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ince childhood, I have always enjoyed late summer and early fall festivals, with their tantalizing aromas of good food, rousing music, spirited dancing, elegantly useful crafts and air of celebration. These gala times often are rooted in harvest traditions, when people honor life and the abundance of creation. They tend to bring out our fun, creative side. September’s theme of Creative Expression considers the world of those people fortunate enough to capture their imagination in canvas, words, performance or film, then translate the vision in a way that helps us all realize how infinitely rich our own experiences can be. Albert Einstein maintained that imagination is more important than knowledge, while John Lennon thoughtfully mused that, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” As editor Linda Sechrist discovered in interviewing creatives, both known and unknown, for this month’s feature, “Make Your Life a Work of Art,” on page 20, everyone, really, yearns to unleash their creative side. She found the act of writing the story restorative to her soul. One primary creative outlet for me is serving this profound community as publisher of Natural Awakenings. I find the way the facets come together and the rich, stimulating content, serenely satisfying. Last year about this time, I also enjoyed having a small role in a locally-shot film, still to be released. JOY is a life-inspiring initiative written and produced by Julie Hassett and directed by Drew Money. One of my favorite things about publishing is the opportunity to explore others’ creative expressions. On page 27, local musician Lucky Spaulding talks about his lifelong career as a musician with a message. And local ballroom dancing diva, Mary Ramirez Cook, explains why dancing beats the treadmill any day. Jay Workman sounds off on the benefits of drumming, as well (page 24). We hope you’ll find many reasons to explore these pages for new connections that encourage you to discover fresh opportunities to express the amazing being you are. Creativity goes beyond strict definitions of art to embrace every facet of living. There are no limits. Healers of all stripes are among those who dare to think differently. Some explore new frontiers. Others integrate modern traditions with ancient wisdom. Holistic professionals like local veterinarian Dr. Matthew Heller, generously share their resulting insights. On page 12, he offers practical advice to consider that could rescue a beloved pet that is experiencing digestion problems. Wherever your creative journey takes you, we want to know. This is your magazine. Please send your local news, stories and events to CinEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. Our continued thanks go to our advertisers, contributors and distribution sites for making this free resource available. When looking for healthy products and services, please check them first, and communicate your thanks for their support of Natural Awakenings. We reach our phenomenal community because of them and you! We trust that what you find in these pages will get your juices flowing. Whatever your creative zone, let us all go forward fearlessly to enjoy life to the fullest. With gratitude, love and blessings,



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A-Marika Dance Company Teaching the Joy of Moving to Music by Beth Davis

Pet Digestion a Key Sign of Health

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newsbriefs Ballroom Dancing to Benefit Special Needs

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n celebration of National Ballroom Dancing Week, September 19-26, the A-Marika Dance Company is making sure residents know that everyone can enjoy dancing, including those with special needs. “Dancing helps develop strength, co-ordination, balance, grace, poise, self-confidence and self-esteem,” says dance instructor Mary Ramirez-Cook. “Everyone benefits.“ The dance company welcomes young adults with Down Syndrome to ballroom dancing classes at no charge from 6 to 7 p.m, on the first three Wednesdays of each month, at the studio, 10831 Sharondale Road, in Sharonville. A-Marika Dance Company also offers many other classes for students from age 3 to adult. For information, visit A-Marika.com or call Mary at 513-769-0409. See story, page 10.

Don’t Miss the Last Second Sunday

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ver-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce presents its last Second Sunday on Main event of the season, September 14, from 12 to 5 p.m. Visitors will enjoy local bands, beer gardens, shops, restaurants, galleries, vendors and a kid’s activity zone, along Main Street between 13th and Liberty. Starting at 12:40 p.m., a Samba Parade will kick off the day’s highlights. A talk about Art and Presentation at the Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery, 1410 Main, follows at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., visitors enjoy a Celebrity Chef and Wine Tasting at Enjoy the Arts, 1338 Main. Also, pick up complimentary gift bag from Findlay Market. Finally, Abiding Grace Yoga Studio, 1319 Main, presents a free yoga class at 3:30 p.m.

Local Global Mala Project

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s part of the worldwide Global Mala Project, the Cincinnatai yoga community will unite with the larger yoga community to form a “mala around the Earth,” by collectively practicing for World Peace on September 21. Area residents can experience the collective energy by attending several local events, beginning with a free yoga class on September 21, at 10 a.m., Park+Vine at 1109 Vine Street. Yoga and vegan snacks are compliments of Terry Breadon of Yoga Metta. At 12:30 p.m., the celebration moves to Burnet Woods, at Clifton and Ludlow Avenue, for more yoga, vegan snacks and refreshments, compliments of Anna Ferguson and Mark Stroud of Gratitude in Motion and Gratitude Restaurant. Will Tuttle, Ph.D., author of The World Peace Diet, will speak at 3:30 p.m. All events are free; any freewill donations go to APE, a local non-profit organization benefitting animals, people and the Earth. For information, visit GlobalMala.org.

All events are free of charge and open to the public. For information, email SSOM. info@gmail.com or visit SecondSundayOnMain.org.

Gala Celebration at Stillpoint Center

New Owner - Gary Matthews!

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he Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts of Cincinnati will host a gala re-opening celebration on September 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. Replete with a new team of therapists, Stillpoint Center wants to share the best of their former self with the exciting changes of the new. Everyone is welcome to sample a variety of bodywork modalities and enjoy music from Tree of Life dancing and drumming. Vegetarian Indian food will be served.

Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts is located at 11223 Cornell Park Dr., Ste. 302, in Cincinnati. For information call 513-489-5302 or visit StillPointTherapy.com. See ad, New Owner - Gary Matthews! this page.

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newsbriefs New Restorative Retreat for Women

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reative self-expression is the foundational experience at Yellow Springs’ newest woman’s retreat. Located at the heart of the village, Creative Explorations’ sacred space offers guests a safe and soothing environment in which to explore their inner landscape. The facility is decorated with naturethemed murals and can accommodate up to three women with its full apartment, including kitchen, sleeping spaces and meditation room. Retreats can be self-directed or facilitated. Owner Jennifer Horner guides and supports the discovery process with empowering and joyful tools, such as art-making, symbol exploration, imaginative dialogue, tarot, mindfulness practices, nature excursions, music, drumming and creative journaling. For more information, contact Horner at 937-750-4117, or visit CreativeExplorations.net.

County Presents Women’s Outdoor Sampler

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omen 16 and up are invited to enjoy a fun day in nature at Winton Woods on September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trained staff will give hands-on lessons in fun outdoor skills, such as canoeing, kayaking, archery, campfire cooking and wall-climbing. Participants will prepare their own lunch over an open fire. The cost is $40 per person. Registration is required by September 4. To register visit HamiltonCountyParks.org.

Programs Address Cancer Patients & Loved Ones

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he Wellness Community (TWC) offers two programs for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. “The Lilly Oncology on Canvas” open house is slated for September 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s part of a world tour of art from a biennial competition, intended to inspire people affected by cancer. The second program, “Cancer & Spirituality: Living in the Now,” is slated for September 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The discussion, hosted by Ted Haddix, will address how the practice of living in the present can ease regrets and calm worry and fear about tomorrows. The programs are free, but require pre-registration. TWC is a nonprofit cancer support agency offering free, professionally facilitated programs for women with breast cancer and their caregivers. Ongoing classes include T‘ai chi, yoga, guided imagery, healing touch, creative expressions and cooking for wellness. For September program information and to register, call TWC at 513-791-4060 or visit TheWellnessCommunity.org/cincinnati.



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Environment Group Hosts Benefit Festival

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mago, a Cincinnati environmental organization, presents the 7th annual Music in the Woods on September 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. Th e p a r t y takes place a t t h e I m a g o E a r t h C e n t e r, a t 700 Enright Avenue, in Cincinnati. Everyone is welcome to partake of games, delicious foods, beverages, a silent auction and music. Headline performers are Jake Speed and the Freddies. All proceeds from this benefit festival will support Imago’s environmental programs. Prepaid tickets are $12, or $15 the day of the event. For tickets, call Imago at 513-921-5124 or visit ImagoEarth.org.

Local Theater Group Presents Footloose

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cting Up, a volunteer young performers’ community theater group based in Mason, Ohio, presents Footloose from September 2628. The musical is based on the 1980s movie, starring Kevin Bacon, that tells the story of young Ren, who has moved from Chicago to a small farming town that has banned dancing. Updated with new, dynamic songs, the production celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Footloose will play at Mason High School, 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road, in Mason. Performances are September 26 at 7 p.m., September 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and September 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered by phone at 513-588-0988, or online at ActingUp.com.


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T Fig Leap Julie Higgins Art is a language spoken with fluency and unmistakable presence in the evocative works of artist Julie Higgins. Using vibrant, tactile pastels, voluptuous figures and fertile landscapes, she helps make the spiritual tangible. Both artist and art are rooted in the US heartland. Born and raised in the Midwest, Higgins attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she earned her degree in fine arts. After moving to the Skagit Valley in Washington State, she discovered how ideally suited pastels were for exploring the color and sensual compositions of the region’s rich landscapes. Her connection with the Earth as a life source frequently coalesces into bold portrayals of mellifluous women, both offering and calling forth elemental forces. “My work is a constant process of storytelling,” Higgins explains, “pushing through the mundane of life into the magic, and the imaginary, which connects me to my sense of nature and how I belong or fit in.” Higgins currently lives on the Mendocino coast of California. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries, museums and alternative venues, and graces private collections nationwide. To view more of the artist’s work, visit ArtistJulieHiggins.com or call 707-937-4707.



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he second annual Cincinnati PARK(ing) Day will be held September 19 in parking spaces around the city. This one-day, global event brings together artists, activists and citizens to collaborate on transforming parking spots into public parks and alternative public spaces. Altered parking spaces show the fundamental elements of a good use of outdoor public space, and may include seating, shade and a place to watch people, exchange information and view scenery. In the past, spaces have been transformed into parks, playgrounds and puppet theaters. Participants may sign up by September 5. The event is free and open to the public. For information visit MySpace.com/CincinnatiParkingDay or CincinnatiParkingDay. Blogspot.com, or email CincinnatiParkingDay@gmail.com.

Experience The Great Outdoor Weekend

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rganizations throughout Greater Cincinnati will pack 60 different nature activities into one weekend, September 26-28. Visitors will be able to enjoy nature walks; outdoor sports such as fishing, rock climbing and canoeing; making crafts from natural materials; listening to stories; and learning about the environment. The Enright Ridge Urban Eco-village, one of the presenting organizations, also will hold a walking tour through its backyard on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. The hike features ecologically rehabilitated houses, gardens and a residential trail. Tours start on every hour at 3647 W. Eighth, at the corner of Enright. A general overview presentation on geocaching, followed by a hunt for caches hidden just for the event, takes place on Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. That night at 8 p.m. the Eco-village hosts a one-hour Cosmic Walk, where walkers will hear about the 13.7-billion-year story of the universe and the Earth’s 4.5-billion-year journey. All programs are free and open to public. For a complete list of events call 513-659-4898 or visit CincyGreatOutdoorWeekend.org.

Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal. — Maxwell Maltz


globalbriefs September Ananda Celebrating a Month of Yoga Bliss

Museum Creates Artful Family Fun Families are invited to another season of art workshops and interactive tours at the Cincinnati Art Museum, in Eden Park. From September through May, Family First Saturday celebrates various creative themes through performances, demonstrating artists, scavenger hunts, tours and hands-on art activities. This month, the event takes place on September 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participation is free. Reservations are not required. The Culture Kids meets September 12, from 10 to 11: 30 a.m. and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Preschoolers and parents will enjoy storytime, tours, snacks and hands-on art activities related to a monthly theme. Classes continue through May on the second Friday of the month. Cost for non-members is $20 for each child/adult pair and $6 for each additional person. Members pay half price. Reservations are required. On September 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., preschoolers and their parents may stop in for story times and art fun stops. Wee Wednesdays is a free monthly open house program. No reservations are required. Free Family ARTventures take place every Saturday. The 45-minute tour of the galleries allows children and adults to touch and see artworks up close. Participants meet the docent in the main lobby at 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is free. For information call 513- 639-2995 or visit CincinnatiArtMuseum.org.

