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ALOHA TO AGING: Aloha To Aging, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to empower family caregivers, aging care receivers and volunteers in a positive, nurturing manner through quality programming. Our educational programs vary monthly and we will be adding free support groups focused on Parkinson’s Disease and Caregiving for Aging loved one. Aloha Day Club is starting on Thursdays in March from 10:30am – 2:00pm. Our dedicated staff (professional & volunteer) provides a stimulating, social and therapeutic program for seniors 55+ who have stopped driving. Program includes snack, lunch, music, exercise and interactive activities. If you would like to learn more please call 678-439-1177 or email:

CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: Empowered by Etiquette. Join Anne Chandler, President of The Chandler School of Etiquette, as she shares principles and skills that empower anyone to present a positive personal image vital for success. Monday, March 17, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church 189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060 Track 25 Room 6:30 p.m.- Help with resume, interviewing, networking, and career assessment, followed by the presentation. For more information, please call Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or Lee Pence 770-428-9350 or visit The Support Group for Career Transitions will meet after the presentation in Room 049.

PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE: "Publishing a Photography Book" by Ron Sherman. Join the Cobb Photographic Society the 3rd Monday of every month to hear interesting talks on a variety of photography subjects from talented local and regional photographers. On Monday, March 17th Atlanta photographer Ron Sherman will talk about publishing your photography. Ron Sherman has been a working photographer for the past 50 years. His assignments have been on locations throughout the United States and in a number of international settings. His assignments have been published in national magazine ranging from Time, Life, Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes, Inside Sports and Sports Illustrated. To learn more about this talented photographer, visit:!/about To learn more about the Cobb Photographic Society, and meeting locations, visit:

LIVE HEALTHIER WITH DIABETES: The YMCA is enrolling participants with type 2 diabetes and 18 years or older into a study conducted by Stanford University to determine the effectiveness of diabetes self-management workshops. Developed and tested at Stanford University, a Better Choices, Better Health®Diabetes workshop can help participants understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable, monitor and manage blood sugar and design own self-management programs. This workshop is offered as part of research study conducted by Stanford University. The study is funded by the National Council on Aging. Not all participants in the workshop will qualify for the study, but may take the workshop anyway. The next workshop will meet on Tuesdays from 9:30-12:00 pm, beginning February 18 - March 25 at the Northwest Family YMCA, 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, GA 30152. To register, please contact Jennifer Rewkowski at 866-202-1926.

LITTLE SAINTS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Public sale starts Thursday, March 6th from 11am – 8m, Friday, March 7th from 9am – 7pm, and Saturday, Mach 8th from 9am – 1pm. Sale includes clothing, toys, play yards, accessories, shoes, videos, books, nursery décor, etc. All items must be in excellent condition, in CURRENT style, and include batteries if needed. Little Saints Consignment sale is located at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, 5725 Fords Rd., NW, Acworth, GA 30101. For more information, please call 770.411.7637.

LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: Lil’ Lambs Closet. First United Methodist Church of Marietta. Shop Early on Thursday, March 6th from 6pm – 8pm ($5.00 early shopping fee, Thursday only), Friday, March 7th, 9am7pm and Saturday, March 8th, 9am-1pm. No strollers allowed on the sales floor. 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 429-7850, ext. 7858 or

MARIETTA HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS GREASE: Marietta High School Theatre Department's production of GREASE, the Musical, and sing-a-long with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies! All performances are on stage at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, Thursday, March 6th, Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 pm. Reserved seating tickets ($12) are available at and general seating tickets ($10/$8 students) are available at the box office one hour prior to each performance. The Marietta Performing Arts Center is located at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. For questions, contact the Marietta High School Drama Booster Club @

DUE WEST TREASURE CHEST CHILDREN’S/TEEN CONSIGNMENT SALE: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. The sale is located at the corner of Acworth Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Road in the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is FREE and strollers are welcome. Sale dates are Thursday, March 13 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, March 14 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 15 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Many items are ½ price on Saturday ONLY. Like us on Facebook! We offer high-quality items at greatly reduced prices. Find gently used children’s, junior’s and teen’s clothing, accessories and shoes. We also offer Formal Wear, school uniforms, baby items/furniture, electronics, books, CDs, DVDs, toys and more! For more information, find us at sale, or email us at Volunteer email is

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about the cover Meet Richard (“Dik”) and Morna Myers!

The Myers are residents of Acworth since relocating from North Carolina in 2010. Dik is a software developer for Quest Diagnostics and Morna is an employee of Cobb County Schools, working at Barber Middle School. They attend New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Parents of two grown sons, Alexander and Zachary, and grandparents of four, Dik andMorna are “empty nesters” while their sons and families live in Texas and Alabama respectively. Dik and Morna have been married for 35 years. Dik (Air Force) and Morna (Army) are military veterans having met and married at Dover AFB in Delaware in 1979.

Reading, feeding the local wildlife (birds and squirrels), and taking walks through the park are their favorite pass times. Having spent 8 years living in The Netherlands and Belgium, they enjoy international travel when they’re not spending time with family. They Myers plan on living outside the US in their retirement.

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“With WellStar we share common values, mission and commitment to consistently improve the delivery of healthcare to patients,” says Stephen Lange, M.D., southeast medical director of Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Working together, we can increasingly assure patients that they have access to the latest medical knowledge here, in their community. We're delighted to welcome this distinguished system to the Mayo Clinic Care Network.”

Specialists at WellStar can now consult Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise using a variety of electronic tools and services and connect directly with Mayo Clinic experts on complex diagnosis and treatment plans. These tools and services include:

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WellStar Health System and Mayo Clinic announced that the metro Atlanta-based health system is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families. WellStar is the largest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in the southeast and the only member in metro Atlanta.

