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12/01/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Once Upon a December

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.”

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 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1zamKoUREI - Once Upon a December - Liz Callaway, 1974


   Today is World AIDS Day.

HOMEWORK:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_AIDS_Day

http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/static/en/

http://www.avert.org/worldaid.htm

http://www.worldaidsday.org/


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 

   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 1964:

Tuesday, December 01, 1964 - Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers met to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam.

Tuesday, December 01, 1964 - Malawi, Malta and Zambia joined the United Nations.

Tuesday, December 01, 1964 - Footballer Salvatore Schillaci was born in Palermo, Italy.

Tuesday, December 01, 1964 - Author and poet Jo Walton was born in Aberdare, in the Cynon Valley of Wales.

Tuesday, December 01, 1964 - Geneticist and biologist J. B. S. Haldane (b. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane on 05 Nov 1892 in Oxford, England) died of cancer in Bhubaneswar, India at the age of 72.

Tuesday, December 01, 1964 - Runner Charilaos Vasilakos (Χαρίλαος Βασιλάκος) (b. in 1877 in Tripoli. Greece) died in Athens, Greece at the age of 77.


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 11/21/14 (but hiding out in my inbox all this time!) - "PRICELESS":

PRICELESS

If you've ever worked for a boss who reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will love this!

Arcelor-Mittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, "How much money do you make a week?"

A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, "I make $400 a week. Why?"

The CEO said, "Wait right here." He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, "Here's four weeks' pay. Now GET OUT and don't come back."

Feeling pretty good about himself the CEO looked around the room and asked, "Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?"

From across the room a voice said, "Pizza delivery guy from Domino's."

     Thank you, Jimmy!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 11/21/14 (but also hiding out in my inbox all this time!) - "Typical Guy":

Typical Guy

A husband went to police station to report his missing wife:
Husband : I've lost my wife, she went shopping yesterday and has still not come home.
Sergeant : What is her height ?
Husband : Oh, 5 something . . .
Sergeant : Build?
Husband : Not slim, not really fat.
Sergeant : Color of eyes?
Husband : Hard to say, dark.
Sergeant : Color of hair?
Husband : Changes according to season.
Sergeant : What was she wearing?
Husband : Dress/suit/blue jeans -- I don’t remember exactly.
Sergeant : Did she go in a car?
Husband : Yes.
Sergeant : What kind of car was it?
Husband : 2015 Corvette Stingray 3LT with the Z51 Performance Package, shark gray metallic paint, with the 6.2 litre V8 engine with direct injection generating 460 HP. 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and GT bucket seats, and has a very thin scratch on the front left door.
At this point the husband started crying.
Sergeant : Don't worry sir. We’ll find your car.

     Thanks again, Jimmy!


From My Friend, Katrina, of UT - 11/30/14 - "Every Morning":

  OH, SO CUTE! Thanks, Katrina - great plan!
 
 


From My Friend, Kelley, of AL - 11/30/14:

  Sorry, but I have had someone do this to me and I really wished that I could have been mean and answered sarcastically... but I didn't, I was nice.

   Thanks, Kelley! Good girl!

 
 


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/30/14 - "BEST HAM SANDWICHES YOU'LL EVER HAVE!!!":

  BEST HAM SANDWICHES YOU'LL EVER HAVE!!!

A GREAT recipe for finger (football) food! SHARE this one it's a KEEPER!!!!

Ingredients:

2 -12 packages of sweet Hawaiian rolls (the small dinner roll looking ones)
1-1/2 lbs. of Virginia ham (NOT honey ham)
12 slices Swiss cheese
1 stick of real butter
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

 
 

Directions:

You will need two 9" x 13" pans. Place the bottoms of 12 rolls in each pan.
Place ham (about 2 shaved slices or so) on the rolls.
Cut the cheese slices into 4 parts and place 2 small pieces on each sandwich.
Put the dinner roll tops on.
In a sauce pan, mix butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and poppy seeds.
Wait until all butter is melted and then brush the melted mixture over the ham sandwiches.
Cover with foil and let sit in fridge for 1 hour or over night. (If you want to bake them right away, you can also.)
Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve. They are great hot and even at room temperature. Enjoy!

   OOH, YUMMY! Thanks, Joyce!


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 11/30/14 - "33 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes":

33 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Susan!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#7 in a series of 18)":

  AWW! Thanks, Dools!
 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/01/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#1 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th. This is one of my favorites! Feel free to share it with your families! It is a true story told by Kenneth J. Brown who was serving as a U.S. Marine in Japan following the dropping of the bomb.
 
