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November 13, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


To create a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation


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Highlights from Simply Living's November 13 Community Update
Apology to those reading this Update on cell phones. We hope to adjust the format soon.

The Local Skinny> 2020 Gift To Be Simple AUCTION Updates for Donations (Nov 27- Dec 5)
> Sign up for Kiss the Ground Screening and Discussion on Eventbrite
> Watch the replay of the Ohio Town Hall on Public Banking
> Fire Drill with Jane Fonda and Guests Kassie Siegel, Annie Leonard & Charlie Jiang 2 pm Friday
> Free Press Post Election Analysis Saturday 7 pm
> Thanksgiving Party with Care & Share Time Bank Sunday 6:30 pm
> Drawdown for Congregations Monday 1 pm
> Envisioning Intentional Community in Columbus Monday 7 pm

 > Greenest City?  Meetup with Dave Celebrezze (Columbus Greenspot), Cathy Cowan Becker (Ready for 100) & Barb Pratzner (who visited Curitiba Brazil) Wednesday 7 pm
> Columbus Underground Mega Weekend, Columbus on the Cheap, Progressive Events
> SHARE this Update with your friends - sign up at
> Learn to LIVE SIMPLY 

Catch the replay of PBI's Ohio Town Hall

Watch the replay (Facebook link) of the very engaged and informative Ohio Town Hall, which took place Tuesday Nov 10. 

Aaron JonesMonday November 16
7 pm
Simply Living Online Meetup

An opportunity to explore the value of living in an intentional community. Register here.

Led by Simply Living member Aaron Jones (pictured)
Are you tired of feeling alone in your endeavors to create a wholesome life that brings satisfaction and fulfillment to you on every level of your being? Do you enjoy the company of others as well as the opportunity to collaborate, share a vision, and create massive and amazing results for yourself and your community?  Then perhaps living in an intentional sustainable community is for you!

In this meeting you will: > Have a guided meditation experience to create clarity on *your ideal* community. > You will gain clarity on 4 aspects of community life to give you a solid foundation to work from. > A chance to share your ideal community to create even greater clarity for yourself and others. > A chance to network with those you resonate with most.  > And more resources about living in Intentional Communities!

Wednesday November 18
7 pm
Simply Living Online Meetup
Learn about the architect turned mayor of Curitiba and join us to imagine the future of a green Columbus!
Register on Eventbrite
Watch this 10 minute film: The World's Greenest City: Curitiba, Brazil
     Join us for Q&A discussion with Cathy Cowan Becker , leader of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign, Dave Celebrezze, Director of the Columbus GreenSpot program, and Barb Pratzner, who visited Curitiba Brazil representing Columbus' Sister City program!  Don't miss this opportunity to imagine Columbus becoming the greenest city in the United States!
Get ready for a uniquely Simply Living Auction!
Time to scour your living space and donate those gently used items that fail the Marie Kondo test and improve your Feng Shui. Start imagining what service you might provide?  Offer a massage, teach food preservation, how to make soap, install a rain barrel?  Our new Auction software is coming next week so you can fill out a form to describe your donation with instructions and support to make it easy for you.
A Gift To Be Simple is Friday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 5
Start your holiday shopping mindfully and enjoyably by bidding on slightly used items like Chuck's espresso coffee maker, Sheila's worm composter, or bid on experiences like movie passes, or an immersive adventure at True REST Float Spa. The Auction is FREE so Do Invite your friends!
 Wednesday December 2
7 pm
Special Virtual Screening 

Gift To Be Simple 2020
KISS THE GROUND Discussion + Q&A with local experts and farmers at 7 pm
A link to watch the film will be provided after signing up on Eventbrite.
It can viewed now on Netflix.
“Kiss the Ground” is a new film how about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. 
Directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell have spent the last seven years tracking regenerative agriculture and unpacking the science behind it. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring music from Jason Mraz, the star-studded film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers.
Join the Discussion and Q&A at 7 pm to learn from local experts and farmers who are practicing regenerative agriculture and permaculture in central Ohio. Panel will be announced soon.
Visit the website and watch the trailer for more information about this remarkable film.
Eckhart Tolle liberation through simple livingWednesday December 16
7 pm
Simply Living Online Meetup
Learn from a Tolle video and discuss mindfulness with local group leaders.
Register on Eventbrite
Watch The Essence of Mindfulness & ALL Spirituality 
(Pt. 1) | Eckhart Tolle | Rubin Report (38 minutes)
     Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Eckhart Tolle (Author, ‘The Power of Now’ & ‘A New Earth’ ) about his background and experience with anxiety and depression, the essence of mindfulness, consciousness, and all spirituality, the importance of self transcendence, and more. Watch the video on Youtube and join us for a discussion of mindfulness with local practitioners in Columbus:
Michael Malley, Art Yoho, and Sandy Coen.
Worry means the mind is controlling you. Worry is always pointless. A solution never comes out of worry. ~ Eckhart Tolle


