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Archive for March 2014

9-A1339I’m detecting quite a bit of social media phobia from various age groups, not just oldsters like me. The reasons vary from legitimate privacy concerns to plain old laziness. I know retired teachers who balk at learning these new communications techniques, the basics of which are largely quite intuitive.

I use Skype and Google Hang-Out extensively to fulfill one of the five Life Standards of Living More with Less  — Nurture People. That basically means to Build Relationships with humans and other parts of God’s Creation rather than buying and collecting more stuff. Yes, I hear you saying that the internet and computers and Smartphones are stuff. Technology does not need to be collected to be used wisely. One can use an old-ish computer or one at the Public Library. I’m not encouraging buying the latest gadgets.

What a thrill to talk to and SEE our daughter thousands of miles away each Sunday night for an hour – for free! What a thrill to SEE our grandchildren each week when we can’t be with them. How fulfilling to have a productive teleconference with a dear friend every week – all free of the charges of landlines and cell phones. I’m grateful that I can use the same internet service for these personal calls that I pay for SLW! blogs, podcasts, etc.

We have some retired neighbors – really nice folks – who drive across town several times a week to have coffee with friends. They’re proud that they don’t have a computer but they’ll burn a lot of gas at $3.50 a gallon maintaining those relationships. For me that would be an extravagant habit.

Social media can be very helpful to build and maintain actual relationships, especially if we don’t get sucked into advertising and don’t get addicted to games and other nonsense. Peace, Gerald

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious | Hunger | Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony & Shane Uncut Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast.

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art #9-A1339

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

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Since we’re in the thicket of Lent, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012.

Submission Guidelines

All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed —  ADVENT/CHRISTMAS | LENT/EASTER.

They’re 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 and Easter.
  • PERSONAL EXPERIENCES (especially intergenerational ones) related to simplifying Christmas and Easter and finding meaning and happiness in relationships instead of stuff.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITIES, rituals or worshipful ceremonies for Advent/ Christmas/Epiphany and Lent/HolyWeek/Easter.

We reach many through our website, blogs and other media. Sorry, we cannot pay for any submissions.

Read WHOSE Birthday? in the archives | WHO’s Risen? Some also come in AUDIO formats.

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

Thanks!

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries

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

GRAPHIC: Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

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In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in the current episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth.

Hear my interview with Vicki on the current Simple Living Works! Podcast.

With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

Vicki has blogged about the hyperlocavore eating experience with YES! Magazine.

“Vicki Robin has helped millions of Americans reshape their lives in sound and beautiful ways, but this may be her most important project yet –and a crucial one for our tired planet, too!” – Bill McKibben, 350.org.

“Vicki Robin is a national treasure – a source of wisdom and uncommon sense now directed at the most basic of basics: how and what we eat and how that connects to our health, prosperity, and prospects … The ten-mile diet should be national policy!” – David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin

RELATED MATERIAL

::Ted Talk – Seattle – 14 minutes of heart, head and humor on Relational Eating

::Vicki’s website

::Book: Your Money or Your Life

::Blessing the Hands that Feed Us Facebook page

::Local Food Lab – restoring local food systems

Vicki’s touching personal story: Liberating Limits

Enjoy five foods killing the planet.

Tending the Concept of Urban Agriculture

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries

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

GRAPHIC: VickiRobin.com

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

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Some recent insights on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube from “Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists.” How I developed Facebook Friends, how I use Groups and how I tag other people in my posts. My Twitter preferences. Using endorsements in LinkedIn. Copyright issues with YouTube. READ MORE

TIP: Use ECOSIA.org as your search engine. Ecosia’s profits grow trees. (from Post #1)

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries

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

GRAPHIC: Ecosia.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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

safe_imageCommemorating these two festivals fits perfectly with all the elements of our mission: “Equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.”

National Farm Worker Week celebrates the achievements of the United Farm Workers. UPW, organized in 1962 by Caesar Chavez, has given farm workers hope. Chavez’ strict adherence to the principles of nonviolence, even in the most violent situations, has won respect and admiration from people around the world.

