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Running the Six Minute Mile.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:41:24 +0000

No. 1,424 A lot of lawyers still bill time in 6 minute increments.  The idea behind this practice is appealing but wrong. Since there are 60 minutes in an hour, the six minute unit just happened to be a tenth of an hour or .1.  At the end of the day, you could add up […]

What if all the world was against you except one person? Who would you want that person to be?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:33:44 +0000

I heard some criticism that his court-appointed public defender hugged him on the shoulder at the moment they walked into the arraignment and the full force of what was happening must have washed over him like a tidal wave.  In that moment, she told him that she was on his side.

Why does anyone choose to live in a flood zone?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:07:05 +0000

There are many places, near rivers and streams where floods occur regularly, even though the properties are not in official flood zones.

Growing the Culture of Winning.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:11:25 +0000

No. 1,421 Pirate third baseman David Freese arrived at spring training and gave a candid answer to the question of the hour. What’s wrong with the Pirates?  He is quoted extensively this morning in the Post Gazette.  Here’s some of it: “My opinion is I don’t think we lost 87 games because [Starling] Marte wasn’t […]

Unfair Trade Practices Consumer Protection Law Can Be a Game Changer.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:49:50 +0000

It is a good idea to consult a lawyer about the applicability of such a consumer protection statute to your case.  There are some complexities that may need to be addressed and the defendant may have certain defenses that can turn the case around. Using such a provision effectively requires knowledge and experience.

Old Movies, Old Books and Changing Times

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:05:02 +0000

No. 1,419 We watched my all-time favorite sappy love story movie for Valentine’s Day last night,a 1999 classic, the “Love Letter.”  It is a light-hearted comedy about complications that befall the owner of a bookstore in a beach resort when she finds a love letter which she, erroneously it turns out, thought was written to […]

Contemplating Ashes to Ashes on Valentines Day.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:45:11 +0000

No. 1,418 This is not a homily, but only an unoriginal thought. Ash Wednesday rarely falls on Valentines Day, but it does today. Hopefully, the people we care about most are still with us.  If so, we are lucky. And while we still can, we need to tell those important people how much we love […]

“Resulting” — How We Think Good Decisions Were Bad and Vice Versa.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:44:49 +0000

No. 1,417 When our team wins, how often do we admit it was luck?  Almost never. But we are guilty of thinking that a decision is good or bad, depending upon the outcome.  That phenomenon is called resulting. Professional Poker Player Annie Duke has developed a social science approach to decision-making.  She points out that […]

Being the top lobster, start by standing up straight.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:36:30 +0000

No. 1,416 A fascinating new book by Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian psychologist, combines ancient truth with modern science. “Twelve Rules for Life” subtitled “An Antidote for Chaos” is an illuminating, but sometime disturbing read.  Actually, I’m listening to the book, read by the author, on Audible. I also recommend a You Tube presentation of […]

Is it dumb-smart or smart-dumb?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:08:44 +0000

No. 1,415 I could link the story from the Post Gazette very easily, but I won’t.  It seems that a new City Magistrate (who incidentally is a lawyer) had a rough day last week.  He tried to handle 70 cases at City Court and ran way over on time.  Somebody called Judge Manning, who sent […]