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1: Roll on the Floor Laughing Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding and lowers blood pressure; it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends, a television show or something else that tickles your funny bone.

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2: Don’t Skip Breakfast Eating fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. My morning dose comes from steel-cut oatmeal, usually mixed with raisins, walnuts and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day; breakfast eaters are thinner than people who just rush out the door.

3: Hit the Sack Jay and Dave are funny, but they’re not worth the strain on your system. Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, it also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory and reduces cravings for pantssplitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.

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4: Admire Your Work

Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated; increase your fiber and water intake.

5: Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back

Even if you’re hunched over in agony, spending more time in bed will only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. Married men with this problem may suffer more than single men because they’re tempted to lie back and enjoy all the pampering they receive. The best solution is to get up, take a pain reliever and be a soldier.

6: Taste the Colors

Foods with bright, rich colors are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind with the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap the benefits without having to give up other foods. Whenever I shop the produce aisle, I’m reminded that these foods are often more powerful than the drugs sold in pharmacies. My favorites are arugula and blueberries.

7: Brushing is Not Enough If you plan to spend your later years eating more than yogurt and apple sauce, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The bacteria that linger can increase your risk of heart disease.

8: Take a Deep Belly Breath

Do this anywhere, anytime. Push out your bellows and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert. This is my secret technique for calming down in the face of challenges.

9: Join a Yoga Class

Yoga is the most important exercise of my daily routine. Being surrounded by beautiful women in spandex should be reason enough to join a class, but if you need more motivation, consider this: Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate and increases flexibility. There’s nothing mystical about it. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing sports. Sure, some of the poses may look ridiculous, but that’s for a reason. Yoga can reach and work muscles that are ignored during routine sports and daily life. My favorite maneuver is the sun salutation.

10: Don’t Be an Island

Ever wonder why women live longer than men? One major reason is that they form tight networks and actually talk about their problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. With another person’s love and support, the inner aging associated with stress can be reduced.

11: Avoid Fad Diets

The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to reset my appetite and taste buds. Healthy foods taste great afterwards.

12: Be a Smart Patient

Professionals can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any medical procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history and educate yourself about any family problems. You might even consider signing onto Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health, so your files would be accessible in case you find yourself in trouble away from home.

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13: Lose the Beer Belly

Most men fasten their belts below their waists. It’s just another way of avoiding the truth about their gut. Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. For my six-foot, one-inch frame, for example, I need to keep my waist under 36.5 inches. If avoiding heart attacks and diabetes isn’t enough motivation to eliminate that gut, consider this: For every point your body mass index is over 25, your testosterone drops 3 percent, which isn’t very manly.

14: Go Green

I drink green tea three times a day. It’s packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea doesn’t offer. These beneficial chemicals are lost when it’s fermented. Green tea also delivers a boost of alertness, but from a smaller dose of caffeine than black tea. Green tea can even fight dandruff, although only if you pour the cooled tea directly onto your scalp.

15: Sweat Until You’re Wet

If you can work up a sweat for just one hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits, including a reduced risk of heart attack, better mood and lower blood pressure. I like interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pull-ups and 15 dips after every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become more efficient, so you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that also work up a sweat.

17: Have as Much Sex as Possible

If a 50-something man could have sex 700 times a year, the exercise and stress reduction would make him look and feel years younger. I wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job in order to hit that number—but what’s the harm in trying? The next time your loved one says she has a headache, tell her she’s literally killing you. It works for me.

18: Know Your Numbers, then Aim Lower

Take the part of your brain dedicated to your local steak house’s phone number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.

19: Add Some Weights

Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut, too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pull-ups are the most valuable muscle-building exercises I do. Trainer Bob Greene pointed out to me that pull-ups work the back, pecs, arms and belly all at once. Because you’re lifting yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that doughnut, because you’ll just have to lift it later. A simple setup in a door frame is convenient and inexpensive.

20: Grab Your Nuts

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Most people rank personal finance as their number one stressor, usually because they feel powerless about it. Stress not only shortens lives, it also drives people to habits like smoking, drinking or binge eating. Keep some money in a special bank account, safe from your lust for a new television, and you’ll establish an emotional comfort zone with major health benefits.

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Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.


21: No, Seriously, Grab Your Nuts

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35, but it’s usually curable if caught early enough. I strongly urge you to grab your testicles and check them for bumps at least once a month. Each testicle should feel smooth and slightly soft, and one should hang slightly lower than the other, like two avocados (which, in Aztec, actually means “testicles”) growing on a tree.

22: Hit the Dance Floor

Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep a brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give neurons a workout. Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out. As a bonus, dancing may help you with tip number 17.

23: Do Your Penis a Favor

Step on a treadmill. Men who exercise enough to burn 200 calories a day significantly lower their chances of impotence. That’s because impotence often has the same cause as heart attacks: blocked arteries. Your penis is like a dipstick for your arteries, so check it. If you’re interested in keeping it up later in life, lace up the sneakers now.

24: Learn to Cook

Do you think you know how much butter goes into preparing those mashed potatoes at a restaurant? You’re probably off by half. If you can cook, you not only save money, but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, for most women, a man who knows how to cook is as sexy as one who stars in movies. I have trouble boiling water. Thankfully, I’m already married.

25: Some Pills Should Be Popped

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t’s no secret that individuals who adopt unconscious ways to escape from stress and conflict can often become victims of their own self-destructive habits and behavioral patterns. “Conflict creates stress and addictions, like [to] alcohol, food, work, sex and drugs,” says Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga. “Addictions are antidotes that provide a temporary escape from the stress-producing, conflictcreating reactions you have about what you are doing, where you are going and who you are with. Addiction, which is only an effect, occurs when you continue to use inappropriate external resources to reduce stress and restore a sense of balance, while failing to resolve the cause of the stress hidden in the unconscious.” Desai further explains how the body’s own homeostasis works to naturally regulate the internal polarities of tension and relaxation. However, when the amount of tension exceeds what can be balanced by relaxation, people call the unresolved tension stress. “It is important to recognize that most people don’t know the difference between tension and stress,” cautions Desai. He observes that stressors— thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through

