Quality Quotes #4

"Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart Like why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it's so hard?" --Jack Johnson I like to listen to music while cleaning house.  While I was cleaning The Boss's bathroom this past weekend, I was groovin' to … Continue reading Quality Quotes #4


Thoughts on 3 Books #9

I am several weeks behind on my bookthoughts, but I know y'all are dyin' to hear what I have to say about at least some of what I've been readin' so here ya go.  I'll try to share a few more next week. I already posted these reviews on Goodreads.  If y’all’re interested in reading … Continue reading Thoughts on 3 Books #9

Quality Quotes #3

"Nine-tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events.  Some days ten-tenths." --Thomas Merton While responding to my friend Martha's comment on my Quality Quotes #1 post the other day, I remembered this marvelous quote from Thomas Merton and knew it had to be my next offering.  Although I took it … Continue reading Quality Quotes #3

Quality Quotes #2

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." --U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (6/1/1916 - 2/13/1939) Louis Brandeis I heard this quoted in Robert B. Reich's intriguing & informative audiobook Saving Capitalism for the Many, Not the Few … Continue reading Quality Quotes #2

Your Day in Court: A Public Service Announcement

Happy Monday & a pleasant Earth Day, y’all. I hope all you beautiful Bloggers have a great day and a wonderful week.

I’ve been extremely busy for the past few weeks; ain’t it crazy how life gets that way sometimes? I am about 3 weeks behind in sharing my bookthoughts (and goodness do I have some thoughts to share! Spoiler: I recently finished quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. It was so bad I couldn’t quit reading to see how much worse it would get. Can’t wait to let y’all know what I think about Phil Valentine’s The God Players.)

But for now, I’m gonna share an essay I first posted 2 years ago because, well, it’s just time, dammit. For those of you who’ve seen it before, I apologize for the repeat, but I feel I’ve gained enough new followers in recent months to justify reblogging it. It has the added bonuses of being helpful, informative, and funny to boot, so enjoy!

The Ceaseless Reader Writes

Court rules 2 Common Rules in a Middle Tennessee County Courthouse

I’ve been a probation officer for going on 14 years and have served in many different Criminal, Circuit, General Sessions, and Municipal courts.  I’m wise enough to know I haven’t seen it all and experienced enough to know there are very few human behaviors or actions that will shock or surprise me.  But because I continue to see repeated patterns of courtroom behavior that seem far outside the realm of common sense, I decided to offer some advice to those of you who have never or don’t often see the inside of a real courtroom.  If you don’t already know it, they bear small resemblance to the ones you see on TV.

Now I know I’m a member of a vast and sophisticated, educated, law-abiding group of fine, upstanding e-citizens endowed with bottomless stores of smarts and common sense and that most…

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