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10/20/15 - 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 (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.


Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, and Jonny) Norman Blake was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Ice hockey player Mikhail Shtalenkov was born Mikhail Alekseyevich Shtalenkov (Михаил Алексеевич Шталенков) in Moscow, Soviet Union.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Actor and producer William Zabka was born William Michael Zabka in New York, New York.

“Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.”

- Andre Gide
(22 Nov 1869 - 19 Feb 1951)

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 10/19/15, 2:16 PM - "Always Remember":

Hi Carol,

Yes, we should remember. Disabled people and gypsies were targeted for extinction, too, I believe. As a mom of two children with disabilities I am sensitive to this fact as well.

Allan had cystic fibrosis
(07/11/70 to 03/01/94) and Devan has arthrogryposis. He is a lawyer and does what he wants albeit in a wheelchair. So what. He is a great guy. Never mind the tattoos. We parents learn to accept little things, yes??!! :-) He is good to me. I adore him. And, I miss Allan terribly every day. He was a very kind, happy, compassionate and wise young man. Handsome, too. sigh...

When will we as a species learn that Loving compassion is the foundation of peace. I smile every time you end your posts with: Take care of each other. Words to live by.

Thank you for all your work for NNHS classes.
Frances Goodson Wang

   Thank you so much, Frances! The prevailing inhumanity of that time and place is still completely mind boggling. It didn't dawn on me until about five years ago that I myself would certainly have been eliminated due to my extreme myopia plus astigmatism (which genetic defects Hitler and Himmler would not have wanted to be passed down to future generations). Chilling. How blessed we were to have been born when and where we were!

   I'm constantly reminded of the words I heard Hartman Rector, Jr. (b. 20 Aug 1924) pleadingly deliver years ago: "Just be NICE!"

  From Eddie Perry ('65) of TN - 10/19/15 - "1965's 50-Year Reunion":

Great time was had by all for NNHS65 50th reunion. Special thanks to Reunion Committee: Lynn Walker Brothers, Pauline Collins Shofner, H.P. Lucas, Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald, Sarah Puckett Kressaty, George Konstant, Donna Worsham Lonce, and Becky Crank Tench for all the hard work they did to make sure everyone had a fantastic time.

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Eddie! All the images I've seen so far will certainly attest to that!

   Speaking of images, here are a few now, courtesy of   Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA and Jeanette McDonald Hornsby ('66) of SC:

Malcolm ('65) and Polly
Norris ('65) Davis of VA
Ed ('65) and Pauline
Wright ('67) Perry of TN
Richard Lee ('65) of VA and
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA and
Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA
Tom Oxner ('65) of AR and
Kenny Branch ('62) of AR
Fred Mays ('60) of VA and
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA
Helen and Kenny ('65)
Carter of ??
Some of the Memorabilia Collection
of Fred Mays ('60) of VA

   Thank you, Ladies!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 10/16/15 - "Ziggy Piggy and Tumbles":

  I don't think I've ever had them both on my lap at the same time.

   AWW! Thank you, Nathaniel! What a gorgeous shot! Tumbles (a.k.a. "Queen of the Household") looks especially sweet, plus it's the first image of "The Pig" I've seen without the camera reflections in her eye causing her to look six degrees of spooky. I miss those pretty kitty cats!


I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

- Douglas Adams
(11 Mar 1952 - 11 May 2001)

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 - 10/19/15:

Seven-year-old John had finished his summer vacation and gone back to school.

Two days later his teacher phoned his mother to tell her that John was misbehaving.

"Wait a minute," said the mother. "I had John here for two months and I never once called you when he misbehaved."


1. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 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 09/22/15

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


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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

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

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