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MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET: Every Saturday from 9am to noon. The market has an average of 60 vendors and hundreds of customers each week. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available in grocery stores. Customers can also take home many live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. The Marietta Square Farmers Market will again be located on the Historic Marietta Square, taking up residence on North Park Square, between Shillings Restaurant and The Strand Theater. For more information, please visit

GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: It’s that time again! The Glover Park Concert Series is the place to be in Marietta for summer concerts each month April through September. The park is the perfect setting for families and friends to enjoy a picnic and listen to music under the stars. Friday, August 23: A1A (Jimmy Buffett Tribute). For table reservations and more contact 770.794.5601. All concerts are FREE. Presented by the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Marietta Development Authority. TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! Electronic tagging, so a much faster checkout! Open to the public on Saturday, August 24 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. For more information, please call 678-235-8468, email, or visit Please bring in this ad for special admittance before the public sale either 7pm-9pm Friday, August 23 or 8:30am Saturday, August 24. ACWORTH UMC PASSitON CONSIGNMENT SALE: Your children have outgrown their clothes from last year so it’s time to shop for their fall & winter wardrobe! Consign, shop and save at the Acworth UMC Fall PASSitON Consignment Sale on Friday, August 23 from 9am-6:30 pm and Saturday, August 24 from 9am-noon. Save even more on Saturday when many items are ½ price! Choose from gently used, quality clothing in infant, maternity, children’s and junior sizes, including school uniforms, dance, gymnastics wear, costumes & formals, shoes and accessories. Also strollers, furniture and accessories, children’s toys, outdoor toys, bikes, books, DVD’s and so much more! Go to or call 770-974-3312 for more information and to register to sell or work. PASSitON Consignment Sale is a ministry of Acworth United Methodist Church located off of Hwy 92 at Lake Acworth, 4340 Collins Circle, Acworth GA 30101. Proceeds benefit our music and children’s programs, as well as local and foreign missions.

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It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. — Author Unknown Meet our cover family, Dana, Hicks, and daughters, Sydney and Holland Poor. Our Town contributing photographer, Shelli Allen captured them in front of their recently remodeled home, which has become a labor of love and sanctuary. The Poor’s purchased their mid-century modern home in November 2012 and began an extensive renovation in January 2013. They completed their project in May of this year. The home was originally built for the Reeves family in Marietta designed by architect, Gloria Kidd Brown. Our Town asked Dana to describe the journey they’ve travelled with this much-loved home, the renovation, and why it has become so special to them.

HOW THIS HOUSE BECAME OUR HOME by Dana Poor This house had always captivated us, to the point where we had actually dropped little notes with our phone number in the previous owner’s mailbox. We had hopes that someday they might call us if they ever decided to sell. Even at its worst, Hicks and I loved this home and very much wanted this to be where we raised our daughters. On a long training walk for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day, I noticed that the home was about to be listed for sale. I immediately called Hicks crying and screaming with delight! We worked with my sister- in- law Jaydee Smith, our very talented and determined realtor, to make the deal happen. The home is located in Whitlock Heights, a part of Marietta that two- story mid -century modern homes are certainly not the norm. But it seemed as if the neighborhood had always had a fondness for the property and at the time, it truly felt like the entire community was cheering us on. I’m sure some people thought that we were a bit nuts, but I think they were also curious to see what we would do with the home.

We had the privilege to meet with Ross Reeves, the original owner, and sit with him and learn about this unique home. We wanted to make sure that we did not undo anything that was authentic to the house. At that time we discovered a planter box that was built under a countertop in the dining room. This has actually become one of our favorite features. We were able to verify changes that were made through out the years, and confirmed our desire to reverse them back to their original state. This was truly the start of our design process. After meeting with Mr. Reeves, we examined the home from all angles and even briefly contemplated drastically changing the original layout to better suit our family and business needs. But the further we looked at the home and how it was built, we became more motivated and enthusiastic about maintaining the original architecture with modern updates.


We are so pleased with how everything turned out, and have been truly blessed to raise our daughters in a home that feels so right.

