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01/28/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Silence Is Golden

“Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and
suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss
Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silvern, Silence is golden);
or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity.

- Thomas Carlyle, in Sartor Resartus, translated from German, 1831
(04 Dec 1795 - 05 Feb 1881)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Well, sometimes it is, and then sometimes... 

BONUS #1 - Silence Is Golden - The Tremeloes, @ 1967

BONUS #2 - - Silence Is Golden - The Tremeloes, 1992

"Silence is Golden" is a song co-written by Bob Gaudio of the American rock band, The Four Seasons, with Bob Crewe. It was released as a B-side to the hit song "Rag Doll," in 1964.[1]

It was later covered by the English band The Tremeloes, whose recording was a #1 hit in the UK Singles Chart on 18 May 1967,[2] staying at the top for a total of three weeks.[3] Guitarist Rick West sang lead vocal on "Silence Is Golden".

The Tremeloes single hit #11 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart[4] on the Epic label and was one of the top 100 songs of 1967. The track sold one million copies globally, earning gold disc status.[5]

The Tremeloes also recorded an Italian version, E in silenzio.


    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 tomorrow to    Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX AND      HP Lucas ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -   Jackie Belote Ward ('63) of VA AND  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN AND Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA;

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!

03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57);

04 -       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Inez Clemmons Bruce ('63) AND the late   Ronnie Sanders ('65) (deceased - 10/08/06)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all! 


January 28, 1941 - The final air battle of the French-Thai War: Japanese-mediated armistice went into effect later in the day.

January 28, 1945 - Supplies began to reach the Republic of China over the newly reopened Burma Road.


Tuesday, January 28, 1964 - An unarmed USAF T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission was shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet MiG-19.

From My Friend, Bill, of NC - 01/27/14:
Fayetteville Weather Forecast:

Tuesday - Snow, possibly mixed with sleet, becoming all snow after 4pm. High near 30. Northeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tuesday Night - Snow, mainly before 3am. Low around 18. North wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. or

   Thanks, Bill!

   "... but if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." - Doctrine and Covenants 38:30


      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 01/27/14 - "American Politics and a Monarchy":

Emerge Kinder Fonds — On The Job

Maryland, Frederick and the World

By Harry M. Covert

HOOPDORFF, Netherlands — A few days in this quaint town just kilometers from Amsterdam, is a recharging experience. Here in the midst of a charity conference plans have been made for more educational supplies, more hygienic facilities and reports on the success of providing milk cows for villages.
Visitors hear locals praising their king and queen en masse without equivocation. Riding from Schiphol Airport to a delightful family-owned hotel, the taxi driver couldn’t stop bragging on the monarchy, especially “our beautiful queen Maxima” wife of King Willem-Alexander.

Queen Maxima, former Queen
Beatrix, King Willem-Alexander

It was rather refreshing to see smiles on faces of the Dutch when talking about their leaders, “who’re always available to us.”

That being said I took a break from the Emerge Kinder Fonds trustee meetings to take a look on line on activities from Frederick, Md. Of course, pictures showed County Commissioners’ president Blaine Young in a commanding photo during a confrontational hearing in Monrovia.

Then reading all of the comments how Mr. Young wasn’t being “transparent.” He acknowledged dining with the attorney for the opposition, who just happened to be a personal and professional acquaintance. Why not?

How in the world can office holders ever get things done without knowing everyone in the communities — country and city? It occurs during this timeout in the Keystone Constituency conference room that opposers always want to accuse their leaders of backhanded or underhanded dealings. In reality, the officials have to hear all sides of everything and read all those interminable memos and pages upon pages.

I thought I probably don’t know all of the facts involving county growth. I do know building new homes, improving the landscaping throughout the magnificent land and have others enjoying life in the county ought to be a truly progressive stance.

What’s wrong with more business, homes, schools, churches and youth sporting facilities? Not a thing. Allowing land to remain stagnant is not good, like leaving your mind closed and not energetic.

