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        Home of the East High School Mountaineers......

    

                            

   

 

This site was created to help promote, celebrate and reconnect with classmates. YOUR participation is essential for it to succeed. We need your photos, updates, and memories to enhance the site. Your fellow classmates will enjoy hearing about YOU. Even if you haven't attended a reunion, nor kept in touch since high school, we ask that you please take the time to fill in/update your profile and maybe add a photo of two. YOUR additions will make this site fun, interesting and complete.
 
 
Easter Eggxclusive !!!
 

The willingness to change allows you to turn a weakness into a strength.  Pat Summitt

 
 
 
                                           
Some time back I wrote an open letter to all classmates on this site (and in emails to those not as yet joined) that for a variety of reasons I was planning to close down this site.
 
The time in coming has been a little slower than I once anticipated, but the time has NOW arrived. The site will be closing on or about April 11, 2012. For those that requested me to start another site for our class.....well, it WAS a BIG Challenge!
 
My life has taken on some new challenges and therefore will be active in other projects. Just learning this program WAS A CHALLANGE! *smile* but I  always have enjoyed a new challenge. That keeps the old brain cells moving.....even at some times my fingers/body seems to be rebelling. <g>
 
 

Words Fail!

 Thanks to each of you so much...my faithful readers.

 
 
 
 
 
I will be moving into a Senior Community shortly......but will still have the same phone number and email address.
Thanks for the Memories!
 
My best to each of YOU,
Beth
God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go..... 
 
 
 
 
 
P.S. If you should have some comments you can send them to me here or at elizagouch@aol.com
 
 
 
 
Easter , April 8, 2012
 
 
 

 

The spirit of Easter is all about Hope, Love, and joyful living.
~ Anonymous.

Easter Reflections

With OUR EYES we see 
The beauty of Easter
As the earth awakens once more. 

With OUR EARS we hear
The birds sing sweetly
To tell us spring again is here.

With OUR HANDS we pick 
The golden daffodils 
And the fragrant hyacinths. 

But only with OUR HEARTS 
Can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD'S LOVE
Which redeems all men. 

And only with OUR SOUL
Can we make our 'pilgrimage to God' 
And inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.
-author unknown-
 

The greatest man in history, named Jesus.
Had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
He had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime.
Yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet HE lives today.
Remember who Easter is about...
-anonymous-

 

 

Just wanted to wish you each a Glorious Easter!
 
Beth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I would like to encourage each of you to go to the Knoxville Heritage web site.
 
If you have not become a constant reader I think you would enjoy it very much. You can just go and read or better yet join to have updates sent to YOUR email address as updates come out so YOU won't miss any of the delightful "stories" or the pictures/Blue & Gray Complete Papers or the Entire Annuals for each year of the Knoxville East High School.
 
Ross Greene created this GIFT for US and has spent a lot of time and money for our remembrance and enjoyment. Everything on the site is FREE! Nothing is asked of US but to enjoy!
 
I personally was thrilled to find information of both my Mom & Dad in copies of the Knoxville High School Year Books and copies of their Blue and White newspapers.
 
They didn't talk much about their teen years and I knew very little about them. Imagine to see a signature of my Dad on a page and to see pictures of my Mom. She REALLY was a teenager at one time! *smile* (And, we NEVER thought they were teenagers also......right?)
 
Ross has pictures of Fair Garden, Park Lowery, Park Jr. and many, many more schools. He now has Yearbooks of most of the Knoxville High Schools.
 
If you haven't yet been curious enough to visit his site.......please go to just see what memories and copies of so many things (that have dimmed in our memories over the many years since we graduated) and maybe moved away or just lost contact with your old High School friends. You, like I, will probably remember many things that were up in your head that you haven't remembered in YEARS! LOL!
 
JUST DO IT! (*smile*)
        

 

 

  
Just a thought..........
 
Some of you might be interested in this information. I started using it and making a site about 3 years ago.
 