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The house definitely needed improvements. We weren’t afraid of the task in front of us; in fact, we were exhilarated at the idea of being able to take this on. Hicks is a General Contractor and owner of The Poorter Group, a Marietta based Residential and Light Commercial Construction Company, and I am the owner of Boxtree Designs, a Marietta based full service Interior Design Company. It’s what we do everyday, but man oh man, is it different when you do it for yourself! We spent many late nights dumping buckets of water out the door when the rains came in and we didn’t have a roof, and countless sleepless nights wondering how we would get it all done. We give great thanks to our friends and family who joined us in this labor of love. I knew that God would not only provide the resources and energy, but that this home would be a blessing to us and to our neighborhood for years to come . And that’s what kept us going. It’s not unusual for people to drive by in their cars, shout out their windows, honk their horn and shake our hands daily because they share our excitement. I can’t even begin to describe how great it feels to save an old home and make it new.

Unfortunately because of the house’s age and the state of disrepair that it was in when we purchased it in 2012, we had to do an extensive full renovation, including an update to all systems, roofs, windows and materials. The beauty of modern design is that it is evolves over time, and the lines are so strong that you just have to go with it. The house had great bones and tremendous style and light, but we needed it to be efficient, clean and safe for our family. The majority of the original fixtures had been removed over time. It became our mission to salvage anything that that was original to the home to preserve the architectural integrity. We also purchased vintage light fixtures, hardware, tiles and refurbished architectural details and utilized them throughout the home.

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by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Pediatric abdominal pain, also referred to as tummy ache, is a frequent cause for a visit to the healthcare provider. Causes can arise from gastrointestinal, including stomach virus, food poisoning, trauma, constipation, appendicitis, lactose intolerance, etc; genitourinary, including a urinary tract infection, kidney stones, ovarian or menstrual pain, pelvic inflammatory disease; toxicity, including lead poisoning or medications; pulmonary, including pneumonia and pleurisy; or any other number of causes. Tummy aches pose a challenge to most parents. A few of the more common gastrointestinal issues are listed below.

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Colic is described as a tummy ache and excessive crying in babies less than 3 months of age that occurs later in the day or evening. It can occur more often after having a bottle or nursing. Colic can be reduced by stopping a feed often to burp, placing the baby on his or her stomach across mom’s forearm in a “colic hold,” and modifying a breastfeeding mother’s diet to reduce gas producing foods and dairy products. Reflux should also be considered and can be helped by keeping the baby elevated during and 20 minutes after feedings and frequent burping. Sometimes acid reducing medications are warranted. Be sure to check with your pediatric healthcare provider if your baby is showing signs of discomfort or excessive spitting up.

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Intussusception is described as an intense and sudden onset of abdominal pain in recurrent episodes that flare and subside. The bowel is actually sliding into itself and creates a painful blockage that impedes circulation and digestion. A currant jelly appearance to the stool is often confirmatory. It most commonly occurs in two year olds but can occur anytime under five years of age. This is an emergent condition and can usually be resolved quickly in the radiology department during diagnosis.

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Appendicitis develops in 1 out of 15 people and can affect any age group. It is generally an obstruction of the appendix, leading to inflammation and possible rupture. It generally starts out as vague abdominal pain but within 6-48 hours, it worsens and nausea, vomiting and fever begin. Seeking medical attention is imperative.

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Gastroenteritis is a common stomach virus, usually causing any combination of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping, gas and diarrhea. Time is the best healing agent for gastroenteritis. It is important to remain well hydrated, avoiding sweetened and carbonated beverages, and greasy and fried foods. Probiotics may speed the healing process and can generally be sprinkled into applesauce, yogurt and other bland, starchy foods.

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Constipation generates left-sided or a more generalized abdominal pain. It can occur at any time of the day and can accompany stabbing intermittent gas pain. Acute constipation is generally associated with organic causes such as following gastroenteritis or surgical procedures. Chronic constipation is usually associated with functional causes, including low-fiber diets and withholding. Fortunately, this problem can generally be self-limiting and resolve with diet modifications. Prunes and prune juice will usually provide results but pears and pear juice are generally more palatable. Providing a time everyday to sit on the toilet after a large meal can help to train the bowel for complete emptying. Relief generally comes following one or more bowel movements. Tummy aches are very common. If you need guidance to resolve your child’s discomfort, consult your healthcare provider today. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at time. Call 678-384-3480 for your appointment today.

