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11/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Scarborough Fair

“When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year."

-  Carol L. Riser, “Autumn"

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme is new to us today.

BONUS #1 - - Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel in concert in Central Park

BONUS #2 - - Scarborough Fair - Sarah Brightman


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND My Grandson,      Thomas Harty of OR;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57)
AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;
08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA
AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL;
10 -
The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND   Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND   Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!



     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/03/08 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION DATES":


Could you post this in each newsletter until Monday, 10 November?

   Certainly, David!


NNHS 1964 Classmates,

At the first meeting of your 45th Reunion Committee, it was decided that October 2009 was the best month in which to schedule our 45th reunion. We initially selected the weekend of 10 and 11 October, which is a holiday weekend (Columbus Day). Our thinking was that you would prefer to travel and attend over a 3-day holiday.  If a suitable venue is not available for that date, our alternate date is the following weekend, 17 and 18 October.

Thanks to the internet and e-mail, we have the opportunity to poll all of you about your date preference.

We are asking you to reply by e-mail with your preference for one of these two possible dates.  If you have already replied to an e-mail which you received, then your preference has been recorded.

Please reply  no later than Sunday, 9 November 2008, to:

Once the responses are tallied, we will arrange a venue for your  preferred date.

TYPHOON Regards,



    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 11/01/08 - "1962 Anchor Needed":

Hi Carol,

Brownie here..... let's see if we can find a 1962 year book. One of my classmates has lost her copy and is willing to buy one if we can locate one for sale. Perhaps someone out there in Typhoon land has one for sale.

Thanks, Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - NNHS '62

   That's a real possibility, Brownie! How about it, Sweetie-Pies?

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thank you for being so thoughtful, Brownie!

   From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/31/08 - "Friday 10/31":

  Being a good person is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off
of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff -- including the
seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a bright new smiling face and puts His light inside
of you to shine for all the world to see.

This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it on to a pumpkin of your choice. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch.

Have A Happy Fall!

   Thank you, Joyce!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Mark Twain

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OR - 11/02/08 - "Tom's in the paper!!!":


Bethany Harty

   AT LAST - some election news I actually WANT to read! Thanks, Bethany - and WAY TO GO, TOM!

From - 11/02/08 - "Reducing Stress":

Stress Management - Five Steps for Reducing Stress After a Crisis
By Kathryn Watson, Oct. 29, 2008

Back to back hurricanes Gustav and Ike roared through the gulf coast and numerous states to the north. This path of destruction was like no other and left millions without power and even water. Whether you are a victim of this or another disaster there are a few simple things you can do to help overcome stress. The following 5 ways to manage your stress are easy. Follow these steps for natural stress relief.

1. Keep a journal

On one page of your journal you can write down all of your frustrations and keep note of how you are feeling. A client told me that she felt guilty for feeling angry about having no power when many people have no home at all. Just because you have more than someone else doesn’t mean that it’s not Ok to be angry, depressed, frustrated or sad about your situation. We all have these feelings it is part of being human. Pretending that you do not have these feelings will only bury them in your body creating health problems down the road. So get it out on paper!

Then when you have finished dumping begin to notice all of the things that you are grateful for. Your life! Your home if you still have one! People who are helping you! A roof over your head! Food to eat! Nice weather! I like to note in my gratitude journal each and every person who helped or offered assistance to me that day. This helps me to realize how truly blessed I am!

2. Pump on your vitamins, especially vitamin B

This is not the time to forget to take your vitamins. Be diligent about taking your vitamins every day. Your body/mind has been under both physical and mental stress and you need to support it in every way that you can. The B vitamins are known as the stress vitamins and can be found in foods such as eggs, spinach, whole grains. If you are unable to get these things in your diet you may need to take a supplement.

3. Take a news fast

Stop watching the TV news 24/7. Chances are they are showing the same devastating pictures over and over. Your subconscious mind does not differentiate between what is happing to you right now and what has already happened so every time you watch the news your body produces stress hormones keeping you in a state of fight or flight. Just doing this one thing will help you overcome stress.

Get your news via the paper or and online source where you are in control to read one or two articles about the disaster and then move on to something more pleasant.

