Author Archives: UB Ella

About UB Ella

UB Ella (f/k/a Unconfirmed Bachelorette) is a 50-something recovered lawyer who left the practice of law to embrace a full-time writing life. Never-married, child-free Ella resides in Austin, Texas and Ontario, Canada with her four bad cats.

Walking Away From the Law

I have 269 days left of the practice of law; not that I’m counting. I will be fifty-six at the end of the year, which means I’m leaving the practice during my peak earning potential. I could go to another … Continue reading

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African Wild Dogs–Botswana

Here are a few shots of African Wild Dogs from my trip to Botswana last May. We spotted this pair in the lovely morning light, awaiting the return of their pack, who were out hunting. There was lots of tail-wagging … Continue reading

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Cat Number Four

  This is Lucy (a/k/a Lucy Long Tail). She used to live on the other side of my fence in a Buddhist Temple feral cat colony. Her mother hid her and her littermates under my air conditioner slab to keep … Continue reading

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Unofficially Official

When last we met, I had concluded with near certainty that my position with BigLaw was reaching the end. I’ve been wanting to leave for years. In fact, when I returned from Belize, a trip with which I rewarded myself … Continue reading

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The End of Lawyering Is Nigh

I’ve been practicing law for twenty-four years. That makes twenty-four years engaged in a profession I don’t enjoy. I know I’m not alone here: Many lawyers dislike lawyering. There’s an entire industry geared toward helping lawyers leave the practice of … Continue reading

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On Spinsterhood

Wikipedia, states: Spinster is a term referring to an unmarried woman who is older than what is perceived as the prime age range during which women should marry. It could also indicate that a woman is considered unlikely to ever … Continue reading

Posted in Abusive Relationships, BigLaw, Cats, Female Attorneys, Feminism, Gender Bias at Law Firms, Law Firm Gender Bias, Lawyer, Marriage, Mid-Life, Practice of Law, Relationships, Settling, spinster, Spinster, Women Lawyers | Tagged , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Here We Go!

It’s 2019: three-hundred-sixty-five blank pages ahead. How shall I fill them? Will I reduce my consumption of anxiety-provoking news and current events? Will I use the new dumbbells I ordered last week? Will I add to my “home gym” (i.e., … Continue reading

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The more things change . . .

Two years ago, as my mother was dying from Alzheimer’s, I wondered how my life would be different once she was gone. I felt as if I was suspended between my life before the deaths of my nuclear family, and … Continue reading

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Lilac Breasted Roller

The Lilac Breasted Roller is one of Botswana’s most abundant and widespread species. I have dozens of photos of this breathtakingly photogenic bird. Here are a few of my favorites (so far).

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Thirsty Giraffe

I discovered on my Botswana trip that I am quite a good spotter of wildlife, beating our guide in some instances. But the giraffe was different. I had difficulty seeing them, even when they were pointed out to me, they … Continue reading

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