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05/17/09 - NNHS Newsletter - True Faith

“Faith isn't the ability to believe long and far into the misty future.
It's simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.”

Joni Eareckson Tada
(b. 15 Oct 1949)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     I'll admit it.  I chose today's theme because of a really weird video I saw this week and wanted to share with y'all.  As you know, I'm nothing if not weird.  Though the words are not quite as I might have written them, the title alone is worthy of consideration.

   Of course, as Wikipedia says, "As is the case for many New Order songs, the words in the title do not appear anywhere in the lyrics."

   But do watch this award winning 1987 video, directed by Philippe Decouflé!

BONUS - - True Faith - New Order, 1987


   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA;

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA ;

21 -
  Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA;

22 - Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57);

24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/14/09 - "+*◆*+* Thursday Sends +*◆*+*":

Have a great weekend.


The young man ahead of my father at the flower shop was taking an unusually long time to place his order.

When the clerk asked how she could help, he explained that his girlfriend was turning 19 and he couldn't decide whether to give her a dozen roses or 19 roses -- one for each year of her life.

The woman put aside her business judgment and advised, "She may be your 19-year-old girlfriend now, but someday she could be your 50-year-old wife."

The young man bought a dozen roses.

"We can stay out late tonight," Joe told his friend Bob. "My wife's gone for a two-week vacation in the Caribbean."

"Jamaica?" Bob asked.

"No, it was her idea."

Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf.

So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away.

This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!

At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"

The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.


St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"

The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 05/13/09, 9:30 PM - "Wednesday Night News Flash":

          Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) pain has been intensifying steadily this month.  I was able to make an appointment with the VA Hospital in St. Louis, but not until June 8.  We saw his local doctor late this afternoon, who strongly suspects a bowel obstruction, so he's insisting the local hospital run the tests they balked at running last month.  The tests are scheduled for 6:15 tomorrow morning.  Paul is apprehensive about the tests, as he's rather claustrophobic and the two don't jive well.  I don't know how long we'll be gone, or when I'll get back to the Newsletters, but I'll report back in when I know something.  Your prayers are requested. 

  From Ronni Green Cristol ('64) of MD - 05/13/09, 9:35 PM:


I hope all goes well for you and Paul.

Ronni Cristol

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/13/09, 9:47 PM - "Paul's Tests":

Dear Carol and Family,

My best wishes and prayers go with you now and always.

Chris Starkman

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/13/09, 10:28 PM:

You are in our prayers.  We are in NC on vacation, so don't know the whole story yet.  Take care.  I'm glad he's getting the tests.  It's always better not to wait!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 05/13/09, 10:35 PM - "Hi":


I am sorry to hear that Paul is still in so much pain. Let us know what you find out. The newsletters can wait.

Big Hug,

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/13/09, 11:04 PM - "Paul":

Add my prayers for Paul. I'm sorry he's in so much pain.

I hope this helps. They generally can give a Valium or the like to help with the claustrophobia. I had a 73 minute one and there is no shame in saying" help, me here." Can relate, very much so!

Search this site, they really have miracle cures and yes, even for obstruction.


 From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 05/14/09, 4:47 AM:

Good luck to Paul and you are in our prayers.

Charlie P.

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of VA - 05/14/09, 8:12 AM:

Please know that you and Paul are in my prayers.

May God bless you.

From Joanne Kates Roos of VA - 05/14/09, 8:19 AM

My prayers are with you. 

Joanne Roos

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 05/14/09, 8:48 AM:

Dear Carol,
I am so glad that you have the appointment for Paul.  I wish you both well and you will be in my prayers. 

lv, ev

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/14/09, 9:04 AM - "Paul":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for the message regarding Paul, so we might hold him in prayers, and for you and your entire family.

Prayers for those who attend to him and diagnose the condition causing his so much pain.

Joe Madagan

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 05/14/09,  9:50 AM - "Praying for you and Paul":

Hope Paul will be getting the proper test ASAP! I will be praying for both of you. 

Love, Linda

 From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 05/14/09, 10:46 AM:

My prayers are with you and Paul.  Hope all goes well.


  From My Friend,  Judy Cress Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '58) of IL - 05/14/09, 5:08 PM:

Please keep me posted on Paul's progress and of course you have all the Prayers I have!


  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/14/09, 5:53 PM:


Sorry to hear about Paul's continuing problem, hope everything gets better fast.  The request is not needed, prayer on the way.  Take care, both of you.

Jay '68

   From Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA - 05/15/09, 12:44 PM:

I am just so sorry for your dear Paul. I have heard it can be just terrible pain.

Love, Pam Larmer Traugott

    From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 05/15/09, 6:52 PM:

So sorry to hear about the crisis.  Don't give the newsletters another thought...   We're all hoping for a quick diagnosis and recovery for Paul.  Everything else can wait.  Really.


   Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies! Your outpouring of thoughts and prayers really touched our hearts!

   The tests were performed quickly and without incident Thursday morning, but as of Saturday afternoon, the radiologist still hadn't read the CT scan, and our GP wanted to wait until all the results were gathered, so even though the lab work was in, we still do not know anything - except that Paul feels far better lying down or standing up than he does sitting up in a chair. I'll keep y'all posted!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/14/09 - "Post Office":

I found this very moving, both on part of the child and parent and especially on the part of the Post Office employee that sent such a reassuring reply. You have your opinion.

Where does GOD live?   
At the "Post Office" of course...

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:
Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.

I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her. You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith ,  in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:


Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.

By the way, I' m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.


   I, too, found it very touching! Thanks so much, Wayne Honey!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/15/09 - "Coming Soon":

Ordering a pizza in 2012?

This is funny, but the scary part about it is that it's probably not too far away from being reality.  I can see it coming.

Want to know how to order a pizza in 2012?

Click the link and see. . turn up the volume. .. listen closely. . watch the pointer carefully! 

   NERVOUS GIGGLES!!! Thanks again, Shari!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 is holding its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

4. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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   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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True Faith (The Morning Sun)

- New Order,1987

I feel so extraordinary
Something's got a hold on me
I get this feeling I'm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
I don't care 'cause I'm not there
And I don't care if I'm here tomorrow
Again and again I've taken too much
Of the things that cost you too much
I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

When I was a very small boy,
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're afraid of what they see
That's the price that we all pay
And the value of destiny comes to nothing
I can't tell you where we're going
I guess there was just no way of knowing
I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

I feel so extraordinary
Something's got a hold on me
I get this feeling I'm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
The chances are we've gone too far
You took my time and you took my money
Now I fear you've left me standing
In a world that's so demanding
I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

"True Faith (The Morning Sun)" midi courtesy of - 05/15/09

"True Faith (The Morning Sun)" lyrics courtesy of - 05/15/09

"Faith" Image courtesy of - 05/15/09

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/14/08

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

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

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

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

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