04/27/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
“Come back to me in dreams; that I may
Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter's theme was prompted by Robert Price ('61) of VA. At the close of the last Newsletter - 04/26/08 - Four Walls, he quoted the poignant lyrics of Reba McEntire's song, "If I Had Only Known":
I thought it would make an excellent Newsletter theme, but even though I found this YouTube video, I sadly was unable to find a corresponding .mid file for it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeKv_qc_aOo - If I Had Only Known
I will have to assume that no one has yet sequenced it into a midi - which is the only way I can attach it to a page.
However, an old thought came into my mind.
My parents owned a copy of this book: The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900, Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919 One of its many treasures was a poem by Irish poet Charles Wolfe, entitled "To Mary". I can't recall how it happened, but when I was in high school, I somehow discovered that those words could be sung to the strains of "Greensleeves" - and I performed it publicly on at least two occasions. Remarkably, I still remember all four verses of Wolfe's poem which I memorized those long years ago. In lieu of my original choice, I thought I'd share this combination with you instead.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ItNxpwChE - Greensleeves - David Nevue
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/26/08 - "Four Walls Theme for Newsletter":
As you see, Joe, we were thinking alike on this one; sorry it didn't work out as we would have liked.
And, oh, I don't know nuffin 'bout no iPods! I don't even have a cell phone!
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today to our Three-Fer:Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54)!
Happy Birthday Tuesday to Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!
this week to:
01 - the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX;
02 - Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND My Second Granddaughter, Rachel Harty of IL;
03 - Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;
04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 04/21/08 - "Award News from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":
WOWZERONI! There ya go - a viewer's guide to the Best of the Best!
Thank you, Hunter!
From Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA - 04/23/08 - "BEING A MOTHER":
WHAT A STORY! TIME IS ALL WE REALLY HAVE TO GIVE TO ONE ANOTHER..
BEING A MOTHER
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.'
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my mother, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. 'What's wrong, are you well,' she asked? My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
'I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,' I responded 'just the two of us.' She thought about it for a moment, and then said, 'I would like that very much.'
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's.
'I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed,' she said, as she got into the car. 'They can't wait to hear about our meeting.'
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady.
After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the entrees, I lifted my eyes and saw Mother sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.
'It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,' she said. 'Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor,' I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said , 'I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.' I agreed.
'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I got home. 'Very nice, much more so than I could have imagined,' I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her. Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place Mother and I had dined. An attached note said: 'I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but, nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son'
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: 'I love YOU' and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve.
Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some 'other' time.
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby... somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, 'normal' is history.
Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first... somebody doesn't have two or more children.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery....somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten... or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'
Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets married... somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home... somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her... somebody isn't a mother.
This isn't just about being a mother; it's about appreciating the people in your lives while you have them... no matter who that person is!
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes...
'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle'.
Thanks so much, Betty!
From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 04/24/08 AND Dale Parsons ('49) of VA - 04/27/08 - "THIS IS EXCELLENT - Relax and Enjoy It! - Take Me Back to the Sixties":
Oh, the good ole days - memories. lv, ev AND ENJOY
Thanks, Evelyn and Dale! This is one of those sites that is so cool we run it every other month or so, but it just never gets - uh, well, OLD!
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 04/25/08 - "Little Buckley":
Here ya go. I posted them on
facebook too, with a little spiel about what happened an' all.
As we were watching his profile he started moving his mouth in the traditional sleepy lip-smacking gesture. It was the cutest thing I had seen in a long while, and it took all my effort to not melt into a puddle on the floor.
I love ya, Lady,
|Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 11:31 AM|
|Buckley Harty - 33 weeks|
Oh, WOW! Look at that precious little baby! He has his little mouth all
puckered up for a kissy-face - just the way you used to do!
I would be more than happy to
kiss him for you, anytime you want to bring him down to see me!
Thank you, Sweetie-Weetie! I love you, too!
Funny how time flies; wasn't this only yesterday?!?
|Friday, February 15, 1985 - Richmond, VA|
Dale Hampton Harty -
thirteen months and
eleven days old
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 04/26/08 - "The Dash":
I had a good friend send me this and I found it very profound. This is something all should see and think about.
Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.
In July 2006, a short 3-minute movie was launched on the Internet called The Dash. Since then, over 40 million people from around the world have watched it; and over 20,000 a day continue to watch it as a result of people passing it along.
Thanks, Sweetie! This is another item we run rather often, just because we all need to be reminded of these things on a regular basis!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/26/08 - "Thomas Downs":
While transplanting the rose bushes in my yard yesterday, the name Thomas Downs flashed through my old brain for no reason. Then it seemed almost impossible to get him out of my thoughts. Maybe I was having a sun stroke, but my brain would not leave the image I had of this young man when we were students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Now I wonder what path he took in life. Would you mind asking the “Typhoon Nation” if anyone knows his whereabouts and where his life journey has taken him?
