Mike knew we loved him

Mike O’Neill of “Mike and Heather” has died. We drive up to the wake in Lansford, Pennsylvania. It is reassuring to see Heather and their four adult children.

“This is great. We’ll take it.”

dc capitol

My wife and I have gone full circle. We started off our lives together in a small rental apartment in D.C. Three kids, four cities, six houses and a lifetime later, we are now back in a small rental apartment in D.C.

Lists

I sit across from a colleague in her office at the Public Defender Service in D.C.  A list of names from the jail is on her desk.  Some of the names have been crossed out.  Others have been… Read More

Your Desk, By The Window

“I am in.”  This is what my niece Meg says as she forces open a window on the first-floor and crawls into the building.  She comes around to the front door to let the rest of us in. … Read More

At Least There Are No Spelling Errors

The President of the United States has access to the best minds in the country. Presumably, this includes people with a basic grasp of grammar and syntax. “Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally… Read More

“When Beggars Die, There Are No Comets Seen”

My wife believes in helping out those who are less fortunate. I believe that if everyone would stop giving money to the panhandlers who frequent every major traffic intersection in Baltimore, the panhandlers would be gone within a… Read More

Build It And They Will Come

Guest Entry by Mary Anne Brush Mindfulness. It’s become quite the buzzword, but what does it mean?  Jon Kabat-Zinn, teacher of mindfulness meditation and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center,… Read More

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Gets Mugged

I am hit so hard that my boot flies off as I fall backward. The boot slides across the bricks out onto the street. Our dog scampers after it.  She thinks we are playing. I should have seen… Read More

Keeping the Torch Lit

Guest Post by Mary Anne Brush (Re-printed from the Grosse Pointe News) Two milestones mark either end of my summer. My 90-year-old mother died at the end of May and my youngest child will leave for college at… Read More

“Your Breath to Keep Me Up”

Many years ago, our mother had to go to the hospital, and it took the doctors a long time to figure out what was wrong with her. During that time, she was running a very high fever and… Read More