Sharon Eliza Nichols’ quiet, polite voice doesn’t sound like it belongs to the type of person who would author a book called “I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar.”But when Nichols begins to talk about the experience of writing a book, a more fun, even mischievous, side comes out.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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Friday, December 04, 2009
Now there was no antidote to the stock phrases I had been hearing over the years that had begun to pain me whenever they were uttered. 'The Lord has really laid a burden on my heart for you. How's your walk with the Lord? She has a heart for single mothers. Let's just lift these things up to Jesus. We just pray, Lord, for your wisdom and guidance.'
It all sounded like effeminate earnestness. It was lingo. People picked up the phrases and passed them around like a contagion, which meant they were perfectly happy to use what was lying about and say what everyone else was saying. There was no reflection on this habit, no idea that God deserved better than cliches. -- Not That Kind of Girl
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
My grandmama would fry a BABY if she could. She'd then proceed to CAN that baby, because she cans everything in sight -- pears, apples, babies, if that were socially acceptable.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
- Putty tale
- Together plump
- Senile tame
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- CT: First year [of law school] was clear as cement!
- CT: You'd think I was in a concentration camp or something and I had to find a way to fill my time -- law school.
- CT: In the 18 years I've been there [on SCOTUS] I've yet to hear an unkind word in our conferences.
- Q: How many hours a day do you work?
- A: Less than 24 hours a day.
- CT: I don't like excerpts because people have agendas when they excerpt cases. (Kinda true, right? I've never thought about it. Our books are filled with excerpts from cases mixed with explanation from the authors, but now that I think about it, you can't really present part of a case without showing some bias. It's like piecing together quotes -- you can get them to mean whatever you want.)
- Q: What do you think the future of affirmative action is?
- A: It'll always be on shaky ground because of the 14th Amendment.
- CT: [Totally nonchalantly]: One thing lead to another, and I ended up on the Supreme Court.
- CT: You just have to vote. You have to take a position. That part doesn't get any easier for some cases. Don't think we're any different from you in that sense.
- Q: What do you think about the RIAA cases where damages for illegal downloads are outrageously high?
- A: Hey, it's California, it's Hollywood. Who knows!
- CT (jokingly): I'm off my medication, that's why things are so fascinating.
- CT: I don't like politics. I like law, I like rules.
- Q: What's been the biggest change in your life as a SCOTUS justice?
- A: Well, people look at you everywhere you go. You start to feel sorry for the animals at the zoo!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I posted on Facebook the following status: I can't help but think "gubernatorial" is a funny word.Comment by friend "C": Is it bad that I giggled a little every time we used the word "seamen" (TO REFER TO SAILORS, YOU DIRTY READERS) the other day in class?Comment by professor of said class, "Prof. N": Yeah, I heard the giggling.
I guess it's good to keep in mind that I'm Facebook friends with professors now.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Hi Sharon! I see that your book is coming out in a monthish, so I am going to have to claim my just deserts. If you recall, you promised me your hand in marriage. However, we agreed that would never work due to my annularphobia (fear of rings) and your "condition". I believe we settled on an appropriate substitution of: One copy of your book, signed by you, sent to me at my location at time of publishing. My address is:This message is hilarious. I kinda love Patrick, and I'll do exactly as he asks when I get some extra copies.
For the inscription, I would diffidently accept, with no alterations:
I know I told you I would marry you, but please accept this small token as a humble substitute for my eternal love. Know that I will always treasure our brief tenure as lovers.
Thank you in advance, it's been quite enjoyable planning this for eight months.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
I've also been working a lot at UA's newspaper, The Crimson White. I'm taking a lot of what I learned about journalism this summer and putting it to use at the school paper. It's cool to watch the process and see everything come together. We publish four times a week: Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday.
I do realize that, at some point, I have to get serious about looking for a real (adult! ahh...) job, but not right now. That can wait till closer to Christmas.
For now: ROLL TIDE!
Football fans are freaking out about whether or not Deaderick will be able to play. What I overheard in the newsroom just now:
- "If Deaderick plays this Saturday, I will do his laundry for life. And let him name my first-born child."
- "Hell, if Deaderick plays this week, he can HAVE my first-born child."
I love Tide fans.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
First, I learned how to behave around pseudo-celebrities. In the first week there, our boss took the interns out for happy hour at the Fox and Hounds, a place for which Barney Frank and I apparently share the same affection. He was seated at a table over from us, and I was a little starstruck. “Sharon, stop staring.” “Sharon, stop giggling like that.” “Sharon, stop trying to take his picture with your phone!” You get the idea.
The editor of TNR is Frank Foer, a kind of celebrity in himself. His brother is Jonathan Safran Foer, who wrote Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
I also learned that interviewing people is a lot different from being interviewed. You have to kn
ow your subject and ask your questions confidently, and when the interviewee doesn’t give a good answer, there are a couple tactics you can take:
1) “The Elise”: Get comfortable with silence, because most people aren’t. If you just don’t respond, most people will fill the silence with their own ramblings, sometimes giving up interesting information.
2) “The Dylan”: Calmly ask the question again. Hey, they didn’t answer the question—they deserve to be spoken to like a child. Ask it again and again until you get a satisfactory answer (or hung up on). Or, you can ask the question in subtly different ways so they feel more comfortable answering it.
