The Brutus Papers

Where the Grickle-Grass Grows

At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows …. From The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ________________________________________ Those who know and know that they know – they are the wise – follow them. Those who know but don’t know that they know – they are misguided – enlighten them. Those who don’t know and […]


Galileo’s Moon

There’s a Mystical Island somewhere in the waters of the Mediterranean where the soothing music of the lyre is buoyed by a gentle breeze and life goes on forever. You may recall the stories from ancient Greece about mortals visiting its eerie caverns, consulting with the Gods and philosophers of ages past. According to Homer, […]


How Will We Fill America’s Most Important Offices?

Chapter 26, the final chapter of Wonderlust, Where Will Our Stories Lead Us: Sunrise or Sunset?, poses the question: “Where will the stories we’ve gathered on our Wanderings and fixed within our belief systems lead us?” And makes a suggestion: “What must we do? Create the right stories for our inner self that will lead […]


The Touch of the Master’s Hand

A few years ago, my good friend Barry presented me with a plaque, which quickly found a cherished place on a wall of my law office — a painting and a poem, signed “Author Unknown.” I later learned the poem was written and published anonymously by Myra Brooks Welch, as a gift for us all. […]


T’was the Night Before Christmas . . . Pete Polar Bear Lends a Hand

T’was the Night Before Christmas; Santa was not amused. His ice sheet runway was all puddles; it could no longer be used. The North Pole was melting – it could not be a worst plight. Santa’s workshop that topped it sank fast, then clear out of sight. Santa’s elves saw it coming, worked night and […]


Belief-Checker: Do We Need Supreme Court Judges Who Champion “Original Meaning”?

The other day a good friend gave me a call. He’d decided to vote for a particular candidate this November, not because he thought the candidate would be a stellar leader but because the candidate would be instrumental in the appointment of a Supreme Court justice who’d champion “original meaning” when it came to interpreting […]


One Earth? Yes! But, One World? . . .

I’M NOT SURE WHY I REMEMBER THE ELECTION OF 1940 – I was only nine years old. But I do. Maybe it was because my dad lost his business in the early 1930s, not long after the depression began, then pulled himself out of the morass and rebuilt his business; then, despite his gutsy effort, […]


A Lesson From Elephants About Family Disintegration

WARNING: This material is apt to be provocative, and for some, offensive. THE FIRST TIME I SAW ELEPHANTS IN THE WILD – in their habitat – was in 1982, in Africa, on the Serengeti. We had approached a “herd” of nervous elephants who quickly formed a circle while their “leader” trumpeted us a clear message: […]


How Green is My Arctic?

A provocative visual story needs very few comments by way of introduction. This is one of them. Scientists call it “range-shift migration.” It’s happening all over the world in many different ways. When mackerel moved from Scottish waters to Iceland, and Iceland wouldn’t let the Scottish fisherman follow it almost led to war, and remains […]


Sink or Swim? Kids Get It!

Last week I attended the Florida Atlantic conference in Ft. Lauderdale, 3rd Sea-Level Rise Summit: Connected Futures from Alaska to Florida. A fantastic, enlightening conference. Miami’s 16-year-old Delaney Reynolds delivered a powerful speech Tuesday: Sink or Swim? Kids Get It! The talk was based on her 8 minute TED talk, which I have linked below. […]


Sunblock – Florida Style

I’M AT THE AGE WHERE I PAY AN ANNUAL VIST TO MY DERMATOLOGIST to be sure that I’m not accumulating any sun spots that could become hazardous to my health. So far so good! A splash of liquid nitrogen on a brown spot or two and I’m on my way – usually with a recommendation […]


Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s Final Advice for Our Politicians

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, I was privileged to give a talk at a special tribute to Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who died February 4, 2016, one day before the 45th anniversary of his Apollo 14 Moon Walk. The tribute was held in St. Petersburg by the local community of members of the Institute of Noetic […]


THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT IS A “MUST WATCH” – The 21 Gutsy Kids Speak Out

A video that stands on its own without comments: Related Posts: March 9, 2016 – A Wet Day in Oregon I’m Not Apt to Forget 21 Gutsy Kids Who Make Me Proud


March 9, 2016 – A Wet Day in Oregon I’m Not Apt to Forget

I came to Oregon on March 3rd, 2016 on a mission. The Federal Court scheduled a March 9th hearing on the law suit filed by 21 gutsy kids to save our environment. The week prior to the hearing, the University of Oregon held its annual PIELC, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, attended by some 3,000 […]


So, Do You Know What You’re Eating for Dinner Tonight?

