Faith & Spirituality

Reconnect with your faith at St. Raphael

Do you have family members or friends who have drifted away from the Catholic Church? Why not invite them to attend Catholics Coming Home at St. Raphael in Bay Village?

The seven-week series is for non-practicing Catholics seeking information about returning to the Church in a welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere. Mark your calendars now for the Wednesdays from Feb. 11 to March 25, 2015, from 7-8:30 p.m. Pray about who might be waiting for your invitation! Feel free to accompany someone to the program if it would make them feel more comfortable.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.06.2015

Christmas without a price tag

Christmas is an invitation for closed hearts to open, for darkness to merge with radiant light, for given gifts to last a lifetime and beyond, for the heart to become the superstar, for the child within to become the triumphant King.

Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake will celebrate this Christmas in a threefold way: preparing for Christ's sacred birth with four Sundays of Advent, celebrating the sacred birth on Christmas Eve with a 7 p.m. Candlelighting Service, and releasing the old while maintaining the spirit of the sacred birth with a Burning Bowl/White Stone Service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014

Christian leader gives best practices of revolutionary parenting

For parents at Westside Christian Academy's recent Family Strong Series event, Dr. George Barna gave them the bottom line within the first few minutes of his presentation.

He first laid out the crises faced by youth today in terms of morality, relationships, physical health and spirituality. He then stated the research which formed the basis of his book, "Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions," indicated that “who you become depends on what happens in your heart and mind by age 13.”

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.09.2014

Feeling blue this Christmas?

"Blue Christmas" is the theme for the month of December at CrossPointe Community in Westlake. When the theme is shared, people look puzzled because that’s not the typical theme for the Christmas season. But the theme is one that many people experience including myself, the pastor at CrossPointe. How can it be?

I experienced the loss of my dad at age 8. My sister and I were raised by my mom. There was a lot of pain in my life as well as my sister's; too much to share in this article. Suffice to say life was full of lemons. Whether the loss of a parent, the challenge of divorce, lost friend, bullying, a parent who was there but wasn’t there ... there are numerous reasons for not really celebrating the season but feeling some measure of a Blue Christmas.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:44 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake church hosts best-selling faith author

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Malarkey will be the guest speaker at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Malarkey’s message will draw from his recently-released book, "A Beautiful Defeat: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God."

There is a gnawing inside all of us that tells us we can be better, that the fulfilling life we desire is within our reach if we just work a little harder. But the message of the cross is different. Jesus died to reconcile us to God so we can die to ourselves and live in total surrender.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.25.2014

Thoughts on gratefulness

Feeling grateful is like other feelings in many ways, but different in that it is one of those feelings, like happiness, that we can choose. With that in mind, I wondered what my friends were feeling grateful for this holiday season. I was surprised to find what creates this uplifting feeling in the hearts of many.

My friend Terri shared that she is grateful her son is growing and thriving in his first semester at college. My friend Ted said he is grateful for an economic resurgence, fueled by a new confidence in NE Ohio. Working in the medical profession, he added his gratefulness that there has been no "major" disease outbreak here in the U.S. My pal Bruce is happy and grateful to be a dad, and that his children and grandchildren, far and near, can celebrate the holidays in the same location.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.25.2014

Wellness fair brings earth energy to you

Before the frenzy of holiday shopping gets the best of you, give the best to yourself – the gift of wellness. Centered Wellness invites you to a Wellness Fair that has many gifts in store for you, from a 17-foot meditative pyramid to a blonde songbird who sings to your heart. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, Westlake. The admission fee of $5 allows you to stay the whole day; or take the 9 a.m. Kundalini yoga/meditation class and get into the fair free! For $1 off admission, bring a canned good for donation to the Westlake Food Bank.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.11.2014

Sound expert coming to Westlake Nov. 16

The sound of a thousand crickets chirping their evening song. The incessant bark of a bossy chihuahua over your backyard fence as you stroll on the grass. The voice of Andrea Bocelli as he sings sweetly to you in a language you don't care if you understand. The howl of a distant wolf as you gaze up at an October full moon. Some sounds seem to sound good, others not so much. Some induce feelings of calm, others, like your alarm, impel you into action.

Some sounds are good for your body, mind, and soul to hear. Some sounds have the ability to amplify the healing process. What are these sounds, where do they come from, why do they work?

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Unity Spiritual Center welcomes new minister

After a nearly yearlong search, Unity Spiritual Center welcomes a new senior minister, Reverend Joanne Rowden, on Sunday, Nov. 2. Rev. Rowden is the seventh minister of Westlake's Unity church since it was incorporated in 1964, the previous minister having retired after 17 years in December. Just west of the intersection of Clague and Detroit, Unity Spiritual Center has a six-acre campus with a large outdoor walking labyrinth, a congregation of more than 400, and offers a variety of spiritual and cultural classes and events, as well as Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m.  