3) “The Chris Matthews”: Play hardball. Point out the fact that they didn’t answer the question, and ask it again. If they still don’t, ask them for historical examples of the point they’re trying to make. If they can’t do it, laugh.
4) “The Friend”: Give a little piece of information about yourself that seems personal but actually isn’t, which should make the person feel more comfortable and they might censor their thoughts less and give better answers.
There are probably other strategies, but those are the ones I picked up on. Also, journalism in general is much more difficult than you’d imagine. This was my first experience in interviewing people and writing in a journalistic environment, and I learned so much. Journalism is tough to get into and make a stable living in right now, but my bosses were very encouraging. The day I left TNR, Greg Veis (web editor, my direct boss) called me into his office and basically offered to help out in the future if I needed it. I will need it, Greg, and I appreciate you being interested in the success of your former interns. Zvika Krieger is the other web editor, and he was every bit as helpful as Greg.
I learned a lot about how to write for the web. Academic writing is so much different from journalistic writing. It’s less formal and brevity is valued. In my last week there, I wrote a health care piece for Jon Cohn about insurance companies and the practice of “purging” customers who the insurer deemed not worth covering (too expensive, too many claims). Summarizing the relevant laws and fitting it to the style of a blog was more difficult than I thought it would be, but I think the post turned out pretty well. Jon was on The Colbert Report a few nights ago promoting his book, Sick. Check it out.
I lived in GW’s dorms, which turned out to be a much better experience than expected. I had my own room, the people in my hall were outgoing and fun, and we had a roof with a view of the Washington Monument. It was about three blocks from the White House, and when I walked to and from work (it was about a 30 minute walk--sometimes I took the metro) I walked past the White House. Here's a picture I took of it on my last walk home.
MTV’s Real World was filming in DC while I was there, which added a layer of potential excitement to any venture out. I only saw them once, coming out of the movies in Chinatown, and it was only a couple of the cast members surrounded by cameras. My friend from law school, Barbi, actually ran up and rang the doorbell to the Real World house. She said a cast member answered, gave her a weird look, and shut the door. At least she was brave enough to do it.
TNR does a regular thing called TNRtv where they interview politicians or experts, or debate an issue among the writers. On my last day, we took a picture of the wide view of the little studio they film it from:
And here's what it looks like up close, the way they film it:
(It was very hot in our office and extremely casual.)
The summer was a complete success, and I can't overstate how much I learned, but I am glad to be back. This will be my last year ever in school. It won't be nearly as difficult as the other years of law school, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the last year I'll ever be a student. Roll tide!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
In it, he says "There's a word for social policy that disregards the welfare of one class of citizens: discrimination."
I tend to agree, so argue with us. Tell me why that's wrong in the gay marriage context.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Congratulations!Today is your day.You're off to Great Places!You're off and away!You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You're on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, association or corporation to promote, advertise or conduct any marathon dance contests, walkathon contests or similar endurance contests, by whatever name called, of walking, dancing, riding or running, and it shall be unlawful for any person to participate in any marathon dance contest, walkathon contest or similar physical endurance contest by walking, dancing, riding or running continuing or intended to continue for a period of more than eight consecutive hours, whether or not an admission is charged or a prize awarded, and it shall be unlawful for any person to participate in more than one such contest or performance within any period of 48 hours.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Student: "Well, you might be able to make the argument that..."Prof. Marsh: "You MIGHT be able to? I don't care what you MIGHT be able to do. Ha, I MIGHT be Elvis."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Prof. Marsh: Did the wireless internet go out too?Felipe: No, thank God. Now that would REALLY freak us out.
Monday, February 23, 2009
A corporation...in hand paid by the grantees herein, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the same grantor does by these presents, grant, bargain, sell and convey unto... Sharon Elizabeth Nichols, an unmarried woman,...
Is that relevant at all? Do they do that in other states?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old.
He did two things here. He managed expectations by invoking the values of hard work and courage. But he also very successfully combined his vision of "change" with the older "values" of loyalty, fair play and patriotism. Obama's a master communicator, and with these two sentences, he brought together the old and the new way of doing politics (according to him -- I'm not sure the "new" way is all that different from the old).
He also didn't shy away from religion. I especially like these two sentences:
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.
That "patchwork heritage" can only be an asset if we can recognize the value in other ways of life. If tensions still exist that will cause disputes or violence, the asset turns into a liability. But I think the fact that we elected a man of darker skin color than ever before shows that we're willing to try a new way of life in that respect. Differences as an asset. I hope it can work.
Overall, I think the new president did a great job. I hope he can make the positive changes that he was elected to make.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Admit it! You are an outstanding student. For a select number of students like you, The University of Alabama School of Law is offering some special incentives. But, don’t wait! . . .
For you, we’re making two special offers:
1. We’ll waive your application fee, and
2. We’ll present you with free iTunes® downloads in the amount of $20 if you apply!
We have no doubt that the Loyal Reader who received this generous music offer would make a fine law student — how could he not? he’s a Loyal Reader! — but of course we wonder about Alabama’s motives. Raise the number of applications? The number of rejections? Capitalize on what’s expected to be a big application year?
We await a response from Claude Reeves Arrington, Alabama law’s associate dean of admissions.
When I applied, the school knew that I had already bought a house in Tuscaloosa. They knew my brother was an undergraduate there, that I was born in Mobile, and that my grandparents lived in Birmingham. They knew I was very likely to come there. Is that why I didn't get my $20 in iTunes??