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LESSONS FROM SONG LYRICS

LESSONS FROM SONG LYRICS

Someone has suggested that the great poets of the past are writing song lyrics today. Whether that’s true or not I’ve found great inspiration from lyrics as well as poetry. There’s wisdom, theology and ideas to meditate over in many lyrics. This long post are examples of some that have meaningful ideas to consider. Past Glories When we find ourselves living in past accomplishments instead of considering each day a new gift to enjoy and use to grow, you should…

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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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WILLIAM H. TAYLOR ANACORTES COACH AND MENTOR 1922 – 2002

WILLIAM H. TAYLOR ANACORTES COACH AND MENTOR 1922 – 2002

On January 24, 2002 William “Bill” Taylor died in Anacortes. He was one of Anacortes’s most successful basketball coaches. He also was a positive influence in so many young men’s lives, including mine. He was a great coach and mentor to me. I’ve published a full account of my high school relationship to this great coach and his profound influence in my life: https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/01/william-taylor.html . In addition, I published a background of this unique man who was so important in guiding…

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“YOUR SON IS HERE”

“YOUR SON IS HERE”

A young marine appeared at a hospital where an old man was dying, while waiting for his son, a marine, to arrive from overseas to see him for the last time. A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to his bedside. Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed…

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THE DYING MAN’S LAST WISH

THE DYING MAN’S LAST WISH

The dying man’s last wish was to see his son who was in the Marines serving in Iraq. Then one evening a tired and anxious Marine walks up to the man's hospital nurse. Her heart leaps because, finally, the son, her dying elderly patient had been yearning to see,  had been able to return from Iraq just in time for his father's last words. Excitedly, she escorts the man to her patient's room. “Your son is here” the nurse says…

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BEING NICE TO PEOPLE DOESN’T COST ANYTHING & HAS IT’S OWN REWARDS

BEING NICE TO PEOPLE DOESN’T COST ANYTHING & HAS IT’S OWN REWARDS

Skagit County Attorney David Lowell sent an end of the year message as President of the county bar association. He enclosed this story of an experience of  Paul William "Bear" Bryant. Bear Bryant was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Here's the story he repeated about an…

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NEW YEAR 2015 REFLECTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A PLAINTIFF’S TRIAL LAWYER

NEW YEAR 2015 REFLECTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A PLAINTIFF’S TRIAL LAWYER

I have written in the past about people who have played a significant role in my life and to whom I am indebted. https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2010/01/william-h-taylor-anacortes-coach-and-mentor.html.html  There have also been significant events that played a major role in my development as a trial lawyer. 2015 seems like an appropriate time to reflect upon my good fortune in this regard. I have had a lot of fortunate events in my life but some are particularly noteworthy. Through a series of lucky circumstances I somehow ended up…

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WRONG WAY CORRIGAN & WRONG WAY REIGELS

WRONG WAY CORRIGAN & WRONG WAY REIGELS

Unless you are as old as I am I'll bet you've never heard of "Wrong Way, Corrigan." About 76 years ago, on July 17, 1938 at 5:15 AM a 31 year old pilot, Douglas Corrigan, climbed into the cockpit of his airplane and flew from Brooklyn New York for Los Angeles. At least  he had reported before leaving that Los Angeles was his destination that morning. Instead a little after takeoff the plane turned sharply over the Atlantic ocean and disappeared into…

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A THOUSAND MARBLES

A THOUSAND MARBLES

There is a website that has  some inspriational stories http://www.thestoreofinspiration.com Here's one that has particular meaning to me at age seventy nine (in February): A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward my basement ham radio shack. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it. I turned the dial-up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in…

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RANDOM QUOTES, NOTES AND IDEAS

RANDOM QUOTES, NOTES AND IDEAS

Well, I've collected some notes from different things I've read so I've decided to share them with you as a random ideas for  whatever benefit you might get from them. Here they are. Wisdom from The Movies Jimmy Stewart played the role of Elwood P Dowd in the 1950 movie, Harvey. Elwood offered up this advice: "in this world, Elwood, you must be – she always called me Elwood – in this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or…

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