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10 Tips for Safe Play in the Sun 12 June Crossword Puzzle 16 10 Ways to Fight the Summer Slide 17 Naming Number 4 18 Window Treatments 101 19 Shopping with Shelia 20 Health & Beauty Q & A 23 Dream Dash 24 Container Gardening 26 Thinking about Divorce? 27 Health & Fitness 29 Travel – Fly Fishing in Patagonia

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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

SPECIAL OLYMPICS DUCK DERBY: Adopt Your Ducks! Support Special Olympics Georgia Athletes! The 8th Annual Duck Derby is once again coming to Six Flags White Water (250 Cobb Pkwy. N., Marietta, GA 30062) and 10,000 rubber ducks will race on Friday, June 21ST at 2pm. You can adopt one of these lucky ducks for a chance to win great prizes and support Special Olympics Georgia at the same time. For each $5 donation you make to Special Olympics Georgia, a racing duck will be adopted and entered into the race for the chance to win. More importantly, your contribution helps ensure that Special Olympics Georgia can continue to offer free year-round sports training and competitions to more than 24,470 children and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities all across Georgia. HOW CAN I ADOPT MY DUCKS? Follow the link for more information or questions, contact Leslie Anderson at or 770-414-9390 ext 120. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: Where all the arts come alive! First Friday Art Walk is creating an art community of excellence on the Historic Marietta Square. Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square's eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 5pm to 9pm on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify the participating venues. June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, and October 4th. COBB COUNTY RODEO: June 14th and 15th at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. With events in bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping and barrel racing, (not to mention the trick riders and the rodeo clowns!) the Cobb Classic Rodeo has proven to be a night of excitement and fun for rodeo fans of all ages. Adults $15, and Children $12. For more information, visit


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about the cover Meet the Coleman Family! Thirteen years ago the Coleman’s made the move from Wyoming to Georgia. The move was driven by a career opportunity, but evolved into a foundational place in all of their lives. When they moved to Georgia, they were a family of four: Dad, Torryon, Mom, Traci, and their two boys, Tré and Tye. Shortly after their move here, they were blessed with two angels, twins, Tawni and Taren. “Our goal was to have a baby girl, guess we got a 2 for 1”, laughs Torryon. If that wasn’t enough, they added a Golden Doodle named Burt to the family! Traci works at Riverstone Montessori where her daughters attend school. Tré and Tye are both students at Marietta High School. Torryon is the Director of Operations at a communication company in Atlanta. Tré is passionate about majoring in Political Science, while Tye is an active member of the National Youth Leadership Program. Tré and Tye both play travel basketball. Taren is a member of the Cobb Gymnastic Center and Tawni attends Georgia Metropolitan Dance School in Marietta. Traci explains, “We’ve always wanted our kids to exercise the things they love to help balance their lives.” Torryon and Traci stay active by running and exercising. Traci is a member CTC Crossfit in Marietta. The Coleman family loves spending time together. They travel and sneak in a weekend getaway whenever possible. “It’s important to break from the demands of life and enjoy some good family time”, Traci said. Family night is a favorite for all of them, where they laugh, hang out, and play lots of Dance Central on XBOX!

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Tips for Safe Play in the Sun by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Let the summer vacations begin! While most of our children will be roaming the beaches, diving in the swimming pools and frolicking at camp, it is important to protect their skin. Skin cancer does affect children and the numbers are rising. Prevention is the best method of treatment. If possible, stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If that isn’t possible, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Obviously, watch your child’s hydration status and push fluids to avoid overheating and dehydration.

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Which Of These Neuropathy Symptoms Do You Suffer From? If You Suffer From A Single One Of These Torturous Symptoms – Numbness, Tingling, Or Sharp Nerve Pain – THEN THE FACTS BELOW MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT YOU HAVE EVER READ IN YOUR LIFE Neuropathy affects every part of your life -- walking, sitting, and even sleeping. Maybe you've had multiple tests, only to find out no one has any idea what you have. Maybe you've even been put on a drug with heavy side effects. Do you have any of the following symptoms... • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains If so you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy. My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, and I've been helping people with neuropathy and nerve problems for years. More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a problem caused by damage to the nerves that supply your arms and legs. This painful condition interferes with your body's ability to transmit messages to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. If ignored or mistreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible health conditions. Why not get help by those trained to correct the major cause of peripheral neuropathy? Data from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners' Job Analysis of Chiropractic lists arm and leg neuropathy as the second most common nerve problem treated by chiropractors.

