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04/05/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
I'll Remember April

“Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.”

Christina Georgina Rossetti, "Remember"

(5 Dec 1830 - 29 Dec 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today we're continuing with our April themes.

   I remember this song as a soft, lovely, romantic ballad sung by (who else?!?) the legendary Frank Sinatra:

BONUS #1 - - Frank Sinatra, 1961

   These other five jazz versions - widely recognized for their greatness and genius - I have included solely out of love for those of y'all who appreciate this sort of thing.  I personally do not, and generally must resist the urge to throw something when I hear such nervous cacophony:

BONUS #2 - - Tony Bennett with Buddy Rich

BONUS #3 - - Sarah Vaughan in Prague - 1978

BONUS #4 - - Erroll Garner (Concert by the sea) (no video)

BONUS #5 - - Max Roach/Clifford Brown with Sonny Rollins - January, 1956

BONUS #6 - - Bud Powell


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69) of ?!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
10 -
  Skip Wood ('65) of NC;
11 - 
    Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND    Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA:
12 -
 Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/04/08 - "Our Presidential Choices.....":

A reminder from      Rip (Collins - '65 - of TN) to me to you, absent any "monkey business", reminding folks not to forget to vote! A picture is worth a thousand words, or used to be before computers. " Anyway which way you chose, you lose!", or something like that?
Isn't it just wonderful that at each election we always have such stellar candidates from which to chose? It makes your heart warm; or is that heartburn?


   Okay, I really wasn't planning to post any more politically oriented material for a while, but this is sooo funny!

   Thanks, Wayne Honey - and Rip Precious!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 04/04/08 - "Crabby Old Man":

Dear Carol,
I found this to be very profound and food for thought for all of us.
Mary Massey Lyle   Class of '61


When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Tampa , Florida , it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to
Missouri . The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health.  A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this "anonymous" poem winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see, nurses? What do you see?
What are you thinking.....when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man, ...not very wise,
Uncertain of habit ........with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food.......and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice....."I do wish you'd try!"
Who seems not to notice the things that you do.
And forever is losing .......... A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not...........lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding ... The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?   Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse...'re not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am ......... As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten.......with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters ........who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen ....... with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now. ....... a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty ...... my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows ...... that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now ......... I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide .... And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty ........ My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other ....... With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons ...... have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, ......... Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children ..... My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me ............ ... My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ..............I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing ...... young of their own.
And I think of the years ....... And the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man........and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age ......look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles..........grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone........where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass ...... A young guy still dwells,
And now and again battered heart swells
I remember the joys........... I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and over again.

I think of the years, all too few......gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact........that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people and see,
Not a crabby old man.  Look closer....see........ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within.....we will all, one day, be there, too!

The best and most beautiful things of  this world can't be seen or touched.

They must be felt by the heart.  

God Bless.

   This is an extremely moving selection, Mary! Thanks so much - for everything!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 04/04/08:  

Hey Carol,
I have an Aunt and Uncle in Lakeland so I need to ask 
     Raoul (Weinstein - '57 - of FL) if it’s OK for them to come to his shin-dig in my stead? They are 80 and 90 respectively!

Just kidding of course but when I saw Lakeland the world’s smallness revealed itself once again.

It does sound like a fun evening and I wish them luck with fundraising.

Take care of yourself.

Best wishes to all,


   Doncha just love the small world stories, Joe?!? Thanks, Sweetie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/04/08 - "He Is God!":

This is beautiful and powerful!!!!

 Joyce Cahoon

   It is indeed, Joyce! I can't resist making a plug for the painting - which you may recognize from these pages before:

   It's called "He Lives" by LDS artist Simon Dewey.

   Thanks so much!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/04/08 - "Southern women":


Southern women appreciate their natural assets:
Clean skin.
A winning smile.
That unforgettable Southern drawl.

Southern women know their manners:

"Yes, ma'am."
"Yes, sir."
"Why, no, Billy!"

Southern women have a distinct way with fond expressions
"Y'all come back!"
"Well, bless your heart."
"Drop by when you can."
"How's your Momma?"

Southern women know their summer weather report:


Southern women know their vacation spots:

The beach
The rivuh
The crick

Southern women know the joys of June, July, and August:

Colorful hi-heel sandals
Strapless sun dresses
Iced sweet tea with mint

Southern women know everybody's first name:


Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:

Fried Green Tomatoes
Driving Miss Daisy
Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southern women know their religions:


Southern women know their country breakfasts:

Red-eye gravy
Country ham
Mouth-watering homemade biscuits with momma's homemade jelly

Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:

Foat Wuth

Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:

Men in uniform.
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler

Southern girls know their prime real estate:

The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:

Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food  

More Suthen-ism's:

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a
hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up
"a mess."

Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."

Only a Southerner knows exactly how long"directly" is, as in: "Going to town, be back directly."

Even Southern babies know that
"Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.

All Southerners know exact ly when
"by and by"is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!

Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.

Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, .. and when we 're "in line," . we talk to everybody!

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.

In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.

Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.

When you hear some one say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.

And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart" ... and go your own way.

To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, ... bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!

And for those t hat are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need a sign to hang on y'alls front porch that reads "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could."

Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah

Now...... Shugah, send this to someone who was raised in the South or wish they had been!

If you're a Northern transplant, Bless your little heart, fake it.
We know you got here as fast as you could.

