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ATLANTA CYCLLING RIDES-SATURDAY VININGS LOOP: Year round on Saturdays, at Atlanta Cycling Vinings, 4335 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339. Meet at 9am for a 55 mile ride and at 10am for a 22 mile in-town ride. Pace on all rides is optional, so ride at your own pace and enjoy the route or ride with the group. The painted routes are very well marked and easy to follow. For more information, call 770.952.7731 or visit SMYRNA FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: Saturdays, through Fall, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Here's a great market in your backyard! Visit our local farmers market on Saturdays and stock up on all your fresh fruits and veggies at the Fresh Produce Market. Market opens at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot between Smyrna First Baptist and the Market Village (1275 Church Street SE Smyrna, GA 30080-3595). Enjoy and be healthy! SMYRNA MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS): Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome, both SFUMC members and non-members alike. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit F.A.R.M. FARMERS ATLANTA RD. MARKET: Every Tuesday at 4:30pm at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Rd., SE, Smyrna. St. Benedict's Episcopal Church as a weekday source for Cobb Co. and Atlanta residents to buy fresh local produce and other foods. Local means we eat seasonal items that will taste better and be better for you while supporting farmers in our own community. Weekly Seasonal Produce from Georgia Farmers. FARM is a "Georgia Only" Market. Our vendors either grow their own produce or their creations are from Georgia ingredients.

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MOM’S WALKING GROUP: Meets Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10am at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Rd., SE, Smyrna, GA 30080. Come meet other moms and enjoy a walk by the river. Contact Deb Cook, or email for more information.

FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS: Food Truck season is upon us! Taylor-Brawner Park will roll out the dinner bell each Tuesday from 6pm-9pm beginning in in April. From April to October nine trucks with dinner options and three trucks featuring deserts will be serving it up to Smyrna familes. 10% of the proceeds are given to a non-profit charity. Make it a weekly family event! ALL 4 KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Thurs., August 8th, 9:30-7:00pm (no strollers prior to 11am), Fri., August 9th, 9:00-7:00, and Sat., August 10th, 9:00-1:00 (many items 1/2 off on Sat.). With over 600 sellers, this is one of Cobb’s largest consignment sales. All 4 Kids is located at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. For detailed information, please visit MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT AT TAYLOR-BRAWNER PARK- Movie to be announced: Saturday, August 10th and Saturday, August 27th at dark. Featuring family-friendly movies and activities each time. Gather the kids and kin to watch and enjoy movies on a big screen in the open air. Movie begins at dark. Taylor-Brawner Park is located at 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Please carpool as parking is limited. Call Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842 for information. SARAH’S SCHOOL OF FISH NEW CLASSES: Sarah's School of Fish is proud to offer a brand new group lesson track. This group will focus on broad skills over precise technique. Recreational Group Lessons $200 for August session-signup now limited spots available! Beginner levels available. Baby and Me is a parent/tot swim class which helps teach parents how to teach their child the fundamental skills of swimming. We strongly recommend this class for any child who is 3-24 months of age who is afraid of the water. Call for details!! See you at the pool this summer! 770-434-6914 LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: It’s that time again. Clean out your closets and get ready for our 44th consignment sale! Please join us for The Lil’ Lambs Closet Fall Consignment Sale September 6-7, 2013. (Our Fall Sale is a week earlier this year.) A pre-sale is open to the public on September 5, 2013, from 6-8pm with a $5 admission fee per adult. Public registration begins on August 7, 2013. (Members of Marietta First United Methodist Church may begin registering on July 31.) We allow 300 sellers to consign with our sale, and the seller numbers go quickly. We hope you’ll mark your calendar and make plans to join us for our fall sale. For more information, please visit

