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09/22/11 - NNHS Newsletter - World Maritime Day

“Piracy is a global menace. We need to confront it with a strategy that focuses on deterrence,
security, the rule of law and development. I commend the International Maritime Organization
for its efforts to strengthen global cooperation on this challenge.”

- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 03 Feb 2011
(b. 13 June 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I thought we had celebrated this day here before, but I was thinking of National Maritime Day:

   Silly Me.

BONUS - - Jimmy Buffett - Son of a Sailor - Oct. 21, 2004



The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of September.

What do people do?

World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. The day also features a special message from the IMO’s secretary-general, which is backed up by a discussion paper on the selected subject in more detail.

World Maritime Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Many maritime organizations and unions hold special events and activities to celebrate this day. These activities and events range from symposiums to luncheons, as well as school lessons that focus on the day. Some classes may organize a trip to a maritime museum so students can understand the significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its importance in world trade.

Public life

World Maritime Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.


Throughout history, people have understood that international regulations that are followed by many countries worldwide could improve marine safety so many treaties have been adopted since the 19th century. Various countries proposed for a permanent international body to be established to promote maritime safety more effectively but it was not until the UN was established that these hopes were realized. An international conference in Geneva in 1948 adopted a convention formally establishing the IMO, a specialized UN agency that develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.

The IMO’s original name was the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) but the name was changed in 1982 to IMO. The IMO focuses on areas such as safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.

World Maritime Day was first held on March 17, 1978 to mark the date of the IMO Convention’s entry into force in 1958. At that time, the organization had 21 member states. It now has about 167 member states and three associate members. This membership includes virtually all the nations of the world with an interest in maritime affairs, including those involved in the shipping industry and coastal states with an interest in protecting their maritime environment...


    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 AND 09/19/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":


Hope all’s well with you and yours and yawl (southern) are enjoying Carolina living. Following you’ll see a Brunch Invitation that might cause you to make a “road trip”. Everyone there, your fans, would love to see you.....

Hey Guys,

It’s me again. Please get your Ducks in a row, don’t miss the boat and be there or you might be square on October 1st. Try your best to adjust your schedule and join us for the BREAKFAST BRUNCH.

Please email or call me so we can plan for you,



The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606 at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Please come join us for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of “War Stories” and maybe a lie or two.  Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose.

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call me at 757-595-0716 so we have a head count.

Bill Roady

   Thanks so much, Bill - if there's any possible way to manage it, I'll see you there!


   Happy Birthday today to   Curt Overman ('59) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to         My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL - currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany! 

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA;

25 - Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA;

26 -     The late Tommy Scott ('61) - 1942 (deceased 01/05/10);

27 -  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;

28 -     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Sunday, Sept. 22, 1861

John Charles Fremont was not having a happy career as military administrator of St. Louis. First he had declared martial law, then followed this heavy-handed maneuver with a mini-Emancipation Proclamation for the state of Missouri. This had brought down the wrath of Frank Blair Jr., not to mention the Lincoln Administration, upon his head. Over the last week the dispute had escalated until Fremont had had Blair arrested. What Fremont was supposed to have done last week was fight Sterling Price’s Confederate force, and rescue the Federals holed up in Lexington. The news of their surrender to Price reached St. Louis today, and even Fremont’s supporters (both of them) were disgusted.

Monday, Sept. 22, 1862

Abraham Lincoln today issued to his Cabinet the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. In detail the move accomplished nothing: it stated that “persons held as slaves” in any state “in rebellion against the United States” should be freed. Since by definition United States laws and directives did not obtain in these areas, the Proclamation freed no slaves at all. In any case it was not even scheduled to take effect until Jan. 1, 1863. The major significance of the Proclamation was seen as giving moral justification to the War which up till now had been simply to restore the Union to its previous membership. It also was expected to fend off any European thoughts of recognizing the Confederacy as a separate nation.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1863

