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03/20/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Mean Earrach
(Pronounced Mun Eric)

“As the Earth prepares for Spring,
Wise women gather in circles to await the promise of new life
And to sing praises for the green earth.
And so do we, here now,
This year, and every year,

Welcome Imbolc.”

 - Jill Yarnall

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today is the first day of Spring!  While this is in and of itself cause for celebration for all of us, some of us observe it more carefully than others.  For all you Newbies out there, I'll tell you that Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH is a Druid Priestess.  As we here like to celebrate and educate (or at least take notice) of all our varied celebrations and observances like the Big Happy Family that we have become, I asked Domi what she'd be doing to mark the day. 

   But first, here are your bonuses:

BONUS #1 - - Nigel Kennedy

BONUS #2 - - Anne Sophie Mutter with Hebert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

BONUS #3 - - Etno Classic Band

BONUS #4 - - Skateboarding Dog, Vivaldi's Spring Flavour

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/18/08:
For some of us, this is the time Tre-fuilnguid Tre-eochair manifests
whether he is a foreteller of Christianity, or the ancient god and patron of Vannin (Isle of Mann), Mannanan mac Lir, coming through the fogs and mists of March bearing green and telling of the season of fertility to come, is debatable.. but I've surely seen him!
Mean Earrach (Spring Equinox), Full Worm Moon, and Easter all run together this year.
On Saturday here there will be a feast, and two of our members formally pledging to this path; if the three realms accept them, they will wear the copper bracelet, and study as the High Ones ordain.
There will be breads baked with intention Friday night, and salmon of wisdom, flesh and fowl, and fresh greens served on Saturday.  
May your spring omens be full of positive growth; may you gather with friends and family, and feast according to your own traditions; may you ever have food enough to share freely, and may the coming season show you the way to your heart's desire.

   Thanks for helping our understanding, Domi!

   Oh - I tried to learn more about "breads baked with intention". I mean, personally, if I'm going to all the trouble to bake bread at all, trust me - it WILL be done with intention! Yet I sense you mean something more than that.....


   Happy Birthday today to our Four-Fer: My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA  AND   Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND    Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA  AND    My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND
     My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;
22 -
  Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA;
23 -   Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;
24 -
  Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;
25 -  The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND
   Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND    Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/18/08 - "Beautiful Messages":

                                         All The Joy You Need
Thomas Aquinas once said, "No one can live without joy." But many people try. And the reason is often simply because they don't know how to be happy! They are so intent on the three P's - power, prosperity and prestige - that they miss out on joy.

Try to imagine this picture. It is a photograph taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who pioneered modern photography as an art form during the early decades of the 20th Century. He became known for his photographs of apparent contradictions: pictures that left mysteries unexplained.

One of his famous photographs was shot in a poor section of Spain in the 1930s. The picture depicts a run-down alley surrounded by decaying walls, strewn with rubble randomly stacked in thick piles lying on the street, and riddled with bullet holes dotting gray walls. The setting alone evokes feelings of sadness and despair.

But then...the contradiction. Within the grim alley children are playing. They wear dirty and tattered clothes, as one might expect in such a setting, but like playing children everywhere, they laugh with carefree joy. In the foreground, a tiny boy on crutches hobbles away from two other boys, his face lit up with a broad grin. One boy is laughing so hard he has to hold his side. Others lean on the cracked walls, beaming with delight.

It is easy to spot the contrast - and the point. Joy amidst the rubble of life. Laughter amongst life's ruins.

We cannot avoid pain, however hard we try. But we can avoid joy. We cannot escape hardship and trouble, but we can miss out on much of life's peace and laughter.

If you feel as if you could use more joy, try this:
  • Spend time daily doing something you enjoy.
  • Do those things that bring inner peace.
  • Learn to laugh heartily and frequently.
  • Cultivate an attitude of hope.
  • Fill each day with as much love as it can possibly hold.
You'll still have plenty of problems, but through it all, you'll find all the joy you will ever need.

