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Blog Post #7 – Blogging

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I make a long-range plan for three blogs a week at SimpleLivingWorks.org, trying to combine 1) personal stories with 2) promotions of free online Alternatives resources that are largely seasonal and oriented to the church year (Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, etc.). Most of the blogs focus directly or indirectly on the very complementary Alternatives’ mission and the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less.

I’m more spontaneous for my once-a-week at Jubilee-Economics.org, usually focusing on other helpful podcasts, since my colleague blogger focuses more on books, including his own. I’m more audio oriented, he’s more text-oriented. I think it makes a good combination.

My blogs also support my podcasts, at least one blog for each SLW! Podcast, one or two for each TheCommonGoodPodcast.com.

Unless you just want to talk to yourself and a few friends, spend half your time developing an audience. See Posts 1, 3 & 6.

There are few rules to blogging so don’t worry about doing it right. A common tip: keep it short.

I tend to repeat basic information from one to the next, such as how to subscribe to my podcast. I put new info at the top, then the repeats.

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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: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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

GRAPHIC – Worship Alternatives: ART #4058

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 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 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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Social Media take a lot of time and effort to develop an audience. Yes, you can rent email lists. But there’s no phone book for cell phones or email like we had for landlines. So, you patiently collect contact information at events and other places where your audience hangs out.

By the way, when you send bulk email, always use blind copy — bcc — so that the addresses are not exposed. However, if another like-minded organization sends a bulk email with the addresses exposed, you are not legally or ethically required to get their permission to use those addresses. Consider it a gift or a loan. Return the favor sometime, such as mentioning the gift-giver in a blog. Send the addresses an invitation to join your group. Do not automatically put them on your subscription list. Allow them to ‘opt-out.’ Many organizations only use addresses of people who ‘opt-in,’ who overtly and consciously join. This is overly careful. Always give your readers the option to ‘un-subscribe,’ and respect it when they do.

I do, however, keep the UnSubs in a separate file and send them one-time invitations a few times a year when something new and interesting is happening. Some do accept the invitation and re-subscribe.

Some privacy policies protect the email addresses of their subscribers and promise not to sell, rent or share them. This is being too polite. One of the main ways that nonprofits can help each other is by sharing lists. One of the ways non-profits can stay in business is by renting their lists.

The critical factor is that they are a ‘like-minded’ organization and that they use the list only once. Companies that accumulate and rent lists don’t care who’s using it as long as they get paid. No! Your policy must be clear about whom you cooperate with and whom you avoid. Then state clearly in your privacy policy for your members, supporters, clients, that you do from time-to-time rent or share your email list to like-minded non-profits. That’s how we both stay in business. That’s how we support each other. That’s how we grow. This is not about moral high ground. This is working with people you can trust. If you have some folks who are adamant that they don’t want their email shared, respect them, but don’t made it a blanket policy.

I really promote cooperation between non-profits. For years we’ve used each others’ lists locally, e.g. Sierra Club and Peace Coalition to produce the joint Siouxland Social Justice eNews.

In fund-raising and marketing in general, I follow the principle, ‘No is not no forever.’ I put first-time UnSubs in a separate file and send them an invitation four times a year when something newsworthy happens, e.g., a new eNews design. A few re-subscribe. If they send Unsubscribe a second time, I move their address to the dead address file. I don’t send a confirmation to Unsubs.

I keep my lists in a Excel file. Some mailing services will maintain your list for you. Mail Chimp will maintain a small list for free. BUT your list must be clean. They only tolerate a .5% bounce rate. So, if you have more than 50 bounce-backs (hard or soft) per 1000, they will suspend your account! They assume that if you have a higher rate, you are sending to people who have not actually subscribed, you are spamming. Purists!

There are other reliable, helpful services – such as Constant Contact – but they charge about 1¢ per name. Ouch! That’s $100 for 10M addresses per Emailing. That’s fine if you can afford it. If you’re willing to do the work, you can do it for free. However, each service has its limits, usually 500 addresses/24 hours.

So I have four separate gmail accounts, managed by different groups/organizations. In my case one is personal, one is Jubilee Economics, one is my denomination, and one is YouTube. You can’t get around the limits by having four different names on the same account. Also, I can’t have more than one gmail (or Yahoo) account active at the same time.

I can mail 2000 per day using four accounts, or 6000 in three days. I’ve learned the hard way, mail one to yourself and test all the links before sending the first batch! Once you’ve sent the first batch from each account, you can use the forward or reply function to send the next batches the next day. (Remove the FW: info at the top of the copy before sending.)

Use cross-promotion. Use your various media to promote each other. Mention something from your site on a podcast or in a blog; use the eNews and blogs to promote the podcast and your FB, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I make sure my new podcast is uploaded to my site and listed in iTunes before I send out a blog or eNews about it. (I have a preview/back-up of my podcasts on my site in case there’s problem with LibSyn or WordPress.org, or if a listener wants to listen to a specific past episode.)

