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10/20/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Whispering Grass

“That we may mark with wonder and chaste dread
At hour of noon, when, with our limbs outspread
Lazily in the whispering grass, we lie
To gaze out fully upon the windy sky-
Far, far away, and kindly, friend with friend
To talk the old, old talk that has no end,
Roaming-without a name-without a chart
The unknown garden of another's heart.”

- C. S. Lewis
(29 Nov 1898 – 22 Nov 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   It's time again for a Golden Oldie, this one from 1940.

BONUS #1 - - Whispering Grass - The Ink Spots

BONUS #2 - - The Whispering Grass by Margaret Bemister (b. 1877)


   Happy Birthday today to Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 -
      The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008) AND   The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 09/22/07) AND The late   Annette Funicello of CA (deceased 08 Apr 2013) AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA AND    The late Joe Mooney ('65) (deceased 10/30/01);

23 -     Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA;

24 -   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND Susan Perkins Best ('63) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA AND   Owen Smith ('63)!

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA AND Fred Shelton ('63)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 20, 1941 - Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia were killed in the Kragujevac massacre.

October 20, 1943 - The cargo vessel Sinfra was attacked by Allied aircraft at Suda Bay, Crete. It sank, and 2,098 Italian prisoners of war drowned with it.

October 20, 1944 - The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberated Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia.

October 20, 1944 - General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return to the Philippines when he commanded an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese.


Tuesday, October 20, 1964 - The 32nd Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, was born Kamala Devi Harris in Oakland, California.

Tuesday, October 20, 1964 - The 31st President of the United States (1929–1933), Herbert Hoover (b. Herbert Clark Hoover on 10 Aug 1874 in West Branch, Iowa), died in New York, New York at the age of 90.

    From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of CA - 10/17/14:

So there was this one time, I knew I picked the right dog.

Yes, this is also doubling as an "I got a dog" announcement.  Quick "new arrival" deets:
-he's a pure-bred American Akita,
-approx. 1 yr 3 months old (best guess),
-he's a rescue from a military family,
-he's 80 lbs, got about another 20-ish lbs to go before he's fully grown,
-his favorite human in the world is
  Eve, my one-year-old. Go figure.
-he's great with people, as long as you don't have a shifty look about you (apparently my Middle Eastern neighbors do... that's been awkward),
-he thinks he is king of the known universe. Except for me and
          Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02). Which leads to a lot of misunderstandings when other dogs don't agree with his assessment. We're working toward getting his Canine Good Citizen Award though, hopes for that remain high, especially in light of tonight's events.

Dale was in the back with Samson taking care of his nightly ninja-poop (Samson won't do the doody-deed unless he's alone, facing the corner of the fence, under cover of darkness) when the evil neighbor's dogs began their nightly chorus of snarling and growling and trying to knock the fence down. Normally, Samson responds by staring melting death rays back at them, or alternatively alerting the entire neighborhood to his displeasure with his thunderous boom of a woof, but tonight was different.

Picture it: dogs started growling, and Dale approached with vinegar-spray bottle at the ready. But Samson flashed Dale a look of, "Don't worry boss, I got this," walked with great dignity up to the fence, lifted his leg and directed a powerful jet of urine directly through a previously-undetected hole in the fence, right into the barking dog's open (and completely unsuspecting) maw. How do we know it was actually a direct hit? Suffice it to say that we now know what sound a dog makes when you pour water down its throat mid-bark. Typed letters do not, nay, cannot convey the glorious sound of a spluttering, outraged, half-submerged cry of a canine who totally had this treatment coming.


To boot, Samson gleefully pranced, skipped.... no, strutted away, but not before turning his backside to the offending miscreant and deliberately wiping his paws back at him, not unlike a cat does after making a litter-box deposit.

Friends, I've been having second/third/twenty-seventh thoughts, but this seals it. I think it's going to work out. Samson, welcome to the family.
     Thanks, Diana! This epically awesome story made my whole week!

From My Friend, Kristi, of NC - 10/19/14 - "Dangers of Splenda":

  OH, NO! Not Splenda, too! Sigh. Thanks, Kristi!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#19 in a series of 28)":

  INDEED! Thank you, Joan!

BONUS CROCHET GRASS PATTERN: - Grass Rug - YOWZERONI! The pattern is free, and it works up quite quickly, but the yarns will set you back almost $50.00!!!

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry, not theme related): - Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy - "This truck-stop down-home southern recipe for Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy is comfort at its best. Our 4 ingredient version of this classic can be on your table in no time." - Refrigerator Spoon Rolls - "These are a real Southern favorite 'cause the dough can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for weeks. That makes it easy to bake up some fresh rolls anytime we get drop-ins!" - Butter Bean and Ham Soup - "Wanna get everyone's attention? Top each bowlful of this with crispy homemade croutons. And to be real Southern, make croutons with cubes of leftover corn bread that you toss with butter and toast in the oven. Oh, what a classic!"


From - 10/19/14:

An old county doctor went way out to the boondocks to deliver a baby. It was so far out that there was no electricity. When the doctor arrived, no one was home except for the laboring mother and her 5 year old child. The doctor instructed the child to hold a lantern high so he could see while he helped the woman deliver the baby.

The child did so, the mother pushed, and after a little while, the doctor lifted the new born baby by the feet and spanked him on the bottom to get him to take his first breath.

"Hit him again," the child said. "He shouldn't have crawled up there in the first place!!"  


1. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 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 10/17/14

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   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


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Whispering Grass (Don't Tell the Trees)

Written by Fred Fisher (30 Sept 1875 - 14 Jan 1942) and his daughter Doris Fisher (1915 –2003)

Recorded by
The Ink Spots 1940

Why do you whisper, green grass
Why tell the trees what ain't so?
Whispering grass
The trees don't have to know
Why tell them all your secrets
Who kissed there long ago?
Whispering grass
The trees don't need to know
Now don't you tell it to the breeze
'Cause she will tell it to the trees
And everyone will know
Because you told them once before
Yes, you told them once before
It's no secret anymore
Why tell them all the old things
They're buried under the snow
Whispering grass don't tell the trees
'Cause the trees don't need to know
Why tell them all your secrets
Who kissed there long ago?
Whispering grass
The trees don't need to know
Now don't you tell it to the breeze
'Cause she will run and tell it to the trees
And everyone will know
'Cause you told them once before
Yes, you told them once before
That's no, no secret anymore
Why tell them all the old things
They're buried under the snow
Whispering grass don't tell the trees
'Cause the trees don't need to know


"Whispering Grass" midi courtesy of,
extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 10/21/10 (sic)
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Whispering Grass" lyrics courtesy of - 10/21/10 (sic)

"Whispering Grass" Image courtesy of - 10/21/10 (sic)

Pulsing Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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!!

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!

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

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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