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Hitting the Ground Running

As noted in a prior post, Melissa and I have built in a “vacation” each year during the last 2 weeks of December, returning to work just after January 1. This is, in some part, due to the reality that we cannot do our “real work” of mock juries, etc., in that time period. In […]

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During our recent vacation, David and I had lunch with childhood friends of mine, both of whom are retired.  One of these friends has been retired for several years and the other, for several months.  They both extolled the virtues of retirement, which, for them, has provided considerable benefits over their careers, which they spent […]

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Why I Love Siamese Cats

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On December 27, 2022

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Giving Back, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Magnus Research, Mental Health, Travel, Work-Life

I love cats. I really do. Dogs are great too, but I love cats. I have been fond of cats my entire life. My first cat was a domestic short hair ginger cat named Dinker. The cat who was the love of my life was, of course, Ziggy, who spent 19 years with me during […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On December 27, 2022

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Giving Back, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Magnus Research, Mental Health, Travel, Work-Life

I became a cat person sometime after I met Melissa.  I had no choice.  Ziggy was there first and he was a force with which to be reckoned.  The bobcat in him was close to the surface and though he didn’t have front claws, he attacked at will and had sharp teeth.  But, he knew […]

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Holiday Plans

I’m writing this near year end, but as is often the case, things are hectic as we wrap up the work for the year, and prepare for work early in the new year. Melissa and I have diligently tried for all these years to treat the last 2 weeks of the year as a break, […]

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David and I often work on holidays and during vacations.  Our business, and the world of litigation, don’t close just because we are not in the office.  I have distinct memories of: (1) doing an intake on a new case on Christmas Eve, in my mom’s Florida room, mere minutes before we opened our gifts: […]

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Our “U.N.” of shopkeepers

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 29, 2022

Category: Getting the Job Done, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Travel, Work-Life

A cousin of mine recently asked me if I missed living in our hometown, Fort Myers, Florida. I answered that, although Fort Myers will always be my hometown, it has not been my home since I left for college in 1976. She seemed surprised, then she said, “Well, you lived in the same house for […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 29, 2022

Category: Getting the Job Done, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Travel, Work-Life

Variety is the spice of life.  And, the melting pot of south Florida is full of spice.  There are fewer native Floridians in Florida than ever with residents from all over the country and world.  Who can blame them?  The snow birds from Canada and New York are one thing, and many are seasonal.  But, […]

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Having Anyone over for Dinner is an Event

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 22, 2022

Category: Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Work-Life

David and I have hosted lots of parties, including dinner parties. Most of our guests think we are excellent hosts and they compliment us on our menu choices, meal preparation, and presentation. Even when we have guest for a simple meal of hamburgers cooked on the grill, we try to make it a special occasion […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 22, 2022

Category: Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Work-Life

As we are now catching up on years of missed television in the form of Downton Abbey, I will start by saying our dinners are not like theirs!  First of all, none of our parties require formal dress, butlers, footmen, or maids.  Despite our usual casual attire, Melissa typically has a razor sharp focus on […]

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Have Something to Live for

Have something to live for. It doesn’t matter what it is; having a goal or an event to look forward to is enough to keep most people moving ahead, even in times of strife. For some people, the anticipation of their next golf game among friends brings happy thoughts until game day happens. For other […]

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Having an interest in something or some things that challenge one, or are intrinsically rewarding, is not as difficult to do as perhaps, saving the world from polio or malaria (goals of the Gates Foundation).  But, having interests, an outlet for mind and body, is a positive thing.  I recently had someone, for whom English […]

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The M’s

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 27, 2022

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Growing Old is Not for Sissies, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Mental Health, Work-Life

I have a friend named Marilyn Einbinder. We met several years ago at a Passover Seder hosted by her son, Marc, and daughter-in-law, Susan. Marc and Susan are our wonderful Megan’s parents and it was Megan who invited me to attend her family’s Seder. Immediately upon being introduced to Marilyn, I knew we were going […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 27, 2022

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Growing Old is Not for Sissies, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Mental Health, Work-Life

I think it is wonderful that M (Melissa) and M (Marilyn) clicked as they did.  We’ve told M (Marc) he should have introduced them sooner.  One never knows in life when connections will be made and this one was a bit of a surprise.  Marilyn likes living a rich, full, life, and Melissa shares this […]

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Ziggy’s Birthday Is Still an Event

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 13, 2022

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Mental Health, Psychology, Work-Life

I will always and forever miss Ziggy. For those of you who never met Ziggy, he was my cat and my friend for 19 years. I loved Ziggy so much that, after his passing, I wrote a book about him. I fell in love with Ziggy on October 31, 1977. It is the only time […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 13, 2022

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Mental Health, Psychology, Work-Life

Ziggy lives on in many ways.  Melissa’s book (available on Amazon) is high on that list.  Ziggy touched many people’s lives and his story is entertaining.  He was “old” when I met him, with old being relative – he was 9.  But he and Melissa were inseparable.  He did things his way, like Sinatra.  And, […]

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Expand Your Horizons: Johnny Cash, Jazz…

Expand your horizons. Exit your comfort zone. Try new things. Visit new places. Meet new people. These are mantras to which I aspire. Many people are too afraid to venture outside things they’ve always done. They go to the same restaurants, then order the same things off the menu. When it comes to music, some […]

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How broad one’s horizons, or comfort zones, are is probably relative.  While some people consider Melissa and me to be adventurous in certain respects like music or food, I know, I for one, still draw a line somewhere.  I know I have limitations based on foods because of 2 things.  One is an allergy issue […]

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Vacations

At the time of this post, I am likely on vacation. After missing the opportunity to take a vacation for a couple of years, Melissa and I have been looking forward to it. The visit to this destination, Alaska, was delayed from our original plan and thus, we’ve been working on and revising the plans […]

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I will begin this post by saying I love to work!  One of my best friends, Bob, was my office mate (and co-conspirator) in graduate school.  He frequently referred to me as a “workaholic” because, invariably, when he called to find out what I was doing, I was working or studying.  I love my job […]

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