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the ego mind. Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s self-healing wisdom. Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity. “But, when our thoughts are free from stressful emotional feelings, they naturally pass like clouds without leaving footprints in our biology,” counsels Desai, whose approach to Ayurveda is designed to solve addictions by resolving internal causes of stress. “Shift your focus inward to your inner source, instead of reaching for external distractions; go within to resolve any excess tension and all surface symptoms will begin to erode,” advises Desai, who points out that addictions prevent us from connecting to the innermost core of our being. With the release of unconscious, stress-producing conflicts, an individual naturally becomes more securely established in their core


self; thus, their life force is freed to activate and accelerate the power of pranic healing. Ayurveda, a holistic health system and sister science of yoga, works from the outside in; yoga works from the inside out. Yoga physically initiates an unfolding of the spirit and a consequent transformation. Ayurveda initiates the same process, beginning with in-depth purification of body and mind. Ayurvedic treatments such as diet, nutritional herbs and an herbal detoxification process known as panchakarma, as well as meditation, not only work hand-in-hand to create a shift on a physical level, they also remove unconscious blocks that create chronic stress. Desai’s approaches to yoga and ayurvedic treatments are focused on working on subtle pranic levels of healing. Ayurvedic treatments are geared towards restoring energetic balance, according to an individual’s physical and psychological constitution, which are considered to be interrelated and interactive. Healthful herbs and recommended lifestyle changes are precisely tailored to an individual’s primary psycho-physiological constitutional type— vata, which controls movement; pitta, which rules metabolism; or kapha, which controls structure. This approach determines an effective program of diet, exercise and other regular measures vital for maintaining inner balance and reducing stress.

Desai’s Amrit Yoga Institute combines ayurvedic treatments with the practice of Amrit yoga, yoga nidra (a form of meditation) and quantum breath meditation to create harmony, balance and union and to connect individuals with their inner source of integration. This works to restore a natural balance, preventing people from being the victim of stress. “Relaxing in a zero stress zone helps to dismantle the preprogrammed self-image, phobias, addictions and stress-creating conflicts that lie beyond any mental or intellectual approach,” Desai explains, “When you join yoga with Ayurveda, you have the combined power of body and soul, a powerful synergy for healing and recovery from addictions,” which he refers to as unwanted weeds. An analogy is that while Western medicine fights weeds with herbicides, ayurvedic treatments cleanse and rejuvenate the body, mind and consciousness, thus “keeping the soil inhospitable for weeds to grow in.” “Spirit, representing our core self, and the energy body, through which our spirit manifests, are eternal and inseparably one,” concludes Desai, who clarifies that the visible physical body is an extension of the invisible energy body. In the release of blockages and the purifying of the body, we are linked to our invisible presence, oneness. We enter the domain of divine presence and grace, which initiates spontaneous healing. In this domain the doer, the

ego mind, disappears and “the presence performs the miracle.” For more information on Ayurveda and the Amrit Yoga Institute, visit AmritYoga.org or call 352-685-3001. See Healing Ways Blog at healingways.nacincin.com

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BURIED TREASURE Geocaching With Man’s Best Friend by Patricia Komar

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ummer trailheads can tempt even the most diehard computer fans to push away from desktops, lace up hiking boots, pack dog treats and trek into the great outdoors to become their own search engines in pursuit of hidden treasures. What they’re after is the next geocache. Geo means “Earth” and cache is French for “a hiding place to temporarily store items.” This year, Geocaching.com celebrates its 10th anniversary, with nearly 2 million Earthfriendly hunters seeking a current total of more than a million active caches around the world. A geocache searcher ventures forth equipped with a handheld global positioning system (GPS) receiver, a set of designated longitude and latitude coordinates, trail descriptions and cryptic clues posted on the website. New Jersey geocacher Jeff Smith also takes along his Scottish terrier mix. “What fascinates me is that there’s a goal to the hike,” he grins. “My pooch loves it.” But he adds that it’s important to

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be a bit secretive and avoid attracting attention from non-geocachers who may become alerted to the presence of treasure. “Bringing a dog can be helpful; after all, you’re ‘just out walking your dog.’” The fast-growing sport started in 2000, when Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, filled a container with software, money and a video, book, cassette recorder and can of black-eyed peas, as well as a slingshot handle and a logbook with the notation “GPS Stash #1.” He hid it in the Oregon woods, made note of the coordinates using his GPS, posted it on a website and called it “The Great American GPS Stash Hunt.” His only rule: “Take something, leave something.” The idea took off like wildfire and the word stash soon changed to cache. Delve deeper and we discover the story of a 19th-century traveling salesman who left his calling card hidden in a jar in the English countryside with instructions that whoever found it should add

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his own card. Soon, people began planting boxes with self-addressed letters or postcards as their calling cards. The next traveler who came along and found one of the boxes would take the letter, mail it and leave a letter in its place. It sounds a bit like “Who’s got mail?” (See Letterboxing.org.) To get started as a geocacher, simply log onto the geocaching website, type in a location and sort through the many hits of hidden caches. Caches can be concealed anywhere, from wilderness areas to inner-city parks. Forms also vary, from traditional (ammo can or Lock & Lock brand divided tray) or micro-caches (film canister, breath mint tin) to theme or benchmark caches and virtual caches that designate a special point of interest, such as a dazzling sunset overlook, secret grove or panoramic view. Earth caches promote education; visitors learn about geological processes, resource management and scientific investigation procedures. Mystery and


puzzle caches challenge searchers by offering puzzles, problems or mathematical equations to be solved in order to determine the coordinates. Items hidden in caches may be geocoins, trinkets or dog toys. Some include a “travel bug”—a metal dog tag with a unique tracking number stamped below the picture of a bug. The number can be tracked on the geocache site and by definition, a bug must hop from cache to cache. After finding a cache, there are three basic rules to follow: 1. Sign the logbook, and if you take an item, leave an item of equal or greater value. 2. Return the cache to its original hiding place. 3. Cache In Trash Out (CITO). Geocachers often participate in cleaning up the environment by bringing a trash bag and picking up the occasional litter. For coordinated worldwide cleanup events, log onto Geocaching.com/cito. George Hornberger, an avid geocacher from Vienna, Virginia, echoes a common sentiment: “I’m a kid at heart,” he says, “so hunting for hidden

treasure using grown-up technological toys is perfect for me. I’ve been introduced to several nearby parks and natural areas that I’d never visited until going to hunt for a cache there. The moment of joy when my family finds the cache we’re hunting for is very satisfying.” Geocaching, say organizers, helps

indoor entertainment junkies put the active back into interactive. Patricia Komar is a freelance writer in British Columbia, Canada. She, her husband and their Lab/border collie and cairn terrier dogs are avid geocachers. Connect at Komar2@telus.net.

