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03/01/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Martenitza!

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.

- M. Romeo LaFlamme, “The First of March

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   It's that time again!


HOMEWORK:

http://krokotak.com/tag/martenitza/

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS1RydqaPo - Martenitsa

BONUS #2 - From   From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/01/13 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaQ3IhMfwXw - "Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria"

Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria
For more than 1,000 years, we in Bulgaria have celebrated our national holiday on March 1st called Baba Marta, Grandma March. Mart in Bulgarian is the name for the month of March. This holiday symbolizes the coming of spring.

Bulgarians wear a small special ornament made of red and white yarn on this day, called Martenitsa. We wear it until March 22, and some people wear it until they see a stork or the first buds of a tree.

Some like to wear the Martenitsa around their wrists. Sometimes people tie it to the branch of a tree or bush to leave there. You can find the Martenitsas hanging there in the branches as you walk outside.

The belief is that if you wear the Martenitsa, Baba Marta will help you, and spring will come more quickly. People often give a Martenitsa as a gift to a friend or relative.

The tradition comes from the following legend:

Khan Asparuh, the first Bulgarian king, had a sister called Huba. She was held captive in another kingdom. Asparuh sent a message to his sister that he had found a land where they could settle down south of the Danube River, a place that nowadays is Bulgaria.

When Huba got the good news from her brother, she managed to escape from captivity and run away. She rode on horseback without stopping until she reached the Danube River. She looked for some way to cross the mighty river but couldnt find a ford to pass across. So then she tied a thread of white yarn to one of the legs of a falcon sent by her brother and let him fly up into the air, holding the other end of the thin thread in her hands.

The falcon flew away to find a ford for passage across the river and just then, when he found a place, an arrow shot by an enemy pierced the falcon, and he fell to the ground dead. The yarn became red from his blood. Huba followed the thread she was holding and so she found the way to cross the great river and reach the country where her brother Asparuh had made his new home. Then they lived free and happy in the new land they called Bulgaria.

That day was March 1st, the new year in the tradition of those times. They called the white and red threads of yarn after the name of the month March, and named it Martenitsa.

The Martenitsa became a symbol of peace and love, health and happiness. The white color symbolizes purity and honesty in relationships, and the red color means life, passion, and cordiality in friendship and mutual love.

Since that time the red and white threads of yarn have come to symbolize the strong bond among Bulgarians around the world.

This special national holiday on March 1st reminds us of the values which the Martenitsa has carried down through the centuries.

And all Bulgarians everywhere wear it as an ornament on this special day, and for three weeks after that, until spring begins.

Rositsa Ruseva
 
   Thanks, Domi! This is really nicely done!


PRAYER REQUEST:

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/01/15, 10:50 AM:

Carol,

Prayers please for my closest friend, 
  Cheryl Pless Ramsey, Class of 1964. Cheryl was diagnosed yesterday with Pancreatic and Liver Cancer. Thank you.

Dee Hodges Bartram, Class of 1966

   Oh, Dee, I'm so sorry to hear this! Cheryl will certainly be in our hearts and prayers!

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Alan Cohen ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

03 -   Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND   Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;

04 -   The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (deceased - 04/19/05) AND The late       Roland McCoy (June '45) (deceased - 09 Jan 2015);

05 -   Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND   Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND   Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66);

08 -      The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of          Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


450 YEARS AGO TODAY:

March 01, 1565 - The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded.


200 YEARS AGO TODAY:

March 01, 1815 - Napoleon returned to France from his banishment on Elba, start of the Hundred Days.


THIS DAY IN WWII:

March 01, 1939 - A Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.

March 01, 1941 - Bulgaria signed the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers.


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Monday, March 01, 1965 - Jockey Stewart Elliott was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Monday, March 01, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Helium) Mary Lou Lord was born in Salem, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 01, 1965 - Wrestler and sportscaster Booker T was born Booker Tio Huffman, Jr. in Houston, Texas.

Monday, March 01, 1965 - Monseigneur Joseph-Eugène Limoges, Bishop of Mont-Laurier, Québec, (b. 15 Nov 1879 in Sainte-Scholastique, Canada) died.


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/28/15:

“We cannot foresee what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions every day with our future in mind.”

