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THE WEST COBB AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2013


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Your Child’s Pearly Whites

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November Crossword

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Health & Fitness

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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 www.mariettafarmersmarket.net.

MT. ZION CRAFT SHOW: The 28th annual Mt. Zion Craft Show will be held Friday, November 8th from 9-5 and on Saturday, November 9th from 9-4 at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia. The show features 52 arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, door prize, bake sale, frozen casserole sale, (Sat. only), quilt drawing, pictures with the REAL SANTA, and fresh baked apple pies and cookies prepared throughout the show. The show is sponsored by the Mt. Zion United Methodist Women; ALL PROCEEDS benefit charities that help women and children. There is no charge for admission. For further information, call 770-971-1465 or check the Mt. Zion’s United Methodist Women’s website: www.mtzionumw.org.

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: Dae Han Martial Arts First Annual Holiday Festival, Bake Sale & Silent Auction. Saturday November 9th, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 3:00PM. This will be a fun time for all, and parking and admission are FREE! There will be kids games, moonwalk, an amazing selection of baked goodies, hot cocoa, car wash, silent auction, free entry raffle for a 1 year free membership to Dae Han, and a wide variety of local businesses and vendors offering samples, gifts, and products for the holidays! Don’t miss out on this fun time for the whole family, everyone is welcome! 1755 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, GA 30152. (770) 919-1112.

VETERAN’S DAY PARADE: The 9th annual Marietta Veteran’s Day Parade takes place on Monday, November 11, 2013. The parade begins at 11am at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060, loops through the Marietta Square, and ends between the new Cobb Courthouse and Marietta City Hall. The patriotic parade includes marching bands, drill teams, floats, military vehicles and veterans’ organizations. The parade will have both Marietta and Cobb County schools represented by their bands and their JROTC units. Thirty or more parade entries are anticipated along with a display of military vehicles. After the parade, spectators are invited to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought to keep Marietta and America free during a ceremony on the Square at noon.

GOBBLE JOG: Run wild for a great cause at the 10th annual Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving day 2013 in Marietta. The event benefits MUST Ministries and takes place in historic Marietta Square and features a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, a 1K run/walk, and a tot trot (for kids 5 and under). The Gobble Jog 10K is certified as a qualifier for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race and the U.S. 10K Classic. The pre-race packet pick-up takes place the Wednesday before

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HILLGROVE BAND HOLIDAY MARKET FEATURING SANTA: Join Hillgrove High School on November 16th, from 1:30 to 4pm in the school cafeteria as they transport your entire family to the North Pole. Kids will have a chance to enjoy milk and cookies, color with the elves, and Santa’s photographer will be on hand for family photos. Hillgrove High School Band members will entertain you with seasonal music as you shop with more than 20 vendors ready to help you with gifts to cross everyone off your list. Pictures with Santa start at $25 for a family of 4 and include a 5x7 picture with Santa, cookies & milk, music, coloring, raffle prizes and more! Additional children are $5, and additional photographs can be ordered through Greta Starbuck Photography. Discount prices are available if you pre-pay for your tickets and reserve a picture time. Not interested in tickets? Just come and shop! Email us at hillgrovebandboosters@gmail.com for more information or to make your reservations. https://sites.google.com/a/hillgroveband.com/holidaymarket/

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about the cover

Kenneth works for Capital Restoration, LLC as a project manager with childhood friends from Marietta. Emmy is the Creative Movement teacher at the Center for Early Education (CEE) located at the Marietta First Baptist Church. Brooks and Ronnie Rebecca both attend the CEE a few days a week.

Kenneth and Emmy are both very athletic and love all sports! Emmy played tennis at Western Carolina University and still plays regularly. Kenneth played baseball and football in high school. Brooks has already shown interest in every sport he has been introduced to. He is currently playing flag football at First United Methodist Church of Marietta. They are just waiting for Ronnie Rebecca to join the fun!

The Staton Family loves their hometown and most every weekend can be found at the Marietta Square. The Farmer’s Market is a staple Saturday morning activity followed by playtime on the train playground, then lunch at the Marietta Pizza Co. They renovated a house off Burnt Hickory Road but are looking to move within walking distance of the square.

