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02/23/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Dreamed a Dream

Dreams can disappear - poof, just like that. Where do those dreams go?
Are they floating out there with no place to land - songs not sung,
dances not danced, all those dreams that will never come true?

- Marjorie Klein, Test Pattern, 2000, p. 204

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is one of my favorite songs. Yes, I know I say that all the time, but that's only because... it's so true. And this really is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite musicals, "Les Miz."

BONUS #1 - I Dreamed a Dream - Ruthie Henshall - (10th Anniversary), 1995

BONUS #2 - - I Dreamed a Dream - Susan Boyle - Official Britain's Got Talent 2009

BONUS #3 - I Dreamed a Dream -  Anne Hathaway

   Of course it makes me cry and sob and weep and wail, but isn't that the true test of whether or not a song has touched your heart??

   Oh no, wait a minute. I forgot. I never cry; everybody knows that.....


"I Dreamed a Dream" is a solo sung by Fantine during the first act and the play's most famous number. Most of the music is soft and melancholy, but towards the end becomes louder and taut with frustration and anguish; as she cries aloud about the wretched state of her life and her unfair mistreatment.

Some notable musical connections with this song include:

  • "I Dreamed a Dream" starts in E Major, then E Minor, then F Major — "On My Own" starts in D Major, moving to B Major, and ending in F Major.
  • "I Dreamed a Dream,” outlines unfairness and woe in Fantine's life, the second half dedicated to her former male partner, who deserted her after the conception of Cosette. In "On My Own," Éponine outlines her desire to be with the character Marius, and (similarly to Fantine), dreams and imagines him by her side.
  • Near the one-minute mark (slightly after in "I Dreamed a Dream"), the final key signature change is made and the music and singing grows louder and more intense, as is done in "On My Own.


"I Dreamed a Dream" is a song from the musical Les Misérables.[1] It is a solo that is sung by the character Fantine during the first act. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with orchestrations by John Cameron. The English lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the original French libretto by Alain Boublil from the original French production.

The song is a lament, sung by the anguished, dying Fantine, who has just been fired from her job at the factory and thrown onto the streets. She thinks back to happier days and wonders at all that has gone wrong in her life.

In the original Musical, the song occurs after Fantine has been fired, and before Lovely Ladies. In the film adaptation, these two musical numbers were swapped around, to place dramatic emphasis on Fantine's depressing descent into prostitution.


   Happy Birthday today to Richard Prince ('57) AND Tommy Payne ('63) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carrie Forrest Fox ('52) of VA AND    Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:
25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC;

27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA AND       Phil Hammond ('64) of FL AND   My Grandson, Azrae Woods of IL;

28 -  Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;

29 - Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

01 - Alan Cohen ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 23, 1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

February 23, 1942 - Japanese submarines fired artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.

February 23, 1943 - Greek Resistance: The United Panhellenic Organization of Youth was founded is Greece.

February 23, 1944 - The Soviet Union began the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the North Caucasus to Central Asia.

February 23, 1945 - During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reached the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and were photographed raising the American flag.

February 23, 1945 - The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, freed the captives of the Los Baños internment camp.

February 23, 1945 - The capital of the Philippines, Manila, was liberated by combined Filipino and American forces. 

February 23, 1945 - Capitulation of German garrison in Poznań: The city was liberated by Soviet and Polish forces.

February 23, 1945 - The German town of Pforzheim was completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.

TODAY IN 1966:

Wednesday, February 23, 1965 - In Syria, Ba'ath Party member Salah Jadid led an intra-party military coup that replaced the previous government of General Amin al-Hafiz, also a Baathist.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/22/15:

“Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God's Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.”

- Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

   Thank you, Susan!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/22/16 - "Great Quote At The End":


"A new study found that our happiness peaks in our late 80s. Mainly because all the people who annoyed you are dead by then."

- Jimmy Fallon


"A study showed that every hour of TV you watch after the age of 25 shortens your life by 22 minutes. That doesn't sound too bad to me. You'd probably watch TV with that 22 minutes anyway."

- Jimmy Kimmel


Two friends are discussing the possibility of love.

"I thought I was in love three times," one friend says.

"How so?" his friend asks.

"Five years ago I deeply cared for a woman who wanted nothing to do with me."

"And that wasn't love?" his friend asks.

"No," he replies. "That was obsession. Then two years ago I deeply cared for an attractive woman who didn't understand me."

"Was that love?"

"No," he replies. "That was lust. And just last year I met a woman aboard a cruise ship to the Caribbean. She was smart, funny, and a great conversationalist. And everywhere we met on that boat, I would get this strange sensation in the pit of my stomach."

"Was that love?" his friend asks.

"No," he replies. "That was seasickness."


Stress Control--Wisdom Tip
By Maru from Singapore

Be Happy always!
In Life……….

Shortcomings, Loss & Setbacks are INEVITABLE….


Suffering, Worry & Sadness are all OPTIONAL.

Be cheerful & happy always!!! Just take care of your health & family - happiness will follow you wherever you go or be !!!



