As of 6:07 a.m. this morning, spring 2018 came to an end and summer has officially begun. I hope you and I can be cool for the summer. And by that I mean that, being a lawyer I wear a suit every day, so with all the heat and humidity and all, I hope that the air conditioning at the office and at Court continues to operate in fully functional status throughout the season.
As the father of young children, today's news of the 12 year-old girl who committed suicide -- after months of ongoing bullying by classmates and apparent inaction by the girl's school -- is horrifying to me. But we all know, from observation or experience, that unfortunately bullying exists, that kids do it to kids, but just as much that adults do it to other adults. And we know that it's not right. If you would discipline your own child for bullying a younger sibling, for
While much of the public's attention these past few days has been on the issue of forced family separation at the U.S. southern border, and rightfully so, I want to just pitch a quick reminder for another topic of national concern that deserves to stay on the forefront of our consciousness: mass shootings. As sad as it is for me to say, I think most would agree that it's just a matter of time before another mass shooting takes place somewhere in the U.S. In fact, just this p
The forecast is calling for 'feel-like' high temperatures today above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Take it easy out there, Philadelphia. It's our first legitimate blast of summer strength, so take care and stay cool.
The current administration's policy of separating families at the border is cruel and inhumane. Taking children away from their parents, then arresting the parents, and putting their children into detention or foster care is a moral abomination. To separate 2,000 children from their parents over the course of just 6 weeks is something one would expect in a repressive dictatorship, not in the 21st century U.S. It reveals this administration's dehumanizing of immigrants largely
I'm looking forward to this Sunday's World Cup match between Costa Rica and Serbia. As many of you know, I'm half-Costa Rican and the entire maternal side of my extended family is still in Costa Rica, so of course I'm rooting for los Ticos (especially with the U.S. failing to qualify for the World Cup this year). Costa Rica had a magical run at the 2014 World Cup, making it all the way to the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out. Although
The following three paragraphs are excerpted from an article entitled "We need new ways of treating depression", published today on Vox. The entire article is very worth reading, but the points in this excerpt are key: "I learned there is broad agreement among scientists that there are three kinds of causes of depression and anxiety, and all three play out, to differing degrees, in all depressed and anxious people. The causes are: biological (like your genes), psychological (
It's a beautiful day today here in Philadelphia: 74 degrees right now, with mostly sunny and blue skies, and low humidity. I'm off to Philadelphia Family Court shortly for a couple cases this afternoon. Hope you have a great day.