Now that most of us are retired we have MORE time for "fun things"!
 
The basic plan is totally FREE and although it takes a little time to enter YOUR information it is an awesome site. Great plan to make a family calendar, birthdays, photos, etc. You can enter each member of your family and it makes a Family Tree including a lot of information.
 
You can add weddings, births, deaths....all kind of info and you can invite other members of your family to join and they can add info also.
 
Another great way to keep in contact!
 

www.myheritage.com/ - Similarto Free Family Tree, Genealogy and Family History - MyHeritage.com

  

Create your family tree and discover your family history. Free genealogy software . Get automatic Smart Matches on 976 million profiles and share photos.

Happy building YOUR family tree.......

Beth

    

 

 

 
April 7,2012
EASTER IS FAST APPROACHING!
 
 
                                
                          
 
 
Just received this announcement as a reminder to anyone in our class that might have an interest.
 
The 60th anniversary of the first class to graduate from EAST HIGH is in 2012. KNOXVILLE EAST HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION is having the anniversary party on June 16, 2012 @ The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame from 5:00 until 9:30. Several classes are also having events that weekend. For more information ask your class Rep. OR go to www.kehsaa.org.  
 
This is all the information that I have other than I know that the charge in $50 per person.
 
 
April 7, 2012

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

For you see,
in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.""
— Mother Teresa,
found on the wall of her Home for Children in Calcutta

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK...
and maybe more....

If you want happiness for an hour
- take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day
- go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month
- get married.
If you want happiness for a year
- inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime
- help someone else.

Chinese Proverb

...Stretch Yourself.....

Think Outside the Box

 
 
 
 

New Alphabet :
A
is for apple, and B is for boat,
that used to be right, but now it won't float!
Age before beauty is what we once said,
but let's be a bit more realistic instead.


Now The New Alphabet:
A's for arthritis; B's the bad back, C's the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline, E is for eyesight, can't read that top line!
F is for fixtures and fluid retention, G is for gas which I'd rather not mention.

H high blood pressure--I'd rather it low; I for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend, K is for knees that crack when they bend .
L 's for libido, what happened to sex? M is for memory, I forget what comes next.
N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low; O is for osteo, bones that don't grow!

P for prescriptions, I have quite a few, just give me a pill and I'll be good as new!
Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu? R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears, T is for Tinnitus; bells in my ears!
U is for urinary; troubles with flow; V for vertigo, that's 'dizzy,' you know.

W for worry, now what's going 'round? X is for X ray, and what might be found.
Y for another year I'm left here behind, Z is for zest I still have-- in my mind!

I've survived all the symptoms, my body's deployed,
and I'm keeping 26 doctors fully employed!

HAVE A GREAT DAY !

 
 
                         
    

 
 
 
April 6,2012
 
This was sent to me and thought MOST of you would enjoy reading it. *smile*
 
 Good advice......
Grey-Haired Brigade 
  
They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs.  Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire.  Others have been retired for some time.  We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were.  We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together.  Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true.  But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. 
   
In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age.  Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience.  We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes.  For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators.  A few even remember when cars were started with a crank.  Yes, we lived those days. 
   
We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many.  But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off.  We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam .  We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so.  We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield.  We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America ; we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."  We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.  We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner,  America and  America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing.  We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America . 
  
Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us.  We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it.  It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us.  We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep.  There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent. 
   
It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress.  You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies."  You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it after all.  You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting.  Many of those who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse.  With all the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.'  Now you're paying the price and complaining about it.  No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom.  This is what
  you voted for and this is what you got.  We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.
 
   
Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation.  We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2012 we're going to the polls by the millions.  This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  It belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom.  We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren.  So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade." 
   
Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member 
  
Footnote: 
This is "right" on.  I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on.  I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great county.  Can you feel the ground shaking???  It's not an earthquake,
it is a STAMPEDE.
 
