New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, January 27, 1983 9
Group helps parents cope
Cupid vanishing from cards
By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN
DEAR ABBY: This is in reply to “Sick Inside,” a mother who fears her son may be gay. She wrote that her husband had a heart condition and she was afraid he couldn't handle discussing the situation.
Please let that mother know that in all the years of helping parents to understand their gay-lesbian children, we have never lost a parent. However, we do know of gay-lesbian people who have committed suicide because their parents either did not understand them, or refused to accept them.
Whether her son is gay or not, we here at PARENTS FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc.) are in a position to support and help her. We have parent groups and contacts throughout the United States.
The latest edition of our booklet, “About Our Children," with information in five languages (English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish), is now available free if the request comes with a stamped (20 cents) long, self-addressed envelope. The address: Box 24565, Los Angeles, Calif. 90024.
ADELE STARR, PRESIDENT
DEAR ABBY: Last summer my fiance gave me a necklace for my birthday. It was worth about $400. It came with a card saying, “A gift from ( ),” and Gerald
signed his name.
We have since broken up because of his mother’s constant interference. She has called me several times to tell me that Gerald wants the necklace back. I told her that I would have to hear from Gerald, so she put him on the phone and told him what to say. I decided to keep it anyway.
Since then she has called me several times and asked me where the necklace was, and I have told her I have no intention of returning it. I found out the other day that Gerald still owes $100 on the necklace. (The store called and informed me.)
I know I am legally entitled to keep it because I have proof it was a gift. My parents say I don’t have to give it back or pay what’s owed on it. My friends say I should give it back.
What do you say?
CONFUSED IN MISSOURI
DEAR CONFUSED: Give it back. And be glad you’re not stuck with a wimp Uke Gerald.
DEAR ABBY: Our daughter is being married soon. She’s living in a one-
bedroom apartment and has no room to store anything. After the wedding, she and her husband plan to live in the same apartment.
Would it be proper to include a letter with the wedding invitation suggesting that if anyone wishes to give a gift, money would be greatly appreciated?
Our daughter wants to do this, but my husband and I wonder if it would be considered poor taste.
DEAR SOMEWHERE: You and your husband are wise to wonder. To include such a letter in the wedding invitations would be in very poor taste.
DEAR ABBY: You said New York is called “The Big Apple,” and Cleveland is known as “The Plum.” Then a reader asked if there’s a city known as “The Pits.”
Yes, it’s “Pittsfield, Mass."
M.M. IN PITTSFIELD, MASS.
Every teen-ager should know the truth about drugs, sex and how to be happy. For Abby’s booklet, send $2 and a long, stamped (37 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 38923, Hollywood. Calif. 90038.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Valentine’s Day is still an affair of the heart for most romantic greeting senders, but another long-familiar symbol of sentimentality is fading from the scene, according to an expert on holiday salutations.
Cupid, that miniature messenger with the bow and arrows whose relationship to romance dates back to the Roman Empire, no longer hits the target with our sophisticated younger generation, declares Hallmark’s John Dinardo.
In the hands of the Alexandrian poets and
artists, Cupid, the Latin name for Eros, god of love, became a mischievous, winged lad with essentially human characteristics, Dinardo explains. As such he became a popular part of the Valentine picture and a fixture on its cards from the time of their origin in the early 1800s.
But in the past five or six years, says Dinardo, modern young
romantics apparently have come to regard the cherubic archer as a “corny” clutch at the past. So Cupid gradually has been displaced in greeting card designs bv butterflies, kittens,
puppies, birds, rainbows, floral
arrangements and contemporary photographic displays.
With over 800 million cards expected to be exchanged this Feb. 14, traditionalists need not fear any change of hearts on the majority of the Valentine greetings available, Dinardo promises. But, he adds, they will be enhanced by brighter colors, new symbols and
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Sweetly rhymed messages of love as usual will dominate most of the current crop, he says, but frank declarations of affection and funny irreverent sayings are catching up, particularly with the younger element.
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Officers have just been elected for the Fishermen’s Breakfast Club at Church in the Valley at Canyon I.ake. Bob Lewis will be president and Bruce Day will continue as secretary with Frank Hueter as treasurer.
organization meets at 8 a m. the first Saturday of each month in Scarborough Hall at the church for breakfast.
Rex Curtin, Joe Patty and others in the community provide the breakfast for $2 per month.
