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Hasta la Vista, Corporate Life! Adrienne Davidson by Kristin DeMint
by Esly Caldwell
Masters of Being
Dr. Quantum Gives Us the Inside Scoop by S. Alison Chabonais PG. 18
Don’t Fence Me In
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Breathe In, Breathe Out
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The No Impact Man by Ellen Mahoney
Refocusing the American Dream
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Natural Ways to Strengthen Immunity
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newsbriefs The Good Health Coach Show Debuts on Blog Talk Radio
erria Kelly, a certified health and wellness coach, is pleased to announce The Good Health Coach Show, scheduled to debut on Blog Talk Radio on Wednesday, November 11th at 3 p.m. EST. For more than a decade, Verria has fine tuned her incredible insight for healing and now shares this talent with clients, helping them to overcome chronic health challenges. For The Good Health Coach Show’s debut performance, Verria will be joined by special guest Betty Finney, a Laughter Therapist. Tune in to learn more about the health benefits of laughter and learn how to laugh your stress away.
A Cat’s Life by Linda Rossin
“Everything I see, everywhere I look, a painting waits to come to life,” says artist Linda Rossin of Oak Ridge, New Jersey. “My paintings are momentary journeys that are filled with nature’s richness, beauty and dignity.” Linda specializes in poignant portrayals of birds and mammals of North America and East Africa in which she brings careful detail and often a touch of Impressionism. Even her studio reflects her passion for animals, having once housed great cats appearing in the R.T. Richards Circus. Linda says her favorite most-used medium is acrylics, though she enjoys switching to oil for plein air and oversized pieces. An adventurous spirit has taken Linda on an artistic journey from silversmithing to fashion design to big city graphic design before she rediscovered her childhood affinity for animals through wildlife art. Following this calling has reaped an impressive string of awards as she publishes and exhibits in shows across the country, including a miniature exhibit hosted by The Smithsonian. She also often serves as a judge or juror for international exhibitions in her field.
To see the artist’s gallery visit LindaRossin.com.
If you would like to be a special guest on The Good Health Coach Show, please contact Verria Kelly at 513-898-0774. Also see ad on page 7.
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
two-day training and certification to become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6 at the World Peace Yoga & Motion Studio, located at 268 Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. The training will be taught by Patrick Murphy Welage, who is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, affiliated with the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga, now based in Bangalore, India. Welage has been acclaimed to be “one of the most senior figures in the international Laughter Yoga movement.” He has taught Laughter Yoga in Ireland, Italy, India, Thailand, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Australia, and the U.S. Register before November 15th for only $250. (The price goes to $295 afterward). The training includes lunch, all materials, and a signed Certificate. For more information and to register, call the World Peace Yoga & Motion Studio at 513-300-9643 or visit WorldPeaceYoga.com. Also see CRG listing on page 30.
ProWellness Chiropractic Open House Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children
n celebration of opening up a second office, Dr. Mark Johnson D.C. of ProWellness Chiropractic is hosting an open house benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children on Saturday, November 7th, from 12 to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the new practice, which is located at 549 Lafayette Avenue in Bellevue, Kentucky (formerly known as Thompson Chiropractic). Donations will be accepted at this time. Light refreshments and free chair massages will be available to everyone. Come celebrate the day, receive a relaxing massage and support a good cause!
For more information, see ad on page 13 and CRG listing on page 30.
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Massage Workshop Benefits AVA’s Hope
n November 8th, come show your support for Orphan Sunday by attending An Introduction to Children’s Massage: A Benefit for AVA’s Hope! “This event aims to honor adoptive families, provide useful information for parents of both adopted and biological children, and raise money for a wonderful organization”, says event host and local massage therapist, Shannon McKnight, LMT. The workshop is educational for parents and offers a sampling of simple massage techniques which can be used at home to encourage bonding between parent and child. All proceeds from this event will be donated to AVA’s Hope, a local non-profit organization that provides grants for families seeking to adopt internationally. The class will be held at Crossroads Community Church, 3500 Madison Road in Oakley, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Participation will cost $25 for a parent/child combo; additional combos are $10. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information and to register, contact Shannon at 513-225-0097.
ateways to Healing, Network Chiropractic and Advanced Clinical Nutrition, is holding its Annual Food Drive from Monday, November 2nd until Saturday, January 2nd, 2010. Anyone who brings in at least two full bags of groceries will receive their choice of either a free comprehensive chiropractic exam or a free nutritional exam. All donations will go to the Free Food Store in downtown Cincinnati. The goal is to top the record of over 500 pounds of food that last year’s food drive brought in. Gateways to Healing is located at 3239 Jefferson Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, call 513-321-3317 or email GateToHealing@aol.com
Clinical Research through SMS
xiom Accelerated Patient Recruitment, one of the nation’s leaders in clinical research support and integrated healthcare marketing, is introducing innovative new text messaging (SMS) services. “Clinical studies are an important way to advance research. In an era when healthcare is one of the nation’s leading topics of conversation, we believe clinical studies should be accessible to as many people as possible,” said Julie Oimoen, Project Manager at Axiom. “We can best accomplish this by allowing potential participants to respond by using the medium with which they’re most comfortable. For many candidates in today’s world, that means text messaging.” Axiom is able to identify pre-qualified audiences for numerous ailments and diseases ranging from asthma to adolescent schizophrenia. Text messages can be used to directly communicate with these audiences to gauge interest in participating in a clinical study that may help minimize symptoms or treat the disease. These services can also retain participants through support services like appointment reminders and treatment instructions. To learn more, text STUDY to 77411, call 888-859-4656 or visit RecruitPatients.com
New Weight Loss Exercise Machines at Significant Healing
erfect Shape Toning Tables have recently been added to Significant Healing Holistic Practice featuring Pounds and Inches Weight Loss Center, located in Florence, Kentucky, at the corner of Lloyd Avenue and Turfway Road. These state-of-the-art exercise machines facilitate weight loss through passive movements. This type of exercise stimulates the ‘stretch reflex’ in muscle tissues. It increases muscle tone as well as blood and lymph node circulation without raising the heart or blood pressure. In turn, the increased fluid circulation stimulates the body to eliminate natural waste that has built up in the cellular system. Perfect Shape Toning Tables were first developed by Bernard H. Stauffer in the late 1930’s. His first patients came to relieve sore muscles in their hips, back and legs. Much to their delight they soon began to lose inches off their thighs, stomach, hips and arms as well. For more information, call 859-282-0022 or visit SignificantHealing.com. Also see ad on page 23 and CRG listing on page 30.
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healthbriefs November is: National Diabetes Awareness Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
The CholesterolAlzheimer’s Link
ew research reveals that insufficient sleep of six hours or less, a common shortcoming of our Western lifestyle, may contribute to the development of insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance, which in turn may increase the long-term risk of developing diabetes. The link was noted in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Source: The Endocrine Society, 2009
Smell Stress Away
hen feeling stressed and tired, take a restorative whiff of bracing lemon, enlivening rosemary or soothing lavender—or any other plant that has a pleasant scent. Scientists in Japan have reported the first scientific evidence supporting the idea that inhaling certain fragrances alters people’s gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that reduce stress. The effects are attributed to linalool, a fragrant substance present in many plants and plant oils. When inhaled, linalool reduced stress-activated neutrophils and lymphocytes (two types of white blood cells) in the body to near-normal levels and restrained the activity of more than 100 genes that go into overdrive during stressful situations. In their study, researchers noted that people have inhaled the scents of certain plants since ancient times to help reduce feelings of anxiety, fight inflammation and depression and induce sleep. Today, aromatherapy, or the use of fragrant oils to improve mood and health, is a popular form of alternative medicine. These findings could form a new basis for identifying the best fragrances to smell to dispel stress. Source: American Chemical Society, 2009
More Kudos for Nuts and Mediterranean Diet
ccording to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association, a Mediterranean diet, with an additional daily serving of mixed nuts, can be helpful in managing some metabolic disorders in older adults. Research focused on metabolic syndrome, a set of metabolic disorders such as abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood glucose levels, all of which increase the risk of chronic disease.
