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August 6, 2005

send me dead flowers

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:25 pm

august evening heat

a familiar lullaby

from the foster home






fresh grave

the bare earth covered

with cut flowers






sea cliff

fledgling gannets

face the wind



piano stool  Tom Painting   

“august evening” from his haiku chapbook piano practice 

fresh grave” – the heron’s nest (Aug. 2003)

sea cliff” –  the heron’s nest (April 2004) 




  • by dagosan                                               

first-date daisies

she never mentions

they’re wilting


                       [Aug. 6, 2005]


ooh flip  There’s a world-shattering debate at prawfsblawg, started by Douglas

Berman, asking why we say “blogosphere” and not “blogsphere.”  See 

Blogsphere or Blogosphere? (Aug. 5, 2005)  Naturally, we had to put in more

than our 2 cents worth.  Besides being dysphonic, we reject “blogsphere” because

it is also the name of a blogging tool for Lotus Domino.  We like “blogisphere”

and blogiverse better, but could live with “blogosphere”.   (for a short, related


tiny check The Rolling Stones are coming to the Pepsi Arena in nearby   StonesFlowers 

Albany, NY, in September — their first appearance  in Albany in 40 years. 

Back in the day, I was a big Stones fan, but I was not among the faithful who

waited in line this morning for ticket purchasesOf course, Mick and the gang

sold out very quickly (in 40 minutes), despite prices as high as $351.00    The

Stones’ tune Dead Flowers” has been running through my brain all day.   So,

if you’re just sitting back, in your rose pink Cadillac, feel free to mail the f/k/a

gang some dead flowers.  There’s no need to wait for a wedding or funeral. 


tiny check  Prof. Berman has also collected links on the constitutionality of residency

restrictions for sexual offenders, at Sentencing Law and Policy.  Doug points

out that weblogs make a good platform for such academic debates.   At a public

defender, there’s good commentary on the issues raised. See the banishment clause.


not dead roses

  she corrects me

  . . . dried




                                                                                                                                                       orig. image     daylilyG


why don’t lawyers take sabbaticals?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:09 pm

Most lawyers aren’t offered the chance at taking a sabbatical leave.  But, those lucky

ones who are given the opportunity — usually partners at BigLaw firms —  rarely accept

the offer.  Why not?


In this month’s Washington Lawyer cover story, “Time Out, Time Off: Lawyers on Sabbatical,”

(Aug. 2005) Joan Indiana Rigdon raises some of the issues, while assessing the benefits of

extended leave for lawyers, and giving examples from lives of various D.C. lawyers.   The

article concludes:

exit “All the lawyers interviewed for this article say their sabbaticals recharged

them. But most lawyers never seriously consider sabbaticals because they seem risky

and daunting.  For the fearful, [Wilmer Cutler partner, John] Payton has this advice:

‘I don’t know anyone who’s taken a sabbatical, or who’s taken a break like I did

and done something quite different, who has any regrets at all. Not a single person.

It’s always a hassle to work it out, the arrangements and all. But I don’t know a single

person who has any regrets once they do.'”

The firms mentioned in the article have many approaches to sabbaticals.  Some offer them

to partners every six or seven years at full pay, some at half pay.  Some require the leave

be used to do pro bono work or teach; some have no strings attached.  The periods can be

as short as one to three months, or as long as a year.


Why don’t lawyers take sabbaticals when they’re available?  Maybe because:

– they think they’re indispensible

– they think leaving will show they’re not indispensable


– they can’t imagine a few months or a year without working

– they’re afraid they’ll like not working too much


– they don’t want the stigma of appearing to need a break

– they don’t want time to reflect on a career change and life priorities

(quite a few sabbaticans never return to their old jobs)


– they’re too disorganized to prepare for a prolonged leave

– they’re afraid personal clients will be “insitutionalized” to the firm

– they think sabbaticals are just recruiting tools and not actually

encouraged by the firm


– they can’t take or don’t want the reduction in income

– they can’t coordinate a leave with their spouse or children


etc. etc.

Would you take a sabbatical, if offered?  What would you do with your time away?

Do you think you’ll return to your current job?  Being retired, I don’t have to answer.


it’s all yours
butterfly, take a rest
on the mushroom



  • For $60, the ABA offers Rest Assured: The Sabbatical Solution for

    Lawyers, by Lori Simon Gordon (ABA, 2003), which has corporate best

    practice comparisons, and discusses common management concerns

    and client reactions, plus logistics tips for firm and lawyer for this 

    “investment in productivity and loyalty.”


vacation over

hearing the sea

in the traffic’s roar


               Pamela Miller Ness 


p.s. I might have skipped over this article, if it hadn’t included a full-page  mrhughesGUg

photo of a lawyer whose smile was eerily familiar.  When I saw the

caption, my jaw dropped, as I was catapulted back 35 years to my

college days, and my first big heartbreak.  I won’t put her name into

the eternal weblog well, but I will send her a big smile and remember

the words she so often spoke to me, “Did I call you?!”



at my hut too
a rice-planting rest…


they curse the first snow
like it’s a beggar…
rest stop


translated by David G. Lanoe



  • by dagosan                                               

the retiree’s wife —


his sabbatical


         [Aug. 6, 2005]

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