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8 NATURAL STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH ARTHRITIS

by Esly Caldwell III, LAc

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CAN INSPIRE PERSONAL CHANGE

12 A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW HARVEY

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letterfromeditor Inspiring change. Many of us want to do it, but how many of us actually do it, and do it well? As so many of us know, it’s far easier to talk about inspiring change rather than actually doing things that are worthy of sparking inspiration. Because doing those things often generates discomfort, challenge and vulnerability that few of us are truly willing to experience. It seems to me that those who are most inspiring are those who have been humbled, those who are vulnerable, those who have been uncomfortable and haven’t been afraid to show their humanness. Because we’re all human; we all hit bottom at times. And those who inspire us usually seem to be those who find strength in that brokenness, who use their vices as vehicles of transformation and compassion. Take Michael J. Fox, for example. He’s been a huge inspiration for so many people as he’s lived publicly with Parkinson’s disease. Or Elizabeth Edwards, whose grace through the vulnerability of breast cancer and public infidelity has been a great source of inspiration for many women and men. I’m continually reminded that in order to inspire change, we must be changed ourselves—for me, it’s much more likely that I will be inspired by someone who has actually endured difficulty and has emerged from it gracefully, humbly. As the saying goes, talk is cheap. And as Goswami Kriyananda says, “An ounce of experience is worth a ton of theory.” Life seems to have its own innate way of humbling us. I’m learning that I usually don’t need to seek out opportunities for transformation; I need only to be open to them, to recognize them when they present themselves, and to submit to them. (The wonderful thing is, the more I practice becoming aware of these opportunities, the more I see them naturally, without even trying.) And in order to foster this unity within myself, in order to find peace and, in turn, allow my life to inspire others to seek this peace, I’ve found that I must continually practice awareness of my mind, deliberately refuse to react to whatever life hands me, and listen to my heart and consciously respond. I must first listen, and then I must obey what that small voice within tells me. Because if I can’t find unity within, how can I ever find it with others? That last part—obedience—is the hardest for me to practice. It’s not easy to obey that voice when it tells us to do something that makes us vulnerable, whether that be financially, emotionally, physically, and so on. But I’ve experienced enough moments of deep, profound peace upon obeying that voice to keep pressing on, even when I’d rather crawl into a hole. Because I know that is the way. I don’t know how to explain it; I just know it inside my bones. Each of us has a gift to share; every single one of us serves an important role in the fabric of creation. May you find that gift within yourself, and may you listen to your heart as it shows you how to use it in service to our community, our country, our world. Many of our community members have experienced similar moments of transformation and are working hard to share their gifts with us. We invite you to see for yourselves as you seek the goods and services of our advertisers, who, like us and like many of you, are committed to being instruments of change. With much love and faith, Kristin DeMint Managing Editor, Your Sister, Hopeful Changemaker

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Activist Kathy LeMay Reveals New Approach to Long-Term Giving

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irst Lady Michelle Obama has launched a major campaign to address childhood obesity, a risk factor for a number of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) says that outdoor time for children can help the First Lady to achieve her Let’s Move goal. “Playing outside in nature should be an integral part of the First Lady’s initiative,” said Rebecca Garland, Executive Director of NWF’s Be Out There campaign. “Best of all, getting children outside for unstructured play time comes at no cost. [They can] leave those unwanted pounds in the backyard, at a local park, or anywhere there is a patch of green,” continued Garland. American childhood has moved indoors during the last two decades, taking a mental and physical toll on today’s kids. The negative impact of decreased time outdoors includes a doubling of the childhood obesity rate – accompanied by an incremental hundred billion dollar cost to our health care system – as well as declining creativity, concentration and social skills. NWF invites parents to make the 2010 Be Out There Resolution to spend more time outside with their kids. Every parent and family that takes the pledge will receive the Know, Go, and Grow Be Out There Toolkit with important facts, fun tips, and interactive tools to help stick to the resolution. Visit online at BeOutThere.org/Resolution

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s the Haitian crisis drops out of the news, will we remember that they still desperately need our help? Without some sort of ongoing plan for giving, we can forget generosity and the good feelings that come with it. “Critical to long-term recovery, and hopefully a stronger and healthier Haiti, is steady, on-going support,” says Kathy LeMay, social change activist and philanthropy coach. Her new book, The Generosity Plan, illustrates how to find an organization that helps Haiti in a way that’s meaningful to you, how to make sure that organization is legitimate – that your money will go to what they say it will – and how to incorporate giving into your budget. As founder, president, and CEO of Raising Change, a fundraising organization working to advance social change agendas and generosity worldwide, LeMay has discovered what millions have only recently discovered: Giving can be easy. “Giving can be easy and straightforward,” LeMay says, “not only during disaster relief campaigns but all year long. The secret? A focused plan that matters to you…the beautiful thing about a generosity plan is that it’s not something new to add to your to do list. A generosity plan isn’t a thing to do, it’s a thing to be.” The Generosity Plan is available now wherever books are sold, or online at BeyondWord.com

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am Gallagher and Soul LifePaths, Inc. are excited to announce the opening of the Midwest School of Astrology. For Pam the school is the culmination of 40 years of experience and 10+ years of teaching. She has applied to be an affiliated school with the ISAR (International Society of Astrological Research) and NCGR (National Counsel Geocosmic Research). The Midwest School of Astrology has something to offer for everyone who is interested in Astrology. The curriculum is focused on both Practical Astrology for beginners and Certification requirements for continual study. The Certification Program is a three-year program geared to a more in-depth study of astrology – from the History of Astrology and Astronomy to interpretation. It will also include alternative astrological methods such as Draconic, Esoteric and Harmonics. The school will be featuring some guest speakers during the year such as Lee Lehman, Aleksandar Imsiragic, Leah Imsiragic and David Cochrane, who will bring expert knowledge and practical experience to the students. Pam will continue to teach a Practical Astrology class on Thursdays, helping students to better understand their own charts in everyday application, to test new methods to find validity and usefulness in personal chart interpretation as well as to review worldly events. The Midwest School of Astrology is located at 4777 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For information about current programs and the 2010 future plans for a Web based study program, visit PamelaGallagher.com. Also see ad on page 31.

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Push-Ups for Better Vision

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here’s another way to see better than just cleaning your glasses when they’re dirty, suggest optometrists at the University of Houston College of Optometry. We can apply their no-cost, at-home approach, called pencil push-up therapy. The simple exercise, when practiced regularly, the doctors say, can improve visual acuity and performance at school and work. How does it work? Visually follow a small letter penned or pasted on a pencil eraser as you move the pencil closer to the nose. The goal is to be able to keep the letter in focus until it touches the nose. The exercise appears to help with a common condition known as convergence insufficiency, which may affect up to 20 percent of the population. The condition refers to someone who can’t cross his or her eyes. If left unattended, it can affect reading skills and cause headaches and eye strain. In-office professional vision therapy also can help, but the do-it-yourself exercise works well.

Celery as Nutrition Staple

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oted author and natural health advocate Dr. Andrew Weil sees celery as a versatile kitchen staple. A biennial plant, celery is in the same family as carrots, dill and fennel. Its versatility lands it in soups, stews, stir-fries and salads, plus it’s good spread with natural nut butter. This crunchy green has long been associated with dieting, due to its natural diuretic effects and low calorie count. Rich in potassium and natural sodium, celery is important in regulating fluid balance in the body and stimulating urine production, not to mention that it’s a good source of vitamins C and K. Its active compounds, pthalides, may even help lower blood pressure. Always seek out organically grown celery, advises Weil, as pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties. Source: DrWeil.com

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Natural Strategies for Dealing with Arthritis by Esly Caldwell III, LAc

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rthritis is a painful and often debilitating joint inflammation that affects millions of Americans. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a number of different strategies for healing arthritic conditions. Acupuncture is one of the most common and effective treatments, because it can reduce inflammation and strengthen the joint. Unlike the most common arthritis medications, acupuncture rarely has side effects aside from feelings of deep relaxation, tranquility and, in some cases, euphoria. TCM also relies upon food therapy as a means of treating arthritis. Food therapy is based upon an understanding that different types of foods have different energetic properties that can be a tremendous aid (or a hindrance) to the healing process. Beneficial foods can reduce inflammation and nourish the joint tissue. Harmful foods can contribute to arthritis and de-mineralize the joints. In food therapy, the dietary treatment should be individualized; what is good for one individual may not be good for another. Everyone has a unique energetic makeup; therefore, the diet that is most suitable to his or her condition will also be unique. One should consult with a qualified practitioner to make sure the proper foods are selected. Having said that, here are some general suggestions for individuals with arthritis. These suggestions are based upon TCM as well as the latest scientific research: • Get plenty of rest. In TCM it is said that the blood and energy of the body are replenished during sleep. Chronic insufficient sleep can cause the body to tap into its storehouses of energy in the bones and sinews,

