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Vol. 2 | No. 8

In this Issue: 90 DAYS TO A NEW YOU




Johns Creek, Alpharetta & Milton

August 2012

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COMMUNITY Ninety Days to a Better You! Three women, all from John’s Creek, are taking part in a 90-day Body Transformation to not only lose weight but overcome some potentially serious health issues. Under the direction of Darrell Watkins of X5 Sports Lab, Terri, Jen, and Cindi are all committed to doing whatever it takes to shed unwanted pounds for ranging reasons from aesthetics to well-being. I had the pleasure to meet each of them today. Here are their stories. Te Terri, married, age 42, has five reasons to hit the treadmill – her re fo four children and her husband. She h has children ranging in age from e elementary school to college. Terri p put on weight gradually over the y years while raising her children. It sseemed to sneak up on her. She is two weeks into the program, and her greatest challenge is sticking with her nutrition program. She opted for a program that involves a liquid diet. To help Terri stay on track, she has the full support of her husband and family. Jen, 43, is a wife and mother of a one-year-old son. Jen is anemic and was recently diagnosed with an auto immune disease. To counter these potentially harmful health concerns, Jen decided to tackle them head on. She works out at the gym five days a week, for an hour each session with a personal trainer. Like Terri, she also opted for a nutrition program that includes a liquid diet. She found this quite convenient; it was easy to have a meal on the go. She’s only one week into the program, but can already feel a difference. “I’m walking straighter and my body is definitely tighter,” she explains. Jen said her greatest challenge is pushing herself to the next level because, as she puts it, she tends to want to ‘coast.’

wo Cindi, 42, is a wife and mother of two as children, ages two and six. Cindi was he scheduled for bariatric surgery at the end of September, but postponed itt in an effort to make the necessary changes on her own. She explains, e “I wanted to give myself the chance to do it without the surgery.” She had always been a thin teenager, but “I’ve yo-yo’d so much,” she admits. After her first child was born, she never shed the pregnancy pounds. A few years later, her second child was born. Her weight started to spiral out of control. She’s only on day two of the program and has opted for a nutritional meal plan based on raw vegetables, eggs, fruit, brown rice, black beans and the like. She said the hardest part for her is having the raw foods or salads (and “roughage”) without salad dressing. Cindi is fortunate to also have, like the other three women, the full support of her husband and family. Hearing their personal stories and the many struggles that each of y was truly inspirational. Their mental toughness was them face daily encour encouraging. This interview revealed far more than meets the eye – it showed me the significance of what you can really lose when your weight escalates. It also showed me the strength and determination that these women have exhibited in working towards their goals. With unyielding support from ttheir families and friends, I believe that they will a accomplish the task in front of them, and be on the rroad to a well-balanced and happier life. If you spot T Terri, Jen or Cindi in the John’s Creek area, be sure to g give them a thumbs up and an encouraging word! To follow their story, go to the X5 Sports Blog Un Unleashed at:


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COMMUNITY WatchD.O.G.S. Head Back to School The program WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other special men in a student’s life to give up a day in their busy schedules to volunteer at school. This fall marks the fourth anniversary of the program at Mount Pisgah Christian School and it’s a big hit with the kids. On their day of service, WatchDOGS greet students as they arrive, offer extra support to teachers, eat lunch with the students, play on the playground and much more. Many dads say a day in the life of a WatchDOG is more exhausting than a typical day in the office! Even so, fathers who experience the joy, laughter, and exuberance of the young students keep coming back for more. “I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I knew I would be very busy after talking to several second grade dads,” ” said WatchDOG Shawn Lindblom. “The teachers and staff welcomed me with open arms from the moment I walked in the door and immediately put me to work! We as parents talk to our children about their day at school, but experiencing a day on campus is completely different. I’m very excited about supporting the WatchDOG dad program because it provides a chance to interact with different leaders, staff and students, while learning more about the school and how it functions on a daily basis. I look forward to my next day on campus.” Lee Arthurs was the school’s first grandfather to experience a day in the life of a WatchDOG. “It was a very special treat. Being with so many young and active people, not only the students but the teachers and administrators kept me running at a pace that I have not experienced for quite some time. When they gave me my day’s schedule, it looked innocent enough, but by the end of the day I was bushed, particularly considering that during recess the kids had me chasing and climbing until I could run no more! The most special aspect of the day was being with the kids one on one and being able to give them hugs, high fives and atta boys. Their smiles in return were a real thrill for me. It obvious that all involved with the school are pleased and excited to be part of the Pisgah Experience. Thank you for allowing me to be with you and I look forward to returning for another day. Arf, arf, arf!” Learn more about the WatchDOGS program

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Sun Valley Park Attached is the promotional post card from Sun Valley park located off of Alpharetta Highway from 1958 to 1968. This park was owned by Joe Mansell, my uncle, and several other prominent residents of Roswell. Uncle Joe was the principal owner, and the park was located on his personal land. The Sun Valley story is a very interesting one for old time Roswell residents. The park was a wonderful place to grow up. It offered swimming, horseback riding, camping for scouts, dances for students of Milton and Roswell High Schools, Fishing, roller skating, and they even had a train ride. My cousin Linda Mansell Martin has done a lot of research on the subject and she can tell you much more than I can. There is even a group on face book called “I remember the good old days in Roswell, GA”. There are lots of post on this site about Sun Valley.

