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03/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover,
is he entitled to happiness?

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
(06 Mar 1906 - 07 May 1966)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We're continuing with our Irish themes today - because we can.

BONUS #1 - - I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - Art Mooney

BONUS #2 - - I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - Liberace

BONUS #3 - - I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - Frankie Laine

BONUS #4 - - I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - Chevy Chase and Ken Shapiro


"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" is a song from 1927, written by Mort Dixon with music by Harry M. Woods. It was a hit for Art Mooney & His Orchestra in 1948 and was largely popularized by him. In modern times the song is perhaps most associated with Merrie Melodies cartoons, as it appeared in several of them. The Sons of Ben, the official supporters' group of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, have adopted the song as one of their chants, singing at every home match at the 20 minute, ten second mark, symbolic as the founding year of the Union.


   Happy Birthday today to   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND     Wade Scott ('66) of MO!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 -     My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;

22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;

23 -  Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 -   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 03/16/11:

  GIGGLES!  Thanks, Tina!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/17/11 - "A day in the life of a typical member of the NNHS Class of 1958":

I must begin by confessing that I shared lunch at Costco yesterday with Classmate Carolyn Todd Taylor and her husband Ernie.  Our main courses were from the sampling station for Stagg's Chili and the delicious corned beef in keeping with their St. Patrick's Day theme.  BTW, they had that wonderful Irish Ale, "Smithwick", on sale.
How many are aware that Ernie went to Wofford?  The Terriers won the Southern Conference Championship and will play BYU tonight at 7pm in Denver.  It will be the 2nd consecutive trip of the Wofford Terriers to the Big Dance.
Fifteen years ago my wife and I moved into a retirement development on the Floridcoast - The Delray/Boca/Boynton Golf, Spa, Bath and Tennis Club on Lake Fake-A-Hatchee. There are 3000 lakes in Florida; only three are real.  

Our biggest retirement concern was time management.  What were we going to do all day? Let me assure you, passing the time is not a problem. Your days will be eaten up by simple, daily activities.  Just getting out of your car takes 15 minutes.  Trying to find where you parked takes 20 minutes. It takes 1/2 hour on the check-out line in and one hour to return the item the next day. 


Let me take you through a typical day. We get up at 5:00 AM, have a quick breakfast and join the early morning 'Walk and Talk Club.' There are about 30 of us, and rain or shine we walk around the streets, all talking at once. Every development has some late risers who stay in bed until 6 AM. After a nimble walk avoiding irate drivers out to make us road kill, we go back home, shower and change for the next activity.   

My wife goes directly to the pool for her underwater Pilate’s class, followed by gasping for breath and CPR. I put on my 'Ask me about my Grandchildren' T-shirt, my plaid mid-calf shorts, my black socks and sandals and go to the clubhouse lobby for a nice nap.  

Before you know it, it's time for lunch. We go to  to partake of the many tasty samples dispensed by ladies in white hairnets.  All free!  After a filling lunch, if we don't have any doctor appointments, we might go to the flea market to see if any new white belts have come in or to buy a Rolex watch for $2.00. 

We're usually back home by 2 PM to get ready for dinner.  People start lining up for the early bird about 3 PM, but we get there by 3:45 PM, because we're late eaters.  The dinners are very popular because of the large portions they serve. You can take home enough food for the next day's lunch and dinner, including extra bread, crackers, packets of mustard, relish, ketchup and Sweet-and-Low along with mints. 

At 5:30 PM we're home ready to watch the 6 o'clock news. By 6:30 PM we're fast asleep. Then we get up and make 5 or 6 trips to the bathroom during the night, and it's time to get up and start a new day all over again. 

Doctor related activities eat up most of your retirement time.  I enjoy reading old magazines in subzero temperatures in the waiting room, so I don't mind.  Calling for test results also helps the days fly by. It takes at least half an hour just getting through the doctor's phone menu. Then there's the hold time until you're connected to the right party. Sometimes they forget you're holding, and the whole office goes off to lunch. 


Should you find you still have time on your hands, volunteering provides a rewarding opportunity to help the less fortunate.  Florida has the largest concentration of seniors under five feet tall and they need our help. I myself am a volunteer for 'The Vertically Challenged Over 80.'  I coach their basketball team, The Arthritic Avengers.  

The hoop is only 4.5 feet from the floor.  You should see the look of confidence on their faces when they make a slam dunk.   

Food shopping is a problem for short seniors or 'bottom feeders' as we call them, because they can't reach the items on the upper shelves. There are many foods they've never tasted.  After shopping, most seniors can't remember where they parked their cars and wander the parking lot for hours while their food defrosts.   


Lastly, it's important to choose a development with an impressive name.  Italian names are very popular in Florida.  They convey world traveler, uppity sophistication and wealth.  Where would you rather live?  Murray 's Condos or The Lakes Of Venice?  There's no difference.  They're both owned by Murray, who happens to be a cheapskate.  