While the cleanup continued after the clash at Chickamauga, we turn our attention today to a lesser-known nautical incident. It seems a few days ago Acting Master David Nicols of the Confederate States Navy set out on his small cutter Teaser from Mobile, Ala, and sailed to South West Pass on the Mississippi River. There, Nichols and his 19 crewmen worked their way through the marshlands to a Federal coal depot, where rested the recently refueled and restocked USS Leviathan, a tugboat. Nichols simply stole the boat and headed back to Mobile. Awe at his creativity did not prevent the depot supervisors from giving the alarm, and 40 miles offshore the USS De Soto intercepted the vessels, repossessing one and capturing the other. Nichols and his crew were likewise taken into custody.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 1864

The battle in the Shenandoah Valley continued today. Early’s Confederates held a rise known as Fisher’s Hill, with Phil Sheridan facing him there and down a creek called Tumbling Run from the heights of Strasburg. The two battled for most of the day until late afternoon when Sheridan’s trap was sprung. He had sent a corps last night under George Crook around the Confederate left, and at this moment Crook’s men attacked, taking the entrenchments on the flank and rear. Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton, who had fought so well for Stonewall Jackson in this valley, was mortally wounded in the fighting. Early’s men fled four miles further south before rallying. Numbering 12,000 a week ago the battles of Winchester and today at Fisher’s Hill had cut this number almost in half.

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC - currently in UT preparing to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in WA) - 09/19/11:

..... Things are going very well here..... The days are going by pretty fast.  We are going to leave the (Missionary Training Center) on October 4 so we'll be here for General Conference (October 1-2).  WOOT!  We sang in the MTC choir and will perform on Tuesday.  I don't know if we will be in the MTC to watch conference or because we're in the choir we get to be in the tabernacle...not sure.  But, things are going well and I'm learning a LOT..... 

   SPLENDID! Thank you, Sister Baby Girl - OOPS! - I mean, Sister Harty!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA -  09/21/11 - "Buy, Buy American Pie":

Funny Sad and True

   AMEN! Thanks, Billy!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/21/11 - "JUST CHECKING IN":


A minister passing through his church
In the middle of the day,
Decided to pause by the altar
And see who had come to pray.

Just then the back door opened,
A man came down the aisle,
The minister frowned as he saw
The man hadn't shaved in a while.

His shirt was kinda shabby
And his coat was worn and frayed,
The man knelt, he bowed his head,
Then rose and walked away.

In the days that followed,
Each noon time came this chap,
Each time he knelt just for a moment,
A lunch pail in his lap.

Well, the minister's suspicions grew,
With robbery a main fear,
He decided to stop the man and ask him,
'What are you doing here?'

The old man said, he worked down the road.
Lunch was half an hour.
Lunchtime was his prayer time,
For finding strength and power.

'I stay only moments, see,
Because the factory is so far away;
As I kneel here talking to the Lord,
This is kinda what I say:


The minister feeling foolish,
Told Mike, that was fine.
He told the man he was welcome
To come and pray just anytime

Time to go, Mike smiled, said 'Thanks.'
He hurried to the door.
The minister knelt at the altar,
He'd never done it before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love,
And met with Jesus there.
As the tears flowed, in his heart,
He repeated old Mike's prayer:


Past noon one day, the minister noticed
That old Mike hadn't come.
As more days passed without Mike,
He began to worry some.

At the factory, he asked about him,
Learning he was ill.
The hospital staff was worried,
But he'd given them a thrill.

The week that Mike was with them,
Brought changes in the ward.
His smiles, a joy contagious.
Changed people, were his reward.

The head nurse couldn't understand
Why Mike was so glad,
When no flowers, calls or cards came,
Not a visitor he had.

The minister stayed by his bed,
He voiced the nurse's concern:
No friends came to show they cared.
He had nowhere to turn.

Looking surprised, old Mike spoke
Up and with a winsome smile;
'The nurse is wrong, she couldn't know,
That He's in here all the while

Everyday at noon He's here,
A dear friend of mine, you see,
He sits right down, takes my hand,
Leans over and says to me:


If this blesses you, pass it on. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and HIS Angels watch over you.

