Jason Schermer December 2018

Jason Schermer's online newsletter for December 2018


December 2018


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Museum Junkie

Exploring Cleveland’s ICA Art Conservation

I want to begin by saying that I am a huge museum junkie. I practically grew up at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago! So when a patient invited me to tour the Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA) Art Conservation in Cleveland, I couldn’t have been more excited. The ICA is a not-for-profit art conservation center where the staff preserves almost any kind of artwork or historical artifact, including paintings, sculptures, books, and textiles. They work with museums and private collectors to keep artifacts preserved for generations to come. One of the coolest things I saw was the ICA’s pigment collection. One of the women who works there told me how paint pigments can help them date a painting. They can take a little piece of paint, look at what ingredients were put into the paint or when that color was being used, and determine what year it was painted. They’ve had a lot of paintings come in from collectors who believe the painting to be extremely old only to test the pigment and find the paint wasn’t developed until 100 years later! How did I not know this incredible place existed until my patient told me about it? As a kid, my whole family were members at the Field Museum. We’d go to the member’s nights all the time to see behind the scenes

of the different collections and the labs. It was really cool. Years later, when I was in undergrad, I took classes at the Field Museum, where I got to go further behind the scenes. I love visiting museums and seeing the collections, but I think I like taking those backstage tours even more. Observing the museum collections is like watching a movie or reading a novel, but going behind the scenes is like reading a rough draft. You get to see everything that goes into preparing the pieces for display. There’s a lot more craft than you’d expect. I was in hog heaven at the ICA. Any opportunity to visit a museum or see something museum- related is a good day. Of all the museums I’ve visited, the Field Museum is still my favorite. It’s my anchor museum. It feels like coming home. There are sections that are the same as when I was a kid, while other areas have been redone or modernized. Though I prefer the older exhibits, I’ve noticed my kids tend to gravitate to the newer displays. I think that’s pretty cool because those displays will be their anchor to the Field Museum. As adults, they’ll remember a different version of the museum than I do and be able to share those memories with their kids.

How did I not know this incredible place existed until my patient told me about it?

is going to drag them to this time. We’re members at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. While it’s no Field Museum, it’s still really cool. They have exhibits that let visitors go from the Amazon rainforest and straight into outer space, with tons of interactive displays the kids have always loved. Plus, our membership extends to a bunch of other museums and cultural centers in Cleveland, like the Cleveland Botanical Garden. I guess what I’m trying to say is this: If you need something to do with your family over winter break, you can’t go wrong with a museum. –-Jason A. Schermer

Today, when my family goes on trips, the kids always wonder which museum Dad


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T here’s nothing quite like the magical lights of the holiday season, and some destinations in the U.S. have perfected the craft of holiday decoration. If you’re looking to get away this December and still engage in seasonal festivities, add one of these places to your must-visit list. Christmastime. The scene is like a Hallmark card: Ice-skating lovers whiz past miles of twinkling lights underneath an exceptionally tall and amply-decorated tree. The tree is specially selected by Rockefeller Center’s landscaping crews, who scout out trees years in advance. It remains lit from November to early January, so you have plenty of time to check it out. New York City’s Rockefeller Center New York City is an iconic location for

Ranch Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming

tiny Midwestern town in January, June, or even October. Embracing its unique name, the town boasts a museum, holiday shopping center, and a Christmas theme park. In a moving tribute, the town’s residents also write responses to children’s letters to Kris Kringle himself. It’s impossible to avoid holiday cheer in this town. Disney World’s Christmas Magic What better place to celebrate the most magical time of the year than in the most magical place on Earth? Walt Disney World’s halls are decked to the max with a parade, gingerbread homes, strings of lights, and festive parties. Plus, costs to visit Disney World can be cheaper during the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for a vacation steal.

Jackson, Wyoming, takes its frontier culture to the next level during the Christmas season. All year, the city proudly displays four elk antler arches, but around the holidays, they are lit up with white string lights and flanked by snow. The Christmas decorations and lights surrounding the archway make for a Western- themed holiday pulled right out of a John Wayne classic. For holiday admirers looking for a unique spin, Jackson has you covered.

Yearly Yuletide in Santa Claus, Indiana

This one’s for the Christmas lover. If you can’t make it out to Santa Claus, Indiana, this holiday season, you can still celebrate Christmas in this


“Everyone was very friendly and made me feel like I had been a patient for years. Since my dentist of 35 years retired, I have been looking for someone I was comfortable with and could trust. I have found my new dentist.” –Anonymous “I’ve had a great experience with Dr. Schermer and his entire staff. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family.” – Scott H.

