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03/21/08 - NNHS Newsletter

“Don't waste the feast of Purim! Wake up early - extra early and talk to G_d. Say everything that is on your heart.
Don't be afraid to cry. Let the tears run down your face.”

 - Rabbi Elchonon Tauber, March 8, 1998

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today is a Two-Fer Holiday.  Christians are observing Good Friday in a variety of ways, while Jews are celebrating Purim.  We're going to follow that one today, because I'm quite afraid we have always somehow managed to overlook it in the past.

   There is no musical video today, but that doesn't mean we have no bonuses:

BONUS #1 - - Hamantashen Recipe (from the kitchen of Roz Krieger z'l)

BONUS #2 - - Basic Kreplach

BONUS #3 - - Fancy Kreplach

BONUS #4 - - Chocolate Challah

BONUS #5 - - Snowpea - Citrus Salad with Poppyseed Dressing


   Happy Birthday today to Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND      My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!
   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA!   
   Happy Easter Sunday Birthday
to    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!
   Happy Easter Monday Birthday this week to    Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA!
   Happy Birthday Tuesday to   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 Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 03/20/08 - "I'm not dead!!":

Dear Carol,
This is a hoot!!!
A rumor is circulating that I have passed away..... I have not..... I am very much alive and kicking and glad of it!!!!
If my luck holds out I will turn 64 on the 11th of April.
Typhoons Forever!!
Warmly, Brownie Shaffer Haracivet -
NNHS Class of '62

   WILDEST GIGGLES!!! I had not heard that one yet, Brownie, but I'm delighted to learn that such is not the case!

   Happy Easter - and Happy Early Birthday, Pretty Lady!

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

Next Beacon


Thursday, November 21, 1963 Thursday, November 21, 1963 Thursday, November 21, 1963 Thursday, November 21, 1963
Page Three - TOP Page Three - BOTTOM Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM

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

   Thank you, Brown Eyes!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 03/20/08 - "Walking":

Walk for Your Brain! 

Many of us live in fear of mental decline in our older years, but now there may be something you can do to help! What happens to our minds as we age isn't just a matter of genetics or bad luck. Exercise — or the lack thereof — also plays a key role, according to two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In one study, researchers followed more than 2,200 people aged 71 to 93 for seven years. They found that those who walked less than one-quarter mile a day had twice the risk of dementia than did those who walked at least two miles a day.

In the second study, researchers tracked more than 19,000 women for nine years and found that those who exercised the most cut their risk of memory problems by 20 percent. Those who walked at least an hour and a half a week also scored significantly higher on memory, attention, and other mental acuity tests than women who walked less than 40 minutes a week. So get walking! Every step will not only be good for your body, it'll also be sharpening your mind!

   That certainly makes sense! Thanks, Renee!

  From Buddy David ('61) of VA - 03/20/08 - "Mini-Reunion for the Class of 1961":

The Class of 1961 is having a mini-reunion.  I would like to send to you our list of missing class mates and have you publish it and ask if anyone knows where these people are?  Is that something you would be willing to do. 

Buddy David

Certainly, Buddy!  It's one of the things we do most often.  We even have a couple of experts who are skilled at locating "lost" individuals.  Send us your reunion information and your MIA's, and we'll post it prominently.  Success isn't exactly guaranteed, but we have been credited with not only boosting reunion attendance, but in reuniting long lost friends.

You are the best---I'll get it together and get it to you.  Thanks.

   You're most welcome, Buddy!

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/20/08 - "Our national anthem":

Carol, everyone should hear this.........WOW!!!

Finally.... someone who can sing the National Anthem the way it was meant to be sung.

Happy Easter
Texas Tech University Basketball game, Feb 9th, National Anthem sung by 5 young ladies (not sure if they are sisters). An entire arena remains completely silent throughout the entire song. They nailed it.

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   Thanks so much, Jerry! These little gals are amazingly talented! I found this link on YouTube:

The Cactus Cuties sing The National Anthem

This is a video of the Cactus Cuties,, very talented young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 13 singing The Star Spangled Banner. The performance was at the Texas Tech vs. Texas basketball game January 20, 2008 in front of over 11,000 people. The Cuties are Andi, Baylee, Blaire, Madeline and Tatum. The group is named for the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, Texas and are coached by Cami Caldwell.

