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Community Spotlight

localnewsbriefs 5

Laughter as Yoga, a Way of Life: Patrick Murphy Welage

healthbriefs 8

by Kristin DeMint


wisewords 12

A Conversation with Lynn A. Robinson


by Jamie Brotherton PG. 10

naturalpet 14

Eco-Friendly Aquariums


by Nina Shen Rastogi

Happy Back, Happy Body

healingways 16

Five Ways to a Healthy Spine


by Dr. Peter F. Ullrich, Jr.

fitbody 19 inspiration 24


Supporting Your Mood with Food and Herbs


by Abby Artemisia

PG. 12

The Bright Green Future


Opening Up to Laughter


localcalendar 28

Comedy as a Cosmic Act


localresources 34

Posh Squash


PG. 18

consciouseating 26

by Brita Belli

by Dr. Richard Sears by Phebe Beiser byAnjela Boyd

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letterfrompublisher Many health professionals have told me that the Number One reason for their clients’ visits is either directly due to stress or is stress related. Some leading diseases are also brought on by some of the not-sohealthy means we use to mask or find relief from stress. We can certainly counteract or redirect stress in a number of healthy ways; you will find many here in Natural Awakenings each month. Regardless of your circumstances in life, laughter is one of those profoundly powerful medicines. The laughter shared with people throughout my own life coincides with remarkable people and relationships. Regardless of the uncertainties or pain in life, laughter has proven a potent antidote to stress for me; I can’t imagine life without it. Even at the risk of seeming inappropriate, immature or plain silly, I sometimes laugh. It’s even better when I don’t take myself too seriously and can unmask a laugh even when I’m not feeling jovial. Even as a lifelong laugher, though, I don’t pretend to really know much about the subject. So, I’ll spare you my usual over-analysis—maybe it will suffice to say this: Laughter works. There are, however, some folks in our own community who work with laughter in interesting ways and whom you may want to meet. Our Community Spotlight this month is on Cincinnati’s very own Patrick Murphy Welage, who travels the world teaching Laughter Yoga (see page 10). We were so intrigued by Patrick and Laughter Yoga, as well as Laughter Therapy as presented by my dear friend Betty Finney, that we have joined together with them for our October 16th and 17th Natural Fair (see back cover). I look forward to seeing (and laughing with) you there. This is also a time of year when I reflect on some other things. For example, you, our readers! In the past year, our readership has grown to over 80,000. Thank You! As you can imagine, this growth takes the committed efforts of dozens of people, many of them donating their time and hard work to bring these pages to you. So, I want to thank all of you who make this magazine possible each month. We appreciate you!

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newsbriefs Green Gala 2009


he Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and environmental-conservation supporters from across the state invite everyone to join them in the celebration of 40 years of environmental achievements. The annual gala will take place on November 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North Fourth Street in Columbus, Ohio. Participants will enjoy dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction as recipients of the 2009 Environmental Achievement Awards are being honored. The event also will showcase the winners of the OEC’s 40th Anniversary Photo Contest. Tickets are available online at Individual tickets cost $35 for OEC members and $40 for non-members (includes a one-year OEC membership). Discounts are available for groups and for tables of ten people. The mission of the OEC is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. It is Ohio’s leading advocate for fresh air, clean water, and sustainable land use.

For event details, Photo Contest information, and sponsorship opportunities, contact 614487-7506 or

Nauti Nite


he WAVE Foundation invites everyone to its 2009 Nauti Nite “Masquerade” at the Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way in Newport, Kentucky. Just in time for Halloween, rock in your best costume or come as you are! Nauti Nite kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, featuring a fabulous cuisine, specialty cocktails, delicious desserts and wines, exotic animal encounters, dive shows and a silent auction. Stay for the Empress Chili After Party in the Ballroom with live music, dancing and prizes! VIP’s will enjoy complimentary cuisine, open bar and a live auction featuring artwork created by penguin artists. Nauti Nite benefits the WAVE Foundation’s conservation efforts and youth education programs.

Pain Relief through Acupuncture


rom October 5 through 15, Klimick Acupuncture is offering a Pain Relief Clinic treating patients with both acute and chronic pain. Each participant receives an initial one-hour private consultation and treatment. Follow-up treatments vary in frequency and are available Monday through Thursday at 5 p.m. Klimick Acupuncture also offers clinics targeting other specific topics, such as weight loss, smoking cessation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at reduced rates in a group setting. The practice is located at 10979 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 129, in Blue Ash, Ohio. For more information and to register, call 513-834-8173 and visit Also see ad on page 29.

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New Personal Trainer at Significant Healing


ignificant Healing Holistic Practice featuring Pounds and Inches Weight Loss Center, located at 157 Lloyd Avenue in Florence, Kentucky. welcomes new staff member Angi Kaht, CPT. Angi is a nationally recognized ACE Certified Personal Trainer. She works with clients on a one-on-one basis to reach their fitness goals. She also teaches Easy To Be Green Classes, featuring healthy lifestyle tips, and conducts Boot Camp and Fitness Classes. Angi brings with her over 10 years of experience and accomplishments that include development of fitness programs for organizations such as YMCA, Urban Active and more. For more information, call 859-282-0022 or visit Also see ad on page 11.

October 2009


newsbriefs New Herbalist and L.M.T at Go Beyond Medicine


r. Michael Grogan and staff would like to officially welcome Tracy Dozier, L.M.T. and Herbal Consultant to their Go Beyond MedicineTM team in Florence, Kentucky. Tracy graduated from SHI Medical Massage School and is licensed through the State of Ohio and Kentucky State Medical Board. She is an Herbal Consultant who trained under nationally known Amish Herbalist, Solomon Wickey for 4 years, learning Kinesiology, herbs and healing through prayer. Her techniques of integrating different types of massage, energy work and silent prayer allow her to reach and work at the soul level. She practices Therapeutic, Relaxation, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranial Sacral, Prayer Release/Energy work Massage and does Herbal Consulting which includes applied Kinesiology.

Life Cycle Celebrant Offers Unique Ceremonies


ay Glasscott is a certified Life Cycle Celebrant through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, officiant and Interfaith ordained minister. Celebrancy has existed in Australia for 30 plus years, but was only imported to North America in 2001. There are now about 400 trained Celebrants throughout the United States and Canada. Currently licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Ms. Glasscott offers personalized ceremonies for weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, vow renewals, and pet life celebrations. “I interview the participants in depth before writing their ceremony,” says Ms. Glasscott. The ceremony is created together using the couple’s story, adding poems, readings, music, vows, rituals, and ethnic customs. The values, beliefs and philosophies of the couple are honored and included to create the perfect moment for sharing with family and friends. Thus, every ceremony is a very personal, one-of-a-kind celebration. For more information, contact Gay Glasscott at or 513533-3399 and visit

Also see CRG listing on page 35.


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For more information, contact Go Beyond MedicineTM practice at 859-586-0111 or visit

ProWellness Chiropractic Reaches Out to More People


r. Mark Johnson D.C. of ProWellness Chiropractic has expanded his practice to include a location in Bellevue, Kentucky, formerly known as Thompson Chiropractic. Dr. Michael Thompson D.C., who owned and operated Thompson Chiropractic for over 15 years, has taken on a new business endeavor. Dr. Johnson, already established in Florence, Kentucky, looks at this opportunity as a way to reach out to more patients, providing them with high quality wellness care. Dr. Johnson treats patients from birth through the geriatric years with individualized treatment plans including chiropractic adjustments, active rehabilitation, and nutritional and lifestyle guidance. Dr. Johnson is currently accepting new patients at both locations: 549 Lafayette Ave., Bellevue, KY (Ph: 859-431-4430) and 6052 Ridge Rd., Florence, KY (Ph: 859-282-9835). For more information, see ad on page 9 and CRG listing on page 34.

Join the Community Conversation


o you like Natural Awakenings and wish for more of the educational and inspiring information you find between its covers each and every month? Done! For those of you who are interested in receiving even more valuable tips and insights from local experts on all things healthy living, we’re giving you a one-stop shop for local advice and information at your fingertips: Our new blog. Throughout each month, look for inspiring, empowering guidance from some of our dearest supporters and kindred spirits. We, your magazine staff, will also post from time to time to share what’s going on in Cincinnati’s conscious community as well as what’s on our hearts. We by no means like to operate in a vacuum, so to speak—so come join us online at, share your thoughts with us and connect with other like-minded individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area! And let us know you stopped in by leaving us a comment with feedback or your own $0.02!

Natural Fair with Laughter and Peace Program


atrick Murphy Welage, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, and Betty Finney, Laughter Therapist, in partnership with Natural Awakenings invite you to two Laughter and Peace events on Friday, October 16 at the ROC Conference Center, 969 Reading Road in Mason, Ohio, and on Saturday, October 17 at Grailville 932 O’Bannonville Road in Loveland, Ohio. (Follow the signs!) We will greet you beginning at 5:30 p.m. Between 6 and 8 p.m. Dr. Richard Sears (October 16) and Dr. David Loy (October 17) will speak, immediately followed by an interactive program where everyone will explore the power of laughter as a practice of non-violence. All participants are welcome to stay afterward for a social hour and enjoy food, refreshments and entertainment/music as well as have the opportunity to network with local vendors and learn about their products and services. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information and to order tickets, contact Patrick at 513-607-1830, or Betty at 513-231-6275, Vendors contact Curt Hawley at 513-259-3090 or Also, see ad on outside back cover.

Yoga and Writing Workshop


n Saturday, October 24, everyone is invited to an afternoon of meditative writing interwoven with the centering practices of yoga. From 1 to 5 p.m. workshop attendees will use yoga practices to release tension from the body and focus the mind to unlock the ideas and dreams that we keep at a distance during our daily routines. Suellen Hugan, a graduate of the Feminist Leadership Academy of Women Writing for (a) Change, will guide participants in the writing prompts and the sharing of writing. Phoenix Wilson, a registered Yoga and Tai Chi instructor, will lead them in poses, breathwork and restorative yoga practices. The Moye Center is the retreat center at St. Anne’s Convent, 1000 Saint Anne Drive in Melbourne, Kentucky. The property has extensive walking trails and beautiful gardens. Participants are welcome to arrive early for a walk in the woods.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as there is limited space. The cost of the workshop is $45 by October 10, $50 afterward. Contact Suellen (859-653-5663 or or Phoenix (859-341-9642 or to register. Also see CRG listing on page 35.