What's NEW inside this week
>  Fire Drill Friday with Jane Fonda, Guests Kassie Siegel, Annie Leonard & Charlie Jiang
> Free Press Post Election Analysis Saturday
> Thanksgiving Party at the Time Bank Sunday
> Drawdown for Congregations on Monday
> Regenerative Farming on Tuesday
> Solar Noon Tuesdays at Blue Rock Station
> The Environmental Impact of Overpopulation
> Speaking of Democracy…City Tax Abatements with Joe Motil
> Outdoor Container Arrangements for Winter:  Demonstration by Conservatory educator, Christie Nohle
> The NEXT WORLD of Education... A conversation featuring the Granville Land Lab
> What's the Future? (WTF) UU Justice Ohio Annual Assembly 2020
> Long Tall Deb and Colin John at Java Central
> Songs of Gratitude Live with Bill Cohen and friends on FB (Fundraiser) 
> Holiday Hoopla at Shadowbox Live
 Connect, Learn, Act. Be the change!

Hello from Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center
987 N Waggoner Road Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 866-4302

With holiday bazaars being cancelled this year, we have decided to take our bazaar virtual!
You can shop our more traditional bazaar items! Looking for something more special? One of a kind, unique items can be found here.  After submission of the form, we will contact you with an order summary, a link for payment, and information regarding order pick up.

P.S. Did you miss our virtual Shepherd's Fest? You can check out the videos on our YouTube Channel!
Keep an eye on our Facebook and on our website calendar for upcoming programs.
See the full newsletter here.

Have fun. Do good.

That's a mantra we can get behind. This Saturday, we are excited to partner with the 2020 Festival For Good, an event to shine a light on mission-driven businesses and the social enterprise economy in Central Ohio. They are hosting a full week of virtual vendor activities (including a scavenger hunt!) and announcements from social enterprises, culminating with the in-person celebration at the market. The market will host an additional 12 vendors this Saturday, including:
Global Gifts     Petals that Inspire     Modcon Living     Too Good Eats     Passion Works     Wild Tiger Tees     Freedom a la Cart     The Story Project     Coffee Crafters Academy     SoHza Sisters     Ciela Handmade
Some of these businesses have elected to list a small selection of their products in our online store, so be sure to check them out when placing your preorder Tuesday-Thursday! We hope you'll join us at the Ohio History Center from 9-12 for some shopping you can feel GREAT about!
Scholarships for Wildlife and Nature Preservation Careers
Dror Liebenthal is the CEO of, a scholarship and grants platform. recently announced a new scholarship for students engaged in the protection and preservation of wildlife and nature, and applications from eligible student of Simply Living are encouraged.
You can find more information about the award here:

Louie Schwartzberg

Makes the Invisible Visible

Although growth can sometimes seem imperceptible in real-time, it’s happening inside us and all around us, all the time.

Forest Wisdom, Mother Trees and the Science of Community

Forests have long occupied a fertile landscape in the human imagination. Places of mystery and magic - of wildness and wisdom - of vision and dreaming. Yet beyond mythic realms of imagination, we’ve largely treated forests as inert physical resources to satisfy human needs and desires. The main operative science behind this commodification has been market science – how to extract maximum resources and profits.

Suzanne Simard is one of the revolutionary researchers transforming the science of forest ecology and coming full circle to the wisdom held by First Peoples and traditional land-based cultures from time immemorial. The story Simard is uncovering can change our story for how we live on Earth and with each other – for the long haul.


Read the full XR newsletter on the web here (Czech, French, German & Polish translations coming soon!) Sign up to the newsletter here.

