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Cobb Life

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 404 - Gold 64 Advance Health 76 Alliance Theatre 69 Aqua Guard 79 ARCA INC 78 Atlanta Ballet 81 Atlanta Communities 74 Atlanta Fine Homes - Jim Glover 56 Atlanta Kubota 52 Atlanta Lyric Theatre 62 Bernard's Bakery 26 Blackwell's Jewelers 54 Carpet Dry Tech 62 Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 3 City of Smyrna 66 City of Smyrna - Facilities 74 Classic Monograms 37 Cobb Hardware 80 Cochran Shutters 11 Compassionate Care Ministries 57 Cumberland Diamond Exchange 45 Debbie Redford - All Around Atlanta Realty 10 Decorating Den 29 Dermatology Consultants 13 Diamonds R Forever 37 Emory Adventist 61 Expert Carmedics 76 Fleming Carpet 38 Fresh N Fit 57 Gaines Park Assisted Living Home 10 Georgia Memorial Park 72 Gobble Jog 9 & 77 Goldon Rugs 58 H & H HVAC 6 Harry Norman 60 Henry's Louisiana Grill 22 Heritage of Brookstone 37 Heywood's Provisions 73 HONG KONG STAR 47 Hutcheson Horticulture 58 Inga's Spa 53 Johnson Ferry Baptist 63

K. Mike Whittle Designs 37 Kids R Kids 27 KSU Continuing ED 49 Life Grocery 59 Marietta City Schools 33 Marietta Hearing 4 Marietta Imaging 32 Marietta Pilgrimage 67 Marietta Podiatry 18 Marlowe's Tavern 23 Mayes Ward - Dobbins Funeral Home 83 New Times Culture 65 Northside Hospital 5 Northside Sleep Center 19 Okinawa 26 Old Mountain Christmas Trees 55 Parc @ Piedmont 59 Pinnacle Orthopaedics 39 Plastic Surgery Center of the South 71 Private Gallery 11 R & D Mechanical 73 Resurgens 75 Robins Realty 14 Roeber Custom Designs 51 Roswell Street Baptist 70 Sawyer Bailey Salon 56 Sterling Senior Living 12 Sue Hilton 77 Sundial Plumbing 44 Superior Plumbing 2 & 60 The Bottoms Group 7 The Framery 57 The Georgia Ballet 18 The Historic Branding Project 14 The Wild Wing Café 22 hree 13 Salon 36 Vinings Dental 55 Wellstar 84 West Cobb Funeral Home 15 White Rabbit 68 Winnwood Retirement 46 Woodstock Antiques 64 Ye Olde Christmas 53



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20 SPICE Residents share their secrets to smoking a turkey

16 BEHIND THE SCENES Our annual feature from the best and the most interesting days of 2012

28 HOME Making the house a bit cozier

40 TEN YEARS AND RUNNING Your guide to this year’s annual Gobble Job

30 STYLE Meet fashion guru Laura C Styles 34 EYE ON BUSINESS Kennesaw continues to climb

42 SULTAN OF STRING Get in tune with Zac Brown Band fiddlist Jimmy De Martini 48 SHOPPING SHIFT? Starbucks rolls out new ways to spend at its stores 50 GIFT GUIDE Our annual gift guide

in every issue FROM THE DIRECTOR 08 FEEDBACK 9 NEWS & NOTEWORTHY 10 HIGHLIGHTS 64 SCENE 67 REFLECTIONS 82 Cover photo courtesy of Cole Cassel/Southern Reel

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20 Things I’d like to say before I die So Forbes put out a list of “40 things to say before you die.” It was a twist on the traditional bucket list idea, but with some interesting and, occasionally obvious, insights into how our words define our existence. Suggestions and tips had a bit of a “Tuesdays with Morrie” type to feel - and I mean that with no disrespect - and were put forth so we could all define our lives in better terms. Suggestions were along the line of “Today was good,” or “I can do better” or “This is wrong.” Each phrase had a self-helpish explanatory sentence with it, demonstrating how saying these words will benefit your life. Of course, I was inspired and developed a much less intellectual, yet just as important list of my own. While these are not exactly things you should say before you die, I define my list as “20 things I’d like to say before I die.” And while this is my list, I do believe some of these sentiments to be universal. If you have any phrases of your own, please email me at mmaguire@ and I’ll publish them in our next issue. In the meantime, here you go: 1. This is a hard choice son, but life is about choices. Oxford has the better reputation, but Harvard is closer to home. Either way you’re getting a full scholarship, so I support you in whatever decision you make. 2. Strange, even after winning three national titles in five years, watching UGA play football never gets old.

10.Film option rights? For my life story? How many millions did you say? 11. I am truly flattered Ms. Klum, but I am a married man. 12. I don’t need a nap. 13. Did you see this latest study? It says that scientists have proven that biscuits and gravy are good for your heart, brain, joints, lower cholesterol and help stave off all forms of cancer. 14. Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I am thrilled the college football season now runs from August to February. 15. There’s more beer left? I thought we were out. 16.It took a long time, but I, too, am happy that our country is finally energy independent. 17. We didn’t expect our son to make the jump to the NBA after one year of college either, but he can always go back and finish his degree. In the meantime, I’m enjoying early retirement.

3. I cannot believe all the money that was donated this year to help the poor, the needy and the disabled!

18. It is great to see the turn that society has made and evolved into a much more civil and respectful place.

4. What shall we drive tonight, dear? The Aston Martin or the Stingray? The Rolls is in the shop again.

19. I sure do love this new ban on cellphones in restaurants. What a great idea.

5. What a great sermon! That makes two weeks in a row!

20. I have seen more miracles happen in this life than I ever anticipated, expected or dreamed.

6. So, this is how earth looks from space. 7. A model? Me? I never really thought about it, but, go ahead, I’m listening.

Happy Thanksgiving,

8. I never thought I would get to play a $25,000 guitar. 9. There is absolutely nothing left to be fixed or to be cleaned in the house.

Mark Wallace Maguire

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[letters] Loved the column on ‘Enjoying the Weather’ Dear Cobb Life: What a surprise and delight to read [Mark Wallace Maguire’s column] “Re-discovering the joy of weather” just now! It is a keeper. Having grown up some in the country outside of Hephzibah, Ga. and then having lived in and traveled to many different areas of the world as an Army brat, I share your thoughts and feelings regarding the weather and the full enjoyment of any kind of weather, given it brings no harm. I am the odd one who can be cheery on the strangest of weather days and the chatty one who cannot stop talking about what a phenomenal day it is on the prettiest days of every season. Wow … had no idea someone shared this passion as deeply as your words describe. Thanks for the mental vacation I took in recalling days of weather in my life just as you described in yours. By the way, it just started to pour down rain – love the bath our world gets with this! Heidi Isom Marietta

[facebook] name is Paige McCoy. I am interested in a magazine that was published that had my grandfather in it. It was an article about the war I am not sure the month I believe it was in late 2011 or maybe even 2010. His name is Jim Meyers from Marietta, Ga. If you could please give me some info on how to get that article would be great.

W e found the article and the photos for Paige. If you are ever searching for back issues, photos or anything else Cobb Life- related, you can visit our website at www.cobblifemagazine. com or email us at cobblifemagazine@ Jim Meyers in our 2009 Dec. issue We love hearing from our readers! And, like Paige, you can follow us on facebook and twitter.

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In our October issue writer Kevin Hazzard was not credited with writing the article on Cigar Box Guitar artisan Mike Snowden. We regret the error.

