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10/21/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Someone That I Used to Love

For of all sad words
of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these:
'It might have been.'

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 7 Sep 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was only able to locate a karaoke midi for today's Newsletter, so just watch the bonus video, and then sing along!

BONUS - - Someone That I Used to Love - Natalie Cole



   Happy Birthday today to  Mr. Julius Conn - 1904 - (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND        Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND   Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to:

22 -       Herb Hice - 1924 - (deceased 04/18/08) AND    Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) - (deceased 09/22/07) AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;
25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57)
AND Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND
    Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -
  Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA
AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND
      Sepi ("Dimples") Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

28 -    Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/18/08 - "Arithmetic and Mary Beth Stokes":

 It is necessary to comment that your providing brain teasers in the air-ith-metic arena (see         Dave Spriggs -- '64-Va.) quickly loses the likes of those of us who have found the printed word overcomes those esoteric, "just because," jumbles. I gave up when the new math books appeared with my children and they rejected my attempts to correct their trying to divide numbers by the base 10 guesses, and further rejected my attempts to show them what Miss Saunders taught me at John W. Daniel School using "Long Division." "Just don't say anything else to my teachers, please Dad!" they exhorted.
Such numeric mysteries as that offered by Cap'n Spriggs caused me to be unsuccessful in my first foray with algebra at Warwick Junior High School in the fall of 1956 despite Mrs. Tayback's tutoring. Instead, in September 1960 I found myself at NNHS with another erstwhile Senior (she remains unidentified for sake of good manners) sitting in the classroom, a level below Miss Suttle's English emporium, overlooking the shop classes under Saunders Stadium. We swallowed our pride, making one last attempt to earn a math credit in order to graduate with our peers in the Class of '61.
Both my colleague and I earned A's in the class taught by the young and capable Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Picinich) Stokes. Mrs. Stokes perpetuated the tradition of Longwood College grads, who found the academic environment at NNHS a proving ground for their skills. Her picture is attached from the 1960 and 1961 Anchors.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

1960 Anchor, p. 115 1961 Anchor, p. 31

   Thanks so much, Norm! I was all set to pop all this onto her teacher page when I found to my astonishment that none existed! So of course, I corrected that problem, as you had so graciously spared me the task of scanning her images. I 'm relatively certain that another photo of her exists somewhere within those Teacher pages, but I suppose I may just have imagined that as well.....

 - brand new page!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/17/08 - "The Buzzard, Bat and Bumblebee":

An oldie but a goodie!!

The Buzzard, Bat, and Bumblebee*

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail  with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will  seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
* * *PEOPLE* * *:

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all  we have to do is look up!
Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.
SEND THIS TO A FRIEND.............I did.

Today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.

  WOWZERS! Thanks, Joyce!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 10/19/08 - "A Bunch of High School Kids":

A Bunch of High School Kids
Get a load of these high school kids.  At  the conclusion listen to the high notes on the trumpet . . played by a high school kid?  One of the fathers recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the web.  The song, of course, is the 'Battle Hymn Of The Republic.'  Be prepared . . . it will definitely send a few shivers up your spine.  Click below! 

   Thanks so much, Glenn! This arrangement is of course the one used by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir:

   I've sung it several times, but I believe the last time was in Raleigh on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - with a Choir of 400 voices:


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 10/20/08:

Carol ...

Here is the DP article on the Route 58 wreck:,0,2325199.story

   AHA! Thanks so much, Tom!
Speaking of the sock hop ... hope those who attended had a blast. Today in the Daily Press was an article on Hampton High canceling their 2008 football homecoming dance for the first time in school history! Only seventeen tickets were sold ... it was stated that 100 sales were required just to pay the DJ. How things change ....

   WHAT?!? That's unthinkably outrageous! I'm aghast.....
Take care ...

da babe

(PS ... I turn 55 next year ... do you need to start working on a new nickname or will "babe" suffice forever???)   :-)

   Hmmmm..... NAAAAH, we'll just stay with Babe!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/20/08 - "Here's a fun test -- it took me 4 tries!":

Pay attention and take your time - 4 seconds is longer than you think. Bet you can't get 100% on the first try!

This is pretty neat! See how you do with the colors! Have fun! It takes an average of 5 tries to get to 100%. Follow the directions!

It's harder than it seems, as it should be! A brain waker-upper for today!

   Thanks, Ronnie! This is one of those delightful games that causes me to laugh at myself so violently, I 'm all but crippled - and have a tummy ache of a gigantic magnitude. I tried it five times, and never scored over 25% - which I think was "distinctly below average". Generally, though, I only scored 13% - "a truly shameful performance" - and of course, that made me laugh all the harder. If the pain ever goes away, I may make another attempt yet - maybe.....


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 10/20/08 - "Superb Animation": 

   Thanks, Glenn, this is beautiful!


