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February is “Love” month and you are probably expecting an article about the top 10 ways to romance your loved one; however, at Our Town we wanted to share the “Love” with a spin. “Love what you do”, is the focus for this month, which sent us out on a quest to find people that “Love what they do”. Surprisingly it didn’t take long before stumbling unto not just one person but a group of people that not only “Love what they do” but are changing the lives of every young person they reach. Meet Young Life Southern Gwinnett in Snellville, a faith based organization that proudly proclaims, “We are an outreach ministry going where others dare not go”. They share love, hope and quality time with young kids all over the state of Georgia and “love what they do” every step of the way. The concept of Young Life began in 1938 when a young Presbyterian youth leader was challenged to reach kids who had no interest in church at a local high school in Gainesville, Texas. A weekly club for kids began and as attendance dramatically increased the idea was developed throughout the state of Texas. Fast forward to 2012, Young Life has spread to every state in the United States and is present in over 70 countries around the world. Their mission is simple, to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith; through prayer and by building a personal relationship. Young Life believes in earning the right to be heard and loving kids regardless of their response; to provide fun experiences that are adventurous and life-changing. Helping young people develop skills and attitudes to reach their God-given potential is the root of this youth driven organization. Young Life also aims to establish and maintain a presence at all high schools and middle schools in the local area. They accomplish their mission by working with a team of like minded individuals, volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff. Donors are a critical part of Young Life and are needed to financially support the local area budget. Run the Reagan has become a staple in the Gwinnett County area, it was created to serve the community and to stir up positive interest. For over a decade Run the Reagan has fulfilled that commitment with its proceeds benefiting Young life. This year Young life is motivating students to join the run with the “School Challenge Program”. The school with the most participants wins a $500 gift card to Academy Sports and Outdoors; each team with 10 or more participants receives $5.00 back to their school for each runner. (1 mile fun run not included) They want the students to get involved with the community and enjoy the process of giving back. Young Life exemplifies love in action; the determination to nurture every young mind they encounter takes time and dedication. This “Love” month make a commitment to share the love with more than just your significant other, venture out beyond your comfort zone and volunteer to change someone’s life. Sign up for Run the Reagan 2012, invite friends to join you and make a difference for the love of community. For more information please visit Writer, Shayla Ortiz

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Contentment By Glenton Ashby

y now the new year is well under way. Some of you made resolutions to start the year, and some of you are working on pursuing and keeping them. Most have let your resolutions slide. May I suggest contentment as a resolution? (No, it’s never too late to make and pursue a good resolution!) What is contentment? One definition is “mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.” For most people, the mental and emotional are fairly well tied together. And, for most people their financial situation has a major bearing on their mental and emotional state. I use contentment here to mean not needing things to be different in order to be happy or in order to please someone else. Most of us could probably be content with what we already have or even with less than we have. We have just never had much opportunity to experience anything that makes that clear to us. A friend was recently talking about time spent in Africa. He commented on the fact that the people he spent time with had nothing, compared to you and me, yet seemed very happy with their lives. That is not to say there weren’t things they needed, but they were happy in spite of their needs. How might you achieve a level of contentment in your financial life? Be patient. You can’t have it all (where would you put it?), and you can’t have it all now. Budget for, or save up for, things you need or want. Focus on what is important for you. Deal with your situation without being caught up in anyone else’s situation. Trying to keep up with the Jones’s, as nice as they are, or worrying about the grass on the other side, will not help your satisfaction level. Be practical. Do you need to replace a car every 3 to 4 years and always have a car payment or lease payment? What could you do with the money from the monthly payment if the car you drive was paid for? Will your family be provided for if you are no longer there to provide for them? Is adequate life insurance and disability insurance in place? Your planning should mirror your present stage of life and things going on in your life right now. That does not mean, however, ignoring future needs and plans. Addressing your current stage of life should address both current and long-term objectives. After all, what you do now will impact your future. Even if you are not able to do some of the things you want to do now, or if you have to change some of the plans already put in place, you may be able to pursue those things or plans in the future. In a previous article I referred to greed. I said then that having things or wealth is not bad in and of itself, but what is bad is allowing the desire for things or wealth to be excessive or out of control and to overwhelm common sense and good judgment. Solomon said “Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have.” (Ecclesiastes 6: 9, NLT) With a good plan in place you should be able to work toward achieving some future requirements or desires, but not at the expense of current peace of mind. Feedback and topic suggestions are welcome – email, or comment at www. Tweet @halcyonplanning. Glenton Ashby is the founder and owner of Halcyon Financial Planning, LLC, a fee-only financial planning and Registered Investment Advisor firm. Visit

