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03/16/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Bridgit O'Malley

“In Ireland, the inevitable never happens
and the unexpected constantly occurs.”

 - Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
(26 Feb 1839 - 30 Apr 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We're continuing with our Irish themes today - this one from two years ago this very day.

BONUS #1 - - Brid Og Ni Mhaille - The Corrs - Traditional Irish tune, translated to English and Spanish

BONUS #2 - - Bridgit O'Malley - Silly Wizard

BONUS #3 - - Bridgit O'Malley - Celtic Flair


   Happy Birthday today to our Three-Fer - Bill Gross (February '48) of VA AND      Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Happy St. Patrick's Day Birthday tomorrow to   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND     Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 -    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;

20 -     My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;

22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


   Hit # 103,500 was made on or about Tuesday, March 15, 2011 when I was out of town.


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/15/11 - "Space station timeline":

   Thanks so much, Bill - this is so fascinating to watch!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/15/11 - "Wedding Dance":

Thanks to Cousin Phil.
This could have been Jerry and Kelly....except the father would have really kicked it into gear and danced much better.  This is really adorable, though.
He's not really a trained "ballroom dancer", but he's sure having fun and doing a great job with his beautiful daughter on her big day!

   AWWW!!! How delightful! Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 03/15/11 - "Angels":

I don’t usually pass these on, but I can always use a bit of luck, so we’ll see if it works!!!   If not, may angels be with you!!

You have received this angel because you at some point in life have been an angel.
No one saw your, wings but they felt your love.

Let me know what happens to you the morning after you open this e-mail. 
This is an unusual one.  It actually gives you a  time tomorrow.  Let's see if it works.   

Forward this message the same day you received it.  It may sound ridiculous, but it is right on time. 
We believe that something is about to happen.  Angels exist, only sometimes they haven't got wings
and we call them friends; you are one of them.  Something wonderful is about to happen to you and your friends.
Tomorrow at
9:06 AM somebody will address you and tell you something you have been waiting to hear. 

Please do not break this.  Send it to at least 7 of your friends!

   Thank you so much, Norris Sweetie! I just sent this to over 650 friends - which is a good thing, because I could certainly use an angel right about now! 

From - 03/14/11 - "Anxiety":

The Flame of Love

By Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D.

On a daily basis, many of us spend a lot of time thinking about our life challenges. We think about all sorts of difficult situations, like financial problems, and make ourselves believe we can't handle them. Catastrophic thinking about our lives bombards us with anxiety and contributes to our feeling of insecurity.

Many of us tend to project our past disappointments and failures into the future and make ourselves believe they are going to happen again. Consequently, we are going to feel paralyzed and unable to come up with creative solutions for our life problems. It is very difficult to feel confident, creative, and brave while we are intensely anxious. Obsessing on our life problems will not solve anything especially if we approach them with the same thinking pattern that created them. Thinking alone is not enough to cope with life issues.

As a psychotherapist, when I listen to people's life struggles, I notice how much of their life suffering has to do with their habitual negative thinking. A common-sense approach might be to recommend positive thinking and offer people tools to challenge their pessimistic attitude. There is nothing wrong with that except we are being lead back to our thinking and having to deal with more thoughts in our heads. The never-ending battle between positive and negative thinking, which keep us in our heads, is not the only option.

We can learn from different spiritual teachings including Sufism on experiencing life through our hearts and less through our limited thoughts. These teachings can allow us to be in our hearts and not in a battle with our thoughts. Our thoughts need to be experienced in the field of the heart. In other words, thoughts must obey the heart because whenever the heart rules fear disappears.

One way to enter the realm of our heart is by activating our capacity to feel love. We can do this by remembering something or someone we care about. By using our imagination we can remember and picture anything that we love and open up our heart. We can meditate on that love in our heart and stay away from conflicting thoughts in our head. Each time we notice any of our thoughts we can embrace it with the love we feel in our heart. The flame of this love will burn our fearful thoughts and transform our anxious state of mind to a peaceful and loving state.

