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10/24/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Sunny

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on,
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(04 July 1804 - 19 May 1864)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    If there's no sun where you are today, then just shine yourself.  

BONUS #1 - - Sunny - Marvin Gaye, 1966

BONUS #2 - - Sunny - Stevie Wonder, 1968

BONUS #3 - - Sunny - Boney M, 2006


"Sunny" is the name of a song written by Bobby Hebb. It is one of the most covered popular songs, with hundreds of versions released. BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

Hebb wrote the song after 22 November 1963, the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Hebb's older brother Harold was killed in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb was devastated by both events and many critics say that those events inspired the tune. According to Hebb, he wrote the song as an expression of a preference for a "sunny" disposition over a "lousy" disposition.[1] Certainly, events influenced Bobby's songwriting, but his timeless melody, crossing over into R&B (#3 on U.S. R&B chart) Country and Pop (#2 on U.S. Pop chart), together with the optimistic lyrics, came from the artist's desire to express that one should always "look at the bright side" - a direct quote from the author. Hebb has said about "Sunny":

"All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide. After I wrote it, I thought "Sunny" just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in 'Just Walkin' in the Rain'"... 


     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/23/13:

   I had my first appointment with a cardiologist / internist,    Dr. Thor E. Klang, yesterday. My blood pressure was down to 100/60 (no doubt explaining my dizziness).  He ran another EKG, had me drop my daily dose of Lasix to an "as needed" basis, and scheduled two tests - an echocardiogram on 11/07 and a persantine sestamibi stress test on 11/14 - plus a follow-up visit on 11/26.


   Happy Birthday today to  Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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;

30 -   Virginia Gall (Feb. '48) of VA;

31 - Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 23, 1941 - Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov took command of Red Army operations to prevent the further advance into Russia of German forces and to prevent the Wehrmacht from capturing Moscow.

October 23, 1942 - The Battle for Henderson Field began during the Guadalcanal Campaign; it ended on October 26.

October 23, 1942 - Second Battle of El Alamein: – At El Alamein in northern Egypt, the British Eighth Army under Field Marshal Montgomery began a critical offensive to expel the Axis armies from Egypt.

October 23, 1942 - All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner were killed when it was struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims was award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").

October 23, 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf – The largest naval battle in history began in the Philippines.

October 23, 1944 - The Soviet Red Army entered Hungary.

October 23, 1998 - Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.


Wednesday, October 23, 1963 - Author Gordon Korman was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


October 24, 1795 - Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

October 24, 1943 - The Provisional Government of Free India formally declared war on Britain and the United States of America.

October 24, 1944 -The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi were sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

October 24, 1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II.

October 24, 1945 - Vidkun Quisling of Norway, one of the most prominent collaborators of the Nazis, was executed.


Thursday, October 24, 1963 - Race car driver John Hendrie was born John Grattan Hendrie in Lennoxtown, Scotland.

Thursday, October 24, 1963 - Television sports announcer Mark Grant was born Mark Andrew Grant in Aurora, Illinois.

Thursday, October 24, 1963 - Miss World 1986 delegate Giselle Laronde was born Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

Thursday, October 24, 1963 - Financier Arvind Raghunathan was born in India.

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/22/13 - "This Saturday Night - Be Here!":

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   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Terry! Y'all have fun!


     From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 10/23/13 - "Visitors":

      Mrs. Aretie Gallins Danley Patterson and husband John Patterson at my house for a visit. We had a ball looking at the yearbook .They wanted to see President of the Class of 1965)      Joe Wingo's (of NC) picture .They had fond memories of a star athlete, great student and an all around nice boy.

I hated to see them leave.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Aretie Gallins Patterson and John Patterson
 (both '59 of TN)

I wish that I had taken a picture of
   Butch ('63 - of CO) and    Chuck Ragland ('66 - of VA) when they were here last week. That was a nice visit, too. Butch got around my house in his power chair almost as well as I do.    Malcolm Davis ('65 - of VA) took them to lunch at the Crab Shack after our visit.

   WOWZERONI! What fun! Thanks for sharing this, Jamey!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/22/13 - "Blast of the Past":

Enjoy some great pictures, good old days, lots of Elvis and wonderful cars, brings back some marvelous memories..... I worked at the Colonial Store in one of my first jobs at 35 cents an hour.... *;)

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!

   From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 10/23/13 - "Proofreading is a dying art":

Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?
Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's! They must be in a UNION.

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?
       Thanks, Stacy!

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of NC - 10/23/13 - "Laffy Taffy Jokes":

Q. How did the farmer move his cow?

A. In a mooving van.

Q. What do you get when you mix paint together?

A. A mess.

     Thanks, Dale!

    From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of NC - 10/23/13 - "More Laffy Taffy Jokes":

Q. What do astronauts eat for dinner?

A. Launch meat.

Q. What is yellow and wears a mask?

A. The Lone Lemon.

     Thanks, Diana!

    From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 10/23/13 - "Icy Steps":

  For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways.

They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

   Thanks, Evelyn!


From My Friend, Angela, of NC - 10/23/13 - "Fair Warning":

    Thanks, Angela!  

From - 10/14/13 - "Life-Work Balance":

Life & Work Balance -- Myth or Reality?