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esearchers at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research and the University of Kuopio, in Finland, recently reported that elevated cholesterol levels in midlife—even borderline elevations—significantly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia later in life. While scientists are still trying to pinpoint the genetic and lifestyle factors that cause Alzheimer’s and dementia, levels of cholesterol are proving to respond well to lifestyle changes. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight continue to be an important first goal; losing even 10 pounds can help improve cholesterol levels. Discerning between good and bad fats also helps. Good fats come from plants, such as avocados and nuts, or fish like salmon and mackerel; bad fats are usually found in meats and animal products. Researchers recommend that we eat ample fiber from whole grains and vegetables, and consider a supplement of artichoke leaf. A study conducted by the University of Reading, UK, indicates that the leaf reduces plasma cholesterol. Include fruits, too, as they contain pectin, a special, soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol and helps curb overeating. Another tool for gaining the upper hand on cholesterol is managing stress, because there is a direct link between elevated cholesterol in the body and the output of stress hormones. For more information visit Alz.org. Sources: GolinHarris, 2009; Prevention. com; University of Redding, 2008
Nobel Prize for Discovery of Telomeres and Telomerase
his yearsâ€™ Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of â€œhow chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.â€? The long, thread-like DNA molecules that carry our genes are packed into chromosomes, the telomeres being the caps on their ends. Blackburn and Szostak discovered that a unique DNA sequence in the telomeres protects the chromosomes from degradation. Greider and Blackburn identified telomerase, the enzyme that makes telomere DNA. These discoveries explained how the ends of the chromosomes are protected by the telomeres and that they are built by telomerase. If the telomeres are shortened, cells age. Conversely, if telomerase activity is high, telomere length is maintained, and cellular senescence is delayed. This is the case in cancer cells, which can be considered to have eternal life. Certain inherited diseases, in contrast, are characterized by a defective telomerase, resulting in damaged cells. The award of the Nobel Prize recognizes the discovery of a fundamental mechanism in the cell, a discovery that has stimulated the development of new therapeutic strategies.
Life well spent is long. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Source: Telomerase Activation Sciences, Inc.
BroCColi helPs KeeP Prostate CaNCer at BaY
An Institute of Food Research study now shows that eating one or more portions of broccoli every week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer and prevent localized cancer from becoming more aggressive. It turns out that broccoli, as well as other cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, affect genes by changing cell-signaling pathways, thereby reducing the risk of developing and spreading cancer. The study of 400 men at risk for developing prostate cancer took place over the course of 12 months. Participants ate either 400 grams of broccoli or 400 grams of peas each week, in addition to their normal diet. Based on before-and-after tissue samples taken from their prostate gland, researchers found more changes in gene expression in the men who ate the broccoli than in those eating the peas. Source: Public Library of Science, 2008
Hasta la Vista, Corporate Life!
Adrienne Davidson by Kristin DeMint
Until about four years ago, Adrienne Davidson was, like many people, living to survive, in a way. The sun rose and fell day after day (as it tends to do), and in between, the day found Davidson seated at her desk as a CPA, accomplishing many tasks, few of which she felt passionate about.
was living such an unconscious life up until that point,” she reminisces. “Fix breakfast, take the kids to school, pick them up—before I knew it, months and years went by. I was okay at my job,” she continues. “I was happy with my home life, but I didn’t know who I was, what I was good at.” So she stopped. Her career path didn’t change quite so suddenly, but its transition began simply: with an hour of letting go. After hearing much ado about Reiki from a co-worker, Patrick Burgess, Davidson decided to give it a try. So she hopped up on the massage table and found out just what he was raving about. “I don’t believe in any of that woo-woo crap,” she’d tell him—a bold statement for a soon-to-be Reiki Master in the making. What she found, however, was that she was “so mentally twirled around” that Reiki was just what she needed. “I felt really weird at the beginning of the session,” she confides, “but over time, all those thoughts were able to settle. Until then, I had been unable to relax. I was finally able to just BE! I had really settled into the idea of lying there and just being. I felt very safe and at ease. I felt as though I was separated from my normal life, as if I had dropped all my
identities on the floor and could simply pick them up again when I left. It was like I was a teenager again, how I used to be so passionate about everything.” “Reiki helped me regain my spiritual connection,” continues Davidson. “I had a mental transformation, and my body became healthier because I was taking better care of myself. For me, changing careers was about reclaiming my life, reclaiming my happiness—everything else just kind of fell into place.” For the next year, Davidson studied Reiki with Burgess on the side while working as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “It was a year of introspection,” she explains. “My career in accounting had required a lot of investment, and [leaving it was] a huge risk—it was scary. I went to school for this career, and I had worked hard to earn a job with lots of recognition, respect and [financial reward].” After the course of a year, however, she knew that what she was doing at PWC didn’t match up with what she wanted, so she made a change. At first, she started a transitional business out of her house: Reiki Dojo. And though she had a couple of clients and a couple of students, she missed the hustle and bustle of the corporate world. “Right around that time,” Davidson
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shares, “the universe provided me with two very important people: Bruce Davis, a very successful Reiki practitioner who was in flux at the time, and Donna Hartmann, a gifted massage therapist and mentor who’s so present during her work that she does a phenomenal job.” And then Davidson had her moment of realization: “Let’s put together a business.” So they combined their specialties, and Mantra Wellness Center was born. Mantra is a bit different from most holistic healing centers—it’s a hub for both traditional and non-traditional health and wellness modalities (from life coaching and hypnotherapy to massage and energy work to referrals for nutritionists and dieticians) and offers guidance in addition to the services it offers. “Mantra’s goal is to be a stressreducing center, a pain-relief center,” explains Davidson. “It’s meant to be a place where people can stop for a minute, reflect, and change some of their behaviors.” “[This business is] really about the personal touch, about the people,” explains Davidson. “I am very plugged in to the community, so if I can’t provide a service, I refer people to professionals who do; I try to connect people with good matches for them.” And in a country where insurance tends to dictate healthcare decisions, Mantra offers detailed documentation upon clients’ request for their insurance companies to help make these increasingly common health services easy on the pocketbook. As for Davidson’s role at Mantra? “I let the practitioners do what they do best,” she explains—and she continues to do what she does best, which is managing the business. “I was led down a certain path for a reason; I wasn’t going to throw away those years of training,” she explains. “Who knows; it may change for me in the future. Right now, I’m a very happy camper. I love helping people.” Mantra Wellness Center is open by appointment only, seven days a week. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.mantrawellnesscenter.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 513-891-1324.
to Strengthen Immunity and Stay Healthy During Flu Season by Esly Caldwell
taying healthy is a unique challenge during cold and flu season. And this year with the H1N1 (swine) flu spreading rapidly, we need to do all that we can to keep our immune systems operating at an optimal level. The most significant lifestyle considerations for the strength of the immune system are stress, exercise, sleep and diet. Stress can significantly compromise the immune system, so it is crucial that you take steps to mitigate its harmful effects before they can affect your health. Regular exercise, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, prayer, acupuncture, deep breathing and other relaxation techniques are some of the most effective ways to reduce and manage stress. In addition to being a potent stress reducer, exercise may also strengthen the immune system. Even a mild exercise program such as brisk walking (for 20 to 30 minutes, four to five days per week) has been shown to improve antibody and white blood cell function. Inadequate sleep is a major factor that can weaken the immune system. While eight hours of sleep per night is a general recommendation, actual sleep needs can vary from person to person. Some people may be fine with fewer than eight hours; others may need a few hours more. The best method to determine whether you are getting sufficient sleep is to evaluate how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you feel rested, refreshed, and rejuvenated, then you are likely getting enough sleep. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms you may need more sleep: having difficulty getting out of bed, experiencing drowsiness
Vitamin A helps to regulate the im-
mune system and may enable white blood cells to fight infection more effectively. Some of the best plant-based sources of Vitamin A are carrots, spinach, kale, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
Vitamin C can help the body fight
off infections and tumors. It stimulates antibodies and white blood cells to fight infection. Some of the best sources of Vitamin C are red and green peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes and broccoli.
Vitamin D was in the news recently after a study published earlier this year found that individuals with the lowest Vitamin D levels more frequently got colds and the flu. Vitamin D is most commonly found in seafood and seafood products such as salmon, sardines and cod liver oil. Zinc is a trace mineral that is required
by the body to activate the immune system. It can help boost production of white blood cells and enable them fight infection more effectively. Shellfish and animal products are some of the richest sources of zinc. Legumes (especially almonds, cashews and chickpeas [also known as garbanzo beans]) are excellent vegetable sources of zinc.
later in the day or requiring caffeine to function alertly. Proper rest is important as a preventive measure to keep the immune system strong. When you do get sick, proper rest is crucial to shorten the duration of your illness.
