Be the Change Weekly Community Update 1-15-2021

Did you know? Simply Living’s Be The Change Calendar of Events is now updated daily. Visit and upcoming events will be displayed on the home page, with links to the full Calendar descriptions. Click HERE to see all Community events. See below for events coming up this week. Find many more in the calendar!

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New Class! Cindy Lanese will lead a series of Nature Walks on the last Sunday of the month. The first one will be at Highbanks Metro Park on Jan 31st at 2 pm.
More Info and Register. $10 and limited to 8 participants.

Two Simply Living Classes this Week

Archetypal Astrology 101

Archetypal Astrology 101 is a fun introduction to the symbols that underlie astrology. Are they really a helpful guide to who you are? Carl Jung thought so. Come find out for yourself. Sunday at 2 pm.
More info and Registration

DIY Cleaners/Household Sustainability Class

Meet up with Amy Ceccoli, via Zoom, on Tues., Jan. 19 from 6-7:30 pm and learn how to lessen your impact on the planet and your wallet by making your own nontoxic cleaners and personal care products. Get some tips on reducing your plastic consumption.
More info and Registration

Cook Along with Chef Del

Del will lead you at a slow and easy pace while he shares his secrets for making plant based food delicious. Register


Soul-Full Movement Arts Night!
Sponsored by the Ohio Poor Peoples Campaign
Foundations of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication – Online
4 Week Course starts Sunday.
There are still a few spaces left!
Unbreathable Film + Webinar
This OSU Center is offering this webinar in honor of MLK Weds Jan 20
From Chaos to Community: Faith and Racial Justice

Gregg Braden discusses the future of the world
Thursday, January 21 at 3 pm Free
Conversations For A Preferred Future-Series: Permaculture Rising


Lions Mane Mushrooms

Mushroom Buying Club? Check out this very short video with Paul Stamets, of Fantastic Fungi fame, talk about the neurological benefits of lions mane mushrooms. We have a small group interested in buying these and other mushrooms for their health benefits. Mushroom Harvest Provisions (see below) buys in bulk and delivers to various locations in Columbus – e.g., Portia’s Cafe. Want in? If this appeals to you, send an email to <> or call or text my cell 614-354-6172.

Mushroom Harvest Provisions
Purveyors of Mushrooms, Microgreens, Dairy and Pantry
Good food for the journey. Locally grown, sourced, and delivered.
Albany, Ohio (740) 448-6105 order by phone
(740) 508-0365 mobile

The collection of keynote videos from our 2020 Conference is
 now available to watch and share online!
Share your favorites far and wide with friends, family, and colleagues. We even put together this toolkit, with sample social media posts you can use to share the collection.
Read the full Newsletter HERE

Good News On Global Warming

Regenerative food, farm, forest, energy, and conservation practices, in combination, can quickly stop global warming.

My 2020 book, Grassroots Rising, (Chelsea Green Publishing) lays out a “Roadmap for Regeneration” in the US between 2020 and 2030, whereby regenerative and organic food, farming, and land use, deployed on approximately 20% of the 1.9 billion acres of US farmland, pasture, rangelands, forest lands, and urban environments, in combination with a transition to alternative energy and energy conservation (reducing emissions by 45-60%), can enable us to reach zero net emissions by 2030.

Now leading global climate experts such as Michael Mann (Penn State) and Joeri Rogelj (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have announced that previous estimations of the “long time lag” between reaching zero net emissions and literally stopping the rise in global warming were vastly overestimated. Scientists and climate analysts have characterized this new model as a “game-changing new scientific understanding.”

This “game-changing” new scientific understanding tells us that if the global community can quickly reach zero net emissions before the oceans are saturated (within 10-30 years) and terrestrial soils and systems are irreversibly degraded, the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems have the capacity to draw down enough of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to literally stop all global warming within 10 years.  

Pioneer of the Local Economy Movement

Helena Norberg-Hodge
Video interview of the Week: WATCH: Live with Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge is author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures (1991), and Local is Our Future (2019). She is co-author of the books Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up, and producer of the award-winning documentary “The Economics of Happiness. “Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures / Economics of Happiness and the International Alliance for Localisation, and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food & Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

OSU Integrative Medicine offers these excellent, free, guided meditations.
See the topics below and access the recordings here.

