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11/20/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
You've Changed

“It really changed my life. When we split up, something changed, permanently,
in me. My heart sort of broke that day, and it will never be the same.”

- Gwyneth Paltrow
(b. 27 Sept 1972)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We're continuing with our theme of gloomy blues ballads today.  It seems only appropriate so close to Thanksgiving.  You know how it is, you can't appreciate the happy moments if you don't know the sad..... 

BONUS #1 - - You've Changed - Billie Holiday

BONUS #2 - - You've Changed - Sarah Vaughan, 1960

BONUS #3 - - You've Changed - Ligia Piro - Hmmm - she could have a bit of a problem here; she's singing, "No need to tell me that we're through, It's all over now," and she appears to be rather preggers.....  It reminds me of a cartoon I saw in a magazine at least 50 years ago of an obviously pregnant Juliet standing on her balcony, and mournfully pleading, "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"

BONUS #4 - - You've Changed - George Michael - My Favorite Version!  This proves it.  I live in a Dixie cup.  I never heard of this man with the sensuous voice.  I thought George-Michael was a character on "Arrested Development".....


  Happy Birthday tomorrow to  the late Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

23 -   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND    John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS - '72) of FL;

24 -     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;

25 -   Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 - Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


November 20, 1943 - During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.

November 20, 1945 - 24 Nazi leaders went before a international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

November 20, 2002 - The German film "Goebbels and Geduldig" aired on national television in Germany. It was the first Germany made satirical film on the Nazis.


Friday, November 20, 1964 - Hmmm - well, this is all I could find for this particular day forty-five years ago:,9263,7601641120,00.html

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 11/18/09 - "Reece Family":

Could you pass on my condolences to the Reece family on the passing of their father. I remember Bill ('68 - of ID),
Ruthie (Horace - '67 - of FL), Garland ('70) and Kathy (Burke - Warwick HS - '72); they were an outstanding family.  He is resting in peace.

Jay Styles, '68

   AMEN to all that! Thanks, Jay Sweetie, I sent your note to Ruthie!


From - 11/16/09 - "Helpful Hints":

Little Things that Make a Big Difference
By Molly Burke

It's the little things that count, it's true. We, all of us, have myriad opportunities every day to imbue the little things in our lives with enough power to make a big difference. It's easy, and it's fun. In the process, you'll gain goodwill, confidence and karma points. Ready?

Here they are, 10 little, kinda slightly random but ultimately powerful things that make a big difference.

1. Say "Thank you."
Such a small thing, but the effect it has on everything around you is profound. Gratitude is a force so powerful that it transforms the giver, the receiver, and the world at large simultaneously. Heartfelt gratitude, humbly expressed, heals as it praises. Write it on your checks as you pay your bills. Write it under your name on the checks you endorse. Look your food server, checker, toll taker, garbage man, crossing guard right in the eye and say "Thank you for doing this" and watch what happens. This is such a simple way to pay it forward, and it has such long lasting positive repercussions that you would be well served to make it a principle part of your spiritual practices. I'll be writing a whole series of blogs and articles about gratitude very soon, because this one concept can change your life for the better forever, starting right now.

2. Yield the right of way.
Let someone into your lane in front of you on the freeway, or the streets. Suggest that the person with a few items go before you with your full shopping cart. Step aside and let the harried mommy with the stroller and tagalongs through the door that you hold open with smile. Wait patiently while the elderly man tells his stories to the waitress, even if it means your breakfast will take a few minutes longer. Believe me when I tell you that doing all these things will give you a greater sense of community, deeper compassion, and it will serve to significantly calm YOU down when you're feeling stressed and hurried. Kindness expands, and it fills the space with goodwill and cooperation.

3. Give sincere praise.
Everyone I know appreciates being appreciated, though how they prefer it to be expressed varies. But overall, and with very few exceptions, an honest compliment is always welcome. It can create instant rapport, and bridge many an awkward gap. Do NOT, however, use it in lieu of a gratuity when encountering service staff. Layer the compliment atop a generous tip and watch what happens.

4. Be a generous tipper.
This may seem like an extravagance, and I am not condoning subsidizing bad service, but remember that our economic system is not set up to adequately compensate waiters, bartenders, valets and such. In addition, service personnel are assessed taxes on your tip whether or not you actually tip them, so do them a favor and give a bit more. They're working hard at a job you probably wouldn't do, or have done before when you were younger, so give 'em at least 20%. Unless they suck, at which time you should talk to their manager anyway.

5. Listen.
You were given two ears and one mouth, use them in that proportion. Listening makes you appear more charming, too, so there's a bonus.

6. Floss.
Flossing alone can add 6+ years to your "real age". Don't forget to brush first. As a matter of fact, flossing is the one thing you can do that can affect not only your oral health, but the health of your heart, as well. Plaque is plaque, after all, and is not good anywhere. Floss!

7. Send a card.
Snail mail correspondence is a lost art. To make a big impression and touch someone's heart, send a short handwritten note inside a lovely card. The time and expense you incur will pay huge dividends in goodwill.