Often neuropathy is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on the nerve roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way down to the tail bone. The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neuropathy By using gentle techniques, I'm able to release the pressure that has built up on the nerve. This allows the nerve to heal and the symptoms to go away. Listen to what some of our patients have to say about it:

“Low back pain and leg numbness was what originally brought me to the office. Before my care here, I wasn’t able to hold my son for longer than a minute, but now I can hold him and play with him more often. I can walk with no problems or assistance and my wife is especially happy that I can spend time with the family. The atmosphere has really added to the experience because the staff helped me to get better through their care and friendliness!” Thanks-John Ratledge “Pain and numbness on my left side originally brought me into the office. Now that I am receiving care I have the ability to feel hot and cold in my left hand which I could not do before. I have decreased pain and increased feeling on my left side. What amazed me the most about chiropractic care is feeling more improvements than through medications.” Thanks again, Shannon Dillard

“I first came to North Cobb Spine and Nerve because I had pain, numbness and pins and needles in the bottoms my feet. Since I have been getting care the pain has decreased in my legs and the bottoms of my feet. I can sleep through the night and my mobility and balance have improved. I am amazed that the staff here is so dedicated to helping people. I couldn’t ask for better care!” Thanks, C. Chaffin How To Find Out If This Will Work For You It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic will be your neuropathy solution. For 14 days only, $20 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients $250 for! What does this offer include? Everything. Take a look at what you will receive: • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where I 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… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $100). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing

Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. treatment will be your pain solution, like it has been for so many other patients. The appointment will not take long at all. And you won't be sitting in a waiting room all day either. Here's What To Do Now The offer is only good until June 15th. Call today 678-574-5678 and we can get you scheduled for your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening. Our office is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy Suite 4. Acworth, GA 30101 (on the corner of Mars Hill and 41). When you call, tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Neuropathy Evaluation so she can get you on the schedule and make sure you receive proper credit for this special offer. Sincerely, Erin Arnold, D.C.. P.S. At our office, we have specialized treatment programs for treating patients who suffer from neuropathy. Why suffer with years of misery? That’s no way to live, not when there could be an easy solution to your problem. Don't live in pain when we may have the solution you've been looking for all along. North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute 3451 Cobb Pkwy Ste # 4 Acworth, GA 30101 Call Today 678-574-5678

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10 Ways to Fight the Summer Slide All that hard work down the drain. Well, not ALL of it – but A LOT. During the summer, kids lose an average 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. That explains why teachers usually spend four to six weeks re-teaching materials in the fall. So what’s a parent to do? Fight back against the summer slide with these tips.


Make a rainy day toy box so kids don’t end up watching TV all day. It can consist of age-appropriate puzzles, Playdoh, circle-the-word booklets, art supplies, craft ideas, board games, playing cards, etc.


Bookmark or print out brainteasers from sites like the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( Sites like offer entertaining material on spelling, reading, math and grammar, and has classic strategy games.


Buy or create a book of games you can play in the car. Even a simple game like “20 Questions” can help improve a child’s logic and reasoning and memory.


Limit television, computer and video game time. Invite your child’s friends over frequently to encourage creative play and interaction.


Have your child create a reward system for the number and level of books he/she reads over the summer.


Take your children to summer library and bookstore programs. Most will post them online, but you can also request a calendar of events.


Consider registering your child for summer camps that encourage kids to use their minds on science projects, exploration, creative writing, music and art.


Use the summer to strengthen your student’s cognitive skills through one-on-one brain training to improve memory, visual and auditory processing, attention, and logic and reasoning. A core of strong brain skills will help them head back to school with the tools to succeed at learning in any subject. Unlike tutoring, which focuses on academics, brain training addresses the root causes of any learning struggles.



Encourage your child to learn an instrument or another language. Studies have shown a strong correlation between “Arts” and “smarts.”

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Research shows that ALL young people experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. “It doesn’t have to be that way,” says Dr. Ken Gibson, author of “Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in your Child” ( “Think of it like this: The brain is like the body. If you exercise it, you improve it, but if you let it sit idle, it’s going to lose ability.” To avoid the summer slide, Gibson recommends brain games and exercises that build cognitive skills, the underlying skills needed to learn. Parents can request a free five-page summer slide guide from LearningRx ( that includes dozens of brain-building games and exercises, as well as tips on how to incorporate brain building into daily activities. Simply call your local LearningRx at 770-529-4800 or send your request via email to And don’t assume that your kids will roll their eyes when you suggest ideas to keep their brain skills strong all summer. More than half of students surveyed say they want to be involved in a summer program that helps them keep up with schoolwork or prepare them for the next grade. Besides, unlike abdominal crunches, exercise for your brain is actually FUN!

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Naming Number 4 My wife and I had a deal. As long as she would agree to carry, labor and deliver our children I would name them. Seemed like a fair deal to me, I mean all she had to do was wear bigger clothes for nine months while I had to sweat and worry about what we would call the children from the first time they breathed oxygen and we quit …talk about stress. For our first child I had chosen a powerful Bible-based name that would instill immediate confidence and would be more of testament to the child’s character than just a moniker. Then the sonogram failed to show a fairly significant piece of equipment, and I had to change his name to something much more feminine. So Goliath became Marie Christine. For the second child’s name I waited until we had some determination of the sex before I predetermined their name and was pleasantly surprised when the nurse told us that it looked like we weren’t going to have to buy any new clothes because barring any miraculous changes we were going to have another girl. This time I did more research because my wife told me it had to come from the Bible and it couldn’t be either Hannah or Esther. And since I had already used a Mary derivative I was going to be extremely limited on my New Testament choices. What cinched it was when I was reading the Gospel of Mark and noticed a name I hadn’t even considered. I quickly did some research and felt compelled by the Spirit to name our second daughter Salome. Now most of you will mistakenly associate that name with a bad dancer, but here is the interesting thing about that name - the only Salome named in the scrip-


