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Contributing Writers: Missey Butler Roberto De Jesus D. Foster Mickey Gazaway Aliesa R. George Georgia Dpt. of Natural Resources Blair Lonergan Our Town Media Group, Inc. Dean Woodruff Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2019, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover: The Blessing of a Teacher Family Focus: Misconceptions about Formula Feeding Faith: Luck O’ the Irish! Calendar of Events Medical: Age-Related Macular Degeneration Fitness: Pilates Training Outdoor: Where Did the Time Go?/Camping in Georgia Finance: Financial Advisors Can Do “Life Coaching” Gardening: Pass-Along Plants Feature Photographer: David Jones Pets: Cats and Kids Make Better Adults What’s Cookin’: Corned Beef and Cabbage Crossword Puzzle

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The Blessing of a Teacher


eachers give of themselves every day in school classrooms. Many of them go above and beyond normal class instruction for their students; spending extra time tutoring, mentoring and encouraging them in other studies and their lives. But, six months ago, William Wilkinson, a teacher at Grace Christian Academy gave the greatest gift of all to his student, Kaden Koebcke: his kidney. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 Kaden Koebcke just turned 13 years old and is in the 6th grade at Grace Christian Academy. He was two years old when he was first diagnosed with kidney disease (FSGS). He had peritoneal dialysis every night for 12 hours as he slept, but the disease was so severe, both kidneys had to be removed. When he was five, Kaden had his first kidney transplant from his Dad, Travis. Unfortunately the disease attacked his new kidney and it had to be removed five days later.

By the time Kaden was 11 the peritoneal dialysis no longer worked, so he began hemodialysis. It was hard on his body and the doctors knew he had to have a new transplant. It had been put off because they knew the disease would attack the new kidney like it did the first time. While he waited, new medications and treatments were being used to treat the disease’s re-occurrence. Since Kaden’s family were not able to donate, they had to look outside the family for a donor. They started a Facebook page called Kaden’s Kidney Search that reached people from all over the world.

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Six months later, Kaden’s doctor told his parents they had found a donor. The Koebcke’s had no idea who it was because of patient privacy laws, but a few weeks later, William Wilkinson and his family stopped by. It was then that William told them the amazing news: that he would be Kaden’s donor! Prior to the transplant, William knew Kaden as one of his son’s classmates at Grace. But for the past three years, Kaden has also been his student. William shares, “I truly believe God called me to be Kaden’s donor. I had never undergone any type of surgery [or] considered being an organ donor; but when the need arose, deep down inside I knew God was telling me that I was a match. I had a peace about it from the time I started the process; even through surgery.” Cover Story Continued on Page 24

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Family Focus Mistakes and Misconceptions about Formula Feeding Infants


here are always a lot of questions when preparing for parenthood; questions about feeding often top that list. Experts agree that breast milk and/ or formula should be the primary sources of nutrition for infants 6 months and younger. While 92% of mothers plan on breastfeeding, more than two-thirds rely on using infant formula, according to the new “Feeding Realities” survey by Perrigo Nutrition. Infant formula is used for a variety of reasons, including by mothers who have trouble breastfeeding, limited milk supply or opt to by personal choice. The survey of mothers of babies and toddlers uncovered common mistakes and misconceptions about formula feeding.

the fridge for later, but this can be a mistake. The survey found 51% have thrown a partially used infant formula bottle back in the fridge to use for the next feeding time. This is dangerous because bacteria can grow and the nutritional profile of the formula can diminish. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), formula not fed to baby can be stored in the refrigerator for 24 hours if you are making it ahead of time. However, once you feed a bottle to baby, you must discard the remaining contents after one hour from the start of that feeding.

Microwave bottle preparation When warming infant formula, half of mothers said they always or sometimes use the microwave to make a bottle. The problem is microwaving formula bottles can affect ingredients and cause hot spots that might burn a baby’s mouth.

Using more water than necessary Formula containers have specific measurements that typically call for mixing powder and water, yet 21% of those responding to the survey say they have used more water than required by the instructions when preparing formula. Nearly half stated their primary reason was to help save money or make formula last longer.


“Many new moms have the misconception that diluting formula with water will help save money or make it easier for baby to digest,” says Dr. Jennifer Gardner, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. “Diluting critical nutrients in formula at a time of rapid growth can be dangerous for their baby. No cost savings is worth the risk of poor health and infant mortality. Parents should always follow preparation instructions on the product label and consult with their pediatrician to talk through infant-feeding options.”

