Have Dessert First!

If Monday’s blog post about eating the frog first (aka tackling the worst part of your day first) isn’t your thing, maybe you should flip the script and have dessert first!  While some people, like me, think that tackling the worst task of the day first helps productivity each day, others take the opposite approach of doing the task that you are most excited about first. Sta...
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Eat the Frog!

As any busy person knows, juggling daily obligations, to-do lists, and the constant addition of new tasks can be overwhelming, especially at the start of each business day.  It is also easy to put off tackling things on your list if you know that they are going to be unpleasant, difficult, or involve interacting with someone you would rather avoid. Mark Twain once said that ...
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At a Loss for Words in the Face of Grief

As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, people can say the weirdest (and sometimes thoughtless) things to you.  Often, people are trying to show their support and just don’t know what to say to provide empathy in the face of a grievous loss. Grieving can be very lonely.  It seems like no one understands what you are going through and it can be offensive that the world itse...
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Last Minute Spring Break Ideas

If spring break snuck up on you before you lined up plans to engage and entertain the children in your life, here are some last minute local ideas to help you avoid last minute panic: Check out the Game Masters Exhibition at OMSI. Featuring arcade games, gaming consoles, and showcasing the work of dozens of game designers, the exhibit focuses on video game culture and provi...
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Two Year Anniversary!

Hough Law turns two today!  As Hough Law Husband would say, “They grow up so fast!”  I can hardly believe another year is in the rearview mirror – it has flown by. Year three is shaping up to bring some new opportunities and challenges to Hough Law.  Keep your eyes peeled for some new developments like: Adding some videos to the website. Some reader quizzes to find out...
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Daylight Savings Time

I hope everyone remembered to move their clocks forward over the weekend – and that you aren’t too sleepy this Monday morning.  Whether you object to the concept of Daylight Savings Time on principle or if you simply miss your hour of sleep (like I do), hopefully we will all be enjoying the extra hour of daylight in the evenings soon! Keep in mind that the time change can ca...
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Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and “Imbeciles”

NPR’s Fresh Air hosted an interview with Adam Cohen this week.  Mr. Cohen is the author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, which is a fascinating look back at American history when in 1927 the Supreme Court decided to that the states had a right to forcibly sterilize a person who was deemed “unfit to procreate.” The stor...
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Oregon’s New Minimum Wage = Nation’s Highest

Last week, Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon’s new minimum wage law.  The law not only sets up the highest statewide minimum wage rates in the country, but also enacts the first tiered system that staggers the minimum wage in different parts of the state. What does this mean for the average worker?  Starting July 1, 2016, a series of minimum wage increases will start to occu...
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Things Not to Wear to Court

Going to court can be a nerve wracking experience, especially for people who have never been inside a courthouse before.  It is important to keep in mind that it is important to make as good of an impression as possible, which means that you should consider what you are going to wear for your court appearance.  While attorneys often appear in suits, it may not be necessary for ...
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