tures is of one that visited Christ’s tomb after he was crucified. The dancer is NEVER named, just “Herod’s daughter.” Be that as it may, judging by the temperament of our Salome you could go either way and it would still fit. For our third child I had an easy decision, it was finally a boy. So when the doctor brought him into the light I exclaimed, “GOLIATH, will absolutely NOT be your name, I dub thee Gabriel.” That was a close one. I could sense my wife’s sense of fear that we would have to spend the rest of our lives saying, “Goliath, if you don’t be quiet and act right you going to get it, right between the eyes!” After number three, I thought I was out of the naming business, but God had other plans. So for number four I was truly stumped. I asked our daughters for help and they came back with Stinker, Justin Beiber and HardBoiled Egg…I kid you not, Hard-Boiled Egg. It literally wasn’t until the moment that the nurse gave him to me in the delivery room that I ignored their advice and chose his true name. He looked at me, scrunched his face into a red ball of anger and let out a wail that signaled to everyone in the room that he was not a happy camper! “Honey,” I said to my exhausted wife, “He’s my Dad!” Welcome into the world Johnny Lee, II. Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at

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Window Treatments 101by Kimberly Herring Fabric window treatments are time-honored and still the favorite of homeowners. Fabric can hang in soft folds, adding a sense of abundant luxury, or it can have a tailored, contemporary look when mounted to a cornice board or fabricated into roman shades. It is wonderfully adaptable to all styles from traditional to contemporary. With summer time upon us, many homeowners begin looking for ways to lighten up the look and feel of their homes. Changing or adding fabric window treatments is a sure way to freshen up the home and begin enjoying some of the benefits of the summer season like sunny days and cool breezes. Making the correct fabric choices for window treatments will ensure a lighter feeling in the home during the summer months. Some fabrics naturally lend themselves to formal, elegant treatments while others are more suited to casual or tailored window treatments. The trick is in selecting a fabric whose unique characteristics, such as pattern and texture, will show off your style in all its glory while helping to achieve the desired feeling within the space. Pattern, texture, color, weight and fiber content should all be considered when determining a fabric’s personality. Pattern is the factor that establishes a fabric’s character. Window treatments can be made from sheer, lightweight, or medium-weight fabrics, while heavyweight fabrics are usually reserved for upholstery. With so many options in window treatment fabrics, it’s important to choose the correct weight for every style of treatment. For example, café curtains can be designed of lightweight, almost sheer fabric, while floor length draperies should be sewn from medium-weight fabric and fully lined so that they hang straight. Soft, fabric window treatments are a wonderful option if you need to soften the angularity of a room. Softly hanging draperies bring a sense of grace to a room by subduing the rigid planes of walls, floor, and ceiling. However, fabric can also complement an angular, contemporary look if, for example, it hangs from unusual or artistic hooks. No matter what your window challenge, there is a perfect fabric treatment for you. If you’re like many of my clients, choosing the right window treatment can be a confusing process! Trying to decide the type of window treatment that would work best for you, your home and your windows, combined with finding the perfect fabric, is sometimes enough to make you feel like having the entire window just walled off! Sometimes it may be difficult to choose the right window treatment for your home, however, here are a few guidelines to help you get started. First and foremost, you must decide what you want your window to do. Once you’ve conquered that decision, half the battle is over! Ask yourself a few questions. Does your

Take a mental survey of the window in question. Perhaps your window opens to an awesome view and you have absolutely no privacy constraints. The rule in this case is “the simpler, the better”. One design idea for your custom window treatment might be topping the window with a richly colored and designed top treatment and then framing the window with stationary side panels in a complementary color. Maybe you are dealing with extremely narrow windows and your desire is to give them more prominence in your room. Hanging window treatments beyond the actual frame of the window can solve this dilemma. These same “thin” windows will take on a “larger” presence in your room. If you’re dealing with shorter windows, a window treatment hung from floor to ceiling will add the height you desire. All in all, there are a myriad of design choices available to solve even the toughest of window design challenges. By doing your research, saving images of window treatment styles that appeal to you and enlisting the help of a professional if required, your design solutions will be exciting to explore! Kimberly Herring is a design consultant and owner of Decorating Den Interiors, she can be contacted at 678727-3013, and

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window provide a view that you wish to enhance? Does your room need the natural light the window provides? Would you prefer to disguise a not so pleasing view? Do your windows seem too small for the size of your room? Are the windows in your room varied in width and length, as well as placement on the wall? Since there are so many design options available to creatively solve any window challenge, it’s important that you consider function first.

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DON’T FORGET THE ACCESSORIES! I bet you already know that the right accessories can add personality to simple classic pieces, highlight your natural coloring and make you look radiant, and turn an ordinary outfit into a fabulous one. But shopping for accessories isn’t always at the top of your priority list. I have a suggestion for you: cast a wider net to look for accessory sources that you haven’t explored before. Accessories, great ones, can be discovered in all kinds of places – even your local gas station! Here’s a list of resources you may not have thought of before, as well as, a quick guide about the pluses and minuses involved. Hint: not all return policies are equal.