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thereby weakening these structures. “Sufficient sleep” is indicated by feeling rested in the morning. • Eat good fats. Omega-3 fats in particular help to reduce inflammation and may have a beneficial effect on the joints. The best sources are krill oil, fish oil, or flax oil. A word on supplements: Quality is very important. Low-quality supplements are often less effective. Speak to your healthcare practitioner to determine which supplements are best for you. • Eat plenty of fresh organic and/ or locally grown vegetables. Green, yellow and orange vegetables may be the most beneficial. • Avoid the nightshade family of vegetables (particularly tomatoes, but also eggplant and potatoes). These vegetables contain the calcium inhibitor solanine and can worsen arthritic conditions. • Limit meat intake to 4 oz. or less per serving. Too much protein at a meal may be inflammatory and deplete the bones of calcium and other nutrients. Chicken and beef bone broth (made fresh from chemical free, organically raised animals only) can be an excellent tonic for the bones and joints. • Avoid typical arthritis triggers such as coffee, soda, and other caffeine-containing beverages; dairy products (including low fat or skim milk), alcohol, excess salt, refined sugar, and refined grains. These substances all may leach calcium and other minerals out of the body and worsen inflammation. • Soak and sprout all whole grains and legumes for 8 to 12 hours. Doing so neutralizes potentially harmful phytic acid (a substance in the bran)


and other substances that can interfere with nutrient absorption. • Consider supplementing with Vitamin D. Several studies have documented that individuals suffering from arthritis tend to have suboptimal Vitamin D levels. Subsequent Vitamin D supplementation was shown to reduce pain levels. Cod liver oil is one of the best food-based sources of Vitamin D (don’t worry—it usually comes flavored these days). If you take an additional nutritional supplement, make sure it is Vitamin D3 (not D2, which is less therapeutic). Also keep in mind that in TCM, arthritis is typically classified into cold, hot, and damp conditions: • If you suffer from arthritis that is worse in the cold and is improved by heat, then a tea made from fresh or dried ginger and cinnamon may be helpful. You can also rub ginger and garlic directly on the affected area. Beneficial foods include walnuts, scallions, mustard greens, black beans and parsnips. • If your arthritis tends to feel worse with heat and better with cold, avoid all spicy foods, alcohol and coffee. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Cabbage, celery and mung beans may be particularly helpful. • If your arthritis tends to feel worse with damp weather, definitely avoid dairy and refined sugars and

grains. Celery, mung beans, adzuki beans, red beans and mustard greens can be helpful. (The information in this article is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Speak to your healthcare practitioner before beginning a dietary or lifestyle regimen.)

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any people understand how a favorite handmade mug or black-and-white photograph Cincinnati artist Cynthia Matyi is provides enrichment to their lives. Or well known for her Celtic works, but perhaps listening to a certain style of she also designs lovely impressionistic, music inspires them. palette-knife paintings of the Victorian Sadly, many people see living buildings in her colorful neighborwith art as rewarding but often feel hood, Columbia-Tusculum. that creating it is beyond their grasp. The houses are multi-colored Fear-based thoughts like “I’m not good “Painted Ladies” with organic shapes at drawing,” or “I’m not very creative,” and unique personalities, surrounded have, at one time, stifled even the most by old fashioned flowers and shrubs. gifted people. Art classes can be perceived as intimidating and best left to The closely packed houses provide the “professionals.” charming streetscapes; and, since TusThe truth, however, is that no expeculum is a community built on hills, rience, special training or large sums of there is often a wacky perspective to Cindy’s pictures that are all painted ‘en money are necessary to nurture someone’s creativity. A good art class can plein air’ right on the scene. She feels exercise the imagination and expand that this gives her an opportunity to the mind. If adults learn to think creconnect with the buzz of the neighborhood as well as develop a loose, vi- atively, they will excel in their work, no brant picture that captures the essence matter what their chosen field. After all, “thinking outside the box” is the reason of the scene and the local color at that that we have cell phones, computers, moment. television, space travel, and all other “I find the colorful homes of modern conveniences. Columbia-Tusculum a painter’s para Sometimes the hardest part of bedise,” said Matyi. “There are wondering creative is finding a starting point. ful examples of Victorian America Try to replace thoughts like “I want when well-to-do Victorians took the to do something different, but I don’t design of their homes very seriously. know what to do” with “I’ve always [..] While the Victorian style has a wanted to do that; I think I’ll give it definite character range, each house is a try.” Museums, art galleries, public so unique that I never tire of panting libraries and local artists’ studios are the ‘grand old ladies’ in their entire good springboards to help identify cresplendor.” ative interests. Thankfully, everyone can find something that appeals to them as well To see the artist’s gallery, visit matyiart.com

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as their budget. Some people enjoy creating or enhancing something that they can use. Perhaps a garden bench can be covered with a mosaic, or perhaps a backsplash would look good with handmade tiles. Other people may enjoy making art as decorations to display, like paintings or photography. Art is about personal feelings, whether you’re collecting it or creating it. It can hang on a wall, feed the birds or hold a chai latte. Something magical happens when a group of people “play” off of each other’s creativity. In an art class, students usually generate confidence among each other; they offer each other encouragement and share the rewards. Inspiration is contagious and carries into other areas of their lives. High quality art classes are widely available in the Cincinnati area. They are accessible to the general public, often affordable and easy to find. Take some time to explore your options and land on one that will inspire you. It may change your life. Rick Hoffman has been successfully teaching students how to make pottery for over 20 years. He currently owns and operates Covington Clay. For more information, visit CovingtonClay.com. Also see ad on page 21.


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What is the difference between sacred activism and activism? It is my experience that a large majority of activists are fueled by an honorable outrage and desire to do good. The sacred activist, rather, lives from the depths of divine consciousness and acts from the depths of divine wisdom and compassion, because he or she is committed to a deep spiritual practice. Sacred activists understand that the deepest service rises out of their deepest compassion, which is born out of their deepest heartache. They are committed to being, in the face of growing chaos, suffering and violence, what Robert Kennedy called, “a tiny ripple of hope,” and a “center of energy and daring.” Why is a deep spiritual practice important to the sacred activist? The Jungian analyst Marion Wood- man once said to me, “Continuing to do pioneering sacred work in a world as crazy and painful as ours without

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constantly grounding yourself in sacred practice would be like running into a forest fire, dressed only in a paper tutu.” Like Marion, I believe that extreme situations, like those we are in now, require extreme solutions that are born from another dimension of truth and compassion. Our present world crisis is spiritual and mystical; therefore, only spirit and mystical consciousness will give us the passion, energy and peace that provide the kind of solutions that have any real chance of being effective. What differentiates the outcomes advocated by the sacred activist and the activist? The sacred activist is aware that the temptation and excitement of projecting their own unacknowledged darkness onto others keeps them from seeing just how implicated they are in the problem. Such an enlightened thinker also understands that advocating for any cause in the spirit of condemnation only reinforces the behavior it is trying to end, and virtually ensures that any efforts increase resistance, rather than healing. The radical psychological self-work on their own shadow, or dark aspects, as well as incessant prayer by the sacred activist, opens the doors to a sense of humility which views opponents not as an “other,” but rather through the eyes of kindness and respect. The most


effective negotiators in situations of extreme danger or conflict are those who experience their own continuing inner conflicts, which keeps them humble. While it would be sentimental to claim that this approach always succeeds, we can say that the active spiritual path shows us the way to the only solutions that can succeed in the long run.

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ome individuals inspire millions by means of their life’s work; they might be artists, leaders, actors, authors, scientists, geniuses or athletes. Anyone who challenges the limits of human capacity can capture our attention and evoke wonderment in our imagination. They make us feel that the possibilities are endless and that the limits we have placed upon ourselves can be surmounted. The ego tells us, “They’re a better human being than I am.” But the wiser voice of the heart whispers, “I can be that.” This voice is the source of your greatness. I have long honored Nelson Mandela, whose acceptance of reality helped him find internal freedom, even in imprisonment, and consequently help end apartheid and forward world freedom. I esteem Michelle Bachelet, the president of Chile, who is a humanitarian before she is a politician. Her commitment to forwarding the welfare of her people has weathered tough times. Like a mother, Bachelet is warm, but firm; she knows that her citizens, like children, will thank her later for insisting that they do the right thing. I admire Walt Disney’s vision of innocent warmth, inspiring the child in all of us to embrace our common humanity and celebrate life. I cherish Mother Teresa, whose humble, compassionate service spoke a language beyond the barriers of religion and touched the hearts of multitudes. And, true to my undying passion for animals, I cannot leave out Phar Lap, Australia’s four-legged racing legend. During the Great Depression, this ordi-

The embrace of unconditional love and forgiveness is essential to the success of all major activist adventures in our world, not just to saints and Buddhists. Until you try this, you will never explore your own capacity to love and forgive. Sacred activists understand that service is the only road to profound and lasting joy, and that the deepest service rises out of their deepest compassion, which is born out of their deepest heartbreak. How do we know our sacred cause when we meet it? Sacred activism asks two related things of those who serve: to remain open, without illusion, to the danger that the world is in and to ask, “What is my deepest heartbreak?” If you can open your heart to the horror of what is happening and at the same time identify your deepest heartbreak, the answer will marry a profound urgency with a focused and passionate commitment to your primary cause. What has kept you going for more than 20 years as an activist? The things that keep me going—a sense of urgency about the dangers we face; a tremendous love for human beings, animals and nature; and an energy that rises out of the depths of profound and direct realization from the divine—are available at any moment, to anyone who has a deep hunger for them. For more information about Andrew Harvey and the Institute for Sacred Activism, visit AndrewHarvey.com.

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Who Inspires You? by Isha Judd

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nary-looking underdog carried the hearts of a nation, pushing beyond all expectations to win the Melbourne Cup and raise the spirits of millions. My grandmother has been another great source of inspiration in my life. Her courage and unconditional acceptance have helped me to trust myself and my abilities. In recent years, I have been privileged to work with inspiring men and women around the world who are working to elevate the consciousness of humanity. I respect them all. Who inspires you in your life and why? Let those heroes be more than an ideal you look up to; allow them to be a reminder of your own potential. Whatever leading quality you admire in another, you can look for ways to be more of that yourself. You don’t need to commit extraordinary feats to live an extraordinary life, and you don’t need to have the eyes of the world upon your actions to make them valuable. That value is set by you, through your own passionate commitment to individual growth and evolution. Let’s use our heroes to become more, to teach us about our own potential. Let us daily walk by their side toward those ideals we so much admire. Who are your heroes? Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at WhyWalkWhenYouCanFly.com.

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greenliving.nacincin.com Water: All wildlife needs a clean

water supply for drinking. Many also use water to bathe, clean their food or breed. A lake, pond or wetland can be the most exciting element in a wildlife garden, because of the wildlife it attracts. Water supplies can be supplemented with birdbaths or mini-ponds. Even shallow saucers of water placed on the ground or low-lying puddle areas will serve as welcome water sources for some wildlife.