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ood backyard chefs know the distinction between barbecue and grilling and revel in trying new tricks with their favorite tools while they cook up a fun feast for family and friends. Few, however, may know that the original barbecue, or barbacoa, was the term that Spanish explorers used to describe the meat smoking and drying methods introduced to them by native peoples in the Americas. Smoke originally was used to drive away bugs while lending a tasty flavor to their meat-preparing process. This slow, low temperature method of outdoor cooking still employs an indirect heat source, like hot coals, and cooking times of between two and 12 hours. In some recipes, burning Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified mesquite or wood chips adds a smoky flavor to the food; in others, it tenderizes it. Grilling, by contrast, uses higher temperatures and direct heat from flames. Cooking times range between three and 30 minutes and grilled meats rarely have a smoky taste.

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and coconut shell charcoal are good bets. Lump charcoal will burn hot and fast if unlimited oxygen is available, so it is best suited for grills that allow the user to control the airflow. Charcoal Briquettes ~ Briquettes are useful when cooking on an open grill or whenever airflow can’t be controlled. But avoid self-starting instant-light briquettes and lighter fluid, which contain several harmful additives. Note that most commercial briquettes consist of crushed charcoal mixed with some additives that improve combustibility and bind the charcoal together. The mixture is compressed into uniform, pillow-shaped chunks that generally burn slowly at a constant temperature, regardless of airflow. Be aware that additives in briquettes can leave a bad taste in food and even be harmful if not fully burned off; always burn charcoal for the time recommended by the manufacturer before putting food on the grill. A good lighting method begins with an electric charcoal starter or a metal charcoal chimney starter. Other igniting aids include natural wood lighters or lighter cubes. Cleaner and greener grills avoid charcoal altogether. They may be fueled by propane, electricity or even solar energy.

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cooking pastured meat is not to overcook it. It needs about 30 percent less cooking time than fattier conventional beef and tastes best if cooked mediumrare to medium. If cooking hamburgers made with pasture-raised beef, add caramelized onions or other moisturizing ingredients to compensate for the leaner meat. Chicken or Pork ~ Consider brining the meat beforehand to ensure that it is extra tender and won’t dry out on the grill. Submerge the meat in a mixture of one cup of table salt and one gallon of very cold or ice water for up to 24 hours before grilling. For a crispy skin, remove meat from the brine, pat dry and refrigerate for a couple of hours before cooking. Ultimate Burgers ~ Shannon Hayes, author of The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, cites Loren Olsen’s “Tips for Cooking the Ultimate Hamburger.” Before placing over medium-high heat on a clean, hot grill (which may be swiped with olive oil), Olsen recommends preparing patties by gently pressing the center to create a small depression in one side to assure even cooking. But don’t press or poke the burgers while cooking, in order to preserve the juicy interior. Season with natural salt and freshly ground pepper. Leave the grill uncovered and cook to a minimum internal temperature of 160° F. For sixounce patties, grill 2-1/2 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes after flipping for a medium burger. Toast split buns on the grill rack for the last 45 to 60 seconds of the cooking time. miss an issue Never Hot Dogs ~ Choose hot again! dogs that are produced by sustainable meat Receive and Natural companies do not Awakenings contain any fillers, byproducts or additives, like MSG

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Green Drinks Mason: Eric Routenberg

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ric Routenberg is host of Green Drinks Mason, a local branch of the worldwide initiative begun at GreenDrinks.org. I don’t know about you folks, but he had me rolling on the ground during this interview.

Q: When did your passion for environmental consciousness start? I have always been conscious of these things… I hate to see anyone get taken advantage of, and it’s like people are taking advantage of the Earth when they throw trash on it. It used to drive me nuts when I’d see people throw cigarette butts on the ground, crumple a paper and throw it on the ground. For a long time, I used to say something to them: “Hey, Timmy, see that trash can there?” that sort of thing. People would [be embarrassed] and think, “I guess I should follow the law and throw things away in receptacles.”

Q: So how did you get started with Green Drinks? I opened up a copy of Men’s Journal, and it was one of those things where you let a book open and see where it falls. I opened right to this one-page article on GreenDrinks. org, which was started in London by Edwin Datschefski. At first I saw “Green Drinks” and thought it had something to do with the environment or one of those terrible tasting drinks, like chalk. I thought it was very cool—you get a lot of people together, you meet at a pub, and you discuss things over drinks. What really struck me was the possibility of people that need jobs, or that were looking for jobs, could, through his networking, find jobs through other people that were outside their own business. Through the tight job market, my advice has been to find a job in the green field. All these companies who are green started making themselves known to me, and I would have them come and present at

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a Green Drinks Mason event. That is my portion of trying to help people learn about being green and how to live more greenly. So I called the guy Edwin (in London) that night, and he called me back a day and a half later, and we talked about starting a group here in Mason. It’s what I was looking to do, what I was wanting to do. My degree is from the College of Education, and I thought, Instead of getting mad, why don’t I use my degree and educate people on doing it, have fun while doing it? For me, it’s about education plus having fun. I wanted to start something where I could help educate people and ooh, make them laugh! So I did some research and started one here in Sept. 2008, when Mason was really growing in leaps and bounds.

Q: What’s an event with Green Drinks Mason like? Green Drinks Mason is basically happy hour—it’s big fun. (Point in case: Whenever anyone says “Green Drinks Mason,” everyone has to take a drink.) I tell people to bring business cards (like the eco- and budget-friendly ones from igreenprint.com!), because you never know who you’ll meet. You could meet new friends—like a bunch of guys getting together to go to a basketball game later on, a group of girls going to a fashion event (like the one I co-hosted with Cincy Chic on April 30), a future husband or wife, business partners, and so on. We host anywhere from as few as two or three people to as many as 35; some events are slated for 60 to 100. Usually, at around 6:30 our guest presenter speaks for about 15 to 30 min; afterward, people ask questions and continue drinking and having fun. And usually either the presenter or I bring a gift or a gift card so that everyone who shows up has the chance to walk out with something.

