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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


Ten Reasons to Take Back the Plate by Rich Sanders


The Power of Trees by S. Alison Chabonais



Make Every Walk an Adventure by Debra Bokur



Tired of being tired? Tired of being overweight? Tired of feeling sluggish? Tired of losing weight, only to regain it? Does your body fight your success?


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he 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day is taking place on Sunday, April 17th, from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at Sawyer Point in Downtown Cincinnati. This free, fun-filled and educational family event features exhibitors with handson displays representing environmental groups, government agencies and businesses, a rock-climbing wall, a kayak paddle safety pool, ORSANCO’s aquarium, baby animals from Farmer Frank’s Sunrock Farms, Mother Earth and storytelling, an environmental puppet show, a children’s fashion show with creations made with recycled material, entertainment from local bands throughout the day and more. Food and drinks are available. For more information, call 513-231-7719 or visit Also see ad on back cover.

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tillpoint Center for Healing Arts is now hosting Networking Wisdom Circles, a monthly support group focusing on overcoming stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share their challenges and get suggestions. They will also have a chance to learn techniques from yoga and meditation to reduce stress, improve focus and help create a more balanced lifestyle. Networking Wisdom Circles meets every 4th Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stillpoint Center, 11223 Cornell Park Drive Suite 302 in Cincinnati. The costs are $20 per person. Participants may bring a brown bag meal if needed. For information and to register, contact Also visit and

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elebrate children and their books at El día de los ninos/El día de los libros! The Kenton County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and other community partners welcome everyone to a fun afternoon with an international storytime in almost a dozen languages, music, dancing, crafts, and piñatas. There will also be free children’s book give-aways and snacks while they last. The event takes place on Sunday, April 25th, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Erlanger Branch Library, located at 401 Kenton Lands Road in Erlanger, KY. For more information, call 859-962-4003.

hole Foods Mason is calling all artists ages 4 to 14 years old to celebrate Earth Month with a Recycled Object Art Show. Participants may drop off their artwork during the opening reception held on Wednesday, April 14th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The artwork will stay on display in the store until the awards ceremony during our Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 22nd, when prizes will be given by age: 4-6 years, 7-10 years and 11-14 years. Whole Foods Mason is located at 5805 Deerfield Blvd in Mason, Ohio. For more information, call 513-459-6131 or e-mail Also see ad on page 9.

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rt of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian, will be making his first visit to the Cincinnati area on April 25, as part of a nine-city tour. The event “Path to Serenity: Secrets of a Stress Free Life” will be held at the Duke Energy Center, located at 525 Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati. The cornerstone of the course is one of the most comprehensive and effective breathing techniques derived from the science of Sudarshan Kriya. These breathing practices have a unique advantage: They are free from unwanted side-effects, can cut health care costs and are easy to learn and practice in daily life. To discover how a simple thing like breathing can change your outlook on life, and to join the largest live meditation in the Cincinnati area, e-mail or call 513-39-39-AOL. Also see ad on back cover.


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Shining the Spotlight on Our Successes


ometimes we may feel doomed to repeat our mistakes, but not if we learn to look to our successes rather than our failures, suggests research from The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It hinges on the fact that, “We have shown that brain cells keep track of whether recent behaviors were successful or not,” explains one of the scientists, and that when a behavior was successful, brain cells became more finely tuned to what is being learned. Failure, on the other hand, appears to produce little or no change in the brain, nor does failure appear to trigger any improvement in behavior. In their study, the researchers worked with monkeys, giving them trial and error tasks on a computer screen while monitoring their brain activity. When a monkey answered correctly, a signal lingered in its brain, neurons processed information more sharply and effectively, and the monkey was more likely to get the next task right as well. It may help explain the longtime saying, “Success breeds success.”

The Smell of Virtue


ho would have thought that a cleansmelling room, infused with a barely noticeable scent of citrus, could turn us into better people? A new study at Brigham Young University shows that people who enter a clean-smelling environment do just that; they become fairer, more generous and more charitable. In one experiment, participants received $12, allegedly sent by an anonymous partner in another room. They then had to decide how much to keep and how much to return to their partner, who trusted them to divide it fairly. People in the clean-scented room returned an average of $5.33 to their partner, versus only $2.81 by those in a normal room. In another experiment, those in the citrus-scented clean room showed a higher interest (4.21 on a 7-point scale) in volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity service project than those in the other room (3.29). Also, 22 percent in the clean room pledged to donate money, compared to only 6 percent in the control group. Cleanliness can help shape our actions, the researchers concluded, as well as our judgments about others and ourselves. “This is a very simple, unobtrusive way to promote ethical behavior,” observes Katie Liljenquist, the lead author on the report in Psychological Science, noting its potential usefulness in workplaces, stores and other organizations that typically rely on traditional surveillance and security measures. Perhaps the findings could be applied at home, too, Liljenquist conjectures: “It could be that getting our kids to clean up their rooms might help them clean up their acts, too.”

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Ten Reasons to Take Back the Plate

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e’re all cooks now. Or at least, we should be. The word is spreading about healthy home cooking and its connection to sustainable, local food. Here are 10 reasons to help you get cooking with conviction.

1. It’s economical

Home cooking saves money. At a restaurant, you’re spending dollars on the cost of running somebody’s business. Purchasing prepared food from the grocer’s freezer involves paying for the processing, packaging and advertising of that product. When you cook sustainably, you take savings to the next level, using locally raised and produced food, so you’re not footing the bill for transporting ingredients across the country or around the globe.

2. It’s safer

When you cook, you have more control over what goes into your body. By buying organic, sustainably raised or minimally treated meat, dairy and produce, you can dramatically reduce your consumption of food contaminated by chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or harmful bacteria.

3. It’s healthier

You have control over the nutritional value of the foods

you prepare. Locally grown food is fresher and more nutritious. Cooking methods also count. For example, roasting a vegetable preserves vitamins that are wasted by boiling it; retaining the peel on many fruits and vegetables provides additional vitamins. Are you watching your salt or sugar intake or keeping an eye on fats or carbohydrates? You’re in control of all of these when you are the cook.

4. It tastes better

We’re losing our palates to an industrialized food system. Not so long ago, herbs, spices and sugar enhanced the flavor of our food. In recent decades, our taste buds have been corrupted by cheap chemicals and corn syrup. We’ve forgotten how wonderfully delicious fresh food tastes because we are acclimated to food polluted with preservatives. Sustainable, local ingredients just taste better, so let good food help you take back your palate, so you can take back your plate.

5. It tastes like you want it to

When you do your own cooking, you can customize the flavor to suit your own (or your family’s or guests’) preferences. Once you get the hang of it, experimentation is the name of the game. As you learn to cook sustainably, you’ll begin to find combinations of the tastes you like and which foods are especially healthy for you.

