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Hi.

Welcome to the premier issue of Milton Magazine! As I write

this, there are cars stranded up and down Batesville, Birmingham Highway, Dorris and Crabapple Road – we’re in the middle of the snow storm that caught us all off guard; but it’s actually quite beautiful. The white roads and pastures reflect the sun, making everything so bright – and the children are out of school, using trash can tops as sleds and finally excited to be playing outside again.

We had so much fun putting this issue together for you. This is truly a community magazine, your community magazine, so please continue to send us your calendar items, articles, and tips. Our affection lies with Milton – but our publication covers zip codes 30004, 30005 and 30009; so we’re not Milton “purists.” What I mean is, we are happy that Milton has local partnerships with the City of Alpharetta. We love downtown Alpharetta and our friends up and down Highway 9 and Windward Parkway. While not technically “Milton,” they’re all a part of our coverage and our readership. We don’t do politics. We don’t get involved in community squabbles. And we don’t do everything perfectly. What we do is cover the neat things happening around the area –including high school activities at Saint Francis, Milton, Cambridge, Mill Springs and Kings Ridge High Schools. We have a special admiration of local entrepreneurs and business owners; and we think these are the people that make this community great. A lot of people worked to help get this magazine into your hands. This month we introduce you to the Milton High School Theatre Company, Chukkar Farms Polo Club and La Casa Italian Restaurant. We highlight local people that are volunteering their time to make Milton a better place. We offer a Calendar of events happening right down the road from us. And, of course we talk about tennis, golf and gardening. A little bit about me. I graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in 1992 with a Journalism degree and concentration in Magazines. I’ve spent my career in marketing and advertising with magazines such as Modern Bride-Atlanta, Bon Appetit, Glamour, Vogue and Allure. I enjoyed a couple of years getting to know our town better when I helped launch Aol’s hyper-local news site, “Patch.” I’m an award-winning wife, humble mother of two middle-school boys, guardian of one runaway black Labrador Retriever named Gypsy, and cradle Catholic. I answer to the number nine which designates my birth order in a family of 11 children. Most of the time I prefer to simply hang out with my family and take road trips down to Perdido Key, Florida. Enough about me. I want to get to know YOU better. Please drop me an email (miltongamagazine@gmail.com) or call me to introduce yourself. I’m looking forward to meeting you! Thank you for picking up Milton Magazine. Enjoy!

Regina

Regina Gulick Publisher/Editorial Director

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This is where we are supposed to write our disclaimer that contributors and advertisers don’t speak for us; but the truth is we wouldn’t put anything in this magazine that we wouldn’t love. So patronize our advertisers and sponsors. Trust what you read here. But if we mess up, please forgive us. Also, all of our fantabulous articles can be found on our blog (miltongamagazine.com) and you have our permission to share them with your social networks. Milton Magazine is available free throughout zips 30009 and 30004 as well as via subscription for $12 a year. miltongamagazine.com/subscribe. Send article submissions, advertising inquiries, or kind criticism to us miltongamagazine@gmail.com.


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IN EVERY ISSUE Golf: Bill Barkley, p18 Veterinary: Jennifer Ferrell, p26 Faith: Polly Balint, p60 Music: Brian Johnson, p35 Tennis: Amy Pazahanick, p20 Scoop OTP: Suzanne and Michelle, p42 Gardening: Tom Cox, p30 Real Estate Finance: Jeff Smalley, p22 Real Estate Market Update: Tracy Coles, p24 Senior Care: Brandi Hackett, p32 Wellness: Eileen Wrobleski, p41 Heathcare: Amy Keating, p43 Calendar: p54

PUBLISHER • EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Regina Gulick CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Amanda Turano, Charity McDaniel Melissa Holder, Julie Brennan, Randy Hain

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COPY EDITORS Danielle Bartling, Claire Barkley Anne Marie Willis COLUMNISTS Bill Barkley, Jennifer Ferrell Polly Balint, Tom Cox Amy Pazahanick, Amy Keating Michelle Knapp, Suzanne Taylor Brandi Hackett, Eileen Wrobleski Brian Johnson, Sharon Shelton Eric Hill, Jeff Smalley

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Milton High School Theatre Company, p4

ADVERTISING MANAGER Teri Koviac

Chukkar Farm Polo & Events, p10 Highway 9 Records, the Local Music Scene, p35

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Sarah Mabal

Restaurant Profile: La Casa Italian Grill, p39

MARKETING CONSULTANT Polly Balint, That Girl Marketing,LLC

Interview with Dr Charles Stanley, p44

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Think Outside the Chocolate Box, p40 Milton Kids: Difference An Hour Can Make, p50

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Milton High School Theatre Company

a Bright Light in Our Community

Written by CHARITY MCDANIEL Photography by DARLEEN PREM

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Walking into the performing arts center at Milton High School, you see a well-oiled machine. A handful of students are building and painting sets on the stage while a rainbow of characters are scurrying between dressing rooms, putting the finishing touches on their costumes. There are three students standing on the edge of the stage singing their hearts out while Larry Smith and Renee Denney watch intently from the front row. I can’t help but be impressed: These are high school kids?! I’m first introduced to Larry Smith, the director of the Cirque program at Milton. He is very relaxed, even with all the organized chaos going on in the theatre, and his eyes light up when he talks about the students he works with through Cirque – the only program of its kind in a public high school. “The kids really are the life of the program,” he begins. “A group of students gets together and discusses what they want to do in the show. Then they bring those ideas to me, and I turn them into a script for the show.” When pressed for details about the upcoming performances (the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May), he just smiles and tells me, “It’s a secret.” Several of the students in the theatre program say that Cirque helped them find a place to fit in when they got to high school. Amy Oliver, a senior and fourth year participant in the program, says that “everyone was so welcoming [in Cirque]. It’s such a

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family.” Storm Walker, a Junior, agrees, and says that “People start out with what they’re naturally good at, then they branch out.” Smith looks at this as one of the many benefits of Cirque: “The cirque program is a great way to recruit kids into the theatre program. There is no talking in cirque, so students get to ease into it. They start here and they don’t have to say any lines; they think – this is okay! I’m good at this! – then they start auditioning for plays.” A bell soon rings signaling the end of the period, so the theatre starts to empty out and I’m able to talk with Renee Denney, the director of the theatre program at Milton High School. She is a ball of energy, with springing curls and a broad smile. She is proud – and rightfully so! – of her students, and the Broadway quality shows they put on each year. She is just beginning rehearsals for the spring musical, “Legally Blonde,” and she says that everyone is so excited about the show. Last year’s musical was Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” which was a male-heavy cast, so she knew she wanted a female-heavy show this year. “Honestly, though, I didn’t know what play we were going to choose until after the auditions!” She laughs, “I had to be sure the show we picked matched the talent we have, and it does!” The leading role of Elle Woods will be played by McKenzie Kurtz, who was awarded a scholarship to attend next summer’s intensive pre-college musical theatre program at Carnegie Mellon University after winning the Schuler Award for Best Actress and continuing on to compete in New York City. Although Kurtz is a seasoned actress, Denney says that about

Renee Denney, the

director of the theatre program at Milton High School says, “There is a future for theatre..a love of performing arts.” 5


Photos on this Page by Sarah Millham half of the students in the spring musical are new to the theatre program – and that’s how she likes it! “The arts are so important because they give kids a place to fit in when maybe they otherwise wouldn’t have. So many students were raised in an environment where sports are all they’ve known, but they come in here and realize they shine in other ways….it’s not just a silly club. For some, it’s what keeps them coming to school each day.” As we walk out of the theatre, I ask what she has learned from the students in the program. She smiles and says, “There is a future for theatre out there. There is still a love of performing arts – with technology, and reality TV and all that, you never know – and they show me that the love is still there, and it’s only going to get better.” Legally Blonde will be performed at Milton High School March 13-15 and 20-22; Cirque performances will be April 24-26 and May 1-3. For specific times and ticket prices, head to www.miltontheatrecompany. com or write to miltontheatre@gmail.com Charity McDaniel has a BA in theatre from Oglethorpe University. She chased adventure from London to LA, then settled in North Georgia where she is an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist in a local Health Center. When she’s not working or writing for Milton Magazine, she can be found onstage or in the audience in regional plays and spending time with her family. She currently lives in Jasper, Georgia with her husband and daughter. 6

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Basketball Fever high schools 30004

Photography by KYLE NADLER

Saint Francis High School Basketball Teams Rock!

Possible 2-Peat for St. Francis Lady Knights

The Lady Knights are finishing this

season where they left off last year. After becoming the 2012-2013 1A State Champions, they have accummulated a 14-2 overall record and 6-0 in region play. There is a strong possibility of a 2-peat State Championship. The team lost two very strong assets last year: senior 5’10 Antoinette Brown, 5’9 senior Nigia Green who are now playing for Alabama State and University of Miami. Even though we’ve lost two strong players we’ve gained a very strong freshman class: Freshman 6’4 center Kasiyahna Kushkituah guard 5’7 Nichel Tam-

pa, and 5’6 point guard Taja Cummings. These girls have stepped up and are playing a major role on this varsity team. Overall they have a special group of girls; each and every one of them brings something valuable to the table. With the best shooter in the state of Georgia, Junior Abby Grant, as well as seniors’ Candice Williams, Jade Davis, and Amanda Tramble, these players lead their team on and off the court. The state championship is right around the corner and they are preparing everyday to claim another ring!

Hone st y • Acco u nt a bi l i t y • R e s po n s i bi lit y • D ependabil it y

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Huff says, “The Knights mission this season is to finish the drill as they came up 3 minutes short in the state championship game last season. The motto for the season is H.A.R.D. as it is an acronym for honesty, accountability, responsibility and dependability. These 4 attributes will help lead the Knights to Macon and finish the drill this season.”

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Cambridge Bears

Cambridge Swimmers Take Home 2nd Place (out of 19 teams) at North Georgia Region Championship After 12.5 hours of competition between Friday and Saturday, the day came to an end and Cambridge came out with significant recognition. Coaches from other teams were taking note of these kids and how much they have improved from last year. The team in general had an incredible overall performance which earned them an additional three individual state cuts and two relay state cuts. FINAL SCORE: (out of 19 teams), 2nd Place!

The swimming program at Cambridge has grown tremendously over the last year. They won two meets this season. Many individuals have qualified for State on February 7-8 at Georgia Tech. The family atmosphere and special culture fostered on this swim team is amazing. Perseverance and Relentlessness best characterizes this team and program. The program has grown tremendously over the last year, in size and skill. Swim Coach Lauren Hall adds, “Our kids have overcome a lot this season in many areas aside from training facilities, and I am always so proud of how they handle adversity and challenges. Every time they swim it’s exciting because you don’t know what they’re going to do. It’s going to be exciting to see how this program grows and develops over the next couple of years. I’m very thankful to get the chance to work with a group of kids like this.”

