Free Initial Consultation on Personal Injury Litigation, Give Me a Call!

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Free is always my favorite Word of the Day! What about you? Does free rank right up there for you? If you’re not aware, Zombie Burger makes excellent milk shakes, and what’s really special is on your birthday, your shake is free!  Image result for free

The chocolate wedding cake shake is my favorite although it’s really “only a chocolate shake” because Zombie’s wedding cake shake is actually made with a vanilla base.

But, I like to imagine it as a unique shake made by my only daughter (who works there) to help me celebrate my birthday, my wedding anniversary,  and my work anniversary all mixed together deliciously chocolately!Image result for free

Image result for chocolate milkshakeSpoil me, don’t spill me! 

Actually when you think about it, I’m a basic, simple customer considering how many different shakes are available in the shake lab!

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Image result for chocolate milkshakeYou and I, my Attorney Reader, can meet and I can offer you free initial consultation to discuss your litigated case and how I might help you help your client!

Free Initial Consultation on Personal Injury Litigation!

I may not foot the bill for your meal (let it be known we can equally share in the cost), but I will offer you a free steel straw to drink your shake! Trust me, any shake tastes better through a steel straw rather than plastic.  

If it’s not your birthday on the day we meet, I will buy you a shake of your choice! And during sips, we can talk about details, how you see my work as helpful, my bill rate, and other business policies and procedures pertinent to involving me on your client’s case. 

If you have questions on a case that have anything to do with work and disability, you need solid and detailed information to base your decisions. I am here to help you design questions and build your case.

Image result for jalapenos cartoonKeep in mind that when we meet (if at Zombie in the East Village), I may even try to motivate you to try my favorite sandwich with extra jalapeno just the way Arin knows I like it ordered!  And I can introduce you personally to the front hosts, a fine, upstanding couple! 

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Excuse me, I’m losing a bit of focus between thinking about eating ice cream and hot peppers with zombies, and I’m hungry! So at this point in my post, I want you to know I can also help your client by designing a life care plan.  

A plan helps determine lifetime needs and costs of care to address serious injury resulting in permanent disability while highlighting the medical recovery process, current problems and potential complications.

Life care planning that encompasses forensic vocational rehabilitation is a unique concept and I am able to provide this service.  As a certified life care planner, I guarantee I will comb through the healthcare and vocational complexities of your case,  prepare the most comprehensive plan I can for your client, and come prepared to educate a jury should it go to trial.  

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Contact me at 515-778-0634 or email me at    amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

 Let’s talk briefly and set up a time to meet!

I’ve uploaded an updated resume along with a sample plan, and brochures on my co-companies, Vocational Resources Plus and Life Care Planning Resources Plus, which you can access at the links on my website. Any questions are welcome!

By the way, Zombie Burgers’ knowledgeable staff  is used to working with various dietary preferences and restrictions, so let your voice be heard (comes naturally doesn’t it?!) when you require specific food and drink or you have interest in requesting something new!

I am a vegetarian; and I tend to order the same food and drink (boring I know) when I eat out at my restaurants! But that doesn’t mean I’m not a creative person!

Most importantly, always be sure to leave good servers a good $$$ tip $$$.  Word of the day: douceur   pronounced:  doo sur    a gratuity; tip. 

Here’s my counseling “tip” for the day:  Practice yoga at home, it’s free!  I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to helping you help your client (that’s why I’m here!). Thank you for reading my post!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Did You Know Rabbits are Perfectly Capable of Believing Everything at Once?

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I am fond of my office rabbit Mollie. She’s getting up there in her rabbit years and mostly likes to lounge around, eat, drink and poop, but still finds time to have fun! 

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Did you know that pet rabbits are affectionate, clever, trainable, well-groomed, mellow, quiet and low maintenance? Maybe you knew that.

Did you know that rabbits are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dusk and dawn? Maybe you didn’t know that.