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BUSY MOMS It’s August! Back to School and Back to Reality August has arrived and school is back in session. This is a blessing in some ways because our children can return back to school. However, in many ways it is a snap back to reality. Our leisurely lives, which consisted of play dates and afternoons of lounging around the pool, have been replaced with carpooling children to and from school and other extra-curricular activities.

Through preparation and learning to manage a schedule, you can make going back to school an easy transition. Living in this fast paced world we have to know how to manage our time and learn to organize.

As a mom, this time of the year can be very stressful. We have our family, jobs, and homes to manage, not to mention finding our “me time”. We not only have to get ourselves into a routine, but also teach our children new routines.

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b. It’s a friendly reminder to your children as well. 2. Gather and Organize: Lay out children’s clothes and pack lunches/ book bags the night before. 3. House Work: Assign jobs or simple tasks for your children to help you with household chores. This is a great way to get housework done, plus the children learn responsibilities. 4. Meals for the family: On the weekends, pre-cook and freeze meals for the family, so that you will not be rushed during the week. 5. Rest: Have a bedtime set for your children and yourself. Rest will help you function for the busy days ahead. 6. “Mom Time”: If possible, try to get up earlier to start your day. This is a great time to have your “me time”. This could be your time to reflect on the day, exercise, or stretch. Exercise or yoga is a great way to keep your mind and body focused on the tasks of the day. 7. Don’t Worry: Even Super Moms make mistakes. So if everything doesn’t go as planned, don’t stress. Jennifer Wade, Ed.S Wife, Mother of 3, and Second Grade Teacher SNBF Pro Figure Competitor NPC Competitor House of Payne Client

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AMAZING KIDS Annabelle Geier “You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.” -Henry Drummond. No truer words have been spoken. Seeing the happiness and joy on people’s faces as you give back will forever be remembered and Annabelle Geier certainly has memories that will always stand out. Soccer and charity are both major events in her life and she loves doing both, so when she decided to collect soccer cleats for kids in Costa Rica it was perfect. Last year as Annabelle was getting ready to leave for her mission trip, she heard about a project where cleats would be collected and donated to kids in Costa Rica. As a long-time soccer player, Annabelle had an extra pair, but at the time didn’t know what to do with them. After hearing about the project she thought it would be great to bring them with her so she would be able to donate them. Even with a couple pairs of cleats, Annabelle wanted to help even more and went to her dad for help. Setting up a presentation for over 750 adults, she was able to receive numerous amounts of cleats and money donations. By the time she was done collecting from her friends, school, neighbors, and different sports teams, she raised about 200-

300 pairs in all! Finally it was time for her mission trip in Costa Rica. As she was there, she noticed all the kids that wanted to play the great game, but couldn’t due to their lack of proper shoes. “Being able to help the children and put smiles on their faces was one of the best parts of helping out.” Annabelle said after the experience. Being able to talk to the little ones was important to her, so the translating was highly involved during the trip. In the end she was able to help kids from ages five to twelve play the world’s most favorite game. Planning to keep the project in motion, Annabelle has learned the importance and enjoyment of giving back. Her favorite quote that motivated her through the event is, “It’s better to give than get.” As she was handing out the cleats she stated “It definitely makes you feel happy and appreciative of what you have.” Funny how one trip can change your whole perspective on life and make you better for it! Annabelle has truly shown us what an amazing kid in the community is! by Hope Kemp-Hanson

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KIDS AND KAY Kids And Kay “… fact, the baby’s brain seems to be the most powerful learning computer on the planet.” From BABY to BACK TO SCHOOLERS…the BRAINS of children are BUSY ! Brain Research ~ it’s a fascinating subject and thanks to new imaging technology we can actually view the brain acting, reacting, and more importantly we can now learn how we learn. No longer having to rely on observations or subjective evaluations, we can now actually view the density of knowledge in the brain. FACT: The brain is the only organ that is unfinished at birth. FACT: In the first three years of life the brain will develop an estimated 1,000 trillion synapses making the brain of an infant-toddler-preschooler twice as active as an adult’s brain. By late adolescence approximately half of these synapses will be discarded due to a “pruning process” of unused brain cells…the “use it or lose it” concept. FACT: The quantity and quality of experiences, stimuli, and relationships in the first 3 years of life has a greater and longer lasting impact on how the brain develops than genetics.

a baby really is. The premise of the movie is that a “wicked corporation” has discovered that babies have the knowledge to speak any language, cure diseases, have all sorts of technological superior knowledge, and the “bad guys” are trying to harness this knowledge for financial gain before this knowledge is lost as the babies get older and become “merely mediocre” like the rest of us…. The fact is, for a comedy way back in the 90s and with what we know now about the brain, Hollywood didn’t realize just how right they had it! The potential for this type of superior knowledge for a babyere…how to nurture infant-preschooler IS there…how this potential is what we, as meager adults, need to figure out! Good Luck as everyone heads off….BACK TO SCHOOL ! Kay Paschal Owner Peachtree Park Prep

As part of the early childhood profession, I feel particularly humbled as well as honored by the responsibility and joy of being a part of this incredible time in a child’s life. As parents and as educators we have a significant obligation to seek out and provide the very best early education and interaction experiences possible for children. Preschools that are academically strong, language rich, have creative outlets, provide social and play based environments, and physical fitness opportunities will all play equally important roles in a child’s brain development providing the neural e architecture that will influence how they will handle all future experiences. Have you ever seen the movie Baby Geniuses? While being a comedy, the movie is based on the truth of just how smartt

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Cross Country/Track Coach Victoria Jones been chosen as one of Brooks 2012 Inspiring Coaches ďŹ nalists. Honoring inspirational track and cross country coaches who not only support their teams with time, encouragement, and dedication, but go above and beyond to build and keep their programs strong, make a lasting difference in the lives of their athletes, and inspire not only their own athletes, but others in their communities to run and be active. Because of the great stories shared about her, she was chosen from over 1300 applications from across the country as one of their top 25 ďŹ nalists. From these top 25 ďŹ nalists, the Brooks 2012 Inspiring Coach of the Year will be selected.

