February 8-14, 2016

I Swear

“Dictionaries are mazes in which judges are soon lost.” Thus said Judge Richard Posner (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) in a review of “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts” by Justice Antonin Scalia and legal lexicographer Bryan Garner.


Last week, I had the chance to talk to my students about a favorite book of mine, Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities,” which is an imitation of Marco Polo’s accounts to Kublai Khan.

Do It Yourself

I have concluded that my husband feels that we hired a maid somewhere in the 14 years we have been together.

The Critic's Corner

Set in 1952 in New York City, “Carol” tells the story of a young photographer and her relationship with an older woman.

Kay’s Cooking Corner

Buttermilk brings to mind good old-fashioned home cooking. My Granny used it in just about everything, and was never out of it. In pioneer days, nothing went to waste on the homestead, including the liquid leftover after churning butter.

Are we there yet?

This is part two of a Catholic High story, as my friend Jack Wingfield (a fictitious name for a real person) told it to me. Other names have been changed as well.

A Day in the Life

MC and I recently did a bout of spring cleaning. Yes, I know it’s February, but the Arkansas weather had us feeling like it was actually April or May the other day, so we got to it.

Natural State Snapshots

Spring-like temperatures and heavy water flow brought large crowds out to Cedar falls Trail at Petit Jean State Park on the last day of January.

Coach Beard speaks to UALR Alumni Board

UALR Trojan’s head coach Chris Beard spoke to the alumni association on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Dirt Law at Ground Level

In a recent column, Benny Kass repeated a perfectly sensible admonition: don’t buy a house without getting a professional inspection (or a comprehensive home warranty).

Insurance Insights

With the ending of Open Enrollment for health insurance, Arkansans may start to receive phone calls to verify certain information on their application.

The Practical Lawyer

We’ve entered presidential primaries season once again and calling the current political atmosphere contentious is a severe understatement.

Jack Nelson Jones Professional Association

Madden v. Mercedes-Benz USA, Inc., 2016 Ark. App. 45 (January 27, 2016)

Real Possibilities

Advances in technology have opened up a number of medical options such as videoconferencing, electronic disease monitoring, virtual diagnosis and smartphone apps. AARP’s web site is a great source of information on the subject.

View from the Cheap Seats

What if you lived every day in excellence. I am talking about everything you think, everything you say, and everything you do being done at the peak of your abilities.

Judge Hyde appointed to NACo committee

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde has been appointed to serve on the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee.

LRRA’s YPN kicks off 2016 at Cache

Chris Stevens and Ryan Brannon were among many who made it to the first Little Rock Realtor’s Association Young Professionals Network at Cache on Feb. 2.

UALR opens Trojan Pantry, addresses hunger on campus

Campuses across the country are opening food pantries to address hunger need that affects everyone from students to faculty.