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04/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Let's Stay Together

“Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like
and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone
would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say
good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”

- Snoopy - as quoted by Charles M. Schulz
(26 Nov 1922 - 12 Feb 2000)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's theme song is in honor of our latest Newbie,     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA, who apparently is having an Al Green attack.  

BONUS #1 - - Let's Stay Together - Al Green

BONUS #2 - - Let's Stay Together - Al Green, 1972

   So, Ray, by choosing this as today's theme song, does that compensate for the fact that I don't remember Al Green (who celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday) OR this song?!?


"Let's Stay Together" is a song by Al Green on his 1972 album of the same name. Released as a single in 1971, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for nine weeks.[3] It was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4] It was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[5]


   Happy Birthday today to    Linda DeShazo Hatchett (’65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      George Helliesen ('61) of MI!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - David Jones ('57); 

18 -     Monty Phillips ('62) of VA AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA;

21 -   Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to lands dark and dusty)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Tuesday, April 14, 1863

There had been a considerable battle begun yesterday in the vicinity of Suffolk, Va. involving Confederate forces in rifle pits on one side of the river, and Union forces on the other, as well as Union ships offshore. The ships had kept up a steady fire to keep the Rebels from crossing the river. USS Washington today became disabled, and ran around, and had to be rescued by the USS Stepping Stones.

  From Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX - 04/13/11, 5:32 PM - "Obituary for Marion Mirmelstein":

Dear Carol,

I am sad to send you the obituary of Marion Mirmelstein who lived in Newport News until 1971 when she moved to Dallas, TX. I believe her children, Joel, Jan and George ('69) all went to school in Newport News.

Thank you,

Bobbie Horwitz

   Thank you so much, Bobbie! I read her obituary twice thinking surely there must be some connection to us, but was unable to draw it. You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend.

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 04/13/11 - "     Jen Lou Pully":

Reference to Mrs. Pully in one of your recent newsletters reminded me of an honor accorded her a few years before she taught at NNHS. Between 1950 and 1954 (and perhaps a few years later), she taught at Warwick High School. In 1953, the school's annual was dedicated to her; see attached photo/dedication:
It was my decided pleasure to study US History under her capable and caring direction. Although I was already interested in that subject, she certainly instilled a greater desire on my part to learn more and more about our nation's history and heritage. Much of what I write these days is influenced by her own zeal when it comes to learning about the past, applying it to the present and preparing for the future. 
Bill Lee
1953 Warwick

   WOWZERS! How pretty she is! More importantly, what a wonderful tribute you paid her! Thanks so very much, Bill!

   I posted all of this on her Teacher page:   



From Dana Clark Epstein of VA - 04/13/11 - "RE:  " 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' at Dinnertaiment at The Grey Goose (May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011)":

Carol, WOW! You work fast. Thank you so much! I love how you posted my parents' pictures in the (Newsletter) - that was very cute! I have already received an email from   Jerry Gammon ('63) (who hangs his art work in my restaurant) I had no idea he knew my mom! What a small world. How many people did this email go out to? I'm just curious.

Thank you again!
Dana Clark Epstein

   Thanks, Dana! I'm glad you were pleased by the posting; I hope it boosts your attendance!

Ja, Jerry and your mama (  Kathleen Pilgrim Clark - '63) were in the same class. We often marvel together at all our small world stories and just how entwined our lives all are.

   I sent that announcement to over 650 people all over the world, but I've no idea how many people visit the site itself and read the almost daily Newsletters...  I'll carry your announcement in our "DATES TO REMEMBER" section near the end of every regular issue of the Newsletter from now until The Big Event.

   Best Wishes!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 04/13/11 - "thoughts for the day":

Natural Highs

. . . . Think about them one at a time before going on to the next one. It Does Make You Feel Good, especially the thought at the end of #44.

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. A hot shower.

4. No lines at the supermarket.

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail.

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.

11. A chocolate
(or vanilla or strawberry) milkshake.

12. A bubble bath.

13. Giggling.

14. A good conversation.

15. The beach.

16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.

17. Laughing at yourself.

18. Looking into their eyes and knowing they love you.

19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20. Running through sprinklers.

21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.

23. Laughing at an inside joke with FRIENDS

24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

26. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).

27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

28. Playing with a new puppy.

29. Having someone play with your hair.

30. Sweet dreams.

31. Hot chocolate.

32. Road trips with friends.

33. Swinging on swings.

34. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

35. Making chocolate chip cookies.

36. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.

37. Holding hands with someone you care about.

38. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

39. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.

40. Watching the sunrise.

41. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

42. Knowing that somebody misses you.

43. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

44. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

Pass on these Natural Highs to at least 7 people in the next half hour and something fantastic will happen to you in the next few hours.....

Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth.
     Thanks, Norris Sweetie! I just passed them on to over 650 people!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - "... A Garbled Blog":

Have a busy remainder of the week and sorry no text send, prior to now. I had a migraine headache for a couple of days. As such, I'm sending out more links today, that I hope will be enjoyed.   

