|11/22/18 - NNHS Newsletter|
Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently
as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
- Edward Sandford Martin
we express our gratitude, we must never forget that
the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep
through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every
hour, some heavenly blessings!”
- Henry Ward Beecher
(24 June 1813 - 08 Mar 1887)
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today is a really precious holiday. Here's something I borrowed from my personal page which I wrote over a dozen years ago while in a bit of a silly mood (who - ME? ):
Contrary to the propaganda constantly
put out by Yankees (who seem to share grabbing top honors to themselves with
and the Russians!), the first Thanksgiving was held at Berkeley Plantation along the James River in Virginia on December 4, 1619.
Those Johnny-Come-Lately, "Let's Claim Every Honor for Ourselves", Blithering Yankees didn't even ARRIVE
on America's shores until November 9, 1620!
For the TRUE version, see: berkeleyplantation.com/
If you'd prefer the Yankee Version, see: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
Either way, Happy Thanksgiving!
BONUS #1 - Thanksgiving Medley
BONUS #2 - We Gather Together
BONUS #3 - We Gather Together, Celtic Woman
|"We Gather Together" is a Christian
Dutch origin written in 1597 by
Adrianus Valerius as "Wilt heden nu treden" to celebrate the
Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the
Battle of Turnhout. It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In
the United States, it is popularly associated with
Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious
services on that day.
At the time the hymn was written, the Dutch were engaged in a war of national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. "Wilt heden nu treden," "We gather together" resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first appeared in print in a 1626 collection of Dutch patriotic songs, "Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck."
The hymn is customarily performed to a tune known as "Kremser", from Eduard Kremser's 1877 score arrangement and lyric translation of Wilt Heden Nu Treden into Latin and German. The modern English text was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.
According to the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, "We Gather Together's" first appearance in an American hymnal was in 1903. It had retained popularity among the Dutch, and when the Dutch Reformed Church in North America decided in 1937 to abandon the policy that they had brought with them to the New World in the 17th century of singing only psalms and add hymns to the church service, "We Gather Together" was chosen as the first hymn in the first hymnal.
The hymn steadily gained popularity, especially in services of Thanksgiving on such occasions as town and college centennial celebrations. According to Carl Daw, executive director of the Hymn Society, the "big break" came in 1935 when it was included in the national hymnal of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.
According to Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, "by World War I, we started to see ourselves in this hymn," and the popularity increased during World War II, when "the wicked oppressing" were understood to include Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to
Sandra Ray ('61) of VA
John Howard ('66) of VA
Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA
Fayetta Covert Stansbury
(NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72)
Happy Birthday this week to:
24 - Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;
25 -The late Donnie Satisky ('56) (d. 11/24/15) AND Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;
26 - The late Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) (d. 01/28/15) AND Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV AND Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC;
27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Susan Gary (Warwick HS / NNHS - '61) of VA ANDGoldie Preville Knurr ('63) of CO AND Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;
28 - Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA;
29 - The late Jimmy Key ('57) (d. 03/21/12) AND Randy Bearor ('64) of VA!
300 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|November 22, 1718 - Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") was killed in battle with a boarding party led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|Thursday, November 22, 1968 - The Beatles released The Beatles (known popularly as The White Album).|
|“One of the evils of
our time is taking for granted so many of the things we enjoy.”
(31 July 1920 - 10 Aug 2007)
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/23/18:
|Thank you, Joan! Happy Thanksgiving to you!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 11/22/18, 7:34 AM - "Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving: George Washington Says it Best":
It's personally sad to contemplate, but there are some among us
who would eliminate Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday,
claiming that America is now such a multi-cultural nation that
we should not force our old fashioned value structure on others.
To that I say hogwash, since the historical and cultural
background of America is such a major part of what America is.
Millions have come to these shores seeking to become Americans,
recipients of the American Spirit as well, and part of that
means adopting her heart and soul as their own as well.
For the few who want to spoil that, the many will not change. Those who disagree may, of course, keep their views to themselves in a free society but we must never allow them to alter the tradition that the overwhelming majority of honor in recognizing the central nature of our Creator to our nation and the blessings that He has so graciously given us. Thanksgiving is a special time when all good Americans gather together to thank the Lord for the many blessings that we all have and it's appropriate that we do so.
|George Washington seeking divine guidance in the struggle underway.|
If you have any doubt about the direction that our Founders set for America, read the Declaration of Independence which clearly states our reliance on The Creator and his grant of inalienable rights which government does not have the authority to remove. And one of the best examples of America's need to thank God for all that He has given us while also acknowledging our commitment to Him as a people is the 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation from our first President, George Washington. Washington appreciated the sacrifice that so many made under his leadership as a General in harsh conditions to earn our freedom from British oppression. And He knew without the grace of God that America would have never gained her independence.
So, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day today and all that it represents and means, Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 is offered in its entirety below. Read it, ponder it and wonder at its wisdom and value for as a people graced by God we are truly blessed. A suggestion might be reading it as part of your celebration since so many of us are so poorly educated today about our historical foundation. Make no mistake about it; this land we love was a creation of God.
by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
bless America as we gather together for this great holiday!
Thank you so much for this important reminder, Jimmy! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 11/23/17:
|INDEED! Thank you, Jean!|
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/22/17:
|OOH! Thank you, Joan!|
best time to give advice to your children is while they’re still young
enough to believe you know what you’re talking about.”
(02 July 1899 - 1995)
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:
|Nancy Anderson's Snowflake Sweet Treat Wrapper Crochet Pattern - "Present a gift of food with a clever crocheted wrap! We’ve shown one on a clear food container, but you can use them however you please! Mix and match the two widths of bands with the two snowflake designs in whatever colors suit you."|
BONUS THANKSGIVING RECIPES:
Country Cottage Potato Bake - "A charming and delicious potato casserole recipe that's perfect to serve up for a family dinner or a festive holiday party, this Country Cottage Potato Bake is a dish that has stood the test of time. The mashed potatoes don't need to be dolled up because they're mixed with creamy cottage cheese, chives and Cheddar cheese. There's no denying the flavors in this cheesy potato bake are simply amazing. This comfort casserole is a unique potato side dish that would be a welcomed addition to your Thanksgiving table."
Secret Recipe Buttermilk Biscuits - "Secret
Recipe Buttermilk Biscuits are going to become one of
your new favorite Thanksgiving recipes because they're
just so simple! Every Thanksgiving table needs biscuits
to make the meal complete, and these might just be the
best around. This easy biscuit recipe only uses 6
ingredients, and the secret is all in how you distribute
the butter throughout each one. The biscuits will be
super moist and delicious and the best part is, they'll
go great with all the other dishes on your table this
year. Whether you like butter or jam on your rolls,
these are the perfect vessel."
From www.ajokeaday.com - 11/23/17:
|A surgeon was invited to
Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house.
The host deftly carved the turkey and said, "I'd make a pretty good surgeon, don't you think?"
The surgeon replied, "Anybody can take it apart. Let's see you put it back together again."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde
Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.
2. Wednesday, January 09, 2019 -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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/16/18
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
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PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat