Entries Categorized as 'Something Different'

Sometimes supportive, sometimes not supportive: Ambivalent relationships

Date November 11, 2015

The New York times features an item on research distinguishing between the good, the bad and the indifferent in marriages, and their effect on your health.
Tara Parker-Pope writes (excerpt):
That said [the Brigham Young University study], the conclusion that the health benefits of marriage are dependent on the quality of the relationship has been borne out [...]

Review of David Sarnacki, Grand Rapids Divorce Lawyer, Best Attorneys of America

Date November 4, 2015

Best Attorneys of America selected David Sarnacki to be a “Best Attorney” Lifetime Charter Member based on his “extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards.” The organization selected and extended invitations to “less than 1% of lawyers in America” to be members of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.

Professional Rating and Review of the Sarnacki Law Firm, US News-Best Lawyers

Date November 2, 2015

U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America completed its review and professional rating of law firms and announced that The Sarnacki Law Firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan was awarded the Tier 1 ranking in the 2016 Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Building relationships: how to talk with your kids . . . your husband, your wife, your everyone

Date October 25, 2015

On Being offers tips for engaging another person in conversation, especially those within your family.
John Sarrouf writes (excerpt):
1. Choose a time and space that works — for all of you.
2. Use questions that invite more than the monosyllabic.
3. Be an active partner, not an inquisitor.
4. Ask for stories.
5. Tell our own stories.
6. Use a structure to ensure everyone is heard.
7. Actually listen.
8. Silence [...]

How to try a case, presidentially

Date September 17, 2015

CNN looks at the recent Republican primary debate and, in the process, offers several good trial advocacy principles.
Todd Graham, Southern Illinois University’s director of debate, writes (excerpt):
[On the "less is more" technique]
Sometimes, you make your arguments weaker by talking about them until you’ve confused people. When debaters forgot the “less is more” concept, their arguments [...]

To be or not to be: a good legal writer

Date September 1, 2015

Business Insider culls 6 writing tips from Bryan Garner’s interview with Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan.
Jacob Shamsian captures the tips as follows (excerpt):
1. Be a good reader — don’t skim
2. Write so normal people can understand you
3. … But don’t dumb yourself down too much
4. Have fun!
5. Explain your reasoning
6. Get feedback from [...]

Mom, Dad, Junior: Being direct is healthy!

Date August 26, 2015

Love and Logic reminds us that we should share concerns directly, rather than aligning with someone else and dragging him or her into the problem.
Dr. Charles Fay writes (excerpt):
Fortunately, mental health experts have learned a great deal about how to help families operate in healthy, happy ways. One of the most helpful discoveries involves who [...]

Review of David Sarnacki, “Michigan’s 10 Best”

Date July 10, 2015

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys announced that David Sarnacki of The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC was nominated as one of its “10 Best” family law lawyers for client satisfaction in Michigan. The Institute seeks to recognize excellence through its impartial third-party rating service.

Marriage is for Old Folks? U.S. Supreme Court says No, disagrees with Nina Simone

Date June 26, 2015

From today’s United Supreme Court decision in OBERGEFELL v. HODGES Justice Kennedy offers these comments on marriage (excerpt):
. . . Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could [...]

Review of David Sarnacki, Top 100 Lawyers, Divorce and Family Law

Date June 11, 2015

The National Advocates invited David Sarnacki of The Sarnacki Law Firm to join its “Top 100″ as part of a premier group of matrimonial and family attorneys in Michigan. Mr. Sarnacki was recognized for exemplifying “superior qualifications and leadership.” The National Advocates’ mission is to seek to promote excellence in the legal profession.

Rebounding from hard times: how do I bounce back from adversity

Date May 25, 2015

The June 1, 2015 issue of Time Magazine has an article on The Art of Resilience (page 36), which includes a sidebar with 10 expert tips (page 42).
The top three tips for rising above difficulties, setbacks, stress, loss and suffering were (excerpt):
1. Develop a core set of beliefs that nothing can shake
2. Try to find [...]

Writing “longer, easier to understand — and grumpier” court decisions

Date May 5, 2015

The New York Times notes three trends in U.S. Supreme Court opinions (length, clarity, tone) and references Brown v. Board of Education’s 4,000 words with Citizens United’s 48,000 words. The article discusses a linguistic software study scheduled for publication in the Washington University Law Review (computer scientists Daniel Rockmore and Keith Carlson, and law [...]

The evolving future of marriage

Date April 19, 2015

In case number 14-571 , the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the case of Michigan residents April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. Arguments are scheduled for April 28th, and a decision is expected by late June.
The briefs submitted to the Supreme Court highlight two issues:
1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require [...]

How does it feel to be you?

Date April 8, 2015

On Being highlighted Bill Murray’s answer at a 2014 Toronto International Film Festival press conference.
Trent Gillis reports Bill Murray’s remarks as (excerpt):
So, what’s it like to be me? You can ask yourself, “What’s it like to be me?” You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you [...]

Top Grand Rapids Divorce Attorney and Mediator

Date March 31, 2015

David C. Sarnacki, of The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys [...]

when No is better than Yes

Date March 1, 2015

On Being offers 5 different ways to say “No.”
On saying No gracefully, Courtney E. Martin writes (excerpt):
1. No, for now.
2. No, but here are some awesome resources.
3. No, but have you tried our mutual friend?
4. No, I can’t do that, but I can do this.
5. Let me think about it.

Get rich quick: scouting for amazing friends

Date January 4, 2015

On Being reminds us “why it’s such an outrageous blessing to have the opportunity to choose our friends.”
Courtney E. Martin writes (excerpt):
So now that the family circus is over for another season and you’re turning your attention to the beginning of a new year, consider this for a resolution: become a fierce talent scout of [...]

You can do it too: ordinary people acting heroic

Date December 18, 2014

CNN entices us with the title: “5 ways to be extraordinary.” In discussing five extraordinary people, Brandon Griggs lists these categories:
1. Show courage in a crisis
2. Exhibit grace under pressure
3. Meet evil head on
4. Miracles are within your grasp
5. Share credit for your success

In the darkest moments of our lives: Col. Jessep’s “You want answers?”

Date December 6, 2014

On Being highlighted one of my favorite quotes in a post about The Questions We Ask Ourselves.
The words of Rainer Maria Rilke offer a bit of light in moments of blinding darkness:
“Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart… Try to love the questions themselves… Do not now seek the answers, [...]

Sarnacki Law Firm awarded “Best Law Firms” status

Date November 3, 2014

The Sarnacki Law Firm has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”