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Local Artist Nancy Alhabashi

Local Artist Nancy Alhabashi

Aug 28, 2013

By Nancy Alhabashi I was always a dreamer since I was a little girl. Far East by river Jordan I grew older loving to write and paint. By age 15 I moved to the United States. It was nothing but a hobby. Not till 2007 when I had to watch my dear father die from stomach cancer, I started painting more and more. I could not grief him enough because I had to put a smile on my face for my two 6 months old twin girls and 18-month-old son. So every night when I put them to sleep I would paint for hours. Only 3 months later I was myself diagnosed with 6 cm mass in my right lung. (Choriocarsinoma) .  . I spent almost 2 years partially watching my kids grow older. Between three surgeries and four long Chemo sessions I would go to my basement and paint. I poured on canvas all kind feelings. (Hope, sad, love, grief…Etc. I finally won the battle. Although cancer is never good news but in my case it was I knew what I wanted to do with. I have contacted Aurora Theatre and did my first solo exhibit there. It was a very successful solo exhibit with an outcome of seven pieces sold which was the first in the Theatre history. I am very blessed to be given another chance to stay round for my wonderful children (Hisham, Razanne, and Rowanne), and loving husband (Hashem Abuaisheh). Artist Statement: I believe in the power of colors. Yes you can stir feelings with only colors. I use several layers to create texture and depth. I am very daring with putting colors together. I  mix impressionism with abstract. Good art is what stirs feelings and touches your heart. I am still learning each day about myself through painting and writing. Art in all of its forms is a way of healing physically and mentally. Love is the most powerful feeling that can change lives. I paint and write about love in a very soft yet strong way. Most of my work is dreamy and somewhere else out of this world. About My Book  Soul Whispers : As much...

A More Focused, Confident, Happier, Healthier Child!

A More Focused, Confident, Happier, Healthier Child!

Oct 25, 2012

By: Larry Bullard The # 1 Role Of Parenting- According to many child physiologists the #1, top of the list, highest priority role of parents is to “Nurture High Self-Esteem in their Children.” We must nurture high self-esteem to ensure that our kids grow up with a confident belief in themselves. You can nurture high self-esteem in many ways… I will not go too far into all the ways, but here are a few: Avoid Destructive criticism, Praise children and make them feel important, Tell them everyday how much you love them, Give them 12 hugs a day, and, most importantly, Get them involved in programs that cause them to feel like winners. All Gwinnett County kids can benefit from having structured activity, positive role models, short and long term goals, quality friendships, a positive outlet for their energy, and an excellent environment to learn character qualities that will enhance their performance at school, at home, and in other sports.  These are some of the perks of attending a top notch Martial-Arts School.   My name is Larry Bullard and I am the owner of one of the most successful martial-arts schools in the Lawrenceville area, Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta. For more than 40 years I’ve been nurturing children like yours with character building tools found only in martial-arts. No other sport can match them. I have consulted with over 8,000 Parents and many of them share the same concerns and priorities for their children. Parents talk about the importance of positive influences, organized activity, developing discipline and confidence, goal-setting, and physical exercise.  I’m happy to report that many parents also found that training atThe Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta can accomplish all these objectives. Your child’s Biggest Challenge comes from: Their Fears and Self-Doubts.  And it’s this limited way of thinking that is all around them that holds them back more than anything.  “I’m not as good as John.”  “I never get what the teacher is saying.” “Other kids are getting all the breaks.” “How come I can’t be as popular as Jane.” “ I’m not good at this, it’s just not for me.” “How come that kid keeps picking on me?” The list goes on and on.  The question is: How can your child defend themselves...

Where Have All the Christians Gone?

Where Have All the Christians Gone?

