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03/03/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Back in the Saddle Again

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy
merely to be normal.

- Albert Camus
(07 Nov 1913 - 04 Jan 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   If you think we just used this song theme less than two months ago, why, then, you're absolutely right!

BONUS - - Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autry


     Happy Birthday today to    Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX;

02 -   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL;

03 -  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57);

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA;

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 29, 1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.

April 29, 1945 - Operation Manna began.

April 29, 1945 - Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler marrieed his long-time partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designated Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun committed suicide the next day.

April 29, 1945 - The infamous Dachau concentration camp was liberated by United States troops.

April 29, 1945 - The Italian commune of Fornovo di Taro was liberated from German forces by Brazilian forces.

April 29, 1946 - Former Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tojo and 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo for war crimes.

April 29, 1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.

TODAY IN 1965:

Thursday, April 29, 1965 - Pakistan's Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) successfully launched its seventh rocket in its Rehber series.

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/28/10 - "Nice family pictures!":

I can hear you girls laughing all the way in RI!  I have graduated from a walker to a cane and drove the car yesterday for the first time since January! Still going to physical therapy but coming along nicely!  Attended the wedding of   Betty (Burton - '65) and    Rocky ('64) Gary's daughter Kristen, our niece, in Richmond on April 10.  A lovely day and lots of fun!

   WHOO-HOO!!! Great job, Lady! Keep it up!


   From Ron Watson (Hampton HS - '61) of ?? to    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 04/28/10 - "Remember When":

How's This For Nostalgia?

Remember When --- (followed by a long, image filled passage)

   Thanks so much, F.A. - and Ron!

    I thought that all of this great selection were already included on this page on our site, but I was mistaken; only the second half was.

   In fact, this has been submitted before by several people - including (but not necessarily limited to)     Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA on 04/09/01;   Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA on 01/10/06;   Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA on 04/26/06;     Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA on 08/04/06;     Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA on 02/20/07;   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA on 09/03/07;     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX on 09/22/07;   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA on 10/03/07 and 07/07/08;   Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 / '68) on 08/13/08;     Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA on 07/09/09;   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA on 03/17/10.

    I've never posted it because, let's face it, I was just too bratty to take the time to process all those images, but because I'm concerned about my eternal salvation, I've decided to repent.  It's all posted now - including the 21 new images. - now doubled in size!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/28/10 - "Laugh Break":

I have found my new ‘calling’. J

Laugh Break

    Thanks, Joan!


From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/28/10 - "Divorce vs. Murder":


A respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I WOULD LIKE TO BUY SOME CYANIDE."
The pharmacist asked, "WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU NEED CYANIDE?"

The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "WELL NOW, THAT'S DIFFERENT. YOU DIDN'T TELL ME YOU HAD A PRESCRIPTION."

 Joyce Cahoon
     Thanks, Joyce!


From - 04/28/10 - "An Article on Procrastination":

How to Stop Putting it Off - Say Goodbye to Procrastination For Good

- By Isi Dixon

Procrastination - probably the number one cause for people to be disorganized, for not achieving what they want, for not being the best they could be. What people don't realize, however, is you only need the right tools to conquer it.

Let's brush away the reasons why you might be procrastinating and we will basically leave you with no excuse to simply get on with it.

"I haven't got the time right now."

This is the most popular excuse for procrastinators. The thing is you are probably right. You have not got the whole block of time it takes to tackle the spare room, or the whole of the ironing pile, or the complete reorganization of the kitchen. But you have got 10 minutes, or maybe even 20 or 30. And that is all it takes to make a start. Start by sorting through one box, ironing 10 or 20 items, tackling one single drawer. And if you do that every day, you will realize that you are making slow but steady progress.

If you find yourself still procrastinating, then there must be other, deeper rooted reasons behind that. These possible other reasons fall into two categories, ones concerning the project itself, the others your personality style.

First, let's look at the project itself. The project might be perceived as:

1. Threatening
2. Too difficult
3. Boring
4. Impossible to finish
5. Waste of time

1. If a project or the outcome of the project is perceived as threatening, thoughts like "I'm in trouble if I get this wrong" might be going through your head. In this case a natural reaction is not to start the project at all or not to progress beyond a certain point so as to avoid failure. In cases like this make sure you have all the facts right.

Ask questions:

"What is the worst thing that could happen - realistically?" "How likely is this to happen?"

"What exactly do I need to do to get it right?"

"Have I got all the skills and abilities to do this project?" - If the answer is no, then you should probably consider to get someone to help.

2. If you think a project is too difficult, you might never start it. Sit down and think about what is difficult. Are you just unsure of how to start and how to break the project into smaller manageable chunks? Find an expert on the subject, someone who has done a similar project before and ask for help.

3. If you think a project is boring, try and make it more interesting, See how much you can achieve in a certain amount of time. And then for the next chunk, see if you can beat your previous record. Or put some of your favorite music on while you work.

