NOVEMBER 3, 2006

These are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer. They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life and experiences in the Solo Practice of law.
Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2006.

I have decided to finish my legal career serving the citizens of Johnson County, Missouri as their Associate Circuit Judge.  I ask for your support. 


Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

  02-22-02  03-30-02  04-05-02
  04-21-02  04-27-02  05-01-02
  05-03-02  05-10-02  05-17-02
  05-31-02  06-21-02  06-26-02
  06-29-02  07-04-02  07-05-02
  07-12-02  08-02-02  08-10-02
  08-21-02  08-23-02  08-30-02
  09-06-02  09-11-02  09-11-02F
  09-13-02  09-20-02  09-27-02
  10-04-02  10-11-02  10-18-02
  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
  11-15-02  11-22-02  11-29-02
  12-06-02  12-13-02  12-20-02

  01-03-03  01-10-03  01-10-03R
  01-17-03  01-24-03  01-31-03
  02-07-03  02-14-03  02-21-03
  02-28-03  03-07-03  03-14-03
  03-21-03  03-28-03  04-04-03
  04-11-03  04-18-03  04-25-03
  05-02-03  05-09-03  05-16-03
  05-23-03  05-30-03  06-06-03
  06-20-03  06-27-03  07-04-03
  07-11-03  07-18-03  07-25-03
  08-01-03  08-08-03  08-15-03
  08-22-03  08-29-03  09-05-03
  09-12-03  09-19-03  09-26-03
  10-03-03  10-10-03  10-17-03
  10-24-03  10-31-03  11-07-03
  11-14-03  11-21-03  11-28-03
  12-05-03  12-12-03  12-19-03

  01-02-04  01-09-04  01-16-04
  01-23-04  01-30-04  02-06-04
  02-13-04  02-20-04  02-27-04
  03-05-04  03-12-04  03-19-04
  03-29-04  04-02-04  04-09-04
  04-16-04  04-23-04  04-30-04
  05-07-04  05-14-04  05-21-04
  05-28-04  06-11-04  06-18-04
  06-25-04  07-09-04  07-16-04
  07-23-04  07-30-04  08-06-04
  08-13-04  08-20-04  08-27-04
  09-03-04  09-10-04  09-17-04
  09-24-04  10-01-04  10-08-04
  10-15-04  10-22-04  10-29-04
  11-05-04  10-12-04  11-19-04
  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
  12-17-04  12-24-04  12-30-04
  01-07-05  01-14-05  01-21-05
  01-28-05  02-04-05  02-11-05
  02-18-05  02-25-05  03-04-05
  03-11-05  03-18-05  03-25-05
  04-02-05  04-08-05  04-15-05
  04-22-05  04-29-05  05-06-05
  05-13-05  05-20-05  05-27-05
  06-03-05  06-12-05  06-17-05
  06-24-05  07-01-05  07-08-05
  07-15-05  07-22-05  07-29-05
  08-05-05  08-12-05  08-19-05
  08-26-05  09-02-05  09-09-05
  09-16-05  09-23-05  09-30-05
  10-07-05  10-14-05  10-21-05
  10-28-05  11-04-05  11-11-05
  11-18-05  11-25-05  12-02-05
  12-09-05  12-16-05  12-23-05
  01-06-06  01-13-06  01-20-06
  01-27-06  02-03-06  02-10-06
  02-17-06  02-24-06  03-03-06
  03-10-06  03-17-06  03-24-06
  03-31-06  04-07-06  04-14-06
  04-21-06  04-28-06  05-05-06
  05-12-06  05-19-06  05-26-06
  06-02-06  06-09-06  06-16-06
  06-23-06  06-30-06  07-07-06
  07-14-06  07-21-06  07-28-06
  08-04-06  08-11-06  08-18-06
  08-25-06  09-01-06  09-08-06
  09-15-06  09-22-06  09-29-06
  10-06-06  10-13-06  10-20-06
  10-27-06  11-03-06
Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of November 3, 2006. "Greets and Huggers". I wonder if that greeting is recognized, here, any more, (I have not been here much, the past few months.   Many new "family" members may not know me).   It remain my greeting.  These will be the last Ramblings  ...  should I get elected on Tuesday.  This place,  this house,  remains a safe place for me to share my feelings,  my Ramblings ... my joys, my love for Susan,  my SUPPORT FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM  ...  and disappointments.  I feel safe here, sharing who I am.  I remain, one of the 66% of our Bar,  a Solo practicing law  ...  and working on doing it right ...  and terrified when I get a letter from the IRS  ...  or the OCDC.  Either makes me change my socks. Do you get nervous when you receive a registered letter?  I do.  This remains, for me, a place to bare my soul, to people who know, (or soon will), what the Solo Practice of law is about.  People, just like me. That was what David Browning envisioned when he formed the SFIG,  10 years ago.  That is what I have worked so hard,  over so many years,   to help nurture.  To share .... you and I are not alone:   we ARE brothers and sisters  ...  we have each other to fall back on for support.   And Tuesday,  God willing   ...   I am prepared/willing to walk away.

