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06/07/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
When You Say Nothing at All

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you,
say what you've got to say, and say it hot.”

- D. H. Lawrence

 (11 Sept 1885 - 02 Mar 1930)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme has three primary versions - all of which I've saved for your viewing - but my own favorite is Alison's:

BONUS #1 - - When You Say Nothing At All - Keith Whitley, 1988, with lyrics

BONUS #2 - - When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss, 1995

BONUS #3 - - When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating, 1999 


"When You Say Nothing at All" is a country song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. It is among the best-known hit songs for three different performers: Keith Whitley, who took it to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on December 24, 1988; Alison Krauss, whose version became her first solo top-10 country hit in 1995; and Irish pop singer Ronan Keating, whose version was his first solo single and a chart-topper in the United Kingdom in 1999.

Overstreet and Schlitz came up with "When You Say Nothing at All" at the end of an otherwise unproductive day. Strumming a guitar, trying to write their next song, they were coming up empty. "As we tried to find another way to say nothing, we came up with the song," Overstreet later told author Ace Collins. They thought the song was OK, but nothing special.[1] When Keith Whitley heard it, he loved it, and was not going to let it get away.[1] Earlier, he had recorded another Overstreet-Schlitz composition that became a No. 1 hit for another artist - Randy Travis' "On the Other Hand." Whitley did not plan to let "When You Say Nothing at All" meet the same fate.[1][2]

RCA released "When You Say Nothing at All" as the follow-up single to the title song of Whitley's Don't Close Your Eyes album. The former song already had hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, his first chart-topper after three prior singles made the top 10.[3] "When You Say Nothing at All" entered the Hot Country Singles chart on September 17, 1988, at No. 61, and gradually rose to the top, where it stayed for two weeks at the end of the year.[1][2] It was the second of five consecutive chart-topping singles for Whitley, who did not live to see the last two, as he died on May 9, 1989 of alcohol poisoning.[3] "Keith did a great job singin' that song," co-composer Schlitz told author Tom Roland. "He truly sang it from the heart."[2] In 2004, Whitley's original was ranked 12th among CMT's 100 Greatest Love Songs.[4] It was sung by Sara Evans on the show.


   Happy Birthday today to   Fred Field (June '45) of CA AND  the late Al Simms ('60) (deceased 08/11/16) AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -     Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND   the late Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) (deceased 08/16/11);

11 - Joan Warren Smith ('63) AND  Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57);

14 - The United States Army - 1775 AND   the late Rosalee Will Jecmenek ('65) (d. 20 July 2013) AND Cindy _____ Konstant of VA (Wife of  George Konstant - '65 of VA) AND   Linda McKenna Sivilich of PA AND    My Grandson, Buckley Harty of CA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


June 07, 1917 - World War I: Battle of Messines: Allied soldiers detonated a series of mines underneath German trenches at Messines Ridge, killing 10,000 German troops.


June 07, 1942
- The Battle of Midway ended in American victory.

June 07, 1942 - Aleutian Islands Campaign: Imperial Japanese soldiers began occupying the American islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

June 07, 1944 - The steamer Danae, carrying 350 Cretan Jews and 250 Cretan partisans, was sunk without survivors off the shore of Santorini.

June 07, 1944 - Battle of Normandy – At Abbey Ardennes, members of the SS Division Hitlerjugend massacred 23 Canadian prisoners of war.


Sunday, June 07, 1964 - The Newport News High School Class of 1964 was graduated.

Wednesday, June 07, 1967 - Six-Day War: Israeli soldiers entered Jerusalem.

Wednesday, June 07, 1967 - Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer Dave Navarro was born David Michael Navarro in Santa Monica, California.

Wednesday, June 07, 1967 - Mathematician and academic Anatoly Maltsev (b. Anatoly Ivanovich Maltsev [Анато́лий Ива́нович Ма́льцев] on 27 Nov N.S./14 Nov O.S. 1909 in Moscow Governorate, Russian Empire) died in Novosibirsk, Russia at the age of 57.

Wednesday, June 07, 1967 - Poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist Dorothy Parker (b. Dorothy Rothschild on 22 Aug 1893 in Long Branch, New Jersey) died in New York City, New York of a heart attack at the age of 73.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 06/03/15:

“Try a little harder to be a little better.

- Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

 From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 06/06/17 - "House Concert - Saturday, June 17th - It Will be Amazing - Shawn Camp & Lauren Mascitti & Friends":

  Our next house concert will be another full night of fantastic music.... Shawn Camp, Lauren Mascitti will be featured along with an amazing set of opening rounds to include:

Lee Gibson - opened for George Jones, Randy Houser, Ronnie McDowell and others
Nolan Neal - Voice Finalist and a member of Team Adam
Dessie Magee - Irish born singer/songwriter currently on US Tour
and Danika Portz - influenced by Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry...sound like Nora Jones

Saturday June 17th - Potluck - BYOB - Donate $15 @ Z Door.

Doors open at 6:00 PM - Music Starts at 7:00 PM.

RSVP to me at:

    WOWZERS! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun!


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 06/06/16:

  OOH, YUMMY! Thank you, Catherine!

 From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ, Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 06/06/17:

  Thanks, Cousin Jim!

“When the boys come back from France, we'll have the hags flung out.

- Attributed to the Reverend William Archibald Spooner
22 July 1844 – 29 Aug 1930)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/30/17 - "Goodies (#7 in a Series of 20)":

  Thank you, Shari!

BONUS NEXT TO NOTHING CROCHET PATTERN: - Hinzpired's Crocheted Heart - "...I know next to nothing about crochet and have been attempting to teach myself. Your directions are great and I just may give these a try!" - with tutorial!

BONUS DO NOTHING RECIPE: - Do Nothing Cake - "When a friend brought this to a church supper, EVERYONE insisted on getting the recipe. Very moist and delicious."


From - 06/06/17:

Interviewer: What do you have planned for the future?

Applicant: Lunch

Interviewer: No, I mean long term.

Applicant: Oh... Dinner.

1. Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1962 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA. SEE: and CONTACT:

2. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 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.

3. Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1967 will hold their 50-Year Reunion. SEE:

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/23/17

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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When You Say Nothing at All

Written by
Paul Overstreet (b. 17 Mar 1955) and Don Schlitz
(b. 29 Aug 1952), 1988

Recorded by Alison Krauss(b. 23 July 1971), 1995

It's amazing how you can speak right through my heart
Without saying a word, you can light up the dark
Try as I may I can never explain
Why I hear when you don't say a thing

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best, when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking 'bout loud
But when you hold me near, you drown out the crowd
Try as I may they can never define
What's being said between your heart and mine

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best, when you say nothing at all

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best, when you say nothing at all

 "When You Say Nothing at All" midi (sequenced by Jack Hall) and lyrics courtesy of - 06/07/09

Stained Glass clip art courtesy of - 04/28/06

Pink Squiggle Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/01/09

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

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Bronze Star clip art courtesy of - 05/09/08 

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

Graduation clip art courtesy of - 07/20/06

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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