Be the Change Weekly Community Update July 23, 2021

Looks like great weather on Saturday. Get your ticket(s) here.
$10 / $25 option to add membership in Simply Living

This award winning community garden is NEW on our Tour this year! More

$25 Ticket holders are eligible for these Raffle Prizes!
Have some extra FUN and maybe win some bamboo TP. More

Find Leafy products at Green Haven Living, Bexley Natural Market, Weiland’s…

At this tour stop the OSU Ask a Master Gardener will be on site for Q&A. More.

At this tour stop learn how to join the Columbus GreenSpot program! More

“The roots of a lasting relationship are mindfulness, deep listening and loving speech, and a strong community to support you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Aligning the Spirit of Living and Money
Weds August 18 at 7 pm
Register here

Randall Loop
Randall’s presentation is rooted in the work of Vicky Robin’s NY Times Bestseller, Your Money or Your Life. Updated and revised in the 2018 edition.

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 SL 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: 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, which donates money to local bookstores.

Mark Your Calendars! The Democracy Film Series returns
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

The New Corporation ​reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiralling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to Covid-19 and racial injustice, the film looks at corporations’ devastating power. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future. More on the festival series here Link to the trailer here.

“Effective community organizing must be rooted in truly authentic relationship building, deep listening and understanding, and 1-1s are the “bread and butter” of effective organizing work — and it takes time! Don’t rush it.” ~ Kristerfer Burnett, Baltimore City Councilman, Progressive Governance Academy Alum


SPAN Ohio Presentation
Medicare Public Option Plans
Saturday, July 24th at 10 AM

Dr. Paul Song

“The False Promise of the Public Option” by Dr. Paul Song, current President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) California, will be the presenter. Free. Go to and click on “The False Promise” for more info and path to registration.

More info here.

Carolyn Harding with Dominic Detwiler and Amanda Erickson, activists and advocates promoting lived and legal equality for LGBTQIA+ Ohioans, young and old. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at Tune in to GrassRoot Ohio radio Fridays at 5:00pm (and Sunday at 2 pm) More info here.

Java Central, 20 S. State St in Westerville.
Next week: Avalon Nine
Open Mics are held every Friday evening

Sephardic Songs Performed by Gerard Ederly
Sunday, July 25 at 4 p.m. ET
For background and registration here.

Mon Jul 26th 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Vaughn Wiester’s “Famous Jazz Orchestra” plays Big Band sounds of Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, and more every Monday at The Clintonville Woman’s Club 3951 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214 (adjacent to Park of Roses.) Cost is just $10 for adults and $5 for students. More info here.

July 27th, 6:45 PM Solar United Neighbors (SUN) of Ohio
Whetstone Community Recreation – 3923 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Learn about solar together and purchase solar panels and electric vehicle chargers at a group rate from a single installer.
Learn about the sponsors, how it works, and free registration here.

Join re:power, Indivisible, Rockefeller Family Fund and others on July 28 at 12:00 PM ET to discuss the impact of state legislation that has been passed to date and to strategize ways to fight back against the next wave of attempts to silence BIPOC communities. More info and registration link here.

Our new webinar will focus on mid-summer gardening: how to handle weeds without harmful chemicals and how to plant now to harvest crunchy veggies like broccoli and hearty kale later in the fall. Free. More info here.

Wed Jul 28th 7:00pm #Tree-Tour GOODALE PARK, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215. Goodale ParkTrustee/ Arborist OSU Alum Rick Frantz will walk guests through the park and share some interesting facts about a few of the 300+ trees in Goodale Park – and the epidemics that can kill them. More

​Our thoughts, our words, our actions are all medicine.  (don Oscar Miro-Quesada)

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) invites you to spread your wings this summer with videos, farm tours, and workshops that will help you learn, grow, and connect. More info, contacts, and tour schedule here.

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Cindy Strauss

Cynthia Strauss Memorial Service in Columbus 10 am Friday, July 30
Long time Simply Living member Cindy Strauss left us over a year ago.  Now that people are able to meet again a memorial service is being held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 30 West Woodruff Avenue Columbus, 43210 with Fr. Karl Stevens, officiating. Graveside Service with Interment 1:30 pm Friday, July 30, 2021 at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Worthington, Ohio. Read the obituary here.

