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07/14/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Bastille Day

“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population
by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe
than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments
and tyrants and armies cannot stand.”

- J. Michael Straczynski
(b. 17 July 1954)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Are you hearing the strains of La Marseillaise yet?

   My mama              the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), used to sing me the first verse of La Marseillaise every July 14. Unfortunately, I thought the title alone (much like the German umlauted "u") was virtually impossible for all but natives of the language to learn, so I never bothered to memorize the anthem myself.  Add that to my list of life's regrets.

BONUS #1 - - La Marseillaise, French National Anthem (French / English translations - complete with errors)

BONUS #2 - - La Marseillaise, Roberto Alagna

BONUS #3 - - La Marseillaise, Mireille Mathieu

BONUS #5 -  - Clip from Casablanca (1942) **** - At the behest of Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), the French resist the Nazis with an emotional rendition of La Marseillaise to drown out a group of German soldiers singing Die Wacht am Rhein.


"La Marseillaise" ("The [Song] of Marseille"; French pronunciation: [la maʁsɛˈjɛz]) is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 and adopted in 1795 as the nation's first anthem. It is also the first example of the European march style of anthem.

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle wrote "La Marseillaise" in Strasbourg on 25 April 1792. Its original name was "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and it was dedicated to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian-born French officer from Cham. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers (fédérés) from Marseille upon their entry into Paris on 30 July 1792 after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille and the troops adopted it as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille. A newly graduated medical doctor, Mireur later became a general under Napoléon Bonaparte and died in Egypt at 28.

The song's lyrics reflect the invasion of France by foreign armies (from Prussia and Austria) which was ongoing when it was written; Strasbourg itself was attacked just a few days later. The invading forces were repulsed from France following their defeat in the Battle of Valmy.

"La Marseillaise" was screamed during the levée en masse and met with huge success[citation needed].

The Convention accepted it as the French national anthem in a decree passed on 14 July 1795, making it France's first; but it was then banned successively by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, only being reinstated briefly after the July Revolution of 1830.[1] During Napoleon I's reign Veillons au Salut de l'Empire was the unofficial anthem of the regime and during Napoleon III's reign Partant pour la Syrie. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries "La Marseillaise" was recognised as the anthem of the international revolutionary movement and in 1871, it was adopted by the Paris Commune. Eight years later in 1879, it was restored as France's national anthem, and has remained so ever since.



    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/12/13, 2:29 PM - "  BOBBY BALL, NNHS '63":






     WHAT SUPER FUN! Thanks, Jimmy! Here ya go! Y'all have a great time, and tell Bobby Hi for me!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carol Smith Saunders ('63) AND Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Dianne Adams Puckette ('65) of VA;

17 - Stevie Gordon Watson ('66) AND Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL;

18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);

19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA AND  Mannie Smith ('57) AND    Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;

20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX;

21 -  Gail Lucado Phelps ('68) of VA and her twin brother, the late   Dale Lucado ('68) (deceased 20 Feb 2012)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 14, 1933 -The Nazi eugenics begins with the proclamation of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring that calls for the compulsory sterilization of any citizen who suffers from alleged genetic disorders.

July 14, 1933 -Gleichschaltung: In Germany, all political parties were outlawed except the Nazi Party.

July 14, 1940 - A force of German Ju-88 bombers attacked Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete.

July 14, 1941 -
Vichy French Foreign Legionaries signed an armistice in Damascus, which allowed them to join the Free French Foreign Legion.

July 14, 1945 -
American battleships and cruisers bombarded the Japanese home islands for the first time.


Sunday, July 14, 1963 - Organist and conductor Jacques Lacombe was born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada.

Sunday, July 14, 1963 - Columnist Phil Rosenthal was born.


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From My Friend, Roshana, of NC - 07/13/13 - "Pina Colada Fruit Dip":


1 small pkg. coconut cream instant pudding mix
3/4 cup Cool Whip
1 cup milk
1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained

In a bowl, blend together the pudding mix, cool whip, and milk with a hand mixer for 2 minutes. Fold in the pineapple. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and serve with fresh fruit.