Cranes Mill Homemakers
Members of Cranes Mill Extension Homemakers Club had an all-day workshop last Thursday to work on a quilt.
The program was on parchment paper during the meeting at the Canyon I .ake Hills clubhouse.
A covered dish luncheon followed the program.
Members of the New Braunfels Area Button Club met yesterday at First Federal Savings and Loan.
Mrs. Mary Belle Norwood of San Marcos was to present the program on buttons with borders. She included slides, drawings and buttons from her collection.
The New Braunfels Eagles Auxiliary had its membership meeting last week.
Officers for the year are Bernice Eben-sberger, junior past president; Evelyn Schwab, president; Elsie DuBois, vice president; Elsa Glenewinkel, chaplain; Lola Krafton,
secretary; Carol Dietel, treasurer; and Melanie Mittendorf. Other presiding officers are Orillian Brietzke, Jenny Wimberley, Elizabeth Poss, Theska Rust and Mel Linda Herfurth.
Reports were given by Hattie Falsin for the Sunshine Committee and Etta Hanz for the Sick and Visitation
Committee. Reports of contributions were made by Carol Dietel for Christian Corral Ranch; Mimmie Kevlin for special education at I .amar School; and for River Gardens and the Nurses Discretionary Fund.
During the Feb. I meeting, 12 delegates for te state convention in June in Corpus Christi will be elected.
The New Braunfels Aerie and Auxiliary will host a District 3 meeting Feb. 4, 5 and 6 at Eagles Hall.
The auxiliary traveled to Pasadena to an invitational meeting this month. Those attending from New Braunfels were Bernice Ebensberger, Evelyn Schwab, Carol Dietel, Orillian Brietzke, Hanna Rowald, Janice Hartmann and Elsa Glenewinkel
Plans were finalized for the Indies Night meeting of the Kiwanis Club at the meeting Monday at Ray and Beverly’s Restaurant, ladies Night will be Feb. 2 with the Uvalde Kiwanis Club when Gov. Jack Frost of the Texas-Oklahoma District makes an official visit.
A slide presentation on money market investments was presented by I .a Moyne Davis of New Braunfels National Bank.
He stressed that an investor should consider maturity, risk and yield. Davis added that it is wise to seek the help of a counselor in choosing investments.
The first meeting of the Winter Visitors was Wednesday at the Senior Citizens Center. The meeting concluded with bingo and bridge.
Regular meetings will be each Wednesday (except the third) of February and March, Directories with names of winter guests have been published and are being distributed by the Chamber of Commerce.
Officers for the season are Jack Benshoof of Detriot Lakes, MN, president; Earl lawrence of Petoskey, MI, vice president; Tony Tryban of Montague, MI, treasurer;
Kelly of OH,
Members of the New Braunfels Literary Study Club met at the Bright Shawl in San Antonio Monday. After lunch the club heard Susan Hollaway review Ferrell Sam’s Run with the Horsemen.
All 14 club members with emeritus member Mrs. Elna Frazier attended along with
guests Mrs. Anna-Margaret Alexander, Mrs. Lucille Parrott and Mrs. Evalynn Whaley.
Comal County Family Historians voted in the January meeting to purchase a book for Dittlinger Memorial Library in memory of Jean Morris who contributed in a major way to the beginning of the club.
African Violet Society
Members of the Seguin African Violet Society discussed a display of the flowers at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Library at the club’s meeting recently.
Ernest Sommer of The Violet Place in McQueeney presented the program on the care and feeding of African Violets. He also gave each member a “Wrangler El Diablo” violet plant.
The Violet Club meets the first Thursday of
each month. President Lydia Zunker invites all interested persons to call her at 372-0485 in Seguin for more information.
Ken Neuse has been named the president of the New Braunfels Toastmasters Club. Vladimir Pospisil was named the club’s Toastmaster of the Year.
Other officers installed at the annual banquet Friday at the Faust Hotel are Fran Muehliesen. administrative vice president; Pospisil, educational vice president; Gil Wyckoff, secretary-treasurer; B-ill Draper, sergeant at arms; and Gene
Fri., Jan. 28 8-12
Sat., Jan. 29 9-1
Pospisil was chosen as Toastmaster of the Year on the basis of club participation. He placed in the prepared speech contest for Area, Toastmaster and International. He has held all offices in the club and was recently the publicity chairman for the Community Fund Drive.
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