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October 23, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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News and Highlights from Simply Living's October 23 Community Update

The Local Skinny> Our Fall Newsletter is Now Online - Lead Article on SUSTAINABLE U
> Does anyone have a second hand computer that you could donate to Simply Living?  We need one for an intern. Just reply to this email.
 Learn to LIVE SIMPLY 
here. You will love our new calendar of events!
> Who knows about compost toilets? Jasmine is building a Tiny House and is concerned about disposing the waste. Reply here if you can help.
> 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

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> Columbus Underground Mega Weekend, Columbus on the Cheap, Progressive Events
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photo of curitiba brazilWednesday 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 local experts and activists on the greening of Columbus!
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.
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 and when the invitations are sent please share 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.
Kiss the Ground poster
We are stardust, we are golden and we've got to
get ourselves back to the garden. ~ Joni Mitchell

Learn to LIVE SIMPLY here.
What's NEW inside this week
> Stand Up Columbus/Morgan Harper on Grassroot Ohio
> What's In Our Stormwater?
> A Green New Deal that Works for Us
> The State or Research on Natural Remedies
> Ritual & Resilience: the Renewing Power of the Sacred
> Art of Yoga Classes at Wild Goose Creative
> Land as Commons: Building the New Economy
> Social Justice Community of Practice
> Impossible Activism: Bridging Political Differences
> High Ball Halloween (Virtual this year)
> House of Hamill to Perform High Energy Celtic Concert
> Ibsen's An Enemy of the People performed at Otterbein  > A Good Death: 6 Part Series
> Beginner Sourdough: Socially Distance Hands On Workshop
> EPN Webinar: Cooperating for Sustainable Development
 Connect, Learn, Act. Be the change!
Private Online Tutoring in Reading and Spelling
Does your child struggle with reading and spelling?  Does your child get confused with letters, their shapes, and the sounds they represent?  Simply Living member and former Board Treasurer, Marian Garcia, has started this new business. Learn more here.
Wonder and Awe podcast with Alex and Allyson GreyWONDER AND AWE Podcast featuring Alex Grey and Allyson Grey is available on Facebook here. Join Louis Schwartzberg (Fantastic Fungi) for the fourth episode of Wonder & Awe, a podcast exploring the intersection between art and science!
    These two artists have spent decades as leaders and mentors in the visionary art movement. They co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a sanctuary of visionary art to inspire every pilgrim’s creative path and affirm the values of love and wisdom.

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Click for PDF version of the most recent edition of Simply News: Lead article: Mindfulness, Mourning, Earth Care, And The Coronavirus Pandemic
Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world.
~ Joanna Macy
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!
OSU Football, Haunted Carwash, Pumpkins & More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE

Welcome to the weekend. Early voting hours are extended now and begin weekend hours. Please note, if you purchased a Coffee Festival Take HOme Box, the pickup dates are November 7 & 8. Have a safe and fun weekend!


-Do the Haunted Cbus Scavenger Hunt
-Check out The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow
-Take a drive to Jack Pine’s Glass Pumpkin Patch
-There’s Pumpkins Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory
Nightmares Film Festival is all weekend at the Gateway Film Center
-A Tunnel of Terror at a ….carwash?
-Go to CRC Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch
-Participate in a Community Conversation on Loss
-Check out the JDRF Halloween Drive


-Go to Boo at the Zoo
Outdoor movies at Polaris!
-Learn something at TEDxKingLincoln Bronzeville
Buy some mums at Saint Mary’s Farmers Market
-Union’s got a Katy Perry Birthday Bash
-Shop the Baby Flea


-Tune in to Thumpdaddy Band

-Go Backstage at the Lincoln with KaTanya Ingram
Columbus Symphony has a concert
-Catch Comedian Corey Holcomb
Live music at Urban’s Pint House
Suzy Ultman has a new book!
-Watch the premiere of OYO Dance’s Becoming
-Go to A Socially Distanced Hocus Pocus Beer Tasting
Unorthodocs plays at the Wex
-Watch Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow


-Learn to take care of plants
-Have you gone to Monsters and Mochas yet?
Wolf’s Ridge celebrates 7 years
-Shop CMA Pop-up Market with Craftin’ Outlaws
-Discard old medicine
-Watch the OSU game at:Hendoc’s Pub
Studio 35
Land Grant
World of Beer Easton
-Go to Forum’s Last Call Day Party