 
             
 
Special Announcement for those traveling this weekend (especially by plane :)  )
 
  

        

    

 

 
 
 
              
 
 
Thursday. April 5, 2012
 
 
 
Just a few notices....
 
 
 
April Birthdays
 
Henry Russell. . . April 5
Nancy Hall. . . . .  April 7
Tommy Shipley . . April 15
 
 

One of the beautiful things
about getting "older"
is knowing that your secrets are safe
with your friends,
because
they can't remember them either!

 


 
 
 
 
THIS IS THE ONLY TIME WE WILL SEE THIS EVENT 
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This year, June has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called "money bags". So, forward this to your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. The one who does not forward.....will be without money.
 

                                    

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. No tellin' what you might find there.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
Match 30, 2012
 
 

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS. . . .

 

 

 

This is really sobering.  Click on the link and find the city you attended high school and look at the names.

 

Click on the name and it will give details of the death of each soldier..

Vietnam Wall



 

First click on a state.  When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.  Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

This really is an amazing web site.  Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.

The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes.

Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed. 

 
 
 
MARCH 29, 2012.............URGENT MESSAGE!
 
We urgently request you update your profile and contact information to be sure your fellow classmates can stay in contact with you, as well as assuring that you receive notices from the leaders of our class about our monthly luncheons and our upcoming event this summer
 
Have you moved?
 
Do we have your birthday and anniversary?
 
Do you NOW use a different email address or a different server?
 
Gotten a new hobby? New grandchild? NEW husband or wife *smile*
 
Retired?
 
Done something exciting this year?
 
Do you have some photos you would like to share (left hand column for directions) Share it/them with your Classmates!
 
And lastly, please share it with me so I can pass it on to the NEXT PERSON handling the announcements, emails, invitations to our event NEXT SUMMER.
 
Don't forget that we have a monthly luncheon EACH MONTH on the THIRD THURSDAY of EACH MONTH @ 11:30 a.m. and the place is announced in the invitation/reminder ahead of time.
 
We would love to see you there, but if we do not have your CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION we have no way to send you an invitation/reminder. Rosemary and I try to keep our lists current but we need your help, please.
 
Be SURE and CHECK your mail....we have a LOT of bouncing mail or MAILBOX FULL. The last email I sent out I had 21 bouncing emails and 7 email full messages.
 
This would be VERY appreciated by those trying to keep a current contact list.
THANKS SO VERY MUCH IN YOUR HELP!
 
If for any reason you have not stopped by our current web site please stop by!
We are CLOSING very soon....
      
You can update your info there or email me at:
 
    Beth Harrison Gouch 
        elizagouch@aol.com or (865) 281-0241
      or just click on the link at the bottom of this page.
 
Thanks for YOUR time in reading this and responding!



http://www.classcreator.com/Knoxville-TN-East-1956

 

 

 

Statistics


Site Created: 1/11/2009

Home Page Visitors*:

2178

(this number is the cumulative total visitors
you have had since creating your web site)

SEE NOTE ON THIS BELOW

 

 

 
Percentage Of Active Classmates **: 28%

A:   36   Active
B:   94   Inactive
 
Percentage Of Active Classmates Who Have Added Photos: 17%

A:   6   Photos
B:   30   No Photos
 
 
We have 41 members and 6 guests
 
 
We had 174 private messages sent between Classmates.
 
I am pleased that you are in contact with each other (one of my goals)
 
and although there is a great "readership", I was hoping that there would be
 
greater interaction
 
between classmates ON THE SITE.
 
 
 
* The home page counter has a 24 hour time clock (cookie). This means if a visitor accesses your home page over and over again in a 24 hour block of time (which is typical when browsing around your site), they are only counted 1 time. If the same visitor returns to your home page after 24 hours, the visitor is then counted again 1 time. This 24 hour time clock was put in place to provide a good assessment of the actual number of visitors your site is receiving as opposed to counting every single hit to your home page, which provides a distorted view of actual visitors.

