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!CONSUMO

CONSUMO. . . Overlord of Overconsumption

Sexy… Contented… Powerful… Wealthy…
The Enemy…
and Worshipped by US!

Worshippers of Consumo, we have alternatives!

Consumo is being challenged this fall during the high holy season of Consumas, commonly mistaken for Christmas. Consumas – pronounced Con-SOOM-us – is “The REALLY Big Con.”

Consumo is worshipped by almost everybody in North America. Consumo – or Big C – appears in many guises, even as Santa Claus. Big C is the national god of North America, the god of US. The worshippers of Consumo exhibit an attitude based on fads and sex appeal, the lifestyle of the privileged. The followers of Consumo strive to live… and strive and strive and strive.

The alternative is simple living. The worshippers of Big C say they agree with simple living. But they think it’s boring and they live according to Big C. Simple living is based on the joy of relationships, not the burden of stuff. It is supported by virtually all the major religions of the world. It is promoted by a small group of organizations and individuals who truly believe that the way of Big C is destroying the world. Big C is promoted by an incredibly wealthy and powerful advertising and entertainment industry. Simple Living Works! offers free tools to help people deal with “Consumo” or “Affluenza” or whatever we choose to call the North American addiction to overconsumption.

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Navigational Tools for SLW! Site

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Free Resources to Use and Share

Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

Probably the best-known: UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

Treasury of CelebrationsCreate Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the EarthSeptember-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMASAlternative Christmas Campaign | Organizing a Festival | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Story of Jason) | 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop | How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival

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

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop | 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 Birthday Is It, Anyway? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)|Submission Guidelines

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

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS: New Year’s Day | New Year’s Eve Watch Night Services | Reviewing the Old Year with Friends | Emancipation Day (Jan. 1) | Epiphany (Jan. 6)

SLW! Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

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 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | #8: Whose Birthday?-3, featuring What Does JESUS Want for Christmas

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes.

Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog three times a week.

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

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: Voluntary Simplicity: 1-A501

Feeling-Overwhelmed

Avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Need help urging/persuading/nudging family members, friends, congregation members to consider a simpler lifestyle, especially at Christmas time?

Most of Alternatives’ free simpler living educational and inspirational resources have an introduction that could help introduce it to them.

Some also have a MEDIA RELEASE that was originally meant to promote the resource in newspaper, magazines and on the internet. Some have links to BLOGS that may help.

Since they’re already in electronic form, those releases can also be used on a church web site; as an email blast to members friends, relatives; or as a helpful face-to-face introduction on a one-to-one or at a committee meeting.

Here’s the process:

1. Click on any of the resources below that you’d like to use.

2. If there’s a “media release” link near the top of the page, click it, then read it. Or go directly to the Media Release index.

3. Use it to help introduce the resource to others.

4. Then use it to promote the activity/event after it’s adopted and before the event starts — in a newsletter, email blast, web site, etc. (If the information is confusing, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks!)

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Navigational Tools for SLW! Site

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Free Resources to Use and Share

Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

Probably the best-known: UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

Treasury of CelebrationsCreate Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the EarthSeptember-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMASAlternative Christmas Campaign | Organizing a Festival | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Story of Jason) | 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop | How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival

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

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop | 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 Birthday Is It, Anyway? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)|Submission Guidelines

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

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS: New Year’s Day | New Year’s Eve Watch Night Services | Reviewing the Old Year with Friends | Emancipation Day (Jan. 1) | Epiphany (Jan. 6)

SLW! Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

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 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | #8: Whose Birthday?-3, featuring What Does JESUS Want for Christmas

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes.

Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog three times a week.

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

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: Advent/Christmas: 3-A-bonus#2-FeelingOverwhelmed

HungryMan

See “Hunger Project” below

The Iversens carve pumpkins the Sunday evening before Halloween. Son Peter downloads elaborate designs from the internet and carves masterpieces.

I USE POWER TOOLS to create a modern abstract expressionist Jack o’Latrine (suitable for the bathroom). Yes, I use various size bits to make random light spots — no eyes, no mouth, nothing recognizable. Its always interesting, if not “beautiful.”

