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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 KENNESAW FIRST BAPTIST MOTHERS OF PRE-SCHOOLERS (MOPS): Looking for Mom friends? MOPS is just what you need! MOPS give you: time with friends, delicious brunch, relevant speakers, and creative activities, all with fun, safe childcare during meetings! Our MOPS meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 - 11:30am. For more info, contact Jenn Dennison at 770-842-9926 or RIGHT IN THE COMMUNITY: If you are the primary caregiver for a child or adults with Developmental Disabilities, it’s important to know that there is help for you. Right in the Community offers programs and services for children and adults with Developmental Disabilities including Respite Care, Crisis Care, Residential Services, Workshops, Information, Referral and more. Serving Cobb and surrounding counties for over 50 years as Cobb Association for Retarded Citizens, Right in the Community carries on with the same and more services. For more information, visit our website at www.rightinthecommunity. org or call 770-427-8401. NORTHWEST ATLANTA MOMS OF MULTIPLES: (Formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club). Please join us on the second Tuesday of every month (except December) at 7:00pm for our monthly meetings. 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 and to confirm meeting date/time. or call the information line at 678.235.8468. 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.

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NORTH COBB CIVITAN CLUB: The North Cobb Civitan Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 11:30am at Diner Bakery Company, located at 3150 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Ga. 30152. Civitan focuses on children with special needs and North Cobb Civitan also serves the cities of Kennesaw and Acworth at community events. Each meeting features an inspiring speaker. Contact Penny Warren for additional information at (770) 823-2606 or MOTHERS AND MORE: The West Cobb Chapter of Mothers & More, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. We address mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do. We offer many opportunities for our mothers to have some “me” time while bonding with other mothers. We also offer playgroups for moms and their children. The West Cobb Chapter meets the third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30pm, at West Cobb Chiropractic, 5041 Dallas Highway, Suite 500 in Marietta. For more information, visit us at JEWISH CONGREGATION AHAVAT SHALOM: Congregation Ahavat Shalom is a Reform Jewish Congregation serving the Northwest suburbs of Atlanta and its surrounding communities. There is an increasing Jewish population in North and West Cobb County and the area needs a well balanced congregation to serve residents of all ages in a friendly and upstanding manner. We have meaningful adult and children’s Sabbath services, adult education, a religious school with certified teachers and social gatherings for all ages. Everyone is made to feel welcome and join our expanded family. Having formed in a modern era we are cognizant of the evolution of the Jewish landscape. Congregation Ahavat Shalom is therefore accepting of all family structures. For more information please call us at 770-218-3556 or e-mail us at MARIETTA CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION: Enjoy lunch and a speaker on the second Wednesday of every month at Brookstone Country Club from 11am to 1pm. A nursery is available and all women in the community are invited. Please contact Diane Rose for more information. 770-971-6077.

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january about the cover Musa and Lacey Smith have been happily married for 13 years and are both UGA athletic alumni and SEC Champions that met while playing football and softball for the DAWGS. They lived in Baltimore for 7 years while Musa played for the Baltimore Ravens, but they always had Georgia on their minds and knew that is where they wanted to raise their family. They now reside in Acworth with their three beautiful daughters Jayda (9), Skyla (8), and Dallas (5). Musa has a new playing field in the insurance industry working for Impact Partnership in Kennesaw for the past 6 years. He enjoys participating in various charity events especially Danny Wuerffel’s Desire Street Ministries. Lacey is a full-time Realtor with Atlanta Communities on the Carl Hawthorne Team. Instead of rushing for yards on the football field, Musa now rushes from work to coach the girls’ basketball team. You won’t find Lacey on the diamond either, but rather helping her clients find their perfect home, volunteering as the room mom, and chauffeuring the girls to their gymnastics and softball practice. Their favorite get away is to visit their Mimi, Papa, and cousins at their lake house in Tennessee for lots of fishing, kayaking, skiing, and spending quality time with the family.

january feature photographer Monica Kirkland was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. When it was time for college, she moved to Atlanta so her Mama could open up her own hair salon. Years later, Monica married her long time best friend who later made her a Mama to 2 wonderful fur babies. “Working with newborns, families, couples, and photographing weddings, I still love nothing more than looking through my lens and documenting the moments that make human relationships so rich. When I see the way you laugh, the way you look at each other, your eyes sparkle- I see your life as a work of art. I’m an observer and on the lookout for intimate and artistic images, catching the magical light while ‘moments’ are happening.” When Monica isn’t looking through her camera lens, she is teaching at Pure Barre Woodstock or traveling with her husband.


