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03/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter - A Thousand Stars

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened
a new doorway for the human spirit.”


 - Helen Keller

(27 June 1880 - 01 June 1968)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Maybe the stars will be shining bright and clear where you are tonight.

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdWMJBJKmGc - A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to   Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!

   A Beary Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA! 

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 -   The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND    Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA;

26 -   Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC;

28 -   Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;

29 -   David Hatchett ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html


THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0323.htm


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/22/11 - "Prayer Request":

Prayer request

According to the weather reports, it is my understanding that it is 122 degrees in Iraq right now - and the low will be 111! Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety. If it be God's will, give these men and women the strength they need to prevail.

I am sorry but I am not breaking this one.....Let us pray.

Prayer chain for our Military...please don't break it...
Please send this on after a short prayer.
 
Prayer

"Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen."

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached.... Just send this to all the people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you, please....Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine & others deployed in harm's way, Prayer is the very best one!!!!!
 
In interviews, I have often heard military people name this as their best gift.  They did not get to sit in an air conditioned sanctuary yesterday and hear the songs of praise nor experience the power and moving of the Holy Spirit.  Please don't forget them in your prayers and don't neglect sending this on.

   Thanks, Joyce - and AMEN!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/22/11 - "3rd grade song!!!! You'll love it!":

It's nice to know that some schools are still having music in the elementary level.

Bless the teacher who wrote, staged and most importantly had it sung and recorded.

Just beautiful !

After all the bad press over a few teachers who stepped out of line teaching songs to our children, this one is one you will be so proud to hear.  At the end of the song you can order the sheet music.

Awesome.  I hope this sweeps our country and gets sung in all our schools.  The music teacher wrote the song and had all the third graders sing.  Enjoy -- great message.


From the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=5pfBUUZNbFM

   Thank you, Glenn! This is one of those items we frequently run because of its value!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/22/11 - "The Invisible Mother":

It isn't Mother's Day yet but this felt like a gift when I received it and I want to share it with all the Invisible Mothers and Grandmothers !
 
The Invisible Mother:  
 
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'   Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The Invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??  Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'  

Some days I'm a crystal ball; 'Where's my other sock?, Where's my phone?, What's for dinner?'  

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature - but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!  
 
One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

1)  No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.
2)  These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
3)  They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
4)  The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it.

And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mmom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he'd say, 'You're gonna love it there...'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.

Share this with all the Invisible Moms you know... I just did.

The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
To all the wonderful mothers out there!!  God bless and keep you.

     Thank you so much, Joyce!


From Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of NC - 03/22/11 - "SMELLS LIKE RAIN! THIS IS AWESOME!!": 

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! You may have read this before, but it is just so wonderful........

SMELLS LIKE RAIN! THIS IS AWESOME!!


The Smell of Rain

http://living-testimony.blogspot.com/2006/10/heaven-scent-story-of-diana-blessing.html:

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery. Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple's new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs. "I don't think she's going to make it," he said, as kindly as he could. There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one"

Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived. She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on. "No! No!" was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away

But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw', the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.

There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger. But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing. As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, "Do you smell that?" Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain."

Dana closed her eyes and again asked, "Do you smell that?" Once again, her mother replied, "Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It smells like rain." Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, "No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest."

Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.


Here are excerpts from Diana Blessing's message to truthorfiction.com on 8/21/00:

"Yes, the story known as THE SMELL OF RAIN is true. "The original title is 'Heaven Scent'. About 5 years ago now, the C.E.O. of Columbia hospitals decided to compile some of the wonderful stories that he had received and put them into a book formatted similar to the 'Chicken Soup' series. This book was titled 'Miracles In Our Midst.' Danae's story was submitted and picked in rough draft written by my mother. The 'writers' then called and interviewed me, finalizing the story from this interview. When the book was released, he decided to use his, 'favorite story' to promote the book on the internet. It happened to be Danae's story. People then began the long journey that has now revolved over and over all around the globe as they took that little story and forwarded it to their friends and loved ones. The story has been in numerous church newsletters, two magazines and has most recently been published in the latest 'Chicken Soup' book titled 'Chicken Soup For The Christian Family Soul.'