   YUMMY! Thanks, Roshana!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 07/1313 - "Lazy Cake Cookies":

  Lazy Cake Cookies

1 box of yellow or white cake mix
2 eggs, beaten,
1 stick melted butter,
2 cups chocolate chips.

Mix together and bake in buttered 9" X13" pan on 350 for 20 minutes.

When cooled, cut into squares


From - 07/01/13 - "Freedom":

The Ultimate Freedom

By Rev. Dr. Carolyn Porter

Freedom is presently on our mind: Independence Day is upon us.

So what is freedom? Freedom is being able to act, move and do without any hindrance or restraint, or any control from another individual. Freedom means you get to make your own choices and decide what and how you want to live through what you think, believe, act and behave. However, there are rules by which mankind must live in a society where others exist. There must be standards that, although they may appear as constraints and restrictions, have to be upheld according to the basic principles of universal operation, or there will be consequences. Although it may seem contradictory, those very constraints that keep others from making unfavorable choices, allow us to be free. Here's an example.

A person goes into a store and makes some purchases using a credit card. This is their choice to use the card as a means of payment, knowing full well that when the statement comes at the end of the month, they will have to pay for these purchases. The store receives their money right then, and the credit card company expects you to pay on time the borrowed money according to the statement you receive. Freedom does not mean you can shirk your responsibility and not pay the charges. You made the choice to purchase using the credit card -- a freedom for you -- but now must pay the bill. The credit card company gave you the choice whether or not to procure a card from them and use it -- another freedom of yours -- but with that freedom comes the responsibility (constraint if you will) for you to pay. So even though there are constraints in life, such as paying for a credit card purchase, there are also freedoms for you in making that choice. Get it?

There is one area in which you have total freedom, a freedom that no one can ever take away from you, and that is your thoughts. It is in your thoughts where true freedom lives, and if you use them wisely, you can create anything and everything you want in your life. It is total freedom, and with this freedom comes an unmatched power that can change anything! Prisoners of war have often said their one hope was their thoughts. They continued to think of getting home again and they managed to overcome dire circumstances of their existence in prisoner of war camps or similar experiences.

Have you ever thought about how you'd like to live your life and what you'd like to do with it? When you choose what you want to do and how you want to live, that's the ultimate freedom. When you listen to what your spirit tells you, that "gut feeling" or "knowing" deep inside of you, and then act upon it, that's living authentically. So let's talk about some ways to experience freedom.

Since when has debt compounded by more debt ever been freeing? Have you ever heard a financial planner tell anyone who wants to be free of debt to go out and borrow more money to pay off present debt so they'll be free? Ridiculous, right? Perhaps this is a principle our government needs to learn. What has to happen is a reduction of spending so debt can be paid off while learning how to handle your money wisely. In this situation the ultimate freedom is no more debt! So the freedom has to first experience a constraint (boundary), due to your choice to acquire debt, so freedom can be experienced.

Are you in a relationship that hurts, is non-nurturing, abusive or do you simply feel stuck? You might even feel as if you're in prison, and as you must know well, that isn't freedom. A relationship with someone, especially an intimate one, should be uplifting, nurturing, congenial, and one that allows you to be your authentic self; anything less than that is not acceptable. You don't have to agree on everything or even like everything about the other person, but you do have to allow them to be themselves while you remain your authentic self.

Are you in a job that stifles your dreams and creativity? Many people stay in a job for the paycheck, and while that is certainly necessary for survival, it can be devastating for the spirit and freedom. In fact, many individuals will take just about any job right now just to have an income with so many people out of work. In these times a job is a blessing, no matter what it is. But that doesn't mean you accept this as the only way it can be and stop dreaming about what you really want.

So what do you truly want? What kind of relationships do you desire and what type work/vocation would make your heart sing? How do you want to live your life? Sit quietly and think on these things; search deeply into your soul for answers. Write down what you really want in your life, then decide you will create them by focusing your thoughts on them from now on. Remember this, it's not what your parents want you to do, what your friends or spouse expect of you, but what You want to do!
You were born with the freedom of choice which gives you the right to choose the life you want to live. What greater freedom could there be than that? Your task now is to decide exactly what it is you want your life to look like. To be authentic, you have to be congruent with your vision and the thoughts you allow to circulate in your mind, for those thoughts are what will ultimately create the life you live. Pay attention to your behavior and actions, for those promulgate what your mind is thinking. Once you decide what it is you want and focus on it, grab onto patience, because the manifestation of your dreams comes in divine timing, not your timing. Never let go of your dream(s). So let me say it again: What you think about in your mind is what shows up in your life experiences. Create it your way so you can experience the ultimate freedom - authenticity!

