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Gibson Law Group Has a New Partner! Meet My Right-Hand Man, Reagan Herod SEPTEMBER 2020 GIBSONLAWGROUP.COM (817) 769-4044 DIVING DOWN WITH GLG

Court of Appeals. I attended Texas Wesleyan University (which is now Texas A&M) for law school and Abilene Christian University for my undergraduate degree. I come from a family of Texas lawyers, so I always knew that I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my dad, who is currently a sitting judge, and become an attorney. I saw him and my cousins practicing law, and I decided to run with the idea. It’s safe to say that an interest in law was instilled in me from a young age. My experience as an attorney has been pretty diverse, but business law is by far my favorite niche. I think the best thing about working at Gibson Law Group has been interacting with our various clients. Every case and problem is unique, and I enjoy exploring those nuances. Coming from an in-house background, where I focused on a single client, it has also been a pleasure to learn about dozens of different professions and discover what’s at stake in each case. During this crazy period of COVID-19 restrictions and working from home, one bright side for me has been hanging out with my 14-year-old husky, Kaiya. Kaiya is in her twilight years, and I just lost her brother in January, so it’s been great to have her by my side these last few months. I take her on walks and give her plenty of attention. When I’m not working or spending time with Kaiya, you can probably find me running in preparation for my next marathon. I’ve done a handful of marathons since 2011, and I love taking long runs on weekends to clear my mind. Law exercises my brain, and running exercises my body. In my opinion, there’s

Today, I want to bring you some good news to contrast all the dispiriting stuff on TV: Gibson Law Group has a brand-new partner, and it’s none other than our longstanding senior attorney Reagan Herod! Reagan has been with the firm for five years and, in that time, has proven he’s whip smart, hardworking, and dedicated to our clients. He comes from a background in the oil and gas sector but has found his true calling in business law. In honor of Reagan’s step up the ladder, I’ve asked him to take a few minutes to introduce himself here in the newsletter. Without further ado, I give you the man of the hour himself.

no better time to work through a case than while on a long run. Some people say they do their best thinking in the shower, but I definitely do mine on the road. If we haven’t met in person yet, it’s been great to “meet” you through this newsletter. I’m looking forward to helping you and your businesses succeed. I couldn’t be more excited about Reagan’s promotion. I know he’s going to continue doing fantastic work for us (and for you) in his new role, and I am proud of what he’s accomplished at Gibson Law Group in the last five years. If there is anything either of us can do to help your business through this tough time, just reach out. We’re here for you day and night. –Reagan R. Herod 1 GIBSONLAWGROUP.COM –David Gibson

Hello, readers, it’s Reagan here!

I’m thrilled to be taking on more responsibility at Gibson Law Group and working closely with David as a partner. As David mentioned, I was an in-house lawyer for an oil and gas services company for five years before joining Gibson Law Group. Before that, I worked as a briefing attorney for the 11th

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WHAT IS AGE BUT A NUMBER? A Dutch Man’s Quest to Change His Legal Age

as to say he would be willing to delay his pension benefits another 20 years if need be.

In 2018, Dutch native Emile Ratelband was 69 years old. The thing was that the motivational speaker and founder of the Ratelband Research Institute didn’t want to be 69. So, he went to a Dutch court and petitioned for the right to change his legal age. His intention was to change the year of birth on his birth certificate — bumping it up by 20 years. As a result, all records would show him as 49.

In an interview with Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Ratelband said, “When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work. When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.” Interestingly enough, Ratelband’s request wasn’t dismissed outright by the court. The judge found merit in the argument and said that people desire to change things about themselves all the time, adding that maybe age was one of those things we should consider — “maybe” being the operative word. The court ultimately decided that “Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly.” But the judge added that changing his legal documents would have “undesirable legal and societal implications.” The court added “[T]here are a variety of rights and duties related to age, such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Mr. Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless.” Today, Ratelband is 71 and continues his battle to change his age. While he may have lost in his initial quest to legally change his age, according to NPR, he intends to appeal the decision.

Why did Ratelband want to change his age?

He told the court he didn’t feel like a man who was going on 70. He said he felt good — he felt like a man 20 years younger. He even said his doctors agreed and that they’d told him he had the body of someone younger. But there was another major reason Ratelband wanted to change his age. He said doing so would increase his overall happiness and would be helpful on dating apps. He would no longer have to deal with the ageism that came with being 69. Ratelband even went as far

Is Stress Harming Your Memory? How to Cope With Daily Triggers

Another thing you can do to reduce stress is avoid multitasking. Taking on multiple projects or doing too much in too little time can leave you feeling overworked. Plus, studies have found that multitasking is not effective. You cannot deliver the same results when your attention is scattered as you can when you are focused on one thing. To make matters worse, multitasking takes a major toll on memory and cognition, according to a study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If stress is impairing your memory, judgment, or cognition, take the above steps to reduce it. If you find your memory and cognition aren’t improving, consider speaking with a mental health professional to discuss your best next steps. Mental health and stress management are important, and the more we do to improve these areas of our lives, the healthier and happier we will be.