   Thank you, Norris Sweetie!

    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 09/21/11 - "From a Romanian Newspaper - WOW":

I thought you and       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) might appreciate this one.
From a Romanian newspaper:

We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA.

This article is from a Romanian Newspaper written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and under the title: 'C'ntarea Americii (Ode to America).

Ode to America 
Why are Americans so united?  They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color!  They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.

On 9/ll/2001, the American tragedy
turned millions of people into a hand placed over the heart.  Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the Army, or the Secret Service that they are only a bunch of losers.  Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts.  Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about.  Instead Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand.

After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing. On every occasion, they started singing: 'God Bless

I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours, listening to the story of the guy who went down one-hundred-floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other thousands of people.

How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being?  Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes.  And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put into collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.  What on earth can unite the Americans in such way?  Their land?  Their history?  Their economic Power?  Money?  I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace, I thought things over, I reached but only one conclusion: Only
freedom can work such miracles! 

- Cornel Nistorescu

It took a person on the outside, looking in, to see what we take for granted!



   We do indeed like this! Thank you, Miss Mary!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/21/11 - "Fears, No Retirement & Understanding the Tragedy":
Faces--Very odd


"I like Medieval Times, but if they wanted to have a real medieval experience, they would knock out half your teeth and give you food that would give you dysentery."

-Craig Ferguson


"According to the 'Wall Street Journal', researchers at Harvard have found an enzyme in the brain that regulates obesity. They said if it wasn't for our brains, we would all be thin. That's why supermodels are so skinny."

-Jay Leno


A woman in my office recently divorced after years of marriage, had signed up for a refresher CPR course.

"Is it hard to learn?" someone asked.

"Not at all," my co-worker replied. "Basically you're asked to breathe life into a dummy. I don't expect to have any problem. I did that for 12 years."


Ponder Worthy

Hmm, I still don't do oceans due to this, but don't think it's my greatest fear.


If you want to learn more about a person, ask them what scares them the most. What was the scariest movie they saw or what book gives them the shivers? You probably find that what a person saw as a child affects them still today. Some people I know will not go swimming in the ocean because they saw Jaws the Movie when they were children. Knowing another’s fear will give you a better insight into that person.

By Eyelen Piderit


Random Facts

17 billion barrels of oil are used to produce bottled water each year, which is enough to fuel 1 million cars for an entire year.

40% of all bottled water is taken from the municipal sources. After being bottled, the water inside is required to meet far less government standards than your running tap.


Parent Job Description


Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma, Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop


Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.

Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.

Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!

Travel expenses not reimbursed.

Extensive courier duties also required.


The rest of your life.

Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.

Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.

Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.

Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.

Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.

Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.



Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.


None required unfortunately.

On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses.

A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.

When you die, you give them whatever is left.

The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition
reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the parents you know in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do... or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the job.



Understanding The Tragedy

My mom was murdered in 1987. After flying to FL from CT twice to handle the legalities, packing up the contents of her home, etc. I kept asking myself WHY God would allow a Christian woman, a mother of seven, to be murdered?

My faith was sorely tested. I even questioned whether or not she was a Christian for such a thing to happen to her as I believed the many Bible verses that promised God would protect us from harm, from all evil.

Three or four months after the murder I was praying one day and after praying I received a "revelation" of sorts.

The thought came into my head, "Why would your mother be any different, or better, than my prophets?"

I sat quite still for a few moments considering this thought and realized that YES, even God's SON was murdered, and his prophets, but that did not mean they weren't beloved and were not God's children!

I believe that God comforted me with that thought, that revelation, and my faith was restored and strengthened. Since that time, one of my favorite verses is "Matthew 10:28 - and fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul."

She WAS protected since it was only her body that was killed and her soul was returned to God.

There were many so-called 'coincidences' that occurred around that time and I now feel those were 'signs' that God was involved in all that happened, that it was His plan which I'll understand more when I get to heaven.

