Be the Change: Weekly Community Update May 28, 2021

Have you visited Simply Living’s online Marketplace? It’s our way of offering a “sustainable shopping” option to purchase new and gently used items, from books and classes to jewelry, antiques, cool clothing and even a massage table.
We’re expanding and need TWO Volunteers to help process new items and post them on the Marketplace. If you or someone you know has an hour or two to spare, please Contact Not sure? Call or text Chuck at 614-354-6172. Thank You!

JULY 24 FROM 10 AM – 3 PM

Shade garden
Amy Ceccoli with hen.
See solar panels and talk to owners

The Tour will include 8 stops showcasing a wide variety of sustainability features. Talk to home owners and learn about their gardens as well as solar installations, electric cars, rain barrels, and more. This year we are also featuring the CMN Memorial Community Garden

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. – Evo Morales

Upcoming Simply Events in June and Beyond

Ohio Broadleaf Tree Identification-Parts 1 @ 2
Wednesdays June 16 and 23 7 – 8 pm
Virtual Slide Presentations with Q&A

If you wish you knew more about the unique characteristics of our Ohio trees, you will love this learning opportunity. This 2-part, slide presentation by Mort (Marty) Schmidt will teach you how to identify Ohio broadleaf, i.e non-conifer, trees, with an emphasis on recognition by leaves, but also including pictures of the bark, fruits, flowers, berries, etc.
Part 1. Mort will explain the general principles needed for identifying trees, including references to several electronic and printed sources that you can use on your own, offline or in the woods. Register.
Part 2. Mort will offer a brief rundown of 50 common Ohio trees, using one or several key features for each tree. Register.
Both presentations will include time for questions. Mort has a deep knowledge of trees, and often includes facts and anecdotes about how the trees have been used for food, drinks, and medicine.
Bonus: Mort offers free guided walks in various central Ohio parks and wooded areas!
Mort is a retired geologist and amateur naturalist and woodworker. He acquired his B.S. and M.S. in geology from the Ohio State University, and practiced oil exploration in the 1980s, and environmental geology until 2019.

Simply Living Book Club:
Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?

Learn more about the book here. You can purchase the book for $12.99 (PB) or the ebook is $3.99.

We’re excited about this new book by Ohio author Paul Robinson. 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.
Simply Living will be arranging an author talk with Q&A at a bookstore or other local venue.
We will announce the date and time of the Book Talk here and on our website and social media.
If you would like to be notified and reserve a seat as soon as the event is confirmed,

What’s the backstory?

and the new directions?
We’re revising our popular gathering to learn/reflect on our past and explore new initiatives and possibilities.

Tentative Date: Wednesday, August 7 @ 5:30
Location TBD: Zoom and/or CoHatch office


Fridays at 11:30 AM on 94.1 and archives available for this award winning national podcast.
Join Annie & Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station
(walking the talk—with sustainable pioneering—goats, renewables, earthen dwellings, spirituality).
more here

Yes, Thursday NOT Friday. You can watch the film on Youtube here. Jane Fonda will be joined by Spike Lee and the discussion will be archived. More here
Rebroadcast with activists opposing Qualified Immunity for Police Officers. More here

May 29-30 Virtual Asian Festival
This annual event attracts more than 100,000 visitors and will continue to grow, thanks to the strong participation of many people regardless of origin and ethnicity. More here.

Java Central Cafe and Roaster, 20 S. State St. Westerville, OH 43081

A Timely Conversation About One-Click America! Thursday, June 3 @ 7pm
Live Streamed on Zoom

Join award-winning journalist Alec MacGillis, author of Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America, to learn more about Amazon’s impact on the wealth and poverty of towns and cities across the United States. Alec will be in conversation with Columbus Business First Editor-in-Chief Doug Buchanan. Columbus Business First is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this exclusive conversation. More here

Wed Jun 9th 4:00pm – 5:00pm
We know you support the environment, but is your money doing the same?
Our June webcast will teach you how to get started with fossil fuel-free investing.
More 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.
Building Local, Green, and Fair Economies—We’re All in this Together!
On June 4th, the 31st Annual Conference from The Sustainable Business Network of MA (SBN) will feature an exciting and diverse array of dynamic local and national leaders who are aligned with SBN’s mission. AMIBA Executive Director, Derek Peebles will be a featured presenter at this important event. Join us virtually as we address a range of topics from local business support and community development, to local food and sustainability, and racial equity and equitable economies. More here.

Planting Life, Growing Justice
Saturday, June 4th
Upaya Zen Center is bringing together women leaders engaged in the field of spiritual practice and environmental activism for an intensive day-long program unfolding on the June 5th anniversary of the United Nations World Environment Day. In a time of racial inequity, climate catastrophe, poverty, hunger and global pandemic this program honors the commitment to plant life and grow justice.

Find many more events posted on our Community Calendar.
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Neighbourhoods for the Future
by Maarten Hajer Valiz
A plea for the social efficacy of the neighborhood and its ecology
Neighbourhoods for the Future revisits the neighborhood as the designated scale and arena to build our urban futures. The neighborhood is small enough to be tangible, yet big enough to make an actual difference. This book provides a new perspective on the relation between participants, resources and rules to spark change and prepare urbanites and policymakers for realizing their own sustainable neighborhoods for the future. Read about all the recommended new books in the Two Dollar Radio Headquarters latest blog post here,

“Local power is also the realm of the small nonprofit, church, and civic association. A handful of people, properly organized, can drive enormous changes in a city’s dynamics.” ~ Toby Hemenway, The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience

Yes, you can get curbside pickup for yard waste, but COMPOSTING is a much better practice!

Backyard Composting: There are also diversion opportunities, like backyard composting, you can utilize from your own home to minimize the amount of yard waste that enters the landfill:

  • Compost adds nutrients to plants, retains soil moisture and offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.
  • Check with your local government regarding any rules or regulations pertaining to properly composting at home.
  • Get Started! Gather grass clippings, leaves and brush to create a home compost system. The rich humus produced can be used for the lawn and garden.
  • Download SWACO’s easy-to-use Compost at Home Guide
  • Watch a pre-recorded webinar on how to start composting at home.

DYK that Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s Community Backyards program also offers a $50 rebate towards the purchase of a new compost bin? There are two ways to qualify. Find out how
Keeping yard waste out of the landfill is easy to do. SWACO provides opportunities for all Franklin County residents to divert organic waste from the waste stream and turn it into compost. As a result, SWACO helps Franklin County residents and businesses divert nearly 200,000 tons of organic lawn and yard waste from the landfill each year. Properly disposing of yard waste offers several benefits to the environment and the community – it saves space in the landfill, reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being generated and promotes the use of natural, renewable resources. Visit to learn more. Together, we can make a difference. 

.The 2021 OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series features four farm tours highlighting Ohio’s growing community of sustainable farmers and two online workshop series designed to help early career farmers build legal resilience and established farmers transfer their land to the next generation. The series also features 10 free on-demand video presentations from OEFFA’s 2021 online conference including practical production trainings, inspiring visions of a prosperous small farm future, honest reflections on 2020, and an insightful investigation of faith, food, and race. Full listing of tours.

Free Summer Fun in Columbus – Website Here
Music, Movies, Fitness, Outdoors, Museums

The Beautiful Waterfall At Rock Mill
Is One Of Central Ohio’s Hidden Gems

Calendar Guru Rita Haider will be sharing opportunities for reconnecting with nature.
Rock Mill is more than the tavern and brewery. More here.
Watch Vandana Shiva’s latest video animation where she explains to us how humanity has been hijacked by corporate greed, corrupt politicians, and anti-human globalists. Highly recommended for awesome narration and video. Watch here.

Love Your Alley was a wonderful project of the Bexley Green Team. Chuck out the photos that show off the many cool ways residents have transformed their with murals, native plants, benches, and more. Be inspired here.

You want me to put my coffee where?

Did you know that the grounds from your morning brew have cosmetic benefits for the skin and hair?
These three DIY recipes for skin and hair care feature leftover coffee grounds. Give one a try! more…

Solar Panels & Electric Vehicles: a Match Made in Heaven

If your electricity is generated with coal, charging your EV with solar energy can reduce your climate impact.
Learn how to make sure your system can fully power your home and your EV. more…

Can We Break Free from Plastic Pollution?

In today’s world where it’s almost impossible to avoid plastic products and packaging, it’s no surprise that plastic pollution is a major environmental problem. With the highest per capita rate of plastic waste generation, can the U.S. become a leader in reducing plastic pollution?
A federal bill introduced in March seeks to help us do just that. more…

Join us in June for our virtual Foundations of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication Training
This four-week, online foundations training is perfect for people new to Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or refreshing their practice with the basics.
Plan to meet from 3-5pm every Sunday starting on June 6. Register here.

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

As the public banking movement continues to surge forward, everyone can now learn about banking in the public interest
and declare your support for the creation of public banks. Check it out now

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

In This Issue…

Mega Weekend
Outdoor Theatre, Baseball, Yoga & More!

Gather up some friends for a fun weekend outdoors. Photo by Kampus Production from Pexels

Welcome to the weekend. Theaters are reopening, it’s pool time (but chilly!), and the Clippers are allowing full capacity. Tickets to Yes, There Will Be Vegan Options are on sale through June 4. Have a great weekend.