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Fostering Nature’s Magic by Betsy S. Franz

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or me, it was my first glimpse of a hummingbird that did it. For others, it may be the beauty of butterflies or the joyful music of songbirds or a frog chorus. Some people love to sit and watch the playful antics of squirrels scampering through the trees. Whatever the reason or season, America’s gardeners and backyard enthusiasts are learning that one of the most enjoyable ways to take care of their share of the planet is to create a wildlife-friendly landscape surrounding their home. It is hard to deny the magic that wildlife adds to a domestic landscape. Providing hardy habitat for garden creatures allows us to help the environment while granting close-up views of nature that can restore a childlike sense of wonder in anyone fortunate enough to visit the private, peaceable kingdom of which we are the caretakers. Most experts list the three most basic elements necessary for any wildlifefriendly landscape as food, water and shelter. Note that shelter is not synonymous with abode, such as a birdhouse or bunny hut. When it comes to wildlife, we need to think of the complete picture and ensure “safety first.” For example, luring wildlife to a garden that contains pesticides or wandering house pets can do more harm than good. The

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goal is to provide refuge, a place that provides nourishing, restful and safe shelter for visiting wildlife. Shelter: Adding natural elements to the landscape provides the best shelter. Dense trees and shrubs make excellent nesting sites and cover for birds and small mammals. Prune with caution. Rock piles, brush piles and dense ground cover also provide protection for reptiles, amphibians and ground birds. Of course, wildlife areas are no place for manmade chemicals or wandering pets.

Food Sources: Vegetation plays

multiple roles. Plants can be both host to eggs and larval foods for butterflies; produce food sources such as acorns, nuts, berries and seeds for various wildlife; or attract insects that are food for birds, reptiles or frogs. Native plants are the best choice for local wildlife. They require less fertilizer, water and pest control, which helps prevent the contamination of soil and water runoff.

Feeders: Supplemental food sources

can be supplied by using feeders for birds or squirrels. Keeping feeders clean is another key facet of safe shelter.

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the same elements that provide shelter also provide places for wildlife to raise their young. Mature trees, dense shrubs, fallen logs, hollow trees and dens in the ground are good nesting locations for many animals. Larval host plants may be provided as places for nourishing young in a butterfly garden. Nesting boxes and platforms, bat boxes and toad abodes also make intriguing additions to a yard habitat. Whatever the size, any backyard or garden space can contain some of each of the three essential habitat elements for wildlife. Whether we plant a tree for local bird nesting, create a modest butterfly garden, eliminate chemicals or choose to leave a small corner of native plants for wildlife, each small decision is a step in the right direction for preserving the natural beauty of the world around us. It’s also a lovely thing to do for ourselves and our families. When we catch a quick glimpse of a fluttering hummingbird or watch the transformation of a caterpillar from chrysalis to butterfly, and realize that we played a part in their journey, we discover that providing habitat for wildlife adds as much to our lives as it does to theirs. To play a role in the preservation of butterflies, songbirds or even a regional endangered species is a miraculous feeling, and one we’ll want to nurture. Betsy S. Franz is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in the environment and may be reached at NaturesDetails.net. She developed Project Backyard Brevard in Brevard County, FL to help residents maintain natural habitat based on National Wildlife Federation principles (see nwf.org/backyard).


So You Want to Grow Your Own Food? Spring Preparation Essentials: Part Three in a Five-Part Series by Craig D. Grabow

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pring is when all the fall and winter prep work you have done becomes noticeable and appreciated. But this time is also when the real work begins. Following are some very basic (but essential) steps to be taken in spring for a successful garden. In previous issues (September 2009 and January 2010) I discussed other preparatory steps to take before now, so head to www.nacincin.com to access those issues for free.

The Final Till before Planting

Your spring tilling is not your final till of the season, but it is the final till before planting. Spring tilling is as much an art as it is a science. I say this because many factors come into play when tilling, but the end goal is the same: a soil structure that is good for planting. What does this look like? The goal is finely ground soil, which allows the soil to pack itself around the plant/seed for good plant/seed-to-soil contact. This contact helps with root establishment by keeping moisture, nutrients and warmth in close contact. A finely ground soil is also much easier to work in.

Weed Preparation

The final till helps a little with weed control by bringing some weed seeds and roots to the surface, after which they should dry out and die off. Although tilling isn’t the only weeding you will be doing this season, it does take care of one step. Other great weed control methods are plastic/landscape fabric bed covers and pre-emergent herbicides. Plastic/landscape fabric bed covers are nice because you install them only once per planting, and they provide a great amount of weed control throughout the season. They do not prevent weed growth underneath the cover, so keep in mind that those weeds are still in your garden; they simply are not interfering. But by reducing their growing capabilities you are also reducing their reproduction, in turn reducing the population. After your bed is prepped and ready for planting, simply cover each bed with the plastic or landscape fabric (making sure to secure all sides down with soil or rocks); then, when you are ready to plant, simply cut a hole in the cover where you plan on planting, and put the plant in the soil. One thing to keep in mind the plastic will not allow as much water through as the fabric, so drip irrigation under the plastic is very nice (or simply water in the planting hole). Pre-emergent herbicides are available in both synthetic and organic formulations. These weed treatment methods are great because they create a barrier that inhibits weed seeds and dormant plants from breaking through the soil. As well

they kill off these same seeds and plants. This reduces the overall weed population in your garden because the weeds are not reproducing as greatly each year. They also tend to last quite a while—the majority will last from four to six weeks. Other benefits include storage and disposal of the product. Pre-emergent herbicides do have their disadvantages, though—most, for example, are labeled for specific plants or families of plants, meaning they will not take out every one of your weed enemies, which could limit your selection as a result of the product affecting your plants. These herbicides can also affect seeds that are not specified on the label as being affected by the product. The general rule of thumb is to plant seed two weeks after pre-emergent is applied. As with any chemical, read the label and ask someone at your local garden center if you don’t know how to do something.

Fertilizing

Fertilizer is what provides all the nutrients needed for the growth and health of your little friends in the garden. These nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (labeled N,P,K on product bags), which are the macro-nutrients; the micro-nutrients include others like boron, manganese, and so on. Micro-nutrients are normally addressed as specific needs, not yearly applications. Your soil test analysis and corresponding recommendations from your garden specialist or extension agent (see the September issue of Natural Awakenings for more information) will help you to know how to properly amend your soil. There are multiple avenues you can take in order to provide the proper nutrients for your garden (i.e., compost, synthetics, organics, etc.). For first-time gardeners, I recommend synthetic or organic products for this season; compost, while nice to go ahead and get in the soil, still takes a little time to amend properly. With synthetic or organic fertilizer (granular, liquid, etc.), you can notice great results from the get-go. So find out your plants’ specific needs, ask your local professional for advice, and always read the label on any products you use!

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There are only a couple of things to keep in mind when planting: spacing, depth, and soil contact. Spacing is important, because plants that are too close will create problems in weeding, water run-off, plant production, and harvesting. A depth that is too shallow can cause roots to dry out or not penetrate soil, and if it’s too deep, it can hinder oxygen and water uptake. Soil contact, which the final till takes care of, can cause problems with root establishment and water and nutrient uptake if not done. Generally, the rule of thumb is to check the plant’s label for recommendations, or research the plant’s growing potential in your area and accommodate it accordingly. Craig Grabow holds degrees in both Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture. He is the owner of Grady Horticultural Consulting, which serves both commercial and residential customers. You may contact him at cgrabow.grady@gmail.com or 859-393-1561.

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consciouseating by Dr. Rallie McAllister

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mericans love the taste of salt, and most of us eat far too much of it. On average, we consume 10 grams daily, the amount in two teaspoons, and double the 5 grams per day recommended by the World Health Organization. All of this mindless salt consumption is wreaking havoc with the nation’s health. A recent meta-study published in the British Medical Journal confirmed that high salt intake elevates blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Because it increases the amount of calcium we excrete in our urine, it also tends to weaken bones and make us more vulnerable to osteoporosis, according to research at the University of California, San Francisco. Although table salt contains two elements—sodium and chlorine—it’s the sodium that’s responsible for most of the negative effects, which become worsened by the typically low levels of potassium in many diets. “Sodium and potassium must be balanced for good health. Americans need to increase their potassium as much as they need to decrease their sodium,” advises nutrition specialist Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a certified nutrition specialist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. “Fortunately, fruits, vegetables and whole grains aren’t just low in sodium; they’re also rich in potassium.” We can dramatically curb our salt consumption both by eating more plant foods and limiting processed foods, which

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account for an average 77 percent of our daily sodium intake. Another 12 percent occurs naturally in meats, grains and produce. Only about 11 percent comes from the salt shakers on our tables. “If we cut back on foods that come out of cans and boxes with bar codes, we’d have more wiggle room with table salt,” says Bowden. Then, it’s vital to pick our salt wisely.

Tasty Treat When used conservatively and creatively, finishing foods with natural salts can make nutritious eating more enjoyable. According to purveyors of natural salt products, these can deliver 50 or more trace minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium and iodine, all within the bounds of good taste. “Good salt has a tremendous impact on the flavors of various foods,” explains Dave Joachim, author of The Science of Good Food and founder of Chef Salts, a line of premier seasoning blends. “It can intensify some flavors, including sweet and savory, or umami, while diminishing others, such as bitter and tart flavors. That’s why a salt rim on an organic margarita glass works so well—salt suppresses the tartness of the lime and brings out its subtle sweetness.” With a mind-boggling variety of culinary salts available, choosing just the right one can be a challenge. “Each type of salt has unique qualities,” advises Joachim. “Differences in color, flavor, and texture are created by the mineral and moisture content of the salt, the size and shape of the crystals and even the harvesting methods used.” Each also stands in stark contrast to common table salt, which is 99.7 percent sodium chloride that has been heat blasted, stripped of other minerals and chemically treated to re-infuse iodine content. Yes, iodine is essential for good health; it is important for the production of thyroid hormones and critical for pregnant women, observes Jim Roach, a medical doctor and founder of Midway Center for Integrative Medicine in Midway, Kentucky. He reports that as more people shy away from their old salt standby, “Americans are

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getting less iodine than 30 years ago.” But another way to meet the body’s basic iodine needs is with natural salt, as well as sea vegetables such as kelp, wakame and nori, the seaweed used for making sushi. While remaining mindful of our overall sodium intake, we can take wide-ranging pleasure in experimenting with many varietie of natural salt.

