lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

Provide free mammograms!
12/02/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Somewhere in My Memory

"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things -
not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness."

- Bob Hope
(29 May 1903 - 27 July 2003)

Saturday, December 18, 1999
Taylor Springs, IL

Saturday, December 18, 1999
Taylor Springs, IL

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme is new to us this year.

BONUS - - Somewhere in My Memory

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/08 - "A Christmas Memory":

   When I was a little-bitty girl and we used to drive to my paternal grandmother's home in Richmond for our Christmas Eve festivities, each year we could see from the street as we pulled up, a five-light electric candelabra glowing in the front of the bay window (more clearly visible in the second image).

   The candle lights were always blue.  I thought that the strangest of things.  I mean, why blue?  Why not white - or even orange to simulate flames?  I never asked or mentioned it at all, of course.  That would be unseemly, and in fact, in my mind, akin to blasphemy, as my grandmother was so saintly a woman, I always thought her to be one very small step removed from Deity. 

1921 - Millard R. Buckley Home
2206 Fourth Avenue, Richmond 4, Virginia

   Still, I thought it quite strange, quite strange indeed.

   But years later when I decided to buy such a light for my own windows, there was only one choice for the bulbs.  They had to be blue. 

Happy Birthday today to our Three-Fer: Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) AND    Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND Gene Peters ('57) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -
  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND   Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

Many Happy Returns to You All!

  From Tommy Flax ('64) of VA - 12/01/08 - "Pass money on":

It doesn't hurt to try.  Good luck to everyone.

Sure wish it was this easy!

If you delete it - you will beg! - seeing is believing

This is a money angel. Pass it to 6 of your good friends or family and be rich in 4 days.
Pass it to 12 of your good friends
or family and be rich in 2 days.

I am not joking. You will find an unexpected windfall. If you delete it, you will beg. Trust me!!!


   Okay, Tommy, I think the actual angel had disappeared by the time it reached me, because all I saw was the rippling hundred dollar bill, so I added a sweet little angel (courtesy of   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon - '65 - of VA) back for us.  But, HEY - no matter!  I just sent this to over 500 good friends and family members, so I think I'm going to be rolling in dough in about twenty seconds! WHOO-HOO!!!

   Thanks so much, Tommy!

From - 12/01/08 - "Responding to Uncertainty":

Attitude - Dealing With Uncertainty
By Thomas H. Swank, Executive Coach, Nov. 24, 2008


Times of “uncertainty” trigger people’s defense mechanisms. Allowing external factors over which you have no direct control to dictate how you live and work is in conflict with your need to succeed.

Consider the wisdom of Golda Meir, the former prime Minister of Israel who said “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” Her message and principle are clear; you need to remain in control of your life. As a competent human being you should never place yourself in the position of simply reacting to the challenges that come our way. You are in charge of your own destiny, until such time as you hand it over to the adversary. Hunkering down in the face of unpleasant and trying circumstances is akin to admitting defeat without even putting up a fight. The moment you choose to “react”, you are giving over your power and control to that with which you are faced.

The appropriate response in these uncertain times is to exercise “certainty of action” for what you believe in, stand for and are working so hard to achieve. While you may not be able to control external factors, you can be in control of how you respond to them. In so doing, not only will you be supporting yourself, you will keep your control, focus and perspective which will lead you in exercising appropriate evaluation and then executing decisive action.

Uncertain times like any other obstacle should not alter your purpose, direction or fortitude. While circumstances may have changed, what you are attempting to achieve has not. Your goal remains the same. Here are several things that you can do en route to the finish line:

1. Persevere: Adhere to the mindset of staying the course and accomplishing what you set out to do. The act of persevering will help you to stay focused and on track.

2. Make Necessary Modifications: When the unexpected occurs, seek clarity in understanding precisely what is taking place. Then reevaluate what course adjustments or corrections you may have to make to your original plan. It may be necessary to incorporate some additional action steps or even adjust your target date for achieving your goal. Unexpected circumstances, obstacles or delays should not alter your final result. Be strong and stay the course.

3. Keep Your Power: As Golda Meir observed, you are in control of not only the clock, but the calendar and your life. Your decisions are far more powerful than your circumstances.

4. Be Fearless: If you are to achieve success on your own terms, you must remain undaunted. Regardless of what happened today, you must remain strong and courageous. Then embrace tomorrow knowing full well that “It’s what happens next that matters most”.