A well-balanced diet is also essential for maintaining strong immunity. Several key micronutrients have been shown to play a role in immunity, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc. Weakened immune function has been linked with deficiencies of all these micronutrients. Following these simple tips can help to keep the immune system strong and make this cold and flu season more bearable. For those who tend to frequently catch colds and the flu, consider taking steps to reduce stress and get better quality sleep. Try to limit intake of alcohol, soda, and coffee. Also, minimizing or eliminating consumption of dairy, junk food, processed foods and simple sugars can be useful. If you do get sick with a cold or the flu, speak with your healthcare practitioner about alternative cold and flu remedies; there are several natural remedies that can be effective at reducing the symptoms. (This article is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult with your physician before beginning a dietary, exercise or lifestyle modification regimen.) Esly Caldwell III, LAc is board certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Oriental Medicine. He practices at GoBeyondMedicine.com in Florence, KY and at the Trihealth Integrative Health and Medicine Center in Blue Ash. You can reach him at www.EastWestFitness.com
Masters of Being
Dr. Quantum Gives Us the Inside Scoop by S. Alison Chabonais
n the universe of quantum physics, each of us determines our own world. It’s a scientific truth that the very act of our observing events alters their outcome. Our choices and intentions define the fundamental fabric of our reality, what we choose to see or not see. In Dr. Fred Alan Wolf’s books, movie script consulting and workshops, he explains in understandable analogies dimensions of thought explored by great thinkers through the ages. Natural Awakenings caught up with Wolf to ask a few questions… Q. People’s response to “What the Bleep do we know?” seems to signal a major shift in consciousness. Are we entering a new era? A. The reality is that shift is always happening. The illusion is that we can be stuck in a conventional way of thinking. Life is a continuous state of spontaneous creation. But we tend to become aware of a cumulative shift only in hindsight, when it appears to be phenomenal. No physical event can cause a shift, though popular media can bring to light. Times of shifting feel normal and natural. I’ve been talking about quantum physics ideas contained in What the Bleep for 30 years. Yet America woke to the market for these ideas because of the movie. We are a nation of watchers more than readers. Q. How do you see the relationship of science and spirituality? A. Ages ago, people saw no need for a division between science and spirituality. Politics separated church and state beginning with Henry VIII, who manipulated the system to take another wife. Humanity’s dilemma intensified in the time of Newton, who ironically was both a cabalist and mystic. Then the Darwin/Wallace theory of evolution made it okay for the piggiest animals to kill everything in the environment for the sake of survival. All of this conspired to condone a contemporary atheistic view of the universe. It became popular to keep God out of the creation equation. We thought we buried spirituality. But it has its head out of the ground and is influencing everything. We’ve moved into an era of mysticism in which concepts are so abstract that they can neither be proved nor disproved by scientific experiment. String theory is one example. The operation of consciousness is another. We suffer the illusion that a brain in the body is the seat of consciousness, yet our body is 99.9 percent empty space. So who we are may be a consciousness that lives in space.
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Inspiration.nacincin.com While working at the level of the body and the senses, Plato thought that we could never quite experience things as they are “in reality.” He taught that there was a more perfect, non-material realm of existence. In contrast, Aristotle taught that there is no world outside of our senses. The majority of scientists today still share Aristotle’s basic worldview even though quantum physics increasingly supports Plato. What’s surprising is that I receive little resistance to my spiritual ideas about science, either from scientists or the general public. Scientists are open to that which is profoundly sacred and awe inspiring. The questions we ask emerge as the same spiritual questions asked by the best ancient minds. Science is not closed to spiritual ideas. Q. Is your thinking based on a platform of one universal omnipotent and omnipresent Mind or on the human brain as the determining factor of experience? A. Brain emerges from Mind, rather than mind from brain. Mind is one universal unity. To us it appears to operate as many little separate minds in separate bodies, but that’s not how it operates. We all exist in a field of the One Great Mind. There’s not a human being alive who cannot tap into this field of consciousness, see past the surface to the whole. Everyone is a potential Jesus, Mahatma or Buddha. It’s simply a question of desire and whole-hearted surrender of ego to a selfless love that only indirectly references oneself. Q. In a nutshell, how can we change our life for the better? A. Our race is designed to skate on the razorblade edge between order and chaos. Too much static order and we’re bored. Too much flirting with chaos and we feel endangered. We all want to feel safe and loved. Yet by definition the human condition entails conflict. It’s impossible to live a life completely free of conflict. Note well that without exception anyone who has achieved anything in life has had to struggle to do it. Coming up against resistance gives us a chance to learn who we are and what we are here to do. Cocooning children in the lap of luxury is the worst thing we can do for them. Children need to hear their parents’ story, to learn from the struggle that has made and refined us. As we surrender ego and pride in the telling, we become more aware of our spiritual nature, and our children become more aware of their own. Risk is a necessary part of life. Without risk, life is worth little. Whether our children thrive or fail as they struggle on the skirt of earthly chaos, we must have faith that they can do it. Professor Fred Alan Wolf, physicist, author and lecturer, earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at UCLA in 1963. He debuted as Dr. Quantum in 1981. His books on quantum physics have been published in nine languages. He is best known for such works as Taking the Quantum Leap, Mind into Matter and Spiritual Universe and The Yoga of Time Travel. For more info, visit fredalanwolf.com.
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live in this way. In the city, an individual household may be able to meet many of their needs themselves but cannot live without a supportive community that works together to meet the needs of the group. I see the connection and cooperation of people living in the same neighborhood as being possibly the most important asset to growing sustainable homesteads for the future.
The important role of Community
by Kate Reidel
e as humans are now facing a global situation that demands a change of life from one that is destructive and self-centered to one that is in tune with the cycles and rhythms of the natural world. One of the most important ways to begin this change in lifestyles is by learning to live more sustainably by growing our own food, providing our own renewable sources of energy and creating healthy local economies, similar to how our ancestors lived from the land. The rise of the modern city has made it even more difficult to imagine being a self-sustaining home, because in urban areas a large number of people are crammed into a small area of land, and no one has enough land of their own to produce their own food or catch
their own water. Yet cities are where people need to be, for if people were not clustered into cities, there would be no wild land left for other species to live on. At some point we are going to have to figure out a way to fulfill our human needs without the use of fossil fuels, considering that they were created millions of years ago and are non-renewable sources of energy. While appropriate technologies enable mass populations of people to use less non-renewable energy, it is my belief that the path we must take is somewhere between the new age of science and technology and the more primitive, simple lives our ancestors lived. Providing for oneâ€™s own family can be empowering and fulfilling, but not many modern people would be able to
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As we begin to reject consumption as our core principle, community will become more and more important, not just because we will depend on each other but because our time will be spent together in building valuable relationships. It is important that we go back to the communal, tribal mindset for survival because the Earthâ€™s resources are being severely depleted due to our compulsive desire to live lavish, separate lives. Truly sustainable urban living has a great deal to do with living in communities and supporting local economies when there is not something we can provide for ourselves. One backyard may not be able to grow both a vegetable garden and a fruit orchard because of obvious sunlight problems. In a community, I could have the orchard and my neighbor could grow the vegetables, or I could trade some of my fruit for space in her garden to grow my own. This kind of cooperation is imperative for sustainable urban communities to exist. There is another aspect of community that is critically important for a sus-
Truly sustainable urban living has a great deal to do with living in communities and supporting local economies when there is not something we can provide for ourselves.
The most important things in life aren’t things. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
tainable life: the relationship we must all develop with the natural world. We have become so separated from nature that we feel unsafe and vulnerable in nature, but the truth is that we are very safe if we understand the natural rhythm of the natural world. It is innate in us to feel connected to the very organism that sustains our lives and crucial that we realize our connection to nature. Perhaps the most devastating consequence of our split from the natural world is a psychological one; the fact that our children are growing up afraid of anything that is natural, skeptical of anything that is non-sterile or susceptible to Mother Nature is a tragedy that will be hard to reverse. When nature becomes the enemy, we are all in trouble.
Why Community Matters
Aside from finding answers to the many questions of urban sustainability, we must, as a society, come to realize why this is so important to do in the first place. It is urgent that we see our true dependence on this planet and her survival and act as if that is more important than the “comfort” of our lives. The truth is that the human species has taken so much from the Earth, and our population has grown so significantly, that we are reaching the point where Earth can no longer sustain our lives and all other life if we continue growing and using the way that we are now. All of life functions within a balance of give and take. Humans have not given anything for a long time. Before we can think about giving back, we must first learn to take only what is offered to us from where we live and only what we truly need. When we learn to be content with taking only what we need, perhaps then we can truly find happiness in our hearts.
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Don’t Fence Me In Go with a Free-range Gobbler by Jordana Gerson
or most Americans, memories of Thanksgiving focus on succulent, brown, juicy birds and a week of turkey sandwiches and cranberry sauce leftovers. While these images are typically guilt-free, the truth is that most turkeys come from industrial farms, where producers are more concerned with quantity than quality, raising the fowl under often foul conditions. Tottering under the weight of immense breasts and packed into huge warehouses, industrially raised turkeys are kept tightly confined, with as many as 10,000 to a room, and fed additives and antibiotics, reports Ian Duncan, a professor of ethology in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph, in Ontario. “To some extent,” remarks Duncan, “we’ve created a monster.” The cramped conditions often lead to turkeys infected with salmonella, campylobacter and other bacteria that may persist even when treated by anti-
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biotics. Common practices include mixing antibiotics into rations to stave off such diseases, as well as adding animal fat to feed to bulk up the birds.
