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11/21/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Without a Song

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and
go to the grave with the song still in them.”

Henry David Thoreau
(12 July 1817 - 06 May 1862)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Without a song - that's where I was before I heard Frank Sinatra sing this on the radio!

BONUS #1 - - Without a Song - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra, 1941

BONUS #2 - - Without a Song - Frank Sinatra on a TV Show from the Fifties

BONUS #3 - Without a Song - Frank Sinatra


"Without a Song" is a popular song with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu, published in 1929. It was included in the musical play, Great Day.

... Lawrence Tibbett, Nelson Eddy and Frank Sinatra recorded versions of the song with what appears to be the original lyrics, including the line, "A darkie's born, but he's no good no how, without a song." In subsequent recordings, Sinatra didn't use the term "darkie", and later recorded versions included the altered text "a man is born, but he's no good no how, without a song..."[1]


    A BIG Happy Birthday today to June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA who is celebrating her 70th!

    Today would also have been the 66th Birthday of my best friend,  Rose Woodard Groff ('65), had she (like so many of our friends) not succumbed to breast cancer on October 14, 1984 a month before her 37th birthday. I'm thankful for the love and friendship we shared for so many years.

   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 the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10) !

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 21, 1945 - On the second day of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, the tribunal began listening to evidence and testimony against 22 Nazi war criminals.


Thursday, November 21, 1963 - Actress Nicollette Sheridan was born in Worthing, Sussex, England.

Thursday, November 21, 1963 - Composer Artur Lemba (b. 24 Sept 1885 in Tallinn, Estonia) died at the age of 78.

Thursday, November 21, 1963 - Criminal and ornithologist Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz" (b. Robert Franklin Stroud on 28 Jan 1890 in Seattle, Washington), died in the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 73.

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 11/19/13 - "Role Models That Matter": 

TEACHING ‘SPORTS’ TO SPEAK: Talking Without the *-Words

By Harry M. Covert

What could be better than waking up every morning not seeing your name in obituary columns? There are certainly many answers to that, but being a bit nosey there’s a lot to learn from the notices.

It’s a relief on many days that political and community affairs of all sorts can take a back seat for a while and read about people who truly made differences.

As a news junkie and longtime practitioner of fact-gathering, good and bad, the sports business has grown by leaps and bounds to the point it seems that the physical bodies have matured faster than the brains of many athletes. You gotta laugh at times at the utter stupidity of the modern players.

They appear to have no dignity and think showing their unruly and unkind conduct without any shame is okay.

First, a former Washington football player was interviewed recently on an area news station and described a former quarterback using a “Q-word.” He was fired. This ex-player attended Oklahoma State University for four years and admitted to being functionally illiterate – he could not read or write. Let’s don’t talk about role models here.
Then there is the babble coming from Florida where the Miami team is in shambles because of hazing and name-calling in the locker room. The alleged victim has left the team and the “hazer” has been suspended.

Grown men, mind you. Put upon? Honestly, should be embarrassing and the mental midgets are the focus of all conversation by sportswriters.

These two instances certainly can’t reflect on most of the participants, mostly well-educated. But let’s not bring up role models here either.

Virginia and Maryland have lots of positive athletes of past and present. From the commonwealth, the names are legion. Henry Jordan, the Warwick High School (Newport News) and the Green Bay Packers; William and Mary’s All-America player and coach 
Bill Chambers and    Joe Agee, W&M basketball player, coach and professor; Norfolk’s  Lefty Driesell, high school and college coach, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, Lynchburg’s Bill Dudley, Norfolk’s Leo Anthony, player and coach, and the late Norfolk golf champion Tom Strange; W&M’s Chuck Sanders, noted athlete, academic and author; Petersburg’s John Romaine, golfer, pastor, drug counselor; Hampton’s Chris Hanburger, the Redskins’ famed No. 55 and businessman;     Bud Metheny, longtime Old Dominion University baseball coach and New York Yankees outfielder; and the list can go on with no intention to ignore many others.

I frequently mention the late Frederick, Md., baseball star 
  Charlie Keller, horseman, University of Maryland graduate and New York Yankees

Maryland’s sports stars are legion, of course. It’s a joy to mention players like the Baltimore Orioles’ homegrown Cal Ripken, Jr., Brooks Robinson and the Colts’
Art Donovan.

