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How We Give Life Meaning
I can still remember my first day as a full- fledged dentist. When I walked in to treat my very first patient, they looked up at me from the chair and asked, “Are you sure you’re old enough to be a dentist?” I was taken aback. I had just finished my residency and hadn’t expected to get that kind of response from my patient. It created this chip on my shoulder that drove my career. Long after I forgot who had made the comment, I still remembered the words and was determined to prove myself. I may have looked young, but I knew I had plenty of knowledge and experience. Over the years, I have worked with specialists and taken a ton of continuing education courses to elevate my game. I never wanted to take that DDS degree for granted. A couple of years ago, I walked in to see a patient after their hygiene exam and they asked me, “Dr. Jason, do you remember the first thing I said to you?” I’d been treating this patient for over 15 years, so I honestly
Small moments make a big difference.
That was both the meanest and nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.
We’re not going to remember the specific car trip or cup of coffee after an ordinary day, but I’d like to think my girls will remember the feeling of spending quality time together. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the small moments — those I get to share with my family, my team, and all our friends who come into the office. The relationships I have in my life make each day so much more valuable, and those relationships are built on small moments. We might not remember those brief encounters today, but later on down the road, when we look back over our life, it’s the feeling of those moments that make us proud of who we are and what we’ve accomplished.
If that patient hadn’t commented on how young I looked on my first day, I might not have been so driven to constantly improve myself. Small moments make a big difference. This is true in our professional lives and in our personal lives. The holidays are coming up, which means lots of opportunities for big moments and grand memories with family. But even as we prepare for the holidays, I try not to forget the value of the little moments with my wife and kids. These days, there’s nothing quite as precious as picking one of my kids up from school. Being in the car together for 20 minutes, just the two of us, is a special time. We can sit and talk about whatever or share in the joy of listening to music together. Being able to get a cup of coffee with my older daughters is also a gift.
told them that I couldn’t remember yesterday, let alone that long ago.
“I asked if you were old enough to be a dentist,” they said.
“That was you?”
“Don’t worry,” they went on to assure me, “you don’t look that young anymore.”
–-Jason A. Schermer
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Your Vote Matters and, Someday, Your Kid’s Will Too! Teach a Lesson About Voting This Election Day!
T he 2020 presidential election is a relatively quiet election day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, use the opportunity to teach your children about their civic duty and the power of voting. For the Young Kiddos There’s no reason why children can’t be involved in local elections. Let your kids tag along to the voting area, and ask for help from city workers and local representatives to answer your kids’ questions. You can even set up your own family election by holding a vote over what to have for dinner or where the next family vacation should heating up, but Election Day 2019 still requires citizens’ voices to decide the fate of their cities, counties, states, and judgeships. As the U.S. enjoys
be located. If you’re looking for bedtime books to feed their curiosity, try out fun reads like “O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words” by Sheila Keenan. Various websites, like KidsVotingUSA.org, also have ample resources for educators and families. For New Voters Turning 18 comes with the newfound responsibility of voting for our country’s leaders, and, for new voters, the system, ballots, and restrictions can be confusing. Start by walking your teen through the registration process, which can be done in person at your municipality’s office or online at USA.gov or Vote.org. Next, talk with your teen about what’s at stake in the upcoming election. Be careful not to seed your language with opinions so your teen can develop their own
view. Direct them to resources like Ballotpedia. org, where they can find information, practice voting, and see local sample ballots. And, of course, when Election Day rolls around, celebrate their first vote! Don’t Forget About You! Voting is a right and privilege that comes with U.S. citizenship. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard. Learn more about your local election by visiting Ballotpedia.org or contacting your municipality, and be sure to register to vote if you haven’t already. Remember, your kids learn by watching what you do, not just by listening to what you say. Inspire them to get involved and, when the time comes, exercise their right to vote!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Dr. Schermer practices with knowledge and compassion. He is a very likeable person, and I’ve heard patients say amazing things about his gentleness and extreme care!” –Simone E. “I happily drive over an hour to experience the greatest dental care and the most competent staff and doctor I have ever encountered. I believe that says it all.” –Richard O.
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Don’t Make Your Teeth Wait Until 2020
How is Thanksgiving right around the corner? Weren’t we just talking about the last day of school?! The year is almost over. With the looming chaos of the holidays, 2020 will be here before you know it. This is why we strongly recommend patients schedule any last-minute treatments or checkups as soon as possible.
calendar gets packed through the end of the year. We’d hate to have to schedule patients for appointments that take place after their 2019 dental benefits expire. The biggest problem with dental benefits is that they don’t roll over into the next year. If you don’t use them, you’ll lose them. You’ve spent all year paying those premiums; don’t let them disappear just because you’re procrastinating on making that last dental appointment. The good news is that thanks to new technology in the office, including our zirconia mill, most last- minute treatments can be completed in just one appointment. For example, our team can have a new crown ready for you in just 35 minutes. It’s easy to take this one last thing off of your end-of- the-year to-do list! If you’ve been putting off important treatment or you want to start 2020 with a fresh, bright smile, call (440) 483-1003 today! We can get you on the calendar before the rest of the year flies by.
Have you been meaning to schedule an appointment for any of the following services?
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A new crown
Teeth whitening before seeing the family during the holidays
A checkup for your college student while they’re home on break
If so, then get on the phone, and we can schedule that appointment today! After Thanksgiving, our
Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month
Green Beans With Ginger and Garlic
What is a turkey’s favorite dessert?
Turkey is, for the most part, a healthy and lean protein. Thanksgiving sides, on the other hand, tend to be a little more indulgent. This year, eschew the classic, creamy green bean casserole in favor of this lighter, healthier, and altogether tastier option.
2 lbs whole green beans, ends trimmed 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
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1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp crushed red pepper Kosher salt, to taste
Directions 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. To the side of the stove, prepare a large bucket of ice water. 2. Cook beans in boiling water for 4 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice water. Drain and pat dry. 3. In a large skillet, heat oil over
medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Stir in ground ginger and crushed pepper. Add green beans. 4. Cook together for 2–3 minutes. 5. Transfer to plate and serve.
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of Beaver Marsh. By the 1970s, the area had become a junkyard. In 1984, the Portage Trail Group of the Sierra Club, along with the National Park Service, organized a site clean-up. After humans hauled away car parts, bed springs, and accumulated trash, beavers, which had been absent from Ohio for over a century, returned to the valley. When the beavers built their dams, they restored natural water levels and revived the wetlands. When we work together, we can save our natural environment from the brink of destruction, and CVNP is proof of that. Today, Beaver Marsh is teeming with life, families gather on Cuyahoga River every year, and countless couples have taken engagement photos in front of Brandywine Falls. Thousands of different plant and animal species call the park home, and there is natural beauty to be found all year long. Winter is fast approaching, but there will still be a few nice fall days before the month is over. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the perfect place to spend those days enjoying nature that has been protected and preserved for future generations to appreciate.
Save the World Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Story of Recovery
On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire. It was not the first time the river burned; there were at least 10 recorded fires over the previous century. The 1969 fire was also not the largest fire on the Cuyahoga River, but it was the last time the river ever burned. Five years later, in 1974, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP)
was established and played a part in restoring the river and protecting the area.
The Cuyahoga River isn’t the only place in CVNP that was rescued from environmental destruction. Over the course of the 19th century, land development drained the original wetlands
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