                                                                                 ~ See ya on the weekend.~
21 protein sources for vegetarians



A fellow and his wife living in Houston, Texas, where the people are all patriots, were blessed with the birth of twins, two identical girls. These twins were born on the 4th of July, and the father, being patriotic, said to his wife, "We will name them Liberty and Justice, after the pledge of allegiance."

His wife said, "Are you nuts? You can't have girls going through life with names like Liberty and Justice. We are going to name them regular girl's names like Mary or Jane."

Well, the argument went on for about a month, when a compromise was reached. They would each name one of the girls. The man chose Liberty and the wife picked Elizabeth.

As the girls grew, they were so identical, they kept pulling tricks on people who couldn't tell them apart.

Finally, when they were about 18, a young man took interest in them. He would take one out on a date but he was never sure which one he was with.

He decided he would marry at least one of them, but he wasn't sure which one he would marry.

He went to the girls father and explained his quandary.

"I love your daughters and want to marry one of them, but I can't tell them apart, so I will leave it up to you...

Give me Liberty or give me Beth."



Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep.

In the middle of the night, Holmes woke Watson and said, "Watson, look up and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."

Holmes continued, "And what do you deduce from that?"

Watson replied, "Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth out there. And if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life. Is that what you deduced?"

Holmes replied, "No, Watson. Somebody stole our tent."


"Toyota says they're going to start integrating Microsoft technology into their vehicles. It's perfect for the person who wants a car that crashes every 10 minutes."

- Conan O'Brien


To help a friend lose weight, I told her that she should switch to lower-fat foods, including skim milk. When she said her family would drink only whole milk, I suggested that she keep their regular container and refill it with skim milk. This worked for quite a while, until her daughter asked one morning whether the milk was okay.

"Sure, it's fine," my friend answered, fearing she had been found out. "Why do you ask?"

The daughter explained, "Well, according to the expiration date, this milk expired six months ago!"


Home Life-Wisdom Tip

Bug & Insect Eradicator
Grow "Tansy" an inedible herb in your back yard. Bring in a bouquet. Place in container. It will dry. Leave it all year. No bugs, no spiders. Not dangerous to animals.

- Virginia Ferrel


Random Fact:

If just 25 percent of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 billion bags a year.



Another way of getting those tough brown stains removed from glass vases is throwing in 2 tablets of denture cleaning tablets. Let them fizz and sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and wipe.


A friend called while I was taking my newly purchased GNC ACV tabs last night. When she inquired, "what all are they good for?" I looked it up and stumbled upon this blog. Ya, it's easy to get what the person is saying, but interesting wording. haha

Apple Cider Vinegar tablets and whole foods haul

My reveiw on apple cider vinegar tablets and my whole foods haul....
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I use the Apple Cider Vinegar from GNC for only five days and have
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Just Keep Trying

Today's MountainWings Power Minute 


A Great Repeat

The Most Important Body Part

My mother used to ask me: "What is the most important part of the body?"

Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer.

When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, "My ears, Mommy."

She said, "No Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon."

Several years passed before she asked me again.  Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer.  So this time I told her, "Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes.  She looked at me and told me, "You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind."

Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge.  Over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, "No, but you are getting smarter every year, my child."

Then last year, my grandpa died.
Everybody was hurt.
Everybody was crying.
Even my father cried.
I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry.  My mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to Grandpa.

She asked me, "Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?"

I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me, "This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life.

For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you was wrong and I have given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson."

She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears.  She said, "My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder."

I asked, "Is it because it holds up my head?"

She replied, "No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry.

Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it."

Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one.  It is sympathetic to the pain of others.

People will forget what you said...
People will forget what you did....
But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

~Author Unknown~

True or not, the story makes you stop and think.

Be blessed.  Be a blessing.  Get your shoulder ready....

   Thanks so much, Shari! I hope your migraine has gone...

From - 04/11/11 - "Confidence":

Building Confidence Beyond Belief

By Danielle Pierre

One of the main ingredients to creating a life of good health, wealth and happiness is confidence. Let's face it, if you want to continue to move toward your dreams and goals you must have the confidence to do it.

We've all heard it said from motivational speakers to teachers and coaches that our past does not equal our future. In other words, even if we've made bad choices, lived in poverty, or experienced some other unfortunate or undesirable circumstances, we can still re-create our lives and live a happy and abundant lifestyle in every way.

Although I believe this statement to be completely accurate, I also believe that there is a very big piece of it missing. What that statement does not say is that
when a person emerges from a negative past and begins to pursue a healthier and happier future; there are certain limited beliefs that were derived out of that past that must be addressed before a complete mindset shift can take place. Change your mind, change your life - absolutely. But first, make sure you've changed your mind. If the limited beliefs are not properly addressed, the person will invariably find themselves back in a place of struggle. Why? Because they lack the confidence and positive belief system necessary to become and remain successful. Notice I've underlined the word remain. While anyone can reach a specific goal, it will take a healthy belief system to maintain its benefits.

