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Staying Home and Giving Thanks
There’s something special about Thanksgiving; it brings families and friends together as they gather around the table. They enjoy great food and great company. Yes, sometimes the conversation can get a little heated, particularly when it involves politics — and with this year’s election, the conversation will probably be extra colorful. But at the end of the day, it’s simply about coming together. This year, things will be different. Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel holidays. People drive and fly from all over the country to get home to their loved ones. In 2019, AAA estimated about 50 million Americans jumped in their cars to get to their Thanksgiving destinations. At the same time, 4 million flew to their destinations. This year, travel is expected to be way down. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has gone as far as to recommend avoiding travel and large family gatherings. But this doesn’t mean Thanksgiving is canceled. It’s just the opposite! While the holiday won’t be the same as in years past, it will still be that important holiday of coming together and expressing thanks. The CDC recommends staying home and focusing on much smaller gatherings
in order to keep older and more vulnerable loved ones safe and healthy.
Facebook, you can catch up and talk about what you’re grateful for this year. Then, after dinner, break out the board games! Not only can you play in-person, but you can also play over the video if they have a copy of the game on their end to make things easier. As Thanksgiving and the holiday season quickly approaches, here’s another thing to keep in mind: Because many people will not be traveling this year, not everyone will have someone to spend time with over the holidays. On top of that, some families and individuals must remain isolated for health risks. As such, they may feel alone. In the season of giving, why not do a little extra giving? Consider sharing your Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal with friends and neighbors who may be isolated or unable to be with their families this year. Simply prepare them a plate or two. Just remember to take all the normal precautions. Make sure any containers you use for food are sanitized after you’ve handled them. Disinfecting wipes are great for this. Package any food in a new paper bag that can easily be thrown away or recycled.
So, families are turning to technology. This is the year of the Zoom Thanksgiving. Of course, if you don’t have Zoom, there are countless other options, such as Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video, Discord video, Google Hangouts, Google Duo, and Skype. There’s a lot to choose from. The real challenge is getting everyone set up on the same service!
A lot of people are also embracing a smaller Thanksgiving. For families who all live under one roof, it’s just them — no extra company or visitors. For smaller households, such as empty nesters, they’re using the holiday as a good opportunity for a lovely candlelit dinner for just the two of them. No matter how you decide to celebrate the season, it’s still a great time to reconnect with the people you care about most. Whether you’re together in-person or chatting over Zoom or
In addition to this, when you deliver food to friends or neighbors, be sure
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Bored on Thanksgiving? Plan a Movie Marathon!
5 Thanksgiving Flicks for the Whole Family
After a giant Thanksgiving meal, it can be tempting to sink down onto the couch and never get up — so embrace it! This Thanksgiving, try planning a family movie night to enjoy while the turkey settles. Movie nights are about as low maintenance as family hangouts can get. According to Elle magazine, actress Angelina Jolie credits family flick marathons for helping her survive quarantine with six kids at home. Her secrets to success are comfortable clothes like pajamas and robes, along
ever-growing Thanksgiving guest list, and a backyard feast of junk food.
3. ‘Garfield’s Thanksgiving’ — Everyone loves Garfield, and this 1989 television special starring Jon, Odie, and the fat cat himself is another Thanksgiving mainstay. The vet puts Garfield on a diet at the worst possible time: right before Thanksgiving.
‘An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving’ — This 2008 period drama is based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott and tells the tale of an estranged family who find themselves back together just in time for the holidays. It’s historical, heartwarming, and fit for all ages.
with plenty of movie snacks. This Thanksgiving, plan your marathon around these holiday-themed films.
1. ‘Free Birds ’ — This hilarious 2013
animated film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as turkeys who have escaped the Thanksgiving table. Together, they go on a mission back in time to break up the first Thanksgiving and get turkey off the menu for good. 2. ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ — This old-school television special from 1973 is a Thanksgiving classic. In it, Charlie Brown and Snoopy navigate football, an
5. ‘A Family Thanksgiving’ — This Hallmark comedy is a funny combination of “A
Christmas Carol” and “17 Again.” A high-powered lawyer is transported to an alternate universe and gets a look at what her holiday life could have been like if she’d made different choices.
With these five films on your watch list, you won’t need any other Thanksgiving entertainment!
