Welcome to In-House Counsel! I am glad you stopped by.

Here is a bit of information about me and the blog, including links in this paragraph and below to some of my most popular posts.   I am a licensed attorney but most of the counsel I provide is clearly of the “in-house” type – tales of the trials and joys of life with boys.  I write weekly non-fiction essays with the hope that something I say will amuse, encourage, or inspire you. I am a daughter of the South, born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, grounded at Auburn University, trained at Harvard Law School, and shaped by years spent living in New England and Texas raising 4 unique boys, all born in a rather intense period of 5 1/2 years.  My sons are now ages 21, 20, 18, and 16. I write about raising boys, marriage, law, education, and those times in life when God gives us glimpses of His glory.  I am married to my “Boring Man” Ed Powell and now live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Top Five Blog Posts:

1.  What’s a Woman to Think?

2.  Going Barefooted

3.  No More Stuff: An Acquisition Suspension

4.  Football Moms

5.  A Girl Just Like the Girl

Other Publications:

Powell, Molly. “Reputation as an Idol.” World Magazine, June 29, 2012.    http://www.worldmag.com/2012/06/reputation_as_an_idol (Author)

Olasky, Susan et al. “Books that Show, Books that Tell,” World Magazine, December 2, 2006. http://www.worldmag.com/2006/12/books_that_show_books_that_tell (Contributor)

Powell, Molly. “You’re Not in it Alone,” World Magazine, April 28, 2001. http://www.worldmag.com/2001/04/you_re_not_in_it_alone_by_molly_powell/page1 (Author)

A Quote from Flannery O’Connor


“I must tell you how I work. I don’t have my novel outlined and I have to write to discover what I am doing. Like the old lady, I don’t know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it over again.”


The Habit of Being



13 thoughts on “About

  1. w3bservant

    I saw you followed my blog, I just wish to return the favor and say Thanks. But when I read your blogs, I was captivated by the way you capture life into words. You are gifted. I have a mother, I love her so much and I wish to learn more about how a mother loves. Through you, that draws me closer to the objective.


  2. Alexander Atkins

    IHC: Thank you so much for visiting and following “Bookshelf: for the Intellectually Curious” and posting a like. But more importantly, thank you for sharing your son’s touching and inspirational story about Emmanuel Manirakiza. What a remarkable, intelligent young man (but paradoxically an “old soul”) who fully embraced life — with all it’s beauty and love as well as its ugliness and hatred — and understood that one’s future is ultimately defined by the choices one makes. Emmanuel, at such an early age, was liberated by the most powerful truism of human existence — in the words of Jean Paul Sartre: “We are our choices.” Some people spend their entire life looking for a cause and a purpose, and Emmanuel at age 5, through very unfortunate circumstances, found his: to make the world a better place through his insight, passion, and efforts. Sadly, the candle that burns twice as bright, burns only half as long. With the loss of Emmanuel, a candle that illuminated a glorious path to love, healing, understanding, education, and embracing the intrinsic goodness of being human has been extinguished. Alas, heaven is glowing brighter now, with a star as brilliant as his smile, that inspires us — that challenges us — to be better human beings, to eschew indifference and roll up our sleeves, put away our digital mobile devices, and do something, however small or large in scope, to make the world a better place. I find in Emmanuel a kindred soul, one who was shaped not only by education and great mentors but by embracing the wisdom and perspective of stories. As a student of literature I have read much of what brilliant academics have written (or pontificated) about why we read, especially why we read the classics, but it boils down to one thing, as the playwright William Nicholson once wrote: “We read to know that we are not alone.” However, Emmanuel’s heartfelt, insightful, and eloquent words transcend perhaps anything that has ever been written: “Inside stories lies transformational power/ Power that moves the invisible us / Power that stirs our emotions, / To experience the experiences of others; / Stories allow us to imagine and live momentarily the lives of others. And thereafter set a different course and perspective for the life we seek to live.” What makes his words so remarkable, so precious is that he actually lived them. By sharing his words, we honor him, we honor his life, and what he stood for. Thank you sharing the story of this courageous, bright, young man with the world. –Alex

      1. Alexander Atkins

        No, I don’t mind at all. What an honor to immortalize his legacy through his story and his words. I am grateful to you and your son for this sharing this.

  3. Prosecco & Pampers

    Hi Molly! Thanks for stopping by P&P and following along in all our craziness 🙂 I just popped over here and immediately recognized your cover photo as – I think – the view from Ravello, Italy. Am I right? My husband and I were married a few years ago in Amalfi and I just love the region. So nice to see it here and be reminded of such a special place!


    1. In-House Counsel Post author

      Yes…Ravello. Is there a more beautiful place? What a special place to be married. My husband and I went to celebrate our 25th anniversary there. Can’t wait to go back! Made me want to come home and plant flowers everywhere!

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