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Innovation in Education comes to southern Cobb County How long does it take to make a dream come true? For a group of tenacious, energetic and passionate educators, administrators, parents and residents of South Cobb county, the answer is a little over two years. In the Spring of 2011, half a dozen local residents sat down to sketch out their vision for the school they wished their children could attend. They evaluated the good, the bad and the ugly from their own experiences, studied innovative schools across the country, and pulled together a framework for what they would dub “the most exceptionally Safe, Innovative and Rigorous school in Georgia”, The SAE School. Three of the initial founders, Jimmy Arispe, Janet Rau, and Kim Rowan, began a grassroots initiative that quickly attracted nearly 100 volunteers from the community. “Jimmy and Kim sat in my dining room for an hour one evening and spelled out the burgeoning vision for this school,” said Jill Meiser, Smyrna parent and SAE School Board Vice Chair. “It was like lightning struck. Within thirty minutes I knew this was the school for us, and that I would do everything I could to help bring it to life.” Jimmy Arispe, who will serve as CEO/Head of School, is a long time educator in this area. He spent many years teaching at area schools including Brown Elementary, served as Assistant Principal at Campbell Middle School, and was Superintendent of Schools in Cherokee, NC before turning his full time attention to developing The SAE School. Janet Rau, School Development Officer for The SAE School, is no stranger to building successful school operations. She founded three Vinings Academy preschools, and then opened St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School before launching this new venture. “’If you build it, they will come’ is a movie cliché, but it couldn’t be more true when it comes to educational options in this part of Cobb County,” said Rau. “The need is so great here for better alternatives, and the response from the community clearly reflects that need whenever a new independent school alternative is offered.” Teachers respond, too. The SAE School will begin its inaugural school year with a carefully selected teaching staff of about 20, culled from over 600 applications received. With a stated mission of being “Safe, Innovative and Rigorous”, The SAE School leadership is always eager to talk about what makes the school live up to these descriptors. SAFE “Every parent hopes that the school their child attends will be safe,” explains Arispe. “But creating a safe environment goes beyond ensuring there are no harmful substances, weapons or strangers permitted on campus. A truly safe school has to have a culture that is built upon familiarity, earned trust, and respect.” To that end, The SAE School will foster a school culture where parents, educators and students are highly engaged with one another. “It is truly a school by and for the community, and in an environment where students and their families feel truly valued and invested, we expect to minimize many of the safety issues that other schools struggle with.” In addition, Junior High and High School students will begin each academic day with an Advisory Family, a small group of students matched with a faculty member, sharing and supporting one another through life’s challenges. The school’s website describes Advisory Families as providing “yet another adult who students can turn to in a time of need or crisis. They create a small group of peers that grows together and learns to rely, trust and support each other throughout a student’s attendance at our school.” INNOVATIVE “Innovative” clearly appears to be at the heart of the approach that The SAE School plans to take. It will be the only Project Based Learning school in the area, assessing students for how they employ knowledge and new learning to solve problems and create actual outputs. “In the real world, employers don’t pay people to possess knowledge. They employ us to solve real problems,” explains Rau. “Project Based Learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small, collaborative groups. It closely mimics the world into which they will emerge upon college graduation, so we are preparing them today to meet that world more equipped than most.” Academic Families will keep students and teachers together for multiple years, giving teachers a longer exposure to each student and allowing them to fully understand students’ individual learning styles and capacity for growth. Teachers are grouped into grade-specific teaching teams working together to develop and oversee project work, and allowing individual teacher team members to peel off groups of students who are ready for additional challenges, as well as ensuring that those students needing additional assistance get the individual attention they need. Another innovative approach, Flipped Classrooms turns the traditional classroom instruction and home-


