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September 25, 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 September 18 Community Update

The Local Skinny>Tisa Watts, Debra Knapke, Joanne Schneiderman Dole join Local Panel to lead Discussion/Q&A after Presentation on Permaculture in Suburbia
> Community Shares Fall Campaign Helps Simply Living & Nonprofits

> Be the Change: Browse our Beautiful Community Calendar
> Green Columbus Free Tree Giveaway! 
> Get Out the Vote is theme on Grassroot Ohio at 5 pm today
> Visit Simply Living's Youtube Channel
> Sneak Peaks! Virtual Meetups this Fall - Bicycling, Green Cities, Mindfulness

> Home Waste Audit
> New Essay by Charles Eisenstein - World on Fire
> Columbus Underground Mega Weekend, Columbus on the Cheap, Progressive Events

7 PM

Register on Eventbrite 

Important Update: Jan Spencer has agreed to allow access to the studio version of his presentation on Youtube:
  Anyone may view  the 40 minute video. The extra background will serve to deepen our Q&A discussion after Jan's formal presentation on October 7.  Simply Living  has invited three local experts to respond  to Jan's talk and facilitate the dialog/Q&A with attendees.
Tisa Watts, owner of the Columbus Garden School -
Debra Knapke, the "Garden Sage" - her website:
Joanne Dole, master gardener, community activist, solar advocate -

About this Event

The presentation will be a slide show and tell describing twenty years of transforming a quarter acre suburban property in Eugene, Oregon. The grass is gone front and back. There is edible landscaping all over, much of it trellised and espalier and even structures over rooftops to support grape vines. The south facing patio is now 350 sf enclosed passive solar that helps heat the house in the winter time. A rain water catchment system can store and distribute 5600 gallons, primarily for irrigation.

The 5 car driveway was depaved and the one car garage turned into living space. Well over 2000 people have visited over the years, the place is a permaculture land mark in the Pacific Northwest. Jan rarely buys fruit or veggies. With four residents and downsized lifestyles, the eco footprint of the property is comparatively small.

The presentation will also touch on the history of suburbia plus a short look at several other permaculture sites in Eugene. Jan's neighborhood hosted the 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence. Perhaps the only permaculture convergence to take place in a suburban neighborhood.

Jan is also making a series of zoom presentations that describe various aspects of System Change scheduled for October and November. You can find out more about the presentations at

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
They are all in our new Calendar of Events

You can click through now or find them anytime on the Simply Living home page - updates are made throughout the week. New and recurring events can be displayed in three different formats.

Fire Drill Fridays, Grassroot Ohio, NVC Training, Future of Food, Plumbing and HVAC for Women, Mindfulness Men's Group, Lawn Renovation, Garden Design, Climate Actions, Food Waste, Bicycling, "Plasticulture," Bridging Political Divides, Farm Aid, Drive Electric, Solar Tour. & many more!
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.
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!

         Green Columbus with Leaf
Community Tree Giveaway

Take home a free locally grown tree and plant it in your yard! This year starting in Linden, we are giving away hundreds of wonderful native shade trees. Feel free to register for a tree and sign up HERE

One tree per person. Plant them in your front yard or your back yard. Pre-registration required.
We will follow strict COVID-19 guidelines. All trees come in three-gallon buckets and are currently 3-6 feet tall (so they fit in your car). Drive-through pickup is in the alley between 17th and 18th Ave.
If you are unable to make it, we will have another tree giveaway in the Hilltop on October 17th.

Click for PDF version of the most recent edition of Simply News: Lead article: Mindfulness, Mourning, Earth Care, And The Coronavirus Pandemic

Simply Living is just starting a Youtube channel... 
We only have a few videos online now but we have a new intern and big plans to add lots more playlists of videos on sustainability topics. Would you please do us a favor?  Visit and follow us - after 100 people do that we will get our own name and we'll be much easier to find! Thanks in advance!

Sneak Peaks! Simply Living's fall newsletter is coming in October. Here are some new virtual Meetup events coming on 3rd Wednesdays at 7 pm.
The Amazing Ways Bicycles Change You (Oct 21)
The Wolrd's Greenest City: Curitiba, Brazil (Nov 18)
The Essence of Mindfulness and All Spirituality (Dec 16)

AEP logoLooking to upgrade to LED lighting?  AEP has some excellent bargains for various types and sizes of bulbs. The deals end September 30. See them all HERE.


How To Conduct a

Home Waste Audit

According to the EPA, the average person generates 4.51 pounds of waste per day. Have you ever wondered if you’re on the high or low end of the scale? You can find out by conducting a household waste audit. Reminder: Every waste audit is unique.

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Earth911 Podcast:

Adarsh Ambati

2020 International Young Eco-Hero Innovation Award Winner

Feeling like the world can’t survive the year 2020? Take a few minutes to meet 15-year-old Adarsh Ambati of San Jose, Calif., winner of the Innovation Prize in the 2020 International Young Eco-Hero Awards to discover why there is hope!

