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Like Peas Outside the Pod! Strengthen with Pilates A Colorful Spring Backyard Stimulus Package Be Med Wise Smartphones, IPhones and RIMS…Oh My! Cooking Up A New Kitchen Makeover Visiting Ground Zero Soaring Solo

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Editor’s Note

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Arts & Entertainment

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Cute Pet pics

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Business Guide

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Social Savvy with The Season

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Cute Kid pics

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Community Events

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Table for Eight

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Relationship Tips

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Real Estate Guide

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Advertiser’s Guide

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Eat your peas! Growing up I hated peas, and it seemed as if we had peas all the time. My mom loved them! I did my best to hide the English peas by Le Seur under potatoes and inside carved out rolls. One night at the dinner table while I was trying to swallow one pea at a time, tears began to stream down my cheeks. From then on, my mother told me I never had to eat peas again. Halleluiah! It was a miracle! Unfortunately, that still left radishes, beets and Brussels sprouts! When Kathy Patrick, resident personal chef, submitted her article “Peas out of the Pod,” those memories came rushing back. Is it time to grow up and try her fantastic recipes? I think so, and my mom will be so happy!

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You pick color. I was preparing for my spring portrait and found myself in desOutfit and Brighton accessories from perate need of a pedicure. At my favorite The Clotheshorse in Rome Vietnamese nail shop I asked to see the Make up by Stella Blu in Rome “in” nail polish colors. You won’t believe Photo by Stan Foxworthy. this but the “in” colors are chocolate, mocha and various shades of green from dark to lime green! Due to the fear of being asked “What’s wrong with your toes?” we agreed to by pass the latest trend and go with a light pink. I find that sometimes fashion trends just don’t work for everyone. Who really looks good in skinny jeans unless you are model thin and very tall? Yet, in Geri Cheeley’s article “A Colorful Spring,” you will learn about new trends that we think you will like. Dresses are back in! That’s great news to me as I have always loved dresses. For spring, all ensemble pieces have bright patterns in various shades of pinks, purples, greens and teal. I know I’m ready for some color, and I’m sure you are too! Are you single again? Your marriage of many years may have ended, or you may have lost your spouse as I did over eight years ago. I liked being married, but I also like being independent. A new term I learned from Dr. Laurie Johnson’s article “Soaring Solo” reframes this difficult transition to one of true self-awakening. Now is the time to do anything you want to do. Buy what you want. Take the trip you always dreamed of. Eat ice cream for dinner, and embrace in the fact that you control the remote control! Rekindle old friendships and make new ones. It’s time for you to see this situation in a positive way and soar solo! Enjoy spring and, please, eat your peas! You’ll make your mama happy!

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Arts and Entertainment CALHOUN MARCH 18-20 25-26 28-4/22 31 APRIL 15-16 25-6/10

Artistry Guild – Harris Art Center Artistry Guild –Harris Art Center High School Art Show – Harris Art Center Sonoraville High School Play – Harris Art Center Northwest Valley Writers Conference – Harris Art Center Eggstravaganza Egg Art – Harris Art Center

CARTERSVILLE –BARTOW COUNTY MARCH 4 5 10-13 16 31 APRIL 16 29

Bad Dates – Legion Theatre Marrakesh Express – Grand Theatre 8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering – Booth Museum Lunch and Learn – Bartow History Museum Bartow History Museum Evening Lecture Series The Grascals in Concert – Grand Theatre Sylvia – Legion Theatre

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Voices from the Trail, Wed.-Sat. 10-5 – Chieftain Museum Berry Dance Recital – City Auditorium Student Art Exhibit, 8:30 – 5:30 – Arnold Gallery at Shorter Dancing with the Stars of Rome, 7:00 p.m. – Forum Corey Smith and Colt Ford Concert, 8:00 p.m. - Forum

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Across the Big Pond XI – Celtic Gala, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Forum Eurydice, 8:00 p.m., Sun matinee 2:00 p.m. – Young Theatre, Berry Shorter Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. - Shorter Shorter University Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Brookes Chapel Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 8:00 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Desoto Theatre “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 7:30 p.m. – Callaway Theatre, Shorter Eurydice – 8:00 p.m. Sun Matinee 2:00 p.m. - Young Theater, Berry Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – 8:00 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Desoto Theatre Shorter Coral Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Rome Dark Night Series, 7:30 p.m. – Callaway Theatre at Shorter Rome Symphony Orchestra – City Auditorium


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Food

Like Peas Outside the Pod! by Kathy Patrick Personal and Entertainment Chef

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The old saying is March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”; at this point in time, I’m definitely pulling for the lamb! Spring is fast approaching and as we (hopefully!) trade woolen clothing for cotton, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer sunny days and take advantage of lighter seasonal foods.

There are many great spring vegetables for you to plant in your garden and/or seek out at local farmer stands and markets: asparagus, beets, garlic, onions, radishes, rhubarb, strawberries, and one of my favorites, fresh spring green peas.