Back to the business of Emerge Kinder Fonds. This charity headquartered in The Netherlands is a decade-plus old and continues to grow. The Dutch people believe in feeding hungry people, providing school supplies and facilities and various forms of food and medical supplies.

Areas of work are in the African nations of Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan and also helping out in Haiti and the Philippines. Folks in Frederick County have been involved in humanitarian and church work all over the Caribbean and other areas. In fact, churches of all denominations have not kept their “lights under a bush.” This is great, too.

It tickles me to see citizens turn out to complain about country growth and comment as to why it shouldn’t happen. Then turn around raise funds to help alleviate world hunger, world ignorance and medical treatments.

Or to hear our neighbors in Frederick bellyache about providing food stamps for local hungry and homeless people. I’ve heard all of the war stories of food stamp abuses. Most are plain silly and wrong.

The thing about leadership is simple. Lead. Why stick your finger in the air to determine which way the wind blows? To be leaders elected officials must have a plan and stick to it. Somebody is going to complain but doers simply have to do things and don’t prevaricate or delay and make up excuses.

Emerge Kinder Fonds Trustees:
Peter Arens (left), Alex D. Haxton, CEO,
Harry M. Covert, chairman;
John van der Vlies, consultant.

My colleagues at Emerge Kinder Fonds have been superb the past few days. The people of The Netherlands have answered appeals. The result: Emerge Kinder Fonds is able to begin building outdoor toilet facilities, something we take for granted in Frederick and the rest of the state and nation.

The trustees have been providing cows for families. Cows? Yes in Bujumbura, Burundi. They get up early in the morning, milk the bovines and take the product to their village outdoor markets. Sales are good and families benefit.

Here are some basic facts.

1, Estimated 850 million children in the world don’t have enough food to eat or have a daily nutritious meal.

2. Its estimated 3.1 million children die every year due to hunger and lack of nutritious food.

3. $50 per year can provide a nutritious meal for a child yearly.

4. $200 can provide an education for a child for a year including provision of buildings and teachers’ salaries and other needy items.

So $250 dollars a year can feed and educate a child, keeping them alive.

One recent Burundi report is families are earning more money than the school teachers. We’re trying to help in this area.

There are lots of milk producers in Frederick County and the mid-Atlantic area. The work is difficult but thankfully the good farmers stay on the job. Milk makes a difference now not only in the Free State but around the nation and the world.

It would be fun for a few days to hear people at large in Frederick laud elected officials. I understand the party system but there are fine leaders who dedicate their time and talents for the public good.

Political wonks can have a good time and partisan maneuvers are always entertaining, informative and, in a vast majority of time and reports, the facts aren’t accurate. Antis on either side of the spectrum can find areas of criticism.

It would be a good thing if political officials of all stripes and the campaigners be required to swear an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Just like in court. It won’t happen. It would be nice to hear the differences between bombastic know-it-alls and the facts.

Listen to all the people who think the USA is going broke. Well, after three decades in international relief projects, such thoughts are not only incongruous but dead wrong.

There are lots of dollars and euros out there. Just as no American in any city should go hungry or be homeless, the wealth around the world proves the same — world hunger, disease and medical programs should be and could be eradicated.

Think you might have it bad? Just consider for a moment. Better yet, Google or Bing for a second and pick any peoples on the Dark Continent, the Caribbean or Asia. You’ll see some nice cities but millions upon millions are starving, living in squalid conditions and can’t read or write.

My break is over. Back to the business of shipping food and medical supplies. I’m still concerned about South Sudan. Perhaps the fighting and destruction will end so the displaced people can be helped with some type of housing, food and water.

Frederick isn’t so bad after all. The electeds deserve better, even though there is no monarchy and some opposers might want to say otherwise.

