- NNHS Newsletter - If We Make It Through December
man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
How about a Merle Haggard classic to wind up November?
BONUS #1 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGDo1Jybs_I - If We Make It Through
December - Merle Haggard, 1974
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-IJxTd8dCo - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1985
|"If We Make It Through December" is the title of a song
written and recorded by American
country music singer
Merle Haggard. It was released in October 1973 as the lead single
of the same name. The song was included on Haggard's Christmas
album released that year. In the years since its release, "If We Make It
Through December" — which, in addition to its Christmas
motif, also uses themes of
unemployment and loneliness — has become one of the trademark songs
of Haggard's career.
Written in 1973, it treats with Haggard's characteristically simple poetry the desperate optimism of a working-class man dealing with economic hardship. Having been laid off from his factory job just prior to the holidays, the man becomes depressed over his predicament during what normally should be a "happy time of year." At one point, he observes that his little girl "don't understand why Daddy can't afford no Christmas cheer."
The chorus, "If we make it through December/Everything's gonna be alright I know" expresses hope, the protagonist telling himself that hope exists if he wants to deal with "the coldest time of winter" and the cold, lonely feeling he experiences while watching the snow fall ("and I shiver when I see the falling snow").
While Christmas is a prominently theme of this song, writer Tom Roland said the song is not considered a "pure" Christmas record, as the subject of economics was also explored.
"If We Make It Through December" was received positively by a review panel with Billboard magazine. In the review published October 13, 1973, they wrote, "Another change of pace by Haggard, who keeps surprising with his various styles, and does so well with all. He is a complete artist."
The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in December 1973 and January 1974, and cracked the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. "If We Make It Through December" was the No. 2 song of the year on Billboard's Hot Country Singles 1974 year-end chart. 
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
Happy Birthday tomorrow to My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND George Konstant ('65) of VA;
03 - 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;
05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;
06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);
07 - Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
|Saturday, Nov. 30,
TRENT TURMOIL TAKING TROUBLING TURN
The “Trent Affair”, as it was beginning to be called on both sides of the Atlantic, was rapidly turning from a glorious triumph for the US Navy, particularly Captain Charles Wilkes of the USS San Jacinto, into a hideous embarrassment for the US diplomatic corps. Today the British Foreign Secretary, John, Lord Russell, composed a letter to be sent to Lord Lyons, the minister (ambassador) to the United States. In it he directed Lyons to inform the American government that if the Confederate ministers Mason and Slidell were not released to British custody, and if an apology for their seizure from a British ship were not forthcoming, Lyon was to close the embassy and return to London with the entire legation.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 1862
SEMMES SEEKS SOUTHERN SPOILS
Captain Raphael Semmes, Confederate States Navy, was the most feared commerce raider of the war. His mission was not to fight United States warships in combat, but to work amounted to the flip side of the Union blockade of Southern shipping. He attacked any ship owned by an American, or headed for an American port, and seized it. He was extremely courteous by the standards of the day: he never killed the crews he captured, and in fact on many occasions would put everyone aboard the last ship captured for the day and turn it loose on bond, rather than burn it. He had wreaked as much havoc as he could in the waters of the North Atlantic, and besides it was getting cold and stormy there this time of year. He moved his base of operation to the Leeward Islands, and celebrated by taking the Porter Cook today. This one he burned.
