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The Thirsty Scholar: Summer is for he...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/17/2012 - 10:32 am
Category: Smart Living

by Matt Lasher
Light, refreshing and without too much bitterness, the hefeweizen is the quintessential summer beer.
Native to the southern German state of Bavaria, the hefeweizen (pronounced HEH-feh-vite-zehn) is the exception to “The Rule”—and in this case the rule is the Reinheitsgebot.
The Reinheitsgebot, also known as the German Purity Law of 1516, ensured that only beer made from malted barley, water, and hops could be brewed and sold in Germany. But fortunately, Bavarian royalty had developed a preference for weizenbier (literally “wheat beer”), a family of beers to which the hefeweizen (literally “yeast wheat”) belongs. As a result, the sty ...

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The Thirsty Scholar: India Pale Ale F...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/17/2012 - 01:01 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Matt LasherOf the four main ingredients in beer—water, yeast, malted grain, and hops—none elicits a range of emotions from its consumers quite like the hop. This love-it or hate-it (or for me border-line-obsessed-with-it) flowery product of the Humulus lupulus plant gives beer its characteristic bitterness and flowery aroma and taste.The style of beer best known for its utilization of this remarkable flower is the India Pale Ale, or IPA for short. There are three main types of IPAs—the English, the American, and the Belgian.A traditional English IPA tends to be blatantly bitter. During the English occupation of India, massive amounts of hops were used to preserve the Eng ...

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Health and Healing: Probiotics—essent...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 09/15/2010 - 01:55 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

by Mike Ventresca
Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word anti-biotic? It literally means against life. Isn’t it funny that when we’re sick, we’re often prescribed something that’s against life?  Now, of course, antibiotics play an important and necessary role in modern medicine, but these days I find myself talking more about how critical pro-biotics are.Probiotics are the collection of beneficial bacteria that reside in the gut. They support every tissue, fluid and body function and are considered our primary immune response. In fact, more than 70% of our immune function is governed by this community of beneficial bacteria.
Probiotics are also cr ...

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Real Life Rescue Tales: Anderson

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/20/2010 - 01:50 pm
Category: Community

by Georjette Thomas
In the human world, we often hear that patience is a virtue. Some of us possess a great deal of patience and many others lack tolerance when having to wait for a person or an event. Sometimes the wait feels unbearable and every minute an eternity.What must it feel like for rescued animals residing in shelters?
As potential adopters walk the echoing halls, peer through the cages, and make judgment on a specific pet, we can only imagine what that orphan might be thinking.
Is it my turn?  Will they like me?  Do I have the right look?  Am I too big? Then, after an explosion of adrenaline for what might happen, the footsteps disappear from the hall and the wa ...

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Health and Healing: Natural support f...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/20/2010 - 01:45 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

by Mike Ventresca
Have you ever pinched a garden hose that’s running full blast? If you have then you surely know how much the pressure in the hose can increase. Now picture this happening inside your blood vessels and you have an idea of one of the causes of high blood pressure, except instead of a finger increasing constriction and fluid volume, it’s an enzyme produced by the kidneys called angiotensin II.
With this in mind, I’m often asked if there are any research-validated natural options for supporting healthy blood pressure and I’m happy to say there are. According to published research, fermented milk peptides (proteins) work in much the same way as traditi ...

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Real Life Rescue Tales: Ivy

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/20/2010 - 01:36 pm
Category: Community

by Georjette Thomas
Most of us appreciate the look of ivy in a beautifully landscaped area and many of us will plant it along a fence in hopes that it will grab the slats and become a trellis of foliage. Over time, we admire the result and believe that this is right were ivy belongs.
But our little Ivy didn’t belong there. She was found alone and tethered to a fence. Unlike the foliage, it was apparent that this very small dog would never grow strong, nor thrive, in this situation. As she sat next to an empty water dish and beside a small mound of dog food, Ivy trembled in fear and confusion.
Who left her in this vulnerable situation?  Had she weathered the violent storm from t ...

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Minkin Music: A shout out to Hey Mavis

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/18/2010 - 04:46 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By: Jay Minkin Date: 07/28/2010
For those who have read the last two editions of Minkin’s Music, this month continues the trend of following yet another great local band releasing a very cool record. We’ve previously highlighted Brent Kirby and Kate Tucker. This month the focus is on a trio called Hey Mavis.  Hey Mavis was formed in 2008 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s “Artist-In-Residence Program.” The group is led by vocalist Laurie Michelle Caner, who also plays banjo. Her husband, Ed Caner, plays viola and fiddle, and Sarah Benn is the force behind the upright bass and vocals. Some of you may recognize Laurie and Sarah as members of a ...

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Minkin Music: Akron's daughter return...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/18/2010 - 04:42 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By: Jay Minkin Date: 06/17/2010
My big record store day purchase was a Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden album.  This young lady, who grew up in Akron and found her way to Seattle, released this disc in 2007 and received some critically acclaimed airplay within the Starbucks Coffee store chain. Two of her songs later appeared on the company’s compilation CD’s Have You Heard, in 2008, and Sweetheart, in 2009.  But Kate has returned to Akron after finishing up her latest record, White Horses, which will be released on Tuesday, June 29. Kate’s beautiful soft soprano voice is what makes her music stand out. Part melodic and part gothic, she writes songs that ...

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Minkin Music: Brent Kirby is the real...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/18/2010 - 04:39 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By: Jay Minkin Date: 05/11/2010 The local state of music continues to offer some extraordinary talent—if you’re willing to seek it out. One fellow who seems to relish a full palate is Brent Kirby who can be found either playing in five different bands, repairing guitars, or solo performing at local bars and music clubs. Kirby recently released a new album titled Last Song On The Soundtrack, which is woven with tales about the life of a romantic. “This album is truly me,” he explains, referencing the live studio recording with little overdubbing. Highlights from the 11 tracks include “Silently Stepping Out Surreal” with great country riffs from Chris ...

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Minkin Music: J. Maddock's long-await...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/18/2010 - 04:33 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By: Jay Minkin Date: 04/22/2010
Driving around in the springtime with the windows down and music turned up, I can relate to James Maddock when he sings “When the sun’s out I want to be where the people go/ I want to turn up the stereo/ Hear the song I know/ When the sun’s out.”The New York based singer/songwriter delivered a beautiful pop record chock full of radio hits with his album Sunrise on Avenue C. It’s been a long 10 years since Maddock’s band Wood released its debut record, Songs From Stamford Hill, on the Columbia label.  
His life all but fell apart after getting married and relocating to the U.S. to record the follow-up disc. He was ...

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