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop
How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival

Alternatives’ Legacy Resource: Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide also deals primarily with celebrations.

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The Plan

We intend to produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group.

How to Listen and Comment

We can listen to  podcasts at a time that suits us. I subscribe to my favorites so that they’re automatically downloaded into my computer. Then I simply plug my iPod into my computer and easily transfer them into my iPod for listening. I can also listen on my computer.

Key “Simple Living Works” into the search box at the upper right of the iTunes Store page or click here. There are numerous podcast services, such as iTunes can be used on PCs or Macs. It’s no more complicated than your browser for your email. SmartPhones and iPads (or tablets) also have apps to listen to podcasts.

You can access all the podcast audio and the show notes either at or at (then click window #3).

Or access individual episodes:

#1: Getting Acquainted

#2: 5 Life Standards

#3: Saga of Simply Enough

#4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1

We’ll send you an email when each episode is posted when you click the box at the bottom of the show notes. I hope you’re feeling comfortable accessing them, fitting them into your life and feeling their benefits.

When you go to the show notes — the written introduction — for each podcast episode, you’ll see an outline of the program plus lots of links to related or supporting material on the internet. Your comments are welcome, either here, at the show notes, on the SLW! Facebook page, or by email at Podcast AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org. You may want to comment on the content, the production values (like voice quality), the helpfulness of the show notes, etc.

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

Peace, Gerald

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