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09/22/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
When Autumn Comes

“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month
of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself
like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty
who has seen one season too many.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(29 Aug 1809 - 07 Oct 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's movable date always confuses me a bit; I tend to think of the first day of autumn as falling on the 23rd, but not this year!

September Equinox is on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

   Strangely, we not only have no midi file attached, but the Linda Eder Bonus Video no longer seems to be available, so we have a cover version of today's song:

BONUS - - When Autumn Comes - Angelina



    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/21/12, 11:53 AM - "     Susie Collier McKown":


I thought I'd send this link to you in case you didn't know about this.  The obituary is for Suzie Collier, Jeannie and Carol's younger sister.  I'd heard she'd been sick with cancer for a while.  Since she graduated from Bethel High and the article doesn't mention NNHS or her siblings last names, you probably didn't realize the who it was.  Hope you and Paul are doing well.


   Oh, NO!! Thank you so much, Sandi! I had read this in the middle of the night, but focused on the Bethel High School, and did not read it carefully enough to comprehend what I saw - probably because it seems so inconceivable to me.  I remember Susie so clearly as an adorable little toddler back in Stuart Gardens.


1.   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 09/08/12, 10:46 PM - "NNHS Class of 1962 50th Reunion":

Dear Classmates of NNHS
The Class of 1962 will be having their '50'-year Reunion on Oct. 5/6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Marina in Hampton, Va.

We are inviting members of other classes from NNHS to our Friday nite social. It will start at 6pm. If you know of anyone from other NNHS Classes that would be interested please tell them. There will be food and beverages and lots of other NNHS Classmates to see and gossip with, (Ha. Ha.) We are really excited about this event and it will be a Great One!!

Hoping to see you there. Casual dress and come prepared to have a great time!!


Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

       Thanks so much, Brenda! See you there (I hope...)!

2.     From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 09/21/12, 12:13 PM:

Hi Carol,
Just to inform you, the Class of '57 is celebrating its 55-Year Reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News on October 9, 10 and 11, 2012. 
Thanks for all you do.
Typhoon regards,
Pat Beck Letzinger 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Pat! Y'all have fun!


   Happy Birthday today to    Curt Overman ('59) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA;

25 - Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA;

26 - The late      Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10);

27 -  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;

28 -     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 22, 1939 - There was a joint victory parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest-Litovsk at the end of the Invasion of Poland.

September 22, 1941 - On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murdered 6,000 Jews in Vinnytsya, Ukraine. Those were the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.

September 22, 1944 - The Red Army entered Tallinn.

September 22, 1945 - General George S. Patton told reporters that he did not see the need for "this denazification thing." He compared the controversy over Nazism to a "Democrat and Republican election fight." The comments led to Supreme Commander Eisenhower's removing him as U.S. commander in Bavaria.

September 22, 1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.

TODAY IN 1962:

Saturday, September 22, 1962 - Actor Normand D'Amour was born in Canada.

Saturday, September 22, 1962 - Writer Diogo Mainardi was born in São Paulo, Brazil.



  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 09/21/12, 10:14 AM - "The Ventures - CHECK THIS OUT! WOW!":

Remember the Ventures?......Check This Out!
A very different rock band from the 50’s and 60’s and their original 17 year old drummer who left after 8 months and went into the Air a four star General and he came back to play with them again, in uniform......
This is pretty cool...................makes you start the day with a smile...............

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/21/12, 11:32 AM - "1950's version of an E-Mail":


   Thank you, Glenn! This selection is way too big to use in a Newsletter, but we do already have something quite similar to it on the website itself:

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 09/21/12, 10:41 PM - "SMELLS LIKE RAIN! THIS IS AWESOME!!":

SMELLS LIKE RAIN! THIS IS AWESOME!! You've got to love this one.

The Smell of Rain

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery. Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver the couple's new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs. "I don't think she's going to make it," he said, as kindly as he could. There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one"

Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived. She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on. "No! No!" was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away

But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw', the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.

There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger. But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing. As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, "Do you smell that?" Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain."

