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01/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - When the Twilight Is Gone

“Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn,
Come clear of the nets of wrong and right;
Laugh, heart, again in the grey twilight,
Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.”

William Butler Yeats, 'Into the Twilight', stanza 1
Collected in The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)
(13 June 1865 - 28 Jan1939)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We first used this golden oldie for a Newsletter exactly six years ago today:

BONUS - - My Prayer - The Platters, 1956


"My Prayer" is a 1939 popular song with music by the famous salon violinist Georges Boulanger and lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy. It was originally written by Boulanger with the title "Avant de Mourir" in 1926. The lyrics for this version were added by Kennedy in 1939. Glenn Miller recorded the song that year for a #2 hit, and The Ink Spots' version reached #3 as well that year. [1] It has been recorded many times since, but the biggest hit version was a revival in 1956 by The Platters. This version reached #1 on the charts and was featured in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


   Happy Birthday today to Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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     Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC;

03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57);

04 -       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND the late   Ronnie Sanders ('65) (deceased - 10/08/06)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 28, 1840 - The gag rule prohibiting abolitionist petitions from being read on the floor of the House became House Rule 21.

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 01/26/11 - "Oak Ridge Boys":

If you've never heard / seen this before, pay special attention to the last 30 seconds of the video.

If this is a repeat for you, enjoy it again. - GI Joe and Lillie - The Oak Ridge Boys

   Thanks, Jay Sweetie! This does give the eyes a nice fresh moist coating!

  From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 01/26/11 - "No Kid Can Resist a Mud Puddle...":

No Sound Needed

ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS! - No Kid Can Resist a Mud Puddle

   AWWW! SO cute! Thanks, Eva!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/26/11 - Bored Scots":

I know there is a clever remark here somewhere ... but, at the end of the day, this absolutely brilliant video speaks for itself... 


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/27/11 - "One Of God's Wonders":

  This is roadside beauty in West Virginia!  My family moved to Virginia in 1957.....what a drastic change it was for me!!  Lovely to look at, but oh so dangerous when those icicles start thawing and breaking off.  This was taken today by my nephew who works for Verizon and keeps the phone lines up and buzzing.  I would not want his job!!!
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Joyce Cahoon

   WOWZERONI-YOWZERONI! I'm with you, Joyce! Thanks so much for sending this - it's beautiful!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/27/11 - "S M A L L  R E Q U E S T":

Friday is world cancer day - we'd appreciate it if you will forward this request.

  Sadly 93% won't forward.
A small request…  Just one line.

Dear God, I pray for a cure for cancer.  Amen.

All you are invited to do is keep this circulating, even if it's only to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer, or is still living with it.

A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle…
Please Keep This Candle Going!


   Certainly, Norris Sweetie! Thank you!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/27/11 - "And How Are You?":



It is better to say "I'm fine" with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.

There's nothing the matter with me,
I'm just as healthy as can be,
I have arthritis in both knees,
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, my blood is thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

All my teeth have had to come out,
And my diet I hate to think about.
I'm overweight and I can't get thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

And arch supports I need for my feet.
Or I wouldn't be able to go out in the street.
Sleep is denied me night after night,
But every morning I find I'm all right.
My memory's failing, my head's in a spin.
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

Old age is golden, I've heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
And my glasses on a shelf, until I get up.
And when sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself,
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?

The reason I know my Youth has been spent,
Is my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went!
But really I don't mind, when I think with a grin,
Of all the places my get-up has been.

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits.
If my name is missing, I'm therefore not dead,
So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed.
The moral of this as the tale unfolds,
Is that for you and I, who are growing old.
It is better to say "I'm fine" with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.


   GIGGLES! I feel your pain, Dools - thanks! Oh, yeah, I'm "fine", just fine!

From       Paul's Distant Cousin, Wanda of TN - 01/26/11 - "Easiest Cakes Ever":

Even I have made cakes from this site...

Love ya,

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wanda!


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/27/11:

So-Called "True Story" *

Marine Corps General Reinwald was interviewed on the radio concerning guns and children.

This is a portion of an American National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female interviewer and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation:

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach the Boy Scouts climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

GENERAL REINWALD: Well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

The radio went silent and the interview ended.

* Footnote - Confession time

The saga of General Reinwald is an urban myth.  Internet archaeologists have traced this funny army back to a Welsh broadcast with a scout master in 1997.  As with all good stories, in the intervening years it has been adapted and Americanized.  Will and Guy thank Nancy Hoagland for supplying this extra research and insight into the myth of General Reinwald.


1. Friday, January 28, 2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE: 

2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 12/30/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  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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My Prayer

Music by Georges Boulanger (18 Apr 1893 – 03 June 1958), 1926

Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy (20 July 1902 – 06 Apr 1984), 1939

Recorded by The Platters, 1956

When the twilight is gone and no songbirds are singing
When the twilight is gone you come into my heart
And here in my heart you will stay while I pray

My prayer is to linger with you
At the end of the day in a dream that's divine
My prayer is a rapture in blue
With the world far away and your lips close to mine

Tonight while our hearts are aglow
Oh tell me the words that I'm longing to know

My prayer and the answer you give
May they still be the same for as long as we live
That you'll always be there at the end of my prayer

"My Prayer" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/23/05
Thanks, Dave!

"My Prayer" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Sunset Image courtesy of Cal's Gallery,, located by my niece, Shari, of VA - 01/10/04
What a great site!  Thanks, Shari!

Divider line clip art courtesy of - 01/23/05

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

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!

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

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

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