Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


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

May 2015 "The Great Month of May  Issue #133


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I would like to start this Newsletter of with - A Prayer For Our Veterans.

”Oh God, Our Heavenly Father, You have blessed us with brave men and women who are willing to defend our freedom. May Your protection and grace surround them each day. Let Your healing hand be upon those who suffer wounds and injuries. May those who have made the ultimate sacrifice rest forever in Your Holy Presence. Comfort the families who mourn and are left to remember the precious lives of their loved ones. Help us to honor and support them. Let us ever be mindful of each sacrifice made on behalf of the American people by our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, and friends. Amen.”

“May Day,” definitions differ with many. It is observed in the United States, Canada, and parts of Western Europe in celebration of the coming of spring. In socialist countries it honors labor and labor organizations. This month’s Newsletter will zero in on our Heroes, the protectors of our way of life. The Armed Forces will be brought to attention in articles that celebrate them and those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.

First, I would like to acknowledge another group of individuals that are the mainstay of our Families... Happy Mother’s Day! Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually as a tribute to all mothers and motherhood...or as I like to think, just one of the #365 days that I appreciate - Moms!  Most of our Mothers have passed away, but that does not matter on Mother’s Day.  I’m sure that each of us will express a memory or thought that we remember, from when our Moms were still with us. Also, most of us (males) have a wife that has and continues to be a Mom to our next generation of family.  I would like to say, a few words to both of the Mothers above: “All that I am or ever hoped to be, I owe to my Mothers - Happy Mother’s Day, I Love You!” Lastly, a very special thank you and I love you to all the military spouses on their special day also!

Along with Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Military Spouses Day and all the other significant days in May, you will have all types of other interesting topics. Be ready for some titles about:  Trees, Bored Engineers, Smoothini, Starbucks, A Cow - Ant - and an Old Fart, ...They Call a Dog, To Einstein.

                                                                        Hooah, Hugs, & The Great Month of May,

“Star Spangled Banner - As You’ve Never Heard It”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage

“Father Kapaun”
Contributed by Ted Dumke & Peggy Graham

“Trees Like You Have Never Seen Before”
Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp

“Bored Engineers”
Contributed by Michael Graham

Contributed By Bruce Ahlvin

“World War II & Iwo Jima”
Contributed by Ted Dumke

“The One, The Only - Hope”
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson

“Once Again...The Greatest Play In Baseball!”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage

“The Hungarian Shadow Theater”
Contributed by Peggy Graham

“The Cow, the Ant and the Old Fart”          Contributed by Gary Rocklage

A cow, an ant and an old fart are debating on who is the greatest of the three of them...  The cow said, "I give 20 quarts of milk every day and that's why I am the greatest!"

The ant said, "I work day and night, summer and winter, I can carry 52 times my own weight and that's why I am the greatest!"
Why are you scrolling down? It's your turn to say something.

“While Seated at A Starbucks”         Contributed by Peggy Graham

While seated at a Starbucks, a homeless man came in and sat nearby. His scent was unpleasant and people looked at him and rolled their eyes. He was simply doing what we were all doing, drinking coffee and taking advantage of free WIFI. He brought his dog, Legacy, who was well behaved.

He proceeded to tell me he walked 60 miles from Seattle to Tumwater over a few day period. He spoke highly of Legacy who, in stride, journeyed along with his master every step of the way without complaint. As soon as Legacy was told to lie down, he fell asleep. It was sad to see people distance themselves from this homeless veteran. Kids who inquired about the dog were quickly shielded by their parents and hurried away.

This Veteran explained most people have no concept of being Christ like because they simply place Christ on the shelf as soon as they leave church.

He told me while in Bellevue, WA, 5 well known Seattle Seahawks players walked past him. One of the Seahawks made a rude comment about him being homeless and tried to offer him a $20 bill. The money was declined and that player who claimed to be a Christian was offended. The homeless man told the wealthy Seahawks player that he would not accept money from someone who would belittle him in front of others claiming to be a Christian. Needless to say that player was embarrassed because his friends had witnessed his rude prideful behavior.

Later in the evening, I overhead him telling his dog that they would soon find new shoes to continue their journey. The shoes he was wearing were in poor shape. As I was leaving, I offered him a meal which he gladly accepted. I also knew I had a new pair of boots in my storage unit and I asked him if they fit, would accept them. He said “yes.”

