- NNHS Newsletter - Bastille Day
“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population
J. Michael Straczynski
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Are you hearing the strains of La Marseillaise yet?
My mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), used to sing me the first verse of La Marseillaise every July 14. Unfortunately, I thought the title alone (much like the German umlauted "u") was virtually impossible for all but natives of the language to learn, so I never bothered to memorize the anthem myself. Add that to my list of life's regrets.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K1q9Ntcr5g - La Marseillaise, French National Anthem (French / English translations - complete with errors)
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqZ4GQ5ZPME - La Marseillaise, Roberto Alagna
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3IvXo0W1YI - La Marseillaise, Mireille Mathieu
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM-E2H1ChJM - Clip from Casablanca (1942) **** - At the behest of Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), the French resist the Nazis with an emotional rendition of La Marseillaise to drown out a group of German soldiers singing Die Wacht am Rhein.
"La Marseillaise" ("The [Song] of Marseille"; French pronunciation: [la maʁsɛˈjɛz]) is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 and adopted in 1795 as the nation's first anthem. It is also the first example of the European march style of anthem.
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle wrote "La Marseillaise" in Strasbourg on 25 April 1792. Its original name was "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and it was dedicated to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian-born French officer from Cham. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers (fédérés) from Marseille upon their entry into Paris on 30 July 1792 after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille and the troops adopted it as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille. A newly graduated medical doctor, Mireur later became a general under Napoléon Bonaparte and died in Egypt at 28.
The song's lyrics reflect the invasion of France by foreign armies (from Prussia and Austria) which was ongoing when it was written; Strasbourg itself was attacked just a few days later. The invading forces were repulsed from France following their defeat in the Battle of Valmy.
"La Marseillaise" was screamed during the levée en masse and met with huge success.
The Convention accepted it as the French national anthem in a decree passed on 14 July 1795, making it France's first; but it was then banned successively by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, only being reinstated briefly after the July Revolution of 1830. During Napoleon I's reign Veillons au Salut de l'Empire was the unofficial anthem of the regime and during Napoleon III's reign Partant pour la Syrie. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries "La Marseillaise" was recognised as the anthem of the international revolutionary movement and in 1871, it was adopted by the Paris Commune. Eight years later in 1879, it was restored as France's national anthem, and has remained so ever since.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday tomorrow to
Carol Smith Saunders ('63)
Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL;
18 -Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);
20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX;
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
July 14, 1933 -The Nazi eugenics begins with the proclamation of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring that calls for the compulsory sterilization of any citizen who suffers from alleged genetic disorders.
July 14, 1940 -
A force of German Ju-88 bombers attacked Suez,
Egypt, from bases in Crete.
THIS DAY IN 1964:
Tuesday, July 14, 1964 - Cartoonist Matt Pritchett was born, undoubtedly in England.
From Me ('65) of NC - 07/14/14:
|There are several excellent deals on old Anchor yearbooks on eBay right now, particularly a 1963 and a 1964 edition.|
From Me ('65) of NC - 07/13/14:
| Yesterday at church,
one of my favorite people, a young mother of three small children
(including a newborn), related a story which occurred when her oldest
child, an adorable little boy, was three years old. Her husband had been
deployed for some time, and on this particular day she was just having a
Her son, Everett, noticed this and asked her what was wrong. She explained that she was just upset.
With amazing wisdom for his tender years, he said, "I'm sorry, Mom. I know it's hard. Are you going to let it ruin your day, or are you going to choose to be happy anyway?"
I'm planning to print this out and frame it.
Thank you so much, Courtenay, for sharing this precious story - and thank you, Everett!
"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."
Speaking of making choices.....
"The abundance of choice, however, carries with it an equal portion of accountability. It facilitates your access to both the very best and the very worst the world has to offer. With it you can accomplish great things in a short period of time, or you can get caught up in endless loops of triviality that waste your time and degrade your potential. With the click of a button, you can access whatever your heart desires. That’s the key—what does your heart desire? What do you gravitate toward? Where will your desires lead?"
From Paul's Niece, Celesta, of MO (formerly of AZ) - 07/13/14 - "What Everyone Thinks":
|SO TRUE! Thank you, Celesta!|
From My Friend, Anna, of NC - 07/13/14:
I usually don't read stuff like this, but a lot of them really are helpful.
35 Genius Life Hacks Everyone Should Know, Especially #18 - We are living busier and busier lives, and any way to simplify and make things more efficient is welcome.
Thank you, Anna!
From Me ('65) of NC - 07/13/14:
15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy - Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them...
BONUS BASTILLE DAY CROCHET PATTERNS:
It’s Bastille Day. Crochet Something! - "Signet Ring"
http://www.aliciakachmar.com/blog/craft/macarons-sil-vous-plait/ - Macarons, S'il Vous Plait - Surprise surprise, I am better at making crochet macarons than the real-deal edible versions. Not macarOOns mind you, but the delicate French macaron, an almond-based meringue sandwich cookie. (It feels demeaning to call it a “cookie”). I have baked chocolate and pistachio macarons, but they didn’t quite turn out perfectly, the meringue tops and bottoms falling a little flat. Since making them and tasting various macarons in New York, I always meant to design a crochet version…."
BONUS BASTILLE DAY RECIPES:
Bastille Day Recipes
- "Vive la France! Instead of storming a
Parisian prison, march into that kitchen and get cooking... Liberté,
Égalité, Fraternité - And Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: cook up a feast
worthy of King Louis XVI, but attainable to everyone of course! "
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quiche-Lorraine-I-2/Detail.aspx - Quiche Lorraine - "It's a delicious way to start a meal!"
http://labellecuisine.com/archives/Index%20-%20Bastille%20Day%20Recipes.htm - Bastille Day Recipes - "Fine Cuisine with Art Infusion - 'To cook is to create. And to create well... is an act of integrity, and faith.' "
From www.ajokeaday.com - 07/13/13:
|One night a police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar
for possible DUI violations. At closing time, he saw a fellow tumble out
of the bar, trip on the curb, and try his keys in five different cars
before he found his. Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with
his keys for several minutes. Everyone else left the bar and drove off.
Finally he started his engine and began to pull away.
The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered the Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.
The driver replied, "Tonight I'm the designated decoy.”
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