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11/13/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert Louis Stevenson's 160th Birthday

“Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful
impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
(13 Nov 1850 - 03 Dec 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Oh, goody - another birthday observation!

BONUS - - Robert Louis Stevenson


Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08);

17 - Ronald Creech ('57);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 13, 1941 - The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was torpedoed by U 81, sinking the following day.

November 13, 1942 - Naval Battle of Guadalcanal – U.S. and Japanese ships engaged in an intense, close-quarters surface naval engagement during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

November 13, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.

November 13, 2001 - War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts (any foreigners captured with connections to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001) on the United States. It was the first time since World War II that a president had taken such action.


Saturday, November 13, 1965 - The SS Yarmouth Castle burned and sank 60 miles off Nassau with the loss of 90 lives.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!

   Grace has been named the
September 2010 People's Choice!

   BUT - She's falling considerably behind a dog in California named Dollar!

   The last time I checked Grace had 4163 votes and Dollar had 6787 votes. We cannot allow this to happen! Doncha wanna go shopping and spot Grace's image on a bag of dog food and know that YOU played a large part in placing her there?!?

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/12/10 - "Danny's and the Nuclear Navy":


Here's a bit of little-known trivia about Danny's.

During the late 1960s and early 70's, Danny's delights were once an integral part of visits to NNS by Admiral (Hyman G.) Rickover (or - THE Admiral, as he was usually called by at NNS, back then). 
To conduct inspections of work in progress, he most often arrived around 6 to 7 PM; after putting in a full day at his office in DC. He flew (commercial) into PHF and was usually met by a shipyard station wagon and driver. That is, after he once refused to get into a s/y limo.
Upon his arrival at the yard, he went straight to the local Naval Reactors office, which was in the same building as what was then called the Atomic Power Division. Awaiting him there were several nervous shipyard officials and engineers...and a big platter of Danny's delights. It was always a three-course 'meal' - various selections of Danny's signature sandwiches, NY cheesecake and huge pickles.  
THE Admiral would make his selections first, then disappear into the local NR top dog's private office. As others (which on a few occasions included me), grabbed sandwiches, he yelled out for this or that person to come in and brief him. Those sessions were rarely pleasant. Or lengthy. But loud enough for the already nervous to overhear. Not good for the digestion.
As soon as THE Admiral finished his food, he popped out of that office, ready to tour ships under construction or visit other areas in the s/y where 'his' work was being done. Different people at NNS had already been assigned to brief him 'on the spot' at each place on each night's visit list. They were all present, and had to grab a sandwich and eat rapidly...although on more than one occasion, they didn't get to finish.
When THE Admiral was ready to go touring, everyone had to drop their food and follow along. At each point of inspection, one of the group would brief THE Admiral - and usually get berated for this or that real or imagined imperfection.
Once each person endured that little drama, they were free to drop out of the group. Those 'tours' lasted hours and ranged all over the NNS waterfront. Everyone walked. THE Admiral, a man in his 70's at the time, maintained a torrid pace.
Whenever I was one of the presenters, we rapidly strode the short distance to a full scale mock-up that was used to help design the NIMITZ-Class propulsion plant. When done there, I was free to go home...or back to the office, where I could leisurely some of Danny's delicacies. Usually a piece (maybe two) of cheesecake.
Topped off by one of those big pickles. My stomach was only in its mid-30's 'way back then...and apparently made of cast iron!  
It was an unusual - and obviously memorable - part of my shipyard career. Thanks to THE Admiral...and Danny.
Bill Lee  

   WOWZERS! This is THE coolest story! Thank you so very much, Bill!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/10/10 - "Jokes & Quotes":

Losing Memory

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?"

"Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological techniques-visualization, association-it has made a big difference for me."

"That's great! What was the name of that clinic?"

Fred went blank. He thought and thought but couldn't remember.

Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?"

"You mean a rose?"

"Yes, that's it!" He turned to his wife.... "Rose, what was the name of that clinic?"



* Drain a few gallons of water from your water heater each year to remove sediment and improve efficiency!

Learning how to clean hot water heater sediment is easy: First turn off the power so you don't risk electrical shock or burn out your element. Then turn off the cold water valve to the tank. Attach a garden hose to the tank drain valve and then drain a few gallons of the hot water in the tank through the hose. Then close the drain valve and open the cold water valve and you're ready to use the tank again.


Motto for Life!

"It's far better to tell the truth and be rejected, than to hold it back and be accepted."


It has indeed become so for some.

When I hear people talk about the information super highway, it will become possible to shop at home, and bank at home, and get your texts at home, and get your entertainment at home, so I often wonder if this doesn't signify the end of any community life.
--Neil Postman


Inspirational Quotes

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Play with life,
laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly,
just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
~Bertrand Russell~

   Thanks, Shari!