Monday, Nov. 30, 1863
BRAGG BUYS BIG BOOT
Gen. Braxton Bragg had been commander of the Army of Tennessee almost since its inception, and the Army of Mississippi prior to that. His major triumph had been at the battle of Chickamauga, which had bottled up Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland in Chattanooga for a good long time. The breakthrough had finally come, though, and a few days ago the disaster at Missionary Ridge had been the final straw. He had submitted a letter to President Jefferson Davis asking to be relived of command. His friendship with Davis was of many years standing, though, and perhaps he thought the request would be denied, as similar requests from Robert E. Lee had been. It was, however, accepted today, and Bragg was directed to turn over command to Gen. William Joseph Hardee.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1864
FRANKLIN FIGHTING FATAL FOR FIVE
Confederate General John Bell Hood had been searching for Union General John Schofield for quite some time. He had the misfortune to catch him today, at Franklin, Tenn., and after Schofield’s men had had time to dig in and prepare positions. Starting in late afternoon the charges began, over two miles of open ground. Hood hit the first Union line, and after a time it fell back. Hood took this as a sign of success, not realizing that the withdrawal was planned, and led to a second, even better dug-in, Union line. This one did not break, and the battle was brutal. Five Confederate generals died this day: States Rights Gist, H.B. Granbury, John Adams, O.F. Strahl, and, possibly the worst loss the South could have sustained, the brilliant Patrick Cleburne. Another, John C. Carter, sustained wounds that would prove mortal. In the army the losses were just as horrendous: 6300 casualties out of an attacking force of 27,000, including 54 irreplaceable regimental commanders lost.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/11 - "Mixed Text":
Uplifting Quotes For Hard Times
Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven
Tears For Fears-Mad World
"Do you remember first meeting your wife?"
"Sure, I found Jill lying face down in the gutter. I lifted her to her feet and promised her that if she agreed to marry me, she would begin a new life and I'd never allow her near the gutter again."
"Wow, what an incredible story! I hope she appreciates what you did for her."
"Not really. Even though she stank at it, Jill hated to give up bowling."
Kill fridge odor. If your fridge has an odor problem, place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors. This trick works for practically anything else as well - as long as you don't mind whatever you are deodorizing smelling like coffee for a while.
Reduce cellulite. Pricey cellulite creams almost always have one major ingredient in common: caffeine, which supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.
Exfoliate skin. The same properties that reportedly enable coffee to reduce the appearance of cellulite can smooth and tighten your skin, and the texture of ground coffee will buff away dead skin cells, too. Make your own coffee-based scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and, optionally, a drop of your favorite essential oil.
Touch up furniture scratches. Scratches on wood furniture disappear almost instantly by simply rubbing in a little bit of instant coffee dampened into a paste with hot water. Repeat if necessary until the scratch matches the surrounding wood.
Repel ants. Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.
Excessive heat causes not only physical stress, but psychological stress as well, to a degree that causes an increase in violent crime.
In July 1995, a sudden and severe heat wave killed over 700 people in Chicago in just three days.
For Good's Sake
"He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end."
~William Penn (1644-1718), founder of Pennsylvania 1682~
Bill Gates is leaving each of his three children 10 million dollars each.
For those who don't know, Bill Gates is the world's richest man. His fortune varies based on the daily fluctuations of the stock market but it's around 40 billion dollars on any given day. That's forty thousand million dollars.
To put the ten million in perspective, imagine if your father had forty thousand dollars and you were one of his three children. He then told you that he would give you as an inheritance ten dollars out of his forty thousand. You would most likely not be impressed.
I admire Bill Gates. I admire Warren Buffet. Yes, they both have their faults but let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Gates has more money than any man in the world but his prime focus is helping others, not himself and not his family. Well, let me re-phrase that. Gates understands that loading them down with excess wealth is more likely a detriment than a benefit so he isn't focused on getting more money or lavishing it on his family.
His primary focus with his wealth is helping other people. He works with his wife in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Just the working with his wife says a great deal. It's often harder to build a solid marriage than a solid business.
His gifts of vaccinations have saved an estimated five million lives worldwide.
The man who created Windows(r), has pretty clear vision.
~A MountainWings Original~
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/11 - "Be An Angel ~j~":
The girl you just called fat... She is overdosing on diet pills.
The girl you just called
ugly... She spends hours putting makeup on hoping people will like
AMEN! Thank you so much, Shari!
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/29/11 - "No More Parents Left Behind: The Morning Routine":
Our very own education specialist Alice Wellborn is now a regular contributor at FlyLady.net and we are thrilled to share her wise words with all of you. Alice is a school psychologist and the author of the amazingly helpful book No More Parents Left Behind.