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news & noteworthy

[food and dining]

Blast from the Borough ‘Brooklynized’ water is bagel’s secret ingredient A bagel-making operation that cares so much about authenticity that it creates its own specialized ingredient has opened a location just outside of Vinings at 2955 Cobb Parkway. Working on the premise that it’s the water that gives a bagel its unique flavor and texture, The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. developed a proprietary water treatment system that recreates the taste and flavor profiles of real Brooklyn water from any source tap water, anywhere in the world. The restaurant’s coffee is also brewed with this distinctive water. Additionally, The Original Brooklyn Water Bottling Co. supplies all of its restaurants with cases of bottled Brooklynized water available for purchase. The bagels, which are mixed with the trademarked water and boiled in it before baking, are the foundation of the menu, which includes bagel sandwiches like bacon, egg and cheese or a New York-style Reuben with corned beef. Customers will also be able to get pizza melts or Scooper sandwich melts. The first Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. opened in Florida in 2009. In 2012, there are 11 operating units and seven under construction. For more information, go to November 2012 Cobb Life


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[arts and culture] Life of a House recounted in Smyrna man’s book Smyrna native Mike Terry recently published a book about the city’s influential Taylor and Brawner families and the famous Brawner Sanitarium on Atlanta Road. Titled, “A Simpler Time,” the book includes many stories and rarely seen historic photographs. All proceeds from the sale of the 192-page book, published by Southern Lion Books, will benefit the Taylor-Brawner House Foundation Inc., which maintains the historic Taylor-Brawner House. Terry, 65, grew up as a fourth generation Smyrnan. He retired from a printing company he co-owned in Stone Mountain and has since volunteered in schools, served on planning and zoning boards for Smyrna and Cobb County, and is a past president of the Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis Club. He is married to Sue and has one grown child and two grandchildren. “A Simpler Time” can be ordered by contacting (770) 438-6182 or

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Hensley joins KSU Tony Award-winning actor named artist-in-residence Shuler Hensley can now add Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts “artist-in-residence” to a list of honors that already includes Broadway’s “Triple Crown” of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Circle awards. Hensley, a Marietta resident, has been named to the prestigious position in recognition of his impressive body of work, which includes a 2002 Tony Award for his performance in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” His portrayal of Jud Fry in the Broadway revival won rave reviews from audience and critics alike. Next spring, Hensley starts work on a film that will be shot in Georgia. Next April, Hensley will host the fifth annual Shuler Hensley Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Likened by many to a mini Tony Awards production, it is also known as the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards.

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Time to enjoy agave! Finally... A way to enjoy agave without the hangover! That's right, agave nectar — the current darling of the alternative sweetener world — is made from the same plant that is used to produce tequila. And it goes down so much easier (squeeze of lime and dash of salt are optional). But let's start with some basics. Agave nectar (sometimes called agave syrup) is an amber liquid that resembles honey, but has a cleaner, sweeter, even fruitier flavor. Not long ago it was mostly unheard of in the U.S., existing primarily in the backwaters of the natural foods world. In recent years, it has evolved into a booming $200 million industry. Suddenly, it's being used in everything from ketchup and barbecue sauce to baked goods and ice cream. And don't even get me started about the cocktail scene. Why all this attention to what amounts to the juice of a large cactus-looking plant native to Mexico? It helps that agave syrup is sweeter than conventional sugar. So while it has the same calories as white sugar, you can use less of it without sacrificing flavor. When substituting, aim to use about 25 percent less than you would with refined sugar. Many consumers also have latched on to agave's glycemic appeal. That is a fancy way of saying that agave syrup is believed to have a less intense effect on blood sugar levels. Now that we've had our SAT moment, what should you do with agave? In general terms, light agave works well with light, fruity desserts. Heavily seasoned items, such as pumpkin pie, call for amber. The darker agave also makes a fine pancake or waffle topping on its own. We also recommend the agave honey barbecued chicken, pictured top.


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[fashion and style] Belk re-opens at Town Center Mall

New stylists join Dyer & Posta

Belk hosted a grand re-opening at Town Center Mall in early October. The event included a $5,000 check presentation to SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. The event was part of a nationwide re-opening of all Belk stores. Belk at Town Center Mall opened its doors in 2007. The newly remodeled store now boasts a 66,000square-foot main floor combining the two shops located adjacent to the mall entrance. Renovations will now include kids, young men and home shop to be included in one store Charlotte, N.C. based Belk, Inc is the nation’s largest privately owned mainline department store company with 303 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states.

The Collective is pleased to announce that Krysten Tarnuvzer and Rachel Carter have joined the talented team at Dyer & Posta. Tarnuvzer got her start at Vanasons Salon, an Aveda concept salon in Marietta, where she became an expert in Aveda, Redken, and Schwarzkopf products. She further honed her craft and developed her skills after receiving intense training from Aveda professionals and at hair shows. Carter also began her career at Vanasons Salon where she developed her skills under the training of top stylists such as Jamei and Sally Brooks from the UK and Aveda's Ian Michael Black and Johnnie Morgan.

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[food] Indoor herbs for winter health What if you could soothe a sore throat or a headache with the snip of a scissors? Plant some herbs indoors now, before fall sets in, and you could have a winter's worth of folksy remedies. Many medicinal plants, especially herbs, grow well indoors, says Amy Jeanroy, who runs a greenhouse business near her Ravenna, Neb., home, and writes and teaches about medicinal herbs. She recommends starting with these five: thyme, chamomile, mint, lemon balm and sage. Each works well as a tea: Grow, cut and dry them for use throughout the year, or use fresh herbs. To brew a tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried — or 3 teaspoons of fresh — herbs to 1 cup of boiled water; steep several minutes, then remove the herbs. All five herbs aid digestion, says herbalist Christina Blume, who has taught medicinal and other herb-


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related classes at the Denver Botanic Gardens. "A lot of herbs that people already cook with are herbs that have medicinal qualities," adds Jeanroy. "It doesn't necessarily mean it's kicking the flu for you. It helps you." Physician Andrew Weil maintains a list of healthful herbs and their uses at his website, Consult a doctor before trying to treat a health problem with herbs, Jeanroy says. She treats her five children with herbs such as chamomile. "It helps with the crankiness the kids get when they're feverish," she says. Thyme, Jeanroy says, can soothe a throat sore from coughing, and Blume touts its anti-viral properties. "I always drink thyme tea when I fly," says Blume, "because you're rebreathing all that air that everyone's breathing And (the tea) tastes good."

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This November, we celebrate our eighth birthday! What we began running to commemorate our fifth birthday has evolved into a reader favorite. So we once again present


SCENES with Cobb Life

No, this photo did not make the cut, but it was close. Here, CNN and Atlanta radio veteran Holly Firfer and mother Nancy get distracted by their very excited dogs during a cover shoot. Fortunately, we were able to photograph Holly and Nancy in a more calm setting as well.

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Eddie Bermudez was one of our 20 Rising Stars Under 40 that we feature each March. The partner and general manager of Kiosco restaurant is a budding star in Cobb’s restaurant arena, but you can also see here he has a sense of humor that can come in handy on a busy day.

Cobb Life occasional columnist and ‘Cracker Queen’ author Lauretta Hannon in a more relaxed pose than the jubilant ones we ran. (Nice work, Ms. Hannon. Very All-American!)

Below, behind the scenes in our studio for our cover shoot of the popular 20 Rising Stars Under 40 issue.

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HEALTHCARE Dr. Glyn E. Lewis Dr. Narmo L. Ortiz Dr. Donald R. Powell

165 Vann Street Marietta, GA

770-422-9856 Dr. Matthew G. Butler Physical Therapist

• Podiatric & Diabetic Clinic • Physical Therapy Department • State-of-the-Art Ambulatory Surgical Center • Sports Injuries

Not every idea can be a cover. Here is one of the many covers submitted for consideration of our ever popular food issue. A good cover? Not bad. But it didn’t make the final cut, below.

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Above, the main man behind the lens, Cobb Life photographer Reid Traylor, in the moment. Left, our director’s philosophy for cover shoots? Get the solid shot and then improv. Sometimes it works. Other times, er, not so well. Here is a shot that didn’t make the cut of The Weather Channel’s Jen Carfagno tossing flowers at the camera.

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By Joan Durbin Photography by Reid Traylor

ny way

you slice it

smoking a turkey is the word on making a We asked a Marietta resident and a Kennesaw chef for their tips on creating a Thanksgiving Day feast with a smoker. What did we find? Quite a tasty adventure. You can discover their tips yourself in the next few pages.

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As a semi-experienced outdoor chef, over the years Michael Stoddard has grilled or smoked his share of pork, beef, chicken and even cedar-planked salmon on his trusty ceramic cooker.

Judge Michael Stoddard smokes a good looking bird over apple wood. Opposite page: The finished product is a grand array of color and taste.

