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A MOTHER’S DILEMMA
NO SUCH THING AS A WORK-LIFE BALANCE
March is an important month. In addition to playing host to both the first day of spring and St. Patrick’s Day, March is also National Women’s History month, an observance that highlights the contributions of women throughout history. While there are millions of strong, intelligent, and capable women whose efforts have fostered progress in various ways, celebrating the compassion, determination, and courage of women always makes me think of the most inspirational woman in my life: my mom. I was born soon after she graduated high school. Even when I was a small child, I was in awe of her work ethic and her ability, as a single parent, to provide for me. Then, when I was in elementary school, she added to her already-busy schedule by pursuing her college degree. She kept her full-time job in office work and sales, attending classes at night. There were certainly moments when I missed her at home and didn’t understand why she had to work so many hours or earn a college education. Kids typically don’t comprehend the fact that in order for the lights to stay on in the house and food to appear on the kitchen table, someone has to work. But even in the moments I missed her, I couldn’t help but admire her tenacity and self- motivation. Those same characteristics were instilled in me at a young age and still have a huge influence on my role as both an attorney and a mother. “Over the past decade, trying to be the best lawyer and mother I can be, I’ve learned that there really is no such thing as a work-life balance when you’re navigating both of these worlds simultaneously.” In the years after I graduated from law school, I was a prosecuting attorney, and I had a reputation for being tough. But when my kids were born, I knew I wanted to take a big step back to ensure that I was able to spend quality time with them as they grew up. When Jake, my oldest son, was nearing age 9, my mom asked me if I had plans to resume my profession as a lawyer. You see, I always thought I’d go back, but I was just waiting for the so-called right time. I was worried that if I went back to practicing, I wouldn’t be as good of a mother, and that if I went back and maintained the same home life, I wouldn’t be as good of an attorney. I battled with guilt until my mom leveled with me. She reminded me of how assiduously I had worked to get my law degree and how much I loved fighting on behalf of my clients. My mom wanted me to fully leverage the effort I’d already put forth, and I listened.
Over the past decade, trying to be the best lawyer and mother I can be, I’ve learned that there really is no such thing as a work-life balance when you’re navigating both of these worlds simultaneously. You simply can’t give half your attention to both roles all the time. What you can do is find ways to limit your own stress and task list and reduce the amount of time you have to spend on other life demands. For example, to reduce the number of minutes I spend commuting back and forth to work each day, I found a great home closer to my office. That way, I was able to arrive at work earlier in the morning without cutting into the time I spent at home. While I’d like to take credit for every great part of the life I’ve made for myself, I owe so much to my mom, who taught me the value of hard work, the importance of self-sufficiency, and a way to power through the struggle of being a working mother.
–Kim Keheley Frye
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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING FLAGS AN INSIDE JOB
Theft is a serious matter, made even more grave when the victims are fallen war heroes. Such was the situation that stumped police in Hudson, New York, in 2012.
Apparently, the wooden flagpoles attract groundhogs, something other groundskeepers have experienced as well.
The crime was first committed in July of the previous year. Flags had been placed around the graves of soldiers in Cedar Park Cemetery — only to go missing right around Independence Day. Veterans groups and locals were outraged and mystified by the crime. Some worried that a hate group was to blame, as the missing flags had adorned the graves of Jewish soldiers. Veterans worked to replace the flags, one by one, and right the wrong. No culprit was found, and the community moved on — until the following July, when the mystery repeated itself. Like the year before, flags were placed on veterans’ graves in honor of Independence Day, and again, they went missing sometime in the night, this time taken from the graves of African American Civil War soldiers. Cemetery caretaker and veteran Vincent Wallace was appalled, as was the rest of his community. “I just can’t comprehend the mindset that would allow someone to do this,” Wallace said. Determined to find out who was to blame, police put up surveillance cameras and recorded the goings-on in the cemetery. As they watched the tapes, sure enough, they saw one of the culprits sitting atop a gravestone with an empty flagpole in front of him. It was a groundhog.
“I’m glad we don’t have someone who has taken it upon themselves to desecrate the stones and the flags in front of them,” said Hudson mayor Bill Hallenbeck. “We can all rest a little easier knowing that it was a critter and not a human defacing our flags, especially those of the veterans,” added Hudson’s police commissioner.
Turns out Punxsutawney Phil has some very naughty cousins — ones who aren’t subject to the law.
SHAMROCKS, LEPRECHAUNS, AND GREEN BEER!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AND DUI DEFENSE
With nearly 32.3 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it’s no wonder St. Patrick’s Day has become one of our nation’s most celebrated holidays. While the holiday’s origin stemmed from the legacy of St. Patrick and his hope of converting the Irish population to Christianity by building schools, churches, and monasteries in Ireland, the festivities that take place throughout the U.S. today are far different than they were previously. The more modern and certainly more secular version of the holiday started with emigrants, particularly to the U.S., who transformed the celebration into a holiday of revelry chock-full of elaborate parades, shamrock symbols, and the color green. With all the merriment that occurs every year on March 17, it’s not surprising that alcohol sales skyrocket as well. In fact, bartenders across the nation frequently report their struggle trying to keep up with the number of requests for Irish-themed drinks. For example, according Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc., 13 million pints of Guinness (the most popular Irish dry stout originating from Dublin) are poured in the hours from 5–11 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.
