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October 9, 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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Community Education for Sustainable Living
Simply Living Sustainable U classes & workshops, Earth Institute courses on environmental topics, monthly documentary films, meetups held at local businesses and organizations - join us to socialize, learn, build community and co-create a joyful, compassionate, and sustainable future!

News and Highlights from the October 2 Community Update

The Local Skinny> Meetup: Amazing Ways Bicycles Change You!
> Be the Change: Browse our Community Calendar
> Issue 1 for Clean Energy Explained on Grassroot Ohio 5 pm Today
> Free Press 50th Anniversary Cyeber Salon Award 

> EPN Webinar: Politics and Climate Science in Ohio
> Way of the Psychonaut / Film on Stanislav Grof
> Jane Fonda's Fire Drill Friday Upcoming Events - Annie Leonard today!
> Hilltop Tree Giveaway
> Care & Share Time Bank Halloween Party
> Java Central October Music Events - Ralph Leeseberg Saturday
> Dr Fadhel Kaboub On The Next Economy
> Columbus Underground Mega Weekend, Columbus on the Cheap, Progressive Events
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Date: Oct 7, 2020

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TED Talk on BycyclesWednesday October 21
7 pm
Simply Living Online Meetup

 Watch 17 minute TEDX Talk HERE
Register on Eventbrite

Learn how bicycles can improve your health and sustainable lifestyle.

Tony Desnick, Director for Development and New Projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, makes the case that bikes are saving the world from itself. Bicycles really do change you and, in amazing ways, change the community around you. Watch the TED talk on Youtube and join us for a discussion about bicycling in Columbus with local advocates and enthusiasts.

This Fall Simply Living Meetups will feature a short film followed by a discussion/Q&A with local leaders, experts, and activists.  Click through to register for November and December Meetups.
The Wolrd's Greenest City: Curitiba, Brazil (Nov 18)
The Essence of Mindfulness and All Spirituality (Dec 16)
Between every two pines is a doorway into a new world.
~ John Muir


Simply Living Sustainable U connects YOU to workshops/classes/events that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics

Get involved, find your sweet spot, and Open
our Calendar of Events! every Friday.

What's inside? Everything from paradigm shifting ideas (new economy, end patriarchy) to practical actions (planting a tree, homesteading) gatherings with eco-friendly folks (Care & Share Time Bank, Free Press Salon), the inner work essential for our self-care (Stan Grof; Meditation). as well as music, arts, poetry, and festivals celebrating our diverse cultures. Connect, Learn, Act. Be the change!

Browse the calendar, or search by key words or titles. Some examples -
Can the Green New Deal help end Factory Farming?
Way of the Psychonnaut (Stan Grof)
Free Art and Meditation Workshop 
Free Press 50th Anniversary Cyber Salon
EPN Webinar: Conversations on the Politics and Science of Climate Change in the Buckeye State
Taking Back Our Economy: Reversing Inequality & Rebuilding Local Economies Post-Pandemic
Hilltop Tree Giveaway
Virtual Concert Tribute to John Prine
Breaking the Male Code: The Tyranny of Masculinity
Care & Share Time Bank: October Program: Halloween Potluck & Party
Book Discussion: Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson
Next World Conversation Dr Fadhel Kaboub On The Next Economy
Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’ ~ David Wann
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Yes for Issue 1 Community Choice Aggregation grahicFriday October 9
5 - 5:30 pm

GrassRoot Ohio Radio 94.1 FM
Issue 1-Community Choice Aggregation
Kayla Merchant &
Cathy Cowan Becker

Tune in Friday, Oct 9, 5pm, at 94.1FM Columbus and streams at Carolyn Harding with Kayla Merchant and Cathy Cowan Becker, advocates for Issue 1, Community Choice Aggregation for Columbus, Ohio, November 3, 2020 and on the ballot as we speak. Join us as we discuss this important ordinance and how it can impact our economics, health and future.

Kayla Merchant is a community organizer and resident of the South Side of Columbus. She served on the Schumacher Place Civic Association's executive board, the Columbus South Side Area Commission, and recently left the corporate world to do full-time campaign work. She has worked with Yes We Can, #RepYourBlock, and currently is an executive committee member of the Franklin County Democratic Party, and a board member for the non-profit, All Aboard Ohio - working to diversify public transit options across Ohio, w/ a focus on passenger rail.
Campaign website:
City website:
Cathy Cowan Becker chairs the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 in Ohio. So far 168 cities, including Cleveland and Cincinnati, have committed to 100% renewable energy. Cathy has led the campaign in Columbus since 2017, as well as a statewide group supporting Ready for 100 efforts in Dayton, Toledo, and other cities. She is a trained Climate Reality leader, got arrested with Sunrise Movement and Fire Drill Fridays, and started the Columbus chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. In her professional life, Cathy has a 25-year career in journalism, communications, and public relations. She recently earned a master’s in public administration and environment and natural resources from The Ohio State University.
If you miss the Friday broadcast, you can find it here: All shows/podcasts archived at SoundCloud!
GrassRoot Ohio is now on Apple Podcast:
This GrassRoot Ohio interview can also be found on YouTube:


fire drill fridays logo

Friday, October 9th at 2 pm ET

Join Jane Fonda and Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard for the 1 year anniversary of Fire Drill Fridays! Together they will discuss their favorite memories and moments from the last 12 months of Fire Drill Fridays, and will share fun stories about the behind the scenes workings of this movement.  RSVP ON FACEBOOK  RSVP ON ZOOM


Friday, October 16th at 2pm ET

Join us for one of our final Fire Drill Fridays before the election. Jane will be talking with Shaniqua McClendon – Political Director @ Crooked Media – about our Vote For Climate campaign, the most critical swing states, and the best way to turn out voters. 




Friday, October 23rd at 11am PT / 2pm ET

Details to come!

short takes graphicZipZone Outdoor Adventures is located inside Camp Mary Orton. A variety of tours will guide you through the treetops! It's a unique way to enjoy the fall foliage and experience the natural beauty of 20 acres covered by the tours.
Columbus Underground tells the story

Two Dollar Radio insideTWO DOLLAR RADIO Bookstore, Cafe on Parsons Ave
We're opening for dine-in service and now open Sundays!

We've deliberately taken our time re-opening for dine-in service, wanting to ensure that we could do so safely and that folks were both interested and felt comfortable, and it feels like the elements are in place for us to do so. Get the full scoop here.

regenerative farmer in fieldWhat Regenerative Farming Can Do for the Climate
Taking care of the soil is the key to making farms and farmers more resilient. Patti Gentry has transformed 2 acres of trash-strewn dirt on Long Island’s southeast coast into a profitable organic farm by betting big on soil. YES! Magazine tells the story here.

deep fall foliageSong for Autumn ~ Mary Oliver
In the deep fall
don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think
Read the full poem here.

*NEW* Zoom link this month:
Meeting ID: 897 0095 2093
Passcode: 173251
Capitol DomeThursday October 15
3:30 - 4:30 pm

American Sustainable Business Council and Social Venture Circle
The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream
Thom Hartmann & David Korten   MORE INFO HERE

American monopolies dominate, control, and consume most of the energy of our entire economic system–but we’ve broken the hold of behemoths like these before, author Thom Hartmann says, and we can do it again.

In this webinar presentation, Thom Hartmann and David Korten will share how monopolies threaten our systems and economy, and the damage that they have done to so many industries and individuals, pulling from Thom's new book The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream.

Register: The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream
Sunday October 18
6:30 - 8 PM


Official details are forthcoming but Vilvi is totally psyched for a blowout Halloween blast..  What to expect or plan for. Tell a gripping Halloween short story - if you don't want to recite it, send it to Vilvi and she (or someone) can recite it!   Halloween games, fun activities, trivia, history of Halloween,etc.  Find Halloween recipes/Halloween costume ideas, and share them. Get out your pics of great costumes with you/friends/relatives/pets and be ready to show them to all!  Let's all dress up in our costumes, decorate our rooms with decorations and show off on Zoom! More info on Facebook and the website. Contact Vilvi Vannak <>.
Thursday October 22
8 pm

Regional Ohio Action for Resilience (ROAR)

ROAR’s fifth virtual Next World Conversation on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. is focused on what the next economy will look like. Please join us as Fadhel Kaboub, Professor of Economics at Denison University, engages in conversation with Denise Fairchild, Director of Emerald Cities Cooperative.
     How can we build a economic system that is supportive of a healthy planet, productive for new and more sustaining jobs, and that addresses the deep racial and social inequities which has been exposed and exacerbated by the combined COVID-19 and climate crises?
     Bring your thoughts and ideas!  Register in advance for this meeting:

Earth911 Reader: This Week’s Recommended Sustainability, Recycling, Business and Science News

Every week, the Earth911 team combs news and research for interesting ideas and stories about the challenges of creating a sustainable world. We pick science, sustainability, recycling, and business stories, along with ideas you can act on to support the environment and Earth-friendly initiatives. Sometimes it is good news we can all celebrate, sometimes it is bad news or a seemingly intractable challenge that should make us double-down on finding new solutions. We call it the Earth911 Reader and we hope you find it useful. Check it out here and sign up!

This year...more than ever
We need your help with
Election Protection at the Polls

Please sign up for at least one shift to be an Election Protection Observer:
  • During Early Voting at your county Boards of Elections -- October 6 through November 2
  • On Election Day, November 3, at a polling site
Opportunities both inside and outside the voting locations
Weekdays and weekend possibilities
Training, supplies, and Election Observer ID provided

Does your workplace offer the opportunity to donate money to local charities?  Small amounts of $$ are automatically deducted from your paycheck each month - easy peasy! |

Simply Living is participating in Community Shares of Mid Ohio's Franklin County Combined Charitable Campaign! Please consider us when you are giving--our organization number is 19052. 🌿🤲🌿
     You know we are your source for sustainable living education. Find resources on everything from recycling and gardening to solar energy and car-free transit... even raising chickens in your own backyard!

Oh, your employer doesn't participate?
Hmm... You could still donate here!
Community Shares of Mid Ohio is a federation of more than sixty local charities that address a wide range of social and environmental services and issues.
Did you know that Simply Living was one of the founding organizations that helped bring Community Shares to Columbus in 1993?  We're proud members to this day!
Click for PDF version of the most recent edition of Simply News: Lead article: Mindfulness, Mourning, Earth Care, And The Coronavirus Pandemic
There must be more to life than having everything! ~ Maurice Sendak
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!
Moonlight Market, TacoFest, Chalk the Block & More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
Moonlight Market
 Shop Moonlight Market on Gay Street on Saturday. Photo by Ethan Hellstrom 

Some of your favorite events of the year are back this weekend. Is this the last beautiful weekend we’ll have? Check out some restaurants for Hispanic Restaurant Week. There’s a sale on CU Taco Sauce! Tickets for Heels of Horror Digital Show went on sale. Get a free flu shot. Have a fun weekend!


-The Oakland 40th Annual Fall Festival continues
Rise and Grind has yoga and more
-Shop the Moonlight Market
-Shop a Baby Flea
-The German Village Makers Market is on Sunday


-Watch Hocus Pocus & Beetlejuice at the South Drive-In
-Try Apple Cannons at Lynd Fruit Farm
-Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus performs VOX Masked at Huntington Park
-Franklinton Farms hosts a Mini Fall Festival
-Volunteer at the Community Grounds Pocket Park
-Sign up for a German Village Walking Tour


-Shadowbox Live launches a new on demand show!
-Glass Axis opens their Pumpkin Patch!
-It’s Franklinton Friday and Secret Studio has a special show
Chalk the Block is at Easton
-Experience Black Art in the Park
-In Gahanna, see Faces of Love Fall Art Festival


-Did you score tickets to She Burns Bright?
Columbus Taco Fest is a Grab-N-Go at Ohio History Center this year
-Get Fair Food Weekend at the Franklin County Fairgrounds
-Get tickets to Official Filming of LAST LAUGH
-Enjoy Old Worthington Oktoberfest
-Go to Union to celebrate National Coming Out Day

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

We must be headlights and not taillights. ~ John Lewis

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 9, 2020, 4:30 PM. 1619 Legacy: Talitha LeFlouria, on Black Women and Prison Labor in the Post-Civil War South.  Talitha L. LeFlouria, The Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia. "Slaves of the State: Black Women and Prison Labor in the Post-Civil War South."  LeFlouria is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Award from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations & Labor and Working-Class History Association (2016), the Best First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (2015); the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians (2015), and others. LeFlouria’s talk will examine the rise of the convict labor system in the South after the Civil War and, especially, the role of Black female convict labor in the creation of Henry Grady’s much touted “New South” between the 1870s and the 1920s.  OSU College of Arts and Sciences.  Register for the webinar here

