My Mentor, Teacher, and Dad DR. ROBERT FERBER I’ve been a dentist for 36 years, and I absolutely love what I do. You may have heard the saying that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, and for me, that’s true. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to work in this profession from such a young age and to have taken part in it for so long. My introduction to the dental industry came when I started working with my father, Dr. Robert Ferber, at his dental practice when I was 14. Far from cleaning teeth or filling a cavity, I started at the bottom of the barrel. My dad had me filing paperwork, vacuuming, sweeping, cleaning the office, and even developing some X-rays. Eventually, Dad started to teach me some things about dentistry, such as how to wax a crown and how to cast it. He showed me many different things, and it was because of what he taught me that I started to develop dental skills of my own. When I first pursued dental education, I was trying to get into dental hygiene, but I quickly realized hygiene wasn’t the path meant for me. Instead, I decided to go to dental school. At first, I didn’t tell my father about the switch because I thought he’d be disappointed if I wasn’t able to get in. But once I was accepted, I knew he was proud of me. When I graduated from dental school, I joined my father at his practice and had the opportunity to work with him for nine years. Dad was a terrific mentor, and I’m fortunate to have worked with and learned from him for so long. Dad had a lot of experience and was a master in patient management. He knew how to set people at ease when they came in for an appointment. No one wants to go to the dentist, but he was able to get them to relax. He used humor, which is huge when building relationships and taking the anxiety out of a dental appointment. I never forget how much trust it takes for someone to sit back in their chair with their mouth open for me to work on. Many patients have heavy amounts of baggage they carry with them into my office. They have had bad experiences in the past with other dentists who treated them poorly, and it’s not easy to overcome that trepidation. Whenever I see patients, I try to help them overcome this. I want to give my patients better experiences and, hopefully, help them
regain trust in the dental industry as a whole. It’s unfortunate that there are so many damaged people out there, but I hope to help them overcome that mistrust.
Since I took over the practice in 1992, it has really evolved. When I first got out of dental school, I had basic skills. School might help you learn about the dental industry, but it doesn’t really prepare you for actual practice. Working with my
father is when my education truly began. Once you find an area that fits with what you do, you can continue your education within your interests. For me, that has taken a turn toward sleep medicine and treating people who have sleep apnea but can’t tolerate a CPAP. Through the years, Stumpf Dental has changed locations twice. Even if we move, though, our history stays with us. I still see some of those patients my father treated; many of them have been with us for 50 years or more. These people become more than patients — they become friends over the years, and I’m thrilled to continue what my father started. The practice has an incredible history and legacy that I value every day.
-Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
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Learning to read opens up a world of possibilities. When your child walks through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia with Lucy Pevensie or rides with Harry Potter on the train to Hogwarts, they connect to something beyond their own experiences. In the U.S., April 23 is World Book Day, and the date commemorates the deaths of legendary authors Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the birth of author Vladimir Nabokov. World Book Day is the perfect time to sit down with your family and let yourself be transported to new worlds. So, here are three great stories to help you take young readers on brand-new adventures. WORLDS WITHIN PAGES Books to Engage the Whole Family
Baseball’s opening day has been an American holiday of sorts since the Cincinnati Red Stockings threw out the first major league pitch in 1869. To celebrate the start of the 150th season of professional baseball, here are three of the best opening days in baseball history. PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACKS The Best Opening Days in Baseball History On April 15, 1947, an opening-day game changed the course of Major League Baseball. On this day, Jackie Robinson started for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player to start for a major league baseball team. Robinson’s historic showing was lackluster, going 0-for-3 at the plate and making a solid showing on the infield at first base, but his mere presence in a Dodgers uniform had already broken history. Despite his nationally-recognized skills — Robinson was named MVP of the MLB farm team league in 1946 — the backlash that followed his rise to the pros, both from fans and teammates, was palpable. Still, as well-known sportscaster Howard Cosell said, “Suddenly, it was a new beginning.” Considered one of the best teams in baseball history, the 1927 New York Yankees started their historic run and 25th season by dismantling the Philadelphia Athletics with a score of 8-3. The slugfest was true to form for the 1927 Yankees, whose players would go on to make up baseball’s famous “Murderers’ Row.”With sluggers like Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Babe Ruth, Mark Koenig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri, it’s no wonder this team went on to win its fifth championship that year. For decades, no one could match George Herman Ruth. The Great Bambino’s all-time home run record seemed like an impossible feat of strength — that is, until Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron came along. On opening day, April 4, 1974, Aaron smashed his 714th homer, tying Babe Ruth for the most home runs ever hit and extending the Atlanta Braves’ shutout lead over the Cincinnati Reds. A few weeks later, Aaron surpassed Ruth’s record, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd. LOU, COMBS, AND BABE — OH MY! THE HAMMER TIES BAMBINO A NEW BEGINNING
FOR THE ELEMENTARY READER: ‘SONG OF THE WILD: A FIRST BOOK OF ANIMALS’
“Song of the Wild”makes a great read-aloud book for beginner readers because they can get lost in the beautiful artwork while you read the text. Written in prose and rhyming poems, this book showcases sprawling landscapes — savannahs, jungles, and oceans — and features the wildlife living there. It’s worth a read simply to appreciate the colorful depictions of each animal. This book was written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horácek.
FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER: ‘THE NIGHT DIARY’
12-year-old Nisha navigates her world after the partition of India creates the new country of Pakistan and her family is forced
to leave their home. Her mother may be gone, but Nisha finds solace in writing nightly letters to her in her diary as she discovers what the future holds. Based on author Veera Hiranandani’s
memories of her own family, this moving tale lets readers experience life through someone else’s eyes. FOR TEENS: ‘BRAZEN: REBEL LADIES WHO ROCKED THE WORLD’ While some might not think of comics as proper reading, Penelope Bagieu’s graphic novel forces reconsideration. Her clever, colorful artwork and engaging narrative take the reader through the biographies of 30 women, from Bette Davis and
Mae Jemison to lesser-known but equally intriguing ladies like Giorgina Reid. All in all, this book provides a great way to get kids excited about history in an entertaining form.
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RATED E FOR EVERYONE What Do Ratings Mean, and How Should You Use Them?
Despite guidance from ratings systems, it can be difficult for parents to discern what digital content is appropriate for their children. Learn more about ratings guidelines for common entertainment media and how to decipher that information so you can make educated decisions that work for your family. MOVIES: G-rated movies are considered suitable for all ages, whereas PG, PG-13, and R-rated movies are progressively less appropriate for kids because of violence, nudity, and language. Some ratings come with age limits; children who are under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult at R-rated movies. TV SHOWS: Due to laws that limit inappropriate content on public airwaves, TV rating systems follow unique codes. In the U.S., shows that are rated as TV-14 (content that is suitable for those ages 14 and older) can only air after 5 p.m. Meanwhile, TV-MA (content that is appropriate for mature audiences) can only air between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Most shows airing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. are rated TV-G or TV-PG. These are similar in content to their movie counterparts. Some television children’s shows will also be rated as TV-Y or TV-Y7, and their only distinction is that TV-Y7 has been deemed appropriate for young children ages 7 and older. TV ratings can also have additional descriptors attached to them to explain what kind of content earned the rating. VIDEO GAMES: There are seven video game ratings: Early Childhood (EC), Everyone (E), Everyone 10+ (E10), Teen (T), Mature (M), Adults Only (AO), or Rating Pending (RP). These ratings provide consumers with more information about content. Again, as the age of the intended user increases, content progresses from
allowing mild violence or suggestive content to adult themes. When choosing family entertainment, experts suggest using both the rating and the description of the media to make your decision since the rating system may not fully explain media content. For example, studies have found that a
PG-13 movie can sometimes have just as much violence as an R-rated movie. Additionally, you may be fine with the content in a T-rated video game for a more developmentally advanced 11-year-old.
Once you get past all the combinations of numbers and letters, you as a parent might find that ratings for video games, movies, and TV shows provide helpful information. Couple the ratings with your own research and your own values, and put an end to worrying about what surprises may lurk in your children’s media.
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by Saveur Magazine
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1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split
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4 1/4-inch thick yellow onion slices
1 teaspoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper, to taste Condiments of your choice
4 1/4-inch thick tomato slices
12–16 pickle rounds
4 small leaves iceberg lettuce
1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve.
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2 Tactics Criminals Use to Steal From Older Adults
THE 2 MOST COMMON WAYS CRIMINALS STEAL FROM SENIORS
And How to Spot Them
Scamming older adults has become big business. According to the
If you ever receive a contract from an unknown entity out of nowhere, you should start seeing red flags. Unless you remember entering a contest, there is no chance you’ve won something. And it’s vital to understand that it is never safe to give out financial information over the phone or via email.
American Journal for Public Health, an estimated 5 percent of seniors are hoodwinked by criminals every year, and that statistic is thought to be a steep underestimate since so many scams go unreported. To stem the tide of seniors unknowingly giving $36 billion to scammers annually, it’s important for retirees and their loved ones to get savvy on the subject.
COMPUTER SOFTWARE SERVICE FRAUD
This type of scam is slightly more sophisticated. First, a hacker will call a victim and claim to be a member of a tech support team or an employee from a trusted company like Microsoft or Apple. Then, they’ll tell the victim there is a problem with their phone or computer and that if they cooperate with the “tech support” representative, they can sort it out. They may also ask you to install a piece of software on your device or provide credit card information to “validate your software.” The fact is that well-known tech companies will never send unsolicited emails to ask for your personal or financial information, and they definitely won’t ask you to install some shady software on your computer. If you ever receive a call out of the blue from“Microsoft,” hang up the phone immediately. The first step to stopping these criminals in their tracks is to be aware of their tactics. With these tips in your arsenal, you’ll be able to defend yourself and your bank account effectively.
Here are the two of the most common scams older folks fall prey to — and how to avoid them.
ADVANCED FEE FRAUD
The most common con in 2017 and 2018 was the classic “You’ve won a sweepstakes!” scam. Victims are told they’ve won some exorbitant amount of money, but they must pay a fee to receive the prize. After the “fee” is paid, victims receive a fake check in the mail, but by the time it bounces, the scammers are gone and they’ve taken the money.
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