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Peas have been around since ancient times; peas were found in Egyptian tombs but it wasn’t until the sixteen hundreds that the more tender green varieties which may be eaten fresh were developed. Botanically, peas are a fruit since they contain seeds developed from the ovary of the plant, but they are considered a vegetable from a culinary standpoint. Green peas are a good low calorie source of protein — a ¾ cup serving of peas has 100 calories, contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter, has less than one gram of fat, no cholesterol, and is a healthy source of dietary fiber. So eat your peas!!! When buying and storing peas: look for pods that are firm (the pod should be filled and appear to be almost bursting) and the peas themselves should not rattle loosely in the pod. Fresh green peas should be refrigerated because up to half of their sugar con-

tent can turn to starch within as little as six hours if they are kept at room temperature. Low temperatures also preserve nutrient content and pea texture (the peas stay tender rather than getting tough). It is best to serve all types of fresh peas the day they are purchased, but if you have to store them, place them in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator, do not wash them before they are stored, and wait to shell green peas until right before you cook them. OK, let’s eat some peas! Here are a few recipes that are delicious, easy, and relatively fast to make. While these recipes are way better with fresh peas, you can substitute frozen peas – not canned – if you cannot find fresh or if time is limited. Just be sure the frozen peas are thawed and rinsed well in a colander. Enjoy the recipes and the nice weather!


Lamb with Peas and Mint

Serves 6

3 pounds lean leg of lamb boneless roast 3 onions, chopped 3 tablespoons butter ¼ - ½ cup Fresh mint 1 teaspoon sugar Salt and pepper to taste 12 ounces tomato sauce 12 ounces water 3 pounds peas or 3 packages frozen peas, thawed Cut Lamb into 3” cubes. Melt butter in casserole, add meat and onions and brown over medium heat. Add tomato sauce, water, mint, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for an hour. Wash and shell peas. After meat has cooked for an hour, add peas to casserole and continue cooking for 30 mins.

Spring Pea Salad

Serves 6

½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped into thin strips 1 tablespoon capers, roughly chopped 2 small shallots, thinly sliced 2 teaspoon lemon zest, grated (or use a zester tool and chop the zest finely) ¼ cup canola (or if you prefer you may use extra virgin olive oil) 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 lb green peas, blanched if fresh, thawed if frozen ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled 1. In a medium bowl, combine the mint, capers, shallot, zest, oil, salt, and pepper. 2. Add the peas and goat cheese and toss gently. 3. Serve at room temperature.

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8 ounces whole-wheat pasta, such as fusilli or rotini 3 cups shelled English peas (4 1/2 pounds unshelled) or you may use frozen peas 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 ounces sliced prosciutto, diced (or you may substitute good bacon) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups quartered cremini mushrooms (or you may use white button or chanterelle mushrooms) 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour Âź cup white wine 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth Âź cup whipping cream Lots of freshly ground pepper, to taste Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and peas; cook until the pasta is tender and the peas are cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. If using frozen peas, add the peas for the last 6 minutes the pasta cooks. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook prosciutto (or bacon), stirring, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they release their juices and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms; stir to coat. Add wine and let simmer for 1 minute. Add broth, return to a simmer and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in cream and pepper. Drain the peas and pasta; return to the large pot, add the mushroom sauce and toss to coat.

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Kathy Patrick, owner of Meals on Heels, is a personal and entertainment chef in Rome, GA. She provides fun (and delicious!) dinner parties in your home or office, or wherever you want to host a special event. She can also fill your freezer with entrees -- so dinner is ready when you are! Kathy is married to Marty Cipollini, a biology professor at Berry College, and she enjoys reading, water skiing, working out with kettle bells, and herb gardening. Contact Kathy at 706 728-6070 or at greatfood@mealsonheelsga.co m and visit the web site at www.mealsonheelsga.com.


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Health Strengthen with Pilates by Elizabeth Brown Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early part of the 20th century. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany and was plagued by sickness as a child. In order to improve his own health, he began exploring ways to strengthen his body and mind. In pursuit of this goal he participated in boxing, fencing, wrestling and gymnastics as well as exploring yoga and Zen meditation.

Pilates was in England during World War 1 and was held as a resident alien in an internment camp. While in the camp he led his fellow detainees in a daily exercise program. His success with the inmates brought him to the attention of camp leaders who put him to work in the hospital as an orderly. Working as an orderly also led to the development of Pilatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first piece of equipment. Manually working out 30 patients a day was exhausting so he came up with the idea of attaching springs to the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bed frames, and, thus, the first Cadillac was born.

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The rest is an evolution of the Pilates Method as it became more popular and eventually made its way into mainstream society where it garnered the attention of celebrities, then therapist who recognized the benefits of the method. Performed correctly, Pilates will increase core strength, improve balance, increase coordination and decrease stress. In addition it will develop long, lean muscles and flat abdominals. This form of exercise can be done for life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progressive and never boring. It is the ultimate mind-body form of exercise and will constantly create new challenges. NBA, NFL, and Pro Golfers are now utilizing Pilates in their training routines to increase core strength and to improve speed, power and coordination. Pilates is appropriate for all levels of fitness from the novice exerciser to the elite athlete. Since the Pilates mat exercises can be done on a mat, utilizing the program at home is an easy way to add additional workouts to your weekly routine. I highly recommend that you learn the basic fundamental movements from a highly trained instructor, preferable one who is comprehensively certified through a nationally recognized program.


Lying flat on a mat or a foam roller with the knees bent:

Here is a set of exercises that I routinely give to my clients as homework to identify the abdominals, develop strength, and find proper alignment.

Pelvic Clock Finding Neutral Pelvis: Lying with the back flat on the mat, rock the pelvis backward feeling the low back imprint on the mat, exaggerate the movement in the opposite direction allowing the low back to lift off the mat,(the pubis bone moves toward the mat). The head and neck should move with this exercise. Somewhere between the two extremes is Neutral Pelvis, (alignment of the 2 front hip bones up with the pubis bone and the 10th rib).

