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A New Year Happy New Year! Like most people, I am delighted to have said goodbye to 2020 and optimistic that 2021 will be a year of new opportunities. Not that there weren’t events to celebrate last year. Amid the doom and gloom and losses caused by the global pandemic there were some bright spots that allowed us moments to celebrate. (Approval and beginning distribution of a vaccine top the list, while my personal list includes new babies in our family.) The Columbus Crew SC winning the 2020 MLS Cup was something for central Ohio to celebrate! Hosting and winning the MLS Cup in MAPFRE Stadium was a great way to close out the year. Looking ahead, construction and plans are rolling along for the organization’s new home in Confluence Village, slated to open late July 2021. We have much to look forward to this year, including taking charge of our mental and physical health. Editor Mallory Arnold introduces two health assessment tools in her article on heart health. (I’m not sharing how I scored – but I will be retaking the quiz to monitor improvement!) Resist the urge to stay indoors this winter. A very attainable health goal for 2021 is to get outdoors more. Doctors in 33 states and Washington D.C. are writing nature prescriptions and multiple studies show that simply being outside has a positive effect on mental health. And, the U.S. National Park Service Office of Public Health’s Healthy Parks Healthy People program promotes parks as a “powerful health prevention strategy,” locally and nationally.  For more health insights, check out what Dr. Michael Flores says about screen time on page 32. Do your kids spend too much time on their phones? Do you? If you’ve been putting off making a positive change in your life, this is a great time to get on the bandwagon. After all, January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. As we continue to move from surviving to the realm of thriving in 2021, please be safe and kind.

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“I Wouldn’t Change It for the World.” Spotlighting Pelotonia’s Doug Ulman By Mallory Arnold


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AT 19, YOU expect to be busy with exams, friends, parties and more. Cancer is never supposed to be part of the equation. But for Pelotonia President Doug Ulman, it quickly changed the course of his life. Ulman was preparing for his sophomore year at Brown University when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chondrosarcoma. “When you’re 19, you’re not thinking about your mortality,” Ulman says. “And that was obviously a really challenging time.” The diagnosis was stressful enough, but realizing there were hardly any resources for young adults with cancer made Ulman decide to do something about it. “It was frustrating, because all I wanted to do was to talk to someone my own age and hear from someone else who had been through what I was going through,” he says. “That’s what drove my desire and passion to connect young adults with other people experiencing a similar journey.” At such a relatively young age, Ulman had no idea how to take on this mission, he says, but knew there was a clear void in the cancer community. When he did find people his age who were fighting or had survived cancer, not only was it therapeutic for him, but it helped inspire what would eventually become the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “I learned a lot at a very young age, and for that, I’m, in some ways, beyond

grateful,” Ulman says. “To have that happen at such an early stage in my life was transformational. It’s easy to say now, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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His passion and drive propelled Ulman to serve as the Ulman Fund’s executive director for four years before joining the

LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as director of survivorship. Ulman says he had no idea that he’d be working for cancer organizations his whole life. “My parents instilled in me a passion for service and giving back to the community; however, without my own diagnosis, I wouldn’t have wound up in the cancer advocacy community,” he says. “It’s been the

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honor of my life to work every day with tremendous people who are trying to save and improve the lives of others.” In fact, Ulman actually once had ambitions to be a teacher. To this day, he admires the younger generations for having such unbridled optimism and hope. Through his work with nonprofits, Ulman had visited Columbus over the years and made tons of connections. He’d heard about Pelotonia before the first ride even took place and was an admirer from the start. When he received a message asking him to discuss Pelotonia, he agreed to a phone call, but said he wasn’t going to up and leave where he resided in Houston, Texas. “One thing led to another, and six years later, here I am,” he says, laughing. “It’s exceeded my expectations – and I had very high expectations.”

never had the time to execute. That’s where My Pelotonia came from. “It’s the DIY version,” Ulman says. The event went virtual, allowing participants to log their Pelotonia journey anywhere, anytime. The platform encouraged not only biking, but walking, running, swimming or any other creative mode participants could think of. The response was so posiUlman and Dr. Zihai Li from Pelotonia Institute for tive that, in addition to the Immuno-Oncology. in-person event, the virtual option will be included in the 2021 event. three things he wanted to accomplish for “It was phenomenal to watch not only Pelotonia 2020. our internal team, but the community em“I rode my bike to Cincinnati with my brace something at a time with so much friends, rode 10 miles with my wife and uncertainty,” he says. “We always thought kids, and had a goal of running 200 miles the community would inspire us with their over the course of a summer,” he says. engagement, but we were overwhelmed “Hearing some of the community’s stories with what they delivered this year.” and goals was so inspiring because they Along with the My Pelotonia platform, were so personal.” participants were asked: “What will your Pelotonia 2020 be?” It was a way of having The Pandemic and Pelotonia people step back and set goals, whether While the Pelotonia virtual event went physical, mental or otherwise. Ulman had smoothly, there’s still lots of concern that

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Pedal to the metal questions with Doug Ulman Favorite Columbus bike path or running trail? Alum Creek Trail. Favorite Columbus place to eat? Katalina’s or Service Bar. Most recent show or movie you’ve watched? The Chicago Seven. It’s extremely powerful. Guilty pleasure? French fries. Although, during the pandemic I’ve eaten so many fewer French fries because I’m not eating out! Indoor or outdoor cycling? Outdoor. I did indoor cycling this morning, though. I’ll do it when it’s cold and rainy, but if I had my choice, it would be outside. Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.



