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Health, Wellness, & Fitness

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Energy Express Sick of Dieting? Sick from Dieting? Read This Now. By Marilynn Preston What’s the worst thing you can do if you want to lose weight? Go on a diet. Are you surprised? Probably not. Are you relieved? I hope so. For the first time in recorded history, overeating is a bigger global problem […]

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Vaccines are iffy

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Do one more thing to resist the flu With Marilynn Preston I was driving the other morning, listening to Forum – one of my favorite radio interview shows. The topic of the day was the flu. The Flu! After a few noisy coughs, I leaned right in, because pretty much everyone I know either has […]

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A New Year’s Revelation!

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Tiny Habits Lead to Big Changes By Marilynn Preston What? You’ve already failed to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Of course you have. Welcome to human nature. And don’t feel badly. Zillions of your fellow Americans are also failing to give up nachos, sleep seven hours a night, bicycle to work, defend their souls against […]

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Small moves and big government

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Well-being matters in 2018 By Marilynn Preston New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It’s an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend. One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called “The Psychobiotic Revolution,” by […]

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Resolutions ‘R’ Us

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How to Make ‘Em So You Don’t Break ‘Em By Marilynn Preston As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find […]

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Health, Wellness, & Fitness: 12/26

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Winter Solstice Review   From Dark to Light to Well-Being By Marilynn Preston It’s time for my end-of-the-year roundup, a merry and maddening mix of noteworthy trends, predictions and possibilities, partial at best. The thread throughout is about personal well-being and how you can choose to make health and happiness a priority in 2018, leaving […]

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Presents of mind

4 gift-giving ideas that spark joy  By Marilynn Preston   In April, we plant flowers. In December, we give gifts. Which is why I lasered in to something a wise young yoga teacher said at the end of a deliciously challenging 90-minute class: “Take all the warmth and energy you’ve just built up in your […]

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Just in Time!

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Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit Action Plan By Marilynn Preston   Here comes  the December dilemma: Am I going to enjoy this holiday season or not? We all have obstacles to overcome: too little time; too little money; too much commercial merrymaking. And that’s not to mention the nightly news! And still, dear reader, we have a […]

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Misery business

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8 Fun Ways to Make Yourself Completely Miserable By Marilynn Preston A smiling  and enthusiastic fan of the column introduced herself to me the other day in Sarasota, Florida, waving a golden oldie from several years ago. “I loved this one so much, I still have it,” she said, “and I made copies to send […]

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It’s Q&A Time

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Because Personal Well-Being Is So Personal By Marilynn Preston As some of you know, I’ve written a book called “All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being.” It was published in late April, and in August it became an Amazon best-seller. Yippee. I can’t really explain how we earned that status, but there’s […]

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‘You Should Forget the Meditation App’

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True, False or Wildly Misleading? By Marilynn Preston Normally, reporting  on the art and science of happiness makes me smile. Why? Because happiness turns out to be a learnable skill, unlike, in my case, navigating Facebook. Not every one of us will live a happy life, and none of us can be happy every moment, […]

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Thanksgiving Makeover

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6 Ways to Spread Your Wings By Marilynn Preston In the run-up to Thanksgiving, I want to remind you that a holiday celebration is what you make it. If you lard it with stress and the need for perfection, you’ll wind up with heartburn even worse than what you get from too much of Aunt […]

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Autumn is for rebooting

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As seasons change, so can we By Marilynn Preston Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it’s not just the oversized taffy apples. I’m talking crispy cool days that call for turtlenecks and yoga tights, a seasonal shift to fading colors and falling leaves, great sales on outdoor furniture. “Every leaf speaks […]

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Summer in the city

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A true and scary story with Marilynn Preston You know me. I’m a tiger when it comes to persuading, cajoling, begging you to go have some fun outside. Jump on your bike, walk in nature, paddle a canoe, do any thing you like that gets your heart pumping and your juices flowing, and keep your […]

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Energy Express: 7/12/16

The skinny on low-fat, no-fat foods By Marilynn Preston Even smart people still think that eating low- or no-fat foods is a healthy way to lose weight. It’s not true. Yes, we were led to believe it was true for many years, and during those low-fat, no-fat years the obesity rate in America skyrocketed. Why? First, because […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]