Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentines Day! Feb 13, 2013

To love another person
is to see the face of God.
~Victor Hugo (Les Mis)

Hello Family and Friends,

Happy Valentines Day tomorrow and greetings to all of you from San Diego! Tomorrow is the day of that great american celebration of love and affection, which often finds its best expression in family relationships. "Except when it doesn't," the realist would say. And so it is that even in family relationships we sometimes fall woefully short. However, we continue to reach for that highest form of love.

Happy Birthday to Gloria! 60 years ago today my cousin Gloria Harrell Watson was born here in San Diego. The first picture, taken in the 1990s, shows Gloria on the right, with Grandma Nola Gower in the middle, and Aurora Agnibene Gower on the left (the wife of Nola's son Hank).

Gloria is the older sister of David and Michael Harrell and the younger sister of Paula Tuzzolino whose birthday we celebrated last week. Gloria, who graduated from High School in San Diego, has lived for over 30 years now in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is one of the 12 grandchildren of Leroy and Nola Shannon Gower, and is the daughter of Vicki Gower Johnston of Oak Harbor, Washington.

Gloria tells me that life is treating her well apart from some health concerns. She is retired and can't imagine living anywhere besides Tennessee. She is enjoying life and plans to get together with several friends for a fun birthday dinner. We wish her good health and much happiness!

Happy Valentine's Day! The following is an updated Valentine Photo presentation, showing a wide variety of family members smooching or otherwise cuddling up to each other, to the song Strange Love, by Karen O. Thanks (apologies?) to those of you from whom I snatched pictures off of Facebook. Click on the link below, or, if that doesn't work, select this link

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Steve Shepard

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