Free Advice (You Get What You Pay For)

Many times, professionalism precludes me from honestly answering some of the questions that are asked of me in my line of work. ¬†However, behind the safety of my laptop, I am emboldened. ¬†Plus, I feel it is a public service to attorneys and clients alike ūüėČ So, we’ll do this as a list. There is…

A Thousand Tiny Reasons

As an attorney who practices family law, people frequently ask me if I can predict which relationships will succeed and which will fail. ¬†The answer, of course, is no. ¬†Relationships fail when one party reaches the limit to what he or she can personally tolerate. ¬†Once the balance tips in the direction of failure, only…

You Vote With Your Feet

pri¬∑or¬∑i¬∑ty A priority is something that is given special attention. ¬†It can also be defined as the¬†right¬†to¬†precede¬†others¬†in¬†order,¬†rank,¬†privilege,¬†etc., something that takes precedence. We are defined by the choices we make. ¬†Our priorities determine the quality of our personal relationships, our professional integrity, our character itself. ¬†At journey’s end, it is all that we are. This holds…

Memories from the Griddle

Domestic violence. ¬†Infidelity. ¬†Sexually transmitted diseases. Transexual hookers. ¬†Substance abuse. Every other weekend. Exploitation. ¬†Financial ruin. Betrayal, betrayal, betrayal. ¬†Broken trust. ¬†Broken homes. ¬†Broken dreams. ¬†These are the ingredients of my Monday through Friday and they often spill into Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I got up early and made buttermilk pancakes and organic bacon…

Rites of Passage: My New Driver

My daughter, Ariel, ¬†got her driver’s license yesterday. ¬†It was a momentous occasion. I am not sure if it was a greater rite of passage for her or for me. ¬†She is busy applying for jobs and trying to back me into a ¬†new schedule in which I will be permitted only limited use of…