The Johns Creek Business Association (JCBA)l awarded $1,000 each to two students at their monthly meeting in July. Funds for these scholarships are raised at the JCBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Golf Tournament. The JCBA 2012 Annual Scholarship recipients are:

Great high school coaches donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just coach; they inspire, motivate and instill a lifelong love of running in their athletes. Brooks Sports, Inc. gave athletes, parents and others in the community the opportunity to give back to these standout individuals by nominating them for the second annual Brooks Inspiring Coaches program. The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program aims to bring support, awareness and a dose of Run Happy spirit to high school cross country and track and ďŹ eld coaches who go above and beyond to motivate their runners and keep their programs strong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year we read hundreds of heartfelt stories about amazing high school coaches from all over the nation. We ultimately honored 10 who not only motivated their runners on the track and trail, but become their lifelong mentors,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Weber, president and CEO of Brooks Sports, Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These coaches exemplify our mission to inspire everyone to run and be active.â&#x20AC;?

Julia Hellman Julia is a graduate of Johns Creek High School (JCHS). She will be attending the University of Georgia and will major in Journalism. While a student at JCHS, Julia was a member of the Varsity Soccer and Cross Country Teams, Managing Editor of the JCHS Newspaper, The Chariot, and active in the National Charity League (NCL), Roswell/Alpharetta Chapter since 2006. John Wyatt John is a graduate of Northview High School (NHS). He will be attending the University of Georgia and will major in Civil Engineering. While a student at NHS, John was team captain, since 2009, of the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Select Soccer Club, co-founder of the high school Guitar Club, and earned the VIP Award from faculty members for positive contributions to class. The Johns Creek Business Association is comprised of businesses located in and around the City of Johns Creek. The scholarships are awarded to students in Johns Creek High Schools who excel in academics and actively participate in the arts and through service to the community. For more information, please visit

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DIY ON THE CHEAP Shabby to Chic: Furniture Redo One way that I love to add personality to my home is by creating custom pieces of furniture. An easy and inexpensive way to do this is by giving old furniture an up to date makeover. It’s amazing how a coat of paint and some new hardware can turn an old, unattractive piece of furniture into something beautiful and unique. The key is to focus on things like shape and scale, rather than color or finish. All it takes is a little imagination, time and effort.


I found this old console cabinet for $30.00 at an antique market. After cleaning it up, I sanded, primed, painted and lightly distressed it, and now I have a custom piece of furniture for a fraction of what I would have paid to buy this at a furniture store. I even loved the shape of the original hardware, so I kept it and spray painted it silver. Now this previouslyugly cabinet functions as a beautiful buffet table in my dining room. I often find inexpensive pieces of furniture to refinish by checking Craigslist, thrift stores, flea markets or yard sales. These are all great places to find the perfect “diamond in the rough” to transform. Never painted furniture before? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. Here iss a basic “how-to”: • Sand the entire piece, creating a dull surface for your paint to “grab” onto. • Prime the furniture. • Lightly sand after priming and between each coat of paint. • Paint! Several light coats are better and will create a more professional finish. I usually apply 2-3 coats. A semi-gloss or gloss finish is best for furniture and will be easier to wipe clean. • Seal to protect. Polyurethane or finishing waxes are great and will protect your hard work from nicks and scratches. I recommend wax for white furniture since polyurethane can yellow over time. For more tips, tutorials and DIY project ideas, visit Erin Spain


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MONEY MATTERS & ASTROLOGICAL ASPECTS Three Obstacles to a Healthy Economy It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through 2012. Even harder to believe it’s been almost four years since we entered our present state of financial uncertainty, as dated from Lehman Brothers’ September 2008 bankruptcy. So what’s the prognosis for a return to a healthy investment environment? We face three serious obstacles, but I’m still optimistic we’ll see better days. The Saver’s Quandary. The Federal Reserve intends to keep rates low until the economy recovers, which it figures will take at least until 2014. As a result, money invested in savings accounts and money markets is earning a negative net interest after inflation. There are some shelters from this storm, including owning “the right” bonds (i.e. high-yielding, floating-rate, and inflation-protected bonds). Investors might also consider alternative uses for their money, such as using some savings to pay down a mortgage or even buying rental property. The Euro Zone mess. If debt-ridden Greece abandons the Euro, it might trigger a domino effect with other weak economies. As a result, we could see European bank defaults and more social unrest. We would certainly see a dramatic drop in consumer confidence and demand, which could have a direct impact on the U.S. economy. However, Germany and the other strong European economies are unlikely to let the entire Euro-zone unravel, as the Germans are already on the hook for hundreds of billions of Euros for the relief effort.

