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01/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

"He felt like a man who, chasing rainbows, has had one of them suddenly turn and bite him in the leg."

- P.G. Wodehouse (15 Oct 1881 - 14 Feb 1975),
Eggs, Beans and Crumpets
Chapter 5  - "Anselm Gets His Chance"

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    My mama           the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) used to sing me this song as a lullaby. I "chanced " upon it and couldn't resist it.

   If you'd like to hear just how much music has changed in the last 90 years, listen to this 1918 recording:

   Then try Judy Garland's version:


04 -   Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of VA;
05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57),    Cammie Dick Gibson ('57), AND Leonard M. (Doc) Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA;
06 -
    Harry Covert  ('57) of Northern VA,    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA, AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;
07 -   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA, Brucey Smith Slama ('57), AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 01/01/08:

..... Just so you know, I started eating right again the day we got back home (well, I stopped eating junk in the car at midnight on the way home).  So Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and today, I had perfect food days (only 1500 calories).  And, I've lost 5 pounds so far.  Yea for me!  Only 25 more to go!

   COOL BEANS!! Congratulations, Bethany - you rock!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/08 - "A Little Bit of Americana":

OK, kiddies, let's jump into the "Way Back Machine" and see what pubescent boys were fantasizing about in 1966.  It was such a powerful image that it has remained in the culture lo these 40 years and could well endure another 40.

Don't believe me?  Find any male over the age of 30. In a sexy voice with a Swedish accent, say these words: "Take it off. Take it all off."  I guarantee he will know immediately what you are talking about.

And the best part was that it we could watch it over and over and over again on broadcast TV. Is this a great country ... or what???

   Ohhhh, David, what a jewel you found! This is the commercial that people used to come running in from the kitchen to see! Thanks so much, Sweetie!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/08 - "Mix":

Detailed Soap Carvings.
James Bond Stamps To Be Launched.
Famous people who passed away. 
Chocolate Rain--A unique song


Crossbred Dogs--Check out these types of crossbred dogs...

Pointer + Setter = Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet

Kerry Blue Terrier + Skye Terrier = Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries

Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed

Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog

Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle

Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists everywhere

Newfoundland + Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors

Terrier + Bulldog = Terribull, a dog that makes awful mistakes

Bloodhound + Labrador = Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly

Malamute + Pointer = Moot Point, a dog that....oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway

Collie + Malamute = Commute, a dog that travels to work

Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere, a dog that's true to the end
I Am The New Year

Life, I am the new year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.

All that you sought
and didn't find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.

All the good that you tried for
and didn't achieve
is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have -
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened
by the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity
to renew your allegiance to Him who said,
'behold, I make all things new.'

I am the new year.
Author Unknown 


              Don't be Sad

Don't be sad for being without someone who is happy being without you.

Sing It Forward                                            Story Editor:
by Susan L. Miller                                       Clayton Bennett
California, USA

After four years of marriage I wanted my family to meet my husband, so over the 1978 Fourth of July weekend my husband and I flew from California to New York. At La Guardia Airport we found a bus strike. How would we get to Manhattan? Taxis were expensive, and our family couldn't pick us up.

A very dignified, somewhat stocky, nicely dressed man overheard our dilemma, and explained how to catch a commuter train. Then he offered to share a cab to the train depot. In the cab we chatted; he'd just returned from an opera singing engagement in Italy. I was amazed, as my family loves concerts, musicals, and ballet, and I sing and play the guitar.

At the station, he took us to our platform, and gave careful directions on which transfers to make. The train arrived; he waved and departed.

In two hours we were safely at my cousin's apartment. We had a lovely visit, but I wished I'd gotten our benefactor's name and number to let him know we'd arrived, and thank him once again.

26 years later, in December 2004, I was singing with "Threshold Choir". We sing to provide comfort to bedridden people who are injured, ill, or in comas. A member of my church, "Alice", was in the hospital, recovering from shoulder surgery.

My two choir companions and I found Alice's room on a floor we normally didn't visit, and delighted her with our music. As we left, a nurse told us another patient had heard us and requested that we sing for him.

She said he'd been in the hospital a while and was somewhat depressed.

