The Simple Life

Despite the season, I’m in a “spring cleaning” sort of mood, though my idea of spring cleaning is probably not typical. When I “spring clean,” I don’t wax floors and scrub baseboards; I purge. I throw things out or away. I simplify. Or, at least, I try to simplify. For instance, now that I’m working […]

Sweet Justice

So have you heard the story of the Pennsylvania pervert who whined about his oober-lenient child porn sentence? Isn’t there something that makes justice sweeter when the smoking gun comes from the wrongdoer’s own hand? Back in 2005, Richard Balsavage was sentenced to a mere 9 to 23 months in jail in Berks County, Pa. […]

What Teaches Us

“Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences, yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another.”–Mary Katherine Bateson, author of Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery, as quoted by Buck Lewis in President’s Perspective: What’s So […]

A Noble Profession

“[T]he legal profession renders its practitioners acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defense, full of resources. No other profession is more closely connected with actual life than the law. It concerns the highest of all temporal interests of man–property, reputation, the peace of all families, the arbitrations and peace of nations, liberty, life […]