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Calendar of Events About the Cover Travel – Salzburg Germany Business Spotlight – the honeybee November Crossword Not So Pretty in Pink Beauty Tips Atlanta Custom Interiors Grand Re-Opening! Home & Design Embracing Gratitude for Thanksgiving & Year Long Shopping with Shelia Fitness Business Spotlight – Bright Minds Mommy Moments Golf Tips What’s Cookin’? Happy November Business Spotlight – Dogma Does the Dog Really Need a Flu Shot? Pets of the Month

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Smyrna women doctors committed to promoting the health and wellness of Smyrna's women. At Pinnacle, our physicians maximize results and minimize recovery time. How? By using leading edge technologies and the most innovative techniques. We take this advanced approach in every area of orthopaedic care, including Pinnacle specialties such as sports medicine, joint replacement, fracture care, spine, foot and ankle, hand, general orthopaedics and pain management.

Drs. Larisa Pearlman & Kalpana Raghavan We welcome new and established patients and their families to our Smyrna office conveniently located in the Highlands Grove office park near the intersection of Highlands Parkway and South Cobb Drive at 3610 Highlands Parkway, Smyrna.

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UPWARD BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADING: First Baptist Church of Smyrna offers an exciting basketball and cheerleading league for children and youth where Every Child is a Winner. Registration is open for the 2009-2010 Upward Basketball league. Evaluations are Saturday, November 14 and November 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Griffin Middle School gym on King Springs Road off South Cobb Drive. Practices start in December, league play on Saturday, January 9th, 2010. Early registration is $95. To register, go to For more information visit the church office at 1275 Church Street, Smyrna, GA or call (770) 435-3231.

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FALL FESTIVAL: Harmony Leland Elementary School PTA will host their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 11am-3pm. Our theme for 2008-09 school year is “Families, School, Community - We Are All On The Same Team... Expecting Success”, everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend. The following activities are planned (but can be subject to change): bounce houses, games, hayride, cake walk, face painting, nail painting, and various other activities. Hot Dogs, chips, and drinks will be sold as well as other treats. The school is located at 5891 Dodgen Rd., Mableton, GA. For more information, please call 770-819-2483 or email

HANDS ON CHRISTMAS: Save the Date!! November 14th from 10-2pm. Smyrna First United Methodist Church will be hosting it's annual craft festival and gift mart. Plan to spend the day with your children making "adorable and affordable" crafts to give as gifts or treasure as keepsakes! Place bids in the silent auction, stay for lunch in the Candy Cane Cafe and kick off your Christmas shopping in the Gift Mart. You don't want to miss this amazing event! For more info email: FLIPPIN’ FOR KIDS: The Smyrna Optimist Club will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 28th from 7 to 11am at the Smyrna First United Methodist Church on Concord Road. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee for a donation of $5 per person. Take out is available, or eat in and visit with your fellow Smyrnans. COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Make plans to join us on Mon., Nov. 30 on the Village Green for the big holiday community heart warming "Coming Home for the Holidays" and help Santa light our Village Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. Holiday festivities at the Smyrna Community Center and all around. Bring the entire family for all of it and ring in the season downtown. Admission is FREE and the event is from 6 – 9pm. For more information, visit MABLEHOUSE CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: December 4th through December 13th from 10am to 6pm. Mable House Art Center is located at 5239 Floyd Rd. in Mableton. Admission is free. Select from hundreds of unique handmade items displayed in a beautiful holiday setting. For more information visit or call 770.819.3285.


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SANTA HOUSE: December 5th through December 20th. Santa will be at the Smyrna Welcome Center (Aunt Fanny's Cabin) weekends during December. Hurry, you don't want to miss Santa's last two appearances before he heads back to the North Pole. Santa's Final Appearances: Mon., December 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tues., December 22, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


SMYRNA/VININGS HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will hold its 8th annual Holiday Home Tour, Sunday, December 6th, noon to 6:00 p.m. Each home will be decorated for the holiday season, highlighting the talents of local designers and decorators. Proceeds from the annual Holiday Home Tours go to benefit the programs and projects of The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital. Admission is $20 per person. The ticket provides admission to the tour of homes, as well as a tearoom and auction at The Community Bank of the South. You may purchase tickets by calling 770-319-2025. Tickets are also available at Karen’s Gifts and Love Street located in Smyrna.


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Fall festivals are everywhere at this time of year. They celebrate the beautiful leaf colors, pumpkins and all the wonderful things that the end of the summer season brings. Most all are filled with music and entertainment along with boiled peanuts and candied apples.

