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04/13/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Thomas Jefferso
n's 265th Birthday

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."

- Thomas Jefferson
(13 Apr 1743 - 4 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This observance is supposed to repeat every year: 


   Happy Birthday today to  Gil Hughes ('64)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (65) of VA;
18 -
  Monty Phillips ('62) of VA AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 04/09/08 - "Guinea Hens and Cats":

Today as I was working in my home office I looked out the window and saw a Guinea Hen on my deck railing - there was a second one on the ground below.  I took a couple of photos through the window and then gathered up my once upon a time feral cat and went to the back door.  I opened it slowly and went onto the deck with the cat following behind.  Took about 20 pictures while out there and 3 are included in this email.
These guys have been here before and so I knew that they were safe from the cat but did not expect the cat's really lackadaisical reaction this time as last year when they were here he stalked them for awhile and then charged at them one time.  When he charged they turned and charged right back at him with a huge amount of noise and wing flapping.  He did not run from them but he did stop the charge and they stopped too.  They looked at each other for a few minutes and then the guineas turned their backs and walked slowly away.  The cat followed but would not get very close to them.  This time he did not follow and the picture here is as close as he got.  When they were on the ground he got no closer than 10 feet from them and then just sat and watched them as the foraged in the yard for awhile.  My other cat which is mostly an indoor cat never left the deck although she did watch them intently.

I think that he has decided that they are just too big for him to handle since each one is not much different in size than the 10 pound cat.  He seems to have decided that they can co-exist. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Middle picture is with my zoom lens - the other two are not zoomed as the birds did not seem to care if I got close to them either.


   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  These shots are just soooo cool! Life is just full of surprises, isn't it?!? Thanks so much, Al!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/11/08 - "T-Bone Steaks, Yellow Roses and Friendship":

This is a long one, so relax, get your tissues, and please read it all. 
T-Bone Steaks, Yellow Roses and Friendship
All of us have so much for which to be thankful and this message helps to remind us.  Here's to T-Bone Steaks, Yellow Roses and Friendship!! 
I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries.  I wasn't hungry.  The pain of losing my husband of 57 years was still too raw.  And this grocery store held so many sweet memories.
He often came with me and almost every time he'd pretend to go and look for something special.  I knew what he was up to...I'd always spot him walking down the aisle with the three roses in his hand.
He knew I loved yellow roses.  With a heart filled with grief, I only wanted to buy a few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different since he had passed on.  Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two.  Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and remembered how he had loved his steak.
Suddenly a woman came beside me.  She was blonde, slim and lovely in a soft green pantsuit.  I watched as she picked up a large package of T-bones, dropped them in her basket...hesitated, and then put them back.  She turned to go and once again reached for the pack of steaks.  She saw me watching her and she smiled.  My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices, I don't know!
I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.  "My husband passed away eight days ago," I told her.  Glancing at the package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice.  "Buy him the steaks.  And cherish every moment you have together."  She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in her basket and wheeled away.
I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the dairy products.  There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy.  A quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream.  If nothing else, I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.  I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front.  I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me.  In her arms she carried a package.  On her face was the brightest smile I have ever seen!  I would swear a soft halo encircled her blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding mine.  As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my eyes.  "These are for you," she said and place three beautiful long stemmed yellow roses in my arms.  "When you go through the line, they will know these are paid for."  She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then smiled again.
I wanted to tell her what she'd done, what the roses meant, but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my vision.  I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue wrapping and found it almost unreal.  How did she know?
Suddenly the answer seemed so clear.  I wasn't alone! "Oh, you haven't forgotten me, have you?"  I whispered, with tears in my eyes.
He was still with me and she....was his angel!!

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are! 

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings...  Thank you, Lord, that I can hear.  There are so many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible.....  Thank you Lord, that I can see.  Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising....Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise.  There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short and my children are so loud..... Thank you, Lord, for my family.  There are many who are lonely.
Even though are breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu at times is unbalanced....  Thank you, Lord, for the food we have.  There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous...Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work.  There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.....Thank you, Lord, for life!!!!
A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift.  A friend is some to treasure.  For friendship is a gift.  A friend is someone who fills our lives with Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we live in a better and happier place.
               You Are My Friend!!!  God Bless You And Yours!! 
 I think this one pretty much says it all... don't you?

