Be the Change Weekly Community Update November 19, 2021

Future Humans: Meetup to Discuss Marianne Williamson’s Podcast
with world renowned author and wise woman elder Jean Houston.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7 pm via Zoom
First, watch the 1 hour podcast on YouTube. Be inspired by Marianne Williamson’s fascinating conversation with Jean Houston, author of dozens of books and a wise woman with deep insights about our human future.
Second, sign up to meetup on Zoom to discuss this important podcast with Simply Living. Zoom link will be sent after you sign up.
Not sure? More info on Jean Houston here:
More info on Marianne Williamson here:

Co-Creating the Eco-Future: Meetup & Discussion
Monday, December 6 at 7 pm EST on Zoom

Cultural Creatives : the Emerging Planetary Wisdom in Action

Are YOU a cultural creative? Simple livers, renegades from the consumer society, green activists, arts and craft makers, yoga lovers, meditators – WE are the ones we have been waiting for! Join us for a meet and greet, a time to share what you are reading, watching, imagining, and doing to make the changes we need to get to an ecological culture. Let’s co-create a community that is inclusive, resilient, and way more fun than life in big box stores, traffic jams, and fast food. Contact: Free to Register Donations appreciated.

Localizing Our Communities!
Learn from examples around the world
and right here is Columbus and central Ohio

Tuesday, December 7 at 7 pm EST via Zoom

This gathering is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (

We will explore the many ways our communities benefit when localization is a priority. To learn more about the topic, check out this reading on the benefits of localization to understand how localization can serve as an antidote to the negative impacts of globalization. You can view short films that address this topic here. We will discuss how localization is happening in Columbus and central Ohio, and how it isn’t.

Chuck Lynd will start the discussion about a local coalition with a mission to Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. Free. Donations are apprecitated. The zoom link will be sent to you after registering here.

Simply Living Sustainable U Community education for a sustainable world. logo
Sustainable U self paced courses in Fall 2021 here.
Randall is a former Board Chair of Simply Living and Business Member

Spirit and Money – Self paced.

A 7 Session Pre-Recorded Self-Study Course ONLY $59.00!

Learn more and Take the course at:

Your Money or Your Life/YMOYL a best-selling book and study course by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez – a 9 Step Program for personally Re-Tooling your conscious activity with money leading to transformation, fulfillment, and purpose.

Jay Warmke, Center, and class learning solar technology. See below!

Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course.

Residential Solar Installation and Design – Online.


New film screening: Mission: Joy! Fri Nov 19th – Thu Dec 2nd
Sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light for free online viewing
Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstances. Register and watch the trailer here.

Cannabis Crossroads: What’s in Store for Marijuana Reform in Ohio?
Fri Nov 19th 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center and Natural Therapies Education Foundation for a virtual panel featuring speakers involved in the current Ohio cannabis reform endeavors as well as other experts on cannabis legalization. The event will provide attendees with knowledge about the current pending initiative and introduced legislation, as well as a vision of what the future may hold for cannabis in Ohio. REGISTER
Mary Jane’s Guide: CannaNews You Can Use – November 2021 click here.

Fri Nov 19th 6:00pm

Led by Frank Tennyson, with Tama Seymour sharing earth centered shamanic wisdom. This Beaver moon features a partial eclipse!
Join us at 6pm – Friday, November 19th @ The Love Posse Ranch (DM (Facebook link below) me or Frank for the address).
We will be having a potluck style meal, so please feel free to bring your favorite dish or snack to share.

Tune in Fri, Nov 19, 5pm EST to #GrassRoot_Ohio radio, 94.1FM & streams @; Sun, Nov 21, 2pm EST on 92.7/98.3 FM and streams @, and Sunday at 4:00pm EST, at 107.1 FM. [Rebroadcast]
Carolyn Harding with Carol Van Strum, Alan Adelson, Kate Taverna, and Bill Lyons, featured activist, film makers, and local presenter of the riveting award-winning documentary film, The People vs. Agent Orange. More here.

You can still rent The People Vs Agent Orange on Amazon

Java Central is located in Uptown Westerville at 20 S. State St. 43085.
NEXT WEEK: STARLIT WAYS (Chris and Rose) return – great voice, so stylish.

John Prine Tribute
Sat Nov 20th 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue Columbus, OH 43214  $15 donation at door / $10 CFMS members

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Please bring proof of vaccination
Lots more info on the Simply Living Calendar here.