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Meat, Meet Your Match! Staking out Columbus’ first plant-based butcher shop By Mallory Arnold

CARL UNDERWOOD IV has been a vegan for

17 years. So, it might surprise you to know that he makes a mean Philly cheesesteak and a killer sloppy joe. As the owner and executive chef of Vida’s Plant Based Butcher, Underwood makes 100 percent vegan deli meats, cheeses, sandwiches and sides. Vida’s is one of only eight vegan butchers in the U.S. Underwood grew up in a plant-based household. He and his family ate a few meat alternatives, but he knew there should be more available. He wanted to be able to eat the same things everyone else eats at restaurants, thus planting a seed in him to explore these opportunities in the future. Underwood established Truly Vida, a plant-based protein distribution company that sells directly to restaurants looking for vegan varieties. In 2018, Underwood established Trula Vida’s Plant Based Butcher because he wanted the consumer to be able to purchase these vegan meat alternatives directly. One of the biggest misconceptions he hears about vegan food is that it lacks nutrients. “That’s something we focus strongly on when we’re making our plant-based products,” he says. “We make sure it’s a complete protein. Everything is natural, and we don’t use preservatives or additives.”

Vida’s also boasts of tons of vegan cheeses, from smoked gouda to pepper jack provolone. Underwood’s favorites, at the moment, are dessert cheeses, which include blueberry, amaretto, apricot, strawberry, and horseradish chive. The Philly cheesesteak is made up of sliced steak, mixed peppers and crisp grilled onions, gooey provolone cheese, and a house-made mayonnaise, all inside a perfectly toasted hoagie roll. “I’ve been working on this specific spice blend for two years,” Underwood says of the sandwich, “to give you that meaty taste without overriding that flavor with salt or broth.” There are big things to come with Vida’s, though Underwood isn't giving away any juicy secrets – just juicy plant-based meat. “There are things in the works,” he says. “We are looking at a continuing concept for early next year.” CS Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com

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What the Heck is Futsal? And how do we play it? By Sanaya Attari “It’s a funny story, actually,” says Lincoln. “My best friend’s dad emailed my dad to tell him that there was this new sport called futsal that my best friend was signing up for, and he asked my dad if I wanted to join, too.” The game was originally developed to meet the needs of players who don’t have the space to play soccer. Futsal is officially recognized by both FIFA and UEFA and, while it’s most popular in Brazil, U.S. athletes are quickly catching on. “In futsal, you always have to keep moving and have to have quick reflexes,” says Lincoln. “In soccer, you can always pass the ball around, but you don’t pass as much in futsal. And since you have to move around quicker, you always have to be ready.” Soccer superstars such as Pelé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zico, Lionel Messi,

FUTSAL MAY BE a new concept to fans of the Arnold Sports Festival, but the sport is rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. By placing a strong emphasis on technical skills in high-pressure situations, futsal – which joined the Arnold line-up in 2019 – creates the perfect environment for players to develop quick reflexes, fast thinking and pinpoint passing. The rules of futsal are similar to soccer’s, but the game is played indoors, uses a smaller ball and has five players on each side. It has some 12 million players worldwide. Lincoln Justice, a sixth-grader at Hilliard Tharp Middle School, has been playing for five years with Columbus Futsal and, in January 2020, competed in a tournament in Spain.


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the U.S. – likely, Lincoln says, simply because it’s new. Lincoln points out numerous unique advantages to playing futsal that make it worth a try. “It’s a little more advanced when it comes to ball movement and skills with the balls, so I think that helps a lot of kids be more focused, both on and off the playing field,” he says. Columbus Futsal consists of several men’s teams, a women’s team, pick-up futsal, league play, instructional free play as a volunteer and a youth academy. The organization also has a mentor-mentee program for high school students wanting to earn volunteer hours, as well as introductory programs for newcomers of all ages to learn balance, coordination and creativity all while honing a new skill. “It has helped me a lot throughout the years,” Lincoln says. “I would recommend it to others because it can only help you in the long run.” CS

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Going the Distance The evolution of remote learning By Brandon Klein


istance learning has ment, and Japanese language transformed from a and culture. niche alternative for Columbus Academy’s techsome students to a mainnology department provides stream practice in education. 24-hour access and availabilSome schools in central ity to encourage students to Ohio already had some expeengage with the curriculum rience with distance learning and expand learning outside prior to the pandemic, which the classroom. prepared them for an abrupt “To that end, we enhanced switch in March. a number of our tech tools, Dan Olexio For instance, at Columbus including making our learnAcademy, remote learning has always ing management system more social and been used for students who cannot not be providing single sign-on access to collabin the classroom due to out-of-state sports orative apps like Google Docs and Voiceor extended illnesses. Due to the school’s Thread,” says Sean Cullinan, director of presence in a 100-member consortium technology. “We also thought about what of independent schools from all over we were going to do with those enhanced the world, about 20 Columbus Academy tools. Some teachers created what they students take specialized courses online, called ‘redundant resources,’ where evwith subject matter including number erything that happens in the classroom is theory, computer app and game develop- recorded and made available online. Oth-


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ers flipped their classrooms or used social media to engage the broader community.” Prior to the pandemic, Columbus School for Girls used remote learning for students who had extended illnesses, and has used the same tools before and after the onset of the pandemic. “CSG was already 1-to-1 before the pandemic. We conducted remote learning under specific circumstances with email and a learning management system. Students could share notes, handouts, etc. Since March, we have enhanced our technology with a more powerful learning management system (Canvas),” says Jennifer Ciccarelli, head of school at CSG. “We have also outfitted classrooms to be able to accommodate hybrid learning where students, faculty and staff can have the same access whether learning or teaching in the classroom or at home. OWL Pro Cameras allow students to virtually enter the classroom live. They can participate in real time, ask and answer questions, and interact with their peers. The technology allows for a more seamless student experience for on-campus and athome learners.” It’s a similar situation at Columbus Academy, says Dan Olexio, assistant head for academic affairs. The tools and skills its faculty used to keep students on track before the pandemic are the same ones used when it transitioned to online learning. Olexio adds that many of the tools and skills the faculty used to keep students on

