Category Pensees

A Birthday Reflection (and Farewell, of Sorts, for Now)

This thirty-first orbit around the sun contained some of the best moments of my life as well as a number of major changes. Before charging full steam ahead into 31 (officially “in my thirties,” as my brother reminded me), a recounting and reflection seems in order. Psalm 103:1-5. ********************** First, the highlights/milestones: In October, I […]

Courthouses Should Be Beautiful

[Eds. Note: We’re pleased to be able to share this piece by John Ehrett, who joins us as a guest author] Most government buildings are pathologically ugly. By “government buildings,” I don’t mean iconic structures like the Lincoln Memorial or the White House. I mean the garden-variety government buildings that sit in medium- to large-sized […]


A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. -H.L. Mencken


Empathy should always frame our response to reality. –In hearing stories; –In resolving disputes; –In settling controversies; –In parsing issues; –In counseling others; –In meting out judgment; We should be “quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger….” Empathy should not frame our perception of reality. –In ascertaining facts; –In deducing truth; –In deciding […]


You can never discover the truth if you never allege what you suspect the truth to be.