Ecology

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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, […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

Ecology, Environment, Uncategorized

Tree of the Month, April 2023

My Favorite Tree Books By Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living I recently wrote about my favorite tree websites and downloadable books. This month I’ll discuss my favorite printed books – books about trees made from trees. I have over a hundred of them, many of which I picked up […]

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Native Plant Sale

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is holding their annual plant sale. I’ve planted over 100 trees from this source over the years and nearly all of them have thrived. Most of the trees are sold as bare-root saplings, which consist essentially of twigs with roots, packaged in bundles […]

Ecology, Sustainable Living

Favorite Tree Websites

by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living Photo by Mort Schmidt I’m often asked about my favorite tree books and websites. I have a good many favorites, so this month I’ll discuss my favorite tree websites and some later month I’ll discuss my favorite tree books. I’m old school – when […]

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Winter Tree ID

Mort Schmidt, author of the Tree of the Month articles, will co-lead a winter tree ID walk with park ranger Scott Felker at Three Creeks Metro Park on Sunday, January 22nd at 2 PM. We’ll meet at the Confluence Area as shown in the attached map. I’d love to see […]