Halloween is wife Rita’s favorite holiday. She loves to dress-up. It’s one of my least favorites, so the power tools help me to express my distain for the day and still show a bit of respect for Rita’s love of it. AND last year she used my power tools for the first time! (I’m not sure what that means.)

Anyway, here’s a bit of history and some options if you also have mixed feelings about Halloween:

Halloween refers to the evening before All Halloween or All Saints’ Day and is celebrated on October 31. The origins of the day come from the Druids’ New Year celebration. Along with some other groups, the Druids believed that on the last day of the year the dead came back to mingle with the living. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III moved All Hallow’s to November 1, probably in an attempt to provide an alternative to the popular pagan festival. All Saints’ Day was in honor of all the saints who had died, whether or not the church had yet officially canonized them. During the Middle Ages, All Hallow’s Eve became known as a special time for witches and sorcerers.

Halloween costumes started in medieval times when churches displayed relics of saints. Those parishes too poor to have relics let parishioners dress up to imitate saints.

The tradition of Halloween as Mischief Night, when pranks of all sorts were played on the unsuspecting, likely originated with the old belief that on All Hallow’s Eve ghosts roamed the countryside playing tricks. Pranks could thus be blamed on the ghosts.

Many Halloween traditions come from Ireland and Scotland. Bobbing for apples is one of them. The jack o’lantern supposedly comes from an Irish legend about an old sot, Jack, who made a deal with the devil for his soul. The angered devil supposedly threw a live coal at Jack, and it landed in a half-eaten turnip in Jack’s hand. The resulting coal in the turnip became a jack o’lantern.

The blend of legend, religion, and mischief has combined to make Halloween a unique celebration. Commercialism has had its effect on the festivities, as children beg for costumes like their favorite television characters and for treats which are hopelessly lacking in nourishment. Because parents fear for the safety of their children, children are discouraged from accepting any treats that are not commercially packaged.

While Halloween is very popular with children, several factors compel us to reexamine current practices in celebrating Halloween. First, more candy is consumed by children on Halloween and the day after than in any other 48-hour period of the year. Second, we have witnessed the return of Mischief Night, with malicious and destructive pranks being played, especially in urban areas. Third, trick-or-treaters find harmful things such as razors and poison in their collected goodies.

Having said that, creativity and planning, combined with moderation and safety, can make Halloween fun.

BONUS: If you’d rather focus on All Saints, read Christine Sine’s blog at Mustard Seed Associates.

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PODCAST REMINDER

Access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through  iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes. For previous episodes, see the list toward the bottom of this blog.

To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of the complete show notes, then check “Notify me of new posts by email.”

SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth* — September – December  |  ADVENT  |  CHRISTMAS

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Urge your friends to do the same.

To access individual previous 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 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6) | #7: Whose Birthday?-2

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. 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

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

Share your thoughts on our podcast and blog. Email Podcast AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT 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

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

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.

* Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)

biblische Grafik GemeindebriefBrief show notes for this episode of SLW! podcast. . .

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas + Reflections (Spanish version)

Access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through  iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete show notes. For previous episodes, see the list toward the bottom of this blog.

To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of the complete show notes, then check “Notify me of new posts by email.”

COMING next episode: “What Does JESUS Want for Christmas?” (one of Alternatives’ audio shorts) + 10 Free, Fun Things for Families to Do

Christian Sine of Mustard Seed Associates offers a blog series for the Advent season.

Worth meeting: Leah Kostamo, Earthkeeper, storyteller and author of Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community.

SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth* — September – December  |  ADVENT  |  CHRISTMAS

Most of Alternatives’ AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series. See episode 6 for a list of SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources. NEW – Advent/Christmas music from Sing Justice! Do Justice!

Some of our resources have MEDIA RELEASES and BLOG POSTS that will help you recruit helpers for an event/activity. Then use them in newsletters, web sites, email blasts, etc. to bring people to the activity/event. Look for Media Release near the top of page when you visit a resource of your choice. Or use the Media Release Index.

EarthMama, whose music begins this episode has a new CD A Sense of Place. Song samples will soon be posted at EarthMama.org.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Urge your friends to do the same.

To access individual previous 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 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6)

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. 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

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Podcast AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT 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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas #3-A878

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

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.

* Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)

1-A508At its zenith, Alternatives had a national group of 850+ volunteers in the Simple Living Community Network (also known as
SLOW Down
). Although that network no longer functions formally, SLW! strives to inspire those and many other self-starters to give talks, lead workshops and discussion groups, organize events, all to promote simpler living and the five Life Standards of Living More with Less.

SLW! offers the free Simple Living 101 toolbook for activists shy or bold.

I had the pleasure of meeting many of those volunteers on speaking tours to 300+ spots in 40+ states over 2-1/2 years. Meet some of them and see their pictures. | Faces of Simple Living blog

SLW! provides most of the materials a willing (or even reluctant) person needs — text, audio and video. The materials can be used year-round, though most of them are meant for the Advent/Christmas season because that’s when consumerism is at its most tempting. (January 15 is Teachable Moment Day. That’s when the Christmas credit card bills arrive!)

Do yourself and your friends and relatives a favor. Screw up your courage and offer to lead an event. Or start with an Alternative Giving letter to your giving circle. People will thank you. Many are thinking, “This can’t be right, the way we celebrate, but I didn’t want to rock the boat. Thank you for speaking up.”

For Fall SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see the show notes for SLW! podcast episode 6. Most of Alternatives’ audio resources for Christmas are part of the “Whose Birthday?” podcast series.

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). LISTEN through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To 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 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Coming next episode: “What Does JESUS Want for Christmas?”

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes.

Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog three times a week.

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index | Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: ART Chap. 1: Voluntary Simplicity #1-A508.

UnplugtheChristmasMachinThe most popular and effective workshop for simplifying Christmas continues to be Unplug the Christmas Machine. The Leader’s Guide is now available FREE, just in time for a November workshop in your church or group!

Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love & Joy Back into the Season, by Jo Robinson & Jean Coppock Staeheli is THE CLASSIC for simplifying Christmas for secular-minded folks or people of faith. With thoughtful suggestions, creative exercises and answers to often-asked questions, this book helps people create celebrations that give them joy and satisfaction.

Leader’s Guide to the Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop guides leaders to create a four-hour workshop that helps participants clarify their beliefs and make realistic plans for more joyful, meaningful celebrations. A Participant’s Manual is included and can be photocopied. A free audio version helps leaders prep.

More details and recommendations from Alternatives’ volunteers who have used UNPLUG, such as. . .

“Thanks for your work on protest against the commercialization of Christmas and focusing on Simplicity! The last two years I have been blessed to teach the course.” (Kristjana G. Eythorsdottir, Reykjavík, Iceland)

“I used it as a Sunday School offering. It’s good quality and promotes values we need to embrace.” (Renee Rico, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City, UT)

“It gives do-able, sensible alternatives to frantic Christmas practices.” (Barbara Kaetzel-Row, Picture Rocks, PA)

“It is a great resource, easy to use. I plan to hold a workshop for church couples group.” (Ellen Reeher, St. Paul, MN)\

That link will help you recruit helpers for an event/activity. Then use it in newsletters, web sites, email blasts, etc. to bring people to the activity/event.

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For SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see the show notes for SLW! podcast episode 6. Most of Alternatives’ audio resources for Christmas are part of the “Whose Birthday?” podcast series.

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). LISTEN through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To 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 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Coming next episode: “What Does JESUS Want for Christmas?”

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes.

Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog three times a week.

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index | Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

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

cuteKidsBrief show notes for this episode. . .

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? A radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster  (by K. DiAn Kempf Jones, inspired by the book UNPLUG the Christmas Machine) + Reflections (Spanish version), an Alternative Giving letter and making a Christmas Tree-Shirt from your child/grandchild’s hand prints (see left).

COMING next episode: Whose Birthday? – 2, featuring “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” + Reflection + Real Life Experience

SEASONAL HELPS from  Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth*

September-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMAS

New Year’s Day | Emancipation Day (Jan. 1) | Epiphany (Jan. 6)

Most of the following AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series.

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either atSimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

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

#6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6)

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email  Podcast AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org  [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. 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. 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.

MISSION
To learn more about SLW! please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index | Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

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

Photo credit: Jana Fickbohm.

Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)



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