03/23/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
“A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.”
“A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
What a happy, fun song this is!
BONUS - Baby Elephant Walk
"Baby Elephant Walk" is a tune written in 1961 by composer Henry Mancini, for the 1962 release of the movie Hatari! The composer combines brass instruments (including repeated blasts from the tuba) and woodwind elements to convey the sense of a toddler that is large and plodding, but nonetheless filled with the exuberance of youth. The catchy, jazzy simplicity of the tune has made it one of Mancini's most popular works, prompting its appearance on nearly twenty later compilation and best of/greatest hits albums. As the allmusic.com album review states, "if Hatari! is memorable for anything, it's for the incredibly goofy 'Baby Elephant Walk,' which has gone on to be musical shorthand for kookiness of any stripe. Get this tune in your head and it sticks."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND Mary Beth Sawyer ('63) AND Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Charlie Hilling ('56) of FL AND a Beary Happy Birthday 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 - The late Gene Collins Glave ('60) (deceased 07/06/11);
27 - Linda Williams Snelling ('63);
28 - Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA AND Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;
29 - David Hatchett ('65) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
March 23, 1919 - In
Benito Mussolini founded his
March 23, 1933 - The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.
March 23, 1936 - Italy, Austria & Hungary signed the Pact of Rome.
March 23, 1939 - The
Hungarian air force attacked the headquarters of
Slovak air force in the city of
Spišská Nová Ves, killing 13 people and beginning the
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Tuesday, March 23, 1965 -
3, the United States' first two-man space
Gus Grissom and
Tuesday, March 23, 1965 -Actress, dancer, producer, and screenwriter Mae Murray (b. Marie Adrienne Koenig on 10 May 1885 in New York City) died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California at the age of 79.
From My Friend, Susan, of NC -03/22/15:
you have ignored warnings and your life has been damaged or disabled by
a rough road, there is help available. Through that help you can renew
and rebuild your damaged life. You can start over again and change your
course from a downward, twisting, disappointing path to a superhighway
to peace and happiness.”
Richard G. Scott,
Thanks so much, Susan!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/22/15
- "Another Wacky Bizarre News Story & Food For Thought":
While I was shopping in the mall with my three children, a display in the window of a lingerie store caught my eye. "Do you think Daddy would like this?" I asked the kids, as I pointed to the lacy pajamas with matching robe.
"No way," my horrified six-year-old son replied. "Daddy would NEVER wear that!"
A wife commented, "When we were first married, you took the small piece of steak and gave me the larger. You don't love me any more...."
"Nonsense, darling," replied the husband, " it's just you cook better now."
“Don't live your life to please other people.”
- Oprah Winfrey
[Be of service, but don't be a doormat.]
“Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
“You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.”
From Lewis of Bizarre News..
"Greetings fellow Bizarros:
Remember the scare film from 1939; Reefer Madness? It was propaganda designed to show parents that if they let their kids smoke 'Mary-Jane' they would turn into sex-addicted, violent sociopaths. Even back then the movie was laughable to all but the most naive audiences, and now we are able to look back on it as the ignorant paranoia that it is... except that it totally isn't! A recent incident in South Dakota makes the mayhem depicted in Reefer Madness look like mischievous hijinks.
The story starts with a teenager smoking pot with two friends in the basement of his father's house. Mistake no. 1; don't smoke pot indoors if there is a risk of being detected. That smell is impossible to hide.
So the father discovered them and ordered the two friends to leave, but when his son wanted to leave with his friends his father refused to let him go. That's when a scuffle broke out.
Dad was able to hold both of them while he called the police, but no arrests or report was made because he just wanted his son's friends to leave.
You would think that narrowly avoiding arrest for possession and consumption of marijuana would be enough adventure for a couple of teens for one night, but these two, cranked up on the sticky-icky, immediately went to round up 20 of their watery-eyed friends and laid in wait for the dad.
When he went outside to move a car parked in his driveway, the mob surrounded the car and started beating on it and smashing the windows.
Finding himself in a scene out of a horror movie, the victim threw that hooptie in gear and took off across the lawn.
One neighbor said, "All of a sudden, I saw a car going 30 to 40 mph hit the curb. All you could see is headlights and kids running all over, then I saw a kid get hit while he was coming off the curb. That's when they switched to start chasing each other in their cars."
The neighbor called police to report the incident. He tried to get the plates of the vehicles the teens were in but was unsuccessful.
"Then it was just constant cars flying down these roads. They were hitting and swerving at each other. You don't even see this stuff on TV."
Eventually, the mob dispersed. The victim was able to identify a few of the teens but didn't know most of them.
One witness said he thinks both the teens and the victim should be arrested. He said the victim was trying to run the teens over and could have handled the situation better.
Raspberries believed to hamper cancer growth! The ellagic acid contained in fresh raspberries as well as processed preserves or spreads of the same is alleged by studies to hamper cancer growth.
By Alicia from USA.
Caffeine is the most popular drug in the world, and 90 percent of people in the United States consume it in some form every day.
Food For Thought
All You've Got
It was Tuesday; I was walking through the Atlanta airport on my way to concourse D.
I usually walk instead of riding the tram or the moving sidewalks. I get all of the exercise that I can.
My legs were hurting. I wondered why as I racked my brain to figure out why in the world my legs were hurting. It was as if I had been lifting weights.
Then it hit me, the race. The race had done it.
Was I in a marathon? No.
A 10k? No.
A 5K? No.
A 100 meter dash? No.
"Well, what then?" you ask.
It was more like a 25-feet dash.
A 25-feet dash!!! How could that make my legs sore?
