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M ay is a month of celebration. The month begins with May Day, a celebration of spring, flowers, and the unofficial transition into the warmer months. Then you have Mother’s Day, arguably the most important day of the month. This year, Mother’s Day lands on Sunday, May 13 (just in case you needed a reminder!). It’s a day we give thanks for the hard work all the mothers in our lives put in over the years. My own mother put in a lot of hard work throughout my life — there’s no doubt about it. In her younger days, she was a licensed practical nurse, a long-time assistant at an attorney’s office, and a clerical worker at a hospital. She wound down her working years volunteering at a grade school. All in all, she’s seen a lot and has been there for me, especially when it came to my education. If I needed help, she was there. She was sharp, and she knew the value of an education. I would not be where I am today without her support. I was fortunate to be an only child for 16 years before my younger brother came along. Today, my mother is 88 years old, living at home, and doing okay for her age. She needs a little help sorting out the junk mail and had to give up driving about a year ago, but other than that, she’s living it up. Here’s to all the moms in our lives! Take a few moments to let your own mom, or significant other, or sister, or daughter — or all of the above — know just how much you appreciate them and everything they do. Another May holiday I want to touch on is Memorial Day. It’s a day to acknowledge the sacrifices our service members have made over the years. They’ve kept us free and safe, decade after decade. TWO DAYS IN MAY
When it comes to Memorial Day, I always think back to my father. He fought in World War II and was at the Battle of the Bulge. He served as a foot soldier and scout with the 82nd Airborne Division, an infantry division of the U.S. Army. It was a post that ensured he saw combat, and he had the scars to prove it! He took shrapnel to the shoulder and came home with a Purple Heart. More importantly, through his experiences, he taught me the value of being a good citizen and person, all around. After the war, when he came back to the U.S., he came back through New York City. There, he was asked if he wanted to volunteer to walk in the victory parade for the end of the war. His response was simple: “No, thanks.” He decided he had walked enough as an infantryman and just wanted to get home to his family. Over Memorial Day, my mother always asks me to bring flowers up to the cemetery where my father is interred. We raise the flag and take a moment to recognize the life he led and everything he did for our country. As you grill up hamburgers this Memorial Day, I encourage you to do the same. If you have service members in your family, be sure to thank them. Then, take a moment to reflect on those brave men and women who sacrificed everything to ensure the rest of us can live the American Dream. –Dr. Anthony Butchert
GET MORE OUT OF GAME NIGHT
Use Board Games as a Teaching Tool
In this digital age, having a family board-game night every few weeks is a novelty. Putting away the electronics and having fun face-to-face with your kids is reason enough to make this a family tradition. But did you know that board games can also teach your kids valuable life skills? Here’s the best way to facilitate this learning as a parent.
insight into the skills the game teaches. Even games of pure chance, like Chutes and Ladders, can teach young kids motor skills, a sense of fair play, and what good sportsmanship looks like for both winning and losing. Does the game have rules for trading among players, like Monopoly or Settlers of Catan? These sorts of games are a great way to teach social skills. Does it offer multiple paths to victory, like Chess or Tokido? These games teach strategy and critical reasoning. Games like Pandemic require players to work together, teaching valuable teamwork and leadership skills. TEACH BY EXAMPLE While gameplay itself can be a great teacher, being a role model for your children during game night is the most important thing you can bring to the table. No matter their age, showing your kids how to lose gracefully, win magnanimously, and have fun no matter what are skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives.
FIND THE RIGHT GAME FOR THE RIGHT AGE
small pieces, or mature content can make some games inappropriate for young kids. The first thing you should do is check the recommended age range on the packaging. This will help you find the best match for your kids. CONSULT THE RULES Whether you’re new to a game or an old pro, it’s worth spending some time going over how the game is played. Not only will this help you teach your kids how to play a new game, but these rules also provide valuable Queen Mother Day MDa
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IS IT A HEADACHE OR SOMETHING MORE?
The Truth About TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the upper jaw to the lower jaw. This joint is responsible for opening and closing your jaw. Because the TMJ plays such a big role in our everyday lives, it often suffers. And when the TMJ suffers, we suffer. When your jaw, neck, head, and even shoulders hurt, it may come down to a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), also referred to as “TMJ.” But don’t let the name fool you. The term covers about 30 different disorders that affect the muscles and nerves surrounding the joint. These conditions can be painful, as they make using the TMJ and surrounding muscles more strenuous. With proper diagnosis, however, you can get the treatment — and relief — you need.
can lead to chronic headaches that can easily be mistaken for other health problems. Additionally, you may experience clenching in the jaw, which can lead to tooth enamel erosion. Patients often do not realize they are suffering from a TMJ-related issue. Because there are a wide range of specific disorders, symptoms are just as numerous. You may experience head, shoulder, neck, or facial pain; clicking or popping when opening or closing the jaw; locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint; teeth clenching or grinding; or chronic earaches. At Lifetime Dental, we have the skill set and a number of diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose your condition. Our goal is to find the treatment option that best fits your specific condition. If you have experienced pain and discomfort in your jaw, head, or neck, don’t hesitate to give us a call. You don’t have to wait until your next dental checkup to find relief!
Many of the disorders referred to as TMD are commonly caused by trauma, joint diseases, hormonal changes, bite problems, or stress. These disorders
SAUTÉED ZUCCHINI & SQUASH WITH FETA
HAVE A LAUGH!
Zucchini and summer squash are arriving on grocery store shelves. Here is a great way to take these humble, delicious vegetables to the next level. This easy dish is perfect for early summer.
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2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1 summer squash
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 medium red onion
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS 1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick semicircles. Dice onion. 2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add olive oil, onion, and thyme. 3. Once onion is soft (about 2 minutes), add zucchini and squash. Season with salt and pepper; cook 4–5 minutes until squash barely begins to caramelize. 4. Place in serving bowl and top with feta.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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Two Very Important Days in May
What Board Games Can Teach Your Kids
Queen Mother Day!
The Truth About Jaw Pain
Sautéed Zucchini and Squash With Feta
2 Exciting Events in Eau Claire
Eau Claire in May
Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market When: Saturdays in May 5; 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
‘Start Me Up’ Classic British & European Car Show When: Saturday, May 26; 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Park 300 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, WI 54701
Where: Carson Park 100 Carson Park Dr. Eau Claire, WI 54701
The spring season of the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market kicks off on Saturday, May 5. On every Saturday, you can browse the market for farm-fresh produce, breads, beverages, jam, honey, salsa, meat, eggs, and so much more. And be sure to check the harvest schedule (ecdowntownfarmersmarket.com/ harvest-schedule) to plan your trip around the best times to stock up on your favorite fruits and vegetables.
If you love automobiles, classic or contemporary, you won’t want to miss this show. Spend the day appreciating the engineering and craftsmanship of some of the finest vehicles to come out of Europe during the 20th century. Browse the cars, take plenty of pictures, and vote on your favorite! Food and beverages are provided by the Lions Club of Eau Claire, and admission is free.
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