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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. September 6, and October 4th.

23rd ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET: Three day event, October 10th, 9:30am – 6pm, October 11th, 9:30am to 6:30pm, and October 12th, 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Cobb County Civic Center, 529 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. The three-day event features merchants from around the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast showcasing apparel, jewelry, children's items, home decor, gourmet foods and more. As the largest fundraiser for the JLCM, all net proceeds raised from the Mistletoe Market will be utilized to promote JLCM's mission of improving the lives of women and children in Cobb County through collaboration with community partners. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 from any League member or online at

BOXERSTOCK ALL DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sunday, October 20th, from noon to 6pm at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway

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Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. Atlanta Boxer Rescue and presenting sponsor, Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic are hosting the sixth annual Boxerstock music festival. Your ticket grants you access to an entire day of music and family fun. All proceeds will benefit Atlanta Boxer Rescue. Musicians from a variety of genres are on the bill, as well as vendor booths, food trucks, silent auction and pet portraits by Alex Neely. This year Kids’ Village is packed with fun things to do, plus Human Hamster Balls – Come walk on water!! Bring your fur family. There will be a mini dog park, canine agility and obedience demonstrations and a doggie costume contest! For more information, please visit

CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: The Career Transition Ministries group at First Presbyterian Church has now teamed up with Crossroads Career Network to make even more resources available to those looking for a job, looking to change jobs, or looking to do more with their talents. Come and learn as Daina Cannon explains how to put this efficient and effective network to work for you by becoming a member and having access to local career ministry events, searching jobs, and using the other tools available. Monday, October 21st at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060, Track 25 Room starting at 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 BUILDING GRACE ARTS & CRAFT SHOW: Building Grace Arts & Craft Show and Silent Auction October 12, Saturday 8am 4pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Handmade crafts, woodworking, horseshoe art, gourmet food items, corn maze, etc. GCPC is located at 36 Coach Bobby Dodd Road, Dallas, Georgia. For more info email Coleda Phillips at

NEW BEGINNINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch with weekend Bake Sale. Open daily the entire month of October from 10:00am – 8:00pm. Events for kids: Face painting, Pumpkin decorating, & Story Time. 2925 Mack Dobbs Rd., Kennesaw, GA 30152 • 770-421-9980 NEW BEGINNINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Annual Trunk or Treat, Saturday, October 26th from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Games and Entertainment. 2925 Mack Dobbs Rd., Kennesaw, GA 30152.

MOMS CLUB OF ACWORTH WEST OPEN HOUSE: October 9th Are you a stay-at-home mom looking for activities for your children and yourself? You're not alone! The MOMS Club of Acworth West is a social support group that helps at-home mothers feel good about their choice to stay home. We plan activities, playgroups, "Moms Night Out," parties, and other social events for your little ones and the entire family. Being a stay-at-home mom doesn't mean you have to do it alone! Please visit our Open House on Wednesday, October 9th. Check out our website at or email for meeting information.

BLUE DEVIL HOMECOMING & BLOCK PARTY: A Marietta Schools Foundation Event, October 11 from 5pm- 7:30pm. Bring a blanket and chairs and join the party on Winn Street! The Food Truck Fest will be on site so you can grab a bite before, during and after the parade! Meet up with former classmates, celebrate with young and old! Music will be provided by Bert Reeves. For more info contact or call 770.427.1012. ,


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HOLIDAY MARKET: Due West UMC Preschool's Holiday Market, Silent Auction and Bake Saturday November 2, 201392pm. Admission and parking are FREE! We host more than 40 vendors with a wide variety of products, most of which are handcrafted and an enormous bake sale with homemade treats. You will find hand sewn items, jewelry, pottery, monogramming and much more. The silent auction features items from each vendor as well as local businesses. The Holiday Market is located at Due West UMC Family Life Center 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064.

