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04/20/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
There's a Place

“If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event,
then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.”

- William James
(11 Jan 1842 - 26 Aug 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter is being repeated from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS - - There's a Place


    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA to the Class of 1957 - 04/20/09, 11:27 AM - "NNHS Class of '57 - FYI -    Nancy (Timberlake) Spencer's ('57) Husband,   Donnie ('56)":

Dear Classmates:

I'm very sorry to tell you that Donnie Spencer ('56) passed away at 12:50am this morning at home with all of his family by his side. 

A graveside service will be held tomorrow, April 21, 2009, at 2:00pm at Peninsula Memorial Park.  After the funeral a reception will be held at their church, Open Door Baptist Church, 14 Deep Creek Road, Newport News, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Please keep Nancy and her family in your prayers.

Typhoon regrets,
Pat Beck Letzinger

   Oh, Pat, I'm so sorry to hear this, but thank you for letting us know!

   I've completed this section, and will create a Memorial Newsletter for Donnie as soon as the obituary is published (hopefully tomorrow):

   Our deepest condolences are extended to Nancy and her family.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Two-Fer:   Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently training again in GA)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 - Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57);

23 -   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57);

24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;

25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57);

26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/19/09 - "A wish for you.........":

  Thanks, Shari - you, too!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA -  04/17/09:

This is for you ladies that I know and love.  God bless you!

This just has to be passed along.

God doesn't give you the people you want, He gives you the people you NEED.  To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you into the person you were meant to be.


One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning..

They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.


Please pass this along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they are.

   Thank you so much, Dearest Judy! We just passes this along to several hundred who may need the reminder!

 From Jim Brinkley ('65) of IN - 04/19/09:


I have wanted to get in touch with you for sometime now but, I wasn't sure what your email address was. I was getting ready to send you a letter when I got an email from
       David Spriggs ('64 - of VA) and your email address was included, so I thought I would give it a try.

   Well, hey there, Jim - so good to hear from you!

I see that your mailing address has changed. The last address I have record of is North Carolina. Have you recently moved?

   Why yes, in a sudden surprise move to everyone (especially me), we moved back to Illinois just after Christmas. I promised    Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA just the other day that I'd give the full particulars of this when I caught a free moment - which I fully intend to do this week, so stay tuned.

We have a new address. It is listed below.

 Lynne (Dannelly Brinkley - '65 - of IN) and I recently moved to Indiana to be with our two oldest daughters, Shannon and Meredith, and to help our middle daughter, Meredith, in her business. She owns two Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios in the Indianapolis Area and asked me to come out of retirement to help her in the business. Our youngest daughter, Charity, is still at home in Iowa taking care of our house there and getting ready to graduate. She graduates from St. Ambrose University in May. We will be traveling back and forth from Indiana and Iowa for awhile. Maybe in our travels we can stop by Edwardsville for a visit sometime.

   That would be way cool!

There are two reasons for wanting to get in touch with you.

First, I wanted to thank you for all the hard work you have done in keeping up the information on the NNHS website. It has been a blessing to us to be able to follow up on what's been going on with our classmates and their families. I wanted to help provide some support for your efforts, but needed to know where to send it. Also, I have been having some trouble accessing the website at times and pulling up the information. Have you been having difficulty with the website or is it on my end?

   Ummm - I'd tend to think that was some of each. The server goes down from time to time, but I think it's been behaving itself fairly well lately.

Secondly, I have been writing down all my memories from childhood up through my retirement for my children and grandchildren. They all asked me to write my stories down. When I got to my high school years I started thinking about all the fun we had in marching band and the many stories there are to tell. I realized that there were many more stories than I could tell. I know that there are many alumni out there that have stories to tell and pictures to show. So, I am asking for your help in locating as many alumni as possible to contact, starting with
  Mr. Jim Wilson. I would greatly appreciate any current information, names, home addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses, you would be willing to send me. Or, possibly adding this request to your website for alumni to respond to the address below. I will compile this information into one book for publishing. I hope to complete it before the next class reunion.

   Mr. Wilson lives in Emporia, Virginia.  He suffered a heart attack a few short months after attending the Grand Reunion of the Class of 1964 in 2004.  I was told in 2007 that he no longer has email, and he's always been difficult to reach by phone, so I would think snail mail's your best bet there.

   As for the rest of us, I've never really kept a great roster of addresses and phone numbers, but the emails for those who have given permission for posting of our approximately 550 subscribers appear in a couple of places on the site; I'm sure you'll recognize many band students therein:

   Of course, we have many other readers who are not listed there, preferring to keep a low profile.