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What many parents don’t realize is formula does not need to be warmed before it is given to baby. If your child happens to prefer a warm bottle, place it under warm running water and make sure that water isn’t getting into the bottle. Before feeding, test the temperature of the bottle by putting a few drops on the back of your hand to ensure it’s not too hot.

“New moms can feel confident that store-brand formula will provide complete nutrition for baby just like any brand-name formula,” says Gardner. “All infant formulas are required to meet the same FDA standards, which means store-brand formula has the same quality as other brand names but costs less.” (BPT)

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Luck O’ the Irish! By Missey Butler


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e have all heard at one time or another, the old adage: “The luck of the Irish!”

A rather bold pronouncement widely known throughout the decades that brings to mind images of tiny green men, rainbows with pots of gold, and of course the lucky shamrock. Most of us have to admit, that as kids we spent many a sunny afternoon ankle deep in clover patches in search of that very special four- leafed blossom. Not an easy task, considering that there are approximately 10,000 “three leafer’s” to every “one” fourleafed clover.  As children, our lack of statistical knowledge never got in the way of us blissfully forging ahead, undaunted, and undeterred in our efforts to find just one. We knew full well that once we found it, we would forever have that magical “luck o’the Irish.” Like a treasured keepsake, we would ever so carefully wrap it up in clear cellophane and place it between the pages of our family bible for safe keeping.  So, the question must be asked, “Is it really true, that the Irish are blessed with luck? Let’s look at a little “Irish history.” St. Patrick (who by the way was a native Brit) at the very young age of sixteen was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders. One day, he found God in the rolling hills while herding sheep. He escaped, and later became a Bishop. A burning desire came over him to return to Ireland and bring faith to the Pagans who still believed in the Druids. He received inspiration from God to use the three leaf clover to explain the trinity to his flocks, (descendants of the Celts and Viking invaders) who found themselves steeped in the ancient Druid’s religion of magic, believing in many God’s of nature.  The four leafed clover however, symbolized God’s melting the Druid beliefs with the trinity of the Christian beliefs. Irish soldiers conscripted into the British army began wearing the shamrock on their uniform lapels because they had been blessed by St. Patrick and so believed that they were on God’s side and therefore safely protected by Him.

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Now, hundreds of years later we, as a nation share that common foundation of a blessed Christian heritage. One that is based upon the clear understanding that God IS...on our side! (Psalm 124: 1-2) We adhere to a steadfast faith that is NOT based upon matters of sheer luck, but rooted and grounded in the truth that God’s Sovereignty rules and reigns within a people who are called by His Great Name!

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! n Toddler Time every Friday 10am-12pm n PARENT’S NIGHT OUT – March 16 and April 13 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Adaptive Recreation: Trailblazers Baseball presented by PCPRCA Registration: NOW through March 29 Non-competitive baseball league is for youth and adults ages 5 years+ with various disabilities: cognitive and physical. Questions? For info email Britt Grillo at britt. or call 770-505-3885. 22nd Annual Sisters in Christ Women’s Conference March 2; Saturday 8:30am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton REGISTER EARLY for this day of fun, praise, and fellowship. Keynote Speaker: Delma Morales, and more wonderful guests. MHC is located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton. Conference is free; lunch is not provided. Registration and info visit www.sisters or email Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center March 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm 2019 State of the Schools with School Superintendent Dr. Brian Otott. ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register call: 770-445-6016 22nd Annual Blue Grass and Gospel Music Show March 9; Saturday 1pm – 10pm at the Paulding Senior Center Austell Chapter #87 of the Royal Arch Masons presents more than NINE groups in this indoor concert. Family show, no alcohol or pets. Tickets -$10 at gate; children under 12 free with adult. Questions? Email

