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12/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Pearl Harbor Day
Plus 70 Years

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945)
War Message to Congress, December 8, 1941

"Tug boats push the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) to its new berth at Ford Island, on June 22, 1998, as it joins the USS Arizona Memorial (foreground) in Pearl Harbor, HA. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, 1998"

"(The agreement allows) Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial as symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II. The Missouri was towed 2,600-miles across the Pacific Ocean from Bremerton, WA."

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We try always to observe this day here.  I didn't ever get around to it last year, and I don't even remember after a full year what my outrageously important excuse was. Nothing really comes to mind, but it must have been a doozie.....

http://nnhs65.com/12-07-05-NNHS-Pearl-Harbor-Day.html

http://nnhs65.com/12-07-06-NNHS-Pearl-Harbor-Day-Plus-65-Years.html

http://nnhs65.com/12-07-07-NNHS-Pearl-Harbor-Day-Plus-66-Years.html - contains my darlin'       Herbie's (22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008) first person account!

http://nnhs65.com/12-07-08-NNHS-Pearl-Harbor-Day-Plus-67-Years.html

http://nnhs65.com/12-07-09-NNHS-Pearl-Harbor-Day-Plus-68-Years.html

   I'll not redo a single thing, because we got it right the first time.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Music for Pearl Harbor Day":

The attack on Pearl Harbor set in motion the largest sea war in history. Nowhere is that war musically depicted any better than in Richard Rodgers' score for "Victory At Sea".

Attached is a 117 KB (10 min 30 sec) MIDI file which excerpts all the major and recognizable themes from the score. Best of all, it will not repeat while subscribers are reading the Newsletter ... unless they click a link and return.

The source site contains individual MP3 files for each of the sections of the score for those who wish to hear more of the original: http://victoryatseaonline.com/victory_music.html 

I recall watching the series in first run in the early 50s. While it certainly did not glamorize war, it surely intoxicated an impressionable 7 year old. And it was even more poignant in that my dad had REALLY been there as a submariner. With all of that at work, how could I ever choose any way of life except the Navy. Those themes still evoke very strong emotions in me, and make me wish I could go to sea once again on an old destroyer. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean; those who have not will never know.

For a very evocative realization of a storm at sea, listen to this track at about the 1:00 minute mark: http://home.comcast.net/~pflyersboy/victory/mare_nostrum.mp3

You may already have considered this, but the image for that newsletter must be the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri, the "alpha" and "omega" of World War II in the Pacific:

http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/Jun1998/980622-N-7749B-001.html

   Other than Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor which will take you to Heaven and Hell and back again, I know of no symphonic work which covers such a range of emotions as "Victory at Sea".  What a powerful MIDI you located!  And the image you chose is beyond perfection.
 
   I used to watch that series with        my daddy (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) as well.  For an Army man, he had enormous respect for the Navy and the job they did in winning that war.  I cannot begin to imagine how you must have felt as a child, or now, or during all the intervening years as your career passed through so many stages.  It overwhelms me to even try.
 
   When Mr. Wilson chose an arrangement of that piece for us to play in concert (was it in 1962?),  I was so thrilled, for so many reasons.  The band had played it several years earlier, and I was afraid he wouldn't use it again.  Parts of it I can still play to this day, more than forty years later.
 
   Thank you, Captain.  No one could have done it better.  No one ever does.
 

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Pearl Harbor Day":

Re: CLIPART.  If you are looking for some small images of ships, you might look here:  http://www.navsource.org/

Specifically, some images of ARIZONA can be found here: 
http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/39a.htm
but also have a look at the other pages of photos linked there.


   Thank you again, David.  I did look, but I decided to use only images of Arizona as a metaphor for all the other ships and lives lost on that horrible day.
 





The death of Arizona (BB-39), 0805, December 7, 1941
 
The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one at left. The forward magazines of Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). The forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines. Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship. Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga(YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archive  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Submitted by Scott Dyben.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-32485, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center



THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to
  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

12 -    Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);
14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA
!