After a short drive, I brought him a new pair of boots. He had the biggest smile and told Legacy that their journey would soon continue. He apologized as he took off his socks because they were dirty and falling apart. I asked him if he had any socks and he said what he was wearing was his only pair. Jokingly, he asked if I had socks with me. I had just done laundry and had some pairs of new clean white socks in my car. I gave him the socks and he switched out his old shoes for the new boots I gave him.

We shook hands and wished each other well. While walking away, I overheard a final conversation between a man and his dog. He simply patted Legacy on the head and said,
“I told you God was going to take care of us.”

“Tie A Yellow Ribbon”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin

“So You’re What They
Call A Dog”

Contributed by Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield

“This Is Einstein - WOW!”
Contributed by Ted Dumke

“Time Gets Better With Age”        Contributed by Stevie Graham
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." Age 5

I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.  Age 7

I've learned that when I wave to people in the country’, they stop what  they are doing and wave back.  Age 9

I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it,  Mom makes me clean it up again.  Age 12

I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.  Age 14

I've learned that although it's hard to admit it. I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.  Age 15.

I've learned that silent company,... is often more healing than words of advice.  Age 24.
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.  Age 26.
I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there.  Age 29

I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
Age 30

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it.  Age 42

I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note.  Age 44

I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46.
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.  Age 47

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on... and it will be better tomorrow.  Age 48

I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.  Age 49

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  Age 51

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.  Age 52

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them ‘terribly’ after they die.  Age 53

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58

I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.  Age 61

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  Age 62

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.  Age 64

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
Age 65

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.  Age 66

I've learned that everyone can use a prayer.  Age 72

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.  Age 82

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, just a friendly pat on the back, or a phone call - NOT a text.  Age 90

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Age 92

I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

“The Story of Moe Berg”
Contributed by Bonita Beck

“The Silence”
Contributed by Bob Graham
(Used prior, but too good not to play for Memorial Day)

“Mansions In The Sky”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin


Don’t Forget!

Happy Birthday and Anniversary to All May Classmates

May Dates to Remember:

1---International Tuba Day - May Day - Loyalty Day - Mother Goose Day - Save the Rhino Day - Space Day.
2---Baby Day - Brothers and Sisters Day.
3---Lumpy Rug Day - World Press Freedom Day.
4---Bird Day - National Candied Orange Peel Day - Renewal Day - Star Wars Day.

5---Cinco de Mayo - National Hoagie Day - Oyster Day - National Teachers Day .
6---National Tourist Appreciation Day - Beverage Day - National Nurses Day - No Diet Day - School Nurses Day.
7---National Tourism Day.
8---Military Spouses Day - No Socks Day - V-E Day - World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day - Iris Day.
9---Birth Mother's Day - International Migratory Bird Day - National Train Day. 

10---Mother's Day - Clean up Your Room Day.
11---Eat What You Want Day - Twilight Zone Day.
12---Fatigue Syndrome Day - International Nurses Day - Limerick Day.
13---Frog Jumping Day - Leprechaun Day - National Receptionist Day.
14---Dance Like a Chicken Day.

15---National Bike to Work Day - National Chocolate Chip Day - Police Officer's Memorial Day.
16---Armed Forces Day - Love a Tree Day - National Sea Monkey Day - Wear Purple for Peace Day.
17---Pack Rat Day.
18---International Museum Day - No Dirty Dishes Day - Visit Your Relatives Day.
19---Boy's Club Day.

20---Be a Millionaire Day - Pick Strawberries Day.
21---National Memo Day - National Waiters and Waitresses Day.
22---Buy a Musical Instrument Day.
23---International Jazz Day - Lucky Penny Day.
24---National Escargot Day.

25---Memorial Day - National Missing Children's Day - Tap Dance Day.
26---Sally Ride Day.
27---Sun Screen Day.
28---Amnesty International Day.
29---Learn About Composting Day.

30---Water a Flower Day.
31---National Macaroon Day - Save Your Hearing Day - World No Tobacco Day.

Keep Your Fork...’64, Bob Graham 
PS:     It is getting close to those Summer Months and Las Vegas makes for a nice place to visit. So, if you are coming this way, contact me...I would love to see you. The Bob and Peggy - Bed and Breakfast is filling fast (almost 90% now, mostly relatives) for the summer time already, so...!

Thanks again for all the articles sent in for the May Newsletter and especially for Memorial Day.

Now that Income Tax time is over, let’s all take a deep breath and enjoy the month of May and get ready for an Outstanding Summer!

Don’t forget my e-mail address has changed from: TO

Hooah, Hugs, & Stay Connected or Reconnect, Bob


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