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06/12/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Rose Garden

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature
is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming
of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead
of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

- Dale Carnegie
(24 Nov 1888 - 01 Nov 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   It's true.....

BONUS - - Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson, 1973


"(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" was the title of a song written by Joe South, that is best known as recorded by country singer Lynn Anderson. Her late 1970 release topped the U.S. country chart, reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and remained the biggest selling recording by a female country artist until 1997.[citation needed]

... In the song, initially recorded by South himself, the narrator explains to his/her lover that though their relationship is not perfect, they should be grateful for the good and accept the bad along with it (as the chorus of the song repeats, "I beg your pardon; I never promised you a rose garden").


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 06/10/16, 11:19 AM:

Requesting prayers for my husband, Dale (Chestnut - Nakina HS - '54), and his medical team as he undergoes carotid artery surgery.

   YIKESARONI! Certainly, Sandi!


   Happy Birthday today to Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57)

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND   Kay Walker Gray ('57) of VA AND        Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX;

17 - Dino Vretos ('57) AND   Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA;

18 -   The late Mimi Weger Green ('40) (deceased 15 Mar 2010)  AND    Tim Whitt ('66) of VA AND    Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND     the late Mark Wilson ('68) (deceased 19 Apr 2011) AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71);

19 - Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND Doris Landon Lewis ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


June 12, 1929 - Anne Frank was born in Germany. She wrote in her diary about growing up in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. She died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.

June 12, 1940 - 13,000 (some sources say 54,000 ?!?) British and French troops surrendered to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux, on the northern Channel border.

June 12, 1942 - Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday and made her first entry. The diary documented her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.

June 12, 1943 - Germany liquidated the Jewish Ghetto in Berezhany, western Ukraine. 1,180 Jews were led to the city's old Jewish graveyard and shot.

June 12, 1987 - Cold War: At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

TODAY IN 1966:

Sunday, June 12, 1966 - The Newport News High School Class of 1966 was graduated.

Sunday, June 12, 1966 - Footballer and manager David Platt was born David Andrew Platt in Chadderton, Lancashire, England.

“Faith and hope will open your eyes to the happiness that is placed before you.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
 (b. 06 Nov 1940)

     From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA -  06/11/16:

   INDEED! Thank you, Sarah Sugah!

    From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 06/11/16:

  TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD! Thanks, Catherine!

“Just because you're beautiful and perfect, it's made you conceited.”

- William Goldman, The Princess Bride
 (b. 12 Aug 1931)

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/22/16 - "GOD'S POST-IT NOTES (#17 in a Series of 17)":

  The real secret of happiness is not what you give or what you receive;
it's what you share.

     GIGGLES! Thank you, Dearest Judy! These have been a delight each day!


BONUS ROSE GARDEN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Penny Davis' Dedri's Rose Garden Square - Granny Rose Afghan Square - "I never promised you a rose garden but I did promise you a rose crochet-a-long. Tee, hee. :-)" - Rose Garden Granny Afghan - "Take some time to stop and smell the roses with a Rose Garden Granny Afghan. This crochet afghan pattern requires you to create squares and roses that are ultimately joined together. Experienced crocheters will love this cool pattern."



From - 06/11/16:
My wife asked me to buy ORGANIC vegetables from the market. I went and looked around and couldn't find any. So I grabbed an old, tired looking employee and said, "These vegetables are for my wife. Have they been sprayed with any poisonous chemicals?"

The produce guy looked at me and said, "No. You'll have to do that yourself."

1. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 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, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN, 711 Lakefront Commons, NN from 7:00 PM - closing. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, 740 Town City Drive, NN from 7:00 PM - midnight in the Pearl Room.

3. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1956 will hold their 60-Year Reunion.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/12/16

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden

Words and Music by Joe South (b. 28 Feb 1940)

Performed by Lynn Anderson (b. 26 Sept 1946), 1970

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.
When you take, you gotta give, so live and let live,
Or let go.
I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.

I could promise you things like big diamond rings,
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover.
So you better think it over.
Well, if sweet-talkin' you could make it come true,
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter,
But what would it matter?
So smile for a while and let's be jolly:
Love shouldn't be so melancholy.
Come along and share the good times while we can.

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.

Instrumental break.

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.

I could sing you a tune or promise you the moon,
But if that's what it takes to hold you,
I'd just as soon let you go, but there's one thing I want you to know.
You better look before you leap, still waters run deep,
And there won't always be someone there to pull you out,
And you know what I'm talkin' about.
So smile for a while and let's be jolly:
Love shouldn't be so melancholy.
Come along and share the good times while we can.

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.

"Rose Garden" midi courtesy of - 06/14/10 (sic)

"Rose Garden" lyrics courtesy of - 06/14/10 (sic)

Image of Rose Garden courtesy of - 06/14/10 (sic)

Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot find that information now, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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

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!

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

Graduation clip art courtesy of - 07/20/06

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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