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12/10/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Gesù Bambino

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds
said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing
which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

-  Luke 2: 15

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter has a lovely old Italian carol for you.

BONUS #1 - - Gesù Bambino - Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Osborne with the East London Gospel Choir, Modena, Italy, 1996

BONUS #2 - - Gesù Bambino - Amy Bourdon (age 14),  November 19, 2011

BONUS #3 -  - Gesù Bambino - Ciara Wallace (age 12), 2010

BONUS #4 - - Gesù Bambino - The Vienna Boys Choir with Luciano Pavarotti

BONUS #5 - - Gesù Bambino - Heidi Joy, Omaha, Nebraska, December, 2006 - What an angelic voice!

BONUS #6 - - Gesù Bambino - Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade with André Previn 

BONUS #7 - - Gesù Bambino - Elder David Archuleta  (currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile) and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2011


Gesù bambino is an Italian Christmas carol composed by Pietro Yon in 1917. It was translated to English by Frederick H. Martens. The melody and lyrics of the chorus are derived from that of "O Come All Ye Faithful".

The music historian Salvatore Basile notes: "The song would achieve the near-impossible feat of surviving in the standard holiday repertoire, with important performances, innumerable recordings, and every kind of vocal and instrumental arrangement."[1]


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

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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!

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 VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 10, 1941 - Battle of the Philippines Imperial Japanese forces under the command of General Masaharu Homma invaded the Philippine mainland.

December 10, 1941 - In the Battle of Malaya, the Royal Navy capital ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo bombers near Malaya.


Monday, December 10, 1962 - Footballer John de Wolf was born Johannes Hildebrand de Wolf in Schiedam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia - 12/09/12 - "Grapefruit, Medicine Interaction Warning Expanded - ABC News":

Hi, folks. Y'all might've already seen this in the States, but it's getting big play here now, and a lot of us are in the cohort where we or family members take at least some meds. This version lists most of the relevant meds at the end...and also applies to anything with citrus related to grapefruit, like Seville oranges (often in marmalade, esp. English) and some OJ that has gf juice blended in but doesn't make a big mention of it (i.e., read the ingredients!).

Grapefruit, Medicine Interaction Warning Expanded

ABC News’ Ben Maas reports:

It has long been known that grapefruit juice can pose dangerous — and even deadly — risks when taken along with certain medications. Now, experts warn the list of medications that can result in these interactions is longer than many may have believed.

Check below to see whether your medication appears on the list.

In a new report released Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers at the University of Western Ontario said that while 17 drugs were identified in 2008 as having the potential to cause serious problems when taken with grapefruit, this number has now grown to 43.

“The frequency of these reactions may be small, but the risks are not worth it, especially for drugs which could cause sudden death,” said lead study author David Bailey, a professor of pharmacology and one of the first to report the interactions between grapefruit juice and certain medications 20 years ago. “Physicians need to know that this affects a number of new drugs and apply this information to their practice and patients.”

So how does a common breakfast fruit cause these problems? Grapefruits contain chemicals called furanocoumarins that interfere with how your body breaks down drugs before they enter the bloodstream. By preventing this normal breakdown of a drug, these chemicals in grapefruit can effectively cause a drug overdose and more severe side-effects.

Among the side effects sometimes seen with grapefruit-induced overdoses are heart rhythm problems, kidney failure, muscle breakdown, difficulty with breathing and blood clots. Atorvastatin — commonly known by the brand name Lipitor and taken by millions of Americans — is one of the drugs that have been linked to serious cases of drug toxicity when combined with grapefruit products. Other common heart medications — including verapamil and amiodarone — have also led to serious interactions when consumed with grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

Drug toxicity is not the only problem. Leslie Hendeles, a professor of pharmacology and pediatrics at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said that with some medications grapefruit can have the opposite effect — in other words, decreasing their effectiveness.

“Grapefruit can have opposite unwanted effects depending on the drug,” Hendeles said. “Examples are atenolol — a beta blocker used to prevent heart attacks or treat high blood pressure — and fexofenadine, [which is] Allegra, an antihistamine used to treat allergies.”

