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03/01/08 - NNHS Newsletter - I Can't Help Myself

"I love thee, I love but thee
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold
And the stars grow old."

 - William Shakespeare

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I really hadn't planned to issue a regular Newsletter today at all, but I am because I realized I had neglected to announce any of this week's birthday's in yesterday's Newsletter:

   Therefore, I'm repeating this entire theme - music, graphics, even the quotation - from a little over two years ago, because I thought the title so fit the occasion, and because this is such a great song that our Wizard of Wonderment,         Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, had located for us. Thanks again, David!

   Here's the live version:

BONUS - - The Four Tops


   We have a Happy Birthday Two-Fer today: Alan Cohen ('57)  AND Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!

   Later this week we'll have:
04 -     Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) - 1922 - (deceased - 04/19/05)  AND Daniel Wallace (Northwest HS, Clarksville, TN - '77) of Northern VA; 
05 - Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) 
AND Helen Pegram Ignace ('57)  AND    Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;
07 -
  Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 1948;
08 -
   Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 - deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA)  AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


1. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA:

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/29/08 - "Prayer list":

Carol,  and Typhoon Family

On Tuesday Pam Pennington Cherry called me with the news that she had to go back to the hospital.  She had an aneurysm due to the ablation procedure she had done on February 6, 2008.  On Tuesday night I spoke with her in her room at the hospital in Williamsburg, she had just gotten to her room about an hour before after lying on a gurney since about one that afternoon.  She was resting and calm after talking with her surgeon.  Surgery was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.  I called her again at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and she was the wonderfully perky ole Pam that so many of us know and love.  The surgery took about 25 minutes and she reached home Friday about 5 p.m.  She has no pain, no meds and is looking forward to driving again in about five days.  She thanks everyone for their continued prayers and is proof that prayer does work.  She would love a card shower, I'm sure, she was so thrilled to hear form those that sent cards after the first procedure.   Send them to  Ms. Pam Pennington Cherry, 1912-B Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg, Va. 23185.  Two miracles in one month !  I must say from talking to her throughout this month, her Faith in God is strong.....and so is she !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thank you, Dimples!

2.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA:

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/01/08:

Happy Saturday, Carol.  I hope you are feeling better.  WE enjoyed your sweet email.
Jerry finished his first week of radiation yesterday.  Boy!  He certainly has collected a host of new "girlfriends" at VA Oncology.  They all love him.  What's not to love, though.  They took Josh, our grandson, back and gave him some education on how everything worked back where Jerry receives radiation.  He and I stayed until just before they pulled the trigger.  I can't get over how wonderful VA Oncology folks are.  Our daughter, Kelly, works for them, too. We went to her office in Port Warwick (before going to Hampton for radiation )and received a tour.  What an education this whole deal has been for us all.
Jerry is doing great today!  He and Josh brought me breakfast in bed.  Things are getting better all the time.  : )
Again, thanks to everyone who has sent emails as a result of reading the newsletters.  Most of all, thanks for those prayers.    Joe Wingo (President of the Class of 1965 - of NC) had a great idea about keeping an ongoing list of everyone in special need.  I pull up the screen daily and pray for all.  Love to everyone!

   Thank you so much, Judy - and Jerry!

3. My Great Niece, Emily, of VA:

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/29/08 - "Thank You":

Thanks so very much for including Emily's name to your prayer-roll. I very much believe in the power of prayer, and boy, does she need it. I said a prayer for your classmates in need as well. I have been keeping you in my prayers and hoping you start to feel better soon. I sure hope the cayenne pepper and garlic works!

   Why, certainly, Shari! Thank you!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/29/08 - "RE: 02/26/08 - Always and Forever":

Thank you for including "Always and Forever" as the theme song.  There was a special man in my life in 78, and that was our song.  Altho we went our separate ways, we have stayed in touch all these years, so I still love hearing it.  If you get the chance, you should hear it sung by's even better.  Also, it is one of the most requested songs for weddings.  Thanks again! 

   Thanks, Gloria - glad you liked it! 
I've been trying to provide "live" versions of the themes near the top of every page now. You must have missed this link:

BONUS - - Heatwave, 1978

oh my gosh.....thank you so much......i watched the original, then the one where they're a LOT older.......and even listened to Luther Vandross' version.......all so wonderful!!

  I just realized why I don't recall this song, Lady. In 1978 I had four little boys under eight years of age. The "hits" I heard that year were primarily from Sesame Street (Judy Collins' version of "Higgledy-Piggledy Trash-Can-O" is a classic!) or Electric Company (My favorite - "Dirty Dusty Danny, the Village Chimneysweep")!

