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12/02/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Somewhere in My Memory

"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things -
not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness."

- Bob Hope
(29 May 1903 - 27 July 2003)

Saturday, December 18, 1999
Taylor Springs, IL
Saturday, December 18, 1999
Taylor Springs, IL

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme song always gives me the warm fuzzies.

BONUS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kHH6LJpEbQ - Somewhere in My Memory, 1990


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Alone:

... The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Best Original Score, which was written by John Williams, and the other for Best Original Song for "Somewhere in My Memory", music by Williams and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.[25]...


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/08 - "A Christmas Memory":

   When I was a little-bitty girl and we used to drive to my paternal grandmother's home in Richmond for our Christmas Eve festivities, each year we could see from the street as we pulled up, a five-light electric candelabra glowing in the front of the bay window (more clearly visible in the second image).

   The candle lights were always blue. I thought that the strangest of things. I mean, why blue? Why not white - or even orange to simulate flames? I never asked or mentioned it at all, of course. That would be unseemly, and in fact, in my mind, akin to blasphemy, as my grandmother was so saintly a woman, I always thought her to be one very small step removed from Deity. 

   Still, I thought it quite strange, quite strange indeed.

 
1921 - Millard R. Buckley Home
2206 Fourth Avenue, Richmond 4, Virginia

   But years later when I decided to buy such a light for my own windows, there was only one choice for the bulbs. They had to be blue. 


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 2, 1942 - Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

December 2, 1943 - A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.

   AND.....

         From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/30/10 - "Camp Patrick Henry activated"

Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) General Order #1 was issued on December 2, 1942, formally activating Camp Patrick Henry.
 
Carved out of 1,700 acres of thick woodland in what was once rural Warwick County, the rough-hewn camp was located along the C&O railroad line, fourteen miles northwest of the piers in Newport News. Camp Patrick Henry was essentially a city; albeit a temporary and decidedly military one. At the height of activity there, the staff included 350 officers, 2,300 enlisted men, 175 WAC's and 1,100 civilian employees. 
 
 
The camp's initial mission was to house, feed, process and entertain troops heading overseas through HRPE. By the end of World War II, the number of men and women who passed through the camp and then went overseas totaled 1,412,107.
 
 
During 1944, some 2,300 German prisoners-of-war and 185 Italian Service Unit personnel worked at the camp, doing KP, grounds' keeping and maintenance work so that American soldiers would not have to do such menial duties. 
 
 
After the war ended, the process was reversed. The total number of troops that came home and were processed back into civilian life at Camp Patrick Henry reached 697,341.
 
 
The camp was deactivated in early 1946, and the land was sold for commercial development in 1949. A sizable part of the property became Patrick Henry Airport.  
 
Today, many other commercial entities are located on the grounds of what once was this vital part of the HRPE operations during World War II.
 

 
   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Bill!


THIS DAY IN 1964:

Wednesday, December 02, 1964 - What? NADA???


       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 12/01/14 - "Another Sad Song":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4gsveUHgw8 - Just Take My Heart (1991)

   Thank you, Adrienne! For those of y'all who may have had trouble catching the lyrics, try here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mrbig/justtakemyheart.html


From My Friend, Kristi, of NC - 12/01/14 - "It's What We Do":

\     Thanks, Kristi! I do, too!
 
 


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#8 in a series of 18)":

  AWW! Thanks, Dools!
 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/02/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#2 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.

Christmas Stories Day 2, by Stepanie Meyers....Enjoy!
 

Christmas stories happen in the most everyday places. I was part of one not long ago at the grocery store. I hope I never forget it, though the memory is bittersweet.

I had been shopping for almost an hour by the time I got to the checkout lines. My two youngest sons were with me, the four-year-old refusing to hold onto the cart, the two-year-old trying to climb out of the basket and jump down to play with his brother. Both got progressively whinier and louder as I tried to keep them under control, so I was looking for the fastest lane possible. I had two choices. In the first line were three customers, and they all had just a few purchases. In the second line was only one man, a harried young father with his own crying baby, but his cart was overflowing with groceries.

I quickly looked over the three-person line again. The woman in the front was very elderly, white haired and rail thin, and her hands were shaking as she tried unsuccessfully to unlatch her big purse. In the other line, the young father was throwing his food onto the conveyor belt with superhuman speed. I got in line behind him.
It was the right choice. I was able to start unloading my groceries before the elderly woman was even finished paying. My four-year-old was pulling candy from the shelf, and my little one was trying to help by lobbing cans of soup at me. I felt I couldn’t get out of the store fast enough.

And then, over the sound of the store’s cheery holiday music, I heard the checker in the other line talking loudly, too loudly. I glanced over as my hands kept working.

“No, I’m sorry,” the checker was almost shouting at the old woman, who didn’t seem to understand. “That card won’t work. You are past your limit. Do you have another way to pay?” The tiny old woman blinked at the checker with a confused expression. Not only were her hands shaking now, but her shoulders too. The teenage bagger rolled her eyes and sighed.

As I caught a soup can just before it hit my face, I thought to myself: “Boy, did I choose the right line! Those three are going to be there forever.” My mood was positively smug as my checker began scanning my food.

But the smiling woman directly in line behind the elderly lady had a different reaction. Quietly, with no fanfare, she moved to the older woman’s side and ran her own credit card through the reader.

