WHAT COULD YOU ACCOMPLISH IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW IT’S IMPOSSIBLE?

WHAT COULD YOU ACCOMPLISH IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW IT’S IMPOSSIBLE?

The late Robert H Schuler, a pastor and motivational speaker, once asked “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” In fact, there’s a real life example of the answer to that question. It’s the true story of mathematician George Dantzig who died in 2005. The incident in question resembles a scene from the movie Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon and Robin Williams. There is a famous scene, early in the film, when Damon’s  character, working…

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THE GIFT OF WORKING ON SALMON PURSE SEINE BOATS

THE GIFT OF WORKING ON SALMON PURSE SEINE BOATS

There are some specific events in my life which have played a significant role in how my life has been lived. In addition to having the extraordinary parents I had and the great variety of things which  I didn’t earn  but were gifts, some events were of particular importance. My high school basketball coach, William Taylor, was a huge influence for teaching me character and moral conduct. The priest at Newman Club at the University of Washington, Fr. William Dooley…

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES of ANACORTES

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES of ANACORTES

At 86 years of age I have some childhood  memories of growing up in Anacortes Washington. Memories that have no particular significance but which have stayed with me. For example, when I was a youngster, Anacortes had a large commercial salmon fishing fleet. The skippers of the purse seine boats used cotton nets which had to be tarred for preservation during the fishing season. Later the cotton nets were replaced with Nylon that did not need treatment. There was a…

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SEATTLE – WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE BEAUTIFUL EMERALD CITY?

SEATTLE – WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE BEAUTIFUL EMERALD CITY?

There is a tent city encampment that stretches along the entire block of third Avenue between Pike and Union streets located in the heart of downtown Seattle. “The jungle” is a greenbelt on the western slope of Beacon Hill in Seattle that is known for its homeless tents and encampments as well as for the crime that occurs there. The jungle consists of more than 160 acres along an elevated section of Interstate 5 between South Dearborn Street and South …

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THE TRAGEDY OF AFGHANISTAN

THE TRAGEDY OF AFGHANISTAN

Associated Press writers Nooman Merchant, Lorne Cook and James LaPorta have written a revealing report about the loss of the war in Afghanistan. They write that in the last 20 years some $2 Trillion dollars of American taxpayer money has been spent in that country with a loss of 2448 American military deaths.  About $83 billion Dollars was spent on the Afghan forces in sustaining its army and police. That’s in addition to the $145 billion spent by the US…

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MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

On August 8, 1953 my maternal grandmother, Marija Babarovich died in Anacortes, Washington at age 90. It was the year of my high school graduation at Anacortes.  She was born September 21, 1863 in Splitska, Brac, Croatia. She was a woman of great courage, faith and personal sacrifice.  Her husband, my grandfather,  Peter, had died the year I was born in 1935 at Anacortes. He was born in 1861. I remember her vividly. A tall, erect woman with hair piled…

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THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

Clerow “Flip” Wilson was a comedian and actor best known for his television appearances during the late 1960s and 1970s. From 1970 to 1974, Wilson hosted his own weekly variety series The Flip Wilson Show, and introduced viewers to his recurring character Geraldine. Wilson died in 1998 but his stories of Geraldine have a lesson about current political situations. of today. When I read about the hypocrisy and dishonest explanations for political actions and statements I am reminded of Geraldine’s…

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MARY THELMA BABAROVICH LUVERA

MARY THELMA BABAROVICH LUVERA

On an early Friday morning, July 7th 2000, my mother Mary Thelma Babarovich, died in her sleep at the San Juan Care Center. Her death was not unexpected. After all, she was born on December 28, 1905 and was ninety four years old when she died. She had been in failing health for some time. Her passing was, in fact, a personal blessing to her as she had been ready to meet her maker for some time. She and dad…

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NICOLA LUVERA

NICOLA LUVERA

My paternal grandfather, Nicola Luvera, was born in Valanidi, Calabria Italy November 23, 1860 and died in Anacortes, Washington on July 4, 1956. His father, Paolo Nicola and mother Rosa Luvera were sheepherders and sharecroppers in Gallina Italy. Grandfather worked with his father until he was 16 years old when he moved to Reggio Calabria where a cousin Antonio working in a slaughterhouse. He was able to get a job with his cousin and lived with their  family for four…

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THE GROUP OF AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS & THEIR INVOLEMENT IN POLITICS

THE GROUP OF AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS & THEIR INVOLEMENT IN POLITICS

A minority of American Catholic bishops would deny church communion to president Joe Biden for what they claim is his conflict of position with their interpretation of Church teachings on policies regarding sexuality and abortion. These bishops would deny communion to president Biden and any other politician with views in conflict with  theirs. Why? Well, because they say to receive Communion, which is a central part of the Mass service, Catholics cannot “be conscious of grave sin as it would…

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