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The [Big Bad] Bar Exam

My keen organizational skills (sniff sniff…can you smell the sarcasm?) have been the subject of more than one post already. Here, let me explain how I attempt to organize my own thoughts…my attempt at compartmentalization. You see, as I think about what I’ll be doing over the next couple of days I understand more and …

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 …

Scatterbrained Multitasker

I’m scatterbrained. This is one of those brutally honest truths you can say about yourself while reserving the right to be thoroughly offended should any one else dare to say the same about you. But, seriously, there’s no better way to put it. Most of the time I try to spin it more positively, using …

A Valentine History

When I picked up The Girl and Boy Genius from school on Friday, they were both hyped up on sugar from candy and other treats at their respective class Valentine parties. So, their mouths were running faster than their average speed of a mile a minute…. Boy Genius, who I am convinced has the memory …

How Touching…

Sometimes I still act 12. I just heard the DJ on the radio say “sometimes it touches us in places we don’t want to be touched,” and I giggled. Now, he was being completely serious, though I suspect he wasn’t entirely satisfied with his word choice after the fact. Describing the station’s upcoming benefit for …

Child Prodigy

Adora Svitak was on Fox & Friends yesterday morning. She’s 11 years old and has accomplished some amazing feats for any age. She has published 2 books, regularly teaches adults about (among other things) how to best teach children, and frequently tours the world to visit schools and share her love of learning. You can …

That’ll Leave a Mark

Last Friday night was pretty awful (though in the grand scheme of things, not really). Pepa was here for a visit so, of course, we were eating out for dinner. We had an errand or two to run first, and it apparently takes an hour from the time we decide we’re leaving home to the …

Life’s Little Underbelly

Let me tell you about the last week or so of my wonderful life. Now, I’ll start with the following disclaimer before I get on a whine box: I am very thankful for all the ways in which God has blessed and continues to bless me. The Spirit of the Almighty can overwhelm, relieving you …

My Life Verse

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7