While there have been many reported cases of serious side effects attributable to this problem, the total number of Americans who have been affected is not known.

As little as one grapefruit or one 8-ounce glass of grapefruit juice can cause an effect that may last more than 24 hours.  Other fruits including Seville oranges, limes, and pomelos can have the same effect, although sweet orange varieties do not produce this interaction.

“People know that drugs react with drugs, but fewer are aware of drug-food interactions,” said Professor Paul Doering of the University of Florida Pharmacy Department. “Health professionals need to learn as much as they can about this.  Undetected there are very serious adverse effects.”

For consumers, the best advice may be to ask a doctor or pharmacist when they are prescribed a new drug whether there are foods or other medicines that they should avoid.

Alfentanil (oral)

Fentanyl (oral)

Ketamine (oral)



A list of drugs whose effects are decreased by grapefruit can be found here.

   YOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Carla! Y'all be careful out there!

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Kimberly's Sideways Lace Scarf - "This Broom-stick lace pattern is a very versatile pattern and extremely easy to modify for your desired yarn, size, available knitting needle size etc." - Snowy Day Mobius Neckwarmer - "A Snowy Day Mobius Neckwarmer like this one is exactly perfect for that snowy day. Have a snow day and play outside. This neckwarmer is big enough to wear as a hood too. Single and double crochet is all you need to know." - Debi's Newborn Christmas Tree Hat - "Even your littlest one can get festive this holiday season with a Newborn Christmas Tree Crochet Hat. Crochet hats are great gifts for anyone of all ages; Christmas crochet hats are even better. This hat would make a cute picture for your greeting cards."


      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/12:  


“To believe that someone or something can make us feel offended, angry, hurt, or bitter diminishes our moral agency and transforms us into objects to be acted upon.”

David A. Bednar (b. 15 June 1952)

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#23 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 (#6 in a Series of 23)":


   MORE AWW! How sweet - thank you, Gentlemen!



From - 12/09/12:
Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat's milk was used. She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.

"These," she explained, "Are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce."

She then asked, "What do you do in America with your old goats?"

A spry old gentleman answered, "They send us on bus tours!"


1. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 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.

2. Thursday, January 3, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

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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Gesù Bambino

Words and Music by Pietro Yon, 1917
(08 Aug 1886 - 22 Nov 1943)

                                                   Italian Lyrics

Nell'umile capanna
nel freddo e povertà
è nato il Santo pargolo
che il mondo adorerè

Osanna, osanna cantano
con giubilante cor
i tuoi pastori ed angeli
o re di luce e amor

venite adoremus
venite adoremus
venite adoremus

O bel bambin non piangere
non piangere, Redentor!
la mamma tua cullandoti
ti bacia, O Salvator

Osanna, osanna cantano
con giubilante cor
i tuoi pastori ed angeli
o re di luce e amor

venite adoremus
venite adoremus
venite adoremus

Ah! venite adoremus
Ah! adoremus Dominum
venite, venite
venite adoremus
English Lyrics (not a literal translation)

When blossoms flower e'er 'mid the snow
Upon a winter night
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose
The King of Love and Light.

The angels sang, the shepherds sang
The grateful earth rejoiced
And at His blessed birth the stars
Their exultation voiced.

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows
To greet the holy night
That gave the world its Christmas Rose
Its King of Love and Light.

Let ev'ry voice acclaim His name
The grateful chorus swell
From paradise to earth He came
That we with Him might dwell.

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.


"Gesù Bambino" midi (sequenced by John Cowles) courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Gesù Bambino" Italian lyrics courtesy of - 12/10/12

"Gesù Bambino" English lyrics courtesy of - 12/09/08

Image of Roberto Ferruzzi's (1854-1934) 1897 Painting, "Madonna_of_the_Streets", courtesy of ?? - 12/09/08

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 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 - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
- 02/17/09

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

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