06/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Jefferson Davis' 201st Birthday
If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today marks the fourth year we've celebrated Jefferson Davis' birthday here:
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx6dxrhqPZY - Ashokan Farewell, Jay Unger and Molly Mason
From Curt Overman ('59) of VA - 06/02/09 - "Typhoon Class of 59":
They would ask that they contact one of the above before July 1 so that plans may be made. It is anticipated that the reunion itself would be in either September or October. The form and venue would depend on the response they get.
Thank you for all your hard work!
That's truly fabulous news, Curt! I'll harp on this everyway I can imagine in the next four weeks to try to encourage one and all so that this comes to fruition!
1. From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 06/02/09, 10:33 AM - "Fred":
I was just catching up on the newsletters, and I realized that I did not let you know that Fred was discharged from the hospital Saturday Night. He is feeling so much better and again getting stronger each day. He will always run the risk of silent aspiration...so concentrating on the new way of eating and drinking is in order. Fred says that he thinks when he got his voice back (finally) that he starting eating and drinking like he has always done....he now KNOWS that he MUST wait between each swallow....gravity has to take the food to his stomach...and that takes time. The doctor said that the outcome of aspiration into the lungs is either pneumonia or drowning.
YOWZERS-WOWZERS! Thanks, Janice! Permanent lifestyle changes of any kind are always difficult adjustments, and I certainly sympathize with Fred.
2. From Me ('65) of IL - 06/02/09, 1:00 PM - " Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL)":
We had a very nice visit with the nephrologist this morning who reassured us about a great many matters, and ordered an ultrasound and some lab work (as yet unscheduled) to determine the extent of the problem with the complex lesion on Paul's left kidney.
For those of you who take lisinopril to control hypertension, he had some good news which I'd never heard: it provides a degree of protection for the kidneys - always a good thing.
We still need to schedule the surgery to remover Paul's gallbladder, as it continues and will continue to be quite painful while it remains there. Due to the restrictive diet Paul's been following to avoid further irritation and even more excruciating pain, he has lost 31 pounds since mid-January.
Thanks so much for your many good thoughts and prayers!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
05 - Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV (now in school in UT);
06 - Robert Helmintoller ('57)
Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57);
07 - Fred Field ('45) of CA AND Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;
10 - Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/02/09, 6:28 AM - "Hi Carol, can't view your site":
...the way your mail is being sent. Don't know if everyone or just me is having this problem.
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/02/09, 8:38 AM:
I'm getting a "no server for this request" response when I click onto the website. Is it me or other tech problems?
Oh, no, that was a convergence of three unrelated technical difficulties. Ho, ho, ho.
First I had problems sending the gmail, so the one big batch had to be broken into five. Then when it was time to send the smaller Yahoo batch, my NNHS65 addie absolutely refused to let me compose any mail (?!?), so I was forced to send it from firstname.lastname@example.org, no doubt eliciting much confusion from a number of people. Then I awoke to find the server was down, so rather than throwing a tantrum, I just chucked it all for the day and went downstairs and read a mystery novel while watching HGTV. Now I'm running three days behind.....
Thanks for checking, Shari and Norris!
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/02/09 - "Ties Among All Typhoons":
I think David Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) remarks about the "...deep and strong ties among all Typhoons...." is right on the mark. However, it wouldn't exist to nearly the extent it does today, especially the many new ties across classes, were it not for the very hard work put into the NNHS website by our very ownCarol Buckley Harty ('65 - of IL).
Many thanks, Carol, for the tremendous effort you have put into this. It has certainly brought back many memories for me, and help me more appreciate the great school, and the quality education we received.
Probably much of this would have been lost to history without your generous efforts and leadership. Thanks again, Carol. We don't say that enough!
What a Sweetie-Pie you are, Ronnie! Thank you so very much; I deeply appreciate your kind remarks!
From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 06/02/09 - "Adnan Barqawi, outgoing commander of the Corps of Cadets at VA Tech":
I had the opportunity to hear this young man last Saturday and he was great.
His speech is in two parts:
Best to you
WOWZERS! Thanks, Dicky!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/02/09 - "the 45 Lessons Life Taught Me":
This is something we should
all read at least once a week!!!!!
