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10/22/14 - NNHS Newsletter - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.
One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say -- and to feel --
'Yes, that's the way it is, or at least that's the way I feel it. You're not as alone as you thought.'”

- John Steinbeck
(27 Feb 1902 - 20 Dec 1968)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   OOOH, a nice sad old song from 1949; you know how much I love sad old songs.  

BONUS - - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams, 1949


"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard. With evocative lyrics, such as the opening lines "Hear that lonesome whip-poor-will/He sounds too blue to fly," the song has been covered by a wide range of musicians.

Rolling Stone ranked it #111 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It's the second oldest song on the list, and one of only two from the 1940s.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       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)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND Susan Perkins Best ('63) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA AND   Owen Smith ('63);

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

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA AND Fred Shelton ('63);

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA AND   Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA;

29 -     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 22, 1941 - French resistance member Guy Môquet and 29 other hostages were executed by the Germans in retaliation for the death of a German officer.

October 22, 1943 - In the Second firestorm raid on Germany, the Royal Air Force conducted an air raid on the town of Kassel, killing 10,000 and rendering 150,000 homeless.


Thursday, October 22, 1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, but turned down the honor.

Thursday, October 22, 1964 - In Canada: A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selected the design which became the new official flag of Canada.

Thursday, October 22, 1964 - Singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (DC Talk and The Gotee Brothers) TobyMac was born Kevin Michael McKeehan in Fairfax, Virginia.

Thursday, October 22, 1964 - Basketball player Dražen Petrović was born in Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. He died in a traffic accident in Denkendorf, Germany on June 7, 1993, four and a half months before his 29th birthday.

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/21/14 - "House Concert This Saturday... October 25th - Over 30 Canadian Songwriters":
  Come join in this fund-raiser for our friends North of Z Border!

Donations at the door!

Doors Open early..... 5:30 PM...Music Starts at 6:00 PM

RSVP to me at

 WOWZERS! Thanks, Terry!
Y'all have fun!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/21/14 - "Lest we forget!":

I know this has gone around several times over the last 50 years so and we learned it in history class so it is not new news to anyone on this distribution but it is interesting to read again and reflect on the message considering what we are going through right now. Don't you wish you could clone Nimitz and Patton today and set them loose against ISIS... One can dream.

Really interesting bit of history.

Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time.

In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor " by Admiral Chester Nimitz.”

Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.

Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941.

There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war.

On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked.

When the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?"

Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice.

Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?"

Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?"

Nimitz explained:

Mistake number one: the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.

Mistake number two: when the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.

Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply.

That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America.

I've never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas -- he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it--Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.

President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.

There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST.

Why have we forgotten?

   Thanks so much, Billy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/21/14 - "Astounding Octopus Facts, Comforting Ebola Facts & A Native American Proverb":

(Some of these are groaners, but chuckle worthy.)


All but two of the ballerinas were in costume early for the matinee performance. At 1:55 the distressed director asked this pair of women why they were not yet in costume.

The first one said, "It may seem like a silly superstition but I never put mine on until 1:58."

"What about you, the same thing?" he asked the other dancer.

She replied, "Oh yes, I have a two to two tutu, too!"


"A woman in the U.K. held a wedding ceremony to marry herself. I don't know how to tell you this, but I think that lady you just married might be crazy."
- Seth Meyers


A German farmer with relatives in the US promised them some fresh pork sausages made by hand from his very own stock of pigs. But as the weeks went by they gave him a call to complain that the package had not yet arrived.

He told them, "Don't worry. The wurst is yet to come."


After eight days of backpacking with my wife Linda, we were looking pretty scruffy. One morning she came to breakfast in a baseball cap, her shoulder length hair sticking out at odd angles.

"Terry," she said, "does my hair make me look like a water buffalo?"

I thought for a moment, then said, "If I tell you the truth, do you promise not to charge?"


Ponder Worthy

Generally, your greatest service to someone in their time of trouble, sorrow, or confusion, is your comfort. Take the time to listen to their troubles and concerns with patience, kindness, and empathy, but without offering unsolicited advice or suggestions. Your kindly hand on their shoulder, supportive hug, and patient listening are often the greatest gifts you can offer.



The oldest known octopus fossil belongs to an animal that lived some 296 million years ago, during the Carboniferous period.

Octopuses have three hearts. Two of the hearts work exclusively to move blood beyond the animal's gills, while the third keeps circulation flowing for the organs. The organ heart actually stops beating when the octopus swims, explaining the species' penchant for crawling rather than swimming, which exhausts them.

Octopus arms have a mind of their own. Two-thirds of an octopus' neurons reside in its arms, not its head.

Octopus ink doesn't just hide the animal. The ink also physically harms enemies. It contains a compound called tyrosinase, which, in humans, helps to control the production of the natural pigment melanin. But when sprayed in a predator's eyes, tyrosinase causes a blinding irritation. It also garbles creatures' sense of smell and taste.

Octopuses have blue blood. To survive in the deep ocean, octopuses evolved a copper rather than iron-based blood called hemocyanin, which turns its blood blue. This copper base is more efficient at transporting oxygen then hemoglobin when water temperature is very low and not much oxygen is around.

The species practices external fertilization. Multiple males either insert their spermatophores directly into a tubular funnel that the female uses to breathe, or else literally hand her the sperm, which she always accepts with one of her right arms (researchers do not know why). Males die shortly after; when eggs hatch, the female's body turns on her.



You are not at risk for Ebola infection unless you are in direct contact with bodily fluids of someone with Ebola while they have viral symptoms such as fever, vomiting, and cough. New infections come from close contact with an infected person, especially with blood, body fluids, or contaminated needles, late in the disease when viral levels are high.

