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11/05/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Samhain




Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    This Newsletter has become a teaching tool as much as anything else.  Today's lesson will teach you about the Druid celebration of Samhain.  And why, you may ask?  Because we are celebrating each other's holidays and observances together - vicariously, at least, and because we now have a Druid leader in our midst.  Personally, before Domi (O'Brien - '64 - of NH) joined us, I knew almost as much about Druids and their customs as I did, say, neurosurgery.  So, Sweetie-Pies, class is in session.

   We don't need the disclaimer, do we?  Our purpose here is not to convert anyone here, just to educate.



..... Samhain, the most mystical, magical night of the year. It is the night of the year when the veil between the worlds is at it's thinnest, when the spirits of those who have passed may once again walk with the living and when the wisdom of the ancestors may be consulted by entering the otherworld. It is the 'between time' at the end of the Celtic summer and just before the beginning of its winter when the solid boundaries of past, present and future fade into wisps of smoke making it the perfect time for prophecy and divination. It is the time of endings and new beginnings in the eternal cycle of life, a time to honor those that came before us and look with anticipation to those who will light the way ahead. It is the third of the Pagan harvest festivals when the last of the crops are taken in and stored for the winter. In much the same way, what we have sown in our lives can be 'taken in' and reflected on as we retreat inward.

Samhain is not now, nor has it ever been, associated with anything evil or negative. It reaffirms the knowledge that physical death is merely an illusion veiling the reality of eternal life. It honors nature and the cycle of the seasons. It is the celebration of light over darkness.


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/12/06:

..... I graduated from Keene State College (BA, MEd) and work full-time for the state of NH and also teach Irish Gaelic for Comradh na Gaeilge of New England, and run a small Druidic Association of North America congregation.....

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/30/06:

..... Of course, as a Druid, I celebrate Samhain, not Hallowe'en, but by the figuring of various Druid groups it starts somewhere between Nov 3 and 11 this year.  I baked barmbreac, the traditional Samhain bread (flour, yeast, honey, currants or raisins, nutmeg, milk, butter, and tokens/omens for the coming year) for my Irish language class I teach on Sunday afternoons for the Gaelic League and brought it in with fresh cider (how unIrish-- it should, of course, be hard cider!) but I thought the League would prefer not to have alcohol served at their classes.  My Grove (local congregation) has Lore Meeting (class on the meaning of the holiday and a traditional tale or two for the season) on the 4th, followed by potluck and fellowship meeting; on the 11th we'll be out in Francestown ( ) for the seasonal ritual at the home of one of our members-- she and her husband, both engineers, own a geodesic dome on 14 acres, a lovely setting for outdoor services, with plenty of space indoors for the feast if the weather is not favourable.  Two years ago at Samhain when I went to give silver to the well  the first silver dollar bounced right off-- the water had iced over during the first part of the service!.....

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Domi!


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/04/06 - "Samhain Graphics":

... Celts, including Druids,  traditionally don't use pentagrams, but  druid sigils or awens:


The Druid Sigil

The Druid Sigil is most often rendered as a circle with two vertical lines passing through it (see left). Frequently this is drawn, painted, embroidered, etc. as a wreath of leaves with two staves (or spears for the warrior types) passing through (see right). Twenty years back, a ceremonial tabbard was made with a tree in full
leaf on the front and the Sigil on the back with its wreath and stavewood matching. I (Isaac Bonewits) always thought it would be nice to have more vestments that followed this pattern, changing the leaf colors or tree species for each season.  

Where did the Druid Sigil come from? Nobody knows for sure. It first became associated with Druidism in modern times by the founder of the Reformed Druids of North America, David Fisher, in 1963 c.e.. He claimed that it was a symbol of Druidism in general and the Earth Mother in particular. Some think he may have gotten the design from a hasty glance at a picture in Piggott's book The Druids, which showed the foundations of an old Roman-Celtic temple. Others think he may have gotten it from

some Mesopagan Druid organization to which he may have belonged. However, with the two lines running horizontally, the Druid Sigil is known to electricians as the sign for a female plug/socket, and with the lines diagonal, it's an old alchemical sign for oil, both concepts that could lead to some fruitful meditations.
  Regardless of its historical origins, I (Isaac Bonewits) think that it is a quintessentially female symbol and is thus psychologically powerful. For political and metaphysical reasons, I (Isaac Bonewits) think it's important for members of a religion that many folks erroneously assume is male-dominated to have a constant reminder of the eternal power of the female force(s) of Nature. As a magical sign, I've (Isaac Bonewits) used the Druid Sigil for over thirty years as both a blessing symbol and as a banishing sign. From a magical point of view, it is fully as powerful as a pentagram, Seal of Solomon or cross, and meditation upon it will provide many insights. The silver Druid Sigil on the left was made from (Isaac Bonewits') design by Merlin of Amulets by Merlin and is available from (him) for $US25.00 (includes postage & handling).