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• eConsults: Physicians use electronic consulting to connect directly with Mayo Clinic specialists on complex patient cases.

• AskMayoExpert: Providers have 24/7 access to Mayo-vetted medical information and guidelines through AskMayoExpert, a Web-based resource created for physicians and other healthcare providers. • Healthcare Consulting: Related to clinical and business processes, this relationship will allow WellStar providers to accelerate innovations in care in support of the System’s mission to continuously improve the quality of health in the community.

“WellStar is committed to enhancing the level of care we provide through collaboration and innovation,” says Reynold Jennings, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “By working with Mayo, we are transforming healthcare in Northwest Georgia and metro Atlanta and furthering our mission of providing world-class healthcare.”

These tools, in addition to healthcare consulting related to clinical and business processes, will allow WellStar providers to accelerate innovations in care in support of the system’s mission to continuously improve the quality of health in the community. With more than 13,000 team members, WellStar is one of the largest health systems in the Southeast and is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia. WellStar serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties.

“Patients have long looked to WellStar to provide them with outstanding care,” says Janie Maddox, chair of the WellStar Board of Trustees. “Now our specialists will be working in conjunction with Mayo’s world renowned experts so that WellStar can provide unsurpassed care close to home.”

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships with organizations that share with Mayo Clinic a desire to serve patients and improve the delivery of health care. The network, which began in 2011, has member organizations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.


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Helping Children Develop Healthy Anger by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP

Joy can bring giddiness and excitement. Sadness can bring pain and tears. Anxiety can bring agitation and misery. Anger is the emotion that can, if handled incorrectly, bring trouble. It is healthy to express anger in constructive ways but if anger is expressed through negative behavior, it will result in poor outcomes, including punishment, suspension, expulsion, separation and potentially returned aggression. Like so many other important concepts, anger management skills must be taught.

Anger is a natural and normal emotion but should be fleeting. To effectively deal with a child’s anger, a parent should remain calm and as always, model appropriate behavior. In dealing with an angry child, it is extremely important to avoid power struggles. Everyone wants their way all the time but maturing means learning to compromise and practicing acceptance. Power struggles typically evolve in an effort for the child to continue to engage his parent in the tantrum. The best response as a parent is to do absolutely nothing. Allow the child to be angry and sulk but don’t give him or her anything to which to respond. Trying to stop a child’s reaction may intensify the anger. Avoiding your own response of annoyance, irritation, sarcasm and guilt, typically allows for a quicker resolution.

In the pediatric population, anger can quickly dissolve into aggression. Children need to be taught to recognize their feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment and hurt. Giving a child permission to feel angry is as simple as telling him or her that it is okay to be angry or that you understand their feelings were hurt and they feel badly. By doing so, it may allow the child to verbalize feelings instead of acting them out. Families typically have clear rules for anger in the home. Slamming doors and screaming are generally not acceptable but having clear written rules and early intervention improves compliance and decreases aggression. During peaceful times, it is also helpful to ask the child if the aggressive behavior got what he or she was looking for. During the same conversation, walk through the steps to teach the child to slow down and take a deep breath, think about what should be done and proceed to proper action or with careful words and be sure to listen to your child and guide their decision-making.

Helping children to manage anger can be very difficult because one person can never control another. It is important to recognize that as a parent you are not responsible for how your child feels or behaves. You are only responsible for the way you feel and react to your child. Keeping children on regular schedules, encouraging daily exercise, and twenty minutes of sunshine a day makes for better stress management and responsiveness to situations that may arise. Teaching conflict resolution and the art of negotiation – something not done in the heat of the moment - will enhance your child’s self-control and increase self-esteem. Limiting electronic use to less than two hours a day should prevent numbing of the mind and improve face-to-face social interactions. It is also helpful to teach children to take a break and walk away when there is a need to decompress. When a parent takes this action, instead of screaming or lashing out, the correct behavior makes for excellent teaching opportunities.

When faced with anger, positive reinforcement has its place. Reward a child when he follows the clear rules for anger. Praise behavior when the child walks away or takes a moment to calm before speaking. Positive reinforcement is especially needed for children who have a history of aggressive behavior. A reward system, such as a positive chart on the refrigerator, can provide extra incentive to help a child manage angry feelings safely and without leading to trouble.

Aggressive behavior must have immediate consequences with consistent follow-through. Time out, loss of privileges or even paying restitution through doing extra chores or volunteer work may curb the negative behavior. Verbalizing forgiveness to the child is extremely important in helping him or her move from feelings of guilt to feelings of hope that he or she can do better next time. This will also reinforce that the behavior was a bad choice but it does not define the child.

Irritability and volatility may be a response to a significant change, such as a move or a new baby. It is normal for a child to struggle with controlling anger at times but if your child’s anger and subsequent behavior persists or disrupts the family, seek counseling to help determine the underlying cause and to develop a behavior management plan for the whole family. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at a time. If you have questions or concerns, please call 678-3843480 for an appointment.


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“Finally Free from Arthritis Pain Without Drugs and Harmful Side Effects”

Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life. It keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard. It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain…like standing or walking for a long period of time…you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain.

Do you have any of the these Arthritic problems?

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• Degenerative joint disease • Lumbar disc problems

• Aching pain in the arms or legs

Pain Pills Are Not the Answer

Do you remember the Vioxx scandal?

It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects.

After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There’s a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself … after taking all these pain medications…maybe for years…are you any better off ? Pain Is Not Just ‘Old Age’

Have you had one doctor after another telling you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis. Sure, if you don’t take care of your damaged joints now, as you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn’t wait any longer to see if I can help you.)

However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. I’ll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration has not affected every one of them – only your previously injured joints that never healed properly.

My name is Dr. Amy Valente owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. Over the past six years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain free.

