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02/13/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Cupid

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

- William Shakespeare
(baptised 26 Apr 1564 - 23 Apr 1616)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Valentine's Day is tomorrow, so I hope y'all are all ready!

BONUS - - Cupid - Sam Cooke


"Cupid" is a 1961 hit single recorded and written by Sam Cooke.[1] (U.S. Pop #17, U.S. R&B #20, U.K. #7.) The song is ranked #452 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


     Happy Belated Birthday to   Phyllis Sweeney Snyder ('63) of TN on 02/03 AND Joan Gardner ('63) on 02/09 AND Terry Smith ('63) on 02/11!

   Happy Birthday today to    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia!

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

     Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - The late     Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND      Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 13, 1945 - The siege of Budapest concluded with the unconditional surrender of German and Hungarian forces to the Red Army.

February 13, 1945 - Royal Air Force bombers were dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment.


Wednesday, February 13, 1963 - Footballer Thomas Miller was born in Fürstenfeldbruck,[1] West Germany..

   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 02/12/13,8:04 AM - "A small correction":

It has often been claimed that the "brass monkey" was a holder or storage rack in which cannon balls (or shot) were stacked on a ship. Supposedly when the "monkey" with its stack of cannon ball became cold, the contraction of iron cannon balls led to the balls falling through or off of the "monkey." This explanation appears to be a legend of the sea without historical justification. In actuality, ready service shot was kept on the gun or spar decks in shot racks (also known as shot garlands in the Royal Navy) which consisted of longitudinal wooden planks with holes bored into them, into which round shot (cannon balls) were inserted for ready use by the gun crew. These shot racks or garlands are discussed in: Longridge, C. Nepean. The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships. (Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1981): 64. A top view of shot garlands on the upper deck of a ship-of-the-line is depicted in The Visual Dictionary of Ships and Sailing. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1991):


Hope you're feeling better.

   CONGRATULATIONS!   Frank Sweetie, you have just won the  Thanks for Paying Attention Award for the second time in a row!

   I didn't insert this one deliberately, but I didn't catch it, either. I'd plead "diminished capacity" but I'm not at all sure I would have caught it had I been in my prime...

   Hmmm. Does this mean the generally believed origin of this rather earthy expression was correct all this time?!?

   It reminds me of the colorful metaphors of southeast Missouri, my favorite of which is, "slicker than greased owl snot". What an image this presents! Here's an occupation in which one must first collect mucus from the noses of owls, and then lay it all out and grease it. WHOO-HOO! And you thought your job was rough!

   Thanks, Frank! Some days I feel better and some days I feel "worserer" - just as the old Peter Paul candy bar commercial said: "Some times you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't!"

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/12/13 - "CLASS OF 63 BIRTHDAYS":





   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Jimmy! I was just about to issue a general request for all birthdays not listed here: 

   From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 02/12/13 - "  Walter Ware Morrison ('63)":

Hi There
Does anyone know where Ware Morrison is?
Thanks and be safe.

   "I know! I know! Pick me! Oh, pick me!!" - Donkey in Shrek (2001)

   Thanks, Rochelle! Tell him "Hi" for me!

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 02/12/13 - "Crazy Logic":

  And how about the young men who spend days and days playing those gory shoot-em games on their computers - - I can think of at least four recent mass shootings that have involved guys whose minds have been saturated with this extreme violence. The games get more realistic and bloody, and the copy cat syndrome repeats itself over and over.

When you look at the situation in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, etc., I'm willing to bet many of those young punks have been mind warped into thinking that killing by handgun is the thing to do if they've been "dissed" or if their turf has been invaded. In effect, they've been trained to kill.

These games bring in hundreds of millions each year and Hollywood feels the 1st Amendment defends and protects the producers. For some reason, however, these Hollywood types believe the 2nd Amendment should be abolished - - heaven forbid we should be able defend and protect ourselves.

   Ah, John, you know The Rule: "If if makes sense it cannot possibly be allowed to exist."
So sad, but apparently true..... Thanks for sharing this!

