11/01/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
All Saints Day
“A saint is one who makes goodness
Dear Friends and
Today's theme is supposed to repeat every year. It doesn't, but it's posta...
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHVv79W_EpA - All Saints' Hymn: "For All The Saints" - Big Sing, October 24, 2004 - sing-along version
|All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints,
particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many
Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many western
churches it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it
is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as
All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day.
What do people do?
All Saints' Day is observed by Christians in many countries around the world. In countries such as Spain, Portugal and Mexico, offerings are made on this day. In countries such as Belgium, Hungary and Italy people bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives. In other parts of Europe, such as Austria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania, it is customary to light candles on top of visiting graves of deceased relatives. It is also observed in parts of Asia, such as the Philippines, where people visit graves of deceased relatives and clean or repair them. They also lay flowers on the graves and light candles.
In France church services in memory of all the saints are held on November 1 but by the evening the focus turns towards the dead. Cemeteries everywhere are crowded with people who come to clean and decorate family graves. All Saints' Day is closely tied with All Souls' Day, held on November 2, which is dedicated to prayers of the dead who are not yet glorified.
... It is not a nationwide public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, or the United States. However, many Christians observe All Saints’ Day in these and other countries.
The liturgical color is white on All Saints' Day...
|Daylight Saving Time 2014 ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 2, 2014. You'll have an extra hour to sleep tonight!|
From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA -10/14/09 - "Daylight Savings Time explained":
This is the best explanation I've heard yet!
AHA!!! This IS perfect! Thank you, Mark, I could scarcely agree more!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toRuss Stephenson ('57) of MD AND Colin Faison ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow toJohn Clark ('57) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA
My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College
Prep School, FL - 2002) of TX AND My Grandson,
Thomas Harty of UT;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of CA;
07 - Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;
08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
800 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|November 1, 1214 - The port city of Sinope surrendered to the Seljuq Turks.|
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|November 1, 1914 - World War I: The first British Royal Navy defeat of the war with Germany, the Battle of Coronel, was fought off of the western coast of Chile, in the Pacific, with the loss of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:November 1, 1936 - Benito Mussolini made a speech in Milan, Italy, in which he described the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome.
November 1, 1943 - The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay - Operation Goodtime: The United States Marines, the 3rd Marine Division, landed on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
November 1, 1943 - In support of the landings on Bougainville, U.S. aircraft carrier forces attacked the huge Japanese base at Rabaul.
November 1, 1944 - Units of the
British Army landed at
Walcheren in the
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Sunday, November 1, 1964 - Author Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.|
From Joan S. Hott of WV, Wife of Coach Harlan Hott - 10/31/14 - "New email address":
|New email address: _____@________.___
Thanks so much, Joan! I have you switched now!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 10/30/14:
|AMEN! Thanks, Jimmy!|
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/31/14 - "What I Have Learned!":
|Read it through to
the end, it gets better as you go!
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night".
I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.
I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.
I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there.
I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it.
I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note.
I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.
I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that everyone can use a prayer.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
|Thank you so much, Wayne!|
From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 10/31/14:
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/31/14 - "Some touching links and articles in this!":
Big Buck Bunny--a rabbit with a big heart that offers some comical revenge. Stunning to look at, but as with most animations a little violent. It's a little long, but cute and a bit heartwarming to view if you can file your nails or something in addition. (Approx. 7 mins. )
One Sunday the pastor announced, "Now, before we pass the collection plate, I would like to request that the person who stole the chickens from Farmer Condill's hen house please refrain from giving any money to the Lord. The Lord doesn't want money from a thief!"
The collection plate was passed around, and for the first time in months everybody gave.
While I was working in the men's section of a department store, a woman asked me to help her choose a white dress shirt for her husband.
When I asked about his size, the woman looked stumped at first, then her face brightened. She held up her hands, forming a circle with her forefingers and thumbs.
"I don't know his size," she said, "but my hands fit perfectly around his neck."
Parodies of Motivation posters
Following is a selection of posters that are parodies of the Motivation posters that are so popular in offices these days. Quotes with very appropriate and inspiring pictures...
"When you earnestly believe you can make up for a lack of skill by doubling your effort, there's no end to what you can't do."
"The Best Leaders Inspire by Example. When that's not an option, brute intimidation works pretty well too."
"Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at Sea."
"Your role may be thankless, but if you are willing to give it your all, you just might bring success to those who out-last you."
and my favorite right now...
"No Single Raindrop believes it is to Blame for the Flood."
Cardboard is made of paper and each ton of paper produced consumes:
* 17 trees
* 79 gallons of oil
* 7,000 gallons of water
* 42,000 kilowatts of energy
* Produces 60 gallons of air pollution
* 3 cubic yards of landfill space
Around 42 million people move each year in the USA, and the average person will move 11.7 times in their lifetime.
That's a lot of boxes!
So how can we make a difference?
While recycling paper products is great, reusing is even better! If you know you are going to be using a number of cardboard boxes make the effort ahead of time to find them free. Grocery stores, warehouses and business are usually happy to give them away.
But if you absolutely have to have specific sizes and numbers and don't want to go scrounging around there are companies out there who will sell you used boxes.
Not only will you save all of the environmental costs of buying virgin boxes, used boxes are almost always cheaper, too!
