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11/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Come, Ye Thankful People Come

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance
and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath
the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their
dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give,
give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared
and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.”

- Kent Nerburn
(b. 1946)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is our traditional "Day Before Thanksgiving" Newsletter:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-22-04-NNHS-Gatherings.html 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-22-05-NNHS-We-Gather-Together.html - okay, TWO days before...

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-23-05-NNHS-Now-Thank-We-All-Our-God.html 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-20-07-NNHS-Now-Thank-We-All-Our-God.html  - okay, AGAIN, two days before...

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-21-07-NNHS-Come-Ye-Thankful-People.html 


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
  
Happy Birthday today to Our Three-Fer - Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND    Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Our Thanksgiving Two-Fer - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

29 - Jimmy Key ('57);

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

02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA !

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html


From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 11/22/08 - "Grandma's Pie":

Just in time for Thanksgiving

Whatever ya do, DON'T Let Granny

Bake the Pies this Holiday Season!!

 
 
   EWWWW!!! Thanks, Tina!  
 


From http://www.selfgrowthtest.com - 11/23/08 - "Formula for Success":

Achievement - All Success, No Matter How Large Or Small, Can Be Boiled Down To Following This Two Step Formula.
By Daniel Herzner, Nov. 19, 2008


If you’re going to read this article with hopes of discovering the only advice you’ll ever need to achieve anything in life you desire then you’re in luck. If you’re expecting the advice to be some drawn out, complicated formula then, I’m sorry to say, you’re out of luck. The fact is, any and all success in life can be boiled down to a two step process. The process is ALWAYS the same. The process, at times, is more involved, more detailed than at other times but it always remains the same. So, by the time you’re done reading the next 945 words, you’ll know the exact success formula that anybody who has ever achieved their heart’s desire has already used. These statements are not hype and I assure you that if you take what this article has to say to heart, then your ultimate success will become a certainty. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.

This process can be used by both employees to garner higher wages and professional advancement and entrepreneurs to command higher fees of their clients. The process I’m about to reveal does not discriminate; it can be applied equally by anyone regardless of age, sex, race, religion, background, education level or any other “obstacle” you think might be standing in your way. I can promise you that if you apply the formula I’m about to give you with consistency then your success is a foregone conclusion.

In the simplest of terms, your income is a reflection of the value you bring to others. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of earning a high income. For example, an auto mechanic stands a better chance of earning more than a day laborer and an attorney stands a better chance of earning more than an auto mechanic. The reason for this is obvious. The marketplace is willing to pay higher prices for greater skills. And, the more specialized the skill one can bring to their area of expertise, the more they can expect to get paid for their service.

It’s important you understand that the marketplace will always pay you what you’re worth and never a penny more. If you want to make more, then you must become more. From this observation we can conclude that the first part of the success formula is to make yourself more valuable by improving your skill set. Adding value to your skill set means learning something new – acquiring more knowledge – about your area of expertise or developing a new area of expertise altogether. The more specialized – or niche – your chosen area of expertise, the greater your probability of earning a higher income.

And, avoid stagnation. You’ll want to add to your skill set in perpetuity. There is always an opportunity to expand your knowledge of a particular subject. The more knowledge you acquire on the subject, the more valuable you become.

Acquiring knowledge is the first part of the success formula, applying that knowledge is the second part. After all, what good is acquired knowledge if it’s not put to good use? But, many people neglect this crucial step. I offer you the following example to illustrate this point.

Let’s say you decide to get involved in real estate investing. You know that real estate is a dynamic investment and many people who know their stuff have become wealthy in real estate. So you buy a book to learn more about the topic. The book was good, it was informative but you determine you need to know more so you purchase a “get rich in real estate” training course from a late night TV infomercial. You study the course and it looks like foreclosure investing is an interesting niche. So, you buy another book specifically on how to buy and sell foreclosed property. After all, you owe it to yourself to know as much as possible about this complex subject matter. However, after a while, things at work have gotten really busy and whatever free time you may’ve had is spent taking care of the kids. So, in the end, your aspirations of becoming a real estate investor are placed on the back burner – life has simply gotten in the way.

Does this scenario sound familiar? Have you ever let this type of thing happen to you or perhaps you know someone whom this story describes? The truth is, anyone who reads two books and studies a course on real estate investing has built up a great deal of knowledge on the subject. They probably know more on the topic than most other people they’ll ever come in contact with. But sadly, all that acquired knowledge will go to waste because the knowledge was never given a fair chance – it was never applied and used.

Sometimes, what’s called analysis paralysis, will hold someone back from reaching a goal. So much time is spent getting ready to get ready that no meaningful action is ever taken. There are many underlying reasons why we, as human beings, hold ourselves back from accomplishing more with our lives – reasons that stretch far beyond the scope of this article. It could be fear of failure or fear of success. It could be the potential pain of getting out of our comfort zone. It could be just about any excuse we might want to tell ourselves. But, in the end, action not taken is opportunity lost.