About the Author:

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Porter, is an internationally known speaker, author of multiple books and audios that include "The Realness of a Woman," "Healing with Color," and "Angel Love", spiritual wholeness coach, trainer and angel channel whose passion is helping individuals move beyond their limitations and help them see they can do and be what they can envision. She is the owner of Where Miracles Happen Quantum Healing & Empowerment Center in Cumming, GA. Their services include life and health coaching, angel sessions, self-publishing coaching, energy healing, classes, certified trainings, and much more. She invites you to visit for more information about how these services can benefit your life.

BONUS BASTILLE DAY CROCHET PATTERNS: and - It’s Bastille Day. Crochet Something! - "Signet Ring" - Macarons, S'il Vous Plait - Surprise surprise, I am better at making crochet macarons than the real-deal edible versions. Not macarOOns mind you, but the delicate French macaron, an almond-based meringue sandwich cookie. (It feels demeaning to call it a “cookie”). I have baked chocolate and pistachio macarons, but they didn’t quite turn out perfectly, the meringue tops and bottoms falling a little flat. Since making them and tasting various macarons in New York, I always meant to design a crochet version…."

BONUS BASTILLE DAY RECIPES: - Bastille Day Recipes - "Vive la France! Instead of storming a Parisian prison, march into that kitchen and get cooking... Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité - And Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: cook up a feast worthy of King Louis XVI, but attainable to everyone of course! " - Quiche Lorraine - "It's a delicious way to start a meal!" - Bastille Day Recipes - "Fine Cuisine with Art Infusion - 'To cook is to create. And to create well... is an act of integrity, and faith.' "


From - 07/13/13:

One night a police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible DUI violations. At closing time, he saw a fellow tumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and try his keys in five different cars before he found his. Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes. Everyone else left the bar and drove off. Finally he started his engine and began to pull away.

The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered the Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.

The driver replied, "Tonight I'm the designated decoy.”

1. Thursday, August 1, 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 with them.

2. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Get Together for Bobby Ball ('63) at 6:30 PM at Angelo's on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. CONTACT: Jimmy Smith at or 757-438-0287. He will need to furnish a head count to Angelo's.

3. Wednesday, August 14, 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.

4. 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. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/13/13

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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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La Marseillaise

Written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 25 Apr 1792
(10 May 1760 - 26  June 1836)


1. Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé
Contre nous de la tyrannie
|: L'étendard sanglant est levé :|
Entendez vous dans nos campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras,
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes citoyens!
Formez vos bataillons!
Marchons, marchons,
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons.

2. Que veut cette horde d'esclaves
De traîtres, de Rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
|: Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? :|
Français! pour nous, ah! quel outrage!
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C'est nous qu'on ose méditer
De rendre à I 'antique esclavage!

3. Quoi! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi ! ces phalanges mercenaires
|: Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers :|
Grand Dieu! par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient!
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées!

4. Tremblez, tyrans! et vous, perfides,
L'opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez! vos projets parricides
|: Vont enfin recevoir leur prix. :|
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S'ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre.

5. Français! en guerriers magnanimes
Portez ou retenez vos coups.
Épargnez ces tristes victimes
|: A regret s'armant contre nous. :|
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui sans pitié
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!

6. Nous entrerons dans la carrière,
Quand nos aînés n'y seront plus
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
|: Et les traces de leurs vertus. :|
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre.

7. Amour sacré de la Patrie
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs!
Liberté, Liberté chérie!
|: Combats avec tes défenseurs. :|
Sous nos drapeaux, que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

"La Marseillaise" midi and full French lyrics courtesy of - 07/13/10

"Happy Bastille Day" Titles courtesy of - 07/13/09

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Bunting Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/13/09

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!

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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