Millions of yoga enthusiasts will practice their asanas (positions) around the world during September to further the causes of world peace, environmental responsibility, community service and better health. On September 21 and 22, practitioners will honor the United Nation’s International Day of Peace through the Global Mala Project. It unites yoga communities from every continent to form a sacred circle, or, “mala around the earth,” through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108. Many of the events, held in 30 countries, will benefit charitable groups dedicated to fighting global warming and AIDS. Participating centers or schools will take part according to their tradition and inspiration: 108 Sun salutations; 108 rounds of a mantra or a kriya; or 108 minutes of meditation, kirtan or movement meditation. September is also National Yoga Month. The month-long observance caps a year-round grassroots national awareness campaign launched by the non-profit Yoga Health Foundation, to inspire a healthy and informed lifestyle. The celebration incorporates a 10-city Yoga Health Festival Tour with yoga and music celebrities, plus green and holistic vendors. Proceeds benefit Youth Health Alliance, a charity providing free yoga-inspired enrichment classes to underserved youth and their families. National Yoga Month is listed by HealthFinder.gov, a guide to health information, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. For more information, visit GlobalMala.org and YogaMonth.org.

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A-Marika Dance Company Teaching the Joy of Moving to Music by Beth Davis

For Mary Ramirez Cook, dancing is a way of life.

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t the age of 3, she began studying tap, ballet and jazz. Cook continued through grade school and high school, where she taught in exchange for lessons. After starting a family, she returned to her passion at the Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray dance studios, training in ballroom dancing. Anxious to work with young people again, Cook opened a children’s studio in 1995, and later established A-Marika Dance Company in Cincinnati. Here, she offers a variety of dance classes, including tap, ballet, jazz and ballroom, for students ages 3 and up, from beginner to advanced. All are welcome. Cook says most students are between 40 and 70 years young. “I have now been teaching dance for 21 years,” she says, “and have met hundreds, maybe thousands of people, all of whom come to class for different reasons.” Cook notes that dancing not only benefits our body, but our overall health and outlook on life. Dance even improves memory, by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns. With the recent success of the television show, “Dancing with the Stars,” Cook has seen a surge in the popularity of ballroom dancing, which encompasses partner dances such as the waltz, foxtrot, swing and cha-cha. Although Cincinnati doesn’t offer many ballrooms, several clubs allow the opportunity for social dancing. Ballroom fans will find opportunities to glide around the floor through Dance Cincinnati, which offers a monthly occasion at the Greek Orthodox Church on Winton Road, and at A-Marika, which opens its doors to ballroom dancers every Friday evening. “The great thing about ballroom dancing is that it does require a partner,” Cook advises. “You have to rely on someone else.” Many people want to ballroom

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dance, but think they can’t, because they don’t have a partner. She explains that group lessons provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and take the stress out of finding partners. There are many levels of achievement in dance. “You can become a competitive dancer and focus on details of style and technique, or you can become a social dancer and not be afraid to get up and dance at the wedding to which you’ve been invited,” comments Cook. Whatever the reason or entry level, everyone can experience the joy of moving to music. According to the Fashion Academy of Creative Technology (FACT), dancing improves harmony between mind and body, fostering a sense of well-being. FACT advises that dancing also benefits the heart and cardiovascular system and increases lung capacity. It notes that the muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in one dance competition equal those of cyclists, swimmers and runners. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, dance manages to: elevate our mood by raising our endorphin levels, lessening stress and depression; aid in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis; increase circulation; and enhance muscle tone and coordination. Perhaps most importantly, dancing helps establish self-confidence and selfdiscipline. For Cook, the rewards of teaching dance are unlimited. She explains, “I have seen a student who was limited in her walking abilities, but when she was with her partner, she was able to enjoy getting on the dance floor and moving to the music.” Cook’s most gratifying class, however, is one she began teaching six months ago for young adults with Down Syndrome. “It is by far the class I benefit from the most,” she smiles. “I have danced my whole life,” Cook concludes. “A wise man once said, if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. My job is doing what I love to do.” A-Marika Dance Company is located at 10831 Sharondale Rd. in Cincinnati. For information, call 513-769-0409, email A-MarikaDanceCompany@hotmail. com, or visit A-Marika.com.


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More Antioxidants from Seawater Irrigation

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atering cherry tomatoes with diluted seawater increases their level of antioxidants, Italian scientists say. In a recent study comparing the use of fresh water with a dilute solution of 12 percent seawater, the researchers found that the cherry tomatoes grown using the seawater had much higher levels of antioxidants than the vegetables picked from the freshwater plants. Antioxidants measured included vitamins C and E, dihydrolipoic acid and chlorogenic acid. Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the detrimental effects of harmful oxygenfree radicals, which form during the body’s normal metabolism and from external factors such as x-rays, ultraviolet radiation and pollution. Free radicals, which can damage cells, may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Goat’s Milk Better than Cow’s Milk

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comparative study by the Department of Physiology at the University of Granada, Spain, has concluded that goat’s milk holds more benefits for health than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk was found to help with the digestive and metabolic assimilation of minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Researchers say it can help prevent ferropenic anemia (iron deficiency) and bone demineralization (softening of the bones). Nutritionally, goat’s milk also provides more Vitamin A and is lower in cholesterol. The report further suggests that goat’s milk may be better for young children, because it is more similar to human milk and does not contain agglutinin, a protein found in cow’s milk. As a result, the fat globules in goat’s milk do not cluster together, making it easier for infants to digest. Evidently, neither does natural goat’s milk typically contain many of the allergens found in cow’s milk. Sources: ScienceDaily.com

Anesthesia Through Healing Touch Therapy

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n ongoing study at University Hospital is delving into the effects of Healing Touch Therapy, a non-invasive method of relaxing the body and mind wherein a qualified practitioner lightly touches specific points on and around the body. University of Cincinnati researchers engaged in the project want to find out whether combining this holistic technique with mild sedation prior to an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedure that serves as a cancer screening method can help calm patients and avoid problems sometimes associated with conventional use of anesthesia For instance, stronger sedation levels sometimes lead to delayed recovery and light amnesia. Also, they are more expensive and often not covered by insurance. Judy Bowers, a nurse at University Hospital, a Healing Touch practitioner and co-author of the study, has been performing this therapy for about seven years, and administered it to more than 40 patients involved in the study. The results are still being analyzed, but Bowers says she’s observed some fairly positive responses. “Some of the patients are asleep before they even receive the intravenous sedation,” she notes. Bowers stays with patients throughout the Healing Touch procedure in order to continue sharing her energy with them and helping to maintain a balanced system. Source: HealthNews.uc.edu

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Pet Digestion a Key Sign of Health Get Help for a Leaky Gut by Dr. Matthew J. Heller

A healthy digestive system in any creature is critical to overall wellness. Here’s why:

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n a normal, healthy pet, the lining of the small and large intestines acts as a selective sieve, allowing only well-digested fats, proteins and starches to be absorbed into the bloodstream to provide essential nutrition. At the same time, it also acts as a protective barrier to prevent bacteria, yeast, toxins and large food molecules from finding their way into the bloodstream. Sometimes, though, abnormally large spaces can form in the intestinal lining, allowing these toxic elements to leak into the bloodstream, where they can cause health problems that range from mild to devastating. This condition, known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, can also lead to malnutrition, since the gaps in the lining interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

How It Begins Inflammation of the gut lining—created by excessive consumption of or exposure to antibiotics, non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, parasites, processed foods and chemicals—is the likely culprit behind Leaky Gut Syndrome. In animals, the most common cause is probably broad-spectrum prescription antibiotics, especially if taken for extended periods. Though often necessary, these antibiotics wipe out the helpful intestinal bacteria that break down complex foods, synthesize vitamins like B12 and biotin, and protect against harmful bacteria, yeast, toxins and parasitic infections. Once the helpful intestinal bacteria are killed off, the body has no local defense against the toxins that are normally prevented from leaving the intestinal track. The toxins, quickly transported into the bloodstream, may trigger a variety of distressing symptoms.

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Clues & Symptoms Leaky Gut Syndrome is most commonly linked with the development of allergic or autoimmune diseases, such as food sensitivities, arthritis, colitis, hives and rashes, and irritable bowel syndrome. Other common symptoms include bloating and gas after meals, with alternating constipation and diarrhea. As larger food protein molecules— normally absorbed by the intestinal lining to provide valuable nutrition— leak into the bloodstream, the body’s immune system creates antibodies to attack what it considers a foreign substance. And the pet reacts negatively to the proteins contained in a previously benign food source. More, the inflammation that causes Leaky Gut Syndrome also harms the protective coating of helpful microflora or bacteria present in a healthy intestinal track, whose job it is to help bolster immunity and fight illnesses. With these

microflora destroyed or out of balance, the animal becomes more susceptible to viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeast, which find it easier to invade the bloodstream and colonize almost any body tissue or organ. In large numbers, they can overwhelm the liver’s detoxification abilities, remain circulating in the body and cause further harm.

What to Do Healing the intestinal lining is critical to long-term comfort for a pet suffering from an autoimmune disease or allergies. Other approaches may provide temporary relief, but tend to simply suppress symptoms, rather than promote actual healing. If Leaky Gut Syndrome is suspected, seek advice and treatment options from a holistic or integrative veterinarian. A personalized natural program that makes the most of dietary changes and supplements can help reverse this debilitating condition. Matthew J. Heller is a doctor of veterinary medicine, holds a master’s degree in veterinary pathobiology, and is certified in veterinary acupuncture. He practices at two hospitals in Butler County: All About PetCare, 3410 Tytus Ave. in Middletown (513-424-1626); and Monroe Family Pet Hospital, 3211 Heritage Green Dr. in Monroe (513539-8737). Email him at Hellerdvm@ AllAboutPetCare.com.


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Home Depot stores have launched a nationwide program to help people recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). “With more than 75 percent of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store,” according to a company spokesman, there’s no excuse not to recycle these bulbs. Energy-wise, CFLs are far better for the pocketbook and environment than traditional incandescent bulbs. But, like any fluorescent, their mercury content makes them a toxic hazard in an incinerator or landfill. Thus, the need for proper recycling ensues. In a related move, this fall, Home Depot is switching all of its U.S. light fixture showrooms to CFL technology. With nearly 2,000 locations, this change alone will save the company $16 million a year in energy costs.

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King Corn & Ethanol Exposé Earth Cinema Circle’s documentary, King Corn, reveals the politics behind the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. Just about everything most Americans eat contains it: high-fructose corn syrup, corn-fed meat, and corn-based, processed food. “King Corn is one of the most important films you can see to better understand government policies behind the corn industry and the ethanol movement,” says co-host Ed Begley, Jr. It’s why drivers now pump this biofuel at the gas station, even though ethanol requires more energy to make than it delivers. View more films that inform and inspire a positive difference by joining EarthCinemaCircle.com.