Salt Varieties Following are seven favorites that turn up time and again. n Black salt or kala namak is a pearly, pink-grey mineral salt from India, characterized by a strong, sulfurous taste.

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n Celtic sea salt, harvested from the salt flats of Northern France, is marked by a mellow flavor with a hint of sweetness; its crystals may be white, pink or grey. n Fleur de sel, the “flower of salt,” is considered the premier quality grey sea salt, with fine crystals, a crisp texture and a delicate flavor and aroma. n Grey salt, or sel gris, comes from evaporated sea water off the coast of Brittany, France; its unrefined crystals are purple-grey in color and have a fresh, light flavor. n Hawaiian black lava salt comprises a blend of sea salt and volcanic charcoal, prized for its dramatic color and smoky flavor. n Hawaiian red sea salt contains alaea, a volcanic clay that enriches the salt with iron oxide and gives it a distinctive pink color and mellow flavor. n Himalayan salt, a full-flavored salt, has traces of iron that give its crystals a soft pink glow. Once a year, Nepali workers harvest this salt from an ancient fossilized seabed. While savoring salt in sensible quantities, remember that, “We eat with our eyes, too,” says Joachim. “We can appreciate the beautiful crystal structures of the different kinds of salts. They’re astonishingly varied—large flakes and tiny grains; pyramids and delicate, flat chips. Like snowflakes, there’s an endless variety.” Rallie McAllister is a medical doctor with master’s degrees in public health and environmental health. She publishes as an author, syndicated columnist and co-founder of MommyMDGuides.com, a free website providing tips from integrative physicians who are also mothers.

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communityspotlight One Eatery, Many Tastes:

Indigo Casual Gourmet Café by Kristin DeMint

If you know anything about the restaurant industry, you know that it’s unheard-of for the core crew to stick around for ten-plus years. After all, most dining establishments are lucky to keep folks around for more than three years, much less entire careers. But Cincinnati’s own Indigo, with two locations—Hyde Park and Fort Mitchell—is no run-of-the-mill eatery.

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onsider this: How many restaurants do you know of where the diverse menu someone who eats only cheeseburgers can dine with a vegetarian and a foodie, and all will leave happy? The current menu boasts over 150 items—an eclectic array compared to the original 15 menu items that started with the restaurant over 20 years ago. Originally, the concept was loosely based on the California Pizza Kitchen; the current menu is a conglomeration of years of featuring successful specials, giving customers what they want when they ask (which, according to co-owner Rae Jean Carroll, is critical), and bringing creativity and ingenuity to the kitchen. The focaccia bowl, for example, had a creative and unexpected inception: “Chuck, our kitchen manager in Hyde Park, was playing around with the dough one afternoon, just goofing around and trying new things, and he came up with the focaccia bowl,” explains Rae Jean. From there came the focaccia wraps. “We have all sorts of inspirations,” she summarizes. “The only reason the restaurant exists,” explains Rae jean, “is because of Shawn’s tremendous vision and hard work, coupled with his uncanny ability to spot a trend before it hits—and, of course, because of our customers. I really stress [customer satisfaction]—you have to give them what they want but also maintain quality.” This flexibility is what led the Indigo folks to be one of the first people in Cincinnati to have a “create your own” salad. And for the owners, Rae Jean and her husband Darrel Carroll, as well as the restaurant’s entrepreneur, Shawn

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Bleh, quality is tantamount. “We make our own foccacia, for example, as well as all the sauces (with the exception of the sauce on the kids’ pizza),” says Rae Jean. “Sure, we could buy regular old tortillas for our wraps—that would be easier, sure. But it wouldn’t be different.” Not only is the menu varied, but the restaurant’s clientele is, too. On any given day, Indigo hosts everyone from affluent business men and country club wives to vegetarians and vegans (many of the menu items are compatible with those diets) to young adults, who frequent the half-price wine nights. It also hosts regulars who come several times a week—and with a menu so diverse, one’s diet isn’t likely to become boring so easily. Indigo is as much a community inside its walls as it is with the world outside it. The owners have humble beginnings, and they bring their experiences to the table, so to speak. Like most guys at age 16, Darrel, a Cincinnati native, entered the workforce as a dishwasher; eventually, he made his way to Texas, where he worked on a shrimp boat. He then wound up in New Orleans, where he remained for twelve years (ten of which he devoted to one restaurant). Again, he started as dishwasher, eventually working his way up to the managerial level. Rae Jean’s background was similar: At age 18, she moved to New Orleans and got a job in the restaurant industry as a hostess and then as a busser and bartender. At some point, their paths crossed, and they were married in New Orleans. After the birth of their first son, the Carrolls moved back home to Cincinnati. After they moved back, Shawn Bleh, the 24-year-old entrepreneur of the as-yet-unopened Indigo, asked Darrel to become come on board as kitchen manager; a year in, Darrel signed on as partner. The graduate of a culinary school in California and holder of a business

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degree from the University of Cincinnati simply wasn’t up for being a manager. So the rest, as they say, is history. In June 2004, Rae Jean became involved in an official capacity upon Shawn’s move to Florida. Now, Darrel and Rae Jean run the operation. When asked about the challenges they’ve faced since starting the business, Rae Jean shares, “It’s really difficult to transfer from a place like New Orleans, where the food service industry is revered, to a place like Cincinnati [where palates tend to be more conservative].” Somehow, though, their business works. “Luckily,” says Rae Jean, “the whole crew is like a family. My parents helped a lot. My husband worked a lot—one time, he worked 72 days without having a day off, and most of those shifts were doubles. I worked part-time while the kids were at school. The kids started helping out at age 11. It’s definitely an investment, but you hope it pays off.” “Nowadays we’re mostly administrative. Every day we get up and I take care of the financial end—the banking, emails, etc. Any given day I could be doing anything—ordering, wine tastings, you name it. Darrel does the other end of the office stuff—he cost accounts the recipes, manages the inventory and invoicing, researches new specials, and does a lot of maintenance—he puts down floors, fixes plumbing, fixes the roof, and so on. We’re very much a mom-and-pop shop.” “We look at the success of the business as a way to employ people,” shares Rae Jean. “Between both places we employ about 70 people. To me, that’s a successful business—you can’t just look at profits.”

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Goodnight, Moon Creating Soulful Bedrooms for Children by Judith Fertig

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child represents “a shift, a celebration, a milestone” in the life of any family, remarks author and artist Jill Butler. In her recent book, Create the Space You Deserve, she explores how loving parents want their little ones to feel happy at home every day in a loving, nurturing safe place, where they can grow into the fullness of who they are meant to be. “All kids need a space of their own, a sacred place, where everyday realities like peer pressure, family issues, bullies at school or low selfesteem cannot penetrate; a place of comfort and creativity that reflects and encourages their own positive intentions and beliefs, values, goals and dreams for life,” elaborates Kellee Katillac, author of Kids’ Sacred Places: Rooms for Believing and Belonging. She advises that no matter what is going on in the outside world, the interior world of a child’s room should be a refuge of calm, comfort, creativity and renewal. “Their rooms are like the French expression le jardin secret... their secret garden,” continues Butler. “It’s their most basic nest, so encourage and allow it to grow into their space just as they want it.” Making a child’s room such a soulful sanctuary is an ongoing project, as periodic changes reflect the individual growth and changing interests of a child, from the crib to a teenager’s digs.

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Provide comfy pillows on the bed along with a good reading lamp. New Baby An infant’s room needs to be soft and soothing, so a baby can adjust to the “less-cushioned” life outside the womb, note Laura Forbes Carlin and Alison Forbes, authors of The Peaceful Nursery. Babies are stimulated enough by modern lifestyles; the one place they should be able to simply drift off to a peaceful sleep is in their room. Feng Shui principles can help parents create the environment that promotes quiet calm and sleep. To encourage relaxation, consider painting the baby’s room a soft color, such as cream, pale blue or lavender. Add soothing artwork, monochromatic or pale, printed bedding and gentle aromas from traces of essential oils (chamomile, rose, vanilla or lavender) in baby-safe products. Position the crib so that the baby can see the door to help quell anxiety, and remove or push a distracting mobile to the side when it’s not playtime. Also, choose furniture with rounded edges and keep a window open or a ceiling fan on low to let air and energy circulate through the room, suggests Rodika Tchi, a feng shui consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Young Child Toddlers and grade school kids need calm and quiet periods, too, but they also require a place to be creative. “Children paint every day, and love to show their works on walls and refrigerator doors. We assume, I suppose, that children are just learning motor coordination and alphabets,” comments Thomas Moore in his classic Care of the Soul. “But maybe they are doing something more fundamental: finding forms that reflect what is going on in their souls.” Mimi Doe, publisher of the online magazine SpiritualParenting.com, agrees. “Allow your child’s room to be a safe base for soulful exploration,” she counsels. “Give him a choice in color, fabric, and furniture. Allow her to decorate the door with silver paint, if she so desires, or collage her closet with images she loves, cut from magazines.” “Children are far more concerned with what they can make than with being neat,” observes Katillac. “Like magpie nests, their rooms are typically a collection of favorite things—baubles, souvenirs, picture of their heroes: scientists, superheroes, athletes, musicians and movie stars. They collect stamps, dolls, rocket ships, planetary models, horse statues, records and books. Ant farms and musical instruments sit side-by-side.” Over time, however, all those dinosaurs, pretty rocks and doll clothes


can pile up. More and more stuff can crowd a room and seem chaotic, so a good storage system is a must. Closet systems, bookcases, toy chests, bulletin boards and shelving can help corral kids’ collections and art projects. “Kids like structure, although they would never ask for it, so giving it to them in their room is a real gift,” says Butler. She suggests making an art project space out of a closet or a corner space in the room. “Keep it set up so it encourages art to be happening at any moment.” For example, the door can be removed or closed when not in use. Mount an extra table on the wall to be dropped down as needed, like old ironing boards did. “There are never enough tables,” says Butler, “so find clever ways to create them and teach the kids to clear them while waiting in anticipation of the next project.”   Pre-teen From junior high through high school, privacy and respite become crucial for children weathering the turbulent adolescent years. Doe suggests that “If your child wants a cozy, private, snug nest, suspend sheets from the ceiling on all four sides of the child’s bed. Purchase curtain rods from the hardware store that screw into the ceiling; sew tabs on the sheets and hang them up for a low cost, royal canopy bed. If two or more kids share a room, ensure that each has privacy—bookcases or rice paper panels to divide the space is one solution.” Adolescents also need as much freedom as possible to change room colors and posters, arrangement of furnishings and even bedding, in order to reflect their growing individuality. Thus, their room becomes a welcome respite from the peer pressure to be just like everyone else.

