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10/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - My Poor Old Heart

“I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty,
I woke, and found that life was Duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, poor heart, unceasingly;
And thou shalt find thy dream to be
A truth and noonday light to thee.”

- Ellen Sturgis Hooper,  “Life a Duty”
(17 Feb 1812 - 03 Nov 1848)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I'm in an Alison Krause kind of mood.  I was unable to locate a midi file for this song, so just enjoy the video:

BONUS - - My Poor Old Heart - Alison Krause & Union Station   


   Happy Birthday today to       My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to George Pipkin ('57) AND    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 - Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA;

07 - Ellen Anas Smith ('57) AND Dale Parsons ('69) of HA;

08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND           Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND    Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;

09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA;

11 -   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.   Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA - 10/02/11:

Sunday 10/02/2011 9:41:10pm
Name: Brenda Shepard McCoy
City/Country: Norfolk, Virginia
Hobbies j
Comments Love the website, keeping in touch is great. Thanks, Carol

2. Sue Ellen Hargadon ('69) of VA - 10/03/11: 

Monday 10/03/2011 10:15:46am
Name: Sue Ellen Hargadon
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Toano
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Mirguet
Miss ??? (Latin teacher)
Hobbies horseback riding
Comments Sister of Tom Hargadon, class of 1965.
Married to Randall Chalkley, both of us are class of 1969.
Have bio info on Tom but don't know where to send it!

   Thank you, Ladies!



Thursday, Oct. 3, 1861

Supplies of many products were beginning to get a little tight here and there in the Confederate States of America. Cotton, however, bales and thousands of bales of it, was available in abundance. The problem was that with the Federal blockade of shipping there was no place to send it, and in fact there was a terrible shortage of places to even store the stuff. Gov. Thomas O. Moore of Louisiana took action today, issuing an order forbidding people to ship any more cotton into New Orleans, on the grounds that every available warehouse was full. The underlying hope was to pressure England and France, the biggest markets for the commodity, to pressure the Union to lift the blockade.

Friday, Oct. 3, 1862

Gen. George McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, had been under considerable pressure of late to possibly take under advisement contemplating the idea of maybe possibly thinking about using the said Army for something along the idea of actually fighting somebody, preferably the Army of Northern Virginia. Intending to impress, McClellan invited Abraham Lincoln to visit the field for the day, to look things over and inspect the troops. At his headquarters Lincoln was entertained with parades. Demonstrations of various maneuvers were performed. Lincoln, unimpressed, called the army “Gen. McClellan’s bodyguard.”

Saturday, Oct. 3, 1863

Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks set off today on yet another attempt to secure Texas for the Union once and for all. As he was leaving from the vicinity of New Orleans, and as he had already tried once and failed at going through Sabine Pass, he decided on a different route this time. Orders were issued to the men of Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin to move westward, and today they departed from their bases at Berwick Bay and New Iberia, both in Louisiana. Their target was a waterway known as Bayou Teche. The ultimate goal, again, was to reach the Sabine. The campaign would last for more than a month.

Monday, Oct. 3, 1864

Gen. William T. Sherman had planned his campaign “from Atlanta to the sea” on the assumption that his army would live largely off the land and not be too dependent on supply from the rear. However, he had not expected to be cut off entirely, as was very close to happening today. The Army of Tennessee was sitting rudely on the rails of the Chattanooga-Atlanta railroad line, and they were proceeding to demolish it further. Hood’s forces also took possession of the hamlets of Big Shanty and Kennessaw Water Tank, which in theory were supposed to be firmly in Union hands. Vexed, Sherman finally ordered Gen. George H. Thomas back to Nashville to defend against this harassment in his rear.



Friday, Oct. 4, 1861

The USS South Carolina was on patrol in the Gulf of Mexico this morning. More specifically she was on blockade duty, charged with the task of assisting Union vessels and impeding those of the Confederacy, or anyone attempting to do business with them. She fulfilled that mission admirable today when she caught sight of the schooners Ezilda and Joseph R. Toone making for New Orleans. The warship gave chase below Southwest Pass and in short order captured both vessels. They proved excellent prey, carrying as they did between 4000 and 5000 stands of arms.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 1862

