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07/08/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
A Blossom Fell

“I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes
incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap
into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.”

- Les Brown
(b. 1945)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Nat King Cole keeps singing this old song to me.

BONUS - - A Blossom Fell - Nat King Cole


"A Blossom Fell" is a popular song.

It was written by Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius, and Dominic John and published in 1954.

The best-known version was recorded by Nat King Cole. The recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 3095. The B-side was "If I May." The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 27, 1955 and lasted 20 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.[1] (Note that in this era, Billboard combined data for both sides of two-sided hits, so the #2 status applies to the combination of "A Blossom Fell" and "If I May").

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND  Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -  Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA AND  Bill Wynne ('63) of MD;

11 -   Bobby Maddy ('57) AND    Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN;

12 -   Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA;

13 - James Stidham ('57) AND  Bobby Jeffries ('63);

15 - Carol Smith Saunders ('63) AND Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 08, 1941 - German General Franz Halder recorded in his diary Adolf Hitler's plans for Moscow and Leningrad. He wrote, "To dispose fully of their population, which otherwise we shall have to feed during the winter."


Saturday, July 08, 1967 - Not a single thing happened.

Much of what I know that really matters I have learned from being a father.”

- Boyd K. Packer   
(10 Sept 1924 - 03 July 2015

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 07/08/17:

  Thank you, Joan!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 07/07/17 - "Riverview Farm Park meeting Monday, July 10, 7 PM, Grissom Library":

TThe latest count for signatures from the June 13 Primary Election Day Petition Drive is 2,073, and there are still several people who I haven't received petitions from yet. The more people we can reach with our petition the better. We will continue gathering signatures during the summer and fall and make another major effort on Election Day in November.

Please note the information in this message as well as on our website

The big opportunity for us during July is for each of us to attend at least one of the meetings listed below to express in both written form and verbally our views concerning the City Farm. The City Council will get the final word on this plan, but it's to our advantage if we can exert our influence at this stage and the greater the NUMBERS the better.

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Monday, July 10, 7:00 PM, Grissom Library Meeting Room: Open meeting of Citizens for Riverview Farm Park

Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: City Council meeting with Citizen Comment period.

Public meeting dates and locations for the Draft Comprehensive Plan presentation.
· Monday July 17, 6-8 PM, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
· Tuesday July 25, 6-8 PM, Denbigh Community Center
· Thursday July 27, 6-8 PM, Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
We need to have a lot of people supporting the park attend these meetings and providing input, written and spoken. Please tell the planning people that we want the City Farm to be shown as a park on the Future Land Use Map.
The meetings will be open house format, scheduled between 6 and 8 PM. There will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at each meeting to introduce the plan to the public and then answer questions. There will be several stations set up with copies of the draft plan and key maps so that attendees can take a closer look at the plan – if they haven’t reviewed it yet on line – and ask further questions and provide feedback. These stations will be open before and after the presentation. More details to follow as we get closer to the meeting dates.
You can view the Draft Comprehensive Plan at DocumentCenter/View/12471

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I have edited the portion of the video that I made from A. C. 's boat of the waterfront from the Lucas Creek area to the south end of Riverside Drive. By doubling the speed of most of the video, it is now less than 20 minutes in length. I also added music to the video.

The "Where Can We Go Ashore?" video is on the Riverview Farm Park playlist at   

Thanks for your interest and involvement.

Adrian Whitcomb
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park

   Thank you for your diligence, Adrian!

   From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 07/06/16:

  This and then I'll pause for awhile..

   Thank you so much, John Darlin'!      

   Of all of your images that you've shared with me over the years, this one may very well be my favorite!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 07/07/17 - "Six Little Stories":

Good one......

"SIX LITTLE STORIES" - well worth the 30 seconds to read!

{1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That's FAITH.

{2} When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That's TRUST.

{3} Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That's HOPE.

(4} We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That's CONFIDENCE.

{5} We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That's LOVE.