Since you have been keeping up with a great number of alumni, I would greatly appreciate your ideas. Please let me know what you think.

   THINK?!? Oh, Jim Honey, I no longer think at all. It's against my principles. I just stay in my room and type as much as possible - usually twelve hours or so a day.

   But now that you mention it, perhaps a call for all willing band students to contact you directly would be the best way to proceed!


Jim and Lynne Brinkley

(snail mail and phone number available upon request)

   Thanks so much, Jim! Give Lynne a hug for me!

From - 04/19/09 - "Reduce Stress":

Stress Management - A Dozen Stress Reducers for You
By Kim Olver, Apr. 15, 2009


If you are familiar with the concept of “Inside Out Thinking,” then you already know that I don’t conceptualize stress as something that exists outside of you. It is actually something you create inside. Stress is a behavior you create to help you get something you want. The only way to reduce stress is to empower yourself to take control of what you can control—namely your actions and your thoughts. You may not believe you can control what you think, but with patience, persistence, and practice it is not only possible, but critical to maintaining a positive state of mental health.

Here is a list of a dozen ideas for things you can do or think differently to help reduce your stress level.

1. Rational Thinking—Often irrational thoughts contribute to your stress levels. What are irrational thoughts? Things like “everyone must like me for me to be worthwhile.” Or, “I have to complete everything on my ‘To Do’ list everyday in order to be a success.” Or, “I can’t let anyone in my house unless it is spotless.” Irrational thoughts are not true—that’s why they are called irrational. However, you can actually convince yourself these beliefs are true, and when you believe them your stress level can soar. For example, if I actually think the only way for me to be worthwhile is if every person I meet likes me, can you imagine the stress I will create for myself trying to get everyone to like me? Check your thinking and make sure your thoughts are rational. You may need to ask someone you trust to help you with this because if you actually believe the irrational thoughts, then you will have a difficult time recognizing they are irrational.

2. Inside Out Thinking—Instead of spending your time focused on things over which you have no control, look at the situation and choose the best response available to you. The only things you really have control over is what you do and what you think. You really can’t change others. Make sure you take a proactive approach to life’s situations by looking at what you can do or think differently to improve the situation. This also means no longer pointing the finger outside of you for the source of your problem or unhappiness. If you are in pain over something, then it is your responsibility to fix it the best you can.

3. Time Management—Find a time management system that works for you and implement it. You have the same amount of time in a day as everyone else, yet some people are far more productive than others. They have discovered a way to maximize their moments to get the most out of each of them. There are many time management experts out there who have different systems. However, I think time management is similar to dieting. There is not a "one size fits all" approach. You need to find a system that works for you and follow it.

4. Fun Activities—Make a list of things you love to do: pleasurable activities. When was the last time you engaged in them? Taking care of yourself and making sure you schedule some “me” time is essential to keeping stress at bay. Even though you may think you have no time for pleasure, taking that time will increase your productivity when you do get down to business.

5. Relaxation—Do you meditate, visualize your “happy place,” get massage or do some deep muscle relaxation? This is a sure way to reduce stress. When you get good at meditation and relaxation, it is something you can do in a very short period of time almost anywhere. It’s a great skill to develop and it will substantially help you manage the stress in your life.

6. Exercise—There has been a lot of research that shows a regular exercise program can be helpful in managing the negative, physical symptoms of stress. This does not have to be any strenuous exercise. It could be as simple as going for a walk, but physical activity provides a release of the stored energy of stress.

7. Healthy Living—There are some known links to substances that stress our bodies. If you reduce or eliminate these things from your lifestyle, you will reduce physical stress. Some things to look at are drugs, alcohol, nicotine, sugar and caffeine. If you use any of these substances on a moderate or higher level, you can be creating stress for yourself.

8. Sense of Humor—When you can find the humor in stressful situations, you can laugh your way through life. Laughing releases the body’s natural endorphins and will ward off potential stress before it even begins. It is most helpful when you can laugh at yourself and find humor in everyday situations.

9. Support System—Having a healthy support system will help. You need to decrease the toxic people in your life and increase the nourishing ones. We all have those who will suck the life out of us if we let them and then there are others who will support us in our time of need. Look at reducing the former and expanding the latter.

10. Assertiveness—Develop the ability to take care of your needs without interfering with others getting their needs met. Be able to say “no” when it will best support you. You can stress yourself out when you always put other people’s needs and desires ahead of your own.

11. Experience the Arts—There is something about the arts that will sooth many. It could be music, art, dance, or nature’s art but setting aside time to appreciate life’s beauty can act as an immunization against stress.

