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02/07/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Charles Dickens' 197th Birthday

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age
of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season
of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven,
we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period,
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil,
in the superlative degree of comparison only."

- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Ahhh, Dickens - one of my very favorite authors!


BONUS - - Oliver! - Where Is Love?


     From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 02/06/09 - "    Johnnie (Bateman - '70 - VA)":

Hi, Carol,
Would you please add my brother, Johnnie, to the prayer list on your website.  He's having surgery on Monday, 1/9/09, at Riverside for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  We know that prayers worked for Dale's (Chestnut - Nakina HS, NC - '54 - of VA) miraculous recovery last summer, and pray for the same for Johnnie.  I'll try to keep you posted on his recovery.

   YOWZERONI!!! Thanks for letting us know, Sandi! We'll certainly keep Johnnie in our thoughts and prayers!


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Hines ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 -   Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND     the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA;

10 -   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA  AND     Norman Covert ('61) of MD  AND Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA  AND  Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99)  AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC;
11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA;

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);
13 -
     Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

   And a very happy Valentine Birthday to       Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA and to my niece,        Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 02/06/09 - "Picture of grandchildren":


After sending the message about
     Johnnie (Bateman - '70 - VA), thought I'd send you something to make you smile.

I know you like seeing pictures of little ones, so hope you'll enjoy this picture of four of our five grandchildren taken at Christmas. The boys, Jarrett and Jonah belong to    Richie's (Allen - '66 - of VA) and my daughter, and the girls, Sage and Sienna, are Dale's (Chestnut - Nakina HS, NC - '54 - of VA) son's and his wife. This was the first Christmas that we'd had the four of them together, which was a great gift. The fifth grandchild lives in Florida with his parents and were unable to make it to Virginia for the holidays.    
December, 2008 -
Newport News, VA

Hope you and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) have settled in to your new home and are enjoying your children and grandchildren. Like so many others, I really missed getting your e-mails while you were moving. Glad you're back!


   AWWW!!! - how cute! Thanks, Sandi, I know y'all had fun together, and that's always good news!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 02/06/09:

Dearest Carol,

I check the web page EVERY DAY TO SEE IF YOU ARE ALL tucked in in your new place. (can't tell you how jealous I am you get to live with a grandchild)

Today I saw this e-mail from the site dated 2-2-09 and it is 2-6-09.

Hope this means you are back! I've missed you.

Linda May

    Thank you, Linda May! I'm getting more organized each day. I still haven't found all of my cobalt glass or delft tile or crocheted lace collections, and several books are still "hiding" from me. Then of course there was the Mysterious Case of the Shelves which inexplicably seemed to be missing some of their spindles - even though I know that's not possible - and refused to be reassembled properly, but it's all coming along probably as well as can be expected.

    But I think my strange vernacular has left you somewhat confused. There are only six of us living here together in Edwardsville, and we're all over 21 - no grandchildren are actually in the home.

   I tend to say that I'm "playing with my babies", because to me, they're all still "Mommy's wittle-bitty babies", even if they happen to be pushing middle-age.

   Here's a typical example, shot during a round of "Wise and Otherwise" three years ago. And I must tell you, whether it's board games or just watching movies and videos together, there's an overwhelming urge to "play" a great deal of the time around here.....


Friday, August 12, 2005 -
Edwardsville, IL
Nathaniel and Carol
     These two families - our oldest son and our fourth son and their wives and children - live very nearby to us now. Lewis and Mary and their four children are 17 miles and 25 minutes away in Collinsville, IL, and Joshua, Kim, and Kim's little boy, Azrae, are 41 miles and 51 minutes away in Hillsboro, IL. That's right - we now have eleven grandchildren!
Friday, August 1, 2008 -
(visiting in) Nauvoo, IL
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 -
Edwardsville, IL
Rachel, Mary, Andrew, Lewis, Elizabeth, and Becca Joshua and Kim
   And these two families - our second son and our sixth son and their wives and children - are sadly not nearby.  Brent and Bethany and their five children are newly arrived at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX, and Dale and Diana and that cute little Buckley (who yet appears to be a clone of his father to me) are still in Franklin, MA.  
Tuesday, June 23, 2008 -
Waverly, OH
December, 2008 -
Franklin, MA
Joseph, Jacob, Bethany, Brent, Thomas, Emeline, and Jimmy Diana, Buckley, and Dale

   There are four "grandkittycats" in the home - Tumbles, Butters, Austin, and Ziggy-Piggy, but that's a subject for another time.....

