11/24/05 - NNHS Newsletter -

""Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men;
but be careful that you do not take the day,
and leave out the gratitude." 

~ E. P. Powell

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     I hope that your hearts as well as your tummies are full of great and wondrous things this day, and that you're surrounded by those you love.  


1.    Liz Breeden ('61) of VA via   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 11/23/05:

Wanted to ask you to have a classmate join your website, Liz Breeden.  I saw her tonight and mentioned it and thought she would enjoy your site as much as I have.  Her Email is ......  Thanking you in advance!

   Certainly - thank you, Sandra - and welcome, Liz!

   I've added your name here, and to our hidden mailing list:


   We won't publish your email addy without your permission, but if you send us your birthday, we'll post it here:


   We look forward to hearing from you, Liz!


 From Mimi Green ('40) of VA - 11/23/05 - "Celebrate!"


   I agree!  Thanks, Mimi!


     From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 11/23/05:

Carol….400 guys?!! And I thought we BOYS were bad!  ?????

Have a great Thanksgiving!

By the way, what year did Miles graduate from VMI? Wonder if he knew Darden, my brother. He graduated from there in ’58, I think.

Chandler Nelms

   I know many people - my own three oldest sons among them - who dated only a handful of people before picking a spouse.  I simply do not understand that.   The object of dating as I see it, is to get to know individuals and their reactions and interactions to help in the making of such a decision.  To me, it only stands to reason that the more people one knows, the easier such a decision becomes.  Sometimes one date will tell you that you are not interested, and want no further association with that person.  Sometimes you need to watch to see how that person handles the unexpected and the unpleasant - snarled traffic, delays, disappointments - to see if you want to spend the rest of your life together.  It is easier to observe such things on a date - dinner, a movie, a dance, miniature golf, go-carts, studying, shopping, walking, sunbathing, stargazing - some sort of social situation.  If it sounds bizarre that I dated 400 guys - and it does - I do not regret it.  Perhaps I was just obtuse.  I usually am.

   Miles graduated from Granby High in 1950 (with Lefty Driesell), and from VMI in 1954.  He was "the greatest".


   Thanks, Chandler!  Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


  From Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 11/23/05:

Hope you are having a memorable Thanksgiving, enjoying your sister & family.
Loved your Master Menu, what a great idea.  Thanks for sharing.  Would like to try Robert's Old Virginia Spoon Bread Pudding, when you get a chance.
Sandra Ray
Class of '61

   Thanks, Sandra!  I hope you're not disappointed by the recipe.  It isn't a bread pudding; it's an 18th century spoon bread, a variety of corn bread, but eaten (as the name implies) with a spoon.  My daddy made it every now and then.


Robert's Old Virginia Spoon Bread

  1 cup corn meal
2 cups boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup cold milk

  Stir corn meal into boiling, salted water.  Stir one minute, remove from heat, and add butter.  Beat well, add beaten eggs, and beat in milk.  Beat again, and pour into hot, buttered 8" pan.  Bake 25 minutes in pre-heated 400 degree oven.  Serve from baking dish.

   I had wanted to find my copy of this is my daddy's own hand-writing to share with y'all, but it seems to be hiding.

   I always make this in his mama's casserole dish, which somehow brings it extra meaning to me.  I hope you enjoy it!

   Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Sandra!


  From Kathy Clark ('64) of VA - 11/24/05 - "Thanksgiving Morning":


I've just read today's edition and I am in awe of the fact that you got one out for all of us. 

   No, no - that was yesterday's edition; it was just unavoidably delayed.  THIS is today's edition!

Once I digested that fact, I read on and learned what you consider HALF of a Thanksgiving dinner!  I was more amazed!!  (love    Jean Poole's {Burton - '64 - of RI} comment about not having turkey duty!).  I also 'escaped' turkey duty as I am going to my daughter's today.  Dana, a chef, is married to Phillip, also a chef, and they have 'turkey duty'.  I am going a (bring) whole boneless ham and am making a sauce which is ground ginger, apple cider, balsamic vinegar and orange zest in a reduction.  It should be good.  I'm also making scalloped pineapple which is an easy casserole and a great side dish for ham.

   (Now, see, if I were going to have dinner with two chefs, I'm sorry.  I would be far too intimidated to make anything edible.  I would bring the flowers.  Or the silver.  Or the china.  Or a smile and a healthy appetite.  I salute you, Lady!)

Carol and everyone who reads the newsletter, I am so envious of you.  I had kept a suitcase for many years that contained ALL of my NNHS stuff.  I had every program from every event I attended.  I had dried corsages from football.  I had concert and play programs, all my band and chorus letters and the citations that went with them, my report cards - just everything you can imagine about NNHS and my LIFE there in that suitcase.  My theory was that I knew where it was and it was easy to grab in an emergency.  I had a second suitcase with everything from my wedding in it.  (This was in the days before those wonderful bins that you get now.) And then the unthinkable happened.  My house burned down in 1989.  I wasn't home to grab the suitcases.  I am in awe of those who can 'go through things' to find a treasure.  I learned from the fire that when you are spared death from such an event, you are being saved by G-d and you're expected to do something better from there on.  But the word memory carries a larger meaning because memories are what is left - all the tangible things are gone.   
You don't have to post this, Carol. 

   (But I hope you don't mind that I did.  I thought it was a very valuable thought this Thanksgiving morning.)

But the fire has driven my life in a positive way and was truly a benchmark event for my children and me.  Though I don't think of it every day, I reflect on days like today, Thanksgiving.  I am really thankful for my life and the life I have made since the fire.

Again, thank you for all you do to keep us Typhoons connected.  Those memories are gold to us all and you have rubbed the tarnish from them. 

Kathy Clark

   Thank you so much, Kathy!  The sharing of these treasures is such a joy to so many who have lost things along the way.  Every now and then something surfaces which brings tears to my eyes, as it is a copy of one of my own lost mementoes.  I am so grateful for this pooling of resources we share!

   Happy Thanksgiving, Lady!



   Ummmm - none today.... "I gotta git to cookin'!"  

   From Me ('65) of VA - 11/24/05:

    Among my choicest blessings, for which I am eternally thankful, is my association with all of y'all.  Thank you for enriching my life.  

   Y'all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving - and take care of each other! 

                          Love to all, Carol


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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
- Henry Alford (1810-1871)

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit as praise to God we yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From the field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
Bring thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In thy presence to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" midi courtesy of http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/music/ - 11/21/04

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" lyrics courtesy of http://home.att.net/~scorh/Thanksgiving2.html - 11/23/04

Victorian Thanksgiving clip art courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1119/sample1.htm - 11/19/04

Happy Thanksgiving Banner clip art courtesy of http://www.horse-races.net/clip/clip-fallclip.htm - 02/07/04

Fall Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 11/21/05

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