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09/22/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Autumn Leaves

“No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face.”

John Donne
(21 Jan 1572 - 31 Mar 1631)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   At 10:29 PM EDT, Fall will officially begin.  And because this is one of my favorite songs, it seems to repeat nearly every year:

BONUS #1 - - Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole, October 29, 1957

BONUS #2 - - Autumn Leaves - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #3 - - Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) - Edith Piaf


   Happy Birthday today to   Curt Overman ('59) of VA AND    Lola Babb Hallman ('63) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Fred Fox ('63) AND        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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

25 - Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND    Robert Coffee ('63) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA;

26 - The late      Tommy Scott ('61) (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;

29 -   Bill Shaw ('63) of VA AND   Bill Weaver ('63)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 22, 1914 - German submarine SM U-9 torpedoed and sank the British cruisers HMS Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy on the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast with the loss of over 1,400 men.


September 22, 1939 - There was a joint victory parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest-Litovsk at the end of the Invasion of Poland.

September 22, 1941 - On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murdered 6,000 Jews in Vinnytsya, Ukraine. Those were the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.

September 22, 1944 - The Red Army entered Tallinn.

September 22, 1945 - General George S. Patton told reporters that he did not see the need for "this denazification thing." He compared the controversy over Nazism to a "Democrat and Republican election fight." The comments led to Supreme Commander Eisenhower's removing him as U.S. commander in Bavaria.

September 22, 1988 -
Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.


Tuesday, September 22, 1964 - Lawyer, politician, and criminal Juha Turunen was born in Turku, Finland.

Tuesday, September 22, 1964 - Saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark was born in Warwick, Rhode Island.

From Classical Archives Newsletter by Barry Lenson - 09/21/14:

The September Equinox takes place on Monday, September 22nd at 2:29 a.m., GMT. From an astronomical point of view, it is the moment when the Sun crosses an imaginary line in the sky above the equator, as it moves from a mostly Northern illumination to a Southern exposure. From an earthling’s perspective, it marks the first day of fall and a moment when the number of daylight and nighttime hours are equal .

Modern-day Druids and pagans have claimed the September Equinox as a day of mystical renewal and reflection. They will gather at Stonehenge and other sites that they believe were used as astronomical calculators in olden times.

Music of the Planets and the Spheres

Even for non-Druids like me, there is something mystical about Earth’s shifting toward fall. That feeling led me on a search for musical selections on Classical Archives that impart a feeling of astronomical mystery. Although the following selections do not reference the Equinox per se, they convey something enigmatic that seems right at this time of year.

The Planets by Gustave Holst

The Planets is the piece that comes to mind first when music-lovers think about astronomical music. I have heard it many times, and you probably have too. But upon listening again recently, I was reminded of just what an excellent piece it really is, with masterful orchestrations, memorable themes, and well-etched depictions of the personalities of Pluto, Mars and the rest. It makes for a rewarding listening experience. Listen here on Classical Archives.

Night Ride and Sunrise by Jean Sibelius

This tone poem depicts a solitary nighttime ride across a frozen landscape. The mood, created by a repeating motif, is one of foreboding. Yet at the end of the ride, the edge of the solar disk appears over the horizon, the sun bursts into view, and the day begins. If you have not heard this piece, I urge you to listen. It is quite wonderful.

Symphony No. 3 “Planet Earth” by Johan De Meij

I think you will greatly enjoy this three-movement orchestral reflection on our planet by the contemporary Dutch composer Johan De Meij. Of all the pieces that I mention in today’s article, this one probably comes closest to capturing the mystery of the Equinox. If you listen here, I think you will agree.

Concerto for Percussion and Ensemble by James Wood

This 25-minute piece for percussion and wind instruments by the contemporary British composer James Wood is subtitled, “Two Men Meet, Each Presuming the Other to Be from a Distant Planet.” If you give it a listen, I think you will agree that it is not only otherworldly, but fun too.

Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss

When Strauss wrote this tone poem, he had no idea that it would one day be used in the sci-fi classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” But for many people, the opening of the piece has become the quintessential piece of “outer space” music. Listen here.

