Joe Miller Law - November 2017


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Gone in a Gust of Wind At the time of writing this, Hurricane Harvey had just ripped through Texas, and Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida. More storms are on their way, and when this issue goes to print, we’ll know how it all turns out. For now, all I can think about is when Hurricane Isabel roared through Virginia in 2003. The aftermath was devastating. My family was left without power for two weeks, and we spent the first few days cooking everything in our refrigerator before it could go bad. When the schools finally opened again, I had to find new routes to take my daughter to school because Midtown Tunnel coast were completely demolished. FEMA can only do so much. The most some people will be able to get is $250,000. After you’ve lost everything, that’s not enough to rebuild your life. As oncoming storms threatened to swing up the coast toward Virginia, I took note of my own life and what we would have to do if worse came to worse. Sometimes we put our heads down and focus on just grinding through life. I know there are times when I’m poring over a piece of paper, and I’ve let my life become all about facts and figures. When I finally remember to look up again, 10 years have gone by. If there’s any silver lining to these terrible storms, it’s that you are forced to look up. In times of crisis, we remember the people who are really important to us and how temporary life can be. What’s more, we’re reminded that people really do want to help one another.


was severely damaged during the storm. Across Virginia, the damage totaled over $1.3 billion. As bad as we had it, I know the people down in Texas are going through a lot worse. My heart goes out to the people of Texas. The state needs over $150 billion for repairs. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, and some lost their homes altogether. Cities right on the “... sometimes all you hear is discord and disagreements, but when something big happens, people will still drop everything to help one another.”

on the desk. No matter the differences, at our core we’re all human beings trying to make it through life together. The least we can do is lend each other a helping hand, even when there’s not a hurricane breathing down our necks. I’m proud of the work we do at the office, and the opportunity we have to help other people every day. Time moves fast, and everything can change with a gust of wind. At the end of it all, I want to say I was able to make a difference in the lives of my friends, my family, and my clients.

After Hurricane Harvey left Houston underwater, the news was filled with stories of people helping each other. People with boats drove for hours to help with rescue efforts, strangers opened their doors to families who lost their homes in the storm, and donations poured in from all over the world. These days, sometimes all you hear is discord and disagreements, but when something big happens, people will still drop everything to help one another. I believe sometimes God sends us disasters to remind us there is more to life than the computer in front of our face or the paperwork

– Joseph Miller

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Stuff the Turkey Game

Unless you have a child auditioning for “MasterChef Junior,” you’re probably not going to let the little ones cook the turkey this Thanksgiving. Just because the kitchen might be off limits, though, doesn’t mean you can’t find a few creative ways to make the holiday extra special for your kids. Spice up Thanksgiving with these fun, family-friendly activities. If you have a big family, you are probably familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the kids’ table. It may be smaller than the grown- ups’ seating arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Turn your kids’ table into a canvas for a colorful, creative dining experience. To do this, use craft or art paper to cover the table. Tape everything down tightly and provide crayons and colored pencils for every Coloring-Book Tablecloths “I’m giving this attorney a five-star rating — and not because I met him or because he won a big settlement for me. I’m doing this because I sent an email with a concern about my husband’s workers’ compensation claim. I got a call within 15 minutes, and she listened to me for about 20 minutes. I have dealt with three attorneys in my life, and this is NOT how they conducted their business. All three took some information, but they wanted me to make an appointment to come in for further details … whatever! Two of them even made me pay just to ask a few questions. But will I need him for this particular problem? I doubt it. I just sincerely appreciate the fact that his assistant took the time to call and answer my questions. If in the future, if I do need an attorney, it WILL be Joe Miller. Thank you, Fatimah.”

place setting. If you want to add some extra holiday spirit, put the drawing supplies in empty cranberry sauce and pumpkin cans.

Want to get the kids outside so you can get to work in the kitchen? Create a Thanksgiving-themed game for them to play outside while you prep the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven. To create a holiday-themed “Stuff the Turkey” game, all you need is a few paper bags. We’ll bet you have some left over from shopping. Use two small bags stuffed with scrap paper to create legs and glue them to a larger bag folded to look like the body of a turkey. Now that you have your turkey, you need some balls to stuff it with. Anything soft and baseball-sized will work, even some balled-up paper. Kids will take turns trying to toss the balls into the turkey, scoring points for every shot made.

Gratitude Mobiles

Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious food. It’s also about reflecting on the parts of our lives we are grateful for. Teaching kids about gratitude is the most valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Bring that concept to life with a gratitude mobile. Grab some colored paper circles — or cut them out — and have your children write down things that they are thankful for. A silver Sharpie is great for this. Punch holes in the tops of the circles and run string through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling.


–P. Brown

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Joe’s Monthly ‘SOUL SNACKS’

Pursue honor and it will flee from you. –Tanchuma

Those who do not grow, grow smaller. –Pirke Avot

Ingredients • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, roughly chopped • 1 onion, chopped • 2 stalks celery, sliced • 2 medium carrots, chopped • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

• 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock • 1 cup coconut milk • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

A word to the wise is enough, but a fool needs a fist. –Midrash Mishle

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. –Albert Einstein


1. Place all the ingredients except for the coconut milk in a slow cooker. 2. Season everything to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. 4. Puree everything until smooth, using a blender or an immersion blender. 5. Add the coconut milk, give everything a good stir, and cook for another 30 minutes. 6. Adjust the seasonings and serve warm.

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. –Avot

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Inside This Issue

Gone in a Gust of Wind page 1 3 Family Activities for Thanksgiving pages 2 Testimonials page 2 Check Out Our New Location page 3 Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup Recipe page 3 A Very Good Boy page 4

Otis: Unlikely Hurricane Hero In late August, the nation was put to the test after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. Journalists, professional and otherwise, brought back stories and images of the destruction in Harvey’s aftermath. Among those stories was one about a dog named Otis. The image resonated with people and quickly went viral, being shared over

50,000 times. The people of the Lone Star State have long prided themselves on their pluck and resilience. “Must be a Texas dog cause [sic] he can survive without help,” one commenter wrote online. Another site called him “the hero Texas needed.”

Otis, a German shepherd mix, belongs to a 5-year-old boy in Sinton, Texas. “He’s a special dog,” said Salvador Segovia, the grandfather of Otis’ owner. “He’s been instrumental in helping my grandson following numerous hospital visits for seizures and asthma.” Apparently, Otis is a local celebrity due to his affable nature. He can saunter down to the Dairy Queen and score a free hamburger. Salvador says he’s also the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house. When Harvey struck, dogs, cats, and people sprang into survival mode. For Otis, that meant gathering resources. The morning after the storm, a woman snapped a picture of a damp Otis trotting down the street. In his mouth, he toted an entire bag of dog food, and not a small one. The woman posted the picture to Facebook. “This dog is walking around Sinton, Texas, carrying a [sic] entire bag of dog food with him. LOL #refugee,” the caption read.

Otis’ canine resilience was both humorous and inspirational. The most powerful images in a crisis aren’t of Air Force One or of celebrities donating millions. They’re of ordinary people — and pets —

striving, surviving, and making their way back home, just like Otis.

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