By Alyssa M. Johnson

"Is it even possible to achieve life & work balance?" bemoaned a client of mine a few months ago. She was running herself ragged trying to juggle about 15 plates at once. She'd hit a wall and wasn't even sure where to go from here. She was exhausted, short-tempered with just about everyone she cared about, doing a rotten job at work and anxious a lot of the time. Best of all...She was done living like this and ready to make a change! Music to my ears!! This is what I love to do!

I began by asking "What is important in life for you?" She shrugged her shoulders and in frustration said, "I don't even know anymore! All I do is run from one thing to the next without having much of an opportunity to even think."

It's a common situation. As women, we want to help. We want to make everyone's life happy and easy. And we want to look like we have it all together. But it's just not humanly possible to keep that pace up long-term. Like my client, eventually things start breaking down. It may be your marriage. It may be your job. It may be you!

I calmly answered her initial question and said: "Yes. It is possible to have life & work balance in your everyday living. But you have to be ready to make some decisions and some changes."

Things aren't perfect, but she's well on her way! Wanna know how she did it? Good! I thought you might...

Life & Work Balance Tip #1
Scale back to the bare necessities -- I had her commit to taking 1 week to just observe all she was doing. The assignment was to carve out 15 minutes before her head hit the pillow, in exhaustion, to write down every place she went that day and why. The "why" was an eye opener. It helped her to begin evaluating her motives (something she'd never taken the time to do before, because she was so busy). Next to each activity, I asked her to rate it on a scale of 1-10 (1 lowest, 10 highest) as to how much she enjoyed it.

Life & Work Balance Tip #2
Manage the damage -- After that week was done, she began observing the damage that was occurring due to the schedule and lifestyle she was trying to maintain. This included damage to herself emotionally, physically & spiritually. But it also included damaged relationships with others. For example, if she was harsh and knew she hurt someone's feelings, or too tired to do a good job at work and let someone down. We spent quite a bit of time in this area, working on negative beliefs she held about things she "had" to do and comparing them to the damage. But once she was able to see these situations differently and accept that the pain of the damage was worse than some of the fears she had, she was ready for....

Life & Work Balance Tip #3
Do more of what you love -- I had her go back and look at her initial list and its ratings, as well as make a new list of any other activities that she knows are good for her and her family. She was able to begin being creative about ways to let go of those activities she didn't like, or at least ask for help or support in getting them done. This freed her up to do more of what she loves.

It was a long road and a lot of work, but life & work balance IS possible. We just spent some time reviewing where she's at now compared to where she used to be. Here's what she said, "While it was tough getting to this point, I'm such a better mom and wife now and now I know life & work balance is a possibility rather than just a myth people dream about."
How about you? Do you feel life & work balance can be a reality for you, or does it feel more like a myth?

About the Author:

Feel guilty about not being the wife/mom you want to be? Tired of saying "yes" to things you don't want to do? Know there's got to be more to life, but can't find it? Visit for more great info to help you vibrantly live rather than just go through the motions.

Be sure to pick up my free report: Stop Trying to be Perfect! 4 Easy Ways to Enjoy Your Life while you're there as well!

BONUS CROCHET SUN PATTERNS: - Kristine's Little Sunshine Appliqué - Rachel Choi's Sun Appliqué - Debbie Williams' Sun Motif

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry, not theme related): - Slow Cooker Pork 'n' Beans - "The tastes of long cooking don't always require us to be tied to the kitchen. That's why we know you'll love our version of Slow Cooker Pork'n'Beans, 'cause our cooker does all the work!" - Banana Pudding Cake - "Make sure to loosen your belt buckle because you'll certainly wanna save room for this moist Banana Pudding Cake." - Pickled Sausage Rolls - "Mr. Food first had Pickled Sausage Rolls when he was in the Carolinas on a road trip from New York to Florida. The only difference in those was that the dough was made from scratch. Honestly, you won't be able to tell the difference!"

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/25/13 - "Life Advice (#21 in a series of 28)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 09/25/13 - "Popular American Cities 100 Years Ago (#21 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" (#6 in a series of 16):

   Thanks, Ruthie - I did!



From - 10/23/12:

Two small county judges both got arrested for speeding on the same day. Rather than call the state Supreme Court for a visiting judge, each agreed to hear the other's case.

The first judge took the bench while the second stood at the defendant's table, and admitted his guilt. The sentencing judge immediately suspended both the fine and costs.

They switched places. The second judge admitted that he was speeding, too. Thereupon the first judge immediately fined him $250 and ordered him to pay court costs.

The second judge was furious. "I suspended your fine and costs, but you threw the book at me!", he fumed.

The first judge looked at him and replied, "This is the second such case we've had in here today. Someone has to get tough about all this speeding!"  

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

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   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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 Written by Bobby Hebb,1963
(26 July 1938 – 03 Aug 2010)

Recorded by Marvin Gaye, 1966
(02 Apr 1939 – 01 Apr 1984)

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain.
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here,
My Sunny one shines so sincere.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet.
Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way.
You gave to me your all and all.
Now I feel ten feet tall.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see.
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to C.
My life was torn like a wind-blown sand,
And the rock was formed when you held my hand.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the smile upon your face.
Sunny, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace.
You're my spark of nature's fire,
You're my sweet complete desire.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain...

"Sunny" midi courtesy of -10/24/10

"Sunny" lyrics courtesy of - 10/24/10

Sun Title clip art courtesy of -10/24/10

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

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

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

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!

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!!

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

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

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

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

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

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