Did you know that although a pet rabbit doesn’t like to be held or cuddled for very long, they do enjoy attention with scratches and treats! Maybe you knew that.

Did you know that rabbits are perfectly capable of believing everything at once? That’s what I want you to know! It’s proven by a binky! What’s a binky you ask?  Remember my Attorney Reader you thrive on answers!

No a binky is not a baby pacifier. It’s a super-happy flip that you’ll find to be one of the cutest things in the world as you watch this pet do this incredible dance!

Super epic alright! See, this rabbit believes everything at once! This is proof! 

I’ve never been able to capture Mollie doing a binky on video but have seen her binky in real-time in front of my eyes many times! It’s something I wish I could do! Here’s more information about rabbit communication I consider fascinating! 

My point for this blog is simple. If there’s truth that needs to be uncovered, let me help you help your litigated case.

Maybe the person can work, maybe the person cannot. Maybe the person has significant health care needs, maybe the person does not. Maybe the person can live independently, maybe the person cannot. Maybe the person can drive, maybe the person cannot. There can be a lot of maybes!

I’ll help you develop questions and ask questions about the person’s living situation for use during a deposition, direct examination and/or cross examination. I’ll dive in and perform indepth research that always includes a make sense test and a well written report if that’s what you need. I can also provide research to help your case without being designated.

Then I’ll ask for feedback to critique my work, think about my beliefs, and rule-out errors. Upon completion, whether it be a successful case resolution via a trial win or a sensible settlement, I want you to binky!  I also want you to know that I have thought about your case needs in many ways, shapes and forms, while remaining focused on the truths and being transparent with my findings and opinions.

The rabbit transparency sketch!

See how you can see what you believe you see through the eyes of clever rabbit! I want to help you convince others of what you see to be true. I’m here to help attorneys help their clients and I specialize in forensic rehabilitation!

Contact me at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com   or   515-778-0634 to discuss your case and how I can help! Again, I’m here to help attorneys help their clients. I look forward to hearing from you (or seeing you in person)! Thank you for reading my blog.

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

 

 

Patience, Persistence & Perseverance Dominate! Time for Spring!

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There’s not much growing in our back yard at this time but crocus which tells me it’s about time! Spring begins a new time in life with excitement for what will arise out of the soil!  In fact, time is the essence of all life and an honored resource.Crocus

Crocus, a perennial favorite!

I believe patience, persistence and perseverance are incredible qualities found in a person and in a beautiful flowering plant! All things produce when the time is right. Nothing can, could, will or should ever change this. It makes the most sense to follow Mother Nature’s lead and work with her rather than battle against her!

Back to my backyard where not much grows because of 2 main reasons, #1: our dog Bella the Aussie who loves the backyard and has many a good day carrying on in her canine best; and #2: the very large sugar maple tree with a huge trunk  covered in shaggy bark that supports many branches that tower into the sky!

Referred to as the Monster Tree!

Someday that part of the backyard will present itself in a better light! A professional limb trim helps, as does maintenance work and cleaning up in any home and yard (and business!) during seasonal changes throughout the year.   

I try not to grumble about picking up scattered mounds of dog poop and the thousands of sticks, branches and pieces of bark. Thank you oh monster tree for your beauty, shade, and for housing the squirrels, birds and other wild things! 

A harbinger I love to note is my first Robin sighting of the year! 

It’s impossible for me to embrace progress without patience, persistence and perseverance. I’m encouraged to find purpose in almost everything I do and strive to keep on keeping on until it all makes senseImage result for crocusI’m able to find comfort in what I’m doing now and can find that the powers-that-be will grace me with accomplishment in the future. What matters to me most is finding happiness and success in everyday life with even the most simple things! My mind is made up that way!

success If you’re going on a road trip this Spring, feel free to take this map along!

Success is found after driving safely through Patience, Hard Work & Perseverance. Hopefully you didn’t veer off Dreamer’s road and got lost; or end up in Pain because I hear it’s a bumpy trip!