** An Active Classmate is a Classmate who has joined and is participating in your site. If you have added any Guest Members to your site they are not included in your active Classmate total. The Inactive total does not include deceased Classmates.

*** Classmate activity is determined by the number of registered users who accessed the site while logged in during each day.
 
 

It's Springtime in Knoxville!

and almost

DogWood Time.
And truly BEAUTIFUL!
 
March 25,2012
 
Have you noticed all the fresh fruit and berries that are showing up in the markets and grocery stories? Don't they look "ever so inviting"?
 
Saving Berries
 
 
 

 

Saving berries from Molding
 The key to preventing moldy berries...
 
Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate.  Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market.  There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides. 
 Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you that how to keep them fresh!  Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place: 
Wash them with vinegar.
When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water.  Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.  The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila!  Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.  So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them. 
 You're so berry velcome!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and here is some more great info:
 
 
The Periodic Table of Storing Produce
 
         
In order to run an efficient home, it pays to store produce appropriately. Your produce lasts longer, is fresher, and it saves additional trips to the grocery store.   

It's a little fuzzy but very helpful! 
       

 
 
 
 
HAPPY MARCH 23rd!
 
Here is another 50's Video that you might enjoy visiting.....or re-visiting. *smile*
 
 
 
 
 
TODAY IS MARCH 20,2012
The First Day of SPRING?
 
 
   It appears that we have skipped Spring this
year and have gone straight into
 
 
 
 
 
March 18,2012....Spring is almost here....Are ya,ll
enjoying this beautiful weather?
 
 
 
 
 
MARCH 18,2012 - - -
 
 
  I received a short comment on the monthly luncheon held on March 15th at Pizza Inn on Clinton Hwy. There were 12 Classmates that attended and I understand that Tony Carpenter and his wife were there! That was great....now let's get some more coming that haven't been there in a while....or ever!
 
Is just around the corner.......
 
 
 
AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES
 
 

THESE REALLY WORK!!

I checked this out on truth-or-fiction and it's for real!

1. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.

2. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.

3. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

4. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU'LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.

5. YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN'T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.

6. IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.


DAILY THOUGHT :

SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES - NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 17, 2012
 
From your Irish/Welsh administrator:
 
 
 
 
March 15,2012
 
**--------------- A BIT OF HUMOR -------------**

Final Exam
I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me.
They're "cramming" for their final exam. *smile*
 
 
I was not able to attend the monthly luncheon yesterday. Could someone email be the number in attendance, any new-comers/guests, and any announcements that need to be made so I can post the latest Luncheon news?
 

 
 
 
 
 
Since tomorrow is St. Patty's Day I thought I would throw out a few ideas that you might like to try if you have some grandchildren coming over. And you may need to make a fast dash to the grocery? <g>
 
For those wishing to have a Happy, Healthly Holiday you might want to consider this.
 
Rainbow Fruit Plate with gold coins looks like a fast way to celebrate.

But, that being said here are some other choices which take a little more planning.....but maybe might be a little more "fun"?

St. Patrick's Day Green Tips

I am going to give you some "green" dishes. No,not "earth friendly green" but "wearing of the green" or, in this case, "eating of the green". Pick some of these foods for your special St. Patrick's Day meal.

  • Green Fruits: kiwi, green grapes, honeydew, green apples
  • Green Veggies: Broccoli, green peppers, Brussels sprouts, green beans, peas, asparagus
  • Green Meats: I advise you to stay away from any green meats unless you want to spend some time in the hospital HA! HA! But you can serve corned beef (fresh, of course ;-).


St. Patty's Day Cookies

For a fast St. Patty's Day treat, dip Oreo cookies into melted white chocolate or almond bark then sprinkle with green sprinkles. All you need to do is to hold and dip half way in the melted chocolate. You can now get Oreos with the filling colored for different holidays and these would be fun to use.

