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........................ Book Review


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......................... Taste of Life


......................... Artist Profile


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We all have been blessed with the tools we need to get through this journey: Faith, Hope, and Love. No one ever said life was going to be easy, and honestly, we would probably just get bored with it. Let’s look forward to the challenges and lessons in the year ahead, commit to do our best, and regardless of the outcome, let’s embrace the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with giving it all we’ve got. This past year was full of challenges, changes, and excitement for the Family Life Publications staff, and our three magazines have continued to grow within the communities we serve. It’s 2018, folks — and we got this.

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Sometimes, when it seems like we have so many things on our plate, we may find ourselves wondering if we can possibly handle anything else. We will make mistakes. We will fail and falter. That is when we must reach into our bag of tricks, pull out our faith card, and make things happen. It is exercise that makes our bodies healthier and more fit. In that same

fashion, our faith also gets stronger when we exercise it and lift our problems up.



ell, I hope everyone is finished with their to-do lists from 2017 because like it or not, the new year is upon us. With challenges and changes of her own, the upcoming year promises to keep us on our toes and ready for action. Best to not be too concerned or anxious about it, the only thing we can do is be prepared. So, get ready now; get pumped up — here it comes.



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Cyndi Braun, Michael Consoli, Jyl Craven, James B. Depew, Brittany Duncan, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Corey Harkins, Maria Harrison, Lisa-Marie Haygood, James E. Leake, Kelly Marulanda, Laura Mikszan, Tim Morris, Tina Morris, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Jill Rowlands, Sen. Bruce Thompson, William Thrasher, WellStar, Farris Yawn

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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Calendar JANUARY


Project Valentine — CRPA collects donations of the following items: lip balm, lotion, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, any art or music activities as well as candy (sugar free and regular) and any holiday related items. These items will be made into goody bags and delivered to the Cherokee Training Center, Eagle Point, and Next Step Ministries. Woodstock Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net YPOW A.M. Coffee — Each Thursday morning, join Young Professionals of Woodstock for coffee and networking. 7:00am, Copper Coin Coffee, 400 Chambers Street, Woodstock. MeetUp. com/Young-Professionals-of-Woodstock Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway — Through January 2018, this exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. Mr. Ridgway’s family donated the contents of his home office, along with his extensive map and aerial photograph collection, which allows visitors to compare Cherokee County during the 1930s and 50s to how much we have grown today. Family Life Publications is a proud sponsor of this event. Wednesday-Friday 10:00am5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, historic marble courthouse, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288. RockBarn.org Detachment #1311 — Every third Saturday of the month, veterans share their first-hand war experiences, which are then used as editorial research data to assist others. The Woodstock Detachment #1311 is chartered as a subsidiary organization of the Marine Corps League. 9:00am, Semper Fi Bar and Grille, 9770 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-672-0026.


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Christmas Tree Chip & Dip — Throw away your Christmas tree the environmental way! Bring your Christmas trees to Olde Rope Mill Park starting the day after Christmas, and it will be fed into a chipper. The following week, bring a shovel to the park to “dip” into the free mulch. 8:00am-dusk, Olde Rope Mill Park, 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road, Woodstock. 770-592-6000 x1952. WoodstockGa.gov

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! Kids will play in the pool, enjoy a pizza dinner, do crafts, play games, and end the night with a movie! 5:3010:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day — Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the recent negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time to show their support. Here are some suggested ways: Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement; send a card of support to your local police department or state agency; share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media; ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.


Steven Lester The Heart of a Champion Art Show — Featuring more than seventy dynamic paintings, Steven said, “I paint with a loose, interpretive method that allows me to express the emotion and movement of the moment. My hope is to create art that resonates on an emotional, visceral level, engages the human heart and challenges the spirit.” Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 12:005:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244. CherokeeArts.org

business leaders as well as the Chamber Chairman of the Board, Bryan Reynolds, and Chamber President and CEO, Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you’ll have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:0011:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com



It’s a Wibit — Enjoy inflatables in the pool for no extra fee! Children must be able to pass a 25yd. swim test to use the Wibit. 1:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


Power Hour — This is a fastpaced networking event with fellow

Women’s Exchange — Each month, Elizabeth Pehrson and other guest facilitators explore topics like entitlement, serving our community, seasonal depression, our personalities and more. This month’s topic is, “Your True Identity — What Makes You Tick?” 7:00-9:00pm, Venue 92, 12015 Highway 92, Woodstock. 706-506-3405. TheExchangeUS.org

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Meet & Eat — This networking opportunity will get you out in the community to visit a Chamber Member restaurant while enjoying the company of fellow Chamber Members! 11:30am12:30pm, Restaurant TBD. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Author Lauren Willig, The English Wife (with special guest, Karen White) — From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. 1:00pm, Foxtale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. FoxtaleBookShoppe.com


Lisa Lewis Tyre, Hope and Holler Book Launch — Help Lisa Lewis Tyre launch her second middle grade novel! 4:00pm, Foxtale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. FoxtaleBookShoppe.com


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 47th Annual Meeting — This ia an annual celebration of the year’s accomplishments. 11:00am-1:30pm, Northside Hospital - Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00pm, The Lodge at BridgeMill, 10451 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com


Coffee & Connections — This event provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs, and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:0010:00am, Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Downtown Buzz — This event is open to Main Street investors and invited guests. There will be networking and a brief topical program. Mayor Donnie Henriques will provide a State of the City Address. Main Street Woodstock will provide coffee and light breakfast. 8:00am, the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-5926056. MainStreetWoodstock.org


Author Brad Taylor, Operator Down — Devoted readers will be clamoring to get their hands on this new Pike Logan book, while those new to the series will be pleased to find they can easily jump in, even at book twelve. 6:30pm, Foxtale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. FoxtaleBookShoppe.com

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Ethan Senger “In Your Atmosphere,” a John Mayer Tribute Concert Benefiting the Ferst Foundation — Performing in venues all over Atlanta since he was seven years old, this now Woodstock High School senior is coming to Reformation Brewery to bring you the Grammy Award winning music of John Mayer, covering such songs as “Why Georgia,” “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Love on the Weekend,” “Gravity,” and many, many more. All proceeds from this performance will benefit the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success. Visit EthanSenger.Bandzoogle. com for tickets or to make a donation. 3:00-4:30pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock. 678-3410828. EthanSenger.Bandzoogle.com


Holly Springs 101 — This program is for citizens of Holly Springs who want to become better educated about how the City government operates. Each session covers a different City department. 6:30pm, Public Safety Building, 3235 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. HollySpringsGa.us/hollysprings101

Main Event — The Main Event is an afterhours social and networking event for business members and their guests. Held quarterly during the late afternoon at a local business, the Main Event offers an additional opportunity to the Downtown Buzz members unable to attend morning events. 5:007:00pm, Red Barn Realty, 790 Market Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6056. MainStreetWoodstock.org

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LIBRARY EVENTS SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859

KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays, 4:30pm, Rose Creek Get help getting started on a knitting or crocheting project. Bring your needles and yarn, and be prepared to have fun! No prior knowledge is required.

presents. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. QUILTING CLUB BLOCK-OF-THE-MONTH PROJECT January 10, 10:00am, Woodstock This program is designed for those interested in trying a new craft, and it provides instruction on sewing a different 12” block each month. This is for ages 16+. Registration is required. NO-SEW THROW January 10, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Lynne Mock teaches how to make a no-sew braid throw. Bring your own blizzard, polar, or anti-pill fleece material (1.5 yards) for each side and a pair of 8” heavy-duty scissors. Registration is required.