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday1207.htm:          

Saturday, Dec. 7, 1861
TRENT TURMOIL TIMES TWO


Communications technology not being, in 1861, quite what it is today, the word had not yet percolated through the U.S. Navy of all the havoc being caused by the USS San Jacinto”s capture of the British mail ship Trent on the high seas. The Trent had been carrying Confederate agents on their way to Europe, so there had been at least some semblance of justification in that case, but the level of outrage it sparked in Britain was not yet known to all. Today the USS Santiago de Cuba pulled exactly the same stunt in the mouth of the Rio Grande River. The British schooner Eugenia Smith was halted in international waters and searched. She proved to be carrying another Confederate purchasing agent, J. W. Zacharie from New Orleans. He was taken off and arrested. When this sort of thing had been done by the Royal Navy against American ships some time earlier it had contributed to the start of the War of 1812.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 1862
FEDERALS FIGHT FIERCELY AT FAYETTEVILLE


Battle occurred today about 12 miles south of Fayetteville, Ark., on the Illinois Creek. There were two prongs of Federal forces: one under James Blunt, that was the original target, and another column under Frances J. Herron, which had been ordered down to Blunt’s support in great haste from Wilson’s Creek, Missouri. Opposing them was Confederate Gen. Thomas C. Hindman. His original tactic had been to hit each group separately, before they could join together. The speed of march of Herron’s men surprised him, however, and in the end two nearly equal forces, about 10,000 men each in blue and grey, fought on a day of bitter winter weather. After incurring almost equal casualties, around 1200-1300 each, the end came with nightfall. The Confederate forces finally withdrew to seek shelter from the extreme cold, and the Union held control of northwest Arkansas.

Monday, Dec. 7, 1863
COMPETING CONGRESSES CONVENIENTLY CONVENE


As the Constitution of the Confederate States of America was essentially the same document as the one used by the United States (with some important modifications, of course) it was not surprising that many events, such as the opening of sessions of Congress, occurred at the same time. Such was the case today as legislative bodies were convened in both Richmond and Washington, D.C. In Richmond the report from the President was grim. Foreign relations had not improved, Jefferson Davis reported, which meant they basically didn’t exist. Finances were in dire straits, the prisoner-of-war exchange system remained in limbo, and the army had suffered “grave reverses”, but the level of patriotism remained high. In Washington, Navy Secretary Gideon Welles reported that the blockade was solid “commencing at Alexandria, Virginia, and terminating at the Rio Grande.”

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1864
TENTATIVE THOMAS TAKING TESTY THREATS


Gen. George Thomas was not a flashy commander, nor is his name one of the famous ones remembered today. His fame as the “Rock of Chickamauga” was still remembered though, and he had been left in command of the Union forces in Nashville after William T. Sherman left on his March to the Sea. Unfortunately Sherman had taken such huge numbers of troops with him, particularly of cavalry, that Thomas was left in an untenable position. He could hold Nashville indefinitely, but the army of Gen. John Hood’s Confederates was camped on his doorstep. General of the Armies Ulysses S. Grant was sitting in Washington, sending daily telegrams to Thomas ordering him to attack Hood. Thomas simply did not feel that he was ready to do so as yet, but could not disobey a direct order. Grant was getting so annoyed at the delays that he told Secretary of War Stanton today that if Thomas did not get a move on shortly, he should be removed from command. Grant was getting pressure from overhead as well.
 


   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/06/11 - "WHERE I HAVE & HAVE NOT BEEN...":

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family, and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!


~Keep Smiling!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

     Thanks, Eva - same to you!



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/06/11 - "Mixed Text 4 Tuesday":

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/airline-food-blamed-death-miami-man-160728049.html
Airline food blamed for man's death?
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The Big Bus

I can't recall ever writing a MountainWings issue about a commercial service but I just had to.

My brother called me about this service called Megabus. A student from the church attends college in Charlotte. She said she rode Megabus home from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA.

The price: $3.00. A roundtrip ticket cost $6.00.

I thought he was joking. How could a bus company make money charging $3 for a bus ticket? So I went to megabus.com.

I checked how much it would cost me to go from Atlanta, GA to Orlando, FL. It was either $3 or $1 depending on which day I traveled. That's a 400+ mile trip for one dollar!