You can follow Alice on Facebook:
The No More Parents Left Behind Website:
THE MORNING ROUTINE
The morning routine -- getting everyone up and out the door in a calm, organized way -- is one of the most important parts of your day as a parent. An effective morning routine takes care of the stress and the screaming, and sets everyone up for a good day at school and at work. Here's the action plan:
1. The family spends 15 minutes every evening getting ready for the morning. Lay out clothes. Set out cereal bowls and boxes. Put non-perishables in lunch boxes. Sign everything that needs to be signed, collect homework, and put it all in backpacks. Put backpacks by the door. Check the calendar for the next day. Is there a field trip or a project due? Your child needs to get it together now!
2. Get up at least half an hour before the children. It's important to be able to get your shower, dress, and have a cup of coffee before the kids need attention.
3. Children are responsible for getting up on time. Even elementary school children can use an alarm clock. There can be rewards and consequences for getting up on time if it's a problem.
4. Make a written (or pictured) schedule for everyone. The schedule says when to get up, dress, eat, and go. If there is a traffic jam in the bathroom every morning, stagger the schedules.
5. In many families, the use of media (TV, computer, video games, texting) in the morning takes up way too much time. If this is a problem, make the morning a media-free zone.
6. Provide healthy breakfast foods that children can handle on their own, and require them to make and clean up their own breakfast.
Remember that you are training your children to be self-sufficient, so following the morning routine is their responsibility, not yours. When my kids were in late elementary/middle school, I was stressed every morning because they weren't ready to go on time. Since it was possible, although not pleasant, for them to get to school on their own, I announced that the car left every morning at 7:30, and they were either in the car or not. Not surprisingly, they were all in the car and ready to go.
"Natural consequences" is an approach to discipline that allows children to experience the naturally occurring consequences of their actions. Natural consequences work well for morning routines. For example, if a child isn't dressed when it's time to leave, he goes to school in his pajamas. If a child hasn't gotten his lunch packed, he has to eat the school lunch that day. You get the idea -- and you usually only have to do it once if you follow through. Morning routines are not only a way for you to stay sane. Routines also teach your children that they are responsible for themselves and that their behavior has consequences for them.
Sending everyone off to work and school in a happy, calm, relaxed mood is a wonderful gift that you can give your family every day.
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/29/11 - "Favorite Holiday Words: I DON'T HAVE TIME!":
Today I was asked by a magazine editor if I could give one tip for having a good holiday season what would that be? The answer came so quick that I even surprised myself.
Let go of your perfectionism!
If I can talk you into letting go of your perfectionism then you can cruise through the holidays without all the stress that being a perfectionist puts on you!
I know you are looking for that perfect picture post card feeling, but let's face it! That only happens in paintings or in the movies. I want you to allow yourself the freedom to celebrate the holiday without this undue stress.
Let's look at how your perfectionism ruins your holidays!!!
1. You procrastinate till the last minute to do anything because you just don't seem to have enough time to do it right or you don't think you do! Then it really isn't done to suit you are anyone else because it is just thrown together willie nilly! I DON'T HAVE TIME! This phrase is whiny!
2. Shopping is put off till the last minute because we have not planned our purchases and then we hit the malls looking for anything and spending what ever to get something to give. You settle because of that phrase again. I DON'T HAVE TIME!! Yes you do if you started a few weeks ago!
3. Do you see a pattern here; waiting till the last minute? Do you know the meaning of the word Deadline? It is the point at which you have no more time. In other words; you practically kill yourself doing it, when a little each day would have helped you process things without the stress. NOW YOU REALLY DON'T HAVE TIME! But watch you put on your super woman costume and kill yourself along with the rest of the family trying to save face! This is what makes the holidays miserable!
4. Because you have waited till the last minute again to purchase items; you are faced with a marathon wrapping session. No one likes to do this and it is hard on your back. Be kind to you and do a little at a time as you come in the door. If you hear yourself say, "I DON'T HAVE TIME RIGHT NOW! Then just do one little package!
