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12/18/18 - NNHS Newsletter - From Starry Heav'n Descending

“Christmas hath a darkness; Brighter than the blazing noon;
Christmas hath a chillness Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus, Brought for us so low.”

- Christina Rossetti
(05 Dec 1830 - 29 Nov 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Yeah, that's right. I did not know this lovely Italian Christmas carol, either!

BONUS #1 - Tu scendi dalle stelle - The Choral Arts Society

BONUS #2 - Tu scendi dalle stelle

BONUS #3 - Tu scendi dalle stelle - Andrea Bocelli


"Tu scendi dalle stelle" (From Starry Skies Thou Comest, From Starry Skies Descending, You Came a Star from Heaven, You come down from the stars) is the best known Christmas carol originating in Italy. Though found in numerous arrangements and commonly sung, it is traditionally associated with the zampogna or large-format Italian bagpipe.

The melody and original lyrics for the hymn were written by Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, a prominent Neapolitan priest (later canonized) who founded the Redemptorist missionary order, seventh largest in the Catholic world. In 1744, while staying at Convent of the Consolation , one of his order's houses in the small city of Deliceto in the province of Foggia in southeastern Italy, he put together the Christmas song that begins "You come down from the stars" entitled "Little song to Child Jesus". Another song exists with lyrics in Neapolitan language entitled "For Jesus's birth" and that begins Quanno nascette Ninno (When the Child was Born) and sometimes referred to as the Carol of the Bagpipers. Since that time the Little song to Child Jesus became a widely popular Christmas carol in Italy. Recordings of the piece include that of the soprano Renata Scotto (1981).


   Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14)!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 18, 1939 - The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, took place.

December 18, 1944 - 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bombed Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.


Tuesday, December 18, 1968 - Footballer and manager Mario Basler was born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, West Germany.

Tuesday, December 18, 1968 - Actress Rachel Griffiths was born Rachel Anne Griffiths in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Tuesday, December 18, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alejandro Sanz was born Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro in Madrid, Spain.

Tuesday, December 18, 1968 - Actor and producer Casper Van Dien was born Casper Robert Van Dien, VI in Milton, Florida.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/17/14:

“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater benefit of others.”

-  Thomas S. Monson, 1987
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/17/18:

  The "Road to Christmas" is getting us closer, only one week from tomorrow is Christmas Day. It looks like an: "over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go" kind of day. You can even drive your car on this one but I'd suggest snow tires because you won't find a tow truck anywhere nearby. Whatever you are doing and wherever you are this day, enjoy and savor it. We only get so many of them, you know.

    Thank you, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!


  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 12/17/17:

     EXACTAMUNDO! Thank you, Mary! Although they neglected to mention, "Good Yule" for Druids and "Happy Festivus" for the rest (of us ), and I personally prefer to extend the salutation to what the recipient is rather than what I am, they really nailed the closing thought: Say something nice to others, be thankful for kindly gestures towards you, and quit getting so easily offended!

   “… If a person says or does something that we consider offensive, our first obligation is to refuse to take offense and then communicate privately, honestly, and directly with that individual. Such an approach invites inspiration from the Holy Ghost and permits misperceptions to be clarified and true intent to be understood.” (David A. Bednar“And Nothing Shall Offend Them,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 91, 92).

   By the way, Merry Christmas, Pretty Lady!


 From Alice Menin Daniels ('62) of Northern VA - 12/16/18:

  Thank you, Alice!

“Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.”

- Robert Orben
(b. 04 Mar 1927)


Nancy Anderson's Snowflake Pillow - "This stunning snowflake pillow will be enjoyed all winter long! Pillow cover is crocheted and snowflake motif is crochet separately then stitched in place."


 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/10/18 - "Gluten-Free Popovers":

Gluten-Free Popovers

Really simple.

Preheat the oven to 425. Grease a standard 12 cup muffin pan or a 6 cup popover pan heavily.
Measure 3/4 of a cup of King Arthur or Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1 to 1 flour mix (contains xanthan gum; don't use one without it. Don't use gluten-free Bisquick or gluten-free "baking mix") and 1/4 cup cornstarch.
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk together.
Add 1 and a quarter cups whole milk and 4 large eggs.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, reduce oven to 375 and leave in about 20 minutes more for muffin pan and about 30 more for popover pan.
You want it well-puffed, golden, and firm, with a big air space inside. (I am told it will NOT puff properly if you substitute nut milk or soy milk.) Serve hot!

   Thank you, Domi! Good Yule to you and yours!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/17/17:

   This is so fast and simple to make, it's long been a great favorite of mine. If you can tolerate the high sodium content, it might help you during the next few hectic days:

Hamburger Stroganoff

1 pkg. wide noodles
2 lbs. hamburger, browned & drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 lg. container sour cream
   Prepare noodles, rinse and drain.  Add four soups to cooked hamburger; heat for 5 minutes.  Add sour cream and heat for 5 minutes.  Combine hamburger mixture with noodles.

                                                       - Carol Buckley Harty, Hillsboro, MO, 1984

Mr. Food's Gooey Amish Caramel Pie - "Got a sweet tooth? If you do, then our Gooey Amish Caramel Pie may just satisfy your cravings. The rich sweetness of the caramel mixed with the crunchy pecans goes perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side."

Mr. Food's Cherry Nut Cobbler - "Be ready for loads of compliments when you serve up this yummy Cherry Nut Cobbler. Lots of shortcuts make it easy for you, but they'll never know that you didn't really fuss!"


From - 12/17/18:

The teacher said, “Take a pencil and paper, and write an essay with the title ‘If I Were a Millionaire.’”

Everyone but Joe, who leaned back with arms folded, began to write feverishly.

“What’s the matter,” the teacher asked. “Why don’t you begin?”

“I’m waiting for my secretary,” Joe replied.


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

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   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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From Starry Heav'n Descending (Tu scendi dalle stelle)

Melody and original Italian lyrics by
Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, C.SS.R.,
(27 Sept 1696 - 01 August 1787), 1755

From starry heav'n descending,
The King of worth untold
Was born in manger dwelling,
Amid the winter's cold.

Infant Savior, Child Divine!
Thy trembling, baby from I see.
O blessed Lord of all !
How great the cost to Thee to show Thy love for me,
How great the cost to Thee to show Thy love for me.

 For Thee, the world's creator,
My God, so great, so good !
There was no warming shelter,
Nor wealth of robe, nor food.

Dearest Babe, how poor Thy state,
To lie among the sheep and kine.
O Thou, my Chosen One,
Whatever love is mine, shall more and more be Thine,
Whatever love is mine, shall more and more be Thine.

Thou weepest, Lord, full knowing
Of my ingratitude,
When love alone Thou gavest
And ever sought my good.

Holy Babe, my heart's desire !
I've lived too long away from Thee.
I will no more Thee grieve;
For now my aim shall be to love and honor Thee,
For now my aim shall be to love and honor Thee.

“From Starry Heav'n Descending" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/10

 Image of "The Infant Jesus" Christmas card courtesy of - 12/18/10

Animated Star Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/27/05

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

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!

Winter Ornaments courtesy of Wayne Agee of FL - 12/12/10
Thanks, Wayne!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Small Yule Log clip art courtesy of ??? - 12/22/06

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

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