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10 Children Get Headaches Too!

12 January Crossword

16 Can Mindfulness Improve Your Life?

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

FREE BOOK, CD & DVD SWAP-KENNESAW: – Drop off your gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies at the Ben Robertson Community Center on Thursday and Friday, January 9-10 from noon to 8 pm and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 11 from 8-11 am. Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted. After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations. The Ben Robertson Community Center is located at 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. For more information, visit or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714. CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: Come hear Steve Grace, Vice President of Talent Acquisition for WellStar Health System, share his valuable insights on the recruiting industry and pick up tips to help in your job search, regardless of the field you’re pursuing. Monday, January 13, 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 770-7959084 or Lee Pence 770-428-9350 or visit

12th ANNUAL TOTES 2 TOTS SUITCASE DRIVE: sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, will take place Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twenty-seven GCS offices across Georgia – including 19 in Metro Atlanta – will participate in the drive, which delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children in Georgia. To participate in Totes 2 Tots, simply drop off a new or nearly new bag on Friday, Jan. 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the nearest Georgia Cancer Specialists office. For a list of participating locations, visit or, or call 1-877-716-CARE (2273). Financial donations may be made securely online at

SOUTHERN MUSEUM GETS ON BOARD WITH TRAINS EVENT: Interested in railroading and trains, model and otherwise? The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host the family friendly “Trains, Trains, Trains” event on Saturday, January 25th from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., focusing on all aspects of trains and featuring a model train expo. Throughout the museum, displays will feature crafts, tips and techniques for building a home layout, and a variety of operating model train layouts. The daylong event will also consist of interactive activities, including a train-themed story time, railroad music and vendors selling a variety of train-related items. In addition to the day’s special events, visitors have an opportunity to explore the museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. The museum also includes a full-scale replica of Glover Machine Works, a locomotive factory in nearby Marietta that helped rebuild the South after the war. The museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75). Call 770-427-2117 or log on to for details. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COBB-MARIETTA MARDI GRAS RUN: SAVE THE DATE - The 5th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run will be on Saturday, February 8, 2014 on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and its Community Partners. Visit to register and get detailed information.

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ACCA brings Classical Christian Education to Marietta is year, Atlanta Classical Christian Academy is excited to be celebrating its 10 year anniversary. is last summer, we moved from Smyrna to GracePointe Marietta Baptist Church just south of Marietta Square. We are an independent private Christian school (PreK8th grade) rooted in the classical liberal arts tradition. A Christ-centered classical philosophy of education seeks to partner with parents in cultivating children that possess wisdom, virtue and eloquence. We invite prospective families to visit ACCA for an open house, a group tour or a private tour where you can learn more and see firsthand the unique education offered at ACCA.

Every aspect of our children's education is intentionally grounded in and integrated with biblical truth.

Each child is a living and eternal soul to be nourished, not a product to be manufactured

What is the purpose of education? How a school answers this fundamental question will influence every aspect of its academic program. How a family answers this question will influence the type of school they choose for their child. The end goal of most modern schools is to prepare a child for two things: college and work. Although ACCA is not opposed to preparing a child for college and work, we want to aim higher. C.S. Lewis said, "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." ACCA’s mission aims at heaven; we seek to glorify God by cultivating truth, goodness and beauty in students through a distinctly Christ-centered classical education.

How should your child’s education challenge him? An ACCA education is as rigorous as you’ll find, but it’s rigorous in a way that engages students… teaching them to think for themselves… teaching them to logically and gracefully defend their beliefs… and teaching them the art and love of learning. A classical education lays a solid foundation that will guide and inspire them for a lifetime.

Atlanta Classical Christian Academy exists to glorify God by cultivating truth, goodness, and beauty in students through a distinctly Christ-centered classical education.

Why choose a Christ-centered, classical education for your child? Children will spend the majority of hours in their formative years in school. Biblically, the primary responsibility for educating children rests with parents. God calls parents to bring up their children in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) and to diligently teach them God’s commandments (Deuteronomy 6). Consider the importance of partnering with your child’s school in this venture.

Why seek a school that encourages parent involvement? Involved, engaged families make for a warm and loving school community. ACCA parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members are encouraged to actively participate in the life of the school. Our families feel connected with one another and students benefit from this atmosphere. We also believe our school community should reflect God's Kingdom in its racial, ethnic, and economic make-up.