Don't forget to do this for any holiday. Just change the color of the sprinkles and, of course, you could use different types of cookies.

Lime Fluff

1 pkg. unsweetened lime soft drink mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping
1 chocolate cookie or graham cracker crust

Mix drink mix and milk. Fold in whipped topping and place into crust. Cover and chill. You can make this without the crust and try different flavors of soft drink mix. You could use red for Valentine's Day, orange for Halloween and so on.

Cool Gelatin Salad

1 (3 oz.) pkg. lemon gelatin
1 (3 oz.) pkg. lime gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 package large curd cottage cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (15 oz.) can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Pour in remaining ingredients and chill.

HAPPY MARCH!
 
Hello and welcome to new and to long-time readers.
(Since none of you seem to want to "talk") <g>
If you have any tips for safer strategies for our lives; interesting activities that we may not have  heard of; something for the car lovers: or interesting things a classmate is doing.....or a REALLY funny joke.....that you have found to be helpful, please share them with us.
 
I know that I personally love to hear of new and better ways of doing things!Just email them to me, and I will include them in the web site.
 
And, thanks to the few people that have started doing that! We appreciate your contributions GREATLY! See, it didn't hurt did it? *smile*
 
Another APPRECIATION: Thanks to the 3 people that responded to my plea for you to update your PROFILE PAGE and also confirm you contact information. I still have a large number of bouncing emails and undeliverable mail. Could you please take a few moments RIGHT NOW and do that for me and for the others that are trying to keep current CONTACT INFO of our class.
 
We would ALL appreciate your assistance on this matter.
 
 
 
 
 
I recommend that EVERYONE read the following column written by Orlando's Charlie Reese....a very popular columnist in Florida and possibly far beyond.

 

It wasn’t his final column, according to the internet It wasn’t his final column.  He first wrote almost the same thing in the early 80’s, Most of the below was written in 1995 and he retired in 2001, but I agree with it almost 100%.  

Some of it is a fairly recent addition, for example the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan hadn’t yet begun when he retired in 2001. He is putting the blame where it belongs, on Congress.     

Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.
:)  It's far too true!

Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...

 He has been a journalist for 49 years.

 He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. (see my note above You have possibly read the former column without the update of more recent information.)

 Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

 This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be.  The

 article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or

 democrat.  Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando

 Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who

 it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the

 judgments made that impact each one of us every day.  It's a short

 but good read.  Worth the time.  Worth remembering!

======================================================

 

 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

 -By Charlie Reese

 

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and

 then campaign against them.

 Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are

 against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

 Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation

 and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

 You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

 You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on

 appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

 You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

 You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

 You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

 One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine

 Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300

 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible

 for the domestic problems that plague this country.

 I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that

 problem was created by the Congress.  In 1913, Congress delegated its

 Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally

 chartered, but private, central bank.

 I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound

 reason.  They have no legal authority.  They have no ability to

 coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one

 cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1

 million dollars in cash.  The politician has the power to accept or

 reject it.  No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the

 legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

 Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that

 what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con

 regardless of party.

 What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive

 amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a

 Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating

 deficits.  The President can only propose a budget.  He cannot force

 the Congress to accept it.

 The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole

 responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and

 approving appropriations and taxes.  Who is the speaker of the House

 now?  He is the leader of the majority party.  He and fellow House

 members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.  If the

 President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

 It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot

 replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of

 incompetence and irresponsibility.  I can't think of a single

 domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545

 people.  When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people

 exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow

 that what exists is what they want to exist.

 If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

 If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

 If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they

 want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

 If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement

 plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

 There are no insoluble government problems.

 Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they

 hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and

 advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to

 regulate and from whom they can take this power.  Above all, do not

 let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied

 mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that

 prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

 Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

 They, and they alone, have the power.

 They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who

 are their bosses.  Provided the voters have the gumption to manage

 their own employees...

