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THE SEASONS CHANGE
Autumn is my favorite season. I get a renewed sense of energy and excitement every fall when the air gets crisp and the leaves crunch under my feet when I hike. Over the years my family and I have had many favorite fall activities and recipes. When our kids were little, I would take them to Apple Hill Orchard for pony rides, apple donuts, and cider. We would pick apples for pie, sauce, and cake; the kids would choose pumpkins for carving, and we’d take hayrides through the orchards. Above all, I loved Halloween. I decorated the kitchen with orange lights and draped spiderwebs on the chandelier above the table. I planned the kids’ costumes weeks ahead of time (favoring repurposed clothing and props to store- bought packaged costumes). Our son, Aaron, always begged to see the haunted reformatory, and I would indulge. One year, Rachel wanted to come, too, but a guard ended up letting us out halfway through because Rachel was so scared. I volunteered every year to plan and host the parties in the kids’ classrooms. I dressed up as a (good) witch and brought snacks and games to the school. As if the kids didn’t get enough sugary candy on Halloween night, I made homemade treats like pumpkin sugar cookies The Years Roll By
would eat hot dogs before going out to collect candy, and there was usually spiked punch for the grownups. It was fun to see the kids in their costumes all while catching up with the neighbors. John always brought home “Claude,” the skeleton from the office. We would put a jacket and ball cap on him, stick a cigar in his mouth, and prop him up in a chair to greet the trick-or-treaters at our door. Some of my favorite costumes over the years were a butterfly fairy, Austin Powers, a sock hop poodle skirt, and Little Bo Peep. Often, by trick-or-treat night, the weather had turned too cold and coats covered up costumes. Sometimes there were even snowflakes in the air. It’s funny how traditions change with life’s chapters. Our children are grown up now, so I don’t get to make costumes or plan parties. We moved out of that neighborhood, so I don’t hand out candy on that special night, either. I feel a sense of nostalgia for that time when our kids were little, but I still love autumn and the change of seasons. Perhaps one day I will have grandchildren, and I will break out my Winnie the Witch costume and make pumpkin cookies. In the meantime, I will embrace this strange fall by going for a hike, breathing in the fresh air, and being thankful for these moments.
(complete with frosting), peanut butter spiderweb brownies, and dirt cups with gummy worms. I also created a felt storyboard and told the kids my favorite story — “Winnie the Witch” — a tale about the trials and tribulations of a witch who lives in a black house with black furniture and a black cat. Our neighborhood always hosted a block party on trick-or-treat night. The kids
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3 GREAT APPS to Maintain Your Mental Health at Home When you lead a busy lifestyle, mental health often takes a back seat to other pressing matters. Thankfully, there are a number of easy-to- use apps to help address this concern. Even if you’re pressed for time, these apps can help you maintain your mental health. And if you’re just looking for some simple resources to guide you through mood- boosting exercises, they’ve got you covered there too. Headspace (Headspace.com) Meditation is a great way to destress, increase focus, and improve your sleep, and with this app, you’ll learn how to mediate like a pro. Anyone can use this guided mediation app, no matter what they do or what their experience is with mediation. You can use this app anywhere and on any device, and you can pick a topic you’d like to focus on most. Whether that’s sleep, sports, or self-esteem, Headspace takes you through meditation exercise. When you subscribe to the app, you get access to hundreds of other guided meditations. MoodMission (MoodMission.com) If you’re struggling with mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, you may feel like this free, evidence-based app was designed just for you. MoodMission asks you a series of questions to assess how you’re feeling, then suggests a series of “missions” you can complete to help you get into a better state of mind. Missions are short, achievable tasks, like taking a walk around the block or cleaning up a room in your home. Of course, like all the apps listed here, it is not a replacement for professional mental health care, but it offers evidence-based exercises and a level of support that’s not often found in smartphone apps. Talkspace (Talkspace.com) While this app contains a number of mental health tools, its primary purpose is to connect you quickly with one of the company’s thousands of licensed and experienced therapists you can message on a regular basis. Unlike traditional therapy where you schedule an appointment and meet in person, Talkspace allows its user to communicate with their therapist through the app’s encrypted messaging system. It also allows you to request a check-in from your therapist and provides a place for them to upload your therapy notes. Talkspace is more costly than some other apps, but depending on your specific needs, it may be worth it.
Rinehardt’s Favorite Caramel Glazed Apple Chunk Cake
INGREDIENTS • 2 1/2 cups flour
• 3 1/2 cups apple chunks
(peeled and cut in 1/2” dice) use tart apples like McIntosh, Granny Smith, etc.