Dana closed her eyes and again asked, "Do you smell that?" Once again, her mother replied, "Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It smells like rain." Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, "No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest."

Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

Here are excerpts from Diana Blessing's message to on 8/21/00:

"Yes, the story known as THE SMELL OF RAIN is true. "The original title is 'Heaven Scent'. About 5 years ago now, the C.E.O. of Columbia hospitals decided to compile some of the wonderful stories that he had received and put them into a book formatted similar to the 'Chicken Soup' series. This book was titled 'Miracles In Our Midst.' Danae's story was submitted and picked in rough draft written by my mother. The 'writers' then called and interviewed me, finalizing the story from this interview. When the book was released, he decided to use his, 'favorite story' to promote the book on the internet. It happened to be Danae's story. People then began the long journey that has now revolved over and over all around the globe as they took that little story and forwarded it to their friends and loved ones. The story has been in numerous church newsletters, two magazines and has most recently been published in the latest 'Chicken Soup' book titled 'Chicken Soup For The Christian Family Soul.'

"Danae is now a lively, beautiful, active, free-spirited, blissful, God-loving fourth-grader. She is in the Gifted and Talented program. Still petite, but growing daily. She loves to play 'active' sports. Soccer, softball, basketball. She had taken gymnastics and loved it. Especially the fact that she shares a birthday with Shannon Miller, but decided to stick with the more aggressive sports. She swims like a little fish. Loves all animals. Has several of her own.

"Danae has a compassion for other people that I have never witnessed with another child and I work with children daily. She is a pure joy to be around and is NEVER at a loss for words. When I first began getting response from the story I was startled. I quickly realized that God was working his magic. I praised him for allowing me to be blessed in such a way that I see his well doings each and every day. My husband and I decided that if sharing Danae's story touched even one person, than that is what was meant to be. I know now that it has touched many, many and continues everyday. I am so grateful to know the Lord and to have him so evident before us. I am also thankful for the widespread response and blessings from so many of the people that have received the story and have been touched by it. Hopefully it will continue to spread the news of God's love.

"I knew when I first saw Danae that she could not and would not be contained. She screamed to be shared. We couldn't walk in the grocery store without someone commenting about her. So, I painfully acknowledged the fact that she would not be mine alone. Danae has a lot to give. This story is only the beginning.

"Thank you for taking the time to verify the truth. I am excited to imagine all the lives that will be touched even now that they know it is true!

Diana Blessing-Luckiest Mom on Earth!

   Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah!   For personal reasons, this is one of my very favorite stories. Here're the veracity reports: - Truth! - True

From - 09/17/12 - "5 Roads to Self Discovery":

Roads to Self Discovery...How to Find Your Road

By Wee Dilts

Webster defines Self Discovery as the act or process of achieving self-knowledge. Further, he defines Self Help as the action or process of bettering oneself or overcoming one's problems.

Both are all about changing oneself. It's all about finding ways to change your life.

I love this quote by George Carlin:

"I went to the bookstore and asked the salesperson, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."

It's true we do have to find our road to self-discovery, and it happens in several ways. It happens when we experience nagging thoughts in our mind that life could be different.

Finding your road is usually preceded by a period of unease. This meddlesome discomfort often proceeds the discovery of your road to change.

We'll take a look here at five roads that lead to self-discovery. They all begin when you experience a turning point. This is a point where you realize you can change your life; the point at which you choose a new road.

You want to change where you are so you look at a road map and you find there are several roads that lead to your destination. Now you have to choose the best route; what road will you choose?

Most likely you will choose your road based on how you arrived at the moment of knowing you wanted to change your life, to go in another direction.

The event might be:

1. A dramatic moment when you experience absolute clarity and direction.

A pivotal point, an epiphany or an "AHA" moment. This is when realization impacts your consciousness. You know your life must change. It's crystal clear, and from that point on you see the road to a new life and your life is never, ever the same.

2. It might be a point, reached by many addicts and alcoholics, when you feel you can no longer handle life.

This is often referred to as bottoming out. You simply give up and reach out for help. You choose the road to recovery asking for help from others.

