Monthly Archives: December 2013

Episode 12 :: Living More with Less UPDATED

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In this episode. . .

Interview with Valerie Weaver-Zercher, editor of Living More with Less, 30th Anniversary Edition + Preparing for Winter Celebrations + Any Year Simple Living Alternative Calendar

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. For previous episodes, see the list at the bottom of these notes.

Listen to all six WHOSE Birthday? episodes during the 12 Days of Christmas, from Christmas Day to Epiphany Day  — privately or with your family.

COMING next episode: Preparing for Lent and Easter

Mentions in this episode:

World Community Cookbooks: More with Less Extending the Table | Simply in Season & Simple in Season Children’s Cookbook — all from MennoMedia/Herald Press

Take-Back-Your-Time Day

Ms. Cheap: 10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas | 10 Fun, Free Family Things to Do at Christmas

Want to Contribute to WHOSE Birthday 2014? Submission Guidelines

This Advent/Christmas/Epiphany resource for families, individuals and churches or groups is for your personal inspiration, community education and sharing. Submit ART or an ARTICLE for this online-only edition. | Issues #1-25 | Prepare something while your memories and motivation is still warm. Although this resource is not available in print, you may make all the copies you choose. It is covered by Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

Resources: Bring Simpler Living to Your Group! | Membership | More Ideas & Inspiration!

Testimonials/Feedback/Comments/Response

Hard copies of Alternatives’ resources — paper, CD, DVD — will be available soon at nominal cost from ELCA Archives (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 • (847) 690-9410 • archives@elca.org • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F. An appointment in advance of visit is advised. NOTE: This is not the ELCA headquarters bldg.

Mentions in Recent Episodes

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? part 6 – FINALE – adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas, featuring The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge* + Carols with Justice + Reflections + Real Life Experiences (Spanish version)

Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? ’13

Simple Living Works! web site home page | Themes/Seasons Index

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see episode 6.

SEASONAL HELPS from *Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth:  Winter Festivals: Jan.-April, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (Jan. 15) and Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) | LENT | EASTER

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. | NEW – Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. 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.

Individual Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED

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

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits. Guest Voice: Rita Iversen. Carols with Justice: Jill Miller, vocals; DeeEtta Riley, keyboard. The Whose Birthday? radio series, originally produced by Peter Iversen, has been slightly edited to remove dated information.

*GRAPHIC: Living More with Less, 30th Anniversary edition, Herald Press

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.

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.

Episode 11 :: Whose Birthday?-6 FINALE

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Listen to all six WHOSE Birthday? episodes during the 12 Days of Christmas, from Christmas Day to Epiphany Day  — privately or with your family.

In this episode. . .

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? part 6 – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features:

The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge* + Carols with Justice + Reflections + Real Life Experiences (Spanish version)

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. For previous episodes, see the list at the bottom of these notes.

COMING next episode: Interview with Valerie Weaver-Zercher, editor of Living More with Less, 30th Anniversary Edition + Preparing for Winter Celebrations + Any Year Alternatives Calendar

Mentions in this episode:

Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

This Advent and Christmas Resource for Families, Individuals and Churches is for your personal inspiration, community education and sharing. This online-only edition for 2013 is a work-in-progress. You can still submit ART or an ARTICLE.

Want to Contribute? Submission Guidelines

Issues 1-25

Although this resource is not available in print, you may make all the copies you choose. It is covered by Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

Table of Contents

Reflections & Activities

Fear Not series of six GRAPHICS by Doyle Burbank-Williams from Worship Alternatives. Also see Be (Un)Afraid, Be Very (Un)Afraid! by Bob Sitze.

My Advent Adventure I-Want-To-Go-Deeper Daily Guide

Hand-made Gifts Are Best

Advent Series #1: Unwrapping Christmas in a Different Paradigm (5 parts)

Advent Series #2: The Unholy Family of Christmas (6 parts)

Humorous Christmas Art

10 Tips to Escape the Stifling Comfort Zone

Whose Birthday? How-To

Resources

Colleague Organizations

Advent Resources for Kids 2013
Advent Resources Galore for 2013
Coming Home to God: Meditation VIDEO
Coming Home to the Advent Story: PODCAST

Advent/Christmas music from Sing Justice! Do Justice!

