Heritage Sandy Springs is an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of the City of Sandy Springs. The group manages a four acre green space located in the heart of the city. This urban green space is a lovely oasis in a vibrant area on the north side of metro Atlanta. The park is the site of the new Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, as well as the home of the original “sandy springs” for which the area was named. It is located at Sandy Springs Circle and Sandy Springs Place.
Thousands of community residents and visitors enjoy a variety of programs each year at the park, including concerts, festivals, and educational programs. The terraced entertainment lawn is the site of many of these events. Smaller gatherings are regularly held at the gardens and Victorian gazebo. The restored Williams Payne House is the setting for the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.
The museum held its grand opening in March 2010. Its purpose is to share the history and story of the Sandy Springs community, from its origins as a farming community to the city of today. The Williams Payne House is one of eight remaining structures in the city dating from the 19th century. The small farmhouse was built in 1869 and was moved from its original location in 1985. The restored structure showcases farm life in rural Georgia in the 1880s.
My husband, our two younger children and I have been on the raw food diet for more than eleven years. We were able to heal all of our incurable, life-threatening diseases. However, after several years of being raw, each one of us began to feel like we had reached a plateau where our healing process stopped and even somewhat began to go backwards. Since then a burning question in my heart grew stronger every day. The question was, “Is there anything missing in our diet?” The answer would come right away: “Nope. Nothing could be better than a raw food diet.”
Yet, however tiny, the unwanted signs of less than perfect health kept surfacing, in minor but noticeable symptoms like a wart on a hand, a gray hair, etc. that instantly brought doubts and questions about the completeness of the raw food diet. Finally when my children complained about increased sensitivity in their teeth, I reached a state when I couldn’t think about anything else. I drove everybody around me crazy with my constant discussion of what could possibly be missing.
In my eager quest, I started looking at every single food that exists for humans. As my grandmother used to say, ‘Seek and ye shall find’. After many wrong guesses, I finally found the right one. Whew! I found one food group that particularly matches ALL human nutritional needs: greens. The truth is, we in my family were not eating enough greens. Moreover, we did not like them. We knew that greens are important, but we never heard anywhere exactly how much greens we need in our diet, just a vague recommendation to eat as much as possible.