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October 30, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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News and Highlights from Simply Living's October 30 Community Update

The Local Skinny> Learn to LIVE SIMPLY here.
> Be the Change - November Events Added to Our Calendar
> How Might a Public Bank Option Benefit Columbus?

> Volunteer or Donate to Simply Living's Annual FriendRaiser - the Online Auction starts on Black Friday (Nov 27 - Dec 5) + a Woody Harrelson's OPTIMISTIC new documentary Kiss the Ground & Panel Discussion on Wednesday, December 2nd

> Columbus Underground Mega Weekend, Columbus on the Cheap, Progressive Events
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Tuesday November 10
1 - 2:30 pm

The Public Banking Institute with Ohio Sponsors and Advocates
Invites you to Explore and Learn about the Public Banking Movement

Register Free 
     When investments from private banks do not meet critical needs in our community for affordable housing, for green infrastructure projects, or provide adequate credit for small retail businesses, the growing market for local food systems, renewable energy, and more - the public bank option is an alternative being explored in states and cities nationwide. 
     The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the profound injustice at the core of so many of our economic institutions. The need for a municipal public bank — mission-driven to invest in public priorities, offers many potential benefits. Join us for an introduction to public banking. There will be plenty of time to ask questions of Ohio advocates as well as a seasoned expert from the Public Banking Institute.
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
     Miracle City? Urban planners the world over visit Curitiba to learn from the sustainable vision of a city designed around its people instead of its cars. This short video features former mayor-turned-architect, Jaime Lerner. His pioneering work includes letting flocks of sheep "mow the lawns in the traditional way", buses without timetables that arrive every minute, and a garbage exchange programme that rewards recycling with fresh produce. 
     Join us for Q&A discussion with Cathy Cowan Becker  & others on the greening of Columbus!
Save the DATE(s)!  Get ready for a brand new take on 
A Gift To Be Simple (GTBS), our annual friend-raiser!  

Virtual Auction: 
Friday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 5
The Action is at the Auction this year, and it kicks off on Black Friday. 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. Do you have an item to donate? Email with "Auction" as the subject. More fun is planned. Look for an invitation soon and please invite your friends on social media. 
BONUS!  GTBS is not complete without an awesome, upbeat, inspiring event and this year Simply Living will host a virtual screening of Woody Harrelson's new documentary, KISS THE GROUND, followed by Q&A discussion with local leaders in the new soil sciences, regenerative agriculture, and food waste solutions. Details and registration coming soon!  More on the film here.
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.
Our lives… need the relief of where the pine flourishes
and the jay still screams. ~ — Henry David Thoreau

Learn to LIVE SIMPLY here.
What's NEW inside this week
> Grassroot Ohio interviews ISSUE 24 proponents
> Friday Night Frights: How horror films reflect Racism and Corporate Power
High Ball Halloween (Virtual this year)
> Temperature Check is Grist's new podcast on climate, race, and culture
 > Climate Risks Fireside Chat with Climate Leaders
> Pathway to Regeneration: Restoration, Resiliency & Reciprocity at conference in Yellow Springs next weekend
> EPN Webinar: Learn about the Richland Gro-Op cooperative approach to solving environmental, social, and economic challenges.

> Fuse Factory + Digital Arts offer experimental videos
> UPAYA Election Series features Sharon Salzburg on meditation as a tool for action
> Recycling Right webinars from SWACO every other Monday through December
> Festival for Good: full week of virtual vendor activities and announcements from social enterprises

> Intro to Beekeeping, DIY Terrarium, What's Future? (WTF), Concerts, Pumpkin Giveaways, more!
 Connect, Learn, Act. Be the change!
Dr. Zach Bush  amd Dr. Peter Cummiings offer a free seminar on SLEEP: The Importance of Restoration, Recovery, & Regeneration  "When you focus and improve your sleep pattern, you can access a deeper emotional reserve and improved memory and executive function, problem solving, and creative thinking which is what I hope for you." Dr. Zach Bush 
More on website here.
The SLEEP webinar replay is here.

The State of American Democracy: The Project, the Book, and Series of Conversations with Thought Leaders: Watch 7 Podcast Episodes

The State of American Democracy initiative began with a conference at Oberlin College in November 2017 featuring 32 speakers and panelists including Jane Mayer, Tim Egan, and William Barber. Our goal was to clarify the historic and institutional origins of the election of 2016 and the breakdown in governance, civility, and fairness that transcends party politics. The second phase of the work through the election of 2020 focuses on repairing and strengthening democratic institutions to serve the aims of justice, fairness, prosperity, and resilience.

Today, the State of American Democracy is an ad-hoc group of individuals and organizations from across the country who are passionate about rebuilding politics and government in America for the benefit of all Americans. The book, edited by David W. Orr, Andrew Gumbel, Bakari Kitwana and William S. Becker, brings together more than 30 contributors, and the conversation series brings together more than 100 thought leaders from a variety of disciplines. Today, more than 50 organizations have also partnered and/or sponsored this project, as well.


PG&E Shareholders Vote to Protect Forests (Charmin TP relieved :)

In a truly historic move, two-thirds of Procter & Gamble (P&G) shareholders voted YES on a proposal to protect the boreal forest of Canada and tropical forests in Southeast Asia.
Read the full report here.


If you haven't seen these wonderful youtube videos, take a few minutes now. Each only 1 minute +

Nature Rx Part 1
Nature Rx Part 2
Nature Rx Part 3

Share Earth911 ideas with your social network.