   AHH - one of my own pet peeves! Thank you so much, Harry!

"Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile."

- Psalms 34:13

"Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."

- Proverbs 21:23

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

- Ephesians 4:29

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/19/13 - "Pearl Harbor: what God did that day":

Pearl Harbor: what God did that day.

Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history:

Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time.

In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, Reflections on Pearl Harbor by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Read the rest of the story:

   WOWZERS! I don't recall ever hearing this before either! Thanks so much, Eva!

From - 11/18/13 - "Great Ways to Prep for the Holiday Season":

Stuffed Turkeys, Stuffed Animals, Stuffed Calendars

By Janice Russell

I love my Mom’s stuffing! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I can eat some. But there is one kind of stuffing I don’t like around the holidays: an overstuffed calendar. Stuffing (or dressing) is one thing, stuffed animals are great, but a stuffed calendar just leads to overwhelm. How can you feel the joy of the holidays if you’re experiencing calendar overwhelm?

I’m going to give you the bottom-line first. Are you ready?

If you already have a full calendar prior to the beginning of the holidays, you can’t expect to add new tasks or events and not experience a stuffed calendar.

If you want to keep the same busy calendar, you must delete a current item before you add a holiday item. Just adding leads to a calendar overwhelm.

So what can you do to de-stuff your calendar?

1. Re-evaluate Holiday Habits: What have you “always done” that you don’t enjoy? Decide to eliminate activities that don’t bring you joy. Look at the calendar before you say “yes.” Don’t just look at the day or hours of the party, but check the days and hours around it to evaluate your overall level of busyness.

2. Exercise Your Right to Choose: Which holiday tasks/activities have the most meaning for you and your family? You won’t be able to do or attend everything, so choose the ones that you will enjoy the most. A related question is: What are the fewest number of tasks/activities you can do which will fulfill your goals and expectations?

3. Set Strong Boundaries: I know goals can be an overwhelming word for some. But it is easier to set boundaries if you set individual and family goals. Yes, expect everyone to be involved. Maybe the goal is to see friends you haven’t seen in awhile. This may mean that you forgo office parties.

Or the goal could be to enjoy good food without taking all the time for prep and clean-up. So the boundaries might include cooking recipes with less than eight ingredients, using some commercially-prepared food and having others contribute dishes. Another boundary might include using disposal silverware or dishes for some gatherings. If you want a more solid boundary, plan to do half the number of activities that you would really like to. Remember, your strongest boundary is to say no!

4. Conquer External Clutter: External clutter can be physical stuff or time-related. Conquering the extra external clutter of the holidays is a matter of practicing three skills: maintenance, diversion and delegation. Maintenance consists of continuing to process paper and incoming items as usual. The last thing you want is to get behind on bills, paperwork or putting stuff away. So don’t let this slide. Carve out time to get this done on a regular basis.

At the same time, you need to divert new stuff, tasks or activities as much as possible. This is not the time to take on chairing the Valentine’s Day party or buy cases of a product because it’s on sale. Wait until after the holidays to make major commitments around “new.”

Closely tied to diversion is the ability to delegate as much as possible. In this case, you can delegate your regular tasks, your holiday tasks or a combination. This might be the time to hire a personal concierge, personal assistant or virtual assistant to help with task completion. Maybe family and friends can help with some of the holiday tasks. Or maybe you “multi-task.” Not something I usually suggest. In this case, I’m thinking that you could invite some friends over for conversation and everyone brings their holiday cards to put stamps and return labels on. Conversation will help pass the time.

5. Prepare for Parties: You may not like the word “preparation,” but it is crucial in the pursuit of a de-stuffed calendar. That doesn’t mean you must have every last detail planned. The amount of planning is up to you. So whether it is your party or someone else’s, preparing in a way that enables you to feel relaxed and ready is crucial to your enjoyment.

Meals: Decide when you need “special meals.” Is it only for the main holiday dinner, for the whole time guests stay at your home, for parties you throw or attend? For instance, when Thanksgiving or Christmas is at my house, I only consider the dinner on the holiday as requiring a special meal. Any other meals we have while family is staying at my house are “regular meals.” Give yourself a break and consider catered or purchased food. You may say “but that’s so expensive!” Well, paying for ingredients, using time to shop, prepare and clean-up is also expensive — in terms of time. Which way do you want to pay?