Read More

Challenging Corporate Rule and Fighting For Democracy
in the Age of Coronavirus and Climate Collapse

October 1st, 8:30PM 


There must be more to life than having everything! ~ Maurice Sendak
New Essay: World on Fire by Charles Eisenstein
I wrote another essay, World on Fire. It originated as a request from one of my friends in Brazil, distressed over the catastrophic fires in the Pantanal (which have consumed this year more than the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington combined). The article goes to the origin of the fires and therefore to the fulcrum of the healing. Nope, it isn’t another article about climate change. Here is a little snippet:
It seems significant that uncontainable wildfires are contemporaneous with inflammatory rhetoric, heated debates, flaring tempers, burning hatred, seething distrust, and smoldering resentment. Just as dried out, fuel-laden forests burned out of control with a mere spark, so also have our cities burned as the spark of police murders touched the ready fuel of generations of racism; decades of economic decay, and months of Covid confinement. Our social ecosystem is as damaged and depleted as the forests that are so prone to fire. The matrix of complex relationships that we call community have to a great degree collapsed into simplified relations with impersonal institutions, mediated by money and technology. Social networks may give the appearance of community, but they lack the interdependency that marks a real community (or ecosystem). We can see now how fragile – or how inflammable – such a society is.
If you want to join a discussion on this essay, you can find it on the new discussion community I’m hosting called A New and Ancient Story. So far there are about 1500 members and many different topic threads. There were a few tech glitches, so please contact us if your “request to join” was not answered.
Finally, a wonderful new podcast episode is up. I spoke with Mellody Hayes, MD, a psychedelic clinician: The Roots of Healing. Her riff on spiritual bypassing is not to be missed.
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!
Fashion Week, Comedy, Community and More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
Could this be the last weekend of summer weather? Have a fun one!

Welcome to the weekend, here’s a roundup of things do to! Take MORPC’s survey: Central Ohio Walking & Biking SurveyYou have until Sunday to order your Curated Take Home Experience from Columbus Coffee Festival plus puppurchino if you have a dog! Aspire will be virtual this year, but those who join us can get a chance at a cool prize! Get a delicious cheesecake and support Wild Goose. Reserve your presidential debate ticketwith Gateway Film Center. Have a fun one!


-Attend Friday’s Candlelight Vigil for Breonna Taylor
-Do the Heart of the City Walk
-Help Clean Up the Hilltop
-There’s a cleanup on the Near East Side too
-You can do the Walk to End Alzheimer’s anywhere
-There’s also the CRIS Virtual 5k for Refugees 2020
-On Sunday there is a RBG – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial


-Are you attending the HANNIBAL BURESS Drive-in Tour?
-Catch the The Floorwalkers Drive-In Concert
Harvest Blooms begins at Franklin Park Conservatory
-Grand opening of Berliner Bike Park
-Shop Fall at the Round Barn
-Hear The Winnie Cooper Project at Rockmill Brewery
-There’s a concert happening at Huntington Park
-Enjoy Ray Charles Birthday Celebration
Watch the Crew match at Land Grant


Lydia Loveless releases her new album Daughter tonight
-Attend Thursdays in the Garden at CMA
La’Toya Jones & Company is Backstage at the Lincoln
-Watch some creepy movies at Greenlawn Abbey
-Celebrate Hispanic heritage with Global Gifts current art show
-You can Help save the Smokey Brown Mural
-Watch the Fashion Week Columbus Finale Runway Show
-Go to A Socially Distanced Spaceballs Beer Tasting
-Tune in for Harrison West Jazz Stage – Dr. E
-Final weekend for CAPA’s Summer Movie Series!



-Try the ‘Unholy’ at Hot Chicken Takeover
-Explore the Columbus Modern Home Show
Fourteen Twenty Nine has a PopUp at Land Grant – d e s s e r t s !
-Go to Union’s End of Summer Luau
-Hear live music at Urban’s
-Saturday is Record Store Day Part 2!
-Check out The Hazy Beer Event
-Shop a bunch of woman-owned businesses
-Make a Chunky Blanket

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

We must be headlights and not taillights. ~ John Lewis

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

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.  Move to Amend Ohio Network Quarterly Education Program.  Corporations increasingly influence — if not control — more and more aspects of our lives, regardless of who’s elected or what scandals are exposed. That’s because corporations not only have economic power, but political power — specifically constitutional “rights” — lots of them! Hear from and connect with authoritative speakers who’ve been educating and organizing to protect people and communities from corporate influence and control in two critical arenas: public education and food/family farms — and what we can do to protect peoples’ rights over corporate rights.  Speakers include William Phillis - Executive Director - Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding and Joe Logan, President, Ohio Farmers Union. More information and registration here.  For more information, contact:  Greg Coleridge · · 216-255-2184

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Cuban Doctors Speak:  15 years of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade.  The Henry Reeve Brigade will soon celebrate its 15th anniversary! Yes, it will have been 15 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and prompted then-Cuban president Fidel Castro to offer to send doctors to help treat patients in the storm’s aftermath. The US government refused this offer, but Cuba was not deterred from wanting to show the world some much needed solidarity.  Since its founding, the brave women and men of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade have given emergency medical assistance to more than 3.5 million people in over 50 countries. To honor their compassion and commitment, we will hear directly from Cuban doctors working on the frontlines of the pandemic.  More information and registration here.

