03/20/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
“As the Earth prepares for Spring,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today is the first day of Spring! While this is in and of itself cause for celebration for all of us, some of us observe it more carefully than others. For all you Newbies out there, I'll tell you that Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH is a Druid Priestess. As we here like to celebrate and educate (or at least take notice) of all our varied celebrations and observances like the Big Happy Family that we have become, I asked Domi what she'd be doing to mark the day.
But first, here are your bonuses:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St9wYu_WeAM - Nigel Kennedy
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50lmd0ngwPc - Anne Sophie Mutter with Hebert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsikfCqiUUs - Etno Classic Band
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XhZh1BwXNc - Skateboarding Dog, Vivaldi's Spring Flavour
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/18/08:
Thanks for helping our understanding, Domi!
Oh - I tried to learn more about "breads baked with intention". I mean, personally, if I'm going to all the trouble to bake bread at all, trust me - it WILL be done with intention! Yet I sense you mean something more than that.....
EXTRA CREDIT HOMEWORK:
- TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today to our Four-Fer: My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA AND Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC!
this week to:
21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;
22 - Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA;
23 - Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;
24 - Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;
25 - The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/18/08 - "Beautiful Messages":
Thomas Aquinas once said, "No one can live without joy." But many people try. And the reason is often simply because they don't know how to be happy! They are so intent on the three P's - power, prosperity and prestige - that they miss out on joy.
Try to imagine this picture. It is a photograph taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who pioneered modern photography as an art form during the early decades of the 20th Century. He became known for his photographs of apparent contradictions: pictures that left mysteries unexplained.
One of his famous photographs was shot in a poor section of Spain in the 1930s. The picture depicts a run-down alley surrounded by decaying walls, strewn with rubble randomly stacked in thick piles lying on the street, and riddled with bullet holes dotting gray walls. The setting alone evokes feelings of sadness and despair.
But then...the contradiction. Within the grim alley children are playing. They wear dirty and tattered clothes, as one might expect in such a setting, but like playing children everywhere, they laugh with carefree joy. In the foreground, a tiny boy on crutches hobbles away from two other boys, his face lit up with a broad grin. One boy is laughing so hard he has to hold his side. Others lean on the cracked walls, beaming with delight.
It is easy to spot the contrast - and the point. Joy amidst the rubble of life. Laughter amongst life's ruins.
We cannot avoid pain, however hard we try. But we can avoid joy. We cannot escape hardship and trouble, but we can miss out on much of life's peace and laughter.
If you feel as if you could use more joy, try this:
Spend time daily doing something you enjoy.
Do those things that bring inner peace.
Learn to laugh heartily and frequently.
Cultivate an attitude of hope.
Fill each day with as much love as it can possibly hold.
You'll still have plenty of problems, but through it all, you'll find all the joy you will ever need.
~ Steve Goodier ~
Thanks so much, Shari!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/16/08 - "BEACON - 21 Nov 63 (Part One of Two)":
|Thursday, November 21, 1963||Thursday, November 21, 1963||Thursday, November 21, 1963||Thursday, November 21, 1963|
|Page One - TOP||Page One - BOTTOM||Page Two - TOP||Page Two - BOTTOM|
OH, WOW! Check the date - the day before the Kennedy Assassination!
Thank you, Brown Eyes!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/18/08 - "Cowboy Boots-SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY":
Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!
Cowboy Boots-SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY
Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots?
He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.
He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.'
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?', like she wanted to.
Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother 's boots. My mom made me wear 'em.'
Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?
He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'
She will be eligible for parole in three years.
Thanks again, Shari!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/19/08 - "Holy Water":
|Once upon a time
there were four older ladies who lived in Italy ....
They always sat outside and chatted about when they were younger....
One day they pooled their money together and bought a laptop computer...
They always wanted to see what Florida was about and they just happened to click on St. Augustine, FL, and they read about the "Fountain of Youth" that was there...
They saved up all they could and sent for four bottles of the magic water...
As soon as it arrived, they drank as much as they could....
The rest of this story will make you a believer because here they are today....
This is really TRUE! Really!
I have a supply of this water available at $125.00 a
HURRY BEFORE INVENTORY RUNS OUT.
NEXT SHIPMENT WILL COST MORE!!
You know I wouldn't lie to you!