Because this holiday has nearly become synonymous with roistering parties, it’s also the cause for a major spike in alcohol-related crashes and DUIs. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that on St. Patrick’s Day between 2011 and 2015, there were 252 fatalities in car accidents involving drunk driving. If you’re planning on celebrating this joyous holiday by going out with your friends, make sure you make plans ahead of time — such as using alternative transportation, like Uber or Lyft — to ensure that you
are able to enjoy your evening completely worry-free. That being said, our team here at Frye Law Group understands that you can’t plan for everything. If you are arrested for a DUI, we want you to know that you have options for a defense. We will aggressively work to help you avoid a conviction and minimize the consequences to your life. So as you put on your favorite green outfit and head out to frolic with your friends, do your best to plan ahead. Here are ride-share codes to help. If you’re using LYFT, type in code: KIM289808. For UBER, use code 9b4io. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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CHECK OUT THIS CLIENT’S STORY ABOUT WORKING WITH KIM A FORCE IN THE COURTROOM
While Kim is a major force in the Georgia criminal defense game, her journey to becoming a defense attorney is actually quite interesting. Many of you might not be aware that Kim actually started her career on the other side of the courtroom as a prosecuting attorney. She made a name for herself as one of the most hardworking and toughest prosecutors in the area and took that tenacity with her when she opened up own firm. Today, her mission is to provide relentless defense to accused citizens. Perhaps no one knows Kim’s journey from prosecution to defense better than one of the very first clients she took on through her new firm 10 years ago: Cole. Here is Cole’s story: “When I was 18, I got in a bit of legal trouble for racing, and Kim was the prosecutor for my case. I remember the first time I encountered her. It was my first hearing, and I was terrified of her on the other side of the table. She was both knowledgeable in her approach and unfaltering in her delivery. So when I was arrested three years later with a DUI charge, and I’d heard that she had changed her practice area to defense, I knew there was no one else I wanted to hire to represent me.” “When I was pulled over, I had just finished the one beer I’d had the entire evening. The officer pulled me over when I was just 200 yards from the bar, so the smell of beer was still on my breath. I refused a Breathalyzer but took a field
sobriety test. I also asked the officer for a blood test because I knew I wasn’t intoxicated. He didn’t seem to care if I was drunk or not, though. In fact, I believe he wanted to arrest me simply because he had the power to do so.” “Three days after I got out of jail, I called Kim. It was the best decision I’d ever made. She stood up for me just like she stands up for all her clients, and I believe my life has turned out the way it did because of her ability to get me a fair case and a fair result.”
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH SOME MOVIE TRIVIA
Something Kim’s clients might not know about her is that she LOVES, LOVES, LOVES popcorn! Her boyfriend sure hates the sound of all her crunching. Unfortunately for him, that’s not enough to stop her from eating it!
Even the best of students hates taking tests, but here at Frye Law Group, we love a good trivia question. Check out the following film quote below: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” Do you know the movie this quote is from? If so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, including your phone number and the title of the film. The first three responders to answer correctly will win a free gift card to Jack’s New Yorker Deli!
INGREDIENTS • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels • 2 tablespoons flaky sea salt • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
• 2 teaspoons granulated onion • 1/3 cup canola oil • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds. Shake skillet often and cook until white seeds are golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add garlic, onion, and salt. 2. In a large saucepan, combine popcorn kernels and oil. Cook over medium-high heat, covered, until popcorn kernels start to pop. Once popping, continue cooking and shaking the pan intermittently until popping ceases, about 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Pour in butter and toss to coat. Finally, add seasoning, toss again, and serve.
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Inside this Issue
In Honor of National Women’s History Month page 1
The Curious Case of the Disappearing Flags
St. Patrick’s Day and DUI Defense page 2
Check Out This Client’s Story About Working With Kim
Everything Popcorn page 3
Celebrate Dr. Seuss page 4
WHO WAS THEODOR GEISEL? 1 BOOK, 2 BOOK
On March 2, Read Across America Day is celebrated by students, teachers, and community members in towns throughout the country. They chose that date to pay homage to one of the most beloved children’s authors who was born that day: Theodor Geisel. That name may sound unfamiliar to you, but “Dr. Seuss” should ring a few bells. His name alone is so associated with literacy that in 2007, the author of an article in U.S. News & World Report that chronicled the history of 1957 — the year “The Cat in the Hat” was published — wrote, “Greece had Zeus — America has Seuss.” In 2001, Publisher’s Weekly released a list of the bestselling hardcover children’s books of all time in the U.S. Of the books in the top 100, Seuss authored 16, which is more than any other author on the list by a long shot. But Seuss did not break into the children’s literature industry easily. Seuss and his nearly 50 children’s books almost never got off the ground. His first children’s book, “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was denied by more than a dozen publishers. Legend has it that Seuss was on his way home to burn the manuscript when he ran into an old friend who suggested another publisher. The rest is history.
Interestingly, Kim was in the same sorority (Sigma Kappa) that Dr. Suess’ wife was a part of in her college years. In fact, during Seuss’ wife’s attendance, the author’s famous line “one heart, one way” became their signature house phrase!
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