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MT. ZION CRAFT SHOW: The 28th annual Mt. Zion Craft Show will be held Friday, November 8th from 9-5

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A little over two months ago, Lucy Kirkland lived in an orphanage on the edge of Hefei City in the province of Anhui, China. Now she is bopping around West Cobb like she owns the place. You might find her kicking a soccer ball at Mud Creek, attending Church at North Metro, or downing cookies and cream yogurt with sprinkles at Yogli Mogli. On the outside, she looks like a normal preschooler, yet Lucy has been through an incredibly big transition in the recent months – leaving the only place and people she has ever known, (her nannies, caregivers, and foster parents) and being moved half way around the world and placed in a family where she has parents and siblings to call her own.

draw, and often she would appreciate her own work. “Sean and I just had a feeling about her… we didn’t know much about deafness, and we knew it would be a challenge, but we decided to submit a Letter of Intent to China, asking if we could adopt this little girl, Lu Xue Chun, born 10/6/2009, just 2 months before our youngest son.” On November 6, we got the call saying that China had granted our request and we named her Lucy Love and shared our new addition with the world. Nine months from that day they stood inside the US consulate in China with right hands raised and took an oath to care for Lucy as their own and vowed to never abandon her.

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Protecting Our Most Precious Resource –Our Children by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP We have all passed that adorable child in the park or the mall that refuses to acknowledge our friendly banter or smile. That is a child that likely has been educated to avoid contact with strangers, as a way to protect the child. Parents naturally want their children to feel safe, secure, and valued and part of a parent’s responsibility is to teach them the skills which will keep them safe from harm. Most importantly, your home must be a place of trust and support by your taking an active interest in your children’s day-to-day lives and listening to them intently. Building a child’s confidence and self-esteem will equip him with the ability to assert himself in potentially any dangerous situation, rather than simply identifying strangers to avoid. Statistics repeatedly point out that most perpetrators are known to the child or family. Identifying a bad guy will not be a particularly helpful skill. Talking about safety with your child should begin at an early age. Discuss safety in an open, matter-of-fact, and calm manner. This will teach your child that safety is part of reality and will be less likely to induce stress. Young children can be taught safety rules. Preschoolers are concrete thinkers who are very much focused on themselves. A preschooler can quickly and easily identify his name and his parents’ names. Making up a song can assist teaching them addresses and telephone numbers. They can also be taught to CHECK FIRST. They should check first before going outside to play. They should check first before leaving the area to go to the restroom. They should check first before accepting anything from anyone. Finally, preschoolers should be taught it is OK to SAY NO if someone does anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or bad. Elementary aged children are generally eager to please and cooperative, which can make them vulnerable in dangerous situations. Children this age learn better through role-playing a wide variety of situations and through repetition. Be sure the child knows his full name, his parents’ names, address, telephone, and even driving directions to his home. Make a plan for addressing phone calls or doorbells. Continue to reiterate the need to CHECK FIRST and it is OK to SAY NO. Teach your elementary-aged child the NO-GO-TELL system. First, the child should say NO if someone is trying to do something that makes one feel scared, uncomfortable, or bad. Second, the child should GO away from the situation quickly. Finally, the child should TELL an adult – someone that you and your child have established as trustworthy and reliable. Middle and high school children benefit from on-going discussions and open dialogues. Discussing real-life situations provides opportunities to problem-solve and practicing saying NO should a situation of peer pressure arise. Practicing standing one’s ground against bad choices makes for a confident youngster. Encourage teens to never go out alone, as there is safety in numbers. If your child is old enough to go out alone, demand to know the three W’s – Who he is with, Where he will be and When he will return home. Communicate with your teen that it is incredibly smart of them to let someone know who, where and when. Although talking to your child about safety can be unpleasant to downright daunting, it will pay off in prevention. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at a time. If you need advice teaching your child to be smart, strong, and safe, call 678-384-3480.


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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? • Osteoarthritis • Rheumatoid arthritis • Bursitis/tendonitis • 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 October 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 October 15th.

Call today…Phone 678-574-5678 Feel the Improvement and Say “Yes” to Life Again Listen to what someone else has to say 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 antiinflammatory 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. Thank you, Diana T 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 3-4 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” -Thanks, Thomas W 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.

Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. 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 October 15th. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays 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. P.S. The only real question to ask you is this... 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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Hey Ladies…Do Not Fear the Bulk!! by Jason Goggans One of the most prevalent myths and push backs I get from women about weight training is that it will “make them bulky” and “too muscular”. The fact that this myth continues to be perpetuated is a real bummer because all it does is scare women out of doing something that is important, necessary, and is sure to have an extremely positive impact on their health, appearance, and quality of life. In all my years in the fitness industry I have NEVER had a female client weight train and get bulky…ever. There is a reason for that. Women lack the necessary hormones needed to add a significant amount of muscle mass by simply weight training. When you see certain female body builders (the un-natural ones) who are bulky remember they are that way because on top of A LOT of weight training, they eat copious amounts of calories and consume artificial hormones like testosterone. They are actively TRYING to get bulky. That is not what happens when the average woman engages in a weight training program. In fact, the average female who weight trains 3-4 times a week will find it basically impossible to get “bulky”. That’s just not enough weight training volume and you’re most likely not going to eat enough food (and certainly not ingest artificial testosterone), to gain a lot of muscle mass. However, weight training 3-4 times a week will prove to be an exceptional fat burner and strength builder and should be the cornerstone of any fitness program whether you are a male or female. If fat loss and or strength gain is your goal, as it is for many people, then weight training is an absolute must! Fat burning and strength building are not the only benefits women can get from weight training, however. Below are some additional benefits: • Get lean, toned muscles • Stay independent longer in life • Reduce risk of osteoporosis

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9. Don’t go for ordinary shoes. Look for shoes that relate to your outfit but have their own character too. 10. Wear a smile and be ready to engage with others. No one can afford to be overlooked. Visual appearance counts for most of our perceived credibility. Studies have shown that people who are attractive gain more opportunities. Don’t feel like you have to compete with others but do know that there are so many things that can be done to brighten your look, heighten your visibility, and make you feel more confident. I would love to help you come out of the shadows and get noticed for the wonderful person you are. I am ready to help you make that impact. Give me a call!




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A WINDOW INTO LUxURy by Kimberly Herring “Like so much else in life, luxury is relative. When it comes to interior design, the concept is often invoked, but its meaning can take many forms.” Those words really got me thinking as I read them in ELLE DECOR Magazine’s report of results from its “Luxury Survey.” The magazine surveyed designers for “their insights on what constitutes real luxury now.”

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Many of my clients are much more middle America, which made me reflect on what is luxurious for them. I think that many homeowners would agree with ELLE DECOR’s finding that 68% of respondents believed “quality beats everything else in determining what constitutes true luxury.” However, that brings forth the question: What is quality? Quality can refer to the use of high-end materials and or expert craftsmanship. It could also mean exclusivity and brand recognition.

Every Person’s Luxury Another way to look at luxury as it relates to quality is through the viewpoint that quality is subjective and a matter of personal taste, which can vary based on one’s expectations. Applying that idea to home furnishings, one might suggest that quality and luxury is whatever meets your expectations. When decorating a room there are small things that I like to call little extras that can add more detail and personality to the space to instantly give a more luxurious designer feel. These simple touches don’t always require the need to spend a lot of money, just the creativity to think outside of the one’s basic decorating box!

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Windows: A great starting point Windows are already a natural focal point of any room. When you walk into your favorite room, you’re eyes will almost always be drawn to the windows. Usually, we put up blinds, or draperies, or some other sort of window covering, and then leave it at that. Why not have window treatments that allow you to change the look periodically? An interchangeable valence top treatment could enable you to have a variety of options without redoing the entire window whenever you’re ready for a change. An over swag on side panels, with complementary drapery rods, could produce just the seasonal ambiance you’re looking for! The phrase may be “window treatments”, but how you treat your windows can be your own way to add affordable luxury to your environment.

Accent on Luxury Choosing accessories that make a statement in your space is also another way to up the ante on the luxury factor in the room. This can be achieved through selecting larger scaled accessories and those made of fabrics and details that are usually associated with luxury such as a throw pillow made of velvet with beaded trim. Luxury for you can be whatever makes you feel special when you walk into your space. It might be a colorful area rug, a special painting, exquisite bedding or a family heirloom. Luxury is about you. Luxury is about how it makes you feel. Luxury is that special touch for you. So, as we head into the time of year where we begin to spend more time indoors, think about adding some simple inexpensive touches, that will give your surroundings the feeling of luxury. Kimberly Herring is a Design Consultant and owner of Decorating Den Interiors, she can be reached at 678-727-3013, or


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by Mercedes Verhine Halloween. a time in which “the muted cries of boys and girls, full of costumed dreams and pumpkin spirits, preparing for the greatest night of the year” Ray Bradbury- The Halloween Tree All Hallows Eve, a tradition carried over from the Celtic new year, Samhain. A Gaelic word meaning “summer’s end.” A holiday that has evolved into a time for scary stories and candy corn. But as you purchase treats for the neighborhood goblins, do you ever give thought to the origins of Halloween’s folklore? Well, gather around and I will tell you a story. A story of why we carve Jack O’ Lanterns to grace our front steps.

