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10/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Keep on the Sunny Side

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad,
like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.”

- Henry Adams
(16 Feb 1838 - 27 Mar 1918)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Do you have "comfort movies" that you just like to watch again and again?  I have several.  This song is featured in one of them - O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).  As I just watched it recently, it's still playing in my mind.  

BONUS - - Keep on the Sunny Side - The Whites - This slide show is hysterical!


Keep On the Sunny Side is a popular American song originally written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn (1858–1927) with music by J. Howard Entwisle (1866–1903). The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family. A recording of the song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

In 1899 Ada Blenkhorn was inspired to write the Christian hymn by a phrase used by her nephew. Blenkhorn's nephew was disabled and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down "the sunny side" of the street. The Carter Family learned of the song from A. P. Carter's uncle who was a music teacher, and they recorded the song in Camden, New Jersey in 1928. "Keep on the Sunny Side" became their theme song on the radio in later years. A.P. Carter's tombstone has a gold record of the song embedded in it.[1][2]


From Barb Kincaid, a friend of         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 10/21/11:

I am having some serious heart issues, and would appreciate some mighty prayers - thank you so much!

   Certainly, Barb! Many of our subscribers are powerful prayer warriors, and we all hope the best for you!


    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 10/15/11 - "Lecture":

Hi Carol:
I love receiving the newsletter. Thank you.

I will be giving a lecture on "Finding Your Civil War Ancestor" at the Martin Memorial Library here in Williamston, NC on the 27th of October at 7:00 p.m.  It is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

It is free and open to the public. If any of you are in the area, you are most welcome to attend.

Thanks, Jen

Jennifer Sheppard
Certificate in Family History Research
Professional Research Option
Brigham Young University

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks so much, Jen - wish I could be there!


   Happy Birthday today to   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

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;

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;

29 -     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1861

In these early days of the War, the Confederacy found itself distressingly short of ships. Transport ships, warships, river vessels, ocean-going ships...there hadn’t been many to begin with, many of those had been destroyed by Union forces to prevent their capture, and in the end the South had not wound up with many. In hopes of making up some of the difference, the Confederate navy department had authorized the issuance of “letters of marque”, essentially allowing privately owned ships to act in the interests of Confederacy in attacking Union shipping. One such, the Savannah, had not been successful in her attack and had been captured. Her officers and men had been captured, and today went on trial in New York. The charge: piracy. Possible penalty: death by hanging.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 1862

In the Confederate view of the law, the essential unit of government in America was the state. This was, after all, the basis of their argument that the United States were a voluntary association of sovereign bodies, any of which could depart if such be their wish. What had not been considered was the practical fact that as a nation had been made up of states with different interests, so then were states made up of regions which themselves often had different interests. This was becoming a matter of concern to Jefferson Davis today as he wrote letters on the problem of the heavy concentration of Union supporters in eastern Tennessee. Also on his mind was the problem of western Virginia, which was so Union-minded that Federal troops operated there as liberators, with the full support of the vast majority of residents.

Friday, Oct. 23, 1863

Gen. Braxton Bragg led one of the finest armies ever raised in America, the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Unfortunately his command, not to mention his diplomatic, skills were not a match for the abilities of his men. In the aftermath of the battles around Chattanooga and Chickamauga Creek, victory had been followed by stalemate and siege, and the strain was apparently wearing on everyone. Gen. Leonidas Polk, corps commander in the Army of Tennessee and the only ordained bishop to reach general’s rank in either army, was the latest to fall afoul of the blaming and backbiting going on, to which, it must be said, he contributed not a little. Today he was relieved of his corps command by President Jefferson Davis, and reassigned to an administrative job in Mississippi. Gen. D. H. Hill had not too long ago met a similar fate.

Sunday, Oct 23, 1864

The battle scene was like a zoo, appropriately enough since that is what is built on the site today, in Kansas City, Mo. The Battle of Westport it was called at the time, and it put an end to Sterling Price’s last raid in the cause of helping Missouri cast off the Union yoke. He had received little support from Missourians in this effort, and today he battled to the end. A fierce charge around Price’s left flank led to a four-hour battle, followed by Pleasanton’s cavalry attack on the Confederate horse, which broke and fled the field. Pleasanton regrouped and charged into the Confederate rear, and organization collapsed. Those who could, saving themselves and what comrades they could, set out to make their way to Arkansas by any means possible, or were captured. This was the last major battle west of the Mississippi River.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/21/11 - "The Covert Letter - BABIES, BASSINETS & BASEMENTS":


Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:32 PM PDT

By Norman M. Covert

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) collective wisdom may result in saving a lot of infants’ lives, and that’s a good thing, but it also means I’m stuck with:

1. A bassinet that rocks; 2. A 41-year-old Port-a-crib™; 3. A drop-side full-sized crib; and 4. A Yuppie’s-dream solid oak crib, which converts to a youth bed.