Somehow, however, he had never gotten around to doing a turkey. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, smoking the main course might be a welcome alternative to the same old boring oven-roasted bird. To encourage backyard grill enthusiasts to give it a try, we asked Stoddard to make his first turkey and let us document his attempt. The Marietta resident graciously agreed. One of Cobb County’s Senior Superior Court Judges who is now semiretired, Stoddard’s part-time schedule allowed him to set aside enough time to take a turkey from its store-bought state to a glorious conclusion. He began by purchasing a 13-lb. fresh, not frozen, turkey and marinated it overnight in a bath of apple juice, applewood grill seasoning, hickory salt, fresh rosemary and black pepper. The following morning, Stoddard fired up his Primo ceramic cooker with lump charcoal, which burns hotter and is very responsive to oxygen, making it easier to control the temperature. The Primo can both smoke and grill food. For the turkey, the judge wanted smoke. A handful of soaked applewood chunks on top of the charcoal on a swatch of aluminum foil did the trick.

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Before it went into the Primo, where it would stay for around four hours at 250 degrees, the turkey got an olive oil massage and a liberal application of more applewood seasoning and hickory salt. As a finishing touch, Stoddard tucked several sprigs of fresh rosemary from his garden into the turkey’s cavity. Stoddard became a Primo convert in 1992. Previously, first as an Air Force Judge Advocate Attorney and later as a judge in state court and superior court, he spent many hours grilling with conventional charcoal and gas grills. “When the Primo came out, it was something I wanted to try to learn. I liked smoked food,” Stoddard said. Now, 10 years later, he swears by the kamado-style cooker. “If this turkey comes out well, it won’t be because of me, it will be because of the Primo,” Stoddard affirmed. As the lid was raised and the bird emerged from a cloud of smoke in the early afternoon, it looked and smelled marvelous, with an even bronze hue and a tantalizing aroma. After a 15-minute resting period to allow the meat’s juices to settle, the first slices of the bird proved almost ambrosial in flavor and texture. Even Stoddard, who had viewed his very first turkey as a bit of a gamble, couldn’t dispute the superiority of this bird. The only regrettable part of the experience for him was the absence of his wife, Jane, who was out of town. “My wife is an excellent cook. But now when she finds out about this, I think it means I’ll be cooking turkeys more,” he said with a smile.” 


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If the thought is enough to make you fervently wish there was a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving, now is the time to check out Findley’s Butcher Shop in Acworth. Father and son team Dave Widaski and Dave Jr. have a virtual cornucopia of holiday alternatives to that same old boring bird. The “Holiday Planner” page on their web site,, is sure to spark some new ideas. Craving a fried turkey but don’t want to risk setting your deck on fire? Findley’s has you covered. Buy a fresh bird and let them do all the work. Known for their smoked meats as well as fresh, Findley’s can smoke a turkey that will linger fondly in your thoughts long after the last tasty morsel is gone. Or perhaps another type of poultry would be a welcome change. A whole duck, some quail or a couple of Poulet Rouge chickens from Ashley Farms, an all-natural breeder of high quality fowl, would be excellent smoked in the Widaskis’ own smokehouse behind the Acworth store. All of these birds are available from Findley’s. But for the most unique Thanksgiving ever, try the turducken. Widaski Sr., whose wife is from Louisiana, makes this Cajun specialty fresh to order. A butterflied duck breast is wrapped inside a boneless chicken, which then rolled into a deboned turkey, separated by layers of savory stuffing. Choosing what kind of stuffing you want might be

difficult, however, as Findley’s makes several varieties, including crawfish cornbread, wild rice pecan, Cajun cornbread and herb-seasoned. We watched Widaski Sr. work his magic with a boning knife, assemble the turducken adding seasoning salt and a whisper of Cajun spice mix, roll it up and insert it into a tube of twine to hold it all together. Cooking this is very simple, he said, and instructions can be found on the web site. There’s also a You Tube video by Findley’s detailing how a turducken is made. A 13-pound turducken is average and can easily feed a crowd, but if your needs are greater or smaller, Findley’s can adapt to size. Coming out of the oven, the aroma of a just-roasted turducken is intoxicating. Sliced, served with a dollop of gravy made from the drippings, this is a truly memorable entrée. “We tried it last Thanksgiving and were just blown away,” said Mike Dawe, a Findley’s regular who comes all the way from Dallas each week to shop there. “It is just so different. Every bite you take, you can’t wait until the next.”

Findley’s Butcher Shop can smoke just about any bird, just about any way you want it. Opposite page: An array of the shop’s creations, including chicken, turkey and the ever interesting turducken. Top, center, Dave Widaski, Sr. is joined by his son, Dave Jr., bottom right, in the process.

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information Findley’s Butcher Shop 3450 Cobb Parkway NW, Acworth (770) 529-4646 gourmetsteaks. com

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Testimonials like that are a tribute to Widaski Sr.’s inventiveness and know-how after three decades in the meat business. “I don’t want to be that guy whose food tastes like everyone else’s,” he declared. Mentally planning a turducken for Christmas, my attention shifted to smoked turkey, a particular favorite food. I selected a pecan-smoked praline bird from Ashely Farms. It was a two-day process that Widaski Sr. kindly allowed us to document. First came injections of homemade praline syrup to flavor the interior meat and keep it moist. Next, he rubbed a praline spice mixture liberally into the turkey’s skin. Now it was ready to go into the smoker, where it luxuriated in pecan wood smoke at 175 degrees for 11 hours. When it was pulled out the following day, it was magnificent. Initially I had had some concern about the meat possibly being too sugary, but that was not the case. Instead, it was tantalizingly smoky and succulent with just a hint of sweetness, very possibly the best smoked turkey I have ever enjoyed. Kelly Goggins, who also journeys to Findley’s from Dallas a couple of times a week, agrees that their smoked turkeys can’t be beat. She has served them at Thanksgiving to raves from family and guests. “It’s a spin on the traditional turkey, a new flavor that makes the bird interesting and different. And it goes well with all the usual side dishes,” she advised. In addition to praline, Findley’s also makes garlic butter, Creole butter and plain smoked turkeys. But don’t wait too long to place an order. Holidays are jammin’ here, with customer tickets pinned up in an endless stream behind the counter. Whether you purchase your poultry from Findley’s to smoke, or buy it elsewhere and bring it to them, the Widaskis and their capable employees will hand you back a finished product that will be the unquestioned star your Thanksgiving feast this year.

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By Kim Cook Photo/Associated Press



Sweatery cable knits, textural weaves, rich faux furs ... this fall, throws are showing up in all the retailers' collections. Basically small couch blankets, throws set the stage for comfy days spent on a comfy chair cocooned in a comfy — well, you get the idea. What makes a throw a must-have is its wrapability. It shouldn't be too weighty, and should have a soft, pliant feel. Today's woolens and blends are very different from the scratchy, itchy, heavier versions of the past. And the new synthetics are a tactile wonderland of supple, velvety plushness. In a great color that coordinates with your furniture, a snuggly throw is a functional, stylish accessory.

Elaine Griffin, a contributing design editor to Better Homes & Gardens, recommends restraint when using this decorative element. "Solid colors and discreet patterns add style to living rooms and dens; leave the boldly striped and patterned throws for across the foot of your bed or in children's spaces," she advises. But she also encourages a little color play. "Throws are guilt-free occasions to indulge in the season's trendiest colors," she says. If you can't commit to a burgundy or citron wall, consider a throw in those hues. Karma Living's got a fun, honeycombed Indian cotton throw with pompom trim, available in a kaleidoscope of playful colors. (Honeycomb throw, $32,

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Homegoods has a big selection of luscious faux furs in chocolate, mink and ivory, sure to get the family pet vying for some cozy real estate. The off-price retailer also has a reversible black and gray fleece throw printed with the invitation "Wrap Around Me." AppliquĂŠd flowers add extra flair to a fuzzy confection of organic-hued wool and acrylic. And to evoke the winter cabin vibe, there's a homey reindeer and snowflake patterned throw in cranberry and white. (furs, $39.99; Wrap Around, $29.99; appliquĂŠ, $39.99; reindeer, $49.99, ) Those looking for sumptuous, high-end throws might turn to the "Luxe Lodge" fall collection from Schumacher, which includes the Bancroft throw in a windowpane-check Scottish wool, available in sable, malt or oxford gray. ($312.50, Yves Delorme's pastel-striped, baby alpaca Cote-a-Cote throw, and his rich, mulberry-hued Reflet jacquard throw, are elegant choices. Rosita Missoni's Lenny and Montgomery throws, in the iconic Italian house's signature designs, would work in a variety of interiors. And Rani Arabella's opulent cashmere throw can even be worn as a shawl. (Cote-a-Cote, $390; Reflet, $435; Missoni, $365-$590; Arabella, $650, Garnet Hill's fall collection includes a vibrant color-block design, perfect for a contemporary space. ($278, ) Wilhelmina Jacobs does pricey but unusual faux fur throws in ocelot, Tibetan lamb, cow print and chinchilla. (WJ Home Collection, $89.99-$499, ) At, find a lovely, soft, leaf-patterned cotton throw in two of the season's popular hues, sky blue and chocolate. Vibrant blues, greens and oranges play up a boho floral/stripe cottonblend print on the Bocasa Oleana throw. A reversible dotted acrylic throw in chocolate/light brown or natural/ivory is a versatile, modern option. (woven mottled cotton, $54.99; polka dot reversible, $22.99; Bocasa, $59.99, Finally, Boston-based decor and fashion studio Patch NYC is part of the newest group of Shops at Target; their collection for the retailer includes a nubby boucle knit throw in retro chic cream, blue/black or olive. ($34.99,