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It started in 17th century Ireland; when villagers became frightened by a natural phenomenon known as “will of the wisps”. These strange flickering lights rise over marshlands, and are caused by gasses released from decaying plants. Always seen from a distance, the Celts believed them to be ghostly lanterns. From these fears, the story of Stingy Jack was born. A drunkard and trickster, Stingy Jack found himself pursued by an angry mob one moonless night. As he sprinted from the village, he stumbled upon the Devil. The Devil told Jack that he had caused the mob to turn on him and chase him from the village. Once away from town, Lucifer could lay claim to his soul. Jack beseeched the Devil to allow him to toast his cleverness at a nearby tavern. As they emptied their glasses, Jack confessed that he did not have any money to pay the barkeep. Ever the trickster, Jack devised a plan. He suggested the fun it would be if the Devil would transform himself into a gold coin. Jack would then pay the bill and once outside, the Devil could change back into his human form and horrify the tavern owner. Lucifer, envisioning the terrified barkeep, agreed. However, when he changed, Jack quickly placed the coin inside his pocket next to a silver cross (trapping him in this form) and fled the tavern. Knowing that even the Dark One must keep a bargain, Jack eventually granted the Devil’s release on the condition that he would leave Jack alone for a year. Lucifer grudgingly agreed. One year later, the Devil returned to demand Jack’s soul. Sorrowfully, Jack resigned himself to returning with the Devil to Hell. Along the road, they passed an immense apple tree, boasting the most handsome apples Jack had ever seen. “I will soon be in your realm and will never again enjoy the taste of food. I beg you to allow me one last taste before we continue our journey, for have I not been a worthy opponent, and deserving of a last wish?” Only after Lucifer consented, did Jack confide in him that he did not know how to climb a tree. Unable to break his word, the Devil climbed the tree to gather the fruit. While he was high in the branches, Jack quickly carved a cross into the bark of the tree, again trapping him. Once more, Jack struck a bargain for the Devil’s release. He would free him, only if he left him alone for ten years and promised not to take his soul to hell. Angered and humiliated, the Devil had no choice but to agree to the terms. Jack went on his way and within a short time died. He flew to heaven and was barred from entering by God himself, who declared that he would not permit such a nefarious man into heaven. Next he flew to Hell’s Gates where the Devil, keeping his bargain, refused Jack entrance. Jack cried, “I am condemned to wander the Earth forever in darkness!” At which time the Devil laughed and tossed him a fiery coal to light his way. Jack placed this coal in a hollowed out turnip and used it as a lantern to light his way as he wandered through the night. Jack of the lantern, as the Irish called him, has wandered the darkness ever since. Believing spirits roamed the earth on all Hallows Eve, the Celts would hollow out turnips and place candles in them. They placed these lanterns on their front steps to help guide the lost spirits back to the underworld. Some people carved scary faces in the turnips in hopes of warding Stingy Jack from their door. The tradition of Jack O’ Lanterns came to America in 1846, when many Irishmen fled here because of the potato famine. However, turnips were hard to find in North America, and soon pumpkins were substituted. So this year, as you carve your pumpkins for the festivities of the night, keep a watchful eye out for Stingy Jack, lest he wander to your door. Mercedes Verhine has had a passion for writing since she was a small child. A high school English teacher secretly submitted one of her short stories to a contest, which she won. Mercedes is a member of the Georgia’s Writing Association and has written short stories, fanzines, and articles. She is currently working on a supernatural thriller. www.Mercedes