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“Attention Sciatica And Low Back Pain Sufferers…” Could One Hour With Our Doctors Give You the Answer To Your Disc Pain? Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery. But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.) Before You Go Under The Knife and Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your leg or toes

Finally, Some Good News… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told: • Try exercising • Try physical therapy

• Try pain medications • Try muscle relaxers • Try pain shots • Try dangerous back surgery • Just live with it

If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.” How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment! How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all

there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises. Does Decompression Really Work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it:

Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say: “I started at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute for pain in my low back that traveled down my right leg. The pain felt like a burning sensation down my leg and numbness into my toes. I was unable to walk my normal 5 miles. Since starting the spinal decompression therapy I am now able to walk again without any pain. The pain and numbness down my right leg is completely alleviated. I was surprised to find that I am even sleeping better at night and that the tension in my upper back has also been relieved. The staff here has treated my great and is very caring!” Thanks, Bill Norman “Before I started getting spinal decompression therapy I was having severe pain in my low back and numbness down my leg constantly. I had been suffering with this for 3 years. I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and nothing worked. After the first spinal decompression treatment I could stand up straight with very little pain. I can now sleep through the night and exercise again. I am 90-100% better and I am so thankful I found this office.” Thanks, John Ratledge As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be playing golf, enjoying your love life, or traveling again. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living, feel tight joints rest, relax, free up, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest.

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The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. What Does This Offer Include? Everything we normally do in our new patient evaluation. Just call before August 15th, and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where the doctor will listen… really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • An extensive review of your MRI. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until August 15th, you can get everything listed here for $20.The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer. Here’s What To Do Now:

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


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

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In just a year and a half, Okinawa Hibachi and Sushi has become West Cobb’s favorite place for hibachi and sushi. Eddie Yap, formerly the owner of Sushi Zen on Whitlock and on Cobb Parkway in Acworth, created the Okinawa concept to provide dinners with a reasonably priced family oriented Japanese restaurant where they can go regularly not just for special occasions. It is very kid friendly and they offer a special children’s menu.

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What makes Okinawa unique is that they don’t cook their hibachi dinners at individual grill tables. All the meals are cooked to order in a kitchen on a large open grill. You are not paying for extra chefs and grill tables. You eat with whom you want and don’t have to watch the same old Hibachi chef show with the flaming volcanos and egg tricks. They have two semi-private dining areas that serve 10-12 people.

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One of their customers said, what makes Okinawa so special is, “They keep the fire in the kitchen and the money in my wallet.” At Okinawa, hibachi lunches start at $5.95 and dinners at $9.95 for the Chicken Teriyaki. One of my favorite items is their $12.95 Filet Mignon dinner. The secret behind the restaurant is that they serve high quality meals at everyday low prices. The dine-in hibachi dinners come with salad, steamed rice and vegetables. Salad is not included with the take-out hibachi meals because it doesn’t travel well. For families and early diners Okinawa offers an early bird dinner Monday- Friday from 4-6:15pm at $6.95. Another great deal is the Hibachi Night Special every Tuesday from 3-10pm. They offer a number of hibachi

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combo dinners at $9.95 every Tuesday including both Ribeye and Shrimp combos. The beautiful Sushi bar offers a full range of Sushi including Nigiri, rolls and Sashimi. They also have a large collection of specialty rolls. All sushi is made to order, so everything is fresh. A great everyday value are there 2 and 3 roll sushi dinners that include soup, salad and your choice of 2 or 3 rolls from the Sushi Dinner Menu (it includes over 15 different rolls). The two rolls dinners are $8.95 and the three roll dinners are $12.95. The final area that makes Okinawa standout out from other Japanese restaurants is their service. All the servers are young energetic college students who not only know the menu, but are Sushi lovers themselves, so they can tell you about the menu based on experience and you will have no problems understanding them. Many customers have told them that their service is just as good as the food. Okinawa Hibachi and Sushi is located at 3718 Dallas Highway, across from the Avenue West Cobb in the same center as Johnny’s Pizza. They may be reached at 770-218-0982 or on the web at


