What’s So Funny ’Bout Peace Love and Understanding?

With violent crime rising in Cincinnati and cities around the country, the most harrowing images your kids encounter this summer may well be from the (ahem) media, and not their video games. Cincinnati singer/songwriter Paulette Meier’s CD, Come Join the Circle: LessonSongs for Peacemaking is an engaging, musical way to teach kids about non-violent conflict resolution. Used by dozens of educators in city schools (including Sands Montessori where Meier works as an instructional assistant) the album’s fourteen tracks are a catchy blend of Fairport Convention folk, Sugar Hill Gang raps and a hearty dose of Free to Be You and Me style earnestness. While Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell tries to bring the city’s crime rate to heel, Meier’s music is an engaging way to help your kids learn to keep the peace.

She’ll be performing with her group, “Just Earth” at the Northside Farmer’s Market on August 19 from 5–7 p.m. and again at the College Hill Farmer’s Market August 20, from 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. paulettemeier.com

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