Be the Change Weekly Community Update 1-8-2021


Establishing public banks that invest our $$ in the communities where we live has become a movement. Why? Cash strapped cities and states need to invest in affordable housing, local businesses suffering from the pandemic, infrastructure projects, renewable energy and more. In Columbus, one quarter of every tax dollar is allocated to service the debt – to repay the bonds borrowed from Wall Street investors. It’s safe, but expensive! We can do much better than that with a “public bank option.” As the Public Banking Institute likes to say “It’s Our Money.”

Simply Living and the Ohio Sustainable Business Council are partnering to promote public banking in Ohio. We’re building a coalition of citizens and organizations who will advocate and spread the word about the benefits of public banks. If you missed the launch of our first Town Hall event on November 10, you can watch the recording here.

Join us February 2nd when we gather to plan a series of Town Hall events in 2021. Our goal is to broaden the base of our coalition to address urgent funding needs in order to revitalize our local communities. Find more information here. Registration is coming soon. Email to be notified.

Tell your governor to ignore the lobbyists from big banks, who detest the idea, and set up a public bank immediately. ~ Michael Shuman, economist & advocate for local economies.

Take a Class and
Support Simply Living

Archetypal Astrology 101

DIY Cleaners/Household Sustainability Class

Cook Along with Chef Del


Free Press Second Saturday Salon

The Possibility Accelerator Experience
to Inspire a New Reality.

The Possibility Accelerator Experience
to Inspire a New Reality.

The Intersection of Manufacturing & Climate Change: A Roundtable with Senator Brown

The Intersection of Manufacturing & Climate Change: A Roundtable with Senator Brown

Plastics Expansion Update with Rumpke Waste & Recycling

EPN Webinar: Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad, a tribal climate adaptation menu (Tribal knowledge linked to Newark Earthworks)

How Can We Move from a Sense of Separation to Interconnectedness?

Modern Monetary Theory Study Group
4 Part series starts Monday, Jan 11

Solar PV Training – Books, Training, Certification (Jan 11-17)


Simply Living Action Alert: Save Award Winning Community Garden

TAKE ACTION! Visit our blog post here for more info + pics & a LETTER YOU CAN SEND (and personalize) to make your voice heard before the Zoning Commissioners meet on Thursday, January 14. Please use the FB and Twitter links on the blog post to share this with your friends. Thank you!

Michael Doody (above) is the founder of the award winning community garden.
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Mushroom Buying Club? Check out this very short video with Paul Stamets, of Fantastic Fungi fame, talk about the neurological benefits of lions mane mushrooms. I personally (Chuck Lynd) am interested in buying these and other mushrooms for their health benefits. Mushroom Harvest Provisions buys in bulk and delivers to various locations in Columbus – e.g., Portia’s Cafe. If anyone is interested in buying in bulk and then splitting in fractions for individual supplies., send me an email <> or call or text my cell 614-354-6172.

Arc of Appalachia’s
Favorite Photos from a Most Unforgettable Year
Celebrating Nature & Art – 2020

THE QUINTESSENTIAL ROCKY FORK GORGE in the magic light at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Photo by Sarah Sells.

See the and many other beautiful nature photographs and a short wintry introduction from Arc co-founder
Nancy Stranahan. See the full Newsletter here.

How to receive tax credits for electric vehicles and charging equipment
If you purchased a new electric vehicle or charging equipment in 2020, you may be eligible to receive valuable tax credits. Learn more >>

Installing an EV Charging Station virtual event recording
During National Drive Electric Week, Plug In America presented a virtual event on how to install EV charging in your home, including how to receive valuable incentives. 
Watch the recording >>
Visit for other NDEW event recordings. 

Fantastic Fern
The Azolla fern has been tangled with human history for thousands of years. Some see it as a pest, others are excited by its vast potential to clean up chemical runoff, act as a fertilizer, a high-protein food source, and a carbon sink.

“I mean yes, we want to control the amount of CO2 in the air. Yes, we want to dismantle dams. Yes, we want to get plastic out of the ocean. Yes, we want recycling. But there’s no point in doing all that unless we take care of each other at the same time… We have to find a way to love each other and care for each other so that when any one of us goes down, we will either have the strength to get back up and shake it off, or others, who are our friends, will lift us back up.” ~ Barry Lopez

Winter Market offerings at Clintonville Winter Market
**Producer Feature: JNA BREAD BAKERY**Jacqueline Hill, owner of JNA pictured above, reminds us that “no man is an island.” 2020 brought many challenges for her business, but also presented opportunities to forge new partnerships, implement creative customization options and get to know her customers in new ways. She uses locally-sourced seasonal ingredients pairing fruit & veggies to make breads with unique textures and flavors. We love Jacqueline at market because she’s always upbeat, quick to share a smile and loves her market customers!
Read the full January newsletter here.

