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Author Archives: Robert L. Brenna Jr.

I went looking for America – and found it

We see what we want to see. The science of psychology has determined, without any real doubt, that we perceive what we think we should perceive. Even more importantly, we perceive what we wish to perceive. What if we look ...

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Who deserves fame: Colbert, Machiavelli or Hilton?

I’m pretty sure I know how Paris Hilton became famous, and it’s not something I would encourage my kids to do. I know that Machiavelli became much more famous five years after his death when his now famous book, “The ...

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Homeland insecurity, in a 3-ounce serving

They took away my wife’s Sensodyne toothpaste at the airport. We were flying down to Manhattan to see “Hamlet,” so I suppose the thought could have been that an outraged retired schoolteacher might attack the Statue of Liberty with a ...

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He shouldn’t pay for being paralyzed

My friend walked in for a routine medical test. He never walked again. He had been working, and, although he was widowed, he was a vibrant man who enjoyed life. Now he’s a quadriplegic, and it’s unfortunate but he realizes ...

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No instruction

OK, so it’s a paradox. Maybe I’m just dense. Maybe we’re not supposed to know the answers. It’s kind of a cruel twist of fate that we wait to mature with the hope that as we age we will understand ...

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All right, all right – I’ll join Facebook

My son mentioned to me recently that it was about 60 years between the time we first learned to fly and the moment man first stepped on the moon. It’s amazing to think our society could progress that quickly through ...

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You would torture, and you would break

Let’s face it. The real question is not whether you would torture, because you would. If you believed that a nuclear device was in the center of New York City and that torturing the suspect was the only way to ...

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Doctors and lawyers get along sometimes

When my dad started practicing in 1953, he worked for a great trial lawyer named Sid Davidson for six months, gratis. He told me how skillful Sid was, but he also found it difficult to provide shelter and food for ...

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The caller was a jerk – and good for business

When I first began my radio show, I spoke mostly about estate planning and didn’t mention that I was a trial lawyer. I thought it was more important for the audience to get to know me first. I also was ...

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(Insert working title here)

This column has no working title, in part because the task of beginning a new year is daunting. This is especially true in the current economic environment, but I think the phrase “put your money where your mouth is” might ...

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