work dynamic on its head. Students will watch video lectures during traditional homework time, sometimes supplemented with group chats with instructors or fellow students. During class time, interaction between students and teachers is increased as the instructors work with students on practical application of the previous night’s lecture. “This approach maximizes utilization of precious in-person time between students and faculty”, said Jimmy Arispe, his wi fe Sheri and their so Arispe. “It makes no n Jake sense to us to spend valuable in-class time with one-way lectures, and to send the students home to try to apply that new knowledge alone and in a vacuum.” If students are absent, the school’s strong focus on technology will allow them to log into live class interface via Skype, or to access the in-class session via archived video. The SAE School even found a way to innovate in an area that for many represents a barrier to attending the school of their choice: Tuition. “We absolutely want The SAE School to be accessible to as many families as possible, and we want our families to rest easy knowing that the future is assured,” says Arispe. “Parents should not have to worry about whether they will be able to continue to afford annual tuition increases.” The school’s solution is a guaranteed tuition rate for families enrolling in the inaugural year. Once a student is enrolled in the school, the tuition rate will not increase from the published rates, so 2013-2014 SAE School students will be assured the currently published tuition schedule through 12th grade graduation: Preschool and Pre-K $7850, Kindergarten $8900, and 1st grade and up $9400. The SAE School is also only the second independent school in South Cobb to obtain Georgia SB10 designation as a Special Needs Scholarship school. RIGOROUS In an educational environment where calendars are being shortened by budget constraints, The SAE School intends to reverse that trend. A 200-day, year-round school calendar stands in contrast to the approximately 170-day calendar and three-month summer break of most schools. “Did you know that the traditional school calendar is a relic from the days when most families were farming?”, asks Rau. “Parents needed their children home to help with summer harvest so the summer school break made sense back then. We think it makes no sense today. The finish line for us is 12th grade graduation, not the end of a school year.” With a full year-round calendar, students at The SAE School will have breaks ranging from four days to two weeks frequently throughout the school year, and one school year will flow into the next. Building a school is not a mission for the faint of heart. Says Arispe, “I am so humbled by the many people who listened to this idea, considered it seriously, and came back and said, ‘I’m in’. Moreover, I’m grateful to so many who brought their own ideas and vision to enhance the school as we built it. It is truly a community effort and we intend to keep it running as such.” From political processes to public opinion, supporters of The SAE School have had to persevere through several setbacks. “There are plenty of naysayers and people opposed for whatever reason to real innovation and alternatives in education”, he continued. “But the will of those who want to see something better always prevails. My mantra has always been ‘We will get our school. We will get our school. We will get our school’. Well, guess what? We have our school.” The SAE School will open on August 13 serving infants through 8th grade students, and will add one academic grade each successive year until the first 12th grade class graduates in 2018. First year enrollment is expected at approximately 125 students, and the school is still accepting applications for some grades. Daily tours are held on site at 6688 Mableton Parkway, Mableton GA 30126. For more information, visit, or call 678-310-9136.

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I’m Okieto Campbell and I’m the man behind the smiles of Endless Smiles Photography. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed taking photos. My family knew this, so at a very young age my mother bought me my very first Kodak Tele-Ektra 300 camera and that is when my interest in photography really started growing. As time changed and the technology of the camera changed and my passion for photography grew, I started to become a lot more interested in the history and the fundamentals of photography. It was just my luck that when I got into junior high school there was a photography class where I was able to learn about the history of the camera, film developing, shutter speed and f-stop. With the lessons I learned and my very first Minolta X-370 SLR my uncle bought me, I started capturing images like there was no tomorrow and the rest became history. I’ve been asked “What is my favorite style of photography?” and I can never seem to answer that question because I love it all. As long as I’m able to capture the smiles of my clients, the beauty of nature or even the candid movements of my loved ones so that they or I can cherish for a lifetime, that’s all that counts. With all my years of learning the craft of photography and the passion to create memories, in 2010 I opened the doors to Endless Smiles Photography. So when you’re ready to have your next special event, or if you would like another memorable chapter of your life photographically documented. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be honored to be the one to help create the perfect photo album or an amazing wall mounted portrait that will keep everyone smiling for a lifetime. Okieto Campbell • 678-281-1766 Okieto@EndlessSmilesPhotography.Com • www.EndlessSmilesPhotography.Com


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Managing Diabetes with Insulin: If you are knowledgeable about diabetes, but want more information about insulin or are having problems with your insulin, this would be an excellent review class for you. This free class is held in the hospital cafeteria on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions.

Caring for the Caregiver: Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. Caring for a sick, disabled or elderly loved-one can cause stress and even sickness for the caregiver. Discover ways to care for yourself physically and mentally when placed in the role of caregiver. This workshop by Jennifer Almand of Northside Psychological will teach you stress management, coping techniques and offer helpful resources to care for yourself. Take time out to attend this free workshop. Call 770-319-2025 to make reserve your spot.

