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“May we never take for granted the presence of mothers in our lives.”

A mother’s love is often described as the purest, most unconditional form of affection known to humanity. It is a love that knows no bounds, enduring through every trial, triumph, joy, and sorrow. In its embrace, we find peace, strength, and boundless reassurance; a mother’s love is the anchor that steadies us in life’s endless seas of tumult. This May, we celebrate Mother’s Day, and as we reflect on this particular day, I fondly recall cherished memories of celebrating the remarkable women who have influenced my life. While my dear mother passed in 2011, this special day now centers on honoring my wife, the dedicated mother of our beautiful daughter. Each year, we hold the same traditions. My daughter and I shower my wife with affectionate gestures and gifts. Flowers and heartfelt cards light up our home, accompanied by a delightful family lunch or dinner outing. I love this time of year because it means we can spend quality time together without interruption; these are the times I will always cherish with my beautiful family. As I remember past Mother’s Day celebrations, I grasp the joy of pampering my mother with gifts, heartfelt cards, and shared meals. I always wanted to honor her favorite things, as she tirelessly cared for me throughout my childhood. Her patience, kindness, and culinary skills were a constant source of comfort, from preparing my favorite breakfasts to packing delicious lunches daily. It was not only the delicious meals she prepared. It was the unwavering love and support she showed me throughout my personal and professional life.

our family with delicious meals and fostering a welcoming home environment. Her thoughtfulness extends to planning enjoyable

weekend activities, ensuring our time together is filled with laughter and shared experiences to hold onto for a lifetime.

As for our daughter, she truly has a zest for life; she is the most incredible bundle of joy and laughter. Her bursting creative skills and undeniable love for animals, particularly wolves, bring us endless pleasure. She has a passion for drawing and painting, and I am so grateful that she shares her skills with us. One of my favorite things is when our daughter crafts her cards and artwork, infusing each piece with love for her mother. My wife always says her favorite gifts and cards are the ones that are handmade and crafted with love. Whether it is a comforting embrace after a long, tiring day, a listening ear during moments of uncertainty, or a word of wisdom to light our paths again, mothers provide us with endless strength and stability. May we never take for granted the presence of mothers in our lives, for their love and support are the measure of our happiness and success. As we celebrate this Mother’s Day, we honor the beauty of motherhood and the profound impact these remarkable women have had on our lives. I am eternally grateful for the extraordinary women who have shaped my life with their love, compassion, and boundless devotion; there is nothing like a mother’s love. – Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

Within my wife, I find echoes of my mother’s warmth and devotion. Like her, my wife lovingly prepares dinner each evening, nurturing | Pg. 1

Paw-some Adventures

First-Aid Kit Safety should always come first. A dog first-aid kit is indispensable for addressing unexpected issues on the trail. These compact kits typically include dressings, bandages, and tools for removing ticks or thorns. Being prepared for minor injuries ensures you can safely complete the hike without making any injury worse. Boots While some dogs may resist wearing boots, they can be a lifesaver in challenging terrains. Opt for boots that protect without compromising comfort. Though you likely may avoid trails with terrain that could harm your dog’s paws, having boots in your pack is, at least, a proactive measure for unforeseen circumstances, ensuring your canine companion’s paws are protected if needed. Waste Bags Be responsible out on the trail. That means bringing poop bags. Attach them to the outside of your backpack or tote bag for convenient access once your dog has completed its business. The “leave no trace” practice will help maintain the pristine beauty of the trail for everyone to enjoy. Emergency Harness Preparedness is critical, and an emergency harness adds an extra layer of safety. A proper harness will allow you to carry your dog on your back in an emergency. This versatile harness ensures that you can provide assistance in challenging situations.



Setting out on a hiking adventure with your furry friend is a rewarding experience, but ensuring their safety and comfort on the trail requires careful consideration of essential gear. Before heading out, consider your dog’s unique needs and preferences so it’s an enjoyable and bonding adventure for you both. Here’s an introduction to some must-have hiking gear for your canine companion. Food and Water One of the most important aspects of hiking is staying well-nourished and hydrated. Packing more water than you think may be necessary is crucial, especially on a trail where natural water sources may be scarce. An ample supply of dog-friendly food is also essential, with the quantity adjusted based on the hike’s duration. A collapsible bowl will be handy for feeding your canine companion during breaks.


A DWI arrest in Dallas can drastically alter the course of your life. It comes with uncertainty and legal intricacies, making it an overwhelming experience to navigate alone. However, the expertise of a DWI lawyer can offer valuable support. From comprehending your rights to constructing a defense strategy, they are vital allies throughout the legal struggles. We’ll explain the pivotal role of a DWI lawyer and outline your fundamental legal rights. Remain Calm and Silent While it is crucial to cooperate with law enforcement, refrain from answering any questions about your alcohol consumption. Politely and respectfully express your intention to remain silent until consulting with an attorney. This step is imperative because anything you say can be used against you in court. Engaging in conversations without legal counsel may harm your case. A lawyer can guide you on what to say, ensuring your rights are protected. Seek Legal Representation After getting arrested, it is vital to contact a DWI attorney immediately. This quick action protects your rights and helps build a strong defense, improving your chances of a favorable outcome.

