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02/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday

“Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right,
what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

- Abraham Lincoln
(12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is supposed to repeat every year, barring technical difficulties.....



   Happy Birthday today to Jon Pearl ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia!

   Happy Valentine Birthday to      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece,       Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
18 -
The late     Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 02/11/09 - "Class of 1964 reunion committee meeting on Feb 10, 2009":

     Oh, LOOKY! I'm becoming blinder by the day, but I think I can still make out the faces (please correct me if I'm wrong!)

   Thanks so much, Cookie! I've added it to your Reunion Planning Page:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Nelson Groom, Faith Strickland Groom, Dave Spriggs, Sandi Williams Patrick,
Sue Miller Dearnley, Ray Staton, Cookie Phillips Tyndall, and Linda Lane Lane


  From Jackie Belote Ward ('63) of VA - 02/11/09 - "Email":

Please change my email address to __________________.
Jackie Ward

   Certainly, I did just that! Thanks, Jackie!

And speaking of email addies.....

      From Me ('65) of IL - 02/11/09 - "Please change my email, too!":

   Several of y'all (and you know who you are!) have in the past sent mail to me at Since my recent move back to Illinois, THIS ADDY NO LONGER FUNCTIONS, NO WAY, NO HOW!!!

   So if you'll just switch that to or or or or any of the five others to which you may be privy, I won't miss your mailings, and we'll all be happy!



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/11/09 - "light stuff":

Apparently I tend to brag too much about my home state of Ohio. One day I told a long-suffering friend, "You know, the first man in powered flight was from Ohio. The first man to orbit the earth was from Ohio. And the first man on the moon was from Ohio."

"Sounds like a lot of people are trying to get out of Ohio," he observed.

One evening, two girlfriends and I went to a nightclub, only to find the place packed with young people. At 40, we felt old, but before we could make a dignified exit, a tall, handsome man approached us.

"Perhaps we were being a little hasty in leaving," I thought.  

Then with a big smile, the man extended his hand to one of my friends and said, "Hello. Remember me? You were my first grade teacher."

I'm dyslexic, and attended a conference about the disorder with a friend. The speakers asked us to share a personal experience with the group. I told them stress aggravates my condition, in which I reverse words and letters when I'm tense.

When I finished speaking, my friend leaned over and whispered to me, "Now I know why you named your daughter Hannah."

Jill was discussing the various aspects and possible outcome of the Insurance policy with the man at the Insurance Agency.

During the discussion, she asked, "Suppose I take the life insurance for my husband today and tomorrow he dies? What will I get?"

The agent eyed her suspiciously and replied, "Probably 20 to life."
One morning while a locksmith had come to change the locks in my house, I realized I had to run a few errands. I turned to him, a sweet older man, and said I was heading out. As I got to the front door, I noticed my sad-faced dog staring at me from the living room. "I love you, sweet boy," I said. "Now you be good. Okay?"

From the other room I heard a voice answer, "Okay."
Heading off to college at the age of 40, I was a bit self-conscious about my advancing years. One morning I complained to my husband that I was the oldest student in my class. "Even the professor is younger than I am," I said.

"Yeah," he said optimistically, "but look at it from my point of view. At my age I never thought I would be fooling around with a college girl again!"
Hygiene is in the eye of the beholder, I've decided. One lunchtime I watched the woman in the sandwich shop spreading mayonnaise on my bread, and noticed part of her grubby work shirt was dragging across it. "Excuse me," I ventured, "your sleeve is in the mayo."

"No problem," she reassured me. "I need to wash it anyway."

My children had succeeded in driving their mother crazy. So complete was their success that I found myself uttering these unthinkable words: "Honey, you need to get out. Go ahead, call a friend and escape for a while. I'll take care of these---things."

With that, she was out the door in 2.5 minutes. She called me on her cell shortly thereafter, "Hi, Honey. What time would you like me home?"

"Anytime," I said. "Just have fun."

"OK," she said excitedly. "See you Sunday."

My husband and I had been trying to have a third child for a while. Unfortunately, the day I was to take a home pregnancy test, he was called out of town on business. I had told our young daughters about the test, and they were excited. We decided if it was positive, we would buy a baby outfit to surprise their father when he got home. The three of us stood in the bathroom eagerly waiting for the telltale line to appear.

When it did not, my thoughtful seven-year-old gave me a hug. "It's okay, Mom," she said. "The next time Daddy goes out of town, you can try to get pregnant again."
"A tabloid published a picture of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps at a party taking a huge hit from a bong. I think there's an important lesson to be learned here: Kids, never share your pot with someone who has the lung capacity of a dolphin."

- Conan O'Brien

"According to Blender magazine, the average person spends three years of their life in the bathroom. Do you know what's really pathetic? If it turned out those were the best years of your life."

- Jay Leno

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/11/09 - "Inflammatory breast cancer - PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO and forward it ...":


I can only hope that no one is offended by this and will pass it on to others that need to know.  You guys, pass it to your wife, your sisters, sisters-in-law, and any other female that you care about !  As you can see it hits all ages, so it is important to inform your daughters, nieces and their friends.  It is also known by the name Paget's Disease. Perhaps you have heard of that.  Take this to heart and check and double check !  It won't hurt you if you check everyday, it can and will kill you if you don't !

Sepi aka Dimples

   We've run this video several times before, and if anyone has been offended by it, they surely did not let me know. The intention of showing it is obviously clear, so I hope no one will misconstrue our objectives.