I’ve made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you. “I only wished I had found you sooner”

I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before March 15th and you’ll get my “Arthritis Evaluation” for only $20.

• An in-depth consultation about your arthritis where I will listen…really listen. • A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the “cause” of your problem.

• A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis)… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $200).

• A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem.

I’ll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain.

The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either.

To take me up on this special offer, you must call before March 15th.

Call today…Phone 678-574-5678 Feel the Improvement and Say “Yes” to Life Again

Listen to what our patients are saying about it…

I sought out care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve for the pain and stiffness in my neck. The pain had been bothering me for about 4 months. I was unable to turn my head from side to side, which made driving difficult. Before seeking treatment I had tried multiple muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. Since starting my care I have improved 100%. The pain in my neck is gone and I am now able to turn my head with no pain. What surprised me most was that I have also had fewer headaches. The staff here has treated me great and always show genuine concern about my well -being. ank you, - diana toy-Pharmacist When I came into NCS&N I had a lot of knee pain. I was not sleeping very well and I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do with my family. Now that I have been under care I can ride my bike with my granddaughter, I sleep 34 more hours at night and I can exercise twice as much as I could before. I can’t believe how great it really works! I feel 100% better. anks, - omas Weems-business owner

Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. With my “Arthritis Evaluation”, we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could 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. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores…without pain.

Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours.

Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before March 15th.

We can get started with your consultation, exam and xrays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (On the corner of Mars Hill Rd. and Cobb Pkwy) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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Life’s too short to live in pain like this. Call us today and soon I’ll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

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Stop Suffering with Allergies and Asthma AND GET BACK TO LIFE! by Dr. Eugene Hurwitz

In the past, people suffering with allergies or asthma could do nothing but live with attacks and allow their breathing problems to run their lives. Fortunately, this is not the case today. Due to advances in the field of treatment, chronic suffering is not necessary. Today, proper treatment can help people with allergy and asthma stop suffering and get back to their lives.

“Many people think they have to live with their allergies, but that’s not true,” says Dr. Eugene Hurwitz, director of the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia. “In fact, there are many effective treatments available that could allow them to live allergy-free and feel better on a day-to-day basis.” The Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia offers two plans of action to patients—a short-term plan that quickly gets patients feeling better by providing immediate relief from sinus or allergy problems, and a long-term plan that gets to the root of the problem and provides lasting protection from recurring symptoms. Getting Conditions Under Control

Treatments designed to build immunity can eventually greatly reduce symptoms, and many times, eliminate the need for medication altogether. “We have so many different treatment options available to us now that almost all of our patients can get their conditions under control, allowing them to live a normal life relatively symptom-free with few sinus and allergy problems” Dr. Hurwitz explains.


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Patient education is emphasized at the Center for Allergy and Asthma, and all board-certified allergy and asthma specialists and experienced nurse practitioners share the same philosophy of patient care. All are dedicated to making patients feel better as quickly as possible by providing the highest quality and most comprehensive care for patients of all ages. “We understand the importance of being seen quickly when you or your child is suffering from breathing problems due to allergies, sinus, asthma or other medical conditions,” Dr. Hurwitz says. “Our policy is to do everything possible to see our new or existing patients as soon as possible, so that we can help relieve their suffering and get them back to life.” Life-Changing Care

All types of allergic disorders, including hay fever, asthma, hives, insect sting allergies and food allergies are treated at the Center for Allergy and Asthma. After evaluating the causes of allergies, doctors and staff develop an individualized care plan for each patient. Treatment could include avoidance and medication or a series of allergy shots or allergy drops which can be given at home, both designed to build immunity to allergies. The shots are relatively painless, even for young children, and they can be used to treat environmental allergies, such as seasonal pollens, pet allergies, mold, and dust mites, as well as allergic asthma. Patients usually start with injections one to two times per week. As they build immunity, the shots are spaced every two weeks or once a month. “Patients experience an 80-90% reduction in symptoms and related problems such as sinus infections and allergic asthma. The results of the treatments can be life-changing,” says Dr. Hurwitz. Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia has offices in Hiram located at 5605 Bagwell Pkwy, Bldg 900, Popular Pointe Professional Center and Smyrna at 577 Concord Road. 770-459-0620 Additional locations in Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Douglasville and Peachtree City

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OWL Academy and Language Lab by Stephen W. Lowther

When you first drive up to OWL Academy, you see an owl windsock, usually hanging calmly, watching life pass by. If a strong breeze blows, it flaps and turns and then settles back in its spot. It is a strong metaphor for the work being done behind the door by Patricia Lowther, M.A., CCC/SLP a licensed speech language pathologist with a passion for calming the winds of unaddressed speech and language issues in children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. “My mission,” she said as she sips a cup of tea from an owl mug given to her by one of her students, “is to intervene early, and serve children when language skills are still in development, increasing the impact on classroom performance.”

The OWL in OWL Academy stands for Oral and Written Language. It developed, she said, “as a collaborative with my parents to provide an educational alternative for children with mild to moderate language issues.” It became apparent, while serving children in Language Lab® for therapy, that they were not getting what they needed to succeed in the classroom.

In most schools there are regular education classrooms and special education classrooms for more significant disorders, but nothing specifically for children with specific language disorders. These children were in large classrooms of 22-24 children and received speech therapy outside the classroom. Their language needs were affecting them in the classroom and preventing them from following directions, completing work assignments and learning to read. These issues need to be addressed in the classroom.

