- NNHS Newsletter -
Once Upon a December
is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.Ē
Dear Friends and
It's time again for one of my favorite crybaby songs. This is very good for the tear ducts.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1zamKoUREI - Once Upon a December - Liz Callaway, 1974
Today is World AIDS Day.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of MD!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND George Konstant ('65) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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!
THIS DAY IN WWII: December 01, 1941 - Pacific War: Emperor Hirohito of Japan gave the final approval to initiate war against the United States.
December 01, 1941 - Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.
December 01, 1942 - In the U.S., nationwide
gasoline rationing went into effect.
December 01, 1944 - Edward R. Stettinius Jr. became Secretary of State of the United States after the retirement of Cordell Hull.
THIS DAY IN 1962:
|Saturday, December 01, 1962 - Speed skater Sylvie Daigle was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.|
From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 11/30/12 - "The Post Party Blues":
|OK, folks, there is a new
blog on Last Tango with Charis in which the Beantrarian Party admits
defeat and sings the Post-Party Blues.
You are a hoot, Charis Darlin', a real hoot! Thanks, Lady!
From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 11/30/12 - "NNHS Class of '45 Healthtrends":
|2012 is coming to a close and as usual,
our minds have been on Thanksgiving and Christmas. What more
appropriate thoughts than the reason for the seasons and food. We
season our foods with salt, but have you been told that it is not good
for us? This month's newsletter addresses this issue. You may be
surprised at what you will learn!
Have a Very Merry Christmas!
Alvin & Jean Mizelle
WOWZERS! Whodathunkit?!? Thanks so much, Jack - and Alvin and Jean!
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 11/30/12 - "Children.... a good read!":
|A Perfect Message.............. forward
to moms and dads who need a chuckle....
GOD CREATED CHILDREN
(AND IN THE PROCESS GRANDCHILDREN)
To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own,
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle.
Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought
that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing he said was 'DON'T! '
'Don't what ?' Adam replied.
'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.
'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve... we have forbidden fruit! '
' No Way ! '
'Yes way! '
'Do NOT eat the fruit! ' said God.
'Because I am your Father and I said so ! ' God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked !
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit? ' God asked.
'Uh huh,' Adam replied.
'Then why did you? ' said the Father.
'I don't know,' said Eve.
'She started it! ' Adam said.
'Did not ! '
'Did too! '
'DID NOT! '
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you ?
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT !
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
ADVICE FOR THE DAY:
Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day!
IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE,
DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:
'TAKE TWO ASPIRIN' AND 'KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN'!!!!!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/30/12 - "Friday Text":
Our six-year-old daughter, Terra, has a need to ask questions...lots of questions. Finally, one day, my wife had it.
"Have you ever heard that curiosity killed the cat?" my wife asked.
"No," replied Terra.
"Well, there was a cat, and he was very inquisitive. And one day, he looked into a big hole, fell in, and died!"
Wide-eyed, Terra whispered: "What was in the hole?"
Seeing her friend Sally wearing a new locket, Meg asks if there is a memento of some sort inside.
"Yes," says Sally, "a lock of my husband's hair."
"But Larry's still alive."
"I know, but his hair is gone."
It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
~Leonardo da Vinci~
When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.
Whales and dolphins can literally fall half asleep. Their brain hemispheres alternate sleeping, so the animals can continue to surface and breathe.
Unlike most fish, electric eels cannot get enough oxygen from water. Approximately every five minutes, they must surface to breathe, or they will drown. Unlike most fish, they can swim both backwards and forwards.
The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Romantimes, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."
The Pacific Giant Octopus, the largest octopus in the world, grows from the size of pea to a 150 pound behemoth potentially 30 feet across in only two years, its entire life-span.
What We Do With It
One of my neighbors used to have a beautiful tree in her front yard. Her dad had planted it for her when it was nothing more than a twig and for years it seemed to barely grow at all. Yet, after a time it started to shoot towards the sky with amazing speed. Soon it towered above her home and blessed her with cooling shade in the Summer and glorious, golden leaves in the Fall.
When the two day blizzard from Hurricane Sandy struck our town almost 4 feet of wet, heavy snow fell on the treeís limbs that were still full of leaves. The weight was overwhelming and split that lovely tree down the middle. It was so sad seeing half of it laying on the ground after the storm. When I talked to my neighbor later, she said that the damage had been too much and that the entire tree would have to be cut down. Thankfully, she had saved a few saplings from it that she hoped to replant in the future.
