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04/11/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

“Kiss me and you will see how important I am.”

- Sylvia Plath
(27 Oct 1932 - 11 Feb 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Oooh - a great Golden Oldie!  Just right for today.

BONUS - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Mel Carter


"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" is a popular song written by Harry Noble in 1952. It was a hit in 2 different decades and is considered a classic of the early Rock/Pop era. The original version was released by Karen Chandler in 1952, released by Coral Records as catalog number 60831. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on October 17, 1952 and lasted 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at #7. [1] It was her only charted hit. As was often the case with songs of that era, a version was recorded by British singer Muriel Smith and became a hit in Britain in 1953, reaching the Top 3. Shirley Bassey covered the song on her 1969 album Does Anybody Miss Me. The version most often heard today is the latter-day hit version recorded by Mel Carter, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the "Easy listening" chart in 1965. This version makes an appearance in the movie We Were Soldiers. The title was also used as the title for Gloria Estefan's 1994 album of covers, and was later referenced by U2's 1995 song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me".


     Happy Birthday today to     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND  Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -   Gil Hughes ('64);

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (’65) of VA;

15 -      George Helliesen ('61) of VA AND    Linda Bowen Uplinger ('63) of VA;

17 - David Jones ('57);

18 -      The late Monty Phillips ('62) (d. 15 Apr 2011) AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 11, 1941 - Germany bombers blitzed Coventry, England.

April 11, 1945 - U.S. troops reached the Elbe River in Germany.

April 11, 1945 - American forces liberated the
Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

April 11, 1961 - Israel began the trial of
Adolf Eichmann, accused of World War II war crimes, in Jerusalem.

April 11, 1985 - The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitbur.


Monday, April 11, 1966 - Baseball player and manager Steve Scarsone was born Steven Wayne Scarsone in Anaheim, California.

Monday, April 11, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and actress (Blue Zone) Lisa Stansfield was born in Manchester, England.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 04/10/15:

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities, shape our choices and choices determine our actions.”

- Dallin H. Oaks
(b. 12 Aug 1932)

   Thanks so much, Susan!

From My Friend, Mariel, of NC - 04/10/15 - "No Problem?":

A Case Against The Phrase 'No Problem'

   Thanks very much, Mariel! This is a pet peeve of mine, too - for the very reason expressed here!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/10/16 - "The Largest & Good Summary":

Phil Collins -Against All Odds
Kid Rock-Cowboy
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad



"A man in New Orleans could be facing a life sentence for stealing $31 worth of candy from a drug store. I feel for this guy. That has got to be a tough conversation once you're in prison. 'Yeah, I'm in for armed robbery and arson, what about you?' 'Oh, you know, the new peanut butter Twix.'"

- James Corden


"A woman was arrested after she admitted to purchasing gasoline, driving to her ex-boyfriend's house, and using it to set his new girlfriend's car on fire. She's now facing five years in prison and up to three Country Music Awards."

- Seth Meyers


A group of junior-level executives were participating in a management training program. The seminar leader pounded home his point about the need to make decisions and take action on these decisions.

"For instance," he said, "if you had five frogs on a log and three of them decided to jump, how many frogs would you have left on the log?"

The answers from the group were unanimous: "Two."

"Wrong," replied the speaker, "there would still be five because there is a difference between deciding to jump and jumping."

~c~c~c~ Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes ~c~c~c~

Now that the metric system is in wide use all over the world, we can see why American have not adopted it:
A miss is as good as 1.6 kilometers.
Put your best .3 of a meter forward.
Spare the 5.03 meters and spoil the child.
Twenty-eight grams of prevention is worth 453 grams of cure.
Give a man 2.5 centimeters and he'll take 1.6 kilometers.
Peter Piper picked 8.8 liters of pickled peppers.


~c~ Tom Jones Syndrome ~c~

Patient: "Doc, I can't stop singing 'What's New Pussycat?'"
Doctor: "That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
Patient: "Is it common?"
Doctor: "Well, 'It's Not Unusual.'"