No one wants the nostalgic and emotionally-connected items, especially not the Childrens Center in Washington, the local Good Will Industries, Vietnam Veterans of America, nor any other organization that clamors for the leftovers in my garage and basement.

Vintage Port-a-crib offers two heights, shown for new-borns use. It reveals some wear and tear, but has withstood the test of time and many babies. Bear and Pooh, courtesy of the family archive. (NMC Photo)

This exceeds the hue and cry to recycle and supersedes our penchant for planned obsolescence.

I have sent out the call to a couple churches in case some young mother or family has need of a crib that can be made safe. We can’t sell it, but we can “gift” it. I don’t doubt the efficacy of these nocturnal accommodations. Each of my four children occupied the Port-a-crib as well as older versions of the drop-side cribs, which we long ago gave away.

We never had a moment’s problem with any of the drop side cribs; although I am reminded that daughter Sara once wriggled around in her drop-side crib and got her leg caught between the slats. We were, however, vigilant parents and righted the problem quickly.

I am one who constantly checked to see if the baby was breathing; the wife could come wide awake at any difference in breathing sounds from the nursery.

Apparently we have a generation of parents who believe the government should be watching out for the welfare of their babies. Thus they can leave a probably more responsible teen in charge while they go to a second job or hang out with more absent parents.

I really don’t reject my indictment above. This is serious business; babies are such. I realize there is a huge percentage of parents who do take their role seriously, nurture their babies and embrace the new crib standards. Good for you!

OSHA Poster indicates current
standards for cribs.

AAP announced new guidelines for baby bumpers for cribs this week. In addition to calls for breast-feeding, it claims bumpers do not protect a child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It has to do with “safe sleeping environments.”

We used baby bumpers and they worked. My children grew up to be loving and attentive parents. The dismantled items took up residence in my basement when their children – and several grandchildren – outgrew the cribs.

I did manage to donate two traditional wicker bassinets a couple years ago, accepted by an organization which provides help to low-income families having small children.

New OSHA crib guidelines went into effect in June. Traditional drop-side cribs may no longer be manufactured or sold. This includes a prohibition against immobilizers and repair kits. Wood slats must have less gap and be made of strong woods (?); hardware must have anti-loosening devices; and mattress supports must be more durable.

AAP says children should sleep on their backs with a firm mattress. It accepts room sharing with an infant, but not bed sharing (presumably with Mommy or Daddy); soft objects and loose bedding must be avoided; avoid overheating; avoid cardio-respiratory monitors.

They also want “supervised tummy time” to facilitate development. My definition of “tummy time” was corrected by the resident expert. She explained this is having the child lie on a blanket on the floor, encouraging the child to play/interact by raising his/her head, doing what amounts to pushups, gaining confidence and strength.

I thought incorrectly that “tummy time” might be simply holding the baby on your lap, playing with, cuddling and nurturing with someone ensuring you do it correctly.

This made me wonder how my generation grew past infancy? Perhaps, I pondered, we were improperly or not given “tummy time,” explaining our unpredictable adolescence and poor decision making at 16, 18 or 21. I suppose a Harvard-educated childhood expert would have made a difference. We had our grandmothers, thank goodness.

I confused “tummy time” with “lap time,” apparently.

This is serious business. The following numbers aren’t staggering, but every child is important:

Among infant fatalities, 12 percent were due to drop-side related problems. OSHA reports 12 percent of all non-fatal incidents included infants having their legs caught in the slats; another 12 percent related to wood quality issues.

OSHA also reports in the Federal Register that 82 percent of the 3,520 incidents (November 2007 to April 2010) pointed to crib failures or defects. Twenty-three percent were falls from cribs. One opines that the child climbed up and over the side and fell. I suspect of the latter incidents, children probably cried for a long period of time before taking matters into their own hands, resulting in the falls.

Again we may perceive a parenting questing, not so much a crib problem. We want to see every infant in a safe environment, but that means good parenting as much as good furniture and equipment.

It is worth mentioning that my daughter Bethany’s first high chair came by way of S&H Green Stamps™. It withstood the test of all four children and at least a couple grandchildren. OSHA probably wouldn’t approve.