While the Reformed Druids of North America and their immediate offshoots have kept the Druid Sigil as their primary organizational symbol, and many members of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) use it as well, other Neopagan and Mesopagan Druid groups have altered it or ignored it completely


The Awen

The Mesopagan Druids have as their most common symbol the “Awen” or “three bars of light,” shown here (left) in the simplest form. The word “awen” means

“inspiration” in Middle Welsh, and in Mesopagan Druidism it represents the primal sound and light caused by “the” Supreme Being pronouncing “His” name to create the universe. Mesopagan  
Druids have a great deal of metaphysical theory based on this and related triplicities — most of it coming from the early Unitarian preacher and prolific forger of ancient manuscripts, Iolo Morganwyg (who pretty much created Mesopagan Druidry to begin with). The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids places the Awen inside a set of three circles (right), representing Iolo's three “stages of existence.” As you can see, some people use the Awen with and some without the three dots symbolizing the Supreme Being (and some with a single dot).

The word “awen” is used by some modern Druids as a Celtic equivalent to the Sanscrit word “aum,” intoning it when doing trancework, thusly: “aah-ooo-enn...”



   WOWZERONI!  Thanks for the lesson, Domi!

   And from the same source you cited, I found the correct pronunciation:

Samhain or Samhuinn is pronounced sow- (as in female pig) -en (with the neutral vowel sound) not Sam Hain because mh in the middle of an Irish word is a w sound (dont ask me why, its just Irish).



   Happy Belated Birthday to    John Clark ('57) of VA, whose birthday was Thursday!  And a Very Happy Belated Birthday to one of the most gorgeous men who ever asked me out,    Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA, whose birthday was yesterday.  Michael Darlin', are you really 64?!?  My, my, my....

   And today is a special day for my old Magruder School classmate,    Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA.  I still think it would have been simpler for you to have just changed your name to "Pasty" to match the way so many of us managed to repeatedly spell your name as we signed your Anchors, Lady!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Tomorrow we have a Twofer!  Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) and my cousin (no, I can't prove it yet, but psychic genealogy works quite well for me!)    Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA will both be celebrating, and on Tuesday, so will    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/30/06 - "Night Time Tornado":

This is a night picture of a tornado that went through Sedalia, MO on March 10, 2006.
If it hadn't been for the lightning at the same time as the picture was shot, the massive tornado funnel would not have been visible. When you hear a nighttime tornado warning, take cover because you will never see it coming.

   YOWZERONI-RINI, Shari!  Tornados are one aspect of life in the Midwest which I definitely do not miss!

   Thanks, Lady!

  Friday, March 10, 2006  

  From the Valedictorian of the Class of 1965, Charles Braslow of the Virgin Islands -
10/30/06 - "
  Ronnie Sanders":

Dear Carol,

I was sorry to hear about Ronnie Sanders' passing. He lived near me in Hidenwood and was one of a contingent of Typhoons who lived up in Ferguson and Warwick territory. He was one day older than me so our Bar Mitzvahs were a week apart in February, 1961, when we were NNHS mice. His and my parents decided to have a joint Bar Mitzvah dance which I always resented because I didn't want to share the spotlight!

My condolences to his family and, as always, thanks to you for keeping us all up to date.

Charlie Braslow, NNHS '65

   Thank you, Charlie. 

   This is posted on Ronnie's Memorial Newsletter:

   I did finish (maybe) updating many (but not all) of the other recent Memorial Newsletters:

    From  John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/30/06 - "Reply to  
Gloria Woolard Price
(Hampton HS  - '65) of FL - RE: Article on Gen. Graham":

Is your cousin Vivian Fairbairn?  My sister, Nat Woolard Singleton (Hampton HS - '60), worked at Langley when Vivian was secretary to the Deputy of Operations.  Gen. Graham came in and brought his own secretary, but at some point, he and Vivian fell in love and got married.  She had two young boys at the time.
She is indeed (my cousin). Unfortunately I saw "ViVi" and General Graham Sunday at the funeral of Vivian's mother, Eva Lou Fox who passed away in Hampton at the age of 101 on Friday, October 27, 2006.

