“Baby M” Morley

CookieNow approaching our 25th anniversary, Roberta and I live in Medina, Ohio, which is one county south of Cleveland and one county west of Akron.  Medina is the epicenter of the commercial beekeeping industry and the real-world prototype for the  fictional universe of Funky Winkerbean.  In the 1850s, it was a major junction point on the Underground Railroad, which is a point of civic pride to this day.

I’ve been with Brennan, Manna & Diamond in Akron since 2003.  I’m in the estate planning practice group, and also serve as commissioner of the office fantasy football league.  After being a stay-at-home mom for a long time, Roberta went back into the workforce last year at the office of a local psychologist.  The two of us report directly to the head of the household, Cookie the Dog (pictured above), who seized power in a coup d’etat in 2005 and rules over us with an iron paw.  Cookie also provided the pen name under which I moonlight as a wannabee automotive journalist for Amazon’s “Car Lust” weblog.

Our two most important accomplishments are P.J. and Alex.  Originally referred to as “the Little Guys” for obvious reasons, …

Mansfield, 1996

Mansfield, 1996

… they steadily increased in size and are now fully grown.  P.J. is a computer and electrical engineering major at the University of Akron and spent last summer in Arizona developing software for self-driving automobiles.

Alex co-captained his high school robotics and rocketry teams this year, and will also be an engineering major in the fall at the University of Evansville.  That’s him with the glasses.

FIRST Robotics Competition District Meet, 2013

FIRST Robotics Competition District Meet, 2013.

Neither of them wants to be a lawyer, get a law degree, or so much as get any closer than a hundred yards to a law school building if he can possibly avoid it.  We must have done something right in raising them.

My other big news: nearly six years ago, I made contact with my birth family and picked up three more sisters to add to the one I grew up with.

Mike, Linda, Jane, and Chrissy, 2013

Mike, Linda, Jane, and Chrissy, 2012

Before meeting them, I thought I understood the whole nature-vs-nurture, heredity-vs-environment thing.  Turns out I didn’t have a clue.

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