From - 11/10/10 - " Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones...":

Proactively Start Your Day With Positive Self-Talk

By Jaqui Duvall

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." This little rhyme was one I used many times as a child when someone was taunting or teasing me or calling me names. I was trying to keep myself safe from the words of another, but the truth is, their words did hurt me. I could pretend otherwise, but inside it hurt that someone would say anything meant to intentionally hurt me.

To this day however, the words of others are nothing compared to the meanness and hurt of some of the words I've said to myself. I don't always say these words out loud, but the inside of my head is not a safe neighborhood to hang out, especially at night. If I had a doll that represented myself and every time I had a negative or self-critical thought I whacked that doll, I doubt it would make it through the day. It seems this is common among people I've talked to. I've worked with dozens of clients who refer to themselves as their own worst critic, but never as their own best friend.

Many psychologists discuss the concept of the inner critic. It's referred to by many different names, but most agree that it can be directly linked to how our parents talked to us when we were growing up. Throughout our childhood experiences of interacting with our primary care givers, we imitate the parenting we received inside our own heads, continuing the practice of praising, disciplining, etc. One of the ways that shows up is as that critical inner voice. It's also possible to have a nurturing, supportive voice but this softer, gentler voice for most people is drowned out by the louder, critical one.

In addition to self-criticism, I notice there are times when it seems everything going through my head is negative. No one around me is doing anything right, things are going wrong, and the world is a dark and scary place. When my inner self-talk goes down the fear spiral my mind can really go to town with what's going on with the economy, and how I have been affected personally. The 'what if's' completely take over and my inner neighborhood becomes a dark storm of disastrous possibilities that show up as loss, scarcity and catastrophe.

The good news is we can actually change our inner self-talk AND we can change what comes out of our mouths. Catching the inner critic before it starts beating us up and shifting our words to nurturing, supportive direction, like a coach would give, can lead to more positive outcomes in our lives. Being conscious, deliberate and intentional about what we say and what we think takes raising awareness, making a choice and acting differently.

Raising awareness starts with becoming an observer of yourself, noticing what you're saying to yourself, how you're interpreting situations, and what is actually coming out of your mouth, especially at those moments when no one is there to witness it. I have found the practice of journaling to be very useful in this. There are times when I don't feel comfortable telling another person what I'm really thinking, but I would write it in a journal I knew was safe from the eyes of others. Once my thoughts and words are down on the page I can often see how my thinking is distorted.

Once I have recognized a negative or disempowering pattern, I can make a different choice. But what choice do I make? After all, my best thinking got me here. It can be really helpful in the beginning to get input from an objective friend or advisor since we can't always be objective about ourselves. For example, I told a friend of mine that not as many people have been signing up for classes lately. She reminded me that I could look at this as something personally to do with me or I could more accurately conclude that people are reserving funds because of the economy. I realized she was right. If I take it personally, it feels negative, discouraging and disempowering, but with the latter interpretation I can look at it as an opportunity to do some work that I haven't had time to do because I've been teaching so much.

Acting differently, of course means we don't just raise our awareness and do nothing with it, it means we follow through and declare our new interpretations out loud. It's a way of establishing a new pattern.

The most powerful way I have found to make these ideas work for me is by being proactive vs. reactive. If I wait for the moments when my thoughts are negative and self-critical it is much harder to direct myself to a positive direction, but by deliberately choosing to be gentle and supportive of myself as a matter of course, I can create a positive foundation to build from.

To do this, I have developed a daily practice of saying positive, uplifting and empowering statements to myself as soon as I wake up in the morning (typically the most negative time of day for many people). Statements like these are commonly called "Affirmations" because they are validating a positive truth we wish to emphasize and expand. The most gratifying result for me is a reduction in fear and depression, in spite of the constant influx of negative input so prevalent lately in the news and by doing this on a daily basis I have started a new, more positive pattern of thinking that leads to raised self-esteem and more positive outcomes.

About the Author:

Jaqui Duvall works as an author, trainer, and spiritual life coach and counselor to help people live authentically and genuinely through defining and connecting with their inner spirit. She develops and delivers workshops, leads mentoring groups and works with individuals to help them identify and express their inner spirit and live a life of consciousness and intention.

1. Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

4. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

5. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

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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

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Blow the Wind Southerly

This is an air from northern England. The words are from a fragment in The Bishoprick Garland (1834).

Blow the wind Southerly,
Southerly, Southerly,
Blow the wind
South o'er the bonnie blue sea.
Blow the wind Southerly,
Southerly, Southerly
Blow bonnie breeze,
My true lover to me.

They told me last night
There were ships in the offing
And I hurried down
To the deep rolling sea.
But my eye could not see it
Wherever might be it,
The bark that is bearing
My lover to me.

"Blow the Wind Southerly" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor) and lyrics courtesy of - 11/13/10

First Image of Robert Louis Stevenson courtesy of - 11/13/10

Second Image of Robert Louis Stevenson courtesy of - 11/13/10

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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