Still, it was a shock to drive by her house the other day and see nothing but a stump in her front yard. I missed that tree. I missed its beauty. I missed its leaves shining in the afternoon sun. I missed seeing its limbs reach towards the heavens. I thought that the stump would be a sad reminder of its loss for a long time to come. My wonderful neighbor, though, had another plan. When I drove by her home today I saw a tiny bird feeder sitting on that stump and a colorful songbird having its dinner. It was such an affirmation of life. It was such a joy to see. I could feel my heart smile.
Life by its very nature is a mixed bag. It hands us both beauty and tragedy, love and loss, pleasure and pain. What we do with it, however, is up to us. We can let is split us in two, or we can use even its hardest times to make our souls stronger and our hearts more loving. We can spend it complaining or we can use it to help others, share Godís love, and make Heaven smile.
~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~
Our Daily Bread
It was the Christmas break from school almost 40 years ago. I had spent most of the morning like any young boy would, playing outside in the snow and soaking up the few hours of sunlight on the shortest day of the year. I had delighted in stomping through the freshly frozen flakes, making snowballs to throw at the trees, and watching the smoky breath float out of my mouth. After a while, though, the cold got to be too much and I went back inside my house.
I took off my wet coat and put on my favorite blue sweater. Then I walked into the kitchen. My mom and grandma had just finished baking two loaves of Italian bread. The smell was heavenly. Mom looked up, smiled at me and asked me what I wanted for lunch. I smiled back and pointed to the delicious looking loaves. Mom laughed, cut a slice off the end, and buttered it for me. Then she told me to go sit by the stove in the living room and get warm. Taking my slice with me I snuggled into my favorite chair, ate my bread, and felt the gentle heat from the stove warm my little body. It was a moment of pure peace and heartfelt happiness. I felt so good, so loved, and so content that I remember it to this day.
There is a good reason why when Jesus taught us the Lordís Prayer. He had us ask our Heavenly Father only for our daily bread. It is because nothing else is necessary. Our daily bread and Godís love are all we need in this life. They are all we need to live. They are all we need to love. They are all we need to have the joy we all so desire. Anything else is just an extra blessing to be used to make this world a better place for us all.
The next time you pray then thank God for the daily bread that fills your stomach. Thank God for His daily love that fills your soul. Thank God for the loving heart that beats in your chest. Then go out and with great joy share your bread, your blessings, and your love with the world.
~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~
Thank you so much, Shari!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/30/12:
From my house to yours.
Know what this is?
Frosty the Snowman's baby picture!
Nanee - Nanee - Nanee!
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!
From Me ('65) of NC - 11/30/12:
BONUS CRAFT PATTERNS:
|http://www.craftown.com/A-Snowball-Fight.html - Amanda Formaro's A Snowball Fight|
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#14 in a Series of 36)":
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/30/12:
|Q. What did the
digital clock say to the analog clock?
A. Look, No hands!
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/09/12
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
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Once Upon a December
Dancing Bears, Painted wings, Things I almost remember, And a song someone sings, Once upon a December Someone holds me, Safe and warm, Horses prance through a silver storm, Figures dancing gracefully, Across my memory.... Far away, Long ago, Glowing dim as an ember Things my heart used to know Once upon a December Vocalizing Someone holds me Safe and warm, Horses prance through a silver storm, Figures dancing gracefully Across my memory..... Far away, long ago, Glowing dim as an ember Things my heart used to know Things it yearns to remember And a song Someone sings Once upon a December
"Once Upon a December" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/4836/bso.htm - 11/30/04
"Once Upon a December" lyrics courtesy of http://disney.lyrics-songs.com/lyrics/11149/ - 11/30/04
"Having recovered many, many
forgotten and repressed memories in these last five years,
I can almost make it through hearing this song without breaking down and sobbing - almost...."
- Carol Buckley Harty, 12/01/04
Some things simply do not change.
Image of Horse in Snow courtesy of http://cranwood.tripod.com/ - 12/01/06
Knotted Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html - 05/16/06
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)
Red AIDS Awareness Ribbon Pin Image courtesy of http://www.headcovers.com/ - 12/01/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
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!!
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of http://users.bigpond.net.au/jellery/index.htm - 04/25/09
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