We have made progress! I have gone to a “super charged flux capacitor”
for receiving your e-mails. I have heard from Classmates regarding a
Bucket List, Staying Connected and
Reconnecting. Also, we have a published author and a Classmate
receiving national recognition for her work in the Mental Health
Arena. So, hang on and let’s hear about our Classmates!
• Ted Dumke, author of the newly released book...”Family Secrets, A
San Francisco Saga.” If any of you want to contact Ted, his e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: (650) 345-1520. I know many
of you have reached out to him. Ted will be speaking about his recent
novel at the Belmont Chamber of Commerce “Breakfast Speakers Series”
on September 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Great going and great read
• Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield, a National Award Winner in the field of
Mental Health for Hawaii. The article is written by her longtime
friend, Charlene (Wiper) Swenson.
“North Coast Calling Hawaii”
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
“Have you ever heard of NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
or Mental Health America?
We have a classmate who was awarded the Mental Health Mahalo Award
this past May along with five other nominees. The Mental Health
America of Hawaii presented the Mahalo Award to Kathy Lanstyak
Sheffield at a luncheon hosted by Mental Health America of Hawaii.
Alan and I just happened to be in Oahu and were able to share this
special day with Kathy, her son Josh and 250 plus members and various
local and state officials attending the award presentation. The 10th
Annual Awards were held at the Ala Moana Hotel in downtown Honolulu.
Kathy’s touching acceptance speech brought tears and emotional
applause from all, especially me. I have never been so proud of my
dear friend who I call my sister.
Kathy is the founder of the Kauai Affiliate of NAMI and provides
education and support to families with loved ones who suffer from
mental illness. Kathy has walked side by side through the journey of
her son’s illness, advocating for his treatment and recovery. Much
love to you my Sister!”
• Sandi (Picone) Murray has Reconnected with Sue (Pezzola) McKeever.
• Bruce and Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin have Reconnected with Bob and Peggy
Graham. They will be visiting LV in the next few months.
• Sandi (Picone) Murray got the word on the “Bucket List” and says
that she is “blessed to have checked off all her items.” Her top three
items took me to task on the “bucket list” challenge!
Sandi’s top three are: #1 South African Safari, #2 Kenya & Tanzania
Safari, and #3 Trip to the Galapagos Islands. Outstanding “Bucket
List” - Sandi! Well, in keeping with my word, here are three of my
bucket list items in “no certain priority.” When I was much younger, I
had an extremely short list, with only three items: Corvette, Three
Piece Suite, and a Doberman. The more mature list, starting in my mid
30’s: travel to #44 of the #50 United States (#6 more to go), own and
ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle (lots of fun - done), and Run a
Marathon (#10, all in Korea - done). I have a few more items, to
complete my list. I’m like Sandi in that I feel blessed that I have
only a few items left, although I keep adding to the total...so I may
never get finished - BUT THAT’S OK!
• Finally, who said the following?
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re
taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test
that teaches you a lesson.”
Just e-mail me the answer (*special recognition in the
January 2016 Newsletter - so, get the “correct answer” in “first!):
Now that the ice has cracked, let’s try and keep this
going a little longer than ONE TIME, how about EACH MONTH - OK? - OK!
Hooah, Hugs, &
Together - We Will Continue to be that
Class of 1964,
“Mensa Invitational - Just Change One Letter”
Contributed by Bonita Beck
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again
invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by
adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new
Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which
renders the subject financially
impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an
3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which
lasts until you realize it was your
money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid
people that stops bright ideas from
penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little
sign of breaking down in the
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for
the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic
wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you
are running late.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off
all these really bad vibes, right?
And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through
the day consuming only things that
are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem
smarter when they come at
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed
just after you've accidentally walked
through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that
gets into your bedroom at three in
the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding
half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its
yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate
meanings for common words.
And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much
weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door
when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up
someone who has been run over by
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death,
the soul flies up onto the roof and gets
16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn
by Jewish men.
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[A life saver & a great buddy]
“A Baby Horse”
Contributed by Gavin Graham
[is that really a horse?]