• 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp salt • 1 cup canola oil
• 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) For the Glaze • 1 stick unsalted butter • 1 cup packed light brown sugar • 1/4 cup heavy cream • Pinch of salt
• 2 cups sugar • 3 large eggs
• 1 1/2 tsps vanilla • 3 tsps orange juice
ATTORNEY RACHEL RINEHA We are excited to announce that Attorney Rachel Rinehardt has joined the team at Rinehardt Law! After graduating with her bachelor of arts from New York University in 2015, she attained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State Moritz College of Law in 2018. Rachel went on to spend her first two years of practice at Crabbe, Brown & James LLP in Columbus, where she focused primarily on insurance defense litigation. We are thrilled to have Rachel join our team and know she will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas as we pursue justice for our clients. Rachel is a member of the Chief Justice Thomas J Moyer Inn of Court and a participant in the Columbus Bar Association’s Barrister Leadership Program. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys visiting with her friends and family, riding her Peloton bike, and cooking. She’s also the proud dog-mom of 4-year-old Leo the Labradoodle. Although Rachel will primarily be based in our Columbus office, as with all of our cases, we work as a team!
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MAN OF THE YEAR
DIRECTIONS 1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 10-inch Bundt pan and dust with flour. 2. Sift the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. 3. Use a mixer to beat the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla for 3 minutes. Add the sifted ingredients and the orange juice; mix until combined. Toss the apples and pecans (if using) with 1 tsp of flour and stir them into the batter. (The batter will be very thick.) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. 4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean — about 1 hour. (Start testing after 50 minutes.) 5. Just before the cake is done, bring all of the ingredients for the glaze to a simmer in a small saucepan for three minutes, uncovered. 6. When the cake is done, let it rest on a cooling rack for five minutes. Invert the cake onto a rack placed on a sheet of foil. 7. Brush the warm cake with the glaze, reapplying the glaze as it drips onto the foil. Let the cake rest at least an hour before serving. 8. Cut the warm cake into slices. 9. Serve immediately.
Six decades ago, you graced this earth, October 18th, the day of your birth.
It was clear from the start, attorney you’d be, With logical reasoning, skills of advocacy. Patient and trustworthy, scholarly too, The most complex of cases you know what to do. Zealous champion, you argue with flair, Handling each case with precision and care. Dependable counselor, every sense of the word, A lover of nature, you know every bird. Happiest casting a line out at sea, Reeling in grouper and snapper with glee. Always thinking, ideas for invention, Ways to improve on basic convention. Wisdom, intellect, even-tempered and kind, We rely on you when we’re in a bind. With Mahatma Gandhi, you aptly share October as birth month, meditation, and prayer. Generosity of spirit and lending an ear, You should be nominated Time Man of the Year. Sixty’s the new forty, you make it look good, With laughter and ease, like only you could. So lucky to have found you, it must be fate, On earth and in heaven, you’ll be my soul mate!
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
The Seasons Change, The Years Roll By
The Best Mental Health Apps You Can Use From Home Caramel Glazed Apple Chunk Cake Attorney Rachel Rinehardt has Joined the Team
Man of the Year
Weird and Wacky Halloween Laws
SPOOKY CITY REGULATIONS
Halloween Laws Across the U.S.
door to door on Sunday evenings. Rehoboth Beach law also forbids children from roaming the streets on Halloween “with the intent to cause trouble,” but what exactly that means is ambiguous as well. Hollywood, California: No Silly String The Los Angeles City Council has banned Silly String and all other brands of aerosol string from use on Halloween in the Hollywood area. From midnight on Oct. 31 until noon on Nov. 1, no one is allowed to spray, sell, or distribute Silly String in public locations. Use of Silly String got so popular in the city on Halloween that the mess left behind became a strain on sanitation workers, and the city sympathized with them. Belleville, Illinois: No 8th Graders Trick-or-treating is most often viewed as an activity reserved for younger generations, but how do you determine what age is “too
old” for this type of generally good-natured fun? Well, the city of Belleville settled the ambiguity by passing a law restricting teenagers who are past the eighth grade — generally older than 13 — from going door to door on Halloween. Walnut, California: No Masks Without Permits In a simpler time, there was no paperwork required to celebrate Halloween to the fullest. But in the city of Walnut, no one can wear a mask or other disguise on public streets without a permit from the sheriff. The law doesn’t specify any exceptions, so residents are left to assume that everyone from age 5 to 100 must abide. Whatever your Halloween celebrations might look like this year, it’s important to have fun, but remember to abide by any rules or laws your city might have in place in an effort to keep its citizens safe.
Halloween can be a mischievous holiday. The most innocent of us reserve it for backyard parties and trick-or-treating, but some like to get a little rowdier than others. That’s exactly why various city councils across the U.S. have passed some seemingly unusual laws to regulate spooky festivities. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: No Sunday Trick-or-Treating If Halloween falls on a Sunday, children in Rehoboth Beach are required to trick-or-treat the night before. The explanation in the city code is simple, but ambiguous: to prevent children and their guardians from going
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