Flea Markets If you’re into vintage pieces, find out where and when the flea markets are held in your area. Precious jeweled pieces, costume jewelry, and antique jewelry await your discerning eye. From expensive to affordable, your favorite piece is somewhere in one of those booths. Sometimes the hunt is as much fun as wearing the piece itself. Minus: These treasures may come with broken clasps or missing jewels so inspect them carefully. Realize you are buying it “as is” and repairs will add to the expense. Or be willing to wear it with its imperfections and added character. Plus: You’ll find choices from many eras and often many different countries. There’s much more variety than any boutique could possibly carry. If you love vintage, this is a great place to score pieces for your collection.

Craft Fairs, Street Fairs Community fairs and festivities really blossom in the spring and summer months when they can be outdoors. Fall and winter fairs are also favorites. If you go, plan to make a day out of it. Bring a friend and enjoy the live music, the good food, and of course don’t forget to check out the accessory vendors. If you’re the creative type, you’ll surely find many artsy booths with choices that might be right for you. Minus: You buy it, you own it, and you’re most likely never taking it back or exchanging it if you have second thoughts once you’re home. Many artists travel from fair to fair. Be sure to pick up their card in case you run into any troubles. But don’t expect easy return policies. Plus: You may discover an artist that really suits your style. You can look forward to adding to your collection next year when they do the same street fair.

Consignment Stores Do you have one in your town that you pass by on your way to get groceries or drop off dry cleaning? Instead of walking by, pop in and explore. Your next pair of to-die-for earrings might be just inside the case waiting for you. Consignment stores known for their high-end inventory can have designer pieces at a reasonable price. Better yet, consign the jewelry you no longer wear while picking up that piece you have your eye on. Minus: All sales are final unless you work something out with the store owner, although this isn’t likely. If you decide you don’t like it as much as you thought you did, you can consider selling it back and taking the loss. Items are sold “as is” so check them carefully as you will need to pay for any repairs. Plus: Someone else’s mistake can be your treasure at a great price.

Travel Shopping The free time between snorkeling excursions or city tours can be the perfect time to browse the local markets or shopping areas for a couple of new pieces to add to your accessory collection. Choose wisely as you want to make sure the piece is well crafted and also matches your style. Minus: What seemed like a good idea in Hawaii may not translate as well once you’re back home. A cheaply made necklace you buy on the street or on the beach may not have a long life span. Accept those limitations or don’t purchase. Plus: The pieces bring back great memories when you wear them. The price can be more favorable in some faraway places.

Trunk Shows in Department Stores If there are designers you really like, ask the person at the jewelry counter if they do periodic trunk shows and get on the list to be called. If you’re already a fan of that artist, you’ll see so much more merchandise on the days of the trunk show. (Continued on page 31)


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TUMESCENT LIPOSUCTION An Alternative to Failed Diets and Exercise If you have dieted and exercised and you are still troubled by stubborn areas of fat that just won’t go away, you may want to consider the Tumescent Technique. Most people understand liposuction to be a means of ‘sucking fat out.’ It can be equated with general anesthesia, a long recovery period and uncomfortable body suits. Tumescent liposuction requires none of these! Liposuction surgery removes unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. Though the procedure is not meant to treat obesity, it can result in more attractive body contouring. Liposuction involves inserting a small tube through inconspicuous incisions made in the skin while a high pressure vacuum extracts fat cells through the tube. Tumescent liposuction is an in-office procedure performed under this same premise but with less downtime, lower risk and only a local anesthesia. Dr. John Kayal is a board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon has been performing tumescent liposuction in his office for more than a decade. This entails large volumes of saline solution, local anesthesia and adrenaline being infused into a fatty area. The targeted fatty area swells and becomes numb. A small instrument called a cannula is then maneuvered superficially under the skin through tiny incisions. The cannula is connected to a small vacuum machine and as the Doctor gently moves the cannula around under the skin, unwanted fatty deposits are suctioned away. The procedure will result in more attractive contours to appear within the area treated. The recovery period for tumescent liposuction requires a few hours rest with a gradual increase in activity as the patient can tolerate it. Most patients resume normal activity in just two to five days. There may be a requirement to wear a compression garment or girdle over the treated area to aid in healing. Both men and women can benefit from tumescent liposuction. The most frequent areas treated are the abdomen, neck and jowls, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hips and knees. Tumescent liposuction permanently removes fat cells to improve your body’s contour. The result is a ‘new you’ with a heightened level of self confidence and positive self image! So if you are tired of failed attempts to enhance your body, tumescent liposuction may be a solution to consider. Simply call our office for a free consultation!





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GOING GEAR…EVERYTHING FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS! Our Town would like to Congratulate Marshall Hoots and his team at Going Gear on their NEWLY EXPANDED SPACE on Concord Road. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Going Gear has everything you will need for your next hiking trip or adventure. From flashlights, to backpacking, camping, and hiking equipment Going Gear has it all! THE GOING GEAR TEAM FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: David Grieco, Marshall Hoots, Chris Adams, Andy Bourne, Casey Deming.








