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Winter 2011


Table of Contents Articles/ Features Soup’s on!




Soup’s On!


Junkin’ - The new era of Antiquing


Conquer Clutter!


Tax Time Thinking


Christian’s European Adventure


Tweens & Teens: Terrible Teens


Get Active for a longer life


Navigating the Road to Life


Winshape Retreat


Departments Christian’s Adventure

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Editor’s Note


Arts & Entertainment


Pet pics


Social Savvy with The Season


Cute Kid pics


Table for Eight


Relationship Tips


Real Estate Guide


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I’ve started my New Year’s resolution early this year. It’s the typical resolution. Lose weight or move up a size (and that is not an option). Basically, I have to get rather disgusted with myself before I make up my mind and make a commitment. In Guyeth Nash’s article, “New Year, New Chapter,” she writes that we need to take baby steps when trying to make changes. Totally unrealistic diet claims grace the covers of numerous magazines, “Lose 10 pounds over the weekend!” Really? I don’t think so.



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First, we should make a realistic goal to Editor lose maybe one to two pounds per week; Mike Thurmond ten pounds equals ten weeks. Second, always get on the scale first thing every abcdefghijklmnopqrstuv Creative Designer morning, preferably buck naked! It 1234567890-=[];',./ABCDEFGHIJKLMN Sharon Foxworthy keeps you on track. Third, cut down your portions. Cut out all fast food and Photography maybe try soup for dinner. The rewards Make-up by Stella Blu Boutique. Stan Foxworthy will be well worth it and people will also Photo by Stan Foxworthy. respect you when they realize you lost Magazine Consultant weight and made your goal! Wannetta Beck The other part about losing weight is exercise. Fortunately, my favorite rescued dog, Bam, is my best trainer ever. I never say the word “walk” or “leash”, otherwise we will immediately have to take a walk to shut him up. In Jay Deville’s article entitled “Get Active for a Longer Life”, we learn that it’s never too late to begin exercising. I hate to break this news to all those lifelong dedicated exercise folks. A fifty year old person can start exercising for the first time in their lives and within five years, they will extend their longevity equal to those who have been faithful working out. You know, sometimes life is just not fair. In winter, we tend to settle in with a good book by the fire. Nothing is better than a homemade soup or stew for comfort food this time of year. “Soup’s on!” by Caroline Alford, will give you some outstanding recipes that are both easy and tasty. My favorite recipe is her wonderful tomato basil soup. She even gives you a list of pantry and freezer items to keep on hand so you can prepare your dish in a slow cooker the night before or in the morning. Then you can go about your day knowing that dinner will be a nice hot bowl of homemade soup. Did you know there is a new era of antiquing? It’s called Junkin’ and you can read all about it in Anna Smith’s article. I have been a junkin fan for several years. It’s fun to go to antique malls and find real retro lamps from the sixties, pieces of china to mix and match for different table settings, funky art, and who knows what you might find. That’s the thrill in Junkin’, finding a unique item as a gift for someone or for yourself! In wrapping up, I want to share something with you. In my church in Cedartown, we have a regular part of the service known as “The Peace”. We exchange greetings and pass the peace to each other by clasping hands or hugging as we say, “Peace” or “Peace be with you.” It just occurred to me that having peace is possibly the best thing one could have. I do wish you peace for the New Year.


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Arts and Entertainment ADAIRSVILLE

February 5 – 3/5 Love it/ Hate it Exhibition: Art on the Square – down town


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Indie Night Concert: Tanna Key, 7:00 p.m. – Harris Art Center The Van Leers, 7:00 – Harris Art Center Roland Hayes Program: The Three Divas, 4:00 p.m. – Harris Art Center STARS Talent Showcase, 7:00 p.m. – Harris Art Center (Sun. 2:30 p.m.)


January –February 20 Ansel Adams, A Legacy – Booth Museum February 5 The Spencers Theatre of Illusion, 7:00 p.m. – Grand Theatre 18-20 Bad Dates – Legion Theatre 25-27 Bad Dates – Legion Theatre


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Gift of Christmas Exhibit – Oak Hill, Martha Berry Museum 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat 12 Abbigail K. Israelsen – Gallery Talk, 7:00 p.m. Moon Bldg., Berry College 14 Concert Three: Berry College, 8:00 p.m. – Ford Auditorium 18 -2/4 Guest Art Exhibit – “Seeing is Believing” by Frank Murphy, Arnold Art Gallery, Shorter 19 Artist Recital: Nathaniel Mayfield, trumpet, 7:30 p.m. – Frost Chapel, Berry College 21 The Ballad of Baby Doe, 7:30 p.m. – Desoto Theatre 24 Faculty Recital - Peter DeWitt, organ, 7:30 p.m. Brookes Chapel, Shorter 28 Friends of the Theatre Cabaret – Northwest Georgia Technical College (Call Shorter Box Office – 706-233-7288) 31 Guest Artist Series Recital: Abbey Simon, piano, 7:30 p.m. Brookes Chapel, Shorter February 4,5 Junior Service League FOLLIES, 7:00 p.m. – City Auditorium 4-6 A Shot in the Dark, 8:00 p.m.– Desoto Theatre (Sun. 2:30 p.m.) 5 Antique Bottle Show, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Civic Center 7 Tesa Dupre Gallery Talk, 7:00 p.m. – Moon Bldg., Berry College 7-3/1 Guest Art Exhibit – “Homage” by Amalia Amaki, Arnold Art Gallery, Shorter 10 Concert Four: Berry College, 7:30 p.m. – Ford Auditorium 11 Heart & Soul 4: Love Songs and Motown, 7:30 p.m. – City Auditorium