I've heard of great travel deals but this was bordering on ridiculous. It's probably just an introductory special where they are essentially giving away bus tickets, but if you are in some of the southern U.S. states, you need to visit megabus.com and get on the bus.

By the way, the student also said the Megabus was super nice. They even have free Wi-Fi on the bus.

Some MountainWings reader wants to visit someone but the price has prohibited you. Well, wait no more.

This issue won't help you fly over the mountains of life but it sure will let you ride over them cheaply.

The big bus is waiting...

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Thumb Joke

It takes 7 seconds for food to pass from the mouth to the stomach.

A human hair can hold 3 kg.

The length of the penis is three times the length of the thumb.

The femur is as hard as concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

Women blink twice as much as a man.

We use 399 muscles just to keep our balance when we stand.

The woman has read this entire text.

The man is still looking at his thumb.

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I was shopping with my roommate, and I saw a humorous button that said, "It might look like I'm doing nothing, but on a cellular level, I'm quite busy."

I showed it to her, and her response was, "Oh, I should buy that one, I'm always talking on mine."

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RANDOM TIDBITS

A baby has around 10,000 taste buds, far more than adults. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Eventually these extra taste buds disappear.

The intestines of a newborn are about 11 feet long. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.

A baby can recognize the smell and voice of its mother at birth. It takes a few weeks before a baby can see the difference between its mother and other adults.

A baby's head is proportionally huge, being one-quarter of the total body length, compared to only one-eighth of the total adult's length.

The grasp of a newborn baby is so strong that its whole body can hang in midair, with its bent fingers supporting its weight.

Eyesight is the least developed of all the newborn senses. Newborns can see best at a distance of only 8-14 inches, and until they are about three months old, they see best in their peripheral vision.

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Four Letter Word

A man is recovering from surgery when the Surgical Nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling.

"I'm OK but I didn't like the four letter-word the doctor used in surgery," he answered.

"What did he say," asked the nurse.

"Oops!"


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3 Dimes

When I was a boy I used to love to find a stray penny on the sidewalk. I would save them in a jar in my room and then use them to buy candy or gum when I had found enough. Later as an adult I read a story about how a minister still loved to find pennies on the sidewalk because on each one was written the words: "In God we trust." He said that each penny was a message from Heaven that reminded him of just how much God loved him.

Today I was headed to the store to buy a week’s worth of groceries for my family. I didn’t really feel up to it, though. My stomach was nauseous and I felt weak. I wondered if I was coming down with a virus. Still, our cupboards were bare and it couldn’t be put off. I stopped first to fill my car with gas before heading to the store. As I walked in to pay I saw a dime laying on the asphalt. I picked it up and remembered the minister’s story. I felt blessed 10 times over. I read the words, "In God we trust" written on it and realized that sick or not God loved me and was with me today and always.


Later as I was heading into the store I saw a local club doing a Christmas fund drive to buy toys for the needy children in our area. I pulled out a few dollars and handed them to the people. They thanked me and wished me a "Merry Christmas" as I turned to go into the store. Then I saw it. A second dime laying right in front of the door. This time I felt so good that my stomach stopped feeling queasy. I pocketed the dime, looked to the sky, and smiled.

I took my time shopping since I was still feeling a little weak. Finally before heading home I stopped to pick up a take out pizza for dinner. I didn’t really feel up to cooking. When I got my change I dropped it along with my first two dimes into the charity box on the counter. I enjoyed the idea of passing them and the love that went with them on to others. I walked out with a happy heart. I took one step toward my car and saw a third dime gleaming in the sunshine on the sidewalk. I laughed with delight. I knew that Heaven was watching over me and God was encouraging me to keep loving, caring, and sharing all that I could in this life. I felt loved not 30 times over, but 30,000 times over. When I got home too every bit of sickness and weakness had disappeared from my body. I felt healthy, alive and full of joy.