I watched him turn from the street and climb the path leading to our shelter. He was groping, hesitating. As he came near he folded his umbrella and stood quietly a long moment. His thin coat soon dampened from the cold rain that was falling from the same sky that had brought death to nearly half his townspeople three short months before. I concluded that it must take some special courage to confront one’s conquerors without invitation. It was little wonder that he hesitated.

His polite bow to me was no bow of submission. Rather his squared shoulders and lifted head let me feel as if I were looking up at him even … though I towered over him a foot or more. I recall being disturbed that I hadn’t yet become used to the near sightless eyes of those who had looked heavenward that morning when the bomb dropped...

… I respectfully asked if I could be of service. [In his clear English] he introduced himself as Professor Iida. …

‘I am Christian,’ he said. ‘I am told this is the head minister’s office. Are you a Christian? It is good to talk with a follower of Christ; there are so few Christian Japanese.’
I took him to the inner office of the division chaplain and waited while the two men conversed. Professor Iida stated his request briefly. He was a teacher of music in a Christian girls’ college until it was closed by imperial command. … He had been imprisoned because of his professed Christianity. After being released he had returned to Nagasaki and continued his music instruction in his home even though it was forbidden. He had been able to continue a small chorus and would be pleased if … they [could] sing a concert for the American Marines.

‘We know something of your American Christmases,’ he said. ‘We should like to do something to make your Christmas in Japan more enjoyable.’

I felt sure the chaplain would give a negative reply. Our unit was one of hardened fighters, four years away from home, who had fought the enemy from Saipan to Iwo Jima.

… Yet there was something about the man that bespoke sincere desire to do a good deed so that … permission was granted. The concert would be Christmas Eve.

The rains had stopped and a calm settled over the atomic bowl reminiscent of the calm that night long ago. The concert was well attended; there was nothing else to do. The theater … had been cleared of its fallen roof and men were sitting on the jagged walls. The usual momentary hush fell over the audience as the performers filed on stage. …

The first thing we noticed was that they were singing in English and we became aware that they didn’t understand the words but had memorized them for our benefit. Professor Iida had taught his students well; they sang beautifully. We sat enthralled as if a choir from heaven were singing for us. … It was as if Christ were being born anew that night.

The closing number was a solo, an aria from ‘The Messiah.’ The girl sang with all the conviction of one who knew that Jesus was indeed the Savior of mankind and it brought tears. After that there was a full minute of silence followed by sustained applause as the small group took bow after bow.

Later that night I helped Professor Iida take down the trimmings. I could not resist asking some questions that propriety forbade but curiosity demanded. I just had to know.

‘How did your group manage to survive the bomb?’ I asked.

‘This is only half my group,’ he said softly, but seemed unoffended at my recalling his grief so that I felt I could ask more.

‘And what of the families of these?’

‘They nearly all lost one or more members. Some are orphans.’

‘What about the soloist? She must have the soul of an angel the way she sang.’

‘Her mother, two of her brothers were taken. Yes, she did sing well; I am so proud of her. She is my daughter.’ …

The next day was Christmas, the one I remember best. For that day I knew that Christianity had not failed in spite of people’s unwillingness to live His teachings. I had seen hatred give way to service, pain to rejoicing, sorrow to forgiveness. This was possible because a babe had been born in a manger [and] later taught love of God and fellowmen. We had caused them the greatest grief and yet we were their Christian brothers and as such they were willing to forget their grief and unite with us in singing ‘Peace on earth, goodwill to all men.’

The words of Miss Iida’s song testimony would not be stilled, ‘Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.’ They seemed to echo and re-echo over the half-dead city that day.

That day also I knew that there was a greater power on earth than the atomic bomb.


     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT PATTERNS:

http://www.craftown.com/A-Snowball-Fight.html - Amanda Formaro's A Snowball Fight


BONUS CROCK POT RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):

http://www.recipelion.com/Crock-Pot-Recipes/Crazy-Slow-Cooked-Pizza-Soup/ml/1 - 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."

http://www.recipelion.com/Crock-Pot-Recipes/Lazy-Day-Beef-Stroganoff/ml/1 - 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!"

http://www.recipelion.com/Crock-Pot-Desserts/Brown-Sugar-Spice-Cake/ml/1 - 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."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/30/14:
 
A couple was making their first doctors visit prior to the birth of their first child. After the exam, the doctor took a small stamp and stamped the wife’s stomach with indelible ink.

The man and his wife were curious about what the stamp was for, so when they got home, the man took out his magnifying glass to try to see what is was.

In very small letters, the stamp said, “When you can read this, come back and see me.”


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. 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 email: heathbarlc66@yahoo.com.

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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/27/14

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802
 


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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

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

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 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

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 Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of http://www.cybergata.com/anim.htm - page 14 - 11/14/09

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06 

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