Utah has officially become the first state to experiment with reducing energy costs and commuter gasoline expense by switching 17,000 of 24,000 executive branch government employees to a 40-hour, four-day work week. Governor Jon Huntsman’s mandatory threeday weekend just may catch on. Turning out the lights, heat and air conditioning on Fridays in a third of Utah’s government buildings will save the state an estimated $3 million a year, according to the governor’s office. Although total commuter fuel charges are still unknown, the Department of Environmental Quality estimates that during the yearlong experiment, employees in six buildings alone will save $300,000 at the pump. In addition, “We feel like we can reduce the carbon dioxide [emissions] by around 3,000 metric tons” says Kim Hood, executive director of the Department of Administrative Services, which tenders another direct benefit by reducing local air pollution.

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Nestled in the hills of Northern Kentucky, 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, a lovely old farm generates memorable experiences for thousands of children each year. Sunrock Farm encompasses 113 acres and traces its history to 1848, when Ignatius Ruschmann and his family emigrated from Germany to America. That same year, he bought the property and built the original barn and farmhouse. by Dot Wehrmeyer

Learning the Land Kids Connect at Sunrock Farm experience enriches their relationship with nature.”

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n 1978, Dr. Frank Traina purchased the property while still teaching at Northern Kentucky University. He spent the next three years hauling trash from the fields and woods, clearing brush, tearing down collapsed outbuildings and making pathways around the farm. Eventually, he planted vegetables and brought in farm animals. In 1981, Traina, or “Farmer Frank,” began showing school groups around the farm. “The idea,” he explains, “is to show children how intimately connected they are with the natural world, through breathing, eating and drinking, even the clothes they wear. The whole

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Today, Sunrock Farm continues enriching lives as an educational visiting farm, where schoolchildren and families come to milk a goat, gather eggs, hold baby chicks, pet a turkey, harvest vegetables and pick a pumpkin to take home. Teachers appreciate the handson approach and lead class discussions throughout the year about what students did during their visit to Sunrock. Traina remarks that the current lack of connection between people and nature concerns him. He recounts an occasion when, after picking lettuce with a class and inviting the pupils to

taste it, a girl raised her hand and asked if the lettuce was real. He softly reassured her, silently suspecting that up until then, the only lettuce she had seen came in a plastic bag. Milking the goat is another revelation. Children are amazed, sometimes horrified, to see that the milk they drink actually comes from an animal. “That’s disgusting,” some say. Occasionally, animal babies are born on the farm while classes are in attendance, and children witness the birthing. Other children observe the annual spring sheep shearing. Open year-round, Sunrock Farm offers different seasonal programs. The most popular is the fall pumpkin patch program, where a hayride to the pumpkin field highlights the two-hour farm

Recently, Farmer Frank and his staff have started a new venture—­ a traveling farm presentation, complete with animals that they tour to preschools, retirement homes, hospitals, vacation Bible schools, festivals, birthday parties and other events. The gentle road menagerie includes a bunny, baby goats, lambs, fluffy chicks and a pig.


tour. Parents take photos of their kids among the pumpkins and can buy prized specimens to spice up their October holiday fun and recipes. The winter maple syrup program offers a hayride to the grove where maple trees are being tapped to make syrup. In summer, Sunrock Farm operates a day camp for youngsters ages 4 through 15. The winter holiday camp is open days during the Christmas school break. Birthday celebrations and family farm tours, like all visits to the farm, require reservations.

Outdoor Classroom School classes can select from a list of cultural and science programs. The former outlines the foods and farm practices of a given culture, such as Native American, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, German or Celtic (German language presentations are available). Science programs focus on genetics, dairy, fiber, ecology, soil, fossils or evolution. For Ohio school classes, the material presented is aligned with Ohio’s state science benchmarks; for Kentucky classes, it aligns with Kentucky’s science core curriculum. To ensure farm accessibility for low-income schools, Traina helped found The Friends of Sunrock Farm in 1991, a tax-exempt, nonprofit fundraising organization. It also assists at-risk children to attend the farm’s summer day camp; during the past decade, hundreds of at-risk children from the inner city have participated. In most cases, the farm works with established service agencies that organize the children and provide transportation to the farm.

Down on the Farm Traina applauds Debbie, his wife of 27 years, as the biggest support of his life and work at the farm. It is her soft voice that callers likely hear when calling. He is also the first to sing the praises of the Sunrock Farm staff, whose virtues are recounted in teacher evaluation forms. “Starting and maintaining Sunrock Farm has not been easy,” Traina acknowledges. “There have been hard times, like when the new barn burned down in 1987.” Still, their faith is key to a happy and fruitful life in the face of difficulties. Recently, Farmer Frank and his staff have started a new venture—a traveling farm presentation, complete with animals that they tour to preschools, retirement homes, hospitals, vacation Bible schools, festivals, birthday parties and other events. The gentle road menagerie includes a bunny, baby goats, lambs, fluffy chicks and a pig. Sunrock Farm also owns a stay-at-home pair of oxen—Bo and Rust—whose main job is getting yoked and unyoked in front of visiting students. A much smaller yoke rests in the old barn and is sometimes placed onto the backs of kneeling children to demonstrate how it works, provoking plenty of giggles and picture-taking. Farmer Frank smiles at this, as well. Connections are being made amidst the laughter and fun that everyone shares at Sunrock Farm. For more information on Sunrock Farm, located at 103 Gibson Ln. in Wilder, KY, call 859-781-5502 or visit SunrockFarm.org. Farmer Frank in the Pumpkin Field

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Spiritual Shift

Religious Fluidity Reflects a Wondering Society by Jane Lampman

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panoramic snapshot of American religious life in 2008 reveals an extraordinary dynamism that is reshaping the country’s major traditions in historic ways. Almost half of all Americans have moved to a different religious denomination from that in which they were raised. The fluidity is combining with immigration to spur dramatic changes in the religious landscape. “Religious fluidity is part of a larger picture of fluidity in American life generally,” observes Wade Clark Roof, author of Spiritual Marketplace and professor at University of California-Santa Barbara. “You can read this as ‘It’s what America is about’—we choose.” According to a landmark Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey, Protestantism, which has shaped American identity for generations, may soon become a minority faith, as 51 percent call themselves Protestants today, while only 43 percent of those ages 18 to 29 say the same. Currently, “Within our society, Protestants basically outnumber Catholics two to one,” says Luis Lugo, Pew Forum director. “Among immigrants, Catholics outnumber Protestants by more than two to one.” While Christianity retains the allegiance of 78 percent of Americans, nondenominational churches are grow-

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ing and now attract about 5 percent of adults. Other world faiths—Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism—also collectively account for 5 percent. Today, 16.1 percent of adults say they are unaffiliated; one quarter of those 18 to 29 are in this group. Researchers found that 1.6 percent of adults consider themselves atheists, and 2.4 percent are agnostics, who consider God unknowable. The remaining 12 percent split evenly between the secular and the religious, who may practice faith on their own. Although “unaffiliated” surfaced as the fastest-growing category, the survey shows that about half end up returning to a faith connection. Pew’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey of 35,000 Americans reveals that nine in 10 Americans believe in the existence of God or a Universal Spirit. More than half attend services regularly and pray daily. Among the unaffiliated population, four in 10 say religion is at least somewhat important in their lives, seven in 10 say they believe in God, and more than a quarter say they attend religious services at least a few times a year. Seventy percent of Americans affiliated with a religious tradition do not believe that their faith is the only way to eternal life. For details see Religions.PewForum.org/reports.


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Lullabies for Little Ones

Healthful Harmonies All Ages Benefit from the Power of Rhythm and Sound

by Jamie Blumenthal

Music evokes emotions, memories and social and spiritual connectedness. It’s the one medium that cuts through boundaries of age, culture, disability and disease. Music helps us express feelings and communicates a sense of safety, security and comfort, especially with young children. Plus, it’s a fun way to learn.

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here are endless ways we can bring music into children’s lives, and our own, to enrich overall well-being and quality of life. Let’s begin with pregnancy.

During Gestation An unborn baby can hear Mother’s heartbeat and the melody of her voice, according to David Chamberlain, Ph.D.,

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author of “The Fetal Senses: A Classical View”. Singing quiet lullabies comforts both and helps form a family bond. Recording these lullabies and playing them at the moment of birth and after birth makes them a familiar environment that helps calm baby. During the birth process, other forms of music help distract the mother from the pain of labor and delivery.

Many lullabies tend to have a tempo similar to a resting human heartbeat, about 60 to 80 beats per minute, advise music therapists. Singing lullabies to children is a way to nurture them and communicate our love. These gentle songs comfort crying babies and help them feel secure when going to sleep. Incorporating lullabies into a bedtime ritual helps ease the transition at night or nap time. They may help if a child wakes in the middle of the night, has a nightmare or is sleeping away from home. Playing a recording of lullabies only when nursing just before bed is conducive to sleep, as the little one will associate music with bedtime and the comfort of nursing. In my own experience with dozens of mothers, we’ve also discovered that playing the lullabies when weaning creates an association that can even make weaning easier.

Crying is Musical Crying is the beginning of speech, language and singing. Through crying, we discover our voice and communicate our needs. Like singing, crying has a pitch and continues for a specific length of time. Eventually, cries become vocal sounds, squeals and babbling. By imitating baby’s vocal sounds, we encourage her to vocalize even more. Before long, we’re having a conversation with our baby in nonsense words. Even very young babies are aware of such communication, which lays the foundation for talking and learning how to have a conversation. We can also incorporate vocal sounds into familiar songs. Instead of singing the words to a song, sing syllables of ba, da, ma or la. Parents often are surprised to find their baby singing along to the familiar ‘words’. Soon, baby will combine these syllables into real words, able to communicate thoughts and feelings. Facilitate further language practice with a maturing child by leaving out the last word of a musical phrase to a familiar song; the child will usually fill in the word. Continue doing this until the youngster is singing along with the entire song. The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function notes that music


involves both sides of the brain. In an article in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, certified music therapist Joanne Loewy explains how music helps develop speech and language.

Drumming for Children A drumbeat is the human way of imitating the heartbeat. Babies as young as 6 months can play a drum to match the beat of a song, even if only for a few beats. Children at every age love to move to the beat of a drum. Experiment by using different rhythms and volumes to indicate how to move: fast for running, slow and steady for big steps, soft for tiptoeing, silence for stopping. Or, make some up. This type of activity helps children develop listening skills, sound discrimination, gross motor skills, and awareness of starting and stopping. With younger children, take turns doing drumming and movement. As children get older, they can become involved in drumming groups, or the family can drum together.

Music for Relaxation Calm, quiet music helps reduce stress and enhance relaxation. Tune in to relaxing music in the morning to ease the routine, and again at dinnertime, when the family is hungry, tired and stressed after a long day at work or school. Relaxation music can be used to reduce anxiety prior to surgery, in a medical situation where children feel anxious, or when children have difficulty falling asleep. Some relaxation and guided imagery CDs are made specifically for children.

Music for Education Songs teach children skills. The song “B-I-N-G-O” can teach a child how to spell their name, by substituting the letters of the child’s name. Children learn the alphabet by singing the “The Alphabet Song”. Anything that needs to be memorized can be put to music, including a home address and phone number. Learning to play an instrument increases self-esteem, develops fine motor skills and, in the case of brass and wind instruments, oral motor skills as well. Reading music develops reading

aptitude, eye-hand coordination and math skills. Playing an instrument enhances social relationships and teaches discipline. Often, children who play an instrument earn better grades and stay in school longer, notes the National Association for Music Education.

Music to Enhance Relationships Singing or playing music together with family or friends can be a fun way to enjoy being together. For young children, accompany songs with hand motions and movements, perhaps doing the motions hand-in-hand. Youngsters love the physical touch, play, eye contact and, most of all, the love that comes from being with their parents. As children learn to play instruments, participating in a school band or orchestra, or gathering with friends in a garage band, is a fun and social event. Participating in and attending musical performances create irreplaceable family memories.