As you go through this life with all of its struggles, sickness, and problems know that you are loved. You are loved with a love more powerful than you can ever imagine. You are loved by God, Our Heavenly Father, the creator of us all! And the proof of it is all around you. It is in every sunrise and every flower. It is in every smile you see and every hug you get. It is in every good thing, miraculous message, or curious coincidence that happens upon you in this life. It is even in every penny or dime you find on the ground. Rejoice in that love, cherish it, welcome it into your heart and soul, and make your whole life a celebration and sharing of it.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~


  
Thank you so much, Shari!


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/06/11 - "Food For Thought: Your Personal Food Bank":

Dear Friends,

Getting ready for the holidays for some people is like getting ready for a root canal: even the anticipation is painful.

It totally does not have to be that way. Anyone who has blessed their homes 15 minutes at a time understands exactly what I am saying. As FlyLady says, you hit a lick at a snake.

Why shouldn't dinner time during the holidays be equally as simple? And even though our routines usually get stretched and pulled during this time, we still have the ability to get dinner on the table and get everyone fed. I'm not talking drive thru, either!

I challenge you to start thinking of your freezer as your own personal "food bank". Where you throw an extra casserole in the freezer for a rainy day, or you double a meatloaf or main course soup recipe so you're never without a back up plan OR you have the ability to bless someone else (like when a neighbor has a baby, etc.). OR you can use our fabulous freezer menus; they totally ROCK! http://savingdinnershop.com/

Now is the time for all good flybabies to come to the aid of their freezer. Let's get that thing stocked! It's really easy—if you're going to go to the trouble of making a favorite casserole, why not make two and freeze one? Making two or even three meatloaves isn't any more work than making one. Lasagna freezes beautifully, as does one of my favorite recipes from Saving Dinner (it's in the FlyLibrary!), Mexican Torta—recipe included.

So get cooking! Get that freezer stocked! Time's a wasting!

Stocking your freezer will keep dinner happening at your house during the hectic holidays.

Love,
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva since 2001
http://savingdinner.com Fr*ee Menu-Mailer when you get our Daily Dish
Come and Get It! Great recipe below, look!

Mexican Torta
Serves 6

1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 envelope taco seasoning (low-sodium, if available)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilis, drained
16 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
2 cups shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1 (16 oz.) can refried beans (use fat-free)
1 (7 oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
salsa
low-fat sour cream


In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat and cook onions till translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Then add turkey, and cook until browned, breaking into small pieces, as you go. Add the taco seasoning package according to package directions mixing well and allowing to simmer for a couple of minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the chilies and set aside.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease a 10" pie plate. Place one fourth of the tortilla pieces on the bottom of the pie plate (till covered). Spread with half of the turkey mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Place another one fourth of the tortillas on cheese; spread with beans. Place yet another one fourth of the tortillas on beans; top with roasted peppers. And finally, place the remaining tortillas on the roasted peppers and spread with remaining turkey mixture. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until cheese is melted and center is hot. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting into your masterpiece.

Can be served with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Per serving: 339 Calories (kcal); 9g Total Fat; (25% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 4g Fiber; 34mg Cholesterol; 942mg Sodium
Food Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve with brown rice, steamed broccoli and a bowl of baby carrots for the table.

VEGETARIANS: Substitute TVP crumbles for the turkey.


From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/05/11 - "11 Ways to be a Master Listener":

11 Ways to Master the Skill of Listening

By Sean McCarthy

Being an effective listener is one of the most critical skills you can master in order to build meaningful relationships, advance your career, and build a successful business. Many people often believe they are great listeners, primarily because they have been doing it their entire life, but mastering the nuances of listening is about changing how you listen. In this article I will highlight 11 things I have learned and observed throughout my life and career. A masterful listener forms an instant bond with others and that immediate connection is created through genuine and sincere interest in others. It all starts with being a good listener.

With complete and masterful listening, you demonstrate your interest in what is being said and you show your respect for the individual saying it. Listening is a magnetic force that draws people to us. Skillful listeners are confident in themselves and provide value to the conversation through the interaction, not by what they have to say.

Have you ever talked to someone and noticed they were not really listening to you? How did it make you feel? Disrespected? Unimportant? Use that awareness and work hard to make certain that people never feel the same way when they talk with you. Challenge yourself to master the art of listening.

