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20th ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET: The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta announce their 20th Annual Mistletoe Market, located at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Pkwy., Marietta, GA). This years market will take place Wednesday evening October 13th, all day Thursday October 14th, through Saturday October 16th. More than 50 merchants from across the Southeast will offer the latest trends in apparel, jewelry, children’s clothing and gifts, home and garden accents, gourmet food products and culinary treats, specialty gift items, and holiday apparel and accessories. For detailed information, and ticket sales, please visit or call 770-422-5266. FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL: Located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The Fall Jonquil Festival will showcase arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. The event also offers fun for the entire family to enjoy with continuous entertainment, a children’s section, and a wide selection of festival foods. Show hours are Saturday, October 23rd from 10am – 6pm, and Sunday, October 24th from Noon to 5pm. Admission is FREE! 2nd ANNUAL DIAPER DAY: A community-wide collection will take place on October 25th, at 5:00 p.m. at Glover Park on the Marietta Square. All donated diapers will be given to C.A.M.P., the Center for Family Resources, MUST Ministries and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia for distribution to help ease some of the burden of the hundreds of families with infants that enter their doors each month. Last year, over 70,000 diapers were donated to assist low-income families. To learn more, email Barbara Hickey, committee chairman, at or visit HIGHPOINT CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE: Celebrate Highpoint Christian Tabernacle’s 25th Pastoral Anniversary with special guest Bishop Lambert Gates on Tuesday 10/26 7:30pm, Pastor Pearl Huggins Wednesday, 10/27 at 7:30pm, Pastor Donnie McClurkin Thursday, 10/28 at 7:30pm, Evangelist Sandra Riley Friday, 10/29 at 7:30pm and Elder C. Shawn Tyson Sunday, 10/31 at 10am. Don’t miss the concert on Saturday, October 30th at 6pm Featuring the Rance Allen Group. Highpoint Christian Tabernacle is located at 3269 Old Concord Rd., Smyrna, GA 30082. Tickets can be purchased on line at Call 770.438.8587 for more information. 29TH ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PARADE IN ATLANTA: R. LEE ERMEY, aka “Gunny”, USMC Vietnam Veteran and Actor/Celebrity, and spokesperson for GLOCK, Inc. will lead the 2010 Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 13, 2010. The parade will honor about three-quarters of a million Georgia veterans and their families. This year’s theme is: “Semper Fi – Honoring the United States Marine Corps”. The Parade starts 11:11 a.m in the streets in downtown Atlanta beginning at Peachtree and Pine streets, go south on Peachtree through downtown and go on to Centennial Olympic Park. 2010 Freedom Ball at 6 p.m. that evening at The Grand Ballroom in the North Tower of The Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Our thanks to generosity of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc. to make this a best Veterans Day ever. Visit – From the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Day Associtaion of Atlanta, Inc.



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The mission of READing Paws is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of nationally registered therapy animal-owner/handler teams as literacy mentors. READing Paws utilizes these Therapy Teams who volunteer to go to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. The utilization of registered therapy teams is the foundation of READing Paws, in order to ensure that the animals have been trained and tested for health and safety, appropriate skills and temperament, and are insured for liability. Animals are ideal reading companions because they: • Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure • Listen attentively • Do not judge, laugh or criticize • Allow children to proceed at their own pace • Are less intimidating than their peers. The growth of READing Paws continues; as does the growing need for support of our children’s literacy skills. The need is ever evident and grows more critical with each passing school year. Service to and giving back to those whom we share our communities with is a goal for each of their dedicated volunteers and their animals. They continue to strive to improve the literacy skills of the children they serve and hope that you will join them in this endeavor. If you are interested in learning more about the READing Paws program, please email or call her at 770.252.5303 Mrs. Cooper, one of Nemo’s canine counterparts, is scheduled to hold her story times at the Vinings Library in Atlanta on a monthly basis beginning in October. Reservations are required. For information on programs at the Cobb County Public Library System visit the library web page at

Dogs, like Nemo, support the library yearround through READing PAWS, an organization that holds one-on-one story times with children and dogs, to enhance children’s love of reading and to encourage literacy through the use of therapy animals. He is a registered therapy dog and has great patience and listening skills. Tanisha Chanda, is a 6 year old second grader at Teasley Elementary School. Tanisha is an avid reader (sometimes 50 books a day), who loves the READing Paws program. Jack Overstreet is 8 years old and attends the Trinity School in Atlanta. He loves to read, is involved in Tae Kwon Do, plays Upward Flag Football, and is CRAZY about airplanes or anything that flys!