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Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and I seriously cannot believe it because I can vividly remember 1998… like it was yesterday. The hairstyle was “The Rachel”. We used a crimper instead of a flat iron, scrunches were right on trend, necklaces were in the form of a choker and jelly shoes were all the rage. Why am I flashing back? I am glad you asked. This past holiday season was a whirlwind in my household between the presents, the parties and the performances. My husband and I had to divide and conquer. He’d go in one direction and I’d go in the other. Then we’d meet back at home and give each other the play-by-play of what each of us had missed. My husband made a very interesting observation at one of these events where he had to fly solo. I honestly don’t think that he knew that he had made such a fashion forward observation in his post party wrap up, but I noticed it right away.

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Here’s the story: My husband walked in the door and was telling me how I would have loved the party because it was full of people I knew. He started naming all of the guests and telling me about fun conversations…then IT happened. The next thing he said was, “There was one woman that told me to tell you hello, but I can’t remember her name”. He kept assuring me that I absolutely knew her, and he kept saying how likable she was. So in my excitement to know who it was, I asked him to describe her physically. *Here comes the “check yourself moment”. He said, “She has brown hair and is attractive. I think she is probably our age, BUT HER HAIRSTYLE MAKES HER LOOK OLDER.” I then asked if her hair needed to be colored thinking she possibly had a random grey strand running through it. He quickly said no, “I told you it was brown. He then said this. “She probably has the same hairstyle she had 20 years ago and just thinks it still looks good”. He was not being rude or judgmental at all...he was, in his mind, simply stating a fact. I was mortified. She probably thought if it worked then, it works now. Why fix what is not broken, right? Well, if my husband was making this naïve observation-WRONG! It is time to fix it. I think there are many instances where we keep with a certain style because it is comfortable whether it be a hairstyle, a pair of shoes or an outfit. Listen, I have a closet full of items I desperately need to donate. Items that I haven’t worn in YEARS and for some reason I cannot let them go. But honestly, even if it still fits or even if it USED to look great- change is good. I know that you are familiar with the sayings, “What’s old is new again” and “It all comes back around”. I agree with them… to a point, but one should take note when a style goes away and then comes back- it has a different feel. It may be a blast from the past, but it has definitely been updated. Curly curls came back as beachy waves, stirrup pants came back as leggings and off the shoulder crop tops came back as off the shoulder shirts that were long enough to cover your booty.

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Many years ago, I had a philosophy professor who introduced to me the concept of “tabula rasa.” For those who aren’t familiar with this concept, it is the argument that when we are born into this world we come in as a ‘blank slate,’ or just a mental sponge awaiting to slurp up the spill of knowledge that will determine and define who we are. While this may seem like ‘stating the obvious,’ the argument, however, is that if this is the case then what role do parents and their genes play in this blank sponge; is it our ‘nature’ that determines us, or the ‘nurture’ that early influencers have on children that create us? I thought about this the other day when I asked my wife, “When did our 11-year-old learn sarcasm?” Sarcasm cannot be part of one’s genetic code. I cannot see where scientists will one day discover the DNA strand linked to snarky comments and the ability to re-state the obvious, but in such a way as to make it sound like you are doing it from a vantage point on a higher plane of existence. If our kids are truly ‘blank slates’ then the only place they could have gained access to sarcasm was from one, or both of their parents? And if that is the case, then this year, I must resolve to be less witty, less insightful and less astute. Or, as any entrepreneur of sarcasm will attest, less me.


“No Dad, I am just using this outfit as a placeholder for the next round of clothes I am going to wear…geez.” “A simple ‘yes’ might have sufficed?” I replied. Like I said, it had to have come from somewhere and since my wife is truly awful at being indignant, duplicitous, supercilious and condescending I fear the arbiter of this behavior looks back at me in the mirror every morning. But from where did I gain this talent? If I already see the hints of it in my oldest child, then surely it must spring from something ‘coded’ in our being? A genetic propensity if you will and not an outright hard-wired physical attribute like hair, eye color etc… I thought about this for a long while, but then determined that none of this could be my fault and like any good child would do, decided to blame my parents. That is why when my wife looked over at me at dinner one night when our oldest had commented on the meatloaf, “It’s not that it tastes bad, Mom,” she said, “it’s just that there are soooo many other things that taste much better,” I added, “Yep, sounds just like Nanna.” But I don’t think she bought it.