Understanding and Preventing Reoccurring Childhood Earaches and Sinus Infections: Tuesday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. Young children are prone to infections of the nose, sinus, and ears, especially in the first several years of life. These are most frequently caused by viral infections (colds), and they may be aggravated by allergies. However, if your child remains ill beyond the usual week to ten days, a sinus infection may be the cause. Dr. Thomas Guffin, Otolaryngologist, will discuss the causes and treatment of upper respiratory disorders in children. Make reservations for this class by calling 770-319-2025.

Cholesterol Screening: Thursday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Space is limited. September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. Do you know your numbers? It is important to be aware of your cholesterol numbers to insure you are doing all you can do to keep your heart healthy. This screening includes total cholesterol, HDL/LDL breakdown, triglycerides and glucose. An 8-hour fast is recommended. Results will be mailed within 2-3 days. Cost is $10.00. Registration is required. Call 770-319-2025 to schedule your appointment.

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I Do Have a Life by Holly and Diana Parks Her cell phone vibrates in her purse. She glances at the name before sliding her finger across the bottom of the screen and smiles. “Hey sweetie.” “Mom, I got the job! I’ll be back in Atlanta in a month.” She covers the phone with her palm and calls out onto the deck. “Honey, our little girl is moving home.” “Uh, Mom….hey Mom, I’m moving to Atlanta, not back home.” “Oh, OK, sweetie, whatever.” There are house rules in high school; they change in college. But the adult world requires a new set of guidelines – for both parents and returning graduates. Before the car pulls into the driveway packed to the gills with four years of college, smooth the transition by agreeing to a game plan for the next stage of life. My parents gave us fair warning – three months at home, rent free with laundry, meals, and family car included. On the ninetieth day, they were willing to help me move my belongings either to my new apartment or out to the curb. The impending deadline motivated me to quit uploading graduation pics and put my diploma to use. Since then, my parents and I have discovered that the less they impose on my newfound independence, the more appealing are their invitations home. Coming over for steaks on the grill Saturday night does not dictate that I have committed to the next fifty-two Saturdays at home. They are conscious not to barrage me with offers, relieving me of constantly disappointing them (I do have a life). Because that expectation is absent, I can accept or decline without feeling guilty.


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Who Wants More Energy? I Bet You Do. Do you need caffeine to get moving in the morning? Is the first thing you reach for a hot cup of coffee or energy drink? Do you feel like you NEED these things to have energy and function? If you answered yes to these questions then join the club (and don’t worry…this not an anticoffee article so please keep reading!). It is estimated that 55 percent of the adult population in America drinks coffee. Many drink coffee and/or energy drinks because they feel like these beverages provide them with the energy they need to get through the day. But do they?? The surge of energy you experience from drinking coffee and energy drinks comes from the mild stimulant effect of caffeine on your brain. Caffeine is a fat-soluble chemical that easily passes from your bloodstream into your brain tissue. The net effect of caffeine in the brain is stimulation. The increased activity of your brain cells under the influence of caffeine leads to a secondary rise in the amount of epinephrine in your body. Epinephrine is the "fight or flight" hormone, which has stimulating effects on your brain and body. While this stimulation of the brain increases mental alertness, this is not the same as physical energy. Your body produces energy by metabolizing proteins, fats, and carbohydrates from the foods you eat. Metabolically speaking, caffeine is not an energy generating substance. The stimulation you feel after consuming caffeine can give the perception of energy but in reality is nothing more than in increase in mental alertness. Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that coffee in moderation is unhealthy. In fact, there is a lot of research to suggest that, as long as you don’t drink too much, coffee can have some positive health benefits. Coffee is high in antioxidants and may reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Type II Diabetes while increasing cognitive performance. To reap the health benefits of coffee without the negative effects of caffeine try to limit your intake to 1-2 cups a day. (See, I told you this wasn’t anti-coffee article : ). Just be sure you aren’t loading your coffee down with a lot of cream and sugar. Energy drinks on the other hand do not offer the same health benefits so when in need of a quick pick-me up opt for coffee instead.


