HAPPY JULY 2nd!

No, that is not a misprint. It is the date that John Adams (in a letter to his wife Abigail, dated July 3, 1776) predicted would be the date celebrated as the country’s independence since it was on that date that the Second Continental Congress voted to sever ties with [Read More]

By |July 3rd, 2020|Odd stuff|

Being Transparent

We are all facing a “new normal.” Most of us- over 75%- are working remotely from home trying to adapt very quickly and competently to this “new normal”. We are attempting to keep the same sense of structure and processes that we used in an office setting without much luck. [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2018- I posted the blog below which I believe is as relevant today as it was last year. So, I would like to share it again. And.... again I want to thank each of you for such a great year. I  deeply [Read More]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Odd stuff|

Culture Differences

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I started teaching ADR Ethics at USC Gould School of Law last week.   During our discussion of ethics, I asked whether it would be proper to hide information. I posed the following hypothetical:   At mediation, an Insurance company settled a dog [Read More]

By |September 20th, 2019|Odd stuff|

Mediating My Own Disputes

There is  an adage that a person who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client, meaning that representing yourself is a foolish. Why? You lose perspective,  objectivity and perhaps even credibility. Based on a recent event, it seems that this adage applies to mediators as well: one [Read More]

By |May 31st, 2019|Odd stuff|

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2017- I posted the blog below which I believe is as relevant today as it was last year. So, I would like to share it again. And.... again I want to thank each of you for such a great year. I  deeply [Read More]

By |November 16th, 2018|Odd stuff|

When Interrupting is NOT interrupting!

The other weekend, my husband and I were visiting some friends (husband and wife) whom we had not seen in a while. As we were leaving, the wife and I were avidly talking with each other, seemingly interrupting each other, or at least, not letting the other finish a sentence. [Read More]

By |September 7th, 2018|Odd stuff|