Vancouver, Washington, USA
June 17
Artist's and Writer's Magazine
Author, Artist, Wife, Mother, Grandmother


MAY 29, 2012 3:33PM

My Doorstep Garden May 28, 2012

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The flowers in the photos of my doorstep garden, are "knock out" roses which are disease resistant hardy floribundas. Snap dragon, hosta, wave petunia, starts of sunflowers for my back yard, delphinium, lavendar, some succulents and ornamental grass. Later… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2012 5:42PM

My Letter to a Stranger

Dear Neighbor,

Although we have never met, I silently watch your struggles.
My heart lurched when you screamed at your twelve year old son.
I saw you clutch your stomach, your brow…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 5:46PM

What to do?

Sorting the clutter out in one's psyche, can be both joyful and painful. Our relatively peaceful existence can be overshadowed by uncertainty, a lack of trust and fear. I have always said, “never make a major decision if emotions are high or if something unforeseen has happened that throwsRead full post »

APRIL 18, 2011 11:00AM

Some of my paintings

MARCH 30, 2011 12:01PM

The most dangerous bridge on Earth

The most dangerous bridge on earth is named the "ratline" that crosses the river of gossip. It's a place where tongues, like little rudders on a leaky skiff, manuever their way through murky water. The  bridge that too many go out of their way to cross.

Blocking an existing bridg… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2010 10:34AM

The real truth

"What you allow is what you teach." Stephen Raffaele

OCTOBER 30, 2010 10:30AM

Liars and Politics

The political ads send this unfortunate message, 
“Hey folks, it's okay to lie for personal gain…it's just politics. Children, it's okay to fib and it's okay to send those who fib to Congress because that’s what politicians do and if you want to be President someday; thenRead full post »
OCTOBER 28, 2010 10:22AM


  When one makes promises that can’t be kept, then there comes a time that the person who made the promises finds themselves in a very difficult position, with little or no way out… That is when they try to strategize and even lie in order to persuade. Instead, don’t everRead full post »

  Some company out of California bills Medicare for this! They tried to charge my 80 yr old dad $128.00 for a little rubber gasquet (you know like one buys for their water hose)that goes on a hose for his c-pap. Wow! Should I name names?

"Senate Rejects $250 Social Security Bonus"Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 7:24PM

Remembering Auntie

Some years  back, I went from my home here in Washington to visit my Auntie Charlotte in Evansville Indiana to once again bask in her unwavering love. She was my Angel.

She had a southern wit, a good guitar and she was not only a great song writer-poet, but she… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2010 11:17AM


What do Politicians and Diapers have in common?

AUGUST 3, 2010 4:32PM

Update on Haiti July 28,2010

By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press Writer – Wed Jul 28, 8:00 pm ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Distraught parents mourned the loss of two children in a camp for Haitian earthquake survivors Wednesday, a day after rains caused a

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AUGUST 3, 2010 3:45PM

Eleven years old... Really?

An old soul is my granddaughter. She said, "people need to stop using religion to be biggotted" and my niece replied, "Religion is the excuse for most stupid and violent acts and spirituality is the reason for most amazing and selfless acts. The key is to know the difference."

Wow, So… Read full post »

I wrote a story poem about this titled "An Ode To Willie" but it isn't an eye catcher grab me title. What I want to do is start Willie at ninety and then write his life story making it a book af historical fiction. I would love suggestions.


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MARCH 18, 2010 1:17AM

He Was In Obvious Pain

He took a few steps and groaned. I was one aisle over in the grocery store. I couldn't see him but I could hear him. I pushed my cart around and a man, around 60 to 65 stood tautering on an old wooden cane. He was very thin and he didn't… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2010 12:53PM

Haiti is still in Dire need

Oh how soon human beings forgot and move on. Chile is suffering and Haiti is in the clutches of rampant disease and misplaced and or very sick children. Please continue to give to a charity that you can trust. I give to the Redcross and to Unicef. My daughter is involved… Read full post »

Congress has turned more parliamentarian than representative
and our civil liberties are disappearing... We can write to each one of our senators and representatives until our fingers bleed and they will still vote along party lines. This health care bill is suppose to be voted on by a supe… Read full post »

MARCH 1, 2010 2:07PM

Health Care Reform

We have allowed congress, (both houses,) to become parlimentary instead of representative and that is why the people of this country distrust them so venemously.
Lamar Alexander, as I saw it, wanted something to be passed instead of nothing at all. So therefore, he presented first steps… Read full post »

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My deepest condolenses to the people of Chili... My heart and my prayers are with you! For those in the path of the tsunami, I am praying for you. My daughter is in the Dominican Republic now and she will be visiting Haiti. This rash of Earthqu… Read full post »

Hello My  Friend, I am so very sorry to hear that you are going through this... You wanted this so I shall tell you what happened.

I had power of attorney when my mother passed away. I am the one that made the decison to remove her from the machines. I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2009 11:46AM


Beverly J Raffaele The tighter my throat gets when I sing "Silent Night"... The more I enjoy giving than receiving... The longer I sit at night in the glow of the Christmas tree... The more wondrously beautiful the Christmas story... The deeper my awe at God's infinite love... The more I/…

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1- I was born a poor white child

2- I was raised where the redwoods meets the sea. It's a spiritual place.

3- I birthed and raised six children and they have blessed me with sixteen grandchildren. Some went to college some didn't. Four out of six make

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Growing up, I knew this kid, I mean- one like him. The conditions out on blackwell lane were really as I describe it. The little coastal town where I was raised had it's white trash hillbillies but they were human and they all have a story. This is a story with… Read full post »

Walking with my Granddaughter Katie on a lovely Autumn day

Beverly J Raffaele with her Granddaughter Katie.

I was in denial to the point of disbelieving my doctors AND my tests. One day I marched in and told Dr Rivas that I don't have lupus. he said "okay, you don't have it then." His sarcasm was justified ...For many years… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 10:09AM

"It is what it is" an apathetic cop out?

The way the phrase "it is what it is"  is a dismissal in my veiw. It irritates me. It's also a rediculous phrase. It's like saying, "you are so much the way you are." DUH

Here is the rub for me:

What about wreckage left behind if you have hurt someone… Read full post »