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Day of Silence

08/08/2020 Lori Duff 0

“Think before you speak.” Is there anyone – anyone? – who will doubt the wisdom of this old saw?  I’m going to go with “no.”  I mean, “speak before you think” makes no sense.  “Go […]

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Legalese — Confederate Monuments

08/02/2020 Lori Duff 0

Like just about everyone who has spent more than ten minutes south of the Mason-Dixon line, I have an opinion about the propriety of Confederate Monuments in public spaces.  I am not here to tell […]

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Ode to Admins During Coronapocalypse

07/25/2020 Lori Duff 0

I’m more fortunate than a lot of people, I suppose, in that during coronapocalypse my industry, the law, has been considered an essential one and we never really shut down.  Things shifted to Zoom and […]

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My Jubilee Year

07/12/2020 Lori Duff 0

I happen to have been born in a Jubilee Year.  A Jubilee Year is a biblical thing, specifically Leviticus 25:8-13, and although it is a fairly complicated concept, it can be summed up as a […]

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A Snake in the Grass

06/27/2020 Lori Duff 0

It was during regular business hours and I was on the phone with someone of some rank, even though it was someone I knew well, and we were discussing Important Business that Mattered. My son […]

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Legalese — Long Loads

06/20/2020 Lori Duff 0

How many times have you been driving down the road and there is a truck or trailer in front of you that has lumber or logs in the bed that are sticking out?  Sometimes there […]

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The Power of Shoes

06/13/2020 Lori Duff 0

If you were to run into me on the street, or in the grocery store, or any of the places it is possible to run into me when we are not in a pandemic and […]

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Legalese — The Right to Assembly

06/06/2020 Lori Duff 0

The United States of America originated with a rebellion.  Our forefathers and mothers became so frustrated when the King of England wouldn’t listen to them and address their grievances that they fought a war and […]

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Chickens Always Come Home to Roost

05/30/2020 Lori Duff 0

They say that chickens always come home to roost.  Now that the Duff family has chickens, I’ve found this to be literally true.  In fact, one day, the coop door blew shut. When dusk came […]

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Legalese — Citizen’s Arrest

05/25/2020 Lori Duff 0

The State of Georgia has made the national news lately for the concept of citizen’s arrest.  I thought I’d take this space to discuss exactly what a citizen’s arrest is according to Georgia law. The […]

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For the Love of Trefoils

05/16/2020 Lori Duff 0

For years, my daughter sold Girl Scout cookies.  That wasn’t the only reason she was a Girl Scout, but it may have been the only reason I encouraged her to be a Girl Scout.  I […]

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Legalese — Driving in the Gore

05/09/2020 Lori Duff 0

As a traffic court judge, I often see people who are surprised for getting tickets for things they had no idea they couldn’t do.  One of those things is “driving in the gore.” The gore […]

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The Quilt of Kindness

05/02/2020 Lori Duff 0

Colleen and Violet were my Angels.  Not the scary fire-and-brimstone kind, but the guardian kind who bring goodness and light and help and possibly a nice snack. My mother was in in-home hospice at the […]

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Legalese — Coronavirus and HIPAA

04/25/2020 Lori Duff 0

Information is power, and in these uncertain times when we feel weak we want the power that information gives us.  Unfortunately, our desire for information clashes with the privacy rights that individual patients have. HIPAA, […]

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Bast-Et Is All of Us

04/12/2020 Lori Duff 0

My friend sent me, via text message, this picture of her mother’s cat: Something about this cat picture, sent to me two weeks into house arrest via coronapocalypse, spoke to a place deep inside me.  […]

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Legalese — House Arrest

04/11/2020 Lori Duff 0

As we are all on what amounts to house arrest, I thought this would be a good time to explain what house arrest means in real pre-trial or sentencing terms. Like so many different things […]

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My Marriage Can Drink

04/04/2020 Lori Duff 0

My husband and I recently celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary.  This means our marriage is now old enough to drink. That’s good.  It needs a drink. On the one hand, you could say that the […]

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