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ARE YOU GARNET, AMETHYST, OR PEARL? Unlock the Power of Your Birthstone
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We are now in 2018 — a new year and a new beginning. This year I have tried to organize my family trips and vacations for the coming months. It’s often difficult to request time off without plenty of advance notice, so I figured this year would be different. We’ll schedule our spring break and summer getaways in advance. Stay tuned! I will have to give updates as the year goes by. What changes do you have on your to-do list this year? For some, it may be to speak to friends you have lost touch with. Others might want to get into better shape. Have you ever wondered why we wait till the beginning of the year to make these changes? Should we not take pause and attempt to do what we know we need to do more often than once a year? Thank you for making 2017 a great year. If you have not graded my firm based upon your experience, please let me know either by calling 912-233-1100 or email my office at Ty@TyWilsonLaw.com. Your opinion helps me focus on what is important to you as a client.
Beautiful gemstones spark the imagination, and many of us long to see aspects of our own personality reflected in a stone’s glittering depths. Take birthstones, for example. The concept dates back to biblical times, when a first-century historian suggested that the 12 stones in Aaron’s breastplate, described in the Hebrew Bible’s book of Exodus, correlated to the 12 months of the year. Descriptions of each stone vary from translation to translation, though, somodern birthstone lists tend to be more influenced by sales. For example, months that feature less popular gemstones are assignedmultiple birthstones, allowing for more purchasing options. In the United States, the current list of“official”birthstones was established by the American Gem Society in 1912. Check out your birthmonth’s featured stones! J anuary Garnet: Legend states that those who wear deep red garnets while performing good deeds will, in turn, be rewarded with good karma. Meanwhile, those who commit less-than-good deeds while wearing a garnet face direr fortunes. F ebruary Amethyst: Commonly associated with peace, courage, and stability, the purple amethyst is also often called“The Stone of Romance.”Historians claim St. Valentine himself wore an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid, the Roman god of love. M arch Aquamarine: The tranquil aquamarine is a stone of protection, and it’s often worn by sailors at sea. Bloodstone: Dark green with red spots, legends say bloodstones possess magical healing properties. A pril Diamond: In addition to their supposed healing powers, diamonds have long been a symbol of eternal love. M ay Emerald: Considered a stone of foresight and luck, the soothing green color of emeralds is also believed to relax the wearer.
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Cover story continued ... J une Pearl: Lustrous pearls, the only gemstone created by living creatures, are symbols of purity and new beginnings. Moonstone: Ancient cultures associated the luminous moonstone with dreams and the phases of the moon. Alexandrite: This mysterious, color-changing gem is prized for its beauty and rumored ability to grant good luck. J uly Ruby: The fiery glow of rubies makes them a symbol of passion, prosperity, and protection. Ancient folklore claimed the fire burning within a ruby was so hot that it couldmelt wax or boil water. A ugust Peridot: Historically, green peridots were confused with emeralds, whichmight be why both gems are believed to bring good fortune. Spinel: Dubbed the“most underappreciated gem,”spinels are oftenmistaken for another red gem. In fact, many famous rubies turned out to be spinels. These gems ease the stress of workaholics.
Sardonyx: Striped sardonyx gems have been popular throughout the ages. This is the stone of strength and protection. S eptember Sapphire: While most often associated with blue, sapphires occur in all colors but red. Worn by ancient Greeks who sought answers from the Oracle of Delphi, sapphires became symbols of wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. O ctober Opal: Many ancient cultures viewed colorful opals as lucky, although the superstitious of today suggest that wearing an opal is bad luck for anyone not born in October. Tourmaline: Another stone available in many colors, tourmaline is believed to ward off evil forces and negative thoughts. N ovember Topaz: Often pictured as yellow, topaz gems actually come in a variety of colors. The lore surrounding this soothing stone says it can calm tempers and banish nightmares. Citrine: Named for the citron fruit, citrine stones range from bright yellow to golden
orange. Citrine is said to spark imagination or help those searching for a new beginning. D ecember Turquoise: Turquoise has been valued since humankind first began working with gemstones. Found across the ancient world, from Egyptian tombs to Native American bows, turquoise was commonly believed to offer protection. Zircon: During the Middle Ages, Zircon was used to induce peaceful sleep. But today, colorful zircon gems are thought to increase confidence and compassion. Tanzanite: A relatively modern stone, the alluring blue tanzanite is a calming gem, said to promote empathy. Its discovery in 1967 prompted the American Society of Gems to alter the birthstone list, adding tanzanite to December. While birthstones are a fun way to express ourselves and unite with others born in our birth month, there’s no rule saying you can only wear stones connected to, say, January. If there’s a gemstone that speaks to you, embrace it! Every stone is as unique as the person who wears it.
Want to See Better Report Cards in 2018?
Make Reading a Family Resolution
U se R eading A pps Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to- be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, andmore. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasiumoffers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household.
Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms.
M ake I t a F amily R esolution There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained.
S et R eward M ilestones Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring.
