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Some Coaches and Schools Still Get It

For most of my adult life, I have been involved in high school athletics in one way or another. I have always looked at high school sports as an extension of the classroom. At this level, sports should not be just about wins and losses; it should be about teaching young men and women important lessons about life: the valueJohn Crop.jpg of hard work, team work, and dedication to a goal. Over the years, it seems as if more and more folks have lost sight of the educational role of high school athletics, focusing instead on winning at all costs. Every year we see more and more examples of coaches actually fighting with one another, parents screaming like crazed lunatics from the stands, and game officials being attacked. And yet just when I begin to feel as if high school sports have permanently changed for the worse, a story emerges that shows some coaches and some schools still get it.

Last week, our nation was horrified by the news of yet another school shooting. A 17-year-old student at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Washington opened fire in the school cafeteria. Three students were killed, and several others seriously wounded. Had a heroic young teacher not intervened as the shooter was trying to reload, the loss of life would certainly have been far greater. The tragedy ripped at the hearts of everyone in the Marysville community.

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In my family, we used to joke around saying, "Mom's going to go into a nursing home," just teasing her and she would laugh. We don't joke anymore, not now, knowing what I know.

College Football Mid-Season Edition of the Bordas and Bordas Legal Review

Jamie Bordas and his special guest, Christopher Regan, will be on the Bordas and Bordas Legal Review's college football mid-season edition, airing all this week. Find out from Jamie and Chris who they have in their college football top ten, which teams are likely to make college football's four-game playoff, and how Notre Dame was unfairly treated by the referees at the Florida State game last weekend. Don't miss this opportunity to receive fascinating college football insights from two experienced analysts of the game.

What 5th Grade Vocabulary Can Tell Us About the Practice of Law - Part I - "Aggressive Protection"

The other night I was helping my 5th grade daughter with her vocabularygcb.jpg homework. Part of her lesson was a "fill in the blank" section that tested her ability to use her words in a sentence. It caught my eye that the sentences were all about the practice of law. This entry is the first in a series of posts that will address those sentences and what I think they mean in the context of my own experiences as an attorney.

The first word my daughter had to use was the word "aggressive." After she filled in the blank, the sentence read like this: "It is a lawyer's duty to act in an aggressive fashion in order to protect the interests of his or her clients. Trial lawyers especially cannot afford to be timid or shy." I completely agree with the authors of the vocabulary textbook on this concept. I believe as a trial lawyer my clients have the right to expect that I will aggressively protect their interests at all times, guided, of course, by the limits of the law and the ethical rules designed to ensure that the system is fair to all involved. This aggressive mentality is why we say at Bordas & Bordas that we are "Fighting for Justice."

Sleeping with Your Dogs When it Storms

Many of us have our pets sleep with us in our beds; I think it's great and they Jeanne.jpgkeep you warmer than an electric blanket. I love having our dogs in our room at night. It makes me feel safe. However, I must say, during a storm at night, its not so nice. Don't get me wrong, I love our dogs, but when a storm hits it is a free-for-all on their part. We have three dogs: Barley, Guinness (you know the boys from the dog blog) and my grand dog Jackson. When a storm comes at night, all three feel the need to be up around my face and head, or lying over my body or just digging at me to get under the covers as fast as they can. I do my best to calm them all down, but once you get one calmed down, another one starts, and it's all on again. This is when I get NO sleep and I have to come in to the office looking like a zombie.

Well, on June 18, 2014, and again on October 6, 2014, it was a great light show from the lighting during a storm. The thunder was loud and the dogs were showing me how afraid they were. Truth be told, I'm really not crazy about storms either. We all sat in bed watching what we could on the TV, with the volume turned up extra loud to try to drown out the thunder. Nothing, and I mean nothing, worked. They were on the bed, off the bed, under the bed, beside the bed, in the master bathroom, in the closets and once again, nothing worked. I finally got all three of them to lie down on the bed with me. That turned into a jocking for a position around my face and head. I tried to explain that just lying with me was ok; they didn't need to be lying on my face and head and I don't know why they just didn't understand that. It's funny how dogs can comprehend so many things, but they just didn't understand that me trying to breath was important, not only to me, but for them too.

