September News (2010)

Dear Practice Friends,

There is much to report for September happenings related to Practice, some inside the studio, and some out in the community. Beyond the usual changes in the calendar, this month I’m adding some kudos for Practitioners who made news in August, as well as two special invitations:

  • New appointment and class reminders by email: Starting September 1, our online reservation system will forward you a reminder of your session or class, either by email or text, one day in advance. If you would like to have your reminders sent to you by text, please reply to me at and make sure I have your cell phone number as well the name of your mobile service provider. Please remember that the 24-hour advanced cancellation notice is still the policy for our studio and is necessary to avoid being charged for any appointment or group class that you have reserved.
  • Class changes: For the month of September we’re keeping the Level 2 Hatha Yoga on Thursdays at 715p; the Yoga on the Ball class on Tuesdays at 7p has been renamed Hatha Level 1 to indicate that it is an easier class than Thursday’s, but will still incorporate stability ball work; the Pilates Matwork class on Thursdays at 6p is discontinued. Finally, there will not be Pilates Matwork class on Labor Day, September 6.

Practice Community News:

  • A special thank you is owed to Patty Zimmer and Kitty Snow for hosting the two wonderful (I wasn’t there but I heard good things!) baby showers for our Kerry Young. Thank you Patty and Kitty!
  • Kudos to Judy Wyatt, who’s Whispers Home in Oakwood, has received Best of Intima’s 2010 Best Shop award. Best of Intima, an Italian trade organization, sponsors the event supported by 15 lingerie brands from around the world. The Best Shop Awards was created as an opportunity to honor and discover the best independent retailers across the United States. Congratulations, Judy and the Whisper Home staff!
  • I am thrilled to see Vail Miller, Dayton CEO and Corporate Chief Marketing Officer of Heidelberg Distributing Co., on the cover of the August DaytonB2B magazine. When asked by interviewer Mark Fisher to offer some advice to other business owners on the subject of healthy competition, Vail encouraged business owners to ask themselves, “Does [my] Mission, Vision and Company Values support creativity, performance and a competitive spirit?” When I read this quote, I felt like Vail was speaking to me directly about Practice. Thank you, Vail!
  • Dayton’s only James Beard Award winning chef, Anne Kearney, continues to garner attention nationally: the September issue of Bon Appétit magazine has listed Rue Dumaine as a spot for fantastic daily specials. I can confirm this, her daily specials are fantastic! But don’t believe me, find out for yourself. When, you say? How about a week from Saturday (see below)?

Social Opportunities:

  • Come help me celebrate my birthday! I’m turning 45 on Saturday, September 11th and I would love it if you would join me for a drink or something to eat. Here’s my cunning plan: My partner Deb Spiegel and I will be at Rue Dumaine,,  from 6p till the cows come home. We’ll sit at the corner of the bar for a while and then meander over to a table in the dining room for a great meal. If you would like to join us for a drink, stop by early and say hi. If you would like find out why Bon Appetit has named Rue Dumaine as a great spot for daily specials, then please stay for dinner! Chef Anne has implored me not to make reservations for twenty people to be sat at the same time as it will overload the kitchen. So as a birthday gift to me, please be so kind as to call the restaurant for a reservation (937) 610-1061. Even if we’re sitting a few tables away I promise to come visit you, especially if you order dessert!  
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal for championing the people of Tibet, will be giving a public address entitled “Ethics in a Modern World,” at Miami University on Thursday, October 21, at 2p in Millet Hall. In his commitment to the promotion of basic human values in the interest of human happiness and the fostering of inter-religious harmony, the Dalai Lama serves as a source of inspiration for people of all cultures. I know a number of people at the studio have expressed interest in attending, and I thought it would be easiest to coordinate tickets and transportation. Tickets are $25.00 and go on sale September 8th. If you would like to join us, reply to me at by September 7th and let me know how many tickets you would like. We will likely leave from the studio around 1145 am on 10/21. I hope you can make it!

Whew, that was a lot! I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and I look forward to practicing with you in cooler weather in the weeks to come.

Best wishes,


p.s. Here is the updated calendar for September 2010:

Practice Calendar 9-2010

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