03/01/08 - NNHS Newsletter - I Can't Help Myself
"I love thee, I love but thee
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I really hadn't planned to issue a regular Newsletter today at all, but I am because I realized I had neglected to announce any of this week's birthday's in yesterday's Newsletter:
Therefore, I'm repeating this entire theme - music, graphics, even the quotation - from a little over two years ago, because I thought the title so fit the occasion, and because this is such a great song that our Wizard of Wonderment, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, had located for us. Thanks again, David!
Here's the live version:
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UGw9iQZkfE - The Four Tops
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
We have a Happy Birthday Two-Fer today: Alan Cohen ('57) AND Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!
Later this week
04 - Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) - 1922 - (deceased - 04/19/05) AND Daniel Wallace (Northwest HS, Clarksville, TN - '77) of Northern VA;
05 - Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;
07 - Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 1948;
08 - Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 - deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA) AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN.
Many Happy Returns to you all!
1. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA:
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/29/08 - "Prayer list":
Carol, and Typhoon Family
On Tuesday Pam Pennington Cherry called me with the news that she had to go back to the hospital. She had an aneurysm due to the ablation procedure she had done on February 6, 2008. On Tuesday night I spoke with her in her room at the hospital in Williamsburg, she had just gotten to her room about an hour before after lying on a gurney since about one that afternoon. She was resting and calm after talking with her surgeon. Surgery was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday. I called her again at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and she was the wonderfully perky ole Pam that so many of us know and love. The surgery took about 25 minutes and she reached home Friday about 5 p.m. She has no pain, no meds and is looking forward to driving again in about five days. She thanks everyone for their continued prayers and is proof that prayer does work. She would love a card shower, I'm sure, she was so thrilled to hear form those that sent cards after the first procedure. Send them to Ms. Pam Pennington Cherry, 1912-B Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg, Va. 23185. Two miracles in one month ! I must say from talking to her throughout this month, her Faith in God is strong.....and so is she !
Dimples aka Sepi
Thank you, Dimples!
2. Jerry Allen ('65) of VA:
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/01/08:
Thank you so much, Judy - and Jerry!
3. My Great Niece, Emily, of VA:
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/29/08 - "Thank You":
Why, certainly, Shari! Thank you!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/29/08 - "RE: 02/26/08 - Always and Forever":
oh my gosh.....thank you so much......i watched the original, then the one where they're a LOT older.......and even listened to Luther Vandross' version.......all so wonderful!!
I just realized why I don't recall this song, Lady. In 1978 I had four little boys under eight years of age. The "hits" I heard that year were primarily from Sesame Street (Judy Collins' version of "Higgledy-Piggledy Trash-Can-O" is a classic!) or Electric Company (My favorite - "Dirty Dusty Danny, the Village Chimneysweep")!
EXTRA BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP_xBCezGxU&feature=related - Heatwave (recent)
EXTRA BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7enLvzlUN4&feature=related - Luther Vandross
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/29/08 - "GRANDCHILDREN":
To those of us who
have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces,
nephews, or students...
here is something to make you chuckle.
Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve,
And the first thing he said was
'Don't what? ' Adam replied
'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.
we have forbidden fruit!
' No Way!
'Yes way! '
'Do NOT eat
' said God.
'Because I am your Father and I said so! ' God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit? ' God asked.
'Uh huh,' Adam replied.
'Then why did
' said the
'I don't know,' said Eve.
'She started it! ' Adam said.
'Did not! '
'Did too! '
'DID NOT! '
Having had it with the two of them, God's
punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
BUT THERE IS
REASSURANCE IN THE STORY!
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
5. The main purpose
of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more
awful than your own.
6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
ADVICE FOR THE DAY:
Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.
IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE, DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:
'TAKE TWO ASPIRIN' AND 'KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN'!!!!!
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Glenn!
From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 02/29/08 AND From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/29/08 - "Something interesting about this EARLIEST EASTER you'll ever see!":
WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Elaine and Joan!
From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 02/29/08 - "Feb 28 Newsletter":
June, you are my hero!!! Thank you so very much for that information! It means a great deal to me!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/29/08 - "WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN":
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN
This is a great e-mail to pass on. It makes one think and BE THANKFUL! Worth the read...honestly!!!)
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received."
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
\Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them. "I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed "How is it that there is no work going on here?" I asked.
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments ."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.
"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."
"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep,, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy ."
"And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day ."
"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world ."
"If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare."
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."
Ok, what now? How can I start?
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you want, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.
Acknowledgement Dept.: "Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with."
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on???? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends!!
Blessings with love
Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder, Shari!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/01/08 - "02/28/08 - Love Story":
ARGHHH!!! I really meant to check that, Wayne Honey, but then I was interrupted and forgot. Thank you so much for your sharp eye and expertise!
For Wayne's Elvis connection, see here:
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
1. Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancerlast week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08
2. Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP
3.My Friend Judy of IL - shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08
4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07
5. Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....
6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08
7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to be released from hospital on 02/27/08
8. Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008
9. Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08
10. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08
11. John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
12. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm
13. Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee
14. Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08
15. All of Us
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#27 in a Series of 37):
Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them.
Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.
Gas Stations Of Yesteryear
Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!
(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.
Yeah . . . I remember!
And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you,
your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!
Yeah! I remember!!!
Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."
Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!
Remember, there's much more to come - next time - REALLY! Not only is there my tremendous backlog of goodies, but that wonderful Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA just sent me something which absolutely took my breath away! Thank you so much, Brown Eyes!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
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I Can't Help Myself
(The Four Tops)
Help Myself" midi
Help Myself" lyrics courtesy of http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Four-Tops/I-Can-t-Help-Myself.html
First Love's Kiss clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Valentine.html - 03/29/05
Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/miscellaneous-valentines-graphics.html - 02/08/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA -
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06