You find a group of peers where there is a coming together for common mutual assistance.

3. Perhaps you are experiencing un-rest or dis-ease and you're seeking the help of a therapeutic or spiritual help group.

You choose a road to travel with other souls who share your concerns and are of a like mind. If you open up to the nudging of your subconscious mind you'll discover the right road.

4. Because of a gnawing need to learn and discover, you might choose the road of research and education.

You may take classes, get a degree, read books, view videos and take seminars, learn meditation.

All of the roads you may choose are chosen in the name of self-discovery.

5. You may unexpectedly find the road to a higher power.

Perhaps you find a place, a person, a thing or a group that you can believe in. In other words, you come to believe. The important point is knowing you can find help and change your life.

As you begin to apply all you've learned from your journey, you can live the life you have always dreamed of living.

We really can live extraordinary lives. You just have to find your own road, travel it and see where it leads. Once the road opens you must take action. You must move yourself to travel the road.

Albert Einstein said: "Nothing happens until something moves."

A healthy spirit of self-discovery raises people from despair. It advances you in intelligence, virtue, and spiritual growth.

Four things you need to do as you set out on the road to self-discovery:
1. Forgive yourself
2. Forgive others
3. Accept yourself
4. Accept others

Samuel Smiles:
"The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual."

Whichever road you choose, consider what it will do for you.

Your journey should:
1. Not harm you, but rather benefit you
2. Improve your attitude
3. Positively change your behavior
4. Improve your environment
5. Re-educate your subconscious
6. Enlighten your consciousness
7. Include self forgiveness and forgiveness of others
8. Bring about self-acceptance
9. Improve your self esteem

John Wooden:
"Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you."

Travel your road with enthusiasm and apply what you learn. Make the trip about discovering the life you've always dreamed of living. Too often we look at the road but do not start the journey. Too often we limit ourselves. How sad, when we could learn to live extraordinary lives.
You can be happier, healthier, and more prosperous. Find your road(s) to discovery of self. THEN GO FOR IT.

C.R. Law:
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow."

About the Author:

Wee Dilts, counselor, psychologist, life coach, metaphysical trainer and a teacher of self improvement for many years.

She has helped thousands with her trainings, self help articles and self help Ebooks on how to change your life.
Visit: and

BONUS CROCHET PATTERN: - Margret Wilson's Nordic Kimono - with Caron Simply Soft

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   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/17/12, 6:59 AM - "Pay It Forward (#4 in a Series of 12)":

Always trusting in Jesus my Lord,
 If you never learn the language of gratitude, you will never be on speaking terms with happiness.
  One of the pictures reminded me of a very dear friend who is so utterly faithful to her son.



    OH, WOW! Thanks, Bill!  



From - 09/21/12:

“What am I supposed to do with this?” grumbled the motorist as the police clerk handed him a receipt for his traffic violation.

“Keep it,” the clerk advises. “When you get four of them, you get a bicycle.”

1. Thursday, October 4, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at  

3. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 9,10, and 11, 2012 - Class of  1957 - 55-Year Reunion - Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News. CONTACT: Pat Beck Letzinger at

4. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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 Autumn Comes

Recorded by
Linda Eder (b. 03 Feb 1961), 1997

When autumn comes and leaves obey
I think of you when spring was new
And fall was miles away
And when I close my eyes I see you
And I don't feel the chill
When autumn's summer still

When autumn comes and wild geese fly
I wonder do you see them too
Across the restless sky
And does October catch you dreaming
Of Central Park in June
Or is love lost beneath the frost
Of autumn's moon Summers by the sea
When the sun would linger till the moon was high
Days of you and me
Underneath a sheltering sky
Did we move too fast for the glow of love to last

When autumn comes and summer goes
I will remember through November
What September knows
That nothing lasts forever and
Summer love moves on
So when the leaves begin to change
I find it sad but never strange
That you are all I can recall
When autumn comes

"When Autumn Comes" lyrics courtesy of - 09/22/07

First Day of Autumn clip art courtesy of - 09/22/07

"I Love Autumn" Pencil Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/22/07

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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!

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!

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

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