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02/10/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Can't Stop Loving You

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you
have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

- Erich Fried (06 May 1921 – 22 Nov1988), translated by Roy Croft

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Good ol' Ray Charles.....

BONUS #1 - - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles, 1962

BONUS #2 - - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles and The Raylettes, September 18, 1972

BONUS #3 - - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles, later


"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as the B-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single.

The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single. Charles' version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for Five Weeks, as well as the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. The Ray Charles version is noted for his saying the words before the last five lines of the song on the final Chorus: "Sing the Song, Children". It was also a country No. 1 for Conway Twitty. It was ranked #161 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #49 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.


     Happy Birthday today to    Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND the late  Bobby Helmer ('61) (deceased 02/26/11) AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC AND   Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA AND Terry Smith ('63)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);

13 -    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia;

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND         My Niece,  Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA AND My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents),     Rebekah Mansfield of TX!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 10, 1940 - The Soviet Union began mass deportations of Polish citizens from occupied eastern Poland to Siberia.

February 10, 1942 - A  Japanese submarine bombarded Midway Atoll.

February 10, 1943 - Attempting to completely lift the Siege of Leningrad, the Soviet Red Army engaged German troops and Spanish volunteers in the Battle of Krasny Bor.


Wednesday, February 10, 1965 - Comedian and actor Mario Jean was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/08/15:

“God knows of your successes; though they may seem small to you, He acknowledges and cherishes each one of them.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

  From Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA - 02/09/15 - "New email address for Helen":

My new email address: ___________@_____.___

Thanks for making the change.


   Gotcha! Thank you, Helen! Let me know if you'd like this published; otherwise I will keep it private.

    From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of LA - 02/08/15 - "Flowers from           Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of LA)":

  My handsome Brent brought me these lovely flowers at work and surprised me.. He had to wear his dress blues to work.. And he looked so handsome when he brought me flowers... I am in love for sure...

    AWW! Thank you, Laura! You two are so cute together! Happy Valentine's Day!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/08/15 - "Remember Slow Food?":

Remember Slow Food?

'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.

'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home!'' I explained.

'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.

Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 5.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'

When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 4. It was an old black Dodge.

I never had a telephone in my room.

The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend:

My dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about

Ratings at the bottom.

1 Blackjack chewing gum

2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

3. Candy cigarettes

4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

7. Party lines on the telephone

8. Newsreels before the movie

9. P.F. Flyers

10. Butch wax

11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])

12. Peashooters

13. Howdy Doody

14. 45 RPM records

15. S&H green stamps

16 Hi-fi's

17. Metal ice trays with lever

18. Mimeograph paper

19 Blue flashbulb

20. Packards

21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork popguns

23. Drive-ins

24. Studebakers

25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young

If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older

If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,

If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

   Thanks, Jimmy! I remembered - happily - each and every one!

  From Owen Smith ('63) of VA - 02/08/15 - "RE: Remember Slow Food?":


   SO TRUE! Thanks, Owen!

    From Forrest Powell ('63) of VA - 02/08/15 - "RE: Remember Slow Food?":

I don't remember any of these. Jimmy, are all of your friends getting old?  When the Wright brothers and I flew their airplane at Kitty Hawk I don't recall any of those things. 

   GIGGLES! Thank you, Forrest!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/09/14 - "Jokes and Text":


The day I started my construction job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to the section that asked: Single____, Married____, Divorced____.

I marked single. Glancing at the man next to me, who was also filling out his form, I noticed he hadn't marked any of the blanks. Instead he had written, 'Yes, in that order.'


A businessman had a tiring day on the road. He checked into a hotel and, because he was concerned that the dining room might close soon, left his luggage at the front desk and went immediately to eat.

After a leisurely dinner, he reclaimed his luggage and realized that he had forgotten his room number. He went back to the desk and told the clerk on duty, "My name is Henry Davis, could you please tell me what room I am in?"

"Certainly," said the clerk. "You're in the lobby."


*-- He Was A Leaner --*

A friend always seemed to lean slightly to the left. It bothered me, so I suggested that he see a doctor and have his legs checked out. For years, he refused, telling me I was crazy, but last week, he finally went.

Sure enough, the doctor discovered his left leg was a half-inch shorter than his right. A bit of orthopedic surgery later, both legs are exactly the same length now, and he no longer leans.

"So," I said, "you didn't believe me when I told you a doctor could fix your leg."

He just looked at me and said, "I stand corrected."



