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12/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Winter Wonderland

There is a privacy about (winter) which no other season gives you....
In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season
on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer,
quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.

- Ruth Stout

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Image by Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/14/09

Image by Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/14/09

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  Today's Newsletter is once again in honor of all the recently fallen snow gracing and beautifying our world in so many places - and is being repeated from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Winter Wonderland - Ray Conniff Singers

BONUS #2 - - Winter Wonderland - Doris Day

BONUS #3 - - Winter Wonderland - Pat Boone

BONUS #4 - - Winter Wonderland - The Eurythmics

BONUS #5 - - Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only two days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Happy New Year!


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57);

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND   Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 29, 1940 - In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombed London, killing almost 200 civilians.


Tuesday, December 29, 1964 - Nada. Just nuffin'.

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/28/09 - "Website":


  Ivan (Anker - '67 - of VA) ....To help him better understand what he is up against.  It has become such an epidemic that the medical powers that be are finally looking for a cure.  I am so glad that he is over the worst of this episode ! Let him know that the nerve endings will bother him after he has healed and that ice applied to the area affected will help !  There is a medication that you can get that you put in your nostrils each evening that will help keep it under control.  He will need a prescription for MUPIROCIN ointment TEV,2%. My directions read: apply a small amount into each nostril each day or evening, it would be beneficial for him to get his doctor to give him 12 refills as my doctor has done. 

A friend of ours sent this link to me and I felt that I must pass it on to any one suffering from this now or in the future.  This is something not to be taken lightly or can and will kill you !

Dimples aka Sepi
Just found this Mayo Clinic site:
It 'splains MRSA.

   YOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Dimples! I sent your note to Ivan!

From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/28/09 - "  Ivan Anker  ('67 - of VA) and Snow":

I read where Ivan Anker was in "Locust Grove" visiting and said he saw no snow men.  Please let Ivan know that you can NOT make a snow man out of powder.  I live in Locust Grove.....and days later when I was still clearing my deck, the very top layer was a little crusty....but underneath the snow was just as light and fluffy as it was when it fell. 

I am enclosing a picture of my deck......AND....I still have snow in my yard after a lot of rain and 45 degree takes a LONG time for 22 inches of snow to go away!!!!


   Thanks, Janice! I thought it might be a case of the wrong type of snow.

   BUT STILL - NO SNOWMEN?!? How very sad! I LOVE snowmen!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/28/09 - "Life Is a Gift":

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I would marry you.'
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her, 'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'


This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
Life Is a Gift
Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job..
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around.

   Thank you, Shari!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/28/09 - "for Tuesday":

After Christmas humor

[m]  b i t s . n . b o b s
               How you know Santa hates your kid

8. Kid's letter to north pole comes back stamped, "Dream on, Chester!"

7. Kid asks for new bike, gets pack of smokes.

6. Along with presents, Santa leaves hefty bill for shipping and handling.

5. By the time he gets to your house, all he has left is foam packing.

4. Christmas day, your kid wakes up with a Reindeer head in his bed.

3. Instead of "Naughty" or "Nice", Santa has him on the stupid list.

2. Labels on all your kid's toys read "Straight from Craptown."

1. Four words: "Off my lap, Tubby!"


1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Memorize your favorite poem.
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
5. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married and get your parents approval.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slow but think quick.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Call your Mom.
16. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
17. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
18. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
19. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22. Marry someone you love to talk to.  As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other skill.
23. Spend time alone.
24. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26. Read more books and watch less TV.
27. Live a good, honorable life.  Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
28. Trust in God, but lock your car.
29. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important.  Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation; don't bring up the past.
31. Read between the lines.
32. Share your knowledge.  It's a way to achieve immortality.
33. Be gentle with the earth.
34. Pray -- there's immeasurable power in it.
35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36. Mind your own business.
37. Don't trust someone who doesn't close their eyes when you kiss them.
38. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That's wealth's greatest satisfaction.
40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
41. Learn the rules then break some.
42. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other
43. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
44. Remember that your character is your destiny.
45. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
46. Realize that as you get older, you are not approaching death, but heaven.
~Author Unknown~
Make your own list.

   Thanks again, Shari!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/23/09 - "Wisdom from Military Manuals":

"Wisdom" from Military Manuals--an oxymoron similar to Military "Intelligence"

'If the enemy is in range, so are you.'

- Infantry Journal

 'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.'

- US Air Force Manual

'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'

- General MacArthur

 'You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me.'

- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.

 'Tracers work both ways.'

- U.S. Army Ordnance Manual

 'Five second fuses only last three seconds.'

- Infantry Journal

 The three most useless things in aviation are: Fuel in the bowser; Runway behind you; and Air above you.

- Basic Flight Training Manual

 'Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.'

- Maritime Ops Manual

 'Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.'

- Unknown Marine Recruit

 'If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.'

- USAF Ammo Troop

 'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil.  For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

-  Sign over SR71 Wing Ops

 'You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.'

- Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)

 'The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.'

-Unknown Author

 'If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe.'

- Fixed Wing Pilot

 'When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.'

