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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT REV COFFEE: You're invited to play your music every Wednesday night in an open mic forum in front of a cozy, supportive crowd. Performers are encouraged to bring their own instruments however, partly in due to Rev’s community atmosphere, but mostly due to the friendliness of our fellow Rev-goers, just because you forgot your instrument doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to play. A musician sign-up board will be set up near the coffee counter, so you’ll know when you’re up. Though a lot of the music played at Rev is acoustic, don’t be afraid to crank up the dial. People can read the newspaper and play chess between 8:00am-8:00pm. The hours of 8:00pm-10:00pm are for music. No purchases are necessary. But we hear caffeine is good for dexterity and teas are great way to warm up your vocal chords. www.revcoffee.com 1680 Spring Road SE, Smyrna. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COBB-MARIETTA MARDI GRAS RUN: Save the date! Make plans to attend the 4th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run on Saturday, February 9, 2013 on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of CobbMarietta and its Community Partners. The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., with the 1K beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the Tot-Trot at 9 a.m. Discounted price is $25 for runners who register by February 4. Cost is $30 starting February 5and on Race Day; $15 for Tot-Trot. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, e-mail Run Chair Emily Katarski or by phone at (678) 491-0148. You may view the course map and register on-line at www.marietta5k.com. THE MIX: "The Mix" a social event on February 14, 2013 at Taylor Brawner Hall located 3180 Atlanta Rd Smyrna, Georgia 30080. This event is for those singles living in Georgia, that have not participated in the social arena lately. This presents a great opportunity for you to meet new Business Leaders, get acquainted, have fun and meet with new Clients and Singles in the local area. A great atmosphere that will cause you to see what other singles like yourself have in common or just discover something...all together new! Now Elite Productions focus is toward the people and community, building character, integrity, confidence and relationships. Your support will make this event a huge success. If you are an Entrepreneur we will allow you to promote your company through this event. It is all about having fun while networking, what a great way to advertise your business. We will place your business cards in the bag called "The Mix". Advance Tickets : $10.00 www.themix1.eventbrite.com, Tickets at the door are $15. For more information email, the_mix@aol.com. CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE SALE: Benefitting Path to Shine, a unique after school mentoring and tutoring program. Once again top Designer Children’s Boutiques & Businesses in Atlanta & surrounding states join together and host the 8th Annual Children’s Boutique Warehouse Sale. Once a well-kept secret to only those on the mailing list, the event’s reputation has grown to become known as the Sale event not to miss. The line will start forming an hour or two before the doors open. One day only! Saturday, February 23rd, from 9am to 4pm at Westside Foundry, 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, 30318. A huge assortment of NEW Designer children’s clothes & accessories ALL 50%-70% off retail prices. Admission fee is $5 with a portion going to Path to Shine. For more information, please visit www.childrensboutiquewhsale.com . BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday February 22, 9am-7pm. Saturday February 23, 9am-noon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Cobb County Civic Center. 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info:www.bornagainblessings.com ALL FOR KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE: The spring/summer edition of the All 4 Kids Children’s Consignment Sale (West Cobb location) takes place on February 21-23, 2013 at Jim Miller Park (Cobb County Fairgrounds). The All 4 Kids consignment sale is billed as “Atlanta’s Biggest and Best Children’s Consignment Sale for over 20 years!” The dates are: Thursday, February 21st, 2013 from 9:30am to 7pm Adults who donate $5 cash for missions will be given early admittance on Thursday morning at 8:30am, (no strollers prior to 11am), Friday, February 22nd, 2013 from 9:30am to 7pm, and Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 9:30am to 1pm (many items are 1/2 off on Saturday). Accepting Cash, Debit ($1 fee), MasterCard and Visa ($2 fee). No checks. Jim Miller Park (Cobb County Fairgrounds), 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. KINDERMART CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Spring/Summer 2013, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Rd. Smyrna, GA 30080. March 1, 9:30 am-8 pm (NO strollers 9:30-11 please, Fri only), March 2, 9 am-Noon, many items 1/2 off Sat. Save BIG $$$ on children's clothes, swimwear, toys, baby needs and equipment, books, sporting goods & much more!! www.kindermartsale.com. LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: Children’s Consignment Sale. First United Methodist Church of Marietta . Shop Early on Thursday, March 7th 6pm – 8pm ($5.00 early shopping fee, Thursday only), Friday, March 8th 9am-7pm and Saturday, March 9th 9am-1pm. Childcare available while you shop, by reservation (770) 429-7850 ext. 7860 (charges apply). No strollers allowed on the sales floor. 56 Whitlock Ave. , Marietta 30064 . (770) 429-7850, ext. 7858 or www.lil-lambs.org. TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! Electronic tagging, so a much faster checkout! Open to the public on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. For more information email sale@nowamom.org or visit www.NOWAMOM.org. Please bring in this ad for special admittance before the public sale either 7pm9pm Friday, March 15 or 8:30am Saturday, March 16.

