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Today we’re hosting a couple of bikers from Washington state.  Tomorrow we’re staying with folks near Sacramento. We get our own room, usually a private bath and a lovely breakfast for $20.

The real beauty of home-stay clubs is that we meet some terrific folks and have several hours of stimulating conversation. For us this arrangement embodies one of the Life Standards of Living More with Less — “Nurture People.”

We grew comfortable with the idea of staying in homes instead of motels on our speaking tours for Alternatives a decade ago. We were introduced to Mennonite Your Way when our car was totaled in Pennsylvania! (Read about it at Post #193.) That club is only for Christians but it’s for all ages. It welcomes families. We’ve hosted a family of six from Switzerland, for example. MYW now has its host directory online.

Two other clubs we’ve joined are only for “seniors,” 50+ — Evergreen and Affordable Travel Club (ATC). Both of their directories are online. We both joined Evergreen and found a place to stay in San Francisco in 20 minutes!

Although some hosts will make “last minute” arrangements, most guests ask for a room at least a week in advance. So, traveling with home stays takes a bit of planning.

Here’s how they work. Pay an annual membership fee, usually about $75. Then as you plan your itinerary, contact hosts along the way by phone or email. Some clubs require you to be a host if you want to be a guest, others don’t. You can always decline a request.

We’ve also been members of Educators’ Bed and Breakfast. In that case you make reservations through the home office, which can cause delays.

Of the dozens of hosts, we’ve only had one whom we would not recommend or choose to stay with again.

ATC also has many international hosts. In all cases you can stay several nights if the host agrees.

If you need the privacy of a motel room and want to “crash” in front of the TV, home stays may not work for you. Home stays are so much more than a bargain!

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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Authentic Happiness in a Consumer Culture

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

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

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

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

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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SLW! Podcast Episode #36 

Duane on SLW! Voluntary Simplicity: Lifestyle of the Future?

His professional website: GreatTransitionStories.org

His personal site: DuaneElgin.com: About • Speaking • Great Transition Stories • Articles • Blog • Videos • Audio Files • Books • Contact

His writings there on Sustainability and Simplicity: Voluntary Simplicity: Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet • The Garden Of Simplicity • Peril and Promise • Upshifters: Pioneers of an Awakening Culture • Voluntary Simplicity • The Value Of Voluntary Simplicity (seminal 1936 article by Richard Gregg)

Champion of Simple Living Today

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Highlights of SLW! 2014 Annual Report

SLW! blogs are up to 195; podcast to 35 episodes. Interviews of Champions of Simple Living Today will intensify in 2015.

New Services include ‘SLW! Recommends’ Literacy Service and Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites.

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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

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

I’d like to help save you time by previewing some of the sites, podcasts and blogs on my site. If you see something that interests you, click the link and enjoy. I include both faith-based and secular. I’ll tip you off in my blog when there’s a new batch, or you can check back from time-to-time.

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

Champions of Simple Living Today

Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites

NEW Collaborators

  • Christian Simplicity — Conversations about God, trust, and money — Money Lies // God Ideas // Finding God // Mindfulness // Simple Living // NEW, under construction, being developed by Kevin Tupper: Five guides first, blogging second, and then money-help third.
  • Dave and Sheryl Balthrop: Simple Life Reboot — Making Room for That Which Matters Most: Transformational, healthy minimalism. The Balthrop’s 2-3 minute episodes are simple reading of their brief ‘essays.’
  • Simple Life Together, a podcast dedicated to leading a simple life in the modern world by Dan and Vanessa Hayes.
  • SimpleREV Conference — Revive and Rev It Up! + All Things SimpleREV Podcast. Besides, SimpleREV, Joel Zaslofsky is the Chief Simplifier, Curator, and Founder at Value of Simple. He also hosts the popular Smart and Simple Matters show. When he’s not enjoying nature, making his wife smile, or playing with his two young sons, Joel’s busy minimizing, being Paleo, doing public speaking gigs, connecting, reigniting his personal renaissance, and Experience Curating.
  • Joshua Becker is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website with over 500,000 regular monthly readers dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. Motto: Caring for Your Whole Self. His rational approach to minimalism, focusing on passion and purpose, has made him one of today’s most-influential simple living advocates. He has sold tens of thousands of his books, has been invited to speak all across America, and has made media appearances in TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and the CBS Evening News. His most recent book, Clutterfree with Kids, consistently ranks among the best-selling parenting books in America. Currently, he lives in sunny Peoria, Arizona, with his wife and two young kids.
  • Sarah Wehkamp is passionate about helping families find balance and simplicity in their home life. She and her husband, Chris, are founders of Parents Who, a website that equips parents with tools to create and maintain a simpler, more meaningful family life. She’s the mother to the youngest firemen in the world, identical twin boys Mr. B & Mr. C, a fair trade chocolate enthusiast, a former elementary school teacher, and an avid traveler.

THANKS to Duane Elgin for putting me onto some of the above. Don’t miss my recent podcast interview with Duane.

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Highlights of SLW! 2014 Annual Report

SLW! blogs are up to 195; podcast to 35 episodes. Interviews of Champions of Simple Living Today will intensify in 2015.

New Services include ‘SLW! Recommends’ Literacy Service and Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites.

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Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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Wise ones still seek him.

So, what do New Years and Epiphany have in Common? In contrast to the over-commercialized and over-sentimentalized Christmas, Jesus is “shown forth” during the Epiphany season (from Jan. 6 till the beginning of Lent on Ash Wed., Feb. 18 this year). That’s the best inspiration for New Years resolutions I know!

New Year New Daily Inspiration Calendar

Epiphany Resources

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

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS

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

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

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative GivingGive away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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Christmas BEGINS on December 25. Here’s a batch of fascinating articles for the season.

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

• Simple Living Tips for Millennial Christians from Sojourners

• When Decemberism Crucifies Christmas from Sojourners

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

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

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

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

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

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

#35 – Susan Briehl, Jill Miller and more!

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