04/16/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable.
It opens your chest and it opens up your heart
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Remember this Golden Oldie?
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSMP_VvzxJo - Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
|"Since I Met You Baby" is an American
rhythm and blues
song written and recorded by pianist
Ivory Joe Hunter.
The song, which Hunter recorded in 1956, became an American
standard, and saw renewed popularity in 1969 when
artist Sonny James
released his hit version.
Hunter had already tasted major success with popular and rhythm and blues audiences with songs such as "I Almost Lost My Mind". He moved to Atlantic Records by 1954, and around that time wrote "Since I Met You Baby."
The song, a 12-bar blues, was described by Allmusic critic Steve Huey as "a masterpiece of smooth, bluesy elegance" and "decidedly removed from the tide of raucous rock & roll sweeping the country." In fact, compared to many of the other uptempo, rock-beat songs of the period, the song was "augmented by a wordless vocal choir (supervised by Ray Ellis who also did the orchestral arrangement) that's strongly reminiscent of traditional pop recordings of the period," wrote Huey. Saxophonist Jesse Powell provided the harmony on the second verse.
REMINDER - SPECIAL REQUEST:
From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 04/09/13, 8:47 AM - "Special request concerning Jamey (Douglas) Bacon ('66 - of VA)":
Because of your Typhoon newsletter, that has previously alerted all of your readers to Jamey's medical and fiscal needs in the past, Polly Norris Davis - '65) and I have been helping Jamey and getting to know her more personally and seeing just how great her needs are. Thank you for making us aware.
It is now my request to ask for financial assistance from our classmates and your readers as we try to provide Jamey with improvements for her driveway so that she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair outdoors without getting stuck in the ground or thrown from her chair. Jamey wishes to fill in the center of the driveway and because of her home being located in Hilton, she must use brick to accomplish the project or it will not be approved.
I have measured the area and priced the brick paving stone. She will need 288 sq. feet of the brick and that will cost $655.44 retail at Lowe's. She will also need 3 yards of crushed stone and 1 yard of sand which I have not priced yet. I am seeking to have the Peninsula Baptist Summer Youth Work Camp take this on as a mission project in July. This could hold down the cost for labor if the city and the community will allow them to do the work. If not, we will need to purchase the labor from a contractor.
I have permission to set up an account at my church, Parkview Baptist Church, to receive any contributions and also to afford us sales tax exempt status when purchasing the materials from this account. An additional 5% discount will be afforded by using the church credit card when making the purchase. You may also deduct the contribution that you make on your income tax returns.
I am seeking contributions now to make this mission a reality. This is a real need. Jamey's quality of life would be enhanced by this improvement to her home and yard. She is an amputee and is completely dependent on her wheelchair for mobility.
Anyone wishing to contribute to this project is asked to make a check out to Parkview Baptist Church and mail it to Malcolm and Polly Davis at 118 Cindy Circle, Newport News, Va. 23602. I will turn the checks over to the church and keep everyone informed, through your news letter, of the running balance of the contributions received and their ultimate disposition. The names of those who contribute will be kept private and I am hoping that enough individuals will be willing to contribute at least $10.00 so we can raise enough to complete the job even if we have to hire a contractor to install the bricks. Please note on the check that this is for the "Jamey Bacon Mission Project."
Here are some pictures of the driveway in its present condition.
|Friday, March 22, 2013|
Thank you all for considering this request for assistance. Your participation will be a blessing for Jamey and she is grateful for your concern always.
Sincerely, Malcolm and Polly Davis
NNHS Class of 1965
Thank you so very much, Sweetie-Pies!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to David Jones ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - The late Monty Phillips ('62) (18 Apr 1943 -15 Apr 2011) 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;
22 - Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57) AND Gene Shelton ('64) of VA;23 - Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1963:
|Tuesday, April 16, 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.|
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS:
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 04/16/13:
|I'm kind of glad that
(Lyons Harty - Portsmouth
HS, NH / Eastlake
HS, CA - '05)
took a turn for the worse
this weekend. I had considered arranging a sitter to stay with the
family so I could go do caricatures at the Boston marathon.