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Tom and Brett Suzanne Manzagol both grew up in the Midwest and moved here in 1997 for their careers. They met in 1999 and were married in 2001. “For the last 11 years we have enjoyed living in Cobb County. We absolutely love the Smyrna/Vinings area. We are only slightly outside of the city and enjoy a community that is pleasant and upscale but not pretentious. Cars hardly ever honk their horns; people take pride in their lawns and generally wave and smile. It is not uncommon for someone to pull over to offer help if you are stranded during one of the few ice or snow storms that come through the Atlanta area”.

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“Our dogs, “the boys” Winston and Elliot are a huge part of our lives. We enjoy Smyrna because we are in walking distance to several beautiful parks where we frequently have picnics and enjoy playing fetch with the boys.” “Tom and I live a very active lifestyle. Tom is a true romantic and also a handyman and can pretty much fix just about anything! When the weather is just right, we rent a tandem bike from the local bike store and cruise down the Silver Comet Trail. Maybe it is not the best work out, but it is relaxing and fun!”

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Shopping with Shelia real style for real women

LOOKING THINNER WITHOUT TRYING TOO HARD I don't know about you, but I gained a few lbs. (pounds) this holiday season. While attempting to shed the unwanted pounds I may be tempted to throw on a baggy T-shirt and some loose sweat pants to hide my extra flab. But we all know that bulky clothes just make us look bigger. If you are trying to lose weight or just want to look a little slimmer, check out the tips below. No dieting necessary! • Be fitted for a bra. Wearing a proper-fitting bra will lift your breasts and thin out your middle section. • Stand up straight. When you slouch, your midsection will automatically appear heavier. • Wear dark colors. All dark colors, not just black, can make you appear slimmer. Think navy, charcoal grey, burgundy, dark red or forest green. • Dress monochromatically. One color creates an elongated silhouette which will make you appear taller and slimmer. • Nude heels will lengthen the leg and they go with just about everything. • Tailor your clothing to skim your curves and visually take off pounds. • Keep your purse in proportion with your body shape and height. Big girls need bigger bags. • Draw the eye up with V-necks, scoop-necks, and sweetheart necklines. • If you carry your weight in the top half of the body, avoid the ice cream cone look by balancing the bottom half with a slightly wider straight leg pant. No skinny pants or jeans. • Avoid cap sleeves or puffed sleeved blouses and tops. • Try sweaters with a looser weave that don't cling. Avoid chunky or ribbed turtlenecks. • If you have a thick neck, trade out choker necklaces for longer chain necklaces. • Don't let your hair make you look heavier. Choose a hairstyle that doesn't add bulk. Face framing layers that sculpt the face are better than a short, blunt cut that adds width. • Trade the thick, knit muffler for a slim cashmere scarf.

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• Don't settle for ugly shoes when you can find comfortable, attractive shoes. If you have wide feet and thick ankles avoid thin heels and shoes with ankle straps. Try a stacked heel or wedge. • Do not wear leggings in place of pants with a big top or sweater. • Don't chop your leg length off by wearing shoe- booties or short boots with skirts and dresses. • If your sweetheart gives you a big box of chocolates on February 14th, take it to the office and share it with your co-workers.

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MEMORIES OF GUATEMALA by Pam Walker

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I have been to Guatemala several times before. One of the first places I traveled, even before Europe, was Guatemala. I was fascinated with the early Spanish history and the colorful fabrics worn by the Mayan descendants. I loved the archaeology of the ancient peoples and spent hours climbing the many temples in Tikal. It has been many years since those visits, so when recently invited by a friend for a quick "re-visit", I jumped at the chance. As my plane landed in Guatemala City I remembered how green the country of Guatemala is. My friend lives in Antigua, Guatemala, and so I did not stop long in the capitol city. Years ago, to get to Antigua, the drive took you out of the capitol into the countryside and then an hour’s drive to Antigua. In today's Guatemala, the capitol is so huge; you almost go from one city to the next without much countryside between the two. Tour companies these days don't even bother with Guatemala City, even though some of the most interesting museums in the country are located there.

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Surprisingly, little else seems to have changed in Guatemala. The Mayan descendants are for the most part farming as they used to, and the marketplaces are still as colorful as I remembered them. The people are as hospitable as they once were.