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The second event in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series of 5K races, the Dream Dash, will be held on Saturday morning, June 15 in downtown Kennesaw. The race for adults and children benefits the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which supports the Kennesaw Teen Center, a not-for-profit project offering an after-school alternative for middle and high schoolers. The race follows a fast, flat route through historic downtown Kennesaw and Swift-Cantrell Park and is fun for beginners and accomplished runners and walkers alike. Packet pickup and on-site registration begins at 6:30 am; the one mile Fun Run will start at 7:30 am with the 5K scheduled to begin at 8 am. The route is a Certified 5K Peachtree Road Race Qualifier course. Traffic control is coordinated by local law enforcement. The race is electronically timed for prompt, accurate results. Race Day refreshments are provided for all participants. The award ceremony will be held at the underpass plaza on Main Street. Dream Dash pre-registration is open at All registered 5K participants will receive an official race shirt, runner/walker number and goodie bag. Registration is also available at any Big Peach Running Company location. Visit for more information.


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by Mary Carol Sheffield Container gardens are a fun and an easy way to experiment with gardening for the novice and experienced gardener alike. You can grow colorful annuals and reliable perennials in any number of different types of containers. Containers make for a bright spot in the landscape that can be easily managed by gardeners of varying mobility. Choosing and Preparing a Container

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First, you need a container. You may choose a terra cotta pot or a light weight pot that look like stone. You can use plastic pots, metal wash tins, an old wheel barrel or anything that you can fill with soil and plant in. I have seen beautiful plantings in everything from an old pair of children’s rain boots planted with accent plants to beautiful ornate stone planters with a variety of flowering plants.

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Be sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom. Standing water in the bottom of the container will result in rotting roots and dying plants, so make sure the container will let the water run out the bottom. You can use a drill to make holes in the bottom of containers that do not already have them. Commercial potting mixes are perfect for filling your containers. Often, these mixtures contain fertilizer and moisture retention products. Labels on these potting mixes will show an analysis of 10-10-10 or 6-12-12 if they contain fertilizer. These are good and should help as your plants are starting out. Planting Your Container You can start with one large plant already in bloom to get an immediate pop of color in your landscape or combine several small plants into a large container to create interest and color. In spring your choices for annuals span the spectrum, from old standards like geraniums, begonias, and petunias to adventurous choices such as celosia, portulaca or coleus. Plant containers so that small plants have room to expand, but use enough plants to fill in the container as they grow.

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A general rule for designing containers with multiple types of flowers is to include a tall plant in the center, a trailing plant that grows over the edge of the container and a plant that can fill in the pot as it grows. Many gardeners enjoy using a single plant type that will fill the container with eye catching color. Whatever design you choose, be sure to consider that if you are mixing plant types, each plant needs to have similar water and sunlight requirements. For example, pair sunloving plants with other sun-loving plants and plants that prefer shade with other shade lovers. Don’t Forget the Fertilizer and Water You won’t need to fertilize for the first month if you use a potting mixture that contains fertilizer, but after that begin supplementing with a liquid fertilizer or granular applied to the soil surface. Check the rate recommendations on the fertilizer container, since products are formulated to deliver different rates of nutrition. Monitor the moisture level of the container by actually feeling the potting mix. Stick your fingers an inch or two into the potting mix to see if there is still moisture down in the rooting area. If it feels dry, water. If it seems moist, wait. Sometimes your plants will tell you they need water, by wilting or looking discolored, but ideally you will monitor container moisture daily.

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Thinking About Divorce… but Not Sure? by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Nearly everyone enters marriage with the hope and expectation of a permanent commitment to the union. However, marriage is hard…sometimes really hard…. and many marriages will face at some point the crisis of making the decision of whether to work on the marital issues and conflicts or accept the ending of the marriage and proceed with the process of divorce. This crisis can occur after years of emotional distance, extreme conflict, or sometimes after an affair or other betrayal. It has been estimated about 30% of couples who enter into couples counseling have one partner who is considering divorce when the other is wanting to preserve the relationship. This scenario is known as a “mixed agenda” couple. The couple is paralyzed with the need to commit to one path (working on the marriage – “leaning in”) or the other (divorce – “leaning out”). If the “leaning out” partner prematurely proceeds with filing for divorce, the conflicts and difficulties escalate and there is no opportunity to resolve the problems so that the marriage can be saved, or so the divorce can be less adversarial. William J. Doherty, Ph.D. has developed a unique treatment for these couples called Discernment C o u n s e l i n g. This is not couples therapy, but rather a new way for couples to pause, take a breath, and look at their options. This counseling offers the opportunity for each