 We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

 What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.

 This might be funny if it weren't so true.

 Be sure to read all the way to the end:

 

Tax his land,

Tax his bed,

Tax the table,

At which he's fed.

 

Tax his tractor,

Tax his mule,

Teach him taxes

Are the rule.

 

Tax his work,

Tax his pay,

He works for

peanuts anyway!

 

Tax his cow,

Tax his goat,

Tax his pants,

Tax his coat.

 

Tax his ties,

Tax his shirt,

Tax his work,

Tax his dirt.

 

Tax his tobacco,

Tax his drink,

Tax him if he

Tries to think.

 

Tax his cigars,

Tax his beers,

If he cries

Tax his tears.

 

Tax his car,

Tax his gas,

Find other ways

To tax his ass.

 

Tax all he has

Then let him know

That you won't be done

Till he has no dough.

 

When he screams and hollers;

Then tax him some more,

Tax him till

He's good and sore.

 

Then tax his coffin,

Tax his grave,

Tax the sod in

Which he's laid...

 

Put these words

Upon his tomb,

'Taxes drove me

to my doom...'

 

When he's gone,

Do not relax,

It’s time to apply

The inheritance tax.

 

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL license Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Excise Taxes

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)

Gross Receipts Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Taxes

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Personal Property Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge Tax

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax

Recreational Vehicle Tax

Sales Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes

Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Utility Taxes

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax

 

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the

 most prosperous in the world.

 We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in

 the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids.

 What in the heck happened?  Can you spell 'politicians?'

 I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!!  YOU can help

 it get there!!!

 

GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!

 

 

 
 
     REMINDER!  MONTHLY LUNCHEON......
 
  The March EHS Monthly Luncheon will be held at the Pizza Inn
  on Clinton Highway at 11:30 on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Please
  come and enjoy lunch with your classmates!
 
 
I NOW insert this important message for this caution for Classmates:
 
COMPUTER ALERT!  3/14/2012
 IMPORTANT... READ NOW

Watch out for this one.  I also confirmed with truthorfiction.com

Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has Access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled ?Here you have it? If you open the file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful....' 

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC. And
the person who sent it to you will gain access to your Name, e-mail and password. This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus software's are not capable of destroying it. 

The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner'. 

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY! 


THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY SNOPES. (THO I don't depend on them much anymore!)
http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/hereyouhave.asp

 
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I receive a little email from classmates, from friends that I have "collected" over a long span of years and the many places that I have lived. From time to time I receive something just too good NOT to share *smile* This is one such email....from a classmate and personal friend. Since I am the creator of this site I will take this opportunity to share this interesting bit of information! LOL! And especially since it is something that I have thought for years.....and who wouldn't like being secondly thought of by a professor at Stanford? <g> Having lived on the earth for 73 years, I HAVE learned a few things! So, with the inspiration of this article I want to share these with you. (and guys, though you might just think this is "girl stuff" you might take a moment to read....and you might just learn something about women.....and men!
 
 
The benefit of Girlfriend time

They Teach It at Stanford

       In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a  woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships
with her girlfriends.  At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

        Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps is to create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well-being.  Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.  We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for our health.  He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. ( Whew! Saved FROM the gym again!)

        There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged—not  true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!
(Hummmmm, have NEVER smoked, so I guess that means I am doubly blessed!)
        

  So, every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat ourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky.  Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health.

         Forward this to all your girlfriends – and stay in touch!

Thanks to all the GF's  in MY  Life who have helped me stay healthy, happy, and feeling very loved.  

I love you all!

 

HUGZ   

Beth

The Things I Owe My Parents  0r
        (Rambling thoughts of the 'retired") <g>
 

      1.     My Parents taught me TO APPRECIATE A  JOB WELL DONE . 
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside... I just finished cleaning."
 

