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The age of awareness

When I was a kid, I honestly believed that there was only one kind of lawyer. The Perry Mason/Matlock kind. So when I was “all grown up” and engaged to be married, and someone told me that I should have a will, I was very nonchalant about grabbing the yellow pages and looking up “any old lawyer” to hire to help me with that. What a surprise it was to find that there are dozens of different types of lawyers! Didn’t I feel silly, learning how stupid I was! Turns out that my very own aunt used to work as a para-legal in a firm for administrative law. I don’t know why I always thought she was a school teacher!

I try to keep that in mind when I find out that there is someone in my circle of family and friends that doesn’t know something that I just take for granted, thinking everyone should know what I know! How is someone supposed to “just know” something if nobody ever teaches them?

Getting freebies at a college’s open house

When I went with my son to the open house at one of the college’s he is thinking about attending, one of my favorite parts of the day was when we were taking a break in the student union. There were dozens of kiosks set up where different organizations were giving away promotional items, like pens, tiny flashlights on key chains, can cozies, frisbees, notepads, stress-balls, visors and the like. I went from kiosk to kiosk and loaded up on everything they handed out, and stored it all in a couple of custom bags with drawstring that I got at the first kiosk.

I love getting these types of useful freebies! It’s like going shopping without spending a penny! What more could a gal want?

Mother’s Day Greetings

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Although I haven’t seen my mother in a few years, we exchange emails and phone calls to keep in touch. She lives so far away and neither of us can get away from home for an extended period due to our business responsibilities. But I miss her and am glad for an occasion other than her birthday in September to think of her and send her an expression of my love and appreciation.

Mother, I hope you have a wonderful day today.

The iPhone has better apps

One of the reasons that I don’t have an iPhone is that I purchased a Blackberry Torch a few years ago that has a QWERTY keyboard. I LOVE that keyboard! The QWERTY keyboard makes my life (both personal and work) so much easier when I find myself being forced to text, or send emails, from my cell phone. I don’t like having to use a stylus (I’ll lose it for sure!) and my fat fingers simply make a mess of on-screen typing! So when I found out about the helpful goconnect iphone app I was quite annoyed about how many great apps there are for iPhones, but don’t seem to be available on the Blackberry. I really don’t want a phone that does not have a QWERTY keyboard! Technology can be such a cruel mistress! What to do, what to do!

What are administrative lawyers?

When Justine told me that she had applied for a job with a law firm of administrative lawyers I had no idea what those types of lawyers actually did. I’ve heard of family law, patent law, criminal law, civil law, but administrative law? Well, with a little bit of online research (what did I ever do before the Internet?) I learned that what I’ve always considered to be “business lawyers” is, in this day and age, called “administrative lawyers.” I wonder when it became politically correct to use that phrase, and now I am feeling very outdated.