Urban Roots Studio is the creative outlet for photographer Josh Bethea. A Smyrna resident since 2001, Josh has been fortunate to turn a lifelong hobby into a successful career. With a passion for the creative arts, Josh’s eye behind the camera transforms reality into history. His attention to detail and ability to capture candid memories provides his clients with a unique gift they will cherish for years to come. Josh is a lover of both children and animals, which is reflected in the relaxed atmosphere he creates for his subjects. “I love candid portraits, and when I can capture the personality of a child or pet through the camera, I know I’ve done my job.” Josh primarily focuses on family and pet photography, but also enjoys commercial, fashion and retail photography. With Fall already upon us, consider contacting Josh for your upcoming holiday card photos. Josh is a Mississippi native and graduate of Mississippi State University’s Landscape Architecture and Art programs. He is a Registered Landscape Architect and enjoys designing outdoor spaces that will enhance his client’s lifestyle. When he’s not shooting or designing, Josh enjoys mountain biking and kayaking, as well as spending time with his wife, Erin, and their two Australian Shepherds, Maddie and Jessi. Urban Roots Studio •

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My wife and I learned an expensive lesson in expectations versus reality this past month when we made the decision to take the girls on a mini-vacation down to South Georgia to enjoy a weekend touring nature trails, butterfly gardens and experiencing the life of genteel southerners. Now, I won’t mention any specific locations for fear of never being allowed to return, but I used to duckhook a golf ball using a driver of the same name. We had expected to take our girls down to this outdoor arena and let their inner angels explode out into the manicured southern wilderness while my wife and I sipped Mimosa’s on the veranda between foot massages and chakra alignments. We expected to be bathed in looks of humbled gratitude and sincere appreciation for the chance being given to dress up and eat a formal dinner at the Lodge with nothing but the sound of polite southern conversation and the clinging of fine silverware mingling in the background. We expected our toddlers to love the chance to stroll along pristine paths looking at flowers you couldn’t touch, and listening to tour guides tell you about the fascinating role that ferns play in our daily lives. We expected too much. The reality we received in spades was that an Orler-family vacation, even a brief one, can fulfill all those expectations only if you remove all the Orlers from the equation. The first lesson we were granted was that no matter how desperately we tried to fake our calm southern sophistication, threatening to “off” your offspring during dinner doesn’t make for “polite conversation.” “If you don’t sit-up, shut-up and shape-up right now I’m going to give you a barebottomed spanking right here in front of everybody!” “Yes, dear.” We also learned that chasing two or three butterflies around your house can produce loads of squeals and laughter between a couple of kids; but take those same kids and throw them into a hot-house where 2,457 (the actual butterfly count that day) of them are dive-bombing your heads thinking your hair bows are feed troughs can quickly turn those squeals and laughter into shrieks and sobs. It was like a scene from a Disney movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Mickey’s Monarch Madness. Another realization we had was that when a two-year old tells you they are “sweaty” what they mean is that they are about to take off all their clothes and make you chase them around a field until you are “sweaty” too.



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Ever since I saw Brad Pitt in the movie Seven Years in Tibet, I have been fascinated by that area of the world. The movie came out in 1997 and depicted the true story of the Chinese takeover of the peaceful world of Tibet. Long a Buddhist nation, ruled by Dalai Lamas, Tibet has always been a quiet country with the people struggling for existence in the high desert. In 1910, the ruling Dalai Lama was deposed by the Qing Dynasty of China. As shown in the movie, the Dalai Lama fled over the Himalayas to Dharamasala, India where subsequent holy leaders have since lived. The Chinese government has been very strict with the Tibetan people over the years; Tibetans held fast to their Buddhist cultural beliefs although the Chinese tried to obliterate that culture. Even today, Tibet’s cities such as Lhasa are divided into the Tibetan sections and the Chinese sections. The Chinese government still sends “settlers” to transform Tibet and as punishment, the Tibetan people are not included in the local government or allowed to go to the free schools. Life is very harsh for Tibetans. Because of these nasty little secrets, Tibet has become a forbidden zone for correspondents, tourist and aid groups. There are many groups supporting the “free Tibet” movement, and sending in support, but they have met with sharp resistance. I myself have been a supporter of the Tibet Aid Society for several years, and have collected many items and donations to send to the people of Tibet. A group out of Woodstock NY, Tibet Aid, supports Buddhist monks, nuns and children separated from their families in Tibet and others that live exiled from their home country. They also do many charitable works within the Tibetan community, but “on the sly” as the Chinese government does not approve. On a recent trip to Tibet, in a small village about 1 hour from Lhasa, I helped build a school and clinic. We brought with us supplies to fill both places and the smiles on the faces of the people were enough to warm any heart. The real people of Tibet are a beautiful blend of Asian and western blood lines, and the typical Tibetan dress is colorful and studded with metals and colored stones. This is the only bright thing about the desolate landscape. Most of Tibet is at an altitude of 15,000 feet. The offer of Butter Tea is a welcome warm up drink as it is a cold arid country. Most people live in simple stone buildings with dirt floors. Yak dung is used in the fire places to keep these structures warm and to cook food. Yaks, a relative of cows, are plentiful. They withstand the cold and the altitude in this inhospitable land where farm animals find it hard to survive. There are little or no trees due to low oxygen levels. At 15,000 feet, little more than field grasses and scrub bushes grow. It is a bleak existence, but the people of Tibet are warm and hospitable and due to their Buddhist beliefs are wonderful hosts wherever you go. I have never felt so safe or welcomed and respected as I have in Tibet. Tibet is a fascinating land of nomads and holy men. To be a monk is a proud undertaking for any family. Brightly colored monasteries dot the landscape and voices of the children reciting and chanting fills the air. Gold Buddhas stare down at them from towering positions and the people line up for blocks just to have a chance to see these giant figures. What Tibet lacks in natural beauty is made up for at these monasteries and with the wonderful people. A life changing experience, a visit to Tibet is not for those looking for a deluxe vacation with beautiful hotels and surroundings. Tibet is a forbidden country where we can all help the people by just visiting. If and when you go, support the Tibetan merchants, not the Chinese. Buy Tibetan goods, not Chinese, and do try the Yak meat and butter tea, on the menu everywhere. Tibet is fascinating...even if forbidden. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam's blog at


