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12/01/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Once Upon a December

ďYesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.Ē

Kahlil Gibran
(06 Jan 1883 - 10 Apr 1931)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   It's time again for one of my favorite crybaby songs. 
This is very good for the tear ducts.

BONUS - - Once Upon a December - Liz Callaway, 1974

   Today is World AIDS Day.



   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!


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.


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
"Health Educators"

   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.... 

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 fruitWe have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve... we have forbidden fruit! ' 

' No Way ! ' 

'Yes way! 

'Do NOT eat the fruit! ' said God. 

'Why? ' 

'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 ? 


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. 


Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day!



     Thanks, Wayne!

      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:   

Seasonís Greetings
                    From my house to yours.

Know what this is?

Frosty the Snowman's baby picture!

Nanee  - Nanee - Nanee!

We do not stop playing because we grow old;

We grow old because we stop playing.

Never Be The First To Get Old!!!!!

If you see someone without a smile, give him yours.
Have a GREAT Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/30/12:




BONUS CRAFT PATTERNS: - Amanda Formaro's A Snowball Fight

BONUS RECIPES: - Crazy Slow Cooked Pizza Soup - "Soup recipes always taste great when they are made in the slow cooker. Our recipe for Crazy Slow Cooked Pizza Soup taste just like your favorite pizza pie, but in soup form! Made with tomatoes, sausage, and topped with Mozzarella cheese, it will have you eating bowl after bowl. Skip delivery tonight and enjoy this wonderful slow cooked recipe." - Lazy Day Beef Stroganoff - "If it is just one of those days where you don't feel like making dinner then try our Lazy Day Beef Stroganoff. Made with the simplest ingredients, enjoy this simple slow cooker recipe over a mound of butter noodles. Dinner's going to be easy tonight!" - Brown Sugar Spice Cake - "Your kitchen will be filled with the delicious comforting smells of cinnamon and brown sugar while this delicious cake recipe "bakes" in your slow cooker. Perfect for when you need a dessert, but are currently using the oven, Brown Sugar Spice Cake is moist and tender piece of cake that pairs well with vanilla ice cream. Indulge in slow cooker desert recipes and enjoy."

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#14 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!


From - 11/30/12:
Q. What did the digital clock say to the analog clock?

A. Look, No hands!

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/09/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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Once Upon a December
Sung by Liz Callaway (b. 13 Apr 1961) in Anastasia, 1997

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


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 - 11/30/04

"Once Upon a December" lyrics courtesy of - 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 - 12/01/06

 Knotted Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/16/06

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Red AIDS Awareness Ribbon Pin Image courtesy of - 12/01/07

Animated Tiny 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 - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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 - 06/16/08 

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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