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One of my favorite pastimes is reading biographies of historical figures. Just recently, I finished listening to the audiobook version of “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson, narrated by Alfred Molina. Of all the biographies I’ve read, this is definitely one of my all- time favorites, especially thanks to its several amazing takeaways. Here are three of my favorites. My first takeaway from the book is to use life’s setbacks to your advantage . Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, out of wedlock. His mother was a peasant with no status at the time, while his father was a notary who was deeply involved in the trading industry and well-respected. Being an illegitimate child in the 15th century gave people a huge disadvantage in life. Typically, Leonardo da Vinci would be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, but he was banned from joining the trade guilds because he was an illegitimate child. Obviously, this could be considered a huge setback for da Vinci. However, his situation turned out to be a life-changing advantage. Without the looming pressure of following his father into the notary business, Leonardo da Vinci had the freedom to explore his passion as an artist. Not being able to join the family business turned into one of da Vinci’s greatest blessings. Like da Vinci, all of us are met with circumstances and opportunities that have the potential to slow us down. But when viewed from a different perspective, life’s setbacks can actually propel us forward. Leonardo da Vinci was also relentlessly curious . He had a never-ending curiosity about the world, studying and learning wherever he went. His constant curiosity and pursuit of knowledge ran the gamut of the natural world. He studied many things, including, how the jaw of the crocodile works, hydrodynamics and geology, and even methods of properly painting the edges of shadows. When we take the time to engage in nature, look at the world we live in, and learn something new, our
lives enrichen. One particular quote from the book highlights this exceptionally well:
“Above all, Leonardo’s relentless curiosity and experimentation should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but also a willingness to question it — to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any area, to think different.” Similarly, da Vinci took the time to enjoy the natural world . Throughout his life, Leonardo da Vinci always had a notebook with him wherever he went. He created thousands of pages of meticulously drawn notes and illustrations, some of which are masterpieces on their own, such as “Vitruvian Man.” But what’s really amazing is that each creation was for his personal enjoyment and edification. He never officially published any of his incredible notes and illustrations—they were for his own use and enjoyment. Leonardo did, however, indirectly benefit from his relentless note taking of the natural world. Through his love of nature, he increased his understanding of light, nature, and the human form, allowing him to create beautiful masterpieces millions of people admire today. While the next artistic masterpiece might be beyond our grasp, I do find that walking in nature recharges my batteries. Getting this chance allows me to be a better lawyer, father, and friend because it allows me to relax, take a break, and take in the world. Being in nature is a vital part of my life; I go camping, fishing, hiking, and walking with my family as often as I can. I highly recommend this book, or its audio version, if you can’t sit down to read — Alfred Molina’s voice is like smooth, smooth butter. Anyone interested in learning more about Leonardo da Vinci, his accomplishments, and the nuggets of life-inspiring moments will find a significant amount of joy in its pages.
OF ALL THE BIOGRAPHIES I’VE READ, THIS IS DEFINITELY
ONE OF MYALL- TIME FAVORITES, ESPECIALLY THANKS TO ITS SEVERAL AMAZING TAKEAWAYS.
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EXPLORING BEYOND THE NEON LIGHTS Venture Into the Abandoned Eldorado Canyon Mine
When people think about Las Vegas, they usually think about the neon appeal of the strip or the myriad live shows to attend. But there is a lot more to explore than the shops, casinos, and theaters that line the streets. Touring the Techatticup Mine in southern Nevada’s Eldorado Canyon is just one of the fascinating adventures waiting for you outside of the Valley.
Next, your tour guide will take you into the mining village of the town. The modern owners of the mine have restored certain areas of the town to the glory of what they once were, including a stamp mill, a collection of restored vehicles, and several other abandoned buildings. This area of the mining town has served as a backdrop for many famous movies and music videos. The last leg of the tour takes you directly into the mine itself. You’ll have the chance to make your way through the tunnels the mine workers traversed many years ago. The tour guide will guide you through different parts of the mine, explaining how the miners used to clean their tools and mine the quartz veins. You will also experience the same conditions miners worked when electric lights strung through the mine are extinguished, and candles are lit for a short period of time. This experience is far beyond the typical Las Vegas encounter and is a perfect opportunity for a fresh change of pace. This 75-minute tour through the Techatticup Mine is suitable for all ages, and at a reasonable price of $10–$15, it’s a perfect chance for a family outing. Make sure to call ahead to make reservations.
The Techatticup Mine is an abandoned gold mine that operated from 1861–1942 and is known for being the oldest, most famous, and richest of the gold mines in Southern Nevada. The family that owns the mine provides tours of the mining town. This fascinating tour takes you through the miners’ daily routines and working conditions, as well as the fascinating history of the mine itself. At the beginning of the tour, you’ll first have the opportunity to follow your tour guide through some of the restored buildings of the mining town. Old photographs of the people who once worked the mines line the walls, giving you a chance to look at the black and white pictures that captured this time. The guide will speak in depth about the mine’s history, including the many grim deeds that took place so long ago. Spoiler alert: There were poisonings, shootouts and many, many murders! MEET CONAN The Dog Who Helped Take Down al-Baghdadi On Oct. 28 last year, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. It showed an adorable snapshot of a bright-eyed Belgian Malinois, tongue lolling, still wearing its camo military vest. In the caption, President Trump explained that the pup, Conan, was a national hero who was instrumental in taking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. With four years in special operations forces and roughly 50 missions under his collar, Conan was selected to be part of the team that pursued al-Baghdadi through a network of underground tunnels in northwest Syria, where the terrorist ultimately died. It’s unclear whether Conan was there to track al-Baghdadi or to spot improvised explosive devices that may have been planted on the route, but either way, he performed well. According to NBC News, Conan was injured by some live electrical cables during the mission, but he recovered quickly and was back on duty within the week. Meanwhile, President Trump invited the brave pup to
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the White House and tweeted out a doctored photo that showed him awarding Conan a Medal of Honor.