   Thanks again, Linda May! It's good to be back!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/06/09:


Of all the friends I've ever met,
You're the one I won't forget,
And if I die before you do,
I'll go to heaven and wait for you.
 I'll give the angels back their wings
And risk the loss of everything,
Just to prove
my friendship is true.
I'm thankful to have
Family and Friends like you!


   Thanks so much, Joyce - moi, aussi!

From - 02/06/09 - "Clearing Negative Voices":

Anxiety - Clear Negative Voices
By Dr. Laura De Giorgio, Feb. 4, 2009

After the last newsletter on Clearing negative influences that adversely affect your prosperity, several people have emailed me and asked how to clear negative voices. The origin of these voices may be that someone told them something disempowering, when they felt vulnerable and now these words keep on replaying in their minds and preventing them from pursuing their goals.

Sometimes people clearly remember incidents during which these negative voices became imprinted and sometimes the origin of these voices is unknown. The negative voices may sound as if they belong to someone else or as if the words are spoken by the person who is hearing them.

The negative voices may be statements or questions like: "Who are you kidding?" or "You can't do that" or "You'll fail" or "What if you fail?' or "You are not good enough" or "You'll never make it", "This will never work", and anything else along the similar lines.

Sometimes these negative voices are accompanied by images of possible disasters and anything that may go wrong, and they give rise to the feelings of uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and taking no action seems like a safer, but not more satisfying choice. The issues that pop up may be fear of competition, jealousy, fear of rejection, natural disasters, or simply the possibility of bad luck.

Sometimes the origin of the negative voices may be unrealistic expectations, where a person may have attempted to do something once or twice, without even knowing how to do something properly, didn't get satisfactory results and then gave up concluding that if whatever it was didn't work instantly then there's no hope.

Here it may be appropriate to remember the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

The techniques that follow are designed to help you to change those things that you can change.
You can change the way those negative voices sound, you can change what they are saying, or you can transcend them.

To change the way those negative voices sound, you can change the pitch of the voice and make it sound very high, or very low, or like a voice you may hear in a cartoon. You can change the speed in which those words are spoken, so that it may sound as if an audio tape played at high speed, or you can lower the speed and make the words spoken so slow that they are practically indiscernible. You can have some funny circus music playing in the background or you can have the words come out garbled or muffled. As you experiment with changing the voice, you should notice how its impact upon you changes. You can imagine that the voice is played on a tape deck and you can simply push the stop button to stop it. You can imagine the voice moving further and further away in the distance and disappearing or you can blow it up and imagine those disempowering words exploding.

If there are any threatening images that accompany those negative voices, you can do similar things with those images, as you did with the voice. You can imagine them shrinking, or you can imagine color draining out of them and if they were paintings; you can imagine rain falling upon the painting and all the colors melting and washing away until all that is left is a blank canvas. You can imagine the image blowing up or burning it in a fire.

If you are up to it, you can take a piece of paper, pour out your hear and write down those disempowering statements that are haunting you and then burn the paper. As you watch the paper burning, imagine all those disempowering statements burning up also. Even when the paper has burned you may remain beside the fire and imagine any residue of negative energies within you burning up. When you are done, you should have some sense of completition and of lightness.

If you remember a particular event, when you first experienced those negative voices, you can mentally transform that event and the imprint that it left upon you. You can replay the event in your mind, as if you've had the resources to handle it appropriately in a way that would've left you feeling empowered.

If you are spiritually inclined and you like to meditate, you may observe those negative voices with a sense of emotional detachment. The words have no power of their own. They have no meaning except whatever meaning you attach to them. You may notice that when you resist some ideas, they tend to become stronger, just the same as when you try to reinforce them. When you resist the idea, you are feeding it with your energy, just the same as if you wanted to reinforce it. If you remain emotional detached and stop feeding ideas with your energy, they will dissolve of their own accord. If you just witness your thoughts, without becoming emotionally entangled, they will have no power over you - they will just come and go, and eventually, they'll dissolve.

Another technique, similar to the one last one is to simply accept whatever thought or negative voice emerges in your mind. Again, if you just accept it and you don't fight it, the negative sting will ultimately dissolve. When you accept everything, you stop judging it as good or bad - you acknowledge that it just "is" or that the thought is meaningless in itself and your response to it may be "so what?" You don't identify with the negative voices so they don't have any effect on you.

Different techniques may be suitable for different people and the way you'll know that you have found one that is suitable for you is that you will feel a change within you, an inner transformation, more or less instantly.