    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 10/20/08 - "This is too true to be funny!":

How many zeros in a billion? This is too true to be funny. 

The next time you hear a politician use the
 word 'billion' in a casual manner,
think about
 whether you want the 'politicians' spending 
YOUR tax money. 

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job
 putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases. 

A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive. 

A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. 

A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet. 

A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and
 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it. 

While this thought is still fresh in our brain... let's take a look at New Orleans. 
It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division. 

In September 2005, the two Louisiana Senators, Mary Landrieu (D) and David Vitter (R), jointly
 Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans AND the Gulf Coast.  
 It was called the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act: 

"The legislation didn't propose that the entire amount be spent on New Orleans alone, or that the money
literally be distributed to New Orleans residents -- the point of the coda was to provide some perspective
on how much $250 billion is by presenting it relative to the number of people in the area hardest hit
by the hurricane."

Interesting number... what does it mean?

Well.. if you are one of the 484,674 residents of  New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you 
each get $516,528.
ACTUALLY $515,810.

Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets 
ACTUALLY $1,328,014.

Or... if you are a family of four... your family gets $2,066,012.
NOPE - ACTUALLY $2,064,240.

Are all of your calculators broken in Washington, D. C. ?? 

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax 
CDL License Tax 
Cigarette Tax 
Corporate Income Tax 
Dog License Tax 
Federal Income Tax 
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) 
Fishing License Tax 
Food License Tax 
Fuel Permit Tax 
Gasoline Tax 
Hunting License Tax 
Inheritance Tax 
Inventory Tax 
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax) 
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) 
Liquor Tax 
Luxury Tax 
Marriage License Tax 
Medicare Tax 
Property Tax 
Real Estate Tax 
Service charge taxes 
Social Security Tax 
Road Usage Tax (Truckers) 
Sales Taxes 
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax 
State Income Tax 
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) 
Telephone Federal Excise Tax 
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax 
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax 
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax 
Telephone State and Local Tax 
Telephone Usage Charge
Utility Tax 
Vehicle License Registration Tax 
Vehicle Sales Tax 
Watercraft Registration Tax 
Well Permit Tax 
Workers Compensation Tax


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt... 
We had the largest middle class in the world... 
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. 

What happened?
 Can you spell 'politicians!'? 

And I still have to press '1' for English.

I hope this goes around the 
at least 100 times. 

What the heck happened?????

Makes you wanta go, Hmmm?

   Thanks, Linda-Linda! Obviously this item has been circulating online for over three years now, so I took it to and added the corrections in italicized red.


From - 10/20/08 - "Expecting the Unexpected":

Emotional Intelligence - No Worries Mate - Everything Is Gonna Be Alright
By Christine Akiteng, Oct. 13, 2008

One thing that life has taught me is that, if there is anything a man or woman, young or old must learn about life, it is learning how to stay calm, cool and collected in situations fraught with uncertainty and unpredictability. Let me rephrase it this way: if there is anything one must absolutely master in this life, it's becoming comfortable with expecting the unexpected and living with uncertainty and unpredictability.

And while many people intellectually know this, they don't necessarily deal well with uncertainty and unpredictability. The way we react to uncertainty and unpredictability may actually say more about us, than we say about ourselves.

1. Individuals who perceive uncertainty and unpredictability as upsetting and threatening

Individuals who perceive uncertainty as upsetting and threatening are often people who have associated uncertainty and unpredictability with vulnerability, negative consequences and undesirable outcomes.

Their natural and habitual way of reacting to uncertainty and unpredictability is to obsess about unrealistic and exaggerated likely negative outcomes. The more focused the individual is on "preparing him or herself for the very worst" by exaggerating the "looming threat" the more he or she will engage in worrying, complaining and playing the most negative and scariest scenarios over and over and over -- practically terrorizing him or herself to no end.

Depending on the level of uncertainty, these individuals can go from panic to anxiety to frustration to trying to distract oneself to depression -- and even to suicide.

2. Individuals who perceive uncertainty as problematic and dangerous

Individuals who perceive uncertainty as problematic and dangerous are often people who have associated uncertainty and unpredictability with uncontrollable and unmanageable risks. Uncertainty and unpredictability makes them feel like the world (as they know it) is coming to an end and their very existence is in danger.

Their natural and habitual way of reacting to uncertainty is turn against what they perceive is the "source of uncertainty" or attack the person they perceive is the problem or is responsible for their heightened feelings of anxiety, anger and emotional upset. The more focused the individual is on attacking the "source of uncertainty" the more anxious, angry and irrational he or she becomes, and the more overwhelmed and fearful about the future he or she feels.

Not-knowing what the future will bring and not being able to control that future literally freezes their usual ability to think rationally, make rational decisions or take rational actions.

