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01/25/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Softly As I Leave You

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you
at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't
teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich
or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away
from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you
how to know what's going on in someone else's mind...”

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I've always had soft spot for sad songs.....

BONUS #1 - - Softly As I Leave You - Matt Monro

BONUS #2 - - Softly As I Leave You - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #3 - Softly As I Leave You - Sherrill Nielsen and Elvis Presley


"Softly, as I Leave You" is a popular Italian song composed by Giorgio Calabrese and Tony De Vita (1932–1998), translated in English by Hal Shaper.

It was originally an Italian success by Mina, at the Sanremo Music Festival, entitled "Piano" ("Softly"). Mina published a recording of the song first time as a single in 1960 and later as well on an EP and on three LPs.

The English songwriter Hal Shaper noticed the song and in November 1961 wrote English lyrics to the melody, calling it "Softly, as I Leave You." It is best known in versions by Matt Monro which went to #10 on the British charts in 1962)[1] and Frank Sinatra went to #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the adult contemporary chart in 1964).[2] The Sinatra family announced Frank's death on May 14, 1998 by placing an announcement on their website that was accompanied by a recording of the singer's version of the song.

When he performed the song live in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley prefaced with a story about the origins of the song. Presley said the song originated when a man was dying and his wife was sitting by his bedside. As she began to doze off, he felt himself beginning to die and he wrote the words to the song on a notepad. But Elvis insiders claim his explanation for the song was merely an example of Presley's flair for storytelling so his explanation is most likely apocryphal. Elvis said he heard the story "from some people in Florida." Elvis doesn't actually sing this song, he speaks the words while his Irish backing tenor Sherrill Nielsen sings it. Elvis's one recorded version of this song was a bootleg made by a fan in Las Vegas in December 1975. RCA was able to release it commercially later and it now appears on the boxed set "Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters."


    Happy Birthday today to     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL;

29 -      Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX AND      HP Lucas ('65) of VA;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN;

31 - Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC;

01 -     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!

   Many Happy Returns to you all! 


January 25, 1942 - Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom.

January 25, 1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended.


Friday, January 25, 1963 - Academic and politician Fernando Haddad was born in São Paulo, Brazil.

Friday, January 25, 1963 - Centenarian Wilson Kettle (b. William Wilson Kettle on 21 Sept 1860 in Canada) died in Canada at the age of 102. By the time of his death, Kettle had outlived 2 of his 13 children. He had 65 grandchildren, 201 great-grandchildren, and 305 great-great-grandchildren, for a total of 582 living descendants, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 01/24/13 - "Hotels...Security Alert":

It appears that bedbugs are the least of our concerns in Hotels.
If you travel and stay in hotels or motels, you must watch this.

Thanks to Polly English Greene ('54) for contributing this alert.

   YOWZERONI! Thanks, Jack - and Polly!

      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 01/24/13, 5:30 AM - "Last Tango with Charis - 'I Ain't White Enough' "

There's a new post on Last Tango with Charis in which I contemplate the color of my skin. Enjoy!

   Charis Darlin', you are a hoot! I somehow don't recall that particular part of your beautiful garden; maybe I just wasn't paying attention... Happy Birthday, Lady!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 01/24/13 - "SENIOR TEXTING CODES":

Senior Texting Codes

Teens have their texting codes (LOL, OMG, TTYL, etc.).
Not to be outdone by these kids, now senior members have their own short-hand codes.

ATD: At The Doctor's

BFF: Best Friend Fainted

BTW: Bring The Wheelchair

BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth

CUATSC - See You at the Senior Center

DWI - Driving While Incontinent

FWIW - Forgot Where I Was

FYI: Found Your Insulin

GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!

GHA: Got Heartburn Again

LOL - Living on Lipitor

TOT - Texting on Toilet

TTYL - Talk to You Louder

WTP - Where are the Prunes?

Hope these help .....
GGLKI! (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In)

   GIGGLES - SAD ONES! Thanks again, Jack!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/24/13 - "Chocolate / Astrology and Letter From Camp":

Chocolate has many different meanings. We will give two examples for this, and the first one will be relation between astrology and chocolate.

1. Aries - they prefer not to eat sweet, but when they do, they will consider mostly fruit...chocolate figs will do perfectly for them.