P.S. from Webmistress: We are NOT opening a debate about gun control here. As I've mentioned several times in the past, SOME people (of my own choosing; I did not play favorites with my seven children - no matter what they think - so I MAY be guilty of doing it now...), due to their life's experiences have earned the right to say anything they want.
P.P. S. from Webmistress: As I've also mentioned several times in the past, I'm not a nice guy.....

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/12/13 - "A short history of WWII Aircraft & Men":

You aviation-minded guys should like this one. I question whether we could ever do it again. Look at the whole thing.

A short history of WWII Aircraft & Men:

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much, Billy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/12/13 - "The Greatest Compliment & More":
Quick Crew Asian Concept 2013--Cool
Brazil--Raining Spiders -


Language Lesson

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day.

"In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative.

"However," he pointed out, "there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."

A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah. Right."



On my 40th birthday I waltzed out of my bedroom dressed in an old outfit I dug out of the back of the closet.

"I wore this on my 30th birthday! I guess that means my wardrobe is ten years old," I said to my husband, hoping he'd take the hint and buy me some clothes as a present.

"Or," he offered instead, "it means when you were 30 you had the body of a 40-year-old."


A few words can go a long way


1- You have to…

2- You can’t…..

3- What is your problem?

4- I’ll try, don’t know.

5- I need you to…

6- We can’t do that.


1- Will you…

2- Would you…

3- Can you tell me about the problem?

4- Let me find out.

5- Will you?

6- What we can do is…


Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba


"Humor can help you cope with the unbearable so that you can stay on the bright side of things until the bright side actually comes along."

- Allen Klein


The Greatest Compliment

What is the greatest compliment that you have ever received?

I don't have to think about that question. I know the answer instantly, without thought, without hesitation, without internal debate.

Words that you speak and actions that you perform often live on long after you have left this earth.

I speak each week to a congregation. I usually get compliments. I am on local television several times each week. I often get compliments out in public from those who watch the broadcast. Readers of MountainWings send in compliments.

Compliments help. We are all human flesh. They help to keep you encouraged. Anyone who says differently isn't really being honest with themselves. There is the danger of excessive pride from excessive compliments, but they do help keep you encouraged.

The vast majority of compliments I forget. They brighten your spirit for an instant then fade. If you asked me a week later, most likely I would not remember them.

There is one compliment that sticks. I will never forget it.

I was driving my late brother Darrow's widow to an appointment. It has been over two years since his passing. That day was still the most traumatic day of my life.

The Big Flash

"Do you know what Darrow told me?" she asked as I drove.

Of course I didn't know so I simply replied, "No."

"One night as we were talking, Darrow said something about you," she continued.

His words will always remain with me. I doubt if anything anyone else says will ever affect me with the depth of sincerity and meaning as his statement.

Words that you speak and actions that you perform often live on long after you have left this earth.

Darrow was extremely outgoing among the six brothers. He had a very wide circle of friends. He knew many men both personally and professionally.

As I thought about it later, the gravity of Darrow's statement hit me even harder, especially for a man to say it.

My brother Darrow said to his wife, "If I was a woman, Nathaniel is who I would want to marry."

Even though he cannot hear me, or maybe he can, I would like to say, "Thank you my brother," for the greatest compliment that I have ever received.

That compliment taught me a valuable lesson that I hope you will heed.

If you have something nice to say to someone, say it.Say it now. Say it while both of you are on this earth.

You never know what effect your kind words will have, and you may not get a chance to have your words spoken once you leave.

We all need encouragement, all of us.

Words that you speak and actions that you perform often live on long after you have left this earth.

~A MountainWings Original~

Thanks so much, Shari!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 02/12/13:

  It's true... it's all true.....

From - 02/11/13 - " Single on Valentine's Day":

Expert Q&A: Create Your Own Valentine's Day

By Dr. LeslieBeth Wish

Q: It's Valentine's Day, and I'm single and miserable. Is there any way I can turn it around?
A: I don't know about you, but I'm really not very fond of those fake, business-driven holidays such as Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. (Okay. I admit, I do like Halloween because I love seeing all the tons of kids in my neighborhood dressed up. Even the teenagers make these amazing costumes.) But, overall, I wince at the spectacle of people in the card and candy aisles at CVS or Walgreen's after work on Valentine's Day. The desperation on their faces is worthy of a scene from a romantic comedy movie.

Yet, it's really hard to ignore totally the merchant assault on your soul. All those watches, men's cologne and ugly jewelry ads or emails about sending cheap-looking flowers in horridly cute pots truly can get to you-especially if you don't have a sweetie.

So, I thought I'd give you some ideas that will help you triumph over Valentine's Day and create sweeties of your own. The goal is to give love so you can get love-which, buried underneath all the sales for flowers, candy, earrings, ties and wallets is the true message. All the suggestions below can break through your loneliness, sadness and feelings of being disconnected in this big, wide world.

1. Make a list of all your close friends and send them free Valentine's Day e-cards.
It's always a good idea to refresh your friends circle.

2. Make a list of friends you haven't contacted in months and years and send them a hello-style Valentine's Day card.
If you can't find one that isn't too romantic or annoying, then just send a friend-card.

3. Call all your single friends and, as in the wonderful very merry un-birthday party in "Alice in Wonderland," have an un-Valentine's Day party.
As a variation, ask each person to bring someone else who is alone or single. You could meet at your favorite gathering place or prepare some food to bring to a friend's house and hang out.

4. Make a list of relatives you'd like to reconnect with but haven't and send them a card or call them.
Contact other relatives for their phone numbers, addresses or emails. This gesture is especially important. In your card or conversation with them talk about your favorite memories of them and ask them questions about your family. Holidays such as Valentine's Day are a great way to learn about your family history. Ask key people if they are willing to make a recording or video of them talking about the family.

5. Round up your friends and develop a plan for contributing to charity that day.
For example, you could contact your local food bank and ask how you can help that day. You and your friends could each cook your favorite dish and bring them to the food bank. Or, you could send ahead of time all those little shampoo and body lotion bottles and other toiletries you've collected from hotels and cruises and arrange to send them to our armed forces troops in Afghanistan and other countries. Or, you could contact Habitat for Humanity or the Red Cross to find out how to send items to the earthquake survivors in Haiti or the Hurricane Katrina survivors in the Gulf Coast states. Or, you could contact the local nursing homes or children's cancer wards and find out what you all can do. Or, well, you get my point.

Giving and connecting are the best ways to overcome the Valentine's Day blues.
Copyright © 2012 All rights reserved.

About the Author:

Dr. LeslieBeth Wish, ED.D., MSS is the Official Guide to Family as well as a noted psychologist and licensed clinical social worker, specializing in relationships. For her book about women and love, she welcomes women to take her 17-20 minute online research survey at Also on her website, if you donate $5 to Habitat for Humanity-Sarasota, Florida, you can receive a download of her relationship advice cartoon book for women, "The Love Adventures of Almost Smart Cookie." Follow Dr. Wish on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.


BONUS CUPID'S RECIPES: - Cupid's Chicken 'n' Stuffing - "This main dish looks attractive and is easy to fix. The chicken stays moist, and the savory stuffing that bakes right with it is the perfect accompaniment." - Cupid's Cookies - "This recipe was given to me by a friend to make for our annual Valentine's Day Heart Party a few years ago. The peppermint and chocolate are a flavorful combination." - Cupid's Cups - "When fruity JELL-O Gelatin meets COOL WHIP in these deliciously uncomplicated treats, it's love at first bite."


From - 02/12/13:

“How are you getting on with your exams?”

“Not bad. The questions are easy enough – it’s the answers I have trouble with!”


1. 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.

2. Wednesday, April 10, 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.

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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Written and recorded by Sam Cooke, 1961
(22 Jan 1931 – 11 Dec 1964)

Cupid draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Cupid please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Now I don't mean to bother you but I'm in a mess
There's danger of me losing all of my happiness
For I love a girl who doesn't know I exist
And this you can fix


Cupid draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Cupid please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Cupid with your arrow make a love storm for me
I promise I will lover her until eternity
I know between the two of us her heart we can steal
Help me if you will

Cupid draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Cupid please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Cupid, don't you hear me
Calling you
I need you
Help me

"Cupid" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/13/10

Cupid Title clip art courtesy of - 03/29/05

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

Hearts Divider Line 5 clip art courtesy of - 02/16/06

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

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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 USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

"You Win an Award" Image courtesy of - 11/04/12

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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