Category Archives: Lawyer

Now what?

Being a mid-life “orphan” is disorienting. As I contemplate what I want to do for the rest of my life, who I want to be, I realize how much time I spend looking over my shoulder for objections, judgments, or … Continue reading

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Operation Non-Legal Eagle

This bird is lucky. He is not a legal eagle. He is a Bald Eagle. A non-legal eagle. One day, I aspire to emulate this bird; to also not be a legal eagle. I’ve become a bit obsessed about this … Continue reading

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Have a drink.

Picking up where we left off, the $55 million BigLaw brief from hell was due Monday by 11 pm central time. There were dozens of revisions throughout the week last week and, of course, over the weekend. By 9 pm … Continue reading

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Uncomfortably Un-numb

Here I am: Day 22 of the 100-Day-No-Booze Challenge. That’s three weeks without an after-work cocktail. The good news is, I’m no longer numb. The bad news is, I’m no longer numb. Funny thing about drinking (or whatever your numbing … Continue reading

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BigLaw Blues

This week, I bring you the Vermilion Flycatcher. I photographed this bird in Tucson last March while I was there on a lawyer boondoggle (also known as continuing legal education). At the time, I thought I’d photographed a Scarlet Tanager, … Continue reading

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Trifecta

Today, I bring you a different trifecta than the trifecta I usually write about—three more back-yard birds: I love the gorgeous blue ring around the dove’s eye. If you click on the photo, you’ll see what I mean. This is … Continue reading

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

I’ve been worried about myself. My weight continues to creep up. I’ve been drinking two to four glasses of wine (or gin and tonics) nearly every evening. Sometimes more on the weekends. Walking, yoga, and meditation have been sporadic. I’ve … Continue reading

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I’m not sorry!

In my last post, I talked about body positivity. About letting go of attempts to conform to body-size expectations. But it’s not just my body size that has me constantly feeling like I’m battling against the machine–not only am I … Continue reading

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You can run

Blogging has taken a back seat to my new job. On top of being a lawyer at one of the Top 26 Elite Law Firms (according to a story on Law 360 this morning), I have inherited my father’s business. … Continue reading

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These Boots Are Made For Walking

I used to think frugality was the same as being cheap. My mother shopped at garage sales and did not spend money on herself beyond necessities. She wasn’t into clothes, jewelry, or girly pampering. My dad, in stark contrast, was … Continue reading

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