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10/30/11 - NNHS Newsletter
People Are Strange

“Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world.”

- Arnold Bennett
(27 May 1897 - 27 Mar 1931)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I must concur with this title song and quotation.....

BONUS - - People Are Strange - The Doors


"People Are Strange" is a single released by The Doors in September 1967 from their second album Strange Days which was also released in September 1967. The single peaked at the #12 position of the U.S. Hot 100 chart[1] and made it to the top ten in the Cash Box charts. It was written by Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison although credit was given to The Doors evenly.

According to its Allmusic review, the song "reflects the group's fascination with the theatrical music of European cabaret."[2] The song is about alienation and being an outsider, and Jim Morrison may have addressed the song both to the hippie culture, to outsiders in general, and/or to users of drugs such as LSD.[2] The song came about in early 1967 after guitarist Robby Krieger and a depressed Morrison had walked to the top of Laurel Canyon.[3] Drummer John Densmore believes that the song was the manifestation of Morrison's "vulnerability".[3]


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA;

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND
    My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of NC AND My Grandson,   Tom Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1861

As Abraham Lincoln had no end of difficulty with his generals-- hiring them, motivating them, getting them to fight, finding something useful for them to do after he fired them, keeping them from running against him for President--so did Jefferson Davis occasionally have trouble with his. The offending party this time was Pierre Gustav Toutant Beauregard. His official report on the Battle of Manassas (there had been only one at this point) had been more honest about the performance of several commanders than was considered politically correct. What had Davis really irate, though, was that Beauregard then leaked portions of it to the press. “It seemed to be an attempt to exalt yourself at my expense,” Davis wrote.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 1862

One of the high points of the Confederate quest for recognition of its fledgling government was reached today. Emperor Napoleon III of France offered a proposal to halt the bloody carnage which was convulsing the midsection of the North American continent. The emperor suggested to the ministers of Great Britain and Russia that they combine efforts in suggesting overtures of mediation to both the United States and Confederate States of America. Aside from the fact that the two proposed mediators were not on the best of terms with each other diplomatically speaking at the moment, it is most unlikely that Lincoln, for one, would have agreed to the plan even if it had been offered. Lincoln on other occasions turned down such offers, on the grounds that there were not two separate countries to mediate between.

Friday, Oct. 30, 1863

Arkansas, although firmly a member of the Confederacy, was nevertheless a border state on two sides, Missouri on the north and the Indian Territory which would later become Oklahoma on the west. This meant that it suffered some of the same embarrassing problems of other border states. Specifically, a group of unreconstructed Union sympathizers held a meeting in Fort Smith today. By means unspecified in history they not only managed to meet and then get out of town without death, maiming or even serious insult, they even elected a member of their group as their representative to Congress--in Washington, not Richmond.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 1864

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a cavalry officer, but he was also a commander of considerable cunning and creativity. This explains how he came to be fighting a naval battle today. On the Tennessee River near Ft. Henry, Forrest was trying to get his men across the river, but was being hampered in the effort by Union gunboats. In characteristically direct fashion, Forrest set up a battery of guns and started firing. Acting Master Bryant of the USS Undine heard the firing and steamed off to investigate, whereupon the guns were turned upon her. Other vessels likewise came to either investigate or assist, and by the end of the day were all under new management. Two of the ships captured were troop transports, so there was no more trouble crossing the river. 

From - 10/24/11 - "4 Keys to Life Change":

4 Emotions that can Lead to Life Change

By Jim Rohn

Emotions are the most powerful forces inside us. Under the power of emotions, human beings can perform the most heroic (as well as barbaric) acts. To a great degree, civilization itself can be defined as the intelligent channeling of human emotion. Emotions are fuel and the mind is the pilot, which together propel the ship of civilized progress.

Which emotions cause people to act? There are four basic ones; each, or a combination of several, can trigger the most incredible activity. The day that you allow these emotions to fuel your desire is the day you'll turn your life around.

One does not usually equate the word "disgust" with positive action. And yet properly channeled, disgust can change a person's life. The person who feels disgusted has reached a point of no return. He or she is ready to throw down the gauntlet at life and say, "I've had it!" That's what I said after many humiliating experiences at age 25, I said. "I don't want to live like this anymore. I've had it with being broke. I've had it with being embarrassed, and I've had it with lying."

Yes, productive feelings of disgust come when a person says, "Enough is enough."

The "guy" has finally had it with mediocrity. He's had it with those awful sick feelings of fear, pain and humiliation. He then decides he is not going to live like this anymore." Look out! This could be the day that turns a life around. Call it what you will, the "I've had it" day, the "never again" day, the "enough's enough" day. Whatever you call it, it's powerful! There is nothing so life-changing as gut-wrenching disgust!

Most of us need to be pushed to the wall to make decisions. And once we reach this point, we have to deal with the conflicting emotions that come with making them. We have reached a fork in the road. Now this fork can be a two-prong, three-prong, or even a four-prong fork. No wonder that decision-making can create knots in stomachs, keep us awake in the middle of the night, or make us break out in a cold sweat.

