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MY DAD’S MOST IMPORTANT LESSON
T he first official Father’s Day ever celebrated took place in Washington state in 1910. A young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, who was one of six children raised by her widowed father, decided that the U.S. needed a Mother’s Day equivalent for male parents. She went to her local YMCA, churches, shopkeepers, and government officials to gather support for this holiday, and it worked! The first statewide Father’s Day took place on June 19, 1910. Slowly but surely, the idea spread. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. How to Balance Helping Clients at Work and Spending Quality Time with Family
I enter the office each day with the goal of defending and advocating for my clients. My team and I assiduously work to approach each and every case with the same tenacity. But even on my busiest days, the ones when I want to go home and collapse in my bed from exhaustion, I find myself smiling whenever I think about walking into the house to see my wife and children. Some of my favorite memories are of our family game nights, our dinners around the dining table, or our journeys to church on Sunday mornings. While all of these activities have become a part of our weekly routine, they still make for some of the best memories. Another moment I’m looking forward to this month is Father’s Day. I get to ruminate on the amazing man my dad was, and I also get spoiled by my own kids. Our Father’s Day tradition begins with my wife and kids making me a delicious breakfast that they deliver to me in bed. Then, they give me a special pass from helping out with household chores and yard work. In the evening, we gather together for dinner (my pick!) and finish the night by sitting around the fire talking and laughing as my kids share their favorite “Dad Stories.” It’s a day I look forward to all year, and I’m sure this one will be the best of all!
“Balancing work and family is far from easy, but ever since I stepped into my father’s role, I’ve followed in his footsteps in both professional endeavors and matters of the heart.”
I’ve always been thrilled that there is a day set aside for us to honor our fathers. As a child, I always knew he was an extremely hard worker. But as I’ve become an adult myself, I’ve come to realize that he was the most capable and determined worker I’ll probably ever meet. My dad led by example. By observing him, I learned lessons in ethics and established my own moral compass based around integrity and good intentions. I came to understand the value of taking pride in the work I do for others, and that philosophy guides me each and every day. The effort my dad put forth at work was second only to the dedication and love he showed my family. No matter how long he toiled during the day, he was never too exhausted to spend time with my mom and us kids. Balancing work and family is far from easy, but ever since I stepped into my father’s role, I’ve followed in his footsteps in both professional endeavors and matters of the heart.
To my dad and all the other dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!
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lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s all the more reason to enjoy that avocado toast! EDAMAME Looking for a filling mid-afternoon snack? Skip the potato chips and help yourself to some edamame. These Japanese soybeans are a familiar sight on sushi menus, but they’re also readily available in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Edamame is delicious and a great source of protein, making it the perfect snack. WATERCRESS Step aside, kale; here’s the real queen of green. With more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, and more vitamin C than an orange, watercress is one of the best greens you’re not eating. With all of these extra vitamins, watercress has been shown to improve heart health, bone health, and even act as an antidepressant. Next time you need a pick-me-up, consider a watercress salad. Your whole body will thank you! Bad childhood encounters with canned spinach or steamed Brussels sprouts are why many people avoid green veggies. But the produce section is full of tasty, healthy options waiting to appear on your dinner plate and improve your well-being. It’s All Green to Me THE BEST GREEN FOODS TO ADD TO THE MENU
You need to eat more green foods.
No, this doesn’t mean green Skittles. Green vegetables comprise one of the most important food groups,
and most people aren’t eating enough of them. But if you do decide to get more nutrients from green veggies, remember that not all greens are created equal. Dark leafy spinach is basically a superfood, offering protein, iron, vitamin A, and tons of minerals. Meanwhile, iceberg lettuce or celery may fill your stomach up, but they offer little to no nutritional value. Next time you’re at the grocery store, keep an eye out for these top-rated green vegetables that are both delicious and nutritious. AVOCADO They’re tasty, they’re trendy, and they’re great for your eyes. Avocados are a great source of an antioxidant called lutein, which improves eye health. They’re also rich in vitamin E. Researchers have recently noted that people who get most of their vitamin E from their diet tend to have a Help Us Celebrate National Little League Week!
Little League games captivated the country during their formation in the 1930s. In fact, in 1964, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the second week in June to be National Little League Week in recognition of the youth program’s ability to instill sportsmanship, volunteerism, physical fitness, and an appreciation for the game. If you played sports growing up, you know that the positive lessons kids learn from athletics aren’t unique to Little League. For example, our attorney Don Jorgensen grew up playing football. In high school, he served as a linebacker, which is often regarded as the most important position due to its versatility. Punt returns under those Friday Night Lights were definitely the highlights of his sports career, and Don’s favorite practice drill was Suicide Squad — an activity where the ball is punted and
the person who catches it has to weave between all the players and make it to the other side without being tackled. To this day, Don believes that the best part of playing football was the close friendships he forged with his teammates. Win or lose, they always shared in the joy and excitement of the game together. Learning how to collaborate with others on the field, court, or diamond translates well into being a successful adult. Whether in your professional or personal life, everyone realizes at some point that having the ability to work as a team increases your likelihood of success. At home, you work with your spouse and other family members to maintain open and loving relationships, pay bills, plan vacations, and experience life. At the office, your coworkers are your teammates
with whom you collaborate to build presentations, create innovative products, and generate solutions. Here at Jorgensen Law, we are a team. We work together to ensure a successful outcome for our clients, who are just as much a part of our family as anyone else. To become part of our family, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call or go to MySocialSecurityAttorney.com to fill out your FREE disability evaluation. Teammates are there for each other; let us be there for you.
