Don’t ask me why I blush

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experiences" When I was younger, I blushed a lot.  Being blonde and pale, my blushing was obvious. My Kindergarten Photo Charles Darwin called blushing “the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” Mark Twain concluded, “Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.” As I grew up, I … Continue reading Don’t ask me why I blush

Origin of Friday the 13th and Why It’s My Lucky Day

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experience" The Origin of Friday the 13th: Massacre of the Knights Templar The most popular legend is that King Phillip IV of France and Pope Clement V conspired to eliminate the political threat, and seize the massive wealth, of the Knights Templar. So, on Friday, October 13th, 1307, hundreds of Knights … Continue reading Origin of Friday the 13th and Why It’s My Lucky Day

My Personal Experience with the Embarrassing Differences Between “British English” and “American English”

"Personal Experience" and "Fun Facts" "England and America are two countries separated by a common language" (British playwright George Bernard Shaw)  I Gave the British Congregation “The Bird” I quickly learned on my mission in England that there were differences between American English and British English. During my first talk in a sacrament meeting, I “flipped … Continue reading My Personal Experience with the Embarrassing Differences Between “British English” and “American English”

Teenage Son and Joyriding Friends Sink Family Yacht

"Court Case Friday" There is no getting around the "law of the harvest." "We reap what we sow." There are always consequences. Whether we do what's right, or do what's wrong, the consequence will follow. Thus, it is better to "choose the right." Sometimes, the consequences of our actions can be very expensive. With his rich … Continue reading Teenage Son and Joyriding Friends Sink Family Yacht

The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

"Court Case Friday" It was one of those long boring days with nothing interesting happening. In the afternoon, I arraigned an in-custody defendant who had sent a video threatening a judge.  The defendant filmed himself making the threats.   When I explained the charges against him, he asked if I had seen the video. I … Continue reading The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

My First “Crooked Cop” Case Was a “Real Doozy”

"Court Case Friday" Some Cops Turn to Crime Throughout my legal career I encountered several crooked police officers. I seem to be a magnet for those cases. Outstanding Huntington Beach Police Police officers, especially detectives, are the finest group of people I have ever worked with.  However, EVERY profession has “bad apples.” Police officers are … Continue reading My First “Crooked Cop” Case Was a “Real Doozy”

My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

"Court Case Friday" As a young prosecutor, I put on a felony preliminary hearing in a horrific DUI death case. The defendant was driving eastbound on Westminster Blvd. in Orange County.  He was going very fast. He was also under the influence.  He had a high level of alcohol in his blood. The defendant approached … Continue reading My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

We LDS Missionaries Were Surrounded by Priests, Nuns, and Boxers

In 1970, after our short stay in the old Salt Lake Mission Home, a dozen of us missionaries flew together to England. (I think the church tried to save money by giving us the longest and most circuitous route. From: Salt Lake to Denver to Chicago to New York City to Shannon, Ireland to Dublin, … Continue reading We LDS Missionaries Were Surrounded by Priests, Nuns, and Boxers

BYU Student Forged My Bishop’s Recommendation

While serving as a singles ward Bishop I received a unique telephone call from a BYU administrator. He explained, a confidential informant said that another BYU student falsified my Bishop’s Recommendation Form and forged my signature. The administrator gave me the student’s name and asked if I interviewed the person and signed the recommendation. With … Continue reading BYU Student Forged My Bishop’s Recommendation

“Fight of the Century:” Me “the Dinosaur” versus the Court Computers

"Court Case Friday" They say, “Confession is good for the soul.”  Here are 4 embarrassing episodes when I publicly demonstrated my ignorance of modern technology.   Round One: “You Can’t Hurt the Computer” Shortly after becoming a judge, I needed to learn how to use the court computer.   My first court computer had a … Continue reading “Fight of the Century:” Me “the Dinosaur” versus the Court Computers