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Chukkar Farm Polo By AMANDA TURANO

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Tucked away on a quiet pastoral

road in Alpharetta/Cherokee, less than an hour from Atlanta, is the beautiful Chukkar Farm Polo Club. Upon entering Chukkar Farm, your eyes will feast on 173 acres of lush, natural landscape. Jack Cashin and his wife Helen purchased the land in 1979. The farm has polo fields, wooded areas, a river crossing and a 26-acre lake. The property hosts a wide variety of events including polo matches, riding lessons, weddings, corporate outings, outdoor concerts and more. The family owned and operated polo club is the home of the Cashin family with 3 generations working or playing on the farm at any moment. Jack, as founder, is part of the daily activities of the farm along with daughter Cara Cashin Tadsen, acting as general manager. As a world traveler and virtual living history book, Jack age 88, tells us that he had always wanted a farm. He took up the game of polo 40 years ago and his spark of a dream of bringing

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polo, traditionally a game of Persian Kings, to the masses began to burn. Chukkar Farm is home to over $100K in horses that have been donated for lessons and polo. The farm offers lessons to children and adults on any level as an opportunity to start with no experience necessary. The instructors teach riding and polo to anyone wanting to learn. Every Sunday from May thru November will find fans bringing a blanket and picnic to the lawn to cheer on the horses and riders during the club’s weekly polo match. Polo matches are open to the public and begin at 2:00pm. As the rise of rustic-chic weddings and receptions continue to gain popularity, Chukkar Farm has become a widely sought after venue for this special life event. Brides, grooms and their guests are treated to a beautiful backdrop with sweeping views for their wedding ceremony and reception. The Cashin family is committed to bringing your dream day to life. It is easy to imagine a beautiful wedding in the polo field followed by the reception under


a tent or in the pavilion with guests eating, dancing and celebrating the night away. For inspiration and some gorgeous wedding photos to get your creative juices flowing, please check out the gallery on the Chukkar Farm website! Chukkar Farm is also delighted to offer the Concerts Under the Stars series. Locals have enjoyed a night out in a lively setting with performers like “Home By Dark� for 8 years running. Living in Georgia affords us spring, summer and fall nights with twinkling skies and warm breezes to accompany this ever-popular outdoor music series. The concerts are celebrated every Saturday evening from May thru November. Bring along a blanket, food and friends and relax under the stars while enjoying music by gifted songwriters and performers from around the country. Special reserved seating is also available in the pavilion. Reserve your spot online or purchase general admission at the door. Organizing a team building event or corporate event is easy and unique when held at Chukkar Farm. The polo club offers visitors a relaxed

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atmosphere away from the day-to-day stressors to enjoy a company outing, team building or corporate celebration. The farm hosts a variety of companies of many different sizes year-round. In addition to team building, the farm is an excellent venue for fundraising. On specially scheduled Sundays during the polo matches, charitable organizations are on site complete with catered food & drink, big brimmed hats and silent auctions. Check the calendar for details about upcoming charity fundraisers. Schools, clubs or your

favorite charity can also host an event at the farm. A clubhouse, food & drink pavilion and children’s area all are available to make your fundraising event a success. Whether or not you are interested in this polo farm as a spectator or a player, a blushing bride or a groom, for a corporate retreat or country chic fundraiser, Chukkar Farm Polo Club has it all and its staff is enthusiastic and ready to help. As Jack Cashin so eloquently put it when touring his property together, “Walking through our woods is like walking through a cathedral”. We agree Jack, we agree! chukkarfarmpoloclub.com Amanda is a happily married mother of two energetic & busy teens and one spoiled yellow lab! She is a lover of words...words of wisdom, words of lore, spoken words, written words and lyrical words. When she not carpooling, household managing, or homework helping, Amanda can be found with her nose in a book, trail running or blogging about this magnificent gift called life.

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MAKING THE MOST OF MILTON

“Making the Most of Milton” Here, we will highlight regular folks making our community a better place to live, work, shop, play and pray. Inside and outside of government, Milton residents volunteer their time and smarts - and we like to brag about their efforts. MM

Milton Love Project

The Milton Love Project is a partnership of citizens in Milton focused on one thing: love. Volunteers offer community outreach through random acts of kindness. We liked how they partnered with City of Milton’s “Better Together” program to post HEART signs all over Milton last year! Patti Silva, who began the Milton Love Project three years ago, told attendees the effort seeks to bring attention to individuals needing a bit of love and encouragement.

Milton Business Alliance

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The mission of the Milton Business Alliance is to promote and maintain a positive environment in which both new and existing Milton businesses can thrive. They have three principle objectives: 1. To promote and advance the economic welfare of business in the City of Milton. 2. To encourage the retention and growth of existing businesses while giving all proper assistance to new firms seeking to locate to Milton. MBA is active in promoting a sense of community pride. 3. To provide opportunities for businesses to strengthen their position in the community through networking and marketing opportunities. MBA meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at member business locations and feature a variety of speakers on topics of interest to the local business community. 2013 Speakers have included U.S. Congressman District 6- Tom Price, M.D., Georgia State Representative District 47 and Speaker Pro Tem - Jan Jones, Georgia State Senator District 21 - Brandon Beach, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and Milton Police Chief Deborah Harrell. Their annual holiday party took place at Shannondale Farm in Milton featuring dinner by Chef Boyd Rose, music by members of the Milton High School student-led A cappella group Unaccompanied Minors; and libations courtesy of the MBA. The first meeting of 2014 was hosted by Atlanta National Golf Club with over 50 in attendance and a terrific update from State Senator John Albers. For more information, visit their web site at miltonbusinessalliance.com where you’ll find a member roster, calendar of events and a membership application. RG

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MAKING THE MOST OF MILTON

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Preserve Rural Milton began when Dr. Laura Rencher, a local farm owner and business woman, recognized her own and others sadness to the seemlingly rapid loss of the woodlands that were being clear cut for new subdivision development. She formed a Facebook group to brainstorm about ideas to preserve Milton’s rural heritage and land. Abbe Laboda, a long time resident, business owner, and member of the Milton Historic Preservation Commission, immediately joined the effort. They formed a strategic planning group to develop the organizational goals, structure, and research. This group includes: Jim Bell, Owner of Milton Fields Green Cemetery, Joe Lampl, Producer and Host of Growing a Greener World, Travis Allen, Chair of Milton Historic Preservation Commission, and Jack Lindon, Co-Chair of Milton Grows Green. It is our goal that this group would merely be the beginning of establishing a large visible presence of people actively investing in the future of our city and in local land conservation.

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Making the most of milton The City of Milton’s popular yoga provider, Lift Yoga Therapy, will offer free classes on Sundays and Tuesday in January and February. All classes will be held at Bethwell Community Center, 2695 Hopewell Road in Milton. Lift Yoga Therapy offers weekly classes, workshops and events, including a kids’ game night, detox workshops, yoga fitness challenges, restorative yoga with live musical accompaniment, meditation classes and more. For information on Lift Yoga Therapy’s slate of classes, visit www.Milton-Yoga.com or e-mail kimsaunders@mindspring.com. You may also sign up for yoga classes any time by visiting the City of Milton’s Online Activity Guide.

The City of Milton and Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) are proud to announce volunteers collected 710 Christmas trees for recycling at Bring One for the Chipper 2014. This year recyclers dropped off Christmas trees at three locations Saturday, Jan. 4: Milton High School, Scottsdale Farms and the Home Depot on Windward Parkway. Volunteers from the Alpharetta Rotary Club and Young Men’s Service League gave out seeds and saplings donated by the Rotarians and Boy Scout Troop No. 841 used the drop-off points for its annual tree pick-up effort. Thanks to the Alpharetta Rotary Club for their generous donation and to sponsor Casey Tree Experts for making the 2014 “Bring One For The Chipper” effort possible.

Atlanta Sparks is a special needs hockey program and they

call themselves, “A social club that plays hockey.” Their members have disabilities that prevent them from joining traditional teams. They cater to athletes that have hearing disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome, and individuals that need a sled to participate. No experience is necessary. They survive entirely on donations. Ice time is $330 per hour and they need 19 hours for the season. Donations help them fund ice time and equipment. Fortunately most of their equipment is donated from the hockey community. For more information on the new Atlanta Sparks program, go to their Facebook page or email Founder and Team Manager Dan Carmody at ddcarmody@gmail. com. www.gofundme.com/atlantasparks 16

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LIVING AND PL AYINg golf IN 30004

Golf: Swing Fitness

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GOLF COLUMNIST : Bill Barkley, Master PGA Teaching Pro

“The Swing’s the thing.” The ultimate result of swing fitness reflects a totally effortless rhythmic tempo. Ideally, your joints should be as flexible as oiled hinges on a swinging door. Muscles should be as supple as a swimmer. Visualize the fluid, effortless swing of Michelle Wie striking 300-yard drives. As aging golfers are aware, the way to enjoy flexile joints is to keep moving. If you wish to develop greater clubhead speed and greater distance, plus more flexibility and overall swing fitness, you have to start slowly, gradually attaining a greater level of performance, like a typist who begins with stiff, awkward movements, but gains speed and accuracy with repeated drills. Notice runners and swimmers as they develop greater and greater flexibility and speed. Joints can rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise, swing back and forth, up and down. For example, the hips rotate clockwise in the back swing and weight is braced or wedged inward. During the follow-through weight shifts into the left heel, hips unhinge and the left wrist remains hinged to create a draw from right to left, and an inside-out path to maximize the length of the downswing. During the back swing, hinging the left wrist avoids laying the club off at the peak, positioning the shaft and clubhead to the intended path of the downswing. Such a position at the

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peak of the back swing is necessary in order to more the clubhead on an inside out swing path. Sense that the wrists and finger joints are as limp as a piano or violin player. Picture a basketball player or pool player’s hands in action. A lack of flexibility in the wrists and fingers destroys rhythm, tempo, and a sense of feel. A lack of flexibility in the wrists and fingers causes “holding on’ or ‘steering’ golf shots, rather than simply ‘letting go.” If the neck joint is stiff, the whole swing will lack dynamic balance. If the ankles are stiff, the pivot and sense of balance are diminished. In summary, swing fitness requires flexibility at any level of speed, varying from a short putt to a 300-yard drive. I recommend the following aerobic drill to gain speed and flexibility in all the joints: A. Apply a sound grip to a 3 wood, with as little tension or tightness as possible. Feel as though you are about to swing a weight on the end of a rope. Balance a good posture, with a set spine angle, hips hinged and feet at least shoulder width apart, with the front foot open at about a quarter angle. B. Begin to swing the club back and forth slowly and rhythmically without stopping. Sense the tick-tock beat of a clock or pen-


WHERE TO PL AY The Golf Club of Georgia • 1 Golf Club Dr., 30005 www.golfclubofgeorgia.com • Two Arthur Hills-designed courses, Lakeside and Creekside, are distinctly different from each other offering the golfer enormous architectural, aesthetic and strategic variety. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside’s par-5, 607 yard 11th hole as one of “America’s Best 99 Golf Holes.” Crooked Creek Golf Club – Alpharetta Athletic Club East • 3430 Highway 9 N, 30004 www.alpharettaac.com • Alpharetta Athletic Club’s East Course offers a par 72 Michael Riley design that plays nearly 7000 yards from the back tee. Featuring undulating greens, demanding tee shots, and challenging approach shots, it is regarded by many to be the premier Championship golf course in Greater Atlanta.

WHITE COLUMNS GOLF COURSE dulum. Gradually pick up speed of the back-an-forth continuous movement. Increasing speed is like moving the dial on a tread mill to gain a faster pace. C. Create a maximum speed of swinging back and forth without stopping that is within your limits, and repeat 10 times. D. Rest. E. Repeat 10 times. Rest. Repeat 10 times, a total of 30 swings back and forth at a fast pace. Over time, the swing will begin to increase greater speed and flexibility, and seem increasingly balanced and effortless. BB Bill Barkley, a PGA Master Golf Professional with a specialty in golf instruction, had a 4-year golf scholarship to the University of Florida, and has been a PGA Golf Professional for 60 years. He and his wife of 57 years Claire have eleven children and 25 grandchildren.