My plan was to take the train in to Boylston Street and find one of the businesses there that would let me set up near the crowd so I could catch everyone as they finished the marathon. So in other words, right where a couple of bombs went off. I'm really glad I stayed home to take care of my sweetheart.
If Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - newly returned from serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington) had come here last week as we had wanted, she could have stayed with Diana and the children, and I would most definitely have gone to the Marathon.
GASP!!! Thank you, Dale! We're eternally grateful that you were preserved through this monstrous tragedy! Sometimes there's a far wiser purpose than we realize when things don't seem to go as we had planned!
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 04/16/13 - "RE: Dale":
|Wow... Crazy, huh! Good thing the Lord was
watching out for them!
ABSOLUTELY! It still gives me chills! Thanks, Brent!
From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 04/16/13 - "Mr. Rogers":
Thank you, Evelyn!
From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 04/15/13 - "Boston Bombing":
STOP what you are doing and take a moment. Hug those around you, your
Friends, your Family and your Pets...let them know how you feel about
them...you never know what the day/night may bring so communicate,
appreciate and validate those in your life now while you can! Prayers to
Boston and everyone else all over the world who need them!
AMEN! Thank you, Tina!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/15/13 - "Jokes & Inspirations":
Five By-Train - On Sesame Street. I found this cute.
Red Rose Blooming
Mom's Bath Note
Don't be alarmed, the world isn't coming to an end. I am simply taking a bath. It will take about thirty minutes and will involve soap and water. Yes, I know how to swim. Even if I didn't, forcing myself to drown in a half-inch of lukewarm water is more work than I've got energy for (which reminds me, I'm all for science projects, but the next time you want to see if Play-Doh floats, use cold water).
Don't panic if I'm not out right on time. I've heard that people don't dissolve in water and I'd like to test the theory. While I'm in the tub, I'd like you to remember a few things. The large slab of wood between us is called a door. Do not bang to hear my voice. I promise that even though you can't see me, I *am* on the other side. I'm not digging an escape tunnel and running for the border, no matter what I said a while ago. I didn't mean it. Honest. There will be plenty of time later to tell me about your day.
"Later" means at a time when I am no longer naked, wet, and contemplating bubble gum in the blow dryer. I know you have important things to tell me. Please let one of them be that you have invented a new way to blow bubbles, not a new way to add gum to your hair.
Believe it or not, shouting, "TELEPHONE!" through the closed bathroom door will *not* make the phone stop ringing. Answer it and take a message. Since Amazing Mind-Reading Mom has the day off, you'll need to write that message down. Use paper and a pencil. Do not use your brother and the laundry marker. We can't send him to school with telephone number tattoos.
Water makes me wet, not deaf. I can still tell the difference between the sound of "nothing" and the sound of a child playing the piano with a basketball. I can also hear you tattling at the top of your lungs. I'm *choosing* NOT to answer you. Don't call your dad at work and tell him I am unconscious in the bathroom. He didn't appreciate it last time. He won't appreciate it more this time. Trust me.
No matter how much I would like it, water does not make me forgetful. I remember who you are and why you are grounded. No, you can't go to Shelby's house to play. No, you can't go to Shelby's house to use the bathroom. If someone is in our other bathroom, you will just have to think dry thoughts and wait. Unless you have four feet and a tail, do not think of going outside to "water" the lawn. I know the dog does it. The neighbors don't feel the need to call me when the dog does it.
Unless the house catches on fire, stay inside and keep the doors locked. Do not go outside and throw rocks at the bathroom window to get my attention. I know it works in the movies. This is reality, the place where people don't like to sit in a tub while rocks and broken glass rain in on them. Do not set the house on fire.
Call me if there is an emergency.