Regretting that Tattoo? Regretting a tattoo is a very common feeling that people experience. Tattoos today can be a form of self-expression and creativity, but many people’s outlooks can change causing a change in their attitude towards any tattoo. Fortunately there are a variety of safe and proven treatments available to remove a tattoo. If I do regret my tattoo, what are my options to remove it? One option for tattoo removal is a technology called Cool Glide Laser. This laser works to effectively remove tattoos however, colors do respond differently to this treatment. Some colors are easier to treat than others given their pigment. The actual size and the area of the tattoo can also affect the outcome of this procedure. Most tattoos require four to five treatments for a full effect. In most cases a continued fading of the tattoo should occur. Though this treatment is a laser procedure and can be relatively painless, options are available to address any discomfort. The time, length and cost of the procedure vary according to the actual size, content and location of the tattoo. A second option is surgical removal. This can be performed in a medical office setting by a physician and requires some stitching. Most tattoos can be removed in just one or two stages. The stitches then remain in place for an average period of two weeks after the procedure. Minimal scarring is expected and certainly treatable. As with any tattoo removal procedure, the cost and stages depend on the size, content and location of the tattoo. Are these options effective? Both laser treatment and surgical removal can be effective. Dr. John D. Kayal of Northwest Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers these services as part of his many cosmetic procedures. So don’t live with regret. Simply call our office today for a complimentary consultation!

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Dr. Clark Cantrell, Summit Pediatrics When you think about a great Pediatrician who is a wonderful physician with an amazing bedside manner, many people in Cobb County think of Clark Cantrell, MD. of Summit Pediatrics. Dr. Cantrell has spent his life helping others. He is the kind of doctor that is not only excellent at what he does, but also becomes a lifelong friend. F. Clark Cantrell was born in Vallejo, California and grew up in Cookville, Tennessee. He is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee and a dedicated Volunteer alumni and fan. He attended medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico and completed his residency in 1986 at William Beaumont Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Michigan. Dr. Cantrell is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a practicing Board Certified Pediatrician in the West Cobb area for 25+ years. His subspecialty is in Behavioral Pediatrics. He is unique because he practices General Pediatrics from birth through college with a special focus on Neuroeducation and Behavior through his Behavioral Medicine division called Summit Center. His specialties include: ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, school problems, stress disorders, emotional/social issues, and interpersonal relationships. He truly has a passion and a love for his work. Take a walk through his practice and it becomes quite clear that Clark Cantrell loves his patients. The hallway walls are lined with pictures of children he has seen over the years. His patients are like family. Recently Dr. Cantrell was named in Atlanta Magazine’s Top Docs 2012 for excellence in “Accuracy in Diagnosis”, “Bedside Manner” and “Spending Time with Me”. He is also a recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Patient Choice Awards. Dr. Cantrell has also become an accomplished and highly respected speaker on the subject of ADHD. He served on the speaker bureau for 3 pharmaceutical companies lecturing widely in the Southeastern

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The Three Phases of Halloween by Mark Orler Halloween is happening this month, just in case you haven’t been to your local pharmacy, Target or mailbox in the past six weeks. I think it was shortly after the Fourth of July that I noticed costume magazines coming in the mail and bulk candy coupons arriving in our local mailer just in case I was about to forget this dreaded event…I don’t consider it a holiday. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike Halloween. I have young children, so I relish the opportunity to keep them up late during the work week and filling them up with enough sugar to fuel an aircraft carrier. It’s just that I have noticed some things about Halloween that are concerning. The first is that in case you haven’t noticed, Halloween has been divided into three distinct phases. Phase one is the cute phase. This usually occurs just before dusk and involves all the small kids and their doting parents who just want to let their child experience the event, but don’t want all the trappings of Evil and Death that hang tightly to the fringe of this evening. This group is happy, and the kids, when they can speak at all, are generally dressed in the cutest and most expensive outfits you have ever seen. “Twik o’ Tweet.” “Oh my, you look precious, are you a fairy princess?” “She is, honey show the nice man your Tiffany wand.” “WOW, that deserves another Reese’s Cup. Daddy must have taken a second job to afford that!” The next group is less happy. They come around soon after dark and are never accompanied by their parents. They are the middle-school kids. The outfits have gone from cute to ominous and you get a surlier contingent at your front door. Think more Edward Scissorhands and less Thomas the Tank.