Somethings, it’s tough to figure out what you’re about to eat for dinner. Joanie and I had that experience in 1986 when we decided to trek the Himalayas along the Mount Everest trail from Lukla to a Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche, about 13,000 feet high in the Himalayas. Passang, our Sherpa guide, was supported by […]


Our Pale Blue Dot – Up Close

Yosemite at moonrise. I took this photo five years ago, when my good friend Greg and I were in Yosemite for a winter photoshoot. John Muir, perhaps the most famous of our environmentalists, and Theodore Roosevelt, then President, stood on cliffs near here in 1903. Smithsonian gave me a photo of those two as a […]


For 2016: The Touch of the Master’s Hand

A few years ago, my good friend Barry presented me with a plaque, which quickly found a cherished place on a wall of my law office — a painting and a poem, signed “Author Unknown.” I later learned the poem was written and published anonymously by Myra Brooks Welch, as a gift for us all. […]


Revisiting “Once Upon a Time I was a Cowboy” as I Ponder 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Well, I had hoped for a calm Christmas and had no intention of another blog; but someone sent me a copy of a Christmas Card posted on Facebook by Nevada Assemblywomen Michaele Flore of her family. All 10 are in bluejeans and red shirts and, except for the grandchildren, they’re all armed. That’s their Merry […]


The Gift of the Magi: A Holiday Message

December 2015. Two years ago, I published this blog. In thinking about the Holidays and Christmas 2015, and the concerns and fears we have regarding the sacredness of life and the care of our planet, and what it means to be human, I thought it would be good if I simply republished this message without […]


George Washington’s Endangered Legacy

Washington’s Obelisk In Washington DC, on the National Mall, a statue of Thomas Jefferson stands tall – intellectual and thoughtful – in the center of the Jefferson Memorial, while a fatherly Abraham Lincoln peers down at us, exuding the wisdom of Solomon, in the Lincoln Memorial. But nearby, the Washington Monument is a lonely obelisk, […]


Meet 21 Gutsy Kids Who Make Me Proud – and a little humble and embarrassed!

I’d like you to meet 21 gutsy kids. I’ll give you a link to their webpage and identities in a few minutes. But first some background. We close the final chapter of Wonderlust with: “Philosopher and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer wrote the first two volumes of his Philosophy of Civilization in 1923. Upon his death in […]


Artifacts – What Does Their Destruction Mean to Us?

The recent destruction of ancient artifacts in the Middle East by ISIS has painfully reminded us of an all too frequent repeating story of our globe’s plundering conquerors. ISIS is but a current version of a long history of plunderers. Destruction of archeological sites, ancient works of art and other creations of the conquered validate […]


The Grandparent’s Hypothesis: The Story We Live is What We Leave Behind

Perhaps our title, The Grandparent’s Hypothesis, is an unexpected title for a Fourth of July Holiday Blog. But, then, the Declaration of Independence we have been celebrating is almost 240 years old. So, our Declaration and we grandparents have something in common: We are getting old. Then, using a photo of a whale – in […]


Sometimes Mother Nature Needs Our Helping Hand! Part III

July 1, 2015 This blog is a continuation of our Brutus Papers discussions: Sometimes Mother Nature Needs Our Helping Hand! Link to Part I. Link to Part II. We ended Part II with a review of the New Jersey Court case that alleged that marketing conversion therapy – therapy intended to assist gays in becoming […]