{6} On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 82 years old; I am sweet 16 with 66 years of experience.' That's ATTITUDE.

Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories. When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a mini-vacation.


   Thank you so much, Wayne! This IS nice!

 From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 07/06/17:

  EXACTLY! Thank you, Mary!

From Linda DeShazo Hatchett ('65) of VA - 07/07/17:

  COMFORTING THOUGHT! Thank you, Linda!

   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 07/07/16:

  Thanks, Jean!

  From Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA - 07/07/16:

     Thanks, Brenda!

From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA -

     Thanks, Carlene!

From - 07/04/16 - "12 Time-Freeing Tips":
12 Tips to Help You Claim More Time for Yourself

by Marquita Herald

Whether you are feeling overextended, overcommitted and overwhelmed, or just ready to free more time for summer, the following tips can help you take the first steps toward conquering your time crunched lifestyle find more time for "off the clock" fun.

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." ~ Peter F. Drucker

1. Begin by learning the difference between "Do I need to do this now?" and "Do I need to do this at all?" Just because you are busy and getting things done doesn’t mean you are actually accomplishing anything significant. As you plan your day or week, really think about the things you have to do as opposed to things you think you have to do. A lot of to do’s are not necessarily things we have to do. Often times the lines are blurred because we over commit or feel obligated to things that aren’t in line with our goals and rob us of valuable time.

2. Organize future events with a monthly accordion file: Put birthday cards, directions to a baby shower, a note to check on furniture deliveries, even vacation brochures in the appropriate months for quick reference and retrieval.

3. Create a “just in case” box for the car trunk: umbrella, cheap rain ponchos, scissors, big black marker, tape, paper towels, plastic bags, extra kids’ socks and a one-size-fits-all T-shirt, sweatshirt and pair of sweatpants for adults, another for kids.

4. Go digital with record keeping: Instead of printing every report, article, recipe or document you think you might need or want some day, burn records onto CDs for storage. You will be amazed about the amount of space you’ll save, not to mention printer ink and copy paper – and as an extra bonus you’ll be saving LOTS of trees in the process!

5. Take control of managing your bill paying schedule: Rather than having to constantly trying to keep track of when various bills are due each month, ask creditors to shift your due dates to lump them all together or to split them between the two pay periods of each month.

6. Make your home office an actual work space: Attempting to work at a cluttered table or desk may not be the sign of a cluttered mind, but piles of disorganized faxes, bills, receipts and mail are definitely off-putting when you're trying to work at home. You need to be able to sit down in your home office and go to work, without having to clear a space or hunt for a particular piece of paper. Getting your home office organized and keeping it that way prevents distractions and time-wasting. Buy an in and out basket and use it, invest in a filing cabinet, and have a wastepaper can handy so you can clean up when you close up for the day. Keep all your relevant working materials in your work space. Having to walk into another room to retrieve a file can be a serious waste of time.

Tip: Having an actual “work space” also helps to get across the point to family and friends that, even though you are at home, you are working.

7. Practice Chunking: This strategy refers to completing similar types of work all at the same time. For example if you typically field a large number of calls and or emails each day – instead of dropping everything to take each call as it comes in or each email as it arrives, set aside specific blocks of time dedicated to returning calls and responding to emails. It's more effective and a better use of energy, where possible, to accomplish similar tasks all together. Same goes for writing, scheduling clients, etc. Tip: I know, being needed is so gratifying, but so is self-preservation. It’s especially for us ‘control freaks’ to let go of control and allow others to make decisions, but if you try just testing the waters, you’re likely to find very few true “emergencies” in a given day. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised at how often problems are magically solved without your able involvement – which leaves you the opportunity to heap praise for a job well done!

8. Be prepared before making phone calls: Before picking up the phone, make a list of things you need to talk about and questions you need to ask. That way, you won’t waste time calling someone back because you forgot to ask an important question. I even do this when I call my relatives if I have a lot of things to tell them.