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If low energy is an issue for you the first thing to do is analyze why ? Why do you feel the need to reach for caffeine every day just to get going? Barring some sort of medical condition, low energy is usually the result of one or more of the following: • Poor dietary choices • Stress • Eating mostly low nutrient foods • Lack of exercise • Lack of quality sleep If you really want to increase your overall energy levels and not rely on chemicals to get you jump started, these 5 areas are a great place to begin. A failsafe recipe for long term sustainable energy is as follows: • Eat a diet low in processed carbs and sugar and high in vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and quality protein • Eat this way for the long haul, not just on occasion and when convenient • Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night • Try to reduce stress if possible. I know this can be difficult but is extremely beneficial. • Move your body. Get out and exercise. It seems a bit counter-intuitive but exercise has a dramatic effect on energy levels. This may sound like a lot of changes to make but let’s be honest, these are things we should be doing anyway. If an increase in long term energy is something you desire then this is the healthiest way to go about it. So, feel free to have that cup of coffee everyday if it’s something you enjoy, just try to no longer make it something you need. Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Specialist in Nutrition, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Marietta, GA. Goggans is the co-owner of Warrior Pride Fitness on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739.

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Bhutan is listed as one of the top 10 emerging destinations in the world. As usual, I had to find out about the latest hot spot on the planet. On invitation by Dharma Adventures, a friend’s tour company located in Thimpu, Bhutan, in June, I made the 30-hour transit to get there. From Atlanta to Tokyo to Bangkok and then to Paro, (the only international airport in Bhutan) was a very long journey in a silver tube of a 744 jet! 110 miles in length and 200 miles from north to south, little Bhutan is wedged between Nepal, Sikkim and India. Druk Yul, the Bhutanese name for the country actually means – Land of the Thunder Dragon – a mythical Buddhist creature said to live in the mountains in this part of the world. Druk or Dragon King One, the first ruler, was crowned in 1907 after he won an archery contest to decide who would be king. After 2 successors (all from the same family, but no archery contest)

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Dragon King #5 and his bride Dragon King No 4, wanted to modernize the country by giving it a national theme. In 1972, he coined the phrase “Gross National Happiness” and created an economic plan to make Bhutan an internationally recognized trading partner while providing sustainability within the country. This GNH as it is known, is measured every year by real statistics. In Bhutan you see no real poverty and as recently as 1974, the first tourists were allowed into this closely guarded nation. Dragon King No.5, the new and very young king, was just married two years ago and wherever you travel in Bhutan, you see billboards and photographs of this very handsome and popular couple. Archery, of course has become the national sport and competitions are a basic way of life. The very modern thinking Druk King 5 has also created a national golf course on the grounds of the royal palace in Thimpu. You can’t visit Bhutan without seeing a temple or a Dzong (palace) or two. Most of these temples are located on the sides of mountains, tops of hills, and up many steps. The hike to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery is no less than 400 steps up, once you hike up to the midway point. Then you have 400 steps down before continuing to the bottom on a path filled with loose dirt and stones. Wish I had worked out on Stair-Master before I visited! As with most buildings in Bhutan, they are all painted bright white with red balconies and windows laced with decorations. In one valley, near the town of Punakha, there is a temple dedicated to fertility. All the buildings and homes nearby are painted with huge phalluses on every available surface. Even in gift shops there are wooden replicas, which are said to be good luck to those that buy them. There is always a festival of some sort in Bhutan. What other way than a festival to celebrate Gross National Happiness? Towns are filled with happy and very colorful dancers and of course, archery competitions. Life is good here! Bhutan indeed is a very special emerging destination. The Land of the Thunder Dragon is well worth the many hours to get there. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso Travel Advisor and can be reached at