Winter 2011 February 11-13 A Shot in the Dark ( same information as on page 8) 17-20 Absurdist dramas by Eugene Ionesco, 8:00 p.m. – E. H. Young Theatre, Berry College (Sun. 2:00 p.m.) 17-20 Winter Play – Trojan Women, 7:30 p.m. Callaway Theater, Shorter (Sun. 2:30 p.m.) 24-27 Absurdist dramas by Eugene Ionesco – (same information as above) 24-27 Winter Play – Trojan Women – (same information as above) 24 Artist Recital: Luther Enloe, guitar, 7:30 p.m. – Frost Chapel, Berry College 24 Guest artist Recital: Blue Mountain Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m. Ford Auditorium, Berry College 25 The American Spirit: Our Music Heritage, 7:30 p.m. – City Auditorium

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Winter is the time of year when you just want to snuggle up on the sofa in front of a warm fire with a bowl of hearty soup or stew. There are several easy to make soups and stews. One of the reasons I like to have a turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas is having the already cooked turkey and broth available when I wish to make stew or soup. Add a salad, some cheese toast or crackers and you have a great dinner for a chilly night. If you keep several key ingredients in your pantry or freezer you can make one in a jiffy. tttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Here are some quick soups and stews to make for your family during the cold weather. I usually make most of my soups in a slow cooker as they can cook all day on low and be ready for dinner. I usually make a lot, then freeze what is not eaten now and have it for later or to share with friends who are sick. Here are some of my favorites: 10

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Freezer Items Vegetable Soup Gumbo, Vegetable Soup Mix, Mixed Vegetables Turkey Broth (Homemade), Cooked Turkey or Chicken Diced Onion, Diced Celery, Ground Beef, Broccoli

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Caroline’s Vegetable Soup 2 Quarts Turkey or Chicken Stock/Broth 2 Cups Diced Cooked Chicken or Turkey 1 Bag of Vegetable Soup Mix 1 Bag of Vegetable Gumbo 29 Oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes 12 Oz. Can Tomato Paste 2 Teaspoons Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper 1 Teaspoon Crushed Basil 1 Teaspoon Crushed Marjoram 1 Teaspoon Crushed Thyme 1 Teaspoon Crushed Rosemary

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Recipes from Southern Cooking with Caroline

Caroline’s Tomato Basil Soup (Fast)


15 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes 15 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil (1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil) 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper 1 Cup Half and Half (Can use evaporated skim milk or non-fat cream) 1/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese Pour tomatoes into a large saucepan. 1. Add the basil, salt, and pepper. 2. Heat until boiling. 3. Add the half and half and Parmesan Cheese. 4. Heat until just before boiling. 5. Serve in soup bowl. 6. Garnish with a spring of fresh basil or dollop of cream. 7. Serve with cheddar cheese toast or cheese crackers. 8.

Broccoli Cheese Chowder 1 Package Frozen Chopped Broccoli (10 Oz.) 1 Medium Onion, Chopped 1/4 Cup Butter (Half Stick or 4 Tablespoons) 2 Cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese (8 Oz)

White Sauce Ingredients For Chowder: 1/2 Cup Butter (1 Stick) 1/2 Cup Flour 1 1/2 Tsp. Salt 4 Cups Milk 1 Cup Chicken Broth

1. Cook broccoli just until tender. Do not overcook. 2. SautĂŠ chopped onion in butter until tender. 3. In a separate pan, prepare white sauce by combining butter & flour over medium heat; add salt, stir for about 2 minutes on low heat. 4. Stir in milk and chicken broth gradually, stirring constantly until mixture reaches a boil. 5. Cook 1-2 minutes until thickened. 6. Add broccoli and onion. 7. Stir in cheese. 8. Cook briefly over medium heat. Avoid bringing to a boil.

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Old Fashioned Beef Stew (Fast) These amounts are approximate as you are using leftovers from your pot roast. 2 – 3 Cups Cooked Pot Roast 2 Cups Cooked Carrots & Potatoes 1 Cup Gravy or Au Jus 1/4 Cup Flour 1/2 Cup Cold Water 1/4 Cup Kitchen Browning Sauce 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 1. Cut up the remaining pot roast into 1 inch pieces. 2. Cut up the remaining vegetables into small pieces. 3. Place meat, vegetables, and gravy in a deep skillet or heavy sauce pan. 4. Place the flour in a glass measuring cup, add the cold water stirring briskly with a fork until all lumps have been removed and all the flour is incorporated. 5. Pour flour mixture into the pan and stir. 6. Add the browning sauce, salt, and pepper. 7. Cook over medium heat until liquid is boiling and thickened.

Caroline Alford, who lives in Rome, is an avid cook and author of Southern Cooking with Caroline. To order her cookbook, contact Caroline at She enjoys entertaining and like any cook, her dream is to have someone come behind her and clean up as fast as she can make a mess‌




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Let’s goJunkin’!

Junkin’ The new era of Antiquing by Anna Smith


No disrespect intended, but these days that’s what a new generation is calling the ‘Hunt’ for antiques, flea market finds, and cool vintage treasures. It is debatable whether the phrase was coined because of the increasing popularity of new T.V. shows like ‘American Pickers’ and ’Pawn Stars’, or the shows have followed the name trend. But either way, it points to a new wave of antiquing. By it’s very definition, Junkin’ implies a more free form, fun and cheap adventure. It’s the thrill of the hunt…you never know what you’ll find! It is a wonderful form of self expression and creativity and some folks have elevated it to an art form.

This new breed of antiquers have no trouble thinking outside the traditional antique box. They seem to gravitate toward anything unusual, eclectic, or strange (even if they don’t know exactly what it is!). That’s because they are using their finds in fresh and inventive ways to decorate their spaces. An old porch post becomes a hat rack, a scratched up chest becomes a charming shabby chic painted piece and old windows become interesting picture frames, etc. They may still buy traditional antiques and collectibles, but often use them in new and exciting ways, like mixing and matching old china and glassware to set a unique table! Since our culture is much more casual, customers report that they don’t entertain like their parents did. So, they see no need for expensive china or crystal. And best of all, their finds don’t have to be perfect. Flaws are acceptable, even desirable in some instances!