The Trophy Club of Atlanta • 15135 Hopewell Rd., 30004 www. americangolf.com/trophy-club-atlanta • Carved out of heavily wooded terrain in order to create a challenging yet playable course, they now offer Champion Bermuda greens. Nominated as Golf Digest’s “Best New Public course” when opened in 1992, it was designed by DJ DeVictor and ABC-TV Golf Analyst Steve Melnyk. Alpharetta Athletic Club • 1785 Dinsmore Rd., 30004 www.alpharettaac.com • Although the par 70 Willard Byrd design tips out at 6100 yards, this course will test the patience of any golfer. This risk-reward course gives you the choice to shape a fairway wood to a narrow fairway or go for the gusto and let it rip. It boasts narrow tee shots and pure rolling stamp sized greens. Echelon Golf Club • 501 Founders Dr., 30004 www.echelonliving.com • A broad-shouldered, beautiful and formidable test designed by famed golf course architect Rees Jones, this course wanders over 600 acres of rolling hills, providing striking elevation changes and panoramic views, most notably on the back nine. This semi-private course also features a 32-acre practice facility. White Columns Country Club • 300 Clubhouse Dr., 30004 www.whitecolumnscountryclub.com • This Tom Fazio designed golf course has consistently been one of the area’s top courses, guarded by towering pine trees and featuring large greens. Golfers will find deep bunkers and countless elevation changes as the course layout gradually increases in challenge and splendor as it builds to a crescendo over the last final five holes. Atlanta National Golf Club • 350 Tournament Players Dr., 30004 www.atlantanationalgolfclub.com • Building on a legacy of greatness, this course was crafted by renowned father and son team Pete and P.B. Dye. The 6942 yard, par-72 course meanders across 240 acres of natural hardwoods, babbling brooks and rolling hills, perfect for the golfers who demand challenge, playability, beauty and fairness. Manor Golf & Country Club • 15951 Manor Club Dr., 30004 www. manorgcc.com • Home to the only Tom Watson championship golf course in Georgia with 18 masterfully designed and memorable holes winding throughout hardwoods and towering pines, quiet lakes and streams. Seeped in the tradition of golf’s birthplace, Scotland, this course is extraordinary boasting impeccable course conditioning and breathtaking vistas.

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Tennis a Great Sport for Kids Development By AMY PAZAHANICK

Most people think of tennis as an individual sport. There are times that this can certainly be true. However, more often than not, this is very far from the truth. Tennis, just like most other sports, provides our youth a tremendous opportunity to learn about life in a collaborative environment. No matter whether your child is a beginner, intermediate, or highly advanced player, the implications of the sport can have a major impact. In a society, where kids are constantly having to battle “fitting in”, being and looking cool, and many other social norms, the right tennis, or afterschool program can offset these norms with an attitude of acceptance. Tennis could be the very outlet your child needs to build confidence, accept themselves, learn how to collaborate and support others, and develop other crucial life skills such as responsibility, honesty, and work ethic. The leaders and coaches of your child’s sporting programs are faced with a massive responsibility. A responsibility that can go a long way in how your child ultimately deals with life, the good and the bad. I grew up playing competitive tennis since I was eight years old and ultimately earned a scholarship at a division I university. Competition in and of itself, can shape people in many different ways, some of these are very positive and some of these are very negative. As you might imagine, if your child did or does not have a coach who believes in guiding core values and the development of the person, the outcome could be less than desired. As a junior player myself, I lived and breathed competition. Sure teamwork and other values were mentioned, but it was never stressed and never the priority. As a result, I had backwards goals. My self-worth was completely tied into how many tennis trophies I had, my ranking, 20

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or the number of tournaments I won. The problem with the wrong goals was that it was never enough. It was miserable and unhappy feeling chasing after an unquenchable desire. It was not until I was in college with a good sports psychologist, that I was able to redefine

myself and the find the goals that really mattered, who I was becoming as a person. I was lucky enough to change my life and be given a very positive gift out of something very negative. I have since, made it part of my life’s mission to make sure that our youth would learn the positives of healthy competition and the life values that tennis can teach. Whether it is a tennis academy or other outlet, getting your child in a program where the coaches and leaders are aware of the implications that sport can teach, can make a massive difference. Children that are products of these environments, will be the bright stars of our future. Amy is the Director of Tennis at White Columns Country Club in Milton, Georgia. She the founder of the junior tennis academy, known as Agape AcadAmy. Amy has been a certified PTR Professional since 2007. She graduated from the USTA High Performance coaching course in 2011. Amy was a Division I collegiate player

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30004 REAL ESTATE • mortgages

What is My Home’s Current Value? By JEFF SMALLEY

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There is no one single correct answer to the question,“What is my home’s current value?” - because the value depends on what entity is doing the valuation and the method and guidelines being used to arrive at a value. In general, there are three different categories of value. One is the “Assessed Value” which is determined by the tax assessor for the county or tax jurisdiction where the property is located. Two would be the “Replacement Value” or cost used by your insurance company. Three would be the current “Market Value” of the property. Assessed Values: Depending on when you purchased your home and when the taxing authority last assessed its value, the current “Market Value” might be lower than the “Assessed Value”. Taxing authorities in most jurisdictions utilize automated valuation models to arrive at assessed values. Sometimes, the values applied to individual properties are significantly different than their current “Market Values”. If the current “Market Value” of your home, as determined by a recent purchase price or current appraisal utilizing the comparable sales method of valuation, is less than its assessed value, you may want to consider filing an appeal with the local taxing authority. Replacement Value: To protect you and your mortgage holder, if

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you have one, your insurance policy will state a maximum dollar amount that the policy will pay in the event that a named hazard totally destroys the property. Utilizing third party data sources such as Marshal and Swift or the replacement cost calculation in a recent appraisal the insurer will arrive at their maximum payout figure for replacement. If you purchased your home more than 10 years ago or if you purchased the home in an area where the values were significantly diminished because of the recession, you might be underinsured. Current construction costs are at a five year high, so a checkup by your homeowner’s insurance agent would be worth the phone call. If your policy does not include a “full replacement cost” feature, ask your agent for a quote. Market Value: The simplest definition of market value for residential real estate is “the price a property is expected to bring in the open market under normal conditions”. If you are in the market to buy or sell, another definition might be “the most a buyer is willing to pay and the least a seller is willing to accept”. In a contract negotiation, when these two amounts are the same that amount usually becomes the contract purchase price of the property. Whether you are in the market as a buyer or


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Homes Sales for December 2013 (FMLS data) STREET NEIGHBORHOOD PRICE DOM Birmingham Hwy none 1,100,000 180 Owens Farm Rd Six Hills 975,000 16 Meadow King Ct The Manor Golf & CC 971,000 252 Gransley Ct Gransley 891,308 41 Roxbury Row Roxbury Estates 845,500 45 Congaree Ct Lake Haven 790,710 157 White Columns Dr White Columns 775,000 242 Congaree Ct Lake Haven 699,900 270 Oakhurst Leaf Dr Brookshade 670,000 20 Elmdale Ct Valmont 667,996 18 Old Saddle Ln Cobblestone Farms 650,000 146 Dartmouth Rd Highland Manor 632,500 38 N Valley Creek Ct The Preserve at N Valley 630,694 5 Oakhurt Leaf Dr Brookshade 622,000 38 Oak Farm Ln Holcombes Farm 618,500 6 Galloway Ct White Columns 595,000 108 Heritage Pass The Highlands 559,900 44 Stone Hill Pt Oakstone Glen 476,000 91 Oxford Meadow Ct Oxford Lakes 474,000 4 Weatherwood Cir Providence Plantation 430,000 78 Double Springs Way Thompson Springs 425,000 83 Bethany Oakes Pte Bethany Oaks 418,000 113 Double Springs Way Thompson Springs 415,000 64 Providence Oaks St Providence Oaks 400,000 25 Kentworth Cir Crooked Creek 399,000 22 Henderson Heights Henderson Heights 379,820 97 Jonquilla Trl Westminster at Crabapple 369,900 6 Banyon Trl Crabapple Crossroads 356,820 121 Dania Dr Dania Hills 330,000 99 Vance Ct Mayfield Place 337,000 3 Mae Ln Enclave at Crabapple 326,000 38 Powers Ct Ave Lakes of Enniskerry 330,400 35 Crabapple Tree Ct Lakes of Enniskerry 330,400 35 Weatherstone Ct Spences Field 315,000 112 Bethany Creek Dr Bethany Creek 318,000 2 Quay Cir Hedington Square 275,000 51 Archgate Ct Kennewick Place 267,700 44 Monroe Dr Williamsburg 270,000 15 Cogburn Ridge Rd Gatewood 260,000 48 Bethany Creek Dr Bethany Creek 260,000 187 Quarrinton Ct Fairmont 230,000 18 Region Trace The Court at Windward Vil 233,777 14 Traywick Chase Coventry 210,000 34 Weycroft Cir Fairmont 213,000 33 Crabapple Rd none 200,000 33 New Providence Rd none 107,500 56 Andover Dr none 96,000 0 24

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to move to Milton, Crabapple, and Downtown Alpharetta. The zip codes of 30004 and 30009 are home to some of Metro Atlanta’s most prestigious communities, with topranked schools, great local shopping, world-class dining, and quick access to all that Atlanta has to offer. As our area continues to grow, parks are expanding, community associations broadened and amenities increased to meet the needs of our residents. It is that rare ability to successfully address the changes that growth brings while preserving the rural spirit and heritage that makes Milton, Crabapple and downtown Alpharetta so special. And 2013 was definitely a year for growth! New construction resumed after years of sluggishness, with national builders developing tracts and custom builders focusing on in-fill opportunities. The luxury market, which comprises much of the area’s real estate, is reflecting a more balanced market while the low inventory in homes under $400,000 has created a Seller’s market at those price points. According to FMLS data home sales overall were up from 716 sold in 2012 to 805 sold in 2013. One of the most impressive sales of the year is a home on Dorris Road that sold for $2,599,000 in October 2012 and then again for $3,500,000 13 months later. We finished big in December with 47 home sales ranging between $96,000 and $1,100,000.00 with the average home price at $463,691 and the average days on market at 68. Milton is definitely on the move! TC


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We have a 4 day weekend February 1417 coming up when students are out of school - and many Milton families with pets will be taking trips to the Gulf or to Charleston. They will need to board their furry family members somewhere fun, safe and comfortable. Here are some tips that will help prep your pet (and you) for her own “vacation.” • Get proof that your pet is current on vaccinations. If you are not boarding at your regular veterinary hospital, you will need to get a copy of his or her vaccination records. This is routine and usually your veterinarian can just fax the records over. Dogs: All boarding facilities and veterinary hospitals will require that your dog be up-to-date on vaccinations for Rabies, DAPPv and Bordetella. Bordetella is most effective when given at least one week before boarding. Cats: They will require proof of Rabies and FVRCP. • Parasite protection Monthly heartworm preventatives will take care of most intestinal parasites. An annual fecal exam may be required. Flea control is included in some heartworm preventatives or can be administered separately. Your veterinarian can advise you on the safest and most effective preventatives to fit your pet’s lifestyle. • Special needs?