National Farm Worker Awareness Week (March 24-31) | Facebook | Student Action for Farmworkers

Commemorating the life and witness of El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Central America Week is observed in the week around the anniversary of his assassination while saying mass on March 24, 1980.

Central America Week (week of March 24)

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries

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

GRAPHIC: Facebook

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

squareportraitI’ve recently reconnected with author, speaker and coach Susan Vogt, who provides “workshops and resources to help couples and families foster their deepest beliefs.” Her site FAMLY MATTERS and blog LIVING LIGHTLY have a strong faith-based simple living emphasis. I first met her through the Institute for Peace and Justice and its family peace component. I’ve added her books to the new SLW! Recommends Literacy Service.

BLESSED BY LESS: Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly (2013)
What a year of giving stuff away taught me about life, relationships, and what’s really important. Packed with practical tips and spiritual wisdom.
 Consume Less – Save More Money
 Hang on to Less – Become More Generous
 Letting go of Burdens & Intangibles
 Waste Less – Save More Energy
 Hurry & Worry Less – Laugh More
 Let go of Cheap Faith and the “Smug Factor”

MONEY IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD: Six Essential Attitudes for followers of Christ (2011)
A 6 session Bible study about attitudes toward, and the use of money and possessions. Includes:
 Providence  Justice  Generosity  Contentment  Gratitude
 Investing in the Kingdom of God

PARENTING YOUR ADULT CHILD: Keeping the Faith (And Your Sanity) (2011)
Addresses thorny issues such as:
 When to rescue and when to not.
 When to push and when to restrain yourself.
 Keeping your faith as your child seems to abandon it
 How to forgive yourself for parenting mistakes.
 How to move into an adult-adult relationship.

Click here to listen to a podcast interview on Radio Maria.

RAISING KIDS WHO WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE – Helping Your Family Live with Integrity, Value Simplicity, and Care for Others (2002)
Insights and tips for raising children to make a positive impact in our world. A unique aspect of this book are the contributions not only of parents but also the reflections of young adults on what influenced them to make decisions to serve others.

KIDS CREATING CIRCLES OF PEACE
(with Anne Marie Witchger Hansen / Parenting for Peace and Justice, 2000, $5)
A book of story starters and activities for all kids who want to make peace. Contains cartoons, family activities, books, videos, and thoughtful questions. Geared to grades K-6, students will enjoy making up their own better endings to potentially violent or bullying situations.

JUST FAMILY NIGHTS- 60 Activities to Keep Your Family Together in a World Falling Apart (editor, 1994)
Just Family Nights provides 60 activities for families to do together – activities that build family unity and foster healthy values. Each Family Night offers reading, activities, songs, and ideas for treats that are built on themes such as ecology, nonviolence, homelessness, conflict resolution, and awareness of other races and cultures.

CELEBRATING & BECOMING A HOLY FAMILY
DVD of Susan and Jim Vogt’s presentations
(2006)
2+ hours of workshop presentations on:
 The Family Pledge of Nonviolence   Taming Time   Morality
 Home based sacred symbols    Ecology   Media: Use & Abuse Peacemaking   Who Am I (Affirmation)   Consumerism    Service   Diversity   Faith & Values | These talks were originally presented at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in eastern Florida. To order, e-mail: SusanVogt1@gmail.com

What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life – March 15 Podcast
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – March 18-The pursuit of Peace: 12 steps of peacemaking can make your faith more than just talk. 1. Pray for peace and for one another. 2. See faces. 3. Learn names and stories. 4. Take the first step to love. 5. Reach out and touch. 6. Find common ground. 7. Make relationships concrete. 8. Give peace offerings. 9. Learn languages. 10. Eat together. 11. Celebrate together. 12. Stand with those in danger. -Ann Helmke
  • Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.
  • Treasury of Celebrations*: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth Earth – Jan.-April | LENT | EASTER
  • Worship Alternatives: Lent/HolyWeek/Easter
  • Spirit of Simplicity: Lent/Easter ART  | QUOTES
  • Lent sermon series
  • 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas
  • Alternatives’ Seasonal/Thematic Index | LENT
  • For Lent/Easter SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see SLW! Podcast episode 13.

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life

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

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Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback 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.