CRAYONS & CONVERSATION Wednesdays, 1:00pm, Rose Creek Drop into the library on Wednesday afternoons to de-stress, and get your creative juices flowing. Socialize over a board game, or color a picture. All skill levels are welcome! READING DOGS Wednesdays, 4:30pm, Rose Creek Children 6+ can read to a non-judgmental, furry listener that won’t laugh if the reader stumbles or makes a mistake. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled session. Parents can register their child (two weeks in advance) for a 10-15-minute reading session. INTRODUCTION TO ACRYLIC PAINTING January 7, 3:00pm, Woodstock This program is for anyone interested in starting a new hobby. All materials are provided. This is for ages 16+. Registration is required. 3-D PRINTER WORKSHOP January 8, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat See what 3-D printing is all about in a basic overview of this new, innovative technology and all of the possibilities it

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING January 17, 10:00am, Woodstock This program, presented by a WellStar representative, is designed to help individuals make health care decisions. This workshop can help you and your loved ones talk about important issues before decisions need be made. STEAM SATURDAY — HOVERCRAFTS January 20, 3:00pm, Woodstock Create a hovercraft using everyday items, and then race it against others! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. PROJECT PINTEREST January 21, 3:00pm, Woodstock Explore Pinterest-inspired creative projects! This is for ages 16+. Registration is required.

THE GUERRILLA WAR IN GEORGIA January 13, 11:00am, Hickory Flat Gerald Flinchum presents an overview of the operations of state troops and home guard militia. Don’t miss this rare look at the irregular war that began with local opposition to secession, and the Southern states’ passage of conscription in 1863, which eventually led to open rebellion. The various guerrilla bands, partisan rangers, and home guards that existed during this period are all covered in detail. LEGO® CLUB January 13, 3:00pm, Rose Creek There is a different theme each month! Children may work alone or in teams to build LEGO® masterpieces, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. LEGO® and DUPLO® are provided. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. MUSIC AND MOVES January 17, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Get moving and grooving with friends from Go Noodle! It’ll be a dance party to remember! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

CLAY SNOWMEN January 31, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Let Out-of-the-Box Art Studio inspire you! Create textured, hand-built clay snowmen to celebrate the winter season. Registration is required and opens January 17.

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Wrist Nerve Injuries By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

Your wrist [HealthyLife] contains nine major nerves: median nerve, ulnar nerve, radial nerve, superficial branch of the radial nerve, palmar branch of the median nerve, anterior interosseous nerve, dorsal brand of the ulnar nerve, lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm, and palmar branch of the ulnar nerve. Each of these nerves works to control movement from your shoulder to your fingertips, and quality of life can be greatly decreased following damage to one of these nerves. Sports and even daily activities can put anyone at risk for wrist nerve damage.

Causes of Wrist Nerve Damage

..................................................................................... Falls, improper use of tools, repetitive motion, and accidents can cause damage to the nerves in your wrist. Some of the more common causes of wrist nerve damage include the following: • Long-term constriction of the wrist • Falling and breaking the fall with your hands • Receiving a hit to your arm or wrist • Improper use of crutches and other tools • Sleeping on your arm • Bone fractures • Lacerations • Over stretching • Car accidents • Burns

In rare cases, sustained lead poisoning can damage the nerves in the wrist as well as the nervous system as a whole. If you think you may have wrist nerve damage, it’s important that you see a physician right away.

Symptoms of Wrist Nerve Damage

..................................................................................... Because the nerves in your wrist contribute so much to your movement and sensory functions, you’ll quickly notice if there is damage because your hand or wrist function will be impaired — sometimes completely. Some symptoms of nerve damage in the wrist include the following:

• Weakness • Twitching • Paralysis • Numbness • Pain • Tingling • Burning • Impeded movement • Increased sensitivity If you experience any of these symptoms of wrist nerve damage, you should contact a specialist for further evaluation. Physical therapy, pain medication, and — in some cases — surgery are explored following wrist nerve damage. Your treatment will depend on the severity of the damage and how much the injury affects your day-to-day life.

Atlanta Hand Specialist is located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna and Douglasville. 770-333-7888. AtlantaHandSpecialist.com


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I was sitting at home one night [Lifestyle] watching the news by a cozy fire. Lately, the news just seems to depress me. Then, I started noticing the beautifully framed mirror over the fireplace that my wife got several years ago as a present. I never paid much attention to what was engraved on its frame. I’d read it, but that was as far as I got. There in front of me was “Live Laugh

Love.” Those words suddenly mesmerized me for a few minutes. I couldn’t express this to my wife because she would remind me that the mirror had been there for over five years, and I’d be accused of not being very observant. So, I just contemplated how powerful those three words were to me, as I watched the news. I realized how sad things have been with everything that’s going on in the world. I reflected on my life and wondered where all the years had gone. Have I lived my life as I’ve desired? I think so, and I wouldn’t take anything for it.

Live Laugh Love By Tim Morris

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I have worked in aging for over 27 years, and out of all the seniors I’ve worked with, not one has feared death.

They wanted to live out their lives being happy by laughing and loving those close to them. Seniors come to the Canton Senior Center every day for socialization. As I’m in my office, I can hear them laughing in the dining area, and when I walk back there, they are just enjoying each other’s company. Those seniors Live Laugh Love every day they are here. That’s how I want to be for the remainder of my life — just like them. The new Ball Ground Senior Center will be open soon, and I’m sure that same group will be enjoying themselves there as well. I know my small Waleska group enjoy their time together. If you need information on any of the senior centers, please contact Cherokee Senior Services at 770-479-7438. L

Tim Morris is the director of Cherokee County Senior Services. 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-479-7438. CherokeeGa.com/Senior-Services



Woodstock Minute

New Park

Coming to Woodstock By Brittany Duncan


n the Fall of 2017, City officials, together with Greenprints Alliance, announced plans for a new park in Woodstock. The yet unnamed park will be located off Trickum Road, on the east side of the city, where limited park and recreation opportunities exist. The City has acquired a total of 40.7 acres east of Trickum Road, and local, nonprofit Greenprints Alliance recently acquired 36.32 acres on the north side of Little River. At the regular meeting of Mayor and City Council last October, the City Council officially approved the purchase of an additional 24.42 acres. When fully assembled, the land will total just over one hundred acres, and it will provide residents with passive recreation opportunities. While final amenities are open to stakeholder input and discussion, the Greenprints Plan, which was approved by the City in 2008, contemplates multi-use trails on a portion of this site.


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The benefits provided by this new park include the following: • Open space preservation • Protection of Little River and the Etowah River Basin • Additional trails with a possible canoe launch site • Passive recreation opportunities “We are excited to preserve this land from future development and make it a park on the east side of our city,” said Mayor Donnie Henriques. City Council Member Colin Ake, also former chair of the Greenprints Board of Directors, said, “Greenprints Alliance is dedicated Colin Ake to getting people outdoors by bringing a vibrant trail system to life. The City of Woodstock is excited to continue its partnership with Greenprints Alliance, and we’re eager to develop and implement a plan for this new park.”

trails, pavilions, and playgrounds,” said Woodstock’s Parks and Recreation Director Preston Pooser. Construction on this park will begin in mid to late 2018. Greenprints Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on inspiring people to get outdoors by creating a trail system that promotes wellness and connects community through outdoor activities and living. They are focused on expanding and supporting the trail system throughout and connecting to Cherokee County. For more information, visit GreenprintsAlliance.org.

Brittany Duncan is the information officer for the City of Woodstock. 770-592-6000. WoodstockGa.gov

“The topography of the property is suitable for a passive park with amenities including

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New Executive Director of Cherokee County Educational Foundation Congratulations to Lisa-Marie Haygood! She has accepted a new role as executive director of Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF). The CCEF is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the students and staff of the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements. CCEF seeks funding and resources to enrich CCSD schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program. This includes, but is not limited to, grants for schools; grants for teachers and other staff; grants for students for academic and after-school/extra-curricular programs; and support for specific CCSD initiatives. The Foundation is a partner with the Cherokee County School District, and it is supported by the Cherokee County School Board.

Community Safe Kids Cherokee County Receives New Van Safe Kids Cherokee County recently received a new van to assist the organization with their many saferelated events. According to Captain Chad Arp, lead advisor for Safe Kids Cherokee County, Captain Chad Arp, lead advisor for Safe Kids Cherokee “Funding for the new County, stands in front of the new van with Cherokee van was provided by County Fire Marshal Barry Gibson. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, Lead Agency for Safe Kids Cherokee, and Northside Cherokee Hospital, a proud program community sponsor.” Safe Kids Cherokee County is a local coalition through Safe Kids Worldwide, which is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every thirty seconds, and millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Safe Kids Cherokee County is dedicated to thwarting those types of preventable injuries to its young citizens.