Sustainability Day at Xavier


avier University will celebrate Sustainability Day together on October 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No classes will be held, so that the entire university community can participate in some or all of the day’s activities at the Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sustainable practices will help to shape the day’s program, which will highlight local food as well as Xavier’s sustainability initiatives. Volunteers will coordinate alternative modes of transportation to campus that day – so that people can take the bus, ride a bike or carpool, with support from those in their home community. The day will also offer opportunities to learn about the work of many people to make the campus community more sustainable as well as the chance to contribute the students’ own ideas to the Campus Action Plan for significantly reducing carbon footprint. Father Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier University President, will address sustainability at Xavier. A keynote speech will be offered by Dr. Nancy Tuchman, the director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at Loyola University Chicago, a pioneering academic center known for its work within the larger community of Chicago. Questions can be directed to the cochairs of the Sustainability Committee, Kathleen Smythe: or David Lococo:

If I had to live my life over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. ~ Natine Sanger

October 2009


healthbriefs In October, Natural Awakenings Recognizes • Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Celiac Awareness Month • Dental Hygiene Month • Spinal Health Month

Natural Solutions to Living with Celiac Disease


July 2009 Mayo Clinic study reports that celiac disease, an immune system reaction to gluten in the diet, is four times more common today than it was 50 years ago. Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye and causes an inflammation of the intestinal lining. Getting enough recommended grains in the diet can be challenging for those with the illness, but awareness is growing of food alternatives that don’t trigger the problem. Reading food labels is essential; sources note that many products are made from gluten-free grains such as rice, beans, tapioca, soy, corn, buckwheat, millet and quinoa. Oats, too, can sometimes be well tolerated. Herbs like slippery elm and marshmallow may soothe irritation, while echinacea and goldenseal may help heal the intestinal lining. Because people with celiac disease often have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, they usually benefit from a daily multivitamin, with the addition of extra B-vitamin complex, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A and E. When taking supplements, it is important to keep one’s doctor informed.

More Reason to Floss and Brush A recent University of Buffalo study explored how gum, or periodontal, disease can play a significant role in developing heart disease. The researchers found that two of the six types of common oral bacteria found in dental plaque indicated an increased risk for heart attack. But more importantly, they discovered that it is the total amount of germs present, regardless of type, which relates to heart health.

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Chiropractic Fast Facts and report that some 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35 percent, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries and muscle strains. Other complaints where chiropractic care may help include headaches and pain in the neck, arms and legs. For more information, visit a local chiropractic practitioner.


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Acupuncture Helps with Breast Cancer Treatment Not only is acupuncture proving as effective as drug therapy in managing debilitating side effects associated with breast cancer treatment, its benefits are longer-lasting. It also enhances well-being, imparts more energy and sometimes, a higher sex drive. Ultimately, notes lead study author Dr. Eleanor Walker, of the Henry Ford Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology, in Detroit, this makes acupuncture “more cost-effective for insurance companies.”

Swine Flu Update


he H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu virus, remains a newsmaker, but not a dire one. According to information released in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus has not changed to become more deadly. That means that although H1N1 may affect more people, most will not become severely ill. At this time, the CDC recommends voluntary H1N1 vaccinations for all school children; people with asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease or neuromuscular/neurological conditions; and pregnant women (although current fast-track clinical trials do not include them). People 64 years of age and older are at less risk or swine flu, and H1N1 vaccinations are not recommended for them. To avoid contracting the virus, follow the CDC’s common-sense advice: • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based cleaners. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Dr. Andrew Weil’s holistic suggestions include getting good nutrition and adequate sleep and taking a daily antioxidant, multivitamin-mineral supplement. He also recommends astragalus, an immune-boosting herb that can help ward off colds and flu, as well as mushroom-based immune modulator supplements. If you do get the flu, limit contact with others. Visit your health professional if the disease progresses.

Why the Heart Loves Grapes


ew research from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center suggests that eating grapes, a favorite fall fruit, can significantly enhance the simple blood-pressure lowering impact that comes from dining on a variety of fruits and vegetables. The benefit may come from grapes’ naturally occurring antioxidants. Our heart cells, like other cells in our body, already make a protective antioxidant called glutathione, a first line of defense against oxidative stress and heart disease; but high blood pressure lowers the levels of glutathione. Grapes, on the other hand, the scientists discovered, actually turn on the glutathione-regulating genes in the heart, giving natural antioxidant power a significant boost. Source: University of Michigan Health System, 2009.

Anti-Aging RX for the Mind


articipating in certain mental activities in middle age and later in life may delay or prevent memory loss, according to a recent study of individuals aged 70 to 89 with mild cognitive impairment or diagnosed memory loss. The researchers found that reading books and magazines, playing games, doing crafts and engaging in computer activities in one’s later years led to a 30 to 50 percent decrease in the risk of developing memory loss. Those who watched less television in their later years were also less likely to suffer from these problems. Source: American Academy of Neurology, 2009

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October 2009



Laughter as Yoga, a Way of Life:

Patrick Murphy Welage

by Kristin DeMint

If you’ve talked with him for just a second, you know him—even if you never officially met.

hours long. In Welage’s classes, he begins by talking about the practice and sometimes showing videos of what goes on in a Laughter Yoga class. Then, he and his students begin with breathing and stretching exerou know him because cises. “If you’ve never taken a you’ve experienced yoga class in your life,” he adds, his presence, and you “that’s fine. You don’t even need walked away from the exchange a yoga mat.” feeling lighter, feeling more After the warmup, the optimistic, feeling a deep and laughter exercises begin. One seemingly limitless connection Welage describes is where you to this man you hardly know. In For Welage, laughter isn’t a random hold out both hands and act as a sense, talking with Patrick Murif you’re pouring a milkshake phy Welage is like coming faceoccurrence; it’s a constant companion, from one glass to another—you to-face with your inner child. Ask make a sound (“aaah”), inhim about anything, it seems, a way of life. For him, laughter is yoga—it’s flected at the end, as you pour and suddenly you feel bubbling said imaginary milkshake back up within you this innocence, unity with others, with a higher power, and forth. this joy, this happy-go-lucky enIf at some point people lose joyment of conversational play. with his deepest self. it and they can’t stop laughing, For Welage, laughter isn’t a ranthe teacher has them breathe. dom occurrence; it’s a constant “When you lose control of laughter, you’re sort of ‘out there’,” companion, a way of life. For him, laughter is yoga—it’s unity Welage explains. “The instructor helps bring the attention with others, with a higher power, with his deepest self. back to the moment, helps calm the laughter. Laughter is con Welage began practicing laughter seven years ago in tagious; that’s one reason it works. It takes just as long to calm Mumbai, India. What at the time was a simple tip (“Go to down [as it does to induce spontaneous laughter].” laughter yoga while you’re in Mumbai; these people stand Regarding his first Laughter Yoga experience at Dr. outside in a park and just laugh,” said a woman at an ashram Kataria’s house, Welage shares, “At first [the class] felt strange he was visiting. “I’m not sure where it is, but it’s in a park, and awkward, but then I just immediately plugged into the and it’s downtown, and I think it’s near the Gateway to India”) spirit of it. What I was participating in was a community; became a journey of letting go and sharing the freedom he’s I’m stepping into this room of all Indians, almost all women, found. and they pretty much all know each other. The power of this No sooner did Welage arrive in Mumbai than the conexercise is that you can go anywhere in the world, and when cierge at his hotel reserved him a spot in a laughter yoga class you laugh with people, you can connect with them.” at the home of Dr. Madan Kataria, a local doctor. Little did Welage know that Kataria is credited with founding (or, more accurately, reviving) the Hasya Yoga, or Laughter Yoga, moveThe Power of Laughter ment, which he began in 1995 in—you guessed it—a park. “Laughter is powerful,” says Welage. “Unfortunately, laughter And little did our very own Welage know that at some point has been misunderstood and used to control people. For exhe’d be touring the world training and teaching alongside the ample, there’s a saying that goes ‘Ladies smile; whores laugh.’ famous physician. And in high society, if you laugh you cover your mouth— you’re considered low-class if you open your mouth and let Stepping Inside a Class it all out. People are afraid of power; there’s an underlying social construction about laughter that’s based in fear.” Typically, a Laughter Yoga class is anywhere from one to two



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The irony is that as Welage and countless others have found, laughter holds a key—some might even say the master key—to freedom. When you laugh, you accept what is—you let go of your hold on any mental hang-ups you have and focus on the act. “Laughter is not just about the physicality and the sound—laughter is energy, it’s vibration, it’s a way of being in the world,” explains Welage. “People have a limited knowledge of yoga—it’s a philosophy of being in the world. I like to use word plays, and one of the ones I use most frequently is that yoga equals ‘you go.’ In yoga, the ego goes away, ‘you’ go away. The truth about laughter is that when you lose yourself in it and really let go, it’s impossible to think of anything. You’re just in that present moment, being connected with the experience. “Laughter is an attitude; it’s inner work,” Welage continues. “The spiritual energy of all our masters is lightness and compassion—it’s not about showing up as a heavy, serious sort of person. [With laughter], you can go to something that’s so absurd and just sit there and enjoy it for what it is and just go ‘hahaha.’ And if you sense that someone is uncomfortable by your laughing, you can laugh inwardly.” Among the other benefits of Laughter Yoga Welage mentions are the following: “It’s a great ice-breaker and a great community builder. It’s a universal language, like music. It’s non-violence; when we laugh, we are practicing nonviolence by laughing with people, not at people.”

a Curious Career path Welage has had an interesting career path, an unexpected one. “When you get on a path [that’s focused on] living the ideals and not focusing on the results, it sort of feeds itself,” Welage comments about his wide-ranging professional activities. A professor of theology, philosophy, international studies, service learning, and theatre arts at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, he’s also worked extensively with peace and justice programs and service learning projects both here and abroad. He’s delivered sermons at religious congregations and has led seminars, workshops and retreats on a range of topics. In many of these situations, he’s brought laughter to the table—even his college classes get to experience his commitment to this emerging form of yoga. “There are wonderful therapeutic applications of laughter,” he explains. “Laughter is used in retirement communities for the elderly, it’s been used in prisons (because it reduces stress and violence), and I’ve even led a laughter class for 20 blind teenagers.” Laughter Yoga is also about practicing being nonjudgmental, not looking at or thinking about how another person laughs, or how much, explains Welage. “People have to learn that it’s okay to laugh, and to laugh for no reason…. [Laughter Yoga] has opened up a whole new dimension of life to me—I practice it every day.” You may contact Patrick Murphy Welage at or (513) 607-1830 to discuss Laughter Yoga and other services he provides.

Sing because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh because that is the purest sound. - Hafiz

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mental pictures and more. For example, suppose you’re about to go out with a new person and have a sinking feeling about the date; that feeling is your intuition saying it’s probably not a great decision for you to go. In another example, the same goes for a job interview you have but aren’t excited about.

Intuition A Conversation with Lynn A. Robinson by Jamie Brotherton


ynn A. Robinson, M.Ed, is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of intuition. A professional intuitive for over 20 years, she is president of Intuitive Consulting, where she advises business owners, CEOs and other individuals to help them fine-tune their intuition as a means of defining their goals; she’s guided many of her clients into making multi-milliondollar deals. Robinson also serves as a motivational speaker and is a bestselling author of several books, including Divine Intuition (DK, 2001), Trust Your Gut: How the Power of Intuition Can Grow Your Business (Kaplan, 2006) and Listen: Trusting Your Inner Voice in


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Times of Crisis (GPP Life, to be released December 2009).

