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12/12/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing
of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.”

- Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego (1474 - May 30, 1548)
when she appeared to him in 1531

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is another Catholic holiday we're all celebrating together like the big Typhoon family we've become.

BONUS #1 - - Alma Redemptóris Máter

BONUS #2 - - Alma Redemptóris Máter



     From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA - 12/11/12, 8:21 AM:


   Patsy Blackard Hallett's mother died early this morning. She was 98.5 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's for a number of years. The obituary will be in one of the Richmond papers, I think. Patsy is making arrangements today.

Too much of this stuff.
Love - Pam 

   OH, NO! You are certainly right there, Cousin Pam! I'm so sorry to learn this news, but thank you so much for telling me. I remember Mrs. Blackard as a warm, gracious, and helpful lady. In fact, she found me my first job. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Patsy and her family.


   Y'all know what today is, doncha??
  "Here's the time cycle period(s) breakdown to the end of the Mayan Calendar's 13th Baktun cycle and the beginning of it's 14th. Whenever people say that the Mayan Calendar is ending, that is completely wrong. It is only the end of one Long Count period cycle. The superior Mayan Calendar system will always continue to live on - the Gregorian Calendar system that we commonly use today won't end on 12/31/12 either; this is just an example of how the public needs to think regarding these matters."
- The truth about the Mayan Calendar

"Wednesday's date is 12-12-12, a once-in-a-century event. The Mayan calendar's end is Dec. 21, 2012, or 12-21-12, said to portend the end of the world, but some have interpreted that as 12-12-12. Also, Catholics celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12."



   Happy Birthday today to the late Frank Sinatra (12 Dec 1915 - 14 May 1998) AND    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 tomorrow to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 12, 1939 - Winter War: Battle of TolvajärviFinnish forces defeated those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.

December 12, 1939 - HMS Duchess (H64) sank after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men.

December 12, 1940 - Approximately 70 people were killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield as a result of a German air raid.

December 12, 1941 - Fifty four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raided Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesus Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fended them off; Cesar Basa was killed.

December 12, 1941 - USMC F4F "Wildcats" sank the first four major Japanese ships off Wake Island.

December 12, 1941 - UK declared war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declared war on the United States. India declared war on Japan.

December 12, 1941 - Adolf Hitler announced his plans for the extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.


Wednesday, December 12, 1962 - Tennis player Tracy Austin was born Tracy Ann Austin in Palos Verdes, California.

Wednesday, December 12, 1962 - Journalist and national security analyst Peter Bergen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (but grew up in London, England).

Wednesday, December 12, 1962 - Football player Mike Golic was born Michael Louis Golic in Willowick, Ohio.

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 12/11/12 - "Have a Fun Night Out While Supporting a Great Charity - THIS SATURDAY NIGHT":

Have a Fun Night Out While Supporting a Great Charity

This coming Saturday, December 15th my friends,    Terry & Wanda Seay are hosting a Musical Benefit.

Terry & Wanda have demonstrated their love for songwriters for the past 3-4 years with monthly songwriter concerts in their home in Franklin. Each December the musicians donate their time/talents, and in lieu of a cover charge for the musicians, a donation is suggested for a named charity. This year, the charity is W.O. Smith Music School, and the location of the event is not the Seay's home, but the school here in Nashville.

If you are not familiar with W.O. Smith Music School located on the corner of 8th Avenue South and Edgehill, they are a non-profit organization offering affordable, quality one-on-one music lessons (50 cents per lesson) to children from low-income families who qualify for free lunches in the Nashville area schools. The music instruction is provided by community volunteers who donate their time and skills. In addition to the lessons, the school provides musical instruments for the students to practice at home.

I believe music and sports are two avenues that offer low-income children a better chance of winning at this game of life !

A quote from the school's website:

“We transform lives through music.” 

This Saturday’s program is “open house” style so you can come and go as you like, covered dish, and bring your own beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), with a suggested donation of $25. The schedule below is filled with talented, creative songwriters whose songs have been recorded by many well-known artists. These songwriters are all performing free of charge at this event, so ALL of the money goes to the school! And I'm told there will also be students from the school performing.

