If You Don’t Love What You Do, Don’t Do It LIFE CREEDS When I was in telecommunications, I had a great career, and I helpedmany people. But I was also in a transitional period of my life and wanted to find newways to help my community. My father was always a mentor tome, so I reached out to him for advice. He had a fulfilling career, so I wanted to knowmore about his career path. One creed I live by is if you don’t love what you do, don’t do it. It’s somethingmy father taught me. He had worked in the hearing field for 20–25 years, so I wanted to knowwhy he was so passionate about it. He described his joy as he brought hearing back to people on a daily basis, and he even saw some patients break down with tears of joy. That conversation changedmy life. I had spent most of my life in Middle Tennessee before moving to East Tennessee. From an early age, I learned the value of working hard and helpingmy community. I went door to door trying to get lawnmowing jobs charging $8–$10 per lawn. My passion for helping others inmy community didn’t stop there; when I was 15, I got a job at a dog kennel. Originally, my passion for helping others ledme to a fulfilling career in telecommunications. It is an exciting industry as you work with all kinds of different people with varying backgrounds. But that conversation withmy father really lit a fire for me, so I looked into how I could get involved in the hearing industry. For Hearing Instrument Specialists (H.I.S.), the state of Tennessee requires two years minimumof college credit hours with written and practical exams to even qualify for a license. I was able to achieve this when I attended Columbia State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University shortly after. Getting my license certification was a daunting task, to say the least. It wasn’t like getting your driver’s license. My licensure is issued through Tennessee’s Division of Health Related Boards, the same division that oversees the issuing of
all medical professionals in the state of Tennessee, so you can only imagine how grueling the process was. I also had to work as an understudy supervised by a fully licensed practitioner or Accredited Audiologist. I will say this,
though: After seeing the pure joy on my patients’ faces, the effort was worth it.
In school, every aspect of proper patient etiquette was not necessarily covered, but I wanted to give them the best care possible. Since my father was my biggest mentor inmy profession, he stressed the importance of patient care and what that really means because I wanted to absolutely ensure I would provide the best care possible. He explained howmuch our patients trust us because most people don’t fully understand the process. They rely on us to give them the best advice possible whenmaking these hearing decisions. My father was there for me every step of the way and taught me to treat patients the way I would treat my parents or other family members. It’s a creed I still rely on to this day. I’ve been in the industry for 16 years now. While I still love telecommunications, the joy I feel in restoring someone’s ability to hear is incomparable to anything else. I still rely on the advice my father gave me, and, with every new patient, I see the joy I give to them and their families. —Shayne Harrell
“Since my father was my biggest mentor in my profession, he stressed the importance of patient care and what that really means because I wanted to absolutely ensure I would provide the best care possible.”
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STORING YOUR SUMMER GEAR
Preparing for Next Year
For the past 10 years, Marvel movies have delighted families and comic book nerds alike with their memorable characters, incredible action scenes, and sprawling, interconnected storylines. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is the story of the Avengers so far, told through 23 movies. Even though this year marked the end of a massive arc that Marvel Studios dubbed “The Infinity Saga,” there are still more movies coming out that will feature everyone’s favorite heroes. Here are a few films coming up next in the MCU. International assassin Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, was the first female member of the Avengers and made her debut appearance in “Iron Man 2.” She never got her own movie, but Marvel announced recently that a Black Widow movie is officially in the works for the next phase of Marvel movies. Besides the fact that they’ve started filming, there’s not much information about it yet. But for many excited fans, this movie has been a long time coming. WHAT’S NEXT FOR MARVEL MOVIES? 3 Marvel Movies to Watch Out For A BLACKWIDOW SOLO MOVIE
Although winter seems like a distant prospect, it will be here before you know it. While many people are sad to see their summer clothes and gadgets get stored away until next season, it’s a good idea to start planning now. Taking the time to properly pack away summer gear is beneficial and can save you from unneeded worry next year.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STORE SUMMER GEAR
Properly organizing and storing your summer clothes will help them last longer and prevent you from aimlessly rummaging when searching for that perfect fall sweater or blouse. Likewise, when you cover your patio furniture and tuck your bicycle and tools away, they are less likely to be damaged by animals or any harsh winter weather.
STORING SUMMER ATTIRE
Consider purchasing plastic storage tubs or boxes to put your clothes in. If you’re storing dresses, skirts, or any fancy clothing, plastic or nylon garment bags will help prevent them from getting dirty and wrinkly.
Before you start piling your clothes in, be sure to wash and completely dry them. This helps prevent mold or mildew and keeps your clothes looking new when it’s time to take them out again.
Also, it can be a good idea to place cedar sachets in with your clothes and around the neck of your hangers; the wood will keep away pesky insects without leaving bad smells behind.
‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3’
Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, and the gang are all back in the third installment of this smash-hit franchise. Without getting into too much detail, “Avengers: Endgame” and the post-credits scene of the second “Guardians”movie provided some clues about the plot and possible main villain. Though details are slim, “Vol. 3” is sure to be another rollicking ride through the cosmos.