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fitbody by Maggie Spilner

Stair Climbing Fast + Efficient + Age-defying Stair climbing ups the ante of a workout.

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onderful walks are both relaxing and invigorating, but if you want to kick butt, literally—building strong glutes and thighs; strengthening your core, which helps improve posture and tighten abs; and stepping up to cardiovascular fitness quickly and efficiently—try stair climbing. Wayne Wescott, Ph.D., renowned exercise physiologist, military fitness consultant and author of Get Stronger, Feel Younger, states that climbing stairs is one of the more vigorous cardiovascular workouts you can do. Pushing your whole body weight up vertically burns lots of calories and uses lots of energy quickly. I often advise flatlanders to find some stairs in an office building or stadium and climb them regularly to strengthen their legs and increase their endurance. Although I have a one-story house, I have found two stair workouts I like to play with. On one, I walk about two miles on a wooded path by the river to a triple flight of stairs that takes me onto a bridge where I can then double back to my car along shaded city streets. It’s my mini-Mount Everest and it really perks up the entire workout. For a more steady and challenging stair workout, I use a Stairmaster at the gym, the kind with an actual revolving staircase. The trick is to start out slowly and find a pace that you can

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maintain without gasping for breath. I start at level one and move up to level four, and in five minutes my heart rate is in my target zone of 70 percent of its maximum, a feat I rarely reach when walking on a treadmill. Plus, you don’t have to trudge away at those stairs for 30 minutes. As Wescott points out, it’s better to break up the day’s 30-minute workout into three 10-minute sessions. That’s because the body builds cardiovascular endurance during its recovery mode. Three shorter workouts deliver three recovery periods, and the workout is less daunting. Neither of my stair workouts requires me to go down stairs, which can be hard on joints, ligaments and tendons. In an office building, you can climb up the stairs and recover while taking the elevator back down. Then, why not make another ascent? While waiting for the elevator, or any time vigorous exercise has elevated heart rate, be sure to walk around to ease yourself back into recovery mode. When hiking hills, it also helps to use walking poles, which serves to take the weight off of knees when going downhill. Here are more of Wescott’s tips that prove helpful:   Wear good running or cross-training or walking shoes for good support. You can save your knee joints from damage by wearing the right shoes. Warm up first. Walk around for a few minutes before starting an ascent or jumping on a machine.

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Stretch after a workout—not before. Gently stretch quadriceps, calves and hamstrings. Lean slightly forward as you climb. But keep your back straight and your head in alignment. Keep your knees soft. Don’t lock them out as you push up. Try intervals. This is a perfect workout for interval training, which studies like those conducted at The University of Alabama and Southern Connecticut State University show gets one fit faster. Work hard, then back off a bit, then go for it again. This comes naturally with stair climbing, as you tend to get out of breath anyway and need to kick back. Drink up afterwards. This is a challenging workout and you need to rehydrate. Be careful going down. If you must walk back down stairs, take your time; step down deliberately and carefully and use the handrails to take pressure off your knees. People with arthritis or other painful inflammation of the knee should avoid going down stairs. While I love walking for regular exercise, mentally, it’s easier to tackle some stairs to boost my heart, rather than focus on walking fast, which takes more concentration. Consider the comparative calorie burn: In a 150-pound person, 10 minutes of moderately brisk, 3-miles-per-hour walking burns about 40 calories, while 10 minutes of running up stairs burns 179.   Be sure to warm up and cool down for five to 10 minutes before and after any workout. And always check with a physician before undertaking a vigorous activity like stair climbing. Then go out and have some good-hearted fun. Maggie Spilner has been writing about health and fitness for 25 years, including 17 as an editor at Prevention Magazine. Her books include Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking for Health and Walk Your Way Through Menopause. See WalkingForAllSeasons.com for information on Spilner’s walking vacations. Source: Adapted from StopAgingNow.com.


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p to a stunning 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three suffer from bad breath, frequently a sign of oral health problems. One of the most serious offenders is periodontal disease, a deterioration of the gums and bones supporting the teeth. In my veterinary practice, more than 90 percent of the pets I see from ages 1 to 3 years already show early symptoms of this infectious disease, such as yellow brown tartar on tooth surfaces. Some also suffer from gingivitis, or inflammation (reddening) of the gums. If left untreated, the teeth can become loose and may need to be pulled. If a pet already has been diagnosed with periodontal disease, twice yearly dental cleanings, under anesthesia, can keep the problem from escalating. I assure clients that otherwise healthy pets generally have low risks associated with anesthesia. Talking with a holistic vet will ensure the minimal amount of anesthetic needed is used. In addition, a few at-home measures will work to minimize an animal’s bad breath: Try daily brushing. ~ Ask a holistic veterinarian to prescribe a pet toothpaste or gel. Many contain chlorhexidine, an antibacterial agent that helps control odor.

program can be 80 percent as effective as daily brushing. Consider herbal supplements. ~ Oregon grape root, rosemary, thyme and parsley work to reduce the oral bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and cause infection of internal organs, if left unchecked. All of these herbs are available in capsule form; a vet should recommend the dosage. Employ chew toys. ~ Chewing helps to dislodge odor-causing tartar and bacteria. Avoid giving pets bones, hooves and rawhide products, which are typically contaminated with chemicals; ingested, these can cause choking or intestinal problems. Again, an enlightened vet The most common can suggest alternatives. Finally, before attempting treatment for disease in dogs periodontal disease, remember that other and cats is problems, such as kidney or digestive disease, can also cause bad breath. A thorough exam dental disease. by a holistic veterinarian will ensure proper Your pet’s fresh diagnosis and treatment. The welcome news is that clinical experibreath could ence indicates that proper oral health may exmean longer life tend the life of a pet by as long as two to five and lower veterinary years. It’s another exceptionally good reason to tackle both cat tuna breath and doggie breath.

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Apply a plaque-prevention gel. ~ Prescription products like OraVet and the over-the-counter Pet Gel, made with aloe vera, applied two to three times a week, act to repel bacteria and slow development of dental disease. Adding Oral Hygiene Solution to a pet’s daily drinking water is also an easy preemptive plaque attack technique. A regular combined

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Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a national holistic pet columnist and author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. His radio show airs weekly on Sirius and XM radio. Find his iPhone app at http://PawsForPeace.com. For more of his informative articles, visit PetCareNaturally.com.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 2 Anusara Yoga Teacher Training: 4 days. With Sianna Sherman. Combined with a 100-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion, this 100-hour training meets the prerequisites for RYT-200 certification with the Yoga Alliance. Shine Yoga Center. 3330 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH. 513-533-9642 ShineYoga.com

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. See Mar 2. Become a “Health Detective” – 12-12:30pm. Talk Radio Show. Are you tired of being sick and tired? Join Verria Kelly, your Good Health Coach to discuss how becoming a health detective can help you overcome your chronic health challenges and reclaim your life. Free. Online at BlogTalkRadio. com/GoodHealthCoach

THURSDAY, MARCH 4 Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. See Mar 2. Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teachings of Bruno Groening – 7pm. Medically Verifiable – Introduction. Free. Newport Library. 901 E. 6th St, Newport, KY. 859 472-5411

FRIDAY, MARCH 5 Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. See Mar 2. Tile-Making Workshop – allow one hour anytime between 6-10pm. Create two clay tiles. When fired and finished, the studio keeps one for a mural and you keep the other. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – 8pm. Off-Broadway’s longest-running, smash hit musical comedy celebrates the triumphs and trials of the modern-day mating game. $9/ $8 (students, seniors, groups). Sunset. Players. Dunham Recreation Center Arts Building. 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH. 513-588-4988

SATURDAY, MARCH 6 Monroe Institute Hemi-Sync® Advanced Meditation Workshop: 2 days – 9am-5pm. Explore expanded states of consciousness and the amazing potential of your brain! Learn how to feel more fulfilled, cope with daily stress, meditate with ease and expand your creativity. With Andrea Berger. $199. RSVP 513-515-4046 aberger@cinci.rr.com Parent/Child Clay Workshop – 10am-12pm. A 2-day workshop (meet again on March 20) designed as a tandem activity for a child (age 8 and above) and an adult. Both will hand-build their own clay

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picture frame. Register in advance. $100 total cost. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com The Candida/Yeast Diet – 10:30-11:30am. Candida/ Yeast is one of the most misdiagnosed infections, ranging from cancer to fibromyalgia, arthritis to diabetes. Learn what Candida is, what the symptoms are, what causes it and how to get rid of it! With Tracy Dozier LMT/Herbal Consultant. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Flor¬ence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com Cinciditarod – 11am-4pm. Watch teams physically attached to a grocery cart pushing through a nearly five-mile course picking up items on a grocery list and stopping at five mandatory check points. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine Sts, Downtown Cincinnati, OH. 513-621-4400 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – 8pm. See Mar 5.

