Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
Bonita Beck, Publisher                                         Bob Graham, Editor

 February 2016 
 "February, the Love Connection"  
Issue #142



Before we get into the core of the February Newsletter, I would like to present some thoughts about the title “February, the Love Connection.”

How about that title?  I’ll bet I raised some thought provoking memories in you!  I know that for many of us, every day is Special with our Spouse, Significant Other or a Pal.  February is always a little more special with those that we are in love with.  ‘Fact is, we have a special day, February Fourteenth, that also has a special name - Valentine’s Day!      

As your guide and a modern day Eros, I would like to present to you some history and famous quotes about Valentine’s Day.  Then I will display a brief description of what a 2016, non-Cherub, non-Diaper Clad, non-Bow-and-Arrow-Shooter, and non-rider-on-a-Magic-Red-Heart-Carpet might think.  But, first some History:

“Authors, poets and playwrights have been trying to capture love in words for thousands of years.  Their work speaks to the enduring power of love across the ages of human history.  Check out this collection of quotes about love from some of the world’s most famous romantics, from Shakespeare, who wrote 154 sonnets dealing with love, time, beauty and mortality, to famed Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda.”

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” - Aristotle

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.” - Anais Nin

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.” - Antoine de Saint, Exupery

“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and most needs have desires, let these be your desires; To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.” - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” - Zora Neale Hurston

“Love is life.  All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.  Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.” - Leo Tolstoy

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” - Dorothy Parker

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” - Alice Walker

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.  I love you straight forwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.” - Pablo Neruda, Love Sonnet XVII.”

I know that Helen Keller, Lao Tzu, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Aristotle and me could hang out together and have some great times.  I take my position as a modern day Cupid very seriously, well maybe just a little “tongue in cheek.”  My selection of words in the “Love Arena” are my baker’s dozen.  I don’t plan on challenging any of the great authors, poets, playwrights, or romantics above, but if they were available, I probably would offer them a donut.

• Times change, avoid Mirrors, Love is always Waiting.
• Be Civil to each other, No One ever Wins a Shouting Match.
• Don’t get upset over what Was, Laugh and Smile about what Is.
• Hugs and Kisses go together, Keep it that way.
• If you are Wrong, check with your Pets, they will let you Know.
• Spooning will bring you Closer together and keep you Warm.
• Holding Hands keeps that sense of Touch Alive.
• A Soft Kiss in the Neck region, is like 4th of July in February. 
• Take a Trip that you Both will achieve great Memories.
• Don’t Ever take your Relationship for can Crumble.
• Love - don’t ever let it Disappear, keep it Strong in Your Eyes.     
• Enjoy Every day, doing Something Together, even just a Smile.
• Always Remember: Here today - Gone tomorrow: if You have something to Say, Don’t put it Off ‘till another Day - SAY I LOVE YOU!

                                       Hooah, Hugs, & “February, The Love Connection,” Bob



Now to the body of your February Newsletter.

First, I hope that none of you got slammed by Jonas, that super cell that hit the east and southeast!  My son, Mike, (northeast Virginia), and my daughter, Stevie (southern Virginia), both got some bad weather.  Mike received the worst though, well over 20 inches of snow, (before drifts).  Mike and his Family live just to the west of the D.C. area.

Anyone in the Class have a rough time with the weather?  How about the rainy weather in California, Oregon, and Washington?  I hope all are OK!  I would like to tell you it has been great here in Las Vegas, and you all need to come for a visit; but, we have had  a lot of cool weather, by our standards.  It has been in the mid to low 30
°’s at night and in the high 40°’s  to mid 50°’s  during the day.
OK, I will quit whining, before I know it, I will be complaining about the heat!  My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially those that had too much of Jonas in the east and those with too much rain in the west.  Take care.

We have had a few Connections and Reconnections as you will note, with the contributions of Articles from some new names.

The Bucket List Challenge had a great one this month!  Maryann (Maskevich) Flanagan sent me a note that started with “having a different Christmas this year”...wait until you hear this one. . .

“My Christmas gift from Bill (my husband) was a 2 week journey to the Holy Land where I actually spent Christmas in Bethlehem.  Our Christmas Eve mass was at the Chapel of the Angels in The Shepard’s Field.  It was a thrilling time for me, this trip was #1 on my Bucket List and I was pleased to be able to go.  On the other hand, this was not on Bill’s list so I gave him a 2001 Mazda Miata convertible.  He enjoys going topless when the days are sunny and very warm.”