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6 Signs of Brain Damage
After an Accident
MEMORY LOSS If someone experiences memory loss associated with brain damage, it’s likely to manifest as more than simply being a bit forgetful throughout a hectic day. Rather, it’s more likely that their memory loss presents itself as losses of larger chunks of time or periods of “blackout” in their memories. Memory loss is a serious symptom of brain injury or damage. SLURRING OR SLOW SPEECH If someone who has just been in an accident experiences slurred or slowed speech, it can be a direct result of brain damage from that incident. Speech anomalies can come in different forms, so it is important to pay attention to your friend’s speech to correctly ascertain what is happening. MOOD SWINGS Brain damage can change the way people interact with each other and the world, depending on the type and the severity of the injury. This is more than simply being emotional; this is a drastic change in a person’s behavior. If things seem out of the ordinary, see a doctor as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car wreck, sporting accident, or any other sudden impact, you should always be on the lookout for signs of potential traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here are six common signs to keep in mind. LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS Someone who has had a traumatic brain injury may fall in and out of consciousness soon after their collision. Concussions often cause this specific symptom of TBI. PERSISTENT HEADACHE While headaches are a common problem in everyday life, having persistent headaches after a traumatic accident or large fall can be a sign that something more significant is going on. If persistent headaches continue or worsen over time, seek medical attention. CONFUSION Confusion or disorientation following an injury or fall can point to a larger brain injury. People experiencing confusion may have trouble stringing together complete sentences or doing everyday tasks. If this confusion does not get better with time, it could be a sign of brain damage.
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to wear your mask. When you deliver food, set the food on or near the doorstep, knock or ring the bell, and take a few steps back. (Don’t forget to note any allergens that might be present in the food, including wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, and so on.) It sounds like so many extra steps, but when someone’s health is on the line, those steps are necessary and worth it. No matter how you and your family decide to celebrate Thanksgiving, keep your eyes on the prize. It’s all about making new memories and sharing old ones. Things may be different this year, but it doesn’t mean we can’t still have a lot of fun, enjoy a lot of good food, and stay safe at the same time. P.S. We’re having a Thanksgiving giveaway! Be sure to check out our Facebook page at Facebook.com/HerrmanAndHerrmanPLLC for complete details! –Gregory Herrman
Cinnamon-Spiced Candied Sweet Potatoes
These candied sweet potatoes will make your family beg for more!
4 lbs orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces, then cut lengthwise into 1-inch wedges 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
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1 tbsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed 4 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Place sweet potato wedges in a 4-quart baking dish. 3. Sprinkle sugar, salt, and cloves over sweet potatoes. 4. Dot with butter and place cinnamon sticks around sweet potatoes. 5. Bake, turning every 15 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender and the liquid is syrupy, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. 6. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. 7. Discard cinnamon sticks and serve.
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Inside This ISSUE
It’s Looking Like a Different Kind of Thanksgiving Page 1
5 Thanksgiving Movies for the Whole Family Page 2
Here’s How to Identify Possible Brain Damage After an Accident
Cinnamon-Spiced Candied Sweet Potatoes Page 3
A Number of Importance Page 4
The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month Why Veterans Day and the Number 11 Go Hand in Hand
Veterans Day comes every Nov. 11. It’s a national holiday that recognizes veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and honors those both living and deceased. Historically, the day marks Armistice Day and the end of the Great War: World War I. But what is the significance of the number 11? The armistice was signed at 5:45 a.m. in France, but it took effect at 11 a.m. that same morning — which happened to be Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice originally lasted 36 days but was extended month after month. This led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, when peace was officially declared.
honorably served their country. By 1954, the U.S. had fought in more wars — specifically World War II and the Korean War — and hundreds of thousands more Americans had served. Unsurprisingly, there was some political drama surrounding the day. In 1968, Congress made Veterans Day a federal holiday under the Uniform Holiday Bill. The idea was to increase the number of three-day weekends in the year. Veterans Day became a holiday that would fall on the fourth Monday of October, a far cry from Nov. 11.
However, in 1978, Veterans Day was restored to its original Nov. 11 date. But why?
Later that year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that Nov. 11 would be known as Armistice Day to honor those who fought in the Great War. This
The answer is simple. It’s a number that sticks with you. When the clock strikes 11:11, you always take notice. By that same notion, we all remember the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Because of this, we’ll never forget the end of the Great War, nor will we forget those who served.
lasted until 1954, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation turning Armistice Day into Veterans Day.
The change was made in order to recognize all veterans who had
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