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Kenneth & Emmy Staton were both raised in Marietta. They met in 3rd grade at West Side Elementary but didn’t become friends until high school. Kenneth graduated from Marietta High School in 1998 and Emmy graduated from Woodward Academy in 1998. They started dating after college in 2003 and 5 years later married in Brunswick, Georgia at Emmy’s Aunt and Uncle’s house. Kenneth and Emmy have two children, Brooks (3 years old) and Ronnie Rebecca (11 months old). Ronnie Rebecca is named after Emmy’s Dad, Ronnie King, who passed away from appendix cancer two months after their wedding.

Holly Lauer is a portrait photographer who captures the timeless images of children and families. She works on-location at local parks, client’s homes, and around Marietta. Every session is different, unique to you and your family. “Photography has always fascinated me. I love capturing the connections between siblings, friends, and family members; what links them and what is precious to them, those memories that they will treasure for years to come. I love that each session has a story, a mood, a moment in time to be treasured! I love the challenge of pulling a shy child out of their shell and capturing their personality.” She also enjoys photographing events for the Junior League of Cobb Marietta, Children’s Birthday Parties, and her most recent obsession: newborns. Holly’s work is also displayed at Rhinos and Rhinestonez at Marietta Square. Holly and her husband Tim, have 3 girls - Annie, Ava, and Sophia. To view more of her work, or to contact her, visit: www.hlauerphotography.com

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“Attention Sciatica And Low Back Pain Sufferers…” Could One Hour With Our Doctors Give You the Answer To Your Disc Pain? Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain.

The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery.

But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.)

Before You Go Under The Knife and Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing.

Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your leg or toes

Finally, Some Good News… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told:

• Try exercising • Try physical therapy • Try pain medications • Try muscle relaxers • Try pain shots • Try dangerous back surgery • Just live with it

If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.”

How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment!

How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most pa-

tients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises.

Does Decompression Really Work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it:

Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say:

“I started at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute for pain in my low back that traveled down my right leg. The pain felt like a burning sensation down my leg and numbness into my toes. I was unable to walk my normal 5 miles. Since starting the spinal decompression therapy I am now able to walk again without any pain. The pain and numbness down my right leg is completely alleviated. I was surprised to find that I am even sleeping better at night and that the tension in my upper back has also been relieved. The staff here has treated my great and is very caring!” Thanks, Bill Norman “My initial reason for coming to North Cobb Spine & Nerve was for the need to get rid of the pain, numbness and tingling sensation in my left hip and leg. The spinal decompression treatment has greatly helped relieve that pain and numbness. I am now able to walk straight again, without pain and my posture has also improved. My family has noticed also that I am feeling better. I am now able to do things with them without dragging behind. The atmosphere and care here at North Cobb Spine & Nerve is very caring, nice and helpful. The most amazing thing about the care is how soon I noticed the difference in myself!” Thank you, - Deborah McGrew “When I began treatment at North Cobb Spine and Nerve I had agonizing pain in my neck and I could not feel my right arm. This had been going for so long that I thought my case was hopeless. Since I have started decompression therapy movement in my arm and hand have been restored. I know longer have numbness in my arm and I can turn my head from side to side without pain. My energy has been restored and I can now play with my kids! I am so amazed after 30 years of pain I feel 100% better!” Thank you, - Colleen S

As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be playing golf, enjoying your love life, or traveling again.

Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll 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, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest.

The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression.

What Does This Offer Include? Everything we normally do in our new patient evaluation. Just call before November 15th, and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your health and wellbeing where the doctor will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • An extensive review of your MRI. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until November 15th, you can get everything listed here for $20.The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer.

Here’s What To Do Now: Due to the expected demand for this treatment, we suggest calling our office at once at 678-574-5678.

Call Today 678-574-5678 NORTH COBB SPINE & NERVE INSTITUTE 3451 Cobb Pkwy Ste # 4 Acworth, GA 30101


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the honeybee and the bird and the bee

It’s hard to believe the honeybee, the quaint boutique located on Atlanta Road in Smyrna, just turned 4 years old last month! The honeybee, one of Smyrna’s jewels, is a widely popular women’s clothing boutique featuring women’s clothing, accessories jewelry and gifts. Step into this magical haven of fashion and if you close your eyes, you will imagine you’re in an upscale, Atlanta area boutique catering to the chic and most discriminating of shoppers. The honeybee carries fashion’s new trends, tried and true staples, one of a kind items and local artisans offerings. Brand names such as Beija Flor, Lilla P, and TOMS are main stays in the store along with new styles and handmade jewelry that arrive daily. Last year, when the shop located directly behind the honeybee became available, the bird and the bee was born. The bird and the bee is unique in its own right, a home and garden shop, that showcases Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, painted furniture, local artwork, home accessories, plants, gifts and more. Chalk Paint® workshops are also held at the bird and the bee. Our Town caught up with owner, Betsy DiGiorgio, late last month to reflect on the past, the future, and what’s in store for the holidays.

