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04/03/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Little April Shower

“...then April came, that daybreak of summer, fresh like every dawn, gay like every childhood;
weeping a little sometimes like the infant that it is. Nature in this month has charming gleams
which pass from the sky, the clouds, the trees, the fields and the flowers, into the heart of man.”

-
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862
(26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   You're probably enjoying a little April shower (or a torrential downpour) wherever you are today - unless you live in Utah, where it's snowing again!

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJZnIHwzvzM - Little April Shower - from Bambi, 1942
 


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Robert Workman ('57) AND    Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of UT!  

     Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);

07 -   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC!

   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/thisday0403.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

Monday, April 3 1865
RICHMOND RAPIDLY REDUCED TO RUINS

With the fall of Petersburg, Richmond could not hold. The government evacuated, slouching towards Danville, Va., and endeavored to destroy anything that could not be hauled. The assignment to remove the archives and treasury were given to the midshipmen of the Confederate Naval Academy, except for 10 who remained behind to burn the CSS Patrick Henry, their training vessel. There was an attempt to dump the contents of the armory into the James River, but it was taking too long and it, with 25,000 rounds of artillery ammunition, was blown up.


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA to    Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 04/02/11 - "Datawpride posting: B17 'OLD 666' ":

Amazing!! This is why our parents are considered the "Greatest Generation" -- case closed!!

An incredible story that perhaps many have never heard…

What motivates men like these to go so far above and beyond their duty?

The Crew earned 2 Medals of Honor and 7 Distinguished Flying Crosses on one flight - the most highly decorated air crew in WWII.


http://www.theospark.net/2010/06/video-old-666.html

   WOWZERONI-RINI!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA to       Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/02/11 - "RE: Datawpride posting: B17 'OLD 666' ":  

A great story, Wayne! This really hit home with me because if you didn't already know, I was named after my uncle Billy who went down in one of the puppies over Poland. My dad was very close to his kid brother, and I was constantly schooled on the sacrifices made for all of us by that generation. I believe this to have inspired my passion on the war and history in general. I could elaborate on the stories told to me; for example, I delivered papers to a WW1 vet living in Warwick Gardens who had suffered from mustard gas exposure and my godfather who had been captured in N. Africa and spent 3-1/2 years as a POW ( he is alive in Hampton ). I can say I became a student of the past.
 
I am pleased that you also hold their generation in in such honor - they certainly earned it.
 
Bill

     Thank you so much, Wayne Honey - and Bill! (You both know how passionate I am about WWII documentaries!)


   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 04/02/11 - "ha ha ha":

        Thanks, Eva!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/02/11 - "Government Run Dental Plan":

I think I've been to this dentist myself??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCyX7GAb5Xg - Tim Conway and Harvey Korman - novocaine dental sketch

     Thanks again, Wayne Honey! (I think I hurt myself laughing...)


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/02/11 - "Why parents drink":

Wish I had thought of something like this!! 
 
Why Parents Drink
 
A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an Envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to 'Dad.' 

With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter. 

Dear Dad: 

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. 

I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. 

But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it' s not only the passion...Dad, she's pregnant. 

Stacy said that we will be very happy. 

She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. 

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. 

We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. 

In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She deserves it. 

Don't worry Dad. I'm 15 and I know how to take care of myself. 

Someday I'm sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren. 

Love, Your Son, John 
 
P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house. 

I  Just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than a Report card that's in my center desk drawer. 

I love you. 

Call me when it's safe to come home
.

     Thanks, Joyce!


From http://www.selfgrowth.com - 03/30/11 - " An Article on Negative People":

7 Ways to Deal with the Negative People in Your Life

By Lori Radun

Have you ever been faced with trying to stay positive when others around you are negative? Negative people can be a challenge to be around. They will bring you down and drain your energy. A negative person can throw your best laid plans to be positive right out the window. Whether your child or spouse has an occasional negative day or you deal with a family member, friend or co-worker that is chronically negative, there are things you can do to remain positive in the face of negativity.

1. Let the Negativity Pass
Whatever you do, do not argue with a negative person. Arguing only adds fuel to the fire. A negative person will feed off any negativity that will strengthen his mood or attitude. I have noticed when my children are in a crabby mood, it is best to avoid trying to convince them to analyze and adjust their attitude. As soon as I take the approach of being in opposition with them, they seize the opportunity to prove to me that life stinks. Their negativity intensifies and the situation gets worse before it gets better. Sometimes the best thing to do is remain silent and let the negativity pass.