The Benefits of Teaching a Baby to Sign

My daughter decided before her baby was even born that she was going to teach the baby sign language. I was skeptical and uncertain why you would want to signDarcy Springer portrait headshot.jpg to your baby. Would the little one depend on signing and not learn to talk? My niece did some limited signing with her little one and felt that it was a deterrent for him in beginning to talk (let me tell you - he is now three and he definitely talks!). So, when my granddaughter was about five to six-months-old my daughter started signing to her. She initially used three to four signs: drink, milk, more, and bath. As she got older, more signs were introduced: water, ball, duck, please, eat, and noises. This went on for months and months with seemingly no results.

Once baby girl hit her first birthday, it all started to sink in! She started with the sign for more. More fruit, more milk and then more tickle!! We knew she understood exactly what more was when she wanted more tickles. It's one thing to want more food, but more tickles seemed to prove that she knew what more actually was.

Allstate Insurance Company Releases Its 10th Annual "America's Best Drivers Report"

Allstate Insurance Company recently released its 10th annual "America's Best Ty.jpgDrivers Report." Among America's smaller cities, Pittsburgh ranked dead last in terms of car crash frequency. A "smaller city" was determined to have a population of 250,000-499,999 people. According to the report, the average driver in Pittsburgh will experience a crash every 6.6 years and is 51.3 percent more likely to crash than the average American.

"We don't want drivers in Pittsburgh to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Pittsburgh to make positive changes to their driving," said Blair Bogdan, Pittsburgh-area Allstate agent. "Our goal with this report is to make the cities that fall on the bottom of the list safer places to live and raise families."

The Surprise House Guest

'Twas the night before an exam and all through the house not a creature was mousefb.jpgstirring except for A MOUSE! It was last Tuesday, I was almost asleep until I heard my roommate Sarah, call out, "Liv, there is a mouse. It just ran behind the couch." I called her crazy until I saw the mouse myself. I immediately thought that it would make sense for the mouse to come inside since every other creepy crawler in the town of West Liberty likes to move in with us.

Due to the fact that we are two college students who have always had our fathers kill the creepy crawlers when living at home, we argued over who was going the lift the couch up and who was to swat at the mouse; yes, our weapon of choice was a fly swatter. Since we have terrible aim when it comes to smashing any bugs, Sarah came up with the bright idea to open the door in hopes that the mouse would run out. I hopped on her back as she made the heroic move to unlock the door. As we lifted the couch up, anxious to see what would happen next, there was no sign of the mouse. Frazzled, we both continued to check under all the other pieces of furniture, but still could not find a trace of the mouse...until Sunday night.

A Truly Frightening Medical Crisis

The ongoing Ebola scare in the United States has led to calls for broad travel bans, gcb.jpgthe appointment of an "Ebola Czar" from President Obama's administration, and a general feeling that our government at all levels should be doing everything in their collective power to stop a virus that has infected a few Americans. Perhaps only time will tell whether this response was justified or an overreaction, but one thing is for certain, there is another healthcare epidemic going on in our country that we hear very little about. To the extent the media reports on it at all, those reports advocate for less safety, not more. This healthcare epidemic results in at least 210,000 to 400,000 deaths per year, with events of serious harm being perhaps 10 or 20 times higher than that. Experts who have studied that epidemic have concluded that these deaths and injuries are "preventable," but there is no public outcry. What is this healthcare epidemic? Medical malpractice.

A Great Day in Wheeling

It was Friday, September 19, 2014, and I had the day off.emd blb.jpg 

For the first time in a very long time, I found myself without any commitments or housework to catch up on. This time something was different, my youngest has entered kindergarten; the kids were all in school!!! I had several hours-this is like gold to me.

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