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The curriculum comes from K12 Online School® through the Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), which is a state-approved charter school. Georgia Cyber Academy contracts with Language Lab®, which is Lowther’s speech therapy company, to provide on-site therapy services to the students attending OWL Academy who qualify for speech therapy. Therapy services are paid for by the public virtual school allowing a unique and affordable option for parents of children with specific language delays. “At OWL Academy our model is one Learning Coach to no more than six children, with one speech therapist to provide not only the therapy services but to also train the learning coach on how to integrate their therapy goals throughout the day,” Lowther said. The student’s academic performance is overseen by certified teachers that are assigned through GCA to make sure they are meeting the standards set by the Georgia Department of Education.

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Some of these include processing directions, short term memory difficulties, understanding speech sounds and responding to questions. “Children that have these issues often have difficulty in school and are told to ‘just work harder’,” Lowther said. “These are clear indicators of early language disorders and many children are not referred until the 3rd or 4th grade when these difficulties significantly impact learning across subjects.”

“We are a hybrid school,” Lowther said. “We provide the brick and mortar facility and the Learning Coaches for the children. This allows them to get much more than just a small amount of therapy on a weekly basis. Research shows that areas affected by their language needs are improved much more rapidly through this co-teaching model.”

Miss Trish, as she is referred to by her students, has a passion for this model that developed over 20 years of providing speech therapy through school systems and private practice in several different states. She has also provided advocacy services to some of her parents who weren’t aware of their rights when it comes to getting therapy services, which are legally mandated when a child is determined eligible.

The critical point she wants all parents to know is that these issues need to be addressed as early as possible, during a child’s developing years. “There is a window of opportunity,” she said, “before age eight, when these skills are typically developed. If you intervene in a natural way, co-teaching in the class room, you get greater results and effect more academic change.”

Once that window closes, she emphasized, the intervention required becomes much more long term, and thus more expensive. It is the difference between a light breeze on a wind-sock and a gale-force wind that blows in the door.

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9 FASHION MISTAKES MEN MAKE This month my colleague and men’s fashion expert, Rohan Malhotra, owner of The Image Alchemist, has agreed to offer his observations on some of the most common blunders men commit in dressing for success. Read on to find out what you need to avoid in order to project the right image.

1. Baggy pants never made it into the classic fashion territory and no one will take you seriously unless you pull up your pants! 2. In the era of sleek wallets and slim card holders, it’s almost criminal to have an overstuffed back pocket. Bulging back pockets detract from a polished silhouette. 3. Steer clear of odd shaped shoes. Too pointy or too squared does not say classic. Invest in wingtips, oxfords, and Derby or monk straps styles.

4. You aren’t 13 anymore! You can buy all the Burberry checked shirts and LV belts you want; but spending your hard earned money on clothes and shoes that feature prominent branding only tells people you are more concerned with status than substance. If you insist on being branded head-to-toe, opt for the subtle stuff.

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5. Active wear should not be day wear. Trainers, tracksuits bottoms, and body con-lycra tees should never leave the confines of your gym walls. Also, don’t consider donning your gym shoes on any other occasion even if they are in top notch condition. For a comfortable alternative, pick up a pair of slip-on loafers to wear with your jeans and tee look and invest in boat shoes to partner with shorts on a sunny day. 6. The most disgusting of all style crimes – pairing socks with sandals! Enough said.

7. Socks should always match the color of your trousers and not your shoes to give you a more streamlined look. 8. Wearing wrongly hued shoes with your exquisitely tailored suit and not matching the width of tie to the width of the suit lapels can be an image disaster. Here’s a good rule of thumb – thin ties with thin lapels and wider ties with wide lapels. As far as choice of footwear is concerned – if you are wearing black or grey then black shoes is the way to go. Try black, or camel with a navy suit.


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9. Do not wear your clothes too baggy. You aren’t fooling anyone by adding excess fabric to cover that beer belly! For larger men loose clothing can make them look even larger and rounder. Look for clothes that fall comfortably over the body. Unsure of whether you are adding one too many Xs to the L? Try going one size smaller. Lastly, find a tailor and never let him go.

Meghan brings over 10 year's experience to Ann Thomas Salon. She has been a stylist with Bob Steele Salon, Dyer & Posta and Sanda Gane. Meghan has studied with Michael Cole, William Edge, Sam Villa, Marie Robinson of New York for ombre, and Martin Parsons for formal design. She is certified in Keratin treatments and uses the Agave line.


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Getting Fit is a Great Goal… But Maybe it Shouldn’t be Your Only Goal by Jason Goggans

There is a lot of talk about mindset as it pertains to accomplishing your goals. I’ve even written about it several times. In order to get great results you must have a healthy and positive mindset. While this is very true, this article is looking at mindset from a different angle. Perhaps one you’ve never thought about. One that suggests the first goal you should attack may be what you think.

I am a firm believer that people know what it takes to be successful in most areas of life. For the most part we know what we should do to be healthy; exercise, eat plenty of vegetables and quality proteins, avoid sugar and processed carbs, drink enough water, etc. We know what it takes to have a successful relationship: love and respect one another, communicate effectively, learn to forgive, and so on. We know what to do to have financial independence; don’t spend more that you earn, avoid debt when possible, save, invest, etc. We know what we should be doing but…why aren’t we doing it?

I believe when it comes to health and fitness the inability to control one’s state of mind is one of the biggest issues holding people back from success. Many people blame a lack of discipline or will power for their failures but in many cases I disagree.

We all have what I call “triggers” that lead us to making unhealthy choices. For some it’s stress, for others it’s boredom, anger, sadness, etc. If you are one that finds it difficult to eat right and exercise when you are stressed then it’s going to be difficult to eat right and exercise when you are actively in a stressed out state. If you are one who turns to comfort food when you are sad or angry then it’s going to be difficult to eat right and exercise when you are actively angry or sad, and so on.

