12/17/13 - NNHS Newsletter
For unto Us a Child Is Born
“There is no name so sweet on earth, no name
so sweet in heaven,
- George Washington Bethune
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This magnificent chorus from Handel's Messiah is absolutely one the "most funnerest" (English major, you know) to sing ever.
BONUS - For Unto Us A Child Is Born - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2009
56), the English-language
oratorio composed by
George Frideric Handel in 1741, is
structured in three parts. This article covers Part I and
describes the relation of the musical setting to the text supplied by
Charles Jennens. Part I begins with the prophecy of the
Messiah and his virgin birth by several prophets, namely
birth is still rendered in words by Isaiah, followed by the
annunciation to the shepherds as the only scene from a Gospel in the
oratorio, and reflections on the Messiah's deeds.
Part II covers the
Passion, death, resurrection,
ascension, and the later spreading of the Gospel.
Part III concentrates on
Paul's teaching of the
resurrection of the dead and Christ's
glorification in heaven.
The libretto by Jennens is drawn from the Bible: mostly from the Old Testament of the King James Bible, but with several psalms taken from the Book of Common Prayer. Regarding the text, Jennens commented: "...the Subject excells every other Subject. The Subject is Messiah ...".
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
('65) of AR!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Strickland ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND Susan Bauz ('63);
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliot 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;
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 Frost ('67) of NC!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN
THIS DAY IN 1963:
Tuesday, December 17, 1963 - Another apparently very boring day...
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 12/16/13 - "A Different Christmas Poem":
Merry Christmas to all. Let us always remember the debt we owe to our brave men and women who serve our great country.
God Bless America.
A Different Christmas Poem
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
|Thank you, Joe Sweetie! Merry Christmas to you, too!|
From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/16/13 - "Fred Waring - Nutcracker Suite (original 12" 78 rpm, COMPLETE!)":
|I never knew that there were
words to this music.
WOWZERS! I never remember hearing that words had been set to Tchaikovsky's music either! Thank you, Malcolm! Merry Christmas!
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/16/13 - "Fairfield Glade":
|Here are a couple videos
that show what we've learned - - that Fairfield Glade is a great place
to which to retire - - no income tax, very low property taxes, and the
Golf Channel talks about our nice golf courses, etc. It's no wonder that
so many Yankees have moved here!
COOL BEANS! Thanks, John - good to know! Merry Christmas!
From Charles Schneider ('60) of TX - 12/16/13 - "A German Wonderland - Take a Look":
|A German Wonderland
Remember the two brothers in Germany who had a wonderful model railway that was something to see? This is an update for their German Wonderland. Enjoy. There have been little clips about this place for the past few years, it is still not finished but is growing to that conclusion as they will soon run out of space.
A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show their hobby, it started growing by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by other 'Model Railroad Clubs' and other craftsmen. Some were electricians, model makers, carpenters, computer programmers. Their wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them a lunch.
One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery, several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The idea was planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area for the bakery and a kitchen too. If the fresh coffee smell didn't get you then the bakery definitely would.
This was about 5 years ago. One of the breweries came and furnished all of the tables and chairs, serving counter and, etc. Their latest finished area is the airport. Planes look like they are flying and landing. GERMAN WONDERLAND IN HAMBURG link below - AMAZING
WOWZERONI! That's just incredible! Thank you so much, Charles - Merry Christmas!
From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/16/13 - "A Very Merry Christmas from 47th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival!":
Our Special Holiday Gift to You!
Wishing you...the Happiest of Holidays!
Our traditional Holiday Gift to You: The Online Entry Deadline Extended to Wednesday, January 15th, 2014! All Late Fees are Waived!
Holiday Cheers and a Very Bountiful New Year!
|WOWZERS! Thank you, Hunter! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!|
|All of us at - The 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival|
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:
|http://freepatternsdonnascrochetdesigns.com/penguins-free-crochet-pattern.html - Two Little Penguins By Donna Collinsworth|
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/13:
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.
http://www.mrfood.com/Cakes/Christmas-Crunch-Cake-3102/ml/1 - Christmas Crunch Cake - "Your holiday gathering will be extra special and extra easy, when you start with a store-bought cake and fancy it up with your own homemade frosting and garnishes. Our Christmas Crunch Cake will do you proud!"
Peppermint Pie - "Wanna know the
not-so-secret recipe in this Peppermint Pie? You got it, it's peppermint
and boy-oh-boy is it incredible in this dessert! Yum-my!"
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/16/13:
|A philanthropist is a man who gives away what he should be giving back.|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, January 2, 2014 -
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
2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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 12/16/13
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For unto Us a Child Is Born
For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born" midi (sequenced by Greg Garner) courtesy of http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 12/10/08
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born" "lyrics" (Isaiah 9: 6) courtesy of http://www.worshipmap.com/lyrics/messiahtext.html - 12/10/08
Image of Simon Dewey's Painting, "His Name Shall Be Called" courtesy of http://www.jesus-explained.org/picture-of-baby-jesus.html - 12/14/08
Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.goldclipart.com/24k/filigree.htm - 12/17/08
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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