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02/11/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
Only Love Can Break a Heart

The heart was made to be broken.”

- Oscar Wilde
(16 Oct 1854 – 30 Nov 1900)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Here's another sad pre-Valentine's Day love song!

BONUS - Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney


"Only Love Can Break a Heart" is the title of a popular song from 1962 (see 1962 in music) performed by the American singer-songwriter Gene Pitney. The song was written by Hal David (words) and Burt Bacharach (music) and appears on Pitney's second album Only Love Can Break a Heart.

Pitney had enjoyed some success as a songwriter prior to breaking through as a performer in his own right. He wrote the songs "Hello Mary Lou", "Rubber Ball", and "He's a Rebel", the latter a number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit for The Crystals in 1962.[1] Ironically, Pitney's success as a singer was beginning at this time, and "He's a Rebel" kept "Only Love Can Break a Heart" from topping the Billboard pop chart, where it spent one week at number two.,[2] and two weeks atop the Billboard Easy Listening chart in October and November 1962.[3] "Only Love Can Break a Heart" also reached number 16 on the Billboard R&B chart...[3]


     Happy Birthday today to  Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA AND the late Terry Smith ('63)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jon Pearl ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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), Bekah Mansfield of TX;

18 - The late Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND  Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 11, 1942 - The Battle of Bukit Timah was fought in Singapore.

February 11, 1943 - General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

February 11, 1945 - Yalta Conference: The Yalta Agreement was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin at the Livadia Palace.


Sunday, February 11, 1968 - Author and illustrator Mo Willems was born in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Sunday, February 11, 1968 - Actor, director, producer, and playwright Howard Lindsay (b. Herman Nelke on 29 Mar 1889 in Waterford, New York) died in New York City, New York at the age 78.

Sunday, February 11, 1968 - Journalist, economist, and politician Deendayal Upadhyaya (b. 25 Sept 1916 in the village Chandrabhan, now called Deendayal Dham, near the Farah town in Mathura district, United Provinces, British India) died at the age of 51 while traveling in a train under mysterious circumstances in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, India.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 02/08/15:

“If I may be pardoned for suggesting the obvious, I do so only because the obvious is not observed in so many instances. The obvious includes four imperatives with reference to children: Love them, Teach them, Respect them, Pray with them and for them.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/11/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 02/10/18 - "Important Dates: Town Halls, City Council, Planning Commission, Election":

It will be our purpose to inform the voters in the upcoming May 1 election for Mayor and City Council of the views of each candidate concerning the future of the City Farm. Board members of Citizens for Riverview Farm Park have met with four of the announced candidates and will meet with the remaining candidates who are willing to meet with us.

We will post a guide to the candidates' views on our website,

We encourage you to visit our calendar page, where you will find town hall meetings and candidate forums (to date only one has been announced). Also remember the Planning Commission Work Session on February 21, and the regular City Council meetings.

The calendar page will be updated as time passes, so please check our calendar page regularly at

The weeks ahead are a very important time, so please keep informed and do whatever you can to help keep the City Farm as part of Riverview Farm Park, instead of another neighborhood of luxury homes on our James River.

Adrian Whitcomb
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm park

   Thank you for your diligence, Adrian!

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/06/18 - "Super Bowl Sunday, YES!":

Well said and something we should all remember!!

Super Bowl Sunday from a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan:

"So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the National Anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten - straight up, no styling. "Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WW-II vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love - not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage. Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. We're getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help."

Semper Fi

   ABSOLUTELY!  Thank you, Wayne!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 02/07/18:

  YOWZERS! Thank you for this fascinating tidbit, Domi!

   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 02/10/18:

  BRILLIANT! Thank you, Jean!

 From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of GA - 02/09/16:

  AMEN and AMEN! Thank you so much, Jane!

From - 02/09/15 - "Valentine's Day Is About Love Not Lovers":

Valentine's Day Is About Love Not Lovers
by Dr. Karen Gail Lewis

When you think about Valentine's Day, do you feel pleasure? Grief? Anger? If you are single, Valentine's Day, along with New Years, are the two most hated holidays. Too many single women say they "hide out" on February 14.

Valentine's Day, though, is not about lovers; it's about love. It has become commercialized for lovers, but it's really a time to connect with people you care about. In the midst of the hearts and flowers that have become associated with this day, the origin of the holiday is lost.