The flu virus, on the other hand, is highly contagious: When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, respiratory droplets are generated and transmitted into the air, and can then can be inhaled by anyone nearby.

The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.



"There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend."
- Katharine Butler Hathaway

"The best comfort I could offer was to just let her tell her story."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always."
- Hippocrates

“'Friendship,' said Christopher Robin, 'is a very comforting thing to have.'”
- A. A. Milne

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"
- George Eliot


From Bizarre News~

*- Police respond to crocodile report, find toy -*

PLYMOUTH, England (UPI) - British police said they responded with snare poles and riot shields to a call that turned out to be about an inflatable toy crocodile. Devon and Cornwall Police said a Plymouth, England, woman called authorities for help shortly after noon Wednesday to report spotting a 3-foot crocodile in her garden. Officers responded with snare poles, nets and riot shields while a team of wildlife experts from Dartmoor Zoo were called to assist. The officers became suspicious when they threw water on the animal and it failed to move. "The beast turned out to be an inflatable toy crocodile. Police have apprehended the crocodile," a police spokesman said. The spokesman said police do not know how the toy ended up in the woman's garden.


Wisdom Tip~

Judging others

You are not qualified to judge another, until you have walked in his moccasins for a whole moon.

= Native North American Proverb = By mike swindlehurst


Jury Duty

Last week I served on jury duty.

When I received the notice in the mail, I admit like most people I sighed and said, "I don't have time for this; I have too much to do."

I also thought about the mere $25 I would get paid for the whole day. I said, "Why don't they pay me what I make on my job for a day's work?" But then, the thought came to me, "What if I were the one with the case and needed jurors to attend my trial?" From that moment on, I was honored to serve on jury duty. Besides, if everyone were paid what they made on their jobs, taxes would go up and we would pay it one way or another.

As I sat in the juror assembly room, I looked around and noticed that these jurors made up our society. Even though we were all different in many ways, we were all connected and the same in many ways.

A man sitting behind me looked as though he had nothing at all in common with me. He asked me what I did, and I told him. I asked him the same, and he said he owned a yoga center. I told him I had been to one yoga center in the city and offered him the name. His eyes lit up, "That's the one I own," he responded.

He told me it was a small world.

Sometimes it is not the size of the world that we overestimate as it is the link between us all that we underestimate.

The other observance that became apparent to me while waiting were the activities people performed while waiting to be selected for a courtroom. It reflected what they did with their spare time in life.

Some people were asleep; sleep was important to them.

Some people were working on their laptops; work had to be done.

Some people were reading the newspaper. They wanted to stay abreast of what was going on in the world.

Some people were reading books. They understood the power of reading.

Some people were talking to others. They enjoyed good conversation.

Others were watching television. They just wanted to be entertained.

Some looked at this time waiting as time wasted. Others looked at it as a blessing to finally be able to slow down for a minute and take a breather.

Jury duty was representative of life. The same time, the same job, the same place, the same pay, and the same responsibility represented different things to different people.

Just like life, the jury duty selection process will seem like they are picking on you at times. I have been here four times in the past five years, yet my mother is over twice my age and has never been summoned.

The next time you are summoned for jury duty, imagine it was your case and be thankful for the freedom realized in the judicial system. While waiting to be chosen to perform your duty, take notice of how you spend your time.

By the way, I wrote three MountainWings issues while waiting. I had intentions of writing them for weeks and just now found the time.

~A MountainWings Original by James Bronner~

   Thank you, Shari!

From My Friend, Stephen, of NC - 10/21/14 - "Acting on Faith":

  AMEN! Thank you, Stephen!

From My Friend, Maureen, of NC - 10/21/14 - "Don't Text and Fly":

  Thanks, Maureen!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#21 in a series of 28)":

  INDEED! Thank you, Joan!

BONUS CROCHET PATTERN (Sorry, not theme related): -  Bonnie Barker's Yule Tree Throw & Pillow - "This elegant design will add a note of comfort to any style of decorating and will be enjoyed whenever the weather is cold. The cable patterns are beautifully designed, featuring fir trees along the centers of both throw and pillow."

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry, not theme related): - Country-Bumpkin Fried Steak - "Country-Bumpkin Fried Steak is a down-home old-fashioned favorite in the South, Midwest, and Southwest. No matter where you live, this easy skillet meal has an extra-special country-fried topping that's sure to win raves at your dinner table!" - Real Butter Cookies - "Crisp butter cookies like Mama used to make. Mmm, they melt in your mouth. Make sure you take a bite of these homemade cookies fresh out of the oven for the ultimate comfort dessert." - Hot Tomato Grits - "No true Southern breakfast would be complete without a helping of grits! And with bacon, cheese and tomatoes, you can't go wrong!"


From - 10/21/14:

A woman was arrested for shop lifting. When she went before the judge he asked her, “What did you steal?”

She replied, “A can of peaches.”

The judge asked her why she had stolen them and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied 5.

The judge then said, “I will give you 5 days in jail.”

Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment, the woman’s husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something.

The judge said, “What is it?”

The husband said, “She also stole a can of peas.”

1. 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.

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   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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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Written and recorded by
Hank Williams (17 Sept 1923 – 01 Jan 1953), 1949  

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by.
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry.

Did you ever see a robin weep,
When leaves began to die?
That means he's lost the will to live,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky.
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" midi courtesy of - 10/28/11 (sic)

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" lyrics courtesy
of - 10/28/11 (sic)

Falling Star Image courtesy of - 10/28/11 (sic)

Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 09/05/05

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

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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 Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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