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01/26/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Flowers on the Wall

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.”

- Thomas Carlyle
(04 Dec 1795 - 05 Feb 1881)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Strangely, I remember this song far better from a TV commercial for a "Best of the Statler Brothers" album twenty years or so ago than I do from 1965, but then we all know that I'm weird.....

BONUS - - Flowers on the Wall - The Statler Brothers


"The song is a wryly humorous account of a man's isolated life. Recounting his sad, daily pursuits, "Counting flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all, playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one, smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo," are all acts of boredom and lost purpose as well as isolation. The Chorus of the song ends with the words: 'So don't tell me I've nothing to do.'"


    Happy Birthday today to the incomparable      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;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN;

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

01 -     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO;

02 - Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND the late    Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) (deceased - 08/26/05) AND   John Patterson ('59) of TN AND    Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


     From Me ('65) of IL - 01/26/10 - "Site Renewal":

   Guess what?  We have another whole month before we have to switch servers. Our website space doesn't actually expire until February 26.


January 26, 1942 - The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.

January 26, 1945 - Soviet troops entered Auschwitz, Poland. The survivors, fewer than 3,000, of the Nazi network of concentration camps were freed.


Tuesday, January 26, 1965 - Gymnast Natalia Yurchenko was born in Norilsk, Russian SFSR.

Tuesday, January 26, 1965 - Politician Thomas Östros was born in Gällivare, Norrbotten County, Sweden.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 01/24/10 - "Deer Valley Resort after 45 inches of fresh":

Hi Carol,

I know you are busy with the server changes but if you have time I have new photos of the mountain after 45 inches of dry snow.  I finally got a chance to really test my new skis! 

   Wal, JA, Phil, but now that I don't hafta switch servers right this very second, I've lost my most wondrous excuse to postpone processing your images!

Still waiting for anyone interested in coming out to ski.  Don’t wait too long.        Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60 - of FL) and family are coming out Feb. 3.


Phil Hammond

Saturday, January 23, 2010
SUPER-DE-DUPER! Y'all have fun - and thanks for the beautiful images, Phil!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/25/10 - "THE MAGIC OF HONEY AND CINNAMON":

Cinnamon and Honey 

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing". 

When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. 

Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey. 

Cinnamon and Honey 

~ Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. ~ 

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: 

It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. 

Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. 

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. 

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists: 

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. 

Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. 

In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins. 

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain. 

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder. 

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. 

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses. 

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. 

According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. 

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. 

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals. 

A scientist in Spain ha s p roved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu. 

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase, and even a 100 year old starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. 

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.  

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections. 

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. 

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day. 

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful, rather than being detrimental, to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey, taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week. 

People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day. 

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! 

You might want to share this information with a friend, kinfolks and loved ones. Everyone needs healthy help information ~ what they do with it is up to them ~ share with your email buddies!!!!! 
   Well, Paul, I don't know whether this is a classic case of the Sugar Pill Effect or if this really works (and quite frankly, I don't really care!) but after only TWO doses of this Magic Potion, I can walk better and with far less pain than I've experienced in six or eight months!

   Thanks so much, Dools - and stockpile that honey and cinnamon for me, please!

   From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 01/25/10:

Dear Carol,

Thanks so much for remembering my Bd.  All is well with me; its our country that's having problems.  What to do and where to start?  We are in a mess. How are you and what are you up to? I'm semi retired.  Doing a little speech therapy, teaching yoga, and giving Thai messages.  My son Harte is 24, unmarried, and is managing a codo complex.  He's interested in becoming a stunt man in the movies.  Any help he can get would be appreciated.  Also if you know of any volunteer agencies looking for my qualifications pass my name along.  Haiti looks good.  

Love, Rochelle

   Thank you, Rochelle! Ya know, I think one thing that's been consistent in our country's history from it's very beginning is that it's always having problems, and we've always been in a mess, but we still always survive and usually manage to shine anyway!

   I myself am living a life of leisure. I leave home on Sunday mornings to go to church; otherwise, I try earnestly to fulfill my life's desire to be a hermit.  I spend about ten hours a day working on the site, and in the evenings if I'm not downstairs playing games with my family, chances are excellent that I'm lying in bed reading or crocheting while watching television.  I do have serious plans to start scrapbooking again in the very near future.

   As for help for you and Harte in more productive ventures, I'll open that up to the National Smart People (yes, I did watch waaay too much Sesame Street in the past!) among us.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/25/10 - "Roger Clark":

In the newsletter of 25 Jan,     Norm Covert ('61 - of MD) rejoiced that he had found Roger Clark’s theme song (Strange What a Song Can Do), but lamented that he could not hear Roger’s mellow voice at the end introducing his all-night show.

Please tell Norm to contact me
( and I will send him a MP3 file nearly 8 minutes (7.2 mB) in length containing Roger doing air checks and promos.