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Beautiful Lake Atitlan, a highlight on any trip to Guatemala, has unfortunately suffered. It has become one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country. The locals still fish here in their dugout canoes and the Mayan women still wash their clothes along the shore by beating them on rocks, but modern Guatemalans do not swim or fish in the lake. The views from the shores with the lake, the volcanoes and beautiful sunsets cannot be forgotten. Like Antigua, many of the old homesteads that lined the lake are now small boutique hotels for rest and relaxing while enjoying the spectacular surroundings. The famed market at Chichicastenango, which also is a common tourist attraction, is still there. It is however, bigger than ever. A myriad of craft stalls spreads up and down several streets. Mayan shamans still practice their craft saying prayers for the devout and assisting locals in the ancient Mayan traditions and on the steps and inside of the two churches that frame the market itself. It is truly amazing to see people in traditional dress light the pagan candles, and then strew flower petals on the floor in front of their makeshift memorials and between the pews of these very Catholic churches.

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Tucked between several active volcanoes, Antigua with its cobbled streets and historic homes is a step into the past. The volcanoes erupt from time to time and cause earthquakes too. Some of the most historic spots in this city are now ruins of what once was. Cathedrals and palaces from when the Spanish invaded this country are now historic reminders of times of wealth and power in Central America. Antigua of today is filled with small charming boutique hotels carved out of the older houses that were left abandoned in earlier times.

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Tikal too, those wonderful ruins that I climbed years ago, is now filled with wooden walkways and steps to make the climb easier for everyone. No more climbing Temple 1 or 2....that is prohibited now. You can walk everywhere and climb the less important temples…but the special places are now “out of bounds”. Guatemala is truly a wonderful country that is stuck in history. Where else in the world can you see the things that exist here? Slowly we are modernizing the world around us with TV, the Internet and so many things. But in Guatemala, there is still the mystique of history to see. There is so much more to see and explore in this wonderful and very colorful country. Thanks to my friends for the invitation, and thanks too for whetting my appetite for the next time Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at Walker Adventures pliwalker@earthlink.net. You can follow her travels by visiting Pam's blog at http://www.pamwalkers.blogspot.com.

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ObESiTy by Dr. Faye Vargas Morris

It’s that time of year when we make our yearly resolutions and many Americans make weight loss one of their priorities for the year. According to many polls, weight loss remains the number one New Year’s resolution. And if you made that resolution, it is important to keep that resolution! Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is great for your health and can help prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life. What is obesity?

2/3 of Americans (66%) are considered obese or overweight! This number is continuing to increase, particularly in children, at an alarming rate. If your weight is 20% or more above normal weight, you are obese. Physicians use a common measure named the body mass index or BMI. You are overweight if it is between 25 and 29.9. You are obese if it is between 30 and 39.9. You are morbidly obese if it is above 40. What Causes Obesity? Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns. To put it simply, it happens when you eat too much and exercise too little. But there are other factors that can play a role in obesity, a few discussed below: • Age Our body’s ability to metabolize food slows down as we get older. Our body does not need as many calories to maintain weight. So, if you are 40 years old and you are eating the same amount of food that you did at 20 years of age, you will notice difficulty in getting the weight off.

family history of obesity, does not mean that you will become obese or that you will not be able to lose weight.

• Psychological factors This is also known as emotional eating. In other words, some people may eat in response to negative emotions such as boredom, anger or sadness. If you have difficulty with weight management, you may be facing emotional and psychological issues. People will eat large amounts of food while feeling they can’t control how much they are eating. This is binge eating and it affects 30% of people who are looking for treatment for serious weight problems. • Illness This is not as common, but an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and some rare brain diseases can lead to overeating. • Medication Certain drugs, such as steroids and some antidepressants, may cause excessive weight gain. What is the concern with obesity? Being obese puts you at a higher risk for some of the following: • Hypertension • Fatty liver disorder • High cholesterol levels • Gallstones • Sleep apnea • Menstrual irregularities • Gout • Some cancers • Diabetes What to do?

• Gender Sorry ladies! But we tend to be more overweight than men. It’s ok. Men need to burn more energy at rest, so they require more calories. Furthermore, when we reach menopause, our metabolic rate decreases. In other words after menopause, we may gain weight.

Definitely speak with your physician especially if you are considering an exercise program. Your BMI will be evaluated. You can also speak with a physician and come up with a good plan for weight loss. Remember, even a small amount of weight loss (between 5 and 10 percent of your current weight) will help to lower the risk of developing those diseases.

• Genetics Obesity (and thinness) tends to run in families. There is a 75% chance that you will be closer to your parents’ weight. There was a study done which looked at adults adopted as children. These adults were noted to weigh closer to their biological parents than their adoptive parents. The environment that was provided by the adoptive family apparently had less influence of the development of obesity. This, however, does not mean that your genes will absolutely determine your destiny. Just because there is a

Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates is now open and accepting new patients! Come in to discuss weight loss with Dr. Faye Vargas Morris. If you already have heart disease and do not have a cardiologist, come in to meet with Dr. Michael T. Morris, II. We look forward to meeting you! 678.305.1700. www.AtlantaVanguard.com