Q: What’s on tap for the future? Our June presenters will be Heather Curless and Kellie Pittroff from GreenerStock.com (a locally owned showroom in Cincinnati specializing in building materials with a conscience). Coming July 28 will be Flare For Outdoor Living and August 25 will be Building Value, Cincinnati’s green resource for salvaging usable building materials reuse. Green Drinks Mason meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm at Fox and Hound Pub in Mason, Ohio. For more information, check out the Green Drink blog online at bit.ly\GDMason or the Facebook page at bit.ly\GDMFans.

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creativeexpression by Sara Jankowski

Art & Wellness: 10 Great Reasons to Make Your Own Art

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ou can make art on your own, take an art class, attend an art therapy workshop or meet individually with an art therapist. No matter what your preference of setting, here are ten reasons why you should let your creative side run wild:

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Making Art Is Relaxing. Combining art-making with meditation techniques quiets the mind and allows you to focus on the present moment.

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Making Art Is a Physical Outlet. Making art requires the use of both fine motor skills and gross motor skills, and you can make art while sitting down or standing up. You can place your canvas on the floor, on a table or a wall. As you move with the art mediums, you dance your way into the creative process. The movement allows you to decrease stress and increase feelings of joy.

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Making Art Is a Mental Workout. Creating images helps to slow down the aging process. Just like crossword puzzles, word jumbles, and math games, being creative gives you a fun and playful way to stay mentally fit. The art itself provides a keepsake of thoughts and feelings expressed while engaging in an exercise of obtaining clarity. Using art to clarify one’s goals can be exciting and fun!

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Making Art Helps Sustain the Environment. Making art allows you to reuse items you might normally throw away. You can reuse items such as tissue boxes, jars, plastic bags, tea boxes, coffee cans, magazines, and much more. An old jar becomes a water container for paint, an old shoe box becomes a canvas, and magazines scraps become a landscape collage.

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Making Art Provides a Visual Journal for Personal Development. Making art helps you to reflect on the past, honor the present and look to the future. Images of timelines, bridges and goal trees can all assist in the transformation process. Pencils, pens, markers and crayons allow you to easily create visual metaphors to celebrate life’s transitions.

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Making Art Is Empowering. Putting our ideas, thoughts and feelings on paper can be liberating. They are no longer “in here” but “out there.” Art making is a release. One way to make art is to create inside/ outside boxes. Take an old shoe box and on the inside of the box create a collage of your inner thoughts and feelings and on the outside create a collage of thoughts and feelings you would like to share with others. You can create healthy boundaries of what to share and what to keep sacred.

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Making Art Builds Relationships. When we are in a place of transition, we often feel the need to make new friends. As we change, we seek a supportive peer group. Making art in a group setting decreases feelings of isolation and loneliness, and using art to express your personal stories in a group setting can be quite comforting. Paired drawings and group murals allow us to explore art materials together.

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Making Art Can Be a Family Affair. Art-making is beneficial for three-year-olds to ninety-yearolds and everyone in between. How rewarding it can be to smile and laugh while making art at any stage in your life. And how rewarding it can be to make art with your family.

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Making Art Puts You in Touch with Yourself. Actively engaging in creative exercises stimulates the body, the mind and the spirit and allows for introspection and self-expression. Using art we can connect with ourselves, our friends, our family and our community. Sara Jankowski, of Women’s Wellness Art Therapy, is a registered board-certified art therapist. To learn more about the benefits of art therapy, see Sara’s blog at http://sadiejay.wordpress.com

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Making Art Lends a Voice to Social Justice. Historically, artists have used images to express their concerns about community issues. By participating in a themed art exhibit, you are voicing your opinion about important issues and creating a space for hope and healing. Many local communities even in the Greater Cincinnati area have shows for beginning artists. Three places to take art classes include the Art Academy of Cincinnati; the Rosebrook Art Center in

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Contrary to what many believe, kayaking does not demand aggressive arm action or upper body strength. The biomechanics of stroke efficiency are readily achieved through coordination between the paddler, paddle, boat and water. Power for propelling the kayak comes from the paddler’s core muscles and is primarily achieved through torso rotation; this engages the larger, more powerful, back and abdominal muscles. It makes sense that toning the core muscles helps to alleviate lower back pain often associated with middle age.

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lexithymia (uh-LEX-uh-TIE-mee-uh) is the diminished capacity to experience emotions. Some have half-jokingly said that all men have alexithymia. Growing up, many boys are taught that only two emotional states are acceptable: feeling nothing (social pressure to “be a rock”) and feeling angry (social pressure to “give ’em hell”). Of course, biologically, men and women are both very similar (despite arguments to the contrary). Hence, men are born with the full range of emotions but learn many ways to mask them. Unfortunately, emotional management is not often taught in schools. If anything, boys often learn from other boys, and often parents and teachers, not to show emotion. They may learn to erect a wall to protect themselves. This strategy works in the short term, but a dear price is paid—a great deal of loneliness, because this protective wall makes it difficult to establish intimate relationships. Men are also often taught to be “fixers” and “doers.” If an unpleasant emotion arises, the typical man wants to “do something about it.” Women are often frustrated when a man continuously offers advice about fixing something. Men feel they are being helpful, but women tend to feel unheard. Men can have difficulty tolerating emotions, and in some cases, the ensuing frustration can lead to unhealthy ways of trying to make emotions go away, sometimes culminating in problems with substance use. One approach to learning how to tolerate and wisely work with emotions is the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness involves learning to be with our experiences from moment to moment, fostering awareness of our physical, emotional