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The Free Dictionary Online defines a vacation as “A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation.” I would like to amend that definition to include the following, “A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest or relaxation…that can ONLY occur if you are single or have yet to have kids because after that it becomes an unholy, masochistic exercise in futility that you pay dearly for and only encourages you to return to work more quickly...” I am not sure if the Oxford English folks will add that to their “official” terminology, but I am certain that if they did many more Moms and Dads would give them the thumbs-up for their clarity. I realized this after looking at some old photos of our family vacations when I was a child and noticed something odd about the pictures. My father, if present at all in the cracking and fading photos, was never smiling. It was as if he was not enjoying the kiddiepool at the Dauphin Island Resort in Gulf Shores where I had successfully explored the twofoot pool floor with my new junior goggles and snorkel set and had only required resuscitation three times the whole week. It was like he was not particularly fond of rushing his 9-year-old to the Destin Regional Hospital in Florida after a quick dive into the surf determined that Jelly Fish had invaded the shore. And it appeared as though he was not ecstatic to be sitting in the Tiny Twirlers Tea Cup ride at Silver Dollar City, Missouri, which apparently was specifically designed to cause corn dogs, funnel cakes and Coca Cola to reverse their course in one child’s digestive tract.

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And you would have thought, based solely on his expression, that the Birmingham Animal Penitentiary, or Zoo as they preferred to call it, was not the most incredible experience of his life during that exhaustively hot and stinky summer of 1976 which had apparently enraged all the caged monkeys and gorillas and forced them to fling their refuse at an unsuspecting populace.

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If I were to judge by the documented history of my father’s expressions as they relate to our family vacations I would conclude that the phrase “family vacation” is an oxymoron, like “pretty ugly,” or “military intelligence.” It’s as if he would have preferred a “vacation from family” versus a “vacation with family.” And I think I know why.

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Having been able to enjoy the last few years of family travel and exploration I have come to the conclusion, as my father must have, that traveling with small children who may, or may not, have just recently gained control of their bathroom, eating, sleeping and behavioral habits is no day-in-the sun for their creators. More often than not, just about the time you get the coolers, sunscreen, snacks, clothes and other necessary accoutrement required now for children to relax on vacation you are just exhausted. I mean, I love them each and every one, but come on, I have seen beach footage from Normandy that looks tamer than our family hitting the sand. So when you get our Christmas card this year with the family posed on the dunes at dusk wishing you a “Beach of a Holiday” please understand why one member of the family may look so sour, and let her know I forewarned you! Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at

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BACk tO SCHOOL BLueS by Amber Burckhalter Is it really that time again already?? Shopping for new clothes, making sure you didn't miss anything on the school supplies list, grasping one last chance to spend the weekend at the lake. At such a busy time, it's easy to forget that the kids may not be the only ones mourning the end of summer and the return of school days and early nights! If Charlie or Bella spent the last few weeks playing fetch with the kids, taking walks on the beach or chasing ducks at the lake, then the change in routine and the reduction of exercise and interaction with the family might just put them into a bit of a funk. The transition back to a more normal routine can cause boredom and separation anxiety in dogs too which, in turn, can lead to depression, stress, anxiety and destructiveness. Your pet may be clingy or seem "mopey". So what can you do to ease the transition? • Ideally, you want to start tapering off playtimes, leaving the dog alone for small, but gradually longer stretches, and getting into the new routine a couple of weeks before school officially starts. • In turn, you should increase playtime and inter-


action during the specific times when the family will normally be home. You may already do this for your children as the start of the school year approaches. • Make sure that your dog still gets plenty of vigorous exercise! Long walks or a run; fetch or frisbee before school is a great start. • Feed your dog right before you leave. That way he'll be tired AND full for a few hours. • Consider leaving him with interactive toys or treats. We love stuffed Kongs (ask us for some yummy recipes!) and our Kyjen games are very challenging and rewarding (treats!). • Don't make too big a deal out of leaving - we don't want to reinforce any separation issues! • We would encourage you to start (or continue) bringing your pooch to daycare at least once or twice a week. You will feel better about leaving him alone all day and he will get lots of play time and exercise - which will probably carry over for a day or two! • Your dog might also benefit from some holistic therapy - lavender scent on his blanket, D.A.P wipes or collars - even one of the kids old t-shirts to sleep with. Consider playing some calming music - slow, low-key orchestral or classical music is best. We recommend the specially developed "Through a Dog's Ear" line, which we use every day in our yards. Amber Burckhalter, CNWI, CPDT, CDBC is the owner of K-9 Coach, APDT Board of Trustees, IAABC Certified Member, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and Business U Task Force, Cobb Chamber. K-9 Coach is located at 4870 South Atlanta Road, Ste 200, in Smyrna. 404.603.9744

