|11/24/11 - 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
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,
This is our traditional Thanksgiving Day Newsletter. Do I really need to assign homework for this holiday?? No, I didn't think so, either!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dXCL34aEA - Thanksgiving Medley
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RbJk4TvI0&NR=1 - We Gather Together
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0JVqR8KnF4 - We Gather Together, Celtic Woman
|"We Gather Together" is a Christian
Dutch origin written in
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 hymn is often sung at American churches the day before Thanksgiving.
This hymn was sung at the Opening of the Funeral Mass for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis...
|A big thanks to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA for suggesting I contact you!|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Thanksgiving Birthday today to Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND Michael Sisk ('63) of CA
Happy Birthday tomorrow toBetsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;
29 - Jimmy Key ('57) AND Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;
30 - Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;
01 - My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC!http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
|Sunday, Nov. 24, 1861
FORREST FACES FIRST FORAY
He was the nearly-illiterate son of a backwoods Tennessee blacksmith. He took over the support of his large family at the age of 16 when his father died, and by now, age 40, was a wealthy Memphis merchant. The regiment he raised and commanded set forth today on their first mission, into Kentucky. Debate still rages today whether he should be officially considered a “cavalryman” in the classic sense, or as mere “mounted infantry”. Having no training in either, Nathan Bedford Forrest didn’t care either way. His philosophy of “get there first, with the most men” made him one of the most feared Confederate commanders of the Western theater.
Monday, Nov. 24, 1862
JOHNSTON JUGGLES JOINT JURISDICTIONS
Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Confederate States Army, was appointed to overall command of an immense territory in the Western part of the Confederacy. His command included all of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, as well as western North Carolina, northern Georgia and eastern Louisiana. Fortunately for General Johnston, most of these areas were peaceful and productive and gave him no trouble. Unfortunately he also faced one of the biggest problems in the war: preventing Union forces, including one U.S. Grant, from retaking control of the Mississippi River. His primary assistants in this endeavor were Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, which was now moving in the direction of Murfreesboro south of Nashville, and Gen. John C. Pemberton, who was in overall charge of defending Vicksburg in northern Mississippi.
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1863
LIGHT LABORS LAND LOOKOUT
The efforts which took the collective name of “The Battle of Chattanooga” entered their second day today with what is known as the Battle of Lookout Mountain. Three divisions under Joseph Hooker clambered across Lookout Creek in the morning and started to fight their way up the hill. Heavy fog shrouded the area, and commanders down below had no way of observing the action, causing this day’s event to be known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” About halfway up the mountain was a level patch known as Craven’s Farm, and there the Confederates put up a spirited defense for a short time. They soon withdrew, as planned, to the main defensive line on Missionary Ridge. Gen. William T. Sherman’s men triumphantly took the north end of the ridge, thinking they had pulled off a brilliant flanking maneuver. They would have, except for the fact that a large ravine separated the piece they were on from the one the Confederates were on.
Thursday, Nov. 24, 1864
SHERMAN’S SKIRMISHERS SLOG SEAWARD
The long March to the Sea continued through Georgia today, as the last of Sherman’s men pulled out of the capital of Milledgeville. The man designated to lead the defense on this play got a message from the head coach today: “When the purpose of the enemy shall be developed,” wrote Jefferson Davis to Gen. W. J. Hardee, “every effort must be made to obstruct the route on which he is moving, and all other available means must be employed to delay his march, as well to enable our forces to be concentrated as to reduce him to want of the necessary supplies.” Hardee could be forgiven for a growl at being told the obvious. He had no idea what route Sherman would take, out of several possible roads; and concentrating every man he had would still not have been enough to block even one.
From Greg Martin (Poquoson HS) of VA - 11/23/11 - "POSSIBLE LINK TRADE WITH AMDJSERVICE.COM":
MY NAME IS GREG MARTIN, AND MY WIFE AND I OWN A MOBIL DJ COMPANY IN POQUOSON, VA. WE HAVE DONE SOME WORK FOR SOME OF THE NNHS CLASSES IN THE PAST. I JUST LOVE ALL THE GREAT STUFF YOU HAVE ON YOUR WEB SITE AND BOY, DOES IT TAKE ME BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS. HAVING SAID THIS I WOULD LIKE TO TRADE BANNERS OR LINKS IF THAT'S POSSIBLE.
MANY THANKS, GREG MARTIN
COOL BEANS! I'd be delighted to do that, Greg! I left my resident tech rep back in Illinois when we moved back to North Carolina in June, and I haven't figured out how to snag your banner yet, so while I'm waiting around for that knowledge to miraculously fly into my head, I'm linking your site addy to these two most likely sections of our website:
By the way, you have a BEE-U-TI-FUL voice!
From Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA - 11/23/11 - "The Green Thing":
The Green Thing
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she
should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for
the environment... The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't
have the green thing back in my day."
|AMEN! Thanks, Marvin!|
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/23/11 - "Food For Thought: Super Sweet Potatoes":
One of my favorite foods, the lowly sweet potato, has finally been declared a super food. I knew that, it's time everyone else took notice! And in today's economy, this low-cost and easy food is making a comeback. You needn't think Scarlett O'Hara ("I'll never go hungry again!" as she chows down on a raw sweet potato) to become acquainted with this wonderful tuber.
Sweet potatoes are cheap, easy to prepare, full of fiber and beta-carotene. These super tubers are an immune system booster and are often recommended to diabetics due to their low glycemic index much better than a baked potato!
To drown a sweet potato in a mountain of marshmallows, sticky maple syrup or a gobs of brown sugar is to bury the truth of their flavor; earthy yet sweet. Firm yet soft. Sweet potatoes deserve to be eaten without the frou frou.
For lunch sometimes, I'll simply bake a sweet potato and eat it plain, in all its goodness. It's satisfying, filling and takes no time to prepare (if I get it in the oven before I get hungry!). I also use leftover sweet potatoes in stews, soups and have even enhanced my pumpkin pie with leftover sweet potatoes. Yes, they're that versatile.
One of my favorite recipes is this simple one for sweet potatoes, from my book Saving Dinner for the Holidays. I prepare this faithfully every Thanksgiving, but also prepare it in smaller quantities when I want to serve a savory side dish. Try it and see what you think! I bet I make you a believer!
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 a medium red onion, sliced thinly
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine all the ingredients in a baking dish. Toss to coat the vegetables with the olive oil and seasonings, and bake for 35 minutes or so, or until the taters are fork tender and nicely browned on the top. Enjoy!
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva
Saving Your Dinner since 2001
Come and Get It! FR*EE week of Menu-Mailer http://savingdinner.com
Santa Claus Doll - This free pattern originally published by The
American Thread Company in Star Christmas Book, No. 94, in 1952.
http://members.optusnet.com.au/we2/chenillexmasheart.html - Chenille Christmas Heart Decoration
http://www.craftown.com/xmascrochet/pat1.htm - Holiday Wreath - no illustration; use your imagination to picture it, or just crochet it and wait for the big surprise!
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/23/11 - "Thanksgiving Tip! I may try this!":
Since I have the only grandchild on my side of the family, nearly every
holiday dinner ended up at my home so everyone could have time to play
with my dear son. Although I do enjoy cooking a turkey, the whole
production was so overwhelming the year my dear son was born that I made
one change in order to "survive". It reduced my entertaining stress by
90%. I now do this every holiday dinner, and it has worked like a charm
for the last 9 years!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 11/23/11 - "5 Keys to Holiday Organization":
|5 Steps to
Organize Your Home for the Holiday Season
By Get Organized
season is swiftly approaching, bringing with it great fun and family
events. As you are preparing for this great season, it is important to
plan accordingly. The friends and family you invite into your home bring
plenty of warmth and cheer, but can also create quite a mess. For this
reason, organizing your home for the holiday season is very important,
to anyone who wishes their home to stay as clean as the freshly fallen
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/23/11 - "Paying it Forward!":
It was 1970. We were newly married. We were so poor we had to borrow the $5 to get married on, but my dear brother-in-law was happy to give it to us as a wedding present.
Then we moved away from hubby's hometown to be closer to our work. (Hubby worked at a hospital in a large town about 50 miles away). In the new place we found to rent in the country, our mattress was on the floor (no bedstead); our kitchen was furnished or we would not have had a fridge, table or chairs; we burned coal (when we had it) and/or fuel oil (when we had money for it). Did I mention that our daughter was somewhat more than a twinkle in her Daddy's eye at this time, when our car suddenly quit working. There we were 50 miles from work, me with morning sickness (I was so sick I had to quit work & become a stay at home mom), hubby with no way to work now, and desperate for a ride. Friends of ours who also worked at that hospital realized our plight and picked him up every day for weeks until they realized we couldn't even afford to repair our car, so one day the two of them drove up - in two separate cars! Bob said, "Now, I would just give this car to you, but Indiana law states I must SELL it, so Jim, give me a dollar, and I'll make out a receipt for you to hand them at the License Branch when you go to plate this old thing."
With our mouths hanging open it finally sunk in that he was making a gift to us of that nice pink Nash Rambler! When we protested that there was no way we could ever afford to repay him (who can give a car away?!), he just looked at us with those kind brown eyes of his, smiled, and said, "Sure you can. Just keep your eyes open, and when you see someone in need of some sort of help that you can provide, just do what I did and help them. And you will have paid me back if you just do that."
Well, we never forgot that, and we did just as he asked (thank you for allowing those gifts to be private ones, just like Jesus said to). We have kept our eyes open for opportunities just like this one and always feel like we can make another "payment" on the debt that we owe to Bob!
Flybaby M in Indiana
FlyLady here: You never forget a kindness like this! It makes a huge impression that keeps on giving.
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/23/11 - "Simple BabySteps to Germ Fighting!":
As we are about to enter into this wonderful Holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's and more we need pay serious attention to our health and what our impact is on those around us. We are going to be exposed to more people, more stores, be in schools and churches more: protect yourselves, your families and others by just a few small changes that will help reduce your chances of getting sick.