STORING YOUR SUMMER GADGETS
‘BLACK PANTHER 2’
Outdoor items are more likely to get damaged as they endure the elements. When you’re storing rakes, shovels, or any other garden tools, make sure they’re
“Black Panther”was immensely popular (it earned nearly $700 billion domestically), and its success removed all doubt that there would be a sequel. Audiences will journey back to Wakanda and see the newest adventures of King T’Challa and crew, although not much is known about the plot or the release date as of now. But you can rest assured that the creative minds behind the sequel are taking their time to make it as good as the first. The future storyline of the MCU is up in the air, but, if the previous movies are any indicator, families, fans, and audiences everywhere have a lot to look forward to.
washed, dried, and sharpened before putting them into your shed or garage. Patios should be cleaned off and given a fresh coat of wax, and outdoor furniture should be dusted, cleaned, and covered to keep the frost,
snow, and rain off.
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AMERICA’S WEIRDEST AIRBNBS This Ain’t Motel 6!
DOG BARK PARK INN B&B Cottonwood, Idaho
When Airbnb was founded a little over a decade ago, the developers hoped to provide an alternative to traditional travel accommodations. Today, with annual revenue in the billions, the service is an industry unto itself. While most people use Airbnb to “live like a local”while traveling, you can find some truly wacky lodging options if you spend some time searching the platform. Here are just a few of the many contenders for the title of “Weirdest Airbnb in the U.S.” For ease of searching, the listings here have the same titles as they do on Airbnb.
As you approach the Dog Bark Park Inn, you won’t have to guess if you’re in the right place. After all, how many buildings are shaped like beagles? When describing the space on Airbnb, the hosts make no
BRAND NEW STUDIO EARTHSHIP Taos, New Mexico
Earthships, houses run by clean energy and featuring reused materials, are a fixture of the Taos area. This one, which looks almost like a crashing wave with a living space in its undertow, combines the rustic charm of truly getting away from it all with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and in-home laundry. It’s a truly unique living space surrounded by pristine nature and not far from the historic Taos Pueblo.
bones about who this rental is aimed for. “Stay in a giant dog!” they say. In addition to being inside a massive wooden dog, you’ll find canine-themed games, books, and more. Talk about ruffing it.
MANCAVE APARTMENT/AIRPLANE HANGAR Geneva, Florida
Airbnb super hosts Dan and Deborah have no shortage of quirky properties for rent — including yurts and treehouses — but their apartment fashioned out of an airplane hangar surely takes the cake. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a theme restaurant featuring eclectic aviation. Memorabilia lines the walls with a bar front and center, and the bed is in a loft high above the ground.
ROASTED CORN SALSA
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by Bon Appétit
2 medium ears of corn, shucked
1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced
1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced
1/2 red onion, diced
Juice of 1 lime
Kosher salt, to taste
1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine. 5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.
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My Journey Into the Hearing Industry
The Next Phase of Marvel Movies Preparing Your Gear for Winter
Not Your Average Vacation Lodgings Roasted Corn Salsa
The Art of Stargazing
THE ART OF STARGAZING
Helping Humans Slow Down and Look Up
1. The Higher, the Better If you’re a city dweller, meander a little way out of town or try to find a tall building to keep the light pollution to a minimum.
Modern humans are stuck in a routine of expected and constant industriousness. But with all this rushing, people often drag
2. Extra Set of Eyes While novice stargazers often want to immediately throw their money at a new telescope, astronomy experts recommend starting with binoculars instead. You’ll need to identify several anchor planets or constellations to help you navigate the sky before using a telescope. 3. Utilize Assets Put your phone to good use by downloading apps like Stellarium, Starwalk, and Google Sky Map. Each of these apps offers a unique benefit for aspiring stargazers. For example, Starwalk lets you point your phone at the sky to see stars, constellations, and planets in real time based on your location. 4. Mark Your Calendar In 1972, beloved singer-songwriter John Denver wrote about a meteor shower he witnessed during a camping trip in Colorado. He describes the scene by singing, “I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.”The “fire” he recounted was actually the Perseids meteor shower, the most recognized shower on Earth. This astrological wonder takes place every year from July 17 to Aug. 24. During this time, viewers should be able to see shooting stars associated with the Perseids, but the shower reaches its maximum rate of activity on Aug. 12–13 this year. Grab some friends and family, and head outdoors to put your newfound stargazing knowledge to work.
themselves home at night with no energy left to enjoy the most splendid show nature has to offer: the wondrous night sky. Most people go through life looking straight ahead, but if they would stop and peer skyward, they’d bear witness to a massive, unexplored frontier made up of the moon in all
its phases, burning stars sailing through the sky, constellations with epic origin stories, and meteor showers bright enough to warrant
sunglasses. If you’re looking for a hobby to help you slow down and appreciate the world around you, stargazing is a great option. Here are some tips to get you started.
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