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10/19/13 - NNHS Newsletter - I Still Cry

“Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees,
and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will
heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”

- Brian Jacques, Taggerung
(15 June 1939 - 05 Feb2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This lovely sad song from 2001 (for which I could find no midi file) has been replaying in my mind all week.

   Today would have been        my daddy's (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) 106th birthday.  I still cry sometimes when I think of him, too.

BONUS #1 - - I Still Cry - Ilse DeLange 

BONUS #2 - - I Still Cry - Ilse DeLange


   Happy Birthday today to   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -
  The late Mr. Julius Conn
(deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

22 -       The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008) AND   The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 09/22/07) AND The late   Annette Funicello of CA (deceased 08 Apr 2013) AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA AND    The late Joe Mooney ('65) (deceased 10/30/01);

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 -   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 18, 1936 - Adolf Hitler announced the Four Year Economic Plan to the German people. The plan detailed the rebuilding of the German military from 1936 to 1940.

October 18, 1944 - Adolf Hitler ordered the establishment of a German national militia.

October 18, 1944 - The Soviet Union began the liberation of Czechoslovakia.


October 18, 1963 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bam Balams, Navahodads, and Vampire Lovers) Brendan Kibble was born in Australia, probably in or near Brisbane.


October 19, 1944 - United States forces landed in the Philippines.


October 19, 1963 - Footballer Sergio Goycochea was born Sergio Javier Goycoche in Zárate, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

October 19, 1963 - Comedian and actor Norm Macdonald was born Norman Gene Macdonald in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

October 19, 1963 - Mathematician Jacques Hadamard  (b. Jacques Salomon Hadamard on 08 Dec 1865 in Versailles, France) died in Paris, France at the age of 97.


    From the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 10/19/13, 12:17 AM:

The Cardinals just beat the Dodgers, so your guys get to go to the World Series!

   WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Lady!

From - 10/18/13, 11:56 PM:

NLCS Game 6: St. Louis Cardinals tag Clayton Kershaw and defeat Dodgers to advance to World Series  

Carlos Beltran's hitting and defense finally drove him to the World Series as the Cardinals torched Kershaw for seven runs while rookie Michael Wacha silenced the Dodgers' bats for the second time in the NLCS.


ST. LOUIS — For 16 summers and four Octobers, Carlos Beltran has been elite and low-key, defined by quiet excellence and behaving with deep reserve. For five months, Yasiel Puig has been the most thrilling athlete in baseball, or the most infuriating, depending on one’s values and codes.

On a raw Friday night in the Midwest, steady and sublime beat electric: Beltran’s hitting and defense finally drove him into his first World Series, while Puig committed two errors as the Dodgers unraveled. The mercurial team from Hollywood saw its ace, Clayton Kershaw, look stunningly inadequate in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, and lost to phenom Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0.....

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 10/17/13 - "Heaven's Clerk":


Everyone needs a good laugh now and then!

Jerry Blanchard Class of 62 of Va. (In Hampton now!)


All arrivals in heaven have to go through a bureaucratic examination to determine whether admission will be granted. One room has a clerk who inputs computerized records of what each applicant did on his or her last day of life.

The first applicant of the day explained that his last day was not a good one. "I came home early and found my wife lying naked in bed. She claimed she had just gotten out of the shower.

"Well, her hair was dry, so I checked the shower and it was completely dry too. I knew she was into some hanky-panky, and I began to look for her lover. I went onto the balcony of our 9th floor apartment and found the SOB clinging to the rail by his fingertips. I was so angry that I began bashing his fingers with a flower pot. He let go and fell, but his fall was broken by some awnings and bushes.

"On seeing he was still alive I found super human strength to drag our antique cedar chest to the balcony and throw it over. It hit the man and killed him. At this point the stress got to me, and I suffered a massive heart attack and died."

The clerk thanked him and sent him on to the next office.

The second applicant said that his last day was his worst. "I was on the roof of an apartment building working on the AC equipment. I stumbled over my tools and toppled off the building. I managed to grab onto the balcony rail of a 9th floor apartment, but some idiot came rushing out on the balcony and bashed my hands with a flower pot. I fell but hit some awnings and bushes and survived, but as I looked up I saw a huge chest falling toward me. I tried to crawl out of the way but failed and was hit and killed by the chest."

