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08/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
 Once There Were Greenfields

“Come back to me in dreams; that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.”

- Christina Rossetti
(5 Dec 1830 - 29 Dec 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I wasn't planning a Newsletter for today, so I swiped this one from just last year.

BONUS - - Brothers Four ("Sing Along with Mitch")


   Happy Birthday today to our Two-Fer:   Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND    Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 -       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA;

14 -   Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA AND My Grandson,  Joseph Harty of OR!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/06/08, 11:50 PM - "Prayers for Lydia Powell Mugler's family":

Lydia's husband, Charley, was felled by a massive stroke about a week ago (Wednesday, 7/20/08).  They were at Water Country in Williamsburg, celebrating the birthday of a grandchild.   By the time Charley received treatment at Williamsburg hospital, the damage had been done and there was little that could be done medically.  With the advice and counsel of a  top flight stroke medical team, the family chose to forego extreme medical procedures and let nature take its course.  The hospital has a facility dedicated to care in those types of situations with expert medical care.  Charley has miraculously survived a week, and in the past day or so has shown some minor improvement.  Lydia has been in Williamsburg during this time, mostly at Charley's bedside.  At this point the doctors are not sure whether Charley's apparent positive response is due to muscle reflex spasms or a sign of recovery.  Although the hope for recovery is slim, miracles do happen, and Lydia is at peace with whatever God plans for an outcome.
Lydia asked that his information be shared with classmates and that you keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.  For those interested in sending cards of support, their address is (available upon request from Joe at

   YOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you for telling us, Joe! I've added charley to our Prayer Roll below, and we'll certainly keep him and Lydia and their family in our thoughts and prayers!

From - 08/04/08 - "The Best Foods For EXTRA Energy":

The Best Foods For EXTRA Energy

- Victoria Warr

Supercharge your energy levels this year with these essential five star super foods.

It's that time of the year, well into January when you are getting back into the swing of business, family and exciting projects for your year ahead. It's when you want to feel focused and energized. Choosing to eat the foods that give you energy boosting nutrients, without loading up on calories, will specifically supercharge your energy levels for a fit and more productive 2008.

Here is the low down on the top six foods for EXTRA energy and useful advice on how to incorporate them into your daily diet. Plus at the end of the article you will find some extra top tips for beating fatigue.

The five star energy super foods


Eating almonds as a snack when you feel a low energy slump will lift your energy levels. They contain good amounts of iron and some B vitamins, helping your brain, nerves and muscles to function properly. It's important to combine almonds with some source of vitamin C, so that the body can actually absorb these nutrients as Vitamin C helps the absorption process of iron and vitamin B. Eat almonds with a piece of fruit, will ensure your body and you'll reap the benefits. How to eat more: Add to breakfast cereals, porridge or crumble toppings. Alternatively snack on a small pack with an apple.


As apricots contain both vitamin C and iron this super snack means your body will absorb iron essential to beat fatigue and recover from exercise. Iron will also help improve mental performance and lift your mood. How to eat more: Fresh apricots are best, but you can also try dried apricots as a mid morning or mid afternoon snack. Also to enhance the flavor of your cereals or porridge, add some chopped up.


Since broccoli is also rich in iron, if you are anemic or fatigued it makes for an essential addition to your diet. There is also evidence from research conducted at the US National Cancer Institute that regular consumption of broccoli will help protect from cancer. The anti-oxidants it contains help inhibit the activation of cancer cells in the body. How to eat more: Best steamed, add three tablespoons to your evening meal or add to stir fry's. Also try broccoli spears raw in a salad.


If you've ever watched Popeye you know what happens when he gets his fix of spinach. He ends up with a great burst of energy and his muscles pop out. Now eating spinach will not ensure bulging muscles (so fear not if your female!) however this food will give you a much-needed spark of energy. It's packed with vitamins and nutrients and iron, but also contains an enzyme known as co-enzyme 10 for energy production.

How to eat more: Add raw to salads, add to omelet dishes or add to mash potato. A delicious accompaniment to any fish or meat dish.


Eating oatmeal or porridge will do wonders for your energy levels. Oats contain fiber so you'll feel sustained energy all day long, rather than energy peaks and dips that can have you feeling tired and often hungrier. As porridge is a meal in it's own right, you have the advantage of being able to top it off with fruit, nuts and berries for added flavor and more energy-enhancing foods.

How to eat more: Eat at breakfast as porridge or add the flakes to the toppings on crumbles or use to make your own granola or muesli.

Salmon, tuna or sardines

Wild salmon, tuna or sardines are all rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, that boost your mood, beat stress and play a crucial role in brain development and concentration. If you have an important meeting or interview these foods will help you stay focused and energized throughout. How to eat more: Tinned fish is a convenient option to eat with salads or topped on a slice of wholegrain bread. Sardines also make a good energizing 'weekend brunch' with a slice of toast and a glass of juice.

