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7/1-15/20

Free Speech, Not Hate Speech

A lot of noise is being made lately about social media “censoring.” Twitter is putting up cautions for questionable tweets. Facebook is refusing to stop posting anything.

The constitutional guarantee of “free speech” does not guarantee “hate speech.” Free speech does not mean anyone can say anything at anytime. That’s the extreme libertarian view — I can do whatever I want whenever I want wherever I want.

Wrong! One’s freedom stops at the end of another’s nose. The same with speech. Hate speech threatens, causes, incites or promotes violence — no matter now cleverly veiled or contrived.

The issue with Facebook is, of course, not “free speech.” It’s advertising revenue. Several major advertisers have dropped Facebook, most notably the big cell phone provider Verizon. This change has been caused recently largely because of our renewed cultural awareness that Black Lives Matter.

Yes, we have to be concerned about backlash from white nationalists because those crazies have and use guns. Some people are joining “prepper” groups, even “liberal preppers,” to be ready for social upheaval. What might that mean? Stocking up on supplies, not hoarding.

As the November national election gets closer, and the desperate Trump supporters ramp up their number one political tactic — fear — more people will become “preppers.” Our neighbors, for example, have a multi-month supply of “astronaut food” in their garage. We have a month’s worth of drinking water on hand.

For the sake of others, we have increased our donation to our local mutual benefit organizations. One of our relative’s families has ordered passports for their young children in case they need to go to Canada for awhile till possible disruptions by armed white nationalists settle down. Another friend is investing in silver coins in case paper money becomes worthless.

Some of these efforts seem drastic; others, minimal. We’re dealing with this “new abnormal” in our own various ways. Hopefully, most of us will grow as community through this ordeal, not as self-seeking individualists.

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MEDIA ALERT!

I appreciate so many of the independent programs on RT-America that I’m sad to report that the new “Eat the Press” is not worth your time. Drawing on the easy and deceptive “liberal vs. conservative” media myth, the host tries to point out the hypocrisy of the media over both important and trivial inconsistencies. Until he understands and explains the difference between commercial and non-commercial US media he will continue to do us a disservice.

See lists of worthwhile media below under “Why We Podcast.”

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Who Are the “Looters”?

A recent progressive radio program host referred to “riots.” I responded that demonstrations are not riots. Privileged people show hypocrisy calling protesters “looters,” even if some protesters harm and steal property.

Borrowing from a recent article in CounterPunch.org: “The act of looting is a long-standing American tradition, dating back to the theft of Native lands and African enslavement. And today, while wealthy people don’t loot strip malls, they are adept at looting natural resources and labor, from the coalfields of West Virginia to Jeff Bezo’s Amazon warehouses. The poor, exerting their nominal power—even in a destructive and violent manner—display an entirely natural reaction to a continually powerless state of being. For them, looting is a cry for help, an expression of hopelessness.”

Without condoning looting by protesters, we who are committed to peace and non-violence can work to prevent further looting by the privileged.

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Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

COMING–Ep. 0720::As This World Ends, Let’s Work on the New.

Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

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Current “Non-Conform Freely” Celebrations

7/4-Independence Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 7*: Money & Goods // Week 1: Green Business // Week 2: Green Investing // Week 3: Green Products // Week 4: Personal Finance, Credit & Debt

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  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
# # #
A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works!–and its founding predecessor, Alternatives–have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

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Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away.
Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity to keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. Share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

6/15-30/20–eNews #105

Who Are the “Looters”?

A recent progressive radio program host referred to “riots.” I responded that demonstrations are not riots. Privileged people show hypocrisy calling protesters “looters,” even if some protesters harm and steal property.

Borrowing from a recent article in Counterpunch.org: “The act of looting is a long-standing American tradition, dating back to the theft of Native lands and African enslavement. And today, while wealthy people don’t loot strip malls, they are adept at looting natural resources and labor, from the coalfields of West Virginia to Jeff Bezo’s Amazon warehouses. The poor, exerting their nominal power—even in a destructive and violent manner—display an entirely natural reaction to a continually powerless state of being. For them, looting is a cry for help, an expression of hopelessness.”

Without condoning looting by protesters, we who are committed to peace and non-violence can work to prevent further looting by the privileged.

# # #

LATEST from Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

CoronaVirus is revealing breakdowns and lack of resilience in our food supply systems. Which links in the chain are broken? Rather than fixing them, what are new and

better choices for us in how we bring food from soil to savory, healthy eating? 