How students and parents can better manage remote learning Olexio offers five ways students and their parents can improve the online learning experience: • Students need a dedicated online learning space (not in their bedroom) that is their “home office” for school. • Students need to regularly check their email and the course’s learning management system, which, for Columbus Academy, is Google Classroom. • Focus on the positive. “They know what they are missing, and feel the negative aspects – no need to rehash those,” Olexio says. • “Students should unmute often (when appropriate) and try to be a presence in the class. They are not ‘interrupting’ by participating,” Olexio says. Parents should encourage their child to participate. • Schedule extra help when needed. “As has always been the case, falling behind in a course only gets worse over time. Reach out early,” Olexio adds. In addition, Shaka Arnold, head of middle school at Columbus Academy, offers this advice: • “School at home can be challenging, so trying to define school time from home time is important,” Arnold says. • Parents should help students create a routine that can help the students transition to school at home more easily. • Parents are advised to reach out to teachers as soon as there are problems. “Even talented teachers are more removed from their students who are learning remotely, so they likely will need to be alerted to a student’s struggles,” Arnold says. January/February 2021 | cityscenecolumbus.com


track before the pandemic are now used for online learning. “We also used those same tools to train faculty in March 2020 and over the past summer, which allowed the faculty to experience the learning from the student’s perspective prior to developing their own plans for the fall,” Olexio says.

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Cullinan says there are a lot of benefits to online learning, including increased classroom engagement, greater student ownership of learning, confidence from teaching others, meeting individual students’ learning styles and needs, a spike in one-on-one instruction time between students and teachers, and increased performance on tests. Olexio adds that attendance has increased for upper school students. “That was a pleasant surprise of the hybrid model,” he says. “Students are joining classes synchronously when, in the past, they may have been away from school for a day for a mild sickness or appointment.” Olexio and Cullinan both say that distance learning is here to stay, even past the pandemic. “To some extent, options for students to remote into class synchronously won't go away,” Olexio says. CS Brandon Klein is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at bklein@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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A few things to consider financially in the new year By Rocco Falleti

2020 WAS FAR from what most would

consider an ideal year for either physical or financial health. While the world waits for the COVID-19 vaccine to become widely available, economists encourage people to plan ahead for when the economy recovers. “The news of a vaccine is very good,” says Kevin Fix, senior financial adviser at Fullen Financial Group, Inc. “More talks in Washington about additional stimulus and business owners’ income affected by the virus are positive for the markets.” At the peak of the first shutdown, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 18.1 million people in the U.S. were laid off. It’s hard to dictate what the economic recovery period will look like, particularly because there’s a lot of uncertainty about the potential long-term impacts the pandemic will have on specific industries. “There seems to be some pent-up demand from people dealing with this as long as we have,” Fix says. “There could be a pretty significant surge in the second half of this year with economic activity, assuming things go well with the virus.” Here are some ways you can improve financial well-being in the age of COVID-19.

Personal Goals

Fix suggests considering three things in the near future. First, have a financial plan with specific goals you can work toward. Start to save as early as possible and take advantage of company savings plans while ensuring you are able to measure your progress. Secondly, ensure that you have readily available cash. This will help meet short20

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term goals and, obviously, can be used in case of emergency. “We saw what can happen in February and March (2020),” Fix says. “Things can turn on a dime in terms of sources of income, in terms of investment values. It is always a good idea, and reinforced during the pandemic, to have some liquid cash reserves available.” He also suggests investing with a purpose in order to help support your goals. Make sure the risk profile of your investment portfolio matches the time horizon. For example, if retirement is 20 years down the road, you can remain a little aggressive, but if a down payment for your home or paying for a child’s education is the goal, look to reduce risks that would cut the principal. “The pandemic also made people think a little more about life insurance and estate planning,” Fix says. “It’s always a good idea to look at those from time to time to make sure there are coverages in

place in case something unexpected happens to you.”


Retirement is something that requires careful planning and coordination. It is a reward for a career’s worth of hard work and dedication. That being said, there are things to start paying closer attention to as the process begins. Fix mentions that is always good to make sure home mortgages are paid off by the time of retirement, since minimizing fixed

costs in retirement will correspond to more flexibility in spending. “Retirement is one of those times, especially in the corporate world, where decisions are being made around pension, when to take Social Security, how best to withdraw assets from your investment portfolio,” Fix says. “If someone is within 10-15 years away, talk to an adviser. It gives an opportunity to see the full picture with expert advice.”


• Nerd Wallet has a (free) financial health calculator with eight key measures. Take the quiz, see where you rank and read tips to build financial resiliency. www. nerdwallet.com/blog/financial-literacy  • AARP has a Retirement Calculator that helps determine if you’re saving enough to retire the way you want. www.aarp.org/ work/retirement-planning/retirement_ calculator.html • Sign up for an account with the Social Security Administration to see what benefits you may have at retirement. Tools calculate monthly payments determined by age, date of retirement and more. www.ssa.gov  

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Know, utilize and track these metrics: • Net Worth • Income • Credit Score • Savings Rate • Debt-to-Income Ratio • Retirement Fund Rocco Falleti is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at rfalleti@cityscenecolumbus.com

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Break the Walls Down Innovative, transparent dividers add light and improve views in first-floor renovation By Garth Bishop GIVEN THE POPULARITY of open space in modern home design, it’s fairly commonplace to see remodel projects that entail the removal of a wall. Decidedly less commonplace: remodels that entail removal of all the walls. Nevertheless, the total eradication of interior walls was a pivotal part of this sixmonth renovation by Nicholson Builders. The owners of this Hilliard home were dissatisfied with the odd shape and enclosed nature of their first floor. They liked the huge windows on the house’s front and back walls, and the natural light those windows let in – but didn’t like the short distance that light was able to travel before encountering obstructions. Moreover, the rooms just seemed cramped. Even the vaulted ceilings didn’t help, due to a series of dropped faux beams that reduced the overhead clearance to eight feet. The goal, then, was to enable the natural light to make it all the way through the first floor, turning it into a more contemporary and dynamic space. A more open floor plan would also bring more visibility to the impressive outdoor views. But because of the bizarre layout and limited spaces, achieving these goals proved challenging. “None of that light got past the large rooms,” says Jeremy Little, the Nicholson design consultant who oversaw the project. “We really wanted to bring that light all the way through the house.”