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Child's Play by Kimberly Herring Decorating a child's room can be both fun and challenging! Whether you are planning for a new arrival or updating your child's room, thought and careful planning will make the project a success. The design style and color scheme for this room should be simple and based on the child's preferences. Let him or her take part in choosing color and pattern. If your child wants a color you simply cannot live with, try to compromise with a shade variation you can accept. When selecting the color scheme for the room, a good rule of thumb is to begin with the rug and the fabrics for the bedding and windows. Since there are infinite shades of paint, but only a few ideal fabrics, don’t make the popular mistake of selecting the wall paint first. You will save yourself a lot of time by selecting the wall paint after all the fabrics have been determined. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colors and textures. If you are slightly unsure when mixing patterns and colors, enlist the help of a professional. A decorator can assist you with the often-overwhelming task of establishing the dominant fabric, and suggest several colors and textures to accent the predominant hues. Window treatments for children’s rooms can be simple. If wood blinds or shades are used for privacy, adding a simple pair of stationary panels in a coordinating fabric will help to add interest to the windows. Top treatments are also a common option used in children’s rooms. Get creative with valance options or choose a more structured top treatment such as a cornice board, and be sure to have fun with your drapery "rods" when designing a child's window treatment. Cleverly designed valances can be hung on hockey sticks, baseball bats, or golf clubs. Fabric covered drapery rods and rings are also another creative option to help give your child’s room a custom look. Children enjoy the feeling of a well-organized room just as much as adults! They love having special places such as shelves and baskets to keep their favorite things. This can be achieved through the use of wall storage systems or shelves. If you are limited on space, consider maximizing the space you have by installing some sort of organization system in their closet or using multipurpose furniture such as beds with drawers and shelves attached as a part of a single unit. When selecting children’s furniture it’s important to choose styles that will grow with them. It’s best to think versatile, quality and non-trendy for this most expensive component of the project. Trendy furniture

can be limiting, so avoid using something too cutesy or character based that would be considered in the moment. Keeping in mind that age related fads are fleeting things, achieve your thematic decor a t i n g through easily replaced accessories such as pillows, lampshades and art. You don’t want your decorating to become an annual event! With careful planning, all your ideas can work together to create a special place where your child can learn and grow. Kimberly Herring is a design consultant and owner of Decorating Den Interiors, she can be contacted at 678-727-3013, and

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Honoring and Assisting Veterans by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. For some time I have wanted to focus on veterans and their families, the challenges they face, and the importance of honoring those who serve. Whatever the politics of wars – there are very brave men and women who volunteer to commit to indescribable difficult periods of time to promote and defend American interests. Military families deal with all the issues common to any family. However, military families also have unique stressors, such as repeated relocations, frequent separations of service members from families, and at times serious emotional and physical challenges that result from service. Having a deployed spouse or parent is likely the most difficult challenge for military families. For the military member, the periods of time away from family and home comes with loneliness, fears, and the requirements of adjustment to difficult and potentially dangerous living. The spouses of those on long and repeated deployments often experience increased stress and related health problems. These spouses are required to transition to a life much like being a single parent, but with the added burden of the fear and the welfare of their serving spouse. The reports about the military’s increased divorce rates are very disturbing. Any marriage is difficult, but a military marriage comes with more challenges. The website offers these common traits among the successful military marriages: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

An understanding that marriage and military life are voluntary choices. Adopt a team approach to military life. Mutual respect which recognizes and honors the sacrifices of each partner. Frequent honest communication. A realist perspective of military life. A desire to be prepared for both military life and married life.