Antique Dealers and Malls

This new pursuit for antiques & old stuff has definitely broken with tradition. So the hunting grounds have shifted from highdollar, traditional antique stores to consignment/thrift stores, flea market/antique mall venues and yard/estate sales. It’s not just about ‘the find’, but ‘the good deal’ as well. Depressed economic times have contributed to this attitude and made junkin’ much more practical. On-line sites, like, report that consignment and thrift stores are one of the fastest growing businesses these days. Another popular buzz word right now is ‘architectural salvage’…old decorative trims, hardware, doors, tubs and sinks, stained glass, etc. that are salvaged from old homes and buildings are being used in new homes to give them character and a vintage feel. (WARNING…most building contractors hate this!). It’s inspiring to hear

Georgia Antique Mall/ 6105 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, NW/ Adairsville (770)877-3988 Ken’s Antiques and Auctions/ 204 S. Main St/ Adairsville (770)877-9922 Linda B’s Antiques & More/ 5858 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, NW/ Adairsville (770)769-9344 Apple Barrel Antiques/ 1005 Alabama Ave S/ Bremen (770)537-1925 Porter House/ 201 Buchanan St N/ Bremen (770)537-4349 Affordable Antiques/ 1142 N Wall St/ Calhoun (706)629-8180 Showcase Antiques & Interiors/ 1017 Highway 53 E, SE/ Calhoun (706)602-1233 Calhoun Antique Mall/ 1503 Redbud Rd, NE/ Calhoun (706)625-2767 Calhoun Auction & Estate Sale/ 1503 Redbud Rd/ Calhoun (706)506-8014 Cartersville Antique Gallery/ 9 E Main St/ Cartersville (770)607-8040 Liz’s Antiques/ 1277 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, SE/ Cartersville (770)606-0035 Main Street Antiques/ 38 Burnt Hickory Rd, SW/ Cartersville (770)383-3511 Blue Willow Gifts & Consignment/ 16 Alabama St, SW/ Cave Spring (706)777-3999 Christa’s/ 10 Alabama St, SW/ Cave Spring (706)777-3586 Antique Mall & Flea Market/ 1943 N Broad St, NE/ Rome (706)234-5667 Antiques & Interiors on Broad/ 114 Broad St/ Rome (706)295-0015 Grandpa’s Attic/ 516 Shorter Avenue/ Rome (706)235-8328 Master’s Antiques/ 241 Broad St/ Rome (706)232-8316 River City Antique Mall/ 876 Spider Webb Dr, SE/ Rome (706)237-6235 Roman Rose Antique/ 222 Broad St/ Rome (706)234-0505 Skelton’s Red Barn Antiques/ 10 Burton Rd, NE/ Rome (706)295-2713 The Cottage/ 349 Old Dalton Rd, NE/ Rome (706)232-5522 Treasure Trove/ 1944 Shorter Ave, NW/ Rome (706)378-0003 Country Cross Roads Antiques/ 2480 Mahan Rd/ Summerville (706)857-7342 Farm House Antiques/ Highway 27 N/ Summerville (706)857-1433

customers share their cool ideas about how they are using a particular find. The increasing interest in self-sufficient, back-to-the-earth living is another factor that has fueled this cultural phenomenon, this “Junkin’ Craze”. Customers are looking for old cast iron cookware, old farm tools and implements that don’t require electricity, pressure cookers, canners and vintage kitchen equipment. Even old books about gardening, canning, and caring for livestock are on the ’hunt list’. So if you’re looking for a new and interesting hobby that can be enjoyed alone or with a buddy (as long as you don’t fight over the stuff!), put on some comfortable shoes and hit the junkin’ trail. Use your imagination and focus your eyes to see the possibilities. You’ll be amazed at the treasures you will find. Happy Hunting!

1. Leather top stool spruced up w/ 'Funky' painting (by Marcia Stegall) 2. A shutter & pieces of odd trim become a decorative shelf (by Sassy Salvage) 3. An old window frame becomes a unique way to display quilt scrapes (by Shabby Chicks) 4. A salvaged porch post makes a great hat rack! 5. An old cowboy boot turned vase.

Anna Smith, Owner of Treasure Trove Antique & Consignment Mall for 7 yrs. Graduated from Auburn University w/ a B.S. in Forestry /Land Management. Resides in Gaylesville, AL with her husband, Alan Smith, where she is an avid organic vegetable & herb gardener & cook.


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Clutter and disorganization have actually been proven to contribute to depression and anxiety problems for the people that live in its clutches.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, the clutter in our homes seems to multiply on its own. Pretty soon, you can’t find anything you are looking for, and the task of actually making sense of it all seems overwhelming. Clutter and disorganization have actually been proven to contribute to depression and anxiety problems for the people that live in its clutches. Victims of clutter also see their problem as embarrassing, and go to great lengths to hide it from others, causing even more stress for themselves. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 8 out of 10 people suffer from the negative effects of a cluttered home. Clutter not only negatively effects adults, but it also puts stress into the lives of their children and pets. So, with a fresh new year comes feelings of energy and possibility. With this energy, it is possible to actually conquer your clutter problems once and for all, by following a few simple steps to a new clutter-free home! All you need to remember is, START SMALL. Pick one room to start off with, and give yourself plenty of time to complete your task. As we journey through the de-cluttering process together, just remember one of my favorite sayings, “You have to make a great big mess to see progress”. Now let’s pick a room, let’s say, the bathroom to start off with. Get help from a friend, and make sure you have several uninterrupted hours to devote to your first decluttering project. You need to start by emptying every single drawer, closet, shelf, and cubby and place everything on the floor of another room where you have plenty of space to work. Now, start sorting through the items, having a garbage can handy for obvious “junk” and trash. Place like items into piles until you have everything sorted out into categories.