Testimonials/Feedback/Comments/Response

Hard copies of Alternatives’ resources — paper, CD, DVD — will be available soon at nominal cost from ELCA Archives (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 • (847) 690-9410 • archives@elca.org • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F. An appointment in advance of visit is advised. NOTE: This is not the ELCA headquarters bldg.

Mentions in recent episodes:

The Story of Jason + Thoughts While NOT Listening to the Christmas Story +10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas + The Search for Meaning: Beyond a Commercialized World by Christine Sine + Share Simple Living with Home Decorations + The Christmas Game + 10 Free, Fun Family Things to Do at Christmas + Carols with Justice TEXT  + Sing-along (text and audio) + Consumo Must Go! (skit) + What Does JESUS Want for Christmas?

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

For SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see episode 6. 

SEASONAL HELPS from *Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth:  ADVENT | CHRISTMAS | Winter Festivals: Jan.-April

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Simple Living Works! web site home page | Themes/Seasons Index

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. | NEW – Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. 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.

Individual Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

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

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits. Guest Voice: Rita Iversen. Carols with Justice: Jill Miller, vocals; DeeEtta Riley, keyboard. The Whose Birthday? radio series, originally produced by Peter Iversen, has been slightly edited to remove dated information.

*GRAPHIC: Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge, Executive Producer, Bob Kochtitzky, founder of Alternatives

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.

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.

Episode 10 :: Whose Birthday?-5

3-A517In this episode. . .

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? part 5 – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features:

The Story of JasonThoughts While NOT Listening to the Christmas Story + Carols with Justice: New versions of Once in Royal David’s City, Silent Night +  Reflections + Real Life Experiences (Spanish version)

To LISTEN, click the player near the top or the bottom. For previous episodes, see the list at the bottom of these notes.

COMING next episode: The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge +  Reflections  & Real Life Experience

MENTIONS in this episode:

Till Justice is Done: A true story in search of the truth – by Diana Eiranova Kyle

Alternatives’ SPANISH resources for Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, weddings

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

Earth Mama’s new music CD A Sense of Place

Hard copies of Alternatives’ resources — paper, CD, DVD — will be available soon at nominal cost from ELCA Archives (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 • (847) 690-9410 • archives@elca.org • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F. An appointment in advance of visit is advised. NOTE: This is not the ELCA headquarters bldg.

MENTIONS in recent episode:

Share Simple Living with Home Decorations | The Christmas Game | 10 Free, Fun Things to Do with Your Family at Christmas | 10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas | The Search for Meaning: Beyond a Commercialized World by Christine Sine | Consumo Must Go! (skit) | What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? | Advent/Christmas music from Sing Justice! Do Justice!

Carols with Justice TEXT  + Sing-along (text and audio) – New Versions of Away in a Manger,  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,  Angels from the Realms of Glory, What Child Is This, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, others

Just Released!
WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? 2013

Want to contribute ART or an ARTICLE? It’s not too late. It’ an online work-in-progress. | Submission Guidelines Issues 1-25

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Some of our resources have MEDIA RELEASES and BLOG POSTS that will help you recruit helpers for an event/activity. Then use them in newsletters, web sites, email blasts, etc., to bring people to the activity/event. Media Release Index

For SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see episode 6. 

SEASONAL HELPS from *Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth – September-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMAS

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

In episode 11, I conclude the six-part adaptation of the well-known “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” which includes several of Alternatives’ audio shorts.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Simple Living Works! web site home page | Themes/Seasons Index

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. | NEW – Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. 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.

Individual Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

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

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits. Guest Voices: Rita, Angela and Pete Iversen; Melinda Zobel [post #219]. Carols with Justice: Jill Miller, soprano; DeeEtta Riley, keyboard. The Whose Birthday? radio series, originally produced by Peter Iversen, has been slightly edited to remove dated information.

GRAPHIC: Whose Birthday? from Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art for Simpler Living and Global Justice: Chap. 3: Celebrating Advent & Christmas #517

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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-and-share-alike license. To learn more about Creative Commons, click on its link on our web site home page.

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