Here’s a reminder that for about $5 a month — that’s correct — a child can eat every day. Think about that. $

   Thank you so much for sharing your insights and service, Harry!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/27/14 - "A Thrifty Tip Each Should Know, Jokes & More":

I was recovering from surgery when a charity representative phoned asking me to take part in a door-to-door fund-raising effort. "Sorry," I replied, "but I've been incapacitated."

Undaunted, the caller kept trying to convince me to change my mind and volunteer.

I interrupted and said, "I'm incapacitated. Do you know what that means?"

She hesitated. "It means your head was cut off?"


*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What do you call a sleeping cow?

A: A bulldozer.

Q: What did Batman say to Robin before they got in the car?

A: Robin, get in the car.

*-- More Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What did the digital watch say to his mom?

A: "Look, Mom, no hands."

Q: How does the gingerbread man make his bed?

A: With cookie sheets.

*-- Even More Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What do you have if you have 100 rabbits in a row and 99 step back?

A: A receding hare line!

Q: What do you get when you cross a snake and a kangaroo?

A: A jump rope!


Quote Of Value

Do the one thing you think you cannot do.
Fail at it.
Try again.
Do better the second time.
The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.
This is your moment.
Own it.

- Oprah Winfrey



Until modern times, brides walked down the aisle clutching a bundle of garlic and dill. The practice probably originated from the time of the Plague, when people clutched the herbs over their noses and mouths in a desperate effort to survive. Over time, brides added better-smelling flora to the arrangement.

The earliest tradition in bridesmaid fashion involved dressing the bridesmaids exactly the same as the bride. As with many older traditions, the idea was that by setting up lookalikes, any troublesome spirits in the area could not fixate on the bride.

The veiling of the bride has origins in the idea that she's vulnerable to enchantment, so she must be hidden from evil spirits. The Romans veiled brides in flame-colored veils to actually scare off those spirits. Also, in many religions, the veil is a sign of humility and respect before God during a religious ceremony.

The wedding ring has been worn on the third finger of the left hand since Roman times. The Romans believed that the vein in that finger runs directly to the heart. The wedding ring is a never-ending circle, which symbolizes everlasting love.

Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride's dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away.

Because grooms in Anglo-Saxon England often had to defend their brides, the bride would stand to the left of her groom so that his sword arm was free.


Saving Home Energy

1. Fully load your dishwasher before starting. Select the shortest cycle and allow dishes to air dry.

2. Install motion sensors for us with outdoor lighting. They use less energy than lights that say on.

3. Check for hot and cold spots or drafty areas inside your home near windows, doors.

4. If you have a fireplace make sure it has properly fitting damper and remember to close them when fireplace is not in use.

5. Lower electric water heater to 120F. Drain a few gallons from bottom twice a year to remove sediment that slows heating times.



While there is often a lot of guidance on why customers shouldn't use credit cards, this latest news from Target shows why using a debit card may in fact be a worse idea. And while in the example of Target both credit and debit cards were affected, and it has assured that its customers "will not be held financially responsible for any credit card or debit card fraud," it brings into question whether or not debit cards should be used at all.

While some say credit cards are dangerous because of the potential to rack up massive amounts of debt, it isn't as though debit cards should be used without caution or concern. With debit cards, consumers have fewer rights when it comes to unauthorized purchases, greater potential liabilities, longer potential resolution times, and even less protection on the purchases they do make.

The $500 potential

For both credit and debit cards, Federal law maximizes your potential losses to a maximum of $50 if your card is lost or stolen. Yet there is an important qualifier in the case of debit cards, and that is you must notify the bank within two days of the loss or theft. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) notes in the case of debit cards, "if you notify your bank after those first two days, under the law you could lose much more."

In the case of debit cards, if the problem isn't reported within those two days you could be liable for up to $500 in fraudulent charges. There is even the potential to be on the hook for more than $500 depending on the circumstances and the situation.

When transaction errors do occur, banks have up to 10 business days (and at times 20) to conduct their own investigation after they receive notice from the card holder that an error occurred. In the case of a debit card, this means that an individual might not be refunded, and the charges, withdrawn for weeks. At times banks will provide a credit to the account for the amount in question, known as "provisional credit" but that still takes time.