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Dr. Gottman’s research can be found in his best-selling book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. To summarize Dr. Gottman’s extensive writing: the use of softened startups, the ability to accept influence, the use of effective repairs, the skills to de-escalate the intensity of conflict, the ability to sooth intense emotional responses, and the ability to compromise are the critical skills involved in successful conflict resolution. Softened startup describes effectively bringing up a topic for discussion in a way that is respectful and productive. If issues are initiated in a positive way, it is much more likely the discussion will be successful. Dr. Gottman’s research has revealed that discussions invariably end on the same note they begin. If you start an argument too harshly at attacking your partner verbally, you will end up with at least as much tension as you began with. To begin discussion of a potentially difficult issue the following skills are important: • Be concise. Describe the complaint, be brief, and then stop. • Complain but don’t blame. Complaining in ok but criticizing is not. • Start with an appreciation of something positive. Think of a time when the issue was better and give an appreciation of your partner’s actions at that time. • Make “I” statements instead of “You”. This helps avoid criticism and encourages the discussion to be about requests about needs and desires. Focus on how you’re feeling and not on accusing your spouse. • Describe – don’t evaluate or judge. • Be polite and appreciative. Just because you are in conflict, does not mean that your respect and affection has to diminish. Maintain warmth and emotional connection even during a difficult conversation. Repair attempts are important when disagreements become unproductive or begin to become negative. The ability to stop is a repair attempt because it de-escalates the tension. It is any statement or action that prevents negativity from escalating out of control. Repair attempts can be an apology, a joke to lighten the mood, or many other actions that decrease the overall tension. Soothing involves the ability to calm and quiet when in conflict. Research shows that in serious negative encounters, the autonomic nervous system in engaged and the “fight or flight” impulses are triggered. Being able to sooth is essential to the ability to stay engaged in a positive and productive way. If this soothing is not possible, a time out (of at least 20 minutes) is indicated before the discussion can be successfully continued.

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Some couples fear conflict because of the belief it indicates something is wrong or missing in the marriage. This is simply untrue. Some conflict is inevitable and when managed in respectful and effective ways, disagreements do not damage the friendship and bond of marriage.

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The Real Estate Market by Deborah Ratchford

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If you're selling your house, one of the first steps you'll take is setting an asking price, a maneuver that requires the ability to find the perfect balance between attracting solid offers and ultimately receiving top dollar. If you're working with a Realtor or other industry professional, you'll probably hear talk of fair market value, which typically means the highest value an educated buyer will pay. Fair market value is usually not the asking price. Many agents will begin by conducting a competitive market analysis of your house and give you an estimate of the fair market value of your home. The analysis takes into consideration comparable home sales, typically over the last year, taking into consideration similarities and differences between the other homes and yours. It will also consider the housing market in your area. If you're in a hot seller's market, like several communities throughout metro Atlanta, you'll have the advantage. Over the last several months, the market has been gaining steam, and the seller is in the driver’s seat. In some areas, the average number of days on the market went from 30 days to 7 days or less. This is great news for sellers, but you'll still want to be careful and avoid pricing your home too high, which almost always means your house will stay on the market longer. As you work with your agent and set your price, you'll want to ask yourself (and your agent):

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Some upgrades and home improvements warrant being included in your asking price consideration. Kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations and some others should be factored in. Some are lifestyle additions that you and your family enjoyed while you are living in the home. Also, the more personal the improvement—a swimming pool, a sunroom, purple floors—the less likely it will be viewed favorably by potential buyers. While you may be able to recoup some of your investment, it won't give you 100 percent of what you paid. Your real estate agent can help you evaluate what return percentage you can expect on your home’s improvements. Another common issue is that your home may have lessened in value since you purchased it – which is the case for many homeowners in today’s market. Some sellers’ want to recoup as much of their original investment as possible with housing sales trending upwards. This can be a slippery slope. Make sure you have objective, comparable and recent data – sold comps, pending sales and other data - to prove what the true market value is. Research shows that listing your house for as little as 1%-3% above market value can actually reduce the buyer’s perceived bargaining power causing your house to stay on the market longer. Evaluate and be honest about your priorities. Are you more concerned with selling quickly or getting the most money possible? Unfortunately, this is a case where it is one or the other, rarely is it both. You'll also want to contemplate your price and determine – objectively - whether you would pay that amount if you were a buyer. You can reach me via cell, email, Facebook or Twitter and let me know if I can assist you with a free, personalized market analysis for your home.

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Light Up Your Life Tricks of the Trade for Fine-Tuning Illumination by Meredith Warnock, RID Keep Lighting at a Simmer

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Three words: dimmers are good. They give you ultimate flexibility. They allow you to determine how much light and energy you are using. They are cheap and easy to install. In my opinion, the lighting that must be on dimmers: dining room chandeliers, recessed lighting, sconces, pendants, floor lamps, vanity lights. We can adjust the illumination of our computers, tablets and mobile devices, why don’t we give ourselves the same convenience in our homes?