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/20/08 - "Re: 03/20/08 - Mean Earrach":

Avens O'Brien is my youngest child, now 20; she wrote the essay on Druidry,  to  which you provided a link, back when she was 15.
For our ritual use and seasonal feasts we bake breads and prepare feasts with intent-- that is, as we begin we ask the High Ones to bless the work, and the ingredients, and the finished products, that all who partake be nourished in body, mind, and soul. When the first breads come out of the oven we place pieces of three different kinds on the home altar in offering, and appropriate beverages to go with them.  We are not "just cooking", but reminding ourselves that we should always regard Hearth as Altar, Work as Worship, and Service as Sacrament. 
Beir beannachtai o do-- catch the blessings sent you!
Domi - Just checking to see who was doing their homework!

   AHA! I knew you were saying more there than I was able to read! Thanks for the illumination - and the blessings, Domi! Enjoy your feast!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/20/08 - "Love Vivaldi...":

  Also love the Brandenburg Concertos...also love Handel, listened to the Easter portion of the Messiah today, sang in it once. 

Have a wonderful Easter.  We are heading for the "sacred soil" for a week with our Mamas and whoever else shows up to visit us! 

Italy was wonderful although it was cold...I could have just sat and gazed at my kids for the whole week...

Burtons on the Ponte Vecchio

Singing in two services on Sunday.  We are singing a wonderful song entitled Jesus Rose by is in the vein of a spiritual but he is a contemporary writer...very jazzy...I want to moove when we sing it!

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Jean! How lovely - and how wonderful for you all!

   Happy Easter, Lady!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - "Two Way Mirror":


Here is another one that was not checked out.

In reference to the note from      Glenn Dye ('60 - of TXI:

At first thought...good Idea, but then logic took over, what little I have left.

First and foremost, any material put on a thick piece of glass from the back side will give you a depth of field effect when you put your finger on the front. You can try it on framed pictures, but the thicker the glass the more effect, such as heavy weight glass used for mirrors. The only time you will not get this effect is when the substance is placed on the front of the glass or the glass is very very thin. This is just not done. Too easy to scratch off, remove or detect. The only exception that I can think of, other than Instrument grade mirrors, is Mylar film. Mylar film is very strong and flexible. It is used in all types of environments and could possibly work as a two way mirror but it is detectable due to the distortion and color of the reflection. It gives you the same effect as looking into a stainless steel mirror. So… I figured this was just another Hoax, and it is.

I checked Snopes and this is what I found.


   OHHH, Dicky Darlin', I am just CRUSHED!!! I mean, I saw this on a news report on tellybision YEARS ago and have been dutifully checking for it ever since - and it was all for naught!

   And it never ever occurred to me to check the validity, because I had for so long accepted it as Truth, Justice, and the American Way!

   Oh, no, wait a minute (or "wit a minute", as we Scots say). That was Superman, wasn't it? Sigh.

   Thanks for setting us all straight once again, Sweetie!

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

   Whatever you're celebrating, 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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Shoshanat Yaakov

(Traditionally sung after the reading of the Megilla)

Shoshanat Yaakov tsahala vesamecha

Bir'otam yachad t'chelet mordechai

Shoshanat Yaakov tsahala vesamecha

Bir'otam yachad t'chelet mordechai


Teshu'atam teshu'atam hayita lanetzach

Teshu'atam teshu'atam hayita lanetzach

Teshu'atam teshu'atam hayita lanetzach

Vetikvatam bechol dor vador


Lehodia Lehodia Lehodia Lehodia

Shekol kovecha lo yevoshu

Velo yikalmu lanetzach

Shekol kovecha lo yevoshu

Velo yikalmu lanetzach

Shekol kovecha lo yevoshu

Velo yikalmu lanetzach

Lanetzach kol hachosim bach


Arur Haman asher bikesh le'abdi

Baruch Mordechai, Mordechai Hayehudi

Arura Zeresh Arura Zeresh

Eishet mafchidi

Arura Zeresh Arura Zeresh

Eishet mafchidi

Berucha Esther Berucha Esther

Magen ba'adi

Vegam Charvona zachur latov

The rose of Jacob is rejoicing

As they see as one the sky blue garments of Mordechai


You were their salvation in every generation


To make it known that those that hope in You

Will never know shame


Cursed is Haman, who sought my destruction

Blessed is Mordechai the Judean

Cursed is Zeresh, the wife of my tormentor

Blessed is Esther, who has shielded me

And let Charvona also be remembered for good


"Shoshanat Yaakov" midi (sequenced by )Seth Yisra'el Lutnick and lyrics courtesy of - 03/21/08

"Happy Purim" Title clip art courtesy of - 03/21/08

Purim Deluxe Gift Basket Image courtesy of  - 03/21/08

Animated Star of David Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 04/02/05

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

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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