Huckleberry Finn

Done. Another transformative writing completed. This was not the carefree story I recall as a child. Maybe I only read Tom Sawyer. HF is a dark comedy of murder, abuse and the horrors of slavery written through the eyes of a 14 year old nearly illiterate and gullible boy. The moral dilemmas of whether to free a friend or be caught freeing a slave are unthinkable. But the threads of this inhumanity live large in MAGA Land.

A story of a boy beaten by a drunk father so much that the boy stages his death to escape the abuse. Helpless women with no rights or power look on or are duped by pretend kings and dukes. Feuds kill the young and promising. Tom Sawyer is an incompetent posing as a sophisticate — who delays Jim’s right to freedom with silly and fake prisoner escape plans.

As a child I focused on the river and now the injustices jump out. Calling for a solution

Done with Ulysses

Bucket list item checked.

A book that has its moments, but it’s generally packed with junk and useless information and prattles on for thousands of words.

Other than reading about the law of Shelly’s and other ancient property cases designed to legally dupe certain people out of inheritances, I have never been so glad to be done with a book. We all know… “certain interests in property must vest, if at all, within 21 years after the death of a life in being at the time that the interest was created.”

Arbitrary rules to keep lawyers paid in perpetuity and arbitrary books to keep English departments in existence.

This piece by Jared Pollen sums it all up.

Cottage industries to get the reader through on the book have sprung up – Read alongside guides, audio books, pod casts and tic toks. I used every modality to finish this.

I can say that every book I read from now on will be far more enjoyable and easy.

And in the end I agree with Virginia Woolf:

. . . have been amused, stimulated, charmed interested by the first 2 or 3 chapters–to the end of the Cemetery scene; & then puzzled, bored, irritated, & disillusioned as by a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.

On to Faulkner and Woolf and other things about which to write —— including my horror stories, one of which I will read to Aspen Writers on Thursday night.

Calypso to Hades to Hyssop

Sedona is a magical place. The red rocks of the ancient beaches of Pangaea blaze red in the sun. Creating vortexes of reflection and renewal. Grounding us to the earth and reminding us of the gift of our time alive. Anointing oils, sage smoke and ritual. Meditation, dance and the laughter of 17 wise women filled seven of my days.

Time with healers. Time to create the temple of our own bodies and nurture our selves with food, ideas and movement. Time in the sun and warmth after a long winter. Time to walk in the rain. See the stars.

Ulysses came with me and mashed the ideas of an Irish writer pushing against censorship in the early 1900’s to the ideas of now. Two similar times.

The debate for the right for women to vote and participate in government. And now the right of a woman’s autonomy over her body.

A wise and bold woman came to the aid of Joyce, and without her action, Ulysses would not have been published in America or Britain where it was banned. Sylvia Beach, the American owner of the Shakespeare Book Company in Paris, printed 1000 copies. The copies spread like wildfire, and the book burnings could not keep up. Ms. Beach gave America the most brilliant book written in the 20th century and saved us from repression and the prudish hate on the rise in the 1900’s. And later she stood up to the Nazis when they occupied Paris. A wise woman who used her life to the fullest. She left life yearning for nothing.

I was anointed with Hyssop oil on the top of my head in order to heal, to open to new ideas, and to ground with the rituals of the past. Hyssop was considered in ancient times to be the symbol of faith, physical purity and moral regeneration. For me this ritual and oil activated yearning for living fully. To completely use up this life and leave nothing when death comes.

Ulysses the Hades episode takes us to the cemetery – the parallel of Hades. Mr. Leopold Bloom goes to the funeral of a friend at 11:00. The priest says the same words over and over over the dead. The undertakers hmm along and run their profitable business. Death is and decomposition is simply a process. Money to be made.

In a horse drawn carriage, dressed in black Bloom passes by the grave of his son who died in childbirth. Bloom thinks how much he would have loved his son Rusty and shown him the world. He thinks about his father’s suicide and how the only way to replace the pain of that death was to be a father to a son. But he will never be a father to a son. Imagined future of the past. He imagined his son’s eyes as his eyes.

He contemplates the banality of how life begins and ends and how Rusty was conceived in cream and “the tear that is never mended.” Death is an endless cycle. But so is life. Bloom is yearning for a son — a great importance missing in his life. Reconciling the yearning for a complete life with his reality by practicing irony. Irony does not heal this pain.

In Sedona we 17 wise women reconciled our yearning to live fully with reality with ancient practices of forgiveness. We grounded to the earth and forgave wrapped in the ancient scent of hyssop. Miserere Mei anointing with hyssop for self forgiveness, purification and renewal. Cycles of life and death. Cycles of the war of ideas. Go on.