The Free-range Choice
The good news is that choices for naturally raised turkeys are on the rise, so careful shoppers can purchase their holiday entree with an easier conscience. Free-range turkeys that are allowed access to the outdoors and may live a significant portion of their lives at pasture can be purchased at natural products stores or ordered from a free-range farm. Yet, experts still caution us not to be fooled by just any free-range label— that alone doesn’t guarantee we are getting a high-quality bird that’s been raised naturally, without the use of antibiotics or additives. Although freerange turkeys live in conditions
closer to their natural habitats and are less likely to carry disease, the classification guidelines are loose. According to Margaret Riek, spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, “To have the label ‘free-range,’ poultry producers must provide a brief description of the birds’ housing conditions. This written description is reviewed to ensure the birds have continuous, free access to the out-of-doors for more than 51 percent of their lives, i.e., through their normal growing cycle. During the winter months in a northern climate, birds are not [considered] free-range if they stay in coops all winter.” She further notes that producer testimonials must state how the birds are raised in a northern climate in winter in order to conform to the meaning of the term “free-range” during the winter months. Free range doesn’t mean organic, so even when accurately applied, the free-range label doesn’t ensure that turkeys have been raised on pesticide-free feed or without antibiotics, hormones or additives. Currently, the USDA is permitting certain meat and poultry products—including turkey—to be labeled Certified Organic by the name of the certifying entity. But again, labeling can be confusing, because some producers freely use the terms “organic” or “natural” without certification to back them up. Consumers must carefully check for Certified Organic labels
and/or contact the producers directly to determine the conditions under which the birds were raised. Mary Pitman, of Mary’s Free-Range Turkeys, in Fresno, California, emphasizes the importance of prudent label reading. “Consumers can really be fooled,” she counsels. “Some farms can qualify for free-range, but they raise [turkeys] in the same conditions as industrial farms. “Here, we have four times more space than industrial farms. We provide 8 to 12 feet per turkey. Some people think that just because turkeys go in and out of pens, they’re free range. If they’re truly [naturally raised], their feed doesn’t have any drugs or hormones or antibiotics in it and they have the freedom to roam.”
Sleuthing a Turkey’s History
If we have any questions about the production or treatment of a certain brand of turkey, it’s best to call the company. Many turkey farms have toll-free information lines; the best of these can vouch for the fact that their turkeys have been raised with ample space—a minimum of four square feet per turkey when they are inside—in natural, primarily outdoor settings, and have not been fed or injected with preservatives or additives. Getting to know a bird’s biography may seem like just another chore on a long list of Thanksgiving preparations, but knowing that we’re feeding our family safely and humanely is a satisfying
payoff. Best of all, buying a natural bird has palate-pleasing benefits: It’s as good to our taste buds as it is for our bodies, and that’s something we can all be thankful for. Jordana Gerson writes about travel, the outdoors and holistic living.
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BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT by amber Lanier nagle
sync with tones generated by a special ost of us are oblivious to our device. “The device trains them to breathing habits. It’s simbreath slower and pace breaths until ply something that we do they reach six to eight breaths per minthousands of times every day without ute,” explains Anderson. thinking about it, breathing in lifeOther studies are also showing giving oxygen and breathing out carbon that varying our breathing techniques dioxide. can be an effective tool in handling Unfortunately, most of us do not “Practicing regular, and managing depression, anxiety and breathe correctly. We tend to take 10 to mindful breathing can be stress-related disorders. Medical doc12 shallow, staccato breaths per minute, tors Richard Brown and Patricia Gerinstead of the slower, deeper, oxygencalming and energizing, barg have studied the effects of various rich breaths that our bodies crave. breathing practices on the stress levels For centuries, specific breathing and can even help with of tsunami victims, Australian Vietnam techniques have played an integral, stress-related health problems, veterans, emergency responders and healthful role in Eastern mind-body other groups that suffer from post traupractices, including many forms of yoga ranging from panic attacks to matic stress syndrome. and martial arts. Today, the element of “We started out by looking at spedisciplined breathing associated with digestive disorders.” cific yogic deep breathing techniques, those arts are drawing the attention of such as Sudarshan Kriya yoga, qigong Western medical research. Studies are ~ Dr. Andrew Weil and others, but soon realized that showing that while poor breathing has a integrative medical physician combining elements of several of these negative effect on an individual’s health, techniques yielded optimal results,” deep, optimal breathing can measurably remarks Gerbarg. She adds that professional breathing improve body functions. Dr. David Anderson, a senior investigator at the National instruction is necessary to achieve their results, yet, “skillful control of breath patterns can be used to calm emotions, Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, says that eliminate anxiety, stop obsessive worry, reduce stress overslower, deeper breathing may even help some people with reactivity and induce greater mental clarity and focus.” hypertension lower their blood pressure, although he’s not The road to better health may well be just a few yet sure exactly how it works. “We know that slow, deep breaths away. breathing relaxes and dilates blood vessels temporarily,” he states, “but we think that it also helps our kidneys eliminate salt more efficiently, which would explain the drop in blood Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer based in Adairsville, pressure.” In his ongoing study, participants are asked to breathe in Georgia. Connect at AmberNagle.com.
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BREATHING EXERCISES Because breathing is something we can all control and regulate, it makes a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends these three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress. Try each one to see how it affects your stress and anxiety levels.
The Stimulating Breath (or Bellows Breath)
The Stimulating Breath is adapted from a yogic breathing technique. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed, but relaxed. Breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. ■ Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle. ■ Begin with a maximum of 15 seconds. Increase subsequent practice sessions by five seconds or so, until reaching a full minute. Done properly, this exercise brings a feeling of invigoration comparable to the heightened awareness achieved after a good workout. ■
Breath counting is a simple, yet challenging, technique used in Zen meditation. Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then, let the breath come naturally, without trying to influence it. Ideally, it will be quiet and slow, while depth and rhythm may vary. To begin the exercise, count one to yourself as you exhale. ■ The next time you exhale, count two, and so on, up to five. ■ Begin a new cycle, counting one on the next exhalation. Never count higher than five, and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself counting up to eight or higher. Work up to 10 minutes at a time. ■
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by David LaRocca
ho hasn’t awakened on some morning only to see his cat silently staring right at him waiting for breakfast? Or her dog running in her bedroom, leash in his mouth, rarin’ to go! These little rituals remind us how much we love the selfeffacing methods that our pets possess to make us love them so much. We’ve all heard the phrase, “the simple life.” Well, we don’t have to look further than our animal friends to see a living example of it. If we look at our pets closely, we see that most of the time they really live the most simplistic of lives. There’s really nothing complex about their behavior; they’re steady and straightforward and usually espouse no subterfuge behav-
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ior. And we react to their simplicity by becoming much simpler ourselves in the ways we approach them. Petting an animal or watching fish in an aquarium can lower our blood pressure—pretty simple, huh? Animals compel us to calm down. They have no emotional baggage that they carry unless mistreated as puppies or kittens. They know what to do, they have a routine and they go about doing it on a daily basis. They don’t need a lot to be happy, they live in the Now, and they will do almost anything for us. Even their communication is simple. They don’t have the constant mental process that goes on 24/7 in our heads. Therefore, they can’t talk to us; it’s as if they phone in and all they get is a busy signal because our minds are swirling and can’t tune into them. So, they think we’re deaf. But we can learn from them that by simply calming down and tuning into the Now, we would make our lives much less cluttered. Animals have been our companions from the start. It’s like our pets seem to know that rolling on their backs to get a stomach rub or relishing in a sneak treat on the side are their inalienable rights as animals. They don’t stop and think or ask themselves questions—too complex. No, they just simply get right to it. Dogs are pack animals and can’t bear to be apart from other animate beings. Cats, although they’ve been given a bad rap, are also bonded to us. My two cats are with me at all times—whatever I’m doing, the cats
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are right there checking it all out—not being pests, but gently observing my every move. It’s a pretty simple pleasure watching me fix my lawnmower. The recent economic crash that we find ourselves in is in part due to our own refusal to downsize and live more simply. So, some things must go—and our shelters and animal pounds are now flooded with unwanted dogs and cats. Maybe you’ve even entertained the thought of giving up your pet for adoption because of hard economic times. Please reconsider! Pets really don’t need much outside of our love and affection. Animals adapt very quickly to keep their world as uncluttered as possible. Also, in many surveys that have been conducted, some veterinarians have concluded that our pets are being over-vaccinated, even to the point of being detrimental to their health. If your animal has had a rabies shot and a booster shot, that should about do it; they don’t need as many vaccinations and booster shots as we are giving them. And cutting their food intake by a small amount will not hurt them—in the wild, animals sometimes don’t eat for days until they get a kill. If they get irritable because they’re hungry, play with them to calm them down. Also, table scraps (with the obvious exception of chicken bones, chocolate, and anything clearly unhealthy) will not hurt your animal! As kid, many of our pets got table scraps and loved them. If you’re thinking of getting a pet and don’t have a lot of revenue, get a cat—a cat will fare better on your wallet than a dog will. Cats don’t eat as much and don’t need to be walked or bathed, so you can cut down on food and water and soap. You don’t have to buy a leash or a Frisbee, either. If you want a dog, try settling on a smaller size dog—they don’t eat as much. So go and get The Purr or that velvet glove lick and think about how much our animals are a living testament to the simple life. David LaRocca is a certified holistic animal specialist and Reiki Master Teacher in the Cincinnati area. You may find out more about him at www.HolisticHealthPet.com or contact him at email@example.com
A Conversation with Colin Beavan The No Impact Man by Ellen Mahoney
rom November 2006 to November 2007, New York City author Colin Beavan, his Prada-wearing wife Michelle and 18-month-old daughter, Isabella, went on a yearlong reduce-recycle-reuse odyssey to cut down on their daily ecological footprint. Beavan’s new book, No Impact Man, chronicles their extreme year off of America’s conspicuous consumption merry-go-round. Their story, also featured in a documentary film of the same name, reveals unexpected lessons about what brings happiness. What does having “no impact” mean to you? The concept of the no-impact experiment was that we would reduce our negative environmental impact as much as possible, by changing everything from not making trash to not using carbon-producing transportation. Then, we increased our positive impact through volunteering for environmental nonprofits, helping to plant trees and cleaning up litter on the street on our own. The reduced negative impact, plus the increased positive impact, resulted in no net impact. Philosophically, ‘no impact,’ was a matter of trying to do more good than harm and living life more gently. Why did you and your wife challenge yourselves and your toddler daughter
with a yearlong experiment in noimpact living? I was in deep despair about global warming and didn’t feel that anyone was really paying attention, so I wanted to write this hectoring, finger-wagging book, telling Americans how they were all bad and wrong. But then, one day I came into my house and saw both air conditioners were on and thought, “Oh my God, you’re such a hypocrite.” I realized the truth of the adage that when you have one finger pointing away from you, there are always three fingers pointing back at yourself. I realized that if I lived my core values in my own life, it could be a story vehicle to discuss environmental issues at the same time. Please share the most vital lessons you and Michelle learned in your efforts to live a greener, cleaner lifestyle for a year. I learned that I can personally make a difference, and by extension, that everybody can make a difference. I realized that living life according to one’s values and being involved in your community through civic engagement actually does change things; we’re not powerless as individuals. I think that Michelle, who would be the first to tell you she was a consummate consumer, learned that letting go of the consumption paradigm can result in being happier.