1. Start the conversation.
I am astounded at the people that wait for someone else to strike up a conversation. To be an active listener you must first engage someone in a conversation. Walk up to someone and introduce yourself. Begin the conversation. Another effective way is to insert yourself into a discussion that is already going. Begin by listening.

2. Ask questions.
The easiest way to start a conversation is to ask questions. The easiest was to keep a conversation going is to respond with questions. When you ask people questions during a conversation, you show a sincere interest in the topic. A powerful way is to ask how they FEEL about the subject they have raised. Most people operate at a feeling level, rather than a thinking level, even if they are logical thinkers.

3. Make eye contact.
As simple as this sounds it is an essential step in being a good listener. Make eye contact with people while they are talking, look into their eyes to find the soul of their words. Good eye contact demonstrates genuine interest in the person and the conversation. Please recognize this is not to be intense staring, but rather appropriate eye contact and appropriately looking away at times. Try not to make it appear intentional, but rather sincere.

4. Use open body language.
Using body language and eye contact the right way can really have a positive impact on the speaker. To show you are listening and interested, lean slightly forward in your chair. Be sure your arms are uncrossed. If standing, stand slightly at an angle to the speaker, not facing straight forward. Open body language encourages the trust and openness of the relationship.

5. Be present.
I must admit I have been accused of not being present when my wife is talking even though I am looking into her eyes. At these times my mind is off thinking about something other than the words or ideas coming from her mouth. Be aware of your thoughts. If you find yourself not present for a second or momentarily distracted apologize and ask the speaker to repeat what they said or tell them you do not follow what they are saying.

6. Show NO sign you are ready to respond.
When you are actively listening, don't give any clues that you are preparing to respond. Don't point your finger, open your mouth, take a deep breath or change your facial expression as an indicator that you are ready to respond. When others see you anxiously waiting to respond, they know you are no longer listening because you are now concerned with crafting your response or a rebuttal.

7. Pause before your response.
During a conversation, wait a few seconds after the person finishes speaking to allow them to finish their thought and get prepared to listen to you. This is a critical skill when talking on the phone, because you cannot see their facial expression. Often times, they are just pausing to gather their thoughts or take a breath and have not completed their entire thought. If you find yourself talking at the same time as someone else is talking, then use that opportunity to remind yourself of the importance of a pause. Many times the most important information from a conversation comes after the pause.

8. Let them go first.
If you start talking at the same time someone else is trying to finish their thought, STOP, apologize with “I'm sorry, please continue” and let them finish before responding. Even if what you have to say is an answer to the question they raised or is important, show them your respect by letting them finish first.

9. Listen for the unstated message.
Are you able to pick up on a person's message that lies beneath their words? By listening intently, you will grasp the topic and move more effectively into the conversation. Most people are looking for encouragement, answers or insights to the subjects they discuss. By listening deeply and connecting with the other person, you will communicate more effectively.

10. Do not change the subject.
When engaged in a conversation, don't change the subject until the discussion is completed. I observe people who do this all the time in small group settings, business networking and social situations. If you change the subject prematurely, you exhibit a lack of interest in the discussion (and the people) and indicate that what you have to say is of higher importance.

11. Do not participate or start a side conversation.
When you are part of a group conversation, never start a side conversation, even if the person talking is not making eye contact with you. If you find yourself bored with the conversation try harder to connect with the speaker. Your boredom is merely a symptom of your disconnection.

At first appearance these tips seem so natural and common place. It would seem that these are easy to implement. But doing it consistently is the hard part. Being a good listener requires an intentional effort and above all, a sincere interest in other people. It is a skill worthy of mastering. Listening is a skill that garners respect and respected people are successful. I am committed to working on being a better listener. Will you commit to showing you care about people by incorporating these eleven tips into your daily routine? On a scale of 1-10, what's your commitment?


About the Author:

Sean McCarthy is a Personal & Professional Development Coach, past Vice President for Certified Coaches Federation and the primary coach for http://www.ColoradoCoachingCompany.com, a coaching and training company he founded in 2008.

Colorado Coaching Company provides small business coaching, life coaching, and parent & family coaching along with mastermind groups, training and workshops.