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What Knee Pain Sufferers Need to Know
And How They’re Treated
The human leg is a delicate and incredible instrument, developed and slowly perfected over millions of years of evolution. But complication comes with a price: a heightened risk of injury. Our knees, especially, can succumb to any number of issues. Chief among them is patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as runner’s knee. Normally, as you bend your knee, the patella, or kneecap, glides along the femoral groove, a track in our femur cushioned by cartilage. The muscles and ligaments of the leg work to keep the patella sliding normally along this groove. However, if something is amiss and the patella doesn’t ride normally through the track, it will begin to slide to the side. This forces the patella to rub and grind against the edges of the femur. As the problem worsens, it can irritate the joint, which results in kneecap pain and deterioration of the patellar surface. According to PhysioWorks, approximately 25 percent of the American population experiences aching kneecaps at one time in their lives, but it’s even higher in athletes. Often, pain will begin after a period of overuse, like after ramping up training or performing high-intensity training. This is usually the result of a muscle imbalance and tightness in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip muscles. However, it can also arise from internal anatomical factors, such as naturally poor patellar tracking, improper foot posture, or weak hip control. Patellofemoral pain is localized in and behind the kneecap, but it can cause swelling and pain that may spread throughout the structure. LEFTOVER urkey Ramen Whether your leftover turkey has been sitting in the freezer since the end of December or it’s from a more recent meal, take that bird and turn it into a warm bowl of ramen, perfect for the cold winter months.
This pain is usually the worst after climbing hills or stairs, squatting, running, hopping, or sitting for long periods of time. Patellofemoral pain is complicated and extremely common, and it can easily lead to more serious conditions such as patellar tendinitis or arthritis. Luckily, it’s usually treatable with careful exercise and physical therapy. Treatment often involves the initial mitigation of pain symptoms, followed by exercises that restore range of motion, a battery of stretches, and a muscle-strengthening regimen designed to even out any imbalances. After a few months of treatment, most patients are able to return to playing sports and living pain-free.
INGREDIENTS 1 leftover turkey carcass 6 scallions, divided 8 slices ginger 6 dried shiitake mushrooms 16 cups water
3. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain, chop, and set aside. Chop remaining scallions. 4. Once the broth is done 4 eggs 4 ounces bacon 4 portions fresh, not instant, ramen noodles 2 cups leftover turkey, shredded
DIRECTIONS 1. Remove most of the meat from the turkey carcass, shred, and set aside. Put carcass in a large stockpot, along with 3 scallions, ginger, mushrooms, and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 hours. 2. Place eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then immediately
simmering, prepare the fresh noodles according to package directions. Divide noodles among 4 bowls and cover with broth. Add shredded turkey, chopped scallions, chopped bacon, and an egg to each bowl.
remove pot fromheat and let sit for 4 minutes. Transfer eggs to an ice bath to cool.
Recipe courtesy of TheWoksOfLife.com
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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Ty PAGE 1 What’s Your Birthstone? PAGE 1 The ResolutionThat Leads to Better Grades PAGE 2 Why Knee Pain Is So Common PAGE 3 Revive That Leftover Turkey! PAGE 3 Have Some Inspiration! PAGE 3 Can Chicken Fat Cure Your Cold? PAGE 4
HAVE A TICKLE IN YOUR THROAT?
2 Strange Cold Remedies for the Winter Season
Y ou ’ re H ot T hen Y ou ’ re C old This holistic approach supposedly clears nasal congestion for a restful night’s sleep. Simply soak your feet in warm water until they’re hot and pink. While you’re sitting, let a pair of socks rest in a bowl of ice water. Wring them out, then pull them over your warm feet. Immediately add another layer of dry socks and hop into bed! But Does ItWork? Maybe! This approach is a standard practice in hydrotherapy. Your body is surprised by the sudden change in temperature and increases its circulation rate. This could help clear your nasal passages and jump-start your immune system. In the end, whether you’re experimenting with socks or just taking another dose of Nyquil, it’s important to fight your cold when it arrives. Get adequate sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and enjoy some chicken noodle soup. Your body will thank you!
some that involve onion necklaces and others that require powdered frog skin. But most of the time, these superstitions do little or nothing to combat your infections. Take these two sock remedies, for instance. A D irty L ard S carf Some home-remedy enthusiasts encourage infected friends to grease their necks with chicken fat. After their skin is sufficiently
The cruel winds of winter swirl just outside your window as you stoke the fire and curl up in the armchair nearby, eager to finally start that Agatha Christie novel. But as you stir your tea and pull on a pair of socks, you feel a slight tickle in your throat. Frantic, you reach for your trusty onion necklace… Yes, it’s as strange as it sounds. Among the countless cold remedies in the world, there are
coated, the afflicted wrap their necks with dirty socks, and warm and a little sticky, sweat out their germs. But Does ItWork? Probably not. This remedy surfaced in England before drugs and vaccines eliminated contagious illnesses like diphtheria. While sweating does help rid the body of unwanted bacteria and germs, the dirty sock adornment served more as a reminder for the healthy to steer clear of their feverish neighbors.
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