11/29/07 - NNHS Newsletter
I Should Care
“Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses,
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Friends and Schoolmates,
It's Frank again. Now he's singing on my computer whenever I start searching for Newsletter themes.
"I am not making this up!"
Unlike Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73 - of VA), my sister Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I wait all year for the radio stations to begin playing non-stop Christmas music. She told me to find either 93.3 or 103.5 on my dial, as they had both begun. So I started messing around with my radio alarm clock (the one with the GIGANTIC digital numbers), and found 103.5.
The next morning I was awakened by "Here Comes Santa Claus" - sung by Frank Sinatra!
HEY - You don't suppose he's stalking me, do you?!? No, I suppose not.....
1. Brenda Sue Williams (Menchville HS - '73) of ? - 11/28/07:
I graduated from Menchville in 1973, but I attended NNHS for two years, 8th & 9th grade. My brother, Sonny Williams, class of 71, also attended NNHS for 4 years but graduated from Warwick. We know all of the NNHS people! Tim Parsons ('73 - of VA) and I were married!
I would love to be included in this as I have greatly enjoyed reading about everybody and seeing their pictures. It brings back so many memories!
Sincerely, Brenda Williams "73"
Certainly! Welcome aboard, Brenda!
I've added you to our Alumni Page:
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Key ('57)! And Happy Birthday tomorrow to our last Birthday Two-Fer of November: Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to you all!
From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 11/27/07 - "Newsletter Input":
..... Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. My family spent our 32nd year on the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving week. We had 23 for Thanksgiving dinner and the weather was great.
I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed
reading the newsletters you have been providing. It has also been great for me
to see names that I have not seen in quite a while and know that those folks are
doing well. Folks like
Sandi (Bateman) Chestnut ('65 - of
Terry Seay ('67 - of TN),
David Whitley ('67 - of VA),
Carol Comer (Cutler - '70 - of VA),
('69 - of HI) and
Barbara Brewer ('69 - of VA) are just a few
that I recall from days at NNHS.
I have included a small picture of myself. I would like to provide a picture of myself from the yearbook to compare to, but a house fire destroyed my yearbooks and to be honest, I never liked my yearbook picture. I wanted to share several things that I have been thinking about and have failed to put on paper (or email).
I've added your picture to our Alumni Page:
Over my career with NASA, I have spent a great deal of time away from home. At times it seems that I have been away more than I have been at home. My career with NASA has allowed me to work in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Italy, France and Germany. I have also spent time in Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, Alabama and Ohio. Many years ago, a good friend/co-worker of mine was talking with me and he mentioned that he had missed many of the activities associated with his children due to being on travel for business. He, at that time, was getting ready to retire and he mentioned that his goal in life was now to be the best grandfather he could be. Having missed so much of his own kid’s life growing up, it was important that he be a part of his grandchildren’s life. At the time, I did not fully understand all of his comments since I did not have any grandchildren but also knew that I too had missed much of the life of my own children while being out of town.. Almost immediately after he retired, he was diagnosed with cancer. His cancer spread quickly and he died approximately one year after being diagnosed. At his funeral, his children spoke of him being a good father and that he had been gone a lot and that they missed growing up with him. Then, his grandchildren spoke and they told everyone what a wonderful grandfather he had been. He spent time with them, helped them with their schoolwork and attended their activities. I am not certain he ever knew that he had fully obtained his goal to be the best grandfather he could be or not, but his grandchildren speaking at his funeral confirmed it. I remembered his comments about being the best grandfather he could be and now that I have 5 grandchildren, I too desire to be the best grandfather I can be.
I would also note that David Whitley is working on being the best grandfather he can be too based on his postings to your newsletters. Being as proud a grandfather as is David, I have included several pictures of my grandchildren.
|Elise (15 months old)||Jasmine (3 years old – adopted from China)||Quentin (4-1/2 years old)||Claire (4 months old)||Avery (8 weeks old)|
Over the years, my wife and I have basically gotten
to the point of not needing gifts at Christmas. Our focus for gifts at Christmas
is now for the grandchildren. But one thing I started several years ago was what
I call “The Gift of Time”. My gift to my wife each Christmas is planning special
time together which we do the week after Christmas. Last year this consisted of
a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg, a day tip to Norfolk (Nauticus and the USS
Wisconsin), a day trip to Lynchburg, Va., and a day trip to Newport, Ky. &
Time Spent Together is the best gift you can give your spouse. In our hectic world with work, children, grandchildren, parents and other activities, the best gift you can give is time….time spent together. So any of you folks looking for the ideal gift this Christmas, consider giving “The Gift of Time”.