7. A network of friends that serve as a support group. 8. A deep trust in each other. This article further states: “Military marriages include difficult challenges and unusual pressures, but happiness and fulfillment certainly are possible. The evidence is all around you.” It has been long studied and understood that the children of those who serve have unique issues requiring adjustment. Since 9-11, a whole generation of military children has grown up during a time of war. These children have experienced multiple deployments, changing schools, and the trauma of the loss of life in their immediate community. These children can experience higher than average levels of anxiety, particularly the girls. In addition to deployments, military families also routinely experience multiple relocations. Studies indicate there are few negative long-term effects of these experiences. While the transitions to relocation are certainly more significant for adolescents than younger children, there have also been positive impacts of the traditional transient lifestyle of military families. Military service is difficult, demanding and dangerous. But returning to civilian life also poses challenges for the men and women who serve. Transition from military to civilian life can be a daunting task. For some service members, separation from the military can be an overwhelming personal experience, create financial hardship, and contribute to the already challenged family system. A recent Pew Research survey identified factors which predicted a more difficult transition to civilian life. Service members who say they had an emotionally traumatic experience while serving or had suffered a serious service-related injury were significantly more likely to report problems with re-entry. Additionally, those who knew someone who was killed or injured also had more difficulty. Those who were married while they served had a significantly more difficult time readjusting, while those who are active in religious activities had a less difficult adjustment. Military life is not easy and those who serve have sacrificed much and have earned our gratitude and respect. I encourage everyone to honor our service members and their families. 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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Act3 Productions and Mary Hall Freedom House present ...

by Shirley Lauro

Did you know that there are thousands of homeless veterans on Atlanta Streets and under Atlanta’s bridges on any given night? Did you know that approximately 40% of homeless people in Atlanta are women and children? Did you know that 53% of homeless female veterans have experienced military sexual trauma?

Most of us cannot even imagine the lives and experiences that these women have lived or envision being homeless, helpless and poverty-stricken. We’d like to introduce you to Mary Hall Freedom House, a non-profit organization that works everyday to get these women and their families back on their feet. Mary Hall Freedom House is a dedicated treatment facility for women and women with children, offering behavioral health services, transitional and permanent housing, vocational training and employment, and family and children services in Atlanta. Lucy Hall-Gainer, founder and chief executive officer of Mary Hall Freedom House came from a family that battled the cycle of generational addiction; her mother died of alcoholism when Lucy was six years old and left seven children, some of who later also lost their lives to substance abuse. Lucy began walking the same path as her mother and abused drugs and alcohol for 10 years. Lucy has dedicated herself to stopping the disease that killed her mother, brothers, and aunts and almost took her own life.

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Today, Lucy’s dream is a reality with Mary Hall Freedom House, named in memory of her mother. Through a community of sisterhood that teaches women to be independent and self-sufficient, Lucy coaches women to free themselves from their pasts and live every day for their futures. She has empowered more than 3,500 women and children to break the cycle of generational addiction, poverty and homelessness. Mary Hall Freedom House has partnered with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in establishing a two-year transitional housing program to help house 37 homeless female veterans and their children. While the VA provides funding for the housing, the needs of these veterans often goes well beyond shelter and may include medical care, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, childcare, and job training. Each year, MHFH is awarded state and federal funding to assist in providing housing and other support services for these women. However, these funds rarely accommodate for the comprehensive services necessary for appropriate, long-term interventions, and self- sufficiency. In an effort to help fund these programs Mary Hall Freedom House has collaborated with Act 3 Productions to present “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro. This theatrical performance is based on the true accounts of six courageous women who served in the Viet Nam War and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed then and a nation that shunned them. Mary Hall Freedom House and their countless volunteers are asking metro Atlanta to support the courageous women who fought for this country and support their mission of freeing women veterans by attending this moving production. “A Piece of My Heart” will be shown August 14th-18 th at Act 3 Productions located at 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Each performance will feature a talk back with the cast and local veterans served by Mary Hall Freedom House. Ticket prices range from $15- $100 which can be purchased at or by calling 770.642.6207.