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

GRAPHIC: SusanVogt.net

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

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Literacy Service

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LITERACY
Look and see what others can’t see.
Hear what others aren’t able to hear.
Tell what you have seen and heard.

Intro

Simple Living is a comprehensive way of living. It’s so much more than its stereotype of growing a few tomatoes and wearing our favorite old clothes!

This service contains books (paper, eBooks, audio), video (DVD, internet), audio (CD, MP3), blogs, podcasts, sites.

These are somewhat current resources. For classic resources, visit Study/Activity/Action Guides.

Mildly interesting historical note: For most of its 40 years of service Alternatives offered a Book Service. From 1995-2008, Alternatives published and distributed a modest quarterly Resource Guide, i.e. sales catalog. I reviewed hundreds of resources to find the ones ideal for our audience. Since August, 2010, I have continued to review resources, most of which I recommend to my local public library and they add to their collection. I have interacted with each of these titles and sources.

SLW! does not sell anything, but we recommend resources from other sources and publishers, which we urge you to get from your public library or your local, independent bookstore. For help locating a local source, visit IndieBound.org. Some are free on the internet. Most of the links take you to my previews.

Some of the titles are faith-based, most are not. They vary from simple to complex, from friendly to polemical.

Find a TOPIC that interests you; try a few of the entries. Then move to another TOPIC. The titles are not in alphabetical or priority order.

TOPICS
Activism Literacy
Celebrating Literacy
Economic Literacy
Environmental Literacy
Family/Children Literacy
Financial Literacy
Food, Water and Agriculture Literacy
Happiness Literacy
Health/Medical Literacy
Historical Literacy
Media Literacy
Peace/War/Militarism/Empire Literacy
Political Literacy
Spiritual/Faith Literacy
Time and Work Literacy
General

For more ideas, go to Getting Started. Also see Champions of Simple Living and other worthwhile Links.

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  • Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation. Her latest: Living Room RevolutionREAD MORE
  • Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + Jerry’s Excellent Adventure – Feb. SLW! Podcast | Sharing the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media

What Others Are Doing

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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).

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Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life

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

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #2-A2471 

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

5-A333Mid-March Celebrations

Purim is a light and fun-filled festival about Jewish survival. Celebrants read the story of Esther from the Bible, exchange gifts, and sometimes dress up in appropriate costumes.

Purim is regarded as a minor festival because the directive for observance is in the book of Esther, not the Torah. It is the only Jewish holiday that deals specifically with anti-Semitism.

What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Alternative Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives – March 1 Podcast – New bride calls Wedding Alternatives “essential tool”
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – March 11-Your congregation probably has a Social Ministry Committee. Find out what the members do. Typical projects are direct help, such as serving at the local Soup Kitchen, or education, such as a Social Concerns Fair. Resolve to participate in one project this year.

Another Kind of Lenten Fasting

Our most important family alternative celebration occurs during Lent. We used the following idea one year and, at our children’s request, have repeated it. READ MORE

Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation. Her latest: Living Room RevolutionREAD MORE
  • Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + Jerry’s Excellent Adventure – Feb. SLW! Podcast | Sharing the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media

What Others Are Doing

Podcast Reminder

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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.

Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life

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

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

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art #5-A333.JPG 

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

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Fall, 2013

For the last 15 years as my friends have been falling in love and getting married I made it a habit to buy them The Alternative Wedding Book (Wedding Alternatives), mostly because I really like the subtitle: “Create a beautiful wedding that reflects your values and doesn’t cost the Earth.” Having not gone through the experience of wedding planning myself, I was glad when my friends raved about the gift. Now having been through the wedding planning process myself, I realize just what an essential tool it is. The book truly lives up to its subtitle.

When my husband and I got engaged I got a copy for us and it served as both a light to guide our way and a foundation in the oncoming storm of commercialization of the wedding industry.

Right from the start, the book gives solid advice: create a budget right away and stick to it followed by keep it simple. Those two tidbits were sanity keepers and helped us minimize conflict during the planning.

So many websites and television shows are all about the trappings of weddings: dresses, rings, decorations, music, photographers. Sure those things are important and decisions about them can reflect your priorities. However, those websites and televisions shows don’t address the real issue which is: who are you and how will you reflect that in your wedding ceremony and share it with the community that is precious to us.