12. Spirituality—Develop a personal sense of your spirituality. This does not necessarily have to be religion. It can be a calm, a peace, a sense of the order of life. When things get stressful, you can rely on your spirituality to help you through. You may develop beliefs about everything happening for a reason, the Higher Power will take care of things or there are always positive experiences with the negative. Spirituality can help you make sense of things that otherwise wouldn’t make sense.

Stress is not inevitable. You definitely do NOT have to be a victim of it. Know that you are choosing it. Know that you are getting something from it and then make a conscious decision about whether or not you want to continue on your same path or do something different.

For more tips on relieving stress check out my Stress Management Tip Sheet.


Author's Bio

Kim Olver is a life and relationship coach. Her mission is to help people get along better with the important people in their lives, including themselves. She teaches people how to live from the inside out by empowering them to focus on the things they can change. She in an internationally recognized speaker, having worked in Australia, Europe and Africa, as well as all over the United States and Canada. She is the creator of the new, revolutionary process called, Inside Out Empowerment based on Dr. William Glasser's Choice Theory. She is a public speaker and provides workshops in the areas of relationships, parenting, and a variety of self-growth topics. She is the author of Leveraging Diversity at Work and the forthcoming book, Secrets of Successful Relationships. She co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen and Byron Katie, entitled 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life. She works with individuals, couples, parents, social service agencies, schools, corporations and the military--anyone who will benefit from gaining more effective control over their lives. She has consulted on relationships, parenting, self-development, training, leadership development, diversity, treatment programs and management styles.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/19/09 - "Catholic Parrots":

Catholic Parrots

A lady goes to her priest one day and tells him, 'Father, I have a problem.  I have two female parrots, but they only know how to say one thing.'

'What do they say?' the priest inquired.

They say, 'Hi, we're hookers!  Do you want to have some fun?'
That's obscene!' the priest exclaimed, Then he thought for a moment.
'You know,' he said, 'I may have a solution to your problem.  I have two male talking parrots, which I have taught to pray and read the Bible. Bring your two parrots over to my house, and we'll put them in the cage with Francis and Peter. My parrots can teach your parrots to praise and worship, and your parrots are sure to stop saying . .  that phrase . . in no time.'
Thank you,' the woman responded, 'this may very well be the solution.'
The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest's house. As he ushered her in she saw that his two male parrots were inside their cage holding rosary beads and praying.
Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them.
After a few minutes, the female parrots cried out in unison:  Hi, we're hookers!  Do you want to have some fun?'
There was stunned silence.
Shocked, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and exclaimed, 'Put the beads away, Frank. Our prayers have been answered!'

     Thanks, Joyce!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/10/09 - "Mother Goose Tells the Truth" (#6 in a Series of 8):

    Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly.
Kiss slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably,
and never regret anything.



    Well, CRAP!
Now I forgot what I was gonna tell ya!

      Thanks so much, Glenn! These are painfully delightful!


1. Thursday, April 23, 2009 - See Cal Ripken, Jr. at the Hampton Convention Center.  For details, see  - ALL FORMER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB MEMBERS

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 24, 25, and 26, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

6. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964:

Your NNHS 64/45 Reunion Committee is pleased to announce that musical entertainment has been arranged for our Reunion.

On Friday evening, we will dance to the tunes of DJ, Susan Voss. Those of you who attended our “Turning Sixty” Party in 2006 at Spirit Events will remember Susan’s talent and energy.

On Saturday night we have engaged the band, LP & Company, headed by L.P. Butler. I could tell you how great they are, but you can see for yourself on the video at their web site:

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/20/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  
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There's a Place

Words and Music by John Lennon
(09 Oct 1940 – 08 Dec 1980)


Paul McCartney (b. 18 June 1942)

(The Beatles, 1963)

There is a place,
Where I can go,
When I feel low,
When I feel blue.
And it's my mind,
And there's no time when I'm alone.

I think of you,
And things you do,
Go 'round my head,
The things you said,
Like "I love only you."

In my mind there's no sorrow,
Don't you know that it's so.
There'll be no sad tomorrow,
Don't you know that it's so.

There is a place,
Where I can go,
When I feel low,
When I feel blue.
And it's my mind,
And there's no time when I'm alone.
There's a place ...

"There's a Place" midi courtesy of - 04/20/06
as suggested by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"There's a Place" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA – 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

NOTE: This page was unavailable at press time, so the lyrics are actually courtesy
of - 04/20/06

Crimson Elementary School's Sixth Graders Drawings, "I Feel Blue" courtesy
of - 04/20/06

Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 04/20/09

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy o
f - 02/17/09

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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