When can I expect your call?

In News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Civil War Veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a living traveling around Texas reading newspapers to people who pay an admission fee of ten cents. Apparently, news was scarce in the years following the Civil War. I suspect the literacy rate increased Captain Kidd’s market too. The book is […]

What should I do with these photos?

Some people do not understand modern methods of communicating and connecting. Emojis are the little images young and old alike include with their texts. Microsoft is updating its emojis this year just as people start to understand what the old ones mean. Acronyms like “idk,”  “ikr,” and “lmao” may be obvious to us, but other people need explanations. Some recipients have to text their children […]

How can you protect my secrets?

Brandon Stanton worked as a bond trader in Chicago in 2010. He bought a camera and started taking photos in downtown Chicago on weekends. When Mr. Stanton lost his job, he moved to New York City with a plan to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their portraits on a map of the city. These photographs led to discussions […]

Should the bullies go unanswered?

Sallie Krawcheck has been a fixture and powerful force on Wall Street for decades. Today, she is the chair of the Ellevate Network, a global professional women’s network, and CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a “digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women.” Among her objectives is the goal of elevating women by helping them build financial […]

How do I speak for a frustrated, lonely widow?

Do you remember Imelda Marcos? She does not get a lot of press in the United States these days, but is still alive. She was making headlines in the Philippines just last year. Marcos and her husband, Ferdinand, ruled the Philippines for twenty-one years.  According to some reports, the couple was responsible for imprisoning, torturing, and killing thousands of […]

Get me out of this mess, and do it quick.

We are bumping into our friends at the courthouse again. Despite the quiet and distance of the last fifteen months, our friends have not changed much. A lawyer friend of nearly thirty years stopped to chat on the courthouse steps yesterday. He was headed to another county. I was due in court. But, we had not […]

Can I Trust You to Cure Me?

You may recognize this person. If she isn’t a close friend or family member, you know someone with a similar personality. She doesn’t tolerate fools. Although she is not completely humorless, she usually has better things to do than engage in light-hearted conversation. Her mind is sharp and her use of the English language exacting, […]

Why Are You Nice to the Enemy?

My friend was a long-time public defender before he retired. Over four decades of public defense, he accumulated a lot of wisdom, which usually takes the form of self-deprecating, humorous, and instructive stories. One such story comes to mind. Years ago, my friend represented a client in a two-person conspiracy. The other person’s family had […]

If I am presumed innocent, why am I in jail?

A lawyer down the street was ahead of the times in what came to be known as the “Me Too” movement. He developed a favorable reputation during the 80s and 90s representing children and (mostly) women in civil cases against the people who physically or sexually abused his clients. He remains passionate about the cause. […]

Some Good News Not to Report

The newspaper options in New Bern in the 1970s were The “Raleigh” News and Observer and The Sun Journal. My parents took both papers. The papers included the baseball box scores and, between the two of them, all the local and national sports coverage we could imagine. Walking up the driveway to collect the paper every morning or afternoon was part […]