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02/24/11 - NNHS Newsletter - The Rose

“O my luve is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;”

Robert Burns, 1794
(25 Jan 1758 - 21 July 1796)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS - - The Rose - Bette Midler


"The Rose" is a pop song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler, who performed it in the 1979 movie The Rose. Since then it has been covered by a variety of artists.

"The Rose" is featured in the 1979 film of the same name, in which it was performed by Midler. The single peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the adult contemporary chart, and it was certified gold by the RIAA for over half a million copies sold.[1][2] McBroom won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, although she was not nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[3] Midler won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "The Rose".[4]

There are two mixes of the song. The single mix features orchestration, while the version in the film (and on its soundtrack) includes an extended introduction while doing away with the orchestration in favor of piano-and-vocals only.


   Happy Birthday today to   Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Peggy Wellington Craft ('57) AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

28 -  Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;

29 - Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

01 - Alan Cohen ('57) AND   Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



1.   From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/23/11:

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND    From Fred Field (June '45) of CA AND POSSIBLY        From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 02/24/11:

    Awww, c'mon - if I told you what they were, they wouldn't be surprises, would they?!?

   Thank you, Gentlemen!

From Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA - 02/23/11 - "Life really boils down to 2 questions.":

Life really boils down to 2 questions...

1. Should I get a dog.....?


2. Should I have children?

Just to let you know I'm thinking of you today.

No matter what situations life throws at you....

No matter how long and treacherous your journey may seem..

Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

You're laughing aren't you?

That's good, 'cause my job here is done!

Have a great day and remember to give thanks....

Cats are so dramatic!

Now that I made you smile, pass it on to someone else who needs a laugh today!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Marvin!

   We never had an "inside" dog, but the second photograph reminded me of an incident which occurred (I think) in late 1976.     The first three of our seven children (which, YES, we chose to have!) were then six, four, and two years old. Inside the shared bedroom of those three angelic little boys was a desk. Within a drawer of that desk, their incredibly naive parents had carelessly left a stamp pad refill fully loaded with permanent blue stamp pad ink. Heretofore the bedroom walls were blue - but not THAT blue.  Neither was the desk, the floor, the photo album, the bedding, their clothes, their hair, their skin, their tongues - need I go on?!?

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/11 - "My Favorite Animal":

My Favorite Animal

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken."

She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else in the class laughed.

My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.

He said they love animals very much. I do, too.


Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.

I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, just like she'd asked the other children.

So I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office again. He laughed, and told me not to do it again. I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most.

I told her, "Colonel Sanders."

Guess where I am now...

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/23/11 - "Elvis Loved Blackwoods! Read!! Any doubt now! NO!!!!!!!!!":

NOTE: This isn't really what Glenn sent me, but the link which corresponded to that attachment was problematical, and this is as close as I could find to the heart of the subject:

   Thanks, Glenn!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/11 - "A Ragu recipe from Joyce Cahoon":

Really easy +, 1 pot +, Quick + = What's not to like!!!!!  LOL
I personalized it, of course: a few hot pepper flakes, a little chopped onion, small amount of garlic powder, oregano, a little salt and pepper, some red wine and of course extra cheese!!!  Brown some garlic bread, add a little salad.....
Voila, dinner!!!



Save any leftovers, then send to school heated and stored in a thermos for a warm lunchtime treat.


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragu® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)
  1. Brown ground beef in 12-inch skillet; drain.
  2. Stir in Pasta Sauce and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in uncooked rotini and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered, stirring occasionally, 14 minutes or until rotini is tender. Remove from heat, then sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information per serving

Calories 550, Calories From Fat 150, Total Fat 17g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 95mg, Sodium 1120mg, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 12g, Protein 41g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 20%, Iron 30%

Preparation time:
5 Minutes  
Cook time:
25 Minutes
Cost per recipe*: $7.88

Cost per serving*: $1.97

*Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.
   YUM-YUM! Thanks, Joyce!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 02/23/11 - "A Cow, an Ant, and an Old Coot":

A Cow, an Ant, and an Old Coot

A Cow, an Ant, and an Old Coot are debating on who is the greatest of the three of them.  

The Cow:  I give 50 quarts of milk every day and that's why I am the greatest!!   

The Ant:  I work day and night, summer and winter, I can carry 52 times my own weight and that's why I am the greatest!! 
















Why are you scrolling down?  It's your turn to say something...

     Thanks, Dools!

From - 02/23/11 - "An Article on Life's Struggles":

Making Life Work for You

By William Constantine

There is an old adage, "Life is what you make it," and I couldn't agree more. Life doesn't need to be so complex; in fact, it can be easy and stress free! Sounds, too good to be true, right?

Do you know why that is? It's because we come from a society where we have been taught the harder we work the more we get and the more we acquire the more successful we will be. This age old mentality is WRONG!

Life is a vibrational river of universal consciousness and just like any river it has a course to the stream. Now, you are represented as a swimmer, and you jump into this beautifully flowing stream of consciousness -- the bloodforce of Source -- and start swimming upstream against the current. What is going to happen?

It will become increasingly difficult because you are fighting the current. You'll get knocked around, banged up, bruised, and beaten -- yet, this is the exact same thing as working harder to get where we want to be. The issue is you want to be downstream, where the river dumps into a pool of your abundance and awaits you. Yet, you are struggling against the current trying to find it upstream.

Does this honestly make any sense?

For example, weight loss is a huge topic in today's world. Yet, a person desiring to drop the pounds tries a variety of options -- fad diets, exercise, diet pills, diet shakes, etc. These options are all fighting against the current if the person doing them isn't enjoying them or feels like they are forcing themselves.