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by Karen Hartley Often times, a beautifully designed room, can easily miss the mark without a well thought out and executed lighting plan. Have you ever walked into a fabulous room that just didn’t seem quite right? Perhaps the ambience of the room seemed off kilter. Or, maybe the room’s lighting gave it a harsh cold feel. Here are some specific tips you should consider when working up your own personal lighting plan. And, here’s a word to the wise. The single best tip to insure a successful lighting plan is to work with a professional interior decorator. That way all the decisions you make the first time will be the right decisions for your home and your room. Every room needs to be evaluated for lighting needs. That includes general lighting, task lighting, and ambience lighting. General lighting keeps the room comfortably bright day and night. This takes a combination of considerations including the daytime natural and sunlight in the room and what will be needed at night. Every room needs a minimum of three lamps typically creating a triangle of light in the room. Task lighting is meant to brightly light work spaces, reading areas, and any area requiring extra light for work. Ambience lighting helps to control the colors and the softness in the room.

give off a yellowish light. Standard fluorescents create a cold and harsher light. However, many different tints of bulbs are available in both types of lights. Using the right tint in the bulbs you select, will definitely help you control the way your colors look in artificial light. How much light does a room actually need? To calculate the amount of light needed in a room by multiplying the room’s length by the room’s width – in feet. Then that number is again multiplied by 1.5. I have found that this gives me the number of watts required to provide adequate ambient lighting for my client’s room. How do you determine how much specific task lighting is need? A good rule of thumb for task lighting is to multiply the room’s square footage by 2.5 instead of 1.5 to find the proper wattage. What if the hallway is dull and dreary? How much lighting will be needed to brighten it up? A lighting fixture should be placed every 8 to 10 feet in the ceiling. This can be recessed can lights, flush mount LED lights, or standard ceiling lights. If you prefer using wall sconces, they should be placed 6 to 8 feet apart. Wall sconces should always be hung so that the light is 60 inches above the finished floor.

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Table lamps should be positioned so that the bottom of the shade will cover the light bulb for someone sitting adjacent to it. Using three-way bulbs can help provide the needed variety of lighting requirements. The color of the lamp shade will affect the amount of light and the color of the light. Light shades maximize the light while dark shades will reduce the light. Some dark shades are lined with reflective materials to help counter this effect. If you are purchasing a new lamp shade, take the lamp with you to the store so you can verify that the shade is the right size and shape of the lamp. Special lighting can be used on cabinets, bookcases, and artwork to enhance their appearance and to add another subtle dimension in the room. The proper lighting mix will make every room look better. Make your own list, evaluate your room, or your home, and see if you can improve your lighting! Or call me and I will help you pull it all together.

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If the eyes are the focal point of the face, why not make yours as lovely as possible? With a few tips and techniques your eyes can sparkle, shine, glitter, dazzle, and all those other enchanting synonyms.

1. Eye Care Make sure the skin surrounding the eyes is well taken care of. I'm always telling my daughter, just as my mother cautioned me, "Quit rubbing your eyes so hard!" This delicate tissue needs TLC. Use a moisturizer made especially for this area and gently pat and press it into the skin morning and night. It doesn't have to cost $160.00 a bottle, either. Some of the drug store brands will do the job nicely. I like Olay Professional ProX Eye Restoration Complex. It even contains caffeine to lessen puffiness. Remember, no amount of concealer or makeup can compensate for dry, neglected skin. 2. Concealer Brighten and lighten the area under the eyes with a concealer. The concealer should only be a shade or two lighter than your foundation to avoid raccoon eyes. I like to apply concealer with a brush made specifically for that purpose. It is small enough to use on the inside of the eyes near the tear ducks. Highlighting this area makes the eye brighter by filling in that dark, shadowed area. According to Bobbi Brown, Founder and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, yellow-toned products are best for covering under eye circles. She advises staying away from formulas that are too white or pink. Some women may need to change shades as the seasons change, using a lighter shade in the winter. Try different shades and formulations at department stores before you buy it. I always make sure I can return a product, even one purchased at a drugstore.

