Simpler Living Tips: Cool summer savings

Here are some ideas to cool your summertime:  Stay on the lowest floor of your home or building. Drink plenty of cool water. Eat well balanced, light, and regular meals. Wear loose fitting, lightweight and light colored clothing. Visit air-conditioned public places. Close drapes and shades to help keep the sunlight heat outside. Install weather … READ MORE…

Back in the day….Being Green

Scott Richardson forwards this to us: Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, … READ MORE…

Home-made cheese

Did you know you can make your own soft cheeses and yogurt at home?  Cassie Lewis recently led the Simpler Living group in a workshop to learn how to do it.  The recipes are posted here;  they will also be permanently accessible in the Recipes tab at the top of the blog. Ricotta 1 quart … READ MORE…

Green Living Workshop and Sharing in Community

Grace van Thillo shares a conversation from the recent Simpler Living workshop Thank you, Cassie Lewis, for inspiring us toward healthier, non-toxic home cleaning and toiletry products that are safer for creation. Cassie encouraged us all to share cleaning items we use; and from one another we learned about the wonders of lemons, castile soap, … READ MORE…

Eating Local

Cassie Lewis offered the first in a series of Green Living Workshops from Simpler Living. Expressing the sacramental gift of food and eating as our central gathering point, Cassie conveyed how we can “do justice” with our food choices; participating in tasteful activism with small changes in a grand ethical movement. Kris and I are … READ MORE…

The New Conscious Consumer

What is Fair Trade? How does Fair Trade affect your life? You could become “The New Conscious Consumer”. Sunday, April 10, from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, at Open Door Books in PB, Carolyn Lief, Cathedral member, will be presenting and facilitating a discussion on Fair Trade. Other presenters are Jim DeHarpport, Western Regional Director of … READ MORE…

Women meet Simpler Living: let’s continue the conversation!

Pam Crooks of WT@SPC (Women Together @ St Paul’s) writes,We had such a wonderful gathering at our first meeting! The food was delicious. Carolyn Lief and Grace van Thillo’s program “In Search of Simpler Living,” quite thought-provoking. Judging by the buzz in the room over dinner, I’d say there were a lot of interesting conversations … READ MORE…

Faith and Nature: Book Club Followup

Now that book study preparation is coming to an end, I’ll have more time to read; and I’ll share Phyllis Strupp’s Faith and Nature curriculum with Simpler Living and within some Sunday youth activities. For anyone interested and travelling to Prescott, AZ in August, Phyllis will present Faith and Nature, Friday, August 20-Saturday, August21 at … READ MORE…

Growing justice and faith, update thread 2

For previous entries in this series, click here Update, July 12 2010Our book study continued as we reflected upon and dialogued about children and youth developing eco-justice attitudes and behaviors as the important adults in their lives express the sacredness of all creation in prayer and worship, and model, advocate for and engage in positive … READ MORE…

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