dignity etc

I asked the question recently on a popular social media platform: What is Dignity, and is it endangered? Oddly enough, I think it is rare, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe that is why I call it rare. You would think that I would have to recognize what something... Continue Reading →

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The Washingtons (ep.4)

Adopted. Some people ignorantly attach a stigma to that word. Unity doesn't though. She was born at an early age to her natural mom and mom's boyfriend at the time. One August day when she was around 5 years old, her mom dropped her off in the morning at the Playworld to be picked up... Continue Reading →

salaam! (africa5)

With one sock (optimist - socks half full), I enjoyed a dinner of pizza with American friends, talking about common acquaintances, experiences, beliefs and ideas. Often when I travel, I find more in common with friends I meet than I have with most at home. I think this is due to the fact that I... Continue Reading →

humble grace (africa3)

After walking the dusty, rocky streets with no names among the chat (old books spell it khat) sellers, vegetable vendors, and small herds of street goats, we returned to the home of my host where I was oh so graciously served a lunch of misir wat, gomen, and beef tibs. Misir wat is a dish... Continue Reading →

19 – deja vu all over again

M and I moved to Arkansas and started over. We had only recently bought our first home in Gulfport and settled into our first real, adult jobs. Now we had relocated to the hills and had to find new jobs, new friends, new church - the whole thing. From scratch. That was intimidating, but we... Continue Reading →

17 – iuris

Oddly enough, "iuris" is latin for both "soup" (gumbo) and "legal authority." That oddity represents 1996 pretty well for me. I was working on an appeal of a conviction of a woman - let's call her Sue - when we found out that M had possible thyroid cancer. More recent experiences with friends have taught... Continue Reading →

15 – vita

Ever since I had decided to be an attorney, I thought this spot was what I was looking forward to. Working as a lawyer in a firm, representing people who needed help. Solving their problems. I wanted to represent Christ to the criminal defendants the churches wouldn't accept. Back then, I misunderstood that season to... Continue Reading →

14.7 – res ipsa 3

The middle aged couple just didn't realize I was already stopped. Once they hit the trailer hitch of my big 85 Blazer, their car went up under mine just a bit and damaged their hood, but did no harm at all to my truck. The impact was just hard enough that the baseball cap on... Continue Reading →

14.5 – res ipsa 2

Racist. Racism. Prejudice. Bigotry. Hate. In the first year of law school, I began to grasp the significance of words and their specific meanings, and began to practice using them more carefully. On one hand they cannot do the physical harm that sticks and stones can. On the other hand they leave wounds that do... Continue Reading →

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