3. Brows This is an area that is often overlooked when it comes to making up the face. Eyebrows frame the eyes and should be given the attention they deserve. I love seeing the dramatic brows on earlier actresses such as Vivien Leigh, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth. Those full, arched eyebrows - So glamorous and expressive! Define your brows with careful tweezing and shaping. The worst thing you can do is get overzealous with the plucking. Pencil in your brows with short, feathery strokes, using a matte pencil. Use a soft brush or toothbrush to smooth and brush hairs up and out. This really opens up the entire eye. Keep brows in place with a brow gel or hairspray lightly sprayed on a soft brush. When brows start going grey have your hairdresser color them. If your hair is dark, go a shade lighter with your brows, if your hair is red or blonde, go a shade darker. Coloring the brows will make them look fuller and more defined. The brows should be about an inch and a half apart to make the eyes look bigger and the nose appear smaller. For those who have gotten carried away with the tweezers, applying Latisse, the eyelash lengthener, to brows will help fill in the bare spots within a couple of weeks. A pair of slant tweezers, a small pair of cuticle scissors, a magnifying mirror, and restraint are essential tools for beautiful brows. 4. Eye shadows, liners, and mascara To really make your eyes pop, consider purchasing shadows and liners in colors that are the opposite colors of your irises. Blue eyes really pop in golds, taupes and browns. Brown eyes are beautiful shadowed in dark navy, sapphire and shades of dark green. Green eyes shine in shades of plum, burgundy and amethyst. Try a forest green on hazel eyes to intensify the greens and browns. If you don't want much color on the lid, try a neutral shadow and accent with a small amount of colored pencil or liner. Finish with a dusting of light-reflecting highlighter on the brow bone and the temple. Blending is essential to eye shadow done right. Don't make your eyes appear old and tired by using too much shadow and ringing your entire eye with black liner. Enhance and open the eyes by curling the lashes and applying one or two coats of mascara.* For extra drama, try using false lashes. Experiment by cutting a pair into small sections and attaching them to the outside corner of the lash line, let them dry, then line with a liquid liner - Just make sure the glue has dried thoroughly before applying mascara. (As I write this, I'm picturing Lucille Ball's false lash falling into Van Johnson's drink in "Yours, Mine and Ours".) Hope that never happens to us!

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Your Trainer Paul Addition Not Subtraction! by Paul Everett When I review my checking account online, I never enjoy seeing all the deductions. However, I LOVE seeing deposits, or rather, additions to my account. Wouldn’t you agree? How fun is it when you find money while doing laundry? Isn’t it nice to have a new romantic relationship or friend? Who doesn’t enjoy a three day weekend? My point is that adding things into your life is usually a good experience, yet subtracting can be quite the contrary. Let me explain how this plays out in a healthy lifestyle. Most of us cringe when we think of diets or starting a new exercise regimen. Why? Because we all know deep down that it means sacrifice. It means subtracting. It implies giving up something. We instinctively think of what we must stop doing or what we must get rid of. I truly believe that a long term healthy lifestyle involves adding versus subtracting. Ultimately, if we slowly and consistently add healthy things into our lives it will no longer leave room for the unhealthy. Did you get that? Doesn’t that make good sense? I encourage you to flip the script in order to have a positive relationship with fitness. When it comes to health, most of us are conditioned to immediately think of what we must stop doing instead of what can start doing. Please do not get me wrong, there are certain behaviors that need to cease to prevent dangerous health conditions. Yet, most situations simply call for a different approach. Let’s say Peggy realizes that she needs to exercise and hastily resolves to quit watching television so that she will get off the couch. Peggy will eventually feel deprived that she cannot watch her favorite shows, will begin to resent exercise, and then end up back on the couch. Wouldn’t it be a better approach for Peggy to resolve to walk for thirty minutes once a week after dinner? Yes, she might miss one show, but she is certainly more likely to succeed in her efforts. Who knows, she might begin to reap the benefits of walking, add more nights of walking, and lose a few pounds. Consider how this can apply to your life. What can you add to improve your wellness? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said I’m going to completely stop drinking Diet Coke! Yes, I know it’s horrible. I recall committing to ONLY drinking water. Of course that did not last long because I was subtracting from life versus adding to life. I know full well that I drink less Diet Coke if I add other healthy beverages into my daily routine. Eliminating (subtracting) food or beverages from our lives just leads to a constant feeling of deprivation. Once again, there are various heath conditions that call for strict changes. I heard recently, “What we resist only persists.” If I keep telling you, “Don’t think of a pink elephant, don’t think of a pink elephant, don’t think of pink elephant..” What are you doing? Thinking of a pink elephant! The same is true for diets. If you obsess about what you can’t have, you will naturally desire it all the more. I encourage you to add more healthy foods and beverages to your daily life. Add more fruits and veggies, even if it’s just one item a day. Even one bottle of water a day will help. Try new foods. What can you add? Before you know it, your diet will not have any more room for unhealthy foods. We all know that a penny is smaller than the sun, right? If you close one eye and hold the penny up to the sky, it can block out the sun. Yes, that tiny penny can block out the gigantic sun. Life is all about perspective. Most people hate exercise and fitness. They have repeatedly summoned all their will power to subtract the unhealthy, only to be defeated. I don’t blame you for despising fitness if all you feel is deprived, lacking, or missing out. Change your perspective today and begin adding the healthy into your life. You will feel fulfilled, abundant, and content. Paul Everett is a personal trainer in the Smyrna/Vinings area. He can be contacted at 678-596-8863 •

