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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MEMORIES OF MUSIC AND DANCING IN ANACORTES AND SKAGIT COUNTY

MEMORIES OF MUSIC AND DANCING IN ANACORTES AND SKAGIT COUNTY

In an Email to the children, I described the two dance halls in the county that were popular when I was in high school.  I thought later about the street dances in Anacortes. When I was working on the purse seine boats during high school,  Anacortes had fishermen “pavement dances” on the weekends during the fishing season. The dances were on Commercial Avenue. They were popular and crowded with people. The fisherman returned from fishing on the weekend and the…

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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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MY GRANDFATHER NICOLA LUVERA 1860 -1956

MY GRANDFATHER NICOLA LUVERA 1860 -1956

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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DANIEL SULLIVAN SEATTLE TRIAL LAWYER

DANIEL SULLIVAN SEATTLE TRIAL LAWYER

This is in remembrance  of  my friend of many years, Daniel Sullivan, who died of lung cancer the morning of July 1, 2012 in Seattle. He  was 86 years old. Dan was a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who accomplished so much in his life. He was the Washington  State Trial Lawyers  Association president in 1974-75, WSTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year winner in 1984 and recipient of the then-WSTLA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Dan was responsible for the formation of…

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ADVICE TO LIVE BY

ADVICE TO LIVE BY

From time to time we hear or read advice that resonates with us. Words of wisdom that inspire or offer guidance on the reality of life. David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times, published recently a column he entitled “The World’s Greatest Life Acts, For Now. ” He quotes from journalist Kevin Kelly writing in his Technium blog the following wise observations: When you have 90% of a large project completed, finishing up the final details will take…

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CATHOLIC BISHOP USES RELIGIOUS SACRAMENT AS A POLITICAL WEAPON

CATHOLIC BISHOP USES RELIGIOUS SACRAMENT AS A POLITICAL WEAPON

Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco announced that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will no longer be allowed to receive Communion because of her political support for abortion rights. Cordileone said in his public announcement on Friday: “I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you [publicly] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of…

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Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator Series – “I’M BACK”

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator Series – “I’M BACK”

The explanation for my failure to maintain this site is because of a medical issue. In early April  I was scheduled for an artificial valve replacement. This procedure involves replacing a defective heart valve with a manufactured one. The procedure is known as TAVR for “Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.” It is done by inserting a artificial valve through an artery in the groin and into the heart to replace the defective valve. When successful, it is a matter of a…

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IMAGES OF THE LUVERA FAMILY IN ANACORTES

IMAGES OF THE LUVERA FAMILY IN ANACORTES

Here is a collection of photos from the Anacortes History Museum collection regarding the Luvera family Paul, Anita & Phyllis Luvera  Anacortes High School 1952 varsity basketball team.Pat Adams, sophomore guard Gerald Guthrie, junior guard Tom Rowan, senior guard Bill Card, senior forward Don Francin, freshman forward Dale Brannon, senior forward Paul Luvera, Jr., junior center (No. 88) Jim Berentson, sophomore forward Gale Marrs, sophomore guard Larry Lunsford, senior guard, team captain Gordon Hill, senior guard Duane Breckenridge, senior Coach…

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CHARLES BOB DAVIS March 17, 2022

CHARLES BOB DAVIS March 17, 2022

My friend and long time colleague died early in the morning on St Patrick’s day.  He was not a lawyer, but he taught me more about representing clients then any law professor ever did. Bob was working for an insurance company as an adjustor when I met him in Mount Vernon. I had started a law practice after ending my partnership with Harwood Bannister and Stanley Bruhn. I had no law partners, but I had the good sense to hire…

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