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March 23, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet author Gregory Johnson will present “Temperance is the New Black” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

“In our society of abundance, the thought of living a life of temperance seems at first to be so foreign and outdated,” Johnson said. “Yet, increasingly, the idea of intentional minimalism is catching on. With all the suffering going on in the world, people with means are returning to the idea that we should live simply so that others may simply live.”    

Johnson is a member of the Small House Society, which he describes as “a group of people who have chosen the path of simplicity for a better way of life that saves time and money and enriches relationships.” He is the founder and director of the Resources for Life, an outreach and public interest organization based in Iowa City. He is employed as a technology support specialist at the University of Iowa.

His presentation will include the themes of having more with less, setting priorities, increasing effectiveness, and the power of micro fasting. Johnson is passionate about promoting simple and sustainable living. He has shared his views through his writings, photography, inventions, systems, time management methods, empowerment resources, course materials, information tools, and research.

The event is free and open to the public. It is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series.

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