EXTRA BONUS #1 - - Heatwave (recent)

EXTRA BONUS #2 - - Luther Vandross

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/29/08 - "GRANDCHILDREN":

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students...
here is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve,

And the first thing he said was

! ' 

'Don't what? ' Adam replied

'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.

'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve.. we have forbidden fruit! '

' No Way! '

'Yes way!  

'Do NOT eat the fruit! ' said God.

'Why ? '
'Because I am your Father and I said so! ' God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit
? ' God asked.

'Uh huh,' Adam replied.

'Then why did you? ' said the Father.

'I don't know,' said Eve.

'She started it! ' Adam said.
'Did not
! '
'Did too
! '

Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.


If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be so hard on yourself.

If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?



1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.


Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.




   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Glenn!

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 02/29/08  AND      From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/29/08 - "Something interesting about this EARLIEST EASTER you'll ever see!":

Have you realized how early Easter is this year? As you may have heard, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are the facts:
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).  
2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Elaine and Joan!

From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 02/29/08 - "Feb 28 Newsletter":

Dear Carol,
When I read your request about the movie "Taras Bulba", I really had no recollection of it.  But I am kind of a "record keeper" nut, and for a few years I kept a dairy of sorts with dates of things I did.  In my dairy I wrote that I saw this movie on Feb. 1, 1963.  Sorry to say, I did not write down what movie theater it was in, and I cannot be sure if this was when the movie first came out.  But I am sure it was on the Peninsula that I saw it.  Hope that someone else can give you more information.
God Bless you for all the enjoyment we get from these newsletters!

   June, you are my hero!!! Thank you so very much for that information! It means a great deal to me!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/29/08 - "WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN":


This is a great e-mail to pass on.  It makes one think and BE THANKFUL! Worth the read...honestly!!!)

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received."

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

\Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them. "I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed "How is it that there is no work going on here?" I asked.

"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments ."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.

"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?"  I asked.

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep,, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy ."

"And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day ."

"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."

"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world ."

"If your parents are still alive and still married are very rare."

"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you want, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.

Acknowledgement Dept.: "Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with."

If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on???? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends!!

Blessings with love

   Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder, Shari!  

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/01/08 - "02/28/08 - Love Story":

As a guy that used to "run into" Elvis every now and then, allow me to help Joan with the news that Elvis would have celebrated his 73rd. birthday on 1/08/08, of course, had he lived. He was born 01/08/1935.

   ARGHHH!!! I really meant to check that, Wayne Honey, but then I was interrupted and forgot. Thank you so much for your sharp eye and expertise!

   For Wayne's Elvis connection, see here:

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....

6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08

7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to be released from hospital on 02/27/08

8.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008

9.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

10. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08

11.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

12. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm

13.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

14.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

15. All of Us


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#27 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  


Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!

  Remember, there's much more to come - next time - REALLY!  Not only is there my tremendous backlog of goodies, but that wonderful        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA  just sent me something which absolutely took my breath away! Thank you so much, Brown Eyes!

   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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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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I Can't Help Myself

(The Four Tops)

Sugarpie honeybunch
You know that I love you
I can't help myself
I love you and nobody else
In and out my life
You come and you go
Leaving just your picture behind
And I've kissed it a thousand times

When you snap your fingers
Or wink your eye
I come a running to you
I'm tied to your apron strings
And there's nothing that I can do
can't help myself
no I can't help myself

Sugarpie honeybunch
I'm weaker than a man should be
I can't help myself
I'm a fool in love you see
Wanna tell you I don't love you
Tell you that we're through
And I've tried
But every time I see your face
I get up all choked up inside

When I call your name, girl
It starts the flame burning in my heart
Tearin' it all apart
No matter how I try
My love I cannot hide

Sugarpie honeybunch
You know that I'm weak for you
I can't help myself
I love you and nobody else

Sugarpie honeybunch
I'll do anything you ask me to
I can't help myself
I want you and nobody else

Sugarpie honeybunch
You know that I love you
I can't help myself

"I Can't Help Myself" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
WOWZERONI-ROONI!!!   What a jewel!  Thanks so much, Dave!

"I Can't Help Myself" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
WOWZERS!!!  Thanks again, Dave!

First Love's Kiss clip art courtesy of - 03/29/05

Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/06

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

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

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