and mental states. While this awareness is best developed through systematic practice, the basic concept is simple. One strategy is simply to sit with whatever emotion you’re experiencing and say to yourself, “Whatever it is, it’s already here; I will just feel it.” Feelings are not concrete objects—they come and go in waves. Mindfulness involves learning to surf the sometimes stormy sea of emotions instead of trying to stand firm (in which case, you’ll be battered by the waves). I once worked with a man at a residential clinic in a hospital who had lived a difficult life. He had been in the military, had been in prison and had been homeless for several years. In order to survive in the tough environments he lived in, he learned to wear an angry expression that basically said, “Don’t mess with me.” This face prevented him from forming friendships and made it difficult for him to secure employment. I once brought this expression to his attention in a therapy session: “You know, I’ve seen you interact multiple times with the other residents, and I know you are a kind person, but right in this moment, I feel like you want to kill me. Your face looks very angry.” He was quite surprised at this, saying that he did not ever notice that about himself and even questioning whether it was true. At the next session, he smiled at me and said, “Wow, I looked in the mirror, and you were right! I did not know I looked so angry all the time!” From that point forward, he looked much happier. He now had conscious choice of when it was necessary to look angry and when it was necessary to look inviting or happy, which served him well in his next job interview. Learning to practice mindfulness throughout the day, turning toward our emotions and experiences, can be challenging at first. However, tearing down the protective walls and sometimes feeling vulnerable can also open us up to hitherto unknown levels of intimacy and joy. Dr. Richard Sears is a psychologist in private practice and core faculty at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. He is executive director of the Society for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation (www. clinical-mindfulness.org). See Wise Words Blog at wisewords.nacincin.com

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iscarded vegetable ends, eggshells, coffee grounds and lawn clippings… most of us throw away a huge amount of compostable material. What could be a significant environmental asset, if transformed into nutritious garden soil, has become instead a major environmental problem. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that yard trimmings and food residuals together account for 26 percent of our total municipal solid waste stream. Also, unnecessary food waste doesn’t just happen at home—it’s a fact of life for most restaurants, stadiums, convention centers, hotels, schools and anywhere else people gather to eat. Choosing to turn scraps into rich fertile soil, courtesy of beneficial bacteria and fungi, has multiple advantages. It creates rich humus for high-yield crops, works to suppress plant diseases and pests and limits the need for chemical fertilizers. Those same organic scraps have a devastating effect on the environment when they are trapped in oxygen-starved landfills. Due to their highly compacted nature, organic waste is not able to fully decompose and releases methane— a global warming gas that’s 25 times more damaging to air quality than carbon dioxide. Part of the challenge is that there’s no widespread collection system in place to encourage or require municipal composting. Unlike the bottles and cans we place in handy curbside bins, or the newspapers and cardboard we tie and separate for recycling trucks, food waste doesn’t yet have designated places to be taken to. A few cities are changing that model, but others are slow to follow. Seattle was the first to require households to compost food waste; San Francisco was the first to add businesses and restaurants. These progressive cities provide green compost carts for food scraps, including meat, bones, seafood and dairy plus soiled paper, like tea bags, coffee filters and greasy pizza boxes; and yard trimmings including grasses, branches and leaves. All of these can thus be safely diverted from landfills. But where city collection of compostable materials is not yet a reality, clean composting at home is an answer. Whether in an urban apartment or a suburban home, com-

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posting has never been simpler. “Keeping your pile aerated is key to keeping it odor-free,” counsels Elle MacKenna, a home improvement contractor and design consultant. “A good mix of materials will allow oxygen in, keeping smells away and helping your pile compost quicker.” She suggests adding moist, shredded newspaper or thin cardboard to give some variety to the compost makeup. Farmer Annie Farrell, of Millstone Farm, in Wilton, Connecticut, which specializes in heirloom, organic vegetables and heritage (pure-bred) chickens, sheep and pigs, says composting at home is as simple as investing in three metal or plastic garbage cans designated for the purpose of food waste and yard scraps. She sets the three cans off the ground using cinder blocks, drilling half-inch holes into the cans to allow air to circulate. Next, she layers foliage clippings, food matter and old newspapers in what she describes as a “lasagna-like mix,” in bin number one. As the mixture begins to decompose, she dumps it into the second bin, followed by the third bin when it’s almost ready for use. (Using multiple bins to “turn” the compost also allows oxygen in, an essential part of the process.) Farrell likes to use bungee cords to secure the lids to prevent animals from getting in. Other store-bought variations on composting bins range from compact ceramic, bamboo and stainless steel crocks and pails for indoor storage to outdoor tumblers (for easy turning) and stackable “worm bins” that can hold up to 90 gallons. When worms are enlisted, composting goes by the name of vermiculture. Worms—ideally, red worms, which do well in confinement and eat more than their own weight in food each day— produce the most fertile garden soil. They also speed the process of breaking down waste into soil, while helping to keep smells at bay. Kids also are more likely to get involved when adults enlist the help of a few hundred wiggling allies. Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine. See Green Living Blog at greenliving.nacincin.com

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4 Covington’s First Friday Gallery Hop – 6-10pm. Start your gallery hopping at Covington Clay. The studio and gallery are both open to the public at 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 Psoas Release Party & Core Walking Program: 2 days. With Jonathan Fitz Gordon (New York). Awakening, learning and releasing the Iliopsoas muscle group and understanding its core function within the body. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr. 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. RSVP 859-525-5000 2010 Cincinnati Lung Walk – 9am. Registration at 9am, Walk starts at 10am. Raise awareness and money to support local education programs, research and advocacy. No registration fee. Seasongood Pavilion. Eden Park, Cincinnati, OH. 513-985-3990 midlandlung.org/walk Bugfest – 10am-5pm. Hands on activities for the entire family. Museum admission. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-287-7000 Lavender Workshop – 12pm. Make your own Lavender Dream Catcher. $25. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm. 2391 Martinsville Rd, Martinsville, OH. RSVP 513-322-2415 Spring Plant Exchange – 1pm. Bring in your extra plants and take home something new for your garden. Free. Madeira Branch Library. 7200 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-6028

SUNDAY, JUNE 6 Psoas Release Party & Core Walking Program. See June 5. Lavender Workshop – 2pm. Make your own Lavender Mini- wreath. $25. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm. 2391 Martinsville Rd, Martinsville, OH. RSVP 513-322-2415

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toddler with Becky Flanagan of Signing Safari. Free. Pleasant Ridge Branch Library. 6233 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-4488 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

THURSDAY, JUNE 10 Bones for Life – 7-9pm. There is no pill for posture. With Cynthia Allen. $30. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr. 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. RSVP 859525-5000

SATURDAY, JUNE 12 Parent/Child Clay Workshop – 10am-12pm. A 2-day workshop (meet again on June 26) designed as a tandem activity for a child (age 8 and above) and an adult. Both will hand-build their own slab vase embossed with sprigs of vegetation. $100 total cost. Register in advance. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com Lavender Workshop – 12pm. See June 5. Gardening in the City: Rooftop Gardens 101 – 3-5pm. Learn how to plan, choose plants, and implement a rooftop garden. Featuring Lisa Yunker of City Roots, who will discuss examples of her installation of rooftop gardens in the city center. Free. Popular Library, Main Library. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6900

SUNDAY, JUNE 13 Lavender Workshop – 2pm. See June 6.

