Money concerns have a way of throwing us off balance as we manage our Life. Whether or not you plan to take Randy Loop’s course on “Aligning the Spirit of Living and Money” (see the poster below) you will enjoy meeting him on Zoom and hearing his remarkable success story overcoming a mountain of credit card debt and creating a new career rooted in powerful strategies that ground his Life in Balance.
Aligning the Spirit of Living and Money! Wed., August 18, 2021 at 7 pm
One of the largest questions coming out of the COVID-19 Pandemic is, “DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MY LIFE AND MONEY? In this instance “Life” can mean many things but, what comes rising to the surface is the fear of losing one’s Existence to the Virus and or one’s Freedom by stepping back into the rat race of work.
Randall Loop, long time Simply Living supporter and previous board member has used the 9 Steps of Your Money or Your Life (YMOYL) to create a sustainable living since 2004. He has facilitated the course since 2006 and has literally assisted hundreds to create the same for themselves. Join us for a brief introduction of the mindsets and methods of the program that was originally created by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. Randall’s presentation will be followed by Q&A discussion.
Get started on the journey today with the YMOYL Book (amazon) If you prefer to pay a little more instead of supporting Amazon, you can buy it at a local Columbus bookstore or you can buy it online at Bookshop.org, which donates money to local bookstores.
Learn how to change your financial future for the better.
Wed., August 18, 2021 at 7 pm
The New Corporation: The Unfortunate Necessary Sequel
Film + Q&A Sat-Sun August 28-29
Co-Sponsored by Simply Living and the
Ohio Community Rights Network
SWACO Presentation and Tour of Landfill
Monday, September 13 10 am – 11:30 am
Simply Living is organizing a field trip to learn about SWACO’s current operation of the landfill and their vision for a future “circular economy” in central Ohio. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Landfill where are questions will be answered by SWACO staff.
Arrive at SWACO by 9:45 AM for 10:00 AM start time.
Where: SWACO Resource Center, 4149 London Groveport Road, Grove City, OH 43123.
Field trips are approximately 60 – 90 minutes in length, beginning with a 30-minute presentation in the SWACO Resource Center and concluding with a tour of the landfill site.
We can accommodate up to 40 people. While on the bus/van, windows will be open to allow for ventilation. Masks are required for people in the van or on the bus.
Emerging at the other end, we will not be the same as we were; we will have become more humble, more connected to the natural world, fitter, leaner, more skilled and, ultimately, wiser.
~ Rob Hopkins
Author Talk with Paul Robinson:
Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 7 pm
Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?, explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. We will meet at the Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214.
Paul brings a unique perspective as a psychologist and a former science educator to explore the deeper reasons why we are not acting on the climate crisis, and he offers insight into the opportunities for acting now to preserve the quality of life for generations to come. Learn more about the book here. You can purchase the book for $12.99 (PB) or the ebook is $3.99. You may attend even if you have not read the book or not finished it.
Science tells us global warming is real, but too many people are living their lives as though we have an eternity to address the impending global crises.
Even the COVID-19 pandemic has failed to get the world to grasp that it is best to address a serious threat to our health and well-being sooner rather than later. The time to act is now – not when the problem is practically irreversible.
Paul Robinson, Ph.D., a psychologist and former science teacher, explores the science of global warming in a question-and-answer format that anyone can understand. He answers questions such as:
• How do scientists collect data on global warming and is it reliable?
• How hot is the Earth becoming?
• What is causing the Earth to warm?
Robinson also explores the psychological and moral substrates of the problem, recognizing that facts do not always change people’s minds. He makes the case that global warming is a moral and spiritual issue.
Get answers about global warming and what we can do to preserve the quality of life for generations to come.
The event is free to all. Free will donations at Registration are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living.
Simply Living Expanding Sustainable U Offerings
Jeff Sharp, former chair of the Simply Living Board and current chair of the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, has volunteered to lead a discussion course on Voluntary Simplicity. The 6 week EcoChallenge course is based on the book: A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World. Start date is Wednesday, September 29 at 7 pm. Details and location forthcoming.
More EcoChallenge courses are planned. Learn more about them here.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Might it be that the Transition approach, of creating vibrant local economies with increased community ownership, meeting practical needs from as nearby as possible, and living well while consuming far less energy than we do today, could actually better meet our needs? ~ Rob Hopkins
The idea of the solitary hero can be quite an unhealthy one, and we need to pool our efforts and be heroic together! ~ Rob Hopkins
Find many more events posted on our Community Calendar.
