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TENACITY AND NADIA COMĂNECI
Comăneci went on to break more records when she scored two more perfect 10s in the 1980 Olympics. Yet, her celebrity life would be pressed with new challenges: The Romanian dictatorship. Romania did not want their worldwide star gymnast to leave the country, so they heavily restricted her travel, only allowing her periodic trips to Cuba or Moscow. Then, her coach defected from Romania to live in the United States, and Comăneci knew she needed a change. Once she retired from gymnastics, she was cut off from the money that was making a difference in her family’s life, and she still couldn’t escape Romania.
Meet the Gymnast Who Changed Olympic History
It’s important to push yourself to go the extra mile, and there are so many incredible figures in history who prove just that. Since Women’s History Month is this March, I thought I’d talk about a woman with a particularly inspiring story. Plus, she shares the same first name as my daughter: Nadia Comăneci. Comăneci is often credited with popularizing gymnastics due to her accomplishments, but when she first
Until she did.
On Nov. 27, 1989, a few weeks before the Romanian Revolution, Comăneci defected with a group of other Romanians. They were guided by Constantin Panait, a Romanian who later became an American citizen. It was a very hard and physically challenging journey. They traveled mostly on foot and at night through communist Hungary and Austria until they could finally take a plane to the United States. She’s now a proud American citizen. Not only was Comăneci a woman who went the extra mile in her career, but she also walked many extra miles to find freedom, safety, and happiness for herself and her family.
started as a child, her parents simply signed her up for gymnast classes because her energy and activity levels were too difficult to control at home. But once she was discovered by her coach, Béla Károlyi, Comăneci’s focus never wavered. After laborious hours of practicing the same movements over and over again, Comăneci mastered the basics of gymnastics in a way that nobody had ever seen before. During the Summer Olympics in 1976, at the age of 14, Comăneci was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 — a score that was believed to be impossible. In fact, the scoreboards were not designed to display a perfect 10. Omega SA, the manufacturer for the Olympic scoreboards, were led to believe that it wasn’t possible to earn a perfect 10, so Comăneci’s perfect score was first displayed as a “1.00.” But the world knew that she was officially one of the best gymnasts in history.
Her spirit and tenacity greatly inspire me as an attorney. I aspire to go the extra mile in everything we do at the Medlin Law Firm (which I talk a little more about inside). I hope that you trust us to do just that any time you give us a call.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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DO SOMETHING BETTER IN THE GARDEN
3Ways to Improve Your Harvest
There’s something beautiful about cultivating your own harvest, but you can growmore than simple backyard vegetables. Help your garden “grow up” by trying something unique this spring. Grow Fun Foods We plant gardens for a purpose, so why not make it fun! Plant fresh basil, tomatoes, onions, peppers, oregano, and more to create a garden worthy of your next
nature — trees grow at the top, shrubs and bushes are below, and other small plants and vines intermingle within. Choose crops that help each other grow (like corn, beans, and squash), and offer aid to your garden without digging up too much soil or disturbing its natural process. Permaculture gardening requires thoughtful planning, but once your crops are in place, nature will take its course. Plant for Your Health Mass production of your favorite fruits and vegetables reduces their key nutrients. Instead, choose fresh, home-grown varieties to yield greater health benefits. This is good news for those living with heart disease, joint disorders, or other chronic conditions. You can grow a garden chock full of nutrient-rich foods! Colorful fruits, root veggies, onions, and beans are great for joint health, while leafy greens can boost heart health. Grow pumpkins so you can harvest the seeds for better brain function, while berries can support your liver.
homemade pizza. All you will need to buy is the crust! Pumpkin plants can offer fresh gourds for any Halloween fanatic, while new species of fruits and vegetables can create an exciting home- cooking experience. Try the silver cucumber for a sweet taste or pineberries for a mix between strawberries and pineapples. You just might find a new flavor you love.
GoWith the Flow Creating a year-round garden that practically takes care of itself means using principles of permaculture, a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature. Start by analyzing your space and yard. Determine your soil type and layer mulch or cover crops to protect it. Then, begin planting the same way that’s found in
Before you dig into these new gardening methods, consult with an expert at a nursery or greenhouse to get the best possible results.
HOW A FEW SECONDS OF EVIDENCE CHANGED A CLIENT’S LIFE
Case of the Month
On our cover, we talk about how Nadia Comăneci inspires us and millions of others to go the extra mile in whatever we do. At Medlin Law Firm, we always go the extra mile whenever we can because, to be honest, the odds tend to be against us. Courts and juries often want to incriminate you and catch as many “bad guys” as possible. But with a strong defense, the American democratic system can always deliver fairness as it was designed to do. We recently had a great example of this. We had a case that made it very difficult to position our client fairly. There was a lot of evidence against them. We thought: What could we possibly do to turn this entire case around? Although it’d be very laborious, we decided to review hours and hours of video footage of our client sitting in the back of the arresting officer’s police car — every single minute and second. This took a long time and
plenty of concentration because nothing was really happening for most of it.
