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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

What’s With the Blog Title?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

I’ve been asked where the unusual title of this blog comes from. Well, when I decided I wanted to put together a website for my non-legal writing with a personal blog, the rational side of my brain piped up and pointed out that given that I already write at least 210 blog posts a year for the three legal blogs I edit, plus 10-15 articles for various other publications, plus presentations, plus a full-time law practice, adding a fourth blog might be a tad . . . ambitious.

The fact that you’re reading this blog shows just how much attention I pay to my rational side.

Thinking about the new blog, I recalled one of the funnier passages in Shakespeare. It comes in Act II, Scene 4 of Henry IV, Part 1. Prince Hal – subsequently King Henry V (but that’s still two plays away) – is talking about the rebel Sir Henry Percy, d.b.a. Hotspur (which has gotta be one of the cooler DBAs in history): “I am not yet of Percy’s mind, the Hotspur of the North; he that kills me some six or seven dozen of Scots as a breakfast, washes his hands, and says to his wife, ‘Fie upon this quiet life! I want work.’”

It seemed to fit the idea of starting a fourth blog. Plus, it seemed more literary than “Are You Completely Nuts?”

One disclaimer (c’mon, I’ve been a lawyer for nearly thirty-four years, it’s reflexive at this point): there are at minimum 1-2 blogs already out there that are called “Fie Upon This Quiet Life” or some variation on that (virtually every noteworthy phrase in the Shakespeare canon has given birth to something). To be clear: I have nothing whatsoever to do with them, and they have nothing whatsoever to do with me.

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