2. My Parents taught me RELIGION 
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet." 

3.  My Parents taught me about TIME TRAVEL. 
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
 

4. My Parents taught me LOGIC. 
Because I said so, that's why." 

5. My Parents taught me MORE LOGIC.  
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
 

6. My Parents taught me FORESIGHT. 
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
 

7. My Parents taught me IRONY 
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
 

8.  My Parents taught me about the  science of OSMOSIS . 
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
 

9. My Parents taught  me about CONTORTIONISM. 
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
 

10. My Parents taught me about STAMINA
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 


11.  My Parents taught me about WEATHER. 
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 


12. My Parents taught me about HYPOCRISY. 
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
 

13. My Parents taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. 
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out...”
 

14. My Parents taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
"Stop acting like your father!" 

15. My Parents taught me about ENVY. 
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 


16. My Parents taught me about ANTICIPATION. 
"Just wait until we get home." 


17. My Parents taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
 

18. My Parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. 
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
 

19. My Parents taught me ESP. 
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
 

20.  My Parents taught me HUMOR. 
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
 

21. My Parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 


22. My Parents taught me GENETICS.  
"You're just like your father."
 

23. My Parents taught me about my ROOTS. 
"Shut that door behind you.  Do you think you were born in a barn?"
 

24. My Parents taught me WISDOM.  
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
 

And my favorite: 

25.  My Parents taught me about JUSTICE. 
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you
!”

        

THIS IS OLDER INFORMATION FOLLOWING:
 
 
 
 
Obituary of Jerry Wayne Miller,Sr. (Ace)
(as it appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel)

 

MILLER, JERRY WAYNE, SR. "ACE" - age 72 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012. He was a living testimony of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ace led an honorable life filled with dedication and years of hard work in the support of the Golden Gloves Boxing Program. His most treasured accomplishment was the marriage to Lady Di on August 6, 1962 only to be followed by the birth of his three children and becoming Pop-Pop to seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Best friend to Miss Dixie... the one who has stolen his heart with her looks and devotion! Ace was the best friend anyone could ask for... always supportive and dependable. Forever a Ya-Ya-Ya. He was a true and dedicated father that has shown us all to love with all of our heart and unconditionally! Preceded in death by parents, Carlos and Edith Miller; beloved grandmother who raised him, Grandma Miller and Granddaddy; brother, Ted Ray Miller; sister, Jennie Lou Sendo; and daughter, Kelly Miller. Survivors include wife, Di Miller; son, Jerry Miller, Jr. and wife Denise; daughters, Tracy Davis and husband Greg, and Dusty Graves and husband Kelly; brother, Jim Denver Miller; sister, Barbara Sue Ferris; grandchildren: the Big Three... Dustin, Tyler, and BreAnna and husband Clint, the Final Four... Trace, KaLynn, Jackson, and Taylor, and Plus One... great granddaughter, Harmony; beloved cousin, J.R. Miller; beloved sister-in-law, Regina Odom and Husband randy; brother-in-law, L.M. Sams and wife Brenda; and special friend, Ashton Berry. A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Ace Miller Golden Gloves Arena with the eulogy given by Mr. John Anderson and Rev. John Stone and Rev. Larry Cash officiating. There will be a private interment on Monday. Pallbearers: Greg Davis, Kelly Graves, Dustin Davis, Tyler Davis, Trace and Jackson Miller, Doug Eckard, Tommy Cox, Jack Rose, Judge Hill, Randy Odom and L.M. Sams. Honorary pallbearers: Golden Gloves Board Members, a host of volunteers, and the Ya, Ya, Ya's. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Golden Gloves Charities, PO Box 6230, Knoxville, TN 37914. The family will receive friends following the service until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the arena on Ace Miller Way, Chilhowee Park. Arrangements by Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, 865-523-4999. www.bridgesfuneralhome.com.