Then go back into the bathroom, and really study the space you have available. With your friend, analyze if you have unused space, such as shelves that are too far apart, or drawers that are too deep. Ask yourself, would using clear plastic storage bins help keep items separated and organized on closet shelves? Would it help to stack small baskets inside deep drawers? Can you attach wire shelves to the insides of the closet doors to take up empty space? Take a trip to your local home store or discount store, and buy a few bins or baskets to help organize your space better. And remember, kitchen organizers can be used in bathrooms, and vice versa. Here comes the fun part, putting it all back together in a neat, orderly fashion. Using your new boxes and bins, place the things you use most often up high, in easy to reach places, and then place lesser used items in

the bottom drawers/shelves. Work diligently until everything has a “home”. You may even choose to make small labels for drawers and shelves, to help family members remember where everything goes also. Don’t forget to stand back and admire your handiwork, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Then make sure to choose which room you are going to tackle next weekend! The important thing to remember is that in order to keep things this organized, you need to devote 5 minutes every day to placing objects back where you got them. If you practice this daily routine, things will stay relatively organized throughout the year. Stress, embarrassment, and anxiety will be replaced by feelings of organization, efficiency, and overall well-being. So, bring the New Year in with a bang! Conquer that clutter-bug once and for all by doing it one room at a time. Jennifer Almand owns Almand Specialty Painting & Design, and has been beautifying homes in Northwest Georgia since 2006. She lives with her husband Rick, and their three dogs, in scenic Kingston, Georgia. In addition to murals and faux finishes, Jennifer paints furniture and custom art, designs tile mosaics, backsplashes and showers, works as a home organizer, and consults with her clients on fabrics, finishes and fixtures to make their homes unique. Jennifer also enjoys photography, riding her Harley Davidson, playing with her “fur-children”, donating her time and talents to community charities. You can contact Jennifer at (706)346-1590, visit her business page on FaceBook, or email her at ".


Money Matters

Tax Time Thinking < < < < < < < < < < Are you getting a refund?

Think about any changes you may want to make to the amount of tax deductions that come out of your paycheck. Do you want to decrease the amount so that you have more throughout the year to pay down debt or save on your own in an interest bearing account? Many people prefer getting a large refund. They feel it is the only way they can save or they do not want to risk having to make a lump sum payment if taxes are owed. Consider putting a set amount out of each paycheck into a special savings account, but you will have to be disciplined not to touch it if you want to have it all this time next year. Think about direct deposit, but don’t spend money paying for an advance of your refund from tax preparers or loan companies. Why pay them so much extra to get your money just a few weeks earlier? Direct Deposit is faster and safer than paper checks. Just make sure you have correct account information and the names on your tax refund match the names on your account that you are depositing into. If you don’t have an emergency fund, begin one with this year’s refund. This way you can avoid debt when something unexpected comes up. Actually you should expect the 20

unexpected to happen. Everyone is likely to have some type of emergency if you consider possibilities related to cars, major appliances, your house, and unplanned medical needs. Begin an emergency fund and add money to it out of each paycheck.

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Consider paying off debt. Make a list of all the debt you owe sorted by balance size with the largest balance at the top and the smallest balance at the bottom. Work to pay off the smallest balance first. Then keep working up the list if you have any additional money that can be paid. Would you want to purchase Savings Bonds with your refund? This year the government is letting you receive all or part of your refund in Series I US Savings Bonds. The amount has to be in multiples of $50 and you can receive direct deposit for any difference over the amount of Bonds you are purchasing. Check out for more details. This time comes every year. Do some thinking now on the amount that is deducted from your paycheck. Make the most out of any refund you receive. Think about decisions that will have the best impact in your overall personal finances. Then you can look back and have happy thoughts of what you have accomplished.

Dawn Harris currently works as VP Finance/CFO at Coosa Valley Credit Union. She has been employed with the credit union 23 years. She holds degrees of A.S. Economics from Floyd College, B.S. Business Administration from Shorter College, and a MBA from Shorter College. Ms. Harris conducts Money Management presentations for local employers and community events.


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European Adventure by Patricia Lipe



The telephone rang in that seesaw aggravating and piercing way only French telephones can sound. It was five AM. I rolled over, picked up the receiver, mumbled “Oui,” and a frantic male voice screamed at me. Come at once, he said. “Venez vite! Il n’y a pas une minute à perdre!” The “animal” was loose. Everyone was “terrorized” (he did not mince his words even if this is a translation). “Il s’est enfui de la cage. C’est pas possible ça! On a d’autre chose à faire!” he yelled through the speaker. And with a sigh, “Ah! ces Americains!” he hung up.

When I left Washington, it was ostensibly to have a little vacation in Europe. Christian was placed in a kennel. But after several weeks in Paris, I decided to totally immerse myself in the French lifestyle for a year. I rented an apartment in Sèvre and sent for my companion, Christian.

Christian came home to my apartment outside Paris. He was one worn out dog suffering from a major bout of jet lag. As the days passed, I took him everywhere and the French people were wonderful with him. He was allowed in cafés, in taxis, almost everywhere except museums.

There was a large screened-in area, like a huge cage, at Orly airport containing unclaimed boxes and baggage and today, one frightened young German Shepherd. When I called him, Christian ran up to me, tail wagging and tongue licking and so loving and grateful for my presence that it really made the airport stewards look foolish. These big Frenchmen had not dared to enter the ‘cage’ and many irate passengers were impatiently waiting for their bags.

Then one day he began to throw up. I took him to the vet. Some pills were prescribed. I also realized he never recouped the energy he had before his flight across the ocean.

I did not realize it then, but my entire stay in Europe would revolve around this young pup. It was the beginning of a series of adventures I have had throughout the years, always involving a pet.

The medicine did not seem to alleviate Christian’s lethargy. In France, at least in those days, nature was prescribed as often as pills. Whole stores were devoted to the sale of bottled waters. The bottles were assembled according to their curative characteristics. To the uninformed, such a store looked like a wine shop. Christian had his special waters but still no change. Next on the list of natural cures was a change of environment. If the patient had been human, a spa would

have been recommended. In our case, the two options were either the sea or the South. I had a great uncle living in Rome. The only American Canon of St. Peter’s, Uncle William refused to live behind the walls of the Vatican. Instead he had an apartment (replete with chapel) in the Palazzo Doria. Needless to say, Christian and I could not stay with my uncle, but arrangements were made for us to sublet an apartment nearby. I still have Christian’s train ticket. The long ride from Paris to Rome was made longer by the fact that I had to quickly exit the train with my friend every time it came to a stop, worried he might make a mess in our cabin. After getting settled in Rome, my first priority was to take Christian to a vet. The outcome of this visit was the diagnosis of both heart worms and tuberculosis. The doctor


said we must first kill the heart worms and then, if he survived, deal with the TB. His diet for the former was pasta. This was the worst possible diet for the TB, but absolutely necessary for getting rid of the worms.


