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08/16/08 - NNHS Newsletter - All Alone Am I

“Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity
with someone who has ceased to communicate.”

- Germaine Greer

(b. 29 Jan 1939)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme was first used three years ago today, one of the first issues following the restoration of my computer systems after a three month non-voluntary hiatus:

BONUS - - All Alone Am I - Brenda Lee


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/15/08, 10:14 PM - "  Lydia Powell Mugler's husband Charley died today, 8/15/08":

Charley died about 6pm this evening, 8/15/08.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  I expect the obituary to be in Sunday's Daily Press and I will circulate it when available.
Lydia is doing well under the circumstances.  She and the immediate family have been with Charley at the Hospice facility since he was transferred there from the Williamsburg hospital.
I just talked to Lydia and she expressed thanks for all the cards and support from friends and classmates.

   Oh, Joe, I'm so sorry to hear this! Even though it was not unexpected, it is nevertheless heartrending. Please extend our love and condolences to Lydia.


   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57) AND Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA;

19 -      Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA AND        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA;

20 -
    Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA;

21 -    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA;

23 -  Charles Allen ('57) AND         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/11/08 (but just found this morning!) - "RE: OVARIAN CANCER TEST (CA-125)":

Mea Culpa!! Thanks to      Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) for checking out what Snopes says -- shoulda done so myself before I forwarded the info!!
However, what Snopes has to say does NOT change my mind by one iota. I would still have mailed that email to you, and here's why:
First off, having had prostate cancer myself 10 years ago, I reacted to this subject emotionally, thinking from the way the email was written that the CA-125 test shows something equivalent to the male's PSA levels. What little I've read on the subject seems to indicate this is so. Maybe so, maybe no. So I didn't bother to check Snopes. (Didn't really care, in this case.)
But, it's interesting that the PSA test itself has likewise come under fire by many doctors and other experts in the last decade or two, claiming that it, too, gives too many false positives and negatives to even be of value, just as Snopes implies about the CA-125 test.
So my VEHEMENT answer to those who put it down: I wouldn't be alive now if it weren't for the early detection given by the "faulty" PSA test. I know several other men in the same boat.
Matter of fact, if you don't discover the cancer until you're symptomatic, you're probably dead already. It's just a matter of how quickly your final demise will be.
To me the real key to the value either of these tests is the competency of your physician. Fortunately mine used the early warning to order up other tests, which confirmed the original finding, which led to a biopsy, yada, yada, yada. He didn't simply try to pressure me into surgery, or anything. His approach was: let's investigate further. Hopefully any sensible Doc would do the same.
And that's my response to what Snopes has to say about CA-125 -- use it as a tool. I get the impression that the CA-125 test, too, can be used as an indicator to investigate further. 
IMHO, you ladies should discuss the possibilities with your physician, not just simply reject it because of someone's or some website's opinion. Check it out further for yourself. Why? Because there are several other qualified experts with opinions directly opposite of Snopes and their experts on this matter.
To simply reject a possibly life-saving test because it's controversial is putting your life at risk. A controversial test saved mine!
So my original email/recommendation stands, in spite of Snopes!!
As I said at the start, mainly since I consider this a life and death matter (which it is, in fact), I can get a little emotional on this subject (which I have proven, have I not?).
And herewith, I end my rant!!

   Thank you so much, Ronnie! I appreciate hearing "the rest of the story" - and I'm mighty glad you and your physician made the right choice in your case!

  From Deborah Massengill Gilliam ('67) of VA - 08/13/08:

Our company has a new screening method. Please change this to my home e mail.

Thank you again for all your work.

Click here to view my website:

   Thank you for your kind words, Deborah! I've switched your email addy now!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/13/08 - "STATE FLOWERS (pretty cool!)":

This is really neat!!

Be sure to watch this to the end when all the state flowers come together as one. 

   This is gorgeous, Sarah Sugah, thanks!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/15/08 - "The Chamberlin":

There has begun locally a print and TV/Radio advertising campaign for The Chamberlin. It seems that it is now open for occupancy.

Here is the web site:

When you consider all that is included, the pricing isn't so bad - and there is always that view.


   Oh, my goodness! How magnificent would that be?!? Thank you so much for this link, David! What a trip down memory lane this provides!  I've added it to that page:


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/15/08 - "Bible birthverse":

I haven't seen this before. Did you know that the Bible has a special verse for everyone's birthday?  Look up your verse by the day and month you were born.  Click on the following.

 Joyce Cahoon

   How cool is this?!? Thanks, Joyce!

  From Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of VA - 08/15/08 - "moving":

Carol, just to let you and the Typhoon family know that as of Aug. 27 my husband Mike (Adderholdt - Hampton HS - '68) and I will be living in the Outer Banks of NC.  After more than 6 years of planning, I finally sold my house here in NN, and that was the last hurdle that we needed to jump over before we made our move.  We went to the Outer Banks last weekend and bought our beach cottage and started moving things today.

My email address will still remain the same, so please continue to keep both of us in the loop. 

And one last note, thank you again for the wonderful job that you continue to do for all of us, not only those that went to NNHS but all others, too.

May His Blessings continue to keep all of us safe and kind to one another.

Mike and Tina Adderholdt

   WOWZERS! Congratulations on your move, Tina - and thank you!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#9 in a series of 15):

We've All Been There!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"

2.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08

3.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

4.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

5. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU; update of 08/04/08 - SEE ABOVE

8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine

9.       My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

10.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"

11.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08

12. My second granddaughter,     Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"; update of 07/29/08 - SEE ABOVE

13. Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine

14. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

  Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends"
; update of 08/14/08 - "undergoing surgery for cancer on 08/15/08"

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

16.   Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston).

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated."

18. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine

19. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

20. Flores Williams ('66) of VA - a considerable number of health and financial issues

21. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"; update of 07/19/08 - finished her radiation treatments and is now cancer free !!!!!  - will be having reconstructive surgery in August.

22. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

23. All of Us


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:  - 07/23/08

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

                                             Love to all, Carol




Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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All Alone Am I

(Brenda Lee)

All alone am I ever since your goodbye
All alone with just a beat of my heart
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart
No use in holding other hands
For I'd be holding only emptiness
No use in kissing other lips
For I'd be thinking just of your caress

All alone am I ever since your goodbye
All alone with just a beat of my heart
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart

No other voice can say the words
My heart must hear to ever sing again
The words you used to whisper low
No other love can ever bring again.

All alone am I ever since your goodbye
All alone with just a beat of my heart
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart.

"All Alone Am I" midi courtesy of - 08/09/05

"All Alone Am I" lyrics courtesy of - 08/09/05

 Brenda Lee record album image courtesy of - 08/09/05

Little Girl All Alone Image courtesy of - 08/14/05

Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/16/05

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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!

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