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Easy button for stress

STRESS! It can happen to all of us, and it can happen through many different triggers. For example, too much to do and not enough time, kids that won't listen, money that won't stretch far enough, not enough sleep before tomorrow's big meeting, hectic holidays looming ahead, pets not using the litter box. 

Maybe it's time to seriously de-stress. Look your stress straight in the eye and say, "Boy have I got something for you!" There's no magic button here, but endorphins come pretty close. In the language of biochemistry, endorphins are peptides produced by the pituitary gland, and the nervous system. They awaken your body's opiate receptors, creating an analgesic effect. When you exercise your body releases them.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.14.2014

Drum circle and 'Untethered Soul' highlight Unity's leap into fall

A high-energy drum circle and a fall program focusing on the modern spiritual classic, "The Untethered Soul," highlight an exciting next few weeks at Unity Spiritual Center. If you’ve had thoughts of checking out Unity, now is the perfect time to find out what we’re all about.

First up is the Autumn Equinox Celebration, Potluck and Drumming Circle. This fun-filled family event will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Unity’s campus at 23855 Detroit Road in Westlake. The evening begins with a fall harvest ceremony around the fire. Next we share a delicious potluck, followed by a community drum fun circle led by Corky & Barb. Bring a dish for the potluck, as well as any drums or rattles you might have. Corky & Barb, however, will provide many instruments for the drumless.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

St. Ladislas Parish picnic celebrates 40th anniversary

St. Ladislas Parish on Bassett Road in Westlake celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with a variety of special service and community events including: family dinners at Ames Family Hospice, special donations to area community centers, parish dinner dance, Cleveland Art Museum tour and program, community service projects in Westlake Schools, Parish Art Fest, Celebration of Marriage, pancake breakfast, ice cream social, video programs on Catholicism, anniversary year fundraiser, Arlington Cemetery program, and ending with an Anniversary Mass and Parish picnic on Aug. 17.

The picnic reflected the ethnic origins of the original St. Ladislas parish in Cleveland’s Slavic Village. Stuffed cabbage, pierogies and brats were added to the typical picnic foods. Entertainment included a DJ, accordion player, line dancing, caricaturist, magician, games for young and old, pie baking contest, and culminating in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.03.2014

Light a single candle

How long would it take to light a candle for an intention dear to your heart? How long to find yourself stepping away from the hustle and the bustle, the to-do lists, the "I've got to get this done today" mindset? Maybe five minutes? Yet ... a lot can be accomplished in five minutes.

Sept. 11, 2014, World Day of Prayer, is set apart from others as a day of prayer, reflection, connection, and inner and outer peace. A day that new harmony fills the earth to wash away previous discord. In the Unity movement, it is a dedicated day of reflection, sitting in the serenity of silence, removing the barriers that surround your heart to connect with the glow of a candle, or the stranger next to you. This years' theme is "Let your light shine."

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.03.2014

Finding spirituality on Sturgis trip

My recent trip to South Dakota was meant to be for a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, but the actual experience was quite different.

I arrived in Sturgis on a Sunday and the first ride I took was through Spearfish Canyon. The best way for me to describe it is, the Cleveland Metroparks on steroids. Sheer cliff walls, a stream running alongside the road, a waterfall, viewpoints to pull onto and the long wide curves made for a relaxing ride. When I finished, I felt as if I had been to church and heard a really great homily.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.19.2014

Reconnecting with your Catholic faith

Sometimes important things get away from us – like our faith. Have you been too busy, unable to answer questions about your faith, or looking for an opportunity to explore your Catholic faith? If so, "Awakening Faith" may be just right for you.

This six-session series included topics such as: "Spirituality, What's the Buzz?", "Can I Accept God's Mercy?", "Can the Mass Make My Life Meaningful?", and "The Church and Me." You can learn and ask questions ... all in a friendly and confidential setting with other Catholics.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.19.2014

Concert of healing sounds on Aug. 26

A didjeridoo –"What's that?" you might ask. A didjeridoo is much more than a fun word to say. It is classified as an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, more similar to a trumpet than a flute. Its shape takes the look of a long wooden tube, and most measure from three to 10 feet long. No two sound exactly alike. The longer the tube, the lower the pitch or tone. It has been said that both the player and the listener can experience a powerful trance from the sounds it produces.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.19.2014

A day of holistic events at Unity Westlake

A business structure based on collaboration instead of competition, could it possibly work?