This is the third successive podcast episode in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. Over 100,000 people have died in the U.S.—a horrific, emotional and spiritual wrenching of lives, hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are hurting, grieving. Surely, this experience of death and suffering—the largest in our lifetimes—is releasing the commitment to new life in enough of us to take leaps in the direction of change—the changes that our planet says we must make in this decade of the 2020s. Not to do so will form calluses on our souls and decay in who we are.

Covid-19 is fracturing the fragile food supply system we’ve been depending on. The system that’s breaking down is driven by industrial agriculture, global markets, trade breakdowns and corporate control.

In recent Museletter #326, “Fraying Food System May Be Our Next Crisis,” Richard Heinberg summarizes flaws in the current system and offers solutions.

Be sure to listen!

# # #

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

# # #

Current “Non-Conform Freely” Celebrations

6/20–First Day of Summer

6/21–Father’s Day

7/4-Independence Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 6*: Alternative Giving // Week 1: Contributions // Week 2: Volunteering // Week 3: More Alternative Giving // Week 4: Planning Christmas Festivals Early

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

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Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
# # #
A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works!–and its founding predecessor, Alternatives–have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus https://oneearthjubilee.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away.
Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity to keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. Share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

6/1-15/20

LATEST from Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0620::Pandemic Shows Food System Broken, Opens Door to Better Choices

CoronaVirus is revealing breakdowns and lack of resilience in our food supply systems. Which links in the chain are broken? Rather than fixing them, what are new and better choices for us in how we bring food from soil to savory, healthy eating? 

This is the third successive podcast episode in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. Over 100,000 people have died in the U.S.—a horrific, emotional and spiritual wrenching of lives, hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are hurting, grieving. Surely, this experience of death and suffering—the largest in our lifetimes—is releasing the commitment to new life in enough of us to take leaps in the direction of change—the changes that our planet says we must make in this decade of the 2020s. Not to do so will form calluses on our souls and decay in who we are.

Covid-19 is fracturing the fragile food supply system we’ve been depending on. The system that’s broken down is driven by industrial agriculture, global markets, trade breakdowns and corporate control.

 In recent Museletter #326, “Fraying Food System May Be Our Next Crisis,” Richard Heinberg summarizes flaws in the current system and offers solutions.

Be sure to listen!

# # #

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420::CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

# # #

Up Coming Non-Conform Freely Celebrations

Pentecost Season Begins, 5/31 (Ordinary Time)

6/14-Flag Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

6/20–First Day of Summer

6/21–Father’s Day

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 6*: Alternative Giving // Week 1: Contributions // Week 2: Volunteering // Week 3: More Alternative Giving // Week 4: Planning Christmas Festivals Early

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.
# # #
A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us. The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet. And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.” Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring. Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus https://oneearthjubilee.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously
We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away. Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.
This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity and keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.
I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military. Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics.
It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear
On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week.  You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. *We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

5/15/20 – eNews #104

In This Issue — Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episode 0520–Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World // Chemical Shenanigans // Live Generously // A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

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Ep. 0520–Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

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Chemical Shenanigans

This short story is quite different than the other items Gene Sager has submitted for SLW! The others are more “educational.” The take-away of this one for me is the non-violent extremes we may have to take to stop the Earth plunderers. It’s engaging, even clever.

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Up Coming Non-Conform Freely Celebrations

Pentecost, Sunday, 5/31 (Ordinary Time)

5/27–Memorial Day

6/14-Flag Day–Fly the Earth Flag!

6/20–First Day of Summer

6/21–Father’s Day

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Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

LATEST–Episode 0520::Life with Covid-19: Heading Toward a More Ecological World

Episode 0420:: CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 5*: Earth Care // Week 1: Reduce // Week 2: Reuse // Week 3: Recycle // Week 4: Restore

Month 6*: Alternative Giving // Week 1: Contributions // Week 2: Volunteering // Week 3: More Alternative Giving // Week 4: Planning Christmas Festivals Early

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us.

The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Live Generously

We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away. Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.

This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity and keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.

I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military.

Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics. It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

Michael Moore’s new documentary “Planet of the Humans” is available free on YouTube. Be prepared for a difficult view of the future. If you’re concerned about “returning to normal,” this video is well worth 1-3/4 hours of your time. It will help keep us from falling victim to the everything’s-going-to-be-fine smiley faces from politicians seeking our votes this fall.