How important is the culture of a school and the behavior of its students? At ACCA we place high expectations on our students and they are capable of meeting them. In fact, they are happy to. Students are taught to respect one another and are encouraged to address their behavioral mistakes in a way that shapes their hearts. Students are taught to respect adults, to address them politely, to look them in the eye, to shake their hands, and to have meaningful conversation. It’s refreshing! We think our students are some of the most pleasant kids to be around… and these expectations actually provide a more joyful school experience for our children. If Jesus is Lord, He is Lord of all. What does Jesus have to do with education? Everything. He has everything to do with everything. Aim higher for your family.


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Children Get Headaches, Too by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP

Many parents worry that headaches in children are signs of brain tumors or other serious medical conditions. However, headaches in children are common and frequently are attributed to acute illness and infection, including sinus, throat, and ear infections, and often accompany fever. Children also suffer from headaches attributed to high levels of stress or anxiety, just like their parents. Good health is the best method of prevention.

It is estimated that 25% of adult migraine suffers started with migraines before their fifth birthday. It is also known that children exhibiting car or motion sickness, with a family history of migraines, will often develop migraine headaches later. Adult’s migraines usually start in the early morning, whereas a child’s may develop in late afternoon. In general, a child’s migraine occurs on both sides of the head instead of just one side in adults. Also, an adult’s migraine usually lasts at least four hours but a child’s may last less than four hours. In general, migraines can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sensitivity to light and sound, throbbing or pounding pain and pain that worsens with exertion. Even small children may get migraines, resulting in unexplained crying or holding their head.

Tension headaches are the most common headache in children, not associated with illness. Emotional factors are the most common cause of tension headaches. Stressful situations at school, competition, family or friend friction or excessive demands placed by the child or the parent can induce the diffuse pain described as a tight band squeezing the head. Tension headaches can last from 30 minutes to several days. These headaches are usually not associated with nausea or vomiting and do not worsen with exertion. Younger children may withdraw from play or want to sleep more.

Cluster headaches are not common in children under 12 years old. These headaches can occur in five or more episodes, ranging from one headache every other day to many headaches in a day. Sharp, stabbing pain on one side of the head lasting fifteen minutes to three hours is the hallmark of cluster headaches. Tearing, nasal congestion, restlessness or agitation often accompanies these headaches.

Most headaches aren’t serious but certain symptoms warrant further investigation. Any headache that wakes one from sleep, change’s one’s personality, includes vomiting more than once, follows a head injury, or is accompanied by fever and neck stiffness require immediate medical attention. More typical headaches require individualized treatment, depending on the age and weight of the child and the frequency and severity of the pain. Reassuring the child that the headaches are the result of no serious abnormality generally reduces the number and severity of attacks. Regular sleep and eating habits do a lot to stave off headaches. Be sure your child stays well hydrated, especially in hot and humid weather. Caffeine and simple sugar intake should be restricted and monitor the time spent in front of a screen, whether it be a TV, computer or tablet.

It is important to identify triggers of headaches and record them in a headache diary. The diary should include what took place or what was eaten at the time of the headache and what made the headache better or worse. Avoiding triggers is an important step in successfully treating headaches. Identifying stressors that trigger headaches and teaching coping skills are successful ways to treat tension headaches. OTC ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to provide relief and should be taken at the first sign of a headache. If headaches come monthly, are concerning or particularly distressing, or cause missed school days, seek guidance from your healthcare provider to determine if preventative therapy or counseling is necessary. Like so many other conditions, practicing healthy behaviors, reducing stress and avoiding triggers are the best prevention for headaches.

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Which Of These Neuropathy Symptoms Do You Suffer From? If You Suffer From A Single One Of These Torturous Symptoms – Numbness, Tingling, Or Sharp Nerve Pain – THEN THE FACTS BELOW MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT YOU HAVE EVER READ IN YOUR LIFE! Neuropathy affects every part of your life -- walking, sitting, and even sleeping.

Maybe you've had multiple tests, only to find out no one has any idea what you have. Maybe you've even been put on a drug with heavy side effects. Do you have any of the following symptoms... • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains

If so you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy.

My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, and I've been helping people with neuropathy and nerve problems for years.

More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a problem caused by damage to the nerves that supply your arms and legs.

This painful condition interferes with your body's ability to transmit messages to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. If ignored or mistreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible health conditions.

Why not get help by those trained to correct the major cause of peripheral neuropathy?

