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12/11/17 - NNHS Newsletter
We Are the Reason

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

-  John 3: 16 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Christmas song from 1980 is not overly familiar to me, how about you?

BONUS - We Are the Reason - Sung by the composer, David Meece


From http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=13339:

  • Meece explained to CCM Magazine presents 100 Greatest Songs In Christian Music that this song talks about why Jesus came to earth in the first place. Said Meece: "The most important thing in the song 'We Are the Reason' is how important it is to realize that He died for each and every one of us. The individual nature of Christ's sacrifice is something we need to really focus on."
     
  • Meece admitted in the same interview that in writing the song, he really didn't know what he was doing. He explained: "It's not my intellect that did it; it wasn't my profound theological thought. I was a piano teacher, I never went to Bible college or seminary or anything. I was probably the last person in the world anybody would expect to write a song as profound as that one-not to sound pompous at all. I mean, it just kind of wrote itself. When I took it in and played it for Brown Bannister, my producer, he was the one who recognized it for what it was. I really didn't know; it was just one of those things that God plopped in my lap."


 
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)!

   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 MA;

17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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


100 YEARS AGO TODAY:

December 11, 1917 - World War I: British General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem on foot and declared martial law.


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, 1941 - Poland declared war on Empire of Japan.

December 11, 1941 - The Imperial Japanese Navy suffered its first loss of surface vessels during the Battle of Wake Island.

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:

   It was 63 years ago today that USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was christened, right there in Newport News. Remember? Even I remember that; I was right there with my family. I was wearing my white organdy dress.....

        My sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, remembers what she was wearing, too. Yes, she says she distinctly remembers that she was wearing clothes.

http://www.nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://www.nnhs65.com/12-11-54-Forrestal.html


THIS DAY IN 1967:
Monday, December 11, 1967 - Voice actor Peter Kelamis was born in Sydney, Australia.

Monday, December 11, 1967 - Comedian, actress, and producer Mo'Nique was born Monique Angela Imes in Baltimore, Maryland.        

Monday, December 11, 1967 - Animator, director, producer, and screenwriter Chris Shepherd was born in Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England.


“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

- Samuel Johnson
(19 Sept 1709 - 13 Dec 1784)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/11/17:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


 From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ, Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 12/09/17: 

  Yeah, that's me, a bit camera shy and perhaps a bit overwhelmed visiting the Miller & Rhoads Santa, downtown Richmond, Virginia in 1965, about the age that I began developing an interest in reptiles...

A few years back when collar buttons were buttoned, hair was frantically combed, and your pants were pulled up to your armpits for photos. There wasn't any time for smiles after all that.  

     AWW! Thank you, Cousin Jim!

I've added this treasure to one of the most truly delightful pages in our Archive, Our Childhood Visits to Santa!

 
 


  From Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 / '68) of VA - 12/09/17 - "Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana":

  https://homemadehooplah.com/crock-pot-zuppa-toscana/  

Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana!

This crock pot zuppa toscana soup is an Olive Garden copycat recipe that makes it easy to bring the taste of Italy home.

A simple dinner for busy weekdays!

      OOH!  Thank you, Elizabeth!

 
 


 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/09/17:

    Thanks, Domi!
 
 


“I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.”

- Rodney Dangerfield
(22 Nov 1921 - 05 Oct 2004)


From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/10/12 - "Holiday Stress":

5 Effective Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress During the Recession

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!

Here are 5 tips that will help reduce your holiday stress:

1. Be Prepared.
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:

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BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/09/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#9 in a Series of 24)":
 
This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 9, Trouble at the Inn by Dina Donohue
 

For years now, whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace Purling.

Wally's performance in one annual production of the Nativity play has slipped into the realm of legend. But the old-timers who were in the audience that night never tire of recalling exactly what happened.

Wally was nine that year and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth. Most people in town knew that he had difficulty keeping up. He was big and awkward, slow in movement and mind.

Still, Wally was well liked by the other children in his class, all of whom were smaller than he, though the boys had trouble hiding their irritation when Wally would ask to play ball with them or any game, for that matter, in which winning was important.

They'd find a way to keep him out, but Wally would hang around anyway—not sulking, just hoping. He was a helpful boy, always willing and smiling, and the protector, paradoxically, of the underdog. If the older boys chased the younger ones away, it would be Wally who'd say, "Can't they stay? They're no bother."