Columbus Women’s Chorus—–Rise Up
Sun Nov 21st 3:00pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd., Columbus (map).

Bill Cohen Sings annual “Songs of Gratitude” concert
Fri Nov 26th 7:00pm
Buy Nothing Day Songs of Gratitude
For 8 years now, some musical friends and I have put on a Black Friday concert of songs that express gratitude for many of our blessings: friends, family, freedom, nature, art, music, laughter, our bodies, and our emotions.
Get all the details on this heart warming event by reading the special guest blog post Bill wrote for Simply Living. Who needs Black Friday’s buying frenzy when we can enjoy the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving! As Bill put it:
Heck, it’s almost as if the folks at Simply Living dreamed up this event.  After all, when Simply Living was created, one of the driving founding ideas and ideals was — if we stopped buying so much shiny plastic junk to keep up with the Joneses, we could all be less stressed and more happy, plus the environment would be cleaner.” Ain’t that the truth! Watch on Facebook too.
Happy Thanksgiving & Songs of Gratitude Friday!

It is the time where we partner Creation in the creation of ourselves, in the restoration of the biosphere, the regenesis of society and in the assuming of a new type of culture; the culture of Kindness. ~ Jean Houston

Are we prepared to do whatever is necessary to prevent environmental and economic collapse? Join us on November 29th to engage in a conversation with Richard Heinberg on finding the power to save the planet. Register. More info on the Simply Living calendar here.


How to Shop for the Holidays (Using Amazon Alternatives)

From Supply chain disruptions have many people opting to shop early for the holidays, with more sustainable and ethical consumption in mind. Check out our 2021 holiday shopping guide, featuring the best Amazon alternatives in every category: Books, Tech, Hardware, Beauty, Art, Fashion, etc.

Did You Know? features gorgeous photos from all over the earth and they donate to nonprofits working to save the planet!

I’m addicted and happy to reduce my support for Google. Give it a try!

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

From Woody Tasch and the Slow Money Movement.
Beetcoin. It’s time.
You’ve heard inklings. Now, it is with considerable excitement and even more affection that we announce the official launch of Beetcoin. Enjoy the following video portraying the slow money movement and the birth of Beetcoin. Watch their upbeat video here

Rebelling Against Black Friday Consumerism
Reframe Your Holidays to Celebrate What Matters
We generate 23% more waste during December than other months of the year. You know I’ve railed against holiday consumerism every year when Black Friday and Cyber Monday arrive. This year is no exception. We’re devoting the newest episode of the GrowthBusters podcast to reframing holiday giving. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Kelley Dennings joins us for this discussion. She and her team have developed some great resources for dematerializing the holidays. Find links to these in the show notes for this episode. Listen here.

Celebrate an Indigenous Thanksgiving
As part of Shop Indie Local Season, AMIBA invites you to celebrate an Indigenous Thanksgiving. Here’s some inspiration!
Watch the film, Gather
Explore Indigenous Foodways
Read 9 Ways to Decolonize and Honor Native Peoples on Thanksgiving
“Indigenous people and their food systems are resilient. We have withstood historical and ongoing attempts to starve, change, and alter every facet of our food systems. But we hold strong to our knowledge that food is a connection to our past, to our people, and to our lands.”   ~ First Nations Development Institute
Read AMIBA’s full November 2021 newsletter here.

Seventh Generation Amendment: The Blah-Blah-Blah Has to End!
Thom Hartmann proposes an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would reveal how shallow and rotten so much of our lawmaking and business activity is today: put every decision to this test — How will it affect the grandchildren of our children? Read the full article here. Thom includes fascinating historical references to new research that indicates sustainability principles are incorporated into indigenous cultures all over the world. He describes contributions of Native Americans to the design of the U.S. constitution, and the high regard that Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others held for the Native leaders and their cultures.

Hearing on Rules for Radioactive Oil and Gas Waste Injection Wells Mon, Dec 6 at 1:30 pm.
You probably know that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is a “captured agency” of the Oil and Gas industry. Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fossil Fuels campaign leader, is recruiting people willing to keep ODNR honest as they rewrite their rules. WE NEED YOUR HELP to testify in person or in written testimony opposing the new rules and recommend how they can be improved to protect Ohioans. It may seem complicated but it isn’t. Email and she will send you talking points that you can customize in your own words. We want as many people as possible to show up or testify!
Thank you!

