12/21/10 - 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 supposed to repeat each year; sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHCYhDaf_G0 - Deck the Halls - Mormon Tabernacle Choir with soloist Renee Fleming
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn45Uucq-AI - Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZzpDgatOa0 - Winter Solstice in Newgrange
The Winter Solstice is a Minor High Day, usually occurring around December 21st or so of the civil calendar. Also known as Yule and Midwinter, this is a day sacred to Sun, Thunder, and Fire Deities. Large fires were built outdoors and Yule Logs lit indoors, in order to rekindle the dying Sun and help it to return brightly to the Northern skies. Burnt logs and ashes from the Midwinter fires were kept as a talisman against lightning and house fires. It was also a custom in many parts of Paleopagan Europe to decorate live evergreen trees in honor of the Gods (cutting down a tree to bring indoors is a blasphemous desecration of the original concept). This is considered, along with Midsummer, the best day of the year to cut mistletoe. Among some Mediterranean Paleopagans, a date on or near this was celebrated as the Birthday of Mithras and/or the Feast of Saturnalia (which the Christians co-opted to use for the birth of Christ).
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy 70th Birthday today to My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL!
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;
Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 21, 1941 - A formal treaty of alliance between Thailand and Japan was signed in the presence of the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew.
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Tuesday, December 21, 1965 - Actor and comedian Andy Dick was born in Charleston, South Carolina.|
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":
This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag
of dog food.
Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.
Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!
Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice! We only have 10 more days to vote for Grace!
It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!