1. Demand that everyone that enters your home wash their hands upon entering; if you have anyone living in your home that is in the risk category for flu this is especially important. Don't feel bad about offending anyone - it is your home!! Place anti-bacterial gels around as well. Don't have a community hand towel in the bathroom - use a stack of washcloths for hand drying and have a basket for them to go into. That way each person has their own or use a roll of paper towels lined with a bag to easily toss. Remember sing the entire song of Happy Birthday while using soap and warm water to really get a good washing.
2. Wear gloves or carry anti-bacterial wipes with you while shopping. Avoid touching cart handles, door handles and the worst i the credit/debit card machines. I watched a woman in front of me in line at the grocery store cough into her hands, wipe her mouth and nose with the hands she just coughed into and then touched the buttons on the machine and then used the attached pen thing!!! ARGH I am not a germaphobe but I have to tell you that is not only gross it is a certain way to give the gift that keeps on giving all day long! I haven't touched one with bare hands since!
3. If you or your kids are sick do not take your kids out to the store or anywhere else. Seriously! Stay out of church, schools and stores!! For all those times that you turned down offers of help, now is the time to say yes. Ask someone to go to the store and get the meds or food or anything else you need. They can leave it on the doorstep!
4. Wash all produce that is exposed when bringing it home from the store - imagine the same lady from the credit card machine choosing apples... picking one up looking at it and putting it down and then again. Then you are the person that comes up next, chooses her reject apple go home and eat it without washing it! YUCK! Again, don't be crazy about this but be SMART about it too!
5. Keep your remotes, light switch plates, door knobs, computer keyboards and phones wiped down daily! This may seem extreme but seriously this can make a huge difference. You can use anti-bacterial wipes, lysol, plain alcohol and a rag, vinegar, plain soap and water.
6. Swish and Swipe every day at least once!! Counters, toilet, faucet handles, toilet seat and toilet handle.
7. You do not need fancy wipes or cleaners. A good old fashioned cheap bottle of rubbing alcohol or vinegar will work just fine. Plain old soap will do the job too. Don't put off doing something because you think you don't have the "right" product. Don't go crazy on tons and tons of anti-bacterials and be careful of young children being over exposed to the gels and wipes - remember they are all alcohol based.
8. Wash your pillowcases regularly in hot water. Don't sleep on the fancy pillow shams and super pretty cases during this season. Use the plain no frills ones that can be washed in hot water and do it often. Especially if you are sick!! When was the last time your pillows were washed? At minimum toss them in the dryer on high heat for a few minutes to kill some of the germs. We are breathing and drooling on the pillows for many hours a day - this is important!
9. Put a splash of alcohol on toothbrushes and handles and rinse. Think about this one for a few minutes and you will understand why. You stick the same thing in your mouth several times a day, then stick it in a communal cup or cabinet. Wash them!
10. Elevator buttons (number one is the germ-iest button because it is the most used), office/church/school coffee pot handles, escalator/stair handrails and shopping carts are the worst culprits!! Try to avoid directly touching them at all costs! Use a napkin when handling public condiments like salt shakers or ketchup bottles. Many places are doing the very best to keep these clean but as we are headed into one of the biggest shopping days of the year - be safe!
11. Do your very best to keep your hands away from your face. Don't rest your face on your hands, wipe your nose with your hand, put your fingers in your mouth (chewing your nails is a sure fire way to deposit germs straight into your mouth), touch your eyes etc. To give you a perspective on this - would you lick the hand of every person that has touched the door handle to the grocery store? Keep your hands out of your mouth!!
These are just some small things that you can do that are not hard to help keep some of those germs at bay. You can't avoid all germs but you can take some precautions that will help you and others. We want everyone to be careful and be safe! Make sure that you have supplies on hand before you or one of your loved ones gets sick. Tea, tissues, meds, soups, etc. Don't be surprised, Be Prepared!
Love you to all!
(PS - Try to kiss, hug and shake hands as little as possible; it can be hard, but this is one really good way to avoid hand to hand contact!)
|From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/23/11:|
Ladies and Gentlemen, hobos and tramps, cross eyed mosquitoes and bow legged ants, I stand before you, yet sit right beside you, to tell you a story I know nothing about. Admission is free; so pay at the door, pull up a seat, and sit on the floor. One sunny day in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew there swords, and shot each other. A deaf policeman heard the noise; he went and killed those two dead boys. A blind man saw it all looking through a knot in a brick wall, while talking to his wife on a disconnected telephone. If you don't believe this lie is true, ask the other blind man; he saw it too. He lives in a two-story house on a vacant lot.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the
first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue
just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not
limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit
2. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.
3. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
We Gather Together
Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914) Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr. We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known; The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing, Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine! We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, And pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
"We Gather Together" midi courtesy of http://www.breadsite.org/classic.htm - 11/21/04
"We Gather Together" lyrics courtesy of http://www.jeannepasero.com/thanksmidis.html - 11/21/04
Blessings" Title and Gold Mum Divider Line clip art courtesy
of http://www.patswebgraphics.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving.html - 11/18/06
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
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
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
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