What is intuition? The dictionary definition is “a quick and ready insight.” My favorite definition comes from a 15-year-old girl who said, “Intuition is like when you know something but you are like, where did [that knowledge] come from?” We all have intuition; we are hardwired with it. It helps us make decisions, pointing us in the direction of success and away from failure. We can connect with our intuition in many ways: a gut feeling, a quiet inner voice, dreams, impressions,

How do you practice tapping into your intuition? Pay attention to what you are enthusiastic about. The root word for enthusiasm comes from the Greek root Entheos, which literally means “God within.” When you are following what you are enthusiastic about and have a passion for, you’re following your God within, or your guidance within, to go in that direction. When you’re seeking guidance, ask yourself questions that elicit more than a yes or no answer or are in the form of a comment, such as “I need information about [such and such].” Most people ask themselves negative questions (“Why can’t I make money?”); instead, ask your intuitive side positive, productive questions (“How can I attract more abundance?”). The problem with asking negative questions is that you’re going to get answers in the negative. It’s not helpful to know why you can’t do something, for example. Wouldn’t you much rather want to know how? If you

ask good problem-solving questions, your intuition is then primed to say, “Try this or that.” Remember: The intuitive answer doesn’t always come immediately; it often comes when you least expect it—like when blow drying your hair or driving home from work.

How do you fine-tune your intuition? When you hear your voice of intuition speak to you, remember that you don’t have to make a drastic decision. Instead, take some kind of action toward what your intuition is telling you. If you feel stuck, ask what small step you can take to honor your intuition. That step could mean taking a class, joining a club or talking to someone who has a similar job that you want. The universe rewards action; your intuition will say you’re paying attention by taking action on it. Also, watch your self-talk; don’t let yourself say, “I’m never going to make any money; my investments are going down the tube.” Describe how you want to see yourself or your situation, not necessarily the reality of what you see.

What does “sleep on it” mean in regard to intuition? Before I go to bed, I write a paragraph or two about something I am concerned

about or struggling with. Then I try to summarize it as a question or I simply think to myself, I’d like a dream about this issue. As I’m drifting off to sleep I hold that thought in my mind. At any point when I wake after a few hours of sleep or in the morning, I might have had a dream about that concern, in which case I write down [whatever insight the dream provides]. For example, when I was working as operations manager of a software company I had a number of clients for my intuitive work on the side, though I had not been doing my intuitive work officially. I intended to keep my day job and see clients in my spare time, but I was getting very tired. My mind, rooted in fear, was telling me to keep my job as manager because I didn’t know how long my clients would hold out. After all, who has ever thought of making a living as an intuitive? I asked for a dream one night with the question, “Can I keep both jobs?” That night I had a dream where I was out on a lake with one foot in one canoe and the other foot in another canoe, and they were going in opposite directions. The dream told me to choose. The next day, I gave my notice at my manager’s job. That was 25 years ago! For more information about Lynn Robinson and the services and products she provides, visit

By passing Issue 7, Hamilton County residents can Save Our Library system.



Step back, breathe and step into what really matters.

Public Library

This November, Natural Awakenings will show you how.

Our On November 3, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will have a $1 million operating issue on the ballot. Due to state budget cuts, the Library is facing a 28% reduction in funding, a $16 million deficit. As a result of these cuts, the Library has already had to eliminate nearly 200 staff positions, cut 241 hours a week, and cancelling or postponing all capital projects.

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Aquariums Not all aquariums are created equal when it comes to sustainability. Energy used to run filters and lights is a major concern. Where the fish originate is another, as well as where they go at the end of the relationship. by Nina Shen Rastogi


he ideal eco-aquarium, balanced and self-contained, is a cherished concept of hobbyists. But research shows that energy usage for a typical home aquarium can vary widely, depending on the setup. According to a 1997 report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a small freshwater aquarium— say, 10 gallons in size— might use as little as 90 to 120 kilowatt-hours a year to run its lights, filters and aerators. That’s about as much as a typical coffeemaker uses in a year—hardly a major energy suck in the grand scheme of things. With increasing size, electricity costs naturally rise. A big, 55-gallon freshwater tank might use between 280 and 400 kilowatthours annually. Adding plants further ups an aquarium’s energy appetite, as it requires heavier-duty lighting to keep the plants alive. Generally speaking, saltwater tanks use more energy than freshwater ones, due to the increased need for pumps and power heads to create water currents. Marine aquariums can pull 230 kilowatt-hours a year for a


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small tank, and up to about 800 for a large tank. Since the Berkeley Laboratory report came out a dozen years ago, there have been a few advances in the efficiencies of aquarium equipment. Using LED lights can shave off a few kilowatt-hours and newer, energysaving pumps and ballasts have come onto the market. One equipment salesperson estimated that the amount of electricity used by aquariums today could be about 25 percent lower than in 1997 with up-to-date equipment. Aquariums can also have hidden environmental costs upstream. In some parts of Southeast Asia, where the vast majority of the world’s saltwater “ornamental” organisms come from, fish are caught using squirt bottles filled with cyanide, which stuns the animals and makes them easier to extract from coral reefs. But the chemical can also damage the coral, as well as other organisms living in the reefs—not to mention weakening the fish so that fewer of them survive transport. Keeping fish healthy is more

than an animal rights issue, it’s also an ecological concern, because the fewer animals that survive the process, the more intensive the harvesting becomes. So when buying wild-caught fish, look for those that have been captured with hand nets, rather than chemicals. Always avoid threatened and endangered species among both freshwater and saltwater fish. The silvery, black-striped, Banggai cardinalfish, only found in a few pockets off the coast of Indonesia, for example, has been labeled an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, largely due to overzealous harvesting for the aquarium trade. The United Nations’ environmental office noted in 2003 that less than 10 percent of marine ornamental species were capable of being farm-cultured. Fortunately, sustainable collection is less of an issue with freshwater aquarium species, because 90 percent are farmraised. Captive breeding helps reduce pressure on wild animal populations; although many conservationists argue that maintaining a sustainable trade

in wild-caught organisms can be an environmentally friendly strategy if it provides economic incentives for fishermen to keep their local ecosystems healthy. Before heading to the pet store, do a bit of homework to find out where the desired fish comes from. There are four Marine Aquarium Council-certified retailers in the United States—in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey—where saltwater fish have been verified to be sustainably collected or cultured and then properly handled throughout the supply chain. A new licensing program should increase the number of stores supplying MAC-approved fish. Reef Protection International’s Reef Fish Guide ( fish_guide.htm) further assesses popular marine species based on four criteria: survivability in home aquaria; abundance in the wild; availability and potential for captive breeding; and the collection methods used. Local hobbyist groups can be other good sources of information and, occasionally, homebred fish stock. Finally, make sure any kids in the house don’t harbor a Finding Nemo fantasy. Releasing non-native species into the wild can cause ecological problems, particularly if those species become established populations. Do not dump an unwanted fish in a pond or flush it down a toilet. Instead, find a new home for a fish that has worn out its welcome, perhaps with a local pet store. The best of all worlds is to avoid getting into such a situation in the first place: Make sure to buy only fish species that won’t grow too big for the designated aquarium and won’t start turf wars with their tank-mates. As with any other purchase, the greenest choice will be the one we don’t have to replace.

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HAPPY BACK HAPPY BODY Five Ways to a Healthy Spine by Dr. Peter F. Ullrich, Jr.

The spine’s many nerves, muscles and ligaments serve as connections to areas throughout the body, so keeping your spine in top condition is one of the best things you can do for both your back and overall health.

While you’re sleeping, the structures in your spinal column that have worked hard all day finally have an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. Using the right mattress and pillow will support the spine, allowing the muscles and ligaments to become stress-free and refreshed.

improve flexibility and decrease tension. Massage chairs also can improve blood flow and increase the level of endorphins, natural chemicals in the body that make you feel good, in your bloodstream. While it’s not the same as experiencing treatment by a massage therapist, using a massage chair at home can be a practical, easy way to feel some of the benefits of a Shiatsu or Swedish massage.

Choose your shoes carefully.

Sit up straight, with support.

Let the spine really rest while sleeping.

Whether walking for exercise or just to get where you’re going, the shoes on your feet have a big effect on your back. Shoes should be well-balanced, flexible and comfortable. Providing not only protection for the feet, but a supportive base that helps the spine and body remain in alignment, the right shoes, plus inserts for added balance, if needed, can help avoid muscle strain and possible injury.

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Loading on the discs in the lower spine is three times greater while sitting than standing, so it follows that long periods of sitting can create or aggravate a painful back condition. Problems can also occur from sitting incorrectly or in an uncomfortable chair. For example, while sitting in an office chair, many people slouch and lean forward; this poor posture typically leads to muscle tension and pain in the lower back and legs. That is why having the right office chair is key to promoting good posture and supporting the back’s natural curves. Because a prolonged static posture is stressful for the structures in the spine, most experts recommend that

you get up to stretch and walk around every 20 to 30 minutes.

Specifically exercise abs and back. One of the most important components of good spine health is exercise. If back and abdominal muscles are not in good shape, it puts additional pressure on the spine, already under the stress of supporting the entire body. Performing abdominal and back exercises (which don’t get much exercise from daily activities) as part of a daily routine will go far in maintaining a healthy spine. When abdominal and back muscles are well-maintained, they help support the spine and minimize the chance of injury. Dr. Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., is a practicing physician and the co-founder and medical director of Spine-Health (, a leading educational online resource for people with neck and back pain. Source: © 1999-2009, all rights reserved. Always seek the advice of your physician.

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Guidelines for Buying Walking Shoes by Dr. Ted Forcum and Dr. Thomas Hyde

Three essential factors should be taken into consideration before purchasing a new pair of walking shoes. These are: n Stability ~ Test for a balanced and secure feel throughout a normal range of motion. n Flexibility ~ Allow for a good degree of give at the base of the toes, allowing smooth motion. n Comfort ~ The best walking shoes comprise contours and padding conformed closely to the foot, providing a snug fit

at the heel and mid-foot, with ample room in the forefoot.

