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10/24/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Smile

“No matter how grouchy you're feeling,
You'll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth -
Thus preserving the face from congealing.”

- Anthony Euwer
(1877 - ?)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 It's a rare morning indeed when I need to be reminded to smile (this may be one of them.....), but I did feel the need for the soothing tones of Nat King Cole today.  Perhaps you'll enjoy them as well.

BONUS - - Smile - Chaplin by Nat King Cole

   There.  I feel better already!


Smile and Others Smile with You: Health Benefits, Emotional Contagion, and Mimicry

By Emiliya Zhivotovskaya  

Positive Psychology News Daily, NY (Emiliya Zhivotovskaya) - September 27, 2008, 2:32 am


   Happy Birthday today to  Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

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

29 -   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA

31 -   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


The Denbigh High School Marching Band, Staff and Boosters invite you to the

day, October 25, 2008, Todd Stadium, Newport News, VA - Ticket Booth Opens at 4:30 pm

Come see13 of the best High School Marching Bands in Virginia.
There will be a special appearance by The Christopher Newport Marching Captains at the end of the show.

Admission: $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, Children 6 and under—free

CONTACT: Tanya Barrow at 757-236-5353
Denbigh High School PTSA, President
Denbigh High School Band Booster, President

The only place that SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary!


 From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 10/24/08:

Dear friends and family, 
I am writing all of you to ask a big favor for me....My son, Matt, is turning the big 40..on Nov. 1st..and I would love for him to just get a big ole pile of cards for his special day...I did this four years ago for his sister, Amy, and it was a great success....since Matt is my only other child, I won't be bothering my friends and family for something like this please, if you can, mail him a birthday card around the 30th of October.. and he should get them on time!!  I hope he gets a lot and that he is blown away!!
I really appreciate each one of you who will take part in this for me...if you really don't know Matt, then just write inside the card that his Mom told you it was his birthday!!  I think it will be a lot of fun, and thanks so much ...I will REALLY APPRECIATE this gesture on your part helping me to make his day a little more special....

Lots of love,  Rosalee

Matt's  address is:  Matt Souder
                                  3706  Ascot Lane
                                  Houston, Texas  77092

   Oh, such FUN! What a thoughtful mama you are, Rosalee! Okay, Sweetie-Pies, "Keep those cards and letters coming!"


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 10/23/08: 

Hi Carol -
I have identified these - but will continue to work on more:
#6            Shirley McMahone
#16           Jane Clark, Bobby Bell, Ev Fish, Gary Fitzgerald, Susan ?, Bobby Callis, Judy Barnes,                 Barbara Hansford, Coach Nuttycombe, Betsy Nuttycombe, Andy Shankland
#22            Tzina Richman, Bobby Bell, Andy Shankland, Neta Collins, Terry Futrell, Jimmy Axley, Mickey Marcella                       
#23            Jay Wilkes and Marsha Wilkes (Marsha is the Artist - painting of Jay)
#24            Jay Burke
#26            Terry Futrell, Carol Marcella, ____________, Jimmy Smith
#29            Jimmy Axley and wife Mary

#30            Bobby Bell, Terry Futrell, Carol Marcella

#36            Dimples, JoAnn Wood (Hampton), Ev Fish, Jimmy Walker
#43            Nick Spanos
#44            L.J. Richman
#48            Lolly Wynne Burke, Sandy Roberts, Jim Hunsucker, Martha Hunsucker
#49            Charles Smith (of Myrtle Beach)
#53            JoAnn Lewis Wood (Hampton)

    WOWZERS!!! Look at all the progress we've made! Thanks so much, Evelyn! What a great time we all had there! 


1. Unbelievable treasures from      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

   Thank you, Sandi!

2. About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
  Me ('65) of NC;

3. A lesser number of photographs of those two events from       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC;

4. More Birthday Party pictures from        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

5. A HUGE number of images from various sources from the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/17/08 - "Am I a Fireman Yet!!":

 It's tissue time!!!
 Joyce Cahoon
In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. 

Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. 

Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. 

The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream to come true. 

She took her son' s hand and asked, "Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?
 Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?" 

"Mommy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up." 

Mom smiled back and said, "'Let's see if we can make your wish come true.'"

Later that day she went to her local Fire Department in 
Phoenix, Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix. 

She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine. 

Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary 
Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy -- one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast.'"

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. 

Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. 

He was in heaven. 

There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls.

He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedics' van, and even the fire chief's car. 

He was also videotaped for the local news program. 

Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible. 

One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept - that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital. 

Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. 