    ~ Steve Goodier ~

[ by:
Steve Goodier -- Copyright © 2008 -- from Steve Goodier ( ]

   Thanks so much, Shari!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/16/08 - "BEACON - 21 Nov 63 (Part One of Two)":

Next Beacon


Thursday, November 21, 1963 Thursday, November 21, 1963 Thursday, November 21, 1963 Thursday, November 21, 1963
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM

   OH, WOW! Check the date - the day before the Kennedy Assassination!

   Thank you, Brown Eyes!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/18/08 - "Cowboy Boots-SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY":

Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!


Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots?

He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.'

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?', like she wanted to.

Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother 's boots. My mom made me wear 'em.'

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?

He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

She will be eligible for parole in three years.

     Thanks again, Shari!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/19/08 - "Holy Water":

     Rip (Collins - '65 - of TN), always looking out for the better health of his friends, sent this to me. Due to its miraculous properties, I would be deficient in my duties to my friends if I did not share it with all of you! Don't shoot the messenger!!

Holy Water

  Once upon a time there were four older ladies who lived in Italy ....

They always sat outside and chatted about when they were younger....

One day they pooled their money together and bought a laptop computer...

They always wanted to see what Florida was about and they just happened to click on St. Augustine, FL, and they read about the "Fountain of Youth" that was there...

They saved up all they could and sent for four bottles of the magic water...

As soon as it arrived, they drank as much as they could....

The rest of this story will make you a believer because here they are today....

This is really TRUE!  Really!


    I have a supply of this water available at $125.00 a bottle.
You know I wouldn't lie to you!

   EXCELLENT! I'll take two bottles - and please rush delivery (the sooner, the better)! I'll send you that chunk-a-cash as soon as I see results like those!!!

   Thanks so much, Wayne Honey - and Rip Precious!

From Mike White ('67) of VA - 03/19/08 - "Interesting Stuff":

No, I did not check any of this out on Snopes but though you would get a kick out of these.

In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb". 
Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language. 
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. 
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury. 
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. 
Coca-Cola was originally green. 
It is impossible to lick your elbow. 
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska 
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% 
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400 
The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:   61,000 
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. 
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer 
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments. 
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:   
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne 
Clubs - Alexander, the Great 
Diamonds - Julius Caesar 
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later. 
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? 
A. Their birthplace 
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? 
A. Obsession 
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? 
A. One thousand 
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? 
A. All were invent ed by women. 
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil? 
A. Honey 
Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? 
A. Father's Day 
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase........ "goodnight, sleep tight." 
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. 
------------------ --------------------- 
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."  It's where we get the phrase, "mind your P's and Q's"
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice. 
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow! 
Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it. 
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? 
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave. 
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years. 
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries. 
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen. 
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it. 
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee. 
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing. 
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message. 
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list. 
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list. 
~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~ 
NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself. 
Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to!

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Mike! I'm sure that I've heard nearly all of these before, but some remain with me better than others. For instance, the first one, "rule of thumb", I never forget. By no definition of the word could I be considered a feminist, but having read the origins of that odious phrase ten or twenty years ago, I never use it any more - and cringe and educate whenever it is used in my presence.

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/19/08 - "A link to leave an email message to the family of Herman Gold":

I talked to Herman's daughter, Lisa, today.  She is 25 and his son Jonathan is 13.  Although Herman had been undergoing treatment for Leukemia for about a year, the downturn that caused his death was sudden and unexpected.  Thus the family is in somewhat of a state of shock.
Lisa is comforted by the notes of support posted on the guest book link and invites you to post a note if you want to share a memory of her father.
If you would like to send a card, the family home address is:
Dr. Barbara Nath Gold
22 Hyslop Rd
Brookline, MA 02445-5726

   Thanks so much, Joe. I've been trying to keep these postings current on his Memorial Newsletter, but I've already fallen quite a bit behind:

   From  Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67 ) of FL - 03/19/08 - "NNHS Class of 1970":

I will get those together ASAP.  It may take a week or so as my husband is sick and has been in the hospital lately.  Thanks for all you do.


