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Summer jobs can serve as great learning experiences for young people. Many people use summer jobs as a chance to earn a little extra money and gain exposure to real life jobs! Over the course of my youth, I had several summer jobs. I worked as a landscaper, at a car dealership and even spent a summer working at TCBY. That said, there was one summer job that totally changed my perspective on life, but also was a really cool job! I majored in international business with a concentration in German while at Clemson University. One of the prerequisites for graduation was that I complete a summer internship abroad in a German speaking country during the summer of my junior year. In May 1998, I set off to St. Gallen, Switzerland, for a summer job that was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. As for my internship, the placement program asked what my interests were, and I told them I loved sports and being outside. The program director gave me the options of working as a lifeguard at Hotel Säntispark, a resort in Switzerland, or working in a grocery store for the summer. That choice was a no-brainer for me, as I’d much rather be outside working as a lifeguard than bagging groceries or working a cash register. I remember my first day on the job. When I say this resort was fancy, I mean it was really fancy. It had bowling alleys, water parks, and everything you could imagine, and I’d get to use them for free since I worked there. I was 21 years old working with a bunch of semi-pro athletes so it was really cool when my co-workers took me under their wing and gave me an advantage in creating a social life while I was there. The job was amazing, and my day usually consisted of four different shifts. Work started at 6:00 a.m and I began the day by cleaning the entire facility

until 9:00 a.m. After I’d cleaned the facility, I’d teach water aerobics to the guests, which involved me standing at the front of the pool and leading participants through a series of exercises. The older guests always got a kick out of me speaking German to them while teaching the class. After that, the next shift entailed overseeing the wave pool, using a key to turn the waves on and off and making sure that everyone in the pool was safe. The final shift was the real crazy one. The resort had 10 different saunas for the guests: some were male only, some were women only, some were co-ed, some were clothing required and others were clothing optional — it was a lot, to say the least. My job was to carry this little bucket of liquid and pour it over hot coals to generate steam and fan the steam over guests with a towel. I perfected my own little routine with the towels, whipping them around in the air forcibly to generate a lot of heat, and the guests loved it and would applaud at the end. My host family was incredibly nice. They let me do my own thing. Some of the kids in the internship program were less lucky and had host families who made them do chores around the house or various other outings with them, but my family encouraged me to go out and experience Switzerland. They even gave me a little motorized bicycle to drive to and from work, which was really great. On my days off, I would hop on a train and travel to explore different cities in Switzerland. It was amazing and one of the best experiences in my life. I will never forget my summer abroad. I learned the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and experiencing life in a foreign country. I remember being so scared to leave family and travel alone to a foreign country where English was not really spoken. Looking back on it now and understanding the importance of personal development, I realize the internship sparked real growth in me.

In conclusion, summer jobs can be fantastic learning experiences for young people, and these jobs often serve as first jobs for many. Hopefully the experiences young people take away from these jobs will assist them in their personal and professional growth. The lifeguard position at Säntispark didn’t have anything to do with me running a law practice at the time, but it did establish the foundational mindset within me to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you always stay in your comfort zone and avoid situations where you might fail, then there’s no way you can grow as a person. Had I had chosen not to go forward with this internship, I would’ve missed out on so many amazing life-changing experiences, and I’m so glad I decided to go. Most of our readers are past the summer job phase of life, but I’d encourage them to tell their children or grandchildren to make the most out of summer jobs! If possible, take that plunge! Travel the world and experience life and culture. You’d be surprised at how much the world has to offer.

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From pain killers to carbonated drinks, you can find caffeine everywhere on the American market. However, high caffeine consumption can pose risks. The good news is that in moderation, caffeine may contain useful health benefits, but if you want to actually benefit from caffeine, consider these healthier options. But what is caffeine, exactly? Caffeine is a natural stimulant — in other words, it stimulates the brain and central nervous systems, which prevents weariness and helps you stay alert. Over 80% of the world’s population consumes a caffeinated product every day, including tea, coffee, soda, and energy drinks. In North America alone, this number rises to 90%.

and during exercise, it may even increase your body’s use of fat as fuel — but that doesn’t necessarily mean chugging an energy drink is ideal. Why? Its health benefits come mainly through tea or coffee. Walk into any grocery store, and you’ll notice that many highly caffeinated drinks are also high in sugar and additives. Sugar is extremely harmful to your long-term health — and no matter what benefits you read about caffeine, the harmful effects of sugar can overwhelm them by heightening your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and much more. The experts agree: Tossing a sugar cube or two into your cup of coffee isn’t the same as drinking a sugary Red Bull.

