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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, […]

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 […]

Ecology, Environment, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, May 2023

Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Once considered the ideal landscaping tree, the Callery Pear cannot legally be sold, grown, or planted in Ohio, due to its invasiveness. Callery Pear was introduced to the United States from Asia in the early 1900s. The edible Pear, […]