05/21/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
“... See there's this place in me where your fingerprints
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I thought we'd try something from a different genre today.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R2F9f2Cl6Y - He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones on The Ronnie Prophet Show, July 1, 1980
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" is a song by country music artist George Jones that has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time. It was a single on the album I Am What I Am. Released in 1980, the song was Jones's first No. 1 single in six years. The melancholy song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman.
It is about a man who was betrayed by his lover. Despite her actions (and her comments that he would soon forget about her), he never stopped loving her—the day he stopped loving her would be the day he died (however, she did attend his funeral).
Jones credits the song with reviving his flagging career, stating that "a four-decade career had been salvaged by a three-minute song." Jones earned the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980. The Academy of Country Music awarded the song Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1980. It also became the Country Music Association's Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. This was the second time that the same song won the honor two years in a row. (The first instance was the song "Easy Loving", sung by Freddie Hart.)
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/19/10 - "Join me for an Opening Reception this Friday Evening":
|I hope a few NNHS 1958 classmates will be able to join me this coming Friday, 5/21, at 7:30 pm for the opening reception of:|
Works in Watermedia by Hampton Roads Artists at
4205 Victoria Boulevard (corner of Kecoughtan Road and Victoria Boulevard), Hampton, VA 23669
Two paintings by our classmate, LaRhue Nettles Mitchell, have been selected for the exhibition. Also, there will be delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine served at the opening reception. And BTW, there is no fee and the food and drink are provided free of charge by a group of local art patrons.
A friend who helped hang the works told me that the quality of the works selected is superb.
You will find additional information on the theme of one of LaRhue's paintings at the end of this email.
Works in Watermedia by Hampton Roads Artists
Opening Reception: Friday, May 21, 7:30-9:30 pm.
Exhibition duration: May 22- July 11,
Artists working in various water media throughout Hampton Roads, were selected to participate in this group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works on paper, which explore the diversity of media, content and style of this versatile art forms. Works will run the gamut from miniatures to large scale works. Water media on paper will include traditional transparent watercolor, gouache or tempera, and acrylic used alone or as a dominant component with mixed media or collage.
Many of the exhibiting artists will be present to meet visitors, talk about their work, and answer questions at the
4205 Victoria Boulevard (Kecoughtan
Road and Victoria Boulevard)
Hampton, VA 23669
Notes on "Wintergreen Berries and Carpets of Moss", a watercolor by LaRhue Nettles Mitchell:
The theme of LaRhue's painting was inspired by the poem, "Moss-Gathering" by Theodore Roethke.
A commentary: Early April
is that time of year where flowers begin to bloom but trees and plants still
have that look of winter deadness to them. This paradoxical season always puts
me in the mood for one of my favorite poets, Theodore Roethke. Roethke grew up
with gardeners, so the world of plants and natural life inform his work quite a
bit. His poetry exists in a kind of "between-place," where life and death
coexist within the natural symbols of the earth. Here's one of his earliest
poems, which fits this mood quite nicely. Plus, who wouldn't want to end a poem
with the word "desecration"?
Moss-Gathering, by Theodore Roethke
To loosen with all ten fingers held wide and limber
And lift up a patch, dark-green, the kind for lining cemetery baskets,
Thick and cushiony, like an old-fashioned doormat,
The crumbling small hollow sticks on the underside mixed with roots,
And wintergreen berries and leaves still stuck to the top, --
That was moss-gathering.
But something always went out of me when I dug loose those carpets
Of green, or plunged to my elbows in the spongy yellowish moss of the marshes:
And afterwards I always felt mean, jogging back over the logging road,
As if I had broken the natural order of things in that swampland;
Disturbed some rhythm, old and of vast importance,
By pulling off flesh from the living planet;
As if I had committed, against the whole scheme of life, a desecration.
I don't yet know the thematic assertion of the 2nd painting by LaRhue selected for the exhibition...