During this regime, we walked twice daily in a fresh unpolluted area. Thanks to my great uncle’s landlords, the Principessa and Dom Doria, we had access to one of the Seven Hills of Rome. The Doria family owned one of the most beautiful villas and gardens that I have ever seen. Presenting my pass at the gate, I and my “persona d’accompagno” had free access to miles of the Doria Pamphini gardens and fields. Reflection ponds, fountains, tall Italian Cypress trees, and fields of manicured grass were all ours alone for the afternoon. Alone, that is, until one day Christian ran off, barking wildly. Behind the trees, down the hill, was a herd of sheep. Before I could catch up with him, Christian had separated one unsuspecting sheep from the herd. Thinking he had seen a wolf, the sheep panicked. Running up the hill, he must have had a heart attack. I found him upside down, legs straight up and very dead. All of a sudden, from down below, came a voice yelling loudly in Italian. It was the shepherd who tended the herd. Now we were in real trouble! I grabbed Christian and fearfully awaited the man. Breathlessly, he came up the hill, surveyed his sheep, and then, to my astonishment, shrugged his shoulders. “Una sigaretta americana?” he asked. Boy was I glad to comply!

Of course, Christian could never shed his “disguise.” The Romans knew a wolf when they saw one. “Cane loupo, cane loupo” someone would yell and a whole block of people would run across the street leaving my shepherd and me with an empty sidewalk. If you are in a hurry in Rome, this certainly has its advantages. Christian improved, regaining some of the spark and stamina of old. We had passed the worm test. Now the diet was changed to beat the TB. Meat replaced the pasta. But the battle was far from won. To help our side, I planned a little trip. We traveled to Assisi to the Basilica di S. Francesco, or to be precise, to the front pew in front of the altar in the church of the patron saint of animals. The basilica was dark. Candles flickered near the entrance and a pale light shone over the cross above the altar. But to the tourists who came in the narthex or posterior of the church, the two little ears sticking up from the front pew were visible enough to recognize as clearly not human. The guide told me later that he was sure St. Francis was pleased to have Christian in his church, especially a dog so aptly named.

Several months later, we boarded a ship in Naples, once again to cross the Atlantic, but this time in a more leisurely fashion. No more frantic episodes in airports for either of us! Besides, the trip home was strictly first class; at least, it was first class plus for Christian. The kennels were on the top deck while my cabin was several levels below in economy class. Going through customs in New York, I smiled sweetly, handed my credentials to the officer and then, feigning an embarrassing moment if Christian didn’t get to some grass

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Tweens and Teens: Terrible Teens by Dr. Laurie Johnson, LPC

Okay, who thought that if we lived through the “terrible twos” with our kids and grandkids, we’d face a bigger challenge come the teen years? After all, parenting teens should be easier than parenting toddlers whose vocabulary is limited to “NO!” and “Gimme,” correct? Teens have advanced language and reasoning skills. Surely they possess more empathy, tap into a broader perspective, and exercise more seasoned judgment than a toddler. Or do they? At times, it appears that adolescence reverts teens back into a binary vocabulary of “NO!” and “Gimme,” plus some expletives and a lot of grunting!


These days, more and more parents are alarmed at their teen’s behavior, whether that involves misconduct, disrespect, threats, or self-endangering behavior. Whereas a two year old can draw on the wall, break a toy, yell at a playmate, or refuse to eat their vegetables, a teens refusal to follow rules and respect boundaries can have devastating results for themselves and for others. Take alcohol use, for example. Your son or daughter’s use of alcohol creates physical risks and may endanger others, especially if they get behind the wheel of a car. Drinking during the teen years can predispose them to cope with stress by seeking a mood-altering substance, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication, or recreational drugs. Many parents look the other way, at their child’s use of alcohol or drugs, because they are convinced that partying is a harmless part of growing up. However, the number of alcohol-related injuries, accidents, sexual assaults, unplanned pregnancies, costly mischief, and absenteeism is a serious reality, with the stakes higher than ever before. A few years ago, if a tipsy teenager engaged in reckless, compromised activity, it was the stuff of rumors. Now, it is likely to be broadcast on the internet, thanks to cell phone users who stand ever-ready to take pictures and circulate video of any incident. Sadly, tweens, between the ages of 11-13, can fall to peer pressure to act out sexually, and the havoc and heartache that follows can imperil their self-esteem and well-being for years to come. Don’t think that because you’ve educated your teen about the risks of “sexting” and acting out sexually that your job is done. It is critical that you teach your tween and teen strategies for what to do when their defenses are down and temptation or peer pressure feels overwhelming. 1. Ask your child about the pressures that kids at school face these days. It may be terrifying to find out about the choices and challenges our kids face today, but better to be informed and supportive than to be naïve or self-deluded. It may also open your eyes to reasons for your teen to be edgy, anxious, irritable, hypersensitive, insecure, depressed, lonely, gender-confused, pessimistic, and shortfused. Empathize, without feeling the obligation to agree, debate, lecture, or interrogate. Just listen. Once you learn the root of their angst, anxiety, or anger, you can help them strategize solutions.