Uncle Sam headed for a cliff. The U.S government is poised to suck $540 billion out of the economy via a series of tax hikes and spending cuts at year’s end. These include the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, additional taxes mandated under the new healthcare policy and military spending cuts. This would almost certainly result in another recession. Even the Congressional Budget Office called this confluence of events a potential “catastrophe.” But self-interest will prevail. Politicians always figure out a way to dodge such oncoming trains – often at the last minute. The powerful senators who represent defense-heavy states, including Georgia, won’t want to start 2013 with full-scale layoffs from large defense contractors. And no lawmaker wants to start 2013 out with their constituents getting slammed with a bigger tax bill. Yes, things are a little crazy right now. But they will work themselves out. Those who are tempted to ditch a long-term investment strategy based on recent events should heed the advice of great radio commentator Paul Harvey, who observed, “In times like these, it’s helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.” View today’s turmoil and uncertainty not as signs of the apocalypse but as an opportunity to build your portfolio at bargain prices.

Wes Moss, Money Matters About Wes Moss: Certified financial planner Wes Moss is the Chief Investment Strategist at Capital Investment Advisors and host of “Money Matters” on Atlanta’s WSB radio. To reach Wes, visit or call 404-531-0018 to schedule a meeting with one of CIA’s expert financial advisors.

Astrological Aspects for August 2012 The full moon on the second in Aquarius brings many unexpected events into play. The power of the full moon impacts many areas of our lives from the tides to our own electrolytes. When I used to work at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in the 80’s I dreaded working on the full moon because it meant the ER would be hopping by 8pm and it was always hectic. Those benefiting the most from this full moon will be Aquarius, Libra and Gemini with great communication aspects and wonderful opportunities right out of the sky. Mercury remains retrograde until the 8th bringing many issues with computers, cars and all forms of transportation and communication so be patient it will pass. On the sixth and seventeenth we may experience Solar flares as the Moon and Uranus line up in Aries with the Sun in Leo bringing fiery aspects into our atmosphere. This is also an aspect for extreme heat and forest fires. By the new moon on the seventeenth will we see many new insights into our own intuition bringing great inspiration. On the 19th of August we celebrate the time of the sun initiate for new beginnings. Venus moves into Cancer on the 8th bringing good news to Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer with rewards and gifts of unexpected money. On the 23rd the sun moves into Virgo and we will see a shift in the energy and wonderful announcements coming to Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo. Best days for Leo, Aries and Sagittarius will be the full moon on the second and the new moon on the 16th and 17th. On the 31st we will experience the blue moon in Pisces bringing lots of rain worldwide. Mars floats through Libra until 24th when it enters into Scorpio bringing awareness to those keeping a secret. Mars in Scorpio is the detective and if you do not feel sometimes under the microscope with this aspect then you must be the detective. Mars in Scorpio creates mystery and intrigue and can easily misconstrue. Those born under the sign of Scorpio will feel very intense emotions and passion during t he next thirty days so find someone to share this with as soon as possible. August will be a pleasant month filled with fun events, friends and love for the fire signs so enjoy!


Rev. Charlene Hicks Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium Rev. Charlene Hicks welcomes your questions. If you would like to know what the future has in store for you, write in and find out in our “Astrological Aspects”. 770.351.0080

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GOLF & TECHNOLOGY The Mental Game of Golf As we all watched the struggles of Adam Scott coming down the stretch in this year’s British Open, I was feeling his pain as I am sure you did also. While I don’t profess to have all the solutions, I do know that several golfers in recent years have had similar meltdowns. What Adam does from here forward, is as important as what happened that Sunday. For example, Rory McIlroy had a major collapse just last year at the Masters and what happened? He came back and destroyed the field at the U.S. Open later that year. Others have allowed the meltdown to define their career as they never recovered their championship form. Here are some ideas on how you prepare to play better golf. First of all, the more times that you put yourself in a position to accomplish your golf goals, the more likely you are to finally break through. Whether your goal is to break 100, 90, 80, or you want to win the club championship, you need to find out what skills are necessary to accomplish that goal. Drive it better, putt better, or hit your short shots closer. Start tracking your rounds for how many fairways and greens you hit in regulation. How many putts are you taking for 18 holes? Find the weakness and work on it. I have my students complete a golfer profile and from this I gain some insight, as do my students, on what their personality is like as it relates to golf. When in a stressful situation, where do they feel that tension: in their hands or their footwork? Knowing your tendencies under stress is just as important as knowing what part of your game to work on. Preparing yourself for that situation and knowing what to do when that time comes is just like knowing your yardage before each shot.


It is incredibly important to develop a pre-shot routine. This routine is a way to stay relaxed and focused on your process of hitting good shots and not on the outcome. Do not get ahead of yourself when finally getting close to your goal. Stay in the present and make sure your routine does not change. Make sure your sequence and length of time they take do not change. Two final thoughts: First try a little self-talk routine, such as “See it, Feel it, Trust it” and say it every time before you hit. This will occupy the conscious brain and allow the sub-conscious to do what you have probably done 1,000 times before in practice…you hit a good shot! Finally, develop your “On-Course Identity”. You shouldn’t let the result of a good shot or bad shot in a stressful situation define you off the course, but rather embrace it and learn from the shot either way. So let’s role play and find out who are you going to be on the golf course, Tiger Woods? (passionate, emotional), Ernie Els? (easy going) or Jason Dufner? (Mr. Cool). Act out who you would most like to be in that situation and practice doing some of the things that they do when approaching a pressure filled shot. Give it a shot and try acting like Mr. Cool would!