2. Taurus - as dessert they would be most satisfied by a chocolate kuglof with candied fruit.

3. Gemini - these people love cookies, so if possible you should make them chocolate cookies - homemade.

4. Cancer - they love hazelnut chocolate so with that give them some coffeeice cream that goes along perfectly.

5. Leo - Sachertorte is their favorite treat.

6. Virgo - mousse au chocolat and fruit is what best heals them when they are depressed.

7. Libra - they want something triumphant so give them something with rich, heavy filling.

8. Scorpio - chocolate with almonds or cakes with candied fruit will do the trick for these.

9. Sagittarius - after a good meal these people will serve themselves a cup of coffee with chocolate castor sugar.


Letter From Camp

Dear Mom,

Our scout master told us to all write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and worried. We are OK. Only 1 of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Chad when it happened. Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is OK. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search and rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found him in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.

Scoutmaster Webb got mad at Chad for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him. Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas can will blow up? The wet wood still didn't burn, but one of our tents did. Also some of our clothes. John is going to look weird until his hair grows back.

We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Webb gets the car fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The brakes worked OK when we left. Scoutmaster Webb said that with a car that old you have to expect something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance on it. We think it's a neat car. He doesn't care if we get it dirty, and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the tailgate. It gets pretty hot with 10 people in a car. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the highway patrolman stopped and talked to us.

Scoutmaster Webb is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is teaching Terry how to drive. But he only lets him drive on the mountain roads where there isn't any traffic. All we ever see up there are logging trucks.

This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out in the lake. Scoutmaster Webb wouldn't let me because I can't swim and Chad was afraid he would sink because of his cast, so he let us take the canoe across the lake. It was great. You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood. Scoutmaster Webb isn't crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn't even get mad about the life jackets. He has to spend a lot of time working on the car so we are trying not to cause him any trouble.

Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Dave dived in the lake and cut his arm, we got to see how a tourniquet works. Also Wade and I threw up. Scoutmaster Webb said it probably was just food poisoning from the leftover chicken, he said they got sick that way with the food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he was doing his time. I have to go now. We are going into town to mail our letters and buy bullets.

Don't worry about anything. We are fine.

Love, Cole

P.S. How long has it been since I had a tetanus shot?


New Words

Words that should exist . . .
ACCORDIONATED (ah kor' de on ay tid) -- adj. Being able to drive and read a road map at the same time.

AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks' trus) -- adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

AQUALIBRIUM (ak wa lib' re um) -- n. The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at its perfect height, thus relieving the drinker from (a) having to suck the nozzle, or (b) squirting himself in the eye (or ear).

BURGACIDE (burg' uh side) -- n. When a hamburger can't take any more torture and hurls itself through the grill into the coals.

BUZZACKS (buz' aks) -- n. People in phone marts who walk around picking up display phones and listening for dial tones even when they know the phones are not connected.

CARPERPETUATION (kar' pur pet u a shun) -- n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.

DIMP (dimp) -- n. A person who insults you in a cheap department store by asking, "Do you work here?"

DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt') -- v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will `remove' all the germs.

ECNALUBMA (ek na lub' ma) -- n. A rescue vehicle which can only be seen in the rearview mirror.

EIFFELITES (eye' ful eyetz) -- n. Gangly people sitting in front of you at the movies who, no matter what direction you lean in, follow suit.

ELBONICS (el bon' iks) -- n. The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater.

ELECELLERATION (el a cel er ay' shun) -- n. The mistaken notion that the more you press an elevator button the faster it will arrive.

FRUST (frust) -- n. The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finallydecides to give up and sweep it under the rug.

LACTOMANGULATION (lak' to man gyu lay' shun) -- n. Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the `illegal' side.

NEONPHANCY (ne on' fan see) -- n. A fluorescent light bulb struggling to come to life.

PEPPIER (pehp ee ay') -- n. The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want ground pepper.

PETROPHOBIC (pet ro fob' ik) -- adj. One who is embarrassed to undress in front of a household pet.

PHONESIA (fo nee' zhuh) -- n. The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.

PUPKUS (pup' kus) -- n. The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it.

TELECRASTINATION (tel e kras tin ay' shun) -- n. The act of always lettingthe phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six inches away.