Stress can cause more than just a bad mood and low energy. Over time, mental exhaustion from stress can lead to forgetfulness and reduced cognition. This can hamper your ability to do your job and enjoy life. Though stress is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to mitigate some of the negative effects of mental exhaustion, including forgetfulness. First, consider the source of your stress. These days, a common stressor is social media. If your feeds are full of bad news and negativity, shut them down. Many researchers suggest that spending less time on the internet leads to better health. Several studies have found that constant internet use, including time spent on social media, is negatively impacting our memories. Research from Harvard, Oxford, King’s College London, and Western Sydney University all confirm this: Too much internet use is a bad thing. Of course, it can be easier to delete a social media app than it is to eliminate other types of stressors. Coping with a stressful coworker, for example, can be difficult. You have to figure out why they’re causing you stress and how the situation can be remedied. Dealing with a work-related confrontation can be hard, but having that difficult conversation and resolving the problem can ultimately lead to less long-term stress and improve your mental health.


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For centuries, Europeans used the Julian calendar, created by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. It was based on the solar calendar, so most of Europe thought it was the most accurate calendar. However, over the centuries, dates had “drifted,” and many important days, like Easter and the spring equinox, were no longer falling on the dates they were supposed to. To compensate, the new Gregorian calendar was developed and put to use by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It helped put things back in order and eliminated the extra day every 128 years. However, not everyone adopted the Gregorian calendar right away, such as the British. That meant that Europeans were using two diverging calendars for over 200 years. Talk about confusing! People realized that as the world started to expand and as countries became more connected, having a single calendar system was critical. Finally, the British chose the year 1752 to make the change. But, in order to make it work, they had to “jump” forward. For instance, 1751 could only be 10 months long — starting with March and ending with Dec. 31, 1751. But even that adjustment didn’t quite bring the English up to speed in time to make the shift. They also had to cut 11 days from 1752. The unlucky dates that were cut were Sept. 2–14, 1752. The people were not happy. English historians found research that British citizens chanted “Give us our 11 days!” in the streets. The phrase became so popular that some politicians even campaigned with that as their slogan. Several other historical accounts state that many people were worried that by cutting the calendar, their own lives would be cut 11 days shorter. There was a lot of confusion and chaos, but over time, dates fell where they were supposed to, and everyone lived their full lives, those 11 days included. 11 DAYS DELETED FROM HISTORY How the British Changed Their Calendar System and Caused Chaos


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Did You Know Lucille Ball Saved ‘Star Trek’?

BEAM ME UP, LUCY How Lucille Ball Saved ‘Star Trek’ in the 1960s

a replacement, and two potential shows hit Ball’s desk: “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible.” In 1965, Ball took the pitches to her longtime network collaborator, CBS. They said no to “Star Trek” (but yes to “Mission: Impossible”), but Ball wasn’t about to give up on this new science fiction show, so she took it to NBC. The network was skeptical at first but ordered a pilot. The pilot starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. There was no James T. Kirk to be found — not yet, anyway. The pilot, titled “The Cage,” was a disappointment. NBC executives weren’t about to put it on air, but they decided to order a second pilot after Ball agreed to help finance it.

Did You know that Lucille Ball — the iconic comedian best known for her 1950s show “I Love Lucy” — is the reason “Star Trek” exists today? Ball was a Hollywood force in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and she produced hit after hit with her production company. In fact, Desilu, co-founded by Ball and her then-husband, Desi Arnaz, was responsible for hits like “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The two were partners in the company until their divorce in 1960, and in 1962, Ball took over Arnaz’s share. In that moment, Ball became one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, and Desilu, one of the biggest independent production companies at the time, had a lot of pull in the industry. In 1963, one of Desilu’s biggest hits was coming to an end. “The Untouchables” was a crime drama starring Robert Stack. Ball needed

Leonard Nimoy as Spock. NBC executives liked what they saw. The new pilot, titled “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” was put on NBC’s fall schedule, though it wasn’t the first episode aired on NBC. That honor went to the episode titled “The Man Trap,” which aired on Sept. 8, 1966. While Gene Roddenberry’s original “Star Trek” only lasted three seasons, it went on to become a major TV and film franchise. One of its recent iterations, “Star Trek: Discovery,” is about to enter its third season on the streaming service CBS All Access — all because Lucille Ball saw potential in a little show back in 1965.

The second pilot starred William Shatner as Captain Kirk, and he was joined again by



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