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7. It makes reducing meat consumption easier

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risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It also reduces our carbon footprint and saves precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Learning to cook helps you create signature meatless dishes, whether they’re twists on old standbys or tasty recipes that start out meat-free.

8. It’s a gift to future generations

If the good food movement is to succeed, it will be through our children; invite them to participate in cooking. Kids love to “play” in the kitchen, and there are dozens of ways they can be involved—from reading a recipe and washing produce to mixing nature’s ingredients and decorating healthful homemade cookies. Take kids shopping at farmers’ markets, so they can see the source of their recipe ingredients. Even better, take them to a farm, where they can follow the food trail from the beginning. They will learn by example and in a generation, healthy, sustainable home cooking will once again be the norm and not the exception.

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10. It makes a statement

Learning to cook sustainably is an opportunity to vote with your soup pot, while you lobby with your fork; make it your own special way of furthering values you believe in—stewardship, responsibility, independence and loving care—by taking control of what goes onto your plate and taking away some of the power of industrialized agribusiness. Rich Sanders, a lifelong foodie, is the director of Sustainable Table, at His corporate career has consistently married technology and the arts, in television, multimedia and software and Internet business development. Connect at

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n Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, author Woody Tasch points the way to strategies for fixing the economy, from the ground up. His principles of responsible investing connect investors to the places where they live and to the land, offering life-affirming, culturally rich alternatives to global markets run amok. What do you mean by the term “slow money?” There are two aspects to slow money. The first is intertwined with the slow food movement, initially begun as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome, Italy. Now, this grassroots social movement, with some 85,000 members, promotes a way of living and eating that strengthens the connections between the food we eat and the health of our communities, our bioregion and our planet. The second aspect is about creating a grassroots financial movement. The initial goal is to attract the attention of one million or more Americans who are willing to invest a small fraction of their investment dollars in small-scale agriculture. This supports the health of the individual and ultimately, leads to a more robust community. Slow Money is a new nonprofit that organizes local and national networks and develops new financial products and services to bring money back down to earth. We are cur-


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rently steering significant new sources of capital to small food enterprises, appropriate-scale organic farming and local food systems. In addition, we seek to catalyze the emergence of the new nurture capital industry—entrepreneurial financing aimed to support soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, cultural and ecological diversity and nonviolence— all of which connects investors to their local economies. Present examples include credit unions, co-ops, community supported agriculture and community development venture capital funds like Community Development Financial, which is already in place. At the heart of our organization are two questions. What if we put soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations that serve people and place as much as they serve industry sectors and markets? What if we could design capital markets built around preservation and restoration, rather than extraction and consumption? So, by contrast, how would you define fast money? Fast money refers to investment dollars that have become so detached from the people, places and activities being financed that it is impossible to say whether the world economy is going through a correction in the markets triggered by the sub-prime mortgage crisis, or whether we are teetering on the edge

of something much deeper and more challenging. Fast money creates a baffling environment that cannot be understood or managed, even by financial experts. This kind of befuddlement arises when the relationships among capital, community and bioregion are broken. If we continue to invest in ways that uproot companies, putting them in the hands of a broad, shallow pool of absentee shareholders whose primary goal is the endless growth of their financial capital, the depletion of our social and natural capital will continue.

fiscal prudence is at the root of the problem. If the goal is to make more money through our investments as fast as possible, so that we have more money to give away for cleaning up existing problems, then we are on the wrong track. Cleaning up problems with philanthropic money may have seemed to make sense in the 20th century, but it is no longer conscionable or appropriate for the 21st century. We need more realistic expectations for smart investments that can sustain and preserve the planet’s wealth for generations to come. We have to ask ourselves this: Do we want communities whose main streets include local merchants whom we know, or do we want them made up of multinational companies, owned by people we think we know, that produce products under conditions of which we are not aware? For more information about Woody Tasch and Slow Money, visit

Why do you believe today’s industrial finance strategies are not working? Organized from “markets down,” rather than from “the ground up,” industrial finance is inherently limited in its ability to nurture the long-term health of a community and bioregion. These limits are nowhere more apparent than in the food sector, where financial strategies bent on optimizing the efficient use of capital have resulted in cheap, chemical-laden food; millions of acres of genetically modified corn; trillions of food transport miles; widespread degradation of soil fertility; depleted and eutrophied aquifers [where nutrient and algae overload snuff out oxygen and helpful organisms]; a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico; and an obesity epidemic that exists side-by-side with persistent hunger in this country. What do you believe is the crux of the problem with the present financial system? The bifurcation of social purpose and

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NATURE THE POWER OF TREES by S. Alison Chabonais


ecause trees are larger and older than we can ever hope to be; because they provide shade, food, medicines, furniture, wood for musical instruments, fuel, paper, shelter, recreation and space to commune with nature; and because they stretch from Earth to heaven, trees have been revered since before recorded time. Even with today’s technology, we still rely daily upon all of their products and we need trees to help counteract global warming and protect the planet. In her new book, Lives of the Trees, Diana Wells explores the history of 100 distinctive tree species, from the versatile acacia to the longlived yew, known in Japan as ichii, or tree of God. Wells notes that the Tree of Life appears in cultures worldwide, while individual trees have been considered sacred. She remarks that, “The words ‘tree’ and ‘truth’ share the original Old English word root, treow.” “Nothing contributes more to men’s long lives than the planting of many trees,” observed English writer and gardener John Evelyn as early as 1664. Scientists are even using cores from a 1,000-yearold Southeast Asian evergreen, the Fokienia hodginsii tree, to decode the climate history that affects us all. Every year, people around the world celebrate anew the complex living communities we call trees on World Forestry Day at the spring equinox (autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere).

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Nature, offers a step-by-step guide to an enriching walk in the woods as a gateway to self-empowerment. “It facilitates a positive interaction with nature that builds feelings of worth and self-assurance, while balancing and bringing into harmony the mind, body and spirit,” says Slate. He has field-tested the program for years, as a psychology professor, now emeritus, of Athens State University, in Alabama. He advises that walkers follow marked trails during daylight hours and allow plenty of time to soak in the experience. Joining hands before and after the walk also reinforces the expressed sense of purpose.

Step 1 – Formulate Goals Prior to the walk, affirm a commitment to no more than three defined goals. Think of the forest as an enormous repository of energy that is receptive to goals that may be as simple as experiencing the serenity and beauty of the forest to foster better health, self-insight and career success.

Step 2 – Select a Forest Select a safe forest setting with a trail for the walk, preferably in the company of a partner or group that can add both protection and interactive enrichment.

We enter the woods to drink in the calming, quiet strength of the trees.

Step 3 – The Walk Upon entering the forest area, pause to experience its splendor by sensing its sights, sounds and smells. Take time to calm your mind as you breathe in the fresh forest air.