Author's Bio

Dr. Laura De Giorgio is the author of over 2,000 hypnosis, subliminal, supraliminal and supraliminal plus recordings in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. On her website you can access many free articles designed to help you use the power of your mind more effectively, many free downloads and movie presentations.

Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


  From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 02/06/09 - "Kohl's Shopping Trip":


(This is just too funny! This could only be true; you simply can't make this stuff up! Oh, for you who don't know this: Kohl's is a really nice 
department store.) 

Clutching their Kohl's shopping bags, Ellen and Kay woefully gazed down at a dead cat in the mall parking lot. Obviously a recent 
flies, no smell. What business could that poor kitty have had here?' murmured Ellen. 'Come on, Ellen, let's just go..' But Ellen had already 
grabbed her shopping bag and was explaining, 'I'll just put my things in your bag, and then I'll use this tissue.' She dumped her purchases 
into Kay's bag and then used the tissue paper to cradle and lower the former feline into her own Kohl's bag and cover it. They continued the 
short trek to the car in silence, stashing their goods in the trunk. But it occurred to both of them that if they left Ellen's burial bag in the trunk, 
warmed by the Texas sunshine while they ate, Kay's Lumina would soon lose that new-car smell. They decided to leave the bag on top of the 
trunk, and they headed over to K & W Cafeteria.

After they went through the serving line and they sat down at a window table. They had a view of Kay's Chevy with the Kohl's bag still on the 
trunk. BUT not for long! As they ate, they noticed a woman in a red gingham shirt stroll by their car. She looked quickly this way and that, and 
then took the Kohl's bag without breaking stride. She quickly walked out of their line of vision. Kay and Ellen shot each other a wide-eyed look 
of amazement. It all happened so fast that neither of them could think how to respond. 'Can you imagine?' finally sputtered Ellen. 'The nerve of 
that woman!' Kay sympathized with Ellen, but inwardly a laugh was building as she thought about the grand surprise awaiting the female thief. 
Just when she thought she'd have to giggle into her napkin, she noticed Ellen's eyes freeze in the direction of the serving line.

Following her gaze, Kay recognized the woman in the red gingham shirt with the Kohl's bag hanging from her arm. She was brazenly pushing 
her tray toward the cashier. Helplessly they watched the scene unfold: After leaving the register, the woman settled at a table across from theirs, 
put the bag on an empty chair and began to eat. After a few bites of baked whitefish and green beans, she casually lifted the bag into her lap to 
survey her treasure. Looking from side to side, but not far enough to notice her rapt audience three tables over, she pulled out the tissue paper 
and peered into the bag. Her eyes widened, and she began to make a sort of gasping noise. The noise grew. The bag slid from her lap as she 
sank to the floor, wheezing and clutching her upper chest.

The beverage cart attendant quickly recognized a customer in trouble and sent the busboy to call 911, while she administered the Heimlich 
maneuver. A crowd quickly gathered that did not include Ellen and Kay, who remained riveted to their chairs for seven whole minutes until the 
ambulance arrived. In a matter of minutes, the woman with the red gingham shirt emerged from the crowd, still gasping, and securely strapped 
on a gurney. Two well-trained EMS volunteers steered her to the waiting ambulance, while a third scooped up her belongings. The last they saw 
of the distressed cat-burglar was as she disappeared behind the ambulance doors.................the Kohl's Bag perched on her stomach!! 
God does take care of those who do bad things! (AND once in a while...He allows us to witness it!)
     Thanks, Billy! 


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PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/07/09
NNHS BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   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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Where Is Love?

- Lionel Bart

From the Broadway Musical Oliver, based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (1837-1839)

Whe-e-e-e-ere is love?
Does it fall from skies above?
Is it underneath the willow tree that I've been dreaming of?

Whe-e-e-e-ere is she?
Who I close my eyes to see?
Will I ever know the sweet "Hello" that's meant for only me? Who can say where she may hide?
Must I travel far and wide
Till I am beside the someone who I can mean something to?
Whe-e-e-e-ere, whe-e-e-e-ere is love?

Every night I kneel and pray
Let tomorrow be the day
Till I see the face of someone who I can mean something to
Whe-e-e-e-ere, whe-e-e-e-ere is love?

"Where Is Love?" midi courtesy of - 02/07/07

"Where Is Love?" lyrics courtesy of - 02/07/07

First Charles Dickens Image courtesy of - 02/07/07 (re-saved 02/06/09)

Second Charles Dickens Image courtesy of - 02/06/09

 Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/07/09

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

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

Animated Laughing Cat 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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