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12/17/18 - NNHS Newsletter
White Is in the Winter Night

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.”

Bill Morgan, Jr.
(04 Apr 1933 - 04 June 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We owe the theme of today's Newsletter to Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH who sent me this BONUS VIDEO on 12/05/11:

White Is in the Winter Night - Enya, 2008

   It appears no midi file is available for it, so just enjoy the video.

   Thanks, Domi!


"White Is in the Winter Night" is a single by Irish musician Enya, the second to be taken from the album And Winter Came....


   Today is Wright Brothers Day.


Wright Brothers Day is celebrated in the United States on December 17 each year. The date commemorates the Wright brothers' first successful flight in heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled craft, accomplished on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Wright Brothers Day falls on the same day as Pan American Aviation Day. It must not be confused with National Aviation Day.

What do people do?

The United States president annually makes a proclamation inviting Americans to observe Wright Brothers Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Observations, including the annual Wright Brothers dinner where the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is awarded in Washington DC, take place on or around this day. Celebrations are also held at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina and in Dayton, Ohio, where the brothers were born.

Events focused on the day also take place at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a 425-acre (about 1.7km2) area that features a 60-foot (about 18.3 meters) granite pylon (tower) on top of Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers' camp was located. Other activities include: luncheons in honor of the Wright brothers; school activities focused on aviation and the Wright brothers' achievements in opening doors for future flight advancements; and field trips to aviation and flight museums and centers...


Orville and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world's first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane. The brothers' first aircraft, named Flyer, made its maiden flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet (about 36-37 meters) around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. This day is observed nationally since 1963 to honor Wilbur and Orville Wright.

The Wright brothers were not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft but they are the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. In the years that followed, aviation advancements were made. The Wright brothers' efforts paved the way for modern day aeronautics. The brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been an issue of debate, particularly as there were competing claims regarding other early aviators.


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/15/18, 7:37 AM - "    Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA (delayed awaiting Wayne's permission to post)":


I hope all who know Wayne Stokes will offer prayers in church this week for a successful surgery and recovery. Wayne goes under the knife Monday for major back surgery. He has been living with a lot of pain courageously, but is one tough cookie so I'm sure he will do well, but prayers always help. There is power in numbers. He wasn't a close friend in school but he was NNHS's version of "Charlie Hustle" on the playing field and court, always doing his best and more as he has done throughout his life. So, Wayne, my prayer is for God to guide your surgeon and keep your spirits high. I guess one of those "hits" on the field or court that you gave or received finally took it's toll. God bless you and for those of you who don't believe in prayer, just wish him Good Luck!

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you so much, Jimmy, and many prayers for you and your surgical team, Wayne Honey!



   Happy Birthday today to Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Strickland ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 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;

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  Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 

December 17, 1718 - War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declared war on Spain.

December 17, 1918 - Darwin Rebellion: Up to 1,000 demonstrators marched on Government House in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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, 1943 - All Chinese were again permitted to become citizens of the United States with the repealing of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.

December 17, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge Malmedy massacre American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs were shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.

  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/16/10 - "December 17, 1944":

On the night of December 17, 1944, Pier 8, one of the largest covered piers on the Newport News waterfront caught fire and burned uncontrollably throughout the night; lighting up the sky for miles. A stiff breeze fanned the flames, and wind-borne sparks endangered nearby structures and piers, as well as private property outside the port area's security boundaries. Telephone calls from frightened citizens flooded the local newspaper office, but, incredibly, for twelve hours the military denied that there even was a fire!

The local fire department was allowed to enter the security perimeter to assist, but reporters and photographers were turned away at the gate. A resourceful Daily Press photographer went to the Warwick Hotel, the tallest and nearest public vantage point that overlooked the port area. Photos were taken and included in the next morning’s edition of the Daily Press, along with information gleaned from civilian dockworkers and firefighters.

Although completely destroyed, Pier 8 was rebuilt and back in use in only 75 days!

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you again so very much for sharing this exciting story with us, Bill!


Monday, December 17, 1968 - Footballer Claudio Suárez was born Claudio Suárez Sánchez in Texcoco, State of Mexico, Mexico.

Monday, December 17, 1968 -  Race car driver and sportscaster Paul Tracy was born Paul Anthony Tracy in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/15/14:

“He came into the world . . . clothed with double power---power to die, which He derived from His mother; and power to resist death, if He had so willed it, which He had inherited from His Father. Thus He had power both to live forever and also power to pass through the ordeal of death, that He might suffer it for all men, and come forth out of the grave to a newness of life-a resurrected being, to be clothed with immortality and eternal life, that all men might come forth out of the grave unto life eternal.”

-  Joseph F. Smith
(13 Nov 1838 - 19 Nov 1918)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/17/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/15/18, 10:40 AM:

  So, on the "Road to Christmas and thinking about the weather for Santa's big trip, if it turns out like this on the Albemarle he'll think he is still at the North Pole instead of North Carolina. Don't think it can't happen and despite what it sometimes does to piers and docks, isn't it beautiful.

    WOWZERS! Thank you, Jimmy, it is that!


From - 12/12/11 - "3 Holiday Party Tips":

How to Thrive at Holiday Gatherings: 3 Preps Before You Go

By Belinda Lams

Whether you're going to gather with family or friends, many people find holiday events very stressful.
Here are some simple tips to help you prepare and make this year better than your last. Make sure you do these BEFORE you go!

