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02/17/09 - NNHS Newsletter - At Last

“A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes.”

- Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's music comes to us by request of    Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/16/09 - "Music Suggestion":

I love both suggestions made by your children!!  My grand-daughter has a project for "black history" month in her chorus class.  She picked Etta James.  I knew the name but wasn't quite sure what she sang..sooo...Google!!!  She sang many songs but I guess, for me, the most familiar, and personal favorite was "At Last".  Totally hot and romantic!
Beyonce also sang this song for the presidential inauguration.....Etta James was not pleased!! .....
Just a suggestion ..... but the song is certainly romantic in a torchy way.....
Have a great day!
 Joyce Cahoon


   Thanks, Joyce - and it just so happens to also be a favorite of mine!

BONUS #1 - - At Last - Etta James

BONUS #2 - - At Last - Etta James

BONUS #3 - - At Last - Beyonce - Etta James - Fashion Rocks 2008 LIVE

BONUS #4 - - At Last - Beyonce -  Barack and Michelle Obama's "First Dance"



     Happy Birthday tomorrow to:

    Bill Sawyer ('57) - 1939 (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/16/08:

 Carol, THANK YOU so much for the Beatles music video.......from there, I clicked on  other was soooo nice to go back in time and remember them and the music I loved.  Thanks from a HUGE Beatles fan! - Something - The Beatles, 1969

   Thank YOU, Gloria! We'll probably play some more Beatles songs very soon!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/16/09:

Love that music!!!  Hope you are all settled and feeling fine!!! 


   Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah! I'm almost settled, and usually feeling fine!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/16/09 - "My favorite love songs...":

Of course I had to stop and think about my own favorites...which are (in no particular order) The Twelfth of Never (sung by Johnny Mathis), I Will Always Love You (sung by Dolly Parton), Annie's Song by John Denver, Only You (sung by the Platters), No One Like You sung by Sarah Brightman, and then of course there are the Elvis ones...Love Me Tender, Wise Men Say (Can't Help Falling in Love with You), I'll Remember You.. and last but not least...Lady in Red....

Oh, it is so much fun being a romantic!!!  We are not happy unless we are sad!!!  (as they say about the Irish!!!)

   As you and I were apparently twins separated at birth, and seem to have led rather parallel lives in many ways, and  obviously have the same taste in practically everything, Jean, I've used most if not all of these songs here at least once.  Let's see if I can find them all.

   Okay, we've never played "I Will Always Love You" or "Annie's Song".  I'm sure I tried to find midi files for "No One Like You" and "I'll Remember You", but could not locate them, but here are the others - well, most of them anyway; I may have missed a couple:

   Thanks for the journey through time, Lady! And speaking of parallel lives.....

      From Me ('65) of IL - 02/17/09 - "Parallels":

   We watched "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" (PBS - 2007) last night. I found it enormously fascinating, and would highly recommend it. Better yet, read the story of musician Mark Everett - and then read the 1957 many-worlds interpretation thesis of his father, quantum mechanic Hugh Everett: (b. 10 Apr 1963) (11 Nov 1930 - 19 July 1982)   - READ IT FIRST HAND!

  From Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA - 02/16/09:

I had no idea when I asked to be put on the NNHS Newsletter list that you did a letter almost every are too much.   I thought I would get something once a month or so.   I love the newsletter and seeing all the old familiar names .  Thank you so much for the job you do.  

Nancy Gordon Schreier (Class of 60)

   "OH, you didn't know?!?" GIGGLES! Yes, Nancy, no one knows exactly how that happened, least of all moi. The Newsletter was originally intended simply to notify subscribers of strictly NNHS-related new content on the site itself, but then (because I always seem to know intuitively how to complicate and embellish even the simplest of things) it grew to include a great many other features (music, graphics, senior class portraits, military service seals, quotations, birthdays, jokes, baby pictures, recent photos, recipes, videos, tips, etc., etc., and so forth). 

   And it became a daily fixture "accidentally" as well.  One December, I thought it would be a fun Christmas / Hanukkah gift to our readers to issue a new letter every day - fully intending to return to a three-a-week format in January.  But of course, that never happened.  So here we are.  Crazy, isn't it??