After coming home from the funeral I received a phone call that her killer was found by police in a hotel room and committed suicide with the same gun he killer her with. He died on the day she was buried. Also, that same date was his birthday.

While reading a diary my mom wrote, I discovered that HER mom was buried on the same date in January, and just two years ago, one of her sisters passed away on that same date. One or two occurrences COULD be co-incidence, but five or six?

Even though I don't understand what it means, to me it's now a 'sign' that God is involved in every instance of our lives, not a coincidence.

~A MountainWings Original by Carol Boileau, Moosup, CT~

   Thank you so much, Shari! That last story reminded me of an experience of my own. It was Sunday, August 30, 1981 - my thirty-fourth birthday.  I was 14-1/2 weeks pregnant with a little girl - and I miscarried. I wanted that baby - I loved that baby - and as cheerful as I tried to appear to others, all I could think was, "Why did this have to happen?"

   In trying to comfort me, people tended to say things like, "Well, aren't you glad it happened now instead of later?"

   Well, no, not really; the result was still the same.  I endured a full labor, was placed on the maternity ward of the hospital, heard the sweet newborn cries of other babies, saw them being carried down the hall to their mothers, and my aching arms were empty.  Yes, I know I had five adorable little boys at home (ages ten to two), but that was not germane to the issue.  I wanted that baby!

   Then a dear friend sent me a Thinking of You card to which she had added this scripture from 1 Peter 4:12-13:

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

   And then I understood.

From Yahoo Health - 09/21/11 - "5 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke":

5 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke

Few things feel more terrifying and random than a stroke, which can strike without warning. And fear of stroke -- when a blood vessel in or leading to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot, starving brain cells of oxygen and nutrients -- is well founded. After all, stroke is the number-three killer in the U.S., affecting more than 700,000 people each year. Here are five foods that cause the damage that leads to stroke.

1. Crackers, chips, and store-bought pastries and baked goods

Muffins, doughnuts, chips, crackers, and many other baked goods are high in trans fats, which are hydrogenated oils popular with commercial bakeries because they stay solid at room temperature, so the products don't require refrigeration. Also listed on labels as "partially hydrogenated" or hydrogenated oils, trans fats are found in all kinds of snack foods, frozen foods, and baked goods, including salad dressings, microwave popcorn, stuffing mixes, frozen tater tots and French fries, cake mixes, and whipped toppings. They're also what makes margarine stay in a solid cube. The worst offenders are fried fast foods such as onion rings, French fries, and fried chicken.

Why it's bad

For years scientists have known trans fats are dangerous artery-blockers, upping the concentrations of lipids and bad cholesterol in the blood and lowering good cholesterol. Now we can add stroke to the list of dangers. This year researchers at the University of North Carolina found that women who ate 7 grams of trans fat each day -- about the amount in two doughnuts or half a serving of French fries -- had 30 percent more strokes (the ischemic type, caused by blocked blood flow to the brain) than women who ate just 1 gram a day. Another recent study, also in women, found that trans fats promoted inflammation and higher levels of C-reactive protein, which have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

What to do

Aim to limit trans fats to no more than 1 or 2 grams a day -- and preferably none. Avoid fast-food French fries and other fried menu items and study packaged food labels closely. Even better, bake your own cookies, cakes, and other snacks. When you can't, search out "health-food" alternative snacks, such as Terra brand potato chips and traditional whole grain crackers such as those made by Finn, Wasa, AkMak, Ryvita, and Lavasch.

2. Smoked and processed meats

Whether your weakness is pastrami, sausage, hot dogs, bacon, or a smoked turkey sandwich, the word from the experts is: Watch out.

Why it's bad

Smoked and processed meats are nasty contributors to stroke risk in two ways: The preserving processes leave them packed with sodium, but even worse are the preservatives used to keep processed meats from going bad. Sodium nitrate and nitrite have been shown by researchers to directly damage blood vessels, causing arteries to harden and narrow. And of course damaged, overly narrow blood vessels are exactly what you don't want if you fear stroke.

