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  • Book Review: News of the World (click to Read More)

    By Julia Padgett

    Invoking an element of True Grit, author Paulette Jiles sends us on an adventure though post-Civil War Texas. Captain Kidd, an elderly gentleman who makes his living by reading news to the public throughout small towns in north Texas, is pressed (and paid) to return a young orphan girl who was made captive by the Kiowa tribe four years prior.

    The girl, now 10 years old, speaks no English and wants desperately to return to the only life she remembers — that

  • Burglary Prevention (click to Read More)

    Protecting Your Home While You Travel

    By Dr. Rich Austin

    As we slowly begin to return to normal (or at least a “new normal”), many families have decided to proceed with vacation travel plans or trips to visit family. And while time away may be much needed, unoccupied homes are an opportunity for burglars to strike. Remembering the following tips may greatly reduce the chances of your home being burglarized.  

    Making Your Home Look

  • Community Partner: Southern Magnolia Charities (click to Read More)

    Southern Magnolia Charities (SMC) is a nonprofit organization based in Milton, Georgia, that was established in early 2018 to actively serve the people of north Georgia through fundraising events and donations, making philanthropic grants, and providing services or support that contribute to the health and vitality of the community. The primary fundraiser is the annual Milton Tour of Homes that began in 2016 and transferred to SMC when the tour organizers formed the nonprofit

  • Artist Profile: Amy Duke (click to Read More)

    Painting Serenity

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    “When you go to the coast, the sky gets bigger, the city melts away, and as you stare at the horizon, the vistas and colors are ever-changing. There is something about that play of the horizon and the changing sky that draws me,” said Amy Duke.

    Through her paintings, Duke captures the beauty of the coastal horizon in landscapes that create serenity in their seeming simplicity. Choosing palettes of only three to four

  • Speaking Southern (click to Read More)

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    I became envious of the Southern gift for gab while attending a Shakespeare seminar in Brunswick, Maine.
    One would expect a deeper understanding of the Bard’s verbal virtuosity to have been my linguistic takeaway from those six weeks. But it was the lexicon of a classmate, a teacher from Alabama, who awakened me to the Southern knack for putting together just the right words. Iago wasn’t merely evil, he was “pond scum.” And Othello wasn’t simply

  • Timely Resources for Older Adults (click to Read More)

    By Heather Terry

    The year 2020 has been like no other year. Due to COVID-19, schools moved to virtual learning, graduations were cancelled, employees were sent home to telework, professional sports came to a standstill, senior centers closed, and senior living communities went on lockdown to outside visitors and loved ones. Through the uncertainty, it is interesting to watch how all generations have adjusted to living life through a pandemic.

    This year has been

  • Senator John Albers (click to Read More)

    Solution Oriented

    By Patti Richter

    Citizenship is an old-school word we don’t hear much anymore. It denotes social responsibility, which adds to the quality of life in our chosen community. For those who serve in the Georgia State Legislature — comprised of citizens — such public spirit is a necessity, especially in times of distress.

    Senator John Albers is in his 9th year of representing the 56th District that includes portions of Fulton and Cherokee

  • Book Review: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (click to Read More)

    By Julia Padgett

    Sometimes in life, we need a little bit of escapism. Slipping into a different world to encounter other people’s problems and lives can be an anodyne that we welcome. Let’s face it — that may be the primary reason most of us read — especially when the real world gets heavy. Picking a title and going somewhere else is its own sort of magic. That is precisely the purpose of Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic.

    Main character

  • Ever Wonder What It's Like To Be a Police Officer? (click to Read More)

    By Sean Thompson

    Earlier this year, the world was rocked by COVID-19, which changed our lives in lots of ways. Many people lost their jobs or began working from home. Almost everyone began focusing on social and traditional media because there were no other forms of entertainment. Sports seasons, concerts, and other social events were cancelled, and even visiting family members became a health risk.

    Then came a period of unrest. Police officers suddenly went from

  • Community Partner: Team Maggie's Dream (click to Read More)

    Your life or your dreams? What a terrible decision to have to make. Choose to submit to the toxic treatment that will save your life, and you may lose your dream of having a child. It happens
    to many young people each year.

    For Team Maggie’s Dream namesake Maggie Davis, it was a blindside. She needed to focus on her brutal cancer treatment, but she was worried about never having children. Sure, there are other ways to have a family, but she felt that her childhood dream of

  • Artist Profile: Jay Marsh (click to Read More)

    Transcending Age and Language Through Color, Shape, and Movement

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Seeing himself as an “artist” not a painter, photographer, or an illustrator, Georgia native Jay Marsh experiments in many mediums, combining sketching, painting, photography, and computer graphics. Each work beckons the viewer to discover layer upon layer of color, light and shade, and line and plane.

    Marsh’s first calling is painting in acrylics, which he turns to on

  • Summertime Nostalgia (click to Read More)

    Fond Childhood Memories

    By Family Life Publications Staff

    In many ways, because of the pandemic, this summer has been a lot different. So, we found ourselves reflecting on some of our favorite childhood memories from summers past. We hope that sharing these moments will inspire you to think back on some of your own happy experiences.  


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  • The Marietta Eye Clinic (click to Read More)

    Eye Care That Carries On

    By Patti Richter

    Atlanta’s northwest suburbs have seen steady growth for more than 50 years, and at least one company has grown with the population. In the early months of 2020, while COVID-19 caused the best-laid plans of many businesses to come to a grinding halt, this eye care company remained on task to expand by opening another clinic — its 10th.

    Marietta Eye Clinic is unusual for its size as one of the largest group

  • 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

  • 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