To recap, the universal success formula can always be boiled down to a two step process: 1) acquire new knowledge and skills and 2) apply the acquired knowledge and skills.

Here are a few final thoughts: the knowledge or skills you choose to acquire will have a direct impact on your value to others. The more specialized or niche your skills, the more valuable those skills are likely to be. And, always, always add to your skill set. For example, an interior painter can make himself more valuable by learning faux finishes. He can make himself more valuable still by learning Venetian plastering techniques and so on.

You hold the key – it’s all up to you. You can either survive or you can thrive. You alone will determine which path you’ll take based on how valuable a resource you are to others.



Author's Bio

dan@danielherzner.com
914-525-2487
www.LetsGetBackToBusiness.com

Daniel Herzner is Founder and President of Lets Get Back To Business dot com, located in White Plains, NY. Dan has been a serial entrepreneur for the better part of his adult life and has worked tirelessly at building businesses. His latest endeavor is a web site centered around providing resources to help others build a successful business of their own. Most all of the resources to be found on Daniel Herzner’s web site are free and he loves to help others reach their goals in life.

With a focus on separating real opportunity from nonsense combined with a desire to keep things as simple as possible, Dan brings his street smart approach to life on his web site. You can reach Daniel Herzner in one of the ways listed above.

© Copyright by SelfGrowth.com, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 11/24/08 - "Turkey....................":

Now this was not in my family!

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PREGNANT TURKEY STORY
(Fiction? NO!)

One year at Thanksgiving, my mom went to my sister's house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, my mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister that she needed something from the store.

When my sister left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, and re-stuffed the turkey. She then placed the bird(s) back in the oven.

When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird.

With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, 'Patricia, you've cooked a pregnant bird!'

At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry. It took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs!

Yep..................SHE'S BLONDE!

   Thanks, Dimples!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/24/08 - "Jews for Jesus":

Hi, Carol:
 
Look at the cover of this book! Talk about a great sense of humor. This is the cover for "The 23rd Psalm For the 21st Century" by Lon Solomon.
 
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, that's delightful, Adonis! Thanks so much! It sounds like a very interesting book - and would make a great gift:

   
 
 

http://www.cbn.com/entertainment/books/NewPsalm23.aspx

     http://www.parable.com/cbn/item.Still-Waters-and-Skyscrapers-The-23rd-Psalm-for-the-21st-Cen.080106791X.htm - DISCONTINUED!?!

http://store.jewsforjesus.org/ppp/product.php?prodid=989 - STILL AVAILABLE

http://www.amazon.com/Still-Waters-Skyscrapers-Psalm-Century/dp/080106791X - STILL AVAILABLE


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS -'73) of VA - 11/24/08 - "Dale Parsons New York airchecks on You Tube":

Carol ...

Found these two airchecks on You Tube ... featuring our own
Dale Parsons ('69 - of HI) on WNBC AM-66 in New York, from October 4, 1987.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnjW91dCD0Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su3n-W_p0kU&feature=related

Enjoy :-).

Da Babe

   WOWZERONI!! I noticed after listening to these for a while that I was just gawking at my computer screen with my jaw hanging like a little kid, but I suppose that's the whole point of Time Machines. Thanks so much, Tommee - and Dale!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/24/08 - "The Parrot":

The Parrot

A woman recently received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity. She tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else she could think of  to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, she was fed up and yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. She shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. So, in desperation, she threw up her hands, grabbed the bird and THREW him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Fearing that she hurt the parrot, she quickly opened the door to the freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto her outstretched arm and said 'I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend  to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.'

She was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As she was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, 'May I ask what the turkey did?'


Enjoy the moment.

Don't “remember to breathe” — just breathe. It's a Tao thing.

      Thanks, Norris!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#2 in a Series of 12):

TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS - what sweet pictures

   Thank you so much, Shari! These seem to take most of us an entire lifetime to learn.....

 
And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!
 

And Thank God for today!
 
 


HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:

The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (jwdvt@aol.com, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, December 4, 2008, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at hdsdds@aol.com - CLASS OF 1954


PRAYER ROLL:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/23/08
NNHS BLOG:
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 11/24/08


   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                  Love to all, Carol

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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
910-488-9408
     
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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Lyrics by Henry Alford (1810-1871);
Music by Sir George J. Elvey (1816-1893), organist at St. George's Chapel,
Windsor Castle for nearly fifty years, about 1844

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit as praise to God we yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From the field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
Bring thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In thy presence to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.


"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" midi courtesy of http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/music/ - 11/21/04

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" lyrics courtesy of http://home.att.net/~scorh/Thanksgiving2.html - 11/23/04

Cornucopia clip art courtesy of http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/rsc/eastco/Newsletters/2006/November2006_1.asp - 11/25/08

 Fall Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/thanksgiving/thanksgiving_lines_4.htm - 11/19/07

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, Herbie!

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06

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