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FOOD AND FAMILY An Extension of Love F amily and food are two of my favorite things, and the fact that they come together for
of their own. I’ve been fortunate to stay in touch with quite a few of them. This fall, I visited two of my previous employees in Idaho, and I met one of their new babies. I also got to meet up with another former employee and her husband in San Francisco. They actually met at our restaurant, and I attended their wedding (I may have even had a hand in getting them together). Another employee just sent me an invitation to her wedding next summer. business. When you talk to someone and hear their story, you understand what they’ve been through. How can you not do the same for them that you would for your mother, father, or sibling? It’s what we do here at the law firm. People come to us at very difficult times, and we’re trying to help them put the pieces of their life back together. In the process, we get to know them, and we come to understand what has been taken from them because someone else didn’t follow the rules. It’s always rewarding to see a review from a client saying they felt like we treated them like family. It makes all of us at the firm feel good because that’s our goal. We approach each case the way we would for our family. Treating coworkers and clients like family has always been a natural way to do
Eventually, I sold the restaurant and joined John at the law firm. These days, I just cook for family, friends, and my
Thanksgiving makes it my very favorite holiday. Anytime I feel stressed, I go to the kitchen. It’s like moving meditation. It also serves as a creative outlet, like adding the right amount of spices to a dish or decorating cookies and cakes. Several years ago, between raising my kids and joining the firm, I went all-in on my passion and opened a restaurant. I was lucky enough to stay home with our kids when they were little. During that time, I realized I had a passion for cooking and baking. I spent a lot of time self-teaching and learning, and though I took some classes to get better, most of it was trial and error. I found I had a knack for it. When my kids started school full time, I planned to go back to work. But I found myself wondering, “Do I want to use my law degree, or is this my opportunity to do something different?” I decided to take a chance on something new. Finding a lack of places to get fresh bagels in Mansfield, I opened Aspen Bread & Bagel. Every morning, we made fresh bagels, breads, and other baked goods. Everything was made from scratch. Our bakers arrived at 3 a.m., and we stayed open until early afternoon. It was a great schedule with kids; I could still be home before they got done with school.
work family. I enjoy making
cakes and desserts for staff meetings and birthdays. My daughter, Hannah, also connected me with an amazing organization, Flying Horse Farms (FHF). FHF provides a camp experience for children with serious or terminal illnesses, modifying activities to allow every camper to participate no matter their limitations. All kids get to attend camp at no cost to the families. The first time I went, I was amazed by the work of the staff and volunteers to make each camper feel accepted, fulfilled and loved. FHF is a place where kids can laugh, face their fears, and form lifelong friendships. Hannah has been volunteering with them since high school, and she’s now in medical school but still finds time to go back. This fall, I volunteered as a cook at their family camp. It’s the most amazing, magical place. In the several years that I ran the restaurant, I worked with some awesome people. Many of them were high school students who worked for me after school. They are adults now and starting families
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ENGAGE YOUR KIDS ON THANKSGIVING With These Gratitude- Themed Games Thanksgiving is an excellent time to teach children about gratefulness. By planning some fun, gratitude-themed games, you can impart a valuable lesson and spend some quality family time together. Get your kids in the holiday spirit by adding a Thanksgiving twist to these classic games. Pictionary Want to bring out your kids’ creative sides? Pictionary is the perfect way to encourage artistic expression and grateful thinking. Try adding a rule where players have to draw something they’re grateful for. This will get your kids thinking beyond turkey and stuffing and give them an imaginative way to express their gratitude. Plus, who doesn’t love a good art contest? Guess Who? To play gratitude-themed Guess Who?, have each participant write down their name and something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper and put it in a bowl. Then, at the dinner table, have each person draw a random slip and read what it says without saying the name while everyone else tries to guess who wrote it. While Pictionary may get your kids talking about what they are thankful for, Guess Who? will tune them into what others around them are thankful for too. Pick-Up Sticks Like regular pick-up sticks, the goal is to remove a stick from a haphazard pile without disturbing the others. However, by using colored sticks that represent different kinds of thankfulness — such as places, people, or food — you can make players think outside the box. This will ensure you get a wide range of creative, thoughtful answers whenever the kids pick up a stick. These modified games are great for helping your kids realize how much they have to be thankful for. Use these to spend some fun, educational, quality time with your family this Thanksgiving.