Let's say this person is allowing the current of life bring them to their desired result. Again, using the example of weight loss the person wishing to lose weight is AWARE that they DESIRE to experience the loss of a few pounds. So, this person starts eating consciously the foods they enjoy, but in a healthy way. This all makes YOU feel GOOD about YOU and the MEAL. So, you then begin seeing "healthy" recipes and then friends start giving you some to try. With this conscious way of living you now have a surge of energy and decide to incorporate a nightly walk (exercise). And the flow will continue just like that and when you hop on that once dreaded scale -- you'll find you have a new friend.

So, what then can we do to reach our abundance and true potential?

Go with the flow! That's it!

Wake up every single morning and look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I am a Divine Being filled with the love and light of source and fully equipped to handle every situation. Each experience is not a challenge but rather a blessing."

Inside of every seemingly negative experience is a nugget of gold and it's your choice to focus on this treasure or the dirt and rubble you dug through to get it. Odds are your responses to your experiences thus far have been to focus on the dirt and rubble. This has probably left you feeling negative, hopeless, and encompassed by a fear based reality: a false reality that we have been both taught and chosen to live in. It is one where the Ego -- the false self -- resides and is accompanied by; self defeating thoughts, misconceptions, excuses, walls, and barriers, and much more.

Sound familiar?

It's because it is your existence that you most likely live right now. This fear based reality inhibits you from experiencing all of life's abundance and glory because you are coming from fear. A fear that says;

"I lack that..."
"I cannot afford that..."
"I don't deserve that..."
"I could never be..."
"I'm a realist..."

We have all said those thoughts probably on numerous occasions and several times a day. They are all examples of fighting the current of life, by not surrendering to the awesome power that is effortlessly flowing to your abundance.

Grab a sheet of paper and write down all the seemingly negative experiences you have had. Then write the positive or nugget of gold that came from that experience -- it may not be easy but there is something positive there! After that, we turn that nugget of gold into the new focus of that experience! Doing that will allow you to feel better about your experience and you will see the abundance it has brought into your life.

Once you have your list go to the store and buy a poster board, markers, magazines, newspapers, tape, glue, etc. Bring that all home and construct your vision board -- typically it is a board that reflects what it is you desire to manifest for yourself (a nice house, a spouse, kids, a car, a garden, money, a career, optimum health, etc).

This vision board is unique because you are manifesting a new way to perceive your life experiences thus far, in a positive light. Now, begin cutting and pasting the reflection of your past in a new light on this board -- detailing what the experience was and what good came of it. It is very possible that more than one good thing came of it so show the rippling effect.

Once you have the board completed you need to place it in a place where you will see it every day.

Okay, so now we have handled the shadows of the past and brought them into the light. How do you handle new experiences that have that negative feel?

Rise up to the occasion, get excited about it, and turn toward this experience with enthusiasm knowing that there is a treasure within. On a deeper, more spiritual level, there is a reason you called this particular experience forth so let's find out why!

Responding the new experience with a positive outlook will help you enjoy that experience. You will also find that something magnificent and wonderful came from that new way of approaching what you once deemed a "curve ball" -- now becomes a bend in the river.

When we respond from a place of love, happiness, excitement, and enthusiasm we are in alignment with our source. If something that we are doing does not make us happy or feel good then we are in misalignment and need to reroute our course by turning it around and making it positive.

When you find yourself in a position of opposition or adversity find another way to see it. Ask yourself, "Am I flowing?"

Remember the statements of fear mentioned earlier? Let's see how they have changed given your new outlook:

"I lack that..." BECOMES "I have ..."
"I cannot afford that..." BECOMES "I can afford..."
"I don't deserve that..." BECOMES "I am going to experience that..."
"I could never be..." BECOMES "I can be..."
"I'm a realist..." BECOMES "Am I in Alignment? Am I flowing"
Now go out and start enjoying life all the way to your place of abundance! And when you find yourself feeling like your struggling remember: struggle indicates fighting the current. So, find your way back to the flow, by perceiving the very thing you are struggling with in a positive loving light.

About the Author:

William Constantine is a currently pursuing his Doctorate in Metaphysics and has always been in service helping others heal beyond grief or transform their life in other ways. He has overcome a life fraught with experiences deemed negative; physical, emotional, sexual abuse, homelessness, etc. He has been a featured Keynote and many Mind, Body, Spirit themed expos. He has appeared on numerous radio, TV and print media outlets.


From - 02/23/11:

A man was checking into a hotel when he saw a golden retriever sitting on a rug near the hotel elevator. Talking to the man behind the desk, he asked, "Does your dog bite?"

The attendant said, "No, he doesn't." But as the man let his hand down to pat the dog, it bit his hand and held on so tightly that the man had to throw him across the room.

Returning to the desk, the man said, "I thought you said that your dog didn't bite." He directed the attendant's attention to the dog, who now had returned to the rug.

The attendant simply answered, "My friend, that is NOT my dog."

1. Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2 . Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 02/18/11

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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The Rose

Words and Lyrics by
Amanda McBroom (b. 09 Aug 1947), 1979

Recorded by Bette Midler (b. 01 Dec 1945)

Some say love,
it is a river that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love,
it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love,
it is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
and you it's only seed.

It's the heart, afraid of breaking,
that never learns to dance.
It's the dream, afraid of waking,
that never takes a chance.
It's the one who won't be taken,
who cannot seem to give.
And the soul, afraid of dyin',
that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely,
and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed, that with the sun's love,
in the spring becomes The Rose.

"The Rose" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/23/08

Image of Red Rose courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to find that information at the moment.....

Red Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of well, I just don't know - but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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