|11/03/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Scarborough Fair|
“When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year."
- Carol L. Riser, “Autumn"
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Lest we forget, tomorrow is a National Day of Prayer - 12:00 Noon - anywhere you happen to be.
The theme song of today's Newsletter, originating as it did more than 5-- years ago, is far more abstruse than I ever imagined.....
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dau2_Lt8pbM - Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel in concert in Central Park
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiZJP_XLmrQ - Scarborough Fair - Celtic Woman: Hayley Westenra in concert at Slane Castle, Ireland
|"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional
Great Britain and more precisely
The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished.
As the versions of the ballad known under the title "Scarborough Fair" are usually limited to the exchange of these impossible tasks, many suggestions concerning the plot have been proposed, including the hypothesis that it is about the Great Plague of the late Middle Ages. The lyrics of "Scarborough Fair" appear to have something in common with an obscure Scottish ballad, The Elfin Knight (Child Ballad #2), which has been traced at least as far back as 1670 and may well be earlier. In this ballad, an elf threatens to abduct a young woman to be his lover unless she can perform an impossible task ("For thou must shape a sark to me / Without any cut or heme, quoth he"); she responds with a list of tasks that he must first perform ("I have an aiker of good ley-land / Which lyeth low by yon sea-strand").
The melody is very typical of the middle English period.
As the song spread, it was adapted, modified, and rewritten to the point that dozens of versions existed by the end of the 18th century, although only a few are typically sung nowadays. The references to the traditional English fair, "Scarborough Fair" and the refrain "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" date to 19th century versions, and the refrain may have been borrowed from the ballad Riddles Wisely Expounded, (Child Ballad #1), which has a similar plot. A number of older versions refer to locations other than Scarborough Fair, including Wittingham Fair, Cape Ann, "twixt Berwik and Lyne", etc. Many versions do not mention a place-name, and are often generically titled ("The Lovers' Tasks", "My Father Gave Me an Acre of Land", etc.)....
Much thought has gone into attempts to explain the refrain "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme", although, as this is found only in relatively recent versions, there may not be much to explain. One common theory is that they are the ingredients for stuffing used in many baked poultry dishes.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme have — like many other herbs — a symbolic meaning that goes back centuries: it has also been known (parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme) were the main ingredients to an old witches love potion.
Both man and woman in this ballad invoke said powers in naming these herbs: mildness to soothe the bitterness of their relationship, spiritual strength to endure being apart from each other, faithfulness and lastly encouragement, to fulfill the impossible tasks given.
As in most stories concerning impossible tasks set for lovers or suitors, the tasks set forth in this song are probably riddles, and once the riddle is solved then the task can be performed easily. "Plough it with a rams horn, and sow it all over with one peppercorn" could be seen as a sexual reference.
Plague doctors at the time are also thought to have used the herbs to cover-up the smell of death and decay. The herbs were supposedly put in the beak of their costumes.
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are all members of the mint family, and are documented emmenagogue, contraceptive and abortifacient herbal remedies. Contraceptives were preferred to abortifacients, because utilization of abortion as a birth control method was more risky, and abortions required assistance and/or instruction (McLaren, 1990)....
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to John Clark ('57) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA
My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College
Prep School, FL - 2002) of MD AND My Grandson,
Tom Harty of TX;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;
Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of
08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;
09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL
(by My Children of Other Parents),
10 - The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND the late Steve Pullen ('65) (deceased 22 Apr 2012) !
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1962:
|Saturday, November 3, 1962 - Co-founder of Valve Corporation, Gabe Newell, was born Gabe Logan Newell.|
BACKLOGGED NEWSLETTERS COMPLETED ON 11/02/12:
1.07/04/12 - Myrna White Vick - Class of February 1944
NEW ITEMS FOR THE SITE:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain
Daylight Saving Time began Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00 AM, and ends
Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 AM - except in Arizona
Move your clocks back 1 hour in fall ("Spring forward, fall back").
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! Thanks again, Mark, I could scarcely agree more!
From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 11/02/12, 2:003 PM - "Death of My Aunt":
Just wanted to let you know of the death of my last living aunt, Hazel Trainham. She was the sister-in-law of my mother, the late Sarah Trainham Lane. Aunt Hazel along with many other family members lived and farmed the area of Todds Lane and Big Bethel Road. In fact, her husband Thomas farmed part of the area where Liberty Baptist Church stands today. Her obit should be in the DP in the coming days.