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Spring Fling in the Park and Kite Day March 9; Saturday 12:30pm at White Oak Park Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a day of family fun! Kite Day participants must furnish their own kite. Questions? 770-445-8065. Event is FREE! Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting March 9; Saturday 10:30am at the Chieftains Museum in Rome Keynote speaker – Jeff Bishop on the causes of the Creek Civil War or “The Red Stick War.” Meetings are free and open to the public. History by Candlelight Tour at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield March 15-16; Friday and Saturday 7pm – 10pm Guided candlelight walk through the battlefield, and watch cannon and musket firings. Please, no pets or strollers. Admission Charged. Registration required. Questions? 770-443-7850 8th Annual Heritage Days/WELSHfest 2019 in Downtown Rockmart March 16; Saturday 11am – 6pm  Welsh and local entertainment; fun and educational events; vendor village! Fun for the whole family. Paulding County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs March 18; Monday - Registration opens for classes and some summer camps To register visit your local park or go online:  Open House at Dominion Christian School March 19; Tuesday 6:30pm Christ Centered – College Prepatory – Dual Enrollment - Full Athletic Program. 4607 Burnt Hickory Rd, Marietta. Questions? 770-420-2153 Cast Iron Chefs at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield March 23; Saturday 10am – 3pm Come sample grub from iron pot cooking demonstrations of new and old style; meals representative of the 1800’s. Visitors can also walk the paths of history and nature. $3.00 child, $5.50 adults 770-443-7850 Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas March 23; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit www. Events continued on pg 22

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he ability to see the people, places and things in front of you is one of life’s most precious gifts. Imagine a life without the ability to see these things clearly - what steps would you then take to protect your vision? Life with Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can potentially lead to vision loss or blindness. While an AMD diagnosis can be a scary thought, there are things people can do to help reduce the risk of progression of the disease. Here’s what you need to know.

What is AMD?

AMD is a leading cause of blindness for people age 65 and older, and an estimated 16 million Americans are living with AMD. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that supports central vision. The condition is progressive, which means that central vision can ultimately become impaired, which may cause difficulty keeping up with daily activities like driving, reading or recognizing the faces of loved ones. While there is no cure for AMD, there are steps patients can take to help reduce the risk of progression.

Tips For Taking Action

Early detection of AMD is imperative. While early-stage AMD often does not present any symptoms or changes in vision, patients should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam once a year, so they may catch the condition early on. This is the best method to receive a proper diagnosis of AMD, as the dilation allows the doctor to see the back of the eye where this issue occurs. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. People with AMD should make sure they are eating a diet that consists of eye-healthy nutrients, like green leafy vegetables and fatty fish; exercising regularly and not smoking. In addition, people diagnosed with moderate to advanced AMD should talk to their doctor about taking a vitamin that contains the AREDS 2 formula, such as PreserVision® AREDS 2 formula vitamins, which contain the exact nutrient formula recommended by the National Eye Institute for people with moderate to advanced AMD to help reduce the risk of progression.

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Patients are often learning about AMD for the first time as they’re being diagnosed, which can be overwhelming. While the Internet is a great resource for patients, medical literature about AMD is often dense and difficult to follow. That’s why Bausch + Lomb has developed, a new online resource to provide AMD patients with personalized tips and tools, along with an online support system and network, to help each patient better navigate their life living with AMD no matter where they are on that journey. The new website not only aims to help patients understand what AMD is, and how they can manage it, but ultimately to create a personalized action plan to discuss with their doctor and start taking charge of their condition, so they can continue to see what they love each day. (BPT) PreserVision is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated or its affiliates. AREDS2 is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Health & Fitness By Aliesa R. George, PMA-CPT

Pilates Training Is More than Working the Core


ilates training is more than just working the core. Yes, every Pilates exercise initiates from the center. And your core muscles have to be actively engaged to support the body during every Pilates exercise! But by improving core strength with Pilates, you’re not only training the body to learn how to use this support during your Pilates workouts, but you’re also training your body to understand how to access this support for all of your sport, fitness and daily life activities, and with this, the health improvement benefits of Pilates are just getting started... Pilates integrates the full range of motion for the body from the top to the bottom and bottom to the top. This full range training allows you to articulate your spine to bend forwards, backwards, sideways, and twist maximizing strength and control for your core, posture and whole-body movement. That’s just what’s happening for the torso! Feet, legs, hips, arms and shoulders also get the opportunity to develop well-balanced strength, flexibility, and movement habits. With every exercise, every piece and part of your body is doing something! Unlike a weight-room workout where movements are isolated and you’re only concentrating on one muscle group at a time, every Pilates exercise gives you the opportunity to concentrate on how ALL your muscles work together for integrated support and the development of healthy, normal movement habits.