Fun (Really!) Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand in the U.S., but maybe you'd like to skip the calories, sugar, preservatives, food dyes, and other questionable ingredients this year. Have a healthier Halloween with our list of fun alternatives to candy!

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10 Sustainable Mattress Companies: Choosing Your Perfect Green Sleep

Are you in the market for a safe, environmentally friendly mattress? Our buyer's guide provides supply chain, certification, and manufacturing details to help you find your best, earth-friendly sleep.

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Picturing Power & Privilege
October 26 - November 21, 2020
11:00AM - 12:59AM
Location: Online @ UAS From Home

Picturing Power & Privilege is an exhibition of photos and text created by students of Jim O’Donnell, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, enrolled in his class “Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity & Social Justice.”

Terms like “Power,” “Privilege,” “Oppression,” and “Social Justice” are increasingly part of our national discourse, but what do they mean in our daily lives? When do they affect us? Where do they manifest themselves in our lives? How do we understand these ideas? If we are to come to a shared understanding, then we need a shared language—and creating a shared visual language helps us share and discuss these abstract but urgent concepts.

Hybrid Arts Lab is a multi-venue teaching lab that experiments with how art is imagined, made, viewed and understood within physical and digital spaces. Venues include Hopkins Hall Gallery, Stillman Hall Tent, and online @ UAS from Home.

Click here to view the virtual exhibition. 
Click here to view the latest newsletter from the OSU Urban Arts Space

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!
HighBall Halloween, Rocky Horror, Major Lazer & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE

You might have to step up your costume game if you are going to win any contests this weekend!

Welcome to the weekend. It’s the final weekend for early voting hours – make plans to vote! And if you need a ride, contact Columbus Stand Up! It’s trick-or-treat tonight in Columbus. Have a safe and fun weekend!


-Get a sneak peek at HighBall Halloween!
-Tune in to Nina West’s Heels of Horror Variety Show
-You can see The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow
-Hear about Fernando’s Funeral and the Ghosts that Linger on Town Street
-Explore The Dark World of Victorian Mourning
-It’s Halloween at Schmidt’s!
-Catch PopGun’s Halloween Show
-Or, the Halloween Burlesque Supper Club
-Spooky!:  Halloween Virtual Night Hike at Green Lawn Cemetery!


-Catch Major Lazer at Westland Drive-in
-Last weekend for Boo at the Zoo
-Mapfre hosts Spooktacular Halloween Drive-Thru
-Go to Trunk-Or-Treat @ The Drive-In
-Hear Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Twista
-Go to Tales From The Crypt: Escape To The City
-It’s Halloween at 400 Square!
-Are you doing this race? Walking With The Dead 
-Or the walk with NVMM?


Bobby Floyd Trio is the Heritage Music Concert
-Tune in to this week’s Songs for the Community
-Catch Dusty Slay at the Funny Bone
R.L. Stine is still writing books!
-Watch Beetlejuice at the Ohio Theatre
Bad Movie Nite is Friday
-Watch Rocky Horror at the Convention Center!


-Attend Community Conversations: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
-Last Farmers’ Market at North Market and at Saint Mary’s
-Help paint a mural
Fall Fest at Zaftig in Worthington
Costume Contest at Ace of Cups!
Lion’s Cub Cookies has some fun items for Halloween
-Get your supplies for Schmidt’s The Great Pumpkin Cream Puff Challenge

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

Friday, October 30, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. What Can You Do to Make Ohio a Better Place for Immigrants and Refugees?  Mobilizing for change, advocacy campaigns to protect and expand immigrants' rights.  Fourth of a 4-part virtual conference hosted by: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and The Ohio Immigrant Alliance.  More information here.  Register here.

Friday, October 30, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Congressional Conversation Ohio District 12 Livestream.   Incumbent Republican Troy Balderson, Democratic opponent Alaina Shearer and Libertarian opponent, John Stewart, with moderator, Mike Thompson, Chief Content Director, WOSU Public Media. More information and registration here.

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:30 AM.  SPAN Virtual Meeting: Post Election Analysis with Michael Lighty.   Michael Lighty, a Fellow at the Sanders Institute, is a well-respected spokesperson for and expert on Medicare for All. For over 25 years, Lighty has organized, written and spoken on the subject. He is currently a lead policy analyst for the single-payer bill, SB 562, the Healthy California Act. From 1994 until 2018, Michael worked for the California Nurses Association/NNU where he coordinated campaigns for an HMO patients’ bill of rights, clean money elections, and nationally for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street. You must pre-register for the meeting HERE.

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 2:00 PM.  Erasure of The Palestinians: Resisting Israeli Genocide Via Solidarity, Education, Law & Art. From Doctor of Law, lobbyist, and fashionista, Lina Hadid, to renowned Palestinian scholar and lawyer, Diana Buttu, to son of former Israeli General and prominent Jewish anti-Zionist activist, Miko Peled, we discuss increasing normalization with Israel and how to resist through law, boycotts, social media, fashion, protests, and more.  Register here

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Where do we go from here? How do the election results impact the future of peace in Israel and Palestine?  Webinar co-hosted by The Foundation for Middle East Peace and Churches for Middle East Peace with speakers, Maya Berry (The Arab American Institute), Galia Golan (Combatants for Peace), Lara Friedman (The Foundation for Middle East Peace) And moderated by Mae Elise Cannon (Churches for Middle East Peace).  Register 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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