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01/04/12 - NNHS Newsletter - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You

“There are two sorts of romantics: those who love,
and those who love the adventure of loving.”

- Lesley Blanch
 (06 June 1904 - 07 May 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    Today's Newsletter is being revisited from 2008.

BONUS #1 - - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You - 'N Sync, 1998

BONUS #2 - - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You, - Alabama, 1999


"(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You" is the sixth and final single released from 'N Sync's self-titled debut album. While the previous singles were released in Europe, this one was not, and subsequently only charted in Australia and the US, reaching #46 and #8 respectively. The single included a live version of Christopher Cross song "Sailing", as well as a limited edition postcard. Some versions of the single included the track's video.

The video was directed by Lionel C. Martin.[3] The video shows the band performing around one single mike, while showing footage of a mother and child, from birth right up to old age, including childhood memories, having grandchildren and getting married. All the footage of the mother and child is in black and white, whereas the footage of Nsync is in full colour...

In 1999, country music band Alabama recorded the song, and released it as a single from their second studio album.[2] This version peaked at number three on the Billboard country singles charts and at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was Alabama's final Top Ten hit on the country charts, as well as the only country chart entry for 'N Sync.[2] The song was later included as the B-side to Alabama's next single, "Small Stuff."[2]

   Happy Birthday today to Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA (d. 24 Apr 2010)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND   Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57);

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND    Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND    Bob Parrish ('68) of VA;

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND     Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND   Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND   Ron Smith ('65) of VA  AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 04, 1944 - Operation Carpetbagger: The U.S. began dropping arms and supplies to guerrilla forces throughout Western Europe.


Thursday, January 04, 1962 - Actress Laila Eloui (Arabic: ليلى أحمد علوي‎) was born in Cairo, Egypt.

Thursday, January 04, 1962 - Guitarist Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) was born in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Thursday, January 04, 1962 - Basketball player Joe Kleine was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Thursday, January 04, 1962 - Politician André Rouvoet was born in Hilversum, Netherlands.

Thursday, January 04, 1962 - Musician Peter Steele (Type O Negative) was born Peter Thomas Ratajczyk in Brooklyn, New York.  He died of heart failure on 20 Apr 2010 at the age of 48.

Thursday, January 04, 1962 - SS Officer Hans Lammers (b. 27 May 1879 in Lublinitz, German Empire) died in Düsseldorf, West Germany at the age of 82, having been pardoned and released in 1952.


1. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2.      From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 10/0411 - "Breakfast Bunch Brunch":

Our next Brunch... is the first Saturday in January, January 7, 2012, at 11am at the same place, Warwick Restaurant.

After the January BRUNCH, we plan to meet quarterly the first Saturday of April, July and October as long as the interest holds up.

   Thanks, Bill! We're planning to be there!

   Hey, y'all! Ya gotta eat that day anyway, right?? It's an OPEN reunion, and just see how much fun:

"Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose."

   Make your reservations now:

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716.  I made ours Monday.


1.  From Ann Allen ('65) of NC - 12/25/11 - "Merry Christmas and Thanks for All You Do!"

   Thank you so much for phoning, Ann! You brightened my Christmas Day and I greatly appreciated it!

2.   From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 01/03/12 (heavily paraphrased and condensed):

   I ran into   Jim Dossett ('66) the other day, and he recognized me...

     Virginia Gall (February '48) and her sister Betty (who is about four years older) brought me my Meals on Wheels the other day...

   I'm going to call     Bill Roady ('60 - of VA) and reserve my spot at the Breakfast Bunch Brunch - see you there!

   Isn't it great to see other Typhoons?!? Thanks for calling, Jamey!


1.     From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 11/26/11, 5:51 AM - "cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye." - SEE:

2.   From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 12/27/11, 9:23 PM - "Wheel chair" - SEE:

   If there have been any satisfactory resolutions to these two critical problems, I have yet to learn of it. 

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA - 01/03/12 - "1963 Anchor":

Hey Carol,

Bobby Ball ('63 - of NM) called me from Texas on Saturday to let me know he got the '63 yearbook. He was so appreciative and said he was up past midnight looking through it.

Carol, I would like to thank you for all of your help, as usual.  Also I want to thank
      Mickey ('54) and   Carol (Moell) Marcella ('56) of VA Marcella for the future information and     Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) for his suggestions.
All's well that ends well,
Jimmy Walker
'62 Typhoon

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! That's fabulous, Jimmy! Thanks so much for letting us know (and a special thanks to our own Typhoon eBay-ers who saw the need and re-listed the Anchor!)!

