On a Personal Note …
This month I want to talk about a few personal stories rather than the financial topics I often cover. First up, this summer my family and I took a trip to Washington, D.C. I’ll get the worst of it out of the way right now: My kids did a lot of complaining. Of course, it was mostly about all the walking we did as well as the heat. Thankfully, they weren’t complaining about all of the historical sites we visited. I believe every family should make a trip to Washington, D.C. It’s important to see history up close and personal. On our trip we visited the White House (which we toured), the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and the Arlington National Cemetery.
Walking around Washington puts a lot of American history into perspective. When you walk along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and see all the service members’ names engraved, you really see how many people lost their lives fighting in Vietnam. In many respects, the Arlington National Cemetery evokes a similar response. You see the burial sites of so many people who served their country dating back to the Civil War and earlier in a few cases. When people talk about fighting for freedom, this is it. Many people buried here were a part of history and that greater fight for freedom. Of course, just walking up and down the National Mall, there is so much to see and do. It’s unbelievable how much history exists on a few square miles from the Capitol Building to the Washington Monument, to the Smithsonian (and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History). Washington, D.C. isn’t a place you can visit and see everything in one trip. With so much to take in, it can be overwhelming. If you’re thinking about visiting the capital, I recommend developing an itinerary and visit a few spots you really want to see, saving the rest for another trip or two (or more).
moving into a new office! This is a huge step forward for Bridgeriver Advisors.
We’re growing! More people will be joining the Bridgeriver team.
As I write this, we’re doing a full buildout for the new office, and we’ll have significantly more space for new advisors. New advisors mean we can do even more for our clients, and that’s really what it’s all about: more one-on-one time, more resources, more of everything. It’s an exciting time. If everything goes to plan, the new office should be done this month. It should be, ideally, a seamless transition. We’ll be moved in and ready to go.
The second thing I want to mention is a change happening right here in Michigan. I’m
FALL FAMILY FUN The leaves are turning, the weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which
Fun Finger Food When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy- to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. Thanksgiving Crafts Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday- themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day.
means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below.
Pine Cone Painting Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more. Leaf Painting Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing.
With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!
HOW’S THAT FOR ODDS?
“I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.” –Reggie Jackson Some people shine brightest in the spotlight. When put to the test, they deliver every time. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is one of those people. During the sixth game of the 1977 World Series, Jackson hit three home runs in a row, securing the Yankees’ victory over the Dodgers and winning them their 21st World Series title. The legendary playoff game also earned Jackson the nickname “Mr. October,” which has stuck to this day. Like many stories of greatness, Jackson’s featured a lot of hard work behind the scenes. He dedicated himself to his sport and constantly worked to improve his play. Growing up, Jackson played baseball, basketball, and football and excelled at all three, though football was his strong suit. He was scouted and given opportunities to go pro straight out of high school, but, on the advice of his father, he went to college on a football scholarship. Thanks to a $5 bet, he tried out for the baseball team at Arizona State University and made it. Jackson was the first black person on the team, and, even though he experienced discrimination, he never let it stop him.
From the minor leagues into the majors, Jackson’s ambition got him through many tough times, as did the constant support of his father and of Oakland A’s manager John McNamara. Jackson always dreamed of playing for New York, and, eventually, his dream came true when he signed with the New York Yankees in 1976.
To this day, Jackson holds many prominent records, including being the first player to
earn more than 100 home runs for three different teams (the A’s, Yankees, and Angels). He even has his own candy bar, the “Reggie! Bar,” which debuted during a
Yankees game in 1978. Let’s see if any of this year’s playoff games stir up as much excitement as Reggie Jackson’s did in his heyday.
MYTHICAL CATS OF THE WORLD
Leftover Candy Snack Mix This recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar chef and “Master Chef” judge Christina Tosi makes great use of those extra Halloween goodies. It’s a quick and easy way to both elevate and get rid of unwanted leftovers. Ingredients Most owners will tell you their cats act like ancient deities. Majestic, scrupulous, and utterly unpredictable, these fascinating creatures have long captured our imaginations. Even before cat videos took the internet by storm, humans have been idolizing felines, placing them alongside some of their most important mythological figures. Bastet — Egypt Of course, a list of mythical cats has to start with Egypt. While many people know the pharaohs and their followers thought cats were sacred, you may be surprised by how deep the connection goes. The earliest depiction of Bastet, the feline deity of protection, is a lion-headed woman in battle. But, over the course of 2,000 years, Bastet evolved to resemble the domesticated, pointy- eared cats we know and love today. 招き猫 (Maneki-Neko) — Japan Legend has it that in the 17th century, a monk living in a small temple in Edo (now Tokyo) was
struggling to survive, but he still split his meals with his cat, Tama. One day, Lord Nakaota Ii got caught in a rainstorm while hunting and took shelter under a tree near the temple. Nakaota spotted Tama near the temple, and the cat raised its leg, beckoning the noble to come toward him. Curious, Nakaota complied, stepping out from beneath the tree just before a bolt of lightning struck it down. The lord’s life was saved, and to this day, the Maneki-Neko (the beckoning cat) is a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Freya’s Skogkatts — Norway In Norse folklore, the goddess Freya had a unique means of travel: a chariot pulled by two cats. These were skogkatts, or Norwegian Forest cats, that were only a little larger than your average house cat. Still, these small felines towed Freya around battlefields as she gathered warriors to send to Valhalla. On top of being the goddess of war, love affairs, and magic, Freya may well have been Midgard’s first cat lady.
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INSIDE This Issue
On a Personal Note …
Fall Crafts for the Whole Family
‘Mr. October’: The Legendary Reggie Jackson
Amazing Cat Tales Leftover Candy Snack Mix
The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow
HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS IN SLEEPY HOLLOW
Hayrides and Headless Horsemen
In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved that in 1997, the village of North Tarrytown, New York, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big Halloween party during the month of October. Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic
soap opera “Dark Shadows” will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins.
Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman’s Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand- carved pumpkins. If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!
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