~c~ Q and A Quickies ~c~

Q: What do you call a blind dinosaur?
A: Do-you-think-he-saur-us.

Q: What does a bum call a dumpster?
A: Bed and Breakfast.


Wisdom Tip-Health

Correlation Between Strength Training and Blood Pressure

A recent study showed that a consistent weight training program may help lower blood pressure. A group of men and women who participated in a strength-training program for six months noticed a decrease in their resting diastolic blood pressure readings.

Provided by Kate from Chicago



Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants produce each year.


The United States produces half of its electricity from coal. China uses coal to generate more than three-fourths of its electricity. Australia, Poland, and South Africa produce an even greater percentage. Overall, coal makes up 2/5 of the world's electricity generation.


The world's biggest blackout occurred on August 14, 2004, when a massive power outage occurred across the northeastern U.S. and throughout Ontario, Canada, affecting 50 million people.


In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. The average desktop computer idles at 80 watts, while the average laptop idles at 20 watts. A Sony PlayStation 3 uses about 200 watts and nearly as much when idle. Idle power consumes more electricity than all the solar panels in America combined.


Random Facts:---(The LARGEST)

1. Largest flower

The Corpse flower, also known as Rafflesia arnoldii. The poetically named posy boasts the largest bloom in the world, measuring in at 3-feet wide with blossoms that weigh 15 pounds.

2. The largest animal

The blue whale. When a baby blue whale is born, it measures up to 25 feet and weighs up to three tons. Growing to lengths of up to 100 feet and weighing up to 200 tons, the blue whale is, in fact, the biggest animal known to live on Earth.

3. The heaviest known organism

In Utah's Fishlake National Forest in Utah there lives a massive grove of trees called Pando, which is actually a single clonal colony of a male quaking aspen. Nicknamed the Trembling Giant, this enormous root system is comprised of some 47,000 stems that create the grove. All together - with all of the individual trunks, branches and leaves - this quivering organism weighs in at an estimated 6,600 short tons. It is the heaviest known organism on the planet, and perhaps even more impressive is its age. Conservative estimates put it at 80,000 years old, making it also the oldest living thing known to man.

4. The largest land animal

The African bush elephant holds the title for largest land animal. Reaching lengths of up to 24 feet and gaining heights of 13 feet, these beautiful gray beasts weigh in at 11 tons. Their trunks alone can lift objects of more than 400 pounds.

5. The largest tree by volume

The world's largest tree is a stately giant sequoia, known as General Sherman in California's Sequoia National Park. This majestic arboreal master is about 52,500 cubic feet in volume.

6. The largest invertebrate

The aptly named colossal squid is the world's largest squid species and the largest invertebrate on the planet. They can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds and can grow to 30 feet long. That's a lot of calamari.

7. The tallest land animal

The title of the world's tallest mammal belongs to the giraffe. The legs of these even-toed ungulates are taller than many people. Giraffes can grow to heights of 19 feet and can weigh as much as 2,800 pounds. They can sprint up to 35 miles-an-hour over short distances.

8. The largest reptile

As the largest of living reptiles - as well as the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world - the saltwater crocodile can reach lengths of 22 feet and can weigh in at 4,400 pounds.

9. The heaviest bird

The ostrich is the world's heaviest bird, with a weight of 350 pounds and a height of 9 feet. While they cannot fly, they can sprint up to 43 miles an hour and run long distance at 31 miles an hour.

10. The largest thing of all

In 1998 a single colony of honey fungus was discovered in the Malheur National Forest in east Oregon that covered an area of 3.7 square miles, and occupied some 2,384 acres.

The discovery was remarkable in that not only would the massive specimen be recognized as the world's largest known organism, but based on its growth rate, the fungus is estimated to be 2,400 years old - and maybe as old as 8,650 years - making it one of the planet's oldest living organisms as well.


