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02/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Groundhog Day

"Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates,
there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."

 - Carl Gustav Jung
(26 July 1875 - 06 June 1961)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's observance is supposed to repeat here every year.  Sometimes it does, and sometimes, it doesn't:


BONUS - - Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops (1967)


     Happy Birthday today to Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND  Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA (deceased - 08/26/05) AND   John Patterson ('59) of TN AND   Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Maynard Thweatt ('57)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Ronnie Sanders ('65)  (deceased - 10/08/06);

05 -  Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND    Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;

06 -   Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA;

08 - Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 -
  Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND     Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA !

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

  From Donna Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA - 02/01/09:

Happy belated  birthday to Lynn Stewart Schroeder, who celebrated her 50 something birthday on the last day of the month. (Class of 71)
Take care, Lynn. 
Love ya,
Donna Vest Hagerman

   I'll second that! Thanks, Donna!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/01/09 - "A Lick and A Promise":

Lots of memories in this message.



'I'll just give this a lick and a promise,' my mother said as she quickly mopped up a spill on the floor without moving any of the furniture.
'What is that supposed to mean,' I asked as in my young mind I envisioned someone licking the floor with his or her tongue. 
'It means that I'm in a hurry and I'm busy canning tomatoes so I am going to just give it a lick with the mop and promise to come back and do the job right later. 

'A lick and a promise' was just one of the many old phrases that our mothers, grandmothers, and others used that they probably heard from the generations before them. With the passing of time, many old phrases become obsolete or even disappear.  This is unfortunate because some of them are very appropriate and humorous. Here is a list of some of those memorable old phrases: 

1. A Bone to Pick (someone who wants to discuss a disagreement) 
An Axe to Grind (Someone who has a hidden motive. This phrase is said to have originated from Benjamin Franklin who told a story about a devious man who asked how a grinding wheel worked. He ended up walking away with his axe sharpened free of charge.)   
One bad apple spoils the whole barrel (one corrupt person can cause all the others to go bad if you don't remove the bad one) 
At sea (lost or not understanding something) 
Bad Egg (Someone who was not a good person) 
Barking at a knot (meaning that your efforts were as useless as a dog barking at a knot.) 
Barking up the wrong tree (talking about something that was completely the wrong issue with the wrong person)
Bee in your bonnet (To have an idea that won't let loose ) 
Been through the mill (had a rough time of it) 
Between hay and grass (Not a child or an adult) 
Blinky (Between sweet and sour as in milk) 
Calaboose (a jail) 
Catawampus (Something that sits crooked such as a piece of furniture sitting at an angle.) 
Dicker (To barter or trade) 
Feather in Your Cap (to accomplish a goal. This came from years ago in wartime when warriors might receive a feather they would put in their cap for defeating an enemy) 
Hold your horses (Be patient!) 
Hoosegow ( a jail) 
I reckon (I suppose) 
Jawing/Jawboning (Talking or arguing) 
Kit and caboodle (The whole thing) 
Madder than an wet hen (really angry) 
Needs taken down a notch or two (like notches in a belt usually a young person who thinks too highly of himself and needs a lesson)
No Spring Chicken (Not young anymore) 
Persnickety (overly particular or snobbish) 
Pert-near (short for pretty near) 
Pretty is as pretty does (your actions are more important than your looks) 
Red up (clean the house) 
Scalawag (a rascal or unprincipled person) 
Scarce as hen's teeth (something difficult to obtain) 
Skedaddle (Get out of here quickly.) 
Sparking (courting) 
Straight From the Horse's Mouth (privileged information from the one concerned) 
Stringing around, gallivanting around, or piddling (Not doing anything of value) 
Sunday go to meetin' dress (the best dress you had) 
We wash up real fine (is another goodie) 
Tie the Knot (to get married) 
37. Too many irons in the fire (to be involved in too many things)        
Tuckered out (tired and all worn out) 
Under the weather (not feeling well - this term came from going below deck on ships due to sea sickness, thus you go below or under the weather) 
Wearing your 'best bib and tucker' (being all dressed up) 
  You ain't the only duck in the pond (It's not all about you.)

Well, if you hold your horses, I reckon I'll get this whole kit and caboodle done and sent off to you. Please don't be too persnickety and get a bee in your bonnet because I've been pretty tuckered out and at sea lately because I'm no spring chicken.  I haven't been just stringin' around and I know I'm not the only duck in the pond, but I do have too many irons in the fire. I might just be barking at a knot, but I have tried to give this article more than just a lick and a promise!

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Judy! I must not be as old as I thought, because I never heard of five or six of these!

From - 02/01/09 - "Decisions Critical for Success":

Positive Thinking - Your Decisions are Critical for Success
By Doug Hart - Jan. 13, 2009


How good are you at making decisions? How do you know if you ar? Well, some people seem to make decisions very quickly, and others seem to take forever. Which method is the best? In general I believe being decisive is a very good thing, in other words being able to quickly weigh your options and decide what seems to be the best choice. Look at it this way, if you are the type of person who can never seem to make up their mind, doesn't it make your decisions that much harder and painful? So what is the real problem, is it fear of making the wrong decision maybe? I believe in most cases, that is the case.