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Community Chamber Names Volunteer of the Quarter The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Joan McFather, a longtime Chamber member and community volunteer, has been named the Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2017.

(L-R) Chamber Volunteer of the Quarter Joan McFather receiving her award from Chamber Board Chair Bryan Reynolds, director of Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency.

Members of the Chairman’s Council are accepted by invitation only from the Chamber’s board chair. The Chairman’s Council members are invited to attend ribbon cuttings and ground breakings, Coffee & Connections for new members and special invitation Chamber meetings that aren’t open to the general membership. In determining the Volunteer of the Quarter, attendance at Chamber events is evaluated for all members of the Chairman’s Council. “Joan is a committed volunteer who gives 100% to the Chamber and its programs,” said Bryan Reynolds, Chamber Board Chair and director of Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency.

Cobb EMC Home Energy Makeover Accepting Entries Cobb EMC is now accepting applications for the electric cooperative’s annual home energy efficiency makeover, in partnership with Gas South and the Cobb Heating and Air Conditioning Association. The makeover includes new, energy-efficient appliances, two years of free natural gas from Gas South, and a new HVAC unit and smart thermostat, among other energy upgrades. Nominate a Cobb EMC member in need by January 19. Once submissions are received, finalists will be chosen based on which homes can most benefit from the installation of energy efficient measures. To view application details, visit CobbEMC.com/makeover.


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WPD Awards Recipients for 2017 Woodstock Police Department’s (WPD) Command Staff recently recognized department personnel for their outstanding achievements in 2017: Supervisor of the Year – Lt. Paul Gentile Officer of the Year – Cpl. Yvonne Letzin Rookie of the Year – Officer Michael Smart Civilian of the Year – Patti Behrend Volunteer of the Year – Gil Feldman Legacy Award – Roger Garrison Special Recognition Award – Marc Vincent was recognized for his contribution to public safety in Woodstock during his tenure with GEMA/ Homeland Security Tessa Basford Community Service Award – Jeff Moon Tessa Basford Community Service Award – Mary and Art Ogg The Tessa Basford Community Service Award may be awarded to any person who makes significant contributions to the WPD through their time, actions, talents, and dedication to making the City of Woodstock a better place. Lt. Paul Gentile

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate According to new data from the Georgia Department of Education, the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) earned high marks from students, parents, and employees for school climate. CCSD earned an average of four stars on a five-star scale in the annual rating, which measures how a school community views the quality of its school’s culture and character. The highest possible rating is five stars. The rating is calculated based on a survey of students, parents, and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance. Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earned a perfect score of five; all CCSD middle schools earned four stars each; and no CCSD school scored less than three stars. Reports on individual schools’ climate ratings are posted online by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). According to the GaDOE, research has found that schools with positive school climates usually report better test scores and graduation rates, and they create a culture of feeling socially, emotionally, and physically safe. “While much of the focus on how to measure a school’s success is placed on academic achievement and progress, it’s just as important for us to know that students, their families, and our employees feel welcomed, safe, and appreciated,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re committed to improving our schools’ culture and ensuring that every child, parent, employee, volunteer, and partner feels like they’re part of a family that cares about them and their future success.”

Bascomb Elementary School Collects 1,149 Pounds of Food for Charity Patti Behrend

Mary and Art Ogg

Bascomb Elementary School students, staff, and families donated 1,149 pounds of food for its holiday charitable food drive! The donations benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Peer Leaders sorting and packing the donations are Kennedi Morris-Gibbs, Kylee Meadows, Amelia Ludwiczak, Grey Davis, Molly Mohrmann, Taylor Kallbreier, Elizabeth Porter, Alex Tomsey, Bryson Tharpe, Caroline Reach, Addison Bishop, Kate Dallas, Caitlin Croft, Mathew Valente, Ava Tyner and Austin Sandora. Not Pictured: Bailey Wilson.

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Community Woodstock Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award Recently, Mayor Pro Tem Rob Usher and City Council Member Tracy Collins presented Woodstock resident Nancy Wolfe with the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award for her efforts in saving the life of another individual. According to the fire report and other eye witnesses, Nancy Wolfe was enjoying lunch with friends at Semper Fi Bar and Grille when she noticed a female was choking on a hotdog. Prior to public safety personnel arriving, Nancy attempted the Heimlich maneuver on the choking female, and at the direction of 9-1-1 dispatch, she also performed CPR. The female patient was treated by fire personnel on the scene and then transported to a local hospital. The female has since fully recovered from the incident.

Woodstock Police Department Receives Distinguished National Accreditation Recently, the Woodstock Police Department (WPD) received its accreditation from CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). This achievement demonstrates the department’s commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice. This process involved meeting or exceeding 177 standards, the culmination of self-evaluations, and was concluded by a review from independent assessors as well as a review by CALEA’s commissioners. The WPD joins with just 20% of law enforcement agencies its size in the nation in receiving this distinguished honor. Further, the WPD is among the just 5% of law enforcement agencies in the State of Georgia that are both State Certified and nationally accredited law enforcement agencies.

WPD K-9 Unit Recognized for Excellence at Recertification Conference

At the recent 8th Annual South Georgia K-9 Training and Certification Workshop, Woodstock Police Department (WPD) K-9s were recertified in narcotic detection, utility/tracking/trailing, and explosive detection. At the close of the conference, handlers and their K-9s are recognized for excellence in their field of expertise. This year, Officer Jarred Jackson and K-9 Exo competed in the obedience category. In this category, Officer Jackson and K-9 Exo demonstrated their outstanding partnership through command response. And, after competing against approximately seventy teams, Officer Jackson and K-9 Exo received first place. K-9 Exo, K-9 Rex, and K-9 Dugan are trained in tracking and narcotics detection. K-9 Rosa is trained in explosive detection.

(L-R) K-9 Rex and Officer Nik Petit-Alleyne, Officer Jarred Jackson and K-9 Exo, Officer Mathew Dunn and K-9 Rosa, Officer Daniel Butler and K-9 Dugan


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[HealthyLife] It’s a shiny new year, and we made it through the holidays! Some of us might have made it through while gaining new clothes, a new laptop, or perhaps even a new car. But what did our children gain? Unfortunately, many children may have gained unneeded pounds during the holidays due to little or no exercise coupled with additional holiday treat consumption. Ultimately, they may also be gaining serious problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. But January is always the start of healthy changes and new beginnings. Just as adults have always made resolutions in January to lose weight, we are now in a world where this is a true need for our children — every month of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past thirty years. In Georgia, as

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Children Need a

Fresh Start, Too!

By Kelly Marulanda of 2016, the combined overweight and obesity rate for children ages ten through seventeen was 32.2%. What are we going to do about it? •

Get them active, and get them moving for a minimum of sixty minutes every day. Limit electronic device usage (video games, cell phones, TV, etc.), and move them outdoors for soccer, tag, kick ball, or

just a walk around the block. • Provide healthy, nutritious meals. Many parents state that their child will only drink sodas or sweet tea and will only eat macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. But who buys these items? We do! Let’s re-introduce them to fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains foods. Eat out less, and cook at home more. And please don’t forget the water! For more great ideas and healthy recipes, visit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s website, Strong4Life.com.

By changing small habits in your home, you are likely going to make big changes in your child’s life — you might actually be saving it. Children learn by example. Let’s make sure the ones who love them the most are setting the best example!

Kelly Marulanda is the practice manager at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, 2000 Professional Way, #200 Woodstock. 770-517-0250. WoodstockPeds.com



Senator Speaks

Gratitude By Senator Bruce Thompson


s we begin a new year, I can’t help but think about how blessed we are to live in this wonderful country. We enjoy a robust economy with an unemployment rate of nearly 4.5 percent. The stock market continues to set new records, and fuel prices are hovering around $2.39 a gallon. The average family in America owns at least two cars, eats three meals a day, and has a household income of $67,000. I realize that there are exceptions, but many safety nets in our culture exist to help those who truly need assistance. We live in a country that affords virtually any citizen to pursue an opportunity, to serve in public office, regardless of religion, race, gender, or social status.

it difficult to breathe. It’s hard to imagine living in a country where the air quality is so bad that your throat burns much of the time.