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Are Your Electronics Weathering the Storm? Tis the season for thunderstorms, and with it comes your typical thunderstorm rain, wind and lightning cause and effect. The most commonly feared thunderstorm side-effect is the power surge, which can cripple an electronic device in an instant. What most people don’t realize is that there are other thunderstorm byproducts that can damage electrical devices when they are plugged into an outlet at your home or office. In reality, there are three effects from thunderstorms which can cripple any electronic device: Surge, Brown-out and Blackout. So what’s the difference? • A surge is when an unregulated increase in power that hits the outlets in your home or office and is passed to whatever electronic device that is connected. Sometimes a power surge reveals itself by your lights getting brighter, or even popping, then extinguishing. • A brown-out is when power is reduced below optimal thresholds. This dip in power causes the typical flicker or dimming of your lights in your home or office. • A blackout is simply an absolute loss of power, and therefore, the lights turn off completely. Most people do not realize that a brownout and blackout are more common and just as deadly to your electronic devices. Also, most of us are only protected against minor surges because we only use a surge

protector or power strip. These devices do not protect against the more common brown-out and blackout. The good news is there is a device that is designed to protect against all three lightning side-effects. The battery back-up (often referred to as an uninterrupted power supply – UPS) is readily available and affordable for individuals and small businesses. A battery backup is basically a surge protector that has a battery inside. While the surge protector helps against spikes, the battery allows your devices to function normally when a brown-out or blackout occurs because the UPS recognizes the change in power and automatically switches to battery power. If you have a battery back-up in place and there is a brown-out, no harm, no foul. You can work as if it never happened because the battery will fill the void of the power dip. If there is a blackout, however, the battery gives you time (remember it’s a battery, not a power generator) to properly shut down your device, which prevents damage that would be caused by a sudden stop of power. A UPS will certainly extend the life of any electronic device that connects to it. Battery back-ups are available online and at nearly all office supply and electronics stores. Some of the more well-known (and higher quality) brands are: American Power Company (APC), CyberPower, and Tripplite. If you want your electronics to “weather the storm,” then always put a battery backup between your outlet and your device.

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FAITH & VALUES Summer Missions

JCBC Hosts Summer Camps

Johns Creek United Methodist Church has been focusing on mission projects near and far this summer! The church sent a team in July to Guatemala in support of the Feeding Center in Guatemala. The team was so excited to see that the children not only wanted to see them, but they were eager to help unload the many parts required to assemble the stoves. The young boys took great pride in the fact that they could lift two cinder blocks at one time and stack them neatly in the school’s gym. Just a year earlier many of the children at the school suffered from malnutrition and likely could not have accomplished such a feat. As such, the community of Johns Creek should know that JCUMC’s support of the feeding center has made a tremendous difference in the lives of the children in Guatemala . Take a look at the mission blog for more information

The summer has been busy at Johns Creek Baptist Church as the church has hosted over a dozen summer camps. The month of July brought almost 300 kids out to the church for recreation camps in the areas of soccer, cheerleading, and basketball.

The church is collecting book bags and school supplies during the next few weeks to donate to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry and to North Fulton Community Charities. If you are looking for a church home you are invited to Come, Make Yourself at Home at Johns Creek United Methodist Church. There are three worship services every Sunday 8:30, 9:45 and 11 am. Sunday school for children and adults is offered at 9:45 and nursery is available during all three services.

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JCBC began the month with Upward Basketball Camp and closed it with a PRO Basketball Camp led by the Riverwatch Middle School Coaches. Challenger Sports returned with two camps as coaches from the United Kingdom led over 100 eager soccer players. Finally, a couple of local high school cheerleaders led a camp for girls interested in cheerleading. The church is now readying itself for the upcoming Upward Soccer season in September. Registration closes in August. Upward Basketball and Cheerleading seasons will take place beginning in January with registration opening up September 1. Any questions can be directed to Ed Rivers, Recreation Director, at 678474-4442 or

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FAITH & VALUES Summer Fun at Camp Gan Israel

Over 160 campers from across the North Fulton area enjoyed a fun and exciting summer at Camp Gan Israel which is run by Chabad. The camp which began in 1998 has become the premier Jewish day camp serving the ever growing Jewish population in North Fulton. “This year was one of our best summer ever” said Rabbi Dov ber Thaler, the camp director “We already have campers wanting to sign up for next summer” The camp runs every summer for five weeks from the last week in June until the end of July. More information at

Congregation Dor Tamid The Preschool Place at Congregation Dor Tamid blasted into Summer camp exploring the Solar System and building a rocket ship and lunar launch that just defied description. Suffice it to say, the imagination of a child is limitless and there is nothing that cannot be done when you supply boxes and paint. During the “Blast Off” session, the children made space collages, flying saucers and paper bag astronaut helmets. In “Going Green” week the garden was a favorite destination. The tomatoes and cucumbers were ripe and the sunflowers were huge! Children created art with recycled materials and beautiful nature prints. To celebrate Independence Day, the children made giant flags out of recycled materials and wrote their own Declaration of Independence. We cooked up the third session of “Stir Crazy” camp by making homemade orange juice. One class took a trip down to the garden and picked tomatoes and turned them into a tortilla soup in the blender. What a valuable lesson to see how we can turn our own freshly picked vegetables into delicious and healthy snacks and meals. To finish up our “Crazy Cooking” session, we made our own peanut butter and honey-nut butter in the classroom. We sampled the butters with challah and the honey-nut butter was a big hit. We’ve had a great summer at The Preschool Place at Congregation Dor Tamid.