Love, Linda Lane Lane
Oh, Linda-Linda, I am so sorry to hear this! Aside from the special love we have for our aunts and uncles, those end-of-an-era moments are so unsettling. You have my my deepest sympathies. I'll watch for her obituary.
From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 11/02/12 - "To Be or Not to Be...nice":
|All righty, Aphrodite,
there's a new post on Last Tango with Charis! Today I use a Stephen
Sondheim quote to illustrate a greater moral truth. Sondheim is good for
that, as a rule. For example, one generally shouldn't put people into
Hmmm. As I mentioned to you last week, Charis Dear, the mere thought that you are not "nice" is absolutely ludicrous - but moreover you are very, very "good"! Thank you for sharing your insights with us!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/02/12 - "Finger Prayer":
This is beautiful - and it is
surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives.
Thank you so much, Joyce! I really like this - what a great reminder!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/02/12 - "Jesus Loves Me...":
|Thought you might be able
to use this on your website, webmistress. I love you, dear companion!
JESUS LOVES ME (for
While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I
watched a Church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had
been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the
Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age.
After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause
quieted down he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with
great effort and a sliding gate to the podium. Without a note or written
paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself
and then quietly and slowly he began to speak....
Thanks so much, Dools - I love you, too!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 10/29/12 - "Finding Faith":
|Finding God: What is
By Jerry Pollock
A universal question of people of different ethnic backgrounds,
languages and beliefs is, "How Does One Find God?" In my case God found
me with Divine Miracles and Divine Providence, but in most instances it
requires faith. If one's heritage and upbringing is such that faith in
God is strong, then believing and trusting in God is a given. However if
one holds on to one's rational logical mind or sours on God because of
evil world events like the Holocaust, faith may never materialize or be
One of the best descriptions of faith was told to me ten years ago by a friend on Long Island. "Faith is the bird that feels the Light but chirps when the dawn is till dark." Faith in God is believing before it actually happens. What happens? That God provides us with evidence of His existence. We believe without proof. Faith is not waiting to see if God makes His entrance on the world stage. Faith is believing that He will once more make Himself known to us as He did back in biblical times with the ancient Israelites.
Being an agnostic means you don't have faith. The same is true if you are a humanist. Your issue in either case is that you don't see evidence in the world for God or your brain won't allow you to temporarily give up your rational logical mind. However once you cross over and believe, you pick up your human intelligence on the other side so that your faith stands alongside your reason. The physicists Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein both had faith in very different personal ways. Nevertheless they both knew there was a more powerful Supreme force at work than the brilliance of their physics theories of the universe. As one physicist puts it, "If we have to explain physics only by physics, we won't be able to explain physics."
The Battle for Faith:
The struggle for faith is therefore really a battle between our Divine Soul and our Human Brain. Faith is outside the realm of our body as it originates inside our soul. Very near our heart we have an innermost point of God's electromagnetic energy called in Orthodox Judaism the pintele yid. This kinetic energy needs to be activated in order to initiate the sparks of faith within ourselves. In Buddhism this central point is referred to as kernal. If our left brain closes off this central point of energy which was placed in all human beings by God, we will choose not to believe in God although we can still lead a meaningful life without turning on our pintele yid. Humanists are perfect examples of beings who lead philanthropic and righteous lives without believing in God. Spirituality however by my definition requires belief in God.
The more we activate our Divine sparks, the closer we come to God as we climb God's spiritual ladder. Almost three thousand years ago, King David would wake up each night at midnight and strum his harp. The more intense the sounds of his harp, the more he was activating the sparks of his pintele yid. King David so valued God's presence after committing an almost unpardonable sin. What David understood was that we human beings are imperfect but what God values most is that we have truth, honesty, goodness and fairness in our heart and that we repent for our sins. This sincerity of the heart is the core of spirituality and also of true love.
When we trust in God and especially allow ourselves to be guided by God, we find life itself. As David' son King Solomon said in his Book of Proverbs, "When you find God, you find life." That doesn't mean that you live a strictly spiritual life without enjoying our physical world. As my wife Marcia told me repeatedly while she was alive, "Life is a gift." A quote that I heard that makes so much sense to me is, "Hang onto Heaven but keep both feet on the ground."