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

the shore. And it appeared as though he was not ecstatic to be sitting in the Tiny Twirlers Tea Cup ride at Silver Dollar City, Missouri, which apparently was specifically designed to cause corn dogs, funnel cakes and Coca Cola to reverse their course in one child’s digestive tract. And you would have thought, based solely on his expression, that the Birmingham Animal Penitentiary, or Zoo as they preferred to call it, was not the most incredible experience of his life during that exhaustively hot and stinky summer of 1976 which had apparently enraged all the caged monkeys and gorillas and forced them to fling their refuse at an unsuspecting populace. If I were to judge by the documented history of my father’s expressions as they relate to our family vacations I would conclude that the phrase “family vacation” is an oxymoron, like “pretty ugly,” or “military intelligence.” It’s as if he would have preferred a “vacation from family” versus a “vacation with family.” And I think I know why. Having been able to enjoy the last few years of family travel and exploration I have come to the conclusion, as my father must have, that traveling with small children who may, or may not, have just recently gained control of their bathroom, eating, sleeping and behavioral habits is no day-in-the sun for their creators. More often than not, just about the time you get the coolers, sunscreen, snacks, clothes and other necessary accoutrement required now for children to relax on vacation you are just exhausted. I mean, I love them each and every one, but come on, I have seen beach footage from Normandy that looks tamer than our family hitting the sand. So when you get our Christmas card this year with the family posed on the dunes at dusk wishing you a “Beach of a Holiday” please understand why one member of the family may look so sour, and let her know I forewarned you! Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at

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NEW SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS NEW HOPE BRAIN TRAINERS URGE PARENTS TO AVOID THE SAME MISTAKES AS LAST YEAR by Kristen Thompson, Executive Director of LearningRx Kennesaw What are some of the mistakes parents need to be aware of and avoid? After years of watching their child struggle in school, it’s a common mistake for parents to assume their child is lazy, unmotivated, or simply not smart enough to get work done quickly and accurately. But for many kids, the struggles stem from weak cognitive skills – the basic mental skills we use to think, reason, remember and pay attention. Repeating last year’s attempts to fix the problem will only lead to more frustration. Parents need to find a way to build up those weak skills. Relying on interventions, remediations, tutoring and medication may also be a mistake if those accommodations aren’t helping the child. If the student is still struggling, a cognitive skills weakness may be the cause and parents really should get their child tested. How can you tell if a child has a cognitive skills weakness? Professional cognitive skills testing is the best way to pinpoint which skills are weak. However, common signs of weak cognitive skills include: • Low test scores, grades or reading comprehension levels • Difficulty organizing activity • Poor study and work habits • Taking a long time to complete tasks, including homework • Disinterest (or dislike) in school • Poor memory • Lack of confidence • Anxiety • "Mystery ailments" such as unexplained sicknesses on test days Free online evaluations at can also help parents determine if a cognitive weakness may be the cause of learning struggles. How do you strengthen cognitive skills? Intense one-on-one personalized brain training is the best way to strengthen cognitive skills. It’s amazing

to watch our brain training programs transform struggling students into happy, confident learners who thrive in school. Does it work? Absolutely! Kids who go through our program are often able to build cognitive skills to the point where they no longer need medication for ADHD, or no longer have reading problems. On average, our graduates now gain an impressive 15 point increase in IQ! Is there anything parents can do at home to strengthen these skills? LearningRx loves to share a free list of ways parents can turn homework time into brain building exercises that are actually fun. Anything that can really exercise those mental skills will eventually make schoolwork, and learning in general, easier. Won’t regular schoolwork and homework build those skills? Most school work is aimed at helping students gain knowledge or reinforce a concept already taught. Alone, it won’t do a lot to build cognitive skills. If cognitive skills are weak students may have trouble grasping and remembering the concept no matter how many times it is taught. Why LearningRx Cognitive Brain Training? 1. Does for mental abilities what exercise does for the body 2. Improves the brain’s ability to process information in ANY subject 3. Enhances underlying cognitive skills required to learn effectively 4. Provides intensive, personalized, one-on-one programs 5. Creates confidence toward ALL learning tasks • Tutoring is for kids who have fallen behind in a specific subject (i.e. due to illness) vs. Cognitive skills training improves the underlying skills needed to perform tasks (like reading) well. • LearningRx doesn’t just treat the symptoms – it tackles the source of the problem, fixes it, and offers permanent solutions. • LearningRx is actually CHANGING THE BRAIN to learn better and retain information more effectively. • LearningRx brain training can remove learning roadblocks caused by dyslexia and ADHD