 

BACK TO OLDER INFORMATION - - -

 

 

"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "
~Native American Saying

"When we are connected to others, we become better people."
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

 
 
Latest News on Ace Miller  March 9, 2012
As now there is no obituary in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. There is a short notice on the front page and a article.
I have been told that he has had previous heart attacks....and it is presumed that this was the cause of death.
Plans are not confirmed but I was told that his service would be held at the gym on Sunday. (I am assuming they mean the one at the OLD SKATING RINK) Details I do not know yet. I will post the obit as soon as I have access to it.
Keep his family in your prayers,please.
 
 
 
 
 
ACE MILLER died of a heart attack earlier today. Watch the WATE & WBIR News for latest details. 3-8-2012
 

Knoxville boxing trainer Ace Miller dies

 

 

A well-known Knoxville boxing trainer passed away Thursday.

Family members tell 10News that Ace Miller died of what they believe was a heart attack.

In 1964, Miller borrowed $500 from a local bank to open his own arena.

"That $500 started me in a boxing program and opened that old pool room and life just came at me," Miller told 10News in 2011.

In 1977 he was asked to take over the city's Golden Gloves program.

Miller trained boxers at the arena for years, including world heavy weight champ Big John Tate, who Miller said was the real "Rocky" story.

Ace Miller saw much success in his career over the years, something the city recognized by naming a street at Chilhowee Park after him. His was also added to the Golden Gloves Arena.

Click here to watch a 10News profile story on Ace Miller.

 

 

 Personal comments.......

Ace Miller is always ready

Ace was a personal friend. I got better acquainted with him working on the KESHAA All-School Reunion. I was impressed that he was the first person that I saw when I arrived early that day to help set up and prepare for the "guests" to arrive and to get our class table ready for viewing and to Welcome our Classmates.

Later, I was honored when he invited me to come to the ceremonies when he was honored. He was a fine, Christian man which was a friend to me and to our class. He was the one that told me about the wreck that Jim Mitchell had and we were standing talking when he got the phone call.

He worked so hard in the KEHAA until he and I went on to pursue other endeavors apart from the KEHSAA.

Here are a couple of pictures of the honors he received.

at the Ace Miller Golden

Ace Miller, Joe Walsh

 

 

Category: Ace Miller Golden

He was a generous man and will be missed by sooooooo many of us. Please keep his wife and family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
 
I don't think all of them are in this picture.......but a good representation of them.
 
 
 

"In Life there are no strangers,
 

only friends we haven't met."

If you met some here and became

friends, then one of my goals have been met!
!)


There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

~ Albert Einstein

 

 

Life's most urgent question is:
what are you doing for others?

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When one door closes,
another opens.
But we often
look so regretfully upon the
closed door that we don't see
the one that has opened for us."

Helen Keller

 
 
 
 
 
 
March Birthdays
(that I know of)
 
 
 
                    Walt Valentine - March 14
   
                    Betty Barnhart - March 17
 
 
March

 

                          May you each enjoy a wonderful Birthday
                      surrounded by family and friends!
 
 
 
 
 
                                              

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Hold Hands...Not Grudges.

It is nice to be important,
but it's more important to be nice.

Embrace The Moment.

Remember Where You Came From.

Keep an Open Mind and an Open Heart.


Treat others as you would like to be Treated.

Be Kinder than Necessary... 
...You never know what someone else is going through.

 

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Reasons Not To Mess With Children



A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.

The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”

The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”.







A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.

As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”


The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”




A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

After explaining the commandment to ‘honor’ thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, “ Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”





One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.

She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, M
om?”

Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs
turns white.”

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “Mommy, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs
are white?”                  




The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy acopy of the group picture.

“Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, “There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,” or “That’s Michael, he’s a doctor.”

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”
                  





A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.”

“Yes,” the class said.


“Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?”

A little fellow shouted,
“Cause your feet ain’t empty.”                   




The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:

“Take only ONE . God is watching.”


Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”
 

Kids just say it like it is..............don't they?
 

 

                                            

 
 
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