When it comes to vanity lighting, there are so many options. “Does uplighting over the mirror produce enough?” “Will a downlight over the mirror produce too much harsh light?” These are routine questions I get from clients and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer because many factors come into play. However, if your conditions allow, the best vanity lighting is at your face-level. When used on a dimmer, sconces are the ideal answer for vanity lighting whether you are fully illuminated for dressing or the light is casting a soft glow for a quick glance into the mirror. For your vanity, sconces are the most practical and complimentary source of lighting.

Not So Sweet: Cookie-Cutter Lighting Have you ever noticed that your neighbor’s home boasts the same lighting package as yours? This is especially true for newer homes, whether you are in a neighborhood or luxury condo tower. A head-turning way to change up your home and insert your personality is to switch out some of these fixtures. Replacing the neighborhood’s standard foyer light with a piece all your own is a chic way to make your home unique from the rest. Just remember to think outside of the set....

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The dining room's original lackluster chandelier was replaced with a glamorous gold-leaf and Capiz shell statement piece. Photo courtesy, Meredith Warnock Interior Design.

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Though I am a dog-lover, this is not a trick command for Fido. Instead, it is a general rule for lighting a room. When you illuminate any space, there should be 3 sources of lighting: overhead lighting (up), lighting at the wall (over) and lighting on a surface (sit). Overhead lighting may include recessed lighting installed into the ceiling or a decorative chandelier/ pendant. Lighting at the wall includes sconces, wall washers (which are installed into the ceiling, but illuminate the wall) and under-cabinet lighting. Table and floor lamps are prime examples of lighting that sit on a surface. Applying the trick of “Up-Over-and-Sit” will give you most optimal scenario for lighting your room in any situation.

Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the U.S., including Georgia, Texas, California and New York. This month, Meredith is replacing tired lamp shades and lamp finials to freshen the light sources throughout her home.

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To match is not the same as to coordinate. Just because the chandelier you choose for your bathroom also has a vanity light and sconce in the same line, it doesn’t mean your design decisions are complete. Stay away from the one-stop shop of lighting your rooms within the same manufacturer’s collection of fixtures. The most beautiful rooms have layers of complexity, even when at a glance they appear uniform. Thus, choose your favorite chandelier and then find coordinating, not matching, pieces to round-out your look.

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Our Town welcomes two new writers to our family, Diana and Holly Parks, co- authors of I Didn’t See Me Do It. This Smyrna mother and daughter team record musings and anecdotes in their book and capture the humor and the heartaches of raising and being raised amidst a blessed, but often over-indulgent society Diana Parks is a native of Atlanta, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, a former bed and breakfast owner with her husband in NC, a recently resigned high school college counselor at Whitefield Academy, a wife of one, and a mother of four. Holly Parks took off for a year in Italy as an au pair upon graduation from Furman University. While there, she created a blog which fueled her interest in writing. After returning to Atlanta, Holly remained self-employed as a nanny until transitioning to a full-time tutor/academic coach and violin teacher. Diana’s perspective is from a mother’s view and Holly’s come from being a daughter and a nanny providing insight from all angels. Their first column is an excerpt from I Didn’t See Me Do It.

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Want to know what's going on in your high schooler's life? Want to know what makes him laugh or makes him anxious? Want to talk about everything and nothing? If you're not a night person, either invest in Columbian after-dinner coffee or go back to napping during the day. The gift of gab kicks in for most teenagers when parents are entering their second REM cycle. A time will come again for meaningful breakfast meetings and for lingering over rich desserts with even richer conversation, but the most natural time frame for a pre-adult to talk is the moment his parents turn out the lights and collapse between the covers. Our six-foot-four baby has a habit of bounding kangaroo-style onto our abnormally high bed, his hands slapping the comforter while his lanky legs simultaneously leave the floor and both knees land within inches of my own. He uncannily times his awkward acrobatics in the brief window of time between my head hitting the pillow and his dad swishing toothpaste foam down the sink. He immediately jockeys for position – either between his parents or sprawled at the foot of our bed as he settles in for his nightly visit. There is no agenda – there are no categories to cover. Some nights he comes in balancing his iPad in the crook of his elbow, using only one hand to catapult his bony knees onto our bed. Those nights we scroll through favorite YouTube videos or the newest memes or sometimes the National Geographic photo of the day. Other nights we hear about school – perhaps the repercussions of the senior prank, or the animated discussion in US History spurred on by Occupy Wall Street or even the drama over prom dates. He's good about asking about our days; it's never all about him. We talk, we laugh, one of us occasionally dozes, but we're present and we're available, and I've grown to cherish the late night ritual. Ironically, the sleep we've lost over the years while our teenagers chat us up after eleven has reduced grey hair (or at least delayed its onset), lessened the wrinkle lines brought on by worry, and probably resulted in an actual net gain of hours slept. We know about their friends, their struggles, their hearts, their antics (or most of them), and they know they can talk to us. That they would choose to plop down on the comforter with their parents to share pieces of their days gives me my second wind...but I don't let 'em know that. That would kill it. I think they like being annoying in that endearing way. Do they dictate our schedule? Yes and no. Have we shooed them out on occasion? Definitely. Has that particular opportunity availed itself the next morning at breakfast? Definitely not. I Didn’t See Me Do It is available at the Book House on Veterans Memorial Hwy, the Book Stop on Atlanta Road, Mom and Two Sisters Boutique on W. Atlanta Road, www.amazon.com, or through the website at www.ididntseemedoit.com.

