- NNHS Newsletter - Smile
“No matter how grouchy you're feeling,
- Anthony Euwer
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's a rare morning indeed when I need to be reminded to smile (this may be one of them.....), but I did feel the need for the soothing tones of Nat King Cole today. Perhaps you'll enjoy them as well.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXUYO7NpcEU - Smile - Chaplin by Nat King Cole
There. I feel better already!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
28 - Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;
29 - Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA
31 - Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
The Denbigh High School Marching Band, Staff and Boosters invite you to the
Saturday, October 25, 2008, Todd Stadium, Newport News, VA - Ticket Booth Opens at 4:30 pm
Come see13 of the best High School Marching Bands in Virginia.
Admission: $6.00 for adults,$3.00 for students, Children 6 and under—free
CONTACT: Tanya Barrow at 757-236-5353
The only place that SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary!
From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 10/24/08:
Lots of love, Rosalee
Oh, such FUN! What a thoughtful mama you are, Rosalee! Okay, Sweetie-Pies, "Keep those cards and letters coming!"
From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 10/23/08:
#30 Bobby Bell, Terry Futrell, Carol Marcella
WOWZERS!!! Look at all the progress we've made! Thanks so much, Evelyn! What a great time we all had there!
STILL TO COME:
1.Unbelievable treasures from Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;
Thank you, Sandi!
2.About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
3. A lesser number of photographs of those two events from my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC;
4. More Birthday Party pictures from Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;
5. A HUGE number of images from various sources from the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/17/08 - "Am I a Fireman Yet!!":
Thanks so much, Joyce! And by the way, even snopes.com says this story is basically true. It happened in 1981, and the little boy's name was Frank "Bopsy" Salazar - who became the first "wish Child" helped by the Make-a-Wish Foundation" - ah, but "only" five firemen climbed through his hospital window, not 16.
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/23/08 - "The Bridge":
This will really get to your heart.
Nice video - well done.
OH, WOW! Thank you so much, Dearest Judy!
From Kent "Pinky" Miller ('45) of FL - 10/23/08 - " Julie Conn story":
I was pulling on my track shoes before a meet when Coach Conn walked by and spotted a bandage on my right foot.
I told him I had an ingrown toenail and had it cut out.
"YOU DID WHAT? YOU DUMB #%^*!!!. DON'T YOU EVER SEE
ANY DOCTOR OF ANY KIND WITHOUT CLEARING IT WITH ME. YOU HEAR?"
Pinky Miller '45
WOWZERONI!!! This not only made me smile, it made me burst out laughing! Thanks so much, Pinky! I added your outrageous and delightful memory to Coach Conn's page:
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 10/24/08 - "Learning from Misfortune":
Enlightenment - Understand Why
By Bernie Siegel, MD, Oct. 21, 2008
Many years ago my great grandfather told me
of the persecution he experienced in Russia which led him to come to this
country. He said the Cossacks would pursue him at night, when he was out
teaching, and slash him with their sabers. One night he was on the hill above
his village with his rabbi, the Baal Shem Tov. As they looked down they could
see the Cossacks riding down and killing their Jewish brethren. They might have
felt the same had they seen their loved ones being taken away to become slaves
in a foreign land.
My great grandfather heard the rabbi say, "I wish I were God."
He asked, "Do you want to be God so you can change the bad into the good?"
"No, I wouldn't change anything. I want to be God so I can understand."
Remember our present problems are not new to mankind. Ninety percent of the natives of South America died when the explorers brought infectious diseases to their continent that they had no immunity to and forty per cent of Europeans died during plagues of the past. Man made wars and holocausts have taken millions of lives and with today's destructive weapons we are more of a threat to each other than are infectious diseases, which we can learn to resist. The question is not, will there be difficulties and threats to our existence, but how will we deal with them and what can we learn from them. How can they become blessings to society, as a life threatening disease is to an individual, by teaching us about the meaning of our life and existence?
When I was a young boy several of my friends became seriously ill and one was hit by a car while bicycling to my house. When they all died I asked my father, "Why did God make a world where terrible things happen? Why didn't God make a world free of diseases, accidents and problems?"
He said, "To learn lessons." I didn't like that answer and asked my rabbi, teacher and others. They said things like, "God knows, Why not?, Who knows?, That's life, To bring you closer to God." Some were honest enough to just say, "I don't know." This didn't leave me feeling satisfied or enlightened. When I told my mother what they said she answered, "Nature contains the wisdom you seek. Perhaps a walk in the woods would help you to find out why. Go and ask the old lady on the hill that some call a witch. She is wise in the ways of the world."
As I walked up the hill I saw a holly tree had fallen onto the path. As I tried to pull it aside the sharp leaves cut my hands. So I put on gloves and was able to move it and clear the path. A little further along the path I heard a noise in the bushes and saw a duck caught in the plastic from a six pack. I went over and freed the duck and watched him fly off. None of this seemed enlightening.
Further up the hill I saw five boys lying in a tangled heap in the snow. I asked them if they were playing a game and warned them the cold weather could lead to frostbite if they didn't move. They said they were not playing but were so tangled they didn't know which part belonged to whom and were afraid they'd break something if they moved. I removed one of the boy's shoes, took a stick and jabbed it into his foot.