Joe Madagan (’57) of FL
Thanks, Joe! It's strange, isn't it, how names and faces from the past will sometimes suddenly invade our memories with such force?
How about it, Sweetie-Pies? Does anyone know anything at all about Thomas Downs??
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/27/08 - " Bill Black's Play Reading":
was a nice turnout for the reading, including a number of TYPHOONs. The play
was well received, despite Bill's apprehension.
When Dave Arnold and I arrived, we saw Richie Allen and Frances Goodson Wang and had a nice chat.
The reading concluded to thunderous applause, after which we retired to the lobby for 45 minutes of interesting conversation. I asked an attendee to take this photo of the TYPHOONs in attendance.
|After the reading I got a photo of Bill and Richie.||
Here is the Bill Black Fan Club
from left to right:
Richie Allen ('66) of VA and
Bill Black ('66) of GA
Donna Worsham Lonce ('65) of
VA; Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD; Richie Allen ('66) of VA; Bill Black
of GA; Dave Arnold ('65) of VA; and
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.
Regrettably, it was after the image was snapped that I found that Bill Raper ('66) was also in attendance. The group was reformed to include Bill Raper, and someone with a cell phone camera captured that image.
WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you, Captain!
I thought this all deserved its own page, and while I'm not too sure I like this final form, I do have it posted now:
From Me ('65) of NC - 04/27/08 - "Our Places of Worship":
As I'm still working on the Faculty pages in my "free time", I'm really not really ready to begin tackling these in full, but I noticed the other day that I'd never made anything for Bethany Gospel Chapel, so I added an extraordinarily lame page to fill that void:
The general rule here is - if you have or have had had some connection with any of these places of worship, please feel free to offer song suggestions or to share your memories, images, or other memorabilia with us. Thanks!
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"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good. The PET scan will be in the next few weeks. We are expecting good results."
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..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08
6. 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; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08
7. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely
8. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 -"at home recuperating"
9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"
10. 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"; update of 04/14/08: "doing better and sounded great (on 04/12)"; update of 04/24/08 - "did pretty well on her surgery Tuesday to replace that pin in her ankle. She will be going with (the Allens) to OBX this weekend to celebrate";
11.Jesse Kersey ('58) of VA: update of 04/14/08 - "remains hospitalized, continues to undergo tests, and doctors suspect the problem may be thyroid related"; update of 04/18/08 - SEE 04/18/08
12. 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'"; update of 04/25/08: SEE 04/26/08
13. John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
14. 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!
15. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"
16. All of Us
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1958.html - 03/18/08
2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008- NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/26/08
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#15 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.
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!
|It starts at a young age and men just get worse.|
I have whacked this Newsletter up so much I don't know if I'll ever be able to pick up all the pieces, but I am ever and always an optimistic soul, so keep the faith! And I know for a fact there are some very exciting entries coming - next time!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Lyrics by Charles Wolfe, 1825
(14 Dec 1791 – 21 Feb 1823)
Music - Greensleeves - a traditional English ballad. There is an (unlikely) legend that King Henry VIII wrote the tune.
If I had thought thou couldst have died,
I might not weep for thee;
But I forgot, when by thy side,
That thou couldst mortal be:
It never through my mind had past
The time would e'er be o'er,
And I on thee should look my last,
And thou shouldst smile no more!
And still upon that face I look,
And think 'twill smile again;
And still the thought I will not brook,
That I must look in vain.
But when I speak—thou dost not say
What thou ne'er left'st unsaid;
And now I feel, as well I may,
Sweet Mary, thou art dead!
If thou wouldst stay, e'en as thou art,
All cold and all serene—
I still might press thy silent heart,
And where thy smiles have been.
While e'en thy chill, bleak corpse I have,
Thou seemest still mine own;
But there—I lay thee in thy grave,
And I am now alone!
I do not think, where'er thou art,
Thou hast forgotten me;
And I, perhaps, may soothe this heart
In thinking too of thee:
Yet there was round thee such a dawn
Of light ne'er seen before,
As fancy never could have drawn,
And never can restore!
"Greensleeves" midi courtesy of http://members.toast.net/mnhunt/midis.htm - 04/26/08
"To Mary" lyrics courtesy of http://www.bartleby.com/101/604.html - 04/26/08
scorpio777's PhotoShoped Rendition of "Lost Love" courtesy of
(Original Painting can be seen at http://www.worth1000.com/web/media/177945/yt1.jpg)
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Animated Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars3.html – 08/27/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
Thanks again, Herbie!
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
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