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I saw Mommy choking Santa Claus

How to kick holiday stress in the jingle balls with Reiki, yoga and meditation By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It happens to everyone. You know — that breaking point where you feel like one more rendition of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” might just throw you over the edge. Ahhh, the holidays. They are a wonderful […]

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Making art a possibility

Stivers 2011 Dance graduate Chadonn Cummings.

Stivers School for the Arts is crafting tomorrow’s creative minds By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The real world. It’s a reference point that adults use to define the life that follows high school graduation, the achievement of a college degree or that first step toward earning that very first paycheck. Sometimes it has a negative connotation. As […]

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A veteran Nutcracker

The Dayton Ballet performing The Nutcracker.

Dayton Ballet’s new Executive Director, Kathy Reed, preps for The Nutcracker By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Author Paulo Coelho once said, “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” It’s almost a sure thing that when Coelho wrote those words, he didn’t have Dayton Ballet’s Executive Director Kathy Reed […]

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No safety net

Performers in Traces.

Traces is the “new” kind of circus By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Ever tried to hula-hoop? You know those oversized plastic toy rings that are twirled around the waist, hips, neck … heck, whatever limb it can fit around? It was so popular in the 1950s that it resulted in the hula-hoop’s induction into the National Toy […]

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Mama Bombeck

Erma Bombeck

Before she made the world laugh, Erma Bombeck wrote, loved and mothered in Dayton. By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Matilda Wormwood, the 5-year-old main character in Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” taught herself to read at the age 3 as a result of her unbound love for the written word. When Lucy Pevensie discovers a doorway to the magical […]

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From the Earth

Defining what it really means to eat organic By Caroline Shannon-Karasik “Organic.” It’s not exactly a new term or one with which we do not all come in contact each time we hit up the grocery store. But is it a label that we all understand? Ask the average person what “organic” means and they’re […]

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Giving peace a voice

Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors authors who inspire peace through the written word By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Think a bit about the word peace. What comes to mind? A long-haired hippie raising his arm high into the air and splaying his fingers to make a “V” shaped symbol? Or do you envision a room full of […]

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A ghost’s waltz

The Dayton Ballet gets spooked with their ‘Haunted Series’ By Caroline Shannon-Karasik For elementary and middle school-aged children, Halloween means dressing up as their favorite cartoon character or tween celebrity — hello, Hannah Montana! — and going door to door to trick-or-treat. Adults, on the other hand, celebrate October 31 in other ways, sneaking into […]

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Breathing in

Local woman demonstrates how non-smokers are being diagnosed with lung cancer every day By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Remember those horrifying photos of charred, worn lungs that our middle school health teachers liked to use to make a point during non-smoking lessons? Mention lung cancer and that’s the image most people conjure. And even though it is […]

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Being the change

How two regular guys are changing the way Dayton works out By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Let’s get one thing straight: There’s nothing “drop-and-give-me-20” about this girl. In fact, as a long distance runner and hot yoga lover, I’m prone to exercise that is a bit more — shall we say, internal? So, when I was invited […]

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DCDC’s Director’s Cut

October 8 and 9 By Caroline Shannon-Karasik An anniversary is a thing of certain importance. For a couple, 50 years marks a milestone of memories and time spent together. When a teacher achieves academic tenure, he has earned permanence in his respective position. And when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDC) Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs has […]

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In a Musica! mood

“Legend & Lore” is the theme of Musica!’s 19th season in Dayton By Caroline Shannon-Karasik If you were a kid of the 1960s, then “music” meant an introduction to rockabilly sensation Elvis Presley and the absolute hysteria surrounding the invasion of British rock band, the Beatles. And what musical depiction of the ‘60s would be […]

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The skinny on year-round skincare

Surprising information about how your skin is affected by your everyday life By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I’m what people call fair. What they mean is, “Girl, why don’t you get a tan?” I’ve never been one of those people who walk away with a nice sun-kissed glow from a day at the beach. In fact, I’m […]

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Life is a marathon

How the annual United States Air Force Marathon encourages both local and out-of-state runners By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Picture life at age 65. What do you see? Stereotypes aside (hello, dentures and prune juice!), most people will say they will at least be retired, maybe traveling, kicking back and, well, slowing down a bit. But for Sid […]

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All tangled up

A new kind of fitness regime at Femme Fatale By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s 7:30 on a Thursday night and I’m all tied up. My wrists are bound and my foot harnessed by a simple, soft piece of red silk. This is going to be interesting. I watch as our instructor, Cassie Guard, climbs her way […]

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How to build a better salad

Sure it’s a salad, but how healthy is it … really? By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I love food. I love cooking and baking and, naturally, eating. And as someone who likes to try new recipes, the dishes I make can range from kind of complicated to you’re-going-to-need-three-hours-to-pull-this-one-off complicated. But I also love simple dishes, ones that […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]