Holland & Usry April 2019

Supporting a Good Cause Has Never Tasted so Good! 2019 6 TH ANNUAL BURGER COOK-OFF

It is almost time for the Cribbs Kitchen Burger Cook-Off benefiting Children’s Cancer Partners. This year, Holland & Usry is proud to be one of the sponsors for such a wonderful event that does so much good to help Carolina children obtain access to lifesaving cancer treatment. This outdoor event is held in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. The Burger Cook-Off is on Saturday, April 13, 2019, and begins at 2:00 p.m. It is now in its sixth year and has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help Children’s Cancer Partners support families in their time of need. It is, as the name suggests, a cooking competition where teams of coworkers and friends display their grilling ability and create their own custom burger. The teams vie for the title while supporting a great cause. This is a family-friendly event where participants sample slider-sized burgers made by each team and other treats while casting votes for the winner. If you are in the area on Saturday, April 13, stop by to enjoy local bands. Bring the kids as well, so they can experience the fun of children’s activities such as face painting, balloon animals, and inflatables. Holland & Usry is particularly excited about this event because it is hosted by one of our favorite restaurants, Cribbs Kitchen. More importantly, it supports one of our favorite charities, Children’s Cancer Partners. This group provides Carolina families with funds for transportation, meals, and lodging so children can get the lifesaving treatment they need. Oftentimes families struggle to afford travel to childhood cancer treatments only available in select cities in South Carolina. Some families need to travel outside the state. It goes without saying, many families facing these hardships are put under a tremendous financial strain. After their child receives such a diagnosis, some are unable to even meet their basic needs. What’s more, this organization hosts events and activities that allow children and their families to meet others who are also in the fight against cancer. This helps them overcome the sense of isolation that can come with such a diagnosis.

We reached out to Marisa Cecil, the director of development for Children’s Cancer Partners, and she says the following, “... First and foremost, we are doing this for our Carolina children battling cancer. We help over 600 children throughout North and South Carolina get to the care they need. The Burger Cook-Off is a huge family-friendly event that gives community members the opportunity to support families at a time of tremendous need.” She also noted that the event would not be possible without the help of Raj Patel and William Cribb of Cribbs Kitchen, whom she thanked. This is a sentiment we at Holland & Usry share. We hope to see you on April 13 at the Burger Cook-Off! Please help spread the word and invite your friends! –John Holland




“Song of the Wild” makes a great read-aloud book for beginner readers because they can get lost in the beautiful artwork while you read the text. Written in prose and rhyming poems, this book showcases sprawling landscapes — savannahs, jungles, and oceans — and features the wildlife living there. It’s worth a read simply to appreciate the colorful depictions of each animal. This book was written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horácek. FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER: ‘THE NIGHT DIARY’ 12-year-old Nisha navigates her world after the partition of India creates the new country of Pakistan and her family is forced to leave their home. Her mother may be gone, but Nisha finds solace in writing nightly letters to her in her diary as she discovers what the future holds. Based on author Veera Hiranandani’s memories of her own family, this moving tale lets readers experience life through someone else’s eyes. FOR TEENS: ‘BRAZEN: REBEL LADIES WHO ROCKED THE WORLD’ While some might not think of comics as proper reading, Penelope Bagieu’s graphic novel forces reconsideration. Her clever, colorful artwork and engaging narrative take the reader through the biographies of 30 women, from Bette Davis and Mae Jemison to lesser-known but equally intriguing ladies like Giorgina Reid. All in all, this book provides a great way to get kids excited about history in an entertaining form.

Learning to read opens up a world of possibilities. When your child walks through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia with Lucy Pevensie or rides with Harry Potter on the train to Hogwarts, they connect to something beyond their own experiences. In the U.S., April 23 is World Book Day, and the date commemorates the deaths of legendary authors Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the birth of author Vladimir Nabokov. World Book Day is the perfect time to sit down with your family and let yourself be transported to new worlds. So, here are three great stories to help you take young readers on brand-new adventures. Testimonial SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US

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5 Common Divorce Proceeding Mistakes