Now, let’s contrast that with the rest of the world. Nearly 70% of the world’s population survives on less than $10 a day, and roughly 12% live on less than $2.50 a day. According to Pew Research, as many as thirty countries require their leaders to be of a specific religion.

After arriving at the hotel, we noticed an incredible number of young children living on the streets. The concierge informed me that over thirty million children under the age of five live on their streets, begging for their next meal. On one occasion, a young girl approached our cab and banged on the window, pleading for change to purchase a meal. After we gave her the money, she disappeared quicker than a mouse that located a piece of cheese. When we asked the driver what happens next for this child,

In 2016, my family had the privilege of traveling to India to participate in a friend’s wedding. The experience was life changing. When we landed, we immediately noticed the polluted air made


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Once we boarded the shuttle bus for the four-hour trip to Chandigarh, we quickly realized that traffic in Georgia was not that bad. At least Georgia traffic usually goes the speed limit at 2:00am, but India’s automobiles were packed onto the narrow road with barely six inches separating each vehicle. Nearly every automobile in sight had dents and scrapes from bumping into each other. When I inquired about traffic accidents, I was informed that no one stops for fear they may be mugged.

he responded that one of three things would occur. She would be brutally robbed on her way to her handler, or her handler would be displeased with the amount she collected and would harm her himself, or hopefully, her handler would be pleased and feed her. My daughter was so moved by this child that she commented that she wished we could take her home with us. Our driver calmly responded to my daughter that we could do whatever we wanted with the little girl, and literally no one would miss her. With so many children roaming the streets begging for survival, there is little hope of ever moving up in India’s castestructured society. As challenging as life may seem in America for some, admittedly, life here is nowhere near as difficult as it is in some other countries. We are a blessed nation, and sometimes it takes looking beyond our circumstances to realize it.

Bruce Thompson is a state senator for District 14, which includes Woodstock. 404-656-0065. BruceThompsonGa.com

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What’s the Hottest Skincare Trend? [HealthyLife] Believe it or not,


mirconeedling has become hugely popular among skincare fanatics who are calling it the next big thing in anti-aging. Hundreds of tiny pin pricks going into your skin could be the best thing that ever happened to your face. What is microneedling? Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. The micro-injuries you create stimulate the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing the signs of aging. This allows for more youthful-looking skin, and it can be used on all skin types.

What are some of the benefits of microneedling? • • •

Reduces fine and deep wrinkles Repairs visible acne scarring Reverses sun damage and pigmentation

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Helps tighten loose skin Shrinks pores Allows for your skincare products to work better

Most providers will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure, allowing for a relatively pain-free experience. Total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for 24-48 hours. Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately; however, the natural repair process continues over the course of several weeks. The number of treatments will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual procedure goals and Drs. Petrosky, Harkins and Leake overall health of your skin. Most are board-certified plastic surgeons, and Dr. Depew is a board-eligible patients receive a series of three plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery procedures, which are spaced Center of the South. 770-421-1242. about four weeks apart. PlasticSurgeryCenterOf TheSouth.net



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Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in a time of crisis in their immediate family.

• Providing educational scholarships to children of active duty Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies through a bi-annual competitive application process.

• Assisting the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in securing funding for the latest resources available to enhance the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens of Cherokee County.

• Promoting the high standards

By Sheriff Frank Reynolds


s you may imagine, working in public safety is a tough business. However, it’s not always the work that’s tough; it’s often the sacrifices you might not expect. Missing ballet recitals, little league baseball games, and anniversaries are common practice in our profession. You see, I believe most people who put on the uniform and badge do so because they feel the need to serve their communities. They certainly don’t do it to get rich, well, not in the monetary form. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest employers in Cherokee County with over 430 deputies and civilians. Although the Sheriff’s Office offers competitive salaries and benefit packages to its employees, life can throw some curveballs our direction. What happens when a deputy is injured in the line of duty and sick time and long-term disability run out? What happens when a sick child needs to travel to another state for medical care? Who is there to help when they need help? Fortunately, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is available to lend a supporting hand in times of need. Unlike some other programs that solicit donations for


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law enforcement, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation donations STAY in Cherokee County. That’s right; the donations you have been giving to other organizations do not necessarily help our local law enforcement. Although they may do good in other places, they don’t help our hometown heroes like you may have been led to believe. The Foundation gathers resources to support programs in a partnership with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. This nonprofit organization is a public/ private partnership with the citizens of Cherokee County that provides support not available from government funding to supplement the needs of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. This program includes, but is not limited to, the monetary support of public safety nonprofit organizations. All donations are based on funding available through the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation. All donations must be met with the unanimous approval of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation’s goals include… • Assisting the deputies of the

and quality of service through specialized and unique programs in collaboration with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation for the citizens of Cherokee County. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation needs your support. Please invest in your community by making a donation today. All donations are tax deductible. Please consult your tax accountant for more details. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation WILL NOT call you to solicit funding over the phone. If someone does, it is a scam.

For more information about the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation, please visit CherokeeSheriffsFoundation.org

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation P. O. Box 122 Ball Ground, GA 30107

Frank Reynolds is the sheriff for Cherokee County. 678-493-4100. CherokeeGa-Sheriff.org

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Book Review

Immunity-Boosting Tips


By Jill Rowlands

Using Poetry to Honor and Remember Those We Have Lost


osing someone close to you is one of the hardest things you may ever endure. It can be hard to find comfort and peace when your grief is fresh, even if the death was expected. During his many years ministering to grieving families and friends, Pastor, DR. C.R. Hill, Jr. found a unique way to provide comfort. In addition to being an ordained Methodist minister, Dr. Hill is a talented and accomplished poet. Many years ago, he began writing poems to read at the funeral services he officiated. Each poem is a personal tribute to the person’s life that inspired it, as well as a glimpse of the life that now awaits them in glory. His latest book, To Walk in Heaven’s Light, is a collection of these poems, but that description does not do it justice. It is so much more than that. Dr. Hill’s verse is very comforting in the midst of a family’s sorrow. It gives them solace when they hear it or read it years later. However, you do not have to have a personal connection to these poems to appreciate the message of these verses or to find peace from his words. As you read, you will recognize yourself and your loved ones in many places within these pages, as well as the assurance of life everlasting. This book is appropriate for anyone, whether dealing with grief or simply looking for comfort and guidance on their spiritual journey.

Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawn’s Publishing, 2555 Marietta Highway, #103, Canton. 678-880-1922. YawnsPublishing.com

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[HealthyLife] Cold and flu season is in full swing. Proper diet, lifestyle management, and quality dietary supplementation can support your immune system through the season and beyond.

Diet • Reduce or avoid sugar. Sugar can affect your white blood cells’ ability to fight infection. • Eat your vegetables. Shoot for 8-12 servings of low glycemic fruits and vegetables in as much variety and color as possible. Avoid GMOs and pesticides. • Include onions and garlic. Garlic, especially raw, is antibacterial and antiviral. It also contains antioxidants and selenium. • Eat enough quality protein. Protein supplies amino acids, which are the building blocks for all tissue and must be available for proper bodily repair. Avoid animal proteins that are grain fed or given antibiotics or hormones.

Lifestyle • Manage stress. Stress may possibly be the biggest reason for decreased immunity. Take at least a few minutes throughout your day to simply close your eyes and breathe, pray, or meditate. • Exercise. Moderate exercise helps the lymphatic system to cleanse impurities and boost immunity. Shoot for at least three times per week. Include weight training for muscles and bone health. • Sleep. Try to snooze at least eight hours per night. Make sure the room is completely dark, or cover your eyes for increased melatonin production. Melatonin is produced while you sleep. Not only does melatonin help you sleep, it also benefits your immune system.

