Jason Schermer D.D.S. January 2019


February 2019


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Why I Love the Super Bowl

If you’re a football fan, then February is the biggest month of the year for you. Super Bowl LIII is on Sunday, Feb. 3, and I know a lot of my patients are looking forward to the big game. While I’m not a huge football person, I do love Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the last day my Sunday-evening TV viewing will be disrupted, the commercials are always great, and it’s a good time to reconnect with friends. We used to go to big Super Bowl parties every year, but that’s not really my thing. For me, the best Super Bowl celebrations are shared with close friends. My favorite Super Bowl Sunday was in 1986, when the Bears played the Patriots. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember too much about the game itself, but I remember that day clearly. Back then, my best friend was a kid named Bryce. On that day, my family and Bryce’s family all went cross-country skiing together in Iowa. It was bitterly cold, but we had so much fun. When we were done, we had hot chocolate and all gathered at Bryce’s to eat chili and watch the game. To this day, it’s not Super Bowl Sunday without a big pot of chili. That Super Bowl spent with Bryce and his family started a long tradition that lasted for years. When I was in dental school, a bunch of us would get together every February, and we would make chili before watching the game. Each one of us would

To this day, it’s not Super Bowl Sunday without a big pot of chili.

have something different to add to the recipe. After we graduated, the friends I went to dental school with scattered throughout the country. We don’t hear from each other like we used to. But every Super Bowl Sunday, the phones come out and everyone gets a call or text saying, “Hey, are you making chili today?” At our house, no one is particularly crazy about football. For us, it’s less Super Bowl Sunday than it is Dad’s Chili Day. I don’t have some super-special chili recipe, but there are some qualities that make really great chili. First, it has to be spicy — so hot that I cry, hiccup, or have to drown the chili in sour cream and cheese just to cool it down. And since I’m from Iowa, I’ve got to throw some corn in there to add a bit of color.

Life is full of countless little moments that bind us together and help us grow into the people we are today. Throughout my life, many of those moments have been made over a bowl of chili. Over time, we lose touch with people we once thought we couldn’t live without, but those memories we shared are still there. They shape who we are and are worth revisiting. Today, when I make chili for my family on Super Bowl Sunday, I’m reminded of cross- country skiing with Bryce, studying late into the night at dental school, and many other days spent with people who make my life better. –-Jason A. Schermer


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SAFE AND SWEET Allergy-Friendly Valentines for Your Child’s Classmates ll i l l i il ’ l

F or a parent of a child with allergies, every day can feel like a battle with food labels and ingredients lists — and Valentine’s Day only exacerbates this fear. Avoid the danger of an allergic reaction on Valentine’s Day by creating alternative, candy- free valentines that the whole class will enjoy! Get Creative This valentine idea taps into your kids’ desire to create by using commonly found household items. Have your children draw pictures, create cards, mold tiny sculptures, or braid together friendship bracelets to create one-of-a-kind gifts that will be safe for their classmates to enjoy. Kids can put their own effort into gift-giving, and their valentines will have a personal touch candy cannot replicate.

Think Like a Kid If you’re looking for a creative valentine that will be safe for all your child’s friends to play with, check no further than the toy aisle of your local dollar store. While being mindful of latex allergies, you can purchase little toys that kids will love that won’t break your bank. Think bouncy balls, mini skateboards, Army men, yo- yos, puzzles, rubber ducks, hand-held games, markers, or bubbles. Adorn these little gifts with yarn, ribbons, or personalized tags, and slap on cute sayings to make them fit for the holiday. Finish off the masterpiece by having your kiddo sign their name on each valentine, and you’ve got a kid-approved Valentine’s Day favorite. Fancy Up Some Fruit If you’re worried about food allergies but still want to make a yummy treat, ask your child’s

teacher for a list of students’ allergies, then just work around them. Fruits are usually a safe bet, but it’s best to double check. You could skewer strawberries and heart-shaped pieces of watermelon onto kabob sticks for a sweet and fun snack, or pass out goody bags with apples, bananas, and clementines. Offering a group snack that is allergy-friendly will keep your children and their friends safe and healthy, and it can also help children with allergies feel included in the festivities. As with all Valentine’s Day gifts, keep in mind that it’s not the item or money spent that means the most. It’s the thought behind each gift that makes receiving valentines the sweetest part.