In fact, there is no agreed upon origin. There are numerous stories about the man Valentine and the holiday of love. They range from Roman days to honor the god Lupercus, to Emperor Claudius forbidding marriage, to Pope Gelasium turning a pagan game of romance into a game about saints.

You can choose which version of the origin of the holiday you prefer, in the same way you can choose how to relate to Valentine’s Day. It can be a day of shame because you do not love and are not loved by a special man, or you can honor this day by acknowledging those people who make your life better. Valentine’s Day is not about lovers, it’s about love.

Here are some tips for how to make this a special day.

1. Send cards to everyone you love, male and female, young and old. Not only will the recipients feel cherished, you will be reminded how blessed you are to have so many special people in your life. For a fun flashback to your school days, buy a pack of the colorful cards you used to pass out to classmates, or make them yourself.

2. Honor the service people who make your life better. Give cards to people in your everyday life, showing how much you appreciate them. It might be the person who cuts your hair or cleans your home. It might be the bank teller who helps when your checkbook gets out of balance. You don’t have to wait for Christmas to let your mailperson know you appreciate the effort made to bring you 30 mail order catalogues a day. Think about the people who make your life easier; this is the day to remind yourself (and them) that you don’t take them for granted.

3. Spend it with friends. Specifically choose February 14 to spend with people you appreciate but don’t tell often enough. Take a favorite co-worker or office assistant to lunch. Or have a Valentine’s dinner party for good friends.

4. Send flowers to yourself. Rather than mope or feel sorry for yourself that there is no man in your life to send you flowers, send them to yourself. Flowers are the love letters from Mother Nature.

5. Monitor your music. If you are likely to have a hard time on February 14, make sure for the few days leading up to the 14th you aren’t listening to love songs or songs about longing for love or about brokenhearted love.

6. Don’t hide. Don’t pretend it isn’t Valentine’s Day. Say Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone you see. Wear a pin with hearts or at least wear red and white.

7. Get together with other single women and share ideas for how you can help your family and friends talk to you and treat you no differently than they do married people.

8. If you are blue, don’t fight it. Give yourself permission to be sad there isn’t a loving man in your life. Give yourself an hour, even two, for your “Pity Party.” Then stop. Move on. Be careful you don’t drown your unhappiness in excessive alcohol, drugs, or food. There is no reason to be self-abusive just because you are alone and sad.

Author's Bio:

Dr. Karen Gail Lewis is founder of Unique Retreats for Single Women, weekends bringing small groups of women together to shift their thinking about being single in a society prejudiced against single women. She’s a marriage and family therapist, author of "With or Without a Man: Single Women Taking Control of Their Lives" and other books about single and married women. Join her for a FREE teleseminar on Unspoken Truths About Being Single in a Married World. Register at

“Go see that turkey for yourself, and see for yourself why you shouldn't see it.”

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

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/25/18 - "Today's Humor (#11 in a Series of 18)":

    Thanks, Dearest Judy!


Broken Heart


Broken Heart Dishcloth - not free, but $3.15 for downloadable pattern


Love can mend a broken heart


Love Hurts: Recipes for a Broken Heart


From - 02/10/18:

Sitting in the bar George asked his 40-year-old friend John, "How come you aren't married?"

John replied, "I haven't found the right woman yet."

"So what are you looking for?"

"Oh, she's got to be real pretty, a good cook, and housekeeper. She's got to know how to handle money, have a nice and pleasant personality, and money. She's got to have money. And a nice big house wouldn't hurt either."

"A woman like that would be crazy to marry YOU!" exclaimed George.

"Oh, it's okay, if she is crazy."


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 -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 01/12/18

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





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

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in the bucket."


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Only Love Can Break a Heart

Music by Burt Bacharach (b. 12 May 1928)

Words by Hal David (b. 25 May 1921)

Recorded by Gene Pitney, 1962
(17 Feb 1940 - 05 Apr 2006)

Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it again

(whistling and instrumental)

Last night I hurt you, but darlin', remember this
Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it again, hmm, hmm
You know I'm sorry, I'll prove it with just one kiss
Only love can break a heart only love can mend it agai-ai-ain

Give me a chance to make up for the harm I've done
Try to forgive me and let's keep the two of us one.

Please let me hold you and love you for always and always
Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it agai-ai-ain
Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it--again

(whistling and instrumental)

Title Image courtesy of - 02/11/10

Animated Hearts Divider Line # 63 clip art courtesy of - 02/11/10

Animated 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 Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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