Pilates exercises are done lying face up, face down, kneeling, sitting, standing, right-side up and upside down. This teaches your body how to maintain the right support and move well regardless of what you’re doing. Every Pilates exercise is truly a whole-body exercise.

to a healthy lower back, good gait habits to walk and run, and the development of integrated wellness - a healthy mind, body, and spirit! In Pilates the options are limitless for health improvement: core conditioning, hip and shoulder mechanics, and integrated whole-body exercises, working against gravity in Pilates Matwork, working against the resistance of springs on the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, or Pilates Chairs. Pilates develops both strength and mobility in the over five hundred exercises of the traditional Pilates repertoire. With modifications and variations you can do Pilates for a lifetime and never run out of fun and challenging exercises to incorporate into your workouts. Pilates as a system and method for health improvement can be appropriate in a one-on-one setting for everyone, regardless of your current fitness level or health challenges. And if you’re healthy and fit, group Pilates classes can provide additional levels of fun and fitness. Pilates Training is MUCH more than working just the core. If you’re ready to fine-tune your fitness, get more from your core, and take your health to new heights for posture improvement, strength and flexibility to enjoy optimal whole-body health, the time is NOW to get started now with Pilates.

A healthy spine that moves easily in all directions can do wonders to keep your back healthy and pain-free. Understanding and practicing good shoulder mechanics can keep your arms and shoulders happy. Knowledge and healthy movement habits to keep the pelvis, and legs, hips, knees, and feet working well, also contributes

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Where Did The Time Go? By Dean Woodruff, Integrity RV Service Center


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ne day I woke up and realized that I am now considered a senior citizen. My two kids are grown, moved away and have families of their own. How did this happen so quickly? I began to ponder all the missed opportunities and the things I would do differently if given the opportunity. Do not allow this to happen to you! There are so many things in life that we can not control but designating time with family and friends isn’t one of them; simple things we can do that are not very costly, and will leave a lasting memory and strengthen your relationships.

devices and let them experience the outdoors. I guarantee you they will thank you when they get older and maybe even spend more time with their kids. Spending quality time with our kids will bring about a better world.

Camping is one of these things. Whether it be in a tent in the back yard or off to some far away destination in an RV. This is a good way to lessen your stress and strengthen you relationship with the family. There are numerous local campgrounds that cater to both. [Below is information on camping in Georgia’s State Parks.] You may have family or friends that have property that can be used. A nice campfire, roasting hot dogs, telling stories or just being together enjoying nature is sure to have a positive impact. It is healthy for the body and soul.

Camping In Georgia State Parks Whether you are a first-time camper or an experienced backpacker, Georgia’s state parks have a campsite for you. Forty-one parks offer more than 2,700 campsites, including tent-only areas, RV pull-thru sites, primitive camping and group camping areas. Rates average around $30–$35 per night. Most state parks have laundry facilities and sell camping supplies. If you’ve never camped before, don’t let that stop you. Several parks offer “glamping” yurts (a cross between a tent and a cabin).

The closest Georgia State Parks to Paulding are: l Chattahoochee Bend in Newnan - RV sites, plus tent platforms along the river. l James H.(Sloppy) Floyd State Park in Summerville Tent, trailer and RV camping. l Red Top Mountain in Acworth - Tent, trailer and RV camping. l Sweetwater Creek in Lithia Springs - Tent camping and a “glamping” Yurt village.

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ife coaches – not surprisingly – strive to improve the quality of life of their clients. And financial professionals essentially embrace the same mission. So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some “coaching” as you work toward all your important objectives, such as sending your kids to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement and leaving a legacy that can benefit the next generation. What tips from life coaches might you also get from your financial advisor? Here are a few: Create a plan A life coach can help you create a plan for your future, taking into account your career aspirations, relationships, hobbies, charitable activities and so on. And a financial advisor will also take a “holistic” approach by looking at many elements – including your age, income, family responsibilities and desired retirement lifestyle – to create a long-term investment strategy. Of course, you may need to adjust this strategy in response to changes in your life, but it can still serve as an overall map on your journey toward your financial objectives.

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Pass-Along Plants in the South

By Mickey Gazaway


ass-along plants have been a gardening tradition since Gardeners became Gardeners. If we have a plant that we like, we always feel the need to share it with others. Many times, these plants were passed on to us from family and friends for generations, and most with interesting stories. We think of these stories when we come upon these plants in our gardens. Many of these old plant varieties are not available in Garden Centers and are only available when shared from other gardeners.