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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: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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

GRAPHIC – Spirit of Simplicity: ART #1-A2152

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 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 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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Of Interest for Pentecost Season, June 8

  • SLW! Podcast Episode 18: Not Ordinary Times – Eco-Justice Ministries

  • Pentecost ConvergenceA new addition to our Featured Writers page, Pastoral Economic Struggles: Facing Together Global Capitalism’s Domination in Daily Life by Lee Van Ham. This faith-based essay focuses on changes that can happen thanks to the Holy Spirit. It is an inspiring piece for any believer, though written primarily for pastoral leaders. Pentecost is a time to think about and work toward change. The Holy Spirit is a force for change, an agent for transformation.
  • Worship Alternatives: Pentecost/Ordinary Time

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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: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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

GRAPHIC – Worship Alternatives: ART #4058

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 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 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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Tony and Shane Uncut

Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the Show Notes, or visit the Episode Index.

NOTE: You can listen to each episode as it is released the 1st and 15th of the month, May-Aug. Or listen to several or all episodes at Preview/Back-up. The detailed Show Notes are similar for each episode, though the topics are different.

Topics for Part 2:

Moving in the direction of a Christian lifestyle (Philippians 3:13-14); the continuum of radicalism and travel; rescued food; EAPE; Shane’s book The Irresistible Revolution; responding to the needs of poorer churches; redistribution of speaking fees through The Simple Way community and $1 bills; Alternatives to Military Service; newly marrieds deciding their lifestyle permanently and then giving away any surplus; churches giving building funds dollar-for-dollar for water projects and scholarships

ABOUT the VIDEO PROJECT

Order the new DVD Choose Justice with beautiful 40 page Conversation Guide for $10US from The Simple Way store. The six-part DVD captures the heart of the dialog. Perfect for group discussion and action.

Going on the road; meeting Tony & Shane: Travel journals and photos. Scroll to Post #197. Share the adventure of making the original video.

Learn more about TONY and SHANE + More Mentions

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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: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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

GRAPHIC – Tony and Shane

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 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 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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Easter on the Colorado River

When I joined the National Park Service at Grand Canyon I was naïve. I fully expected a diverse, underfunded workforce with a “can do” attitude like I’d experienced working for Peace Corps.

However, as with work in any large bureaucracy, what I really experienced were hours of mind-numbing data entry, turf battles and “good old boy” clubs, even some hazing. Some days it can be frustrating, even demoralizing.

But every time I spend time actually in Grand Canyon, there is a renewal. Typically it takes about a day into a multi-day backpacking trip or day three of a river patrol to forget about the bureaucratic garbage, and leave it behind on the canyon rim.

Something about connecting to the true resource helps put everything into perspective and reminds me that that office junk doesn’t matter. I’m sure it’s the combination of clean air, intense physical exertion and mind-bogglingly beautiful scenery that cleans out my central nervous system.

This last river patrol over Easter, after ten years at Grand Canyon, I think will be my last. This time it took me six days to “leave it all behind.” This time I wasn’t so focused on interacting with the public, or taking data points, or drafting reports.

I was present. . . in Horn Rapid and Blacktail Canyon and Kanab Creek. I was present at Whispering Falls and Olo campsite. I just wanted to see, smell, feel, hear, experience Grand Canyon.

The last day of the patrol, we rowed the last five miles in silence. No one said a word. The sounds instead came from the water dripping from the oars, the canyon wren’s down-scale song. The sights came from the black-as-night schist, the granite, the sun’s reflection on the water. The smells came from the wetness, the creosote, the sage.

And then I was spoken to. Not in my ears. In my chest. The birds, the sun, the rocks, and thus their Creator, let me know. I felt gratitude as present and real as the canyon walls. I was being thanked for a job well done. Somehow this place knew that I am a very ephemeral being and appreciated the fact that I have committed so much of my life to its protection. It was the most profound thank you gift I had ever received. And then the sound of the water and the wren was joined by the sound of my tears.

I realized that I’m not working for the system, not for the office. Whom I am really working for, is grateful.

Although I would never compare myself to Jesus, I do feel as though I was given a task, completed it to my best ability, and was acknowledged. Matthew 12:18 – “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased.”

— Elysha Iversen, Easter, 2014

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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: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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

GRAPHIC – Elysha at the Grand Canyon

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 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 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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Feast of the Ascension, May 29

When Jesus ascending into heaven, he was taking a risk leaving the disciples on their own. He was making room for new leadership, both human and the Holy Spirit.

Personal Example

Every organization of consequence I’ve led has failed.

I started an effective student recruitment program at Calif. Concordia College, Oakland. When I moved on, I recruited another leader, who ended up doing little. I offered to come back two years after leaving to keep it going. They declined my offer. A few years later the college closed permanently.

