ARE YOU “MAD AS HELL AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE”?

ARE YOU “MAD AS HELL AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE”?

A friend sent an article “The Bitter Heartland” by William Galston https://www.americanpurpose.com/articles/the-bitter-heartland/ who sees the dissent and protests of today due to a toxic class resentment. He writes: “They” see “us” as presiding over a long-term decline in their quality of life without lifting a finger to help. Blue-collar wages have stagnated for decades; good jobs for which they are qualified have evaporated. Their suffering went ignored by elites in both political parties until Donald Trump emerged as their champion. They…

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COMPLAINING IS BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN, BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY

COMPLAINING IS BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN, BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY

Not only is complaining terrible for your brain, it is also bad for your health according to research https://m1psychology.com/complaining-is-bad-for-your-brain/ In spite of that, I have some really annoying life events I want to share. To start with, why do the internet company websites have to be so inaccessible to phone contact, cancellation and complaints to customer service? Email is most often not an option or involves a format that doesn’t allow you to discuss your problem. Dealing with a robot…

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REMEMBERING FRIENDS IN NOVEMBER: MICHAEL SCHMITT, JOE VOEGTLIN, JACK DEIERLEIN & JOHN WILSON

REMEMBERING FRIENDS IN NOVEMBER: MICHAEL SCHMITT, JOE VOEGTLIN, JACK DEIERLEIN & JOHN WILSON

November is a time the Catholic Church remembers the dead with a celebration on November 1st and November 2nd. It’s a fitting to remember good people who are no longer with us. Here are a few of these special people who died during this period and who played a role in my life.  The reverend Michael J. Schmitt was born in 1929 in Port Angeles. He died at age 58 on November 10, 1987 in Auburn, Washington in an auto…

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PAUL NICHOLAS LUVERA, SR 1898 – 1990

PAUL NICHOLAS LUVERA, SR 1898 – 1990

Today is the anniversary of the death of my father, Paul Nicholas Luvera Sr. He was born on March 25, 1898, he died in Anacortes, Washington on November 4, 1990 at the age of 92. I’ve published details of his extraordinary life many times. See https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/11/dad-1.html for a complete history of his life. Dad was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, the son of Niccola and Fillippa Luvera. His father and oldest brother left for Canada where they worked for the…

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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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