SUNDAY, MARCH 7 Monroe Institute Hemi-Sync® Advanced Meditation Workshop – 9am-5pm. See Mar 6. The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice – 12:30pm. Learn how to increase happiness and get the life you want with best-selling author and happiness research scientist Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD and positive psychology expert Donna Mayerson, PhD. 4.0 CEUs available. Receptions Loveland. 10681 Loveland-Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH. 513-766-3352 jfscinti.org Food for Thought: Filmfest – 1:30-4:30pm. Short films and speakers discussing food options that are healthy for you and for the environment. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. RSVP 859-962-4000 Pet Care Program – 2pm. Grades K-5. Learn about and groom adoptable cats and puppies from the Animal Shelter. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. RSVP 859-962-4000

MONDAY, MARCH 8 Wilderness Skills: Survival In a Bottle – 4-5:30pm. You will learn all that you need to know to have survival on the go with a Hamilton County Parks naturalist. Free. Walnut Hills Branch Library. 2533 Kemper Ln, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6053

Get Energy Smart! – 4:30pm. Hands-on activities and demonstrations for the whole family! Learn about energy and energy efficiency with Michelle White. Free. Oakley Branch Library. 4033 Gilmore Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6038 Get Energy Smart! – 6:30pm. See above. Mt. Washington Branch Library. 2049 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6033 East meets West: Ancient and Modern Strategies for Weight Loss – 7-8pm. Learn simple tips to increase your metabolism and burn fat faster, the best time of day to exercise, common myths about diet and how acupuncture can help you lose weight. With Esly Caldwell III, CAc. $15. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Flor¬ence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com Traditional Irish Music – 7pm. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with lively Irish music featuring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and more! With Dark Moll. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10 Beware of Elixirs – 12-12:30pm. Talk Radio Show. Tempted to buy the next “cure all?” Join Verria Kelly, your Good Health Coach as she demystifies the supplement industry. You won’t want to purchase another supplement without listening to this show. Free. Online at BlogTalkRadio.com/GoodHealthCoach Transition Anderson – 7-8:45pm. View films and discuss ideas for a sustainable future and finding hope in uncertain times. Free. Anderson Branch Library. 7450 State Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6030

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Wednesday Nights Newcomers: 6:30pm Former Attendees: 7pm Learn and practice a revolutionary approach to changing your life through The One Command. Limited seating. $20. Florence Executive Center. 7430 U.S. 42, Suite 107, Florence, KY 41042.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11 Three Keys to a Fulfilling Life – 6pm. Presented by Jesse Reece. Free. Cincinnati School of Metaphysics. 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

Life Makeover 101 – 6-7:30pm. Identify where you are right now, where you want to be and develop steps to get there. With Kim Holmes, Life Coach. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Flor¬ence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine. com

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Open House – 7:30-9pm. Free. Cincinnati School of Metaphysics. 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353 Cincinnati@som.org

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Used Book Sale – 12-6pm. Free. Green Township Branch Library. 6525 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6035

Used Book Sale – 10am-5pm. See Mar 12.

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Get Your Irish On! – 12-3pm. Sample lots of delicious Irish fare throughout the store. Children’s potato stamping craft and face painting. First 100 people in attendance at noon will receive a goodie bag filled with fun items – one bag will have a gift card for $50. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@ WholeFoods.com

MONDAY, MARCH 15 Year-Round Gardening: Square Foot Gardening – 6:30pm. How to create a complete vegetable and herb garden in just 16 square feet. Free. Monfort Heights Branch Library. 3825 West Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4472

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Health, Safety and Wellness Fair Sunday, March 21 Join us for an afternoon of family fun, focused on health, safety and wellness.

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The Path of Discipline – 7:30pm. Presented by Nicholas Zajac. Free. Cincinnati School of Metaphysics. 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati@ som.org

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Laughter Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Patrick Murphy Welage. $10. Tri-Health Pavillion. 6200 Pfeiffer Rd (at I-71), Blue Ash, OH. 513-985-6732 Lindy_Neal@ TriHealth.com

Gluten Free Store Tour – 7pm. Join us for an informational and fun store tour while sampling Wheat/ Gluten free foods from our departments. Tour meets at the Customer Service desk. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-4596131 Paula.Mangold@WholeFoods.com Applied Metaphysics – 7:30-10:30pm. Class series taught by Bethany Keen Zajac. $20. Cincinnati School of Metaphysics. 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 St Patrick’s Day Party. Irish food, music, dancers and plenty of Irish liquid refreshments all evening. Celtic Corner will present a wide array of merchandise inspired by Irish and Celtic culture. Fountain Square. Fifth & Vine Sts, Downtown, Cincinnati, OH. 513-621-4400 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance – 11:45am. Featuring Celtic music with Silver Arm and a special performance by the McGing Irish Dancers, this tribute to Irish heritage is familyfriendly and fun! All ages. Free. Main Library. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6900 Fire Your Doctor? – 12-12:30pm. Talk Radio Show. How do you know if your doctor has your best interest at heart? Join Verria Kelly, your Good Health Coach as she teaches you how to recognize the telltale signs that it may be time for you to find another doctor. Free. Online at BlogTalkRadio.com/ GoodHealthCoach Kids Can Cook : Quick & Easy Snacks – 7pm. This demonstration class will be filled with great recipes that the kids will love, and food you’ll love giving them. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@ WholeFoods.com

THURSDAY, MARCH 18 Wonderful Water – 7pm. Ages 6-12. Celebrate World Water Day with stories and water experiments. Limit of 24 kids. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000

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Spring Flowers – Crafts for families. No advanced sign up is required. All crafts are included in the regular admission. $2. The Betts House. 416 Clark St, Cincinnati, OH. 859-200-7383

Parent/Child Clay Workshop – 10am-12pm. See Mar 6. Tracks and Scat 101 – 10-11:30am.Put your nose to the ground and search for signs of wildlife stirring. Meet at the shelter building at the top of the hill. Free. French Park. 3012 Section Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-751-3679 Garlic Mustard Pulling Party – 10:30am-12pm. Help pulling this invasive plant from our park. Friendly competitions will be encouraged. Bring your team! LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve. 5400 Lanius Ln, Cincinnati, OH. 513-542-2909. A History of Cincinnati Parks – 12-1:30pm. Slide Presentation. The program will examine the early development of Mt. Airy, Mt. Echo, Ault Park and more. Seating is limited. Free. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods. 3251 Brookline Dr, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-751-3679 The Celtic Rhythm Dancers – 1pm. The Celtic Rhythm Dancers perform traditional Irish Dance in a style popularized in 1994 by the world-famous show Riverdance. Free. Mary Ann Morgan Library (Covington Branch). 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. 859-962-4060

SUNDAY, MARCH 21 Biodynamic Cranial Practice – 9am-6pm. 8 CEU’s. With Mary Ellen Moore. Register by Mar 8. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr. 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. RSVP 859-525-5000 SynergyHolisticHealth. com Laughter Yoga – 2-3:30pm. With Patrick Murphy Welage. $15. World Peace Yoga. 268 Ludlow Ave, Clifton, OH. 513-300-9642 Yoga@WorldPeaceYoga. com Midwest School of Astrology Open House – 3-7pm. Come mingle and meet the director Pam Gallagher. She has 40 yrs of experience. Free. Midwest School of Astrology. 6777 Red Bank Expy, Suite 21, Cincinnati, OH. 513-984-2293 PamelaGallagher.com

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MONDAY, MARCH 22 Introduction to the Chakra System – 7-8pm. Learn about your energy chakra system. With Tracy Dozier LMT/Herbal Consultant. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Flor¬ence, KY. 859-5860111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com Six Elements of Humor – 7pm.Presentations without a little humor can be like balloons without air! Free. Durr Branch Library. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 Are You Always Sick and Tired? – 12-12:30pm. Talk Radio Show. Do you find that you run out of energy early on during your day? Listen to Good Health Matters with Verria Kelly, your Good Health Coach, and discover how to maintain a steady flow of energy throughout your day. Free. Online at BlogTalkRadio.com/GoodHealthCoach Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teachings of Bruno Groening – 7pm. Medically Verifiable – Introduction. Free. Center for Spiritual Living Greater Cincinnati. 5701 Murray Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-544-2163

THURSDAY, MARCH 25 Detox Day – 5-8pm. De-stress, de-worry and detox! 30-min Auricular Acupuncture Detoxification session followed by 15-min Chair Massage. Free organic herbal tea samples! $45. Klimick Acupuncture. 10979 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 129, Cincinnati, OH. 513834-8173 KlimickAcupuncture.com Mom’s Night Out – 6-8pm. An opportunity for local mothers to get together without the kids to socialize, relax, and be pampered. Great food, goodies, giveaways & drinks. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-459-6131 Paula. Mangold@WholeFoods.com Herbs & Vegetables – 7pm. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! The staff of Adopt-A-Plant will give tips and be on hand to answer questions about vegetable and herb gardening. Registration is required. Free. Harrison Branch Library. 10398 New Haven Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4442

FRIDAY, MARCH 26 Laughter Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Patrick Murphy Welage. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy Hour!” $10. You Do Yoga. 1319 Main St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-2277160 Mail@YouDoYoga.com

SATURDAY, MARCH 27 30 minute Massage Demo. 10 minutes each of Hot Stone Massage, Swedish Massage and Ashiatsu to introduce you to our office. By Appointment only. Free. West Chester Acupuncture and Chiropractic, 6940 Tylersville Road, West Chester, OH. 513-777-9428