Many studies have linked processed meats to coronary artery disease (CAD); one meta-analysis in the journal Circulation calculated a 42-percent increase in coronary heart disease for those who eat one serving of processed meat a day. Stroke is not the only concern for salami fans; cancer journals have reported numerous studies in the past few years showing that consumption of cured and smoked meats is linked with increased risk of diabetes and higher incidences of numerous types of cancer, including leukemia.

What to do

If a smoked turkey or ham sandwich is your lunch of choice, try to vary your diet, switching to tuna, peanut butter, or other choices several days a week. Or cook turkey and chicken yourself and slice it thin for sandwiches.

3. Diet soda

Although replacing sugary drinks with diet soda seems like a smart solution for keeping weight down -- a heart-healthy goal -- it turns out diet soda is likely a major bad guy when it comes to stroke.

Why it's bad

People who drink a diet soda a day may up their stroke risk by 48 percent. A Columbia University study presented at the American Stroke Association's 2011 International Stroke Conference followed 2,500 people ages 40 and older and found that daily diet soda drinkers had 60 percent more strokes, heart attacks, and coronary artery disease than those who didn't drink diet soda. Researchers don't know exactly how diet soda ups stroke risk -- and are following up with further studies -- but nutritionists are cautioning anyone concerned about stroke to cut out diet soda pop.

What to do

Substitute more water for soda in your daily diet. It's the healthiest thirst-quencher by far, researchers say. If you don't like water, try lemonade, iced tea, or juice.

4. Red meat

This winter, when the respected journal Stroke published a study showing that women who consumed a large portion of red meat each day had a 42-percent higher incidence of stroke, it got nutrition experts talking. The information that red meat, with its high saturated fat content, isn't healthy for those looking to prevent heart disease and stroke wasn't exactly news. But the percentage increase (almost 50 percent!) was both startling and solid; the researchers arrived at their finding after following 35,000 Swedish women for ten years.

Why it's bad

Researchers have long known that the saturated fat in red meat raises the risk of stroke and heart disease by gradually clogging arteries with a buildup of protein plaques. Now it turns out that hemoglobin, the ingredient that gives red meat its high iron content, may pose a specific danger when it comes to stroke. Researchers are investigating whether blood becomes thicker and more viscous as a result of the consumption of so-called heme iron, specifically upping the chance of strokes.

What to do

Aim to substitute more poultry -- particularly white meat -- and fish, which are low in heme iron, for red meat. Also, choose the heart-healthiest sources of protein whenever you can, especially beans, legumes, nuts, tofu, and nonfat dairy.

5. Canned soup and prepared foods

Whether it's canned soup, canned spaghetti, or healthy-sounding frozen dinners, prepared foods and mixes rely on sodium to increase flavor and make processed foods taste fresher. Canned soup is cited by nutritionists as the worst offender; one can of canned chicken noodle soup contains more than 1,100 mg of sodium, while many other varieties, from clam chowder to simple tomato, have between 450 and 800 mg per serving. Compare that to the American Heart and Stroke Association's recommendation of less than1,500 mg of sodium daily and you'll see the problem. In fact, a nutritionist-led campaign, the National Salt Reduction Initiative, calls on food companies to reduce the salt content in canned soup and other products by 20 percent in the next two years.

Why it's bad

Salt, or sodium as it's called on food labels, directly affects stroke risk. In one recent study, people who consumed more than 4,000 mg of sodium daily had more than double the risk of stroke compared to those who ate 2,000 mg or less. Yet the Centers for Disease Control estimate that most Americans eat close to 3,500 mg of sodium per day. Studies show that sodium raises blood pressure, the primary causative factor for stroke. And be warned: Sodium wears many tricky disguises, which allow it to hide in all sorts of foods that we don't necessarily think of as salty. Some common, safe-sounding ingredients that really mean salt:

  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Disodium phosphate
  • Sodium alginate
What to do

Make your own homemade soups and entrees, then freeze individual serving-sized portions. Buy low-sodium varieties, but read labels carefully, since not all products marked "low sodium" live up to that promise.