2. Negative People Need Love
You know how difficult it can be to give love and positive attention to negative people. Unfortunately, that is often exactly what they need. Deep inside that mean and critical person is a person that is usually afraid he or she is unlovable. It is our challenge to rise above the negative attitude and love the injured person inside. How do you show love when someone is negative? You must listen to what she is trying to tell you. Acknowledge the feelings she has by saying something like, "You sound very angry right now". Even if you don't quite understand the person's feelings, know that your reality is different than someone else's. Ask how you might help the negative person. This shows legitimate interest in her happiness. Offer a hug even if you get rejected. Remember not to take a rejection of your love personally. A negative person often has difficulty receiving love from others.

3. Focus on the Positive
If you try really hard, there is always something positive to be found in any situation. Pretend you are on a treasure hunt and search for any gold or jewels you can emphasize. Even a negative person has positive qualities. When a person is drowning in negativity, it can be difficult for them to see the positive. So often my clients focus on the negative aspects of themselves. They forget about all the great things they are doing. I admit that sometimes a negative person doesn't want to see the positive. This might require her to shift her outlook. Negativity can become a habit and habits are hard to break. Be patient and gently remind your grumpy friend or family member to look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Hopefully, in her down time, she will begin to reflect on what you have said.

4. Ask Negative People to Elaborate
You may hear a negative person say things like: "Women are fickle." "You can't trust doctors." "My husband makes me miserable." These kinds of statements are a type of cognitive distortion referred to as generalizations. To help a person sort through her distorted thinking, ask for more specifics. Questions like "Which women are fickle?" or "What specifically about your husband is making you miserable?" force a person to evaluate what he or she is really trying to say. A negative person will either give up because it takes too much effort to explain himself, or he or she will get to the bottom of the issue.

5. Detach and Avoid Trying to Change the Negative Person
Learning to detach emotionally from a negative person can greatly benefit you and the other person. A negative person will fight you if you try to change them. If you want, you can try a little reverse psychology and agree with everything she says. I once read a great article about a mother who was exasperated with her son's negative mood. Everything she tried to soothe him and make him feel better backfired. She finally gave up and started agreeing with everything he said. When her son told her his friends were mean, she agreed with him. When he complained that his teacher didn't know anything, she couldn't agree more. After several minutes of this kind of dialogue with her son, his mood suddenly shifted. He declared that he was tired and he went to bed with a smile on his face.

6. Stay Away from Negative People
If you have negative people in your life that are critically affecting your mental and physical health, you need to evaluate whether or not you want these people in your life. Some people are so chronically negative that you have no other choice but to remove them from your life. It's possible to do that with friends. You can find another job if your boss or other co-workers are bringing you down. Other people, such as children and spouses, are difficult to remove from your life. In this instance, professional counseling may be the answer. To protect your well being, you need to enforce very strong boundaries with negative people.

7. Keep Your Own Negative Thoughts and Behaviors in Check
If you do nothing else but focus on managing your own negative thoughts and behavior, you will come a long way towards remaining positive. A negative attitude is contagious, but a positive attitude is infectious as well. Hang out with positive people that encourage you to be your best self. Use positive affirmations to overcome negative self-talk. Express your gratitude for all the positive things in your life. Take the time everyday to watch all the beautiful things going on around you. Read inspirational material and listen to joyful music. Take care of yourself spiritually. Do whatever you have to do to remain positive and happy despite the negativity you face.
The world will be a better place because of you and your attitude. And you never know, you just might help a negative person make a change to a better way of living.


About the Author:

Lori Radun, CEC -- certified life coach for moms. To receive her FREE mini eCourse on eliminating guilt, her FREE newsletter for moms, and the special report "155 Things Moms Can Do to Raise Great Children", go to http://www.true2youlifecoaching.com


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com

Two husbands were discussing their married lives. Although happily married, they admitted that there were arguments sometimes.

Then Chad said, “I’ve made one great discovery. I know how to always have the last word.”

“Wow!’ said Sherman, “how did you manage that?”

“It’s easy,” replied Chad. “My last word is always ‘Yes, Dear.’”


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

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, contact Gary Fitzgerald at Fitz43@cox.net - CLASS OF 1961


PRAYER ROLL :

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/29/11

BLOG:

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

                           Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
915-780-3048

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Little April Shower (from Bambi, 1942)

Words by Larry Morey ()

Music by
Frank Churchill ()


Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
As you fall all around

Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
What can compare
To your beautiful sound

Drip, drip, drop
When the sky is cloudy
Your pretty music
Can brighten the day

Drip, drip, drop
When the sun says howdy
You say goodbye right away

Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
Ev'rywhere that you fall

Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
I'm getting wet
And I don't care at all

Drip, drop, drip, drop
I'll never be afraid
Of a good little
Gay little
April serenade


"Little April Shower" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/littapril.htm - 04/03/08

Image of Good Housekeeping's April 1922 Cover, "April Showers", courtesy of http://celticanamcara.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html - 04/03/08

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.animationlibrary.com/animation/31502/Rain_line/ - 03/30/07

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

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!!

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Woman also courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks again, Joyce!

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