Contact me to discuss how together we can help your client uncover the road that leads to a successful litigation outcome.  Keep in mind even detours can lead to places you may not have ever traveled. 

I hope you, my attorney reader, will contact me if I can help you on a legal case involving work and disability. I completely understand each case requires patience, persistence and perseverance. 

May we all experience Patience, Persistence & Perseverance through this pandemic and beyond. Stay healthy and thank you for reading! Contact me at 515-778-0634 or  amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com to discuss your case.

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

 

Des Moines, I am Proud to Be a Resident! Our City Loves Rehab as Much as I Do!

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As a rehabber, it’s my natural tendency to want to change things to function better or differently than from before! Of course, my focus is rehabbing people, but you could ask anyone around me and know that I also rehab myself!, plants, animals, used items, and just about anything else that engages my rehabber instincts!

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I love to see improvements within people and within existing places. I get a thrill from seeing enhancements, more functioning, beauty and lovely spaces and places to visit! Simply put: a high standard quality of life is good for all.

I’ve been a DesMoinesian since the mid-1980s and have witnessed our town improve greatly! Have you visited the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden recently? While touring the “new” outdoor area, I kept repeating “wow” over and over.  The pathways and waterfall are  spectacular!

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I’m happy the rainbow sculpture didn’t go far!

I’ve always had a fascination with along the rivers and the Capitol area…and downtown too!!

Luckily, I often see our beautiful Capitol building ~ 

 Built 1871-1886        

The city of Des Moines is really cool which is incredible considering our town was stalled for awhile. I’m proud to be a resident and am excited to be a part of where we all are going!  Even Cowles Commons, formerly Nollen Plaza has been rehabbed! My motto  “use what you got!”  must be aligned with the City! 

“Crusoe Umbrella” It was also a good beer holder!

My brother Steven and I loved going to Seniom Sed in the 80s. I’m also  fond of Gray’s Lake and recall how it was so many years ago, pretty hidden and not nearly as impressive as it is now.  Gray's Lake BridgeHacky Sack Anyone

My brother loved to play hacky sack with his buddies in the grassy area near the north entrance. Steven’s plaque is on the southeast  end of the bridge. In Memory of Steven J Prochnow Hacky Sack Any1?

Des Moines continues rehabbing our downtown and East Village in an incredibly tasteful fashion! Our outdated buildings are turned into new beauties. We are seeing lofts going up in warehouses, the new YMCA, and what will be of the Younkers building? I used to work there as a clerical temp in the marketing department in the 80s!

Have you been inside Central Campus, the DMPS building which undergoes rehabilitation as well? Of course, our libraries have seen great improvements, and the sculpture garden is worth a visit! I could go on bragging about how Des Moines loves rehabilitation and so do I!  

My brother Steven was an avid skateboarder. He would be thrilled about the plans for a skate park along the river, along with a sculpture that is proposed for skaters to actually use! It’s size is going to WOW us!

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I’m here in Des Moines, Iowa, yet can work on a case across the country! Please contact me for help on a litigated case involving work and disability. As a rehabber, you’ll find I focus on quality of life and will instinctually put my best effort forward!

P.S. As the city transforms, I can happily add to this evergreen post. 

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

Lifting at Work and the Power of an Ant! Need a Job Analysis?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn the past I’ve blogged about when my father managed a Culligan Soft Water branch. I remember watching the workers (like Gary and Big John!) move the 150# water softener tanks from the regeneration area onto the big trucks for the next step which is to drive to their customers’ locations.

Growing up, we (my brother Steven & I along with other friends, too) played human games on the shop dollies! Not something dad would’ve approved of!

I remember watching dad’s workers unload the tanks and bags of salt off the truck, maneuver the tanks onto a dolly, then push or pull the load to the customer’s house. They then donned a heavy strap across their bodies, and carried the tanks down a flight of steps into a basement. I was enthralled with that process!