MONDAY, JUNE 14 Gemstone Therapy 3 – 6:30pm. With Lindsay Hastings. FREE gift and shop discounts. $45. Mantra Wellness Center. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324 Info@MantraWellnessCenter.com

MONDAY, JUNE 7 Year-Round Gardening: Plant Killers – 6:30pm. Free. Monfort Heights Branch Library. 3825 West Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4472 Window Box Gardening – 7-8pm. Turn your window box into a beautiful garden. Free. Madeira Branch Library. 7200 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6028

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 Signing Safari Sampler – 10am. Learn how to use sign language to communicate with your baby or

TUESDAY, JUNE 15 Gluten Free Store Tour/ Discussion – 6:30pm. Join us for an informational and fun store tour while sampling Wheat/Gluten free foods from our departments. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-398-9358

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 Cooking Class: We love LOCAL! – 7pm. This demonstration class will be filled with some of the freshest tastiest bites in town and the recipes for

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 2010 Summer Solstice Lavender Festival Sat & Sun, June 19&20, 10am-6pm. Workshops, Lavender Food, TIPI-Reflexology Mini Sessions, Reiki Sessions & Intuitive Readings, Native American Music. 2391 Martinsville Rd, Martinsville, OH.

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you to take home. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-398-9358

THURSDAY, JUNE 17 Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar – 6:307:30pm. Menopause and Andropause (The Male Menopause) & All Natural Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar. For women and men ages 35+ suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. BodyLogicMD. 4555 Lake Forest Dr, 5th Floor Conference Room, Suite 590, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 561-703-5851 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

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 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 Father’s Day Necktie House Pins – anytime between 12:30-5pm. $2 admission fee. The Betts House. 416 Clark St, Cincinnati, OH. 859-200-7383

SUNDAY, JUNE 20 Summer Solstice Celebration – 12:30-4pm. Yogaasana practices, live music and delicious vegan treats for the whole family. Connect with the greater community, practice peace in action and learn what we can do collectively to honor the earth and all her creatures.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Harmony in Rhythm FREE Summer Solstice Event Monday, June 21 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer with ancient rhythms, chant and dance. Instruments provided. For children and adults, no experience necessary. Community drum circle facilitated by Mimi Sinclair of Music Therapy Services. Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park. 1101 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH.

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Donations benefit World Peace Earth Foundation. Free. Fountain Square. 520 Vine St, downtown Cincinnati, OH. worldpeaceinc.com

MONDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Entertaining – 6:30-8pm. Recipes and suggestions for seasonal entertaining. Free. Mariemont Branch Library. 3810 Pocahontas Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-4467 Year-Round Gardening: Big Impact, Small Space – 6:30pm. Creating the big wow in a limited amount of space. Free. Monfort Heights Branch Library. 3825 West Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4472 Zumbando with Rayza – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a fast-paced Zumba workout! Free. Price Hill Branch Library. 3215 Warsaw Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4490

THURSDAY, JUNE 24 Detox Day – 6-8pm. Help your body and mind get rid of environmental and emotional toxins. 30-min Auricular Acupuncture Detoxification session followed by 15-minute Chair Massage. Plus organic herbal tea tastings! $45. Klimick Acupuncture. 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 129. Blue Ash, OH. 513834-8173 KlimickAcupuncture.com

FRIDAY, JUNE 25 The Map of Yoga – 6:30-9:30pm. A Yoga “Incursion” with Chandrakant. “Reset” the way you practice yoga. This seminar will include directions from yogic texts and specific pointing exercises to enter into the state the founders described as “yoga”. Learn how to apply these understandings to whatever style of yoga and yoga postures you choose to practice. Amrit Method Yoga Nidra and postures using the Amrit Method perspective will provide an experiential foundation. $25. Yoga Ananda Studio. 4154 Hershel St, Jacksonville, FL. RSVP 904-680-7344 info@ yogaanandastudio.com Drumming & Art Adventure – 6-9pm. Interactive and experiential workshop to explore ways of achieving wholeness through ancient creative expression! No musical or artistic talent is necessary. Anyone affected by the cancer experience is welcome (including survivors, friends, family, caregivers, coworkers). Adults only. Free. The Wellness Community. 4918 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-791-4060.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26 Parent/Child Clay Workshop – 10am-12pm. A 2-day workshop (see June 12) designed as a tandem activity for a child (age 8 and above) and an adult. Both will hand-build their own slab vase embossed with sprigs of vegetation. $100 total cost. Register in advance. Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St. Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3900 CovingtonClay.com Greening Your Old House – 11am-12pm. Learn how to save energy with natural ventilation, attic insulation, weather-stripping and appropriate storm windows, while preserving historic character. Space is limited to 25. $5 suggested donation benefits Cincinnati Preservation Association. Park + Vine, 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-721-4506 margo@ cincinnatipreservation.org

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FARMERS’ MARKETS Farmers’ markets provide Cincinnati’s neighborhoods with locally grown, fresh and mostly organic produce. The following markets are currently open: PLEASANT RUN PRESBYTERIAN FARMERS’ MARKET 11565 Pippin Rd (Corner of Pippin Rd and Crest Rd), Cincinnati, OH. Wednesdays (Jun-Oct), 3:30-6:30pm. Locally grown and organic fruits, lettuces, vegetables; also breads, flowers. 513-756-9272 BOONE COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKET Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY. Daily (May-Sep), 9am-6pm. 859-586-6101 DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP FARMERS’ MARKET 3292 Montgomery Rd, Deerfield Township, OH. Saturdays (May-Oct), 9am-12pm. 937-289-3151 FARM MARKET OF COLLEGE HILL College Hill Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 5742 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Thursdays (Jun-Oct 7), 3-6:30pm. 513-542-0007 FARMERS’ MARKET ON THE SQUARE The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr, West Chester Township, OH. Saturdays (May-Oct), 9am-1pm. 513-759-7308 HYDE PARK FARMERS’ MARKET Us Bank Parking Lot, 3424 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH. Sundays (Jun-Oct), 9:30am-1:30pm. judy@hydeparkfarmersmarket.com