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Europe also celebrates this season with festivities. Famed Oktoberfest originated in Germany and actually begins in the middle of September with the tapping of the first barrel of beer from the current harvest. However, it is in August that the first cool weather comes to the Alps of Germany, Switzerland and Austria with long days of sun and cool evenings. Also in early August, the Salzburg Festival, the most wonderful music festival of them all is celebrated in Austria. Salzburg is perhaps the most celebrated city in Europe for music. In 1997 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its wonderful collection of baroque buildings and historic center (Alstadt). It was the birthplace of Mozart and also the home of the Von Trapp family about which the famed movie “The Sound of Music” was written. You might say that music is the life blood of this wonderful Alpine city. Therefore it is no surprise that most of the festivals that take place in Salzburg have to do with music. The festivals begin in January with the Christmas Festival, to Mozart Week in February (celebrating the birth of the famous composer), to the Whitsun Festival in May celebrating Baroque Music, to the Goldegger Festival of Blues and Folk Music in June, to the Jazz Festival in July. Then the grand daddy of them all-the famed Salzburg Festpiele or Salzburg Festival begins in August. I was lucky enough to be there this year and have a glimpse of how wonderful this festival is. I first took a trip on the big Sound of Music Bus to see the sights that originated the movie. Austrians in general don’t think much of this movie, as it is mostly fictional, however with busloads of tourists circulating throughout the city and singing its well known songs, the locals are happy to celebrate their heritage and their music with or without the Von Trapp family. It is fun to see the serious festival attendees and the crowds of general tourists, choruses and orchestras; all who want to take the Sound of Music tour. And all singing the “Do-Re-Mi” song or one of the hits from the famous show. Music is everywhere! It drifts through the streets and echoes off the nearby mountains. The city of Salzburg comes alive in August with endless concerts, and exhibitions. Literally thousands of visitors flock to the city to enjoy the annual festivities. Held for five weeks every year, the festival features concerts, drama, chamber orchestras, performances by both local and international choruses and boasts of world famed musical guests from all parts of the world. Salzburg is a wonderful city full of history and fun pastimes. But what a great place to visit during the great Salzburg Music Festival!. So much to enjoy in such a beautiful place in the middle of the great Alps of Europe! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at or

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Hear that? There’s something buzzing in the air. It’s Lisa Rieves and Betsy Digiorgio in their brand new shop, sweetly named the honeybee! The ladies who love to shop local are expanding their talents in the Smyrna/Vinings community. The honeybee is located in the historic yellow house on the corner of Atlanta and Concord Roads and you’re sure to be delighted from the moment you walk through the door. Lisa and Betsy are always on the hunt for the most unique fashions including JPK handbags, XCVI everyday cotton wear, Dansko Clogs, Tom’s Shoes, fabulous ballet flats and much, much more! And now you can find them all at the honeybee. Discover funky handcrafted belt buckles, beautifully designed jewelry and be sure to try on the coolest boots in town. You’ll also be pleased to find “pocket friendly” prices with denim starting under $70. But the treasures don’t stop there. The honeybee ladies are “shop local” gals who know everyone can benefit from the talents of those in their own backyard. This is why the honeybee will feature local artists and gifts such as Paddy Wax candles, Starr Luna t-shirts and Ronda Smith Jewelry just to name a few. You’ll likely even hear the tunes of Georgia’s own Zac Brown Band or Sugarland playing in the background. Feel free to bring the kids along too, they are sure to find treasures of their own like Snap Caps and Blamtastic Lip balm, made by a family right in Georgia. For a quick and easy gift for that special someone, grab one of their gorgeous custom made live planters or baskets. And guys, don’t fret, not only will they make your shopping easy, but they also have cool retro college tees for you! There is truly no end to the goodies you’ll find among the unique, affordable merchandise selected to surprise and impress.

This local shop also provides a place to teach the importance of giving, protecting our community and supporting a bigger picture. It starts with the honeybee’s very own t-shirt, which reads, “the BEE is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” Three dollars from every t-shirt purchased goes to, an organization established to bring awareness to the growing threat of honeybee the honeybee owners, extinction. You’ll also see this delivered in their one of a kind Honey- Betsy DiGiorgio an d Lisa Rieves comb Credit Program* that allows you to donate slightly used clothing and receive store credit. The honeybee is partnering with local shelters and will deliver your donations to those in need. They would also like to recognize those that make our community a better place by offering 10% off to all teachers, police officers, fire fighters and armed service members.

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There’s no question the honeybee is a labor of love for Lisa and Betsy. How do they find the time? I guess you would have to say they are definitely busy, busy bee’s . . . The honeybee is located on the corner of the Atlanta and Concord Roads (next door to CVS).

But there’s more to the honeybee than just an adorable shop on the corner. When you enter the store you know a lot of love went into this happy hive. In fact, Lisa and Betsy will be the first to tell you their hopes for the honeybee go well beyond delivering quality, unique merchandise. The honeybee has a purpose!

Hours of Buzzing: Monday thru Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 12-5pm Honeycomb Credit Program. *See store for details.

Holiday Open House & 7th November 6th Stop in and see this what's buzzin' holiday season! Smyrna, GA • 770.432.5120

Ask about our Honeycomb Credit program and find out how you can receive store rewards by donating slightly used clothing (see store for details).