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Life Lessons from Reality TV Right now I am watching the TLC original series "Toddlers and Tiaras." Not exactly one of my shining moments. Quick summary: moms live vicariously through their prima donna 4,6,and 9-year-olds competing in beauty pageants. Girls who are still learning how to tie their shoes are getting spray tans and porcelain veneers for competitions. There are 4-year-olds wearing hair extensions!


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Uh-oh. That sounds familiar. That sounds I may not be rubbing Vaseline on my teeth and strutting around in Bedazzled dresses, but I work just as hard as those little girls and their moms to seem like I've got "the whole package." (Side note: All the judges interviewed on Toddlers and Tiaras said they look for "the whole package" in a potential winner). Somewhere in my formative years, I heard the message "To get a crown, you've got to be perfect." For years that could have been my mission statement. Perfect daughter. Perfect sister. Perfect student. Perfect Christian. I'm a Tootie. I was (and still am) afraid that I had to be a smiley, sparkly beauty queen. You know, the girl who teaches Sunday school in the nursery, has perfect attendance, sings like Joss Stone, and visits people in the hospital. I tried that for a while, but the real me started poking out between sequins. I'm not very maternal, and I get nervous holding babies. I don't sing like a white girl who sings like a black girl. If it’s the perfect weather for a long afternoon run I probably won’t be in class, and I go into a weird trance whenever I try to visit someone at the hospital. I think it's the hospital smell. Not only am I not perfect, I also have huge flaws. I'm insecure. I get nervous in crowds. I'm passive-aggressive when I don't get my way. I don't even tell people I write because I'm afraid my words are just not perfect enough. Like Tootie, I’m airbrushing and glossing over all my flaws, hoping my judges won’t notice.


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Ways to Be a Friend When There is a Cancer Diagnosis by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. I was recently contacted by an Our Town reader with a request to provide some information on how to compassionately respond to friends that have been diagnosed with cancer. This is truly an important topic and a way to honor October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A cancer diagnosis is a devastating moment in life and the diagnosis can create awkward tensions between friends when it can seem impossible to know what to say or do. For this article, I reviewed many blogs on what actions are found to be both helpful and damaging to cancer patients; and reviewed materials offered by the American Cancer Society in their publications: “When Someone You know Has Cancer” and “When Someone You Work With Has Cancer.” I don’t offer this as a blue print or script but rather as a summary of suggestions made by people with cancer and their families on how friends can be most helpful. What is recommended as helpful: 1. Make contact. Make an effort to say or do something. The risk of hurting a friend by saying the wrong thing is much less of a danger than silence conveying an impression of not caring. 2. Don’t pretend to know what your friend is feeling. Ask. Follow your friend’s lead in how to discuss the cancer. Be a good listener. Expressing “If you ever feel like talking, I am here to listen” is more helpful than “You need to talk”. Let your friend make the decision on how and when they want to open up. People don’t become different people when diagnosed with cancer. A friend who usually shares feelings will likely want to talk about the cancer. A friend who is more private may not want to talk. 3. Suggest ways of being helpful throughout the illness. Specific offers to attend chemotherapy sessions, run errands, grocery shop, help with children, clean house, cook a meal, drive to appointments; or really any offers to assist are helpful. Always follow through when you make a commitment to assist. 4. Make sure all conversations aren’t focused on cancer- ask about other things - interests, hobbies, family members. People going through treatment sometimes need a break from talking about cancer. Everyone can get tired of being a patient and really like to be able to be the person they were before cancer. Help your friend forget and laugh when appropriate.