The point is, you must pinpoint your triggers and work on fixing them. Otherwise it’s going to be extraordinarily difficult to have ultimate success with your primary goal. If you are a “stress eater” it is probably in your best interest to figure out why you are stressed and work to reduce that stress instead of continuing to put a band-aid on it by trying to eat your way to happiness. Whether it’s anger, sadness, boredom, etc find your trigger and work on that while working on your health and fitness. It is going to be extremely difficult to achieve fitness success when you are skipping workouts because you are stressed and overwhelmed. It’s going to be extremely difficult to achieve fitness success when you are eating unhealthy and counter-productive foods because you are sad and /or bored. As a result, you must get a handle on these things or reaching your ultimate goals will continue to evade you. This doesn’t mean put off eating right and exercising. You can still reap great benefits from these things. It simply means that while eating right and exercising be sure to also be attacking your “triggers” and getting those under control as well. Doing so will allow you to accomplish your goals more quickly and easily.

Having the right mindset, tackling your “triggers”, and embarking on an effective health, fitness, and nutrition program will make you unstoppable as you go after your goals. 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 CrossFit on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739


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Being Organized is An Important Issue in Wellness by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

Being organized improves the ability to have a happier, healthier, more productive life. It is asserted that living with better organization improves peace of mind, confidence, and being organized allows more time for the most important things in life. When you live an organized life, you get things done faster. You spend less time looking for lost things and the ability to set and achieve goals is improved. It has been proposed that “the simple truth is that being organized can bring you more time, money, success and happiness” (Jiri Novotney, 2011). More organization decreases stress in daily life. Living with clutter creates unnecessary chaos and stress because it overloads the brain, creates conflict and drains energy.

There are many publications offering useful tools to improve organization skills. Some of the consistent themes in the quest to live a more organized life are: • Create a “to-do” list. List specific, clear tasks.

• Stop procrastinating. Procrastinating is a major detriment to organizing life.

• Reduce, eliminate, simplify. Keep the necessary. Toss, donate, sell or give away anything not needed. Don’t allow purchases of new things unless there is a need for it, a place for it, and something it is replacing that can be eliminated.

• Everything needs a home and things should be returned to its home immediately after use. This one habit saves lots of cleaning, sorting and organizing later. • Drop the quest for perfectionism. These guidelines are goals to strive for but will never be met 100 percent of the time. Be patient and gentle with yourself

An alternative way of looking at this issue that does not involve a listing of specific changes in behavior is presented by Dr. Paul Hammerness, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and Margaret Moore, an executive wellness coach and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at the prestigious McLean Hospital, in their coauthored Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life. In this publication Dr. Hammerness de-


scribes the latest neuroscience research on the brain’s extraordinary built-in system of organization and Margaret Moore translates the science into solutions.

It is asserted that the brain has an innate ability to attain order and proposes six principles, or “rules of order” that allows this innate ability to manifest into a less hectic, life stressful, more organized life. These include: • Rule No. 1: Tame your frenzy. Too much negative stress damages the ability to focus and harms your health. • Rule No 2: Sustain your focus. Identify one task and one task only. The brain was not intended to “multitask”.

• Rule No 3: Apply the brakes. When distractions interfere…stop, breathe and consider if the distraction is important enough to trump the current priority. • Rule No 4: Access your working memory. The brain stores information in short term memory. By accessing this memory, problem solving is more efficient. • Rule No 5: Shift sets. This skill allows you to leave one task behind and go to a new one with fresh and productive focus.

• Rule No 6: Connect the dots. After the ability to tame frenzy and focus attention on one thing at a time. Distractions are managed and working memory is available when needed. The ability to shift focus to new tasks, take breaks to new ideas, insights and connections. Together these “rules of order” will not only help change habits of attention and the way you look at life. Instead of being stressed, there is calm control.

Research shows that improving the sense of organization in life – whether done with specific behavioral changes or “from the inside out” can improve a sense of satisfaction and effectiveness in daily life. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.comor . You may reach her at (770) 4286698 Your comments or questions are welcome.

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The Facts about Sports Physicals As spring sports ramp up, many teenagers will be heading to their doctor's office for a sports physical. At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we believe that these physicals can help prevent injuries or deaths that could occur from undiagnosed conditions. They are an important way to make sure each child is ready to play.

Every athlete needs to have a readily available, accurate medical history. Reviewing a patient's medical history can help a doctor see if there are any warning signs, such as a family history of heart disease. Most retail clinics do not review the family medical history during a sports physical exam. Parents will often send the athlete to get the sports physical at a retail clinic by himself, but they are more likely to go with him if they have a scheduled appointment with their primary care doctor. Your athlete may not know or remember your family's medical history. If you do not go with him, provide him with a complete family history for the exam.

By scheduling a sports physical with your primary care doctor, you will have the opportunity to discuss other issues and concerns that athletes may have, such as drug and alcohol use, steroids, energy drinks and supplements. For females, there may also be discussions regarding hormone changes, weight gain or loss, eating disorders and any menstrual changes due to activity level. Your primary care doctor will also do a hernia check on the male patients; this is not often provided in a retail clinic because they are typically located inside a grocery store or pharmacy that lacks a private exam room.

At the end of the exam, if your child's doctor feels that the athlete is healthy enough for play, he will provide you with a clearance form. It is important to remember that a sports physical is not a replacement for an annual physical examination by a child's primary care doctor.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you prepare for a sports physical:

• If you get your physical after April 1, it is good for one calendar year.

• A sports physical will cover your child for sports-related activities at school.

• When the doctor reviews your athlete's medical history, you or the athlete may be asked about existing medical conditions or any issues he is experiencing, as well as your family history of medical conditions. Go with your athlete to the appointment or make sure he knows your family's medical history.