The clerk couldn't help but chuckle as he directed the man to the next room.

He was still giggling when his third customer of the day entered. He apologized and said, "I doubt that your last day was as interesting as the fellow in here just before you."

"I don't know," replied the man, "picture this, I'm buck naked hiding in this cedar chest."
       Thanks, Jerry - and congratulations on your move!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 10/18/13 - "When Asterisks Replace Words ":

Do Chaplains Now Have the Toughest Political Job?
Anathematizing Seems Underway
By Harry M. Covert

After due diligence, broad research and deep contemplation it can be said the toughest jobs in the nation’s capital belong to the chaplains of the Senate and House.

The opening prayers, usually timed at 60 seconds, may reach heavenly climes, but more often than not fall on closed ears and waffling minds.

This is not a knock on the esteemed and honorable clergymen. It does point to the job facing them and perhaps a re-thinking of their inputs.

Washington apparently has a long reputation, not just of shootings and stabbings, but now as the cussingest city perhaps in the country–for the more educated, the most profane anywhere.

The chaplains wouldn’t dare invoke the Biblical admonition to “shun (avoid) profane babblings.” Obviously that would be quite dangerous considering their constituency. They probably leave and mumble, “Lord give me patience and do it now.”

Obviously the matter of role models is far from the thinking of the members of the most exclusive club and those in the Rayburn, Longworth, Cannon and Ford buildings.
Beloved television character Captain Video ended his Dumont children’s program one afternoon with this comment: “There, that should hold the little b******s.” That occurred in 1955. Promptly the Captain lost his live television job and couldn’t find another until the mid60s when a kind Virginia broadcaster gave him a chance.

Today, the alleged political role models don’t even try to keep their “cussing” out of the open microphone. Heck, just like all of the models, actors, sports and political radio-TV talking heads, cussing is in style. Nothing is off limits. Even the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t really care anymore.

It’s funny. We can laugh at Winston Churchill teaching his parrot to use all of the British cuss words. John R. W. Stott didn’t think it was witty.


Obviously all of the frayed nerves these days is an excuse for the distinguished Speaker informing Americans the current shenanigans are “not a damn game.” The Crier-of-the-House also told his Senate counterpart to “f*** off” after a January White House confab.

The District’s long-serving delegate has roared in, telling some colleagues “to go to hell.”

Let’s be fair here. A few years back the vice president, on the senate floor, told a colleague to “f*** off.” He was “forcefully expressing unhappiness with the conduct” of a longtime senator.

It’s no secret profane use of the English language is not confined to other venues. Apparently only George Washington, the general-president, did not use profanity and cautioned his charges not to do so. Ike, the other general-president didn’t either.

Their esteemed followers have been more up to date. They have broadened their use. Their words haven’t been recorded as heavenly days, durn, shucks, save our beaches, cheese and crackers, bull pockets, horse’s patoot and p-o’d but many other popular epithets.

Cussing may be a form of anathematizing. It is puzzling that so many of the leaders love public posturing ending their speeches by invoking Divine guidance calmly with dignity, “and, God Bless America.”

Then it’s back to business. Returning to polite talk they are caught whispering (not realizing microphones are live) describing a national reporter as an “a-double-ess.”
Here’s where Captain Video’s words should truly be remembered, “Let’s blast them to space dust!”

   Thank you so much, Harry!

From - 10/14/13 - "Multitasking Mistakes":

The Misadventures of Multitasking: How Trying To Do Too Much Makes You Unhappy and Unproductive

By Elaine Wellman

Yesterday, I made a big mess. I was trying to be Superwoman and get everything done. Instead, I slowed myself down and am still cleaning up today. What does multitasking cost us?

Before we explore that, here's a cautionary, humorous, real-life tale. Last night, I had fun plans on the town -- dinner and a show in Manhattan with one of my oldest friends who is visiting from San Francisco. I had worked hard all day cleaning my apartment and it was time to get ready for the evening. But something caught my eye. Since returning from vacation, I hadn't washed out my swimsuits, which were hanging on the bathroom doorknob.

Lightening bulb! I could throw one of them in the sink while I took a shower. So, with a sink full of soapy water and the suit, I jumped in the shower to wash my hair. Here's where it gets amusing.