In 1995, I was called to lead Alternatives for Simple Living, a national non-profit, affiliated with numerous mainline denominations. When I retired 12+ years later at the end of 2007, my goal was to make the transition to new leadership as seamless as possible. I did promptly everything the new leaders asked of me. Unfortunately, they were not able to sustain it and it was dissolved in early 2011.

I was not willing to let the vital message and treasury of educational and inspirational resources of an almost 40-year-old organization disappear. So I revived it in a different form as Simple Living Works! through social media. And the ELCA is maintaining Alternatives’ archives.

After I retired I got active in the local Sioux City Peace Coalition. We had monthly meetings and demonstrations for a wide range of social justice issues. You can read about it here.

When we moved to California, I recruited a well-qualified leader, who ended up doing little. The organization was closed down. I diverted my energies to Lutheran Peace Fellowship (national) and People of Faith for Justice (local).

Since our move, some of the advances of the Green Team that I headed in my local congregation have reverted to pre-green status. I left my records with the new, young congregational leadership, so I have hope that they will take steps to use recycled paper, for example. And install solar panels!

I left each of my ministries to make room for other leadership. In some cases I came back in a different form. Each of us may need to do the same.

(No, I am not comparing myself to Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I do adhere to the ELCA motto: “God’s Work. Our Hands.”)

Related: My Blog on Motivation

Ascension ART from Worship Alternatives: 2468, 2469, 2470, 4047

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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: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 – Worship Alternatives: ART #2470

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 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 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.

370-SunriseI’m hoping this blog post will prove that I’m more than a sentimental old fool. And that Alternatives has a timeless message.

Much of Alternatives’ early years is recorded on newspaper clippings. It’s revolutionary ideas were indeed newsworthy! Our founder even appeared as a guest on the Phil Donohue program on national TV.

Alternatives produced three videos in the first 25 years. All are still available on YouTube and the audio of each has been produced in a series of podcasts last fall.

More recently, I was the guest on numerous radio programs and some of those are available on the SLW! site.

I’m hoping that you’ll listen to one or a few and be inspired to contribute to our ongoing efforts, especially Whose Birthday? and Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? Submission Guidelines.

We produced a series of 90-second radio programs called More-with-Less Christmas. (The sample in the archives can’t be used as-is because the contact information is out-of-date.) The series of six 30-minute programs called Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? largely for religious radio stations has been revived as podcasts last fall.

Now that Alternatives’ mission is being extended primarily through social media on the internet, I hope you’ll benefit personally from these programs and will share them with others, maybe even use with your congregation or group. I’m available to consult with groups via the internet. All for free.

Audio/Video Stories about Alternatives by Others

Alternatives’ history is well documented through stories in newspapers and magazines and in still photos. Here are some of the AV stories done by others.

  • CONTACT Radio Program, Jesuit Productions, 4/30/00 (14:00). NOTE: These are short and regular length versions of the same program. Since it is no longer on the air, the contact information has been removed.
  • CONTACT Radio Program, Jesuit Productions, 4/30/00 (29:00)

The CONTACT program included interviews with a couple who had used Wedding Alternatives and also with Brenton Dodge, a financial advisor (see Travel Journal, Post #110). Read the Producer’s Letter at 4/25/00.

CONTACT was well-produced. When I discovered the CD’s in the process of sending Alternatives’ material to the ELCA archives, I tried to find CONTACT on the internet. No luck. So I tried calling because I would prefer to link to their site’s archives than to upload the program in SLW! Site. The phone number is now a phone sex company! Oh, would the Jesuits be annoyed!

  • The Osgood File: Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network, 12/20/01, guest Bill McKibben (2:00)

Want to hear Bill McKibben before he founded 350.org? Recently I found a recording of The Osgood File, a two-minute series carried on the CBS Radio Network hosted by Charles Osgood. Bill had written the reflections for “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” and I arranged him to be interviewed about it.

The Grace Matters interview was part of a national radio series produced by John Marty for the ELCA. Although the program has ended, all the past programs are still in the ELCA internet archives.

I was honored to represent Iowa in the making of the national documentary YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip. The crew recorded 50+ interviews, at least one from each state.

After my first interview on The Common Good Podcast, I became co-host and then producer later. This experience taught me how to become producer of the Simple Living Works! Podcast.

My latest interview for The Healthy Planet was for WUSB, where Bob DiBenedetto volunteers. His monthly 60 minute program is aired live on Friday evening from Long Island, NY, over the air and on the internet, then made available through their web site in the archives. Although The Healthy Planet is not a faith-based group, my faith-based message was welcome. Bob founded The Healthy Planet 20 years ago and has hosted the radio show for some seven years. This was the first episode on simple living. They sponsor local events around healthy food. Unfortunately, the archives for their new web site are not complete yet.

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GRAPHIC – Worship Alternatives #370

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 at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

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*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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