These work tasks took strength and intelligence in how to best carry and maneuver a large and heavy object. The worker would then take the tanks that needed to be returned to the shop for regeneration back up the steps.

Then the bags of salt would follow, being carried down the steps and into the basement to be emptied into the tanks. Then back up and to the truck, and after securing all items, the drive was on to the next stop for the route drivers. The process was repeated throughout the day.

Nowadays the tanks and the bags of salt are about ½ the weight, which leads me to my topic for this blog – lifting…at work. 

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I study the topic of lifting at work!

I’m not very big, nor very tall, and I really don’t know how much I can lift safely because all lifts involve time, place, setting and purpose!

Yes, being a petite person ~ I’m a bit more than 5’2″ with small wrists, I’ve learned many different ways to get want I want or need without heed to any physical challenge. I also exercise regularly and if I realize the object to lift is too heavy, I either get help or get smart!

I can improvise to get something off a high shelf (use a yard stick). I can figure out how to move something that weighs twice my weight (eg: a filled bookcase) with the use of furniture sliders. I can break any heavy item apart to make it lighter! Any person can lift objects and loads that are heavy using mostly brain power and not brawn power!

Brain over Brawn!

I’ve been trained how to perform a job analysis prior to preparing a job description; and have reviewed and critiqued many a job description. Here are my educated thoughts about a job description that lists the physical demands [of a job] requiring a worker to lift up to X amount of pounds.

When I am helping a job seeker who has a lifting limitation, say of 25 pounds, there are considerations to assess prior to including a job that may call for lifting more than, say 20 pounds.

Did you know ants can lift 20 times their own body weight?

The following considerations may be taken into account when assessing whether or not a person can safely lift at work or at home, or just about anywhere one’s body happens to be:

  • the size and strength of the worker
  • the load – what actually needs to be lifted and why? (to me, this is the most important question!)
  • the weight of the object or load to be handled
  • the muscle force applied by the worker to do physical lifting
  • the postures adopted to lift the object
  • the workplace environment and conditions, for example, slippery floors, walking up steps, restricted space to work in, lighting and the ability to get a good grip on the object
  • the amount of time spent doing the lifting, or the number of repetitions of an action each day
  • what accommodations are in place or could be in place to allow the job to be performed efficiently and safely?
  • the workplace layout – the amount of moving of the objects required
  • what equipment is available, or could be used, to help move the load?
  • is safe lifting training offered?

It’s very important to specifically address what needs to be moved, where it is to be moved, and why!; and then be smart about the lifting process. Think about how any heavy or awkward lifting can be accomplished in a smarter manner. The load and the lifter will benefit. 

Think about the load!

Let me know what I could do to help you with return to work issues, especially if a job analysis would prove useful.  I can help you help your client in many ways!

Contact me at 515-778-0634 or email amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com   

Thank you for reading!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Happy 56th Birthday Randy! Get on Your Bike and Ride!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHappy 56th Birthday to my husband Randy!

September 29 is also Randy’s mother’s birthday. Marylin would’ve turned 76 today. She’s been in heaven for 20 years now. How many women have babies on their birthdays? Pretty cool, huh! I’m curious of the odds.

The lines from from the Beatles Birthday Song from the White Album ring true with mother and son!

You say it’s your birthday,
It’s my birthday too, yeah;
They say it’s your birthday,
We’re gonna have a good time;
I’m glad it’s your birthday,
Happy birthday to you.

Yes, we’re goin’ to a party, party.
Yes, we’re goin’ to a party, party,
Yes, we’re goin’ to a party, party.

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 56 years ago the stork delivered boy Botkin to Marylin & Jim

Randy’s mother, Marylin was one great lady. We love and miss her dearly (and her husband Jim too…also “up there in heaven”.)

When Randy was a teenager growing up in Saylorville Township, his mom worked 8:00 PM-4:00 AM as a data processor for Banker’s Trust downtown Des Moines. When Marylin arrived back home from her shift (yes, 4:00 in the morning!), she’d wake Randy up so he could get going on his paper route (Des Moines Register & Tribune).