Read the Winter 2020 Issue here
If you still need something to track your crazy 2021 plans in, we’ve got you!
We only have a handful of Edible Columbus 2021 calendars left, so claim your own ASAP. Each month features a delicious food photo taken by Columbus foodies.
They’re only $10 and can be ordered via this Google Form

Tamera – An Ecovillage For A New Humanity (10 minute film on free Uplift TV)
Tamera is an ecovillage situated in the south of Portugal. It is a holistic peace research and education center exploring different ways of being and living on this planet. With two hundred people currently residing there, Tamera has become an iconic space of experimentation for a new culture, one based on trust, care and cooperation.
“Tamera is a seed for a new culture: from war to peace,
from exploitation to cooperation, from fear to trust.”
Yes. Simply Living people are everywhere! See all Uplift films.

Can Solar Farms Promote Local Food Security, Wildlife Habitat?
Learn how innovative land management enables solar projects to benefit solar developers, farmers, wildlife, and local communities. more…
Delicious vegetable cream soup with broccoli and parsley, selective focus
Plant-Based Soups — Super for You & the Planet
Warm, rich, and hearty. Light and refreshing. Spicy and silken. The styles, flavors, and textures of soups are limitless. Even if you’re ditching dairy. Or blowing off beef.
Luscious, plant-based soup recipes are plentiful, from traditional favorites to enticing exotics. Pull out your favorite pot. We’re dishing out meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free recipes. MORE

“Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. Love has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table.” ~ D. H. Lawrence


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

Monday, January 11, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  New England Film Premiere: Noam Chomsky– Internationalism or Extinction.  A Fundraiser for Massachusetts Peace Action “No one but Noam so passionately links the twin, man-made threats to organized human existence–catastrophic climate change and nuclear doomsday machines–and no previous communication of his warnings and challenge to action has presented them so impressively. The brilliantly chosen visuals transform what might otherwise be an almost unbearable recitation of horrific facts–and the institutional failures to move toward changing them–into a presentation with a potential to inspire and motivate public activism.  Link for more information and registration here

Saturday, January 16, 2021, 10:00 AM.  Virtual COWC New Member Orientation.  What can you do to build power for low wage and immigrant workers in Columbus? Join us for an online new volunteer and membership orientation. In this training you will learn about the key issues facing workers and immigrants today, understand the Central Ohio Worker Center’s mission and strategy for making Columbus a place for all people, and learn what you can do to have an impact. The orientation is a prerequisite for COWC membership but is open to all residents who wish to learn more about the COWC and about grassroots social justice organizing. Please RSVP on Facebook so we can make sure to get you the details of the call!

Monday, January 18, 2021, 9:00 AM.  Join the Celebration Event! 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast. “Now Is the Time.“”We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Excerpt from I Have a Dream at the Washington D.C. Civil Rights March 1963.  In the wake of COVID-19 this is a virtual event open to the public, but attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required.  Cost:  $20.00.  More information and registration here

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM: Speaking Of Democracy…Citizens United v. the FEC: Its History And Its ConsequencesOn January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling unleashed a tidal wave of election spending that cleared the way for the sale of American democracy to the highest bidder. On the eleventh anniversary of this disastrous decision, Move to Amend’s Greg Coleridge will lay out the historical precedents behind the Citizens United v. FEC ruling, the consequences, AND the only proposed amendment that would reverse them all! Guest speaker: Greg Coleridge. Free and open to all. Register in advance for the zoom meeting here.  Sponsor: Move to Amend, Central Ohio. Contact: Sandy at

Columbus on the Cheap Good, Cheap, Fun

In This Issue…

Mega Weekend
Hikes, Films, Fitness, and More

Get your pup and join a dog disc league!

With all that has happened this week, find organizations doing work you support and views you align with and donate to them, either with funds, or with time. Enjoy your weekend.

Get Outside

Go on a hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park. Get that #cbusparkie!
Want to get started with Birdwatching?
Get your dog some exercise too at Gahanna’s Disc Dog League.

Enjoy Exploring Art

Franklinton Fridays is on Friday night at 400 Square.
Platform Beer Co has movie nights and is showing The Room.
It’s the last weekend to virtually explore the fiber arts exhibit, Expanded Dimensions. Don’t forget you can explore CMA for free on Sat & Sun.
It’s the last weekend to see Avery McGrail’s Fabricated Magic at Wild Goose at 400.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with cocktails to go! There’s also some seating at Cameron Mitchell RestaurantsBarrel & Boar has a take home meal, Grandview Cafe has limited seating, and Funny Bone welcomes Damon Williams. SŌW Plated has a special New Year’s Day Brunch. Here’s some ways to celebrate safely.

What else can you do this weekend?

Get in shape with the Parks Dept’s Fitness Resolution Solution. How can you get involved with your community? Recycle your electronicsFried Chicka Bang opened.
Sweetwaters in Hamilton Quarter is celebrating their grand opening this week. Get signed up for a Documentary Discussion about Racism and Grassroots Activism. Learn how to do a headstand. Get tickets to next week’s Ryan Speedo Green with Opera Columbus.

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 


Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another. ~ Kenny Ausubel

Be the Change: Join Simply Living Individual membership rates have been reduced to $25 annually. Seniors, $20. Students only $10. Business memberships starting at $100 now include membership in the Ohio Sustainable Business Council.

Sign up online here or email

Love what we’re doing? Share our passion for nature and sustainable community living? How about volunteering? Love to research, write, communicate? Email or call Chuck Lynd @ 614- 354-6172.

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