12/15/15 - NNHS Newsletter - The Holly and the Ivy
“False friendship, like the ivy, decays
and ruins the walls it embraces;
but true friendship gives new life and
animation to the object it supports.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The theme for today's Newsletter keeps running through my mind, so I might as well share it with y'all again.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57l6dSbVppM - The Holly and the Ivy - Mediaeval Baebes - sing-along version
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7eHtDtZ7hs - The Holly and the Ivy - King's College Cambridge, 2008
BONUS #3 - http://cantorion.org/music/17/The+Holly+and+the+Ivy - Free Sheet Music for Piano (click on "Listen")
|"The Holly and the Ivy" is an English traditional Christmas carol. "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts" (Roud 2004). Holly and ivy also figure in the lyrics of the "Sans Day Carol". The music and most of the text was first published by Cecil Sharp. Sir Henry Walford Davies wrote a popular choral arrangement that is often performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and by choirs around the world.|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND Buster Vest ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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) (deceased 11/03/14);
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;
21 - Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN
December 15, 1941 -
troops executed over 15,000
Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of
December 15, 1942 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse began during the Guadalcanal campaign.
December 15, 1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn
Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to
Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.
|THIS DAY IN 1965:|
|Wednesday, December 15, 1965 -
Gemini 6A, crewed by
Wally Schirra and
Thomas Stafford, was launched from
Four orbits later, it achieved the first
space rendezvous, with
Wednesday, December 15, 1965 - Journalist M. Balasundaram (b. Murugesu Balasundaram [முருகேசு பாலசுந்தரம] on 07 Apr 1903) died at the age of 62.
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/13/14:
|“Jesus . . .
descended below all things that he might rise above all things and
comprehend all things. No man descended lower than the Savior of the
world. Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, he travelled from there to
the cross through suffering mingled with blood to a throne of grace; and
in all his life there was nothing of an earthly nature that seemed to be
worth possessing. His whole life was passed in poverty, suffering, pain,
affliction, labor, prayer, mourning and sorrow until he gave up the
ghost on the cross. Still he was God's firstborn son and the Redeemer of
Thanks so much, Daniel!
BAH HUMBUG POLL:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/14/15 - "Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":
I love Christmas
carols and songs, probably much more so than most people. In fact,
it is due to Christmas music that I now produce a daily
NNHS Newsletter rather than
once or twice a week. Years ago I decided we could enjoy many more
Christmas carols and songs if I just composed more December
Newsletters. It was "posta" stop in January, but somehow it did not.
Silly me. But I digress.
There are, however, a few songs out there which simply drive me up the wall, and I think chances are excellent that there are some which affect you in the same way. I doubt they are really the same ones so, wondering which ones were your top five, I thought it would be fun to share. Remember, these are just opinions. One man's ecstasy is another's exasperation. I'll begin:
1. Taylor Swift - Last Christmas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4pTMZuAux4 - Someone please restrain me; I have a very strong urge to wring her neck. No, on second thought, lemme at her.
2. Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYIVYxZOWwo - Bruce, how can I say this politely? Just. Shut. UP!!!
3. John Lennon - So This Is Christmas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClIv5FEHO3g - My daughter assures me I am interpreting this exactly backward from its true intent, but it sounds condescending and highly disrespectful to me. Sorry, I can't seem to drop that thought. So shoot me, just don't inflict that song on me again.
4. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PzetPqepXA - I know my selection of this borders on heresy, and that this beloved theme song to the Charlie Brown Christmas Special is supposed to be soothing and gentle, but it makes me want to throw things. It reminds me of wimpy soft rock music, which I cannot abide. If you want to rock, put on some Metallica, crank up the volume, and quit being a jerk. If you want it to be beautiful, let's hear from Frank Sinatra and the rest of the crooners singing ballads.
5. Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMtuVP8Mj4o - This song has been on the top of my list for many, many years. The fact that it's been demoted to fifth place shows you just how annoying I find those other four songs. It could have been a good song, if it had, oh, I dunno, some more actual lyrics, and another singer whose voice didn't grate so hard on the nerves. I would have nominated Julio Iglesias, but no one asked me.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/14/15 - "Where's Jersey?, A 73 yr. old attempting to blow snow DURING a traffic stop and Great Tips.":
|Songs-- Golden Oldies
Hotel California-Lyrics (Eagles)
Kansas-Point Of No Return
Kansas-Carry On Wayward Son
Hint 1: Air Cleanser
Try putting a few drops into your vacuum and clothes dryer filters to freshen them up and sanitize them a little. Also, it's great for killing mold in your home, and you can mix eucalyptus with other oils like clove and tea tree oil to cleanse the air and maintain a mold-free home.
Hint 2: Many aromatherapists use eucalyptus oil for their remedies.
The inhalation of the sweet-smelling oil helps relax the body. You can add a few drops of the essential oil to a hot bath. The steam and the aroma will help you calm down. Eucalyptus oil isn't water soluble and you will need to mix it with a dispersant before you add it to the water. Whole milk or bath salts are the best dispersants for eucalyptus essential oil.
Hint 3: Relaxes Sore Muscles
Eucalyptus oil can be used in relaxing or therapeutic massages. Just add few drops of this essential oil to coconut or almond oil and apply on skin with a gentle rubbing motion.
*-- Police: Drunk driver in New Jersey was searching for New Jersey --*
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Police said a woman searching for New Jersey didn't realize she was already in the state because of her other state -- intoxication. Port Authority police said an officer approached Karol Andino, 31, after she stopped her 2000 Volkswagen Beetle near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and got out of the vehicle. The department said Andino repeatedly told the officer she was "looking for New Jersey," despite being assured that she was already in the Garden State. The officer determined Andino's eyes were red and watery and the suspect admitted she "had a few drinks" before driving. A Breathalyzer test indicated Andino's blood alcohol content was .25 -- more than three times the .08 legal limit for driving. Andino was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving.
*-- Police: Man caught snorting cocaine during traffic stop --*
SEATTLE - Seattle police said a 73-year-old arrested for snorting cocaine during a traffic stop was nearly released due to his clean driving record. The Seattle Police Department said in a blog post Officer Nic Abts-Olsen pulled a vehicle over for driving without headlights after dark about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Coleman neighborhood. The traffic stop was recorded by the officer's dashboard camera and the department posted the footage to YouTube. Abts-Olsen checked the license and registration given to him by the 73-year-old motorist and was planning to release the man due to his spotless driving record, but when he returned to the Toyota he saw the man scooping cocaine out of a small glass vial. The officer knocked on the motorist's window, apparently startling the elderly man and causing him to spill the white powder onto his hands and the floor of the vehicle. "Are you kidding?" the police blog post quotes Abts-Olsen as saying to the driver. The driver initially claimed he had only "vitamins" in the car, but eventually admitted the substance was cocaine. The suspect "complimented Officer Abts-Olsen on his keen detection skills and admitted that snorting cocaine in the middle of a traffic stop was, perhaps, a poor decision," the blog post reads. "Please abstain from using cocaine, especially during a traffic stop," police said in the YouTube video.
From Looking Good
*-- Vaseline: Your Secret Beauty Weapon --*
Who doesn't have Vaseline sitting around in a cupboard or drawer in their washroom? Though we don't use it nearly as much as we should, we all own it for some reason. But why?
What is Vaseline?
Vaseline is a product that was created in the late 19th century by a chemist named Robert Cheesebrough. Throughout the course of his work, he observed that the factory workers were using the rod wax to moisturize their skin and discovered that the wax also helped speed up the healing time of any skin cuts and wounds. He took this knowledge and made up several different batches or "lines" of products that contained the key ingredient, petroleum jelly, and put them in vases. This is where the "vase" in "Vaseline" originates from.
To Improve your Smile
Did you know that you can brighten your smile with just a touch of Vaseline? Take a small amount on your finger and then rub it all over your front teeth and gums to really make your teeth glisten. When you're watching a beauty pageant on TV, notice their gleaming smile...that's all thanks to Vaseline!