Jul 16, 2012

On July 31st, Gwinnett County voters will cast their ballots for the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Chairwoman as well as District 1 and District 3 commissioners. Two of the three races are quite tame; Charlotte Nashis unopposed for the Chair position and Jace Brooks and Laurie McClain are vying to represent District 1. But in District 3, the race is anything but tame. Incumbent Mike Beaudreau has three challengers– Tommy Hunter, Mike Korom and Jerry Oberholtzer. Under the best of circumstances, a four-person race is dicey, but in this contest, desperation has apparently given rise to the type of sleazy activities one would expect to find only in places like Chicago. And while all candidates claim to subscribe to strong Christian values and morals, some of the strategies being employed show that at least one candidate’s subscription has expired. The first evidence of desperation came in the form of a robo call that urged a “NO” vote for Mike Beaudreau. (Apparently the sponsor of the call was under the impression that Mr. Beaudreau had “Yes” and “No” boxes next to his name.) The recorded voice made a number of false or misleading claims and, in clear violation of election laws, failed to mention who paid for the message. A few days later, voters in Gwinnett County District 3 received a post card in the mail with similar misleading and false claims. Neither the robo call nor the post card promoted any candidate, so they could have originated from any of three campaigns, or through an independent source. However, considering the costs and potential benefit involved, and the funding source of previous smear campaigns, it seems highly unlikely that this one is being financed by someone not affiliated with at least one campaign. (Although this is purely speculation, this wouldn’t be the first time that a candidate with little hope of winning entered a race for no other reason than to force a run-off.) I’m no expert, but misstating information and making personal attacks hardly seems like Christian behavior. All of Beaudreau’s challengers are denying knowledge of the smear campaign or pointing fingers at their opponents or remaining silent. So where are the self-proclaimed Christians...

Gwinnett Forum Endorses

Gwinnett Forum Endorses

Jul 13, 2012

The year 2012 turns out to be politically quieter than 2010, when there were many statewide candidates. We will make endorsements in all primary races, Democratic and Republican, where we have met with candidates. Unfortunately, several candidates chose not to spend time with us. We will make no comment on these candidates, nor will we give those who chose not to visit with us space to answer questions we put to other candidates.

Here are our endorsements of the following candidates:

How To Teach Your Child To Set Goals

How To Teach Your Child To Set Goals

May 25, 2012

If you are a parent you have goals for your child.  They may be growth and developmental goals, academic goals, and maturity goals.  As parents we want the best for our children.  Now we must teach our children how to want the best for themselves by teaching them how to set goals!   Teaching your child how to set goals will be fun for the whole family! In fact after you help your child set their goals you can begin clearly setting your own, which will have a huge impact on you reaching them faster.     Here’s how you start… First, Define a Goal. I like to use this definition; a goal is a planed destination, a desired result, or in kids’ language, something that you want.  Goals help us stay on track, they give us reasons to do our very best.  Once your child understands what goals are, they can begin to set goals in three areas; Academic, maturity, and athletic.   It’s effective for a child to set yearly goals and review them each month to measure how far they’ve come.  What if they don’t reach their goal?  Extend the deadline, that’s all.   Let’s get back to setting them.. On a clean sheet of paper have your child write the three categories at the top.  Then under each category they will write as many goals as they can think of.  Here’s one example “I graduated the fourth grade with honors, June, 2012.” This would be an example of an academic goal.  Notice that we put the goal in the first person, present tense, and we state the goal as if it were already complete.  It’s very important that you follow this procedure, by doing so your child’s goal will become part of their subconscious mind.  Make sure your child re-writes their goals monthly.  You can begin your own list of goals and review them monthly as well.   By having your child do this exercise each month you will be doing them a huge favor!  It will take discipline on your part, but if you can follow through and stay with it you will give your child an edge.   At The Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta we use Black Belt as a long term goal...

Lady Sun Spa

Lady Sun Spa

Mar 5, 2012

Kimberly Lam opened her new business in Lawrenceville just a month ago and already has her fans. Her business Sun Nails & Spa provide manicure, pedicure, skin care, facial, waxing, eyelash extension, and other services. Kim also have Skin Care, Slimming Products, Facial Masks and much more for you to look and feel beautiful. All women strive for perfect porcelain skin. Due to our busy lifestyles, we don’t have the time and energy to properly stick to our beauty rituals, so consistency and determination are important. Oriental women emphasize beauty routines based on natural products. According to legends, Oriental women have secret formulas to keep their skin smooth, youthful looking and forever beautiful. They have  reaped  the  rewards of their botanical heritage for centuries. Beauty secrets from Asia Consists of beauty and skin products that combine ancient beauty recipes and the newest modern technology which together maintain enhance and preserve skin’s youthful appearance and health. Visit Kim and Uncover Oriental beauty secrets by using her services and products. 2695 Sugarloaf pkwy Lawrenceville,GA.30045 http://agelessasian.com/...