The Manely Firm - January 2021

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J anuary 2021

W hat L essons H as B enjamin F ranklin L eft for U s ?

Benjamin Franklin is someone I’ve always believed embodies the American spirit. He was a Founding Father and a wise sage, inspiring many thousands of people both in his time and to this day. I have looked up to Franklin as an American patriot. Our youngest son was named after Franklin, and we have always had his books in our home. There was a time when I could quote passages from “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” As Franklin’s birthday is celebrated on Jan. 17, it’s valuable to look at the lessons from his life and what we can continue to learn from them. One of the things I’ve always thought was interesting was that Franklin was a Founding Father who never sought higher office. He wasn’t like Jefferson, Adams, or Washington who pursued the presidency, but he remains one of the high-ranking Founding Fathers nonetheless. He is still known to this day — and perhaps is even more well-known than most presidents — for his dedication to our nation and his inexhaustible energy in pursuing his many and varied professions. Franklin was a master of many trades. He was a publicist, journalist, inventor, scientist, philosopher, and writer. He was America’s sage and still remains so to this day, along with such luminaries as Will Rogers. He was a true Renaissance man. Today, many of us realize we are more than just “one” thing: We are fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, lawyers, joggers, writers, pet owners, etc. The list can go on and on. Franklin was forever creative, inventive, and busy — he strove for more in himself, and we would like to see that in ourselves, too. In addition to all these things, Franklin was also quite the diplomat. He crafted compromises acceptable to very different parties. We could use Franklin in this day and age for his skill at bringing diverse parties to the table. We also need the parties willing and able to

things I’m particularly proud of is that, for three years running, our attorneys in Savanna have won The Mediation Award “in recognition of service to your clients and highest Family Law Case Settlement Rate,” out of all the family law practitioners in Chatham County. Our team in Metro Atlanta is also attentive and attuned to finding common ground that helps families work toward greater harmony. Benjamin Franklin calls to us individually to craft solutions acceptable to different positions, but also collectively to become a people capable of accepting those resolutions, no matter on which side we find ourselves.

listen to someone like Franklin. In the current political climate, even if someone created compromises that would benefit the people and country, they would fall on deaf ears if the parties have no interest in working toward that shared goal. This is a theme we often see in Family Law. Working in Family Law means being very creative and attentive to find solutions that work for both sides. One of the “One could argue that we need Franklin in this day and age, but we also need different parties willing and able to listen to someone like Franklin.”

–Michael Manely


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H ow to F ind Y our F low in 2021

Is Deep Focus the Secret to Success?

WHY ARE HIGH ACHIEVERS OBSESSED WITH FLOW? Flow state doesn’t only happen for people with desk jobs. You can get it while running, playing chess, dancing, or climbing a mountain, and it’s considered the Holy Grail because it has a host of benefits. According to the meditation app Headspace, those perks include heightened focus (goodbye, distractions!), a sense of clarity, feelings of happiness and pleasure, and the impression that all obstacles ahead of you have disappeared. That makes accomplishing your goals feel like less of a struggle. It’s no wonder high-achieving hobbyists, workers, and creatives crave the feeling! HOW CAN YOU GET IN A FLOW? Usually, a flow state isn’t planned — it just happens. In a BBC article, author Steven Kotler describes flow as “a happy accident.” But he also notes that we can make ourselves “more accident-prone.” To set yourself up for a flow state, find a quiet place to work and choose an activity that’s difficult but meaningful for you. Ideally, it should be something you’ve already put work into perfecting. If you’ve never tried painting before, you probably won’t find flow on your first attempt, but an experienced painter could achieve it while mastering a new technique. Some people claim that being in a flow state is a form of meditation and that learning how to meditate can help you reach it. To that end, apps like Headspace and Evenflow (for iPhones only) are great places to start! Before you know it, you’ll be finding the flow like a pro.

Have you ever started working on an important project and looked up at the clock after what felt like minutes only to find that hours had passed? If you have, you’ve probably experienced “flow state,” aka the Holy Grail of concentration and achievement. WHAT IS A FLOW STATE? Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes a flow state as a “focus that, once it becomes intense, leads to a sense of ecstasy, a sense of clarity: you know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other; you get immediate feedback.” That sounds complex, but you can also think of flow as being “in the zone.” And it might be the key to achieving your New Year’s goals. That’s because a flow state almost always coincides with tackling a difficult task, and when you’re in a flow state, even the most challenging things feel relatively easy.

M eet D alton H aralson A Junior Paralegal Who Found His Passion

While in the office, our team members work toward helping each of our clients secure the best possible outcome for themselves and their families. Yet, outside, they enjoy many hobbies that keep them active, involved, and, of course, help them relax. Our junior paralegal, Dalton Haralson, enjoys a number of hobbies when he’s at home. As someone who enjoys music, Dalton plays both a ukulele and guitar, but he also enjoys knitting and riding his bike. Living close to the office allows Dalton to get in a bike ride right before coming to work, filling him with energy for the day ahead. Dalton works with our team to not only care for our clients but also to ensure their cases are where they need to be. “One of the best parts of what I do is I get to see everything that comes to us,” he says. “I get to work with the paralegals and everyone else and help them with our clients. It’s really interesting to see the wide variety of what we do for people.” He not only finds satisfaction in helping our clients but is also passionate about family law.

