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11/04/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Helplessly Hoping

On with the motley, the paint and the powder,
The people pay thee and want their laugh, you know.
If Harlequin thy Columbine has stolen,
Laugh, Punchinello, the world will shout 'Bravo!'

Go hide with laughter thy tears and thy sorrow,
Laugh and be merry, playing thy part,
Laugh, Punchinello, for the joy that is ended,
Laugh for the pain that is breaking thy heart.”

Ruggero Leoncavallo
, from the opera I, Pagliacci, 1892
(23 Apr 1857 - 09 Aug 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We haven't used this 1969 song recently.

BONUS - - Helplessly Hoping - Crosby Stills and Nash


"Helplessly Hoping" is a 1969 song by American folk rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash. It was released on their album Crosby, Stills & Nash and as the B-side of the "Marrakesh Express" single.

The song is noted for its use of alliteration in its lyrics. It was written by Stephen Stills as he went through a painful break-up with Judy Collins, herself in therapy at the time. This, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "49 Bye-Byes" were frank dissemination of his longing to help her through her difficulties juxtaposed against her inability, not unwillingness, to accept his aid as she struggled in therapy and eventually allied herself with Stacy Keach.


  From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 11/03/16:

Please keep me in your prayers, folks. I will be having what should be my last eye surgery after lunch today, so I will probably not be able to see for a good part of the weekend, until I get my vision back and eye patch off! God Bless each of you!

... Thanks for all the prayers! I am back in the Una boot Cast for a week, but if the healing doesn't turn the corner this time I may have to have a little more of the remaining foot amputated. I have just 3 toes left now, so keep those prayers coming. The worry is over the bone becoming infected! Will find out next Thursday if this is working! Thanks!!!

   YOWZERS! We certainly will, Butch!


   Happy Birthday today to the ever gorgeous  Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Patsy Blackard Hallett Parker ('65) of VA AND    My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of TX AND My Grandson,  Thomas Harty of UT!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

07 -   Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;

08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND   Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),  Jacob Mansfield of TX;

10 - The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND  Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND the late   Steve Pullen ('65) (deceased 22 Apr 2012);

11 -    David Bell ('64) of NJ!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 04, 1939 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the United States Customs Service to implement the Neutrality Act of 1939, allowing cash-and-carry purchases of weapons by belligerents.

November 04, 1942 - Second Battle of El Alamein – Disobeying a direct order by Adolf Hitler, General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel led his forces on a five-month retreat. It was a major victory for the British.

November 04, 1944 - Bitola Liberation Day

November 04, 1955 - After being destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopened with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio.


Friday, November 04, 1966 - The Arno River flooded Florence, Italy, to a maximum depth of 6.7 m (22 ft), leaving thousands homeless and destroying millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. Also Venice was submerged on the same day at its record all-time acqua alta of 194 cm.

“Good manners are appreciated as much as bad manners are abhorred.”

- Bryant McGill
(b. 07 Nov 1969)

   From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 11/02/16:

  For my family with lost loved ones, and my friends who have lost loved ones ...

Always remember this.

Besides, the Cardinal is Santa's favorite bird.

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Santa Jim!


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 11/02/16:

   INDEED! Thank you, Jean!

“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

- Isaac Asimov
@ 02 Jan 1920 - 06 Apr 1992)

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#4 in a series of 40)":

  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Billy!


  From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/17/16 - "For Those of You Who Appreciate Irony (#4 in a series of 16)":

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Janice!


Thanksgiving Table Setting Idea - "Not a fan of orange and brown? No worries; your table's color palette doesn't have to be restricted to traditional fall colors. Instead try softer, cooler hues like the whites, pale greens and grays found on heirloom-variety pumpkins. Use fresh greenery, like waxy magnolia leaves or feathery evergreen boughs, to add texture and color around the base of the centerpiece. Tuck collected pinecones and nuts into the arrangement to celebrate nature's bounty. Beautiful turkey feathers from a local farm are nestled among fresh magnolia branches to decorate the chandelier as a subtle yet elegant nod to the feast's main course."

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not totally theme-related): - Anna's Autumn Garland - Lianka Azulay's Princess Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket - "Make a little one feel like royalty with the Princess Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket. Learn how to crochet the crocodile stitch with this lovely pattern. Making a crochet baby blanket using different crochet stitches doesn't have to be difficult. This intermediate crocodile stitch blanket is great for crocheters looking to try something new."


BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):

From the Pioneer Woman: - Pork Roast with Apples and Onions - with tutorial!



2 pkgs. yeast
1 1/2 c. boiling water
1/3 c. shortening
3 tsp. salt
5 1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. warm water
1 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. honey
2 unbeaten eggs

Soften yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. In separate bowl combine 1 1/2 cups boiling water, oatmeal, shortening, honey and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add softened yeast; mix well. Blend in eggs. Add flour, mix thoroughly until dough is blended. Place in a large greased bowl, turn once to grease surface; cover. Store in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Shape in 2 loaves on floured surface. Place in greased loaf pans, cover. Let rise in warm place until double, about 2 hours. Bake 1 hour at 375 degrees.




From - 11/03/16:

A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse.

In the defense's closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick. "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. "Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom."

He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened.

Finally the lawyer said, "Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty."

The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

"But how?" inquired the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt, I saw all of you stare at the door."

The jury foreman replied, "Oh, we did look, but your client didn't."


1. Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 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.

2. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Helplessly Hoping

Written by Stephen Stills (b. 03 Jan 1945)

Recorded by Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969

Helplessly hoping
Her harlequin hovers nearby
Awaiting a word
Gasping at glimpses
Of gentle true spirit
He runs, wishing he could fly
Only to trip at the sound of good-bye

Wordlessly watching
He waits by the window
And wonders
At the empty place inside
Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams
He worries
Did he hear a good-bye? Or even hello?

They are one person
They are two alone
They are three together
They are four for each other

Stand by the stairway
You'll see something
Certain to tell you confusion has its cost
Love isn't lying
It's loose in a lady who lingers
Saying she is lost
And choking on hello

They are one person
They are two alone
They are three together
They are four for each other

"Helplessly Hoping" midi courtesy of - 11/03/10

"Helplessly Hoping" lyrics courtesy
of - 11/03/10

Image of Paul Cézanne's (19 Jan 1839 – 22 Oct 1906) "Harlequin" (1888-1890) courtesy of - 11/03/10

Divider Line Bar 48 clip art courtesy of - 11/03/10

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

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

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!

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

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

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!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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