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APRIL 2023

I became Dad No. 2 to my brother, Matt, when I was just 11 years old. The ink was still drying on our parents’ divorce papers. Matt and I lived with our dad, and from the time he was 4 until I was 18, I helped keep him out of trouble. And, whenever I could get away with it, got him into it as well. Man, did we love to fight! Occasionally it was even for real. Because I was so much older, and bigger, though, I constantly promised/ threatened him, “When you grow up, I am going to beat the %$&+ out of you.” Fortunately, by the time we grew up, it just didn’t seem that important anymore. Believe it or not, since growing up, we’ve never even had a heated argument, about anything, ever. We don’t even argue about the Cowboys, probably since we were both raised by the same rabid fan. (Love you, Dad! Glad you weren’t around to see them spit the bit… again...for the 27th year in a row.) It’s probably good for two reasons that Matt and I don’t beat each other up anymore. 1. Matt is a fitness instructor now, and I’m pretty sure he could take me. All I have on my side is a weight advantage! 2. Matt’s company, Gibson Design, is a huge asset to my law firm. He’s a genius at social media marketing — and I’m not just saying that because he’s my brother. If you haven’t already invested in social media marketing for your business, I highly recommend it. Every company with a targeted demographic can benefit from a service like Matt’s. Gibson Design specializes in social media management, website design, print marketing, and digital advertising, among other things, and their work is incredibly effective. Again, I’m not just saying that! After Matt took over the firm’s website and social media, I had to adjust our marketing twice because we were getting too much business. My team just couldn’t keep up. My Brother Is a Marketing Genius Meet the Guy Who Can Help You Try It

If you sell chai tea and your customers belong to a specific cultural group, or you run a neighborhood restaurant and want to target people in the zip codes nearby, Matt can help you spread the word. Everyone complains about the Google algorithm, but that’s just because they don’t understand it. Matt does. He’s a master at driving targeted business to your business! As you can probably tell, I’m really proud of my kid brother. He has accomplished a lot since he was that little 4-year-old at my heels. On top of running a successful business, he has a fabulous wife and raised two beautiful daughters. In some ways, Matt and I couldn’t be more different. He has red hair and freckles while I’m dark-haired, and he’s the life of every party while I sit to the side throwing out the occasionally funny comment. But deep down, we’re more alike than we look. Both of us have the same entrepreneurial spirit. We’re both proud to be our own bosses and help other business owners succeed. If you’re thinking about beefing up your social media marketing or just want to find a company whose product works, I know a guy. Check Matt’s work out at or call me at 214-697-3034 to ask about him. I’d love to put you in touch!

–David Gibson



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outdoors, and do not hang your clean laundry outside to dry. After you have been outdoors, remove your clothing and wash your hair and skin to remove any traces of pollen. Do not cut the grass, pull weeds, or do any gardening. Remove pollen from indoor air. It’s inevitable that pollen will get inside your home and vehicle. To combat this, utilize your air conditioning or invest in a certified allergy air filter! A dehumidifier and/or an air purifier will help to lower the pollen spore count in the air. Rinse out your sinuses. When pollen overwhelms your sinus passages, one of the best things to do is to rinse out your airways. A sinus flush with a saline solution is one of the easiest and most effective ways to eliminate the pollen that irritates your respiratory system. Take over-the-counter medications. After checking with your doctor or health care provider, choose an over-the-counter medication that is right for your symptoms. Medications like oral antihistamines, oral decongestants, and corticosteroid nasal sprays are all beneficial in reducing the effects of seasonal allergies. When Pollen Strikes Nipping Spring Allergies in the Bud

Spring has arrived! However, rebirth and renewal aren’t the only things in the air. During spring, trees, weeds, plants, and grasses release small grains of pollen into the air to fertilize other plants. Because the pollen is small and light, it travels through the wind and frequently causes allergic reactions. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include congestion, sneezing, coughing, a runny nose, an itchy throat, watering eyes, and irritation in the roof of your mouth. If you’re prone to experiencing allergies all spring long, here are some useful tips to keep them at bay. Reduce your exposure. During spring months, keep the windows in your home and car closed. On particularly windy or dry days, avoid spending time

Hold the Cheese, Please! McDonald’s Customers Sue for Being Forced to Pay for Cheese

not receive cheese on their burger but were charged the same price as a Quarter Pounder with cheese. Their lawsuit states that they, and other customers who do not want cheese on their burgers, are forced to pay for two slices of cheese anyway, and they sued for damages as a result of being overcharged and required to pay for American cheese when they did not want or receive it on their burger.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, things got a little crazy! Two McDonald’s customers sued the fast-food chain for $5 million, alleging they were unfairly charged when they ordered Quarter Pounders without cheese. According to the lawsuit, the fast-food restaurant chain historically had four menu options: a Quarter Pounder with cheese, a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese, a Quarter Pounder, and a Double Quarter Pounder. The “with cheese” options were roughly between 30 cents and 90 cents more expensive than the “without cheese” burgers. At some point, McDonald’s discontinued the “without cheese” options.