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NOT SO PRETTY IN PINK Well, here we are again. The season for giving is upon us. It is time to reach out our hands with pure benevolence and share with others. And what better gift to give than the gift of Pink Eye? Think about it. It’s free! It’s very easy to share! And it will have the recipient all watery-eyed! The tears will flow as this gift is passed from person to person to person. On second thought, let’s take a step back and reconsider. Pink Eye is actually a broad term for an inflammation of the conjunctiva (the tissue layer that covers the front of the eyeball and the inside of the lids). There can be multiple causes, and most of them are not contagious. Your eye, or eyes, could be pink due to allergies, contact lens irritation, dryness, sun overexposure, chemicals such as smoke or fumes, and on and on. Treatments vary, depending on your eye doctor’s diag-

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nosis. The two types that we most associate with the term pink eye, however, are very contagious…viral and bacterial. These two types can spread faster than Santa’s sleigh sightings on Norad radar. Kids often get infectious pink eye by touching an infected person or even some object that person has touched, such as a used towel or pillowcase. Coughing or sneezing can spread it like wildfire. It can be very difficult to keep the pink eye from transferring over to the other eye. The symptoms can include scratchy, watery, light sensitive, red and/or sticky eyes. Newborns are highly susceptible, due to contact in the birth canal. That’s why they get a nice dose of antibiotic ointments applied soon after entering the world. So what are the take-home messages for pink eye? If you get these symptoms, see your eye care professional. He or she can often diagnose what the cause is and treat it appropriately. If it’s bacterial, antibiotic drops will be used. If it is viral, no real cure typically exists, and often supportive therapy is used, such as artificial tears or decongestants. Most viral cases tend to clear up on their own within a few days or one to two weeks. Until they improve, stay home from school or work. If you have to go, avoid touching your eyes, disinfect often and don’t shake a lot of hands. Believe me, most co-workers will run from you before you even try. Do not share towels or pillowcases. If you have shared eye drops or cosmetics during this time, replace them. If you forget everything else, remember this…WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN. It’s the single most important and effective way to prevent the spread of pink eye. So at your next holiday office party, consider bringing the gift that shares itself freely. If I draw your name, however, I’ll be running out the door. Being the one office employee stuck with Aunt Mabel’s fruitcake doesn’t sound so bad anymore.

Dr Michael Walker is a partner with Windward Eye Care (678-393-2025) and Alpharetta Eye Clinic (770-475-1777) in Alpharetta, and Cumberland Pointe Eye Care (770-644-0012) in Smyrna/Vinings.


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Atlanta Custom Interiors Welcomed Visitors and the Community to Open House at New Showroom/Workroom Vendors, local businesses pitched in with prizes and refreshments Gertrude Kelly of Smyrna is very glad she attended the Atlanta Custom Interiors Open House Oct. 9. She was the winner of the grand prize: a window makeover with custom drapes with her choice of fabric and custom hardware. Nearly 100 other customers, interior designers, vendors, dignitaries and local businesspeople visited the beautiful new showroom/workroom that day. Other prizes and gifts were donated by Teri Moore of United Supply Company, Judson Stone of Duralee Fabrics, Brad Edelman of RM Coco Fabric, Ryan McCullough of Greenhouse Fabrics, Max Nance of Michaels Textiles and Donna Hyder of The Georgian Plantation Shutter Company. Visitors were entertained and inspired as they toured the workrooms and watched talented ACI craftspeople Kathy Donahue, Kim Evans and Don Hall teach workshops and give demonstrations about window treatments and furniture upholstery for home or office décor.

Entrepreneur Nelson has been a little surprised and very pleased to see growth in her business during a difficult economic time as ”nesting” consumers continue to improve their home interiors. Built on the site of a longtime upholstery workshop, the beautiful new showroom/workroom offers design services for window treatments and upholstered furniture which are fabricated on site. “ACI offers convenience, quality, style and value to both homeowners and designers,” says Nelson. “We recently launched a new Web site ( which makes it easy for customers to see thousands of choices in fabric and trim for upholstery and draperies, valences, Roman shades, Cornice boards, headboards, throw pillows, seat and window cushions, table covers and beddings, as well as decorative hardware and blinds/shutters.” A friendly, helpful, hands-on business, ACI offers designer quality, personal service and workroom prices to a wide range of residential and commercial clients. Each month, the Web site features a special – for October it is a display sample sale.

Architect Ken Klebanoff, Marsha Peterson of Trade Secrets Interiors and Julie Sullivan of FISCO Investment Management were among many who enjoyed refreshments and gifts from Community Bank of the South, RC Tax & Accounting, Moe’s of Smyrna, Great Harvest Bread Company of Smyrna, King Springs Chinese and Bloom City Florist.