President Trump captioned the photo “AMERICAN HERO!” and he’s not alone in his appreciation for the hardworking dogs that have been helping our military since World War II. “To me, they’re the first line of defense,” United States War Dogs Association President Ron Aiello told Vox after the news about Conan came out. “They’re such a great asset to our military today.” Military dogs are put up for adoption after 6–8 years in the service, which means a lucky civilian could take Conan in as early as 2022! Meanwhile, dozens of other smart canine heroes are looking for homes. To learn more about military and other working dog adoptions, visit MissionK9Rescue.org.
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WORKERS’ COMP CORNER Navigate the Beginning of Your Worker’s Comp Claim
Telling a co-worker is not enough. Your employer should have a C-1 form, or “Notice of Injury,” for you to complete, which documents the injury and all the details therein. Afterward, if you believe you have been injured, you need to see a doctor as soon as you can. Ask your employer which doctor you can see. The doctor will give you a C-4 form to fill out. This is an essential step because it initiates the entire claims process. In this form, you will fill out all the basic information about the accident, such as where you work, how the accident happened, and what body parts were injured. Be sure to include all body parts that were injured and any information you have, no matter how trivial; you don’t want to leave anything out . The bottom portion of the form is for your medical provider to fill out. It includes such information as a diagnosis and recommended treatments. After the C-4 form is complete, your doctor should send a copy to your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance provider, but some forget to send the form. To be safe, you should take copies of the C-4 form with you to give to your employer and the insurance provider after your medical appointment.
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GRILLED BEEF RIBS
Starting a workers’ compensation claim should be a straightforward process, but it usually turns out to be hard to navigate. Often, a person’s knowledge of a workers’ comp claim and its process depends on the information they received from their employer. Some employers are great at providing instructions and the information needed to file a claim. They might directly share the documents an injured worker needs to file a claim and explain the steps to complete the entire process. However, some employers will leave the injured employee in the dark and provide no direction at all. In cases such as these, it’s crucial to have a basic understanding of the workers’ comp filing process. When you’re injured on the job, you need to first notify your employer immediately, and at the minimum, seven days from when the accident occurred. Even if an injury may not seem severe at the time, it’s important to notify the employer of the injury immediately.
1 5-lb rack of beef ribs
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1. Heat a charcoal, wood-burning, or gas grill to medium-high. Once heated, move heat source to one side or turn off half of the burners to create an indirect heat zone. 2. Season ribs with salt and pepper and char on the hotter side of the grill, turning occasionally, for 12–15 minutes. Once charred, transfer to the other side of grill and cook until the thickest part of the rib reaches 130 F, about 2 1/2–3 hours.
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Learning to Enjoy Life Through the Past
More to Las Vegas Than Just the City Meet the Dog Who Helped Take Down al-Baghdadi Getting Started on Your Claim Grilled Beef Ribs The Winter Hiker’s Gear Guide
TAKE A HIKE! The Best Gear for Cold Weather Adventures
Regardless of what the groundhogs have to say, winter’s on the way out. But if you simply can’t wait any longer to get back out into nature, there’s no need to sit around hoping for the thaw. With the right preparation, any weather can be hiking weather. Here’s a beginner’s guide for how to suit up and hit the trail on frosty days. NO SWEAT No matter how cold it is, any hiker is going to work up a sweat. While perspiration is a perfectly natural part of our body’s ability to regulate its internal temperature, it can backfire in winter. Damp sweat plus icy conditions is a recipe for serious chills or even hypothermia. Thus, wearing a base layer of synthetic fabric or merino wool is a must. These next-to-skin tops and pants wick away sweat, keeping you dry. KEEP WARM Obviously, dressing warmly is a key part of any outdoor activities this time of year. Your second layer should be all about insulation to keep your body heat close while locking out the cold. These layers include winter hats, gloves, and jackets. They should be
made of water-resistant materials such as fleece or synthetic alternatives to down.
STAY DRY You won’t need a third layer on dry, calm winter days. But if there’s rain, wind, or snow in the forecast, be sure to don a waterproof outer shell. While ski jackets and snow pants fit this description, they are far too heavy for hiking. Unlike skiers and snowboarders, you don’t have gravity doing all the hard work for you. Lightweight shells or rain jackets large enough to fit over your other layers should do the trick! HIT THE TRAIL Last but not least, proper footwear is a must! Ice and snow can cause disastrous injuries on trails or even in parking lots. Look for hiking boots that are water- resistant, have treaded soles, and are still relatively lightweight. Heavier boots can make hiking a slog and can actually throw off your balance.
So, when hiking this winter, stay light, stay dry, and enjoy the journey!
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