12/17/12 - NNHS Newsletter
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I think we could all use a boost of cheer about now, and what a happy sounding carol this is (which is really rather strange, as it's written in a minor mode, but it is what it is)!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDvEwC0wZ-I - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Kings College Cambridge, 2008
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCo3pH-6ZT0 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Choirs of Bath and Winchester Cathedrals
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgl9zBjxZvA - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Callie and Colette
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGVNzgUxE-g - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCYSITWpKIk - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Loreena McKennit (Oh, looky - a pomegranate!)
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAesbViYYqM - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Jars of Clay
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlsJD8RlhbI - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Annie Lennox
|God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (also known as God Rest Ye
Merry, Gentlemen) is an English traditional
Christmas carol. The melody is in the
minor mode. It was published by
William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.
Like so many early Christmas songs, this carol was written as a direct reaction to the music of the fifteenth century church, in Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. However, in the as-yet earliest known publication of the carol on a circa 1760 broadsheet, it is described as a "new Christmas carol," suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century. It appeared again among "new carols for Christmas" in another 18th-century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780-1800.
It is referred to in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 1843: "...at the first sound of — 'God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!'— Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost."
This carol also is featured in the second movement of the Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. The author is unknown but it is believed to be a postman delivering mail at around the 1700's. He sang this song so that people would go to church.
There is some confusion today about the meaning of the first line, which seems archaic to our ears. It is usually given today as "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", with a comma after the word "merry", so does not refer to "merry gentlemen". "Rest" here denotes "keep or make," with "you" as the object of "rest;" "ye" was the nominative form, and thus was nonstandard as the object of a verb. The claim that "merry" once meant "mighty," and is so used here is not supported by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gives 16 definitions of the word, some going back to the 10th century, all having to do with pleasure or enjoyment. In both of the 18th-century instances, "you" was used instead of "ye," suggesting that the latter may be a modern insertion to make the carol sound more quaintly archaic...
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/16/12, 6:57 PM - "Prayers please":
|I am asking you to
remember my daughter, Amy, in your prayers this week. She has a lump on
her breast and will have an ultrasound, mammogram and appointment with
the surgeon this week. We are all worried but praying for a good
outcome. I know prayer works.
Thank you all so much.
Oh, Ruthie, our prayers are most certainly with you and Amy and your family! News of this sort is hard enough to deal with when it's your own ordeal, but when it pertains to your child, well, that just takes it to a whole new level.....
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/17/12:
Beginning with the new year, the
NNHS Newsletters will probably
be somewhat modified in their content.
Several sections are up to demand for their inclusion. They include: THIS DAY IN WWII, THIS DAY IN 1963 (which was scheduled to begin on 01/01/13), BONUS CROCHET (or KNITTING, CROSS-STITCH, CRAFT, whatever) PATTERNS; and BONUS RECIPES.
The Memorial Editions of the Newsletter are also being weighed in the balance. These issues have constituted a major portion of our work for the last eight years. I had thought that adding images, providing a link to the Legacy Guest Book, and permanently preserving them in our archive was providing a service to our readers and giving honor to these deceased individuals, but if I am the only one who feels this way, there is no need to continue them.
As of January 01, 2013, each of these features will be continued if even only one person expresses an interest in them. One voice will preserve any or all of them, so if there is anything listed here that you'd like to see continued, please let me hear from you. Thanks so much!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Strickland ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
19 - Durwood Adams ('57);
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA 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;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 17, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
December 17, 1941 - Japanese forces landed in Northern Borneo.
December 17, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge – Malmedy massacre – American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs were shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.
THIS DAY IN1962:
|Monday, December 17, 1962 - Footballer
was born in
Monday, December 17, 1962 - Security guard and accused bomber Richard Jewell was born. He died from natural causes (severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.) on August 29, 2007 in Woodbury, Georgia at the age of 44. Jewell's case became an example of the damage that can be done by reporting based on unreliable or incomplete information.
Monday, December 17, 1962 - Actor Thomas Mitchell (b. 11 July 1892 in Elizabeth, New Jersey) died in Beverly Hills, California from peritoneal mesothelioma at the age of 70. In 1953 Mitchell became the first person to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony Award.
From Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL - 12/16/12:
|Hope all is well. So great that
you have continued your great Typhoon support.
I recently completed another item on my bucket list and thought you might want to see the video.
YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! I'm astonished almost to the point of speechlessness (almost...)! Congratulations, Norman! That's amazing!
From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 12/16/12 - "Prophecy":
|Thanks, Frank! That's certainly reassuring! It also provides me a nice segue into these next items:|
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/12:
|http://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC01013&cat_id=298 - Lisa James' Oreo Cookie Afghan Crochet Pattern - "Who would have thought that our favorite cream-filled cookies would look so good on an afghan?"|
Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/16/12 - "A Dog's Purpose from a 6-year old":
a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their
little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping
for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the
familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane
seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered
if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued,
"Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right.
Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is part of LIFE...
Getting back up is LIVING...
|Thanks so much, Joyce!|
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/12:
BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS:
- Elizabeth Ann White's God Rest Ye Merry
Gentlemen Doily (scroll down slightly)
- Not free, but reasonable - and
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61637934/tidings-of-joy-christmas-doily-crochet - Elizabeth Ann White's Tidings of Joy Doily - Ditto!
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/12:
This is a family favorite:
Chocolate Éclair Cake
box graham crackers
2 (3-oz.) pkgs. instant French Vanilla pudding
9-oz. Cool Whip
3 cups milk
Butter a 9"x13" pan. Line bottom of pan with graham crackers. Mix milk and pudding together, then fold in whipped topping. Spread half of filling on crackers, add another layer of crackers, then the rest of the filling mixture. Top with a layer of crackers
Chocolate Topping - OUTSTANDING!
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 (1/2 stick) butter (NO margarine!)
1 tsp. vanilla
Pour over cake. Chill.
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA -
11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#30 in a Series of
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#13 in a Series of 23)":
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/16/12:
|One day, a cowboy
rode into a Wild, Wild West town. The people in the town loved to play
jokes on visitors. After tying his horse to the pole outside a bar, the
cowboy went in.
"A cup of milk please." he said to the bartender.
After drinking, he went out, only to find his horse missing. Knowing that the villagers had done it, he went back into the bar and said to everybody, "I am going to have another drink and when I finish it, I want to see my horse outside! Or else, I will have to do what I did in Texas - HERE!"
The people were very frightened. When he finished his drink, he went outside and saw his horse. The villagers had put it back.
bartender asked the cowboy, "What did you do in Texas?"
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.
3. Wednesday, February 13, 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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/17/12
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" midi courtesy of
http://www.abcsoffaith.com/html/sound7.html - 12/03/05
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/god_rest_ye_merry_gentlemen.htm - 12/17/05
Additional History available at http://www.cvc.org/christmas/godrestye.htm - 12/17/05
Image of Carolers courtesy of http://rugbyweek.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-at-rugby-returns-saturday.html - 12/16/12
Holly Bar Divider line clip art courtesy of
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Laughing Frog courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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