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It’s that time of year again. Cicadas are singing, sprinklers are churning, and folks across the Pelican State are firing up their barbecues. Amid these sights and smells of summer, there’s the joyous energy of freedom. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again: There is nowhere better than Louisiana, and there are no better neighbors than Louisianans to spend the Fourth of July with. We love our country in this state and have no problem showing it. From the pastures and bayous to Bourbon Street and Spanish Town, you’ll hear the bursts of fireworks and the sizzling of burgers on the grill. The stars and stripes line people’s lawns, and for a time, the so-called divisions that we draw amongst ourselves disappear in a greater sense of unity and understanding. BEHIND THE FIREWORKS REFLECTIONS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY “FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, WE COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE OUR SHARED BELIEF IN THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS THAT MADE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA POSSIBLE.” While our day-to-day cohesion as a country comes from a set of common laws and experiences, the Fourth of July highlights something deeper. From sea to shining sea, we come together to celebrate our shared belief in the fundamental principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that made the United States of America possible. That’s why we celebrate our country not on the date that the constitution was ratified, but on the day we declared our independence — when our Founding Fathers committed life and limb to the pursuit of these noble ideals in the face of tyranny.
The fundamental assertion that all men are created equal was first set forward on that hot summer day in 1776. Since that time, generations of brave Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect that founding principle and the nation it made possible. The courage of those who stand in defense of liberty and equality, both at home and abroad, is an ever-present reminder that these ideals cannot be taken for granted. They need to be affirmed, reaffirmed, defended, and yes, celebrated. That’s the true beauty of the Fourth of July. Behind the fireworks, the barbecuing, the beer drinking, and the camaraderie, there’s something deeper. There is a joy in being able to have the freedom to do all of these things and more. A celebration not just of our independence as a nation but of the independence we ourselves are able to enjoy as a result. As lawyers, we see the real impact of this independence every day. Were it not for the rights to a fair trial in defense of our inalienable rights as citizens, our clients would have no recourse against those who have wronged them. We’re proud to help these folks ensure their rights are defended in our own, small way. It’s the least we can do for our fellow Americans.
Happy Independence Day,
–Cra ig Jon e s & Cra ig Hill
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WARNING SIGNS YOU CAN’T IGNORE IS YOUR CHILD BEING BULLIED?
Somewhere along the line, our society accepted bullying as a social norm for children. “How can kids learn to cope with the real world if they can’t handle a bully?” is a common misguided justification. Kids who don’t meet the standards of what they are socially expected to be aren’t accepted among their peers. Rather, they are treated like emotional punching bags for anyone deemed more culturally acceptable. But the life of a child is truly a special force in this world, and just because someone differs from physical, social, or cultural normativity doesn’t give anyone the right to treat them poorly. Differences should be celebrated, and bullying needs to be eradicated. The best way we can start is by making an effort to notice bullying and put a stop to it. Here are three warning signs. Headaches and Stomach Aches Anxiety is a complex emotion that tends to manifest itself in physical ways. If you notice your child has stress-related symptoms like headaches, ask them about their emotional well-being. An open-ended question like, “I’ve noticed you haven’t been feeling well a lot lately — can you tell me more about that?” will help open lines of communication. Change in Friends There are bound to be changes in friend groups throughout your child’s life, but that doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t take notice when this
Camping Stove Whether you’re backpacking or car camping, lugging a massive barbecue around can be a significant inconvenience. That’s why camping stoves serve as a great alternative. They’re light, compact, and easy to use. Most of them come equipped with a simple fuel hookup that will have you ready to cook in no time. It makes cooking that freshly caught fish as easy as it would be at home. Open Fire You can get as fancy as you want with charcoal or propane setups, but why bother? Just dig a hole, throw some kindling down, and light ‘er up. Cooking while camping doesn’t need to be domesticated. Instead, you can harness the raw landscape and use it to cook your food. You won’t have to worry about lack of grill space, utensils, or packing. Just throw your food on a stick and let your campfire do the trick. Whether it’s out in the bayou or in the untamed woods of the great state of Louisiana, good food while camping is all about how you cook it. Don’t settle for dried food or bland meals ready to eat when you can have a quality meal at the strike of a match. happens. When a child expresses disinterest in spending time with specific people, it could be a sign of bullying. Connecting with other parents who have children in the same circle could be a way to gauge the pulse of your child’s friend group. Confidence Issues Bullying has the potential to drop kids into a volatile cycle of confidence- killing self-talk. Bullying may produce external damage, but what goes on internally can be catastrophic for children. The continually progressing, technology-based environment our children live in nearly outpaces their ability to adjust and cope. Children often internalize their emotions, and when they are being bullied by someone online, their distress can be even harder to detect. The best way to be aware of how your children are feeling is to talk to them openly about their social interactions both online and offline. Summer is the perfect opportunity to discuss these issues with your child because they likely will be relaxed, comfortable, and out of school, where bullying often occurs. Then they can approach the new school year with confidence and self-worth. What parent doesn’t want that?