Happenings at or around Blue Rock Station
We have a number of in-person and online events planned for the coming months: July 24th: Tour make-up for people signed up for 2020. 
August 14th: Earth Oven weekend at Blue Rock Station.  Have you been here before, are fully vaccinated and have a passion for learning how to build an outdoor earth oven at the Overlook at BRS? Send me a note via email or messenger to register. Cost is $55 includes instruction, meals & overnight camping. 
August 16th-21st: Solar Installer Certification Level I class, Zane State College, Zanesville OH 
August 28th: Buffalo Gals Round Up spot welding class at Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch Thornville OH (email Annie to register) 
August 30th – October 9th: Six week Solar Installer Certification Level I class, University of Dayton, Dayton OH 
Read the latest newsletter from Blue Rock Station here.

Last year wasn’t a “lost year”. It was a time of reframing our lives
and setting new priorities. ~ Annie Warmke

Monks Wood Wilderness: 60 years ago, scientists let a farm field rewild – here’s what happened
by Resilience
The Wilderness experiment shows what’s possible when nature is allowed to create rich, native woodland for free. Read the article here.

“ECDI’s impact on the Ohio economy comfortably exceeds $1 billion annually, stemming from locally-owned, locally serving businesses.”
Overall Economic Impact Study of ECDI’s Lending to Ohio Entrepreneurs by Bill Lafayette, Ph.D.

Time to Reconnect with Mother Nature?
Malabar Farm State Park Campground

Malabar Farm State Park Campground offers unique lodging as well in a restored log cabin. Check it out here.


Common Greens Farmers Market UPDATES: Week of July 19-July 25
Special Events, New Producers, Announcements & More!
Read the full Update here
Upper Arlington: Musical entertainment by Sophia Vershinin. Food truck: Pitabilities. Producer list & market map.
Bexley: Musical entertainment by KaTanya Ingram: The Gallery Hop Singer. Food truck: Broke Johnny’s. Producer list & market map.
Clintonville: Musical entertainment by Ray Brooks. NAICCO Cuisine returns with Native American street foods! Producer list & market map.
With all the abundance at market right now, you might want to check out the USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning to see how to preserve all of your summer favorites!

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

Tom and Jocelyn offer eco-conscious and award winning service in Clintonville.

Simply Living files comments
on oil and gas waste disposal rules

Read Simply Living’s Comments on our blog post here.

Eight years ago, the Ohio legislature ordered the state’s Department of Natural Resources to come up with administrative rules for how waste from oil and gas facilities would be managed.

This is important because Ohio is a fracking state, and fracking produces millions of gallons of highly toxic and radioactive wastewater that is then disposed of in injection wells across the state. Fracking companies are not required to disclose what chemicals are in this waste, nor are there any rules for how they dispose of it.

This month, ODNR issued a set of draft rules for disposal of oil and gas waste. Simply Living is one of several environmental organizations that submitted public comments about these draft rules.

In short, while we are glad to see regulation of oil and gas waste disposal facilities finally moving forward, we believe the draft rules leave out critical considerations, are full of gaping loopholes, and need to be heavily strengthened in numerous areas before they can actually protect the health and safety of Ohioans and our environment. Read our letter to ODNR.

Living Perenniality: Excerpt
by Craig Holdrege
I describe this dialogic endeavor here as “living perenniality.” I see in it the beginnings of a radical transformation of consciousness that has the potential to let the wisdom of the living world increasingly inform human endeavors. Read the article here.

What a Public Bank Can Do for Real People

Read the full article in YES! Magazine here.

Removing Batteries from the Internet of Things

IoT theme with hand pressing a button on a technology screen
The IoT’s smart devices use batteries, which present some environmental concerns. But a new development in the internet of things foresees devices that won’t need batteries at all. more…

All-Natural Bug Spray Recipes
That Actually Get the Job Done

These natural insect repellents are easy to make, safe, affordable, and keep the bugs away. We also have remedies for scratches, sunburns, and more! more…

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

Mega Weekend
Beerfest, Cat Videos, Garden Tours & More!

Try some new beer this weekend! Photo by ELEVATE from Pexels

Enjoy a summery weekend! Make sure you get tickets to the Columbus Coffee Festival as some sessions are selling out! Have a great weekend.

Music & Nightlife

Dance to Meduza at Bluestone.
Polaris’ Music Series features Fabulous Johnson Brothers.
Check out some comedy at Crafted Culture Brewing!
Catch Folquinox at The Rambling House.
Secret Studio has more music on Saturday night.
Michael Bolton plays Picnic with the Pops.
Dance to Ardalan at The Forum.