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 2:00 - 6:00 PM.  Black Art in the Park.  Join us for a celebration of diversity and artistry.  Location:  Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale Street, Columbus 43215.  Register here

Saturday, October 10, 2020 07:00 PM. Second Saturday Cyber-Salon. The Columbus Free Press Presents; The Second Saturday Cyber-Salon = A virtual gathering of like-minded people showcasing local activists, non-profits, and community-based efforts to put people & planet over profit & power.  Register here.  

Monday, October 12, 2020, 12:00 - 12:30 PM.  Indigenous Peoples' Day: A Conversation.  Join Ohio State experts for a conversation about Indigenous Peoples' Day.  Panelists:  Melissa Beard Jacob, Ph.D., Intercultural Specialist for Native American and Indigenous Students; Daniel Rivers, Associate Professor, Department of History.  Unable to join the event live?  No worries register anyway. All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and additional resources following the event.  OSU College of Arts and Sciences.  Register here

Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:00 PM.  League of Women Voters - Meet the Candidate Forum on Crowdcast. Ohio Senate 16th District.  Sign up here

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:00 PM.  League of Women Voters - Meet the Candidate Forum on Crowdcast. Franklin County Commissioner.  Sign up here

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now:  Week 52: Zaytoun and Olive ProductionTo be confirmed. Our final online gathering of this Kumi Year will teach us about the importance of the olive harvest for Palestinian society and its economy, and how the Apartheid Wall and settler violence, among other injustices, attack olive production. Register here

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  Relational Organizing 101.  NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.  What is relational organizing?  Relational organizing is when you engage people you already have relationships with such as friends and family for your organizing and advocacy efforts! Relational organizing is one of the most effective forms of outreach.   Join us for a webinar to learn more about relational organizing and how you can use this tactic to have conversations about reproductive freedom and other political/social justice issues with your friends, family, and colleagues. With the upcoming election, it's super important to get as many folks as possible engaged in the movement for reproductive rights and justice, so RSVP today!  Registration link on Facebook

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 01:00 PM.  Peace with Justice in the Holy Land: Churches can make a difference.  Please join us for an important conversation with Rifat Kassis, General Coordinator for Kairos Palestine, and co-author of the Kairos Palestine document (from which United Methodists for Kairos Response was named). He will be joined by David Wildman, Middle East Area Liaison and Representative to the United Nations for the United Methodist Church. Our presenters will highlight church actions to date and will share steps that we, United Methodists and other denominations, can do in the future. Discussion topics will include BDS, Kairos movements around the world, the current political situation, and more. We need your questions ahead of time - PLEASE SEND TO  Register for the webinar here.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7:00 PM.  League of Women Voters - Meet the Candidate Forum on Crowdcast.  Judicial forum.  Sign up here

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Community Safety for All: Launching the Congregational Action Toolkit. People of faith are positioned in this moment with a moral imperative to push for both the immediate needs of people most impacted to be met (#DefundPolice), and also to push our own transformative long-term demands for an abolitionist future (Invest in Communities). This includes doing the transformative work within our own congregations and spiritual communities to stop calling police and build alternatives that invest in collective well-being. In that spirit, SURJ-Faith has created the “Community Safety for All: Congregational Action Toolkit” for white faith/spiritual leaders and congregations to examine our relationship to policing and police violence, and to #DefundPolice within our own congregational contexts. Join SURJ-Faith Coordinator Rev. Anne Dunlap and guests to learn more about the imperative for congregations to stop calling police and invest in alternatives that build truly safer, more just, and more compassionate communities!  Register here

Thursday, October 15, 7-8 PM: SPEAKING OF DEMOCRACY ... VOTER SUPPRESSION. Join Move to Amend Central Ohio for a discussion on the current state of voter suppression and people’s efforts to combat it. Presenter: Tim Chavez, the acting station manager of local Columbus community radio station WGRN (94.1 FM), an affiliate of the Pacifica National Radio network. Join Zoom Meeting:; by phone, call 312 626 6799. Meeting ID: 829 3248 3864.  

