A JUSTICE AND A GENTLEMAN

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Justice Richard Palmer
Sometimes I find myself in some pretty unusual situations. All right, make that most of the time.
Take last month, for example. In the midst of a vacation with my kids at a beach in Connecticut, we experienced an earthquake and a hurricane in a five-day span. Something more pleasant happened in between the quake and the storm.

One morning we left the beach and headed up to Hartford for a private visit with one of the justices on the Connecticut Supreme Court – Judge Richard Palmer. He had agreed to give my children a private tour of the court and spend some time teaching them what goes on there.

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The Apprentice

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Clancy and Jeff Benedict

Last week I took a business trip to Salt Lake City. Mark Willes, the CEO of Deseret Management Corporation, asked me to conduct a writing seminar on the elements of storytelling for the folks at KSL TV and KSL Radio.

I brought along my apprentice, my 11-year-old son Clancy. He's a promising photo journalist and a whiz when it comes to gadgets and technology. So I put him to work taking pictures (see some of the photo credits for this blog) and helping with music.

What's music got to do with writing? In my case, a lot.

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Falling In Love... Again and Again

I'm always on the hunt for ways to strengthen my marriage. Not that there is anything wrong with it. But the point is that marriage relationships can take unintended wrong turns when left on auto pilot. So last summer I tried something different. I took my children on vacation for a week and left my wife Lydia at home. It was the best vacation Lydia has ever had. And when I returned, our relationship was suddenly fresh and new. It was like falling in love all over again.

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AN AMERICAN BOOKKEEPER

What’s your life story?

I mean if you died tomorrow, what would people say your life was about?

I’m thinking about this because last week I paid a visit to a man who is facing
death. Ray Brown is 86 years old and was just diagnosed with cancer. He’s
down to 112 pounds. That’s about 100 pounds below his normal weight. He’s in
a nursing home, where I found him alone, dozing in a wheelchair and wearing a
red-checked flannel bathrobe on a muggy 85-degree day in East Lyme,
Connecticut.

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