Saint Peter had a lot of people whose Book of Life was a coin toss as to whether to send them to Heaven or Hell. So he decided to send the doubtful cases to Hell for a week and then to Heaven for a week and let them decide where to spend Eternity.

Except that everyone he sent to Hell refused to come back.

So Saint Peter went down to Hell and found out it had been transformed. It was filled with condominiums and homes, golf courses and lakes. Hell even had major league football, baseball and even ice hockey sports teams. Sure, it was still extremely hot, but the residents of Hell had redeveloped the place into a Paradise…even though it was still hot.

Saint Peter was then heard to mutter, “Got to quit sending people from Phoenix to Hell.”


Wisdom Tip-Stress Control

Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e., Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds….then float on them.
By Peter Prestipino from Chicago USA.



The earliest and most simple undergarment was the loincloth - a long strip of material passed between the legs and around the waist. King Tutankhamen was buried with 145 of them, but the style didn't go out with the Egyptians. Loincloths are still worn in many Asian and African cultures.

Men in the Middle Ages wore loose, trouser-like under-garments called braies, which one stepped into and tied around the waist and legs about mid-calf.

Medieval women wore a close-fitting undergarment called a chemise, and corsets began to appear in the 18th century. Early versions of the corset were designed to flatten a woman's bustline, but by the late 1800s, corsets were reconstructed to give women an exaggerated hourglass shape.

Bras were invented in 1913 when American socialite Mary Phelps-Jacob tied two handkerchiefs together with ribbon. She patented the idea a year later. Maidenform introduced modern cup sizes in 1928.

Around 1920, as women became more involved in sports such as tennis and bicycling, loose, comfortable bloomers replaced corsets as the undergarment of choice. The constricting corset soon fell out of favor altogether.

The thong made its first public U.S. appearance at the 1939 World's Fair, when New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia required nude dancers to cover themselves, if only barely. Thongs gained popularity as swimwear in Brazil in the 1970s and are now a fashionable form of underwear in many parts of the world.


Why The Righteous Suffer

Rabbi Dov Ber, known as the Magid of Mezritch, explains with the following parable, why righteous people may at times experience suffering and the wicked may prosper:

A father who wishes to teach his child to walk, in the beginning will walk together with the child and hold his hand. Then he will move away from the child, leaving the child on his own.

The child will then take a step toward his father and the father will retreat a bit further so that the child will take a few more steps on his own. The father will repeat this process in order to get the child to walk greater and greater distances.

To the child it may seem that the father is moving away and ignoring him, yet the father does this out of love and care for he knows that the child's growth and development depends on this.

The same is with the righteous people.

At times it may seem that God is ignoring them, yet, in truth as they come closer to God, He will move away so that the righteous person will continuously move closer to Him.

Through this process, the righteous person ascends higher and higher spiritually.

This is what the Torah means with, "just as a man reproaches his son so the Lord your God chastises you." Deu. 5:8

A person will seldom reprimand someone else's child. The reason and purpose a father chastises his child is out of love for the child for the sake of setting him on the right path and for his spiritual growth.

So too, the tests which God gives us should be taken as proof that He cares for us and considers us His children and His responsibility.

See the MountainWings issue, "Learning to Run" -

   Thank you, Shari!

From - 02/09/15 - "Gratitude":

Gratitude: The Key to a Happy Valentine's Day
by Melonie Dodaro

Valentine's Day is so filled with pseudo-romantic fluff that its true meaning easily gets lost: Gratitude and appreciation for that special someone in your life.

There's nothing wrong with flowers and pink hearts; of course, as long as you also take some time to reflect on all the things you're grateful for. These could include people and things in your own life, and of course your partner if you have one. It also includes the other important people in your life, family, friends, colleagues, and beyond.

Take some time to thank them for being in your life, and then add something specific about them that you're grateful for. Whether it's something they have done for you, or something about them that makes you happy to be in their company, figure out what it is and share it with them.

Expressing gratitude has been shown to give people a big emotional lift. It does the same for relationships. Gratitude and resentment or anger cannot reside in the same place at the same time. So once you fill your heart with gratitude, the negative emotions won't have a place to settle in and will evaporate.

Not that this is a new and revolutionary concept. Quotes and writings about gratitude have been plentiful for centuries.

Melodie Beattie wrote:

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."

And Wikipedia has a solid grip on the benefits of gratitude as well:

"Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. A large body of recent work has suggested that people who are more grateful have higher levels of well-being. Grateful people also have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self-acceptance."

The more grateful we are, the happier we are, and the more effectively we're able to cope with life's challenges. We even sleep better when we're grateful.