Randy and my dad – who had a rural paper route, his method was by truck delivering the papers to customers who lived in the country, while Randy rode his bicycle and walked to delivery in his own neighborhood – have their exciting paper route stories!

Randy tells me he delivered (and yes, from time to time, we have to relive the days by traveling his route, he being the tour guide), the daily paper to ~56 homes each morning before school. He had to finish delivering and arrive back home so he could get on the bus on time to get to school. To this day, Randy is an early riser, and brags he doesn’t use an alarm clock. This is true.

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 Read All About It!

Randy recalls how most of his customers requested the newspaper to be placed inside the door as opposed to the typical throw it and hope it ends near the door method, which actually made his route longer, but he complied with their wishes!

He remembers getting tips. And he remembers when it was really, really cold…read early mornings in Iowa…brrrrr, makes me shiver just thinking about it. I would not have made it long as a paper boy.

Although you are no longer a paper boy Mr. Botkin, I know those days were valuable to develop your work ethic. In early 2013 I wrote several blogs about Randy and his work ethic!

Okay, now get on your bike and ride Mr. B!Biking BoyRandy uses pedal power most days during the week to ride to school. 

Trivia: The scales of justice is the symbol for Libra (Randy’s one), and is the only zodiac sign that is not represented by animal or human.

Zodiac Birthday Card for Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22) | Birthday & Greeting Cards by Davia

Did you know that my attorney reader? Let me know if you did. And also let me know how I can help you help your client with a case involving work and disability. I’m here to help! Contact me at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

I hope your work week is great. Thank you for reading.

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce

Dam! Need Help on a Case? I’ll Search Until I Find It!

Reading Time: 5 minutesSome days do you feel weird because part of your daily routine has changed? It happens quite regularly with me. Yes both, feeling weird and not having a typical day!

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Time that follows after finishing work on an in-depth legal case can feel unusual. How about the time after you’ve completed a project or a presentation that you spent hours on, or when you complete a long-term educational goal…and the homework is done?! You know what I’m referring to. You feel different!  And kinda weird, which is okay. In fact it’s great!

After I’ve served as an expert, I can relax and think upon the experience and what I learned about myself and my role in the process. I consider how I did good and how I could do better.

My work opens up experiences where I continuously learn about my work!

My work as an “expert” requires me to research and study the subject matter at hand. So, I make my own homework all the time and seem to like it! Am I or am I not an unusual person? I absolutely love to study and analyze information!

And like my brother Steven enjoyed, I too like to come up with theories and see if I can prove or disprove them to myself. Some of Steve’s theories however, defied gravity, like his skateboard stunts, and his water skiing stunts, I still don’t know how he could fly!

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The meaning is:  Crown, wreath

I looked up “Steven and dare devil” and found out that on August 18th 1985, a Rhode Island bartender named  Steven Trotter made the trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel wrapped in inner tubes. Mr. Trotter was fined a total of $5,503. Then, he did it again.  On June 18th 1995, Steven returned to the Falls and made it another success.

Niagara Falls Facts for Kids

This time he and a female partner (a caterer) made the big drop together. That is all fine and good for them, but what about the rescuers? Somebody had to help get them out of “hot” water. Oh my! I remember as a child visiting Niagara Falls (height of 167 feet!!)  many moons ago with the family. My brother Steven loved it! I would love to visit again.

But instead I only need to travel a short distance to the pedestrian bridge over the Des Moines River. I love to stop on the south side of the Women of Achievement Bridge and gaze down at the beautiful falls from the Center Street dam…the dam height is 15 feet! I love the dam in Iowa Falls too which has a height of 26 feet! Or course the Saylorville dam is fun to visit too, especially when it’s flowing full force and you get splashed! Dams are gorgeous yet dangerous! Dam! 

BudHere’s to you bro! 