OT: The honeybee and the bird and the bee have been such a success. What has been your mission statement and what makes things tick?

the bee: The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others. This is a statement that resounds on so many levels for all of us at the honeybee and the bird and the bee. As a part of our mission we have strived to be a part of the community and to give back whenever possible. We want to not only be a place to shop for the latest fashions for your wardrobe and home goods, but also be a part of the fabric of our community.

OT: Can you share with us the excitement and buzz coming out of the bird and the bee these days?

the bee: We are always trying to create energy by changing things up at the shop. The Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, is a wonderful product. We’ve had fantastic participation for our 101 paint workshops and are now adding 202 workshops. We made a decision earlier in the year to bring in furniture, and the response has been fantastic. The newly expanded space in the bird and the bee has given a great place to showcase the furniture. When deciding to open the bird and the bee, I knew it had to be different. Home stores can be found throughout Atlanta, but what we offer is unique due to a great deal of work, talented employees and local artisans; we can truly say we are different than other home and garden shops. We offer an array of furniture painted with Chalk Paint®, live containers, preserved containers, local art work and other great accessories and gifts for the home. We encourage everyone to stop in and see the difference for themselves.

OT: What’s in store for the upcoming holidays at the honeybee and the bird and the bee?

the bee: We’re so excited about what’s happening in November and December. On November 9th, join us in welcoming James T. Farmer to the bird and bee for a book signing.

On November 23rd we will hold a Jill Massey Trunk Show at the honeybee and a TOM'S Style Your Sole Event will be held in "the barn". And don’t miss our Black Friday Sale on November 29th from 12-5pm

We will kick off the month of December with an Edith Ann Trunk Show at the honeybee AND Holiday Open House at the bird and the bee on December 5th.

OT: We understand the honeybee just celebrated its 4-year anniversary. Congratulations!

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the bee: It is really hard to believe it has been four years in the honeybee and one year at the bird and the bee. We have grown in so many ways. The honeybee has expanded from one floor to two, and we’ve built the most incredible client base. The people that shop at both stores are actually more than customers; many are dear friends. Seeing a small business dream become a reality is mind blowing! I feel so incredibly blessed each day, and am thankful for my wonderful employees, friends and family members that never stop supporting and guiding me. e honeybee and the bird and the bee are located at 2968 Atlanta Road in Smyrna. ey are open from 10-6 pm on Mondays thru Saturday and on Sundays from 1-5 pm. the honeybee 770.432.5120 the bird and the bee 678.309.1149 Visit their Facebook page for new arrivals for fashion and your home . Facebook/the honeybee and Facebook/ the bird and the bee, home and garden.

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My Top 11 Tips to a Lean Thanksgiving by Jason Goggans Gaining weight over the holidays is a reality for many of us. With all of the great food, parties, family gatherings, etc it can be hard to keep our waistlines in check. The downhill slide usually begins around Thanksgiving. It is estimated that the average person consumes approximately 3000 calories in their Thanksgiving meal. That’s 3000 calories in ONE MEAL! Who knows how many calories are consumed eating left overs the next few days as well. It’s easy to see how the pound can start to pile on.

This doesn’t have to be the case, however. By implementing a few easy tips you can keep things under control this Thanksgiving and start your holidays off the right way, the healthy way.

1. Drink 16 oz of water 15 minutes before you eat. This will keep you feeling full so you’ll eat less when the meal is served.

2. Load your plate with lean proteins and vegetables first. Be sure to leave only a little room for the unhealthy stuff. It’s okay to eat those things, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them, but the goal is to not overdo it.

3. Wait 15 minutes before going back for seconds. This gives time for the food to settle and for your stomach to let your brain know you are satisfied. During this 15 minutes drink another glass of water as well. Doing these two things will make it much harder to overindulge and overeat.

4. Use a smaller plate. Try not to break out the Volkswagen sized plates for your Thanksgiving dinner as it is human nature to fill every last inch of that plate with food. This obviously leads to eating way more food than God ever intended one person to eat. Smaller plates = smaller portions.