Steve Hanleigh or anyone else out there, think they can beat this one... anyone? Please contact me, and we will let the Classmates settle this one.
The “Who Said That?” The quote for January was: “If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.”  The Answer was Will Rogers and
Bruce Ahlvin was the Winner for January... I’m sure Judy helped him!

“Who Said That?” for February is going to be a little different.  You will have a famous MOVIE QUOTE that you will have to be the first in with two correct items - Name of Movie and the Name of the Actor that said the quote. We will start with an easy one:

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

We have some great Articles that were contributed for the month of February.  Are you ready?  Well then, let’s get this Newsletter open and start enjoying the simple things in Life. 


German Wonderland - Amazing”  Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin [Totally unbelievable!]

3D Drawings”  Contributed by Bob Graham  [Check out that snake!]

New Fred & Ginger”  Contributed by Sharon Freitas Peros [These kids!  Well - you take a look!]

Sign Language” Contributed by Gary Rocklage  [Not what you think!] 

Unusual Punishments To Keep People Out of Jail” C. by Bruce Ahlvin  [Now this is a judge I could really like!]

Simple Words For Life” by Alex Peros (Sharon’s Husband)  [Great photos and words to live by…]

What Love Looks Like... Toby”  Contributed by Ted Dumke  [Love is Toby and many like him]

Le Flashmob des Prodiges”  Contrib. by Linda (Wanke) Rapp [You will enjoy these young kids]

The Magic Piano Player”  Contributed by Stevie Graham  [I use to play the piano, but I never knew it could do this!]

Family Portraits” Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz  [Animal lovers delight time!]

My Beautiful America” Contributed by Gary Rocklage [Tthis is really good – enjoy!]

Some Forgotten Hero’s of the War on Terror” Contributed by Jim Esten [We are in good hands 24/7/365]

 “A Salute - You Will Never Forget”  C. by Bob Graham [Hooah! Timing is everything, back at you Airborne - photo #6)                   




1  -  National Freedom Day.
2  -  Ground Hog Day - Candlemas.
3  -  The Day the Music Died, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.

4  -  Create a Vacuum Day - Thank a Mailman Day.
5  -  National Weatherman's Day.
6  -  Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - Lame Duck Day.
7  -  Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day - Send a Card to a Friend Day - Superbowl Sunday - Superbowl 50, date may vary.

8  -  Boy Scout Day, celebrates the birthday of scouting - Chinese New Years, date may vary - Clean out Your Computer Day - Kite Flying Day, in the middle of winter!?!
9  -  Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday - Toothache Day.
10  -  Ash Wednesday - Umbrella Day.

11  -  Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day - Make a Friend Day - National Inventors Day - White T-Shirt Day.

12  -  Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - Plum Pudding Day.
13  -  Get a Different Name Day.
14  -  Valentine's Day - Ferris Wheel Day - National Organ Donor Day.

15  -  National Gum Drop Day - President's Day - Singles Awareness Day.
16  -   Do a Grouch a Favor Day.
17  -  Random Acts of Kindness Day.
18  -  National Battery Day.

19  -  National Chocolate Mint Day.
20  -  Cherry Pie Day - Hoodie Hoo Day - Love Your Pet Day.
21  -  Card Reading Day.

22  -  George Washington's Birthday - Be Humble Day - Walking the Dog Day -  International World Thinking Day.
23  -  International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day - Tennis Day.
24  -  National Tortilla Chip Day.

25  -  Pistol Patent Day.
26  -  Carnival Day - National Pistachio Day, it's a nutty day! - Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
27  -  Polar Bear Day - No Brainer Day, this day is for me!

28  -  Floral Design Day - Oscar Night, date may vary - Public Sleeping Day - National Tooth Fairy Day.

29  -   Leap Day, it occurs in 2016, and every four years.

Happy February,

PS:  Once again, thank you to all Classmates, family, and friends who have sent in an article(s), personal subject matter, questions, experience, or just wanting to express some thoughts. This is what keeps the Newsletter coming out monthly...  Your time and energy to keep our Classmates connected or reconnected!  What you donate assists many of our Classmates.  We are a lot more alike than you think!  Hooah, hugs, and enjoy the month of LOVE.   We will talk again in March.



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