1. Dad has fallen off the roof.
2. Your brother and/or sister is bleeding.
3. There's a red fire truck in front of our house.
Emergencies are NOT:
1. Dad has fallen asleep.
2. Someone on TV is bleeding.
3. There's a red pickup truck in front of our house.
One other thing: Being forced to use the last roll of toilet paper for a towel does not make me happy. It makes me sticky with little white polka dots. In the future, when the tub overflows, use a mop to clean up the water instead of every towel in the house. For my sanity's sake, let's pretend it was the tub, Okay? No, I don't want to hear the real story. Ever. Especially not while I'm standing in the pool of water you missed.
By the way, all Play-Doh experiments are hereby canceled.
Be good. Entertain yourselves. Yes, you can do both at the same time. Try coloring, playing a game, or paying that stack of bills on the coffee table. I'll be out soon. Maybe.
Love, Your Mom
He's the Taxman
The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money. Many people had tried over time (weightlifters, longshoremen, etc.) but nobody could do it.
One day a scrawny little man came in, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a tiny, squeaky voice, "I'd like to try the bet."
After the laughter had died down, the bartender said OK, grabbed a lemon, and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little man.
But the crowd's laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass.
As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man, "What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weightlifter, or what?"
The man replied, "I work for the IRS."
Light Bulbs and Zodiac signs
How many members of your Sign does it take to change a light bulb?
ARIES: Just one. You want to make something of it?
TAURUS: One, but just try to convince them that the burned-out bulb is useless and should be thrown away.
GEMINI: Two, but the job never gets done-they just keep discussing who is supposed to do it and how it's supposed to be done!
CANCER: Just one. But it takes a therapist three years to help them through the grieving process.
LEO: Leos don't change light bulbs, although sometimes their agent will get a Virgo in to do the job for them while they are out.
VIRGO: Approximately 1.000000 with an error of +/- 1 millionth.
LIBRA: Er, two. Or maybe one. No, on second thought, make that two. Is that OK with you?
SCORPIO: That information is strictly secret and shared only with the Enlightened Ones in the Star Chamber of the Ancient Hierarchical Order.
SAGITTARIUS: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?
CAPRICORN: I don't waste my time with these childish jokes.
AQUARIUS: Well, you have to remember that everything is energy, so....
PISCES: Light bulb? What light bulb?
"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things."
- Grace Hopper
The Speed of a Crawl
On the way back from the most beautiful city on earth (Jerusalem) I was looking out the airplane window. In front of me was the little entertainment screen. One of the options in that screen was the GPS, which told you everything you need to know about that flight. The duration of the flight, distance traveled, local times in different cities etc. was what was on display.
One thing that caught my attention was that the speed of the aircraft was also showing. We were moving at 400+ miles per hour! That is fast.
Outside my view was the majestic Grand Canyon. As we were flying above it, I was thinking that whatever happened to form the Grand Canyon happened on a huge, epic scale. It was miles and miles of canyons and valleys and enormous crevices even from my bird's-eye view.
I was aware of how fast we were moving. The only thing is that from my perspective, that Grand Canyon, because of how big it was, seemed to be crawling by very slowly. At this moment, I realized something significant. There are things in life that happen to us that are so gigantic and so significant (good or bad) that at the moment it's happening, we don't really grasp the enormity of those situations.
Because at the same time these Grand Canyon events are happening to us, they are happening so fast. As we go through it, it seems like it's taking forever to just get through it, but in reality what's really taking place is that you're moving 400 miles per hour and because those situations are so massive, it feels like you're just seeing it crawl by.
Whatever you're going through... however massive it is... Pause for a minute. Really. Stop now and think clearly about your situation. Take what I'm about to say and think on it.
I want you to know that you aren't always going to be looking out and seeing this situation in your life. However slow it feels, it's only because you're in the process of surviving it!
I also want you to know that you are going to make it through and you're not just going to make it through, you are going to make it through good.
Repeat this with me and remember it when you feel hopeless:
"This too, shall pass!"
I love you today more than ever and Jesus loves you forever.