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SKIN TAGS by Dr. John Kayal Skin tags, also known as acrochordons or fibroepithelial polyps are very common benign growths of the skin. Skin tags are small flaps of tissue that are often raised off of the skin and connected by a small stalk called a peduncle. These growths primarily appear in areas where the skin forms creases such as the underarms, neck, eyelids, and groin. They have been associated with obesity, pregnancy, and diabetes. Skin tags are harmless and do not typically grow or change, however they can become irritated by shaving, clothing, or jewelry. Skin tags can be easily removed by a dermatologist if they have become irritated or if they become a cosmetic concern. There are several methods available to remove skin tags including cryosurgery (freezing them off), cauterization (burning them off), or surgically removing them with scissors or a scalpel. Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a common benign skin condition that generally present in people with skin of color. It appears as multiple small, dark brown to black bumps that commonly arise on the cheeks, neck, chest, and back. This condition typically appears in adolescence and increases in size and number as the individual ages. There is no known cause of this condition but it is likely determined by genetics and is often seen in several members of the same family. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a harmless condition but it can be treated by a dermatologist if it is cosmetically undesirable. Methods for removing these growths include curettage (superficially scraping of the growth), electrocautery, and cryotherapy. Seborrheic Keratosis Seborrheic keratoses are noncancerous (benign) skin growths that some people develop as they age. Some women notice that they develop them during pregnancy or after estrogen replacement therapy. Seborrheic keratoses can grow anywhere on the body, in groups or singly. Seborrheic keratoses are sometimes mistaken for warts, moles, skin tags, or skin cancer. Their appearance can vary widely, ranging in color from light tan to brown to black and in texture from smooth and waxy to rough and horned. While some are tiny, others grow larger than 1 in. (2.5 cm) in diameter. Whether raised or flat, seborrheic keratoses look like they've been pasted onto the skin. The cause of seborrheic keratosis is unknown, although it is related to aging. Seborrheic keratoses primarily affect adults over age 30, becoming increasingly common throughout the later decades of life. If you have a skin growth that appears to be a seborrheic keratosis, be sure to ask your dermatologist to have a look at it. If you are bothered by a seborrheic keratosis that becomes easily irritated and painful or is a cosmetic concern, you can have it removed by your dermatologist. Cryotherapy (freezing) is the preferred treatment for most seborrheic keratoses. Curretage is another method of removal, during the keratosis is superficially scraped off. Scarring is usually minimal with these procedures. Moles Moles are pigmented lesions on the skin. The medical term for a mole is a nevus. Moles typically have a superficial component (brown or flesh colored that is seen on or above the skin). In addition, there is typically a deeper component, which is beneath the skin. They can appear anywhere on the skin, alone, or in groups. They are usually brown, pink, or flesh-toned in color and can be various sizes and shapes. Moles can be removed if they are clinically suspicious or if they are cosmetically concerning. We always suggest that you see your dermatologist annually for a full skin exam to detect any changes in your moles that might indicate skin cancer. There are several methods available to remove unwanted moles, including shave excision, punch excision, and excisional surgery. When we remove moles, our goal is to create a flat surface as the skin heals. This is achieved by a technique known as shave excision. In the technique, the mole is shaved tangentially to the skin in order to create as smooth a surface as is possible during the healing phase. Occasionally, there is some depression or scarring of the skin after the mole is removed. Punch excisions and excisional surgery can completely remove larger, flatter moles with minimal scarring. Call Dr. Kayal, certified Dermatologist and Moh’s surgeon, in Marietta 770-426-7177.

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

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Dragon King No 4, wanted to modernize the country by giving it a national theme. In 1972, he coined the phrase “Gross National Happiness” and created an economic plan to make Bhutan an internationally recognized trading partner while providing sustainability within the country. This GNH as it is known, is measured every year by real statistics. In Bhutan you see no real poverty and as recently as 1974, the first tourists were allowed into this closely guarded nation. Dragon King No.5, the new and very young king, was just married two years ago and wherever you travel in Bhutan, you see billboards and photographs of this very handsome and popular couple. Archery, of course has become the national sport and competitions are a basic way of life. The very modern thinking Druk King 5 has also created a national golf course on the grounds of the royal palace in Thimpu. You can’t visit Bhutan without seeing a temple or a Dzong (palace) or two. Most of these temples are located on the sides of mountains, tops of hills, and up many steps. The hike to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery is no less than 400 steps up, once you hike up to the midway point. Then you have 400 steps down before continuing to the bottom on a path filled with loose dirt and stones. Wish I had worked out on Stair-Master before I visited!