Girl Scout cookies can have a different name based on what bakery they come from? Samoas might be called Caramel deLites and Trefoils called shortbread. Each council chooses a baker, either ABC Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers. The baker will each produce a similar cookie, but the name and recipe are slightly different.

According to the Girl Scouts website, Girl Scout cookies made their first appearance in 1917. At the time, a troop in Oklahoma baked the cookies and sold them in a high school cafeteria as a service project.

Cookies were baked and sold commercially in the 1930s.

The revenue from cookie sales stays within the Girl Scout councils. The national Girl Scout organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, gets a royalty from the licensed baker in exchange for the use of the Girl Scouts trademarks. No other revenue from the cookie sales goes to the national organization.

The cookie program is meant to encourage girls to learn five important skills - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

These days customers can find their favorite cookies by searching for a seller through a mobile app or ordering online from a Girl Scout they know.



"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."

- Christopher Reeve


"New ideas pass through three periods:
1) It can't be done.
2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
3) I knew it was a good idea all along!"

- Arthur C. Clarke


"Winners Dream Big Dreams."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


"We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope we get to death without being badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams."

- Bob Proctor


"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds

- Mark Twain


"We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path. One choice makes us slaves to circumstance, while the other empowers us, and motivates us to follow our dreams - and our happiness."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie



The Widow's Mite

This edition of MountainWings is available as a spoken version.
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Below is a letter sent to MountainWings from the issue, The Gifts >

I, too have a story about the widow’s mite.

For the last 18 years, I have been a public health nurse in my county. About 17 years ago, I was caring for an elderly poor widow.

At Christmas time, I turned her name into the adopt-a-family program. She was chosen by a local church.

They delivered clothes, food and personal items. She saved all of the presents and opened them in my presence on December 24. This was her Christmas and she was sharing it with me because I had turned in her name.

She also gave me a card with a brand new $5 bill inside. I knew she didn’t have this kind of money. She told me that she saved quarters all year long and walked downtown about two miles one way to trade them in at the bank for the $5.

She was so pleased she could do this for me.

I knew she would be so offended if I refused. I took the money and left her home. I drove about four blocks away and pulled over and cried for the next 15 minutes.

I had taken the widow’s mite.

It was all she had and she gave it to me so willingly.

She’s been deceased for several years now.
I will never forget her.
I still have the card and the $5.00 bill.
I just can’t spend it.
It seems wrong somehow.

Another note. A friend forwarded MountainWings to me about one year ago. I have enjoyed your e-mails so much. Please use the enclosed check any way you need. It is not the widow’s mite. Thanks so much for your wonderful words each day.

Mary Ann Riensche
Jesup, Iowa

From The Mountain:
The amount of the enclosed check?
Exactly ten times the widow’s mite.

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The Later Part

According to Ecclesiastes, sooner or later, for every one of us,

"The sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, the clouds return after the rain."

We are all subject to the merciless and inevitable order of this life, in which the young and the beautiful wither and the strong grow weak.

Yet there is more to this life.

There are certain human qualities that seem to go the other way.

As the physical frame ages and bears the consequences of life's struggles and passage of time, these qualities grow, increase, and flourish, and really start to blossom only at the later part of a long life.

~by Rev. Aivars Ozolins~

MountainWings subscribers who are in ministry may find Rev. Ozolins' story very interesting.

Read it here:


Being Grateful For What You Have In The Present

"Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be struck blind: Hear the music of voices, the song of a bird, as if you would be struck deaf. Touch each object as if tomorrow your sense of touch would fail-smell perfume of flowers, taste with relish each morsel as if tomorrow you could never smell or taste again."

- Helen Keller

   Thank you, Shari!

“Let's have some new clichés.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/05/16 - "TO MY FRIENDS WHO THINK THEY HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING (#44 in a series of 60)":


I think you will enjoy this!

  OOH! Thanks, Dools!


BONUS DREAMY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Trish Kristoffersen's Dreamy Throw - "This classically designed throw is crocheted in panels so it’s easy to take with you and keep your fingers busy wherever you may go. The interesting shell stitch patterning forms lacy elegant diamonds." - Katherine Eng's Dreamy Quilt Throw - Dreamy Lace Baby Throw - "Add a classic touch to your nursery or child's room with this lace throw."

BONUS CREAMY DREAMY DESSERT RECIPES: - "Sometimes you just have to dial up the decadence. This sweets menu takes indulgence to new heights: the creamiest, richest, most velvety desserts of all time."


From - 02/22/15:

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

"Well," said the Director, "We fill up a bathtub; we then offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"


1. Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 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. Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, NN.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/21/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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I Dreamed a Dream

From Les Misérables: Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg (b. 06 July 1944); French libretto by Alain Boublil (b. 1941), 1980
English lyrics by
Herbert Kretzmer (b. 05 Oct 1925), 1985.


There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

"I Dreamed a Dream" midi courtesy of - 02/22/08

"I Dreamed a Dream" lyrics courtesy of - 02/22/08

Dreaming Image courtesy of - 03/22/07

Peach Zigzag Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/28/05

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!

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

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

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