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Sense the forest’s energies merging with your own to permeate your total being. As you walk deeper into the forest, soak in its peace and tranquility. Notice the richness of the environment and let yourself feel the renewal and inspiration that typically accompany the walk. Periodically pause at highly energized points to reflect upon your goals. Take time to form goal-related images and let them go forth, perhaps navigating among the trees to gather the energies required for your complete success.

Step 4 – Listen to the Forest Throughout your walk, listen to the sounds and unspoken messages emerging from deep within the forest. Think of them as embracing your presence and confirming your future success and fulfillment.

Step 5 – Conclusion Upon completing the walk, turn your hands toward the forest in recognition of its empowering relevance as you affirm in your own words your complete success in achieving your goals. Once you’ve completed this healing program, you can reactivate its benefits at will by simply taking time to visualize the forest and reflecting on your interactions with it. Rather than fading with time, the rewards will become stronger as you reflect upon them, becoming sources of power that are available at will. “The therapeutic effects of this program can be worth hours of psychotherapy,” advises Slate. “For couples, it’s an excellent way to open new communication channels and find solutions to relational problems. Overcoming depression, reducing stress, building self-esteem and staying in shape are all within the scope of this program. The forest is a natural therapist.” S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings. Connect at 239-434-9392.

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elping our children form successful relationships with other people as a basis for getting along in the world is important, but building other connections is also vital—including a respectful relationship with nature, animals and the world we inhabit. Embarking on an outdoor walking adventure is an easy and enjoyable way of introducing children to nature’s wonders. Sandra Friend, author of numerous books, including The Florida Trail: The Official Hiking Guide and Hiking Trails of Florida’s National Forests, Parks and Preserves, says that many parents don’t realize the wealth of options that likely exist a short distance from where they live. “County park and recreation offices can provide information on a wide variety of parks, urban walks and other resources that you may not even be aware are close by,” says Friend. “Check your county’s website, where you can almost always find excellent information on these and other resources.” When she was young, Friend kept a terrarium on her bedroom windowsill, filled with the things she discovered while outdoors. She understands the benefits of giving children the license and space to explore nature in ways that stimulate their own imagination. Friend offers the following suggestions for engaging children while you’re out walking, and turning these experiences into memorable adventures that can help cultivate their inherent curiosity.

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Botanical gardens, parks, butterfly gardens and zoos are perfect settings for walking adventures, even on a rainy day. Should a child show interest in particular animals, make repeat visits at various times when the animals are be-


ing bathed, fed or cared for in different ways. Between visits, watch a nature video together or explore a picture book about the animal. Do your research so that you can share facts about the animal’s behavior, colors, diet and habitat. If individual animals aren’t already named, let your child choose his or her own name. Then, as opportunities arise at home, you can bring up the topic of George the Giraffe or Lucy the Lioness, and encourage kids to use their imagination to create stories starring their animal friends.

Keep a Record

Whether it’s on your street, in a nearby city park or in the yard, a single tree can become an adventure all its own, especially for a small child who may not be able to manage long excursions. Make an outline of the tree on a piece of paper using a thick crayon or marker, and then run off multiple copies. Have the little one chronicle the tree’s seasonal changes by coloring them in and by adding the flowers that grow at its base or the birds and squirrels that live among its branches. Older kids can add more information, such as where the tree originated, its general lifespan and what it’s used for. “You can also carry along a camera to record things you encounter on your walks,” advises Friend. “Then, help your children assemble a scrapbook of their walking adventures.”

Into the Wild

Vacations are another opportunity for family walking adventures. Have kids research the

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area you’ll be visiting before leaving home, and plan walking routes ahead of time to make the most of your vacation. Remember, though, that huge expanses of wilderness can be intimidating, especially if you’re not even two feet tall. “Short trails are good for small kids,” counsels Friend. “Make it an adventure by picking a topic before you head out. If it’s butterflies, for example, have your child point out what they notice when they encounter one.”

Make it a Quest

Don’t discount the mysteries and magic of your own backyard. Especially when children are very small, walking around the seemingly vast universe right outside their back door can be the source of some pretty great adventures. Hang a birdfeeder and learn the names of the birds that come to visit. Chart the seasons with their comings and goings, as well as the changes in the nearby plants and various trees. Older children can be in charge of their own garden plots; strolls to and from watering and caring for them can be a slow excursion to examine the rocks and insects along the way. Just be sure you’re ready to answer questions about everything you see.

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Living Off the Grid

by Vlasta Molak, PhD

I am a relative newcomer to living off the grid—I’ve been relying on the sun for all my energy needs since June 8, 2009. There was no initial high moral philosophy behind my decision to live off the grid in Cincinnati, but the simple fact that I was upset with the utility companies.

put them on my southern windowsill; in the evening I put them back into the lamp bases for my lighting needs while I eat or read. My southern, mostly glass room is warm most days, especially if it is sunny, and therefore I can work in that room without freezing. Once a week, when I host my Sustainable Life Potluck (Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m.), I burn logs in my fireplace, and my living room is sufficiently warm n addition, on June 8, 2009, I had for my guests. I am also designing an just returned from my eight-week addition to my house to capture all trip to Asia, the Middle East and the energy (heat, light and wind) that Europe, so I was no stranger to living falls on my roof and transform that without electricity and municipal waenergy into electricity and hot water. ter. Hiking on Annapurna circle in the Two large pickle barrels in conjuncHimalayas strengthened my health, tion with a former hot-tub, transformed and I wanted to experiment with living without our modern into a cistern, collect rain water from my house roof, and this amenities in the U.S. Because the utility companies disconwater is more than enough to satisfy needs of several people. nected me in my absence and I had to deal with cleaning out A little camp stove with small rechargeable propane my refrigerator full of spoiled food, my anger was sufficient tanks and space for two pots is sufficient to create gourmet that I decided not to call them and pay the fine so I could be meals, and for smaller fare, warming food or making tea, a reconnected to the grid. The weather was favorable, so I had little Sterno burner on my unused gas stove is ideal. Evno fear of freezing or boiling. Although my erything I handle is either used, reused, Webmaster advised that my adult children Living off the grid is the recycled, composted or burned, so I cremight “hospitalize me into a nuthouse” if I ate no garbage. I am finalizing my almost did not reconnect to the utilities, I decided best decision I ever made, zero-impact life by designing a compostbecause it has led to a to trust my judgment and fully commit ing toilet and am considering an electric myself not to a psychiatric hospital but to deeper understanding of car made from an old small regular car by finding ways of living comfortably indesustainability issues and replacing its internal combustion engine pendently of those big corporations! with electric motors mounted directly on power structures in By January of this year, seven months axles. Western civilization. after I began living off the grid, I found Since the City of Cincinnati cut ways to make my life comfortable and budgets and all the pools of Cincinnati decided to stay off the grid indefinitely, since I found that my Recreation Commission have been closed on August 14, health had improved and that my creativity was stimulated to 2009, I had to find another way of keeping personal hygiene the greatest extent. Necessity truly is a mother of invention! and exercise without spending a fortune on fitness centers. I now have four solar lamps that were designed in SweI joined a karate school, which also provides me with a den and made in China (purchased at IKEA for $20), which regular workout and feeling of fearlessness! I have liberated have a removable solar panel/battery element. Every mornextra time for my various projects by eliminating TV from my ing I remove the panel/battery squares from the lamps and life. For information and for music, I rely on battery powered