Houseguests: If your guestroom serves dual purposes, start preparing the space now. Make the beds, clear out a bit of closet and dresser space, and get out towels. If you don’t have space in the bathroom for the towels, put them on the bed until their arrival. If you feel the guests need to be entertained while they are in town, decide on a couple of activities they can choose from but which don’t take an extraordinary amount of time or effort. Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask for or accept help. You really don’t have to do it all.

If I could sum up calendar de-stuffing with one strategy, it would be to pause. If someone asks you to a party, pause and say “I need to look at my calendar. I’ll get back to you.” Then follow the suggestions in #1. If someone says, “We need to plan our annual trip to see the holiday lights” and that isn’t something you like to do, pause and consider #2 as you say, “I know we’ve done that together for the past couple of years, this year I’d like to see if we can find another way to spend time together.” Your strongest de-stuffing tactic is to follow a pause with the word no!

Which one or two approaches will you use to prevent a stuffed calendar this holiday season?

About the Author:

Janice Russell, CPO-CD, COC. North Carolina’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Certified Organizer Coach, Janice Russell, and her firm, Minding Your Matters® Organizing, have built a reputation for helping business and residential clients organize their space, items, documents, and time using the flexible structure principle™. Janice’s workshops on topics such as tackling the “no time” trap, perishing paper piles, and stopping stuff from being overwhelming are dynamic, informative, and practical. Minding Your Matters® is dedicated to helping people achieve organization with lasting results™ in their professional and personal lives. Janice is highly regarded within her industry. She is a Golden Circle Member of National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and Program Mentor Coach for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Janice is an author, speaker, and organizer coach. For more information, please visit or call 919-467-7058.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/06/13 - "Some Things People Regret the Most Before They Die (#16 in a series of 19)":

  AMEN! Thank you, Shari!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 11/16/13 - "Funnies - with a Point (#5 in a series of 10)":
  Thanks, Jimmy!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Sugar'n Cream - Seasons Greetings Wreath -   My Version (I crocheted the pinecones, too!) - Five-Minute Christmas Bell

BONUS THANKSGIVING RECIPES: - Auntie's Favorite Stuffing - "You'll love Auntie's favorite stuffing in your Thanksgiving bird. The secret to this recipe is the water chestnuts, which add a light and pleasant crunch to your stuffing. Use this to stuff a large bird and bake off any leftovers in a casserole." - Slow Cooker Stuffing for Thanksgiving - "This Slow Cooker Stuffing for Thanksgiving is delicious and satisfying! If you've ever wondered how to cook stove top stuffing in a slow cooker, this is the perfect recipe for you to try."


From - 11/20/13:

Teacher: " George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't punish him?"

One Student: " Because George still had the axe in his hand."

1.Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 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 11, 2013 - 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.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/19/13

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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Without a Song

Music by Vincent Youmans (27 Sept 1898 - 05 Apr 1946)

Lyrics by Billy Rose (06 Sept 1899 – 10 Feb 1966) and
Edward Eliscu (02 Apr 1902 – 18 June 1998), for the film Great Day, 1929

Without a song the day would never end
Without a song the road would never bend
When things go wrong a man ain't got a friend
Without a song

That field of corn would never see a plow
That field of corn would be deserted now
A man is born but he's no good no how
Without a song

I got my trouble and woe but, sure as I know, the Jordan will roll
And I'll get along as long as a song, strong in my soul

I'll never know what makes the rain to fall
I'll never know what makes that grass so tall
I only know there ain't no love at all
Without a song


I've-a got my trouble and woe and, sure as I know, the Jordan will roll
And I'll get along as long as a song, strong in my soul

I'll-a never know what makes that rain to fall
I'll never know what makes the grass so tall
I only know there ain't no love at all
Without a song

"Without a Song" midi courtesy of - 11/21/11

"Without a Song" lyrics courtesy of - 11/21/11

"Without a Song" Record Label courtesy of - 11/21/11

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot find that information right now, but it's been in my files for a long time...

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

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

Animated Navy, Army, and USMC Flags courtesy of - 06/18/03

Merchant Marine Flag clip art courtesy of - 07/15/09

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

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