- Play the alto flute.
- Play the violin.
- Play the harp.
- Program websites that use Flash.
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2. My sister: Diagnosed with cancer last summer, she underwent surgery and has completed chemotherapy and radiation. She is getting her energy back now. Overall, she is doing really well for which we are extremely thankful.
3. My nephews: My sister’s illness has been very rough on them, even though they try not to let it show.
4. My eyesight: I have undergone four surgeries on my left eye and have only peripheral vision in it. In early 2001, I developed a large tear in my retina which was not properly diagnosed for five weeks. Once it was, I underwent surgery, but developed scar tissue which resulted in a fully detached retina. A second surgery was performed during which my eye was filled with silicone oil and I had to sleep on my left side for nearly a year to make the oil rise and the retina adhere. Then the oil had to be removed, but it destroyed the lens so cataract surgery was next, followed by yag lasering due to a secondary cataract. My right retina has never detached, but I have had lattice degeneration, as well as tears. It has been lasered in all four quadrants to prevent a full detachment and is full of floaters.
Every morning when I wake up and realize that I can see, I know it is going to be a really, really good day. Because after that, everything else is “gravy”.
Yes, detached retinas are caused, at least in part, by stress, and I am convinced that my retinal problems are yet another way in which litigating the case of Conservatorship of Wendland for six long years took a toll on my life and that of my family. (I will write more about this in the future.)
After the health and welfare of my family and my own ability to see so that I can continue earning a living, providing for my family, and functioning as close to normally as possible under the circumstances, there is absolutely nothing else on the face of this earth worth worrying about.
So there are no item numbers 5 through 10.
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10 Things I’d Like To Change About the United States
I’m going to do something unusual this week.
I could just create a boring list here, but I’m going to let Lewis Black tell you what I think should be changed because he says it so eloquently! He is the funniest man in America.
Enjoy this clip from “Red, White and Screwed,” his HBO special from 2006.
2. Dark chocolate
Just don’t come near me with it. I’m warning you, I cannot eat just one bite. There is no such thing as “just a little taste.” Don’t even think about having those little Hershey’s bite-size dark chocolate candy bars in the building.
3. White chocolate
See above to the nth power.
4. Iced white mochas
I’ve given them up. I’m o.k. as long as I don’t drive by Java Stop. (Forget Starbucks . . . Java Stop is far superior. Locally owned and operated. And they sell bumper stickers saying, “Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks.” Gotta love a place like that!)
5. Yoplait French vanilla nonfat yogurt
Thank God it’s nonfat.
6. Gandolfini and all things Soprano
Wanna play Sopranos trivial pursuit with me? Fuhgetaboutit! In comparison to mine, your score will be lower than Big Pussy’s current heart rate.
7. My buddy, Clint Ritchie
We have fun . . . and he’s the kind of friend that you know you can call if you ever really need help. This photo was taken in NYC.
8. Janet Evanovich’s series of novels about Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter
They are hysterically funny. I have actually found myself alone on an airplane, in an airport, in a hotel restaurant, by a hotel pool . . . reading and laughing out loud all by myself . . . I don’t even care who sees me and thinks I’m a lunatic.
Norwegian flat bread. My mother and grandmother never put potatoes in it — and they swore that nobody in “the old country” put potatoes in it, either. But these days, all the folks in Minnesota and the Dakotas who make and sell it insist on putting in potatoes. Ppppppppffffffffttttttttt. Doesn’t taste like the real deal to me, which is just fine because I shouldn’t be eating it anyway!
10. Six Feet Under
The Sopranos is the best television show ever in the history of television, but Six Feet Under might well be the second-best. If you did not watch the dysfunctional Fisher clan when the show first aired on HBO, get the DVD’s. Warning: Set aside plenty of viewing time because if you have the DVD’s, you won’t be able to stop after watching just one episode.
Of course, it is good to engage, from time to time, in some self-affirming analysis of one’s strengths and weaknesses, so long as the assessment is as objective as possible (so difficult, of course) and scrupulously honest. That’s what I’m going to strive to do while compiling this list of things that I sincerely believe I do reasonably well.
I thrive in a collegial, collaborative environment where all ideas, observations, insights, and opinions are shared freely, accorded respect, and a consensus is reached. I cannot function in a dictatorship or an environment where the process is corrupted by one or more power-hungry persons who seek to control the outcome.
Writing has always come easy for me and I enjoy it, so I guess it shouldn’t be a shock that I ended up in a profession where I spend a large percentage of my time engaged in research and writing.3. Public speaking and teaching
The above three things are essential to succeed as a litigator. Add to that list the requisite abilities to advocate zealously but with restraint, and successfully negotiate.
The piano was my first instrument and I still have the most confidence in my ability as a keyboardist, but my flute skills are coming along. I have also been singing my entire life. I am the weakest on acoustic guitar because I don’t play it as often.
I have had the same friends for years and years. I have a core group of girlfriends that I have been hanging out with since about 4th grade, as well as some very dear friends that I met in college 30+ years ago. In fact, my college roommate, who is also my kids’ godmother, is going to NYC with me for our upcoming Carnegie Hall performance. We met in 1977 and have been friends ever since, so this is our combination “really big birthday” year and anniversary “chick” trip.7. Being a mom
I’d like to think that I’m getting pretty good at this! After all, you’re here reading this, right?
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1. The Sopranos
(Resumes this Sunday night! Hooray!)
5. Six Feet Under
7. Project Runway
8. Rescue Me
9. Gray’s Anatomy
10. Big Love