The goal is not to stop thinking, but to let ourselves feel more love in our heart. A good example of this is my patient Chad, a 34-year-old man who used to worry a lot. Every time he stayed with his thoughts about his stressful career or his relationship problems, he felt worse. He often anticipated and believed his painful past experiences are going to be repeated. After encouraging him to share about his life concerns and providing empathic listening, I encouraged him to try something different. I asked him to remember any loving situations and feel that love in his heart. He imagined and felt his love for his pet, and that love became the key to his heart. After entering his heart, I encouraged him to stay in that loving place. Any thoughts could be experienced in his heart. By practicing this simple meditation, he was able to let go of his worries. Throughout the day when he found himself lost in his catastrophic thoughts, he would remind himself that the place to be is "in my heart and not my head."*

Chad was able to heal his anxiety provoking thoughts through meditating on the love in his heart. He realized the content of his mind can be experienced and filtered through his heart.

This type of healing can happen on a collective level as well. Not only can we make personal changes by coming from the heart but also collective changes. The mind has not been able to solve issues like war, disease, poverty, racism, homophobia, or violence against women and children. In fact, these issues have to do with destructive thoughts patterns and behaviors. As we learn to open our hearts and let the love flow in our hearts, we can pour that love into the universe and let it be used for the good of all people.

It is easier to trust what happens in our heart than in our busy mind. By being in the service of the heart, we have a better chance to resolve our personal and global problems. By letting our hearts work with our minds, we can change ourselves and the world.

© This article is copyrighted by Dr. Payam Ghassemlou, a psychotherapist in private practice in West Hollywood, California.

*Names and other details have been changed in respect for privacy and confidentiality.

About the Author:

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou is licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He specializes in treating adults and couples struggling with relationship concerns, managing emotions, depression, anxiety, sexual compulsion, chemical dependency, coming out, internalized homophobia, HIV & AIDS, dual diagnosis, grief & loss, trauma, and bi-cultural marriages.

His education and training includes a doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology plus training in contemporary psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, sandplay therapy, cognitive therapy, and Eastern Sufi spirituality. Since 1992, he has been helping individuals and couples from different walks of life and sexual orientations to live happier and more meaningful lives.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#4 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
   BOY HOWDY!  Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/15/11:


One day, a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven, where he meets the Lord Himself.

The Lord says to the cat, "You lived a good life, and if there is any way I can make your stay in heaven more comfortable, please let me know."

The cat thinks for a moment and says, "Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor."

The Lord stops the cat and says, "Say no more," and a wonderful, fluffy pillow appears.

A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident, and all of them go to heaven.

Again, the Lord is there to greet them with the same offer.

The mice answer, "All our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs, and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we're tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so that we don't have to run anymore?"

The Lord says, "Say no more" and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.

Week later, the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow.

The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, "How are things since you got here?"

The cat stretches and yawns, then replies, "It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those 'Meals On Wheels' you've been sending by are the best!"

1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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.

3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 03/14/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty


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Bridgit O’Malley

Oh Bridgit O’Malley, you left my heart shaken
With a hopeless desolation, I’d have you to know
It’s the wonders of admiration your quiet face has taken
And your beauty will haunt me wherever I go.

The white moon above the pale sands, the pale stars above the thorn tree
Are cold beside my darling, but no purer than she
I gaze upon the cold moon till the stars drown in the warm sea
And the bright eyes of my darling are never on me.

My Sunday it is weary, my Sunday it is grey now
My heart is a cold thing, my heart is a stone
All joy is dead within me, my life has gone away now
For another has taken my love for his own.

The day it is approaching when we were to be married
And it’s rather I would die than live only to grieve
Oh meet me, my Darling, e’er the sun sets o’er the barley
And I’ll meet you there on the road to Drumslieve.

Oh Bridgit O’Malley, you’ve left my heart shaken
With a hopeless desolation, I’d have you to know
It’s the wonders of admiration your quiet face has taken
And your beauty will haunt me wherever I go.

"Bridget O'Malley" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/09

Image Sterling Silver Irish Claddagh Brooch courtesy of - 03/16/08

Black Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/16/09

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

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

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!!

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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 Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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