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 5:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Campaign 4th Friday Screening of 13th.  Followed by discussion.

Monday, September 28, 2020, 4:00 - 5:15 PM.  Black Lives Matter:  The Impact of Racism on Reproductive Heath, Rights and Justice.  The term "Black Lives Matter" is widely recognized as describing the larger context of anti-Black police violence in America. Holdovers of systemic racism results in Black people facing disproportionate discrimination throughout every aspect and stage of their life, including access to comprehensive healthcare - specifically, Black women face significant disparities across their reproductive lives. The lack of reproductive freedom is deeply connected to other forms of oppression suffered by the Black community including police brutality and state violence, employment, and voter suppression. Join this conversation as experts discuss the historical context of reproductive health and justice, anti-Black racism, and the role of power and privilege to effectively analyze strategies and practices for dismantling racism, mitigating bias, and mobilizing for reproductive health equity.  Register here.

Monday, September 28, 2020, 4:00 PM.  Confronting Institutionalized Violence with Gospel Nonviolence. A webinar on confronting racism, militarism and nuclear weapons through Gospel nonviolence with Pax Christi USA Teachers of Peace Art Laffin, Msgr. Ray East, and Marie Dennis. Register here.

Monday, September 28, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Trump Brings America's Dirty Wars Home. What are the roots of American police repression and what kind of movement could change it?   A conversation with Stuart Schrader, a young scholar who locates the roots of America's militarized police practices in our half century of counter-insurgency and empire as the U.S. sought to control dozens of countries across the world through a combination of policing, irregular armed groups, and military force. Stuart Schrader is a Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, teaching courses in Africana Studies, International Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. He is also the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship. His PhD is in American Studies, from NYU, in 2015.  He has also taught at Harvard and NYU. Sixth in a series on Antiracism and Peace sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action's Racial Justice/ Decolonization Working Group.  More information and registration here

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. This bill is so comprehensive and cutting-edge that we're holding another webinar to give more people the chance to learn about it. Find out why the new Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (SB 3263/ HR 5845) is the gold standard of federal legislation to make meaningful reductions in plastic pollution in the U.S., and get answers to any questions you may have.  Register here

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  Political Prisoners, Repression and Resistance!  With uprisings across the US for racial justice, it is important to learn from those who came before us. Dozens are still being held in US prisons for their involvement in Black Liberation/Puerto Rican Independence/ AIM/ white anti-imperialism & pro-liberation movements. Our panelists will address COINTELPRO as well as the current realities of Federal Agents, Grand Juries and Police repression. We will discuss strategies of resistance and security. Register here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 8:30 - 9:45 PM.   What Are the Threats We Face in This Time? A SURJ Webinar.  This webinar is for anti-racist activists and organizers looking to amplify current demands for abolition within a global pandemic, while navigating an ever-shifting political landscape punctuated by far right activity, in elected office and in the streets. Register here.

September 29 - October 5, 2020.  Watch "The Undocumented Lawyer" and Support Edith Espinal.  Watch a screening of "The Undocumented Lawyer" and Live Q&A with Lizbeth, Edith, community and faith leaders from Columbus, Ohio, and the filmmakers from Optimist! 100% of ticket sales support Edith and her family’s financial needs. When you buy a ticket, you will have access to stream the 20 min film from Sept. 29 - Oct. 5. Live Q&A will take place at 7:00 PM on October 2nd.  Watch here

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 8:30 PM. What Are the Threats We Face in This Time? A SURJ Webinar. What are the threats we face at this time? This webinar is for anti-racist activists and organizers looking to amplify current demands for abolition within a global pandemic, while navigating an ever-shifting political landscape punctuated by far right activity, in elected office and in the streets.  Register here

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 2:00 PM.  Weekly September Abolition Zaps.   A one- hour weekly action where we make calls together to #FreeThemAll #DefundPolice #DropTheCharges and more.  Sign up here.  (repeats September 16, 23, and 30).

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Nation Conversation: Ari Berman on Threats to the 2020 Election.  Join voting rights expert and senior reporter at Mother Jones Ari Berman and Nation editorial director and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel for a critical discussion about how to protect the right to vote in the most important election of our lifetimes.  Can the 2020 election be stolen? Will voter suppression affect the outcome?  Tickets are $10.  More information and registration 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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