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An Alternative Wall The designers at Nicholson found, to their benefit, that the roof structure was all clear span trusses, so very few of the walls enclosing the space were load-bearing. Still, one crucial wall was load-bearing – and inconveniently positioned smack in the center of the first-floor space. Nicholson’s solution: a custom slatted wood wall, designed to let light through and display pieces from the homeowners’ art collection in the process. The once-dreary kitchen and dining area were thus transformed into a vibrant space awash with natural light and highlighted by meticulously chosen décor, with the cherry wood of the new wall helping to define the space. The wood wall incorporates two preexisting structural columns, wrapped in black to make them fit into the ambience. An additional structural beam is concealed in the ceiling. The Kitchen and Dining Area Little wishes he could take credit for the eye-catching light fixture over the dining area, he says, but that was all the homeowners. They found it on their own and sent him a picture from the store. “Immediately, (our) response was, ‘Yes, it’s as if it was made to go in here, buy it now,’” he says. Right next to the attention-grabbing dining area is a kitchen with vastly expanded storage space. Tall pantry cabinets

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are equipped with rollout shelving and drawer organizational systems, while the brand new island – with traditional storage on both sides and an open shelf for more art displays – brings ample counter space as well as additional storage. “It seems like we can fit more and more into less cabinetry anymore,” Little says. Nicholson also replaced a three-panel kitchen window with a single large win-

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A Glassed-In Office The first floor also contained a bedroom that had evolved into an office. The walls separating it from the rest of the house were removed, too, but to create some separation – for phone calls and uninterrupted work – Nicholson replaced them with full-height glass partitions. Now, they allow for an uninterrupted view of the backyard riverscape from the front of the house to the back. “We could have just taken the walls out and opened that area up to have open flow into that front room, but owing to privacy concerns and noise, being able to close that down was an element the homeowner was very interested in,” says Little. Little has used similar steel glass partitions in commercial office spaces, he says, and was excited to use it in a residential setting. The black color scheme made it easier to coordinate other elements of the design. The office space also sports unique cork flooring with a fine grain texture, perfect for the warmer wood tones of the wall. 24

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Getting the Details Right Another key aspiration of both the homeowners and the designers was that no element of the overhauled space would seem out of place. The amount of work put into ensuring the continuity of design elements was immense, Little says – starting with the brand new walls and distilling down to the door handles, drawer pulls, tile accents, fasteners, plumbing fixtures and deck railing. On top of that, measurements had to be extraordinarily precise. With no opportunity to cover material intersections of the slatted wood wall with trim, nor any ability to conceal the movement joint at the bottom of the glass partition, floor and wall intersections had to be impeccably accurate.

The fireplace underwent an upgrade as well, with cues taken from other elements in the remodel. The new mantle has a cherry color to match the wood slatted wall, with enhanced thickness and asymmetrical design to boot. Black soapstone around the fireplace itself makes it stand out more, with a contemporary gas burner to round it out. “It really makes a dynamic movement out of the fireplace,” Little says. The project won multiple Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry: a local award for Residential Interior $100,000 and Over, and a regional award for Residential Interior $250,001 to $500,000. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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Your Health

Healthy or Harmful Is technology giving Americans anxiety?


t’s not uncommon to look around the room and see that more people are wearing some version of a Fitbit or Apple Watch than are wearing regular watches or jewelry. CNN Health conducted a survey and found that 89 percent of participants wore their activity trackers at all times. Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that consistently using a fitness tracker can increase your steps per day by more than a mile. The newest version of the Apple Watch can track sleep cycles, blood oxygen levels, ECG signals and more. Applications such as EverlyWell allow consumers to perform, from right at home, finger pricks for food sensitivity tests, heart health tests, B vitamins tests and beyond. Health technology has become so advanced that people can keep track of practically everything going on in their bodies. Despite these benefits, some experts believe the technology has spurred an unhealthy obsession. George Zgourides, a family medicine doctor and author of Stop Worrying About Your Health, insists that all this access to information contributes to a problem called health anxiety. Health anxiety is the misinterpretation of normal bodily sensations, and results are dangerous. People who suffer from this feel physical symptoms that mimic those of the very diseases they worry about: dizziness, stomachaches, rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, etc.

With health technology and trackers more readily available, data never before accessible is at consumers’ fingertips. This, Zgourides and other medical professionals say, is more fuel for health anxiety. A study published in Eating Behaviors shows a strong correlation between calorie tracking apps and eating disorder symptoms among college students. CNN Health’s continued study on the topic reports that 43 percent of Fitbit users surveyed claim that activity without an active tracking device is a waste of time. 59 percent report their daily routines are controlled by their Fitbit, and 30 percent view their Fitbit as making them feel very guilty. Health trackers are not inherently negative, but the dependency and obsession some people develop are. Some app developers are trying to change that. For example, YouAte is a nutrition app that allows consumers to log their meals, but instead of counting calories, it categorizes food as “on-path” or “off-path” based on an individual’s goals. This takes away the meticulous tracking of numbers and macronutrients and fosters healthy, mindful eating. Let’s just keep it simple, people. As the famous food author Michael Pollan says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Your Health