Random Facts:

The president's salary is $400,000 per year. The chief executive also gets a budget for entertainment, business and travel expenses. And when he retires from the presidency, Mr. Obama will receive over $191,000 per year for life.

Fortunately he doesn't have to spend any of his meager income on housing, because the presidential diggs don't come cheap. As of a 2008 estimate the cost of running the White House was about $1.6 billion. That doesn't even include the White House staff who collectively make about $37.8 million. That includes 468 employees.

John F. Kennedy was the last president to attend his inauguration ceremony in a stovepipe hat.

John Quincy Adams was the first president to wear long trousers to his inauguration ceremony (breaking a tradition of colonial breeches).

During his Inaugural Parade, President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy.

The Constitution does not require the president to swear on a bible, but it's been tradition from the beginning, thanks to George Washington.

Washington also holds the record for shortest speech at just 135 words. In 1841, William Henry Harrison gave the longest speech. It lasted almost two hours in freezing temperatures. As a result, Harrison would last about another month before dying of pneumonia.

In 1921, Warren Harding became the first president to use an automobile to get to and from the ceremony.


Write for Mail Order

An elderly fisherman wrote to a mail order house the following: "Please send me one of those gasoline engines for my boat you show on page 438, and if it's any good, I'll send you a check."

In a short time he received the following reply: "Please send check. If it's any good, we'll send the engine."


A Place In The Sun

If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters.

~by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Dear Abby~


Treat Everyone

Treat everyone as if they have a wounded heart because they probably do.

from The Mountain:
These were words in a comment from a subscriber.
This was the comment:

This was Sunday's issue but I read it tonight, Monday. I was hit by what could have happened but didn't. I wonder how many times a MountainWings issue has given someone hope to hang on to see if help will come?

I was impacted by this story tonight more than I would have been last night because of something that happened earlier this evening.

I ride city buses and trains to and from work each weekday. I used to take a train from near work to a station called Lindbergh, but I found a more direct route home and have been taking that lately.

Tonight I kept hearing an announcement at the train stations that something had happened at Lindbergh. A bus driver told me someone had jumped in front of an oncoming train at Lindbergh.

Someone had reached their breaking point. Whether the person planned it or suddenly thought of it and acted on it, I suppose no one will know.

Had I been there I might very well have witnessed it. If I could have known of and reached that person's despair I would've, but chances are I would not have known until too late.

My pastor's mother is a wise woman. She told him as a youth to treat everyone as if they have a wounded heart, because they probably do (that may not be an exact quote but it's the idea).

   Thank you, Shari!

From - 01/21/13 - "Emotional Baggage":

Emotional Baggage; Lightening the Load

By Don Neviaser

We all pick up emotional burdens of varying weights and sizes while growing through life. Many eventually fall by the wayside, some we learn to live with, while others are more like a thorn in one's heart, or worse, causing enough pain and anguish to impact the quality of life. It is always worthwhile to attempt minimizing or eliminating such emotional impediments to living a happier life, though for many people the need to do so is vital to being able to comfortably move forward in life at all.
Different emotional burdens affect each of us in different ways, and whatever the level of importance for eliminating emotional albatross within your heart, especially those you have lived with for much of your life; is never an easy task or it would have been done already.

Alas, if only getting rid of excess emotional baggage were as easy as dropping it off by the wayside of life and driving away. But take heart, there are things you can do to affect your perceptions of, and thus reactions to, many types of emotional sticking points in your life.

It is easy to assume that certain feelings and perceptions are just a part of who you are and therefore must be dealt with as such. But this type of thinking cedes control over how you deal with certain issues to beyond your immediate purview. It is also primary in keeping you held emotional prisoner to a myth of perception.
Many negative feelings left over from past experiences exist now as static emotional burdens waiting to strike your heart, and nothing will change unless you do something different. One way to begin countering such long held negative perspectives is to attempt seeing them in less intimidating ways so you can emotionally distance yourself from them.

One perspective to consider is that issues haunting you consistently or repetitively are, in essence, "habitual" in nature. Granted, they may seem to be purely reactive matters, but the basis for all habits are repetitive thought patterns and, like regular habits, with enough time and supportive effort, even painful or negative thought patterns can be affected or replaced with more optimistic alternatives.

