Let’s Do Some Good!

Dear Readers:


I am writing to you from an undisclosed location, also known as Maui. While I cannot promise regular posting this week, I do intend to be sporadic.

Before I get to my point today, I’d like to remind any of you who have yet to read my compelling series, “Anatomy of a Disaster,” to get on it.

I can call it “compelling” because my bandwidth has been pushed past its limits due to the high level of traffic the series is generating.  Before you get too excited about that, however, please know that my web hosting company is essentially two paper cups and a string tied to the Internet.

1. Cast of Characters

2. Sarah’s Story

3. Let’s Get Something Straight

4. The Box, the Lies, and the Unraveling

I’ll have some updates on the series starting next week but my duties here as Mrs. Patience and Understanding don’t allow me the writing time and attention the series demands.

Now onto doing some good:

I am not simply on vacation, darling readers.  I am actually on/in/upon/about Maui attending the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Spring Meeting.

Before you all choke on your coffee and spit it out in wonder that such a selective group would elect me into their membership, relax.  I come as arm candy for Mr. P.U., who was inducted into this fine organization in September of 2014.

If you missed my work on that trip, click the link below and read the first three in reverse order.

London and Paris Blogs

The ACTL is a remarkable group comprised of the best of the best of American and Canadian litigators.  Mr. Patience and Understanding was admitted after a lengthy investigation which did not include any due diligence on yours truly, thank goodness.

You may recall my write-up of the ACTL regional meeting on December 9th, which you can read here:

Portland is a Small Town,

I sure had fun with that one.

That evening I spoke at length with the wonderful President of the ACTL, a litigator from Virginia named Mike Smith.  Mr. Smith is a true southern gentleman and a scholar and we took an instant liking to each other, which calls into question his judgment (but not mine).

I told him I felt spouses of ACTL Fellows should have an outlet to contribute to society in meaningful ways through the power and reputation of the ACTL.  I specifically suggested we brainstorm on how to help our veterans when they are navigating legal waters with little money for counsel.

Mike loved the idea, told me to email him to start the conversation, and I was thrilled to have another volunteer outlet for helping people.

And, because I am slightly ADD and pretty busy, I promptly forgot.  It popped into my head from time to time and I kept reminding myself to send that email to Mike and start the project, but time and time again I spaced it.

I may have a brain tumor, but don’t get your hopes up.

Yesterday I finally sent that email, after running into Mike at the hotel and facing the humiliation of him instantly recognizing me and saying, after giving me a lovely southern gentleman’s hug,

“Whatever happened to that email you were supposed to send me about helping veterans?”

Oh boy, did I feel like an asshole.  Happily, that is not an uncommon state of mind so I rolled with it and promised he’d hear from me immediately, which he did.

Here’s where you readers come in (and PLEASE share to generate more ideas):

Do you have any ideas on how lawyers can help vets locally and nationally?

If so please leave a comment or email me at

The various yahoos running for President right now will all promise to help veterans, and they will all invariably fail.  We need to do our part to provide services and the like to those who have put their lives on the line for this country.

So what say you, people?  And please share, especially with veterans’ groups!



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  1. SLR

    Are you on the West side by chance? If you are got to the Brewing Company and eat their brie cheese w/ caramelized pineapple! No scratch that, google tells me you’re at Grand Wailea! Eat at Humuhumu at least once, SO SO GOOD!

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