Green Tooth

Mixing sustainability with dental care By Sarah Robinson


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he dental care industry is a big perpetrator of plastic waste. Think of your toothbrush: plastic handle and bristles. Toothpaste: plastic tube. Dental floss: made of nylon, a type of plastic, not to mention the plastic floss dispenser. Oral care is vitally important to personal health and hygiene, so you shouldn’t have to compromise your health for the environment. Luckily, with a new wave of sustainable dental care, you don’t have to. Switch from your plastic toothbrush to one made of bamboo. Not only is it compostable, which means it doesn’t go into a landfill, bamboo actually has natural antimicrobial properties to fight bacteria. Almost 1.5 billion empty plastic toothpaste tubes end up in landfills in the U.S. Switching to a metal toothpaste tube ensures you can recycle the finished tube instead of pitching it in the garbage. Plus, switching away from a plastic tube can help you avoid the potentially harmful effects of BPA in plastic packaging. If you’re still not sold on a tube of toothpaste, there’s another sustainable option: chewable toothpaste tablets. These tablets leave a significantly smaller carbon footprint than regular toothpaste in a plastic tube. You can even find sustainable floss made from materials such as bamboo and silk.


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Your Health

The Young and the Technological

Psychologist recommends parents take precautions with their children’s device time By Brandon Klein


screen time and should engage creens are everywhere in with educational programming 2021, even in the hands such as Sesame Street. of young, impressionable “Children don’t benefit from minds. While some parents struggle with setting boundarscreen time because they don’t ies and limits of technology use cognitively understand,” he adds. for their kids, Nationwide ChilHowever, no expert is claimdren’s Hospital licensed clinical ing parents must be perfectly psychologist Dr. Michael Flores stringent with this rule. The says his opinion on the matter pandemic has certainly revised Dr. Michael Flores is pretty cut and dried. previous guidelines, especially as The American Academy of Pediatrics technology is one of the few ways children recommends children who are less than can socialize with friends and relatives dur18 months old should have no screen ing the stay at home order. time with technology such as tablets, “It’s challenging to keep kids from screens TV or other screens. Flores agrees, because of the pandemic,” Flores says. suggesting that once a child reaches The benefits of engaging with relatives preschool age, they can have limited and family friends outweigh the negative


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effects of using technology. Connecting socially helps children develop the skills they need to thrive in the world. Flores recommends parents build the guardrails necessary to prevent technology from negatively affecting their children’s health. He says it’s important to keep bedrooms as free of screens as possible, create finite time limits for using the technology and establish routines. It’s important for parents of children ages 18 months to 2 years old to watch educational TV programs to enhance the child’s learning experience. “Parents help scaffold that material in a way a child is more able to understand and relate to and therefore retain,” Flores says.

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Some parents, understandably, may choose to use technology to keep their children preoccupied during high-stress situations such as in the middle of errands or work. “That happens all the time,” Flores says. “(The screens are) meant to be engaging.” While it may help a squirming, screaming child calm down while you wait 20 minutes in a doctor’s office waiting room, it’s a short-term fix that can have long-term consequences such as decreased physical activity, which can lead to a higher risk of obesity and less social engagement. Flores says he hopes families can transition back to the recommended media consumption habits that were in place prior to the onset of COVID-19. He recommends parents create a media plan for the whole family to follow. For instance, families may have a rule to not use devices during dinner. That includes parents, too, who may want to check their various social media pages and emails. One of the biggest things to remember when setting house rules for technology and screen time is that parents must model the same behavior to set a good example. Think of these three Ms: moderate content, moderate time and model behavior. “Parents should model the behavior they want to see,” Flores says. CS


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Your Health

Keeping Upbeat Checking in on your heart By Mallory Arnold


ebruary is American Heart Month – and not because of Valentine’s Day. While chocolates and flowers will do wonders for your mood, you need more than a valentine to keep your heart healthy during COVID-19. Laura Williamson of American Heart Association News says a growing number of studies suggest that many people who survive COVID-19 experience heart damage. The illness takes a toll on respiratory, cardiac and kidney functions, among other complications. But experts are finding that even upon recovery, patients deal with a considerable amount of inflammation in heart muscle lining. According to AHAN, nearly one-fourth of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have been diagnosed with cardiovascular complications. While health care professionals continue to research and treat those with heart problems, this is a great time to check in on your own cardiac health. Simple 7 The American Heart Association identifies these seven risk factors that people can improve to help achieve ideal cardiovascular health: weight, smoking, diet, physical activity, blood sugar, cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’s My Life Check online assessment tool can help you assess and track your heart health to get a better understanding of your risk of heart disease and stroke. Go to www.mlc.heart.org/assessment and use the code AHA022. Pressure Check Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is vital to heart health. It’s one of the most 34

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important screenings, because high blood pressure typically has no symptoms. Your heart rate is a good indicator of blood flow and blood pressure in different areas of your body. To measure it, get a watch and place your index and middle finger on the inner wrist of the other arm, just below the base of the thumb. You’ll feel the beat of your pulse. Count the number of taps you feel in 10 seconds and multiply that number by six to find your heart rate for one minute. AHA’s Check. Change. Control. Calculator is a resource to self-monitor heart

health. The website (ccccalculator.ccc tracker.com) asks for a few numbers concerning your cholesterol and blood pressure before recommending a path to a healthier lifestyle. Stay Upbeat Are heart disease and depression interwoven? A preliminary study presented at a recent AHA virtual Scientific Sessions conference is looking at a connection. The research included more than 4,000 people in a national survey who had been screened for depression using a basic ques-