8. Pick up trash.
Yours, others, random trash. Pick it up, and put it in a trash can or recycling bin. It's the right thing to do, and it expresses pride of place, simple responsibility, and a commitment to improving the overall health of the planet as you act ever so locally. Teach your children to pick it up, theirs as well as the trash of others. Beautify the world.

9. Use your manners.
Good manners are social lubricant. They oil the machine of humanity. Using good manners conveys respect, both for self and for others. Civility in conversation allows everyone the opportunity to express themselves fully and be heard. Meaningful discourse naturally ensues. Good manners are the foundation of polite society, and politeness can be both charming and disarming. Use good manners and social graces to woo your love, court a client, ease your way with authority. You'll go far with good manners.

10. Share.
Whether it's your cookies or your time, share. Every single person reading this has something, some talent, some time, some money, some compassion, and some fun that they could share with others. This is an abundant Universe, with plenty for everyone, if we'd only share. So, share.

So there you have it. 10 little things that make a big difference. One by one, not so huge. Together, they make a glorious way to go through life. But more than that, these 10 little tips are concrete, attainable and immediate ways to shift your energy, your point of view, and the way the world works. Practice them regularly, and be prepared for a dramatic increase in abundance, personal confidence, ease and grace. It's all good.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/18/09 - "Emergency Flu Mask":

In case we run out of masks during the N1H1 flu season, here is a ‘homemade’ mask
you can make yourself. It is even compatible with the wearing of glasses.

One thing though, and I can't stress this point enough ---


EWWW-ARGHHH!!! Thanks, Glenn!

IS CLEAN!!!!!!!!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

  Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/19/09:


This is a transcript between a commuter and the railroad company, regarding services of the latter.

"Gentlemen: I have been riding trains daily for the last twenty-two years, and the service on your line seems to be getting worse every day. I am tired of standing in the aisle all the time on a 14-mile trip. I think your transportation system is worse than that enjoyed by people 2,000 years ago. Yours truly, A Commuter"

The Reply to the above:

"Dear Sir: We received your letter with reference to the shortcomings of our service and believe you are somewhat confused in your history. The only mode of transportation 2,000 years ago was by foot. Sincerely, Western Railways"

And the Counter-Reply was:

"Gentlemen: I am in receipt of your letter, and I think you are the ones who are confused in your history. If you will refer to the Bible, Book of David, 9th Chapter, you will find that Balaam rode to town 'seated' on his donkey... That, gentlemen, is something I have not been able to do on your train in the last twenty-two years! Yours truly, A Long 'Standing' Commuter"

   WAIT a minute! There IS no book of David in the Bible!  I thought this might refer to Psalms (i.e., "the Psalms of David"), but the ninth chapter does not mention Balaam.  In fact, the only mentions of Balaam that I could find at all are in Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Nehemiah, Micah, II Peter, Jude, and Revelation.  And I found nothing that even mildly sounds like this sentence.  But maybe it's just me......  NO, WAIT!  Here it is:

"And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab."

- Numbers. 22: 21 (KJV)


But there's still no such thing as the ninth chapter of David.....


Fast Old Ladies

Sitting on the highway waiting to catch speeders, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 M.P.H. He thinks to himself, that car is just as dangerous as a speeder. So, he turns his lights on and pulls the car over. Approaching the car, he notices there are five old ladies, two at the front and three at the back, wide eyed and looking like ghosts.

The driver obviously confused said, "Officer, I don't understand, I wasn't doing over the speed limit!, What seems to be the problem?"

"Ma'am," the officer said, "you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be dangerous".

"Slower than the speed limit? NO SIR! I was doing exactly 22 miles an hour," the old woman said proudly.

The officer containing a chuckle explains that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned, thanking the officer for pointing out her error.

"Before I go Ma'am, I have to ask, is everyone OK? These women seem badly shaken and haven't uttered a word all this time."

"Oh! they will be alright in a minute, Officer, we just got off Route 142."

1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at - CLASS OF 1957
2. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!
3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/16/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  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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You've Changed


Written and Composed by Carl Fischer and Bill Carey, 1941

I've an awful feeling
That this thought that's been a stealing
Through my brain
Is not to be ignored
But to really tell the truth
Though I'm not a well known sleuth
I honestly believe that you are bored
You've changed
That sparkle in your eyes is gone
Your smile is just a careless yawn
You're breaking my heart
You've changed

You've changed
Your kisses now are so blasé
You're bored with me in every way
I can't understand
You've changed
You've forgotten the words, "I love you"
Each memory that we've shared
You ignore every star above you
I can't realize you've ever cared
You've changed

You're not the angel I once knew
No need to tell me that we're through
It's all over now
You've changed

"You've Changed" midi (sequenced by Gene Confrey) courtesy of - 11/12/09

"You've Changed" lyrics courtesy of - 11/20/09

Animated Broken Heart clip art courtesy of - well, I just do not know.....

Animated Dripping Blood Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/11/09

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

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!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of

Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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