At the end of each of my four years of undergraduate studies the President of school would encourage the whole student body to read at least five books over the summer. Apparently lifelong learning is important for one’s personal growth (who knew?). This summer while I have done a lot of reading, I would like to share a potpourri of things I’ve learned professionally and personally.

First, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), Memorial Day kicks off what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for young drivers. Fatal crashes go up at least 16% nationally over summer days primarily due to drinking, texting and more drivers with more time.

Second, if someone needs a paternity test you can go to Job and Family Services or file a suit, which will take longer, in the juvenile, probate or common pleas court depending on your facts (this was learned for professional purposes, not personal of course).

Third, apparently if you are elderly and cut the toes out of your new orthopedic walking shoes because they don’t fit, the company will not take them for return or exchange (I knew this but my friend did not).

Fourth, some frogs slip right through the holes of your kids’ nets if the frog is too small.

Fifth, Greenfield Village in Detroit, Michigan is really impressive.

Sixth, the Psalms in the Bible are quite encouraging and challenging.

Seventh, kids are resilient creatures.

Finally, it is a good idea to organize your important legal documents and provide a plan for key people to access those documents. This avoids a lot of headaches.