2. NOT HAVING REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS It would be great if your divorce settlement met all the terms that most benefited you, but that’s just not plausible in most cases. It’s important to remember that there are two people in the divorce. No matter who “caused” the divorce, you have to set goals that are actually attainable rather than hoping for a miracle outcome. 3. HIDING YOUR MONEY OR ASSETS We can’t state emphatically enough just how misguided this tactic is. If you’re found out — and odds are you will be found out — the consequences are very serious. Telling the truth is the best thing you can do to help your case. 4. NOT UNDERSTANDING THE LEGAL PROCESS Like it or not, you have to reckon with how divorce works in the legal system. Without understanding the way a settlement will be constructed and agreed upon, you run the risk of making bad decisions. 5. CHOOSING THE WRONG DIVORCE ATTORNEY The person you hire to help you through your divorce will be your advocate and your voice. You need the right person on your side to ensure you get the best outcome possible. To find out if we’re the right choice for you, give us a call today.

Going through a divorce is a trying experience, and there’s no point in pretending otherwise. In addition to the emotional strain a divorce puts on the involved parties, it’s also a complicated, often protracted, legal matter. All too often, people let emotions compromise their decision making during legal proceedings. The stress of divorce affects everyone differently, but we’ve seen five mistakes over the years that happen far more than they should. 1. TAKING TOO MUCH ADVICE FROM FAMILY OR FRIENDS Their heart may be in the right place, but your best friend probably isn’t the best person to give you level-headed advice about your divorce. Even if they’ve been through a divorce themselves, they don’t always know the specifics of your situation. And they aren’t experienced divorce lawyers! Driving a car doesn’t make you a mechanic. You need a professional.

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1 Peter 5:7

Cooking asparagus over high heat is a great way to add charred flavors while still keeping the spears crisp. This recipe pairs them with a tangy, crunchy peanut and coconut glaze. BLISTERED ASPARAGUS WITH PEANUT-COCONUT SPRINKLE

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being. Revelation 3:8 I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.


1 teaspoon agave nectar

12 ounces asparagus, stalks trimmed

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons peanuts, crushed

1 Fresno chile, deseeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Salt, to taste

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until shimmering. 2. Season asparagus with salt and sauté, tossing frequently until blistered, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter. 3. In a mixing bowl, combine chile, soy sauce, lime juice, agave, and ginger. Mix in peanuts and coconut. 4. Spoon over asparagus and serve.


Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine


* This newsletter is intended to educate the public about personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense, and family law issues. You can copy and distribute it as long as you copy the entire newsletter. But the newsletter is not intended to be legal advice; you should ask a lawyer about your specific case. Every case is different, and all case outcomes depend on unique facts and laws.

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INSIDE this issue


Burger Cook-Off


Books to Engage the Whole Family



Don’t Make These Divorce Mistakes

Blistered Asparagus With Peanut- Coconut Sprinkle


The Importance of Rain to the Survival of Cultures

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While traditions and dances vary between Native American tribes, many of them feature rain dances. Because water is essential to life, and because many tribes lived in agrarian societies, these dances were important rituals, pleas for the survival of the tribe for another season. These dances have existed for hundreds of years, and many tribes still perform them today. Rain dances are notably common in the Southwestern U.S., where the dry climate means water is scarce and every bit of rainfall is essential for survival. Generally, rain dances are performed to ask the spirits or gods to send rain for the crops. Tribes such as the Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, and Mojave perform rain dances often. An old Cherokee legend says that the rain is filled with the spirits of past chiefs, and the rain is an indication of their battle with evil spirits beyond the natural world. One interesting fact about rain dances is that both men and women — not just men — participate in the ceremony. Dancers wear special regalia, sometimes including headdresses, masks, body paints, and jewelry. What is worn varies from tribe to tribe, but turquoise is very important in rain dances for many tribes and is often incorporated into the jewelry. The rain dance regalia is not worn at any other point or for any other purpose during the year, and participants dance in a zigzag pattern, unlike all other dances, which feature a circular motion.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the U.S. government was relocating Native Americans all over the country, they banned the practice of many ceremonial dances on reservations, sometimes including rain dances. However, rain dances continued undercover: Native Americans simply performed the ritual as a different, unbanned ceremony. The dances and the traditions continued, and today many tribes still perform rain dances, even if only in reverence for their heritage.


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