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05/28/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Stairway to Heaven

“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Ahh - classic Led Zeppelin!

BONUS - - Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin


"Stairway to Heaven" is a song by the British rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band's untitled fourth studio album (usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV). The song, running eight minutes and two seconds, is composed of several sections, which increase in tempo and volume as the song progresses. The song begins as a slow acoustic-based folk song accompanied by recorders before electric instrumentation is introduced. The final section is a high-tempo hard rock section highlighted by an intricate guitar solo by Page.

The song, often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all-time,[2][3][4] was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs,[5] and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been officially released as a single there.[6] In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin's Mothership release, "Stairway to Heaven" hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart...[7]


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -    Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL AND    Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND  Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA AND   Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA AND AND    Linda Booth Reed ('63) of VA AND    Connie McGhee Soles ('63) of VA;

03 - Bill Combs ('63) AND      Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR;

04 -        Raoul Weinstein ('57) of GA AND   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


May 28, 1940 - Belgium surrendered unconditionally to Germany.

May 28, 1940 - Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recaptured Narvik in Norway. This was the first allied infantry victory of the War.

May 28, 1941 - The Allies began their evacuation of Crete.

May 28, 1942 - In retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia killed over 1,800 people.


Friday, May 28, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and bass player (The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants) Chris Ballew was born in Seattle, Washington.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 05/27/15:

“Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.

-  Thomas S. Monson, April 2004
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/20/15 - "The Moon (& God) - perhaps you knew this already?":

   Thank you so much, Billy! I remember watching the moon landing, but as for this part of the story, if I had ever known it, I had long since forgotten it! - TRUE

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/19/15 - "Don't screw it up.":

I love it! You will, too.

You will love this, the man says it all.

A video of a Kansas farmer, a father giving his daughter away in marriage.

     Thank you, Dearest Judy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/27/15 - "One Mega Large Family & 'Our Turtle' ":

Jokes & Comical Quotes From Clean Laughs

"Bruce Springsteen is selling his house in Beverly Hills for around $70 million. And for that much money, the house actually comes WITH Bruce Springsteen."

- Jimmy Fallon


"Scientists working on The Syracuse University Lava Project have discovered how to grill a steak using lava. The hard part is getting the cow up on the volcano."

- Seth Meyers


While standing watch in the Coast Guard station in Juneau, Alaska, I got a call from the Navy in the nearby city of Adak. They had lost contact with one of their planes and needed the Coast Guard to send an aircraft to find it.

I asked the man where the Navy aircraft had last been spotted so we would know where to search.

"I can't tell you," the Navy man said. "That's classified."



Tortoises inspired the ancient Roman military. During sieges, soldiers would get in testudo formation, named after the Latin word for tortoise. The men formed rows and held shields in front or above them to completely shelter the unit.

Tortoises have an exoskeleton and an endoskeleton. The shell has three main parts: the top carapace, the bottom plastron, and the bridge that fuses these pieces together. You can't see them, but every tortoise has ribs, a collar bone, and a spine inside its shell.

They can't swim, but tortoises can hold their breath for a long time. They're extremely tolerant of carbon dioxide. It's a good thing - tortoises have to empty their lungs before they can go into their shells. You'll often hear them exhale when they're startled and decide to hide.

Tortoises can extract water and nutrients from even the most paltry bites. Their hindgut system works like a double digestive tract, separating water from their waste. When water's scarce, they'll hang on to water waste and simply excrete the urates, which look like white toothpaste.

Like other reptiles, tortoises detect the faintest of smells with the vomeronasal organ, or Jacobson's Organ, on the roof of their mouths. Instead of flicking their tongues, they pump their throats to circulate air through the nose and around the mouth.

In 1968, the Soviet Union's Zond 5 spacecraft was the first to circle the moon and return safely to Earth. The tortoises on board lost about 10 percent of their body weight, but were still ready for a meal when they touched down.


From Bizarre News

* Illinois couple welcome their 100th grandchild *

QUINCY, Ill. (UPI) - An Illinois couple nearing their 60th wedding anniversary announced they have welcomed their 100th grandchild into the family.

Leo and Ruth Zanger, Quincy residents who have been married for 59 years, said baby Jaxton Zanger, born April 8, marks their 46th great-grandchild and their overall 100th grandchild. The couple said they have 12 children, 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

"We could start our own town," Leo Zanger joked to the Quincy Herald-Whig.

The couple said their large family is close-knit and most of them live in the Quincy area. They said family gatherings require a rented church hall and either 50 pounds of ham or 10 whole turkeys.

"We enjoy all of the family get-togethers," Leo Zanger said. The Zangers said they enjoy watching their family grow.

"All the grandkids know us," Ruth Zanger said.


A MountainWings Moment

Our Turtle

It is amazing to me how a simple summer afternoon, beautiful blue skies, and no rain for once can turn into an even more magical experience simply by someone ringing our doorbell.

My son and I had just settled down to our Sunday night dinner last night and our doorbell rang. Little did I know a two-hour grand adventure was about to start for me

It was our neighbor advising me that I should shut my garage door because a twenty-five pound snapping turtle was resting on my driveway. My son and I stared out in amazement. There she was, a glorious ancient reptile resting on her journey.

Her journey so far had taken her from a pond to the north of our home, up a huge hill, and to everyone's amazement across a busy trafficked road. And she had crossed another street to arrive in my driveway. Everyone realized she was heading to another pond that was at the end of our subdivision. However, she had heard the water in my front yard from my mini pond and was investigating it in a brief stay.