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Chronic diseases: if your pet has longterm health problems and needs daily medications, a facility with a veterinarian available is best. High-energy healthy dog: a place that offers extra playtime and off-leash fun will keep them happy. Fearful cat: Some facilities will offer quieter feline rooms to help keep cats stress-free. Ask about comfort items such as cat toys, beds, hide boxes, cat “condos,” or even playrooms to let your


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have solid barriers between the cages. Dogs should be in kennels at least 1 1/2 times their body length and should be able to stand and turn around easily. The larger the better! Ask how frequently your dog will be taken outside, fed, and given fresh water. Cats should have clean litter, fresh water, and ideally a place to hide (box or basket would do). They should have solid barriers between cages. The area should be away from dogs or busy areas. Ask how frequently the litter is scooped/ changed and how often they are fed. Boarding your pets while you are away is a great way to keep them safe and comfortable. People are in the “animal business” because they love animals, so rest assured that they have your pets’ best interests at heart. A little planning ahead is the best way to make sure it goes smoothly for everyone. Be sure to plan ahead now for Spring Break-boarding facilities fill up fast when all of Fulton County schools are out on break: April 7 - 11. Dr. Jennifer Ferrell graduated from the University of Florida veterinary school in 1999. She practiced as a Veterinarian until 2008, when she had children. She remains active in continuing education, volunteering veterinary care to local charities and writing about veterinary topics. 27


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CATS By Jennifer Ferrell, DVM

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Cats are beautiful, mysterious, and independent creatures. They are also notorious for hating the trip to the veterinarian, often ending the visit wide-eyed and terrified with scratched up, frazzled owners.

catching subtle changes early can add years to their life. Don’t let fear of the veterinarian or your cat’s allusive nature keep her from getting the care she needs.

A recent study showed that nearly 1/2 of cats in America aren’t getting regular veterinary care, and the most common reason is because it is too stressful on everyone. In addition, cats have a way of hiding their illnesses and too often people avoid taking their cats to the veterinarian unless they are very sick. Unfortunately this means that many preventable diseases are missed until it is too late.

Obesity: One pound weight gain in a cat equals 15-20 pounds in people. It can lead to diabetes, liver disease, complicate heart disease and arthritis, and take years off your cat’s life. Catching even 1/4 pound weight gain at an annual exam can alert you to start cutting back on food.

I am a strong advocate of physical exams for your cat at least once a year. The first two years of a cat’s life is equivalent to 24 years for a person, and they age about four human years per cat year after that. Once they become “seniors” (about 10 years old) I recommend an examination every 6 months. So much can change in that time period, and I know it sounds dramatic, but 28

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Examples of common cat diseases that benefit from early detection:

Behavior problems: Behavior problems such as aggression, urinating outside the litter box, and anxiety can be helped with early treatment plans. Dental disease: How often to you look in your cat’s mouth? Painful, foul smelling mouths can be caused by stomatitis, periodontitis, broken teeth, and tumors found on oral exam. Infectious diseases: FeLV, FIV, heartworms,


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and intestinal parasites can lie silent for months or years, but are diagnosed easily with blood or fecal exams and prevented with regular care. Heart Disease can be caught before they feel sick by listening to your cat’s chest, and diagnosed with x-rays or ultrasound. Hypertension causes heart disease, blindness, and neurologic signs but examination of the heart, eyes and blood pressure will uncover this “silent” disease. Hyperthyroidism: weight loss, poor grooming, and an enlarged thyroid gland will be detected on exam. A simple blood test can confirm it, and treatment is very successful. Kidney disease: Bloodwork can detect early changes and help slow the progression through diet and medications. Arthritis: Your veterinarian will detect pain on examination of joints and can do x-rays to confirm. Supplements, pain relievers and advice can help give them relief and manage it.

Cancer is often first picked up by your vet noting early weight loss, a palpable mass on exam, or bloodwork changes. Ways to make your cat’s trip to the veterinarian easier: Get your cat used to it’s carrier. Leave it out for it to explore. Place treats or toys in it. Once they are comfortable with it, close it for brief periods but let them out before they get stressed. Introduce your cat to your car. Take her on rides (in the carrier) on short errands where you don’t have to leave the car. End the trip positively with a treat. Find a veterinarian that has “cat friendly” facilities. Some will have separate cat and dog waiting areas. “Feli-way” sprays and diffusers sprayed in the carrier and car can help ease anxiety. As a last resort, there are anti-anxiety medications prescribed by your veterinarian that can be given to your cat before routine exams. JF 29


GOOD GARDENING

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Tom and his wife Evelyn own Cox Arboretum in East Cherokee and is a past president of the American Confier Society “www.conifersociety. org.” He has recently co-authored a book with University of Georgia professor Dr John Ruter -- Landscaping with Confiers and Ginkgo for the Southeast. He is a recognized expert on confiers and a popular lecturer on the subject.

In a previous article I introduced the topic of 30004 being a great place to garden. The initial article focused on temperature. Here in Part II I will discuss how other factors such as rainfall amounts, sunlight, soil types and yes, even humidity contribute to our ability to create beautiful gardens. Humidity: Let’s start with humidity which is generally seen as a negative component of living in the South. Humidity (atmospheric moisture) is an important factor of the environment for plant growth and development. While I will not attempt to get too technical, the most obvious direct effect of humidity is control of the rate of transpiration or evaporation from the leaf surface of a given plant. Simply put, the higher the atmospheric moisture the less water is lost through transpiration. Since transpiration tends to increase during periods of high temperatures, the higher the atmospheric moisture is the less water lost which is critical during our summer months.

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The annual average humidity in Milton is 73% which surprisingly is lower than the national average of 78%. Our most humid months are March (87%), May (78%), (June 85%), (July (77%) and (August 78%). This past year I visited the Huntington Botanical Garden in San Marino, CA. Given its proximity to Pasadena, one might assume that this would be a perfect spot for gardening. Their July average humidity is in the 15-49% range. Given their lack of humidity and low rainfall, they often suffer drought. Rainfall: Owning an arboretum which has a major focus on conifers, I spend a great deal of time in Oregon which is considered “ground zero” for nurseries specializing in these plants. During their summer, the four months of June, July, August and September account for an average of only 4.47 inches of total rain combined. Contrast that with Milton which averages 18 inches during the same period. Moreover, our 12 month rainfall average is 54.5 inches and it is spread fairly evenly over


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no singular soil type in our city. Soil types range from fine loam to sticky clay. Even on a small area like our 13 acre arboretum, we find various soil types. Much of the variation I suspect is an artifact of mineral content and past land use -specifically in those locations where the land was used for agriculture (mostly corn). Here the soil is highly eroded and characterized by a thin layer of topsoil and beneath this is red clay. Not even the clay is the same as in some areas it is quite sticky while in others is friable. The good news here is that this soil is highly moisture retentive and as long as I plant properly, it works to our advantage. In other areas we have deep loam that drains quickly but is high in organic material which affords good growth. Lastly, due to our high average rainfall amount, our soil is acidic which makes it conducive to growing a wider range of plants than on alkaline soil. In summary, with our long growing season (215 days as compared with say northern Gilmer county at 185 days), moderate temperatures, adequate rainfall and other desirable characteristics, Milton is a wonderful place to garden. TC 31


THE BETTER GENERATION

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The beginning of a new year has most people thinking about how one might improve or change. Often, our changes are not long lasting and we slip back into our comfortable “old habits” within the first few months. Research says this is often due to the fact that our resolutions are too vague and are not associated with a concrete set of tasks helping to accomplish the desired goal. Thus, as Geriatric Care Managers, we wanted to boost your success by providing an easily attainable resolution with a concrete set of tasks! The resolution we recommend for you is to proactively prepare for medical crisis! What?!? What advice can we possibly give you to avoid a crisis? Please note that we said, “prepare for” – not always avoid, as we are well aware many medical crisis situations are unavoidable. In our field, our clients’ families typically reach out to us in a crisis state that often has taken them by surprise. In this, one of the major things we hear in the initial call is, “I wish I would have been more organized now that things are needed.” One of the major ways to reduce the stress involved with a “surprise” medical crisis is to proactively organize information that will need to be readily accessible for both yourself and anyone who currently is or will potentially be in your care. Although a long list of things ideally should be organized –

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we initially recommend a short list of 5. We also recommend that there should be a (at minimum) quarterly review of the list below – including updates made as necessary. 1)Person specific information – including date of birth, social security number, current address, etc. 2)Insurance information – including property, health, life, pre-coordinated funeral policies, and long term care coverage 3)Current medical providers and hospital of preference 4)Advance directives – including medical power of attorney, living will (or like document), legal will, etc. 5)Diagnosis, Medication List, and allergies/ adverse reactions (to both food and medication) Crisis often greatly affects our ability to think logically and simple tasks can appear MONUMENTAL at time of need! The organization of this basic information for individuals and caregivers can greatly reduce the logistical nightmare that can occur in medical crisis. Brandi Hackett, LMSW, C-ASWCM is a Professional Certified Geriatric Care Manager with SeniorCare Options. She has extensive professional experience in: oncology, skilled nursing, hospice, government benefits and local resources, dementia care and support, and end of life services. Brandi lives in Canton with her supportive husband, Jason, and energetic son, Joseph. Brandih@seniorcareopt.com


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The City of Milton and Senior Services North Fulton opened the Milton Senior Center last year at Community of Christ Church. The Milton Senior Center, located at 3315 Francis Road provides active seniors the opportunity to socialize, learn and maintain special relationships through weekly trips, exercise, dancing, table games and much more. Transportation is provided to and from the center, and a hot lunch provided to everyone, thanks to $295,000 secured by Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann to open and maintain the senior center.

For more information on the Senior Center and its programs, contact Melinda Ross, manager of the Milton Senior Center, at 470-554-0758 or mross@ssnorthfulton.org. Senior Services North Fulton is a private, non-profit 501 (C) (3) founded in 1991 to provide programs and services for the older adults who live in North Fulton. 33


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By BRIAN JOHNSON

Basements and Barstools LOCAL MUSIC SCENE DIVERSE MIX OF GENRES By Brian Johnson

When people think of a local music scene, they logically think of places like Nashville, Brooklyn, or south Atlanta as the kinds of places where “the scene” occurs. No doubt, these international hotspots for country, indie and hip-hop/R&B music are top destinations where artists and other industry types gravitate and collaborate. But there also is a surprisingly deep and diverse music scene right here in North Fulton county that has both connections to some of these bastions of song craft as well as roots right here in our familiar red clay. Atlanta has long been a well-known home base for R&B artists, with many famous artists having addresses in Country Club of the South and The Manor. Our proximity to Nashville also makes it convenient for a number of prominent country musicians to live in the 30004 and 30009 zip codes. What is less well known is the staggering number of professional producers, engineers, and session players who own homes and raise their families in our neighborhoods. Fueled by our high median household income and the explosion in audio technology over the past decade, these musical pros and other area audiophiles have outfitted their homes and smaller, more intimately scaled businesses to form the basis for an extensive, talented and prolific local network of recording studios where a lot of “radio-ready” music gets made. These home-based and smaller independent recording studios in Alpharetta and

Milton have both the talent and technology to make a mockery of the excesses of the traditional big studio environment. The music made in your neighbor’s house might very well be on its way to your favorite playlist. There is also a wealth of locally-based musicians who make their living (or at least chunks of it) playing in the increasing number of live music venues around our town. Places like Matlida’s, The Velvet Note and The Roswell Tap attract both local and top regional talent, particularly acoustic and singer-songwriter acts. While some of these barroom balladeers are often hoping for you to find and fill their tip jars, many will also have CDs and digital stores featuring music made in…you guessed it…a local recording studio. Our “Best of Roswell Tap” project brought these two worlds together at Lucky Dog Studios. You can find the music and a video about the making of the project (search for ‘best of roswell tap’) online. The music business here in North Fulton (and the rest of the world) is an interesting, chaotic, and exciting place right now. Burgeoning technology and new business models (some of them dubious at best, a topic for another time) present both opportunities and challenges for local artists across the entire creative and business process. But the heart of a successful scene is always the spark created when local artists 35


LOC AL TUNES make connections with local folks, and those people become fans. So check out the many great local musicians playing around North Fulton. Listen for a minute or two. Clap and holler, buy their music and merchandise if you like them. It’s as local as honey, and just as sweet. Plus you will be contributing to the musical heartbeat of our community and the music industry at large, and to local artists capable of using their talents to make where we live a brighter, fuller, and richer place. Brian Johnson is the owner of North Fulton School of Music and Lucky Dog Studios in Alpharetta, GA. He is also Executive Producer for local indie label Highway 9 Records, and a benefactor of many local music projects and causes. He and his family live in Milton, GA.

