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This article appears in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine. Did you like what you read here?...

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Pursuing Dreams Letting Go of Self Doubt

By Naimah Shaw It was about 18 months ago when I took a leap of faith and created my very own public Facebook page. It was a way to articulate who I was and to show our journey as a large Muslim American family, knowing that I ran the risk of being judged. It was the beginning of my journey, the first step outside of my comfort zone and I am better because of it. It was about 18 months ago when I took a leap of faith and created my very own public Facebook page. It was a...

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Go Girl – Jessica Parkes

By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring Jessica Parkes Jessica Parkes, 50, is a small business owner married to Chris Parkes who currently works in Nuclear Power Operations and retired from the U. S. Navy. Jessica and Chris have one son, Zachary (22) who is active duty Navy, a daughter-in-law, Anna and a daughter, Alexis (17) who is a senior in high school and recently admitted early to the University of Georgia for Fall of 2018. The family has two pets: Einstein, the smartest poodle on the planet and Forrest Gump, a small Jack Russell with a huge attitude....

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Why Am I Sad?

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Virginia dragged herself into the office and slumped over in the chair. Her body language spoke volumes and her words reinforced that she was feeling poorly. “I don’t get it.  I feel pretty normal, and then over about a week this time every year I feel like I am falling down a deep hole and can’t get out.  I sleep way more than normal, but never feel rested. I gain weight and just feel down all the time.  I’m really getting tired of being tired.” Virginia wasn’t sad, she had SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder,...

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Safe Kids: ‘Tis the Season for Toy Safety

By Renée McCabe, RN, BSN Did you know that more than a third of all toy-related injuries happen to children age 4 and under? Toys and games provide loads of enjoyment and education for children, but you’ve got to play it safe when it comes to toys. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks, or even inventing their own games, here are some Safe Kids recommendations to promote safe play: Age matters: Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game. Read the label: It’s worth your time to read the instructions and warning...

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