Supplementation • Elderberry is clinically supported in reducing the duration of colds and flu. • Echinacea is a time-honored supplement that helps reduce your chance of catching a cold. • Vitamin C is protective, and when it’s taken at high doses (to bowel tolerance), it can also help shorten the duration of illness. • Zinc is also protective against colds and flu. Be careful of high doses of zinc, especially for extended periods. It may need to be balanced with copper. • Probiotics — It’s estimated that eighty percent of your 100 trillion bacteria can be found in your gut. Friendly bacteria not only attack Jill Rowlands is the owner pathogenic bacteria and fungi, they of Nature’s Corner Market, also trigger appropriate white cell 200 Parbrooke Drive, reactions to invaders. Commercial Woodstock. 678-310-2532. NaturesCornerMarket.com yogurt is not enough, look for a quality probiotic supplement. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


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to live lives that honor God and help them love themselves enough to keep sex, sexuality, and relationships in their proper place and time.

… & Family Resource Center The other critical idea is the Center’s desire to answer the question of how to help families choose life. These ministries were developed to provide practical tools for raising these precious gifts from God:

North Georgia Pregnancy... Relationships, sexuality, and the value of life are increasingly confusing topics. Teaching relationship integrity and Biblical truth is considered antiquated and bigoted. Is it any wonder that so many suffer from relationship related problems like high STD and teen pregnancy rates, high abortion rates, high divorce rates, and high child poverty rates? Into this confusion, the North Georgia Pregnancy Center carried a new vision to holistically address this crisis through the power of God’s word and plan for His creation. The answer to the disintegration of the family, child poverty, and yes, even abortion and STDs is found by applying the timeless truth of God’s word to families’ lives. North Georgia Pregnancy Center started with simple testing, abortion alternatives, and counseling in 1991 with the aim to speak into the lives of the confused and broken, and share the hope that no matter their circumstance, Christ’s grace and love

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• would transform their situation. And, importantly, that their volunteers and staff would be His hands, feet, and heart to help them on their way. The Center expanded to several other ministries, which are centered on the mission: restore, equip, and grow families in North Georgia. God blesses the Center with speaking opportunities. One of their most important early intervention programs is called Loving Well. Every February, this unique workshop invites middle and high school students, along with their parents, to learn what God’s word says about human sexuality, relationships, and marriage. The aim is to equip parents and youth

Ministry — This is the first stop for expectant moms. They pick a beautiful diaper bag and fill it with a few items every time they come in. Earn While You Learn & Angel Baby Store — For every lesson completed, moms and dads earn baby bucks. They provide over 400 lessons on everything from pregnancy to life skills. The baby bucks can be spent in the Angel Baby Store. Counseling — Sometimes, parenting and relationships can feel overwhelming. God blessed the Center with wonderful volunteers to be an ear to listen and a voice to speak grace, love, and hope into the lives of those who need it.

If you are pregnant, or think you might be, and you aren’t sure what to do, visit the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center. If you are a young parent, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop by their facility. If you’re a family experiencing trials, the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center is ready to help. Their office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5:00pm, and Saturdays by appointment. The Angel Baby Store is open to the public during the same times during the week, and from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays. Visit BabyOnTheWay.org for directions, news, and more information. 22

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The Celebrity Revolution Continues with a New Ship Designed for the Galapagos Islands By Michael Consoli unique place of global importance for the common heritage of humanity.

Celebrity Cruises unveils [Lifestyle] another stunning revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora is an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration, meticulously designed expressly for the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands. One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora will offer seamless sea-to-shore transportation, and it includes anchorless technology that maintains the ship’s position while protecting the sensitive sea floor. Innovative, outward-facing design gives guests 360-degree views of the islands, while personal suite attendants, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, and expert-led ecological seminars will round out the modern luxury vacation experience.

Designed with the Destination in Mind The natural beauty of the islands, the diversity and uniqueness of the species that it harbors earned this archipelago the reputation of being a living laboratory of evolutionary processes still in progress. The region made room for the development of many flora and fauna that do not exist anywhere else in the world, making the Galapagos a very

Featuring Celebrity’s signature outwardfacing design, Celebrity Flora virtually erases boundaries and brings this remote destination closer to guests. Educational, research-based programming gives travelers an opportunity to continue learning about the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. The marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three zodiacs at once, reducing transport time to and from land and allowing more time for guests to explore the practically untouched islands. While onboard, guests will unwind in the Sunset Lounge; find solace in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas; and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings in the floor-to-ceiling, glass-wrapped Observatory. Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide a bounty of information on the destination, wildlife, and environmental efforts, while the Discovery Lounge will be home to Naturalist presentations and excursion information. Guests can participate in a guided astronomy tour or enjoy starlit skies on their own from the stargazing platform.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views, and dinner under the stars, or guests can choose from an indulgent in-room dining experience.

Sophisticated Accommodations, Attentive Service Celebrity Flora transports travelers in allsuite accommodations, featuring oversized bathrooms perfect for post-adventure refreshing. These modern retreats bring the outside in through Celebrity’s signature outward-facing layouts and heralded infinite verandas, and come complete with sustainable, natural, regionally inspired materials. Personal suite attendants cater to guests’ every need. Celebrity Flora’s two penthouse suites are the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customizable lighting and shades, and a telescope for stargazing or sea lion peeping. Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra yearround, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019. L

Michael Consoli is a professional travel and cruise specialist and owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667. PlanMyCruise.com

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What Howard’s Offers “We are proud to be a small, local business,” said Melissa Vallimont who handles day-to-day operations at the shop. “We focus on quality work and service, and value our personal connections with our customers.”

Services include the following: n Auto body collision repair n Truck body repair n Paint color matching n Dent and scratch repairs n Glass chip repair and replacement n Full restoration of antique and classic cars n Towing n Free estimates while you wait n Rental car referrals


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The Place to Go for Body Work Motor vehicle accident? Fading paint? Restoration of a classic? Whatever your car needs, Howard’s Auto Body specializes in bringing it back to its prior glory. Quality body work is something Howard Vallimont has been doing for fortysome years, starting when he was a teenager. In 1996, he set up shop on Marietta Highway in Canton. Since then, the business has grown to include five body shop technicians and a body shop manager. All are I-CAR and ASI-certified craftsmen, and many have been with the shop for more than ten years.

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Collision Repairs “From the moment customers walk in, they can relax, knowing that we will handle all the details related to insurance. We keep in touch with the insurance company and make sure everything is taken care of,” said Melissa. In the case of a motor vehicle accident, Howard’s warranty is as good – or better – than any warranty offered by an insurance company. Building Relationships “We believe in friendly service and building lifelong relationships. We have many repeat customers who come to us if they have another Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

What to Do After a Car Accident

accident or if a family member needs body work,” said Melissa. “When a car leaves our shop, we thoroughly inspect the vehicle to make sure it meets our high standards. We want our customers to leave happy and satisfied with the repairs.”


How long will it take to repair my car? In most cases, repairs usually take about a week to complete. In instances where a vehicle has extensive damage or delayed part delivery, repairs may take a little longer. Do you color match for partial repaints? Yes. Before painting a car, Howard’s painters match the new paint to the vehicle’s color by mixing it with the factory paint code. The painter then applies an EPA-certified primer/sealer which produces a uniform surface for best paint adhesion on all paint jobs. The shop uses only PPG-certified paint. I don’t have a garage. How do I take care of my new paint job? After painting is completed, it’s best to keep your car out of the sun as much as possible. Parking it in a garage or under a car cover would be best. If that isn’t possible, you should keep the car clean and waxed, which protects the paint and provides extra shine and luster. Are you a preferred shop for my insurance company? Maybe. However, even if Howard’s Auto Body is not on your insurance company’s preferred list, customers have the opportunity to choose the shop in which they would like to have their vehicle repaired. What does your warranty cover? As long as you own your vehicle, Howard’s guarantees the craftsmanship and paint. This excludes defects due to negligence, accidents, or maintenance of the vehicle.

