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12/15/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Angels We Have Heard on High

"The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung."

- Phillips Brooks

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I hope your spirits are lifting as all the holidays are drawing nearer and nearer!  


   A Big Happy Birthday today to my old friend,    Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

  Many Happy Returns, Buster!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/12/06 - "My second favorite Christmas Hymn...":

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming.  Now I want you to guess what my third is...If you guess it get a vacation in RI...well you have to get here but then I can guarantee you a wonderful time..

   OH, GOODY!!!  I ain't NEBAH been up Nawth!  

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/13/06 - "Christmas in Killarney...": one of the songs we are singing at Blythewold on Sunday.  Blythewold is a mansion in Bristol, ¬ RI, not far from here.  We are singing our cantata in church and then having a party at our choir director's house in the afternoon. 

By the way, have you guessed my third favorite Christmas hymn???  I will tell you tomorrow! 

Love, Jeanb

   Okay, Lady, lemme see. I get three guesses, right?? And I'm thinking that if Once in Royal David's City is your favorite Christmas carol, and Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming is your second favorite, then your third favorite is going to be equally as unusual.

   Okay, I'm gonna start with O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

   Thanks, Jean!

You guessed wrong...but that is my favorite ADVENT Hymn!!!  You get two more guesses.

   Ahhh - okay, how about All My Heart This Night Rejoices?

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/14/06:

No, not that either.  But it's not terribly obscure; it's in the Methodist Hymnal.

   AHA!!!  I still have my copy!  I'll check it; it's on the tip of my tongue.

I will give you a is a poem.  Isn't this fun?


   Well, wouldn't you know?!?  I moved my Hymnal, so I've gone to the Methodist Hymnal online.  I'd forgotten how many great carols it contained.

   Here's one I always loved:

229. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Here's another:

221. In the Bleak Midwinter

   Oh, yeah, I'll bet that's it!  Okay, that's my third guess.

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/14/06 - "Re: Third Guess":

HEY...YOU WON THE PRIZE...IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER!!!  You and your husband are hereby invited to RI anytime this summer to have a great time with us...

   YAY!!!  I WIN!  Super-de-DUPER!!!

   Thanks, Lady!  That was great fun!  We do tend to think alike, don't we?!?

  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 12/14/06 - "Something for the Heart":

Well, I must say, this one took me completely by surprise!  Whatever I was expecting, this wasn't it - but it was quite delightful!  Thanks, Dicky!

    From Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/14/06 - "from long-lost cousin - Cheryl":

The Price of Children

I have seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way.
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk
about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month, or
* $171.08 a week.
* That's a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be "rich."  Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your $160,140?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to:
* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs, and
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to keep:
* reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watching Saturday morning cartoons,
* going to Disney movies, and
* wishing on stars.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand
prints set in clay or Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,

* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to history to witness the:
* first step,
* first word,
* first bra,
* first date, and
* first time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits.  So, one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!

   Well, "Hello, dere, Lady!"   Long time, no talkie!

   Thanks for this selection - "I just loved it"!  Oh no, that's, "You'll just love it!", isn't it?!?  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Kiss your mama and daddy for me - and give them extra birthday kisses, too! 


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/14/06:


They see what most don't.


 Thanks, Shari!  I do appreciate how you share all these great sites and videos with us all!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/14/06 - "Wet Pants - (GOOD ONE)":

... this is too nice not to pass on.


Come with me to a third grade classroom.....

There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, "Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat."

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, "Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!"

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else - Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You've done enough, you klutz!"

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, "You did that on purpose, didn't you?"

Susie whispers back, "I wet my pants once too."

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.

Remember.....Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

I only hope that in the coming years there will be many people with fish bowls around me!!!

   Oh, I really liked this one, Shari!  Thanks so much!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/07/06 - "Dear Carol, Some Cute Animal Pix" (#8 in a series of 20):


Dear Carol,

Everyone knows how much I love animals SO, I receive loads of these pictures.

Your Friend, Herbie  

  AWW!  What a sweet little baby piggie!

  Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   Just a reminder - Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown.  If you're celebrating that, have a great and blessed one!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Angels We Have Heard on High

Traditional French carol (Les Anges dans Nos Campagnes);
translated from French to English by James Chadwick in Crown of Jesus, 1862.

In Great Britain, often set to the tune of the French noŽl
Les Anges dans nos Campanges
Music: "Gloria" (or "Iris"), arr. Edward Shippen Barnes

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear? Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King. Refrain

See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love. Refrain


"Angels We Have Heard on High" midi courtesy of - 12/15/06

"Angels We Have Heard on High" lyrics courtesy of - 12/15/06

Image of "The Holy Night" (1522) by Antonio Allegri Correggio (c.1489 - 1534) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Image of "The Nativity" (1523) by Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480 - 1556/1557) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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