Fun Things to Buy and Eat

Jeni’s launches Orange FreezeBBQ Week is going on!
Go to a Speakeasy at Samson’s and try some new spirits.
It’s Black Restaurant Week, check out who is participating.
Columbus Summer Beerfest is happening at ExpressLIVE!
Shop the Front Street Flea.
Find some cool vintage stuff at Dated.Faded.Worn.
The Franklin County Fair is happening!
Enjoy the Uncorked Wine Festival.
Shop German Village Makers Market.
Zora’s House hosts a Summer Dinner.


There’s a meeting tonight for the People’s Mural!
If you haven’t seen Bo Burnham: Inside, you can catch it at The Drexel.
The Actors’ Theatre starts shows of Eurydice.
CAPA Summer Movies begin this weekend!
CATCO’s An Iliad continues outdoor shows.
CatVideoFest plays at Gateway Film Center.
Jaws plays at Green Lawn Abbey. Watch Bend It Like Beckham outside.’
OK Boomer’ is not okay opens at Wild Goose.


Watch Space Jam at the South Drive-In.
You can Canoe the Lake this weekend, or try some archery.
Columbus Clippers play the Iowa Cubs this weekend with fireworks on Saturday. Studio35 plays Bring It On in their 21+ Series.
Go on Simply Living’s Sustainable Living and Garden Tour.
Enjoy AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
Go on the Ganther’s Place Garden Tour.

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“There’s a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of soul force, something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it’s writing a check or digging a well.”
~ Sue Monk Kidd
Kidd is an accomplished author, best known for her novel-turned-film “The Secret Life of Bees” and has spent her career writing narratives that inspire women in particular.

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. 

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:00 AM 0 12:00 PM.  Human Trafficking Awareness Forum.  Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship will be hosting an educational forum on human trafficking.  It will feature special guest speakers, an update on human services and resources in Ohio. Participants will learn about available resources and ways in which they can take action against human trafficking.  On the agenda:  Statements from the office of U S Senator Sherrod Brown, office of U S Senator Rob Portman, office of U S Representative David Joyce, Karen Stanton of Judge Marilyn Cassidy (special human trafficking docket), Representative from Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Representative from The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, Representative from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor – Human Trafficking Task Force, and more!  Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 864 9648 5904, Passcode: 675166.

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:00 AM.  The False Promise of the Public Option by Dr. Paul Song, president of California PNHP.  Dr. Paul Song was most recently on the faculty of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and currently sees Medicaid and uninsured patients at Dignity California Hospital. Dr. Song is the current President of Physicians for a National Health Program – California. He served as the co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California from 2017-2018 and was the very first visiting fellow on health care policy in the California Department of Insurance in 2013. He is the chief operating officer/chief medical officer of NKMax America, Inc., a subsidiary of South Korean-based ATGen Global, where he oversees all translational research and clinical programs. He is also the chief medical officer of Hawkeye Bio. Dr. Song serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program, Healthcare Now, and Progressive Democrats of America.  Register here

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:00 PM.   Palestinian Liberation Webinar Series – Building Solidarity & Community in this Political Moment. Jewish Voice for Peace North New Jersey is proud to work with coalition partners American Muslims for Palestine, New Jersey Peace Action, The Palestinian American Community Center, and People’s Organization for Progress to present a weekly webinar series in the month of July. Each webinar will have a different focus and corresponding action items to help fight for Palestinian liberation and justice. Register here

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00 PM.  Global Security Talks—A Discussion with Japan’s New Diplomacy Initiative.The US conversation about Japan is dominated by a narrow band of US and Japanese voices who are resistant to change, especially when it comes to reconsidering nuclear deterrence and the role of US nuclear weapons. We want to change that—and you can help.  By creating opportunities for Japanese voices on security issues to be heard in the United States, we can effect much needed changes in US security policy. A better informed and more comprehensive discussion of Japanese concerns could encourage President Biden to take steps to reduce the risk of war with China, including declaring the United States would never use nuclear weapons first.  The Union of Concerned Scientists and Japan’s New Diplomacy Initiative invite you to a virtual event on a paradigm shift in Japanese thinking about security. Join the wide-ranging discussion on how Japan can move beyond nuclear deterrence and become a bridge-builder between the United States and China.  Register here

Monday, August 9, 2021 08:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting.  Register here

Thursday, August 12, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) Community Book Discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.  Bring your own lawn chair! (Bathroom facilities will not be available.)  In the event of inclement weather on the 12th, join us on the 19th. If the weather is unfavorable on both dates, the program will be rescheduled.  Location:  On the front lawn of Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 High Street, Worthington or Thursday, August 19 at 7 PM, on the front lawn of All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High Street.

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. Meeting ID: 839 0659.

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


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