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2016 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

2016 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

This is the time for making New Year's resolutions, so I have given it some thought and offer the following as a minimum of a large number of worthy resolutions I should adopt. They are adopted from these sources: "Prayers of an Aging Jesuit –http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Prayers-for-Aging.cfm, the writings of Roger Rosenblatt, Rules for Aging http://englishwithhemi.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/3/6/13368575/rules_for_aging.pdf and the writings of Dale Carnegie.http://www.csus.edu/indiv/l/luenemannu/pdf/communicationprinciples.pdf With full acknowledgment to these sources here are my minimum list of resolutions for 2016. 1.     I will daily appreciate the fact Lita…

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FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, RELIGION & RELIGIOUS TERRORISM

FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, RELIGION & RELIGIOUS TERRORISM

Religion is always a controversial subject. The traditional advice of "never discuss politics or religion" is based upon sound historical experience. However, with religious terrorism so much in the news and being carried out around the world, it is difficult to avoid the subject. ISIS and their war to create a world of their Islamic beliefs is a classic example of the belief that one's own religious ideas represent the only true religion which all people must agree to follow. The major religions of…

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ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT 1910 – 1985

ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT 1910 – 1985

Betty Barnett was my wife Lita's mother who died December 20, 1985. I've written about this remarkable woman many times. See https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/12/my-mother-in-law-elizabeth-barnett-1910-1995.html It was my privilege to have known her. She was extraordinary  in so many ways. She was very intelligent, wise and a great judge of people. I loved her like my own mother for her many qualities and her understanding. This is a woman who attended Holy Names in Spokane where she was taught proper table settings, good maners and social skills. She met…

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NICK J. PETRISH (1937 – 2011)

NICK J. PETRISH (1937 – 2011)

My friend Nick J.  Petrish died in Anacortes on December 19, 2011. We had a long friendship. We went from grade school through high school together. We worked together from 1977 until his illness in 2011. He was a friend and a good man. I've written about him previously: https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2012/12/nicholas-petrish-dec-19-2011.html.html  I think about  him during this Christmas season. May he  rest  in peace.

PHYLLIS FLIPPA LUVERA 1870 – 1946

PHYLLIS FLIPPA LUVERA 1870 – 1946

My grandmother, dad's mother, died December 20, 1946 in Anacortes. She was born in Italy and followed her husband Nicola with dad and the other children after he immigrated to America. She  was a classic looking Italian grandmother who looked and sounded like what an Italian grandmother should. she spoke virtually no English but she  was a a wonderful cook who was always feeding us children something whenever we visited. I've written about her before: https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/12/phyllis-flippa-luvera-1870-1946.html.htm  In the photo is Nonna, my sisters Phyllis, Anita, me and my grandfather Nicola Luvera….

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SUGAR TOOTH DICK

SUGAR TOOTH DICK

 I had published about my deceased father in law, Hollis Barnett who had many wonderful qualities including a large volume of memorized poems. One of them my wife Lita recalled was "Sugar  Tooth Dick." I tried to find the words and never could locate it until someone sent me the poem and I published it at https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2011/12/sugar-toothed-dick.html   See the poem I was sent below. Now Julie has emailed about the poem. She says: "My Dad remembered part of it that…

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