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Milton is home to some truly fantastic musicians as well as excellent venues to check them out. Perhaps the best known spot to catch live music is Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com, 404.733.5010). The summer home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this outdoor hotspot seats 12,000 and has events ranging from Styx to the Avett Brothers to family-friendly Movies In The Park. Their 2014 season isn’t available yet, but it’s definitely worth getting out to a show here. If you’re more inclined to a quiet, jazzy hideaway, you might want to look for The Velvet Note. (thevelvetnote.com, 855.583.5838). The Board of Advisors for this restaurant and lounge includes Jazz musician Mark Rapp, Broadway professional N’Kenge, and former Maitre D’ of the renowned Patroon in New York City. Whether you’re there for the sophisticated comfort cuisine or the nationally recognized and acclaimed artists who perform here, you are sure to be pleased with The Velvet Note. Be sure to check out their

Open Mic Jam Sessions on Thursday nights. Maybe you’re simply looking for a place to relax with family and friends on warm summer evenings. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines summer series is the place for you. Matilda’s Cottage (matildascottage.com, 678.480.6932) is a place to gather and enjoy unusual art and great music with the whole family. Hailed as Milton’s best-kept secret, be sure to check out their lineup when it’s announced. Every Saturday Night May through July at 8:30 pm. Bring your own food and drinks, kids under 16 free with parents. Dogs on a leash welcome. Zola Italian Bistro (zolaitalianbistro.com, 770-360-5777) located at 2955 Bethany Bend hosts monthly live music nights with students from RISPA (Renaissance International School of Performing Arts, rispa.net), a performance arts school and recording studio in Milton. Students take turns performing and entertaining diners. 37


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Highway 9 Records is an Alpharetta , GA-based independent record label, with a focus on developing and gaining initial audiences for talented and emerging artists in all genres. The music business will continue to change. But there will continue to be a place for passionate people working together to help young and emerging artists become professional musicians and commit their talents to helping those artists create and market professional recordings. They bring professional business and music industry management expertise to the forefront. If you want to get out of the basement and into the limelight, check them out.. They are committed to helping artists learn, grow and launch themselves into the world in a sustainable way.

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at Highway 9 Records, and owner of North FultonSchool of Music, built Lucky Dog Studios in the summer of 2012. The first year, the studio produced two compilation projects (including the debut album from the studio, A Very Lucky Christmas) and numerous other recording projects for artists of all ages and genres. Lucky Dog also produced Highway 9 Records’ first signed artist, Beth Ballinger. In 2013, the studio produced two compilation projects and a live project in partnership with

local music venue Roswell Tap. (youtube.com keyword Roswell Tap Project) Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing with an emphasis in business from Florida State University, and a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. He lives in Milton, Georgia with with his wife of over 20 years, Kathy, and their sons, Jack, 12, and Luke, 9. Brian believes that Highway 9 Records, Lucky Dog Studios, and North Fulton School of Music have the potential and the responsibility to make our communities better places to live.

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Think Outside the {Chocolate} Box for

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Quick, when you hear Valentine’s Day, what do you think of? A box of chocolates, a vase of red roses, maybe a romantic night out? All are wonderful gifts, but do they really reflect your lasting commitment and adoration? Chocolates are gone in a few days (or hours), roses wilt in a week, and the romantic weekend is quickly forgotten when your child sends a text saying he needs help with the school project due Monday. What we need are Valentines that last; gifts that will remind them of our love for months or years to come. If that light bulb in your head just flashed ‘Fruit-of-the-Month’, yank the chain a few times pay attention! Like your enduring commitment, this may take a little more thought than dashing into the florist on the way home, but your efforts will be well received. Instead of a dozen cut roses, how about a rose bush, so you both can enjoy cut roses all summer at the dinner table? Are you the guy that goes big and gets three dozen roses each year? May I suggest a rose garden complete with a stone path and bench? A night out for a romantic dinner sounds great, but an easy-to-use vegetable garden will have you both smiling as you enjoy fresh salads and chemical-free vegetables night after night. A classic Square Foot Garden is easy to construct, sow, and maintain. A quick internet search will provide all the information you need. Add a potted container with a nice red ribbon, and the photo she posts on Facebook will make her the envy of all her friends. If a garden is a little more than you can take on, plant a few blueberry bushes. They are as easy to grow as weeds,

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except you get fresh cobbler, blueberry pancakes and blueberries in your ice-cream. Maybe you are looking for something a little more personal? Surprise her with a miniature garden. Your local garden center can show you how easy it is to make, or even create one for you. They are inexpensive, take up very little room, and you will be praised for your thoughtfulness. Best of all they are easily changed for different season, holidays, or any special occasion. It is amazing how a quickly an aroma can trigger emotions and bring back memories. Wouldn’t you like your Valentine to think of you every time they walk past a wonderfully fragrant shrub in the yard? Gardenias smell wonderful and bloom through most of the summer. Nearly everyone delights in the sweetly scented blossoms of Osmanthus Fragrant Tea Olive. And of course, it’s hard to beat the combined visual beauty and fragrance of an old-fashion tea rose. These are just a few ideas to get you thinking a little creatively. Surprise your Valentine this year. And of course you can always add a small box of chocolates along with one red rose for good measure. Eric Hill, along with his wife Kari own Autumn Hill Nursery and Four Seasons Gift & Garden. For twenty two years they have been helping their customers enjoy their yards and gardens. autumnhillnursery.com 770-442-3901


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With spring just around the corner, everyone’s talking about detox. A plethora of detox options abound, extolling the benefits of protocols that range from simple diet clean-up with organic foods and multi-vitamin regimens, to organ-specific, parasite and heavy-metal cleanses. A program typically involves abstaining from gluten, sugar, dairy, caffeine and processed foods, while increasing intake of detox-specific and alkalizing foods, such as greens, beets, sea vegetables, lemons and cucumbers, as well as healthy fats and herbal teas.

Detoxification simply means removing impurities from the body. We continuously expel impurities through the elimination pathways, liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, lymph and skin. However, as daily modern living exposes us to more environmental toxins than ever before, the body’s ability to effectively neutralize and expel this toxin load is impaired, adversely affecting every cell in the body and contributing to symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, sleep issues, edema, headaches, weight gain, skin issues, mental fog, allergies and frequent colds and flu. While nutrition-based and organ-specific detox regimens refuel the body with healthy nutrients and stimulate the body’s natural cleansing process, they do not facilitate complete release of deeply harbored cellular toxins, or provide drainage assistance for toxins that have been released from the cell. This is a problem because toxins then congest the extracellular matrix (ECM), the area between cells that regulates cell communication, which can result in a “healing crisis” with flu-like symptoms. Traditional detoxes also do not address the interdependency of organ systems, as the optimal functionality of one depends on the other. For instance, the brain-spine-ECM connection plays a crucial role in total body communication and directly supports the digestive, renal and

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lymphatic systems, the main systems involved in detoxification and drainage. So to detox any organ within these systems, the brain should also be supported, as it is responsible for sending the message to the other organs to detox. Homeopathy is the key to addressing these organ interrelationships and completely expelling deeply-harbored toxins. Known for its ability to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability, and used empirically for more than 200 years, homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like”: A substance that causes a specific symptom in large doses will stimulate the body to alleviate those same symptoms, when given in minute doses. Homeopathy provides elements called sarcodes, which provide a blueprint for healthy tissue to improve organ function; nosodes, which stimulate the immune system to target specific toxins; and drainage and tonification elements to assist in exit through the elimination pathways. Whole-body, homeopathic support ensures greater comfort during the detox process, program compliance and completion, and, ultimately weight loss. Toxins, typically stored in fat cells, contribute to an inflammatory response leading to weight gain. Many toxins, like BPA, are also endocrine disrupters that increase estrogen and insulin levels, leading to increased fat storage and poor utilization of fat reserves. HFCS alters normal insulin response and increases the amount of carbohydrates being synthesized into fat. As these toxins are released and cells return to normal function, the body is able to properly metabolize fat. Eileen Wrobleski is the founder of Abundant Life Wellness, a holistic wellness practice in Crabapple. She is a naturopath, certified nutritional counselor, holistic health practitioner and lymphatic therapist. She offers Zyto bioenergetic assessment, infrared modalities and homeopathic, nutritional and botanical remedies in her practice. Eileen and her family live in Milton abundantlifewellnessga.com

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SCOOP! Scoop OTP’s Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp

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The Perimeter of Atlanta. Co-Creators Michelle Knapp and Suzanne Taylor are excited to share some recommendations of “Scoop Approved” places and products in Milton (30004/30009). Send them your scoop at info@scoopotp.com. If you have never been to Alpine Bakery and Trattoria, now is a great time. More than just a yummy bakery, Alpine Bakery is a great spot for a romantic dinner with that special someone for Valentine’s Day, or fun lunch with your friends. The Italian menu has choices ranging from pizza and calzones, to heartier chicken marsala and Delmonico steaks, so there is something for everyone. Most importantly, to Scoop at least, are the amazing desserts! This is not the place to opt out of dessert, so put your diets on hold for the night. Our favorite: white chocolate raspberry mousse cake. But you can’t go wrong with any of their beautiful sweet treats. Alpine Bakery offers a full catering menu along with their impressive bakery selection for your next party or event. Alpine Bakery and Trattoria is located at 12315 Crabapple Road. With St. Patricks’s Day around the corner, you don’t have to travel far to experience the luck of the Irish. The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub will make you feel like you have just stepped into an authentic Irish pub right in your own neighborhood. The décor is authentic. Pieces have been shipped over from Ireland, and it is very obvious that the owners wanted to create and authentic atmosphere. The menu includes traditional Irish fare, ranging from Scotch eggs, Guinness Stout soup, Irish stew, fish and chips, bangers and mash and several more. If you aren’t in love with Irish food, don’t let that stop you. There are several traditional American choices on the menu for you. And, an Irish pub wouldn’t be complete without a selection of whiskey, scotch, bourbon and beers that numbers in the dozens. Visit Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub on the 17th of any month for “St. Practice Day”, a mini St. Patrick’s Day celebration with some beer and appetizer specials. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub is located at 12650 Crabapple Road. We love local, Made OTP products! NuMe Natural soaps are nothing short of spectacular. This time of year, we love to treat our skin to yummy handmade soaps. Not only are these natural soaps great for your skin, they smell amazing. There are literally dozens of scents to choose from, including lavender, eucalyptus and peach infused “Georgia on my Mind”. NuMe Natural Soap is available at the Urban Farmhouse, 12680 Crabapple Road in Milton, or online at www.numenaturalsoap.com It makes a 42

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February is “National Heart Month”

Do You Know Your Blood Pressure?

