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01/03/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Into the West

"Oh No! Frodo... Mr. Frodo, wake up... Don't leave me here alone.
Don't go where I can't follow... Wake up."

- Sam: [after fighting Shelob, and seeing Frodo wrapped up]

- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme was inspired by the watching of the DVD (Extended Version) of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King over the holidays.  I had seen the movie in the theater in 2003, and almost used it then, as I found Annie Lennox' lovely song so moving.  I just couldn't resist it this time.


   To the best of my knowledge, we have no birthdays among us to celebrate today, but we do have a Twofer tomorrow:

Norma Howell Morgan ('57), and my #6 son,    Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL and American School, IL - '02). 

   Dale is not due back up at SVU until next week, so he'll be home for his birthday. YAY!

   Many Happy Returns to you both!

  From Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/31/06 - "THANKS FOR YOUR EMAILS THIS YEAR":


.....Thanks & God Bless!!!

   Thank you, Janice - and I love these happy little kissing snowmen!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/01/07 - "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers...":

Dearest Carol,

What a wonderful theme for the newsletter.  When you get to go to Radio City for the Christmas Show you will see the Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers and so a wonderfully choreographed number, ending with their collapse (onto each other in a line) following a "shot" from a cannon.  It is the highlight of the show and never ceases to amaze me.  We try to go down there every year and of course with Becky living in Brooklyn it is a no-brainer.  I hope you will get to do this some year.  The Rockettes also have traveling tour groups that go into other cities and present the Christmas Show. 

Love and HAPPY NEW YEAR...I finally got the site today!    

   Thanks, Jean - I'm glad you liked it!

   Ahhh, New York City and the Rockettes!  My parents saw them perform when they went there for their honeymoon.  Does that count?  Noooo?!?  GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Lady!  Though it seems extremely improbable to me that I will ever go anywhere at all ever again, I have learned never to say never.

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/01/07 - "Live 2007 With Gusto and a recorded celebration":
2007 display

   These are too cool!  Thanks, Shari - Happy New Year!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 01/01/07 - "happy new year!!"

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

   COOL!  Thanks, Judy - Happy New Year to You, too!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/01/07 - "Sweet Success!!!"

Finally able to read the newsletters!  Yahoo!!! 

   In the words of Napoleon Dynamite: "Yessssssssss."

Ate blackeyed peas & ham for good luck today (yes you can buy them in Yankeeland!). 

   I didn't.  Oh, well.

Keeping my tree up until Epiphany or thereabouts...

   There ya go, Lady!  GOOD GIRL! So am I!  And I shall no doubt cry as I take it down, as I always do.....

Love the song (Auld Lang Syne)

   And once again, we have similar tastes!  Thanks, Jean!

 From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/01/07:

Hello Carol,

I am not the "Happy New Year" type. But now that I do not know who I am, I've decided to BE the happy New Year good will Easter lucky bunny flag waving fellow American patriot I would  so love to be. So, My sweet Carol and all ----HAPPY (HEART) GREEN FOOLISH BUNNY FLOWER CHILD SALUTE THE BOOK TOTING SCARY THANKFUL SANTA LOVER, out there. It is my fervent hope this year, unlike others, will be more productive for us all, as human, newly born, child like adolescent pre adult geriacts ( old people).

I find that the drugs I can afford do me well, as I seem to be alive but, for the life of me, can't remember why. I have (resolved) the "I can't remember why I came into this room", dilemma by simply keeping a pen in each room and writing it on my hand before I leave. I tried writing on paper but would forget to carry it with me, but my hand always seems to follow me every where. ( plus I'm not killing a tree) (they still make paper from trees, don't they) ( are there Dolly Trees, yet?) No matter.

I have finally found my sofa! Two years of looking has paid off. It is white leather with plain simple lines to sit in front of my red walls. My young neighbor down the way really hates my red walls as I found out when I stop to wish him a Merry Christmas coming from another neighbor's house. If looks could defray a deep breath, a flower blooming, a bird in flight, this one could. So I was forced to tell him about my husband of 39 years having to leave ahead of me and how I had come to use the back door because I could not bare to cross this room. Now all I see Is RED. It is so outrageous, It's all I think about, and surprise, not thinking is good.

"What would my husband say if he were here?" ( See how young he is?)

"Sweety", I said, "if my husband were here, you would be talking to him!"

Personally I think it is not the color but how much work it would take to paint over. Isn't he lucky he is not doing the painting?! Men are forever judging things by the work. How much would I have to work to pay for that? How would I get it home? Does it have to be put together? If I sold the house would I have to get rid of it? What do I do if it breaks? What do I do if it leaks? Does that mean more house insurance? Can I afford that? Is my wife going to enjoy this because I'll be DEAD?!!!!

Men ,You gotta love 'em and then get up and make a sandwich.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friends, I love you all.......

   Linda May,  one of these first days, I'm actually going to reach you on the phone...    Not that I have any great insights on this problem, because obviously I do not - and I'm not referring to your decorating scheme, either.