From Debbie Crawford… The Coalition for Immokallee Workers Fair Food Program has been a powerhouse trying to stop restaurants from doing business with terrible employers. Wendy’s has been a hold out while many other chains have agreed not to buy food from chains that exploit vulnerable workers – either through wage theft, sexual assault and/or practice what amounts to slavery! Action options:
Tweet or use Instagram – see below
Email OSU President Johnson’s office at
Call her office at 614-292-2424 – Four students answer her phone each day and they report to her the calls they get.
YOUR MESSAGE: President Johnson – STOP doing business with Wendys when farmworkers in Wendy’s supply chain are vulnerable to wage theft, sexual assault and slavery.
This is unacceptable and OSU needs to listen to OSU students’ demands for human rights and #BootTheBraids NOW!

We need to have a course in school that teaches about ecology
and gastronomy. I could imagine that all children could eat at school for free and that the cafeteria would become part of
the school’s curriculum. ~ Alice Waters

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


Columbus on the Cheap
Good, Cheap, Fun

Holistic Horticulture
Check out Wes Williams and the landscaping services he offers:

Mega Weekend
Holidays, New Ice Cream Shop, Comedy & More!

Grab your favorite warm drink and shop all the holiday events this weekend! Photo by Uriel Mont from Pexels

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Pick up merchandise from the Columbus Coffee Festival from the online store. It’s time to place your votes for CU’s Best of 2021. Place your orders or make plans for Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend!

Nightlife and Comedy

Trey Kennedy performs at the Riffe Center on Thursday.
Comedian Trey Kennedy is in town!
Crankdat performs at Galla Park.
Did you get tickets to the screening of ‘Untitled‘ Dave Chappelle documentary?
Watch some Drunk Powerpoint.
Babe Roar supports ‘It’s Fine‘, a one-person about the life and times of local comedian, AS Green, at Wild Goose.
Damn Girl! is back at Skully’s. 
The Oracle hosts a fun show on Saturday night.
Freaks with Beaks presents Kevin James Doyle at The Rambling House on Sunday.

Food and Shopping Events

Get in the holiday spirit at Easton this weekend!
Learn how to package your gifts beautifully at THREAD.
Battle of the Breweries starts at 3pm today!Samson’s hosts a special holiday speakeasy.
Larry Smith returns to Columbus with his new book, 
Six-word Memoirs on the Pandemic.
Shop the 50 year anniversary sale of Golden Hobby Shop.
Little Ladies Soft Serve has a new shop and it opens on Friday. Shop the NOBO Arts sale. Easton hosts its Grand Illumination, and Horse Carriage Rides start this weekend.
There is a special tail-gate event happening at the OSU vs. Michigan State game. Shop Front Street Flea’s holiday show on Saturday. Not Your Mama’s has a holiday market in the Short North.
Ace of Cups has another Punk Rock Pawn Shop.
Live Christmas Tree sales start at St. Mary’s School on Sunday.
Shop the Olde Towne Market. New shop Old Salts Leatherwork has a grand opening on Sunday.


Holiday Hoopla is back at ShadowboxLive!
Broadway is back with Hadestown this weekend!
‘i know its the end and i am fully of beauty’ opens at Beeler Gallery tonight (Thursday 11-18).
Holiday Hoopla opens at ShadowboxLive.
Opera Project Columbus performs ‘To See The Stars Again.’ Got any cringey teen stories to share?
Studio 35 has a beer tasting & a movie featuring Ghostbusters: Afterlife.


Wildlights opens at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.
Shop the Harvest Market at Bridge Park.
Conservatory Aglow begins at the Franklin Park Conservatory.
King Avenue UMC marks Saturday as Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The Hot Chocolate Race is happening around the Arena District on Sunday.