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 01/03/12 - "You triggered memory of a story":

The trigger was the following item in your latest edition:

January 02, 1942 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicted 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history -- the Duquesne Spy Ring.

Reminded me of a story I researched and wrote several years ago (attached), following a 'lead' (described in the footnote on the last page). Share this 'rest of the story' with your readership if you like - or not (it's fairly long).

Bill Lee 

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Why, of course I'll include it; thank you so very much for sharing your fascinating account with us, Bill!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/03/12 AND       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/03/12 - "Message from an Angel":

I sent an angel to watch over you last night, but it came back. I asked why.......The angel said: angels don’t watch over angels!

Twenty angels are in your world. Ten of them are sleeping, nine are playing, one is reading this message...Send this to ten friends including me, if I don’t get it back guess I am not one of them. As soon as you get five replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you; please read.............not joking......God has seen you struggling with something. God says it’s over. A blessing is coming your way.

If you believe in God, send this message on, please don’t ignore it, you are being tested. God is going to fix two things (BIG) tonight in your favor.
If you believe in GOD, Drop everything and pass it on.

Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.

   AWWW! That's so sweet! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies! I'm hereby sending this to over 650 people. As is usual in my experience, January is off to a particularly nasty beginning overloaded with bad news and needs all the help it can get!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 01/03/12 - "Do you know who received the Veteran of the year?":

Do you know who received the Veteran of the Year Award?

Make a guess before you watch video, this is tough!

Surprised me! Many people may have forgotten about his time in the U.S. Army. He is the son of an Air Force General, and a accomplished Golden Gloves boxer, and he graduated from Pomona College with a B.S. degree, and then became a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University.  He joined the U.S. Army at the prompting of his father. After graduating from Officer Candidate School he attended and graduated from both Army Airborne and Ranger training in the very top of each class. He was selected for U. S. Army Special Forces Training but refused so that he could attend  pilot training where he earned his wings, and became an accomplished U.S. Army helicopter (gun ship) pilot, and achieved the rank of Captain. He was about to be promoted to the rank of Major, and appointed to teach at West Point when he resigned his commission from the Army to go into music and acting. You can tell in this video that his time in the military means a lot to him. I won't give away who it is. You should just watch. I bet you will be surprised!

   WOWZERS! I knew he was a Rhodes Scholar, but I had no idea of his military career!

   Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie! I've added him to our Famous Soldiers page, and Willie Nelson to our Famous Airman page:

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/03/12 - "Steven Wright":

If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the "famous erudite scientist" who once said, "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates".

His mind sees things differently from the way most of ours do. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend... but she left me before we met.
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever... so far, so good.
20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
32 - The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
And an all time favorite-
34 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

   Thanks, Dools! I'm quite fond of Steven Wright quotations! Numerous lists of jokes attributed to Wright circulate on the Internet, sometimes of dubious origin. Wright has stated, "Someone showed me a site, and half of it that said I wrote it, I didn't write. Recently, I saw one, and I didn't write any of it. What's disturbing is that with a few of these jokes, I wish I had thought of them. A giant amount of them, I'm embarrassed that people think I thought of them, because some are really bad".

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/03/12 - "Thanksgiving Divorce":


Thanksgiving divorce

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck, they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this!"

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing. DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they are coming for Thanksgiving and they are paying their own way!"

     Thanks, Joyce!

From - 01/03/12 - "New Year's Gratitude":

Cultivate Gratitude for Greater Wellness This Year

By Nancy Hearn

As we enter the new year, you may be feeling a gamut of emotions from peace and happiness to distress and sadness. This year especially, many are struggling financially or simply feeling pessimistic about the economy. Others are struggling with health or relationship challenges.

A Daily Resolution for Change

Regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum, being appreciative and thankful is a great way to start the new year and an opportunity to move toward greater wellness. When I am in need of healing or a change in my life, the first thing I try to remember to do is to focus on what I am truly grateful for.

I think most of us have made New Year's resolutions in the past with the intention of creating positive changes in our lives. Unfortunately, many of us have not followed through with those resolutions nor created lasting change in our lives.
In my experience a far better solution for change is to cultivate a daily attitude of gratitude. If you don't already have a gratitude journal, I recommend starting one and adding to it each and every day. Ideally, you already have a list of things you're grateful for in your head and perhaps you have written some of those down.

If you decide to keep a journal, remember that habits are usually formed within three to four weeks. With a bit of focus, gratitude tends to take on a life of its own. Over time you will find a more positive (and less stress-inducing) attitude will become more automatic.

What Are You Thankful For?

