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12/21/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Winter Solstice

Grant, O God/dess, thy Protection
and in protection, Strength
and in strength, Understanding
and in understanding, Knowledge
and in knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice
and in the knowledge of justice, the Love of it
and in the love of it, the Love of all Existences
and in the love of all existences,
the Love of God/dess and all Goodness.

- Nichols, 305

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter is especially for   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH and her daughter,   Avens. Good Yule!

   The theme is being revisited from exactly two years ago today (but with different graphics) - and your homework is waiting there for you, including historical background and five links to Yule Log Cake recipes:

BONUS #1 - - Deck the Halls - Mormon Tabernacle Choir with soloist Renee Fleming

BONUS #2 - - Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller

BONUS #3 - - Winter Solstice in Newgrange


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only ten days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Merry Christmas!


 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/05/09:




   WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Mark!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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!

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

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



December 21, 19__ - WHAT? NOTHING in all those years?!? INCONCEIVABLE!


Monday, December 21, 1964 - Football manager Rob Kellywas born in Birmingham, England.

Monday, December 21, 1964 - Actress Fabiana Udenio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Monday, December 21, 1964 - Writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten (b.17 June 1880 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) died in New York, New York at the age of 84.

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/20/09 - "Ashland University Christmas card":

Merry Christmas to you from the Allens!
Ashland University in Ohio always does a beautiful Christmas card and this year they have done another one. This should get you into the Christmas spirit. Make sure you have your speakers on and enjoy.

   Thank you, Sweetie-Pies! Merry Christmas to you, too!

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 12/20/09 - "Pass it forward and get your reward":


Not sure if you have seen this.  It makes you want to do something special for those that are protecting us.  I had the privilege Friday to attend the Annual Holiday Luncheon at SOCOM at McDill AFB. What a great group of both Military and civilian workers.  I tried to hug each of them!  We're having a beautiful cool sunny day down here in Tampa.


The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. "I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap," I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. "Where are you headed?" I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.

"Chicago - to Great Lakes Base. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq ."

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached Chicago, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time.

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. "No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to Chicago."

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. "Take a lunch to all those soldiers." She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. "My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him."

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, "Which do you like best - beef or chicken?"

"Chicken," I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. "This is your thanks."

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. "I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this." He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, an said, "I want to shake your hand."

Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, "I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot." I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.

Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. "It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You."

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals.

It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including My life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list....


   Thank you, Linda-Linda! What a special and memorable treat for you!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 12/20/09 - "On a Christmas day during the Civil War":

This is some letter.  I'm sure it was quite common during those horrible 4 years.  My, the horror of it all, as I try to think on this soldier's angst.  At least he was justly spared, so as not to add insult to injury. 

Lest we forget....


Devotions for Warriors

A Christian Perspective of the Civil War

Mike Fisher and Joe Jared

December 25, ????

Private Edward Cooper from North Carolina deserted from his post and was caught.  At his court martial he produced this letter from his wife:  “My dear Edward, I have always been proud of you, and since connection with Confederate army, I have been prouder of you than ever before.  I would not have you do anything wrong for the world, but before God, Edward, unless you come home we must die.  Last night I was aroused by little Eddie’s crying.  I called and said, ‘What is the matter, Eddie?’ and he said, ‘O Mamma, I am so hungry.’  And Lucy, Edward, your darling Lucy, she never complains but she is getting thinner and thinner every day.  And before God, Edward, unless you come home, we must die” Private Cooper received no punishment for his desertion but was returned to duty.  Fourteen other deserters from Tennessee were not so fortunate.  They were executed by firing squad.  Their chaplain wrote, “I think they were objects of pity.  They were ignorant, poor, and had families dependent upon them.  War is a cruel thing; it heeds not a widow’s tears, the orphan’s moan, or the lover’s anguish.’’

“For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.”

(Lamentations 1: 16 KJV).

Father, thank You that when You appear very distant, the truth is that You are then closer than ever.  Please draw near to us today, and help us to recognize Your presence.

Brent L. Harty

"You may be whatever you resolve to be"

General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson

   YOWZERONI! That's all but unbearably sad! Thank you for sharing it with us, Brent! Merry Christmas - miss you!

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/20/09 - "Check out The First Christmas Gift":

Merry Christmas!  This is wonderful!

This one is absolutely OVER THE TOP BEAUTIFUL!

   Thank you Again, Sweetie-Pies - very pretty!



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/20/09:

Show and Tell

Stopping to pick up my daughter at kindergarten, I found out that the topic of "Show and Tell" that day had been parents' occupations.

The teacher pulled me aside. Whispering, she advised, "You might want to explain a little bit more to your daughter what you do for a living."

I work as a training consultant and often conduct my seminars in motel conference rooms.

When I asked why, the teacher explained, "Your daughter told the class she wasn't sure what you did, but said you got dressed real pretty and went to work at motels."



1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/20/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Deck the Halls

(The music to Deck the Halls is believed to Welsh in origin and was reputed to have come from a tune
called "Nos Galan" dating back to the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century Mozart used the tune
to Deck the Halls for a violin and piano duet J.P. McCaskey is sometimes credited with the lyrics
of Deck the Halls but he only edited the Franklin Square Song Collection in which the lyrics
were first published. The first publication date of Deck the Halls is 1881. The author is unknown
but the words are said to originate in America.)


Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to by jolly,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide treasure,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

"Deck the Halls" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

History courtesy of - 12/05/05

Animated Magical Yule Wishes courtesy of - 12/25/09 (sic)

Holly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

Pine Forest High School (NC) Trojans Logo clip art courtesy of - 05/19/07

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

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