Mary Maynard, founder of Centered Wellness, believes it will, and has seen it in effect since creating this collaborative affiliation in 2010. While many businesses today, such as banking and professional sports, use a deconstructive process, Mary is drawn to the constructive process. As a nurse seeing firsthand how the human body can break down, she also participated in the many ways the body could be built back up. Through the process of seeing that mainstream medicine does not have all the answers, she enlarged her vision and views the human body as indicative of today's weary culture.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:41 AM, 08.05.2014

A blueprint for laughter

Have you ever laughed until you've cried? Have you heard the old saying, laughter is the best medicine? Has your doctor ever made you laugh or cry with their medical diagnosis? Do you cry over something one day, and the next day laugh about it? Has a doctor ever told you jokes? Can laughter heal us? What is it about laughter? Have you ever thought it possible to come to church and laugh the whole time you were there? Ever hear of a spiritual comedian? Do you think God has a sense of humor, or is He too busy chalking up our wrong doings? Have you read this line: "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plan?" Aren't your best buddies in life those who can help you to laugh at yourself?

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.22.2014

Course ponders the alluring universe

Looking for a class that is simply out of this world, and will give you the sun, moon, stars and planets too? Consider an experiential class called, "Powers of the Universe," not for the faint of heart, but a class to really sink your spiritual teeth into. A 12-week spiritual journey packaged into a course aimed at pondering the most puzzling questions known to man, "Who am I?", "Where did I come from?", and "Why am I here?".

Answers to these profound questions will be explored and may be answered, if you are open to the wonder of answers. This star-filled journey is based on cosmologist Brian Swimme's DVD series, and the spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a French philosopher and Jesuit priest trained as a paleontologist and geologist. He is famous for the quote: "We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience." Brian Swimme is a faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies, teaching evolutionary cosmology.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.08.2014

Michael Bernard Beckwith to appear at Unity

Unity proudly welcomes Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith on July 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Beckwith is the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational spiritual community known for its rich cultural diversity, local and global humanitarian programs, and promotion of the arts in Culver City, Calif. He will speak and his wife, Rickie Byars Beckwith, will perform at Unity Hall on the campus of Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road in Westlake.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:21 AM, 06.24.2014

Summer spirituality at Unity

Ever walk a labyrinth? Know anything about their fascinating history? Are they the same as a maze; a form of a puzzle? Can they be used as a tool for psychological and spiritual growth?

Some definitions describe them as a single path, designed to enliven right-brain activity. Generally speaking, right-brain activity is visual, big picture, intuitive neurological thinking. A labyrinth can help you relax, as a walking meditation, to enjoy nature, to unravel the hectic pace of day-to-day life.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.10.2014

Unity hosting wellness fair June 7

Live well, think well, eat well, be well, get well, stay well. We hear these short, two-word sentiments all the time. Well, well, well. Just as long as you don't tumble down one, because your wellness is something that should be taken seriously, but with a splash of fun, and a dash of the alternatives.

Come join us at Centered Wellness's Wellness Fair where there will be plenty of "well" and various ways to nurture and sustain your own wellness. Scheduled for Saturday June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be ample time to browse and meet our caring practitioners. Admission is $5.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:22 AM, 05.28.2014

'Mother of Compassion' brings world tour to Westlake

Unity Spiritual Center is honored to have Amma's sacred purpose and program of love and peace come to Westlake this June.

Some messages we have heard in childhood may persist all of our lives, like "Mother knows best." Or "Finish your vegetables, they're good for you." Or the central message of the Hippie movement – "Peace and love." What if all those same messages could be experienced and understood today in greater depth, with more powerful meaning, in truer spirituality, in the form of a spiritual being, known by her followers as "the Mother of Compassion?"

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.13.2014

Spring workshops at Unity of Westlake

As the crocuses yearn to reach toward the sun, and Spring sings and dances her merry song, we too yearn to come more fully alive, to leave the stifled, bleak air of winter behind.

So how do you feel more alive? What steps do you take to move forward into greater expression of who you are? How do you expand your identity and your creativity in this new spring of 2014? This moment has never been here before, it offers endless opportunities for expansion and greater living.

Let your interests guide you into new endeavors. Like the daffodils – shine brightly, reach upward and sway with the wind as you express your greater self. Try a new class, take a workshop, find some new friends!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.15.2014

Master Co to give prosperity healing workshop at Unity

Helping people transform their "poverty" consciousness to a "prosperity" consciousness through the understanding of spiritual principles has long been a staple of Unity Spiritual Center and the broader Unity movement worldwide. Master Stephen Co returns to Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake for the third time on April 17 at 7 p.m. with a workshop on "Prosperity Healing: Balance Spirituality and Material Abundance."