Data from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners' Job Analysis of Chiropractic lists arm and leg neuropathy as the second most common nerve problem treated by chiropractors.

Often neuropathy is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on the nerve roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way down to the tail bone.

The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neuropathy

By using gentle techniques, I'm able to release the pressure that has built up on the nerve. This allows the nerve to heal and the symptoms to go away.

Listen to what some of our patients have to say about it: “I first came to the office for neuropathy in my arms and hands. I have been suffering with the numbness for over 10 years. I had tried various types of medications, exercise and traction. None of which helped relieve the pain and numbness. Since starting care at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute my pain and numbness has improved by 98%. I am able to walk longer and do more normal everyday stuff, such as, vacuuming and floor mopping! I am even able to sleep better at night. The difference has been amazing and I am thrilled by the great results! I feel wonderful!” Thank you, Carolyn Tracz “My initial reason for coming to North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute was for the numbness and pins and needles feeling in my hands and feet. I had a burning feeling in my hands, like they were on fire. I had been suffering from this for 6 months. The numbness and pain kept me from sleeping at night. Since starting treatment for my neuropathy the numbness and burning has decreased by 50% and I am now able to sleep better and go back to the gym. The staff is great here, where the doctors actually listen and really care.” Thanks. Lorianne Jones “What has amazed me the most about my care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is the dedication of the staff. I couldn’t ask for better care and I feel like family there. The Neuropathy Therapy has decreased the pain in my legs and feet. I can even sleep through the entire night! The pain, numbness, pins and needles have improved. I have improved mobility and I have the ability to do daily activities again. My family has noticed my relief. They appreciate my overall improved attitude that has replaced the cranky one caused by the pain. The atmosphere at North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is always helpful, friendly and welcoming.” Charlotte Chaffin

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It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic will be your neuropathy solution. For 14 days only, $20 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients $250 for! What does this offer include? Everything. Take a look at what you will receive:

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When you call, tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Neuropathy Evaluation so she can get you on the schedule and make sure you receive proper credit for this special offer. Sincerely, Erin Arnold, D.C..

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C AN M iNDfulNess i Mprove Y our l ife ? by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Over the last 10 years, researchers and mental health professionals have discovered that mindfulness practices offer great benefits to improve many psychological issues – including excessive worry, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and substance abuse. The roots of mindfulness are from 2,500-year-old Buddhist teachings. While the roots are spiritual, secular interest blossomed in the late 1990’s, when clinical psychology began to research how mindfulness practices could be used decrease suffering and improve overall life satisfaction.

Ronald Seigel, PsyD, author of the book: the mindfulness solution: everyday practices for everyday problems, writes: “Mindfulness is a skill which nearly everyone can cultivate. It is a deceptively simple way of relating to experience that has been practiced for thousands of years. Mindfulness can help us embrace, rather than resist the inevitable ups and downs of life and equip us to handle our human predicament. It can help us come to grips with being mortal beings with a propensity to seek pleasure and avoid pain, while living in a world full of both. It can also help us see the folly of our concern with how we compare to others and our inability to stop thinking about the past or future for more than a few seconds. And it can deepen our capacity to love others, even as this makes us vulnerable not only to our personal successes and failures, but to their joys and sorrows as well.”

Mindfulness meditation teaches people with anxiety how to accept uncomfortable thoughts and emotions without being overpowered by them. Most highly anxious people either push away unpleasant thoughts or obsess over them – both of which give anxiety more power. By learning meditation skills one can learn to experience thoughts and emotions and move through them without getting stuck.

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(MBSR) that uses the skills of mindfulness to help people cope better with the stresses of life. He defines this skill as “moment-to moment, non-judgmental awareness”. MBSR is a program that improves the ability to calm your mind and body and help cope with illness, pain and stress.

MBSR teaches to focus only on things happening in the present moment. For example, you may sit quietly and think only about how your body feels. You might focus only on the sounds around you or how your food tastes and smells. When you are mindful, you do just one thing and you pay close attention to that one thing. By training your mind to focus only on the present, you learn not to get lost in regrets from the past or worries about the future. Letting go of such thoughts may help you worry less and accept things as they are.

A Mindfulness-Based stress reduction Workbook by Elisha Goldstein, PhD. offers the following suggestions to “try out” the process of bringing mindfulness into daily life.

