Know what that is?  It’s a portion of the approved leave of absence I filed with the court in which I spend the bulk of my time; I requested it in mid-August.  And the dates I picked?  My bride’s birthday (9/11) and opening day of the next “Star Wars” film.  I can’t wait to see what they’ll do in Episode VII and want to make sure I’m able to see it on opening day (i.e., not night, when the theater is packed) as soon as I can.  Also,…






I’m sure my children wonder why I sometimes fly to different cities for a few days without their mother or them.  Most of the time, “it’s for work,” is all they know.  Maybe they’ll see a picture their grandmother shows them while I’m away from a silly website called The Facebook, like the one my mother showed them a few days ago: The fact that they recognized my caption of “There is still good in him; I can feel it” as a Luke Skywalker attribution gives me great…






We didn’t tell the children they’d be spending the weekend preceding the boy’s 6th birthday at one of the 4 Disney theme parks.  I unassumingly signed up for a legal conference covering veterans disability claims to be held in Orlando, booked a room at the Shades of Green resort, and then went about delegating the tasks associated with planning trips to these four parks to my bride (after talking to a couple friends who’d made the trips within the past year to seek advice and, of course, buying…