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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Buddy up for a healthy life  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When we were younger, the adults in our lives urged us to never talk to strangers, chew with our mouths closed and stand up straight when the I’m-too-cool-to-even-stand-up-straight teenage years kicked in. They often also implored that we use the buddy system. We were to use […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Getting back on track We all slip off the health wagon every now and then. Whether it’s too many cookies or too little movement of the body, it’s easy to let life get in the way of our best intentions. The hard part is changing them. A few years ago, I had stepped outside of […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

The (un)healthy salad By Caroline Shannon-Karasik You probably didn’t think it existed, right? Unhealthy salad? Huh? The truth is, the term “salad” can be spread a little thin. Pop into a local restaurant and you’ll find “salads” laden with french fries, dressings high in fat, too much cheese, croutons and other common salad toppings that […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Small changes, big results By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Go ahead and take baby steps toward the life you always wanted – you just might score big. So, you’re a Type-A, balls-to-the-wall, over-achiever, huh? I hear ya, dude. Me too. In fact, if my parents had only known that when they were choosing my middle name, then […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Managing body image By Caroline Shannon-Karasik We’ve all met them. They’re the over-achievers who take on life with an all-or-nothing approach. “Healthy living” means no sugar, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, animal products or morsel of cake ever again. A Monday is greeted with, “Today’s the day I will start my new healthy lifestyle.” Tuesday is filled […]

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The Sugar Straits

The Effects of False Energy on American Culture By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I am a healthy person. I work out and eat my veggies, and do all of those things healthy people are supposed to do. But I also have a pretty tight-knit relationship with sugar. It hit me one day when I was baking and […]

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Supersized kids

Ohio’s childhood obesity problem is worse than we thought By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, the response to heal is almost always instantaneous. Family members reach out to help. Doctors suggest treatment plans and offer advice for attacking the disease. And the Internet, schools of research and a multitude of books […]

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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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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]