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  • Book Review: The Martian (click to Read More)

    By Ryland Johnson

    Andy Wier’s 2011 debut book, The Martian, remains one of the best American novels of the last decade. Originally written in serial form online in consultation with a community of scientists, then self-published, it quickly found a broad audience and popular appeal. In 2015, The Martian was adapted into a feature-length motion picture, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon.

    The Martian tells the near-future tale of a

  • To the Alpharetta Community (click to Read More)

    Thanks for Being So Awesome!

    By John Robinson

    Back in May, the City of Alpharetta and the State of Georgia began the process of loosening some of the restrictions that had been put into place due to COVID-19. It has been nice to see the Alpharetta’s businesses, houses of worship, and other organizations slowly opening back up during the past couple of months.

    I would not necessarily state that life is back to “normal,” as each day still looks much

  • Community Partner: The George Center (click to Read More)

    The George Center provides music therapy scholarships and services to families, organizations, and programs. This 501(c)(3) organization relies on the support of individuals, organizations, businesses, and grants to carry out its mission and serve the community. Thanks to generous support, children, adolescents, teens, adults, and “grandfriends” have access to quality, licensed, and board-certified music therapy programs that they could not otherwise afford.

    The center is home to 10

  • It's Cookout Season (click to Read More)

    Cue the Barbecue!

    By Julie Senger

    “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” -Anthony Bourdain

    Summertime seems to be synonymous with preparing food outdoors for family and friends. In fact, in addition to being Independence Day, July 4 is also Barbecue Day. And while grilling, barbecuing, or slowly cooking your food in your favorite smoker makes it taste delicious, these methods also keep you from heating up

  • Artist Profile: Rick and Victoria Pearson (click to Read More)

    Creating Art to Honor Those Who Serve

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Combining a knack for working with wood, a willingness to experiment, and an appreciation for those who serve, north Georgia artists Rick and Victoria Pearson are honoring Old Glory, soldiers, veterans, and public servants through their custom-made wooden flags, crosses, and tribute plaques.

    An inspector for Cobb County, Rick spent his free time making furniture from wine barrels, which the couple would

  • Hait & Kuhn North Metro Ligtigators (click to Read More)

    Helping Those Who Need Saving After COVID-19

    By Anna Teal

    The recent pandemic has stretched and tested families in our community in many ways. For instance, some married couples discovered they don’t like each other as much as they thought after spending all day, every day together. Others have lost their jobs, and their debt keeps piling up. However, keep hope because help is on the horizon.

    No matter what the circumstances, husband and wife attorneys

  • Community Partner: The Younique Foundation (click to Read More)

    Research suggests that one in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 18 — that’s an estimated 41.5 million adult American women who are survivors.

    Think of the women you know and love — your mother, your sister, your college roommate, your best friend, your gym partner, and your co-worker who helps keep you sane when life is scary. One of every four of these women is statistically a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and may have been carrying feelings of shame, guilt, and

  • Fraud Alerts Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic (click to Read More)

    By Dr. Rich Austin

    First, I would like to express my sincere condolences to anyone who has dealt with loss, sickness, or other issues that have widely accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, due to the #FlattenTheCurve movement, the worst that many folks endured was adjusting to sheltering in place and trying to educate and entertain our children in the wake of school closures.

    While we may be much less likely to catch this awful virus while sheltered at

  • Book Review: The Coyotes of Carthage (click to Read More)

    By Marcia Divack

    In Steven Wright’s debut novel, The Coyotes of Carthage, readers get a glimpse of the underbelly of American politics, including dark money, paid operatives, and of course, greed. Wright, a former Justice Department trial lawyer and now an associate law professor and author, provides a razor sharp and dryly humorous view of race, politics, and class in the American South.

    The novel’s protagonist, Toussaint Andre Ross, a Washington D.C. political

  • Artist Profile: Mavis Manganelly (click to Read More)

    Chasing the Beautiful

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Although friends and family say they knew she would be an artist someday, north Georgia painter Mavis Manganelly took a circuitous route before embracing her calling.

    Born in Cuba, she lived in Russia as a child and again as an adult, then immigrated to the United States, living first in Arizona and later in Georgia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Havana and a master’s degree in

  • Family Life Short Story Contest (click to Read More)

    Congratulations to our Winners!


