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12/05/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Saw Three Ships

Blessed is the season which engages
the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

- Hamilton Wright Mabie
(1846 - 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Though the lyrics to this old carol are somewhat ridiculous, it is nevertheless a happy and traditional favorite.

   I tried to bring you a variety of interpretations in your bonuses, but be aware that they are not all at the same volume.  A couple of them are too soft, so when you hike the volume to hear them, the next one could very well then knock your socks off, so be careful.

BONUS #1 - - I Saw Three Ships - Nat King Cole

BONUS #2 - - I Saw Three Ships - Orla Fallon 

BONUS #3 - - I Saw Three Ships - Maryanne Faithfull and The Chieftains, 1991

BONUS #4 - - I Saw Three Ships - King`s College Choir, Cambridge

BONUS #5 - - I Saw Three Ships - Jon Anderson

BONUS #6 - - I Saw Three Ships - Mannheim Steamroller, 1984

BONUS #7 - - I Saw Three Ships - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


"I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune "Greensleeves", the earliest printed version of "I Saw Three Ships" is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William B. Sandys in 1833.[1][2] The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.[2] Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms 'Azure three galleys argent'*.

An arrangement by Martin Shaw appears in The Oxford Book of Carols.[3] The Carols for Choirs series of carol books features an arrangement of the carol by Sir David Willcocks. Organist Simon Preston and former conductor of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir Philip Ledger, have also written arrangements that the choir have performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in recent years. This carol is also featured in the musical Caroline, or Change, but as a counterpoint. Adapted by Jon Schmidt on Jon Schmidt Christmas album. John Renbourn has arranged it (in a rather free adaptation) for guitar. The song appears on Nat King Cole's 1960 LP "The Magic Of Christmas" (l/k/a "The Christmas Song"), arranged by Ralph Carmichael...


   Happy Birthday today 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 tomorrow to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

11 -   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;

12 -    Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND    My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 05, 1941 - In the Battle of Moscow Georgy Zhukov launched a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre.

December 05, 1941 - Great Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

December 05, 1943 - U.S. Army Air Force began attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.

December 05, 1944 - Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.

December 05, 2006 - The USS Intrepid was moved from its anchorage in the Hudson River to a shipyard in Bayonne, NJ, for renovations. Two attempts were made to move the ship in November 2006 but were unsuccessful. The ship had survived five Japanese kamikaze attacks in the last two years of the Pacific war. It later served off Vietnam and Korea and was a recovery ship for NASA astronauts. After being decommissioned in the late 1970's it was transformed into a military and space museum in 1982.


Wednesday, December 05, 1962 - Vocalist Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy) was born Kevin Graham Ogilvie in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Wednesday, December 05, 1962 - Footballer and manager Fred Rutten was born Fredericus Jacobus Rutten in Wijchen, Gelderland, Netherlands.

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/04/12 - "The Day Japan Bombed Brookings, Oregon":

   YOWZERONI! What a story! Thanks so much, Billy!

   My daughter-in-law is from the Oregon coast, so I checked the location of Brookings (which is much farther south from her home), and found this:


"...On September 9, 1942, Mount Emily, near Brookings, became the first site in the continental United States to suffer aerial bombardment in wartime. A Japanese floatplane piloted by Nobuo Fujita launched from submarine I-25 was loaded with incendiary bombs and sent to start massive fires in the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest.[8][9] The attack caused only minor damage. Fujita would be invited back to Brookings in 1962 and he presented the town his family's 400-year old samurai sword in friendship after the Japanese government was given assurances that he would not be tried as a war criminal. Brookings made him an honorary citizen several days before his death in 1997..."

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/04/12 - "A HOLY E-MAIL":


One day God was looking down at earth and saw all of the rascally behavior that was going on...


So He called His angels and sent one to earth for a time.

When the angel returned, he told God, 'Yes, it is bad on earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not.

God thought for a moment and said, 'Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion.'

So God called another angel and sent her to earth for a time.

When the angel returned she went to God and said, 'Yes, it's true. The earth
is in decline; 95% are misbehaving, but 5% are being good...'

God was not pleased.

So He decided to e-mail the 5% who were good, because he wanted to
encourage them, and give them a little something to help them keep going.

Do you know what the e-mail said?

Okay, I was just wondering, because I didn't get one either.


           Thanks, Dools!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/04/12:


From - 12/03/12 - "5 Ways to be More Social":

How to Become an Extrovert: 5 Tips for Being More Sociable with People

By Byron Van Pelt

Learning how to become an extrovert can be a daunting task. And if you're anything like me, just being told to "get off the couch" and "get out more" doesn't quite seem to cut it.
So I'm here to offer some tips and strategies you can implement into your life immediately to get some more results with your social life. And whether or not you're extremely shy, nervous in front of others, or already pretty confident and are just looking for the next level, you should benefit from what you're about to read.
But remember...
Knowing how to become an extrovert is only the first step.
You can know how to do anything, but knowledge in itself doesn't lend to results. It takes implementing what you learn - actually doing it - to create lasting change. Knowledge isn't power. Acting with knowledge is everything.
So, without further ado, here are the 5 tips for becoming an extrovert and being more sociable with people:

Tip 1 - Understand There is Nothing Wrong With Being Introverted
First, realize that being an introvert is not necessarily a bad thing. I used to be quite introverted, and found myself staying in most nights when I was younger because I simply preferred to. I really enjoyed writing and getting in touch with my creative side during these times. If you are passionate about an activity that brings joy and peace into your life, setting aside time to yourself can be a beautiful thing.
Many people who are shy make the assumption that they'll never be happy unless they can be comfortable going out and socializing on a regular basis. They feel that they're a failure of some kind for being alone during specific nights. This creates a completely unfair judgment of oneself and just leads directly to unhappiness.
So it's cool to stay in and spend time alone every now and then! The key is to do it with balance - if you've locked yourself away four weekends in a row, it's time to step your game up. Which brings us to...