“Trick or Treat, smell my feet!” “Haha, good one. Now what are you supposed to b...HEEEY, take only one. Save some for the rest of the kids.” “Smell ya later, hahahah.” “Rats, they took all the Kit Kats.” The third and final phase is when you are sitting in the house trying to decide if you should blow the candle out of the pumpkin and turn off the porch light, because the kids in the streets are fewer, but noisier, and harder to see in the black pitch of the night. This group will typically not be in any costume, and if you think they are, it is probably the same outfit they wear all the time. Just cleaner. “Well helloooo there, out kinda late huh?” “Trick” “No thanks mister…or misses? I’m sorry what are you supposed to be?” “A problem, if this pillow case doesn’t see some Snickers quick.” “You betcha, cute fake sword you got there. That sure would be dangerous if it was real?” “Then I guess it’s dangerous” “Here, take the bowl, better yet, take cash!” I hope you have a safe and eventful free annual shakedown, politely called Halloween.

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Common Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Problems by Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D. Orthopaedic surgeons often have specialized training in treating symptoms in a specific area of the body. One of these areas is the foot and ankle. Pain and/or discomfort in this region, whether in a small area of the toes or a large area of the heel, can be frustrating for patients. It can make the simplest of activities such as standing or walking difficult and prevent participation in sports or recreational activities. Since we spend a considerable amount of time on our feet, simple measures that may be helpful in treating pain in other areas of the body such as “avoid using it” may not be realistically possible. With an evaluation by a Foot and Ankle specialist, a specific cause for the underlying pain can be found. Listed below are some of more common complaints along with a small description which cause patients to see a Foot and Ankle specialist. Many of these problems can be treated without surgery depending on the specific situation with the patient and the severity of the problem. Deformities of the toes: Bunions or hammertoes are created by misalignment of the small bones within the toes and/or feet. Putting the cosmetic appearance aside, these deformities can cause significant problems with finding shoes that do not rub against the deformity and create pain or sores in that area. These problems are often due to genetics and the use of improperly fitting shoes. Arthritis: There are 26 bones in the foot which form 33 small joints. However, just like any joint in the body, the cartilage cushion between many of these joints can get worn down creating arthritis and result-

ing in pain that is most severe with walking or standing. The arthritis in these joints may have occurred from a prior injury to the foot or an underlying alignment issue which causes uneven stress to be applied to certain areas. In larger joints in the area such as the ankle stiffness can develop in addition to pain from the arthritis. Ankle Sprains: These are one of the most common injuries seen due to organized league or recreational sports participation. The most common type of sprain is when the foot rolls inward creating pain on the outside of the ankle. While most patients with these injuries heal without further problems, there are some who have to decrease or adjust activity level due to feelings of pain or the ankle feeling unstable. These patients may benefit from evaluation by a Foot and Ankle specialist. Heel Pain which is aggravated by walking and most severe in the morning after waking up is likely from plantar fasciitis. This problem is due to inflammation of the plantar fascia (a band of tissue on the bottom of our feet which maintains the arch). We are all at risk for this as we age since we lose flexibility and motion resulting in structures which are stiff. The above only comprises a small subset of the problems treated by a Foot and Ankle specialist on a daily basis. It is important to have a thorough evaluation by a specialist so that options can be discussed and a treatment plan for the problem which meets the patient’s goals can be made. Dr. Belagaje is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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MOMMY MOMENTS LET’S CHAT by Shasta Clark I wish I knew you, the ladies who read my column. I imagine you as “real” moms who live in homes that aren’t as tidy as you’d like, but where you’ve learned that tidiness isn’t worth making yourself miserable. Moms who have hidden dreams. Big dreams like starting a business, quitting a job, going back to school, going on a missions trip, or small dreams like sleeping in on Saturday, finishing a book, finishing the laundry, and going to the bathroom alone- just this once. Moms who wish their kids would get along. Moms who are trying to balance their own desires with their family’s needs. But because of the nature of writing, I don’t get to know you. This is a one-way relationship. Still, in a strange way, I feel like we’re friends. And if I was talking with a friend, we’d share what’s happening in our lives right now. So here it goes. RIGHT NOW… I’m hoping…I don’t have rabies. That’s right, I said rabies. Last week, my cat chased a chipmunk into my house. He cornered it, so I tried to pick it up. Yeah, I know, bad idea. Turns out, real chipmunks aren’t as friendly as Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Turns out, the little suckers bite. Hard! And draw blood. I’m taking…antibiotics in case the little sucker gave me rabies. I’m a bad pill-taker, but with stakes so high, I can’t think of another pill I’d remember better. Scratch that. I’d remember “The Pill” the best. Those stakes are higher than rabies. I’m wondering…if I’m in over my head with homeschooling. I’m enjoying…my daughter. She is like sunshine. I’m reading…Galatians. Well, I haven’t started, but my husband and I joined a small group that’s studying Galatians. It was written by Paul, and of all the men in the Bible, I love Paul the most because he was so real. He had real afflictions. He was a real sinner. And he had an amazing transformation to become a real follower of Christ. I fear…raising my middle child is going to be a battle the entire journey long. I’m buying…Matilda Jane clothing. If you have a daughter, you must Google it. It’s the sweetest, cutest, most adorable line of girl clothing ever. And if you need shoes to match, check out Joyfolie. Swoon! Warning: check your frugality at the door.

