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THE REWARD OF A THING WELL-DONE Summer Jobs Teach Life Lessons
I still remember the exact moment when I got my first job. I was in high school, swimming at the pool with my friends, when my dad drove up and said, “I found you a job.” He must’ve known somebody in the construction business, because the next day I was the member of a crew. It was a good introduction to work, but I quickly realized construction wasn’t my calling. One day, I was doing some trim work with a miter saw. At the time, I had little experience with power tools but all the enthusiasm of a teenager. This combination led to a mishap where I nearly lopped off two of my fingers; I can still see the scars. Thankfully, no amputations were needed. Looking back on it today, it’s wild to think about how much that near miss could have affected my life. It’d be pretty tough to practice dentistry without full dexterity.
value of putting your best effort into whatever you’re doing. Even if you’re washing dishes at Red Lobster or driving golf carts at a country club (both jobs I had), it feels much better to give your all rather than going through the motions. I wasn’t changing the world through washing dishes. Nevertheless, when that was my job, I took pride in my work and wanted to perform it to the best of my ability. It felt good to take a pile of dirty plates and make them spotless. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The reward of a thing well-done is having done it.” The dignity and value of hard work is something that we’ve tried to pass down to our kids. In my experience, having a job is a learning experience unlike any other. School offers some of the same lessons, but it’s not quite the same as punching the clock and getting a paycheck for your work. Of course, I want our children to pursue careers they are passionate about, but I’d also like them to have a few regular jobs along the way.
Throughout college and dental school, I took whatever work I could find. It was through these experiences that I began to understand the
Chandler and Julianna already have some work experience under their belts, and I hope they’d tell you they’ve enjoyed and benefited from it. With Chandler heading off to college, I think work has also prepared her for the budgeting that’s required of students. When it’s your money, earned from hard work, you’re much more likely to grasp its value. Chandler and I have been working to set up a system that will allow her to spend her early semesters focused on studying and extracurricular activities, rather than trying to hold a job while adjusting to college. That involves working and saving in-between, but she’s eager to participate. Some people may look back on their first jobs as a nuisance. I have the opposite perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pining to return to the dishwashing station at a chain restaurant anytime soon, but I’m so glad I had the chance to do it.
–Dr. Lucas Perrigo
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J ourney to the G reat B ackyar
Summer is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to make some great memories. Camping trips are a summer staple. Fortunately, you don’t have to drive hours into the mountains to find the perfect campsite. Your backyard is right there waiting for you! Here are a few tips to help your family say farewell to summer with a perfect backyard camping trip. PACK FOR AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE. Your back door is literally a few yards away, which can be great in the event of an emergency. But if the kids are running in and out of the house all night long, they might end up deciding they’d rather be inside playing video games after only an hour. Be sure to pack everything you would need if you were really going into the woods for the night so no one is tempted to go back inside. This means tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, pajamas, books, binoculars, a compass, water bottles, and a cooler of food with snacks and dinner. Treat this like a “real” camping experience right from the beginning! FIGURE OUT THE CAMPFIRE. Don’t have an in-ground fire pit? No worries! You can still enjoy hot dogs and s’mores with a charcoal grill or a store-bought fire pit. If you Finish the Summer With
How 3D Printers Are Revolutionizing Dentistry
Six years ago, the media buzz surrounding 3D printing technology was intense. Soon, we were told, we’d be able to print diamonds, vital organs, smartphones, slabs of prime rib, even piping hot bowls of delicious soup — the potential of this wild new technology seemed limited only by our imagination. While we haven’t quite reached the lofty heights promised in those heady days — and though the use of 3D printing has actually begun to decline in many industries — when it comes to dentistry and orthodontics, we really are only beginning to scratch the surface of the technology’s potential. To many of us, 3D printing still seems like science fiction, but it’s already started to revolutionize the dental industry, ushering in a new age of convenience and cost-effectiveness for patients. Today, if you go to a dentist or orthodontist and need braces, crowns, a night guard, or any other dental appliance, the first step is to take an impression of your teeth. Generally, the technician puts putty into an arch-shaped plastic device and has you bite down on it for a few seconds. Before long, the impression solidifies and can be used for all sorts of things, such as a mold to create a model that (almost) perfectly represents your teeth, or a template to form a custom-fit night guard.
In most modern practices, creating these dental appliances requires sending the molds off to a third-party dental lab, where they use machines (often 3D printers) to create the devices that you ultimately take home. This process can take a few days and adds a small premium onto the price, since the practice is forced to pay the “middleman.”
But as 3D printers have become more sophisticated and inexpensive, this process is beginning to change. Soon, dental and orthodontic practices may be able to print appliances in their own offices, drastically cutting down on time and cost, and pass those benefits on to patients. Whatever the case, one thing’s for certain: The future of dentistry and orthodontics is bright, with 3D printers poised to make treatment quicker and cheaper for patients than ever before.
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Family Camping ‘Trip’ have enough room in your backyard, you could even try building a bonfire. Just make sure to check your city ordinances and get any necessary permits first. You can find advice for building the perfect campfire at REI.com/learn/expert-advice/campfire-basics.html. REMEMBER: IT’S OKAY TO CALL IT A NIGHT. For kids, the most exciting part of camping in the backyard is getting to sleep in a tent — that is, until they actually have to sleep. After stargazing, some kids will want to stay up all night whispering and giggling in the tent, and that’s great! But other kids might decide they’d rather sleep inside, and that’s okay too. Your camping trip isn’t a failure because everyone spent the night in their own beds. It’s not about where everyone sleeps; it’s about how much fun your family had together before bedtime. The best part of backyard camping? It doesn’t take a lot of planning. Just grab your gear and your family and hike out into the great backyard.
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Summer Grilled Halibut
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1. Lightly oil grill grates and heat grill to medium. 2. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest onto halibut fillets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Grill halibut, turning just once, for about 5 minutes on each side. • 4 boneless, skinless halibut fillets, about 5 ounces each • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling • 1 lemon • 2 pounds mixed tomatoes, sliced Instructions
• 1/2 cup hearts of palm, drained • Basil leaves, for garnish • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
4. In a mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, hearts of palm, juice from lemon, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish salad with basil. Spoon salad over grilled halibut. Serve.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of Life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1
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