Was sitting here thinking about why I am willing to do so. Leave the emotional safety of this little "House" and the love and respect you have shown me and we have shown each other.   You are my "virtual" family.  I was there with Les S, when his daughter Nina was born. I have attended the funerals of "family" loved ones ... and wept. I was there when Sherrie H did her first dance before the Supremo's ... I had the privilege of introducing her ... and we raised funds for Shelley B's brother. I wrote the Netiquette Haiku which defines how to act in this "house".   And   ....   you have been here for me,  when Susan found the lumps in her breast  ...  and the lump in her uterus,  her surgeries  ...  I believe your prayers helped.   I have been here for each and every one of you   ...   and am humbled by the privilege of being able to do so.   You have made Susan and I,   a part of your life.   In my life,   the things I remember,   stand out,   are the feelings I,   like you, have/had when I have given of myself, helped/aided a client,  (I remember one case   ... where my client, (pro bono),   had her children returned to her,   In Interest of A.H, 689 S.W.2d 771 (Mo.App. W.D. 1985).   What matters, remains what we give ... not what we receive.

I want to finish my legal career as a Judge, (go through this horrible campaign process to get elected), because I want to finish my legal career as a public servant. A debt I owe, for the privilege of being an American Citizen. As a naturalized citizen ... I KNOW what a privilege that is. There are changes I believe I can help make as a Judge, for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers. I can't seem to get them done here. We need a "vacation rule", we need our Bar to issue a universal picture ID, to bypass metal detectors and security, to gain access to our place of business: the courthouse. We need the OCDC to carbon us in, on any Bar Complaint filed, even if the OCDC decides not to investigate. There are changes to be made. I am willing to walk away, hoping, it will be easier for me to help make them as a Judge. Perhaps, Tuesday, I will have the opportunity to do so.

And in the religious news update:   ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) -- Letters to God found dumped off New Jersey coast.  "Some of the letters are comical (a man asking God to let him win the lottery, twice), others are heartbreaking (a distraught teen asking forgiveness for an abortion, an unwed mother pleading with God to make the baby's father marry her).  The letters -- about 300 in all, sent to a New Jersey minister -- ended up dumped in the ocean, most of them unopened."  Obviously, the letters were addressed to Neptune.   ... and   ...  COLORADO SPRINGS,   Colorado (CNN) -- Evangelical leader says he bought meth but 'never used it' "The Rev. Ted Haggard, who resigned as one of the nation's top evangelical leaders, admitted Friday he had contacted a male prostitute for a massage and bought drugs from him. Haggard, 50, said he never had sex with Mike Jones and never used the methamphetamine he bought." Rumor has it,   he has hired Bill Clinton to lead his defense team.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Report: Seafood faces collapse by 2048.  "Clambakes, crabcakes, swordfish steaks and even humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few decades. If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048, a team of ecologists and economists warns in a report in Friday's issue of the journal Science."   I suppose "chicken of the sea" will actually be "chicken"!   Of course we are good stewards of God's creation:    Washington (AP) U.S. Joins Protest of Iceland Whaling. "The United States and two dozen other countries are protesting Iceland's resumption of whaling, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. "We're extremely disappointed that Iceland has decided to resume commercial whaling in spite of the international ban and absent any agreed upon management system. Its actions undermine the proper functioning of the International Whaling Commission," Bill Hogarth, U.S. Commissioner to the IWC and director of the NOAA Fisheries Service, said in a statement."   Iceland must be an interesting place,   (slightly smaller than the State of Kentucky).   It has a population of 299,388 and has the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly.   It has no regular armed forces   ...   just 56,777 able bodied men   ...   apparently,   manning harpoons   ...   and of course   ...   I seem to remember some Lady at the Academy Awards wearing a stuffed swan.   Like I said   ... an interesting place,  with no doubt,  interesting people.

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Radio host canned for calling candidate a 'fat lesbian'. "A radio talk show host was fired Friday after he made a derogatory comment about the weight and sexuality of the Green-Rainbow party candidate running for Massachusetts governor."   So,  would she have been fired if he had called her a "skinny" lesbian?  As nasty as this campaign season has become  ...  it is Ok for radio stations to run attack adds  ...  but fire a commentator for rendering an opinion about a candidate?  Go figure.

Sitting here finishing off these short Ramblings  ...  and will stuff another 500 door bags for tomorrow.   Went door-to-door this morning,   then Judy H,   (the founder of 7 Bells Sanctuary),   Susan and I took "Lil Buddy" and "Max" to the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.   Have not had any experience with folks who suffer from Alzheimer's.  I do now   ...   <sigh>   ...   I admire their caregivers and the volunteers who work there. It takes a person with an incredible heart, to care for and love folks suffering from Alzheimer's.   Like tending a fireplace full of ashes with a few dying embers   ...   while remembering,   celebrating and honoring the roaring fire that once was.   The patients there are veterans.   Heroes from a generation slipping into memory.  They have earned our respect, no doubt for what they did   ...   but also for the lives they changed.   Fires, torches,   that halted the spread of darkness and lit a path for this generation   ...   now, just quietly glow in the dark.   An inspiration for those of us who have the privilege of witnessing it   ...   and have the eyes to see it.   As I usually do,   I will hold my Susan tonight as I drift off to sleep and say a prayer of thanks.   Tonight,   for Judy H   ...   who takes her aging canine rescues/charges to places like the Missouri Veterans Home   ... dress them up in costumes   ...   and make the patients hollow eyes almost sparkle  ...  I pray a thank you.   And for our men and women in uniform  ...  I pray for their safe return.   Be and sleep well tonight.   You have the ability to know who you are,  recognize your loved ones  ...  and in the morning,  celebrate a day in which,   you could make a difference in another's life.   Strive to do so.   It is the only measure of a person,   that in the long run   ...   really matters.   As always ...

A Warm Brotherly Hug

Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)

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Karl H. Timmerman M.A. J.D. 2006
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