Category Archives: law


Last week Francois the driver for the embassy met me at Luxembourg Airport. The Frenchman greeted me warmly and drove to the EEU court of Justice in Kirchenburg, where the Magna Carta was on display. “Madame Ambassador is waiting for the Grand Duke.” “The Grand Duke will be there?” I was dressed in Boston Celtics […]

90% of Possession

When I lost my Davy Crockett cap in the late 50s, my Irish Nana told me in a stern voice, “If you lose something, then it wasn’t yours to begin with.” Over my lifetime I’ve lost money, cameras, glasses, wallets, keys, apartment, girlfriends, cars, houses, clothing, friends, family et al. Possession is not permanent. Tempus […]

Innocence or Dead In Florida

Last night in Florida a six-person jury found George Zimmerman innocent of a murder charge, stemming from the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin of February 26, 2012. The 17 year-old black boy in a hoodie was walking back to the house of his father’s fiancee in a gated community after purchasing Skittles and an Ice […]

Bobbing For Apples

My son Fenway loves to throw cellphones into the toilet. I don’t understand this fixation and I keep my phone out of his reach. His mother isn’t so lucky, since Mam needs the phone by her side. Last summer Fenway dropped an iPhone in the toilet. I admonished him and he sulked the rest of […]

Pink Equal Signs

Millions of facebook users have changed their profile photo to a pink equal sign to show their support for gay/lesbian/whatever marriage equality. The GOP and Supreme Court have refused to accept that their version of America no longer is accepted by the majority. One day and one day soon they will have to accede to […]