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FROM DARK TO LIGHT AND A FEW RECOLLECTIONS ABOUT MY EARLY LAW PRACTICE

FROM DARK TO LIGHT AND A FEW RECOLLECTIONS ABOUT MY EARLY LAW PRACTICE

While going through some documents I found my original membership card for the Washington State Bar Association. It was dated 1959. I was a 24-year-old brand new lawyer in 1959. I had proudly gone to the Skagit County Courthouse with my wife and both parents for the ceremony I would take the oath become a lawyer. My friend David Welts, and his wife and parents were there for our joint ceremony. Judges Arthur Ward and Charles Stafford presided together for…

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WHERE’VE YOU BEEN?

WHERE’VE YOU BEEN?

Ken Burns created a PBS documentary "Country Music" in 2019. The documentary includes the story behind the lyrics of the song, "Where've you been?" The song was released in 1989 and recorded by country music singer Kathy Mattea. It was co-written by her husband Jon Vezner. Among other awards, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1990. Mattea was awarded the Grammy for Best Country Performance for her recording. The song is a story about Edwin…

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THE QUALITY OF A PROPER APOLOGY

THE QUALITY OF A PROPER APOLOGY

According to a New York Times op-ed by Paul Krugman, we as a nation are suffering from an "epidemic of infallibility."  No one, president or not, wants to admit to wrongdoing, at least not publicly. When people do apologize they often say they are sorry, but offer excuses or rationalizations which is no apology at all. I hear politicians and prominent people who have made public mistakes for which they offer an apology, but not without combining it with an excuse,…

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NEVER ASK A PERSON OF MY AGE “HOW ARE YOU?”

NEVER ASK A PERSON OF MY AGE “HOW ARE YOU?”

You know how it is. You meet an older person you know and you greet them with "Well, how are you anyway?" only to be subjected to a long description involving bowel movements, illness or a detailed description of a recent surgery when all you were doing was being polite. Well, I'm giving you fair warning, don't ask me that question either because this week I'm having a hip replacement surgery and at eight four years of age it's likely…

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MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD; THOSE ARE SILVER, THESE ARE GOLD.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD; THOSE ARE SILVER, THESE ARE GOLD.

Old friends are gold.” That was the theme of the reunion luncheon for our law firm paralegals held at the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle on November 22nd. Lita arranged the entire affair. We were fortunate in having a number of people able to attend. These included Bonnie Mullen; Cathy Galfano; Darlene Walters; Deborah Scott; Diane Donohue; Fran Fee; Heather Thweatt; Jeanne Skeels; Jill Hatcher; Julie Olson Harris; Karen Forsman Eichler; Linda FitzGerald; Margaret Nidermayer; Marilyn Khalife; Mavis Estrada; Patti…

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RANDOM READINGS

RANDOM READINGS

Here are a few random things I've read recently that caught my interest. Perhaps you'll find them of interest as well.  The Babushka Lady There is an unsolved mystery regarding the 1963 assassination of US Pres. John F Kennedy. Captured on film recording the events is a woman, wearing an overcoat and scarf (resembling a Russian babushka), but never identified. For decades historians and scholars have speculated about who this person is that has never come forward to provide what…

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“IT’S HELL GETTING OLD, ISN’T IT?”

“IT’S HELL GETTING OLD, ISN’T IT?”

That's what the man said to me. At first I didn't hear him as I stood waiting to use the cash machine, but I turned and he repeated it. He was older than I was, but was in good shape.  "Yes, " I said. "How old are you?" he asked. I said "Eighty Two." "I'm ninety four" he said and walked into the bank. I'm at a point where I have gradually learned to accept the fact that I am…

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FATHER’S DAY THOUGHTS

FATHER’S DAY THOUGHTS

Benjamin Franklin said it well "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late." as we approach Father's Day I can't help but reflect upon the wisdom of Franklin's statement when I think of my dad Paul Luvera, Sr.  From the perspective of my 82 years I see how blessed my sisters Phyllis, Anita and I were by who our parents were.  I regret my failure to fully and completely appreciate how unique my dad was until he…

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WILLIAM H. TAYLOR COACH, LEADER OF YOUNG MEN AND MENTOR

WILLIAM H. TAYLOR COACH, LEADER OF YOUNG MEN AND MENTOR

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://www.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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SOME RANDOM ANECDOTES & ADVICE – whether you want them or not

SOME RANDOM ANECDOTES & ADVICE – whether you want them or not

Someone has said that free advice is not always worth the price, but I am not intimidated because when you are as old as I am you stop worrying about what other people think. Dr. Daniel Amen MD has a "18/40/60 Rule" which is: At age 18 we are worried about what everybody is thinking of us. At 40 we stop caring what other people think of us because we think we are pretty special. Then, by age 60, we finally realize that nobody has been…

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