Shopping and Outdoors

Gardens are in bloom at the Franklin Park Conservatory.
Watch A Quiet Place 2 or Cruella at the 
South Drive-In.
Dinosaur Island opens this weekend at the Zoo.
Grandview has a parade on Saturday for Memorial Day.
Do some outdoor yoga and fitness at MPACC.
Craftin’ Outlaws has a popup. The Big Bike Drive is this weekend.
Do yoga at Whetstone Park of Roses.
Explore the colorful gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory.
Shop the Loyal to the Soil Flea at The Crest.

Fun Stuff To Do

Catch some live music at Easton or Land Grant.
Shop the Pearl Market.
White Castle turns 100! Honey Cup Coffee opens in SoHud.
More Farmers Markets are starting up on Saturday.
It’s Last Call Sunday at The Forum.


Drew Eberly with, from left to right, Duncan McKennie, Susan Wismar and Megan Lear in the 2021 Actors’ Theatre of Columbus production of Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by Jabari Johnson.
Actors’ Theatre returns with Much Ado About Nothing.
Check out a 2010s Dance Party.
The Drexel Reopens this weekend.
La Bohème continues on Friday and Sunday.
Watch a movie at The Gateway Film Center.
Last weekend to catch Jerome Jennings livestream with JAGtv.
You’re running out of time to see beautiful paper turned into flowers at Franklin Park Conservatory.


Asian Festival has virtual specials on Saturday.
Columbus Eagles has a game, as does the Columbus Crew.
Get tickets for this summer’s Picnic with the Pops.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!
Visit and support them!

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, May 28, 2021, 5:00 – 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity.  Register here

Sunday, May 30, 2021, 2:00 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 8:00 PM.  AFSC Webinar:  Stopping police militarization. Communities of color and poor communities are policed using militarized tactics and equipment underwritten by the federal government and local budgets—turning communities across the U.S. into war zones. Join our community conversation to hear how people are organizing against police militarization and calling for policies and investments in programs that strengthen our communities.  Register here

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Conversations with the Nation:  Whistleblowing as a Moral Mission.  In the 1960s, Daniel Ellsberg traveled to Vietnam to study conditions on the ground, as the war escalated during the Johnson presidency. While there, he slowly but surely came to the conclusion that the war was not only immoral but also unwinnable. And, upon his return Stateside, he told this to anyone whose ears he could catch, be they Defense Secretary Robert McNamara or Ambassador Averell Harriman, as Sasha Abramsky detailed in a recent Nation profile of Ellsberg as he approaches his 90th birthday. When these senior figures didn’t listen, when the war continued and the list of lives lost grew longer by the hour, he made the momentous decision to go public with his insider knowledge that that war was based on a web of lies. The Pentagon Papers published in 1971 by The New York Times changed the course of history.  Cost $10.00.  More information and registration here

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 1:00 PM. Ending Death By Incarceration – Part 1 of the June “Lessons From The Front Lines” Webinar Series.   In recognition of Torture Awareness Month in June 2021, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture presents a Thursday afternoon webinar series, “Lessons From the Front Lines: Legislative Campaigns On Prison Conditions and Solitary.” Organizers, advocates, community members, and torture survivors are gaining new ground with campaign and legislative successes across the country. Tune in as they reflect on how their work to undo our nation’s immoral and harmful conditions of confinement is critical to ending mass incarceration. Johnny Perez, the Director of NRCAT’s U.S. Prisons Program, will hold a fireside chat with Amy Fettig, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project. The discussion will take a closer look at death by incarceration, youth life sentences, solitary confinement, the death penalty, and most importantly what needs to happen at this moment to end these torturous sentences and practices. This conversation is aimed at informing both criminal justice practitioners as well as people who are interested in engaging in these efforts, particularly people of faith and those impacted by mass incarceration.  Register here

June 4 -6, 2021.  #NoWar2021 Virtual Conference: From Weapons Fairs to War Zones: Unraveling the War Machine.  Leading activists and trainers from around the world will be making connections between weapons fairs and war zones and focusing our global efforts on a few key projects while preparing us to unravel the war machine everywhere it’s found. The whole thing will be virtual, with full participation possible from anywhere on June 4-6, 2021. Early-bird discounted tickets are now available!

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Columbus Mennonite Church Plant Sale.  Lots of great perennials and annuals at good prices.  Proceeds support the Peacemaker’s comforter project for refugees.   Location:  35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 43214. 

“Hope is not a feeling. It’s a virtue. We have good reason to practice it right now – And no alternative but to embrace it.” ~ E. J. Dionne

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


Without aggression, it becomes possible to think well, to be curious about differences, and to enjoy each other’s company. ~ Margaret J. Wheatley

Be the Change: Join Simply Living Individual membership rates have been reduced to $25 annually. Seniors, $20. Students only $10. Business memberships starting at $100 now include membership in the Ohio Sustainable Business Council.

Sign up online here or email

LIKE what we’re doing? How about volunteering? Love to research, write, communicate? Email or call Chuck Lynd @ 614- 354-6172.

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