There is always a festival of some sort in Bhutan. What other way than a festival to celebrate Gross National Happiness? Towns are filled with happy and very colorful dancers and of course, archery competitions. Life is good here! Bhutan indeed is a very special emerging destination. The Land of the Thunder Dragon is well worth the many hours to get there. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso Travel Advisor and can be reached at


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As with most buildings in Bhutan, they are all painted bright white with red balconies and windows laced with decorations. In one valley, near the town of Punakha, there is a temple dedicated to fertility. All the buildings and homes nearby are painted with huge phalluses on every available surface. Even in gift shops there are wooden replicas, which are said to be good luck to those that buy them.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford BUYERS, GET PREQUALIFIED NOW Buying a home may be the largest purchase you will make in your lifetime; therefore, I’ve put together a couple of things you should consider when shopping for a mortgage. Long before you plan on purchasing a home, you should order a copy of your credit report. This allows you to correct any errors or resolve any disputes that appear on your report. The state of Georgia annually allows residents to request a free copy of their credit report by going online and accessing Equifax, Experian or Transunion. If you plan ahead, owning your own home can be a reality. And what better time than now? When working with your Realtor® in the planning processes of purchasing a home, take advantage of her or his experience and their business relationships when they recommend reputable lenders. I would advise you to speak with at least two lenders to compare rates and fees. Unfortunately it is not in your best interest to allow numerous lenders to pull your credit report. Having many inquiries on your credit report could pull your score down thereby affecting your interest rate. Your scores and report are needed in order to provide accurate information to qualify for a loan, but you should limit your lender inquiries to two or three. Contrary to popular belief, all lenders do not have the same interest rate and settlement costs. There are two questions that you should ask your lender: 1.What is your thirty year fixed rate today? 2.How much are the closing costs on the price of the house that you are considering making and offer on?


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BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES by Amber Burckhalter Is it really that time again already?? Shopping for new clothes, making sure you didn't miss anything on the school supplies list, grasping one last chance to spend the weekend at the lake. At such a busy time, it's easy to forget that the kids may not be the only ones mourning the end of summer and the return of school days and early nights! If Charlie or Bella spent the last few weeks playing fetch with the kids, taking walks on the beach or chasing ducks at the lake, then the change in routine and the reduction of exercise and interaction with the family might just put them into a bit of a funk. The transition back to a more normal routine can cause boredom and separation anxiety in dogs too which, in turn, can lead to depression, stress, anxiety and destructiveness. Your pet may be clingy or seem "mopey". So what can you do to ease the transition?

• Ideally, you want to start tapering off playtimes, leaving the dog alone for small, but gradually longer stretches, and getting into the new routine a couple of weeks before school officially starts. • In turn, you should increase playtime and interaction during the specific times when the family will normally be home. You may already do this for your children as the start of the school year approaches. • Make sure that your dog still gets plenty of vigorous exercise! Long walks or a run; fetch or frisbee before school is a great start. • Feed your dog right before you leave. That way he'll be tired AND full for a few hours. • Consider leaving him with interactive toys or treats. We love stuffed Kongs (ask us for some yummy recipes!) and our Kyjen games are very challenging and rewarding (treats!). • Don't make too big a deal out of leaving - we don't want to reinforce any separation issues! • We would encourage you to start (or continue) bringing your pooch to daycare at least once or twice a week. You will feel better about leaving him alone all day and he will get lots of play time and exercise - which will probably carry over for a day or two! • Your dog might also benefit from some holistic therapy - lavender scent on his blanket, D.A.P wipes or collars - even one of the kids old t-shirts to sleep with. Consider playing some calming music - slow, low-key orchestral or classical music is best. We recommend the specially developed "Through a Dog's Ear" line, which we use every day in our yards.

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