Dalton joined our team a year ago and has been a junior paralegal for eight months. Joining the law field wasn’t something he was actively seeking but found his passion after taking a paralegal course in school. This sparked his interest, and he soon found that he connected to family law the most. “I have some experience with family law,” Dalton explains. “My parents divorced when I was younger, and I lived in a blended family with a stepfather and brothers. When I hear about the stories from our clients, I can relate to what they’re going through a little bit. Being someone who can be a part of getting them through this and to a best outcome is definitely the most rewarding aspect of working with the Manely Firm and everything we do here.” Our team is so proud of how far Dalton has come and the work he puts into helping our clients. We hope this passion continues to grow as we move into the new year.

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O ptimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other . —B rian T racy

The Manely Fi rm Is Here to Help

Because of our over 30 years of family law experience and the demonstrated excellence of our attorneys and staff, we’re called upon to handle the most complex family law cases, which often includes appeals. Our firm has an enviable track record of being the only all family law firm to argue and win 9–0 before the U.S. Supreme Court. We have won many cases in many courts for the benefit of our clients, but this, in particular, was a significant win not only for our firm and, more importantly, our client, but also for every parent facing the prospect of losing standing in our U.S. courts if their child is taken out of our country. In Chafin v. Chafin , the United States Supreme Court agreed with our Founding Partner Michael Manely’s argument that rendering a Hague custody dispute moot when a child is taken out of the U.S. only serves as an incentive for a parent to snatch a child and escape abroad in order to avoid shared parenting with the U.S. parent. Now, U.S. parents are assured under the law established in Chafin v. Chafin that if their child is taken out of the U.S. to another country, their case may be heard in the U.S. In addition to winning in the U.S. Supreme Court, our team also frequently wins cases before the Appellate Courts of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Georgia’s Court of Appeals. We are one of only a handful of firms in Georgia that routinely handles appellate family law issues before the Georgia Appellate Courts. Our team tackles groundbreaking legal issues involved with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and same-sex family law. But we don’t stop there. In the international realm, in addition to child abduction issues under the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, we also handle complex divorce, property, and probate matters.

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Whatever issues we face, no matter what court we are in, our team gives our clients our all. We help deliver the better life our clients are seeking.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with their family law appeal, we are here for you and your loved ones. Reach out to a Manely Firm office near you to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys today. Our team is here for you.

I ngredients

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1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp gochujang sauce, or more if desired

2 tsp light brown sugar

1 tsp sesame oil

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3 cups cooked brown rice 1 small cucumber, sliced

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, plus more for topping

1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

2 scallions, thinly sliced

D irections


Pour sauce over the beef, then cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Divide rice evenly into four serving bowls. Top each with scant 2/3 cup beef, cucumber slices, sesame seeds, scallions, and gochujang, to taste.


In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, 2 tbsp water, brown sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Spray a deep, nonstick skillet with cooking oil and place over high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger to the meat and cook for 1 minute.





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The Great Banana Scramble of 1899

B ananas : T he F astest -T raveling F ruit Inside the Great Banana Scramble of 1899

Is any bowl of oatmeal complete without bananas? What about a hotel breakfast? Or three scoops of ice cream lined up in a row? Here in America, the answer is no. Bananas are as ubiquitous as they are quirky — but how did they get that way? UNITED FRUIT’S BANANA EMPIRE Once upon a time, there lived a man called the “Banana King.” Actually, it wasn’t once upon a time: It was 1890 in Limón, Costa Rica, and the man’s name was Minor Cooper Keith. Keith traveled to Central America to build railroads, but when he planted 800,000 acres of bananas to feed his workers, he ended up in the banana business, too. In 1899, he co-founded United Fruit.

WARP SPEED BANANAS Two secrets helped Keith’s bananas cross the 7,175 miles from Limón to Seattle in under seven days. The first was the railroad, which United Fruit operated. Railroad cars sped the bananas from their plantations to the Port of Limón. There, they were loaded onto the second secret: the first-ever refrigerated ships. Those ships steamed north, where their precious cargo was unloaded, stacked into yet more United Fruit railroad cars, and dispatched across the U.S. to Seattle at warp speed. This mad scramble of plantation workers, conductors, and captains brought us the plethora of bananas we have today. THE NEXT BANANA BATTLE

Back then, the U.S. market for bananas was in its infancy. Keith wanted to change that, but one huge obstacle stood in his way. THE PROBLEM OF PERISHABILITY

United Fruit is still pulling the levers of the banana machine today under the name Chiquita. But now the company is facing another hurdle. Our everyday banana — the

Cavendish — is under threat from a disease that could cause it to disappear from the breakfast table for good. To find out more about the banana crisis, head to and dive into Rob Dunn’s story “Humans Made the Banana Perfect — But Soon, It’ll Be Gone.”

Keith’s conundrum was this: How could he get his bananas to American breakfast tables before they went bad? He had to find a way to transport them from Costa Rica to U.S. supermarkets in less than seven days — with only early 1900s technology! To do it, United Fruit came up with something brand new.

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