What to avoid: 1. Don’t tell war stories. You may know someone who had cancer or have even experienced cancer yourself. It is a mistake to think everyone’s experience will be the same. Stories of others experiences are rarely helpful – especially when the outcome was bad. 2. Don’t offer false cheer or false hope. Encouragement is not blind optimism. “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine” or “You’ll get through this” may be felt as dismissive or even insulting. Statements of “I’ll be with you through this” or “I’m sorry this is happening to you” are more helpful. 3. Don’t “blame the victim” by asking about smoking or other cancer risk factors. 4. Don’t offer advice (unless asked) or preach. Medical opinions should be reserved for the medical professionals. 5. Don’t make general offers to help such as “Call me if you need anything.” Many people going through difficult times find it hard to ask for help. Offer the ways you are available to help – let your friend accept or decline your offers. 6. Don’t stop offering your help even if you’ve been told that help is not needed. When facing a medical crisis such as a cancer diagnosis, friendships can be important and valuable. However, anticipate that the process of truly being supportive to a friend with cancer will be hard and exhausting. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Concussions in Young Athletes By Dara S. Hosch, MD FAAP - Cobb Pediatrics, PC

During the past ten years, the number of sports related concussions in young athletes has doubled. This increased prevalence and recent medical evidence about the dangers of repeated concussions are alarming. A severe concussion can result in permanent brain injury and even death. Doctors, parents, and coaches need to better understand how to prevent, recognize, and minimize the damages from these common head injuries. This article will explain how to identify a concussion and discuss guidelines for return to play. A concussion is a brain injury caused from blunt force trauma or a sudden jarring of the head. Loss of consciousness occurs only ten percent of the time. However, a temporary decrease in mental status occurs. The most common symptoms include headache, confusion, dizziness, and memory loss about events near the time of injury. Other possible symptoms are vomiting, ringing in the ears, decreased ability to concentrate, mood swings, poor sleep, and fatigue. The lingering effects of a concussion can last from a few minutes to several days. However, sometimes the symptoms are not immediately apparent. Sports related head injuries are the most frequent cause of concussions in children. Contact sports such as football and hockey get the most blame. However, other sports and activities cause a significant number of head injuries. Other common causes of head trauma include bicycle accidents, motor vehicle accidents, fighting, skiing, horseback riding, and playground injuries. For unknown reasons, girls have a higher rate of concussion injury compared to boys doing similar activities or sports. When a closed head injury occurs, trainers and team doctors should ask the athlete questions to determine his or her level of orientation, concentration, and memory. A thorough examination should assess balance, coordination, and cranial nerve reflexes. If a more serious head injury is suspected, a CT scan or MRI should be ordered. Medications without aspirin or narcotics are typically recommended for pain (i.e., acetaminophen, ibuprofen). It is important that the injured child refrain from contact sports until cleared by a medical professional because impaired coordination and concentration make him/her more prone to injury. Less force is needed to cause a second concussion. Repeated brain injuries may result in permanent brain damage like early dementia or tremors. Many schools use computerized neurocognitive tests to assess the athlete’s mental status after a


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Mommy Moments Letting go by Shasta Clark

I don’t tell many people this story, for fear they’ll think I’ve lost my marbles, but here it goes. On the day my first child was born, as I was sitting in a hospital bed holding the most beautiful baby boy I’d ever laid eyes on, I looked up at my husband and said, “I don’t want him to go to kindergarten.” My husband stood there dumbfounded, staring at me, his gaping mouth paralyzed, wondering why I was anxious about something five years in the future. He must have blamed it on the hormones and figured I’d get over it once the epidural wore off. I never did. I knew then and there that I’d never want to let my son go. I wanted to shelter him, influence him, teach him, and protect him for as long as possible. It’s now the dawn of his fifth birthday. Kindergarten is waiting in the wings. (So too is the school bus, the place where many of us learned our first swear word…and learned where babies come from. Or at least, where the older kids thought babies came from.) Kindergarten makes normally levelheaded moms crazy with nervousness. Logically we know it’s a safe, nurturing place with teachers who are saints. (They have to be to intentionally stick themselves in an 18’x 20’ classroom all day with 22 hyperactive 5-year-olds.) But, like most of motherhood, it’s not about logic. It’s about heart.

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Thankfully since that day in the hospital, I’ve learned a few things about mothering. Tough as it may be, our job as parents is to give our children enough room—bit by bit, and always with our guidance—to find their own independence, legs, and voice.

Luckily I have most of this year to keep him under my wing. He starts kindergarten next fall— toward the end of his 5th year. But next fall I’ll pack his tin lunchbox and send him off on the school bus with a cheerful face when it stops in front of my driveway. Then I’ll walk back inside, bake cookies, and cry as long as I want because letting go—even bit-by-bit—tugs at a mother’s heart.