Clearly, gratitude is something we could use more of, and the best part is that we are able to enjoy as much of it as we like. It's completely in our control -- and it's completely free! So find ways to add a good dose of gratitude into your daily life.

And don't worry. You won't have to wait to be grateful until you win the lottery. Appreciate the little things, or the things that are really quite big but that you take for granted.

Whatever it is that you're grateful for, make a note of it. Write it down. In fact, make a gratitude list. Simply write down all the events, things and people for which you are thankful. Expressing gratitude and appreciation for people in your life brings joy to both of you.

In fact, you could make a gratitude list for your Valentine! Take some time to write down everything you appreciate about your partner and then share it with him or her on Valentine's Day!

But don't stop there. Continue to find things you're grateful for every single day. Make it into a regular practice.

You could begin the morning by making a list of the things for which you are grateful. It may be your health and wellness, it may be the love you share or abundance of finances, or perhaps it’s your home or the motor home that takes you on many adventures! It can also be the simple things like a bed to sleep in and clean water to be able to bathe in. By seeking to find all the positive pieces in your life, you begin the day with a positive attitude. What a wonderful way to get started!

Or you may prefer to give thanks for your blessings at the end of the day, just before drifting off to sleep, by reflecting on a wonderful day and the many things for which to be grateful. It could be the nice person who served the coffee, not running out of gas, being acknowledged for a job well done, having the finances to pay for a car repair, or simply being grateful for the food you had for dinner. Gratitude comes in many shapes and sizes, but it always makes you feel good.

A "Gratitude Journal" is another awesome way to keep track of the things you are grateful for in your life. There are different journals on the market, some very elaborate and others simple, but the important thing is to start one! Like anything in your life that you wish to change, it takes practice and repetition. It’s said that it takes 21 days to change a habit or create a new one. Gratitude journaling is definitely a good habit to start!

Here's one of my favorite quotes: "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn’t all we have is today and that is why it’s called the present!"

Think about it: How grateful are you for your present...for today and every day of your life? Be sure to let your Valentine and everyone around you know how much you appreciate them. And spend some time appreciating yourself as well.

Author's Bio:

Melonie Dodaro, of Top Dog Social Media, is passionate about social media and helps business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals to use social media marketing to boost their visibility, attract new customers and increase their revenue. Dubbed by the media as Canada’s #1 LinkedIn expert and social media strategist, she’s also a regular contributor to several social media and business magazines and is a highly sought after speaker and trainer. To learn more about Melonie visit her web site at

“It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/23/15 - "20 Weird Facts I'll Bet You Didn't Know (#10 in a series of 20)":


Believe it or not, I actually knew some of these facts!

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Haul Party!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI (soon to be VA) - 01/30/15 - "Priceless Pets (#10 in a series of 22)":


Lazing about after a hard day's work (of keeping everyone else up)

     AWW! Thanks, George!



Hookers Don't Bite - Crochet Encounters with Yarn and a Hook


Easy Made from Scratch You Can't Stop Eating It Chocolate Cake


From - 02/09/15:

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.

The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!"

The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!"

The priest said, "Here comes the green-keeper. Let's have a word with him."

He said, "Hello, George, what's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"

The green-keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."

The group fell silent for a moment.

The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything he can do for them."

The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"


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.

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

                          Love to all, Carol






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


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I Can't Stop Loving You

Written and recorded by Don Gibson, 1957
(03 Apr 1928 – 17 Nov 2003)

Recorded by Ray Charles, 1962
(17 Feb 1940 - 05 Apr 2006)

(I can't stop loving you)
I've made up my mind
To live in memory
Of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday

Those happy hours
That we once knew
Tho' long ago
They still make me blue

They say that time
Heals a broken heart
But time has stood still
Since we've been apart

(I can't stop loving you)
I've made up my mind
To live in memory
Of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday

(Those happy hours)
Those happy hours
(That we once knew)
That we once knew
(Tho' long ago)
Tho' long ago
(Still make me blue)
Still make me blue

(They say that time)
They say that time
(Heals a broken heart)
Heals a broken heart
(But time has stood still)
Time has stood still
(Since we've been apart)
Since we've been apart

(I can't stop loving you)
I said I made up my mind
To live in memory
Of the lonesome times......

"I Can't Stop Loving You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/11/10 (sic)

Nicko real's 2007 Image, "Can't Stop Loving You", courtesy of - 02/11/10 (sic)

Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/08

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!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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!!

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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