Established in 2004, Dor Tamid has one of the largest accredited Jewish religious schools in Georgia, full day and half day preschool, adult enrichment programs, with spiritual, cultural, recreational, and social action programs and services for members of all ages. For more information, visit or connect with CDT on Facebook at

CALLING ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY Come meet us at these FREE Summer Fun Events: Congregation Dor Tamid (CDT) is a Reform synagogue located in Johns Creek. Learn about us and meet clergy, staff and other members. Friday, August 10th at 6:45 p.m. -- Prospective Member Dinner and Services at CDT. Meet Rabbi Ron Herstik, our new Assistant Rabbi, Michael Weinstein, Cantorial Soloist Mike Zuspan and Religious School Director, Jill Burns. Saturday, August 11th at 7:30 p.m. (at congregant’s home) -Prime Timer’s Dessert and Wine Social. -- (ages 50+, no children please). Meet Rabbi Ron Herstik and other members of our congregation. Special member rates for those ages 60 and over. Call 770-623-8860 for address or email Tuesday, August 14th and August 21st at CDT 6:00 p.m. -Coffee Talk with Rabbi Ron. Space limited. Please RSVP. For more information and to RSVP for any of these events, email


“Congregation Dor Tamid” is very excited to announce the arrival of our first Assistant Rabbi, Michael Weinstein. Rabbi Weinstein, his wife, Laurie and their son, Mose, moved here from Boston in July to join our Johns Creek community. He will work primarily with our youth. Meet Rabbi Weinstein at Shabbat service on August 10, 17 and 24. Go to for information.

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EXPLORING A WOMAN’S WORLD Back to School Boundaries The easiest people to have relationships with are the ones with good boundaries. They are respectful, compassionate, non-judgmental, honest and you can count on their “no” meaning “no” and their “yes” meaning “yes.” Let me begin by telling you a quick story about one of my very dear friends who is really good with boundaries but even she struggles with that people pleasing disease. She called the other day to tell me about something she was proud of… holding an entire PTO accountable! I have your attention now. It all began with an email that included her and 20 other people. It was from a top dog in the PTO. The email informed all recipients that my friend would be in charge of a huge school event for the year. This was the first my friend had heard of this. One time last year she mentioned that she would “help out” but she never agreed to what she had been “assigned.” Whoa!!!

Our boundaries begin within us. Once we get clear on what we will and won’t accept, it becomes very clear to everyone around us. Holding ourselves and others accountable will ultimately create easier and healthier relationships all around us. Research has shown us that boundaried people are the most compassionate people. If this is an area you struggle with, boy you are not alone! Most of us do. Pick an area that you struggle in setting boundaries. When someone crosses your boundary, you can let them know in the most respectful and compassionate way. This is a true gift to each of you!

After several hours wrestling with mother guilt, people pleasing fear and resentment, she took a deep breath and formulated an authentic and courageous response. It entailed her politely and firmly saying she did not agree to this and would not be able to fulfill that duty. She then stated what she would be willing to do. There was one reply to her email that said, “Way to go girl! Good job standing up for yourself.” This is what I call self-love and self-compassion. It’s how we let ourselves know we matter AND it teaches people how to treat us.

Beth Franchini is a licensed professional counselor serving North Fulton and Forsyth counties. Her website is She can be reached at 770-605-3111.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Every Minute Counts – Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke Whether you are a man or woman, no matter your race, in the prime of life or enjoying your golden years, you may be at risk for a stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourthleading cause of death in the U.S. The best protection for you and your loved ones against this potentially debilitating and life-threatening event is to know the warning signs of stroke and receive prompt medical assistance when they appear… because every minute counts.

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What is a Stroke? A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is suddenly obstructed, cutting off the flow of nutrients and oxygen needed for the brain to function and resulting in the death of brain cells. It can be brought on by a blockage or clot in the blood vessels that lead to the brain (ischemic stroke) or, less common, when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Warning Signs and Symptoms Stroke is a life-threatening emergency and should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack. The good news is that when medical attention is sought within the first three hours of the onset of symptoms, treatments are available to reduce disability and save lives. Learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and call 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke. Use FAST to remember the warning signs: F FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? T TIME: If you experience/observe any of these warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Amy Tippens Story In 1987, I would mark my life by starting my final year of middle school. I saw the upcoming year as a time of unlimited possibilities. I had this fantasy that entering high school during fall of 1988 would give me the chance to reinvent myself into a grown-up woman with style and popularity. But, as almost any sentient adult knows, things don’t always turn out the way we envision them in our mind’s eye. I hadn’t prepared to embark on an arduous journey that would change everything about me for the rest of my life. This unexpected path would crumble my person to the core and forcing me to build myself back up again. Quickly 1987 became the first of many years I would spend in torment wishing for an escape from my own reality. As a 12 year old, I spent my afterschool hours enjoying two hours of swimming followed by two more hours of basketball practice each day. My basketball activities had just begun, but my height, natural talent, and ability to wage psychological warfare on my opponents had set me up for a career that far surpassed any professional future I had in the pool. I had the athletic gift in both to very possibly that was expected to put gold around my neck one day. During the summer before my final year of middle school, I went on a trip with my church youth group and returned with more than sand in my suitcase for a souvenir. I had what looked like mosquito bites on my legs, but figured they were from sand fleas. These mysterious “bites” quickly turned into fluid-filled blisters that continued to travel up my legs all the way to my scalp. I went on to develop a number of disturbing symptoms including: acute pain in my side, repeated bouts of temporary loss of gross motor function, protracted bouts of insomnia followed by periods of excessive sleeping, malnutrition resulting from my body’s inability to process food, and countless others. Unbelievably, my undiagnosed illness k puzzled countless physicians and left me stuck in a bubble (yes, like the bubble boy) at the hospital.