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CLIENT QUESTION OF THE MONTH: WHAT IS SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY?
There are many conditions used to determine whether or not a disabled individual is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but there are two primary requirements.
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1. You have to pass the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) physical tests to measure the severity of your disability.
2. Your disability prohibits you from engaging in any other kind of “substantial gainful activity.”
According to the SSA, anyone who earns more than a specific monthly amount (net of impairment-related work expenses) is considered to be engaging in substantial gainful activity and therefore does not qualify for benefits. Similarly, part-time work, jobs with lesser responsibilities, or those that pay you less than your regular job also fit under the definition of substantial gainful activity. As of 2019, the monthly cap on earnings for this work stipulation is $1,220. The amount for statutorily blind individuals is $2,040. When determining your eligibility for disability benefits, Social Security considers your gross pay. You will be disallowed from excluding state and tax withholdings, FICA taxes, insurance premiums, union dues, pension payments, or other standard payroll deductions. This is because they are paid with the income you have earned. The figure that remains after the entire allowable expenses are deducted from your earnings is referred to as “countable income.” This income determines if you participate in substantial gainful employment or not. It also determines your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. Here at Jorgensen Law, we’ve noted that the measure of substantial gainful activity varies every year, as it normally increases with respect to the cost of living. While this growth accurately reflects the expenses associated with living in the U.S. each year, it can make the application process far more convoluted. That is why you need an advisable attorney who can help you with this process. Give our office a call so we can help you determine your eligibility and get you the benefits you need and deserve.
Is a hot dog a sandwich or not? We’re not here to weigh in on the ever-contentious debate, but when you combine a hot dog with a BLT, it definitely becomes more sandwich-like — and way more delicious.
INGREDIENTS • 4 strips bacon • 4 hot dogs (ideally Boar’s Head Beef
• 1 head romaine lettuce, shredded • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced • Salt and pepper, to taste
Frankfurters, but any all-beef variety will do)
• 4 hot dog buns • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
1. Heat a skillet to medium and fry bacon until rendered and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. 2. Fry hot dogs in bacon drippings, creating a crust, and cook until warmed through. 3. Using a dry skillet or oven, toast buns. 4. Spread mayonnaise on buns, place hot dog and bacon inside, and top with tomatoes and lettuce. Serve.
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A Few Dads Who Went Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Being a Parent Isn’t Always a Walk in the Park HEROIC DADS WHO DIDN’T BACK DOWN
K ids often look up to their drives to sports tournaments, the late-night movies, and the sweets father as one of their greatest heroes. There are the long
Just as he’d intended, Brad absorbed most of the blow. While Oscar sustained serious wounds, his father’s injuries were more severe. Brad was left fighting for his life in the ICU, with severe fractures to his skull and vertebrae. Thankfully, Brad is expected to make a full recovery and has made serious strides since the accident. He and his son will live to play another day. GREG ALEXANDER: COULDN’T BEAR TO SEE HIS SON HURT While camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June 2015, Greg Alexander awoke to the sound of a nightmare. The screams of his son intermingled with the roars of an unknown assailant, beckoning Greg to his son’s tent. There, he found his son Gabriel being attacked by a bear. The bear had his son by the head and was dragging him away. Greg jumped on the bear’s back, desperately trying to take attention away from Gabriel. Amazingly, it worked, and in the end, the bear ran away. Gabriel was left with serious cuts to his head, but thanks to his dad’s heroism, the two were able to walk away from that campsite and back to their lives together. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to take a leap of faith or fight a bear to be a hero in your family’s eyes. Just be yourself, show some support, and do the best you can. Happy Father’s Day, everybody.
when Mom isn’t looking. We probably all have some reason to look up to our dad as one of our biggest influences. It’s Father’s Day this month, a special time of year when we take a moment to think about the sacrifices the father figures in our lives have made for us. Most dads are pretty great, but some go above and beyond the fatherly call of duty. Let’s take a look at some heroic dads who risked everything to keep their families safe. BRAD LEWIS: OVER THE LEDGE Life can change in a split second, and how you choose to react in a moment of peril can define your legacy forever. Few people know this as well as Brad Lewis. When Brad and his young son, Oscar, were deeply entrenched in an intense Nerf battle, he surely didn’t think the situation would turn as dangerous as it did. When a few darts missed his father and landed on the balcony, Oscar ran after them but soon found himself teetering on the balcony’s ledge, 12 feet above the ground. Thinking fast, Brad grabbed his son just before he fell over, both taking the plunge while Brad protected his son with his own body.
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