GREAT MEALS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
When you’re out experiencing the beauty of Mother Nature, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice a good meal. Camping often includes fellowship with good people and developing peaceful memories that last a lifetime. When you’re sitting under the night sky of a thousand stars, you shouldn’t be limited to dried food or a can of beans. Good food is just as important as the good company. That’s why we’ve provided two ways for you to make a meal that looks as satisfying as the sights of nature itself.
This 4th of July Watch for Drunk Drivers
In an ideal world, getting ready for the Fourth of July would entail only buying more charcoal for the grill, checking the times of your local firework show, and maybe borrowing an extra cooler or two. Unfortunately, Louisianans need to be prepared for an often overlooked but deadly factor of this particular holiday: drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, drunk driving on Fourth of July weekend was the cause of 40 percent of all highway fatalities from 2007–2011. That is a sobering statistic we all need to be aware of while en route to meet friends and family over the holiday. It’s important to drive defensively, but you won’t always be able to see a drunk driver coming. When the worst happens, the best you can do is be prepared for the aftermath. Call 911 Car accidents involving drunk drivers are often some of the worst, even at lower speeds. In the immediate aftermath of a crash, make sure you and your passengers aren’t seriously injured. You may need to call for medical attention immediately. Regardless of the severity of injuries, call the police.
It’s always a good idea to contact authorities after a car crash; having a police report of the accident helps preserve the facts surrounding your insurance claim. But when you suspect the other driver was under the influence, getting police involved takes on an added layer of importance. By calling the police, you are doing your part to ensure that a reckless driver is taken off the road long term. Seek Medical Care Regardless of how you feel in the aftermath of an accident, you should seek the opinion of a medical professional. Many common injuries caused by car crashes are pernicious, taking time to manifest. And many chronic conditions can be mitigated or avoided entirely with the help of medical professionals. Hold the Driver Accountable The authorities will be able to handle the criminal aspects of an intoxicated driver, but you still have the right to hold them accountable for the harm they’ve done to you. This is where an expert Louisiana personal injury attorney can make a difference for you. An experienced lawyer, like those at Jones & Hill, will help you find the best path forward in pursuing your claim against this reckless driver.
TAKE A BREAK
No matter where you stand on the great ketchup versus mustard debate, you’ll love these spicy, tangy, easy-to-make buffalo dogs. They’re the perfect way to elevate your Fourth of July cookout. Blue Cheese Buffalo Dogs and Celery Slaw
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1 package of your favorite hot dogs
For Celery Slaw: •
1 package hot dog buns
4 celery stalks, very thinly sliced
1 bottle Frank’s RedHot sauce 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
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1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
Celery salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1. For slaw, toss all ingredients together and season with celery salt and pepper. 2. Grill hot dogs and toast buns. 3. Assemble hot dogs, douse with hot sauce, and top with celery slaw. 4. Top with blue cheese, add another splash of hot sauce if you’re feeling extra spicy, and serve.
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CAN I HAVE S’MORE? CREATIVE TWISTS ON THE CAMPFIRE CLASSIC
You’re just three ingredients away from the perfect summertime treat: chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. The s’more is a fan favorite on camping trips and at backyard bonfires alike. Though they say you can’t improve perfection, we’ve found a few creative twists on the classic treat that will make your summer a little sweeter. The Elvis A campfire snack fit for a king — of rock ’n’ roll, that is. This s’more pays homage to Elvis Presley’s love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Swap out the chocolate bar for a peanut butter cup candy and add a few slices of fresh banana between the graham cracker and marshmallow. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even add some bacon. S’mores in a Jar Here are s’mores you can enjoy all year long. Layers of crushed graham cracker, melted marshmallow, and creamy chocolate turn a simple jar into a great dessert! Learn how to make the perfect s’mores on the go at family.disney.com/recipe/smores-in-a-jar. Strawberry S’more-cake If you really want to wow your guests at the next bonfire, try your hand at this creative take on the summertime classic. Gooey s’mores meet
fresh strawberry shortcake in a dessert that’s as delicious as it is original. Find the whole recipe, including tips on making the perfect shortcake, at aspicyperspective.com/smores-strawberry-shortcake-recipe. S’mOreo A simple but memorable twist on the campfire classic. Grab a box of Oreo cookies, pull a cookie apart, and use that in place of your graham cracker. The cream filling will pair nicely with the chocolate and toasted marshmallow. S’mores Milkshake Too hot for a campfire? Cool down with a s’mores milkshake! The trick is to lightly toast the marshmallows in the oven so they mix well with the other ingredients in the blender. Get the recipe at spoonfulofflavor.com/2013/08/30/smores-milkshake to enjoy this sweet treat even in the heat of summer. It’s the simple recipe that opens the door for creative interpretations of the classic s’more. Be adventurous this summer and see what great new s’mores you can create!
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