TAKE TO THE SKIES
How Two Boys From Ohio Changed the World
It’s been a long year. The Stuckey family has been through some ups and downs, and I’m grateful to be approaching the holiday season. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with the family. These days, families can be spread out all over the world. Most of my own family is out of state, so unfortunately, I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to. However, our eldest son, Matt, and his wife, Anne, will be flying in from Atlanta for Christmas this year! Melody and I are so excited to have them this year. Taking a flight during the holidays can drain the holly-jolly spirit right out of you, so we tend to forget what a miracle air travel truly is. Recently, I was thinking about how that modern miracle was made possible by the tireless work of two boys from Ohio. On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a self-propelled, engine- powered aircraft near the small town of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville piloted this 12-second flight when the aircraft flew 120 feet before coming back to the ground. Orville and Wilbur traded off as they tested their first airplane, making three more flights that day. Wilbur, who piloted the last test, kept the plane in the air for 59 seconds and covered 852 feet. The Wright brothers spent the following years discreetly perfecting their aircraft. Their secrecy allowed them to obtain the patents and
contracts they needed to improve their aircrafts and continue testing. A couple years after their first flight, they designed a plane that stayed in air for 39 minutes and maneuvered more easily. Then, in 1908, they made their first public flight in France. Having grown up in the Dayton area, where Orville Wright himself was born, I’ve always been fascinated by the history of the Wright brothers. The accomplishments of these two brothers opened up an entirely new way of traveling. Not only did they prove that air travel was possible but also that planes could be the most efficient way to travel over long distances. Through their efforts, traveling around the world became even more feasible. “The accomplishments of these two brothers opened up an entirely new way of traveling.” The Wright brothers’ miraculous achievements changed the world, though what we’ve done with that achievement is less than thrilling. Is there any place more uncomfortable than the middle seat on an airplane? Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so if you’re planning to take
advantage of the Wright brothers’ legacy this holiday season, I have some tips to help make the ride a little less painful. Thousands of people flock to airports all around the globe this time of year. Planning for this busy time and making proper adjustments are crucial to ensure the crowds don’t hinder your travel. Make sure to arrive early and keep an eye out for any updates to your flight. If you’re planning to travel with children or you’re a senior flyer, it’s important to make the airline aware of any special accommodations you may need, like wheelchair assistance or car seat installation. If your kids have never flown before, talk to them about what to expect during the trip. This will help them visualize what’s ahead of them, and, rather than be uncomfortable or anxious, they will be excited and eager for the adventure. Today, people rely on airplanes to explore new cultures and countries and to bring them home to their families. At one point, moving hundreds of miles from home meant never seeing your family again. Now, we only have to decide which airline to use and purchase tickets in time for the holidays.
If you are traveling this year, I wish you safe trips and happy holidays!
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What About Dunder and Blixem?
The Strange History of Santa’s Reindeer
What’s in a name?
We all know reindeer visit our rooftops every Christmas Eve, but what brings them there? Follow the unique and complicated history of Santa’s reindeer to find out.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, and Cupid were all brought to life by Moore, but have you ever heard of Dunder and Blixem? Though we now know the duo as Donner and Blitzen, Moore originally named them Dunder and Blixem — the Dutch words for thunder and lightning — but publishing companies wanted names that would rhyme better with the rest of the poem. Still, it was a few decades before Donner and Blitzen made their appearances in the version of the poem we know today.
A visit fromwho on what night?
In the 1820s, Clement Clarke Moore penned a holiday poem that became the foundation for a phenomenon still alive today. Commonly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “A Visit From St. Nicholas” is a beloved story shared by every generation. It is in this poem that reindeer were first credited with powering Santa’s sleigh around the globe. Many popular songs, movies, and plays have preserved Moore’s vision of St. Nick, and his reindeer and their names are no exception. (Well, kind of.) Rudolph wouldn’t join the squad until a department store added him as part of their promotions in the 1930s.
who were longtime reindeer herders, made their passage from Norway to the U.S. with a herd of reindeer to invigorate the Alaskan landscape and help their native neighbors. Lomen saw the reindeer as an opportunity and partnered with the Macy’s department store company to create a promotional Christmas parade in which Santa, led by his reindeer, a sleigh, and Sami herders, were prominently featured. Lomen’s goal was to promote his massive reindeer conglomerate for the production and sale of reindeer meat. Instead, a holiday story was born.
Reindeer burgers, anyone?
Moore’s poem paved the way for Santa’s most famous form of transportation, but it was actually Carl Lomen, an Alaskan businessman, who mass- marketed reindeer as Santa’s companions. In the late 1890s, the Sami natives of Northern Europe,
The Sweet Sound of VICTORY
Refer a Friend to Win Apple AirPods!
Has it been years since one of your family members visited the dentist?
Any time a new patient gives your name at their first appointment, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize. The more people you refer, the more entries you’ll get and the better your chances of winning! Give your friends and family the gift of healthy smiles by sending them to a dentist they can count on. You might win a new pair of Apple AirPods just in time for the new year!
Does your cousin keep complaining about how their teeth hurt when they drink hot coffee?
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Send them our way and you could win a FREE pair of Apple AirPods!
