Knitters Embrace the Web for Passion Fix

Knitters and crocheters proudly admit they’re almost like a cult. They regularly lure new members promising creativity and stress relief.  Their passion for yarns, color, texture, and stitch patterns bind them. They flock to the Web searching for future project ideas. I know this because I am a knitter.   Ten years ago I joined this international crowd that includes celebrities like Kate Middleton, Julia Roberts, Felicity Huffman and David Arquette.  I have the requisite “yarn stash area of a …

Sandra Day O’Connor: Class Dismissed … and Inspired

For those of us who love the law, what’s best about it is how it is always developing, changing, adding data points like dots in a pointillistic picture. For those of us with a career in the law, staying engaged with — and curious about — theory and policy and societal progress transform a 30- or 40- or 50-year occupation into a passion. I’ve been trying to get my students to drink the “legal education is fascinating for its own …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Aug. 30

It’s Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of the summer movie season. Much of the season’s grownup fare is still in theaters, plus there are four new films that are worthy of your attention this weekend, too. The New Stuff: Closed Circuit A suicide truck bombing in a busy London market leads to a spectacular trial—and ugly revelations about government complicity and surveillance. Briskly paced and smartly directed by John Crowley (Boy A), this political thriller is propelled by its …

Kindness is Always the Right Path

Let me start by telling you this is not what I had intended to write about this week, but after several twist and turns on Tuohy Turnpike 101, I did a Dukes of Hazard slide and changed directions. First, I never imagined so many of you would enjoy my blog post on the time spent in the ladies’ room last Sunday. I’m so glad some of you enjoyed the experience, even if you were living vicariously through me. Secondly, you are …

Inspiration, it Can Stir the Soul

Where do you get your inspiration? What excites, enriches and engages you? I hope your response is not accumulating more wealth, larger houses, more land, stocks, bonds or pursuit of fame. What drives you to achieve your goals? Goals will or will not be achieved according to how we, as individuals, are inspired. As insignificant and trivial as this may sound to you, especially in terms of the bigger picture of “saving mankind, “I will tell you what motivates me …

Living With Purpose and Passion

There’s no magic pill to make us immortal, sad but true. I think I have finally grasped what “the rest of your life” really means. I’ve heard the phrase time and time again, but it never really registered until recently. I can’t really describe to you how I feel, now that the reality of the phrase has sunk in. I will tell you, when you reach this realization you have a keen awareness of what is truly important in life, …