I find it strange that many of the wedding-related websites and shows don’t even touch elements of the ceremony. This book gives samples of ceremony outlines, ideas for symbolic activities, musical suggestions. It is genuinely helpful in the crafting.

Here are a few strategies that worked well for us. In order to focus, we identified four themes that were important to us. We then integrated those themes into our decisions for venue, our vows, our decorations, and our spending.

Next, as part of the budgetary decision, we set priorities. This gave us the peace of mind knowing that what was most important to us would be covered and gave us an excuse to easily turn down the myriad of “special offers” we received as an engaged couple.

As we knew we wanted a zero-waste event, we then checked out an “event kit” from a local non-profit so that we would have reusable table settings for the rehearsal dinner, selected settings that did not need a lot of decorations, coordinated a charity to receive all remaining reception food, and set up an online honeymoon registry so that we would not receive stuff as gifts. This way people’s involvement could be something they really wanted to give. We emphasized that their presence and prayers were really what we wanted.

So many things can be done on-line: 1. a free wedding site where we used the budget tool and the guest list to monitor our status. 2. We posted event information. 3. Honeymoon registry site so that friends could contribute to our memories.

Our wedding felt like camping with 100 of our best friends and the reception was like having them over for dinner, except we didn’t have to cook!

An idea that was supported in the book was participation. We contacted close friends and family to see if/how they wanted to be involved. We ended up with over 40 volunteers, which we divided into teams: music, decorations, and clean-up so that people could contribute to the event and not have to spend money.

Focus on not owning, but reusing:
My wedding dress came from a consignment shop (absolutely beautiful full lace, in my budget and didn’t need to be fitted!)
Our wedding rings were made from recycled gold and gems
Invitations and bulletins were printed recycled paper.

Our ceremony was in a wilderness area, and carpooling was encouraged.

One of the most important aspects of the book is that it validates the notion that your wedding ceremony is that, yours. It need not be the prepackaged commercial binge that is purported by society to be the standard. Our wedding was just that, ours. I am really proud and happy that we stayed in budget, supported local vendors and had a zero waste event in a wilderness area.

I plan to continue giving the book to friends who are preparing to wed. By the way, it’s available free and complete as Wedding Alternatives at SimpleLivingWorks.org, including an updated Supplement; and also in Spanish as Nuestra Boda.

Signed, Arizona Bride

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Inspired by Arizona Bride, we’ve added a line for Tithe in the Wedding Budget. The couple included 10% of their wedding budget as a charitable contribution for environmental causes.

I hope you find my blog Occupying the Flagstaff Bridal Fair both humorous and enlightening.

And I’ve added Meredith Gould’s helpful book Getting #Married: Using Social Media to Celebrate the Sacred to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement.

What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Alternative Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives – March 1 Podcast
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – March 9 – Front line organizations, such as World Vision, Oxfam, Care, Heifer Project, Self Help, provide direct aid and self-help programs to needy people. Advocacy groups, like Bread for the World, lobby governments to do more for the needy. The U.S. government has access to more resources than do private organizations that depend on contributions. Participate in Bread’s OFFERING of LETTERS at your local chapter or congregation or in your home.

Another Kind of Lenten Fasting

Our most important family alternative celebration occurs during Lent. We used the following idea one year and, at our children’s request, have repeated it. READ MORE

Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation. Her latest: Living Room RevolutionREAD MORE
  • Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + Jerry’s Excellent Adventure – Feb. SLW! Podcast | Sharing the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media

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). 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.

Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life

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 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.

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

GRAPHIC: Paul and Ann, contributors to Wedding Alternatives Supplement.

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • An Alternative Ash Wed. & Lent: Another Kind of Fasting  READ MORE
  • Recommended: The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways by Meredith Gould. READ MORE

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Perceived Value: Strategies for Overcoming the Tyranny of Appearances — recent SLW! blog
  • Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation. Her latest: Living Room RevolutionREAD MORE

What Others Are Doing

Timely Resources

Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

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 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.

Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Alternative Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives

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 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.

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

GRAPHIC: Woven Path from Lutheran Peace Fellowship

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 Giving. Give away 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 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 several times a week.


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