I hope this material has been of help to you future retirees. If I can be of any further assistance, please look me up when you're in Florida.  I live in The Leaning Condos of Pisa On Boynton Beach. 

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joe!

From - 03/14/11 - "Uniqueness":

You ARE Unique and Have Special Talents!

By Karin Volo

Most people are their own worst critic, unfortunately. We have an inner dialogue with ourselves that is continually judging, criticizing, comparing, and putting down anything that you do. Sometimes we are aware of this but mostly the dialogue is running on autopilot. Often it's the only voice we hear with us so we think it's perfectly normal. Between when we are born up to the age of 6 or 7, we are a totally blank slate and are like a recording machine, absorbing what we hear and see from our environment. After that age, we start to have our own opinions and begin our own conscious thinking...but the foundation of how we react to situations has already been set. This becomes our belief system or programming within our subconscious thinking. The environment we grow up in is crucial to our future success--or lack of success. The good news is that we are discovering ways that we can reprogram our brains and there are many experts now teaching about this and also how to bypass the consciousness to change beliefs systems that are deeply rooted in the subconscious.

I mention all of this because we need to understand that we all have our own unique talents that we are meant to work with, and because we are so often our worst internal critics, it can be hard to identify these unique talents. When you start to identify your talents, be aware of the inner critic and tame that voice down. You deserve to understand really why you are here and what you are meant to contribute. Discovering your unique talents is a part of that process.

These talents are things that you do so well and naturally, that you may not even be fully aware of them yourself. It's just a part of who you are. And it is very likely you've been doing these things since your childhood. There are a several ways to really figure out your uniqueness and I'll cover a few ways here.

The first way is to think about your life and what have you loved to do. What comes naturally to you that you really enjoy doing? It's easy and you feel good whenever you are engaged in these activities. When have you felt that things have gone really well in your life and what were you doing at that time? What have been the best moments in your life and why? Start a list of all the activities, events, or situations where you have felt really good about what you were doing.

Next, ask people who know you well and who you trust--your parents, siblings, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, therapists, etc--a few questions: what do I do well that makes me stand out from everyone else? What comes so easy to me, that is hard for other people, that I don't even see it? What do you think makes me special and different from everyone else? Write down the answers. The good thing about this exercise is that you may find yourself pleasantly surprised to know how others perceive you. And it definitely will help you identify many of your wonderful attributes and talents.

The other exercise I recommend is work related. Take a look at each of the jobs you've had and find your "WOW" factors. These are the things you did in each position that made a difference. They are your accomplishments and how you served others in the best possible way. They can be specific goals you reached, or the support you gave. These are the points your bosses, clients, employees, and co-workers would be raving about you.

Once you have all three lists completed, you can look to see what the common threads are. What keeps coming up in each? So many people end up spending a small percentage of their time working with or using their unique talents, which causes a lot of discontentment. If you know what your unique talents are, then you can begin to structure your time and days around using them as much as possible. We see so often that people will try to fit themselves into a job description, instead of doing the internal work to figure out what unique talents you have that you love to work with, and THEN finding work that fits that.
Happiness is not a goal, it's a process. Knowing yourself, your special talents, and what you can do to make a difference in the world, is only going to have positive affects in your life. Take the time to do your inner homework and you'll find yourself on a path to a better life where you feel the amazing contribution you were meant to give to the world! You ARE special and you ARE unique! The question is, do YOU know that?

About the Author:

Karin Volo is known as your Dream Job Mentor. She has worked in executive search for over 15 years on two continents and has placed hundreds of people in their dream jobs. She has worked internationally and has a good understanding of cultural differences and understands how important the right job or career is for a person's well being. Her interviews often led to coaching sessions as she dug deeper to find the truths about a person's desires, hopes, and dreams. Becoming a certified life coach was a natural step in her career of helping people. Combining her years of business with her personal experiences, Karin's purpose is to inspire people to discover their very best and she does this through mentoring, consulting, and writing. Karin believes in focusing on the things that inspire a person to bring out the best.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#6 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
   GIGGLES!  Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/17/11:

A man sat down and was seriously staring at the marriage certificate, after a long time his wife asked, “What are you looking for?"

He replied, “The expiration date.”

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 03/14/11

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


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I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover

Words by Mort Dixon (20 Mar 1892 – 23 Mar 1956), 1927

Music by Harry M. Woods (04 Nov 1896 - 14 Jan 1970), 1927

Popularized by
Art Mooney (04 Feb 1922 - 1993), 1948

I'm looking over a four leaf clover
That I over-looked before.
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
Third is the roses that grows in the lane.
No need explaining the one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I'm looking over a four leaf clover
That I over-looked before!

"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/22/11 (sic)

Bill Frymire's Four Leaf Clover Image courtesy of - 03/22/11 (sic)

Shamrocks Divider Line clip art courtesy - 03/13/08

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

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!!

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

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