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The Historic Rebuff
How Workplace Drama Created Dentistry
Despite having a huge impact on your overall health, dentistry is uniquely separate from the rest of medicine. Your dentist never checks your blood pressure, and your family doctor won’t know what to do if you have gingivitis. The story of how this happened is filled with poor timing and petty office drama. In the early 1800s, there was no formal training to practice dentistry. Anyone who could pull a tooth could set up shop and call themselves a dentist. Around this time, a Baltimore surgeon named Dr. Chapin Harris developed an interest in the field. The more he learned about dentistry, the more Harris realized it was connected to medicine. He went to the physicians at the University of Maryland (U of M) and suggested adding a dental program to the medical school. The physicians responded by telling Harris, “The subject of dentistry is of little consequence.” Have you heard about Kids’ Day? Once a month, Briarfield Dental Care throws a special celebration focused exclusively on our youngest patients. The office is transformed with fun decorations, the whole team gets dressed up, and there are lots of prizes for kids who come in to join the fun. Plus, we have special spin brushes and offers on sealants and mouthguards only available during our Kids’ Days. Don’t Miss Kids’ Day
This curt response became known as the Historic Rebuff. Why were the physicians at the University of Maryland so dismissive to dentistry? It wasn’t because they didn’t care about teeth. Dr. Harris had unwittingly made his proposal during a huge struggle amongst the U of M faculty. The board of trustees had recently taken power away from the faculty and started appointing their own people. One of these people was Dr. Henry Willis Baxley.
Baxley was a professor of anatomy at U of M with an interest in dentistry. Baxley supported Harris’ proposal, but, unfortunately for Harris, Baxley had also been appointed the chief of anatomy by the trustees. The rest of the faculty saw Baxley as a traitor, so the physicians were probably so quick to rebuff Harris’ proposal because of Baxley’s support. Far from deterred, Harris, Baxley, and many other dentists in Maryland banded together and established the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1840. This was the first dental school in the United States, and it quickly became the epicenter of the American dental movement. The American Society of Dental Surgeons and the American Journal of Dental Science were established soon afterward, further cementing dentistry as a unique field.
Through one act of spite, the Historic Rebuff, dentistry emerged as we know it today as a separate entity from the rest of medicine.
3 Things You MUST Do Before the End of the Year Goodbye, 2019!
We’re weeks away from starting not just a new year, but a new decade! 2020 marks a new chapter for everyone, but first, we
get overwhelmed by tackling everything at once. Instead, pick one area to really declutter. This could be your bedroom or living
need to get through the end of 2019. Finish this decade right by checking these three things off your to-do list.
room, or it could be something smaller, like the hall closet or
that one drawer in your kitchen. Banish some clutter and start the year a little lighter.
Write a gratitude list. It’s a time for New Year’s
Use your dental benefits. If you spent all year paying into your dental benefits and never used them, you’re basically throwing money away. Dental insurance and
Nov. 21 - Border Battle (OSU vs. MI) Dec. 27 - New Years Party
resolutions, and many people get hung up on what they didn’t accomplish this year. Instead, put yourself in a more positive mindset and take some time to reflect on what
Jan. 20 - Disney Day Feb. 17 - Circus Day
Congratulations to Brayden! Brayden had his name drawn and won a Crest + Oral B Fun Pack. The fun pack has an electric toothbrush, toothpaste, anti- Kids Club Winner:
HSA benefits don’t roll over into the new year. If you don’t use them, you lose them. This is your last chance to get your money’s worth and finally take care of those dental woes you’ve been putting off for the last 11 months. Fix that filling, ask about dental implants, or maybe even get your teeth whitened! Call 419-866-6985 today and talk to your dentist about how to use your benefits to start 2020 with a healthy, happy smile.
made you smile this year. Sit down and physically write down everything you’re grateful for from 2019. Did your son or daughter get married? Did you start an awesome new job? Did a family of cardinals make their home in your backyard last spring? No gratitude is too small. Deep-clean at least one area of your house. It’s been over six months since your big spring- cleaning session. There are probably parts of your house that could use a little TLC. Don’t let yourself
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Holiday Travel Could Be Worse
How Santa Claus Became Powered by Reindeer We’re Giving Away Apple AirPods! Why Don’t Doctors Pull Teeth? Did You Check These Off Your 2019 To-Do List? Stay in a Real Castle
Now in Network for Paramount Dental, an Affiliate of ProMedica CARCASSONNE The Real Magic Kingdom
Every year, tourists flock to Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” and marvel at Cinderella’s iconic castle. As fun as it is to see this Florida-based attraction, it would be even more magical to step back in time and visit a real medieval citadel. What if you could walk the same ramparts as Roman legionnaires and climb the same towers as French kings? If this idea gives you goosebumps, pack your bags for Carcassonne, France.
the hotel’s interior, you’ll feel like you’re living among French royalty. Of course, if you’d prefer lodging with the commoners, plenty of quaint bed-and-breakfasts exist just across the Aude river. With rustic cafes, fresh crepes, and bustling crowds making their way down the twisting cobblestone streets, the surface-level experience of Carcassonne would be enticing to anyone wanting to explore the French countryside. But for those who want to delve into the history of this storied castle, grand narratives await you. Just walking the walls of Carcassonne paints a picture of the past. While the outer fortifications were built by Louis IX and Phillip III, a section of the inner wall is far older. The red brick used in this part of the construction dates back to before the existence of France itself. Roman troops first fortified the hillside town around 100 BCE, giving every stone of this site a story to tell.
A four-hour train ride from Paris, towering above the rolling vineyards of southern France, you’ll find
one of the most intact, accessible castles in Europe. With sweeping, concentric walls and 53 elegant towers, the Cité de Carcassonne is a breathtaking sight. Once an impenetrable border fortress between the kingdoms of France and Aragon, the gates now stand open to anyone curious enough to walk its cobblestone streets. In fact, you can stay in the ancient city yourself. The five-star Hotel de la Cité Carcassonne occupies a former bishop’s palace and overlooks the inner ramparts of the fortress. With medieval tapestries and gorgeous woodwork in
If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing medieval life for yourself, your adventure awaits in Carcassonne.
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