WWW.METROTIMESATLANTA.COM ~ E @METROTIMESATLANTA ~ M @METROTIMESATL ~ JUNE 2018 @THEMETROTIMESATL METRO the 2nd times Little Thing Clark Carmicheal Page 8 Yo u r “ G o o d N e w s ” S o u r c e Look for it. Arts and Entertainment Where in Metro? 4 Camping and coffee are as much a team as chocolate and peanut butter, Hans Solo and... Family Living 8 A Family that Camps together stays together. We did not have a lot, but we always had fun... Devotional 2 FUN in the SUN The wisest man to ever live told us that “A joyful, cheerful heart brings... Health and Wellness 10 From Boyhood to Manhood While I don’t claim to have all the answers for raising boys... Education & Development 6 Summer School and play Summer Slide! Is not an entertaining game kids play ... Favorites Pat Cavanaugh Pet of the Month Deon’s Do’s & Don’ts 3 3 7 READ ONLINE AT metrotimesatlanta.com A WAKE COMMUNITIES I NTE R N A T I O N A L The Metro Times Delivered right to you! with Friends and Family Page 2 Parks and Rec Might just save your life. I think Ron Swanson from the television show Parks and Rec said it best, “… it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.” As snarky as it sounds, Ron Swanson is speaking a little bit of truth here. Sometimes we look at the beauty of nature on our computer screens or in a magazine, but we don’t get out into the middle of nature to let it heal our bodies as it was designed to do. Did you know nature is therapeutic for your health, both physically and mentally? Even more so than you might think. There has been groundbreaking research in science and psychology about the subject in the last few years. David Strayer, a neuroscientist at the University of Utah, says, “…we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally ...There are significant health benefits from being immersed in nature... more healthy when we are interacting with nature.” Gregory Bratman of TELL US WHERE THIS IS! Enter online at www. eMetroTimes.com for a chance to win a FREE COFFEE DRINK of your choice at AWAKE Coffee Community! Winners announced on MetroTimesAtlanta.com/photocontest Stanford University conducted a study to find out just how much of an impact nature has on your health. He had some participants go for a walk in a natural setting and some in an urban environment. He found that those who walked in the natural setting had more positive feelings and less anxiety than those who walked in the urban setting. Amazing, huh? There are significant health benefits from being immersed in nature. In fact, there are benefits from going outside for just a short walk. Some of the benefits include lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, reduced inflammation and even the prevention of cancer! Your memory and focus can also drastically improve from spending some time outside. Among all the benefits for your health, it’s just fun to get out and bond with family and friends. Luckily, Georgia has an excellent park system, so everyone who lives in this state should have excellent health! Our state is abundantly covered in exquisite landscapes from waterfalls to refreshing lakes. Summer is here, and that means it’s time to gather all of your loved ones and head to a nearby park for hours of fun. Hey, Science says we should do it, right? In fact, I will give you a few suggestions if you are looking for something specific. continued on pg 3 FATHERS AND SONS W hat was the most signifi- cant influence your father had on your life? “My father, Harry K. Breitinger, influenced me the most with his work ethic. He also taught me to never leave a job without having another, that hard work pays off and always repay with kindness.” -Harry Breitinger “During my elementary years, my father Calvin Hogg, worked close to my school so he would walk me to school daily and then continue to his job. He would read scripture and pray with me every morning. Jesus said ‘in your going, make disciples.’ I realize now as an adult that in my father’s going; he was doing just that, mak- ing a disciple of Christ.” -Tim Hogg -David Irwin hot water bottle on one foot and an old boxing glove on the other.’ “The biggest influence my Dad, ‘Always be cool if you can.’” Charles Swaney, had on me was to -Don Swaney want to be a better person and to recognize that the ‘world is not the “My dad, Joe Bailey, has always standard.’ The standard is Jesus. put his family first. He is a man of Some of my favorite quotes from few words, but he was the spiritual him are: leader of our family. One of the ‘Don, YOU should always do things I admired most about him the right thing. No matter what was his prayer. I loved to hear him anyone else is doing.’ pray out loud at church.” “My father, John Irwin, loved ‘You have it easy. When I was -Jacob Bailey me unconditionally. He also had your age, we had to walk to school expectations of all his children to in the snow. And we couldn’t “It has been years since my do the best possible.” afford shoes so I had to wear a Father passed away but, often a continued on pg 3 Well maintained, one owner, custom built, 4 sided brick ranch with full finished basement. Home is professionally decorated, master on main, large living area w/fireplace, lower level has two bedrooms, one bath, den w/fireplace, located on beautiful lake.