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By AMY C. KEATING, PT, MSPT

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discuss in this month’s Milton Magazine, many different health issues crossed my mind. I finally decided on high blood pressure (HBP) for two reasons. The first being that February has been designated as “Heart Month” by the American Heart Association (AHA). The second reason is that HBP is one of the leading causes of heart disease in America. In fact, HBP affects about 31% or 1 in 3 American adults according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 31% of American adults with HBP, a little less than 50% report having their blood pressure under control. The National Center for Health Statistics reports 30% of American adults have prehypertension. These statistics reveal an alarming “silent killer” in American adults. Blood pressure readings are comprised of two numbers that include the systolic and diastolic number. The systolic reading is the top number and is the amount of pressure in the walls of the arteries during a heartbeat. The diastolic reading is the bottom number and is the resting pressure of the arteriole walls between heartbeats. The ideal blood pressure reading according to the AHA is ≤120/80. Prehypertension is defined as a systolic reading of 120-139 and diastolic reading of 80-89. HBP is defined as a systolic pressure of 140 or higher and diastolic pressure of 90 or higher. The AHA lists several causes of HBP that include advanced age, being overweight or obese, family history, alcohol abuse, gender, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. AHA reports stress, smoking, and sleep apnea as possible contributing factors to HBP. How many people do you know that fit one or more of these categories? Maintaining blood pressure within normal limits is crucial because increased pressure on the arteriole walls causes damage over time. The damage to the walls includes stretching and scarring that can lead to a disease known as atherosclerosis. The scarring process allows fats from the bloodstream to collect on the arteriole wall. Damage from atherosclerosis is commonly known as “hardening of the arteries”. Over time, the artery wall damage can lead to blockages in arteries to vital organs and can cause medical conditions such as chest pain, heart attack, stroke, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, peripheral artery disease, kidney disease, eye disease and aneurysms (bulge in artery wall which could rupture). Due to the high incidence and poor management of blood pressure in America, the medical community describes HBP as the “silent killer”. Being vigilant with routine checkups and frequent blood pressure checks will provide you with the knowledge of your blood pressure patterns. Regular blood pressure checks can be done at many supermarkets and drugstores. Personal blood pressure cuffs are affordable and can be purchased in drugstores and pharmacies. The investment in your health with blood pressure checks could save your life. AK

Amy C. Keating, PT, MSPT is a Roswell native who resides in Crabapple. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and a graduate degree in Physical Therapy from University of North Georgia. She specializes in geriatrics and currently works in a skilled rehabilitation facility.

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An Interview with Dr Charles Stanley

by JULIE BRENNAN

Local writer Julie Brennan spent time with one of the Faith’s greats, Dr Charles Stanley. Enjoy!

I remember reading a magazine article back in college that had a line that is now part of my missives: “Now and then someone shares with you a beautiful moment.” The image that accompanied the quote was that of a young man standing at the top of a hill.

I was recently afforded a great opportunity. I had a conversation with one of the South’s most trusted and beloved figures in the Baptist Church – Dr. Charles Stanley. Dr. Stanley is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Atlanta. He celebrated his 45th anniversary at the church in September of last year. Dr. Stanley can be heard in every nation on earth via radio, shortwave or television broadcasts. Our conversation touched on various topics, including faith, freedom, community and photography. On Faith and Freedom “Folks lose faith by losing the Word of God. They move towards circumstances. God doesn’t change – we do. Read the Word of God.” Dr. Stanley then added, “The Spirit of God that is within you is still the same. He keeps His promises. We change our focus and therefore our relationship with Him wavers.” 44

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“Our first freedom is our relationship with God.” Our conversation continued as we discussed how freedom is in jeopardy. The baritone voice of the 80-year old man began to share his concerns about the lack of knowledge of our history. “People don’t know history. Who we are and where we came from – these are things we are not taught anymore. In order to keep our freedom, we must have a sense of responsibility for our freedom,” Dr. Stanley asserted. “Without history you are in jeopardy for anything that comes along.” “Loyalty and devotion were part of the steps that got us here throughout history,” he added. “We’ve lost sight of those two key areas.” As I continued listening, I was reminded of a quote by Dr. Stanley that I read when I walked into the In Touch building. “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.” Today’s Communication or Lack Thereof I asked Dr. Stanley about his thoughts on communication, in a world filled with so many different ways that are supposed to keep us in


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did God say?”

“We are so disconnected from each other – from emotional relationships and from God. Our capacity to have an intimate relationship with others is not there,” Dr. Stanley said.

“We shift our focus on circumstances and live in a society that is guarded,” Dr. Stanley added.

The various venues that are now available to reach everyone “on the face of this Earth” are, according to Dr. Stanley, one of the positive changes he has witnessed over the years. “We can guide and drive positive messages all over the world by using the technology that is now available,” he added. While the message can be transmitted, the ability to form relationships appears to be in jeopardy. Today’s News “There’s a sense of gloom and doom in the mind of people that needs to stop,” Dr. Stanley commented when our topic changed to today’s news. “Today’s news creates an emotional dilemma and we tend to forget the genuine truth. What

When I asked him how folks viewed Jesus today, his answer surprised me a bit. “The Jesus of today is a character.” I asked why that was the case. “Jesus is not in our minds; we are living in a guarded society where Jesus doesn’t have the same impact,” he stated. “We lack respect and honor, reverence and obedience.” Dr. Stanley also mentioned how our society does things that “draw us away from God.” “As we continue to move further away from Him, the harder it will be to bring us back.” About Photography Walking through the building that is home to In Touch Ministries, I was fascinated by the beautiful and exquisitely mounted photographs that adorn the walls.

Dr. Stanley’s Helpful Path to Faith and Freedom 1.Read the word of God. The Bible is the foundation of spiritual truth. 2.Make your personal relationship with God a priority. 3.Focus on the message of God, not social issues. 4.Begin to take care of each other – uphold each other. 5.There are 30 life principles – read and apply them.

Since age13, Dr. Stanley has been interested in photography, a hobby he has mastered and shares with all who wish to see the beauty of this world. His photos focus on nature, birds, landscapes and animals. “God has given me the ability to capture the beauty of our world,” Dr. Stanley reflected. “When I see something, through a lens, I focus on what belongs there – and that which doesn’t belong goes away.”

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In 1962 while traveling to Haiti, Dr. Stanley realized that photography was a passion and he began his quest for perfection in this art.

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“I am not a quitter. When I decided I wanted to learn to be a good photographer, I began reading books by Ansel Adams,” Dr. Stanley stated with a peaceful smile. “I am certain I own every book by Ansel Adams.”

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the contrast of the final print. Not only did Dr. Stanley research the topic of photography, he attended seminars on the subject and even built his own darkroom. He recalls the moment when, while in his darkroom, he realized his tenacity had paid off. “I can do this,” he said to himself. Since that moment, photography has been Dr. Stanley’s alternative to preaching. Photography is an inspiration for Dr. Stanley. He is fulfilled and, as he explains, it [photography] allows him to capture what he sees in order to show others. “When I have my camera, I am able to focus on something through a lens that takes away what doesn’t belong there,” Dr. Stanley explained, as he gently moved his hands into focus as he depicted the focal point that a lens brings to the naked eye. “You see, we all need to have a deviation from our normal routine, an alternative. Otherwise, our brain never rests,” Dr. Stanley asserted. I Love to Tell the Story, Dr. Stanley’s most recent book, is a beautiful photographic journey into lands that we may perhaps never see. The book

is, as noted in its title, an expression of the beauty of God’s creation through photography. Until We Meet Again As our time together came to a close, I realized that I had been given the opportunity of a lifetime: a conversation with a trusted and most eloquent religious leader that filled my mind, and heart, with joyful hope and happiness. Of course, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to show Dr. Stanley a few photos (on my cell phone) of my beloved island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Who knows, perhaps someday I can share with him the beauty of yet another one of God’s treasures on Earth. Julie Brennan, shown here with Dr Stanley is a Canton resident and publishes award winning MY FORSYTH magazine. www.myforsyth.com

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By: Sharon Shelton, Owner, Primrose School of Harmony on the Lakes, www.PrimroseHarmony.com

Writers are not just people who write books or create other written works; we are all writers. Some adults are extremely uncomfortable and even go out of their way to avoid jobs that require written communication skills. These feelings often originate very early in life—possibly from the time they first began experimenting with letter writing and were told their efforts weren’t good enough. As a parent or teacher it’s important not to stress correct or precise letter formation too soon. A focus on penmanship will send the false message that being able to ‘write’ like an adult on the lines is more important than being able to communicate in writing. This can create feelings of inadequacy related to writing, and children may begin to view writing as ‘hard.’ Tracing letters on lined paper requires fine motor skills and coordination that are still developing. We don’t want children to learn that penmanship practice is the same as writing. We want them to learn that writing is a fun way to express themselves. It is critically important to accept where children are developmentally and then gently guide their letter formation and pencil holding. “Children watch adults as they write notes, checks, and cards, and they are eager to begin writing themselves. Early writing is oftentimes labeled ‘scribble writing’ and is considered a legitimate form of emergent writing,” said Dr. Gloria Julius, VP of Education for Primrose Schools. “The first conscious attempts a child makes to write are usually the first letter of his or her name. To a parent, the attempts vaguely resemble the letter, but these

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The Difference an Hour Can Make BY RANDY HAIN

On Monday of this week I had to work for part of the day to meet a few clients, tie up loose ends for the year and do some preparation for 2014. It was challenging to be pulled away from my family over the holidays, especially with my easily bored sons out of school during the break. I felt guilty, but I needed to be a good steward of my business and financial responsibilities and get some of my work done.

I had a pile of paperwork back at my office to be handled. Perhaps I could leave messages for some of my clients or send them emails in an effort to start filling up my meeting calendar after the holidays. Maybe I could find a quiet place and write that new business blog post which has been on my mind for weeks. I did none of these things and went home instead.

The last meeting of the day was to be a late lunch with a new client prospect which had been scheduled several weeks ago. He called me 30 minutes before our appointment to apologize and say he could not make it. Suppressing my mild irritation, we rescheduled our meeting for another day. I found myself with an unexpected extra hour. What to do? Well,

Maybe it was guilt or the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but nothing at that very moment seemed as important as going home to my wife and sons. As I pulled into the driveway, I saw my 12 year old practicing his jump shot with the new basketball he received for Christmas. Without any words being exchanged, we took turns shooting baskets for half an hour. We were simply a father and son having fun together and enjoying being with each other. Then, he broke the silence. “Dad, why did that kid commit suicide?” My son’s jarring question was referring to a local high school student who had killed himself several weeks ago which our family had discussed over dinner one night right after the tragedy. After talking about the possible reasons why this young man had chosen to end his own life, we talked about how difficult it is for kids today to deal with the enormous pressure schools, peers, society and even their own families place on them. I think he was relieved to talk about this topic (he said it had been on his mind for days) and seemed reassured after we finished. I was very grateful at that moment to be reassured that my son takes our Catholic faith seriously and understands the wonderful recourse we have to prayer and the intercession of the saints, especially our Blessed Mother, when we face difficulties. I am especially glad that he felt comfortable talking to me about this painful subject rather than tackling it on his own.

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heatherphotographers.com Maybe only other parents will understand, but I was even more grateful to be there for my son at that moment when he needed to get something off his chest and hear guidance and an explanation from someone he trusted. I would have missed this wonderful opportunity if I had opted for one of the various non-critical tasks I could have chosen instead. There is a profound lesson here that really hit home for me and possibly many of the readers of this post: we need to be more mindful of the choices we make about where we spend our time. As we begin 2014, I encourage all of us to put more thinking and discernment into our busy schedules and recognize that we may need to reset our priorities. Are we letting the unimportant crowd out the important? Are we missing opportunities like the one I was blessed to have with my son because of paperwork, catching up on emails or returning one more phone call? Do we control our calendars or do our calendars control us? Do we have a disproportionate focus on the pursuit of worldly treasure when we could be spending more time in prayer, at Mass, with our loved ones or in the service of others in need? One way to be more thoughtful and discerning about time and priorities is to pray the Daily Examen. In the Examen, we are challenged five times a day to pull away from the world for just a few minutes to pray and reflect on where we

are and what we are doing…and discern the lessons God might have for us in the people and situations we encounter throughout the day. This excellent tool has been a mainstay in my prayer life and I hope everyone will consider using it. Just a few days ago in a conversation with my son, I witnessed for myself in a simple choice I made the incredible difference an hour can make. As we look forward to another year, what difference will our choices about how we spend our time have on our relationships with Christ, the practice of our faith, the time we spend with our loved ones and the important causes in need of our assistance? Remember that one of the most meaningful gifts we can give to others doesn’t require fancy wrapping and a big red bow. This gift is simply called time.