I checked and found that Norm has never ordered the 5-CD set from me. Had he done so, he would have heard Roger and many other WGH DJs scattered between the songs. It’s not too late.

Assuming that you will forward this e-mail to Norm, I will point him to the CD info on the TYPHOON-MART.

     OH, YEAH!! If there are any of y'all - especially all of you Newbies - still trying to make it through life without these awesome CDs - do yourself a HUGH favor and check out David's wonderful offer!

   Thanks so much for this reminder, Captain!

  From Charlie Hilling ('56) of FL - 01/25/10 - "Hello from Florida":

Have you heard anymore about how    Freddie McDowell ('56 - of ID) is getting along? 
Sorry, I have been having trouble with my computer and have not been able to read all your latest newsletters.


    Thank you, Charlie!  In a double "non-coincidence", I've been wondering that myself! (I think what we'd all love is to see a video file of Freddie opening the package containing the trophy, but somehow I think the chances of that are infinitesimal!) And actually, there have been fewer newsletters this week than usual..... 

   Let's ask     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA if he's heard anything from Freddie! 

   Oh, Bob-by.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/25/10 - "Joke And Why Things Happen":

Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes

Tarzan and Jane were expecting their fourth child and were pretty strapped for cash, so Tarzan decided to go into the used-crocodile business. Monday morning he got up early, shaved, put on his best loin cloth, swung down to the river, and spent the whole day fighting, haggling over and hassling with cranky crocs.

As dusk fell, a wan Tarzan swung back to the tree house and demanded, "Quick, Jane, a martini!" Tossing it back he barked, "Another, Jane, on the double!" Gulping it down, he held out his glass again. "One more, Jane."

"Aw, honey, don't you think you're overdoing it a bit?" she chided gently.

"You don't understand, Jane... it's a jungle out there."


"Why Things Happen" Janet P...

Hello, my name is Janet, and about 4 years ago I was living alone with my 2 cats in Wisconsin. On one of the coldest winter nights, I was outside and slipped and fell on the ice. I guess I landed on the back of my head.

The next day, Sunday, my parents had become worried about me because they could not reach me by telephone. They
came over and realized something had happened to me because my hands and knees were all bloody which was caused by my crawling to my apartment the night before after falling.

They took me to the Emergency Room where the last thing I remember was the doctor cutting off the rings on my fingers. When I asked why, she replied that your fingers are frostbitten. The doctors told my parents that I would probably not survive the night, but I did. I understand I was in ICU for a day and then in the hospital for a month. I had to learn how to walk, talk and eat. I learned that I had a brain stem injury and all my fingertips had turned black from frostbite. Luckily they did not have to amputate my fingers.

After the month in the hospital, I was told that I could not live on my own, so I was moved to a nursing home. There I underwent physical, speech and occupational therapy. One night I was working in the computer room for us residents, and I noticed a man sitting in a chair watching me. He was there visiting his mother who had been in a car accident and was also residing in the same nursing home. Ray asked me if he could e-mail me and I said yes. He e-mailed me and asked me out to dinner. So every weekend when he came up to visit his mother, he would take me out to dinner. After I had been in the nursing home for 8 months, I was finally released to live on my own. And from that point on Ray and I have been together ever since. And that is how I found my one true love in a nursing home.

This is Rex Barker, reminding you that everything happens for a reason, even if we don't understand why. Often one has to undergo very difficult challenges to bring him or her to a soul mate or further along the mission that one has in this world.

  WOW! Thanks, Shari!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/25/10 - "Who is your real friend?":

My friend tells me she tried it and it really works.
  Thanks, Ruthie!




  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/25/09:

Calling Collect

My mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect.

My six-year-old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger's voice say, "We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?"

Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, "Dad! They've got Mom! And they want money!"


1. Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:00 PM - The NN/Hampton Breakfast Bunch will hold their Annual Valentine's Dinner at the Hampton Yacht Club. Those interested can call Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800.

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Flowers on the Wall

Words and Music by Lew DeWitt
(12 Mar 1938 - 15 Aug 1990)

Recorded by The Statler Brothers, 1965

I keep hearin' you're concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you're givin' me is conscience, I guess
If I was walkin' in your shoes, I wouldn't worry none
While you 'n' your friends are worried about me, I'm havin' lots of fun

Countin' flowers on the wall
That don't bother me at all
Playin' solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin' cigarettes and watchin' Captain Kangaroo
Now don't tell me I've nothin' to do

Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream, it's hard to slow this swinger down
So please don't give a thought to me, I'm really doin' fine
You can always find me here, I'm havin' quite a time


It's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway, my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete


Don't tell me I've nothin' to do

"Flowers on the Wall" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/26/10

1972 Image of Room with Flowered Wallpaper courtesy of - 01/26/10

Flower Bar 27 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/26/10

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!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

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

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Valentines clip art courtesy of John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/09/09
Thanks, John!

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