I always have a sip or two on July 17th which is my brother’s birth date at a favorite local cemetery and let Randy drink the rest! (Budweiser is not my brand of beer).

Think about “daredevils” and what their personality and temperament are like. Okay, someone similar to my brother! Someone who takes risks, not silly or reckless dares, but a good slightly risky risk. Are you a person who accepts dares? how about risks? Think about your job and your role at work. Think about how I can help you with a legal case. Okay, go ahead and think about drinking a beer!

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And make it a Big Beer!

Law involves uncertainties and risks that cannot be quantified. Some cases may be “risky” because of their sheer complexity or because the subject matter cannot be reasonably measured. I recognize that when I’m called upon to help on a legal case everyone has a role in the process. From me you will receive a report that is clear, truthful and comprehensive.

Here’s a little story about me:

I once searched for a solid week for a black pearl that fell out a ring from my finger. It happened one morning as I was leaving my apartment going to work (for the State). The heavy door grazed my hand as it was closing, caught my ring and the pearl fell out. It fell through the deck slats and landed somewhere in a huge mess of leaves, etc. below. I looked briefly yet had to get to work on time. Upon returning home I looked for the pearl. I looked every time I left the apartment to go to work or go where I needed to go. I was determined to find it!

Image result for pearl black and white ring cartoonWhat an incredible ring!

Until there ya go! 7 days later, I found it!  I am one persistent person when it comes to finding something I absolutely know is there! And that includes something so small as a black pearl! And something so important as facts related to your case.

If there is part of your job that is somewhat risky, convince your brain that you are not scared of said dare or risk, and how proud you will be of your accomplishment. Consider all outcomes, and don’t forget others who are or could become involved. Then gather the courage and just do it! Don’t stop until you are done. Feel the exhilaration! This is similar to serving as an expert witness!

Skydiver

 Be safe, especially if you have a dangerous job (or hobby)

What will I study next? How to sky dive?  I would love to! And I’ve thought about it…hummm, maybe in Brooklyn! Actually I want to get into art. Not that I’m good at drawing or painting. I just like to study and learn new techniques. Not that risky huh! Stay tuned! 

Contact me at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com for help on a litigated case involving work and disability.  Thank you for reading!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

My Brother Lived in Florida and Worked in Canada! Need to Highlight Your Client’s Vocational History?

Reading Time: 4 minutesBack when I wrote the I Changed My Mind post, I started to blog about my brother Steven John Patrick Henry Murphy Fred George John Prochnow.  Okay, aka Steven, Steve or even SJP. My brother Steve loved the 4th of July.  He sure loved the holiday activities and the fireworks!

Water skiing was one of Steven’s favorite summer-time activities!

Steven was a member of the Iowa Falls Ski Club for many summers.  I was too for a time!  The team practiced and showed off in front of people driving along the river bend, or walking across swinging bridge, or boating, or hanging out at Foster Park.  Along the Iowa River you never know who you’ll see!

The big ski show is on the 4th during the annual River Bend Rally Celebration.  For the show one year, Steve dressed up as a clown (over swim trunks), hit the ramp, and sailed through a ring of fire! The crowd roared!

Steven was into extreme sports. A daredevil to the bone.

Iowa Falls is nestled on the borders of the beautiful Iowa River in north central Iowa. The river, the cliffs, and the parks along the river have given Iowa Falls the well-deserved nickname, “The Scenic City.”

It’s fun to re-explore “The Scenic City”.  A few years back, old high school friends partied together for our class reunion.  Isn’t it interesting how some people just never change? Isn’t it interesting to learn about your high school friends careers? Isn’t it sad to learn when one dies?

The 4th of July was Steve’s favorite holiday

On July 17 of this year, 2020, Steven would’ve turned 58.  I wonder how he would’ve changed? I believe he’d still be happily married to Shereen, and a father to several children and a variety of pets

He’d still be riding his motorcycle and enjoying the sun. He’d still be working at Disney World.  He’d still be the wild and crazy daredevil loving man.  But that’s not reality as he died in a motorcycle accident late at night on October 24, 1998.