Once we activate our Divine Sparks and begin our spiritual journey, we will no longer have to find God because He will find us. Because He gave us a Divine Soul, God is Omniscient and knows exactly what's going on in each person, even in the nooks and crannies of the crevices of our thoughts. Our thoughts arise instantaneously in our souls but we can change a not so great thought with a new thought that will become our new Now in the present.
The idea is not only to align our actions with our spirituality but also to move our thoughts into God's realm where we synchronize how we think and how we behave with having truth, honesty, goodness and fairness in our heart, our spiritual core. We should not worry about the thoughts that come into our soul. We ought to just change them and get back on the spiritual path. We can't help our thoughts. As King David wrote long ago in His Book of Psalms, "And He realized that we are but flesh." God made human beings imperfect and we have to just accept ourselves. We can however improve our character. God gave us the Free Will to do so in our lifetime.
In our book, Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul, my wife Marcia and I have a chapter on acquiring Spirituality.
In a couple of recent articles that I have written for the Self Growth website, I have given you a personal glimpse into myself and my imperfections. My time hasn't been easy but God did choose to intervene in my life in 1982, at the end of 1998, and even to the present day. For ten years plus, I have wanted to put a video together of my Divine Miracles that propelled me on my spiritual journey in the beginning of 1999. This is when I activated my Divine Sparks at the age of fifty-eight. Here is the link on the Self Growth website. Thanks to Kristina Kanaley of Self Growth for all her help and support with our spiritual endeavors.
About the Author:
Dr. Jerry Pollock, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Enlightenment, is Professor Emeritus from Stony Brook University on Long Island where for thirty years he was an academic and research scientist publishing seventy-five scientific articles including seven patents. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and has postdoctoral training in Microbiology from New York University Medical Center. Marcia Pollock is deceased and held a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master of Arts in Special Education from C. W. Post University on Long Island. Marcia and Jerry are the coauthors of their recently published unique book, Putting God Into Einstein's Equations: Energy of the Soul. Jerry wrote from our earthly world and Marcia's soul suggested and confirmed from the spirit world. For more information about the authors and their writings please visit: http://www.selfgrowth.com/solos/jerrypollock.html. We are offering a Free Connection to your deceased loved ones in Heaven.
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these elegant Star of David ornaments are accented by iridescent beads
for a glistening holiday celebration."
http://www.recipelion.com/Pies/Old-Fashioned-Funeral-Pie/ml/1 - Old Fashioned Funeral Pie - "Made year round, this classic Amish dish is loaded with sweet flavors. Made with cinnamon, all spice and a handful of raisins, Old Fashioned Funeral Pie is rich and moist, and sure to be a hit with the family. Homemade Pie recipes don't come any easier than this."
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http://www.recipelion.com/Campbells-Soup-Recipes/Creamy-Irish-Potato-Soup/ml/1 - Creamy Irish Potato Soup - "Rich and creamy, this delicious potato soup recipe has a subtle flavor of celery and green onions. Made in minutes, Creamy Irish Potato Soup will warm the body and the soul, as well as feed a hungry appetite. It's one of the only easy soup recipes that you'll want to savor slowly. Crumble in some crackers and enjoy every spoonful. You wont want to miss a single bite."
Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/10/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare
in a Series of 25)":
From www.ajokeaday.com - 11/02/12:
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Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair?
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine
Tell her to make me a cambric shirt, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seams nor needlework, then shell be a true love of mine
Tell her to find me an acre of land, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand, then shell be a true love of mine
Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather, then shell be a true love of mine
Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair? parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine
"Scarborough Fair" midi (sequenced by Antonio Calado Lopes) courtesy of http://sglyrics.myrmid.com/midi.htm - 11/03/08
"Scarborough Fair" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/simon+and+garfunkel/scarborough+fair_20124689.html - 11/03/08
Pumpkin Image courtesy of http://www.winmarkcom.com/thanksgivingactivities.htm - 11/03/08
Pumpkins Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/kids-halloween-clip-art.html - 10/24/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated USMC Army Flag clip art courtesy of
http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
clip art courtesy of
http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's
Logo courtesy of
http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
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