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Supporting Your

Mood with


(and Herbs) by Abby Artemisia

Yes, nutritional deficiencies can play a role in mood imbalances.


hen it comes down to it, we all probably share a common desire: to be happy. Though it might seem impossible to be happy all the time, we can take steps to promote a good mood more often. The nervous system is the part of the body responsible for our mood, so we can make daily efforts to balance

the nervous system and bring more happiness into our lives. The obvious general health tactics include getting plenty of sleep, consuming a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. All these actions promote chemical and hormonal balance, which is the key to a strong emotional foundation. (Speaking of exercise, one way I’ve found to make it more enjoyable and beneficial is to do it outside. Unhappiness is often caused by feelings of isolation. Unfortunately, our culture has lost much of its connection with nature. When we’re outside observing life in its most alive and abundant form, we tend to find it difficult to stay down.) Nutritional deficiencies are often responsible for mood imbalances. Following are two of the most common deficiencies, along with great food and herbal sources of these nutrients: Calcium is one of the most nourishing nervous system nutrients, with calming and sleep-inducing properties. Some food sources of calcium include dairy products (organic/chemical-free are the most nutritious), dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds and seaweeds (which are super nutritious on many different levels). Many herbs provide calcium, like


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comfrey, oats, nettle, dandelion greens, horsetail and chickweed. Vitamin B is a very important nervous system supporter; it has been used to calm nervousness, irritability, fear and depression. Food sources of vitamin B include dark leafy greens, whole grains, yogurt, molasses, seeds, nuts, beans, seaweed, nutritional yeast, spirulina and bee pollen. Herbs containing vitamin B are comfrey, parsley, dandelion greens, nettle and oats. As you can see, many of the foods containing calcium and vitamin B are the same. It would do our nervous systems good to add these foods to our diet regularly. Along with oats, some of the bestknown herbs for nourishing the nervous system and balancing the mood are lavender, lemon balm, chamomile, rose petals, and peppermint. St. John’s Wort is one of the best-known and longest utilized herbs for depression. Warning: It is recommended not to consume this herb while taking MAOI inhibitors. Some people believe St. John’s Wort can cause photosensitivity of the skin, so you may want to stay out of the sun while you’re taking it, just to be on the safe side. You can make any or all of these herbs into tea for drinking (to support mood) or for foot or whole body bathing (for relaxation). For a tea, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of herbs per quart of boiling water, cover, steep for 20 minutes, and strain. The easiest way to prepare a bath is to make a gallon of strong tea and add it to your foot bath or bathtub. Taking a little bit of extra time every day to nourish your nervous system will create big rewards in your general health and mood. Taking a few minutes every day to be grateful for all your blessings can cause a big upswing in mood, too—just one more reason to smile. Herbalist Abby Artemisia teaches herbal workshops and offers herbal wellness consultations in the greater Cincinnati area through her company, Goddess Garden Healing. For more information, visit or contact Abby at or (513) 307-5226.

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Ballroom’s Health Benefits Can Be Addictive by Lee Walker


rom the mambo’s sultry hip shimmies to the foxtrot’s long, sweeping steps, ballroom dancing has captured today’s fitness spotlight as a shining venue for shaping up, improving cardiovascular health and losing weight. The renewed interest is especially high among people 18 to 49, says Leslie Spearin, a rhythm champion and traveling consultant for Arthur Murray International, Inc. Spearin is among those who attribute the dance form’s elevated popularity to recent Hollywood films and reality shows like ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. It also helps that news from prominent medical research centers supports ballroom dancing’s generous physical and mental benefits. Participants see it as a fun path to overall fitness.

get their groove on are reported to enjoy better bone health from this weight-bearing activity. Plus, they enjoy increased flexibility and core strength. Gantz, who specializes in dance kinesiology and Laban Movement Analysis, a comprehensive system for understanding movement, notes that dances requiring complex coordination also enhance mental acuity. A 2003 study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine validates dancing’s ability to increase blood flow to the brain via mental challenges, which may lower the risk of dementia and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Pertinent activities include memorizing complex steps, staying with the rhythm of music and working with a partner. The same study also credited dancing’s social interaction with decreasing stress and depression. As the Mayo Clinic has reported, self-confidence and self-discipline jump right along with enhanced circulation, muscle tone and coordination. Angela Prince, national public relations director of USA Dance Inc., advises beginners that they can sign up for the group classes held by many local social groups, churches and YMCAs, as well as area dance studios. “With everyone on the same level in these sessions, inhibition and fear quickly dissipate,” notes Prince. She encourages newcomers to quickly get beyond the idea that others are judging them. “Other beginners are too busy thinking about what they are doing to notice anyone else’s steps. Before you know it, you are learning to move beyond your comfort zone and unleashing your creative self.” For more information, visit

All the Right Moves While dancers are moving to specific rhythms, they are actually coordinating their body and mind, advises Judy Gantz, founder and director of the Center for Movement Education and Research, in Los Angeles. “They look at each other and interact, which are important social components. Walking on a treadmill or exercising in front of a mirror doesn’t provide that.” “Dancers are happy and have fun, a winning combination for everyone,” adds Tara Christensen, director of public relations for Arthur Murray. “We see the benefits of ballroom dancing in our studios every day, as well as whenever our students and teachers gather for dance parties and competitions.”

Exercise for Body and Brain Thanks to moves accentuated with pivots, turns, bounces, kicks, sways, quick steps, bends and rollinghip motions, vigorous ballroom dancing, which elevates heart rate and oxygen consumption, can burn as many as 400 calories per hour. Studies by California State University at Long Beach show that beginning students can boost their heart rates to near-maximum training rates with just a five-minute warmup and 20-minute polka, cha-cha or swing. Even moderate ballroom dance burns 250 to 300 calories an hour. Whether dancing for health, to prep for a wedding or prom or to spice up a marriage, individuals and couples who

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the Bright Green Future Despite national economic challenges, green industries are expanding and customers are committed… by Brita Belli


oing green is not just a trend—it’s a full-scale shift that’s taken place across the consumer landscape in every market. In one recent study, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies found that half of the survey respondents would “definitely” or “probably” pay more for eco-friendly laundry detergent or an automobile. Even those who described their financial situation as “fair” or “poor” expressed their willingness to spend 15 percent more on environmentally friendly detergent and wood furniture. As the market continuously shifts toward healthier options—both for people and the planet—companies that produce everything from cars to cosmetics to clean energy systems are responding with greater options and lower prices.

Organic and Local Food Research by Packaged Facts reports that organic food sales have continued to grow over the past year, albeit at an annual rate closer to 6 percent, compared to the 20 percent of better years. The researchers found that “premium customers,” those earning $75,000 per year or more, increased their organic purchases in the past year. Also, some 33 percent of those earning much less still seek out organic labels at the grocery store.


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Organic foodies are committed to the healthfulness promised by fruits, veggies, juices, cereals, meats and other food staples that aren’t produced or raised with harmful additives or toxic pesticides. From Stop & Shop’s Nature’s Promise to Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Everyday Value and Wegmans’ Food You Feel Good About, supermarket brands now offer organic items ranging from crackers to butter and chicken at prices comparable to non-organic versions. This emerging shift means we have a chance at making progress in restoring our land and water and better safeguarding life from the hazards of industrial agriculture, in which pesticides and herbicides and in the case of meat, antibiotics and hormones, harm soil quality and contaminate our water supplies. Demand for local foods from farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs has seen an upswing, too. More buyers are expressing concern with “food miles”—how far food travels from farm to plate—resulting in needless carbon doxide emissions during transport and reduced taste. Says vegetarian cookbook author Deborah Madison, “I like everything about a farmers’ market. It’s vital, it’s alive, it’s the best-tasting food.” Contact: Organic Consumers Association,

Green Building Buildings in the United States account for 38 percent of primary energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, making them a top contributor to global warming, according to the Environmental Information Administration. The green building movement now encompasses improved insulation and heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; energyefficient windows and appliances; low-flow commodes and showers; use of recycled and more durable materials for roofs, decks and countertops; and paints free of volatile organic compounds. According to McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green Outlook 2009, the overall green building market is likely to more than double from today’s $46 billion to $49 billion to $96 billion to $140 billion by 2013. Increasing awareness of the benefits of green building, combined with a national push for healthier homes and green jobs, has led to opportunities for homeowners. Federal tax credits are available for up to 30 percent of the cost for various metal and asphalt roofs, biomass stoves (used for heat or water heating), increased insulation and more energyefficient windows, doors, air conditioners and water heaters. Details are available at the government’s Energy Star website. More, the the Federal Housing Administration is offering Energy Efficient Mortgages to new homebuyers who commit to significant energy-saving improvements or who purchase an Energy Star-rated home. Contact: Energy Star green building tax credit information,, search “tax credits”; U.S. Green Building Council,

Renewable Energies Despite the poor economy, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported that 2008 was one of solar energy’s best years: Here at home, solar power connected to the electric grid was up 58 percent, and solar water heating capacity grew 40 percent. The research firm Clean Edge reports that, worldwide, solar is expected to grow from a $29.6 billion industry in 2008 to $80.6 billion by 2018. In 2008, the United States surpassed Germany to become the world leader in wind energy; that industry is projected to expand from $51.4 billion in 2009 to $139.1 billion in 2018. A host of other renewable energies promise bright futures, too, including geothermal, hydropower and biofuels. For those who want to convert their house to renewable energies, cost is a factor. Solar panels generally cost between $35,000 to $72,000 before rebates and tax incentives. Solar water heaters are a universally cost-effective way to go; at $2,000 to $4,000 for 80-100 gallons, they can provide more than half a home’s hot water needs. Wrapping a water heater in a space-age insulation blanket and hooking it up to its

own timer, at about $200, installed, is another way to cut energy usage and utility bills. Residential wind turbines—as tall as 80 feet or more— depend on a host of factors to make them feasible, including unobstructed land, building codes and cost considerations. A 10-kW system will cost about $40,000. For anyone building a new home, a geothermal heat pump is one of the best long-term energy investments. Pipes are buried in the ground outside the home, where the temperature remains stable; these move heat from the ground via encased fluid to the home’s ductwork during cold months and reverse the process in hot months. The overall system costs about $7,500, more than a $4,000 furnace and central air system, but it requires little maintenance. Payback can come in as little as two years. Many incentives help. A 30 percent tax credit is available through 2016 for home renewable energy systems (search the Energy Star website). Local utilities often offer further rebates and incentives (search Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency). For solar panels, tap into a Residential Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), where a customer pays a small upfront cost to a company such as SunRun to guarantee a set electricity rate for the next 18 years. Contact: American Wind Energy Association,; Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency,; Energy Star tax information,, search “tax credits”; Solarbuzz,; SunRun,

Organic Clothing and Linens While major brands like Levi, Gap and American Apparel have introduced organic clothing lines in the last few years, organic and natural fiber fabrics, including sustainable bamboo and hemp, is still a niche market. While people now better understand the health benefits of organic foods, “Most consumers don’t understand organic… when it comes to clothing,” says Mark Messura, executive vice president of Cotton Incorporated. Patagonia makes all of its sportswear from 100 percent organic cotton, a practice it began in 1996. Recently, a more widespread advance in green standards for all consumer products has emerged from an unlikely source: Walmart. In July 2009, the retail giant announced that it is developing a universal rating system and “eco label” that lets shoppers know the environmental impacts of the products they are buying, from energy consumption to water use. For cotton clothing and bedding, pesticide and water use are major concerns. Petra Kjell, of the Environmental Justice Foundation reports, for example, that it requires 500