To Soften your Feet
If you have rough and calloused feet, you can use Vaseline to help soften them up. Soak your feet in a warm tub of water for up to 15 minutes, and then rub the rough areas of skin with a pumice stone. When you are finished exfoliating the skin, take some Vaseline and rub it into those areas. Throw on a thick pair of socks and go to bed. When you wake up the next morning, you will notice a considerable difference in the softness of your feet!
To Moisturize your Lips
The simplest lip gloss product that you can ever find is Vaseline. Taking a bit of Vaseline on your finger and then rubbing it into your lip will not only hydrate your lips, but it will give them that wet, kissable shine. You can apply Vaseline right overtop of any lipstick you may be wearing, too.
To Style Dry Hair
Have dry hair? Then pick up a jar of Vaseline. Dab a very small amount of Vaseline onto your fingers and style your hair as you usually would (do use it sparingly as Vaseline can quickly make your hair go from healthy looking and shiny to greasy and oily in seconds). The Vaseline will hold your style and your hair will feel and look better too!
To Tame your Brows
Did you know that Vaseline can be used as a great product to hold your eyebrows in place? Take a tiny little bit of the product and then apply it to your eyebrow area with either an eyebrow brush or with your fingertip.
To Remove your Eye Makeup
Yes, Vaseline can also remove your eye makeup if you are ever in a pinch. Put a small amount of Vaseline on a cloth or a towel, and then rub it gently over top of your eye area. You should notice that all eye makeup has been removed, including your waterproof mascara!
Thank you, Shari!
From My Friend, Holly, of NC - 12/14/15:
|AMEN! Thank you, Holly!|
is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.”
(01 June 1926 - o5 Aug 1962)
From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#13 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 13,
The Story of Christmas Spiders by Stephanie Herbek
Story of Christmas Spiders
In a quiet cottage in the woods lived a gentle widow and her eight children. The widow worked very hard to keep her children warm and well-fed, but money was not plentiful. When the air grew crisp, and the snow began to fall, the widow knew Christmas was coming. But instead of feeling joyful as the holiday approached, she felt sadness and sorrow. She knew that she did not have enough money to buy her children any gifts to open on Christmas morning.
"I cannot afford new toys or books," she thought, walking home through the woods one night. "What will I give my children?"
On Christmas Eve the family ate their simple Christmas dinner together, and the widow tried to conceal her worries. After tucking her excited children snugly into bed, she pulled her chair close to the fire and tried to erase the visions of their little disappointed faces from her mind. After all, what fun is Christmas morning without gifts to open?
"Perhaps a Christmas tree would make my children happy," the widow sighed.
She put on her coat and hat and walked through the woods in search of the right tree. She chose a small but beautiful evergreen, chopped it down with her husband's axe, and brought it to the cottage.
For hours, the widow carefully decorated the fragrant tree branches with colorful fruits, bits of ribbon, and Christmas cookies. Then she blew out her candle and went to bed, hoping the tree would make her children's empty Christmas a little bit brighter.
While the tired widow slept, tiny spiders crept from the cracks and corners of the cottage. They had watched her hard at work, decorating the tree for her children. Onto the branches they jumped, spinning delicate strands of silky web which gracefully covered the small tree from trunk to top. It was a beautiful sight.
When the family awoke on Christmas morning, they could not believe their eyes. The webs of silk had been turned into pure silver, covering the tree with dazzling brightness! During the night, Santa Claus had come with gifts for the children and saw the tree covered with spiderwebs. He smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were, but knew how heartbroken the widow would be if she saw her tree covered with spiderwebs. So he turned the silky webs into pure, shining silver. The next morning, as the widow watched her children sing and dance around the beautiful shining tree, she knew it would be a wonderful Christmas after all!
From that day forward, people have hung strands of shiny silver tinsel on their Christmas trees in honor of the poor widow and her tiny Christmas spiders.
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
BONUS CHRISTMAS GIFT CROCHET PATTERNS: