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02/08/13 - 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,  

   Weather reports would indicate that there's a good chance that wherever you are, it feels rather like a winter day today.

BONUS #1 - - Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel

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


"A Hazy Shade of Winter" is a song written by Paul Simon, recorded and released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966, and then included on their 1968 album, Bookends (although it also appeared on their Live from New York City, 1967). It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] making it the second highest-charting song on the album after "Mrs. Robinson", which reached #1[2] when it was released on the back of its inclusion on the soundtrack of The Graduate.

Critic Richie Unterberer described the song as "one of [Simon and Garfunkel's] best songs, and certainly one of the toughest and more rock-oriented".[3]

The lyrics evoke the passage of the seasons, but (as the title suggests) focusing on the gloominess of winter...


1.   Jean Beach Nelms ('60) of SC - 02/07/13, 1:46 PM - "Mailing list":

I would like to be added to your mailing list for the newsletter. You do an excellent job on the newsletter. I would like to defray some of the costs for this project, so I assume I can just go to the donate page. I was receiving these for a time in the past and do not know what happened that I no longer received them. I am a graduate of the NNHS class of 1960.

Jean Beach Nelms..... If you need additional information please let me know. Thank you.

   Hi, Jean! I had a feeling you had turned up "missing"; that's because I was sending your notices to two other email addies.....  I have you safely changed now.

   Thank you for your interest in donating!
 That can be handled by snail-mail, or from PayPal via any Newsletter:

   Thanks again - and welcome home!


     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 Northern 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 the late  Bobby Helmer ('61) (deceased 02/26/11) AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC AND   Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA;

11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA;

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);

13 -    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South 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 8, 1942 - Japan invaded Singapore.

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.

February 8, 1945 - The United Kingdom and Canada commenced Operation Veritable to occupy the west bank of the Rhine.


Friday, February 08, 1963 - Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba were made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.

Friday, February 08, 1963 - The First full Color Television program in the World, publicly advertised, was broadcast in Mexico City by XHGC-TV, Channel 5, due to technical breakthrough advances made by Mexican Engineer Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena.

Friday, February 08, 1963 - The regime of Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Qassem was overthrown by the Ba'ath Party.

Friday, February 08, 1963 - Cricketer and politician Mohammad Azharuddin was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Friday, February 08, 1963 - Pianist and songwriter Joshua Kadison was born in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, February 08, 1963 - Actor George Dolenz (b. Jure Dolenc on 05 Jan 1908 in Trieste, Austria-Hungary), father of Micky Dolenz, died of a heart attack in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

From  - 02/04/13 - "Domain Renewal Notification (":

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Important: We strongly recommend that you renew your domain minimum 48 hours prior to your expiration date...This process takes time and we encourage you to take time and submit your renewal order upfront so you are sure that the payment and renewal process will be handled on time.

    From Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 02/08/13, 7:46 AM and 12:35 PM - "newsletter":

Hey Carol,

I don't know what has happened but I was unable to access the newsletter (this morning). The NNHS 65 site was also unavailable. I have come to believe that I have a house elf who lives in the dark recesses of my basement. He, or she, works all sorts of mischief after I go to bed. Perhaps, you, too, have a gremlin? I see some evidence for that theory.


   Ray Darlin', these nasty gremlins are everywhere. This morning our electricity blinked off for one minute - one silly minute - which meant that everything had to be restarted. It was either gremlins or the soldiers at Ft. Bragg who were busily firing cannons closer to our neighborhood than usual, hard to say.....

   Hmm. Try again... maybe even (gasp!) reboot your computer. Hey, it could work! Who knows who really controls these things?!?

   Lemme know what happens next, please. I love a good mystery.

Hey Carol,  

I was able to open the 2/05 newsletter (from) this email. So, I went back to 2/05 where I had trouble. I still couldn't open either site.... I'm not sure what's going on. My computer is just as squirrely as yours (okay, probably not) so I must reboot frequently. If this happens to me again I'll get more serious.    


   ø¤ºTOTALLYº¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ºWEIRDº¤ø.....   Thanks, Ray!

From John Wine (Middle River HS - @ '61) of VA - 02/07/13, 2:21 AM - "Pal - orange soda":

I am 69 years of age. I remember when I was a little boy in the early 50's, when my dad and I would go to the store my mom would ask us to bring her a bottle of Pal. She really liked them. One reason was that Pal was not carbonated.

If I should ever find a bottle of Pal, I just might leave it by her grave.

   Thanks, John! I enjoyed the non-carbonation aspect of Pal myself!

   I added your notes to our archive:


   Oh - I got a big kick out of your website!

From - 02/04/13 - "8 Ways to Spot a True Friend":

Top 8 Characteristics Of True Friends

By Sharon L. Mikrut

Over the years, I have observed people who are real friends and people who claim to be friends. As I get older, I truly believe the old saying that you can count your real friends on one hand. So, you may be asking what makes a person a real friend. I have identified my top eight characteristics of what I feel constitutes a true friend, or what I feel I need most in a friendship.

In observing your relationships with other people, whether they are family members, people you went to school with, coworkers, or colleagues, how many of them are real friends? How many of them possess the following characteristics I feel contribute to or reflect real friendships?

1. Friends listen.
Whether you are relating a good or bad experience, friends listen. They don't interrupt or try to make suggestions or recommendations. They simply listen, letting you get everything off your chest. When you have vented, they may offer feedback or have a suggestion, but they also acknowledge that you have to follow what is in your heart.

2. Friends don't judge.
No matter what you have done or what you are doing, friends may express their sentiments or offer their perspective, but they strive not to make any type of judgment. After all, they are not in your shoes and may have no idea what you are experiencing.

3. Friends don't abuse you.
They won't belittle, or swear or yell at you. They don't like to fight; they would rather discuss and work through difficult issues and situations. They don't hit you. Abuse is not love; it is a form of control. Friends don't try to control each other.

4. Friends are there for you.
Whether you are happy or sad, excited or exhausted, friends are always available. If you need to talk, they will listen, regardless of how long you talk or what time of day it is. If you are silent, they will sit next to you until you're ready to speak. Whether they go with you for a walk or hold you while you cry, they are there for you.

5. Friends accept you for who you are.
They don't try to make you the kind of person they think you should be, they just accept you. They accept you whether you're having a good or bad day, whether you are loud and boisterous or shy and quiet, whether you are always early or late, whether you are organized and clean or unorganized and sloppy, or whether you are fashionable or frumpy. Real friends look beyond these things, as they are trivial in the long range. They simply accept you for who you are, and love you anyhow.

6. Friends can pick up where they left off, regardless of the time and distance that separates them.
Real friends can go months without speaking, but when they do, it seems like yesterday. It doesn't matter who calls who, or who called who last, they are just glad to hear from each other. Time and distance can't separate real friends.

7. Friends understand that friendship is a two-way street.
When one friend has a bad day, the other will listen, knowing that when they have a bad day, their friend will be there for them. Friends listen to each other, share ideas and stories, brainstorm, and solve problems together. Their relationship is not one-sided; they both give and take.

8. Friends enjoy each other.
When you are with a real friend, time passes quickly. You laugh, share stories and experiences, do things together, and like to be together. Friends are your favorite people to hang out with, as you really like them as people. They are stimulating and fun, not boring.

After reading the above characteristics, how many of these are important to you in your relationships? Are there other characteristics you desire or need in friendships? Whatever you desire or need most, make a list of those characteristics and see how many of your "friends" have them. In conducting this exercise, you may find that you're satisfied with your current friends or you may reassess what true friendship is. Either way, you deserve friends that listen, don't judge you, don't abuse you, are there for you, except you for you who you are, don't let time and distance stand in the way, understand that friendship is a two-way street, and enjoy you.

Copyright 2010 © Sharon L. Mikrut, All rights reserved.

About the Author:

If you want to make positive changes in your personal and/or professional life, then working with Executive & Life Coach, Sharon L. Mikrut, is the solution. Although her specialty is in partnering with nonprofit executive directors and managers to maximize their resources in a competitive environment, she is passionate about working with all individuals committed to personal and/or professional growth.

BONUS WINTER DAY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Priscilla Hewitt's Cable Cap - Michael Sellick's Calypso Wave Afghan - "This colorful Calypso Wave Afghan will be sure to get you in the mood for spring! The rainbow colors are bright and cheerful; this afghan is a great way to welcome the warmer temperatures. Use Bernat Mosaic Yarn to complete this easy crochet afghan." - Doris' Raspberry Sherbet Round Ripple Afghan - Deliciously fun, the Raspberry Sherbet Round Ripple will have you grinning from ear to ear. Round crochet afghans look terrific and this pattern is for those already familiar with the round ripple technique. This pattern also teaches you how to crochet a flower and add it to the afghan. Make this ripple pattern for Valentine's day or for a girl's room."

BONUS WINTER DAY RECIPES: - Winter Day Dinner - "In the middle of winter, I often rely on this recipe to warm us up! My husband doesn't care for noodles, so I look for different ways to serve potatoes." - Most Popular Winter Recipes


From - 02/07/13:

An executive was interviewing a young woman for a position in his company. He wanted to learn something about her personality, so he asked, "If you could have a conversation with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?"

She quickly responded, "The living one."


1. 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. 

2. Thursday, March 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.

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 02/04/13

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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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 "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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