Brauns Law - June 2020

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French Fries and Lemonade Summer Memories in the Kitchen

Summer is here in Atlanta, and that means good summer cooking. I love summertime and summer foods because they remind me of the years I spent working in restaurants. Long before I was an attorney, before I’d even gotten into corporate America, I was a cook. I got my first job, in Maryland, at age 14. I had to get a work permit in order to work at the Alaska Stand, my favorite sub shop in Ocean City, Maryland. They had the best french fries and lemonade. My first job was as a fry cook, but I really wanted to move to the cheesesteak grill because it looked like a lot of fun, and because being a teenager working over a hot vat of oil is a recipe for acne. After the Alaska Stand, I worked in restaurants through age 23. It was nine long, great years, where I took on many roles, including dishwasher, busboy, and chef.

One time I ran a wood-fired pizza oven while working at a microbrewery out in Arizona where I also learned to cook everything from scratch. All of our bread was made in house and even the salad dressings were made from scratch. Working in restaurants taught me a lot and really shaped my working style today. Spending time in restaurants instilled me “Working in restaurants taught me a lot and really shaped my working style today.”

with a deep sense of customer service. I saw firsthand the value of delivering an amazing experience. In a restaurant, you need to deliver great service in addition to good food, no matter how busy or stressed you are. Working in a kitchen means multitasking to the extreme. In college, I worked in a restaurant that was converted from an old historic house. The kitchen was barely big enough for three people, and we could still put out over 600 dinners in one night. If you’ve never worked in a restaurant before, know that 600 dinners is an amazing number to hit. We could do it because we learned how to be efficient through prep work. Even today, running my firm, my colleagues and I are always thinking about how we’re doing things and how we can be more efficient. My restaurant experience provided me with a foundation that is fundamental to who I am today. I no longer have to cook for a living, but I do enjoy summertime foods. French fries and lemonade still have a special place in my heart, though these days I’ve swapped the deep fryer for a grill. My family may give me a hard time about it, but I’m still a Maryland guy at heart. To me, nothing says summer like grilled barbecue chicken with fresh Maryland corn on the cob and applesauce. That’s the perfect summer meal. -David Brauns


NASA Takes You on a (Virtual) Space Adventure THE FINAL FRONTIER

Commercial space travel might still be the stuff of science fiction stories, but thanks to computer programs and augmented reality, your family can still experience what it’s like to explore space. NASA and other organizations provide a wealth of free resources that make space exploration come to life for stargazers and future astronauts alike. Take some time to explore a few of our favorites today. Touring the International Space Station First launched in 1998, the International Space Station is a multinational space research laboratory. Nineteen different nations have sent astronauts, cosmonauts, and space tourists to the space station to conduct scientific experiments. It’s truly the stuff science fiction dreams are made of! In 2012, Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams filmed a full tour of this amazing floating lab and even included a quick lesson on how to work out in zero gravity. “Visit” the space station for yourself at Exploring Deep Space Via Virtual Reality On Jan. 30, 2020, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope concluded its 16-year mission researching exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system. This data was

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used to create Exoplanet Excursions, an immersive virtual reality experience that lets your family experience the Spitzer’s discoveries and control the telescope yourself. These incredible excursions are available on Oculus or Steam, so visit to start your adventure and explore deep space today! Planet-Hopping With NASA Have you ever wondered would it be like to stand on another world? Then “book”

your next vacation with the Exoplanet Travel Bureau! This program takes you on digital tours of real exoplanets NASA has discovered. Though we don’t know what the surfaces of these worlds look like, artists have used scientific data to create 3D landscapes to explore. See them all, from Kepler-16b to TRAPPIST-1e, at exoplanet-travel-bureau.


“Mr. Brauns is an awesome, very nice, honest attorney. He returns calls in a timely manner. Mr. Brauns keeps you informed on what’s going on; you don’t have to chase him to get answers to your case. He gets an A+!” –Jennifer Cooper “Brauns Law is the most professional service that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in my 15 years in the Atlanta metro. David is an incredible attorney, and his staff is top-notch. They have your best interests at heart, efficiently navigate the legal system, and represent you flawlessly. Thank you so much!” –Darryl Alves

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3 Tips for Staying Safe While You Barbecue Get Your Grill On!