5. Watch the alcohol intake. Alcohol just adds empty calories to your day, lowers inhibitions so you’re less likely to make good food choices, and messes up your blood sugar so you begin craving unhealthy, sugary foods.

6. Go for a long family walk after you eat. This will help with digestion, get you out of the house and away from the tempting food, and burn some of the calories you just consumed. And a little family time never hurts either. 7. Play a sport the morning of Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving I play in a flag football game at 9:00am. It may be a bunch of old guys running around thinking we’ve still got “it” (trust me…we don’t) but it burns calories and jumps starts the metabolism for the day.

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8. Get in a workout. If playing a sport is unrealistic then try getting in a tough workout. Like playing a sport, sneaking in a workout Thanksgiving morning will burn calories and increase metabolism.

9. Eat something healthy about an hour before the big meal. You will be less hungry when the big meal is served and in turn you will eat less. Also, don’t skip breakfast and/or lunch Thanksgiving morning to “save the calories”. This is a sure fire way to overeat when the big meal is served.

10. Donate the leftovers. If you insist upon over doing it on Thanksgiving Day then at least get rid of the leftovers when you’re done. Nothing is more sabotaging than eating multiple 3000 calorie meals 5 days in a row. If you don’t want to throw them away at least donate them to a local homeless shelter. 11. Feel free to indulge a little. It’s Thanksgiving after all. There is no need to completely deprive yourself. The key is not to overdo it and limit the bad eating to one day.

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While it may be hard to implement every one of these tips, try to practice as many as you can. This will help make the holidays fun and healthy all at the same time!

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Let’s Talk Turkey by Mercedes Verhine This year as you sit around the dining table with your friends and family, maybe you can spark a feisty game of Thanksgiving Turkey Trivia. Let me get you started with some interesting facts I have come across over the years.

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Turkeys received their names from Christopher Columbus. He thought he had landed near India and that the big birds were a type of peacock. (Turkeys are actually in the pheasant family.) He called them “tuka,” which means “peacock” in the Indian language, Tamil.

Wild turkeys can run up to 20 mile per hour, and when startled, they can burst into flight at speeds of 50 to 55 miles per hour. Domesticated turkeys are almost twice as large as wild turkeys and cannot fly.

A domesticated turkey will die if left in the rain. Intrigued by the droplets, it will look skyward, allowing the rain to flood its nose, thereby drowning the bird. (Maybe this is the origin of the saying, “not smart enough to come in from the rain”) Turkey has more protein than chicken or red meat. And although it does contain tryptophan, it is not enough to induce drowseness. Sorry, the after dinner napping probably has more to do with the full belly and fine wine than the drumstick.

Turkeys can have heart attacks. After Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, the Air Force continued testing planes. They found that when the planes broke the sound barrier over turkey farms, entire fields of the birds below the pilots simultaneously dropped dead. Only a male turkey “gobbles.” A female turkey “clucks”. A male turkey is called a “Tom”.

George Washington was among a group of people that wanted to proclaim a National Day of Thanksgiving, in 1789. Thomas Jefferson remarked to the proposal as, “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.” George Washington named the male turkey a “Tom” turkey in retaliation to Thomas Jefferson’s comment.

There is no evidence of turkey being on the thanksgiving menu in the Plymouth colony. However, there are records of deer and shellfish being served.

Swanson invented TV dinners in 1953, in part, because he had 260 tons of unsold turkey left over from thanksgiving.

10. According to the National Turkey Association, Americans eat more turkey on Thanksgiving, than 11.

the weight of the entire population of Singapore.

The tradition of a turkey being pardoned by the president began in 1947, although rumor has it that Lincoln pardoned his son’s pet turkey.

12. Turkeys were one of the first animals domesticated in the Americas.

13. Wild turkeys are almost all-dark meat and have a more intense flavor than their domesticated cousins.

14. The first meal in space was a turkey dinner.

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 Verhine.com

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Meet Dr. Feldman of Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C.

OT: We understand that you have recently moved to our area. Welcome to the community! Can you give OUR TOWN readers some information regarding your background?

Dr. Feldman: Thank you for the warm welcome. I grew up in Missouri and attended medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Subsequently, I completed my training in Dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After practicing Dermatology for several years, I received additional training in Dermatopathology at the University of Texas-Southwestern (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas. I most recently moved from Dallas, Texas, where I practiced Dermatopathology in a large group practice and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UTSW. I am Board Certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. OT: What is the focus of your practice?