# # #

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

5/1/20

In This Issue — Live Generously // A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

Live Generously

We believe in The Thrivent Way–Live Generously. Thrivent is the nation’s largest fraternal financial institution. It’s profits are returned to its members’ communities and distributed by its members, instead of shareholders. I’ve been a member for 70+ years. Members give away profits to 501-c-3 non-profits depending on how much they have invested. We have all of our retirement funds there, so we have a considerable amount to give away. Also, to promote volunteerism, all members (regardless of how much they have invested) get two small “seed” grants per year to help in their community. Formerly Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans, Thrivent is now open to all Christians. Thrivent also conducts workshops on wise use of money, in contrast to the greed motive that most commercial investment companies pedal.

This is not a commercial for Thrivent. The background above sets the stage for a personal testimony in this time of crisis. Rita and I strive to Live Generously as a team. Rita is very generous with her time and skills. She volunteers widely. However, she has a hard time giving away money. I, on the other hand, can be generous with money but less so with my time. We complement each others’ generosity and keep us from feeling guilty for not being perfect.

I’ve written before about practicing Voluntary Simplicity and about QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) to direct tax dollars to humanitarian organizations of our choice instead of the military.

Such choices are especially important in this time of crisis. So many people are in need of basics. It’s easy to get distracted, though, away from preventing problems to cleaning up problems. Yes, we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. But we must not stop working to reduce global population and to reduce plundering the Earth for the sake of “the economy.”

Michael Moore’s new documentary “Planet of the Humans” is available free on YouTube. Be prepared for a difficult view of the future. If you’re concerned about “returning to normal,” this video is well worth 1-3/4 hours of your time. It will help keep us from falling victim to the everything’s-going-to-be-fine smiley faces from politicians seeking our votes this fall.

# # #

Pentecost, Sunday, May 31 (Ordinary Time)

http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/Articles/WorshipAltItems3.php

# # #

LATEST Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0420:: CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

# # #

A Time of INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us.

The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # ## # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 5*: Earth Care // Week 1: Reduce // Week 2: Reuse // Week 3: Recycle // Week 4: Restore

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges

Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 1-4*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Celebrating the Easter Season with Covid-19

During the pandemic responsible churches plan to celebrate the Easter season in new and different ways, mostly online, despite calls from crazy fundamentalists and the White House to the contrary.

One congregation is waiting until they can worship together, face-to-face again to celebrate Easter, another resurrection of sorts.

Some see the virus as Mother Nature’s corrective to human overpopulation and overconsumption. If we care for Creation, we will learn from this terrible experience and not repeat our wasteful ways.

SLW! has been producing non-consumerist resources for individuals, families and congregations for the Easter season for several decades. Those many resources are available free of charge at Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?

(If you find this title a bit too clever, it’s an extension of the very popular Advent/Christmas/Epiphany series “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” They’re both attempts to put the emphasis on what’s really meaningful and parody their commercial extravagances.)

 * * *

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

4/15/20 — eNews #103

In This Issue — Time for INvoluntary Simplicity // Celebrating the Easter season despite Covid-19 // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

LATEST Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast–Ep. 0420:: CoronaVirus: A Devastating Natural Disaster with a Message–Live Differently

# # #

Time for INvoluntary Simplicity

Simple Living Works! — and its founding predecessor, Alternatives — have been promoting Voluntary Simplicity since 1973. It’s voluntary because we privileged North Americans and Western Europeans have a choice. We can live extravagantly or sustainably.

Now more and more folks will live simply INvoluntary. Over half the people on the globe, especially in the developing world have been living simply INvoluntarily in all of modern times.

Those of us who have practiced voluntary simplicity most of our lives are now prepared for this time of crisis. We follow the ten standards of Living More with Less. And financially we practice the 3 S’s. We Share at least 10% of our income, we Save at least 15%, which leaves 75% to Spend on expenses.

When we talk about recovery from the crisis, we do NOT mean getting back to “normal.” Normal is destroying the Earth. Instead we try to learn from the Earth and its carrying capacity. We urge the One Planet / One Child plan to reduce our current Overpopulation. We urge learning what is Enough and avoiding OverConsumption and waste.

I don’t mean to criticize or belittle those who are suffering in this crisis. I offer another way that has worked well for us.

The SLW! web site has numerous videos and documents to guide individuals, congregations and groups through this crisis. It takes time and discipline to convert from the “American Dream” to the Land of Enough.

What can we and the government do to save America? 1. Adopt the Basic Universal Income, which gives each adult $1200 per month. This is not a limit but a foundation to support oneself and one’s family. 2. Adopt Medicare-for-All, which provides basic medical services for everyone. 3. Promote a Steady-State economy. Infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet.

