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08/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Claude Debussy's 146th Birthday

“The primary aim of French music is to give pleasure.”

- Claude Debussy, 1904
(22 Aug 1862 - 25 Mar 1918)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
 As promised earlier, the musical selection for today's Birthday Celebration comes from my friend, the incomparable
     Charis Bean Duke (Frederick HS, MD - '85) of NC on 07/18/06: For Debussy I recommend La Fille aux Cheveux de lin.

   Thanks so much, Charis!

BONUS #1 - - Michelangeli - Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin

BONUS #2 - - Debussy "La fille aux cheveux de lin" - Sandro Bisotti piano - I was unfamiliar with Mr. Bisotti, but rarely have I seen a pianist derive so much, um,  pleasure from his own playing.....

BONUS #3 - - Jascha Heifetz plays La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin (Accompanist: Emanuel Bay)


   Speaking of homework, I somehow neglected to include yesterday's assignments on the Newsletter. Extra credit will be awarded if you go back and read them now:


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Charles Allen ('57) AND         My Beautiful Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;

28 - Tony Lapides ('57);

29 - Richard Coltrane ('57) AND    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   As of 08/17/08, the page originally suggested by      Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD on 01/22/04 has been reactivated:

   Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!

From TripleCrown Newsletters - 08/19/08 - "10 Tips For Battling Stress and Fatigue":

10 Tips For Battling Stress and Fatigue

- Dr. Flora Stay

If you've been told you're a workaholic, it's wise to take note. You don't have to have a 8 to 5 job to be a workaholic. When the scale is tipped towards constant work of any kind instead of balance between work and play, you probably know it, but may not be listening to the signs and symptoms along the road. By ignoring the signals, stress can cause major health break down.

Your body may tell you it is under too much stress through insomnia, desire for binge eating, fatigue, and foggy thinking with trouble remembering and focusing. I add binge eating, because many head straight to comfort food when stress compounds.

As stress continues to burden the body, the immune system will be affected and system breakdown is inevitable.

Below are some suggestions to rise victorious over stress and fatigue once your body starts to wave a red flag:

1. Take inventory of your life to determine if there is anything you're deeply unhappy about, including work, relationships, weight, etc. If any area in your life is shouting for attention, then address it. Either seek help from a professional or friend or go on a retreat and regroup your priorities.

2. Are you eating too many sweets? Sugar is addicting and well known to cause ill health. Either decrease your sugar intake or totally eliminate it from your diet. Poor nutrition will affect your mood, especially too much sugar.

3. Exercise daily, even if it is for 15 to 20 minutes per day. Exercise does not have to be aerobics or heavy. Gardening, walking, or dancing around the house to your favorite music will do you a world of good to improve circulation and fatigue.

4. Regular massage relieves any toxins and tension that may have built up in your muscles from stress. Take your own bottle of emu oil with you and ask to have it rubbed into sore muscles. Your skin will feel silky smooth and you'll get temporary relief from painful muscles as well. Make sure the emu oil you buy has the seal of the American Emu Association on it, or it may be contaminated.

5. It is always a good idea to retreat to a beautiful and tranquil setting either for a day or a weekend to re-energize. When you get back you will see things with a clearer mind.

6. Be productive and content on focusing only on today. The load of yesterday's problems plus worries of tomorrow can be too heavy to carry. The heavy load weighs on you and fatigue sets in. The overload makes you want to sleep, but the worrisome thoughts create insomnia.

7. Take the day off and visit a homeless shelter to volunteer and give to others. Your spirit will be uplifted with gratitude and thankfulness.

8. Take a day just to daydream. Your mind can manifest whatever you focus on and believe in. If you constantly focus on worries and problems, you magnify and attract those things into your life. Instead magnify the good things you would like to see in your life. You should exercise this for at least a few minutes daily.

9. Be grateful for what you have. Make a list of the good things in your life and think about them daily.

10. Stay away from multi-tasking. Studies have proven we get more done when focusing on one thing at a time.

* Chicago Style Citation:
Flora Stay, Dr. "10 Tips For Battling Stress and Fatigue." 10 Tips For Battling Stress and Fatigue

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/21/08 - "Unbelievable!":

More than likely, you have seen the first clip, so just go to the second clip and enjoy all of the songs.  It is like listening to a CD.  Just go down the list and click on the ones you like.  We listened to all of them.  She is amazing.  It gave me chills.

Truly unbelievable, probably the best I have heard at that age. You must play BOTH clips. 
You have got to see this. The first link is her tryout on Britain's Got Talent.

The second link is after she won the finals and after she sang for the Queen.

This is a song and photos from her first recording. Take a few minutes to take this girl's voice in. WOW! ...her voice just gives you chills! 
Clip 1: -
Try Outs
Clip 2:

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! That's just incredible!!! She's so very angelic looking - and has a voice to match! Thank you, Dearest Judy!

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - "Older than DIRT!!":

Thought you would like this. I know I'm older than dirt and my score proved it.

Older than DIRT!!

Wow, what an awesome and innocent time in which to have been privileged to live!

Do you remember any of these?

"Hey Dad" asked one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up? "

"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."

"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat ?"

"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning.. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend:

My dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

       How many do you remember?

               Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
               Ignition switches on the dashboard.
               Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
               Real ice boxes
               Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
               Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
               Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

 Older Than Dirt Quiz:

               Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about! Your ratings at the bottom.

               1. Blackjack chewing gum
               2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
               3. Candy cigarettes
               4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
               5. Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
               6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
               7. Party lines
               8. Newsreels before the movie
               9. P.F. Flyers
               10. Butch wax
               11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
               12. Peashooters
               13. Howdy Doody
               14. 45 RPM records
               15. S&H Green Stamps
               16. Hi-fi's
               17. Metal ice trays with lever
               18. Mimeograph paper
               19. Blue flashbulb
               20. Packards
               21. Roller skate keys
               22. Cork popguns
               23. Drive-ins
               24. Studebakers
               25. Wash tub wringers

               If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
               If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
               If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
               If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

               I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.

               Don't forget to pass this along!!
               Especially to all your really OLD friends....

               "Senility Prayer"...God grant me..
               The senility to forget the people I never liked;
               The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
               And the eyesight to tell the difference."

               Have a great week !!!!!!

   Thanks, Linda-Linda! As I received a perfect score myself, I see that I too am older than dirt! YOWZERS! How can this be?!?

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#14 in a series of 15):

We've All Been There!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!



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

            Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair)

(Claude Debussy)

"La Fille aux cheveux de lin" midi courtesy of - 08/22/08
at the suggestion of Charis Bean Duke (
Frederick HS, MD - '85) of NC - 07/18/06
Thanks, Charis!

First Image of Claude Debussy courtesy of - 08/22/08

Second Image of Claude Debussy courtesy of - 08/22/08

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Animated Musical clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/23/05

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

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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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