Finances dictated that I fashion a replacement tray by the time my second child came along. It required a portion of my pine bricks-and-boards shelving and fit securely after transferring the metal brackets. A coat of polyurethane helped it withstand the assault of breakfast lunch and dinner foods in subsequent years.

The chair remains on the garage shelf, a symbol of a Dad’s talents born of necessity.

All this said, I still have a bassinet and three cribs with plenty of useful service in them if properly used and supervised by a responsible adult. I refuse to put them on the curb. If you want one or all, give me a call. Everyone knows my phone number. ©Norman M. Covert 2011, All Rights Reserved.

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This article appeared in its original form October 19, 2011 at and is reprinted with revision by permission of the author and The Octopus, LLC.

You may contact Mr. Covert at or

   Thanks, Norm - and may I add my own "AMEN!" and "GOOD GRIEF" to your thoughts!

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 10/21/11 - "October Newsletter from the 45th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":

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   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Hunter!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/22/11 - "Slides found at the Library of Congress": 

Think things were better in the “good old days?” Take a look at these slides. Note the skin textures and expressions on peoples faces.

Pictorial history of where we've come from.  Wonderful!


These pictures were taken from color slides found at the Library of Congress. They are dated between 1939-1943. The images are so clear and the color is so vibrant, it looks as though they were taken just yesterday. 

   YOWZERS-WOWZERS! Thanks, Janice!


From - 10/22/11 - "I never expected my Washer to catch fire!":

Dear FlyLady,

I wanted to take a moment to urge you to remind your readers of the importance of having a fire extinguisher in their home, and to NEVER leave the house with an appliance of any sort running.

Earlier this week on my day off, I was on my second load of laundry when, from the kitchen, I heard an odd noise from the laundry room. When I went into the hallway I could see flames under the washing machine! I went directly to the garage steps, where we keep a large fire extinguisher, grabbed the phone on my way back to the laundry closet, and called 911 while emptying the extinguisher under the machine (after unplugging it!).

Grabbing the pets, I went to the garage, turned off the main breaker (important!), tossed the cat and dog in the car and pulled across the road to the neighbors so they would be safe. Thankfully when the fire department arrived there was only a very stinky somewhat smoky house and a big mess of fire extinguisher gunk and spilled laundry soap, no real damage! The motor on my machine had locked up, overheated, and caught fire! We have all been taught to be cautious of our dryers, but I never dreamed of the washer having such a malfunction. I will never leave my washer running while out of the house or sleeping again. I hate to think what could have happened if I had been outdoors or in the shower.

Please, please, please, keep a fire extinguisher in your home at all times, know how to use it, never leave large appliances running, and have your washer and dryer serviced and cleaned regularly.

Feeling VERY blessed,
Missouri Mom


FlyLady here: A couple of years ago our home was hit by lightning. Robert emptied our basement extinguisher on the area where the smoke was coming from. We had a plan, I called 911, Michele got the dogs to the car as I got the cats out of the house.

I keep a fire extinguisher on each floor, in my kitchen and under my kitchen sink. Each year on the anniversary of our fire, I check the expiration date on our extinguishers. If they need replacing I get them ordered immediately.

Our extinguishers and a plan helped to save our home, our critters and our lives. Do you have a plan? Go read the directions for how to use your extinguisher...

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/19/11 - "Granny's Pie [and other profound observations] (#3 in a series of 8)":


    A Hug is like a perfect gift.
One size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it.

May your troubles be less,
Your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

  Thanks, Bill!


  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#11 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

  Native American portrait


From - 10/22/11:

Little Johnny wasn't very good at spelling. During an oral spelling exam, the teacher wrote the word "new" on the blackboard.

"Now," she asked Johnny, "what word would we have if we placed a "K" in the front?"

After a moment's reflection, Johnny said, "Canoe?"


1. Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 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. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

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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Keep On the Sunny Side

Words by Ada Blenkhorn (1858–1927), 1899

Music by J. Howard Entwisle (1866–1903), before 1902

Recorded by The Whites, before 2000

 There's a dark and a troubled side of life;
There's a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.

Tho' the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear,
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.

Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior alway,
Who keepeth everyone in His care.

"Keep on the Sunny Side" midi courtesy of - 10/09/11

"Keep on the Sunny Side" lyrics courtesy of - 10/09/11

Sunny Face Image courtesy of - 10/09/11

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

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

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

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

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

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