I have given many of these bulbs to family and friends and always try to share their story. Among my favorite passalongs is a beautiful white Peony, given to me by life-long Dallas resident, the late Mary Smith. She dug this from her childhood home on Main Street. It greets me every spring with a wonderful sweet smell.

This morning, as I walked around my garden, on this cold gray day, low and behold, my first bright yellow Daffodils were blooming. It made my heart sing! These bulbs were given to me by my Aunt Evie, who dug them up from our old home place in Monroe County. I moved them to Dallas several years ago. I love to imagine my Great-Great Grandmother, taking the time to plant flowers when she had so many other chores to do. Who knows, maybe her Grandmother brought them from Ireland and passed them to her?

Pass-alongs can be from cuttings or root divisions or seeds. My friend, the late Guy Harris gave me seeds from Queen Ann’s Pocket Mellon. This fruit was carried in the pocket to make the ladies smell good. Another unusual bunch of seeds came from Jay Fletcher of Marietta. They were called Giant Sword Beans and the bean pods were over 18” long. (Not sure, what they were used for.) I have never seen either of these in a store or in a catalog. Also, do not forget to share treasured houseplants. I have a Jade Plant that has been in my family for generations and what could make a better Christmas Gift than babies from that very long-lived family Christmas Cactus? I hope many gardeners will continue this tradition. Do not forget to pass along some of your favorite plants, and be sure to include a little note along with them, telling their story. However, if you are the recipient of a passalong plant it’s VERY IMPORTANT to always remember the old gardener’s rule:

This summer, everybody was amazed at my beautiful Confederate Rose, given to me by my friend George Barber. I love the way it starts out white, and then changes to pink then turns red. I made lots of cuttings in the fall so I could share this with others. My Angel Trumpets, Hellebores, and Pink Oxalis are also treasures given to me by friends.

“Never thank someone for a plant they give you, or it will die!” Mickey Gazaway, is a Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. These volunteers are trained experts, who answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and environmentally friendly gardening practices. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit

Other favorites are Native Azaleas; rescued by my friend and fellow gardener Jean Wright, from what is now Six Flags when it was being built. Many more of these Azaleas were still growing on her old property in Marietta the last time I visited.

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It has only been six months since the transplant, and both Kaden and William are doing very well. Although the doctors anticipated Kaden would be in the hospital for many months after the transplant, this was NOT the case. He was only in the hospital for 12 days and his plasmapheresis treatments lasted less than 2 months.



Kaden’s mother Cami says, “Kaden’s case was so severe, and the odds were stacked against him. God had his hand in all of this. It was truly a miracle! After ten long years since Kaden’s diagnosis and lots of prayers, he finally has a working kidney! God had a plan for him, and now Kaden can share his testimony of God’s work with others. What a blessing!”


ometimes the passion in life for what you love to do becomes the catalyst for life changing events. That’s what took David Jones, a 12 year decorated armed services veteran from the Air Force, to his current dream job as a photographer. Studying under Atlanta’s Master of Photography, John Haigwood was a tremendous boost to David’s natural talent. With Haigwood’s mentoring, David learned different lighting techniques, composition and advance fundamentals which gave his portraits that little extra shine. Since then, David has enjoyed working on photo shoots for Our Town magazine, local celebrities, schools and families, as well as global corporations such as After Six formal wear rentals. Always pushing the creative envelope, David has the same enthusiasm he brings when he’s hired to shoot for his commercial clients. No matter if he’s shooting a mother’s belly bump, a family portrait or a wedding, or the fabulous top athletes in Paulding County, David will surpass expectations and bring the experience to a whole new creative level. David has a mastery of lighting, styling, editing and most of all, a vision for capturing a portrait in time that tells the perfect story. To see more of David’s fantastic work, visit his online galleries of families, couples, children and more by visiting his website, If you would like to contact David, you can reach him at 770-687-6378.

