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By Mary E. Adair

February 2008

Will you be my Valentine??

The sentiment is one to be shared many times this month and will never grow old. The youngest classes in school enjoy this holiday perhaps better than others if their teacher allows them to craft their 'postal box' where each student will receive a valentine from all of the other students of their class. It is amazing what little works of art kids can turn out when given the chance to be creative.

We wish a happy Valentines Day for each of you. We've gathered a 'postal box' ezine full of literary valentines for your pleasure. One of these is the tale "Te Tokotoko" submitted by a new author to our pages, WinterSwan.

Both Bruce Clifford and John I. Blair have poems of love in various stages,

    unrequited (Clifford's "I Just Want to Feel Love Again Someday")
    enduring (Blair's "How Can I Love Thee")
    yearning (Clifford's "Moon Tree")
    waning (Clifford's "Letting Go")
so something is apt to fit your own current emotions. Clifford also sent us three more songs, "Circles," "Part of the Plan," and "This is My Life." Blair rounds out his set of poetry with "New York Winter 1975," "Speaking to Father," "Hospital," "Strange Land," and "Tornado Season."

One can guess what your editor has been trying to accomplish by reading the poem, "Asymetrical !" Nicole Novak has two poems for February: "The lighter shades of grey," and "Accept Me."

LC Van Savage gives her annual report of seeing the New Year arrive heralding her birthday simultaneously. She always makes her point in both pathos and humor. Her column "Consider This" will set you to pondering.

Leo C. Helmer has tidbits to enjoy during the Super Bowl or to share with your Valentine, so check out "Cookin' With Leo." Some little known facts, even by fervent fans, are disclosed in the newest of the Western Swing articles: "Country Western Music, Western Swing, and The Music of the West." His Great Jobs Chapter 15 finds him "Home And Mom Is Finding Jobs For Me."

Dave Francis proffers advice in "Dave's Here." Eric Shackle's Column tells about a phenomenon in Australia with good links and pictures, while Thomas O'Neill ("Introspective") highlights "The Case Of Melvin Spruce" for his valentine to the readers.

Mattie Lennon's article tells about a buddy of his whose charitable deeds are touching many lives in India, as he makes his life a valentine for others. Lennon's column, "Irish Eyes has information about a new aid centre in his area. "Thinking Out Loud," as always, will keep your attention as Gerard Meister adds his humorous slant on life.

We sometimes are touched or impressed, even amused by the contents of our emails, and this issue we share three varied items in the "Mail Bag" column for your delight. Thanks to all our contributors!

As our year flows forward, and it seems to be running with the tide already, many changes are expected. Here it is Groundhog Day before we release this issue, and our Sun beaming brightly to cast everyone's and everything's shadow. Supposedly that means six more weeks of strange and bad weather. Perhaps not like the Aussie Foam or the chunks of ice from the Great Lakes being blown through homes, but windy and cold alternated with hot and stifling. Plus, with traveling on the agenda, it's going to be a busy year!

See you in March!  

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