   YOWZERONI-RINI, Lady! Please - take your time, and we'll keep you and your husband in our prayers!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/19/08 - "Miss Beatrice":

I laughed so hard at this one that Cary actually left a fresh pizza to come see what I was laughing at!!!  He didn't laugh as much as I did.  I guess the pizza was more to his taste!!

I have a vivid imagination and I could just picture this whole scenario!  I hope you can too.

 Joyce Cahoon

Miss Beatrice

Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.
As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!

When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

"Miss Beatrice", he said, "I wonder if you would tell me about this?" pointing to the bowl.
"Oh, yes," she replied, "Isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know, I haven't had the flu all winter."

If you don't send this to five GOOD friends right away there will be five fewer people smiling in the world.

  WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/19/08 - "Two-Way Mirror":

How can you tell when you are in a room, restroom, Motel etc. With a Mirror or a 2-way glass?

Here's how:

I thought it was quite interesting!  And I know in about 30 seconds you're going do what I did and find the nearest Mirror....

Do you know how to determine if a mirror is two-way or not? This is not to scare you, but to make you aware.  A policewoman, who travels all over the U.S. And gives seminars and Techniques for businesswomen, passed this on.

When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the
wall is a real mirror, or actually a two-way mirror (I.e., they can see you, but you can't see them)?

There have been many cases of people installing two-way mirrors in female changing rooms.  It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by
just looking at it.

So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty at what type of mirror we are looking?  Just conduct this simple test:

Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a
GENUINE mirror.

However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, FOR IT IS A TWO-WAY MIRROR!

'No Space, Leave the Place.' So remember, every time you see a Mirror, do the 'fingernail test.' It doesn't cost you anything.

Remember: 'No Space, Leave the Place.'

Ladies: Share this with your girlfriends, sisters, Daughters, etc.
Men: Share this with your wives, daughters, Daughters-in- law, mothers, girlfriends and/or friends.

   Thanks, Glenn, I've been doing this routinely for years now!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/20/08 - "Billy Williams, NNHS57, has no more birthdays":

Dear Carol,
When I saw your birthday notice for Billy Williams (NNHS57), I was reminded of his untimely death about a year ago (May 21, 2007).
I'm sure you ran his obituary at that time.  A link to it is below.
Billy Williams made numerous major contributions to our community in the field of education during his career and was loved and respected by the great many of us he touched during his lifetime of service and friendship.
Take care,
Joe Drewry

   Joe, this is an excellent illustration of why I am the Undisputed Queen of de Nile!

   Because I had never changed Billy's status on the Birthday Page, I managed to convince myself that his death had never really happened at all. Far more than the average person, I have an absolute gift for relieving myself of all unpleasant thoughts and memories.

   I do remember clearly now when Billy passed away, because I was so struck by all the lovely remembrances left of him - not just because of the sheer number (though with nine separate pages left on, it must surely have set a record with us), but by the beauty of the words chosen to describe him.

   As we always have in my own family, we continue to celebrate all birthdays, no matter on which side of the veil our loved ones now live. When I found your note around 7:00 this morning, I changed not only yesterday's Newsletter, but the Birthday Page, and added Billy's birth date to both his Memorial Newsletter and the In Memoriam page for the Class of 1957.

   I found his Memorial Newsletter woefully incomplete.  Obviously, the nine pages of his Guest Book must surely have intimidated me last year.  I worked for an hour this morning trying to finish making the updates, and barely put a dent in them.  Due to the tedious nature of the process, the page will look a bit beyond goofy as I finish working on it this week, but I'll complete it as soon as possible.

   Thanks for the reality check, Joe!

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; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"

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 .....; update of 03/12/08: not a great deal of change; still ups and downs

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08

9.         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08 - update of 03/14/08: still taking it easy, but probably progressing as well as can be expected

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

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

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

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

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

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

20. All of Us


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/18/08

   Y'all have a good weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) - First Movement

- Antonio Vivaldi
(4 Mar 1678 - 28 July 1741)

Vivaldi's "Spring" midi courtesy of - 03/19/08

Image of British artist William Worthington's Painting, "The Druid" courtesy of - 03/19/08

Celtic Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/05/05

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

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!!

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 Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

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