Arm raises overhead: Clasp a 2-3 lb dumbbell in each hand. Keeping the arms straight, reach the arms overhead then return the arms to the start position. Move the arms overhead and back for 15 reps. Cues/Tips: Maintain the space between your shoulders and ears as you move your arms and become aware of where your back ribs are. Keep them engaged on the mat and feel the abdominals work with you to maintain the ribs. Do not allow the front ribs to pop open and maintain pelvic neutral. (Learned in Pelvic Clock).

Ab Preps/Abdominal Curls: Interlace the hands placing them behind the head as the elbows move slightly wide and toward the ceiling (to engage transverse abdominal wrap), tip the chin gently down (to create cervical flexion), engage the abdominals drawing the ribs toward the hips, lift the head and shoulders off the mat. Hold the position counting to 3 on the inhale and counting to 5 for the exhale. Continue to hold for 10 counts of 3 and 5, and then lower the head and shoulders back to the mat. Cues: Bend from the back ribs, allow the sling of the hands to support part of the weight of the head.

Elizabeth was awarded a Balanced Body Comprehensive Certificate of Completion and is a Balance Body Faculty Trainer. She has been teaching Pilates for over 12 years and owns Elizabeth Brown Pilates in Rome. She has achieved Certifications in Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and Yoga Instruction. With over 21 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the science of movement. Elizabeth can be reached at 404-918-1634 or brown5497@yahoo.com.

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Fashion

It’s going to be by Geri L. Cheeley

spring!

Curious about 2011 Fashion trends? Well, I’ve got the answers everyone has been waiting for!

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Bright and vibrant colors and prints are in bloom for this spring and summer season. So, here’s a free pass to let yourself go wild and have a little fun while updating your wardrobe. The first thing to invest in is DRESSES!! Floral, tribal and Aztec prints with bold colors should be in everyone’s closet. Any and all lengths are available; however, sleeves are

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not! But there is a plethora of boleros to satisfy anyone’s taste and style. And, we must not forget TRESSES (tunic-dress). This very popular style is dominating the fashion world and works well with the slim and straight pant or legging/jegging.

help anyone achieve this tough but flirty look. So make sure to have at least one double breasted jacket with a cargo pant or two! And don’t be afraid to roll your sleeves up, ladies, because this look definitely screams year round perfection.

The military style has indeed rolled over from fall. Wearing olive and khaki colors can

Also, in the mix of 2011 styles are tops decorated with exquisite details: lace, crochet, ruffles, shark-tail bottoms and rosette drap-


Hats…any style, any color, doesn’t matter, just make sure to have one in your closet!

ing (which flatters just about any figure). A much more unique look is being adapted due to the accents of details. Stripes are adding a fresh and funky look with a combination of different widths and colors. Shoulder embellishments, thanks to Ms. Beyonce, have really added a twist and definitely kicked things up a notch.

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Now, to the best part of anyone’s wardrobe, the ACCESSORIES! Statement necklaces are still going strong with bold shapes and a dazzling array of colors. What better way to pull this off than with Swarovski crystals, ranging as low as $15 up to the thousands! It’s the new affordable jewel which anyone can appreciate. Wooden and plastic bangles have also made there way onto the fashion scene creating an edgy but modern look. Lastly,

hats are not to be ignored. A wide-brim, eyecatching hat adds sophistication and excitement to any look which all fashionistas need! Keep in mind there are a variety of contrasting trends. So embrace a little color in your life this year. No doubt it will complete any look you’re going for and add instant style. And, above all else, remember “Fashion before Function.” 17


“Pictured above are some eco friendly bangles made out of wood and bone. Simple yet bold pieces, great for Spring.”

Tribal outfit showing a strong “military” look but with a feminine twist. Wonderful skirt length for any age! Bold prints, with the right attitude anyone can wear it! This Tribal ensemble has a way of making you feel confident & ready to tackle anything that comes your way.

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Geri L. Cheeley is the proud owner of The Clotheshorse and a graduate from Virginia Tech with a B.S in Accounting. She lives in Rome Georgia with her husband Ryan and their 5 rescue dogs. You can contact Geri at (706) 235-6289, visit The Clotheshorse page on Facebook, or email her at clotheshorsethe@yahoo.com.


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Gardening Growing Your Own

Backyard Stimulus Package

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As a kid growing up, I often helped or was made to help my mom and dad in the garden. At that time I was not aware of child labor laws, but I knew what followed if I tried to get out of hard work. Growing and preserving our own vegetables was a way of life. It was how my parents saved money and put food on the table for the family to survive. I don’t think any of us are above trying this tried and true method! So, let’s make it catchy and call it “The Backyard Stimulus Package.” No, I don’t mean participating in prohibited activities. I am referring to the whole family growing their own vegetables. Now, the idea of home grown takes on a new meaning and makes perfect sense if you have been to the grocery store lately. Check out the costs of fresh veggies or even the frozen ones!

Vegetable gardening can be exceedingly rewarding in voluminous ways. Personally, I am still waiting to reap my reward, as my vegetable garden was a complete fiasco this past year. Nevertheless, I did manage to give out some good advice to a local minister who praised me from the pulpit one Sunday. My wife was in complete shock and utter amazement that anything I said was of benefit considering the state of my own garden. 20

By Keith Mickler


Reality is . . . vegetable gardening is not without glitches and abundant effort. A successful garden requires a worthy site, careful planning, respectable management, and hard work. Pesky insects, ailments and troublesome weeds require constant attention, and if you have lousy soil, then improvements are essential before you start. Trust me I know. Oh, don’t overlook the water. When Mother Nature takes away we must provide.