• You may also fill out a pre-participation form with your family's history before sending him to the doctor. Children's offers a downloadable pre-participation form online at

During the physical exam they will check your child's height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. They will also examine your child's heart and lungs, vision, ears, nose, throat and joints. SPORTS PARTICIPATION FORM

Our Sports Medicine Program Medical Director, David Marshall, M.D., helped write and design the sports pre-participation form currently being used by the Georgia High School Association. This form is used by pediatricians to collect medical history, including your family's history of any heart-related conditions that could also be an issue for the athlete.

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Best Parent Ever! by Mark Orler

When I was a child my parents enforced a much more Soviet-style of informational sharing in our household. We essentially grew up in a “need-to-know” basis only home and rarely were touchy subjects broached with any true honesty. My father utilized the Socratic Method when pressed and his answers typically left you feeling like you had been told something, but that it wasn’t an answer to the question? “Dad, where do babies come from?”

“Where did you go when Mommy had your baby sister?” “The hospital, it smelled funny.”

“So, your baby sister came from the hospital?” “That smelled funny, yes?”

“Bingo, there’s your answer! Good talk.”

Unfortunately, most parenting literature written since the Middle Ages when I apparently grew up, has prescribed a much more open approach to the discussions that we, as adults, must have when our children query us on subjects we would prefer to avoid. But as enlightened as we are nowadays versus the rock-eating Neanderthal Parents of my youth, my wife and I still approach these touchy discussions with vast differences.

My wife is of the school that you spell everything out in such detail and overkill using as much Latin as possible so that the question can never be raised again. Basically, you kill their curiosity with data. I call this the “Google” approach.

I sat around the breakfast table one morning and listened to her explain ad nauseam to our sevenyear-old the relationship between an egg and a hen and after an hour of details on the zygote, embryo, non-fertilization and the Garden of Eden our precious little girl looked over at me and said, “I guess scrambled will be fine Daddy.”

For the first few years of our children’s lives this approach has worked fine for my wife, and she has


often given me that “Best Parent Ever” look after many a lecture shared to our kids over a dinner table discussion that may have begun with such a simple question as “Why do I need to eat Brussels sprouts?” By the time we leave the table you can see the glossy eyes and agape mouths as each of them attempt to comprehend the complex digestive system in humans and why their colons are so very important in their lives.

The upside to this is that it has typically made our dinner’s much quieter events as most of the kids are deathly afraid of the knowledge that may be passed should they ask their mother anything, so they remain silent.

I, on the other hand, take an approach much closer to that of my father. Recently, we were watching the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and our oldest posed a question that if her mother had received it would have been an invitation to a weekend lecture series complete with a Power Point Presentation and roundtable role-playing.

“Daddy, who are the ‘gay’ and are there any in Russia?”

“Well honey, did you see the Men’s Figure Skating last night?”

“Yes, Daddy, they had sparkly uniforms.”

“Bingo, there’s your answer!” BEST PARENT EVER!!!

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Spend a week and see Harry Potter’s England or experience a ride or two on one of the huge water slides in the area. Then visit Space Mountain at Epcot or visit the giraffes at Animal Kingdom. There is so much to see and do here.

Yes, the once sleepy farm town of Orlando has become the theme park capitol of the world, bringing more than 53 million visitors per year to this happy place. Over 4 million of those are from foreign countries making Orlando one of the biggest international cities in the US.

In the 1960’s Walt Disney started looking for an East Coast location for his famed Disneyland which had opened in 1955. Although Disney himself died in 1966, the Walt Disney Company continued the project which opened in 1971.

Orlando was the perfect place for the park. In the center of two major highways, the weather was favorable and there were lots of flat cattle land and orange groves to buy. Added to the fact that the government of Florida created a special tax-free district to spur development, the Disney Corporation was ready to build.

Since then the Disney Corporation has created Disneyworld, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. Then came the other parks...... Universal, with Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and City Walk. SeaWorld, was next followed by Gatorland and Wet n Wild. Many smaller parks followed and the city now forms the backbone of tourism in the USA.

Near Orlando on the East Coast is Port Canaveral. The Disney Corp’s next idea was to create a cruise line in addition to its other attractions. Disney Cruises, located in Port Canaveral, allows you to sail for a weekend (as an extension of your visit to the park) or an entire week of fun, complete with the Disney characters. Many other cruise lines followed in establishing


Port Canaveral as a harbor and Central Florida is now a major cruise port in the USA as well.

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Orland also features wonderful hotels from the Waldorf to the Four Seasons, the latter of which also has some memorable golf holes to play. So while Mom is with the kids at the theme parks, Dad can be on the course enjoying a round of

And when you get tired of these activities, there is any other number of shopping centers and places to eat or have fun. Try Universal’s City Walk for entertainment and great restaurants. Universal City’s Walk is home to 10 restaurants, and equally as many party places for dancing and shows There are also many other hotels that dot the International Drive area. Marriott’s, Sheratons. Holiday Inns, Best Westerns and other hotels and rental condo’s for every budget.

As things go, for family fun, you can’t beat Orlando. From a sleepy little farm town to a huge megalopolis of fun and entertainment for the entire family, it’s hard to believe that so much has happened in 40 years. Orlando or bust….the best place in the world to have a great vacation. 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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You Can Get Help for a Painful Bunion by Mike Laur, DPM

Bunions are one of the most common problems that foot and ankle surgeons see on a daily basis. While exact statistics are debated, there is no question that millions of people each year suffer from painful bunions that alter or hinder their normal daily activities. What exactly is a bunion?

A bunion is a deformity within the foot that most people perceive as a large bump at the base of the big toe. The deformity, coined by the Latin term “hallux valgus,” literally means the turning outward (valgus) of the big toe (hallux). While the deformity appears on the outside of the base of the big toe, a bunion actually is caused by an abnormality of both bone and soft tissue allowing the first metatarsal (the bone adjoining the big toe) to drift to the inside of the foot creating a painful bump. What causes a bunion?