Prep #1: Remember Why
Holidays were created because they have meaning. Due to of all the commercialism and busyness, much of the root meanings get swept aside and the holidays become something entirely different than their original intent.

However, if you can take a few moments to remind yourself about the larger themes that make this time special, you will be in a much bigger internal conversation than stressing on what to wear or bring.

What you can do:
Ask yourself, "Why does this day matter and why does it matter to me?" "What transcendent themes do I want to hold in my consciousness as I go to this gathering?"

Prep #2: Get Centered and Clear
Believe it or not, part of what creates those uncomfortable moments with other people comes from inside of you. Even if you're not the instigator, you are the responder or reactor to someone's negativity or clumsiness.
The more clear and centered you are, the more likely you are to act in the way that you really want to be. You'll have the most success if you clear yourself before you go.

What you can do:
Think of the situation you are going into. Who will be there? What is the nature of your relationship with each one? Is anything triggering you? If so, name it specifically.

Try to access your wise, observer self (the part of you that doesn't get triggered). What would that part of you say about these people and situations?

Work to get to a place of peace and compassion for each person that you will encounter.
Ask yourself, "What kind of person do I want to be at this gathering?"

Name all the attributes of your best self that you can bring into the situation for the highest good.

Prep #3: Devise Strategies for Difficult Moments

If you know that you will be in some situations that you find particularly awkward or toxic, plan some strategies to help you navigate those moments. Have them at the ready in your bag of tools so you won't be caught in a situation that you have difficulty getting out of.

One big idea to keep in mind is that you have choices. You may not feel like you have choices, but you do. You don't even "have" to go to anything unless you choose. Once you choose, that's where the wisdom comes in.

What you can do:
If you know you will be around someone who is particularly critical or demeaning, create several strategies to politely remove yourself.

Ex. If grandma starts getting mean and critical, I will suddenly have to use the restroom and excuse myself. (I got that one from Rabbi Finley).

Comb through each and every possible negative thing you can imagine and create ways to gracefully navigate them. And yes, even with all the prepping, there will still be those unexpected surprises. These are opportunities to learn.

Don't forget that other people may also have some anxiety about the event. Your clear energy will not only be good for you, it can actually make a positive impact on other people as well. If you don't believe that, just try it as an experiment this year. What do you have to lose?

About the Author:

Belinda Lams is a Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about helping people clarify a compelling vision for their lives and then take the transformational steps to realize this vision every day.

Utilizing her journey of brokenness and healing through the loss of her daughter to cancer, Belinda brings a unique and compassionate approach to life transitions; discovering life after death and loss, intentional living, practical tools, and living from your passion and purpose.

She was trained in the Co-Active Coaching Model and Reality Therapy Techniques through Refuah Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. She also studies Spiritual Formation and Moral Psychology with Rabbi Mordecai Finley of Ohr HaTorah in Los Angeles, CA.
Along with personal coaching, Belinda is available for speaking engagements and workshops.

Check out her self-coaching e-course Soul Activator: 90 Days to Kickstart Your Life from the Inside Out.
Visit or contact Belinda at

“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

- Marilyn Monroe
(01 June 1926 - o5 Aug 1962)


Donna Collinsworth's Two Little Penguins


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/12:

Chocolate Éclair Cake

1 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!

   Bring to boil, cook one minute, and remove from heat:

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.  

Mr. Food's Gingersnap Streusel Pumpkin Pie - "The secret ingredients to this sweet, golden creation are the honey-roasted almonds and the cinnamon. That's all we're saying, though, because we don't wanna give the warm taste away too much. We promise you'll enjoy!"

Mr. Food's 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!"

Mr. Food's 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!"


From - 12/16/18:

My doctor was giving me a hard time about my health. To get back on his good side I bought a puppy and named him 'Five Miles'.

That way, when I went to see my doctor I could tell him, "I walk five miles every morning!"

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/17/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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White Is in the Winter Night

Written and recorded by Enya (b. 17 May 1961), 2008

Have you seen the mistletoe, it fills the night with kisses
Have you seen the bright blue star, it fills your heart with wishes
Have you seen the candlelight, it shines from every window
Have you seen the moon above, it lights the sky in silver

Green is in the mistletoe and red is in the holly
Silver in the stars above that shine on everybody
Gold is in the candlelight and crimson in the embers
White is in the winter night that everyone remembers

Have you heard the boys outside, when all the girls are skating
Have you heard their sweet hearts cry for all this time they're waiting

Green is in the mistletoe and red is in the holly
Silver in the stars above that shine on everybody
Gold is in the candlelight and crimson in the embers
White is in the winter night that everyone remembers

Have you seen the children playing, tiny hands are frozen
Have you seen them hurry home, when suddenly it's snowing

Green is in the mistletoe and red is in the holly
Silver in the stars above that shine on everybody
Gold is in the candlelight and crimson in the embers
White is in the winter night that everyone remembers

Have you heard that bells are ringing, ringing out their story
Have you heard the choir singing, Glory, Glory Glory

"White Is in the Winter Night" lyrics courtesy of - 12/16/11

Image of Mistletoe courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information, but it's been in my files since 12/12/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Red Flames courtesy of - ???

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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