A MountainWings Moment

(This is a summary of the book, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad.")

It is long, one of if not the longest MountainWings ever, but so many have had longer periods of financial strain and misery.

If you read this and digest it, it could very well change your financial future. This is an issue that many will disagree with. The understanding (and possession) of money runs the gamut. Remember, "RICH" is not really about having millions, it is about having enough and that varies tremendously by individual.

"Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!"
224 Pages, 2000, Author: Kiyosaki, Robert T./Lechter, Sharon L.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad - The Summary of The Book

Some people generate an adequate living working for others; some do quite well while many people don't do well. It is estimated that less than 16% of Canadians have more than $100,000 in their retirement funds while 38% have less than $10,000.

Using money to make money is more likely to generate success. Using assets to generate wealth is likely to generate financial success.

The poor and the middle class work for money; the rich make money work for them.

You must accumulate a small amount (say $5,000) and start using that to leverage more money. Fear and greed (desire) are the motivators that actually destroy our potential to get rich.

The fear of being without money motivates us to work. Once we get the money, greed (desire) traps us into spending it.

The pattern is set. You have joined the Rat Race.
Money does not calm your fears when desire forces you to spend.
You have to avoid the trap.
Rich people often have a fear of losing it all.
A job is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

You must master the power of money.

When the donkey drags the cart with the carrot on a stick in front of him, the driver is getting where he wants to go. For the donkey it's an illusion.

What intensifies fear and desire is ignorance.
To spend your life in fear and never exploring your dreams is cruel.

Choose your thoughts. Think long term and ask yourself: "Is this the best possible solution to my problem?"

There is an old expression that "I am too busy working to make money." When you are too busy, you miss many opportunities.

You often go into a restaurant and see a lot of things done wrong. Why can't the manager see these things? Because he is too busy working IN the business instead of ON the business.

You must know the difference between an asset and a liability.

Rich people acquire assets; the poor and middle classes acquire liabilities. Liabilities include a fancy boat, a fancy car and a fancy house.

These drain your cash.

Liabilities add to your expenses because they have to be supported financially.

An asset is a stock portfolio that pays dividends and grows or a rental property that generates positive cash flow.
You don't have to pay money to support an asset. It doesn't decrease in value. It adds to your income.
It's not the numbers - it's what the numbers are telling you. It's not the words - it's the story.

If you earn your income from a job, you pay taxes and then your expenses. If you earn income from a business, you can write off a certain amount of your expenses and then pay less tax.

The rich buy assets.
The poor only have expenses.
The middle class buys liabilities they think are assets.

Is McDonald's in the hamburger business? Maybe, but they are the largest real estate owners in the world. They own more real estate than the Catholic Church. Their profession might be selling hamburgers, but they are in the real estate business.

Your business revolves around your asset column, not your income column. Keep your day job, but buy assets (real estate), not golf clubs and fancy cars.

Things to buy: businesses that don't require everyday attention (otherwise it's a job) stocks, bonds, mutual funds income-generating real estate royalties notes (IOU's), anything that has value, produces income or appreciates and has a ready market.

Have a stock market investment strategy; have a real estate strategy.

Minding your own business means building and keeping your asset column strong. Once a dollar goes into your asset column, keep it there. It becomes an employee that will work 24 hours a day for you.

Buying a luxury on credit is a cardinal sin!

The rich control the changes in tax law.
Corporations get the tax breaks.
Are you working your way up the corporate ladder?
Why not own the ladder?

Financial IQ is made up of 4 rules:

Accounting - financial literacy is essential
Investing - the science of money making money. This involves strategies and formulas. This is the right (creative) side of the brain.
Understanding markets - The science of supply and demand. The economic sense of an investment.
The Law - Understanding how a corporation can take advantage of tax laws that the individual can't and how to take that advantage.

The rich with corporations - earn - spend - pay taxes.
People who work for corporations - earn - pay taxes - spend.