“We understand that the beauty of new upholstery and fabric is how it fits your home and your style. We meet with clients at no cost to plan and create their vision and make it right here in our store,” Nelson explains. “Check our Web site and come by our showroom to let us spark your imagination!” The show room is located at 1302 Concord Road Smyrna, GA. You can call ACI at 770-436-2299.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Smyrna Councilman Michael McNabb and Jim Duelmer, chairman of the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, joined Atlanta Custom Interiors owner JoAnne Nelson for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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by Brooke Merrill It is almost unbelievable that it has been a decade since we were ringing in the new millennium. Dancing to Prince’s “1999”, we were filled with the promise of a prosperous century full of adventure and advancement. Little did we know that terror would scare us out of our complacency and years later an economic crisis would force us to take stock and re-think our priorities. In my home, we have found comfort in the little things like taking the time to make a pot of rich, home-brewed coffee instead of heading to Starbuck’s. Instead of going out to dinner and a movie, we finally made time to go through the boxes of home goods my grandmother left behind (she passed in the 90’s). I can’t describe the feelings we had when we found my grandparents’ goldleafed high balls and coordinating bar set from the 1960’s. I can only imagine how much fun they had using those high balls while mixing up the latest cocktail during a holiday gathering. With our growing concerns about unemployment and losses in our portfolios, we find ourselves wondering how we can keep traditions alive during the holiday season without putting a huge dent in the pocket book. We were raised by parents and grandparents who lived through some of the toughest economic times in our country’s history, and we need to remember that there is always a way to make a beautiful home for our families, even if our budgets are not what they were a few years ago. In that spirit, I decided to do some research for decorating ideas that would take us back to our roots and bring a little Yule tide to the season. Colors: In the past, I have covered the trendy colors in holiday décor (such as deep purple, lime green, and navy blue) in my articles. This year, a sense of nostalgia has come over me, and I am in the mood for a good old fashioned red and green holiday. The reason red and green are traditionally used for the holidays is because those were the colors of the only living things our ancestors could find out of doors to use for decorating in winter. Pine and holly berries stay green year round and add a festive touch to the gloom of a sleeping winter landscape. I also want to stress the importance of gold and/or silver as an accent for your holiday décor. Gold and silver give an illusion of luxury to a table setting or a mantle garland, and the sheens reflect the light with a soft, warm glow. It is so easy and inexpensive to find décor with gold or silver accents to add to your decorating, and using gold or silver also allows you to incorporate your cherished holiday keepsakes passed on from a favorite aunt or grandparent.

Table Settings: If you have time, start going to garage and estate sales to find some accent pieces for your china. For a more natural or cottage holiday, milk glass it the perfect complement to a table. If your décor is formal and traditional, you may be able to find old candelabras or vintage china with gold filigree to spice up the table. For decorating a table for Thanksgiving, collect some large maple leaves that have already turned color, punch a hole at the base and string it with velvet ribbon. You can use the ribbon to tie around cloth napkins on the table. Do the same for Christmas and Hanukah table settings, but use a pinch of pine or holly instead of the maple leaf. Most importantly, food will decorate the table better than anything else, especially desserts. I love to see a plate full of date loaf, chocolate fudge, and pecan sandies. What could be more inviting for guests than a table overflowing with beautiful holiday dishes and fruit pies? Mantles: If you are striving for a more contemporary look this holiday season, use silver or gold stars in abundance on your mantle and table. By mixing large and small stars with your holiday candles, you can add drama to the atmosphere while keeping it simple and inexpensive. On the other hand, if you want to create a traditional ambiance, use garland laced with wire ribbon and sugared fruit picks. This look gained notoriety during the Victorian era, and has remained a staple for a traditional holiday setting. Another trick for contemporary and traditional homes is to find artwork at estate sales that have wintry landscapes. You can create a wall of wonder over a mantle or just about anywhere in the house by replacing your existing artwork with snow-filled scenes for the holidays. If that is not feasible, just add a little ribbon infused garland to the corner of a wall mirror or piece of artwork. If you are still struggling with how to pull it all together, I strongly recommend the Better Homes and Gardens website for holiday decorating ideas. This is not my favorite magazine for interior design ideas, but I give them kudos for helping us cook and decorate for the holidays. Their homemade decorating tips are always unique and fun to try, and the pictures of holiday decorating show you how a “finished” holiday room should look. Brooke Merrill is an Interior Designer and the owner of Brooke Merrill Home in Smyrna. 770-432-7425

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Embracing Gratitude for Thanksgiving and Year Long by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. It’s the time of year when the holiday season approaches. Coming this month is Thanksgiving - - - - which is a special holiday! Susan Kirby, a mother of two stated it well: “Thanksgiving has always been a favorite: It’s a time of gratitude and a holiday we haven’t messed up!” This is a holiday to spend time with family and friends and focus on the things in our lives for which we feel thankful. This time is special and encourages thoughts about what is truly important in life. However, once the turkey is carved and life gears up for the next event, it is important to focus on ways to keep the warm feelings of gratitude alive in the heart year round. Gratitude is conscious awareness of all the joys and blessings in daily life. Developing a sense of gratitude allows you to see the good aspects of life, which encourages more contentment. This, in turn, helps you to get along with people more easily. Being aware of being thankful can be enormously helpful when life is stressful. Many spiritual and religious beliefs emphasize the value of cultivating gratitude as a way to connect with God and one’s own spirituality. Religions and philosophies have long embraced gratitude as an indispensable manifestation of virtue, and an integral component of health, wholeness, and wellbeing. In general, psychologists have traditionally been more interested in studying human vice than virtue. Only recently has the importance of gratitude been examined. Psychological research has found significant benefits to people who cultivate gratitude on a regular basis. In general these individuals tend to feel happier and have fewer physical complaints. Research has also shown that those practicing living with gratitude are more optimistic, make better progress toward important personal goals, and report higher levels of alertness, determination, and energy. Gratitude is statistically linked to happiness and hope. Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress. Grateful individuals place less importance on material goods; they are less likely to judge their own and others success in terms of possessions accumulated; they are less envious of others; and are more likely to share their possessions with others.

