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11/23/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Count Your Blessings

“Reflect on your blessings, of which every person has many,
not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some.”

Charles Dickens
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is our traditional Day After Thanksgiving Newsletter - lest we forget.....

BONUS #1 - - Count Your Blessings - George Beverly Shea

BONUS #2 - - Count Your Blessings - St John's Children's Choir

BONUS #3 - - Count Your Blessings - Smokey Mountain Hymns - soothing instrumental version with slide show

BONUS #4 - - Count Your Blessings - Lucy Rhodes - totally different hymn, but same theme and a clear angelic voice


   Having completed a successful two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany,          my oldest grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL, is returning home today!  

   Way to go, Elder Harty!


   Happy Birthday today to   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND   John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10) !

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 -   Donnie Satisky ('56) of Northern VA AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 -   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

29 -     The late Jimmy Key ('57) (deceased 03/21/12)  AND    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

30 -      Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 23, 1940 - Romania became a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.

November 23, 1943 - The Deutsche Opernhaus on Bismarckstraße in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg was destroyed. It was eventually rebuilt in 1961 and called the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

November 23, 1943 - U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands.

November 23, 1945 -
The U.S. wartime rationing of most foods ended.


Friday, November 23, 1962 - Apparently nothing important happened this day.

    From Don Chaney ('66) of MD - 11/22/12, 12:23 PM - "Happy Thanksgiving":

Happy Thanksgiving, Carol.

   Thanks so much, Donnie!

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 11/22/12, 6:59 PM - "HAPPY THANKSGIVING":


   Thank you, Jamey!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/21/12 - "Happy Thanksgiving to you all!":


   Thanks, Dools - how pretty!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/22/12:






  From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 11/23/12:


   AMEN! Thanks, Evelyn!




From - 11/19/12 - "5 Ways to Be Thankful":

5 Great Ways to Express Thankfulness Year-Round

By Loren Meier

What are the biggest parts of positive thinking and the law of attraction? Can you guess?
Appreciation and gratitude! The title may have given it away, huh?
Start appreciating what you have right now! I am challenging you to start getting the "attitude of gratitude"! Start by appreciating what and whom you already have in your life. Be thankful! Celebrate Thanksgiving everyday (minus the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and crazy Aunt Sally!). Here are a few steps you can follow to get in the mood of appreciation.

Step one: Appreciate what you have right now!

You may not have the car, home, money or clothes that you want right now. Even so, be thankful for what you do have. Appreciating what you have right now will create a feeling of abundance. If you focus on wanting or on being discontent, those negative thoughts will attract even more negative feelings.
I am thankful for the clothes I have, the food I eat, and the home I have. I am thankful for the car I drive. Sure, I might want a house cleaner, fancier shoes and a car that doesn't have so many miles and is better on gas and more environmentally friendly. But right now, I am thankful for my car because it gets me where I want to go. I am thankful for my clothes because they cover me up, protect me from the sun, keep me warm, and spare others from seeing me in my birthday suit.
What are you thankful for? Write in down, say it out loud, "I am so happy and thankful that....!"

Step two: Appreciate the people in your life.

Write a list of what you appreciate about the people close to you. Include your family, friends, and coworkers. You will probably be amazed at how much more you love and enjoy each person once you start recognizing their good points.
I appreciate Denny (my fiancé) for:
~always supporting me in what I want to do
~for taking the trash out
~for taking me on a vacation
~for hugging me
~for loving me so much
~for having faith in me
~for accepting my family
~for working so hard
Start your list for the people that mean the most for you.

Step three: Keep an appreciation journal.

Encourage everyone in your family to keep his or her own appreciation journal. Every night before you go to bed write down 5-10 things that you appreciated that day in your journal. This is a wonderful and rewarding task to do with your children. If your kids are too small, sit down with them and have them tell you what they appreciated and write it down for them. You will both benefit from the effort and they will go to sleep thankful and positive. Psychologists tell us that it takes 21 days of repetition to create a habit. Play it safe and keep your journal for at least a month and you will be thankful!

Step four: Create a family appreciation board.