Randy Hain, Senior Editor and co-founder of The Integrated Catholic Life™, is the author of The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith, Something More: A Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life, and LANDED! Proven Job Search Strategies for Today’s Professional. www. integratedcatholiclife.org 51


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from our friends at ScoopOTP, www.scoopotp.com, Michelle Knapp and Suzanne Taylor The books are very different, but both are delightful and fun reads. These are great gifts for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. So when grandma asks what to get the “darlings,” refer her to these unique books.

Lucky the Leprechaun by Samantha Brown, Risa Ramji

...was created and written by two moms from the North Fulton area. Lucky the Leprechaun is a fun little read that uniquely captivates with rhyming words suited for children aged 2-10. Lucky teaches these children the importance of treating others with kindness and respect, behaving and listening well. The book also comes with an engaging craft: a leprechaun trap that the children will build themselves. Now you, too, can learn the ways of Lucky the Leprechaun and do your best to entice him with some gold coins. Try as you might, this little leprechaun just may be too quick or clever to ever be trapped. Samantha Brown and Risa Ramji came up with the idea on a girls’ trip. They both have young children, an Irish background, and a love for writing. For $19.99 you can get the gift set which includes a book, craft, and a CD. You can also by the items individually. There are great companion activities on their site too. The trap is an adorable idea and they have tons of images on their Facebook page of the kids’ version. facebook.com/theluckyleprechaun

The Naughty Leprechaun by Stephanie Hicks

...written by Alpharetta mom Stephanie Hicks, this is the cutest story about two leprechaun brothers, Liam and Leyland. It started as a family tradition and then became a story that all families can share for generations. One of the brothers creates havoc and pranks, and the other one provides treasures and treats. The concept is based on the idea that luck is created. My dad used to always say, “The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” Meaning you create your own luck! For a more detailed review, check out Alpharetta Mom’s blog review of the book. For $29.99, you receive a hard-cover book, an etched coin, and a safe keep box. The book is available at two OTP locations: Alpharetta and East Cobb Learning Express stores. Visit the Facebook page and consider bringing this tradition into your home. www.thenaughtyleprechaunstory.com

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F e b r ua r y • m a r c h February 1 Saturday

Grand Opening of Sadie’s Place – newly renovated dog shelter, a division of furkids.org, 1520 Union Hill Rd, 30005; 10am, 678-624-1003, Free; Visit, take a tour, meet dogs for adoption and learn about volunteer opportunities. Lunch & Learn – How to Prune and Why at Scottsdale Farms Garden Center and Nursery, 15639 Birmingham Hwy, 30004; 11am, $20 includes lunch from café, 770-777-5875. HOWLpharetta Ghost Tour, downtown Alpharetta, narrated walking tour through history, a cemetery, City Hall and more, www.alpharettatours.com Karla Harris at The Velvet Note – 7:30pm and 9:30pm shows; this jazz vocalist and song stylist celebrates the women singers and songwriters whose influence contributed to her personal musical cocktail, which she calls a jazz-infused spirit with a twist. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, 855583-5838, http://thevelvetnote.com/ karlaharris, $20 Midnight Blue at The Velvet Note, 21+, smoke-free, limited seating, Chef’s late night menu, free to member; 11:30pm to 3am – an after-hours session introducing guests to the best in new, 54

recorded music from across the world in the soothing setting of the acoustic living room. Chicken Little – a great interactive show for preschoolers w/ craft time afterwards. The Studio Theatre, 12315 Crabapple Road, ste 122, 30004; 770664-2410.

2 Sunday

Free Yoga Class – Life Yoga Therapy offers free yoga classes on Sundays (4:15pm) and Tuesdays (6:15pm) in February at the Bethwell Commuity Center 2695 Hopewell Rd, Milton. www.milton-yoga.com Caffeine and Octane car show features old and new cars, foreign and domestic, bone stock and modified; located off Windward Pkwy in Alpharetta 8am – 11am at the Deerfield Office Park next to Mambo Jambo.

3 Monday

Black Light Zumba Party, Ditch the work-out and join the party; 1 hour of Latin, Pop and Bollywood Zumba at Z Factor Dance, 4855 Windward Pkwy, 30004. 404-242-1654. 7:30pm – 8:30pm. $3.

4 Tuesday

Free Yoga Class – Life Yoga Therapy offers free yoga classes on Sundays

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(4:15pm) and Tuesdays (6:15pm) in February at the Bethwell Commuity Center 2695 Hopewell Rd, Milton. www.milton-yoga.com

6 Thursday

Sing! Wendy Bennet will use her lovely singing voice to demonstrate the operatic, jazz, and belt voices along with different musical styles including folk. Ages 3 to 10 will love this at the Alpharetta Library, 238 Canton Street, free, 4pm. Open Mic Jam at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta; $7, no reservations necessary, meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, 8pm – Midnight, www.thevelvetnote. com Trivia Night at Vintage Pizza, 7pm, win up to $40 in prizes. 12540 Broadwell Rd., 30004; 770-817-6000; www. vintagepizzeria.com The Big Apple Circus will perform under a big tent at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park for only two weeks, from January 30- February 17, 2014. Now in its 36th Season, the Big Apple Circus celebrates the vitality of life through its all new show, LUMINOCITY. Catch all the verve, the high-spirits and racing-pulse thrills of the World’s Greatest Circus Artists in one ring under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is


PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE • THINGS TO DO more than 50 feet from ringside!

7 Friday

Father/Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance at the Alpharetta Community Center, 175 Roswell St., Alpharetta 30009; 7pm. Theme: “Hollywood’s Night of the Stars,” dancing, refreshments, keepsake photo, DJ light show; $20 for Milton residents- register by Feb. 5. For more info, 678-297-6100; www.Alpharetta. ga.us/recreation Saint Francis at The Velvet Note, a unique contemporary rock-fusion group, 7:30pm and 9:30pm, $20 admission. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta 855583-5838, www.thevelvetnote.com

8 Saturday

Book Signing with local author Rona Simmons, author of “The Quiet Room” will be at Scottsdale Farms to sign her new book – about love, loss and self-discovery -- at 10am. 15639 Birmingham Hwy., Milton; 30004. Friends of Alpharetta Library Book Sale at 10am, 238 Canton Street Dr Cummings Weekly Walking Program – Saturdays, ongoing, 10am – Noon, Wills Park 11925 Wills road, 30009. 678-356-0481. Schoolhouse Rock Auditions. Off Broad-

way Children’s Theatre will be holding auditions for “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.” 2pm – 5pm for all ages 8-17; Actors should prepare 18 measures of a musical theatre selction and come dressed to move. 12315 Crabapple Rd. Ste 122, Alpharetta, 30004. 770-664-2410. www.offbroadwaydance.com Jazz Trumpeter Gordon Vernick at the Velvet Note, professional trumpet player, Director of the Georgia State University Jazztet, for more info visit www.thevelvetnote.com, $20, 7:30pm and 9:30pm

Center 2695 Hopewell Rd, Milton. www. milton-yoga.com College and Financial Aid Planning: Georgia 411 – the GA Student Finance Commission will explain best practices for financial aid planning and an overview of www.GAcollege411.org. 4:30pm, Alpharetta Library 238 Canton St. Free

12 Wednesday

Milton Disability Awareness Committee meeting, 7pm, cityofmiltonga.us

9 Sunday

13 Thursday

10 Monday

Valentine Event for Men Only – Make 2 Valentine’s Day gifts for the special woman in your life. Includes all supplies for the gifts, drinks, chips, BBQ sandwiches catered by Grand Champion BBQ. Scottsdale’s Farms 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Milton 30004; 770-777-5875. $30.

Jazz Saxophonist Marshall Isseks at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy; “one of Atlanta’s most unique and capable young musicians.” For more info, visit www.thevelvetnote.com, $20, 7pm and 9pm Black Light Zumba Party, Ditch the workout and join the party; 1 hour of Latin, Pop and Bollywood Zumba at Z Factor Dance, 4855 Windward Pkwy, 30004. 404-242-1654. 7:30pm – 8:30pm. $3.

11 Tuesday

Free Yoga Class – Life Yoga Therapy offers free yoga classes on Sundays (4:15pm) and Tuesdays (6:15pm) in February at the Bethwell Commuity

“Love Birds For Valentine’s Day” at 10:30am; children ages 4 to 6 years will create their own love bird mobiles in this free workshop at the Crabapple Government Center. For more info, call 678-297-6160. www.alpharetta.ga.us

14 Friday

Happy Valentine’s Day! Kim Chamberlain performing at Zola Italian Bistro for Valentine’s Day, 6pm-

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PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE • THINGS TO DO 9pm, 770-360-5777; www.zolaitalianbistro.com. Mother & Children Valentine Activity – Story time and decorate sugar cookies at Scottsdale’s Farms, 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Milton; 770-777-5875. $5 per child. 10:30am. The Big Apple Circus will perform under a big tent at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park for only two weeks, from January 30- February 17, 2014. Now in its 36th Season, the Big Apple Circus celebrates the vitality of life through its all new show, LUMINOCITY. Catch all the verve, the high-spirits and racing-pulse thrills of the World’s Greatest Circus Artists in one ring under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside!

15 Saturday

Dr Cummings Weekly Walking Program – Saturdays, ongoing, 10am – Noon, Wills Park 11925 Wills road, 30009. 678-356-0481. Five Year Anniversary Celebration at Olde Blind Dog, 11am – 2am. An entire day and night filled with drink specials, food specials, live music, contests 12650 Crabapple Rd., 30004, 678-624-1090, www.oldeblinddog. com Tony Byrd: Lovebyrds at The Velvet Note – an unforgettable vocal artist who draws fans locally ad worldwide with her smooth vocals, for more info visit www.thevelvetnote.com; $22, 7:30pm and 9:30pm

16 Sunday

Free Yoga Class – Life Yoga Therapy offers free yoga classes on Sundays (4:15pm) and Tuesdays (6:15pm) in February at the Bethwell Commuity Center 2695 Hopewell Rd, Milton. www.milton-yoga.com Scott Draffin at The Velvet Note, distinctive compositions and thoughtful lyrics; $20, 7:30pm and 9:30pm, www. thevelvetnote.com 56

17 Monday

Government offices, banks and schools closed for President’s Day holiday Black Light Zumba Party, Ditch the work-out and join the party; 1 hour of Latin, Pop and Bollywood Zumba at Z Factor Dance, 4855 Windward Pkwy, 30004. 404-242-1654. 7:30pm – 8:30pm. $3.