Here are a few tips in making your veggie garden a success: A good garden site is essential for yield. The site must be in full sun, have well drained soil and be close to a water source. If you don’t have a good spot or inadequate space, try container or raised bed vegetable gardening. Checkout the Walter Reeves web site www.walterreeves.com for container/ raised bed ideas. A plan will save time, space and money. Create a scale drawing of the garden site. Divide into cool and warm season vegetable planting areas. Cool season vegetables such as onions, cabbage, radishes, and potatoes are planted early (March 1 – April 1). The warm season vegetables like corn, tomatoes, pole beans, and okra are planted around late April until mid-June. Start with a soil sample to check the soil fertility and pH. Perform all soil adjustments according to soil test results. Directions for taking soil samples are available at your county Extension office. Soil will need to be mixed after adjustments are made. Mix the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. Make sure the soil is dry when tilling. If the soil holds together when dropped, it’s too wet to till. Fertilize according to soil test recommendations. Plant or seed spacing is critical. Trust me on this one. Proper spacing among rows and between plants is essential for supreme production. Plant seeds or transplants according to information found on the seed packages or your county agent. Plant the garden. Keep in mind that a cold snap usually always occurs even after the sanctioned first day of spring, March 20.

Somewhere around April 15 is the average last frost day for Northwest Georgia. Last year I planted too early. Water the vegetables. They require 1 to 1 ½ inches of water each week. Remember, when you’re gone on vacation, the garden isn’t. You might need a good neighbor to tend to watering. Position a rain gauge out by the garden so you know how much rain has fallen or if it has rained. Keep an eye out for those pesky bugs and diseases. They can attack seemingly overnight and ruin the garden. Remove plants that are heavily infested with bugs or disease aliments. Weed control remains a must. Weeds strive to steal water, nutrients and light from the veggies. Weeds can be home-base for diseases and insects that attack veggies. The finest weed control is good old “cold steel,” otherwise known as the garden hoe or tiller. To keep weeds at bay and conserve soil moisture, place a few inches of wheat straw, old wood chips, pine straw or other mulch material around the veggies, but don’t pile it on their stems. You can apply about three sheets of newspaper around your plants as base mulch and cover the paper with straw mulch to deliver an extra layer of protection against weeds. Personally I wouldn’t do paper placement on a windy day; you’ll look like a fool chasing newspaper all over the backyard and neighborhood. Newsprint breaks down into organic matter, which is good for soil health.

Here’s a little vegetable gardening trivia! 100 feet of onions can yield between 30–50 pounds of onions 100 feet of Irish potatoes will produce a little over 100 pounds of taters 100 feet of sweet corn yields between 90 to 120 ears of sweet corn Over 200 pounds of maters come from just a 100 foot long row 100 feet of pole beans will yield between 100 to 150 pound of tasty green beans

Lastly, harvest. Vegetables must be kept picked if the plants are to keep producing. Leaving veggies on the plant too long will lead to poor quality. Now, mosey on down to the local garden center and get underway on the “Backyard Stimulus Package.” At the garden center you will find fertilizer, lime, seeds, transplants, gardening equipment and other gardening needs. Don’t dilly dally…try something new. You never know what surprise you may find on the end of that plant. For more information on vegetable gardening, soil testing, fertilizing, etc., contact your local county Extension office or visit us on the web at http://www.ugaextension.com

Keith Mickler is the agriculture agent for The University of Georgia/Floyd County Cooperative Extension. Located at 12 East 4th Ave, Rome, GA 30161 (706) 295-6210. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension - Learning for Life. Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. To obtain extension publications please visit our web site www.ugaextension.com or contact your county Cooperative Extension office.

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Senior Living Be Med Wise by Jay Deville

Prescription medications can help lead to a longer, fuller life; but if not handled properly, they can also cause serious problems.

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The purpose of this month’s column is to help promote the healthy use of prescriptions. Not many years ago, most of us depended on one General Practitioner to advise us on all our health matters. With only one physician, it was easier to ensure that prescriptions were used properly and risks were minimized. Now however, people tend to see many different doctors for various conditions instead of one primary physician.

Fifty percent of seniors take an average of eight medications or more regularly, according to a news release from the National Council on Aging and CVS/pharmacy. Since the risk of experiencing side effects increases with the number of prescriptions taken, most seniors have a high risk. As bodies change and age, this can cause the body to react differently, so a senior may start to experience a side effect from a prescription even if they have been taking it for years without any issues.

Use one pharmacy. People usually see several doctors to address different problems, so prescriptions cannot be managed through a primary physician as they used to be. Going through the same pharmacy for point to make sure prescriptions won’t mix dangerously.

NCPIE advises all prescription users to “Be Med Wise” and practice safe medicine use by focusing on the “3Rs”: risk, respect and responsibility.

Only take medications as directed. If you feel a change needs to be made, talk to the physician who prescribed it; never self-medicate. The American Heart Association recommends that we not insist that our doctor prescribe certain drugs.

According to the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), two out of every three doctor visits result in the prescribing of a medication, with a total of 3.5 billion prescriptions dispensed every year. Prescription education is particularly important for seniors, who tend to take more medications on average. 22

Always keep a complete, updated list of medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements. Give a copy to family members and others who may need to know in an emergency, such as a close neighbor or medical proxy. Show this list to all physicians you see at every visit.

