('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 Terry.Seay@itsallaboutZmusic.com
Y'all have fun!
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
When the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat
asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this
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
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
"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?"
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
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
"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."
“'Friendship,' said Christopher Robin, 'is a very comforting thing
- A. A. Milne
"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for
- 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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":
My Friend, Maureen, of NC - 10/21/14 - "Don't Text and Fly":
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA -
09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#21 in a series of 28)":
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):
|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
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.”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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.
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
(17 Sept 1923 – 01 Jan 1953),
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.
So Lonesome I Could Cry"
midi courtesy of
- 10/28/11 (sic)
So Lonesome I Could Cry"
- 10/28/11 (sic)
Falling Star Image courtesy of
http://www.thewallpapers.org/tag/falling - 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
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
http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Image of Annette Funicello courtesy of
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
clip art courtesy of
http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of
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