12/11/12 - NNHS Newsletter
The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here
“Why hast thou then
broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Now it's time again for something a bit more obscure.....
|...This carol is contained in a manuscript, formerly in the possession of Ritson, the antiquary, but now preserved amongst the additional manuscripts in the British Museum, which was written in the reign of Henry VIII [1491-1547]. In addition to the words, the manuscript gives the music written for the carol, by a composer named Richard Smert, called elsewhere in the same manuscript, "Ricard Smert de Plymptre." This is in two parts (soprano and alto), with a chorus of three parts (soprano and two altos), and has been printed in John Stafford Smith's "Musica Antiqua," i. 22. The name of the author of the words is not recorded. Ritson, who printed the carol in his "Ancient Songs and Ballads," says, "Nowel, Nowel (the old French name for Christmas), and a great cry at that period, was the usual burden to these sort of things. It was likewise the name of this sort of composition, which is equally ancient and popular. Books of carols were cried about the streets of Paris in the thirteenth century. "Noel, Noel, à moult grant cris.'"|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
18 - James Strickland ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 11, 1937 -
Second Italo-Abyssinian War: The Fascist Council in Rome withdrew
Italy from the
League of Nations. .
December 11, 1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, following the Americans' declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declared war on Germany and Italy.
December 11, 1957 - It was forbidden to leave East Germany without permission. Violations were prosecuted with prison up to three years.
December 11, 1973 - West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally nullified the 1938 Munich pact when they signed a treaty sanctioning Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
THIS DAY IN 1954:
THIS DAY IN 1962:
|Tuesday, December 11, 1962 - Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, was the last person to be executed in Canada.|
From Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 12/10/12 - "RE: Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA":
|Can you give me an
update on Jamey?
Thanks for asking, Donna! The last time I spoke with Jamey (well, actually, we were texting), she told me of several acts of kindness that had been shown her by many members of our Typhoon family, including checks, gifts, visits, and even one couple who took her dog to the vet! I'm still not certain of her overall situation, but I know her heart is deeply touched by the outpouring of love which came her way.
Effective Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress During the Recession
By Sharon M. Rivkin
For most of us, we want the holidays to be fun and exciting. But
more often than not, the holiday season evokes tension and stress. By
spending more money than our budgets allow, or going overboard by eating
the wrong foods, or taking on too many activities...these external
stressors are only a piece of the bigger picture. These problems only
compound when we are faced with unresolved family issues and budget
limitations. And as the holidays approach, these issues may seem larger
and more complicated as we confront family members who we typically
don't see throughout the year, and often don't really want to see!
It is important to remember that a mixture of feelings and emotions will undoubtedly be experienced. Preparing for this mixture is a sure bet to avoiding the shock and surprise when a myriad of feelings erupt from sometimes the most seemingly innocent of situations. When we're prepared and use the patterns from past holiday seasons to help us do things differently, we can create a new feeling around the holidays. Even if the stress is only slightly reduced, we have changed something about our lives and our repetitive patterns. The worst feeling is to be stuck doing the same things over and over again that just don't work.
2. Be Realistic.
One way to prepare for holiday stress is to be realistic. If you have unresolved issues with your family, they won't magically disappear just because it's the holiday. Wishing for this only sets the stage for disappointment, failure and unhappiness. In fact, the issues are more likely to escalate during the holidays because there's so much pressure to get along, have fun, and be nice. Look at past holidays and learn what's realistic with your family. You don't have to repeat the same unworkable scenario year after year.
3. Nix the Shoulds.
The holiday season creates a lot of "shoulds." "I should see my parents or my siblings because, after all, it is the holiday season." If you feel obligated to see your family during the holiday season, lower your stress by thinking about it in a different way. First of all, remember that you have choices. There is no rule book that says we need to be with our families during the holidays or how long we need to visit with them. If things are simply too stressful with your family, either don't arrange a visit, or limit the time you spend with them.