XR Podcast: Economics For The Planet.

This episode features an interview with the economist Kate Raworth, author of the hugely influential book Doughnut Economics.

Center for Biological Diversity - Endangered Earth Newslettter

Share Earth911 ideas with your social network.

Crafts Made From Found Fall Foliage

As the autumn leaves fall and the weather gets cooler, rediscover the beauty in natural objects. These fun fall craft projects use foliage, twigs, and more to make nature-inspired decorations for you and your home.


Halting Deforestation and Wildlife Trade
Can Reduce Pandemic Outbreaks

Human expansion into previously wild areas brings animals and people into closer contact, increasing the chance of a disease jumping species and starting a pandemic, New Scientist reportsEcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based environmental health non-profit, released a new report that calls for investments of up to $40 billion to $598 billion annually to preserve wilderness, prevent deforestation, and limit wildlife trade.

Compared to the global cost of COVID, which is currently estimated to be between $8 trillion and $16 trillion, the proposed plan’s cost is trivial. If, after 20 years of maximum investment in wilderness preservation, humanity prevented another COVID pandemic, the program’s minimal return on preserving these environmental services would be more than 800%.


This week on 
Sustainability In Your Ear:
Transitioning to a new set of sustainable values


Click for PDF version of the FALL edition of Simply News
Shopping Local is not a new idea. Listen to Rev. J.M. Gates
and choir sing "Chain Stores" in this 1926 gem - with text.
WGRN 94.1 and streaming on carries the best news, talk shows, interviews, music, and much more. Tune into the Green Renaissance Browse the schedule. Wait - there's more Columbus Community Radio. Check out WCRS HERE.

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
400 History Museum, Dairy Dose Movie, Holiday Shopping, and More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE

Columbus native and rising vocalist Sydney McSweeney performs at Backstage at the Lincoln.

Welcome to the weekend. Make sure you are wearing masks and taking precautions. Have a safe and fun weekend!


Counterfeit Madison has a special show
-Catch another Songs for the Community
-Go Backstage at the Lincoln with SYDNEY MCSWEENEY
-Enjoy Flippo: Tribute to Elton John
-Dahlia welcomes Jayceeoh
AutumnFEST: Mozart’s Gran Partita
-Enjoy Reggae On The Patio


-Visit a food truck at Heartland Bank’s Corporate Campus
-More Moonlight Movies at Polaris
-Go to the Festival for Good
-Run The Dash
-Are you ready for the Walk with a Doc Challenge?
-Shop the CMA Pop-up Market with Craftin’ Outlaws
-Do a Sweat & Sip
-Do Cranksgiving Columbus
-Shop a Holiday POP-Up Shop
-March for Black Trans Lives


-Tonight: Hear from artists Johnathan Payne with Julie Abijanac
The Legends of Liverpool continues
-Make a comforting coloring kit
Emergent Art and Craft opens this weekend
-Learn why you should have a website if you are an artist
Wild Goose at 400 has a new show
-Check out an open mic
-Catch the Columbus Symphony
-Learn to use a camera
-Buy some art during Wild Art Columbus 
Dairy Dose presents: Movie Night @ The Crest


-Learn some Herbal Folklore
-Have you ever watched Flag Wars?
-Shop the Clintonville Arts Guild Virtual Holiday Sale
-Or shop a nearby Christmas Market
-Explore the 400 History Show and Mini-Museum
-Take part in the Citywide reading initiative: Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

Without love in the dream it will never come true. ~ Grateful Dead

Columbus on the Cheap

Good, Cheap, Fun

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).
Email to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Connie Hammond