 Joyce Cahoon

   Why, yes, I believe it does. Thank you so much, Joyce!

  From Bill Wynne ('63) of MD - 04/12/08:

Love this DOCTOR!!
Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... Don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: You're not listening.... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO! Cocoa beans! Another vegetable. It's the best feel-good food around!!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!!

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways -
 glass of Bordeaux in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming,  "WOO HOO, What a Ride!"

      Thanks, Bill! Ya gotta love this approach!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/12/08 - "      Nancy Dearing Berry ('62 - of TX)...":

So neat to hear from Nancy Dearing Berry.  I remember her very well as she went to Woodrow Wilson and was always so pretty and smiling and happy. 

   C'est v'rai! Such fun we have here - just like a great dream where everyone you ever knew suddenly appears..... Thanks, Jean!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA to   Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA - 04/12/08 - "Bait Shop":

Hello Jerry,

I wanted to tell you that your favorite picture of the bait shop is mine also. Riley (Crayton) and I had that 7-11 beside it for three years. Around 1980. The store sat beside it and back so every time Riley looked out he saw it and wondered (out loud) why he wasn't fishing!

That store was robbed every month since it was opened until we got there and for the next three years it was left alone. A month after we moved to another store, it was robbed every month again!  That says a lot about respecting people.

I will think of you each time I think of that store. Your art is special.

Linda May '66

   Thank you, Linda May! What a great story!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/12/08 - "Finally getting some flowers in Yankeeland...":

My daffodils have finally bloomed on the south side of the house...neighbor's forsythia has popped out this week...I have pansies on the front of the house and they are bravely blooming!  No grass cutting yet!  It was 65 degrees today and we are all in a state of shock because of the heat wave...I went to Providence to see a play and the sun was shining there but when I got back to Newport it was fog and drizzle...we are in the season of "winter's almost over" which usually lasts until Memorial Day.

   YOWZERS-WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Lady - and congratulations!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/12/08 - "BEACON - 20 JAN 1964 (Part 1 of 2)":

Now we begin the Beacons from 1964.

Friday, January 20, 1964 Friday,  January 20, 1964 Friday,  January 20, 1964 Friday,  January 20, 1964
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM

   How very strange! Unlike all the others, I don't seem to recall this issue at all. It was probably released on one of my many "sick days".....

   Thank you, Gorgeous! I've posted these newest entries:

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last 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; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"

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"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal

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 (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups.....

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; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

9. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08

10. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

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; update of 03/24/08: "some good days and some bad days; the doctors caring for Herbie are just taking a wait and see approach and playing it by ear day by day"; update of 03/31/08: stays awake longer, off the ventilator longer, now enjoying his beloved opera, card shower requested;  update of 04/07/08: "He is still about the same, but some days better, some worse; stays off the vent for as along as eleven hours."

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd.  She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter.  She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently.  She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too."

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.   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA - update of 03/30/08: emergency appendectomy caused by ruptured appendix; will be in the hospital 3 - 4 days

19.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

20. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL  

2. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#5 in a Series of 23):

I hope you get all the pictures!!!  Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!!  And they say women are dumb!!!  These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
 Joyce Cahoon

These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

Shouldn't he be wearing a lifejacket?

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Liberty Song

Words by John Dickison *, 1778
Tune - "Heart of Oak"

Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty's call;
No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
Or stain with dishonor America's name.

In Freedom we're born and in Freedom we'll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we'll give.

Our worthy forefathers, let's give them a cheer,
To climates unknown did courageously steer;
Thro' oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
And dying, bequeath'd us their freedom and fame.


The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear'd,
They lived to behold growing strong and revered;
With transport they cried, Now our wishes we gain,
For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.


Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.


In Freedom we're born and in Freedom we'll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we'll give.

"Liberty Song" midi (sequenced by Lesley Nelson), lyrics, and history courtesy
of - 04/13/06

* John Dickison was one of the leaders of the American Revolution. 
He was also a famous lawyer, prominent in the governments of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

First Painting of Jefferson courtesy of - 04/12/06

Second Painting of Jefferson courtesy of - 04/12/06

 Peach Flowers and Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/05

(If you think it a strange choice, I'll remind you that Mr. Jefferson was a gardener of great renown. 
Besides, the colors match the page so nicely.  WILD GIGGLES!!!)

Animated Tiny 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.
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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