Be the Change Weekly Community Update Friday September 17, 2021

Simply Living and other partners are working with Columbus Stand Up for a series of events to hear concerns of citizens. Join us! RSVP here.

Small Group Discussion Courses
Best Way to Learn and Practice Sustainable Living

Free for Simply Living members or Name Your Price. Not a member? Join for $25 and get a free ticket. A book is required and SL attendees qualify for a $10 discount. Use Code SAVE10. More info here to start your learning adventure.
Free for Simply Living members or Name Your Price. Not a member? Join for $25 and get a free ticket. A book is required and SL attendees qualify for a $10 discount. Use Code SAVE10. More info here to start your learning adventure.

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See all Sustainable U courses in Fall 2021 here.

MORE Simply Living Sustainable U Courses

Economics of Happiness – Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 
Five weeks starting October 26, 2021

Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Learn at your own pace.

Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course. Learn at your own pace.

Residential Solar Installation and Design – This is an online course. Learn at your own pace.

A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future.
~ William Carlos Williams

Join us for Gift To Be Simple
Wednesday, October 20, 5:30 p.m.

Simply Living’s annual Gift To Be Simple fundraiser will be Wednesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215.

You will get to meet and network with dozens of other Simply Living friends and acquaintances as you munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the beautiful setting of Scioto Audubon Metro Park near downtown Columbus. Walk around this lovely building to meet representatives from sponsoring sustainable businesses and organizations.

Then you can hear a presentation on “Our Story: How Simply Living has made Central Ohio more sustainable,” and meet several of the movers and shakers from core organizations that we have helped launch over the past 29 years. Simply Living has made a difference in the lives of so many Central Ohioans, and they will tell you about it.

Finally, you’ll hear the big plans Simply Living has for the future — our new database, the relaunch of Sustainable U, and more. You are not going to want to miss this!

Tickets start at $50 per person. Register at

Another way to give… If you or someone you know works at OSU, Bucks for Charity makes it very easy to donate to your favorite nonprofit. Consider donating to Simply Living through this year’s workplace giving campaign.
19052 is our number!


TIP: To see all the free festival and film summits on our Calendar of Events here, then search on the word Summit!

“A sustainable human community is designed such that its ways of life, technologies, and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life.”
~ Fritjof Capra

Ooops! I omitted this wonderful new in person event via Bill Cohen.

What do you get when you mix elements of folk, blues, classical, jazz, and rock music….and then combine storytelling lyrics, complex instrumentation, and earthy vocals?  You get the Nashville-based trio, South for Winter.
The young trio features a New Zealander, a classically-trained cellist, and members who wrote their first song together on a rooftop in Peru, so their musical influences are eclectic.  That, plus their talent, is why they’ve racked up awards as “emerging” musical artists and have won rave reviews for their 2020 crowd-funded album, Luxumbra.
Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society, South for Winter will appear in person at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue on Saturday Sept 25 at 8 p.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Due to capacity limits linked to Covid, pre-registration is required at  Link shortcut is:
$15 suggested donation at the door.  You must be vaccinated and wear a mask.
As usual, the featured act will be preceded by a one-hour segment of open mic performers, starting at 7 p.m.  But due to health concerns, there will be no jamming or community sing along.
Questions? Call Bill Cohen at 614-263-3851.

Grassroot Ohio streams all their broadcasts on 92.7/98.3 FM & streams @ Details and FB here. Listen to past programs here

Carolyn Harding’s activist take on her infamous great-great-great uncle, Warren G. Harding. Then part 2 will feature Kristen Beireis and Joan VanBecelaere with an update on the Ohio legislature’s anti-protest bills.

Ends Sunday. More information and free registration on our calendar here.

 35 of the world’s top speakers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and activists will inspire and transform you with their messages. More info and free registration here.

Meet a regenerative community home to 600 people! Watch a recording of the live discussion free through September 24. More info and registration here.

Free Food Justice Film Festival, featuring four powerful films that explore agriculture and climate change, the colonization of food, exploitation of farmworkers and children, and the importance of saving seeds and traditions. Ends Sunday.  Features Truly Texas MexicanThe Ants & The GrasshopperThe Harvest/La Cosecha and SEED: The Untold Story. More info here.