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Music to Express Emotion During adolescence, music becomes part of most teens’ identity. Join in by listening to their favorite music. Ask them why a song is important, and pinpoint their favorite lyrics. It’s a way to communicate with a teen and get a sense of things that parents might not know, otherwise. It’s also a great way to talk about values. Adults don’t have to like teens’ music, but do need to be respectful of their taste. The most important years to involve children in music are from birth to age 10. According to Dr. Robin Brey in Neurology Now, music can help create connections in the brain. Songs the family sings together today will be forever connected with family memories. Playing instruments teaches skills that will be useful throughout a child’s life. Music truly is a gift to a child that keeps on giving. Jamie Blumenthal has a masters degree, is a board certified music therapist and owns Family Music Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services in Santa Rosa, CA. Reach her at 707-695-4145 or MusicTherapy@msn.com.

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reativity is often perceived as a blessing bestowed upon those who call themselves artists. Observed and encouraged in most children, creativity seems to disappear when playful youngsters become responsible adults. Where does it go? The late psychologist J.P. Guilford might have answered that it’s not gone, but forgotten. 20

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Creativity is about artful living, not just making art. Creative acts,” said eminent psychologist J.P. Guilford, “can be expected of all individuals. Those persons who are recognized as creative merely have more of what everyone has.” Another scholar of the human psyche, Jean Shinoda Bolen, believes that every person has a treasure trove of original natural talents that may lie buried, or overlooked. Like most hidden treasures, these talents need to be excavated, and recognized for their true value. “It is a mistaken belief that mechanics, carpenters, seamstresses, mathematicians, psychotherapists, business owners, mothers, fathers, gardeners and many others aren’t artists,” says Bolen, author of The Tao of Human Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self. “Creativity has much to do with intellectual and practical wisdom, and it is inseparable from mastering something and knowing how to do it in our own way.” Bolen says all “spiritual beings on a human path” are responsible for discovering and developing their unique talents “because they serve to shape our life, which I like to refer to as our Magnum Opus, our true Great Work of art.” Jean Shinoda Bolen


Unearthing Natural Talents One of the most prolific authors and teachers on the subject of discovering and recovering creative gifts is Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Cameron, who has written dozens of books, three musicals, four plays and one Julia Cameron film, agrees with Bolen’s intertwining view of life and art. “Our art is supposed to be something we do in and with our life, which is the larger container that holds our art,” she says. “Rather than yearning to be full-time artists, we might aspire to be full-time humans. When we do, art is the overflow of a heart-filled life.” Cameron has a toolkit for unblocking the artist in everyone. One fundamental tool is a daily uncensored writing practice—called Morning Pages—that brings clarity, insight, and sometimes new directions and ideas before the business of daily life kicks in. Other important tools of The Artist’s Way include weekly solo Artist’s Dates (time spent observing, experiencing, sensing and playing for the pure pleasure of it) and rambling walks, which Cameron herself credits with providing guaranteed fodder for her creative fires. Worth their weight in gold to any creative miner, these and other exercises from her books have helped thousands to reconnect with childhood’s playful state of delight. “Picasso said that we are all born children,” says Cameron. “The trick is to remain one, lean into our ease and enjoy the ride of our gift.” Cameron’s metaphor for the Morning Pages—running a vacuum cleaner around one’s consciousness to suck up the soundtracks that clutter the mind—reveals just a smidgeon of her natural talent for creating reader-friendly visuals. “Writing stream of consciousness thoughts on pages frees up what I call alpha ideas, like ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to…,’ or ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to…,’ and ‘Gee, I could let myself explore…,’” explains the articulate creative. Those nudges and inspirations, as well as insights and uncomfortable truths, have shown up in Cameron’s personal Morning Pages for decades. An Artist’s Date she took to a travel bookstore turned up a tome on Ferdinand Magellan, which led Cameron to pen an entire musical about the Portuguese maritime explorer, the first to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Discerning a New Direction Tama J. Kieves, another creative soul who enjoys a walk to jiggle loose inspired thoughts, is the author of This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love. She also works as a creative career coach, and founded Awakening Artistry, an organization dedicated to fashioning a global family of visionary minds, creative souls and empowered leaders. This honors graduate of Harvard Law School left a budding law practice to Tama J. Kieves work as a professional writer and speaker. Today, she gives emboldened hope to everyone who may have suppressed a creative urge in their youth. “It’s possible at any time to dust off the cobwebs that cover a natural talent, resurrect a creative dream and breathe life into it,” advises Kieves. “I know this is true because it’s what I did.” Kieves, who says that creativity is anything but frivolous, frequently wrote brilliant legal briefs that caused senior partners to reconsider cases they had initially ignored. Eventually, her

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“Picasso said that we are all born children. The trick is to remain one, lean into our ease and enjoy the ride of our gift.” — Julia Cameron outside-the-box perspective sent her in search of a more artful world. Kieves’ ensuing methods of creative inquiry—drawing, meditating, journaling, daydreaming with a confidant, walking on the beach and befriending her own soul—brought her in touch with her unique inner artistry. “Imaginative inquiry demanded that I dwell in a more intimate relationship with myself,” notes Kieves. “This meant that I had to learn to feel my feelings, so that I could discern the felt sense of direction calling to me. In addition to having a lot of fun, it taught me that if I wanted to discover an unimaginable livelihood, I had to leave standardized inquires behind.” This author’s research initially led her to a toy store. “I figured that if I wanted work that felt like play,” Kieves recalls, “I had to play and dabble on the wild side by rummaging through my child side, where wonder and innocence could strike at any moment. I discovered that fun is more than fun; it’s the vortex and hot spot of uncanny wisdom, and it serves us well in awakening our artistry.”

Weaving Dreams into Reality Before awakening our artistry, we chop wood and carry water. After awakening our artistry, we discover mindful and

creative ways to chop wood (perhaps my dream to keep it alive,” explains with a better axe), and carry water Lee. “Every time I got into victim mode, (perhaps in a newly fashioned, more she reminded me, ‘You are in charge of efficient bucket). Although sometimes your dream.’ I needed a dream coach to we have to change our lives to pursue teach me that my truest life is when I am our creativity, more often, we have in the dream, awake,” Lee says, “and to only to change our approach to life and constantly remind me to have fun and make room for creativity to emerge in use my imagination and artistry in order all kinds of places. This post-awakening to weave my dream into reality.” stage requires perseverance, curiosity, imagination, will and patience. Imagining New Possibilities These qualities are well known to Albert Einstein once said, “I am enough Cricket Lee of Dallas, Texas, who chalof an artist to draw freely upon my lenged the fashion industry to change imagination,” adding that imaginathe way it designs and labels. Wieldtion outranked knowledge, because it ing one singularly ambitious dream, was unlimited. The ability to envision, Lee created a universal standard for dream, speculate and wonder in and sizing women’s clothes, beyond childhood based on body types can craft an adult and measurements. Her life that reflects one’s FitLogic standards may be true passions and licensed by any clothing authentic desires. maker and used for any Yvette Lyn, of Orlankind of apparel. do, Florida, imagined Lee’s dream, not a life of adventure yet fully manifested, has long before she lived taken six years of legwork it. Yvette Lyn and heroic determination. “As a young When the dream temporarily nosedived girl, I spent much of my spare time in 2006, the emotional devastation kept reading Harlequin novels, and dreamed Lee in bed most days, until she met Jen- of visiting the exotic places described nifer Parrish, the woman who became in every book,” says Lyn. “As an adult, her dream coach. I had a great deal of fun touring my “For three months, Jennifer encourdream locales as either a social hostaged me to exercise my imagination, so ess or a cruise director aboard Holland that I could dance, sing and live inside America luxury liners. I exercised my creativity and imagination seven days a week.” Now, spending more time on dry land, Lyn has put a new dream into motion in the form of something called Social Artistry, a catalyzing art form she learned from Jean Houston, founder of the International Institute for Social Artistry. Today, Lyn splashes her passion and skills on the canvas of social reality. “As a social artist, I get to evoke new ways of thinking, being and doing in people who apply my ideas to their social challenges,” says Lyn. “I tune in and let my intuition and imagination guide me. People spark inspiration in me, which in turn, manifests as some fun form of creativity. One idea, for


example, led to forming a group of mentors who are now interacting with youngsters at an elementary school, to everyone’s benefit.” Marvin Gram is a master carpenter and stonemason in Louisville, Ohio, who puts his artistry to work through these exacting sciences. Whether Gram is creating magnificent stone fireplaces, meandering trapezoid slate sidewalks or garden teaching centers, he finds it satisfying and inspiring to step back and let his eyes feast on the works of arts that he brings into being. “All my life I’ve acted on my ideas,” Gram muses. “Action keeps my mind open, builds confidence in my skills and talents, and increases my resolve that I can do anything. It’s the only way to fulfill dreams and stay excited about life. Next to raising my two sons, my work requires the most imagination and creativity.” In Elizabeth Lake, California, Jim Walker stood back and gazed upon his life’s canvas for six months, until the new direction for his Magnum Opus took shape in the form of environmental advocacy. For three decades, Walker’s natural talents for innovative thinking, research, communication, negotiation, strategic planning and politics served him well as a labor relations representative for the California School Employees Association. Now, he uses these same talents to teach environmental advocacy skills in his region, aiming to help conserve 165 acres of open water, trees and shoreline that provide habitat for the wildlife he enjoys observing on kayaking adventures. Walker’s creativity also paddled onto the computer screen, where he assembled some of his nature photos into a PowerPoint presentation for town council members and residents. “I like using my creativity for this noble cause of protecting the interest of something that has no voice,” says Walker. “It is fulfilling and uplifting.” Nature is a powerful and abundant source of creative inspiration and expression for many. Poet William Blake expressed this ideal when he wrote,

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“To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” Sandy Henson might agree with that sentiment as she spends her Artist’s Dates observing hummingbirds and butterflies in the themed gardens that she maintains in Kensington, Ohio. Visual evidence of Henson’s creativity blooms in a multicolored quilt of flowers and herbs spread over five acres of her property. In 2002, her dream of sharing this beauty morphed into a business. Today, Treasures of the Earth sells plants, offers landscape design services and provides classes in nature spirits, biodynamic gardening and the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs. “We need art for life,” says HenSandy Henson

son, “and mine is all around me, nurturing, bringing peace and stirring my creative juices. For me, planting seeds and watching them sprout and grow is the height of co-creating.” Julia Cameron says that the winds of creativity are neither fickle, finite nor limited, and that life is pure creative energy. This means that everyone has the ability to unfurl their artistic sails and chart a unique course, fueled by the same creative force that shapes snowflakes, designs seashells, and creates breathtaking landscapes. The challenge is to remain open to inspiration and act upon it. “There are always ideas. Good ideas, workable ideas, brave and revolutionary ideas, calm and serviceable ideas,” advises Cameron. “The trick is to gently access them and allow them to flow into any area of our life, that which is our Greatest Work.” For more information and inspiration, contact Jean Shinoda Bolen at JeanShinodaBolen.com; Julia Cameron at JuliaCameron.com; Tama Kieves at AwakeningArtistry.com; Treasures of the Earth at SandysGardens.com; In Dreams Awake Life Coach Jennifer Parrish at awake2dreams@yahoo.com; Cricket Lee at FitLogic.com; and Jean Houston at SocialArtistryInstitute.com.

