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02/08/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Hazy Shade of Winter

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that
those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”

 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(28 Aug 1749 - 22 Mar 1832)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's "Song of the Day" is courtesy of Glenn Zimmerman, the meteorologist at KTVI, the St. Louis Fox affiliate, who apparently (and hitherto unknown to me) very thoughtfully provides this service every morning around 7:00 AM. Thanks, Glenn!

BONUS #1 - - Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel, 1966 - with lovely snowy scenes of Sussex University, Brighton, Sussex, UK filmed in January 2007

BONUS #2 - - Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles


     Happy Birthday today to Bob Hines ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND     Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC;

11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA;

13-    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND         My Niece,  Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 7, 1943 - Imperial Japanese naval forces completed the evacuation of Imperial Japanese Army troops from Guadalcanal during Operation Ke, ending Japanese attempts to retake the island from Allied forces in the Guadalcanal Campaign.

February 7, 1944 - In Anzio, Italy, German forces launched a counteroffensive during the Allied Operation Shingle


February 8, 1943 - Britain's 77th Indian Brigade began launching guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma. The forces were under the command of Major General Orde Wingate.


Sunday, February 7, 1965 - Actor Jason Gedrick was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Sunday, February 7, 1965 - Actor and comedian Chris Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina.


Monday, February 8, 1965 - Nothing at all happened to anyone anywhere on the face of the earth - or if it did, they did not find it worth recording.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/06/10 - "Observations on growing older":



It's harder to tell navy from black.

Your kids are becoming you..........and you don't like them, but your grandchildren are perfect!

Yellow becomes the big color..........walls, hair, teeth.

Going out is good; coming home is better!

When people say you look "Great," they add, "for your age!"

You forget names, but it's okay because other people forgot they even knew you.

The last two outfits you wore had spots on them..

You ask your husband or friend how your outfit looks, and they tell you the truth.

The five pounds you wanted to lose is now fifteen, and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the fifteen pounds.

Your husband is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.

The things you cared to do, you don't care to do, but you care that you don't care to do them anymore.

Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep."

Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident?" Now you bring clean underwear in case you have an accident.

You used to say, "I hope my kids get married; now it's, "I hope they stay married."

Who wants to wear three inch heels anyway?

You miss the days when everything worked with just an "on" and "off" switch.

When Google, ipod, email, modem were unheard of and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

You use more four letter words.........."what?"............"when?"

Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

Your husband has a night out with the guys but he's home by 9:00; next week it will be 8:30.

You read one hundred pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

Many of the people in People Magazine you've never heard of.

Your lipstick bleeds.

Your mascara clumps, and your eyebrows are disappearing.

You don't have hair under your arms and very little on your legs, but your chin needs to be plucked daily.

What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

Everybody whispers.

Now that your husband has retired, you'd give anything if he'd find a job.

You have three sizes of clothes in your closet, two of which you will never wear again.

But old is good in some things..........old songs, old movies, and best of all..........old friends!

   Thanks, Glenn!

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 02/07/10 - "ADDENDA to 1961-63 FIRST DECADERS (02/07/10)":

ADDENDA: 61-63 Decaders (attached)  02/07/10
Please add these 6 pages of UPDATES and ADDITIONS to your 15-page list of CNC's FIRST DECADERS: The Unique Class of 1962 & The Inaugural Class of 1963.
If you do not have a copy of the 15-page list, notify me and I'll send you one by e-mail or SnailMail. That list was sent 12/17/09 in 3 parts (each e-mail had 5 pages of the 15 attached).
If you cannot download this attached list  (6 pages), notify me also.
Happy reading!

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Jane! I've added this to your alert below.

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 02/07/10 - "Definition":

"A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of  'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it."

   AMEN! Thanks so much, Jennie!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/07/10 - "Free Gifts and I Made a 41":

"The Best Gifts Are Free"