And how would we pay for these expensive benefits? TAX the RICH! FDR did it in the 1930’s and it saved us from the Great Depression. For the past 20+ years the wealthy have gotten disproportionately more benefits than the average citizen. And since the Republican Tax Scam of 2017, big corporations and the super rich have grossly increased inequality in America. The current pandemic has brought that inequality into sharper focus.

# # #

Celebrating the Easter Season with Covid-19

During the pandemic responsible churches plan to celebrate the Easter season in new and different ways, mostly online, despite calls from crazy fundamentalists and the White House to the contrary.

One congregation is waiting until they can worship together, face-to-face again to celebrate Easter, another resurrection of sorts.

Some see the virus as Mother Nature’s corrective to human overpopulation and overconsumption. If we care for Creation, we will learn from this terrible experience and not repeat our wasteful ways.

SLW! has been producing non-consumerist resources for individuals, families and congregations for the Easter season for several decades. Those many resources are available free of charge at Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?

(If you find this title a bit too clever, it’s an extension of the very popular Advent/Christmas/Epiphany series “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” They’re both attempts to put the emphasis on what’s really meaningful and parody their commercial extravagances.)

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers. As the closing song of our podcast proclaims, “Learn to live simply that others may simply live.”

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

Episode 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 4*: Earth Care–Voluntary Simplicity Life Principle #5: Cherish the Natural Order–Week 1 Water || Week 2: Energy || Week 3: Chemicals & Waste || Week 4: Consumables

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

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Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 1-4*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

4/1/20

In This Issue — Celebrating Easter with Covid-19 // Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus // Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // Free SLW! Resources for Holy Week/Easter // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

Celebrating Easter with Covid-19

During the pandemic responsible churches plan to celebrate Easter in new and different ways, mostly online, despite calls from crazy fundamentalists and the White House to the contrary.

One congregation is waiting until they can worship together, face-to-face again to celebrate Easter, another resurrection of sorts.

Some see the virus as Mother Nature’s corrective to human overpopulation and overconsumption. If we care for Creation, we will learn from this terrible experience and not repeat our wasteful ways.

SLW! has been producing non-consumerist resources for individuals, families and congregations for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter for several decades. Those many resources are available free of charge at Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?

(If you find this title a bit too clever, it’s an extension of the very popular Advent/Christmas/Epiphany series “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” They’re both attempts to put the emphasis on what’s really meaningful and parody their commercial extravagances.)

# # #

SideEffects of Sheltering at Home

As terrible as the pandemic is, it can be seen as Mother Nature correcting humans who are pushing the Earth beyond its carrying capacity. When the pandemic resides, we must not return to “normal.”

Some folks who are bored at home may have “unprotected sex,” thoughtlessly procreating. Sex for pleasure is a gift of God, avoiding disease and unplanned offspring.

Some pro-growth corporatists and fundamentalist “Christians” will likely guilt people to replace the dead, disregarding sustainability. Ignore them.

# # #

Giving Idea

Rita and I have decided to give our “share” of the Covid-19 federal bailout to local non-profits and mutual aid societies helping the needy. We have enough. Urge your congregation to do the same. Maybe publish a list to identify the helpers.

# # #

Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

LATEST–Ep. 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

Episode 12/19: Ruth Ann Angus of Yes! We Can PeaceBuilders 

Episode 11/19: Lee Van Ham–The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Peril // Media Release

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 4*: Earth Care–Voluntary Simplicity Life Principle #5: Cherish the Natural Order–Week 1 Water || Week 2: Energy || Week 3: Chemicals & Waste || Week 4: Consumables

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges

Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 1-4*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

Offsetting the CO2 We Release in Our Lives by Planting Trees 

Here’s an Earth-Day-Everyday action OneEarth Jubilee recommends we all take to offset the CO2 we put into the air.

Some of us may be able to arrange life so that we use less energy produced by fossil fuels. Certainly, whatever way we can use less of that energy source is the way to go. But all of us have to travel some, heat or cool our homes, etc. Whatever amount we use, we can off-set the CO2 that fossil fuel puts into the atmosphere by planting trees to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. It’s not a perfect equation by any means. Trees take time to grow, and when they die they release CO2. But every day that trees grow they photosynthesize and remove CO2 from the air.

Here’s how it works. We use an internet calculator like http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm to calculate our monthly or annual emissions. By the way, that site will calculate our emissions from other sources in our lives, not only travel. It’s an Australian site that is dedicated to helping us find best choices in this era of rapid climate change. We know that without massive mobilization, the disasters we’re now experiencing only multiply.

