Dealing with Post-Christmas Consumerism
Posted January 14, 2015on:
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- SLW! Podcast Episode #36 — Duane Elgin // Duane on SLW! Voluntary Simplicity: Lifestyle of the Future? // His professional website: GreatTransitionStories.org // His personal site: DuaneElgin.com: About • Speaking • Great Transition Stories • Articles • Blog • Videos • Audio Files • Books • Contact // His writings there on Sustainability and Simplicity: Voluntary Simplicity: Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet • The Garden Of Simplicity • Peril and Promise • Upshifters: Pioneers of an Awakening Culture • Voluntary Simplicity • The Value Of Voluntary Simplicity (seminal 1936 article by Richard Gregg) // Champion of Simple Living Today
- Highlights of SLW! 2014 Annual ReportSLW! blogs are up to 195+; podcast to 35+ episodes. Interviews of Champions of Simple Living Today will intensify in 2015. New Services include ‘SLW! Recommends’ Literacy Service and Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites.
- New Collaborators and Champions // I’d like to help save you time by previewing on my site some of the many simple living sites, podcasts and blogs on my site. If you see something that interests you, click the link and enjoy. I include both faith-based and secular. By listing a blog, I am not necessarily recommending it. I have added a few gentle cautions about some of them. Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites // NEW Collaborators
- Christian Simplicity — Conversations about God, trust, and money
- Dave and Sheryl Balthrop: Simple Life Reboot — Making Room for That Which Matters Most: Transformational, healthy minimalism. 2-3 minute episodes
- Simple Life Together, a podcast dedicated to leading a simple life in the modern world by Dan and Vanessa Hayes.
- SimpleREV Conference — Revive and Rev It Up! + All Things SimpleREV Podcast. Besides, SimpleREV, Joel Zaslofsky is the Chief Simplifier, Curator, and Founder at Value of Simple. He also hosts the popular Smart and Simple Matters show.
- Joshua Becker is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website with over 500,000 regular monthly readers dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. Motto: Caring for Your Whole Self. His rational approach to minimalism focuses on passion and purpose.
- Sarah Wehkamp is passionate about helping families find balance and simplicity in their home life. Parents Who website equips parents with tools to create and maintain a simpler, more meaningful family life.
THANKS to Duane Elgin for putting me onto some of the above. Don’t miss my recent podcast interview with Duane.
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Having an Epiphany for New Years — In contrast to the over-commercialized and over-sentimentalized Christmas, Jesus is “shown forth” during the Epiphany season (from Jan. 6 till the beginning of Lent on Ash Wed., Feb. 18 this year). || New Year New Daily Inspiration Calendar
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- The Common Good Podcast
Episode 55: Larry Kurschner: Fixing the Electronic Waste Problem
- Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability – New Course from Northwest Earth Institute
- Conversation about The OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham. | TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42 | Lee’s new Slide Show
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