Please join us for an exploration of “Old Women Koans”.
The Wisdom of Zen Crones
Rev. Zenshin Florence Caplow, Reigetsu Susan Moon, and Roshi Joan Halifax
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, September 17 – 19
Online and Free, Donation Appreciated More info here.

We’re excited! Join Us at ASPIRE! Hosted by The Metropreneur.
Join us at Brick House Blue on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 6 – 9 p.m. to celebrate recipients of both the Emerging Social Enterprise and Social Enterprise of the Year Award – the world-changing finalists were announced last month at Positioned to Prosper.
Grab your tickets today!

Lucid Dreaming for Mind/Body Health and Healing
Fri Sep 17th 2:00pm – 3:15pm (EDT)
Join acclaimed author, lucid dreamer, and teacher, Robert Waggoner, as he shares how you can use the special state of lucid dreaming to interact consciously with a non-visible, responsive Inner Self, and aid in emotional and physical health. Save Your Seat! REGISTER FOR FREE
Please register even if you can’t attend live and you’ll receive an email with a link to the recording.

Experience America on September 18th as we celebrate curiosity by exploring inspiring museums and cultural centers across the country. To find a museum and get your free ticket, go to

Community Backyards Class & Rebate Sat Sep 18th at 10 am

Attend a virtual class to receive your rebate voucher! In the online class you’ll learn about different actions you can take to improve water quality like installing rain barrels and rain gardens, planting native plants, using proper lawn care techniques, and composting to improve soil conditions. Register

Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at McKnight Outdoor Recreation Center, 3228 Indian Village Road. Learn more.
  • Oct. 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Whetstone Park Prairie, 3901 North High Street. Learn more; register to voulunteer.
  • Celebrate, Learn About Nature’s Dynamos at Pollinator Field Day

    Pollinators–such as birds, bees and butterflies–are important to our environment and world. They pollinate trees, flowers and crops; plants that provide our food and food and shelter for other animals. Did you know that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food?

    Celebrate nature’s dynamos at free Pollinator Field Days in September and October! There’s something for all ages, including kids’ activities, a pollinator habitat scavenger hunt and a butterfly catch-and-release–we’ll learn how to tag monarchs if we catch any. We’ll try out the free iNaturalist app to identify and document the flowers and pollinator species we see.

    Northland Unity Festival
    Sat Sep 18th 2:00pm – 6:00pm (EDT)

    You can experience the wonderful diversity in Northland at the Unity Festival.
    Come to the North YMCA at 1640 Sandalwood Pl. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. More info and pictures on Facebook. Enjoy music, crafts, food trucks, and vendors! Sponsored by Elevate Northland and community partners.

    Java Central is located at 20 S. State St. in Uptown Westerville 43081

    Care & Share TimeBank

    On Sunday, September 19 at 6:30p.m, the Care an Share Time Bank (CSTB) will welcome Bob Krasen, SPAN Ohio Columbus Area Coordinator, to present on the topic of Medicare for All in a VIRTUAL meeting on Zoom. Everyone is invited to join us -member or not! The Zoom link will be posted soon. More info here.

    Harvest Moon Community Fire Ceremony
    379 Robinwood Ave. Whitehall, Ohio
    Join Rita Carnevale & Frank Tennyson for a gathering of kindred spirits to honor our transformational process at this auspicious time. 
    More info here.

    Frances Moore Lappé – Diet for a Small Planet
    In conversation with Bryant Terry
    Mon Sep 20th 8:30pm (EDT) WATCH HERE
    This event will be broadcast live and does not require registration to attend. To view, please click the “Watch Here” button at the time of the event, or subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive a ten-minute reminder.
    Discover a way of eating that revolutionized the meaning of our food choices and sold more than 3 million copies — now in a 50th-anniversary edition with a timely introduction plus new and updated plant-centered recipes. More

    In July, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a report documenting use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals, by the oil and gas industry. Join the EHP team as they explore why the use of PFAS was not known until now and the potential health impacts of exposure to PFAS, particularly regarding their ability to disrupt hormone use in the body. You can register HERE. More info on our calendar here.

