NOLA Notes

Category: Work and Legalese

The Wonder of It

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fiztgerald. When I started with my firm 13 years ago, I was aware that my department consisted of five men all over the age of 55. I knew going in I’d face a chasm in [...]

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being

I easily could have spent yesterday under the covers, having had daylight and my thoughts blocked out. But I had plans to visit family. So Sun and I spent the day in the country. Sun dipped her toes, and her hiney, in an icy pool and spent hours literally running around naked, humming, as I [...]

And Again

Another death in my professional life. You’d think by now, six being the number, I’d be used to this routine. And although I deal with death every day of my professional life, it isn’t the same as dealing with A Death. A Death is personal; A Death is impacting; A Death is life-changing. And this [...]


Today was a day of horse shit.  Aggravating non-lawyer back-of-the-house horse shit. This afternoon, I spent with friends that unfortunately needed my legal services.  We spent hours going through papers, making calls, developing options. When my friends left, the Missus hugged me.  After a moment, I pulled away and she stayed hugging.  I resumed my [...]

Falling Asunder

These have been hard times.  My in-laws continue to have employment issues, and they seem destined NOT to return to NOLA although they (and I) want it so badly.  News of death and serious sickness hitting very close to my own employment has made the office a less than cheery place of late.  On the [...]

Too Obvious?

I had a dream over the weekend, the kind that when you wake up you are pissed at your spouse over.  You know the type, right? I dreamed it was the day of our wedding and we were at his house getting ready.  All sorts of family and friends were roaming around.  The house was [...]

Changing of the Guard

My mentor is retiring at the end of this week.  He’s been with the Firm his entire 40-some-odd year career.  I’ve been with him for 12 years.  Before joining the Firm, I had no mentor; I was rudderless. He has all the qualities that make a sage mentor: steadfast, adroit, generous, exacting.  His work habits [...]

Tis Time

Swollen, red eyes The ego threatened. Or can it be that it is not the ego at all but a real threat to your very livelihood? And does it matter either way when the answer is the same: Tis time. Time to move, grow, fear. Time to be the best you ever dreamed possible.

Education Lamentation, Part II

I returned again this year to the Open House of the grammar school we want Sun ultimately to attend.  I walked away confident in our decision to send her there for grammar school but prefer where she is now for preschool.  However, I have since learned that her current school does not offer a 3-day-per-week [...]

Hole in My Life

It’s never good when my posts are named for Police songs that are 15 years old. And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not run in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition. ~Milan Kundera, The [...]