Even in difficult times, there is always something to be grateful for, such as the breath of life, our heart beat, the blessings of family, friends, pets, sunshine, water, food, or any number of things we usually take for granted. Begin by simply allowing yourself (as best you can) to fully welcome the feeling of thankfulness in your heart for the simple things.

Another way to cultivate gratitude is to simply accept whatever is manifesting in your life right now, whether "good" or "bad." This means letting go of dissatisfactions and even the desire to change. I know this sounds contradictory, but oftentimes the wanting to change creates negative feelings that can block inspired solutions. The more you can let go of resistance to what is, the more you can feel grateful for what you already have.

And if you need more inspiration, the following vignettes (which have been widely circulated on the internet) can help put things into perspective and remind us of what we have to be thankful for:

1. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the people in the world.
2. If you can attend a church or synagogue meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world.
3. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are more blessed than 500 million people in the world.
4. If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8 % of the world's wealthy.
5. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

Benefits of a Grateful Disposition

Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California Davis, is engaged in a research project on the nature of gratitude and its potential consequences for human health and well-being. Here is just a sampling of what they have discovered thus far:
• Well-Being: Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress. The disposition toward gratitude appears to enhance pleasant feeling states more than it diminishes unpleasant emotions. Grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.
• Prosociality: People with a strong disposition toward gratitude have the capacity to be empathic and to take the perspective of others. They are rated as more generous and more helpful by people in their social networks.
• Spirituality: Grateful people are more likely to acknowledge a belief in the interconnectedness of all life and a commitment to and responsibility to others. Gratitude does not require religious faith, but faith enhances the ability to be grateful.
• Materialism: Grateful individuals place less importance on material goods. They are less likely to judge their own and others' success in terms of possessions accumulated. They are less envious of others and are more likely to share their possessions with others relative to less grateful persons.

The Healing Power of Gratitude

Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto's work with water also reveals the healing power of gratitude. Using high-speed photography, Emoto discovered that when thoughts, feelings, or words of gratitude were directed toward water, the most beautiful and the most intricate of all water crystals were formed.

In his book The Hidden Messages in Water, Emoto concludes: "What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough. We need to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible...When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you yourself will be a beautiful, shining crystal of light."

About the Author:
Nancy Hearn is a Certified Health and Nutrition Consultant, EFT Practitioner, and Founder of Total Wellness Health and Nutrition Center in Livingston, Montana. For a free 15-minute phone consultation, contact Nancy at 406-222-7304. Also see, and  

    From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#15 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!



. - Rocky Road Fudge - "For the chocolate lover, the fudge fanatic, and the insatiable sweet tooth- here's one that'll keep them all happy!"

11. - Hillbilly Baked Beans - "Nothing is more down-home than the wonderful flavors of backwoods country cooking. Our Hillbilly Baked Beans are made in a slow cooker and can even be reheated on our grills for a smoky taste that can’t be beat."

12. - Split Seconds - "These easy homemade crowd-pleasing cookies are aptly named, 'cause put out a platter and they'll disappear in a split second. With an ooey-gooey jam-filled filling, they're the reason why everyone will gravitate to them first."


From - 01/03/12:

Why is 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7,8,9.

1. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Thursday, February 2, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                                 Love to all, Carol





(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You

Recorded by 'N Sync, 1998

Recorded by Alabama, 1999

Can this be true? Tell me, can this be real?
How can I put into words what I feel?
My life was complete, I thought I was whole
Why do I feel like I'm losing control?
I never thought that love could feel like this
Then you changed my world with just one kiss
How can it be that right here with me
There's an angel? It's a miracle

Your love is like a river, peaceful and deep
Your soul is like a secret that I never could keep
When I look into your eyes, I know that it's true
God must have spent a little more time on you
(A little more time....I'm sure he did....yes he did, babe...)

In all of creation, all things great and small
You are the one that surpasses them all
More precious than any diamond or pearl
They broke the mold when you came in this world
And I'm trying hard to figure out...just how I ever did without
The warmth of your smile, the heart of a child
That's deep inside, it leaves me purified

Your love is like a river, peaceful and deep
Your soul is like a secret that I never could keep
When I look into your eyes, I know that it's true
God must have spent a little more time on you

God must have spent a little more time on you
On you
A little more time on you.

"God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" midi courtesy of - 01/03/08

"God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" lyrics courtesy
of - 01/03/08

01/22/05 Photo of "LOVE" Sculpture courtesy of - 01/03/08

Animated "L-O-V-E" chain courtesy of - well, I can't find it, but it's been in my files since 02/24/05

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

Animated USMC and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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