An author and nationally recognized speaker, and senior disciple of the originator of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, Master Co has been featured on CBS News and has been spoken of as "the real deal; his Power of Prana could save your life" by Wayne Dyer. He will share simple and practical energetic techniques to purge out poverty/lack consciousness and flood your mind with prosperity energies to magnetize abundance.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:28 AM, 04.01.2014

Combating addiction one life at a time

One life at a time ... that is how we will combat the epidemic that we’ve been hearing about for months now. Becoming informed is an important component in this battle. Last year, CrossPointe Community in Westlake hosted a very helpful forum on the topic of heroin addiction. Several similar events have been hosted in our community, including one at the Bay Village Branch Library on Feb. 20.

As a pastor, I am personally grateful for the work of Y-Haven in Cleveland which has provided us with a number of young men who are in recovery. Two of these young men began a Christ-centered 12-step group a year ago, which I wrote about in the Observer last year.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.01.2014

Fire and spring

Are you, by chance, feeling anything like I am about the snow, the cold and the ice? Want to throw your hands up in the air and say enough already?

Perhaps we should call on the Wicked Witch of the West from the land of Oz, and revive her line of menace, but turn it around for good – "How about a little fire, Scarecrow?"

The properties, characteristics and legends of fire are fascinating! Fire is commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertion and passion. There are three astrological signs associated with fire – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. In the practice of alchemy, fire is the prime method of conversion, it is the great transformer. Everything that fire touches is changed, rearranged. In one Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to protect helpless humans. Yet today, humans have learned to harness fire and use it for good.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:21 AM, 03.18.2014

Spiritual songbird visits Westlake

A little blonde girl with a big heart who loved to sing, whose mom sent her to her uncle's to learn to play guitar, but ... she continued to sing. She grew into a beautiful heart-centered woman, and continued to sing. Today she sings, and holds "heartfelt" workshops for hundreds of people in Unity churches, from Tennessee to Indiana to Ohio.

If you've never heard Jody Soland sing and play guitar, you're in for a spiritual treat, a slice of audio-bliss, when she visits Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake on March 9. Her music will dance on your heart strings and move you into new places. Her numerous CDs bring forth her strong voice, and vocals primarily written by her and her husband, Gary, a singer-songwriter whom she met in Nashville. Her music allows a story to unfold, so the listener can become one with the story, or sit back and simply enjoy the musicality.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.04.2014

From death to life, a true life story of hope

If you were to visit CrossPointe Community Church in Westlake, the first person who would greet you is Linda Lucas (permission granted to use full name). Eight years ago on the last Sunday in February, Linda decided she was done with drugs and prayed that God would direct her to a church.

She drove down Columbia and saw the red, white and blue welcome flags flying that "looked like the arms of God." She turned in and drove around to the parking lot and prayed; deciding that this was to be the church to which she would come. I followed up with her that week and shared how God loved her unconditionally. She decided to open her heart to Jesus Christ and become a Jesus follower.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.04.2014

Advent parishioners feed homeless

Advent Episcopal Church in Westlake is in its fourth year of actively supporting the Metanoia Project which gathers and welcomes homeless, especially the shelter resistant (living under bridges, in alleyways and on park benches) and provides meals, relationships and overnight hospitality.

Advent prepares and serves nourishing meals to as many as 85 guests the first Sunday of every cold-weather month from mid-November through mid-April at the Hospitality Center in the old St. Malachi’s School at West 25th Street and Detroit. Advent volunteers lead a time of spiritual nourishment for guests who choose to join in prayer, Bible readings and devotions – a quiet time to reflect on the Good News of Jesus. We collect their prayer requests and carry out intercessory prayer on their behalf in the following 30 days.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.04.2014

Unity welcomes speaker on conscious evolution

Unity Spiritual Center invites all to hear special guest speaker, Vince Lisi, on Sunday, March 2. Lisi, a philosopher and faculty member of both Youngstown State University and Penn State University, will speak on moving forward in conscious evolution while facing questions of limitations and vulnerability.

Lisi will speak at Unity's 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, and conduct a workshop from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Unity is located at 23855 Detroit Road, a block west of Clague. Details at or call 440-835-0400. 

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:24 AM, 02.18.2014

Expanding your prayer power

More is better, right? That's the message we hear repeatedly from the AT&T commercials with the cute kids sitting around a table in thoughtful discussion.