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NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL
Hundreds of U.S. cities adopted climate plans, including Columbus. But the city isn’t monitoring progress, critics say
See the full Dispatch article here.
Simply Living director, Cathy Cowan Becker, was quoted in the this multi city article – the part about Columbus is pretty far down. Here is an excerpt..
Columbus plan still in draft form
Though planning has been underway for a few years in Columbus, some are calling for more specifics and accountability in the draft plan it released last year.
The city took comments in March on a proposal to slash emissions by 25% by 2030 using 2018 as a baseline, and to become carbon neutral by 2050. There were an overwhelming amount of comments seeking to increase the reduction percentage to 45%.
A draft of the Columbus climate action plan was released 18 months ago. However, Jason Cervenec, education outreach director at the Byrd center, said he has yet to see any kind of scorecard for evaluating meaningful progress.
The public’s response was “we need to do more,” said Erin Beck, assistant director of Sustainable Columbus, the city’s environmental initiative. “And we need to do it faster, which is certainly supported, and underscored by the IPCC report.”
The city reports its emissions total approximately 11.5 million tons of greenhouse gases per year since 2013.
“But what makes up those emissions has changed. Buildings and transportation are the two top sources. The building emissions have been going down largely by energy efficiency but transportation emissions are going up,” said Cathy Cowan Becker, who is the chair for the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Columbus (correction Ohio) campaign. “That gives us a pretty good idea of what to look at and what to emphasize in cutting emissions moving forward.”
Beck said there will be more accountability moving forward through increased meetings that will take place bimonthly and the creation of working groups to address specifics in the climate action plan.
“Those working groups are going to be a great way for the city and our whole community, really, to hold ourselves accountable with how we’re doing with the plan, help troubleshoot and help identify any areas where more resources or assistance might be needed,” she said.
The city expects to have plan approved by fall. But as of Monday, the city still hadn’t decided where to set its reduction goal.
“I’m hoping that the city will keep that in their heart when they finish putting together this climate plan. We at the Sierra Club are actually going to be meeting with them next week to talk about this,” Cowan Becker said.
Free Guide for Community Starters
Here’s a newly released free guide, jam-packed with methods for starting or revitalizing your intentional community!
The Community Learning Incubator Programme for Sustainability (CLIPS) a European initiative to study successful ecovillages and distill their lessons for communities just starting out. Learn more.
Virtual Tour of Earthaven
There’s nothing like experiencing ecovillage life first hand, but taking a virtual tour of Earthaven is a close second! The introductory overview tour examines the concept of sustainability at Earthaven through social, ecological, and economic lenses. Learn more.
Ellen Baumgartner’s son-in-law. Paul Brown, is not only a noted musician and teacher of guitar, but an excellent chef-grade cook! He does part-time work cooking, fixing meals and delivering them. So if anyone has a need for meals – or knows someone who does, you may contact him preferably by texting him at 614-623-9933, calling and leaving a message, or email at email@example.com.
ZERO WASTE LIVING
We can help you!
Bring your own containers or buy ours! We also have aesthetically pleasing jars and bottles in all shapes, sizes and colors
ECO DRYER & FRESHENERS
New Eco-dryer balls and eco -drawer fresheners
New Bulk teas plus specials on green teas and black teasNuts and seeds in the bulk gravity bins!Bring your own jars and use no packaging!
Bexley Natural Market
508 N. Cassady Ave. Bexley, OH
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6
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How do we change the world? Change the story. ~ Charles Eisenstein
We have to create miracles. A miracle is not the intersession of an external divine agency in violation of the laws of physics. A miracle is simply something that is impossible from an old story but possible from within a new one. It is an expansion of what is possible. ~ Charles Eisenstein
An economist says that essentially more for you is less for me, but the lover knows that more for you is more for me, too. ~ Charles Eisenstein
Vilvi Vannak, director of the Care & Share Time Bank, wants to make sure everyone reads this GREAT article in The Columbus Dispatch by reporter Allison Ward!
“It’s good old-fashioned neighbor helping neighbor. It’s just a little more organized,” said Vilvi Vannak, current president of Care and Share. “And you’re not just bartering back and forth with each other. You have 300 people to choose from.”