July’s birthstone is the ruby, which calls to mind thoughts of love and passion.

I miss him tremendously.  He started his career at Disney World outside wearing a tee shirt and shorts in Epcot’s World Showcase. His land was Canada.  I love this relaxing and scenic area of Disney World, centered around a reflective lagoon. There are eleven countries represented in unique cultural fashion, and the food!

Steve would brag and say “I live in Florida and work in Canada.”

He later landed an executive job where he wore a dress shirt, pants and a tie (often with Mickey on it…and he’s buried in a Mickey Mouse tie) to the office every day.  

I am so proud of how he progressed at Disney World.  Before he died, he was working in career training and development.  I remember my last telephone conversation with him where he was telling me about his work and his job was to help fellow employees of Disney progress in their careers!

Amy & Eeoyre! I felt so special!

Here I am at Disney World when in December of 1997, I flew down to Fort Lauderdale for a work-related training when I started my employment with Interim Personnel the year before he died.

It was always great to go to Disney for free because  he (and his wife Shereen) both worked there! We never even had to wait in a line, and could get in through the employee entrance gates. In this photo, I’m wearing my brother’s Mickey Mouse coat and his Mickey Mouse Santa hat (which I still have) and posing with my good friend Eeoyre

Maybe more on SJP in a future post. Love you bro! Hello my attorney reader! I can help you with a case that will benefit by highlighting your client’s vocational history!  Thanks for reading and thinking of me. Why wait to place me into action?

Contact me, my attorney reader, at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com and let me share my writing talents and my consulting expertise with you! Thank you for reading my post.

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

 

 

Blending Art and Science…to Help Litigated Cases! I Can Help You Help Your Clients!

Reading Time: 5 minutesI’m intrigued about the “difference” between art and science. It’s easy to say art is subjective while science is objective. Fundamentally, art expresses knowledge, while science is the system of acquiring knowledge. Yet in many ways art and science are actually connected and related to each other.

Amy & Randy July 17, 2011

Kinda like a couple with waaay cheap sunglasses! 

Randy and I have more differences than similarities. Or do we? Let’s look at a few basic facts:

We often prod each other of our differences. I prefer pepper, while he does salt. Me ketchup, he mustard. He likes corn, me peas. I love apples, he prefers oranges. He likes vanilla ice cream, me chocolate. Hot peppers *me! versus no way to hot peppers *he! I really could go on and on about our taste differences! By the way, I’m a vegetarian! Not Randy the meat eater!

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But what about our important similarities (that have nothing to do with food)!

Our similarities matter the most. Like how we: Approach life. Share our faith. Explore our world together. Use our resources. Create options. Solve problems. Work hard. Lovingly care for our 3 young adult children. Spoil the pets.  There we meet; well we try hard to meet! 

Keep in mind Randy is much more serious than I am. The better descriptor for him is probably straight-laced (kinda), not one to bend (that many) rules, and he likes to go by the book (mostly).  He prefers to follow instructions, a map, or a detailed plan (he designs power points before we go on a road trip)! And me, well I make my mind up where to go when the time is right for me! But I don’t get lost!

Randy is a teacher with a bachelor degree in Art ~ a BA and he has a ME  ~ Master in Education. I am a counselor with a bachelor degree in Science ~ BS, and my MS is again in Science. But wait!! When it comes to teaching or counseling, what really is the difference between art and science when expressing knowledge in real life?

I would say the main difference between art and science is that art is more focused on the perception of the world through the eyes of a particular individual. Art involves an emotional response, and can be based on personal experience, opinions, preferences, and individual perceptions. Look at a painting and we all see something different!

Art elicits an emotional response while science doesn’t (at least for most people I know)!

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Do You Like This Print?