All that, and Film Music Too

I would be making a big omission if I didn’t list some of the many film scores that have been written for sci-fi movies over the years. I know that space aliens and UFOs don’t necessarily have to do with the Autumn Equinox, but these selections do fit into the “music of the spheres” theme of today’s article.

Outer-Space Music by John Williams

Williams wrote the scores for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (listen to an excerpt here), “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (listen here), and no fewer than three of the “Star Wars” films (listen here). It is wonderful music on every level.

Music from “Alien” by Jerry Goldsmith

This is wonderful, creepy music from a cult classic. Listen here

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 09/20/14 - "Kids Videos":

You are gonna love this. There are lots more on YouTube for when you need
some belly laughs.
  Thank you, Tina! I'm pretty sure I just hurt myself laughing!

From My Friend, Kristi, of NC - 09/20/14 - "K":


     Thanks, Kristi!


    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/19/14 - "Stick of Butter Rice":

  Stick of Butter Rice


1 c. uncooked white rice (NOT instant)
1 (10 oz.) can of Condensed French Onion Soup
1 (10 oz.) can of Beef Broth
1/2 c. of butter, sliced


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a 9" x 9" inch baking dish combine rice, soup and broth.
Cut butter into slices and place on top of the mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove cover and bake 30 minutes more.

This can be doubled or tripled to feed more. Optional: small can of drained mushrooms can be added as well.


   YUM! YUM! Thanks, Susie!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/04/14 - "Ways to decorate using old items... (#16 in a series of 18)":  

  Love some of these ideas. The show Flea Market Flip, with Lara Spencer, is another source to get great ideas...

        COOL BEANS! Thanks, Shari!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/08/14 - "Church Pics (#10 in a Series of 19)":

  IN GOD WE TRUST--If GOD is your co-pilot, change seats!

     GIGGLES! Thank you, Joyce!


From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/12/14 - "Pets that don't know how furniture works! (#6 in a series of 21)":
  Pets that don't know how furniture works!

      Thanks, Haul Party!


BONUS AUTUMN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Fall Crochet Patterns - "Crochet is an appealing activity during the fall season, when the weather starts to get chillier; it's lovely to just sit and relax with your latest crochet project. If you're in the autumn mood, and you'd like to crochet a project with a fall theme, why not try one of these free patterns for fall?"

BONUS AUTUMN RECIPES: - Autumn Recipes - "Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with these easy fall recipes. You'll find pumpkin recipes, squash recipes and soup recipes, along with apple pies and more fall dessert recipes."


From - 09/21/14:

A lady was walking down the street to work and she saw a parrot on a perch in front of a pet store.

The parrot said to her, "Hey, lady, you are really ugly."

Well, the lady was furious! She stormed past the store to her work.

On the way home she saw the same parrot and it said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly."

She was incredibly ticked now.

The next day the same parrot again said to her, "Hey, lady, you are really ugly."

The lady was so ticked that she went into the store and warned she would sue the store and kill the bird. The store manager apologized profusely and promised he would make sure the parrot didn't say it again.

When the lady walked past the store that day after work the parrot called to her, "Hey, lady."

She paused and said, "Yes?"

The bird said, "You know."

1. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold a 45-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive.  For further information, contact Jean Baker Howell at

2. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

3. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/20/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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 Autumn Leaves

Music by Joseph Kosma, 1945
(22 Oct 1905 – 07 Aug 1969)

French lyrics by
Jacques Prévert, 1945
(04 Feb 1900 - 11 Apr 1977)

English lyrics by
Johnny Mercer, 1947
(18 Nov 1909 – 25 June 1976)

The falling leaves drift by the window,
The autumn leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips, the summer kisses,
The sun-burned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away the days grow long,
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song,
But I miss you most of all, my darling,
When autumn leaves start to fall.

C’est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m’aimais et je t’aimais
Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que m’aimais moi qui t’aimais
Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants désunis

 "Autumn Leaves" midi courtesy of
and with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL
- 09/20/04
Thanks, Nathaniel!

 "Autumn Leaves" lyrics courtesy of - 09/20/04

"It's Autumn" Title clip art courtesy of - 09/21/09

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/21/05

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

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!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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