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Be Well, Marsha: 3/29/16

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The healing power of happy By Marsha Bonhart I thought writing about green spaces during the first week of spring would certainly boost happiness levels. After all, research tells us the sun and green growth make people happy—and those who are exposed more to those surroundings are cheerier than most. The New York Times Well […]

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Be Well, Marsha 3/22/16

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Old friend, new friend By Marsha Bonhart I think it starts as soon as we make it to the sand box. Even as little girls we learn to vibe and connect with each other. It’s not anything we are told to do, it just morphs. And 20 years later, we instinctively follow each other into […]

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The Docket: 3/22

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee The unluck of the Irish It was closing time on St. Patrick’s Day, and everyone was stirring, especially a bouncer. When officers arrived on scene, they spoke with the complainant, who reported he “walked out of the bar on his own” (impressive) then couldn’t find his friend, […]

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Be Well, Marsha 3/15/16

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The mental tornado By Marsha Bonhart I recently met with a young woman I have known for several years who told me in casual conversation what I had suspected: she has an anxiety disorder. What I didn’t know and what she explained to me is she has been prescribed Prozac, a common medication treatment for […]

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The Docket: 3/15/16

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee Now you saw me Officers were called to the corner near a pawnshop to find a man sporting an Ohio State T-shirt “trying to sell a saw with a company logo on it.”  Officers were on the lookout for the man, who fled in a maroon Buick […]

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Be Well, Marsha 3/8/16

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The cough that roars By Marsha Bonhart By definition, whooping cough is a bacterial infection that loves to live in your respiratory tract.  At first, it seems as if it’s an ordinary cold, but this contagious crud inflames your airways and creates thick, constant mucus. The bug is called Bordetella pertussis. Little kids—that is, those […]

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The Docket 3/8/16

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  No butts about it An officer was driving on patrol when he noticed seven or eight individuals fighting in a parking lot in front of a gay nightclub. As he drove toward the tussle, the group stopped the brawling—except for one man, who continued throwing punches. The […]

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Be Well, Marsha 3/1/16

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Hark! We herald Frankye By Marsha Bonhart One of my favorite hymns as a child growing up in the Lutheran church was, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” a joyful Christmas ode that celebrates the birth of Jesus. The title is part of the opening verse followed by, “glory to the newborn king.” Those words and […]

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The Docket 3/1/16

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee Mud Monster strikes again The victim and her husband had been out of the house for about 30 minutes when her mother dropped by. The mother knew something was not quite right because the backdoor had been kicked wide open and her daughter’s TV was gone. Most […]

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Be Well, Marsha 2/23/16

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I’m no Barbie girl By Marsha Bonhart I helped my parents save a lot of money when I was growing up. Tomboys only want a Louisville slugger, any kind of ball, a new baseball glove every now and then, a pair of Keds and a box of rubber bands to keep the braids and pony […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]