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12/09/18 - NNHS Newsletter - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

(Second Sunday in Advent)

Peace is the first thing the angels sang. Peace is the mark of the sons of God. Peace is the nurse of love.
Peace is the mother of unity. Peace is the rest of blessed souls. Peace is the dwelling place of eternity.”

- Pope Leo I (Leo the Great) (c. 390/400 - 10 Nov 461)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the Second Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Peace.

BONUS #1 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra - What more could you really want?!?

BONUS #2 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis, 1958

BONUS #3 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Julie Andrews, 1969

BONUS #4 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Ray Conniff Singers, 1972

BONUS #5 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Sixpence None the Richer, 2003

BONUS #6 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Josh Groban, 2007

BONUS #7 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2010


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

"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (sometimes rendered as "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear") is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one of two melodies: "Carol," composed by Richard Storrs Willis, or "Noel," adapted from an English melody.

Edmund Sears composed the five-stanza poem in 1849. It first appeared on December 29, 1849 in the Christian Register in Boston.[1][2] Sears is said to have written these words at the request of his friend, William Parsons Lunt, pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts.

In 1850, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer who trained under Felix Mendelssohn, wrote the melody called "Carol." This melody is most often set in the key of B-flat major in a six-eight time signature. "Carol" is the most widely known tune to the song in the United States.[1][3][4][5]

In the United Kingdom the tune called "Noel", which was adapted from an English melody in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan, is the usual accompaniment. This tune also appears as an alternate in The Hymnal 1982, the hymnal of the United States Episcopal Church.[6]


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  John Murden ('60) of VA AND  Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

 

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

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

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA AND     Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73);

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND  Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND     Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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


THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 09, 1940 - Operation Compass British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor attacked Italian forces near Sidi Barrani in Egypt, opening their first major offensive in North Africa.

December 09, 1941 - The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declared war on Germany and Japan.

December 09, 1941 - The 19th Bombardment Group attacked Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.

December 09, 1946 - The "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" began with the "Doctors' Trial", prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.

December 09, 1961 - The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ended with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.


THIS DAY IN 1968:
Sunday, December 09, 1968 - Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as "The Mother of All Demos", publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).

Sunday, December 09, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Brian Bell was born Brian Lane Bell in Iowa City, Iowa.

Sunday, December 09, 1968 - Basketball player Brent Price was born Hartley Brent Price in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Sunday, December 09, 1968 - Mob boss Enoch L. Johnson (b. Enoch Lewis Johnson on 20 Jan 1883 in Galloway Township, New Jersey), died at the age of 85 in Northfield, New Jersey.


“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”

- Stephen Sondheim
(b. 22 Mar 1930)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/09/18:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/09/18, 5:43 AM and a bit later:
 

  On the "Road Christmas" on this rainy Sunday morning, I couldn't be remiss and forget one of my great Christmas memories as a child. It was the annual trek to this store, the main Miller and Rhoads location in Richmond with the best Santa anywhere. It was a great annual event with lunch with Santa, shopping and, of course, that sit in his lap while your parents cringed to find out all the "stuff" you wanted. I doubt many kids grew up in the Tidewater or Central Virginia in the 40s, 50s and 60s without a trip to see the Jolly Old Elf in his premier location...

Here's a picture of their Santa before the big store closed. Perfection at its best... 2 weeks and 2 days to go, you better get ready.

Miller and Rhoads
 

   Thank you, Jimmy!


 


   From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/06/18:

 

Oh, Hi, Santa Jim! Thank you!

 
 


 


 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/06/18:

 

 Thanks, Domi!

 
 


From My Friend, Tina, then of NC - 12/08/13 - "Candy Cane Wreath":

  Candy Cane Wreath

This is a wonderful conversation starter as well as a gift


20 candy canes arranged as shown.
Tie them two by two facing each other.
You can hot glue a decoration to the center to keep the ends together.
Glue small round ornaments to each set you tied.
Hang with ribbon.

   Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Tina!

 
 


“My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.”

- Caroline Rhea
(b. 13 Apr 1964)


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early (decorating ideas) - (#10 in a Series of 14)":

  Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season!

   WOW! Thank you, Shari!

 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
 10 Free Last Minute Christmas Crochet Patterns!

20 Quick Crochet Gift Ideas: Less Than 100 Yards Each!
16 Free Crochet Angel Patterns - "Angels are some of the most beautiful symbols known to man. People rely on angels to take care of their family members and they speak to angels on good thoughts, they are messengers from God, spiritual beings. Angels can be all around us whether you can see them or not. With that said, you can see them anytime you want if you crochet some lovely patterns. You can use free crochet angel patterns like these to keep them with you at all times. Keep them out to decorate your home year-round or make them to give as gifts. Angels make lovely decorations around the holidays, too."


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/11 - "Southern Spicy Ginger Bread and Warm Lemon Sauce"

   This is one of my favorite recipe combinations which I've been making for over forty years!

Southern Spicy Ginger Bread

  2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup melted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  2 teaspoons soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons ginger
1 cup boiling water
 
 
   Add beaten eggs to sugar, molasses, and melted butter. Then add dry ingredients which have been mixed and sifted. Add gradually, the boiling water to the mixture and bake at 350 degrees in individual or shallow pans. Serve with warm lemon sauce. May top with whipped cream.

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


Lemon Sauce (DeLuxe)

  Butter size of large egg
1 cup sugar
1 egg
  1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 lemon (juice and most of rind, grated)
1/3 cup boiling water
 
 
  
Cream butter and sugar well. Add well beaten egg, nutmeg, juice and rind of lemon. Beat several minutes, then add slowly the boiling water. Bring just to boil (do not boil).

- Mrs. Ruth Robertson, Lancaster County, Virginia

 

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/08/12 - "Peanut Butter Fudge":

 

 

 
 


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/08/18:

Everyone knows I’m a stickler for good spelling. So when an associate e-mailed technical documents asking me to “decifer” them, I had to set him straight.

“Decipher is spelled with a ph, not an f,” I wrote. “In case you’ve forgotten, spell-checker comes free with your Microsoft program.”

A minute later came his reply, “Must be dephective.”


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 09, 2019 -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 11/16/18

BLOG:

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



   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."

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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Words by
Edmund Hamilton Sears (06 Apr 1810 – 14 Jan 1876), 1849

Music by Richard Storrs Willis (10 Feb 1819 – 10 May 1900), 1859
 

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

O ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.



"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" midi courtesy of http://www.lockergnome.com/midi/ - 11/23/05

"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/hark_the_herald_angels_sing.htm - 12/04/05

Image of "The Holy Night" (1522) by Antonio Allegri Correggio (c.1489 - 1534) courtesy of http://rbraley.tripod.com/xmasart.html - 12/08/05

Image of "The Nativity" (1523) by Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480 - 1556/1557) courtesy of http://rbraley.tripod.com/xmasart.html - 12/08/05

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ1.htm - 12/05/05

Animated Tiny 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

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07

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!

Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Thanks, Ruthie!

Big Grin Smiley courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16

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