4. Practice deep breathing

This is the quickest way to get your body out of a state of fight or flight. Breathing in through your nose slowly to the count of 6, then hold to the count of 4 and then exhale through your mouth to the count of 8. If you have a hard time breathing in or out to these counts just use this as a benchmark to achieve. Keep practicing until you can easily breathe in 6, hold 4 and out 8. You will find your anxiety and depression lift along with frustration, boredom and anxiety, all of which are all signs that your body/mind is under stress.

5. Take a walk out doors and spend time socializing

If you can get out in nature then make sure that you take a walk every day. 10 or 15 minutes outside soaking up a little sun (yes a little is good for you! It provides the much needed vitamin D), listening to the birds and letting go of your cares! The walking will help to relax your body and studies have shown that being in and around nature will rejuvenate your spirit.

Like wise spending time socializing with others will give your spirit the lift it needs. Make sure you choose people who have a positive attitude. You can visit with a friend in person or over the phone. "Just talking on the phone to a friend has the immediate effect of lowering your blood pressure and cortisol levels," says Teresa Seeman, PhD, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at UCLA. Cortisol is the hormone our body produces when we are stressed.

These five stress reducers will help your body and your mind to return to a normal state of being. Remember you will get through this crisis and by paying attention to what is happening to your body and mind you can take these easy steps to ensure that you stay balanced. By keeping your balance you not only help yourself but you will be better able to help those around you.

Author's Bio

As a Life and Relaxation Coach Kathryn Watson gives her clients the tools to lead a happy and relaxed life. Visit for more information

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

From - TIPS for Extraordinary Living! - 11/02/08 - "Success Begins Every Morning":

Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD

Success Begins Every Morning

This week I was reminded (again!) about how vital it is to plan my day each morning. On Thursday, I sent the following note to my clients and a few friends:

"As most of you know, in September we got a new puppy, and puppies upset every schedule known to humankind. But this week Tucker has finally matured enough that I can "pretty much" resume my tradition of coffee, planning my day, and walking each morning. He's still a baby and I wouldn't claim he's reliable yet, but this week I've had my coffee and sat at my table about 6:00. I write for maybe 30 minutes--occasionally reminding Tucker what a good dog he is to lay by the window. It's made a huge difference in my productivity, my attitude and my energy!
I wouldn't encourage everyone to follow my particular rituals. Not everyone loves to journal, not everyone drinks coffee. But whatever routine WORKS for you, FOLLOW IT! Start your day with focus and precision.
I don't regret the distractions while Tucker was so small, but I do appreciate how much they COST me in lost productivity. Take charge of your day or I can pretty much promise "circumstances" and "they" will do it for you! Follow your rituals. Plan your day. Start strong."

The past few weeks have been stressful. I suspect it's similar to having a new baby in the house, though out of respect for young parents I hesitate to make that claim. What I can say is that a "failure to plan is a plan to fail."

While Tucker was tiny and needed to go outside a couple times a night, needed to be fed first thing in the morning, and hadn't learned to wait while we started our day, my days began in chaos. Not "bad" chaos--we love him, after all!--but on a schedule dictated by his needs, rather than my choice. BIG mistake!

Success begins in the morning. We either "seize the day" or we don't. We seize the initiative, or we don't. We work from a plan, or we don't. If we fail to take charge of our mornings, we allow fate and circumstances, other people and luck to play a huge role, and that's usually a mistake. "If we fail to plan, we are planning to fail."

High achievers seize the day. The winners in life organize their schedules and they decide what they will accomplish each day. Highly successful people close their office door so they can concentrate. Sometimes they refuse to answer the phone, or even skip a meeting. They know time and energy are their most vital resources and they allocate them wisely.

Specifically, here are four suggestions that can help:

1. Plan your day. Some people plan the night before, others do it first thing in the morning, but plan your day! Consult your calendar, review your goals, and decide in advance what you will accomplish each day.

2. Use a system. I use a simple 3x5 card to list my three top priorities each morning, and it helps. Whether you use a "to do list" or some other tool, have a system to keep you on track all day long. There will be distractions--count on it--and you'll need a system that automatically pulls you back on track.

3. Start strong. I know, some people are "night hawks" and early morning is not a good time for them, but I'm convinced that routine is a HUGE part of starting the day with momentum and passion. I sit quietly, sip coffee, write in my journal and plan my day. Develop your own rituals, but have a pattern that empowers and gets you started!