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around the jaw line and eye brows. After reviewing her health and lifestyle history, she was put on the NonSurgical Facelift treatment series. As evidenced by the photographs, Linda experienced a very nice and typical change. Her face looks tighter and thinner, with more fullness now in the cheek area and less in the jowl area. Her eyes are brighter and her brow is more lifted. Her skin appears more luminescent and healthy. She indeed looks 5 to 7 years younger. The result offered from the NonSurgical Facelift is a gradual change that typically leaves friends and family asking if you have lost weight or noticing that you look much better. It does not leave them saying, “What did she have done……….?” The service is designed for those that desire a more rested, toned and tightened appearance with no downtime and no invasive procedures. sue, and calming acne breakouts. Facial toning lifts and tones the muscles of the face to be firmer and tighter, particularly in the cheek and eye area. And facial contouring tightens skin in the jowl, “turkey gobbler” and eye area. The average client will agree that this combination program will reverse facial aging by 5 to 7 years.

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When the reading assignment is long and heavy and a student needs to have a general idea of the content, previewing is helpful. Students can obtain as much as half of the comprehension in less reading time. To preview, here is the technique: Read the entire first two paragraphs of the content. Then read only the first sentence of the next successive paragraphs, followed by entirely reading the last two paragraphs. Previewing gives a quick overall view of long unfamiliar material. For short and light reading, skimming is effective in obtaining a review of the material that is to be read. Following is how to skim: Pretend your eyes are like magnets being drawn to only the key words in each line of text. Move your eyes fast across each line of text on each page. Skimming will give a good idea of the content in about half the words read and in less than half the time it would take to read each word of the passage. Remember, however, that previewing and skimming will only give a general idea about the content and only about 50% comprehension. The last strategy is clustering, which can help students increase their speed and comprehension. Most of us learned to read by looking at one word at a time, which is ideal when words have a special meaning or for reading a contract. However, word by word reading is not ideal for reading faster. Clustering trains students to look at a group of words at once. Here is how to cluster: Train your eyes to see all of the words in clusters of up to 3 or 4 words at a glance, which is not something your eyes will do naturally. You must practice consistently to improve this technique. Pick something light to read and do so as fast as you can, concentrate on seeing 3 to 4 words at once rather than one word at a time. Then, reread the piece at a normal rate, word by word, to determine what information was missed the first time. Try a second reading passage and read by clustering the first time and then reread again at a normal rate, word by word, to see what was missed. Practice doing this about 15 minutes each day with different reading passages and this technique will improve. Not only will a student’s rate of reading increase, but so will his or her comprehension. With sufficient practice of previewing, skimming and clustering, students will be able to handle more reading at school in less time, and perhaps, they may even begin to enjoy reading more!

Carol Wood is the founder and owner of Total Learning Concepts, Inc., a private, professional tutorial service located in Gwinnett County. Please email questions to or fax to 770-381-1626. OTM

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We all do it - indulge in whatever is easily available to us. Even when we know it’s not the right choice to make. This decision-making faux pas, however, transcends our relationship with food. It spills over into other parts of our lives. We are more likely to spend money on items we don’t need when there’s an extra $20 in our pocket or a credit card with an available balance. We may continue an unhealthy relationship with a person in our life simply because they’re there and available when we want someone to be with or talk to. Even though you’ve quit smoking or drinking alcohol, you might enjoy a puff or a sip when everyone around you is partaking and offering it to you.








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diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, whether it is spoken to us personally or to someone we love. That one word strikes fear in our hearts. Our minds whirl with questions; How could this be? What does it mean? How long do I have? Will I have to have surgery? Will I lose my hair? As minds reel with questions and try to grapple with the reality, lives become consumed with doctor’s visits and treatment. Feelings of anger, despair, isolation, being overwhelmed, stress, and confusion are common. Anxiety becomes a constant companion. I know. I’ve been there. In 1998 my husband, Tom, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our lives were thrown into a tailspin. I can relate to the feelings and questions that you have, if you have received a diagnosis of cancer. Because of the aggressive nature of Tom’s disease, he was given a prognosis of two years to live. Then we discovered that we had choices that would improve the quality of life Tom was able to have. We found that there were some other therapies, that when integrated with traditional treatment, could help in the healing process. As a result of the things we learned, Tom lived almost another nine years! Even his doctors were amazed at his progress. Oncology Massage is one of the therapies we found tremendously effective in treating Tom’s disease and one that I have

