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03/11/11 - NNHS Newsletter
The Cliffs of Doneen

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees.
Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”

 - Edna O'Brien
(b. 15 Dec 1930)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Just as we did three years ago, all this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be celebrating with Irish songs. In fact (as I'm so very far behind), we'll be using the very same themes all week as we did then.

BONUS #1 - - Cliffs Of Doneen - Quadriga Consort

BONUS #2 - - Cliffs Of Doneen - Paddy Reilly


  Happy Birthday today to Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND    Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND    Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL;

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;
16 -
Bill Gross (February '48) of VA  
AND      Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;

17 -   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 03/09/11 - "This is very interesting... just 4 questions to know yourself":

This is very interesting... just 4 questions to know yourself

It takes patience.

   Thanks, Norris Sweetie! This was interesting - and fun!

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/09/11 - "I Let My Grandson See My Retirement Check":


This is the state of my retirement now. I'll say no more...

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

I Let My Grandson See My Retirement Check

     Thanks, Jerry! I feel your pain!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 03/09/11 - "More Laughing Babies": - Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper - Best ever laughing baby - Hahaha - 4 Laughing Babies

     Ya gotta love 'em! Thanks, Baby Girl!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/10/11 - "Best little Johnny joke ever":

Little Johnnie's neighbour had a baby. Unfortunately, the baby was born without ears.

When mother and new baby came home from the hospital, Johnnie's family was invited over to see the baby. Before they left their house, Little Johnnie's dad had a talk with him and explained that the baby had no ears.

His dad also told him that if he so much mentioned anything about the baby's missing ears or even said the word ears, he would get the smacking of his life when they came back home.

Little Johnnie told his dad he understood completely.

When Johnnie looked in the crib he said, 'What a beautiful baby.'

The mother said, 'Why, thank you, Johnnie.'

Johnnie said, 'He has beautiful little feet and beautiful little hands, a cute little nose and really beautiful eyes. Can he see alright?'

'Yes,' the mother replied, 'we are so thankful; the Doctor said he will have 20/20 vision.'

'That's great,' said Little Johnnie, 'cause he'd be screwed if he needed glasses'.

   GROANING GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/10/11 - "Where In South Carolina? You have got to watch this. Best yet!!!":

If this doesn't get to ya--there's no hope for ya!! Also, you may need a compass??

Oh, and you'll need to be able to understand "southern" if you don't speak it!!

I never knew that North was in the South!! And there's so much more!!

Start your day off with a laugh!!

A Southern grandma meets Bill Cosby

Cosby is always good, but this gal really upstages him! Don't delete without watching. you'll be glad you did.

     Thanks so much, Wayne Honey!  The Due West, South Carolina she mentions was the home of   my Brownlee ancestors for several generations before they moved to Georgia. I had forgotten just how "unusual" that sounded!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/10/11 - " Blue Roses":

Beautiful story

A Blue Rose

Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over here."

It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy, what's your name?"

"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.

"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve."

"Steve, like Stevarino?" he asked.

"Yes," I answered. "How old are you, Denny?"

"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle.

"You're fifteen-years-old, Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement, because he was the center of someone's attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him.

I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in God's Garden; however, "
Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?"

Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a
dandelion, but I sure love living in God's garden."

She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, "God bless you!" and then I had tears in my eyes.

May I suggest, the next time you see a
BLUE ROSE, don't turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.

From an old dandelion!

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

"People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!" ANON.

If this story blesses you today Please consider sharing it with others.

   Thanks, Dools!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/10/11 - "Gene Splicing":

Gene Splicing

Cross an Indian monkey with a vine of the legume family and a plant with yellow cup-shaped flowers will give you Rhesus Peanut Buttercup.

Cross a Sasquatch and a baboon. It's a Sassoon that lurks in the suburbs at night, catches unwary women and styles their hair.

Cross an armadillo with a hammerhead shark and keep your fridge smelling fresh. It's an Arm & Hammerhead shark.

Cross a male grouse with a female dog and you get a bird dog that's always complaining, a Grouse-and-Bitch.

Cross a parrot with an alligator and when the Parrigator asks you for a cracker, you'd be well advised to give it one.

Cross a sheep dog and a baby of the carp family will get you a shag-carpette.

Splice the genes of 63,360 inchworms and you get a Mile-worm.

An Impossabull is what you get when you make a three-way cross between an impala, a possum and a bull. It's a 2000 lb. antelope that hangs from trees
and drops down on unsuspecting matadors.

Here's an interesting five-way cross. An Alaskan King Crab, a kingfisher, a jackrabbit, a jackass and a jackal gives you a Full House.

Cross a rabbit with an amoeba gives you an Amoebit. It can multiply and divide at the same time.

Cross a grasshopper and a hippopotamus, and you get a Grasshoppapotamus. It's a short-lived creature that can leap to tremendous heights... once.

A coyote and an ass. This results in a Doncoyote - an ass that brays at windmills and tilts at the moon.

Cross a lion and an ocelot and you get a political animal. It's a Lialot, close relative of the Cheetalot.

Cross a racehorse with a hog and you get a Thoroughpig.

Cross a sheep with a porcupine and you get a Sheepupine. It not only supplies you with wool but will also knit you a sweater.

Here's one from the sixties. It travels in packs, searching for grass and other kinds of dope. Cross a male sheep, a baby sheep, an Australian wild dog and a donkey. It's Aram-alam-ading-donk.

A combination of a lamprey eel and a baboon created at a famous American college gives you the Harvard Lampoon.

A coward and a hyena gives you the laughing stock of the party, the Cowena.

Cross a snake with a canary and you get a bird that sings with a lisp - a Snary.

Here's one from the flora domain. Cross the aloe and baby's breath to get the ingredients for the French aphrodisiac, the Aloebaby.

Incidentally, the cross between a parrot and a centipede mentioned earlier will get you a Walkie-talkie.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!


From - 03/10/11:

An Antarctican boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again.

The boy asked his father, "What is this, Father?" The father [never having seen an elevator] responded "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is."

While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room.

The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of lights with numbers above the walls light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction.

The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out. The father said to his son, "Go get your mother."

1. Thursday, April 7, 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 friends 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 02/26/11

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 Cliffs of Doneen

You may travel far far from your own native land
Far away o'er the mountains, far away o'er the foam
But of all the fine places that I've ever been
Sure there's none can compare with the cliffs of Doneen.

Take a view o'er the mountains, fine sights you'll see there
You'll see the high rocky mountains o'er the west coast of Clare
Oh the town of Kilkee and Kilrush can be seen
From the high rocky slopes round the cliffs of Doneen.

It's a nice place to be on a fine summer's day
Watching all the wild flowers that ne'er do decay
Oh the hares and lofty pheasants are plain to be seen
Making homes for their young round the cliffs of Doneen.

Fare thee well to Doneen, fare thee well for a while
And to all the kind people I'm leaving behind
To the streams and the meadows where late I have been
And the high rocky slopes round the cliffs of Doneen.

"The Cliffs of Doneen" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

Irish Musician Images courtesy of - 03/10/08

Shamrocks Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/16/05

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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