9. Use templates & swipe files: You can use templates and swipe files for invoices, letters of introduction, client questionnaires, standard email responses, out of office notices and other documents you use on a regular basis. If you have a website or blog consider a FAQ page where readers can easily access answers to the most frequently asked questions about your product or programs. Keep a current copy of your online profile in your swipe file so when you register at a new forum or website you can simply cut and paste.

10. Create easy access to your information: You can use Evernote to capture thoughts and ideas, store notes, swipe files and photos all in one place. Evernote Mobile lets you capture anything you want to remember where ever you are and instantly makes it available on all the computers and devices you use. That doesn’t mean you should work everywhere, or all the time. It means you spend less time trying to locate or transfer files & programs. Less time typing the same responses over and over. Less time stuck inside in your office. Best of all – it’s FREE!

11. If you DARE – use Rescue Time: For those really serious about productivity, Rescue Time can save you hours every week by tracking how and where you spend your time online. There’s no data entry required - a little application tracks what you use, and how much time you spending using it. There’s a free 14-day trial for the full service version, then optional plans ranging from just $6 to $9/month. If you don’t care about all the graphs and reporting, you can opt for the Lite “free forever” version.

12. Finally, plan how you will use your “off the clock” fun time: As gratifying as it can feel to take control of your time and become more productive in the process – if you don’t create a plan for what you’ll do with your free time, it will be quickly lost to whatever pops up. Even if your plan is to finally read that book that’s been gathering dust on your nightstand, schedule your personal time around that so it feels more like a commitment – because it is, a commitment to enjoy more of your life.

Start using these tips today and enjoy all the free time you create!

Author's Bio:

My name is Marquita (Marty) Herald and I am an information marketer, author and editor of the lifestyle blog, IGG - Tips, Tools & Tantalizing Ideas. IGG is for you if you are . . . Compassionate, creative, and trying to do great things in the world without losing yourself in the process.

Won't you please take a moment to stop by IGG and, if you like what you see, take a moment to claim your free copy of my latest eBook - The Joyful Heart - A Guide to Cultivating Joy.

You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what's left.”

- Yogi Berra
12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - "21 Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand (#18 in a Series of 21)":

  21 Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand 

#18: Just One Hula Hoop Wasn't Enough: Some of us could do multiple at a time!

   Thank you, Sarah Sugah!


BONUS BLOSSOM CROCHET PATTERNS: - Cindy's 10 Beautiful Ways to Crochet a Flower - With tutorials!

BONUS BLOSSOM RECIPES: - Blossom Recipes - "Over 21 blossom recipes from Recipeland. From Orange Blossom Jello Cake to Namurrah."


The Hasty Heart (1949) - Starring , , - and
as Blossom, the African


From - 07/07/16:
A woman had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up.

"Wow," said her husband, "that was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?"

"Wrong number," replied the wife.

1. 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.

2. Wednesday, September 13, 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 06/10/17

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

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


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A Blossom Fell

Written by Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius, and Dominic John, 1954

Recorded by Nat King Cole (17 Mar 1919 - 15 Feb 1965), 1955

A blossom fell... from off a tree.
It settled softly on the lips you turned to me.
The gypsies say, and I know why
"A falling blossom only touches lips that lie."

A blossom fell... and very soon
I saw you kissing someone new beneath the moon.
I thought you loved me, you said you loved me.
We planned together to dream forever.
The dream has ended, for true love died,
The night a blossom fell, and touched two lips that lied.


A blossom fell... and very soon
I saw you kissing someone new beneath the moon.
I thought you loved me, you said you loved me.
We planned together to dream forever.
The dream has ended, for true love died,
The night a blossom fell, and touched two lips that lied.

"A Blossom Fell" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/28/10

Mang Maning's 2009 Image "A Blossom Fell" courtesy of - 07/08/10

Flower Line 63 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/10

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!!

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Big Smile courtesy of Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 11/11/16
Thanks, Kathy!

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

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