So many times we don't tell the people who mean the most to us how thankful and appreciative we are of them. A great activity to do is to create an appreciation cork board to let the people in your family know what you appreciate about them. Put little post-its near the board so anyone can add an appreciation anytime they want. "Mom, thanks for the great dinner!", "Dad, I really loved that you came to my school play, Thanks!", "To my son, I appreciate how nice you are to your sister.", or" To my daughter, thank you for doing your homework right after school yesterday." See how long it takes your family to fill your board, and then start over. This is a great tool for the whole family and makes both people happy. We all like to feel appreciated. This board will create a happier, healthier, and more positive bond for your family.

Step five: Write thank you notes!

Thank you notes are a great way to get the "attitude of gratitude".

Create a habit with your kids to send, or even make thank you notes.

It not only teaches them to be thankful, but it also can be a fun art activity.
When you are thinking about all the things you are thankful for, here are a few topics you can think about:

Your clothing
Your toys (kids and adults!)
Your Free Time
Your animals
Where you live
Your body (what all it does for you)
Great Ideas
Sense of Humor
and of course the thing that will be number one on your list ...this article!
I hope these tips help you get motivated to start being grateful. We might not have exactly what we want, but when we appreciate what we do have more of what we really want will follow. Well, I appreciate you, for reading this article and for being who you are! Here's a big thank you card to you all, Thank You!

About the Author:

Loren Meier is a life coach with Spark Life Design based out of Los Osos. Loren specializes in working with the whole family, through The Law of Attraction, to co-create a harmonious and supportive family environment. Your whole family deserves to have the best life and it all starts with your attitude.
For more information on One on One Coaching, upcoming family workshops and to be added to her newsletter, you can e-mail Loren Meier at, visit the web-site at, or call (800)633-2720 


“You Know You've Overdone Thanksgiving If”

* You spill more food on you than the local soup kitchen dispenses

* Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you out of the EZ-Boy

* Your after dinner moans are loud enough to signal Dr. Kevorkian

* The "Gravy Boat" your wife set out was a real 12' boat !

* The potatoes you used set off another famine in Ireland

* Your "Big Elvis Super-Belt" won't even go around your waist

* You receive a Sumo Wrestler application in your e-mail

* You set off 3 earthquake seismographs on your morning jog Friday

* Pricking your finger for cholesterol screening only yielded gravy

* You have 5 TV sets side-by-side to catch all the football games

* A guest quotes a Biblical passage from "The Feeding of the 5000"

* That rash on your stomach turns out to be steering wheel burn

* Your wife wears a life jacket at nite in your water bed

* Representatives from the Butterball Hall of Fame called twice

* You consider gluttony as your patriotic duty

* It looks like the left-overs are gonna last until Christmas

* Your arms are too short to reach the keyboard & delete this message

You are what you eat.... and you are NOT gonna like being a turkey.

CROCHET PATTERNS: - Doni's Candy Cane -
Doni's Wreath Ring Ornament -
Suzetta Williams' Holly Embellishment - This is the best holly I've ever seen!


AFTER THANKSGIVING RECIPES: - Hobo Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes - "Get ready for a cheese overload, this recipe for Hobo Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes goes back to the basics. With lots of cheese, some potatoes, chicken and spices this will surely be a favorite among budget friendly recipes. Plus it doesn't get any better than just dumping it all into your slow cooker!": - Simple Seven Layer Dinner - "The answer to your what should I make for dinner questions is answered! This Simple Seven Layer Dinner brings everything you need into one simple casserole dish. With beef, potatoes and veggies it's a meal in one! It's guaranteed to please." - Crazy Crockpot Pork Chops - "I found that the only crazy thing about these pork chops is that they weren't prepared in the oven! Make salty, fragrant pork chops using this slow cooker pork chops recipe. Tastes just like oven-made!"

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#6 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!


From - 11/22/12:
A husband was having great difficulty getting along with his wife – nothing but arguing and friction – so he decided to consult a marriage counselor. After they had talked for a while, the counselor said, “I suggest that you run five miles each day for a week. Then please call me back.”

A week later the counselor received a call from the husband, “Well,” asked the counselor, “how are things going with you and your wife?

“How should I know?” said the husband. “I’m thirty-five miles away.”

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/09/12

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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Count Your Blessings

Words by Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897
Music by Edwin O. Excell

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

"Count Your Blessings" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Count Your Blessings" Image courtesy of - 11/26/10

Twig Flower Bar #17  Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/10

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

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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!

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

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