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their patients. Why is WeCareMD the right choice for Our Town readers? WCMD: WeCareMD is a thriving independently owned family practice. We opened our first clinic in Hiram in 2008. In August 2017, we opened a brand new state-of-the-art clinic in Marietta. At WeCareMD our aspiration is to renew the community’s faith in the practice of medicine. Our unique culture and caring environment is a refreshing experience for our patients. Our doctors and staff educate, counsel and inspire our patients. We serve your community to improve healthcare outcomes. OTM: Can you introduce your management team and physicians to us? WCMD: It would be our pleasure. Dr. Mary Dailey-Smith is the President and Founder of WeCareMD, and she has been Board Certified in Family Practice since 1998. Dr. Dailey-Smith conducts an extensive training program to ensure her Board Certified Providers have a clear understanding of all procedures and the high level of standards set forth by the practice. Upon graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Dailey-Smith completed her family practice residency at USC California Medical Center in Los Angeles. After residency, she served her country as a physician in the United States Air Force earning the rank of Major. Dr. Dailey-Smith is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Board of Family Practitioners and the American Academy of Pain Management. Hugh Smith, Chief Financial Officer/Vice President is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Hugh Smith serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of WeCareMD. He provides oversight of the management Team, and has primary responsibility for human resources, finances, marketing, contract negotiations and much more. Lisa Williams is our Practice Manager. Lisa Williams, who was born in Macon, Georgia, developed a love and passion for the medical field at a young age. Lisa joined WeCareMD in 2008 as the Practice Manager and plays a major role in operations. (Continued on page 20)


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One of the most common questions I get asked by my patients during appointments is, “What is this spot?” There are numerous benign skin lesions that can be concerning to patients if they do not know what they are. I would like to take this opportunity to point out and discuss some of the more common benign facial skin lesions in which I see on an everyday basis.

Dermatosis papulosa nigra are small, 1-5 mm in diameter, smooth, firm, black or dark brown papules on face and neck of dark-skinned individuals. Very commonly seen and seen most notably on the famous actor Morgan Freeman, they may begin in young adulthood and increase in size and number with age. These spots are believed to be caused by genetics. Individuals will not complain of any symptoms and the spot is completely benign, but many patients desire to have them removed. Removal is safe, quick and very effective via scraping with a curette, electrocautery or freezing them off with liquid nitrogen. Sebaceous hyperplasia are enlarged sebaceous glands seen on the face. Sebaceous hyperplasia appear as small, 1-3mm waxy-yellow bumps with central umbilication and are most commonly seen on the forehead, cheeks, and nose. They are very commonly seen and are benign therefore, removal is not always necessary. If patients do wish to have them removed, treatment is very simple and safe via electrocautery. Other treatment options include freezing with liquid nitrogen, applying a chemical peel, or a shave removal. Milia are tiny, harmless cysts that present as tiny pearly-white bumps just under the surface of the skin. They are extremely common in all ages and in both males and females. They are most often found on the face and particularly around the eyes. They are caused by dead skins cells and oil that get trapped beneath the skin surface. Many patients do not like the appearance of these milia and wish to have them treated that involves expressing the contents via extractions. Some other treatment options include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and topical retinoids to prevent the recurrence. Seborrhoeic keratosis are benign skin growth spot that can appear on any part of the skin and are very common on the face. They appear to be “stuck onto” the skin and many patients may attempt to scratch them off. These spots can vary widely, ranging in color from light tan to brown to black and in texture from smooth and waxy to rough and warty. They are benign are arise due to genetics and aging skin. Mostly they begin to occur in the individual’s 30’s and 40’s but some may begin earlier. They are extremely common and occur in both males and females, they also occur on all skin types. Many patients wish to have these removed due to their appearance, if they itch, or if they get caught on clothing. Scraping with a curette, freezing with liquid nitrogen, or shaving them off can perform removal of these spots.