Dr. Feldman:The focus of my clinical practice is General Dermatology, which means I treat all types of skin problems. I am particularly interested in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. In addition to treating patients in clinic, a portion of my time is spent in Dermatopathology (the microscopic diagnosis of skin disease).

OT: Skin cancer certainly seems to be on the rise. Can you share with our readers any precautions they should be taking with their skin?

Dr. Feldman: Because exposure to ultraviolet light is a significant risk factor for developing skin cancer, the most important precaution is to protect your skin from the sun and indoor tanning. You should use sunscreen daily on every part of your body that is not covered by clothing. Look for a formula that is SPF 30 or higher and offers broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection. In addition, wear a hat with a brim, long sleeved shirts and long pants. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Avoid mid-day sun (10 am to 2 pm) whenever possible. Never use a tanning booth or sun lamp. In addition to protecting your skin, I recommended you perform selfexams on a regular basis. If you discover anything of concern, particularly anything new or changing, call right away to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

or her skin type and history of problems. For instance, a patient with a history of melanoma will need visits every few months after the initial diagnosis and at least annually after that. If you notice anything growing, changing or bleeding on your skin, you should immediately make an appointment to see your dermatologist. Also, anyone at risk for skin cancer should get a baseline screening exam. This would include people with fair skin and a history of sun exposure, people with multiple nevi or “moles”, and people with a family history of melanoma. OT: Can you describe a typical appointment?

Dr. Feldman: In a typical appointment with me, a full body “head to toe” examination of the patient’s skin is performed. If a spot is identified that is concerning for skin cancer, a biopsy (a procedure in which a small piece of skin is sampled) will be done in the office, generally on the same day. This is also an opportunity for the patient to ask any questions or present any concerns. OT: What should patients be aware of when doing self- checks on their own moles or abnormalities?

Dr. Feldman: Important warning signs for an atypical skin growth include: a new or changing spot; a lesion that bleeds and won’t heal; and a spot that has one of more of the “ABCDE’s” of melanoma. The ABCDE’s of Melanoma detection include:

A- Asymmetry; one half does not look like the other half. B- Border; irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border. C- Color; varied from one spot to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue. D-Diameter; melanomas are often greater than the 6ize of a pencil eraser, but they can be smaller. E- Evolving; a mole or skin growth that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color. This and other important information is available from the American Academy of Dermatology on their website, www.aad.org. OT: Do you have any additional advice for OUR TOWN readers regarding skin cancer?

OT: What are the most common types of skin cancer?

Dr. Feldman: Remember that avoidance of sunlight and tanning beds is important to help reduce the likelihood of developing skin cancer. In addition, early detection of a skin cancer can be critical. Even melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can have a very high cure rate if found and treated early. If you have a concerning spot, don’t delay your visit to the dermatologist.

OT: How often should patients visit their dermatologist?

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Dr. Feldman: The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These are generally found on sun-exposed skin of older adults. Melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the most common type of cancer in young adults. Dr. Feldman: The recommended frequency of visits is tailored to the individual patient and depends on his

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Oreos, Skittles and Toilet Paper……Oh, My! by Mark Orler

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The irony is not lost upon me that one of the main causes of Type II Diabetes is the overconsumption of sugary food, and that one of the greatest holidays synonymous with gluttony just happens to fall within this month.

What’s even more ironic to me is that during this month when our minds should be focused on limiting food consumption, my wife and I spend most evenings BEGGING our children to eat more. It had gotten so bad that my wife began serving them dinner in salad plates just so we wouldn’t feel so guilty when we saw the leftovers.

I was about to schedule a mass family colonoscopy when I noticed something odd about our pantry. It ate lots of cookies and hated toilet paper. To explain, I have a Sam’s card so when I go shopping I buy in what the rest of the world calls “American” quantities. I do this so that everyone in the parking lot knows what my most desperate needs are; toilet paper, diapers, bottled water, Skittles and Oreos. It is not lost on me that anyone seeing the industrial size Oreo’s and Skittles boxes might say to themselves’, “You know, if he would cut back on the sweets he might not need all that TP.”