"Danae is now a lively, beautiful, active, free-spirited, blissful, God-loving fourth-grader. She is in the Gifted and Talented program. Still petite, but growing daily. She loves to play 'active' sports. Soccer, softball, basketball. She had taken gymnastics and loved it. Especially the fact that she shares a birthday with Shannon Miller, but decided to stick with the more aggressive sports. She swims like a little fish. Loves all animals. Has several of her own.

"Danae has a compassion for other people that I have never witnessed with another child and I work with children daily. She is a pure joy to be around and is NEVER at a loss for words. When I first began getting response from the story I was startled. I quickly realized that God was working his magic. I praised him for allowing me to be blessed in such a way that I see his well doings each and every day. My husband and I decided that if sharing Danae's story touched even one person, than that is what was meant to be. I know now that it has touched many, many and continues everyday. I am so grateful to know the Lord and to have him so evident before us. I am also thankful for the widespread response and blessings from so many of the people that have received the story and have been touched by it. Hopefully it will continue to spread the news of God's love.

"I knew when I first saw Danae that she could not and would not be contained. She screamed to be shared. We couldn't walk in the grocery store without someone commenting about her. So, I painfully acknowledged the fact that she would not be mine alone. Danae has a lot to give. This story is only the beginning.

"Thank you for taking the time to verify the truth. I am excited to imagine all the lives that will be touched even now that they know it is true!

Sincerely,
Diana Blessing-Luckiest Mom on Earth!

   Thanks so much, Tina!   For personal reasons, this is one of my very favorite stories. Here're the veracity reports:

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/smellofrain.htm - Truth!

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/rain.asp - True


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/22/11 - "Best Car Chase":

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN RIGHT OUT OF A “BENNY HILL” EPISODE…
BUT IT IS AN ACTUAL POLICE CHASE…
AND THE DRIVER IS A WOMAN…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUYbu5DJA1U 

     Thanks again, Glenn! I think I hurt myself laughing!


From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 03/21/11 - "Personal Power":

Cultivate Your Inner Oasis

By Janet Nestor

Inner Oasis is a term I coined ten or more years ago to help my clients and class participants create a lush, rich imagery of their core self. Our Inner Oasis is our soul-self, our inner wisdom, our inner joy and our innermost source of pure, unconditional love. It is ever replenishing, ever nurturing, ever there to support our journey and guide our life.

This article was originally written as part of a class I taught to help individuals cope with and recover from their stress and anxiety. The list, 20 Thoughts That Create Personal Power, contains Universal Truths that become powerful tools for personal growth, happiness, and wholeness.

Our thoughts, conscious and unconscious, and those originating from our Higher Self, fuel the direction and quality of our daily life. Thoughts really do determine who we are today and the contentment with our life tomorrow. They help create our personality characteristic, values and morals, contribute to the restfulness of our sleep, and help determine the amount of energy we have to earn a living, educate ourselves, take care of ourselves and our family, and enjoy our leisure time. Our thoughts truly are the building blocks of our life!

While the list below may not be the total answer, it might be the beginning of positive change for many people. Read through the list and try adding the ideas to your daily contemplation and meditation. Share the list with friends and family. Pin it on your mirror or on your closet door and read it every time you see it. Write one or two thoughts on a piece of paper and stick them in your pocket to read several times each day. Let the wisdom sink in and become part of you.

Catch the Flame: Ignite your Joy and Peace Within

20 Thoughts That Create Personal Power


1. I am responsible for myself and all that I experience.

2. My thoughts determine who I am, therefore my positive thoughts create a positive life.

3. My thoughts create my relationship with my past, my present and future, my self-worth, my choice of employment, my successes, my failures, and the quality of my relationships.