Just as it is true that once you change your mindset you can completely re-create your life, it is equally true that it's going to take effort, time and consistency to remove the negative beliefs that were previously implanted in order to maintain that lifestyle and experience long term success.

This is why there are far less people at the top of the income chain then there are in the struggle. The majority of people are seeking immediate gratification and the thought of spending months, even years, re-programming their minds can be discouraging and therefore many quit before they reach their goals. Others find it easier and safer to settle for where they are and some have convinced themselves that they like it there.

Developing unshakable confidence and changing negative belief systems is not only applicable to those who are seeking a lifestyle of the rich and famous, but also for those who want to pursue a specific passion or interest, or simply to live a happier, healthier life. The effort and consistency it takes to have the appreciation for life that is required to experience true and meaningful happiness includes having the confidence to move forward without reservation, no matter what the target is.

Over the years, various methods have been discovered to help people delve into their subconscious minds and replace the negative, limiting thoughts with the thoughts necessary to build a healthier belief system and gain confidence and esteem, taking a person through this process in a much faster and more efficient way. Bottom line - certain practices and methods can save years and the effectiveness and benefits are life-changing and life-lasting.

Hypnotherapy is one of the most powerful of these methods in existence. When we are in a relaxed state, we are 200 times more susceptible to the power of suggestion. By inducing a person into a state of total relaxation, the hypnotherapist is then able to plant new seeds of thought into the subconscious mind, overriding the old thought patterns and bypassing the conscious mind altogether so there is no resistance. Millions of people use this method to quit smoking, lose weight, increase abundance and accomplish many other behavioral and lifestyle changes.

Another incredibly effective technique is meridian-based tapping which is more commonly referred to as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). This technique was derived from the ancient Chinese physical healing practice known as acupuncture. While acupuncture is a physical healer, EFT is a tapping technique which is widely used as an "emotional healer" by clearing our energy pathways of negativity. By focusing on a specific fear or negative belief while tapping specific acupuncture points on the body, the fear or belief can be removed, often permanently.

As an advocate of personal and professional development and having used both hypnotherapy and EFT in my own life transformation and for my clients, I completely support both of these methods. I confidently recommend both to those who are seeking to significantly (or even slightly) improve the quality of their lives and rid themselves of self-limiting and self-defeating beliefs and behaviors.

Recently, Hypnosis and EFT have been combined to create an even more powerful technique, further excelling this process and pushing its success rate to greater heights. More information is available about these combined techniques at the websites listed below.

Whatever tools you choose to pick up along your personal development journey, make sure you begin by building a foundation that will equip you for the many twists and turns that will come your way. Building a strong emotional foundation will enable you to become a confident, productive and unstoppable force. It begins by ridding yourself of limiting thoughts and developing a healthy, confident mindset, which is mandatory for lifetime success. The world is your oyster - crack it open.

About the Author:

Danielle Pierre is an author, coach and the owner of DPM Enterprises - a service dedicated to those who seek to improve the quality of their lives. Visit for access to free empowerment tools and other personal development resources or visit for income and training opportunities.




Joan, who was a rather well-proportioned secretary, spent almost all of her vacation sunbathing on the roof of her hotel. She wore a bathing suit the first day, but on the second, she decided that no one could see her way up there, and she slipped out of it for an overall tan. She'd hardly begun when she heard someone running up the stairs. She was lying on her stomach, so she just pulled a towel over her rear.

"Excuse me, miss," said the flustered assistant manager of the hotel, out of breath from running up the stairs. "The Hilton doesn't mind your sunbathing on the roof, but we would very much appreciate your wearing a bathing suit as you did yesterday."

"What difference does it make?" Joan asked rather calmly. "No one can see me up here, and besides, I'm covered with a towel."

"Not exactly," said the embarrassed man. "You're lying on the dining room skylight."


1. 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

2. Thursday, May 5, 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.

3.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

4. Wednesday, June 8, 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.

5. 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

6. 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

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 04/08/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty


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Let's Stay Together

Written and Recorded by Al Green, 1972
b. 13 Apr 1946)

I'm, I'm so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is alright with me
'Cause you make me feel, so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you

Me sayin' since, baby, since we've been together
Ooo, loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me, be the one you come running to
I'll never be untrue
Ooo baby

Let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad

Oooo oooo ooo ooo, yeah
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Why somebody, why people break up
Oh, and turn around and make up
I just can't seeeeeeeee
You'd never do that to me
(Would you baby)
'Cause being around you is all I see
It's why I want us to

Let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad

Let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether

"Let's Stay Together" midi courtesy of - 04/14/11

"Let's Stay Together" lyrics courtesy of - 04/14/11

Image of "Let's Stay Together Kitties" courtesy of - 04/14/11

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

Divider Line 151 clip art courtesy of - 02/01/10

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 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!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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