William just received the results from his six month lab tests and everything is where it is expected to be. He is more health conscious than before and has even lost some weight. Their story is an amazing testimony of God’s plan to bring two families together, as best friends and to save a young boy’s life. Travis and Cami Koebcke moved their family to Georgia four years ago so Kaden could to be near the top-rated Nephrology Department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Kaden has a little sister, Karina, who also attends Grace. Cami is a busy, stayhome mom and Travis works as the Operations Director at Bunzl Distribution. Travis and Kaden love old muscle cars and diesel trucks; they hope to restore a 1955 Chevy Belaire that has been in their family a long time. The Wilkinson’s moved to Dallas from Pennsylvania in July, 2014. William and Veronica have two sons, William, IV and Noah. They attend Christ Central Church in Dallas and are the Children’s Pastors there. At Grace, William serves as the school’s Assistant Administrator and the technology teacher for grades K5 through 8. He also writes Christian children’s books through Angels of Agape Publishing and dreams to one day write a Christian cartoon/TV show. Veronica is a Physical Therapist and loves working with children. She is also owns her own Mary Kay Cosmetics business. When asked how organ donation had changed his life, William said, “Organ donation hasn’t physically changed my life at all. I have people [who share] their own kidney stories, which is amazing because it allows me to connect with them on another level. My life has not changed, but my faith in God has become stronger as I have seen His hand at work. He brought me, this Jersey boy from Montclair, to a small Christian school in Paulding to donate my kidney to a child who arrived at the same school after moving from Indiana, only a year after my own family. I didn’t know until recently that the kidney donation process goes far beyond being a blood type match; I had to be a tissue match as well. God is good!”


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re you a cat owner? Was there something about your cat when you picked her out that drew you to her? I own a cat named Pepper that I picked out of a litter when she wasn’t even a full day old. I know what you’re thinking; “what can you tell about a little kitten who doesn’t even have her eyes open?” I’m not really sure, but whatever it was that made me pick Pepper, it worked. There are several studies that have been done to test if there’s a relationship between cats and their owners’ interactions with other humans. Specifically, does owning a cat elicit compassion towards animals and then translate into being more compassionate toward fellow humans? An Australian study conducted at Central Queensland University proved such a link does exist. Another study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania looked at whether having a pet as a child would make one more compassionate towards both animals and humans as adults. The results concluded that children who had strong relationships with their cats or dogs as children had more humane attitudes toward animals and humans as adults. It also showed children who had pets growing up and had strong relationships with them, developed more positive relationships with people in adulthood. Why is it that cats, in particular, bring out our compassion? I know as a cat owner, that I can tell what Pepper is trying to say by the tone of her voice, her facial expressions and her posture. It’s like having an infant that can’t speak, but as you get to know her, you start to understand her moods and needs. Developing this sense of your pet’s needs and moods could very well allow you to better “read” others as adults. There’s something about cats and puppies that makes us want to nurture them. They’re soft, small, cuddly and provide love. They bring forth compassion in us naturally. Studies have proven this is true more for women, maybe because of the innate maternal instinct inside. Although for men who had strong relationships with their dogs or cats as children, they too showed more compassion in future relationships than those who didn’t have pets. Whatever it is, the compassion shown towards animals does translate into showing more compassion toward our fellow human beings, which is a positive thing. Most of the studies were directed towards cats because they don’t grow to a size that they can’t still be picked up and held. For those who have never considered cats to bring any value to us or society in general, you may want to reconsider. They may just be helping us to treat each other a little better.


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elebrate St. Patrick’s Day or cozy up on a cold winter evening with a flavorful meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage! Just dump the ingredients in one pot and let the beef, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage slowly roast for an easy and comforting dinner — with just 10 minutes of prep. It can also be prepared in a slow cooker.


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1 bag 14.4 ounces frozen white pearl onions 1 lb. baby carrots 24 ounces baby gold potatoes halved 1 small head cabbage cored and cut into about 8 wedges ½ cup beef broth or Guinness beer 1 4-lb. corned beef brisket with spice packet 2 tablespoons brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Place potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and onions (in that order) in the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Pour beef broth or beer over top. 3. Trim fat from meat. 4. Rub beef with seasonings from the spice packet and with brown sugar. Place on top of the vegetables in the Dutch oven. 5. Cover and bake for about 3 hours (or longer, if using a larger piece of meat). 6. Transfer meat to a cutting board and allow to rest for about 5-10. Thinly slice against the grain. Serve vegetables with a slotted spoon.

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To prepare this meal in a slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 10-12 hours, or on HIGH for 5-6 hours. For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: Blair Lonergan started ‘The Seasoned Mom’ to simplify mealtime for her family. For more family friendly recipes visit Sign up to have her latest recipes delivered directly to your inbox. Recipes and images belong to and are used with permission.

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