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Some mistakenly believe living with gratitude is being Pollyannaish or naive. However, grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life; they just tend not to maintain too much focus on them. Difficulties are addressed and then set aside so that the primary focus returns to the positive. By making deliberate and conscious decisions to look for the positive, one can see the little things in every day to be thankful for that are often overlooked – - the taste of a good cup of coffee, a smile of a child, the playfulness of a puppy, a small kindness of a stranger, a compliment, or a beautiful sunset. In parenting, teaching gratitude to children takes extra effort but can go a long way in teaching children the importance of being thankful and of expressing thanks in a sincere and meaningful way. Research has shown that children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families.

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Shopping with Shelia REAL STYLE FOR REAL WOMEN Cracking the Code The holidays are fast approaching and hopefully you will be getting a mailbox full of invitations to parties, galas and open houses. Along with those invitations may come some confusing instructions on how to dress for said functions. Is the event formal, black-tie, cocktail, creative, festive, snappy, the list goes on…. Deciphering these terms can be a bit challenging. Hopefully, we can crack the dress code this season so you can arrive dressed correctly with nothing to worry about except what to bring the host as a token of your appreciation. White Tie/Ultra Formal - The most formal of evening wear worn to events after six o’clock. Women wear long ball gowns. Men wear a dress coat (tails), white vest, and white tie.

Semi- formal - After 6 PM, a dark suit and tie for the men and cocktail dress for women. Daytime semi- formal would be a suit for the men and a dress or dressy suit for women. Cocktail Attire - Dark suits for men and short but elegant dresses for women. Dressy Casual/ Creative Casual/Smart Casual - Sport coat or nice sweater with trousers for men and bold, sparkly jewelry, beautiful blouse or cashmere sweater paired with a skirt or trousers for women. Think sparkle and special. No jeans or shorts. And please, anything but a “Holiday” sweater appliquéd with snowmen, Santa or Rudolph! Casual/ Informal - Pretty much anything in good taste goes.

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Another “5 Tips To Keep The Weight Off During The Holidays Article”? Really? by Jason Goggans Articles like this come out every year… “Lose Weight Over the Holidays” or “10 Can’t Miss Tips to Avoid Weight Gain This Thanksgiving”. I really wish I could put a new fancy spin on this played out article. I wish I could say that over the last 12 months I have come up with a BRAND new way to drop weight over the holidays…but I haven’t. In fact, no one has. That’s because the same advice that was given 10 years ago still applies today. Losing weight is no magic or voodoo. What worked yesterday, works today. The difference is, you actually have to follow the advice and therein lies the disconnect. We read these articles every year but once Thanksgiving Day comes around we throw caution to the wind and attack our dinner plates like a rabid dog. So here are some can’t miss tips to controlling weigh gain this Thanksgiving. This year, let’s actually do them! 1. Workout the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving - We have all heard that weight gain/loss is all about calories in and calories out. While that is not entirely true, it does have some merit. If you burn an extra 300-400 calories the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving it will go a long way in offsetting the enormous caloric intake that that day brings. On Thanksgiving Day be sure to workout first thing in the morning. There is NO WAY you will do it after you eat! 2. Skip Seconds - A 1,000 calorie Thanksgiving meal can easily turn into a 2,000 or even 3,000 calorie meal when you return for seconds. One plateful should be plenty. Especially if you follow the tips below.


3. Eat a well balanced, high fiber, healthy meal about 2 hours before you sit down for the big dinner - This will ensure that you are not starving when it’s dinner time. If you are ravenous when it’s time to eat…good luck being smart and making good choices! 4. Drink a large glass of water right before Thanksgiving dinner - This, combined with eating the healthy meal two hours prior to dinner, will keep you satiated and a lot less inclined to gorge. Remember, Thanksgiving is not about going without and skipping your favorite foods. It’s about being smart and sensible and not over doing it. This will really help! 5. Be sensible with leftovers - One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. I am all for that but, there are rules if you truly want to avoid Holiday weight gain. First, save the leftovers for the next couple of days; not later Thanksgiving night. Like I said above, that will double your caloric intake for the day. Second, try not to indulge in the fattiest leftovers. Skip the macaroni and cheese (I know, it was hard for me to even write that, but it’s the right thing to do), skip the gravy, skip the dessert. Instead, have a turkey sandwich and maybe some sweet potato casserole. These are lower calorie foods that contain good lean protein and complex carbs. If you truly follow these tips you will be surprised how good you feel and how little the scale moves. Thanksgiving is not a day to deprive yourself. You should absolutely eat the foods you love. Just do it sensibly. If you prepare and pre-plan you should have no problem keeping the calories in check!