From - 09/19/11 - "People Pleasers":

People Pleaser Syndrome

By June Blunk

People Pleaser Syndrome affects many people. Perhaps you or someone you love is plagued with this affliction. I am a recovering people pleaser. Just maybe I will always be attracted to pleasing, but I catch myself when unhealthy urges arise and change my motivation to love. Whether you catch it in its early stages or when it's full-blown, either way, mercifully there is a cure.

How do you know if you or a loved one is plagued with this dreaded disorder?

You are a people pleaser if:

- Your daily philosophy and rationale anticipates the needs and desires of everyone else with no consideration of your own.

- You place value on other people's thoughts and feelings while you disregard your own to the point that it is self-destructive.

A classic case of People Pleaser Syndrome involves symptoms such as allowing other people to dictate your actions and words, because you are motivated by fear; the fear of not being liked--rejection. Sometimes people pleasers use their wit and charm to sooth the wrath of poor miserable souls; unhappy, angry, sad, resentful, etc., people that are in their company. In actuality, they are using their pleasing ways to gain some type of control. If everyone is happy, then everything will be fine.

Signs of full-blown cases involve the unrealistic desire of wanting to please every person on the planet; a bit of an energy zapper to the body as well as the mind. Equally draining is feeling the need and attempting to be responsible for the happiness of others. This is an extremely unrealistic expectation. Some people are not going to be happy and you are simply wasting your precious energy and time.

Let me get this straight from the start. I am not a critic of being loving and kind, or condemning these fine qualities. Being loving and kind is admirable, how we should be if we want to be better people--a shining example of humanity in its most heightened form. This is not the problem, nor does it contribute to this syndrome. I am referring to showing little, if any, love and kindness toward oneself.

It is imperative that you give the same respect to yourself that you give to others. Essentially, you need to realize that you matter, right along with everyone else. Yes, you do matter whether you know it or not. Unfortunately, sufferers of this syndrome have a deep-seated tendency to disregard their own significance within their lives. This creates many problems--spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Unbeknownst to those affected, this syndrome is far from innocuous. It is not fatal in a physical sense, but in an individualistic sense; it is fatal to one's individuality. People pleasers live for others instead of themselves. This is not a healthy way to live one's life. There is a clear difference between living for the betterment of humanity and sacrificing yourself. Sacrificing who you are for others is not beneficial to your well-being.

This syndrome may go undiagnosed by the host even though it can be easily exploited by all those that choose to take advantage of the host's symptoms. The symptoms may include bending over backwards (not in physical terms), helping until it hurts coupled with an unawareness of oneself; an unawareness that blinds the host to the fact that he or she, too, is of considerable value--not just everyone else.

People pleasers believe that their feelings are irrelevant compared to everyone else. Whether a conscious choice or not, an undesirable one to say the least. Would you want a dear friend, child or parent to think of everyone but themselves? Respect what everyone else wants and expects, and run themselves into the ground? Would you want them to feel love toward other people but little, if any, toward themselves? No, you most likely would not. But sadly, many people pleasers are unaware of how badly they treat themselves and yet, they would not want those that they love to do what they do--sacrifice their essence and individuality for the sake of others.

Ironically, people pleasers have a tendency to expect very little of others and, at the same time, place a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves. A bit of balance is in order, a game of fair play, a healthy dose of self-love and self-respect. No worries people pleasers, you will still be kind and loving to others, just not to the detriment of yourself. You will be taking the high road and have found the cure. In fact, I guarantee you will become even more kind and loving to others when you begin to be more respectful and consider yourself. You will be much happier, and peaceful, too! This will create an atmosphere oozing with goodness, which is what you have been trying to attain--you just forgot about yourself.

What you can do to end this senseless suffering.

