The “Exploding Dog” Case

"Court Case Friday" My favorite law school civil torts case was: the case of the “Exploding Dog.” Here are the facts: A landowner had a vacant lot downtown between high-rise buildings.  He wanted to improve the property, and so he hired a land developer. However, there was a giant tree stump with deep roots in … Continue reading The “Exploding Dog” Case

Guinness World Record for the man with the most Guinness World Records. (600+)

"Fun Facts Saturday" 323 Pound Walking Shoes As a nerdy child, Keith Furman, became obsessed with the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1979, he set his first official Guinness World Record by doing 27,000 continuous jumping jacks. (6 hrs 45 min)   Furman set over 600 official Guinness World Records.  For his “day job” … Continue reading Guinness World Record for the man with the most Guinness World Records. (600+)

Officer Shot and Killed a 5-Year-Old Boy

"Court Case Friday" In 1983, my colleagues and I in the OC District Attorney’s Office evaluated a heartbreaking, tragic case. Stanton Police received a 911 call complaining about suspicious noises coming from an “empty” apartment where a single woman lived with her 5-year-old son.  The caller was also worried that the boy had not been … Continue reading Officer Shot and Killed a 5-Year-Old Boy

Adversity & Trials: Sources & Causes Pt 2 (Book of Job)

"Sunday Sermon" (Long Article-13 min: you may want to skim and download for future reference) The Book of Job "Hast thou considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) The entire Book of Job is in devoted to one issue: human suffering. The Book gives insights into the causes of adversity, and emphasizes the importance of turning … Continue reading Adversity & Trials: Sources & Causes Pt 2 (Book of Job)

Understanding Human Suffering Pt 1 (Eternal Progression, Nature of God, Book of Job)

"Sunday Sermon" (Long Article-13 min: You may want to skim, and then download for future reference.) The Book of Job "Hast thou considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) The entire Book of Job is in devoted to one issue: human suffering. The book gives insights into the causes of adversity, and emphasizes the importance of … Continue reading Understanding Human Suffering Pt 1 (Eternal Progression, Nature of God, Book of Job)

How Did Beethoven “Hear” and Compose His Music After He Went Deaf?

"Fun Facts Saturday" Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is one of my favorite composers.  Tragically, he went completely deaf by 44. There could be no greater personal trial.  Yet, he persevered.  Years later he composed his Symphony No. 9 (Choral Symphony, “Ode to Joy”) This is considered Beethoven’s greatest work. I have long wondered, "How did … Continue reading How Did Beethoven “Hear” and Compose His Music After He Went Deaf?

Kids Keep Adults, even Judges, Humble

"Court Case Friday" Over the years, I have hosted dozens of court tours for youth groups. My Bailiff seats the group in the jury box and at the counsel table. I then give a 10-15 minute talk, sharing my most entertaining and humorous court case “war stories.” One afternoon, I had a large group of … Continue reading Kids Keep Adults, even Judges, Humble

Have Fun In Your Church Callings — But Not Too Much Fun

"Sunday Sermon" - Personal Experience Have Fun in Your Callings I was young and inexperienced when I was called as a Bishop and given the responsibility to organize a new singles ward. I had a new career and four small children. I felt stressed and overwhelmed. I dreaded my first stewardship interview with the Stake … Continue reading Have Fun In Your Church Callings — But Not Too Much Fun