   Why, thank you, Honey Chile, this is classic information!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/04/08 - "Beautiful and Appreciated":

Please tell      Jean Poole Burton ('64 of RI) how much I truly enjoyed her childhood memory. I'm so glad to know someone enjoyed those "feed-sack" dresses as much as I did.  They were beautiful little dresses, complete with homemade lace and all the ruffles a little girl could ask for.  The feed-sack was a bonus sort of like carnival glass was free in oatmeal boxes and Kroger sold biscuits (cookies) in what is now called Depression Glass. I have a pink covered "cookie jar" that I picked up at a flea market.  I'm embarrassed to say what I paid for it!!! I collect the pink depression glassware and use it often

   GIGGLES!!! Several members of our Typhoon Nation collect "the Pink", Joyce, including   Al Simms ('60) of VA and      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA.  I even have a couple of pieces myself:

I think beautiful things should be used and appreciated. I guess you know you are a "beautiful person."  We "use" you for remembering the past, for entertainment, updating us on old friends, for good advice (for free) and in far more ways than I can think to mention. BUT OH, how we love and appreciate you!  I thank you for the joy you bring to my life, the tears and the laughter!  It's like the old saying, "When God made you he threw away the mold!" I'm so glad he made you and that you are ours to love and enjoy. Take care of yourself, we'd be lost without you.
 Joyce Cahoon

   WOWZERONI!!! You really got me that time! Thank you so much for those beautiful words, Joyce! You probably cannot even imagine what they mean to me!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/04/08 - " Love Simon and Garfunkel...":

I have enjoyed the funnies about driving at the end of the newsletters...I actually know someone who drove off with the gasoline nozzle in the tank...I had a '78 Buick station wagon and my joke was that I had backed into everything in RI!!! 

I now drive a Camry...and I avoid backing up whenever I possibly can...if God wanted us to drive backwards he would have put eyes in the backs of our heads!!!  That's my story and I am sticking to it!

   Thanks, Lady!

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 04/04/08:

Dear Carol,
You  NEVER cease to amaze me. You are VERY "under the weather", yet you keep up with this wonderful newsletter. You put  the little pink energizer bunny to shame.
My brother,   Thomas M. Wilkinson, class of 1958, died in a car accident on August 6, 1961. Would you please update that information for me? Thank you!!

I have the yearbooks for 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958. They belonged to my brother Tommy, and I wonder if you could use them. They might do you more good, or anyone else in "Typhoon Land", than being in a box in my attic.  Anyone????    

Sending you prayers and hugs, Elaine  

   Thank you so very much, Elaine! I corrected Tommy's entry, but would very much like to add his date and place of birth as well:

   Your offer of the yearbooks is extremely generous! I would be deeply honored to have Tommy's 1958 Anchor. A kind and beautiful soul who asked to remain anonymous has already given me the 1955, 1956, and 1957 editions, but yearbooks are always wanted by so many people who have lost these priceless treasures through the years.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"   

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups.....

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

9. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08

10. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either; update of 03/24/08: "some good days and some bad days; the doctors caring for Herbie are just taking a wait and see approach and playing it by ear day by day"; update of 03/31/08: stays awake longer, off the ventilator longer, now enjoying his beloved opera, card shower requested

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

16.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

18.   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA - update of 03/30/08: emergency appendectomy caused by ruptured appendix; will be in the hospital 3 - 4 days

19.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

20. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL  

2. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/26/08 - "2007 Woman Drivers Awards" (#9 in a Series of 10):

I think, therefore I am, no, no!! I think I sent this out previously if not before, still sounds right, but because of its absolute accuracy and recognition of skills only possessed by our lovely ladies; not to mention that I really can't remember whether I sent it or not, I am sending it now?!
Also, it was sent to me with orders to so do!! That is, forward it.
Without further ado, I give you the "winners"!!
If they can't take a joke...

The 2007 Women Drivers Awards
The Silver Medal Winner:

Her helmet is being worn backwards; now, at last, I can see!!

Thank you to all contestants for giving us all a reason to laugh and smile.

   Thank you, Wayne Honey! This is an excellent example of why I decided never to take driver's ed or apply for a driver's license!

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 03/26/08 - "Good thoughts for 2008" (#9 in a Series of 12):


I just felt you'd like this today.

Thank you for being such a friend to so many of us.


Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in '08 including me. 


"Be kinder than necessary because everyone
you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


Ideas won't work unless ' I ' do.

Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong. Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don't want to let that happen so I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.  Send it to some balloons that you think have flown away forever. You may be surprised to see it return. Send this heart to everybody you like.

   Thank you so much, Charlie! You were right - I did need this!

   Next time there will be more exciting old Beacon articles from our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA!

   Y'all enjoy your weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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I'll Remember April

~ from the 1942 Western Musical Comedy, "Ride 'em Cowboy"
Music by
Gene de Paul; Lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye

This lovely day will lengthen into evening,
We'll sigh good-bye to all we've ever had,
Alone where we have walked together,
I'll remember April and be glad....

I'll be content, you loved me once in April,
Your lips were warm, and love an' spring were new,
But I'm not afraid of autumn, and her sorrow,
For I'll remember, ( I'll remember )
April and you! ( I'll remember )

The fire will dwindle into glowing ashes,
For flames and love live such a little while . . .
I won't forget, but I won't be lonely, ( Oh, no . . . )
I'll remember April, and I'll smile . . .

The fire will dwindle into glowing ashes,
For flames and love live such a little while ( a little while )

I won't forget, but I won't be lonely ( I won't be lonely )
I'll remember April, and I'll smile . . .

I won't forget but I won't be lonely, no . . .
I'll remember April, and I'll smile!

This lovely day will fade away....

"I'll Remember April" midi courtesy of - 04/04/08

"I'll Remember April" lyrics courtesy of - 04/04/08

First Image of Azaleas (Kinney Azalea Gardens, 2391 Kingstown Road, Kingston, Rhode Island) courtesy
of - 04/04/08

Second Image of Azaleas (taken 04/27/03) courtesy of - 04/04/08

Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I can't seem to find who, because apparently it's been in my files since 11/17/05, but I never used it until 02/05/07

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

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

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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