One thing that holds us all back is some degree of self-doubt. It is not so much the lack of technical information that holds us back, but more the lack of self-confidence.

Information is the key to wealth.

If you can get the cash flowing in your asset column, it is more powerful than the cash flowing in your income column.

Investments like RRSPs in Canada allow you to invest before tax. You only pay the government after you have earned your income from the assets. You can shelter profits in real estate in the US.

Leveraging real estate has proved a very popular way of getting rich - there are no taxes until the property is sold.
Look for good deals.
Talk to bankers and brokers and insolvency people.
It is what you know that is your greatest wealth.
It is what you don't know that is your greatest risk.

A reporter interviewing Kiyosaki (the author) said, "I wish I were a best-selling author like you."
She said her novels seem good but don't sell enough.

Kiyosaki told her to go on some sales training courses. She thought that was beneath her. He said, "I am a best-selling author, that doesn't mean I'm the best writing author. I am a terrible writer."
(He had to get someone to co-write the book with him).

Most people "are one skill away from great wealth." When it comes to money, the only skill most people know is hard work.

Kiyosaki left well paying jobs when he thought he had learned what he could. He picked Xerox to give him a good background in sales.

Management theory: "Workers work hard enough not to get fired and management pays them just enough not to quit."
Fifty percent of Americans have no pension and another 30% have monthly pensions of less than $300 per month.

How many of you can cook a better hamburger than McDonald's? Most, right? Well, it's McDonald's that is making all the money.

There is no sense cooking a better hamburger if you don't have the systems to get them out to the market. Focusing on your skills of building a better hamburger or being a better dentist or better accountant is not the answer. You need to develop the skills of selling and delivering the hamburger or whatever you are selling.

The main management skills needed for success are the management of cash flow, the management of systems, including yourself and time with family, and the management of people

Sales and marketing skills - the ability to communicate - are the most important of the specialized skills.

Be a good teacher as well as a good student.

Even after you become financially literate, there are five obstacles that may stop you from developing your asset column:

Bad habits

Overcome the fear of losing money. No one likes to lose any.
You'll never meet a rich person who has never lost money. How are you going to handle the fear?
Start investing as early as possible. The power of compounding is incredible.
If you really want to go to heaven, you are going to have to die first.
Remember the Alamo! Learn from your losses.
Don't bury your failures, get inspired by them.

You must invest big and take risks. Small investments with safe returns stay small. You can't possibly get rich, and you very likely won't go broke. Most people put their few eggs in too many baskets.

I'm not good enough at it.
What happens if the project fails?
If it's such a good idea how come someone else is not doing it?
That will never work; you don't know what you are talking about.

It takes great courage to invest heavily. When someone talks about being a landlord, they say they don't want problems with renters; they don't want to fix toilets.
These things get done by others.
You should focus on the benefits of being a landlord.
People criticize instead of analyzing.

At age 66, Colonel Sanders was broke and living on Social Security checks.
He went around trying to sell his recipe for fried chicken.
He got 1,009 NO's before he got one YES!
He became a multimillionaire.

Busy people are often the most lazy.
People are too busy to take care of their wealth.
People are working too hard to make money.
They know that deep down they are missing something.

The cure for laziness is a little greed. Maybe it's apathy, maybe it's a mind set. What's in it for me if I'm healthy, wealthy and sexy?

What would life be like if I never had to work again?

Habits control behavior. Pay yourself first, before you pay any other bills. Then you will be motivated to find the money to pay all the other bills.

Look after #1.

What I know makes me money; what I don't know loses me money.
Every time I have been arrogant I have lost money.
So find an expert in the field or a book on the subject.
The hardest part is getting started.

I need a greater reason than reality. It's like losing weight, sometimes the effort is too much trouble.

I choose daily. The power of choice.

Poor people have poor spending habits.
Become educated.
Latch on to people with knowledge, read, go to seminars, listen to audio tapes, etc.

Invest in your mind.

