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01/22/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time there was what there was, and if nothing
had happened there would be nothing to tell.”

Charles de Lint, Dreams Underfoot, 1993
(b. 22 Dec 1951)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There was a time, I suppose, when this song didn't reduce me to tears, but that was - well, you know.....

BONUS - Once Upon a Time - John Gary


"Once Upon a Time" is a song with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams from the 1962 musical All American. [1]

In the musical, the song was performed by Ray Bolger and Eileen Herlie, and their version appears on the Broadway Cast recording. It has been sung by Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Tony Bennett among others.


    Happy Birthday today to   Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND    Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

25 -     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA;

26 -   Sharon Weaver Knowles ('63) of VA AND       Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA;

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND       My Granddaughter, Becca Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '17) of IL;

29 -    Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX AND     HP Lucas ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 22, 1915 - Over 600 people were killed in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a train plunged off the tracks into a deep canyon.


January 22, 1941 - British and Commonwealth troops captured Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.

January 22, 1944 - The Allies commenced Operation Shingle, an assault on Anzio, Italy.


Friday, January 22, 1965 - Drummer and songwriter (Guns N' Roses, Adler's Appetite, Hollywood Rose, and Road Crew) Steven Adler was born Michael Coletti in Cleveland, Ohio.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - DJ, producer, and actor (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince) DJ Jazzy Jeff was born Jeffrey Allen Townes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Actress Diane Lane was born in New York City, New York.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Actor Brian McCardie was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Mike + The Mechanics) Andrew Roachford was born in London, England.

Friday, January 22, 1965 - Actress Chintara Sukapatana (จินตหรา สุขพัฒน์) was born Chittima Sukapatana (จิตติมาฆ์ สุขพัฒน์) (Good Morning, Vietnam) in Amphoe Phra Pradaeng Samut Prakan Province, Thailand.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/21/15:

“Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life.”

- Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/21/15 - "FEB. BIRTHDAY'S--- CLASS OF 1963":





   Thank you so much, Jimmy; "coupla" new ones this time!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/21/15 - "Vote for Peninsula Catholic - Follett Challenge":

I am forwarding this to you in hopes that you will take a few minutes to watch the video and vote. This will help Josh's school. The narrator of the film is his English teacher and the cross country coach. Both boys and girls won the State Championship this year.

Thanks a bunch!

Please vote for our video (by facebook or e-mail) today, and every day until the 30th. Just clicking two buttons a day can win the school $8000-30,000.

You needn't watch the video every time, just vote once a day.


   Thanks, Dearest Judy! Certainly we will help!

    From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 01/21/15 - "Commons Myths about Orthodox Judaism - Debunked!":

I wrote about common misperceptions about religious Jews for @kveller with @JewInTheCity Allison Josephs. Read and be amazed...or at least maybe learn something:…/

   Thank you so very much, Mayim! We are always interested in learning more about one another, and your article is extremely helpful! Personally, I was delighted to see I had not fallen victim to any of these myths.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/20/15 - "An HD Time Lapse, Stress Control and Tangled Hair":
An awesome HD nature time lapse video. Includes scenes from the states of Alaska, NC, Georgia & California.
Interesting put together. Telling how difficult this would be for newcomers.



From Clean Laughs & Daily Groaner

After finishing an out-of-town errand, I discovered that my car wouldn't start because it was out of gas. A passer-by told me there was a service station a half-mile away, so I took a gas can from the trunk and trudged the distance in the sweltering sun.

The attendant filled my two-gallon can, and I lugged it back and poured the gas into the tank. But when I tried to unlock the car door, it wouldn't open. Just then, I noticed an identical old car parked a short distance away. That was my car; I had filled a stranger's gas tank.

Wearily I walked back to the station. "You know," the attendant suggested helpfully, "instead of walking back and forth to fill the tank from the can, you could put a couple of gallons in the tank and then drive the car here."


Now that the metric system is in wide use all over the world, we can see why American have not adopted it:

A miss is as good as 1.6 kilometers.
Put your best .3 of a meter forward.
Spare the 5.03 meters and spoil the child.
Twenty-eight grams of prevention is worth 453 grams of cure.
Give a man 2.5 centimeters and he'll take 1.6 kilometers.
Peter Piper picked 8.8 liters of pickled peppers.


