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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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RAMBLING THOUGHTS & QUOTATIONS

RAMBLING THOUGHTS & QUOTATIONS

If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” Margaret Thatcher “I would like to point out that the first time Adam had a chance, he laid the blame on a woman.” Nancy Astor In 1976 the late Walter Mondale was campaigning as a vice president candidate. In Lewiston Maine a huge crowd came to see him off. As he boarded the plane, he said to the local politician who accompanied him “I’m…

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COMPLAINING IS BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN, BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY

COMPLAINING IS BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN, BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY

Not only is complaining terrible for your brain, it is also bad for your health according to research https://m1psychology.com/complaining-is-bad-for-your-brain/ In spite of that, I have some really annoying life events I want to share. To start with, why do the internet company websites have to be so inaccessible to phone contact, cancellation and complaints to customer service? Email is most often not an option or involves a format that doesn’t allow you to discuss your problem. Dealing with a robot…

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THE GIFT OF WORKING ON SALMON PURSE SEINE BOATS

THE GIFT OF WORKING ON SALMON PURSE SEINE BOATS

There are some specific events in my life which have played a significant role in how my life has been lived. In addition to having the extraordinary parents I had and the great variety of things which  I didn’t earn  but were gifts, some events were of particular importance. My high school basketball coach, William Taylor, was a huge influence for teaching me character and moral conduct. The priest at Newman Club at the University of Washington, Fr. William Dooley…

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SOME WORDS OF WISDOM ABOUT LIFE

SOME WORDS OF WISDOM ABOUT LIFE

Here are some quotes about living and life that I find inspirational. I hope you benefit from them as well. While they appear to be simplistic, they are profound enough to meditate upon: When we are surprised by the way people we thought we knew act “Sometimes it’s not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.” When we are hurt by the actions of others “Some people come into your life as blessings, others come out as…

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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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