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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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]