    “Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches;
    scientists understand its branches but not its roots.
    Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both.” ~ Fritjof Capra

    Sept. 21: SUMMIT OPENING
    Sept. 22: SIDE EVENTS
    The extent and intensity of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the government actions at its heels have surfaced and exacerbated long-standing injustices and inequalities in, and unsustainability of global monopoly capitalism, including in the food systems. More here.

    Wed Sep 22nd 9:00am – 4:00pm (EDT)
    Galbreath Room at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA map 
    Simply Living is co-hosting this event organized by UUJO: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, and co-hosted by eight other organizations. Register here.
    Join us as we meet at the statehouse to stomp out anti-protest bills as we educate legislators on why these bills are bad for Ohioans (HB 22, HB 109 & SB 41). Connect with others who want to stop these bills, pack the schedules of Ohio legislators and rally outside the statehouse. You are welcome to join for legislative visits 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take a break for rally from 1 to 2 p.m. or choose one. You must register in advance, here for legislative visits.
    Read more and register at

    On the Inner Work of Racial Justice Wed Sep 22nd 10:00pm (EDT)
    Exponential Climate Action Summit III Thu Sep 23rd 8:00am (EDT) Breaking Down Barriers: Making the Future of Food Available to Everyone Today Wed Sep 22nd 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EDT)

    Find many more events posted on our Community Calendar.
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    Link to salon video Selected highlights below
    Dr. Marilyn Howard spoke next to promote the publication of the book A History of Hate in Ohio: Then and Now. She wrote the introduction to the book, co-authored by Free Press Editor Bob Fitrakis and Michael Brooks. Use the promo code HISTORY for a discount.
    Sandy Bolzenius reflected on her 20 years a veteran, her experiences in foreign countries through her military service and travels – and how these informed her opinion about the reasons 9/11 happened in 2001.
    Professor Oliver Boyd-Barrett gave us a very fascinating and thoughtful overview of the history of the region and events leading up to 9/11 and the unfortunate wars that followed – from the Afghanistan and Iraq debacles to Libya, Syria, Iran and the drumbeat to war with China.
    Cathy Cowan Baker brought us up-to-date on Simply Living events.
    Mary Jane Borden talked about her recent article in the Free Press. Also, one she wrote in the past about 9/11: Remember the Rainbow Farm
    Next Free Press Cyber-Salon is October 10.

    Are Mushrooms the New Easter Eggs?

    Searching for mushrooms has recently brought out the kid for many folks.  Mushroom foraging groups are booming as people from all walks of life set out to make new discoveries in the forest and even in their own backyard!  But is there a deeper lesson we can learn from this trend?  Check out this two minute sneak peek clip from the Fantastic Fungi Global Summit featuring trailblazing mycologist and author, Paul Stamets

    A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity,
    stability and beauty of the biotic community.
    It is wrong when it tends otherwise. ~ Aldo Leopold

    We CAN Pay for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Free Child Care, College Tuition – Watch this short TED Talk and Never Be Fooled Again…

    Watch this brilliant TED Talk that explains clearly, in ordinary language, how the Modern Monetary Theory or MMT economists explain “the other side of the deficit” is simply money invested in people and communities!
    Stephanie Kelton (Sanders Institute Advisor) is the leading MMT spokesperson. “We have the resources we need to begin repairing our broken systems,” Kelton says. “But we have to believe it’s possible.” Listen and start believing!

    A new report from the Indigenous Environmental Network shows that Indigenous resistance has stopped or delayed greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least one-quarter of annual U.S. and Canadian emissions.  Read the full report. Gratitude for our Native Americans!

    “The basic pattern of life is a network. Whenever you see life,
    you see networks. The whole planet, what we can term ‘Gaia’
    is a network of processes involving feedback tubes.
    Humans are part of the larger whole, Gaia.” ~ Fritjof Capra

    Their work in central Ohio continues the work of Richard Louv’s classic book: Last Child in the Woods.

    How Many Times Can That Be Recycled?