Additionally, too much caffeine can cause some problems. In some individuals, caffeine can promote headaches, migraines, and high blood pressure. Caffeine is also a psychoactive substance, which means it’s habit forming. After a period of not drinking coffee, you might be familiar with the “caffeine withdrawal” and its side effects: anxiety, tremors, restlessness, irregular heartbeat, and even trouble sleeping. Thankfully, these effects are temporary. Studies show that the people who benefit the most from caffeine are often those who drink anywhere from 1–4 cups of tea or coffee a day. You can also find zero-sugar seltzer waters with low doses of caffeine if you need a small kick. Keep it simple, and you’ll avoid excess sugar and reap the benefits of caffeine more fully.

Research shows that caffeine may possibly elevate your brain function and metabolism,

Listen, Learn and Grow


For Storytelling Before there was writing, there was storytelling. It exists (and existed) to entertain and promote cultural traditions and values. From the traditional tale of “Cinderella” to the classic nursery rhyme “Old McDonald had a Farm,” storytelling podcasts are like archives of children’s audiobooks that kids can enjoy which can even be nostalgic for parents. “StoryNory” is a podcast that brings in professional voice actors to “perform” classic stories, fables, nurseries, rhymes, and myths. It aims to showcase the

As humans, we seem to be wired to absorb what we hear and create images in our heads of scenes being described to us. So, when we listen to podcasts, we tend to listen intently. It turns complex conversations into digestible content and transforms those conversations into relatable stories. Podcasts are generally free and available on a variety of different platforms, so all you need is a device and internet connection to tune in. Check out these three podcasts that the entire family, parents and kids alike, can listen to! For Education As institutions are opting for technology-enhanced learning, podcasts have become one of the major forefront innovations. There are different topics for all ages that are easily accessible at home or in school. Even parents can tune in and learn a thing or two! “Brains On!” has a new kid co-host with Molly Bloom every week to explore fascinating questions about the world we live in. Its mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history.

imagination and great narrations that promote both listening skills and sleep for the little ones.

It can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Aha Radio.

For Self-Help Many professionals like therapists and doctors are joining the podcast platform. It’s a great way for them to share tips to help their listeners lead more healthy lives. This is great for both parents and older children who may be going through major changes in their lives, like divorce or mental health issues. “The Habit Coach with Ashdin Doctor” teaches listeners how to create simple habits that apply to their own lives. These habits help with health, sleep, de- stressing, productivity, motivation, and so much more.

This podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Audible.

Whether you’re in the car or at home doing chores, podcasts offer a variety of topics and themes to choose from and enjoy with the family. Listening together can become a great bonding experience, and it provides a little something for everyone.

This podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and Spotify.

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Maintaining Close Bonds

Easy Vegan Baked Beans

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been with your spouse for a few months or a few years, experiencing a divorce can hurt all the same. Odds are you’ve spent a good amount of time with your spouse’s family. If minor children are involved, you also have the element of the bond between your children and their grandparents. Since no one goes into a marriage truly expecting it to end, the time you have invested into your in-laws can be hard to let go, and the new dynamic between you, your children, and your former in- laws can be tricky to navigate. SHOULD YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR EX’S FAMILY?

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July is National Baked Beans Month, and you don’t need bacon to celebrate this iconic side dish! This plant-based version will be a crowd-pleaser at your next vegan barbecue.

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 yellow onion, chopped • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 3/4 cup molasses • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 3/4 cup ketchup • 3/4 tsp salt

• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar • 1 1/2 tbsp vegan

Here are some tips on how to interact with your former in-laws.

