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May 15, 2005

joining the picnic

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:09 pm

one sail remains

on the old windmill

spring clouds







a seagull
27 miles from shore
the continent begins







lengthening shadows
a stray dog
joins the picnic



a seagull” from Simply Haiku (Vol. 1:1, July 2003)  

one sail remainsWorld Haiku Review tournament

lengthening shadows” – The Heron’s Nest (2004)



  • by dagosan                                               

“was daddy

mean when he was little?”

uncle bites his tongue






bocce balls —

three generations choose sides 



[May 15, 2005]


tiny check I like The Greatest American Lawyer‘s approach to finding complaint billN

alternatives to the Billable Hour — and to using hourly billing in a 

more client-friendly and fair manner.  Unlike those who pan the billable

hour and then substitute higher overall fees through so-called “value

pricing,” the anonymous GAL looks for ways to give the client better

value for the fees charged, and to fit the fee to the difficulty of the task

and how well it is accomplished.  See his take on Tasked-Based

Billing, his new advertising campaign, and this Missouri Bar article

  • I did wonder about GAL’s claim that he charges the most per

    hour for attendance at trial, “since that is the activity that requires

    the most expertise.” I hope he breaks down his courthouse hours

    to distinguish all the time spent schmoozing and twiddling thumbs 

    in the Lawyers’ Lounge (often trading jokes about clients) from

    time spent in trial in the courtroom.


commandments  Nicholas Kristof has another interesting op/ed piece in today’s New York

Times. (“Liberal Bible Thumping,” May 15, 2005) The column takes a look

at the new book The Sins of Scripture, by former Episcopalian bishop, John

Shelby Spong,.  Kristiof says the book’s mssion is to examine “why the Bible

– for all its message of love and charity – has often been used through history

to oppose democracy and women’s rights, to justify slavery and even mass

murder.”   Kristof thinks Spong is at times more provocative than persuasive,

but concludes:

“When liberals take on conservative Christians, it tends to be

with insults – by deriding them as jihadists and fleeing the field.

That’s a mistake. It’s entirely possible to honor Christian conservatives

for their first-rate humanitarian work treating the sick in Africa or

fighting sex trafficking in Asia, and still do battle with them over issues

like gayrights.”


“Liberals can and should confront Bible-thumping preachers on their

own terms, for the scriptural emphasis on justice and compassion gives

the left plenty of ammunition. After all, the Bible depicts Jesus as healing

lepers, not slashing Medicaid”

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