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Vitality Check: 6/14/16


The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that happened to be one of the first Beauty Queens I trained last decade working with the Miss USA titleholders. She told me that she gained a bunch of weight after she stopped taking her birth […]

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Vitality Check: 6/7/16


Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… But when I talk to people about juicing my own oranges for, you know, fresh-squeezed orange juice, squeezing my own lemons to make fresh-squeezed lemonade, making my own ice cream and growing my own fruits […]

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Vitality Check: 5/31/16


Putting the ‘mix’ in mixed martial arts By Rocco Castellano This issue is always a very strange one for me. Being a hyper masculine, Christian, old school tough guy that loves every inch of a women, writing for the gay community is really a strange phenomenon … it just doesn’t come natural to me. If […]

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Vitality Check: 5/24/16


WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of an Alex Jones report. For all you people living under a rock, he’s a very popular conspiracy theory radio host. A few months back, I read a column on the Zika Virus. I have to […]

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Vitality Check: 5/17/16


Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” that was basically a wild rant against the pieces of s–t that allow this so-called nutrient to invade every crevice of our food supply. As unaware participants in an obvious population reduction experiment … OK, […]

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Vitality Check: 5/10/16


Your new friend cholesterol By Rocco Castellano This week I’m giving you a two-part column that relates to cholesterol. They are both very deceptive entities that pretty much got away with murder, literally and figuratively. For years I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that cholesterol wasn’t the problem … the idiot doctors that were […]

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Vitality Check: 5/3/16


Harmful if swallowed By Rocco Castellano Every now and then I get a wild hair up my ass to go and check the local water utilities “water quality” report. One, because I know that water is an essential part of a body’s cellular structure and keeping hydrated is just a good idea. And two, because […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16


Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went … and the reason I know this is because I, as well as my editor, was inundated with calls and emails asking, “where the hell I had gone.” Now you don’t have to worry your […]

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Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

One of the Top Ten woman of the year, Marsha Bonhart.

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite a decades long career as a “protect my sources, ride or die, never, ever tell” television news anchor/reporter. With this article, I take a bow in my swan song as contributing writer for Dayton City […]

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Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16


One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty is a request for two missing front teeth by the time Christmas comes. It can get tough when any word using the letter “s” sounds like a “whithpering whithle.” You never realize the great role […]

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Be Well, Marsha: 4/5/16


To cry or not to cry By Marsha Bonhart It happens every time. For a lot of people, it’s beautiful music. For me, it’s the art of great dance, seeing movement that expertly creates a story told by strong, disciplined bodies that defy gravity and the law of physics. When I see that, I lose […]

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Be Well, Marsha: 3/29/16


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


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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Be Well, Marsha 3/15/16


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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Be Well, Marsha 3/8/16


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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Be Well, Marsha 2/23/16


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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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]