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partner in the couple to openly express their reasons for wanting to stay together or leave. This counseling with a trained professional can take the anger and rage out of the discussion to assist the process of making these difficult decisions. Discernment Counseling is short term, (typically 1-5 sessions) and the focus is not on solving marital problems but on seeing if they could potentially be solved. Unlike traditional marriage counseling that assumes both people are willing to work on the marriage, discernment counseling aims to help struggling couples decide whether to improve the marriage or let it go. Discernment Counseling offers a new model in treating the mixed agenda couple that is respectful of both views. The process helps the couple decide whether to try marriage counseling with a professional, see clergy about healing the marriage, or explore other options to improve the marital relationship; or end the marriage with better clarity and peace about this painful and difficult decision. Discernment Counseling emphasizes the importance of each person seeing his or her own contributions to the marital problems. By helping each person accept their responsibility in the marriage, the issues are more honestly in focus. This step of examination is crucial because, even if the marriage fails, each person is better able to move forward with a healthier and more mature view of relationships. As Dr. Doherty states: “You can’t divorce yourself. You take yourself with you into every new relationship. If people end a marriage without looking at their own contributions to the problems, they are leaving with a big blind spot. And the divorce rate in second marriages is even higher than first marriages.” Discernment Counseling is considered successful when there is better clarity and confidence in the decision to divorce or work on the marriage. Doherty states: “The only failure is not to have learned anything.” The goal of this short term treatment is to assist couples in gaining greater perspective and assurance in their decision making about divorce or reconciliation.

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Each marriage deserves every chance to thrive. When both spouses devote themselves fully and find proper help to restore their marriage, they can usually create a marriage where there is love, satisfaction, and joy. Discernment Counseling is another approach to give a marriage another chance. 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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Workout Six Run 1 mile, stop every minute and do 20 lunges

Although getting into a gym is preferred, it is not 100% necessary to maintain your results throughout the summer. There are literally thousands of workouts you can do at home with little to no equipment necessary. Below are 10 of my favorites. They are not easy but the results will make it worth it.

Workout Eight ¼ mile run, 30 jumping lunges x 4 rounds

***You should consult a physician before beginning a new workout regimen*** Workout One Run 1/2 mile 50 air squats (meaning using no weight) – 3 rounds Workout Two 10 push-ups, 10 sit ups, 10 squats – 10 rounds Workout Three Sprint 200m, 15 push-ups, 15 jump squats - 5 rounds Workout Four 400M fast runs-6 rounds with :90 rest between rounds Workout Five 21 pushups, 21 jump squats, 21 dips (on chair, wall, box etc) 15 pushups, 15 jump squats, 15 dips (on chair, wall, box etc) 9 pushups, 9 jump squats, 9 dips (on chair, wall, box etc)


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FLY-FISHING in PATAGONIA! What I know about Fly-Fishing you could put on the head of a strait pin. So when asked to visit Patagonia, I thought …this is my chance to learn! In early March I flew to Buenos Aires and then to Bariloche and an hour drive to Villa Angostura. Aroyo Verde, the famed Fly- fishing lodge, was further on down a dirt road. No signs, no directions, just a general sense of where we were going, Anthony my naturalist guide, headed into the Traful river canyon until we got to a gate manned by a gaucho. Complete with red bandana, white shirt and black “bombachas” (big wide pants) tucked into his boots, the gaucho opened the gate and let us pass into the valley. 15 minutes later we were greeted first by more gauchos and then riders on horseback. After another 20 minutes, in the distance was a lovely chalet with a sculpture garden along a stream. Estancia Aroyo Verde! This private fishing and riding estancia is home to one of Argentina’s most elite families. Located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the family-managed lodge, hosts visitors from across the globe. The land was originally the gift to the family from one of Argentina’s former government authorities. You see in Argentina as in the rest of South America, it is all about “who

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This wonderful family has now opened their estate to the public for several months of the year. Winter in Patagonia can be quite unbearable, and so like most people who live there, they return to Buenos Aires for the winter months. Remember that in the southern hemisphere, their summer is our winter and our winter is their summer. This means that when it is cold and dreary in Atlanta; why not escape to beautiful Patagonia for a summer vacation of fly-fishing, boating, swimming, golf and all those wonderful things that we can’t do from December to March. Arroyo Verde, located on the Traful River is also home to land-locked salmon, brown and rainbow trout and more. This is a catch and release river with a season from November through April. In this remote setting, the fish, (some reaching 28 inches for salmon and 29 inches for Rainbows and Browns) swim right up to you in the crystal clear water. Best of all; bring only your favorite fly rod. Everything else is available on site. Imagine standing in the river surrounded by the Andes…what more could you ask for? Miles of nothingness surrounds this pristine spot. Rooms are cozy (all with private baths) and meals served family style. If lucky, you may be able to join the family for an Argentine style barbeque (Parillada) cooked outdoors by one of the resident gauchos. Fishing, horseback riding even mountain bikes are here for enjoyment. Did I learn to fly-fish… .sort of ? Too bad I had to come home! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at Walker Adventures You can follow her travels by visiting Pam's blog at