Anyway, how I discovered that my pantry was consuming unholy amounts of Oreos and Skittles and squashing toilet paper rolls was realized after I watched my children from the back porch one Saturday afternoon. The plan worked like this. The oldest girl convinced her younger brother that it was okay to climb the pantry shelves to reach the hidden boxes of cookies and candy while she guarded the door and created a safe zone for him to achieve his mischief. The words were not even out of her mouth before he was scaling the wire shelving. Meanwhile, the instigator pulled the huge bags of toilet paper out from underneath the lowest shelf to create a “landing zone” should her agent fail in his mission. He did…but not before dumping an entire box of Oreos onto his sister. Think “It’s Raining Mocha Men” playing in the background.

As soon as the last Oreo hit the floor he proceeded to lose his footing and landed squarely on the 192 rolls of Angel Soft. Again…irony. The two of them gathered the bounty and called for their other sister who had been standing watch near the front door and the three of them headed off to their playroom where they stashed their booty under a loveseat. And had it not been for the simple fact that 192 rolls of Angel Soft now resembled 80 and that the Oreo box was 10lbs lighter, no one would have been the wiser. At dinner that night I insisted that we enjoy a meal of Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots along with roast beef or I was going to remove a certain loveseat from upstairs. And ironically, everyone found their appetites…Happy Thanksgiving.

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HOLIDAY PARTY CHECKLIST Take the stress out of your holiday events by using this handy checklist. Don’t leave your house until you’ve checked it twice. One week (minimum) prior to the party The party outfit is ready to wear!

Try on your party outfit. Does it fit? Is it clean? Do you have the entire outfit or is something missing? Be sure to check that the head-to-toe pieces are all there. If they aren’t, schedule a shopping trip now to finish your look. Does a key piece need alterations? Schedule it. Drop off anything that needs dry cleaning and schedule the pickup. I have a coat or jacket if it is chilly!

Be sure you have a wrap that looks good with the outfit - not just any old thing.

My beauty appointments are scheduled!

Make sure to schedule beauty appointments early in the week. Manicure? Check! Pedicure? Check! Blowout by your hair stylist? Check! A makeup lesson? Check! I have a gift for the host!

Don’t forget to show your gratitude with a host or hostess gift. Getting one before the day of is one less thing to think about. If it’s wine or a plant, make it festive by adding a bow. If it’s a candle or cookbook, wrap it in nice wrapping paper. Fresh cut flowers will be purchased a day before or on the day of but bring those flowers in a vase so the hostess doesn’t have to make time during the party to arrange them. I’ve planned recovery time!

If it is a “big” event, schedule down time for the day after. If you can’t take the day off,

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I’ve scheduled prep time!

Leave enough time to comfortably and completely finish your hair and makeup. Turn it into a lovely ritual by lighting a candle and putting on your favorite music.

Snack time is planned!

Eat a little something beforehand (protein is best) in case there isn’t much food available right away. Drinking on an empty stomach is not a good idea.

My backup supplies are packed!

Bring extra hosiery in case you get a big run. Be sure you’ve got your lipstick or lip-gloss and mints packed in your appropriate for the evening handbag. Pack a blister remedy in case your shoes are rubbing you the wrong way. Bring a face powder for touchups. Stash some cash in case you need cab fare home. If you have a car, toss in a pair of flats in case your feet get tired in heels. Optional party planning solution

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Northwest Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

Dr. John D. Kayal Celebrates Ten Years in Practice!

Dr. Kayal opened his doors in November 2003 with just three exam rooms, four staff members and four patients on the books. Ten years later, Northwest Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists has grown by leaps and bounds!

Dr. Kayal now offers his patients a wide range of services, the newest in cosmetic procedures to include miraDry as a treatment for hyperhidrosis, as well as, pediatric and general dermatology.

Dr. Kayal is a native of northern New Jersey. Dr. Kayal completed his internship at Yale University and went on to complete his residency in dermatology at Emory University. After his residency, he pursued a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology. Dr. Kayal is a college trained Mohs surgeon, one of only a few in Atlanta.

Northwest Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists is committed to providing the highest standard of patient care. Dr. Kayal does treat any concern of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Kayal also participates in several clinical studies that many of his patients benefit from.

In celebration of his practice, Dr. Kayal is offering a 10% discount on skin care products and a 20% discount on any cosmetic procedure. (Please see our ad for any restrictions and availability.) Dr. Kayal is welcoming new patients! Most insurance plans are accepted and even uninsured patients are accommodated with discounted fees.