just not very smart? Concluding I just didn’t measure up either way. My life had gone from one of seemingly unlimited possibilities to a hellish drudgery that I could never have imagined. I paid my doctor another visit with a deep cough and struggle to breathe. This time was different than my many other fruitless doctor visits. This time my physician quickly sent me to a hepatologist, or liver specialist. It wasn’t pneumonia that challenged my ability to breathe. It was one of two dozen tumors in my liver. Christmas in 1992, my doctor told my family and me that in order to live, I would need a new liver. They evaluated my candidacy and almost denied me, but Fate smiled upon me. On February 20, 1993, my life changed forever. My body became whole for the first time in my life through my liver transplant. Since then, life still has its challenges and heart breaking set back, but is also filled with extraordinary, inspiring joy. What I thought would break me has actually has given me more than I ever dreamed. Over the years, I’ve marked some things off my bucket list and added a few new ones. One of my dearest dreams involved founding my own company, RockScar Love Designs®. It’s an apparel business that focuses on celebrating life’s scars and the lessons that come from them. We’re a small company with a huge mission! Our prayer is that we help heal broken hearts and bodies in this world through each person we touch. We hope to do what my donor did for me…to give new hope. I be believe I’m meant to do something significant – that’s why I got the g p gift of a second chance at life. Hopefully, with the help of my team and people like you, the reader, I’m doing just that. For more information on RockScar, visit http://www.

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SENIOR FITNESS The Power Of 10 It seems like everyone, me included, wishes at some point in their life, for extra time. Time to do the little things: play with the kids, work in the garden, shoe shopping, or even just take a nap. But we are so busy. There’s no time for anything most days except to eat, drive, work, drive, eat, sleep. Repeat. It’s especially hard to fit in a good workout routine. So what I’m about to tell you may seem counterintuitive. But here it is: Slow down, speed up results. ‘The Power of 10’ is a concept and book by Adam Zickerman and Bill Schley (2003). They suggest that rather than spending countless hours at the gym (running, walking, weight lifting, gossiping in the locker room) all you really need to do is 20 minutes of weights, twice a week. And resting between workout days is highly recommended.

I have always been a believer in mixing things up with exercise: alternating jogging or running with kickboxing, or gym machines with free style exercises. ‘The Power of 10’ has absolutely been a great asset to my workouts, and in the classes that I teach. So whether you are a beginner or a novice, it is definitely worth checking out ‘The Power of 10’. If not just for the awesome results, then to just save yourself some time. So you can focus on the things that really matter in your life. Kerri J. Groen Owner/Founder, Platinum Senior Fitness (404) 840-2290

For example, this is the old-school formula for bicep curls- hold a dumbbell in each hand, lift hands up to shoulder height (just moving the forearm), and then back down. As a fitness instructor, I learned that 10-12 reps (repetitions) for 2-3 sets (or 2-3 times) with a rest period in between sets is adequate for most participants in any given exercise. ‘The Power of 10’ offers a brand new way to optimize your time and results. Now, bicep curls ‘The Power of 10’ way = Same exercise as before; however, bring the weight up slowly to the count of ten, then back down for the count of ten. It is harder than it sounds, especially on the descent. Your intuition is to bring the weight down quickly, as that is where you start to “feel the burn”. I usually use 8-10 lb. weights with my exercise routines; however, after four reps, I opted to go down to 6-lbs (because you can really feel it working). You can do this method with a variety of exercises: squats, lunges, tricep kickbacks, anything. It is a truly a resourceful way to amp up your workout without wasting your time. And besides seeing great results in a shorter amount of time, Zickerman suggests resting 2-3 days in between sessions. This means you don’t have to do this routine every day for hours on end. Twice a week for 20 minutes is the recommendation.

Age Really IS Just a Number Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could turn back the clock? After gazing at the aging woman in the mirror, I decided to fight back! I had never been athletic at any point in my life, but I took to the gym and decided, at the age of 57, to compete in my first figure competition! I refused to look my age. After all, who decided that when a person reached a specific age there were to look or act a certain way?

Taking small steps will make it easier to move towards a healthier lifestyle. We need to do ALL we can to make sure we live a healthy, independent life! Be more determined than ever, because after all, age really IS just a number! Diane Gruber Sports Training, Nutrition Consultant

It is a lot of work, but with determination, exercise and good nutrition, we CAN improve our quality of life. I believe that the mind is a powerful tool. I also believe that bad habits can be changed. Now, you don’t have to give up everything at once; that may cause you to quit and that is not the objective. Start with small changes in your life and stick with them. See how you feel and implement other changes. Here are a few things to get you started: • Smile: Greet everyone you meet with a big smile! You use all the muscles in your face when you smile and not only will you feel good, but a smile can make someone else’s day too! • Stand up Straight: Poor posture makes you look older. It’s the telltale sign of one’s age. Standing or sitting up straight will make you look and feel better. • Supplement: It’s no secret: our food no longer supplies all the nutrients our body needs. Supplements (vitamins and minerals) are important. If you do not currently take any supplements, just begin with one item and build slowly. One of my first recommendations is to try taking flax seed oil once a day. Flax seed oil has been proven to help lower cholesterol. Try using it in a shake or drizzle it over a salad once a day for a full week and see how you feel. • Positive Thoughts: I could talk on this subject all day! It makes no sense to dwell on the past or work about the future as we have no control over either one. However, we CAN control the present and choose to be positive and thankful for what we have.