When we entered the room, the patient was propped up in bed, with an IV drip in his arm. In his mid-40's, he was quite pale, with bright blue eyes, and rumpled brown hair.

He greeted us with a warm smile, and thanked us for taking the time to stop in. We sang a few songs from our repertoire, and then asked him if he had any requests.

"How about 'Silent Night'?" he asked softly.

As we sang the old carol, he joined us in a rich tenor. We complimented him on his voice, and it was as if a dam had burst. He regaled us with stories of his love of opera, of his life as a singer, and how his parents had introduced him to all the great operatic performances of the time.

He sang us bits of arias in French, German and Italian, and his face took on a healthy glow of joy and reminiscence.

Suddenly I realized I had experienced a sort of full-circle miracle. By bringing compassion to this stranger, I'd returned the long-ago favor from the New York opera singer's kindly transportation help.

In addition, I'd received the gift of watching this man transform from someone debilitated by illness to someone transported by joy. And all it took was a simple Christmas carol.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Shari!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 01/02/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Record snow hits Michigan; New England braces -":

Dear Carol / Dimples
The snow in my area was the deepest yet to date. I had a foot of snow in my driveway BUT, in other areas they only had 12" of snow. I have a snow machine and I was just about ready to start it up when LO & BEHOLD, two of my neighbors were out there with their snow blowers and I ended up very lucky. I really have nice neighbors (all year round).

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! We're thankful you have great neighbors, too! Stay warm, Herbie Darlin'!

    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 01/02/08:


I was amusing myself with Google Earth the other day looking at the Hampton area and took a look at the Fort Monroe area. It appeared from the satellite picture that some sort of construction or demolition was taking place at the old Chamberlin Hotel when the satellite photo was taken. Can anyone tell me what's going on there? Are they tearing it down? What will go there in its place?


   ARGHHH!!! Somebody say it isn't so! Thanks for telling us, Chandler Darlin'!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/02/08 - "WHO IS YOUR CHOICE IN 2008?":

Having trouble deciding who to vote for in 2008?
Here is a quick "Quiz" that might help you in your decision making.  I found it interesting.....It came close to my choice for candidate based on my answers and it was informative.

Click this link to help Select Your Candidate for 2008:

 Joyce Cahoon

   WOWZERONI!!! This is a good one, Joyce! Thanks so much!

  From Jim Dossett ('66) of FL - 01/02/08 - "How many ... To change a light bulb":

One of my Jewish co-workers offers:

"How many Jews?"  


"It's OK, I'll just sit here in the dark, alone and cold, don't mind me - the rats will keep me company - maybe your brother Ira will drop by on his yearly visit - really, don't mind me, I'll be fine - go play, enjoy yourself."


jim dossett

   OK, Jim, you win - that's priceless! Thanks, Sweetie!

 From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 01/02/08 - "New Year's Resolutions":

For the first time ever, I decided to create a list of Resolutions for here's my list in no particular order:

Richard Rawls (Class of '71)

   Excellent choices all, Richard - thanks for sharing them with us!  

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/08 - "To U from Me":

Today's Message of the Day is:
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Love Truly, Laugh uncontrollably,

And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should Dance.....

   AMEN! Thanks again, Shari!



1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

   Remember - there are still several images and thought provoking topics yet to be covered - sometime soon - MAYBE even - next time!  Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you all!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

Lyrics and Music by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Carroll, 1918

(Adapted from: Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor by Frederic Chopin)

At the end of the rainbow there's happiness,
And to find it often I've tried,
But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase,
And my dreams have all been denied.
Why have I always been a failure?
What can the reason be?
I wonder if the world's to blame,
I wonder if it could be me.


I'm always chasing rainbows,
Watching clouds drifting by,
My schemes are just like all my dreams,
Ending in the sky.
Some fellows look and find the sunshine,
I always look and find the rain.
Some fellows make a winning sometime,
But I never even make a gain, believe me,
I'm always chasing rainbows,
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain.

"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" midi courtesy of - 01/02/08

"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/08

"Chasing Rainbows" Drawing courtesy of - 01/02/08

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

Rainbow Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/16/07

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Siuslaw High School Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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