To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. – William Blake September 2008

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Drumming Circles a Hit by Jay Workman

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rom a distance, it sounds like music from a car stereo. But as you draw nearer the park shelter, you realize that there is no melody, just a pulsating rhythm. Close inspection reveals a group of a dozen or so people playing drums of all kinds: big and little ones, both primitive and high-tech. You have encountered one of the drumming circles gaining in popularity across the country. Some celebrate Native American customs and heritage or other ethnic traditions, but all are outlets for people expressing a primal urge that drives their spirit, amidst camaraderie and fun. Now, scientists have discovered that drumming can be a useful tool in physical and psychological therapy. It seems that repetitive rhythms can initiate changes in brain wave activity, including calm and concentration. Researchers currently are expanding their studies into related fields, with positive results. Drumming has been used for centuries in every tribal culture on Earth, for communication, rituals and healing. Why is it so effective? It has to do with the fact that the first sounds we hear in the womb are the rhythms of breath and heartbeat. The late Babatunde Olatunji, an award-winning jazz composer and founder of Harlem’s Olatunji Center for African Culture, said, “Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves

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in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm.” This includes everything from the changing of the seasons to the vibration of atoms. Though rhythm therapy was once considered a fanciful New Age concept, major universities such as Harvard and Duke are conducting present-day research into its positive effects on stress reduction, immune-system strengthening and addiction treatment, all under the evolving aegis of integrative medicine. Seeking to help victims of dyslexia, attention deficit disorders and autism, the Hannah More School in Reisterstown, Maryland, is trying drumming therapy. Students there are playing shakers, rattles, bells and drums to help improve their physical conditions. Laurie Precht, drum circle facilitator, says, “I would say it’s beneficial for them, both psychologically and physically.” Michael Drake, author of The Therapeutic Effects of Drumming, agrees, advising that, “From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental and spiritual health.” Recent studies are indicating positive effects from use of drum therapy in wide-ranging areas. These include stress, fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, migraines, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, paralysis and emotional disorders. A 2003 study, for example, found that drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress, which contributes to nearly all disease and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, strokes, and immune system breakdowns. A 2001 study indicates that drumming circles boost the immune system. Barry Bittman, a physician and leading cancer researcher, demonstrated that group drumming increases cancer-killing cells that also kill other viruses, like AIDS. Remarks Bittman, “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.” Life-draining chronic pain is another ailment that can benefit from drumming. Researchers suggest that drumming not only serves as a distraction from pain and grief, but also specifically promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Psychosocial issues can be successfully addressed by drumming strategies, too. In Durango, Colorado, adolescent offenders participate in drumming circles hosted by the Department of Youth Services. The sessions provide the juveniles, “A ritualized way to blow off steam,” according to Kulu Speigel, a professional musician and leader of the group, and may teach the youths skills for building successful interpersonal relationships. After a drumming encounter, disciplinary problems among the teens plummet. Even major corporations, such as Motorola and AT&T, use drumming seminars for team-building exercises. Drumming circles everywhere welcome everyone who wants to join in. Sources: AlternativeDepressionTherapy.com; Advances in Mind-Body Medicine; Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing.


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wisewords A Conversation With

Debbie Ford

figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Most of us try to skip this step. We prefer not to deal with our darkness, because we’ve been taught that some parts of ourselves are just not okay—it’s not okay to be greedy, selfish or angry. But every quality, every human emotion, comes bearing great gifts. When we deny or repress any aspect of our humanity, we strip ourselves of some of our power, some of our genius, our ability to go out and create what we want in our lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying affirmations or creating positive intentions, but if we’re doing these practices to cover up some part of ourselves that we’re horrified by, then we are guaranteed to keep repeating patterns of the past. To the extent that we’ve denied or repressed our dark side, we will be unable to manifest the greatest evolution of ourselves.

How can exploring our dark side help us manifest our greatest self?

Creator of the Shadow Process Workshop, author of Why Good People Do Bad Things, and founder of The Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching. by Danielle Dorman

We hear a lot these days about attracting what we want through positive thinking and affirmations. Yet, for more than a decade, your books have guided seekers in a different type of inquiry­—to embrace our negative aspects and make peace with our shadows. Why is it so important to befriend our dark side? Ford: I think Carl Jung, the great Swiss psychologist, said it best: “One does not become enlightened by imagining

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Ford: We must go into the dark in order to bring forth our light. Unless we are willing to face our shadow and find compassion for the parts of us that we’ve judged as bad or wrong, we’ll never discover the wisdom that we were meant to learn in this lifetime. We manifest our greatest potential not by focusing on our strengths alone, but by encountering challenges, getting blindsided by our own limitations and, ultimately, by finding the perfection in our so-called flaws and weaknesses. If, for example, we are unwilling to embrace our neediness, we cut ourselves off from the ability to ask for help or receive support from others. If we deny or suppress our anger, we won’t have access to the part of ourselves that can set strong boundaries or rally people to action. In my own life, it’s not my quick wit or perceived brilliance that has allowed me to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, but rather the wisdom I have gained as a re-

sult of integrating my anger, discontent, shame, fear and insecurities. It is, in fact, the very darkness that I didn’t want to be or experience that has driven me to strengthen my spiritual connection, learn how to thrive, and become the woman I always wanted to be.

So, how does one go about uncovering their dark side—or, to borrow a chapter title from your first book—how do we “chase down our shadows”? Ford: Do you remember the old saying, “It takes one to know one”? It turns out that this bit of wisdom holds a key to uncovering our shadows. The qualities and character traits we find most annoying, upsetting or unbearable in other people are just parts of ourselves that we do not accept. The more intense our reaction to another person, the more information it has to offer us about a part of ourselves that we’ve repressed in our shadow.

Once we’ve uncovered one of our shadows, how do we go about making peace with it? Ford: The moment we recognize the gifts of any quality, emotion, experience or situation, it immediately becomes an ally, rather than an enemy. So, to make peace with our shadow, we have to look through new eyes at the qualities or character traits that we’ve judged as unlovable, and ask ourselves: “Why would I need this? How could this quality or situation serve me in creating the life I desire?” Transformation requires nothing more than experiencing a shift in perception. The shadow is not a problem to be solved or an enemy to be conquered, but a fertile field, ripe for cultivation. If you’re willing to dig your hands into the rich soil of your dark side, you will unearth the potent seeds of the person you most desire to be. For more information visit DebbieFord.com.


creativeexpressions Lucky Spaulding’s Music Embraces the Human Race by Beth Davis

Since the age of 7, Lucky Spaulding has been performing, writing and recording original music. Born into a musical family—his mother and father are musicians and his grandfather launched local radio station WEBN—Spaulding was exposed to all genres of music early on. Heavily influenced by jazz, R&B and rock, Spaulding notes one performer as his single greatest inspiration: “Bob Marley has been my guiding musical force, my hero,” he says, “not only for his music, but for his message.”

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paulding, too, has a central theme to his music, and that is love. “My message has always been peace, love and racial unity,” comments Spaulding. “I incorporate the message in all my songs in one way or another and have done a few album projects to benefit good causes. I want people to know that I not only sing about it, I live it.” Spaulding began his professional journey at 15, when he founded the reggae band, Zionites. Through the 1990s, the band toured the Midwest college circuit, quickly becoming one of the hottest regional acts going. Spaulding’s musical stylings went on to earn him a string of local awards between 1998 and 2001, including two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEA) and a Cincinnati Enquirer Cammy Award. During this time, Spaulding was also taking steps toward a solo career. In 2000, his solo debut, Living, was released, and in 2001 he released his second CD, Dinosaur Love. Becoming a little jaded by the process, it wasn’t until he met up with Justin Jeffrie, a Cincinnati native and former member

of the band 98 Degrees, that his hopes for another new album were renewed. Spaulding says Jeffrie helped him to approach his music as a business and convinced him to invest in his own studio, Studio Be. In 2004, Lucky, produced by Jeffrie and Spaulding, became Spaulding’s third solo album, gaining him the wider recognition for which he had been searching. Since then, Spaulding has seen his music reach out to win worldwide audiences in Holland, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil and Japan. Three years ago, he signed with Big Noise Records, which he says has helped advance his career greatly. In 2006, he released a fourth album, The Heart of a Girl, described as a “sun-drenched fusion of musical genres, including Stevie Wonder-style soul, classic pop, rock, jazz, reggae and funk.” When asked to describe his musical style, Spaulding notes without hesitation, “Blend Bob Marley with Prince and Stevie Wonder, and you have Lucky Spaulding.” A creative force, Spaulding writes, sings and plays nearly everything he records. His music often reflects his

mood. He views it as “a strong vehicle for global unity and understanding.” As much as Spaulding enjoys being a solo artist, he hasn’t given up having fun with the Zionites Reggae Band. This summer they started playing together again. He performs regularly with The Airwave Band, covering everything from Frank Sinatra to Outkast. In 2007, Airwave was named by Modern Bride magazine as one of the top 150 wedding bands in the United States. This fall, Spaulding will embark on a tour of Los Angeles, Chicago and, possibly, the Big Apple. The opportunity to spread his message of love and understanding through his music motivates him to continue his journey in what can be a harsh business. When all is said and done, says Spaulding, “I want to inspire people to have an appreciation for nature, love and the human race.” Contact Lucky Spaulding at LuckyZion@ yahoo.com. For information about upcoming shows and tour dates, visit MySpace.com/luckyspaulding or LuckySpaulding.com. Download his music at iTunes.com or CDBaby.com.

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Chelation Therapy Offers Whole-Body Detox by Lee Walker

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r. Jeffrey Morrison, founder of The Morrison Center in New York, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy for the Advancement of Medicine, or ACAM (formerly American Academy of Medical Preventics). This leading authority and educator of physicians and health care providers on the proper use of chelation therapy first advises, “The accumulation of toxic metals in the body’s tissues can lead to elevated blood pressure, the risk of heart disease and neuro-degenerative conditions.” Then, Morrison points to accumulating case studies that prove the relationship. According to Dr. Susan Jacobs, of the Cole Center for Healing in Cincinnati, “We frequently use chelation therapy, both oral and intravenous, in our practice. We have used it successfully in circulatory conditions, heart disease, arthritis and other chronic diseases.” Before experiencing chelation, Jacobs recommends researching the subject. “A really good ‘must read’ is a book called Bypassing Bypass, which discusses the use of intravenous chelation for those choosing other options in place of bypass surgery,” she says, noting that bypass is the gold standard among cardiologists whose patients have major blockage of coronary arteries, “which comes with major risks.” Jacobs likes to think of chelation therapy as an “oil change” for the entire body. “It is safe, effective and affordable for most people,” says Jacobs. At The Cole Center for Healing, a variety of tests can help determine the need for chelation. Individual recommendations are condition-based and range between 20 and 40 treatments, one to three times per week. The more progressive the disease, the more aggressive the frequency and duration of the therapy. But, as Jacobs explains, “It is rare to see anyone not benefit from chelation therapy, whether it’s elimination of chest pain, improvement in circulation, or just more energy and stamina.”