4. Celebrate victories! It's vital to acknowledge each accomplishment through the day. I know, some people think I'm silly, but when I cross an item off my to-do list, I pause to smile, maybe do a fist-pump, or even a little happy dance! Celebrations give us energy and confidence. And, face it, they're fun! Celebrate your wins every day.

There will always be days when the best laid plans fall apart. We know that. But in the long run, over time, we are responsible for our personal productivity and planning is vital to high achievement. If you're a night person, do it the evening before. Make whatever adjustments are helpful in your situation, but develop routines and rituals that organize your time, energy, and focus to get things done. Only you can do this, and if your goals are important to you, you MUST do it.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (# 1 and 15 in a Series of 15):

I never knew who the creator of Maxine was, this is interesting.  There is a summary on how she was created, and a photo of her creator. Interesting. 

More from the gal everyone loves and admires  - and you finally get to meet her creator! 

Whatever pops into her mind, Maxine says. Ordinarily, folks might be offended. But instead, millions of Americans have identified with the crabby, irreverent Maxine, the popular Hallmark character that lambastes everything from holidays to aging, and does not hesitate to tell it like it is - or as she sees it.

Maxine keeps up with the times. 'I'd like to try day trading,' she says. 'I'd start by trading Mondays for Saturdays.'

  Or she might snap, 'You're a year older?...Want me to moon the birthday fairy for you?'

Nobody and nothing is sacred to Maxine. She's not your typical warm and fuzzy greeting-card character. The only thing warm and fuzzy about Maxine is her bunny slippers - and her dog Floyd!

She points and shakes her finger at you. She dishes out philosophy to anyone who will listen:

'When life hands you lemons...tuck 'em in your bra. Couldn't hurt, might help.'

 Creator of Maxine ................
Mother, grandmother inspire Hallmark artist John Wagner to create Maxine.

John Wagner, Hallmark artist since 1970, says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons when 'fill in the pumpkins' was about the extent of his art classes at St. John's Catholic School he attended in Leonia, N.J. John remembers doodling as a preschooler, and says both his grandmother and his mother encouraged his artistic interests. He eventually attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, and landed at Hallmark as part of a new artists group.

But it was the birth of the humorous Shoebox Greetings (a tiny little division of Hallmark) in 1986 that added a new dimension to John's professional life. The Shoebox way of seeing the world unleashed his talents and he created Maxine.

'Cartoonists are sensitive to the insanities of the world; we just try to humanize them,' John says.

'If Maxine can get a laugh out of someone who feels lonely or someone who is getting older and hates the thought of another birthday, or if she can make someone chuckle about stressful interpersonal relationships, then I'm happy. Putting a smile on someone's face is what it's all about.'

Those smiles have led to Maxine's becoming a bit of a celebrity. She (and John) have been the subject of media stories, including People, USA Today, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, and Las Vegas Journal-Review, and they have been included in a major Associated Press story.

Collector and trade publications have reported that fans nationwide are collecting Maxine items. Letters from consumers and fans to John and Maxine reveal a very personal connection to Maxine. Many people say they are just like Maxine.

Why the name 'Maxine'? 'People at Shoebox started referring to the character as 'John Wagner's old lady,'

And I knew that would get me into trouble with my wife,' John says. The Shoebox team had a contest among themselves to name the character, and three of the approximately 30 entries suggested 'Maxine.'

John says the name is perfect.

John, who says he's humbled by such acceptance of Maxine, admits he's proud of her.


And remember - The secret to happiness is a Good Sense of Humor and a Bad Memory.

   Thanks, Ruthie! I always get a kick out of Maxine! 

   After all, my own mother's               (the late Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) name was Maxine - and she was a hoot as well - not quite the same type of humor, but every bit as funny!


1. Thursday, November 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/29/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/25/08

   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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Scarborough Fair

Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair? parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seams nor needlework, then shell be a true love of mine

Tell her to find me an acre of land, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand, then shell be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather, then shell be a true love of mine

Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair? parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine

"Scarborough Fair" midi (sequenced by Antonio Calado Lopes) courtesy of - 11/03/08

"Scarborough Fair" lyrics courtesy of - 11/03/08

Pumpkin Image courtesy of - 11/03/08

Pumpkins Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/24/08

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 the late 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!

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

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

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

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

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