The MONTHLY Smile
A THANK-YOU TO TEACHERS AUGUST 2019
Reflecting on School Memories
The transition from the dog days of summer to the beginning of the school year is upon us. Many students in our area head back to school this month. As some of our younger patients come in and share the excitement of the new school year with me, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for some of my own school memories. It probably comes as no surprise that science was always a favorite subject of mine. There is a particular order and certainty about science that has always appealed to me. With science, there is a process to everything — a series of logical steps. I always enjoyed all of my science classes, and I was fortunate to have several fantastic teachers who helped fan the flame of my enthusiasm. Two of my most memorable teachers were Dr. Bill Wolfe and Dr. Tom Toney. Both Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Toney served as academic advisors for me during my years at Georgia College & State University. Dr. Wolfe taught my undergraduate biological processes class, and I later took his entomology class in graduate school. In fact, as part of his entomology class, I spent three days with him and my fellow classmates on St. Catherines Island catching and studying a wide variety of insects. While entomology was definitely not a field of study I planned on pursuing long term, Dr. Wolfe’s unending passion for the subject made the experience fun and memorable. As my academic advisors, Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Toney became my biggest cheerleaders during my undergraduate and graduate years. They inspired me to work harder, push myself, and explore beyond my comfort zone. They saw something in me — a glimmer of who I could become — and challenged me to continually reach higher, never giving up despite the challenges. Both professors wrote letters of recommendation for my dental school applications, and I still keep in touch with both of them to this day. Their influence has left an indelible mark on my life and career.
Dr. Jamie with her entomology class on St. Catherines Island.
It has been said that teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. Honestly, outside of their own home, one of the biggest role models in a young person’s life is the person who stands at the front of the classroom.
So, as the kids head back to school in the coming weeks, I just want to thank the teachers. Thank you for showing up every day and influencing the lives of your students for the better. There’s no telling the extent of the impact you will have on each young person who walks through your classroom door.
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INGREDIENTS FOR BETTER BODY BALANCE
CHERRIES AND SPIRULINA You may not
For those who may be looking for a hidden or reasonable meaning behind the term “goat yoga,” you’re out of luck because it’s exactly what it sounds like. In this age of kale smoothies and paleolithic diets, there are few things people won’t try to get in shape. Luckily, as with most fads, there aren’t many downsides to thinking outside the box with your fitness. With a million different ways to stay healthy in this world, doing yoga alongside a tribe of goats may not be so strange after all. At face value, including farm animals in your therapeutic workout routine seems counterintuitive, but it’s intended to be quite the opposite. With this type of yoga, goats will wander around your mat and even take the time to climb on your back or lick your feet while you’re in downward dog. Don’t panic though! That’s all part of the process. These interactions are meant to keep you focused, grounded, and connected with both yourself and the nature around you. If you’re looking for a speedy workout, this may not be for you, but if you’re looking for an afternoon you won’t soon forget, you’ll have to find the nearest goat specialist. Everyone who participates in one of these classes ultimately walks away with something a little different. Some shared results are usually reduced stress and anxiety, pain relief, a boost in happiness, We seek balance through many methods, like morning yoga poses and guided meditations before bed. But another important part of a balanced, holistic lifestyle is diet. When your body is missing nutrients, you suffer from all kinds of physical and mental ailments. Based on a holistic nutrition perspective, here are some foods you can pair together to promote better body balance from the inside out. CITRUS FRUITS AND DARK, LEAFY GREENS The vitamin C in citrus fruits helps your body absorb the iron in kale, spinach, and other leafy greens. Unlike the iron found in animal proteins, the iron in leafy vegetables isn’t as easy to absorb. Get the most out of those greens by tossing your spinach salad with a lemon vinaigrette or brush some lemon or orange juice onto your grilled kale. BEANS AND RICE This simple staple meal for many Latin American families is prevalent for a reason. Together, beans and rice make a nutritious and protein- packed meal to fuel your body. Keep this dish interesting by creating new combinations with avocado, zesty sauces, cilantro, and radishes. Peas and quinoa is another pairing that completes the essential amino acid profile, and the two work well together in a salad or scramble.
always think about your blood health, but you should because your blood distributes crucial
nutrients throughout your body and floods toxins out. Iron, folic acid, vitamin B-12, and protein are the
building blocks for better blood. You can find these nutrients in dark red foods, such as cherries, raspberries, beets, and kidney beans, and in dark green foods, like spinach, spirulina, and wheatgrass. Holistic nutritionist Sarah Britton, author of “My New Roots: Inspired Plant- Based Recipes,” suggests starting the day with a refreshing smoothie made with some of these foods.