It’s uplifting for health care practitioners to see patients who formerly had to pop nitroglycerin pills just to walk from the parking lot to the doctor’s office, undergo treatment and reduce their nitro intake to once a week. Smith also has witnessed the improvement of patients, who prior to chelation, could barely walk because of poor circulation. After treatments, some took up walking one to two miles daily. Chelation therapy’s long and varied history began in 1893, when French-Swiss chemist Alfred Werner developed the theory of coordination compounds, known today as chelates. Chelation (key-layshun) derives from the Greek chele, meaning to claw. Chelating agents are substances that can chemically bond with toxic minerals, metals and chemicals within the body. They encircle and carry away the unwanted matter from the body via excretion. Werner received the Nobel Prize for his work in 1913 and went on to establish the science of chelation chemistry. Germany put Werner’s discovery to use in the manufacture of industrial paints, which required the elimination of heavy metal contamination. Rather than be dependent upon imported citric acid for their manufacturing process, the German chemists invented a safe amino acid known as ethylenediamine tetra-acedic acid (EDTA), now also used in chelation therapy. Further experimentation and research into this science from the 1940s to the 1980s led to the application of EDTA and chelation therapy in the treatment of individuals who had an accumulation of toxic metals, such as mercury and lead, in their body. It employs an intravenous infusion that may, according to an individual’s needs, include vitamins, magnesium and a saline solution. Fortunately, the only side effects that these early patients experienced were relief from arteriosclerosis, chest pains, arthritis, memory loss and the inability to concentrate. The news eventually made its way into medical journals. By 1973, ACAM was formed to educate physicians in the uses of EDTA chelation therapy in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Today, the National Center for Complementary and

Alternative Medicine and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, both components of the National Institutes of Health, have launched the Chelation Therapy Study. It’s the first large-scale, multi-center study to determine the efficacy of EDTA chelation therapy and/or high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements in the treatment of individuals with coronary artery disease. Michael Loquasto, a doctor of naturopathy, practices chelation therapy at the Burton Medical Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “I prefer to call the therapy a vitamin cocktail,” says Loquasto, “because we add vitamins C and B6, along with magnesium and calcium.” Loquasto, who invented oral chelation, believes that physicians should not limit chelation to detoxification. Rather, “It can help any health condition,” he says, “since it increases circulation, which naturally offers more healthful oxygen to all parts of the body.” Local Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky holistic health practitioner Victoria Smith agrees that oral chelation can be highly effective. The therapy’s effectiveness can be monitored using urine tests and/or other biological monitoring techniques (i.e., biofeedback). Smith says that a little-known, naturally occurring chelating agent, known as clinoptilolite zeolite, has proven beneficial for many clients. To connect with holistic practitioner Victoria Smith at Significant Healing in the Cincinnati/Northern KY area, call 859648-0905 or visit SignificantHealing.com. To connect with Dr. Susan Jacobs at the Cole Center for Healing in Cincinnati, call 513-563-4321. Connect with Dr. Michael Loquasto at the Burton Medical Center in Allentown, PA; 610-791-2453. Connect with Dr. Jeffrey Morrison at The Morrison Center in New York City; 212-989-9828.

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consciouseating One of the oldest sweeteners used by man, honey remains a perennial favorite for good reason, with far more to recommend it than just savoring its sweetness.

Honey Almighty Legendary Sweet Packs a Punch by Amber Lanier Nagle

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ivilizations have long revered honey for its sweetness, medicinal properties and other useful applications. Ancient Egyptians used honey as a sugary condiment and a key ingredient in embalming fluid. Early Greeks believed it had powerful wound-healing properties. In America, honey reigned as a home remedy for various illnesses and infections until the middle of the 20th century, when it was supplanted by penicillin. Today, the sweet stuff is making a comeback, as modern science confirms honey’s health-promoting benefits. More than 300 types of honey are available in the United States; each carries a distinctive color and flavor, depending on the bees’ nectar source. In general, lighter-colored honeys (like clover honey) are milder in taste, while darker-colored honeys (like buckwheat honey) are stronger.

Antioxidants & Other Nutrients The National Honey Board characterizes honey as a natural source of simple carbohydrates, composed of fructose (about 38.5 percent), glucose (about 31 percent), sucrose, maltose and other sugars. It contains enzymes and other compounds derived from bees and flowers, as well as small amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. A University of California-Davis study detected higher levels of polyphe-

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nolic antioxidants in participants after just one month of honey supplementation. Other studies confirm that honey contains numerous antioxidants. They include chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin, which all help to prevent and repair cellular damage from disease-causing free radicals. The amount and type of these goodies available depend largely upon the floral source of the honey. Darker honeys usually contain higher levels of antioxidants than lighter varieties.

Athletic Prowess For athletes, carbohydrates enhance performance and recovery. A natural, convenient and inexpensive source of carbohydrates, honey, provides 17 grams per tablespoon.

One study at the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory, evaluated the effectiveness of commercial sports gels and honey. The researchers concluded that honey is an excellent pre-workout energy source, in part because it is easily digested and released into the body at a steady rate. A companion study indicated that honey is also an effective post-workout carbohydrate source when paired with protein. Weight-trained men and women who consumed a powdered honey-protein combination drink not only sustained optimal blood sugar levels for two hours after their workout, they showed favorable changes in a hormone measurement that indicates positive muscle recovery.

Many monofloral honeys contain an enzyme that produces low levels of hydrogen peroxide, a natural antiseptic. Honey’s ability to keep the area around a wound sealed, moist and protected, promotes rapid healing and helps prevent scars.


Antimicrobial Properties As grandmother knew, honey proves an exceptional healing agent when applied to cuts, scrapes and lacerations. All honeys exhibit some antibacterial ability. New Zealand’s active manuka honey, a monofloral (from one plant) variety derived from the nectar of the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium), possesses greater antibacterial characteristics than most other varieties. A review of 22 clinical trials published in the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds verified that honey quickly heals existing wound infections, protects against further infection, reduces swelling, minimizes scarring, helps remove infected and dead tissue, and stimulates new tissue growth. Research indicates that active manuka honey, in particular, shows promise for treatment of wounds infected with the superbug, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). How does honey fight infection and promote healing? Research suggests that honey’s low water content makes it hygroscopic, enabling it to absorb moisture from tissue and bacteria. Its high sugar content makes it difficult for microorganisms to grow. Many monofloral honeys contain an enzyme that produces low levels of hydrogen peroxide, a natural antiseptic. Honey’s ability to keep the area around a wound sealed, moist and protected, promotes rapid healing and helps prevent scars.

Honey at Home Honey is a delicious sugar substitute in oatmeal and tea, and a tasty treat drizzled on bread or fruit. Plus, it easily incorporates into baked goods. Use a tried and true recipe or develop a new one, by replacing the amount of sugar with an equal amount of honey and reducing the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup. In pastries, lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning. Honey’s only caveat is that it should not be fed to infants younger than 12 months. One of the oldest sweeteners used by man, honey remains a perennial favorite for good reason, with far more to recommend it than just savoring its sweetness.

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Disc Golf for fun & fitness by Bill Flanders

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on’t call it a Frisbee™. That’s Wham-O’s registered trademark for the flying disc that started it all in the 1960s. The ubiquitous plastic toys have come a long way from being a simple backyard pastime. Today, disc golf is a worldwide, organized sport, with more than 2,500 dedicated outdoor courses in the US alone, complete with competitions, celebrities and fans. What is the powerful attraction that draws such interest from such a diverse population of athletes and amateurs? Mark Twain famously once labeled golf, “A good walk spoiled.” Perhaps this relatively new sport’s appeal is that it’s more about the journey than the destination. Not only does disc golf provide a great outing of low-impact fitness-building, it encourages the player to keep at it longer. While any bout of exercise or individual sports practice might grow old after a half-hour, participating in a game of disc golf extends the session to an involving hour or two of gentle upper and lower body conditioning and aerobic benefits. Players are out to constantly improve their handicap. Hand-eye coordination strengthens, as do concentration skills, all with less risk of injury than with many other sports. Even individuals with a low level of fitness or disabilities can join in, gradually increasing their activity as health recovers. Economy and convenience are key attractions, too. A disc can cost less than $10 and reservations are not required to play. A dozen manufacturers offer a choice of discs and accessory equipment, including Gateway, Innova and Discraft. Disc golf courses can cover a variety of terrains and no irrigation is required. Areas unsuitable for other activities can thus be used, affording players surroundings of natural beauty and inspiration that might otherwise be overlooked. As a player advances through a 9- or 18-hole disc golf course, he tries to make his platters fall into a series of special baskets, consisting of a chest-high metal frame surrounded by a chain-link mesh. As in golf, the object is to reach the end of the course in the fewest number of turns. Advanced players choose from their bag of discs according to distance, curves and obstacles. Basic disc categories are drivers, mid-range and putters. One iconic figure on the disc scene is “Steady” Ed Headrick. He didn’t quite invent the Frisbee, but in 1964, reengineered it into a more efficient, usable form. That’s when interest took off. Headrick coined the disc golf label, later founding several related organizations. “Disc golf players regularly conduct tournaments to raise funds for individuals in the community and to collect goods and cash for food banks,” comments Tim Townsend, a six-year veteran who locates a course in whatever city he finds himself. “Volunteers also host kids’ clinics, where aspiring players easily pick up the fundamentals.” Inspiration comes watching the more experienced teachers tee off with 300-foot drives, then sink 30-foot putts. For more information about the Professional Disc Golf Association visit PDGA.com.

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The Best Furniture is

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10 Keys to Eco-Friendly Furnishings Our furnishings say a lot about our values, vision and philosophy. But our buying decisions might also say that we think it is okay to contribute to global warming, purchase products of child or slave labor, or select disposable furniture that won’t last.

5. Check for easy disassembly and recyclability.

ortunately, responsible consumers are beginning to think twice about their purchases. And the furniture industry, aware of their contribution to global deforestation and climate change, and the huge potential to help preserve dwindling rainforests, is producing more eco-friendly furniture. For smart choices, start with the list below.

Eco-friendly furniture should be easy to repair, disassemble and recycle. Products certified through MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle protocol exemplify the principle. Avoid hybrids made from an inseparable amalgam of materials, difficult both to repair and recycle.

1. Choose certified

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sustainable wood.

Because trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, cool Earth’s surface, hold soil in place and provide habitat, deforestation produces devastating consequences. Wood furniture made from sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or from reclaimed wood, is the responsible choice. Look for furniture certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (see FSC.org).

2. Find furniture made with reclaimed materials.

Some furniture is reclaimed from old homes, furniture or factory scraps, or resurrected from river bottoms (logs lost in transport to sawmills) and reservoirs (forested areas submerged in creation of man-made dams or lakes). Look for the Rainforest Alliance’s Rediscovered Wood Certification label.

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3. Buy bamboo.

Bamboo includes a family of fastgrowing, versatile grasses that can be flattened into flooring, molded into furniture, pressed into veneers or sliced to make window blinds. Most bamboo is grown in China, with few or no pesticides.

4. Embrace recycled metal and plastic.

Furniture made from recycled plastics, aluminum and other metals requires less processing and fewer resources, while supporting the market for recycled materials.

durable and fixable.

Tough, repairable items are less likely to end up in the landfill. Although initially more expensive, they’re more cost-effective than flimsier products and can be passed along to others.

7. Look for low-toxicity furniture.

Furnishings made of synthetic materials or treated with synthetic substances, such as flame retardants and formaldehyde, often off-gas toxic chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Studies show that indoor air

Green furniture can be stylish and kind to the environment.


quality is often worse than outdoors, due in part to VOCs, which have been linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption and cancer. They’re a particular hazard to children and pets. Check for Greenguard product certification (GreenGuard.org) to ensure low toxicity. Look for furniture that is untreated or treated with natural substances—natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton.

8. Buy vintage.

Pre-owned goods can be the greenest of all. Vintage and second-hand furniture requires no additional resources to manufacture, is often locally sourced (cutting transportation), is already off-gassed, and eases the load on the landfill. Note: avoid buying painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit from a hardware store.

9. Buy local.

Just like food, parts of a piece of furniture might have traveled thousands of miles to reach us. Look for furniture made close to home to support the local economy and independent craftspeople, while decreasing the environmental costs of shipping.

10. Give furniture a makeover or find it a good home.

Furniture tastes and needs change over time. Why not repurpose or freshen furniture with a new finish or paint? If it’s time to discard an item, make sure it gets reused: sell it via CraigsList.org, eBay.com, the local paper or the next yard sale; donate it through Freecycle. org; or place it curbside with a “Free” sign. No sturdy artifact should have to live for eternity in the landfill. Source: Adapted from TreeHugger.com

Know the Forest and the Trees A Consumer’s Guide to Buying Wood

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ccording to Audubon Magazine, as much as 90 percent of today’s furniture comes from illegally harvested wood, often clearcut from Earth’s rainforests. The Nature Conservancy reports that every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down. That’s 56,000 square miles of natural forest lost each year. Who will save this treasure of vital flora and fauna for our children? Nonprofits are working hard, but are limited by available resources and volunteers. Governments occasionally help, but only when it’s politically expedient to do so. It’s up to green commerce to step up to the task. If local retailers don’t know this basic information about their products, ask them to find out.