- M. Russell Ballard
(b. 08 Oct 1928)


    Thanks so much, Susan!


REQUEST:

  From Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA - 02/14/15 - "Information for the Letter":

Is there any Typhoon alumnus out there that likes to work on classic cars? I have a 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible that needs some engine work. It’s on my bucket list to get it going by June so I can cruise Buckroe Beach in style. If you have the time and knowledge call or text me at 757-788-9713 or email me at jimwkr@hotmail.com. Thanks.
 

Jimmy Walker

NNHS Class of 1962

   COOL! Certainly, Jimmy! I'll keep running this until one of us hears from someone!  

  "Anyone? Anyone?"  


“We have that Indian scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan
1974)


     From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/28/15:   

Carol:

Does the class of '65 have a website any longer?

Sarah

   Thank you, Sarah Sugah! This seems like such a straightforward question, yet I somehow thought of two or three ways in which it could be interpreted. I think the older I get the more obtuse I become.

    I'll just go with the easy one first. Let's answer with a simple Yes.

   Even when I'm not producing Newsletters for a time, or I'm down and out, or out of town, or having computer issues, or whatever, the website and its archive persist, thanks to the generosity of our schoolmates and friends who pay the yearly fees for our server, , and frequently pick up my monthly internet costs.

   The site address is included at the very bottom of each Newsletter and email that I send: http://www.nnhs65.com/

   The archive, containing literally hundreds of pages, is here: http://www.nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html

   If this does not answer your question, let me know and I'll try again!


From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 02/28/15 - "Info please .... Check out this site":

Check out this site... Especially "this day in history" plus there are other things in it that you might be able to use in the newsletter...

I found it by accident when I was trying to locate the distance between two places... It has lots of categories.

No need to respond... I really like your tidbits and this might give you some additional ideas.

Keep up your great job!

Kitty and Terry Heffington

http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/calculate-distance.html

   WOWZERS! How cool! Thank you, Kitty!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/28/15 - "It's a miracle! He's healed!!":

It's a miracle! He's healed!! 

WATCH TO THE END . . .

Cat Hates Going for Walks (funny)

http://youtu.be/5sy1MDHZ27Msank

       Thanks, Haul Party! This is definitely a cat after my own heart!

   "Y'all have fun with that fresh air and exercise, ya heah?!?"


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/16/15 - "Old Age (#9 in a series of 9)":

 

Senior Humor - Old age looks like a lot of fun, can hardly wait to get there.... SAID NO ONE EVER!!!!!


  If you know anyone who is old, these would be fun to share. Believe me, I'm not sending them to you because you're old.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thank you, Ruthie! These have been scarily funny! 

 
 


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/14/15 - "This should change your mood ... (#7 in a series of 18)":

  No matter how GRUMPY you may be right now ~ this should change your mood,

Have a great Day. Laugh, and then sing “It's a Beautiful Day" even when it's not.

"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."

      AWW! Thank you, Joan!

 
 


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/24/15 - "A Mix of Quotes (#3 in a Series of 10)":

  COOL! Thank you, Shari!
 
 


BONUS MARTENITZA CRAFT PATTERNS:

http://www.incultureparent.com/2013/02/baba-marta-day-craft-martenitsa/ - Yarn dolls (Pizho and Penda) - "...You NEVER make or buy a martenitsa for yourself; it has to be gifted...."

http://krokotak.com/tag/martenitza/


BONUS MARTENITZA RECIPES:

http://krokotak.com/category/recipes/


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 02/28/15:

Farmer Joe was in his car when he was hit by a truck. He decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to court. In court the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'?" said the lawyer.

Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the...."

"I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted, "just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'!"

Farmer Joe said, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road...."

The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."

By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule Bessie."

Joe thanked the Judge and proceeded, "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, 'Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?' "


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 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 03/01/15

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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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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


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1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


More Cica Rece da me Zeni


"More Cica Rece da me Zeni" midi courtesy of http://ifdo.pugmarks.com/~seymour/midipage/midipage.html - 03/01/09

Martenitza Image courtesy of http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=157727195&blogID=236078666 - 03/01/09
 
Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/bar3.shtml - 03/01/09

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

Animated Navy Flag 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 Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 10/04/05

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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