Beatitudes for the Disabled
I am a Human Rights Officer at a state facility for people with mental retardation. I work hard every day to protect the rights of the people who live here. Lately, I've been feeling tired, burned-out and stressed. I recently attended a Rights Training.
This poem was given to us before the training started to remind us of why we do what we do. After reading it, I've decided to allow God to tell me when and if it's time to go.
Blessed are you who take time to listen to difficult speech, for you help me to know that if I persevere I can be understood.
Blessed are you who never bid me to "hurry up" or take my tasks and do them for me, for often I need time rather than help.
Blessed are you who stand beside me as I enter new and untried ventures, for my failures will be outweighed by the times I surprise myself and you.
Blessed are you who ask for my help, for my greatest need is to be needed.
Blessed are you who understand that, sometimes, it is difficult for me to put my thoughts into words.
Blessed are you who with a smile encourage me to try once more.
Blessed are you who never remind me that today I asked the same question twice.
Blessed are you who RESPECT ME and LOVE ME "JUST AS I AM", and not as you wish I were.
~A MountainWings Original by Janice Dowell, Denton, Texas~
Wisdom Tip by Vincent P. Platania from Highland USA.
The King of Spices
Almost everyone knows that a dash of black pepper can add flavor to just about any dish. What you may not know about the “king of spices” is that it comes from a plant that can grow more than 30 feet tall in tropical climates.
Indigenous to India, pepper has been a covetous spice for thousands of years.
The ancient Greeks used it as a currency and offered it as a sacrifice to their gods. Many Greeks even paid their taxes with pepper – something you may wish the IRS would allow. By the time of the middle ages, men calculated their wealth by their stockpiles of this wonderful spice.
Why has black pepper been considered so valuable? Not only does it spice up food, but it’s also an excellent source of manganese, vitamin K, iron, and fiber.
It also improves digestive disorders and keeps the intestines healthy.
That’s right: the taste of black pepper alerts the stomach to secrete extra amounts of hydrochloric acid which helps to digestion. In fact, if our stomachs have a deficiency of this substance, then food will sit in our tummies long enough to give us heartburn and indigestion; when these putrid food particles are passed to the intestines, then a lot of unpleasant symptoms, like flatulence, may occur. So think of pepper as a type of aphrodisiac in that you won’t repel prospective mates.
Black pepper also contains remarkable weight loss properties – the outer layer of the peppercorn fuels the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slender, energetic, and even younger.
Of course not all peppers are created equal. While all peppers come from the same vine, different kinds result from harvesting the berries at distinct stages of the ripening and processing them in diverse ways. For example, green peppercorns are picked long before maturity in the green stage; white pepper comes from completely ripe peppercorns that have been picked close to maturity. And finally, our beloved black pepper come from berries as they are beginning to ripen from green to yellow and while still relatively immature. They are then boiled for a short time, and then dried naturally in the sun until they’re perfect.
Unfortunately most pepper sold in the U.S. is a mixture from a variety of low-grade peppers bought at the lowest possible price. A superior form of pepper comes from the Lampong district of South-eastern Sumatra, the center of pepper production in Indonesia. Lampong pepper berries tend to be smaller than those of Indian pepper, which gives it a finer flavor than other peppercorns. Lampong pepper is one of the one of the strongest and hottest black peppers with a powerful flavor.
The prayer request came from a woman who asked for prayer for her daughter. Her daughter worked in loss prevention and had a "Bad Stop" and was about to lose her job.
I had no idea of what a "Bad Stop" was so I researched it.
A "Bad Stop" is usually false arrest by store personnel of a suspected shoplifter.
While trying to find out what a "Bad Stop" was, I discovered an interesting statistic. The majority of the money lost by stores from theft comes from employees, not shoplifters. 46.8% was theft by employees and 31.6% from shoplifters. Another 14.4% was from administrative errors.
It emphasized one of the great facts of life.
Most of our problems, heartaches, pains and losses come from the inside, not the outside.
~A MountainWings Original~
p.s. Her daughter kept her job.
From Me ('65) of NC - 10/31/14 - "Norwegian Pepper Cookies":
speaking of black pepper, I've been making these cookies
Cool to room temp. then stir in eggs.
Sift together remaining ingredients and stir into butter mixture, blending well.
Divide into 8 or 9 equal portions and roll each out very thin on floured board. Cut into diamond (or any other) shapes and bake on greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 7 or 8 minutes.
Makes about 225 3" cookies. Store in loosely covered jar in dry place so cookies will remain crisp. They will keep for a long time.
From My Friend, Tina, of NC (soon to be SC) - 10/31/14:
From Wayne Agee
('58) of FL -
10/03/14 - "Have a nice day (#8 in a series of
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/27/14 - "They had only one simple job to do and still fouled it up" (#4 in a series of 19):
BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry, not theme related):
From www.ajokeaday.com - 10/31/14:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
- Lyrics by Anglican Bishop William Walsham How (13 Dec 1823 - 10 Aug 1897), 1864
Music (Sine Nomine - literally, "without name") by Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958), 1906
For all the saints
"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy ofhttp://www.tagnet.org/digitalhymnal/en/dh421.html - 04/17/07
Image of Fra Angelico's Painting, "All Saints", courtesy of http://www.stpaulssanrafael.org/sermons/All%20Saints%202003.html - 10/31/05
Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 10/31/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of
http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated Laughing Frog courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL -