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Judd Corizan, founder of The Rising Blogger, the site I recently acquired, has launched a new site, Sunday Stealing. Each Sunday, they rip off a meme from another blogger — giving full credit and a link back to that author’s site, of course — and invite everyone to play along.

This week they lifted the “Finish This Sentence” meme from PT-Law Mom, who stole it from A Woman in Law School. Given the credentials of the criminals involved in this caper, I am playing along as a show of solidarity to my future fellow female barristers and, of course, Judd.

I hope you will become an accomplice and link back to all of the co-conspirators!

1. My uncle (by marriage) once told my father and other uncle by marriage that he believed all African-Americans (that’s not the word he used) should be “shipped back to Africa — heads in one boat and bodies in another.”  I will never, ever forget that moment.  I was about ten years old and we were spending a couple of weeks in South Dakota visiting relatives and friends. My father did not say anything in response as we were guests in my aunt and uncle’s home.  I was so stunned and horrified by his words that I never, ever forgot them.  I consider it one of the defining moments in my life that ultimately led me to choose a career as a civil rights attorney.  Until this moment, I have never written or spoken about that incident.

2. Never in my life have I doubted the existence of God.

3. When I was five my parents owned a pink 1957 Chevrolet Belair with a white hardtop.

4. High school was the most exquisitely painful and, simultaneously, fun-filled four years of my life.

5. I will never forget to be thankful each and every morning that I awake and have my eyesight.

6. Once I met Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

7. There’s this boy I know named Mattie-Boo and he was not planned, but he sure was wanted.  We can’t imagine life without him.  In response to the news that #1Son was not gong to be an only child, as we had planned, BigBob said, “God just had a better idea” and those remain the wisest six words I’ve heard him utter in the more than 23 years we have been together.

8. Once, at a bar, I smoked a few cigarettes.

9. By noon, I’m looking at the clock wondering how I’m going to accomplish everything I need to get done given that the morning has somehow evaporated . . . again.

10. Last night I thoroughly enjoyed Stockton Concert Band and Stockton Wind Ensemble rehearsal.

11. If only I had about 20 more hours in each day, I might get to the last item on my “to do” list.  Doubtful, though.

12. Next time I go to church, somebody important will be dead.  The only thing that could lure me back into a church would be a funeral.

13. What worries me most is that I suffer another detached retina at any time and lose my eyesight.

14. When I turn my head left I see my living room curtains.

15. When I turn my head right I see my parents’ old stereo RCA XL100 25″ television with the walnut cabinet that they purchased in 1977.

16. You know I’m lying when I . . . never.  I don’t lie.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is the good ol’ days of “One Life to Live” when my friend, Clint Ritchie, was one of the stars.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be . . . no clue!

19. By this time next year I will gearing up to return to New York City with the Stockton Concert Band to perform at Carnegie Hall for the second time in March 2010.

20. A better name for me would be “Judge Janie.”  BigBob says I would be a “hangin’ judge.  They’d beg for mercy.”  He’s right.

21. I have a hard time understanding stupidity.

22. If I ever go back to school, I’ll be saying, “Never say never”because I can’t stand the thought of spending more time in school.

23. You know I like you if I acknowledge your existence.  If I don’t like you, I will simply ignore you.  I can’t be bothered to even notice or observe that you are sucking air out of the atmosphere.

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be the person who nominated me.

25. Take my advice, never forget this simple truth:  “You can’t fix stupid.”


  1. I felt sad that a funeral is the only thing which can lure you to church. For someone who is a believer of God, I hope you consider that faith is not personal, it is communal as well. Well, I hope you do not ignore me… 😀

  2. that’s an amazing story (the answer to #1)! i think it’s terrific what you did with that moment. as a child, a very influential moment can go both ways and it’s just 50/50. good for you for giving him the proverbial “bird” to that comment.

    nikki’s most recent blog post..Nerve-wracking

  3. TigerTom: Credit CardSharp

    I echo the first commenter. Want something a bit different in religion? Check out the old Latin Mass and traditional Roman Catholicism. From 1970’s onwards it got a bit too trendy, but the old style is great; serious, pious and beautiful.

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