2016 has marked the death of many people, famous and otherwise. My former Law Professor, client, and great friend, Mickey Smiley, was one of them. He was one of the longest living cancer survivors in history, and I never saw him without a smile and a laugh. He taught me Torts and International Law, and became a mentor and confidant over the years. If you are going to be near Stetson College of Law in mid January, please consider attending his Memorial service.
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Android Apps on Google Play. This 1965 full length TV feature is now available as an interactive Ebook on mobile devices. It is my first Christmas gift for SWMBO; but, I confess that I bought it for myself as well. Charles Schulz was a comic genius, and the triumph of the Christmas spirit over modern man style holiday depression speaks as much to adults as it does to children. The universal themes it explores can be instructive and inspirational to each of us. Some Christmas themes are timeless. This is one of them.
I hate New Year's Resolutions. First, why do we have to wait until a new year to remind ourselves of our weaknesses and failures? Shouldn't we be pushing ourselves to improve every day? Or not? Why not spend exactly one minute each morning making a Resolution for the day, and then forgetting we ever did it? Isn't is tough enough just to get through each day without worrying about whether we are meeting some self listed goal? I have a modest proposal. Never make another Resolution again. Just live each day as though it will be our last; secure in the knowledge that one day it will be. We should be having fun, not filling our lives with negative energy. Now, I am not saying that we should be doing unhealthy things, like eating our way through every Menu. But, I, for myself, don't want to be on the gurney for my last visit to the hospital wishing I had spent some part of that day having fun. Now, please don't get hurt feelings when I don't read your posts about New Year's Resolutions. Just don't remind me of all of the improvements I need to make next year. I have enough problems already. Happy New Year. Really.
Thanksgiving Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving? First, I hope you are having a happy Thanksgiving Day. In fact, every day should be Thanksgiving, shouldn't it? Happiness is all about being grateful for what we have; not about going out and searching for what we don't have. The freedom to choose, whether to work or not, whether to shop or not, what to eat, with whom to share the day; all of these freedoms are to be thankful for. Let's start another tradition here at FutureLawyer. Comment on what you are thankful for today. It doesn't have to be all inclusive. I, for example, am thankful for my immediate family, my extended family, and all of the persons with whom I have contact each day. I am most thankful for a loving wife, and beautiful kids, and for my health. Look around. No matter your circumstances, there is something to be thankful for. If you are alone, may you be comforted. If you are sick, may you get better. If you are unemployed, know that you are being prayed for. Be thankful for what you have, and get out there and pay it forward. I am going to do some shopping tomorrow; not only because I enjoy it, but because the money I spend helps to create jobs for others, who use that money to live. This is my prayer for this Thanksgiving Day.
This post has become a Thanksgiving tradition. I am posting it a couple of days early this year. I am thankful to have another year to post it. But, I am not taking any chances. So, here it is:
The First Thanksgiving
I first wrote this post a couple of years ago, and it has come to be a Thanksgiving Tradition. So, here it is again. Happy Thanksgiving.
Link: The First Thanksgiving.
10. Conducting a trial on a small wooden ship would be difficult.
9. The Seamen's Union would go on strike, and refuse to offload passengers and freight until their lawyers conducted settlement negotiations.
8. It would have taken years to get zoning approval for the houses the Pilgrims wanted to live in.
7. Where would all of the secretaries and paralegals have slept?
6. Contract negotiations with the Indians would have delayed the food delivery by months.
5. Litigation over the failure to pay a minimum wage to the food preparation staff would have resulted in a strike, and nobody would get to eat.
4. A lawsuit over the despoliation of the environment would have caused the crops to go unharvested.
3. The Indians would have filed a lawsuit claiming that the Pilgrims were trespassing on tribal land, and obtained an injunction.
2. The Society for the Preservation of the Flowers of May would have prevented the docking of the ship, for tradename infringement.
And, drum-stick roll , please, the Number One reason to be thankful there were no lawyers on the MayFlower:
1. The Pilgrims and the Indians would have flooded the colonial courts with litigation for negligent food preparation when they all got sick from eating wild turkeys.
Enjoy your Feast. Happy Thanksgiving. Thank You, God, for making a world with work for lawyers.
This is the type of vessel (LCM-8) that I served on as a young Lieutenant in the Army. I was fortunate. The platoon of "Mike" boats from the 231st Medium Boat Company had been up and down the rivers of VietNam during 1968-69, but they were home and I was in the Reserves when I became the Platoon's Vessel Supply Officer in 1972. The war was almost over. Over 50,000 men and women died before that war was over. We all know someone who served; most of us served Stateside; most of us never experienced combat. But, every veteran, even 'Mike" boat soldiers, was doing something worthwhile, regardless of the political motivations of the Government. It's called Veteran's Day; not Veterans who served during a popular war day. So, today, think about sacrifice. Think about the consequences of war. But, most of all, think about the young men and women we send into war.
(First published in 2013)
Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies. Apparently, the over-sensitivity problem with our children and millennials is also a problem across the pond. This article by Claire Fox is right on. She is also right that we have created these wimpy children, who have to be warned before someone makes an argument that might annoy their sensitive little souls. We have brought them up to believe that the world is a dangerous place, and we have helicoptered around them to protect them from the slightest little problem their entire lives. Why are we then shocked that they demand "safe spaces" to go to if there is a possibility that someone might say something politically incorrect? Somewhere, Lenny Bruce and George Carlin are rolling over in their graves.