07/26/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Red Sector A
“When I teach about the Holocaust, I use it to try and get people
- Ralph Leck
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Wow. Another Rush song in such a short time. And as I mentioned just the other day, I'm really not a big Rush fan. I do like this song, and especially its powerful video, though. It reminds me of the clips my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) used to show me when I was but a little bitty girl, lest someone sometime in the future tried to convince me that the Holocaust never happened. He made certain I never forgot.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFTq71hWHcc - Red Sector A - Rush, 1984
"Lyricist Neil Peart has stated that the detailed imagery in the song intentionally evokes concentration camps of the Holocaust. Peart has stated that while Nazi concentration camps of World War II were his primary lyrical motivation, he decided to abstract the lyrics so as to apply to the experiences of atrocity of any similar prison camp scenario.
It also has to do with singer/bassist Geddy Lee's remembrance of his mother's accounts of the Holocaust, which she survived."
I may become a Rush fan yet.
40 YEARS AGO TODAY:
Saturday, July 26, 1969 - British Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson was born in Cardiff, Wales.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC AND Bill Roady ('60) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL - '65) of FL!
Happy Birthday this week to:
Don Chaney ('66) of MD
Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS,
American School, IL) of IL;
31 - Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;
01 - Bette Heath ('57) of VA AND My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL AND Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA!
02 - Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia ( or somewhere equally exciting) AND Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 07/25/09 - "blocked":
I haven’t been blocked but I also have not received any newsletters since 7/15. I went back several weeks ago and opened a deleted letter to see what was going on.
Thanks, Phil! The announcements become more and more difficult to cross cyberspace as filters become more stringent. I'm glad that you found the best and most reliable way to find new content is just to check the site itself:
Some people - myself included - were blocked from viewing ANYTHING on the NNHS site since some time on Monday, July 20. This was through no fault of ours, but because some other websites using the 00freehost server were having problems of their own. I discovered late last night the block had been removed, but alas, it was back in place this morning. ARGHHH!!!
From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 07/25/09 - "Nonsense Songs":
So you say (http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/07-22-09--NNHS-Blue-Da-Ba-Dee.html) that you like nonsense songs, huh. Well, here are three more.
Gigi D'Agostino - Bla Bla Bla - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrsuiD2y3c0&feature=PlayList&p=4054FFC4FDB782BD&index=10
The Numa Numa Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfEE_nYehZ8
Basshunter - Dota - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OzWIFX8M-Y&feature=related
Nonsense songs seem to be in with kids these day from what I can tell. So does the word "random" that you use in your introduction to the song "Blue (Da Ba Dee").
These are all delightfully goofy, Doug! Thanks so much! I was not familiar with any of them, but I think there's probably always been a demand for nonsense and nonsensical songs. After all, 1943 gave us Mairzy Doats:
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 07/25/09 - "Re-invented song":
OH, WOW! Thanks, Ronnie! We've posted this a couple of times, but I wouldn't want anyone to miss it, because it is so very, very cool!
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/25/09 - "the noblest profession...":
I got this from one of the guys in Terry's Texas Rangers group. Thought you'd like it and share it with others who would enjoy it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-0mdEg0U4&feature=related - Here's to the Heroes: A Military Tribute
"You may be whatever you resolve to be." General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
"FIRST TO FIRE!"
WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Brent - for everything!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/25/09 - "Weekend Email":
This coming week is a busy one for me, so I'm sending this out early.
Shinedown-Sounds of Madness This is metal, so some of you may not like it.
"There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent
people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have
to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails."
Below are eight gifts that don't cost a cent to give.
1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING...
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION...
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER...
Funny pictures. Share articles, funny stories and funny greetings. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE...
It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT...
A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job," or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.
6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR...
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. Helping elderly cross the road can be nice.
7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE...
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION...
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.
Like most puppies, mine is not finicky about what he puts in his mouth. He Eats anything. But the day he swallowed a quarter, I panicked and called the vet.
"What should I do?" I pleaded over the phone.
My extremely laid-back vet answered calmly, "Swallowing a quarter is nothing to worry about. But if he does it again and a can of pop shoots out of his butt give me a call."
Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now
1. Smile. Raise the corners of your mouth. Pretty soon the smile will become genuine.
2. Breathe deeply and slowly. Focus your entire attention on each in-breath and out-breath.
3. Take a walk by yourself. Focus on each step and on your breathing.
4. Count your blessings. Make a gratitude list. Everyone has thousands of things to be thankful for.
5. Be thankful for those who serve you. Make a list of those you depend upon. Everyone has many people who help along the way. Don't forget those who grow and deliver your food, keep your electricity and telephone running, provide emergency medical care, and protect the safety of your community and your nation.
6. Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person is a bonus.
7. Stretch your body. Do yoga, do qigong, or just stand and stretch.
8. Turn on happy music and dance. Don't stop 'til you're tired. Maybe join a Latin Fitness Dance group. Maybe dance all by yourself. Choose music that makes you want to move and keep moving.
9. Be of service. Find someone who has worse troubles than you and do something nice for them today.
10. Have a conversation with God (or whatever you call your Higher Power).
Thanks so much, Shari!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/23/09 - "CLEAN FUNNIES FOR TWISTED PEOPLE (#3 in a Series of 9)":
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/24/09 - "~ Friendship~ (#2 in a Series of 8)":
OOOH! Thanks, Shari!
1. From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":
Contact Dr. Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":
CLASS OF 1964, 45 YEAR REUNION PLANS
Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:
If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.
If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:
These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:
You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.
We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.
Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.
Thank you, Captain!
From ArcaMax Jokes.com - 07/25/09:
Swimming with Sharks
Did you hear about the lawyer on vacation whose sailboat capsized in dangerous, shark-infested waters? He surprised his traveling companions by volunteering to swim to the far-off shore for help. As he swam, his companions were startled by the appearance of two dorsal fins -- great white sharks, heading straight toward the lawyer. To their surprise, the sharks allowed the lawyer to take hold of their fins, and escorted him safely to shore.
When the lawyer returned with help, his companions asked him how he had managed such an incredible feat. The lawyer answered, "Professional courtesy."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. 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.comOPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI
2. 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 WHS CLASS OF 1959
4. 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
5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at kwitte@tampabay,rr.com. - CLASS OF 1960
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Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Red Sector A
Words and Music by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart
All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive
Ragged lines of ragged grey
Skeletons, they shuffle away
Shouting guards and smoking guns
Will cut down the unlucky ones
I clutch the wire fence until my fingers bleed
A wound that will not heal
A heart that cannot feel
Hoping that the horror will recede
Hoping that tomorrow well all be freed
Sickness to insanity
Prayer to profanity
Days and weeks and months go by
Dont feel the hunger
Too weak to cry
I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gate
Are the liberators here?
Do I hope or do I fear?
For my father and my brother, its too late
But I must help my mother stand up straight
Are we the last ones left alive?
Are we the only human beings to survive?
"Red Sector A" midi courtesy of http://www.rushmidi.com/grace.html - 07/26/09
"Red Sector A" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/red+sector+a_20119892.html - 07/17/09
Image of David Mel's Painting, "Red Sector A", courtesy of http://www.genesissurfshop.com/shop/blue-horizon-p-422.html - 07/26/09
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)
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Barbed Wire Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.cowboyclipart.net/horizontalrules/fences.asp - 04/30/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's
Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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
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