“7 Reasons Not To Mess With Children”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[I thought there were a lot more than #7!]
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a
human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was
very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a
whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not
swallow a human; it was physically impossible the little girl said,
"When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to Hell?”
The little girl replied, "Then you ask him ".
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of
children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around
to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was
working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied,
"I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows
what God looks like.”
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl
replied, "They will in a minute."
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten
Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the
commandment to "honor" thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, "Is there
a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family)
answered, "Thou shall not kill."
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her
mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that
her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast
on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively
asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" Her mother replied,
"Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or
unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then
said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"
The children had all been photographed, and the teacher
was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown
up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael,
He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, " And there's the
teacher, she's dead."
A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the
blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I
stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I
would turn red in the face."
"Yes," the class said. "Then why is it that while I am standing
upright in the ordinary position, the blood doesn't run into my feet?"
A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty."
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a
Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a
large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple :
"Take only ONE. God is watching." Moving further along the lunch line,
at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip
A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL SEPTEMBER CLASSMATES
SEPTEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER:
1 ̶ Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator.
2 ̶ VJ Day, WWII.
3 ̶ Skyscraper Day.
4 ̶ Newspaper Carrier Day.
5 ̶ Be Late for Something Day - Cheese Pizza Day.
6 ̶ Fight Procrastination Day - Read a Book Day.
7 ̶ Labor Day, First Monday of month - Neither Rain nor Snow Day.
8 ̶ International Literacy Day - National Date Nut Bread Day -
9 ̶ Teddy Bear Day.
10 ̶ Sewing Machine Day - Swap Ideas Day.
11 ̶ 911 Remembrance (we will never forget!) - Make Your Bed Day -
No News is Good News Day.
12 ̶ Chocolate Milk Shake Day ̶ National Video Games Day.
13 ̶ Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown ̶ Defy Superstition Day
̶ Fortune Cookie Day ̶ Grandparent's Day ̶ National Peanut
Day ̶ National Pet Memorial Day ̶ Positive Thinking Day ̶
Uncle Sam Day.
14 ̶ National Cream-Filled Donut Day.
15 ̶ Make a Hat Day ̶ Felt Hat Day.
16 ̶ American Legion Day ̶ Collect Rocks Day ̶ Step Family
- Mayflower Day ̶ Mexican Independence Day ̶ National Play Doh
̶ Working Parents Day.
17 ̶ Citizenship Day ̶ Constitution Day ̶ National Apple
18 ̶ POW/MIA Recognition Day (we will never forget!) ̶
National Cheeseburger Day.
19 ̶ International Talk Like A Pirate Day ̶ National
Butterscotch Pudding Day ̶ Oktoberfest.
20 ̶ National Punch Day ̶ National Women's Friendship Day.
21 ̶ International Peace Day ̶ Miniature Golf Day ̶ World
22 ̶ Yom Kippur begins at sundown ̶ Business Women's Day ̶
Elephant Appreciation Day.
23 ̶ Autumn begins ̶ Checkers Day ̶ Dog in Politics Day.
24 ̶ National Cherries Jubilee Day.
25 ̶ National Comic Book Day ̶ Native American Day.
26 ̶ International Rabbit Day ̶ Johnny Appleseed Day.
27 ̶ Crush a Can Day.
28 ̶ Ask a Stupid Question Day ̶ National Good Neighbor Day.
29 ̶ Confucius Day: Get a Fortune Cookie.
30 ̶ National Mud Pack Day.
“Once A Don,
Always A Don,”
PS: Once again, Thank You to All Classmates and Friends of the
Aragon Class of 1964; who continue to share Articles, Connect,
Reconnect, Share accomplishments, Answer “Who Said That?” To Sandi
̶ Thanks for “opening the door” to the “bucket list challenge.”
Okay, it is time, to take the time, to get involved - FIRE UP! Eleven
months ago I saw that emotion at the 50th Reunion. Enjoy life and
have a Great September! We will come together once again in
October...that will be the start of OUR #12th Year of K.Y.F... ’64 and
#138 monthly Newsletters. Great Going Aragon Class of 1964 - I told
YOU, WE ARE SPECIAL!