My Voice sarah March 20, 2024

My Voice

MY LIFE MAGAZINE - Winter 2023-2024

Hear From the People in Your Community!

Each issue of My Life features five people who live in Hamilton County. They share their interests, talents, favorite places to visit in Cincinnati, and more!

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Amber Smith

Colerain Twp.| 29 years old

I’m a big animal lover, and I have always loved learning about them. Some of my favorite animals are penguins, lemurs and meerkats. They are always so cute to watch. One place I like to go to is the Cincinnati Zoo. I also love to go to the Newport Aquarium as well. Plus, both places are great for photography. I love taking pictures of the beautiful animals and nature.  

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Donita Carr

North College Hill | 40 years old

From 2007 to 2014, I attended four different colleges—three of them told me that I wasn’t going to make it because of my learning disability. But I refused to accept it. When I went to the National College of Business and Technology, my professors saw something in me. They worked with me so I could graduate. I was so proud of myself, and I cried because I proved people wrong. Now I am a proud business owner, as an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay and sales representative for Avon.

A young man is seated at a table with paint from artwork on it in a studio. He is smiling at the camera and wearing a blue short-sleeved T-shirt with white text that reads "Smack Down" on it.
Matt Cavanaugh

Green Twp. | 42 years old

I love doing magic. I’ve been practicing magic for a very long time and performed a magic show at a nursing home. I got my love of magic from my dad and DreamLand Magic. My favorite magic trick is tossing a light with my thumbs. It’s my favorite because it’s a gift from my dad, and I loved magic ever since then.   

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Duke Mitchell

Clifton| 28 years old

I have many talents. One of them is that I can wiggle my ears on command. I am also able to imitate voices that I hear on TV and from movies. I like imitating Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. One of my other talents is that I am strong and able to lift heavy things that people aren’t normally capable of lifting, like heavy rocks or tables.  

A young man is seated outdoors at a wooden picnic table during a social gathering. His arms are on the table and he is turned slightly to the right and smiling at the camera.
Caiman Hobeika

Colerain Twp. | 20 years old

I am proud of playing classical music on piano at home. I like to play Mozart and listen to the WGUC with my mom. I’m also a movie lover and part of the movie club Cinemark Western Hills. I can describe music from classical to movie soundtracks like the movie Up, James and the Giant Peach and Detective Pikachu