The chief replied, "We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?"

About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window-------- 16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room. With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they LOVED him.

With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said, "Chief, am I really a fireman now?" 

"Billy, you are, and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand," the chief said.

With those words, Billy smiled and said, "I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and the angels have been singing." 

He closed his eyes one last time. 

.....  Uplifting stories are one of the best gifts we receive...... Let's continue to uplift one another.

       Thanks so much, Joyce! And by the way, even says this story is basically true.  It happened in 1981, and the little boy's name was Frank "Bopsy" Salazar - who became the first "wish Child" helped by the Make-a-Wish Foundation" - ah, but "only" five firemen climbed through his hospital window, not 16.

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/23/08 - "The Bridge":

Amen!  Well worth your time!

This will really get to your heart. 

The Bridge
Nice video - well done. 

       OH, WOW! Thank you so much, Dearest Judy!

From Kent "Pinky" Miller ('45) of FL - 10/23/08 - " Julie Conn story":

I was pulling on my track shoes before a meet when Coach Conn walked by and spotted a bandage on my right foot.


 I told him I had an ingrown toenail and had it cut out.


Pinky Miller  '45

   WOWZERONI!!! This not only made me smile, it made me burst out laughing! Thanks so much, Pinky! I added your outrageous and delightful memory to Coach Conn's page:


From - 10/24/08 - "Learning from Misfortune":

Enlightenment - Understand Why
By Bernie Siegel, MD, Oct. 21, 2008

Many years ago my great grandfather told me of the persecution he experienced in Russia which led him to come to this country. He said the Cossacks would pursue him at night, when he was out teaching, and slash him with their sabers. One night he was on the hill above his village with his rabbi, the Baal Shem Tov. As they looked down they could see the Cossacks riding down and killing their Jewish brethren. They might have felt the same had they seen their loved ones being taken away to become slaves in a foreign land.

My great grandfather heard the rabbi say, "I wish I were God."

He asked, "Do you want to be God so you can change the bad into the good?"

"No, I wouldn't change anything. I want to be God so I can understand."

Remember our present problems are not new to mankind. Ninety percent of the natives of South America died when the explorers brought infectious diseases to their continent that they had no immunity to and forty per cent of Europeans died during plagues of the past. Man made wars and holocausts have taken millions of lives and with today's destructive weapons we are more of a threat to each other than are infectious diseases, which we can learn to resist. The question is not, will there be difficulties and threats to our existence, but how will we deal with them and what can we learn from them. How can they become blessings to society, as a life threatening disease is to an individual, by teaching us about the meaning of our life and existence?

When I was a young boy several of my friends became seriously ill and one was hit by a car while bicycling to my house. When they all died I asked my father, "Why did God make a world where terrible things happen? Why didn't God make a world free of diseases, accidents and problems?"

He said, "To learn lessons." I didn't like that answer and asked my rabbi, teacher and others. They said things like, "God knows, Why not?, Who knows?, That's life, To bring you closer to God." Some were honest enough to just say, "I don't know." This didn't leave me feeling satisfied or enlightened. When I told my mother what they said she answered, "Nature contains the wisdom you seek. Perhaps a walk in the woods would help you to find out why. Go and ask the old lady on the hill that some call a witch. She is wise in the ways of the world."

As I walked up the hill I saw a holly tree had fallen onto the path. As I tried to pull it aside the sharp leaves cut my hands. So I put on gloves and was able to move it and clear the path. A little further along the path I heard a noise in the bushes and saw a duck caught in the plastic from a six pack. I went over and freed the duck and watched him fly off. None of this seemed enlightening.

Further up the hill I saw five boys lying in a tangled heap in the snow. I asked them if they were playing a game and warned them the cold weather could lead to frostbite if they didn't move. They said they were not playing but were so tangled they didn't know which part belonged to whom and were afraid they'd break something if they moved. I removed one of the boy's shoes, took a stick and jabbed it into his foot.

He yelled, "Ow."

I said, "That's your foot, now move it." I continued to jab until all the boys were separated but still no enlightenment.

"As I reached the top of the hill I saw, in front of the old woman's cabin, a deer sprawled on the ice of a frozen pond. She kept slipping and sliding and couldn't stand up. I went out, calmed her and then helped her off the ice by holding her up and guiding her to the shore. I expected her to run away but instead of running away she and several other deer followed me to the house. I wasn't sure why they were following me so I ran towards the house. When I reached the porch and felt safe I turned and the deer and I looked into each others eyes before I went into the house.

I told the woman why I had come and she said, "I have been watching you walk up the hill and I think you have your answer."