Actually, calling the Battle of Corinth a victory for either side would be questionable. In an action which had started yesterday in the important Mississippi railroad junction, the Confederate forces under Gen. Van Dorn had attacked the Federal army northwest of the town. They made progress for awhile, forcing the Union men back into fortifications. Today the assault was renewed, since part of the urgency of the attack was to encourage U. S. Grant to pull back to Tennessee. The fighting was fierce for the two days, with casualties estimated at 2500 Union dead and around 4200 for the Southerners. And the conclusion of hostilities Van Dorn pulled his battered force back to Chewalla, Miss.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1863

After the battle of Gettysburg, as after all battles, parties were detailed to bury the dead, usually where they fell. As the dead were many and the burial parties few these efforts were often sketchy, and the armies had barely moved out of town before the “resurrections” began. Some of these body removals were done by grieving relatives wishing to take their kinfolk home for proper funerals. Other reappearances resulted from weather washing the dirt off the rude graves. The organized effort to disinter all the corpses for relocation to the National Cemetery then in the planning stages did not begin until much later. A problem promptly arose from the fact that the July heat had not been kind to the corpses. It was decided today that due to the advanced state of decomposition, reburials could not be done until after the first frost stabilized the ground. The first frost did not come to Gettysburg in 1863 until October 25.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1864

Gen. John Bell Hood, CSA, had had his difficulties with pitched battles, either losing most of them or withdrawing from outflanked positions before battle even began. He was finally having success with his mission to slow Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s march across the South by attacking his garrisons in the rear. Hood’s men were in firm control of the Chattanooga-Atlanta Railroad lines, and skirmishing was taking place at Moon’s Station, Lost Mountain and Acworth. Sherman was getting reports pleading for relief, and today he decided to provide it. Leaving only one corps to hold Atlanta, he started back up the line to deal with Hood. He established headquarters at Kennesaw Mountain and got to work.

    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 10/03/11 - "Breakfast Bunch Brunch":
Hi Carol,

Attached are ... pictures ... of the NNHS BRUNCH we had Saturday, October 1st. I'll try (with
   Jimmy Walker's - '62 - help and your help) to give you some names.

   Thanks so much for all the great pictures, Bill!   I "chose wisely" by not coming to the Brunch on Saturday (as I seem to have gotten "worserer" instead of "betterer" - English major, ya know), but I really, really don't like to miss that much fun!

   I made you a fun new page for your images today. It links both from the Reunion Page and directly from the site map. (The song came to me in the middle of the night; I've no idea why.....): - brand new page!

    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 10/04/11, 3:55 PM - "Breakfast Bunch Brunch":


You are a GENIUS!  You are out of sight.  GOOD JOB!!!!!   What a great page.  I hope everyone is as pleased as I am.  I’ll try to do better with the names and pictures at our next Brunch which is the first Saturday in January, January 7, 2012, at 11am at the same place, Warwick Restaurant.

After the January BRUNCH, we plan to meet quarterly the first Saturday of April, July and October as long as the interest holds up.

We all hope you feel better, soon, and plan to join us in January.  Thanks so much for your help and your efforts each and every day.

Bill Roady 

     WHAT FABULOUS NEWS! Thank you so much, Bill - and I'm so glad you like the new page!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/03/11 - "PET FISH":
A redneck with a bucket full of live fish was approached recently by a game warden in Central Mississippi as he started to drive his boat away from a lake.

The game warden asked the man, "May I see your fishing license please?"

"Naw, sir," replied the redneck. "I don't need none of them there papers. These here are my pet fish."

"Pet fish?"

"Yep.  Once a week, I bring these here fish o'mine down to the lake and let 'em swim 'round for a while.  Then when I whistle, they swim right back into my net and I take 'em home."

"What a're under arrest."

The redneck said, "It's the truth, Mr. Gov'ment Man.  I'll show ya!  We do this all the time!"

"WE do, now, do WE?" smirked the warden.  "PROVE it!"

The redneck released the fish into the lake and stood and waited.  After a few minutes, the warden said, "Well?"

"Well, WHUT?" said the redneck.

The warden asked, "When are you going to call them back?"

"Call who back?"

"The FISH," replied the warden!

"Whut fish?" asked the redneck.

MORAL OF THE STORY:  We may not be as smart as some city slickers, but we ain't as dumb as some government employees.

You can say what you want about the South, but you NEVER hear of anyone retiring and moving North!!!