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Mommy Moments - A Blooper Christmas by Shasta Clark Tis the season to send out the “Look how cute my kids are!” Christmas card. Every year I start planning weeks in advance. I shop for coordinating red and green outfits, cut my boys’ hair, and get my camera ready to snap the most gosh-darned cutest picture of my kids. Then, I mail it to 100 of my closest friends and relatives hoping that, when they open it, they “ooo” and “aaahh.” But here’s what you don’t see on the card. It takes me at least 50 pictures before I find the right one where both my kids are smiling at the camera. In between those failed attempts, I’m bribing my 4-year-old and 18-month-old sons with cookies to “just sit still and smile at Mommy.” My youngest, a.k.a. “the spirited one,” is nothing but a blur in the pictures because he’s running away from me, laughing the whole way. My oldest, a.k.a. “the conscientious one,” yells, “Mom, chase my brother. He’s escaping!” Every mom who’s tried to create one of these photo Christmas cards knows what I’m talking about. Now ladies, I ask you, how did this tradition of “I have to send a picture of my kids that makes them look like perfectly dressed, well-behaved cherubs” start?


Our mothers were perfectly happy to send gold-foiled cards with a picture of baby Jesus lying in swaddling clothes in a manger, bought - the year before - at a blue light special at Kmart no less. But that’s not good enough for our generation. Perhaps digital cameras are to blame whereby, if we don’t like that first shot, we can always take another, and another, and another, and another... Now, don’t get me wrong. I love to get the photo cards of my friends’ kids. I hang them on my fridge and put them in picture albums after Christmas. But this year, I decided I’m trying something different. I’m sending a fun card. No special coordinating outfits. No fresh haircuts. No 50 pictures. No chasing after children. No stress. So a few days ago, I told my sons they could be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in this year’s Christmas card. I instructed my youngest to stand against the white wall in our garage (Snowy background. Get it?) holding tree branches on his head. (That’s right. Antlers.) I asked my oldest to wear a red nose, which was a cute idea borrowed from a creative friend. It worked for one picture, until they saw my husband’s tractor. They climbed on it and began throwing off the red nose. Over and over I chased them with the nose and bribed them to wear it again. This was a reindeer game I could do without. Fifty pictures, two pretend rides on the tractor, and one stressedout mom later, here’s what I got. Let the “ooo-ing” and “aahhing” begin. If you create your own family memories with Christmas cards, please send or email us an image by November 10th. We will be featuring West Cobb holiday family photos in our December issue. Our Town Magazine, 101 Church St., Ste 175, Marietta, Ga 30060

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ARTICHOKE-BACON DIP 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained well 8 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 small onion, chopped ¾ cup mayonnaise 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce Ritz crackers Chop artichoke hearts and combine with remaining ingredients and chill. Serve with Ritz crackers. Yield: 8 servings. At half time, everyone can enjoy: TENDERLOIN 1 (7-pound) tenderloin, trimmed of fat 1 Tablespoon soy sauce 1 Tablespoon brown sugar ½ cup Italian dressing ¼ cup lemon juice Place tenderloin in a 9x13-inch baking pan or bottom

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HAPPY……….November??? When I was a child I never understood why we were required to endure the month of November. It seemed like some kind of cruel parental challenge to put an entire month between two of the greatest holidays in a child’s psyche, Halloween and Christmas. If children had been in charge of the holiday calendar you would have New Year’s Day, Summer and then October 31st followed a week later by December 25th. After that you would have one week to thoroughly destroy all your presents then you would split the remaining two weeks with your birthday and the year would be complete. Unfortunately, since it takes the earth 365 days, or thereabouts, to make its journey around the sun it is impossible to cram the year into just a few weeks, so endure November we must. As an adult I fully understand the need for all four seasons, the need for a Gregorian Calendar and the need for a full allotment of days with which to orbit our star, but it is still a chore to get excited about a month where the best thing that can be said about it is that there is a nice meal in the middle of it. November is the monthly equivalent of a time-share in Dollywood.. “Oh look honey, we get to spend 30 days in Dollywood!” “What’s that?” “Well, it’s a place that is not as exciting as Hollywood but is not as depressing as Detroit.” “That does not sound like much fun?” “It’s not, but there’s a buffet…”