   Love you, Lady!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/01/07 - "A very creative page, age game and jokes":
"Heart Made Of Sound" Took a long time to make, I'm guessing, & a lot of creative thinking.
The age project-guess age of different people

Mine said 97...that would be nice!

   Mine said 85.  That's good enough for me....

So stupid it made me laugh. {groaner warning}

An Italian man immigrates to America. He starts sweeping floors  
in a pizzeria, and after 15 years works his way up to owning  
a small chain of pizzerias. Now that he is wealthy he decides  
to have a huge house designed and built for him... And it is  
going to have everything!  

One day he is talking to the contractor and says, "Make a you  
sure you puta plenty da halo statues inna da house. I wanna  
hava lotsa da halo statues. One inna every room, even da  

The contractor assumes his client is very religious and  
carefully plans a niche in every room. He even personally  
searches for the perfect statue for each niche.  

Finally, the house is finished. The Italian man walks through  
his new home for the first time. The contractor points out all  
the features, and finally the Italian man says, "But wherea  
are alluh my halo statues? I wanna lotsa halo statues!"  

The contractor points to the niches and says, "I put a statue  
in every room, like you asked."  

The Italian replies, "No, no, no! I donna no wanna nonea da  
Saintas. I wanna da halo statues! You knowa da halo statues  
es? Deya ring anda you picka dem up, anna you say,  
'halo, stat you?'"  

Not quite grasping the sanctity of "Monday Night Football," I plunked myself next to my new husband one Monday night to chat. He was distracted by the action on TV, and after being shushed a few times, I gave him a "look."  

Immediately contrite, he picked up the remote. "I'm sorry, honey," he apologized, "I'm being rude. You go ahead and talk--I'll just turn up the volume."  

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks - for all these, Shari!

  From Pat Beck Litzinger ('57) of VA - 01/01/07 - "HAPPY NEW YEAR":

A good friend of mine sent this to me and being that it has some good wishes for 2007, I felt it was worth passing along to all my e-mail friends.

      After most serious & cautious consideration.....
      your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2007 !

      It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up!!!  
      My Wish for You in 2007

      May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal
all your debts. 

      May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for  $100 bills.
      May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! 

      May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.

      May all the problems you had, forget your home address! 

      May love stay forever in your heart.

      In simple words ............

      May 2007 be the best year of your life!

   Thanks, Pat!  I really like this wish! Happy New Year!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/01/07 - "Not to worry..."

About being backlogged:  What are we going to do, fire you?  Will you get a decrease in your salary?  Will all your co-workers ban you from the lunchroom?  Will we stop sending you our silly, fun, trivia?  nah...not us! 

Hugs, jb 

   Wal, YABUT, each of those missing Newsletters - and I think I'm down to an even dozen now - contains a wealth of information from y'all.  Basically speaking, if a Newsletter "IN PROCESS" bears a certain date, all the mail from the previous day or two will be contained in it.  So, uh, until I'm able to accomplish that, I'm being weighed down by a tremendous load of guilt.

   HEY, WAIT A MINUTE!  Maybe that's what in all this excess blubber of mine - pounds and pounds of guilt, wrapped and cleverly concealed in fat globules!  Maybe I should just forget about diet and exercise and concentrate on churning out backlogged Newsletters!  YEAH!!!  That's my new Diet Plan!  SUPER!!!  I feel better already!  Thanks, Jean!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 01/02/07 - "Happy 2007":

Dearest Carol,

May this be the best year ever for you and your loved ones. To all our Newsletter family, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun always be upon your face, and may the grace of God always fill your hearts.

Happy New Year fellow travelers. I hope our paths cross many times yet.

Peace and happiness to all.


   Thank you so much, Sweet Joe!  Happy New Year, Darlin'!

  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 01/02/06:


Happy New Year to YOU!


   Same to you, Jimmy Dear!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/02/07 - "Christmas gift was a winner...":

I gave my mother the Arcadia Publications book on the Old Wythe Neighborhood for Christmas (she attended George Wythe Jr. High School and HHS.)  She lived in Hampton on LaSalle Avenue until she married my daddy and then they moved ALL THE WAY TO NEWPORT NEWS!  Anyway my mom, who is now 84, sat and read that book for hours.  She knew most of the people mentioned in the book and loved looking at the old houses.  I saw   Tom Norris's (Hampton High - '73 - of VA)  photo (he was on the committee to gather the material for the book).  It is a wonderful book and is available at Barnes & Noble in Hampton. 

Jean Burton 

   What a thrill it is to give someone a gift that is truly appreciated! That's an unbeatable feeling, Jean!  I'm glad it was yours - and of course, I'm glad your mama liked her book!  I know Tom and the other committee members worked very long and hard on it!

   Thanks for sharing that, Jean!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 01/02/07 - "Sad but true":

Sad but true

How True It Is...

Another year has passed
And we're all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
And winter seems much colder.