Tip 2 - Join a Social Group that Holds You Accountable
Plenty of blogs and articles in the self-help arena suggest joining clubs, classes, and programs that you are interested in to become an extrovert. I think this is an awesome idea; connecting with others with similar interests is a sure-fire way to get out more and socialize more frequently.
But there's another key step to this tip. You need to find a group that holds you accountable.
Don't just join a group where members fade in and out over time, coming and going as they please. Join one with a level of accountability. A perfect example of this is a book club. In a group like this, if you're not reading the chapters and showing up week to week, you're going to get left behind and be penalized for slacking off. In this situation, you're motivated to not only meet new people, but to stay consistent with your commitment to getting out of the house.

Tip 3 - Maximize Your Time When You're Being Social
When you're out among friends, classmates, or co-workers already, leveraging your time gives you an increased amount of options for further socializing. The most convenient method of doing this is by creating or joining activities others have planned in the future.
Here's an example: if you're at work and winding down for the day, ask a co-worker or two what they're doing for the weekend. Explain what you'll be up to if you have plans. As you get a better sense of what they have going on socially and they understand what you're up to, you open up the discussion for joining one another at a later time. You'd be surprised how many times you get invited along just by asking someone else what they plan on doing over the weekend.
Being proactive in these situations instead of keeping to yourself will give you more chances to get out of your shell and meet some new people.

Tip 4 - Socializing is a Learnable Skill
A big reason most introverts shy away from social scenarios is because they're not quite sure what to do to be comfortable in front of others. This is probably the #1 stumbling block for shy people who want to be more sociable with others but are terrified of doing so. In their minds, being at a party or social event can be far too daunting because this fear seems like a gigantic, unmoving, unfixable problem.
Instead of looking at it this way, think of being extroverted as learning a new language. If someone asked you to go directly to Tokyo at this very moment and converse with as many people in Japanese as it takes until you get accurate directions to the Hanazono Shrine, you would probably feel like the task was ridiculous.
But if someone rephrased the request by asking you to spend a few months learning the Japanese language step by step, getting yourself accustomed to their culture, and then going to Japan to find the Shrine, it would be much easier, yes? Breaking the goal down into specific parts made it more manageable.
Now take the same approach with socializing. Instead of focusing on the fact that you might not know what to say or do in social contexts, think of one aspect you can work on. Maybe you'd like to practice smiling - so you remember to smile when you can throughout the event. Instead of going home and beating yourself up for feeling awkward, you get to reflect in the progress you made because you were focused.

Tip 5 - Shift From Getting to Giving Value
A key concept in transforming from an introvert to an extrovert is understanding the importance of value. When people are typically labeled as "boring" it usually means they don't have much of anything to bring to the table. No engaging stories, no interesting information, and no ability to affect others' emotions. When someone walks away from a "boring" person, they walk away feeling no better than they were when they met.
You just need to shift your thinking whenever you find yourself communicating with others. Take your attention off of yourself, and the emotions you're "getting" when spending time with another person, and put it onto what you're giving.
Are you giving 100% of your focus and concentration to what that person is saying? Are you giving information you've come across that could potentially help the person? Are you giving away specific compliments to make him or her feel better?
If you give enough, you will have a plethora of opportunities to get out more and have your value sought after. Your options will widen significantly, and you will find yourself becoming an extrovert.

About the Author:
Byron Van Pelt is the creator of, the #1 resource for strategies and techniques on building confidence in style...without all the fluff.

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Nancy Anderson's Little Penguin Ornament -
Katherine Eng's Snowflake Ornament -
Christmas Love Hearts -
Linda Cyr's Tree Hearts -
Sweet Heart Sachets

   Is it just me, or do some of these heart patterns from Red Heart Yarns appear to be the very same pattern?!?

BONUS RECIPES: - Meaty Stuffed Peppers - "A delicious and nutritious meal is only a half hour away with Meaty Stuffed Peppers. They'll be ready in no time." - Classic Goulash - "Classic dishes never go out of style, and this easy recipe for Hungarian goulash will be one of your favorites. With savory seasonings and hearty stick-to-your-ribs appeal, it's a perfect meal to satisfy a hungry gang!" - Hamburger Soup - "No, this isn't a mistake - it really is hamburger soup! This is hamburger that we eat with a spoon...and serve with a bun for dunking! But we do recommend serving it with a ladle instead of a spatula."

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#18 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#1 in a Series of 23)":


   MORE AWW! How sweet - thank you, Gentlemen!



From - 12/04/12:
A little boy returned from the grocery store with his mom. While his mom put away the groceries, the little boy opened his box of animal crackers and spread them all over the kitchen table.

"What are you doing?" asked his mom.

"The box says you shouldn't eat them if the seal is broken," said the little boy. "I'm looking for the seal."

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





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I Saw Three Ships

I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

Mary mild and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Mary mild and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And all the bells on earth did ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth did ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heav'n did sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heav'n did sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning!

"I Saw Three Ships" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"I Saw Three Ships" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Image of Three Ships courtesy of - 12/05/06

Animated Ship Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/03/03

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

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

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