• When you go outside, take a few deep breaths. What's the air like? Is it warm or cold? How does the warmth or chill feel on your body? Try to accept that feeling and not resist it. • Eat a meal in silence. Don't do anything but focus on your food. Eat slowly, and savor each bite.

• When you can, take some time at the beginning of your day to sit alone and think. Focus on your breathing. Gaze out the window, and listen to the sounds outdoors. Or take a slow walk by yourself.

• If you can do this at work, try to stop for a few moments each hour. Note how your body feels. Let yourself regroup and your mind settle before you return to what you were doing.

The concepts of mindfulness are not complicated and may even sound simplistic….however, they are not easy to master. Development of these skills requires commitment and patience. However, once integrated into life, the benefits are tremendous. 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 Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions by Charles M. Pesson, MD

’Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions! We’re all familiar with them. Those aspirations we have to do better or do more. Many times they revolve around healthy living. You know, that short-lived inspiration, the promises we make to ourselves to “eat healthy,” “exercise more,” or “lose weight.” Unfortunately, those goals are often abandoned before we’ve even begun to work towards them. So why is it that New Year’s resolutions like these seem doomed to fail? Well it may have something to do with the type of resolutions we make and even the time of year in which we make them.

One of the problems with healthy New Year’s resolutions is that often, the specifics are left out. We set general goals like “eat healthy” or “lose weight” without creating an action plan designed to map out how to achieve those goals. Not to mention, New Year’s comes as we are approaching the coldest time of year! The cool temperatures make it difficult to want to head outside for a jog or go on a bike ride with a friend. So what can you do this year to give your healthy New Year’s Resolutions a fighting chance at survival? Here are a few ideas to help you maintain that inspiration and ultimately reach your health goals.

The first and most important step is to be specific in setting New Year’s Resolutions.

Don’t simply resolve to “exercise more.” Plan to exercise at least 3 times a week. Try something new like walking to your favorite coffee shop or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. By setting small goals for increasing exercise, you’re more likely to reach them and enjoy the satisfaction of staying true to that resolution.

Similarly, rather than aspiring to “eat healthy,” make a specific resolution to eat the recommended 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If 6 servings seem too ambitious, set a more modest goal to start and make small changes in your diet. Try substituting a side-salad for your French fries, or have apple slices or celery for a mid-afternoon snack.

By making real and attainable goals to increase your exercise and improve your diet, you will certainly improve your health and be on your way to weight loss.

Also, it is important that you don’t let the cold weather keep you from exercising.

Winter weather can frustrate even the most motivated exercisers and can all too easily discourage those that are trying to kick-start a new fitness plan. However, maintaining your exercise routine in the winter months is just as important as it is during any other time of year.

If you’re not afraid to step out into the cold to work on your healthy New Year’s resolutions, make sure you warm up first. Low temperatures can make your muscles tight so a proper warm-up of stretching is key to preventing injuries. Also, make sure you wear lots of layers to insulate your body from the cold. Another important reminder is to stay hydrated. Though you may not feel as thirsty as you do during a hot summer work-out, it is just as critical in the winter that you get enough water during your exercise routine.

If the temperatures outside are too much for you to bear, don’t give up! There are plenty of ways for you to meet your fitness goals while indoors. Try walking at an indoor location, such as a mall or spend 20 minutes walking up and down the stairs in your home or on a break at your office. You can also join a health club to have access to indoor exercise equipment, or create a home gym. Work-out equipment doesn’t have to be expensive. Try hitting sports stores after Christmas for sales. With just $50.00 you can easily set up a great work-out routine with a set of dumbbells, an exercise ball and a jump rope. You can also swim laps at an indoor pool or simply visit your local library to rent exercise videos to follow at home.

So this year, as you start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, think in terms of specific, attainable goals and create a detailed action plan. Make sure you’re well prepared for physical activity when outdoors, or plan to do indoor exercises which can be just as effective. With a strategy like this, you’re sure to find better success in keeping your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions and meeting all you healthy goals. Good Luck and Happy New Year! Dr. Charles Pesson 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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Do Not Even Think of Getting Fit this New Year…Unless… by Jason Goggans

Well, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, the New Year is here, resolutions have been made, and the gym parking lots look like Atlanta rush hour at 5pm on a rainy day. Of course, the number one resolution this year will once again be to lose weight and get healthy…and once again over 95% of people will fail and fall off the wagon before January even ends.