Speak with your ex-spouse first. You’ve given the marriage all you’ve got, but it may be best for both parties to separate at the end of the day. As adults, communication and respect will go a long way, and that doesn’t change when it comes to divorce. If your relationship or your children’s relationships with your ex’s family is strong enough to fight for, you should talk to your ex about it. This won’t guarantee anything, but the first step is having a mature conversation about it and work through possible scenarios that could arise between you and your former in-laws that may create uncomfortable situations for you or your kids. Set boundaries. You must set boundaries with your former in-laws, particularly with respect to your kids. One important boundary involves the potential for parental alienation. Regardless of why the divorce occurred, former in-laws should be advised on the front end not to discuss the divorce with the kids, and more importantly, not to assess blame against either side, which could result in parental alienation. In Tennessee, while grandparents do have certain rights with respect to visitation with minor kids, their rights are subordinate to parents’ rights and are not guaranteed. The reality is that the divorce may be very difficult on your former in-laws as well, so establishing clear boundaries on the front end with your ex and his or her family is critical. Be respectful. Along those same lines, it is important to remain respectful of your former in-laws and your ex as you transition into this new post-divorce reality. While the transition may be challenging, the respect avenue goes both ways. You should refrain from assessing blame on your ex to your former in-laws as well. Chances are, your in-laws know that your ex could be difficult to deal with at times, but they love him or her as their child all the same. Plan accordingly. Separation isn’t easy, and it’s not supposed to be. Holidays can be challenging as well, particularly if your former in-laws have well-established traditions that your kids enjoy. While Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations won’t look the same as they did while you were married, it is important that you work through these holidays with your ex and plan accordingly. If you need help in your divorce or post-divorce action, our experienced family law attorneys at Douglass & Runger are here to help. Please give us a call at 901-388-5805 should you have questions or visit us at

Worcestershire sauce

• 2 tsp Sriracha • 4 15-oz cans navy beans, drained and rinsed. • 1/2 tbsp liquid smoke (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. In a large pot over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. 3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the beans into the pot. Mix the sauce well, then stir in the beans. 4. Ladle the beans into a 9x13-inch pan and bake for 1 hour. Serve warm and enjoy!


“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.“ —Alexander Graham Bell

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Inside This Issue

1 My Favorite Summer Job! 2 The Healthiest Way to Get Caffeinated

3 Types of Podcasts for the Entire Family

3 Dealing With Your Ex’s Family

Easy Vegan Baked Beans 4 Strange Items Banned in Sports


The NBA Social Media Rule Players in the NBA cannot use social media platforms during the

The FIFA Stay Covered Rule In 2003, it was ruled that all FIFA players must keep their shirts on and no celebratory

In the world of sports, just like in life, players have rules and regulations that they must abide by, or they’re out! But just because they’re enforced doesn’t mean some rules make complete sense. Check out these five strange rules that ban seemingly normal activities in the world of sports, some without any explanation at all! The NHL Tuck Rule Having been in effect since 2013, Rule 9.5 governs uniforms and how they must be worn in the NHL. All protective equipment, except gloves, headgear, and goaltenders’ leg guards, must be worn under the uniform. The rule states that “players are not permitted to tuck their jersey into their pants in such a manner where the top padding of the pant … is exposed outside the jersey.”

game and 45 minutes before and after their games. In a world driven by social media, some may view this as harsh, and others as appropriate, but, either way, it may help reduce some fines from unruly posts!

stripping was allowed. This had to do, in part, with the act appearing offensive to some, but even more so, advertisers were upset that their logos were not displayed on the shirtless athlete’s bodies. It makes sense, but only a little bit!

The NBA No Logos Rule In the NBA, players can only display logos on their basketball shoes. According to item 5 of Section H in their handbook, the only area where they are able to show logos on their bodies, or as part of the uniform, is on their shoes.

The NFL No Ball Spinning Rule

In the NFL, football spinning as a celebratory action is banned. If a player does spin the football, he will be penalized. In previous seasons, players would spin or twirl the ball in the end zone — but, some took offense to it.

Go figure! If players tuck their jerseys in, they’ll receive a penalty.

No branded socks or sweatbands, and definitely no haircuts styled into a logo!

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