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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dan A. Penning

Voted Best Lawyer / Law Firm Leelanau County

"2010 Grand Traverse Insider People's Choice Award Winner"

Thank you to all who voted. We appreciate it!

Dan A. Penning

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

School emergency contact cards are not enoughAs a majority of Michigan children begin school this week, there are a few things parents can put in place now that will help their children and themselves address an unexpected emergency situation if it should arise.

Naming a short-term guardian for your children
Filling out the emergency contact card the school requires is simply not enough, particularly if something happens to you. You, as the parent, are likely the named emergency contact person for the school, but if you are not available by reason of...

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

"No Dad, I have to go for the team."

When I suggested to my son, Casey, he could bypass the weekly "Team Trivia" competition he gave me a very matter-of-fact reply of "No Dad, I have to go for the team." So off we went to the Village Inn to meet up with "Casey's Team" for an evening of burgers and "I've got that one, it's The Matrix" or "Luxembourg" as "the northern most country beginning with the letter "L" to not play in the last winter Olympics." Luckily the Coopers were on hand to offer up "entropy" for "the science of boiling and cooling water," and "Baltimore...

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

At the end of July, a federal court in New York issued a decision that put a high price on "open-source" or "free" software. Companies are looking more and more closely at ways to cut expenses, and using open-source software is one way to take advantage of software licensing without purchasing software. Open-source software, however, does not fall outside the bounds of copyright law. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not in the public domain.

CostThe software involved in the New York case is titled BusyBox. It is described as a series of small utility-type programs that...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Emily Perl Kingsley poem Welcome to HollandSeveral weeks ago, I shared a poem written by Emily Perl Kingsley entitled, "Welcome to Holland." (click here to read the "Holland" Reflections blog post) The poem reflects Kingsley's experience of raising a child with a disability to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it and in some small way imagine how it would feel.

A recent experience

Based on the overwhelming response to my previous...

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