I rack my brain for happy thoughts
to put down on my pad,
But lots of things that come to mind
Just make me kind of sad.

   Hmmm....  This is the part where I'm "posta" say sumpin' chirpy and cheerful, Judy, but I'm afraid you've caught me on a rather bad day.  I tend to regularly develop melancholia during the first part of January anyway.  To exacerbate that, at the moment one of my favorite teeth has developed a nasty abscess which has spread to the entire right side of my bottom jaw, and (mega-brat that I am) I don't handle pain gracefully.  Aside from that, I think my dentist passed away last year.

   But there is good news abounding out there, of that I'm sure.  And I'm just as sure our 475 correspondents will share it with us, even though I seem to be a Gloomy Gus at the moment.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/07 - "faulty gas cooker--this is why I'm afraid of gas!":

Gas cooker blows up island

This was the staggering scene after a faulty gas cooker exploded in a timber-framed shack – and devastated a tiny Caribbean island.

The blast caused an inferno that leapt from hut to hut, taking less than ten minutes to sweep across Soledad Miria.

Many of the 1,014 inhabitants dived into the sea or took to fishing boats to escape. More than a third – 348 – were injured but, amazingly, no one died.

- Soledad Miria  

   YOWZERONI, Shari!  I didn't realize we had that in common.  I've heard it said that all the best cooks prefer gas stoves (which alone no doubt speaks volumes!), but I'll not have another if I can help it.  At the very least, I constantly imagined that I smelled gas fumes, whether or not it was true.

   Thanks for this shocking image, Lady!

 From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 01/02/07 - "Wedding Announcement":



Miriam April Howard and William Robert Randall Moon were married on  December 23, 2006 in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Sisters of the bride, Dr. Chera Howard Hope of Asburn, VA was Matron of Honor, and Heather Howard of Yorktown, VA was Maid of Honor.

Miriam is the daughter of John and Cheryl Mays Howard of Yorktown, VA, and the granddaughter of Roselle Harvey Mays of Newport News, Va. A reception was given in their honor on New Years Eve at the Fort Eustis Club.  

Miriam is a graduate of Bruton High School. She graduated from Southeastern College with a BS degree in Education and from Nova University with a M.A. Degree in Varying Exceptionality, and an Ed. S. Degree in Educational Leadership.  She will graduate in June 07 with a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova University. Miriam is an Assistant Principle at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC.

Miriam and Randy  

Randy is the son of Robert and Christine Moon of Greenwood, SC. He is a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie, NY. and Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration/Finance He is serving in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, and is currently in the Medic Program.  

    WOWZERONI!!!  Y'all make pretty babies, Cheryl!  Thanks for sharing this with us!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 01/02/07 - "Dear Carol, More on President Ford's Funeral":

Dear Carol,

Watching the progression of President Ford's Funeral tributes, It seems to me that we don't think about a person's life much until after they are gone. ~~~ I watched a good portion of the ceremony and a lot of fond memories are etched in my mind. ~~~ I enjoyed the black lady who sang "Our Father, which art in heaven", Beautiful voice !!! ~~~ I admire Tom Brokaw; he is a very sensible man of our times. I bought his book, The Greatest Generation. ~~~  Laura Bush is a Classy Lady, I love her. ~~~  President Bush mentioned in his Eulogy that President Ford is the only President that ever was an Eagle Scout. You should be very proud of your Eagle Scouts. 

Your Friend, Herbie  

   I'm so glad you were able to view that funeral, Herbie Darlin'.   For various reasons, I was unable to swatch it, except in a few brief news clips.  I personally always admired President Ford.  I think he was a true and honest man.

   And if truth be known, I'm proud of my six Eagles, too.


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/06 - "Why People Move South" (#1 in a series of 11):



 Oh, how cute!!!  Actually, I miss the snow and the snowmen.....

   Thanks, Shari!


Any More Questions?  

    Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Into the West

(Theme from "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" - 2003 -  )

- Annie Lennox

Lay down,
your sweet and weary head.
Night is falling.
You have come to journey’s end.

Sleep now, and dream
of the ones who came before.
They are calling,
from across the distant shore.

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see.
All of your fears will pass away.
Safe in my arms,
you’re only sleeping.

What can you see,
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea,
a pale moon rises.
The ships have come,
to carry you home.

Dawn will turn,
to silver glass.
A light on the water.
All souls pass.

Hope fades,
Into the world of night.
Through shadows falling,
Out of memory and time.

Don’t say,
We have come now to the end.
White shores are calling.
You and I will meet again.
And you’ll be here in my arms,
Just sleeping.

What can you see,
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea,
a pale moon rises.
The ships have come,
to carry you home.

And all will turn,
to silver glass.
A light on the water.
Grey ships pass
Into the West.

"Into the West" midi courtesy of - 12/30/06

"Into the West" midi courtesy
of - 12/31/06

"Lord of the Rings" Elven Ship concept art courtesy
of, - 01/02/07

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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