5. Seek Help: When the going gets tough, seek out the assistance that you need to help you succeed. We all require help at times, in order to get where we want to go. Going it alone is never a recipe for effective change or success.

People are asking... how bad is it going to get? The truth is that no one knows for sure. What you do need to know is that you can’t anticipate the next move of an opponent that you can’t even see or identify. Don’t allow visions of doom and gloom to zap your energy or steal your focus. Give your fears a back seat and get on with the daily activities that provide for your family and nurture your spirit.

Copyright © 2008 Executive Coaching International / Thomas H. Swank, Executive Coach. All Rights Reserved.


Author's Bio

Tom Swank is a highly respected Executive Coach, Business Strategy Consultant and Motivational Speaker. Mr. Swank is the Founder and President of and Executive Coaching International, which are known for the development of “High Performance People and Organizations”.

Tom is recognized as an expert in the field of “business and personal development”, as well as a contributing author by, the number # 1 website for personal improvement. He is also a contributing author to the number # 1 website for small business and entrepreneurs, Tom’s articles are also regularly featured and highly ranked on

Tom’s original content “The Coach’s Perspective” and “Results By Design” newsletters which provide Ideas and Resources For Success enjoy worldwide readership. Contact Tom by telephone at (843) 347-1800 or email at

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/08 - "And Speaking of Gingerbread...":

   This is my favorite gingerbread recipe; I've been enjoying it for forty years.

Southern Spicy Gingerbread

2 beaten eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup melted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. ginger
1 cup boiling water

   Add beaten eggs to sugar, molasses, and melted butter  Then add dry ingredients, which have been mixed and sifted.  Gradually add the boiling water to the mixture, and bake at 350 degrees in a well-greased 9' square pan.

   Serve with a sauce made of brown sugar, water, and butter, cooked together until well blended.   May top with whipped cream.

                                        - Mrs. H. M. Marshall, Appomattox County, VA

   Of course, this won't make those cute little gingerbread men.  I just found this recipe in my Sunday Newspaper, and have not yet tried it.  It looks like way more work than I'm willing to exert.....

Gingerbread Men

1/2 cup PLUS 3 Tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 sticks softened butter
3-1/4 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tsp. molasses
1 egg

   Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, and allspice in a medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg until well blended. Shape dough into three equal sized discs. Tightly wrap each disc in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

   Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray large cookie sheets with no stick cooking spray.

   Working with 1 portion at a time, roll dough on lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with 3 inch gingerbread man or bear cookie cutter . Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Shape dough scraps into small balls and combine and roll out to make use of dough.

   Bake 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely before adding frosting.

   Pipe or spread frosting cooled cookies; decorate as desired using frosting, assorted nonpareils, colored sugars and assorted candies. Store tightly covered at room temperature.                

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/01/08 - "In a Coma":

A woman's husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day.

One day, when she came to see him, he motioned for her to come nearer.

As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, 'You know what? You have been with me through all the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you stayed right here. When my health started failing, you were still by my side... You know what?'

'What, dear?' she gently asked, smiling as her heart began to fill with warmth.

'I think you're bad luck... Get the @#$% away from me.'

   Thanks, Norris!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#7 in a Series of 12):


   Thank you so much, Shari! These seem to take most of us an entire lifetime to learn.....

And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!

And Thank God for today!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


1. Thursday, December 4, 2008, 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 12/01/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/01/08

   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  
Official PayPal Seal
    To donate, click on the gold seal on the left, 
             or just mail it to my home. Thanks!

Somewhere in My Memory

(From Home Alone, 1990)

Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
(b. 29 Jan 1931)

Music by
John Williams

(b. 8 Feb 1932)

Candles in the window,
Shadows painting the ceiling,
Gazing at the fire glow,
Feeling that
gingerbread feeling.

Precious moments,
Special people,
Happy faces
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem-'ry,
Christmas joys all around me,
Living in my mem-'ry,
All of the music,
All of the magic,
All of the fam'ly_
Here with me . . . .

Somewhere in my mem-'ry_
Christmas joys all around me,
Living in my mem-'ry,
All of the music,
All of the magic,
All of the fam'ly_
Here with me.

 "Somewhere in My Memory" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/01/08

Image of Candles in the Window from Webmistress' Collection - 12/18/99

Gingerbread Men Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/01/02

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

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

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

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!!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2008

Return to NNHS Class of 1965