I’ve always been a patriotic person, so the Fourth of July is naturally one of my favorite holidays. I mean, who doesn’t love firing up the grill, watching the fireworks, and celebrating the United States? This year, Independence Day has extra resonance for me because my eldest son, John, will be graduating from boot camp shortly after the holiday. Needless to say, we are extremely proud of him and his selfless decision to serve our country as a member of the Army National Guard. Honestly, I was a little surprised when John came to me with his idea to join the military. He’s always wanted to study computer science, initially thinking college was the best route to pursue his dream. But after he sat down and did some research, he realized that joining the military could be an equally viable path to a career working with computers. It also afforded him the chance to serve others and challenge himself. He thought out every aspect of the plan — he’s always been a thorough young man — which relieved any A PROUD, PATRIOTIC MOM JOHN GRADUATES FROM BOOT CAMP
I’m not the only one sending John letters, either. Judging by the response rate, his girlfriend is mailing even more than I am. She receives about five letters a week back from John, while I get about one per week — I’m not jealous; I’m just saying. Apparently, boot camp is going well, except for having to eat MREs, something John would happily never do again. He says he’s been making friends, growing as a person, and pushing himself like never before. That’s music to my ears, even if I could use another reply or two!
anxiety I had about him making a rash decision. Of course, a mother is always going to have some trepidations about her child joining the armed forces, but as John tells me, the tech people don’t work the front lines.
All kidding aside, I couldn’t be prouder of John. Our country would not be celebrating birthday No. 243 without the contributions of countless servicepeople throughout history. It’s pretty cool to be able to count one of my children among that list of names. It may not have been something I was expecting, but it’s a very special accomplishment for him. I’ve got a pretty busy travel schedule in July, but missing John’s graduation from boot camp was never going to be an option. Whatever logistical hassle it will take to get there, you can bet I’ll be standing and cheering as he becomes a full-fledged member of the American armed forces. Maybe I’ll even get a wave or a blown kiss. At least, I’ll stand close enough to his girlfriend that I can pretend they’re for me. -Melissa Emery WWW.EMERYLAWOFFICE.COM | 1
“Since he arrived at
boot camp, I’ve been sending him a letter
Since he arrived at boot camp, I’ve been sending him a letter every
every single day. My goal is to make sure that he has the most mail of his class, no matter how many extra pushups it costs him.”
single day. My goal is to make sure that he has the most mail of his class, no matter how many extra pushups it costs him. Sending a letter every day requires coming up with A LOT of stuff to write about. I’ve even tried to include some funny memes to make him smile, though I’ve come to realize I’m hopelessly out of touch when it comes to current internet jokes. Nevertheless, I hope at least one manages to make him chuckle.
SWIMMING SAFETY 3 TIPS FOR SWIMMING IN OPEN WATER
confirm what is under the surface (and the spot is not a known diving location), don’t risk it. It may be okay to swim or wade, but jumping is out of the question. Along these same lines, be VERY careful around bodies of slow-moving or standing water. These can house dangerous microbes and other contaminants that can make you ill and potentially be deadly. WATCH FOR RIP CURRENTS These can occur at any beach without warning. They pull swimmers away from shore and are strong enough that even excellent swimmers struggle to get through them. In fact, rip currents are behind nearly 80% of beach rescues. Keep an eye on the foam at the surface of the water. If it seems to suddenly pull away from the beach, there’s a good chance a rip current is lurking beneath. If you find yourself in a rip current, it’s crucial to remain calm and avoid expending energy swimming directly back to shore. Instead, try swimming parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current.
There’s nothing like taking a dip in a nearby pond, lake, or even the ocean. For many, it’s a summertime tradition. However, swimming in open bodies of water brings certain safety risks, as these environments are not nearly as controlled as public, club, or backyard pools. Everyone should follow these tips to have a fun and safe time cooling off under the summer sun. NEVER SWIM ALONE When you swim in virtually any body of water, having someone there to keep an eye on you can be a lifesaver: the more people, the better. Stick to bodies of water with a professional lifeguard on duty when possible, though that’s not always an option. When swimming in open bodies of water, have a “designated spotter” to keep an eye on the swimmers. This way, you’re prepared if anything bad happens. It’s also a great idea to keep flotation devices nearby, such as life jackets, life rings, foam boards, etc. KNOWWHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO Sometimes, it’s next to impossible to see what’s under the surface of the water. If you are unfamiliar with a body of water, don’t jump or dive in without knowing how deep it is. If you cannot
AMERICAN ICONS WHO CALLED THE BLUEGRASS STATE HOME HISTORICAL FIGURES FROM KENTUCKY
both the Union and Confederate leaders came from the state. Jefferson Davis was born in Fairview in 1808, though he moved to Louisiana just three years later. Lincoln, who was born eight months later and less than 100 miles away, remained in the state until his early 20s, when his family relocated to Illinois. You can even visit a replica of his birthplace, famously a log cabin, at a historical park in LaRue County. MUHAMMAD ALI (1942–2016) It’s hard to think of an athlete who transcends sports more than Muhammad Ali. It’s also tough to pick a better representative of Louisville pride than the man known the world over as simply “The Greatest.” Ali was born in Louisville, graduated from Central High School, and wore his Kentucky pride on his sleeve. His heroics inside and outside of the ring are the stuff of legend. Ali was a boxer, sure, but he was also a poet, a civil rights activist, and an altogether larger-than- life personality. The Muhammad Ali Center, located in the heart of the Louisville, is a reminder of just how integral he is to the city’s history.
Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792. Due to its long history — it was the second state added to the union after the original 13 colonies — the Bluegrass State has produced an immense array of historically important figures. With Independence Day coming up soon, it only feels right to take a moment to pay tribute to these trailblazers and pioneers. DANIEL BOONE (1734–1820) Though he was born in what would later become Pennsylvania, it’s hard to think of an early American more associated with Kentucky than Daniel Boone. A frontiersman and explorer, Boone first arrived in Kentucky in 1767. Over the next 30 years, he helped create settlements in the state before moving to Missouri for the final chapter of his life. His love for Kentucky was so great, however, that he and his wife’s remains were eventually reinterred in Frankfort. JEFFERSON DAVIS (1808–89) AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809–65) Kentucky has always straddled the line between the North and the South — it attempted to declare neutrality during the Civil War — so it’s fitting that
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Mashed potatoes are a staple of every American household, but this decadent variation created by Anthony Bourdain is worthy of a Fourth of July feast.
AUDRA SENG AND KRISTEN HAWTHORNE
When you’re a growing practice, you need new staff members to support your expanding caseload. I’m lucky to have found two great additions to the Emery Law Office team. Audra Seng and Kristen Hawthorne recently joined us as paralegals. While they haven’t been here long, I have no doubt they’ll have a positive impact on our practice. In fact, they already have. Audra Seng comes to us with years of experience in the legal field. Her previous gig was also at a personal injury firm, giving her a wealth of knowledge to draw from. What led her to our practice? “When I interviewed for the role,” Audra says, “there were clear expectations about what I’d be doing. Emery Law Office has a laid-back environment where delivering for clients is the primary concern. It’s nice to work in a place where everyone is dedicated to helping people.” Outside of work, Audra is all about her family. She and her husband, Jason, love spending time with their children, having adventures, and sharing laughs. If Audra Seng is an established paralegal force, Kristen Hawthorne is a rookie with tremendous talent and potential. After graduating from Liberty University with her bachelor’s degree, Kristen joined Emery Law Office at the beginning of May. When looking for her first practice to call home, Kristen stumbled upon a video on our Facebook page (@EmeryLawOffice). “I was completely blown away by Melissa’s story and her goals for the practice,” Kristen says. “Even the application process was fun. I knew right away that this was the practice I wanted to work for.” When she’s not working, she’s coaching basketball, hanging with her kids, and working out with her husband, Jordan. Jordan is an executive chef at a local restaurant, so Kristen always has great food on the table. “We eat and work out and work out so that we can keep eating,” she says with a laugh.
• 4 Ibs. medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved • 6 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes • 1/2 cup heavy cream • Kosher salt
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I’m so thrilled to welcome Kristen and Audra to the Emery Law Office family. They are wonderful people who will make our practice an even better place.
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A GUIDE TO EATING SEASONALLY THIS JULY
W hen you eat something during its harvesting season, you get the most out of your meal. In-season fruits and vegetables are more nutrient-dense than their out-of-season counterparts, and there’s no matching the flavor profile of fresh, in-season produce. Even better, because in-season foods are so bountiful during their peak, you can save a lot of money by shopping with the season. This July, enjoy some tasty foods during their prime with this handy guide. FRUITFUL HARVEST Avocado toast lovers rejoice! Your season is here. Avocados are in season during July, joining many other fruity favorites. Gorge yourself on scrumptious blackberries, sweet strawberries, and bountiful tomatoes. Don’t forget about the cherries and blueberries, too! Because these fruits are so plentiful this time of the year, it’s easy to find ingredients for your favorite recipes. Host a Latin-inspired foods night with fresh guacamole and salsa, or make a delectable shortcake with a blackberry and strawberry mixture on top. GRILL GAME SO STRONG There’s no better time to fire up the grill than July, and not just because of the weather. Zucchini and corn reach their peak during July, and these grilling favorites pair well with steaks, burgers, hot dogs, or fish. Go low-carb by stuffing
your zucchini with vegetables and a protein for a charred skillet bowl. Even better, add some corn to your fresh salsa to add an extra zing to your tacos. Regardless of how you utilize them, zucchini and corn are sweetest, juiciest, and freshest during July. GO GREEN Filling your plate with plenty of greens is never easier than in July. Pick up a bundle of spinach, arugula, lettuce, Swiss chard, or any other leafy green, which are all juiciest and freshest during July. Cucumbers and green beans are bountiful this time of the year, as well. This July, add some fresh flavor to your water with cucumbers or create hearty salads with any of the leafy greens mentioned above. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the middle of summer than by consuming its most delicious foods.
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