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February 8, 2006

Ogres Are Like. . . Onions. And So Is Law School.

Filed under: Objective — Jack @ 10:06 am

Or, studying in law school is like an onion, at least.

Now that I’m done for the day, it’s time to reflect.

Law school being one of the very most challenging things I’ve ever attempted, I constantly discover all sorts of new and interesting facets to its intensity. Today, my observation is that its challenges are layered. After dealing with one challenge, there’s a new one, just as stinky, right beneath it.



February 3, 2006


Filed under: Intersubjective — Jack @ 4:57 am

You know that incredibly frustrated feeling you get when you’ve been working on something that vanishes all of the sudden?

Yeah, well I was in the middle of a lengthy post about how I’ve had lunch with two different fellow students this week: once the other Mormon in my section and once with a non-denominal Protestant girl in my section. We talked religion; my own issues featured prominently in both discussions. I was going to comment on how their two perspectives were understandibly different, and how in some ways I identified a lot more with the worldview of the Protestant than with the that of the Mormon. And this Mormon guy is actually really cool (i.e., you’d never know he’s a Mormon–I laugh to think of the impression of Mormons people in my section must be getting!).

But I guess you’ll have to use your imagination. Sigh.

February 2, 2006

A Rabbinical Afternoon

Filed under: Subjective — Jack @ 1:37 am

I just had the most delightful experience. I attended a Jewish Law Society meeting where a Rabbi came in and expounded on one sentence of the Bible: Proverbs 3:6: “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” The topic of the discussion was Finding Spirituality in the Mundane.

After noting that it’s important to be remembering God or, according to a more accurate reading of the Hebrew text, worshipping, him always, he brought up how difficult this can seem to be while, for example, eating pizza (as we were doing at the time) or standing in line at the bank. Are those activities worshipping God? (more…)

January 26, 2006

A Dilemma

Filed under: Subjective — Jack @ 5:32 am

Here I am, back at school for a new semester. I promised myself that this time I’d be more diligent and stay on top of everything. But the same old dilemma arises.

You see, it’s getting late in the afternoon and it’s becoming clear that there is absolutely no way I can be prepared for tomorrow’s classes the way I’d like to be—the way I need to be. Okay, in all honesty, I could probably do it if I skipped my Yoga class and stayed up way, way past my bedtime, but this early in the semester it’s not worth that much to me. So for all intents and purposes, it’s just not gonna happen. (more…)

January 24, 2006

Hello world!

Filed under: Subjective — Jack @ 12:49 pm

Well, I finally did it. I started my own blog. Expect the usual tinkering, adjustments, and all the other yada yada yada.

My name is John Eugene Slate. Call me Jack. (more…)

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