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She’s a personal shopping pro and commander of closet organization. Meet

Laura C Styles By Meredith Pruden Photography by Reid Traylor

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Marietta native Laura Clotfelter knows firsthand that following your passion can translate into a successful, and fulfilling, career. Laura helps find the perfect clothes for a client. All photos were shot in the Rhinocerous Boutique in East Cobb, 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta in Merchant's Walk.

“Everyone wants to do something they love,” she said. “I love making people feel good. There are so many people who just don’t get fashion and need help. I feel good knowing I’ve opened their eyes.”

Clotfelter is the founder of Laura C Styles, a style consulting business specializing in closet organization and personal shopping. She works with a range of people and budgets, but the process typically begins with some serious closet therapy. “It’s easier to start in someone’s closet because you just can’t shop for someone until you get to know them and their style,” she said. Once a closet is organized, complete with color coding and uniform hangers (which she said makes a big difference), Clotfelter makes a list of key pieces to fill in the gaps, but that doesn’t necessarily mean buying a whole new wardrobe at once. “Fashion is fun, and it can be easy,” she said. “You can get out of that, ‘I have nothing to wear’ rut. I can go into anyone’s closet and find outfits from what they have.” From young professionals to retirees, Clotfelter can help anyone ready to update their style or get out of that dreaded fashion rut. “People are sometimes embarrassed when I first meet them and say, ‘I don’t have anything’ or ‘You’re not going to like anything I have,’” she said. “So, it makes me feel good when I can pull things out of their closets that are great pieces. I’m there to push the envelope a little bit because people get stuck in their uniforms.” Clotfelter can either take her list of missing pieces and shop for her clients or turn over the list and let clients shop on their own, but she always recommends sticking to the list despite the siren song of appealing alternative options. “Building a wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight, especially when you need to invest in some key pieces,” she said. “You don’t have to buy the list all at once but don’t linger on other things. People will buy an expensive top that doesn’t go with anything in their closet. I often go shopping with these people, and they end up spending less.” So what are some key pieces everyone should have in their closet? According to Clotfelter, staples include a well-tailored black blazer, an eye-catching leather piece and a great fitting pair of dark skinny jeans. “These are simple basics,” she said. “You can get them anywhere, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on them.” Clotfelter, who lives with her husband, John, near the Marietta Square, was a merchandising major at Old Miss, and she has worked for Vera Wang and Kate Spade in New York City and Neiman Marcus in Atlanta. Now, she’s bringing her well-honed eye for fashion back home to Marietta. “My first job was in retail,” she said. “My passion has always been working with people and being around fashion, so I started Laura C Styles.”  For more about Clotfelter, or to book an appointment with Laura C Styles, visit her web site at

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Choose a Space where Young Minds Will Grow

THE CHOICE IS YOURS CHOICE ACADEMIES Applications accepted Nov. 12, 2012 - Jan. 18, 2013 Application deadline Jan. 18, 2013 A.L. Burruss Elementary School

Hickory Hills Elementary School

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA)

Language and Communications Academy

Arts Academy

Science, Technology, Math Magnet*

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive a broad academic program using multi-modal instruction to develop writing, presentation, speaking, and collaboration skills.

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive a comprehensive, sequential academic program that incorporates the performing and visual arts in the teaching of core courses.

Third through fifth grade students receive an integrated, rigorous academic program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Dunleith Elementary School

Lockheed Elementary School

Literacy Academy

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive an inclusive academic program that integrates literacy with technology learning tools and resources.

*Separate admissions and eligibility criteria must be met.

Sawyer Road Elementary School International Primary Years Academy

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive an interdisciplinary, student-centered academic program that develops a global perspective through inquiry-based learning.

Park Street Elementary School

West Side Elementary School

Leadership Academy

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Academy

Talented and Gifted Learning Academy

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive a complete academic program that incorporates principlecentered, characterbuilding, personal leadership development.

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive an in-depth academic program that incorporates individual and personalized 21st century learning experiences with hands-on digital education content using the S.M.A.R.T. goal process.

Kindergartners through fifth grade students receive a global, academic program that uncovers and develops the unique talents and gifts of all students.

Marietta City Schools...An Excellent Choice

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As the general manager for the Town Center at Cobb, John “JD” DiCioccio sees the area’s growth on a daily basis.

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There’s a story Mayor Mark Mathews





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likes to tell when he’s asked to define what the small business community means to the historic city of Kennesaw. In 2010, Brett Olszeski, owner of the Trackside Grill, a local restaurant located in the center of the downtown district, wanted to expand. His wish list included doubling his square footage and adding a rooftop bar. After Olszeski met with the city and the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority, they helped facilitate a loan for the expansion through the Georgia Cities Foundation. In 2011, Trackside Grill’s completed its expansion. Today, the restaurant is one of downtown Kennesaw’s key centerpieces. “It continues to bring a new vitality to the area and acts as a catalyst for additional development,” Mathews says. “Trackside has since added more than 20 jobs to the area.” And that’s good numbers. And Mathews loves numbers. Over the past year, the city of Kennesaw, has added five new industrial businesses that account for more than 400,000 square feet of unoccupied space and 400 more new jobs. And the retail environment, one of the city’s strongest sectors, is showing similar growth by adding new establishments and lowering its vacancy rate over the past 12 months. From the lowest point in the market for rental space, the city reduced vacancy by 50,000 square feet with new rentals. Mathews says an additional 25,000 square feet of vacant retail space will be converted to health care in 2013. “Even with the recession, the number of businesses has been consistent,” says Mathews, who was first elected mayor in 2008 and re-elected for a second term last year.

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“Business license issuance has actually grown. This year, we’ve already hosted 20 new business ribbon cuttings.” The amount of occupancy tax (business license revenue) the city collected was $962,611 in 2010 and $968,832 in 2011. “That’s less than a 1 percent difference, but still an increase,” Mathews says. “The good news is year to date in fiscal 2012; collections are up over 8 percent to $1,049,856.” When it comes to economic viability, Kennesaw continues to be recession-proof. Defined by its diverse business environment – light industrial, logistics, professional services, healthcare and retail – Mathews says the city and surrounding area is trending younger, too. “The explosive growth of Kennesaw State University in our own backyard (now the state’s third largest university), as well as Chattahoochee Tech and Southern Poly Tech, is giving us a young, talented and educated work force.” Just how vital is KSU to the city’s business dynamic? According to a recent study by the University System of Georgia, the university’s overall economic impact is more than $850 million. Of that total, more than $385 million is directed to labor expenditures both at the university and in the surrounding business community. The study estimates the value of KSU at 8,324 jobs for the area. For local businesses the economic impact is significant, as among other factors, much of the local workforce, especially on the retail side, consists of college students. The study indicates that more than 4,000 jobs are supported outside the university. “In a nutshell, KSU serves as a catalyst for spending and buying products like any other business, but also buying labor, which in turn, spends that income in local businesses,” says Drew Tonsmeire, area director of the Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center.

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Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews is very proud of the way the city is growing. Here is pictured outside of the Trackside Grill in downtown.

