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How do you like your coffee?

by Miriam - February 2nd, 2016

Coffee preparations from around the world. Most of them are pretty involved and way too sweet for my taste. However, I wouldn’t say “no” to the Irish coffee.

Not a “Latte” – Pesticide use on the average farm

by Miriam - January 21st, 2016

Check out this great video which explains to non-farmers about pesticide use on farms:

[Filing this under the category, “wish I’d thought of that.”]

Gravity Glue

by Miriam - January 20th, 2016

Take a 7-minute coffee break and enjoy this video.   The balance is amazing, and just as interesting in deconstructing and constructing.  Be sure you watch all the way through.  Kudos to the artist.

7 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Drones

by Miriam - January 15th, 2016
Drone Bee

No, not *that*kind of drone – though it does apply to agriculture.

Check out this the over-view article by Stephen Pulley about the current state of the law with respect to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS – or “drones”).

As of 2016, the law has tightened, particularly with respect to recreational use of drones. Anything over 1/2 pound (.55 pounds, or 250 grams) must be registered with the FAA for outdoor use (if you are into remote control devices, you will know that anything under 1/2 pound doesn’t fly well in the great outdoors, so doesn’t pose much of an airspace threat).

There are a lot of recreational and commercial applications to drone use, but as an Agriculture Attorney, I’m mostly interested in the use of drones in farming. I’m getting more inquiries from clients about drones, so I wanted a quick and handy resource (that includes helpful links).

Seven Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Drones, by Stephen Palley.

More resources on UAS:

FAA Announces Drone Registration Rules

Drone Pre-flight Checklist

Know before you  Fly


State of the Union Address, by Wes Anderson

by Miriam - January 13th, 2016

No substance, but here’s a 4-minute summary on why and how it happens.  Cool.

Prescription-Strength Nature – The latest craze in medication for what ails you

by Miriam - January 8th, 2016

I highly recommend this; use as often as necessary:

10 Ways to Kill Your Nonprofit

by Miriam - January 7th, 2016

Terrific article by Mark Hager and Elizabeth Searing, published in Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ).  Check out the link for the full article – I highly recommend that all nonprofits read it as a warning of what not to do:

Summary – 10 Ways to Kill Your Nonprofit:

  1. Overwhelm it with liabilitiesWeighed Down
  2. Operate in the red
  3. Poison the revenue mix
  4. Dehumanize your donors
  5. Stay forever young
  6. Cut your connections
  7. Stain your reputation
  8. Underinvest in infrastructure to support volunteers
  9. Chase dollars into competitive spaces; drive way from your mission
  10. Think that “good” is good enough

10 Common Misconceptions about the Constitution

by Miriam - December 30th, 2015

Constitution 2
Thanks to Robert McWhirter for this post over at the ABA Journal.  Click the link to the article to read more information about the US Constitution.

10 Common Misconceptions about the Constitution

  1.  Most voters today would not have had the right to vote under the original Constitution.
  2. Many of the rights we take for granted were not granted by the original text of the Constitution.
  3. The word “God” never appears in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
  4. The word “democracy” never appears in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
  5. The Bill of Rights was never an actual “bill” in Congress.
  6. Most of the Framers [of the Constitution] believed a Bill of Rights unnecessary.
  7. The Bill of Rights was not, originally, 10 amendments.
  8. the First Amendment was not originally first.
  9. Several states did not immediately approve the Bill of Rights.
  10. The Constitution begins and ends with the People.

How well do you know the Constitution?  Take the Quiz

Merry Christmas from

by Miriam - December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas Lawlatte 2015

The Piano Guys – Angels We Have Heard On High

by Miriam - December 1st, 2015

Terrific video from 2013, worth seeing again.  Look for the Elf on the Shelf throughout the video.


While you’re at it, watch Carol of the Bells by the Piano Guys:

A terrific way to welcome the Christmas Season.

Happy Thanksgiving from Lawlatte

by Miriam - November 26th, 2015

Thanksgiving lawlatte 2015

Golden Age of Hollywood Dance meets – Uptown Funk

by Miriam - November 20th, 2015

Some people seem to have too much time on their hands, but I can’t complain about the results. This goes to show – it’s not just today’s young and hip that can dance.

Adele’s “Hello” – As interpreted in ASL by Molly Bartholomew

by Miriam - November 14th, 2015

Adele’s new single, “Hello” is making waves.  ASL interpreter Molly Bartholomew takes it up several notches.  Even if you’re getting tired of “Hello,” take time to watch this:

Hello – Adele ASL Interpretation from Molly Lou Bartholomew on Vimeo.

Farmer Wave Week

by Miriam - November 11th, 2015

If you are a farmer, you’ll get this.
Our friends in Iowa have come up with this, as endorsed by KIK110.1

Check out the video:

Halloween Bohemian Rhapsody Light Show

by Miriam - October 25th, 2015

In case you missed this in 2014, here is a terrific home Halloween light show, set to Queen’s famous BR – Well done!