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Single-Payer Open Strategy Meeting! Come join single-payer advocates from both DSA and other advocacy organizations to discuss what a long-term, grassroots organizing strategy for single payer should look like. The meeting will consist of a presentation by DSA SF’s Healthcare Provisional Working Group followed by breakout group discussions. Our presentation will especially focus on the history of our class’s struggle for the right to see a doctor and the techniques the healthcare industry has used to stop us. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss with other single-payer advocates the strategies they’ve tried in the past and come up with a new approach to fight back. Registration is open to DSA members and non-DSA members! Register for the Zoom meeting here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 PM.  Join us for an info session on the People’s Water ProjectWe’ll need as many groups as possible involved to win big on our goals for safe, affordable, public water for all. We want you! At the info session, we’ll share the story behind the People’s Water Project, how we got to where we are, and our strategic planning process moving forward. Take a look at the People’s Water Project Toolkit with more Water Justice resources here. Please fill out the google form here to RSVP for the info session.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Columbus Council on World Affairs.  Educating Toward An Anti-Racist World: Global Competence and Systemic Racism.  Global competence has become a staple in education curriculum. Schools and academic institutes of all kinds have recognized the need for students to be able to successfully navigate an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. This means being able to work and live with people of diverse backgrounds, recognize different perspectives, communicate cross-culturally, and take action on complex global issues. Yet, as global competency has grown, systemic racism continues to plague the fabric of society and our economy, not just in the United States, but globally. While international educators address issues of cultural understanding, they historically have left issues of racism to diversity and inclusion specialists. But diversity and inclusion and cultural competency are inherently linked, and both require an interdisciplinary approach. How can one be culturally and globally competent if they are not prepared to address issues of race in their education, community and economy? International educators and cultural competency experts should be leaders in dismantling systemic racism, as global competency demands an understanding of all global issues, including racism. So how can international educators and cultural competency experts lead in crafting a vision for a post-racist world? How can we leverage the multiple tools that intercultural learning and cross-cultural communication provides to develop the next generation of anti-racist leaders? How can we work to normalize cross-cultural and intercultural diversity in the communities that we inhabit? Join us on November 17th as experts, Dr. Harvey Charles, Dr. Roberta Espinoza, and Dr. Darla Deardorff, discuss these pressing questions.  Register for the zoom webinar here

Thursday, November 17, 2020, 7:00 PM.  A Union Of Concerned Scientists Screening & Discussion Of The Condor & The Eagle.  AT THE HEART OF SCIENCE: Understanding the Fight For Climate Justice.    Scientists and science advocates can play a vital role in advancing equitable, science-based policy solutions for our most pressing problems. And to do so, we must listen to the communities that bear the greatest burdens from pollution, climate change, and economic inequality. The Union of Concerned Scientists is proud to partner with The Condor and The Eagle team. We hope you will join us to watch this award-winning documentary which takes viewers on a journey through the environmental justice movement. Stay tuned after the film to hear our panelists discuss their efforts to fight against longstanding injustices in pursuit of climate justice.  Donations encouraged.  More information and registration here

Tuesday, November 19, 2020, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.  Columbus City Council’s Downtown Community Meeting.  The Community Meeting series gives residents a chance to talk to Councilmembers, staff and department leadership about diverse subject matter in an informal setting. Our special guest for this community meeting will be Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant Coach, Kenny McCudden. Due to the virtual nature of the event, each Councilmember will have their own breakout room, related to the committees they chair.  Registration Information:  RSVP on EventBrite by 2pm on November 10th.  Upon registration, participants will be sent Zoom information

Thursday, November 19, (An Anti-Racist Future: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”), 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Conversations About Race in America:  A four-part webinar series presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Ohio State University Alumni Association in partnership with Ohio State Alumni Magazine.  While a new generation marches forward for greater justice and equality, The Ohio State University is tackling systemic racism in its own backyard. On the heels of an Ohio State Alumni Magazine fall issue package on the topic, a new four-part webinar series is being launched—Ripe for Change: Conversations on Race in America. More information and registration for each session here.  

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Move to Amend Central Ohio Presents: Speaking of Democracy…City Tax Abatements.  Why and to whom are tax incentive given and who is benefitting from them? This month’s Move to Amend Central Ohio virtual presentation will explore the quid pro quo of campaign contributions from developers, the Columbus Partnership, and other corporations in Columbus that in return receive tax abatements and city income tax exemptions. It will also consider the adverse impacts of such agreements on affordable housing, educational opportunities, and efforts to fight poverty. Guest presenter: Joe Motil, longtime Columbus resident and activist.   Zoom link:  Meeting ID: 862 5842 3673. Contact: Sandy Bolzenius,

Columbus Area Community Event Lists

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm posts online and in the monthly print edition.
Columbus Peace Network Calendar Editor Connie Hammond keeps up with political events, meetings
Columbus Underground Calendar Editor Anne Evans - we post much of her awesome Mega Weekend!
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 

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