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Authentic Happiness in a Consumer Culture

by Annie Leonard, Founder of The Story of Stuff Project and now Executive Director of GreenPeaceUSA, and Sarah Van Gelder, Editor of YES! Magazine

Explore the meaning of real happiness rather than the empty happiness produced by a consumer culture that devalues interpersonal relationships in favor of “stuff” and leaves the Earth broken and full of trash.

Media and Consumer Capitalism: Justin Lewis’ podcast, book and DVD

SLW! legacy blog: An Alternative MLK Day, Jan. 19

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.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 GivingGive 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 2We 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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SLW! Podcast Episode #36 

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

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Highlights of SLW! 2014 Annual Report

SLW! 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.

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.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 GivingGive 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 2We 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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Look and see what others can’t see. Hear what others aren’t able to hear. Tell what you have seen and heard.

As author Vicki Robin said in our podcast interview, there are lots of blogs about simple living on the internet. It’s not hard to find them using an internet search. (My favorite search engine is Ecosia.org because their profits are used to plant trees.)

I’d like to help save you time by previewing some of the 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. I’ll tip you off in my blog when there’s a new batch, or you can check back from time-to-time.

By listing a blog, I am not necessarily recommending it. I have added a few gentle cautions about some of them.

Champions of Simple Living Today

Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites

NEW Collaborators

  • Christian Simplicity — Conversations about God, trust, and money — Money Lies // God Ideas // Finding God // Mindfulness // Simple Living // NEW, under construction, being developed by Kevin Tupper: Five guides first, blogging second, and then money-help third.
  • Dave and Sheryl Balthrop: Simple Life Reboot — Making Room for That Which Matters Most: Transformational, healthy minimalism. The Balthrop’s 2-3 minute episodes are simple reading of their brief ‘essays.’
  • 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. When he’s not enjoying nature, making his wife smile, or playing with his two young sons, Joel’s busy minimizing, being Paleo, doing public speaking gigs, connecting, reigniting his personal renaissance, and Experience Curating.
  • 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, focusing on passion and purpose, has made him one of today’s most-influential simple living advocates. He has sold tens of thousands of his books, has been invited to speak all across America, and has made media appearances in TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and the CBS Evening News. His most recent book, Clutterfree with Kids, consistently ranks among the best-selling parenting books in America. Currently, he lives in sunny Peoria, Arizona, with his wife and two young kids.
  • Sarah Wehkamp is passionate about helping families find balance and simplicity in their home life. She and her husband, Chris, are founders of Parents Who, a website that equips parents with tools to create and maintain a simpler, more meaningful family life. She’s the mother to the youngest firemen in the world, identical twin boys Mr. B & Mr. C, a fair trade chocolate enthusiast, a former elementary school teacher, and an avid traveler.

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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Highlights of SLW! 2014 Annual Report

SLW! 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.

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.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 GivingGive 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 2We 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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Wise ones still seek him.

So, what do New Years and Epiphany have in Common? 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). That’s the best inspiration for New Years resolutions I know!

New Year New Daily Inspiration Calendar

Epiphany Resources

Epiphany | Epiphany Celebration | An Epiphany Celebration | Epiphany Gifts | Most series of reflections, activities and services in WHOSE Birthday? #1-17 include the Sundays after Christmas and conclude with Epiphany.

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS

Making New Years Resolutions as a Spiritual Discipline (Godspace blog)

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.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 GivingGive 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 2We 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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Christmas BEGINS on December 25. Here’s a batch of fascinating articles for the season.

• Susan Jacobson included me in her article “Some Find More Meaning in Christmas Without Gifts” for the Orlando, FL, Sentinel. At the end she lists most of SLW! signature “10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas.”

• Simple Living Tips for Millennial Christians from Sojourners

• When Decemberism Crucifies Christmas from Sojourners

• Simplify the Holidays from the Center for a New American Dream

• How to Have a Non-Commercial Holiday from Utne Reader

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WHOSE Birthday? – an audio adaptation of SLW’s signature publication Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? — our Advent/Christmas annual for individuals, families and congregations.

WHOSE Birthday? 2014 podcast series is taken from Edition #18 | TEXT | SPANISH text, entitled “Adviento”

INSPIRING REFLECTIONS (with discussion questions), FUN ACTIVITIES and DAILY CALENDAR based on liturgical cycle B (Gospel of Mark)

If you want to hear all four episodes at once, go to Podcast Index/Preview/BackUp.

#35 – Susan Briehl, Jill Miller and more!

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3-A2166I have several strong memories of Christmas when I was a child. Relatives from my mother’s side of the family would gather on Christmas Eve for a grand meal. Then we would gather around a tree that always reached to the ceiling. It was surrounded by a mountain of gifts. Everybody gave something to everybody else. With little fanfare, I would start ripping into all my stuff. It seemed that no one paid much attention to what others were getting. After an hour or so it was over.

One year I asked my dad if we could go to church on Christmas Eve. He agreed. The problem was, I didn’t ask until Christmas Eve. When we got back, the rest of the group was pretty unhappy. We had changed the plan. Maybe we were right but we hadn’t considered the group.

Now we all go to church. Then we gather for some favorite foods. We take turns opening our gifts with considerable fanfare for each one. Though we are only four, it is so meaningful!

To encourage planning and communication we have developed “Let’s Talk About Christmas!” How are we going to celebrate Christmas this year? What is really most meaningful? Who’s going to do what? Are we willing to spend less on ourselves and give more to the needy? Ask your family, relatives, friends questions like these. Write down your decisions and post them. Mark your calendar on October 1st for each year! And remember Buy Nothing Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving!

Let’s Talk About Christmas worksheet in Simple Living 101 and Christmas Campaign Kit

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