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gallons of water to produce one conventional cotton T-shirt. Traditional cotton production continues to be tied to dangerous levels of toxic pesticides and insecticides. Eco fashion offers an eclectic mix from emerging designers. They may use surplus designer fabric, T-shirts made from bamboo, or fleece made from recycled soda bottles. Vintage and consignment clothes work well, while “refashion”—like dresses made from T-shirts—are widely available on sites like Sheets, pillows and mattresses all come in organic varieties, too. More, they are often superior in quality and durability to their cheaper conventional counterparts. Contact: Environmental Justice Foundation, EJFoundation. org;; Patagonia,

Cleaner Lawns and Gardens According to a fact sheet from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, sales of organic lawn and garden products increased by 64 percent between 2002 and 2006 and continue to grow. It’s no secret that Americans are enthusiastic about

Latest U.S. Energy Innovations Atomic Solar Cells: The latest innovation in solar technology has taken photovoltaic cells to the atomic level. A California company called Innovalight ( has invented nano silicon powder that can be added to ink and printed onto various surfaces, turning a whole range of materials into solar power generators for a fraction of the cost of traditional panels. Portable Fuel Cells: Portable fuel cells, which use a process by which methanol reacts with oxygen to create energy, have already found application in the U.S. military. They are more lightweight than the battery packs soldiers typically carry to power their field equipment. The next frontier is consumer electronic devices. MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. (MTIMicroFuelCells. com) unveiled the Mobion charger last year, a power pack prototype that can deliver 25 hours of power per cartridge for cell phones, computers, digital cameras and handheld devices, without the need to rely on batteries. Geothermal: A July 2009 study from New York University’s Stern School of Business found that geothermal energy—power plants pumping super-hot (above 300 degrees Fahrenheit) water to the surface to be captured as steam—is the most efficient form of renewable energy. The future lies in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), which involves drilling even deeper, fracturing rocks that lie kilometers below the surface. To get there, researchers at Stanford University are using nanotechnology that passes nanoparticles into the fractures to determine the feasibility for energy production. For information on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program, visit


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their perfectly manicured, green lawns, but they’re also increasingly aware of the environmental impacts. Some are rethinking lawns altogether, switching to native ground cover and other plants as an alternative. Lawn maintenance equipment is a major environmental problem with grass. A traditional gas-powered mower, notes the Environmental Protection Agency, produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars, each driven 12,000 miles; 54 million Americans mow their lawns each weekend. One alternative is the electric mower, which produces no exhaust, requires little maintenance and is much quieter and lighter than its gas-guzzling cousin. Models from Black & Decker, Neuton, Sunlawn and other companies come in corded and cordless varieties, with charges that can last up to an hour. Even more problematic, a study by Purdue University confirms that 30 to 60 percent of all urban freshwater is used for watering lawns, which also entails 67 million pounds of pesticides that end up contaminating water systems as runoff. Native plants, on the other hand, require nothing but rainfall to thrive. Also, more people are turning to rain barrels. Placed under a home’s downspout, these can hold up to 100 gallons and have a spigot for attaching a hose. An added benefit of using rainwater is that plants prefer it. Contact: Clean Air Gardening,

Natural Products The market research firm Packaged Facts reported in July 2009 that the natural health and beauty care market, which grew 8 percent in 2008 and is approaching $7 billion, is likely to reach sales of $12 billion by 2014. “Many Americans fear the health consequences of using chemical-laden deodorant, shampoo, foundation and other personal care products,” says Tatjana Meerman, the research publisher. It’s easy to search for the content—and safety—of preferred brand-name products at the Skin Deep online database, maintained by the Environmental Working Group. All of this is good news for the environment, because the chemicals in personal care products find their way through bathing and disposal into the soil and water supplies, where they can negatively impact aquatic life and potentially, human health. The same holds true for common household cleaners and chemical air fresheners, which contribute to indoor air pollution and can aggravate respiratory illnesses like asthma. One 2008 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that households that regularly used cleaning sprays had a 30 to 50 percent increased risk of experiencing asthma. People are demanding healthier alternatives and the market is responding. While neither beauty products nor cleaners generally disclose their harmful ingredients, natural

and organic alternatives from companies like Seventh Generation offer detailed labels. Conscious shoppers are reading them as they look for plant-based ingredients and essential oils, instead of chemicals. People can even make their own household cleaners, such as distilled white vinegar and water to clean windows, or baking soda, lemon juice and salt to scrub grout. These are safe for even the most sensitive family members.

goal of 500 miles. Today’s evolving bicycle designs include folding models for commuters and a range of trailers, carriers and attachments for those who want to start shopping by bike and bring the kids.

Contact: Natural Products Association,; Skin Deep,

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Efficient Autos and Going Car-Free The car market has taken a serious hit from the economy, hybrids included. But while even the popular Toyota Prius saw sales drop 44 percent between December 2007 and December 2008, environmentally friendly vehicles are the declared future of the auto industry. This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was all about electric models, from the Cadillac Converj, a more luxurious version of the Chevy Volt, to the Toyota FT-EV city car, expected in showrooms in 2012. Hybrid cars combine the gas engine with an electric motor and utilize a car’s braking energy, making them both more fuel efficient and less polluting. In the government’s 2009 Fuel Economy Guide, the Honda’s Civic Hybrid was cited as a leader among compact cars, delivering 40 miles per gallon in the city/45 mpg on the highway. Among midsized cars, the Prius tops the list with 48/45 mpg; in the SUV class, Ford’s Escape Hybrid gets a solid 34/31 mpg. Because they can cost $2,000-plus more than gaspowered cars, hybrids are a tough sell at the moment. Several federal tax credits designed to ease the transition to hybrid, electric and other fuel-efficient vehicles, like diesels, have come and gone, the latest called Cash for Clunkers—a federal stimulus program that offered up to $4,500 to anyone who traded an old gas-guzzler for a new, more fuel-efficient car. The discussion has many people seriously rethinking their transportation options. At the same time, the American Public Transportation Association reported a 4 percent increase in public transportation ridership last year—bringing it to its highest level in 52 years. Bicycle sales are picking up, too. In the first quarter of 2009, U.S. bicycle sales surpassed car sales. Rising interest in bicycle riding has led many cities to open bike lanes. National efforts to create safe paths for bike riders include the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile traffic-free trail system between Canada and Florida that’s 21 percent complete. The San Francisco Bay Trail has developed 300 miles of shoreline trails for bikers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts over the past 20 years, with an eventual

Contact: U.S. Department of Energy,; East Coast Greenway,; The San Francisco Bay Trail Project,

Jack Uldrich, the author of Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly Stocks, says that, despite the recession, “I still think cleantech is an outstanding long-term investment trend.” Still, he cautions that green stocks should only comprise 5 percent to 10 percent of an investor’s portfolio. Why? He notes that renewable energy investments are particularly subject to outside forces, such as government investment, the availability of strong credit available to fund solar panels and other energy systems, and the rise and fall of gasoline prices. But venture capitalists are still flocking to clean technology ventures such as eSolar Inc., the nation’s first solar tower energy facility, in Pasadena, California, backed by the investment firm Idealab. Ernst & Young reported that investments in cleantech startups jumped 73 percent in the second quarter last year. Paul Deninger, vice president of the investment bank Jefferies & Company, notes that the most exciting opportunities may actually occur in the process of managing current energy use “by happenstance, being green, rather than [in] managing the carbon footprint directly.” Matthew Patsky, a partner of the green fund group Winslow Management, observes that in the future, fossil fuel supplies will inevitably be supplanted by clean energy like solar, wind and geothermal. “Renewable energy, green building, mass transit, improving efficiency…” Patsky concludes, “It’s got to win.”

Contact: Green Century Capital Management, Inc.,; Pax World Funds,; Winslow Management Company, Natural Awakenings readers across the country are among those already investing in a greener future—whether switching to organic snacks and energy-efficient light bulbs, supporting local green businesses or bicycling to work. Collectively, these incremental changes are beginning to add up and the markets are responding. Brita Belli is the editor of E/The Environmental Magazine and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home. Connect at

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Opening up to

Laughter by Dr. Richard Sears


aughter is an expression of joy, a giving in to the richness of experience in the moment. We all know people who seem to be naturally happy, and we enjoy being around such people, as laughter can be contagious. True laughter is laughter at oneself—it is not at the expense of others. When others make us laugh, it is because we connect at a deeper level with a shared experience, or at the realization that we often take ourselves too seriously.

Saying Sayonara! to Social Stifling

My one-year-old granddaughter laughs with her full being. She also cries with her full being. Her emotions rise and fall like waves on the ocean, and she rides them fully. She has not yet learned to grasp after the good times or worry about past or future problems.

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The way we are raised influences our ability to laugh. I believe that children are born with an innate capacity to fully experience life, but are taught what is and is not appropriate. Of course, this is an important part of parenting, but sometimes overzealous parents can crush a child’s fun and creativity. After all, it is not “ladylike” or “gentlemanly” to lose control, to surrender yourself to the moment, as laughter requires. Our culture also impacts our interpretation of fun. Commercials show smiling people driving fancy cars, eating fine food, and playing with expensive toys, but they seldom show the joys of gazing into another person’s eyes. Many parents have had the experience of buying a fancy toy for a young child, only to see them get more enjoyment from the cardboard box.

When Laughter Is Buried by Pain

Sometimes, of course, laughter is forced, and we can immediately sense when someone is only pretending to be happy. In my work as a psychologist, I meet many people who have a difficult time finding happiness. Some of us have gone through tremendous suffering—horrible things that no human being should ever have to endure. We all have past hurts. There is a time and a place to explore them, but if you focus on them too much, you lose the vibrancy of the present moment. Of course, laughter can also be used as a mask for covering up our pains, evading the reality of a situation. I knew a young man who always joked, so when he had a car accident and called to ask his friend to come and get him, his friend refused, thinking he was playing a prank. Some people have difficulty laughing. Anhedonia is a clinical term meaning that someone no longer takes pleasure in things that used to give pleasure. This is one of the signs of clinical depression. More than just “feeling down,” when you are in the midst of depression, you can’t just snap out of it. Someone who is depressed has a hard time laughing even when watching a favorite comedy. The worst part is that if you have been feeling this way for a

long time, it may become “normal” to you, and you may have forgotten that things really can get better. If you begin to experience clinical depression, it is important to seek help—it is very difficult to use your own willpower to pull yourself out of it.