These ingredient combinations bring out the best in each other, so your body can function at its best. Pair them together and enjoy!
YOGAWITH…GOATS?! This Year’s Strangest Fitness Trend
and mental clarity. While we’re starting to hear more about it this year, goat yoga actually sprang up in 2016 and has grown into chapters all around the world, capturing the hearts of everyone, even including some big-name celebrities. Advocates for goat yoga continue to rave that there is no better distraction from the perils of work stress, sickness, depression, and political strife than their sacred farmland pastime.
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A SPORT FOR ALL AGES BECOMES A CRAZE AMONG OLDER ADULTS The Incredible Rise of Pickleball
You’ve probably heard of pickleball, especially given its rising popularity in the United States and Canada, but you may be wondering what the big deal is about this relatively new fad. Pickleball is an awesome, low-impact sport that people of all ages can enjoy. It’s great exercise and great fun, and it’s the perfect game for family get-togethers. Pickleball originated on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1965. It was the creation of three fathers — Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — who needed to come up with something to keep the little ones entertained and out of their hair. Soon, however, it became popular among the adults, and they ended up spending more time on the court than their children. “Frankly,” McCallum says, “the kids got pushed out.” Since its early days, pickleball has transformed from an ad-hoc game to a full-fledged sport, complete with official rules, equipment, and leagues. Despite the more formal structure in place today, pickleball is incredibly easy to pick up and play. Investing in some paddles and balls won’t cost more than $100, and you can easily convert a tennis or badminton court for pickleball. One of the appeals of pickleball for older adults is that it is not excessively strenuous. It also doesn’t have the steep learning curve and high barrier to entry that sports like tennis or golf do. Due to the nature of a pickleball, which contains strategically placed holes
similar to those of a whiffle ball, the game is much more about finesse than pure power or athleticism. While you can definitely hone your skills with practice, you’ll start having fun from day one. In addition to being a fun form of exercise, pickleball also offers older adults the chance to socialize with their peers. Leagues often lead to long-term friendships. Courts are small, and each game consists of only four players, making it easy to engage in some casual conversation or playful, competitive banter between points. If you’ve never picked up a paddle, consider joining a league or buying a set for your next family outing. You can introduce your grandkids to a fun new sport — and then school them for the bulk of an afternoon.
ROASTED CORN SALSA
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Ingredients • 2 medium ears of corn, shucked • 1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced • 1/2 red onion, diced • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
• 1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced • Juice of 1 lime • Kosher salt, to taste
Instructions 1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine.
5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.
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AMERICA’S WEIRDEST AIRBNBS
This Ain’t Motel 6 !
MANCAVE APARTMENT/AIRPLANE HANGAR Geneva, Florida Airbnb super hosts Dan and Deborah have no shortage
When Airbnb was founded a little over a decade ago, the developers hoped to provide an alternative to traditional travel accommodations. Today, with annual revenue in the billions, the service is an industry unto itself. While most people use Airbnb to “live like a local” while traveling, you
of quirky properties for rent — including yurts and treehouses — but their apartment fashioned out of an airplane hangar surely takes the cake. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a theme restaurant
can find some truly wacky lodging options if you spend some time searching the platform. Here are just a few of the many contenders for the title of “Weirdest Airbnb in the U.S.” For ease of searching, the listings here have the same titles as they do on Airbnb.
featuring eclectic aviation. Memorabilia lines the walls with a bar front and center, and the bed is in a loft high above the ground.
DOG BARK PARK INN B&B Cottonwood, Idaho
BRAND NEW STUDIO EARTHSHIP Taos, New Mexico
As you approach the Dog Bark Park Inn, you won’t have to guess if you’re in the right place. After all, how many buildings are shaped like beagles? When describing the space on Airbnb, the hosts make no bones about who this rental is aimed for. “Stay in a giant dog!” they say. In addition to being inside a massive wooden dog, you’ll find canine-themed games, books, and
Earthships, houses run by clean energy and featuring reused materials, are a fixture of the Taos area. This one, which looks almost like a crashing wave with a living space in its undertow, combines the rustic charm of truly getting away from it all with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and in- home laundry. It’s a truly unique living space surrounded by pristine nature and not far from the historic Taos Pueblo.
more. Talk about ruffing it.
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