How to beat fatigue

On waking, drink one pint of water.

Your brain is 70% water so by drinking water you are ensuring your brains' water levels are not depleted. This is vital for proper memory function. Dehydrated brains work more slowly and are known to release the stress hormone cortisol, in response to the body feeling stressed by the lack of water. In addition, in the long term too much production of cortisol by your body can make you put on weight.

Eat regularly and eat properly

Chew your food in your mouth first so that it is coated in saliva before it goes into the stomach. This way your body benefits more from proper digestion of the nutrients from the food.

Eat Breakfast

A small meal will stop you dipping in energy mid-morning and reaching for a quick 'pick-me-up' which will have you feeling worse later in the day, like coffee or sugary snacks.

Avoid eating right before exercise

It over taxes the body to digest food and produce the natural adrenaline it releases in response to exercise. You'll find you'll feel sluggish during your workout and won't perform to your best.

* APA Style Citation:
Warr, V. (2008, February 1). The Best Food For EXTRA Energy. Retrieved August 1, 2008, from

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/06/08 - "School 1957 vs. 2007":

SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007
(This couldn't be more true!)

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school .
1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home , computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

   Thanks, Janice! Life has become insane.....

  From Fuzzy Turner ('63) of NC - 08/06/08 - "powerful women":

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders & says...

'Oh Hell....she's awake!!'

   Thanks, Fuzzy!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/06/08 - "Singin' in Church":

A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning.
He said 'Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind.'
The pastor shouted out 'CROSS.'
Immediately the congregation started singing in unison, 'THE OLD RUGGED CROSS.'
The pastor hollered out 'GRACE.' The congregation began to sing 'AMAZING GRACE, how sweet the sound.'
The pastor said 'POWER.' The congregation sang 'THERE IS POWER I N THE BLOOD.'
The Pastor said 'SEX' The congregation fell into total silence.
Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other afraid to say anything.
Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year old grandmother stood up and began to sing 'PRECIOUS MEMORIES.'
Pass this along and make someone smile today.
Gotta Love Little Old Ladies.
Laugh... it burns calories.
   Thanks, Joyce!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 08/06/08 - "perks of being over 50":


1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you. 

2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first. 

3. No one expects you to run--anywhere. 

4. People call at 9 pm and ask, Did I wake you???? 

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. 

6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. 

7. Things you buy now won't wear out. 

8. You can eat supper at 4 pm. 

9. You can live without sex but not your glasses. 

10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans. 

11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge. 

12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room. 

13. You sing along with elevator music. 

14. Your eyes won't get much worse. 

15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. 

16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service. 

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either. 

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size. 

19. You can't remember who sent you this list! 

And you notice these are all in Big Print for your convenience. 

   Thanks, Dicky Darlin'!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#2 in a series of 15):

We've All Been There!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"

2.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08

3.   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; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

4.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

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

6. 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; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU; update of 08/04/08 - SEE ABOVE

8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine

9.       My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

10.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"

11.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08

12. My second granddaughter,     Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"; update of 07/29/08 - SEE ABOVE

13. Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine

14. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

15. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; 
update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

16.   Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston).

17. Charley Mugler of VA - suffered massive on 07/20/08

18. 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!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated."

19. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine

20. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

21. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"; update of 07/19/08 - finished her radiation treatments and is now cancer free !!!!!  - will be having reconstructive surgery in August.

22. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

23. All of Us


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

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:  - 07/23/08

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

                                             Love to all, Carol




Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Once There Were Greenfields

- Gilkyson, Dehr, Miller

(The Brothers Four)

Once there were greenfields, kissed by the sun
Once there were valleys, where river used to run
Once there were blue skies with white clouds high above
Once they were part of an everlasting love
We were the lovers who strolled thru greenfields

Greenfields are gone now, parched by the sun
Gone from the valleys were rivers used to run
Gone with the cold wind that swept into my heart
Gone with the lovers who let their love depart
Where are the greenfields that we used to roam

I'll never know what made you run away
How can I keep searching when dark clouds hide the way
I only know there's nothing here for me
Nothing in this wide world left for me to see
But I'll keep on waiting until you return
I'll keep on waiting until the day you learn
You can't be happy when your heart's on the roam
You can't be happy until you bring it home
Home to the greenfields and me once again

"Once There Were Greenfields" midi courtesy of - 08/06/07
at the suggestion of Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/06/06
Thanks, Chris!

"Once There Were Greenfields" lyrics courtesy of - 08/06/07
also at the suggestion of Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/06/06
Thanks again, Chris!

Terragen Image of Green Fields courtesy of - 08/06/07

Gentoo Penguin's Image of Parched Fields between Hospital del Orbigo and Astorga courtesy of - 08/06/07

Green Divider Line clip art probably courtesy of - 04/01/05 (but at the moment, I can't find which page...)

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

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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!

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