The calculator will tell us how much to donate to off-set our fossil fuel use. We invite you to donate that amount to Jubilee OneEarth Economics Tree Fund. Where you donate is important. Truth is, not all entities receiving these off-set donations are trustworthy. Every cent donated to the Jubilee Tree Fund will go to tree planting projects in one of three regions—San Diego (CA), San Mateo (MX), San Cristobal (MX). You see, the Jubilee Circles in these areas are all committed as deeply as possible to OneEarth ways. Each one is connected to at least one tree-planting or reforestation project.

We need lots of actions to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. In 2019, CO2 levels globally are at 415ppm (parts per million), well above the 350 ppm which is where we need to be to keep our planet stable. The last time CO2 in the air was as high as it is today was 3,000,000 years ago. It was a time when oceans were also 50 to 80 feet higher than today. Hard to imagine the flooding that such levels would bring to the world’s coasts today.

OneEarth Jubilee looks forward to partnering with you to value creation in this way.

For more information, contact Lee@Jubilee-Economics.org.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

Dave Gardner of GrowthBusters and World Population Balance

3/15/20: eNews #102

In This Issue — Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions  // John Dear’s Peace Podcast // Free SLW! Resources for Lent/Holy Week/Easter // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

LATEST–Ep. 0320::Busting Two Killers: Growth Economics and Human Population Growth amid Species Extinctions

# # #

Worthy Essay:

I. The Truth of NonViolence

II. The Great Misunderstanding

By Ruth Ann Angus

Yes! We Can Peacebuilders is part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence and participates in the Nonviolent Cities Project — http://www.paceebene.orghttp://www.yeswecanpeacebuilders.org/
yeswecanpeacebuilders1@gmail.com/on // Facebook @YesWeCanPeacebuilders

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Worth Investigating

Local Peace Economy

Freecycle.org

# # #

Church Year Resources

The season of Lent began Ash Wednesday, 2/26/20. Free SLW! Resources for Lent/Holy Week/Easter. Easter is 4/12/20. Who’s Risen from the Death, Anyway?

# # #
I have added FaithfulAmerica.org to my list of political contributions for 2020.
This is one way I use the Republican Tax Scam of ’17 against the corporatists and militarists. Since the standard deduction is now 20% and there’s no way normal people can exceed that, thereby making itemizing unnecessary, we now include political contributions as part of our “tithe” (10+% giving). By being very selective, I am assured that my candidates/political causes are indeed working for good and are as worthy as the 501-c-3’s we support.
# # #
2020 is the 20th anniversary year for our colleague organization, Jubilee OneEarth Economics. Jubilee is planning a travel seminar to Chiapas, Mexico, 6/6-13, and a symposium in San Diego, 9/19-20. Contact Lee@Jubilee-Economics.org for details. Well worth your time!

# # #

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

Episode 12/19: Ruth Ann Angus of Yes! We Can PeaceBuilders 

Episode 11/19: Lee Van Ham–The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Peril // Media Release

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 3*: Global JusticeWeek 1 Language || Week 2: Hunger & Homelessness || Week 3: Peace/Non-Violence || Week 4: Advocacy/Boycotts

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges

Receive brief nudges toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 1-4*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

Offsetting the CO2 We Release in Our Lives by Planting Trees 

Here’s an Earth-Day-Everyday action OneEarth Jubilee recommends we all take to offset the CO2 we put into the air.

Some of us may be able to arrange life so that we use less energy produced by fossil fuels. Certainly, whatever way we can use less of that energy source is the way to go. But all of us have to travel some, heat or cool our homes, etc. Whatever amount we use, we can off-set the CO2 that fossil fuel puts into the atmosphere by planting trees to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. It’s not a perfect equation by any means. Trees take time to grow, and when they die they release CO2. But every day that trees grow they photosynthesize and remove CO2 from the air.

Here’s how it works. We use an internet calculator like http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm to calculate our monthly or annual emissions. By the way, that site will calculate our emissions from other sources in our lives, not only travel. It’s an Australian site that is dedicated to helping us find best choices in this era of rapid climate change. We know that without massive mobilization, the disasters we’re now experiencing only multiply.

