- NNHS Newsletter
"My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This celebration is being totally rerun from just last year - for the same reason given then:
Cole Porter is quite possibly my very favorite popular music composer and lyricist ever. I've used his music more than once on these pages:
But for his birthday, our Wizard of Wonderment, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA located for us this FABULOUS midi of a medley of seven of Cole Porter's brightest and best.
David, you are a super genius! I love these interpretations! I keep thinking you've topped yourself, and then you do something else spectacular. Thank you so much, Brown Eyes!
From Me ('65) of NC - 05/29/07 - "How I Spent Last Tuesday Morning":
Sustaining Underwriters and Emergency Responders - THIS IS THE MORE COMPLETE LIST!
Obviously, this page is in the process of being seriously and completely revamped, almost on a daily basis. As I am not sure which of y'all wished to remain anonymous, if you have contributed to either of these funds, please drop me a line (as some of y'all have) and let me know your wishes. I'll then replace each "Anonymous" listing with your name or other wording. Thanks so much!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/05/07 - "INSPIRATIONAL- superb quotes & stories":
-- Dale Carnegie
"There is but one way to train up a child in the way that he should go and that is... to travel it yourself."
-- Abraham Lincoln
What we think about most
once took a fabulous vacation to
Italy. On the bus
tour I passed out some of our newsletters. A woman named Florence came up to
me and said, “I understand what the two of you are talking about in your
newsletter. It happened to me. Do you want to hear about it?” I said that I
“It was about a black cat. Yes it was a black cat that helped me find myself again. When my husband died young, I was very upset. I took a job teaching. The job didn’t work out well and I felt very down. My world was falling apart. I knew I needed some way to hold onto the good parts of myself, but how?”
“Then it came to me – I wanted a black cat, just like the black cat I had in childhood. So many of my childhood memories were happy and so many were associated with this wonderful black cat, Duke, who we had for 20 years. A friend found a black kitten for me. She brought it over and as I held it, I knew that it was love at first sight! From that day forward, I felt that my life was good again. I found myself again. I felt more sure of myself. So what if one school system didn’t work out? I knew that I was a good teacher! I’d find another.
I asked, “How could a black cat have made such a difference?”
She said, “You see, Duke was a part of the family. When we went to the country every summer, he had a friend – a skunk – who came looking for him and they would go off playing for hours. The skunk never sprayed him! He loved the country.”
“One day we were going home and the windows were open. We came to a small parade. Suddenly Duke jumped out of the car and disappeared. We were heartsick. After hours of looking, my Dad said, ‘Let’s go back to the summer house so we can start out really early tomorrow morning looking for Duke.’ We drove twenty miles back to the house. As we approached, there was Duke, sitting on the front porch looking at the door. He had walked the twenty miles while we had looked for him. He knew where he was going!”
“So, that’s the story of Duke. I guess I had to find that hook from my past to get myself back. I didn’t think a lot of people would understand how a cat helped me that much but now having read your newsletter, I wanted to share this with you. My new cat is named Tywaket. That’s the name of the cat in Bell, Book and Candle, and it’s kind of a mystical name – Tywaket certainly changed my life!”
I was very moved by Florence’s story of her cat. Indeed, the positive hooks in our childhood are extremely important, not only for recovering positive states of well being, but for giving us a sense of self esteem and self purpose. They almost serve as magical links to a personal integrity and self-knowledge that intuitively we have as children. However, this wisdom constantly gets pushed down and covered over by negative effects of many things that happen to us.
Let’s all look for positive hooks in our childhood!
Author: Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein , originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF®,
Thank you, Shari!
From Jennings Bryan ('42) of VA - 06/08/07 - "Reunion":
Have a great day;
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Jennings! I've added this to the list of Dates to Remember below, as well as to the front page:
From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 06/08/07 - "Psalm 55:22":
55:22 --- you really need to read this.
"Friends are God's way of taking care of us."
This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:
I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends.
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Boulevard, and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a Gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay.
When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fall en; sh e was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.
I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying " don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, "And you were praying?" That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and He sent me."
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.
So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or something?"
This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people."
It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings...
Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
.....This prayer is powerful and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.
Here is the prayer:
"Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus' precious name. Amen."
When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could You please get that for me?"
OH MY!!! This is a beautiful selection. I've seen it before; it usually makes me cry. Your introduction of it, however, made me lose it altogether! Thank you so much, Bruce!
Oh, yes - an editorial note of explanation. The first part of this is both Judaic and Christian. Normally, I would remove the last part, not because I'm ashamed of being a Christian, and not because I'm seeking to be politically correct, but just to make it more universally appealing.
I got such a kick out of that last sentence, though, I thought I'd just leave it attached.
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 06/09/07 - "Picnic":
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) and Charles Shofner
Thanks, Dave! I've added them to your Picnic list:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 60th Birthday Party for the Class of 1965 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES
2. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Typhoon Informal Reunion - NNHS CLASS OF 1960
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957
5. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's Buckroe Beach (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for Everyone - OPEN TO ALL
6. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942
7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 14, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965
8. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
As these six messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:
The NNHS Class of 1965 will celebrate their 60th Birthdays
Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Shelter #12 at Newport News Park on
Jefferson Avenue in NN from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.
Cost of the
picnic will be $10.00 per person, and includes all food and
beverages. Newport News Park allows only
CONTACT: Dave Arnold at email@example.com or call him at 757-618-6646.
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/09/07:
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's
Do It, I Get a Kick Out of You,
My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day
Why pick one, when there are so many?
Howsabout a medley? Runs for 9m46s.
Cole Porter selection includes, You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It,
I Get a Kick Out of You, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day.
Lyrics: Forget 'em. Too many songs. Everybody knows the words, anyway, right?
Well, they certainly should!!!
Cole Porter Medley for Piano midi
of http://www.musicforpianos.com/songs%20page.htm at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/06
Thanks so much, Dave!
Both Images of Cole Porter courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/porterguide/ - 06/08/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
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