What if you make the wrong decision and it causes problems? Well, that is always possible, but not making a decision in the first place is normally worse than making a bad decision. Let me explain that, because I'm sure that doesn't sound logical. Say I put off making a choice of whether I should take a new job that a friend told me about recently. He says it would be different than what I'm doing now, although some of the same skills are involved and I do qualify in many ways for this job. Ok, I'm thinking I "kind of" like my current job, so what are the benefits of the new job that would tempt me? Well, in order to make an informed decision about anything you must weigh the benefits versus the drawbacks. Make a list and take into account your personal choices and how important different aspects of each item on the list really are. As an example of the job:

* - good thing - the pay is slightly higher
* - bad thing - it's in the city and I'm not crazy about that
* - good thing - the company is doing well, my current employer isn't
* - good thing - it's something different, shake up my life a little
* - bad thing - it's different, and I may not like doing it

Ok, you see where I'm going with this right? These are all totally hypothetical reasons which I just made up, but very possibly things you may have to decide in the future. You also have to thing about the intangibles, such as what if you don't take this job and then get laid off from your current job? Are you by nature a risk-taker or do you look for the security first in any new position? If you value security and safety, perhaps staying at your current job is more prudent because at least it's a known factor. Not knowing what is going to happen is pretty scary for a lot of people and not worth the risk. I guess if you are going to lie awake at night worrying about the job situation, it might be a bad idea.

Alright, that's just a hypothetical situation. But if you have a real problem making important decisions about your future, perhaps you need to evaluate why that is true. Some people just don't like to make decisions. If that's the case, I suggest you try to change that, since making decisions in life is a very critical skill that every adult needs to have. Are you really that afraid of making the wrong decision? What's the worst that could happen, you will have to change your mind and maybe lose a little time, money, etc. in the process. Back to reality, folks. We all have made bad decisions at one time or another! We just have to learn from them, that's all. Try to figure out why it was a bad decision, what brought you to that decision, and how you would change that next time. Did you weight all the options first? Did you go with your "gut" instinct, because usually that is the best way to go, although not always. Perhaps you have a friend that is knowledgeable about the situation you're in and asking him or her would be beneficial.

Ok, one more point - sometimes it's a great idea to take a chance, take advantage of an opportunity, and just go for it. If your decision is anything about that kind of situation, I say go for it. But that's just me...

To your continued success and happiness!


Author's Bio

Doug Hart, CHO of

I've spent many years studying psychology, philosophy, NLP, and motivation. My particular focus is on the biggest question in life - what makes us happy? I think lifes more of a journey than a destination, and I would like to make your journey much more exhilarating, passionate, loving, and unforgettable! Take the time to visit us at, the happiness place.


    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 12/25/09 - "Merry Christmas":

To all my friends

As we move into the New Year, we have a tendency to forget what this season is all about. It is what Christ has given us, not the parties, though I do love them, not the presents, though I do love them, Getting a present is nice, but most of the time, our families have a hard time getting it exactly right. It doesn’t matter, they are just trying their best to tell you they love you. and certainly not the shopping. It can be fun though at times.

At this Christmas season, my wish is that we can move beyond conflicts; beyond our differences, to the things we have in common, to mutual respect through patience, tolerance and understanding.

Merry Christmas
Peace Love and Prosperity

Richard/Dicky Dawes

   Thank you so much for these beautiful thoughts, Dicky!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 12/27/08 - "Stories behind songs":

Found this site and thought you may want to tuck it away for next Christmas.
F.A. Saunders

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks so much for this cool site, F.A.! I'm always fascinated by such things!


From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 02/02/09 - "Are you Martha or Maxine?":

Are you Martha or Maxine? I am a little of both......

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake ! You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it, anyway!

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix. Keeps in the pantry for up to a year.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Go to the bakery! Hell, they'll even decorate it for you!

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant 'fix-me-up.'

If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad. Please recite with me the real woman's motto: 'I made it, you will eat it and I don't care how bad it tastes!'

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Celery? Never heard of it!

Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust, so I don't.

Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains go away!

If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish washing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Leftover wine??????????? HELLO!!!!!!!

Lastly, if you don't forward this to 1 of your friends within the next 5 minutes, your belly button will unscrew and your butt will fall off. Really... it's true! Have I ever lied to you?

     Thanks, Bill!


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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Standing in the Shadows of Love

(The Four Tops)

Standing in the shadows of love
Waitin' for the heartaches to come
Can't you see me standing in the shadows of love
I'm getting ready for the heartaches to come
I'd run but there's no where to go
'Cause heartaches will follow me I know
Without your love, the love I need
It's the beginning of the end for me
'Cause you've taken away all me reasons for livin'
When you pushed aside all the love I've been giving
Now wait a minute
Didn't I teach you right, didn't I?
Didn't I do the best I could, didn't I?
So don't you leave me standin' in the shadow of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Don't you see me standing in the shadow of love
Just tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come

All alone I'll desperately be
With misery my only company
Come today, in fact come tomorrow
Sorrow, I ain't got nothin' but sorrow
Don't your conscience bother you
How can you watch me cry after all I've done for you
Now hold a minute
Gave you all the love I had, didn't I?
When you needed me I was there, now wasn't I?
(Standing in the shadows of love
Gettin' ready for the heartaches to come)
I've tried not to cry out loud
No gal you ain't gonna help me now
What did I do to cause all this grief
Now what'd I say to make you want to leave
Now wait a minute
I gave my heart and soul to you, didn't I?
Now didn't I always treat you good, didn't I?
I'm Standing in the shadows of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Hope to see you standing in the shadows of love
Tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come
Standing in the shadows of... [Fade]



"Standing in the Shadows of Love" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Happy Groundhog Day clip art courtesy of - 02/02/08

Animated Paw Print Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 01/29/05

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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