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Maybe the next best thing about November is that it’s the first time your house gets visited by the pre-Christmas Elves? I can’t tell you how many times I have sat down to that wonderful Thanksgiving meal and eaten my weight in gravy only to be rolled over to the couch where a remote control mysteriously finds its way into my hands and the magical pre-Christmas Elves have come into my house and cleaned all the dishes. These pre-Christmas Elves must be Elves-intraining because they typically don’t sing happy working songs and they also make fun of my wife by imitating her voice saying things like, “Yeah, you would think he’d get off his butt and help” and “Look at him, just sitting there all sleepy and slobbery not willing to lift a finger!” Oh, and my personal favorite “and with time off for good behavior I’d be out in less than 15.” Eventually though Santa makes them shut up and I am allowed to return to my nap. Like I said, November is a month full of, well…just days. Maybe the best we can do in November is pull our chinstraps tight and run toward that line blocking our way to all the good holidays coming up? Or, maybe we can take the time God has granted us to relax with our families beside the year’s first fires drinking hot chocolate and singing songs about those mysterious pre-Christmas Elves, who apparently have excellent legal representation? Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father, and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at





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DOGMA DOG CARE…FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS! by Robin Crawford Now Open in Smyrna The question was; “Where can we find really good dog care at a fair and affordable price?” Smyrna dog park enthusiasts debated this issue for years. Many of us were traveling all the way into the city for high quality pet care, a place where our dogs could run, bark and play. We also wanted a clean place to bathe our dogs after a romp in the park and a place to buy high quality pet food. We all agreed that the ideal place would be one with everything under one roof!”…so we created Dogma.

bring them safely home at the end of the day. We are delighted to be a part of the Dogma community team.” Robin says, “It is our goal to give back to the community that continues to love and support us“. We provide community seminars on pet related issues, and we love providing our facility to the dog breed meet-up groups. We recently sponsored the Atlanta Boxer Rescue’s annual “Boxerstock” event and we all had a blast! We also support a number of rescue organizations like Ahimsa House and Atlanta Dog Squad. Even with all that we do, safety is still our first concern. Dogma ensures that their pet handlers are vigorously trained then tested in order to receive their Pet Care Technicians certification and CPR/First Aid certifications.

“Dogma is all about ‘our’ love of dogs,” says Robin. “The local Smyrna community has had a hand in every aspect of this business and continues to be our life blood. As an example; local resident Janet Crabb created the artistic design for the space. Cat Smallwood creates the custom recycled dog collars. We even have local painters and photographers displaying their canine creations. It’s a community thing and we’re all very proud of it. “ Dogma Dog Care is Smyrna’s only “dog care cenHeidi Pollyea and Pixie at the 2009 ter”. Modeled after a first class resort, Dogma offers Boxerstock held at Dogma the best of everything for your pet. This beautiful new facility is just off South Cobb Drive (Near Jim and Nick’s), 1 mile outside I-285 in Smyrna (convenient to and from the airport). DOGMA is situated on 2 acres, surrounded by trees and lush green grass. It is the most spacious indoor/outdoor pet facility in Cobb County.

Visit their website: and learn more about the seminars, parties, and other monthly events…or just come by for a tour. Temperament testing is done daily for new clients. Be sure to ask about monthly specials like $15 day care on Mondays and Wednesdays through November! For details call: 770-436-4346.

Manager and local Smyrna resident Saundra Nixon promises that when you come to Dogma you’ll be greeted by friendly staff waiting to show you and your pet around the property. “We’re proud to take potential clients to all parts of our facility. We have nothing to hide. Dogma dens are as fresh and clean as is our lobby. We want to create a place that pet owner’s love as much as their pets” says Ms Nixon. That’s why we made the place so inviting; coaches, magazines, music, coffee, Wi-Fi. We want our neighbors and friends to sit down and stay awhile”. Additionally, we have webcams in our play areas so that are clients can see their pets at play.” DOGMA is a “Destination” in itself with everything a well loved dog, cat or bird could want. They boast large, clean in door and out door play areas for both big and small dogs, custom suites, cozy dens, and cage-free boarding. A master groomer is available by appointment, and there are three self-service dog washes. In addition they have some of Atlanta’s best and brightest dog trainers available like Kate Jackson of Jabula, and Joyce Hagen, The Dog Tutor. Our trainers conduct group or private lessons in everything from puppy socialization to canine good citizen (and everything in between) say’s Pat Funderburk, Dogma’s Kennel Director. Dogma even offers cool sports year round like Rally, Fly Ball and Agility. And if that weren’t enough, there is even a retail pet store, with natural and organic foods and treats (like Evo, Innova, Taste of the Wild and more)! Dogma is thrilled to announce a partnership with another local vendor, “Your 25th Hour” to provide pick-up and drop off service for your pets. Owners, Debby Keathley and Debbie Tillman, are licensed, bonded and insured. Debby says “It is our pleasure to be available to Dogma customers. We will pick up your pet, take them directly to Dogma or even your local veterinarian and


