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HARVEY FELDER – Conductor Laureate of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO) & Extraordinary Musical Conductor

HARVEY FELDER – Conductor Laureate of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO) & Extraordinary Musical Conductor

Our friend, Harvey Felder, talked about his father in a recent Email he sent to my wife Lita and me. I thought it was inspiring and asked permission to repeat it here. He agreed.  So, who is Harvey? At this time, he is the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Memphis. You can find his biography at https://www.memphis.edu/music/fac-staff/bios/felder.php He has a national reputation in his professional musical field. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall as well as numerous…

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THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

In 2008 a television miniseries about John Adams, his political life and his role in the founding of the United States was televised. Actor Paul Giamatti played the role of John Adams. It is a reminder of what an enormous undertaking the Revolutionary War was against such a formidable United Kingdom. The people who were responsible for the founding of this country. were extraordinary. The documents they created, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States are unique….

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THE CLICKER

THE CLICKER

Randy Kinnard is an outstanding plaintiff’s trial lawyer in Nashville Tennessee and a Vietnam veteran. He’s also a friend of mine. He recently sent as a gift a small device which makes a loud clicking noise when you press on it. In fact, it’s called “a clicker.” In a note accompanying the gift, he explains that paratroopers had been dropped behind Germany lines in World War II, and to identify themselves to each other they used a clicker which was…

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THE TRUE STORY OF THE HOLLOW NICKEL & THE SOVIET SPY

THE TRUE STORY OF THE HOLLOW NICKEL & THE SOVIET SPY

 Stephen Spielberg's movie, Bridge of Spies, is based upon a true historical event. During the cold war the United States conducted high altitude flights over Russia photographing areas of military interest. The movie involves the facts about an airplane, a U –2 spy plane flown by pilot Francis Powers and which was shot down by a Russian missile. Powers survived and was captured by the Russians. Powers eventually was exchanged for a captured Russian spy held in a United States prison.  The Russian spy, working…

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CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF THE ANDES

CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF THE ANDES

There have never been a war between Argentina and Chile, but in 1899 there was a dispute over the border between the two countries that became more serious. By Easter 1900 the armies of both countries were prepared to attack and war seemed inevitable. However, during Holy Week that year, a priest preached in Buenos Aires on Easter day a sermon that was a passionate appeal for peace. The sermon became repeated throughout the country. Word of the sermon reached the bishops…

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LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS & BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS & BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

As a school student I, along with everyone else in my generation, was introduced to Lincoln's famous speech during the civil war now known as  the Gettysburg Address. I've often thought of this address as an illustration of Lincoln's following his own analysis of who he was and what he thought best. Here he was, the president of the United States, and his invitation to speak was only an after thought to the event. His invitation was a last minute one and then asked only to make…

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YOM KIPPUR & THE SIX DAY WAR

YOM KIPPUR & THE SIX DAY WAR

Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4, 2014, are Yom Kippur. The name means "day of atonement." It is a day set aside to atone for the sins of the past year. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in the "books" is sealed and it is a chance to change the judgment by demonstrating repentance and resolve to make amends. It is a complete Sabbath for prayer and fasting. Most of the holiday is intended to be spent in prayer…

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ANACORTES WASHINGTON IN 1918 & OTHER OBSERVATIONS

ANACORTES WASHINGTON IN 1918 & OTHER OBSERVATIONS

My two sisters and I were born in the town of Anacortes, Washington. My father and his parents had emigrated from Italy through Canada to Anacortes. My mother's family immigrated from what is now Croatia and the small island of Brac to Anacortes. Mother and dad met in  Anacortes and married.  In 1989 the local paper, the Anacortes American, printed an article by my dad, Paul luvera Senior,  about the early days of Anacortes. In it he said that his…

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BILL TAYLOR, ANACORTES HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH

BILL TAYLOR, ANACORTES HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH

Today, January 24th, is the annversary of the death of a great coach and mentor to me, William Taylor. I've published a full account of my high school relationship to this great coach and his profound influence in my life: https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/01/william-taylor.html    Many of us can point to one person or perhaps several people who played significant roles in our life. People who made the difference at a tipping point in our lives. Someone whose words or actions changed our attitude…

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LUVERA’S GROCERY STORE & SALMON FISHING IN ANACORTES

LUVERA’S GROCERY STORE & SALMON FISHING IN ANACORTES

I’m happy to be back in circulation again. Seven weeks ago My law partners  andI started a jury trial in Seattle involving a woman who had gone into a hospital in Wenatchee for a ten minute elective laser  surgery on her vocal cord. She was to go home the same day, but the doctors caused an intense fire in her throat during surgery when the oxygen and laser combined with the tube in her throat. She had to be airlifted…

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