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by Deborah Ratchford

PUTTING YOUR HOME’S BEST FOOT FORWARD So, you have decided to list your home – what’s next? You definitely want to engage the buyer emotionally, because the decision to buy is very much an emotional decision. There are certain needs a buyer has in terms of function, but more often than not, an emotional connection to the home supersedes logic. So, accentuating your home's positive attributes and not drawing attention to any of the negative aspects is called “staging”. Lasting First Impressions You have heard it all your life – you only get one chance to make a first impression. Your home is the same way. Set the stage from the front curb into the front door. Cover all of the senses. Buyers have a lifestyle they want to achieve by living in your home and you want to set the stage for that. • Absolutely leave your house for every showing. They can’t picture themselves owning the home if they feel like guests. • Of course, the yard should be manicured, bushes trimmed, driveway cleaned and there should be a clean pathway to the front door. Maybe a few flowers in a pot by the entryway. • Once the buyer opens the front door, it should be welcoming and clean, clean, clean. It’s often difficult to determine what to do with an entry space but clean, organized and useful works every time. • Also, make sure that your home has a clean smell. You have heard the stories about a pie baking in the oven, but that isn’t necessary. Just make sure that pet odors are non-existent, no food odors linger and that there is a fresh smell to welcome potential buyers. All the senses come into play to make an emotional connection with your home. It’s Getting Hot in Here • When selling your home, your utility bill may be a bit high to keep buyers comfortable. That’s okay. Look at it as an investment in selling your home, to move on to your new home, and your new lifestyle. • During these hot summer months, turn on the air conditioning and keep it a degree or two below normal. This will make buyer’s linger longer. This will also minimize A/C from kicking on when the buyer is present, because some HVAC systems can be a bit noisy. Show a Buyer How They Can Expect to Enjoy Your Space • Turn on peaceful, neutral music at a low volume – just in the background. • Set the stage. Place the latest best seller on a nearby table. Buyers will envision themselves having time to read and a less hectic pace in their new home. • Declutter and organize. People want to imagine themselves as turning over a new leaf in their new home. Demonstrate that your home is just the home to help them do that. If you are selling in the summer, put winter items in storage to free up garage, closet and storage space.


• Remove personal items and photographs. You don’t want potential buyers admiring your family photos instead of your home’s best qualities. • If you have water fountains, turn them on. They are especially useful for drowning out traffic noise. You Light Up My Life (or Lifestyle) • Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. • Open all curtains and shades. Consider addition additional lamps in rooms that might seem particularly dark. • Make sure the television is off! We don’t want buyers focused on the Braves game and not on your home’s features. Highlight Your Homes Features • If a feature is not absolutely evident – such as soft clothes drawers, pull out storage or custom closet organizers. Attach simple, printed cards to items in rooms that provide further information that the buyer might miss or might not know. You have so little time to make an impression. • If you have an antique chandelier in your dining room, put a card on it that discloses its age and other important details – if you are leaving it. If it is a family heirloom and not included in the sale then you may want to just indicate that it’s not included because it’s been in your family for 5 generations. But, be careful with “not included in the sale” messaging because it can turn buyers off. • Point out additional places for storage or upgrades you have done to the house to let the buyer know you take good care of your home. All This House Hunting Has Me Parched • Also, put a note on the refrigerator indicating that bottle waters are available in the door of the refrigerator for the buyer’s enjoyment or leave some out on a table in the entrance way. • If you really want to go above and beyond, you can also leave a bowl of wrapped candy or other treats near the front door with a small note thanking the buyer for coming to view your home. If all of this seems a little overwhelming, your real estate professional can help. Real Estate professionals know what appeals to most buyers and can separate fact from fiction. Most can also refer you to a professional home organizer or stager. The key to showing your home is to create a lifestyle the buyers want to believe they will live, when they buy your home.

Deborah Ratchford Keller Williams Realty Cityside 678-570-4779 •

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firework displays in North Georgia. The City of Kennesaw presents Bruce In The USA (and Fireworks) with special guests, Georgia Blues Brothers, at The Depot in downtown Kennesaw on Cherokee Street Saturday, July 3rd at 8 p.m. Matt Ryan played the Bruce Springsteen character for eight years in the full-scale Las Vegas show Legends In Concert. The great success of the show evolved his character into Bruce In The USA. Concertgoers will also be treated to a patriotic fireworks show after sundown as the City of Kennesaw presents its annual preIndependence Day celebration in the sky. The Georgia Blues Brothers will perform blues and rock hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s when their concert starts at 6:00 p.m. CITY OF ACWORTH CAUBLE PARK CELEBRATION: The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association will once again be hosting the "July 4 Concert and Fireworks" at Cauble Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Local bands will take the stage beginning at 2:00 p.m. leading up to headliners "FLASHBACK" at 8:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. There is a free shuttle service if you cannot park in the lot. If you choose to park downtown, shuttles will pick you up at the city hall parking lot and the post office parking lot. Shuttles will begin running at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. Please call (770) 917 - 1234 or visit for more information. MARIETTA 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: The city of Marietta's Fourth in the Park celebration begins Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. and includes a parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks finale.The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. The Fourth in the Park celebration is coupled with a large arts and crafts show that continues all day. For more information or to apply to be a vendor, visit more information, call Marietta Parks and Recreation at 770-794-5601. POST YOUR OWN EVENTS our website at AND post Events on our FACEBOOK page!

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The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM) is thrilled to be celebrating 80 fantastic years! This anniversary marks thousands of hours of volunteerism since 1933 in Cobb County. The JLCM has hundreds of women volunteers who are committed to making a positive impact in the Cobb community each year through many creative programs such as Operation Warmth, Cobb Diaper Day, Cobb County Safety Village, Cobb County Youth Museum, and the Center for Children & Young Adults. This month we hope you enjoy these “bite-size treats” as you celebrate your families many happy occasions. Copies of the JLCM’s cookbooks, Georgia on My Menu and Southern on Occasion, can be ordered by visiting the JLCM website All proceeds from these award-winning books go directly to the JLCM. Books are 50% off through our Web site!