4. Change Your Reaction.
Our internal feelings and memories of past holidays color how we see the season. Try to look within and see what your beliefs and expectations are about the holidays. Simply make a list of the things that don't work with your family and ask yourself how you usually deal with each one. Then, see if you can think of one way to deal with it a little bit differently. Change your reaction and you'll change the situation. Just by doing this, you have begun to alter an old pattern that doesn't work. This one small transformation can reduce your holiday stress, bringing more peace within yourself and to those around you.
5. Create New and Inexpensive Traditions.
Make a list of things you do every year, noting what each item costs. Get creative and transform your list into new traditions that don't break the bank. For example, as a family, pick out a tree together at Costco, take it home, heat up some apple cider, and play your favorite Christmas CD while decorating the tree together. Instead of purchasing new Christmas decorations, recycle and redecorate your old ornaments. Or make Christmas cookies together and give them away as gifts. There're a lot of ways to create new traditions when our wallets are anything but full.
Remember that it really IS possible to make the holidays about love and connection. Just by thinking about the season a little bit differently and taking some new actions and you will be able to make this a holiday season of fond memories!
About the Author:
"What's the big deal? All I said was ..." Sound familiar? Argument/Affairs Expert and Therapist Sharon M. Rivkin, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Conflict Resolution, helps couples fix their relationships by understanding why they fight. Sharon says, "If you don't get rid of the ghosts that haunt your arguments, you'll never stop fighting!" Read her new book, "Breaking the Argument Cycle: How to Stop Fighting Without Therapy," to learn the tools of therapy to break the cycle of destructive fighting. Sharon has been featured in "O: The Oprah Magazine," "Reader's Digest," and DrLaura.com, and appeared on Martha Stewart Whole Living Radio.
|BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:
BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS:
- Jenny Newman's Bell Angel Ornament -
"Lift your holiday spirit with this Bell Angel Ornament.
Crochet Christmas ornaments are great gifts to give to yourself and
to others. This is an easy crochet pattern that would look great
hanging on your tree or as a gift topper. If you're looking for a
crochet gift idea then look no further."
http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/crochet/cosy_crocheted_slippers.php - Violet Spotts' Cozy Slippers - "These cozy slippers are one of our new free slipper crochet patterns. They are so super soft and cozy that you'll never want to talk them off. Wear then around the house and just relax. You've earned it!"
http://www.favecrafts.com/Christmas-Crafts/Crochet-Candy-Cane-Steering-Wheel-Cover# - Connie Haney's Candy Cane Steering Wheel - "This Candy Cane Steering Wheel is the perfect way to show your holiday spirit even when you're driving. Free Christmas crochet patterns are fun to make in festive colors. If you don't wear gloves this steering wheel will keep your hands warm."
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/12:
Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake
|2 beaten eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
|1 (20-oz.) can
undrained crushed pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Combine ingredients, and mix until smooth. Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes. Frost while hot. Chill. Cake tastes much better when chilled.
|1 (8-oz.) pkg.
1/2 stick butter
|1 3/4 cup
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat softened cream cheese and butter with beater. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
- Frances Pratt Weatherford, Norfolk, VA
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA -
11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#24 in a Series of
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#7 in a Series of 23)":
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/10/12:
"Doctor, I see double!"
"Sit on the chair, please," the doctor says.
"Which one?" Peter replied.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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
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.
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schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here
Alternate Title: The Exeter Boar's Head Carol
Words: English Traditional, Temp. Henry VII or VIII
Music: Richard Smert, 15th Century
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Tidings good I think to tell.
1. A boar's
head, that we bring here,
Betokeneth a prince without peer
Is born this day1 to buy us dear,
2. A boar is
a sovereign beast,
And acceptable in every feast;
So might this Lord be to most2 and least,
boar's head we bring with song,
In worship of Him that thus sprung
Of3 a Virgin to redress all wrong;
1. Or to-day. Return
2. Greatest. Return
3. Or From. Return
Boar's Head, That We Bring Here"
midi and lyrics courtesy
of http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/boars_head_that_we_bring_her.htm - 12/10/12
Image of Boar's Head Festival courtesy of http://3riversepiscopal.blogspot.com/2011/01/boars-head-festival-marks-50th.html - 12/10/12
Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA
Poinsettia Divider Line 972 clip art courtesy of ?? - 09/18/11
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
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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