We all stared in amazement as this creature brought herself up from her resting position and proudly walked forward ... her steps were steady and determination was shown in each step as she marched across my garden. She rested again in my garden, in the cool shade of the tall grasses. My small garden pond was not the destination, so once again she pushed herself up and started the march eastward toward the larger pond.

She changed direction after she left my garden and headed down to the sidewalk. By now, more and more people were coming out to watch her progress. Slow and steady, with incredible strength and determination, she walked forward, never veering from her path.

As she made her way, more and more children came out to see "The Turtle." I ran back home to check and see if this migration was normal at this time of year for snapping turtles. I discovered while searching the Web that we were seeing a rare occurrence in August. The turtle knew by instinct where her goal was, the other pond. And on trust and instinct, she followed her path. She knew where she had to go and her route.

So for the next two hours, I became a turtle wrangler with my front porch broom, keeping kids at a safe distance, asking one of the children to run a get a water can of water to keep her moist as this journey was drying her out and that was not good for her. And above all else, keeping everyone out of her path, as that made her nervous and she would retreat inside her shell.

Our goal became her goal, to help her along the sidewalk. The kids learned that snapping turtles hiss when provoked, and yes, she will open her mouth and lunge her head forward and snap. Her long claws, about two inches long, made a louder noise on the sidewalk than a dog's nails on a sidewalk. They were amazed and in awe of this wondrous creature. All the children were so respectful of the turtle, as were the adults and some of the older teens. Pictures were being taken by cell phone cameras. As the procession slowly followed The Turtle, more and more children came out.

Then suddenly after one of her rests, she changed direction. She turned off the sidewalk and she went down a path between the houses into a backyard. We quickly asked permission of the owners to follow her there. The owner of the home was enthralled at her visitor. Then the turtle was headed into the tall grasses, behind the houses. We knew she had to keep wet and we could not keep track of her in the tall grasses. So it was decided that we would try to get her into a box so we could carry her the last 2000 yards to the pond.

She did not like the box. She hissed at the box on the ground and snapped at the side of it (that is how the kids got to see the actual shape and powerful bite of a snapping turtle). A newfound respect came over the kids.

I kept guiding her from the tall grasses with the broom, and then suddenly she lunged forward, snapped at my broom, and went into the box.

It took four kids to carry and run with the box to the pond. Kids were running after the box, parents were keeping up - all in one mission to help our Turtle to her destination, the pond. The Turtle knew when were getting close to the pond; she was clawing her way up the side of the box. Parents were praying the box would hold the turtle's weight. They could see the bottom of the box giving way as we approached the pond.

Then suddenly we were at the pond, the kids gently tipped the box on its side. and magic happened! The Turtle, after her laborious two-and-a-half-hour walk on land, glided effortlessly into the pond, submerged, and was home. The pond that was Turtle's destination flows into the huge marsh at the south end of Lake Scugog, which is part of the Trent-Severn water system.

Once the turtle was released, the kids shouted and whooped and cheered, their mission to help our Turtle complete. As our group of newly appointed turtle wranglers walked, some skipped back to the subdivision. They all chattered about how wonderful this adventure had been, how they wanted to name their turtle, how in just a short two-and-a-half hours this wonderful ancient creature captured their hearts. A lovely way to end their summer vacations and then go back to school to tell of their summer adventure with our Turtle.

As for me? I saw it s the journey we take in this lifetime. We move forward, not resisting change, knowing our path in our hearts and following it by instinct, trusting and believing we will arrive at our destination no matter what is put in our way. And once we arrive, we are given the gift of freedom, of what we love to do, to be who we can be ... and simply glide through the rest of our journey, with help from special guidance that is always there for us, if we just accept that we are not alone and always guided.

Great way to go through life.

~A MountainWings Original by Deborah Grose, Canada~

   Thank you, Shari!

    From Nancy Winall ('70) of VA - 05/27/15 - "Missing Cell Phone":

   Thanks, Nancy!

  From Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 / '68) of VA - 05/27/15 - "Why Is It?":

   ONE OF LIFE'S GREAT MYSTERIES! Thanks, Elizabeth!

From My Friend, Mariel, of NC - 05/26/15 - "Why?":


      AH! ANOTHER GREAT QUESTION! Thanks, Mariel!


“I mean what I meant.

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/15/15 - "Phenomenal Photos (#13 in a series of 16)":

  How in the world do they get these photos? The patience must be incredible.....

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Billy!



BONUS HEAVENLY RECIPES: - Heavenly Homemakers - "Making our homes heavenly... Striving toward our heavenly home"


From - 05/27/15:

Do you know why malt stands are constantly rated best businesses of the year?

They always give customers a fair shake.


1. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ or Pauline Collins Shofner @ 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/21/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Stairway to Heaven

Composed by guitarist Jimmy Page (b. 09 Jan 1944) and vocalist Robert Plant (b. 20 Aug1948)

Recorded by Led Zeppelin, 1971

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven.


"Stairway to Heaven" midi courtesy of - 05/28/09

"Stairway to Heaven" lyrics courtesy of - 05/28/09

"Stairway to Heaven" Image courtesy of - 05/28/13

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/21/05 (re-saved 03/22/09)

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 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 - 05/29/06

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of - page 14 - 11/14/09

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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

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