Choose friends carefully.
The power of association.
Learn from all of them, whether they have money or not.

When I seek out people who have money, I am not after their money but their ideas.

Don't listen to poor or frightened people. Wise investors buy an investment when it's not popular. They know their profits are made when they buy, not when they sell.

You become what you study.

So, if you are tired of what you are doing and not making enough money, change the formula.

Pay yourself first: The power of self-discipline.

If you cannot get control of yourself, do not try to get rich.

It is the lack of self-discipline that causes most lottery winners to go broke after winning millions. It is a lack of discipline that causes people to buy a new car as soon as they get a raise.

Don't focus on your "profession," focus on developing management skills:

Managing cash flow
Managing people
Managing personal time

Don't get into debt in the first place.
Keep your expenses low.
Build up assets first.
When you get into trouble, don't dip into your assets to solve your problems.
Savings are used to create more money not to pay bills.

Pay your brokers well. If you want good advice, you have to pay for it. Make sure your advisors think like you. If you use a real estate agent, make sure he also invests in property.

Be an "Indian Giver." Put your money into an investment and when it goes up, take your money back out and do the same again. If you buy some stocks and they go up in price, sell enough to get your original investment back and repeat the process.

Assets buy luxuries. When the asset is generating surplus cash flow, then you use that surplus to buy the luxuries.

The need for heroes.

Copy the heroes: ...Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and Jim Rogers. Read their books and follow what they are doing.

Teach and you shall receive. There is no sense in shouting at the fire, "When you give me some heat I will give you some wood."
The more you teach others, the more you will learn yourself.
Stop doing what you are doing.
Take a break and assess what is working and what is not.
Look for new ideas.
Take action.
Take classes and buy tapes.
Make lots of offers if you are into real estate.
Check out neighborhoods to see what is happening there.
Jog around them.

Dealing with stocks: Read Peter Lynch's book "Beating the Street."

Why consumers will always be poor:
When the supermarket has a sale, the consumer stocks up.
When the stock market has a sale (a crash), the consumer runs away.
When the supermarket puts its prices up, we stop buying.
When the stock market raises its prices, we start to buy.

Action always beats inaction.

Thank you, Shari!

“Start three bars before something.”

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 04/01/16 - "Senior Mugs" (#11 in a Series of 16):
  GOOD ONE! Thanks, Billy!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 04/10/16 - "Garage Door Art" (#1 in a Series of 22):

  WOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!

BONUS THRILLING CROCHET PATTERN: - Oriental Fantasy Doily: Experience with a thrilling pattern - "It’s hard to believe (at least for not crocheting people) crocheting doilies can be fun. Really! I got used to questions (e.g. 'You crochet a white doily? Really?') during working with this pattern."

BONUS THRILLING RECIPES: - 26 Truly Thrilling Grilled Cheese Sandwiches - "Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to accessorize for soup season."


From - 04/10/16:

Teacher: Cindy, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

Cindy: You told me to do it without using tables!


1. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, NN.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/05/16

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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

Written by Harry Noble, 1952

Recorded by Mel Carter (b. 22 Apr 1943), 1965

Hold me, hold me,
Never let me go until you've told me, told me,
What I want to know and then just hold me, hold me
Make me tell you I'm in love with you.

Thrill me, thrill me,
Walk me down the lane where shadows will be, will be
Hiding lovers just the same as we'll be, we'll be,
When you make me tell you I love you.

They told me be sensible with your new love,
Don't be fooled thinking this is the last you'll find.
But they never stood in the dark with you love,
When you take me in your arms and drive me slowly out of my mind

Kiss me, kiss me,
And when you do I'll know you that you will miss me, miss me,
If we ever say adieu so kiss me, kiss me,
Make me tell you I'm in love with you


"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" midi courtesy of - 04/11/10

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" lyrics courtesy
of - 04/11/10

Animated Kissing Lips courtesy of - 04/10/03

String of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/19/05

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

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03     

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

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