Please join Dr. Kayal in celebrating his success with a celebration of savings! Northwest Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists 840 Church Street, Suite G-3 Marietta, Georgia 30060 (770) 426-7177 (770) 426-7745 (fax) www.nwgadermatologists.com

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has the largest pediatric radiology program in the country, and our new Radiology Center in Cobb County opens Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. At each of our locations, you’ll find pediatric radiologists with advanced training on staff and ready to provide care. When your child needs imaging, bring him to the place that is 100 percent dedicated to kids and teens. Visit choa.org/cobb to learn more.

What makes our radiology centers different?

Protective gear, fit for kids: Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the U.S. to use special shields that reduce radiation exposure to sensitive body parts. These shields, known as Bismuth shields, are made for adults, but our radiology team makes special alterations to each shield to so they fit our young patients perfectly. Low-dose technology and pediatric protocols: Children’s follows As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and Image Gently guidelines to ensure the radiation levels are as low as possible. Children’s customizes each patient’s scan, allowing us to reduce the amount of CT and X-ray radiation your child is exposed to by up to 50 percent compared to adult facilities.

Sedation: When children are nervous, upset or restless, or just very young, they may move too much to get a clear enough picture for doctors to diagnose them properly. Our team includes pediatric-trained sedation specialists who are available to provide medication to help patients stay still or relax for their procedure. Our sedation specialists have years of experience at giving the right dose of medication to keep your child comfortable and safe.

Calming effects: Our rooms are equipped with calming effects such as shapes and illustrations that can be projected onto the ceiling to portray adventures in outer space and fantasy lands to help put patients at ease. Our staff has pediatric training and knows how to relieve anxiety for both our patients and their parents.

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Expressing Anger in Healthy and Effective Ways by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

“Anger management” is a commonly heard term to describe the skills necessary to recognize angry feelings and express those feelings in a constructive way. Anger management is not the same thing as denying or suppressing anger. When life does not go the way one wishes, or when one has been treated in a way which feels wrong or unfair; feelings of anger are typical. While everyone feels angry at times, when the feelings cause a lashing out where destructive things are said or done, the anger is clearly destructive.

Dr. Tony Fiore and Dr. Ari Novick have developed eight anger management techniques. These techniques are comprehensively described in their book, Anger Management for the 21st Century. A summary of their program to successfully manage anger:

1. Recognize Stress. Understand how stress underlies anger and how to reduce stress before it turns to anger. Recognizing the triggers for anger as early as possible is a part of the process of learning to express these feelings appropriately.

2. Develop Empathy. Anger can be reduced to learning how to see things from the perspective of others. Feelings of compassion for others are not compatible with feelings of anger.

3. Respond rather than React. There is the capacity to learn to choose how to express anger and effectively communicate needs, feelings or requests. These learned skills are possible to develop at any age.

4. Change That Conversation With Yourself. Learning to change the “self-talk” empowers the ability to deal with anger more effectively in terms of how strongly you feel the anger, how long you hold onto anger, and how the anger is expressed. 5. Communicate Assertively. Being able to honestly and effectively communicate feelings and how to respond without hostility. 6. Adjust Expectations. Anger is often triggered by a discrepancy between what is expected and what actually happens. Learning to adjust expectations diffuses severe feeling of disappointment, which can be a trigger for anger outbursts. 7. Forgive, but Don’t Forget. Making a decision to “let go” (while still protecting ourselves

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if necessary) is often a process of forgiveness – or at least acceptance – and a major step toward anger control. However, this is not an open permission to others for bad behavior.

8. Retreat and Think Things Over. While perhaps a cliché; at times, it is most effective to take a “time out” by “counting to 10”, or getting away from the situation until feelings have calmed.

Research on anger has identified additional tools to the techniques developed by Drs. Fiore and Novick, to keep angry expressions appropriate and healthy. Many of these involve the suggestions offered to maintain emotional health and balance in all areas of life, and include: regular exercise, appropriate sleep, talking to friends about upsetting events or situations, distraction, use of humor to release tension, use “I” statements, deep breathing or other relaxation techniques.

Cognitive structuring is a specific tool developed by psychologists. This is a process of challenging and changing angry responses. It is about changing the way you think. When extremely angry, thinking can get overly dramatic. The tools to help stop the process which create patterns of angry responses include: • Avoid words like “never” or “always”. • Focus on goals. • Use logic and reason. • Focus on desires….not expectations. Expressing what you would like is healthier than saying you must have it.