- Multi-Engine Training Manual

'Without ammunition, the USAF is just an expensive flying club.'

- Unknown Author

'If you hear me yell; "Eject, Eject, Eject!", the last two will be echos.' If you stop to ask "Why?", you'll be talking to yourself, because you're the pilot.'

- Pre-flight Briefing from a 104 Pilot

'What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; but If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies.'

- Sign over Control Tower Door

'Never trade luck for skill.'

-Author Unknown

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in military aviation are: 'Did you feel that?' 'What's that noise?' and  'Oh S...!'

Or as (appended from the Texas Air National Guard): "Hold my beer and watch this!"  

- Authors Unknown

'Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.'

- Basic Flight Training Manual

'Mankind has a perfect record in aviation - we have never left one up there!'

- Unknown Author

'Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.'

- Emergency Checklist

'The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world;  it can just barely kill you.'

- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

'There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.'

- Sign over Squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Montham AFB, AZ

'If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.'

- Sign over Carrier Group Operations Desk

 'You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.'

- Lead-in Fighter Training Manual  

As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives.

The rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, 'What happened?'

The pilot's reply: 'I don't know, I just got here myself!'  

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Bill!

From - 12/28/09 - "Mental Strength":

Mental Strength Questions for Changing Your Life
By Gregg Swanson

I love questions! The really powerful ones should stop a person in their tracks and make think and ponder. By this, I mean those questions should have the power to change your life, not like the basic questions, i.e. "What's your favorite color?"

The problem these days we don't take the time to use our imagination and look ahead at what could be. We're too busy looking at the current situation and "what is". The problem with this is if we never look ahead we will always get "what is", which most of us are not happy with!

So what's a person to do?

I would strongly suggest that you either print this article, or at least write these following questions on a blank piece of paper. These questions presume that you have a strong to change something in your life.

1. What do you want? (target)
2. Where are you now?
3. What steps are needed to get you there? (goals)
4. Why now?
5. Who will I have to be to get there?
6. When get there...then what?
7. What do I want to keep the same (in my life)?

I know, these questions may seem simplistic at first, but as a good friend of mine, T. Harv Ever says, "Most people don't get what they want, because they don't know what they want." This first question is probably the most powerful, if answered correctly.

To answer the first and third question I recommend the SMARTER goal method. This takes the SMART goal method and adds a twist.

Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six "W" questions:

Who: Who is involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish?
Where: Identify a location.
When: Establish a time frame.
Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as......How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable - When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic - To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

Tangible - A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible, or when you tie an tangible goal to a intangible goal, you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

Intangible goals are your goals for the internal changes required to reach more tangible goals. They are the personality characteristics and the behavior patterns you must develop to pave the way to success in your career or for reaching some other long-term goal. Since intangible goals are vital for improving your effectiveness, give close attention to tangible ways for measuring them.

Evaluate - Your goals are not set in stone and will change from time to time. Constant evaluation of your goals is essential to reaching your goals. Change factors must be taken into consideration during your evaluation. Factors such as change in volunteer status, change in family or job responsibilities, or change in available resources may affect your stated goals.

Re-do - After a careful evaluation then you should re-do the goals that need changing and continue the SMARTER goal setting process.

Goal development and goal setting is process that changes and needs evaluation. The process of developing, initiating and following through on the SMARTER goals setting model is cyclical and should be continually worked on. As a sectional staff member, your personal and organizational goals should be examined critically at least once a year.

You'll notice that I classify "what you want" as the target and your action steps as your goal. Here's why. You desire, what you want to change is a fix point, that is a target. In order to get there you must take action, and most likely massive action.

So, how to hold yourself accountable for these actions? That's where the goals come in. The goals are the actions you take in order to progress towards your target. For example, if you wanted to release 10 lbs of fat (that would be your target) your goal would be to reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories per day and increase your output (exercise) by 500 calories per day.

As long as you hit your goals, your target automatically gets closer to you. DO you see the power in this?

By using these 7 mental strength questions and by applying the SMARTER target process you'll be able to make magnificent changes in any part of your life.  

About the Author:

Gregg Swanson is a mental strength coach and owner of Warrior Mind Coach and Training. To receive a complimentary copy of his e-book "Powerful Secrets to Creating The Mind Strength of a Warrior" please visit:


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/28/09:

Understading Flies

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" She asked.

"Hunting Flies" He responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" She asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."



1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/27/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Winter Wonderland

Music by Felix Bernard (28 Apr 1897 - 20 Oct 1944)

Words by Richard B. Smith (1901 - 28 Sept 1935), 1934

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening?
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
Until the other kiddies knock him down

When it snows
Ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play
The Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland

"Winter Wonderland" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Images of Snow in the Mountains of Utah courtesy of Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/14/09
Thanks, Phil!

Silver Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/28/09

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who fought in WWII
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

Animated Frosty and Animated Tiny Snowmen clip art courtesy of - 12/08/04

Animated Glitter Snowman and Snowman checking Mailbox clip art courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/06/08 and 12/03/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Caroling Snowmen and Snowman in the Woods courtesy of Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 12/13/07
Thanks, Pat!

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