Where is the wood from? Knowing the source of wood products is the first step in making wise purchasing choices. Retailers should know what country the wood came from—not just where it was processed. Ideally, they’ll also know the region within the country and what company harvested it.

What species is the wood? Slow-growing hardwood tree species are often more endangered than fast-growing softwoods. A tree’s origin also matters. For example, plantation teak from Central America or Indonesia is lower risk than that from Myanmar.

Is the wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)? FSC certification assures that the wood comes from a legal and sustainably managed forest. Ask about the specific type of FSC certification; e.g., 100 percent, recycled, or mixed-sources.

If not FSC certified, how do we know wood was legally or sustainably logged? The same species of timber may have been harvested legally and sustainably in one place, illegally and unsustainably in another. Some certification labels on the international market are not rigorously or independently evaluated. Retailers may also have their own internal systems to ensure that they are selling legal products. Ask for details. Source: Natural Resources Defense Council Buying Guide; species details at NRDC.org/land/forests/ woodguide.asp.

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calendarofevents NOTE: All Calendar events must be received by September 1st (for the October issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email CinCalendar@NaturalAwakenings.com for guidelines and to submit entries. NOTE: Events are located in Ohio unless noted.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm. Yoga with Phoenix. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, North and South Units. Northern KY. Call for directions: 859-341-9642. Open Mic – 9pm. Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Located in a historic mansion, the Southgate House combines a bar and music venue in an intimate setting. Southgate House, 24 E Third St, Newport, KY. 859-431-2201. SouthGateHouse.com.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Acoustic Lunch – 11:45am-1:45pm. Classic rock with Clazel. Piatt Park, 1 Garfield Place, Cincinnati. 513-352-4080. Cinci-Parks.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Little Tyke Hike – 11am. Does a tree have fingerprints? Meet a Tree game and tree rubbings are just part of the fun. Bring a lunch and eat under the trees. Winton Woods Great Oaks Trail, Cincinnati. HamiltonCountyParks.org. Yoga Classes – 5:45-7:15pm. Yoga with Phoenix. Kula Center, Newport, KY. 859-341-9642. Lucky Spaulding – 8pm. Soul/Reggae music. Free. Jeff Ruby’s, 700 Walnut St, Cincinnati. Myspace. com/LuckySpaulding.

Live Music, The Infinity Ball – 6-10pm. Newport on the Levee. Free. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Music in the Woods – 7-11pm. Party with friends, fun, great music, games, food, beverages, and a silent auction under the stars. Jake Speed and the Freddies return as the headlining performers. $12 prepay and $15 day of. All proceeds go to support Imago’s environmental programming. Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati. 513-921-5124. ImagoEarth.org. Lucky Spaulding – 8pm. Soul/Reggae. $5. Atomic Cafe. Limestone St. Lexington, KY. Myspace.com/ LuckySpaulding. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Performing at Twisted Sister’s Tavern, 3210 Springdale Rd, Colerain. Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Breath Meditation – 12-1:30pm. Breath is the bridge between body and mind. This class focuses on paying mindful attention to the breath. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath-2001.com. Live Music, Jared Mahone Band – 1-5pm. Newport on the Levee. Free. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

T’ai Chi Classes – 5:30-6:30pm. T’ai chi with Phoenix. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, North and South Units, Northern KY. Call for directions: 859-341-9642.

Bugs for Little Naturalists – 9:30am. Bring your 3- to 5-year-old little naturalists to for fun with insects, including a take-home craft. $3. FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, Ellenwood Nature Barn, Cincinnati. HamiltonCountyParks.org.

Holly Spears – 7-10pm. Free. Folk Rock. Family friendly. BD’s Mongolian Grill, 8655 Mason-Montgomery Rd, Mason. Myspace.com/HollySpears.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Live Music, Nathan Michael – 6-10pm. Newport on the Levee. Outside on the Riverwalk level. Free. 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Drum Circle – 7pm. Percussion instruments provided, or bring your own. Hamilton Zen Center, 114 Main St, Hamilton. HamiltonZenCenter.com. Lucky Spaulding – 8pm. Soul/Reggae. Free. Mesh Restaurant, Westchester-Mullhaus er Rd off Union Center Blvd, West Chester. Myspace.com/LuckySpaulding. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Performing at Anderson Bar & Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati. Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Stillpoint Center Open House – 5-10pm. Help launch Stillpoint Center in its rebirth to bring healing. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, Blue Ash. 513-489-5302.

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Adoption or Foster Parenting Open House – 69pm For individuals interested in learning more about becoming adoptive and/or foster parents. Free. Reservation required. Hamilton County Job & Family Services, 237 William Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati. 513-632-6366. L u c ky S p a u l d i n g – 8 p m . S o u l / R eg ga e . Free. Jeff Ruby’s, 700 Walnut St, Cincinnati. Myspace.com/LuckySpaulding.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Yoga Classes – 5:45-7:15pm. Yoga with Phoenix. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, Blue Ash. 859-341-9642. Holly Spears – 7-10pm. Free. Folk Rock. Familyfriendly. BD’s Mongolian Grill, 8655 Montgomery Rd, Mason. Myspace.com/HollySpears.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Live Music, M42 – 6-10pm. Newport on the Levee. Free. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY.

Amadeus – 7:30pm. Depicts flamboyant genius of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his desperately jealous contemporary, Salieri. $26, $22/seniors, $20/students. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St, Cincinnati. 513-381-2273 ext 1. CincyShakes.com. Holly Spears – 8-12pm. Free. Folk Rock. Belterra Lounge, 777 Belterra Dr, Independence, IN. Myspace.com/HollySpears. Lucky Spaulding – 9pm. Soul/Reggae. Free. Carlo & Johnny’s, Montgomery Rd across from Steak’n’Shake, Montgomery. Myspace.com/LuckySpaulding. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Free. Performing at Beer Seller at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Second Saturdays: Pawpaws – Stop by anytime between 8am-2pm. Second Saturdays are natureinspired, family-oriented programs of varying activities. This month discover North America’s largest native fruit. Make a pawpaw seed necklace and sample pawpaw fruit. Enjoy guided hikes, activities and crafts. Free for members; nonmember pays daily admission. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford. 513-831-1711. CincyNature.org. 10th Annual Vinoklet Art Festival and Wine Tasting – 12pm. Wine and juried artists on the winery grounds. Fine art and fine crafts for purchase. Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave, Western Hamilton County. 859-441-3139. VinokletWines.com. Live Music, Rare Distinction – 6-10pm. Free. Newport on the Levee. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Holly Spears – 8-12pm. Free. Folk Rock. Belterra Lounge, 777 Belterra Dr, Independence, IN. Myspace.com/HollySpears. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Performing at Longworths, Mt. Adams. Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Grounding Meditation – 12-1:30pm. A healthy grounding system balances and supports overall well-being. This class practices grounding by creating an energetic connection (grounding cord) between the body and the earth. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-4265307. Lifepath-2001.com. Second Sunday Eco Main-ia – 12-5pm. An environmental twist on the Second Sundays on Main event. Main St, Over-the-Rhine. SecondSundayOnMain.org. Live Music, Sol Caribe – 1-5pm. Newport on the Levee. Free. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Kids: Animal Yoga – 3:30-4:15pm. Kids and parents bend and stretch together with this fun variation on traditional yoga positions. Workshop is led by Elizabeth Hardin, MA. Designed for ages 4 to 6. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati. CincyMuseum.org.


Lucky Spaulding – 8pm. Soul/Reggae. Free. Jeff Ruby’s, 700 Walnut St, Cincinnati. Myspace.com/ LuckySpaulding.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Green Drinks Cincy – 5:30-7:30pm. Outdoor courtyard or upstairs rooms. Socialize with likeminded locals. Green networking. Beer and wine. Arnolds Bar & Grill, 210 E 8th St, Cincinnati. GreenDrinksCincy.BlogSpot.com. 

Marc Broussard – 8pm. American singer/songwriter whose style has been dubbed “Bayou Soul.” 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati. TicketMaster.com.

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Cincinnati Panerathon 5K Walk/Run – Registration 6pm. Walk begins 7:30pm. Proceeds benefit Kids Café, a program of the Freestore Foodbank, one of the nation’s largest meal service programs. Locally, the program serves more than 1,000 meals to children from across the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region each week. Kids, stroller and pet-friendly. Medals and gift cards for top three finishers. Fresh bagel, pastries and sandwiches from Panera Bread at finish line. $20 pre-reg, $25 race day, $150 for group teams of 10. Adult (over 12) race entry includes: event T-shirt, race bag of gifts, food and beverages provided by Panera Bread. Register by mail by September 16. Register online at PremierRaces.com. Register on race day at Hyde Park Panera Bread, 3806 Paxton Dr, Cincinnati. 614-794-2008. Panera-Ohio.com.

Tibetan Festival – 10am, day-long. Saturday & Sunday. Sample momos and other staples of Tibetan cuisine along with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Lectures, films, photo exhibit, and Buddhist bazaar. Gaden Samdrupling Monastery, 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati. 513-385-7116. GadenUSA. org.

Panerathon Kids Run – 7pm. In conjunction with event listed above. Special 1/4-mile course designed for aspiring marathoners 12 and under. Runners receive a special award. Post-race activities include activity booths for kids. No entry fee. Hyde Park Panera Bread, 3806 Paxton Dr, Cincinnati. 614-7942008. Panera-Ohio.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Live Music, Charis – 6-10pm. Newport on the Levee. Free. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Performing at Putters, West Chester. Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

Babywearing Bliss – 10am-12pm. Hear about the benefits of baby wearing. Participating mamas and papas can choose from a large selection of carriers available to try on and/or purchase. RSVP before Sept. 13. 513-721-7275. ParkAndVine.com. A Fair of the Arts– 11am-4pm. More than 70 artists display hand-crafted works. Music. Food, beer and wine available. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Rd, Cincinnati. 513-388-4513. AndersonParks.com. Live Music, Solid Ground – 6-10pm. Newport on the Levee. Free. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Perf o r m i n g a t S n e e k y P e t e ’s , M i l f o r d . Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Chakra Meditation – 12-1:30pm. This class uses meditation to run energy through the chakras (energy centers) of the body. Draw in the universal energy (prana) to refresh and revitalize the chakras. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath-2001.com. Live Music, The Vibe – 1-5pm. Free. Newport on the Levee. Outside on the Riverwalk level, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Film: Invisible Children – 6:30pm. View the screening of the documentary Invisible Children, a film produced by American high school students, which shares the story of the child-soldiers forcibly made to fight during the unrest in Uganda. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Harriet Tubman Theater, 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati. 513-333-7554. FreedomCenter.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Newport Oktoberfest – 3-day festival. 5-11pm Friday; 12-11pm Saturday; 12-9pm Sunday. Food, beer and continuous German music. Newport Festival Park, just below the Levee on the river, Cincinnati. 513-477-3320. Holly Spears – 9pm-1am. Free. Folk Rock. Cheeseburger in Paradise Family Restaurant and Bar, Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati. Myspace.com/HollySpears. Marsha Brady – 10pm. Party Rock. Beer Seller at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY. Myspace.com/MarshaBradyBand.

planahead FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival – 6-9pm. Friday and Saturday. Showcasing over 400 wines from all the major wine-producing regions of the world. Outdoor area for premium cigar smoking. During the signature after-party, guests can purchase their favorite wines. $55 at the door. $50 in advance. $110 advance VIP tickets (limited number). Oscar Event Center, Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. 513-674-6000 ext 7. JungleJims.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 Breath Meditation – 12-1:30pm. Breath is the bridge between body and mind. Class focuses on paying mindful attention to the breath. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd,Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath-2001.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Making the Business Case for Green Building – 4:30-7pm. Gary Jay Saulson, of PNC Financial Services Group, discusses the positive economic and productivity impact of green (sustainable) buildings and why building green makes sense for corporate America. $20 advance registration (by 10/03); $50 patron level; $25 day of event. First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St at Reading Rd. Reception held at the Civic Garden Center across the street. 513-221-0981 ext 18. CivicGardenCenter.org.

