Saturday, June 30, 2007

Education in a Fruit Basket

Well, it's CLE time again. That's "Continuing Legal Education" time. Lawyers in every jurisdiction have to complete a designated number of hours of CLE to keep their bar memberships active. Seeing as how I'm in California while an active member of the New Hampshire bar association, I complete my CLE requirements by watching online video programs.

Some of you regular readers will remember that around this time last year I discovered the joy of listening to online CLEs while sitting nearby at my sewing machine. And yes, you'll remember that I used part of my seemingly endless stash of Kyle's Marketplace fabrics to make a vegetable themed quilt.

So, it seemed only fitting that I got moving on another UFO in the pile to complete an all-fruit themed quilt top while listening to a program on Electronic Evidence and Digital Discovery. (Egad -- I had no idea how totally RECOVERABLE basically everything on every computer is. Did you know your text messages are saved by the phone companies? And can be produced BY THEM if necessary in litigation?) Anyway. My good friend Beth and I have a very long-standing joke about "fresh summer fruit," based on a summer long ago when Albertson's was running a commercial with a jingle that we simply couldn't get out of our heads. And because I'm trying to get rid of these dang fabrics (I swear they're re-seeding in my drawer) I decided to make her a fruit quilt.

I tell you, it's a great way to do this CLE thing.

And I am especially happy today as I woke up to Scott Simon's voice on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. I LOVE Scott Simon and have missed him while he has been away in China adopting his second daughter! You can listen to his sweet essay about welcoming her to the family here. Congratulations to Scott and family and welcome, Lina!


  1. What a great way to get that pesky requirement out of the way. And a cute quilt to boot!

  2. Anonymous8:11 PM

    CLE by the sewing!

    Re: Scott Simon. I enjoy him too, and had heard the reports of his paternity leave and new daughter Lina. I had no idea she was from China. As I wrote to a young friend of ours while she languished in Siberia, horribly homesick and filled with fear while waiting to take their first child (also a daughter) home, it doesn't really matter HOW you get a child--every single way is agonizing. The only important thing is to make a family, however it's defined. The bad stuff fades from memory.

  3. Anonymous10:42 PM

    Me, too - so happy to have Scott back.

  4. What a great way to get through some mandatory training! Oh yes I knew that everything is kept *somewhere* - that's why you should be very, very careful of what you commit to print - be it paper or electronic!

  5. Your quilt is delicious.

  6. I heard Scott Simon's essay about Lina on the radio yesterday and was happy for your link to listen again. Cried both times. Thanks.

  7. I make about 50% of my living from giving laywers here their points ( called Continuing Education Points). I do face to face seminars and we have been memoaning the rise of video education here too!!! Now, if only I can find a way to quilt while I GIVE the lecture it would be perfect!

  8. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Indeed I find your quilt to be well done and tasty.

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