     Thanks, Joan!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/03/11 - "Links and inspirations":
Hula Hoop-Jade Dussault Mad Skills!

Oasis-Wonderwall Alt. Rock

A Ray Of Sunshine

I had never seen a ray of sunshine walk before. Still, there it was walking into a local store ahead of me. As soon as this ray walked in too it lit up the whole room. The faces of everyone there brightened with joy. People who were staring down at the floor looked up with sparkling eyes. Mouths that were closed and frowning quickly opened with cheerful smiles. Voices that were quiet before suddenly spoke out with both laughter and kindness greeting this beam of light by name. Spirits that were feeling a little down were soon soaring skyward again. The entire store seemed happier all thanks to this walking ray of sunshine.

This ray of light is my oldest son. In the eyes of the world he is seen as mentally handicapped. In the eyes of Heaven, however, he is seen as so much more. His concern, caring, laughter, love, gentleness, and good cheer light up the lives of everyone he meets. His bright and beautiful spirit touches the hearts of so many everyday. When it comes to the essential things in life he is far less handicapped than the rest of us. In the eyes of Heaven he is a shining angel on a divine mission to bring more love and more light into this world that needs it so much.

While my son happily goes about making this world a better place I do my best to follow his example. I do my best to love as simply, freely, enthusiastically, and unconditionally as he does. I do my best to brighten the days of others without any thought for myself. I do my best to live as a Child of God and a being of light each and everyday here.

You too can be a ray of sunshine in this often cloudy world. You too can shine bright and light up the lives of so many others. Just fill yourself full of God’s love and light and then go out and share it with the world. It isn’t hard to do. In fact, it is the most joyous thing any of us can do. Live well, love others, and like my son you will make this world a little brighter today.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~


Let Us Be Kind

by W. Lomax Childress

Let us be kind;
The way is long and lonely,
And human hearts are asking for this blessing only --
That we be kind.
We cannot know the grief that men may borrow,
We cannot see the souls storm-swept by sorrow,
But love can shine upon the way to-day, to-morrow --
Let us be kind.

Let us be kind;
This is a wealth that has no measure,
This is of Heaven and earth the highest treasure --
Let us be kind.
A tender word, a smile of love in meeting,
A song of hope and victory to those retreating,
A glimpse of God and brotherhood while life is fleeting --
Let us be kind.

Let us be kind;
Around the world the tears of time are falling,
And for the loved and lost these human hearts are calling --
Let us be kind.
To age and youth let gracious words be spoken;
Upon the wheel of pain so many lives are broken,
We live in vain who give no tender token --
Let us be kind.

Let us be kind;
The sunset tints will soon be in the west,
Too late the flowers are laid then on the quiet breast --
Let us be kind.
And when the angel guides have sought and found us,
Their hands shall link the broken ties of earth that bound us,
And Heaven and home shall brighten all around us --
Let us be kind.

   Thank you so much, Shari!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#10 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! No thanks, these shoes make me kind of dizzy - I'll pass on this pair also!



From - 10/03/11:

There were 3 friends stranded in an island. Exploring the island, the 3 men found a bottle so they opened it. A genie came out, and she said that she would grant them 3 wishes.

The first man said, "I wish I was with my family," then poof, he was with his family.

The second guy said "I wish I was in a bar with my friends," then poof, he was gone.

The third guy was feeling bad and the genie asked, "What's wrong?"

The man said, "I'm lonely I wish my friends were here." Poof, his two friends were back in the island.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. Saturday, January 7, 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

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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 My Poor Old Heart

Recorded by
Alison Krauss (b. 23 July 1971) and Union Station

Don't expect too much from my poor old heart
You can blame me unforgiven for my scars
You might just be the best that I can find
But I can't seem to forget the tears I've cried

I don't know that I will ever trust again
It's a price I must pay for all my sins
Time has changed me and left me full of doubt
And my heart may be lost never to be found

Once upon a time I did believe
In my true love that swept me off my feet
The wind of change swept him away
And left me drowning in my own pain

I don't know that I will ever love again
It's a price that I must pay for all my sins
Time has changed me and left me full of doubt
And my heart may be lost never to be found


 "My Poor Old Heart" lyrics courtesy of - 10/04/11

Pink Crystal Heart Image courtesy of - 10/04/11

Nerve Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/20/06

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

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!!

Animated Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

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

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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