The calculator will tell us how much to donate to off-set our fossil fuel use. We invite you to donate that amount to Jubilee OneEarth Economics Tree Fund. Where you donate is important. Truth is, not all entities receiving these off-set donations are trustworthy. Every cent donated to the Jubilee Tree Fund will go to tree planting projects in one of three regions—San Diego (CA), San Mateo (MX), San Cristobal (MX). You see, the Jubilee Circles in these areas are all committed as deeply as possible to OneEarth ways. Each one is connected to at least one tree-planting or reforestation project.

We need lots of actions to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. In 2019, CO2 levels globally are at 415ppm (parts per million), well above the 350 ppm which is where we need to be to keep our planet stable. The last time CO2 in the air was as high as it is today was 3,000,000 years ago. It was a time when oceans were also 50 to 80 feet higher than today. Hard to imagine the flooding that such levels would bring to the world’s coasts today.

OneEarth Jubilee looks forward to partnering with you to value creation in this way.

For more information, contact Lee@Jubilee-Economics.org.

# # #

We will protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! 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. 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 SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.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-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

3/1/20

In This Issue — John Dear’s Peace Podcast // Free SLW! Resources for Lent/Holy Week/Easter // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

# # #

Worthy Essay:

I. The Truth of NonViolence

II. The Great Misunderstanding

By Ruth Ann Angus

Yes! We Can Peacebuilders is part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence and participates in the Nonviolent Cities Project — http://www.paceebene.orghttp://www.yeswecanpeacebuilders.org/
yeswecanpeacebuilders1@gmail.com/on // Facebook @YesWeCanPeacebuilders

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at www.paceebene.org, on Apple and Google.

SLW! Legacy Podcast Episodes–John Dear of Pace e Bene: Campaign NonViolence, author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’

# # #

Worth Investigating

Local Peace Economy

Freecycle.org

# # #

Church Year Resources

The season of Lent began Ash Wednesday, 2/26/20. Free SLW! Resources for Lent/Holy Week/Easter. Easter is 4/12/20. Who’s Risen from the Death, Anyway?

# # #
I have added FaithfulAmerica.org to my list of political contributions for 2020.
This is one way I use the Republican Tax Scam of ’17 against the corporatists and militarists. Since the standard deduction is now 20% and there’s no way normal people can exceed that, thereby making itemizing unnecessary, we now include political contributions as part of our “tithe” (10+% giving). By being very selective, I am assured that my candidates/political causes are indeed working for good and are as worthy as the 501-c-3’s we support.
# # #
2020 is the 20th anniversary year for our colleague organization, Jubilee OneEarth Economics. Jubilee is planning a travel seminar to Chiapas, Mexico, 6/6-13, and a symposium in San Diego, 9/19-20. Watch for details. Well worth your time!

# # #

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

LATEST–Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

Episode 12/19: Ruth Ann Angus of Yes We Can PeaceBuilders 

Episode 11/19: Lee Van Ham–The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Peril // Media Release

Episode 10/19: Margaret Bullitt-Jonas–Are Faith Communities Mobilizing for the Climate Emergency? — Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges–Month 3*: Global JusticeWeek 1 Language || Week 2: Hunger & Homelessness || Week 3: Peace/Non-Violence || Week 4: Advocacy/Boycotts

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email.

# # #

Free Subscription: Daily Simpler Living Nudges

Receive a brief nudge toward Simpler Living, such as the ones here, at no charge. Simply reply to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com with NUDGE at the top. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations: Months 1-4*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

What’s Happened

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

# # #

Offsetting the CO2 We Release in Our Lives by Planting Trees 

Here’s an Earth-Day-Everyday action OneEarth Jubilee recommends we all take to offset the CO2 we put into the air.

Some of us may be able to arrange life so that we use less energy produced by fossil fuels. Certainly, whatever way we can use less of that energy source is the way to go. But all of us have to travel some, heat or cool our homes, etc. Whatever amount we use, we can off-set the CO2 that fossil fuel puts into the atmosphere by planting trees to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. It’s not a perfect equation by any means. Trees take time to grow, and when they die they release CO2. But every day that trees grow they photosynthesize and remove CO2 from the air.

Here’s how it works. We use an internet calculator like http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm to calculate our monthly or annual emissions. By the way, that site will calculate our emissions from other sources in our lives, not only travel. It’s an Australian site that is dedicated to helping us find best choices in this era of rapid climate change. We know that without massive mobilization, the disasters we’re now experiencing only multiply.

