“YOUR SON IS HERE”

“YOUR SON IS HERE”

A young marine appeared at a hospital where an old man was dying, while waiting for his son, a marine, to arrive from overseas to see him for the last time. A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to his bedside. Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed…

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MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

For over forty years my essential soul mate and I have been married. She has endured it all with a response of patience, love and understanding. I can say with total honesty and accuracy she has been an equal partner in every achievement I claim for myself . The same is true with regard to every accomplishment we have had professionally, financially and personally. As we are fond of saying “Together we make a winning team.” On February 27th we…

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HOW ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU GROWN WEARY OF THE LIES AND HALF TRUTHS ABOUT FRAUD & THE GENERAL ELECTION?

HOW ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU GROWN WEARY OF THE LIES AND HALF TRUTHS ABOUT FRAUD & THE GENERAL ELECTION?

We just came back from Scottsdale where we have a vacation home. The news is full of the Arizona general ballot recount in Maricopa County. Arizona’s Maricopa County ballots, six months after the 2020 general election, are being examined and recounted by contractors working for a Florida-based company.  Former President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that his loss was marred by fraud in Arizona. Senate President Karen Fann, has ordered a recount. Fann used the Senate’s subpoena power to take…

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E PLUBUS UNUM AND THE HIJAB IN AMERICA: “THE MELTING POT OF THE WORLD”

E PLUBUS UNUM AND THE HIJAB IN AMERICA: “THE MELTING POT OF THE WORLD”

In Philadelphia,  Kimberlie Webb, a practicing Muslim, worked as a police officer. Although she had worked as a police officer since 1995, it wasn’t until years later that she requested permission to wear a religious headscarf or hijab while in uniform and on duty. The headscarf, or hijab, is a traditional head covering worn by Muslim women. The police department denied Webb’s request, but she showed up at work wearing the scarf anyway. Her supervisors told her to go home….

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AN ODE ABOUT COVID

AN ODE ABOUT COVID

  COVID REFLECTIONS Wearing face masks will help us avoid infection Social distancing too, has proven to offer protection Avoiding strangers and crowds is wise, science pleads Common sense dictates we follow where science leads Masks belong on robbers & smiles on humanity Staying home and avoiding others is a threat to our sanity Social distancing is a challenge and is depressing Continual news of  Covids toll is even more oppressing People need to laugh, and they need to cry People…

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO BEAUTIFUL SEATTLE?

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO BEAUTIFUL SEATTLE?

From the time the pandemic began in March last year to the present time I have not been to Seattle until I recently had a doctors appointment in Seattle. Driving along the freeway, as we approached the outskirts of town,  I was shocked by the extensive garbage along the sides of the area next to the freeway and by litter from homeless camps.  There were homeless shelters and camps all along the freeway as we drove on I-5 to downtown…

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HOLLIS BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – An Extraordinary Man

HOLLIS BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – An Extraordinary Man

My father in law, Hollis Hall Barnett died in Puyallup, Washington at the age of 83 on March 22nd, 1990. He was a unique and wonderful man. You can read about his extraordinary wife Betty Barnett and more about this couple who I grew to love.  https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2010/03/i-write-this-in-memory-of-my-wifes-father-hollis-hall-barnett-whodied-in-puyallup-washington-on-march-22-1990-at-the-a.html Hollis was born in Buckley, Washington on May 3, 1907 and spent his younger years at Mt. Rainier National Park where his father, Herman “Herm” Burke Barnett, was a National Park Ranger. Hollis…

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THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR IS FAMILY MEMBER PETER MAYER

THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR IS FAMILY MEMBER PETER MAYER

My  sister Anita’s son, and my nephew, Peter Mayer was just named by the Washington State Parks Commission as the agency Director after a nation wide search. Peter’s history involved spending five years as chief operating officer of the Snohomish County health agency, which serves 772,000 residents with an annual budget of $16 million. Before that he devoted 16 years to running parks and recreation operations in Clark County, Mercer Island and Skagit County. He also is past president of…

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PETER BABAROVICH BORN 1861 & DIED IN ANACORTES 1935

PETER BABAROVICH BORN 1861 & DIED IN ANACORTES 1935

My maternal grandfather Peter (Petar) Babarovich died the year I was born – 1935. I was born on February 21st of 1935, but he died a month later on March 5th of that year. As a result, I never knew this unique man. Nonno Babarovich was born April 12, 1861 in the village of Splitska on the island of Brac in Croatia off the coast of Split in the Adriatic Sea. Peter was the second child  of his father, Ernest…

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SALVATORE & THE SALVATION ARMY

SALVATORE & THE SALVATION ARMY

My father was Paul Luvera Sr.,and my grandfather was Paolo Nicola Luvera. Nonno Paolo died July 4, 1956. Paolo Nicola came from a family of sheepherders and sharecroppers in Gallina Italy. He worked with his father until he was 16 years old when he decided to move to Reggio Calabria where a Cousin Antonio working in a slaughterhouse. He was able to get a job with his cousin and lived with his family for four years. Then he married woman…

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