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Little Drummer Boy
“I have learned that to have a good
friend is the purest of all God's gifts,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Once again, I was surprised I had not used this theme in any of the past three Decembers.
For the unlikely video of Bing Crosby and David Bowie (I think this was made in 1976, Bing's last Christmas, but I could be wrong....), see here:
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today
Strickland ('57), and tomorrow
Durwood Adams ('57)!
On the 22nd, we'll have another one of those rare Four-Fers for Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA, Harry Barritt ('64) of VA, Dale Mueller ('64) of VA, AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to you all!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/07 - "The Tongue is your worst enemy!":
THE TONGUE CAN BE YOUR WORST ENEMY!
Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life. What you speak about, you can bring about.
If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.
If you keep saying you can't stand your body, your body can become sick.
If you keep saying you can't stand your car, your car could be stolen or just stop operating.
If you keep saying you're broke, guess what? You'll always be broke.
If you keep saying you can't trust a man or trust a woman, you will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.
If you keep saying you can't find a job, you will remain unemployed.
If you keep saying you can't find someone to love you or believe in you, your very thought will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.
If you keep talking about a divorce or break up in a relationship, then you might end up with it.
Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.
Don't be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.
Watch your Thoughts, they become Words.
Watch your Words, they become Actions
Watch your Actions, they become Habits.
Watch your Habits, they become Character.
Watch your Character, for it becomes your Destiny
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settle for.
Thought I would share this with you. "In the search for me, I discovered truth. In the search for truth, I discovered love. In the search for love, I discovered God. And in God, I have found everything."
This is another one of my favorite "soapbox" themes; we tend to underestimate the power of the spoken word to impact everything and everyone around us. Thank you very much, Joyce!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA to the Class of 1958 - 12/15/07 - "Clyde Bryant's Condition is Good":
Thank you so much. I was able
to read your e-mail to Dad today, he was touched.
I am home now, we are potentially expecting some nasty weather and I have two small children so I really could not afford to get snowed in in PA this weekend.
When I left, Dad was alert and chipper and he and Mom were making plans to attend the 50 year reunion! His numbers are all looking good and he is having some mild to moderate soreness but that is expected. The next 24 hours are still critical, but we are hopeful.
Thank you again for all of your support and for updating everyone for us.
SUPER!!! Thank you so much for keeping us posted, Joe! Our continued best wishes to Clyde and his family!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/16/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Dillinger came from the police pound and robbed their hearts":
Thank you, Herbie Darlin'!
From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 12/16/07 - "NNHS - Class of '57 - FYI - Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57 - of VA)":
YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Our thoughts and prayers will be with Carol and Dick at this time, too! Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop, Pat!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/16/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, LADailyNews: Christmas ... Made in China":
Christmas ... Made in China - By Chris Rowe, Columnist
But Santa, what did I find? Everything that I looked at from dress pants and shirts for my husband at Macy's, to UGG boots for me at Nordstrom, to Isotoner gloves for me at Mervyns - all were made in China.
I went to Coldwater Creek and other stores in the mall. It seemed like about 95 percent of the merchandise was from China. So I chose not to buy many, many things that I would have otherwise. I was very selective. I looked for products not made in China. I don't think I found one thing all day "Made in the USA."
Why was I doing this? I have decided to boycott China. We are at a place in our economy where there is a trade deficit with China of about $200 billion. The dollar is declining. The Chinese are buying our debts. Exporting jobs to China has cost the United States about 2 million jobs.
This year we have seen everything from toothpaste to dog food, chicken and fish feed, to children's toys that have been imported from China contaminated. Pets have died. Alarm signals have been sounded. But we are a nation that easily forgets.
Charity groups like the Salvation Army are being forced to check every toy that is donated against a recall list. They are forced to throw away thousands of dollars of donated toys. Once again, it is our children who are being hurt. And you, Santa, can't bring them the toys that they want because many are on the recall list from Mattel and others.
Geri Gereffi of the Center on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness says that American consumers are to blame. Until we stop buying products made in China, until we tell the companies - not just Wal-Mart, Target and Mervyns, but upscale stores like Macy's and Nordstrom, that we are not willing to buy products from China, we will not be given a choice.
So Santa, what I want next year is a new president. I want one who will bring jobs back to the United States. I want one who will protect the farmers by not importing food that is so cheap that our local family farmers cannot compete. I want a president who will protect the public health; one who will have enough employees in the government to inspect the toys before they are all imported. I don't want my tires imported from China where the steel is inferior.
I want a government that is responsible to the citizens of America first and to the world second in terms of jobs and safety.
While we are one world - where what each person does influences everyone else - we have a responsibility to the American people first. It's a responsibility to protect our physical health, our environmental health and our jobs.
We have a responsibility to the world, as Al Gore tells us, to stop global warming. But there is so much more to this issue.
The manufacturing jobs in China are produced in coal-fired plants. The toxic manufacturing materials are discharged into the rivers and streams, making them contaminated. Electronics that are recycled in the United States are shipped abroad to be disassembled. The uneducated people who disassemble them do so without physical protection. Those workers are getting cancer and other illnesses from exposure to high levels of toxic materials found in those electronic components. And worst of all, child labor is still exploited.
So Santa, please bring me a new president and a new Congress that will represent the American people and not big business.
Thank you, Santa.
