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One Family's Trash

Knowing what you're throwing away is the first step to reducing your waste

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I overestimated my ability to go green. Before I heard the term "waste audit" — a study of all the trash a corporation produces so that it can move toward improving its recycling rate — I was intrigued by the idea of being honest with myself. How much waste was my family producing? What's our share of humanity's descent into Wall-E world? I decided on a two-week project.  

Celebrate Earth Day

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
More than 8,000 locals are expected at the 39th annual Cincinnati Earth Day celebration, one of the city’s top outdoor festivals and a tribute to all things green and eco-friendly. Performances include native flute music by Janice Tryten, contemporary Folk music by Wild Carrot and the Roots Band and Jamgrass music by the Rumpke Mountain Boys. Other attractions include live animal shows by the Cincinnati Zoo and Sunrock Farm, a recycled costume contest for kids and local environmental awards presented by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.   

A Mouthful of Roaches, a Fistful of Fame

Sword swallowing, fire eating and giant cockroaches are all in a day’s work for sideshow entertainer Travis Fessler

1 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
You either respect or revile a man who takes a shot at the Guinness Book of Records by holding 11 Madagascar hissing cockroaches in his mouth. I’ve opted for respect with a dash of bemusement. Travis Fessler is one weird guy. He swallows swords, eats fire and allows 300-pound men to stomp on his chest while he lies on a bed of nails. His Oct. 11 record-breaking stunt wasn’t easy: The roaches had to be at least 2 1/2 inches long, had to stay in his mouth for 10 seconds and had to be alive when they crawled out. Previously the most anyone’s been able to mouth were nine of the exotic bugs.  

Get Scared

Halloween Event Listings

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The best Halloween pub parties, masquerade balls, and family events in the entire city. Get scared with your friends, your kids, your relatives, and complete strangers... and have fun doing it.  

Deal With Your Inner Slob

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
If you can remember the old comic strip Shoe, you might have an idea of just how bad my desk looks. The main character of the strip, a cranky newspaper columnist named Cosmo, works at an old rolltop   

Ways to Renew Yourself

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2007
All around us there are ways to expand your mind, tone your body and open your spirit. If you're looking for some personal renewal, there's no better way than connecting with other local folks who ar  

Wrap Your Baby in Cotton, Not Plastic

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Cloth diapers are an easy-to-use, inexpensive and environmentally friendly alternative to landfill destined disposables. My wife and I have used cloth diapers for our baby since he was 2 weeks old.   

News: Won't Get Fooled Again

Teaching kids to beware the military's allure

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Cincinnati Public Schools students will soon be told all the things military recruiters don't want them to hear. The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) is launching its "Truth in R