Chronicle March 2020 Edition
Wade Coye Attorney
The World Can Be a Scary Place But There Are Ways to Combat Our Fears
Telecommunication abilities have become astounding. When it comes to getting medical services and diagnoses, there may never be as effective a replacement as in-person visits, but if you have ailments you’re curious or nervous about venturing into public with, you can hop online and speak with a doctor via video instead. For example, telemedicine in central Florida through Centra Care is a great option for these kinds of services. They’ll ask you questions, do a visual exam, and deliver prescriptions. It’s entirely possible to fight illness from the comfort and protection of your home these days, at least to a certain extent. So don’t let fear deny you the care you need.
Viruses are a part of human history. They’ve both destroyed civilizations and inspired progress. They continue to rise and fall at various intervals, and the events occurring in the world right now are proof of that. These days, the word “virus” has even morphed to mean different things. A prime example is how it relates to technology and the spread of information. The spread of either a biological virus or a technical virus can be a frightening concept, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. We can be cautious and protect ourselves, and there are options that give us ways to keep living our lives. We live in a globally connected world, and when it comes to biological viruses, they quickly spread due to our ability to easily travel around the world. It used to be that to avoid a virus, you’d simply avoid a specific area or the people who potentially carried it. While that’s a nice idea, it’s no longer feasible because we are far more connected in many ways. Today, ideas and information, whether true or not, spread just as quickly as biological viruses do. This is the result of the rise of technology like computers, the internet, and social media. The spread happens on such a massive scale that unless you’re living in a third-world country with little access to a computer or a smartphone, you really can’t escape the constant feed of information as it moves and grows more rapidly than wildfire. But there is an interesting result that has formed from the way these two worlds affect one another. With the rising threat of spreadable illness around the world, technology has also risen in conjunction to face the challenges these threats pose. People are fearful of contracting a rapidly spreading illness. Granted, some of this fear is misplaced, and we have technology’s ability to increase the spread of information to thank for that. But we also have to thank technology for providing ways to navigate around the issues fear might be causing.
In our office, we jumped on the telecommunication train a few stops back. Everything we do is cloud-based now, and we work via our smartphones nonstop. We offer video conferences and telephone conferences, and we text and email contracts and documents that our
clients need to keep moving forward with their cases. We make sure our business doesn’t stop when there are rising fears and threats lurking beyond our walls. In the end, it’s important to remember: Life goes on. It must go on. In the face of the spread of illness, the spread of information, and the spread of fear, life has to push forward. Luckily, we live in a day and age when it’s much easier to make that a possibility. So don’t let fear hold you back. Know your options, stay prepared, and always look ahead to a brighter future. -Wade Coye
Whose Picks Will Go All the Way? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family
Reward the winners with prizes. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. Create a learning opportunity. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they
One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids
of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it
out on the court. While healthy competition among family members can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can.
Turn each game into an event. Not every kid may like watching
basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.
don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.
Birthday Boys Here’s to You
My brother, Brad Coye, who I’ve written about in this newsletter before, passed away in 2018. His birthday is in March, so I want to give a little shoutout here and say that we’re always thinking of him. Happy birthday, Brad. I love you and miss you. My father, Richard, also celebrated his birthday in February, so even though it’s a little belated, cheers to you too, Dad! I hope you had a fantastic birthday because you certainly deserve it.
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Don’t Fall for It How Scam Artists Prey on Fear As mentioned in the cover article of this newsletter, advancements in technology and the spread of information have become dangerous tools. They allow people to easily share false information and cause fear to flare up, and there are some people who take the process a step further by actually preying upon people’s fears directly through elaborate online scams. The art of scamming has existed for as long as humans have communicated with each other. There have always been people in the world who make it their goal to take advantage of others by way of trickery. A long time ago, scammers were only effective if they could travel because they had to be in the presence of the person they were trying to scam. The evolution of communication and technology made it possible for scammers to reach a wider pool of potential victims by mail, then phone, and now, the internet. That means that the price of scamming has decreased too. In fact, it costs nothing for scammers to reach their victims except for the time it takes them to execute their plan. Scamming is free and only limited by the perpetrator's creativity, and that makes it dangerous.
There’s such a low barrier to entry that it’s a wonder everyone isn’t a scammer these days!
Let’s take a look at some recent scams revolving around COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. Many are scared of how quickly the virus is spreading, the number of people falling ill, and most of all, how many people have died from its complications. While it is a serious epidemic, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around, and that includes claims about remedies and preventive care. False entities are offering ungrounded advice and unproven treatments that prey upon the fears of their targets. The best of these scams are ineffective and cheap. The worst of them are dangerous and costly. Protect yourself from frivolous internet scams by only turning to proven entities you can trust. Do your research, and if you aren’t sure of something, take your questions to a professional who can give you more insight. Don’t fall for things that seem too good to be true because it’s a safe bet that most of the time, they are.
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PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES Inspired by CookingLight.com
• 6 tbsp spinach pesto • 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
• 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
• 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste
6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.
1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium- high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned.
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Celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Giving Back to Local Companies On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar. Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime. Get social and spread the word! While small businesses utilize every form of marketing available, social media is essential for their success and growth. After shopping at your favorite mom-and-pop business, share that experience on your social media! When you write a post on Facebook or take a picture for Instagram, be sure to tag the business and use relevant hashtags so your friends, family, and everyone else in your community can shop there too. Writing reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp helps establish validity for the company. When another potential customer looks for reviews, they know they’re getting quality products and services from a well-established pillar of the community. The local businesses that are active on social media may post deals and sales for that day only, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses!
March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, which is huge for small businesses everywhere. Mom- and-pop businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy; Small Business Trends reports that mom-and-pop businesses account for 64% of gross domestic product (GDP) and generate 78% of all new jobs. Furthermore, no matter what turns the economy takes, small-business owners are less likely to lay off their employees than big corporations. Mom-and-pop businesses support all communities, and you can support them by celebrating this unofficial holiday!
Give your local economy a boost! Shopping locally has a massive impact on your community. Local businesses return three times the amount of money to the local economy than larger corporations do. With that big of a returned investment, your community can support even more small businesses that generate a wealth of jobs and keep the cycle going.
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