You can follow his blog Living the Solution at blog.ColoradoCoachingCompany.com or follow him on Twitter (@SolutionCoach).



From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/06/11 - "HOLIDAY SUPER CRUISING MISSION #7":

HOLIDAY SUPER CRUISING MISSION #7

Your Holiday mission for today is to take time out to establish a budget for the Holidays. If you already have a budget then it is time to review! Get out your Holiday Control Journal.

Look over your gift lists and menus and try to work on a budget for these things. When you establish a budget and try very hard to work within that budget you will find that you do not go overboard on your spending because you have taken the time out to plan and think things through instead of shopping impulsively.

Try to establish when you can start your shopping and to break it down into small manageable tasks. You need to figure out how much money you can afford for: gifts, mailing, wrapping supplies, travel expenses, meals, baking etc.

You can put these numbers into your Holiday Control Journal.

Taking things that are overwhelming and breaking them down into babysteps help us keep the CHAOS away!! Just a little planning will help even when we are in December.

Have fun and remember we are FLYing! Download your FREE Holiday Control Journal on our website.

http://www.flylady.net 


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/06/11 - "Pampering #5":

Dear FlyLady,

I am having such a hard day at home today getting anything done (I work outside the house 3 days a week) that I figured I had a choice: Get nothing done and beat myself up mentally, or set the timer, tackle a task for 30 min., and then take a 15 min. pamper break, all the while saying to myself that this is intentional time for myself that I seem to need, not just "goofing off". I'm heading off to read a chapter in my book now, guilt-free. (This has been a big bread-through for me.).

Mizjane

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Dear FlyLady,

I am planning on at home spa day today. I will get my hair cut and head home for skin and nail pampering.

Kit

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Kelly here: This is a very busy time of year. You cannot forget about yourself in the
midst of demands on your time and energy!!

This is why our habit this month is pampering. Take a little time for yourself.


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/06/11 - "If Something is Bugging You! Change it!":

Dear FlyLady and your wonderful Crew-

This is an overdue note to say how much I love the new website! It is beautiful and after a bit of getting used to the new way, it is very easy to use. I have been a FlyBaby for almost 4 years now and like everyone else, can't express how you have changed my life and that of my family.

When I joined, I was in my late 60s and kept thinking how wonderful it would have been to have this help years ago, but better late than never, right? In years past, I considered myself to be BO but that was before kids. LOL. What a difference THEY made! We adopted our first child after 7 years of marriage. An old friend from before kids days, stopped by one day and when she saw the plastic tablecloth under the baby's high chair, she said "A PLASTIC table cloth?" I told her I thought it was very practical and she said, "You misunderstand. What I mean is YOU with a plastic table cloth!" HAHA. "Perfect" me had disappeared!!

I believe the two biggest things I have learned from you are if something is bugging you -- change it. Don't sit around being a martyr while thinking someone else needs to realize what needs to be done. And -- good enough is good enough (or is that housework done imperfectly still blesses your family); what a difference to my nervous system.

Thank you doesn't do it, but -- THANK YOU!!! I am so glad I found you.

Flying High in VA

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FlyLady here: You are never too old to learn new tricks. I am so proud of you! No one loves a Martyr!

Housework done incorrectly still blesses your family!

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You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/06/11:
 
While attending a Marriage seminar dealing with communication, Jack and his wife, Barb, listened to the instructor.

“It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”

He addressed the man, “Can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?”

Jack leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “It's Pillsbury isn’t it?”  
 



DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. 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.

2. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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.

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 duckbill1@verizon.net or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.



PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



Please find a few minutes of your busy schedule to support



Thank you so much!




Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             





Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario

- Richard Rodgers
(28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)





"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of http://victoryatseaonline.com/victory_music.html
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!

Image of the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri courtesy of
http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/Jun1998/980622-N-7749B-001.html
(
DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry E. Baker, U.S. Navy)
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (
USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once again, Captain!

Images of the Death of Arizona (BB-39) courtesy of http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/39a.htm
once again at the suggestion of
Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once more, Captain!
 

Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

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!!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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