Proteus Chapter 3

Some say this is the most difficult chapter in Ulysses, and I agree based upon the tens of cases I have read so far. The writing is stream of consciousness of philosophy, student life in Paris (in French) and a dog on a beach. There is no action, but for the sand in the beach sucking Stephen’s feet into the water and shells and muck and the dog’s antics.

Galleys of Lochlanns ran here to the beach, in quest of prey, their blood beaked prows rising low on a Milton pewter surf. Dane Vikings, tores of tomahawks a glitter on their breasts when Malachi wore the collar of gold. A school of turtlehide whales stranded in hot moon, spouting, hobbling in the shallows.

Page 45

Famous people talk about Ulysses and claim they love it. They drop the famous quotes. “Snotgreen sea” and the first paragraph about Buck Mulligan in a “yellow dressing gown” from Chapter 1. No one quotes from Chapter 3. I don’t know if they actually the book.

Stream of consciousness modernism writing is a chore. It takes time and re-reading.

Now onto Chapter 4 where the hero Bloom is introduced frying kidneys and toasting bread for his wife who is having and affair. A cat is Bloom’s companion.

Reading Ulysses

Reading Ulysses has been on my to do list for decades. I have listened to coaches on how to read this complex book, and the best advice was to read it for the words, read it aloud and approach it with joy. None of this actually landed upon me until now.

In the past I have read this book with the attitude of a prisoner being forced to break stones into pieces. A should. A must. Branding myself as a failure who can’t get into this so-called greatest book ever written in the common era. Typical beating up of self.

Today I read Chapter One and only looked at how many pages to go eight times. My mind wandered as the three young men are in an old fortress that they are renting. A medical student with a big mouth, an Oxford man, and Steven Dedalus who has recently lost his mom. Quarreling about virtually nothing. There is little action. But the detail of the insults and the tension and the snot green sea. Make this remarkable.

And now a second read after research. Chapter One is entitled Telemachus – the name of the son of Odysseus. Odysseus left home for war and his ten year journey as a warrior is the epic, Iliad. The Odyssey is the story of his ten year journey home. Some scholars believe that the Odyssey was written by a Mediterranean woman because the voice is feminine. Odyssey’s wife, Penelope has been waiting for 20 years for her husband to return. She struggles with her loneliness and suitors vying to replace a presumed dead husband. A woman’s dilemma. And her son, Telemachus watches and judges Penelope. Akin to Hamlet. A widow’s life; a new bride: a failed mother. A catch 22.

Next Day

Ulysses was written in the context of WWI and reflects a longing of a return home and a return to normalcy. The exhaustion of war and loss weighing heavy on the world. June 16, 1904 – BLOOMSDAY – the day during which this story happens, is years before the first world war has begun.

Stephen Dedalus is Telemachus. He feels guilty because he would not pray with his dying mother, and she haunts him in his dreams with smells of rosewood and memories of bile in a bowl. He thinks about her musty dance cards, beads and fans that were important memories to her, memories gone and forever to be secrets. A spot is noticed – a reference to Lady Macbeth. Guilt and regret.

His roommate Buck Mulligan is a chubby medical student and he bullies Dedalus about how he treated his mother while she was dying. Mulligan is dressed in a yellow swirling dressing gown showing his plump belly as he shaves on the roof of a tower. A clown. A mouth. Puce gloves. Green boots. Opportunistic, short changing the poor milk woman and his roommates.

Dedalus doesn’t want to return to the tower to live. Who can blame him.

Case of the Year Finalist

Klein Frank P.C.’s case of Draper v. The Fire Place Company has been named as a Case of the Year Finalist. The Winner will be announced on May 11, 2023.

2023 Top 500 Consumer Lawyers in USA

Beth Klein Attorney

Beth Klein has been named again to the Lawdragon top 500 Consumer Lawyers in the United States. From Lawdragon

“Who else could bring those responsible for the scourge of opioids to account – wresting a settlement now topping $40B from drug manufacturers, distributors and a vast array of wrongdoers on behalf of cities, counties and others that suffered monstrous harm to the lives and well-being of their populations?

It’s attenuated, complicated, a jiu jitsu of force applied to Corporate America’s pain points.

. . . .

We’re mindful each year of how much these lawyers put themselves on the line. We research thousands of outstanding lawyers from throughout the U.S. who represent those injured or killed in everything from a devastating truck accident or medical misdiagnosis to the tens of thousands of injured in sprawling class actions and multidistrict litigation including opioids, 3M earplugs, Camp Lejeune litigation and so much more.

