February 22, 2014

A Reason to Panic

Stress MeterIt happened during the summer of 1990.  Georgette needed to go to the grocery store, so she asked me to keep an eye on our four children while she was gone.  At that time, Harry was nine, Anna was seven, Maria was six, and Laura was three.

February 20, 2014

A Legacy Worth Talking About

Veronica VeilImagine you are driving on University Street in Peoria and in the distance you see a large crowd of people gathered in a parking lot.  As you drive closer to the crowd, you see a man who you have met before tied to a telephone pole.  To your horror, you see two young, well-built men taking turns at beating the man with leather whips that have sharp pieces of metal attached to the ends of each whip.

February 15, 2014

An Order for the Death of Your Son

Death OrderAbout 20 years ago, I was hired to represent a young man in his mid-20s who had been charged with the crime of arson.  He had set fire to the house of a man who had “stolen” his girlfriend away from him.  (For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call my client “James.”)

February 8, 2014

Something To Cry About

Mother Holding Sleeping BabyI met my wife, Georgette, on August 4, 1978, a few weeks before starting my senior year in college.  We dated for almost two years and we got married on June 15, 1980, a couple of months before I started my second year of law school.

February 4, 2014

A Simple Reminder

Prayer Before MealsLast week, my daughter, Laura, shared a recent experience in a family email.  After I read the email, I asked Laura if I could publish what she said in my Adoration Letter.  She said yes.  Laura is 26 years old and was recently involved in a play at a local community theater.  I changed the name of her friend to protect her friend’s privacy.  Here’s the email: