Painful Anniversaries

The month of February is an extremely painful month for me if only because of two incidents. On February 1, 2003, on the same day the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry, I was in a near-fatal car accident. I was making a left turn on a foggy night with low visibility when I was […]

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Puzzles as Metaphors of Life

I have always enjoyed building puzzles and model airplanes as a hobby. To date, I have built close to twenty puzzles of all sizes and topics. I have a picture of the Grand Canyon in my old bedroom at my parents’ house. I bought that as a souvenir from visiting there in Dec 2013. It’s […]

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Obstacle? Or Stepping Stone?

Looking back over the last decade and a half, I don’t think I have ever gone through a single year without a new challenge. Whether it was taking Illinois State Bar Exam in 2005 only for my admission to be delayed a full year because of paperwork and a botched test, or going to China […]

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Socialism’s Appeal?

What is there to like about socialism? I am all for reasonable government programs and spending, like maintain roads and railroads and contracting for waste management. I am all for social programs for those who fell through the cracks. But when you are pushing for too much government oversight that it infringes on moral authority […]

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German Chicken Schnitzel

Traditional German food is my comfort food. Having been to Germany twice and absorbed some of the culture and cuisine, I started to eat more German food in the US. Now for the first time in a few years, I made my own. Instead of pork or veal, I used chicken breasts to make Schnitzel. […]

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