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The arrival of October brings cool breezes, crisp air and beautiful autumn colors. Fall and the bounty she delivers are finally here. Yes, of course there is an abundance of college and pro football to watch but don’t forget there can be road trips to the mountains, corn mazes and pumpkin patches to explore and a wide variety of fairs and festivals to attend. With the goodies you find on your explorations, we at the Junior League of Cobb Marietta would like to suggest some easy recipes for you and your family to enjoy while welcoming the fall season. Both of our cookbooks are offered now at 50 percent off the cover price. Please visit to place your order. Roasted Corn in Husks p. 159 - Southern On Occasion • Pick up some fresh corn when you visit the corn maize and enjoy this fall treat. • Pull the corn husks back from the ear, leaving the attached at the base of the cob. • Discard the silk. • Replace the husks and secure by tying at the top with one piece of husk. • Soak the corn in enough water to cover for 20 minutes and drain. • Arrange the corn on a grill rack position 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. • Grill for 20 minutes, turning frequently. • Serve with assorted herbed butters or cheeses that you can pick up at the Farmers Market

Crock-Pot Vegetable Soup p. 48 - Georgia on My Menu Put this together the night before the family hayride and come home to this tasty stew. 2 pounds stew meat, cubed 1 (16 oz) can tomatoes 2 carrots, sliced 3 stalks of celery, sliced 2 medium onions, diced 2 medium potatoes, diced 1 (7 oz) can green beans 1 (7 oz) can whole kernel corn 3 cups of water 1 teaspoon of salt 4 peppercorns 3 beef bouillon cubes Put all ingredients in a crock-pot. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours. Yield: 6-8 servings Apple Butter p. 137 - Southern on Occasion There are an abundance of apple orchards to chose from in north Georgia to pick your own apples and make this yummy spread. • Cut four pounds of peeled tart apples into quarters. • Cook in 1 cup water and 1 cup apple cider until tender, stirring occasionally; drain. Press through a food mill. • Mix the apple pulp, the grated peel and juice of 2lemons, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground

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Atlanta Boxer Rescue, Inc. will hold its third annual Boxerstock music festival on Sunday, October 24, from noon until 7 PM, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. All proceeds from Boxerstock will go toward Atlanta Boxer Rescue efforts and pet owner education. "Atlanta Boxer Rescue provides assistance to boxers through adoption services, fostering and education. This year's Boxerstock, at its Sunday, October 24, 12 - 7 PM, new location at Jim at Jim Miller Park in Marietta Miller Park, promises to be our biggest, best yet," said Lisa Demma, president of Atlanta Boxer Rescue. "Boxerstock is our largest annual fundraiser, and the funds we raise allow us to continue our rescue efforts." Featuring a wide variety of music, Boxerstock offers something for all musical tastes. Barry Richman, heralded by many as a genuine guitar hero, will delight the crowd with a mix of rock, blues and jazz. INXS Rock Star Show participant Heather Luttrell brings her folk/blues/Americana style from the front porch to the front of the stage. Singer/songwriter Hannah Thomas, named 2009 Top Female Artist by and Anna Kaelin, an American Idol Season 8 qualifying finalist will also perform. Georgia Country Male Artist of the Year for 2009, Thomas Tillman returns for his second Boxerstock. State of Man brings their unique brand of popular rock, infused with universal themes and messages of healing for the soul, to the lineup. Other scheduled acts include local musicians RubberJean and Sam Rhodes. Comedienne Shelly Ryan returns this year as emcee.

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Real Estate in OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

It’s a Prime Time to Buy a Home! For those of you that missed out on the real estate tax credit opportunity don’t worry! It is still a buyers market and now is an excellent time to buy. Interest rates are at an all time low and there is a surplus of inventory on the market at discount prices. Keep reading if you need more convincing. If you are a first time homebuyer and missed out on the $8,000 tax credit, here’s a news flash. According to a recent report from Keller Williams, another $8,000 tax credit is off the table. Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist, contends that further intervention at the federal level will be counterproductive. At today’s rock-bottom rates, buyers stand to save $8,000 many times over during the course of a 30year mortgage. The interest rates now are historically at an all time low, meaning mortgage payments are even less than they were 6 months ago. Basically, mortgages right now are cheap and you are going to gain major savings on your mortgage payments. As referenced in the Keller Williams report 7 Reasons Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Home, the national average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.36 percent in August 2010 – lower than it’s been in the past half century. Additionally, interest rates for the same time last year averaged 5.19 percent, representing a difference of $90 in the monthly payment on a $200,000 home with 10 percent down, as well as a savings of $175,424 over the life of a loan.

