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|12/04/15 - NNHS Newsletter - As Lately We Watched|
to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently
on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt
in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted
by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels.
'God goes to those who have time to hear him' -- and so
on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.”
- Max Lucado
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We have a lovely old Austrian carol today.
BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ4ekYobdKQ - As Lately We Watched - Marshfield High School Winter Concert, December 19, 2011 (a bit of an anachronism, as their costumes predate their carol by several hundred years...)
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AepbftF7B5c - As Lately We Watched - Wild Voices Choir, Christmas Midnight Service at Afghan Church, Mumbai, December 24, 2007
... As Lately We Watched (Austrian) -- Both melody and lyrics are traditional, dating from the 19th century....
WOW. "Ya, think, DiNozzo?!?" Sheesh.....
|From Austria comes this traditional carol, sung to a tune similar to the old English "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." As with such other carols as "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night," the song tells the story of the Nativity from the point of view of the shepherds near Bethlehem who follow the path of the star, hear the angels proclaim the birth of the newborn King and finally see the Infant in His manger-throne.|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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) AND Joan Gardner ('63);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;
11 - Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
396 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 04, 1619 -Thirty-eight colonists arrived at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia. The group's charter proclaims that the day "be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 04, 1939 -
HMS Nelson was struck by a
mine (laid by
U-31) off the
coast and was laid up for repairs until August 1940.
December 04, 1942 - U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Saturday, December 04, 1965 - Director, producer, and screenwriter Álex de la Iglesia was born Alejandro de la Iglesia Mendoza in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/02/15:
|“Overdoing it is
especially common this time of the year for many of us. The causes for
this might include too many Christmas activities to attend, too much to
eat, too much money spent, too many expectations, and too much tension.
Often our efforts at Christmastime result in our feeling stressed out,
wrung out, and worn out during a time we should feel the simple joys of
commemorating the birth of our Savior. Finding the real joy of Christmas
comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it
found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the
Savior the focus of the season.”
-Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Me ('65) of NC - 11/24/15 - Courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - "Brand New Page: Launchings - 1964":
|p. 10||p. 11||p. 12||p. 13|
Thanks again, Domi!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/15 - "Basketball coach - A MUST WATCH":
|VT Basketball Coach
The following introductory remarks are not my own, but I agree with them 100%. Many colleges are more intent on recruiting sports players than they are in educating the future leaders of America. Sports is the primary purpose of many, if not all colleges, and it seems like a lot of our college athletes are more interested in demonstrating rather than learning how to become productive citizens, loving family members, and people who use their education to better their country, and families. I suppose that is a sign of the times, but it seems to me that it is never too late to change poor, disrespectful behavior among our people. It is not just sports figures, it is the whole nation! Shame on us!
Good to know one coach that teaches more than the sport. Probably the more important lesson his players will get. Kudos to Coach Buzz Williams, VT Basketball Coach. Given the ignorance or disrespect evidenced by most of today's athletes during our National Anthem, all coaches might want to do something like this with their players!
Thank you so much, Haul Party!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/03/15 - "The Last Fighter Pilot of WWII":
|A GREAT SPOKESMAN FOR THE
Last Fighter Pilot of WWII who flew the last mission. Take five minutes to watch this video interview - Listen carefully to what he says and how he says it. Ask yourself, how many of the few surviving WWII veterans kept themselves and their uniform in such good condition for over 70 years and can still proudly wear it? Notice his superb delivery, no teleprompter, no script. Just a 91-year-old fighter pilot representing the greatest generation at home and abroad who won WWII. He has some surprises and a great take on the philosophy of life.
|“I was such an ugly
kid. When I played in the sandbox the cat kept trying to cover me up.”
BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/04/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#4 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 Story Day 4,
Thoughts on Joseph by Jeffrey R. Holland
|As a father I have recently
begun to think more often of Joseph, that strong, silent, almost unknown
man who must have been more worthy than any other mortal man to be the
guiding foster father of the living Son of God. It was Joseph selected
from among all men who would teach Jesus to work. It was Joseph who
taught him the books of the law. It was Joseph who, in the seclusion of
the shop, helped him begin to understand who he was and ultimately what
he was to become.