The calculator will tell us how much to donate to off-set our fossil fuel use. We invite you to donate that amount to Jubilee OneEarth Economics Tree Fund. Where you donate is important. Truth is, not all entities receiving these off-set donations are trustworthy. Every cent donated to the Jubilee Tree Fund will go to tree planting projects in one of three regions—San Diego (CA), San Mateo (MX), San Cristobal (MX). You see, the Jubilee Circles in these areas are all committed as deeply as possible to OneEarth ways. Each one is connected to at least one tree-planting or reforestation project.

We need lots of actions to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. In 2019, CO2 levels globally are at 415ppm (parts per million), well above the 350 ppm which is where we need to be to keep our planet stable. The last time CO2 in the air was as high as it is today was 3,000,000 years ago. It was a time when oceans were also 50 to 80 feet higher than today. Hard to imagine the flooding that such levels would bring to the world’s coasts today.

OneEarth Jubilee looks forward to partnering with you to value creation in this way.

For more information, contact Lee@Jubilee-Economics.org.

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John Michno, Podcast Episode 0220

2/15/20–eNews #101

In This Issue — Nonviolence or Non-Violence? // Free SLW! Resources for Lent/Holy Week/Easter // Latest Podcast Episodes // Much More!

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Nonviolence or Non-Violence?

“There is a distinction made between nonviolence spelled with a hyphen and
nonviolence spelled without a hyphen. Non-violence is essentially two words: “without” “violence.” When spelled this way, it only describes the absence of violence. As long as I am “NOT” being violent, I am practicing non-violence. And that is the biggest misunderstanding that exists.”

Most people tell us, as we offer nonviolence instructions, that they are not violent and therefore they already are practicing nonviolence. If we think that nonviolence is simply about the absence of violence on our parts and we define nonviolence as “not violent,” “then we can hide behind the veil of nonviolence while still condoning violence.”

In a recent article in the Waging Nonviolence website author Kazu Haga says, “It’s easy to be a bystander. We see rising homelessness, and we turn the other way. We see unarmed black folks being killed by police, and we blame the victim. We hear about the high rate of suicide rates among LGBTQ youth, and we do little about it. We read reports on the climate crisis but leave it to the next generation to deal with. We watch our communities and the earth being assaulted every day, and we just gather around and watch. Nonviolence is not about what not to do. It is about what you are going to do about the violence and injustice we see in our own hearts, our homes, our neighborhoods and society at large. It is about taking a proactive stand against violence and injustice. Nonviolence is about ACTION, not inaction.”

By Ruth Ann Angus

Yes! We Can Peacebuilders is part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence and participates in the Nonviolent Cities Project — http://www.paceebene.orghttp://www.yeswecanpeacebuilders.org/
yeswecanpeacebuilders1@gmail.com/on Facebook @YesWeCanPeacebuilders

Peace Podcast from John Dear

On the first day of each month, Pace e Bene is pleased to post a free, new podcast featuring Fr. John Dear reflecting on some aspects of nonviolence. John Dear has been studying, teaching and writing about nonviolence for 40 years, given thousands of lectures and published over 36 books. We are happy to share his latest insights on nonviolence each month. They are specially recorded for Pace e Bene in an informal conversational style. We encourage you to listen to the whole show, or to break it up and listen to it over the course of a week. 

You can access John’s latest podcast, The Nonviolent Psalms of Peace, at http://www.paceebene.org and click on the link on the front page – “John Dear’s Peace Podcast.” You can also find John’s podcasts on Apple at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcasts-by-peace-activist-author-and-lecturer-fr -john-dear/id1485034295?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 and Google at https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZIZWRzLnNvdW5kY2xvdWQuY29tl3V zZXJzL3NvdW5kY2xvdWQ6dXNlcnM6Njg5NjAwNTM3L3NvdW5kcy5yc3M-

Book Tour Send Off for John Dear 

Join us on Sunday, March 1st at Coalesce Bookstore Garden Chapel 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA from 1 to 3 PM for a send-off talk with John about peace and nonviolence in his new book “Praise Be Peace.” We hope to see you there! 

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Church Year Resources

The season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday, 2/26/20. Free SLW! Resources for Lent/Holy Week/Easter. Easter is 4/12/20. Who’s Risen from the Death, Anyway?

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I have added FaithfulAmerica.org to my list of political contributions for 2020.
This is one way I use the Republican Tax Scam of ’17 against the corporatists and militarists. Since the standard deduction is now 20% and there’s no way normal people can exceed that, thereby making itemizing unnecessary, we now include political contributions as part of our “tithe” (10+% giving). By being very selective, I am assured that my candidates/political causes are indeed working for good and are as worthy as the 501-c-3’s we support.
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2020 is the 20th anniversary year for our colleague organization, Jubilee OneEarth Economics. Jubilee is planning a travel seminar to Chiapas, Mexico, 6/6-13, and a symposium in San Diego, 9/19-20. Watch for details. Well worth your time!