   Thanks, Nancy! I hope you're enjoying it!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/16/09 - "S.S. United States":


I am a bit perplexed as to why no one has even posted a mention about the S.S. United States' plight and/or what they wish to do?

Keep in mind that:

1) She was built by our own Newport News Shipbuilding.
2) Carries our country's name and represents our pride and heritage.
3) Flies our flag's colors with her paint scheme.
4) Is historical by way of ocean liner speed records (and government secrets).
5) Is the last of it's kind.


If this ship is left beached on a shore in Asia to be torn apart for scrap, it will be a travesty and a piece of US history lost forever.
Complacency and Indifference are NOT the order of the day!

Eric S. Huffstutler
Bethel High '75

   You've raised a fascinating question, Eric. As I recall, we never heard from anyone on a number of issues which I thought would ignite them all, such as the proposed Buckroe and Fort Monroe developments. A number of items may be at play here this time. This is a holiday weekend, and people could have fallen behind in their reading. I know for a fact my stats have been down this week. 

   Then there's the possibility which I prefer to think is the actual truth: People ARE taking a stand on the sites which you (and the others before you) have suggested; they're simply not sharing their thoughts with us here.

   But just in case they missed it all the first time, I'll offer those links again:

Here is a link of interest to go with the SS United States plea...

And another link with info and how to help

   Thanks again, Sweetie!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 02/16/09 - "Here's this week's "Ahhhh" video":


This will totally melt your heart.....



   OOOH, that certainly gets MY "Ahhhh!" Thanks so much, Mary!

        From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of IL - 02/16/09 - "Turtle Cake":

   Mmmm - I thought you'd like this:


Susie’s Turtle Cake

Grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. While the cake is baking, melt the caramels, milk, and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Pour the mixture over the partially baked cake. Sprinkle half of the pecans and half of the chocolate chips over the caramel mixture. Pour the rest of the batter over that. Sprinkle the rest of the nuts and chocolate chips on top. Bake 20 more minutes. It won’t look quite done when it’s finished, but it will firm up when it sets. (It tastes better the second day!) Serve topped with whipped cream.

Serves 12 to 16.

(Clark L. and Kathryn H. Kidd, 52 Weeks of Recipes for Students, Missionaries, and Nervous Cooks, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2007], p. 93.)

   Thanks, Baby Girl! That sounds totally delicious!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/16/09 - "Groaner of the day":

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre.
However, after planning the crime, getting in and out past security, he was captured only 2 blocks away when his Econoline van ran out of gas.
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:

"I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."

   AHHH!!! This one's for you,   Ron (Miller - '59 - of NC)!

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/16/09 - "Real Hollywood Heroes":

Thought you might find this interesting...I surely did.

   Thank you, Joyce! I had remembered the information contained; what I had forgotten was that it came from Wink Martindale's site!

  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 02/16/09 - "1969's 40-Year Reunion":

As of right now, all I have is the date:  Labor Day Weekend

Place:  Point Plaza Hotel - Friday night, Hospitality Room, Saturday Night Dinner & Dance - The Original Rhondells and Sunday Breakfast. 

I will get back with you after Sunday meeting for times. 

Thanks so much for doing this and feel free to dress it up as needed.  YOU ARE SO GREAT!  We really do appreciate all your hard work. 


   Thanks, Jean! I'll be looking forward to it! Then I'll create a page similar to this one for the Class of 1964 to help boost the attendance and success of your upcoming reunion:

   Meanwhile, I've added your abbreviated announcement to our main page:

From - 02/16/09 - "Increasing Your Intuition":

Intuition - 9 Simple and Easy Ways to Increase Your Intuition
By Elizabeth Manuel, Jan. 27, 2009

As I parked my car one day a year ago, I was urged very strongly to move my vehicle to a different spot. After work I came out, and surprise . . . no car! So why didn’t I listen? Because it would have been silly—I had no rational reason to move my car to a different spot.

I have mastered nine joyful ways to enhance my intuition, and I am delighted to share them with you.

When you decide to “listen” to your inner voice, you will hear this voice every single day. Decide, and it is done unto you. Deciding to really listen will increase your awareness of the times when you are following or ignoring your soul’s guidance. Think about “gut decisions.” The “gut” speaks from your soul.