4. If you think a project is impossible to finish, either it's the type of project that literally never ends (like housework) or it is a very large project. Again, breaking it up into smaller portions will help. Set yourself a daily target.

5. Finally, if you consider the project a waste of time, re-evaluate it. Does it really need to be done? Is it simply one of those jobs that need to be redone on a regular basis like tidying up or ironing. Use one of the solutions from number 4 to get the job done. Some jobs do seem to be a waste of time but we would sink into crud and chaos if we didn't do them at all.

The second set of reasons is to do with someone's personality. These could be:

1. Perfectionism
2. Thriving on adrenaline
3. Lack of self confidence
4. Internalized negatives
5. Externalized positives

Let's look at these hurdles to getting things done in detail, see what they are about and how they manifest and what you can do about them.

1. A lot of people have a perfectionist trait. This kind of mindset is fine if that perfect condition is feasible and you have a good track record of starting and finishing your projects. If you don't, then your perfectionism is probably an excuse for not starting the project at all.

2. "I work better under pressure." We all know people like that and we might have used that phrase ourselves. Again, there are two ways of dealing with this.

Number one, it's a good excuse not to start until the last possible moment, and it's simply a way to put things off. Divide your project into segments and do one each day until it's done.

Number two, if you literally work better under pressure, and some of us do, then make the project more challenging. Set mini-goals with a shorter deadline. This way you keep yourself on your toes but are still making timely progress towards your end goal.

Also, get a project buddy. Tell someone about your project, and the deadline. Make yourself accountable. And be sure that certain someone is a person who will check up on you.

3. If you suffer from a lack of self confidence and feel that you simply can't tackle the project, find out what the first thing is you need to do to start the project. Do that, then find out the next step and so on. Also, divide the project into smaller chunks.

4. Internalizing negatives means that you always look for faults within yourself. If you do this, you will quite easily come up with negative emotions, such as "I'm lazy that's why I don't get things done" or "I'm stupid that's why I don't know where to start". I can assure you that none of this is true. You might lack motivation or not be an expert on a particular subject but you can easily do something about that.

Think of a treat that you reward yourself with once you have completed the first part of the task and then keep rewarding yourself for every bit that you achieve until the project is completed. Also, there is no shame in asking people for help and advice on how to tackle a particular project.

5. Externalized positives are usually the reverse side of the same coin as internalized negatives. It means that you attribute anything positive that you do to outside influences and not to your skills and abilities, such as "I was lucky last time and it was easy. I could never do that again." It is usually a sign of lack of self confidence.

Achieving something has most often nothing to do with luck. It is more likely to be the result of hard work and skill. And when you found something easy then you had the skills and talent to do it and nothing less.

Any more excuses? Or did we cover them all and showed you how to conquer them? So what's stopping you now?

About the Author:

Isi Dixon is a Professional Organizer and Motivational Speaker in the Nottingham area of Great Britain. She specializes in helping homes and small businesses make more of their time and space. If you would like to find out more, please visit her website or her blog

   I think I'll print this out and frame it.....

   Speaking of which.....


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 04/16/10 - "(A Very Cool Surprise Which I'm Reserving for As Soon As I Catch Up to Myself)":

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Jane!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

      Thanks, Jane!

From ArcaMax Jokes - 04/28/10:

How to Handle Stress

Picture yourself near a stream.

Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air.

Nothing can bother you here.

No one knows this secret place.

You are in total seclusion from that place called "the world."

The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

The water is clear.

You can easily make out the face of the person whose head you're holding under the water.

There now......feeling better?

1. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

6. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954

7. July 2011- The Class of 1971 is planning a 40-Year Reunion. A planning committee has been formed and held their first meeting recently. In an effort to connect with as many class members as possible, they are asking anyone interested in the Class of '71 reunion to contact Richard Rawls. Please provide your name, address, phone number(s) and email address so that they can be in touch with you when final arrangements are made. It has been 20 years since their last class reunion and they are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Send your contact information to: - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/11/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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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             or just mail it to my home. Thanks!

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

Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

    To donate, click on the Donate Button on the left, 
             or just mail it to my home. Thanks!

Back in the Saddle Again

Co-written by Gene Autry (29 Sept 1907 - 02 Oct 1998) and Ray Whitley (05 Dec 1901 - 21 Feb 1979), 1939

I'm back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again

Ridin' the range once more
Totin' my old .44
Where you sleep out every night
And the only law is right
Back in the saddle again

Rockin' to and fro
Back in the saddle again
I go my way
Back in the saddle again

I'm back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again

Ridin' the range once more
Totin' my old .44
Where you sleep out every night
And the only law is right
Back in the saddle again

Rockin' to and fro
Back in the saddle again
I go my way
Back in the saddle again

"Back in the Saddle Again" midi courtesy of - 03/03/10

"Back in the Saddle Again" lyrics courtesy of - 03/04/09 (sic)

Image of Western Saddle courtesy of - 03/04/09 (sic)

Animated Laughing Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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