Are you going to continue your noimpact lifestyle? We have kept a lot of it these past two years and we continue to do what makes sense in our lives, but there are no ‘rules’ left. So, for example, it makes economic sense to give away our air conditioners. We use electricity, but now we only use 20 percent of the electricity we used before. We sometimes use the subway now, but mostly we get around on our bicycles. We will occasionally eat in restaurants, but we prefer to shop at farmers’ markets and choose food that’s good for us. The adaptations we’ve made in our lives are not done out of a sense of moral obligation, but because they are better for us. What are five important sustainable living tips we can all realistically adopt to immediately minimize our impact? You can stop eating beef, give up bottled water, make getting fit part of your everyday life and volunteer for an environmental organization. Also, take an ‘EcoSabbath,’ which means taking an hour, an afternoon or a day a week when you don’t buy anything, turn anything on or off and don’t travel anywhere. What do you tell people who think the whole concept is impossible or unrealistic for them? The reason why it looks so hard is because our larger systems are not sustainable. This means we need to get involved in collective action and let city officials and state and national legislators know that we want sustainable systems. The truth of the matter is that, sooner or later, we are going to have to start living differently if we want to maintain the habitat that we depend upon for our health, happiness and security. For more information visit NoImpactProject.org. Ellen Mahoney is a freelance writer and teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By wanting—and sometimes, doing—less, we create more space for the things that really matter. by Judith Fertig
iving simply is not a new idea. The Shakers, a celibate sect founded in the 18th century, believed that, “Tis a gift to be simple.” In the 19th century, Henry David Thoreau went back to basics on Walden Pond. “Less is more,” proclaimed Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the renowned post-war minimalist architect, a century later. The urge to simplify is timeless. What is new is recognizing the ripple effect when we choose a smaller life, explains Duane Elgin, in his new edition of Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. “Contrary to media myths,” observes Elgin, “consumerism offers lives of sacrifice, while simplicity offers lives of opportunity. Simplicity creates the opportunity for greater fulfillment in work, meaningful connection with others, feelings of kinship with all life and awe of a living universe.” In 1977, Elgin was part of a think tank group at Stanford Research Institute that studied the voluntary simplicity movement. Each of the movement’s values identified by Elgin’s group—human
scale, material simplicity, environmental awareness, self-determination and personal growth—build on each other. When an individual first chooses to live on a smaller, more human scale, the other values seem to fall in line.
Human scale means that we easily fit with our surroundings, our schedule and our stuff. When that isn’t happening and we realize we’re overwhelmed by the demands of a too-much life, we ask, “Is this really all there is?” Architect Sarah Susanka asked herself that question when, as a managing partner in a firm of 45 people, she realized she was “asleep at the wheel, while barreling down the road of life on cruise control.” She was working long hours and doing well, but not doing what she had wanted to do since childhood. “Often, the things we were passionate about as children are good indicators of natural proclivities that may have fallen by the wayside as we’ve moved into adulthood,” she observes.
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One thing Susanka felt was not working for her anymore was the pace at which she raced through her days. “We’ve become incredibly productive in recent decades,” she remarks, “and our successes are measured by income and by acquisitions.” But what Susanka wanted was not a bigger house or a new car—she wanted time to write. “Our culture is grappling with time,” Susanka reflects. While we can get multiple things done with a press of a button, we can’t seem to allow ourselves the slow, unstructured time to just be present with our own thoughts. Trading superhuman self-perceptions for simply human views allowed Susanka the time to recollect herself and begin to write. The process of simplifying her life in order to pen The Not So Big House became the subject of her next book, The Not So Big Life. Linda Breen Pierce experienced a similar self-revelation. In 1991, she downsized her six-figure income as a Los Angeles attorney, moved to a smaller house in a quieter community, and has since been living and writing about the simplicity movement until recently
retiring to Mexico. “We are living the American dream gone amuck,” she writes in Simplicity Lessons: A 12-Step Guide to Living Simply. But now, we are learning that, “A fast-paced lifestyle prevents us from living mindfully.”
When life seems overwhelming, it’s time to take a good look at where we are, figure out where we want to be and eliminate obstacles. Do we want a smaller dwelling? Less to keep organized? More time for ourselves? “If your goals aren’t clear and your thinking isn’t focused, you can’t break the habits that stand in your way,” states psychologist and author Peter Walsh, who appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “So many of my clients seem to have lost focus in their lives.” Walsh’s main refrain is that in accumulating more things than we really need or want, many of us have been trying to meet a need for something more. Sometimes, he says, “There is an element of boredom, combined with a simmering sense of frustration, even anger.” Either way, the hope is that material things will bring meaning and fulfillment. In his experience, “It never works.” In deciding how we can best simplify our lives, Elgin encourages us to ask the following questions: “Does what I own encourage activity and independence—or the opposite? Does what I buy satisfy or not? How tied is my present job to keeping up a large lifestyle?” An even simpler approach is to heed the words of William Morris, a leader in the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Simplicity involves not only clearing out the physical and emotional clutter and replenishing mindfully, but also clarifies our view of how our actions have a wider impact.
“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a philosophy that Zoe Weil has lived for years. As the author of Most Good, Least
Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, Weil understands that most of us have lived at least part of our lives looking through a single lens, focused on “what’s good for me.” Weil challenges us to look through multiple lenses that see beyond personal interest, to embrace what’s also good for other people and animals and the planet. It can start with a simple act, such as choosing to refill a stainless steel bottle with filtered water, instead of consuming plastic water bottles that can languish for generations in landfills or require recycling. Her mantra, “most good, least harm,” means considering the big picture to arrive at a better solution. For example, we might choose to buy fair trade coffee. Or we can seek out local produce to serve at meals and help independent farmers, even though we have to drive farther to the store. We might even decide to grow our own produce to cut the carbon emissions of the drive. We can choose to use green cleaning products that don’t relay toxins into our bodies and our environment, even though they cost more. We can shop for cage-free eggs and free-range chicken, because these foods come from animals raised in a more humane manner, even if they’re harder to find. The benefits are twofold: Making our lives simpler yields the time to make more thoughtful choices, and making thoughtful choices can make the world a more desirable place in which to live.
According to Pierce’s research, simpler living results in “more time, personal freedom, reduced stress, a slower pace of life, control of money, less stuff to maintain, fulfilling work, passion and purpose in life, joyful relationships, deeper spirituality, better health and a connection with nature.” She has observed that while many people approach a simpler life with an interest only in these self-directed values, they soon develop other-directed values. People who have a simpler life also have the time, energy and passion to turn their talents towards the betterment of the community, the environment and the planet.
What it all boils down to is this: Living simply can make us happy. “Happiness studies through the years show that what makes us happy isn’t stuff,” concludes Elgin. “That can be a revelation,” adds Susanka, “because for so much of our lives we’ve been oriented toward the accumulation of things to prove that we’re getting somewhere or making it ‘up’ some sort of hierarchy. What is critical is companioning with that which is most significant to you.” For more information and inspiration, contact: Duane Elgin at AwakeningEarth.org; Sarah Susanka at SarahSusanka.com and NotSoBigLife.com; Linda Breen Pierce at GallagherPress.com; Peter Walsh at PeterWalshDesign.com; and Zoe Weil at ZoeWeil.com.
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Refocusing the American Dream
Young Adults Adopt Simpler Lifestyles by Sharon Jayson
The Millennial Generation, or Gen Y, ranges from people in their more toward savings and less toward spending.” James Burroughs, an associate the knowledge that the current recession has in some way rocked professor of commerce who studies the world they thought they knew. Depending upon how long consumer culture at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, has seen a the downturn lasts, historians, economists and psychologists say shift in student attitudes in his classes since the economic downturn. “It it could shape this generation’s values and attitudes in much the wasn’t necessarily that they weren’t going to consume,” he says, “but they same way the Great Depression shaped the widespread frugality were giving a lot more thought to consumption.” of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Anthony Durr, 21, of Columbus, Ohio, says the recession has influenced how he views money, especially since his grandmothoday, young people are reordering their values. “It is ers, both raised during the Depression, are preaching cautheir version of the American Dream,” advises Michael tion. Bradley, a Philadelphia psychologist who specializes “Their generation—they were all about saving money. in adolescent development. “They talk more about having They understood the value of every single dollar,” says Durr, autonomy and freedom and in so doing, not being as ena senior at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland. “I slaved to material goals that they perceived their parents bewould like to believe that with my generation, it’s going to ing caught up in. They do talk about life happiness, [but] not definitely come to that point. Even if you’re very successful based on economic success or achievement as much.” with your company, there’s always that chance of losing your job, and then what?” The New Frugality
20s to those still in grade school. What they all have in common is
The virtues of simple living now coming into vogue especially strike a chord with Millennials, whom pollster John Zogby describes as more socially conscious, environmentally aware and demanding consumers than previous generations. “This is the time [of life] when a lot of their attitudes are set. The long-term is still in question, but it has the potential to have a big impact and change the views that they’ll have throughout their lives,” says economist Richard Curtin, who directs consumer research surveys at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. He believes that Millennials will be “more oriented toward economic security and relationships,
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“I just think we’re having to get used to living a little less luxuriously than when we grew up,” says Dan Appel, 21, a psychology student at Montgomery County Community College, in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Angela Trilli, 26, of Kendall Park, New Jersey, concurs. “I don’t know if our generation—from my perspective—needs as much.” Laurisa Rodrigues, 18, a freshman at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, believes the recession
will have longer-term effects on her financial future. “A lot of us have seen our parents live paycheck-to-paycheck,” says this Pueblo, Colorado, high school graduate, “and we don’t want that for us. Our generation is learning, but I don’t think
“You can’t expect that things are always going to be the same.”
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ Flora Whittemore
~ Angela Trilli, age 26
we’re learning quite as fast as we should.” “Growing up, I felt like if you have a job and contribute to a retirement plan and save here and there, you’ll be okay. That was the mindset of many people my age from seeing their parents,” explains Mike Woodward, 23, of Fredericksburg, Virginia. “But now… I have to have a different way to do things. I feel like I need to be more creative and pay more attention to how I use and manage my money.”
a Change in direction
Woodward, a 2008 bioengineering graduate of Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California, is living with his parents while he launches a nonprofit business to train the homeless, the unemployed and nonviolent offenders in construction techniques to help rebuild New Orleans. He had planned to go to medical school, but the recession piqued his interest in the new economy. “I think people are going to shift what they go after, because they have to,” observes Woodward. “However, I think that sparks creativity. We will have people who are going to rise to the occasion and look for creative solutions.” Jim Cullen, author of The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea That Shaped a Nation, expects that such attitudinal changes will take hold long-term, prompted by what he calls, “structural changes in the global economy.” “We will see recovery,” he says, “but in some sense, I feel like the hard work of changing our values has barely begun.” Yet Trilli, like many others, hasn’t given up on her dream: “I want to own a restaurant one day, and I still think I can.” Sharon Jayson is a writer in Austin, Texas.
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HOLIDAY YOGA THREE EASY POSES RELIEVE STRESS & REFRESH SPIRIT by Kate Hanley
ne of the great things about yoga is that as long as you have a yoga mat and some stretchy clothes, you’re good to go. Yet, there is one yoga prop I love. The next time someone asks what you might like as a gift, consider asking for a yoga bolster (see cushion shown). Using a bolster gives you a concrete way to give yourself extra TLC when you’re frenzied or super-tired or feeling a little under the weather. It can also subtly broadcast your need for loving attention; when I pull out my bolster, my husband knows it’s time to try a little tenderness. Resting on a bolster feels fantastic, in part because its comfortable support encourages your muscles to release gently and gradually. Using a bolster to support your body weight enables you to experience the benefits of a yoga pose without exerting nearly as much effort. By being completely passive, you can also be utterly relaxed, and in that sweet spot of relaxation, your body is even more receptive to the benefits of each pose. Here are three of my favorite restorative yoga poses that make good use of a bolster or, alternatively, a narrow couch cushion, stack of firm pillows or a couple of folded blankets.
SUPPORTED CHILD’S POSE Sit on the floor with your shins folded underneath you, toes untucked and knees open wide. Place the bolster on the floor between your thighs, as close to your groin as possible, and fold forward, resting your torso and head on the bolster and your arms wherever they are comfortable. Turn your head to one side. After a minute or two, turn your head to the other side and hold it for an equal amount of time.
BENEFITS: Relieves lower-back tension and opens the hips. Quiets the mind and makes you feel babied and cared for.
SUPPORTED TWIST Sit on the floor with your shins folded underneath you, and then shift your hips to the right and rest your right hip on the floor. Place the bolster on the ground by your right hip, perpendicular to your thighs, and bring your hands to the floor, one on either side of the bolster. Use the leverage
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of your hands to twist your torso to the right as far as you can, and then lean forward until your stomach, ribcage and head are resting on the bolster. Place your left cheek on the bolster and rest your arms wherever they are comfortable. Stay there and breathe for two to three minutes. Repeat in reverse on the other side.
BENEFITS: Massages abdominal organs, stimulating digestion and detoxification. Wrings tension out of the muscles along the spine.
HEART OPENING RECLINE Sit cross-legged on the floor, with the bolster placed directly behind your hips, and have a folded blanket handy to use as a pillow. Recline until your back and head are resting on the bolster and place the blanket under your head. Rest the backs of your hands on the floor alongside your torso. Stay in this position for up to five minutes, breathing deeply and feeling the weight of your spine sinking into the bolster.
BENEFITS: Opens the chest; creates more room for the
lungs to expand and deepens breathing. Spending a few minutes in one or all of these poses helps you feel more relaxed, less irritable and more clear-headed. As a result, you become less likely to overreact and more able to enjoy the constant stream of things to do that accompanies the holidays—making restorative yoga a wonderful gift for you and those around you.
Kate Hanley is the founder of MsMindBody.com and author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. Adapted from her Stream of Consciousness blogging at Gaiam.com.
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Thanksgiving Dinner – 11:30am-2pm. All-youcan-eat traditional dinner. Free, donations accepted. Carnegie Hall. 14687 Main St, Moores Hill, IN. 812-744-4015 Feeding Birds in Winter – 2pm. Join us to learn about bird feeding techniques. Free. FarbachWerner Nature Preserve Ellenwood Nature Barn. 3455 Poole Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org
Playing it Safe – 2pm. Poison ivy, sharp teeth and camouflage are just a few of the ways that plants and animals stay safe. Test your knowledge in our trivia game and then practice your camouflage abilities. Free. Winton Woods Winton Centre. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Discover the New You: Life Makeover 101 – 6-7:30pm. 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. With Kim Holmes, Life Coach. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com Your Awareness For Self-Healing – 7pm. w/ simple energy techniques called Reiki, w/JLittle. $40, RESV $10. Springdale, OH. 513-648-9183 MyReiki@rocketmail.com
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
The Story of Ruth Lyons – 7pm. Join author Michael Banks as he discusses the life and career of local broadcaster and philanthropist Ruth Lyons. Mr. Banks will talk about his new book, “Before Oprah: Ruth Lyons, The Woman Who Created Talk TV.” Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program. Free. Delhi Township Branch Library. 5095 Foley Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6019
MARK YOUR CALENDAR Tae Kwon Do 12-1pm (Mon, Wed), 6-7pm (Mon) 7:30-8:30pm (Wed), 4:15-6:10pm (Tues, Fri) 9:30-10:30am (Sat) 7623 Old 3C Hwy, Maineville, OH. Acquire Self Discipline, Self Esteem, and Concentration while training in the Traditional Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do. $85/month. Private Lessons are also available. Contact: Claudia Barrett 513-683-6860
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Little Tyke Hike – 11am. Three to six year olds are welcomed at this action filled camo-hide-and-seek game. Animals are camouflaged, why don’t we give it a try? Free. Winton Woods Winton Centre. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 What Is In YOUR Make Up Bag? – 12:1512:45pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022 SignificantHealing.com
Flavor Your Foods and Your Body – 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022 SignificantHealing.com
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 The Mysterious World of Flowers and Art – 10am-5pm. Family programming to include demos and crafts. Free. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707
Open House – 12-2pm. Celebrating our new location! Light refreshments and free chair massages. Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children ProWellness Chiropractic. 549 Lafayette Ave, Bellevue, KY. Book-signing Celebration – 1-4pm. Mary Pierce Brosmer’s new book: Women Writing for (a) Change: A Guide to Creative Transformation. Free. Women Writing for (a) Change. 6906 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP: 513-272-1171 Bike Maintenance – 2pm. Learn the basics of maintaining your bike, including changing a flat and lubing gears. Then we will head out on the 7.8-mile Shaker Trace Trail. Free. Miami Whitewater Forest. 9001 Mt. Hope Rd, Harrison, OH. Register by Nov 5: GreatParks.org The Story of Ruth Lyons – 2pm. See Nov 3. Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6900
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 The Mysterious World of Flowers and Art – 10am-5pm. See Nov 7.
Amazing Race Family Challenge – 1-3pm. Compete in a nature version of the amazing race with challenges and roadblocks. Small prizes awarded. Families with children ages 5-12. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-761-4313 Family Bird Walk – 2pm. Young and old will enjoy the hike as we explore the birds of yard and forest. Bring binoculars if you have them. Free.
Sharon Woods Sharon Centre. 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH. GreatParks.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR An Introduction to Children’s Massage: A Benefit for AVA’s Hope Sunday, Nov 8 1:30-3:15pm Parents will be taught simple massage techniques that encourage bonding with their child, ages 4 weeks to 3 years old. Space is limited. $25 parent/child combo; $10 additional combo Crossroads Community Church. 3500 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH Contact Shannon McKnight, LMT to register: 513-225-0097
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Facts about Vitamins – 6-6:45pm. Learn the differences of synthetic vs whole food supplements. We will discuss brands, age and specific health conditions. Free. Finke Family Chiropractic. 6929 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-272-9200 Intro into the Chakra System and Meditation: Part I – 7-8pm. Learn about your Chakra System, how to center yourself, and how meditation can lead you into a greater self knowledge and self discovery. With Tracy Dozier LMT/Herbal Consultant. $20. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
The Story of Ruth Lyons – 7pm. See Nov 3. Green Township Branch Library. 6525 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6095
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
The Story of Ruth Lyons – 6:30pm. See Nov 3. Mariemont Branch Library. 3810 Pocahontas Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4467
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Flavor Your Foods and Your Body – 12:1512:45pm. See Nov 5. 14 Ways To Be Healthier At Home – 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022 SignificantHealing.com
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Level 4 – 8pm-12am. Party in the Fountain Square garage on level 4. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine St, Cincinnati, OH.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Health Fair – 9am-2pm. Informative lectures, medical screening, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic services. Free. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Blvd, Suite 220 and 230, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com
How to Manage Stress – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn
techniques that help your body better deal with the ravages of stress. Free. Gateways to Healing. 3239 Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-3317
Jazz of the Month Club – 2pm. Live jazz featuring Brasilia with Phil DeGreg on piano. All ages. Free. Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6900
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 theOEC.org Meditation, Movie and Discussion – 6:30-9:30pm. Call for movie schedule. Donations accepted. Cosmic Light Spiritual Center. 4777 Red Bank Exp. #6, Cincinnati, OH. 513-984-2293
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Yoga Teacher Training Open House – 5:30-7pm. 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@WorldPeaceYoga.com
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Your Awareness For Self-Healing – 7pm. w/simple energy techniques called Reiki, w/ JLittle. $40, RESV $10. Springdale, OH. 513648-9183 MyReiki@rocketmail.com
WEEKEND, DECEMBER 5 & 6
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training. 2 day training and certification taught by Patrick Murphy Welage, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. $250 (before Nov. 15) / $295.World Peace Yoga & Motion Studio. 268 Ludlow Ave, Clifton, OH. 513-300-9643
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Give the Gift of Laughter and Peace – 1-2pm. Explore the power of laughter for a joyful, peaceful holiday and stress free. With Betty Finney, Laughter Therapist. Unity Center. 1401 E. McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513231-6275 BellyLaugh@me.com
MARK YOUR CALENDAR WISE TRADITIONS 2009 November 13 – 16 Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago) 10th International Conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation Contact: email@example.com 304.724.3006
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Home Sweet Habitat – 10am-1pm. Ages 4 to 6. Interactive, indoor and outdoor activities. Pack a lunch and dress for the weather. RSVP by Nov. 13. Avon Woods Nature Preserve. 4235 Paddock Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-321-6070 x16 Hollies and Boxwood – 12-1pm. Learn about two groups of broad-leaved evergreens that give the gardener alternatives to needled evergreens. Free. The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati.2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-221-0981
Wii for Adults – 11am. Free. College Hill Branch Library. 1400 W. North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6036
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Stress and Diet – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how the foods you eat can either increase or decrease your body’s ability to handle stress. Free. Gateways to Healing. 3239 Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-321-3317
Thanksgiving Crafts – 1-4pm. Come and make a craft to celebrate the season and help decorate your house for the holiday. Free. Sharon Woods Sharon Centre. 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH. AND Nature Preserve Ellenwood Nature Barn. 3455 Poole Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org Hoot n’ Holler Hike! – 6:30pm. Bring your flashlights for a short program about owls and then go on a night hike to hear the barred owls call. Ages eight and up. Free. Withrow Nature Preserve Highwood Lodge. 7075 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org
East meets West: Ancient and Modern Strategies for Weight Loss – 7-8pm. Learn simple tips to increase your metabolism and burn fat faster, the best time of day to exercise, common myths about diet and how acupuncture can help you lose weight. With Esly Caldwell III, CAc. Free. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220, Florence, KY. 859-586-0111 GoBeyondMEdicine.com
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas – 6-8pm. Living Our Green Life. We will drop some “Green” knowledge on you. Free. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513352-4080
The Keys to Buying and Eating Fish & Seafood– 6:30-7pm. Easy to Be Green series. $10. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022 SignificantHealing.com
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Senior Laughing Club – 10am. Enjoy breathing, stretching and laughing exercises. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Free. Greenhills Branch Library. 7 Endicott St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-4441
14 Ways To Be Healthier At Home – 12:1512:45pm. See Nov 12.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Friday Morning Senior Flick – 10:30am. Enjoy a
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 & 18
Caroling – 6-8pm. Make your holiday shopping more fun by visiting locally owned stores in the Gateway Quarter while listening to a variety of local choirs perform traditional and perhaps not-so traditional holiday carols. Free. Various shops at Twelfth & Vine St, Over-theRhine, Cincinnati, OH. 513-744-9344
movie, coffee and donuts. Free. Covedale Branch Library. 4980 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513369-4460
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Thanksgiving Crafts – 1-4pm. See Nov 21.
Turtle Time – 3pm. Learn all about turtles with several live specimens. Many unknown facts will be revealed. Free. Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center. 9001 Mt. Hope Rd, Harrison, OH. GreatParks.org
Fall Break – 2pm. Join us as we see some live animals up close and then send you on a scavenger hunt in our visitor center. Free. Winton Woods Winton Centre. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org
Rock-N-Skate – 12pm. Grand opening of the U.S. Bank Ice Rink at noon with live music from 5pm to 9pm, beverages, and food. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine St, Cincinnati, OH.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Holidays in the Bag – 9am-9pm. Participating stores will offer 20% off everything customers can fit into a special Gateway Quarter shopping bag! Proceeds benefit the Emanuel Community Center. Pick up your bag at the corner of 12th and Vine Streets. Free. Various shops at Twelfth & Vine St, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH. 513-744-9344 Bluegrass Jam – 6pm. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free. Willis Music Store Performance Hall. 7567 Mall Rd, Florence, KY. 859-525-6050 Light Up the Square – 6:30pm. Cincinnati of-
ficially welcomes the holiday season at the annual lighting of the holiday tree. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine St, Cincinnati, OH.
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Santa Skates – 11am-12pm. Santa arrives at the ice rink on his Segway and skates with the children. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine St, Cincinnati, OH.
Burn off the Bird Hike – 2pm. Join us as we walk off that guilt and all of those calories as we explore the trails of Miami Whitewater Forest. You can choose to walk for one or all three of the trails totaling around four miles! Free. Miami Whitewater Forest Timberlakes Program Shelter. 9001 Mt. Hope Rd, Harrison, OH. GreatParks.org Macy’s Downtown Dazzle – 6:30pm. Santa rappels off a building at Fountain Square along with other holiday festivities. Fountain Square. Fifth and Vine St, Cincinnati, OH.