Read the article here:
Worth More Standing —
The Value of Old Growth Forests
Hacks to Stay Cool: Beat the Heat Using Less Energy
Herbicide Free Campus:
Student-led Environmental Advocacy
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING
- Free books for kids with The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library
- Celebrate Local Art with Scrawl in Franklinton
- Happy Birthday to you with free Jeni’s Ice Cream!
- Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio Village
- Columbus Moonlight Market on Gay Street
- Wag! Festival: The Biggest Dog Fest of the Summer
- All Ohio Reptile Show with dragons, pythons, and frogs (oh my!)
- Almost 230 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus!
- Catch Theatre in the Park with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus at Schiller Park
- Date night in Columbus: Summer edition
- Best photography locations in Columbus
- Over 85 Indoor Play Places and Activities for kids around Columbus
- Lobster Roll Days at the Hills Market
- Cool off at Free Splash Pads in Columbus – Scioto Fountains now open!
- Storybook Village at Ohio Village Returns for 2021!
Comedy, Seltzerland, Shopping & More!
Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. It’s the final weekend to order Sparkling Platinum Dust! Enjoy your weekend!
Music & Nightlife & Comedy
Fun Things to Buy and Eat
ENJOY EXPLORING ART
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Reservoir Dogs plays at Studio 35.
Columbus Clippers take on Toledo Mud Hens all weekend with fireworks on Saturday.
The African American Male Wellness Walk is happening Saturday.
Shop Free Comic Book Day at Comic Town.
Enjoy a Summer Fashion event at Terrace Bar at Luxe 23.
Want to volunteer at Wild Goose Creative?
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Private equity firms avoid paying taxes to the tune of $75 billion in lost revenue. First they pillage communities, then they shift the tax burden to the rest of us. That’s the private equity playbook. ~ Americans for Financial Reform
Saturday, August 14, 2017, 7:00 PM. Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon. Since we aren’t getting together in person, we can gather for a couple hours on the second Saturday night of each month. Join Zoom Meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906590837. Meeting ID: 839 0659.
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 3:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: “Stitching Palestine.” Participants will discuss the award-winning documentary “Stitching Palestine”. About the film: Twelve resilient, determined and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail. They talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Please watch the film at your convenience and then join us for the online Q&A discussion. Carol Mansour, director and founder of Forward Film Productions, will be joined by Salma El-Yassir, former Director General of the Institute for Palestine Studies, for the Q&A discussion. Wafa Ghnaim, Palestinian American businesswoman, author, and artist will moderate the conversation. Register here for the Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: tinyurl.com/VFHLaugust2021. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to the meeting and a link with to watch the film. (Save this confirmation letter as the meeting link is unique to your email and you must have this to participate.) Please note that the film will only be available free to registrants from August 5 – 15, 2021. Watch the film at your convenience before the event. Then join us with your thoughts and questions for our speakers at the Q&A Discussion on August 15.
Monday, August 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Medicare for All and Expand Medicare Rally. The point of the rally is to encourage Representative Joyce Beatty to become a cosponsor of Medicare for All, HR 1976, and support the initiative to Expand Medicare. There is a strong movement in the Congress to include “human infrastructure” in a reconciliation bill, that should include expansion of Medicare to include Seniors, age 60 or lower; add dental, hearing, vision care as covered services; and negotiate drug prices, and cap on what Seniors would need to pay for drugs. You are invited to participate. Please bring a sign if you have one. We will have SPAN Ohio Medicare for All signs. Bring a phone to call her Columbus office during the rally, to invite someone to come down to talk to us, and to encourage her to become a Medicare for All cosponsor. Even if you are not able to call, you can call from wherever you are between 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM to make the same ask. Location: Sidewalk in front of Joyce Beatty’s office, 471 E. Broad St.
Monday, August 16, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. From Bethlehem to Gaza: Palestinian Culinary Resilience & Liberation. Join Middle East Children’s Alliance & Just World Educational virtually for a summer meal prepared by Vivien Sansour and Laila El-Haddad, together in Laila’s garden. In this exclusive seasonal cooking demonstration, they will discuss resilience against both the physical and culinary partitions of the occupation – as well as its attempts to destroy diversity of food. In this moment of new imagining for Palestine, how can we create a plate that threads us together? Sign up for this special webinar by making a donation below! Suggested donation of $10 per person. Your tax-deductible gift will support MECA’s programs in Gaza. Register here.
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