Autumn Leaves

Lies, lies, lies.

So Brian Williams lied about his helicopter experience in Iraq and everyone is jumping on the condemnation train. Before the military supporters begin telling me that this somehow diminishes their sacrifice, let me hold up my hand in stop sign fashion.

I get it. But, do we really get to throw stones? Who among us has never told a lie or embellished the truth just a bit to make us look better? Who hasn’t said, “I only lied to protect your feelings.”

We are all guilty of a revisionist history. It’s the very way our brain recalls memories. The memory cannot be relied on to be accurate. Every time we recall the past, or pull up a memory, it’s been compromised by our past recollections. Some childhood events that I believed were my memories, I’ve discover are actually a re-telling of the event by another family member.

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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