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JULY 2024

Fireworks, Family, and Freedom Reminiscing on Fourth of July Festivities

I still remember the taste of delicious homemade peach ice cream — my fondest summer memory. July is here, which means the Fourth of July is also upon us, a time of family fun and joy. As I reflect on my favorite childhood memories, I remember the best family gatherings in my uncle’s beautiful backyard, complete with a pool that provided the perfect setting for our celebrations. Those hot Texas summers were enjoyable because of the refreshing swims we always took to beat the heat. The Fourth of July, also recognized as Independence Day, is a popular holiday that most people think is about fireworks, good food, and family time, which, of course, it is, but we must

activity. Adding rock salt to the ice cream maker, ensuring the ingredients were perfectly mixed, and eagerly anticipating the final product were all part of this fantastic experience. Making the ice cream together strengthened our bonds and created long-lasting memories that we all cherish. Of course, any Fourth of July celebration would only be truly complete with fireworks. As the sky finally darkened after the long reign of the sun, we would all gather around to watch the colorful show light up the night. I always felt the fireworks were the icing on the cake of an already perfect day; watching them with my cousins and the rest of the family was a magical experience. These family gatherings were more than just celebrations; they were opportunities for family members of all ages to come together. The combination of great food, fun activities, and the company of loved ones made the Fourth of July an extraordinary occasion. Looking back on those days, I am grateful and nostalgic for the beautiful memories we created. The traditions we kept and the fun we had continues to inspire me to hold onto our loved ones and savor every moment we have. The Fourth of July remains a symbol of family unity and joy,

remember the true meaning. It is a celebration to honor the spirit of liberty and unity that defines America and its values. This day is a reminder of the sacrifices and freedoms cherished by generations past and present. I count my blessings daily, knowing how lucky we are to live in this country with endless possibilities and opportunities to better ourselves. Living in America means creating your path by setting and achieving your goals.

Back to that homemade peach ice cream — it was the special sweet treat everyone looked forward to. The fresh and juicy local peaches made this summer treat incredibly delicious. This dessert was a family tradition, and everyone prepared it using a hand-crank ice cream maker. Since one person could not handle the cranking alone, we all took turns, making it a fun and collaborative

a reminder of the happy times spent and the love that keeps us all together. I wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July! – Gary L. Medlin, Esq. | Pg. 1

Leave the Lemonade Stand Behind The Perfect Summer Jobs for Teens and Students

Golf Caddy Business often takes place on the green, and as a caddy, your child will be privy to all of it. In addition to carrying bags, finding loose balls, and giving advice on how to get the lowest score, golf caddies can also use their time to build valuable connections. The average pay for a golf caddy is around $18 per hour, but one of the best parts of being a caddy is that golfers make great tippers.

Few things feel better than cashing your first paycheck. If you want your kids to enjoy the joys of payday while building connections and resumes, then recommend they try to break into some of the best gigs available to teens and students this summer! Tutor From juniors and seniors preparing for college placement tests to college students looking to build up credits over the summer semester, there is no shortage of young people looking for help with their studies. Tutoring can be fairly lucrative to start, with the average salary of a full-time tutor being about $39K per year; it’s an excellent way for young adults to break into a career in education — or just share their knowledge to help others struggling. Pool Cleaner Why not encourage your children to make money while enjoying the summer sun? The neighborhood pool cleaning circuit is abuzz with so many looking to escape the heat. The average pool cleaner salary is around $32,000, with hourly rates varying depending on location and experience. If the work is enjoyable and comes naturally, it may be a great preamble for starting a pool cleaning business.

Regardless of their choice of a summer job, getting out in the sun and making extra cash is a great way to kickstart your kids’ careers or save for college. If your kids have the opportunity to earn work experience, now is the best time to start!

In Texas, several laws are often criticized as being unfair, particularly those related to drug offenses and age-related legal restrictions. Many people argue that criminalizing the use of controlled substances, especially in cases where no other crime is committed, is unjust. The argument is that if an individual is not dealing drugs or causing harm to others, the law should not penalize them for their personal choices. Another significant point of debate involves the legal age restrictions for various activities. Historically, the legal drinking age was 18, aligning with other adult responsibilities and rights such as voting and military service. The inconsistency of these laws arises when an 18-year-old can vote and serve in the military, potentially risking their life for their country, but cannot legally consume alcohol. This confusion and disparity are seen by many as unfair, questioning the logic of a person mature enough for significant responsibilities but not for consuming alcohol. These age-related legal restrictions also extend to other areas, where specific actions are criminalized for those under 21 but permissible for older people. Texas faces criticism for laws, particularly those concerning drug offenses and age-related legal inconsistencies. The criminalization of drug use without associated crimes and the varying legal ages for different adult responsibilities highlight perceived injustices, sparking an ongoing debate on fairness and rationality in the state’s legal system.



