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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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A Jet all the way

Muse Machine performs Tonight as 2011 summer concert By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The musical West Side Story is a complicated one — a challenge for any company to take on, let alone one whose youngest performer is a 6-year-old. But it’s a challenge to which the members of Dayton’s Muse Machine, a nationally recognized arts education […]

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A musicals summer

Local theatres go outdoors and stay in with lineup of summertime musicals By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When David Brush walks down Fifth Street in the Historic Oregon District, he takes note of a few things: One of his favorite restaurants for ethnic food: Thai 9. The Color of Energy Gallery that sits just around the corner […]

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Arts getting axed?

A look at the struggle for arts funding in Ohio By Caroline Shannon-Karasik In a nation where a nicely padded savings and retirement are an all-too-often distant memory, stealing time away to indulge a “life passion” is a far off dream for many. And it’s for that very reason that “logic” would tell he who […]

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Swinging myself to sleep

Suffering from the dreaded insomnia? Try these ‘swinging’ methods By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s 3:13 a.m. and I’m awake. I’ve already, unwillingly so, opened my eyes at 12:34 a.m. and 2:26 a.m. As it is, I had a hard time falling asleep because I couldn’t get my mind to stop racing, moving through to-do lists things […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]