While anger is a part of every life, clearly at times it is destructive. Most will be able to learn to express negativity appropriately, but some cannot. You should seek professional help if anger is having a longterm negative impact on your relationships, is making you unhappy, or is resulting in any dangerous or violent behavior. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

WHAT IS GOING ON IN TODAY'S MARKET? The truth is, no one really knows what is going on in today's market. It has many people asking, “Are we in an economic bubble?” Some people you speak to think we will continue to experience a good market for a couple of years, and then possibly see another correction. I tend to agree with this group of people, who think a correction may be in our future.

Currently, we are seeing home prices on the rise. Sellers are able to get a little more for their homes than they would have several years ago. This could be due to low inventory. As we look back at the last couple of months, we have seen a small increase in the number of homes for sale, but inventory is still incredibly low. If homes are priced right, according to comparable properties, and are in good condition, they will sell. Appraisers are looking for upgrades and square footage. However, upgrades should be implemented with caution, because there is no guarantee that you will re-coup your costs, even in today’s market.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans Georgia on my Menu, page 149 Yield: 6 servings 3 Slices Bacon, diced 1 Small Onion, diced 2 teaspoons cornstarch ¼ Teaspoon Dry Mustard 1 (16-ounce) can French Style Green Beans 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 1 Tablespoon Vinegar Salt, to taste Cook bacon until crisp and remove from skillet. Add onion to 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings. Cook until tender. Blend in cornstarch and mustard. Drain beans, reserving ½ cup liquid. Stir in reserved liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and translucent. Blend in sugar, vinegar, and salt. Add beans and heat. Top with bacon.

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Whole Wheat Rolls Southern on Occasion, page 178 Makes one and one-half to two dozen rolls Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water in a large mixer bowl and mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the buttermilk, oil, honey, and egg. Add the whole wheat flour, salt, and baking powder. Beat for three minutes or until smooth. Mix in just enough bread flour to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for eight minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat the surface. Let rise, covered, in a warm place for 1.5 hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down. Shape the dough into one-inch balls. Place three balls in each muffin cup sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Let rise for one hour. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown.

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Educate yourself on the best dog for your situation. Are you active? Quiet? Lots of kids? Travel a lot? Want a sport dog? How will this dog fit into your life? Make sure you select the right breed or mix of breeds for you lifestyle. A house full of children under 12 is not a good fit for a very active herding dog nor is a huge Mastiff when you live in a small apartment. Think long term and take your situation into consideration during your decision. Take this time to educate your children on how to handle and treat a puppy as well, as many young children do not realize puppies are not stuffed animals.

Make sure that you prepare on the front end on how are you going to care for your new puppy. When will he sleep, eat, walk, train and exercise? What vet will you use? Food, tags, vet care, crate training, housebreaking, toys and training are all areas in which that you need to have a plan and purchase on beforehand. Starting on the right foot is vital to success and a well thought out care/training plan will help you greatly.

Training is extremely important to a new puppy. New pups do not know the rules of your home or your life and can quickly get hurt or into trouble and it is up to you to teach them these rules fairly, with patience and positivity. Early basic manners, safe socialization, housebreaking and boundary controls are key to keeping your pup happy, safe and healthy. Training has changed a lot of the past 10 years and the days of choke chains and alpha rolling are in the past, disproven by scientific data and shown to create behavioral issues. Find a positive good trainer who works with puppies and start as soon as you can. Because we believe so much in the importance of early training helping to make dog’s successful family members, K-9 Coach offers free puppy classes that cover training, housebreaking, crate training and more. New pups will chew on anything and have potty mistakes. Keeping your pup confined to smaller areas that are safe and the floor is easy to clean is great for the first few days. Using a kitchen with baby gates or a playpen area is useful. Removing all dangerous chew items such as cords, medications and toys and get down and crawl around to see what the pup may discover that you do not see standing. On the big day your pup comes home, ideally between 10-12 weeks old, get some of the food she has been eating so you can either mix it in when you transition to your dog food or buy some of what you were given to avoid upset tummies. Bring home a blanket or other item that the litter or mommy dog has slept with to help your pup transition to being away from the litter. Until your pup is fully vaccinated, avoid taking them to places with high canine traffic. See your vet within 3 days of bringing the pup home and start your care/training plan the day the little furry whirlwind comes.

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