Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, June 2024

by Martin (Mort) Schmidt Tuliptree, Tulip Poplar, Tulip, Yellow Poplar, Whitewood, Canoe Tree for Simply Living Tuliptree is one of our commercially most important trees. At the lumberyard, it’s often called “Yellow Poplar” or simply “Poplar”, but it’s not a poplar, it’s a magnolia. Tulip is classified as a hardwood […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, April 2024

Common Pawpaw, Custard Apple, Prairie Banana Asimina triloba by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Pawpaw is the little tree with big leaves and fruit. In fact, Pawpaw has the largest edible fruit of Ohio’s native trees, even though it’s a small understory tree, often growing up from runners in […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, March 2024

Shingle Oak Quercus imbricaria by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Many people assume that all oak leaves have conspicuous lobes, but some don’t. Shingle Oaks, which are native to Ohio, have leaves that look more like magnolia. But like all oaks, Shingle Oaks have acorns. Leaf shape is useful […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, February 2024

Staghorn Sumac, Velvet Sumac (Rhus typhina) by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is typically more of a shrub than a tree, and it’s generally too small to provide useful wood. But it occasionally does achieve tree status, which, according to the U.S. Forestry Service definition, […]

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Book Club

Q&A with Roger Briggs on the Future of Humanity

Watch the Q&A with author Roger Briggs on his book, Emerging World: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Future of Humanity. Enjoying this? Subscribe to our Be the Change Weekly Update for more opportunities to engage. Become a member of Simply Living to support more local activities.

Ecology, Environment, Homesteading, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, January 2024

Bitternut Hickory, Yellowbud Hickory, Swamp Hickory Carya cordiformis by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Hickory is renowned for its toughness and resilience. Our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, was nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his indomitable spirit. And Bitternut Hickory is a particular favorite of mine. Though not nearly as […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, December 2023

Eastern White Pine, White Pine Pinus strobus by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Eastern White Pine has long been one of the most important softwoods of the eastern United States. In colonial times, after most of the old trees in Europe had been harvested, America’s straight, tall White Pines […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, November 2023

Witch Hazel, American Witch Hazel, Snapping Hazel Hamamelis virginiana by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living When in bloom, Witch Hazel might be mistaken for an oversized Forsythia. But the Witch Hazel native to Ohio blooms in November! It’s really worth making a trip to see Witch Hazel in bloom […]

Book Club, Culture, Ecology, Environment, Sustainable Living, Transition

Review of “Emerging World”, (The Evolution of Consciousness and the Future of Humanity), byRoger P. Briggs

Guest Blog Post by Kevin Eigel Over the last few years, I have been a somewhat regular member of the Simply Living Book Club, organized by Chuck Lynd. As part of this Club, I have enjoyed exploring the big question for me at this point in my life: What can […]

Guest Blog Post, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Transit, Uncategorized

Reflections on Daily Walking in Segovia Spain

How a daily practice of walking as a college student in Spain became a transformative experience that intersects with issues of city planning, health and longevity, environmental sustainability, community and purpose.  By Frank Lesko  I spent a semester in Segovia, Spain, in 1997 while attending Hiram College. Segovia is a […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, October 2023

Northern Red Oak, Red Oak Quercus rubra (Q. Borealis in many older texts) by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Northern Red Oak is one of the Midwest’s most important trees. Oaks are host to numerous animals, provide food for rodents, bears, deer, and other animals, and are essential sources […]

Ecology, Guest Blog Post

Tree of the Month, July 2023

Arborvitae, American Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar, Eastern White Cedar Thuja occidentalis by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living You have, I have, we all have Arborvitae deep within us. Read on….. Arborvitae, the Tree of Life, is a tree of paradoxes. Both revered and reviled over history, Northern White Cedar […]

Community Update, Environment, Food

Interview with The Compost Exchange

An interview with Ray Leard, Founder and Chief Composter Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Ray Leard, the founder and head composter of the Compost Exchange. The Compost Exchange is a local business that specializes in both residential and commercial composting. It was started by one guy – […]

Ecology, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, June 2023

Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living In the wild, Honeylocust is one of the most recognizable trees because of its long branched thorns. In fact, the Latin species name, triacanthos, means “three thorns”. Honeylocust is very popular for landscaping, but domesticated varieties usually lack thorns and […]

About Simply Living, Climate, Ecology, Lifestyle, Sustainable Living, Transition, Uncategorized

How Living Simply Addresses the Root Causes of Climate Change

As a long time advocate for living simply I often hear people say “that’s good for you, Chuck, but it won’t be enough – we need to change the system.” They’re not exactly being dismissive, but perhaps damning with faint praise. I heartily agree that changing systems – lots of […]