There are several theories about what causes a bunion, including poor-fitting footwear, biomechanical abnormalities (e.g. flat feet), inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, neurological conditions like cerebral palsy and a family history of bunions. There is a natural tendency to blame “bad shoes” as the vast majority of bunions do occur in females. While some doctors support this claim, there is insufficient evidence to blame inappropriate footwear as the sole cause for developing bunions. For most people, a family history and/or specific foot type, such as flat feet, play a large role in the development and severity of a bunion.


How do I know if I have a bunion and can I do anything to prevent one?

While most people recognize a large painful bump at the base of their big toe, bunions may not always look so obvious. Typically, most individuals with bunions experience pain that is worse with certain shoes and with specific activities. As the bunion deformity progresses, muscle imbalances can contribute to hammertoe deformities, which also can cause pain. Conservative treatment for bunions includes better footwear and activity modification. While there is no proven measure to prevent the natural progression of a bunion deformity, most foot and ankle doctors believe that proper footwear with good arch support is the best way to prevent further progression. When is surgery needed to fix a bunion?

When a bunion continues to cause pain and limits an individual’s activities despite conservative measures, surgery can be performed. There are a variety of ways to correct a bunion surgically and most include realignment of both bone and soft tissue in order to fully correct the deformity. Bunion surgery also can improve the appearance of the foot. If you think you have a bunion, or if your bunion is causing pain, make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist. He or she will evaluate your condition and explain which type of procedure will help your foot both feel and look better. Dr. Mike Laur is a podiatric physician and surgeon with Village Podiatry Centers in Dallas/Hiram. He is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. His office is located at 100 Greystone Power Boulevard in Dallas/Hiram. To schedule an appointment, call (770) 943 - 7877 or visit

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This procedure is safe, effective and requires minimal downtime. There are two levels of treatment, a high level and low level. Your choice in levels depends on the results you would like to see , the amount of down time that you have, and the amount of skin damage you have accumulated over time. The higher level, double pass, high fluence, procedure takes around forty minutes to perform; you will be offered a light sedative to help you relax, and a topical numbing medication will also be applied to the treatment site thirty to forty minutes prior to the procedure. The Portrait is non-contact procedure, which means that at no time during the procedure will the hand held wand touch your face. Throughout the procedure you will hear a “puff ” of air, this is the nitrogen energy, and during the “puffs” you might experience a localized sensation of heat. Once again this is not a laser and does not require any type of eye protection, such as goggles or safety glasses. With the higher level of treatment most patients will need about five to seven days of down time, in which you relax and pamper yourself; during this down time you will have desquamation (peeling) of the skin. The peeling is the result that you want to see, under this peeling is your glowing, even-toned skin. The lower level procedure, single pass and low energy requires no down time, meaning you can have the procedure one day and go back to your normal activities the very next day. Your face or areas of treatment may be slightly pink but unlike the higher level the peeling is minimal. Dr. Kayal uses the PSR procedure to treat photoaging on the face, neck, “V” of the chest and the backs of the hands. It’s great for brown spots, red spots, and rough texture on the sides of the neck.

What improvements should you expect?

With the lower level procedure you should expect to see improvements in texture, tone and reduction of fine wrinkles with no down time. This may be dramatic especially for fine lines, hooding and redundancy of the eyelid area. The lower level can be performed on the full face or regional. Regional are simply


“sections” of the skin in which you desire improving, such as the eyes, mouth, or forehead. A regional can be performed at high or low grade; it can involve multiple treatments up to four spaced four weeks apart. With the high grade treatment you will see the same results as the lower grade however you will also see a reduction in deep wrinkles. For patients that do not have deeper wrinkles but do have a significant amount of sun damage (freckles/sunspots) the higher level works extremely well.

What to expect post treatment?

At lower levels the skin will have some mild redness and flaking, which will last a few days during which you can wear makeup to cover up. At the higher levels, the outer layer of skin darkens and is shed in three to five days after the treatment; once this occurs, the redness of regenerated skin will last for two to three days. Localized redness may linger slightly in some patients. Shedding may take longer around the edges of the area treated. How long does it take to see the results?

Improved texture and tone will be seen approximately 1-2 weeks after your first treatment. However, the unique advantages of the Portrait (PSR) is that it stimulates a natural process of collagen regeneration, producing skin tightening that progressively improves over time. Clinical studies with the Portrait show that this improvement progression continues for at least one year after treatment. Patients have noted progressive skin tightening (especially around the eyes). Imagine seeing continual results after a cosmetic procedure for one year. Lasers and peels do not offer this tremendous benefit. Dr. Kayal has noticed that patients who receive the PSR plasma resurfacing require LESS botox and fillers over time. How safe is the Portrait?

During clinical studies the Portrait showed an excellent safety profile. The studies show that there are not long periods of downtime, scarring, hypopigmentation, or prolonged hyperpigmentation that can be associated with lasers or chemical peels. Dr. Kayal is pleased to offer Portrait PSR at his office. For a free cosmetic consult to see if you are a good candidate for the Portrait, please call 770-426-7177.