Walking through Door #1: Acceptance

One of the first steps to opening up to our own ability to laugh richly is to practice acceptance. We must accept all our past hurts, concerns and worries and embrace the truth of our current situations. We are then mentally freed up to fully enjoy this present moment. The concept of acceptance is often misunderstood. It does not mean that I forget the past, it does not mean that all the bad things that happened to me were okay, and it does not mean that I don’t wish things had been different. It does not mean that if someone is currently treating me badly, I should sit back and “accept” it. Acceptance is a turning within—acknowl-

edging that what happened in the past has already happened, and there is nothing you can do now to change it. Accepting the present moment means that you see the reality of your current situation, so that you can make a conscious choice in the next moment rather than habitually responding a certain way. In Zen, laughter is common. Students of Zen work for many years on problems, only to come to the realization that most of the weight of our problems is the result of our own thinking; these problems do not exist in reality. It’s as if our two hands were wrestling with each other, and we suddenly remember that they are both ours and we can let go of the struggle. We can spend our lives trying to grasp after things and experiences, but we can only be in this moment, and we can never truly hold on to anything. With that in mind, what obstacles are keeping you from happiness? Is there anything preventing you from opening up to laughter?

The late Alan Watts quotes a Zen master as saying “There is nothing left to you in this moment, but to have a good laugh.” So, give yourself permission to have a good laugh!

Dr. Richard Sears is a psychologist and director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. You may contact him through his website at

Comedy as a Cosmic Act by phebe Beiser I consider comedy as important as therapy, possibly more so. Tonight I stopped my usual reading and beingon-the-computer and playing-with-the-dog routine to watch “30 Rock.” Tina Fey is amazing; she is my she-ro. Something about her character, Liz Lemon, is just so nerdy and self-deprecating, so complex. I never saw the movie Baby Mama, but I watched the previews countless times; I believe that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler could read the phone book and make me laugh. Last fall’s election season really brought this pair to my attention: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live.” I swear I’ve watched the skit of Amy doing the “Palin Rap” more than any other comedy sketch in my life. I also adore Steve Martin. I remember first noticing him in The Jerk; I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. There’s something special about slapstick—the goofier, the better. I believe it may have something to do with the irrational; maybe it’s a Zen thing, a koan. Something

about slapstick stops my mind. Oh, and I can’t forget Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. I’ve seen them both live on stage. Something about comedy makes life worth living. The physical act of laughing gives your mouth and throat, neck and head—not to mention your lungs!—a total workout (maybe we burn some calories, too?). It has something to do with seeing another perspective, forgetting one’s little self, setting the ego aside. When we all laugh together, we become One. I never before thought of comedy as cosmic; maybe comedy is God/ dess’s way of making us forget about budgets and recessions and disease and war. Maybe it’s His/Her way of telling us to lighten up. Phebe (Karen) Beiser is a teacher and student with Women Writing for (a) Change located in Silverton. A retired librarian, she shares observations about life and meditation on her blog at

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PoshSquash by Anjela Boyd

What vegetable may be round, oblong or spherical, smooth or bumpy and comes in a variety of rich autumn colors? Hint: It can sit prettily on the kitchen counter through March, waiting for someone to figure out its full range of possibilities. The answer is winter squash. The most common types of winter squash are butternut, acorn and spaghetti. Others include buttercup, banana, Cushaw, delicate, Hubbard and turban. A plentiful variety exists within each type of squash, with a choice of sweetness, color and size. Winter squash differ from summer squash in part because they are kept on the vine to full maturity, when the seeds are completely grown. Winter squash tend to have a harder exterior that helps to maintain their freshness when stored in a cool place over the long winter months. The most notable difference between winter and summer squash is that winter varieties are only served cooked, while most summer squash can be eaten raw, as well as cooked. The most unusual winter squash is the spaghetti squash. When fully cooked, the scooped-out flesh resembles spaghetti and can be used in place of noodles in a savory dish or sweetened up with a bit of honey, cinnamon and butter for a sweet, spiced treat.


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Butternut squash, with a more traditional texture, is generally beige on the outside, with rich, orange flesh inside. This squash makes for a tasty soup or may be simply split in half, drizzled with honey or maple syrup and butter or olive oil, plus a pinch of salt and pepper, and baked until soft. Other varieties have a flesh similar to that of the butternut, kind of like a pumpkin that is rich and creamy when cooked. The many rich fall colors of winter squash add a piquant touch to any holiday table with little effort. Treating the squash like a Halloween pumpkin by cutting a hole in the top and scraping out the majority of the flesh is the first step. This flesh can be baked in a casserole, cubed and added to stuffing, creamed into a wonderful side dish or even made into soup. More ideas on how to cook up squash turn up in an Internet search. A vegetarian cookbook may also offer other innovative recipes. A fun bonus comes in using the squash shells as soup bowls. Save each squash top, garnish the tasty winter soup and add the natural lid to surprise guests with the wonderful treat within. Smaller varieties can be used as bowls for dips or as creative containers to serve salad dressing at the table. For strictly decorative use, winter squash make a longlasting base for a seasonal flower arrangement, either as a place accent or centerpiece. Another special touch comes in carving small shapes into different-sized shells and placing small glasses with tea lights in the bottoms. To add extra sparkle, press small crystals or other light-reflecting stones into the outer rind. Now, that’s a posh squash. Anjela Boyd is a freelance writer based in Wrightwood, CA. Connect at or

Sugar Pumpkin Pie by Judith Fertig When small sugar or pie pumpkins come on the market around Halloween, snap up a few to make a delicious pumpkin pie filling. This seasonal Thanksgiving pie has a lighter and fresher flavor than a traditional pie. If possible, use a local honey. Good spices matter, too: Buy a whole nutmeg and grate it into the filling and select Saigon or Vietnamese cinnamon for the strongest flavor. It even works to make and freeze the fresh pumpkin puree in 3-cup measurements ahead of time for quicker holiday preparation. Makes one 9-inch single-crust pie 1 3-lb sugar or pie pumpkin 1 cup crumbled cinnamon graham crackers ½ cup chopped pecans 2 tsp canola oil or melted butter 4 large eggs, lightly beaten ¾ cup wildflower, clover or other amber-colored honey 1 cup half-and-half ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg ½ tsp ground Saigon or Vietnamese cinnamon 1 tsp salt 1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside. 2. Cut the pumpkin into large chunks; remove and discard the seeds and stringy matter. Place the pumpkin pieces, cut-side down, on the baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender when pierced with a fork. Let cool. 3. Remove the rind with a sharp knife and place the cooked pumpkin in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Measure 3 cups of puree for the pie. 4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°. Combine the graham crackers and pecans in a food processor and process until the mixture has the consistency of fine crumbs. Pour in the oil or melted butter and pulse until blended. Pat this mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. 5. In a bowl, using a hand-held mixer, beat the pumpkin puree with the eggs, honey, half-and-half, spices and salt until smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared pie pan. Place the filled pie pan on a cookie or baking sheet. 6. Bake the pie on the middle shelf of the oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the filling is glossy on top. Let cool before cutting and serving. Judith Fertig is the author of the award-winning Prairie Home Cooking and All-American Desserts cookbooks.

Ingratitude is the essence of vileness. ~ Kant

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It IS Easy To Be Green – 12:15-12:45pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-2820022 10 Ways To De-Clutter Your Home – 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022

Best of Hot Summer Sounds – 6:30-8pm. English Channel Band: An encore British Invasion of pop & rock to bring the series to a rollicking close. All ages. Free. Westwood Branch Library. 3345 Epworth Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4474 Sustainable Food Choices for You and the Environment – 6:30pm. Discussion will be facilitated by Jolene Struebbe, past president of Slow Food Cincinnati and culinary educator at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Free. Mariemont Branch Library. 3810 Pocahontas Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-4467


Friday Studio Nights for Teens – 6-8pm. Quarterly drop-in studio programs for area teens hosted by the Teen Advisory Board. Supplies and light refreshments provided. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum (Enter through the DeWitt Entrance). 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2334 Popopolis – 7-11pm. Two stages of non-stop live music. Free. Fountain Square, 5th and Vine streets, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

Opening Celebration – 8pm. Marilyn Minter’s “Chewing Color” and C. Spencer Yeh’s “Standard Definition”. Art exhibitions. Free. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513345-8400


Migration Through Magrish Preserve – 8-11am. Join Biologist Robert Thobaben for a morning of mist netting and banding Neotropical songbirds in this preserve Audubon Society designated as an Important Bird Area. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot. Free. Magrish Riverlands Preserve. 5000 Salem Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-231-8678 Bio-Identical Hormones – 10am-12pm. Come and get the scoop on Bio-Identical Hormones. Presented by: Ron Ferguson, Jungle Jim’s Pharmacist. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111

Spiders at Mt. Airy – 10:30am-12pm. Discover nature’s fascinating variety of colors, patterns and shapes as we hunt for different species of these eight-eyed, eight-legged friends. Meet at the Oval


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR Entheotantric New Exotic Oils by James Pendery Sep. 25 – Oct. 24 Free viewings by appointment

Call 513-961-5302 or 513-917-7164

Susan Angel Gallery Main and Orchard Streets (near 14th Street) Cincinnati, OH

on Trail Ridge Rd. Free. Mt. Airy Forest. Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-542-2909 1st Annual Westwood Art Show – 12-5pm. Presented by the Westwood Civic Association, featuring 30 local artists, music by Barddas, Henke Winery wine tasting and tasty treats from Larosa’s and Sweet Miss Confections. Free. LieuWestwood Town Hall Grounds. 3017 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH.

Fantasy Fest – 12pm. Arts and crafts booths, street performers and entertainers. Fantasy parade at 5:30pm. Free. MainStrasse Village. Covington, KY. 859-655-9571 Popopolis – 7-11pm. See Oct 2.


Identity Theft – 7pm. Find out if you’re taking unnecessary risks with your identity, teach you what you should do if you become a victim of identity theft and easy, preventative measures to take to protect yourself with Joe DelVecchio from PNC Bank. Free. Madeira Branch Library. 7200 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6028


Infant to Three: Raise a Reader – 6:30-7:45pm. Learn how to stimulate your infant or toddler to become a successful reader. Free. Oakley Branch Library. 4033 Gilmore Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513369-6038


10 Ways To De-Clutter Your Home – 12:1512:45pm. See Oct 1. Healthier Breakfast Choices – 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-2820022


Mt. Airy Forest Festival – 9am-5pm. Mt. Airy Forest, Oak Ridge Lodge. 5083 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-352-4094 Canning 101 – 11:30am. Preserving the Harvest with Gretchen Vaughn of Greensleeves Farm. Topics include planning for family needs, basic tools, recipes and local resources. Seating is limited to 25. Free. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP Rally and March Against Childhood Obesity – 12pm. Join Avondale Clergy and other Faith Based Organizations. South Avondale Elementary School. 636 Prospect Place, Cincinnati, OH.

Queen City Bike + Dine – 12-5pm. Pedal into fall on Cincinnati’s third Queen City Bike + Dine starting at Park + Vine. This 20-mile bike tour includes vegan options at three local restaurants, The Hideaway, Song Long and Green Dog Cafe. The ride ends at Grammer’s in Over-the-Rhine. $30. Free. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275


Preserving the Harvest – 9:30am-1:30pm. Learn about ways to can, freeze and dry bulk produce. Park + Vine is supplying canning jars and other items for sale, while Cincinnati Locavore’s Valerie Taylor demonstrates techniques for putting up berries, tomatoes, and vegetables. Free. Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. 3424 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275

Backyard Birds 101 – 1-4pm. Develop a new enthusiasm for our avian neighbors or indulge your existing passion by visiting our information table and participating in hands-on activities. Stop by and stay as long as you want. Free. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-6070x16 The Key to Tomorrow’s Health – 3-6pm. An international panel of medical doctors will present a lecture about “Healing on the Spiritual Path, Help and Healing Through the Teachings of Bruno Groening“. Free, donations appreciated. Xavier University, Cintas Center, East Entrance, Conference Rooms 4 & 5. 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-899-3115


Year Round Gardening – 6:30pm. “Girls in the Garden” Whimsical class about planning a garden

MARK YOUR CALENDAR The Sunset Players Celebrate Their 30th Season!

Harvey 8 p.m. on Oct 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17

Dunham Recreation Center Arts Building 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH

Tickets $9, $8 for students, seniors and groups. Seasonal tickets: $30 for a pair, $20 individual 513-588-4988

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Natural Awakenings Natural Fair and Laughter and Peace 5:30-9pm

Friday, October 16 ROC Conference Center 969 Reading Rd. Mason, OH

Saturday, October 17 Grailville (St. Brigid Building) 932 O’Bannonville Rd, Loveland, OH

A two-hour participatory program exploring the power of laughter as a practice of non-violence followed by the Natural Awakenings Natural Fair featuring local vendors, entertainment and refreshments. Info and Tickets: Patrick Murphy Welage 513-607-1830, Betty Finney 513-231-6275,

with female plants –Becky daisy, Laura phlox, etc. Free. Monfort Heights Branch Library. 3825 West Fork Rd, 513-369-4472

Herbal Remedies for Babies and Children – 7-8pm. Learn about herbal remedies to keep you and your kids healthy and strong. Presented by: Tracy Dozier, L.M.T Herbal Consultant. $10. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111

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Native American Life, Ages 5 to 8 – 10am-1pm. Learn about everyday life of an Ohio Native American child in the late 1700’s, including food, clothing and shelter. Try some daily chores, take a hike, make a pictograph and play games. Pack a lunch. Free. LieuLaBoiteaux Woods. 5400 Lanius Ln, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-542-2909

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Shared Reading – 7-8pm. Learn simple and fun Shared Reading method to dramatically increase your child’s language and pre-literacy skills. Free. Blue Ash Branch Library. 4911 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-6051

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Eden Park Nature Walk and Art Gallery Stroll – 10-12pm. Enjoy a joint program with Krohn and the Cincinnati Art Museum exploring the wonderful world of birds. Meet at Krohn Conservatory. Free. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707

Black Walnut Weekend – 12-4pm. Celebrate the drop of walnuts with live music, games, crafts, tastes and more. Free. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve Ellenwood Nature Barn. 3455 Poole Rd, Cincinnati, OH. Apple Fest – 1-4pm. Free. Winton Woods Winton Centre. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH.

Jazz of the Month Club – 2-4pm. Live jazz featuring the Jamey Aebersold Quartet with Jamey on alto sax. Free. Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6900

4th Annual Nauti Nite – 7:30-11pm. Fundraiser for the WAVE Foundation’s conservation efforts and youth education programs. Newport Aquarium. 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY. 859-815-1442

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Black Walnut Weekend – 12-4pm. See October 17.

The Phenomenon Bruno Groening – 1:30-7:30pm. Documentary Film about the life and extraordinary healings of Bruno Groening who helped thousands of people regain their health. 2 intermissions. Free, donations appreciated. Holiday Inn Eastgate, Athens Room. 4501 Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati, OH. 513899-3115

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Discover the New You: Life Makeover 101 – 6-7:30pm. Are you happy with your life? Do you feel stuck or confused in your work or personal life? Do you ignore your own needs or important areas in your life? With thought provoking questions you will be able to identify where you are right now, where you want to be and develop steps to get there. Presented by: Kim Holmes, Life Coach. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111 How Do I Read With My Child? – 7pm. Learn how to share your love of reading with your young child. Attendees will receive a gift bag with books for children. Free. Anderson Branch Library. 7450 State Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-369-6030

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Healthier Breakfast Choices – 12:15-12:45pm. See Oct 8. Strengthen Your Self-Control – 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-2820022

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Vegetarian Cooking Classes Sunday, October 25 1pm & 4pm

World Peace Yoga Conference: 3 days. See October 23. Yoga and Writing Workshop – 1-5pm. With Suellen Hugan and Phoenix Wilson, RYT. Moye Center, St. Anne’s Convent. 1000 Saint Anne Dr, Melbourne, KY. $45 by Oct 10/ $50. 859-653-5663, 859-341-9642

Spooky Creature Feature – 2pm. Join us to meet live animals and learn about wildlife that really isn’t all that spooky. Free. Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center. 9001 Mt. Hope Rd, Harrison, OH.

Nature At Night Pumpkin Hike – 7pm. Jack-olanterns will show you the way as you discover the wonder of nature at night. Bring a flashlight and check in for this self-guided hike. Free. FarbachWerner Nature Preserve Ellenwood Nature Barn. 3455 Poole Rd, Cincinnati, OH.

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World Peace Yoga Conference: 3 days. See October 23.

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Sustainability Day at Xavier – 8am-5pm. Program will highlight local food and Xavier’s sustainability initiatives. Speaker Father Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier University President, and Dr. Nancy Tuchman, the director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Free. Xavier University, Cintas Center. 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH.,

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Strengthen Your Self-Control – 12:15-12:45pm. See Oct 22.

Classic Hitchcock – 6-8pm. Watch the Hitchcock thriller, The Birds, on the big screen! Free. Oakley Branch Library. 4033 Gilmore Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6038

With chef Mark Metcalfe

The Veg Head 920 B Loveland Madeira Rd. Loveland, OH 513-697-7090

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World Peace Yoga Conference: 3 days. With national and internationally known teachers, musicians, authors, artists and chefs. Find a full rich experience and inspiration leading to and creating a path of world peace. Costs vary. Grailville. 932 O’Bannonville Rd, Loveland, OH. 513-300-9642

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What is in YOUR make-up bag? – 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022



3rd Annual Costume Contest – 12pm. Judges will vote on who is the Most Creative, Funniest, Scariest, Best Couple and Best Team. Followed by a pumpkin-carving contest. Participants will check in with their pre-carved pumpkin and a written description and then be photographed with their jack-o-lantern masterpiece. Free. Fountain Square, 5th and Vine streets, downtown Cincinnati, OH.


Fall Foliage Walks – 10-11:30am. Discover the secrets behind the annual fall color change, how to identify trees by their fall color and how the local wildlife is preparing for the upcoming winter on a hike through beautiful Burnet Woods. Free. Burnet Woods, Ludlow Ave. entrance. Cincinnati, OH. 513-751-3679 Monster Mash Bash – 8pm-12am. Enjoy Halloween-themed live music, dress up in a crazy costume or come as yourself and experience some ghoulish lighting effects, refreshments and other “scary” surprises. Free. Fountain Square, 5th and Vine streets, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

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Yoga Teacher Training Open House – 5:307pm. For anyone interested in becoming a yoga teacher or in deepening their yoga practice. Learn about the 200-hour Yoga Alliance program and what it’s all about! Free. World Peace Yoga & Motion Studio. 268 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-300-9642 Yoga@


Green Gala 2009 – 6-9pm. The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) grants the 2009 Environmental Achievement Awards. Dinner, cocktails, silent auction. $35 OEC members, $40 non-members. Columbus Athenaeum. 32 North Fourth St, Columbus, OH. 614-487-7506


Meditation: Why It Works – 10-11:30am. 8 weekly sessions. Starts Aug 31. With Gay Pupura. An in-depth study, bio-feedback, breath awareness. $125. Mantra Wellness Center. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324 Laugh at Lunch – 12-12:45pm. Laughter yoga is a fun, new exercise anyone can do. Pack a lunch and feed both body and soul. Free. The Scout House at Harry Whiting Brown Community Center. 34 Village Sq, Cincinnati, OH. 513-771-0333 Chewing Color – 5-9pm. Oct 2 – May 2, 2010. Exhibit by artist Marilyn Minter. Free admission on Mondays. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513-345-8400 Standard Definition – 5-9pm. Oct 2 – Jan 24, 2010. Exhibit by artist C. Spencer Yeh. Free admission on Mondays. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH. 513-345-8400 Yoga – 5:30-6:20pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community. 4918 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060 Taijiquan – 5:45-7pm. August 24 through November. Every Monday and Wednesday. Introductory beginners’ class. First class free. $20 registration fee, further donations accepted. Oakley Community Center. 3882 Paxton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-981-7940 NIA – 6pm. Joyful movement and music adaptable to any fitness level! With Trish Freeman. yogahOMe Bellevue. 715 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY. 513-3735661 Veterans Clinic – 6pm. Sep 28 – Oct 19. Designed to reduce symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatments may also help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and focus, and alleviate hyper-vigilance and flashback. Bring DD214 or VA ID. Klimick Acupuncture. 10979 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 129, Blue Ash, OH. RSVP 513-834-8173 Sustainable Living Potluck – 6:30-10pm. Informal group meeting discussing ways of decreasing our collective and individual “ecological footprints”. Free. Gaia Foundation. 8987 Cotillion Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-521-9321 Yoga for Healthy Weight! – 6:45-7:45pm. 1st class is FREE; $13-drop-in; $69 for 6 class pass; $120 for 12 class pass. Lifepath Center. 734 BromCres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307  In Haus Comedy Night – 7-9pm. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Listen, laugh and have a great cup of coffee as local comedians share their talent with us. Free. Bean Haus. 640 Main St, Covington, KY. 859-431-BEAN

Holiday Floral Show – 10-5pm. Nov 21 - Jan 3, 2010. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707 Open Yoga Practice – 9:30am. Free. Yoga Ah! Studio. 4046 Hamilton Ave, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH. 513-542-9642


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Walnut Hills Walking Club – 10-11am. Take steps to being healthy and join The Walnut Hills Walking Club! Free. Bush Recreation Center. 2640 Kemper Ln, Cincinnati, OH. 513-585-9872

Tai Chi at The Christ Hospital – 12-1pm. Exclusively for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. RalphDehner, instructor. Free. Christ Hospital Cancer Center, Level D. 2139 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-585-2023 Findlay Farmers Market – 3-6pm. Through Oct. 1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-665-4839

Sayler Park Farmers Market – 4-7pm. Through Oct 27. Sayler Park. Parkland Ave and Monitor St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-675-0496

Energy Yoga – 5:30pm. Relax, stretch, meditate and breathe! Presented by: Esly Caldwell III, CAc. $12. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111

Reser Road Ride – 6pm. Fantastic road ride through Northern Kentucky. All skill levels are welcome. Helmets and lights required. Free. Reser Bicycle Outfitters. 648 Monmouth St, Newport, KY. 859-261-6187

Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community, Room 310. 1717 Dixie Highway Suite 160, Ft. Wright, KY. 513-791-4060 Drumming Circle – 6:45-8:45pm. Last Tuesday of each month. Bring drums, rattles, your wonderful self to enjoy raising the collective vibrations for healing intent. Free. Lloyd House. 3901 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH.