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1. Stay calm. Stop your car, and move it to a safe location (if possible). 2. Call 911. 3. Check on the other driver/ passengers, and exchange insurance information. If there are witnesses, ask for their names and phone numbers. 4. Cooperate with police while they document the accident scene. Allow medical personnel to assess you for injuries. If you are injured, seek medical attention. 5. Call your insurance company. If you have a personal insurance agent, call him first. An agent can advise you prior to making a claim. Sometimes, it’s better to go through insurance; other times, it may be better to pay out of pocket. 6. If your vehicle needs to be towed, request that it be taken to the repair shop of your choice. 7. Take your vehicle to an auto body repair shop for an estimate. You can use a shop your insurance recommends, or choose your own. 8. Repair your vehicle right away. Unseen internal damage may cause future problems with your vehicle.

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[HealthyLife] This year, make a resolution you can really smile about. Make 2018 the year of your teeth. Perhaps this is a unique resolution most of us would never consider. Will it make you feel better? You bet! There’s no better resolution than one that will do wonders for your overall health, and give your self-confidence a serious boost as well. Maintaining good oral health is an integral piece of the complete good health puzzle. Just like any other body part, your teeth need regular care. A good dentist will make sure your resolution to improve your oral health is an experience that is both rewarding and comfortable. Having a healthy, well-maintained smile creates hundreds of opportunities that, unfortunately, are not always equally available to those with poor oral health. Missing teeth and halitosis (bad breath) adversely affect positive self-esteem and optimal psychological development. Most oral disease and dysfunction are chronic conditions typically driven by social, cultural, or economic factors.

Here are six simple steps to keep your resolution on track:

Happy, Healthy Teeth! By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D.

Dr. Steven Anderson is owner/dentist with Anderson Dental of Woodstock and East Cobb. 650 Claremore Professional Way, Ste. 200, Woodstock. 770-384-8505. DrStevenAnderson.com


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1. Decide you want to improve your oral health, and make a personal commitment. 2. Spend at least two minutes, two times a day, gently brushing and flossing your teeth. 3. Reevaluate your diet, and reduce any “real” sugars (sweet tea, soft drinks or candies) to a minimum. 4. Choose a dentist who meets your expectations. 5. Schedule your dental visit in January, or no later than February. 6. Follow through with your personalized dental journey. Your dental care should be focused on your specific needs and desires. It should be personalized care that exceeds your expectations. Make time to talk with your dentist about your New Years resolution, and collectively come up with a plan to ensure you are successful in achieving your resolution. Get ready to enjoy your new, happy, healthy mouth in 2018. After all, you deserve the best, and great dentistry is all about you.

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(Serves 4)

Ingredients 4, 7 oz. skinless snapper fillets 1 cup milk 1 cup cornmeal 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼” canola oil for sautéing

- Combine the cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper. - Dip the fish in milk, and dredge it in the cornmeal mixture; gently shake off any extra breading. - Heat a large skillet over high heat. When the skillet is hot, carefully add ¼ inch of canola oil. - When the oil gets hot, add the fish to the pan. Do not shake the skillet or try to move the fish for at least one minute. - Reduce the heat, and cook until the first side sets, and the fillets reach a golden-brown color. - Flip the fish over, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (about 3-5 more minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets). - Move the fillets to a paper-towellined plate or cookie sheet to allow excess oil to drain. - Serve with mixed sautéed vegetables, green beans, grits, or other sides of your choice.

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. Hillary.Gallagher@ ChattahoocheeTech.edu. 770-509-6350. ChattahoocheeTech.edu


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Is Your Family

Overscheduled? By Lisa-Marie Haygood

[AcademicLife] Family schedules can become very hectic. Life, as most of us know, is a difficult balancing act, but there are a few tricks to managing school and family calendars that every parent can use to lighten stress in the new year: 1. Run your family like a small company or board of directors, with parents serving as the “executive committee.” For a company to operate successfully, it’s important that everyone understands the goals of the organization as well as its purpose and values. What are your family’s goals and priorities? It could be homework, religious activities, exercise, a performance, or spending time with

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pets. You should come to terms with the fact that you can’t do EVERYTHING. Whatever your priorities are, write them down. Simply writing things down will help you prioritize decisions about your precious time and energy. 2. Ask your children how they feel about their activities. Many children are playing multiple sports while pursuing dance, music, clubs, etc. It is beneficial to expose children to many different activities, but it is important not to overschedule them. Doing tons of activities just for the sake of being busy doesn’t help anyone. As their passions and interests develop and change, don’t force kids to continue with

activities they don’t readily enjoy doing. 3. Carve out opportunities for special family time, but don’t put unrealistic expectations on that time. Your stress can often be felt by other family members. So, parents must be mindful of their behavior, as it sets the tone for your time with your children. Commit to a time that is off limits to all activities. It could be a weekly breakfast or dinner, but it should be something on which everyone can agree and commit to honor. This can give you a chance to catch up in this fast-paced world, while also allowing you to spend quality time decompressing as a family.



WellStar’s Genetics Program Celebrates 10 Years of Cancer Risk Assessment

WellStar’s genetic risk program director Kim King-Spohn (left) worked with Sherry Reid (right) to help two generations of her family uncover their genetic risk and treatment options for breast and ovarian cancer.

Genetics and Individualized Medicine program recently celebrated ten years. The Center continues to be the highest volume cancer genetics program in Georgia, with a 48 percent increase in 2016. The program initially launched out of WellStar Kennestone Hospital. In the past two years, it has expanded to serve patients at seven locations in WellStar’s communities.

to increase the risk of various cancers, cardiac conditions, and other genetic disorders. Counselors then recommend a specific plan based on the results, which could include increased screenings, lifestyle modifications and prophylactic medication/procedures. Each patient’s individualized plan, presented on an innovative video display, provides the best chance for prevention and early detection.

The Center for Genetics and Individualized Medicine includes custom-designed consultation rooms and an in-house lab draw station. After determining whether genetic testing is appropriate, WellStar genetic counselors test for specific hereditary conditions known

Clinical trials are now available through WellStar partners for many patients with metastatic breast and prostate cancer who carry a BRCA gene mutation. Patients who may qualify for these trials are offered genetic testing to ensure access to these options when available.

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The Center also offers the following: • Hereditary Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment • Adult Genetic Clinic • Preventive Genetics Testing • Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Risk Assessment • Pediatric Genetic Risk Assessment Genetic counseling is offered at seven WellStar locations: Kennestone, Cobb, Douglas, West Georgia, Spalding, North Fulton and Paulding hospitals. A referral is not required to make an appointment. Contact 470-793-7472 or Genetics@ wellstar.org to learn more.

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Beat the Winter Blues with Seed Catalogs By Joshua Fuder [HomeLife] The short, cold days of winter leave much to be desired for gardeners, but a successful summer garden begins with the arrival of winter seed catalogs. From stories and recipes to exquisite photos, seed catalogs offer growing advice, new and old plant introductions, and delightful inspiration for the housebound gardener. Seed catalogs also offer an opportunity to grow new or different plants that you may not be able to find as seedlings at your local garden center. The information in catalogs can be a bit overwhelming to the novice gardener, so it’s important to know how to interpret some of the technical information and abbreviations. Hybrid seed, often abbreviated as F1, is a

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result of pollination of one genetically uniform variety with pollen from another specific genetically uniform variety. Hybrid seeds are produced by hand in a very controlled manner, which results in more expensive seed. The result is to produce more desirable characteristics like disease or drought resistance, uniformity, and outstanding fruit or flower production. The only downside to hybrid seed is that plants grown from them will not produce reliably similar seeds to the parent plant. Open pollinated (OP) seed, sometimes referred as heirloom (H) or standard (S) seed, has more stable characteristics from

one generation to the next. Because OP plants were often chosen for one or two characteristics and adapted to different regions of the country, individual plants may vary greatly in size, shape, and other traits. If you plan to grow more than one variety of OP plant, you may have to separate plants by a certain distance or utilize varying planting times, so flowers are not present at the same time. This will ensure that you collect seed that is true to type. Shopping for seeds is a great way to get you through the dreary winter months, but it can be a bit like going grocery shopping when you’re hungry, so don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee



By Laura Mikszan

It’s a new year, and many individuals are searching for the “Emerald City” of health and wellness. People wake up after the tumultuous twister of the holidays, and they realize they are “not in Kansas anymore.” The pounds have packed on, and they need a path to follow — much like the

“yellow brick road.”