2. Ask your child to confide in you the ways which you may have disappointed or hurt them. Admittedly, this is a scary, painful step to take. However, not knowing about the resentments they bear against you doesn’t keep those resentments from growing! Whatever anger or contempt your teen expresses, verbally or behaviorally, against other people or events, buried anger and resentments may fuel a lot of wrath. Whether it is justified, logical, or reality-based doesn’t matter, until AFTER your teen has been able to unload his or her grievances against you. Responding humbly, rather than defensively, will help them drain their anger, rather than steep in it. If your teen’s anger causes you fear or anxiety, don’t try to handle it alone. If your teen’s blue moods or depression causes you concern, don’t trivialize it or attept to sooth it with goodies or gifts. If your teen speaks to you in a hateful tone that drips with contempt and is full of accusations and threats, don’t chalk it up as a phase or ignore it. Confide in another caring adult, support group, counselor, nurse, or physician. Try or another parent education and support group. 3. Keep a record. Too often, when a distressed teen experiences a “flood” of emotions, they speak, behave, and interact in a manner that is destructive and self-harming. Our survival tendency, when the storm has passed, is to push it out of our thoughts…until another episode occurs. Keeping a record of what transpires, helps us be honest about the volume and intensity of our teen’s distress. Unless that distress is soothed it will wait in the corners like a tiger ready to pounce. Remember, when either you or your teen is hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, you’ll be at greater risk of explosions. Snacks and naps can aid harmony, and detour an upset from becoming a scene. Use a signal to cue family members that it is time to pause for a deep breath and a time-out. If your gut sounds an alarm about you or your child’s welfare, get help immediately and follow through with whatever resolutions you make. 4. While teens may look like adults, their powers of thought, observation, prediction, and discernment have not reached maturity. At moments, you may feel like you’re dealing with a stormy two year old again. Try not to overpersonalize what they say. Try not to expect of them a degree of gratitude or a perspective that is beyond their reach. Teens are often storm-tossed by

emotions, hormones, fears, and pressures. Remind them of their uniqueness and attributes. Take time to hug, wrestle, and express affection. Find what makes the two of you laugh. It will help you guard the feelings of love, affection, connection, and delight that are painfully tested during this passage to adulthood.

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Get Active for a Longer Life By Jay DeVille

Have you put off starting an exercise program because you believed that it wouldn’t make a difference any way? Or perhaps you’ve thought it’s too late to start an exercise program? If so, then read on. Studies indicate that not only does physical activity improve longevity, but have also shown it is never too late to start. Most health studies have tended to focus on the impact on the health of middle aged individuals. We will look at those in this column, but recently other age groups have received attention. In fact, a Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal in 2009 gives hope and encouragement to those who have reached or passed middle age. Researchers discovered that a solid exercise regime after the age of 50 can raise one’s level of longevity to that of those who have been exercising regularly all along. First, the basics. The Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and the American College of Sports Medicine remind us that physical activity improves quality of life. Physical activity extend s longevity, protects against the development of CHD, stroke, hypertension, obesity, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and depression. Physical activity has been shown to help maintain full function and independence among the elderly. 34

Physical activity improves heath by: n Reducing the oxygen demand at any given level of physical activity. n Reducing the tendency for blood to form clots where arteries have narrowed. n Increasing elasticity in the arteries. n Causing changes in the brain and brain chem istry that may improve mood and cognitive functioning. Unfortunately, studies reveal that 60% of US adults do not engage in the recommended amount of activity and 25% of U.S adults are not active at all. Chronic disease costs the US $655 billion in annual healthcare costs. Approximately 1,500,000 people in the US will have a heart attack this year and 500,000 will die. Exercising does not necessarily mean preparing to compete in the Ironman Triathlon or running 26 miles a day at a 7 minute mile pace. The American College of Sports Medicine and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend

that we accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity over the course of most days of the week. The daily activities may include walking stairs, gardening, dancing, mall walking, carrying a golf bag or carrying a grocery basket or planned exercise or recreation. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, which ran from 1997 to 2004, found that exercise – walking or cycling, as well as non-exercise physical activity in general - helped to improve women’s average lifespan. It showed that exercise or an overall active lifestyle, or a combination of the two, can bring about the benefits of long life. One of the most interesting recent studies, the Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 2,205 men, first surveying them from 1970 to 1973 when the men were 50 years old. The subjects were categorized into four groups based on their level of physical activity. The study followed the men as they aged to 60, 70, 77 and 82. It is not a surprise that the study found that more physical activity translated to lower mortality rates. The sedentary group had absolute mortality rates of 27.1 per 1000 persons, while the most active group had a lower rate of 18.4. The good news for late starters was that those who raised their levels of physical activity while they were between 50 and 60 experienced improved mortality rates, even reaching the rates of men who had carried out high levels of physical activity all along. Does this mean that I can begin a month long exercise program and achieve the same

activity increased longevity. It took a longer commitment to catch up. The conclusion of the study stated that,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Among the elderly, not only continuing but also initiating physical activity was associated with better survival and function. This finding supports the encouragement of physical activity into advanced old age.â&#x20AC;?

longevity as a life long fitness fanatic? There is a catch. The study showed that the improvement in mortality rate was observed 10 years after the change in habit. The study suggests that a sustained period of regular physical activity of at least 5 years would be necessary for the low-level exercisers to catch up with the high level ones in terms of longevity. Still, a shorter increase in physical

The benefit of an exercise program, at any age, has been documented. A 47 year study of 5209 male and female residents in Framingham, Massachusetts, calculated the effects of low, moderate and high levels of physical activity. The researchers found that everyone benefits from adopting an active lifestyle and that even moderate levels of activity will help people enjoy a healthier and longer life.

Archives of Internal Medicine 2005:165; 2355-2360 Archives of Internal Medicine 2009:169; 1476-1483 British Medical journal 2009:338-388 American journal of Epidemiology. 2007:165;1343-1350 American College of Sports Medicine Resource Manual for Guidelines forExercise Testing and Prescription, Third Edition. Exercise and Physical Fitness Page; Department of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University.

Jay E DeVille is a resident of Rome Georgia. He received a B.S. from Louisiana College and a M.S. in Economics from Baylor University and has provided instruction in economics and finance at LSU, LSUS, Mercer U.and Highlands College. He owns Right At Home of Northwest Georgia, a provider of in-home care and assistance.