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KENNESAW TOUCH-A-TRUCK: The City of Kennesaw’s 11th annual Touch-a-Truck event will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the historic train depot, located at 2828 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw. Kids of all ages are invited to get up-close and personal with larger-than-life trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles. At this interactive event, kids can meet vehicle owners and operators and have a blast touching, climbing on, and interacting with the vehicles. Over 40 will be on display and a variety of other children's activities will be offered. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Touch-A-Truck is an annual community event hosted by the city’s Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Police Departments. For more information, call (770) 422-9714 or visit BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday, March 21, 9am-7pm. Saturday March 22, 9am-noon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Cobb County Civic Center. 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info:

REFORM JEWISH CONGREGATION NER TAMID OF WEST COBB PURIM CARNIVAL: Reform Jewish Congregation Ner Tamid, which holds Shabbat Services, Religious School and other activities at various West Cobb locations including Marietta and Acworth, will have its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 16, from 11:30am to 2pm at Mountain View Prep, 2320 Baker Road, Acworth. Starting with the Megillah at 11:30am sharp, it will continue with all games plus bouncy house, hair spraying, face painting, tattoos and a Costume Contest! Entrance fee of ONLY $12 per child. Parents FREE!! Food will be served at an extra cost: (cash only). For more information about Congregation Ner Tamid, founded in 2006, visit or call 678-2648575. 12th ANNUAL SPRING CHICKEN RUN: A Race Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run/Walk, Tot Trot. 5K is Certified Peachtree Qualifier. Saturday, March 22, 2014 @8:30am at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs. Register online; in-store; or by mail at For more info contact

KENNESAW BUNNY BREAKFAST: Tickets are now on sale for an “all-you-care-to-eat” Bunny Breakfast, scheduled on Saturday, April 5 at the Ben Robertson Community Center in Kennesaw. The annual breakfast is sponsored by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee and a few other delicious surprises. Children will be able to visit with the Easter Bunny as he makes his way from table to table. Advance tickets are $5 per person, and can be purchased online at or at the community center, which is located 2753 Watts Drive. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $8 per person (based on availability, space is limited). Children two years of age and under do not need a ticket; however they must sit on an adult’s lap. For more information, call (770) 422-9714.

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Raise your hand if you love breakfast!! Well, me too. I love staying in my pajamas, enjoying a good cup of coffee and making a wonderful brunch for the family. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we want to make sure you have a great menu to enjoy!!

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Jalapeno Fruit Salad Tangy Dressing 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon of sugar 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil ½ teaspoon paprika 1 Tablespoon minced seeded jalapeno 1/8 teaspoon pepper Salad 1 large cantaloupe, cut into bite-size pieces ½ cup blueberries 1 bunch Romaine, separated ½ cup seedless red grapes 1 cup whole strawberries 2 medium kiwi fruit, sliced Sprigs of fresh mint To prepare the dressing, combine the white wine vinegar, oil, jalapeno, sugar, paprika and pepper in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake to mix. To prepare the salad, mix the cantaloupe, and dressing in a bowl, tossing to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Spoon the cantaloupe onto a romaine-lined serving platter. Top with the strawberries, blueberries, grapes and kiwi fruit. Garnish with mint. Serves Ten Fresh Spring Frittata 1 small onion, chopped 6 to 8 asparagus spears, steamed or blanched 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red bell pepper, julienned 6 eggs 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 1 Tablespoon fresh snipped chives (optional) Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Sauté the onion in the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Beat the eggs, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour into a 9-inch round or heart-shape baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 3 minutes. Arrange the onion, asparagus, and red pepper in a decorative pattern over the top. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes longer or until set. Sprinkle with the cheese and chives. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until light brown. Cut into wedges. Serves 4 to 6.

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Duke Dining Hall Biscuits 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup shortening or margarine 4 teaspoons baking powder 2/3 cup milk ½ teaspoon cream of tartar Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sift dry ingredients; cut in shortening or margarine until mixture resembles course crumbs. Add milk all at once and stir until dough follows fork around the bowl. Roll dough ½ inch thick. (This maybe done between two sheets of waxed paper dusted with flour, for easy clean up). Cut biscuits with cutter. Be careful not to roll dough too thin. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Serves 10 to 12 biscuits Berry Butter ½ cup butter, softened 1 Tablespoon favorite berry jam 1 teaspoon grated orange zest Mix the butter, jam and orange zest in a bowl. Spoon into a mold. Chill, covered, until set. Chunky Honey Butter ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled ½ cup orange honey or your favorite honey Crumble the chilled butter in a bowl with a fork. Fold in the honey until combined. Chill, Covered, in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford


In today’s world where everyone is turning to the Internet to search for homes, it is so important to hire a professional photographer to beautifully showcase your home. These photos are the first impression for most buyers. A professional photographer can make sure the lighting is right, angle the lens to capture your entire space, and ensure your photos are high resolution so they look best on a computer screen.

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You might also want to consider installing higher wattage light bulbs in your rooms to make them appear brighter. Changing not only your fixture’s light bulbs, but also changing the bulbs in your lamps and ceiling fans will give your photos a high quality look and will be more inviting. Another easy way to brighten your room is to simply clean your windows and open up your curtains!

Your wall color and decorative accessories can make a world of difference. If you have two rooms side-by-side, consider painting them the same color. For example, painting both your kitchen and dining room a neutral color will make the space look larger and give it a more elegant feel. Be careful when choosing decorative accessories during the photo taking process. Use caution when choosing the right centerpiece on a dining room table, don’t over-do it. If your wall color is neutral, a splash of color will brighten a room in photos and make it more intriguing. If you are selecting flowers, I always recommend a yellow flower, as they are very charming and welcoming!



In order for your photographer to capture great photos, staging and de-cluttering your home is a must. There is nothing worse than clicking on photos for a buyer and seeing personal items or a lot of clutter. If you want home- buyers to be able to envision their personal items in your home it is hard to do when your built-in bookshelves are covered with UGA memorabilia! Eliminate as many items that are not needed until after the photos are taken. Consult your Realtor® about hiring a professional stager if you feel you need assistance. A professional Realtor® can recommend a good photographer and stager who is part of their team.

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Lastly, make sure you have your hardwood flooring polished and/or your carpets cleaned prior to the photographer’s arrival. If time permits, you can do this yourself with little expense. When your home is being photographed, the floors attract a lot of attention, especially if your home is vacant.

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