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Month: October 2014

Month: October 2014

Halloween Hints

When your 8 year old wants to sleep in her Elsa costume from endless exuberance for Halloween, it’s no wonder parents attach so much meaning to this happy holiday. For many it lands right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas on the favorite scale. Halloween is a multibillion dollar industry as goblins fill our lawn, we transform into mythical characters, and delight in a treasure trove of sugar treats. For me, Halloween also holds childhood memories for me. Being one who likes to play dress up, I remember wrapping myself in sheets to become a Greek goddess and carrying my
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Cruising

This picture, taken of me about 10 days ago, reflects a rested, happy and healthy self.  It was the last day of a 10 day cruise I took with my law partner to celebrate 15 years in practice together.  I promise I am not going to focus this blog on the benefits of taking a cruise (although I would recommend it).  What I want to focus on is the 14 days prior to my cruise. About a week and a half before I left on my Mediterranean adventure, I was driving back to work from my lunch break at home
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Divorce Direction

I wasn’t afraid he would kill me. I wasn’t afraid I’d be homeless. I wasn’t afraid my family or church would shun me. Mostly divorce didn’t occur to me. Despite years of pursuing professional help on how to make an unhappy marriage happy, divorce never occurred to me until weeks before I filed. We fought, sure. But we weren’t the dramatic type who threatened to call our lawyer first thing Monday morning.  I was the divorce lawyer. I knew what to do. There was no such thing as an idle threat. Divorce was simply not an option I considered. Compared
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Battered

The first time I saw a man punch a woman in the face, I was in high school, in the passenger seat of my boyfriend’s car, looking out the window at the bowling alley we were passing.  I was shocked, horrified, and instantly felt sick to my stomach.  Prior to that moment it had never occurred to me, outside of movies, that someone would be violent toward a person that they were supposed to love and cherish.  That punch was a pivotal moment shaping the woman I have grown into. This picture shows the final memento I received from my
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Marital Bliss

Susan and Angela are pleased to welcome back Guest Blogger Angela Lennon having just returned from her wedding and honeymoon to share her learnings on people’s capacity for compassion and celebration of others September 13, 2014, as the cliché goes, was the best day of my life.  My wedding day.  Last month, one hundred fifty of our closest friends and family, (including my firm family at Koenig│Dunne) gathered in Omaha to celebrate our nuptials. However, in the days and weeks leading up to our wedding, at work, I felt apprehensive and awkward.  I wanted to reach out to my clients
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