The following are top 10 best practices for senior medication safety:

Know your medications. Read the information that comes with each medication, know the purpose and be aware of their side effects.

Store medications in a dry place of moderate temperature; do not store in areas where temperatures vary greatly or where it gets humid (like the medicine cabinet in the bathroom). Know what prescriptions need to be stored in the refrigerator. Talk to a doctor before adding a new medication, vitamin or supplement to your routine if you are taking a prescription.


Do not share prescriptions with others, no matter what. Even the same medication can come in pills of varying amounts, and even a small amount of difference in dosages can make a big difference to your body. Get rid of expired prescriptions, even if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used all of them yet. Prescriptions change as they age, meaning they will mix differently with your body and other prescriptions and can lead to dangerous adverse reactions. Speak upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;keep the conversation going with your physicians and pharmacy. Ask questions and voice your concerns. You know your body best, and when it comes to your health, there are no bad questions. If applicable, use medication management tools like one or more subdivided pill boxes, reminder services, electronic pill dispensers or inhome services to ensure that medications are taken properly. Missing a dosage, confusing pills or other innocent medication mistakes can have serious ramifications. Appropriate medical treatment may require lots of time, patience and care by both your doctor and

you as the patient. The important thing is for you to communicate with your doctor and to follow his/her course of treatment. Your doctor may determine that you need prescription medication. In order to maximize the benefits of prescriptions and to minimize risk it is important to be educated about prescriptions. Be medwise.

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Answer: Since you’ve already received the invitation, the bride and groom and their families have already finalized their guest list. Take a look at the inner and/or outer envelope. If your son’s name is listed on either envelope then you are welcome to bring him, and you should send back the reply card indicating that he is joining you. If your son is not listed on either envelope, then the couple is not expecting your son to attend. Perhaps they are not having any children at the wedding, or have a limitation on the number of guests who can attend because of the venue or because of their budget. Try to be respectful of the couple’s wishes and realize that creating a guest list is a very sensitive area when planning a wedding. Additionally, in my experience, children would rather be ANYWHERE but a wedding on a Saturday afternoon or evening! Question: I’ve been asked by another friend to co-host a party with her. What should I expect in terms of my financial contribution? I understand there are several couples hosting this event, but I’m new to the area and I’m not sure how a party that is co-hosted by several couples should work.

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Answer: It seems that the number of hosts for a party is growing these days, which is really a wonderful trend. Many couples can share the chores of hosting a large party, with everyone contributing to an area (one couple is in charge of invitations; the other selects the menu, and so on). Most of the time, a ‘treasurer’ from the group of hosts will coordinate setting up a budget and estimating about how much should be spent on each area of the party, with input from the other hosts. Typically, the hosts will then contribute some ‘seed money’ (in care of the treasurer) to give deposits where necessary. After the party is over, the receipts will be tallied up and the treasurer will figure out who owes a little more. Be sure to talk to your friend about how this specific party will be structured and be up-front about your financial constraints.

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Sm ar t ph o nes , IP h one , an d R IMs oh m y! !! by Lamante Attaud If you want to see a look of panic in a young person’s face, tell him a tale of a time before cell phones—a time when 25 cents got you a 3 minute payphone conversion, which could be extended as long as you had change in your pockets. Face to face conversations didn’t involve a tiny camera. Music was pressed onto large black vinyl discs. “Movies on demand” was a big clunky VHS recorder on top of a 1000lb floor model TV. If you want to see panic in your own face, find a mirror and imagine losing your multi-touch, front-facing camera, mp3 music-playing, mp4 movie- playing smartphone. 32

There is a constant electronic evolution going on in the technology world. Staying connected is so easy these days that the new challenge is finding a quiet moment to oneself. So, what do you need to survive? Let’s begin our journey to technological bliss with the great cellphone operating system debate.

Apple vs. Android vs. Blackberry vs. Windows An independent national survey conducted by the market research firm NPD, breaks down the market share as Blackberry with 35%, Apple with 28%, Windows (yes, Windows) with 19%, and Android with 9%. The remainder divided almost less popular Smartphone operating systems. So which phone operating system is the best for you? Let’s look at some pros and cons.

Blackberry (RIM), “The Corporate Workhorse” Pros BlackBerrys are known for being rugged devices which can sustain the daily abuse of the workforce. Overall, the BlackBerry provides the most optimal power consumption for the business user. It is built for the business user and has extras for the consumer . Cons BlackBerrys, in comparison to the Android and iPhone platforms, provide the weakest Web browsing experience To achieve full integration with corporate messaging systems, one must install BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Express. This adds another layer of complexity and cost for a business.


Cons Microsoft stated that Windows Phone 7 started life as a consumer product and that’s what was released as an initial version of the product. From an enterprise business perspective, that’s not a good thing. From a security perspective, on-device encryption is pretty important and can make or break a device. If encryption is required, the current release Windows Phone 7 is not a good choice.

Apple iPhone, the phone that cast the first smartphone stone.

Windows Phone, designed for compatibility with Windows pc Pros Microsoft produces an excellent productivity suite in the form of Microsoft office. Windows Mobile devices still enjoy wider support than the iPhone when it comes to choosing a carrier. The ability to connect a mobile device to multiple exchange mailboxes has become almost ubiquitous with recent releases of iOS and Android, but not Windows Phone7.

First, TV commercials are not your friend. Don’t believe the hype! Every manufacturer claims that the other guy’s phones are inferior. The same goes for carriers. Everyone claims to have the fastest service. The most important consideration is will my phone function where I live and work. Always ask about coverage in your area. Go into a carrier’s stores and hold the phone in your hands.

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Pros The iPhone has a strong developer following, which leads to some amazing applications. The iPhone has successfully bridged the gap between the average consumer and the corporate user. Cosmetically, it looks great and under the hood it is a powerhouse. Cons Unfortunately, you cannot remove the battery and over time it slowly loses its charge. Unlike some other mobile devices, the iPhone is rather fragile. Reading and watching some of the latest iPhone 4 reviews would make you want to purchase a wriststrap.

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Pros Has an extensive application library rivaling Apple’s application store. Open Source creates flexibility and allows vendors to develop platforms for their specific hardware. The Android OS leverages Microsoft ActiveSync for integration with corporate messaging systems. Cons Poor battery life comes down to the hardware but most devices aren’t sufficient for business purposes. The Android OS can be found on various pieces of hardware. The Android experience differs from one Android-powered device to another.

A brief word about app markets iPhone is king (so far) of the apps war with 190,000 applications Google Android is a distant second with 20,000 Windows 7 just reached 5,000 available apps Blackberry World holding the rear with just over 2,000

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Home Improvement Cooking up a Budget-friendly Kitchen Remodel by Jennifer Almand

Remodeling your kitchen is probably the scariest undertaking any homeowner can face. There are so many options, styles, and finishes. You ask yourself, “What if I choose the wrong ones?” What if I spend a whole pile of cash, and I hate it in two years? What if I go over budget and can’t afford to finish? Unfortunately, all these fears have been the chief cause of ugly kitchens across America. Have you ever stopped to think, “Maybe I don’t need a complete kitchen renovation. Maybe I just need a kitchen “facelift.”? After all, isn’t it always the case, no matter how many people you invite over, the party ALWAYS ends up in the kitchen? The kitchen is the heart of the home; it needs to be a welcoming space that is efficient as well as pleasing to the eye. After much thought, I have come up with a few areas in which you can easily improve your kitchen without totally blowing the budget. The following are categories to evaluate in your kitchen to see if improvements can be made. Keep in mind, though, the most budget friendly kitchen facelifts have one common denominator, SWEAT EQUITY, which means YOU provide the labor. In this era of internet-learning, there is no excuse for not having the “know-how” to paint your cabinets or operate a drill to replace 36

as little as $1.50/handle, but the average cost is around $2.50 a handle. For an average size kitchen, you can update your knobs for around $100.00. BACKSPLASH: This is the area between your top and bottom cabinets and is the area most overlooked when updating. This is where you put the “WOW” into your kitchen. A cool tile pattern, maybe metallic tin, stainless steel sheeting, even rustic brick, or maybe some bling! Take your kitchen from drab to fab! your hardware. Let the pros handle plumbing, electrical, and structural changes, but everything else is easy, as long as you have the energy and perseverance to complete the job.

Start by evaluating the following: CABINETS: You can get brand new doors for as little as $30/each. This is a worthwhile investment as long as the base cabinets are in good shape. Maybe your doors are fine and just need a new coat of stain or paint. You can research methods for this in any home improvement book or the internet. My most valuable tip on painting is: “A 4-inch foam roller is your best friend!” CABINET HARDWARE: Do you need to update your knobs from brass to bronze? Have your hinges seen better days? You can get “pro-packs” of simple knobs/handles for

LIGHTING: Do you have a tired old fluorescent fixture? Maybe halogen track lighting is your answer. Track lights can point to areas in the kitchen that need light and are easily installed, and fixtures cost around $100. Another consideration is pendant lights over a bar or sink area. I have seen pendants for as little as $15, and then you get to add a glamorous glass globe to match your colors. FLOORING: Tired old linoleum? Maybe ceramic tile is your answer or a cool, ecofriendly, waterproof cork tile. Ceramic tile has come a long way with some that looks like wood! But remember, unless you know what you are doing, let the pros install your tile. You don’t want your grout popping out in two years!


COUNTERTOPS: This is one of the easiest things to replace. You can find quality textured laminate ($8/linear foot) at salvage places, or you can invest in granite tile ($10/square foot). There is also a kit for painting your existing laminate, which runs around $20/kit, and gives you a Corian-type look. APPLIANCES: If you are lucky enough to have a budget to buy new appliances, look for scratch/dent refurbished models or display models in order to stretch your appliance budget. If you can’t afford new appliances, maybe an Appliance Epoxy Paint Kit is for you ($15). There is also a stainless steel paint kit you can buy. Using these tips and tricks, giving your kitchen a mini-facelift is easy and affordable! You don’t have to live with an ugly, outdated kitchen, but you have to gear up to put forth some effort. Don’t forget to brainstorm with a buddy because two minds are always better than one. You will be amazed what a little sweat equity, cash, and imagination can do!

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Patriotic Passages: Visiting the

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In the years following the September 11th attacks, when friends planning a trip to New York City asked me about visiting Ground Zero I would always try to discourage them.

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“Skip it,” I’d say. “First of all there is nothing to see but a tragic mud hole as final resting place and a crane or two just sitting there doing nothing. While you stand on the lonely streets around the hole you will be overcome by a swell of deep sadness. The boarded up stores don’t help. Then the grief turns to anger because it is 2006 and darn it there should be some sort of a decent memorial for the lives lost by now.”