    Just because certain materials are recyclable doesn’t mean they’re infinitely recyclable — or even that the recycled material can be used to make the same product. Do you know how many times plastic, metals, paper, and glass can be recycled? more…

    Recycling Mystery: Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    You don’t want to mess around with devices that can save lives;
    when smoke and carbon monoxide detectors expire,
    they need to be replaced. But can they be recycled? more…

    7 Ways To Preserve Your Garden Harvest

    7 Ways To Preserve Your Garden Harvest

    Have you enjoyed a bountiful garden this year?
    Perhaps you have more than you can use before it goes bad.
    No worries; preserve your produce so you can enjoy it year-round. more…

    Recycling Search  More Articles  Recycling Guides

    Did you learn something new today?
    Please Support Earth911 database updates so we can help others recycle!

    Enjoy 2+ minutes of quotes from Jeremy Rifkin on YouTube

    Starburst Media helps businesses create effective websites. Based in Columbus, they serve clients worldwide. More here.

    The Columbus Free Press Network includes two awesome community radio stations! 94.1 and 92.7 / 98.3
    Listen on your radio or online anytime!


    Columbus on the Cheap
    Good, Cheap, Fun

    Holistic Horticulture is practiced by Simply Living’s newest member.
    Check out Wes Williams and the landscaping services he offers:

    Mega Weekend
    Music Festivals, Special Art Shows
    and more to do this weekend!

    Already time for zombies? Find some at ZOMBIEzi Bay. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

    Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Celebrate social enterprise on Friday night at Aspire! Pick up your Columbus Makes Art Passport and get your sticker on Sunday at Sunlight Market! Don’t miss your chance to get tickets to next weekend’s Columbus Coffee Festival. Enjoy your weekend!

    Music and Food Festivals

    Some of the artists appearing at Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
    Comedian Zane Lamprey laughs it up at BrewDog.
    Enjoy the Ohiolina Music Festival all weekend.
    The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival returns.
    Head to Hofbrauhaus for Oktoberfest.
    Head to Columbus Commons to enjoy ¡Viva Festival Latino en Concierto!

    Things to Do Outdoors

    A previous year performance at Scioto Fest. Photo by KK media.
    Is it already time for the new ZOMBIEzi Bay?
    Watch 21 Jump Street & Dirty Dancing with NightLight614.
    Friday and Saturday, the Scioto Audubon Metro Park turns into Scioto Fest. Watch Paddington 2. Attend a Houseplant Jubilee at Groovy Plants Ranch.
    Shop some awesome vintage and more at Better Late Market at Columbus Brewing Company. Maybe you want to celebrate pollinators?
    OSU plays Tulsa on Saturday.
    Explore gardens, rooftops, and more amazing outdoor living spaces during the Short North Tour of Gardens on Sunday.


    Felicia Mercoledi G DeRosa and Kel Haines as photographed by Emma Parker Photography for the Trans Visibility Gallery to showcase the strong, resilient, vulnerable, and overall amazing #TransCommunity and #nonbinarycommunity.

    Streetlight Guild hosts drive through art market, Guild to Go. Have you seen the newest mural in the Hilltop? There’s a dedication tonight.
    Noises Off continues at Garden Theater.
    Head to Grove City for Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival.
    Opening at the Wexner Center: First large-scale museum exhibition for vanguard abstract painter Jacqueline Humphries.
    Did you get a ticket to the sold out Trans Visibility Gallery?
    Dr. Mark Lomax II presents Drumversations.


    Fashion Week Columbus has a launch party.
    Shop the North Market Night Market.
    Shop the Sunlight Market on Sunday and get your Columbus Makes Art Passport sticker.
    The Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show is also Sunday.

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    “In the end, the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along.
    Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than
    a triumph of cooperation and creativity.” ~ Fritjof Capra

    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. 