    By Katy Wheeler

    It’d been quite a while since I’d upgraded. A long overdue enhancement, I’m guessing at least five years in the making. Hardly anyone is immune to being enamored by the hypnotic spell that a brand-new cell phone seems to cast. I was no different.

    When I plucked the shiny new phone out of its box, I could hardly contain myself. All the latest

  • Centered Recovery Programs (click to Read More)

    By Anna Teal

    In business since 2017 and backed by expertise in addiction and behavioral psychology, Centered Recovery Programs wants to share its passion for alternative holistic rehab solutions in the north metro Atlanta area. With locations in Roswell and Marietta, this organization offers a unique mindfulness-based approach unlike the traditional 12-step recovery programs. The approach is so successful and widely received that it has been featured in U.S. News &

  • Community Partner: CURE Childhood Cancer (click to Read More)

    Back in 1975, when CURE Childhood Cancer was founded at Emory University, the survival rate for children with cancer was less than 10%.

    Since then, research has improved the survival rate to above 80%. While that is great progress, it’s not enough when you consider that one in five children with cancer is still lost to this disease, which remains the No. 1 cause of death by disease for children.

    CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer by funding

  • Should I Shelter My Investments in Place? (click to Read More)

    By Jack L. Shampine, Jr., LPL

    Recent financial reports provide a catalog of the stock market roller-coaster ride starting at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic:

    February 19 — S&P 500 at an all-time high
    March 23 — Dow Jones down almost 40% since Feb 19, fastest drop in history
    March 26 — S&P 500 on track for best week since 1938 and Dow Jones on track for best week since 1931

  • Growth in Georgia's Film Industry Means More Georgia Jobs (click to Read More)

    By the Georgia Film Office Staff

    Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in which to do business for seven years in a row, and Georgia’s film industry has been an important part of our state’s years-long success story. Film has spurred investment, empowered local small businesses, and put Georgians across the state to work.

    The industry continued to smash records in fiscal year 2019. The 391 film and television productions that were made in Georgia created another

  • Book Review: The Celestine Sibley Sampler (click to Read More)

    By Julia Padgett

    During the uncertainty of recent times, the wit, warmth, and honest brilliance of author Celestine Sibley will bring much needed comfort to readers. For those who may be too young to remember her writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution or her popular books, The Celestine Sibley Sampler is a great place to start. Snippets from Sibley’s books easily pull you into her world, which will be like visiting a childhood friend with every turn of the

  • Artist Profile: Jamie Trial (click to Read More)

    Sharing a Passion for Dance

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Lacking “natural flexibility, extension, and range of motion,” Jamie Trial didn’t see herself as a dancer. In fact, she says she hated ballet as a child. Only after she switched dance studios when she was 13 did she discover that dance is her passion.

    “Suddenly, at the new studio with teachers who encouraged me, I wanted to dance every day,” Trial remembered. “I dove in, and there was no going

  • Mosquito-Free Makes Backyards Home Again (click to Read More)

    Local Businessmen Taking It to the ‘Skeets

    By Gregory Flail

    Few places are as dear to the hearts of north Georgia residents as their backyards. Backyards are more than just a plot of land; they are an extension of the home — a place for children to play, pets to roam, and families to enjoy good weather with friends and neighbors.

    The only serious threats to this lush paradise are the harmful insects that favor Georgia’s long summers. The mosquitoes in

  • Meet Lizz Kuhn (click to Read More)

    The New F.A.C.E. for Judge, Fulton County Superior Court

    By Anna Teal

    Attorney Lizz Kuhn is on the June 9, 2020, ballot. She is running for judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County. Kuhn wants to share her story of overcoming obstacles, so that voters can look ahead to more prosperous times. She is no stranger to challenges. Her strong drive is something to be admired and respected. During tough times, she not only survived — she thrived.

    “It took me a

  • Community Partner: Bethany Christian Services (click to Read More)

    Family changes everything.

    Bethany Christian Services believes every child deserves to be loved, connected, and safe. For more than 75 years, faith has inspired this organization to stand for children in Georgia and around the world. Staff members have a special place in their hearts for teens like Damon, who need what only a family can provide.

    A young man with special needs, Damon was often picked on and bullied at school. One day, when an altercation escalated, he