Alone in the Desert

Alone in the Desert

James Cowan (born 1942) is an Australian author.  Cowan’s work lies at the intersection between modernism and ancient cultural perspectives.  Many of his books explore the beliefs and practices of indigenous peoples as they attempt to come to terms with the modern...
Why We Need Sleep

Why We Need Sleep

“Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.” – Shakespeare,   Julius Caesar. Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist:  He studies the sleep cycles of the brain.  And he asks: What do we know about sleep? According to Foster, some areas of the brain...
Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice

Bob Dylan’s pointed and versatile lyrics are cited in judicial opinions and have earned him a Nobel Prize for literature. The late Justice Antonin Scalia loved opera, but he also had a soft spot for Bob Dylan.  In a 2010 dissent, for instance, he chastised the...
The Many Sides of Harry Lee Coe

The Many Sides of Harry Lee Coe

Judge Morison Buck wrote the “Chips Off the Old Bench” column in the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s publication, Lawyer.  Judge Buck passed away in 2014; however his biographies of 58 Hillsborough County judges are preserved.  They make...
Who Can You Trust?

Who Can You Trust?

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy, Ann Karenina (1878) Although technology allows people to stay connected over long distances, it can interfere with family bonding. The pressure to stay connected online...
Removing Prison Tattoos: An Investment in Change

Removing Prison Tattoos: An Investment in Change

For all 100,000 prisoners in their system, Florida has published data including their age, race, sex, what crimes they’ve committed, and — most intriguingly — what tattoos they have.  The most obvious thing this data shows is just how common tattoos are. Kevin Waters,...