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radio, Music Hall, and my own piano and guitar playing and singing. Living off the grid is the best decision I ever made, because it has led to a deeper understanding of sustainability issues and power structures in Western civilization. Corporations in Western society have been gaining way too much power; huge corporations, such as fossil-fuel-dependent companies and banks have made individuals too dependent on their services, thus people have been disempowered. Also, since I began living off the grid last June, I have saved at least $3,000 on utility bills. All the stories that going “green” and renewable and reducing CO2 emissions is expensive is mere nonsense propagated by oil, coal and other industries interested in selling their products and services. The truth is that it is much cheaper being green than it is being wasteful as we are now! Sun, rain and wind are gifts from above, and all we need to do is learn how to capture them where we live, as I am doing now.

The truth is that it is much cheaper being green than it is being wasteful as we are now! We do not need to build more large power plants; we need to empower millions of individuals to collect energy that comes free from the skies. The solar-panel technology to capture light energy and transform it into electricity, along with the very simple technology to capture thermal solar energy and heat water on our roofs, is getting cheaper. We can recover the costs of investment in those technologies very fast by not having to pay utility bills to large corporations. Same with water: Rain is free! Garbage can be totally recycled and/or composted. Our bathroom waste can follow the recycling path by replacing water toilets with composting toilets and turning it into garden fertilizers, thus yielding fruitful gardens (and less money spent on food!). These ideas aren’t rocket science but simple common sense, which unfortunately has become rather rare in our modern society, which is bom-

barded by TV commercials and other detractions from finding the truth. I am transforming my lifestyle and my home to minimize my ecological footprint, while at the same time reduce my unnecessary consumption and making my life more meaningful in the community in which I live. I invite you to do the same, in whatever ways you can.

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WALKING HABIT Keep the Health Benefits Coming by Maggie Spilner


ecently, the American Podiatric Medical Association published a list of alternative activities for people who felt their walks were just too boring. While I agree that some variation in exercise is a plus for both mind and body, walking never needs to be boring or static. A walk can be like an oasis in a hectic day or a mini-vacation when the world seems overwhelming. It can provide an exhilarating workout or a simple release of tension and a break from too much sitting. With such ongoing easy access to it and so little cost or hassle, a walk is too good of an exercise option to walk away from. Here are 10 ways to make sure your walks keep you coming back for more.

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Keep a pair of walking shoes and socks in your car. If you pass a tempting park or an alluring pathway during the day, stop, slip on your shoes and take a short stroll.


Find a buddy and join in at least two walks a week. Regularly meeting with an activity-oriented friend is a good way to cement a relationship, both with the person and with walking.


Boost fitness and fat burning with interval training. This simply means warming up, walking steadily

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and adding in increasingly long bursts of fast walking. This type of training increases endurance and cardiovascular fitness and burns more fat than steady walking alone can.


Access hills at least one day a week. If you’re a flatlander, find some stadium stairs or another architectural feature to include in a walk.


Find a waterway. A walk around a lake or along a river or canal is a pleasure. Taking in the greenery and watery reflections works to soothe the soul and reduce the effects of stress.


Practice a meditative technique while walking. The natural, stressreducing effect of a rhythmic walk, combined with meditation, can be especially soothing. It may be as simple as breathing in for four steps, then breathing out for four steps, keeping your mind focused on the steps or the breath and allowing other thoughts to pass. Or just count triplets; one, two, three; one, two, three—and you’re waltz walking.


Try a pair of walking poles. You’ll burn extra calories and get a synergistic workout without the muscle strain that can occur from walking with weights.


Head for town or for the mall. Sometimes, nature just isn’t calling and you may decide you’ll be more entertained window shopping. Walking the errands that you normally do by car can give a different perspective on your neighborhood; having a specific destination makes the walk seem more purposeful.



Tunes and talks are an invigorating option. Download favorite tunes or a podcast or pick up a book on tape or a CD from the local library and listen while you walk. Just make sure you are in a place that’s safe from hazards and where you’re not alone; stay aware of your surroundings.


Take your dog along. Few dogs say no to exercise. If your pet is a lousy walker, consider obedience training classes. There’s nothing quite like walking with a happily grinning, well-heeled dog. 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 for information on Spilner’s walking vacations.

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by Janina Birtolo

Eco-Artists Inspire by Giving Back to Nature


rt and nature have always been the closest of companions. Since the earliest cave paintings, artists have looked to the world around them for inspiration, subject matter and the tools of their craft—pigments, brushes, shapers and stories. With the growth of the green art movement in the last several decades, the relationship between art and nature has become even more symbiotic. Today’s ecoartists go beyond taking inspiration from their surroundings; they give back substance that helps nature thrive. “Eco-art is currently getting more attention,” observes Lynne Hull, a Colorado-based artist who has been crafting sculptures that also create wildlife habitat. “A number of people are working in different ways, interacting with environmental systems on behalf of conservation.” She notes that the eco-art movement began in the late 1960s, as awareness of the environment was just starting to break the surface of our collective consciousness and the first Earth Day was being conceived. Hull, who now creates what she calls trans-species art, turned “green” beginning in the 1980s, while living in Wyoming. “There was not much audience in Wyoming for contemporary art then,” she recalls. “I was making art about our relationship with other species and I found I had to ship it out to find an audience. I thought I might as well make art for the animals—and I created a niche. The art world became a lot more interested.” In 1983, Hull carved her first water-collecting hydroglyph in Albany County, Wyoming. These works resemble ancient petroglyphs (stone drawings) laid horizontal, but


also serve as artistic catch basins for rain, providing precious water for wildlife. By the 1990s, the artist was constructing raptor roosts, to provide nesting sites for eagles and hawks. She has also created floating islands, owl houses, canoe trails and “Migration Mileposts” to link communities that share migratory birds. At this point, she has crafted works in 14 states and eight countries (more at “Mostly, I create structures that can replace damaged nature,” she explains. “The best time to put them in is when restoration is going on, so that nature can take over as the art disintegrates.” Her work, Hull says, represents eco-atonement, a phrase she conceived to convey the importance of art—and humanity—working in conjunction with nature. “It’s the idea of trying to make up, to make amends for what humans have done. It should be the responsibility of our whole society.” Hull is far from alone in her belief that art can not only raise environmen tal awareness, but also lead to resolutions. On Vinalhaven Island, Maine, eco-artist Aviva Rahmani has painted rocks along the causeway blue as a means of prompting islanders to correct the tidal blockage that was degrading the surrounding waters (using a mixture of ultramarine pigment and buttermilk to encourage lichen growth). Vincent Smythe, a New York artist, creates sculptures from fallen tree branches (see He also offers Go Green Eco-Art workshops to schoolchildren, teaching them about recyclable materials and the importance of conservation.