A few minutes later while shaving my legs I caught a glimpse of the sink. (This is a small apartment-sized bathroom so the tub and the sink are nearly touching.) Time to rinse the suit. I reached over and unplugged the drain to release the water and turned it back on to rinse out the suit. Still in the shower, I put conditioner on my hair and went about the rest of my usual cleansing ritual. A few more minutes passed and then I realized perhaps I should check on the sink situation.

Yikes! The water was running over onto the floor and both my iPhone and home phone lay on the countertop -- wet. Half of the big fluffy white bath rug below was drenched. Water was all over the floor. And I still had conditioner in my hair.

I shut off the water in the sink and tossed the two phones onto the dry section of the small rug (luckily I caught those before any damage was done). Cursing, I rinsed out my hair, quickly finished up in the shower and dried off.

I didn't have time to put the towels and rugs in the dryer in the basement of the building so, I set up the drying rack I use for all my "dry flat" laundry in the tub and draped them over it. At least the mess was cleaned up, so I thought, and I could get back to beauty routine without being too late to meet my friend. I'd have to wash the rugs and towels later when I had more time.

Then, my kitten Buddha, who had keenly observed the clean up effort, wandered over and started sniffing the area under the cabinet the sink is in. What the heck was he doing? He never did that before.

I opened the cabinet and .... more water. There was water in the bottom of the cabinet, and all the various items packed into the one and only cabinet in the small bathroom were also wet. More cursing!

I put yet another beach towel on the floor, sat down and emptied out the entire cabinet. Travel bags, sample sized bottles of lotion and shampoo, Q-tips, cotton rounds, alcohol, a hair dryer I never use, sunscreen, a wire shelf .... all were either dried off or tossed onto the towel. I wiped out the bottom of the cabinet and put back what I could. The rest I left strewn across the floor to dry out on various towels.

I did make it into the city in time to meet my friend dinner and had an enjoyable evening. But it wasn't fun dealing with the stress of my multitasking mishap. And I'm not done cleaning up yet! After I finish writing this article, I'm headed to the laundry room in the basement. That rug will never dry without going thru the spin cycle. And, I have to either throw out or put back the items I left all over the floor.

We multitask because we think we can do everything well at once but the truth is that we can't. Instead, we are switching from one task to another, diluting our attention, spreading ourselves too thin and teetering between different goals.

The truth is Multitasking:

Slows You Down -- we do it because we think can get more done in a shorter amount of time but in fact multitasking costs time. Studies show it takes longer to complete activities when multitasking. The smart way to work is Time Blocking. Time blocking is completing things in batches: pay all your bills at one time, then reply to all your emails, then turn to the next project. That allows you to get into the mindset groove each activity requires.

Causes You to Make Mistakes -- As my bathroom debacle proves, studies show that switching between tasks can cause a 40% loss in productivity. And the more critical thinking that is required for the tasks, the greater the error for mistakes.

Stresses You Out -- Remember the cursing? Making mistakes and wasting your time cleaning up the mess causes stress and unhappiness. Enough said.

Makes You Miss Out on Life -- In today's hyper-connected world, few are stopping to smell the roses ... or even catch a glance at what's going on around them. Research shows that people who are busy doing two things at once don't even see obvious thing right in front of them. Remember the video of the woman talking on her phone in a mall who tumbled head-first into a fountain? Researchers call it "in-attentional blindness," and note that although people are technically looking at their surroundings, none of it actually registers in their brains.

Diminishes Your Creativity -- "A ha" moments are reduced when you're multitasking according to research from the University of Illinois. It requires a lot of "working memory" or temporary brain storage and when that is all used up, our ability to think creatively is taken away. There's just too much going on in our heads for daydreaming and blue sky thinking.

Makes OHIO Impossible -- The "only handle it once" rule of productivity goes out the window when you're multitasking. In fact, you're likely to have to handle it five or six times. A definite time-sucker.
Multitasking can also:
- Hurt Your Relationships
- Cause Overeating
- Be Deadly

The evidence is strong and it is clear. So the next time you catch yourself answering an email while you're in the middle of watching a pod cast and on a sales call, STOP. Do yourself a favor. Catch yourself and reset your priorities to finish one task before moving onto the next.

