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Michael Roizen, MD, of Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute talked about the health benefits of coffee. Numerous studies have shown that daily coffee drinking among people who have fast metabolisms may actually help boost longevity by decreasing cancer and cardiovascular disease rates, lessening the risk of developing Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and improving control of type 2 diabetes, among other benefits. How do you know whether you have a fast metabolism? It's easy to figure out, Dr. Roizen says: If you can drink a regular cup of coffee and not develop ill effects like heart palpitations or a stomach ache within the hour, you are a fast metabolizer. Two other points to keep in mind: Filter your coffee through paper and drink it black. Dr. Roizen is a wellness expert and the co-author of many books, his latest of which is Age Proof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip. It's available wherever books are sold. For information about the Wellness Institute, visit the website.

Don Drumm is Akron's best-known artist whose metal sculptures can be found not only all over town but in other cities around the country. One of his recent commissions was for the Highland Square library on Akron's west side. A big fish, fabricated in corten steel, the outdoor sculpture is about 8 feet long and 3 feet high and is designed to be an interactive piece. Children can whack the scales with sticks to create metallic sounds. This is definitely one of Don's most fun pieces but not necessarily his favorite. "My favorite commission is always the next one," he says. Among his many other projects, Don designed a 5-foot stainless steel cross for the Visitation of Mary Church in Akron. He's also ruminating over the design of his next Christmas ornament for One of a Kind Pets; creating aluminum wall sculptures in the shapes of leaves for residential and commercial settings; and making tiles for cremation boxes commissioned by Billows Funeral Homes and Crematory. And he's  contemplating whether to accept an invitation to do a show in China. More on that another time. You can see some of Don's work along with that of many other North American artists at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse St. in Akron. For more information, call 330.253.6268 or visit the website.  

Author and speaker Christine Zust talked about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. She says that there are six primary lessons that were learned from that hippie summer in San Francisco. They are: 1. Find and share your voice -- basically, stand up for what you believe  2. Remain civil  3. Show compassion  4. Encourage others  5. Invite diversity in -- engaging with people who are different from you provides a fresh perspective and helps you grow  6. Persist peacefully -- be patient because change isn't easy and can take time. Christine suggests that we embrace these lessons because they remind us about the changes that love can spark in our society. Christine is the author of the career guide Everything I Do Positions Me: The Simple Path to Professional Success. To learn more about Christine's work and the business she owns with her husband, Mark, visit their website.

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