Thanks for listening...
Richard Rawls ('71)
What a great idea - and what precious children! Thanks for sharing their pictures with us!
All of life seems to be a trade-off, Richard. My husband spent much great quality time with our seven children, but didn't advance his career as far as he might. As a stay-at-home mother, I spent essentially all of my time with our children (for which I'm most thankful), but now am hundreds of miles away from our nine grandchildren. We do what we do, and are rewarded accordingly.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/07 - "For Wednesday":
Hoping your day is extra nice!,
When nature makes a river. Geesh!
Funny money creations.
How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she can get back her focus on what's important.
Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here's what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!
The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!" And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."
Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.
So this was it: The "Law of the Garbage Truck." I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people a work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do that anymore." I began to see garbage trucks.
Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said, "I see Dead People." Well, now "I see Garbage Trucks." I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled. He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best.
Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses. Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about. The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? Here's my bet. You'll be happier. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so.. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't.
I always thought it was "feed the wolf of hate and starve the DOVE of peace."
A grandfather said to his grandson, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful, angry, and violent. The other wolf is loving and compassionate."
The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"
The grandfather answered, "The wolf I feed."
Our Children Are Watching
You're teaching a lesson each day that you live;
Your actions are blazing a trail
That children will follow for good or for ill;
You can help them or cause them to fail.
"The best way to say, 'I love you, God,' is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, 'Thank you, God,' is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now."
- Don Miguel Ruiz
Thanks so much, Shari!
From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/27/07:
Aren't kids just wonderful? When our son was about 4 he had four attached battery operated marching soldiers. When they marched off the bed he came running out of his room and said, "Mom, I broke my Onward Christian Soldiers....."
WILD GIGGLES! How adorable! Thanks, Eva!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 11/27/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Did you see ? THE BIGGEST CROSS":
Dear Carol / Dimples
Did you see the world's biggest Cross? It's very interesting; Take a look. Click onto the website below.
THE BIGGEST CROSS
If you don't read the description, at least look at the 2nd pic, it's beautiful....
That's really awesome, Herbie Darlin'! Thanks!
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 11/27/07 - "C&O Coal Piers":
Hi Carol --
recent discussion about how some of us used to go down to the waterfront and
watch the ships being loaded with coal, here's a view of the C&O coal
loading piers probably few of us have seen.
I have seen the piers from this viewpoint a few times, as I used to fly from Patrick Henry Airport to Philadelphia regularly when I worked for Dow-Badische. The old National Airlines flight I caught would fly to Norfolk first, and it would always make a big S-turn from NN to Norfolk, always over the harbor, allowing some great views.
Good ol' hindsight: now I wish I had taken a camera on those flights! This photo is from a postcard I recently found on eBay. My guess is this was taken in the late 60's or early 70's, although someone may spot something in the photo that would date it more precisely.
WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Ronnie! I've posted this on that page (about 1/5 the way down):
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 11/26/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Please Read - CBS commentary":
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary on 12/18/05.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 11/28/07 - "Twas the month before Christmas":
*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a " Holiday ".*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod* ;
*Something was changing, some thing quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
*At Lowe's the word Christmas - was nowhere to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penney's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*;
*Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !*
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 11/28/07 - "Computer Juke Box... this is great!":
WOWZERS!!! This is waaay cool! Thanks, Wayne!
HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:
The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gatheringwill be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday
will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
at Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.
1. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955
2. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
3. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957
4. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL) of IL - 11/27/07 - "Tweety - this is sweet" (#1 in a series of 5):
This is one of the cutest, nicest e-mails .... Enjoy!
My Tweety Bird!!! Thanks, Miss Mary!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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I Should Care
I should care, I should go around weepin'
I should care, I should go without sleepin'
Strangely enough I sleep well, 'cept for a dream or two
But then I count my sheep well
Funny how sheep can lull you to sleep
So I should care, I should let it upset me
I should care, but it just doesn't get me
Maybe I won't find someone as lovely as you
But I should care and I do
Maybe I won't find someone as lovely as you
But I should care and I do
"I Should Care" midi courtesy of http://server3.myebiz.com/chryspage/midi_files.html - 11/28/07
"I Should Care" lyrics courtesy of http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Frank-Sinatra/I-Should-Care.html - 11/28/07
Robin Reid's Image of "Counting Sheep in Queenstown, NZ" courtesy of http://www.pbase.com/rtwo/image/40298766 - 11/28/07
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Suffolk Sheep Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.clublambs.com/funpage3.html - 11/28/07
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
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
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of http://www.litchfield.k12.il.us/ - 06/23/07
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