Science, on the other hand, is regimented and systemic with rules, procedures, and policies to follow. When people perform scientific investigations, the purpose or goal is to find an answer to something in a very planned out and specific way using the scientific method. Easier said than done, and requires planning with purpose and planning with options.

Image result for beauty in the eye“Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”

Look at a cell under a microscope and you are supposed to see the exact same thing (assuming you know what you’re looking at) as the next microscope user. BTW, I never could really “see” what my microbiology partner at ISU saw, but I did get excited (an emotion!!) when he said I was close!

I found other ways to look at the topic of blending art and science:

Image result for curveballBaseball pitchers use the science of physics when throwing a curve ball, but actually throwing a good curve is an art form.

Or perhaps medicine is an easier example.  Medical practice is both an art and a science.  The two cannot be separated without destabilizing the system. Do you want physical treatment without discussing what your psychological needs are?

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A couple lives on the art of marriage AND the science of marriage. And a rehabber relies on the art and science of rehabilitation! There is a balance, although it certainly can tip often.

The balance is found in creating the work of art marriage / or the work of art rehabilitation is supposed to be, in a natural sense. It involves digging your heels in and applying the science of either of these (marriage/rehabilitation) when times get rough.

Keep in mind, I’m not a marriage counselor, I’m a rehabilitation counselor! And also keep in mind, I’ve been married for close to 30 years. In August of 2020 we’ll be a-celebrating!

So applying a sense of balance to my own work activities using art and science  to help you help your case sure makes sense to me!  My reports will not parse other’s reports, use wild statistics, or make blanket statements based on literature with no direct relationship to the individual’s  health condition and/or future work.

In my reports, I will make sense of what I believe to be the best options for your case and focus on connecting the results of my research to support my helpful recommendations and conclusion. This is blending art and science in a meaningful way. This is helping you help your client. This is why I do my work.

I appreciate the sound of blending art and science!  

I can help you with your case involving work and disability, the employment aspects of a divorcing couple, or a case involving the need for life care planning

Additionally, let me know how I could help you with a case with conflicting opinions! There’s always a way to blend the best and come to the truth.

Give me a call at 515-778-0634 or email me at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com to discuss your case. Thank you for reading! 

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ~ Thank Our City Workers!

Reading Time: 3 minutesA few years back, Des Moines Public Schools had planned to use Martin Luther King, Jr day as a snow make up day, but it was overturned by the school board based on good speaking and listening skills of many people. However since then, this Monday is not in session, not even virtually on this MLK Day 2021.

MLKDr. King  would be proud of the process involving our community and his holiday!

I also think he would appreciate students being in the classroom on the 3rd Monday in January learning and growing!  (What would students think of virtually learning back in the early 1960s??!!) The doctor obviously had a passion for education, as did his wife Coretta, and knew how important learning is at every age. I totally agree! Dr. King’s teachings continue to evolve throughout communities across our country. 

At the end of July of 2019, my husband and I visited the Martin Luther King National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. We found it to be a special place filled with thoughtful, soulful and educational experiences. 

You may know that on the evening before he was assassinated, Dr. King was preparing to lead a protest march to help support striking sanitation workers.  Dr. King was hard at work doing his job to help others do their hard jobs.

Green garbage truckThankfully, every Tuesday morning the garbage in my hood gets picked up!

Thank you to the city sanitation workers and thank you to the city street sweepers. I appreciate your work. Des Moines is a beautiful city filled with people who care about our community and I’m proud to live here.

Street sweeperI hear the sweeper on my street quite a few times throughout the year and rush to watch it pass by my house!

Thank you Dr. King for your call to service helping working people across the nation. I’m particularly fond of this quote:  

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” ~ by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Be the best you can be at what you do as an attorney. Let me know if you’d like my help to help you help your client on a case involving work and disability! I’ll strive to be of valued service to your case. Contact me at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com  to learn more about each other and our work for others!

Thank you for reading my post and please be cognizant of what you throw away!

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.