He yelled, "Ow."
I said, "That's your foot, now move it." I continued to jab until all the boys were separated but still no enlightenment.
"As I reached the top of the hill I saw, in front of the old woman's cabin, a deer sprawled on the ice of a frozen pond. She kept slipping and sliding and couldn't stand up. I went out, calmed her and then helped her off the ice by holding her up and guiding her to the shore. I expected her to run away but instead of running away she and several other deer followed me to the house. I wasn't sure why they were following me so I ran towards the house. When I reached the porch and felt safe I turned and the deer and I looked into each others eyes before I went into the house.
I told the woman why I had come and she said, "I have been watching you walk up the hill and I think you have your answer."
"Many things happened on your walk to teach you the lessons you needed to learn. One is that emotional and physical pain are necessary or we cannot protect ourselves and our bodies. Think of why you put on gloves and how you helped those boys. Pain helps us to know and define ourselves and respond to our needs and the needs of our loved ones. You did what made sense. You helped those in front of you by doing what they needed when they needed it.
"The deer followed you to thank you, their eyes said it all, for being compassionate in their time of trouble. What you have learned is that we are here to continue God's work. If God had made a perfect world it would be a magic trick, not creation, with no meaning or place for us to learn and create. Creation is work. We are the ones who will have to create the world you are hoping for. A world where evil is to not respond to the person with the disease or pain whether it be emotional or physical. God has given us work to do. We will still grieve when we experience losses but we will also use our pain to help us know ourselves and respond to the needs of others. That is our work as our Creator intended it to be. God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations but commencements.
"Let me tell you about people who have been my teachers. The first, a teenager sexually abused by his parents who now has AIDS. When he was about to commit suicide by jumping in front of a subway train I asked him why he didn't kill his parents instead. He said, 'I never wanted to be like them.' Love has sustained him and he is alive today."
"Another young man with a life threatening illness said, 'What is evil is not the disease. Many great creative works will come from individual suffering but what is evil is to not respond with compassion to the person with the illness.'
"An example are parents I know who because they had a young child die are improving the lives of other children and raising funds to find a cure for the disease which took their child so other children will not have to die as their child did.
"How do we turn our afflictions into blessings? How do we use them to help us complete ourselves and our work and understand the place for love, tolerance and kindness? How can we learn as Jacob did from his experience of wrestling with an angel? Justice and mercy must both be a part of how we treat those who terrorize because when you understand you can forgive and when you can forgive you do not hate and when you do not hate you are capable of loving and love is the most powerful weapon known to man. It is not an accident that we say, kill with kindness, love thine enemies and torment with tenderness.
"As Golda Meir said, "The only way to eliminate war is to love our children more than we hate our enemies." When we raise a generation of children with compassion and when parents let their children know they are loved, teachers truly educate them and not just inform them and the clergy let them know they are children of God we will have a planet made up of the family of man where our differences are used for recognition and not persecution. Words and experts cannot be our Lord. Abraham did not bargain or refuse his Lord's request and Jesus, who was capable of performing miracles, did not jump down off the cross to impress everyone with who he was. Our Creator must be who we have faith in so we can live as Abraham and Jesus did fearing only separation from their Lord. Think of what Noah experienced too. He didn't argue with God over what was about to happen. I think he knew that living was more difficult than dying and that we are all here to learn what it is to hurt and be hurt and only then will we be perfect enough to love and be loved."
In closing let me say that as a surgeon I know something you may not; that we are all the same color inside and members of one family. To paraphrase Rabbi Carlebach, let us hope that some day all the Cains will realize what they have done, and ask for forgiveness of the Abels they have killed. In that moment we will all rise and become one family accepting that we are here to love and be loved. Until that moment may you accept and learn from your mortality what is truly important in the time of your life...rather than from further disasters.
As a surgeon who has worked with people with
life threatening illnesses for many years, Dr. Bernie Siegel shares in this
story his belief that there is a light in each of us by God's/Dog's design. And,
that we are all a part of the candle parade of light. As long as we remember to
love, our candles will glow with life as will Buddy's candle across the Rainbow
Bridge. This is a story both children and adults will find healing, uplifting,
© Copyright by SelfGrowth.com, Self Improvement Online, Inc.
An 85 year old couple, having been married almost
60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten
years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise.
When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they "oohed and aahed" the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost.
"It's free," Peter replied, "this is Heaven."
Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth.
The old man asked, "What are the green fees?"
Peter's reply, "This is heaven, you play for free."
Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisine's of the world laid out.
"How much to eat?" asked the old man.
"Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied with some exasperation.
"Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly.
Peter lectured, "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."
With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly. Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong.
The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#21 in a Series of 26):
... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!
These are amazing!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/23/08
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Y'all take care of each other. TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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- Words by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons (7 Jan 1910 - 22 Dec 1987);
Charlie Chaplin, 1936
(16 Apr 1889 - 25 Dec 1977)
peak billboard position # 10 in
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
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"Smile" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/n/nat+king+cole/smile_20098087.html - 10/24/08
Smile clip art courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_talk:Face-smile-big.svg - 10/24/08
Animated Smiley Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars3.html - 03/30/05
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 http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
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