However, we felt we needed to watch it all because any little thing could change the case entirely. And it did. During the arrest and buried within hours of tape, we found that the arresting officer made a racist comment. That was huge. Our client was Latin Hispanic, and it helped us prove that there was a racial bias within the arrest. After the jury heard the racist comment, it only took five minutes for them to decide our client wasn’t guilty. We got an acquittal and won the case. At Medlin Law Firm, we take these types of efforts with every case. We believe that no matter who you are, you deserve to be treated fairly in court. If you’re convicted of a crime, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away — timing can make all the difference in collecting evidence to protect you in court.
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• The DWI offense in question must be your first.
GETTING YOUR DWI OFF YOUR RECORD
• Your blood alcohol concentration (when you committed the DWI offense) has to be lower than 0.15.
• You must have a clean criminal record (i.e. you have never been convicted of other crimes). Also, you shouldn’t have a history of being placed on deferred adjudication community supervision. This condition doesn’t apply to minor traffic offenses.
On Sept. 1, 2017, a law was put into action in Texas that may be of great value to you. It allows us to obtain an order of nondisclosure regarding DWI convictions. An order of nondisclosure causes the record of a DWI conviction to be sealed from public view and prevents disclosure of the record of conviction to the public. The order also allows a person to legally deny the existence of the DWI conviction and means that the DWI conviction will not show up on a background check, which can help your rental and job prospects. However, law enforcement will continue to maintain a record of the conviction, and it can be used against a person if that person gets in criminal trouble again in the future or gets another DWI. Also, if a person is applying for a job or a professional license with the state or federal government, the conviction will show up and could negatively affect that person.
• You must have successfully completed community supervision and served applicable jail time.
• You must have paid all due fines, court costs, and any restitution that was part of your sentence.
• The waiting period must pass before you petition the court. A petition for nondisclosure on DWI offenses has specific guidelines. Orders of nondisclosure are denied if there is evidence (from the state) that the underlying DWI case resulted in an accident involving other persons, including any passengers who were in the defendant’s car at the time. If you were charged and convicted of a DWI and are interested in sealing this from your record, please contact a staff member and we’ll give you a FREE private consultation. Call us today!
You must meet certain conditions before the court agrees to seal your DWI record.
Tasty Thai Fried Rice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced 4 cups broccoli, chopped to bite-size pieces
2 tbsp soy sauce
Toppings of choice for serving (sliced green onions, sliced cucumber, chopped peanuts, lime wedges, Sriracha, etc.)
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups jasmine rice, cooked and cooled
4. Finally, add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 3–4 minutes. 5. Remove skillet from the heat and stir in the peanuts and soy sauce. 6. Serve garnished with your toppings.
1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2–3 minutes, until softened. 2. Add the mushrooms and broccoli. Cook for 5–7 minutes, until the broccoli is tender. 3. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. Meet the Gymnast Who Changed Olympic History
2. Make Gardening BetterWith These 3 Ideas!
How a Few Seconds of Evidence Changed a Client’s LIfe
3. Getting Your DWI Off Your Record
Tasty Thai Fried Rice
4. How to Be More Patient and Less Stressed
IMPROVE PATIENCE AND REDUCE STRESS
With These 4 Tips
In this fast-paced world, it can be easy to grow impatient. Things as small as waiting for a slow website to load or waiting in a long line for coffee can sometimes leave people feeling frustrated and anxious. Practicing patience helps reduce stress and helps you realize it’s okay if something takes a few extra minutes. If you find yourself feeling impatient, here are a few helpful tips. Breathe Deeply When you feel stressed, your breathing gets shallow, which amplifies anxiety. Practicing deep breathing can help reduce stress and frustration by relaxing your body and mind. This is as simple as taking a few quiet moments to inhale through the nose, drawing your breath into the belly and lungs. Count to four to help you focus as you inhale. Then exhale slowly through your mouth. After a few repetitions, you will find that your mind and body feel calmer. Switch Focus When agitated, it’s common for our thoughts to center on the irritant. Though it may feel difficult to do when you’re stressed out, switching your focus will help you calm down and be more patient. For instance, if you find yourself growing more and more
frustrated by hitting red lights as you drive, try focusing on green instead. Looking for passing cars, signs, trees, or anything that is green will help break that hyper-focus and shift it from negative to positive. Soon, those red lights will be less bothersome. Meditate A great way to increase your patience is by meditating, a combination of the first two tips — focus and breathing. Mediation helps people constructively manage thoughts by allowing them to practice observing their thoughts from a neutral perspective. Regular meditation can reduce stress and improve patience throughout the day. Even just 5–10 minutes of daily practice can have a tremendous impact over time. Practice Acceptance While the above tips can help you improve your patience, sometimes you must simply accept that some things can’t be rushed. There will be times when we cannot control the outcome: A red light will change to green when it changes and no sooner. Learning to accept that can help people let go of their frustration, become more understanding of their situation, and greatly improve their patience.
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