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Similarly, Gulfshore Playhouse, a regional theater in Naples, Florida, conducts an elementary school workshop that teaches youngsters to make theater props from recycled materials and then helps them write skits incorporating those props ( Because the eco-art movement has no geographical center, Hull and her like-minded colleagues have created a virtual center on the Internet. Their online Eco-Art Network connects about 70 member artists who use the site to discuss ideas and opportunities. The movement also has led to the establishment of a cyber-museum at GreenMuseum. org, a website that provides information about eco-artists, the movement’s history and its future. Hull adds that people intrigued by the concept of eco-art can involve themselves on a small and immediate scale by making natural backyard “sculptures” that invite in wildlife. Her website offers ideas for hibernation shelters for butterflies, birdhouses and even a buglog. “I’m on the board of the Fort Collins Audubon Society and am an advocate for habitat gardens,” Hull says. “They’re not difficult to put in. Environmental art is something you can go out and play with. Anything you’re doing outdoors you can make attractive and use it to have a positive impact.” Janina Birtolo, a freelance writer in Naples, FL, focuses on art, the environment and developing one-woman performances based on historical characters. Learn more at

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PHEBE BEISER by Kristin DeMint


t’s very easy to do a little,” says Phebe (Karen) Beiser, retired Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County librarian and current activist in the Greater Cincinnati area. “They say that ‘in giving, you get more back’…that’s absolutely true.” One of Beiser’s life goals is about overcoming differences, mostly because her whole life has been about fostering acceptance. As is the case for many homosexuals, Beiser’s sexual preferences have been challenging in terms of social acceptance. “For decades,” she says, “it’s made me feel really separate from other people. The truth is, there’s diversity [in this world]. A lot of problems come from not accepting this diversity. Some of my best friends down the street growing up were Jewish; I found out that they were discriminated against, too, and I was shocked. At a young age, I realized, ‘There is something really wrong out here.’” “For me, Women Writing for a Change (WWFC, was a real help,” continues Beiser. “[Through this organization,] everyone shares her experiences. It all counts; it’s all okay. People were going to accept me no matter what…If you know there are other people who feel the same way you do, you are not alone. There is strength in numbers.” Beiser now teaches with WWFC as well as with the Catherine of Sienna Virtual College ( online class where women the world over write and share their stories and provide positive feedback for one another. Once a week she delivers meals to the elderly in her neighborhood through the Colerain Senior Center (for similar opportunities in your neighborhood, visit And any given day you can find her donating her time in service to groups she believes in, like Natural Awakenings (thank you, Phebe!). In early 2007, Beiser experienced great personal loss and visited a Siddha yoga meditation group. “I was kind of resisting at first,” shares Beiser. “But I found that when you let your heart open, ultimately you are put in touch with your own inner guru, your own divinity. For me, Bhakti chanting got me in touch with the divine.” To get in touch with Phebe, visit Photo: Maria Motch

A Blessing for the Woods Before I leave, almost without noticing, before I cross the road and head out to what I have intentionally postponed— Let me stop to say a blessing for these woods: for crows barking and squirrels scampering, for trees and fungus and multi-colored leaves, for the way sunlight laces shadows through each branch and leaf of tree, for these paths that take me in, for these paths that lead me out. © Michael S. Glaser First published in The Christian Science Monitor.

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PARALYSIS and Vegetable


Mary Ann Lederer and EarthSave by Kristin DeMint

For someone who’s been through as much loss as Mary Ann Lederer has—the loss of feeling from the waist down at age 35, drastic losses in health around age 40 and increased losses with age that have left her lying in bed most days at age 68—she sure doesn’t talk like she’s lacking anything. If she wasn’t a born optimist, she sure has come a long way toward mastering the attitude. But she isn’t flowery or unrealistic—she’s dictionary-quality genuine. Her words are powerful, strong, and to the point.


y first five years in the wheelchair,” she explains, “I was very active—jumping curbs, learning to dance on my back wheels, doing wheelies. I was very active in the disability movement until I found out I have some really terrible health problems. At age 40, I resigned myself to dying—my body fell apart. So I started looking for alternative ways of managing health problems, and I found my doctor of 22 years, a late naturopath, osteopath and chiropractor. In fact, the only reason I’m alive today is because of her, because of the way I eat [as a result of her teaching].” Lederer has been on a vegan (no animal products at all) and mostly (80%) raw food diet for 23 years. This diet, she explains, has changed her life. “The point is that you want a diet that doesn’t make you work so hard at digesting your food; the biggest job that people do is digestion,” she shares. Lederer is one of the leaders of Cincinnati’s chapter of EarthSave, an organization committed to “educat[ing] people about the powerful effects our food choices have on the environment, our health and all life on Earth, and encourag[ing] a shift toward a healthy plant-based diet,” as its motto says. Lederer explains, “I went from fascination with all the issues of disability to fighting for my life through alternative medicine. That’s how I got interested in EarthSave, because it’s about eating healthy food…. There are three major things I learned as a result of my health


problems: 1) Most health problems are caused by what people put in their mouths, and if you change that you can change your health; the healthiest diet is a whole foods, organic vegan diet. 2) As a society, we need to go back to growing our own food, because the sooner it comes out of the earth, the more powerful it is. 3) We don’t need to eat animals and exploit them; we need to let them live their own purposes. If we do, we will be healthier and happier.” “If you ever decide to be as careful with your diet as I have to be,” Lederer continues, “you’ll be more powerful than you could ever imagine.” On April 18, EarthSave is hosting a program whose speakers include Northern Kentucky’s Suzy Hoseus, who was diagnosed as severely bipolar and suffered from depression her whole life; she’s now 100% raw and has written a book entitled Healing Bipolar Depression: My Journey to Whole Health. Another guest is macrobiotic speaker Mike Freemont, who fought and beat cancer 20 years ago by going on a macrobiotic diet. Last year, at age 87, Freemont ran the 26-mile Boston Marathon. In addition to her work with EarthSave, Lederer has spent a lot of time painting. “Painting gave me something to be excited about,” she says. “This is a hard world to live in, and I think for an awful lot of people it’s not any fun—but I think it should be…I paint the positive side of things, what I really want to see.” About her health condition, Lederer shares, “You can’t be sorry [for yourself], because you get insights, you get to think about things that other people don’t have to think about. You can’t feel bad about situations that force you to learn things.” Mary Ann Lederer is Virtual Office Manager of EarthSave Cincinnati. For more information, visit cincinnati.earthsave. org or 24” x 36” poster prints of “A Vegetable Garden in Every Yard”(pictured above) are available at

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Natural Antidotes to SPRING ALLERGIES by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


s the weather warms, so does the chance of a family dog, cat or other pet suffering from springtime allergies. While we can’t always prevent them, we can use several natural therapies to lessen a pet’s allergy discomfort and help them heal. Simply stated, an allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign protein (allergen). More pets suffer more from environmental allergies from sources as various as molds, house dust mites and pollen than from food allergies. Certain breeds of dogs tend to more susceptible to the problem, including retrievers, spaniels and terriers; West Highland white terriers are the number one breed for susceptibility to allergic skin disease. While some animals sneeze and have runny eyes and noses, the classic symptom seen in an allergic pet is itching. Excessive grooming, licking, rubbing and scratching are all signs that an animal is probably suffering from environmental allergies. Because other diseases can have similar symptoms, it’s always best if a trusted holistic veterinarian is called on to properly diagnose a condition before beginning a treatment plan.