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:00 PM.  How Systemic Racism and White Privilege Became the American Way After 1619 Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens, First Congregational Church. A Virtual Study of the NYT 1619 Project hosted by The Ohio Council of Churches and the African American Heritage Institute of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.  Register here

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Power to the Polls: A Franklin County 2020 Election Forum. As we make our demands for justice in the streets, what we do at the polls is also important to bring the power necessary to drive change. Power to the Polls: A 2020 Election Forum is designed to connect voters with state and local candidates, hear their policies and positions in real time, and provide a platform for knowledge-building and dialogue. This virtual experience will also offer important information on the Franklin County Prosecutors Race, the Police Oversight Ballot Initiative and include a short Voting 101 session to help you create your personal voting plan -- ensuring your vote is cast and your voice is heard. Register here

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Force and Freedom.  An online conversation with Kevin Peterson and Professor Kellie Carter-Jackson. We are pleased to announce that Professor Kellie Carter-Jackson, winner of the James H. Broussard Best First Book Award for her book "Force and Freedom, Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence" will participate in the New Democracy Coalition's Civic Literacy Project Black Author's Series.  More information and registration here

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Voter Rights, Repro Rights, & Our Democracy.  Do you know your rights as a voter, obstacles in the way of our democracy, and how this affects reproductive rights?  Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio to learn about voter rights, voter suppression, obstruction of democracy, and how these issues affect reproductive rights and freedom! RSVP here

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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Revolutionary art and visionary physics are both
investigations into the nature of reality.
~ Leonard Shlain
Ralph Leesberg
Saturday, October 17
7 pm
Virtual Concert
Tribute to John Prine’s Compelling Music

For five decades, John Prine churned out dozens of songs that sparked laughter, empathy, and tears.  And October 17, you can join in a musical online tribute to Prine, who died just a few months ago.

 The Columbus Folk Music Society is sponsoring the concert by 4 outstanding Columbus musicians: Patrick Casey, Renilda Marshall, Ed Tatum, and Mike Hale.  They share a special love for Prine’s Americana-style, story-telling songs about down-and-outers and just plain everyday people.

There are two ways the general public can watch this unique event at 7 p.m. on Saturday Oct 17:
   Go  to the facebook page of the society at :
   Or go to the You Tube page –
During the show, you’ll be told how you can donate money to show your appreciation of this music.  Proceeds will go to help produce next May’s Central Ohio Folk Festival.  The suggested contribution is $15, but all donations, large or small, will be welcomed.
Green New Deal BandanerLaurel Hobden
Creator of the
Green New Deal BANDANER
  Wear it as a bandana/mask or display as banner
Artist and Activist,
Designer of Life Affirming Images 

(Simply Living member, see her and her signs at demonstrations)
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and will
sing it to you when you have forgotten the words. ~  Camus
Art Makes Columbus ColumbUS Makes ArtArt Makes Columbus ColumbUS Makes Art
Keep up on all the events, organizations, artists and their stories! Subscribe to their monthly newsletter and the Mid-Month Events E-Blast!
They showcase diverse perspectives and depth of talent in our Columbus arts community, including VIRTUAL events and activities.

Shadowbox Live is CLOSED due to COVID-19.  See event changes and rescheduled CAPA events HERE


Barry ConradBarry Conrad Left Legacy for Central Ohio Beekeepers
     Barry taught hundreds of brand-new beekeepers and drove 4-5 million honey bees from Georgia to Ohio to their new homes each spring. Barry’s love for teaching new beekeepers kept him coaching and guiding new and seasoned beekeepers alike for the past 25 years. Many of us relied on Barry’s wisdom, optimism and knowledge to get us through tough beekeeping times.
     Simply Living members remember the Conrads at our Meetup at Brothers Drake Meadery several years ago. Read the full story in The Market Beet blog of the Clintonville Farmers Market here.



Event Calendar

Food Fermentation Workshop

Online workshop 

Saturday, October 10, 2020   1-4 p.m.


Limited in-person and online tickets available

Fermentation is fun. In this three-hour workshop with Beth Bridgeman, participants will make their own sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and amazake.

Masks required. Social distance will be observed. Class will take place in the airy, spacious barn at Agraria. Limit 8 participants.

Contact: Community Solutions / 937-767-2161 /



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