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The arrival of October brings cool breezes, crisp air and beautiful autumn colors. Fall and the bounty she delivers are finally here. Yes, of course there is an abundance of college and pro football to watch but don’t forget there can be road trips to the mountains, corn mazes and pumpkin patches to explore and a wide variety of fairs and festivals to attend. With the goodies you find on your explorations, we at the Junior League of Cobb Marietta would like to suggest some easy recipes for you and your family to enjoy while welcoming the fall season. Please visit to place your order.

Roasted Corn in Husks p. 159 - Southern On Occasion • Pick up some fresh corn when you visit the corn maize and enjoy this fall treat. • Pull the corn husks back from the ear, leaving the attached at the base of the cob. • Discard the silk. • Replace the husks and secure by tying at the top with one piece of husk. • Soak the corn in enough water to cover for 20 minutes and drain. • Arrange the corn on a grill rack position 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. • Grill for 20 minutes, turning frequently. • Serve with assorted herbed butters or cheeses that you can pick up at the Farmers Market Crock-Pot Vegetable Soup p. 48 - Georgia on My Menu Put this together the night before the family hayride and come home to this tasty stew. 2 pounds stew meat, cubed 1 (16 oz) can tomatoes 2 carrots, sliced 3 stalks of celery, sliced 2 medium onions, diced 2 medium potatoes, diced 1 (7 oz) can green beans 1 (7 oz) can whole kernel corn 3 cups of water 1 teaspoon of salt 4 peppercorns 3 beef bouillon cubes Put all ingredients in a crock-pot. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours. Yield: 6-8 servings Apple Butter p. 137 - Southern on Occasion There are an abundance of apple orchards to chose from in north Georgia to pick your own apples and make this yummy spread. • Cut four pounds of peeled tart apples into quarters. • Cook in 1 cup water and 1 cup apple cider until tender, stirring occasionally; drain. Press through a food mill.


• Mix the apple pulp, the grated peel and juice of 2lemons, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon allspice in a saucepan. • Simmer over low heat for 3 to 4 hours or until thickened and dark brown in color, stirring occasionally. • Store, covered in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks or ladle into hot sterilized jars, leaving a 1/2-inch head-space; seal with 2-piece lids for longer storage. Pumpkin Bread p. 217 - Georgia on My Menu Nothing says fall more than pumpkin! 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 cups flour 3 cups sugar 1 cup oil 1 cup pumpkin, canned 4 eggs 1/2 cup nuts, chopped 2 teaspoons baking soda 2/3 cup water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients in order given; beat well. Grease and flour 3 (1-pound) coffee cans. Pour batter into cans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Allow bread to cool 5 minutes in cans before turning out. These freeze well.