4. Everyone has problems. Therefore, I am never alone in my experiences.

5. All negative thoughts can be changed, and all positive thoughts can be maintained.

6. My negative thoughts and feelings have no power other than the power I assign them. They are simply thoughts and feelings that are flexible and flowing if I allow them to be.

7. I love and nurture my body, my mind and spirit.

8. I welcome love and affection into my life.

9. I give myself permission to enjoy and experience intimacy without guilt, shame, or fear.

10. When I forgive myself or others, I am healing me and breaking the chain of negativity.

11. All positive change begins with my acceptance of my current reality.

12. I create and increase my personal power when I live a now focused life.

13. Regular laughter increases the quality of my life and strengthens my immune system.

14. I am powerless over all of YOUR actions.

15. I invite people into my life who have time for me and who are free to love and care for me.

16. I am worthy of the support and the love that I am given.

17. I am responsible for my own emotional and physical safety, and I am willing to set healthy and loving boundaries that provide the safety I need.

18. Loving me allows me the freedom to love you.

19. Miracles are the norm and not the exception, and at least one miracle occurs in my life every day.

20. I choose to view this day as the most wonderful day of my life.

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending" - Carl Bard


About the Author:

Janet Nestor, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Positive Psychology, is a holistic, licensed professional counselor, author, wife, mother and grandmother. Pathways to Wholeness, a mindfulness guide book, was published in 2010 and two more books are coming soon. Radiant Energies Balance: Nurturing Wellness Through Radical Self-Care is a self-help workbook that combines Energy Psychology, Mindfulness, Meditation and affirmations to create a positive vehicle for personal growth. The Spirit of Healing is a spiritual book rich in wisdom, love of self, love of life, positive psychology and several brand new energy healing techniques.

http://www.selfgrowth.com/guide/janetnestor.html

http://www.centerofwellbeingonline.com


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#11 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.
 
 
  
   GIGGLES!  Thanks, Joyce!


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/22/11:

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.

Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home and I wanted to stay with you guys."
 


DATES TO REMEMBER:
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 (mcmiceli@verizon.net - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (bjneher@cox.net - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (hdsdds@aol.com - 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 Richard@Rawls.com - 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 dhbartram@cox.net - CLASS OF 1966


PRAYER ROLL :

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/21/11

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http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11


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

                           Love to all, Carol

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A Thousand Stars

Written by Eugene Pearson

Recorded by Kathy Young and The Innocents
(b. 21 Oct 1945)


A thousand stars in the sky like the stars in your eyes
They say to me that there’ll never be
No other love like you-oo for me-e-e
A thousand stars in the sky make me realize
You are the one love that I’ll adore
Tell me you love me
Tell me you’re mine once more (once more, once mo-o-ore)
Each night I count the stars in the sky
Hoping that you aren’t telling me lies
You’re with me tonight, I’m captured by your charms
Oh, pretty baby, won’t you hold me in your arms?
A thousand stars in the sky make me realize
You are the one love that I’ll adore
Tell me you love me
Tell me you’re mine once more (once more, once mo-o-ore)
Each night I count the stars in the sky
Hoping that you aren’t telling me lies
You’re with me tonight, I’m captured by your charms
Oh, pretty baby, won’t you hold me in your arms?
A thousand stars in the sky make me realize
You are the one love that I’ll adore
Tell me you love me
Tell me you’re mine once mo-o-re (I-I-I’m yours)


"A Thousand Stars" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com/1960/a_thousand_stars.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

 Stars Images courtesy of http://library.thinkquest.org/~18188/media/images/main/ - 03/23/05

Animated Stars divider clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars16.html  - 03/23/05

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

Teddy Bear clip art courtesy of http://www.resourcesforbears.com/CLIPART/pix/bearb.gif - 03/23/05 (replaced 03/23/09)

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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

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