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Kennesaw, like the rest of the metro area and state, is continuing to emerge from the “survival” stage, Tonsmeire says. “The housing market, like much of the economy, has been the slowest segment to regain ground. But the retail and service sectors are showing improvements. Kennesaw reflects the overall makeup of Cobb in that it has a diverse business culture, so not having the concentration tied to just one industry has helped the com-munity weather the storm.” One of the city’s strengths is its local business community leadership, which along with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Kennesaw Business Association (KBA), features a slew of local business organizations. “There is something very unique about the relationship between these business associations and the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce,” Tonsmeire says. “In most circumstances, local associations run competitively to a chamber. But in Cobb, the chamber is an ally.” Tonsmeire cites last year’s chamber membership drive, where the most successful recruiting team consisted of the presidents of the local business associations. “This attitude of service and community and economic development among these groups is extraordinary, and reflects upon why the Cobb business community is one of the strongest, not only in metro Atlanta, but in the South as a whole.” As the general manager for the Town Center at Cobb, John “JD” DiCioccio sees these partnerships at work on a daily basis. The regional mall, a hub of entrepreneurial ventures, offers something for everyone. “We have a solid platform for people to start their own businesses. It starts with a very strong, loyal and fast-growing customer base. The Kennesaw area consists of a well-educated, densely populated consumer with disposable income, which is an ideal situation for growing businesses.” Roger Bush, who has owned the College Station Sports Store at Town Center at Cobb for 12 years, says he wouldn’t want to do business any place else. “Kennesaw is a melting pot and is changing in diversity. It pulls from a lot of different areas, and provides a gathering place and market for a diverse and varied group of people.” Perhaps no business personifies the Kennesaw business community than Classic Monograms. Owned by the mother and daughter team of Joyce Sullivan and Paige Barton, the company has specialized in embroidered products for the past 16 years. Their continued growth and success mirrors that of the city’s small business community. “The people of Kennesaw have a strong sense of community and family,” Sullivan says. “They support the small business community by continuing to shop locally. Kennesaw is a small town with cosmopolitan sensibilities. And while our business pays close attention to the trends that surround what we do, we also keep in mind those traditions. We have seen the small business community growth in our own company’s growth.” 

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Above, Eric Connelly of Smyrna and Brian Stewart of Acworth during last year’s Gobble Jog. Left, The Collins Family, from left, Jeff, two-year-old Lida and Jennifer gear up for their second Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving morning. Chris Warren, donned in holiday gear, catches his breath after running the Gobble Jog.

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ake Thanksgiving morning to work up an appetite and help those in need by participating in the tenth annual

Gobble Jog.

The Gobble Jog is a race that starts in the Marietta Square and winds through the community. There are several levels and lengths to the race including a 10K, 5K, 1K and a Tot Trot. Participants can also walk. There is also a category for “Phantom Runners,” those who are not running but want to support the cause. Last year, roughly 9,600 runners and joggers helped raise $300,000. All proceeds go to MUST Ministries, a Marietta-based charity that serves the homeless, hungry and disabled. There are several major sponsors again this year, including The Marietta Daily Journal and WellStar. Participant registration fees are $40 for the 5K, $35 for the 1K, $20 for the Tot Trot and $30 for the Phantom runner. All participants will receive a Gobble Jog 2012 T-shirt. The 10K race will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 1K run/walk at 9:15 a.m., the 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. and the Tot Trot at 10:30 a.m.

DETAILS Race Day Schedule • 7:00 a.m. - Registration & Packet Pick-up • 8:00 a.m. - 10K Run • 9:15 a.m. - 1K Run/Walk • 9:30 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk • 10:30 a.m. - Tot Trot VIP Runners: Go the distance to help your neighbors in need even more and be a VIP runner! Runners paying $50 to run will receive VIP treatment from the Marietta Daily Journal, including admission to the MDJ tent, upgraded race shirt, access to premium post race snacks and beverages. You are helping to transform lives! The registration fee is $50 either the 5K or the 10K. Other registration fees vary. Please visit the website for more details. Information:

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Catching up with Marietta native and Zac Brown Band fiddlist

Jimmy De Martini


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hesitate on his answer. If he weren’t playing violin in one of the biggest musical acts on the planet right now, he’d most likely be slugging his way through the

Mixed Martial Arts circuit.

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“So, if you weren’t a member of the Zac Brown Band, which has nine hit singles, two platinum-selling records and a critically acclaimed new CD, Uncaged, which recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200, you’d be mixing it up in one of those ‘ground and pound’ MMA matches?” “The guys at my gym who I have worked out with and sparred for the past 12 years are always trying to talk me into taking on a professional fight,” says De Martini, who has religiously practiced Muy Thai, a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques, the past 12 years. “I think I might be a little too old for that right now. But who knows, back in the day, I probably could have been a starving fighter.” Zac Brown, the band’s charismatic and soulful leader, says that De Martini’s martial arts side is no secret. “Jimmy’s the most laid back dude in the world. But he also goes to the gym four, five days a week to train. So, you don’t mess with Jimmy, you know.” As one of the key parts in the signature sound of the Zac Brown Band (listen to him tear up the violin on “The Wind,” the first hit single from its new CD), you might not want to mess with De Martini on stage or in the studio either. “Jimmy’s just got an amazing sense of melody,” Brown says. “He’s a great musician. Man, he has been playing with me for so long, I just couldn’t imagine not playing with him.” A mutual friend introduced Brown and De Martini in December 2004. De Martini was playing in small bars and restaurants around Atlanta when Wyatt Durrette asked him if he had heard of Brown, who was crafting his sound in and around the metro area. A phone call led to an invitation to play with Brown at Sidelines sports bar in Kennesaw. “I was just blown away by Zac’s performance,” De Martini recalls. “The gig changed my life — it really did.” But before you add the “rest is history” line here, before you factor in the millions of lives the band has touched with its music and performances over the past few years — before you do all that, you have to go back to the beginning. Back to when a small boy would dance around his parent’s house listening to The Beatles, The Police, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. “Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” De Martini says. “My parents didn’t play any instruments,


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but they’d always have it blaring around the house or when we were in the car. I can remember my Mom singing me to sleep.” His itch to perform music didn’t hit until he was 12. By then, his musical taste shifted to the likes of Bon Jovi, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Guns N Roses. While attending his middle school orientation, De Martini was introduced to the violin, where he quickly learned to read sheet music and play classically. “But I didn’t want to be in orchestra, I wanted to be in a band,” he says. So he taught himself how to play guitar (he also plays the mandolin, bass and piano). After high school he moved to Athens to attend college. Longing for the stage, he left school and joined his first band, The Hill, a rock/jam band that played original music. The experience introduced him to the recording process, touring and writing music. The Hill gig led to a stint with a Dave Matthews cover band. After the cover band split up, De Martini began looking for his next opportunity. “That’s when I met my wife, Stacey,” he says. “She has been the rock of my life ever since.” Several years ago, the De Martinis moved back home to East Cobb, where they raise their two boys, James, 4, and Joseph, 1. “The road is great, and we’re comfortable on it these days. But when I get home I’m just dad. I change diapers, make breakfast and take the kids to the park.” Ask him, and Jimmy De Martini will tell you that the blessing in all of this is that he has two families. “From the beginning, Zac has made this a family. He stresses that in everything that we do. We are all great friends, and we really enjoy being around each other and our families. We even hang out together when we’re off the road. You can’t ask for anything better than that.” 

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One-on-One with

Jimmy De Martini Favorite Zac Brown Song: Free Favorite Musical Moment: Playing with James Taylor Favorite Celebrity Moment: Meeting Kid Rock Favorite Artists: Black Crowes Who Would You Like to Meet: Pearl Jam Favorite Cities to Play: The Gorge (Washington State), Hyde Park (London) Best Fans: Atlanta, Red Rock (Jefferson, Colo.), Jazz Fest (New Orleans) One Thing Everybody Should Know About Zac Brown Band: We also play live; we never use a track


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Not expecting the indie fashion darlings of Rodarte and the in-every-neighborhood coffee retailer Starbucks to be in the same sentence, let alone the

same stores? They will be, come Nov. 13. Starbucks Corp. tapped sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy as its next design partners for a series of limited-edition products for the holiday season. There'll be Rodarte-designed gift cards, tote bags, cup sleeves and mugs. The signature

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pattern features a pixelated checkerboard of gray, white and silver set against different shades of green. It's not specifically "holiday," but that's intentional. For the design duo, it's a chance to put their name — and their style — out to a new audience. Typically, their fashion designs are edgy, conceptual styles that are not necessarily in line with mass-market taste. "Our clothing is specialized," Laura Mulleavy said in an interview, "and when we are thinking of Rodarte, we choose things that say who we are as designers, but we're not limited to that. We like the idea of collaborations and putting our thought process somewhere else." This project marks Starbucks' first foray into fashion, said Samie Barr, vice president of category brand management, but the company sees it as "putting us on the map as a true inspirational gifting destination." It's OK that not all their customers will recognize Rodarte. "We felt we had a broad audience of customers. We look for unique and differentiated, not necessarily looking for 'mainstream.' ... People buy with their eyes." Laura Mulleavy said designing the products came fairly easy, especially since they are daily coffee drinkers, but it was a challenge to adapt to the small surface of the gift card. The look also had to appeal to both men and women, not something in Rodarte's usual womenswear repertoire.