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WHAT EXACTLY IS RADON? AND WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED? Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, but it is a potentially dangerous gas. Radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium and radium in the soil underneath your home. Studies have shown that inhalation is a leading cause of lung cancer. Radon can become a problem in areas with inadequate ventilation, where high amounts of radon gas can build up. This usually occurs in underground mines, basements, and in homes or buildings. Radon, like all other radioactive elements or gases, decays over a period of time, giving off tiny radioactive particles. When these particles are inhaled, they can damage DNA in the lung cells. Radon poisoning symptoms include persistent coughing, difficulty breathing, and recurring infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, just to mention a few. Consult your Realtor for advice on how to test your home and if a radon test is needed in purchasing a home. It should only run you $200.00 for a professional test, and can be done at the same time as your home inspection when purchasing. This is not a big expense to give you peace of mind for you and your loved ones. If for some reason you have discovered radon in your home, you should consult your Realtor for a recommendation of professional companies that can provide remediation services. When testing your home, to get the best results, you should not interfere with testing. Here are some things to keep in mind when testing for Radon:


a. You should allow the proper time to test without interruptions. b. Make sure the right equipment is being used for testing. c. Make sure all doors and windows are shut and limit access to those doors d. No smoking around equipment e. The equipment will normally be placed in a basement if you have one. Make sure to consult the builder if purchasing a new home and make sure he is testing for Radon. The safe level is no more that 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per Liter). If your home level is over 4 pCi/L, you should call an expert to remediate.

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Learning to Effectively Manage Anger is Important by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ~Mark Twain~ Anger is an emotion everyone experiences. Anger can be caused by feelings of frustration, hurt, injustice (real or perceived), requests or criticisms that are felt to be unfair, or threats to people, things, or ideas that are important. It can vary in intensity from mild frustration to rage. All of us experience anger from time to time, and it is a normal emotional response, not unlike sadness, anxiety or happiness. However, extreme or very frequent expressions of anger are harmful to you and those around you. Frequent or misplaced anger can hurt reputations, destroy relationships, limit opportunities, and even damage health.

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People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with angry feelings. Expressing angry feelings in an assertive (not aggressive!) way is the healthiest; where needs are communicated without attacking others. Alternatively anger can be suppressed, and then converted or redirected. The danger with this response is that if it isn’t allowed outward expression, anger can turn inward leading to health problems and indirect manifestations including passive-aggressive behavior. Passive-aggressively expressing negative feelings can be one of the most destructive relational issues. Out of control anger hurts your physical health. Chronic anger makes you more vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, a weakened immune system, insomnia and high blood pressure. Anger problems also lead to mental health issues including depression, difficulty with concentration, stress, eating disorders and other mental health issues. Perhaps most significant is that anger problems hurt relationships with others. Chronic, intense anger makes it hard for others to trust you, speak honestly, or feel comfortable or safe with you. Anger expert, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. and Melinda Smith, M.A. provide this discussion of common myths and facts about anger: Myth: I shouldn’t “hold in” my anger. It’s healthy to vent and let it out.


Fact: While suppressing and ignoring anger is unhealthy, venting is not healthy. Anger is not something you have to “let out” in an aggressive way to avoid blowing up. In fact, outbursts and tirades only fuel the fire and reinforce anger problems.

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Myth: Anger, aggression, and intimidation help me earn respect and get what I want.

Fact: True power doesn’t come from bullying others. People may be afraid of you, but they won’t respect you if you can’t control yourself or handle opposing viewpoints. Others will be more willing to listen to you and accommodate your needs if you communicate in a respectful way. Myth: I can’t help myself. Anger isn’t something you can control.

Fact: You can’t always control the situation you’re in or how it makes you feel, but you can control how you express your anger. And you can express your anger without being verbally or physically abusive. Even if someone is pushing your buttons, you always have a choice about how to respond. Myth: Anger management is about learning to suppress our anger.

Fact: Never getting angry is not the goal. Anger is normal, and it will come out regardless of how hard you try to suppress it. Anger management is all about becoming aware of your underlying feelings and needs and developing healthier way to manage. Rather than trying to suppress your anger, the goal is to express it in constructive ways. Next month I will discuss some of the current research on anger management and the tools that are helpful to learn to more effectively and appropriately express anger in assertive and respectful ways. Mastering the skills of anger management takes work, but learning to control your anger and express it appropriately can help build better relationships, achieve personal goals, and lead to a healthier, more satisfying life. 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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Our Town West Cobb October 2013  

Family Lifestyle Magazine Our Town West Cobb 2013

Our Town West Cobb October 2013  

Family Lifestyle Magazine Our Town West Cobb 2013