Dr. John Kayal specializes in skin care for all ages. If you have any spots of concern you would like to get checked or would like a skin cancer screening, please call Kayal Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists to set up an appointment at 770-426-7177. PAGE 14

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New Year, SAME You! I don’t know about y’all, but when January approaches I start to see the phrase “New year, New you” everywhere! It’s in magazines, hashtags on social media, gyms, health facilities, and just about everywhere else. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the concept - January 1st is generally seen as a great time to become a “new” you. It’s an easy starting point to make the changes you’ve been trying to make for months and just haven’t gotten around to. BUT I will be honest that a majority of the time, I see people fall away from this within just a few weeks. Why? Well, becoming a new person is a pretty lofty goal. You’ve been you for 20, 30, 40, maybe even 50 years, so completely changing yourself won’t just happen magically happen in one day. What if this year instead of trying to become a new you, you committed to being a better you today than you were yesterday? To acknowledge the fact that you were created the way you are for a very specific reason; with gifts, talents, and qualities that make you special and set you apart from every other person on this planet. What if you made a decision to spend 2018 really focusing on the qualities you already possess that make you awesome and then building on those? Now I want to speak specifically to all my mama readers here: When it comes to managing marriage, mommying, and everything in between, it’s hard work. Some days it feels like I can hardly take care of myself much less my family! When you pair those challenging days with all the (seeming to be) perfection strewn across social media or you go to a girlfriend’s house and her kids are bathed and sitting calmly in her spotlessly clean house while she prepares a beautiful home-cooked meal, it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘I failed as a mom today’ or ‘She’s such a better wife/mom than I am’ or ‘Why can’t I be just like her?’ Trust me, I get it. I’ve had my fair share of those days. But let me remind you of something… YOU ARE AMAZING! You definitely aren’t perfect, but you are amazing. There will never ever be another person exactly like you!! This year, instead of comparing myself to other women and focusing on what I don’t love about myself, the many things I could do better, or my “failures,” I am going to implement the following action steps to help me build on my strengths, recognize my accomplishments, and become a better me. I encourage you to do this with me! First, in a notebook or journal write down your five favorite qualities about yourself (e.g. You’re funny, you’re organized, you love to cook, etc.) Keep this notebook next to your bed.

NOW EVERY DAY IN 2018, DO THESE THREE THINGS: 1. As soon you wake up, pull out your notebook and reflect on those five qualities… How can you utilize at least one of those qualities that day to make someone else’s day better? (That someone else can be your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your co-worker, or even a stranger!) 2. In that same notebook each morning write down three things you are grateful for. 3. At the end of each day, in that same notebook, write down three things you accomplished during the day and/or three ways you felt successful. I am confident that by taking just a few minutes out of your day to complete these simple tasks, you will begin to appreciate yourself for all the fabulous reasons that make you you and 2018 will be your best year yet.

Happy New Year! :) Dr. Kimberly is a chiropractor, toxin-free living educator, natural mama, and co-owner of American Row House fitness studio in the Marietta Square. If you have comments, questions, or topic suggestions for Simply Thriving Mama, please email


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STAYING MOTIVATED IN 2018 Getting to gym is the hardest part of working out. What do you do if you can’t find your motivation to lift? Keep reading... Ever feel the rush of motivation after you set a new goal? No matter how lofty, new goals often come with an overwhelming sense that you can take on the world. You’re refreshed and committed, ready to tackle anything that gets in your way! And then… life happens. Your motivation comes screeching to a halt, and your willpower takes a nose dive! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to hop from point A to point B without hitting any motivation speed bumps? In reality, maintaining high motivation over the long term is hard.

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Check and Re-check Asking yourself some tough questions might provide insight that can help you stay motivated over the long term. Motivation and willpower will wane, and that’s totally normal. You don’t just set a goal and go. Motivations change. Even goals can change. Checking in with yourself and consistently re-evaluating your next will help you stay on track toward your goals.


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Dr. Latonya James is a Family Practice Physician and the newest member to join the “WeCareMD” Medical Group at our new Marietta location. She is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She attended and graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School in 1998. Dr. James completed her residency training at LSU in New Orleans, LA. She has been practicing medicine since 2001. In addition we have two terrific certified Physician’s Assistants on staff, Julie Banks P A-C, and Mary C. Cox P.A-C. OTM: What Insurance programs do you accept? WCMD: WeCareMD accepts most major health plans and networks. We ask that our patients call us prior to their scheduled appointment, and a patient coordinator will confirm your coverage. OTM: Can you explain your Occupational Medicine services and your partnership with companies in the community? WCMD: As a provider of healthcare services for occupational and workers compensation cases, WeCareMD offers multiple services related to workplace injuries including: Drug testing & monitoring, pre-employment physicals, workers compensation and DOT physicals & drug testing. Please join us in welcoming WeCareMD to the community, a medical practice committed to your best care!

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