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Advice Navigating the Road to Life: A New Year and a New Chapter by Guyeth Nash It’s the new year, representing the beginning of a new chapter and offering an opportunity to pause for reflection . What do we want to leave behind that has burdened us? What mistakes and old scripts from the past are we going to choose to end? What we are going to do differently? This new year can be a time of change and renewal.

throws our way. That is why I love New Year’s Resolutions; not as strict goals that hang over us to remind us of ultimate failure, but as a map that we have chosen for this next journey. Resolutions can be concrete examples of our dreams. I have a magic wand in my office that I use to jog a client’s inner thoughts, asking them to make three wishes for themselves. Invariably it happens that their mind is blank, it has been so long since they stopped to ask. Or, they are so focused on changing someone else or something external that is out of their control that they can’t see many of their options. Once we get to the root of their wishes, we are often able to determine a map for them to move forward and toward the possible fulfillment of these “dreams”…even in the midst of their reality. “If you don’t tell the world who you are, the world will tell you who you are”. I read that quote several years ago, and it has served me well in mapping out my journey. However, we have to trust the process. We often want to see the end of the story before we make a step, but it is in each little step, building one on the other, that the most significant changes are made.

Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. “The real journey in life is not finding new places, but finding new eyes.” (Anonymous) We can move into this next chapter with regrets and focusing on what was, or we can embrace the present and the future with intentional choices. Being intentional about the present takes practice and is an improvement over just responding to what life 36

Being intentional about each step can inform us about what direction to take next. For example, this job may be only a job for now, and the career path may unfold from this experience later. And that person you are going out with? They may be a fun companion for now, but not right as your life partner. The tendency to avoid any experience until we know how it will end is common. We also must resist “locking” onto a person or situation, regardless of the many red flags, just for the sake of settling down and reaching the conclusion of the search. Life experiences don’t have to be

forever to be significant. By using this perspective, everything counts, nothing is wasted. Even mistakes and regrets can be left behind as a point of insight and an experience learned. Like driving at night, we can only see as far as the headlights shine. We may have to adjust the map as the reality of the drive - the bridge that is out or the snarled traffic - requires us to take another route. Remember, we will never get anywhere if we just sit in the comfort of our driveway, or focus only on where we have or have not been . 2011 has twelve whole months. There is a lot of time to explore…and to start over if we need to! This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. --Susan Polis Schutz.

Guyeth Nash is a psychotherapist and organizational consultant in private practice in Rome, Ga. She has over twenty five years of experience in clinical, corporate and academic environments. Guyeth has a Post Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, an M. Div. in Pastoral Counseling, and an M.Ed. in Counseling. Guyeth is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.


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NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS How would you rate your energy level? Do you suffer from any of these symptoms; Headaches, neck and back pain, low energy, heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, sinus problems? Do you frequently get sick? Have you felt bad for so long that you have almost given up hope that you will ever feel better again? Natural Health Solutions will help you determine the cause of your symptoms and, in many instances, have you feeling immediately better, both physically and emotionally. You may have skepticism about using homeopathy, herbs, nutrition and detoxifying, but

if you want to live longer and feel better, you need to make an appointment with Natural Health Solutions in Rome, Georgia.

Computerized Health Evaluation

To give you a basic idea of what to expect at your first appointment you will have a computerized health evaluation which will test all the vital forces and the percentage of functionality of the major systems in your body. For example, the testing may show circulatory problems; low functioning of lymphatic, digestive or nervous systems; low percentages of heart and liver function. Typically, the test takes about an hour. There is absolutely no discomfort in the testing and no electrical impulses are felt, but you will be totally amazed at the findings. Do you feel older than you actually are? The results of computerized health evaluation includes your bio-logical age (not your actual age) and your ideal bio-logical age, as well as what needs to be addressed as a priority to help you achieve your optimum health. To feel better and younger, you may simply need to do a specific customized cleanse to target your unique health issues. The answers to many peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health concerns have been as simple as addressing issues such as viruses; bacteria; Lyme disease; chemical-pesticide or herbicide exposure; parasites; yeast; mold; poor circulation; heavy metal toxicity; low trace minerals and these are just a few examples.

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Emotional Release Therapy

Stress has become one of the leading causes of illness. There is a reason for the saying, “Stress Kills”. Chronic stress can lead to any number of symptoms; tooth grinding; neck and back pain; ulcers; high blood pressure; irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia. The list goes on and on. Besides the physical effects, stress causes anxiety and depression. By means of Emotional Release Therapy at Natural Health Solutions, your stress will dissipate and you feel empowered and in control. Emotional Release Therapy (ERT) removes the interference and/or distractions that are demanding the attention of the healing power. These distractions cause an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system and ultimately lead to disease. A growing body of evidence indicates that virtually every ill that can befall a body – from acne to arthritis, headaches to heart disease, and cold sores to cancer - is influenced for better or worse by our emotions. It is estimated that 90% of all physical problems first begin with an emotional upset or trauma.

The fact is that what you think about (mental stress) can change the way your body functions. What you think is probably the most important factor in regard to your overall health. You may ask, “So what can I do about emotional stress?” This is where your ERT Practitioner has been trained - to find out what the emotion stress or trauma is and where it is causing an imbalance in the body. Emotional Release Therapy gets the energy block removed so that the body can return to a state of balance. Starting at the first of the year Tim and Melissa Llewellyn, owners of Natural Health Solutions, will conduct free monthly seminars to remove the mystique of natural healing and explain more about the various services that they offer. Call for dates and times of the seminars or set up your own individual appointment. If your want to change from feeling sick and tired to renewed with vigor, make a point to call Natural Health Solutions.