Does that "more" theory apply to everything? Can we apply it to our hopes, our dreams, our wishes? What is the best way to do that? How do we multiply the good things in life, the desires of our hearts, that we don't yet have, into our personal daily existence?

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:22 AM, 02.04.2014

'Catholics Coming Home' program at St. Raphael Church

For the ninth year, St. Raphael Church in Bay Village will conduct a series called Catholics Coming Home on seven Wednesday evenings from Feb. 5 to March 19, 7-8:30 pm. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who might be interested in returning to the Church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith in a support-group format.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:17 AM, 01.21.2014

Above and below, the new and the old

A new year, a time to make new resolutions, a time to grow, to leave the old behind, sing Auld Lang Syne, allow the new to emerge, ring in the New Year, watch the ball drop – common phrases we have all heard around this time of the year. But I wonder, what does all that mean for us individually?

As we party here below, the skies above are busy giving us unique configurations, and warm smiles from the round-faced man in the moon. Nineteen years ago was the last time a New Moon (one of the eight phases to our favorite aerial rock) landed on our New Year. In addition to the New Moon, we can glimpse the Blue Moon if we only look up around the end of January.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:06 AM, 01.07.2014

Inner peace and empowerment workshops Dec. 8, 9 at Unity

The Renaissance, a cultural movement that spanned the 14th to the 17th centuries, beginning in Florence, Italy, brought widespread educational reforms and magnificent artistic developments to our planet. In addition to affecting art and education, its influence touched music, politics, science, religion, philosophy, etc.

The word itself means "rebirth." Thinking about this time in history, we can't help but think of the people who embodied its true spirit. Men like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo lived this spirit to the fullest and were the inspirations for the term Renaissance Man.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.26.2013

Melinda Mason to share her inspirational story of recovery Dec. 1

Melinda Mason, a University of Mount Union junior, was seriously injured when a drunk driver crashed into a car she was driving during the kickoff of the Drive Sober Get Pulled Over campaign at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium earlier this fall.

The near-death experience due to being hit by a 34-year-old drunk driver is the basis for an inspirational talk presented by Melinda on Sunday, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m., at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road in Westlake.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.26.2013

Spiritual retreat in Westlake, Nov. 24-26

Do you seek something more than what could be called "churchianity?" We invite you to CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, Westlake, for a spiritual retreat featuring Billy Huddleston. Gathering times for the three-day retreat are Sunday, Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

Billy Huddleston has a passion to lead people into a powerful encounter with the living Christ. It is his desire to see lives and lifestyles changed as a result of those encounters. It is Billy's belief that all lives, young and old alike, are valuable to Jesus Christ and that each one has a vital role to play in the fulfillment and building of His Kingdom.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:21 AM, 11.12.2013

Grandkids camp can help foster lifelong connections

What is the best time for grandparents to influence their grandchildren as they consider life’s biggest decisions – those life-shaping decisions about college, careers, relationships and marriage? Hu Auburn, former pastor of Bay Presbyterian Church and author of a new book entitled "Grandkids Camp Guidebook," believes that window of opportunity opens when grandkids are three-years-old and potty-trained.

At least that’s an ideal time to begin planning and hosting an annual grandkids camp: a week (or less) when grandkids gather at their grandparents’ home to “do life” together in a way that phone calls, shorter visits and the presence of parents don’t allow. A week at the Auburns' grandkids camp includes daily flag-raising ceremonies, a camp pledge, hikes, outings, games and a daily excursion to local ice creameries to score and rank the product and experience.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:13 AM, 11.12.2013

Free wellness event set for Nov. 9

There are many paths to health and wellness, but the most important one is to take responsibility for yours. Ever hear the names Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga or Iyengar, and wonder what in the world was being discussed?

Mystery solved: all are very different types of yoga. Some yoga styles teach through slow and gentle movements, some are intense and focus on the core, others focus on alignment and detail using props, but all aim to increase your wellness and health. Not sure which one may be right for you? Take the time to talk to an expert one on one.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.29.2013

Faith speaker exposes the 'blind side' of human interaction

Collins Tuohy, sister of the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive tackle, Michael Oher, spoke to students at Westside Christian Academy on Oct. 18 and to almost 300 people in the evening at Westlake High School for the Family Strong Series, “Never Lose Faith.”

Her family’s story was included in Michael Lewis’ 2006 book and was the basis for Academy Award-winning 2009 movie, "The Blind Side." Lewis started to write a financial piece to examine why the left tackle is the second highest paid player on a football team after the quarterback. He protects the quarterback’s ‘blind side’ and prevents possibly a career-ending injury.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.29.2013