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12/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter - A Winter Snowscape

“O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . .
I crown thee king of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
And all the comforts that the lowly roof
Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours
Of long uninterrupted evening, know.”

- William Cowper
(26 Nov 1731 - 25 Apr 1800)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    We owe the theme of today's Newsletter to   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH who sent me this BONUS VIDEO on 12/05/11: - A Winter Snowscape - Jethro Tull, 2003

   There is no midi file attached, so just enjoy the video!

   Thanks, Domi!



    Happy Birthday today to Roy Tate ('57)!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND   Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA;

03 - Carl Rossman of PA;
04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) (d. 24 Apr 2010) !

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



Sunday, Dec. 29, 1861

While a civil war was going on between North and South, another one was in progress in the (theoretically) independent Indian Territory. The Creek tribe, which favored the Union, moved en masse to a distant part of the territory. They had been opposed by the Confederate-leaning Choctaw and Chickasaw. The Seminole and Cherokee nations were themselves divided, with large factions favoring each side. One Cherokee, in fact, Stand Watie, not only enlisted in the Confederate army but rose to the rank of brigadier general. While some native people had welcomed escaped slaves and allowed them to join and intermarry into their tribes, others practiced slave ownership themselves in areas where it was permitted.

Monday, Dec. 29, 1862

Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces attacked in what is known as the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou. Hampered by bad terrain, Sherman’s larger force was fairly easily fended off by a smaller number of Confederates. The futile attack cost Sherman 208 killed, 1005 wounded and 563 missing, versus Confederate losses of “only” 63 dead, 134 hurt and 10 missing. The project to prove that Vicksburg could not be attacked by land from the north was continuing.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1863

Skirmishing picked up today, for no detectable reason. Aside from battles in Arkansas and Texas, most of them were at various points in Tennessee: Mossy Creek, Talbott’s Station, Cleveland and La Vergne being the primary points of disputation. Most actions involved small skirmish parties attempting to break Federal supply lines, with the added benefit of taking the supplies for the skirmishers.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 1864

Little military action took place today, a reflection of end-of-year ennui, bad weather in most locations, and general weariness. Everyone but the occupant of the Confederate White House could see that the war could not continue much longer, short of divine intervention which gave no evidence of being imminent. The closest thing available was a letter from Francis Preston Blair Sr. to Jefferson Davis, suggesting a private and unofficial visit to "explain the views I entertain in reference to the state of the affairs of our Country." The Blair dynasty had been powerful, if quiet, influences in American politics since the administration of Andrew Jackson.


   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/28/11 - "Obit.":

Hello Carol, Wed. Dec. 28

     Charles E. Johnson is in today's DP obits. He is in the list of Service Diplomas (Navy) on page 41 of the Feb. 1947 Anchor.

Happy holidays, Fred
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thanks so much, Fred! His was the first of the three Memorial Editions I finished Tuesday morning. I recognized the fact that he left school early to join the war effort and then graduated upon his return, but I had no way of knowing they singled out those returning veterans in such a way in the yearbook.


         From My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL - currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany - 12/27/11 - "Christmas Miracle":

Cool. Sounds exciting.

I had a Miracle for Christmas. BAPTISM. Godfrey surprised us last Wednesday, and said, "I want to be baptized on Saturday."

So we talked to the Bishop and our Mission President and then asked Godfrey if Christmas would be good. The ward was way excited. Germany did not have snow, but I had a White Christmas, thanks to Godfrey. He is amazing and super prepared. Every principle we taught he already had experience with or a dream that taught it to him, so he knew just about everything. He is so cool. He is from Nigeria; it was a great miracle.

Love you.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks so much for sharing this great news, Elder Andrew - love you, too!


       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 12/27/11 - "transfers":

So, I got transferred out of my first area like I thought I would. I didn't realize it was going to be this difficult to leave. I really got to know and love the people I was around and such. Saying goodbye to Ismael, Sister Evans, and of course the Robins (the amazing family we lived with) were probably the hardest things. :o(
  Anyway, I got through it only to find out it happens every time you're transferred.

Oh, and our area was whitewashed and Sisters were replaced with Elders. I don't know who the Elders are, though. Sister Keller and I are still companions, though. We went to the May Creek Ward in Renton. Elders were here before us. Sister Hirano is now a follow-up trainer in Cougar Mountain or Tiger Mountain... can't remember.

Anyway, all is well. We live in an apartment instead of a member's house. This will be fun and definitely a learning experience. hehe Haven't met any of the members yet though.

Love ya,
Sister Harty

Sister Keller, Sister Harty, and Sister Hirano

   AWWW! Those transfers are difficult for everybody, but this way you'll get to meet and teach new people, and have many more wonderful experiences!  Love you, Sister Webby! Great Christmas card - thanks!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/27/11 - "Believe":

When One Door Closes...Another Opens

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. ~ Revelation 3:8

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go. Only one of two things will happen; either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly!

The Power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor..... God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close...

When you reach the end of your rope you will find the hem of His Garment...

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is.
"8 Second Prayer"
Just repeat this prayer and see how God moves!!

"Lord, I love you and I need you. Come into my heart, and bless me,
my  family, my home, my finances, and all of my friends. In Jesus' name, Amen."

   Thank you, Joyce!


    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/28/11 - "Match Presidential Candidate":

----- Wow!  That was enlightening.

Match Presidential Candidate
This is really interesting. Click on the link, and take the test to see who you really like best as a presidential candidate based on policy positions (i.e., personality excluded). First slide the importance to you bar to the degree of what issues are most important and least important to you accordingly. Then answer the eleven questions asked of you to see who, by name, you prefer. I was amazed at my own selection for first choice. Not at all by my second and third choices. Try it. It doesn't take much time, and it's kind of fun.

