The Third Person in the Room


When preparing to write again, I asked, “With a world so divided, are personal essays but frivolous noise?” I posed the question to a psychologist friend wise in the ways of healing. She responded, “Nothing is more unifying than shared insights into the human condition.”

So, I begin again: After 50 years of law practice, the last 30 as a mediator, my office door is now closed. Soon to enter the 10th decade of my life, I am ever more an observer. I look back on both my professional past and personal experiences, to tell intimate stories that may provide some useful insights.