3. Individuals who perceive uncertainty as opportunities and "tipping points" that can bridge the gap between today and the preferred future

Whether by luck of the genes or deliberate training, these individuals are on most part not negatively affected by uncertainty and unpredictability because they are naturally more optimistic and more confident about life - and the future in general.

To them unpredictability and uncertainty is a reminder that nothing in life is set in stone, and that things are subject to change. If managed with care, the experience of not knowing, of not being able to rely on habitual ways of doing things can just be the beginning of something new, something beautiful, a new season.

This focus on a sense of purpose and well-being holds up their positive energy and shelters them from patterns of fear and panic, despair and pessimism. This purpose driven and hopeful attitude to life and to the future gives these men and women even more confidence in facing the future with increasing clarity and with greater peace and calm.

Becoming comfortable with expecting the unexpected, and living with uncertainty and unpredictability is really about inviting what scares us and using it to move us further than we could have moved without "a little push" from life itself.

With so much uncertainty and unpredictability in our world, the choice we all have is: Do you live life panicky, anxious, worrying, complaining, frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, irrational, sad, depressed, negative and pessimistic or do you take the unpredictability and uncertainty of life and turn it into an opportunity for increased clarity, creativity, greater peace and blessings?

It is good to remember that blessings are not just about money, houses, cars or "things" but that blessings are good health, happiness, sharing love (freely given to us) and conveying good-will and good feelings towards others -- in your own small way, in your own small corner of the world.

How you deal with unpredictability and with uncertain situations in many ways represents your best hope for good health, happiness and love -- a well-being that looks with confidence to the future even when you don't know exactly what that future will look like.

My mama always said: Always remember, the storm is not inside of you -- you just happen to be in the storm.

It is indeed an exciting, unpredictable, changing, growing, fluid and dynamic time to be alive. I hope you fall in love with life (and all it's unpredictability and uncertainty), as I have!

Author's Bio

About the Author: Christine Akiteng is an internationally renowned Dating Confidence/Relationships Coach who has devoted her life to the blending of indispensable age-old wisdom with modern realities into a prescription for passion, vitality, balance and effortlessness. Her thought-provoking message of conscious intentionality offers singles new, realistic and stimulating insights to rediscovering the mysteries and eternal beauty of men - women sexual relationships.

Christine's main website:

Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 10/20/08 - "So sorry to hear about Mrs. Harrison...":

Barbara Sheffield and I were great friends from fourth grade though we lost touch in high school.  Her mother was one of the nicest Moms I ever knew.  Barb invited me home often as my mother went to my grandparents' every day to attend to their needs as they were increasingly frail.  Barb's Mom made the best biscuits, lasagna, and every other food you can imagine.  Wanda was the same age as my brother Bill,  so we would take the two little ones in the strollers for our moms occasionally.  They lived on Cedar Avenue and we lived on Maple, so I would go home after school with Barb very often to play and my mother would pick me up around five.  I always hoped she would be late so I could eat with them!  Such precious memories.

Love, Jeanb

   Thank you so much for sharing that, Jean! I posted it on her Memorial Newsletter as well:


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/20/08 - "This Says It All":

Two Story Outhouse -- No Words Needed!


    Thanks again, Ron!



      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#18 in a Series of 26):

  Carol ... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!



PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/17/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/14/08


   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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Someone That I Used to Love

Music by Michael Masser
(b. 1941)

Lyrics by Gerry Goffin
(b. 11 Feb 1939)

(Natalie Cole, 1980)

When I wake up each morning trying to find myself
And if I'm ever the least unsure
I always remind myself
Though you're someone in this world that I'll always choose to love
From now on you're only someone that I used to love

As for me, it's getting down to the last unspoken part
When you must begin to ease the pain of a broken heart
Tell me why should I even care if I have to lose your love
From now on you're only someone that I used to love

Wish it was enough for you
All the love I had to give
I did my best to keep you satisfied
I guess you'll never know how much I tried
I really tried

And if ever our paths should cross again
Well, you won't find me being the one to get lost again
Once I had so much to give but you just refused my love
From now on you're only someone that I used to love

I did my best to keep you satisfied
I guess you'll never know how much I tried
I really tried

When I wake up each morning trying to find myself
And if I'm ever the least unsure I always remind myself
Though you're someone in this world that I'll always choose to love
From now on you're only someone that I used to love

From now on you're only someone that I used to love
Though you're someone in this world that I'll always choose to love
From now on you're only someone that I used to love
Hmm, from now on you're only someone that I used to love


"Someone That I Used to Love" karaoke midi courtesy of - 10/05/08

"Someone That I Used to Love" lyrics courtesy of - 10/05/08

The Rachels' "No Love Here" Image courtesy of - 04/06/06

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

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

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

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