Texas, known for its rich history and distinct cultural identity, also possesses a legal framework that often ignites significant debate and controversy. The state’s laws include regulations many residents deem unnecessary. These laws raise fundamental questions about justice, fairness, and balancing individual freedoms and societal norms, reflecting broader national conversations about the role and reach of state legislation. Let’s dive into how these laws are often considered irrational. CONTROVERSIAL TEXAS STATE LAWS | Pg. 2

Common Types of Crimes in Texas UNMASKING THEFT

In Texas, handling theft accusations, whether it’s a misunderstanding or a severe allegation, can be daunting and complex. Theft covers a broad spectrum of offenses, from petty theft to grand larceny, each carrying its penalties; it can manifest in many ways. In such situations, securing a criminal lawyer’s services is crucial to navigating the legal process and protecting one’s future. Understanding the specifics of a theft charge and potential defense strategies is essential. A skilled criminal defense attorney at the Medlin law firm can safeguard your rights, devise a defense strategy tailored to your case, and effectively represent you in court. Here are five of the most common types of theft crimes in Texas: • Shoplifting: Involves stealing merchandise from a retail store, whether by concealing items, altering price tags, or switching labels. • Robbery: An offense involves using force, threats, or intimidation to take property from another person’s possession. • Burglary: Involves illegally entering a building or structure to commit theft or another felony. • Auto Theft: Entails unlawfully seizing or possessing a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. • Identity Theft: When an individual uses another person’s details, such as their Social Security number or credit card information, without permission.

Those convicted of theft may need to pay restitution and face collateral consequences, such as difficulties securing employment or housing. If you are facing minor or serious theft accusations, a criminal defense attorney from The Medlin Law Firm can provide personalized representation, taking the time to understand your case and develop a customized legal strategy to achieve the best possible outcome. These professionals bring experience and an in-depth understanding of the legal system, ensuring your rights are upheld at every stage. When choosing a defense lawyer, prioritize qualities such as extensive experience with theft cases, a strong track record, and excellent communication skills. An attorney who listens to your concerns, outlines your options, and keeps you informed throughout the process is extremely valuable. Call The Medlin Law Firm today!

Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake

Citrus BBQ Chicken


• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 cup butter, softened • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1 large egg • 2/3 cup milk • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 2 tbsp granulated sugar • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries


1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan. 2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix until blended. 4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients; mix until blended. 5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan before serving. 6. Whip cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form. 7. Arrange strawberries on top of cake and spread whipped cream over top before serving.

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1. Ignite Independence Day

2. Top Jobs for Teens and Students

Examining Texas’s Legal Landscape


Key Theft Crimes Prosecuted in Dallas

Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake

4. 2 Essential Tips for Grilling Perfection

Tips to Perfect Your Grill Game SUMMER SIZZLE

Summer is the season for grilling. From skewered vegetables to sirloin steaks, your grill is perfect for making flavorful, nutritious food. Whether you plan to stoke the coals at a neighborhood get-together or prepare an incredible meal for a special occasion, you can use these two tips to get the most from your grill. Onions Have Layers The more you use your grill, the more grease, fat, and food debris accumulate on the grates. Luckily, onions are a natural solution to whisk away the mess. While caramelized onions are the perfect topping for burgers and steaks, you can use onions to clean your grill before grilling. First, ensure your grill is running hot; that heat will help enhance the onion’s cleansing properties. Then, using a skewer or grill fork as a handle, push

the onion along the grill’s grates. The onion’s natural acidity will help break down built-up fat, grease, and food. Once your grill is clear, it is ready for use! Clean grates do wonders for the taste and quality of the meats and veggies you grill. Heat and Temperature If you’ve ever had to take a food safety course, you know every meat has an ideal cooking temperature. For instance, chicken should reach 165 degrees internally, and for pork, it’s 145 degrees. While grilling, use a meat thermometer to determine which proteins are ready to serve and which need more time. Once you pull your meat off the grill, let it rest for at least five minutes before serving. This time makes the meat more tender and allows it to finish cooking off the grill passively. | Pg. 4

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