Conventional Therapies Conventional doctors have traditionally used several medications to help allergic pets. The most common medication by far is some type of corticosteroid, usually prednisone, a powerful drug that can quickly relieve itching. While it can be used safely as part of a natural therapy program, too often pets are treated with steroids for many months or even years, without benefit; possible side effects of any use of steroids include diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and adrenal and liver disease. Antihistamines are another conventional medication to treat allergies. Unlike corticosteroids, long-term use is usually safe. The two big drawbacks to antihistamines are that they are not very effective in most pets and, when they are effective, they must be administered several times a day in order to reduce itching.

Natural Therapies A better approach to helping pets heal from allergies involves the use of natural therapies, including nutritional supple-


ments, herbs and homeopathic remedies. Each veterinarian has his or her favorite natural therapies and application of brand-name supplements. There are a few supplements that generally can be useful in countering pet allergies. Fatty acids (specifically the omega-3s found in fish oil) actually change the biological nature of the body’s cells to allow long-term healing; they also have natural corticosteroid-like benefits. Note that these must be given at many times the labeled dose marked on most product labels in order to be effective as anti-itching supplements. Antioxidants, which are also helpful in relieving itching for allergic pets, counteract the chemicals released by cells damaged through exposure to allergens. In my opinion, the most important aid for pets that suffer from allergies or any skin disease is to bathe them frequently with an organic shampoo. Those specifically designed to relieve itching when used on a frequent basis work well without harming the pet’s skin. I encourage owners to bathe their pets every 24 to 72 hours, depending on the severity of the itching. Feeding a pet a natural diet that is free of potentially harmful chemicals, preservatives, flavoring agents and plant and animal byproducts is always recommended. Reducing the impact of unnecessary vaccinations by using annual blood antibody titer testing to monitor exposure to environmental allergens will also decrease cell damage and reduce itching in allergic pets. I try to avoid vaccinating pets aged 12 years and older. Providing relief for pets with allergies using natural therapies does not always happen overnight, but with patience and the help of a holistic veterinarian, we can both improve a pet’s health and reduce its allergic symptoms without the need for chronic medication.

Shawn Messonier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats; his latest book is Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. He also hosts a weekly radio show on Sirius. His iPhone app is For more information, visit or

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Statues, Stories and Sweets, Oh My! – 8:459:30am. Participate in a scavenger hunt, listen to fascinating stories of this historic park and end your visit with a sweet treat. Free. Lytle Park. 501 East Fourth St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-6070 x16


Statues, Stories and Sweets, Oh My! – 9:4510:30am. See above. Free. Piatt Park. 100 Garfield Pl, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-6070 x16

Paper Woven Easter Baskets. 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 Egg Hunt – 11am. All children welcome! Bring your own basket. Free. Fifth & Vine Sts, Downtown, Cincinnati, OH. 513-621-4400 First Tastes of Spring – 1-3pm. Join us as we celebrate all the best food this wonderful season has to offer. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@

MONDAY, APRIL 5 Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teachings of Bruno Groening – 7pm. Medically Verifiable – Introduction. Free. Sharonville Library. 10980 Thornview Dr, Sharonville, OH. 513-899-3115 Organic Gardening – 7-8pm. Learn to grow an environmentally friendly garden and cultivate without chemicals. Free. Madeira Branch Library. 7200 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6028

TUESDAY, APRIL 6 Rain Gardens and Storm Water Management – 6-8pm. Free. Mariemont Branch Library. 3810 Pocahontas Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-3694467

Composting – 2pm. Learn about the various types of compost systems. Free. Avon Woods. 4235 Paddock Rd, Cincinnati, OH‎. 513-946-7737 cher.mohring@ Create a Unique Pottery Vase – 10am-12pm. A 2-day workshop for adults to create a pottery vase decorated with impressions of their favorite garden plants (meet again on April 24). Register through U.C.’s Communiversity at Tuition $45 plus

Organic Gardening 101 – 10am. Learn basics of how to garden organically. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 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, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111

SATURDAY, APRIL 10 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

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 Vaisakhi Mela – 5pm. Kids Performances, Men‘s Bhangra and Ladies Gidha Competition. Mason High School. Food and prices. Free. 6100 S Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH. 513-398-5025

MONDAY, APRIL 12 Open House/Read-Arounds – 7-9:30pm. Women only. Free. Women Writing for (a) Change. 6906 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH. Open House – 7:30-9pm. Free. Cincinnati School of Metaphysics. 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

TUESDAY, APRIL 13 Open House/Read-Arounds – 10am-12:30pm. See Apr 12.


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The Power of Grace

Saturday, April 17 from 9am – 5pm. Access the light, feel nurtured and connected and receive an energetic blessing that is here to dissolve everything that stands in the way of your true self. Love Offering. Garden Park Unity. 3581 West Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH.

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Sunday, April 18 from 9:30 – 11 am. Come and meet contemporary Spiritual Master Panache Desai. Experience the energy, the awakening and the connection through this vehicle of energetic transformation. Aquarius Star, Om Café & Shangri-La Spiritual Center. 329 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH.

April 2010


MARK YOUR CALENDAR Monroe Institute Hemi-Sync® Meditation May 1 & 2, 9am – 5pm

Workshop With Andrea Berger. 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.