EXCELLENT! I'll take two bottles - and please rush delivery (the sooner, the better)! I'll send you that chunk-a-cash as soon as I see results like those!!!
Thanks so much, Wayne Honey - and Rip Precious!
From Mike White ('67) of VA - 03/19/08 - "Interesting Stuff":
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Mike! I'm sure that I've heard nearly all of these before, but some remain with me better than others. For instance, the first one, "rule of thumb", I never forget. By no definition of the word could I be considered a feminist, but having read the origins of that odious phrase ten or twenty years ago, I never use it any more - and cringe and educate whenever it is used in my presence.
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/19/08 - "A link to leave an email message to the family of Herman Gold":
I talked to Herman's daughter, Lisa, today. She is 25 and his son Jonathan is 13. Although Herman had been undergoing treatment for Leukemia for about a year, the downturn that caused his death was sudden and unexpected. Thus the family is in somewhat of a state of shock.
Lisa is comforted by the notes of support posted on the guest book link and invites you to post a note if you want to share a memory of her father.
If you would like to send a card, the family home address is:
Dr. Barbara Nath Gold
22 Hyslop Rd
Brookline, MA 02445-5726
Thanks so much, Joe. I've been trying to keep these postings current on his Memorial Newsletter, but I've already fallen quite a bit behind:
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67 ) of FL - 03/19/08 - "NNHS Class of 1970":
I will get those together ASAP. It may take a week or so as my husband is sick
and has been in the hospital lately. Thanks for all you do.
YOWZERONI-RINI, Lady! Please - take your time, and we'll keep you and your husband in our prayers!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/19/08 - "Miss Beatrice":
I have a vivid imagination and I could just picture this whole scenario! I hope you can too.
WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/19/08 - "Two-Way Mirror":
How can you tell when you are in a room, restroom, Motel etc. With a Mirror or a 2-way glass?
Thanks, Glenn, I've been doing this routinely for years now!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/20/08 - "Billy Williams, NNHS57, has no more birthdays":
When I saw your birthday notice for Billy Williams (NNHS57), I was reminded of his untimely death about a year ago (May 21, 2007).
I'm sure you ran his obituary at that time. A link to it is below.
Billy Williams made numerous major contributions to our community in the field of education during his career and was loved and respected by the great many of us he touched during his lifetime of service and friendship.
Joe, this is an excellent illustration of why I am the Undisputed Queen of de Nile!
Because I had never changed Billy's status on the Birthday Page, I managed to convince myself that his death had never really happened at all. Far more than the average person, I have an absolute gift for relieving myself of all unpleasant thoughts and memories.
I do remember clearly now when Billy passed away, because I was so struck by all the lovely remembrances left of him - not just because of the sheer number (though with nine separate pages left on Legacy.com, it must surely have set a record with us), but by the beauty of the words chosen to describe him.
As we always have in my own family, we continue to celebrate all birthdays, no matter on which side of the veil our loved ones now live. When I found your note around 7:00 this morning, I changed not only yesterday's Newsletter, but the Birthday Page, and added Billy's birth date to both his Memorial Newsletter and the In Memoriam page for the Class of 1957.
I found his Memorial Newsletter woefully incomplete. Obviously, the nine pages of his Guest Book must surely have intimidated me last year. I worked for an hour this morning trying to finish making the updates, and barely put a dent in them. Due to the tedious nature of the process, the page will look a bit beyond goofy as I finish working on it this week, but I'll complete it as soon as possible.
Thanks for the reality check, Joe!
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; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.
2. Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"
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 .....; update of 03/12/08: not a great deal of change; still ups and downs
6. Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08
7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again
8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08
9. My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08 - update of 03/14/08: still taking it easy, but probably progressing as well as can be expected
10. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08
11. Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers
12. Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either
13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle
14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"
15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well. She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work. She's only working 1/2 days..."
16. John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!
18. Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee
19. Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08
20. All of Us
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958:
2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/18/08
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/18/08
Y'all have a good weekend - and take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) - First Movement
(4 Mar 1678 - 28 July 1741)
Vivaldi's "Spring" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/missionpraise_scotland/vivaldi-spring.mid - 03/19/08
Image of British artist William Worthington's Painting, "The Druid" courtesy of http://www.mythinglinks.org/ct~trees.html - 03/19/08 Celtic Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars11.html - 10/05/05
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 Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
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