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Freedom, Peace, and Justice Have a Price

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For thousands of years, powerful mottos have motivated and encouraged people to achieve important goals. This is why mottos exist across all aspects of a society: schools, businesses, towns, religious orders, family crests, and community organizations all have mottos.  Psychology Today suggests everyone should adopt a personal motto to remind them about what’s most important in their life. Seize the day. Keep your eyes on the prize. Be prepared.   Among the most meaningful mottos across time...

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Aunt Bo Braves the Lock-down

You may remember hearing about my Aunt Bo. I’ve written about her before because she is one of my favorite people, and she lived right next door to us for 8 years before she moved to assisted living. I was used to seeing her every day, so I really missed her when she moved. I began visiting her every week or two. The last time I visited, in late February, I took her Valentine decorations down, and replaced them with shamrocks and leprechauns. A few days later her daughter, Trish, called to...

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The Bubble Man

Sometimes I miss seeing sky. Living in the city has benefits (if it didn’t, who would live here, right?) but seeing sky is not one of them. From my South Philly rowhome I can only see the sky if I stand right next to a window and look straight up. And that can make me feel a little hemmed-in, a little claustrophobic. That’s how I was feeling last week, and Bill was too. We realized we hadn’t spent a night outside the city in over a year, so we decided to take a little weekend road...

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Another Way For 8 Minutes 46 Seconds

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I was a young assistant public defender assigned to the one of the busiest courts in the country, handling pretrial hearings for homicides, robberies, drug dealers, and assaults.  The courtroom was always packed with victims, police officers, and the relatives of clients who were sitting next to me in handcuffs. Part of my job was to address bail so defendants could be released from jail pending trial.  Throughout the day, I would call out to a packed courtroom, “Anyone here for...

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Weird Al Saves the Day

Remember the kids’ book, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day? Well, I had one of those last Wednesday. I hadn’t slept well the night before. There may have been MSG in the wonton soup I had for dinner—that always keeps me awake. Or it may have been the upsetting news I received at the dentist’s office. (Apparently the roots of a molar were damaged when I had my wisdom teeth removed many years ago. And now the tooth hurts and may have to be removed . . . very upsetting...

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