competition with their “neighbors”, they are also finding themselves competing with banks. Because a large percentage of current homeowners are unable to pay their mortgage, they are forced to either sell their home as a short sale or, in the case of foreclosed property; the bank becomes the actual seller. In either of these scenarios, the sale price of the property is drastically reduced and offers some unique opportunities for buyers. If you find a resale property priced well, sellers are more likely to contribute to closing costs or fix inspection items because of increased competition. Additionally, not only will you pay less money for a home, you will get a better property. If you currently own a home, you can still be a buyer in this market. You can put your current home up for sale, knowing that you may take a loss but you would be getting immediate equity in your new home. Another option is to rent your current home until the market turns around and purchase a new home. Lastly, if you are in the position to invest, real estate is not a bad choice at this point in time. Buying a home at a discount price and renting it out can generate additional income in the short term and may yield capital gains when you sell in the future. According to Keller Williams, it is no longer time to stay on the fence and wait for prices to drop further. After 30 months of declining value, home prices appear to be stable or appreciating in nearly every U.S. market. In August of 2010, the median home price was $182,600, amounting to an 11 percent increase over the low that was reached in February of 2010 at $164,000. The market will eventually come back and buyers will have missed their chance. Now is the time to take advantage of some remarkable home ownership opportunities. Let’s get looking! To receive a full copy of the Keller Williams study referenced in this article, 7 Reasons Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Home, please contact Deborah Ratchford. Deborah Ratchford, Keller Williams Realty Cityside can be reached at 678.570.4779 (direct) or 770.874.6200 (office), Keller Williams Realty Cityside is located at 3350 Atlanta Road, SE Atlanta, SE, Atlanta, GA 30080

There are also some unique lending options for first time homebuyers including the popular FHA loan requiring only 3.5 % down. This money may also be gifted from a family member or friend if a first-time homebuyer doesn’t have the money upfront. Money is available if you have good credit and house prices are low. There is a surplus of inventory on the market right now contributing to the fact that this is a buyers market. What this means to the buyer is that they have many choices. Sellers are in high competition to get homes sold so they are forced to decrease their prices. Not only are sellers in


Deborah Ratchford, Keller Williams Realty Cityside can be reached at 678.570.4779 (direct) or 770.874.6200 (office), Keller Williams Realty Cityside is located at 3350 Atlanta Road, SE Atlanta, SE, Atlanta, GA 30080

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The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See O C TO B E R 23, 2010



Proceeds from the 5K race and 1K walk will support Vision Rehabilitation Services’ Vital programs to help people who are blind or visually impaired maintain independence. A 5K road race and 1K walk, will take place at 8:00 am on Saturday morning, October 23, 2010, in Smyrna with proceeds benefiting the life-changing programs that Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS) provides to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See, a certified qualifying race for the Peachtree Road Race, has a route that takes participants around and past the of highlights downtown Smyrna and some of the area’s neighborhoods. The 5K race and 1K walk will My Trainer Paul with Jordan Graye, Race MC, Jordan’s begin and end on Sanford Place, by daughter and Nancy Eaton, Board Chair for VRS. Cobb Park, across from Campbell High School. The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See is part of the 2010 Run & See Georgia’s Grand Prix Series. Joan M. Stuart, CEO and Executive Director of VRS, commented “Charyn Darby served as Board

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Chair for VRS for seven years and was an active member of the VRS board for more than twenty years. Charyn was a pillar in the Smyrna community. We are grateful that she was one of our organization’s major benefactors. Prior to her death in 2009, Charyn donated the “donor recognition tree” so that we could permanently recognize our generous supporters. As a board member, she was committed to the growth and expansion of our organization.” Ms. Stuart continued to say “Before Charyn passed away she was integral in leading the effort to create the Race to See as a signature event for VRS. We are thrilled and grateful that her legacy continues through her estate to become the title sponsor of Race to See. Ms. Stuart also stated “We have a special race mascot, Sammie, Charyn’s beloved poodle. All of us who knew Charyn knew that Sammie was her loyal and constant companion”. Added this year is a pre-race Spaghetti Supper and silent auction on Friday, October 22, at Smyrna Community Center. Reservations can be made on the VRS website.

To register for the 2010 Charyn Darby Race to see please visit, and click on the Race to See tab or register at About Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS) – the organization is dedicated to assisting persons who are blind or visually impaired so they may function independently in their environments, such as their home, school, place of business, house of worship, retail stores, etc. Founded in 1983, Vision Rehabilitation Services (formerly Blind & Low Vision Services) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; all contributions are tax deductible. VRS is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Council for agencies serving individuals who are visually impaired. VRS is located at 3830 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna. Contact information: 770-432-7280or

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Deidri Cumbie and her guide dog Duke. Deidri is on the Board of Directors for VRS.

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Our Town October 2010 - Smyrna/Vinings  

Our Town October 2010 - Smyrna/Vinings