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That’s Romance… by Mark Orler February is a tough month for most men. The primary reasons are that hunting season has closed, it’s too cold to golf, football season is over, and nobody in their right mind wants to be out on a lake enduring the bitter cold just to fish. So truly, as a male human you are about as bored as you can be for 28-days straight, and then someone throws in Valentine’s Day in as a holiday just to add insult to injury. But why is this holiday so difficult for those of us with the XY package of chromosomes? Why is it that the Florists, Card Shops, Candy Stores and Jewelers all see that last-minute rush of male-dominated customers throwing money at them attempting to fulfill a predetermined requirement that they somehow become mushy girly-men at the 11th hour for a universally accepted celebration of romance? I’ll tell you why, it’s because we are practical. That’s it, practicality trumps romance every time.

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Let me give you an example, the first night of my marriage my new wife and I checked into one of the fanciest hotels that I could not afford and were welcomed with a bed covered in rose petals and cinnamon-scented candles surrounding a garden tub filled with bubbles. I know this because at the time of my marriage I was pushing 200lbs plus and when I went to join in the fun of the garden tub many of the bubbles and supporting water exited over the sides, thus swamping the candles and sending a sickly smell of wet cinnamon and burnt bath salts wafting through our hotel room. And if that was not bad enough, the rose petals on the bed were so pungent and in such numbers that by the time I woke up the next morning I had what appeared to be red welts on much of my back and left side of my face where I had slept on rose petals that the bath salts had dissolved just enough pigment from them to leave residual tattoos. All of this could have been avoided if one sane man had mentioned to the hotel staff that A) water and fire don’t play well together and B) that sleeping on a “bed of roses” is just an expression, not a directive! A practical man would have had a room with the TV already tuned to ESPN, a plate of chicken wings set within reaching distance of the bed and maybe, just maybe, a little Barry White playing in the background just for the sake of ambience. That’s it. Why attempt to both drown and burn a couple simultaneously and then poison them with rash-inducing foliage? But that’s romance. It’s taking the man who says “there is a straight line between point’s A and Z” and trying to turn him into the guy who says “there is a straight line between point’s A and….ohhhh, look over there ‘a shoe store honey!’” The sad reality though is that, as I often tell my kids, sometimes you have to do things you are not fond of, but you do them because your mother tells you to. This just happens to be one of those times where I must remove all practicality from my mind and make the most important person to me in the whole wide world remember why she put up with a rose-stained guy who smelled like a burnt cinnamon tart for one more year!

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Saying Goodbye t o Savannah... “Life is a series of dogs”- George Carlin

One dog in my series was “Savannah”, a beautiful 13 year old, white German Shepherd. We were introduced in the fall of 2009 when I began dating my boyfriend. She was quiet, but attentive. Watching her bathe in the sun, she was so full of life...but when she tried to stand and walk, you instantly saw the frustration and discomfort. Savannah had a condition all too familiar to her breed, called Degenerative Myelopathy or DM, a slowly progressive disease that affects the spinal cord and a dog's ability to walk. In December 2009, she seemed to be taking a turn for the worst. My boyfriend and I were faced with what most pet owners dread and even deny...is it “time”? As we struggled with that decision and considered the affect Savannah’s passing would have on his 7 year old, we decided to bring home a Labrador Retriever puppy offered to us by a good friend. Whether it’s plausible or not, we feel Savannah knew we were considering the end and even “replacing her” with the puppy; she rallied back with a rather sudden “recovery” of sorts. She began eating better, walking better, generally just seemed to be feeling better and happier. We enjoyed another year with the gentle soul who maintained her position as the matriarch of our now 3 dog family. She both loved and disciplined the new arrival and with watchful eye would sun herself at the dog park while the little one played nearby. I feel our pets can teach us many lessons about life, both living it & leaving it, if we would only choose to listen. Savannah welcomed each day bright-eyed and excited. She was happy just being near those she loved. When she didn’t feel well, she laid patiently and quietly, rarely whining or complaining-she disliked being a “bother” and she preferred to keep trying to do things on her own. Time began to catch up to her and in December 2010 when she no longer had the ability to get herself up, it was obvious that we needed to make a decision.