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 Wednesday Walks – 10-11am. Every first Wednesday of each month. Through October. Join us on a tour of the arboretum. Each month we will see a different area that is blooming. Meet at shelter #2. Free. Boone County Arboretum. 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, KY. 859-586-6101

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

Yoga at Dunham Rec. Center – 11:30am-12:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. Dunham Recreation Center. 4356 Dunham Lane (of Guerley Road), Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060

Rapid Head and/or Spine MRI Screening Research Study – 2-4pm. Through Nov 25. Ages 7-17 with known or suspected brain or spine conditions. Takes 10-15 minutes. Free. University of Cincinnati, Department of Radiology. 2624 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-584-1584

Hiking Club – 5-6pm. 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. Taijiquan – 5:45-7pm. See Monday.

Dick & the Roadmasters Original Blues Jam – 6pm-12am. Blues Music. All ages. Free. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar. 3715 Winston Ave, Covington, KY. 859-261-1029 Herpetology Programs at Rowe Woods – 7-9pm. Every first Wednesday of each month. Light refreshments will be served. Members free/Non-members daily admission. Rowe Woods Auditorium. 4949 Tealtown Rd Milford, OH. Bill Creasey 513-8311711 x125 Meditation & Chanting – 7-8:30pm. Free. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. 7657 Montgomery Rd, Kenwood, OH. 513-651-3551 Running Word Wednesday – 7pm. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. Bean Haus. 640 Main St, Covington, KY. 859431-BEAN

NIA – 7:30pm. With Gwen Steffen. Joyful movement adaptable to any fitness level! The Kula Center for Movement Arts, 110 E. 8th St., Newport, KY. 859-694-3131 Live Interactive Audio Talks – 10:30pm. ‘A modern mystic’s profound voyage into Infinity.’ You will be stunned with insights and experience a transmission of cosmic energy which will illuminate your Being.

Walnut Hills Walking Club – 10-11am. See Tuesday. Community Acupuncture Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. An introduction into the wonderful benefits of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Presented by: Esly Caldwell III, CAc. $20 person/ $30 couple. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111

Yoga Practice – 5:45-7:15pm. Phoenix’s yoga classes create a space for the cultivation of a healthy body alignment, the flow of energy in the body and a more peaceful and open heart. $13/ $44 for 4 classes. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts. 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 859-341-9642

Yoga for Healthy Weight! – 6:15-7:15pm. Must register in advance. Sponsored by Boone County Parks. $25 per month. Boone County Library (Union/ Scheben Branch). US 42, Florence, KY. RSVP 859334-2117 Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Every 2nd Thursday of each month. With Gary Matthews. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts. 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 513-489-5302

Tai-Chi – 7:30-8:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community, Room 310. 1717 Dixie Highway Suite 160, Ft. Wright, KY. 513-791-4060

A Morning Cup of Yoga – 9-10:30am. Start the day and weekend with a clear mind, invigorated body and renewed spirit. Open to new and experienced students. Instructor, Phoenix Wilson, RYT. Lloyd House. 3901 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 859-541-9642 Uptown Farmers Market – 12-7pm. Through Oct 31. Garden Park, 3581 W. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-238-6616 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 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

Findlay Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. See Tuesday.

Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday. Northern Kentucky Regional Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Through Oct. On the median behind the Goose Girl Fountain on Sixth & Main Streets, Covington, KY. 859-292-2163 Anderson Farmers Market - 9am-1pm. Through Oct 31. Anderson Center Station. 7832 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-688-8400 Garden Volunteer Days – 9am-12pm. Every last Saturday of each month. Through October. Learn about gardening while volunteering at Grailville. No experience needed, join for one day or for the whole season. Free. Grailville. 932 O’Bannonville Rd, Loveland, OH. RSVP 513-683-2340 Landen-Deerfield (Loveland) Farmers Market – 9am-12pm. 3292 Montgomery Rd, Loveland, OH. 937-289-3151 Tai-Chi – 9:30-10:30am. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community. 4918 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-4060 NIA – 10am. With Trish Freeman. Joyful movement adaptable to any fitness level! The Kula Center for Movement Arts. 110 E. 8th St., Newport, KY. 513373-5661 Taijiquan – 10-11:30am. Taoist Tai Chi Society. Oakley Community Center. 3882 Paxton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-981-7940 Transformational Breath™ Group – 10-11:30am. Aug 29 through Oct 3. With Gay Pupura. Eight weekly sessions $240. Mantra Wellness Center. 4677 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324

Uptown Farmers Market – 10-2pm. See Friday. Artworld – 11am-5pm. Explore the interactive discovery area for families at the Art Museum. Themes rotate two to three times per year and always feature hands-on activities for all ages, interests, and learning styles. Free. Yoga Intro – 11am-12pm. Free. The Edge Yoga Studio. 1507 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, OH. 513-821-9642 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, OH. 513-639-2995 Family First Saturdays – 1-4pm. 1st Sunday of month. Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 In Store Tastings ­– 1-3pm. Explore great tastes of our 365 Every Day Value and 365 Organic private brand products along with some of the hottest sale items in town. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-398-9358 AND Whole Foods Market. 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-531-8015 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. Wine/Food Tasting Party. Every first Saturday of each month. Sample three wines and three menu items. $15. Indigo Fort Mitchell. 2053 Dixie Hwy, Ft. Mitchell, KY. 859-331-4339

Traditional Japanese Reiki Levels 1-3. With Bruce Davis. Classes scheduled upon request. Call for more information and registration. Mantra Wellness Center. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-8911324 Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday. Meditation & Chanting – 8:30-10am. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Free. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. 7657 Montgomery Rd, Kenwood, OH. 513-651-3551 Northside Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Corner of Hamilton Ave and Lingo, Cincinnati, OH. Hyde Park Farmers Market – 9:30am-1:30pm. US Bank Parking Lot, 3424 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH. Findlay Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. See Tuesday. Artworld – 11am-5pm. See Saturday.

Hudy’s Tailgate on the Square – 11am. Through Oct. Park, tailgate and watch the Bengals games on the Square’s giant video screen. Fans are welcome to use the plaza’s chairs or bring their own. Adult beverages, soft drinks, food and pre-game entertainment provided. Free. Fountain Square, 5th and Vine streets, downtown Cincinnati, OH.

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German Heritage Museum – 1-5pm. Through Oct 18. Two-story 1830 log house furnished with German immigrant memorabilia. Free, donations accepted. German Heritage Museum. 4790 West Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-574-1741

Lalique, Henri Vever, Philippe Wolfers, and Tiffany & Co. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995

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

Pain Relief Clinic – 5pm (Mon-Thu). Oct 5-15. Targets acute and chronic pain. Participants receives an initial one-hour private consultation and treatment. Follow-up treatments vary in frequency. Klimick Acupuncture. 10979 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 129, Blue Ash, OH. RSVP 513-834-8173

NIA – 1pm. With Gwen Steffen. Joyful movement adaptable to any fitness level! The Aura Studio. 401 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY. 859-694-3131

Cloth Diapering Cuteness – 2pm. Every first Sunday of each month. Park + Vine hosts an informal class on all aspects of cloth diapering. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275

Family ARTventures – 3pm. An interactive tour of the galleries for the entire family including 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, OH. 513-639-2995

ARTSTOP Artist Series: Ages 5 and up – 3:305pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, 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

ARTSTOP Artist Series: Ages 7 to 12 – 5-6:30pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, 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 Axis Mundi: New Works by Emil Robinson – 11am-5pm (Wed-Sun). Through October 18. The paintings of Cincinnati native Emil Robinson serve as contemplations on daily life. $8/ $6 students 18+ and seniors 60+ / free on Wednesdays. Taft Museum of Art. 316 Pike St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-241-0343

Boone County Farmers Market – 9am-6pm. Through Oct 31. 6028 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY. 859-586-6101

Don Lambert: Supernova Terra Firma. Through Nov 29. Winner of the Art Museum’s inaugural 4th Floor Award for local and regional artists, Lambert’s works explore our perception of space through the frames of scientific theory, philosophy, literature, and cartography. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. Fall Floral Show: Backyard Birds and Wildlife – 10am-5pm. Through Nov 1. Backyard Birds and Wildlife: discover a safari in our own back yard. We will teach you how to attract birds and wildlife into your yard by providing food, water and natural habitats. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707

Imperishable Beauty. Oct 24 through Jan 17, 2010. Closed Mondays. Discover over one hundred works of sensuous Art Nouveau jewelry by the major designers and jewelers of the era, including René


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John Agnew Art Show – 10am-5pm. Oct 17-25. Renowned nature artist and muralist John Agnew has endeavored to paint the parks throughout the seasons. His efforts will culminate into this art exhibit. Free. Sharon Woods Sharon Centre. 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH.

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp. Oct 9 through Jan 03, 2010. Closed Mondays. Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting. A ground-breaking exhibition, featuring approximately one hundred Chinese paintings and objects depicting animals, that decodes the complex visual language of Chinese animal symbolism to reveal rich stories about Chinese history. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995

I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

Walk Club – 8:30am (Mon, Wed, Fr). Walks are led by Park District Volunteers in a fun and friendly environment. Open to adults age 50 or over. Free. 5 locations: Miami Whitewater Forest, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, Sharon Woods, Winton Woods and Fernbank Park. 513-521-7275

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Food Safety Bill Could Threaten Future of Organic Farmers Government-controlled one-size-fits-all provision could put many small farms out of business. The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2749), passed in July, would treat family farms the same as multinational corporations, giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to: • Quarantine & halt all movement of food in a geographic area • Oversee on-farm production activities • Search business records without a warrant • Force farmers to establish a costly tracing system • Impose criminal and civil penalties and a $500 annual registration fee • Regulate how crops are raised and harvested The Senate will discuss its version of the bill this fall, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (S. 510). Changes can still be made to both bills when they move on to a conference committee where key differences are to be reconciled.

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