5. Now let's look at decorating your home. You hear your children begging to do things and then these words come out of your mouth!! I DON'T HAVE TIME RIGHT NOW!!! They are usually said in an unkind tone because you are mad at yourself over this procrastination pressure. Do you want to know why you don't think you have time? It is because of your perfectionism! You don't think you have time to do it right! Decorating your home does not have to be done all at once. Break it down into smaller pieces; take babysteps to decorate your home and enjoy establishing new traditions.
When you hear those nasty words come out of your mouth: I DON'T HAVE TIME!!! I want you to set your timer for 15 minutes and do something! You do have time! We all have the same amount of time in a day and it is how we choose to use it that makes the difference. When your perfectionism clouds your thinking you forget to do just a little to make things better.
Holidays celebrated incorrectly still blesses your family! Let go of your perfectionism and the whiny excuse of I DON'T HAVE TIME and enjoy this year.
Are you ready to Cruise through the Holidays?
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 11/28/11 - "10 Love Lies":
|10 Lies We
Think Are Love
By Carol Tuttle
When we are born we
are completely dependent on others for our survival both physically and
emotionally. Most of us grew up with our physical needs being met
adequately and emotional needs being met sporadically or not at all.
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/29/11 - "Jazzy Christmas Song written for FlyBabies!":
You know how I love music. My friend Bart Olen has written a jazzy Christmas song for us. I can't wait for you to hear it. Kelly, Paddi and I just love this song!
Go to his Facebook page and tell him how much you like it. I know you will. It is called FlyBaby Fly!
Here is a message from Bart about the song!
Okay, here's the deal. We're a band, pure and simple. A classy, jazzy act called "Savoy." Thing is, some of us here at Savoy are married to genuine Flybabies, and it's rubbing off on us. We're just a bunch of guys, (two of which (Bart & Ryan) you may remember as part of Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, released the song Dream Big a few years back) but you should see us since we got introduced to Flylady's 27-fling boogie (can you imagine what a little thing like that does to a recording studio?) And take a look at any of us; we're dressed all the way down to lace-up shoes, even if you catch us fresh out of our PJs.
It's a heckuva way to live, and we thought we'd try to cook up a bit of Christmas cheer especially for our good friend Marla and all of our Flybaby friends. Click on the link to find a Christmas song just for Flybabies. It's called "Flybaby Fly," and you can hear and purchase it it right here:
And as an extra "thanks," from now until Christmas, any Flybaby interested in filling her home with the music of Savoy gets 15% off any download. Just enter the code "flybaby" at checkout. We hope you enjoy the music. We're going to go shine our sinks.
http://www.craftown.com/Muslin-Angels.html - Dana Pruner's Muslin Angels
http://www.craftown.com/Ball-Ornament-Wreath.html - Ball Ornament Wreath
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/29/11:
|During a robbery, one of the robbers' mask slid down. He looked at a
man and asked, "Did you see my face?"
The man said, "Yes!"
The robber shot him.
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 with them.|
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. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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 with them.
4. 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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Written and Recorded by Merle Haggard (b. 06 Apr 1937), 1973
If we make it through December Everything's gonna be all right I know It's the coldest time of winter And I shiver when I see the falling snow If we make it through December Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time Maybe even California If we make it through December we'll be fine Got laid off down at the factory And there time is not the greatest in the world Heaven knows I been workin' hard I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy's girl Now I don't mean to hate December It's meant to be the happy time of year And my little girl don't understand Why daddy can't afford no Christmas gift If we make it through December Everything's gonna be alright I know It's the coldest time of winter And I shiver when I see the falling snow If we make it through December Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time Maybe even California If we make it through December we'll be fine
"If We Make It Through December" midi (Sequenced by Ron Tilden) courtesy of http://www.ajsmidi.com/country/top100.html - 11/29/11
"If We Make It
Through December" lyrics courtesy of
"Man on Steps Frustrated" Image courtesy of http://www.legaltruths.com/unemployment/job-loss/coping-with-loss-of-income/ - 11/29/11
Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.xmission.com/~tssphoto/valentine.html - 02/12/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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!!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
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
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