I was a student ... just finishing my first year of graduate work when our first child, a son, was born. We were very poor, though not so poor as Joseph and Mary. My wife and I were both going to school, both holding jobs, and in addition worked as head residents in an off-campus apartment complex to help defray our rent. We drove a little Volkswagen which had a half-dead battery because we couldn’t afford a new one (Volkswagen or battery).
Nevertheless, when I realized that our own night of nights was coming, I believe I would have done any honorable thing in this world, and mortgaged any future I had, to make sure my wife had the clean sheets, the sterile utensils, the attentive nurses, and the skilled doctors who brought forth our firstborn son. If she or that child had needed special care at the Mayo Clinic, I believe I would have ransomed my very life to get it.
I compare those feelings (which I have had with each succeeding child) with what Joseph must have felt as he moved through the streets of a city not his own, with not a friend or kinsman in sight, nor anyone willing to extend a helping hand. In these very last and most painful hours of her “confinement,” Mary had ridden or walked approximately 100 miles from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea. Surely Joseph must have wept at her silent courage. Now, alone and unnoticed, they had to descend from human company to a stable, a grotto full of animals, there to bring forth the Son of God.
I wonder what emotions Joseph might have had as he cleared away the dung and debris. I wonder if he felt the sting of tears as he hurriedly tried to find the cleanest straw and hold the animals back. I wonder if he wondered: “Could there be a more unhealthy, a more disease-ridden, a more despicable circumstance in which a child could be born? Is this a place fit for a king? Should the mother of the Son of God be asked to enter the valley of the shadow of death in such a foul and unfamiliar place as this? Is it wrong to wish her some comfort? Is it right He should be born here?”
But I am certain Joseph did not mutter and Mary did not wail. They knew a great deal and did the best they could.
Perhaps these parents knew even then that in the beginning of His mortal life, as well as in the end, this baby son born to them would have to descend beneath every human pain and disappointment. He would do so to help those who also felt they had been born without advantage.
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
BONUS CHRISTMASCROCHET PATTERNS:
Tammy C. Hildebrand's Mr. and Mrs. Frosty
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/holly-table-runner - Holly Table Runner
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-holly-stocking-0 - Marilyn Coleman's Holly Stocking
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/country-christmas - Country Christmas Placemat and Coaster
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/pinwheels-table-tree - Mary Jane Protus' Pinwheels for Table & Tree
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/08:
This cookie - candy recipe is soooo yummy - and great for taking caroling to your friends!
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/03/15:
Teacher: "Anyone who thinks he's stupid may stand up!"
Nobody stood up.
Teacher: "I'm sure there are some stupid students over here!!"
Little Johnny stood up.
Teacher: "Ohh, Johnny, you think you're stupid?"
Little Johnny: "No... I just feel bad that you're standing alone..."
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As Lately We Watched
As lately we
watch'd o'er our fields thro' the night,
A star there was seen of such glorious light.
All thro' the night, angels did sing
Carols so sweet of the birth of a King.
A King of such beauty was ne'er before seen,
And Mary His mother so like a queen.
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born.
His throne is a manger, His court is a loft,
But troops of bright angels, in lays sweet and soft,
Him they proclaim, our Christ by name,
And earth, sky and air straight are filled with his fame.
Then shepherds, be joyful; salute your new King,
Let hills and vales ring to the song that ye sing.
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born
"As Lately We
Watched" midi courtesy of
http://delongfarms.com/m_frame.html - 12/01/06
"As Lately We Watched" lyrics courtesy of http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/%7Eai251/xcarol.html - 12/02/06
"Let There Be Light" Image courtesy of http://jsmagic.net/xmasgraphicsnativity/page4.html - 12/01/05
Shepherds Silhouette clip art used to
form Divider Lines courtesy
of http://www.twoheartsdesign.com/images/clipart/catholic/christmas/nativity/nativity2.html - 12/01/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI Famous Marineswho served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
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