Me? I've got to do laundry (the rug), finish cleaning up the bathroom floor, wash out my other swimsuit and assemble my new desk chair -- in that order! (Hey do you think I can wash out the suit while I'm cleaning up the rest of the mess?)

About the Author:

Elaine Wellman helps women entrepreneurs create their big juicy vision by tapping into what brings them joy, mastering the skills that lead to happiness, and applying that to all areas of their lives. She is an expert on happiness and success and a certified life coach. For more information on committing to your happiness and success and a free copy of Elaine's workbook The #1 Secret to Happiness for Successful Women, check out

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/13/13 - "Times Have Changed":

  BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Shari!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/18/13 - "Stain Remover":

  The ultimate stain remover that actually works on a seriously set in stain! Never buy Oxyclean again!

Stain Remover

1 teaspoon Dawn dishwashing detergent
3-4 Tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
2 Tablespoons baking soda

Scrub on with a scrubbing brush.

From My Friend, Alice, of NV - 10/15/13 - "Pecan Wedding Cookies":

I LOVE THESE...and although they're not diabetic friendly, I'll save the recipe for something special later on.
  Pecan Wedding Cookies

2 sticks butter
4 tablespoons sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix all ingredients together with hands and roll into balls. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Roll in powered sugar while warm, then again when cooled.


   OOOH! Thank you, Alice!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/25/13 - "Life Advice (#17 in a series of 28)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 09/25/13 - "Some Funnies - Enjoy (#17 in a series of 20)":

  Thanks, Jimmy!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 09/25/13 - "Popular American Cities 100 Years Ago (#17 in a series of 28)":

  Great and interesting, Carol, to look at that time verses the cities of today......


These are really professional photographers who took these pictures... Note how sharp and clear most of the photos are and these are over a 100 years old. There aren't many old photos as good.

American Cities more than a Century ago

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!

1913 - Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/18/13 - "Reflective Moments" (#2 in a series of 16):

   Thanks, Ruthie - I did!


BONUS CROCHET PATTERN (Sorry, not theme related): - Michele Maks' Turkey Talk Throw - "This crocheted throw is perfect for napping after having Thanksgiving dinner! You’ll love having this throw as part of your fall decorating style."

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry, not theme related): - Coconut Cake - "If you took a walk into any Southern bakery, or stopped by the local school bake sale, we bet you'd find an impressive coconut cake winking at you. But since most of us can't do that, we can bake it right at home." - Southern Fried Pork Chops - "Southern Fried Pork Chops are a "must" in all Southern households. One bite will tell you why!" - Chicken Pie - "Here's some down-home, country-style goodness. Who knew that a casserole pie could be this easy?"

From - 10/18/13:
A cocky State Highways employee stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer. He told the farmer, "I need to inspect your farm for a possible new road."

The old farmer said, "OK, but don't go in that field."

The Highways employee said, "I have the authority of the State Government to go where I want. See this card? I am allowed to go wherever I wish on farm land."

So the old farmer went about his farm chores.

Later, he heard loud screams and saw the State Highways employee running for the fence and close behind was the farmer's prize bull. The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets and the bull was gaining on the employee at every step!!

The old farmer called out, "Show him your card!!"

1.Thursday, November 7, 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. Wednesday, December 11, 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.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/02/13

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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I Still Cry

Recorded by Ilse deLange, 2001
(b. 13 May 1977)

I'm making flowers out of paper
While darkness takes the afternoon
I know that they won't last forever
But real ones fade away to soon

Chorus :
I still cry sometimes when I remember you
I still cry sometimes when I hear your name
I said goodbye and I know you're alright now
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry

It's just that I recall September
It's just that I still hear your song
It's just I can't seem to remember
Forever more those days are gone

Chorus :
I still cry sometimes when I remember you
I still cry sometimes when I hear your name
I said goodbye and I know you're alright now
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry

I still cry sometimes when I remember you
I still cry sometimes when I hear your name
I said goodbye and I know you're alright now
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry

"I Still Cry" lyrics courtesy of - 10/13/12

Crying image courtesy of - 10/20/12

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!

Animated Army and USMC Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Flower Bar 26 courtesy of - 09/03/12

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

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!!

Image of Annette Funicello courtesy of - 10/21/06

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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