Wally fancied the idea of being a shepherd in the Christmas pageant, but the play's director, Miss Lumbard, assigned him a more important role. After all, she reasoned, the innkeeper did not have too many lines, and Wally's size would make his refusal of lodging to Joseph more forceful.

And so it happened that the usual large, partisan audience gathered for the town's yearly extravaganza of crooks and crèches, of beards, crowns, halos and a whole stageful of squeaky voices.

No one on stage or off was more caught up in the magic of the night than Wallace Purling. They said later that he stood in the wings and watched the performance with such fascination that Miss Lumbard had to make sure he didn't wander onstage before his cue.

Then the time came when Joseph appeared, slowly, tenderly guiding Mary to the door of the inn. Joseph knocked hard on the wooden door set into the painted backdrop. Wally the innkeeper was there, waiting.

"What do you want?" Wally said, swinging the door open with a brusque gesture.

"We seek lodging."

"Seek it elsewhere." Wally spoke vigorously. "The inn is filled."

"Sir, we have asked everywhere in vain. We have traveled far and are very weary."

"There is no room in this inn for you." Wally looked properly stern.

"Please, good innkeeper, this is my wife, Mary. She is heavy with child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired."

Now, for the first time, the innkeeper relaxed his stiff stance and looked down at Mary. With that, there was a long pause, long enough to make the audience a bit tense with embarrassment.

"No! Begone!" the prompter whispered.

"No!" Wally repeated automatically. "Begone!"

Joseph sadly placed his arm around Mary and Mary laid her head upon her husband's shoulder and the two of them started to move away. The innkeeper did not return inside his inn, however. Wally stood there in the doorway, watching the forlorn couple. His mouth was open, his brow creased with concern, his eyes filling unmistakably with tears.

And suddenly this Christmas pageant became different from all others.

"Don't go, Joseph," Wally called out. "Bring Mary back." And Wallace Purling's face grew into a bright smile. "You can have my room."

Some people in town thought that the pageant had been ruined. Yet there were others—many, many others—who considered it the most Christmas of all Christmas pageants they had ever seen.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS CANDY CANE CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/december9.html  - Crochet Candy Cane Cover

http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/cancancov.html - Crochet Candy Cane Covers

http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/december14.html - Crochet Mini Candy Cane Covers

http://www.angelfire.com/oh/crochethook/patts/cancanes.html - Crochet Candy Cane Covers

http://www.bhg.com/holidays/christmas/crafts/crochet-candy-cane-gift-topper/ - Crochet Candy Cane

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/candy-cane/ - Crochet Candy Cane

http://www.allfreecrafts.net/2009/02/candy-cane-crafts/ - Candy Cane Crafts

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."


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://www.craftown.com/Bell-Angel-Ornament.html - 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!"


BONUS CHRISTMAS CAKE RECIPE:

 
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/17 - "Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake":

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.

Frosting
 

1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
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


FINALLY:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/10/17:

A heart surgeon came to a mechanic to repair his car. The mechanic had a look at the car's engine, opened a valve and fixed it.

The mechanic said, "I repaired the engine which is the heart of the car. You also operate on the hearts of humans, so our jobs are quite similar. So why it you earn more than me?"

The doctor replied, "Can you repair the car when the ignition is on? We can!"


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 10, 2018 -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 06/10/17

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   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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We Are the Reason

Music and Lyrics by David Meece, 1980
(b. 26 May 1952)
 

As little children, we would dream of Christmas morn
And all the gifts and toys we knew we'd find
But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We were the reason that He gave his life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by, we learnt more about gifts
The giving of ourselves and what that means
On a dark and cloudy day a man hung crying in the rain
Because of love, because of love

We were the reason that He gave his life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

I've finally found the reason for living
It's in giving every part of my heart to Him
In all that I do, every word that I say
I'll be giving my all just for Him, for Him

And we are the reason that He gave his life
We are the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

He is my reason to live...


 


"We Are the Reason" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://yule_rejoice.tripod.com/c-lyrics/we_are_the_reason.html# - 12/11/08

Image of Candy Canes courtesy of http://blog.newsok.com/religionandvalues/2008/08/14/all-this-fuss-over-candy-canes/ - 12/11/08

Candy Cane Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that right now -
probably http://www.bravenet.com - but it's been in my files since 12/06/05


Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of http://www.henrico.k12.va.us/hs/tucker/resources/about.htm - 11/12/07

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

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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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