*-- A Quick Comeback --*

Need a quick comeback? Here you go...

Save Your Breath... You'll need it to blow up your date!

*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What do you call a chicken that crosses the road twice without taking a bath?

A: A dirty double crosser!

Q: What do you call a cow that has had a baby?

A: Decalfinated!



Since they were introduced in 1787, more than 300 billion pennies have been produced.

The princess on the Indian Head penny was neither an American Indian nor a princess. She was the sculptor's daughter, Sarah Longacre.

If you have a strong magnifying glass, you can see the initials of the sculptors who designed the pennies. Since 1959, the initials of Frank Gasparro have been near the shrubbery to the right of the Lincoln Memorial. Pennies dated 1918 to 1958 have the initials VDB (Victor David Brenner) under Lincoln's shoulder.

Pennies haven't been made of pure copper since 1864. During World War II, the U.S. Mint helped the war effort by recycling: It melted shell casings to make pennies.

When the penny was introduced in 1787, it was about twice the size of today's version. The penny didn't reach its current size until 1857.

The nickname for a U.S. cent in 1839 was "Silly Head," because people thought the image of Miss Liberty on the front looked strange.


Wisdom Tip-Stress Control

25 Ways to Combat Stress

Do yourself a favor. Practice any or all of these stress busters.

They can mean the difference between good health and bad.

1. Laugh

2. Socialize

3. Get rid of Anger

4. Be Decisive

5. Be Assertive

6. Get Some Sleep

7. Adapt your Environment

8. Encourage Yourself

9. Choose Winners

10. Reward Yourself

11. Establish Rituals

12. Nurture your Spirituality

13. Take Note

14. Play Around

15. Slow Down

16. Take Holidays

17. Take up a hobby

18. Delegate

19. Be in control of your finances

20. Do not Procrastinate

21. Live by lists

22 .Eat Right

23. Exercise

24. Relax

25. Take your time

By Junad Alom from United Kingdom



“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be curious, not judgmental.”
- Walt Whitman

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
- Albert Einstein

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
- Walt Disney

“Curiosity is one of the main factors that keeps us excited and engaged with life. Being curious, we look forward to the adventures that lie ahead. Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.”
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Mountains Wings

Tangled Hair

Beth was sitting at an airport terminal waiting to board a plane. She was sitting there with several other people whom she did not know who were also waiting.

As she waited, she pulled out her Bible and started to read. All of a sudden, she felt as if the people sitting there around her were looking at her. She looked up but realized that they were looking just over her head, in the direction right behind her.

She turned to see what everyone was looking at and when she did, she saw a flight attendant pushing a wheelchair with the ugliest old man sitting in it. It was the ugliest man she ever saw. He had this long white hair that was all tangled and such a mess. His face was really wrinkled, and he didn't look friendly at all.

She didn't know why, but she felt drawn to the man and thought at first that God wanted her to witness to him. In her mind she said she was thinking, "Oh God, please not now, not here."

No matter what she did, she couldn't get the man off her mind, and all of a sudden she knew what God wanted her to do. She was supposed to brush this man's hair.

She went and knelt down in front of the old man and said, "Sir, may I have the honor of brushing your hair for you?"

He said, "What?"

She thought, "Oh great, he's hard of hearing."

Again, a little louder she said, "Sir, may I have the honor of brushing your hair for you?"

He answered, "If you are going to talk to me, you are going to have to speak up; I am practically deaf."

So this time, she was almost yelling, "Sir, may I please have the honor of brushing your hair for you?"

Everyone was watching to see what his response would be.

The old man just looked at her confused and said, "Well, I guess if you really want to."

She said, "I don't even have a brush, but I thought I would ask anyway."

He said, "Look in the bag hanging on the back of my chair, there is a brush in there."

So she got the brush out and started brushing his hair. (She has a little girl with long hair, so she has lots of practice getting tangles out and knew how to be gentle with him.) She worked for a long time, until every last tangle was out.

Just as she was finishing up, she heard the old man crying. She went and put her hands on his knees, kneeling in front of him again looking directly into his eyes and said, "Sir, do you know Jesus?"

He answered, "Yes, of course I know Jesus. You see, my bride told me she couldn't marry me unless I knew Jesus, so I learned all about Jesus, and asked Him to come into my heart many years ago, before I married my bride."