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Great Outdoor Weekend – 1-4pm. 9-27 and 9/28. Family-friendly. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Restrooms available. Program canceled in the event of rain. Walking tour of Cincinnati’s own urban eco-village, Price Hill. Learn about how the community is making strides in sustainable living. Tour features ecologically rehabbed houses, the gardens of Enright, and a short hike on the wooded ridge-top residential trail. Tours begin every hour. Free. Located at the building on the corner of West 8th and Enright, 3647 W Eighth, Cincinnati. CincyGreatOutdoorWeekend.org.

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Lucky Spaulding – 10pm. Soul/Reggae. $5. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave, Cincinnati. Myspace.com/LuckySpaulding.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Healing Meditation – 12-1:30pm. Basic meditation techniques, such as Breath or Chakra meditation, to explore the complementary role meditation can play to help heal the body, mind and relationships..Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath-2001.com.

Grounding Meditation – 12-1:30pm. See Sept 14 for details. Lifepath Center, 734 BromCres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath-2001.com.

Cloth Diapering Cuteness – 10am. See how easy, cute and comfy cloth diapering can be. RSVP before Oct 11. 513-721-7275. ParkAndVine.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 Chakra Meditation – 12-1:30pm. See Sept 21 for details. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath2001.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 Healing Meditation – 12-1:30pm. See Sept 28 for details. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. 859-426-5307. Lifepath2001.com.

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“Reserved Not for You”: Photography by Patrick Ambrosius – Through Sept. 21. Born and raised in Price Hill, Ambrosius uses creative ways to jazz up lackluster images that are taken with fully manual cameras, hand-processed from film to photo, and hand-sewn for matting. Park and Vine, 1109 Vine St. ParkAndVine.com. Boone County Farmers’ Market – 9am-6pm. April 19-October 31, see website for November & December hours. 1973 Burlington Pike, adjacent to Boone County Extension, Burlington, KY. BooneCountyFarmersMarket.org. RockQuest Climbing Center – 12:30–10pm. Open Tues-Sun. Enjoy the exhilaration of rock climbing. Nearly 20,000 square feet of climbing walls suited to fit every skill level. $14. 3475 E Kemper Rod, Cincinnati. 513-773-0123. RockQuest.com. Lunken Airport Farm Market – 1:30pm-Dusk, Mon-Fri. 9am-Dusk, Sat-Sun. Wilmer Rd, off of State Rte 52. Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – 9-6pm. Consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country, this not-for-profit entity is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants. It also engages in research and conservation projects around the world. Open daily. General admission $10.95. Ages 62 and up $9.95. Ages 2-12 $6.95. Under 2 free. 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati. 513-2814700. CincinnatiZoo.org. Newport Aquarium – 9-7pm. Newport Aquarium has over 60 exhibits and over 11,000 creatures. Open year round. Hours subject to change. Advance ticket purchase recommended. General admission $17.95, ages 2-12; $10.95, ages 1 and under free. One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY. 859-261-7444. NewportAquarium.com.

Sunday Dances – 7-10pm. $5/person. General dancing. A-Marika Dance Company, 10831 Sharondale Rd, Cincinnati. 513-769-0409. A-Marika.com. T’ai Chi – 1:45-3pm. T’ai chi consists of a sequence of movements performed as slow, soft and graceful motions with smooth and even transitions done as a meditative exercise for the body and mind. Lifepath Center, 734 Brom-Cres Rd, Crescent Springs, KY. Call Steven Franzreb at 513-574-9060. Lifepath-2001.com.

Walk Club – 8:30am. Through November. Ages 50+ walking club. Volunteer-led walk to reduce stress, increase energy and make new friends. Vehicle permit required. Free. Hamilton County Park District. For details on park locations, visit GreatParks.org. Taijiquan – 5:45-7pm. Mondays and Wednesdays. Taoist T’ai Chi SocietyTM internal arts and methods are beneficial for all ages. The slow, natural movements can promote: health improvements, relaxation and stress reduction, concentration and meditation and improved balance. First class includes a free demonstration and Q&A. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave, near Bigg’s in Hyde Park Plaza. 513-981-7940. Taoist.org. World Peace Diet – 7:30pm. Try vegan recipes each week; then discuss making changes in eating habits through The World Peace Diet by Will Tu. $99. Registration required, available online. Gratitude in Motion Studio, 268 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati. 513-556-6932. UC.edu. Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45pm. Yoga with Phoenix. Kula Center, 110 E 8th St, Newport, KY. 859-341-9642. KulaCenterKy.com. Personal & Spiritual Growth Dance Class – 7:30pm. $10 per class. Colleen Kerns. 513-503-6593.

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StrollerFit – 9:30-10:30am. Through December. Cross-training workout for moms with babies in strollers. $35/month. Turfway Park, Florence, KY. StrollerFit.com. T’ai Chi – 2-3pm. “T’ai Chi for Better Health”. Six consecutive classes for $60. Synergy Holistic Health Center, 7413 US 42, Ste 3, Florence, KY. 859-5255000. SynergyHolisticHealth.com. Whole Foods Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. MaySept. 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month. Rookwood Commons (off I-71, Exit 6) in the Whole Foods lot, Cincinnati, OH. Bellydancing – 6pm beginners class. 7pm bellydancing fitness. 8pm bellydance. 203 Walton’s Richwood Presbyterian Church. 6-week series. 859-485-1238. RadiantFitness.com. Family Game Nights – 6-9pm. Looking for something fun and new to do? Snacks provided and some fun games to play. Bring friends and favorite game to share. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmondson Rd. Cincinnati, OH. 513-531-8015. WholeFoodsMarket.com.

Walk Club – 8:30am. See Monday for details. GreatParks.org. Yoga for Everyone – 9:45-11am. Yoga for all ages with Linda Healey, MS, RYT. Beginner through experienced. $10. Mount Washington Recreation Center, Cincinnati. 513-236-5187. Yoga: Traditional Kripalu Style – 12:15-1:15pm or 6:15-7:30pm. 6 consecutive classes for $60 or $15 per class for drop-ins. Synergy Holistic Health Center, 7413 US 42, Ste 3, Florence, KY. 859-525-5000. SynergyHolisticHealth.com. Taijiquan – 5:45-7pm. See Monday for details. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave, near Bigg’s, Hyde Park Plaza. 513-981-7940. Taoist.org. Restore the Core – 7-8pm. Classes held through January 28. Mat-based Pilates classes. Personal NEWtrition, 3012 Glenmore Ave, Cincinnati. $10. 513-205-9772. StrollerFit.com.

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Meditation – 7pm. Hamilton Zen Center. First-time visitors receive basic instruction on the meditation forms used: sitting, walking, bowing and chanting. Please arrive 10 minutes early; doors are locked to maintain privacy and security promptly at the start times. Dress is casual and comfortable. 114 Main St, Hamilton, OH. HamiltonZenCenter.com. Latin/Jazz Guitar – 8:30pm. Latin/Jazz guitarist Sasha performs. The Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd, Crestview Hills, KY. 859-426-1042. ArgentineBean.net.

Yoga Classes – 9:30-11am. Yoga with Phoenix. Kula Center, Newport, KY. 859-341-9642. Budget-Friendly Meals – 11:30am-12:30pm. Join the Discovery Cart for quick and delicious meal ideas. Learn ways to save in the aisles and still save money at the checkout. Stop by and pick up the recipe, some great money-saving tips, and a delicious sample. Free. Whole Foods, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason. 513-398-9358. WholeFoodsMarket.com. T’ai Chi – 12:15-1:15pm. “T’ai Chi for Better Health”. Six consecutive classes for $60. Synergy Holistic Health Center, 7413 US 42, Ste 3, Florence, KY. 859-525-5000. SynergyHolisticHealth.com. Yoga for Everyone – 6:30-7:45pm. Yoga for all ages with Linda Healey, MS, RYT. Beginner through experienced. $10. Mount Washington Recreation Center, Cincinnati. 513-236-5187. Synergy Holistic Health Center – 6:30-8pm. Talks, classes and demos on complementary and alternative medicine. Free. Call or check the website for topics, dates, and presenters. Synergy Holistic Health Center, 7413 US 42, Ste 3, Florence, KY. 859-525-5000. SynergyHolisticHealth.com. Salsa Dancing – 8:30pm. Salsa Dancing instructed by Jeff Cole from Steppin Out Dance Studio. $3/ person. The Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd, Crestview Hills, KY. 859426-1042. ArgentineBean.net.

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Anderson Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. May-Oct. 7832 Five Mile Rd (Anderson Center Station Park and Ride), Cincinnati, OH. Walk Club – 8:30am. See Monday for details. GreatParks.org. StrollerFit – 9:30-10:30am. See Tuesday for details. StrollerFit.com. Cittamani Tara Meditation Practice – 7pm. Chanting practice done in Tibetan. An English translation is available for participants. GSL Monastery, 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati. 513-385-7116. Singles Dinner Party – 7pm. Through September. Participants can meet up to 40 singles. $49 plus cost of dinner. Reservations required. The Melting Pot, 11023 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. 513-256-3066. DinnerPartiesForSingles.com.

Park + Vine at Findlay Market – Throughout the day, first Saturday each month through October. Look for Park + Vine’s table of compost buckets, stainless steel bottles and more. Findlay Market, 117 W Elder St, Cincinnati, OH. ParkAndVine.com. Findlay Market Farmers’ Market – 8am-6pm Saturday. 11am-4pm Sunday. April-November. Findlay Market, 117 W Elder St, Cincinnati, OH. FindlayMarket.org. Northern Kentucky Regional Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-2pm. May–October 4. Sixth St Promenade (Mainstrasse Village behind Goose Girl fountain), Covington, KY.

Campbell County Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. 709 Monmouth St, Newport, KY. Funke Functionals – 10am-12pm. Create fun and functional pottery with flair, such as mugs, soap dishes, waste baskets, picture frames, toothbrush holders and more. Each week is different. No reservations required. All sessions include clay and studio time, plus glazing and firing of work. $20/person. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Rd, Cincinnati. 513-871-2529. FunkeFiredArts.com. Fibro Hope Support Group – 1-3pm. First Saturday each month. A healing, positive and supportive environment for former and current patients of fibromyalgia. Unable to make the meeting, visit website for details about our Online Support Group. Guest speaker and refreshments at each meeting. Groups coming soon to Cincinnati and online. Dinn Chiropractic, 284 Main St, Florence, KY. Contact Leah McCullough, Info@FibroHopeSupport.org. 859-380-9737. FibroHopeSupport.org. Beginning Buddhism Course – 2-3pm. AugustDecember. Beginner Buddhism classes. GSL Monastery, 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati. Call to register. 513-385-7116. Intermediate Buddhism Course – 2-3pm. AugustDecember. Six-month series goes more in-depth on the Buddha’s teachings. Some knowledge of Buddhism is required. GSL Monastery, 3046 Pavlova Dr, Cincinnati. Call to register. 513-385-7116.

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