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As we toiled over when, where, and who would do it...the euthanasia that is...we prayed she would hang in there for one more Christmas.

Savannah was one of those dogs with horrible anxiety when going to see the veterinarian. It was sheer panic...drooling buckets, incessant shaking and hair falling out in clumps was just the tip of the iceberg. We couldn’t imagine putting her (or us) through that stress in the last moments of her life, so when we learned of a service that specializes in euthanasia done in your home, we were grateful. I had heard a thousand times from people that we would know when the time was right. On December 8, 2010, Savannah did let us know it was her time. It’s so difficult to explain, we “just knew”. We were able to schedule an appointment for the in-home euthanasia that fit our schedule, allowing us to gather friends and family to stop by for a visit and say their goodbyes. Savannah seemed to enjoy the extra special attention...the hugs, kisses, belly rubs by the fireplace while lounging on her favorite dog bed...& the popcorn (her favorite). We took pictures by the Christmas tree, told stories, laughed, cried and cried some more. When Dr. Amy Crowder and her assistant from Sweet Dreams In-Home Pet Euthanasia arrived, they didn’t even seem to mind that we had a house full and they waited patiently until we were ready to begin. They had prepared us well and we knew exactly what they would do during the procedure, but it was still comforting as they talked us through this difficult moment, step by step. It couldn’t have been more calm and peaceful. Dr. Crowder and her assistant were so kind and helpful as we cried, they gently offered reassurance, presented us a clay paw print for remembrance and very respectfully took Savannah with them for our requested private cremation. Now just over two years later, Savannah is still greatly missed. Our memories of her bring smiles and our love for her is forever. I’m sure I’m not alone in never wanting to say goodbye...I have no choice in that, but we felt good knowing we were able to choose the way we said goodbye. Making a decision to euthanize a pet is not easy. There are many resources to assist you in determining what the best options are for your individual needs and situation. Please consult your primary care veterinarian for support and to help answer any questions you may have. Defining "Quality of Life" - by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. http://www.sweetdreamsgeorgia.com/quality.php The Association for Pet Loss and bereavement, inc. Non-profit organization dedicated to helping people grieve the loss of their pet. - www.APLb.org Pet Loss Support Page - www.Pet-Loss.net

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LD SO 1742 Cedar Cliff Drive in Smyrna 4/2.5. Great home with large kitchen, dining room, living room and great room with fireplace. Newer carpeting throughout. Kitchen with hardwood flooring, breakfast area, and tile backsplash. Large master bedroom with private tiled bathroom. Large secondary bedrooms with spacious closets. Great basement can be finished. Deck and a concrete patio below the deck. Large fenced in back yard. Extra large lot and great location to I-75, 285, Downtown, and airport. $225,000 Code 2023

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3608 Lakeshore Drive in Smyrna 3/1. Lake View. Seller says Make an Offer! 4-sided brick ranch full of upgrades! Hardwood flooring throughout. New kitchen features granite countertops, tile backsplash, and BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, Large bedrooms and updated bathroom that features granite and new tile. New energy efficient windows. Large, level private yard. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from your porch! $125,000 Code 2684

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671 Manor Ridge in Mableton 4 Bedrooms and 3 Full Bathrooms Won-

derful renovated home that includes a new kitchen with brand new GE appliances including refrigerator. Upgraded bathrooms. Refinished hardwood flooring. Extra large family room with large brick fireplace. Master with walk in closet. Great, fenced, level back yard with shade trees. Oversized new deck. Don't miss this great renovation with all these new features! $145,000

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D UCEIN D E R GA A 4321 Goswell Rd in the King Valley S/D 4/3 - Home features new hardwood flooring, open floor plan, bedroom w/ full bath on the main level. Kitchen with breakfast bar, breakfast area, gas cooking, built in microwave, open two story great room, brick fireplace. Separate dining room, living room with built in bookcase. Bedrooms have new carpeting, jack & jill w/ new tile flooring; new paint throughout the interior and exterior was painted 3 years ago. Master bedroom w/trey ceiling and leads to a private bath with separate tub, shower, new tile flooring. Backyard w/ flag stone patio, landscaping, and play area. $300,000 Code 2744

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325 Vinings Vintage Circle in Mableton 3/2.5 Immaculate home! Open floor plan, hardwoods on main level, office on main, open kitchen features stained cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances (refrigerator remains). Neutral colors throughout the home and large secondary bedrooms. Master bath features sep/ tub shower and dual vanities. Full unfinished basement, large fenced in back yard.. Convenient to Airport, I-285 and Downtown. $190,000 Code 2911