~ Hazem Farraj www.hazemfarraj.com ~
The First Flower Of Spring
I smiled when I saw the first flower of Spring the other day. A lone Blue Bonnet had popped its head through the ground and was looking around on a cool, April morning. I wasn’t sure what had made it finally decide to end its long, Winter’s sleep. Perhaps it had noticed that the ground around it was no longer frozen. Perhaps it had felt the warmth of the sunshine finally pushing the temperatures into the seventies. Perhaps it had heard the songs of the birds singing that Spring had arrived and it was time for the world to awaken again. Perhaps the roots of the trees had whispered to it that it was now safe to come out and that their own limbs were already budding.
Whatever the reason it was a joy to see the little guy soaking up the light and calling out to its fellow flowers to join in the celebration of life once again. I know that soon it will be joined by other Blue Bonnets, Buttercups, Tulips, Daffodils, and Dandelions. I know that soon the air will be full of Butterflies dancing above them all. I know that soon the meadows will be full of growing grass and the forested hills will be awash in bright, green leaves. I know that soon the mountains of my home will once again be alive with the glory of God’s creation.
We too are a part of that creation, but unlike the flowers in the field, we have the ability to bloom even when the world around us is cold, dark, and harsh. We have the ability to share our beauty in the face of ugliness, our joy in the face of fear, and our love in the face of hate. We have the ability to make every day feel like the first day of Spring.
May you bloom well then today and always. May you shine your light. May you share your love. May you be truly alive in the glory of God’s creation. And may you forever make your Heavenly Father smile.
~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~
Thanks so much, Shari!
From Ruth Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/08/13 - "Pets make you smile, ya gotta love em' (#6 of 36)":
To make you smile.....
Happy Pet Day!!!
AWW! Thanks, Ruthie!
BONUS BABY CROCHET PATTERNS:
Heather Phillips' Grandma’s Easy Ten-Step Baby
Booties - "I named this pattern after my grandmother because, back when
my grandmother was teaching me to crochet, this was the first pattern she taught
me (and if a fumble-fingered 11 year old can learn to make this pattern, anyone
can!). Someone taught it to her when she was first learning how to crochet. But
in spite of how long it has been around, nobody wrote it down until now. I
wanted to share the pattern, but do it in a way that recognizes that I am just
the most recent link in a long chain of women who have been making and sharing
http://www.squidoo.com/easy-baby-crochet-hat-patterns - Baby Hat Patterns Ideal for Beginners - "Even I (a beginner at crochet) had no trouble whipping this gorgeous homemade baby crochet hat up in less than 2 hours! I love the fact that these kids free baby crochet hat patterns are so quick and easy to make, they can be made in less than the time it takes to watch a good movie..."
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/simple-sweet-baby-sweater and http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW2886.pdf - Phyllis Sandford's Simple Sweet Baby Sweater - "It won’t take long to crochet this huggable sweater. Pattern includes 5 sizes so you can make it in each size and have a rainbow of sweaters to fit a growing baby."
BONUS BABY FOOD RECIPES:
|http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ - Easy Homemade Baby Food - "Making Baby Food has never been so easy. Try our Nutritious Baby Food Recipes - Simple, Delicious & Full of Love for your Baby"|
A man walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had.
He replied, "I got
He said, "I got
He said, "I got
He said, "Shingles."
The man replied, "They're outside in the truck. Where do you want them?"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, May 2, 2013 -
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
2. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at www.nnhs1963.com; CONTACT: Frank Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Joyce Williams Nettles, email@example.com, or Susie Overton Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 04/05/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
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"Since I Met You Baby" midi courtesy of http://www.sequinsbyeileen.com/midi.htm - 04/16/11
"Since I Met You Baby" lyrics courtesy of http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/ivory_joe_hunter/since_i_met_you_baby.html - 04/16/11
"Ever Since I Met You" animated title clip art courtesy of http://www.glitterfy.com/graphics/Love_Quote/4/ - 04/16/11
Animated Divider Line 63 clip art courtesy of http://onyxk8.tripod.com/bars5.html - 02/11/10
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/ehslearningcenter/ - 10/17/07
Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of http://picsdigger.com/image/a935ccd3/ - 10/21/10
Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA