It is what it is.

Our free society provides for equal access to trial by jury for every citizen of our country.  It's one of the ways we preserve individual freedoms and insure that a dictatorial, arbitrary form of government does not take over. Courts are anal about assembling juries that are as fair as possible.  Potential jurors are asked... Continue Reading →

We want to sit at the head table.

"You let people walk all over you."  A friend recounted how an advice-giver told him to "get a spine."  Seemed like good advice.  Being everyone's doormat is not a good thing. Although...  Power is funny because it doesn't always give what it promises to its possessor.   Power is good when a solitary individual powerfully... Continue Reading →

Wrestling Matches

Wrestling with God Began in my maturity When knees and hands all arthritic Beg me not to engage in such sport. As a young man it did not Occur to me that wrestling Was permitted against a foe like God Who could toss me around like a rag doll. But that was before My own son... Continue Reading →

Twelve Plus Two

A dreaded jury summons came with the bills and adverts for the Land's End sale.  Pangs of guilt also came because jury service should be an honor rather than a nuisance - a privilege of living in a democratic society. The badge number is sixteen-0-two.  From now on four digits are our names to preserve... Continue Reading →

Red Sky in the Morning

Shakespeare said it.  "Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds."  (From Venus and Adonis.) So did Jesus.  "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for... Continue Reading →

The Apprentice

Before a teacher left his village on a long trip he entrusted his two best apprentices with the responsibility of insuring that progress in education continued in the small community.  The village had rudimentary needs, and there was much work to be done in the teacher's absence. The first apprentice was meticulous in his lesson... Continue Reading →

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