"But I am sure that I
have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...
A Christmas Carol
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I do hope your various holiday preparations - whatever it is you happen to be personally celebrating - are proceeding more smoothly than mine! GIGGLES!!!
Tomorrow, Shirley Smith Langston ('57) will be celebrating her birthday, followed by Glen Davenport ('63) of VA on Monday! Wednesday brings us another Birthday Three-fer! Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ, Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73), AND My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH will all be having big days! On Thursday, so will Kay Davis Smith ('57), and on Friday, Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) will as well! Then on Saturday we'll have another Two-Fer! Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) and Buster Vest ('63) of VA will both be observing their birthdays then!
Many Happy Regards to all of y'all!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/04/07 - Tuesday":
Title: You Wont Believe It Unless You try It. I Guarantee It.
Years ago, I fractured my ribs. If this has ever happened to you, the pain is so severe that if someone walks near you, you will actually scream. I had to go on disability and take pain medication that did not help. My good friend told me to boil some comfrey plants chopped up and strained and while still hot take a rag and dip into the hot solution and apply to the hurt. Within 1 day my hurt was almost completely gone. Just recently I took some Comfrey to one of my coworkers because her back was hurting so bad and she tried it and couldnít thank me enough, donít ever turn your nose up at anything unless you have given it a try. I know that your body is going to say, why didnít you do this before.
Ah, the power of the spoken word! Thanks so much, Shari!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/06/07 - "What a beautiful newsletter!!!":
I too love Christmas...I am on a "high" for the whole month of December...shopping used to "get me" until I learned to just do it all year...if I am on a vacation or out in the shops at any time during the year and see something that "reminds me of someone" I pick it up and tuck it away...no I do not lose it or forget that I have it...around December 1 I get out all the little goodies and put them on the bed and see who I have nothing for...the kids are good at giving me a list...my husband and I prefer travel to expensive gifts...so we focus on other people at Christmas time. I play the piano at several nursing homes during the Christmas season...it feels good to see the looks of love and gratitude given by the elderly folks who live there. I sing in my church's Christmas Cantata (this year it will be during the morning worship service on the 16th). Sometimes I take cookies or other treats for them. We also attend musical programs and one evening in December just ride around to look at the lights...we both grew up taking rides as a form of family fun...sadly there are not too many places where you can just go riding and meander...because everyone is in a hurry...and you are on a freeway very quickly or a main thoroughfare...
Such blessed fun! Thanks, Jean!
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/06/07 - "Ms Bonkers":
Your update of
Buster Vest ('63 - of VA) is indeed
nice but I'm wondering WHAT you're trying to tell us with the old yearbook
Enlarge it and see.......
OH, CRUM!!! (I wonder just how many months that has been linked to the wrong image...) Thanks for telling me, Linda May! (Sorry about that, Buster; it's all fixed now!)
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/06/07 - " Glenn Dye ('60 - of TX) and Carol, how could you forget all those members of the class of '57 that have Birthdays in December ?????":
('60) of TX....
Joan, one of the women in my Bible study recently had a pacemaker installed. Kinda' makes you thing of a dishwasher or a new muffler, that word installed. That was on a Friday about two months ago, she missed the following Thursday Bible study, but the next week she was back and looked extremely healthy. We fussed over her as women are prone to do, and she said, "Would you please stop ! All I had was a pacemaker installed and my sister visited last week and that's why I didn't make it to Bible study. This woman also has Muscular Dystrophy, With out prayers, and your faith You are going to be just fine. You've got my prayers. Are you getting it before or after Christmas ? Joan calls it her "helper" !
Dimples aka Sepi
Thank you, Sepi! I passed your note on to Glenn.
Carol, forgetting my older brothers and sisters Birthdays ? Wassa matta ? Oh, wait, the Christmas Crazies. Well, I understand; I used to have them until I realized it was Jesus' Birthday and all the extra stuff I was doing wasn't necessary. Gift wrap ? now gift bags and tissue paper. All that extra baking, we don't need it, can't eat it all and it gets stale in a matter of days. Looking for a fresh tree? Quit looking, go to the closest big Box store or drug store and see what they have for under $15 bucks, pre-lit. It will look great when you decorate it, no matter how much it costs. Less old tradition, more NEW tradition, less emphasis on trees, decorations, gifts, cooking, running, we are not perfect, never will be. Let's make more time for the One that is Perfect. He wants to see what's in our hearts, not in our yards. Or if the bow on that package is in the right place. Christmas has become a frenzy of consumerism, not a Celebration of the day we have designated as Jesus' Birthday. Must we continue to push ourselves to the limit, to prove to ourselves we CAN do it all ? I think not. We must pay attention to Our Lord on His Birthday the same as His Mother did, she tended to Him, not the wreath on the entrance to the manger. I suppose you all 'get' what I am trying to convey. Ease up, relax, savor your peace of mind, it's a precious thing to have. Don't get robbed, this year.
To my dear friends that graduated in the
class of '57 and have Birthdays in December....HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! HAPPY
BIRTHDAY ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
Dimples aka Sepi
Well, actually, Lady, I didn't 'zactly forget those birthdays. That was the first day I had ever received them.....