  Thanks so much, Dimples!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/11/09 - "TIME TO LAUNCH THE NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE":

See the (four) attached documents.

For your convenience, I have saved them in HTML format. Let me know if that is a problem, and I will send them in MS WORD.

The 40 year reunion page scheme worked well, so I see no reason to change it. Just clone the architecture.

Once you have the page up, I will send some photos of the Marriott.

Please feel free to publish any or all documents in a newsletter and/or link to them on the site.



   Thanks, David! The HTML format was great (MS WORD causes me MAJOR problems, as I've never upgraded to the latest version)! This is about half done; I'll finish it ASAP:



  From Wayne Vest ('67) of GA - 02/12/09 - "it was me":



   COOL BEANS!!! It's SO rare when anyone actually "'fesses up" to making these hits! Thanks so much for letting me know, Wayne - and congratulations!

  From Wayne Vest ('67) of GA - 02/12/09 (six minutes later) - "JUST ME":



   WILD GIGGLES!!! TOO LATE! You already sent me your address!

   Of course, I AM notoriously slow.....  I was going to scan in your senior portrait, but then I noticed I already had your junior picture, and as I said, I'm a confirmed slacker.  Although --- I did such an abysmal job of scanning THIS one, I may have to repent in spite of my lazy intentions out of sheer embarrassment.....

   Thanks again, Wayne!

From - 02/11/09 - "The Prescription for Stress":

Stress Management - Prescriptions for Stress
By Catherine Gonick, Feb. 6, 2009

It's no secret. America is in the midst of one of the most stressful times in its history. High gas prices, stock market instability, and rising costs of everything from phone bills to electric to food -- all of these factors contribute to increased stress. And with growing stress levels come various health concerns related to how a person handles that stress. In addition to physical aches and pains, stress creates mental and emotional problems which can, and do, lead to sickness in the body.

With winter approaching, licensed chiropractor Dr. Richard A. Huntoon of Advanced Alternative Medicine Center advises Americans that now is the time to plan ahead to take care of their wellbeing during these times of high stress. Dr. Huntoon offers a free weekly health class and is a contributor on current issues in alternative healthcare to a variety of media. Listeners can hear Doc Rick on the Joe Daily Show on 92.1 Litefm.

Dr. Huntoon recommends the following six easy things stressed people can do to assist their bodies in handling stress more effectively and maintaining a high level of health.

Drink more water -- As stress levels increase, the body burns more water in an effort to manage the stress. Drinking more water on a regular basis will eliminate the often unseen effects of dehydration on the body.

Find an outlet for stress -- Exercise has been shown to be a great outlet. Focused physical activity helps keep the body functioning in a balanced fashion. Do some sort of aerobic activity for a minimum of 40 minutes, four times a week. For those who can't find the time, they're already too stressed.

Do some writing or journaling -- Jotting down feelings will help people understand what they are thinking and what is stressing them. By expressing stress through writing, a person gains clarity. Many times, it will help to see the stress for what it is -- an illusion -- and help lose it then and there.

Get proper amounts of sleep -- Using sleep aid drugs is not a good method as they create other imbalances within the body. Many times writing will help a person fall asleep more easily. Avoid watching the news, as this fills head with all the negativity of the world and can increase stress, making it harder to fall asleep.

Consider your diet -- Eating foods of higher quality helps the brain to be more efficient. Avoid processed foods, such as fast food, as these obstruct the body's balance.

Take the time to get looked at regularly -- Visit a professional who can help develop a plan to deal with stress. Getting regular treatment helps to relieve anxiety. Managing the effects of stress on the physical body, and discussing what is going on mentally and emotionally, will go a long way toward eliminating negative effects. Eliminating stress and therefore, its negative effects, will allow life to move forward in a healthier fashion.

For the thousands of people for whom stress is a problem, time must be taken to develop a plan to deal with it. Economic stress and its many ramifications are not likely to subside soon. For a person suffering from stress, taking the time to help him or her self on a regular basis is the most important thing one can do.

Author's Bio

Dr. Richard Huntoon is a licensed chiropractor with offices at Advanced Alternative Medicine Center, 320 Robinson Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550 (, where he offers a free weekly health class on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Huntoon also talks about health care on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning and Tuesdays through Fridays in the evenings on 92.1 Lite FM, a Clear Channel radio station. He can be reached at 845.561.BACK (2225), or by email at


 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/11/09 - "I have a question...":

This is cute!


If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea....does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?


Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?


If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren't people from Holland called Holes?


If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?


If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP? ?


What hair colour do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?


I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use. Toothpicks?


Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they
just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?


Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive?


Lord, please keep Your arm around my shoulders and Your hand over my mouth. Amen


   MORE GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


1. The Class of 1969 is planning its 40-Year Reunion - which will be open to ALL NNHS Alumni!  If you're a member of the Class of '69 and have not received an email from Jean Baker Howell, she needs your email address.  Please contact her at


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion.  For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic

- Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
"As ye deal with my contemners, So with you my grace shall deal;"
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel
Since God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thank you so much, Dave!  This rendition has exactly the period flavor I had hoped against hope to capture.

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

First Lincoln Image courtesy of - 02/12/09

Second Lincoln Image courtesy of - 02/12/09

Flag Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/09/05 and re-saved 02/12/09

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late  Herbert Hice - 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

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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