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01/16/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Edelweiss

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.” 

- Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill” 
(28 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I love this song.

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHujvkacNY - Edelweiss - Bill Lee dubbing for Christopher Plummer


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelweiss_%28song%29

"Edelweiss" is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. It is named after the edelweiss, a white flower found high in the Alps. It is sung by Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp and his family during the concert near the end of Act II as a defiant statement of Austrian patriotism in the face of the pressure put upon him to join the navy of Nazi Germany. In the 1965 film adaptation, the song is also sung by the Captain earlier in the film as he rediscovers music and a love for his children.

While The Sound of Music was in tryouts in Boston, Richard Rodgers felt Captain von Trapp should have a song with which he would bid farewell to the Austria he knew and loved. He and Oscar Hammerstein II decided to write an extra song that Captain von Trapp would sing in the Kaltzberg Festival (Salzburg Festival in the film) concert sequence towards the end of the show. As they were writing it, they felt that this song could also utilise the guitar-playing and folk-singing talents of Theodore Bikel, who created the role of Captain von Trapp on Broadway. The Lindsay and Crouse script provides a metaphor of the edelweiss flower, as a symbol of the Austria that Captain von Trapp, Maria and their children knew would live on in their hearts despite the Nazi annexation of their homeland. As such, the metaphor of this song builds on an earlier scene when Gretl presents a bouquet of edelweiss flowers to Elsa Schraeder during her visit to the von Trapp household. Rodgers provided a haunting waltz-time melody to the simple lyric that Hammerstein wrote about the appearance of the edelweiss flower. This song turned out to be one of the most beloved songs in the musical, and also one of the best-loved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This song was the last song that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together; Hammerstein was suffering from stomach cancer,[1] which would take his life nine months after The Sound of Music opened on Broadway.

Although the stage production uses the song only during the concert sequence, Ernest Lehman's screenplay for the film adaptation uses the song twice. Lehman created a scene that makes extra use of the song. This scene, inspired by a line in the original script by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, calls for Captain von Trapp to sing this song with his children in their family drawing room and rediscover the love he felt for them. Lehman also expanded the scope of the song when it was sung in the Salzburg Festival concert scene so that Captain von Trapp and his family would call the crowds to join in the song with him, in defiance of the Nazi soldiers posted around the arena. It is interesting to note that one of the Nazi commandants is shown singing in a baritone, revealing that he cares more for Austria than for the Reich.

The great popularity of the song has led many of its audience to believe that it is an Austrian folk song or even the official national anthem.[2] The New York Times and The Guardian have both reported that Ronald Reagan had it performed for an emissary of Austria when he visited the United States, believing it to be their national anthem.[3] However, Austria's official anthem is "Land der Berge, Land am Strome" and the anthem used before the Anschluss was "Sei gesegnet ohne Ende". The edelweiss is a popular flower in Austria and was featured on the old 1 Schilling coin. It can also now be seen on the 2 cent Euro coin. The flower is protected in Austria and illegal to pick. An "edelweiss" is also worn as a cap device by certain Austrian Army and all German Gebirgsjäger [4] (Mountain Troopers, literal translation Mountain Hunters) Units.

There is similar confusion about another song co-authored by Hammerstein, "Ol' Man River" from the musical Showboat, which is widely misbelieved to be a Negro spiritual.[5] The similarity in misconception about the two songs has been noted by two writers, both of whom see it as as tribute to Hammerstein's talents. Alyson McLamore in her book Musical theater: an appreciation writes "The last song to be written for the show was "Edelweiss," a tender little homage to a native flower of Austria that has the effect of authentic Austrian folksong, much as "Ol' Man River" struck listeners as a genuine African American spiritual"[6] Hugh Fordin in his biography of Oscar Hammerstein speaks of "the ability of the authors to simulate the quality of an authentic folk song..."Ol' Man River" had the ring of a black laborer's song...Thirty years later "Edelweiss was widely believed to be an old Austiran song, though Oscar...composed it for the Sound of Music."[7]


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
 
   Happy Birthday today to  Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND   Howard Smith ('63) of VA AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;

20 - Ware Morrison ('63) of VA;

21 - Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;

22 -  Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND   the late Norman Dick ('60) (deceased 26 Nov 2015) AND Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;

23 -   Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

January 16, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.

January 16, 1945 - Adolf Hitler moved into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.


THIS DAY IN 1967:

Monday, January 16, 1967
- Physicist and academic Robert J. Van de Graaff (b. Robert Jemison Van de Graaff on 20 Dec 1901 at the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,) died in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 65.