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3074 Montclair Circle 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms. Location and Luxury! Gorgeous Master on the Main. Updated Kitchen w/ Granite Countertop, Open to Family Rm, Spacious Dining Room. Formal Living Rm or Office. Hardwood Floors on main level, 3 large rooms upstairs plus bonus room, Large Deck and Private Bk Yard with Lush Landscaping and irrigation system. Location is walking distance to Smyrna Market Village and parks. Only 20 minute commute to airport downtown. Low Cobb County Taxes. This home is immaculate. Won’t last! $310,000 Code 2077

927 Flagler Circle in Smyrna 3/3.5 Renovated and Updated Craftsman Style Home. Features hardwood flooring, Cozy family rm with gas fireplace. Kitchen has granite and SS Refri. Spacious Dining Area that leads to a great deck for entertaining. Master suite has master bath with custom cabinets, tiled flooring & tile shower w/ Garden Tub. Oversized walk in closets. Guest Room has walk in closet. Media room downstairs. Also, Flex room for crafts, playroom or office area. Walk out to a lovely brick paver patio for entertaining or just relaxing. Walk to Smyrna Market Village. $240,000 Code 2832

3220 Concord Circle – Large Home Priced at $145,000 – Sold

3571 Herren Dr. in Smyrna 3/2 LAKE FRONT HOME

2112 West Village Lane at West Village Spacious Monte Hewitt Resale w/

hardwood flooring and large kitchen with upgrades-stained cabinets, SS Appliances, Granite counter tops, Tile bk splash, Large pantry. Separate dining rm, large family rm with fireplace French doors leading to private deck overlooking wooded area. Large Master Suite with sitting area. Master bath has double vanity, tiled shower, garden tub and walk in closet. Full finished basement features bedroom and full bath and walk in closet. Works great as teen or in-law suite. 2 car garage. $290,000 Code 2596

NEW ING LIST 4050 Gateway Court 3 Bedrooms 3.5 Bath. Gorgeous Home Open from Kitchen to Family Room. SS Appliances. Hardwood throughout, Breakfast Area Large Island for entertaining, Huge Family Rm with Large Fireplace (gas logs). Separate Dining and Formal Living or Office. Plantation Shutters featured throughout. Huge Master Suite w/ large garden tub and sep tiled shower. Lots of Spacious closets for max storage. 2 Car Garage.Walk to Restaurants and shopping. 20 minutes to airport and 20 minutes to Buckhead. This home is a must see! Very nice. $465,000 Code 2703

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755 Creek Glen in Mableton $190,000 – UNDER CONTRACT

DEBORAH RATCHFORD

2389 Oakwood Way in Smyrna 3/2.5 - Gorgeous home, Newly updated with granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, matching Electrolux appliances, travertine flooring, built-in microwave and pantry. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the great room and dining room with updated light fixtures, double side granite fireplace, hardwoods and carpet. Master on main features vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters & master bath features large shower with oversized shower heads, tile flooring & double vanity with granite counters. You will enjoy entertaining on your covered deck and fenced backyard. $255,000 Code 2865

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Large, very private lot (1.414 Acres) on a 27-30 Acre Lake (Cindy's Lake). Property is fully-irrigated from the lake, Electrical sub-panel next to the lake in case of a future dock and 2 boats are included: a pedal boat and a Field & Stream fishing boat with a marine battery and trolling motor. This home has a new roof and gutters, new energy-efficient windows and doors, new lighting and plumbing fixtures, new cabinets and granite, hardwood flooring throughout,12' X 12' covered deck off of the master bedroom overlooking the lake,12' X 24' uncovered deck off of the living room overlooking the lake, new LG stainless steel appliances, large walkout finished basement with new carpet, alarm system, 2 fireplaces, extra attic insulation, storage shed, termite bond paid through September 2013, and it’s a Smyrna address with no city taxes. $289,000

We interviewed several realtors before listing with Deborah Ratchford. From the very first time we met her, she was a plethora of local market knowledge and experience, exuding the confidence we needed to see to sell our home. Deborah priced our house at a fair market value and told us it would sell in less than 3 months. As Deborah stated, it did sell in less than 3 months. From day 1 of the listing Deborah and her team ran an aggressive marketing campaign to get our home the attention it needed to sell. Little did we realize how lucky we were in selecting her when it came time to negotiations. We really wanted to sell and Deborah wanted top dollar for us! She very carefully negotiated top dollar for us without sending the buyer away. We can’t thank Deborah enough for all of her expertise!!! Alan & Heidi Gray Deb Did It Again! As first time home buyers, we could not have asked for a better agent than Deb. She was great to work with throughout the entire process. She explained the steps in buying our first home in great detail-before, during and after-she was always helpful. And, when it was time to make an offer, we were educated and ready. You could tell that she truly cared and wanted to find the perfect home for us and our new addition (coming soon!). Thanks, Deb! Dusten and Erika Coty

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