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Like Dorothy, many begin the path alone, staring across a strange land of fitness and nutrition, unsure of how long the road will stretch out before them. For many people, starting on a journey toward health and wellness can be an intimidating process, as there is a plethora of information on the internet and social media. Let’s take a closer look at Dorothy’s journey and the guidance she received from friends and mentors along the way. Glenda the Good Witch appeared during adversity and provided positive support. When working toward goals, an experienced coach can guide you and get you to your goal faster, and a group of like-minded individuals will keep you motivated and committed along the way. Just like the Scarecrow realized, your brain is important to achieving your goals, or more specifically, having the proper mindset and level of confidence is pertinent.

The Tin Man knew that having the heart, passion, and purpose to be healthy was essential. Last but not least, the Cowardly Lion understood that having courage is key to being successful. Your willingness to stay on the path and make any necessary lifestyle changes to reach your goal will definitely take courage. There will be flying monkeys aggravating you with temptations, and wicked witches will try to stop you in your tracks. People around you will stop searching for the Emerald City and try to drag you down with them. You must maintain the positive mindset, heart, and courage you started your journey with, and continue down the yellow brick road. Try not to start and stop; stay on the steady path. The real story here is about what each of us already possesses inside ourselves

— and that is the power to change our behavior and become who and what we want to be. Most of us just need a little nudge and accountability. As Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion set off down the yellow brick road, they were each in search of something — something, it turns out, that they already possessed. The Wizard of Oz knew they already had everything they needed; he just had to show them how to believe it. While maintaining healthy habits is not as easy as clicking your heels together, a few adjustments to nutrition and your exercise regimen coupled with confidence and a strong belief in yourself are all steps in the right direction on the yellow brick road to a healthier you! “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you’ve had it all along,” — Glenda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz.

The Power for Transformation — It’s All in a N.A.M.E. Just like Glenda the Good Witch stated, the power is within you to make a transformation. You don’t need a wizard. Click your heels, and refer to the acronym N.A.M.E to keep you on your path. N – Nutrition is most important. You cannot out train poor nutrition, or in other words, “you cannot outrun your fork.” Rather than omitting entire food groups, balance and moderation are key. Replace thorough restriction with thoughtful reduction. Aim to reduce portion sizes, and eat more frequently. Follow the 30/10 rule: no more than 30 grams of carbs and at least 10 grams of protein at each meal and snack. A - Attitude — A “can-do attitude” is a must! Alleviate negative self talk.

Surround yourself with positive people who will hold you accountable and support you along your path to a new you. Naysayers may try to derail your progress, especially if they have stepped off the yellow brick road. Stay focused and positive. M – Mindset goes hand in hand with a positive attitude. Have complete belief in yourself. Refer to Glenda, and remember, “You’ve always had the power,” and you CAN do this! E – Exercise — Starting a new fitness program or getting back into a routine can be overwhelming. Begin cautiously, and progress slowly. Create a balance by combining some form of aerobic exercise with strength training. Building lean muscle will fire up your metabolism and burn more calories at rest. Stay off

the scale when starting a new routine. Instead, monitor your weight loss in inches and body composition measurements. It is best to work with a fitness professional to assist in designing your program. Last but not least, allow time for recovery. Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — only to give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Build additional activity into your daily routine. Schedule exercise into your calendar as you would any appointment.

Good luck, and enjoy your yellow brick road to a new transformation!

Laura Mikszan is the owner of Fitfully Forward, LLC. She is a Certified Group and Personal Fitness Instructor with a Precision Sports/ Exercise Nutrition Certification as well as a Lifestyle Transformation Certification, SCW. 770-617-6895.

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solution could be an easy fix at bedtime. Simply change your child’s pillowcase from cotton to silk or satin. Cotton’s coarse texture allows hair to break, tangle, mat and frizz. Silk (or satin) pillowcases, on the other hand, are made of perfectly smooth fibers, which reduces friction and the chance for tangles. This means that sleeping on a silk pillowcase will cause no mechanical irritation to your hair. This even helps reduce hair damage such as split ends.

constantly struggling with those troublesome tangles in your child’s hair? Dealing with knotted hair and a crying child is the last problem you need when you’re rushing to get out the door for school in the morning or to get to that all-important dance recital.

Also before bed, remove any hair braids, and comb your child’s hair out thoroughly. Re-braiding hair before bed can also work to eliminate friction between your child’s hair and the pillowcase, meaning no morning struggles

How ‘Knot’ to Damage Tangled Hair By Jyl Craven

Nobody wants to battle tangles day in and day out, so here are a few tips that may help you and/or your child when challenged with a knotty dilemma.

1. At Night If you constantly struggle with knots, one

with the hairbrush.

2. While Showering Shampoo commercials have been getting it all wrong. Those commercials where models happily stack or pile their hair on their heads during shampooing have probably actually contributed to a lot of

tangling throughout the decades. Never stack your hair during shampooing. Also, turn the water to cool while rinsing. This causes the cuticle hair to lay fat on your head, creating smoother hair with less chance of tangling. Condition every time you wash, and be sure to thoroughly rinse all shampoo and conditioner out of your hair.

3. After Showering Use a hair-detangling spray while combing out hair after the shower. In a nutshell, hair detanglers coat hair with oil that causes the hair’s surface to tighten and smooth out. Hair detanglers further give hair a positive electrical charge — which actually lessens the static that causes frizz and worsens tangles.

4. Combing & Brushing Unleashing a brush on wet, tangled hair is the worst thing you can do; in fact, it can damage and break your child’s smooth, delicate locks. Never brush wet hair. Instead of brushing, comb through wet hair section by section. Always start at the bottom of a section, working your way up before moving on to the next section. Use only a wide-toothed comb when dealing with knotted hair. If your child still has a problem with tangles, consider trying a product called the “Wet Brush.” These rounded, flat brushes have been especially created to solve the tangle problem in children’s and adults’ hair. While these tips are geared towards children, adults who experience knotting and tangling can also benefit from them. L

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770-345-9411. JylCraven.com


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ranquility Counseling Services moved to Woodstock in March 2016. Since that time, its staff has expanded, allowing them to meet most any need. Tranquility’s team includes four therapists and one highly experienced intern, all who are under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Barnes, LPC. Tranquility accepts most insurance and also offers private pay plans.

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Tranquility originally opened its doors in September of 2014. Dr. Barnes’ vision was to provide therapeutic services to individuals, families, and couples. In order to give back to the community, Dr. Barnes also desired to offer community outreach services. As fate would have it, Tranquility was successful, but something was missing. As a resident of Woodstock, Dr. Barnes felt that her services were best offered in her own home town. So, she seized an opportunity to relocate Tranquility to the Woodstock area. Dr. Barnes has ten years of experience working in mental health and in the private sector, offering therapeutic counseling services to those in dire need as well as to those who simply need to regain life balance. She is a State of Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Doctorate in Philosophy and Counseling Studies in 2014.

There are many things that make Tranquility unique in the field of counseling services. Dr. Barnes holds her staff to a higher standard regarding understanding current research and treatment approaches. Tranquility believes that specific life goals should be focused upon, where traditional talk therapy tends to be just a reflection session. Dr. Barnes has also developed the “Individualized Balance Approach,” (IBA) which is designed to assist clients reach goals from a “whole person” perspective rather than focusing on parts of the person or the person’s life. Instead of primarily focusing on the past, IBA focuses more on present day. Tranquility Counseling Services is located at 8744 Main Street, #303 in Woodstock. For more information, call 770-278-9459, or visit TranquilityCounselingServ.com.



