OUR MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE FROM BARCELONA TO MONTE CARLO

OUR MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE FROM BARCELONA TO MONTE CARLO

This month, on May 25, Lita and I will be traveling to London where we will spend the night. The next day we will fly to Barcelona, Spain and begin a nine night cruise through the Mediterranean ending in Monte Carlo. This is a family trip. All eight children and their spouses are traveling with us on this cruise. The vessel is the Regent Seven Seas Cruise line Navigator. This vessel holds only 490 guests, with 365 crew and 248…

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MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD

MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD

Lita and I had the pleasure of visiting with several former employees of our law firm. Debbie Scott, Karen  Eichlerk and Anne Roberson worked with us a paralegals for many years. In fact, I hired Debbie as a recent high school graduate and until a few months ago she has continually worked for the firm. Both Karen and Anne were from Mount Vernon and none of the three had any formal paralegal training. They learned on the job and were…

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GRUMBLING ABOUT ANNOYANCES

GRUMBLING ABOUT ANNOYANCES

As I get older I tend to be annoyed by things which are in reality probably not very important. for example, I have a real resentment about the highly paid professional  sports announcers who totally fail to do what they were hired to do in their coverage of professional basketball and football games. Let’s start with the fact they have been hired to add to the enjoyment of fans watching the games on television. There are usually two announcers involved….

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PEDDLING BIBLES TO RAISE MONEY – A NEW LOW FOR A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

PEDDLING BIBLES TO RAISE MONEY – A NEW LOW FOR A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Donald Trump released a video on his Truth Social platform  urging his supporters to buy a Bible he labeled “the “God Bless the USA Bible.”  He promoted it with a sales pitch:   “Happy Holy Week! Let’s Make America Pray Again. As we lead into Good Friday and Easter, I encourage you to get a copy of the God Bless the USA Bible.” Trump  directed his supporters to his website selling the book for $59.99. Trump went on to urge the…

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HOLLIS HALL BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – MY EXTRAORDINARY FATHER-IN-LAW

HOLLIS HALL BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – MY EXTRAORDINARY FATHER-IN-LAW

Hollis Hall Barnett was born May 3, 1907 and died in Puyallup, Washington at the age of 83 on March 22nd, 1990. He was my wife Lita’s father and a very unique and wonderful man. You can read about his Lita’s mother Betty Barnett and more about this extraordinary couple I quickly grew to love.  https://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…

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SHAKESPEARE WARNED US ABOUT INCREASED CRIME & LAWLESSNESS

SHAKESPEARE WARNED US ABOUT INCREASED CRIME & LAWLESSNESS

In his play Measure for Measure, one of Shakespeare’s characters observes: “We must not make a scarecrow of the law, Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, And let it keep one shape till custom make it Their perch and not their terror.” In today’s national society and our state we have increasing crime and lawlessness. Repeat offenders are arrested and quickly released to go out and commit more crimes.  There is a troubling escalation of Juviniles committing serious felonies without sanctions. The theft of cars is rampid as is the use of stolen cars…

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THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

The anticipated State of the Union speech was last night and lasted some sixty-eight minutes. It opened with President Biden talking about Donald Trump, but not by name, referring only to  “my predecessor.” It closed with a Donald Trump comment in a talk which included thirteen references to Trump as “my predecessor.” Biden taunted and made fun of the Republican lawmakers as well as the Supreme Court, with several Justices seated in front him. It has been described as one…

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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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FEBRUARY 27TH -LITA THRESEA BARNETT & PAUL NICHOLAS LUVERA ANNIVERSAY

FEBRUARY 27TH -LITA THRESEA BARNETT & PAUL NICHOLAS LUVERA ANNIVERSAY

In 2016 I published a post about our wedding anniversary that began: “On Sunday, February 21, I “endured” my birthday. At age 81 you don’t “enjoy” birthdays except perhaps from a feeling of gratitude at being alive. As I have said to others, it’s a little like waking up that morning and discovering you have been trapped in the body of an 81-year-old. You don’t fully get used to the idea that you are aging in your mind until physical…

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THE LIBRARY OF MISTAKES

THE LIBRARY OF MISTAKES

In Edinburgh, Scotland there is a very unique library; “The Library of Mistakes.” https://www.libraryofmistakes.com/ Created in 2011 by a group of finance professionals, it is a specialized library focused on economic and financial mistakes throughout history. The library houses a collection of books, documents, and artifacts that highlight various economic and financial blunders, including market crashes, failed business ventures, and policy error The Library of Mistakes contains over 2,000 books, all relating to economics and finance. The Library of Mistakes…

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