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editorial calendar

COMING IN DECEMBER Holiday desserts, family style

W e are almost to the end of the

year and are excited about ending it on a high note and entering 2013 with a bang. Below is a brief look at the content of our future issues. And, always, if you have an article idea, please email us at cobblifemagazine@

DECEMBER Holiday desserts Up close with Dale Ellis

JAN/FEB Our annual Best Of issue

FEB Our Bridal issue


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Thematic Piggy Bank $24.99 Available at Hibbett Sports locations in Acworth and Austell Got a sports fan who has everything? Well, they probably don’t have this. This thematic piggy bank features team colors and themes. And don’t worry if you don’t care for The Braves, they have tons of teams from the pro and college levels.

Big Green Egg Prices vary, shown is $800 AquaRama Pools & Spas 565 Powder Springs Street, Marietta 770.422.6291 It’s a grill, it’s an oven, it’s a smoker! Derived from an ancient clay cooking device known as a “kamado,” the ceramic cooker is the most versatile outdoor cooking product on the market. From appetizers to entrees to desserts, anything is possible with the Big Green Egg. It’s a must-have for diehard cooks or BBQ enthusiasts.

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Cobalt and gold platter

$165 Rainblue Gallery 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta (770) 973-1091, This striking 17-inch rimmed platter was crafted by Bill Campbell, a Pennsylvania potter whose work is among the gallery’s all time best sellers. Campbell works with crystalline glazes, an ancient art form first attributed to the Chinese. Like all of the pieces from the gallery’s 120 pottery artists, this platter is fully functional, but it comes with a hanger if the recipient prefers to display and admire its beauty.


Tickets to a local game Your pick, your game If you’re looking for a fun sports experience without the drive or the high prices, don’t look farther than Cobb! Cobb has four universities - KSU, SPSU, Chattahoochee Tech and Life - with good sports teams that offer dynamic games at a low ticket cost.

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Bonsai $25 and up (shown is $45) Full Moon Bonsai Marietta 770.426.9991 For those with a green thumb and an eye for beauty, bonsai is a unique and stunning gift. Bonsai is the reproduction of natural tree forms in miniature. Mike Redgrave of Full Moon Bonsai has been crafting and caring for these beautiful creations for over 25 years. He carries a wide variety of types and sizes at his Marietta nursery. Shown is a Crispi Cypress, $45.95. Prices start at $25, but most popular are in the $60 to $80 range. Full Moon also has trees for the more serious bonsai enthusiasts, such as a 65-year-old Satsuki Azalea for $3,200 and a 40-year-old Trident Maple for $650.

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‘Jamie’ by Dr. Scholl’s $65 Macy’s Whether out running errands all day or enjoying an energetic night on the town, Dr. Scholl’s massaging gel will keep her feet from feeling the effects. Give her a foot massage without lifting a finger. Once your loved one slips on these comfy, cute and versatile shoes, she won’t want to take them off. Jamie features seamless lining that wicks moisture away and odor control microbe shield. The massaging gel insole is removable. The shoe is available in a variety of colors. Shown is Pewter Metallic.

Tagheur watch $1,300 Cumberland Diamond Exchange 2800 Cumberland Boulevard SE, Smyrna 770.434.4367 These models radiate all the excitement of F1 racing. Flanges on watch and chronograph display the racing red of McLaren, their Formula 1 partner. The same fiery red contrasts with white on the chronograph counters to make them superbly readable. The black titanium carbidecoated bezel is an essential speed-measuring tool. The watch’s small second counter is embellished with a spiral effect, highlighting the “Grande Date” window at 6.

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Frangelico Liqueur and MarieBelle chocolates $18 and up local package stores and

Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub $13.95 Target several locations in Cobb Can’t afford a gift certificate to a spa? This may be the next best thing. Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics’ Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub not only smells delicious, it feels delicious too. The exfoliator features crushed cocoa beans that warm upon contact with skin. The cocoa beans combine with gentle sugars and essential oils to buff and polish skin to ultimate smoothness.

What sweet tooth wouldn’t be happy with deliciously decadent hazelnut liqueur flavored chocolates? Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur has created an indulgent chocolate ganache made in conjunction with chocolatier MarieBelle. Sold at select specialty stores and on, the box of chocolates range from 4 to 60 pieces, with prices starting at $18.00. Pair them with a bottle of the herb-flavored Frangelico. Produced in Italy, legend is the name came from a monk named Fra. Angelico who was known for creating unique liqueur recipes. The light drink has notes of vanilla and coconut and is priced around $13 for 375ml.

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Jewelry-accented scarves and knitted head wraps Posh Boutique (In the Village Green Shopping Center in West Cobb) 3600 Dallas Highway, Marietta 770.419.7142 Keep her dressed in the hottest winter fashion accessories with these gems from Posh Boutique. Go adorable or elegant with jewelry accented scarves, $21 to $23 or keep your head cozy with a bit of flair with a decorated knitted head wrap, $14.99 to $16.99.

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Festival of Lights cookie bouqet Starting at $15.99; $64 as shown Cookies by Design 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta 770.578.0200 www.cookiesby A perfect Hanukkah gift, this cookie bouquet basket has seven fresh-baked and hand decorated cookies, but up to a dozen can be ordered. Other cookie flavors include raisin and chocolate chip. The basket can hand delivered to Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding counties, usually within 24 hours of an order.

Kiwi Crates for kids $19.95 This unique company delivers crates containing all of the necessary materials for inspiring, educational and fun projects for kids aged 3 to 7. You can purchase a monthly subscription service or individual crates in the Celebration. Shown here, the subscription December crate, is entitled Antarctic Adventure. Designed to encourage multi-faceted hands-on learning, the crate includes three activities: Penguin Bowling, Aurora Painting, and Ice Experiments. Holiday themed crates for individual purchase include Crafty Christmas, Handmade Hanukkah and Gifts Made by Me. Subscription rates are $19.95 a month or $220 per year. Individual crates are $19.95 and up.


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Byers’ Choice® Ltd. Sugar Cookie Cottage $80 Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe 87 Church Street, Marietta 678.773.2234 Byer’s Choice gingerbread houses are whimsical additions to holiday tradition. The ladder ($5) and “Squeeze” little chef ($25) are sold separately. Ye Olde also carries Byers’ Choice popular handcrafted caroler figurines.

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COLUMBIA Men’s Bugaglove Max Electric Gloves Sports Authority $399.00 Kennesaw, Cumberland For the ultimate adventure man on your list, we recommened these electric gloves. Outfitted in premium goatskin leather and featuring a trifecta of progressive weatherfighting technologies, Bugaglove Max Electric gloves features electric technology that delivers heat on demand. The gloves also feature a thermal-reflective lining, Omni-Heat insulation and a special membrane that cancels water from the outside in.

DO-IT-YOURSELF Want to make homemade gifts but don’t have the creative skills? Both Smith Gilbert Gardens and Art Station Big Shanty offer classes through December that can help. Here’s the schedule: Smith Gilbert Gardens (Classes are $15 each) Nov. 17 – Canned preserves. Dec. 1 – Holiday decorations. Use cuttings from your yard to make beautiful holiday arrangements. Dec. 15 – Rose petal beads. Learn to make beads from rose petals that can be turned into jewelry. The beads heat up when touching skin, producing the aroma of roses. Art Station Big Shanty Nov. 15 to Dec. 13 – Clay holiday luminaries. You can create your own design or follow the teacher’s lead for these tea light holders. This is a fourweek class. Nov. 17 to Dec. 15 – Holiday serving dish. You will make your own handbuilt clay dish. This is a four week class. There are also a wealth of painting, jewelry and other arts and crafts classes in Cobb. November 2012 Cobb Life


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NCAA LED leash collar sets Leash is $29.99 The collar is $25.99 Dog-E-Glow has unleashed ten NCAA Division I LED collar and leash logo designs as part of their collegiate collection. Available now in matching LED collar and leash sets include several colleges including local faves, such as UGA, LSU, Alabama and Auburn. The leashes are made of high quality nylon sewn around several highly-efficient (100,000 hour) LED bulbs. The lights are only visible when turned on, either in a steady glow or flashing mode. All of Dog-E-Glow collars and leashes are lightweight, highly durable, fully weather-resistant, and visible up to 1,000 feet in the dark.

