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11/30/17 - NNHS Newsletter - If We Make It Through December

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight
that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.”

Thomas Carlyle
(04 Dec 1795 - 05 Feb 1881)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   How about a Merle Haggard classic to wind up November?

BONUS - - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1974


"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 from album, 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.[1]

"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."[2]

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. [2]


   Happy Birthday today to    Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND    Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR;

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (HHS - '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   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 30, 1939 - Winter War: Soviet forces crossed the Finnish border in several places and bombed Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the war.

November 30, 1942 - Guadalcanal Campaign: Battle of Tassafaronga — A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizo Tanaka defeated a US cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.

November 30, 1943 - At the Teheran Conference, an agreement was reached on Operation Overlord by U.S. President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The operation was the Anglo-American invasion across the English Channel.


Thursday, November 30, 1967 - South Yemen became independent from the United Kingdom.

Thursday, November 30, 1967 - The Pakistan Peoples Party was founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who became its first chairman.

Thursday, November 30, 1967 - Pro-Soviet communists in the Philippines established Malayang Pagkakaisa ng Kabataan Pilipino as its new youth wing.

Thursday, November 30, 1967 - The co-founder of Agent Provocateur, Joseph Corré, was born Joseph Ferdinand Corré in Clapham, England.

Thursday, November 30, 1967 - Author and activist Rajiv Dixit was born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. On 30 Nov 2010, his 43rd birthday, he died of cardiac arrest while in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India.

Thursday, November 30, 1967 - Rugby player Richard Harry was born Richard Lewis Lloyd Harry in Sydney, Australia.

Thursday, November 30, 1967 - Poet and author Patrick Kavanagh (b. 21 Oct 1904 in Inniskeen, County Monaghan, Ireland) died in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 63.

“Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.”

- Thomas S. Monson, October 2006
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/30/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

   From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 11/29/17 - "Holiday Tree Lighting":

Saturday, December 02, 2017, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Holiday Tree Lighting Hosted by Yankee Candle Village, 2200 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

Start your holidays at our annual tree lighting.

Join Santa as he lights the Yankee Candle Village holiday tree. Come early—the fun starts at 4PM.

    WOWZERS! Thank you for letting us know, Santa Jim! Those of y'all who are close enough will surely not want to miss this! Wish we could ALL be there


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 11/28/17:

   EXACTAMUNDO! Thank you, Jean!

 From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/29/17:

     Thanks, Joyce!

From My Friend, April, of NC - 11/28/17:

    Thanks, April!

“The best way to keep children home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere . . . and let the air out of the tires.”

- Dorothy Parker
(22 Aug 1893 - 07 June 1967)


Peppermint Chevron Afghan - "The Peppermint Chevron Afghan is an example of "delicious" looking crochet! Vintage crochet doesn't get sweeter than this. Free Christmas crochet patterns in a ripple design are always a favorite. This blanket can be kept out all year because red and white patterns are a classic color combination. You can even make this blanket in the spirit of Valentine's day too. The chevron crochet pattern is so versatile that this crochet blanket will be your favorite during the whole year."

Colors of Christmas Afghan - "Get into the holiday mood when you crochet the Colors of Christmas Afghan. With all the stores starting Christmas shopping earlier and earlier, we find it difficult to embrace the holiday when it seems so long away. With this Christmas crochet blanket, you can start way before Christmas and still feel a bit jolly because you know you'll definitely be finished with it by the time December 25 rolls around. Keep it for your own cozy fireplace afghan or give it to someone you care about after you're done."

Striped Christmas Crochet Blanket - "Get into the holiday spirit with the Striped Christmas Crochet Blanket. It's got red and green stripes with blocks of white in between. It would look super festive for any holiday gatherings and celebrations when it's draped over a couch, chair, or someone's lap. You want to be cozy warm when you're home for the holidays, so why not work up a crochet blanket that you and your family will curl up in? You definitely won't be a Scrooge when crocheting this lovely afghan."

Christmas Wreath Throw - ''When it comes to crocheting for Christmas, you're going to fall in love with the Christmas Wreath Throw. After crocheting a few crochet granny squares, you'll piece them together to create this festive holiday throw. This is definitely one of the easy crochet blanket patterns you don't want to miss out on this year. It'll add a festive touch to any room you put it in. Plus, it'd make a great Christmas present for any friends or family."

BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT PATTERNS: - Dana Pruner's Muslin Angels - Ball Ornament Wreath

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Amish Do It Best Beef Bake - "Though not an official Amish dish, this beef casserole recipe uses simple ingredients, many of which could be pulled from your own garden or farmer's market. A lifestyle that the Amish thrive on. Live simply and make up this Amish Do It Best Beef Bake." - Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie - "Everyone at the table will love you for throwing together a quick, Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie for dinner! This hamburger stuffer is a whole lot of messy pie fun that you can enhance with ketchup, BBQ sauce or salsa!" - Simple Shepherd's Pie - "It doesn't get simpler than this easy ground beef casserole, otherwise known as a Shepherd's pie. This classic favorite never gets old with my family. Make up some Simple Shepherd's Pie for a wonderful weeknight meal."


From - 11/29/17:

Two blondes were in a car driving down a steep hill. All of a sudden the driver realized that the brakes were not working.

She told her passenger that the brakes weren't working and that they would soon drive off the side of the cliff, as she couldn't stop at all.

The other blonde replied, "Don't worry! There's a stop sign ahead."


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 10, 2018 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/10/17

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Written and Recorded by Merle Haggard (06 Apr 1937 - 06 Apr 2016), 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 - 11/29/11

"If We Make It Through December" lyrics courtesy of - 11/29/11

"Man on Steps Frustrated" Image courtesy of - 11/29/11

Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/08

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Thanks, Ruthie!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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