August 2012 • Vol. 2 No. 8


WINE & FOOD Champagne 101 I had a dinner gathering with friends the other day and one of my dear friends handed me a bottle of Moet & Chandon’s Dom Perignon Vintage 1995. She had found it tucked away within a box in her garage. She wanted me to have it. A vintage Champagne is truly a rare find; only declared after the harvest of an exceptional growing season. Champagne is both a region and a wine. Known predominately for sparkling wine made from a blend of three primary grapes; chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier [muh-NYAY].

Champagne was historically the drink of royalty and celebration. Today we know that Champagne is something we can have whenever our hearts desire; paired with simple brunch, seafood or spicy dishes. Here’s a little of what makes this region and its sparkling wines so special: The soil: well drained chalk soil with a subsoil of mineral laddened limestone - each grape variety benefits in different ways which benefit’s the makeup of the final wine. The climate: the Champagne region is one of the most northern wine regions, so wine grapes don’t fully ripen. The resulting wines are full of mouth watering acidity which makes them completely foo friendly. food Me Method of production: the grapes are whole cluster harvested an and the primary or first fermentation is usually within stainless steel tan tanks (the grapes are fermented separately). After this fermentation co comes the blending of grapes and the addition of yeast and sugar to promote a second fermentation in the bottle. The filled bottles ar are matured and eventually the dead yeast from the second fe fermentation is disgorged. After disgorging, the bottle is topped w with another sugar mixture, corked and covered with the wire cage w we recognize on wine shelves. A lot goes into making Champagne making it an extraordinary e experience paired with food or not. S Some producers to try: Moet & Chandon, Pol Roger, Veuve C Clicquot, Louis de Sacy, and Taittinger

Enjoy! Jacqueline Chambliss, FWS Jacqueline is a wine appreciation consultant, a French Wine Scholar (FWS) and Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) educated. 770.573.1007


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Humble Italian Cooking 2100 Ray Moss Connector Johns Creek, Georgia 30022


Good Friends. Good Times. Great Food. Chef Greg brings you Humble Italian food that’s always made from scratch.

Now Offering a Gluten-Free Menu! Johns Creek, Alpharetta & Milton •

WHAT’S COOKING? What’s Cooking? The story behind our Mozzarella Scottare is actually quite simple. As a Chef, I like things which are approachable, but just slightly different than the norm. Only slightly. I do cook with modern styling, I deconstruct, I reconstruct, I play my dishes off of the classics and I use conflicting flavors or techniques to get what I am looking for. I just make sure that I don’t go too food geeky, because, if no one buys it, it doesn’t matter how good it is. So, the Mozzarella Scottare came about because I wanted to play off of the old school fried Mozzarella, but wanted a healthy version. It is our own house made fresh Mozzarella, sliced about a half inch thick and lightly breaded with our house made bread crumbs, seared on the flat top griddle in blended Olive Oil and served with a variety of toppings. We keep the cheese the same on every menu, but change the accompaniment seasonally. The picture is the first one, marinated Cherry tomatoes, the easiest one. It will pair with numerous items, but I try to keep the sweet and sour balance to cut the richness of the fresh Mozzarella. First, get some fresh Mozzarella, you can make your own, but it is easier to buy it. Next, some fresh bread crumbs, or you can purchase them too. If you get plain crumbs, or make your own, they need to be fully seasoned, otherwise the cheese will not have much flavor. You will need an egg wash, which is a mixture of eggs and milk whisked together well.

So, here is the recipe, and I will give instructions at the end. 1 Ball Fresh Mozzarella – per person- Sliced into three, or about a half inch thick. 1 egg 1/4 cup milk whisk well 1 cup bread crumbs, seasoned with Salt, Pepper, Italian Herbs and Parmesan 1 Tablespoon Olive oil, or blended olive oil (don’t use extra virgin as it will add a bitter taste when cooked) 1 container Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half 2 cloves Garlic – Sliced thin 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil 2-3 leaves Basil Salt and Black Pepper Mix and set aside First, dunk the cheese in the egg wash, then fully coat the slices in the bread crumbs, use one hand for the egg wash and the other for the bread crumbs and dunk one slice at a time. Place them on a plate with wax paper to separate the slices. Second, put a skillet on medium heat for about one minute to warm the pan. Carefully, add the olive oil. Third, MAKE SURE to let the oil heat for at least thirty seconds or the bread crumbs will stick. Gently add the cheese. Let sear for about one minute on each side, or until the cheese just STARTS to melt and the bread crumbs are golden brown. Fourth, gently lift from the pan and place on the plate. Stack the cheese slices like shingles and spoon the tomato mixture across the top. Enjoy!

Chef Greg Lipman Dal Cuore Restaurant, Johns Creek

August 2012 • Vol. 2 No. 8


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