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now become passionate to share. This massage is very different than what we typically think of when we say “massage”. It truly is therapy in every sense of the word. It is body work that combines simple touch with integrative modalities to bring about whole body healing. An Oncology Massage Therapist works in tandem with the client’s doctors and other treatment regimes. The therapist knows the necessary precautions to take to ensure safety at all times. This method of therapy addresses the symptoms of both cancer treatment and the disease. The whole body is under stress when illness and disease is present. As the body is struggling to fight off the disease, the mind is struggling with the emotions that the disease invokes. Science has proven that there is a tremendous connection between body and mind. Oncology Massage Therapy helps bring healing to both. The different techniques that are employed will boost the immune system, strengthen compromised organs, build up blood count, enhance the feeling of well-being, and lessen depression. It can also help with diarrhea, constipation, lack of appetite, insomnia, exhaustion, and lower the

pain and numerous other side-effects from chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery. Those patients who have had surgery that involved the removal of lymph nodes are at risk of Lymphedema, a condition caused by the lymph system being compromised. The remaining nodes no longer have the same capacity for transporting fluids through the vicinity surrounding the surgical area, thus causing a backup of fluids which leads to swelling. Oncology Massage integrates safe protocols that will address those issues. Some therapists are trained in lymphatic drainage and can help drain the lymph nodes. Those therapists who are not trained in lymph drainage take necessary precautions with the affected limb and use very light touch. Continues on page 18

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Counselor’s Corner Relationships are about YOU! By Susan Cadley

“Conflict is the alchemical soup that transforms raw emotion and instinct into pure gold.” Harville Hendrix


ight now you are in relationship with everything around you: this magazine, people, businesses, money, and yourself. How you react to the material in this article and all your relationships, is based on your ”filter” which is how you see and interpret the world around you. How do you feel about the relationships in your life right now? Are they fulfilling? Do they provide you with feelings of safety, support, and love? If your relationships are gliding along smoothly, good for you! Or, if you have conflict in your relationships, good for you too, because this is where your personal growth is. How you handle conflict, provides you with information about how you protected yourself when you were a child. Did you retreat or react? What do you do now? If you retreat, perhaps your environment was not safe or expression was not encouraged. If you react, maybe that is how you got heard in your family.

Resolution in relationships comes from clear communication. If you are up to the task and ready to create more meaningful relationships, consider managing conflict from a new perspective the next time it arises with the following ideas: Speak your truth and state your feelings to your friend/ partner using “I” statements and express what you need from that person. For example: “ I felt scared when you did not call home when you were traveling. I’d like you to call me when you arrive at your destination so I can relax knowing you are o.k.”

Relationships mirror back to us a bounty of information about ourselves, if we are willing to become aware. Like Harville Hendrix states in the quote above, this is where the gold is. The gold is the rich, deep, growth that happens within you and your relationships when you are willing to be authentic. This is where the heart is and love lives! Susan Cadley, LPC, CSC, Licensed Professional Counselor & Certified Soul Coach is available for couples/ adult individual counseling and workshops in Suwanee, GA. She may be reached directly and confidentially at 678-296-1278;

Consider the expectations you have of others. Are they reasonable? Do others even know you have these expectations? Check it out with them and negotiate if you have to. You must be willing to say, “I am sorry”. This can be the most healing balm of all.

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ne of the pleasures I have using acupuncture in small animal veterinary practice is watching pets recover when other more conventional options are not available to them or could not be used for them. For instance a small terrier had suddenly become unable to walk because of a bulging disc in her back. The owners, being retired, were on a limited, fixed income; the expense of surgery was not an option for them. The treatment with acupuncture was within their financial reach. After one treatment she was able to stand and take a step with help. By the fifth treatment, she was back to normal. It was so pleasant to see people who had almost no hope see their pet respond quickly so well. Not all the cases of bulging disc (Intervertebral Disc Disease-IVVD) respond that well or as completely. Most usually slowly and gradually improve with weekly treatments over a 6-8 week program. Not all become ambulatory again, but most do. In some cases they are able to walk but still have some incoordination. Overall, acupuncture can reduce healing time and increase clinical improvement in many dogs with IVDD. The candidate for acupuncture treatment should still have deep pain sensation in the hind legs because immediate surgery is the recommended treatment if deep pain sensation is absent.

