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February 5th, 2015

white pelicans

The weather turned cold again for just one day. The temperature hovered near 1 degrees C. all day. In the early evening I stopped by Elgin B. Robertson Park on Lake Ray Hubbard in Dallas.

As I sat in my car, I saw flocks of white birds and dark birds fly by in huge waves, out over the water. The dark birds were Double-crested Cormorants. The huge white birds were White Pelicans. White Pelicans are migratory in this area, heading north or south. I was surprised to see so many so early in the year.

I took pictures of them alight in the water, but none of the pictures show much more than fuzzy white pelicans. So I took a picture of a Northern Mockingbird and headed to my Garland Bar Association meeting.

We had very good attendance at our bar meeting last night. Our little bar association, like many clubs and groups, has had membership declines in recent years. People network in different ways than in local bar meetings now. But I love the whole meeting ambience--colleagues trading stories, a nice meal, a sitting judge or respected attorney as a speaker.

Tonight a newly-elected family law judge spoke. She had been an associate judge for 19 years, hearing temporary orders hearings. But she ran for district judge and won.
Now she tries the final divorces. She was savvy and interesting. The family lawyers
in the room had good questions. I have only tried one contested divorce in 30 years of practice. Like Harper Lee, I think that things can happen in ones.

On the way home, I listened to a CD reading of Wodehouse's "Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves". I have read this novel several times--it is fun to have it read to me by an actor. Books on CD have their own sensation, akin to but different from the page or the e-reader.

Tomorrow the warmth returns, or so the weatherfolks say. We'll see.

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