Journaling is amazing. You get the opportunity to record the synchronicity, serendipity, and wonders of life. The more you acknowledge and appreciate the synchronicities, the more they happen. Every time you think something is a coincidence, think again. Write it down; read it over. The answers are everywhere. The proof is write in front of you. Write it down, and you will see it!

Laughter changes our body chemistry in a wonderful way. When we feel great, we are not resisting the flow of life, we are literally in the flow. Why? Because you become open and receptive to receiving your guidance. You listen and act with confidence, without second-guessing yourself. Life really isn’t so serious.

Diaphragmatic breathing is the answer. Breathe so that you belly pushes out like filling a balloon and draw it back to your spine on your exhale. The word breath comes from the root “ inspire” meaning to breathe in spirit. Spirit is where your intuition comes from. As humans we over ride our instinct by using our “reasoning mind”.

It is a very powerful way to align yourself with your intuition. Meditation helps you to know your true self. It will help you to pay attention to your inner voice. Regular meditation integrates the left and right brain hemispheres helping you to become more aware of your intuitive nudges. Taking just five to ten minutes a day to quiet your mind will produce immediate and lasting results.

Toning also known as chanting is a very interesting way of opening your intuitive channels. Toning helps to open your third eye. Located just between your brows. Try chanting AUM in three distinct syllables: Aaaaa ,Uuuuu, Mmmm. You will probably notice a tingling sensation in your third eye. It’s a fun and easy way to expand your inner capabilities.

Many times we gain powerful insights during periods of exercise because our conscious mind is so focused on the physical aspect of what we are doing. It allows the subconscious mind to generate ideas and information that can now “pop” to the surface. Ask yourself an important question immediately before your exercise session and then be pleasantly surprised how easily the answer shows up!

Play with simple a simple “guessing game” to increase and build your confidence in your intuition. When the phone rings, ask yourself, “who’s calling?” before you answer. If you are meeting with someone you have never met before. Ask yourself, “what does this person look like?” While driving; “guess” which way the car ahead of will turn and when.

Our bodies are comprised of 80% water and water is one of best conductors of energy. We need water for our cells to stay hydrated and to receive guidance in the form of intuition. Try replacing coffee with water or drink more water during the day to counteract dehydration. You will not only feel better and more energetic, you will have more clarity and your intuition will be clearer and more easily available.

Joy now fills my life. I rely on my intuition every day to make my life more joyful and easy. I now listen with full faith for my messages, and you can, too! Join me in sharing a magnificent, beautiful life.

Blessings to you!


Author's Bio

As Canada's leading happiness expert, Elizabeth has worked throughout Western Canada with educators, entrepreneurs, seniors, and people from all walks of life. She learned how to create happiness after spending 20 years in Corporate Canada leading sales initiatives, management roles & customer service training. Today, Elizabeth is the founder of MetaMind Consulting. She shares practical tools, solid research and mood boosting techniques, bringing smiles, contentment and prosperity into the lives of others. She prides herself on banishing your inner grouch and enhancing your greatness. Elizabeth has a black belt in the martial arts and is not afraid to use it in the name of happiness! Contact her at

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/16/09 - "Woman Drivers":

Coulda been staged, but I don't think so.

Way too much damage to be worth any video.

Remember, based on demographics, you may assume that more than 50% of the drivers you meet on the roads are women.


Gotta tell ya: It broke my heart to see that Volvo get flipped.

   OUCH!!! Yes, I felt your pain on that one, David, but the rest of this video is hysterically funny - thanks!

   To get a taste of just how much Dave loves his Volvo, see his "THEN AND NOW" images from 2003 on the Mariners' Museum page:


      Thanks again, Brown Eyes!


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. Labor Day Weekend, 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

3. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/14/09

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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At Last

Written by Mack Gordon
(21 June 1904 - 01 Mar 1959)


Harry Warren
(24 Dec 1893 - 22 Sept 1981)

for the film, Orchestra Wives, 1941

(Etta James, 1961)
(b. 25 Jan 1938)

At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last

"At Last" midi courtesy of - 02/16/09

"At Last" lyrics courtesy of - 02/16/09

"Hugging Penguins" Image courtesy of - 02/16/09

Animated Multi-colored Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/16/09

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

Animated USMC flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

Red Star clip art courtesy of - 07/02/08

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Eric!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

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 Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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