Making life-changing decisions can be likened to internal civil war. Conflicting armies of emotions, each with its own arsenal of reasons, battle each other for supremacy of our minds. And our resulting decisions, whether bold or timid, well thought out or impulsive, can either set the course of action or blind it. I don't have much advice to give you about decision-making except this:

Whatever you do, don't camp at the fork in the road. Decide. It's far better to make a wrong decision than to not make one at all. Each of us must confront our emotional turmoil and sort out our feelings.

How does one gain desire? I don't think I can answer this directly because there are many ways. But I do know two things about desire:
a. It comes from the inside not the outside.
b. It can be triggered by outside forces.

Almost anything can trigger desire. It's a matter of timing as much as preparation. It might be a song that tugs at the heart. It might be a memorable sermon. It might be a movie, a conversation with a friend, a confrontation with the enemy, or a bitter experience.

Even a book or an article such as this one can trigger the inner mechanism that will make some people say, "I want it now!"

Therefore, while searching for your "hot button" of pure, raw desire, welcome into your life each positive experience. Don't erect a wall to protect you from experiencing life. The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.

Resolve says, "I will." These two words are among the most potent in the English language. I WILL. Benjamin Disraeli, the great British statesman, once said, "Nothing can resist a human will that will stake even its existence on the extent of its purpose." In other words, when someone resolves to "do or die," nothing can stop him.

The mountain climber says, "I will climb the mountain. They've told me it's too high, it's too far, it's too steep, it's too rocky, it's too difficult. But it's my mountain. I will climb it. You'll soon see me waving from the top or you'll never see me, because unless I reach the peak, I'm not coming back." Who can argue with such resolve?

When confronted with such iron-will determination, I can see Time, Fate and Circumstance calling a hasty conference and deciding, "We might as well let him have his dream. He's said he's going to get there or die trying."

The best definition for "resolve" I've ever heard came from a schoolgirl in Foster City, California. As is my custom, I was lecturing about success to a group of bright kids at a junior high school. I asked, "Who can tell me what "resolve" means?" Several hands went up, and I did get some pretty good definitions. But the last was the best. A shy girl from the back of the room got up and said with quiet intensity, "I think resolve means promising yourself you will never give up." That's it! That's the best definition I've ever heard: PROMISE YOURSELF YOU'LL NEVER GIVE UP.

Think about it! How long should a baby try to learn how to walk? How long would you give the average baby before you say, "That's it, you've had your chance"? You say that's crazy? Of course it is. Any mother would say, "My baby is going to keep trying until he learns how to walk!" No wonder everyone walks.
There is a vital lesson in this. Ask yourself, "How long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?" I suggest you answer, "As long as it takes." That's what these four emotions are all about.

About the Author:

This article was submitted by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. It also appears in David Riklan's 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life. Copyright © 1999 Jim Rohn International. All rights reserved worldwide.

From - 10/29/11 - "Morning Musing: Why are we SAVING it?!":

Dear Friends,

Why do we save our good stuff for a special occasions?

1. Good China
2. Nice glasses
3. Linen table cloths
4. Pretty underwear or night gowns
5. Good purses
6. New towels
7. Special bottles of bubble bath and soap
8. Cloth napkins
9. Candles
10. Good silverware
11. Fancy tea pots or silver tea services
12. Stationery / cute notepads

We all have some of these things stashed in our cabinets, linen closets and our dresser drawers. They are just sitting there unloved and collecting dust. We got them for wedding presents or our parents handed them down to us. You may have purchased them for yourself. They are all waiting to we unpacked and used to bless us or our families.

Let me tell you why I think they are unloved and why we don't use them. We have put them in a place that we can't easily get to them. They are in a box in the garage, On a shelf in the basement, stuck so far back under your cabinets, that it would take two hours to pull them out or they are on the very top shelf and you need a ladder to get to them. Then if you do get them out, they are filthy dirty and need to be washed. We don't have time to enjoy our pretty things. So we hide them away. So we don't have to see them and feel guilt about not using them. Or we really don't love them.

If we will get rid of the clutter that is in our kitchen, our linen closets and our china cabinets, we will have more room for the things that you love. When we take the time to get them clean, they will be ready to use. There is another benefit.

When we set a formal table, we can teach our children proper table manners. Many times we eat with our fingers, when we have sandwiches and pizza. Our children have no clue which fork to use first or how to use a butter knife or cut meat. If we are going to help our children feel comfortable in these types of situations, they need practice. This is a good time to let them practice, setting the table and using their best table manners. This has become a lost art. They will need this one day, when a boss asks them over for dinner or at their own wedding.

As for the other items you have stashed in dresser drawers, don't wait till your family buries you in them; then is too late for you to feel sexy wearing them. Get them out and wear those pretty undies. You will be so surprised at how good you will feel, and no one will know. This goes for those night gowns you have stashed too. You know the ones you have gotten for Valentine's Day.

