Monthly Archives: October 2020

Thankful for Small Blessings, Including My Tastebuds

I know where even the smallest goodness in my life comes from:

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How I Handled the Scam Phone Call From the “Social Security Administration” Office in “El Paso, Texas”

Some people will lie, cheat, and steal your last penny.

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Out of Control in the Courtroom: a look at a judge’s day

Think judges are allowed to accomplish whatever they like? Think again.

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Car Payments and Pandemic Protocols: an irresponsible parable

The way to hold onto a car while it’s still under financing is to keep making payments, even if you’re tired of them. The way to beat COVID-19 is to keep following pandemic protocols, even if you’re tired of them.

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Wednesday’s child is full of woe? I’m sunk! Oh, wait a sec … no I’m not.

Joy and woe and hardships and blessings: only one thing can tie these together for your benefit. It’s not always easy, but it’s good.

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Courtrooms, Congregations, and Communities: Letting People Know They’re in a Safe Place

People like to feel wanted wherever they go.

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Marbury v. Madison: What Happens When the Chief Justice Violates Every Ethics Canon in the Book

The California Judges Association annual conference went virtual last month, which meant my session on judicial ethics is on video. I wrote this curriculum a few years ago and this is the second time I’ve taught this particular class. I … Continue reading

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My Wife’s Mere Presence Makes It Easier to Handle Hard Things

Why are easy things hard and hard things seemingly impossible?

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Pray All You Like, but You’ll Never Get Closer to Jesus: a Good News Reality

The Spirit of Christ is in you. That’s close as close can be.

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It Was the Middle of the Night, My Wife Screamed Bloody Murder, and It Was All My Fault

The volume of her voice pushed me off my feet, landing me flat on my back.

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