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Remember the Sun?

Hot lights brighten moods in the dead of winter.


As Holden Arboretum's waterfalls cascade near the orchids, begonias, and African violets in its visitors' center, some patrons are shaking the blues, helped by a panel of lights in the new exhibit A Holden Winter: An Uncommon Cure for the Cold, which is on display through the middle of next month.Without the intense fluorescence of artificial full-spectrum lights, an American Psychiatric Association study shows that as many as one out of five Northeast Ohioans will battle Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, with its typical symptoms of depression, lethargy, and fatigue. To treat it, you can sit under the lamps for as long as 45 minutes, once or twice a day. The light exposure boosts eyesight, alertness, productivity, and can lead to a positive outlook during the winter months. "So don't be sad," says Dan Rush, the arboretum's spokesman. "There's plenty of fun things to do in Cleveland during the winter to make you feel good." Cheer up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, February 17, at Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road in Kirtland. Admission is $6 ($3 for kids between 6 and 12 years old). Visit
Jan. 23-Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008

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