Chris Rowe is a public and environmental health advocate who has lived in West Hills for 30 years. Write to her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you so very much for this important selection, Herbie Darlin'! Four years ago as we were Christmas shopping, we noticed that practically everything we saw was made in China. We found but three items of nearly a hundred that were not; they were made in India, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. While that was at first amusing, it soon struck me as quite alarming.
That was long before I became aware of the lead contamination.
Why do we endure these outrages?!?
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/16/07 - "A dedicated love story and Stuff for the start of the week.":
Perhaps the best way to test the hearing
of another is to whisper a word of praise.
WOWZERONI! Thank you, Shari!
From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 12/17/07:
WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you, Harry!
This is such a cool idea, no matter who thought of it first! It took me more than a little off guard as I realized that some of those to whom you proffered holiday wishes were on the other side of the veil. The more I pondered that concept, the more I liked that, too!
Merry Christmas, Harry!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/17/07 - "Thank you...":
for the beautiful newsletters...and for all that you do for us.
Our Christmas Cantata was postponed because of ice/snow/sleet storm early Sun. a.m. We did manage to get to NY on Friday and saw the Radio City Christmas Show and met up with our Becky for a meal. She will be home for a few days next week. I am hanging in there... Chuck has been in Iraq three months...that means only six months to go...keep those prayers going up...
Thank you, Jean! We'll keep our thoughts and prayers with you and your family - as well as with all those whose family members are serving in lands far from home.
Merry Christmas, Lady!
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/17/07 - "Bob Hope Memories":
LAUGHS TOO -- Comedian Bob Hope and part of his Christmas troupe as seen by nearly 10,000 screaming fans at the 25th Inf Div's Lightning Bowl. Hope and his bevy of beauties visited the 12th Evac(uation) Hospital after the show. Shown are (from left) actress Raquel Welch, singer Barbara McNair, Hope, "Miss World" Madeline Hartog Bel, and actress Irene Dunn.
The Hope aircraft was reportedly fired on while leaving Cu Chi and he later had this comment about the action, "Taking off from Cu Chi they took a couple of shots at us. Even the Cong gets sore when you don't leave the girls behind."
|Image by SP5 Rod Bryan|
Normie, child that I am, I tend to view the world through rose colored lenses - until I'm absolutely confronted with reality. After reading your essay, I am positively shocked and outraged anew.
HOW CAN THIS BE?!?
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention, Sweetie! Merry Christmas!
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/17/07 - "Midnight Cry":
Many thanks to Joyce (Lawrence) Cahoon ('65 - of VA) for sending "Midnight Cry."
Does she or anyone know if this has been recorded and is in the stores ? What talent devoted to God these people show ! They also make you feel it. It really touched my heart and sent my spirit soaring in a time when we seem to be so occupied with preparations for the Birth of Jesus, most of which don't really have anything to do with the actual reason He was born - carryover traditions that we continue to re-create to capture the fantasies of Christmas when we were children.
Now that's o.k., we all do something to try and captivate those fleeting moments that caused us unbounded joy when we were children, we all wish at one time or another we could go back to those times, and we can if only in our daydreams. There are some traditions that still evoke those wonderful, glorious bites of time we still feel deeply in our hearts and spirits, we will always have them with us, hopefully. God gave them as a gift to remember as we grow older. We pass them to our children and grandchildren, hoping that they will keep and treasure them as we did, but we must allow them to form new and meaningful traditions of their own for their children and grandchildren.
The most important thing to be taught is WHY we celebrate the Birth of Jesus, what it means, what the giving of gifts represents, a tradition in itself as a reminder that Jesus was the first Child to receive gifts, and at the end of His life here on earth, He died, and rose again, to give us the greatest gift we will ever receive...Eternal Life.....now that's giving !
Happy Birthday Jesus ! Keep in our hearts the
FIRST thing we should know about Christmas...You are the reason, all the rest is
paper and tinsel !
Sepi a.k.a. Dimples
Thank you, Sepi! Merry Christmas!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/14/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This is Dog Logic" (#1 in a series of 12):
This brings us right back full circle to another aspect of the message above brought to us by Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA. Thanks again, Joyce!
There's much more to come - next time! Meanwhile, Good Yule - and Merry Christmas!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Little Drummer Boy
The words and music to the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy was composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone in 1958. The lyrics of Little Drummer Boy consist of no less than 21 rum pum pum pum' - a major part of the song and therefore presenting an apparently easy task for the lyricist! However, Little Drummer Boy has been a huge hit for several artists. The most notable rendition was created by the most unlikely combination of Bing Crosby and David Bowie. This version of Little Drummer Boy was a massive hot for the artists and was in fact Bing Crosby's most successful recording since the legendary White Christmas.
- Words and Music by Katherine K. Davis; Arranged by Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone, 1958
Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.
Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?
Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.
"Little Drummer Boy" midi courtesy of http://www.catholic.net/christmas_songs/template_channel.phtml?channel_id=17 - 12/18/07
"Little Drummer Boy" lyrics and (slightly distorted) history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/little_drummer_boy.htm - 12/18/07
Image of Little Drummer Boy
of http://www.ctrivervalley.com/4-Connecticut-CT-in-of/Fairs-in-Connecticut-festivals/deep_river_ancient_muster/index.html - 12/18/07
Little Drummer Boy clip art used to
form Divider Lines courtesy
of http://www.godslamb.net/wonder/drumboy.html - 12/18/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
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