Your lawyer will thoroughly explain your rights, including the right to remain silent and the right to legal representation. They will ensure you understand how these apply to your situation and help you navigate interactions with law enforcement. Document Everything While details might be blurry, try to jot down as much information as possible about the arrest. This includes the date, time, and location, as well as the names and badge numbers of the officers involved. If feasible, record any additional pertinent information you remember, such as witness statements or the existence of dashcam footage. These particulars can be crucial to your lawyer in constructing your defense. The severe repercussions associated with DWI convictions in Texas outline the importance of seeking legal assistance without hesitation. Wisely exercising your rights, collaborating with a defense lawyer, and actively contributing to developing your defense strategy is crucial. By embracing these proactive measures, you assert control over your future, illustrating that a criminal charge does not dictate your fate. Call Medlin Law Firm today with any questions or concerns; we will put you on the road to success! | Pg. 2


Driving is a skill that we learn when we are relatively young, and most people tend to get comfortable behind the wheel after several years of driving. It is important to remember that you should never become too comfortable — driving laws in Texas come with many nuances and intricacies. Here’s just one. We are often asked, Can my driver’s license be suspended after a DWI arrest in Texas? Yes, it can; however, there is a chance that it may not be suspended. Here’s the mistake that a lot of people make. During a DWI stop, the officer might say, “I would like to test your breath, and if you refuse, then your license may be suspended for six months.” This is a common tactic to coerce people into submitting to a breath or blood test, but the truth is buried within the officer’s warning.

An individual has a right to a hearing on whether or not their license will be suspended for allegedly refusing a breath or blood test in Texas. You can refuse that breath or blood test, and your license may not be suspended if a hearing is timely demanded. Usually, when a person is arrested for DWI and refuses a breath or blood test, they get a notice of suspension. That notice of suspension states that their license will be suspended, effective 40 days after the day of the arrest. Even if the license is suspended, it’s possible to get an occupational license issued to cover that suspension period. It is best to refuse the test even though there may be a risk of suspension. If you submit to the test and it is over 0.08 BAC, your license can be suspended for failing the test. You should

always refuse and then demand the hearing, which gives you a chance to keep your license.

If you win that hearing, you get your license back without going through the suspension period or paying the reinstatement fee. It is important to exercise that right to the hearing because, at that hearing, it is possible to cross-examine the arresting officer at a time when the prosecutor has not coached that officer. The officer can be pinned down on issues that may ultimately allow the case to be won, the case to be thrown out, or evidence to be ruled inadmissible. This is crucial to understand. Your driver’s license may be suspended after a DWI arrest in Texas. Yet, it is imperative to understand your entitlement to a hearing.

Grilled Red Curry Beef Satay With Peanut Sauce



• 1 1/2 lb flank steak • 1/2 cup

1. Freeze flank steak for 30 minutes.

unsweetened coconut milk

Cut crosswise, against the grain, into thin slices.

• 2 tbsp lime juice • 1–3 tbsp Thai red curry paste • 1 tbsp fish sauce

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut milk, lime juice, curry paste, and fish sauce. Add steak and toss to coat. Cover and chill for 8 hours. 3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, curry paste, brown sugar, and fish sauce. Bring to a gentle boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peanut butter and stir until well blended. Remove from heat and add lime juice. 4. Thread the marinated meat onto 12 long skewers. Grill until beef is medium rare, 1–2 minutes per side. 5. Transfer satay to a platter and serve with peanut sauce.

For sauce: • 1 cup

unsweetened coconut milk • 1–2 tbsp Thai red curry paste • 1 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tbsp fish sauce • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter • 1 tbsp lime juice

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. Honoring the Remarkable Women in My Life This Mother’s Day

2. Paws and Paths!

Don’t Panic — Stay Proactive During a DWI Arrest


Securing Your License After a DWI Arrest

Grilled Red Curry Beef Satay With Peanut Sauce

4. Reclaiming Resilience … Through Rejection?

Unleashing Potential Through Rejection Therapy FEARLESS LIVING

These days, society glorifies success, often ignoring failure’s important role in bringing about positive change. But, for better or worse, rejection and failure are universal experiences — we’ve all felt vulnerable and disheartened at times. Yet a growing movement challenges the disappointment and gloom around rejection, advocating for a proactive approach through “rejection therapy.” The idea is to intentionally seek out rejection to build resilience and transform your relationships.

The reality is that fear of rejection can be much more limiting than actually being rejected. This fear hinders growth in romantic relationships, friendships, and careers. However, with structured exposure to the pain of rejection, you can learn to limit the fear. In fact, after several rounds of this therapy, you won’t think twice or worry about rejection. And besides, you may actually succeed at something you’re not expecting. As Wayne Gretzky famously pointed out, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

The core philosophy is that facing rejection head-on can limit its negative emotional impact. For example, you can apply for jobs you may not be qualified for or ask for favors that are likely to be turned down to expose yourself to the experience. Jia Jiang, a supporter of this theory and author of “Rejection Proof,” told The Guardian, “If you can train yourself to become desensitized to rejection, you can achieve anything.” Jiang explores his own journey in his book and illustrates how this intentional exposure to rejection fostered his personal growth.

Rejection therapy is bold, and it won’t be easy the first couple of times. However, it will challenge what you think is possible and offer a unique perspective on your personal abilities and development. Embrace rejection as a tool to cultivate self-confidence, resilience, and empowerment, and choose to live a fearless life today. | Pg. 4

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