"What answer?"

"Many things happened on your walk to teach you the lessons you needed to learn. One is that emotional and physical pain are necessary or we cannot protect ourselves and our bodies. Think of why you put on gloves and how you helped those boys. Pain helps us to know and define ourselves and respond to our needs and the needs of our loved ones. You did what made sense. You helped those in front of you by doing what they needed when they needed it.

"The deer followed you to thank you, their eyes said it all, for being compassionate in their time of trouble. What you have learned is that we are here to continue God's work. If God had made a perfect world it would be a magic trick, not creation, with no meaning or place for us to learn and create. Creation is work. We are the ones who will have to create the world you are hoping for. A world where evil is to not respond to the person with the disease or pain whether it be emotional or physical. God has given us work to do. We will still grieve when we experience losses but we will also use our pain to help us know ourselves and respond to the needs of others. That is our work as our Creator intended it to be. God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations but commencements.

"Let me tell you about people who have been my teachers. The first, a teenager sexually abused by his parents who now has AIDS. When he was about to commit suicide by jumping in front of a subway train I asked him why he didn't kill his parents instead. He said, 'I never wanted to be like them.' Love has sustained him and he is alive today."

"Another young man with a life threatening illness said, 'What is evil is not the disease. Many great creative works will come from individual suffering but what is evil is to not respond with compassion to the person with the illness.'

"An example are parents I know who because they had a young child die are improving the lives of other children and raising funds to find a cure for the disease which took their child so other children will not have to die as their child did.

"How do we turn our afflictions into blessings? How do we use them to help us complete ourselves and our work and understand the place for love, tolerance and kindness? How can we learn as Jacob did from his experience of wrestling with an angel? Justice and mercy must both be a part of how we treat those who terrorize because when you understand you can forgive and when you can forgive you do not hate and when you do not hate you are capable of loving and love is the most powerful weapon known to man. It is not an accident that we say, kill with kindness, love thine enemies and torment with tenderness.

"As Golda Meir said, "The only way to eliminate war is to love our children more than we hate our enemies." When we raise a generation of children with compassion and when parents let their children know they are loved, teachers truly educate them and not just inform them and the clergy let them know they are children of God we will have a planet made up of the family of man where our differences are used for recognition and not persecution. Words and experts cannot be our Lord. Abraham did not bargain or refuse his Lord's request and Jesus, who was capable of performing miracles, did not jump down off the cross to impress everyone with who he was. Our Creator must be who we have faith in so we can live as Abraham and Jesus did fearing only separation from their Lord. Think of what Noah experienced too. He didn't argue with God over what was about to happen. I think he knew that living was more difficult than dying and that we are all here to learn what it is to hurt and be hurt and only then will we be perfect enough to love and be loved."

In closing let me say that as a surgeon I know something you may not; that we are all the same color inside and members of one family. To paraphrase Rabbi Carlebach, let us hope that some day all the Cains will realize what they have done, and ask for forgiveness of the Abels they have killed. In that moment we will all rise and become one family accepting that we are here to love and be loved. Until that moment may you accept and learn from your mortality what is truly important in the time of your life...rather than from further disasters.

Author's Bio

As a surgeon who has worked with people with life threatening illnesses for many years, Dr. Bernie Siegel shares in this story his belief that there is a light in each of us by God's/Dog's design. And, that we are all a part of the candle parade of light. As long as we remember to love, our candles will glow with life as will Buddy's candle across the Rainbow Bridge. This is a story both children and adults will find healing, uplifting, and inspiring.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

   From Me ('65) of NC - 10/24/08 - "Travel to Heaven":

An 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise.

When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they "oohed and aahed" the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost.

"It's free," Peter replied, "this is Heaven."

Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth.

The old man asked, "What are the green fees?"

Peter's reply, "This is heaven, you play for free."

Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisine's of the world laid out.

"How much to eat?" asked the old man.

"Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied with some exasperation.

"Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly.

Peter lectured, "That's the best can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."

With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly. Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong.

The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#21 in a Series of 26):

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


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/23/08
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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- Words by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons (7 Jan 1910 - 22 Dec 1987);

Music by Charlie Chaplin, 1936
(16 Apr 1889 - 25 Dec 1977)

(Nat King Cole, peak billboard position # 10 in 1954)

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

<instrumental interlude>

That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

"Smile" midi courtesy of - 10/24/08

"Smile" lyrics courtesy of - 10/24/08

Smile clip art courtesy of - 10/24/08

 Animated Smiley Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/05

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

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

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

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