“Merry Christmas,” she said softly, still smiling.

And then everyone was quiet. Even my rowdy children paused, feeling the change in the atmosphere.

It took a minute for the older woman to understand what had happened. The checker, her face thoughtful, hesitated with the receipt in her hand, not sure whom to give it to. The smiling woman took it and tucked it into the elderly woman’s bag.

“I can’t accept …” the older woman began to protest, with tears forming in her eyes.

The smiling woman interrupted her. “I can afford to do it. What I can’t afford is not to do it.”

“Let me help you out,” the suddenly respectful bagger insisted, taking the basket and also taking the old woman’s arm, the way she might have helped her own grandmother.

I watched the checker in my line pause before she pressed the total key to dab at the corner of her eyes with a tissue.

Paying for my groceries and gathering my children, I made it out of the store before the smiling woman. I had made the right choice of lanes, it seemed.

But as I walked out into the bright December sunshine, I was not thinking about my luck but about what I could not afford.

I could not afford my current, self-absorbed frame of mind.

I could not afford to have my children learn lessons of compassion only from strangers.

I could not afford to be so distant from the spirit of Christ at any time of the year—especially during this great season of giving.

I could not afford to let another stranger, another brother or sister, cross my path in need of help without doing something about it.

And that is why I hope never to forget the Christmas hero in the grocery store. The next time I have a chance to be that kind of a hero, I can’t afford to miss it.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-simple-star-coaster.html - Aurora Suominen's My Simple Star Coaster

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elf-slippers-4 - K J Hay's Elf Slippers


BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):

http://www.mrfood.com/Bar-Cookies/Easy-Pecan-Pie-Bars/ml/1 - Easy Pecan Pie Bars - "Pecan pie lovers, rejoice! Now you can get your favorite taste in bar cookie form. That's right, these little wonders taste just like bite-sized pecan pies!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Potatoes-Rice/Sweet-Potato-Crowns/ml/1 - Sweet Potato Crowns - "They taste delicious, so why not treat your gang royally with our Sweet Potato Crowns? If you're looking for a change-of-pace go-along that teams with lots of your favorite main dishes, this is a must-try."

http://www.mrfood.com/Appetizers/Bread-Bowl-Dip-1352/ml/1 - Bread Bowl Dip - "For years we've been sharing recipes that your gang eats up. With this one, we betcha they'll even eat the 'bowl' it's served in!"


BONUS GINGERBREAD RECIPES:

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/08 - "And Speaking of Gingerbread...":

   This is my favorite gingerbread recipe; I've been enjoying it for forty years.

Southern Spicy Gingerbread
 

2 beaten eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup melted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. ginger
1 cup boiling water

   Add beaten eggs to sugar, molasses, and melted butter  Then add dry ingredients, which have been mixed and sifted.  Gradually add the boiling water to the mixture, and bake at 350 degrees in a well-greased 9' square pan.

   Serve with a sauce made of brown sugar, water, and butter, cooked together until well blended.   May top with whipped cream.

                                        - Mrs. H. M. Marshall, Appomattox County, VA
 

   Of course, this won't make those cute little gingerbread men.  I found this recipe in my Sunday Newspaper, and have not yet tried it.  It looks like way more work than I'm willing to exert.....

Gingerbread Men
 

1/2 cup PLUS 3 Tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 sticks softened butter
3-1/4 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tsp. molasses
1 egg

   Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, and allspice in a medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg until well blended. Shape dough into three equal sized discs. Tightly wrap each disc in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

   Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray large cookie sheets with no stick cooking spray.

   Working with 1 portion at a time, roll dough on lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with 3 inch gingerbread man or bear cookie cutter . Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Shape dough scraps into small balls and combine and roll out to make use of dough.

   Bake 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely before adding frosting.

   Pipe or spread frosting cooled cookies; decorate as desired using frosting, assorted nonpareils, colored sugars and assorted candies. Store tightly covered at room temperature.                


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/01/14:
 
A monastery decided to start a fish and chips store.

When the store opened, a client came in, and asked one of the clerics, "Are you the fish fryer?"

"Oh, no," the cleric answered, "I'm the chip monk!"


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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Somewhere in My Memory

(From Home Alone, 1990)

Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
(b. 29 Jan 1931)

Music by
John Williams

(b. 08 Feb 1932)


Candles in the window,
Shadows painting the ceiling,
Gazing at the fire glow,
Feeling that
gingerbread feeling.

Precious moments,
Special people,
Happy faces
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem-'ry,
Christmas joys all around me,
Living in my mem-'ry,
All of the music,
All of the magic,
All of the fam'ly_
Home
Here with me . . . .

Somewhere in my mem-'ry_
Christmas joys all around me,
Living in my mem-'ry,
All of the music,
All of the magic,
All of the fam'ly_
Home
Here with me.


"Somewhere in My Memory" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://yule_rejoice.tripod.com/c-lyrics/somewhere_memory.html - 12/01/08

Image of Candles in the Window from Webmistress' Collection - 12/18/99
 
Gingerbread Men Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://parenting.leehansen.com/downloads/clipart/christmas/pages/gingerbread-man-border.htm - 12/01/02

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 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!!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!
 

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