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Hedgeapple In the Morning! – 9am.Take an early morning walk with the naturalist and see what’s happening in the woods. Bring your binoculars! Free. Woodland Mound Weston Shelter. 8250 Old Kellogg Rd, Cincinnati, OH. GreatParks.org
Pottery and Jewelry Sale – 11am-5pm. $2 donation requested. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. 1140 Madison Ave, Covington, KY. 859-261-3753 Santa Skates – 12-1pm. See Nov 28.
Amazing Amphibians – 2pm. Using pictures, live animals and a few hands on activities you’ll learn all about our local amphibians. Free. Sharon Woods Sharon Centre. 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH. GreatParks.org
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Wii for Adult – 1pm. Free. Madisonville Branch Library. 4830 Whetsel Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513369-6029
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. Through Nov 18. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307 lifepath-2001. com 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
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. 859261-6187
A Course in Miracles - 6:30-7:30pm. Join Rev Pat and Rev Jack Barker as they guide you through A Course in Miracles. Free. Beacon Of Life Spiritual Center. Celebration Hall. 5701 Murray Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-218-2128 Boot Camp – 6:30-7pm. Sponsored by Significant Healing Holistic Practice featuring Pounds and Inches Weight Loss Center. With Nationally Recognized Personal Trainer, Angi Kaht. $5 per week. Significant Healing Holistic Practice. 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY. 859-282-0022 SignificantHealing.com Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. For people affected by cancer. Free. The Wellness Community, Room 310. 1717 Dixie Highway Suite 160, Ft. Wright, KY. 513-791-4060
Drumming Circle – 6:45-8:45pm. 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. Music Lessons – 7-8pm. Keyboard. Group lessons. Ages 8 and up. Free. The Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center . 1232 Greenup St, Covington, KY. RSVP 859-491-3942
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 Metaphysics and Astrology – 10am-12pm. Call for information and direction. $15. Northern Kentucky. 859-640-0077 Preschool Story Time with Miss Gail – 10:3011am. Get ready for finger puppet fun, as well as
Open Yoga Practice – 9:30am. Free. Yoga Ah! Studio. 4046 Hamilton Ave, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 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
Energy Yoga – 5:30pm. Relax, stretch, meditate and breathe! Presented by: Esly Caldwell III, CAc. $12. Go Beyond Medicine. 51 Cavalier Dr, STE 220,
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
Thinking Outside the LunchBox – 12:30-1:30pm. Nov 4, 10, 18; Dec 2, 9. Bring lunch and friend for engaging discussion and presentation. Free. Xavier University Women’s Center. 1415 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-745-3940 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 Fiber Arts – 4:30-6pm. Learn to crochet and knit. Ages teens and up. Free. The Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center . 1232 Greenup St, Covington, KY. 859-491-3942
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. CincinnatiParks.com 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
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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 email@example.com 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. CosmicFieldAcademy.com
Walnut Hills Walking Club – 10-11am. See Tuesday. It’s Sew Fun! 2:30-6pm. Machine and hand sewing projects. Bring your own project or make one of our purses. Ages teens and up. Free. The Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center . 1232 Greenup St, Covington, KY. 859-491-3942
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 GoBeyondMEdicine.com
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 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 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
ter. 4675 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-891-1324 Info@MantraWellnessCenter.com Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday.
Meditation & Chanting – 8:30-10am. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Free. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. 7657 Montgomery Rd, Kenwood, OH. 513-651-3551 Artworld – 11am-5pm. See Saturday.
Hiking Club – 8-9:30am. See Wednesday.
Appalachian Culture Series – 9:30am-1pm. Nov 7, 14, 21; Dec 12. Student Services Center, Room E101. Series celebrates contributions of Appalachian culture. Free. Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus. 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Edgewood, KY. 859-442-1179 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taijiquan – 10-11:30am. Taoist Tai Chi Society. Oakley Community Center. 3882 Paxton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. RSVP 513-981-7940
Artworld – 11am-5pm. Explore the interactive discovery area for families at the Art Museum. Themes rotate two to three times per year and always feature hands-on activities for all ages, interests, and learning styles. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Yoga Intro – 11am-12pm. Free. The Edge Yoga Studio. 1507 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, OH. 513821-9642
Family ARTventures – 1pm. An interactive tour of the galleries for the entire family including handson elements for everyone to touch and see up close. Meet docent in the main lobby. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995
Family First Saturdays – 1-4pm. 1st 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. CityLink@ Crossroads.net
Traditional Japanese Reiki Levels 1-3. With Bruce Davis. Classes scheduled upon request. Call for more information and registration. Mantra Wellness Cen-
NIA – 1pm. With Gwen Steffen. Joyful movement adaptable to any fitness level! The Aura Studio. 401 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY. 859-694-3131 email@example.com
Babywearing Bliss – 2pm. Every second Sunday of each month. Workshop on safely and comfortably carrying a baby from birth through toddler years. Free. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275 Cloth Diapering Cuteness – 2pm. Every first Sunday of each month. Park + Vine hosts an informal class on all aspects of cloth diapering. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275
Family ARTventures – 3pm. An interactive tour of the galleries for the entire family including 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
Art In Bloom at Krohn Conservatory. Nov 5-9. The Krohn hosts the hands-on, “get dirty” party of Art in Bloom, a collaborative program between the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Parks. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
George Rieveschl Jr. Art Exhibit. Through Dec. 31. Works by George Rieveschl Jr. Also on display: “The Life, Work and Contributions of George Rieveschl Jr.” Free. Lloyd Library and Museum. 917 Plum St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-3707 Holiday Floral Show – 10-5pm. Nov 21 - Jan 3, 2010. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-421-5707
Imperishable Beauty. 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 Lalique, Henri Vever, Philippe Wolfers, and Tiffany & Co. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995 Kingdom of Nature – 10am-5pm. Through Dec 19. New and recent paintings and works on paper by Aaron Morse. Viewings also available by appointment. Free. Country Club. 3209 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-792-9744
Our House – 10am-5pm. Nov 6 - Dec 10. Closed Sundays. Impressionistic landscape works by Cynthia Matyi highlighting the Victorian homes of Columbia-Tusculum.Presented by Hyde Park Framers and Gallery. Free. Hyde Park Framers and Gallery. 3071 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-531-5033
Queen City Artists Past and Present. Through Dec 1. Fresh acquisitions of Cincinnati’s “Golden Age” painters and living artists. Free. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art. 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-7717
Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp. Through Jan 03, 2010. Closed Mondays. Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting. A groundbreaking 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
Smoking Cessation Clinic – 6-7pm. Nov 9-30. The program includes ten auricular acupuncture treatments in a group setting, and two private follow-ups. Reduced rates, limited space. Klimick Acupuncture. 10979 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 129, Blue Ash, OH. RSVP 513-834-8173 KlimickAcupuncture.com
Bird Series – Open during Park+Vine store hours. Through Nov 22. Paintings by Angie Unger, featuring lush images of birds in various settings using re-purposed materials from the Zero-Landfill Cincinnati Project. Free. Park + Vine. 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275 CONTEST! Through Nov 30. Happy 4th birthday Mantra Wellness Center!! Email your testimonial to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a free service!
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.
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HOLISTIC AND INTEGRATIVE VETERINARY CARE Dr. Matthew J Heller
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HORTICULTURE GRADY HORTICULTURAL CONSULTING SERVICES Craig D. Grabow 859-393-1561 CGrabow.Grady@gmail.com
We offer home gardening courses for first time gardeners in Site Planning, Design and Preparation; Plant Selection and Growing Advice; Pest Identification and Management; Harvesting and Storage Techniques. Free initial consultation! See ad on page 17.
LAUGHTER THERAPY LAUGHTER THERAPY PROGRAMS Betty Finney 513-231-6275 BellyLaugh@me.com BellyLaugh.net
Presents benefits of laughter and brings the audience out of their chairs to participate in a roar of laughter. Age 25 plus.
LAUGHTER YOGA CERTIFIED LAUGHTER YOGA TEACHER Patrick Murphy Welage 513-607-1830 email@example.com
Patrick is a celebrated national and international teacher who offers Laughter Yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and training for individuals, groups, conferences, educational programs, community events, small businesses, and corporations.
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Television commercials, music videos, training videos, product demonstrations - any special moment you want to document, we make it possible. Call today for an affordable quote!
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WELLNESS MANTRA WELLNESS CENTER 4675 Cooper Rd. in Blue Ash, OH 513-891-1324 MantraWellnessCenter.com
Mantra offers a wide variety of classes, including Traditional Japanese Reiki, Life Coaching, Meditation, Tibetan Medicine, Anger Management and Aromatherapy. See ad on page 15.
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