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and holds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Clip cartoons, jokes (and Rexes). Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
I Made a 41
Perhaps the only test score that I remember is the 41. I was in high school.  The class was taught by one of the two teachers that impacted me most, Mr. Bales.  The other teacher was Mrs. Drew from the seventh grade.  It's amazing how I can remember from over 30 years ago my two most impacting teachers.
The eighth grade.  It was a time when I, like most, didn't know what I was to be in life.  The drama of that time of youth was simply get through school and make the long walk home.
There are some things that will still be like the eighth grade when you get to be eighty.
The test was the final for the class.  I remember anxiously waiting as Mr. Bales passed out test after test.  It was a rather difficult test.  I didn't know how well I had done but I knew there were things on it that I didn't know.
The air whooshed around the pages as it made a gentle sound plopping down.  It was a rhythm as each student received their test - plop, plop, plop.
I heard groan after groan that accompanied the plops. I could tell by the groans that the grades weren't looking good.
Mr. Bales dropped the stapled pages on my desk.
There in big red numbers, circled to draw attention, was my grade.
I moved my paper where it wasn't in plain view, a 41 is not something that you wanted your classmates to see.
After the final plop, Mr. Bales stood behind the worn desk that had stood guard over countless students before me.  He addressed the none too jubilant class.
"The grades were not very good, none of you passed, so I will have to consider grading on a scale," Mr. Bales announced.
"The highest grade in the class was a 41, so all of you flunked," were the final words that I remember.
A 41.  That's me.
Suddenly my dismal looking final didn't look quite so bad. There were at least 30 students in the class.  I had the highest grade.  I felt a whole lot better.
I walked home that day with the low but high grade safely tucked away in my book satchel.  My mother knew that I had a big test that day and asked me as soon as I got home, "how did you do on your test."
"I made a 41," I said.
My mother's expression changed.  A frown now stood where a smile was a few seconds earlier.  I knew that I had to explain and explain fast.  "But mother, I had the highest grade in the class," I proudly stated.
I knew that statement would change things.  I had the highest grade in the class, that made a difference.
My mother said, "You flunked."
"But I had the highest grade in the class!" I replied.
"I don't care what everyone else had, you flunked.  It doesn't matter if everyone else flunked too, what matters is what you do," my mother firmly answered.
For years, I thought that was a harsh judgment.  My mother was always that way.  It didn't matter what the other kids did, it only mattered what I did and that I did it excellently.
We often don't understand the wisdom of good parents until we ourselves stand in the parenting shoes.  My mother's philosophy has carried me throughout life.  Don't worry about what the crowd does.
The crowd often goes the wrong way.
If you follow the crowd, you will go to the same destination as the crowd.  The path of the crowd is wide and it is crowded. The path to pass the tests of life is narrow and there are very few people on it.
The path up the mountain is narrow; it is not crowded.
The path to health is narrow; it is not crowded.
The path to harmony, peace and happiness with your spouse is narrow; it is not crowded.
The path to peace with yourself and the world is narrow; it is not crowded.
I made a 41 and was proud of it, but it would not have gotten me through the real tests.
The majority of spouses are not faithful, it's the crowd, and even though you may be the smoothest deceiver of the group, you are on the road to failure; it's not a passing grade.
The crowd eats fattening unhealthy fast food.  That food sends you to an early appointment with the doctor and the funeral director.  It's the food of the crowd.
The crowd spends no special time in prayer and meditation each day.  That leads to an unhealthy spirit.  It's the way of the crowd.
Thirty years after my mother said that she didn't care if I was the best failure in the class, I understand why.
"Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
That's a quote that my mother lives by.
We often take comfort in the crowd; the only problem is that the crowd is not comfortable.
PASS the class!

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Mike White ('67) of VA - 02/03/10 - "Seniors (#4 in a Series of 19)":


For anyone age appropriate…that means almost everyone
in the Typhoon Nation !



Someone had to remind me, so I'm reminding you too.

Don't is all true...these are the perks of reaching 60 and heading towards 70 and older!

   Thanks, Mike!  


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 02/07/10:

Still Think You're Having a Bad Day?

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.


Still Having a Bad Day?

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska was $ 80,000.00. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers.

A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.


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

4. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/10
NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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A Hazy Shade of Winter

Written by Paul Simon
(b. 13 Oct 1941)

Recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, 1966

Time, time, time, see what's become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it's bound to be a better ride
Than what you've got planned
Carry your cup in your hand
And look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That's an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
It's simply pretend
That you can build them again
Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it's the springtime of my life

Ahhh, seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me
At any convenient time
Funny how my memory slips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime

Look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...

"Hazy Shade of Winter" midi (sequenced by Phil Smith) courtesy of - 02/08/10

"Hazy Shade of Winter" lyrics courtesy of - 02/08/10

"Hazy Shade of Winter" image courtesy of - 02/08/10

Twig Flower Bar # 17  Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/10

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!

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of ???

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who fought in WWII
Thanks again, Herbie!

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

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