Thanks so much, Joe! I hope there's a big turn-out for this exciting event!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);
Edna Martin Clemence ('57)
(deceased 04 Nov 2009);
26 - Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA;
27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57)!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
YESTERDAY IN WWII:
|May 20, 1940 - Holocaust: The first prisoners arrived at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.|
TODAY IN WWII:
|May 21, 1940 - A Nazi "special unit" began murdering more
than 1,500 hospital patients in East Prussia. The operation of killing
the "unfit" mentally ill patients took 18 days.
May 21, 1941 - The first U.S. ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.
May 21, 1942 - 4,300 Jews were deported from Chelm, Poland, to the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor.
May 21, 1942 - The German company IG Farben set up a factory just outside of Auschwitz, in order to take advantage of Jewish slave laborers.
YESTERDAY IN 1965:
|Thursday, May 20, 1965 - PIA Flight 705, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720 – 040 B, crashed while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 119 of the 125 passengers and crew.|
TODAY IN 1965:
|Friday, May 21, 1965 - Aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland (b. 27 July 1882 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England) died in Watford, Hertfordshire, England at the age of 82.|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/19/10 - "AMY WINEHOUSE":
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/20/10 - "Mission accomplished...almost":
I finally got the info. I needed about the car...I have to do the title change in Virginia. Soooo will be making a quick trip to the sacred soil real soon. Oh well, I never pass up the opportunity to visit that fair land!
Oh, goody - I'm glad you were able to find what you needed, Jean! I hope the trip is not too strenuous considering your leg! Give my regards to The Sacred Soil!
From Jane Chambers of VA - 05/20/10 - "Jane will be away May 20-25":
|I'm flying to Gulfport tomorrow (Thursday, May 20) for a family
wedding & family reunion in Mississippi. My brother Tom's 3rd daughter
is getting married. I should be back by Tuesday, May 25.
COOL BEANS! Have a wonderful time, Jane!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/20/10 - "Haunting Questions":
|QUESTIONS THAT HAUNT ME!
Can you cry under water?
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!
From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:
Contact Dr. Chambers at email@example.com.
FromArcaMax Jokes - 05/20/10:
Having moved 15 times during our 37-year marriage, my husband and I appreciate movers who take the time to label carefully boxes they pack for us.
The accuracy of labels can make a huge difference when we try to find something right away.
My favorite was done by one guy who attached this sticker to a box - obviously not knowing how to spell the best one word description: "Animals you hit with a stick at a Mexican party."
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
|1. Saturday, June 12,
2010 - George Wythe
Schools Closing Celebration.
Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 /
with any questions or to contribute old memories -
OPEN TO PUBLIC
2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the reunion website at NNHS1970Reunion.myevent.com - CLASS OF 1970
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at email@example.com - CLASS OF 1960
4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org - CLASS OF 1963
5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at email@example.com - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965
6. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella firstname.lastname@example.org (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, email@example.com (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954
7. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM - 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at: Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
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He Stopped Loving Her Today
Words and Music by Bobby Braddock (b. 05 Aug 1940) and Curly Putman (b. 20 Nov 1930)
Recorded by George Jones (b. 12 Sept 1931), 1980
He said I'll love you 'til I die
She told him you'll forget in time
As the years went slowly by
She still preyed upon his mind
He kept her picture on his wall
Went half crazy now and then
He still loved her through it all
Hoping she'd come back again
Kept some letters by his bed
He had underlined in red
Every single I love you
I went to see him just today
Oh but I didn't see no tears
All dressed up to go away
First time I'd seen him smile in years
He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they'll carry him away
He stopped loving her today
You know she came to see him one last time
Oh and we all wondered if she would
And it kept running through my mind
This time he's over her for good
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" midi (sequenced by Harry Todd) courtesy of http://www.ajsmidi.com/country/top100.html - 05/21/07
Loving Her Today" lyrics courtesy
of http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/jones-george/he-stopped-loving-her-today-18102.html - 05/21/10
Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.xmission.com/~tssphoto/valentine.html - 02/12/08
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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