SUNDAY, MARCH 28 The Mini Marathon & Heart Walk – 8am-4pm. American Heart Association’s largest fundraiser in Cincinnati. Live music. Fountain Square. Fifth & Vine Sts, Downtown Cincinnati, OH. 513-621-4400


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 Live Right and Beat Cancer – 12-12:30pm. Talk Radio Show. Can you beat cancer through proper diet and exercise? Join Verria Kelly, your Good Health Coach for a candid discussion on living well and beating cancer. Free. Online at BlogTalkRadio.com/ GoodHealthCoach

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Half Price Bottles of Wine. Open 11am-10pm. Indigo Hyde Park. 2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-9952

THURSDAY, APRIL 1

KidVentures – 4:15pm. Grade 1-6. Join us for stories and a craft. Each week features a different theme. Free. Durr Branch Library. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030

Astrology Class – 7-9:30pm. Class meets on Thursdays, April 1,8,15,22,29. Class size limited. Registration required. $30 per class. Midwest School of Astrology. 6777 Red Bank Expy, Suite 21, Cincinnati, OH. 513-984-2293 PamelaGallagher.com

FRIDAY, APRIL 2 Introduction to Buddhism – 7pm. Start of a new series. Class will meet every Friday. All are welcome. Free. Gaden Samdrup-Ling Buddhist Monastery. 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-385-7116 gsloffice@yahoo.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 18 Pipsqueak Theater Premier – 4-6pm. A kids’ afternoon full of adventure, self-expression and creativity. With Grammy nominee “Zak Morgan” (music and storytelling) and the “Rope Warrior” (jump roping acrobatic presentation). $15. 20th Century Theatre. 3021 Madison Rd, Oakley, OH. 513-520-9500.

SPRING/SUMMER 2010 Drum Circle. Date and Time to be announced! Bring drums, shakers or just yourself! (We have some drums). Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts. 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 513-489-5302 Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. Jul 13-16, Oct 19-22. With Sianna Sherman. Combined with a 100-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion, this 100-hour training meets the prerequisites for RYT-200 certification with the Yoga Alliance. Shine Yoga Center. 3330 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH. 513-533-9642 ShineYoga.com Anusara Yoga Immersion. Jun 23-27, Aug 18-22, Dec 1-5. With Sianna Sherman. This 100-hour Immersion is for students who wish to dive deeper into the practice of Anusara Yoga, and is also a prerequisite for Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. Shine Yoga Center. 3330 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH. 513-533-9642 ShineYoga.com

FRIDAY, JULY 16 “Y’all ready to shake your asana?!” MC Yogi will be bringing his unique style of hip-hop yoga chant grooves to Cincinnati. Location TBD. 513-533-9642 ShineYoga.com

Used Books Sale – 5-7:30pm. Every 2nd Monday of each month. We gratefully accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiobooks and LPs. Friends’ Warehouse. 8456 Vine Street, Hartwell, Downtown Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6035 Friends.CincinnatiLibrary.org Yoga – 5:30-6:20pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community. 4918 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060 NIA – 6pm. Joyful movement and music adaptable to any fitness level! With Trish Freeman. The Kula Center for Movement Arts. 110 E. 8th St., Newport, KY. 513-373-5661 trish@nia-swohnky.com Master Composter Training Course – 6-8:30pm. Mar 15,22,29. Learn about composting methods and construct a simple “bin.” To complete the course and earn a certificate, 15 of volunteer service are to be completed within one year from the last class. Free. Civic Garden Center. 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-221-0981 Meditation & Guided Imagery – 6:30pm. Every 1st Monday of each month. With Mary Ellen Moore. Free. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr. 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. RSVP 859-525-5000 SynergyHolisticHealth.com Sustainable Living Potluck – 6:30-10pm. Informal group meeting discussing ways of decreasing our collective and individual “ecological footprints”. Free. Gaia Foundation. 8987 Cotillion Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-521-9321 Yoga for Healthy Weight – 6:30-7:30pm. Beginner Hatha Yoga. Lifepath Center. 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Ft. Mitchell, KY. lifepath-2001.com Family Storytime – 7pm. Free. Durr Branch Library. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. 859-962-4030 In Haus Comedy Night – 7-9pm. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Listen, laugh and have a great cup of coffee as local comedians share their talent with us. Free. Bean Haus. 640 Main St, Covington, KY. 859-431-BEAN Voices of Independence – 7pm. Mar 8, 29. Build your self-confidence and develop speaking and leadership skills. Adults only. Free. Durr Branch Library. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030 Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45pm. Phoenix’s classes create the space for the cultivation of a healthy body alignment, the flow of energy in the body and a more peaceful and open heart. Open to new and experienced students. $11 - $13. Kula Center. 110 East 8th St, Newport KY. 859-652-4174 PhoenixWilson@mac.com

Community Yoga Classes – 9am-10am. Bring a mat and drop in. No yoga experience necessary. Free. Richwood Presbyterian Church. 1070 Richwood Rd, Boone County, KY. 859-485-1238 Active For Life – 9:30am. Improve your health in this exercise program for older adults. Bring your own small weights and join at anytime. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000 Half Pint Kids Club – 10am. Half Pints age 3-8 are invited with a caregiver to explore and try new foods in a fun environment. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@WholeFoods.com Acupuncture Happy Hour – 6-7pm. An introduction into the wonderful benefits of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. With Esly Caldwell III, CAc. $20/person, $30/couple. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com Astrology Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Mar 2,9,16,23. Interpretation III. How to read a chart for physical vitality, health, length of life, spiritual paths. Class size limited. Registration required. $150 for 4wk class. Midwest School of Astrology. 6777 Red Bank Expy, Suite 21, Cincinnati, OH. 513-984-2293 PamelaGallagher.com Astrology Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Mar 30, Apr 6,13,20. Interpretation IV. Class size limited. Registration required. $150 for 4wk class. Midwest School of Astrology. 6777 Red Bank Expy, Suite 21, Cincinnati, OH. 513-984-2293 PamelaGallagher.com Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community, Room 310. 1717 Dixie Highway Suite 160, Ft. Wright, KY. 513-791-4060 Drumming Circle – 6:45-8:45pm. Final Tuesday of each month. Bring drums, rattles, your wonderful self to enjoy raising the collective vibrations for healing intent. The Lloyd House. 3901 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Nia Mind/Body Fitness – 7:15-8:30pm. Fitness that feels good! Nia offers a journey toward personal growth, self-expression and discovery, fitness and healin. Milford Counseling Center. 228 Mill St (in the Old Mill Building), Milford, OH. 513-484-2446 MilfordCounselingCenter.com

Half Price Bottles of Wine. 2 locations. Open 11am-10pm. Indigo Ft. Mitchell. 2053 Dixie Hwy, Ft. Mitchell, KY. 859-331-4339. Indigo Hyde Park. 2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-9952 AARP Tax Aide – 9am-1pm. Through Apr 14. This program is designed for senior citizens and low- to mid-income patrons with a minimum of tax schedules. Served on a first-come, first-served

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basis. Free. Mary Ann Morgan Library (Covington Branch). 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. 859962-4060 Dirt Crew – 9am-12pm. Volunteers meet to work on the CGC Grounds. Dress for the weather and bring your gardening gloves. Free. Civic Garden Center. 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513221-0981 Handbuild Pottery Class – 10am-12pm; 7-9pm. A new seven-week session begins Mar 10. Other times available. $210 for 7 weeks. Register online or in person. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay. com Senior Wednesday Kickoff – 10am. Every third Wednesday of each month. Discover what Wii for Seniors is all about. Free. Greenhills Branch Library, 7 Endicott St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4441 Used Books Sale – 10am-1pm. See Monday. Preschool Story Time with Miss Gail – 10:3011am. Get ready for finger puppet fun, as well as other pleasant surprises with Miss Gail. Free. Blue Manatee Bookstore. 3054 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-731-2665 Mom and Baby Yoga – 11am. Practice yoga poses that incorporate your baby in a fun way that strengthen and relax you. Fun for baby sing songs, baby massage, child friendly music! $12 drop-in. Yoga ah! Studio. 4046 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. YogaAhStudio.com Yoga at Dunham Rec. Center – 11:30am12:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. Dunham Recreation Center. 4356 Dunham Lane (of Guerley Road), Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060 Library Committee – 1-2pm. Volunteer to keep the Hoffman Library full organized and stocked. Free. Civic Garden Center. 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-221-0981 Hiking Club – 4-5pm. Easy to Moderate Trail. All hikes start and finish at the Treehouse in Mt. Airy Forest. Come prepared with water, hiking shoes and walking sticks (optional). Free. Mt. Airy Forest. 5083 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH‎. CincinnatiParks.com KidVentures – 4:15pm. See Monday. Family Storytime – 7pm. Ages 0-5 with caregiver. Free. Mary Ann Morgan Library (Covington Branch). 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. RSVP 859-962-4060 Herpetology Programs at Rowe Woods – 7-9pm. Every first Wednesday of each month. Light refreshments will be served. Members free/Nonmembers daily admission. Rowe Woods Auditorium. 4949 Tealtown Rd Milford, OH. Bill Creasey 513-831-1711 x125 Joyful Healing Laughter Yoga Club – 7pm. Second Wednesday of every month. Learn to laugh for no reason with Judi A. Winall & Pam Hall. Sharonville Library. 10980 Thornview Dr, Sharonville, OH. Free. 513-899-3115 Meditation and Chanting – 7-8:30pm. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. 7657 Montgomery Rd, 1st floor, Kenwood, OH. 513-651-3551 Running Word Wednesday – 7pm. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. Bean Haus. 640 Main St, Covington, KY. 859-431-BEAN

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A Morning Cup of Yoga – 9:30-11am. Yoga with Phoenix, RYT. Begin your day with a clear mind, invigorated body and renewed spirit. Open to new and experienced students. $11 - $13. Kula Center, 110 East 8th St, Newport KY. 859-652-4174 PhoenixWilson@mac.com

Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Every 2nd Thursday of each month. With Gary Matthews. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts. 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 513-489-5302 Tai-Chi – 7:30-8:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community, Room 310. 1717 Dixie Highway Suite 160, Ft. Wright, KY. 513-791-4060

Active For Life – 9:30am. See Tuesday. Children’s Morning Story Time and Activities – 10:30-11am. New, popular and obscure favorites read with matching activity to help get involved in story. Free. Barnes & Noble Fields-Ertel. 9891 Waterstone Blvd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-683-5599 It’s Sew Fun! – 2:30-6pm. Machine and hand sewing projects. Bring your own project or make one of our purses. Ages teens and up. Free. The Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center. 1232 Greenup St, Covington, KY. 859-491-3942 NIA – 6pm. With Trish Freeman. Joyful movement adaptable to any fitness level! The Kula Center for Movement Arts. 110 E. 8th St., Newport, KY. 513-373-5661 trish@nia-swohnky.com Intermediate and Advanced Astrology Class – 7-9:30pm. Mar 4,11,18,25. Evaluating current events, personal charts, and new/classical methods of astrology in a fun group. Class size limited. Registration required. $30 per class. Midwest School of Astrology. 6777 Red Bank Expy, Suite 21, Cin-

Friday’s 5 after 5 – 5-7pm. 5 wines and 5 foods for $5. Whole Foods Market. 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-531-8015 Friday’s 5 after 5 – 6-8pm. 5 wines and 5 foods for $5. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-398-9358 Shamanic Journey – 6:30-8:30pm. Every 2nd Friday of each month. With Gary Matthews. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and maybe bring a journal. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts. 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 513-489-5302 Introduction to Buddhism – 7pm. Free. Gaden Samdrup-Ling Buddhist Monastery. 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-385-7116 gsloffice@ yahoo.com

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baby items, accessories, and books. Crossroads Annex. 3500 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH. CityLink@Crossroads.net Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday. Tai-Chi – 9:30-10:30am. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community. 4918 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060 Dharma Discourse – 10am-12pm. This is a great opportunity to study a new book and build your understanding of dharma. Free. Gaden Samdrup-Ling Buddhist Monastery. 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-385-7116 gsloffice@yahoo.com NIA – 10am. With Trish Freeman. Joyful movement adaptable to any fitness level! The Kula Center for Movement Arts. 110 E. 8th St., Newport, KY. 513-373-5661 trish@nia-swohnky.com Used Books Sale – 10am-4pm. Every 4th Saturday of each month. See Monday. Prenatal Yoga – 10:30am. Practice relaxation and deep breathing techniques for a easier delivery and more comfortable pregnancy. $12 drop-in. Yoga ah! Studio. 4046 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. YogaAhStudio.com Artworld – 11am-5pm. Explore the interactive discovery area for families at the Art Museum. Themes rotate two to three times per year and always feature hands-on activities for all ages, interests, and learning styles. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Tax Assistance – 10:30am. Through Apr 10. Tax preparation help from VITA for low to moderate income people on a first come, first served basis. Same day appointments. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000 Ashtanga Yoga – 12pm. 7 week course starts Mar 13. Learn the Basics of Ashtanga Yoga. Learn more about the ancient practice of ashtanga yoga. Includes History, foundation, and practice. $100 for 7 weeks. Yoga ah! Studio. 4046 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. YogaAhStudio.com Family ARTventures – 1pm. An interactive tour of the galleries for the entire family including handson elements for everyone to touch and see up close. Meet docent in the main lobby. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Family First Saturdays – 1-4pm. 1st Saturday of month. Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 In Store Tastings – 1-3pm. Explore great tastes of our 365 Every Day Value and 365 Organic private brand products along with some of the hottest sale items in town. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-398-9358 AND Whole Foods Market. 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-531-8015 Pottery Wheel Class – 1-3pm. A new seven-week session begins Mar 13. Other times available. $210 for 7 weeks. Register online or in person. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com Donate Everyday Stuff – 2-5pm. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Donate new and used furniture, linen, small appliances, clothes, toys,

Tara Practice – 2pm. Free. Gaden Samdrup-Ling Buddhist Monastery. 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-385-7116 gsloffice@yahoo.com Tea Tasting – 3-5pm. Free. Health Nutz shop. 319 Second St, Aurora, IN. 812-926-4372 HealthNutzShop.com

Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday. Meditation & Chanting – 8:30-10am. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Free. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. 7657 Montgomery Rd, Kenwood, OH. 513-651-3551 Artworld – 11am-5pm. See Saturday. Traditional Japanese Reiki Levels 1-3 – 12-8pm. With Bruce Davis. Classes scheduled upon request. Call for more information and registration. Mantra Wellness Center. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324 Info@MantraWellnessCenter.com Handbuild Pottery Class – 1-3pm. A new sevenweek session begins Mar 7. Other times available. $210 for 7 weeks. Register online or in person. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com Babywearing Bliss – 2pm. Every second Sunday of each month. Workshop on safely and comfortably carrying a baby from birth through toddler years. Free. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275 Cloth Diapering Cuteness – 2pm. Every first Sunday of each month. Park + Vine hosts an informal class on all aspects of cloth diapering. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275 Family ARTventures – 3pm. An interactive tour of the galleries for the entire family including handson elements for everyone to touch and see up close. Meet docent in the main lobby. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Pottery Wheel Class – 3-5pm. A new seven-week session begins Mar 7. Other times available. $210 for 7 weeks. Register online or in person. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com

20th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival. Wine and Food. Various locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. WineFestival.com Anything Goes – 2:30pm (Mar 6, 7); 8pm (Mar 4-6). This Tony Award-winning musical is set aboard an ocean liner bound for London from New York, a voyage chock full of eccentric characters, hilarious antics, tapping feet and romance. $15-$28. Patricia Corbett Theater, University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH. 513-556-4183

creative thinking. Classes taught by local artists. Dress to get messy. Free. The Carnegie. 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-2030 apaasch@thecarnegie.com ARTSTOP Artist Series: Ages 7 to 12 – 5-6:30pm (Mon-Fri).Visual art, performance, creative thinking. Classes taught by local artists. Dress to get messy. Free. The Carnegie. 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-2030 apaasch@ thecarnegie.com Benefits of Aromatherapy. Basics of aromatherapy in a hands-on class. Create your own products. FREE GIFT! With Aruna Sivakumar, LMT. Scheduled regularly throughout the year. Dates TBD. $40. Mantra Wellness Center. 4677 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324 MantraWellnessCenter.com Bit Closer. Through May 2. Shilpa Gupta’s work tackles deep-seated issues such as cultural and political divides (or similarities), religion, commerce, and terrorism. Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513-345-8400 ContemporaryArtsCenter.org Boundaries. Through Mar 12. Artists combine objects in unusual ways, pushing perceived edges of self and formation of identity. Fitton Center for Creative Arts. 101 S. Monument Ave, Hamilton, OH. 513-863-8873 Chewing Color. Through May 2, 2010. Exhibit by artist Marilyn Minter. Free admission on Mondays 5-9pm. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513-345-8400 Home Work. Through Apr 8. Exhibit of new work by the design studio VisuaLingual, features throw pillows, table runners, ceramics, and limited-edition prints inspired by the historic architecture of Cincinnati. $2. The Betts House. 416 Clark St, Cincinnati, OH. 859-200-7383 New Beginner Series. Times and Dates TBA. For students who are brand new to yoga and wondering where to begin, Shine offers a 3-week New Beginner series every month. 513-533-9642 ShineYoga.com Overeaters Anonymous welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings throughout Greater Cincinnati. Donation only. 513921-1922 CincinnatiOA.org Starburst. Through May 9. Color Photography in America 1970-1980. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Supply and Demand. Through Aug 22. The first solo show of renowned street artist and political provocateur Shepard Fairey. Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513-345-8400 ContemporaryArtsCenter.org Thai Yoga Massage. Therapeutic stretch/massage that relaxes, soothes, and rejuvenates the body and mind! Contact Karen Landrum, LMT for your individual session. 1st time clients receive 25% discount! 859-992-6300 lifepath-2001.com Winter Wear: Craig McDaniel – 10am-5pm (MonFr), 1-5pm (Sat&Sun). Through Mar 25. Works in variety of media in border zone where visual art and poetry overlap.Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph. 5701 Delhi Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-244-4724

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Using traditional and modern chiropractic techniques as well as active rehab and nutritional guidance to promote overall wellness. Space certified technology is used to locate where stress has settled into the muscles. Once the location is found, work begins to unwind the stress patterns and rebuild the body’s ability to adapt to outside stressors more effectively. See ad on page 5.

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Patrick is a celebrated national and international teacher who offers Laughter Yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and training for individuals, groups, conferences, educational programs, community events, small businesses, and corporations.

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Andrea is an accredited Monroe Institute Outreach Facilitator, conducting meditation workshops utilizing the Hemi-Sync® audio technology developed by Robert Monroe, author of “Journeys out of the Body.” Awaken through the exploration of consciousness! See ad on page 21.

SHAMANIC COUNSELOR GARY MATTHEWS

513-722-1917 Gary@ShamanicCounselor.com ShamanicCounselor.com Ordained Transformational Counselor using earthbased self-realization to heal body, mind and spirit. Call for information or to schedule an appointment.

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WELLNESS MANTRA WELLNESS CENTER 4675 Cooper Rd. in Blue Ash, OH 513-891-1324 MantraWellnessCenter.com

Mantra offers a wide variety of classes, including Traditional Japanese Reiki, Life Coaching, Meditation, Tibetan Medicine, Anger Management and Aromatherapy. See ad on page 9.

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From personal essays to blogging and documentaries, we share how writing intersects with the lives of the women, young women and men who are participating in weekly writing classes, the Feminist Leadership Academy and Young Women Writing for (a) Change programs, and the community beyond our walls. Each episode can be heard via our website or downloaded to the computer or MP3 player.

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