Probably the best way to begin altering your perspectives and reactions to negative feelings in general is by improving the view you have of yourself, relative to life and others! Whatever critical or devaluating self-perceptions you may have, minimizing or eliminating them is paramount to your ability to step outside of tenacious, habitual and self-perpetuating thought patterns.

You may also attempt to lessen your perceptions and reactions to emotionally charged issues, including the source, on a very basic level by daily reassessing and undercutting their validity, value and current relative importance in your life. Are they really a necessary component of who and what you are now and where you want to go in life?

In other words, make an honest, solid effort to lessen the priority level within which your pain has found immunity. Root it out by replacing longstanding negative thoughts and reactions with new, more positive and realistic ways of thinking, feeling, acting and reacting to them, to yourself and life in general!
Let there be no mistake, none of these efforts are going to be easy nor will they happen overnight. They will be costly in both time and emotional energy, but then again, what are the costs of continuing to carry life impeding emotional baggage around with you?

Take it a step farther and begin visualizing and doing things more relevant to the unique and special person you are now, not who you used to be, or thought you were. Pursue unfulfilled life intentions, dreams and desires so you can better define who you are and of what you are capable. Take some time and a good honest look at the world around you and pursue hobbies and actions that make you feel good about you. Follow your own heart for a while, uninfluenced by outside sources, for only then will you start creating new memories, experiences and feelings that are genuine and powerful enough to replace the inner demons that no longer have a place in your life!

Define yourself in the past
And you will end up thinking and
Acting that way as a result of
Resurrecting many of the thoughts
And feelings you have since
Outgrown, including old tapes
With damaging messages irrelevant
To who and what you are now

The above quote is from "The Power of Perspective and the Gift of Gratitude. Due out in paperback and e-book/Kindle format on soon. Watch for it!

About the Author:
Don Neviaser, the Official Guide to Attitude and Perspective, is a Certified Life Coach and author, utilizing both careers helping people move beyond restrictive mindsets and debilitating self-perceptions to a place of inner unity, appreciation and gratitude for who they are and what they are capable of; all in line with who they really are; their True Self!

He has been writing for 35 years and to date has published 4 self-help books that expound on the power and effectiveness of perspective and an attitude of gratitude in making all the difference between existing or truly living from the heart.

BONUS SOFT CROCHET PATTERNS: -  Patsy L. Harbor's I Love U Pillow made with Caron Simply Soft Yarn -  Marlaine DesChamps' Bright Breezy Kimono made with Caron Simply Soft Yarn -  Marilyn Losee's Textured Stripes Throw made with Caron Simply Soft and Simply Soft Shadows Yarns

BONUS SOFT FOODS RECIPES: - Perfect Scrambled Eggs - "Scrambled eggs are a great breakfast recipe for those needing easy to chew foods. Melt cheese over them or drizzle them with maple syrup. If you have a chopper, you can cook sausage and throw it in the chopper... These eggs are a great way to start out your morning! They are easy and fast to make!" - Good Eats Meatloaf - "Meatloaf usually comes out soft enough to easily be broken apart with a fork and eaten with those who need easy to chew foods. If you use carrots in your meatloaf, make sure they are chopped up very small. But otherwise, meatloaf is a personal favorite." - Mashed Potatoes with Fried Mushroom, Bacon, and Onion - "A new twist on an old classic! Taking mushrooms, onions, and bacon, and incorporating them into good old fashion mashed potatoes."


From - 01/24/13:

Q: What did the first stoplight say to the second stoplight?

A: Don’t look I’m changing!!


1.Thursday, February 7, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations. 

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/24/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Softly as I Leave You

Composed by Antonio De Vita (1932–1998), with original Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese (b, 28 Nov 1929); English lyrics by Hal Shaper

Recorded by Matt Monro, 1962
(01 Dec 1930 – 07 Feb 1985)

Softly, I will leave you softly
For my heart would break if you should wake and see me go
So I leave you softly, long before you miss me
Long before your arms can beg me stay
For one more hour or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
(Softly, long before you kiss me)
(Long before your arms can beg me stay)
(For one more hour) or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
As I leave I you there
As I leave I you there

"Softly As I Leave You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/25/10

Image of Luggage courtesy of - 01/25/10

Animated Divider Bar 116 clip art courtesy of - 01/25/10

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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