MT. WASHINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET Stanbery Park, 2201 Oxford Ave, Mt. Washington, OH. Thursday (Jun-Oct), 3-7pm. mwfarmersmarket@gmail.com NORTHERN KENTUCKY FARMERS’ MARKET Sixth Street Promenade, behind the Goose Girl Fountain, Mainstrasse Village Covington, KY. Saturdays (May-Oct), 8am-2pm. 859-292-2163 NORTHSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET Hoffner Park, Blue Rock and Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Wednesdays (May-Oct 13), 4-7:30pm. www.northside.net SAYLER PARK FARMERS’ MARKET Parkland Ave and Monitor St, Cincinnati, OH. Tuesdays (May-Oct), 4-7pm. 513-675-0496 STRAUSS & TROY FARMERS’ MARKET Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH. Tuesdays (May-Sep), 11am-2pm.

MASON AREA FARMERS’ MARKET Mason Middle School, 6370 Mason-Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH. Saturdays (Jun-Sep), 8am-12pm. 513-267-4360

WEST CHESTER FARMERS’ MARKET 9285 Center Point Dr, West Chester Township, OH. Saturdays (June-Oct), 9am-1pm. 513-779-6409

MONTGOMERY FARMERS’ MARKET Downtown Heritage District Public Parking Lot, Shelly Ln and Straight St, Montgomery, OH. Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm.

WYOMING FARMERS’ MARKET Corner of Wyoming and Van Roberts Aves, Wyoming, OH. Tuesdays (May-Oct), 3-7pm. 513-761-6263

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THURSDAY, JULY 8 Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Professional Training Part 1 and 2. July 8-17. Part 1: July 8-12 Amrit Yoga Nidra Immersion – open to everyone for personal growth and healing. Part 2: July 12-17 Professional Training, yoga teachers, massage therapists and healing professionals. Chronic stress has reached epidemic proportions. It is more prevalent than cancer or heart disease. It suppresses the immune system and it is the underlying root of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and attention deficit disorder. Yoga Nidra holds the master key to reverse this attack on your body, mind, and spirit. Amrit Yoga Institute. Salt Springs, FL. RSVP 352-685-3001 amrityoga.org

SATURDAY, JULY 17 Canning Basics – 11am. With from Gretchen Vaughn of Greensleeves Farm. Safety issues and more are covered with a water-bath canning demonstration and a discussion on pressure canning. Seating is limited. Park + Vine, 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP greensleevesfarm@ gmail.com

Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066 Half Price Bottles of Wine. Open 11am-10pm. Indigo Hyde Park. 2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-9952 KidVentures – 4:15pm. Grade 1-6. Join us for stories and a craft. Each week features a different theme. Free. Durr Branch Library. 1992 WaltonNicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859962-4030 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. 513369-6035 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 Riley. The Kula Center for Movement Arts. 110 E. 8th St., Newport, KY. 513-373-5661 trish@nia-swohnky.com

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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 Family Storytime – 7pm. Free. Durr Branch Library. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. 859-962-4030 FSQ Lounge – 7-9pm. Jun 7-Aug 30 (not Jul 5). Enjoy sophisticated, low-key jazz. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH. 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

Open House. Improve yourself, Improve the World. Come experience the light of Sukyo Mahikari Center. Sukyo Mahikari. 5100 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-681-3874 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 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 513-4596131 Paula.Mangold@WholeFoods.com

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FREE KITTEN – To a good home. Call for info 513-693-7841

Bedtime Stories – 7pm. Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859962-4000

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Southern Sounds – 7-9pm. Jun 1-Aug 31. The area’s best blues and country bands and performers. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

PARTNER WITH A GREEN PRODUCTS COMPANY in business for over 50 years to provide nutritional and organic cleaning products to environmentally aware public. Contact Janet Sickmeier, healthydays4us@yahoo.com, phone (859) 630-9477 SOME PARTS OF THE ECONOMY ARE DOING WELL. Discover how this thriving home based business opportunity can supplement your income today: NCDriches.com/victoria WOULD AN EXTRA $500 TO $2,000 A MONTH make a difference for you? Find out more by going to www.natures-glow.com or call Sherry @ (513) 899-3276

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Introduction to Meditation – 12:30pm. With Adrienne Davidson. $15 per class. Mantra Wellness Center. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-8911324 Info@MantraWellnessCenter.com

Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513518-2066

WANTED WORK AT HOME. Commission based Telemarketing. Help the community and make money at the same time. Telephone, computer with internet access, and smiling voice required. For details contact Lorna 513-259-3090

Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066 Dirt Crew – 9am-12pm. Volunteers meet to work

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on the CGC Grounds. Dress for the weather and bring your gardening gloves. Free. Civic Garden Center. 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513221-0981

1st floor, Kenwood, OH. 513-651-3551

Used Books Sale – 10am-1pm. See Monday. Half Price Bottles of Wine – 11am-10pm. 2 locations. Indigo Ft. Mitchell. 2053 Dixie Hwy, Ft. Mitchell, KY. 859-331-4339. Indigo Hyde Park. 2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-9952 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 Good Health Coach Radio Show – 12-12:45pm. With Verria Kelly, Certified Wellness Coach. Join Verria for health related discussions that provide information to help women overcome chronic health challenges. Show features special guests. Free. Details at blogtalkradio.com/goodhealthcoach. com. Listen online or call in live. Questions? Call 513-549-3705.

“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.” Marcus Aurelius (121–180) Roman emperor, philosopher 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.