According to USA Today, a McDonald’s spokesperson advised that the company does its best to allow customers to customize their food orders. If someone doesn’t want cheese as it is listed on the menu, the fast-food chain will not include cheese, thus they didn’t think the lawsuit has any merit.

Only a Quarter Pounder with cheese and a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese were available at the time these two customers visited the restaurant. The ingredients listed on McDonald’s website for these items include a sesame seed bun, quarter- pound 100% beef patty, ketchup, onions, pasteurized processed American cheese, and pickle slices.

And because the McDonald’s customers failed to prove they were damaged by an overcharge, the case was dismissed!

These customers ordered Quarter Pounders but asked for no cheese on their burger, and they did

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FIND MORE ‘YOU’ TIME Developing a Self-Care Routine

Life isn’t easy — when juggling a career, family, children, social obligations, and housework, finding time for yourself can be difficult. Studies show that roughly 59% of individuals only make time for self-care after they’ve become stressed out. Here are some ways to develop a healthy routine that suits your busy life. Become intentional. When developing a self-care ritual, it’s essential to identify your reasons behind taking better care of yourself and to pinpoint your needs. With a clear vision and motive behind your efforts, developing healthy habits to nurture and incorporate into your everyday routine becomes easier. Create large and small self-care options. You don’t need to do the same self-care ritual all the time, but make it a point to do something for yourself every day. On busier days, you may only have a moment to take a few deep breaths and mentally reset, but on other days, you may have time for a relaxing bath, massage, workout, or pedicure. Make time for hobbies. Most people find themselves constantly juggling countless tasks and obligations. With so much to do, making time for your least favorite activities likely won’t happen; instead, do something you enjoy. After all, self- care is about you! Yoga, reading, journaling, jogging, and meditating are just a few ways to get in some “you time.” If you like it, do it! Plan your self-care time. Without adding self-care to your schedule, your healthy behaviors may get placed on the back burner. Block off time for your favorite activities: Once it’s on your calendar, you’re more likely to work a routine into your day. Keep it simple. Complex rituals may create more stress or anxiety when you should be relaxing. Instead, keep it simple by focusing on relaxing, breathing, and recharging. Go for a walk in the park, take a nap, get a massage, stretch, or take a few moments to do absolutely nothing. Simplicity is the key.


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• 8 oz shallots, peeled and halved

• 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2- inch pieces • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, halved • Salt and ground pepper • 3 tbsp butter, divided • 8 oz button mushrooms, trimmed

• 3 cups chicken broth • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 8 oz egg noodles • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

Directions 1. In a large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned, 7–9 minutes. Remove from heat, discard fat, and set aside. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Return pan to medium-high heat and melt 2 tbsp butter. Add chicken, skin-side down. Cook, turning a few times, for 10–12 minutes until browned. Transfer to a plate. 2. Place remaining 1 tbsp butter in pan to melt. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook 8–10 minutes. Add broth and cream; bring to a boil. Stir in noodles. 3. Add chicken (skin-side up), cover pan, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring once halfway through. Cook about 10–12 minutes. 4. Uncover and simmer until thickened. Stir in dill and top with bacon. Serve and enjoy!

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Illinois’ Sip and Spit Law


Sip … But You Must Spit Check Out This Strange Illinois Law!

unfortunately, virgin wines taste nothing like actual wines! This leaves a gap in many culinary students’ education and may even force them to relearn the skill once they turn 21 and sample alcoholic wines. According to CBS News, Emily Williams Knight, the president of Kendall College, a private Illinois university that focuses on culinary arts, says “taste training” is an integral part of culinary education for young students, which includes learning

By law, in the United States, the minimum legal drinking age is 21 years old. When an individual under 21 breaks the law and consumes alcohol, they are subject to arrest and hefty fines. However, there’s a loophole in Illinois. In 2012, the Illinois State Senate voted 48–6 in favor of passing a “sip and spit” law for Illinois culinary students over 18 but under the legal drinking age of 21. This strange law enabled these students to know their wine well without becoming intoxicated. The students can only sample the wines during their scheduled class times, and an adult that is 21 or older must supervise. Each sample of wine must be less than a shot’s worth in volume, and most importantly, they cannot swallow — they must just taste the wine, then spit it out. Culinary students nationwide rely on nonalcoholic wines to learn about the taste, color, and smell of wines and how to best pair them with their dishes, but

to pair dishes and meals with adult beverages. Understanding the different tastes and notes of various wines is essential to help these students succeed and prepare them for culinary arts and hospitality management careers. On Aug. 24, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 758 into law so Kendall College students over 18 but younger than 21 could better develop their wine-tasting skills to enhance their culinary abilities. However, the rule is clear: Sip … but you must spit!


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