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!


   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#9 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!



EASY MEALS FROM MR. FOOD'S TEST KITCHEN: - Chuck Wagon Mix - "Here's a whole mess o' that great barbecue flavor we love and in just one pan." - French Double Dippers - "We call these double dippers 'cause you warm the beef in the broth, then serve the broth along with the sandwiches for dipping. Yes, yes, they're double delicious."


From - 12/27/11 - "New Year's Goals":

For New Year's, Say "Yes" to Goals and "No" to Resolutions

By William Anderson

Every year at this time we reflect on the past and contemplate what the future holds for us. Some think that 2012 will be our last. If that is true, what do we do about it? What do we do if it is not?

We've made New Year's resolutions in the past, only to break them within days, and we've heard it is better to not make them, better not to set out on something that is almost sure to fail.

Is it better to have no hopes and desires for the year? Is it better to expect the New Year to hold no promise of better things to come? A friend's mother thought so. When I was a young man she told me "It's better not to expect good things, because then you won't be disappointed". However, this method did not work well for her. She didn't expect good things, got just what she expected, very few good things--and she was always disappointed!

New Year's Resolutions are not the same as goals. Resolutions are vows, like vows to stop smoking or eating a certain food, or start exercising every day. With them, one breakdown breaks the vow and makes you a failure. New Year's resolutions are a bad idea.

Goals are not the same. Goals are destinations to reach, and we reach destinations one step at a time. Most often, it is forward a bit and backward a bit, until we get more steps forward than backward. Real progress comes with persistence and we get in the habit of consistent forward motion. Most significant goals are not reached in a single step.

This year, instead of making resolutions that you know are destined to fail, sit down and put to paper what you'd like to have happen if your efforts produced the results you want.

* If you knew this would be your last year on earth, what would you want to make sure that happens, no matter what? Write it down.
* If you were to live to a ripe old age, what do you need to do this year, to make sure your ripe old age is as healthy and happy as possible? Write it down.
* Are there relationships to be made, relationships to be repaired? Unsaid things that need to be said? Write them down.
* Are there things you've loved doing that you haven't been doing? Singing, dancing, painting, gardening, hobbies, going to clubs and organizations you've liked? Write them down.
* Are there trips you'd like to take, or a vacation long overdue? Write it down.
* Are there good things you haven't let yourself have because you've not felt ready or deserving? Maybe you're ready. If you make efforts at the right things, you absolutely are deserving. Write it down.
* If you were to pay attention to all your needs, body, mind and spirit, what would you have yourself do? Write it down.

Don't be vague about what you'd like in your life. Admit your desires and goals. Write them down. Usually, the only things that happen by accident are accidents. So, be clear. Identify where you'd like to go. Expect some good things. Maybe you'll get lots. Imagine life unfolding for you this year in better ways than ever before. You're older, wiser, moving forward in time and life, toward new potentials that are your birthright, a creative being in a creative world. Make a list and put it in a safe place.

Now, take this list of dreams out every once-in-a-while to review and dare to imagine them happening. Think of what you can do this month and this week to help bring them about. Let your heart desire what it needs and let it get excited about tomorrow. Celebrate every step forward. Respond to any reverses with renewed intent until moving forward becomes the entrenched habit.

Forget about making resolutions and forget about testing yourself in some contest you don't really care about. Dare to imagine doing the things that are really important to you. Imagine a power within you that can kindle the flames that bring them to reality. Regardless of what happens in 2012, make sure you don't miss out.

About the Author:
William Anderson, MA, LMHC, is a licensed psychotherapist residing in Sarasota, Florida, specializing in weight control. He is the author of the revolutionary new weight loss self-help book, The Anderson Method (Two Harbors Press, 2009, $14.95), and he is training a growing network of licensed therapists in his successful weight loss program. Anderson developed his approach when, as a behavior therapist, he permanently lost 140 pounds over 20 years ago after 25 years of diet and exercise failure. More information can be obtained at


From - 12/28/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #27":

Dear Flylady and friends,

You are an answer to questions that I didn't know to ask. I have been FLYing for about three months (with an occasional flutter here and there) and I now hear your voice in my head when the p**fectionism tries to take over.

The monthly habit that is causing the most difficulties for me is December's. When I was growing up, my mother was a martyr (with some justification) and trained me to be the same. Any relaxation/fun was to be done AFTER the chores were done, and while I resented it, I unconsciously absorbed it.

Yesterday, I was cleaning the kitchen, which took longer than normal (traveling, procrastinating) and i was listening to my MP3 player. Suddenly, it occurred to me that, as a reward to myself, I would put Rock Band II in the XBox and sing.

What fun! I made up a cool character to be the lead singer for my band and sang for about twenty minutes. I left work undone and played instead. The house didn't fall down and my mother didn't pop out of the woodwork to tell me I was trifling and lazy.

What I didn't do yesterday was easily accomplished today and my sink (and floors) are shiny. I have about two hours of wrapping to finish, which can be done over the next two days.

I'm cruising and pampering and a much nicer person.

Flybaby Lisa in Virginia

Kelly here: This busy month is almost over. I wonder if you have taken a little time for yourself.

What have you done to pamper yourself?



From - 12/28/11:

With high-definition TV everything looks bigger and wider - kind of like going to your 25-year high school reunion.


1. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 


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Thank you so much!

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                                 Love to all, Carol






A Winter Snowscape

Recorded by Jethro Tull


First Image - Royal Pond in MA, located on the Otis/Monterey town line - November 2005 - by Geoff Coelho, -
courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Second Image - Lewis, Co, NY - 01/02/03 - courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Tree Scene clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

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!

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 USMC and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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