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

Down-to-Earth Spiritual Discussion Group – 7-9pm. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Non-sectarian community where we seek a clearer understanding of ourselves and the world with group discussions and practical applications. Garden Park Unity. 3581 W. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 937-673-2593 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,

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Introduction to Buddhism – 7pm. Free. Gaden Samdrup-Ling Buddhist Monastery. 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-385-7116 gsloffice@ yahoo.com Drum Circle – 9-11pm. 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

Nature Storytime – 10:30. Stories, songs, a fun outdoor adventure and a craft all based on different nature themes. Free. Imago. 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-921-5124 Acoustic Thursday – 12-1pm. Jun 3-Sept 2. Some of the best local musicians performing folk, Celtic, blues, Americana, and roots music. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH. NIA – 6pm. With Trish Riley. 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 Down-to-Earth Spiritual Discussion Group. Every 2nd Thursday of the month. See Wednesday. Beacon of Life Spiritual Center. 5701 Murray Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 859-652-3882 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 Salsa – 7-10pm. Jun 3-Sept 16. In addition to the hottest salsa bands in town, dance instructors demonstrate and teach the basic moves. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH. Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066 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

Island Happy Hour – 5-9pm. Jun 2-Sept 1. Low drink prices and DJ till 7 pm, then laid-back reggae till 9 pm. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH. Family Storytime – 7pm. Ages 0-5 with caregiver. Free. Mary Ann Morgan Library (Covington Branch). 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. RSVP 859-962-4060

occasionally national bands play alternative and indie rock. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

Fantastic Farm Fridays – 10am-2pm. Try numerous hands-on farm activities designed for young children and their adult friends. Free. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-521-3276 x100 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 Indie Summer – 7-11pm. Jun 4-Sep. Four local, regional, and

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Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday. Yoga – 9-10:30am (Power Yoga); 10:30am-12pm (General Yoga). Covington Yoga. 713 Craig St, Covington, KY. 859-307-3435 Tai-Chi – 9:30-10:30am. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community. 4918 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060 NIA – 10-11am. Get your heart pumping with martial arts fused with Duncan Dance, Modern and Jazz Dance then cooling down with Yoga! $11/ Drop in, $45/5, $75/10. The Feldenkrais Within. 4124 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-451-4812 CincyNia.com 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 Family Days – 10am-12pm. Through June 26. Art, music, dance and fitness, animals and a variety of other activities for children ages 8 and under. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH. Kids in the Kitchen – 10-10:45am. We will take kids age 5-12 on a fun food adventure while teaching them about good nutrition! Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-398-9358 NIA – 10am. With Trish Riley. 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. Hatha Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066 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. Hands-on activities for all ages, interests, and learning styles. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Family ARTventures – 1pm. An interactive tour of the galleries for the entire family including hands-on elements for everyone to touch and see up close. Meet docent in the main lobby. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati,


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Publisher@nacincin.com 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 Donate Everyday Stuff – 2-5pm. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Donate new and used furniture, linen, small appliances, clothes, toys, baby items, accessories, and books. Crossroads Annex. 3500 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH. CityLink@Crossroads.net

Smooth Sunday – 6-9pm. Jun 6-Sep 5. An evening of soul and R&B. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

can contributions to the U.S. Museum admission. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-287-7000

Yoga Philosophy Evening & Potluck – 6:30pm. 2nd Sunday of every month. Free. Covington Yoga. 713 Craig St, Covington, KY. 859-307-3435

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

Movie Night – 7pm. Jun 5-Aug 28. Presents two feature films on Fountain Square’s big screen. Free. Fountain Square. 5th and Vine Sts, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

Amrit Method of Yoga Immersion and Level I Teacher Training Part 1. Jun 11-20. With Sep 1019 Part 2. Deepen your yoga practice, or become a certified yoga teacher. The Amrit Method combines a strong foundation of asana with inward focus and meditative awareness. The alternating impact of deliberate, dynamic postures and deeply absorbing silence and relaxation are hallmarks of the Amrit Method of Yoga that allow even a novice student to enter the deepest levels of relaxation, tranquility and stillness. Amrit Yoga Institute. Salt Springs, FL. RSVP 352-685-3001 amrityoga.org

Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday.

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

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

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. Family ARTventures – 3pm. See Saturday.

Butterfly Show – 10am-5pm. Through Jun 20. Butterflies of Japan. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707 I AM: The African American Imprint. Jun 19Jan 2, 2011. An award-winning touring exhibition that celebrates nearly 500 years of African Ameri-

Summer Reading 2010: Lights! Camera! READ! It’s Showtime! Through July 31. Preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults. To participate, visit CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerRead to register and track your reading. Free. All 41 Cincinnati Library Locations. 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 Traditional Japanese Reiki Levels 1-3. With Bruce Davis. Classes scheduled upon request. Call for more information and registration. $165/$185/$205. Mantra Wellness Center. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324 Info@ MantraWellnessCenter.com Yoga Nidra: The Zero Stress Zone. July 18-23. Experience and learn the stress-relieving practice of Yoga Nidra from world-renowned yoga master, Yogi Amrit Desai and master teacher Kamini Desai. Yoga Nidra is a direct approach designed to unleash your hidden divine potential. Omega Institute. Rhinebeck, NY. RSVP 800-944-1001 registration@ eomega.org

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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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Melt is an eclectic deli featuring a health-conscious, vegetarian-friendly menu. Melt’s sandwiches are made on preservative-free, vegan bread. And dressings, soups, pesto and hummus are made in-store. All poultry used is antibiotic- and hormone-free. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. See ad on page 3.

Dr. Michael J. Grogan, M.D. PLLC 51 Cavalier Blvd, Suite 230, Florence, KY 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMedicine.com We help our patients discover a better way of healing and living. Treatments and therapies include family practice, acupuncture, chiropractic services, massage therapy, herbal consultants, nutrition, yoga, life coaching and much more. See ads on page 7.

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LAUGHTER YOGA CERTIFIED LAUGHTER YOGA TEACHER Patrick Murphy Welage 513-607-1830 WorldPeaceLaughter.com

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.

MEDITATION HEMI-SYNC® MEDITATION WORKSHOPS Andrea Berger 513-515-4046 aberger@cinci.rr.com www.acevol.com

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 4.

TANTRA DIVINE UNION TANTRA

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Television commercials, music videos, training videos, product demonstrations - any special moment you want to document, we make it possible. Call today for an affordable quote! See ad on page 5.

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Boost your bottom line in 2010. Find out how to get employees to not only work for you, but work with you. Available for conventions, conferences and events. See ad on page 21.

SHAMANIC COUNSELOR GARY MATTHEWS

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Beginner Level I New Class Starting September 2010

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From law professors to community activists, from filmmakers to stay-athome moms, The Podcast Edition of Women Writing for (a) Change captures in words the real lives and true stories of women, young women and men, connecting listeners to the global village of writers and their words.

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