- NNHS Newsletter -
we express our gratitude, we must never forget that
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 - 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 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...
|From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/27/14, 1:05 PM - "Surgery":|
Dear NNHS friends,
I usually tough things out, but I am going in for a knee replacement on Dec. 1 and would like to ask for your prayers. I am just getting over what was to be a simple 40 minute neck surgery where all the doctor was going to do was scrap some spears off. Turned into 1.5 hours and replacing 3 disks and screws, rod, etc. So I am a little worried. Will be in the hospital 4 or 5 days and then go to rehab until Dec. 17. Don't know when I will be back on the internet. So Love and Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas to all.
I was just thinking about
you! Everything I keep hearing from all the people who keep trying to
talk me into having both my knees replaced is that you'll feel so much
better you'll wonder why on earth you ever kept postponing it!
Our love and prayers will definitely be with you during this time!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Thanksgiving Birthday today to Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Goldie Preville Knurr ('63) of CO AND Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!
Happy Birthday this week to:
29 - The late Jimmy Key ('57) (deceased 03/21/12) 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 (John Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX;
02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND George Konstant ('65) of VA;
03 - Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND The late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);
04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!
|Many Happy Returns, One and All!|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
November 27, 1940 - In Romania, the ruling party Iron Guard arrested and executed over 60 of exiled King Carol II of Romania's aides, including former minister Nicolae Iorga.
November 27, 1940 - At the Battle of Cape Spartivento, the Royal Navy engaged the Regia Marina in the Mediterranean Sea.
November 27, 1942 - At Toulon, the French navy scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of Nazi hands.
November 27, 1944 - An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump at Fauld, Staffordshire killed seventy people.
November 27, 1944 - The Battle of Peleliu ended. The battle had begun on
September 15. The Battle of Peleliu, when considering the number of men
involved, had the highest casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific.
November 27, 1944 - United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull retired from office due to poor health. He was replaced by Edward R. Stettinius. The next year Hull won the Nobel Peace Prize.
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Friday, November 27, 1964 - Priest and journalist Giles Fraser was born Giles Anthony Fraser in England.|
|"This is a wonderful time to be living here
on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things
wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers
who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who
sacrifice, and friends who help.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues."
- Thomas S. Monson
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 11/24/14 - "50-Year Reunion":
“Attention NNHS Class of 1965
Thanks, Joe Sweetie!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/26/14 - "Happy Thanksgiving":
|Hope you are feeling better!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Typhoon friends!
Thank you, Jean! Happy Thanksgiving!
I thought I was feeling better, I really did, but when we went to the kitchen to begin preparing dinner, we made it only as far a a blueberry cobbler and the dressing. That's when we realized we were too sick to proceed - and wouldn't even feel like eating it anyway, so we crawled back into bed. Thanksgiving Dinner has been postponed for a day...maybe two.....
From Jerry ('65) and From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 11/26/14 - "Three Things":
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! MY GOD BLESS YOU MANY TIMES OVER!
J, J, J, J, & K
Thank you, Sweetie Pies! Happy Thanksgiving to y'all, too!
From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 11/27/14 - "Happy Thanksgiving":
especially to all of the men and women in our armed forces celebrating
away from home.
ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Mayim!
From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 11/26/14 - "This Is Why Dogs Never Die":
Is Why Dogs Never Die
Thank you, Bobby!
|"Some might say, 'What do I have to be
grateful for when my world is falling apart?'
"Perhaps focusing on what we are grateful for is the wrong approach. It is difficult to develop a spirit of gratitude if our thankfulness is only proportional to the number of blessings we can count. True, it is important to frequently “count our blessings”—and anyone who has tried this knows there are many—but I don’t believe the Lord expects us to be less thankful in times of trial than in times of abundance and ease. In fact, most of the scriptural references do not speak of gratitude for things but rather suggest an overall spirit or attitude of gratitude.
"It is easy to be grateful for things when life seems to be going our way. But what then of those times when what we wish for seems to be far out of reach?
Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 11/26/14 - "Cute, isn't it?":
|PRECIOUS! Thank you, Malcolm!|
From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of CA - 11/25/14 - "Shoulda Seen That Coming...":
Claire (age 4) about to cut her bangs.
Asked if she wanted her bangs cut.
Cut Claire's bangs.
Watched Claire run away
screaming that I'd cut her bangs and now had to put them back.
|AWW! Thanks, Diana! Poor sweet baby! She has the sympathy of every woman who ever put her faith in a hairdresser who somehow did not catch her exact vision. I'm sure it's beautiful!|
From My Friend, David, of NC - 11/26/14 - "He is the Gift":
|This Gift never grows
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzjFEMmM0Xs&feature=youtu.be - He is the Gift – Christmas Video
Thank you, Sir!
From My Friend, Dan, of NC - 11/25/14:
|During this Thanksgiving,
it is my hope that we each take a moment and give thanks for the
greatest blessing and gift of all. He truly is our Prince of Peace and
our King of kings.
Thanks so much, Dan!
From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 11/26/14 - "How to Soften Butter Quickly":
|I have a
tip that is going to make your Thanksgiving baking about a 100 times
If you need softened butter for a recipe DO NOT put the stick of butter in the microwave! It will wreck the recipe.
This trick will save you tons of time!
All you need to do is put your butter in a Ziploc bag and place it in a cup or bowl of warm (NOT hot!) water.
In a few minutes you will have perfect softened butter and it is great for spreading on rolls too!
JUST IN TIME! Thanks, Catherine!
From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 11/26/14 - "Cranberry Fluff":
|MMM! Thank you, Margaret!|
From My Friend, Terri, of NC - 11/26/14 - "Set Your Scales Back":
|GIGGLES! Thanks, Terri!|
Some of these pictures might come in handy for the newsletter.
If you have used them before, it's OK not to use them. When
things like this come to me I always think about you and your
wonderful newsletter. Blessings.
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#3 in a series of 18)":
|AWW! Thanks, Dools!|
|BONUS CHRISTMAS CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:|
Connie G. Barwick's Christmas Hearts
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Merry-Christmas-Blocks/ - Connie G. Barwick's Merry Christmas Blocks
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Noel/ - Connie G. Barwick's Noel
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Peace/ - Connie G. Barwick's Peace
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Silent-Night/ - Connie G. Barwick's Silent Night
|BONUS LEFTOVERS RECIPES:|
- Turkey Pot Pie
- "The ultimate comfort food has to be a bubblin' hot
Turkey Pot Pie. One forkful and you'll know we're right.
Plus, a turkey pot pie is a great way to put all of those
Thanksgiving leftovers to good use!":
http://www.mrfood.com/One-Pots/Ham-and-Bean-One-Pot/ml/1 - Ham and Bean One Pot - "A vegetable trinity of chopped onion, celery, and peppers is the crunchy, tasty start to this hearty Ham and Bean One Pot. If you've got a hungry bunch, this one is sure to stick to their ribs."
http://www.mrfood.com/Turkey-Misc-Poultry/Turkey-Buffet-3586/ml/1 - Turkey Buffet - "Leftover turkey? Turkey Buffet is the easiest way to turn leftovers into something special. Everyone will love it. Try it -- you'll see! This is exactly the kind of recipe you've been looking for to make good use out of those Thanksgiving leftovers."
Q. What do you call a polar bear with ear muffs?
A. Anything you want, he can’t hear you!
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1962
Dinner Get Together - 6:30 PM at Angelo's on J. Clyde Morris
Boulevard. CONTACT: Fran Heath Scott at 757-813-0446 or
2. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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 11/27/14
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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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
Victorian Turkey clip art courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1119/sample1.htm - 11/19/04
Animated Tiny 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 missing...)
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!!
John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of http://www.nisd.net/marshall/ - 04/26/13
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Animated Sick Smiley courtesy of http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/cgi-bin/scripts/board-image-lister.cgi - 05/04/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/ehslearningcenter/ - 10/17/07
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of http://www.clker.com/clipart-brightidea-2.html - 10/30/1209
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