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Does the Dog Really Need a Flu Shot? by DR. MICHELLE DEHAVEN, DVM • CUMBERLAND ANIMAL CLINIC It’s fall in Atlanta. Many of us are rolling up our sleeves at the doctor’s office or the neighborhood Publix, squeezing our eyes tightly shut and hoping we got the gentle nurse. Yes, it’s flu season, and with the all the worry about seasonal flu and swine flu, more and more of us are lining up to be vaccinated. Then suddenly we hear about “canine influenza.” Do dogs really get the flu? Well, yes and no. Back in January 2004, a severe outbreak of respiratory disease occurred in a group of racing greyhounds in Florida. Many dogs became very ill and a good many of them died.

percent of these dogs may die. There is no medication to kill the influenza virus. Mildly sick dogs are treated symptomatically, and may need fluid therapy and nutritional support. More severe cases may require hospitalization, IV fluids and antibiotics to combat the pneumonia. For animal hospitals and day-cares where there have been outbreaks, it is a major problem. A clinic just south of town, in Fayette County, had 50 dogs become infected over a two-week period. A kennel is Delaware had all of their boarders become ill, and had to close their doors for eight weeks to curb the outbreak.

Researchers were able to isolate the virus that caused the outbreak and named it H3N8 (for those who like to keep their H’s and N’s straight), or canine influenza. The culprit was found to be a mutated form of an equine influenza virus that has been around for 40 years or more.

Still, there is no reason for panic. So far, outbreaks have occurred only sporadically in certain areas of the country, with only a handful of occurrences in Georgia.

The next year it spread to 14 different racetracks in six states. Now, outbreaks have been confirmed in 30 different states. No cases have been reported in humans.

Just like with human patients, different dogs are at different risks. Old dogs with chronic health problems (especially heart and lung disease) are more likely to get the more severe form of flu if they catch it. Show dogs that travel from state to state, going to large shows, are more likely to get exposed to the virus. I believe if the virus shows up around here, it will appear first where dogs congregate – dog parks, day-cares, boarding kennels, the shelter.

Because dogs have no natural immunity to this virus, about 80 percent of dogs exposed will become infected. Most of them will develop a mild form of the disease. These guys will have a moist cough that can last 10-30 days. Many will have thick nasal discharge. As many as 20 percent of infected dogs may develop the more severe form. These animals may run fevers of 104-106 degrees and develop pneumonia. Studies have shown that 5-8

So, do you get your furry guy vaccinated? I think that depends.

If you are boarding this holiday, find out if your kennel is requiring vaccination and plan early. This vaccination requires a series of two vaccines given 2-4 weeks apart. Significant protection only begins 7-10 days after the second injection. Do I think every dog in Smyrna needs this vaccine? The answer is no. But look at your dog’s overall health and chance of exposure. If your vet has not recommended vaccinating against kennel cough, it’s unlikely they would be concerned about this new virus. For higher-risk pooches, it may make sense. As always, if you have questions, talk to your vet. Our local veterinary community will be keeping close tabs on the canine flu, to see if outbreaks move closer to home.

Bright Minds continued from page 22 BMLC: We provide services to children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. All of our programs are learning oriented. While our focus is on learning, we make sure that we provide time for fun and play. We offer a dynamic After School Program, where we provide drop off and/or pick up from local schools, provide assistance with homework, and offer many stimulating child appropriate activities. A parent of one of our After Schoolers stated that their child prefers to come to our center rather than go to school. While we encourage our children to embrace school, we were happy to know that they are enjoying our program.

• Full-Service Animal Hospital • In-House Bloodwork • Late Evening & Weekend Appointments • On-Line Services • Boarding for Dogs under 20lbs. and Cats • Dog Obedience Classes Monday and Friday 8 - 6 Tuesday thru Thursday 8 - 8 Saturday 9 - 1 • Sunday CLOSED

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OTM: Do you offer a curriculum program? BMLC: We use the High Reach Learning Curriculum. The High Reach Learning Curriculum is a research supported curriculum that allows children to explore a well-rounded balance of learning experiences and many opportunities to develop important skills needed to be successful in school. High Reach Learning’s team of early childhood experts, spend a tremendous amount of time studying research articles and trends, offering the most up-to-date teaching practices for our children. We use High Reach Learning with our Infants through our PreK students. OTM: Describe your new webcam and what it offers to parents. BMLC: We have always had cameras in our classrooms; however, we have recently implemented a webcam that allows our parents to view their child’s classroom at any time via the internet. This feature is naturally a big hit with our parents. It also works great for family members such as grandparents who live in a different state or even in another country. OTM: Can you share any other information that you think would be helpful in letting our readers know more about Bright Minds. BMLC: Bright Minds offers Spanish language for our children ages one year to four years of age. This month we will be offering dance, gymnastics and tumbling as extra curricular activities. We strive to be a positive partner in the South Cobb community. We are a proud sponsor of the South Cobb Youth Basketball Association. We have many fun activities during the week and display the pictures for our families to see. We encourage our parents’ participation at events at the center and encourage them to volunteer during field trips and in their child’s classroom. If you would like to know more about Bright Minds Learning and Childcare Center, visit or call to arrange for a tour of their facilities. 770.948.5535 Bright Minds Learning and Childcare Centers is located at 200 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton.

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