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The Empathy Switch

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Whenever I give a closing argument to a jury, I include comments about the importance of empathy. I tell the jurors that while the law does not permit them to have sympathy for my client, it does permit them to have empathy. A person who has empathy toward another person is able to develop a deeper understanding of what the other person is going through, by mentally putting himself… Read More

April Fools and The Blind Spot

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
With another April Fools’ Day having come and gone, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how we fool ourselves. April Fools’ Day is all about dreaming up ways to fool other people, but on every other day of the year, we fool ourselves into thinking that we’re something we’re not. About 20 years ago, while I was attending Mass at Sacred Heart Church… Read More

So Unfair Dad

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
After I published my recent article about how various local politicians, businesspeople, and former Caterpillar employees behaved after the announcement that Caterpillar was moving its headquarters to Chicago, I received an email from a man who is employed by Caterpillar in an upper-management position. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him “James.” James is in his… Read More

A Trip to the Theater

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Topol - Farewell TourThere are a handful of people in America who are so well known that they are recognized by only one name. Some examples are Cher, Madonna, Hillary, and Rush. For people who have paid attention to theater for the past 40 or more years, there’s another man who is recognized by only one name: “Topol.”… Read More

There’s a 95% Chance That You’re a Thief

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
it-takes-a-thiefOver the Thanksgiving holiday, I ran into a Catholic doctor that I’ve known for more than 20 years. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him “Ray.” After we talked for a while, the topic of how young adults aren’t prepared for the real world came up. Ray told me about a recent experience that he had at a local… Read More