Mindfulness practices can reduce anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and stress.
Ohio State Integrative Medicine offers the following free mindfulness recordings, recorded by an advanced practitioner and behavioral health specialist.
Anxiety and Stress
Happiness and Positivity
Mindful Awareness of Breathing
Mindful Awareness of Breathing – Instruction
Mindful Awareness of Breathing
Mindful Awareness of Sensations, Thoughts, and Emotions
Mindful Awareness of Thoughts – Taming the Monkey Mind

Green Tip o’ the Day!
Unplug those appliance not in use and you could save up to $100. Vampire appliances are appliances that use energy even when they are turned off. Collectively, Americans spend almost $10 billion a year on vampire appliances. These appliances are TVs, cell phone chargers, power strips, computers, microwaves, coffee maker, blenders, and more. So, put a stake in those vampires and unplug them when not in use. ~ Columbus Greenspot

Free Radon Test Kits for Ohio Homeowners
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. You can reduce radon levels, but the only way to know if your home has high radon levels is to test.

Get yours from the Ohio Department of Health

Tell your governor to ignore the lobbyists from big banks, who detest the idea, and set up a public bank immediately. ~ Michael Shuman, economist & advocate for local economies.
Learn more about the Ohio Public Banking Coalition here.

Boosting the Immune System
During COVID-19 and Beyond

Despite the coronavirus raging across the globe, one missing element from the mainstream media is how to boost the immune system, whose job is to protect us against harmful substances and germs. The better it can do its job, the healthier we will be. Let’s explore how to keep our immune systems healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. More

Latest Clintonville Farmers Market newsletter is always a useful read.


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, January 15 and February 19, 2021 06:30 PM. OHPPC Beloved Community Care Launch! This team was created to build capacity for a culture of inclusivity that welcomes all to belong, connect, and be healthy in our efforts to achieve a moral revival. We will gather to connect with each other, learn about community healing, de-stress for the holidays, and receive the launch of the Beloved Community Care Team. All are welcome, you do NOT need to live in Ohio. For more information please contact  Register here

Saturday, January 16, 2021, 10:00 AM.  Virtual COWC New Member Orientation.  What can you do to build power for low wage and immigrant workers in Columbus? Join us for an online new volunteer and membership orientation. In this training you will learn about the key issues facing workers and immigrants today, understand the Central Ohio Worker Center’s mission and strategy for making Columbus a place for all people, and learn what you can do to have an impact. The orientation is a prerequisite for COWC membership but is open to all residents who wish to learn more about the COWC and about grassroots social justice organizing. Please RSVP on Facebook so we can make sure to get you the details of the call!

Monday, January 18, 2021, 9:00 AM.  Join the Celebration Event! 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast. “Now Is the Time.“”We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Excerpt from I Have a Dream at the Washington D.C. Civil Rights March 1963.  In the wake of COVID-19 this is a virtual event open to the public, but attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required.  Cost:  $20.00.  More information and registration here

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM: Speaking Of Democracy…Citizens United v. the FEC: Its History And Its ConsequencesOn January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling unleashed a tidal wave of election spending that cleared the way for the sale of American democracy to the highest bidder. On the eleventh anniversary of this disastrous decision, Move to Amend’s Greg Coleridge will lay out the historical precedents behind the Citizens United v. FEC ruling, the consequences, AND the only proposed amendment that would reverse them all! Guest speaker: Greg Coleridge. Free and open to all. Register in advance for the zoom meeting here.  Sponsor: Move to Amend, Central Ohio. Contact: Sandy at

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 8:00 PM.  Medicare for All National Strategy Call.  With Medicare for All legislation soon to be re-introduced into Congress, a continued global pandemic with nurses and patients at risk, and a health care system in crisis, there has never been a more urgent time to guarantee health care to all.During the call, we’ll be joined by some special guest speakers to discuss the kickoff of the national 2021 Medicare for All campaign. We’ll talk about the launch of some exciting new programs and an effort to build pressure campaigns at the local level across the country.  National Nurses United.  Register here.     

Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:00 PM.  Tell Battelle, Nuclear Weapons are Illegal!   On January 22, 2021 the world will declare nuclear weapons to be illegal under international law. That is the date when the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force.  This amazing feat is the culmination of years of work by antiwar and human rights activists worldwide.  Columbus activists will hold a rally at Battelle Memorial Institute headquarters at 1 pm on that date.  Battelle manages 6 nuclear weapons laboratories and has received billions for nuclear research and development. The rally will focus on the importance of Battelle converting nuclear weapons work to life-affirming work that promotes health and equity, such as addressing pandemics.Battelle is a private, nonprofit charitable trust, organized for scientific and education purposes. Gordon Battelle left his fortune “to benefit mankind through science.”  The institute opened their King Ave. site in Columbus in 1929.  Contact Pat Marida  See Pat Marida’s article in the Columbus Free Press on the subject here.  Location:  Battelle headquarters, 505 King Avenue (corner of Old Cannon Road), Columbus.   