Lawyers for this guide are selected through our time-honed process of independent journalistic research and submissions. We are advocates for inclusion, and this guide is 35 percent female and 20 percent inclusive.

There are many heroes here, who will stand up for you and put their own resources on the line to get you justice.

Because it’s the right thing to do.”

A Beautiful Memory

Beth Klein, an attorney known throughout the world for her efforts to stop human trafficking; philanthropist Sue Anschutz-Rodgers; elite athlete Diane VanDeren;and breast cancer survivor Kerri Christiansen are the Denver Rescue Mission’s Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City for 2012.

They are to be honored at a tea taking place Sept. 14 at the Brown Palace Hotel. Tickets for the 3 p.m. event can be purchased online.

Born and raised in Colorado, Beth Klein graduated summa cum laude and second in her class at Truman University. After receiving a Rotary International scholarship to study in Ireland, Klein continued her education at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where she was an editor for the Law Review.

After graduation, Klein used her legal expertise to tackle the injustices of human trafficking, representing victims in civil court to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered as a result of their enslavement. Most recently, Klein has taken on cases against military contractors accused of trafficking crimes abroad.

She also wrote Colorado’s anti-human trafficking laws.

Klein and her husband, Judge James C. Klein, are the parents of one son, Connor.

Beth Klein wins Lawyer of the Year three years in a row

Beth Klein, a Colorado lawyer, won lawyer of the year for the Boulder Colorado for the category of professional liability. This win is the third in a row. Beth has been I’m lawyer of the year for personal injury, products liability, and now professional liability.

This award comes in a year that Beth Klein secured $20 million in settlements for individual clients, one settlement in excess of $13 million alone.

Beth has been in practice since 1988. And continues to hold record setting verdicts in Colorado and Texas.

Attorney Beth Klein Wins Sunny Flowers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Beth Klein named to Top 500 Consumer Lawyers in the USA

One of six lawyers in the entire state of Colorado, attorney Beth Klein has been named to the to 500 Lawdragon list. TOP 500

“The remarkable 500 lawyers featured here are the warriors who fight the good fight for consumers who have been injured or had family killed through accidents, medical malpractice, faulty products or toxic exposure. They take on sexual predators and police and others who commit misconduct, grievously harming and killing individuals and trampling their civil rights. These lawyers stand up against the worst, seeking justice and providing hope.   

We selected these attorneys through nominations, research and review by a board of their peers. And, a sad nod of the head to 2021, which deprived lawyers of the ‘biggest verdicts and settlements of the year’ achievements in any significant numbers. So watch out for a blockbuster year or two ahead.

This year seemed a fitting time as well to honor an amazing and historic class of plaintiff lawyers who truly created the world of personal injury and plaintiff consumer lawyering as we know it today. You will see them recognized here (with past Plaintiff Consumer Hall of Fame members) denoted with an asterisk.

Those visionaries, of course, have created the playing field on which today’s leading trial lawyers work every day, fighting with every fiber of themselves to help people.”

Beth Klein Attorney

2021 Lawyer of the Year Award

We at Klein Frank, P.C. would like to formally congratulate our attorney Beth Klein for receiving the 2021 Lawyer of the Year Award from The Best Lawyers in America©. Each year, a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a Lawyer of the Year Award – Beth was awarded for her work in professional malpractice law for plaintiffs in Boulder. This is a fantastic achievement.

Beth Klein Attorney

Our firm was also included in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for our work in personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, and professional malpractice law for plaintiffs.

Receiving recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© depends entirely on peer review, meaning that the organization undergoes a rigorous screening process involving surveying colleagues to determine the quality of the professional abilities of lawyers and law firms. “Lawyer of the Year” is awarded to individual lawyers who have the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. The organization recommends that nominees be in practice for 10 years or more to allow them time to build their reputations within their community and practice areas.

Our firm is honored to be recognized and would also like to extend our gratitude to our valued clients who give us opportunities every day to do what we love: help those in their time of need.

About Beth Klein Attorney

Beth Klein is an award-winning personal injury attorney who is recognized for her litigation skills in the state and throughout the country. Handling a variety of cases associated with personal injury litigation such as car accidents, product liability, and wrongful death, she is passionate about helping those who have been injured in accidents caused by negligence and carelessness. As a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer in Colorado, she prepares for each case as if it were going to trial tomorrow and has recovered millions of dollars for clients in settlements and verdicts, earning her inclusion into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.

Beth has received numerous honors throughout her legal career, including the Women Who Changed the Heart of the City Award and the Georgia Imhoff Philanthropy Award. She was also the first woman featured on the cover of Colorado Super Lawyers® Magazine. Hear about Beth Klein’s commitment to helping individuals in The True Power of Attorney video below.