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Matching Espresso Elephant Bookends $34.99 World Market 2530 Cumberland Blvd. SE Smyrna 770.431.1470 This set of two matching carved Espresso Elephant Bookends makes an ideal accent on a bookshelf, table or a desk. Handcrafted by local artisans from Saharanpur, these beautiful wood carvings reflect the original craft traditions of India.

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Kenley Collins for Besame Cosmetics Gift Set $45 The Kenley Collins for Besame Cosmetics Gift Set features a bright and bold cool red lipstick in Besame’s signature gold plated bullet shape, reminiscent of the 1940s decorative cases. It pairs well with the chiffon scarf created by Collins whose inspiration was ’50s Americana with a clean, modern look. This exclusive set is limited to 1,000 in production.

Lucid Absinthe with balancier $59.99 local package stores In the beginning, it is said the elixir was once lauded as a “miracle cure all.” Later, in the 1860s, the spirit was so popular among the artists, writers, poets and ‘bohemia’ of Paris, that happy hour became known as “l’huere verte” (the green hour). Mixologists and artistes will especially appreciate this gift set, which includes a unique Lucid glass and a personalized balancier to give a dose of absinthe the traditional way. The traditional, French-made Lucid was granted a COLA (Certificate of Label Approval) in the United States in 2007, making it the first genuine absinthe to gain approval for legal distribution in the U.S. since 1912.

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Give a gift in someone’s name Sometimes a contribution to a local charity or foundation is the best way to honor a loved one. Many charities offer special opportunities during the holiday seasons to honor and memorialize loved ones by making a gift in their name. Even a small gift in someone’s name can go a long way to helping the less fortunate. Here is a list of a handful of Cobb charities you can give to. Center for Family Resources 770.428.2601

Cobb Community Foundation 770.953.6865

Tommy Nobis Foundation 770.427.9000

Cobb Center for Children and Young Adults 770.333.9447

Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb 770.419.3120

MUST Ministries 678.218.4513

Cobb County Habitat for Humanity Inc. 770.432.7954

Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers 770.427.1926

Meals on Wheels Cobb Senior Services P.O. Box 649 Marietta, GA 30061

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ig h lights A closer look at events and activities throughout Cobb in November

PANDORA’S BOX>>This film stars the iconic Louise Brooks as Lulu, a young and raw seductress dashing through the lives of suitors who fall victim to her beauty like moths to a flame. Brooks is still so popular that The Louise Brooks Society – an internet-based international fan club – was founded in 1995. The club includes 1,400 members in 49 countries. Pandora’s Box was released in 1929, after the advent of “talkies’, and caused quite a scandal. Louise Brooks created the “helmet” hairstyle for women which lasted into the 1930’s. She radiated sexuality with her subtlety of expression and gesture. Directed by G. W. Past, “Pandora’s Box” screens Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $8 for individuals, $7 for students, seniors, and active-duty military. The screening includes live organ accompaniment with Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ, with an organ popspreshow and sing-a-long at 2:30 p.m. Information: 770.293.0080

HOLIDAY POPS>>The Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Holiday Pops concert takes a turn toward Hollywood with selections from seasonal films like “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Polar Express,” “Home Alone,” and, of course, “Die Hard.” But GSO hasn’t neglected such traditional favorites as “Sleigh Ride,” and the GSO Chorus and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra Chorus will be there to keep the audience on pitch for the annual carol sing-along. GSO is conducted by Michael Alexander, with Bryan Black conducting GSO Chorus and Allison Mann conducting GYSO Chorus. Holiday Pops is Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at Murray Arts Center in Kennesaw. Ticket prices range from $10 to $60. Information: 770.429.7016 or NORTH BY NORTHWEST>>In this classic film, Carry Grant is challenged with solving a conspiracy yet again. After being mistaken for a government agent and blamed for murdering an advertising executive, Grant must race across the country to escape foreign spies and clear his name. “North by Northwest” screens on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $8 for individuals, $7 for students, seniors, and active-duty military. Information: 770.293.0080 or

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PSYCHO>>Alfred Hitchcock brings a film of suspense and horror about a crazy hotel owner who has been under the command of his mother for too long. This movie is the reason why people rarely stay at roadside motels these days. “Psycho” screens on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $8 for individuals, $7 for students, seniors, and active-duty military. Information: 770.293.0080 or

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SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS>>The Sanders Family clan is back just in time for the holidays with a nostalgic evening of bluegrass music and yuletide cheer. In the sequel to “Smoke on the Mountain,” the Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. It’s Christmas Eve 1941 and Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe has invited them to sing and witness, getting the congregation into the down home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders’ own, are shipped off to World War II. More than two dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the Sanders family keep the audience laughing, clapping, and singing along. Richly entertaining, this infectious musical brings cheer to audiences eager to see how their friends from “Smoke on the Mountain” have been getting along. As the family celebrates the season and welcomes the Savior, Mervin plans a surprise of his own. Presented by PlayRight Productions, “Sanders Family Christmas” performances are Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 1, 27, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35. Information: 770.293.0080 or


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traces Don José’s ill-fated attraction to the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen casts off her ardent lover for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José’s intense jealousy turns to vengeance and dooms the fiery romance to a tragic end. “Carmen” is full of sizzling opera hits, including the famous “Habañera” and the irresistible Toreador’s song. The music is sung in French with projected English translations. The Atlanta Opera presents “Carmen” on Nov. 10 and 16 at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Call for ticket prices. Information: 404.881.8885 or

I GIVE MYSELF AWAY>>“I Give Myself Away” was written to bring an awareness of the importance and the many benefits of the arts in the lives of young people. The stage play encourages everyone to remember that their individuality is as important and unique as a fingerprint. No one can be duplicated. In this production, the play follows four teens as they struggle to find their place, learn through the process, and discover their uniqueness as they discover that their gifts are valued by others. As those before them gave themselves away so they could reveal their destiny, the teens learn to give themselves away for others. IGMA and Denise James, playwright, present “I Give Myself Away” on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Ticket prices are $20. Prior to the Nov. 17 evening show there is a silent auction in the lobby. Information: 770.293.0080 or CARMEN>>The Atlanta Opera opens its 2012-2013 season with Bizet’s classic, “Carmen.” Set in sultry Spain, the opera November 2012 Cobb Life


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DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR>>Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012, a cherished holiday tradition marking its 15th anniversary, is an uplifting, high-energy show the whole family will love. Get into the holiday spirit as some of music’s biggest and brightest names jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites, led by multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz. Joining Dave this year is Grammy-nominated pianist/composer David Benoit, Javier Colon, winner of the inaugural season of NBC’s hit television show “The Voice,” and the inimitable drummer/percussionist/vocalist Sheila E., who has toured with artists such as Prince, Cyndi Lauper and Ringo Starr. Joining these special guests will be singer/songwriter Margo Rey. Koz’s latest record, the Grammy-nominated “Hello Tomorrow,” features the chart-topping hits “Put the Top Down” and “Anything’s Possible.” He has also released four classic holiday albums. The Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour show is Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $38 to $78. Information: 770.916.2808 or

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FALL DANCE CONCERT>>Enjoy an evening of classical and contemporary dance featuring the Kennesaw State University Dance Company. Choreography will include works by Lauri Stallings, Stevan Novakovich, Sandra Parks, and Ivan Pulinkala, along with excerpts from the ballet “Swan Lake,” re-staged by Reiko Kimura. The Fall Dance Concert is Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at Stillwell Theater in the J.M. Wilson Building on the Kennesaw State University Campus. Information:770.423.6650