Ending the evening is my dear friend, Kent Blazy (co-wrote IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES with Garth Brooks), Cory Batten (wrote Blake Shelton’s #1 hit, SHE WOULDN’T BE GONE and Chris Young’s #1 hit, GETTING YOU HOME/LITTLE BLACK DRESS SONG), along with a band. The band has amazing guitar players who always delight the audience with a little guitar dual or two.

Below is the lineup. Please consider combining a little fun with a great cause this Saturday to support this worthy cause! Your donation may be tax deductible (talk with your tax advisor), and some companies like UBS have charitable matching available.

I hope to see you there!

Many Thanks,
Twila Graham


W.O. Smith Music School
1125 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

  WOWZERS! Thanks so much for the reminder, Twila - and Terry and Wanda!

For those of y'all who are or will be in the Nashville area, here's the contact information:


Terry Seay                     703.628.4657

Wanda Seay            757.513.4040

106 Clyde Circle Nashville, Tennessee 37064

FACEBOOK       Twitter   @TerrySeayZmusic


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/11/12, 11:16 PM - "A few smiles":

Here are a few smiles and a giggle or two --

TO MY DEAR FRIENDS, WHO ARE GETTING OLDER, (ONE DAY AT A TIME!), And to those who will be getting there.

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop.

The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?"

The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, fix 'em, put 'em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic...

"Try doing it with the engine running."


A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.

"Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"

"'Yes, I'm afraid so,"' the doctor told her.

There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'."


An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son.

"Yes, Dad, what is it?"

"Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well,if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."


The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.


When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

First you forget names,
then you forget faces.
Then you forget to pull up your zipper....
it's worse when
you forget to pull it down.

Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.

The old guy says to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going."

The young guy says, "That's OK, it's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too... I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."

The old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her... what does she look like?"

The young guy says, "Well, she is 27 yrs. old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom...wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?'

To which the old guy says, "Doesn't matter, --- let's look for yours."


(And this final one especially for me)

"Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth!"

Now, if you feel this doesn't apply to you . . . stick around awhile . . . it will!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/11/12, 7:54 PM AND        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/12/12, 8:35 AM  - "Getting Old - Life Is A Gift!":


You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all... and I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams...
But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...

How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well...
Seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away
from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...
But, here it is...
My friends are retired and getting grey...
They move slower and I see an older person now.
Some are in better and some worse shape than me...
But, I see the great change...
Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...
But, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!
'Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains
and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!

Yes, I have regrets.
There are things I wish I hadn't done...
Things I should have done, but indeed,
There are many things I'm happy to have done.
It's all in a lifetime...
So, if you're not in your winter yet... let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.
Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!
Don't put things off too long!!
Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...
So, live for today and say all the things you want your loved ones to remember...
and hope they appreciate and love you for all the things you have done for them in all the years past!!

Life is a gift to you.

The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

~ And, Remember ~
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver." So go for the things you want to do now......., before it is too late.
God Bless us all....enjoy your Christmas Holidays with your families and friends.

   AMEN! Thank you so very much, Eva - and George!



Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

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      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/11/12:  

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake

2 cans chicken breasts
1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
21-1/4 cups milk
1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1/2 pound processed cheese, cubed
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour into a 12" x 8" baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Serves 6.

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#25 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 (#8 in a Series of 23)":


   MORE AWW! How sweet - thank you, Gentlemen!



From - 12/11/12:
A mother carefully explained to her young daughter how children were created. She used the expression “carrying a child” instead of “pregnant,” but the girl seemed satisfied.

Sometime later, a terrible fire broke out in the neighborhood, and the girl stood by watching. Here is how she described the scene to her parents: “There was a big fire, and a fireman ran into the house, and when he came out, he was pregnant.”


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


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Alma Redemptoris Mater

Loving Mother of our Savior
Ascribed to Hermannus Contractus, d.1054
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
Porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
Surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,
Natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem
Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore
Sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

Loving Mother of our Savior, hear thou thy people's cry
Star of the deep and Portal of the sky!

Mother of Him who thee made from nothing made.
Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid:
Oh, by what joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.

"Alma Redemptoris Mater" midi courtesy of - 12/11/09

"Alma Redemptoris Mater" lyrics courtesy of - 12/12/09

Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe courtesy of - 12/11/09

Red Beauty Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 04/05/05

12/12/12 Calendar Image courtesy of 12-12-12-b courtesy
of - 12/14/12 (sic)

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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