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If you’re a regular reader of this newsletter, you probably already know that I got a pellet smoker this year. A good bit of my summer was spent experimenting with ribs, brisket, and other cuts of meat that lend themselves to a low-and-slow approach. Just because we’re entering the holiday season doesn’t mean I’m ready to give up those smoky flavors just yet. After the first snow of the year, my wife, Rochelle, will be making fun of me for shoveling a path straight to the smoker. I bring up the smoker yet again because, while we haven’t finalized our Thanksgiving plans just yet, smoked turkey will be on the menu no matter where we end up sitting down to break bread. Turkey, famously, is hard as heck to roast. By the time the dark meat reaches peak succulence, the breast has already dried out. There are all sorts of tricks to avoid this sad fate — basting, tin foil, stuffing, those little plastic things that pop out — but I’ve been told countless times that smoking the turkey solves the problem without the need for constant monitoring or gadgets you use one time per year. I’ll give it a trial run before the holiday itself, but I’m hoping it’s all it’s cracked up to be. At the very least, I’ll have fun giving it a go. Of course, Thanksgiving is as much about family and gratitude as it is about feasting and football games — especially in a year, like many, when the Lions will be out of contention well before November. A few weeks back, I was watching our AND THANKS ARE BETTER SHARED TURKEY TASTES BETTER SMOKED
kids participate in a fun run at their school when I felt an overflowing sense of thankfulness for my family. Madison, our youngest, was flying around the track with reckless abandon. As I watched, remembering the days when she was wobbling around our house, I welled up with emotion. It’s just unspeakably cool to see the kids grow up and to share these moments with them. In addition to the gratitude I have for my own family, I’m lucky to work in a profession where I have the chance to provide assistance and support to other families as well. There are no words to express how rewarding it is to help people plan for the future. Not many people have their dream jobs or work with amazing clients on a daily basis. I’m one of the lucky few, and I don’t take it for granted.
Speaking of those amazing clients, I need to take a moment to say thanks to everyone who helped make 2018’s Brighton Walk to End Alzheimer’s the most successful yet. As a firm, we set a goal to raise $11,000 — $1,000 more than we did in 2017. We ended up raising $12,500! In total, the Brighton walk raised $178,000 to fight Alzheimer’s and dementia, which is another all-time high. The fact that our community of clients, friends, and family was able to contribute to this cause to such a degree humbles me extremely. I am honored to work and live among such inspiring and giving folks. As you sit down with your family for Thanksgiving, whether you smoke your turkey or not, I hope you have plenty to be thankful for this year. I know that I do, and that, in and of itself, deserves an acknowledgement of gratitude.
“Of course, Thanksgiving is as much about family and gratitude as it is about feasting and football games — especially in a year, like many, when the Lions will be out of contention well before November.”
– Christopher J. Berry
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