The Spectrum of Friendship
This issue covers friendship from all angles. Stanley Jaskiewicz explores how the smallest acts of kindness or a shared interest can develop into a meaningful relationship. And Joe Weeg addresses a common problem facing many retired attorneys: making friends in your new retired life, when your lawyering days are in the past.
Doug Church writes about the joys of seamlessly reconnecting with his fourth-grade classmates, and Gary Fry reminisces about a friend since the seventh grade who shared with him the beauty of being part of a culture and a community.
Meaningful friendships can happen at any stage in life. Michael Blechman writes about how being in the right places at the right times and the valuable friendships made contributed to his success as an international lawyer.
Kevin McGoff writes about his mentors, some of whom became friends as they helped him from childhood and throughout his career as an attorney. Norm Tabler writes about his unrequited—perhaps it’s not unrequited?— friendship with NPR’s Nina Totenberg. And don’t miss Stephen Terrell’s reminder to appreciate the beauty of our friends in the animal kingdom.
One of the most challenging parts of friendship, especially today in today’s polarized political world, is navigating the passionate differences that often arise. James Gray Robinson lays out some very practical techniques to use when these conflicts arise in an insightful and helpful read.
Finally, we have our new feature, the Playlist, which we’ll run each month featuring songs on the issue’s theme. This month, Doug Church and Jerry Todaro have compiled an intriguing list tied to friendship. Be sure to send us your suggestions for the friendship playlist by emailing them to [email protected]. Watch the next issue of Voice of Experience, the monthly electronic newsletter of the Senior Lawyers Division, for additions suggested by you, our friends and readers.
I hope you enjoy this issue. Share it with a colleague or acquaintance—you just might make a friend.