|12/13/18 - NNHS Newsletter - In the Bleak Midwinter|
Look round and round
upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Christmas carol has an almost spooky, ethereal quality; I like it.
BONUS - In the Bleak Midwinter - Gloucester Cathedral Choir - sing-along version
"In the Bleak Midwinter" is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti's Poetic Works in 1904 and became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Holst.
Harold Darke's anthem setting of 1909 is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world's leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008.
In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ's first and second coming. The third verse dwells on Christ's birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels attendant at Christ's birth with Mary's ability to render Jesus physical affection. This verse is omitted in the Harold Darke setting. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. Darke repeats the last line in his setting.
Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem's theology: "Is it right to say that heaven cannot hold God, nor the earth sustain, and what about heaven and earth fleeing away when he comes to reign?".....
1. David Weber (NNHS / Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/12/18, 1:17 PM - "Please Add to List":
You are doing an outstanding job and service to classmates and friends past and present. Many thanks. Please add me to your newsletter list.
John David Weber
b. 5 Jul 1939
East End kid
Magruder, Walter Reed, John Daniel, Almost NNHS 1957 (transferred to Warwick HS 1955)
Currently living in Midlothian, VA
US Marine Corps Retired, Newport News Public Schools teacher retired
Many fond memories of wonderful NNHS and childhood friends
Still a Typhoon at Heart,
WOWZERS! Thank you so much, David! Having lost so many active readers to the various NN Facebook pages, I'm always flabbergasted when someone new asks to be included here!
I've added you to the Birthday Page and the Alumni Page for the Class of 1957:
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) ANDBuster 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);
19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14);
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
200 YEARS AGO TODAY:
December 13, 1818 - Cyril VI of Constantinople resigned from his position as Ecumenical Patriarch.
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 13, 1937 - The Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, fell to the Japanese.
December 13, 1937 - The Nanjing Massacre: Japanese troops began carrying out several weeks worth of raping and murdering hundreds of thousands civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.
December 13, 1938 - The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.
December 13, 1939 -Battle of the River Plate Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.
December 13, 1941 - Hungary and Romania declared war on the United States.
December 13, 1943 - The
Massacre of Kalavryta: by German occupying forces in Greece.
December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a
Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.
December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.
THIS DAY IN1968:
|Thursday, December 13, 1968 - Brazilian President Artur da Costa e Silva issueed AI-5 (Institutional Act No. 5), enabling government by decree and suspending habeas corpus.|
|The best of all
gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all
wrapped up in each other.
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/13/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/12/18,
Even a cold, raw day at the beach is better than no day at the
beach. Sometimes you just have to be creative and you can forget
the cold. It's beautiful any time of year. Have a great day.
INDEED! Thank you, Jimmy!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/09/18 - "Ray Stevens - Mary and Joseph and the Baby and Me AND Grandpaw Jones - - - The Christmas Guest":
Ray Stevens - Mary and Joseph and the Baby and Me
Thank you, Joyce!
From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/10/18:
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems
like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early (decorating ideas) - (#14 in a Series of 14)":
WOW! Thank you, Shari - I've really enjoyed these creative ideas!
BONUS CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS:
|Making Festive Bows|
BONUS WINTER RECIPES:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/12/12:
Quick Chicken A La King
lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1/2 cup butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cups instant rice
soup cans water
garlic, salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
To Use Immediately: Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken breasts in 9 X 13 baking dish. Spread dry rice evenly over chicken. In separate bowl mix together soup, melted butter and water; pour over rice & chicken. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Bake (or Freeze) 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and done. Remove chicken and mix together rice and juices let stand for 5 minutes. Serve rice, with chicken on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
To Freeze: Prepare entire dish as directed above and freeze prior to baking. Place cheese in separate ziplock on top. When ready to use, thaw in fridge over-night and bake as directed (350° for 60 min) or bake straight from freezer for 2 ½ hours at 350°.
35 square saltine crackers
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (NOT margarine!)
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and place the saltines on top. Melt the brown sugar with the butter in a pan, stir, and boil hard for two minutes. Pour over the crackers and bake at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Immediately cover the crackers with the chocolate chips. As the chocolate melts, spread it over the crackers. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on the top and chill. Peel off the foil and break the candy into pieces. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/12/18:
Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's
Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and
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
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Words by Christina Rossetti (05 Dec 1830 29 Dec 1894), before 1872 Music by Gustav Holst (21 Sept 1874 25 May 1934), 1906
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day, Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay; Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before, The ox and ass and camel which adore. Angels and archangels may have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; But His mother only, in her maiden bliss, Worshipped the beloved with a kiss. What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
"In the Bleak Midwinter" midi (sequenced by David Cooke) courtesy of http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 01/02/06
"In the Bleak Midwinter" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/n/intbleak.htm - 01/02/06
"In the Bleak Midwinter" calligraphy courtesy of http://www.thecalligrapher.co.uk/gallery%20page%209.htm - 01/02/06
Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.graphics-by-celeste.com/holiday_graphics/winter.html - 12/01/04
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Tiny Snowmen clip art courtesy of http://www.always-safe.com/merrylittle.html - 12/08/04
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
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