WHY WE WALK No More Victims
For the last three years, Rinehardt Law Firm has been a proud sponsor of Walk Like MADD, an event held to raise both awareness and funds to end drunk driving and fight drugged driving. Walk Like MADD is Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) signature fundraising event. As the website explains, “Walk Like MADD is your chance to do something about drunk and drugged driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 90 cities around the nation will participate in these 5K events to eliminate drunk driving.” The annual Central Ohio Walk Like MADD is held in September in Hilliard, Ohio, at Homestead Park. This year, Hillary and John Rinehardt walked with others in the community. They were honored to show up for MADD because they believe in MADD’s motto of “no more victims.” They’ve seen the tragic effects of drunk and drugged driving on our community, and they’ve heard the stories from friends, family members, and clients who are affected by the illegal and negligent act of driving while drunk or drugged. Almost everyone will be impacted in some way by drugged or drunk driving. According to the Walk Like MADD website: • On average, 2 out of 3 people will be impacted by drunk driving in their lifetime. • Every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. • Every day, 28 people are killed by drunk driving. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep our families and communities safe with the ultimate goal of no more victims. EMPLOYEE SP
Patti is our amazing office administrator who has been with the firm and working with John since 2000. Patti is an all-star at helping us accomplish whatever needs to get done, both in regard to legal and nonlegal matters. Over the years, she has handled everything from supervising and financial management to client services. Patti has more than 25 years of professional experience in managing law firms, and she excels at her work. Having been part of the team from the beginning, Patti has enjoyed watching the firm grow with folks who add to the cohesive, welcoming environment here. “It’s a very close-knit team,” she says. “We’re like a family.
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The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich
INGREDIENTS • 2 slices sourdough bread • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard • 2 slices Swiss cheese • 1/3 cup shredded leftover turkey • 3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce
Inspired by FoodNetwork.com
• 1/3 cup leftover
dressing or stuffing • 2 tbsp leftover gravy • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have all the leftovers required.
1. Coat inside of each bread slice with mustard and a slice of cheese. Place turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice and dressing and gravy on the other. 2. Combine sandwich and spread butter on both sides. 3. In a panini maker or large skillet, grill until crispy and golden brown. 4. Slice and serve. T hanks GIVE away For the third year, Rinehardt Law is putting turkeys on tables for those families in our community who are facing adversity or hardship and need a helping hand. Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the table, share a special meal, and give thanks. Rinehardt Law wants every family in our community to have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday without financial stress. This year, Rinehardt Law’s ThanksGIVEaway will be held Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, from 3–5 p.m. at our Mansfield offices located at 2404 Park Ave. W. We will be giving away 125 turkeys and all the fixings for a great Thanksgiving dinner. “We are blessed to be in a position to help the community — for us it is the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving,” says Attorney John Rinehardt. “Giving is the other half of the word. Putting turkeys on tables is very meaningful to the entire team here at Rinehardt Law as our way to give back to the community at this family focused time of year.” If you would like more information about the event or to join us in our effort, please contact Hillary Rinehardt at email@example.com or 419-LAW-2020. You can also visit RinehardtLawFirm. com to sign up.
TLIGHT I think that does carry through to the clients.” Patti adds that the welcoming feel is due to the atmosphere the Rinehardts have cultivated. “John and Hillary are great employers. They’re wonderful to work for,” she says. Coming up on the holidays, Patti is looking forward to the season of giving. Like Hillary, Patti’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Patti loves that you don’t have any other distractions to take away from being with family. “It’s a time for family to be together and relax,” she explains. “It’s just an enjoyable time.” While putting together the meal can be a big undertaking, Patti has help. Her daughter and daughter-in-law bring side dishes and everyone lends a hand. “It’s a group effort,” Patti says, “Even the guys pitch in by helping to mash potatoes, stir the gravy, and give whatever help is needed.” Patti’s three granddaughters, ages 12, 9, and 7, look forward to saying the prayer before dinner. The three girls themselves are a blessing. “Spending holidays with my granddaughters makes everything that much more special, and a lot more fun.” Patti says of having her three granddaughters. Meet Patti!
We wish Patti and her family a happy Thanksgiving season. We’re surely thankful for all she does for our firm!
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
A Word From Hillary
Gratitude-Themed Games for Kids Hillary and John ‘Walk Like MADD’ Employee Spotlight
The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich
The Gift of Giving
CELEBRATING GIVING TUESDAY
Supporting the People You Believe In
How You Can Celebrate Now is the perfect opportunity to support your community and the causes you believe in. The best part of this holiday is that “giving” doesn’t just refer to donating money. People can give back by volunteering their time to help a nonprofit business, donating goods and food, or just buying a stranger some lunch. Even the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. If you’re interested in participating in Giving Tuesday, get together with your friends, family, sports team members, or neighbors to brainstorm on how you can give back. To learn more about how you can participate, visit GivingTuesday.org .
nation but individuals across the world. The goal is “to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.” Technology at Its Best Through the use of social media and technology, the organization hopes to encourage and spread generosity on a global scale using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. The website states that “... technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral; that people fundamentally want to give and talk about giving.” Through massive social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the individuals and companies participating in Giving Tuesday can spread their missions and messages all over the world, encouraging others to do the same.
November is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to the communities they love. Origin and Goal Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year, the holiday lands on Dec. 3! It was established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y as a response to consumer-driven holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The purpose of the holiday was to spread the spirit of giving, not only for the people in our
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