tionnaire. Participants were evaluated for the Life Simple 7 factors. After adjusting for factors such as age, race and income, the researchers found people with symptoms of severe depression were 3.1 times more likely to have worse cardiovascular health than people without depression. People with mild to moderate depression were 1.4 times more likely. Lead researcher Dr. Brent Medoff says the study shows a clear link between depression and poor heart health, though it can’t explain what’s behind the connection. “Whether it’s because they’re depressed and they don’t want to move around, or they’re not taking care of themselves, or they’re unable to get medication, (these) are things that we have to look for in other research,” said Medoff, a resident physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It’s a two-way street,  studies  suggest. People with depression are more likely to develop heart disease. And people with heart disease can experience depression. In fact, research suggests 15% to 30% of people with cardiovascular disease have depression – a rate two to three times higher than the general population. Medoff says some of the connection is probably behavioral. People who are depressed are more likely to smoke, less likely to be active and tend to have a less healthy diet. But depression also has a physical side. It affects the nervous system in ways that can raise blood pressure and heart rate. It affects blood platelets, which can increase the risk of clotting. It’s also been associated with inflammation, which is linked to many diseases. Overweight Ohio There are lots of things to be proud of as an Ohioan, but our place in WalletHub’s Most Overweight & Obese States in America isn’t one of them. Ohio comes in at the 14th “fattest” state in the U.S. This ranking was determined through three key factors: obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness. While being overweight does not necessarily make someone unhealthy, weight can cause numerous heart health issues, including spikes in bad cholesterol and

triglyceride levels, while also lowering good high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is important for removing bad cholesterol and working to reduce the risk for heart disease. Obese people require more blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to their bodies which causes an increase in blood pressure, a common cause of heart attacks. Making healthier choices doesn’t always mean shaving down your caloric intake. Focus on nutrient-dense foods rather than scrutinizing the calorie counter. To keep your heart beating loudly and proudly, eat wholesome food. You can boost your cardiac health with choices such as black beans (help lower blood pressure), salmon (lessens risk of heart rhythm disorders), olive oil (protects blood vessels) and walnuts (protect against heart artery inflammation.) (See illustration 1). On the flip side, two foods can have the same number of calories and a vast difference in satiation. (See illustration 2). Even experts agree that foods such as pizza and cookies are OK in moderation. Many dietitians recommend never labeling meals as bad or cheating, as it only leads to an unhealthy relationship with food. Take care of your body, mental health and your taste buds! Editor’s note: Because of the rapidly evolving events surrounding the coronavirus, the facts and advice presented in this story may have changed since publication. Visit www. heart.org for the latest coverage, and check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials for the most recent guidance.

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Your Health

The Five Languages of Love Which do you speak? By Sanaya Attari


n his book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, Gary Chapman highlights five ways that people express and experience romantic love. These love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, gift-giving, physical touch and quality time. “Psychologists have concluded that the need to feel loved is a primary human emotional need. For love, we will climb mountains, cross seas, traverse desert sands and endure untold hardships,” Chapman writes. “Without love, mountains become unclimbable, seas uncrossable, deserts unbearable and hardship our lot in life.” Words of Affirmation People who prefer words of affirmation as a love language value verbal cues of affection, such as compliments, words of appreciation and encouragement. These expressions of love make them feel understood and appreciated in the relationship. Try this: Leave notes for your significant other detailing little things you appreciate about them. Acts of Service Acts of service is a love language used by people who value their partners going out of their way to complete essential errands on their behalf. This could be something


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like bringing a cup of coffee in the morning, or ordering and picking up prescriptions even without being asked. Try this: Make the bed, do the laundry, take the trash out of your own volition. Gift-giving This love language is feeling loved when people give you gifts as visual symbols of love. It’s a lot less about monetary value than about symbolic thought. Those with this love language see not only the choice of that particular gift, but the emotional benefits of receiving it. Try this: Surprise your significant other with flowers and never forget any major holidays (Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.). Physical Touch People with physical touch as their love language appreciate physical signs of affection rather than physical objects – kissing,

holding hands, cuddling on the couch, sex. They value the feelings of warmth and comfort that accompany the physical touch of their loved ones. Try this: Give lots of hugs and random surprise kisses! Quality Time Those who use quality time as a love language feel the most loved when their partners make an effort to spend time with them. They appreciate being fully present with their partners in any given situation, typically without any distractions, and also enjoy having deep, meaningful conversations or sharing recreational activities. Try this: Plan a date night to carve time out to sit down and be with your significant other despite your crazy schedules. CS Sanaya Attari is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Carving the Soldier’s Best Ally James Mellick’s carvings tell the story of military dogs By Brandon Klein

FOR NEARLY FIVE decades, James Mellick’s wood carving has garnered attention from across the world, including his latest work focusing on military dogs. Mellick’s sculptures represent military dogs of eras from the Vietnam War to World War II. His pieces also tell stories about real military canines that have impacted families. “The dog is man’s best friend,” he says. “People who love dogs identify with them so closely.” Mellick has always carved animal sculptures that tell stories. For instance, one of Mellick’s earliest pieces, The Burning of Ol’ Yeller, resembles a dog running with its back on fire to retell the story of a 1988 wildfire at Yellowstone Mellick National Park. has been “There’s always a storytelling piece to some degree,” he says. wood carving Mellick has carved nearly 200 pieces, including more than 50 wood carvfor more than ings that resemble dogs. He uses the animal to make allegorical statements 40 years! about human behavior. It can take about 200 hundred hours to produce just one piece. This symbolism led him to focus on military dogs, using them to tell stories about war as part of the Wounded Warrior Dogs exhibits. The dogs have been featured in a variety of settings, including the Ohio State Fair, a Vietnam Dog Handler Association reunion and the Canton Museum of Art. CS Brandon Klein is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at bklein@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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Due to health concerns, dates and shows are subject to change. Visit the websites for more information.