Normally I would have never figured such a short distance could have made any difference. I am used to running miles. Five miles is no problem. Only above seven miles do I start straining.
So why did 25 feet strain me?
It was a race.
It was a dinner downstairs at the church, celebrating the anniversary of the children's church. They had games, prizes, and the fun stuff that goes along with kids.
They also had a big dinner. The fellowship hall was divided into two sections. The leader of children's church decided to have a contest to see which side would get to eat first.
They chose a champion from each side.
You guessed it, I was the chosen champion for one side. Eugene was the other champion.
The objective was to race to a large rubber ball 25 feet away, pick it up, turn around, and race back to the starting line.
The first one back got to eat first along with his side.
"I'm sorry about this Pastor but I'm really hungry," Eugene said in partial jest. He won by a few inches.
We raced twice.
Both times he won by a few inches.
As I sat down my youngest brother said, "Eugene is really good in basketball, I can't beat him."
Eugene was fast.
So why were my legs sore?
Because I had not run with all that I had in over 15 years.
There is a difference between jogging and running wide open. A big difference. That's why my legs were sore.
Even though it was only a short distance it was everything that I had.
It was a MountainWings Moment.
How often do we ever give something all that we have?
No holding back,
To the limit.
For most of us, that's not very often.
We don't give our relationships full effort.
We don't give our jobs full effort.
We don't give our spiritual lives full effort.
We don't even give our health full effort.
We hold back and leisurely jog until quitting time.
Maybe for once, we need to give it all we've got. Even if it makes us a little sore, we may just win a bigger prize than we imagine, and if not, at least we know we gave it our all.
~A MountainWings Original~
This fortune intentionally left blank.
I read fortune cookies. Sure, I know they aren't mystical and that they have no particular meaning but I read them anyway.
They don't make your fortune. YOU DO!
So fill in the blank.
~A MountainWings Original~
I Made The Choice
The MountainWings issue "The Choice" produced many responses.
The issue affected readers deeply. Below is one such response.
This is just a basic response to "The Choice." Lately, I've been faced with several choices, and I decided that MountainWings just might have something for me today.
I was married on June 20 to a wonderful man. We're only 21 years old and our parents were so skeptical about our feelings for one another that they actually asked if Warren had gotten me pregnant. (That's why all of my friends got married!)
But, in fact, that is not our case. We fell in love. I can't think of anything else to say but that.
I love him dearly.
I'm faced with some choices concerning my job. First, I'm up for a raise and promotion very soon. (It would solve most of our financial trouble.)
My husband is also up for one. We're both tearing up inside because if we both decide to take our promotions and more money, we'd both be working 60-70 hours a week. We want our marriage to work naturally, but we constantly want to be home with each other.
Yeah, my days off are his days to work, and his days off are my days to work. We have no children, so my boss sees no reason why I would want any time off. His boss sees it the same way as mine.
We're already in such a financial bind that career changes for either of us are not an option. Since June, we have gone through three cars (to try to keep our jobs), countless numbers of money fights, and horrible sleepless nights. My neck has a slipped disk or something that I can't afford to have fixed. I'm going through a lot of Tylenol® a day just to try to ease the pain in my neck and head.
Our marriage is failing and I keep thinking that if we can just get back on our feet one day and spend that one-day together that NOTHING else will matter.
My husband is very supportive. I support him also. But, as I read "The Choice," my boss called me and asked me to work tonight. I told him I'd call him back. Yeah, I put HIM on hold for once.
After I finished reading, I called him back and said, "No, I'm going to spend my evening with my family." He was dumbfounded.
I'd never turned down work. "My family is more important than a paycheck right now. Do you want to know why?" I asked. He said "yes."
My reply was simple, "When I get older, I don't want to regret losing all the time I could have spent with my husband just because I was greedy. I don't want my marriage to end in divorce. I want to be close to the one person whom I can honestly say is my friend. I want to keep the love that my husband has for me by spending what little time I have with him. Sorry if I have caused you any inconvenience, but I have to get ready for an evening at home."
For once, he said, "After I find a server tonight, I think I'll go home to my wife." And that was the end of our conversation.
Thank you for giving me the strength to turn money down and work on my family.
~A MountainWings Original by Becky Ironmonger, Gainesville, GA~
Thank you, Shari!
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA -
03/22/15 - "Trust":
|AMEN! Thank you, Sarah Sugah!|
Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA
03/22/15 - "To-Do List":
|GREAT PLANS! Thanks, Elizabeth!|
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA -
03/22/15 - "Weekend Goal":
|Thanks again, Sarah Sugah!|
|“I conduct faster so
you can see my beat.”
February was a stressful month for many of us… take the time to
relax and check out these!
Thank you, Dearest Judy!
|GOOD ONE! Thanks, Dearest Judy!|
BONUS BABY ELEPHANT CROCHET PATTERN:
|Dedri's Baby Elephant Crochet Pattern|
BONUS ELEPHANT RECIPES:
Cinnamon Elephant Ears
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/22/15:
|Did you hear about the red ship
and the blue ship that collided?
The survivors were marooned.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
|1. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 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.|
Baby Elephant Walk
Written by Henry Mancini (16 Apr 1924 - 14 June 1994), 1961 for Hatari!, 1962
"Baby Elephant Walk"
midi courtesy of
http://www.furf.net/Midi.htm - 03/22/10
at the suggestion of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/22/10
Baby Elephant Image courtesy of http://gridskipper.com/tag/animals/index.php?tag=animals/&page=5 - 03/22/10
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
Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Animated Fat Frog courtesy of
Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
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