Friday, January 22, 2021, 4:30 PM.  1619 Legacy: Judy Richardson on “Eyes on the Prize.”  Judy Richardson is a Civil Rights Movement veteran and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, from 1963 to 1966, working in SNCC’s national office in Atlanta; in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer”; in Southwest Georgia; and in Lowndes County, Alabama. She describes her experiences on the front lines of the movement in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, which she co-edited with five other female SNCC activists. In 1978, Ms. Richardson began her first stint with the film production company Blackside, Inc. She worked on all 14 hours of Blackside’s seminal PBS series, Eyes on the Prize, which received an Academy Award nomination and won six Emmys. She was Series Associate Producer for the second series, content advisor and researcher for the first series, and Education Director for the full series. In this talk, Ms. Richardson will draw on her movement experiences and involvement in producing Eyes on The Prize to provide an insider’s take on the making and meaning of this groundbreaking series.  OSU College of Arts and Sciences.  Register here

Wednesday, January 23, 2021, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Invest in Minds not Missiles.  Though the Coronavirus may be slowing the economy, it’s not clear it has any braking effect on the Presidential and Congressional push for spending more of our tax dollars on military and nuclear weapons development programs. Thus, we will have to find ways to continue to collaborate and cooperate in the development of a social movement strong enough to reverse the new nuclear arms race. The public health response to a new human virus such as the Coronavirus depends on the robustness and efficiency of the healthcare system. Though our healthcare professionals are now working 24/7 the ability to respond would be greatly enhanced if instead of a patch work of privately owned or run hospital systems and insurance plans, the US had a unitary national health care system, as called for by Bernie Sanders. The ability to respond to a new virus depends on the existence of a sophisticated scientific infrastructure, including structural biology laboratories  such as X-ray diffraction and cryo-electron microscopy, high speed nucleic acid sequencing machines, and substantial computing and supercomputing facilities. The ones we haven place represent prior federal investments through the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Dept. of Energy.  All of President Trump’s proposed federal budgets have included substantial cuts in these agencies, in order to fund Pentagon accounts and weapons contractors. That issue was one of our April 4th themes in calling for “Invest in Minds not Missiles”.  Register here

Columbus on the Cheap Good, Cheap, Fun

In This Issue…

Mega Weekend
Pizza, Browns, Music & More

It’s winter. it’s cold. Bundle up and go outside, or find some things to watch!

If you are planning to be downtown this weekend, be careful. The National Guard has been called in to be present at the Statehouse. Enjoy your weekend..

Fun Things to Eat

Pizza Cottage has opened in Powell. Try the Stauf’s x Schmidt’s Latte Cream Puff. Order a Bacon Bash Box! Get a bottle of Snow Pants! Try The Purple Chicken.

Watch Sports & Workout

Watch Generations of the Crew. Do the CBJ Virtual 20k in honor of hockey starting back up. Do a virtual workout class with Columbus Recreation and Parks. Barley’s Brewing Company is showing Manchester United vs Liverpool. The Browns are in the playoffs! They will have a drive-thru playoff rally at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday from 11am-4pm if you feel like a drive!

Enjoy Exploring Art

Tune in to Talley’s Folly. The Columbus Symphony presents Russian Winter Festival. Gramercy Books hosts a book club featuring Bryan Washington’s Memorial. Opera Columbus presents Ryan Speedo Green.Popgun streams a live concert. There’s a DJ set on VASO’s rooftop Saturday.

What else can you do
this weekend?

Grab a t-shirt designed by artist April Sunami.Join a community conversation about stopping black-on-black killings. Shop the Springfield Antique Show. Go to a petting zoo. Talk about MLK’s vision for a fair and just America. Sign a petition for a potential city council candidate.
Sign up for an MLK Litter Cleanup in King-Lincoln Bronzeville or Greenlawn Cemetery.

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


Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another. ~ Kenny Ausubel

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Love what we’re doing? Share our passion for nature and sustainable community living? How about volunteering? Love to research, write, communicate? Email or call Chuck Lynd @ 614- 354-6172.

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