I am all for resolving to get fit and healthy. I think there is no more important pursuit in life than health; without it we have nothing. The issue I have with New Year’s resolutions is that people are resolving to get fit, lose weight, and get healthy for all the WRONG reasons. They do it because, well, that’s what you’re supposed to do in the New Year, right?

That’s like someone telling you they are getting married because they’ve been with their significant other for 3 years and getting married is just what you’re “supposed” to do next. If someone told you that you would probably think that marriage is doomed from the get go.

That’s what I think when people tell me “It’s the new year…time to get in shape!”

This is because they are approaching it with the absolute wrong mindset. Getting fit and healthy should be much higher on the priority list than something you decide to do every January. Getting healthy and fit is something you do because you want to feel good, look good, live a long time, set a good example for your family, avoid the doctor as much as possible, have energy, etc. These things aren’t only important in January. They’re important all the time!

Exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, and limiting stress are not easy things do. Therefore when you do them for the wrong reason you almost zero chance for success. There’s just not enough internal motivation there to push through when times get tough…and they will get tough. That is the inherent reason that New Year’s resolutions almost always fail.

If you are serious about getting healthy once and for all don’t start by making a New Year’s resolution. Start by changing your mindset and figure what is your true motivation. Once that’s determined then go ahead and make the resolution. Just don’t let the resolution BE your motivation. As the saying goes “To change your life you have to change yourself. To change yourself you have to change your mindset”.

One last piece of advice I will give you to help your chances of success in the New Year is do not make weight loss your primary goal. Even when you are doing things right weight loss can be a weird and funny thing. Weight loss is rarely linear. There are peaks, valleys, and plateaus. You can lose 5 pounds one week, two pounds the next week, and no pounds the week after that. While that is very normal, it can lead to frustration and a belief that all this hard work is not worth only losing two pounds in two weeks.

Instead, how about exercising and eating right to be healthy, to feel good, to live a longer life, and a happier life. When you exercise and eat right these things will happen and frustration will often be avoided. Fixate on the number on the scale and you will often be let down, frustrated, and confused. The best past is if you concentrate on these other goals the weight loss will happen as well!

So this New Year do not even think about getting fit and healthy unless you focus on the right goals, change your mindset, and do it for the right reasons and utilize the right motivations.

Happy New Year and make it a great 2014!

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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This year my wife and I decided to handle our New Year’s Resolutions differently than we have in year’s past. Instead of pensively sitting around the mirror looking at our own unique shortcomings and faults and coming up with a list of “self-improvements,” I suggested that we each do the other’s resolutions for them and see how that worked out?

So, now that I am newly single…

Actually, it worked out better than I thought. Instead of a list of things like, “You resolve to get off your duff and help out around here a little more.” or, “You resolve to pay attention to where the toilet seat is and focus on first, ‘missing it’ then second, placing it in the horizontal, not vertical, resting position when done,” I gave my wife the following resolutions.

“You resolve to expect more from your husband and to quit making excuses for his shortcomings.”

“You resolve to get more support in the household budget from your husband.”

“You resolve to expect respect from your children, enforced and then reinforced by your husband.”


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What are these prevailing winds and currents? They are many, but by and large they can be categorized as either unfulfilled personal expectations or external stressors. An unfulfilled expectation may seem slight, but these build up. And before you know it you are having a seismic event over something relatively small and both of you are looking at each other a few minutes later breathlessly asking, “Where did THAT come from?”

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And finally, “You resolve to take a break from being the head-of-the-household and let your husband fulfill his duties.”

External stressors can be something like, oh, I don’t know, a septic-tank backing up. Let’s pretend someone’s I tank recently backed up and it caused a lot of stress Resolve on that individual. Let’s further say that the individual to… did a forensic investigation on water usage in the household and determined that their spouse had done A LOT of laundry, in addition to A LOT of dishes and A LOT of baths in a short amount of time. And let’s suppose that information was presented in a less-than supportive manner. Let’s just say the tank back-up wasn’t the only amount of….never mind.

In conclusion, sometimes it doesn’t matter what your motivation is when making your goals. Whether it be self-fulfillment or self-preservation (my motivation), the basic truth is that your goals will most likely benefit not only yourself, but those around you.

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DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: The Daughters of the British Empire is a nationwide organization for women of British or British Commonwealth birth and ancestry. If you would like to meet for a cup of tea and a chat, or learn more, please contact Maureen at

SUPPORT GROUPS OFFERED THROUGH VISIONS ANEW: Visions Anew, a non-profit which assists women through the divorce process, sponsors a number of free support groups around the city each week. Please see for places, dates, and times in your area. Support Groups offered by Visions Anew for Men only at the Vinings Fire Station, 4336 Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, 30339. Meets 1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 7:00-8:00 PM.

KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Climb Aboard! With over 300 members, the KBA has been around for over 30 years. Monthly luncheons are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Kennesaw State University Center on Busbee Drive. Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 am and costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Alive After Five is an evening mixer held on the third Tuesday, and the Wake-up KBA morning mixer is held at Bar B Q Street on the fourth Tuesday of selected months. For more information, check their website at or call 770.423.1330. MARIETTA TROLLEY TOURS: The Historic Marietta Trolley offers tons of fun for everyone this spring and summer. From Scary-etta Ghost Tours, to a great ride to and from the Braves games’. For details and complet tour schedules, please visit

NORTHWEST ATLANTA MOMS OF MULTIPLES: (Formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club). Please join us on the second Monday of every month at 7:00pm for our monthly meeting at North Metro Church in Marietta, Georgia. We are a parent's club for families with or expecting twins, triplets, quads, etc. We also offer monthly play dates, Mom's Nights Out, and special family events throughout the year. Please join us at our fun and informative monthly meetings and find out more about us! Visit our website for more information or call the information line at 678.404.0034.

WEST COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: WHO DO YOU KNOW? Monthly luncheon meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Lost Mountain Baptist Church. Doors open at 11:30 am. Cost is $12 for members/$20 for non-members. Find out about West Cobb happenings and become involved with other businesses interested in giving back to the community. Register on line at, or call 678.776.6331.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH COBB: Weekly meetings are held on Thursdays 7:30 a.m. at Pinetree Country Club. Find out how we support our groups individual projects in SERVICE ABOVE SELF. We provide humanitarian service that encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will here and internationally. Become involved with other businesses who are interested in giving back. Visit our web site


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NORTH METRO SYNAGOGUE: Congregation Ner Tamid is a reform synagogue serving West Cobb, Paulding, Kennesaw, Acworth, Cartersville, Douglasville and surrounding areas. We offer Shabbat services, Tot Shabbat, religious school, and much more! For more information visit or call us at 678-264-8575. MARIETTA CIVITAN CLUB: The Marietta Civitan Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. We provide assistance to those in need through our fundraising projects and our volunteer service. We meet at noon on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday's of the month at the Marietta Conference Center. For more information, please call Chris Busby at 404-240-5443.

NORTH COBB CIVITAN CLUB: The North Cobb Civitan Club focuses on the Acworth/Kennesaw communities and especially performs projects involving special needs children. They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s at noon at the Pinetree Country Club. For more information, please call Penny Warren at 678.331.3952. Currently looking for New Members!

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Be nicer. Being nice to others is an admirable goal. Start by being nice to yourself. For instance, take time for yourself to get ready for your day and create a positive image. This in itself is a gift to others. Make a pact with yourself to compliment yourself and other people each day. Soon it will be a pleasant ritual.

Be less impulsive. Are you impulsive when it comes to shopping? Are you quick to buy sale items even when they’re not quite right? Do you purchase clothes without trying them on? These impulsive behaviors can disappear when you replace them with a new habit. Vow in 2014 to only buy what you love and only those items that stay true to your style. If you’re shopping online or shopping without time to try things on, be sure you take time when you’re home to see if everything fits and looks great. If they don’t, send them back.

Count my blessings. Focus on what you have rather than what you don’t. You can look great just the way you are. You don’t need longer legs, a thinner waist or more money in your bank account. You just need to appreciate and work with what you have. Be the best version of you and you’ll naturally be a blessing to all. Do these goals seem unattainable? They aren’t. I can help you look your best and feel your best in 2014. Working together I can help you be smart about how you shop, educate you about fit and styling, and teach you how to gracefully accept the compliments that will be coming your way.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

FINDING YOUR DREAM HOME IN 2014! The first step in finding a home is getting set up with a reputable lender to get prequalified. Once you have accomplished this task then you should contact a local Realtor to assist in starting your home search.

A few things you should consider discussing with your Realtor are location, schools and neighborhoods that have an association. 1. Are you looking for a swim/tennis neighborhood? 2. Discuss price points of neighborhoods. 3. Safety should be a consideration. Check the crime statistics.