 


“Don’t be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. ‘Accentuate the positive.’ Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley, July 2001
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)



 


BLUE MONDAY:

From http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/01/16/blue-monday-today-most-depressing-day-year/96632236/ - 01/16/17:

Blue Monday: Is today the most depressing day of the year?

Yup, it's Blue Monday.

The third Monday in January is supposedly the gloomiest day of the year as people come down from holiday-highs and look towards the distant light of summer.

But why is this day so much more depressing than all the others? Apparently, it’s not.

Years ago, a researcher, who worked as a tutor at Cardiff University, came up with a mathematical equation that determined the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year, according to the International Business Times. 

Isabella Goldie, director of development and delivery at the London-based Mental Health Foundation, said in a blog post Sunday that “Blue Monday” isn’t a real thing.

“Blue Monday' – a calculation based on factors such as weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas and time since failing our new year’s resolutions – was created in 2005 to sell summer holidays,” she said in a blog post.  “Since then it has become a yearly PR event and primarily a device to promote and sell things, often tenuously linked, to improving our well-being.”

Goldie said it’s vital to differentiate between feeling sad or gloomy for a day and real mental illness. So, yeah you might be reeling from the holidays and feeling a little down, but Blue Monday is not the most depressing day of the year, she said.

“The idea that depression can somehow be calculated by formula is seen by many to trivialize their lived experience,” Goldie said in the blog post.

Goldie notes that the Blue Monday theory isn't completely off, because mental health is affected by the environment. She points to seasonal affective disorder, a depression that occurs around the same season each year.

"The major risk factors for mental ill-health (poverty, trauma, loneliness, ongoing stress and physical ill-health) are not confined to one month, let alone one day," she said. "We can debate seasonal variations, in the knowledge that some people living with mental health problems may find the winter months harder, but we know that mental health problems impact on people all year round and that many people struggle to ask for or seek help."

Follow Mary Bowerman on Twitter: @MaryBowerman 



 


     From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/15/17 - "This is a Keeper!":
 

There is a lot of truth here, certainly worth reading and pondering!
 

THE BUZZARD
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top,
the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.
The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.
Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,
but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
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THE BAT
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air,
cannot take off from a level place.
If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,
no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.
Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
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THE BUMBLEBEE
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out.
It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out
through the sides near the bottom.
It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
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PEOPLE
In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.
We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!
That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem...
just look up!
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Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
But faith looks up!
Live simply,
love generously,
care deeply,
speak kindly, and
trust in our Creator,
who loves us.

   Thank you, Haul Party!


 


 From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/13/17:
 

  Thanks, Jerry - although this literally made me sick to my stomach!
 
 


 


From My Daughter of Other Parents, Ashley, of AZ - 01/11/17:
 

     Thanks, Ashley Darlin'!      Are you suggesting, then, that perhaps I should not crochet something to cover every possible surface in a room?!?
  Friday, January 08, 2010
   


     From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/11/17 - "Masculine Wisdom (#2 in a Series of 12)":
 

  Thanks, Dools!
 
 


“I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet.”

- Rodney Dangerfield
(22 Nov 1921 - 05 Oct 2004)


BONUS EDELWEISS CROCHET PATTERN:

http://melibondre.com/blog/?p=3031


BONUS AUSTRIAN RECIPES:

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/world-cuisine/european/austrian/ - Austrian Foods


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 01/15/17:

To the irritation of the judge, a man was trying to be excused from jury duty.

"Tell me," began the judge, "is there any good reason why you cannot serve as a juror in the trial?"

The man replied, "I don't want to be away from my job that long."

"Can't they do without you at work?" demanded the judge.

"Yes," admitted the juror. "But I don't want them to realize it."


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 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:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/13/17

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."

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Edelweiss

Music by Richard Rodgers (28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (12 July 1895 - 30 Aug 1960)

- The Sound of Music, 1959
 

CAPTAIN:
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

CAPTAIN, MARIA, THE CHILDREN AND CHORUS:
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever


"Edelweiss" midi courtesy of http://alien98.tripod.com/show.htm - 01/18/11 (sic)

  "Edelweiss" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rodgers_and_hammerstein/edelweiss.html - 01/18/11 (sic)

Image of Edelweiss courtesy of - http://ubiquitous-ly.com/tag/ideas/ - 01/18/11 (sic)

Flower Bar 59 Divider Line  clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/pa/FlaminJune/Flowerlines4.html - 01/19/11 (sic)

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 http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03     

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06 

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Big Smile courtesy of Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 11/11/16
Thanks, Kathy!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16

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