24 Monday

“Better Together” meeting at Bethwell Community Center, 2695 Hopewell Rd, 6pm, cityofmiltonga.us Historic Preservation Commission meeting in the Executive Conference Room, 13000 Deerfield Pkwy, 6pm, cityofmiltonga.us

18 Tuesday

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27 Thursday

Free Yoga Class – Life Yoga Therapy offers free yoga classes on Sundays (4:15pm) and Tuesdays (6:15pm) in February at the Bethwell Commuity Center 2695 Hopewell Rd, Milton. www.milton-yoga.com Trivia Night at Vintage Pizza, 7pm, win up to $40 in prizes. 12540 Broadwell Rd., 30004; 770-817-6000; www. vintagepizzeria.com

21 Friday

Jazz Saxophonist Kenyon Carter performance at The Velvet Note, 7:30pm and 9:30pm, www.thevelvetnote. com, $20

22 Saturday

5th annual Milton Mayor’s Run presents the 11th annual “Jog for a Cause”5K race and tot trot circling Deerfield Parkway, which will be flat and fast. Awards for top 3 finishers. $25, includes moisture-wicking t-shirt. Sign up through Active.com or on the city web site cityofmiltonga.us. for more information, contact angela. thompson@cityofmiltonga.us Self-defense Class for Kids at North Fulton Hospital, 10am. $35. www. revvedupkids.com Self-defense Class for Teen Girls at North Fulton Hospital, 2pm. $35. www.revvedupkids.com Jazz Vocalist at Kemba Cofield at The Velvet Note, for more information visit www.thevelvetnote.com

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Free Yoga Class – Life Yoga Therapy offers free yoga classes on Sundays (4:15pm) and Tuesdays (6:15pm) in February at the Bethwell Community Center 2695 Hopewell Rd, Milton. www.milton-yoga.com Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms at Home, hands-on seminar with Scottsdale’s Farms, 10:30am, 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Milton 30004. 770-777-5875. Dine Out for Jesse’s House – restaurant sponsors generously donate a portion of their proceeds to the Jeanne Marie Education House for Jesse’s House. Participating restaurants in 30004, 30005 and 30009 will be announced in Feb. visit www.jesseshouse.org. Open Mic Jam at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta; $7, no reservations necessary, meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, 8pm – Midnight, www.thevelvetnote. com

28 Friday

The Trey Wright Trio at The Velvet Note performing; jazz guitarist, composer and recording artist based in Roswell, 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings, $20. www.thevelvetnote.com

March 1 Saturday

Art Exhibit: The Bold and the Elegant at das Gallery Fine Art, Noon to 9pm, 2225 Old Milton Pkwy, 30009. Free. Public opening for this exhibit features the mystical and vibrant collection by


PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE • THINGS TO DO Joanne Rafferty, named one of 2014’s ‘Artists to Collect” by Arabella Art Magazine. 678-995- FINE (3463) Dr Cummings Weekly Walking Program – Saturdays, ongoing, 10am – Noon, Wills Park 11925 Wills road, 30009. 678-356-0481. HOWLpharetta Ghost Tour, downtown Alpharetta, narrated walking tour through history, a cemetery, City Hall and more, www.alpharettatours.com

2 Sunday

Caffeine and Octane car show features old and new cars, foreign and domestic, bone stock and modified; located off Windward Pkwy in Alpharetta 8am – 11am at the Deerfield Office Park next to Mambo Jambo.

3 Monday

Read Across America Week! Happy Birthday Dr Seuss! Free. Alpharetta Library, 238 Canton St. Reading Marathon – come to the library, write the titles of the books you read this week on paper slips and help them build a really tall Cat-in-the-Hat hat! 10:30am to 6pm. March 3-7th.

6 Thursday

Open Mic Jam at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta; $7, no reservations necessary, meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, 8pm – Midnight, www. thevelvetnote.com Trivia Night at Vintage Pizza, 7pm, win up to $40 in prizes. 12540 Broadwell Rd., 30004; 770-817-6000; www.vintagepizzeria.com

7 Friday

“Wine and Chocolate Tasting,” at Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market, 1180 Upper Hembree Rd.; There are a large variety of chocolates and wines that pair well together. Sample a little of both. 6:30pm, $19 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

8 Saturday

Dr Cummings Weekly Walking Program – Saturdays, ongoing, 10am – Noon, Wills Park 11925 Wills road, 30009. 678-356-0481.

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Shamrockin for a Cure at Verizone Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta; great food, bands, dancing to support finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 7pm. http://shamrockinforacure.com “Kids Cook: Edible Valentines” for ages 6-9. Noon – 2pm at Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market, 1180 Upper Hembree Rd., Kids discover how to make an assortment of treats for Val. Day and assemble them in special packages to take with them, ready to give away, includes a fruit and cheese snack and all materials and supplies, $29. www.wholefoodsmarket.com “Date Night” French Cooking for Two; 6-8pm at Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market; Learn how easy it can be to cook up romance. $119 per couple, www.wholefoodsmarket. com

9 Sunday

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Expo at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, 5750 Windward Pkwy, 30005, www.atlantapartyconnection.com

10 Monday

Black Light Zumba Party, Ditch the work-out and join the party; 1 hour of Latin, Pop and Bollywood Zumba at Z Factor Dance, 4855 Windward Pkwy, 30004. 404-242-1654. 7:30pm – 8:30pm. $3.

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11 Tuesday

Jammin’ with Ms Jennifer: Music for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers at the Alpharetta Library, 10:30am. 238 Canton Street, Free.

13 Thursday

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Alpharetta Library. 4pm. All the resources and practice tests for the AP, ACT, SAT and GED. 238 Canton St. Midway United Methodist Church Children’s Consignment Sale – 5025 Atlanta Hwy, 30004, Infants, babies and kids clothing, toys, books, games, strollers, car seats, bikes, kids furniture and more! 8:30am – 1pm, 5pm – 8pm. www.midwayumc.org Trivia Night at Vintage Pizza, 7pm, win up to $40 in prizes. 12540 Broadwell Rd., 30004; 770-817-6000; www.vintagepizzeria.com Open Mic Jam at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta; $7, no reservations necessary, meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, 8pm – Midnight, www.thevelvetnote.com

14 Friday

Midway United Methodist Church Children’s Consignment Sale – 5025 Atlanta Hwy, 30004, Infants, babies and kids clothing, toys, books, games, strollers, car seats, bikes, kids furniture and more! 8:30am – Noon. www.midwayumc.org Days Ahead, led by Steve and Kim Wright performing at The Velvet Note 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, $20, 7:30pm www.thevelvetnote.com

15 Saturday

Midway United Methodist Church Children’s Consignment Sale – 5025 Atlanta Hwy, 30004, Infants, babies and kids clothing, toys, books, games, strollers, car seats, bikes, kids furniture and more! 8:30am – 1pm (50% off today!) www.midwayumc.org Annual St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Olde Blind Dog in Crabapple, 12650 Crabapple Rd., 30004; 678-624-1090, www.oldebliddog.com

17 Monday

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

18 Tuesday

Crafts for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents/caregivers at the Alpharetta Library, 238 Canton St. 30009; 10:30am

20 Thursday

Trivia Night at Vintage Pizza, 7pm, win up to $40 in prizes. 12540 Broadwell Rd., 30004; 770-817-6000; www.vintagepizzeria.com Open Mic Jam at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta; $7, no reservations necessary, meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, 8pm – Midnight, www.thevelvetnote.com

21 Friday

Restoration Church of God Kids and Home Consignment Sale – 410 Rucker Rd., 30004, 770-751-9697, 9am

22 Saturday

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Bulky Trash Amnesty Day, 8am-Noon Camp Bow Wow & Home Buddies 5th Annual Clovers and Canines – doggy adopt-a-thon and fundraiser event for The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Humane Society of Forsyth, Angels Among Us, Furkids.org and You Lucky Dog Rescue. Prizes, music, vendors, games, food, face painting and more! 1755 Grassland Pkwy, 30004.

24 Monday

Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 6pm in the Executive Conference Room at 13000 Deerfield Pkwy, cityofmiltonga.us

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Better Together committee meeting, 6pm at Bethwell Community Center, 2695 Hopewell Rd, cityofmiltonga.us

Bruno Construction • gwbrunoconst.com, p23

25 Tuesday

Chris Hoffman Homes • chrishoffmanhomes.com, p25

China Sky Restaurant, p55

Family Playtime – Coloring, puzzles, books and time to socialize with other toddlers and preschoolers, caregivers and families. Ages 0-5. 10:30am. Alpharetta Library, 238 Canton St. 30009.

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27 Thursday

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Open Mic Jam at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta; $7, no reservations necessary, meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, 8pm – Midnight, www.thevelvetnote.com

29 Saturday

Milton Volunteer Appreciation event, luncheon in Council Chambers at city Hall to honor its many volunteers from service groups, boards, committees (and their families) are invited; Noon -2pm, cityofmiltonga.us Dr Cummings Weekly Walking Program – Saturdays, ongoing, 10am – Noon, Wills Park 11925 Wills road, 30009. 678-356-0481. The Great British Car “Fayre”, 10am - 2:30pm in Historic downtown Alpharetta at Milton Ave/Main Street; warm and friendly gathering of British ar and motorcycle enthusiasts, fun, food; awesomealpharetta.com Here at Milton Magazine, we know we have only touched on a small percentage of all the actual cool things happening here (30004, 30009, 30005) so please email us your events – large or small! – to be included in the April/May issue. The only criteria is the event has to take place in 30004, 30005, or 30009 and it has to be within the months of publication (ie. April/May). Can’t wait to hear from you! miltongamagazine@gmail.com.

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Child-like Faith

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Think about a little child’s behavior. Little children enthusiastically live in the moment and are so full of life! They’re focused on the task at hand whether playing a game, riding a bicycle, playing dress-up or eating a bowl of ice cream. They’re not concerned about “What’s going to happen in an hour?” or “What’s going to happen to me next week?” or “Will my bed still be in my bedroom when I go upstairs to go to sleep tonight?” No. The little child of loving parents trusts them to feed her, clothe her, love her and protect her. Since she trusts that they will continue to take tender, loving care of her she is uninhibited, bold and joyful. That’s also a description of what God calls child-like faith: uninhibited, bold and joyful faith! It means doing what’s right no matter what people think of you, always praying with great confidence and being thankful for your abundant life in Christ! I have been intrigued with the biblical principle of “child-like faith” and have been pursuing it. At first glance one would think it’s to be immature but that is far from what God commanded in Matthew 18:3-4. When He said to “change and become like little children” and to “humble ourselves like this little child” He was talking spiritually! It’s child-like FAITH, not child-like, cry baby behavior! Nope. Child-like faith is actually very mature faith. We have to grow deeper into our relationship with God to have child-like faith. This kind of faith produces great joy because it means we totally trust our loving Father in heaven. We’re relaxed, peaceful and thankful that we are so tenderly cared for by our Father. And when trials come – and they will—we’ll respond like a little child and cry out in prayer to our Father. If we have child-like faith calling on God will be our first instinct. There is no one like Him. He’s the Father who never leaves. He’s the Father who never stops loving His children. Who wouldn’t want to grow up to have child-like faith in such an amazing Father?

Grace Balint (ballerina) and Mary Balint (cowgirl) of Canton are grown now, living out their child-like faith in their careers and personal lives. 60

Feb/March 2014 • miltongamagazine.com

Author, encourager, blogger and founder of That Girl Marketing, LLC, Polly hosts devotional gatherings for women in the marketplace with her Totally Devoted series of books. She has 25 years of writing media experience as a newspaper reporter and magazine columnist. She founded and hosted the Woodmont Ladies Bible Study for nine years. She’s been emcee and guest speaker at various women’s events. Polly’s books are available at Yawn’s Publishing in Historic Downtown Canton: www.yawnsbooks.com. Contact Polly @ www.thatgirlmarketing.biz.

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