And Christmas presents? They're not really an option this year..... If I can't make them myself, I'm going through my possessions looking for all those, "May I have this when you're dead?" items, and passing them along to my children now - while I'm only half-dead.
Years ago I wearied of the waste of Christmas wrapping papers, and made large festive sturdy cloth gift bags for each person. No mess, no bother, no waste.
One can always talk me out of cooking and baking with hardly any effort whatsoever.
But I do so love the decorating.......
Thanks, Dimples! Merry Christmas!
From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/06/07 - "from my house to yours":
Thanks so much, Eva! And the same to you, too!
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/06/07 - "Re: 12/06/07 - Happy St. Nicholas Day!":
I love it when we hear true and real experiences! Thanks so much, Domi!
From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 12/07/07 - "December Dilemma":
Thanks to Domi (O'Brien - '64 - of NH) for the fascinating history of "The Tree." By nature, I am inclusive rather than exclusive, so I am all for celebrating life, nature, and diversity. The greatest gifts we can give each other this season--and all seasons--are generosity of spirit and the gift of understanding. These are rare and precious gifts that, perhaps, should be much less rare. If we "stand up" for anything, let's stand up for these!
I echo Glenn Dye's ('60 - of TX) wishes for us all for kindness, generosity, and love.
Thanks so much, Chris! I agree with you wholeheartedly! That's why I so appreciated the "Letter from Jesus" selection from my niece, Shari, of VA which appeared in the Sleigh Ride edition on 12/03/07!
Happy Hanukkah, Lady!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/07/07:
Thanks, Adonis - it was great fun!
From Colin Faison ('58) of VA - 12/07/07 - "To Glenn Dye ('60 - of TX)":
Good day to you, Glenn; sorry to hear
about your need for a pacemaker. But just a short note to let you know you
are not alone; I have had a pacemaker since 1995. My pacemaker was installed
for the same reason, a slow heart.
Before I got my pacemaker, when I went to work, I could only work for about 1/2 hour before I felt like I had been at work for many hours. I was so tired that it was all that I could do to keep working. Since my pacemaker was installed, it was a whole new life to me. I still get tired, ( getting older has its problems), but have been working regular ever since (and still am working 40-48 hour weeks). It is not a fountain of youth, but it does restore a normal life back to you. Have had the same pacemaker and it, and I , am still going strong.
This time of year I am so glad for the
level of life that the pacemaker gave me back. I wish you the best and
wanted you to know that getting a pacemaker will help you enjoy life that
much more. The small amount of convenience and pain you might have will be
greatly outdone by your new lease on life. Just think of yourself as a
"bionic man". Thats how I think of mine; my bionics.
Your fellow Typhooner,
Class of 58
Thank you, Colin! I passed your note on to Glenn.
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/07/07 - "Wonderful newsletter...":
Going to the ballet tonight to see Copellia!
Well, Jean, in your position as a Naval officer's mother, I shouldn't wonder! I'm so glad you were able to attend the ballet! How exciting! Thanks for letting us know!
From Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA - 12/07/07 - "RE: 12/07/07 - Pearl Harbor Day Plus 66 Years":
Wow, what pictures! Thanks for sharing!
Aren't they breathtaking on twelve different levels?!? I'm glad you appreciated them, Kathy! As devastatingly tragic as that day was, it's one we must never forget.
From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/08/07 - " Glenn Dye's 12/7/07 Post of Statler Brothers":
Well, CRUM! Neither one of our computers will pick up that sound! ARGHHH!!!!
"That don't make no sense, Everett!"
I may have to come to Williamsburg yet! Thanks, Sweetie!
HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:
The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gatheringwill be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday
will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
at Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.
1. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
2. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957
3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/28/07 - "Feel good - AAAHHH!" (#5 in a series of 10):
Have a great week!
Leave the rest to God!
|Get serious once in a while...|
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Thanks so much, Glenn! I love these images - and the advice is great!
If all goes well, I will be leaving tomorrow afternoon to go to Lexington, VA to celebrate an early Christmas with Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of VA) and Diana (Lyons Harty - Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05 - of VA), and to bring Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) back home to be with us.
Please - hold any images you had thought to share with me until after I return on Tuesday, lest I faint from the prospect of the workload backlog upon my return. Thanks so much!
There's much more to come - next time! Meanwhile, Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule - and Merry Christmas!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)
Words and music by Mel Torme and R. Wells
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa's on his way He's bringing lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother's child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you
"The Christmas Song" midi courtesy of http://www.jump-gate.com/christmas/midi.html - 12/02/06
"The Christmas Song" lyrics courtesy of http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/%7Eai251/xcarol.html - 12/02/06
Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Judy Bowermaster of IL - 12/25/05
Pine Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.holidaygraphics.com/christmas/graphics/page9.html - 12/18/04
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Siuslaw High School Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.siuslaw.k12.or.us/shs/index.php - 05/27/07
Animated Clunking Smiley clip art courtesy of John Murden ('60) of VA -
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/ehslearningcenter/ - 10/17/07
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