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“I’ve had great experiences with Dr. Schermer and his team. I’m generally a nervous dental patient, but they make me feel at ease every time I visit. They explain every procedure fully and provide excellent follow-up care. The entire staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t go anywhere else in Cleveland for my care.” –Claire M.


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T i ps t o Rek i nd l e You r Reso l u t i on

Turn Resolutions Into Habits People often struggle with resolutions because they’re built on motivation. When you don’t feel motivated, resolutions crumble. Instead, figure out how to turn your big resolution into a secondhand habit. There are some great tips for building good habits at LiveBoldAndBloom.com/12/habits/how-to- make-good-habits-stick. Don’t Beat Yourself Up You’re going to slip up on your resolution. Maybe you sleep in every day for a week instead of hitting the gym, break after a crazy day and get dinner from a drive-thru window, or binge “The Office” again instead of reading. It’s okay! You’re only human, and building new habits takes time. Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions can be hard, especially if you’ve already fallen out of practice. But it’s worth trying again to rekindle that goal and to make ourselves better humans.

How’s your New Year’s resolution going? If you just suddenly remembered that you even have a resolution, you’re not alone. U.S. News reports around 80 percent of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week of February. But just because a lot of people have already called it quits doesn’t mean you have to. Even if you haven’t thought about your resolution since Jan. 2, the only way to truly fail is to give up. If you’re not ready to give up just yet, let these tips help you recommit to your resolution and stick with it through 2019. answer might not be trying to do exactly what you were doing before. Do you want to work out but realize you were just too drained after a long day at work to hit the gym? Maybe you’ll have more success working out in the morning. Did you try to write something new for your blog every day but got burned out after two weeks? Scale back. Try writing something three times a week, and build from there. Figure out how to set yourself up for success. Assess What’s Not Working If you’ve already fallen off the horse, the

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Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Spicy Game Day Chili

Why did the chef only put 239 beans in his chili?

Ingredients •

1 1/2 bags (24 ounces) dry small red beans

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3 tablespoons chili powder 3 tablespoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

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1 large onion, diced

Because one more bean would’ve made it too farty.

6 bay leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1 pound Italian sausage

1/3 cup deli-sliced tamed jalapenos 1 can (15 ounces) corn

1 pound ground hamburger meat

2 cans (28 ounces) diced tomatoes

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Directions 1. Soak beans in large covered pot overnight, or at least 8 hours. 2. Keep water and add diced onions, bay leaves, and salt. Boil 1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, spices, and jalapeños. Simmer sauce for 15 minutes. 4. Add meat, sauce, and corn to

until beans are soft. Carefully drain excess water until water level and beans are equal.

bean pot and simmer for 30 minutes, mixing occasionally. Serve chili hot with cheese or sour cream.

3. Brown both meats in large skillet. In separate pan, add






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The CMA also draws rotating exhibits from artists across the world and all periods of time. Just last year, Cleveland was treated to Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit. Kusama’s expansive, unique collection shows how even polka dots, pumpkins, and well-placed mirrors can create something breathtaking. To this day, the CMA lives up to its mission of benefitting all people. Though some special exhibits require a ticket, the permanent collection housed in the CMA is always free to the public to view. This is truly an example of what an art museum is meant to be and the good it does for a community when people are able to experience art and culture in such an inviting place. If you have ever asked, “Why should I visit an art museum?” make some time to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. You’re sure to find your answer there.

Most people assume that if they want to visit an art museum, they’ll have to go all the way to the Louvre in Paris to see anything worthwhile. But in Cleveland, we’re fortunate to have a world-class museum right in our own backyard. The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) was founded in 1913 with a goal of benefitting all people. Located in Wade Park, visitors are treated to fantastic art even before entering the museum, passing by amazing fountains and lifelike statues as they approach the building. The design of the

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