Your first stop at the site should be the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey Street, between Church Street and Broadway. This visitor center best explains what is happening real time at the site. There are tons of free brochures and maps that explain exactly what you are looking at in the construction canyon. Without this info, it’s all just steel and concrete. With it, you’ll be able to locate the North and South Tower footprints, the Memorial, the Museum, and WTC 1, 2, 3, and 4 skyscrapers – all being born in a Transformers-looking way slowly, but surely. The Memorial is on track to open in time for this year’s tenth anniversary. The Museum, by 2012.

Finally, here we are in 2011, and after so many years of discourse and infighting amongst the municipals, survivors, neighborhood and real estate groups involved with rebuilding and memorializing the site, all of that has visibly changed. Visiting the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, or NS11MM, is now a must see and this New Yorker has some tips for including it in your next visit to the Big Apple. I live two and a half miles north of NS11MM in Chelsea, the west side neighborhood sandwiched between Greenwich Village and Hell’s Kitchen. To get to the NS11MM site, I take the E train (subway) to the World Trade Center stop. New Yorkers love to continue to call the area the World Trade Center. They didn’t take that from us.

When you arrive at the site, what greets you is not a ground zero. Instead, you’ll find yourself at the edge of a giant, square, grand canyon of big-time construction. Building is at every stage of incompletion possible. Bee swarms of hard-hats are at once welding, hammering, steering uber-cranes – above and below, way below, ground level. If you are visiting on a weekday, you’ll soon realize sidewalk viewing is no longer optimum. Business is good again, and pedestrian shoulder bumping a hazard. Fear not – there is now a spectacular, dedicated viewing area and several excellent visitor centers – all free.

site. You’ll need to take one of several subway lines with stops there or go by taxicab. The taxis here take credit cards now, probably the last in America to do so.

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nancial Center building. The floor-to-ceiling glass wall approximately three stories above street level offers a panoramic view of NS11MM and WTC from the western border. Winter Garden is a very pretty, spacious indoor plaza with shopping and dining, and you can spend as long or short a time as you wish there. Next, I recommend making your way along the southern border to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, 120 Liberty Street, which offers five galleries recounting the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, through images, artifacts and tributes. The center also offers guided and self-guided tours around the perimeter of the site for a fee. Both visitor centers have gift shops, proceeds from which benefit educational programming and the NS11MM. Purchasing 9/11 souvenirs from street vendors, while not illegal, is generally frowned upon. Complete your journey around the square of the site by walking north along Church Street to Saint Paul’s Chapel. You’ll know you are there when you see a period graveyard that looks like the one outside the Haunted Mansion at Disney.

1) Flowers left in the fence surrounding Ground Zero. 2) A view into the work site. 3) St. Paul’s Chapel.

Resources for planning your trip: Wtcprogress.com National911memorial.org Tributewtc.org Trinitywallstreet.org

You can go inside Saint Paul’s by walking up the block on Fulton Street to the main entrance on Broadway. Opened and in continuous use since 1766, the chapel was a comfort station for 9/11 emergency personnel and rescue workers for weeks. A portion of the building is now dedicated to remembering that time. As a visitor destination, it’s exhibits offer the most personal insight into the human experiences of New Yorkers on that horrible day. Stopping at Saint Paul’s last is important, in my opinion. The peacefulness of the sanctuary nudges you towards the spiritual reflection needed for healing and hopefulness. Additionally, the ground’s historical points of interest from prior to 9/11 help to begin the transition from mourning back to moving on and enjoying the rest of New York City. I absolutely love reading the Ye Olde headstones of some of Gotham’s earliest colonial citizens. By now you will probably be ready for a bite to eat. My favorite restaurant in the area is the Beekman Pub, 15 Beekman Street, a quintessentially Irish neighborhood place where you’ll see more Wall Street-ers, City Hall-ers, construction workers and locals than tourists. If you are like me, after some fish and chips and a pint of Guinness, you are ready to hit Century 21, 22 Cortland Street, the city’s legendary off-price designer store right across the street from the east side of NS11MM. Go ahead and treat yourself to something nice there. Commerce and a good economy wins. 42

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Advice

Soaring Solo: Life after Loss

Dr. Laurie D. Johnson, LPC

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Why does it seem, that often, folks who deserve the most sensitivity seem to get little of it? Especially when it comes to daily conversation and the innocent inquiry of others about our marital status, parenthood, or job.

have a painful impact. In the same vein is the burden put on individuals whose partnership has ended, either in jagged pieces or by death, who are routinely asked, “Are you married or divorced?” The interest may be well-intentioned, but it lands like a kick in the gut, just the same. Here are 5 ideas for dealing with life, when you find yourself suddenly flying solo.

baggage. If you don’t want to lug it, don’t use the label! And please, don’t settle for your kids’ acceptance that their home is broken. It is not. Even if a marriage has dissolved (not “failed”), their home is safe and intact. If someone shows consideration and respect, you can share personal details about your life, but you are not obligated to divulge your private circumstances to anybody!