        Eva Lou Hunt Fox

HAMPTON - Eva Lou Hunt Fox, 101, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006. She was a native of Poquoson and a lifetime Peninsula resident. Eva enjoyed gardening, sewing, her church and taking care of her family. She was a member of First United Methodist Church Hilton. She is survived by one son and his wife, W. D. Fox Jr. and Dorothy of Hampton, three daughters, Betty Colleen Fox of Hampton, Mary Frances Norton of Lancaster County, Va., and Vivian Graham and her husband, Gordon M., of Irvington, Va. Survivors also include 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. John T. LeGault Jr. officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607. The family wishes to thank the Coliseum Park Nursing Home, especially the A-Wing staff, for the loving care given to our mother. Arrangements by W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
Published in the Daily Press on 10/28/2006.
Guest Book

Mrs. Fox (Aunt Eva to me) was a lifelong resident of the peninsula, a wonderful woman who was always to me the epitome of the "Gentile Southern Lady." Beloved by all who met her and a local historian who often kept me entranced by her stories of Hampton Roads, Yorktown and Williamsburg. I loved her and will sorely miss her.

John London

   John, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  What an amazing woman your aunt must have been!  Thank you for sharing this with us.


  From Steve Smith ('66) of VA - 10/30/06 - "Thanks":

Try this from Xerox.

If you go to this web site, , you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!

This is a great site.  Please send a card.  It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?  Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them...
Stephen M. Smith, Esq.

   This is so nice, Steve!  We may have run it a time (or maybe even two!) before you joined us, but that's just fine.  It's one of those things which can't be offered too often.

   Thanks, Sweetie!


    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 10/31/06 - "God's Yellow Pages":


Hope this come through for you. I was sent this by a good friend. It is really Cool!

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

It's all covered!!!!! This Had to Really Take Some Effort to Set Up. It's a great reference.
Just click here for:
God's Yellow Pages

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI, Jerry!  This is incredible!  You can even pick your own translation!!!

   That's it.  I'm linking this to my personal webpage.  It's just too cool to lose!

   Thanks so much, Jerry!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 10/31/06 - "A Story to be Told":

First I want to thank you for your great web site for us Typhoons.  Your newsletters make me both shed tears and laugh at the lovely stories and pictures of our old friends and some of the new friends that we are making.  Just put out the word and your loyal followers will help with the cost.

   Thank you, George!    Funny you should mention that right now......

Also, wanted to call to your attention and to the attention of some of my colleagues from NNHS about two books that I have recently written and may be purchased from Apollo Press in Newport News which is owned by one of our 1961 classmates, John Taylor.  Both books are used extensively by colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and are excellent if I may say so myself.  My first book, Forty Years After Therapy, One Man's Story, is an autobiography and deals with being a severe stutterer from ages two through retirement.  The book has a lot of stories that happened in NNHS. 

The second book is more of an upper level college text and deals with therapy for the older severe stutterer.  An introduction to the texts may be viewed on  I've spent my professional career being a speech pathologist, university and college teacher and section head, and clinic director, and public school administrator.  It's a great life when you can help yourself and others. 

Just another story from one of the old Typhoons.
Take care and keep up the great work!!!
George Helliesen, Class of 61     

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI, George!  This is amazing! Thanks so much for letting us know!  I'm working on a sub-page of TYPHOONMART which will accommodate items such as this so that we can keep them ever and always easily accessible.  This will be coming later this week (I hope...)

   Thanks so much, George!  I'm always fascinated to see the different paths our lives have taken.


  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/31/06:

Carol, a note of admiration, pride and appreciation for the delightful website.

   Thank you, Norman!

Health concerns kept me from attending the Class of '61's 45-year reunion this summer, but your great work, the webserver, plus photography from    Jack ('61) and    Edna (Whitcomb - '65) Harrison (of VA) and others made me miss the gathering even more. I have spent hours catching up on the newsletters.

   Oh, isn't that fun?!?   Whenever I take the time to reread past issues, I notice that suddenly I feel 17 again, and all the problems of life seem to disappear, if any or a while.....

Your latest production made me think of so many Halloweens in NN's safe neighborhoods. Tonight's expedition by my grandchildren will start here with the eldest escorting the three-year-old. They always give me my choice from the bounty.
I send warmest wishes to you and my classmates, especially those from the band and The Beacon. Keep up the great work.
Norm Covert (NNHS '61)
Frederick, MD 

   Thanks so much, Norm!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/02/06 - "An animation - Come Together":

   This is a rather hypnotic look back at the Beatles.  Thanks, Shari!


Also From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/02/06 - "Fun game IF you find time": 

Gets harder each round
   I didn't even attempt this one for several reasons, Shari.  Obviously, I'm always a bit short on time, and 
my video "unskills" are exceeded only by my amazing athletic ineptitude.  But thanks, Lady! 

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/02/06 - "Your Age by Eating Out:


Don ' t tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway-but your waiter may know!


This is pretty neat.
It takes less than a minute .
Work this out as you read ...
Be sure you don ' t read the bottom until you've worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to go out to eat.
(more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756 .....
If you haven't, add 1755.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number
(I.e., how! Many times you want to go out to restaurants in a week.)

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)

   WOWZERS!!!  That's amazing!!!  Okay, don't y'all tell me how this works.  I'm still just a kid, you know, and I'm tying to keep it that way!

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/02/06 - "Pal Bottling Company":

   I spotted this cute little Pal bottle cap up for auction on eBay.  Well, what else could I do?!?  It certainly brightened this page, didn't it?

   Well, I like it, anyway.  Of course, I'm partial to the entire Our Old Stomping Grounds section.


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 11/03
/06 - "Dear Carol, "Here is A Thought for Today ":

Dear Carol,

I think of you often and I wonder if you are in a good mood ???

   Herbie Darlin', I am always in a good mood!  Well, you know, except for those times when I'm in a bad mood.  But they don't come along very often, because I'm such a Sweetie-Pie!

I try to keep a positive attitude and it works for me. Don't get me wrong; I am not a Pollyanna as I do have my off times. I try not to dwell on them. That's when I take time to smell the ROSES (that's my favorite expression).

Here is a thought to make your day more delightful.

Your Friend, Herbie

Thought for the day

In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the anti-American
sentiment and negativity, we should remember England 's Prime
Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by
one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America ,
he said:

"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many
want in ... And how many want out." Only two defining forces have
ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. If you want to
pass this on I think it would be appropriate, as many seem to forget
BOTH of them.


   Thanks so much, Sweetie!  This is a sobering thought!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 11/03/06:

Carol, Carol, Carol...

Thank you...Thank you...Thank
please remember...we humans can type only one letter at a time...we can take only one breath at a time-and no one else can do that for us...I appreciate your honoring everyone past and present...Please take good care of yourself as you do this great work...


   Hi, Sweetie!  Where have you been?!?  I haven't heard from you in a hundred years or so!  I thought surely you'd holler when I put your happy smile up on last week's Newsletter, but not a one of the twelve of you guys even acknowledged it!  I was bracing myself for an even dozen rounds of, "What are you doing NOW, You Crazy Woman?!?"

   Ah, well, c'est la vie!

   But alright, I'll take care of myself.    I must say time has folded or something this week.  It hasn't seemed like "real" time for me for several days now......

   Thanks, Jimmy!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Class of 1964 - 10/15/06 - "NNHS 60TH

Fellow Classmates.
I wanted to thank all of you for attending our Birthday Celebration. I hope that you had a memorable evening.
I also hope that you took lots of candid photos of your classmates, of Ms. Kanter ... and of "THE KING".
I know that those who could not attend (and other NNHS classes) would love to see all of your photos. The best way to make that happen is to let Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) place them on the NNHS Web Page.  And, the best way to do that is to send them all to me, so that I can archive them to my hard drive before sending them along to Carol.
You can attach them to e-mails, if you wish, but I can handle any media.
For e-mails, send them to:
For "snail mail" send them to:    NNHS CLASS OF 1964, P.O. BOX 6387, Norfolk VA 23508-0387
It was great seeing all of you.
Dave Spriggs
   Thank you, Brown Eyes!
  Your new section is accessible both from the new Site Map and from the Reunion Page.

   I have made zero progress on the new arrivals, but here's what I've posted so far: - seven more images coming soon.......

       - coming soon.......

       - coming soon.......



  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/31/05 - "REUNION IMAGES!":

ore images just arrived!  Unfortunately, I haven't posted them yet either, but here are the latest:











                 - coming soon.......



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Omni Hotel,
Newport News, VA.

Forms and reservations are due by Monday, December 4, 2006.

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 09/22/06 - "T-Shirts" (#12 in a series of 12):


WILD GIGGLES!!!  That's a great slogan to close out this series! Thanks, Gorgeous!


   Don't let the dates on these entries confuse you.  Needless to say, I have a plethora of notes from all over - including Halloween images from several of y'all - which are not included herein.  If I was "a bit behind" before, now I'm really - well, "nevermind"!  GIGGLES!!!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!


                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Realms of the Haunting

"Realms of the Haunting" midi courtesy of - 11/04/06

Samhain Title Graphic clip art courtesy of - 11/04/06

Druid Sigel clip art courtesy of at the suggestion of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/04/06
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Fire Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

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