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Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

NEW–Episode 02/20: John Michno, Adding Leadership for the 2020’s Climate Challenge

Episode 01/20: David Hoferer of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on Birds, Insects, Big Ag and Spirituality

Episode 12/19: Ruth Ann Angus of Yes We Can PeaceBuilders 

Episode 11/19: Lee Van Ham–The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Peril // Media Release

Episode 10/19: Margaret Bullitt-Jonas–Are Faith Communities Mobilizing for the Climate Emergency? — Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis

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What’s Happened

Sign of the Times
Borden has filed for bankruptcy. This nationally known brand–founded in 1850!–is a sign of a shift in the dairy industry. Bankruptcy protects Borden from its creditors. It doesn’t mean Borden is going out of business. But this action has several important implications.
As U.S. consumers become more aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet, we are drinking less animal milk.
I’ve tried most of the alternatives–the best known, longest running soy milk and the newer ones: flax milk, almond milk and even hemp milk. If the unsweetened varieties don’t appeal to you, try a flavored one, such as vanilla.
Besides personal health benefits, the greatest appeal is that ruminant animals, such as cattle and sheep, produce a lot of methane. Methane produces 80 times more global warming effects than carbon dioxide (though it doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as long). Because of the ruminants’ digestive system, the methane comes out of their mouths as “burps.” Yes, methane can be used to power dairies, but containing it is expensive and complicated. So, reducing the number of dairy cows is a positive in fighting the climate crisis.
Now if we could get humans to eat less red meat, primarily beef cattle!
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Implications of Brexit
After the 2016 “election,” I took some heat for suggesting that progressive-minded people might express their dissatisfaction by reducing interactions with “red” states. We may want to consider similar actions after Britain leaves the European Union soon.
Since Brexit is such a nationalistic effort to reclaim Britain’s empire status, we who believe in cooperation may want to cleanse ourselves of such go-it-alone, superior attitudes. We might do something as dramatic as choosing not to visit London or more simply weaning ourselves from the plethora of class-based British dramas on PBS, then letting the isolationist politicians in Britain know of our decisions and urging our friends to do the same. This is not a boycott. It is a call to rethink our relationships with wrong-headed policies.

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable.

https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/jubilee-circles/381421 THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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Offsetting the CO2 We Release in Our Lives by Planting Trees 

Here’s an Earth-Day-Everyday action OneEarth Jubilee recommends we all take to offset the CO2 we put into the air.

Some of us may be able to arrange life so that we use less energy produced by fossil fuels. Certainly, whatever way we can use less of that energy source is the way to go. But all of us have to travel some, heat or cool our homes, etc. Whatever amount we use, we can off-set the CO2 that fossil fuel puts into the atmosphere by planting trees to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. It’s not a perfect equation by any means. Trees take time to grow, and when they die they release CO2. But every day that trees grow they photosynthesize and remove CO2 from the air.

Here’s how it works. We use an internet calculator like http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm to calculate our monthly or annual emissions. By the way, that site will calculate our emissions from other sources in our lives, not only travel. It’s an Australian site that is dedicated to helping us find best choices in this era of rapid climate change. We know that without massive mobilization, the disasters we’re now experiencing only multiply.

The calculator will tell us how much to donate to off-set our fossil fuel use. We invite you to donate that amount to Jubilee OneEarth Economics Tree Fund. Where you donate is important. Truth is, not all entities receiving these off-set donations are trustworthy. Every cent donated to the Jubilee Tree Fund will go to tree planting projects in one of three regions—San Diego (CA), San Mateo (MX), San Cristobal (MX). You see, the Jubilee Circles in these areas are all committed as deeply as possible to OneEarth ways. Each one is connected to at least one tree-planting or reforestation project.

We need lots of actions to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. In 2019, CO2 levels globally are at 415ppm (parts per million), well above the 350 ppm which is where we need to be to keep our planet stable. The last time CO2 in the air was as high as it is today was 3,000,000 years ago. It was a time when oceans were also 50 to 80 feet higher than today. Hard to imagine the flooding that such levels would bring to the world’s coasts today.

OneEarth Jubilee looks forward to partnering with you to value creation in this way.

For more information, contact Lee@Jubilee-Economics.org.

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*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.


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