Gallery Exhibits ers from around Ohio showcase their finest work. Jan. 8-Feb. 20. And Retrospective of Karen Everhart Work. A collection featuring works by Everhart over a 40-year period. Virtual. Jan. 4-April 10. www.artscastle.org Brandt-Roberts Galleries: New Year, New Art. A selection of new artwork from the gallery’s stable of contemporary artists to celebrate the new year. Jan. 2-31. And A Look Back: Historic Works from BRG. A curated selection of historic artwork highlighting classic modernism as well as impressionism and post-impressionism. Feb. 5-28. www.brandtrobertsgalleries.com Columbus Museum of Art: Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals. This is the first major exhibition of the artist’s work since her death and a celebration of Robinson’s work, vision and the home and neighborhood she cherished. Through October 2021. www.columbusmuseum.org Columbus College of Art & Design Beeler Gallery: Subversive Historian. This exhibit is a commissioned video work by Ohio-based artist Michael Stickrod and part of the collaborative project Staples and Rubber Bands (1969-2019) with New York-based French pioneer video artist Michel Auder. Jan. 30-March 15. beeler www.gallery.org

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Everything. New work by Darren Haper and John Sousa. Jan. 28-April 1. www.artaccess gallery.com

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Russian Decorative Arts from the CZARS to the USSR. The exhibition paints a clear decorative picture of what it was like to live in Russia during those tumultuous times. Featured objects tell stories of wealth and poverty, political struggle, fashion and religion. Through Feb. 28. www.decartsohio.org

Art Access Gallery: Landscapes by Joe Lombardo. Oil paintings, mostly landscapes, city and country. Through Jan. 15. Appropriate

The Arts Castle Gallery 22: Ohio Makers: Blacksmiths, Woodworkers, and Glass. Blacksmiths, woodworkers and glass blow-

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tual exhibition. The online portfolio will include images of artwork from students in grades K-12 in the Dublin City Schools attendance area or those who have participated in a Dublin Arts Council ARTcamp. Jan. 12-Feb. 26. www.dublinarts.org Glass Axis: Mini Vitro. The name of this exhibit translates to “small glass,” and as the name suggests, it features the detail and intricacy of glass on a small scale. Through Jan. 30. www.glassaxis.org Griffin Gallery at Creekside: Fifty Years Later. Griffin Gallery collaborates with the Columbus Historical Society to commemorate the 50th anniversary of renowned Columbus artist Emerson C. Burkhart’s death. Through Jan. 17. www.griffingalleryatcreek side.com Hammond Harkins Galleries: Small and Wonderful. The annual holiday exhibit with works by all Hammond Harkins artists on view. Through Jan. 17. www.hammondharkins.com Hayley Gallery: Local Color. James Kaniaris, native of central Ohio, will be displaying his works known for its vibrant colors and unique perspectives. Artist opening reception Jan. 23, 4-8 p.m. Through Feb. 16. And Art 365. This show features mixed-media artist Wil Wong Yee, who creates scenes only seen in Columbus with mastery of light and color. Opening artist reception Feb. 20, 4-8 p.m. Through March 16. www.localohioart.com Highline Coffee Art Space: Kelly Reichert: Influences. Kelly Reichert is a contemporary artist whose paintings are known for bright color, pattern, dynamic drawing and the shimmer of metallics. Her art is often self-referential as she explores themes of solitude, relationship, identity and language. Jan.  5-March  2. donscottgallery. weebly.com/highline-coffee-art-space.html

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Mac Worthington Studio, Gallery & Sculpture Park: Abstract Expressionistic Paintings. Opening reception Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Jan. 31. And Inside & Out. Opening reception Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Feb. 28. www.macworthington.com

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Muse Gallery: Presents a contemporary art group exhibition at Smith Bros’ Hardware Building. Featured artists include David Senecal, Lynne Riding and Barbara Krupp. Through Feb. 28. And Three Person Show. This exhibit features abstracts and fantastical landscapes and will be on view at the Hilton Columbus Downtown location. Through Feb. 28. www.amusegallery.com (Not)Sheep Gallery: Women’s Work: Redress. Featured artists include Char Norman, Priscilla Roggenkamp and Nava Lubelski. Jan. 1-Feb. 28. www.notsheepgallery.com Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery: Expanded Dimensions: Quilt & Surface Design Symposium. Through Jan. 9.  And Build It: Artists Creating Community in Ohio. This show highlights the artists who are

works by Open Door Artists and youth artists of the interim Open Door Pandemic Childcare Center. The works serve as a reminder that we are not alone, and is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Jan. 9-Feb. 5. And The New Romantics. This show is themed around Valentine’s Day. Feb. 13-March 5. cchsohio. org/opendoorartstudio/

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building community for one another in their geographical location. Virtual. Jan. 28-April 10. oac.ohio.gov/Riffe-Gallery/ Visit-the-Gallery Ohio Glass Museum: Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Exhibits the many uses of glass in these modes of transportation. Revisit the Federal Glass Company displays of pieces and ephemera on the company’s presence in Columbus from 1900 to 1979. Through Feb. 27. www.ohioglassmuseum.org Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: Creating Through Crisis. This exhibition features

Otterbein Fisher Gallery: Andrew Ina: Unintended Consequences. Jan. 19–May 7. www. otterbein.edu/art/miller-fisher-galleries Otterbein Frank Museum of Art: Kiguilou Pinah: Year of Sorrow. Curated by Tariq Tarey. Jan. 20-April 23.  www.otterbein. edu/art/frank-museum/ Otterbein Miller Gallery: The Forgotten Class: A 2020 Senior Art Exhibition.  The exhibition celebrates the senior students whose final art show was canceled in the spring. Jan. 19–Feb. 12. www.otterbein. edu/art/miller-fisher-galleries ROY G BIV Gallery: Kaitlyn Jo Smith/Tarun Sharma. Jan. 8-Feb. 6. And Brianna Gluszak/ Hannah Parrett/Sky Dai. Feb. 12-March 6. www.roygbivgallery.com/exhibitions