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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, November 19, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  The Problem with Plurality-Winner Elections – And Can Requiring Majority Winners Help Save Democracy?  Only six states require their Members of Congress to be elected with a majority of the vote. All other states allow for plurality winners who, in multi-candidate elections, get more votes than any other candidate, but over half of the voters might have wanted someone else. What does that mean in a representative democracy with an allegiance to majority rule? And for a candidate who can’t win their own party’s primary election (because they aren’t favored by the relatively small and intense base of primary voters), but who would be the most preferred candidate in the general election, what is the effect of a plurality-winner rule? Our panel of experts will tackle these questions as we search for ways to protect our system of democracy. The panel will be moderated by Professor Steven Huefner, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  More information and registration here

Friday, November 19, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave!  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.  Register with Our Revolution here

Friday, November 19, 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:

Friday, November 19, 2021, 9:00 PM.  Democracy Hangs in the Balance in Honduras: Meet Leading Experts from the International Election Observation Mission.  On November 28, the citizens of Honduras will vote for a new President, as well as all 128 representatives to their National Congress, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament and many other local officials. These elections come 12 years after a military coup ousted the democratically elected president in Honduras. They should represent an opportunity for a democratic clean sweep. “But it won’t be simple or easy,” says Gustavo Irias, the Honduran democracy advocate who founded CESPAD (the Center for the Study of Democracy). With less than three weeks remaining before the country goes to vote, concerns are growing about the potential for fraud, restrictions on free speech and assembly, and potential violence.  We invite you to meet members of the International Election Observation Mission, a delegation of over 250 Hondurans and 40 international observers coordinated by the Honduran organization CESPAD and Global Exchange.  Registration and more information here

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Climate Justice in Palestine.  A conversation with Nedal Katbeh-Bader, advisor for Climate Change of Palestine’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs, and Abeer Butmeh, environmental engineer and PENGON coordinator.  For more details see our webpage:  Register here

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 1:00 PM. Film Premiere:  Caging Childhood:  Palestinian Children in Israel’s Military Detention System.  Caging Childhood was produced by Defense for Children International – Palestine and premieres on November 20, 2021, Universal Children’s Day. Please join us for a virtual screening and panel discussion on Zoom.  More information and registration here

Saturday, November 20, 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 with Our Revolution here

Sunday, November 21, 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 lnes. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Sunday, November 21, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Redbird Books to Prisoners.  We collect, pack, and send books to Ohio prisoners every 1st and 3rd Sunday.  Location: Thirdhand Bike Coop, 979 East 5th Ave, Columbus. Please wear a mask, and please don’t park in front of the building.

Friday, November 26, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Fun, entertaining, and thoughtful: Bill Cohen’s Gratitude Concert Online.  Friends.  Freedom.  Food.  Music. Parents. Children.  Pets. Laughter.  Emotions.  And dozens of other things.  Despite the virus, racial injustice, and many other challenges, we all have so much to be thankful for. It’s the 8th year for this Thanksgiving-themed concert. Playing piano and guitar, he’ll sing songs written by, made famous by, or inspired by, a wide variety of folks — John Denver, Martin Luther King, the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Louis Armstrong, and Don McLean.  Even Johnny Appleseed, Jiminy Cricket, and the “old ladies” on the TV show, “Golden Girls.”  On several songs, Ann Fisher will add beautiful flute accompaniment, David Maywhoor will add percussion, and Joe Lambert and Joanne Blum will add soothing vocal harmonies.  This year, for the second time, the program will be entirely online.  Whether or not you’re a member of Facebook, you can see and hear the show by going to the Facebook page called “Bill Cohen Sings.”  You can either search for that page online yourself, or you can click on this link, and hopefully that will connect you at the time of the concert.  If you have a Facebook account already, just click this link. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, YOU CAN STILL WATCH but you need to click 1 more thing! Once you click on this link (above) you will be asked to either log in or join. IGNORE THAT REQUEST!  Instead, click anything else like Home, Events, Videos etc on the left-hand column and the notice to login or join will go away! Then, you can watch us live AT THE TIME OF THE CONCERT! This is a free concert, but if you appreciate the songs and the message, we’ll be welcoming donations for a non-profit charity, International Medical Alliance of Tennessee.  That’s the group that Bill’s wife Randi goes with to the Dominican Republic every February.  The all-volunteer group of doctors, nurses, and medical students provides free medical care to impoverished, disenfranchised Haitian workers who live and work just inside the D.R. border.  Randi serves as the group’s interpreter, bridging the language gap between the Spanish-speaking patients and the English-speaking medical workers.  During the show, you’ll be told how to donate electronically, or you can send a check to: IMA of Tennessee, 547 S. David Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922.

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

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”


Photos of mushrooms around town by Chuck Lynd

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