As a parent of seven children (three in heaven), I dislike identifying myself as a parent of four, because it is not accurate. Before that, when struggling with infertility, I’d be stung by questions about why we didn’t have kids, and when were we going to start a family. Innocent inquiries, perhaps, but they

1) Watch your language! Words

2) Seek First Aid! Realize that a rela-

define the situation, so choose yours carefully. These descriptions convey wholeness and strength: solo, not married, on my own, independent. These don’t: divorced, single, alone. Don’t invite others to label you according to society’s shorthand. Words carry

tionship loss is a major life event, especially if it involved the death of a partner. Imagine being in a grizzly motorcycle wreck. Can you imagine picking yourself off the pavement and expecting yourself to jump back on your bike? No, you’d deserve medical attention

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and assistance until your wounds healed and you had the benefit of physical therapy. Even then, it’d be wise to transition cautiously back into motorcycle riding. And once back on the bike—you’d be wise to anticipate some setbacks in your skills and confidence. You’d probably be more reactive to road hazards, which at times would work to your advantage and at other times to your disadvantage. It might hurt to travel old trails, and, yet, you don’t want to discard the gift of those adventures. You���ll have to determine for yourself how much you draw on memories and how much you push forward to make new ones. It’s imperative for you to take your time and to listen to your heart, your body, your mind, and your trustworthy friends, as you regain your strength and balance, and launch your post-injury life.

with potential partners. Refuse to buy in to the cultural perspective that partnership is the chief end in life and that friendships are what you settle for when you don’t have a “significant other.” Become your significant other! Not only will that open exciting doors as you befriend yourself and press toward your destiny, it will enrich your friendships and position you for a vibrant partnership. Discover the endearing and amazing person you are, and you’ll appreciate solitude as a time of refueling. You may have feared it or felt it was a default choice—but it can be a space of fullness and comfort. The more truth you can bring into your alone moments, the better. When guilt, shame, or self-rejection follow you into your private moments, let it be a sign to you that your story deserves more telling, and more cleansing.

Cultivate a ritual that reminds you of the strength and grace you possess.

3) Pray in the Sand: Cultivate a ritual that reminds you of the strength and grace you possess. Follow your physical senses to come up with a ritual which allows you to physically express what your heart needs. For one person, that is the means of releasing a relationship that proved too painful. For another person, that means taking time to affectionately reflect on a deceased partner and to honor their deathless love. You might incorporate candles, music, incense, sand, or water into your time of reflection. Often these physical forces help us to center, when the outside world is too loud and chaotic. When words fail us, and other people can’t console us, you’ll be surprised how these primal elements can soothe the soul.

4) Do the Math: Take time to consider that part of the positives you associate with a prior relationship deserve to be credited as enjoyment with yourself! Yes, your partner may have added a wonderful dimension to the high points, but the high points occurred, in part, because of who and what you chose to be! Your loved one or your ex

might have enhanced those moments, but you were half (or even more) of the mixture that invited peak moments. If you’re brave enough to be honest, you’ll realize there were times that you inhibited yourself in respect (or fear) of your partner’s response. Now is the time to release those inhibitions and free you from his or her set of rules. Even if your partner was a wonderful person—you are now released from their wounds and fears. It may not be by choice, but you’ll honor their memory by living life to its fullest now. Reclaim the delight of your own company. Take time to observe what defines you--your wit, your own “lens,” your passions, your stride, your mannerisms, your unique way of relating to the world. Think about it--you still possess the capacity to initiate dynamic experiences on your own, with friends or

5) Tell the Truth: Find a place to tell your story. Why tell your story? How can that lead to consolation, rather than more pain? Take comfort in this, throughout history, people who have faced the worst horrors of war, the Holocaust, violence, abuse, injustice, and catastrophic loss have found relief and comfort through being able to share their story with others. There are several reasons why. One is that a caring listener dignifies us and the struggles we’ve faced. They may not be able to grasp the depths of pain or despair we’ve known, but they can listen with empathy, as we put words to a life that was very likely lived in silence—either muted pain, or intimate joy. Second, telling your story allows you to hear it, to see the pieces fit together, and to embrace the journey and where it led. Hopefully, telling your story enables you to recognize and claim gifts (memories and discoveries) that might have otherwise gone unnoticed, like presents lost beneath a Christmas tree. When the story is raw and wracking, there is strength, conviction, and self-reclamation that come from breaking the code of silence. Whether your story is poignant, painful, or 45


perplexing, there is incredible worth in finding a place to tell it where you don’t have to edit it or enhance it for anyone else. Consider joining a divorce care support group, or some other type of support/growth group, either in your community, a nearby community, or online. Also, consider giving yourself the gift of talking to a professional who is trained to hear what’s not said, is gifted to help you find gifts within your past, and to help you find strength to launch your new life. Ready or not, this is the launch of your new life. It may have been weeks or years since the death of your relationship—what matters is that you choose to stand tall and take the next right step. Don’t settle for labels that disparage you. Don’t settle for loneliness, resignation, or second class seating! Champion yourself. Get the support you deserve, tell your story, welcome healthy people into your life, and take a bow—you’ve lived through one of life’s worst sorrows and you’re back on your feet. Let yourself “Soar Solo!” Laurie Johnson, Ph.D., is a licensed Professional Counselor, at the Skills for Living Institute, Inc. Her show, “Skills for Living” is heard bi-weekly on WLAQ 1410 TalkRadio and online at www.wlaq1410.com. She is available for counseling, organizational consulting, and motivational speaking, for youth and adults. She and her husband, Dan Johnson, CLU, have been married for 31 years, and have four children, 11-17 years old. For more information, or to request her books or resources, call (770)655.5364.

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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

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

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

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

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

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