The cure: self-love and self-respect...
- Readily available and plentiful if you allow yourself to flourish and exist
- Side effects include increased happiness, joy, energy and vitality

The dosage: continuous...
- Honor your feelings and thoughts at all times.
- Be respectful and caring toward other people but not at your own expense.
- Start to notice when you are trying to please instead of just being your wonderful self.
- Be motivated by love instead of fear; fear of rejection or the need to be in control of other people.

Love feels far differently than fear. Love feels pleasurable and satisfying, fear feels overwhelming and unpleasant. When you interact with other people or think about whatever it is that you are thinking about, take a moment and ask yourself: What is motivating my current actions and/or thoughts? An honest answer will do the trick. Don't fool yourself, just be honest and remedy your unhealthy addiction to people pleasing.

Recovery involves the following significant actions on a daily basis:
- Connecting with your feelings and desires
- An understanding of your motivation and thoughts
- Letting go of the unhealthy and destructive need to make everyone happy
- A willingness to find value in yourself as an individual human being

Primarily, you will be breaking self-destructive urges and the cure will be pleasant and relatively painless to apply. It will take some time to break these misleading urges, but it most certainly can be done. You will become a better person, more loving and kind--just a few of the healthful traits you will fine tune and develop that will greatly benefit your body, spirit and mind.
If you know a people pleaser that is in the dark, share this valuable information with them so they, too, can begin to administer the cure. Amazingly, the cure of self-love and self-respect will work miracles for all types of syndromes, including sufferers of low self-esteem, communication difficulties, selfishness and arrogance. Self-love and self-respect are the magic bullet for much of what ails us. In fact, I think we can accurately conclude--all of what ails us!

About the Author:

June is an artist, writer and advocate for self-empowerment:
Her own physical illness unexpectedly opened her eyes to the emotional aspects of healing. As a result, an awakening occurred. She has spent a great deal of the past twelve years focusing on personal growth and self-help. Her passion is to share what she has learned with others and support them on their wondrous and sometimes rocky journey. June aspires to be a positive influence in the lives of many other individuals; those seeking the better way!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#2 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! I must say this is my favorite pair from the entire series. I really like these shoes; I think they're quite elegant! Oh, c'mon, you knew I was weird from the gitgo!



From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 09/18/11:

"Special Job"

A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome.

The employer read all his applications and said, "We have an opening for people like you."

"Oh, great," he said, "What is it?"

"It's called the door!"


1. Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

2. Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 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.

3. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 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. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Son of a Son of a Sailor

Words and Music by Jimmy Buffett, 1978
(b. 25 Dec 1946)

“I saw a picture of my grandfather after he had come back from a trip to Nova Scotia. He was born there but left when he was a young man
and didn’t return until he was 84. He was standing on dock staring at an old sailing schooner, and the look on his face told the story of where he
had come from and where he had been. I have always been very proud of my heritage as a sailor and wrote this for the men who taught me the skills.”

- Jimmy

As the son of a son of a sailor
I went out on the sea for adventure
Expanding the view of the captain and crew
Like a man just released from indenture

As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man
I have chalked up many a mile
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks
And I’ve learned much from both of their styles

Son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer

Now away in the near future, southeast of disorder
You can shake the hand of the mango man
As he greets you at the border

And the lady she hails from Trinidad
Island of the spices
Salt for your meat and cinnamon sweet
And the rum is for all your good vices

Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind that our
Forefathers harnessed before us
Hear the bells ring as the tide rigging sings
It’s a son of a gun of a chorus

Where it all ends I can’t fathom, my friends
If I knew, I might toss out my anchor
So I’ll cruise along always searchin’ for songs
Not a lawyer, a thief or a banker

But a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun, load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer
I’m just a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
The sea’s in my veins, my tradition remains
I’m just glad I don’t live in a trailer

"Son of a Son of a Sailor" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks, Dave!

Sailor" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks again, Dave!

Maritime Day Image courtesy of - 09/22/11

Animated Anchor clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/06/03

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

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!

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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

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