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Testimonials: “As a single mom, losing my job caused unending stress. I noticed that I felt tired every afternoon and even after a good night’s sleep, I woke up tired. After my Emotional Release Therapy session at Natural Health Solutions, I cannot tell you how much better I felt! It was like I had all my problems figured out. The euphoria has carried over for weeks and my energy level is great!” Lee, age 51 “This is the first time I have slept great and all night since I my early twenties.” Scotty, age 46 after his first Emotional Release Therapy session. “I have to admit I was astounded at the results from my computerized health evaluation. I had been feeling lousy with sinus problems and sneezing attacks. Natural Health Solutions uncovered the real reason that was causing the symptoms. After two weeks using their herbal products, I feel noticeably better.” Terry, age 42

We are available in the Rome office for appts on Tues Wed Thurs by appt only. NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS 1202 Shorter Avenue / Rome, Georgia

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WinShape Retreat Inspired by French architecture, Martha Berry built the Normandy Complex of Berry College in the 1930’s to resemble buildings of the Normandy countryside. Miss Berry had a desire to see students learn with their hearts, hands and minds. Berry Dairy provided them with one of many opportunities to work with their hands as part of their total education. Berry Dairy operated in what is now known as WinShape Retreat for about 70 years. The buildings still feature bricks and roof tiles that were handcrafted by students as one means of their learning experience. Each barn still supports spires that were designed to draw the students’ eyes and hearts to God as they worked. When the offer to use the Berry Dairy buildings was presented to S. Truett Cathy, he and his family saw an opportunity. Mr. Cathy’s son, Bubba, believed this was the answer to a desire that he and his wife, Cindy, had to provide a place of hope for struggling marriages. In 2003, through partnership between WinShape Foundation, Chick-fil-A


and Berry College, the buildings took on new purpose. Just as the character and lives of students had changed over the years, now the beloved dairy barns began to experience transformation. Not wanting to disturb the historic architectural beauty, adaptive reuse renovation techniques were used as the barns were fortified for years of future use. Buildings that once housed cows were remodeled to house people. Buildings that once housed staff now provide an upscale bed and breakfast atmosphere. And where the blacksmith once forged metal over hot fire, guests now enjoy latte and cappucino drinks around the warmth of a welcoming Eastern European stove. Today, thousands of guests visit these buildings annually and experience transformation themselves. With 80 sleeping rooms configured with one king or queen bed, rest comes easily. Countless leadership teams and business experts gather to cast vision for their organizations. Women find rest and renewed energy for the many roles they lead. Marriages are continually encouraged as couples who feel hopeless find hope; couples who are tired find rest; and couples who just want to get away and have fun, return home with sweet memories and new energy. A recent guest of WinShape Retreat stated: “I guess Disney gets to keep the title of the happiest place on earth but I do feel like Normandy could win the title of the safest place on earth. The peace that I experienced there was unbelievable.”

WinShape Retreat is located in the middle of a breathtaking 26,000 acre natural wildlife preserve on Berry College campus in Rome, Georgia, and just a short drive from Atlanta, Chattanooga and Birmingham. WinShape Retreat invites you to come for an individual stay or with a group. We welcome guests over eighteen years of age, providing you a quiet atmsophere to step into a haven of hospitality and rest. Whether you choose to ride our bikes, hike our trails, join one of our cooking classes, experience structured team building or read in front of our fireplace, you belong at WinShape Retreat. In addition to the hot popcorn and varied drinks always ready for you, WinShape Retreat provides amazing food prepared by our certified chefs. Dining experiences at WinShape Retreat include groups as well as individuals wanting to go somewhere special for a date night. Through the ministry of WinShape Retreat individuals experience transformation; marriages become healthier; teams become more focused; and organizations leave with new purpose and vision. We welcome you to contact us today at or 877-977-3873. Betty Bergen Manager of Sales and Marketing WinShape Retreat

Thoughts for Creating a Successful Marriage VISION FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIP New yearâ&#x20AC;Śnew beginningsâ&#x20AC;Śnew resolutions. We want to see ourselves healthier. We want to see ourselves wealthier. We want to see ourselves better. So, we make resolutions. These resolutions are affirmations that we want to see things different in our lives. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just settle for the usual health and wellness changes this year. Instead, think about a fresh vision for your marriage and relationships. What would you want to see? More date nights, more intimate conversations, more funâ&#x20AC;Śless fighting, less stress, less hectic pace. To escape the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mundane, just existing, survival modeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mentality we often have in our relationships, we need vision. A true vision for your marriage and relationships can vitalize and energize your life. Vision provides the motivation for significant accomplishment. Vision allows us to recalibrate our expectations, hopes, and dreams. Start 2011 by dreaming a little about your relationships and where you want to see them go over the course of the year. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a new energy for living. Dr. Shawn Stoever Marriage Coach WinShape Foundation




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Real Estate Directory ~ Agencies Asher Realty 317 E. Main St, Crtsvl 770-382-5983

Harrington Realty 706 235-8245 415 Shorter Ave, Rome

Northside Agency 50 International Pkwy, Ad 770-773-3770

Century 21 322 E. Main St, Crtsvl 770-382-2121

Howard Realty 706-235-0111 900 N 2nd Avenue, Rome

Professional Realty 25 Stonewall St, Crtsvl 770-387-1706

Dempsey Action Co 706 291-0746 106 E 8th Ave, Rome

Jason Free Realty 706-295-3733 1903 Turner McCall Blvd, Rome

Reese & Smallwood Realty 706 234-5555 1825 Turner McCall Blvd, Rome

Exit Realty 920-B N. Tenn St, Crtsvl 770-386-9735

J L Todd Auction 706 291-7007 531 Broad Street, Rome

Re/Max of Rome 706 232-1112 807 Shorter Avenue, Rome

Garden Lakes Realty 706 234-9421 2400 Garden Lakes Blvd NW, Rome

Keller Williams Realty 706-235-1515 4 Oakwood Street NW, Rome

Re/Max Realty Group of Cartersville 1124 N. Tenn St, Crtsvl 770-387-1550

Hardy Realty & Development 706 291-4321 1609 Martha Berry Blvd NW, Rome

Keller William Realty NW 1010 N. Tenn Street, Crtsvl 770-607-7400

Roberts Realty Group 26 S. Wall St, Crtsvl 770-386-1708

H & H Realty 659 Henderson Dr, Crtsvl 770-386-1400

Lambert Dixon & Tate Realty 706-234-7777 1408 Dean Avenue, Rome

Toles Temple & Wright 706 291-0202 611 Turner McCall Blvd NE, Rome

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