Cost $175. Conscious Living Center. (114 Wellington Place, Cincinnati, OH)

513-515-4046 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 Gluten Free Store Tour – 7pm. Join us for an informational and fun store tour while sampling Wheat/ Gluten free foods from our departments. Meet at Customer Service desk. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 Open House/Read-Arounds – 10am-12:30pm; 7-9:30pm. See Apr 12. EcoArt – 4pm. Ages 12-18. Create artwork with materials from the recycling bin. Free. Mary Ann Morgan Library (Covington Branch). 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. 859-962-4060 Recycled Art Show Kickoff – 6-7:30pm. Calling all artists ages 4 - 14 years old. Drop-off artwork of Recycled Objects Art Show! Refreshments provided. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@

THURSDAY, APRIL 15 Backyard Composting – 7pm. Learn the benefits of composting for your garden, the make-up of good compost and how to build your own compost bin right at home. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@ Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teachings of Bruno Groening – 7pm. Medically Verifiable – Introduction. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 5701 Murray Avenue, Fairfax, OH. 859 472-5411


(at I-71), Blue Ash, OH. 513-985-6732 Lindy_Neal@ Reflections – 9am-4pm. Annual Art Exhibit of the Colerain Artists group. Variety of styles, ranging from landscapes to seascapes and portraits to abstracts. The artists will be on hand to talk about their works. Light refreshments served. Free. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve. 3455 Poole Rd, Colerain Township, OH. 513-923-3665 E-Cycle Event – 10am-2pm. Recycle your old electronics! Free. 2 locations: Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-398-9358 AND Whole Foods Market. 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-531-8015 Used Book Sale – 10am-5pm. See Apr 16. Wildflower Walk and Talk – 11am-12:30pm. Free. Burnet Woods. 3251 Brookline Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-751-3679 Sampler for Girl and Young Women – 1-2:30pm. Free. Women Writing for (a) Change. 6906 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-272-1171

Reflections – 12-4pm. See Apr 17. Laughter Yoga – 2-3:30pm. w/ Patrick Murphy Welage. $15. World Peace Yoga. 268 Ludlow Ave, Clifton, OH. 513-300-9642 Yoga@WorldPeaceYoga. com Pipsqueak Theater Premier – 4-6pm. A kids’ afternoon full of adventure, self-expression and creativity.

Saturday & Sunday, May 8 & 9 9:00 am – 5:00 pm With Patrick Murphy Welage. Vegan lunch included $300 before May 5, $350 after May 5. World Peace Yoga. 268 Ludlow Ave, Clifton

513-300-9642 With Grammy nominee “Zak Morgan” (music and storytelling) and the “Rope Warrior” (jump roping acrobatic presentation with a motivational theme). $15. 20th Century Theatre. 3021 Madison Rd, Oakley, OH. 513-520-9500

Get Energy Smart! – 3:30pm. Hands-on activities and demonstrations for the whole family! Learn about energy and energy efficiency with Michelle White. Free. Avondale Branch Library, 3566 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4440

TUESDAY, APRIL 20 Composting Basics – 12-1pm. Learn the basics of

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Used Book Sale – 12-6pm. Pleasant Ridge Library Branch. 6233 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6035

Laughter Yoga – 9-10:30am. w/ Patrick Murphy Welage. $10. Tri-Health Pavillion. 6200 Pfeiffer Rd


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RECYCLE / REUSE FRIGIDAIRE STACKED WASHER/DRYER (gas) combo, used less than 1 yr. $290. 513898-9898

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

Celebarte Earth Day 2010 SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Earth Day Celebration – 12-6pm. Fun-filled and educational family event. Free. Sawyer Point. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH. 513-231-7719 Earth Day Party! – 1-2:30pm. We will read earth-friendly stories, sing songs, decorate pots and plant acorns to take home. Free. Blue Manatee Bookstore. 3054 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-731-2665

THURSDAY, APRIL 22 Celebrate Earth Day – 5-7pm. Join us for an Earth Day Celebration through the store. We will feature businesses that are making a difference in our communities. At 6 pm we will conclude our Recycled Object Art Show with awards and recognitions. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 Earth Day Event – 7pm. Ages 6-12. Celebrate Earth

composting. Free. Civic Garden Center. 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-221-0981 Get Energy Smart! – 6:30pm. See Apr 19. Free. Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4478

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 Dinner on a Shoestring – 7pm. In this demonstration cooking class we will have budget saving tips along with delicious bites and the recipes for you to take home. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. RSVP 513-459-6131 Paula.Mangold@

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 Intro Biodynamic Cranial Touch: 3 days – 9am6pm. 24 CEU’s. w/Mary Ellen Moore. RSVP by 4/9.


Path to Serenity Sunday, April 25 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Experience the magic of “applied” spirituality through simple yoga, breathing techniques, practical wisdom and the largest meditation in the Cincinnati area led by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Duke Energy Center. 525 Elm St, Downtown Cincinnati.


Day with stories, a snack, and an Earthy craft! Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 Earth Day Volunteer Work Day - 9am. Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour, IN. 812-522-4352

planahead SUNDAY, MAY 2 World Laughter Day – 2-3pm. First time in Cincinnati. w/ Patrick Murphy Welage and World Peace Yoga. Free. Bandstand, Burnet Woods. 3251 Brookline Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-300-9642

Earth Fair – 10am-3pm. Earth day celebration with eco-friendly exhibitors, farmer’s market, live music, free trees, raffles and activities for children. Recycling bins available for purchase. Attendees can drop off eye wear, batteries and cell phones for recycling. Free. Fort Thomas Clock Tower Plaza. 30 N. Fort Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY. 859-441-2661


thinkGREEN – 12-6pm. A fun and educational day for the entire family including music, food, facepainting, petting farm, activities, door prizes, lectures, vendors and resources. Free. Marvin’s Organic Gardens. 2055 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon, OH. 513-932-3319


Green UP Day – 9am-12pm. Roll up your sleeves and help make YOUR parks more enjoyable for all! Free. 2 locations: Avon Woods. 4235 Paddock Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-861-3435 AND California Woods. 5400 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-231-8678 Synergy Holistic Health Ctr. 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. RSVP 859-525-5000

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 Intro Biodynamic Cranial Touch – 9am-6pm. See Apr 23. Create a Unique Pottery Vase – 10am-12pm. See Apr 10.

Cinco de Mayo. Celebrate this Mexican holiday on the Square dancing to live, festive music and enjoying authentic treats. Free. Fifth & Vine Sts, Downtown, Cincinnati, OH. 513-621-4400

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 Anusara Yoga Immersion. Jun 23-27, Aug 1822, Dec 1-5. With Sianna Sherman. This 100hour 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


Plant Swap – 11am. Bring cuttings of your own plants to swap with others! Free. Mariemont Branch Library. 3810 Pocahontas Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-4467

“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

Healthy Stretching – 1pm. Join us for some lowimpact exercise to help you limber your muscles and relax your mind. Free. Mary Ann Morgan Library (Covington Branch). 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. 859-962-4060

music, crafts, and free books while they last! Free. Erlanger Branch Library. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4003

Get Energy Smart! – 2pm. See Apr 19. Free. Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6095


Get Energy Smart! – 4pm. See Apr 19. Free. Mt. Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4469

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. 513-834-8173



Wildflower Walk – 2-4pm. California Woods. 5400 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-231-8678

Intro Biodynamic Cranial Touch – 9am-6pm. See Apr 23. Children’s Day/Book Day – 1-4pm. Celebrate children and their books with international storytime,

Laughter Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. w/ Patrick Murphy Welage. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy Hour!” $10. You Do Yoga. 1319 Main St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-2277160