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Honoring and Assisting Veterans by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. For some time I have wanted to focus on veterans and their families, the challenges they face, and the importance of honoring those who serve. Whatever the politics of wars – there are very brave men and women who volunteer to commit to indescribable difficult periods of time to promote and defend American interests. Military families deal with all the issues common to any family. However, military families also have unique stressors, such as repeated relocations, frequent separations of service members from families, and at times serious emotional and physical challenges that result from service. Having a deployed spouse or parent is likely the most difficult challenge for military families. For the military member, the periods of time away from family and home comes with loneliness, fears, and the requirements of adjustment to difficult and potentially dangerous living. The spouses of those on long and repeated deployments often experience increased stress and related health problems. These spouses are required to transition to a life much like being a single parent, but with the added burden of the fear and the welfare of their serving spouse. The reports about the military’s increased divorce rates are very disturbing. Any marriage is difficult, but a military marriage comes with more challenges. The website offers these common traits among the successful military marriages: 1. An understanding that marriage and military life are voluntary choices. 2. Adopt a team approach to military life. 3. Mutual respect which recognizes and honors the sacrifices of each partner. 4. Frequent honest communication. 5. A realist perspective of military life. 6. A desire to be prepared for both military life and married life. 7. A network of friends that serve as a support group. 8. A deep trust in each other. This article further states: “Military marriages include difficult challenges and unusual pressures, but happiness and fulfillment certainly are possible. The evidence is all around you.”

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A recent Pew Research survey identified factors which predicted a more difficult transition to civilian life. Service members who say they had an emotionally traumatic experience while serving or had suffered a serious service-related injury were significantly more likely to report problems with re-entry. Additionally, those who knew someone who was killed or injured also had more difficulty. Those who were married while they served had a significantly more difficult time readjusting, while those who are active in religious activities had a less difficult adjustment.

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SCHOOLS MATTER IN REAL ESTATE “We can all dream, create and design and build the most wonderful places in the world, but it requires people to make dreams come to reality." — Walt Disney. Such is the story of Smyrna Elementary. Smyrna Elementary is the newest addition to Smyrna and the Cobb County School District. Smyrna Elementary will open its doors in August, welcoming an estimated 700 students re-districted from Brown, Belmont Hills, and Argyle Elementary Schools. Smyrna Elementary was funded through SPLOST and is located at 1099 Fleming Street behind the Smyrna Market Village off Atlanta Road. Administrators and staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to begin the amazing journey in the Smyrna Community. Principal, Brett Ward and Assistant Principal, Melissa Rone look forward to working with students, teachers, parents and community leaders to help create a warm, safe and challenging learning environment. Smyrna Elementary will open as a “Leader in Me” School. “Leader in Me” is a wholeschool model based on the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The “Leader in Me” process supports transformational results including academic achievement and engagement among students, teachers and parents. “Leader in Me” will help to equip students with the self-confidence


and skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century. Brett Ward states, “The beautiful facility will feature the work of local mural artist Scott McIntyre. Scott is currently painting a historical time line of local and world- wide events beginning with ancient Roman and Greek history to the colonization of the Americans. The mural features a history of the United States including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Special attention is also given to the history of Georgia, Cobb County, and Smyrna in particular. “ The community is invited to a Dedication and Celebration at Smyrna Elementary on August 4 from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. An afternoon of light refreshments and music is planned to celebrate the opening of Smyrna Elementary. As a Realtor in Smyrna, I encourage everyone to get involved with our schools offering your support and helping to make them a better place for our students and staff. We are fortunate that Smyrna is home to many excellent elementary schools. To learn more about them, please contact your local schools to get involved. If you are not sure which school is in your district, please give me a call and I will be happy to help assist you. Sincerely, Deborah Ratchford For more information about Smyrna Elementary visit

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