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the second most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't
fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Thanks so much, Shari!
From http://www.selfgrowthtest.com - 06/01/09 - "Worry":
If Worry Worked, I'd Weigh 115 lbs. and Be a Multi-Millionaire
By Anastasia Netri
I believe that people are sent here to learn particular
lessons in each lifetime. I know for me, part of what I'm here to learn in this
life is trust and balance. I also believe that the way we learn these lessons is
by overcoming the opposite experience.
I've been worrying all of my life. I worry incessantly about EVERYTHING. Over the last few years, I've been doing a lot of inner work, and it has paid off. I worry much less than I used to. However, if I'm not careful and I stop doing my "practices" such as meditation, affirmations, and mirror work, I can very easily slip into a cycle of worry, and it becomes difficult for me to stop.
Recently I've had an issue with food. Everything is changing so fast that I found myself using food for comfort. Food can be an excellent comfort, but I must admit that I overdid it a bit. I found myself having put on a few pounds because of it. Once the weight started to come on, I then would get into a thought pattern every morning when I would first wake up. (Ladies, tell me if you can relate.)
It would go something like this: Ok, today's the day. Today I'll drink lots of water and eat salad and watch my calories, and I'll work out for an hour and I'll do that every day. Then I'd look at the scale and my mood would be highly dependent on what the numbers said.
One morning I found myself aware of my thoughts instead of identified with them. I stepped back and noticed that I can't remember a morning where some similar thought process wasn't there. Even before I put on the weight, I was still basing the fact that I felt good upon what I looked like. I realized this had probably been going on every day for the last 20 years or so.
I sat with this for a while, quite astonished. Then all of the sudden, I had the thought: What if I just stopped worrying about my weight and what I looked like? I mean, what if I just STOPPED? Funny enough, my brain gave me an instant answer, revealing the thought behind the worry: If you stop worrying, it will get out of control.
In that instant, I became aware that this was the BIGGEST LIE ever. Worry actually didn't work -- because if it did, I would never have gained weight. Worrying about money doesn't work either. I realized the truth right there and then: If worry WORKED, I would weigh 115 pounds and be a multi-millionaire.
This is the illusion of control. Our minds tell us that by worrying, we are "doing something about it." Our minds tell us that if we let go, we will no longer have control and everything will fall apart. Even though all spiritual teachings tell us that our source of power is in LOVE and TRUST, we are not conditioned for that.
I would love to say that with that realization I have stopped worrying completely. Well, I haven't. One of my quotes that I say often is "The realization puts you at the base of the mountain, not the top. The realization is where your work BEGINS." There is a "reprogramming" that has to happen, and it takes time and practice. The more I'm okay with that, the less "work" it seems to be.
Here's some strategies I use to help me keep from letting worry get the best of me. Only you know what's right for you. If any of these helps you, then put them into practice. I encourage you to find whatever works for you and remember to keep up with it. I speak from experience that the minute I let my practices go, life just seems be much more difficult than it needs to.
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/31/09 - "This Beats a Beer Commercial..."G"":
This Beats a Commercial..."G"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elBx5lbnCe0 - Mountain Dew ad
Thanks, Wayne Honey!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 will hold a Mini-Reunion:Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961
2.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: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-69.html and contact Jean Baker Howell at email@example.com - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI
3. 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 WHSREUNION1959@aol.com.
4.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: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-64.html - CLASS OF 1964
5. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org.- CLASS OF 1970
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Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Music by Jay Ungar
The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.
My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.
Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?
Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.
"Ashokan Farewell" midi
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Farewell" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Dave!
First Image of Jefferson Davis courtesy of http://www.onlinelittlerock.com/content/historic/civil-war-photos.htm - 05/31/06
Second Image of Jefferson Davis courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~azrebel/page10.html - 05/31/06
Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.cybergifs.com/confederate/indexr1.html - 05/31/06
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Ferguson High School's
Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of http://www.ccsd.net/schools/cheyenne/sports.htm - 02/05/08
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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!
Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of http://www.clipartof.com/details/emoticon/1923.html - 03/05/09
Animated Kissing Smiley clip art
courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Animated Laughing Frog courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
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