If you are not going to use them, then you might as well give them to someone that will. If you never liked them, then release them and have no guilt about it. Give them away, someone will love them and you will be blessed by your gift.

Make every day a celebration, by treating your family like they are company!

You deserve to FLY,


P.S. When you don't use the gifts your family gives you for Mother's Day, Christmas and Birthday then, they don't think you liked it. Use it up and they will give you more.

Here is a testimonial:


While cleaning out my office this morning, I realized that hoard blank note cards and note pads! You know...the cute ones you get on Mother's Day and birthdays that you dare not write on because they're so cute. Why do I hoard them? Do they bring me happiness? Well, not really. The only time I look at them is when I'm cleaning out my office! I can hear my inner packrat self saying "those would be cute to frame" or "I'm saving them for something special" and I haven't done anything with them in 8 years!

What to do? I put a magnet on the back of one of the cute notepads and put that on my fridge for shopping lists - and I AM ACTUALLY USING IT! I smile every time I write on it. Next, I send one of the special note cards out to my mother. She doesn't live that far away and I talk to her all of the time, but that cute little note card with my sentiments included will bring her far more happiness than it ever would in my junk drawer. Inspired by this recent God breeze, I go get out the nice floral tablecloth I keep in the linen closet (and rarely use) and put it on my dining room table. What a breath of fresh air! I smile every time I pass it!

I guess the take home message here is, hoarding was not making me happy. It was dragging me down. What is the use of having things -- nice china, crystal, linens, and note pads -- if we cannot use them? Do we not deserve to drink our coffee out of the "good" mugs? Why do we always reach for the older ones? Grandma's quilt does me no good sitting in a cedar chest. I need to get it out and enjoy it!!!!

Thanks for letting me ventilate my God breeze your direction. I am one of those Payroll SHE's who thought I had to do your program to the "T" to be successful. I have finally let that go. I don't do everything right every day but keep telling myself "housework done incorrectly still blesses my family!"

Thanks FlyLady! Feel free to use this message in any way.


Hi Marla,

Your email really struck a cord with me. We all know that eating around the table can help a family learn to communicate and foster closeness, but I also learned that it accomplishes more than that.

When my ds (dear son) was about 10 (3 years ago) he brought a sweet little friend to supper one night; this little boy, who was well mannered otherwise, had terrible table manners--smacking, holding his utensil like a shovel, eating with his mouth open providing an unappetizing view. The most surprising part was when I passed him the bread and butter; he looked confused and said he didn't know how to butter the bread. I know his mother. She is loving and attentive; I could not understand how she let him get by with these table manners since it was sure to cause him embarrassment sometime. Then one night, I was at their home for dinner. She fixed each child a plate and put it before him on the bar in the kitchen. The meat was already cut, the bread already buttered. Then she fixed a plate for her husband, herself, and I, and we went to the living room to eat in front of the TV. As we passed though the dining room, I asked if they ever eat there (it is the only room with space for all 5 of them to sit at a table together). She said that they only do that on Christmas and Easter because they didn't want to ruin the carpet in the dining room.

We try to eat with the whole family around the dinner table whenever possible. Our kitchen is also too small for a table. Luckily our dining room has wood floors, but after seeing what has happened at her home, I would risk carpet if I had it for all of us to eat together. Since we eat together, it is easy to see when the kids are having a difficult time learning to cut, handling utensils, chewing with their lips closed, or whatever the problem is. It is not something we consciously did; it just came from being with them at dinner. Now they are older and have more activities, and we eat on the run more often, but I still try to have us all around the table as much as possible.

Thanks for reminding us that our homes are for living in, our good dishes for eating on, and that special nightie for wearing tonight. After all--this is someday!

   YIKESARONI! I'm reminded of Ethan Frome.....

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/19/11 - "Granny's Pie [and other profound observations] (#8 in a series of 8)":


    A Hug is like a perfect gift.
One size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it.

May your troubles be less,
Your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

  Thanks, Bill - These have been sadly true!


  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#16 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

Biting his tongue


From - 10/29/11:

Pilot: Control tower, what time is it?

Control tower: What airline is this?

Pilot: What difference does that make?

Control tower: Well if it is UA, it is 6:00 p.m.; if it is TWA, it is 1800 hours; if it is Ozark, the big hand is on the…..”


1. Thursday, November 3, 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, December 14, 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 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 10/22/11

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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People Are Strange

Written by Robby Krieger (b. 08 Jan 1946) and Jim Morrison (08 Dec 1943 – 03 July 1971)
although credit was given to The Doors evenly

Recorded by The Doors, 1967

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange x3
People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange x3
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange x3

"People Are Strange" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of my #4 son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of NC - 10/29/06
Thanks, Joshua!

"People Are Strange" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of my #4 son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of NC - 10/29/06
Thanks again, Joshua!

"People Are Strange" Image courtesy of - 10/29/06

Animated Red Wiggly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/24/05

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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!

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

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

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