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the backyard grill you’ve been looking at longingly for the last six months. Nothing says summer quite like the smell of hamburgers, hot dogs, and grill smoke, and there are few things more satisfying than cooking up a delicious meal over the flames. That said, grilling can be dangerous if you don’t take proper precautions. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, grills, hibachis, and barbecues caused roughly 10,200 home fires and sent about 19,000 people to the ER every year between 2013 and 2017. To protect your family from burns and your property from damage this summer, take these safety tips to heart. 1. Set up a safe grill space. The first step to a good outdoor grilling experience is setting your grill up a safe distance away from the house, trees, and other flammable materials. Make sure the ground is even enough that your grill will be

stable (the last thing you want is for it to tip over, sending your burgers and dogs to the ground), and if you’re using a propane grill, double-check for leaks before you light it. On top of that, prepare your grill by making sure it’s clean and free of any flammable residue from past meals. 2. Make sure you’re dressed for success. It can be tempting to whip up dinner at a family barbecue while wearing your favorite flowy sundress or loose Hawaiian shirt, but unfortunately, safety and fashion don’t always coincide. If you’re running the grill, be sure to avoid loose-fitting clothing that could catch fire, and keep kids and people in more flammable outfits at a distance. 3. Keep baking soda and a fire extinguisher on hand.

When you grill, keep baking soda and a fire extinguisher nearby to tackle surprise blazes. Baking soda can smother a grease fire, and salt also works if you don’t have baking soda handy. A fire extinguisher, meanwhile, is the best option if a gas fire gets out of control. Just remember to rescue your food (as long as it’s not too risky) before you powder or spray the flames!

Hopefully you can avoid starting a fire, but if the worst happens, it’s best to be prepared.



Bacon may be a paleo favorite for breakfast, but this hearty sausage meal can be enjoyed any time of day and is the perfect way to mix things up!

Ingredients • 3 tbsp coconut oil

• 4 green onions, diced • 10 eggs, whisked • Black pepper, to taste

Directions 1. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. 2. Crumble sausage into the skillet and cook until browned. 3. Add sweet potato and cook until tender. 4. Add green onion and sauté for 2–3 minutes. • 1 lb mild Italian sausage • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated

5. Spread this mixture evenly throughout the skillet. Pour

eggs over mixture and sprinkle black pepper over top.




6. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes or until bubbly. 7. Transfer skillet to oven and


cook under broiler on low until frittata is cooked through.


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Harvard’s Tips to Keep Your Brain Young

Keep Your Brain Young 3 Tips for Good Brain Health From Harvard Medical School

As we age, our bodies change, including our mental functions. Cognitive decline is one of the biggest fears of aging, but it’s not inevitable. Though we’re still learning new things about how our brains work, there’s a lot of scientific research that shows how to keep your brain young. If you want to keep your mind sharp throughout your lifetime, then follow this advice from Harvard Medical School. 1. Get a good workout. Exercising regularly helps all the muscles and organs in your body, even your brain! A good workout can lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels, which help your brain and your heart. Harvard Health Publishing, a website of Harvard Medical School, also notes that “animals who exercise regularly increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought.”

Harvard Health Publishing urges readers to maintain good mental health and get restful sleep, as they are “certainly important goals” for improving cognitive function and overall well-being. 3. Stay connected. It’s not enough to focus on yourself. In order to maintain your long-term cognitive health, you should also focus on your connections with other people. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Strong social ties have been associated with a lower risk of dementia, as well as lower blood pressure and longer life expectancy.” Make new friends, stay in touch with family members, and maintain positive relationships in your life. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to your brain health. Do what you can today to protect your mental functions tomorrow.

2. Pay attention to your mental health. Poor mental health can lead to impaired cognitive function. Chronic anxiety, depression, and exhaustion tend to cause low scores on cognitive function tests. But test scores aren’t necessarily a sign of future cognitive decline, and

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