ArtistProfile BY TINA MORRIS


s a little girl, Debbie Tidwell took boat rides on Little River past Woodstock, but never imagined that her future would take shape there. Today, she resides and works in Woodstock, GA, making her living as an artist and art teacher. From a young age, Debbie enjoyed drawing and doodling. She went to UGA for graphic design. After working in the graphic design industry for several years, in 1996, a friend convinced her to take an oil painting class. Though she wasn’t originally interested, Debbie walked away with a newfound love of oil painting. Debbie enjoys painting decorative arts and detailed portraits. Her paintings possess beautiful clarity and detail. Her portfolio includes works such as Boys of Summer, a life-size portrait of her son, abstract pieces, and her newest project, which she describes as funky pet portraits. In her pet portraits, the details are accurate, but the subtle blues and purples she includes bring a

uniqueness to the project. For many years, Debbie worked as an artist selling her pieces. However, raising three children on her own required additional income. Debbie began teaching art classes to just four students in the storage room of her friend Kathy Pescue’s frame shop. Now, Debbie teaches at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. She currently instructs over thirty students, but she has educated hundreds over the years. Adults comprise most of her classes, however, she has mentored several Etowah and Woodstock High School students who are working on their senior projects. Recently, Debbie participated in a local condo crawl, where community members displayed personal art collections for one another. Debbie displays over one-hundred pieces of art

by over fifty artists, mostly local, in her condo. Debbie’s advice to artists? Connect with your local area. Get involved, and get to know people. Take pride in your hometown. She states that a connection with one’s community is special and a must for an artist. It helps an artist to feel like she’s a part of something bigger. Debbie is proud to be a part of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. She feels that it is an asset to the community. Debbie is available for commissions and art classes.

For more information, visit ElmStreetArts.org/dtidwellart/ or DTidwellArt on Facebook.

Tina Morris is a student in the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770-720-5582. Reinhardt.edu/Graduate/MFA-CW/


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Let’s Get Things Straight — Clear Aligners May Be an Option for You By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] Most people are familiar with the use of clear aligners to straighten teeth instead of braces. Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® are well known providers of the technology. Over the years, the number of orthodontic patients whose cases can be treated using the technology has continued to grow. Prior to 2000, if a patient required orthodontic treatment, metal brackets were the only option. Metal brackets work perfectly fine to straighten teeth. However, the brackets require a few lifestyle adjustments. Since they are made of metal, they are inherently uncomfortable in your mouth. Most orthodontic patients develop a tolerance to the discomfort during

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treatment, but there is always a chance of a bracket or wire poking into the mouth tissue. Since the metal brackets are glued on to the teeth and attached to wires, this type of orthodontic treatment is not removable. Imagine how difficult it can be to remove food particles from the brackets and wires. Because of this, it is imperative to improve and maintain oral hygiene while wearing metal braces. Lastly, most patients do not like the overall change to their appearance while wearing metal braces. This is especially true for teen and adult orthodontic patients. The use of clear aligners eliminates all of these disadvantages. The aligners are much

more comfortable than metal braces; they are removable, which means the patient can continue with their normal oral hygiene; and they are invisible, so they do not change the patient’s overall appearance. Initially, clear aligners were only recommended for simple orthodontic cases. For more complex cases, brackets were still the only option. However, the clear aligner industry has made further developments over time, allowing for the use of clear aligners in a wide range of orthodontic cases. As with traditional metal braces, many insurances contribute towards the cost of clear aligners. Isn’t it great to have options in life? Ask your dentist if clear aligners might be an option for you or someone in your family.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Alpharetta/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. 678-352-1090. KidsHappyTeeth.com



Quotables “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” -William Shakespeare “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” -Christine Caine

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” -Mark Twain “Never let someone with the significance of a speed bump become a roadblock in your life.” –Mandy Hale “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” -Oprah Winfrey

“It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” -Robert T. Kiyosaki “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” -Unknown

Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” -Anne Wilson Schaef

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” -Leymah Gbowee

“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” -Walter Payton


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[InGoodFaith] Most people consider the new year a chance to refocus and become resolute toward a new set of personal goals. Perhaps this includes weight loss or physical fitness. Maybe your resolutions involve spending more quality time with family or becoming more financially sound. Some people like to add something to their routine like reading the Bible more, or perhaps they want to reduce something such as drinking less caffeine. Maybe you’re the person who stands resolute in not adding any new resolutions due to some arbitrary calendar date. Regardless of your New Year decisions, you’re moving forward in life — in time. Last year, last month, last week, yesterday, the previous sentence — all are now in the past. You were not made to live in the “then” or the “to come.” You were created “to be,” to exist fully in the now. Each moment is an opportunity — not to get something new done, not to make an expectant choice, not to just survive — but to experience and invest in the

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present. You are alive, in the now, defined only by what God calls you — A New Creation! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone; the new is here,” (2 Cor 5:17).

The New is Here By Pastor William Thrasher

You can be a new creation: made to be loved, made to be righteous, made to be free, made to be holy, made to be alive! Jesus always takes what seems distant and out of reach, and He draws it back, straight into the here and now. Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst,” (Luke 17:21-22). So, in this new moment, right now, believe. Be fully aware that you are invited and included in the infinite love that is God, revealed fully in the man of Christ. He makes everything new. Be new.

William Thrasher is the author of The Jesus Purpose and is college pastor at His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. 770-405-2500. HisHandsChurch.com



By Maria Harrison, LMT


he use of essential oils is rising dramatically, as more people discover alternative health treatments and age-old remedies for feeling better. With all the buzz out there, you may have questions about using essential oils. What are they? Are they new? How do I use them? Is there a difference in quality? Are there any dangers? There are so many details and historical uses; let’s take a closer look. So, what exactly are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts taken from the leaves, seeds, roots, rind, or blossoms of plants. Each oil contains its own complex mix of beneficial compounds that make it useful for a specific purpose. Some oils are used to promote physical healing such as to treat swelling, fungal infections or pain. Others are used for their emotional value such as calming anxiety. 44

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Essential oils have been around forever, well, almost. Archaeological findings tell us that humans have been using essential oils for 5000 years or longer. Their use as healing remedies is well documented in Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, and many other places. Once called “aromatic oils,” the term “aromatherapy” was coined by French Chemist René Maurice Gattefosse in 1937. One of the more colorful stories from history is the origin of thieves oil. There are a few variations, but here is the common summary: During an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in 15th Century England, it’s been told that four thieves roamed the countryside looting and plundering the homes, and even the bodies, of the dying or dead. When they were finally caught, the magistrate offered them a reduced

sentence for their crimes if they would share the secret of how they protected themselves from contracting this fatal disease. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge gained from their travels and the powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways. The specific herbal blend they created was highly effective and is often referred to as “thieves oil.” Thieves blend is one of the most popular blends today. Many people insist this is the best way to fight off a cold, flu or any other type of infection. Clinical studies on one brand in particular have confirmed its effectiveness in some cases. You can find it in a premixed oil blend from various companies along with toothpaste, cleaning solutions, hand soap and more. You can also easily make your own oil blend (see the recipe at the end of this article).

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Using essential oils aromatically is to simply smell them, the most common device for this is called a


Using essential oils topically is generally considered safe, although many need to be diluted — especially for children and animals. Some oils are considered “hot” and should never be used undiluted, as they may “burn” or irritate the skin; oregano is one such oil. Diluting with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil, is the best way to use most oils. The bottoms of feet are a great location to apply oils. Ingesting oils is complicated and should be addressed by a certified aromatherapist. Not all oils are created equally. The sourcing, distillation, or extraction process can vary greatly. Some manufacturers do not recommend ingesting their oils due to purity, while others promote it. Even for topical use, the quality can vary significantly. Many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” Unfortunately, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils and may actually cause serious problems. With oils, you often get what you pay for. You should always consult a certified aromatherapist on the best and safest use of oils, and seek the advice of a healthcare professional for specific health concerns.

They emit a fine mist into the air with just a few drops of essential oil and a little water being all that is needed for most devices. Researchers are not entirely clear how aromatherapy works. Some experts believe the “smell” receptors in your nose communicate

Basic Thieves Oil Recipe

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40 drops Clove bud EO (Essential Oil)

serve as storehouses for emotions and memories, the parts of your brain that influence physical, emotional, and mental health. This is the mind/body connection that is activated when you smell something that causes you to suddenly remember a place, time, or experience. Scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity

35 drops Lemon or Orange EO 20 drops Cinnamon EO 15 drops Eucalyptus EO 10 drops Rosemary EO

of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work. Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes. Maria Harrison, LMT is the owner of Timeless Remedies, 150 Prominence Pointe Parkway, Suite 300, Canton. 770-224-6993. TimelessRemedies.net

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