MORRISSEY>>Morrissey is taking the stage once again for a U.S. tour. The former Smiths frontman will include both his greatest hits and new, unreleased songs on his tour setlist. Earlier this month, the 53-yearold musician said that he plans to retire at the age of 55. The singer parted ways with the Smiths in 1988, after starting his career with the group in the early ‘80s. Since going solo, Morrissey has released nine albums, most recently 2009’s “Years of Refusal.” On Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, Morrissey has notched nine top 10 songs, including two in the top spot: 1992’s “Tomorrow” and 1994’s “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get.” Morrissey performs Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $37 to $53. Information:770.916.2808 or

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All Lit Up with Lauretta Hannon


Powder Springs author Lauretta Hannon read from her upcoming book and gave a literary talk at the Marietta Museum of History. The event was a fundraiser for the museum and was sponsored by Cobb Life. Hannon is the author of “The Cracker Queen” and appears as an occasional columnist for Cobb Life. 1. Author Lauretta Hannon, of Powder Springs. 2. Catie Demar of Marietta and Liz Darnell of Powder Springs. 3. Cracker Queen lipstick even made an appearance. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER CARTER



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4. Beth Hermes of Woodstock. 5. Odessa Crenshaw of Stone Mountain and Shirley Dozier of Marietta. 6. Diana Morrison of Savannah and Meg Monaghan of Buford. At the event Hannon announced her new role as an advice columnist for the Marietta Daily Journal. Her column is entitled "Because I Said So, Not Your Granny's Advice."



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7. Beth Hermes of Woodstock, Lauretta Hannon of Powder Springs, and Ana Raquel of Atlanta. 8. Cheryl Dent of Macon. 9. Myra Crawford and Heather Elliott, both of Douglasville. 10. Drinks with a special ‘Cracker Queen’ twist’ were present at the event.




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11. Pam Younker of Marietta, Gay Johnson of Marietta and Heather Parker of Powder Springs. 12. Shirley Grier of Marietta, Susie Poss of Mableton and Vicki Melton of Powder Springs. 13. Anita Carducci and Beth Ward, both of Powder Springs. 14. Rebecca Reeves and Lynn Berman, both of Atlanta. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER CARTER


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The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre celebrated its fifth anniversary with the Overture Gala in late September. The event featured dinner and a performance by Jazz legends Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis. Funds raised from the event benefitted the Cobb Energy Centre Foundation. 1. From left, Wayne Goodwin of Smyrna, Silvia Mcclure of Marietta and Gwendolyn Mitchell-Byrd of Smyrna. 2. Diane and Gary Nixon of Alpharetta. 3.Christine and Ben Phelps of Marietta.



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4. From left, Kelly and Jack Bodner of Smyrna with Jan and David Tennant of Kennesaw. 5. Walter Kiley and Ellen Mcgonagil, both of Marietta. 6. Mellisa and Tony Arasi, both of Marietta.


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313 Angel of Life Show Marietta’s 313 Salon held its second annual fundraiser for the Georgia Transplant Foundation in September titled, ‘Angel of Life’ show. The event, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, featured guest speakers, music and a fashion show. 1. From left, Nicki Slinkard of Cartersville, Charlotte Postell of Marietta, Bella Deanda of Woodstock, Brandi Townshend of Marietta and Sloane Kirkman of Smyrna. 2. From left, Kamia Metroll of Marietta, Sloane Beasley of Canton and Josh Langley of Acworth. 3. Andy Krantz and Samantha Krantz of Canton. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER CARTER

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Flourish Awards



The annual KSU Flourish Awards event recognizes. arts leaders in Georgia. The event, that took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in September, benefitted the KSU College of the Arts. 1. Flourish Award winner Alfred Watkins and Cheryl Anderson of KSU. Watkins won the award for Arts Educator. He teaches band at Lassiter High School. 2. Gwendolyn Brooker and Chris Syllaba of Marietta. 3. Longtime WABE FM host Lois Reitzes with KSU College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRACIE L. HINNANT



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4. Flourish award winner Pam Carsillo, longtime community servant, with Flourish award selection committee member Linda Flournoy of Marietta. 5. Susan and KSU President Dr. Dan Papp of Marietta. 6. Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre Director Lisa Toups of Marietta with Sandra Parks of Kennesaw.

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Bartender ’s Ball


The Georgia Bartenders Ball took place in September at the Havana Club in Buckhead. The event, which featured area industry bartenders, managers and executives raised money to benefit the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation's Designated Driver Alternative Program. 1. Contestant for Bartender of the Year, Courtney Foster, of Vinings and Richard Scalesse of Midtown. 2. Fritz Pietrzak of Atlanta with Ryan Gregersen of East Cobb. PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN SELF


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Thankful I lived life before

SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLOSION This is the month where we gather at waited for what amounts to the highest the dinner table and are asked why we priority to a 16-year-old girl – a call are thankful. The list is easy and obvifrom a boy. ous, right? We nameour spouse, our kids Now, that precious wall phone is and our country, among other things. But nearly extinct, and communication can here’s one of my answers this year: I am be unnecessarily complicated. Ever gotso very thankful that I experienced life ten that big-news call from a friend? before the social media explosion and “We’re moving!” or “a new job!” and By Jaillene Hunter expectations generated from instant your friend needs to add to the conversacommunication. tion: “Oh, and please don’t ‘Facebook’ it According to the Fiscal Times News, yet.” When did ‘Facebook’ become a me valuable life lessons. I had to stick to there are 750 millionFacebook users verb? And what about anonymous onmy commitments. If I planned to meet worldwide. There are 100 million Twitline comments? It makes me cringe to friends at 7 p.m. for coffee I had to show ter users worldwide, who send 230 milthink of how many people lack the up because I didn’t have a handheld delion tweets a day. Eighty-two percent of courage to have tough conversations and vice to make last minute changes. I the members of the U.S. House of Repinstead resort to typing sentences they learned to share. There was only one resentatives have Twitter accounts. In would never say in person as they hide phone line (with no call waiting) for a the United States, Pinterest is now the behind a computer screen. family of seven and you better believe third most popular social network, beToday, it’s not uncommon for chilwe learned to take turns. hind Twitter and Facebook, and 60 perdren in elementary school to communiI learned courage. I had to break up cent of its users are female. Social media cate by smart phone. My No. 1 request with someone in person. No accounts for 22 perhiding behind a computer for cent of the time that that!Hard conversations are Living life before social media taught me valuable Americans spend onnot the time for a text mesline, according to the sage, instant message, Facelife lessons. I had to stick to my commitments. report, compared with book message or whatever If I planned to meet friends at 7 p.m. for coffee I had 7.6 percent for e-mail. new type of “messaging” is to show up because I didn’t have a handheld Is there a benefit to created. I learned manners. device to make last minute changes. social media? AbThere are just some things you solutely! On a personal should never say, and surely if I learned to share. There was only one phone line level, there is nothing you do not have the guts for a (with no call waiting) for a family of seven and you more heartwarming face-to-face discussion there better believe than to jump online should be no room for it on and get back in touch the blogosphere. I learned with a long-lostfriend. contentment. There was a lot As a public relations professional, social to my parents in middle school? A less access to comparison. Comparison media is an exciting and inexpensive beeper. That’s right. I remember my well is the thief of joy. way to spread a key message and reach thought-out argument: “But you can There is no substitution for real relanew audiences. ‘beep’ me anytime! I promise I will altionships and friendships. There’s rarely But life has changed since social ways carry a quarterand will go the near- a need for instant communication, almedia boomed. Isn’t it a little bit of a est pay phone and call you back!” though expectations have certainly downer to attend a wedding and realize But instant access eliminates some changed. People wonder what you could you’ve already seen everything on the important interactions.I remember long be doing in the hour or two after the Bride’s Pinterest board? There is no conversations with my friend’s parents birth of a child when you haven’t upmystery to what her dress will look like, before they put my friend on the phone dated your status yet. Why isn’t his or what the décor will be or what guests line. I stood in line for an hour in colher name posted within 45 minutes of will eat that night. lege to send e-mail from 1 of the 3 combirth? Better Tweet about it, or someone Recalling life before Facebook, Twitputers available to our entire dorm. In else will. ter, cell phones and blogs makes me order to catch up with what was new in a This year, I’m adding this to my list smile. I remember running around the friend’s life, I had to callor personally of blessings for which I am thankful: I house in shear panic begging my sibinteract with that person. am thankful social media wasn’t around lings to NOT tie up the phone line as I Living life before social media taught when I was first learning to live life.

we learned to take turns.

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