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

You know, life is what you make of it- so beautiful or so what.
~ Paul Simon

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

Monday, October 26, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Science for Peace Symposium:  Working for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.  Ray Acheson of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will update us briefly on global efforts on nuclear disarmament, including the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. She will then field questions from students and the larger audience.  Register here

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Media and Messaging Training for Faith Leaders.  We are in the midst of the most crucial election season of our lives, and the work of defending our democracy will not end on November 3rd. Your community and congregation will need clear guidance and reassurance -- especially if results are delayed and misinformation spreads. Join us for an important Media and Messaging Training that will prepare you to communicate about the importance of ensuring that every vote is counted, and all voters are protected. Co-hosted by the Fight Back Table, Bend The Arc, and Faith in Public Life.  Register here

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Reimagine Economic JusticeAs we face great uncertainty in our country, we are choosing to keep our dreams for justice alive. We know hope for the possible is often born in great struggle, so this October we will be hosting Reimagine, a series of women-led conversations at the intersection of faith, politics, and race.  Join us on Facebook  or Twitter on the following days for the next three weeks!  More information and register for a reminder here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Medicare for All 101 Webinar.  This call is to learn more about the basics of Medicare for All and the national campaign to win it. On this call we will discuss what Medicare for All is, our current profit-driven health care system, and how we change it. We will discuss the case for Medicare for All and offer concrete next steps to take action. We will also have time for Q&A at the end. Register here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors Presents: Sharing Our Stories.  Leveraging our past to guide us towards a more inclusive community - Toya Spencer, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Worthington City Schools.  WIN is very pleased to welcome Toya Spencer to the Worthington community as she begins her tenure with the Worthington Schools.  Ms. Spencer will share some fascinating information about Worthington's history as it relates to Abolitionism, the early presence of African American families in Worthington, Ohio and how she believes this history can help guide us in becoming a more inclusive community. She will also share some of the work she's doing in the district as well as her hopes and vision for the district. To request your Zoom invitation and meeting ID number, please email

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Policy Matters Ohio - The Disrupted Screening Event.  What do a farmer in Kansas, a laid-off factory worker in Ohio, and an Uber driver in Florida have in common? All three are resourceful, positive thinkers who strive to adapt and thrive despite dehumanizing forces at play in the American economy. As the film’s heroes face these roadblocks with courage, certain ideals remain sacred: family, love, and staying strong in the face of adversity. Lush cinematography galvanizes a sense of place and, as the narrative unfolds, the intimacy with the characters results in an emotionally rich observational drama. Ultimately, “The Disrupted” reveals a collective American experience of financial challenge, family resilience, and the quest for the purpose and dignity of work.  You will be sent a link to watch the film via email 1 hour before the event start time.  Register here

Thursday, October 29, 2020 07:00 PM.  Climate + State Violence Fall Webinar Series: U.S. Militarism + Climate Justice.  This fall, Power Shift Network is launching a series of critical conversations that will strengthen the collective power and impact of the climate movement. Aiming to unravel the realities of state violence and how those systems impact our movement for climate justice, each conversation will examine the intractable links between systems of U.S. sanctioned state violence, such as U.S. Militarism, Immigration Systems, White Nationalism, and their impacts on our movement for climate justice.  Join us for our inaugural conversations, starting on October 29th at 7pmET for a conversation about the ways that U.S. Militarism emboldens the climate crisis and reduces our ability to build resilient communities capable of weathering the impacts of climate catastrophes. Power Shift Network’s Dany Sigwalt will be joined by Lorah Steichen from the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and Generation Green’s Elsa Mengistu to discuss the foundational issues connecting the struggle to reduce military spending with our work to mitigate the climate crisis.  Register here

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 PM.  How Systemic Racism and White Privilege Became the American Way After 1619 Dr. La Trice Washington, Mt. Olivet Baptist 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 29, 2020, 12:45 PM. Fake News and Media Literacy. Join students and faculty from The Lantern and the School of Communication for a conversation about media literacy.  Panelists: Spencer Hunt, Director of Student Media, The Lantern; Max Garrison, B.A. Journalism and B.A. Public Management, Leadership, and Policy '22; Assistant Campus Editor, The Lantern; Nicole Kraft, Associate Professor, School of Communication; Sarah Szilagy, B.A. Journalism and Political Science '22; Campus Editor, The Lantern; and, Jeff Trimble, Lecturer, School of Communication and Department of Political Science.  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.  Register 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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