Nothing But the Ruth!

Starting the Day on a Happy Foot

By | Sep.14.15 | No Comments

Earlier this year, I listened to an episode of the podcast “Invisible Office Hours,” where the hosts, entrepreneurs Paul Jarvis and Jason Zook, shared their morning routines. They don’t begin their days by checking email and …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Five Healthy Ways to Relax

By | Sep.11.15 | No Comments

“Relax: re·lax (rəˈlaks/) v. make or become less tense or anxious.” Being tense and anxious can make you worried, uneasy, irritable, exhausted and even susceptible to illness, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, gastrointestinal ailments and depression. …Continue reading »

On Balance

Finding Work-Life Balance as a Solo: Ethics Tips

By | Aug.17.15 | No Comments

Work-life balance is such a great catchphrase, encapsulating the struggle we all face as we walk the tightrope between our careers and personal lives. If you ever worked in a large organization (think BigLaw), it …Continue reading »

Nothing But the Ruth!

Is Paternity Leave for Lawyers an Oxymoron?

By | Mar.09.15 | No Comments

Recently I attended the Dad 2.0 Summit, a conference for men who blog about fatherhood. I didn’t realize there was such a strong community among dad bloggers. They are active parents and exceptionally genuine about …Continue reading »

Companionate Love, Part Two

10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into the Law

By | Feb.24.15 | No Comments

Last week, Christy Cassisa introduced us to the concept of “companionate love” in the workplace. It’s a type of emotional culture in which relationships are based on warmth, caring and connection — and, as Christy …Continue reading »

Mental Health

Do Yourself a Favor

By | Jan.29.15 | 1 Comment

Do you ever feel like everything you do is for someone else — be it clients, colleagues, staff, family members, the kid at the door selling candy bars to fund his class trip — when, truth …Continue reading »


Phoning It In: Why I Won’t Have a Smartphone

By | Oct.27.14 | 10 Comments

Since I require a public confessional, I’ll just have out with it: I have developed a slight obsession with “Mad Men,” which is right in the medias res of its final season on AMC. I …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Five Things to Add to Your To-Do List

By | Oct.03.14 | No Comments

As if you need any help adding things to your to-do list, right? You are justifiably more interested in removing things — or at least checking them off. But hang on, and I hope you’ll see the …Continue reading »

Nothing But the Ruth!

Lawyers, Depression and Substance Abuse: A Candid Q&A

By | Sep.18.14 | No Comments

The suicide of actor Robin Williams made many, including me, reflect on how problems related to depression and substance abuse can lead to desperate, irrational actions. Lawyers in general tend to be more susceptible to problems …Continue reading »

Five Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Lawyers

By | Aug.20.14 | 8 Comments

Mindfulness means to be in the present and to accept each moment without preference or judgment. It’s an ancient practice that comes from Buddhism. It’s not a religious practice. Rather, it’s a way to engage …Continue reading »