April 2010


ongoingcalendar Details at com. Listen online or call in live. Questions? Call 513-549-3705. 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 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030 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. 513-369-6035 Networking in Wisdom Circles – 6-8pm. Every Fourth Monday. Great for job search & work-life balance issues. Facilitator Serenity Lee. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts. 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. StillpointTherapy. com 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 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 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 Year-Round Gardening – 6:30pm. Apr 5, 19. Free. Monfort Heights Branch Library. 3825 West Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4472 Yoga for Healthy Weight – 6:30-7:30pm. Beginner Hatha Yoga. Lifepath Center. 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Ft. Mitchell, KY. In Haus Comedy Night – 8pm. 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. Apr 12, 26. 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


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 513-459-6131 Half Pint Kids Club – 10-10:45am. Apr 6, 10. See above. Free. Whole Foods Market. 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-531-8015 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 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 Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513518-2066 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

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

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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. KidVentures – 4:15pm. See Monday. Commanding Wealth Circles – 6:30pm (Newcomers); 7pm (Former Attendees). Learn and practice a revolutionary approach to changing your life through The One Command. Limited seating, reservation required. $20. Florence Executive Center. 7430 U.S. 42, Suite 107, Florence, KY. RSVP 859-512-7600 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

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 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 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 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 Astrology Class – 7-9:30pm. Apr 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. 513-9842293 Belly Dance Basics – 7pm. Apr 8,15,22,29. Learn core movements and get fit while learning to belly dance. Wear comfortable clothing to class. Free.

conveniently in your Inbox. Durr Branch Library. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030

Used Books Sale – 10am-4pm. Every 4th Saturday of each month. See Monday.

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

Hatha Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066

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

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.

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@

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 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. Tea Tasting – 3-5pm. Free. Health Nutz shop. 319 Second St, Aurora, IN. 812-926-4372

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

Artworld – 11am-5pm. See Saturday.

Yoga – 9-10:30am (Power Yoga); 10:30am-12pm (General Yoga). Covington Yoga. 713 Craig St, Covington, KY. 859-307-3435

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

Awaken, Experience, Move, Be Moved – 1011am. Blissful, inspirational and packed with power, the Nia Technique is raw, uninhibited dance and martial arts movement choreographed to world music. Nia moves the body, mind and spirit! $11/ Drop in, $45/5, $75/10. The Feldenkrais Within. 4124 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-451-4812 Kids Can Cook Too!! – 10-11am. Apr 3,17,24. Join us for a fun hands-on cooking class. Free. Whole Foods Market. 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-531-8015 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

Dress to get messy. Free. The Carnegie. 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-2030 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@ 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 Butterfly Show – 10am-5pm. Apr 17-Jun 20. Butterflies of Japan. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707 Chewing Color. Through May 2, 2010. Exhibit by artist Marilyn Minter. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513-345-8400 Dream Awareness Weekend. Apr 23-25. Free dream interpretation all weekend! Free. Cincinnati School of Metaphysics. 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

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


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 Home Gardening 101 – 11am. Apr 3,10. Free. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP

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

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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 Family ARTventures – 3pm. See Saturday. Yoga Philosophy Evening & Potluck – 6:30pm. 2nd Sunday of every month. Free. Covington Yoga. 713 Craig St, Covington, KY. 859-307-3435

ARTSTOP Artist Series: Ages 5 and up – 3:305pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri).Visual art, performance, creative thinking. Classes taught by local artists.

EcoSculpt. Installations of original sculptures made of recycled and/or recyclable materials by chosen local artists on display. Free. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine Sts, Cincinnati, OH . 513-621-4400 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 Overeaters Anonymous welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings throughout Greater Cincinnati. Donation only. 513921-1922 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 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

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CHIROPRACTIC PROWELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Mark Johnson 6052 Ridge Rd, Florence, KY 859-282-9835 549 Lafayette Ave, Bellevue, KY 859-431-4430

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 2.


Verria Kelly Certified Health and Wellness Coach 513-549-3705 Verria Kelly is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach who specializes in helping women overcome chronic health challenges. She can help if you’re frustrated with your symptoms or illness. See ad on page 2.


2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 513-321-9952 2053 Dixie Hwy, Ft. Mitchell, KY 859-331-4339 Indigo is great for the vegetarian that is eating out with someone who is not. Dishes range from a vegetarian foccocia bowl salad to grilled steak with harissa sauce,to shrimp alfredo. Indigo also offers vegan selections. Awesome award winning and build your own salads. Indoor/Outdoor seating is available at both locations. See ad on page 2.


4165 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 681-6358 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 8.

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Featuring Pounds and Inches Weightloss Victoria Smith, Board Certified Practitioner and Iridologist 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY 41042 859-282-0022 Remember when your doctor looked into your eyes when you were ill? The science of Iridology still reveal the condition of your body. Iridology: A thing of the past - A solution for your future. Call or schedule online. See ads on page 3.


Dr. Michael J. Grogan, M.D. PLLC 51 Cavalier Blvd, Suite 230, Florence, KY 859-586-0111 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.


Discover how “Happistaff Programs” can boost your bottom line in 2010. Pump up motivation and find out out how to get employeesto not only work for you, but work with you. See ad on page 11.


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.


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 2.


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


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 10.


Tri-State Unique Ceremonies Certified Celebrant Ordained Interfaith Minister serving OH, IN, KY 513-533-3399 Individualized or traditional weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions or vow renewals. Gay writes your personalized ceremony using your love story, adding rituals, readings, poems, and ethnic customs.

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

Mantra offers a wide variety of classes, including Traditional Japanese Reiki, Life Coaching, Meditation, Tibetan Medicine, Anger Management and Aromatherapy. See ad on page 13.

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. ~ Chinese Proverb

WRITING WOMEN WRITING FOR (A) CHANGE 6906 Plainfield Rd (Silverton), 45236. (513) 272-1171

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.


Registered Yoga Teacher 859-341-9642 Yoga as a pathway for transformation - helping us release old patterns and awaken to our present body, heart and spirit. Classes,workshops or individual instruction.

Midwest School of Astrology

Beginner Level I New Class Starting September 2010

Full three year program Pamela Gallagher, 40 years experience – practicing, studying, and teaching the mysteries of astrology Soon Offering Internet Based Astrology Class...check the website for more details.... Interested in Astrology? Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Astrology classes prepare students to look at their own charts and sit for certification if desired. Soul PatternsModern/PostEsoteric/ Draconic Modern Astrology Fundamentals of Astrology Fixed Stars Horary

Aspects within the chart Calculating a chart Vedic

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offers practitioners a tool to deal with urban angst” - Forbes 2009 list of top Indian leaders. Path to Serenity: Experience the magic of “applied” spirituality through simple yoga, breathing techniques, practical wisdom and the largest meditation in the Cincinnati area led by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Secrets of a stress free life

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40th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day

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