“I had a cleaning and extraction on Monday with Janae and Dr. Andrea. Both were so professional, kind, and treated me with such respect. They both let me know exactly what they were going to do before they did it! It was such a fantastic experience! When you look forward to going to the dentist, you know you’ve found the best of the best! Thank you, Dr. Schermer and staff, for providing such great care to me and all your patients!” –Amy L.


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Don’t Wait Any Longer!

3 Reasons t o V i s i t t he Den t i s t Be f o r e t he End o f t he Yea r

2. Why start the new year with old problems? It’s really easy to put things off and let the year get away from us. How’s your New Year’s resolution going? Maybe you noticed some tooth sensitivity when eating an ice cream cone back in July but kept forgetting to make an appointment. It’s okay; it happens to everyone. But if you don’t take care of it, your dental problems will only get worse. A small cavity today can turn into a root canal in just a few months. 3. The holidays should be about fun and family. If cavities or chipped teeth are keeping you from chowing down on that candy cane, do something about it! Don’t worry about going into the holidays with a temporary one. At our office, we can prepare and place a crown

Look, we know visiting the dentist isn’t part of anyone’s holiday tradition. Between family dinners and wrapping presents, who wants to spend time sitting in the dentist’s chair? But the end of the year is fast approaching, and there are plenty of reasons to visit the dentist sooner rather than later. 1. Your dental benefits are about to expire. This realization sends a lot of patients running to their dentist’s office. Unused benefits and premium payments don’t roll into the new year. If you haven’t used your benefits, all the money you spent on dental insurance in 2018 just disappears. Plus, if you’ve already paid your deductible, waiting until January to see the dentist will mean your out-of-pocket costs are going to increase.

in the same day. We know it’s hard to focus on watching the kids unwrap presents when there’s a health worry nagging at the back of your head. Check your dental appointment off your holiday to-do list so you can focus on spending time with your family. Remember to make your appointment soon. Our calendar fills up fast this time of year, and you don’t want to wait until 2019 to take care of your oral health.

30-Minute Cauliflower Soup

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

This hearty soup is a quick, easy, healthy addition to your holiday table. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Why is Santa so good at karate?

Because he has a black belt!

Ingredients •

1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

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1/2 cup heavy cream

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1 leek, chopped

1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions 1. In a large pot over medium

and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.

heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes.

2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1

minute. Add cauliflower, broth,






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What’s Your Favorite Museum?

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Holiday Decoration Tours

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Our Patients Say It Best

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You’re Running Out of Time!

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Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

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30-Minute Cauliflower Soup

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Teach Your Kids About Holidays

happened during the rebellion, when a one-day supply of oil burned for eight days in a temple.

Multicultural Celebrations

Diwali Though celebrated in late fall, Diwali is a Hindu holiday that’s known as

the festival of lights. Its main purpose is to

celebrate the triumph of good over evil, and the five-day festival includes the lighting of candles or lamps, feasting, and giving gifts to family and friends. Diwali also celebrates the Hindu new year and is the largest, most widely celebrated festival in India. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but educating your children about holiday practices other than Christmas will give them a broader worldview and inspire them to gain further knowledge about cultures outside their own. Your local library is a great resource for children’s literature on these holidays, and there are also TV programs from PBS that feature episodes on these traditions. Enjoy the winter holiday season, however you decide to celebrate!

Teach Your Kids About Winter Holidays

According to the Pew Research Center, Christmas is the most celebrated December holiday in the U.S. Yet, like the melting pot it is, the U.S. contains many cultures from across the globe, each with their own traditions. Teach your kids about some of the holiday celebrations from different cultures this season.

week offers African Americans the opportunity to connect with African culture and history by

celebrating the seven principles of African heritage, which include unity, self-determination, and creativity.

Hanukkah Hanukkah pays homage to a two-year Jewish rebellion against an oppressive Greek-Syrian government that took them captive in an attempt to eliminate Judaism. The tradition of the eight- day celebration and the lighting of the menorah candles comes from the story of a miracle that

Kwanzaa Created in 1966 by black studies professor Maulana Karenga during the Black Nationalist

Movement, Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration and reflection period for African Americans. The


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