Sean Christopher Gallery: John A. Sargent lll: Allusions to Other. This collection of paintings is representative of the questions and discoveries and recurring themes that have occupied many years of thought and expression. Through Jan. 30. And Tenth Annual Young Hearts Juried Exhibition. Featuring select student artworks from CCAD, this annual show is on the theme of the color of love. Feb. 6-27. www.seanchristophergallery.com Studio on High Gallery: The Art of Gifting. This exhibit is the annual holiday exhibition featuring smaller works by SOH Gallery member artists. Through Feb. 4. www.studiosonhigh.com Wexner Center for the Arts: Climate Changing: On Artists, Institutions, and the Social Environment. This major group exhibition is rescheduled from its May 2020 debut as the conclusion to the Wex’s 30th anniversary season. The exhibition gathers a multigenerational group of more than 20 artists who contend with social matters and structural injustices, using a work that alters the structure of the institution itself as a launch point. Opens Jan. 30. www. Wexarts.org

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Due to health concerns, events are subject to change. Visit websites for more information.

Holiday Blooms Through Jan. 10, M-F 10 a.m.-5p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Even when it’s gray and gloomy outside, Holiday Blooms inside Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Bask in hundreds of bright poinsettias and spend the day among a winter garden collection. www.fpconservatory.org Black Violin Jan. 11-29 Virtual Black Violin inspires students with its blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop music. Part of CAPA’s Passport to Learning Series, Will Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester will perform and educate students. www.capa.com Boys of Summer Tour Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m. Skully’s Music Diner, 1151 N. High St. Social media influencers are taking over the world! The Boys of Summer tour brings this Gen Z group of talent to Columbus for an experience for all ages. www.skullys.org 44

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Blooms & Butterflies

Blooms & Butterflies Jan. 23-May 31 Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Let the colors fly! Butterflies fry freely in this haven of nectar blooms. Hear from the experts during daily Butterfly Talks from 1-3 p.m. www.fpconservatory.org

The New Albany Lecture Series: New Albany Center for Civil Discourse and Debate Jan. 27 7 p.m., Virtual The Civil Discourse and Debate event will feature David Axelrod, director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN senior political commentator; Chris Christie, 55th governor of the state of New Jersey; and Collen Marshall,

February is Black History Month The Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square The Ohio Statehouse celebrates Black History Month by hosting historical performances by We’ve Known Rivers every Tuesday at noon. www. ohiostatehouse.org

NBC4 anchor and host of NBC4’s The Spectrum. www.newalbanyfoundation.org

Free admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Feb. 17 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. The Columbus Zoo is offering free admission on Presidents’ Day. February is the perfect time to visit the zoo to see all the animals who come alive in the cold weather. www.columbuszoo.org

The 24th Annual Polar Bear Golf Open Feb. 6, 8 a.m. Just because Columbus is covered in white right now doesn’t mean you can’t play on this green! The Polar Bear Golf Open is played through the snow, sleet wind or sun and benefits Children Family Charities, including the Dublin Food Pantry. Masks are required! www. dublinam.org Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 Is your significant other wing-obsessed? Forget flowers, we suggest Roosters’ Wing-

quet, a handcrafted bouquet made out of 24 hand-breaded boneless wings. For..something equally..romantic but with a larger animal,..take..a horse-draw carriage ride at Easton from Feb. 14-16. Don’t forget your single friends, though! If a couple brings a third wheel to DogTap Columbus, he or she will get a free burger or pizza. For a super hot date, check out Candle Lab’s Valentine’s Date where you’ll pour a soy scented candle together and enjoy sparkling wine and chocolate.

Roosters’ Wingquet

NOW ENJOY THE BEST JAZZ IN CENTRAL OHIO AND BEYOND FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME AT JAG TV. See your favorite Columbus Jazz Orchestra musicians, nationally renowned guest artists, and local favorites on-demand.


Speakeasy Hot Jazz featuring Tony Glausi


FRI, FEB 26 – SUN, MAR 7, 2021





Bird Lives!




A Celebration of Charlie Parker at 100 featuring Alexa Tarantino


FRI, APR 10 – THURS APR 18, 2021


the Great American Songbook


featuring Rachel Azbell, Phil Clark, Sydney McSweeney and Byron Stripling

featuring Dave Powers


ON-DEMAND FRI, MAR 19 – SUN, MAR 28, 2021

FRI, APR 30 – SUN, MAY 9, 2021

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Go to www.JAG.tv for on-demand tickets and information. Greater Columbus Arts Council

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For the Love of Layers Cashmere is keeping us warm this winter When it’s cold outside, cashmere is the go-to for sleek, warm style. – Sarah Robinson


1. Ladybird. Carolina Amato Rolled Slouch Hat. Brighten up a gray winter with this bright, cheerful hat. $37. www.ladybirdfashion.com 2. Thread. The Nepal Cashmere Lightweight Scarf in Silver. This is the scarf that will go with every outfit. $170. www.shopthreadonline.com 3. Bonobos. Cotton Cashmere Cable Crew Neck Sweater. Looking for the perfect cable-knit sweater? This one’s a keeper. $128. www.bonobos.com 4. Anthropologie. Pilcro Alani Cashmere Mock Neck Sweater. A chic, classic style to keep out winter chills. $148. www.anthropologie.com 5. Men’s Wearhouse. Joseph Abboud Plaid Cashmere Scarf. Nothing says classy like a sleek plaid scarf. $59.99. www.menswearhouse.com


What’s in a name? Cashmere is a special type of wool made from goats in the Kashmir region of India, though production of this luxury wool has grown to Europe, Asia and even North America. The wool is unique for the lightness, strength and fineness of the fibers paired with its heavy insulation capabilities. That’s why cashmere sweaters keep you just as warm as bulky sweaters made of sheep’s wool.


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