He continued, "You know, I am on my way home to go and see my wife. I have been in the hospital for a long time and had to have a special surgery in this town far from my home. My wife couldn't come with me because she is so frail herself.

He said, "I was so worried about how terrible my hair looked, and I didn't want her to see me looking so awful, but I couldn't brush my hair all by myself."

Tears were rolling down his cheeks as he thanked Beth for brushing his hair. He thanked her over and over again. She was crying, people all around witnessing this were crying, and as they were all boarding the plane, the flight attendant who was also crying, stopped her and asked, "Why did you do that?"

And right there was the opportunity, the door that had been opened to share with someone else the love of God.

"We don't always understand God's ways, but be ready, He may use us to meet the need of someone else like He met the need of this old man, and in a moment, also calling out to a lost soul who needed to know His love."

~by Beth Moore~

   Thank you, Shari!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/21/15 - "Key Lime Pound Cake":

    YUMMY! Thanks, Susan!


“It's just my same normal life, but now I get to go to movie premieres and to parties.”

- Bridget Hall, model
(b. 12 Dec

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/22/14 - "Modern Times (#29 in a series of 30)":

   How cute!   

     INDEED! Thanks, George!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/09/15 - "A few examples of why we seniors get confused (#12 in a series of 26)":

  Confusing……..or maybe tooooo true!

     Thanks, Dools!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/10/15 - "Commentaries On Life ;-)) (#12 in a series of 26)":


          Thanks, Jimmy!


BONUS ONCE UPON A TIME CROSS STITCH PATTERN: - Once Upon a Time Cross Stitched Bookmark - "I know reading a book on an iPad or Kindle is in vogue right now, but call me old-fashioned – I like to read a book in print. I love to hear the creak when I first crack open a good hardbound book and smell the ink from the pages. What better way to savor the experience than to cross-stitch your own bookmark?... For this bookmark, instead of buying a pre-made bookmark from the craft store, I used 18-count aida fabric and for the floss — 3 strands for the type and 1 strand for all of the back stitching. To cover the stitches in the back, I cut out a strip of felt (2” x 6-3/4”) and stitched it to the front with an embroidery needle, using half stitches. Finished size, including fringe is 2-3/4” wide x 7-1/2” long." - Technically, I was unable to locate the actual chart for this, but if you're an experienced cross-stitcher, you can chart it yourself, and but it was just too special not to share with y'all!

BONUS ONCE UPON A TIME RECIPES: - Claire Gallam’s Once Upon A Time: Enchantingly Inspired Recipes - “When I was a little girl, I would close my eyes and wish that the fairy tales my mother told me before bed would come true. I'd wish that a prince on a giant white stallion would rescue me from my second floor bedroom and whisk me away into a magical forest. Although I've grown up some, the idea of living in a modern day fairy tale, like Emma Swan in ABC's Once Upon a Time, is very enticing. Since the probability of me being rescued from corporate America by a tall, dark and handsome prince is quite low, I'll create my own wonderland with these fairy tale foods!”

From - 01/21/14:
What did the polar bear say when they saw tourists in sleeping bags?

“Mmmm, sandwiches!”

1. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/13/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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Once Upon a Time

Words by Lee Adams (b. 14 Aug 1924)
Music by
Charles Strouse (b. 07 June 1928), for All American, 1962

Once upon a time
A girl with moonlight in her eyes
Put her hand in mine
And said she loved me so
But that was once upon a time
Very long ago

Once upon a hill
We sat beneath a willow tree
Counting all the stars and waiting for the dawn
But that was once upon a time
Now the tree is gone

How the breeze ruffled through her hair
How we always laughed as though tomorrow wasn't there
We were young and didn't have a care
Where did it go

Once upon a time
The world was sweeter than we knew
Everything was ours
How happy we were then
But somehow once upon a time
Never comes again

Once upon a time
Never comes again

"Once Upon a Time" midi (sequenced by Peter Mooney) courtesy of - umm, sometime in 2002...

"Once Upon a Time" lyric courtesy
of - 01/23/14 (sic)

"Once Upon a Time" Image courtesy of - 01/23/14 (sic)

 Brown Leaf  Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/21/07

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07 

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!

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

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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