Chilled Olive Rolls Southern On Occasion, page 47 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup chopped pimento-stuffed olives 1 tablespoon sour cream 4 thin slices wheat bread, crusts trimmed 12 whole pimento-stuffed olives Combine the cream cheese, chopped olives and sour cream in a bowl, stirring until mixed. Roll the bread slices on a hard surface until flattened. Spread each slice with some of the olive mixture. Line one edge of each slice with 3 olives end to end. Roll as for a jelly roll to enclose the filling. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator. Cut into ½ inch slices just before serving. Makes two dozen


Cucumber Sandwiches Southern On Occasion, page 45 1 loaf thin-sliced white bread, crusts trimmed 1 or 2 English cucumbers 1 cup butter, softened 8 ounces cream cheese, softened Juice of lemon 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dillweed or 1 teaspoon dried Salt to taste White pepper to taste Red caviar Sprigs of fresh dillweed Cut 2 small rounds from each bread slice. Score the cucumber horizontally with the wide blade of a zester and cut into thin slices. Beat the next 6 ingredients in a mixer bowl until light

and fluffy, scraping the bowl occasionally. Spread a thin layer of the butter mixture over 1 side of each round. Top with a cucumber slice. Garnish with red caviar and dillweed sprigs. Makes one and one-half dozen sandwiches Chocolate Chip Scones Southern On Occasion, page 48 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 3 eggs 3 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips Beat the butter in a mixer bowl at high speed until creamy, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the

sugar. Beat for 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the side of the bowl. Add a mixture of the flour and baking powder. Beat at low speed just until blended, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the buttermilk and beat just until blended. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter and fold in. Drop 1/3 cupfuls of batter 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Chill, covered loosely with plastic wrap, for 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for 13 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Makes one dozen scones

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How to Prevent Dog Bites by Amber Burckhalter In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, K-9 Coach Owner and Head Trainer Amber Burckhalter offers guidance on what you can do to keep yourself and your children safe and what, as a dog owner, you can do to help prevent bites. Proper socialization - The key word here is “proper.” Introducing a dog to other dogs, animals, people, environments and the world at large is crucial. Dogs who are stressed by their inability to handle new people, loud noises or other animals, have few choices on how to react. One choice is aggression.

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Keep your dog healthy and pain-free - Ear infections, arthritis, tooth inflammation, etc. can hinder your dog’s ability to cope with his environment. Injured or sick dogs are more likely to feel threatened and to react with force and aggression. Make sure your dog is healthy and feeling good to avoid aggression caused by illness. Make a yearly visit to your vet and if you notice illness, see your vet immediately. Know your breed – Responsible dog owners recognize that certain breeds are less tolerant of children, chase and nip at fast moving objects, require extensive exercise and training or do not like to be held or touched. Ideally, you should select a breed of dog that is a good fit for your family. However, even if this is not the case, working with a trainer that can design training and exercise programs around your dog’s breed traits can help prevent aggression. Mixed breeds should be watched for their natural tendencies, and their training and exercise should be reflective of their personal needs. For example, a border collie mix may display herding traits and can be sensitive and neurotic if their need to "work" is not addressed. Obedience work - A well-trained dog is a safer dog. A dog that responds to commands such as Sit, Leave It and Off is safer to the community at large and able to work as a team with his owners. Dogs who have no leash manners or basic obedience skills are more likely to suffer with issues regarding self-control and body language and react inappropriately to stress. Investing time in your dog through training can pay off in huge rewards. Dogs can start formal training as young as 8 weeks, so do not delay. Games we play - Avoid tugging with your dog and teach children never to play tug with a dog. Rough games, such as wrestling, should be avoided, as should any games where your dog is allowed or encouraged to act on aggression or predatory actions. Any game that teaches your dog to place teeth on humans should be off limits. Fetch, agility and hide-and-seek teach your dog skills such as self-control, appropriate human play and proper problem solving skills. Proper exercise - A tired dog is a good dog. Properly exercising your dog prevents aggression that may result from a bored dog creating games/exercise. Fence/window aggression, for example, is not an issue for dogs receiving proper mental and physical exercise as the dogs have no need to run fence lines or from window to window in the home, barking. Exercising a dog both physically and mentally can be achieved with fetch and stuffed Kongs, for example. Address behavioral issues - As a responsible dog owner, you are obligated to address any and all behavioral issues your dog may be dealing with for both the safety of your family and the community at large. Behavior issues are a symptom of what your dog is struggling with internally and helping ease your dog?s stressors will help prevent him from showing outward aggression. Set an appointment with your veterinarian or local trainer if you notice concerning behaviors. Additionally, parents should teach children NEVER to approach an unfamiliar dog AND if an unfamiliar dog comes to them, they should hold very still and not look the dog in the eye. If knocked down by a dog, the child ? or adult for that matter ? should roll into a ball and be as still as possible. Teach children that dogs learn through smell and a dog should always be allowed to both sniff and see the child BEFORE the child touches or pets the dog.

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