7. Don't forget to discuss the taxes on the home you are interested in. Find out if you pay city and county taxes.

You should drive through the neighborhoods and speak with neighbors about the areas you're interested in. Check out the landscaping to see how homes are maintained. Have your Realtor check and see if the community you are interested in has a good neighborhood association.

A home is where you will live for several years, so you want to make sure you hire a good Realtor to direct you to the properties that best meet your criteria. An experienced agent can get you from contract to close with out any issues.

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4. Your Realtor can recommend several reputable lenders that you will be able to sit down with and compare your options. 5. Your Realtor should be able to refer you to websites with school test scores if this is important to you. 6. Hire a Realtor that knows the area you're interested in. He or she should be able to pull recent comparable sales, so you can be assured the values are there.


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The side effects of Botox® are very minimal at most. You might have some slight bruising or swelling at the sites of injection, however these are only temporary. There is also a small chance the Botox® could migrate to other areas of the face that were not injected, however, if post procedure directions are followed this is less likely. The safety of Botox® in pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding is unknown. What does the procedure consist of?

You will first need to have a cosmetic consultation with your doctor. During this consultation, both you and your dermatologist will decide the desirable results you want to see and which areas you think need most attention. The area is numbed with ice. The procedure will consist of multiple small injections of Botox® depending on the amount of treatment areas. The injections are typically described to feel like a tiny bee-sting, after the injections. The procedure should only take 10-15 minutes and requires no anesthesia or down time. What does the aftercare consist of?

Once your procedure is over you should simply work the muscles in which you had the injections done by expressing your face. You should do this a few times throughout the day to work these muscles. You should also keep yourself sitting upright for four hours following your procedure, to avoid migration of the Botox® to other areas that you do not want it to go. Your results will be seen after three to seven days. The results should last any where between four months to six months. How much does Botox® cost?

Contrary to popular belief, Botox® is not expensive. If you look at Botox® as an upkeep procedure then you realize that it is competitive with the prices you pay for monthly hair cuts, color and manicures.

To schedule a free cosmetic consultation, learn more about Botox® or other botulinum injections such as Dysport and Xeomin, please call Dr. John Kayal, cosmetic dermatologist in Marietta. For Advertising Information Call 678-337-7844 •

Our Town

by Lori McHugh

We have all had a time in our lives that we have needed some extra guidance or just someone who will listen. Perhaps it was academic help we needed, or help in making the right decisions. Whatever it may have been, there seemed to be that special person to guide us in the right direction. Someone who really had an impact in shaping the person we have become.

Unfortunately, many youth in our school systems do not have that special person.

Some of them are struggling academically, missing a lot of school and making bad decisions. There may be issues within the family structure, difficulty with peers, mental health, parents who are incarcerated, homelessness or the loss of a loved one. A good mentor can be a valuable resource for some of these students. Many studies have shown that kids who have a strong adult figure in their lives are more likely to succeed. They are more likely to stay out of trouble and graduate from high school. A website for mentoring,, lists some positive findings about mentored youth and the choices that they made with their lives. It states that “through four large commissioned surveys, the California Mentor Foundation learned that the effects of mentoring on youth are extensive: 98% avoided gang participation


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In 2011, the Cobb County School District, Social Work Department launched Cobb Mentoring Matters. The mission of this school-based mentoring program is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices to enable them to maximize their personal potential. The goal is to provide prevention and intervention strategies that reduce the risk factors that can come between a young person and their ability to learn. Mentors spend an hour a week with the student on school grounds. Mentors serve as positive role models both to inspire and empower youth to be the best that they can be.

The impact that a good mentoring program can have on our community is far reaching. Research overwhelmingly shows that students who are not engaged in school are at a much higher risk for dropping out. Youth who do not graduate from high school are much more likely to participate in criminal activity which negatively impacts the entire community. Somewhere between 80 to 90 percent of Georgia’s prison inmates are high school dropouts. They are much less likely to have jobs that pay well and more likely to have to rely on public assistance.

Cobb Mentoring Matters has recruited some wonderful mentors for our schools, but we are always looking for more. Not only will the student benefit, but mentors benefit by feeling like they have made a difference in a youth’s life. You could be that one person that makes a difference for them and inspires them to someday do the same. January is National Mentoring Month and a great time to consider becoming a mentor to a student in need. For more information please visit and click on “i Want to Be a Mentor” or call 770-429-5846 for information on how you can “Join the Movement!”

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