This is bentley he’s a 2 year old shorkie (Shih tzu / Yorkie mix )who is the biggest mamas boy! Bentley can sit, shake, and sit pretty. He is obsessed with his doggy toys he will not go to sleep unless he has 2 or 3 toys around him. He will bark at any animal on the tv and will wake from any sleep when he hears the dog treat commercials! He’s fun loving and full of energy! Sent by: Ashley

I prefer to combine the acupuncture treatments in an integrative approach using the conventional prescriptions of anti-inflammatories, pain killers and muscle relaxants. As indicated by the patient’s condition, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal formulations may be appropriate to help with strength or other systemic symptoms. Acupuncture can be helpful as well to alleviate joint pain. Again, the best results come from using good joint supplements, TCM herbals, and appropriate painkillers, along with the acupuncture treatments. Many dogs with painful hips resulting from hip dysplasia can do well with acupuncture treatments. In some cases, gold beads can be inserted into acupuncture points while the patient is under general anesthesia. This treatment can in many cases give long- term therapeutic relief, eliminating or greatly reducing the need for continual acupuncture treatments for the hip dysplasia. The best response to gold bead therapy for hip dysplasia, in my experience, is seen on younger dogs with bad hips. Usually a positive response to regular acupuncture treatments is desired before using the gold beads but is not absolutely necessary.

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Acupuncture points can be stimulated various ways aside from just the conventional acupuncture needles. Conventional acupuncture needles can be attached to an electric stimulator which utilizes a very small microamperage with variable voltage which increases the response to that point. Injection of acupuncture points with appropriate liquids like Vitamin B12 or 0.9% sterile saline is called aquapuncture. Therapeutic lasers, massage, magnets, and heat from burning moxa , an herbal compound, are some of the other various ways to stimulate points. For long term stimulation, where appropriate, implanted materials like gold beads or even catgut can be used. Most pets do well with the treatments, however, very fearful, needle phobic, or fractious/ nervous animals will not tolerate the treatments. For many of them the therapeutic laser may be an alternative. Article by: by Dr. Pat Zook of Gwinnett Animal Hospital

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6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate I LOVE chocolate! As do most women and children around the globe! With Valantine’s Day on it’s way I know that my children are going to get loads of the stuff. They also plan to give chocolate to all of their family and friends! Why? Because eating chocolate not only tastes good but it makes us feel good as well! We are all familar with the delicious aroma of chocolate, it’s rich lingering taste, and that happy smile it leaves on our faces once we’re done eating it. The question is: Why does chocolate make us feel so great? Researchers have found that eating chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that make us feel good. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love and encourages your brain to release these endorphins. Other researchers believe chocolate cravings have something to do with serotonin, a brain chemical that makes us feel relaxed. Either way, chocolate leaves you feeling good. If that wasn’t reason enough to allow your family to induldge in chocolate from time to time, eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can also improve your health. Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits:

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Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.

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Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate also helps reduce your risk of stroke.

Continued from Page 13 It assists in the detoxification of the lymph system and aids the body in ridding itself of the toxins and excess fluids that accumulate due to medication and treatment. This type of therapy promotes the immune function, which fights infections and helps the body heal faster. It is quite common for the cancer patient to focus solely upon the body and its pain. They often use words like torture, cut, and burned to describe how their bodies are being treated. They feel as though they are only seen as their cancer. This sort of thinking frequently causes them to withdraw from others and leaves them feeling alone. Oncology Massage can help change that because it brings a unique focus of nurturing attention to the body instead. It is wonderfully different from the typical, painful and invasive medical procedures of cancer treatment that they are used to receiving. It minimizes the side-effects, soothes and comforts. It helps the individual feel like being in his/her own body again. Many have said that it is the first time they have felt a positive procedure used in the healing strategy. In addition to changing the focus of treatment to one of nurturing and healing, when a client chooses to receive an oncology massage, it gives them a sense of empowerment to take control of the direction of their healing process. This can be one of the most important decisions they make because what is done at this point may accelerate healing, prevent recurrence of the disease, and improve quality of life. Each of us is unique. We live differently, get sick differently, and heal differently. If you have received a cancer diagnosis and choose Oncology Massage for yourself, you will be treated as the unique individual you are and with the respect you deserve. You are more than a disease. You are more than a body in need of healing. Your therapist can help you back to full integration of body and mind with the soothing touch of massage therapy that brings hope, empowerment, and comfort. Now is the time to take care of yourself by choosing to give yourself this gift. Julie Mills, CMT, LLCC Body of Health See our ad on page 4 More information about the lymph system please refer to or call 678-773-0630.

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3. Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar

Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently.

4. Dark Chocolate is Full of Antioxidants

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help rid your body of free radicals. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of some types of cancer. Eating dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.

5. Dark Chocolate Contains Theobromine

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities when paired with proper dental hygiene.

6. Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals

Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations: Potassium,Copper, Magnesium, and Iron. So no matter what your reasons are for enjoying a piece of good chocolate, they are all good ones!

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