Simple Living Works!

Episode 5 : Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle -2

Posted on: September 19, 2013

Brief Show Notes for episode #5 of SLW! Podcast:

Break Forth Into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle, part 2 + Simplifying 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 festivals, like Christmas, New Years and Epiphany.

Break Forth Into Joy! itself is 15-minutes. In this episode hear three additional 10-minute bonus segments: freedom and possessions, family and children, and taking action. Relevant to Christmas. Free study guide and Video Version (on YouTube)


Treasury of Celebrations is the last edition of a long-standing Alternatives staple, The Alternate Celebrations Catalog. This compilation of the six earlier editions is subtitled Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth.

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!

September-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMAS


Many Alternatives’ following audio shorts are part of the upcoming “Whose Birthday?” series.

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop

UNPLUG the Christmas Machine: Workshop Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Carols with Justice sing-along

What Does Jesus Want for Christmas? (pageant)

Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster

Whose B’day? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)

Other TEXT resources (no accompanying audio/visual)

15 Christmas Packets

An assortment of Advent/Christmas Calendars

Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud

Christmas Campaign Kit

Advent/Christmas Articles Index

Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas

Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas

Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Alternatives’ Legacy Resource: Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide also deals primarily with celebrations. Also, To Celebrate: Jan.-Feb. (catalog #6).

Podcast Reminder

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

#5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2

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.

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


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