Fewer rights

In addition to greater potential losses when a faulty transaction is made on a debit card, consumers also have fewer rights and less protection with debit cards when they receive damaged goods, faulty service, or defective merchandise when compared to the rights they have with credit cards.


The Expense Worth The Lesson

After having six bosses in 4 1/2 years, I decided it was time to leave my job. Who needs to put up with this? Despite the economic hard times, I found a new position doing something that I thought I would really enjoy.

At first it was fun being in a new and challenging environment. Then I found out I'd have the health care coverage I was promised - after 90 days, and I'd have a 401(k) - after six months.

Since the office had mainly younger people working there, heavy metal music would blare through the speakers in the sales office during most of the day. Further, the company wanted me to make sales through a "bait and switch" technique.

Suddenly, I found myself missing the pay, benefits and friends of my old office. And I realized that I could apply this lesson to other areas of my life.

I remembered cursing and wasting the day many times during those cold, dreary, sleety days in February. Oh, I would think, if I could only be living somewhere warm and sunny! How fun it would be then to call and taunt my friends back home with, "It's 20 degrees there? Well, here it's 70 without a cloud in the sky!"

But now I realize that I'd miss the change in seasons and running on frosty mornings like the one we had today.

I've also thought that if my wife ever left me, either by choice or by death, that I could find another mate. Maybe even someone young and pretty! Now I realize that it might be fun, for a while. But it might take years (or even longer than forever) to find a wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent, loyal, resourceful all-around good person like the one who lives with me now.

The choice I made leaving my job has cost me dearly, both financially and emotionally, but my former company has offered to take me back. I am now a humbler and more appreciative person. The expense may have been worth the lesson. I learned to avoid an even bigger mistake in my life.

~A MountainWings Original by Ted Janusz, Hilliard, OH~

   Thank you, Shari!

From My Friend, April, of NC - 01/27/14 - "Before You Speak...":

  AMEN! Thanks so much, April!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/27/14 - "I Was Going to Clean...":

  Besides - I'd have to, you know, get out of bed!

BONUS GOLDEN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Golden Retriever Dog Filet Graph - available for $4.00 - Chella's Golden Retriever Dog Graph - available for $3.80 - Golden Snitch (from Harry Potter) - "Desperately Seeking a quick Harry Potter project? Simple and quick, made using only a few yards of worsted weight yarn and a little stuffing, the Golden Snitch works up faster than you can say Quidditch!
Described in the books as "tiny, about the size of a large walnut... bright gold [with] little fluttering silver wings," the Snitch is the most valuable ball in a Quidditch game - and it is, by far, the most difficult to catch. Your crocheted version may not fly, but you'll look far cooler carrying it than a mimbulus mimbletonia! "



From - 01/27/14:

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop.

The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?"

The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take valves out, fix 'em, put 'em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic, "Try doing it with the engine running."


1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 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 12, 2014 - 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.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/27/14

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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Silence Is Golden

Co-written by Bob Gaudio (b. 17 Nov 1942) and Bob Crewe (b. 12 Nov 1931)

Recorded by The Tremeloes, 1967

Oh, don't it hurt deep inside
To see someone do something to her
Oh, don't it pain to see someone cry
Oh, especially when someone is her
Silence is golden, but my eyes still see
Silence is golden, golden
But my eyes still see
Talking is cheap
People follow like sheep
Even though there is nowhere to go
How could she tell
He deceived her so well
Pity, she'll be the last one to know
How many times will she fall for his line
Should I tell her or should I keep cool
And if I tried, I know she'd say I lied
Mind your business
Don't hurt her
You fool

"Silence Is Golden" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/30/10 (sic)

Rob McColl's Image of Golden Silence courtesy
of - 01/30/10 (sic)

Golden Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/30/10 (sic)

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

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