    Friday, September 17, 2021, 11:00 AM. Uniting to Dismantle Racism and Militarism in U.S. Foreign Policy Please join the Friends Committee on National Legislation for a webinar to explore how progressive groups working on a wide variety of domestic and foreign policy issues can join together to dismantle structures of militarism and white supremacy. Speakers include: Salih Booker, President and CEO, Center for International Policy, Shailly Barnes, Policy Director, Kairos Center and Poor People’s Campaign, Diana Duarte, Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, MADRE, Tobita Chow, Founding Director, Justice is Global, and Diana Ohlbaum, Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation (moderator).  Register here

    Saturday, September 18, 2021, and October 2, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Whose Land? Whose Promise?  Palestine, Justice, and the Bible.  Join Canadian Friends of Sabeel for a two-day virtual dialogue involving theologians and church leaders, as we look to the Bible for guidance on the ongoing situation in Palestine.  Session One:  An ecumenical dialogue with Rev. Dr. Alex Awad and Professor Ron Dart, facilitated by Rev. Carrie Ballenger.  Session Two: A follow-up session facilitated by Dan Epp-Tiessen, in which participants will have the opportunity to interact with one another in small groups about issues and questions raised in the first session.  Cost $10 or what you can afford.  Register here

    Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM.  The Great Constitutional Hijacking: The Fourteenth Amendment and Qualified Immunity (Virtual). To ensure the rights of newly emancipated black Americans after the Civil War, Congress ratified the Fourteenth Amendment that guaranteed full citizenship and “equal protection of the laws” to all Americans. Within twenty years, powerful interest hijacked the Amendment to advantage them over “We the People.” Learn about the Fourteenth Amendment, the limitations of its lofty promises, and what this means for Ohioans today, especially Ohioans of color, as illustrated in the Qualified Immunity doctrine that allows officials to override citizens’ constitutional rights. Guest speakers, Charles Peterson, Chair of Africana Studies, Oberlin College and Cynthia Brown, Coordinator of DeEscalate Ohio Now, Ohio’s leading organization in the campaign to repeal Qualified Immunity. Sponsor: Move to Amend Ohio. The event is free, and all are welcome! Register here  

    Sunday, September 19, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  The Third Harmony.  Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature.  The Third Harmony tells the story of nonviolence, the greatest overlooked resource in human experience. By revealing the convergence of modern science and the world’s great wisdom traditions, the film explores the important role that nonviolence plays in the wider struggle to develop a “new story” of human nature, that, contrary to the “old story”, scarcity, competition and violence are not inevitable. Rather the universe is conscious and purposeful; we are spiritual beings, and cooperation and collaboration are our natural way of interacting. CLARA stands for Calm, Listen, Affirm, Respond, and Add. The CLARA Method helps you model compassionate, kind, empathic listening and communication to help de-escalate a situation and bring harmony.  See the video trailer at:  More information and registration here

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Fair Maps Day at the Ohio Statehouse.  Join Fair Districts and many partners as we come together from all across Ohio to demand FAIR MAPS. We have a full day of action planned, including a press conference, a march around the statehouse, speeches, scheduled lobby visits and more. It will be a show of force that official mapmakers will not be able to ignore! Check out the event schedule and additional information HERE

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:30 PM.  Author Talk with Paul Robinson: Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?  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.  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 ($5.00) are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living.  Location:  Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214.  More information and registration here

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 PM.  ICAHD UK Webinar – Israeli Dissent Voices: Breaking Away from Zionism. Dissident Israelis will be in conversation with each other as they discuss their journey of moving away from Zionism. They will cover what it has been like to counter Israel’s rhetoric, how this has impacted on their lives including with their family and friends. Learn about why some Israelis leave, preferring to live in exile. Hear about their vision for an inclusive democratic state to be established in historic Palestine as the only sustainable way for the future. Featuring:  Livnat Konopny Decleve – Israeli PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Ilan Pappe – Israeli historian, author, director of the European Centre of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK; and Jeff Halper – Israeli anthropologist, author, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHAD).  Register here

    Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Divest from War, Invest in Peace. The Military Industrial Congressional Complex Laid Bare. Part 3 of a 4-part series. The tragic end of the Afghanistan war provides ample evidence of the futility and wastes of war. Continuing to pour billions into military solutions instead of real human development and planetary health must be challenged. These four programs offer alternatives and actions we can take to redirect our commonwealth for the health and prosperity of people and the planet.With William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.  William Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy and a widely recognized expert on military spending and the arms industry. He will share his insights, including new information forthcoming in a report on the aftermath of 9/11. No one knows the system’s inner workings better.  More information and zoom link here.     

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


    The latest salvo from Kalle Lasn, publisher of Adbusters. Kalle called Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011 so 10 years to the day he is calling for OWS 2.0.
    More at

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